Women in the Workplace 2018
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Women in the Workplace 2018

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Alexis Krivkovich, Partner, Financial Services Practice; Managing Director, McKinsey's Silicon Valley Office
Sarah Lacy, CEO and Founder, Chairman Mom—Moderator

Women, especially women of color, are underrepresented in business—from entry-level to the corner office, across corporate America—even as the number of women earning college degrees exceeds the number of men. As companies, leaders and those focused on diversity press ahead to make change, it’s become key to reflect on both data and stories to help define the problem and iterate on solutions.

Women in the Workplace, an annual report conducted by LeanIn.org and McKinsey on the state of women in corporate America, draws from more than 222 companies that together employ 12 million people. The report shares insights into the challenges women face across many industries and sectors and identifies concrete actions that companies can take to make lasting and significant change. Join co-author, Alexis Krivkovich, partner in the Financial Services Practice and managing director of the Silicon Valley office at McKinsey, along with other corporate and cultural leaders, as they discuss the results of the report and how companies can evolve to reflect the times.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program 
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Interested in the perks of becoming a corporate supporter? Contact Ana Alanis at aalanis@commonwealthclub.org to learn more.

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Beyond Bro Culture: Tech’s New Leadership Lens
Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

Beyond Bro Culture: Tech’s New Leadership Lens

Pui-Wing Tam, Technology Editor, The New York Times
Bridget Frey, Chief Technology Officer, Redfin
Tina Sharkey, CEO and Co-Founder, Brandless
Josh Reeves, CEO and Co-Founder, Gusto

Join New York Times technology editor and renowned Silicon Valley journalist Pui-Wing Tam to discuss one of the thorniest issues in tech: how to build the next wave of industry leadership. What qualities do leaders need to move beyond an era of cultish corporate command to create fair and functional work environments? How do you keep workers and investors happy? Tam will talk about these and other concerns with: Bridget Frey, chief technology officer at Redfin—one of the few female executives in that role; Tina Sharkey, an American entrepreneur and advisor and co-founder of Brandless; and Josh Reeves, chief executive officer and co-founder of Gusto, and a longtime champion of bettering work life.

Location: Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program
Notes: 
In collaboration with The New York Times

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Jose Antonio Vargas: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
Nov
27
6:30 PM18:30

Jose Antonio Vargas: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder and CEO, Define American; Author, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen; Journalist; @Joseiswriting
In Conversation with Raj Mathai, News Anchor, NBC Bay Area

This program is part of our Good Lit series, supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

In Jose Antonio Vargas’ own words, his story as an undocumented citizen is “only one of an estimated 11 million in the United States.” While the details differ, they all have common threads—a feeling of homelessness in place you call home and the ever-looming fear of an uncertain future. Vargas argues that the psychological trauma attached to those experiences is often felt for generations.

Join the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer as he chronicles his journey in becoming arguably the most recognizable undocumented figure in the United States and how he also became the voice of those displaced by a highly hostile, anti-immigrant culture. He will also offer insight into the everyday life of those living on the fringes of a society that does not welcome them and the unwavering spirit and generosity that perseveres in that community.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program 
Notes: 
Photo by Elena Seibert; this program is generously supported by Ernst & Young

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Widening the Lens: Revolutionizing Photography Voices
Nov
2
6:30 PM18:30

Widening the Lens: Revolutionizing Photography Voices

Shahidul Alam, Founder; Drik and Majority World Agencies, The Pathshala School and the Chobi Mela Festival; Photographer; Writer; Curator; Professor, Activist
Brent Lewis, Co-Founder, Diversify Photo; Business Photo Editor, The New York Times
Aida Muluneh, 2018 CatchLight Fellow; Photographer; Contemporary Artist, Founder and Director, Addis Foto Fest
Jim EstrinNew York Times Staff Photographer, “Lens” Blog Co-Editor—Moderator

Photography has always had a special role in shaping the visual narratives that help us make sense of our world. Not only do we record, share and understand life through images, but these images also galvanize individuals to act. While the impulse for visual storytelling is as old as humanity itself, the tools, storytellers and mechanisms for sharing visual stories are now dramatically different. More than ever, photography has the power to transcend barriers, spark dialogue and promote understanding. But who is telling these stories today, and how can we take action to enable people to tell their own stories, widening the lens of storytellers everywhere?

Three extraordinary leaders in photography will discuss their groundbreaking approaches to using the most powerful communications tools of our time, concurrently creating provocative work on their own and exposing diverse artists to opportunities to amplify their visual voices. Join us for a dynamic conversation about the exciting possibilities of a more nuanced and inclusive photographic lens to create a broader societal impact.

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Sesame Street: Changing Children’s Lives Around the World
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

Sesame Street: Changing Children’s Lives Around the World

Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy, SesameWorkshop

In the last 50 years, there’s a good chance you’ve watched “Sesame Street”—whether as an adult, a child, or both—and that it’s shaped the way you see the world around you. Sherrie Westin heads up Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind "Sesame Street," and touts the show's unique approach to creating learning opportunities: “We're combining the power of popular media with our engaging, nonthreatening Muppets to enlighten young children. That's pretty powerful." With Muppets who talk about everything from autism to incarceration to refugees to personal hygiene, friendly fuzzy faces tackle important subjects for a young audience every single day in 150 countries around the world.

In 2018, Sesame Workshop, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), won the MacArthur Foundation’s first ever $100 million 100&Change grant competition. This enormous grant enables Sesame Workshop and IRC to implement the largest early childhood intervention in the history of humanitarian response, targeting children and families in the Syrian response region, which includes Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. The goal? To improve children's learning outcomes, support their vital intellectual and emotional development, and help them overcome the trauma of war. No mean feat, but the Muppets are up for the task.

Join us for a unique look into Sesame Workshop’s innovative approach to supporting children and those who care for them around the world.

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Left, Right, & Center Live: Decisions, Decisions, Presented by INFORUM
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Left, Right, & Center Live: Decisions, Decisions, Presented by INFORUM

Ana Marie Cox, Host, “With Friends Like These”; Columnist, Syfy.com
Megan McArdle
, Columnist, The Washington Post; Author, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success
Josh Barro, Senior Editor, Business Insider; Host, "Left, Right & Center" and "All the President's Lawyers," KCRW; Contributor, MSNBC—Moderator

INFORUM is excited to partner with KCRW as they take their "Left, Right & Center (LRC)" show on the road—just in time for the 2018 midterm elections that will decide which party controls Congress. Join host Josh Barro and a slate of luminaries from across the political spectrum for a rollicking examination of the issues confounding our country. Imagine the most intensive, in-depth political analysis you've ever experienced—only more fun! LRC Live —because you have decisions to make.

About LRC: "Left, Right & Center" is a weekly political showdown that invites the most intelligent thinkers to talk through the most important issues stymying our government. It's a clash of ideas, not a clash of personalities: You'll be surprised at how often different sides agree! The show delves into policy and pop culture, always with an eye to elevating the conversation. The show is available at KCRW.com, KCRW's smartphone app, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Rebecca Traister and Alicia Garza: Good and Mad Women
Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

Rebecca Traister and Alicia Garza: Good and Mad Women

Rebecca Traister, Author, Good and Mad (forthcoming) and All the Single Ladies; Writer, New York and The Cut
Alicia Garza, Principal, Black Futures Lab; Strategy and Partnership Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter

From #MeToo in Hollywood to the women's marches across the country, women’s anger and rage has been at the center of major cultural shifts and, more importantly, has brought to light how far society has come and how far it has left to go. Cultural depictions of women are often framed around emotion, and anger has especially sparked national conversations across politics, news, television and literature in recent years.

Join Rebecca Traister, journalist and author of Good and Mad, and Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, as they dissect these portrayals of emotion and trace them throughout social movements in U.S. history. They will discuss the immense power that comes with mobilizing “angry” women despite double standards, and they will explore how indignation is perceived differently depending on who is exerting it and who is experiencing it—a crucial difference in today’s political climate.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 pm check-in, 6:30 program followed by book signing

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Shane Bauer: The Business of Prison
Oct
8
6:30 PM18:30

Shane Bauer: The Business of Prison

In 2014, Mother Jones journalist Shane Bauer made national headlines when he went not-so-undercover as a guard at Winn Correctional Center, a private prison in Louisiana. He used his real name, and due to lack of any real background checks, remained employed for four months. In that short time, Bauer witnessed firsthand the horrific conditions both prisoners and guards faced at the hands of the billion-dollar private prison industry and wrote an exposé that became Mother Jones’ most read piece of all time. He argues that the private prison system is rarely held accountable for the atrocities that happen quietly within its concrete walls.

Join Bauer as he discusses his unique experience, the for-profit prison industry’s past and present in American history, and the state of justice at that intersection of our legal system, capitalism and mass incarceration

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An Evening with Matt Nathanson: A Record Release Party
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Matt Nathanson: A Record Release Party

Matt Nathanson, Singer and Songwriter, Some Mad Hope, Last of the Great Pretenders, Show Me Your Fangs, PyromattiaSings His Sad Heart(Forthcoming)
Kelly CorriganNew York Times Best-Selling Author, Tell Me More

Join Matt Nathanson, singer, songwriter and Bay Area local, in conversation with author Kelly Corrigan about his brand new album, Sings His Sad Heart, due out October 5—as well as a special solo acoustic performance by Nathanson. All tickets include a copy of a signed Sings His Sad Heart lithograph, and copies of the album will be on sale. Nathanson is a platinum-selling, chart-topping acclaimed singer-songwriter; O magazine calls Corrigan "the voice of her generation," and The Huffington Post calls her "the poet laureate of the ordinary.” Nathanson and Corrigan are friends joining up for a rare live evening together.

Based in San Francisco, Nathanson has evolved into one of the most applauded songwriters and engaging performers on the music scene today. His 2007 album, Some Mad Hope, yielded his breakthrough, multiplatinum hit "Come on Get Higher.” His 2013 release, Last of the Great Pretenders,debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard top 200 while hitting No. 1 on iTunes' alternative albums chart. Nathanson's latest album, Show Me Your Fangs,was hailed as his most adventurous and prolific album to date, featuring the songs, "Giants," "Bill Murray" and "Adrenaline.”

This year, Nathanson has announced that his new album, Sings His Sad Heart, will be released on October 5. The album comes on the heels of Pyromattia, which shot to No. 1 on iTunes alternative chart upon its release. Pyromattia featured a Def Leppard-approved cover album, based on their iconic Pyromania. Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott called the album “an amazing reinterpretation” with “heart & soul.” Nathanson was a special guest on O.A.R.’s Just Like Paradise Tour in the fall.

Nathanson has been featured as a VH1 You Oughta Know artist and has performed on “The Howard Stern Show,” “Ellen,” “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Rachael Ray” and the CMA Awards.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. conversation and solo acoustic set
Notes: Tickets include a signed lithograph; Corrigan photo by Mellie T. Williams

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Airbnb's Chip Conley and Brian Chesky: Modern Elders and Millennials at Work
Oct
2
6:30 PM18:30

Airbnb's Chip Conley and Brian Chesky: Modern Elders and Millennials at Work

Chip Conley, Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership, Airbnb; Author, Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder
Brian Chesky, Co-Founder, CEO and Head of Community, Airbnb
Julie Hanna, Executive Chairwoman, Kiva; Advisor, at X — The Moonshot Factory—Moderator

In an age where the phrase “cutting-edge technology” is redefined almost daily, new power shifts in the workplace are occurring on a generational scale. What does our future society look like when leaders in tech and business are getting younger and younger but life expectancy rates are at an all-time high? How can we build sustainable and forward-thinking workplace culture that lasts even during rapidly evolving times? Airbnb’s Chip Conley and Brian Chesky are high-profile examples of innovation and success on this front.

At age 52, Joie de Vivre Hospitality founder Chip Conley joined forces with Airbnb’s millennial CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky to help improve guest experience and provide hosts with innovative standards in hospitality. At the time, Conley was an established giant in the hotel world but, in his own words, he “didn’t even have the Uber or Lyft app on [his] phone.” Despite his lack of tech proficiency, Conley was named head of global hospitality and strategy at Airbnb in 2013, and, since then, he has become an unexpected leader in recent efforts to merge baby boomer industry experience and perspective with millennial tech fluency and creativity. In his upcoming book, Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, Conley maps out his own experience with working at a tech company later in life and offers advice on how to break the traditional career mold.

Join us for a candid conversation with Conley and Chesky as they discuss their unlikely partnership and what other companies can do to make the most of employees from all walks of life. The conversation will be moderated by Julie Hanna, executive chairwoman at Kiva and advisor at X — The Moonshot Factory.

Interested in the perks of becoming a corporate supporter? Contact Ana Alanis at aalanis@commonwealthclub.org to learn more.

Location: Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program followed by book signing

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Internetting with Amanda Hess and the New York Times
Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

Internetting with Amanda Hess and the New York Times

Amanda Hess, Critic; The New York Times, Host, "Internetting with Amanda Hess"
Thomas Page McBee, Athlete; Author, Amateur
Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Executive Editor, Teen Vogue

Memes, tweets, stories, DMs, emojis, face filters, viral dog videos—as a culture, we seem to be at the peak of the Internet age. Or are we just getting started?

The online series “Internetting with Amanda Hess” is, according to The New York Times, "Everything that's weird, wrong and totally sad about internet culture.” It's an emoji- and insight-filled look at a place where we all spend a lot of time. Join us for a live discussion with Hess. She will dissect intersections of race, gender and feminism that exist within the digital frameworks of society. She might also share a gif or two … or ten.

Hess will be in conversation with writer Thomas Page McBee, author of Amateur, a book that examines modern masculinity through the lens of his own experience as a transgender man, and Samhita Mukhopadhyay, executive editor of Teen Vogue and author of Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution in Trump’s America.

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A Road Map for Revolutionaries
Sep
24
6:30 PM18:30

A Road Map for Revolutionaries

Elisa Camahort Page, Author, Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All
Carolyn Gerin, Co-Founder, Cannawise; Author, Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All

Just as American protests and demonstrations have garnered global attention in recent years, so have many popular and renowned leaders that are well versed in the ways of community organizing. But what can the average American do to make sure their voice is being heard in a way that is both knowledgeable and safe? What steps, large or small, can you make every day to be part of a revolution?

Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All is a direct and easy-to-read guidebook for those who are looking to make lasting change but aren’t sure where or how to get started. Co-authors Elisa Camahort Page and Carolyn Gerin will join INFORUM to discuss key issues such as navigating the government and elections, protecting yourself on both the frontlines of a protest and on the Internet, knowing your rights in the workplace, and much more. Whether you’re a seasoned activist, a newcomer considering joining your first demonstration or just curious about how you can help a cause you care about, the conversation is sure to be enlightening.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 pm check-in, 6:30 program followed by book signing

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DeRay Mckesson: On The Other Side of Freedom
Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

DeRay Mckesson: On The Other Side of Freedom

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DeRay Mckesson, Host, "Pod Save the People"; Civil Rights Activist and Organizer; Author, On The Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope, Twitter @deray

In 2015, during the midst of police brutality and social unrest, DeRay Mckesson rose to national prominence not only for his role in the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson but also for his platform of choice: social media. Since his rise as a figure in both traditional and online activism, Mckesson has also established a wide-ranging career, running the gamut from podcast host of the popular “Pod Save the People” show under Crooked Media to mayoral candidate in Baltimore’s 2016 election.

His new book, On the Other Side of FreedomThe Case for Hope, is a memoir that dives into the systems that keep racial injustice in place. The book takes an in-depth look at the United States’ complicated history with oppression and race relations while also tracking the importance that technology has served in finding the “other side of freedom.”

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Location: Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program followed by book signing
Notes: Mckesson photo by Robert Adam Mayer

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Blockchain Today and Tomorrow
Sep
6
6:30 PM18:30

Blockchain Today and Tomorrow

Naval Ravikant, Founder and CEO, AngelList
Balaji Srinivasan, Chief Technology Officer, Coinbase
Erik Torenberg, Co-Founder and Partner, Village Global; Co-Founder, Token Daily—Moderator

Join leaders in the blockchain space—Naval Ravikant of AngelList and Balaji Srinivasan of Coinbase—as they unpack the current and potential impact of blockchain technology on business, consumers and life as we know it. This fast-moving space is futuristic, with predictions of a world built on the technology, but there are lots of spaces where new use cases are already changing the way we buy, track and consume goods. Come with questions; we promise there will be something for everyone. The conversation will be moderated by Erik Torenberg of Village Global.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 pm check-in, 6:30 program

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Building Citizens and Civic Leaders from the Ground Up
Aug
28
6:30 PM18:30

Building Citizens and Civic Leaders from the Ground Up

A’Niya Bankston, Rising Sophomore, Oakland Technical High School; Board Chair, Generation Citizen's Student Leadership Board
Kiely Hosmon, Director, San Francisco Youth Commission
Adam Kubey, 12th Grade Teacher, Oakland Charter High School; Civic Educator
Clifford Yee, Director of Youth Programs and Director of Inclusion and Diversity, Coro Northern California
Matt Mahan, CEO, Brigade—Moderator

What does being an engaged citizen mean in 2018? How are young people accessing civic education and skills they can leverage? How can they effect change around issues that matter to them—both before they can vote and after? What are the issues and outcomes down the line that matter to youth the most: education, housing, gun violence, voting rights or climate change? Hear perspectives from students, educators, elected officials and organizers on the state of civic education, innovative approaches to civic engagement and the potential for youth to make a difference at all levels, starting in school and continuing for the rest of their lives.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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Going Outside the Wire with Jason Kander
Aug
15
6:30 PM18:30

Going Outside the Wire with Jason Kander

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Jason Kander, President, Let America Vote; Candidate for Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri; Podcast Host, “Majority 54”; Author, Outside the Wire

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Jason Kander is no stranger to courage. From his beginnings as a combat veteran in Afghanistan to his position as an unlikely rising star in American politics, Kander’s trajectory is a fascinating example of bravery rooted in moral ethics. This bravery has put him at the forefront of the country’s political realm, with leaders such as Barack Obama touting him as the future of the Democratic Party.

Kander’s rise to prominence is marked by several unconventional accomplishments. At 31, as secretary of state in Missouri, he was the country’s youngest statewide elected official—and the first millennial. During the 2016 U.S. Senate election, Kander became an overnight viral sensation in a gun control ad where he advocated for stricter background checks while assembling a rifle blindfolded. In 2017, Kander founded Let America Vote, an action organization dedicated to ending voter suppression, and in 2018 Kander proved his loyalty to local community by officially announcing his run for Kansas City mayor.

In his new memoir, Outside the Wire, Kander not only details his fascinating life but also imparts wisdom to readers looking to make a difference on their own terms. Join us for an undoubtedly candid conversation about civic duty and staying true to your ideals.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 pm check-in; 6:30 program followed by book signing

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Books, Bites and Beverages: INFORUM's Summer Book Swap
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Books, Bites and Beverages: INFORUM's Summer Book Swap

This summer, INFORUM changed up our usual format by hosting our first ever book swap happy hour! Over 50 of you brought books to share with one another, and below is a compiled list of everyone's anticipated Fall reads! Please let us know what you think of the books you took home by tagging us on Twitter and Facebook! #BeINFORUMed

INFORUM’s Fall 2018 Reading list:

Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan
World Order - Henry Kissinger
Mary B: A Novel: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice - Katherine Chen
Invention of Nature - Andrea Wulf
H is for Hank - Helen McDonald
The Punch Escrow - Tal M. Klein
Abundance Now - Lisa Nichols
Circe - Madeline Miller
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Dark Journey - Candice Millard
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City - Matthew Desmond
Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover
The Favorite Sister - Jessica Knoll
God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism - Jonathan Kirsch
There Are No Grown-Ups - Pamela Drukerman
My Year of Rest and Relaxation - Otessa Moshfegh
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times - Pema Chodron

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Heart of the Mission: Food, Community and Commerce
Aug
7
6:30 PM18:30

Heart of the Mission: Food, Community and Commerce

John Clark, Chef and Co-Owner, Foreign Cinema
William Ortiz-Cartagena, Commissioner, San Francisco Office of Small Business
Gayle Pirie, Chef and Co-Owner, Foreign Cinema
Caleb Zigas, Executive Director, La Cocina
Julian Mark, Reporter, Mission Local—Moderator

This program is part of our Food Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Communities such as San Francisco’s Mission District often center on food—it’s part of the fabric of the neighborhood and the economy. But what has happened to food culture and business as the neighborhood and the city at large grows and shifts? Join the chefs/co-owners of long-time beloved Mission District restaurant Foreign Cinema, along with other local community leaders, for a conversation about the past, present and future of the vibrant neighborhood and city they work, cook and eat in every day.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 pm. program followed by book signing of The Foreign Cinema Cookbook to follow

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Sean Spicer: The Briefing
Aug
2
6:30 PM18:30

Sean Spicer: The Briefing

Sean Spicer, Former White House Press Secretary; Author, The Briefing; Twitter @seanspicer

Before he made his mark as one of the most recognized staffers in the Trump administration, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer built a decades-long career in Republican politics. Spicer witnessed and shaped the inner workings of Washington, D.C., from every vantage point—as a House of Representatives communicator, assistant at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Republican National Committee chief strategist, top advisor to presidential campaigns, and, of course, as White House spokesperson for President Donald Trump.

Few in Washington are as well equipped as Spicer to pull back the curtain and dissect what’s really happening in the nation’s capital. Join Spicer for a rare conversation as he takes us behind the scenes of his turbulent tenure as President Trump's press secretary, shedding new light on the headline-grabbing controversies of the Trump administration's first year.

Location:
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program  

Notes: Attendees subject to search

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Founding, Funding, and Fatherhood with Alexis Ohanian
Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

Founding, Funding, and Fatherhood with Alexis Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder and Board Member, Reddit; Co-Founder, Initialized Capital
Katie Bethell, Founder and Executive Director, PL+US; 2018 World's Greatest Leaders, Fortune—Moderator

Entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian has had a wild ride, and he’s just getting started. He founded Reddit, commonly known as “the front page of the Internet” and one of the most public displays of the huge potential and pitfalls of open dialogue today. Earlier this year, he left Reddit for new challenges, including becoming a father and returning full-time to the venture capital firm he founded, Initialized Capital. He spent time as a microfinance fellow for Kiva. He helped launch travel website Hipmunk and served as a partner for Y Combinator. His relationship with the world’s most famous tennis player, Serena Williams, was a match for the digital ages (There was a Reddit announcement of the engagement.), and now he’s arguably one of the highest profile dads in the tech world (to baby daughter Olympia).

His perspectives on tech, culture and parenting uniquely intersect at a key time in today’s landscape, and we have questions about many subjects: life for working parents in tech and beyond; his lens on the world as a husband and father; the role of open dialogue online, the most interesting emerging tech coming out of Silicon Valley; and advice for founders or those looking to start their own ventures.

Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with Ohanian, moderated by Katie Bethell, founder of PL+US, an organization which advocates for paid family leave for everyone in the United States.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program
Notes: This program is generously supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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A Seat at the Table: Women in Venture Capital and Tech with Jess Lee
Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

A Seat at the Table: Women in Venture Capital and Tech with Jess Lee

Jess Lee, Partner, Sequoia Capital                                                                    

In 2017, all-women founder teams received just 15 percent of the dollars invested by venture capitalists in the United States. Venture capitalist Jess Lee and her peers have their work cut out for them, but they’re ready to make changes. Venture funding is often spurred by individual perspectives, so startups founded by women may not personally resonate with male venture capitalists. With women numbering only 9 percent of decision makers at U.S. firms, this means there are fewer women investing overall and a lack of representation on both sides of the coin. Since venture capital is an increasingly vital resource to support unique solutions for problems at every level, if funders and founders are not diverse, can the investment truly address a broad swath of challenges?

Lee was the founder of the digital fashion site Polyvore, and she is now the first female investing partner in the United States at the high-profile venture firm Sequoia Capital. She’s focused on investing with a social lens, in companies such as Wonolo, which looks at the future of work. She’s also one of 34 senior female investors who came together in 2017 to found All Raise, a nonprofit dedicated to doubling the percentage of women in partner roles in venture capital over the next ten years and increasing total venture capital funding to female founders from 15 to 25 percent in the next five years. All Raise has already launched efforts such as Female Founder Office Hours and Founders for Change–and they’re just getting started.

Join Lee for a conversation about the power of access and capital to create growth and change, and what founders, funders and consumers alike can do to ensure valuable resources are available to all.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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Baratunde Thurston: Stories from the Revisionist Future
Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

Baratunde Thurston: Stories from the Revisionist Future

Baratunde Thurston, Comedian, Author

Baratunde Thurston previews his one-hour comedy show in which he tells the intertwined stories of himself, the Internet and America.

His mother was an activist, lover of organic foods and a computer programmer. He was raised in Washington, D.C. before rich white people returned to reclaim the land. He’s been online since 1993, and now, at 40 years old, he’s ready to explain how it's all connected. Join Thurston as he takes you on a journey into a techno-fabulous future informed by our sometimes terrible past.

Thurston is an Emmy-nominated television host who has worked for The Onion, produced for “The Daily Show,” advised the Obama White House and cleaned bathrooms to pay for his Harvard education. He co-founded Cultivated Wit and the “About Race” podcast and wrote How To Be Black, a New York Times best seller. He serves on the boards of BUILD and the Brooklyn Public Library.

Please note: As this is a preview show, Thurston respectfully requests you don't record audio/video or give away the jokes outside of the show unless it's to a grand jury (in which case, be entirely forthcoming). Still photography is allowed and encouraged—but not the kind with violently bright flashes because that's just rude.

Time: Check-in, 5:30 pm, Program 6:30-8:00 pm

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NOTES

Thurston photo by Ryan Lash

 

 

 

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CALIFORNIA AND MIDTERM ELECTIONS 2018 WITH THE NEW YORK TIMES
Jun
27
6:30 PM18:30

CALIFORNIA AND MIDTERM ELECTIONS 2018 WITH THE NEW YORK TIMES

Alex Burns, National Political Correspondent, The New York Times
Nate Cohn, Domestic Correspondent for "The Upshot," The New York Times
Maggie Haberman, White House Reporter, The New York Times; Pulitzer Prize Recipient 2018
Adam Nagourney, Los Angeles Bureau Chief, The New York Times—Moderator

Four prominent New York Times political journalists will take The Commonwealth Club stage to discuss the most consequential midterm election in a generation. What will the results mean for California and the nation? Following the California primary, Adam Nagourney, New York Times Los Angeles bureau chief, will moderate a discussion about the shape of the races, the role President Trump will play in this election, the future of polling and more. He will be joined by White House reporter Maggie Haberman, who was part of the team honored with a Pulitzer Prize in April for their coverage of Russia’s influence in the 2016 election; Nate Cohn, domestic correspondent for “The Upshot,” a data-driven blog which features a digital probability needle on The New York Times website on each election night; and national political correspondent Alex Burns.

Location: Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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Style Startup to IPO with Katrina Lake
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Style Startup to IPO with Katrina Lake

Katrina Lake, CEO and Founder, Stitch Fix
Lauren Schiller, Host of Inflection Point--Moderator

Katrina Lake became the youngest female founder and CEO to take a company public when her online personal styling company, Stitch Fix, completed its IPO in November of 2017. Lest that not be a big enough splash on the generally male-dominated business world, she did so on stage at the NASDAQ with her young son casually resting on her hip, setting the tone for a next generation of women leaders in tech.

Lake started Stitch Fix in Harvard Business School, and often faced skepticism from a mostly male venture capital world as she pitched the concept of the data-driven fashion company targeted at women. Seven years after Katrina received her first term sheet, Stitch Fix is valued at more than $2 billion, and has shipped millions of ‘Fixes’: boxes of clothes and accessories personalized for clients using a unique combination of algorithms and human stylists.

Beyond its success with customers and investors, Stitch Fix’s workforce is 86 percent female, and the company also focuses on representation in its leadership, maintaining a 50/50 split of men and women on its board. Stitch Fix was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2018, and Lake has been recognized as a Forbes 40 Under 40 recipient, as well as numerous other accolades.

Join INFORUM for a dynamic conversation with Katrina Lake about life as an entrepreneur, being a female CEO, and the future of style and technology.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program 

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Coming of Age Black and Free in America with Darnell L. Moore
Jun
13
6:30 PM18:30

Coming of Age Black and Free in America with Darnell L. Moore

Darnell Moore, Author, No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free inAmerica; Editor at Large, Cassius;. Co-managing Editor, The Feminist Wire; Editor, The Feminist Wire Books (a series of University of Arizona Press); Writer-in-residence, Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University; Co-founder, YOU Belong

Join INFORUM for Pride Month and a conversation about the intersectionality of faith, sexuality, blackness and gender with author Darnell L. Moore, as he discusses his new memoir, No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America. This will be an empowering and insightful evening that you won’t want to miss.

Darnell L. Moore is regarded as “one of the most influential black writers and thinkers of our time,” centering his work largely around the topics of liberation, self-love and tolerance. Moore is an embodiment of resilience, having endured traumas such as narrowly escaping being burned alive at 14 years old by homophobic neighborhood children, suffering a near-fatal heart attack at 19 years old, and enduring poverty and brutality in his childhood home. Today, Moore is an award-winning writer and activist, a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement and a champion of justice. His writing centers around anti-racist, feminist, pro-queer of color and anti-colonial thought and has taken him to The Huffington Post, Ebony Magazine and many other publications. Moore is also a renowned scholar in black Christian thought and has spoken at Harvard Divinity School and been a visiting scholar at the Yale Divinity School and Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, book signing to follow

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Gavin Grimm: Youth Activism and LGBTQ Rights
Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

Gavin Grimm: Youth Activism and LGBTQ Rights

Gavin Grimm, Transgender rights activist
Abdi Soltani, Executive Director, Northern California ACLU — Moderator

What is being done in California and beyond to safeguard the rights of transgender people, especially as the current administration rolls back Obama-era protections? And what is the role of young people in advancing this issue?

As a prominent face of the transgender rights movement, 18-year-old activist Gavin Grimm has unique insight to share on the matter. In 2014, Grimm and his family told his Virginia high school he was transgender, and then, amidst uproar from some parents, the school administration barred Grimm from using the boys’ bathroom. So, Gavin sued his district, stating that the decision violated Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funding. Grimm then quickly gained national attention and the respect of transgender activists including as Laverne Cox and Janet Mock. Today, his case in Virginia is still pending.

Join INFORUM, Grimm and Abdi Soltani, executive director of the ACLU Northern California, for a conversation about youth activism, the cultural and legal shifts around transgender rights, and the status of space and protection for minority and vulnerable populations in our society.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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Walls and Bridges: Policy and Racism
Jun
4
6:30 PM18:30

Walls and Bridges: Policy and Racism

Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender
Alicia Garza, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter; Special Projects Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Activist; Writer
Nikki Jones, Professor of African-American Studies, UC Berkeley; Author, Between Good and Ghetto
Mina Kim, News Anchor and Friday's "Forum" Host, KQED—Moderator

Does the Bay Area have policies that affirm racism? Join INFORUM and KQED as we explore one of the most polarizing topics of our time, asking the questions that divide us and seeking answers that may unite us. Arrive early or stick around afterwards to mix and mingle with audience members and keep the conversation going. The evening will be moderated by Mina Kim, anchor and host at KQED, and include Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and Jeff Adachi, San Francisco public defender.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program
Notes: Graphic by Mark Fiore. In association with KQED

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Let's Talk About Class
May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Let's Talk About Class

A conversation with Death, Sex & Money and BuzzFeed News

Anna Sale, Host, "Death, Sex & Money," WNYC Studios
Venessa Wong, Reporter, BuzzFeed News

"Class is complicated. So, so complicated," a listener named Jessica wrote to WNYC Studios’ "Death, Sex & Money" (DSM) podcast when they asked for listener-submitted stories about class.

Death, Sex & Money and BuzzFeed News collaborated on a multimedia project called Opportunity Costs: Money and Class in America. In listening to and reading the stories, it became evident that class wasn’t just about money—it was also about childhoods, present-day status, aspirations, housing, education, culture, mental health, community and much more.

And now, we want to know: What does class mean to you?

Join DSM host Anna Sale and BuzzFeed News’ Venessa Wong for a conversation about class and all that it entails. Expect lots of audience participation and engagement around questions like “What embarrases you about your current class status?” and “What was a moment when you felt particularly aware of your class status?” We’ll provide drinks and snacks to help get the dialogue started and keep it going in a post-show happy hour.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium,San Francisco
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:45 p.m. happy hour!

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San Francisco Decides: Mayoral Election 2018
May
14
6:30 PM18:30

San Francisco Decides: Mayoral Election 2018

Angela Alioto, Attorney and Former San Francisco Supervisor, District 2
Michelle Bravo, Holistic Health Practitioner
London Breed, President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Supervisor, District 5
Amy Farah Weiss, Homelessness Activist
Richie Greenberg, Businessman and Advisor
Jane Kim, San Francisco Supervisor, District 6
Ellen Lee Zhou, Public Health Worker
Mark Leno, Former California State Senator, SD-11
Melissa Caen, Politics and Legal Reporter, CBS Bay Area (KPIX 5) - Moderator

Join us for a nonpartisan San Francisco mayoral candidate forum as the city decides who will occupy its highest office, including all eight of the candidates.

The candidates will be addressing a wide range of important policy areas – homelessness, cannabis, gentrification and more — moderated by Melissa Caen of CBS Bay Area.

Don’t miss your chance to ask a question of one or all of the candidates, even if you can't join us that night. Submit your questions prior to the program. Fill out this form, or tweet us @inforumsf or @cwclub. We'll also be accepting audience questions as attendees arrive that evening.

Get registered to vote before the May 21 deadline here.

Time: 5:30pm check-in, 6:30pm program, 8:00 pm end.
Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Notes: If you would like to attend the forum but the price of admission is cost-prohibitive to you, please contact us at inforum@commonwealthclub.org.

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Ronan Farrow: The War on Peace
Apr
30
6:30 PM18:30

Ronan Farrow: The War on Peace

Ronan Farrow, Investigative Journalist; Author, War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and The Decline of American Influence

Kara Swisher, Executive Editor, Recode - Moderator

Recent accounts of the U.S. State Department building liken it to site of a nuclear attack: empty offices, dark wings and noiseless halls. According to Ronan Farrow, this desolate building is a symbol of something even bigger — American diplomacy has fallen to the wayside while our use of military action seems to grow. How did this happen and what does it mean for America’s place in the international sphere?

Farrow, investigative journalist, former government advisor and now author, answers these questions and more. Farrow documents the decline of diplomacy since 9/11, citing incidents from across the globe and sharing interviews with whistleblowers, policymakers and every living Secretary of State, from Henry Kissinger to Rex Tillerson.

Join us for an enlightening conversation with Farrow about America’s role in the global community, the changes that have gotten America here, and how a return to diplomacy could lead the nation down a brighter path.

Note: Attendees subject to search
Photo Credit: Brigitte Lacombe

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A Field Guide to Repairing Humanity with Sally Kohn
Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

A Field Guide to Repairing Humanity with Sally Kohn

Sally Kohn, CNN Commentator; Activist; Host, "State of Resistance" podcast; Author, The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Humanity
Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Real American and How to Raise an Adult - Moderator

Whether on social media or television screens, there's increasing divisiveness, hate, vitriol, and more as people discuss their perspectives in public forums. As a progressive commentator on Fox News and CNN, Sally Kohn has earned a reputation as someone who can build bridges across party lines - but even she has her limits. 

Through conversations across America, the Middle East and Rwanda with scientists, white supremacists and even some of her own Twitter trolls, Kohn will help us understand how hate develops and what we can do to stop it from growing and consuming us. 

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Hollywood and Humor with Nell Scovell
Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

Hollywood and Humor with Nell Scovell

Nell Scovell, Author, Just the Funny Parts: … And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club

Kara Swisher, Executive Editor, Recode -- Moderator

From late night TV to Lean In, America has heard Nell Scovell’s words for years, but as a writer, she’s always been behind the scenes. Now, in her new book, Just the Funny Parts: …. And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club, Scovell sheds a bright light on her experiences as a writer and advocate for women in the workplace, as well as her thoughts on the ongoing cultural revolutions in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and beyond. Scovell will be in conversation with Kara Swisher, another leader in cultural coverage and executive editor of Recode.

Advancing women’s rights in professional spaces requires women to actually occupy professional roles, and Scovell, only the second female writer to ever work on The Late Show with David Letterman, championed diversity and inclusion in the writer’s room and beyond. Scovell spent the earlier days of her career writing for publications such as Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Rolling Stone and working as the creator and executive producer of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. In 2009, amid reports of sexual harassment at The Late Show with David Letterman, she stepped into the spotlight to speak publicly about her own experiences with discrimination and sexual favoritism. More recently, Scovell co-authored Lean In with Sheryl Sandberg, lending her sharp and witty voice to a groundbreaking story of female empowerment that has inspired millions of readers worldwide.

Join Scovell as she shares her experiences and stories from her new book and opens up about her rise to the top of a highly-competitive and male-dominated industry that is now under fire and facing changes.

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Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: The Basics
Apr
12
6:30 PM18:30

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: The Basics

Kathryn Haun, Former federal prosecutor at the United States Justice Department; Lecturer in Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Board of Directors, Coinbase
Laura Shin, Journalist; Podcast Host—Moderator

Buzzwords like blockchain, cryptocurrency, and bitcoin are popping up in every news outlet and in casual conversation—but if you’re not an insider, do you actually know how it works? INFORUM wants to make sure this new technology feels more accessible and understandable to all, and we’ve got lots of questions we want to get answered.
Join top blockchain journalist Laura Shin as she digs into the burgeoning field and asks all our burning questions to Kathryn Haun, a leader in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space known for being a clear and candid “explainer.” It’s time to clarify this murky world and ensure you can both throw the buzzwords around and engage more deeply with this technology. Start thinking of your questions now! A few of ours include…

  • What IS cryptocurrency?

  • What IS blockchain?

  • Why do either of those things matter now, or in the future? Are they safe?

  • What is an ICO? What does ‘mining’ mean?

  • Should I buy cryptocurrency? If so...how?

This program is the first in a series exploring blockchain, cryptocurrency, and the future of this technology--we hope you’ll come back for more.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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