Elaine Welteroth: More Than Enough
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

Elaine Welteroth: More Than Enough

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

In 2012, after moving up the ranks at Condé Nast, Elaine Welteroth became the first African-American to hold the title of beauty and health director at Teen Vogue. At 29, she was eventually promoted to editor in chief, making her the youngest to hold the title in the company’s 107-year history and the second person of African-American heritage. Her reign at Teen Vogue was undeniably historic as she led the magazine in a new, fresh direction that allowed her young staff to create content centered on not only fashion and beauty, but also politics, social activism, world news and other topics that painted a more realistic, well-rounded picture of teen life.

Throughout her wildly successful career, Welteroth has often noted that she consistently found herself alone as the only black woman in the room. Her life is filled with stories of triumph despite the numerous roadblocks put in her way, and in her upcoming memoir, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say), Welteroth offers invaluable advice to young women looking to change the world in their own terms. She joins INFORUM to chronicle her life as a pioneer in media and to inspire a new generation of trailblazers.

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Welteroth profile photo by Renell Medrano

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Ed Levine: Serious Eater
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Ed Levine: Serious Eater

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

Founded in 2006 by former New York Times food contributor Ed Levine, food blog Serious Eats has combined storytelling and culinary expertise to become one of the most acclaimed food sites in the world. The site provides in-depth recipes and reviews of food products and kitchen equipment carefully tested by culinary professionals in order to provide thorough and trustworthy reviews for its readers.

Levine’s forthcoming book, Serious Eater: A Food Lover’s Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption, recounts his challenging journey to create a successful online food publication. Levine bought the domain name Serious Eats for $100 and created the blog as a space to connect other like-minded eaters. Over the course of 10 years and with the help of a dedicated team and a supportive family, Levine has made Serious Eats into an established website with a large following. In addition to Serious Eater, Levine is also the author of New York EatsNew York Eats (More), and Pizza: A Slice of Heaven. He also hosts “Special Sauce,” a weekly podcast covering food in conversation with various prominent figures within the culinary landscape and beyond.

Join Levine live at INFORUM as he reflects on his transformation from food writer to entrepreneur. This conversation will be moderated by Chef J. Kenji López-Alt, chief culinary adviser for Serious Eater and author of the James Beard Award–nominated column “The Food Lab.”

NOTES

Levine photo by Robyn Lee

López-Alt photo © Vicky Wasik

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A Beginner's Guide to the End of Life
Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

A Beginner's Guide to the End of Life

Shoshana Berger, Editorial Director, IDEO; Co-Author; A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death
Bruce (B.J.) Miller Jr., M.D., Palliative Care Physician, UCSF; Co-Author; A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death


The Rev. Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, Executive Director, Alameda County Care Alliance (ACCA)—Moderator

How do we cope with the inevitability of death? How can we make better decisions for ourselves and our families? B.J. Miller and journalist Shoshana Berger visit INFORUM to answer the questions about death we’re all afraid to ask with their new book: A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death. Berger and Miller offer step-by-step instructions on managing the end of life, including how to navigate a complex system of hidden costs and intense emotions, without shame and guilt often associated with this period of life.

Miller is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCSF, where he practices and teaches palliative medicine. Berger is a journalist and editorial director at IDEO. Together they join INFORUM for a lesson on dying—and how to live fully until you do.

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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We Are La Cocina
Jun
17
6:30 PM18:30

We Are La Cocina

Caleb Zigas, Executive Director, La Cocina; Author, We Are La Cocina(Forthcoming)
Veronica Salazar, Chef and Owner, El Huarache Loco
Reem Assil, Chef and Owner, Reem's California; Chef and Owner, Dyafa
Lamees Dabhour, Chef and Owner, Mama Lamees

La Cocina started in San Francisco, one of the nation’s most competitive food industries, as a grassroots organization in the Mission District. It has grown into the best-known kitchen incubator in the United States. La Cocina provides support and resources to help women, people of color and immigrants formalize and expand their food businesses to create a more diverse and equitable food industry.

Caleb Zigas, executive director of La Cocina, built the original infrastructure of the incubator program. This program now supports nearly 40 growing businesses and continues to break down barriers and strengthen communities. For the first time, get a glimpse of this life-changing work with We Are La Cocina, a new cookbook that offers over 40 stories of women pursuing economic freedom and includes over 120 of their recipes, bringing a taste of that success into your own home.

Join Zigas and La Cocina graduates live at INFORUM as they share inspiring stories featured in the cookbook and reflect on their journeys to entrepreneurial success as they progress toward increasing diversity and equity in the food industry.

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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Rep. Eric Swalwell: Democratic Presidential Candidate
Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

Rep. Eric Swalwell: Democratic Presidential Candidate

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Eric Swalwell, U.S. Representative for District 15 (D-CA); 2020 Presidential Candidate
Marisa Lagos, Reporter for California Politics and Government, KQED

Representative Eric Swalwell, an East Bay Democrat and fixture in Bay Area politics, launched his presidential campaign on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in April 2019. Swalwell’s long-awaited announcement is another marker of the generational shift emerging in the 2020 election, and he is sure that millennials are ready to take on the country’s toughest issues.

Swalwell was first elected to Congress at the age of 31 after winning an upset primary contest against a 40-year Democratic incumbent. Now 38, he is one of the youngest candidates in the presidential race and, if elected, would be the youngest president in American history. He is a vocal advocate for stricter gun policies and student debt reform, two issues that have earned him national recognition.

Swalwell joins INFORUM to chronicle his rise in Congress, discuss his highly anticipated campaign and urge Americans to “go big, be bold, and do good.”

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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Queer Eye's Tan France
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Queer Eye's Tan France

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Tan France, Host and Fashion Expert, Netflix's "Queer Eye"; Author, Naturally Tan

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

As fashion designer, Tan France said, “Yes, I know I’m gayer; yes, I know I’ve got a different skin color. Yes, I know I’m a certain religion. Yes, I know I’m an immigrant. But look at all the similarities we have.” France is more than a star of the hit Netflix reboot, “Queer Eye”—he is an unapologetic representative of his many, often marginalized identities, and he leverages his unique ability to connect with others in spite of their differences. As one of the Fab Five, performing makeovers for a diverse array of people, France has played a vital role in transforming the perception of “Queer Eye” from a niche fashion show into an authentic exploration of identity and difference, and it continues to captivate viewers across the country and around the world.

In his new memoir, Naturally Tan, France recounts his experience growing up gay in a traditional South Asian Muslim family in South Yorkshire. Alongside fashion advice and humor, he connects his unusual childhood to his rise to stardom and ability to connect across the divide. Experience the style icon’s charisma and compassion as he reflects on the importance of representation and the power of connection.

Location: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco
Time: 6 p.m. check-in and premium reception, 7 p.m. program

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Shannon Watts: Fight Like a Mother
Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

Shannon Watts: Fight Like a Mother

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

The United States experiences the highest number of school shootings in the world. Shannon Watts decided to do something about it. In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Watts, a mother of five and former communications executive, started Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an organization that advocates for gun regulation reform. Moms Demand Action has grown into one of the largest and most far-reaching organizations in American politics with a grassroots network in all 50 states and millions of supporters. Under Watts’ leadership, Moms Demand Action has enjoyed a 93 percent success rate in beating the NRA in state legislatures.

In her forthcoming book, Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby, Watts recounts how she and other mothers turned their outrage into action to drive progress in gun safety. The book celebrates the unique strength and power of women and highlights the potential for everyone to engage in everyday activism. In addition to her work with Moms Demand Action, Watts is the founder and board chair of Rise to Run, an organization dedicated to mobilizing young progressive women to run for office, and an active board member of Emerge America. Join Watts live at INFORUM as she shares her inspiring journey of how one woman’s cry for change became a driving force in a national demand for action.

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Watts photo by Christopher Langford

This program is generously supported by Levi Strauss & Co.



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Alexa von Tobel: Financially Forward
May
22
6:30 PM18:30

Alexa von Tobel: Financially Forward

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Alexa von Tobel, Founder and CEO, LearnVest.com; Chief Digital Officer, Northwestern Mutual; Author, Financially Forward: How to Use Today's Digital Tools to Earn More, Save Better, and Spend Smarter(Forthcoming)

Technology has transformed the often-confusing personal finance landscape. From Bitcoin to mobile pay, digitization has fundamentally changed the rules of spending, saving and investing, and financial guru Alexa von Tobel views these changes as incredible opportunities.

Von Tobel’s confusion surrounding her own personal finances as a young professional shaped the trajectory of her career. She dropped out of Harvard Business School to found LearnVest.com, a personal finance website with the goal of helping other women take control of their money, before launching her new venture capital firm, Inspired Capital Partners. In her new book, Financially Forward: How to Use Today's Digital Tools to Earn More, Save Better, and Spend Smarter, she demonstrates how to harness the smartphone-accessible tools of the digital age to maximize financial gain, covering everything from financial planning to preparing for the future of digital money.

Join von Tobel live at INFORUM as she reflects on how the digital age has created new potential for successful financial planning.

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

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Alpha Girls: Women Upstarts in Silicon Valley
May
14
6:30 PM18:30

Alpha Girls: Women Upstarts in Silicon Valley

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Julian GuthrieNew York Times Best-Selling Author, Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took on Silicon Valley’s Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime (Forthcoming)
Meaghan Rose, CEO and Founder, Rocksbox
Magdalena Yesil, Founding Investor and Board Member, Salesforce; Board of Directors, Informed, SoFi, Smartsheet and Zuora
William Randolph Hearst III, Editor and Publisher, Journal of Alta California; Chairman of the Board, Hearst Corp.—Moderator

In her new book, Alpha Girls, award-winning journalist Julian Guthrie tells the unforgettable story of four different women who, through grit and ingenuity, became stars in the cutthroat, high-stakes, male-dominated world of venture capital in Silicon Valley, and helped build some of the foremost companies of our time.

Guthrie takes readers behind the closed doors of venture capital, an industry that transforms economies and shapes how we live. Through their experiences juggling work and family, the featured leaders and others continued to shape the tech landscape we know today while overcoming unequal pay, actual punches, betrayals, and the sexist attitudes prevalent in Silicon Valley and in male-dominated industries everywhere. Despite the setbacks, they would rise again to rewrite the rules for an industry they love, paving the way for the next generation of women along the way.

Join Guthrie for a powerful live conversation featuring Magdalena Yesil, one of the “alpha girls” in the book, and Meaghan Rose, a rising startup founder. The discussion will be led by Will Hearst of Journal of Alta California. They’ll explore the world of tech, startups, venture capital and work culture—and how it has and hasn’t changed.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. reception supported by Journal of Alta California (open to all), 6:30 p.m. program followed by book signing
Notes: In association with Journal of Alta California

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Data for Social Good: Crisis Text Line CEO Nancy Lublin
May
13
6:30 PM18:30

Data for Social Good: Crisis Text Line CEO Nancy Lublin

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Nancy Lublin, CEO and Founder, Crisis Text Line; CEO and Founder, Loris.ai
DJ Patil, Head of Technology, Devoted Health; Former United States Chief Data Scientist—Moderator

Suicide and mental health are hard subjects—so Crisis Text Line leveraged the power of the data it collects to help their counselors determine the best way to talk about the topics with those in need. The nonprofit, founded in 2013 by CEO Nancy Lublin, has provided a free text-based and human-driven service to support those experiencing mental health stress, gathering data points from more than 75 million text messages sent and maximizing the impact of their information to better train counselors and support their community. Its innovative and data-driven methodology for tackling hard conversations can also be applied to more than the mental health space, including to Lublin’s latest venture: Loris.ai.

Lublin’s entire career has focused on initiatives addressing social issues, and she founded Dress for Success and Do Something prior to Crisis Text Line. With her technology lens on big challenges, she continues to iterate on innovative mechanisms and creative solutions to sticky problems. At INFORUM, she’ll be joined in conversation by DJ Patil, head of technology at Devoted Health and former U.S. chief data scientist in the Obama administration, to dig into the power of data to effect change. Come curious!

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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Dustin Lance Black: Coming of Age in Red and Blue America
May
8
6:30 PM18:30

Dustin Lance Black: Coming of Age in Red and Blue America

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Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award-Wnning Screenwriter, Milk; Author, Mama’s Boy: A Story from Our Americas; Activist

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

Join Dustin Lance Black, influential LGBTQ+ activist and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter behind Milk, as he reveals his unexpectedly conservative origins in his new memoir, Mama’s Boy: A Story from Our Americas, providing personal and philosophical insight into the complicated divide between red and blue America.

Black’s memoir chronicles his coming of age in a military, Mormon household in Texas and moving to more liberal California after his mother’s remarriage. Finding himself at odds with the religious and political atmosphere of his family and his community’s condemnation of his sexuality, Black kept his identity a secret. He ultimately found release and professional success in the arts and reveals that throughout his often difficult childhood, he and his mother always managed to share a powerful bond of support. When Black played an instrumental role in the overturning of California’s antigay marriage Proposition 8, she was next to him despite a lifetime of opposition.

Join Dustin Lance Black live at INFORUM as he reflects on his personal journey to self-acceptance and success and shares his unique perspective on bridging the many divides in our country today.

Location: Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program followed by book signing

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 Glenn Close: Bring Change to Mind
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Glenn Close: Bring Change to Mind

The stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness is deeply rooted in American culture and society. Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health and to raising awareness, understanding and empathy. Award-winning actor and advocate Glenn Close co-founded Bring Change to Mind in 2010 after her sister Jessie Close was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and her nephew Calen Pick was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.

Science and evidence-based programs are essential to achieving the work of BC2M. The organization’s seven public service announcements have provided stigma-reducing messaging to more than 4 billion individuals. By mobilizing deeply engaged change agents, especially youth, to collectively talk about mental health, BC2M is able to encourage healthy help seeking behavior, greater resilience and self-care techniques. It is transforming feelings of isolation and despair into feelings of community and hope. The organization’s peer-led high school clubs, operating in 16 states, are a great example of how youth can, and will, change the perspectives on mental illness in our lifetime. Join Glenn, Jessie and other BC2M leaders for a conversation about the power of advocacy, science and youth leadership to reduce stigma and creative positive change in the world of mental health.

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Part of our series on mental health, dedicated in memory of Nancy Friend Pritzker, with support from the John Pritzker Family Fund

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Bret Easton Ellis: Freedom of Speech in a Digital Age
Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Bret Easton Ellis: Freedom of Speech in a Digital Age

Bret Easton Ellis, Author, White (Forthcoming), American Psycho, The Rules of AttractionLess Than Zero; Screenwriter; Host, “The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast”

Bret Easton Ellis, the best-selling novelist and screenwriter of the darkly incisive American Psycho and other hugely popular novels, is diving into nonfiction for the first time with his provocatively titled new book White, which blends his personal perspective in the entertainment industry and his sharp cultural insight into our digital age, simultaneously defining and defending the concept of freedom of speech.

While Ellis eschews the label provocateur, he remains outspoken in his frustration with identity politics and political correctness. In Ellis’ words, “Everyone feels muzzled now, and it comes down to how much you can take. Can I talk about what I’m feeling and say my opinion? You get to a point where there’s a break, a fissure, and you either decide to go through it and be yourself, or you decide to hide.”

Beyond his literary career, Ellis also expounds at length on film, books, music, culture and politics on “The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast,” and his Twitter feed is often feisty—agree or disagree with him, Ellis gets you thinking. Join Ellis live at INFORUM as he reflects on the state of political discourse in the United States and shares his unique perspective as an unfiltered and often polarizing cultural commentator.

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

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The Power of Youth in Our Politics
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

The Power of Youth in Our Politics

Scott Warren, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Generation Citizen; Author, Generation Citizen: The Power of Youth in Our Politics
Other Panelists TBA

Gun violence. #BlackLivesMatter. Climate change. Voting rights. Despite a sense of alienation from civic engagement in today’s political atmosphere, young leaders continue to take up the charge across these and other critical issues, demanding a better future, wielding their votes and pushing the country forward to create change.

In his book Generation Citizen: The Power of Youth in Our Politics, Scott Warren, co-founder and CEO of Generation Citizen, recounts his personal political awakening and the long and inspiring history of young people enacting significant political change in the United States, ranging from the civil rights movement to the Parkland students’ stance against gun violence. Since its founding in 2010 when Warren was a senior at Brown University, Generation Citizen has worked with more than 50,000 students across the country to engage them in politics as the next generation of future leaders through an innovative curriculum and hands-on opportunities to dig into the civic process, creating new channels for learning and capacity building to make a difference locally and nationally.

Join Warren at INFORUM, alongside other rising voices in youth leadership and civic engagement, for an inspiring conversation about the political potential of youth and students and the future of American social change.

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

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Black Futures Lab and the Black Census Project
Apr
2
6:30 PM18:30

Black Futures Lab and the Black Census Project

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Alicia Garza, Principal, Black Futures Lab; Strategy and Partnership Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter
Additional Panelists TBA

The issues facing black communities are often complicated, nuanced and heavily weighted by centuries of historical injustice. Black Futures Lab, founded by Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, works to make black people powerful in politics by transforming black communities into constituencies that build power in cities and states.

The Black Futures Lab recently completed the largest survey of black people since Reconstruction, with nearly 40,000 respondents from diverse communities across the nation. The survey included questions regarding many defining characteristics, including gender, sexuality, age and other categories, and it dug into several key issues rooted in inequality and to understand better what black communities desire for their futures. Join Garza and other cultural leaders, scholars and experts for a conversation about the inaugural data results and how to use this data to create solutions with lasting impact.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco, CA 04105
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg: Democratic Presidential Candidate
Mar
28
6:30 PM18:30

Mayor Pete Buttigieg: Democratic Presidential Candidate

Pete Buttigieg, 32nd Mayor of South Bend, Indiana; 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate; Author, Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future
Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief, Mother Jones—Moderator

At 37 years old, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg already has a few firsts under his belt. In 2011 and at the age of 29, he was elected mayor of South Bend, IN, making him the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with at least 100,000 residents, and the first openly gay municipal executive in Indiana. In December 2018, he announced his 2020 campaign for the presidency and is now the first millennial and the first openly gay presidential candidate. With fellow politicians like President Barack Obama touting him as the future of the Democratic Party, Buttigieg is seemingly in for an incredible year.

Join INFORUM for a conversation with the presidential hopeful, moderated by Mother Jones Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery, as they discuss Buttigieg’s quickly rising star, the importance of representation in American politics, and his desire to be the “fresh start” he feels our country needs.

Location: Rembe Rock Auditorium, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 pm check-in, 6:30 pm program
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Taraji P. Henson: The Best of Enemies
Mar
26
6:30 PM18:30

Taraji P. Henson: The Best of Enemies

Taraji P. Henson, Actress; Author, Around the Way Girl
Robin Bissell, Director, The Best of Enemies; Producer, The Hunger Games; Producer, Seabiscuit
Dominique Telson, Senior Vice President of Development and Production, Astute Films 
Alicia Garza, Principal, Black Futures Lab; Strategy and Partnership Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter; Contributing Editor, Marie Claire—Moderator

Join Golden Globe-winning actress Taraji P. Henson, director Robin Bissell (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit) and producer Dominique Telson (SVP of development and production at Astute Films) for a powerful conversation about the civil rights era and their new film, The Best of Enemies.

While the 1960s in the United States were rife with violent racial tensions, Durham, North Carolina is a crucial anchor in the history of the civil rights movement. From hosting the country’s first sit-in to various visits from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, the city is the birthplace of many unsung heroes in the movement, including Ann Atwater.

In 1971, civil rights activist Ann Atwater teamed up with an unlikely ally, KKK member C.P. Ellis, after a decade-long feud. Together, they shared a goal to reduce school violence and ensure peaceful desegregation. Atwater’s story and her friendship with Ellis is finally being told for audiences around the world in the upcoming film The Best of Enemies, starring Taraji P. Henson. Henson rose to fame with powerful roles in the television show “Empire” and the films Hidden Figures and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Join Henson, Bissell and Telson at INFORUM as they all discuss the making of the film, Atwater’s incredible life and the immense power of finding a common ground with everyone.

This conversation is moderated by Alicia Garza.

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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Representative Joe Kennedy III
Mar
22
11:30 AM11:30

Representative Joe Kennedy III

Joe Kennedy III, U.S. Representative for District 4 (D–MA)

Representative Joe Kennedy III, at just 37, has already made a name for himself in Democratic politics. Elected in 2012 to his first term representing Massachusetts, he quickly rose to prominence as one of the younger voices in Congress. He gained new national recognition when he was chosen to give the Democratic response to the 2018 State of the Union and recently introduced Senator Elizabeth Warren (D–MA) when she made her public 
announcement to run for president of the United States in the 2020 election.

Since he took office, Kennedy has leveraged his role to champion economic and social issues locally and nationally, including American manufacturing, workforce development, a livable minimum wage, affordable health care, mental health and addiction care, civil rights, immigration, and energy costs, with a focus on bipartisan efforts. He is a member of the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee and chairs Congress’ Transgender Equality Task Force. Locally, Kennedy remains closely in touch with his constituents by committing to his ongoing Tour 34, an initiative where he holds constituent office hours in all 34 Fourth District municipalities.

Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with a rising star of the Democratic Party about the future of a new generation of politicians and the key challenges facing the American people today.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 11 a.m. check-in, 11:30 a.m. program

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Emily Chang's Brotopia: One Year Later
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Emily Chang's Brotopia: One Year Later

Emily Chang, Anchor and Executive Producer, Bloomberg Technology; Author, Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley; Twitter @emilychangtv
Aileen Lee, Partner, Cowboy VC; Founder, All Raise—Moderator

In 2018, Emily Chang’s Brotopia: Breaking Up The Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley made national headlines, further opening up the conversation around discrimination, sexual harassment and toxic work environments taking place across industries and in Silicon Valley.

One year later, join Chang and moderator Aileen Lee, partner at Cowboy VC and founder of All Raise, the new nonprofit dedicated to strategically engaging more women and minorities in the founding and funding of technology-driven companies. In this powerful expose, Chang reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals. Drawing on her deep network of tech insiders, Chang sheds light on how hard it is for women to crack the Silicon ceiling and offers insight on what companies and employees need to do to bring down the “brotopia” culture once and for all.

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 the West

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Alyssa Mastromonaco: Growing Up and Trusting Your Gut
Mar
13
6:30 PM18:30

Alyssa Mastromonaco: Growing Up and Trusting Your Gut

Alyssa Mastromonaco, Author, So Here's the Thing . . . Notes on Growing Up, Getting Older, and Trusting Your Gut (Forthcoming) and Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House; President of Global Communications Strategy and Talent, A&E Networks; Contributing Editor, Marie Claire;Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Operations for President Barack Obama

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

Do you ever wish you had a blueprint for navigating some of life's toughest spaces, including relationships, friendships or your job? Alyssa Mastromonaco might have the answers. Since her years as a key member of the Obama administration, Mastromonaco has since become a media powerhouse with notable roles at companies such as Vice Media, Marie Claire Magazine and, most recently, A&E Networks. Along the way, she’s learned hard but incredibly valuable lessons that she’s ready to share with the world. From Congress to tech to Hollywood, being a woman in the workplace comes with challenges, but Mastromonaco is here to help you see a path for yourself.

Join Mastromonaco’s return to INFORUM on the heels of the release of her newest book, So Here's the Thing . . . Notes on Growing Up, Getting Older, and Trusting Your Gut. The book includes personal stories, interviews with some of the world’s most recognizable and hardworking women, and of course, Mastromonaco’s distinct sense of humor. She will offer tips and tricks she picked up during her illustrious career and offer advice on how to become (or support!) a modern woman on your own terms.

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

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

San Francisco Mayor London Breed

London Breed, Mayor, City of San Francisco
Meena Harris, Head of Strategy and Leadership, Uber; Founder, Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign—Moderator

Celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day with an intimate conversation with San Francisco Mayor London Breed. Following her election in 2018, Mayor Breed is the city’s first African-American female mayor and just the second woman to ever hold the office, elected during a historic year for women’s representation in local and national politics.

The mayor has lived a life of public service. Prior to her election as District 5 supervisor in 2012 and her service as Board president from 2015–2018, she served as executive director of the African American Art and Culture Complex in the Western Addition for 10 years. She also served as a San Francisco Redevelopment Agency commissioner for five years and in 2010 was appointed by the then Mayor Gavin Newsom to be a San Francisco fire commissioner.

Join INFORUM as we hear from Mayor Breed on the priorities for her administration, with a lens of economic justice, on the biggest issues of our day, including housing, criminal justice reform, education and public safety.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program
Notes:
 Attendees' bags subject to search

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Brave, Not Perfect with Reshma Saujani
Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

Brave, Not Perfect with Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code; Author, Brave, Not Perfect (Forthcoming)

How many of us go crazy trying to do it all, and do it all perfectly? How many obsess over tiny errors and avoid taking on big opportunities or challenges for fear of failing or embarrassing ourselves? Why is failure, big or small, not seen as a viable option for so many of us?

Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani’s popular TED Talk called for the need to teach bravery, not perfection, especially for women constantly finding themselves under enormous amounts of pressure to perform. In her new book, Brave, Not Perfect, Saujani asks us to rethink what our goals are supposed to look like and instead live life boldly, assuring us that it is more powerful to find something unexpected in the mistakes than it is to play it safe. Join us as Saujani offers stories from other brave women, shares best practices for making bravery the new standard for women across the country and details her own journey in getting there.

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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Modern Love: Valentine's Day with INFORUM
Feb
14
6:30 PM18:30

Modern Love: Valentine's Day with INFORUM

Daniel Jones, Editor, The New York Times’ “Modern Love”
Jess Carbino, Ph.D., Sociologist, Bumble

Join INFORUM for our annual Valentine’s Day event and party, with a multifaceted conversation about love. Guests include Daniel Jones, editor of The New York Times’ famous “Modern Love” column, and Dr. Jess Carbino, sociologist for Bumble, the dating, friendship and networking app. Expect a discussion of love, sex, culture, the complex subjects we navigate in relationships and more. Come early and stay afterwards for drinks, snacks, activities and a chance to keep the conversation flowing. Thanks to Fort Point Beer and Rudd Wines for their support.


Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in and reception, 6:30 program followed by reception
Notes: In collaboration with The New York Times

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For the Bay’s Future: New Solutions to the Housing Crisis
Jan
16
11:30 AM11:30

For the Bay’s Future: New Solutions to the Housing Crisis

Fred Blackwell, CEO, San Francisco Foundation
Priscilla Chan, M.D., Co-Founder, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; Pediatrician
Jennifer Martinez, Ph.D., Chief Strategy Officer, PICO California
Erika Aguilar, Housing Reporter, KQED—Moderator

There’s no doubt about it: The San Francisco Bay Area is in the midst of a housing crisis. But while people may disagree about the root causes, the costs or the most promising legislation, there’s one thing everyone agrees on: The only hope of solving it is through monumental multi-sector collaboration.

Join the San Francisco Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Ford Foundation, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, corporate leaders and housing advocates for a conversation about bold solutions, hosted at The Commonwealth Club.

This event will also celebrate the launch of an exciting new effort to build a more livable, inclusive and vibrant Bay Area. Come learn how a diverse array of partners will protect up to 175,000 households and preserve and produce more than 8,000 homes over the next 5–10 years. The time for incremental change is over.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 11 a.m. check-in, noon program followed by light reception (open to all)
Notes: Generously supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; in partnership with The San Francisco Foundation

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

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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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