Past Events

May 11

Byron Scott & Charlie Norris

Slam-Dunk Success: Leading from Every Position on Life’s Court

Great leadership begins with great understanding. No one knows that better than basketball legend Byron Scott and lifelong business executive Charlie Norris who, respectively, won NBA championships and resurrected multimillion-dollar corporations by being team players no matter their position. Whether it’s on the basketball court, in the boardroom, or in everyday life, getting to the heads and hearts of people is paramount to getting the most out of them.

May 2

Maureen Chiquet

Former Global CEO, Chanel
Beyond the Label: Women, Leadership, and Success on Our Own Terms

Maureen Chiquet began her career in marketing at L’Oreal Paris in 1985. She has worked at The Gap, helped launch Old Navy, and was president of Banana Republic before becoming COO and President of US operations of Chanel in 2003. In 2007 she became its first Global CEO, where she oversaw the business and brand’s world-wide expansion.  She charts her unlikely path from literature major to global chief executive, guiding readers to move beyond the confines of staid expectations and discover their own true paths, strengths, and leadership values.

April 27

Jonathan Taplin

Director Emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab
Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy

Jonathan Taplin is the Director Emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and a former tour manager for Bob Dylan and The Band, as well as a film producer for Martin Scorsese. An expert in digital media entertainment, Taplin is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sits on the California Broadband Task Force and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Council on Technology and Innovation. Move Fast and Break Things tells the story of how a small group of libertarian entrepreneurs began in the 1990s to hijack the original decentralized vision of the Internet, in the process creating Continue reading…

March 30

Daniel Franklin

Executive, Editor, The Economist
in conversation with Ann Winblad,
Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners 

Daniel Franklin is Executive Editor of the Economist and editor of the Economist’s annual publication, ‘The World in…’, which focuses on the year ahead. He is interviewed by Ann Winblad, a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.  Technology moves fast – so where will it have taken us by 2050? How will it affect the way we live? And how far are we willing to let it go? In Megatech, distinguished scientists, industry leaders, star academics and acclaimed science-fiction writers join journalists from The Economist to explore answers to these questions and more.

February 8

Brad Stone

“Brad Stone gives us a lively, fascinating picture of the new new thing in technology—startups like Uber and Airbnb that are disrupting old businesses across the world. He provides a much needed glimpse into the companies that fail as well as the ones that make it big. And he points to the broad policy issues raised by these new technologies, which are surely no fun for the people whose lives are being disrupted.”—Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World and host of CNN’S “Fareed Zakaria GPS”

December 9

Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman is a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his work with The New York Times and the author of six bestselling books, including The World Is Flat. Friedman’s new book is a field guide to the twenty-first century, written by one of its most celebrated observers. In his most ambitious work to date, Thomas L. Friedman shows that we have entered an age of dizzying acceleration–and explains how to live in it.

November 17

Lawrence Levy

with Irwin Miller

Thursday, November 17, 2016 7:45-8:15am Continental Breakfast 8:15-9:15am Forum Lawrence Levy, Former Pixar CFO in conversation with Irwin Miller, Principal, Gensler discussing his upcoming book,  To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History Gensler Downtown Los Angeles 500 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90071 PURCHASE TICKETS: $20 General Admission Seat $45 includes one copy of Lawrence Levy’s book * includes continental breakfast The never-before-told story of Pixar’s improbable success. Lawrence Levy is a Silicon Valley lawyer and executive hired by Steve Jobs in 1994 as CFO and member of the Office of the President of Pixar Animation Studios. Continue reading…

September 21

Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek is author of the global best seller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. Sinek is also best known for popularizing the concept of Why in his first Ted Talk in 2009.  It has since risen to the third most watched talk of all time on TED.com, gathering 27+million views and is subtitled in 43 languages.

May 19

Rachel Moore

President & CEO, The Music Center in Los Angeles
The Artist’s Compass: The Complete Guide to Building a Life and a Living in the Performing Arts

Rachel S. Moore is the President and CEO of The Music Center in Los Angeles. She was a former dancer with the American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov, the Executive Director of ABT from 2004-2012, and CEO of ABT until 2015. she shares insights into the world of performance artists—dancers, singers, musicians, and actors—and offers strategies for success in a tough, competitive world

April 21

Marie Kondo

author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
discussing her new book, Spark Joy

Marie “KonMari” Kondo is the New York Times best-selling author of The Life- Changing Magic of Tidying Up which has sold more than three million copies worldwide. One of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015, she and her method have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Fast Company, Good Housekeeping, The TODAY Show, and more.