Past Events

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.

March 31

Mohamed El-Erian

Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz; Former CEO, PIMCO
in conversation with Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, The Financial Times
The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse

Mohamed A. El-Erian is chief economic advisor at Allianz the corporate parent of PIMCO where he served as CEO and co-CIO, and chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council. He is a columnist for Bloomberg View and a Financial Times’ contributing editor. El-Erian was named to Foreign Policy’s list of Top 100 Global Thinkers for four consecutive years (2009- 20012).

November 10

November 19 — Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov spent twenty years as the world’s #1 ranked chess player. In 2005, he retired from professional chess to lead the pro-democracy opposition against Vladimir Putin, and ran for the presidency of Russia in 2008. In 2012, he was named chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, succeeding Václav Havel.

October 28

Nov. 12 — Dr. Robert Wachter

Dr. Robert Wachter coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is generally considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. For the past few decades, technology has been touted as the cure for all of healthcare’s ills. Wachter examines the unforeseen consequences of information technology in the healthcare industry.

June 15

October 22 — Robert Reich

Robert B. Reich has served in three national administrations and has written thirteen books, including The Work of Nations, Supercapitalism and Locked in the Cabinet.  He is co-creator of the award-winning film Inequality for All.Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few is a passionate yet practical, sweeping yet minutely argued, myth-shattering breakdown of what’s wrong with our political-economic system, and what it will take to fix it. He reveals the cycles of power and influence that have perpetuated a new American oligarchy, a shrinking middle class, and the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity in eighty years.