Past Events

January 13

June 10 — Matthieu Ricard

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk who left a career in cellular genetics to study Buddhism in the Himalayas nearly 40 years ago. He is an international best-selling author and a prominent speaker on the world stage, celebrated at the World Economic Forum at Davos and at TED where his first talk on happiness has been viewed by over four million people.

April 7

May 21– George Bodenheimer, former Executive Chairman, ESPN

ESPN’s rise is one of the most remarkable stories about business and sports.   George Bodenheimer is an ESPN and cable industry pioneer serving as Executive Chairman of ESPN (2012-2014).  He was the company’s longest-tenured president (1998-2011) overseeing all multimedia sports assets of The Walt Disney Company, including ABC Sports and as co-chairman, Disney Media Networks.  

February 25

May 18 — Jack Welch, former CEO, General Electric

Jack Welch is the former chairman and chief executive officer of GE. During his tenure, GE became the world’s most valuable corporation and was consistently voted the most admired company in the world by Fortune magazine. Jack and Suzy Welch draw on their experiences to address the biggest problems facing modern management—and offer pragmatic solutions to overcome them.

April 2

April 28 — Henry Paulson, Former Secretary of Treasury

Henry M. Paulson, Jr., served as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush. Prior to that, he had a thirty-two year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as chairman and chief executive officer beginning in 1999. He is China expert, conservationist and author.

February 21

April 16 — Laszlo Bock, SVP People Operations, Google

Laszlo Bock is the visionary head of Google’s innovative People Operations. Join us for a conversation on groundbreaking inquiry into the philosophy of work and a blueprint for attracting the most spectacular talent to your business and ensuring the best and brightest succeed.  

January 12

March 19 — Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author (The Happiness Project)

Gretchen Rubin is a thought-provoking and influential writer on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature. She’s the author of several books, including the New York Times bestsellers, Happier at Home and The Happiness Project.  In her upcoming book, Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin  tackles the critical question: How do we change? Her answer: through habits.

January 13

March 11 — C. L. Max Nikias, President, University of Southern California

USC President Nikias comes to Live Talks Business Forum to talk about how the nation’s top research universities can spur innovation and economic growth; bioscience as the next growth industry for Southern California; the cost/value of higher education; diversity; and the role of universities in the community.

January 11

February 19 — Stephanie Meeks, President & CEO, National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust has an ambitious strategic agenda to focus direct action on saving imperiled places and engaging new audiences in preservation.  It has also launched an effort to highlight the connection between older buildings and vibrant cities, and reflecting the benefits of historic preservation in today’s urban areas.

January 9

February 4 — Spencer Rascoff, CEO, Zillow & Stan Humphries, Chief Economist, Zillow

In their book, Zillow Talk, CEO Spencer Rascoff and Chief Economist Stan Humphries explain the science behind where and how we live now and reveal practical, data-driven insights about buying, selling, renting and financing real estate. 

January 9

January 29 — Andrew Keen, Entrepreneur; founder, Audiocafe.com

Keen is an entrepreneur who founded Audiocafe.com.  He is the executive director of the Silicon Valley salon FutureCast, the host of the Techonomy web series “Keen On.’  He argues that the Internet should return it to its founding principles to foster creativity, self-expression, small business and personal freedom.