Past Events

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.

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.