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Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology while teaching girls confidence and bravery through coding. A lifelong activist, Reshma was the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. She’s been named a Fortune 40 under 40, a WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year, and one of the Most Powerful Women Changing the World by Forbes. She is the author of three books, including Women Who Don’t Wait In Line and the New York Times Bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Continue reading…

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June 5 — Keith Ferrazzi, CEO, Ferrazzi Greenlight, Inc

KEITH FERRAZZI is an expert on business relationship development, is the author of the bestseller, “Who’s Got Your Back” and “Never Eat Alone.” As CEO of the consulting, training, and research firm Ferrazzi Greenlight, he counsels leading business enterprises on how to dramatically accelerate the development of business relationships to drive sales, spark innovation, and create team cohesion.

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April 11 — Michael Lewis with Joanna Pearlstein, Deputy Managing Editor, WIRED

Michael Lewis’ books include: The Big Short; Liar’s Poker; Moneyball; Boomerang; The New New Thing and Panic. His upcoming, “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” offers a ringside seat to the ways of Wall Street. His past works on the financial industry are game-changing examinations of the most important financial issues of our time. Come hear him reveal what he’s been investigating.

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January 30 — Howard Marks, Chairman & Co-founder, Oaktree Capital Management

Howard Marks is chairman and cofounder of Oaktree Capital Management, a Los Angeles-based investment firm with $80 billion under management. Renowned for his insightful assessments of market opportunity and risk, Marks expounds on such concepts as “second-level thinking,” the price/value relationship, patient opportunism, and defensive investing.

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December 5 — Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk is a serial entrepreneur who has revolutionized the way people look at interacting with their communities. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a small business, or a Fortune 500 company, great marketing is all about telling your story in such a way that it compels people to buy what you are selling.

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Malcolm Gladwell in the news, the buzz, videos

We look forward to our event with Malcolm Gladwell on Tuesday, October 8th in the gorgeous creative space of Gensler, downtown Los Angeles.  Click here for tickets. His upcoming book, David and Goliath is out on October 1.  He’ll be in conversation with Virginia Postrel, columnist and author. Here’s some of the buzz on Gladwell’s new book: — Read an excerpt of David and Goliath  here — The Atlantic, September 18, Malcolm Gladwell: Guru of the Underdogs — Maclean’s, September 24, Malcolm Gladwell on the Secret Power of the Underdog — Wall Street Journal, September 17, Malcolm Gladwell: Disruptive Innovators are Usually Disagreeable — MSNBC, September 20, Rethinking the Story of David Continue reading…

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October 24 — David Kelley, Founder, IDEO & Tom Kelley, Partner, IDEO

For three decades at the helm of the iconic design firm IDEO, the Kelley brothers have helped hundreds of organizations to nurture and apply their creativity. IDEO designed the first mouse for Apple and the first laptop, and has won awards for innovations that have transformed business, government, healthcare, and housing. Join us and learn how to tap the creative capacity within you and your organization.

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September 26 — Mark Hatch, CEO, TechShop

Mark Hatch, who has been at the forefront of the Maker Movement describes the powerful changes that are happening as individuals are increasingly becoming the innovators and creators in our society. He is cofounder of TechShop—the first, largest, and most popular makerspace. The Maker Movement is where all the next great inventions and innovations are happening.

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October 8 — Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. His bestselling books include The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. He was named one of Time‘s 100 Most Influential People (2005). Drawing upon psychology, history, science, business, and politics, David and Goliath is about the mighty leverage of the unconventional.

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