Past Events

October 4

Brad Smith

President of Microsoft
Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and one of the tech industry’s broadest thinkers, shares a frank and thoughtful reckoning with how to balance enormous promise and existential risk as the digitization of everything accelerates. He leads a team of more than 1,400 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals working in 56 countries. He plays a key role in spearheading the company’s work on critical issues involving the intersection of technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, artificial intelligence, human rights, immigration, philanthropy and environmental sustainability.  

May 2

Phil Buchanan

Founding Chief Executive, Center for Effective Philanthropy
Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count

Phil Buchanan is founding chief executive of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), a nonprofit that conducts research and advises the largest foundations in the country. His book, Giving Done Right is a practical guide to philanthropy at all levels of giving that seeks to educate and inspire. A majority of American households give to charity in some form or another–from local donations to food banks, religious organizations, or schools, to contributions to prevent disease or protect basic freedoms. Whether you’re in a position to give $1 or $1 million, every giver needs to answer the same question: How do I channel my Continue reading…

February 26

Reshma Saujani

Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code; 
Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder

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…

October 17

Scott Belsky
Chief Product Officer at Adobe. Entrepreneur, Author & Investor.
The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture

Scott Belsky is an entrepreneur, author, and investor. He is currently Chief Product Officer at Adobe, serves as a board member to several early stage companies, and is a Venture Partner at Benchmark, a leading venture capital firm based in San Francisco. He was previously the founder and CEO of Behance, a leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work. He is also the creator of 99U, Behance’s think tank and annual conference devoted to execution in the creative world. Belsky is the author of Making Ideas Happen and coauthor of the 99U book series.

September 28

Nigel Travis

Chairman of Dunkin’ Brands, CEO from 2009-2018
The Challenge Culture:
Why the Most Successful Organizations Run on Pushback

The executive chairman and former CEO of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins reflects on the unique, results-oriented discipline he’s developed over decades of leadership, which provides a blueprint for any organization to achieve prosperity.

September 14

Michael Chertoff with David Lazarus

Former Secretary of Homeland Security 
Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age

Michael Chertoff was the second Secretary of Homeland Security from 2005–2009. He previously served at a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as a federal prosecutor, as Assistant U.S. Attorney General, and as United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey―one of only two U.S. Attorneys who was not replaced when the Clinton administration took office in 1993. He is the author of Homeland Security: Assessing the First Five Years. The most dangerous threat we―individually and as a society and country―face today is no longer military, but rather the increasingly pervasive exposure Continue reading…

August 24

Arne Duncan with Austin Beutner

Former Secretary of Education
How Schools Work: An Inside Account of Failure and Success from One of the Nation’s Longest-Serving Secretaries of Education

Arne Duncan was one of the longest serving members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet and among the most influential Secretaries of Education in history. He has spent nearly three decades across all levels of education, from his mother’s afterschool program on Chicago’s Southside to CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. He currently sits on the board of Communities in Schools. 

April 11

Daniel Pink

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
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In his new book, Daniel H. Pink, the bestselling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human, unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home. His new book is When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.

May 18

Ehud Barak

Former Prime Minister of Israel
My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace

Ehud Barak served as Israel’s Prime Minister from 1999 to 2001. He was the leader of the Labor Party from 2007 until 2011, and Minister of Defense, first in Olmert’s and then in Netanyahu’s government from 2007 to 2013. Before entering politics, he was a key member of the Israeli military, occupying the position of Chief-of-Staff.  My Country, My Life tells the unvarnished story of his―and his country’s―first seven decades; of its major successes, but also its setbacks and misjudgments. He offers candid assessments of his fellow Israeli politicians, of the American administrations with which he worked, and of himself. 

December 1

An Evening with 

Tim Ferriss with Terry Crews

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World

Tim Ferris is one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and an early-stage tech investor/advisor in Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ other companies. He is also the author of four #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef, and Tools of Titans. His influential podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, has exceeded 200 million downloads and been selected for “Best of iTunes” three years running. His latest book is Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World.