Past Events

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.

November 17

Tina Brown

Founder, Women in the World Summit 

Tina Brown is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast. She is the former editor-in-chief of The Tatler, Vanity Fair, Talk and The New Yorker, where she was the first female editor and was honored with four George Polk Awards, five Overseas Press Club Awards, and 10 National Magazine Awards, including a 1995 award for General Excellence, the first in the magazine’s history. Brown was awarded C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth in 2000. Tina Brown kept delicious daily diaries throughout her eight spectacular years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair. Today they provide an incendiary portrait of the flash and Continue reading…

November 14

Dan Ariely with Jeff Kreisler

Behavioral Economist; Bestselling author, Predictably Irrational
Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter

Dan Ariely is a Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. Blending humor and behavioral economics, the New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational delves into the truly illogical world of personal finance to help people better understand why they make bad financial decisions, and gives them the knowledge they need to make better ones.   In Dollars and Sense, he explains how our irrational behavior often interferes with our best intentions when it comes to managing our finances.  

November 8

Thom Mayne

Pritzker Prize–winning American architect,
Founder, mOrphosis

100 Buildings

Thom Mayne is a Pritzker Prize–winning American architect and educator, who founded the interdisciplinary architecture and urban design firm mOrphosis in 1972. He is the cofounder and executive director of the Now Institute and currently distinguished professor at UCLA’s Architecture and Urban Design.  The Now Institute is an urban research center at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design that applies strategic interdisciplinary thinking to real-world issues.