Past Events

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.

October 25

Eric Ries with Krisztina Holly

Entrepreneur and bestselling author of The Lean Startup
The Startup Way

 

Entrepreneur and bestselling author of The Lean Startup Eric Ries reveals how entrepreneurial principles can be used by businesses ranging from established companies to early-stage startups to grow revenues, drive innovation, and emerge as truly modern organizations poised to take advantage of the enormous opportunities of the 21st century. 

September 26

Robert Kyncl with Peter Guber

Chief Business Officer, YouTube
Streampunks: YouTube and the Rebels Remaking Media

Entertainment and tech insider Robert Kyncl is Chief Business Officer at YouTube, where he oversees all business functions including content, sales, marketing, platforms, access, and strategy. He was previously Vice President of Content at Netflix, where he spearheaded the company’s content acquisition for streaming TV shows and movies over the Internet.   

September 21

Nilofer Merchant with Justine Musk

Thinkers50 Visionary & Innovation Expert
The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World

Nilofer Merchant has been recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s leading visionaries. She’s launched over 100 products that have netted $18B in sales, and has worked for companies ranging from Apple to Autodesk. Her 2013 TED Talk “Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation,” is among TED’s most viewed talks. Her visionary ideas have been recognized by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Fast Company, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and Time. 

June 22

Ken Blanchard with Keith Ferrazzi

World-Renowned Management and Leadership Expert
Bestselling author, The One Minute Manager

Ken Blanchard, PhD, is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world. He has co-authored 60 books, including Raving Fans and Gung Ho! (with Sheldon Bowles). His groundbreaking works have been translated into over 40 languages and their combined sales total more than 21 million copies.

May 11

Byron Scott & Charlie Norris

Slam-Dunk Success: Leading from Every Position on Life’s Court

Great leadership begins with great understanding. No one knows that better than basketball legend Byron Scott and lifelong business executive Charlie Norris who, respectively, won NBA championships and resurrected multimillion-dollar corporations by being team players no matter their position. Whether it’s on the basketball court, in the boardroom, or in everyday life, getting to the heads and hearts of people is paramount to getting the most out of them.