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The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's largest public affairs forum. The nonpartisan and nonprofit Club produces and distributes programs featuring diverse viewpoints from thought leaders on important topics. The Club's weekly radio broadcast — the oldest in the U.S., since 1924 — is carried on hundreds of stations. Our website features audio and video of our programs. This podcast feed is usually updated multiple times each week.

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The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's largest public affairs forum. The nonpartisan and nonprofit Club produces and distributes programs featuring diverse viewpoints from thought leaders on important topics. The Club's weekly radio broadcast — the oldest in the U.S., since 1924 — is carried on hundreds of stations. Our website features audio and video of our programs. This podcast feed is usually updated multiple times each week.

    Guy Raz: How I Built This

    Guy Raz: How I Built This

    Few have dominated the podcast arena like Guy Raz. Raz co-created National Public Radio’s "How I Built This," "Wow in the World" and "TED Radio Hour." From program intern to podcast virtuoso, Raz has worked in many capacities at the broadcast media organization with highly successful results—his podcasts garner more than 19 million downloads per month. It’s no surprise why, as his programs welcome thought-provoking guests in a format that combines narrative storytelling with insightful advice.

    In his new book, How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs, Raz shares highlights and lessons from the more than 200 entrepreneurs he’s interviewed as host for "How I Built This." From planning a timeline for corporate development to making a good idea profitable, Raz has insights galore to share at INFORUM from more than four years’ worth of episodes. This conversation will be moderated by Aarti Shahani, an NPR contributor in Silicon Valley.

    Novelist Ken Follett with Lee Child

    Novelist Ken Follett with Lee Child

    Ken Follett is one of the world's best-loved authors, selling more than 170 million copies of his 31 books. Follett's first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War. In 1989, The Pillars of the Earth was published and has since become Follett's most popular novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah's Book Club pick. Its sequels, World Without End and A Column of Fire, proved equally popular, and the Kingsbridge series has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.

    Mr. Follett's latest novel, The Evening and the Morning—a prequel to The Pillars of The Earth—takes readers on an epic journey back to the year 997, the end of the Dark Ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Those in power bend justice according to their will, regardless of ordinary people and often in conflict with the king. Without a clear rule of law, chaos reigns.

    Join us for a rare and intimate conversation with this renowned author whose work certainly provides historical lessons for today.

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    Part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation

    Accelerating Transformation: Lessons in Business Resiliency

    Accelerating Transformation: Lessons in Business Resiliency

    The global pandemic has accelerated digital transformation in all industries and made lasting business and human impact. Silicon Valley and Bay Area companies have, in many ways, been ahead of the curve and the center of attention for continued innovation.

    Hear from business leaders from leading Bay Area companies, large and small, on how they are building the business resiliency to outmaneuver uncertainty and thrive in the new world that has demanded rapid business changes; the role of technology and the cloud in maximizing employee and customer engagement and productivity; gaining or regaining brand and organizational trust; and more. Join us for an interactive panel discussion and live Q&A.

    Meet our panelists:

    Sally Gilligan is the chief information officer and head of strategy for Gap Inc., overseeing the company’s corporate strategy team and technology organization that serves as the engine that drives retail, e-commerce and global enterprise technology for millions of customers. Gilligan has been with Gap Inc. for more than 16 years, serving in a variety of roles in the organization with a focus on process and economic optimization. Prior to serving as CIO, she served as senior vice president of product operations and supply chain strategy, leading a global team responsible for building and deploying capabilities to enable the end-to-end, demand-based operating model. Sally holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

    Everett Harper is the CEO and co-founder of Truss. Truss builds software and infrastructure to help companies and public agencies scale and modernize digital services. They apply expertise in human-centered design, engineering, product, infrastructure, and security to clients such as healthcare.gov, Nuna and DOD-Transcom, enabling them to deliver impactful, sustainable products and services to more than 20 million customers and end users. Harper graduated from Stanford University (MBA, M.Ed) and Duke University (BSEE, Biomedical Engineering), where he was an A.B. Duke Scholar.

    Karen Mangia is vice president of customer and market insights at Salesforce, engaging current and future customers around the world to discover new ways of creating success and growth together. She serves on the company’s Work from Home Taskforce, where she is helping the company’s 50,000+ worldwide employees to better adapt to a work-from-home environment. She holds a B.S. degree in international business and a Masters in Information and Communication Sciences, both from Ball State University, as well as an Associates Degree in Hospitality Administration from Ivy Tech.

    Scott Bowden is managing director, software and platforms industry lead for North America, at Accenture. In this role, Bowden is focused on supporting a diverse portfolio of platform companies to innovate and operationalize for long-term success. This includes supporting rapid customer expansion, protecting customer and user communities, and equipping a growing workforce with the technology and process tools to be successful. A key facet of Bowden’s responsibilities is to develop Accenture’s S&P industry thought leadership, build employees’ industry skills and foster collaboration across Accenture’s businesses supporting the S&P industry. Over his career with Accenture, Bowden has worked with U.S. and international clients across industries, including consumer products, publishing, high tech, software and platforms. He has most recently led Accenture’s efforts in enabling new economy hyper growth companies from pre-IPO unicorns to post-IPO profitable enterprises. Bowden received a Bachelor of Science in industrial economics from Union College with a minor in mathematics and philosophy.

    What Do You Know About Combatting COVID-19? An Interactive Program

    What Do You Know About Combatting COVID-19? An Interactive Program

    In mid-March California became the first state to mandate sheltering in place to fight the coronavirus. Since then we’ve been bombarded with information about masks, social distancing, quarantining and infection risks. Some of that information has changed over time, some has stayed constant, and much of what we didn’t understand in March remains a mystery. How much do you know about how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19?

    You can find out through this interactive quiz-based program that will use anonymous polling to test your knowledge and compare it to the rest of the audience’s. Infectious disease expert and clinical professor emeritus at UC Berkeley Dr. John Swartzberg returns to The Commonwealth Club—exactly 6 months after his first appearance at the Club to discuss COVID-19—to provide answers to the most common questions about COVID-19 transmission. Come ready to test your understanding of how the virus spreads, its symptoms and health impact, how to avoid infection, what to do if you get sick and more.

    This session will challenge your thinking and leave you with a clear sense of what you can do to stay healthy.

    Conversations with Distinguished Citizens: Recology's Mike Sangiacomo and Dennis Wu

    Conversations with Distinguished Citizens: Recology's Mike Sangiacomo and Dennis Wu

    Join us for this special program in The Commonwealth Club's series recognizing recipients of The Club's 2020 Distinguished Citizens Award. This program honors both Recology, the company, and its leadership.

    Recology's mission represents a fundamental shift from traditional waste management to resource recovery, developing sustainable practices that can be implemented globally. Recology has more than 45 operating companies that provide integrated services to more than 889,000 residential customers and 112,000 commercial customers in California, Oregon and Washington. Farmers across California and Oregon use Recology organic compost for fruit, vegetables, flowers, plants and vineyards. Recology is also 100 percent employee-owned.

    As Recology's president and CEO since 1980, Mike Sangiacomo has led and inspired many of the company's innovative recycling and diversion programs. Sangiacomo also serves as a director and an executive officer of Recology’s subsidiaries. He holds a B.S. degree in business administration from the University of San Francisco.

    Dennis Wu, chair of Recology's Board of Directors since 2013, is one of San Francisco's best-known business executives and a long-time leader among Asian Americans in the Bay Area. Born in the Philippines of Chinese ancestry, Mr. Wu is a retired partner of Deloitte and currently the managing partner and co-founder of WuHoover, a CPA advisory firm. Mr. Wu is also a past chair of The Commonwealth Club's Board of Governors. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California and received his B.S. and M.B.A. in accounting/finance from the University of California Berkeley.

    Join this unique conversation with two of the Bay Area's most prominent trailblazers.

    Whole Foods CEO John Mackey: Conscious Leadership

    Whole Foods CEO John Mackey: Conscious Leadership

    John Mackey started a retail and organic food movement when he founded Whole Foods, bringing natural, organic food to the masses and not only changing the market, but breaking the mold. In his new book, Conscious Leadership, Mackey closely explores the vision, virtues and mindset that have informed Mackey’s own leadership journey, providing a roadmap for innovative, value-based leadership—in business and in society. The book is a follow up to groundbreaking bestseller, Conscious Capitalism, which revealed what it takes to lead a purpose-driven, sustainable business.

    In this book, Mackey demystifies strategies that have helped Mackey shepherd Whole Foods through four decades of incredible growth and innovation, including its recent sale to Amazon. Mackey challenges business leaders to rethink conventional business wisdom, through anecdotes, case studies, profiles of conscious leaders, and innovative techniques for self-development, culminating in an empowering call to action for entrepreneurs and trailblazers—to step up as leaders who see beyond the bottom line.

    At a transformative time for American business, the informed wisdom of John Mackey could not come at a better time. Please join us for a timely conversation.

    Note: This Program Contains Explicit Language

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