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It’s Ask a Stupid Question Time: “How Did Oracle Team USA Win the America’s Cup – Twice?”

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Here we go:

How Did Oracle Team USA Win the America’s Cup – Twice?

Well, I suppose this is a fair question.

AC33: You see, the America’s Cup isn’t really a sport. The defenders have an 85% victory rate because they make a lot of the rules. Despite this, the Larry Ellison BMW team won AC33 as the challenger because it had a new-school wing-sail and the defender had regular old sails. It was a stupid event that was won in courtrooms.

AC34: You see, the America’s Cup isn’t really a sport. The defenders have an 85% victory rate because they make a lot of the rules.

Now I have a question – is Julian Guthrie an objective reporter on the topic of Larry Ellison? (The answer is HELL NO.)

Oh, here’s another. Why did Larry Ellison pick her to tell his stories to? Mmmm.

And what’s funny is that she’s kind of his spokesmodel. So like Larry will tell her that death of Andrew Simpson was a “freak accident” and then that’s the same phrase she’ll use on a call-in radio show, like IDK, Forum with Michael Krasney. And she didn’t say “Larry says it was a freak accident,” you know, the way a journalist might. No no, she was expressing her own opinion, rather emphatically, for whatever reason. Oh well. And then months later, Larry hisself says something on the topic for the first time in public. He was all, “It was a freak accident.” OK fine.

So Larry Ellison wants to hold the next go-around in Hawaii? Well that’s fine, I don’t think anybody would object to that. But it would be nice if Deadbeat Larry could pay for the prior event. The latest estimate is $11,000,000 or so.

Oh, what else, oh, former Supervisor Michela Alioto Pier once told a small crowd that the reason that God didn’t allow SF to host a particular Summer Olympics was because He, and I’m srsly, wanted us to host the 34th America’s Cup and, you know, we couldn’t practically host both events so, you know, divine intervention. Srsly.

Anyway, the legacy of the America’s Cup is an eight-figure debt that we thought Larry would cover but his people merely just said that they would try really hard to cover, which actually meant they wouldn’t really try at all. Oh, and you embarrassed our very sensitive appointed Mayor – hope you’re happy, Larry, but I don’t think you are.

Now, on with the show:

“Wed, Apr 2 2014 – 6:00pm

Jimmy Spithill, Oracle Team USA Skipper
Norbert Bajurin, Commodore, Golden Gate Yacht Club
Julian Guthrie, Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle; Author, The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing’s Greatest Race, The America’s Cup, Twice
Michael Krasny, Host, KQED’s Forum – Moderator

In last summer’s 34th America’s Cup, San Francisco’s home team, Oracle USA, was down eight-to-one when it pulled off a comeback for the ages, with eight straight wins against Emirates Team New Zealand. The victorious skipper, Jimmy Spithill, was at the helm supported by his team and the unlikely partnership of Golden Gate Yacht Club’s Commodore Norbert Bajurin and Larry Ellison, co-founder and billionaire CEO of Oracle Corporation. They’ll talk about the danger and drama of sailing these ultra-fast, aerodynamically designed 72-foot catamarans. Guthrie is the author of The Billionaire and the Mechanic, which tells the incredible story of how a car mechanic and one of the world’s richest men teamed up to win the world’s greatest race – twice!

Come have your photo taken with the America’s Cup trophy! Affectionately known as the “Auld Mug,” The America’s Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy, and it’s coming to the Club as well!

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:15 p.m. check-in and premium reception, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signing
Cost: $20 non-members, $12 members, $7 for students (with valid ID); Premium: $40 non-members, $30 members

 

OMG, Ron Paul is Coming, Ron Paul is Coming to the Commonwealth Club! April 10th, Just Announced

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

This one will sell out soon….

Ron Paul, Former U.S. Congressman; Twitter @RonPaul

The term “liberty” is so commonly used in our country that you might say it has become a mere cliché. But do we know what it means? What it promises? How it factors into our daily lives? And most important, can we recognize tyranny when it is sold to us disguised as a form of liberty? Paul posits that to believe in liberty is not to believe in any particular social and economic outcome. It is to trust in the spontaneous order that emerges when the state does not intervene in human volition and human cooperation. It permits people to work out their problems for themselves, build lives for themselves, take risks and accept responsibility for the results, and make their own decisions. In fact, Paul calls liberty the seed of America.

Time: 9:15 a.m. check in, 10 a.m. program, 11 a.m. book signing
Location: SF Club Office
Cost: $25 non-members, $15 members, $7 students (with valid ID);
Premium (includes priority seating and copy of book): $45 non-members, $35 members

- See more at: http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2014-04-10/ron-paul-liberty-defined#sthash.xFoEv9Uh.dpuf”

Just Announced: The Commonwealth Club’s Free “Syria Town Hall” – Tuesday September 10th, 2013 at 6:00PM

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Here it is, just announced by the Commonwealth Club:

Syria Town Hall

Image - Syria Town Hall
Tue, Sep 10 2013 – 6:00pm

Zubair Jandali, Member, Northern California Chapter, Syrian American Council; Head of Mobile App Developer Sales, Google; Graduate, UC Berkeley, B.S., Business Administration
Fred Lawson, Ph.D., Chair, Government Department, Mills College
Tareq Al Samman, Graphic Artist/Web Designer; Syrian activist
Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Former Policy Expert, the Pentagon, U.S. State Department and National Security Council; Former Distinguished Chair in International Security Studies, West Point
Keith David Watenpaugh, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Modern Islam, Human Rights and Peace, and Director, Human Rights Initiative, UC Davis
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting

The crisis in Syria has created global tension since the recent poison gas attack that killed some 1,400 people. How should the United States and other world leaders respond? Should the U.S. Congress grant President Obama “limited” authority to launch a military strike on Syria? Would a limited military intervention be effective or would it cause more problems than it solves? What would military intervention look like? Cruise missiles? Drones? What are the targets and what is the goal if not regime change? Would it deter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from more attacks on civilians – or provoke him to launch more attacks? Would it trigger regional havoc in the Middle East possibly involving Iran, Israel, Lebanon and others? What are the repercussions if the U.S. does not strike? How might diplomacy and negotiation work to bring peace to the region?

Our panel of experts will address these questions in a FREE Town Hall Meeting.

Location: SF Club Office,595 Market Street, SF, CA
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6 p.m. program
Price: FREE
Also know: Photo by AslanMedia/Flickr. Program is In association with Middle East Member-Led Forum. Special thanks to Celia Menczel.

Jerry Brown Graces San Francisco Thursday – Will Address the Commonwealth Club re: Prop 30 – Tickets Available

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

All the deets:

Governor Jerry Brown

Thu, Nov 1 2012 – 12:00pm

Just Added: Governor Jerry Brown

The California Dream was built on a system of public schools and colleges that gave every Californian access to the education needed to get ahead. Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing hard for Prop. 30 because he says “we can’t keep cutting our schools and still keep the economy strong for the next generation.” In the last four years alone, California schools have been hit with $20 billion in cuts, over 30,000 fewer teachers and class sizes that are among the largest in the country. Brown says his Prop. 30 stops the cuts, stops the steep tuition hikes, and invests in our schools and colleges to prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future. To protect schools and invest in the future, Prop. 30. Prop. 30 asks California’s wealthiest to pay a little more so that the middle class doesn’t have to bear the burden; families making below $500,000 a year will pay no additional income taxes, and the sales tax will be established at a level lower than it was last year.

The governor says that Prop. 30 protects taxpayers with tough accountability measures: all new revenues are put into a dedicated account that Sacramento politicians can’t touch, and Prop. 30 requires annual audits posted online for everyone to see. Rejection of Prop. 30 would trigger $6 billion in state spending cuts on January 1, mostly from K-12 schools, which would be authorized to cut short their school year. Additionally, there would be a 5 percent tuition hike at the California State University system, 20 percent tuition hikes at the University of California, and a reduction in funding to community colleges.

Governor Brown has said,”There are a lot of people who I am confident will vote ‘yes’ if they get the facts.” Come hear the governor up close – and bring your questions.

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 11 a.m. check-in; noon program
Price: $25 standard, $15 members; Premium (seating in first rows) $45 standard,$30 members
Also Know: 
Attendees subject to search

PURCHASE TICKETS TO THIS EVENT ONLINE HERE, OR CALL OUR BOX OFFICE AT 415-597-6705.

Scottish Leader Addresses Commonwealth Club: First Minister Alex Salmond in Town to Promote Renewable Energy

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club heard First Minister Alex Salmond discuss Scotland’s Place in the World last night. Here‘s what it looked like.

The avuncular FM is touring California (you know, talking with Jerry Brown and Fiona Ma and going Hollywood) to promote Scotland as the “Silicon Valley of marine energy.”

Here he is at 595 Market, along with Commonwealth Club Past President J. Dennis Bonney:

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All the deets:

“Scotland targets Fortune 500 in US push for business - First Minister writes to top global companies in California ahead of trade mission

EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 17, 2012 — Over 70 leading California-based companies, including all Fortune 500 companies in the state, are being targeted as part of a new campaign to attract inward investment to Scotland.

The country’s leader, First Minister Alex Salmond, has personally written to top executives at leading companies which have been identified by Scottish Development International as potential investors in advance of his visit to the US on a trade mission.

In his letter, which is part of a wider SDI campaign to encourage some of the world’s most successful companies to consider setting up operations in Scotland, the First Minister highlights the benefits of choosing Scotland over any other nation.

The First Minister will be reinforcing the message that Scotland is ready to do business during his four-day visit to California. He stresses in his letter that Scotland - with its highly-skilled workforce and a cost-competitive business location – is a land of opportunity.

The First Minister said: “Scotland is already an economic success story and we make no apologies for going after new business at every opportunity. We perform better economically than everywhere else in the UK bar the southeast of England and that brings major business opportunities.

“Scottish Development International’s campaign is backed by a number of companies already investing in Scotland such as Pfizer and Amazon and the message is absolutely clear.

“Scotland is a land of major opportunity and it is open for business. We have a long and impressive track record in life sciences, sciences, technology and creative industries developing an environment where ingenuity and innovation can create jobs and wealth for Scotland.

“Even without our offshore oil and gas reserves, Scotland has the highest GDP in the UK outside London and southeast England.

“We have five universities in the world’s top 200, we rank first in the world in research productivity per unit of GDP and second in the world in research impact.

“Business operating costs for key functions can be almost a third lower here.

“This campaign will also send the message directly to the heart of US business community with print and online advertising running in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Business Times, New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle.

Danny Cusick, President, Americas, Scottish Development International, said:

“SDI has seven offices across North America, including a significant presence in California, to provide support and collaboration opportunities for key North American companies.

“This campaign is part of a global drive to attract new investment to Scotland. There has been a significant level of inward investment success over the last 12 months, with Amazon, FMC Technologies and State Street all making significant investments in Scotland. SDI is building on this with a continued focus on securing new, sustainable jobs and opportunities.

“It is clear that Scotland remains a location of choice due to our winning combination of qualities, including our highly skilled and educated workforce and efficient operating costs.

“This is an excellent opportunity to highlight Scotland’s competitive advantages to some of California’s biggest companies.”

And here are some Upcoming Events at the Commonwealth Club:

 

OMG, It’s SecDefPalooza at Our Commonwealth Club! See George Shultz, William Perry, and Sam Nunn on February 23rd

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Well here it is, the big one.

Get your tickets now, if you’re you’re at all into this:

“The Commonwealth Club - The nation’s premier public affairs forum

SPEAKERS:

George Shultz, former Secretary of State under President Reagan

William Perry, former Secretary of Defense under President Clinton

Sam Nunn, former U.S. Senator, Georgia (1972-96), Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative

Philip Taubman, Consulting Professor, Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation; Former New York Times Washington Bureau Chief; Author, The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb – Moderator

TITLE: The Nuclear Chessboard, 2012: Panel Discussion

DATE: Thursday, February 23, 2012

TIME: 5:15 p.m. check-in, 6 p.m. program

PLACE: Mark Hopkins Hotel, Peacock Court, 999 California Street, San Francisco

PRICE: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID). Premium (includes seating in first few rows): $45 standard, $30 members

ALSO: In association with Ploughshares Fund and Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and Freeman Spogli Institute For International Studies.”

Brace Yourselves: “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” Author Amy Chua to Speak at Commonwealth Club January 12th

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Look out! “Tiger Mother” Amy Chua is coming to town.

Get your tickets right now, as this one will quickly sell out.

“Thu, Jan 12 2012 – 6:00pm - Amy Chua: Tale of a Tiger Mother

Author, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother; John M. Duff Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Parenting in public is a gutsy move, and no one knows that better than Chua. The Yale Law School professor’s 2011 memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, took an honest and often provocative look at the rewards – and the costs – of raising her children the strict “Chinese” way. Join us as best-selling author Chua talks about the parenting cultural divide, her struggles and aspirations as a parent, and what it really means to be a tiger mother.

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signing
Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Also know: In association with Ascend”

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All the deets:

“Yale professor and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua, will discuss the rewards and costs of raising her children with a strict Chinese upbringing.  Chua will highlight the parenting cultural divide, her struggles and aspirations as a parent, and what it really means to be a “tiger mother”.

Chua is also the author of two other books, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers rise to Global Dominance – and Why they Fall and World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability which was a New York Times Bestseller and selected by The Economist as one of the Best Books of 2003. 

Chua’s latest book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, has received much coverage for igniting a global debate on parenting with its controversial story of a mother’s strict Chinese parenting techniques. She has been a featured guest on “The Today Show,” “Charlie Rose,” and “The Daily Show with John Stewart.” 

Currently a professor at Yale, Chua has also taught at Duke, Colombia, Stanford, and NYU. Chua received her A.B. from Harvard in 1984 and her J.D. from Harvard in 1987.”

Brace Yourselves: Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann is Speaking at the Commonwealth Club October 20th

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Michele Bachman is coming, Michele Bachman is coming to our Commonwealth Club!

Get your tickets now if you want to go – this will be another sellout crowd at the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum.

SPEAKER: Michele Bachmann, U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman
TITLE: The Revival of American Competitiveness
DATE: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
TIME: 11 a.m. Check-in, 12 noon program
PLACE: SF Club Office, 595 Market St. 2nd Floor
PRICE: $25 standard, $15 members, $10 students (with valid ID). Premium (priority seating in first few rows) $45 standard, $30 members To buy tickets call 415/597-6705 or register at www.commonwealthclub.org

All the deets:

“Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will present her views on pro-business economic policies that will allow private sector businesses to compete in the global market while addressing the need for job-skill retraining, innovation, comprehensive tax reform and reduction of regulations that threaten jobs. She will also share her thoughts on how to revive America’s competitive edge and restore the United States to the top of global competitiveness. Bachmann says she is running for president “to bring a new voice to the White House -­ a voice of constitutional conservatism, limited government, and a safe and secure America.”

In July 2010, Bachmann – an unwavering champion of Tea Party values including the call for lower taxes, renewed focus on the Constitution and the need to shrink the size of government – founded the Tea Party Caucus in the United States Congress. In 2006, Bachmann became the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. She says government has grown exponentially, with Obamacare being the most recent example of its uninhibited growth. She says government should make the kind of serious spending decisions that she says many families and small businesses have been forced to make. She champions free markets and believes in the vitality of the family as the first unit of government. She is also a defender of the unborn and stands for religious liberties.
Bachmann currently sits on the Financial Services Committee (FSC) and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Serving on the Intelligence Committee, she has consistently advocated peace through strength to ensure America’s national security.

Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2000 where she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Before that, she spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney, working on both civil and criminal cases. She also led the charge on education issues in Minnesota where she recognized the need for quality schools and subsequently started a charter school for at-­‐risk kids there.

Bachmann received her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary. She received her B.A. from Winona State University. She and her husband Marcus, to whom she has been married over thirty years, live with their five children in Stillwater, Minn. They own a small business mental health care practice that employs nearly 50 people. In addition, the Bachmann family has opened their home to 23 foster children, which has inspired Bachmann to become one of Congress’ leading advocates for foster and adopted children, earning her bipartisan praise for her efforts.”

ZOMG, It’s “The Race for Mayor 2011″ – All 16 Candidates Plus Melissa Griffin and Beth Spotswood on Oct. 6th!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

On Thursday, October 6th, 2011, INFORUM and the Commonwealth Club will present

The Race for Mayor 2011  – Don’t miss a rare opportunity to get face to face with all 16 mayoral candidates of San Francisco and hear them address the issues you come face to face with every day: Muni, parks, pensions, open government, the budget and more.”

Get your tickets now, as this one will surely sell out.  

All your favorites will be there: 

Jeff Adachi, Public Defender, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Michela Alioto-Pier, Former Supervisor, San Francisco District 2; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Cesar Ascarrunz, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
John Avalos, Supervisor, San Francisco District 11; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Terry Baum, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
David Chiu, Supervisor, President of the Board, San Francisco District 3; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Paul Currier, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Bevan Dufty, Former Supervisor, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Tony Hall, Former Supervisor, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Dennis Herrera, City Attorney, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Emil Lawrence, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Ed Lee, Mayor, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Wilma Pang, Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Joanna Rees, Entrepreneur; Educator; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Phil Ting, Assessor, San Francisco; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF 
Leland Yee, State Senator, California District 8; Mayoral Candidate 2011, SF

Melissa Griffin, Columnist, San Francisco Examiner; Co-Host, Necessary Conversations - Moderator
Beth Spotswood, Culture Blogger, SFGate.com; Co-host, Necessary Conversations – MC

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 8 p.m. reception
Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Tickets and info: http://bit.ly/Mayors

(Now, what are the odds what some of the Lesser Candidates will use this unique opportunity to Do Something Crazy? That’s gotta be close to 100%.)

See you there!

OMG, Hillary Clinton, Cherie Blair and Marissa Mayer to Star at “APEC Women And The Economy Summit,” Sept 13-16th

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Wow, some heavy hitters are about to hit town, FYI,

Check it:

“Creating empowering environments

Financial inclusion for women-owned business

Women and green jobs

Public/private partnerships that empower women

Fostering women entrepreneurs and small-businesses

Closing the gap in the world of information and technology

The new wave: fostering innovation

Girls to women: developing young leaders”

Join the Dialogue: Women & the Economy Summit – Live Simulcast of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Keynote Address
Friday, September 16 | 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
The Commonwealth Club, 595 Market, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
RSVP Required

Cherie Blair:  A Special Event
Friday, September 16 | 7 – 9 PM
The Commonwealth Club of California
595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA

Unofficial Closing Reception with Mayor Jean Quan
Friday, September 16 | 6 – 8 PM
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
RSVP to MayorRSVP@oaklandnet.com 

And here are your confirmed speakers / luminaries:

Rona Ambrose - Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, Canada
Dorothy Attwood – Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy, Walt Disney Company
Michelle Bachelet – UN Under Secretary General and Executive Director, UN Women
Cherie Blair – Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, UK
Rebecca M. Blank – Acting Secretary of Commerce and Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce
Beatriz Boza - Founder and Executive Director, Ciudadanos al Dia, Peru
Beth Brooke – Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement, Ernst & Young
Tina Brown – Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Beast and Newsweek
Elim Chew - Founder & President, 77th Street Pte Ltd, Singapore 
Eileen Claussen – President, PEW Center on Global Climate Change 
Hillary Rodham Clinton – Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
Weili Dai – Co-Founder, Marvell 
Amanda Ellis – Deputy Secretary, International Development Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand
Anne Finucane – Global Strategy and Marketing Officer, Bank of America
Sue Fleishman – Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, Warner Bros.
Maria Luisa “Lulu” Flores – Partner, Hendler Law, PC, and President, National Women’s Political Caucus 
Lorraine Hariton – Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Kathy Hill – Senior Vice President of Ethernet and Wireless Systems Technology Group, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Robert D. Hormats – Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agriculture Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Chris Jansing – Anchor and Host of ‘Jansing & Co.,’ MSNBC
Valerie Jarrett – Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls
Pacita Juan – Chief Executive Officer, Figaro, and President, Women’s Business Council, Philippines 
Shinta Kamdani – Managing Director, Sintesa Group, Indonesia
Jeni Klugman - Director, Gender and Development, The World Bank 
Karen Kornbluh – U.S. Ambassador of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Anne Ladky – Executive Director and Founding Member, Women Employed
Christine Lagarde – Managing Director, International Monetary Fund 
Yang Lan – Co-Founder, Sun Media Group and Television Host for “Yang Lan One On One,” China
Ilene Lang – President & Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst
Carol Massar – Anchor, Bloomberg TV
Marissa Mayer – Vice President of Location and Local Services, Google 
Sheri McCoy – Vice Chairman and Executive Committee Member, Johnson & Johnson
Melody Meyer - President, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company
Karen Mills – Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Dong Mingzhu – Vice Chairman of the Board and President, Gree Electric Appliances Inc., China
Marty Natalegawa - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia
Barbara Orser – Founding Chair of the Canadian Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth, Canada 
Mari Pangestu – Minister of Trade, Indonesia

Hekia Parata – Minister of Women’s Affairs and Acting Energy Minister, New Zealand 
Sharon Thomas Parrot – Senior Vice President External Relations and Chief Regulatory Compliance Officer, DeVry Inc.
Kathleen Rogers – President, Earth Day Network
Sheryl Sandberg – Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
Carolina Schmidt – Minister of Women’s Affairs, Chile
Senator Shahrizat Abdul Jalil – Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia
William M. Sheedy – Group President, Americas, Visa Inc.
Megan Smith – Vice President of New Business Development, Google
Gene Sperling – Director, National Economic Council, White House
Haslina Taib – Chief Executive Officer, BAG Network, Public Private Partnership between Accenture and Brunei Government IT consulting, ABAC Advisor, Brunei
Tina Tchen – Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls, and Chief of Staff to the First Lady of the United States
Su-Mei Thompson - Executive Director, The Women’s Foundation, Hong Kong 
Claire Tomlin – Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California Berkeley
Melanne Verveer – Ambassador-at-Large of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
Cher Wang – Chairman, HTC, Chinese Taipei
Telle Whitney – President and Chief Executive Officer, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
Sheryl WuDunn – Co-Author, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Meng Xiaosi, Vice President, All-China Women’s Federation
Perry Yeatman – Senior Vice President, Corporate and Legal, Kraft Foods Inc and President, Kraft Foundation