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An Evening with Kari Byron
May
23
5:30 PM17:30

An Evening with Kari Byron

Former MythBusters host Kari Byron in conversation with Veronica Belmont.

Kari Byron takes the stereotypes and stigma around being a woman on television and in science and — quite literally — blows them up. She is proof that you don't need to wear a lab coat, or, be a guy, to geek out on science. In turning her love of art, sculpture, and special effects into a career involving explosives and hard hats, she has catapulted herself into an unexpected role as the queen of scientific stunts.

Crash Test Girl reminds us that science is for everyone, as long as you're willing to strap in, put on your safety goggles, hit a few walls, and learn from the results. Using a combination of methodical experimentation and unconventional creativity, you'll come to the most important conclusion of all: In life, sometimes you crash and burn, but you can always crash and learn.

Kari Byron is the most recognizable, honored, and beloved woman in science-based reality TV. On the Discovery Channel, she hosted MythBusters, the network's flagship show (and its biggest, longest-running hit, with millions of viewers per episode) from 2003 to 2016. On the Science Channel, Kari hosted Punkin Chunkin and Large Dangerous Rocket Ships, and produced, created, and hosted Head Rush. She also stars in the NatGeo series Positive Energy. Kari makes frequent appearances as a host, panelist, and speaker at prestigious events and at universities across the country. 

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to this FREE event on Eventbrite

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Veronica Roth in conversation with Stephanie Strohm
Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

Veronica Roth in conversation with Stephanie Strohm

Veronica Roth’s debut novel Divergent (2011) was immediately embraced by teen readers and adults alike and became an instant bestseller when the author was just 23 years old. With massive critical and commercial appeal and unstoppable international buzz, the entire Divergent series was turned into major motion pictures much to the delight of Veronica Roth’s loyal fanbase. 

Carve the Mark (2017) debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list and remained on the list for eighteen weeks to follow. The Carve the Mark duology is sophisticated, daring, and dark. With Carve the Mark and The Fates Divide, Veronica Roth once again captures the voice of a generation; she explores — with poise and poignancy — the power of change and the resilience of the human spirit. She adroitly balances scenes of violence and vengeance with moments of tenderness and vulnerability.

Attendance is free. Doors at 8 p.m.; stay for a book signing after the event.

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Peter Thiel vs. Gawker: Ryan Holiday on the <i>Conspiracy</i> that Rocked the Press
Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

Peter Thiel vs. Gawker: Ryan Holiday on the Conspiracy that Rocked the Press

Ryan Holiday is the internationally bestselling author of Ego Is the Enemy and The Obstacle Is The Way. Before joining the New York Observer as media columnist, Holiday was the director of marketing for American Apparel. 

Join us as Bryan Mealer and Ryan Holiday discuss Holiday's new book, Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue. It's a masterful telling of the fascinating battle between popular gossip website Gawker and Silicon Valley titan Peter Thiel — an (almost) unbelievable saga that led to Gawker’s ultimate demise. Informed by interviews with all the key players, this case transcends the narrative of how one billionaire took down a media empire or the current state of the free press. It's a study in power, strategy, and one of the most wildly ambitious — and successful — secret plots in recent memory.

Attendance is free; refreshments will be served. The first 75 attendees to arrive will be gifted a FREE copy of Conspiracy. RSVP on Meetup.

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Novelist Tayari Jones & SF Chronicle’s John McMurtrie on <i>An American Marriage</i>
Apr
19
12:00 PM12:00

Novelist Tayari Jones & SF Chronicle’s John McMurtrie on An American Marriage

Join us for pizza, refreshments, and an enlightening discussion about Oprah's newest book club pick, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones — a timely, compelling portrayal of a relationship assaulted by forces beyond the couple’s control.

“A tense and timely love story . . . Packed with brave questions about race and class.” —People Magazine

"Novelist Jones writes brilliantly about expectations and loss and racial injustice, and how love must evolve when our best laid plans go awry."
—Esquire.com

"Tayari Jones provides an essential contemporary portrait of a marriage in this searing novel. An American Marriage gorgeously evokes the New South as it explores mass incarceration on a personal level."
—Entertainment Weekly

Attendance is free; please RSVP on Meetup.

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Laura Lippman and Cosmo Magazine’s John Searles on Creating Femme Noir
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

Laura Lippman and Cosmo Magazine’s John Searles on Creating Femme Noir

Join us for wine, bites, and a master class in crime fiction from one of the most celebrated novelists working today. New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman talks with Cosmopolitan Magazine’s editor at large John Searles about creating a new killer genre — femme noir — with her new novel, SUNBURN.

Attendance is free, bites and refreshments will be served. RSVP on Meetup.

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Peter Thiel Vs. Gawker: Ryan Holiday on the <i>Conspiracy</i> that rocked the press
Mar
27
9:00 AM09:00

Peter Thiel Vs. Gawker: Ryan Holiday on the Conspiracy that rocked the press

Ryan Holiday is the internationally bestselling author of Ego Is the Enemy and The Obstacle Is The Way. Before joining the New York Observer as media columnist, Holiday was the director of marketing for American Apparel. His creative agency has advised clients like Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as many prominent bestselling authors, including Neil Strauss, Tony Robbins, and Tim Ferriss.

Holiday’s new book, Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, is a masterful telling of the fascinating battle between popular gossip website Gawker and Silicon Valley titan Peter Thiel — an (almost) unbelievable saga that led to Gawker’s ultimate demise. Informed by interviews with all the key players, this case transcends the narrative of how one billionaire took down a media empire or the current state of the free press. It's a study in power, strategy, and one of the most wildly ambitious — and successful — secret plots in recent memory.

Attendance is free, breakfast bites and refreshments will be served. RSVP on Meetup; the first 80 attendees to arrive will be gifted a free copy of Conspiracy.
 

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Joanne Lipman on What Men Need to Know About Working with Women
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Joanne Lipman on What Men Need to Know About Working with Women

Joanne Lipman in conversation with Refinery29's Lindsey Stanberry.

Joanne Lipman is one of the nation's leading journalists. Until recently she was Chief Content Officer of Gannett and Editor-in-Chief of USA TODAY and the USA TODAY NETWORK, comprising of the flagship publication, plus 109 local newspapers including the Detroit Free Press, the Des Moines Register, and the Arizona Republic.

Join us as Joanne discusses her new, compelling book THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together with Refinery29’s Work & Money Director, Lindsey Stanberry. THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID stays away from man shaming and instead focuses on how men and women can support each other. Joanne draws upon her own journey to the top of the male-dominated media industry, illuminating anecdotes, and data from the most recent studies to show why empowering women as true equals should be an essential goal for all genders—and offers a roadmap for getting there. Joanne suggests solutions for unconscious bias, the pay and promotion gap, “mansplaining,” and much more.

Attendance is free, hors-d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. FreshCoat will provide on-site manicures before and after the event. Please RSVP on Meetup; limited to the first 80 RSVPs.

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<i>Brotopia</i> author Emily Chang on Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley
Feb
28
5:30 PM17:30

Brotopia author Emily Chang on Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley

Bloomberg Technology reporter Emily Chang confronts Silicon Valley's rampant sexism in her explosive new book, Brotopia: Breaking Up The Boys Club in Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley has long prided itself on being the land of opportunity, where anyone with a big idea can make it a reality, and where the new Masters of the Universe change the world for the better. But the bitter truth is that women have been excluded, marginalized, and harassed from the start. Sexism and the gender gap in Silicon Valley are only getting worse. It's not a utopia — it's a "brotopia" for tech bros.

From front-page scandals to behind-the-scenes stories that key players reveal directly. Chang reports on the forces conspiring against women in the workplace, and outside of it as well — from sex parties filled with VCs and entrepreneurs and rampant online pornography to outright harassment.

Chang explores how this culture came to be, what it means, and what can be done to fix it. She delves into the seedy underbelly of shiny Silicon Valley, weaving together hard-hitting interviews with major influencers like Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, Tim Cook, Peter Thiel, Ellen Pao, and more. She reveals the secrets that tech companies have tried to hide for years, and offers a fresh set of tangible solutions about what can be done to level the playing field.

After decades of silence, women are now coming forward to bravely reveal their stories. Join us for what is sure to be an enlightening and all too necessary conversation with Emily Chang.

Attendance is free, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. RSVP on Meetup; the first 100 RSVPs will be gifted FREE copies of Brotopia!
 

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Why Design Matters, Featuring Author and Podcast Host Debbie Millman
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

Why Design Matters, Featuring Author and Podcast Host Debbie Millman

From branding to resume building and beyond, design touches almost every aspect of our lives. Join us as Tina Essmaker, editor in chief of The Great Discontent, sits down with acclaimed podcast host and author Debbie Millman to chat about design, creativity, and how to master branding in today’s over-crowded marketplace.

More about Debbie Millman: Named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, and “one of the most creative people working in business” by Fast Company, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters. As the founder and host of Design Matters, the first and longest-running podcast about design, Millman has interviewed nearly 300 design luminaries and cultural commentators, including Massimo Vignelli, Milton Glaser, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, Barbara Kruger, Seth Godin, and more. 

Debbie is the author of six books, including two collections of interviews that have extended the ethos and editorial vision of Design Matters to the printed page: How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits. Both books have been published in over 10 languages. In 2009 Debbie co-founded with Steven Heller the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Now in its sixth year, the program has achieved international acclaim. 

Attendance is free, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. RSVP on Meetup; limited to the first 80 RSVPs.

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