2018-2019 Season


Leon Panetta

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Leon Panetta is an American politician who has served in several public office positions, such as Secretary of Defense, Director of the CIA, Director of the Office of Management and Budget and as a U.S. Representative from Monterey, California. As President Clinton’s Chief of Staff, he was credited for bringing order and focus to the White House operations and policy making. He is the co-founder of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.


John Cleese

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

John Cleese dubbed “the world’s funniest man” first made his mark as a member of the legendary Monty Python troupe in the 1960s, and has gone on to write, produce, direct and star in some of the greatest comedic hits of the last forty years. But Cleese is far from your garden variety entertainer, since the beginning of his career he has continually parlayed his enormous talents into advancing education and providing entertaining training videos.


Ian Bremmer

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ian Bremmer is a political scientist specializing in U.S. foreign policy and states in transition. Bremmer is most widely known for advances in global political risk; referred to as the “guru” in the field by The Economist and The Wall Street Journal and, more directly, bringing political science as a discipline to the financial markets. He created Wall Street’s first global political risk index, now the GPRI (Global Political Risk Index). He is also the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large for TIME Magazine.


Diane Keaton

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Diane Keaton is a renowned American actress and an occasional singer who also delved into directing and producing films. She is a multi-faceted personality who has not only proved her mettle in the various aspects of the entertainment industry but also portrayed her creative versatility in writing and photography. She is also a New York Times best-selling author.


Marlee Matlin

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Marlee Matlin lost her hearing at a young age but nonetheless pursued an acting career and became highly successful, winning an Academy Award for her role in Children of a Lesser God. She continues to star in a number of films and television shows. Her autobiography, I’ll Scream Later, describes many challenges she has faced and how her perseverance helped her overcome obstacles.


Dan Buettner

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestselling author. While traveling the globe he discovered five places in the world dubbed “Blue Zones” where people live the longest and are healthiest. Buettner released a book on his findings, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. His topics of how to live to be 100+ and Finding Happiness in the Blue Zone Ways, largely based upon his research, provides a data base approach to long life and happiness.