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WORKSHOP

Arturo Noriega

  •  April 23
  •  12 - 1:30 pm
  •  Room 5221 and online
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Social Entrepreneurship? There's an App for That!

Centro Community Partners scales high impact, community-focused entrepreneurs from concept to success via innovative training programs and an award-winning business planning app. Through their mission of training the next generation of community-based business owners, Centro has attracted national recognition for its model of social entrepreneurship training, support, financing, and coaching. Its business planning app was a winner of the 2018 Bay Area Project Innovation Challenge and a top 10 finalist of the 2016 Drucker Prize.

This seminar, led by Centro Founder Arturo Noriega, will lead attendees on a taste of the journey of a local entrepreneur via their app, discuss developing influencing skills like "radical candor", and demonstrate what it's like to be a consultant in their MBA training program. This will be followed by a panel discussion of local Centro entrepreneurs, discussing their journey from idea to successful business owner and community champion. In order to benefit the most from this seminar, attendees are requested to bring their smartphones with the Centro business planning app downloaded and installed. The app is available for free on both iPhone and Android.

 

SEMINAR

Justina Lai

  •  April 23
  •  4 - 6 pm
  •  Room 5200 and online
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Impact Investing - Investing for the Social Good.

Are you aware how "Impact Investing", investing for the social good, affects financial markets and your portfolio?

Justina Lai is the head of impact investing at Wetherby, a boutique asset manager that is pioneering the practice of discussing the benefits, goals and obligations of the practice. Impact investing involves choosing investments that take advantage of trends around social good, like renewable resources and microfinancing. These trends have the potential to generate high returns since they are often overlooked by the broader investment community. Justina will also discuss the ESG (Environmental Social Governance) and SRI (Socially Responsible Investing) strategies, how they differ from Impact Investing, and how they can be used to make money in the financial markets.

 

WORKSHOP

Dave Collins

  •  April 23
  •  6:30 - 8 pm
  •  Room 5200
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Improv Techniques for Success: Understanding Values, Social Responsibility and Organizations

Did you know values-based organizations are more successful, more viable and more attractive to new talent? The rising generation of workers derives meaning and motivation by working for an organization that takes its values seriously. Organizations demonstrate this by displaying these values internally and externally in a way that aligns with its mission. But how do you write a useful values statement? And how can you translate that statement into a set of specific, measurable and identifiable behaviors that can be rewarded and tracked?

We'll use improvisational and interactive techniques to bring to life the following concepts:

  • Define behaviors that demonstrate your organization's values
  • Understand how values and company culture relate to each other
  • Identify what is typically missed or misunderstood when discussing your values
  • Practice active listening to identify values in your hiring processes
  • Use storytelling best practices to communicate values to internal & external audiences

Dave Collins is the Founder/CEO of Oak and Reeds. Before turning professional, Dave Collins won the National Collegiate Improv Tournaments (along with his teammates) and began a storied career as a workplace strategist and professional coach working with corporate clients to find innovative ways to develop practical business skills. He has worked with numerous organizations to translate their corporate values into clear behaviors that team members can use to help guide interaction with colleagues and clients.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Jay Gonzalez, Mickey McGee

  •  April 24
  •  12 - 1:30 pm
  •  Room 2201 and online
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Legal Marijuana: Perspectives on Public Benefits, Risks, and Policy Approaches

Meet the Authors: Legal Marijuana: Perspectives on Public Benefits, Risks, and Policy Approaches by Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III and Mickey P. McGee

Though legalization of marijuana for medicinal and adult use (aka "recreational") is growing state by state and country by country, not everyone believes it to be a good idea. This collection of essays by our speakers examines the controversies, risks, and challenges surrounding these issues in public policy and market actions.

Panelists:

  • Mick McGee, DPA, co-editor "Legal Marijuana: Perspectives on Public Benefits, Risks, and Policy Approaches"
  • Patrick Murphy, PhD, policy director of fiscal and governance reform and a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.
  • Alan Roper, PhD, Instructional Designer/Curriculum Developer at the University of California discusses "Environment, Energy & Marijuana"
  • Jim Hynes, MCP & MPH, Executive Manager with City of Berkeley discusses "Berkeley & Marijuana"
  • Samira Perry, EMPA, Social Justice Entrepreneur on "Business Thoughts"
  • Beth Greene, MUP, Senior Planner, Secretary to the Cannabis Commission, Planning and Development Department, City of Berkeley

Moderator: Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III, PhD, Mayor George Christopher Professor of Public Administration and Co-Editor, Legal Marijuana: Perspectives on Public Benefits, Risks and Policy Approaches.

Co-sponsored: American Society for Public Administration Bay Area Chapter , International City/County Management Association GGU Student Chapter , GGU Pi Alpha Alpha Honors Society.

 

WORKSHOP

Jeff Raz

  •  April 24
  •  6:30 - 8 pm
  •  Room 5200
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Navigating Through Messy Conversations: A Path to Great Leadership

There are some conversations that almost everyone avoids at work, and subjects that raise the red flag of HR. But not talking about tough subjects, like gender, religion and race, don't make them go away. Organizations are stronger, and leaders are better, if and when they can find ways to talk about the challenging subjects while maintaining, and even growing, trust and empathy.

Jeff Raz uses his experience as a global communications consultant as well as his years performing as a featured clown with Cirque du Soleil, on Broadway and even in Eskimo villages (a theme of his new book, "The Snow Clown") to inform his work on messy conversations.

Before diving into touchy subjects, people need to feel connected to each other in small ways. By having "micro-connections" throughout the workday, we cultivate techniques for seeing each other as fully human (this is harder than it sounds, as philosopher Martin Buber and others have shown). Once there is a culture of trust, red flag issues can be discussed with humility, humor and curiosity. From this, everyone involved can grow.

This interactive session is for anyone who works globally with people from multiple cultures, or with the person in the next cube who's from your hometown. We will explore building trust and techniques for grappling with hard subjects in ways that are authentic, rigorous and even fun.

 

PANEL DISCUSSION

Marianne Koch

  •  April 25
  •  12 - 1 pm
  •  Room 6208 and online
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Best Practices in Human Resources Management for Creating a Culture of Respect

We are joined by HR Professionals from Bay Area companies to hear what they are doing to create and sustain a culture of respect in their organizations. When we asked audience members at a previous event what a "culture of respect" would look like to them, they said: trust, fairness, engagement, equality, openness, inclusion and kindness.

How much do these things matter? And how do they affect an organization's success? Come hear what those who set policy for managing people at work have to say, and what they are doing in their own organizations to drive cultural change.

Panelists:

  • Erin Daruszka, Senior Manager HR, Goodwin Procter LLC
  • Sylvia Doss, Nutrition & Wellness Expert, Open Circles
 

PANEL DISCUSSION

Scott Wiener

  •  April 25
  •  4 - 6 pm
  •  Rooms 2201/02 & Online
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California's Housing Crisis: Problems, Causes and Options

Join Golden Gate University for a discussion on Affordable Housing in California with State and Local legislators and leaders.

Keynote Speaker: Senator Scott Wiener - author of the most controversial bill in recent California history

Does this impact you or your business? Governor Newsom has made the state's Housing Crisis a central focus of his new administration, signing an executive order to spur affordable housing development, and setting aside $1.75 billion in the budget for new housing production while asking the state legislature to look at ways to protect renters from out-of-control rent increases. Newsom has set a goal of building 3.5 million new units by 2025 to help meet the demand. Even if he succeeds, will that be enough?

Panelists:

  • Kate Hartley, SF Mayor's Office of Housing & Community Development
  • Ramon Kochavi, Marcus and Millichap Commercial Real Estate Investment
  • Ken Jones, Landis Development
  • Evelyn Stivers, Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County
 

SEMINAR

Ankit Jain

  •  April 25
  •  6:30 - 8 pm
  •  Room 6208
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AI and the Future of Work

Speaker: Ankit Jain currently works as a Senior Research Scientist at Uber AI Labs, the machine learning research arm of Uber. His work primarily involves the application of Deep Learning methods to a variety of Uber's problems ranging from forecasting, food delivery to self-driving cars. Previously, he has worked in a variety of data science roles at Bank of America, Facebook, and a few startups. Ankit co-authored Tensorflow Machine Learning Projects, a book on machine learning. Additionally, he has been a featured speaker in many of the top AI conferences and universities across the United States including UC Berkeley and the OReilly AI conference. Ankit completed his education from UC Berkeley and IIT

Organizer: Dr. Siamak Zadeh is currently the Visiting Associate Professor & Data Scientist at Golden Gate University, where he has been teaching since 2011. He has 30 years of academic and IT industry experience. He has worked in a variety of organizations, such as IBM Research and Oracle, developing business strategies and product specifications for the use and application of IT and analytics to business problems and challenges. He has done research in the application of scientific techniques to many IT and business problems and has participated in several industry focus groups and standard bodies, articulating the emerging needs and challenges of various industries in the digital age. Siamak Zadeh earned an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York.

Moderator: Siya Raj Purohit is a thought leader and investor in the Future of Work sector. She is passionate about bridging the jobs-skills gap and helps grow / invest in companies that are transforming how people develop their careers. Siya currently leads business strategy & partnerships at Springboard, a workforce development startup that has enabled 10K+ students to break into technology careers. Prior to this, she was an Investment Associate at GSV AcceleraTE and an early employee at Udacity. Siya is the author of Engineering America, a book on STEM education. She is an alum of the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University. Moderator: Siya Raj Purohit