Leadership Lecture Series

The Institute for Leadership Studies and Book Passage present a collection of remarkable authors for a series of discussions, lectures and readings centered around topics explored in their latest books.

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Dominican and the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) continue to be conveners of thinkers and disseminators of new ideas and best practices, made available to our broader Bay Area community.

The Leadership Lecture Series, in partnership with Book Passage, actively engages the community on topics related to individual, organizational and/or social change inspired by effective leadership from the domains of arts and sciences, business, entertainment, literature, pop culture, politics, and government. 

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Dominican is grateful for the generous support of our sponsors.

A range of sponsorship levels are available to help elevate your organization’s profile in the community. Please contact us for opportunities. 

Spring 2024 Lecture Series

Dominican University of California's Institute for Leadership Studies and Book Passage proudly present the spring 2024 Lecture Series:

  • Michael Ondaatje, A Year of Last Things: Poems
    Date: Wednesday, April 17
    Time: 7–8 p.m. PST
    Location: Angelico Concert Hall, Dominican University of California
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  • Amy Tan, The Backyard Bird Chronicles 
    in conversation with Keith Hansen
    Date: Tuesday, April 23
    Time: 7–8 p.m. PST
    Location: Angelico Concert Hall, Dominican University of California
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  • Jen Psaki, Say More:  Lessons from Work, the White House, and the World
    Date: Thursday, May 16
    Time: 7–8 p.m. PST
    Location: Angelico Concert Hall, Dominican University of California
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Leadership Lectures Archive

Past speakers have included such luminaries as Al Gore, Madeleine Albright, Isabel Allende, David Brooks, Tom Brokaw, Jane Fonda, Daniel Goleman, Paul Hawkins, Diane Keaton, Caroline Kennedy, Ted Koppel, Suzy Orman, Leon Panetta, Gavin Newsom, Jacques Pépin, Carlos Santana, Patti Smith, Gloria Steinem, Arianna Huffington, Bernie Sanders, Sally Field, and Melinda Gates. Visit the ILS Leadership Lecture Series YouTube channel to view previous speakers.

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