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. 

Past Speakers

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.

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Our Sponsors

Dominican is grateful for the generous support of our sponsors.

  • Presented by: Institute for Leadership Studies and Book Passage
  • Lead Sponsor: Fairview Capital
  • Diamond: Christine Christiansen
  • Gold: Bank of Marin
  • Silver: Women, Leadership and Philanthropy Council

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

Spring 2020 Leadership Lectures

7 p.m., Angelico Hall

A Long Petal of the Sea, Tickets: $45 (includes book)
A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea shows Isabel Allende at the height of her powers. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Paula, and In the Midst of Winter. Her books have been translated into more than 42 languages and have sold more than 74 million copies worldwide.

7 p.m., Angelico Hall
Bad Blood, Tickets: $40 (includes book)

John Carreyrou, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for 20 years. For his extensive coverage of Theranos, Carreyrou was awarded the George Polk Award for Financial Reporting, the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in the category of beat reporting, and the Barlett & Steele Silver Award for Investigative Business Journalism. Bad Blood was named the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year.

This event, originally scheduled for March 16 is postponed.

7 p.m., Angelico Hall

Untamed, Tickets: $40 (includes book) — SOLD OUT

Untamed shows us how to be brave. As Glennon insists: The braver we are, the luckier we get. Glennon Doyle is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Love Warrior, an Oprah’s Book Club selection, as well as the New York Times bestseller Carry On, Warrior. An activist, speaker, and thought leader, she is also the founder and president of Together Rising, an all-women led nonprofit organization that has revolutionized grassroots philanthropy — raising over $20 million for women, families, and children in crisis, with a most frequent donation of just $25. Glennon was named among OWN Network’s SuperSoul100 inaugural group as one of 100 “awakened leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity.”

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Leadership Lectures Archive

If you missed one of our lectures, or just want to relive a great memory, please visit the ILS Leadership Lecture Series YouTube channel.

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