Leadership Lecture Series welcomes Elizabeth Gilbert

Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert, who soared to fame with her acclaimed Eat, Pray, Love, spoke at the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Leadership Fall Lecture Series at Dominican University of California on October 16. She was on stage in Angelico Hall in conversation with New York Times’ bestselling writer Kelly Corrigan.

The speaker series, a cooperative effort between Dominican’s ILS and Book Passage, is celebrating its 10th anniversary at Dominican. Each year, the Leadership Lecture Series features some of the country's leading figures from the worlds of business, politics, entertainment, academia, and literature. It has entertained and educated thousands of Marin County and San Francisco Bay Area residents.

All lectures are open to the public. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. in Angelico Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Making the only northern California stop on her current book tour, Gilbert discussed her new book, The Signature of All Things, a sprawling tale of 19th century botanical exploration, which was released on October 1.

A three-time finalist for The National Magazine Award, Gilbert wrote an article for GQ about her experiences bartending on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It became the inspiration for the 2000 movie Coyote Ugly.
Gilbert’s early success was followed by Eat, Pray, Love, which became an international bestseller. It has been translated into more than 30 languages and sold over 10 million copies. Eat, Pray, Love spent more than 200 weeks on The New York Times’ bestseller list and became so popular that Time magazine named Gilbert as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2010, it was turned into a movie starring Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts.

Gilbert will be followed on the 2013 fall lecture series schedule by critically-acclaimed poet Billy Collins. After his appearance on November 7, Dominican and Book Passage will welcome Emmy Award-winning Food Network host Giada de Laurentiis on November 16.

The ILS Fall 2013 Leadership Lecture Series is sponsored by Private Ocean, the Marin-based wealth management company.