Leadership Lecture Series welcomes Giada De Laurentiis

Emmy Award-winning personality, Food Network host, and frequent "Today Show" guest, Giada De Laurentiis spoke to a capacity crowd at the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Leadership Fall Lecture Series at Dominican University of California on November 16.

It was the final event in the 2013 Fall Leadership Lecture Series. Other featured lecturers were Elizabeth Gilbert, one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World; former two-term United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins, New York Times’ two-time No. 1 bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell; and bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben.

A 2012 Culinary Hall of Fame inductee, De Laurentiis made her first-ever appearance at Dominican University’s Angelico Hall. She discussed her newest cookbook, Giada’s Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets. Joining her in conversation was KKSF Radio host of “Dining Around,” Joel Riddell.

Born in Rome, Giada De Laurentiis has found a place in the world as star and producer of “Giada at Home. As the granddaughter of film producer Dino De Laurentiis, Giada was a natural when she started working with the Food Network in 2002. What began with the cooking show “Everyday Italian” has become a very successful partnership. The esteemed culinary station is celebrating its 20th year on cable television where De Laurentiis has won three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lifestyle host. She also has launched a successful product line through Target and penned seven beloved cookbooks.

The Leadership Lecture series, a cooperative effort between Dominican’s ILS and Book Passage, is celebrating its 10th anniversary at Dominican. Each year, the 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.

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