Upcoming Events:

MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2024



Sonoma Speaker Series:
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Dr. Adam Gazzaley

VIP Reception: 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Interview: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Hanna Center

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Dr. Adam Gazzaley, the David Dolby Distinguished Professor at UCSF and Founder & Executive Director of Neuroscape, is a prominent figure in neurology, physiology, and psychiatry. His innovative work in brain assessments and optimization tools has set new standards in the field. Notably, Dr. Gazzaley has pioneered significant advances through his inventions, such as the first FDA-cleared video game for therapeutic use, demonstrating his unique approach to enhancing cognitive functions through technology. His contributions have earned him prestigious accolades, including the 2017 PROSE Award and the 2020 Global Gaming Citizen Honor, recognizing his impact on science and education, and his pivotal role in redefining how the human brain interacts with technology. In addition to authoring over 180 scientific articles, Dr. Gazzaley has made his research accessible to the public through his co-authored book, "The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World", and his nationally televised PBS special "The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adam Gazzaley”.

MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2024



Sonoma Speaker Series:
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Carl Bernstein

VIP Reception: 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Interview: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Hanna Center

Tickets on sale one month prior to the event.

In the early 1970s, CARL BERNSTEIN and Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and setting the standard for modern investigative reporting, for which they and The Post were awarded the Pulitzer Prize.With Woodward, Bernstein wrote two classic best-sellers: All the President’s Men (also a movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman), about their coverage of the Watergate story; and The Final Days, about the denouement of the Nixon presidency.How would the Watergate scandal be received today? In 1974, it was ultimately the power of the free and open press, led by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward’s dogged coverage in the Washington Post, that preserved democracy and held those in power accountable.Fifty years later, journalism is under attack: misinformation runs rampant, facts are up for debate and discarded if they don’t fit a certain narrative, and the media and journalists are labeled as enemies. With that pillar of democracy under attack, how would a ‘Watergate’ play out today?In this interview, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein analyzes the erosion of public trust and the ongoing threats to democracy at home and abroad. Drawing from his unparalleled expertise and experience in breaking the Watergate story, Bernstein offers insight into strengthening democratic principles for the future, highlighting the importance of transparency, accountability, and civic engagement.Bernstein will be in conversation with Sonoma Speaker Series Board Member, Laura Zimmerman.Readers Books will have signed copies of his books on sale in the lobby before and after the speaker presentation.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2024



Sonoma Speaker Series:
In Conversation with...

Ana Homayoun

VIP Reception: 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Interview: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Hanna Center

Tickets on sale one month prior to the event.

Ana Homayoun is an academic advisor and early career development expert working at the intersection of executive functioning skills, technology and personal energy management. She is the founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, a Silicon Valley-based educational consulting firm that helps students, parents and educators confidently navigate today’s unique educational environment, equipping them with crucial executive functioning and life- management skills. She is the author of four books, including her latest book, Erasing the Finish Line: The New Blueprint for Student Success Beyond Grades and College Admissions, which will be released on August 29, 2023 and offers a groundbreaking new way of thinking about education for parents, educators, workplace managers and policymakers deeply invested in the personal and professional development of future generations. Her previous books are the widely heralded: That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week, The Myth of the Perfect Girl, and Social Media Wellness. She is also the founder and executive director of Luminaria Learning Solutions, a non-profit initiative developing the Life Navigator School Advisory Program, a executive functioning skills curriculum rooted in social and emotional well-being that aims to prepare students for success in and outside of the classroom and increase opportunities for all.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2024



Sonoma Speaker Series:
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Bethany Hamilton

VIP Reception: 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Interview: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Hanna Center

Tickets on sale one month prior to the event.

Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith, and hope. At the age of 13, Bethany lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, which seemed to end her career as a rising surf star. One month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water and within two years had won her first national title. In 2007, she realized her dream of surfing professionally and since then, her story has been told in a New York Times best selling autobiography and in the 2011 film, Soul Surfer. Bethany is involved in numerous charitable efforts, including The Beautifully Flawed Foundation, which reaches out to amputees and youth, encouraging and offering hope to overcome through Jesus Christ. Using her platform as a professional athlete to promote living a fit and healthy lifestyle, she authored the book Body and Soul in 2014. Bethany’s latest film project, Unstoppable, a surf documentary which showcases her as one of the best women surfers in the world, released theatrically in the USA on July 12, 2019, accompanied by a photo book and a children’s book. Passionate about family and about helping young women be unstoppable in life and faith,  Bethany launched the Unstoppable Living online courses in 2019, a mother-daughter mentorship program in 2022, known as the ‘Ohana Experience, along with another children’s book called Surfing Past Fear. Her greatest joy is being a wife and mother, and she continues to touch and inspire lives globally as a professional surfer and motivational speaker.

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