Leadership Lecture Series

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

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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.

Dominican is grateful of Fairview Capital for its generous support as Lead Sponsor for the Lecture Series.

To join our mailing list, call 415.458.3202 or e-mail [email protected]. To receive a printed Leadership Lecture Series mailer each semester, include your home mailing address in your e-mail.

Jason Rezaian in conversation with W. Kamau Bell


Monday, January 28, 2019, 7:00 pm | Angelico Hall

Tickets: $45 (includes book) — Event Closed

The dramatic memoir of the journalist who was held hostage in a high-security prison in Tehran for eighteen months and whose release—which almost didn’t happen—became a part of the Iran nuclear deal. In July 2014, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police, accused of spying for America.

Valerie Jarrett in conversation with Elaine Petrocelli

Finding My Voice

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7:00 pm | Angelico Hall

Tickets: $45 (includes book) — Event Closed

“The ultimate Obama insider” (The New York Times) and longest-serving senior advisor in the Obama White House shares her journey as a daughter, mother, lawyer, business leader, public servant, and leader in government at a historic moment in American history.

Abby Wambach in conversation with Kelly Corrigan


Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:00 pm | Angelico Hall

Tickets: SOLD OUT — Event Closed

Based on her inspiring, viral 2018 commencement speech to Barnard College’s graduates, Abby Wambach delivers her empowering rally cry for women to unleash their individual power, unite with their pack, and emerge victorious together.

David Brooks

The Second Mountain

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6:00 pm | Angelico Hall

Tickets: SOLD OUT — Event Closed

An inspiring, thought-provoking exploration of what it means to live a meaningful life, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Road to Character. In The Second Mountain, David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfilment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. In The Second Mountain, Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.

Melinda Gates

The Moment of Lift

Monday, May 6, 2019, 7:00 pm | Angelico Hall

Tickets: SOLD OUT — Event Closed

For the last twenty years, Melinda French Gates has been on a mission. Her goal, as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, invest in women. In The Moment of Lift, Melinda traces her awakening to the link between women’s empowerment and the health of societies. She shows some of the tremendous opportunities that exist right now to “turbo-charge” change. And she provides simple and effective ways each one of us can make a difference.

Event Details

Tickets may be purchased at BookPassage.com/Dominican, call 415.927.0960 extension 1, or visit a Book Passage store in Corte Madera, Sausalito, or San Francisco.

Events are open to the public. When an event is free, no ticket or RSVP is required, and seating is on a first-come, first served basis. If an event lists a ticket price, advance ticket purchases are recommended. For free events: Priority seating is provided to those who purchase the speaker's book at Book Passage.

For all authored events, books are available for purchase at the Angelico Concert Hall on the night of the event.

Lectures take place at Angelico Concert Hall, Dominican University of California, 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael 94901. For directions, refer to the University map and directions to the campus.

Doors open 1 hour prior to the event.

The Institute for Leadership Studies is pleased to reserve a limited number of complimentary seats for Dominican Faculty, Staff, and Students which are available through a lottery system. For more information about the lottery system contact [email protected].


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