previous LUNCH & LEARNS:


March 21, 2019
Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club Menlo Park

Our 12th annual Lunch & Learn featured actress Selma Blair. Selma, born and raised in Michigan, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1994. She first gained attention for her performance in Cruel Intentions (1999) with Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar. She starred opposite Reese Witherspoon in the hit comedy, Legally Blonde (2001), opposite Cameron Diaz and Christina Applegate in The Sweetest Thing (2002), and opposite Morgan Freeman in Feast of Love (2007). She played Kate Wales in Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management (2012-2014), Kris Jenner in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016), and was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Spoken Word Album for Children” for her reading of The Diary of Anne Frank (2011). More recently, Selma starred with Nicolas Cage in the horror comedy Mom & Dad (2017). 

Off-screen, Selma furthered the #MeToo movement by speaking out about her experience with sexual harassment. As the daughter of a mother struggling with Alzheimer’s, she is a spokeswoman for Alzheimer’s research and treatment, and an advocate for compassionate care. Her other charity work includes Children's Action Network, AmFAR AIDS Research, Lange Foundation (dedicated to saving homeless and abandoned animals), No Kid Hungry, Staying Alive Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

Selma is the mother of 7 year-old Arthur Saint and recently opened up about her 4-year struggle with postpartum depression and being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.


April 19, 2018
Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club Menlo Park  

Our 11th Annual Lunch and Learn featured keynote speaker Amy Purdy.  Amy shared her inspirational story and we were so grateful for her personal contribution to the event. At 19, after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Amy was rushed to the hospital in a state of septic shock. She was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and was given less than a 2% chance of survival. Due to the lack of circulation she suffered, doctors had to amputate her legs below the knee. After going through this life-altering experience, Amy went on to become a world-class Paralympic skier. Her creativity, positive outlook and never give up attitude have inspired millions. She has been a featured presenter at TEDx, a contestant on The Amazing Race and Dancing with the Stars, and a touring speaker with Oprah Winfrey on Oprah’s The Life You Want Tour. She co-founded Adaptive Action Sports, a non-profit organization which helps those with permanent disabilities to get involved in action sports. Amy is also the author of the national best-selling memoir, “On My Own Two Feet”.


MARCH 15, 2017
Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club Menlo Park

Our 10th Annual Lunch and Learn featured Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP as the keynote speaker.  Dr. Kalanithi is the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, for which she wrote the epilogue. An internal medicine physician and faculty member at the Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA, she completed her medical degree at Yale, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society, her residency at the University of California-San Francisco, and a postdoctoral fellowship training in healthcare delivery innovation at Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center. At the cross-section of her career as a medical professional and her personal experience standing alongside her husband during his life, diagnosis, treatment, and death, Dr. Kalanithi has special interests in healthcare value, meaning in medicine, patient-centered care and, end-of-life care. She has appeared on PBS NewsHour, NPR Morning Edition, and Yahoo News with Katie Couric, and been interviewed for People, NPR, and The New York Times. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her daughter, Elizabeth Acadia.


MARCH 21, 2016
Four Seasons Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto

Our 9th Annual Lunch and Learn featured New York Times columnist, Frank Bruni. Mr. Bruni spoke on academic competition, the anxiety-producing drive to "get-in," and his book, Where You Go is Not Who You'll Be. He has spent significant time in our area and has written Op-Eds about the recent Palo Alto suicides. He was an unique and insightful speaker and we were delighted to have him speak.


APRIL 29, 2015
Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club Menlo Park

Our 8th Annual Lunch and Learn featured keynote speaker, Lee Woodruff, who discussed topics from her latest book, Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress. She provided motivation for all of us with her engaging and thought-provoking journey while sharing personal stories with us on topics ranging from family, friends, and marriage with such grace, humor and heart.


MAY 6, 2014
Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club Menlo Park

Our 7th Annual Lunch and Learn featured Dr. Condoleezza Rice who was interviewed by honorary board member Susan Ford Dorsey covering a number of topics. The long time friends provided motivation for all of us with engaging and thought-provoking conversation. Tickets sold out in a few weeks making this event our most successful to date! 


MAY 2, 2013
Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club Menlo Park

Our 6th Annual Lunch and Learn featured Kelly Corrigan, author of national seller The Middle Place and Lift. Kelly is a bay area resident, mother, a screenplay writer as well as a truly moving speaker. She has dedicated time to Oakland Children's Hospital and we were thrilled she spoke to our organization.