Past Speakers

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Nearly every week on Thursday, the Oakland Rotary hosts our luncheon and features a new, great special speaker.

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Michael Morgan, Music Director and Conductor, Oakland Symphony

Dec 13th
2018

Carol Christ, Chancellor of UC Berkeley

Dec 6th
2018

David Lei, The Chinese Exclusion Act

Nov 29th
2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22nd
2018

Matthew Sadowski, Director of Bands at UC Berkeley

Nov 15th
2018

Michael McCarron, ED of USS Hornet

Nov 8th
2018

Kalimah Priforce, Founder and Hacktivist CEO at Qeyno Group

Nov 1st
2018

Susan Mernit, ED of the Crucible

Oct 25th
2018

Glynn Washington - Host of Snap Judgment

Oct 18th
2018

Jackie Salas, Landscape Supervisor and Horticulturist

Oct 11th
2018

Amy Tharpe - Port of Oakland, Director of Social Responsibility

Oct 4th
2018

Tim Seelig, Artistic Director, SF Gay Men's Chorus

Sep 27th
2018

Member Beth Hillman, President of Mills College

Sep 20th
2018

Liam O'Donoghue

Sep 13th
2018

Dr. Richard Isaacs - Executive Director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group and President and CEO of Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group

Sep 6th
2018

Sarah Crowell, Artistic Director of Destiny Arts Center

Aug 30th
2018

Nicholas Collins, Founder of 510 Hikers

Aug 23rd
2018

Kevin McCormack, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Aug 16th
2018

Kristin Hull, Money Doula Blog and Nia Impact Advisors

Aug 9th
2018

Dennis Araby - United Farm Workers

Aug 2nd
2018

Alternative Transit - Robert del Rosario, AC Transit, and Dave Campbell, Bike East Bay

Jul 26th
2018

Dennis Kyriakos - Magician and Mind Reader

Jul 19th
2018
Jul 12th
2018
Jul 5th
2018

Celebrate President Sean's Year

Jun 28th
2018

Glenn Pomeroy - CEO, California Earthquake Authority

Jun 21st
2018

John Dolby - Development in Downtown Oakland

Jun 14th
2018

Casper Cendre - Co-Founder of ABO Comix and No Walls Collective

Jun 7th
2018

Warden Davis - San Quentin Prison

May 31st
2018

Suzanne Weirtheim - Eliminating Bias and Unfairness in the Workplace

May 24th
2018

Angela Tsay - Founder of Oaklandish

May 17th
2018

Joel Parrott, President and CEO of the Oakland Zoo

May 10th
2018

Angie Garling -- The State of Early Childhood Education

May 3rd
2018

Bob Harris - Trailblazing Attorney

Apr 26th
2018

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo - Combat-Ready Kitchen

Apr 19th
2018
Apr 12th
2018

Caroline Beteta - CEO, Visit California

Apr 5th
2018

James Head

Mar 29th
2018

Micah Weinberg

Mar 22nd
2018

Jabali Smith

Mar 15th
2018

Isaac Kos-Read

Mar 8th
2018

Jack McAboy on Oakland Rotary's 110 Years of Impact

Mar 1st
2018

CLUB SPEECH CONTEST

Feb 22nd
2018

Ishmael Reed

Feb 15th
2018

Greg Ahern, Alameda County Sheriff

Feb 8th
2018

Ted Klauber -- The Best and Worst of the Super Bowl Ads

Feb 1st
2018

Bob Melvin - Manager of the Oakland Athletics

Jan 25th
2018

Richard Rothstein

Jan 18th
2018

Mayor Libby Schaaf

Jan 11th
2018
Dec 28th
2017

David Hunt, Prescott Circus Theatre

Dec 21st
2017

James Zhang

Dec 14th
2017

Jaimal Yogis - All Our Waves are Water

Dec 7th
2017

Richardine Howard, Oakland Fire Department Captain

Nov 30th
2017
Nov 23rd
2017

Dan Devone

Nov 16th
2017

Lauren Markham

Nov 9th
2017

Jeff Krischner, Founder and CEO, Litterati

Nov 2nd
2017

Jim Barnett, Television Analyst, Golden State Warriors

Oct 26th
2017

Nicholas Williams, Oakland Parks and Recreation Department

Oct 19th
2017

Barry Nickelsberg, The Carter Center

Oct 12th
2017

Andy Gunther, Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium

Oct 5th
2017

Katie Albright, Daughter of Madeleine Albright

Sep 28th
2017

Ruth White, Emotional Resilience and Stress Management

Sep 21st
2017

Peter Nicks, Filmmaker of "The Force" about the Oakland Police Department

Sep 14th
2017

Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District

Sep 7th
2017

Michael Ghielmetti, Lennar Multifamily Communities

Aug 31st
2017

Matthew Zapruder, Poetry Editor of the New York Times Magazine

Aug 24th
2017

Elaine Brown - Former Black Panther Party Chairwoman

Aug 17th
2017

Tony Stefani - Firefighting and the Link to Cancer

Aug 10th
2017

Ryan Russo, Director of Oakland Department of Transportation

Aug 3rd
2017

Daniel Patterson and LocoL

Jul 27th
2017

Mary Roach Interviewed by R. Kidd

Jul 20th
2017

A Celebration of the 2017-18 Year Ahead

Jul 13th
2017

No special speaker, ceremony planned

Jun 29th
2017

Stephen Texeira - Exceptional Photography

Jun 22nd
2017

James Reinhart - Thread UP

Jun 8th
2017

Nipam Patel - Butterfly Guy

Jun 1st
2017

Valerie Coleman - The News Anchor is Not in the Catbird Seat Anymore

May 25th
2017

Brian McKeown, KIVA - Connecting Online Lenders to Entrepreneurs

May 18th
2017

Dr. KJ Page - End of Life Wishes: How Best to Prepare

May 11th
2017

Sylvia Whitlock - First Rotary Female President

May 4th
2017

Meeting at City Hall - Buffet lunch followed by meeting in Council Chambers

Apr 27th
2017

Dr. Ali Bouzari - The science of food and cooking

Apr 20th
2017

Dr. Alex Filippenko - 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: Who Cares & What Does Lick Have to do with It!

Apr 13th
2017

Mike Healey - BART, The Dramatic History of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System

Apr 6th
2017

Scott Kucirek, CEO OCHO Candy - Manufacturing in West Oakland

Mar 30th
2017

Johanna Silver - Garden Editor SUNSET Magazine - Sunset's historic move and the Bold Dry Garden

Mar 16th
2017

Dave Kaval - President - Oakland As

Mar 9th
2017

Deng Ajak Jongkuch - The Lost Boys of Sudan

Mar 2nd
2017

Timothy Don & Kira Brunner-Don - The Oakland Book Festival: Read. Debate. Celebrate.

Feb 23rd
2017

Toni Nielson - Argumentation in an Alternative-Fact World

Feb 16th
2017

Tanya Holland - Brown Sugar Kitchen - Modern Soul Food and Comfort Classics

Feb 9th
2017

Bill Santana Li - CEO Knightscope, Inc - What is a mini-IPO and what is an autonomous security robot?

Feb 2nd
2017

George Zimmer - A Suitable Life

Jan 26th
2017

Darren Virassammy COO - 34 Strong, Inc. - Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Jan 19th
2017

FBI Special Agent, Enrique Alvarez - Cyber Crime - The Odds Are in the Criminal's Favor

Jan 12th
2017

Jordan Medina - UBER comes to Oakland

Jan 5th
2017

Komal Ahmad - Hunger is the World's Dumbest Problem

Dec 15th
2016

Sally Cowal - American Cancer Society - Cervical Cancer

Dec 8th
2016

Karely Ordaz Salto - Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children initiative

Dec 1st
2016

Ron Coccimiglio - Cal Football Career Development - Life After Cal Football

Nov 17th
2016

Jodie Van Horn - Sierra Club - Ready for 100% - Clean Energy Work

Nov 10th
2016

Brad Howard - Rotary International Director - Not your Father's Rotary

Nov 3rd
2016

Charles Keller - I'm Building A Bat Cave

Oct 27th
2016

David Wilkins, Program Director AC Transit - AC Transit's plans for Bus Rapid Transit

Oct 20th
2016

Dr. Martha Taylor - History of Black Churches in Oakland

Oct 13th
2016

Jacqueline Kabat - Improv your Leadership

Oct 6th
2016

Holly Million - Artists United

Sep 29th
2016

Cathryn Blum - Catbird Scouts - Scouting film locations

Sep 22nd
2016

Grace Crunican, General Manager of BART - Future Plans for BART

Sep 15th
2016

Delaine Eastin - Public Instruction and early education

Sep 8th
2016

Beth Mowins - Play-by-Play NFL announcing

Sep 1st
2016

Capt Freddie Hamilton - 21st Century Policing

Aug 25th
2016

Carter Laren - Gateway Accelerator - marijuana startup funder and incubator

Aug 18th
2016

Brooke Levin - Director of Public Works, City of Oakland

Aug 11th
2016

Daniel Ari - Cummings and Goings: A Dive Into Super-Concentrated Language

Aug 4th
2016

Amy Wilkinson, Author - The Creators Code

Jul 28th
2016

Nancy E. O'Malley - Alameda Country District Attorney

Jul 21st
2016