Lunchtime Speakers

Join us for exciting lunchtime presentations on the 3rd floor from 12:20-1:10 p.m. in Presidio.

Wednesday, June 10

Think Audacious

When Debbie Sterling heard from Steve Jobs at her Stanford graduation that she should “never settle” until she found her true passion, she took this to heart. After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering & Product Design, she had firsthand knowledge of how significantly men outnumber women in science, technology, engineering and math. Debbie became determined to “disrupt the pink aisle” with a toy that would introduce young girls to the joy of engineering. Less than three years after launching GoldieBlox on Kickstarter, she has launched a Superbowl ad, an award-winning iOS app, and GoldieBlox toys in more than 6,000 retail stores worldwide. Debbie has also recently been selected to join the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, a select group "committed to helping develop the next generation of entrepreneurs around the world." Hear Debbie’s story of challenging the status quo, achieving audacious goals, and igniting a national conversation about breaking gender stereotypes.

Thursday, June 11

Making Magic: Creative Imagination Meets Technological Innovation

When it comes to Disney animation, creativity and technology go hand in hand. Milestone innovations in the animation production process at Disney have made way for some of the most memorable films of the past century. Immerse yourself in a brief history of animation at Disney through the eyes of animator, storyteller, and Disney Legend Floyd Norman, as he reveals some of the magic that helped bring films like “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “One Hundred and One Dalmatians,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Toy Story” to the big screen. Floyd will also give a demonstration showcasing how the simplest technology has helped spur creativity in the minds of Disney animators for years.

Friday, June 12

How to Discover a Planet: An Evolution of Search and Discovery

Ever since the accidental discovery of Uranus in 1781, people have continued to look for new tools and technologies to apply in the continued search for new planetary bodies in our solar system. Mike Brown, a professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, is probably best known for his discovery of the massive object Eris, which ultimately led to the controversial and widely-publicized demotion of Pluto from a planet to dwarf planet. Join Mike as he leads us through the centuries-old quest for new planets: from utilizing simple pen and paper (Neptune) to telescopic innovations (Ceres and the asteroid belt), the invention of photography (Pluto), the introduction of the first digital cameras (Eris and the Kuiper belt) to recent breakthroughs which may lead to the ability to launch a search using massive data sets from giant telescopes that are then parsed by supercomputers. Mike will also reveal never-before seen information about an astonishing new finding. The new ninth planet is in reach!