Sunday, October 17 | Kristi Yamaguchi and Michelle Wie West
A conversation with Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and professional golfer Michelle Wie West.
The University of San Francisco Silk Speaker Series includes key thought leaders on global affairs, the economy, and business.
The Silk Speaker Series is designed to provide learning opportunities and discussions for USF’s students, alumni, faculty, and friends of the university.
Poet, novelist, essayist, inventor, teacher, environmental activist, author of The Handmaid’s Tale and its sequel, The Testament, Margaret Atwood will discuss the role of the artist in transforming society, technology, and culture.
Six-time NBA All-Star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors sat down with Dr. Clarence Jones, director of USF's Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice, speechwriter, and lawyer to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to discuss the need to keep on in the fight against racism. "We have to keep on, now is not the time to give up.”
In a 90-minute, sit-down interview with Suparna Chakraborty, USF associate dean for academic effectiveness and associate professor of economics, Yellen explained the Fed's actions in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, tried to reassure audience members of the Fed's independence in the wake of public criticism by President Donald Trump, and more.
Why Can’t My Life Decisions Be Made by Siri? Learn about taking finance further than just investing. Create a system to make life decisions, from college funding, to IRAs, to buying a house, to simplifying your life.
Magic Johnson told stories from his life and career to inspire students to believe in their abilities and to do good for their communities. "Affect change,” he said. “Get involved in your school, in the community ... go touch somebody else’s life that’s less fortunate than your own. Reach back and give back.” Johnson spoke at USF in October 2017; the conversation was moderated by Rick Welts, the president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors.
Scholes is the Frank E. Buck professor of finance, emeritus, at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he still teaches a course called “Managing Under Uncertainty.” He has consulted widely with financial institutions, corporations, and exchanges, and has served as an adviser to the Guangdong provincial government. Scholes spoke at USF in August 2017.
A pioneer of the personal computer revolution, Steve "Woz" Wozniak revolutionized the status quo by inventing the first Apple computer. A consummate engineer, Wozniak even engineered a formula for happiness: H=S-F. “Happiness equals smiles minus frowns,” the Apple co-founder said. Wozniak spoke at USF in April 2017.
Can financial innovation change our future? The next big financial test facing the U.S. economy is fixing our broken retirement system, says Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Merton, who spoke at USF as part of the Silk Speaker Series in February, 2017.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice answered audience questions with moderator and alumnus Jeff Silk '87, right, at the Silk Speaker Series in January 2017. "Your most important task in your four years in college is to find something you're passionate about," Rice said.