Monthly dinners feature nationally-renowned speakers addressing current topics of interest. All take place in an elegant venue, with delicious cuisine and fine wine provided by a different winery each month. Evening programs are held eight times a year on the third Tuesday of the month (September – November and January – May) at the Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. Most offer CPE credits.

Upcoming Events

Sep 10

The Under Appreciated Nexus Between Growth Capital and Storytelling… An Investor’s Perspective

Tuesday, September 10 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests

Whether your company is public or private, family-owned or non-profit, growth capital is likely in your future. Finance executives have been trained to believe that equity or debt financing comes down to financial metrics — full stop. Regarding that long-held belief, former institutional investor, best-selling author, and acclaimed speaker Adam J. Epstein has the following

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Oct 15

Enhancing Your Interpersonal Power and Organizational Influence

Tuesday, October 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests

Navigating organizational politics can be challenging, no matter your position in the organization. Informal, unofficial and behind the scenes efforts to sell ideas, influence key stakeholders and increase power take place at all levels of an organization. Research shows that individuals with political skills tend to manage stress and job demands more effectively than their

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Nov 19

Theranos – Untold Perspectives

Tuesday, November 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests

Aspects of the Theranos story have been covered extensively by the media. What happened in the last 2 years of the company’s life is fascinating but lesser known.  A revamped Board and leadership team tried to turn the company around in the face of critical capital needs, mounting litigation and market pressures. Join the former

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Feb 11

2020 Economic Outlook

February 11, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Who should attend: Chapter Members Chapter Partners Qualified Guests

Christopher J Wolfe, Chief Investment Officer of First Republic Private Wealth Management, will discuss the landscape of the market and his predictions for 2020.   Speakers: Christopher J. Wolfe is the Chief Investment Officer for First Republic Private Wealth Management. In his role, he is responsible for leading First Republic Investment Management’s research and investment

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Interview with Past speaker and State Controller, Betty Yee

Memorable speakers from past FEI Silicon Valley Dinners have included…

  • Carol Bartz, CEO of Yahoo, Inc. and former CEO of Autodesk, Inc..
  • Eric Benhamou, Former CEO of 3Com
  • Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
  • Josh Bolten, Former White House Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush
  • Dr. Tom Campbell, Former U.S. Congressman; Former Dean of Business School, University California, Berkeley
  • John Chambers, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cisco Systems
  • Bill Chandler, Chancellor, Delaware Chancery
  • Dave DeWalt, CEO of MacAfee, Inc
  • Christopher Dodd, Senator for the state of Connecticut
  • John Doer, partner Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Board Member
  • Josh Green, General Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures and Chairman, National Venture Capital Association
  • Robert Greifeld, CEO of NASDAQ
  • Carlos Gutierrez, then-U.S. Secretary of Commerce
  • Carl Guardino,President and CEO, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group
  • Gary Hamel, prominent Business Strategist and Author of “Leading the Revolution”
  • David House, Chairman, Brocade Systems
  • Jeff Henley, then-Chief Financial Officer and current Chairman, Oracle Corporation
  • Rick Karlgaard, Publisher, Forbes magazine
  • Vinod Khosla,then-partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Greg Maffei,then-Chief Financial Officer, Microsoft
  • Phil Matier, Political Columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and CBS San Francisco
  • James Morgan,Chairman, Applied Materials, Inc
  • Bill Neukom, CEO San Francisco Giants
  • Duncan Niederauer, CEO of NYSE
  • Troy Paredes, Commisioner, Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC)
  • Dr. William Perry, Former US Secretary of Defense
  • Hasso Plattner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SAP AG
  • Condoleezza Rice, Former U.S. Secretary of State. then Provost, Stanford University
  • T.J. Rodgers, CEO of Cypress Semiconductors
  • David Roux, co-founder of Silver Lake private equity and Former CEO of Liberate
  • Larry Sonsini, Chairman, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Eliot Spitzer, Governor for the state of New York
  • Rick Welts, President, Golden State Warriors
  • Steve Westly, then-Controller, State of California and Former eBay executive
  • Meg Whitman, then-CEO of eBay
  • Ken Wilcox, Chairman, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Lew Wolff, owner, Oakland A’s
  • Betty Yee, Controller of the State of California
  • Janet Yellen, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Jed York, CEO, San Francisco 49’ers
  • John A. Young, then-President and Chief Executive Officer, Hewlett Packard

We invite all Chapter Members to suggest topics and speakers for future Chapter Dinner Meetings.
Please email your suggestions to the Programs Committee Chair Brenda Swiney.