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Melissa Daimler - Reculturing (Shack 15 Event)

Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 6:00pm

Melisssa Daimler


 Signed Books Available 
Shack 15 Live at the SF Ferry Building

Thurs., July 28, 2022 • 6:00pm PT

This event will be hosted in-person by Shack 15. Please contact with questions regarding events.

Leverage the power of systems thinking to clarify your purpose, build your strategy, and design your culture.

It's no secret that culture is key to attracting and engaging top talent. But the vast majority of culture efforts fail as quickly as they started. Why? Because leaders are creating and communicating organizational values, but they're failing to connect those values to their behaviors, processes, and practices of the organization.

ReCulturing is the playbook for building a business in which employees are clear on the why, what, and how they are working. ReCulturing is not a one-time change effort because culture is not something we ultimately have, but rather something we do. One of today's most renowned thought leaders and practitioners on the issue, Melissa Daimler provides a modern definition of culture that is more of a verb than a noun. Culture needs to be reviewed consistently, just like strategy and purpose. Focusing on these three areas leads to higher performance and engagement. In the pages of this book, you'll learn:

  • A powerful framework for designing and evolving organizational culture that goes beyond values to also include behaviors, processes, and practices.
  • How to embed behaviors into core people processes like hiring, onboarding, talent managing, offboarding, strategizing and decision making
  • How to integrate "why you work" "what you do" and "how you do it" into an employee experience
  • Why it's crucial to make sure a company's practices evolve as the company changes

The book also features illuminating real-life stories recounting what has and hasn't worked at some of today's largest and most influential companies.

Whether you're launching a startup, running a global firm, or overseeing the shift to a hybrid work setting, ReCulturing provides everything you need to the kind of culture that drives long-term business success.

Melissa Daimler is the author of ReCulturing: Design Your Company Culture to Connect with Strategy and Purpose for Lasting Success (2022). She is the Chief Learning Officer of Udemy, a leading destination for learning and teaching online. She is helping the company evolve their platform and approach to learning, helping the global workforce also re-design how they think about culture and work. Alongside her team, she is also testing out ideas internally with Udemates to bring best practices to the companies for which Udemy partners. Prior to Udemy, she launched Daimler Partners, a boutique advisory and coaching company that worked with founders and leaders to help them design and scale their culture. She leveraged the experience she had as an executive who faced multiple leadership viewpoints throughout her career. Daimler led HR for a fast-growing venture-funded startup. She also created and built Learning & Organizational Development functions for Adobe, Twitter and WeWork. Daimler is a speaker, panelist, and contributor to Harvard Business Review (HBR) and Forbes. One of the first coaches certified by the International Coach Federation (“ICF”), she graduated from the Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School with a M.S. in Organizational Development.


Melisssa Daimler photo courtesy of the author


1 Ferry Building
Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94111

COMmon Reading: Isabel Allende (College of Marin Event)

Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 6:30pm

Isabel Allende
reading and discussion of A Long Petal of the Sea & The Stories of Eva Luna

James Dunn Theater  No Ticket Required

Thurs., May 12, 2022 • 6:30 - 8:30pm PT

This event will be hosted in-person by College of Marin. Please contact with questions regarding events.

Welcome to COMmon Read! In 2021-2022 we are reading Isabel Allende's novel A Long Petal of the Sea as well as her short stories from The Stories of Eva Luna.

With this shared reading program, we encourage the entire COM community to join together to read and discuss a book in common.

We hoped to foster a greater sense of community through a shared academic and social experience; encourage an exchange of ideas among students, faculty, and staff; increase awareness of academic, cultural, and social issues; and promote various disciplines across campuses.

During this academic year, some faculty members are using A Long Petal of the Sea and The Stories of Eva Luna in their class reading assignments and activities. We are hosting a variety of public events that tie into it as well.

We chose Isabel Allende's works for our third COMmon Read because she is one of the world's most read Latinx authors. Some of us have loved her writing and admired her character for decades.

Her work can be approached from many perspectives in such disciplines as Spanish and English literature, history, political science, women's studies, ethnic studies, economics, and geology. We believe Allende's work will greatly resonate with students, faculty, and staff.

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the SpiritsOf Love and ShadowsEva LunaPaula, and In the Midst of Winter. Her books have been translated into more than forty-two languages and have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide. She lives in California.


Isabel Allende photo courtesy of the publisher


James Dunn Theater
835 College Avenue
Kentfield, CA 94904

Randy Rainbow - Playing With Myself (SF Palace of Fine Arts)

Friday, April 22, 2022 - 7:30pm

Randy Rainbow

Playing With Myself

Friday., April 22, 2022 • 7:30pm PT
Tickets start at $35

SF Palace of Fine Arts

Please contact with questions regarding online events.

An intimate and light-hearted memoir by viral sensation and three-time Emmy-nominated musical comedian Randy Rainbow that takes readers through his life—the highs, the lows, the lipstick, the pink glasses, and the show tunes.

Randy Rainbow, the man who conquered the Internet with a stylish pair of pink glasses, an inexhaustible knowledge of Broadway musicals, and the most gimlet-eyed view of American politics this side of Mark Twain finally tells all in Playing with Myself, a memoir sure to cause more than a few readers to begin singing one of his greatest hits like “A Spoonful of Clorox” or “Cover Your Freakin’ Face.”

As Randy has said, “There’s so much fake news out there about me. I can’t wait to set the record straight and finally give people a peek behind the green screen.” And set the record straight he does. Playing with Myself is a first-hand account of the journey that led Randy Rainbow from his childhood as the over-imaginative, often misunderstood little boy who carried a purse in the second grade to his first job on Broadway as the host at Hooters and on to the creation of his trademark comedy character. In chapters titled “Pajama Bottoms” (a look back at the days when he wore pajama bottoms on his head to pretend he was Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz), “Yes, It’s My Real Name, Shut Up!” (no explanation necessary...) and “Pink Glasses” (a rose-colored homage to his favorite accessory), Playing with Myself is a memoir that answers the question “Can an introverted musical theatre nerd with a MacBook and a dream save the world, one show tune at a time?”

Randy Rainbow is a three-time Emmy-nominated comedian, actor, singer, writer, and satirist best known for his popular series of musical parodies and political spoofs, which have garnered him international acclaim. Randy tours the U.S. to sold-out audiences, and his viral comedy videos receive millions of views across all social media and digital platforms. He resides in New York City.



Randy Rainbow photo courtesy of the publisher


Palace of Fine Arts
3601 Lyon St
San Francisco, CA 94123

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado with Stacy Crinks - In the Shadow of a Mountain (Shack 15 Event)

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 6:00pm

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado
in conversation with Stacy Crinks

In the Shadow of a Mountain

Tues., March 15, 2022 • 6:00pm PT • $10

 Signed Books Available 
Shack 15 Live at the SF Ferry Building

This event will be hosted in-person by Shack 15. Please contact with questions regarding events.

“In climbing the Seven Summits, Silvia Vasquez-Lavado did nothing less than take back her own life—one brave step at a time. She will inspire untold numbers of souls with this story, for her victory is a win on behalf of all of us.”—Elizabeth Gilbert

Endless ice. Thin air. The threat of dropping into nothingness thousands of feet below. This is the climb Silvia Vasquez-Lavado braves in her page-turning, pulse-raising memoir following her journey to Mount Everest.

A Latina hero in the elite macho tech world of Silicon Valley, privately, she was hanging by a thread. Deep in the throes of alcoholism, hiding her sexuality from her family, and repressing the abuse she’d suffered as a child, she started climbing. Something about the brute force required for the ascent—the risk and spirit and sheer size of the mountains and death’s close proximity—woke her up. She then took her biggest pain as a survivor to the biggest mountain: Everest.

“The Mother of the World,” as it’s known in Nepal, allows few to reach her summit, but Silvia didn’t go alone. She gathered a group of young female survivors and led them to base camp alongside her. It was never easy. At times hair-raising, nerve-racking, and always challenging, Silvia remembers the acute anxiety of leading a group of novice climbers to Everest’s base, all the while coping with her own nerves of summiting. But, there were also moments of peace, joy, and healing with the strength of her fellow survivors and community propelling her forward.

In the Shadow of the Mountain is a remarkable story of heroism, one which awakens in all of us a lust for adventure, an appetite for risk, and faith in our own resilience.

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is a humanitarian, mountaineer, explorer, social entrepreneur, and technologist living in San Francisco. In 2014, she launched Courageous Girls, a nonprofit that helps survivors of sexual abuse and trafficking with opportunities to find inner strength and cultivate their voices by demonstrating their physical strength. Courageous Girls has had projects in Nepal, India, the United States, and Peru. Vasquez-Lavado was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the Corporate Heroes of 2015. CNET named her one of the 20 Most Influential Latinos in Silicon Valley. She has also been recognized by the Peruvian government as one of the “Marca Peru” ambassadors (country brand ambassadors). She is a member of the Explorers Club and one of the few women in the world to complete the Seven Summits.

Stacy Crinks is the bibliophile owner of the award-winning Bay Area content marketing agency, the Content Bureau ( She’s a passionate globalist, opportunity-spotter, connector, hand-raiser, evangelist, fundraiser, feisty advocate for women and girls, and big-hearted yogi. Stacy serves as Delegate to the California Democratic Party in Assembly District 16; and volunteers with Battery Powered giving circle, Crisis Text Line, Moms Demand Action, and National Charity League. She received a B.A. in political economy of industrial societies from U.C. Berkeley, an M.B.A. from Wharton, and an M.A. in international affairs and Spanish from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. She speaks fluent French and Spanish, and has spent time in over fifty countries. Stacy lives in Orinda with her three teen daughters.


Silvia Vasquez-Lavado photo by Emily Assiran; Stacy Crinks photo courtesy of the publisher


1 Ferry Building
Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94111

Valerie Biden Owens with Chuck Collins - Growing Up Biden (Dominican University of California)

Monday, April 18, 2022 - 7:00pm

This event has been postponed. Please contact for questions regarding ticketing.

Valerie Biden Owens
in conversation with Chuck Collins

Growing Up Biden
Ticket Includes Signed First Edition

Mon., April 18, 2022 • 7:00pm PT
$40 includes signed book
Online and In-Person

This event will be hosted by Dominican University of California. Limited number of signed first editions available. Please contact with questions regarding online events.

Recently, Valerie Biden Owens has had a wonderful interview with the good people at CBS news. 
You can listen here: 

"What a terrific memoir! With an uncanny gift for storytelling and an eye for colorful detail, Biden artfully interweaves personal and public recollections to capture our imagination from start to finish. As future historians seek to understand the Biden family, there will be no better place to start than this intimate, warm, and beautifully written portrait." — Doris Kearns Goodwin

A memoir from Valerie Biden Owens, Joe Biden’s younger sister, trusted confidante and lifelong campaign manager. Valerie, one of the first female campaign managers in United States history, writes of the role of family, faith, and fate in shaping her life, and the power of empathy and kindness in the face of turmoil and division.

Growing Up Biden details Valerie’s decades-long professional career in politics, and the central role she played in her brother’s life as an insightful adviser, an ever-loyal advocate and best friend.

This memoir, full of candor and warmth, brings readers into the Biden home and shares stories from growing up in Delaware as the only daughter of the close-knit Irish Catholic family. Valerie writes in a compelling, relatable way about the challenges she faced breaking through gender barriers, the elusive nature of confidence, and navigating professional responsibilities while raising children.

Valerie Biden Owens is the first woman in U.S. history to have run a presidential campaign—that of her brother, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. She also led his seven straight U.S. Senate victories and has been his principal surrogate on the campaign trail. Valerie is Chair of the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware and a partner at Owens Patrick Leadership Seminars. Valerie sits on the Advisory Board of the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children. For 20 years, when Valerie was not managing or advising President Biden’s campaigns, she served as Executive Vice President of Joe Slade White & Co., a media consulting firm. She has worked extensively with Women’s Campaign International, teaching women how to organize and develop communication and political skills. Valerie has also served on the National Board of the Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee and has served for 35 years on the board of The Ministry of Caring. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware. She is married to Jack Owens, an attorney and businessman. They have three children.

Charles M. Collins (Chuck) is the President Emeritus of and Special Advisor to the YMCA of San Francisco where he served for nearly two decades as President and Chief Executive Officer.  Founded in 1853, the YMCA of San Francisco is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to serving the diverse communities of the Bay Area with a focus on the development of children, youth, adults and families. He is also the Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the World Alliance of YMCAs in Geneva, Switzerland.  Mr. Collins is the author of The African Americans, Viking-Studio Books 1993 (paper 1995) and senior editor of A Day in the Life of Africa, The Tides Foundation and Penguin, 2002.


Valerie Biden Owens photo by Evan Krape; Chuck Collins photo courtesy of the pubisher


Dominican University of California
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Louann Brizendine with Tiffany Shlain - The Upgrade (Dominican University of California)

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 - 7:00pm

Louann Brizendine
in conversation with Tiffany Shlain

The Upgrade

Wed., April 27, 2022 • 7:00pm PT • $40

Dominican University of California

This event will be hosted by Dominican University of California. Please contact with questions regarding online events.

Welcome to the better half of your life. The New York Times bestselling author of The Female Brain explains how a woman’s brain gets “upgraded” in midlife, inspiring and guiding women to unlock their full potential.

“This is an important book. I want all women to read it. I wish I had read it years ago!”—Jane Fonda

Dr. Louann Brizendine was among the first to explain why women think, communicate, and feel differently than men. Now, inspired by her own experiences and those of the thousands of women at her clinic, she has a message that is nothing short of revolutionary: in the time of life typically known as menopause, women’s brains are reshaped, for the better, in a way that creates new power, a bracing clarity, and a laser-like sense of purpose if you know how to seize it.

With guidance for navigating the perimenopausal and menopausal storm while it lasts, and actionable, science-backed steps for preserving brain health for the rest of your life, The Upgrade is a stunning roadmap, told through intimate stories, to a new brain state and its incredible possibilities. Dr. Brizendine explains the best science-backed strategies for:
• Hormones: If timed and handled properly, hormone management can save your life. Brizendine cuts through the controversy to give you the latest guidance for HRT.
• Exercise: Leg strength correlates directly with healthy brain function at age 80. Here are the strategies for maintaining your strength.
• Sleep: It’s critical for maximizing the Upgrade, and Brizendine shares how to achieve healthy rest during challenging transitions.
• Mindset: Brizendine shows how to seize the opportunities of your midlife brain changes by shifting your mindset and vision with intention.
• Brain Health: The Upgraded brain requires special care when it comes to sugar, alcohol, inflammatory foods, and the microbiome. Here’s advice for fueling and maintaining cognitive function for decades.
The Upgrade amounts to a celebration of how women step into their power and an entirely new—and radically positive—understanding of aging.

Dr. Louann Brizendine, MD, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and the author of The Female Brain and The Male Brain. She is founder and director of the Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic and the Teen Girls' Mood and Hormone Clinic, and she lives with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards and author of the national bestselling book 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week winner of the Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award. Tiffany’s work has received over 80 awards and distinctions including being selected for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s Genius: 100 Visions of the Future.  Her films which have a focus on neuroscience, and the relationship between technology and humanity, and have premiered at top festivals including Sundance. The Museum of Modern Art in New York premiered her new live Spoken Cinema performance Dear Human. Tiffany's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Elle, and Jeopardy.



Louann Brizendine photo by Michelle Pattee; Tiffany Shlain photo courtesy of the author


20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Bob Odenkirk - Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama (SF Palace of Fine Arts)

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 7:00pm

Bob Odenkirk

in conversation with David Owen

Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama

Tue., Mar. 8 • 7:00pm PT 

Ticketed Event - $40SF Palace of Fine Arts




This event will be hosted in-person at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts.  Please contact for questions regarding this venue.



In this hilarious, heartfelt memoir, the star of Mr. Show, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul opens up about the highs and lows of showbiz, his cult status as a comedy writer, and what it’s like to reinvent himself as an action film ass-kicker at fifty. 

Bob Odenkirk’s career is inexplicable. And yet he will try like hell to explicate it for you. Charting a “Homeric” decades-long “odyssey” from his origins in the seedy comedy clubs of Chicago to a dramatic career full of award nominations—with a side-trip into the action-man world that is baffling to all who know him—it’s almost like there are many Bob Odenkirks! But there is just one and one is plenty. 

Bob embraced a life in comedy after a chance meeting with Second City’s legendary Del Close. He somehow made his way to a job as a writer at Saturday Night Live. While surviving that legendary gauntlet by the skin of his gnashing teeth, he stashed away the secrets of comedy writing—eventually employing them in the immortal “Motivational Speaker” sketch for Chris Farley, honing them on The Ben Stiller Show, and perfecting them on Mr. Show with Bob and David

In Hollywood, Bob demonstrated a bullheadedness that would shame Sisyphus himself, and when all hope was lost for the umpteenth time, the phone rang with an offer to appear on Breaking Bad—a show about how boring it is to be a high school chemistry teacher. His embrace of this strange new world of dramatic acting led him to  working with Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, and Greta Gerwig, and then, in a twist that will confound you, he re-re-invented himself as a bona fide action star. Why? Read this and do your own psychoanalysis—it’s fun! 

Featuring humorous tangents, never-before-seen photos, wild characters, and Bob’s trademark unflinching drive, Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama is a classic showbiz tale told by a determined idiot.

Bob Odenkirk is an actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer. Odenkirk got his start in improv comedy in the motley Chicago comedy scene of the mid-eighties and went on to write for Saturday Night Live. He has starred in AMC’s Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul and written and starred in the sketch comedy cult hit Mr. Show. He has written and produced a number of television shows, including Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show and Great Job!, and directed three films.

David Owen co-founded SF Sketchfest in 2001 with Cole Stratton and Janet Varney. Along with Stratton, Varney and Gabriel Diani, he was a founding member of the comedy group Totally False People, which was featured at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Outside of SF Sketchfest he has produced dozens of other festivals and events. He has worked as a Curator for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and Outside Lands and as a Festival Producer for the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival and the Stanford Jazz Festival. At the famed Purple Onion he presented Zach Galifianakis and Mort Sahl, among others. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.


Bob Odenkirk photo by Sharon Alagna; David Owen photo courtesy of the author

3601 Lyon St
San Francisco, CA 94123

David Sedaris - A Carnival of Snackery (Broadway SF)

Monday, November 1, 2021 - 7:30pm

One Night Only

In partnership with KALW Public Media

David Sedaris

A Carnival of Snackery

Signed copies available!

Mon., Nov. 1, 2021 • 7:30pm PT • Live • Ticketed • War Memorial Opera House


This event will be hosted live at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House.  




KALW Public Media presents An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Calypso, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor, appearing for one night only at the War Memorial Opera House on November 1, 2021, following the release of his newest books The Best of Me and A Carnival of Snackery.

This is a unique opportunity to see the best-selling humorist live in San Francisco. As always, Sedaris will be offering a selection of all-new readings and recollections, as well as a Q&A session and book signing. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Mr. Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

BroadwaySF is proud to be the official ticketing partner of An Evening with David Sedaris in San Francisco.


David Sedaris photo courtesy of the publisher 


The Masonic
1111 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

Katie Couric - Going There Tour (Live Nation)

Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 7:30pm

In partnership with Live Nation 

Katie Couric

Going There

in conversation with Leslie Jordan

Signed copies available!

Sat., Nov. 13, 2021 • 7:30pm PT • Live • Ticketed • SF Masonic Auditorium


This event will be hosted live at the San Francisco Masonic Auditorium.  


She’s headed across the country in support of her upcoming book, Going There ! Find out when, where, and how to be in the room where it happens as she talks to celebrity guests about her journey.

Katie’s soon-to-be-released memoir, Going There, is a completely riveting and ultra-honest story of her rise to the top of the broadcasting world, complete with high highs and heartbreaking lows. And if you want to be among the first to read it, pre-order it now!

Going There will be officially released on October 26th. But Katie wanted a chance to offer readers something more! So this fall, she — along with some very special celebrity guests — will be visiting cities across the U.S. for incredible conversations that’ll leave you inspired and enthralled.

You can buy tickets today for any of the below shows — with special guests to be announced soon!


Katie Couric photo courtesy of the publisher 


The Masonic
1111 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

Douglas W. Tallamy - The Nature of Oaks (Dominican University of California)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 7:00pm

Presented by Book Passage & Dominican University's Institute for Leadership Studies

Douglas Tallamy

The Nature of Oaks

The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees

Wed., Oct. 27, 2021 • 7:00pm PT • Ticketed Event-$40 

Angelico Hall, Dominican University

This event will be held at Angelico Hall, Dominican University.  Ticket sales are through the University and Transact Campus SmartPay.  Because of Covid-19 restrictions, a few special procedures apply:

• You'll be asked to register as you purchase the ticket. At the event you'll have to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination and wear a mask.

• Your copy of the book will be given to you at the event. There are no books being shipped.

• All seaths are reserved. You'll need to show a copy of your e-ticket at the event.

• Transact Campus SmartPay may add a service charge of $1.10.


With Bringing Nature Home, Doug Tallamy changed the conversation about gardening in America. His second book, the New York Times bestseller Nature’s Best Hope, urged homeowners to take conservation into their own hands. Now, he is turning his advocacy to one of the most important species of the plant kingdom—the mighty oak tree.

Oaks sustain a complex and fascinating web of wildlife. The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area. The Nature of Oaks will inspire you to treasure these trees and to act to nurture and protect them.

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has taught insect-related courses for 40 years. His most recent book with Timber Press, Nature’s Best Hope, is a New York Times Best Seller.


Doug Tallamy photo by Rob Cardillo


20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901


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