Speaker Date Topic
Carol Larson Jun 04, 2020
Packard Foundation
Packard Foundation




Carol S. Larson is president and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a position she has held since January 2004. 

She served as the Foundation’s director of programs from 1995 through 1999 and was appointed a vice president of the organization in 2000.
In the role of director of programs, she worked directly with the president to manage the Foundation’s entire grantmaking portfolio.
Her duties included supervising senior program directors and working with them to implement current programmatic guidelines and plans
for the future in the program areas of Conservation and Science, Population and Reproductive Health and Children, Families and Communities.
She joined the Foundation in 1989 as director of Research and Grants, Law and Public Policy, at the Foundation’s Center for the Future of Children.

            Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of O’Donnell and Gordon, specializing in civil litigation.
During this time, she served on several national and state commissions, as well as nonprofit boards, focused on issues concerning children and
disabled persons.She currently serves on the Board of the Council on Foundations and is the immediate past chair of the Board. She also serves
on the board of the American Leadership Forum — Silicon Valley.

She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her law degree from Yale Law School.

Anupan and Saroj Pathak Jun 11, 2020
Technology and Education for Social Good
Technology and Education for Social Good

An entrepreneur and innovator at heart, Anupam Pathak develops pioneering technology for people with various forms of disabilities. Recently, he founded Lift Labs, which created a high-tech spoon designed to stabilize itself for people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative tremors. Google acquired the company, and is focusing on the device and similar technologies to change the lives of the nearly 11 million Americans – and millions more worldwide – who suffer from debilitating tremors or other disorders. Pathak has also co-counded a non-profit called Explorabox focusing on developing hands-on learning experiences for middle-school children. The non-profit focuses on making science exciting and accessible to all children, and we have been mobilizing to help support our most vulnerable populations of children during the COVID crisis.

Robert Merrick Jun 18, 2020
Launching a Start-up in the 1960s
Launching a Start-up in the 1960s

     Robert Merrick invented and marketed numerous products for 32 years as head of Merrick Industries, Inc. in Sunnyvale, CA. His company did no manufacturing in house. Rather it outsourced all production, concentrating on inventing, patenting and marketing. Simplicity was the key element in all his inventing and the reason for its self-financed success.

     His first big customer, the US Army, purchased a carload of his first invention, the military pay calculator. His proprietary commercial products were sold nationally in office supply stores such as Office Depot and Staples. His patented business-to-business promotional products were purchased by more than two thirds of the Fortune 500 companies. At age 67 he retired and sold his company to Moore Push Pin Company of Pennsylvania.

     During his working years he was active in teaching individual inventors how to capitalize on their new product. As a volunteer, he gave numerous presentations at college classes, inventor workshops and seminars. His best-seller book, Stand Alone, Inventor! published in 1997, has helped thousands of lone inventors prosper with their inventions. An eBook version was launched in 2011 which is available free online from Amazon.com.

     He graduated from UC Berkeley with a liberal arts degree in communications and then served four years active duty as a shipboard naval officer, including a tour as an adviser in Vietnam waters. He worked six years at Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation where he rose to Advertising Manager and helped introduce the world's first integrated circuit or "chip." Next he joined the Hal Lawrence Advertising Agency in Palo Alto as a partner. There, as an account executive, he created the advertising and PR for companies such as Memorex, Spectra Physics, Philco-Ford, Union Carbide Electronics and The California Wine Institute.

     He served ten years as a co-founder and director of Pioneer Federal Savings and Loan of San Jose, CA. He was president of the non-profit California Inventors Council and a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business.

     Currently, he is active in real estate development and management. He is widowed, has three grown children and lives in Monte Vista, CA.

Allan Varni Jun 25, 2020
Kick Out Luncheon
DARK Jul 02, 2020
Stacy Castle Jul 16, 2020
CASA Child Advocates
CASA Child Advocates

        In her current role as Director of Programs at Child Advocates Silicon Valley, Stacy oversees the agency’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. Child Advocates recruits, trains and supports CASA volunteers to provide critical emotional and educational support to children in the Santa Clara County court dependency system. In fact, Stacy is a CASA herself for a number of children.

        Stacy has a comprehensive understanding of nonprofit management and coordination among agencies and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management. Stacy has been an entrepreneur, is a graduate of Community Leadership San Jose, past member of rotary, has been deeply involved in county wide parent education classes, and is a past member of both the Child Death Review Team and the Domestic Violence Council.

        On the Child Abuse Council, Stacy has held many roles including past Chair, Vice Chair of Programs, Vice Chair of Administration, Treasurer, Chair of the Allocations committee, Chair of the Public Awareness committee, and has been a member of the Nominating committee.

Larry Diamond Jul 23, 2020
Ill Winds; Saving Democracy
Kathy Berry Jul 30, 2020
Club Assembly
Larry Gerston Aug 06, 2020
Political Hot Topics
Simon Pennington Aug 20, 2020
Architecture and Design
Nicholas Verzic Sep 03, 2020
NASA Ames teen intern
Dr. Leena Khanzode Sep 10, 2020
Harry Price and Stan Scardino Sep 24, 2020
Fine Art in the Park and LAREF chairs