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  • Harvardwood Heads To... Book Talk & Signing with Gregg Hurwitz AB '95

    Monday, January 27, 2020 at 06:30 PM
    Diesel Bookstore in Santa Monica, CA

    Gregg Hurwitz AB '95 is the New York Times, #1 internationally bestselling author of 21 thrillers, including INTO THE FIRE (January 2020), and two award-winning thriller novels for teens. His novels have won numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 32 languages.

    Gregg has written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios (including THE BOOK OF HENRY), and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. He is also a New York Times bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). He has published numerous academic articles on Shakespeare, taught fiction writing in the USC English Department, and guest lectured for UCLA, and for Harvard in the United States and internationally. In the course of researching his thrillers, he has sneaked onto demolition ranges with Navy SEALs, swum with sharks in the Galápagos, and gone undercover into mind-control cults.

    Additionally, Gregg is actively working to end polarization in politics and on college campuses. His editorial pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and others.

    Hurwitz grew up in the Bay Area. While completing a BA from Harvard and a master’s from Trinity College, Oxford in Shakespearean tragedy, he wrote his first novel. He was the undergraduate scholar-athlete of the year at Harvard for his pole-vaulting exploits, and played college soccer in England, where he was a Knox fellow. He now lives in L.A. where he continues to play soccer, frequently injuring himself.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... Pitch & Present Like a Pro: How to Have the World Say YES! to You & Your Ideas

    Saturday, February 01, 2020 at 09:00 AM · $97.00 USD
    Blankspaces in Santa Monica, CA

    Hey there, writers, producers, actors, agents, entrepreneurs, teachers, lawyers, creatives, executives, students, managers, and dreamers! Let's say you're about to

    • Pitch your TV show or movie.
    • Ask for a raise.
    • Pitch your world-changing idea to raise money for your startup.
    • Argue your case in a court of law.
    • Defend your dissertation.
    • Make a major presentation in front of a big-name corporate client.
    • Get on stage at a big conference. 
    • Run for public office.

    Do you want to have jitters about this? Not know what to do? Lose the raise? Get passed over for the promotion? Mess up your thesis defense? Botch the presenation or pitch?

    No? You don't want to suck at this sort of mission-critical thing? Of course you don't! 


    What would it feel like to know exactly how to pitch your ideas such that they have maximum impact? What would it feel like to do it without jitters or nervousness? What would it feel like to turn your public speaking ability from a weakness, to a strength, to your personal secret SUPERPOWER? What would it feel like to know you have the tools to WIN?

    We can help you do that.

    In this 4-hour workshop-style masterclass, you will learn how to present your ideas in a way that your life will become an avalanche of YES coming at you from all directions. This is a master class on real-world infuence and persuasive power by two seasoned professionals.

    Your instructor for the first half is Brant Pinvidic - Hollywood producer, pitch master, and author of the new book The 3 Minute Rule: Say Less to Get More from Any Pitch or Presentation (Amazon rating: 5.0/5.0 stars!). He has sold more than three hundred TV shows and movies, runs a TV network, and helmed one of the largest production companies in the world with smash hits like The Biggest Loser and Bar Rescue. In his nearly twenty years of experience, he’s developed a simple, straightforward system that’s helped hundreds—from Fortune 100 CEOs to PTA presidents—use top-level Hollywood storytelling techniques to simplify their messages and say less to get more.

    The Marketing Book Podcast: The 3-Minute Rule by Brant ...

    With Pinvidic’s ingenious 3-Minute Rule Method, anyone can deliver a great pitch, for any idea, in any situation, so your audience not only remembers your message but can pass it on to their friends and colleagues. With his accessible and humorous style, Brant will show us how the method works in a wide range of situations—from presenting investment opportunities in a biotech startup to pitching sponsorship deals for major sports stadiums. He will equip you with an easy, foolproof method to boil down any idea to its essential elements and structure it for maximum impact!

    Your second instructor is three-time TEDx speaker, public speaking coach, behavioral change specialist, and self-help author Ali Binazir, M.D., M.Phil. A graduate of Harvard, Cambridge and UC San Diego School of Medicine, Dr Ali has been helping clients radically change their behavior and dissolve personal barriers for over 20 years. He's the creator of the top-rated online course Super Charisma: How to Be a Transformative Speaker and author of The Tao of Dating: The Smart Woman's Guide to Being Absolutely Irresistible, the #1-rated dating book on Amazon for 5 years, which has helped tens of thousands of women create more fulfilling love lives.

    Dr Ali will share with you the Super Charisma framework for world-class public speaking. He will show you how to use your body, voice and words to convey the essential qualities of competence, caring and presence so you can move your audience -- and change the world with your ideas. 

    NOTE: This is the an extremely rare occasion where BOTH Brant and Ali are in town together in LA. They both charge hundreds per hour for coaching, so it's a damn fine deal to get 4 hours of both of them for a mere 100 beans

    ONE MORE NOTE: This is a highly interactive workshop. To demonstrate the concepts live, during the talk Dr Ali will live-coach 3 volunteers from the audience. If you would like to be coached, have ready a 1min presentation on a topic of your choice.

    HELL, WHY NOT, YET ONE MORE NOTE: Reasonably-priced, plentiful parking is available across the street in Santa Monica Parking Structure #6. Remember that it's right turns only into the lot, so approach it from Broadway 'cause you can't make a left coming from Santa Monica Blvd.  

    9:00am: Doors open
    9.15am: Brant Pinvidic, The 3-Minute Rule
    11am: 15min intermission
    11.15am: Dr Ali Binazir, Super Charisma
    1pm: End of workshop and start of your imminent greatness

  • Harvardwood Heads To... An Evening with Sutton Foster

    Saturday, February 01, 2020 at 08:00 PM
    Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, MA

    With her irresistible blend of show-stopping talent and effusive charm, vocalist & two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster is Broadway royalty.

    Tickets: $80, $70, $60
    Buy Tickets or 617-496-2222

    Sutton Foster is an award-winning actor, singer and dancer who has performed in 11 Broadway shows – most recently the revival of Violet – and originated roles in the Broadway productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Young Frankenstein, Shrek The Musical, and her Tony Award-winning performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

    She was first seen on television on Star Search at age 15, and has more recently appeared in Bunheads, Psych, Johnny and the Sprites, Flight of the Conchords, Sesame Street, Law and Order SVU and Royal Pains.

    As a solo artist, Sutton has performed all over the country as well as internationally with her musical director Michael Rafter… featuring songs from her debut solo CD “Wish” as well as her follow up CD, “An Evening With Sutton Foster: Live at the Cafe Carlyle.” She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, Joe’s Pub and many others.

    In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Ball State University where she also is on faculty as a teacher and advisor to the Department of Theatre and Dance.

    Since March 2015, she stars in TVLand’s new series, “Younger” created by Darren Star.

  • Harvardwood Presents: A Burgundy Dinner with Jeannie Cho Lee

    Monday, February 03, 2020 at 06:30 PM · $165.00 USD
    National Arts Club in New York, NY

    Burgundy produces some of the most breathtakingly beautiful red and white wines made anywhere on the planet. But it can seem a complex and confusing region. In this event, over a lavish 5-course dinner, with 5 extraordinary and memorable wine pairings, Jeannie Cho Lee will guide us through the mysteries of Burgundy.

    Jeannie.jpgJeannie Cho Lee MPP '00 is probably Asia's most respected authority on wine. Her book Asian Palate won the 2009 Gourmand Award for Best Food and Wine Pairing Book in the World, against 6,000 other books from 136 countries. It also won the International Association of Culinary Professionals Award in "Wine, Beer, or Spirits"  and the Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin Award in "Wine and Gastronomy", and it was one of only 4 books shortlisted for the Andre Simon Award. Her just-published new book The 100 Burgundy: Exceptional Wines to Build a Dream Cellar has been praised by Stephen Spurrier as "A roll call of Burgundy's greatest wines, described with effortless beauty by someone who understands them as true works of art." She is a wine consultant and wine educator, and is the host of In Vino Veritas weekly series on Hong Kong's TVB Television. Jeannie Cho Lee is a Master of Wine.

    The 100 Burgundy: Exceptional Wines to Build a Dream Cellar will be available for purchase, and booksigning will follow the dinner.


    We now have a tentative menu (very much subject to revision). The selection of wines is still being worked out. This menu will be updated, and the wines added, as soon as possible.

    The evening will begin at 6:30 with a cheese reception, with the 5-course dinner beginning at 7 pm. There will be extensive discussion of each wine.


    Shaved Heirloom Carrots,
    Chervil and Creme Fraiche
    Seared Scallop
    with Caviar and Lobster Sauce
    Roast Squab
    with Crosnes and Soft Polenta
    Rack of Lamb
    with a Dijon Crust and Black Garlic
    Chocolate Blackberry Pavlova


    Registration Deadline: Thursday, January 30.  As of today, there are just 26 seats remaining.

    Note: If you're not already a dues-paying member of Harvardwood, or if your membership has lapsed, we recommend that you first join Harvardwood (or renew) and then register for the event below so as to get the reduced members' price. Dues are only $48 per year, and, yes, we even have a membership category for people who did not attend Harvard.

    Special thanks to Anne Griffin

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase tickets   $130.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

  • Harvardwood & LSE Alumni Mixer

    Thursday, February 06, 2020 at 06:00 PM · $10.00 USD
    The Wellesbourne in Los Angeles, CA

    Join Harvardwood members and  the London School of Economics Los Angeles Alumni Chapter at our joint happy hour on February 6, 2020. Bring friends, or come solo—all are welcome to this networking event! Please RSVP below to attend. We are excited to see you at The Wellesbourne!

  • Harvardwood Heads To... Copyright Law for Creatives by C.L.A.

    Thursday, February 06, 2020 at 06:30 PM · $20.00 USD
    Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA

    When it comes to the law, there are many issues artists should know about in order to protect their work and avoid legal pitfalls. Join our Copyright Law discussion as attorney Stephen Davis presents an overview of many of these issues, including: What is intellectual property? How do I legally protect my work?What are Moral Rights and what is VARA? Who owns mural art... the artist or the building owner? Can an artist use images of people in their artwork? How do you know if you are an independent contractor, work for hire or freelance artist?,  and many other issues related to Copyright Law. There will be a Q and A at the end of the presentation. 

    Presenter: Steve Davis - Law Offices of Stephen L. Davis

    Mr. Davis' practice encompasses copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, unfair competition, the Internet and e-commerce, and art law, as well as general business formation, finance, and operations. His practice is equally divided in these areas between transactional work, including advice, registration, and drafting contracts, and litigation. Steve has extensive experience in civil litigation in state and federal courts, and has prosecuted misdemeanor and felony criminal cases as a deputy district attorney with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... IVY Entertainment's Oscars Viewing Party

    Sunday, February 09, 2020 at 04:00 PM · $20.00 USD
    The Parlor in Los Angeles, CA

    Get ready for the big awards show of the year: it's our 12th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Reception and we're rolling out the red carpet for you! We had so much fun dressing up and watching the show together, we're looking forward to more of the fun this year at a new venue.

    We'll also cheer on and toast IVY nominations at the Oscars.

    Dress up (optional): black tie for guys, cocktail dress for ladies. Drink specials. Network like crazy during the commercial breaks!

  • Harvardwood Presents Actress & Broadway Star ANITA GILLETTE

    Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 07:00 PM · $15.00 USD
    The Lambs in New York, NY

    Anita Gillette has had one of the great careers: She's appeared in 14 Broadway shows, starting with the original production of Gypsy, and including Irving Berlin's Mr President (yes, that's a photo of her laughing backstage with Mr Berlin), Chapter Two (Tony nomination), Cabaret, Don't Drink the Water, They're Playing Our Song, and Brighton Beach Memoirs, as well as countless off-Broadway and regional productions. On film and television, she was Mona the Mistress in Moonstruck, Tina Fey's mother in 30 Rock, and Jack Klugman's wife in Quincy, to mention only a few from a long, long list. She appeared on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show more than 50 times. She's performed her one-woman show After All at Birdland and Feinstein's in New York, and at the St James Theater in London.Backstage_with_Mr_B.jpg

    Foster Hirsch will interview Ms Gillette. Hirsch is Professor of Film at Brooklyn College and is the author of 16 books on film and theater, including the classic study Film Noir: The Dark Side of the Screen, as well as Harold Prince and the American Musical Theatre, and, most recently, Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King.

    In addition to the interview, Anita Gillette has graciously agreed to perform a few songs for us, with Paul Greenwood at the piano.


    Advance registration is REQUIRED—no tickets will be sold at the door.

    DRESS CODE: Business Casual is fine for the event itself, but if you are thinking of staying for dinner (the Pub at The Lambs will accept credit cards), JACKETS & TIES will be required for men. No denim, sneakers, or such.

    This is a joint event with THE LAMBS.

    Special thanks to Anne Griffin.

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase tickets   $5.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

  • Harvardwood Helps: Wednesday Night Dinner with SELAH

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 04:00 PM
    Silver Lake Community Church in Los Angeles, CA

    Harvardwood Helps is planning a volunteer event this month in partnership with SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition. We’ll be serving a hot meal to people experiencing homelessness and people in need in the Silver Lake area. It’s an easy volunteer activity and it’s a great way to connect with our community. You can sign up to prepare a food item and/or sign up to volunteer. We’ll set up, serve, chat with attendees and then clean up. The whole thing is less than three hours and it’s really a rewarding event.

    We will need about 10 volunteers to cover the following for 50 people:

    • Main course
    • Main course
    • Vegetable
    • Vegetable
    • Side dish
    • Side dish
    • Side dish
    • Dessert
    • Dessert
    • Beverages

    If you can volunteer to provide and serve food on Feb. 26th, please sign up on this Google doc.

    About Selah

    SELAH was founded on May 5th, 2017, over many cups of coffee and after a months-long deep dive to see how our city and our community were responding to the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles.

    Our goal was to take an active, compassionate, solutions-oriented approach to helping our neighbors. The SELAH launch party was held on May 22nd, where we invited homeless activists, nonprofits, local service providers, elected officials, and eager volunteers to meet up and commit to be being part of the solution to this crisis.

    Our first official event took place May 27 where the passionate and long-time activist Rebecca Prine from Recycled Resources provided our group of 20+ volunteers with four-hour homeless engagement training. We learned the root causes of homelessness, some of the services that are available, and we left equipped us with the best strategies for engagement.

    Read more here.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... TIPS: Party at Phoenix

    Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 07:00 PM · $25.00 USD
    The Phoenix in Los Angeles, CA

    Rise once again because the wait is finally over. Meet us at what UrbanDaddy awarded "Outstanding Achievement in Naming Your Drinking Establishment," Phoenix LA. This vintage-chic bar will be the place for you to meet someone new in 2020. Join The Ivy Plus Society on February 26th at their stylish patio for a night of networking you won't forget.

    Business Attire, Must be 21+ with valid I.D.

    20% off promo: 2020ALUMNI

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