Upcoming Programs

The Future of America's Finest City, with Hon. Kevin Faulconer, Mayor of San Diego

August 27, 2014, 11:45am

When he took the oath as Mayor of San Diego earlier this year, Kevin Faulconer also assumed a great charter for one of America’s best cities. Following a special election to replace former Mayor Bob Filner, Faulconer took on the challenge of expanding the city’s economy, improving services to many neighborhoods, improving the city’s aging infrastructure, and restoring the office of Mayor to its previous state. On Wednesday, August 27, Gen Next Members in San Diego will have lunch with Mayor Faulconer, discussing his plans for the city. This exclusive program offers Members the chance to hear about the Mayor’s vision for “One San Diego,” and to share their views as the city’s outstanding leaders. This is a unique opportunity to connect with San Diego’s top local official at the opening stage of his term. Short Speaker bio: Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was elected to serve as mayor of the City of San Diego following a special election on February 11th, 2014 under the banner of unifying and creating "One San Diego." As the first sitting city councilmember elected as mayor in 50 years, Kevin is proudly committed to guarding San Diego's tax dollars, reinvesting in the city's infrastructure and roads, continuing the reforms voted on by San Diego residents, and returning trust and integrity to City Hall. Prior to his election as mayor, Kevin served as the former city council president pro tem, where he chaired the Audit Committee, was vice chair of the Rules Committee, and served on the Economic Strategies & Development Committee and the Committee on Budget & Finance. As chair of the Audit Committee, he worked to restore the city's credit rating and repair its credibility with investors. Kevin became Councilmember for District 2 in San Diego in January 2006 after winning a special election. He was re-elected later that year by an overwhelming margin in the June primary election and again in 2010. Kevin has a track record of success and delivering results for San Diego. In 2008, he took a lead role in drafting and supporting Proposition C, which passed with 67 percent of the vote. The measure ensures money generated in Mission Bay Park is invested there and at other city parks. He also campaigned in 2008 for alcohol-free beaches and bays, a measure voters supported. Alcohol is prohibited along the coast of most Southern California communities - and now San Diego's beaches are safer, cleaner and more family-friendly. In 2010, he and a handful of others led the campaign against Proposition D, which would have raised the sales tax in San Diego. Voters joined Kevin to overwhelmingly reject the increase. Prior to being elected, Kevin worked in public affairs for more than a decade and was vice president of a leading firm where he managed complex projects within strict budget guidelines. Kevin graduated in 1990 from San Diego State University. He and his wife, Katherine, a small business owner, live in Point Loma with their children Jack and Lauren.

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Reducing Inequality through Better Economic Policies, with Abby M. McCloskey, Program Director for Economic Policy, American Enterprise Institute (GNLA)

August 27, 2014, 6:30pm

The debate over solutions to income inequality has coopted headlines for decades. With the publication of pieces like Thomas Piketty’s recent book on capitalism adding fuel to the argument that government intervention is required to eliminate poverty, Abby McCloskey has a different take—and has the research to back it up. Speaking exclusively to Gen Next Members in Los Angeles, McCloskey brings a powerful perspective to the discussion, and will explain how economic growth and pro-business policies are crucial, and powerful, in the fight to end inequality. Increasing regulations and higher taxes, common solutions suggested by Democrats, are likely crushing the economic growth we need to create opportunity for future generations. McCloskey will share her research and insights into how altering the policies that shape our economic outlook can affect inequity far more significantly than government redistribution

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Reducing Inequality through Better Economic Policies, with Abby M. McCloskey, Program Director for Economic Policy, American Enterprise Institute (GNOC)

August 28, 2014, 11:30am

The debate over solutions to income inequality has coopted headlines for decades. With the publication of pieces like Thomas Piketty’s recent book on capitalism adding fuel to the argument that government intervention is required to eliminate poverty, Abby McCloskey has a different take—and has the research to back it up. Speaking exclusively to Gen Next Members in Los Angeles, McCloskey brings a powerful perspective to the discussion, and will explain how economic growth and pro-business policies are crucial, and powerful, in the fight to end inequality. Increasing regulations and higher taxes, common solutions suggested by Democrats, are likely crushing the economic growth we need to create opportunity for future generations. McCloskey will share her research and insights into how altering the policies that shape our economic outlook can affect inequity far more significantly than government redistribution

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Michael Medved Breaks Down America: From Politics, to Pop Culture, and Everything Between, featuring Michael Medved, Radio Host of the Michael Medved Show (GNSEA)

September 04, 2014, 6:00pm

As one of America’s most popular and respected voices, nationally-syndicated radio host Michael Medved brings top-line news from politics and popular culture to millions. From his books and radio program, Medved has never been afraid to cut to the heart of a key matter, and will bring his famous analysis exclusively to Members of Gen Next Seattle on Thursday, September 4. He will take on everything from the midterm elections, to the U.S. reputation abroad, to the most ridiculous things appearing in the media. No one gives straight-forward, honest insights with the candor, humor, and wit better than Michael Medved.

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Eyal Aronoff, Co-founder of the Fuel Freedom Foundation (GNAZ)

September 10, 2014, 6:00pm

Energy Security is more than a global buzz-word: its impact is woven into our daily lives. Foreign policy, industrial growth, food costs, and transportation are inextricably tied to fuel sources. Members of Gen Next Arizona will delve into this important issue with Eyal Aranoff, Co-Founder of the Fuel Freedom Foundation. About Eyal Eyal Aronoff is a co-founder of Quest Software, one of the largest independent software ventures in the world. His current focus is energy and philanthropy. Eyal graduated summa cum laude in chemistry and computer science from Bar Ilan University in Israel and now lives in Newport Beach, California. More about Fuel Freedom: Fuel Freedom is a non-partisan campaign dedicated to breaking our oil addiction by removing barriers to competition and to promote the development of cheaper, cleaner, American-made fuels. Fuel Freedom means that gasoline, diesel, methanol, natural gas, ethanol and electricity compete on equal footing both at the dealership and at the pump. Achieving Fuel Freedom will lower fuel prices, create jobs, spur economic growth, reduce pollution, improve national and global security, and eliminate the need to send our sons and daughters to faraway lands to ensure the free flow of oil.

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Preserving the Arts for Future Generations with Sandy Kemper, Art Collector and Arts Investment Expert GNNY

September 11, 2014, 3:00pm

Preserving the Arts for Future Generations with Sandy Kemper, Art Collector and Arts Investment Expert The arts are more than an enjoyable evening out—collecting, preserving, and sharing art and culture are one of the most important educational legacies we can offer future generations. From small pieces with personal meaning, to more renowned creations, some of the greatest opportunities for children from all backgrounds to learn about our past, and create dreams of their own, come from art that is collected, appreciated, and shared with everyone. Art can also be a dual benefit—a meaningful investment opportunity as well as a public good. On Thursday, September 11, Alexander “Sandy” Kemper will speak to Members of Gen Next in New York about the value of art as both a way to learn and a way to invest. An avid collector of art, Mr. Kemper will share his thoughts on how individuals like the Members of Gen Next can acquire art and ensure it is valued and protected for future generations. In light of the important anniversary this month’s program date falls on, we encourage Members of Gen Next to make a donation to the 9/11 Memorial here: https://www.911memorial.org/donations.

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Growing Business Advocacy Awareness in Silicon Valley, with David Chavern, President, Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation

September 11, 2014, 6:00pm

Growing Business Advocacy Awareness in Silicon Valley, with David Chavern, President, Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation In an industry where new companies appear in a nearby garage, and leaders emerge seemingly out of nowhere, the tech industry sometimes feels removed from the traditional American business model. Yet, the challenges this innovative and disruptive sector face are no different from other sectors: regulation, taxes, and barriers to evolution and expansion can hinder even the trendiest of Apps. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has launched the Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation (CATI), a major effort to reach out to Silicon Valley and provide the support, engagement, and advocacy that has made it the center of business advocacy in Washington. On Thursday, September 11, Members of Gen Next in San Diego will hear from David Chavern, EVP of the U.S. Chamber and new President of CATI. Chavern will discuss the trends the Chamber has seen in Silicon Valley that led to CATI’s founding, the challenges faced as the tech sector expands, and how the Chamber is developing new connections with an entirely unique sector.

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Ian Gardner, Chief Strategy & Investment Officer at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (GNLA)

September 24, 2014, 6:30pm

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Wall Street: The New Security Battlefield, with Kevin Freeman, Author & Expert on Economic Warfare and Financial Terrorism

September 25, 2014, 6:30pm

When we think of threats from foreign enemies, the attacks we picture usually aren’t hidden within our financial markets. Kevin Freeman, Economic Warfare & Financial Terrorism Expert, is concerned that the weaknesses that make us truly vulnerable as a nation aren’t along our borders or in our defense systems. They are actually economic tools and tactics employed by rival nations to exploit weaknesses and pressure points on Wall Street and beyond, that could strain us financially to the point of no recovery. On Thursday, September 25, Freeman will meet with Members of Gen Next Orange County to discuss his work advising companies and the U.S. government on how we can detect our own weaknesses, and defend ourselves against the new battlefield: the financial markets.

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Dr. Yaron Brook, President of the Ayn Rand Institute (GNAZ)

October 08, 2014, 6:00pm

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Leslie D. Michelson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Private Health Management, Inc. (GNLA)

October 22, 2014, 6:30pm

Leslie D. Michelson has more than 20 years of experience as a founder, CEO, investor, advisor and/or director for a portfolio of entrepreneurial health care, technology and real estate companies. Michelson serves as a director of American Realty Capital Trust, a retail REIT (NASDAQ: ARCT); American Realty Health Care REIT, a public non-traded health care REIT; American Realty Business Development Corporation of America, a public, non-traded business development company; and American Realty Retail Centers of America, a public, non-traded REIT that invests in retail malls; and, Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a biotechnology company that focuses on prostate cancer diagnostics and therapeutics. Michelson is also a director of the ALS Therapy Development Institute, a non-profit research and development institute focused on ALS. He also serves on the Los Angeles Mayor’s Council on Innovation and Industry, a council assembled to help the city support emerging growth companies.

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