Distinguished Speaker Series

Each year, we invite special guest speakers to join our community in a special assembly in the Zalk Theater. Distinguished Speaker Series might feature alumni from the 50’s or from the 90’s or a member of our local or global community. Events might include a performance, demonstration, or presentation and always includes an interview followed by a question and answer period for students, faculty, and guests.

We invite our broader community of alumni, family, and friends to join us for these educational and thought-provoking events! Simply contact us to RSVP for an upcoming event.

Upcoming Speakers

January 25: Bruce Hamilton

Sierra Club Deputy Executive Director

Bruce Hamilton has worked for the Sierra Club for over 38 years. He started as a regional Sierra Club organizer in the northern Rocky Mountains and northern plains states, then served as national field director, and later as national conservation director. He has been involved in designing and implementing campaigns to get off of fossil fuels and promote smart energy solutions, preserve our wild America, and support safe healthy communities at the local, state, regional, federal, and international levels. Bruce has served on the Environmental Support Center Board of Directors, the U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Advisory Board, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Advisory Council on Sustainable Economies. He is presently a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas. Prior to joining the Sierra Club’s staff, he was the field editor of High Country News (an environmental news magazine covering the West) and was an environmental consultant drafting federal environmental impact statements. He received a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology and natural resources administration from Colorado State University.

February 22: Margaret Huang

Amnesty International USA Executive Director

Margaret Huang, an advocate for human rights and racial justice for more than two decades, is the Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. As the chief executive officer, Ms. Huang is responsible for advancing the vision and mission of the organization, managing the organization’s day-to-day operations and activities, serving as the lead spokesperson for the organization, and ensuring the organization’s financial health. She has worked with Members of Congress on critical pieces of legislation, and she has advocated before the United Nations human rights mechanisms as well as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She has published articles and opinion pieces on human rights, and she authored a chapter, “Going Global – Appeals to International and Regional Human Rights Bodies,” in Human Rights At Home, published by Praeger Publishers in December 2007. Ms. Huang’s opinion pieces have been published in Time, The Washington Post, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Rolling Stone, the Miami Herald, and numerous other leading outlets, and she has been interviewed on National Public Radio, CNN, NBC News, Al Jazeera, and other global and domestic media. She regularly speaks on human rights issues to national and international associations, universities, and conferences.

April 28: Gunnar Lovelace

Thrive Market Founder & Co-CEO

Gunnar Lovelace is a serial entrepreneur in nonprofits, technology, fashion and real estate. Most recently he is the founder and co-CEO of Thrive Market, an online wholesale buying club on a mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for every American family. Thrive Market currently offers the 4,000 most popular natural and organic products in the world at 25-50% off retail, shipped anywhere in the U.S. for free. For every paid member on the site, the company also sponsors a free membership for a low-income family. Previously he co-founded Love Heals – a conscious jewelry company that has funded the planting of over 1,500,000 trees and sponsored of over 50,000 malnourished children. Prior to Love Heals, Gunnar started two technology companies in Los Angeles in software education and natural language processing, both of which were sold. In addition to his for-profit companies, Gunnar has started two non-profits in education and environmental training.

Past Speakers