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Upcoming Programs


In 2011-12, the Prosperitas group takes a decided turn toward the ideas, innovators and organizations that are changing the world for good right here at UC Irvine. Please view our Events Calendar for upcoming programs.



2011 Programs


Death By China Confronting the Dragon - A Global Call to Action Featuring Author,
     Professor and Commentator Peter Navarro
– Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The Heart and the Fist - When courage meets compassion. – Monday, June 6, 2011
Revolutions in Health & Wellness – Thursday, May 19, 2011
The Dalai Lama – Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Innovative Business Models – Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Building a Better Consumer Protection Agency - An Insider's Look at this Inside Job – Thursday, April 21, 2011
First Anniversary of Health Care Reform - Is it better, worse or more mixed-up than expected?
     Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Private Space Travel: The Next American Tech Boom California's New Industry? – Thursday, March 17, 2011
Making Movies That Matter – Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The U.S. Political System - Is There Hope?. – Tuesday, February 17, 2011
The Campaign to END Homelessness in Orange County. – Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Crime & Punishment in CA - Who really pays? - Thursday, January 20, 2011


Prosperitas Medical Mavericks  – Tuesday, January 4, 2011



2010 Programs


LOVELAND – Special Holiday Performance  - Thursday, December 9 [front] [back]
Reclaiming American Prosperity w/Peter Navarro – Wednesday, November 17
The Prosperitas Social Network - Tuesday, November 2


Politics & Propositions - Thursday, October 21


The Battle of the Pundits - Tuesday, October 5


ProsperiTea Party - Friday, October 1
God & Money - Thursday, September 23
Dean's Economic Update & Fall News
Prosperitas Idea Incubator - Thursday, June 24
A Tale of Two Recoveries: The Wealthy vs. The Rest of America Wall Street Journal reporter Robert Frank, author of Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich - June 8
The Crystal Ball View: Future of U.S. Fiscal Policy & Its Impact on the Capital Markets Christopher Cox, partner at Bingham McCutchen and former SEC Chairman - May 27
California Law & Order - One Perspective Candidate for Attorney General, John Eastman - May 11
Special Report on New Media with Prosperitas member and online publisher Douglas Wilson - April 22
Mind Match: Leaders Supporting Leaders With & the Academies for Social Enterprise [Click Here for the Social Enterprise Forum Brochure] - April 13
Peter Schiff, President of Pacific Euro Capital and author of His best-selling book, Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse and The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets: How to Keep your Portfolio Up When the Market is Down. - March 25
Losing my Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America-and Found Unexpected Peace with author William Lobdell - March 9
The Economy of Happiness - February 25
What's on Your Bucket List? The Lives & Adventures of Prosperitas People - February 9
Forget about Social Security. What do you know about Food Security? - January 28
New Year — New Brain Cells — New You? How to rejuvenate the normal aging brain - January 12





Previous Prosperitas Agendas

June 11, 2009

The Future of Medicine
And Some Priceless Youth and Beauty Tips…

8:30 am – 2 pm
UC Irvine—Executive Commons

Dr. Jay Calvert, Prosperitas founding member and renowned OC plastic surgeon offers information about science, beauty and the future of medicine. Dr. Jay Calvert is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He practices in Beverly Hills, California and Orange County, California where he performs all types of plastic surgery and specializes in aesthetic surgery.

May 28, 2009


Lessons of Success from the Real Jerry McGuire

12 pm – 4 pm
UC Irvine—Executive Commons

Leigh Steinberg is one of the country’s leading sports agents. During his 33-year career, Steinberg has represented over 150 professional athletes in football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf, boxing and Olympic sports. His firm, Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment, maintains a client roster that has many high profile names in sports. He has represented the No. 1 pick overall in the NFL draft a record eight times, a milestone unrivaled within the sports industry.

April 14, 2009


Transformation to Tolerance: One Man’s Journey

8:30 am – 1 pm
UC Irvine—Executive Commons

Maajid Nawaz is Co-Director of the Quilliam Foundation, the world's first counter-extremism think tank. He was formerly a member of the UK national leadership for the global Islamist party Hizb ut-Tahir (HT), and served four years in an Egyptian prison as an Amnesty International "prisoner of conscience." He now engages in counter-Islamist thought-generating, writing, debating and media appearances. Mr. Nawaz recently addresses the UC Senate and is regularly featured in national and international news and newspaper.

March 19, 2009


The Climate Change Dilemma… And Why People Hate Al Gore

In addition to addressing the current science relating to global warming, the panel will explore why people are arguing about it, and how politics is polarizing the discussion.

8:30 am – 1 pm
UC Irvine—Executive Commons
MODERATOR: Gary Robbins “Science Dude” is the OC Register’s science editor and reporter who covers the UCI beat. He reports on everything from genetics to space exploration to climate change. Robbins joined the paper in April 1985 and has worked for the Register since then, with the exception of the 2000-01 academic year, when he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Robbins lives in Sunset Beach with his wife, Diana McCabe, a writer, editor and journalist.


Dr. Michael Prather is Director of the UC Irvine, Environment Institute and is the Fred Kavli Chair and Professor of Earth Science at UC Irvine.  Dr. Prather worked in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research on global science and environmental issues, providing a link between the intelligence community and the policy bureaus. Prior to his work at UC, Irvine, Dr. Prather was a researcher at Harvard (1975-1985), worked in the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (1985-1992), was a program manager at NASA HQ (1987-1992) and Adjunct Professor in Applied Physics and Nuclear Engineering at Columbia University (1986-1992).  In addition, he is a former advisor to the Bush Administration and has been an integral part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose collective work since 1988 was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.  Dr. Prather received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Yale in 1969, in Physics from Merton, Oxford in 1971 and his Doctorate in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Yale in 1976.
Brian Dunning is the host and producer of the top science podcast Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena (, applying critical thinking to paranormal and pseudoscientific subjects promoted by the mass media, with a weekly audience of 70,000 subscribers. He is also the author of two books, Skeptoid and Skeptoid II. A Silicon Valley computer scientist by trade, Brian now uses new media to promote critical thinking in education. He has appeared on CBS radio, CNN, a number of television documentaries, and is the host of the upcoming TV series The Skeptologists.




September 8, 2009


The Dean's Economic Outlook

Merage School Dean Andy Policano will lead Prosperitas members in a lively and in-depth discussion about the economic outlook for the state, country and global economy – and explain how it is he can deliver this information and still publish a blog called "Economic Good News."

11:30 am – 1:45 pm
UC Irvine—Executive Commons


Andy Policano is a nationally recognized macroeconomist, whose emphasis is on monetary theory and policy, economic forecasting, the U.S. Social Security system and business school trends. His research in progress includes the optimal timing of earnings announcements and strategies for academic leadership. Prior to joining UC Irvine, he was the Kuechenmeister Professor of Finance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dean of the School of Business, from 1991 to 2001. During his service as Dean, Policano was the guiding hand behind the development, design and construction of the $23-million Fluno Center for Executive Education. He has received research and study grants totaling more than $1.2 million, and recognition for his work that includes the Excellence in Teaching Award, Executive MBA Program, University of Iowa; Stony Brook Distinguished Alumnus Award; and the Robert A. Jerred Distinguished Service Award, School of Business, UW-Madison. He sits on three corporate boards of directors, and has published in such journals and business education periodicals as Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, International Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Monetary Economics, and Executive MBA Magazine. Andy received his PhD and MA in Economics from Brown University, and his BS in Mathematics from Stony Brook University.


September 24, 2009

The Recovery - Real or Imagined?

Prosperitas Chairman Frank Kavanaugh asks popular economic trend blogger Michael Shedlock and senior investment wizard Greg Pellizzon from Hollencrest Capital Management to debate "The Betty Ford economy question: Is there a recovery or is it ODTs (Obama Delirium and Tremors)?

11:30 am – 1:45 pm
UC Irvine—Executive Commons


Mike Shedlock a.k.a. “Mish” writes one of the top-rated economic blogs in the country ( He is also a registered investment advisor representative for Sitka Pacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. MISH is a contributor to Minyanville, a community site focused on economic and financial education. Every Thursday he does a podcast on HoweStreet and is a regular cable news commentator on economic issues and trends.




Gregory P. Pellizzon is Managing Director/CIO/and Senior Portfolio Manager at Hollencrest Capital Management. He has 29 years of investment experience. Greg attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, with a major in philosophy. He began his career as a financial advisor with Paine Webber, in Newport Beach, California in 1980, rising to the position of Senior Vice President of Investments. In 1987, Greg joined Prudential Securities in Newport Beach, again as Senior Vice President of Investments. While at Prudential, Greg spearheaded the formation of an autonomous group comprised of individuals with expertise in meeting the needs of private clients, holders of restricted securities, and institutions. From this specialized group, Greg and his colleagues established Hollencrest Capital Management in April of 1999. Greg is Chief Investment Officer and Senior Portfolio Manager for the firm, and Senior Portfolio Manager for the Hollencrest Bayview Partners, a market-neutral, real return hedge fund.


October 13, 2009

How Can We Change The World?

Meet two fascinating changemakers who exemplify the best practices in a world undergoing profound economic challenges. These "social entrepreneurs" serve as catalysts that transform social issues through sustainable business models. Join Lisa Nitze of Ashoka, an international group that behaves like a venture capitalist, investing in people whose ideas are positively impacting social systems and bringing replicable services to underdeveloped areas worldwide... and, one of Ashoka’s local fellows, Tim Carpenter, who will be on hand to demonstrate this concept in action.

11:30 am – 1:45 pm
UC Irvine—Executive Commons


Lisa Nitze,
Lisa is Vice President of the Global Engagement Team at Ashoka. She spent more than a dozen years as a consultant, often developing public-private partnerships. As Executive Director of the New Jersey Governor’s Commission on the Preservation and Use of Ellis Island, she developed a restoration and reuse plan for the island. Ms. Nitze also created Prosperity New Jersey, a statewide economic development initiative. As Executive Director of the World Trade Center Baltimore and World Trade Center Institute in Maryland, she attracted foreign investments to the state. She worked as a teacher in Lebanon during its civil war and wrote for a business magazine while living in Thailand. Ms. Nitze is on the board of directors of the American University of Cairo. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Harvard.


Tim Carpenter, Human Rights Advocate
Burbank, CA

By providing life-enhancing programs to low and moderate-income seniors living in affordable apartment communities, Tim is transforming aging into a new beginning. He founded EngAGE: The Art of Active Aging to provide older adults with opportunities for community engagement through programs that nourish mind, body, and spirit. Tim views housing for senior adults as more than shelter, but as communities of people with the potential to grow, thrive, and contribute their talents and experience to society. He imagined a new system of senior housing built first and foremost on respect and appreciation for the interests and preferences of each individual tenant. Based on this vision, he created a new model of affordable housing that fosters successful aging and promotes physical and mental health. Beyond that, EngAGE offers the support and encouragement older individuals need to pursue their dreams, express their views, expand their intellectual and creative abilities, and live full, rich lives. Tim aims to set a new standard in the field through programs that promote wellness, lifelong learning, artistic exploration and expression, and civic "EngAGEment."


October 22, 2009

The Path to Energy Independence: Is it possible in our lifetime?

The United States continues to face a serious energy crisis, as we still depend on hostile countries of OPEC to supply the large portion of resources that power our economy. A solution oriented plan to resolve this national security threat is explored by Anne Korin and Gal Luft, co-directors of Institute for Analysis of Global Security, the Set America Free Coalition, and authors of Turning Oil Into Salt (The documentary based on this book can be viewed prior to the meeting).

Ms. Korin and Dr. Luft will discuss the importance of America’s independence of foreign oil, and will inform us of potentially breakthrough legislation called the Open Fuel Standard Act, which is an effort to get more flex fuel vehicles on the road for more competition in the transportation fuels sector.

11:30 am – 1:45 pm
UC Irvine—Executive Commons


Anne Korin is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). Korin chairs the Set America Free Coalition, an alliance of national security, environmental, labor and religious groups promoting ways to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. She appears in the media frequently and has written articles for Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, The National Review, Commentary Magazine, and the Journal of International Security Affairs. She is co-author of Energy Security Cahllenges for the 21st Century (2009) and Turning Oil into Salt (2009.) Ms. Korin appears frequently on Capitol Hill and her advice is sought by members of Congress. Her education includes engineering degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and work towards a doctorate at Stanford University.


Gal Luft is executive director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) a Washington based think tank focused on energy security and co-founder of the Set America Free Coalition, an alliance of national security, environmental, labor and religious groups promoting ways to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. He specializes in strategy, geopolitics, terrorism, energy security, natural resources and economic warfare. Newsweek Magazine called him a "tireless and independent advocate of energy security," the business magazine Poder called him "one of the most recognizable figures in modern energy and security issues," and Esquire Magazine included him in its 2007 list of America's Best and Brightest. Dr. Luft has published numerous studies and articles on security and energy issues in various newspapers and publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, Commentary Magazine, Middle East Quarterly, LA Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-author of Energy Security Cahllenges for the 21st Century (2009) and Turning Oil into Salt: Energy Independence Through Fuel Choice (2009.) He appears frequently in the media and consults to various think tanks and news organizations worldwide. Dr. Luft testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including Senate Foreign Relations, House International Relations, House Science and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He is a founding member of the Institute for Renewable Energy Policy, The International Lithium Alliance, and Citizens for Energy Freedom as well as a member of the Society of Industry Leaders, the Committee on the Present Danger and other non-profit groups. He holds degrees in international relations, international economics, Middle East studies and strategic studies and a doctorate in strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS,) Johns Hopkins University.


November 10, 2009

What the BLEEP is going on in California? And what can we do about it

11:30 am – 1:45 pm
UC Irvine—Executive Commons


Moderator, Jon Fleischman
Jon is the founder and publisher of the, a highly popular website designed to advance the conservative cause in California. Jon is President of the Fleischman Consulting Group, a consulting firm which specializes in governmental, public and political affairs at the local, state, and national levels. In 2007, Jon was elected to the position of Vice Chairman, South, of the California Republican Party. In this position, he serves on the party's Board of Directors, and is a liaison between the CRP and the counties of Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Imperial. He resides in Irvine where his civic involvement has included stints on the city's Planning, Transportation and Community Services Commissions. He holds a BA from California State University, Fullerton. Besides his passion for politics, Jon is happily married to Maureen, "the most amazing woman in the world." and together they have a young son.




Congressman John Campbell represents California's 48th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. He is a fourth generation Californian, and has lived in Irvine for over 30 years. As a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, he has taken an active part in addressing the country's top economic issues, including mortgage lending, corporate governance, banking reform, and insurance regulation. Since January 2009, he has been an active member of the House Economic Stimulus Working Group led by Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), where he helped craft policy alternatives designed to help more Americans keep their homes, businesses, and jobs. Campbell has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, & Bloomberg TV, and he has contributed editorials for the Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, Washington Times, and the Orange County Register.

Congressman Campbell holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Business Taxation from the USC. For nearly 25 years, he worked in the automotive industry, spending the majority of his career representing several automobile franchises, including Nissan, Mazda, Ford, Saturn, and Saab. ?He was elected to the California State Assembly in 2000 and the California State Senate in 2004. John and his wife Catherine have been married for 30 years and are the proud parents of two sons, both of whom graduated from the USC.


Alfred A. Checchi played a significant leadership role in the transformation of three major American corporations: Marriott Corporation in the 1970’s, Walt Disney, Inc. in the 1980’s, and Northwest Airlines in the 1990’s. He led a group that purchased Northwest Airlines in 1989. As co-chairman, Al directed Northwest through a severe period of industry downturn caused by the Gulf War, deep recession, and a predatory pricing war. Northwest expanded operations over 50% and created a series of domestic and international alliances that made Northwest the most profitable U.S. airline for the five-year period 1993-1997. In January 1997 Al announced his intention to seek the Democratic Nomination for Governor of California and published a Strategic Plan for the state. He was defeated in a three-way race in the June, 1998 primary. He is currently a principal with Checchi Capital Advisers, a financial advisory firm that constructs globally indexed separate investment portfolios for individuals, trusts, and institutions. He continues to work extensively on designing a strategic solution to our state fiscal crisis, and speaks regularly on that topic (copies available to Prosperitas members). Al holds a degree in Economics and American studies from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard. Al and Kathy Checchi have been married for 35 years. They have three children and live in Los Angeles.


Steve Young, JD
Regional Director, California Democratic Party
Steve has spent twenty-nine years as a Civil Justice attorney in Orange County. In more than 175 jury trials, Steve has worked tirelessly for those forgotten by the system. Steve characterizes his typical client as the lone person facing overwhelming odds. Since 1980, Steve has won many multimillion dollar verdicts that legal publications and newspapers have profiled. Steve has a great interest in politics and how they affect his life, his community and his county. He first ran for Congress for the 48th District in the 2005 Special Election. He ran again for Congress in 2006 and 2008, each time increasing his margin of support within the 48th District. In April of 2009 he was elected as a regional director of the California Democratic Party. Steve decided not to pursue another congressional run and instead has focused on expanding the Democratic Party base and recruiting candidates who understand leadership is about vision and service, not ego and partisanship. Steve graduated from the University of Utah and Pepperdine University School of Law. He has four children and six grandchildren. He is married to Solange Ritchie, who is also an attorney.


November 24, 2009

The Politics, the Passions, & the Secret Lives of Prosperitas Members

11:30 am - 1:45 pm
UC Irvine—Executive Commons



 What does this kid know
about the military?




Who is this dude
on the camel?




Can this man inspire you
to live longer?



Learn this and more at the next Prosperitas meeting when you and your fellow members are invited to reveal the politics, passions, ideas, or activities that ignite your imagination OUTSIDE your business life.


December 8, 2009

Fading Memories - Saving Memories
Is Alzheimer's Our Reward for Living Long Lives?
And a peek inside the human brain...

11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Special Location: UCI MIND Institute


Right now, over 5.2 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease, including over 500,000 individuals in California and 30,000 in Orange County. Even more alarmingly, unless a way is found to delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease, it is estimated that over 11 million people will suffer from this insidious disorder by the year 2050.

The Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders is an organized research unit dedicated to investigating the causes of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and to improving the quality of life and promoting successful aging. The Director, Dr. Frank LaFerla, will talk about the approaches for lessening the impact of memory related disorders, and in addition, give a tour of the lab facilities where Prosperitas members will get hands-on access to the human brain.


Dr. LaFerla is the Director of the Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders and a Fellow of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. He is also Chancellor's professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. LaFerla has received several honors for his research accomplishments. His research is focused on understanding the pathogenesis of Alzheimer disease. His laboratory has developed several transgenic mouse models of neurodegenerative disorders including the first transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer disease that recapitulates the two major neuropathological lesions, plaques and tangles. Plaques and tangles are the markers found in the brains of all individuals with Alzheimer disease.

Dr. LaFerla came to UC Irvine in 1995 and rapidly rose through the ranks because of his distinguished record of research, teaching and service to the University. He is recognized as one of the leading Alzheimer's researchers of his generation. Building on the foundation of others, including his predecessor, Dr. Carl Cotman, Dr. LaFerla plans to expand the Institute to new levels that will bridge or “translate” scientific-based discoveries and introduce them in meaningful ways into the clinical programs touching patients and families.