A dynamic and informative 90-minute breakfast program specifically geared to San Luis Obispo business people. Held on the fourth Thursday of each month, local experts focus on a wide variety of community and business topics.
Deadline to register is 5 p.m. Sept. 24. If the program sells out, we open a waiting list at the door at 7 a.m. and typically can accommodate everyone.
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This month’s topics include:
DREAMING BIG, DARLING
Check out Wine Enthusiast’s new 40 under 40 issue, and you’ll find Ancient Peak’s Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins on the cover. The 2nd-generation dynamo is shaking up the wine world, forging bold new initiatives including the mentorship program Dream Big Darling. She’ll share her motivations and what’s shaped her outlook along the way.
SAILING ON SUNBEAMS
This summer, a satellite the size of a loaf of bread unfurled its 18-foot sail and began soaring through space powered solely by sunlight. Behind the history-making LightSail 2 is a team of Cal Poly faculty and students working with Bill Nye’s Planetary Society. CubeSat Lab Director John Bellardo will explain the team’s out-of-this-world work.
AB 5 & THE GIG ECONOMY | WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Most of the hubbub over the recently passed gig-work bill surrounded drivers for Uber, Lyft and other app-based services. But what does it mean for the rest of us? The landscape of contract work is is complex and ever-shifting, so we asked Kathy Marcove to summarize the guidelines and potential ramifications of the legislation.
ECON 101 | A PRIMER ON TARIFFS AND TRADE
Sure, trade wars and tariffs sound ominous for the global economy. But how do they really affect us here on the Central Coast? And what the heck is currency devaluation anyway? We asked Cal Poly economics professor Matt Coleto sort through the tangled web of trade policy and provide some local context on this international issue.
STEPPING UP MENTAL HEALTH CARE BEHIND BARS
The SLO County jail fell under scrutiny after high-profile incidents involving mentally ill inmates. It’s since instituted new policies and services and is now being recognized as one of 15 innovator counties nationwide by the Stepping Up Initiative. Chief Medical Officer Christy Mulkerin will share highlights of the changes and the impact they’ve had.
HAPPY AS A CLAM IN PISMO?
The Pismo Beach Clam Festival has carried on celebrating the Central Coast’s favorite bivalve decades after they largely disappeared due to over-harvesting. Happily, small clams have begun reappearing on the beaches. Cal Poly Center for Coastal Marine Sciences’ Ben Ruttenberg will dig in to whether we’re seeing a clam comeback.
SOME ENCHANTED MORNING
Opera San Luis Obispo will transport audiences to the tropics next month with its grand stage performance of South Pacific Oct. 12 and 13 at the PAC. The classic musical features elaborate sets, lively dancing and beloved songs. Members of cast will give us a taste to send us off on an enchanted day.