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San Francisco Launches New Institute Lecture Series

November 15, 2013  • Sarai Johnson, Guest Blogger


San Francisco now plays host to the Aspen Institute Morris Series: Leadership and Innovation. The new lecture series, which is generously underwritten by Institute Trustee Diane L. Morris, launched on October 28 at The Walt Disney Family Museum. The inaugural lecture was led by Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson, who spoke of three forward-thinking leaders — Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs — about whom he’s written biographies.

Isaacson’s lecture was accompanied by a reception and Q&A session attended by supporters of the Institute, including Morris herself. “I’m pleased to support the creation of a new forum to address the critical role of leadership and innovation in San Francisco,” said Morris of the gatherings, which will be held three times a year.

Online tutorial entreprenuer and Khan Academy Founder Sal KhanIDEO Founder David Kelley, and IDEO partner Tom Kelley, will host Morris Series events in the coming year. Next up for San Francisco and the Institute? In 2014, the city will see the first-ever Ideas Festival held outside of Aspen with a focus on technology and its influence on creating the “good society.”