catalyst series

Umpqua Bank brings you featured innovators that speak on breaking convention, shaping new categories and increasing quotients of commercial and social good.

Upcoming Events

Please contact your local store to host an event or learn about upcoming events. Explore past events with San Francisco innovators and thought leaders below.

Past Events

Keith Bruce
Keith Bruce of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

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Keith Bruce, CEO of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, leads a discussion about how the Bay Area's Big Game is poised to set a new standard for sporting events. Keith talks about working with public and private partners around the area; the philanthropic initiative, the 50 Fund; the focus on sustainability and the decisions being made that will have a lasting effect on the Bay Area for years to come.

Greg Baldwin of VolunteerMatch
Greg Baldwin of VolunteerMatch

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Greg Baldwin, President of VolunteerMatch, discusses the future of volunteerism and corporate citizenship. Greg talks about the power of the internet to connect good people with good causes, and the surprising benefits of corporate citizenship that make a real difference.

Kimberly Wicoff
Kimberly Wicoff of the San Francisco Education Fund

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Local expert Kimberly Wicoff discusses the intersections between investing in public education and boosting the San Francisco economy. Kimberly is Executive Director of the San Francisco Education Fund, an organization devoted to equipping our next generation of problem solvers and business builders with the skills to succeed.

Caroline Quick
Caroline Quick, Vice President at T3 Advisors

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Learn how Caroline Quick – Vice President at T3 Advisors and former Senior Manager of Global Planning, Design and Construction at Twitter – is creating strong companies through breakthrough office environments that fuel productivity.

Build Inc
An evening with Build Inc

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The partners of Build Inc lead an inspired conversation about urban transformation and redevelopment. Build Inc is recognized for its unique approach to development, with strong neighborhood support and a proven commitment to placemaking.

Jennifer Pattee of Basic Training
Jennifer Pattee of Basic Training

View event video Jennifer Pattee, founder of Basic Training, is revolutionizing the way cities, companies, communities, and individuals approach fitness. Jennifer shared her inspirational journey to launch Basic Training, the design-thinking model she used to drive social innovation, and how to be active anywhere, anytime.

Danae Ringlemann
Danae Ringelmann

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Danae Ringelmann is co-founder of Indiegogo, one of the first and largest crowdfunding platforms. Danae discusses the impact of crowdfunding on the growth of businesses and how it validates and amplifies new ideas.

Ken Goldberg
An evening with Ken Goldberg

View event video Ken Goldberg, professor of new media at UC Berkeley, leads an inspiring discussion about the next generation of brainstorming. Professor Goldberg has been applying concepts from robotics to social media and, in the process, revolutionizing the way we think together.

An evening with Yerdle

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Andy Ruben, founder and CEO of yerdle, discusses how his company is breaking old models and creating a thriving business, powered by a mission to change the world. With a goal to reduce durable consumer goods production by 25%, yerdle is run by savvy retail professionals dedicated to reinventing how we shop.

Nevan Krogan Ph.D
Nevan Krogan Ph.D – Mapping Your Genome

View event video Nevan discusses his work transforming big data mapping into real-life solutions for improved research and health care. Nevan is a Professor of cellular and molecular pharmacology at UCSF, full investigator at the Gladstone Institute and Director of QB3 @ UCSF, a biotech incubator "garage."

Tom Lee
One Medical Group - Reinventing Healthcare

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Tom X. Lee M.D., founder of One Medical Group, discusses his journey to invert the healthcare paradigm by questioning the status quo, introducing new technology to the doctor's office and focusing on patients as individuals rather than a collection of symptoms.

Tom Kelley of IDEO
Tom Kelley of IDEO

View event video Tom Kelley, best-selling author and partner at the design and innovation consultancy IDEO, discusses how to nurture your creative confidence. Tom is a business consultant and public speaker, globally recognized as an expert on innovation, design thinking and organization design.

Rickshaw Bagworks
Mark Dwight of Rickshaw Bagworks

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Mark Dwight, founder and CEO of Rickshaw Bagworks, leads a conversation about creating a thriving business with sustainable, environmental and humanistic social values. Rickshaw Bags are made daily by San Franciscans, and Mark shares his stories about bringing manufacturing back to local roots.

Ray Davis
Leading Through Uncertainty with Ray Davis

View event video Uncertainty is here to stay, offering both great opportunity and great risk. Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis leads an energizing conversation – inspired by his new book, "Leading Through Uncertainty" – on how leaders in any industry can innovate and succeed in any economy. Under Ray’s leadership, Umpqua navigated the Great Recession, emerging from it stronger than ever.

Tina Sharkey
Digital Pioneer Tina Sharkey

View event video Tina Sharkey sparks innovation in this discussion of unlocking joy and personal connection for customers in their brand experiences and interactions. Tina is an active angel investor, advisor and board member to companies disrupting the consumer landscape. She helped introduce HDTV to US markets, launched the Internet division of "Sesame Street," co-founded and more.

An Evening with TCHO

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From the digital revolution to the food revolution, TCHO shares the story of creating obsessively good chocolate, innovating in every aspect of the business, and making the world better in the process. Learn how TCHO makes New American Chocolate here in San Francisco, using responsibly sourced ingredients.

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