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

More events are coming soon! In the meantime, you can explore past events with San Francisco innovators and thought leaders below.

Past Events

Jennifer Pattee of Basic Training
Jennifer Pattee of Basic Training

Jennifer Pattee, founder of Basic Training, is revolutionizing the way cities, companies, communities, and individuals approach fitness. Jennifer will share 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

Click here to watch a video from the evening. 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

Click here to watch a video from the evening. 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

Click here to watch a video from the evening. Andy Ruben, founder and CEO of yerdle, discusses how his innovative 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%, this mission-driven company is run by savvy and seasoned retail professionals dedicated to reinventing the model of how we shop.

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

Click here to watch a video from the evening. 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

Click here to watch a video from the evening. Tom X. Lee M.D., founder of One Medical Group, discusses his journey to invert the healthcare paradigm by questioning the status quo, introducing smart new technology to the doctor's office and focusing on patients as individuals rather than a collection of symptoms. Dr. Lee’s work is disrupting the industry and driving a new era of healthcare.

Tom Kelley of IDEO
Tom Kelley of IDEO

Click here to watch a video from the evening. 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

Click here to watch a video from the evening. Mark Dwight, founder and CEO of Rickshaw Bagworks, leads an inspiring conversation about creating a thriving business with sustainable, environmental and humanistic social values. Rickshaw Bags are made fresh daily by San Franciscans and Mark shares his stories about bringing manufacturing back to local roots.

Ray Davis
Leading Through Uncertainty with Ray Davis

Click here to watch a video from the evening. 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

Click here to watch a video from the evening. 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

Click here to watch a video from the evening.An exclusive (and delicious) event featuring TCHO Chocolates. 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.