Monday, October 7th, 2019 at 7:30 PM


Obi will share insights and stories from inside the moonshot factory. She will talk about how to combine purpose and profit, falling in love with problems that technology can solve (rather than technology itself), and how to fail gracefully on the way to success.

Obi is responsible for getting early stage X projects out of the lab and into the real world – or ensuring they fail fast. Previously she was Director of Consumer Marketing for Google in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before Google, she launched the ecommerce business of a major UK retailer, worked as a strategy consultant, and led eToys.com's (unsuccessful) expansion to Germany during the first dotcom era. Along with her work at X, Obi is a startup mentor and angel investor, with a focus on women entrepreneurs. She set up Campus, a Google-funded space for London tech entrepreneurs. She is on the board of Springer Nature, a global academic and educational publisher, and on the board of Picasso Labs, an image analytics startup. She is also on the board of Shift, a charity designing products to address social problems such as youth mental health. Obi has a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Oxford University. She grew up in Berlin and saw the wall come down.

CPS Lecture #127: marlis jansen & kjartan jansen on how to have an empowering, inspiring and rewiring money conversation

Friday, October 18th, 2019 at 7:30 PM


Talking about money can be and often is extremely stressful. In fact, a 2018 survey done by the American Psychological Association found it to be the most significant stressor facing Americans. Why is this and what can we do about it? How can we keep it from interfering in our relationships, our productivity, and our lives in general?

In this interactive discussion, Marlis and Kjartan Jansen from The Money Conversation will share their perspective on what drives our relationship with money, behavioral finance, financial parenting in the age of entitlement, and financial engagement. They will guide the group through a discussion of what an empowering money conversation could even mean. And how we might “rewire” the connections in our brains that drive the almost immediate discomfort when the topic of money, wealth and finance comes up in conversation.

Marlis and Kjartan are longtime friends of Kelly and John. They run a firm called The Money Conversation and Kelly is such an enthusiast of their work that she sought them out to speak at CPS Lectures. Anyone who would like to learn more about their entrepreneurial venture, see here – this evening is an introduction to talking about money!

Diana kapp on girls who run the world: 31 ceos who mean business

Fall 2019


Girls Who Run the World is How I Built This for tween and teen girls, featuring the entrepreneurs behind the companies they love — Rent the Runway, Stitch Fix, Pop Sugar, Glossier, Minted, etc. These are the sometimes messy, always brave, inside stories of the entrepreneurs fighting bias in hiring at Blendoor, sequencing genes at 23andMe and saving premie babies at Embrace. Stuffed with wisdom, trade secrets and how-to’s, this is pure inspiration for enterprising young gals.

“Girls Who Run the World is a woman-to-woman playbook that spotlights bold businesswomen who have achieved success and done it in their own way.”
— Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.

“All girls should dare to dream big, and Girls Who Run the World gives them the tools to not only achieve those dreams, but to change the world while they’re doing it.”
— Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global.



CPS Lectures is a free discussion series that takes place every few months in San Francisco. It is a program of the nonprofit The diaTribe Foundation. The series honors the memory of Cyril Patrick Shaughnessy, Jr., Kelly's father, who died in late 2002 and love discussions and learning. 

All evenings start at 7:30 pm with wine and cheese, followed by a talk at 8:00 pm and discussion/Q&A to follow.

RSVP required for this free event. You will be given a chance to donate to our nonprofit, The diaTribe Foundation, when you register - this is completely optional. Thank you to all those who have given to date, which has been very generous and has helped enormously to offset the cost of drinks and food, occasional air tickets to speakers, and low-key management of the event.

If you RSVP yes and have to cancel, please do so within 24 hours of our event.