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!

CPS Lecture #128: Diana kapp on girls who run the world: 31 ceos who mean business

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 at 7:30 PM


You can’t be what you can’t see. Such a small number of women become CEO. Just six percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are female—and the number has barely budged in decades. Girls Who Run the World is how we make female CEOs a norm, but that won’t happen until books like this one are read, shared, and discussed.

“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.

Girls Who Run the World is How I Built This for tween and teen girls and their parents, 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. 


CPS Lecture #129: jake kushner on Love and Diabetes: Nurturing Self-Compassion to Live and Thrive with Chronic Illness

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at 7:30 PM


The challenge of living with a chronic illness such as diabetes must start with self-compassion. In this lecture Dr. Jake Kushner will discuss the challenges and opportunities of living and thriving with diabetes and other chronic illnesses. Although some assert that the path to better outcomes for people with type 1 diabetes is through advanced medicines, emerging technologies, creative nutrition strategies, or other novel clinical modalities, Dr. Kushner believes love and compassion are essential. In this conversation, Dr. Kushner will consider the potential for better outcomes, treatments and their challenges, and the various scientific horizons (beta cells, stem cells, immunology, technologies) from a health consumer’s perspective. Dr. Kushner will then broaden the discussion to consider real world practical solutions to live and thrive with diabetes, grounded in modern understanding of nutrition, metabolism, exercise physiology, and ancient wisdom regarding self-compassion.



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.