Speaker Date Topic
Kathrin Winkler Apr 23, 2021 12:30 PM
On Climate Equity and Justice
On Climate Equity and Justice

Kathrin Winkler is the former Chief Sustainability Officer and founder of the Office of Sustainability at EMC Corporation (now Dell EMC).  She now devotes her professional efforts to helping guide the next generation of sustainability leaders and to encouraging companies to accelerate and strengthen their aspirations for an equitable and sustainable economy. 

As an Editor at Large for GreenBiz, Kathrin writes to share her perspectives on sustainability and making change from beyond the corporate walls. She also writes on behalf of a group she co-founded through which veteran sustainability leaders contribute their hard-earned wisdom via mentoring of upcoming leaders, advising NGOs, and advocating for solutions to systemic sustainability challenges.

Kathrin serves on the boards of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a non-profit advancing energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors; Net Impact, inspiring and equipping emerging leaders to build a more just and sustainable world; and the Green Electronics Council (GEC), working with purchasers to stimulate the market for sustainable IT products and services.

Trained by Al Gore as Climate Reality Leader in Denver in 2017, and having served as a mentor in numerous subsequent training events, Kathrin is a member of the leadership of the Climate Reality Project’s Climate Business Working Group, and is an advisor to ClimateVoice.

Kathrin lives in Seattle with her husband Angus where she irks her neighbors by practicing flute.

Tom Fandre & Priya Mistry Apr 30, 2021 12:30 PM
Foster Youth Mentoring
Foster Youth Mentoring



Pivotal – Join our Movement to Support Foster Youth.


Pivotal supports young people in and from foster care to realize their educational and career goals to help them create the life that they want for themselves. 


Tom Fandre is Pivotal’s Senior Business Development Manager overseeing internships for their college students.  He has worked with foster youth for 15 years and is passionate about creating relationships with civic and business leaders in Silicon Valley who see the power in partnering with Pivotal to help these young adults get the experience and connections they need to thrive.  He helped double the number of internships at Pivotal each year for 4 years until the pandemic hit and is hoping to place more than 50 interns this summer. 


Priya Mistry is Director of Community Initiatives for Pivotal. Ms. Mistry holds over twenty years managing local and international non-profits. She has been part of the Pivotal management team for over eleven years, leading both fundraising and program development to support education and career programs for foster youth. She worked with the leadership team to increase community awareness for foster youth needs and grow Pivotal’s annual revenue of $800,000 to over $5M.

Andrew Fraknoi May 07, 2021
The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System
The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System

Where Jeff Bezos’ Great Grand-Daughter Will Go for Her Honeymoon: The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System

About the picture

Saturn casting shadow on the rings

About the topic

We will explore the most intriguing future “tourist destinations” among the planets and moons in our cosmic neighborhood. Our stops will include the towering Mount Olympus volcano on Mars (three times the height of Mount Everest), the awesome Verona Cliffs on the moon Miranda (which are the tallest “lover’s leap” in the solar system), and the recently discovered salt-water steam geysers on Saturn’s intriguing moon Enceladus (nicknamed “Cold Faithful.”). The talk is illustrated with spectacular color images from the American and European space probes that explore the planets.

About the Speaker

Andrew Fraknoi retired in 2017 as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College, and now teaches non-credit astronomy courses for older adults at The Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and the OLLI program at SF State. Fraknoi has appeared regularly on local and national radio, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language, and was the California Professor of the Year in 2007. He is the lead author of a free college astronomy textbook (Astronomy from OpenStax) and a children's book, When the Sun Goes Dark. He also writes science fiction and has had three stories published in the last few years. The International Astronomical Union has named Asteroid 4859 Asteroid Fraknoi to honor his contributions to the public understanding of science.

See: http://fraknoi.com for more information.

Jon Kaufman May 14, 2021
Self Reliant Villages - How to End Dependence on Philanthropy
Self Reliant Villages - How to End Dependence on Philanthropy

Jon Kaufman joined Rotary 9 years ago to disrupt the way water NGO's were trying to work on water for the rural poor of the world. Since then, over 500 Rotarians and friends have joined H2OpenDoors expeditions in 11 countries. Jon wrote a book called Long Walk on a Dry Road about these adventures and the epiphanies participants get on these soulful adventures. Let's welcome Jon Kaufman, a member of Rotary Club of Peninsula Starlight and a major donor to the Rotary Foundation.

Ron Felgenhauer May 21, 2021
President, Rotary Club of Cleveland (founded 1910, 18th Club and home of Arch Klumph)
Dark May 28, 2021