the art of leadership:
opportunity in the unknown

An evening of talks for founders, entrepreneurs, and organization leaders. 

Wednesday, November 6th, 7-10 PM

Lafayette, California 

What makes this night special?

How do you cast your line in murky waters? With excitement? As a challenge?

Or do you hold your breath and hope for the best?

As entrepreneurs, we know what gets measured, gets done.

But less frequently discussed are the fertile fields of potential in unexplored areas, how to recognize them and take advantage.

This night of talks will shed light on ways to embrace the unknown for maximum value. 


Today’s leaders have no shortage of digital tools and ready-to-use models for business growth.

But in a world where anyone can get anything at any time, competition can be fierce. So organization leaders must be nimble and confident in uncertain situations.

This event will explore important considerations, like:

Invention and Innovation


Interrelationship Communication

and More!


6:30-7:00PM Networking. Light snacks and beverages provided.
7:00-8:00PM Speakers
8:00-8:30PM Break. Networking.
8:30-9:30PM Speakers

The Host

Sean Perlmutter
Founding Partner, Pivotal Twist

The Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Jim Marggraff

Entrepreneurship: Finding an Oasis in a Desert of Uncertainty

Jim is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year; founder/co-founder of six companies; inventor of LeapPad Learning Systems and Livescribe, the world’s first smartpen; and has been on the TED main stage twice. Jim is also recognized as a Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council and a STAR Humanitarian Award Recipient.

Jim recently authored How to Raise a Founder With Heart, which has been recognized by Forbes as a best book for startup founders and first time entrepreneurs. Sales of the book go to Team Gleason for ALS and the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club.

Jim has made 15 copies available to be raffled off at the event and will also have copies available for sale.

Ray Beldner, Co-Founder of StARTup Art Fair

The Fire Within: Uncovering the Strengths of Team Members to Move Your Company Forward

Just because your team is small, doesn’t mean it’s not mighty. In this talk, Ray uncovers how to identify and leverage the individual strengths of team members for maximum impact. He’ll reveal how doing so helped stARTup Art Fair address unexpected issues, develop effective programs, and expand from a local art fair to a national art brand.

Renee DeWeese Moran, Founding Partner of Performing Academy

Navigating the Unknown with Clients and Team: How to Serve Diverse Personalities

Renee DeWeese Moran is the founding partner of Performing Academy, an arts training program for children with locations in Lafayette, Pleasant Hill, and Castro Valley, now in its 8th year. Under her leadership, the company grew to include a 5,100 sq. foot theatre space in Pleasant Hill, 13 after-school programs, 15 teaching artists on staff, a management team, and hundreds of clients.


Henry Caplan, Founding Partner of Pivotal Twist

Joining Strategy with Spontaneity: A Mindset for Uncertainty

Henry has been a certified speaker & leadership coach for 15 years, helping speakers identify, embrace, and expand their big ideas for maximum impact. Clients include Credit Suisse, Pernot Ricard USA, Dell, and KPMG. Henry got his start in acting, directing, and filmmaking after graduating from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. And he applies many of the techniques from this realm to business, speaking, and leadership.


Industry Leaders


Minutes of Storytelling

Epic evening



Frequently Asked Questions.
Here are some common questions about the night.

How much are tickets?

$20/$25/$30 plus the Eventbrite fee

What's your refund policy?

Refunds are available until October 27.

What's the story behind the venue?

JPG@The Bank is a pop-up gallery/event space run by Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery. It used to be Wells Fargo and, before that, World Bank.

What are transpo/parking options?

The venue is walking distance from the Lafayette BART station. Street parking is available.

Is this a networking event?

A little. This is mainly about industry professionals educating and inspiring you to grow your endeavor. But during the first thirty minutes and intermission we encourage networking.

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