This September, Presidio Graduate School, through its Center for Professional Development, PresidioPRO, will bring two top-shelf thought leaders to the Bay Area.

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean and best-selling author Van Jones will each deliver a keynote lecture as part of the PresidioPRO Master Class series. The programs will be two to three hours in length and cover topics relating to global sustainability.

In conjunction with Prof. Erin Cooke’s Civic Leadership, Decision-Making, & Systems Thinking course, – part of Presidio’s MPA degree program – Dr. Dean will lead participants in a discussion on understanding politics and politicians. Dr. Dean will also discuss the power and limitations of politics as a medium for social change, including an analysis of the current presidential election.

Van Jones, a Presidio Graduate School visiting fellow, will present his latest thinking and plans on collaborative economics. His ground-breaking initiatives describe how citizens can use 21st-century digital technology to create bottom-up, people-powered innovations to fix the U.S. economy, protect and expand the middle class, and create pathways to prosperity for those who are locked out of it.

Presidio Graduate School has a near 10-year history in training new leaders – now over 600 MBA, MPA, and Executive Certificate alumni – across diverse disciplines and sectors of the economy to tackle some of the world’s toughest sustainability challenges. These include graduates who have launched the sustainability practice at Salesforce and implemented the California Solar Initiative at Pacific Gas & Electric. Through the Master Class series, Presidio is reaching out to an even broader audience of potential change-makers to make an even greater impact, both locally and globally.

What: A Master Class in Civic Leadership featuring Governor Howard Dean, MD
When: Tuesday, September 11 from 1:00 – 4:00PM
Where: Presidio Graduate School
Cost: $50
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What: A Master Class in Collaborative Economics Featuring Van Jones, JD
When: Thursday, September 13 from 1:00 – 3:00PM
Where: HUB San Francisco
Cost: Tickets are SOLD OUT.
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About Presidio Graduate School

Presidio Graduate School educates and inspires a new generation of skilled, visionary and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world. Through innovative MBA, MPA, Dual Degree, and Executive Certificate programs in Sustainable Management, Presidio activates students and professionals across a range of disciplines, industries and sectors to bridge the gap between commerce and the common good. Driven by our mission, Presidio has become a top-ranked graduate school transforming the way students and graduates think about, and apply solutions to, the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges.