The Sunday Breakfast Club seeks to serve the Greater Philadelphia community through inspired programming and stimulating conversation with fellow members and guest speakers selected for their accomplishments, service, and leadership. Members must register for all programs. A notice with details about each program will be e-mailed to all members three weeks prior to the event.
The theme of the 2017-18 program of the Sunday Breakfast Club will be GLOBAL ISSUES, LOCAL INSIGHTS.
Oct 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
North Korea. ISIS. Afghanistan. Syria. Venezuela. Climate change. Everywhere you look, distressing challenges linger and flare. To begin the 2017-18 program year, we’ll hear from a woman who has covered all these topics, up close and in-depth, for years: Trudy Rubin, global affairs columnist for The Inquirer and a frequent contributor to MSNBC, CNN and NPR.
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Higher education is one of the engines of the regional economy. And the biggest player in the sector locally is the University of Pennsylvania, home to one of the nation’s top business schools, Wharton. Our guest in November will be Geoff Garrett, dean of the Wharton School. He’ll talk about the challenges and opportunities facing higher education these days, including online courses, an area where Wharton has been very active. Garrett’s popular blog on Linkedin has earned him recognition as one of that platform’s select Influencers; he’ll share some of the insights on global economic trends that have made his posts a must-read for Linkedin users.
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
How do you police the streets and pursue justice in an impoverished, majority-minority city that welcomes immigrants? Trying to do so in the age of both Black Lives Matters and Jeff Sessions can involve a tightrope walk. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross will talk about how he does it. Also to be invited will be the new Philadelphia District Attorney to be elected in November.
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
How do you keep journalism robust after its business model has broken into a thousand pieces? How do you keep public media strong when government funding is under annual threat? How do you help the ordinary person sort “fake news” from authentic, reliable reporting? Invitees (none yet confirmed) will be: Jim Friedlich, head of the Lenfest Institute; Kathleen Pavelko, CEO of WITF public media and the new Pennsylvania Post, and Molly De Aguiar, managing director of the News Integrity Initiative.
Mar 7 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
No topic is more controversial or more vital to the question of what kind of nation America hopes to become. From its past as a major immigration port to its present as a “sanctuary city,” Philadelphia has always been at the center of that dialogue. We’ll present a panel of players from the front-lines of the city’s immigration discussion.
Apr 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Since the Marcellus Shale opened up to drilling, some in Philadelphia have dreamed of supercharging the regional economy by turning the city into a major energy hub. Others worry that Pennsylvania’s long history of damaging its environment by giving too broad a welcome to resource extractors is repeating itself. We’ll hear from both sides of the discussion.
May 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
No business sector is more central to the regional economy, and its supply of jobs, than health care. No one can predict right now what the state of play will be next May in the great health care debate in Washington. Wherever things stand next spring, we’ll present local experts and leaders in the sector who can explain how decisions in D.C. will ripple out to Philly.