Over 200 Seminarians and guests attended the 2013 gathering, where presenters provided three days of unique and thought-provoking content.

The Seminar Annual Forum

June 2-5, 2013
Half Moon Bay, California

Provocative and Stimulating Presentations, Conversations Mark 2013 Seminar

GAINING INSIGHTS ON MAJOR ISSUES AND TRENDS around the world from leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors was the key take-away for Seminarians at The Seminar, held on June 2-5, 2013, in Half Moon Bay on the California central coast. The slate of speakers and presenters, all leaders in their field, provided three days of unique and thought-provoking sessions.  

Day 1 brought together thought leaders from diverse backgrounds. The stage was set by futurist Edie Weiner with “A View from the Future,” followed by speakers on topics such as social innovation, creative leadership and innovation, personal health with Dean Ornish M.D. and stress management with Anne Ornish. “The Hybrid Future of Nature” was presented by Kent H. Redford, Ph.D., and a panel of experts discussed cybersecurity.

A highlight of the session featured General Stanley McChystal (ret.) in a Q&A on leadership. The four-star general, commander of all U.S. forces in Afghanistan for five years, made the point that good leaders require a special ability to stay focused, and that even the most sophisticated technology can never take the place of great leadership. “Relationships are more important than rifles,” he said.

Seminarians wrapped up a day of stimulating experiences as they went “on assignment” with National Geographic photographer Mattias Klum to discover wildlife around the world.

General Stanley McChyrstal (ret.) and interviewer Boyd Matson        
Kent Redford, Ph.D. on the Hybrid Future of Nature        

A Special Day at Stanford University

SCHOOL DAYS WERE NEVER LIKE THE SEMINAR DAY at Stanford University, where Seminarians were “taught” by Stanford’s best and brightest professors. World renowned academic researchers and business school leaders, including Robert Sapolsky, Deborah Gruenfeld, and Jennifer Aaker led sessions on the human brain, organizational behavior, and branding.

View more photos of The Seminar at Stanford University HERE

Engaging Presentations on Election Strategy, Corporate Reputation

    Jim Messina  

DATA, DATA, DATA—and nimble interpretation of it—won the 2012 campaign for the U.S. presidency, and the Obama team changed the landscape for future elections. So said Jim Messina, Campaign Manager of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. The session provided significant lessons on use of data and social media for Seminarians to consider for their organizations.

The Seminar closed with a panel on corporate reputation from the perspective of individuals serving on boards. Charles Elson, Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance provided context for the panelists.

More Highlights of the 2013 Seminar

  • The Seminar welcomed thirty-seven First-Time Seminarians from a wide variety of industries in 2013, adding new voices and expanding fellowship throughout the annual gathering.
  • David Demarest received The Seminar Distinguished Service Award. David is a past chair of The Seminar and serves as the Vice President of Public Affairs at Stanford University.


Gerard K. Meuchner, Chair & Vice
The Seminar 2013
and Chief Global Communications
Officer, Henry Schein, Inc.
The State of Cybersecurity with Michael
, DaveDeWalt, Howard Schmidt
and Deirdre Mulligan
David Demarest accepting The Seminar’s
Distinguished Service Award
A highlight of The Seminar is Q&A
sessions with speakers
The California coast provided a stunning
backdrop at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Seminarians enjoyed lunch in a
spectacular setting