Tilman Fertitta

Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta discusses his book “Shut Up and Listen!.”

Houston native Tilman Fertitta is an accomplished businessman and self-made billionaire who is often referred to as “the world’s richest restaurateur.” He is the sole owner of Fertitta Entertainment which owns the restaurant giant Landry’s, five Golden Nugget Casinos and Hotels and the NBA’s Houston Rockets. Fertitta is one of the largest employers in the nation with more than 60,000 employees. He also is the star of a reality TV show on CNBC, “Billion Dollar Buyer.” In his no-holds-barred book “Shut Up and Listen!,” Fertitta shares advice and strategies to build a successful business. 

Roger McNamee

Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee mentored Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the early days of the company. Still a large shareholder, he now thinks Facebook is destroying our democracy. The author of “Zucked” discusses the existential threat he believes the social network poses to society.

Roger McNamee has been a Silicon Valley investor for 35 years. He co-founded successful funds in venture, crossover and private equity. His most recent fund, Elevation, included U2’s Bono as a co-founder. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Roger plays bass and guitar in the bands Moonalice and Doobie Decibel System. He is the author of “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe,” as well as “The New Normal” and “The Moonalice Legend: Posters and Words, Volumes 1-9.” He has served as a technical advisor for seasons two through five of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” series and was also responsible for raising the money that created the Wikimedia Foundation.

 

Brené Brown, Ph.D.

Author and research professor Dr. Brené Brown discusses her research on topics such as leadership, courage, vulnerability and shame.

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Endowed Chair. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy. She is the author of several books including her 2018 publication, “Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.” Her TEDx Houston talk on the power of vulnerability has garnered more than 36 million views. Brené and her husband, Steve, live in Houston and have two children.

John Mackey

John Mackey is co-founder & CEO of Whole Foods Market, the largest U.S. natural-foods grocer with a growing global presence, with more than 300 stores in North America and the U.K. Whole Foods marked its 30th anniversary in 2010.

Bill Bradley (2010)

Bill Bradley has been a three-term U.S. Senator, a candidate for the 2000 Democratic nomination for President of the United States, an NBA Hall of Famer, a Rhodes Scholar, the author of numerous books, the host of a radio show and a partner in a New York investment bank.

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