The 4th Annual Calabasas Special Speaker Series

Founders Hall, behind the Calabasas Library

All Speeches Begin at 7:30 pm, Doors Open at 7:00 pm

$25.00 per individual speaking engagement.

Tickets will be available both online & in-person beginning November 15, 2017.
Tickets can be purchased online through ACTIVE.NET
or in-person at the Calabasas Senior Center during regular business hours.
For more information, please visit or call (818) 224-1777

Proudly Presented By:

Jacqueline Berger

From Behind Closed Doors: Four Presidential Couples

January 19, 2018, 7:30 pm

After twenty-five years in the world of finance, where Jacqueline Berger became the youngest, and first female Vice President of Real Estate Lending for a major Savings and Loan Institution, she left the corporate world to pursue a passion she had been nursing since her teenage years.

The day that president Kennedy was shot, and the world saw Jacqueline Kennedy, stunned but resolute in her fortitude, Ms. Berger’s fascination with the first lady that shared her name became a passion to become an expert on America’s First Ladies. She applied fervor and a distinctive style to telling the stories of these women, and wrote Loves, Lies and Tears: The Lives of America’s First Ladies. Volumes I and II of this soon to be trilogy are currently available.

Jacqueline has discovered an important thread of commonality shared by this unique group of women: each was, or evolved into, a leader whose vision and influence had a far reaching impact. Her latest book, Leadership Secrets of America’s First Ladies, explores these qualities and the women who used them to become effective leaders in their own right as well as influencers of Presidents...from behind closed doors.

Ms. Berger is a sought after local and national speaker, having made presentations at numerous presidential libraries, the California Conference for the United States Court of Appeals, the Brandeis National Committee 21st Annual Words, Wit and Wisdom Authors & Book Luncheon, and many other events. You may have also enjoyed her appearance on C-SPAN which produced a feature series in cooperation with the White House Historical Association called First Ladies, Influence and Image. Her expertise and memorable presentations have earned her the reputation of "The First Ladies' Lady".

Jacqueline Berger resides in her native Southern California with her husband and family. Her website can be viewed at

CODE: 8500.101


Dr. Marc Milstein

The Surprising Link Between Your Gut, Your Brain and Your Health

February 9, 2018, 7:30 pm

Dr. Marc Milstein specializes in taking the leading science research on human health, productivity, and happiness and presenting it in a way that entertains, educates and empowers his audience to live better. His lecture topics range from cutting edge brain science topics such as sleep, memory, learning and emotions to how our DNA and trillions of cells work in concert with our environment to determine our health.

He earned both his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry and his Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from UCLA. Dr. Milstein has conducted research on topics including genetics, cancer biology, neuroscience, and infectious disease and his work has been published in multiple scientific journals.

Dr. Milstein currently presents a series of lectures on breakthrough, cutting edge research on health and wellness where he regularly updates medical doctors, therapists, companies and those looking to harness the power of the latest science to improve their daily lives.

CODE: 8500.102


James Peaco

“The Threat of Terrorism in LA - The Third Most Likely U.S. Target”

March 2, 2018, 7:30 pm

Special Agent James W. Peaco III graduated from the US Naval Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science and served in US Marine Corps as an officer. He joined the FBI in 1998 and his assignments included violent crimes/criminal enterprise squad that targeted street gangs in Los Angeles. SA Peaco also served as an operator on the FBI Los Angeles Special Weapons and Tactics Team from 1999-2012.

SA Peaco was certified as a FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Coordinator in 2012 and is currently the FBI Los Angeles Division WMD Coordinator. He is responsible for WMD threat assessments, outreach and liaison programs that prevent and provide early detection against WMD terrorism, and preparedness for WMD terrorism and terrorism threats. SA Peaco also focuses on rapid threat assessments, interagency operations, and Radiological Nuclear Search Operations. He has also participated in several National Level Special Events and exercises and has provided WMD training to international partners in the Balkans, Africa and Asia.

CODE: 8500.103


Sherry Lansing

”Leading Lady” Behind the Camera

March 16, 2018, 7:30 pm

The Special Speaker Series is honored to welcome Sherry Lansing to our 2018 program. Ms. Lansing will be sharing stories from her personal and professional journey in the movie industry and in her life from studio chief to major philanthropist.

During almost 30 years in the motion picture business, Sherry Lansing was involved in the production, marketing and distribution of more than 200 films including Academy Award winners Forest Gump (1994), Braveheart (1995) and Titanic (1997). In 1980 she became the first woman to head a major film studio when she was appointed President of 20th Century Fox. Later, as an independent producer, Lansing was responsible for such successful films as Fatal Attraction, The Accused, School Ties, Indecent Proposal and Black Rain. Returning to the executive ranks in 1992, she was named Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, and began an unprecedented tenure that lasted more than 12 years (1992-2005).

In addition to serving on the University of California Board of Regents, Ms. Lansing is a trustee of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles where she co-founded the Scholarship Fund for Deserving “Little Sisters and Brothers.” In December of 2004, she was appointed to the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Additionally, Ms. Lansing serves on the Boards of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, The Broad Center, The Carter Center, The Entertainment Industry Foundation, The W.M. Keck Foundation, The Lasker Foundation, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. She is also Honorary Chair of Stop Cancer, a nonprofit philanthropic organization which she founded in partnership with the late Dr. Armand Hammer.

CODE: 8500.104


 For additional information contact Kimberly Post at or call 224-1777.

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