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WAVC’s distinguished speaker series has hosted more than 500 of the country’s most celebrated business, financial, government, and academic leaders.
In 1962, some of the industry’s original venture investors began meeting in San Francisco’s Olympic Club to share ideas—and deals. Informal at first, the group’s popularity took hold and by 1969, it became the first official non-profit venture capital organization in the world—the Western Association of Venture Capitalists. Some 40 years later, WAVC is made up of more than 100 venture firms and more than 1,000 venture capitalists.
WAVC still offers West Coast venture capitalists the opportunity to come together to socialize, share insights, and discuss deals. Today, WAVC’s primary focus is its distinguished speaker series, which has hosted more than 500 of the country’s most celebrated business, financial, government, and academic leaders—from Dianne Feinstein and George Schultz, to Eric Schmidt, Meg Whitman, John Chambers, Peter Drucker and Geoffrey Moore. Exclusive to WAVC members, these luncheon events are thought provoking and informative.
See a list of past speakers since 1970.
In addition to its luncheon events, WAVC sponsors annual charity tennis and golf tournaments. The organization also actively aids local communities through its support of several nonprofits.
Past Speaker Highlights
Eric Schmidt, Former Chairman and CEO, Google
Meg Whitman, Former CEO, eBay
Mitt Romney, US Senator from Utah
Michael Moritz, General Partner, Sequoia Capital
Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
Billy Beane, Executive Vice President, Oakland Athletics
John Chambers, Former Executive Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems
Craig Venter, American Biotechnologist and Businessman
Quentin Hardy, Forbes Silicon Valley Bureau Chief
Frank Quattrone, CEO, Qatalyst Group
James Carville, Political Analyst
Scott Cook, Co-founder, Intuit
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Filmmaker, CEO, Advocate, and Thought Leader
Cory Booker, US Senator from New Jersey
Diane Greene, CEO, Google Cloud