By on Tue, April 23, 2013

“The Past, Present and Future of Climate Change”

Free public forum welcomes environmentalist
Zach Scheel, Dr. Peter Joseph of the Climate Reality Project
and space systems engineer Patrick Marinchek
in a panel discussion about climate change, clean-tech and renewable power with Lenny Mendonca, director at McKinsey & Company
and founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Antarctica may very well be the last virgin continent, yet the Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions on Earth.  In December 2012, twenty-one Stanford MBA students accompanied Dean Garth Saloner and a select group of business leaders to “the ice” to study the past, present and future of climate change. The majestic, glacier-filled expanse provided the setting for an immersive journey that explored climate change from a 360-degree perspective and explained how we have arrived at our current, precarious global climate situation; what needs to be done moving forward; and how business leaders can work with governments and social sector organizations to tackle the challenges of transforming economies and energy systems around the world. One of these students, Zach Scheel, will be participating in a panel discussion with Dr. Peter Joseph, head of the Northern California chapter of the Climate Reality Project, Patrick Martinchek, a Stanford MBA student and space systems engineer and moderator Lenny Mendonca in a discussion about climate change and what the future holds at this special April 25 installment of Brews and Views at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
6 to 8 p.m.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
390 Capistrano Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Reservations and Tickets:
Admission and snacks are complimentary. Beer, wine and other beverages will be available for sale at the event. Ten percent of the proceeds from all dinner sales at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company for this event will be donated to the Cabrillo Education Foundation.

For More Information:
Call 650-728-BREW (2739) or visit www.hmbbrewingco.com.


Speaker Biographies:

Zach Scheel is in his second year at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, pursuing a MS/MBA joint-degree with a focus in clean-tech and renewable power.  Prior to matriculating at Stanford, Zach completed five years of active duty service with the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps.  During that time, his work focused on sustainable building design and construction practices, and he oversaw construction of the U.S. Navy’s first two LEED Gold certified buildings.  He deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, during the Arab Spring of 2010-2011 where he managed construction of humanitarian aid and utility infrastructure projects throughout the Horn of Africa.  This past summer he worked on project development and project finance for utility-scale renewable power projects, which included two weeks on-site at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert, the largest concentrated solar thermal power plant in the world.  Outside of school and work, Zach is an avid outdoorsman, mountaineer and volunteer for the Movember Foundation.

Patrick Martinchek is a space systems engineer and first year student in the MBA program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan where he gained expertise in spacecraft propulsion, satellite solar arrays, and jet engine design and assembly. After graduating, Patrick worked at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a systems engineer and flight director for the Mars Exploration Rover Program. In this role, he was responsible for maintaining the health and safety of a spacecraft exploring the surface of the planet Mars. Recently, he has been focused on terrestrial activities including mobile app development and predictive analytics. Patrick is currently working on a big data analytics start-up in the business intelligence space.

Dr. Peter Joseph attended Columbia University, majoring in Biology, and The University of Michigan Medical School, earning Board Certification in Internal Medicine. He began practicing Emergency Medicine in 1977, joined the clinical faculty at Stanford, UCSF and Highland Hospital, and from 1983 to 2011 was an Emergency Physician at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. There he served for 15 years as Chair of the Emergency Department and was active in the development of their successful Trauma Center.

In 1979, just after Three Mile Island nuclear accident, he co-founded the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization of doctors dedicated to educating the public and world leaders about the horrendous medical consequences of nuclear war. He served as president of the chapter and on the National Board of Directors for 6 years, helping to start chapters in California and New York. PSR later participated in the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize as the US affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

Dr. Joseph participated in TCP’s Session 3 training and currently serves as district manager for the northern California region of The Climate Reality Project and the group leader for the Marin chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, which advocates carbon pollution pricing as the best means of curbing carbon pollution and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Moderator Biography:

Lenny Mendonca is a director (senior partner) in the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. Lenny is currently the leader of McKinsey’s U.S. state and local public sector practice.  For many years Lenny led the Firm’s knowledge development efforts overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the Firm’s communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly, and has served for a decade on the McKinsey Shareholder Council (its board of directors). His client work focuses on service to public sector organizations, and over the course of his career he has helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges.

Lenny is the Chairman Emeritus of the Bay Area Council and the Economic Institute of the Bay Area, and was vice-chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.  He serves on the boards of The New America Foundation, The Committee for Economic Development, Common Cause, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, and The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation.  He is Chairman of Children Now, and he is co-Chairman of California Forward.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and founder and chairman of Fuse Corps.

He received his MBA and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He holds an AB, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard College.

Lenny lives on the Half Moon Bay coast, south of San Francisco, with his wife and two daughters, where he is the founder and owner of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.


Brews and Views is the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s regular speakers series that tackles public issues that affect us all, from the Coastside of California to Washington, DC. Started in 2009 by Lenny Mendonca, the founder of the Brewing Company and director at McKinsey & Company, Brews and Views serves as both a free public forum and fundraiser for Coastside nonprofit organizations (ten percent of all dinner proceeds are donated to a local nonprofit after each event). Previous notable guests include renowned forecaster Paul Saffo, managing director of foresight at Discern Analytics; Charles Kolb, president of the Committee for Economic Development; Mike McCurry, former press secretary for President Bill Clinton; Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle’s political reporter; and California State Assemblyman Jerry Hill.

Previous Brews and Views are playing as a series on local television station, PCTV on Channel 27, Monday nights at 7pm. For additional videos, visit HMB Media at http://www.youtube.com/user/HMBMediaProductions

Recently selected by Men’s Fitness as one of America’s Top Ten Craft Breweries and by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of America’s Best Beach Bars, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is situated on picturesque Pillar Point Harbor overlooking the Marina in Princeton-by-the Sea. The Brewing Company expertly pairs a family-friendly, come-as-you-are atmosphere with a winning combination of fresh, sustainable seafood, craft beers, live music and an expansive, dog-friendly patio area with blazing fire pits to keep patrons warm on the waterfront. The Brewing Company is a casual coastal venue that has become an institution in the Half Moon Bay area for locals and visitors alike since opening in 2000. With its warm, wood-toned interior, expansive windows to the ocean, and walls dotted with surf memorabilia, the 6,000-square-foot restaurant and bar is reminiscent of a typical California surf shack. Behind the restaurant lie the 1,200 square-foot Mavericks Beer Garden and on-site brewery, where hand-crafted, award-winning Mavericks® Beers & Ales are piped directly to the bar. The Mavericks Amber Ale won a bronze medal in the 2012 World Beer Cup.

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is located at 390 Capistrano Road in Princeton-by-the-Sea, Calif. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to close; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to close; Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to close. To book a reservation, please call 650-728-BREW (2739) or visit OpenTable.com. Additional information may be found at www.hmbbrewingco.com.