June 2 Brews & Views: Is America past its prime?


By on Wed, June 1, 2011

Free public forum at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company on Thursday, June 2, features Lenny Mendonca of McKinsey & Company in a discussion moderated by Greg Galle of Creative Capital src=

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company invites the public to participate in a lively discussion about what’s needed for business and policymakers to retool America’s economic engine to drive growth and job creation. Lenny Mendonca, director of McKinsey & Company and co-founder of the Brewing Company, will be the featured expert guest in a discussion moderated by Greg Galle, directory of strategy for Creative Capital. In his decades-spanning career with McKinsey & Company, Mendonca has written and spoken extensively on globalization, productivity, and economic development and competitiveness.

As the US economy emerges from the global economic crisis, several questions hang in the air: Can the US now pull off a more fundamental recovery? Can it restore its ability to innovate and compete globally? Can it create new jobs and re-ignite the productivity growth that drives GDP and living standards? 

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.

Thursday, June 2, 6 to 8 p.m.
The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
390 Capistrano Road, Princeton-by-the-Sea, Calif.

Speaker Biography:
Lenny Mendonca is a director in the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He is also on the Shareholders’ Council of McKinsey (its board of directors), and for many years led the firm’s knowledge development efforts in overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the firm’s communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly. His client work is focused 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.

Mendonca is the chairman emeritus of the Bay Area Council, chairman of the Economic Institute of the Bay Area, and vice chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.  He serves on the boards of The New America Foundation, Common Cause, California Forward, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, ChildrenNow, and The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation.  He is also a trustee for the Committee for Economic Development.

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.

Mendonca 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.

Moderator Biography:
Greg Galle is co-founder and director of strategy for Creative Capital, a firm that brings together strategy and design to generate big ideas, create powerful communications, and deliver compelling experiences that make change happen. He believes that design can change the world.

Galle is currently engaged in projects that bring water to Malawi villagers, improve the availability and quality of health care around the world, reinvent primary care in the American health care system, improve teacher effectiveness American classrooms, protect the people and environment in the Peruvian Amazon from exploitation, increase diversity and inclusion in major corporations, and improve the economies and social structures of communities in rural Alabama, North Carolina, and Mississippi.

Galle serves on the board of Hope Street Group, a national organization focused on creating economic opportunity for all Americans, and the board of the Not For Sale Campaign, the movement to end slavery in our lifetime. His work has been recognized with awards from: The Clio Awards, Communication Arts Magazine, Critique Magazine, ID Magazine, NY Art Directors Club, New York Arts Festival, and Western Art Directors Club among others. The Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art has acquired his Suicide Book for their permanent Book Arts collection. Galle has collaborated on and been cited in numerous books on design, communication, and reputation.


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 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.


Situated on picturesque Pillar Point Harbor overlooking the Marina in Princeton-by-the Sea, the Half Moon Bay 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. The Brewing Company expertly pairs a family-friendly, come-as-you-are atmosphere with a winning combination of fresh, sustainable seafood, home-brewed beers, live music and an expansive, dog-friendly patio area with blazing fire pits to keep patrons warm on the waterfront.  Behind the restaurant lies the brewery, where hand-crafted beers are piped directly to the bar. 

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 9 p.m. (restaurant) and 10 p.m. (bar); Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (restaurant) and 11 p.m. (bar); Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (restaurant) and 11 p.m. (bar) and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (restaurant) and 10 p.m. (bar). To book a reservation, please call 650-728-BREW (2739) or visit OpenTable.com. Additional information may be found at http://www.hmbbrewingco.com.