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Impossible Is Nothing Speaker Series

The Impossible is Nothing Luncheon Series, a monthly motivational lecture series instituted in 2005 by long-time Northern Light School supporter, John Novick, is offered to our middle school students.  Guest lecturers represent some of the most accomplished individuals in the fields of the fine and performing arts, education, science, and technology, medicine, sports, and philanthropy.  Lecturers share their words of wisdom, obstacles and accomplishments, and truly inspirational life stories with our students.  Inspired by Northern Light School's mission and vision, as well as its children, many of the guest lecturers choose to adopt Northern light School as their cause, and continue to mentor students long after their initial visit during the lecture series. 

We are pleased and honored to welcome these hometown heroes and "larger-than-life luminaries to our Northern Light School campus, and into our educational family.

Take a look at the speakers that have graced our presence over the years: 


Ahmed Rahim Co-Founder of Numi Organic Tea; CEO and Chief Alchemist
David Hindawi Tanium Co-Founder of Tanium; CEO and Chairman of the Board
Karae Lisle & Mauricio Valencia CEO of Peninsula Volunteers & Director of Corporate Relations at Stanford's School of Engineering
Carol Corrigan Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court
Peter Coyote Emmy Award-Winning Actor
Guy Jaquier Retired CEO of Prologis Capital Inc.
Titan Gilroy Founder and Owner of Titan America MFG
Janet and Clint Riley Real Estate Investory; Political Consultant in San Francisco & President of the Board of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District


Alex Bernstein Co-Founder North Venture Partners; Former NFL Lineman
Elaine Taylor The Taylor Family Foundation; President and Chairman of the Board
Don Moseman Wildlife Photographer
Sami Inkinen and Meredith Loring Founder of Trulia
Tyson Ross Pitcher for San Diego Padres
Gary Sitzmann Founder of Sitzmann, Morris and Lavis
Heidi Rozen Stanford Lecturer
Cornell C. Maier CEO of Kaiser Aluminum (Retired)


Adonal Foyle Professional NBA Player (Retired)
Peter Coyote Emmy Award-Winning Actor
Linda Oubre Dean of San Francisco State University
Doug Hendrickson Sports Agent for Octagon Football
Chip Heath Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business
Dana Carvy Actor and Stand-Up Comedian
Sam Williams  Former Oakland Raider Linebacker
David Johnson Professional Photographer
Josh Tetrick CEO of Hampton Creek Foods
Vitka Eisen CEO of Healthright 360; Former CEO of Walden House


Charles Collins CEO of San Francisco YMCA
Menbere Aklilu Owner of Salute Ristorante
Honorable Carol Corrigan California Supreme Court Justice
Donald Knauss CEO of The Clorox Company
Nancy Hult Ganis Producer of Akeelah and the Bee
Mark Speckman Former Head Coach of Menlo College and Wilamett University
Val Sinckler Performance Artist
Dick Evans Former CEO of Alcan
Murray Gordon
Arvind Jain
Joe Martin


Vic Bourassa Owner of Bourassa Vineyards
Dr. Eleanor Mason Ramsey President of Mason Tillman and Associates
Dr. Coyness Enix Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon
Bob Blackburn Civil Rights Activist
Ray Gallagher Owner of Scott's Seafood Restaurant
Xander Hamman Marine Corps Combat Veteran


Jim Tracy Coach of San Francisco High School Cross Country Team
Holland Reynolds Runner for San Francisco University High School Cross Country Team
Chris Johns President of PG&E
Jennifer Azzi Head Coach of USF Women's Basketball Team
Tim Westergren Founder of Pandora
Peter Coyote Emmy Award-Winning Actor
Dorell Wright Forward for Portland Trailblazers
Vitka Eisen CEO of Walden House
William E. Gagen Jr. Senior Trial Counsel at Gagen McCoy
Walter Newman Former Captain of Commanding Company C of the Army's 35th Division