Impossible is Nothing Speaker Series

Our Impossible is Nothing Speaker 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 community.  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: 

George Zimmer Founder & Former CEO of the Men's Wearhouse

Robin Hauser Award Winning Film Producer/Director

Trevor Martin Co-Founder and CEO of Mammoth Biosciences

Arun Sarin Former CEO of Vodaphone

Vitka Eisen CEO of HealthRight 360

Earl Smith Death Row Chaplain

Susan Reynolds Co-Founder of LookUp.Live

Josh Johnson NFL Quarterback

Menbere Aklilu Former Owner/Restauranteur, Salute E. Vita Ristorante

Tom Brady, Sr

Titan Gilroy CEO of TITANS of CNC

Mark Speckman Running Back and Assistant Head Coach at UC Davis

Jennifer Cabalquinto CFO, Golden State Warriors

David Hindawi Co-Founder of Tanium; CEO and Chairman of the Board

Cornell Maier CEO of Kaiser Aluminum (Retired)

Clint Hill Secret Service Agent (Retired)

David Johnson Photographer/Historian

Jennifer Azzi  Naismith Trophy Winner, NCAA and Olympic Champion and Role Model

Elyse Lipman

Mickey Ganitch Pearl Harbor Survivor

Kevin Briggs CHP Officer (Retired), “Guardian of the Golden Gate” - Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Speaker

The “Rosies” WW2 Heroes

Bill Cartwright Retired NBA Player,  Former Head Coach Chicago Bulls

David Vogelstein Attorney,  High School Mock Trial Coach (Former)

Michael Brooks Stanford University Alumni

Hamid R. Moghadam CEO of Prologis

Zach Singleton NLS Alumni, Uber Senior Product Manager

Libby Schaaf Mayor of Oakland

Lauren O’ Neill Anorexia Survivor

Ahmed Rahim Co-Founder of Numi Organic Tea; CEO and Chief Alchemist

David Hindawi 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

Honorable 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 Investor; 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 Former 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