SACRAMENTO — A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades, Steve Wozniak revolutionized the personal computer industry as co-founder of Apple Computer. Sacramento Speakers Series, the pre-eminent lecture presenter in the capital region, opens its 2013-14 season with the visionary inventor, engineer and computer programmer.
Steve Wozniak will speak at Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Presented as one of six speakers in the annual series, series tickets may be purchased at sacramentospeakers.com. This lecture is sponsored by the Law Offices of Mitchell Ostwald, Wells Fargo Bank, Safe Credit Union, Noble Image, Runyan, Saltzman and Einhorn and NewsRadio KFBK.
Joining Steve Wozniak this season: Vice President Al Gore (Nov. 12), Admiral Michael Mullen (Jan. 7, 2014), physician and author Dr. Andrew Weil (Jan. 21, 2014), crisis management expert Judy Smith (Feb. 18, 2014) and host of the Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa program, Ina Garten (April 1, 2014.
With its first line of Apple products — Macintosh, Apple I and Apple II — Wozniak and Steve Jobs brought computers to the hands of the mass market. Wozniak’s leadership and creativity cultivated significant disruptive technologies such as the iPod (2001), the iPhone (2007) and the iPad (2010), while also helping to build the largest company in the U.S. stock market with a net worth of half a trillion dollars.
For his achievements at Apple Computer, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States, which is the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators. He is also an inductee to the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures; he currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io and is a published author of a New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon. A talented business speaker, Wozniak shares a once-in-a-lifetime success story with audiences globally by teaching the lessons of Apple to show that evolution is achieved from the ground up.
Now in its ninth season, Sacramento Speakers Series offers an impressive list of political leaders, authors, scientists, and visionaries. The Sacramento Speakers Series is a community lecture series that provides an open forum for a free discussion of timely and important issues by nationally acclaimed speakers. The speakers are chosen on the basis of their career achievements, unique expertise in their particular field of endeavor, and ability to communicate their particular passion to the audience.
Managing principal and attorney Mitchell Ostwald describes the series as “an extraordinary community experience that gives our patrons an opportunity to hear about and question renowned and influential people from a wide variety of backgrounds on an even wider variety of topics.”