Are you in a city that has a university? Often the graduate school of a university sponsors leaders in industry to come and speak to students in a forum open to the public and almost always for free.
Depending on the college or university the number of lectures may be limited, but this just means that they will focus on getting high caliber speakers.
The key is to put these events on your own calendar, even if you don’t know if you will attend. And then put a reminder to check back the next academic year to see what comes next.
How do you find these? It is as simple as a Google search. 1) make a quick list of colleges and universities. 2) search for “university name” and “public lecture” or “public lecture series”
I still remember the first public lecture I attended. In 1990 Carver Mead from CalTech gave a presentation on computer vision to a packed house at the University of Illionis’ Foellinger Auditorium.
Today former Maine Congresswoman Olympia Snow is giving a talk “Anything is Possible—How to Overcome Obstacles and Make a Difference” at the University of Washington. Last month, Stein Kruse of Holland America spoke at Seattle University.
These inspirational leaders and speakers are out there for free.
Go see one today.