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San Francisco

April 17th & 18th, 2017


What is PowerShift?


PowerShift is the biannual convening of Parliament that brings together Members of Parliament, guests of Members of Parliament, thought leaders, authors, and the select innovators and creators that make up the House of UnCommons. At PowerShift, you will forge new relationships and discuss top leadership priorities with a diverse group of people.

PowerShift embodies the exploration of old and new forms of power in organizations and society. It is a convening where innovative individuals, from executives to artists, gain insight and inspiration from each other. The PowerShift experience is a “destination wedding without a wedding” – a place where you can have fun and meet great new people with whom you will not only form long-lasting and meaningful relationships, but with whom you can also collaborate and make small bet experiments in the days and months to come.


What is Parliament?

Parliament is a learning + doing community of thought leaders, authors and senior executives who are working on the ideas and trends shaping business and society. The community includes a mix of over 50 bestselling authors, dozens of senior executives from Fortune 500 and leading corporations, and Silicon Valley innovators. We bridge old power (Fortune 500) and new power worlds (entrepreneurs) and are as committed to action and experimentation as we are absolute cutting edge conversations and insight — the quality of Davos with the mindset and spirit of Silicon Valley.

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Monday, April 17th

5:30pm         Check-in + Happy Hour

7:00pm         Welcome + Dinner

8:30pm         Musical Performance


Tuesday, April 18th

Check-in + Breakfast

Opening Session


Parliament: What is the Role of Business?


Breakout Modules

Automation + the Future of Work: As advancements in automation, robotics, and AI increasingly disrupt established economic models, what can companies do to mitigate adverse impacts such as worker insecurity?

Diversity + Inclusion: What does it mean to link innovation to diversity? What are the roadblocks to diversity in the workplace, how are companies overcoming them, and how do they measure their success?

















The Road Forward

Finding Meaning

Closing Performances

Cocktail Hour

Frequently Asked Questions


How can I attend?

The conference is by invitation only. Please email for more information.

I’m interested in a media pass, are they available?

Media passes are very limited and by invitation only. For more information please contact

What is the code of conduct?

Conversations should be held with a spirit of openness and collaboration. In Parliament, ideas are the air we breathe—they are free, not property. With that in mind, please take care to keep sensitive and proprietary information out of PowerShift conversations. If conversations and ideas are to be open, free and collaborative, we can’t have company secrets in the mix.

Finally, Chatham House Rules should be observed for all Parliament and PowerShift meetings, sessions and conversations.  These rules state:

When a meeting, or part thereof, is held, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) may be revealed.

Will there be food?

Dinner will be provided on the evening of Monday, April 17th and breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be served on Tuesday, April 18th.

Is there a dress code?

PowerShift is a fun and intimate gathering, so casual attire is welcomed.

Can I sponsor the event?

PowerShift is accepting sponsors whose values and goals align with those of our community. If you are interested in learning about current and future sponsorship opportunities, please email

Is there parking?

Parking is available at 303 2nd Street (Entrances on Folsom St. and Harrison St.) as well as in Delta Parking at 452 2nd Street (2nd and Stillman).

Where Should I Stay?

We recommend the following hotels:

Hotel Vitale

8 Mission St

San Francisco, CA 94105

(415) 278-3700


The Griffon

155 Steuart St

San Francisco, CA 94105

(415) 495-2100


The St. Regis

125 3rd St

San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 284-4000


The W

181 3rd St

San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 777-5300


The Hyatt Regency

5 Embarcadero Center

San Francisco, CA 94111

(415) 788-1234


The Marriott Courtyard

299 2nd St

San Francisco, CA 94105

(415) 947-0700

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Terra Gallery

511 Harrison St

San Francisco, CA 94105