Dinner and movie screening of Lemonade Detroit at Mavericks Event Center
Bad news is sensational. It's the stuff of prime time exposés and gotcha news hours. People are attracted to bad news for the same reason they slow down past car accidents and watch horror movies: It's impossible to turn away. Thankfully, the same can be said for good news. Instead of sensationalizing blight, one new film will sensationalize hope. "Lemonade: Detroit" is about the disarming resilience of a city, as told through the intensely personal stories of people who are actively reinventing the Motor City.
Dinner and A Movie
Soup and Salad Buffet
Field Greens Salad Bar
Mavericks Beer Beef Soup
House-made Beer Bread Rolls
Assorted Dessert Bites
Erik Proulx’s work seeks to answer the questions: What is it about the human condition that can turn tragedy into greatness? And what can the rest of us learn from those who have done it? His film “Lemonade” documented 16 creative advertising professionals who turned their creativity inward after losing their jobs during “The Great Recession.” It has been screened at various film festivals around the world and was featured on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, NPR’s “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook, ABC News with Tory Johnson, and several other national media.
His follow-up to “Lemonade” is a documentary called “Lemonade: Detroit,” which Roger Ebert called “gob smacking” and examines the reinvention of a great American city that can no longer identify itself by a single industry.
Prior to directing films, Erik spent 15 years in the advertising industry as an award-winning writer and creative director, crafting commercials for brands like Volvo, Samsung, Fidelity Investments, GMC Trucks, and Perdue.
Erik is currently directing “365 Days,” a feature documentary about Penn State University and the town of State College, PA, one year after the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia tragedy.
Lenny Mendonca is a director (senior partner) in the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.
Lenny is currently the leader of McKinsey’s U.S. state and local public sector practice. For many years Lenny led the Firm’s knowledge development efforts overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the Firm's communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly, and has served for a decade on the McKinsey Shareholder Council (its board of directors). His client work focuses on service to public sector organizations, and over the course of his career he has helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges.
Lenny is the Chairman Emeritus of the Bay Area Council and the Economic Institute of the Bay Area, and was vice-chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He serves on the boards of The New America Foundation, The Committee for Economic Development, Common Cause, California Forward, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, ChildrenNow, and The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and founder and chairman of Fuse Corps.
He received his MBA and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds an AB, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard College.
Lenny lives on the Half Moon Bay coast, south of San Francisco, with his wife and two daughters, where he is the founder and owner of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.
ABOUT BREWS & VIEWS
Brews and Views is the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s regular speakers series that tackles public issues that affect us all, from the Coastside of California to Washington, DC. Started in 2009 by Lenny Mendonca, the founder of the Brewing Company and director at McKinsey & Company, Brews and Views serves as both a free public forum and fundraiser for Coastside nonprofit organizations (ten percent of all dinner proceeds are donated to a local nonprofit after each event). Previous notable guests include renowned forecaster Paul Saffo, managing director of foresight at Discern Analytics; Charles Kolb, president of the Committee for Economic Development; Mike McCurry, former press secretary for President Bill Clinton; Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle’s political reporter; and California State Assemblyman Jerry Hill.
When & Where
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Recently selected by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of America’s Best Beach Bars, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is situated on picturesque Pillar Point Harbor overlooking the Marina in Princeton-by-the Sea. The Brewing Company expertly pairs a family-friendly, come-as-you-are atmosphere with a winning combination of fresh, sustainable seafood, craft beers, live music and an expansive, dog-friendly patio area with blazing fire pits to keep patrons warm on the waterfront. The Brewing Company is a casual coastal venue that has become an institution in the Half Moon Bay area for locals and visitors alike since opening in 2000. With its warm, wood-toned interior, expansive windows to the ocean, and walls dotted with surf memorabilia, the 6,000-square-foot restaurant and bar is reminiscent of a typical California surf shack. Behind the restaurant lie the 1,200 square-foot Mavericks Beer Garden and on-site brewery, where hand-crafted, award-winning Mavericks® Beers & Ales are piped directly to the bar. The Mavericks Amber Ale won a bronze medal in the 2012 World Beer Cup.