to Nov 29

Preview of Coming Attractions


July 25th. East Bay Happy Hour at Erin McGuiness Studio in Berkeley. Delve into Erin’s sculpture and the artistic process, RSVP Required.


August 20. Happy Hour at the Grove, One Henry Adams Street


September 9: The Sandbox Cohort kicks off

September 10: Happy Hour at the Grove, One Henry Adams Street

September 24. Fall Launch Celebration and a whole lot of good joss


October 15. Learning how to see. Art meets science in a gorgeous gallery/studio in a member’s home.

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6:00 PM18:00

An evening of Borderless Wine

Borderless Wine is the work of former Michelin Star sommelier Peter Weltman. It all started when he began to question: “Is wine important? Does wine matter?” 

Drawing on lessons from his work in Muslim/Jewish interfaith through the American Jewish Committee (AJC), as well as with other global advocacy groups, he began to shift his focus about wine and the business as a whole. With that he created Borderless Wine.

Come join Refinery members on Monday, June 24, from 6 to 8 at Beit Rima restaurant for a spirited discussion led by Peter Weltman. (Beit Rima will be opening specially for us.) We'll taste amazing wine, eat delicious Arabic comfort food, hear some of the inspiring stories behind what we're tasting, and along the way, he'll share how he broke through fears and biased conditioning to reshape the wine business. Seriously good stuff.  More here, along with your RSVP link.

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9:00 AM09:00

Meet up in LA?

A few of us are excited to be headed to LA to Your Best Life (YBL), a first-of-its kind symposium bringing together 250 thought leaders and entrepreneurs to explore the economic and social impact of “Generation 5.0” In a partnership with conference organizers AGEIST, Refinery members get 20% off the conference price. Click here for more info. And let me know if you want to meet up there…we’ll snag a great place to have a good drink and meal and debrief around the hot and happening DTLA.

Speakers at the conference include:

Paul Irving, Chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, author of The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose, on global demographic trends, and his predictions for where we are headed

Chip Conley, Founder of The Modern Elder Academy, author of Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder and former Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy at Airbnb, will share his observations from AirBnB and The Modern Elder Academy on personal development and intergenerational collaboration at work

Susan Feldman, Founder of In The Groove, a lifestyle destination for age-defying women, Co-Founder of home décor site One Kings Lane, on starting a digital retail business in her 60s, and how our digital shopping behavior changes as we age

Jan Garde, Founder of The Embassies of Good Living, a global co-living concept for the 60+ demographic, former Head of Design at Deutsche Telekom, on intergenerational “co-living” as a solution to loneliness

Naveen Jain, Co-founder of Moon Express, Board Member of The X-Prize Foundation and Singularity University, and founder of biome-testing firm Viome, on the quest to eliminate disease in our lifetime

Neil D’Souza, Founder and CEO of Zaya Learning Labs, and founder of a new stealth project connecting employers with 50-something knowledge workers

Jonathan Cheung, Head of Global Design for Levi’s.

Matt Hirst, Partner at West, a venture studio that specializes in the end-to-end process of designing, building, and launching purpose-driven brands 

Liz Heller, CEO of Membrain, a CRM for B2B sales, CEO of Highly Mobile, a platform that brings together the most current science, design, form and function aimed at expanding the range of human potential, mobility and productivity, Founder of BuzzTone, strategist for TOMS Shoes

Frances Anderton, Host of DnA: Design and Architecture on KCRW (NPR)

Nai Vasha, Founder of Undo magazine

David Stewart, Founder of AGEIST and YBL, expert on 50+ lifestyle, professional photographer who has spent many years working with brands and agencies

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5:00 PM17:00

VIP Receptions at SEED + TRANSFORM

2 Special Receptions the week of May 20.

SEED: On the night of May 20, in conjunction with the SEED conference (put on by members Tim Freundlich, Marie Haller, with Beth Stelluto and Janine Firpo), we're throwing a special meet and greet with a hand-selected set of social entrepreneurs who'll talk about what they're doing and how it matters.

To get you warmed up, why don't you attend SEED's Angel Tank, where 6 incredible ventures share their 5 minute pitches with attendees and an expert five person panel of impact angel investors. The angels offer their advice, their support and ultimately a vote for the top two to receive $10,000 each in investment capital. YOU get to vote too. This should be very cool and a perfect lead-in to the VIP reception. Want free tickets to Angel Tank? Click here.

For the Reception, RSVP HERE

TRANSFORM: We’re thrilled to host author, activist and entrepreneur John Kluge, who among other things is the founder of the Refugee Investment Network. He'll be sharing his inspirations, vision and and work on building opportunities for refugees around the world.

If you haven't yet purchased your tickets for TRANSFORM and would still like to go, we're saving some spaces for Refinery members. Please email Team@therefinferyexperience.com and we'll provide you with our special discount code. 

Make a night of it and join the main party afterwards: think taco trucks, good beer and more.


With thanks to our sponsors, Fort Point Beer, and Bee Hunter Wine.

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11:00 AM11:00

East Bay Special: An Exploration of Aftel's Archive of Curious Scents

Cult perfumer, expert, and author Mandy Aftel is a legend, and not just in the world of fragrance. Given the link between our senses of smell and taste, she also frequently collaborates with chef/restaurateurs like Daniel Patterson). Mandy’s created a fascinating and very individual museum of scent. And Refinery members will be getting a special tour of it (and treats as well). Members only. Kids over 10 welcome.

Get more details here. Invitations to follow.

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5:00 PM17:00

Get Behind the Scenes + Under the Hood

Start your weekend off right with mingling and exploring the very cool studio/workshop where Fyrn produces award-winning furniture (seen in all the best restaurants) that’s not just beautiful, but designed for sustainability. This is where the rubber meets the road, where real things get made and dozens of small decisions add up to a more responsible way of doing business.  Members only.

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5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour

Our monthly happy hour. Join us at the Lounge at the Impact Hub SF, put up your feet, grab a drink, listen to our fave new playlists, and have some good conversations. No RSVP necessary. Members only.

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5:00 PM17:00

Refinery Founder Launch + Celebration

Kick off the year right.

Join us for mixing and mingling, imbibing and noshing, and talking about passion: as in projects, fascinations, and curiosities. Hear inspiring founding members share their stories, meet other fascinating people you didn’t know before, and if you’re up for it, share your passions, and maybe find some kindred spirits who’re on the same wavelength. Invitation only.

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12:30 PM12:30

FOG Fair Meet Up

Come see the best in contemporary collectible decorative art and design at San Francisco’s FOG Fair, benefiting SFMOMA. Join curator, art consultant, (and member) Julie Muniz, see what’s hot and what’s not, fall in love with an artist’s work, ID the trends and be able to spot lineage and associations in design history. And of course, up your fodder for Instagram. Call us at (415) 761-3248 for information on ticket availability and time.

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