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Wine-tasting in Napa with talk by Wharton Prof. Paul Tiffany

The American Economy and the Chinese Challenge--Best Discussed over Fine Wines!

The American Economy and the Chinese Challenge--Best Discussed over Fine Wines!

Wharton Prof. Paul Tiffany

Location: COPIA,  Downtown Napa (www.copia.org )
Date: Saturday, August 6, 2005

11:30am - 1:00pm.  Presentation by Prof. Tiffany with wine and local artisan cheese tasting
1:00pm - 2:30pm. Gourmet Boxed Lunches and Wine Tasting from select, ultra-premium Napa County wineries
2:30pm - 5:00pm. Free time to explore COPIA gardens, grounds and exhibits

Club members and their accompanied guest: $60 per person
Non-member alumni, other guests: $75 per person
Includes unlimited COPIA one-day pass, lecture, wine, cheese, and gourmet boxed lunches
Registration ends Thursday, August 4th at 5:00pm
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It's summer for everyone lucky enough to live points south, east and north of San Francisco. But for the rest of us, we only catch a glimpse of the sun by getting out of town. So we invite City and non-City dwellers alike to join us for a day of sun, wine, cheese, culture and intellectual stimulation (not necessarily in that order). We'll start the day's events at 11:30am, with a wine and cheese tasting, very appropriately featuring summer white varietals and local, small production, hand-crafted cheeses. What are summer whites, you ask? Anything high in acid, not too sweet, and not too oaked. Don't expect any heavy Chardonnays--everything will be light, fruity, and highly quaffable!

Just following the tasting, we will welcome back Dr. Paul Tiffany, one of Wharton's most riveting and compelling speakers with tremendous insight and rich historical perspective. It's been five years since Professor Tiffany delivered his own perpective on "Creative Destruction", in which, to a sold-out crowd of Northern California Wharton alumni, he predicted the ability of technological change and entrepreneurship to propel the U.S. economy into a position of unparalleled strength.

Now Professor Tiffany will revisit the theory of "Creative Destruction" within the US Economy in light of the rise of China into economic dominance. Tiffany is an expert not only on the economic expansion of China but also its dark underbelly: energy shortages, 800 million unhappy peasants, problems in the financial sector, lack of transparency in the political system, and of course, massive corruption.

In his presentation Tiffany will explore:

- An update of his original discussion of "Creative Destruction" (as dubbed by Joseph A. Schumpeter)
- China's rapid transformation into an economic powerhouse--what were the drivers and how strong is the foundation?
- Potential internal threats to China's continued economic strength
- What are American business and political leaders doing in response to the rise of China?
- Lessons of the past--Japan twenty years ago. How did we respond? How similar or different are these two eras?

About Professor Tiffany
Our guest, Dr. Tiffany is an Adjunct Professor at both the Wharton School and the Haas School of Business of the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches courses in strategy, business and public policy, and business and economic history. Professor Tiffany has been published in the academic and business arenas for many years. His latest book, Business Plans for Dummies (IDG Press), co-authored with Dr. Steven Peterson, came out in second edition in January, 2005; it was a world-wide top-five finalist in the annual Booz Allen/Financial Times "Best Business Book of the Year" award for 1998.

In addition to his academic work, Professor Tiffany currently serves as Chairman of the Board of iCore Technologies, Inc., a high-tech start-up firm based in Northern California, and is an advisor to several start-up firms in New Economy business sectors. Dr. Tiffany heads Paul Tiffany & Associates, a multi-specialty consulting and training organization based in Santa Rosa, California, that offers management services to firms throughout the world. Recent clients have included Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, U.S. Steel, Johnson & Johnson (Latin America Pharmaceutical Group), Bell Atlantic, Fletcher & Challenge (New Zealand), American Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong), the American College of Physician Executives, and Management Centre Europe, Deutsche Post World Net (German-based); UTStarcom (China based); Siam Cement Group (Thailand based); AVT (Denmark based); Cisco Systems, Inc., Qualcomm, Microsoft, and Bank of America.

Located in California's Wine Country on the banks of the Napa River, Napa's newest downtown attraction extends the definition of museum to new dimensions. COPIA is a fun, interactive center where you can investigate the fascinating cultural intersections of wine, food and the arts. Enjoy tastings, classes, festivals, exhibitions and performances that will engage your senses and enrich your life. Whether you're a microwaver or gourmet chef, a wine novice or connoisseur, a windowsill gardener or a proven green thumb, COPIA offers something for you. Plan to spend a day at COPIA to stroll through the gardens, examine the exhibitions, enjoy the wine and food tastings, shop in Cornucopia and more!  
COPIA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization named for the Goddess of Abundance.

COPIA will serve gourmet boxed lunches in their Olive Grove picnic area following the presentation. St. Supery Virtu, Markham Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc and other select, fine wines will be served throughout the presentation and lunch.

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