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SRI relaunches the PARC Forum event series as it celebrates the first anniversary of acquiring the storied Palo Alto Research Center

Meeting Announcement

SRI International

Menlo Park, CA: SRI announced today the relaunch of PARC Forum, an event and program series that brings together some of the world’s leading thinkers for thought-provoking conversations at the intersection of technology and society. 

The first PARC Forum event marks the first anniversary of SRI’s acquisition through a donation from Xerox of the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC ). The acquisition brought together two iconic Silicon Valley organizations that have created and delivered technologies, services, and ideas that have had a profound impact on every one of our lives.    

SRI’s first PARC Forum event will be held on Thursday, April 4, when SRI’s Chief Executive Officer David Parekh sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times editor and writer David Leonhardt to discuss his new book, Ours Was the Shining Future: The Story of the American Dream, and how innovation, ingenuity, and investment fueled America’s technological and economic growth. 

“To celebrate our first anniversary, SRI is proud to offer a renewed PARC Forum, a nearly 50-year-old Silicon Valley institution,” said David Parekh, SRI’s chief executive officer. “The event brings together global leaders in technology, science, and business with entrepreneurs and community members for networking and discussion about cutting-edge research, emerging trends in innovation, and technology’s transformative effects on the world.”

PARC Forum: A conversation between David Parekh and David Leonhardt
When:  April 4 at 5:00 p.m. PT; networking reception to follow at 6:00 p.m.
Where: SRI’s historic PARC Campus
How: PARC Forum events are free to those who register – secure your spot today!

David Leonhardt is a senior writer for The New York Times, where he writes The Morning, its flagship daily newsletter. He is the author of Ours Was the Shining Future: The Story of the American Dream (Random House, 2023). The Atlantic, the Financial Times and the New Republic named it one of the best books of the year. Previously at The Times, David was an Op-Ed columnist, the Washington bureau chief, a Times Magazine staff writer, a podcast host, and the founding editor of The Upshot section. He also led a strategy group that helped Times leadership shape the newsroom’s digital future. In 2011, David received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

David Parekh, Ph.D., is the chief executive officer of SRI, a leading research and development organization serving government and industry. Parekh has more than 30 years of experience leading research for industrial and academic research organizations. Parekh serves on the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Science Center and served as a board director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. He joined SRI in December of 2021.

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