The ROOM Discussion Club


Mike O’Brien

xx minutes with Q&A


12 July 2022





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The Discussion Club

The ROOM Discussion Club is a member-led initiative run by Mike O’Brien that kicked off earlier this year. At the beginning of each month, Mike shares literature that is relevant to our professional and personal development. Once a month, members of The ROOM have an opportunity to gather and share their thoughts, insights and opinions on the material they read. You don’t have to have read the book to join the session, Mike will read snippets out loud, and we will then discuss it with the group.

The first season of these discussions revolved around storytelling and its importance to entrepreneurs, professionals and future leaders. Members of The ROOM were able to engage with inspiring works of literature such as The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall and The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell as well as journal articles and essays. Members were able to share with each other what they learned about storytelling and how they planned to use these lessons in their respective careers and personal lives.

Fill in the form to register for the July session of The ROOM Discussion Club.

Which book will we discuss in the next session?

In our upcoming session we will discuss Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull.  Ed is a co-founder of Pixar Animation Studies which is now part of Disney.  The book explores the challenges Pixar faced as they attempted to find the appropriate balance between creativity and discipline in the workplace.  The importance of removing fear from failure and protecting new ideas.


Mike O’Brien

Mike O’Brien is a member of The ROOM and the Director of Research and Investment Strategy for AVR Asset Management in San Francisco, CA.  Over the past 20+ years he has invested in hundreds of IPOs and Small Cap Growth Companies.

He is also the founder of a leadership consulting firm, Independence Creek Advisors, focused on organizational dynamics and human nature.

Outside of his professional career he is married with 2 boys, an active member of The Room Community, a Co-Founder of An Evening for the SEALs and an Ambassador for the Navy SEAL Foundation which supports transitioning Veterans and their families.