Malibu Library Speaker Series

About the Series

Since 2013, the Malibu Library Speaker Series, a program of the County of Los Angeles Public Library, Malibu Branch, and the City of Malibu, has featured experts, authors and notable figures discussing a wide range of subjects, including the entertainment industry, literature, science, motivation, the arts, education, sports, travel, food, and the environment.

Past notable speakers in the Library Speaker Series include: Best-selling author Jeannette Walls; famed civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred; climate change champion and author Bill McKibben; prolific comedy writer and director Tom Shadyac; author of the best-selling novel "Eat, Pray, Love" Elizabeth Gilbert; and award-winning documentary filmmakers Rory Kennedy and Mark Bailey.

Next speaker:  Ned Colletti

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 7:00 PM
Malibu City Hall, Civic Theater

CollettiBookCover 5.1.18The next featured speaker of the 2018 Malibu Library Speaker Series is Ned Colletti, former General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers for nine seasons, and author of "The Big Chair: The Smooth Hops and Bad Bounces from the Inside World of the Acclaimed Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager." 

Colletti will discuss his book with Alicia Jessop, Sport Law and Marketing Professor at Pepperdine University.

Colletti has worked in Major League Baseball for 36 years and has become one of the winningest executives during the last 20 years, scouting, signing and managing top professional baseball players.

Prior to working for the Dodgers, he began his baseball career with his hometown team, the Chicago Cubs, where he worked for 13 seasons.  

In 2017, he transitioned into a career involving teaching at Pepperdine University and doing scouting and player development, and as an analyst on the Dodgers/Spectrum SportsNet LA network, and MLB on the TuneIn radio network. 

Jessop's research focuses on the implications of federal and state labor law on the sport industry, with particular emphases on sport agents and athlete protections. She also serves as a sport business contributing writer to The Huffington Post and The Washington Post, previously writing for Forbes, CNBC and SI.com. Jessop is the founder of Ruling Sports, a website about the business, law and culture of sports.

The event is free, but RSVPs are required. 

To RSVP, call 310-456-6438 or reserve online.


Past Notable Speakers

  • Civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred
  • Best-selling author Susan Casey
  • Abduction survivor and author Elizabeth Smart
  • Award-winning documentary filmmakers Rory Kennedy and Mark Bailey
  • Medical cannabis expert and author Michael Backes
  • David Garibaldi, radical performance painter
  • Tom Shadyac, prolific comedy writer and director
  • Elizabeth Gilbert, author of best-selling novel, "Eat, Pray, Love"
  • Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento and former NBA star
  • Jeff Henderson, award-winning chef and best-selling author