CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee! Held at 20 cities around the globe now.
A bit off-topic, but amongst their ever expanding collection on Vimeo inspirational talks by various graphic designers can be found (i.a. Michael Beirut, Milton Glaser, Steve Heller, Khoi Vinh speaking at the New York chapter)