SUNDAY, AUGUST 9
5 Steps to Making the Impossible Possible
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Ben Nemtin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? and a star of the MTV show The Buried Life. As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured in major media including The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC News, and more.
Ben’s message of radical possibility combined with his ‘5 Steps to Making the Impossible Possible’ leaves audiences not only inspired but also equipped to tackle the seemingly insurmountable. Ben’s system of achieving any impossible goal demystifies daunting tasks and turns ‘dreams’ into ‘projects’ by creating a digestible pathway to success. Mediocre is crowded, raise your bar and surprise yourself.
Permission Granted to Attract Diverse Markets
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Founder & CEO of Risha Grant LLC
Companies need to know what to say and how to get diverse customers to buy their products and services. During this time of uncertainty and worldwide disruption, how you speak to the groups you're trying to attract can have massive impact.
Do your website and materials look like the people you represent, do you have the right images in place, are you using the right language to attract new members and clients? These easily implemented aspects can open doors and connections you previously did not have, adding to your value and that of your clients and members.
It’s important that we all remember that we are stronger when we stand together. Whether that is a pandemic or the growth of our companies, recognizing that our strength is interconnected will produce great results. Learn the keys to effectively engage various diverse groups and provide you with tips to communicate and attract diverse markets
Motivated by her passion to recognize her own BS and correct societal “isms” like racism, sexism, classism and plain old stupidism - it is Risha Grant’s personal mission to expose the value of Diversity & Inclusion while shining a light on the economic impact it creates.
MONDAY, AUGUST 10
The Five Disruption-Proof Trends Shaping Our World and Their Impact on Politics, Business, and Technology
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Senior fellow, Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University SAIS and Co-Director, emerge85 Lab
One of the world's foremost experts on global geo-political risk and geo-economics, Afshin Molavi stands at the intersection of the most vital issues shaping the future of our world today: the rise of emerging markets, Middle East political and economic turmoil, and U.S. foreign, security and economic policy.
Praised for his engaging style and expertise, Molavi delivers a fascinating in-depth forecast of the key global issues impacting organizations today and shaping the future of business. Formerly a senior global advisor at Oxford Analytica and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, previously as director of the World Economic Roundtable, Molavi led an ambitious effort to re-map the global economy.
Innovation Through Culture- Stories from a Decade at Google
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
President, Story Arc Consulting
Steve Lerch is a digital strategy and marketing consultant and an award-winning, international public speaker. He spent 9 years working for Google where he designed digital strategies for consumer electronics brands like GoPro and Nest, as well as federal government agencies, and national trade associations. Following his career at Google, Steve founded Story Arc Consulting, where he brings his unique perspectives on consumer behavior, marketing, and innovation to various companies, organizations, and events.
Steve will address how even with an army of the world's brightest engineers and seemingly infinite budgets, the greatest ideas and innovations in the 20-year history of Google have stemmed first and foremost from simple cultural building blocks. Learn to lead your organization or your team in embracing innovation by instilling the cultural principles that have guided one of the world's most successful companies.
How to Be Together Apart
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
As the world shifts to physical distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, practical questions about gatherings like “Should we postpone or switch to a virtual event?” are quickly transforming into spiritual ones: “Is this needed? Who is it for? And who gets to decide?”
In her innovative New York Times op-ed, “How We Gather Digitally Now,” Priya Parker writes, “This heavy time could be leavened by the new rituals it created, the unlikely intimacies it fostered and the ways in which it revealed that convening people is a special privilege that ought never to be taken for granted.” Through virtual conversations with audiences, she shares how to invent creative, meaningful ways of being apart to provide comfort, create rituals, and foster togetherness during unpredictable times.
Parker is the author of The Art of Gathering and Host & Executive Producer of the NYTimes podcast Together Apart. Parker has spent 15 years helping leaders and communities have complicated conversations about community and identity and vision at moments of transition. She studied organizational design at M.I.T., public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and political and social thought at the University of Virginia.