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7 Visionaries Brave Enough To Change Everything!

Up first on September 16 was a moving session on Women Empowerment followed by a session entitled Change Everything, which included accomplished leaders in business and government. Renowned investor and entrepreneur Tim Draper kicked things off. Tim started his talk comparing government and private sector business models. He asks, "monopolies are bad and competition is good, so why are governments all monopolies? What about competitive governments?" His suggestion is that countries should compete for us -- they should have to compete for us. Tim's life's mission is ...


TEDxUNPlaza Speakers On What It Means To Be Human!

Costa Michailidis opened the Being Human Session, the very last session of the day of TEDxUNPlaza. Michael Marantz, the first speaker, is an independent director and filmmaker. After being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 21, he rediscovered a new passion for being alive, constantly looking to discover more about life, technology, and why humans do what we do. This re-ignition in life is what continues to inspire him in his work today. He reminds us how powerful storytelling ...


TEDxUNPlaza Speakers On Moving “Ideas To Action”

After a warm, amusing and enchanting performance by the ever so talented WJM Band, a rock band of 10 year old boys, Paul Katz took the TEDxUNPlaza stage on September 16 to kickstart a conversation on Ideas to Action, the title of the third session of the event. Entertainment industry executive, two-time Grammy nominee and social entrepreneur, Paul Katz is the founder and CEO of Commit Media. He cited Catapult, an example of an idea moved to action in the real world. The first ...


The first TEDxUNPlaza session was entitled Women Empowerment and while two fabulous men were also in this session: Steven Rogers, a professor at Harvard Business School and Dr. James Doty, the founder and director of the Center for Compasion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, this post focuses on the three awe-inspiring women on stage on September 16. New age yogini Deepika Mehta, writer and animator Brenda Chapman and healthy living educator Sarah Hillware rocked the TEDxUNPlaza stage in the kick off session. Deepika Mehta faced a severe emotional challenge when ...


Sarah Hillware on Harnessing the Power of Girls

Meet Sarah Hillware, a dynamic and philanthropic young woman with a passion for healthy living and education. After a year as America’s Miss District of Columbia, she has become an outspoken advocate for many causes, including health education and the empowerment of women and girls. Sarah founded Girls Health Ed., a research-based health education program for elementary and high school girls in the Washington DC area and one of her core missions in life is to make a positive impact on the ...


Dr. Jess Ghannam: We Have a Global Health Crisis

While Dr. Jess Ghannam might be known for his work in global health, his definition of what makes up the most pressing issues might surprise you. As Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences in the School of Medicine at UCSF, his research areas include everything from evaluating the long-term health consequences of war on displaced communities and the psychological and psychiatric effects of armed conflict on children to the negative health impact that technology can have on people, particularly ...