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Alt Path - revealing the road less traveled
Sat, April 29, 2017, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
Many of us have deviated from our dreams for fear of it not being socially or culturally acceptable. It's scary investing in a path that may never provide true fulfillment. You can find a balance between fulfillment, stability, passion, and purpose.
Steve Jobs. Rachel Ray. Richard Branson. We read all the time about people who have achieved greatness after dropping out of school. Skeptics believe it's a fluke, but what most of these successful people had wasn't just blind optimism and a lucky break. It was a strong sense of self. Being a self-directed learner with the confidence to pursue your goals is at the core of what leads to a successful life.
Our mission at Alt Path is to remove the shroud that romantasizes walking an alternate path in your education or career while addressing the cynicism you may encounter at this fork in the road. Meet experts on self-directed education, hear testimonials from accomplished leaders who chose to go their own way, and converse with a panel of bright minds who have already attained clarity on their path at a very young age.
Blake Boles builds exciting alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He directs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of the published books The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, College Without High School, and the online book How to Live Nowhere.
He and his work have appeared on TEDx, The Huffington Post, USA Today, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, BBC Travel, Psychology Today, Fox Business, NPR affiliate radio, and the blogs of The Wall Street Journal and Wired.com.
Daisy McCarty will speak from a personal perspective about the experience of being a lifelong self-directed learner. As an eclectically homeschooled autodidact, Daisy grew up entirely outside the traditional education system in an era when such a lifestyle was virtually unknown. Her story outlines what it was like to live and learn with no set curriculum, grades, or tests. She will also cover the journey into the workforce as an adult and how her unique background posed both challenges and opportunities. Catch this talk to gain more understanding of the experimental, entrepreneurial, and uncontainable nature of the grown unschooler.
Thiago Nascimento is a pianist praised for his innate musicality, impressive technique, and ability to improvise in a variety of styles. Born in Brazil, he was raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. His unique talents span classical piano technique, expressive musicality, "stride" jazz piano, improvisation and composition. In addition, his comedic nature and ability to seamlessly integrate slapstick comedy and combine any melodic fragment into any other piece of music on the spur of the moment (no matter how serious or inappropriate) inevitably brings to mind visions of a young Victor Borge.
Belying his fluency of pianistic gymnastics, which might lead one to believe his first toy as a child was a grand piano, Mr. Nascimento in fact only began teaching himself how to play piano at the age of thirteen and began studying classical piano with a teacher at fifteen, an age when most child prodigies are already entering their mid-life crisis. Nonetheless, after a year of study, he was accepted into Dallas' Booker T. Washington arts magnet high school.
He began his college studies at Peabody Conservatory and continued them at Southern Methodist University, where he graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music degree as a student of Alessio Bax.
Donella & Student Panel
Donella is the founder of Makarios Community School, the first democratic free school in North Texas. She will be presenting alongside a panel of students who are all currently forging their path to success through self-direction.
Justin is the co-founder of The Grove, a coworking space focused on social impact entrepreneurship.
Chris Craig is a Network Security Engineer for one of the largest networks in the world. His journey to this position was non-conventional and his story will outline how you can follow your passions in seemingly unrelated fields. From a young age, Chris wanted to be a musician and teacher, but along the way, his path was drastically altered by a few seemingly small decisions. Despite this, he has maintained a strong work ethic and has turned this passion for knowledge sharing into a successful career in the Information Security field.
Caitlin was born and raised in Rhode Island, where she graduated from Roger Williams University with degrees in both English Literature and Spanish. A final round candidate for a Fulbright Scholarship, she worked as a teaching assistant in Guatemala after college before making the a cross-country trip to Dallas where she began her career as an insurance claims adjuster. She later moved into the tech sector as a staffing specialist with a local Dallas firm, which eventually led her to her current role as Campus Director for The Iron Yard in Dallas where she helps others explore and achieve their career goals. In her free time Caitlin works as a volunteer Brand Ambassador for 91.7 KXT, and enjoys biking or running around White Rock Lake.
Learn more at www.altpathdfw.com