A one-day opportunity to see, meet, and learn from these incredible people who have shaped our world:
On June 10, 2014, TEDxFultonStreet will host its inaugural event, titled "Chrysalis: A Transformation," at Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. Chrysalis will bring together a mix of entrepreneurs, technologists, artists, architects, thinkers, dreamers, scientists, and doers: creative individuals that seek inspiration from an immersive and cross-disciplinary experience.
Throughout the event, attendees will hear from a lineup of over 25 thought leaders who have each changed the world, in the area(s) of technology, entertainment, or design. These creatively inspired individuals will talk about how their innovations came to be, their research, or their visions for the future. There is one stage so that every attendee can see every presentation: no split stages, no breakout sessions, no panel discussions, no Q&A: only concise, original presentations of never-before-seen content, directly from the source or creator, talking about their process or discovery or vision for the future. The day will consist of four segments: from Fantasy to Reality; from Private to Public; from Analog to Digital; and from Out of the Blue.
The speaker lineup includes:
- Stacey S. Schieffelin (People Enthusiast) - Former Ford Model of 20 years, Stacey transitioned from the fantasy world of the fashion spotlight to the serious business world of a company she has grown to over $225 million in annual sales - all while making millions of women happy.
- George Kohlrieser (International Hostage Negotiator) - How do you speak to someone who has a gun to the head of another person? Can they be convinced to turn themselves in voluntarily? Can these skills be applied to boardroom negotiations? George discusses caring and daring, and their roles in leadership.
- Vivek Tiwary (Theatre Producer and Graphic Novelist) - Having earned 25 Tony Awards for his productions, including recent hits "Raisin in the Sun" with Sean 'Diddy' Combs, and "The Addams Family," Vivek is now a graphic novelist focused on the story of Brian Epstein, "The Fifth Beatle".
- Zak Kostura (Architectural Engineer) - Zak will discuss how and why the "oculus", a sun-catching web of steel wires and glass mirrors creating a moving wave of natural light inside the soon-to-open Fulton Street Transit Center, could not have been designed without computers.
- Dennis Kneale (Media Strategist) - An "unapologetic capitalist", Dennis Kneale's career has ranged from print media as Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine, to broadcast positions at CNBC and Fox Business News. He will debunk common misperceptions and the nature of "spin".
- Chris Nickerson (Digital Intrusion Specialist) - Analysis of threats is a science, and a matter of good habits, for Chris - who will examine parallels between physical invasion and electronic lockpicking, while clarifying the origins, meanings, and cultures of "hackers."
- Carl Mehling (Paleontologist) - Having personally discovered fossils in the soil of all five boroughs of Manhattan, Dr. Mehling has dedicated his time at the American Museum of Natural History to the curation of fossils and to the education and wonderment of its visitors.
- Mike Michalowicz (Bestselling Author) - Before penning the cult hits "The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur" and "The Pumpkin Plan", Mike built several multi-million dollar startups. He will talk about his best practices, and unveil a new philosophy of how businesses should think of money.
- Gerard Schwarz (Director "All-Star Orchestra") - After 26 years as Seattle Symphony Music Director, two Emmy Awards and 13 Grammy nominations, Schwarz now will help us to hear orchestral music differently, through his unique perspectives and interpretations of classical works.
- Lori Cheek (Digital Dating Disruptor) - What's wrong with online dating? "Shark Tank" Contestant Lori has examined the ways people browse one another, and grabbed national attention by turning the process upside down with her card-based business helping shy people to connect.
- Brad Hirschfield (Faith Hacker) - An outspoken proponent of interfaith tolerance, orthodox Rabbi and frequent guest of CNN, Fox, and other news forums, Brad will discuss how the stories we tell ourselves about others can affect the lens through which we perceive their actions.
- Robert Galinsky (Coffee Crazy) - Author, speaker, entrepreneur, coach, and town crier, Galinsky is currently touring performances of his book, "Coffee Crazy," and his musical in development "Coffee the Musical". He will share unique insights and stirring moments about the magic bean.
- Laura Klahre (Beekeeper) - Energetic and organic beekeeper Laura Klahre discusses the surprisingly large roles that pollinators play in our daily lives and survival, as well as the consequences of rampant mismarked packaging from overseas and the perils of Colony Collapse.
- Jason Joseph (Photographer) - On a mission to "make wow", Jason's current project seeks not only to capture private moments of individuals reveling in the music they listen to, but also to capture the specific point in each track, so viewers can come closer to reliving them.
- Denny Daniel (Curator of Interesting Things) - A collector of Victorian-era technology (mainly from 1850-1950), Denny will remind us of where our modern technology originated. His hands-on exhibit demonstrates vintage Mutoscopes, Edison Reproducers, quack medical devices and more.
- Mark E. Sackett (Active Networker) - Owner of 13 related creative businesses, Mark is an engaged, passionate entrepreneur who thrives on the very notion that everyone can live in passion surrounded by creativity, and everyone deserves to find their voice and their music inside.
- James Beacham (Theoretical Particle Physicist) - Answering modern questions about the fundamental nature of the universe requires the wealth and cooperation of nations. How do thousands collaborate, across cultures and continents? And what exactly are "dark photons," anyway?
- Elisabeth Cardiello (Narrator and Nostalgist) - Upon inheriting a secret stash of literally thousands of vintage coffee pots, Elisabeth used the opportunity not only to follow her father's entrepreneurial footsteps, but to embark on a larger mission of preserving legacies through story.
- Barbara Stehle (Art Curator) - Beyond teaching at New York University and the Rhode Island School of Design, Barbara brings her sophisticated expertise and analytical sense to collectors and contemporary artists. She will share insights on modern and contemporary art and architecture.
- Kim Dempster (Stop the Nightmare) - Working with the non-government organization "Freedom For All," Kim will preview her visually arresting series of Public Service Announcements depicting individuals and their dreams on the nights they become victims of human trafficking.
"New York City's Fulton Street story is at the pinnacle of transformation, as it takes you from the South Street Seaport, along one of the city's oldest cobblestone streets, up to the not-yet-finished World Trade Center plaza," said Aaron Sylvan, the creator and organizer of TEDxFultonStreet. "TED has been an important part of my life, and I hope to honor it in bringing Chrysalis: A Transformation to New York City. Our event is meant to inspire each attendee in a different way. I hope that each guest will feel as if they came in as one person and left as another, uniquely changed by the day."
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