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Theme: Embracing Obstacles

This event occurred on
October 16, 2013
9:30am - 12:30pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Monterey, CA
United States

Obstacles are an intrinsic part of human civilization and progress. Rather than be blocked by them and accept the status quo, how can we embrace obstacles as opportunities for innovation in order to improve the human condition?

Some of the questions we will explore are:

• What are some of the creative, physical, emotional, technical and financial obstacles humans experience today?
• How can obstacles inspire us to alleviate human suffering?
• What obstacles do we, as individuals, create for ourselves by how we think, act, walk and even move?
• What simple innovations can be made to surmount tradition so humans can experience tremendous shifts in their ways of living and thinking?
• What emotional roadblocks stand in the way of charitable giving?
• Why is there often disconnect between charity and tangible philanthropic results?
• How can charitable organizations surmount inefficiencies?

Santa Catalina School
1500 Mark Thomas Drive
Monterey, CA, 93940
United States
Event type:
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Kate Mitchell

Ms. Mitchell is a cofounder and partner of Scale Venture Partners, a venture capital fund that invests in early-in-revenue technology companies, and current board member of Silicon Valley Bancshares. She is a former chairman of the National Venture Capital Association and remains active in policy matters that impact entrepreneurship, start-ups, and innovation. She chaired the IPO Task Force, whose recommendations to reform the IPO market were included in the recently enacted JOBS Act. Ms. Mitchell writes a regular blog for the Wall Street Journal’s Accelerator’s forum on topics that impact entrepreneurs and start-ups. In her talk "Life Lessons from Entrepreneurs” she will share her observations about how entrepreneurs approach obstacles and how those lessons about the need for constant re-invention can be applied to our lives.

Karen Draper

Karen Draper is a Principal and the CFO of Gensler, a global architecture, design, planning and consulting firm with over 3900 employees in 44 locations. The firm has some 7,000 projects every year, and projects can be as small as a wine label or as large as a new urban district. Gensler partners with its clients as trusted advisors, combining localized expertise with a global perspective wherever new opportunities arise. Recent projects of the firm include Terminal 2 at SFO airport and the Shanghai Tower in China which when construction completes in 2014, will be the world’s second tallest building. Karen has over 18 years of experience in the field of finance and accounting. In a talk titled “Navigating the Course”, she will share her observations of business obstacles and solutions and what they have in common.

Martha Muña

Martha Muña is the former director of KaeMe, a nonprofit that serves abandoned and orphaned children in Ghana. In June 2013, she graduated with a B.A. in human biology from Stanford University. She is currently applying to medical schools and teaching MCAT classes. In her talk “Thoughtful Giving,” she will speak about philanthropic and emotional obstacles. She will address the stark disconnect between donations and tangible results, and present ideas and innovations that can enable charitable organizations to surmount inefficiencies.

Organizing team


Monterey, CA, United States
  • Dr. Kassandra Brenot
    Assistant Head of Upper School, Santa Catalina School