"Luke. I am your father." -- one of the most famous plot twists in cinema. No one going into Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back would ever have expected that the series' biggest bad-guy was father to their hero. Often the most compelling and fulfilling stories contain plot twists just like this one. It is at these intersections of the unexpected with reality and surprise with fact where the most exciting ideas are found.
For our speakers, their lives and lives' work have been fundamentally shaped at the crossroads of expectation and actuality. Today, they share with us these stories and the successes they sparked by deconstructing happiness to reveal the truth beneath our societal obstructions; revisiting age-old ideas in the context of the present day; and rediscovering the core of passions un-muddled by the pressure of external dogma.
From this variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and interests, we've found one thing in common -- a commitment to embracing the unexpected.
Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.
Shahar LionTransformation In Full Motion
Dr. Brendan HoganYOLO to YODO: Philosophy Gets Serious About Happiness
Pascal WallischThe Neurobiology of Happiness
Jennifer HechtThe Happiness Myth
Jess GrippoThe Dance Less Traveled
Tyler RabinowitzThe Characters We Grow Up With
Griffin DoolingPresident, TEDxNYU
Abhinay AshutoshVice President, TEDxNYU
Evan HarmsChief of Staff, TEDxNYU
Michael SerunianTreasurer, TEDxNYU
Berni ReifeldCo-Director of Production
Lillian LeungCo-Director of Production
Paris DeYoungDirector of Speaker Curation
Jody MakCreative Director
Javier JustinianoDirector of Community Events
Jenny SzeDirector of Fundraising