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Theme: Experience Eternity

This event occurred on
April 23, 2011
12:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Atlanta, GA
United States

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Emory University
201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA, 30322
United States
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David Wilhelm

David Wilhelm is a business leader and former campaign manager for noteworthy politicians, such as former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Paul Simon, and former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. An active member and former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Wilhelm was heavily involved in the success of Clinton's 1992 presidential election, serving alongside the famous 'War Room' communications team duo, James Carville and George Stephanopolous. Wilhelm has acted as an advisor to figures such as former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Senator John Kerry, and Senator John Edwards. A strong supporter of President Barack Obama in 2008, the Athens, Ohio native was educated at the Ohio University, later earning his MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was a Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics. Today, Wilhelm oversees several venture capital firms, including Woodland Venture Management, where he is Founder and President. He also ran Adena Ventures and worked as the Executive Director of Citizens for Tax Justice, where he advocated for the public interest of low and middle-income Americans.

Frans de Waal

Dr. Frans de Waal is the Charles Howard Candler professor of Primate Behavior in the psychology department at Emory University. His areas of concentration are the social behavior, learning patterns, conflict resolution, cooperation, food-sharing, and play of primates, which he studies at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center near Lawrenceville, Ga. His books, Chimpanzee Politics (1982) and Our Inner Ape (2005), explore the functions of human interaction through the reflections of primatology and zoology, comparing behaviors between people to those of bonobos, chimpanzees, and apes. De Waal has recently been knighted by the Order of the Netherlands' Lion, named a Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. In addition, he has received several medals and fellowships in the field of neuroscience both in America and his Dutch homeland, as well as the distinction of TIME's "100 Most Influential People Today" in 2007. At TEDxEmory, Dr. de Waal will give a talk entitled "Monkey Business 101: How Primates Cooperate." Many animals cooperate when they hunt together, support each other in fights, share foods, and console each other. Dr. de Waal will discuss when primates and elephants help each other, clash against each other, and how well they understand the possible rewards. Generally, they act like the rational profit maximizer; however, they sometimes also act altruistically. Dr. de Waal will discuss how humans and our close relatives can be more cooperative than the popular Homo economicus view, which states that man is rational and self-interested in promoting his own ends.

Gregory Berns

Dr. Gregory S. Berns is the Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics and Director of the Center for Neuropolicy at Emory University. After receiving an A.B. in physics from Princeton University in 1986, Berns went on to a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from UC Davis in 1990 and a M.D. from UC San Diego in 1994. Berns has been a professor at Emory since 1998, serving in both the School of Medicine and in the Economics Department. In addition to being a professor, Berns has practiced medicine, and is also an accomplished author of two books: Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True Fulfillment and Iconoclast: A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently. Dr. Berns’ current research focuses on risky decision making and the neural effects of social messages, the neurobiology of adolescent risk-taking, and neurobiological mechanisms of political conflict. Berns uses neural imaging to distinguish patterns in specific circuits of the brain after subtle manipulations of a behavioral task. In his talk at TEDxEmory, Dr. Berns will speak about the connection between cultural trends and the mind. Can we predict what the next popular culture phenomena will be?

Ken Ono

Ken Ono is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University in Atlanta. Devoted to the study of complex modular forms, integer partitions, and ancient number theory, Ono has recently discovered a finite formula for computing partition numbers, a 500-year-old equation described as "the finite, algebraic formula that we have all been looking for." Receiving his B.A. at the University of Chicago in 1989 and his Ph.D. at UCLA in 1993, his activity in the mathematical sciences includes articles, expert commentary, and seminars related to the complexity of numbers and their properties. The Towson, Maryland native was named the National Science Foundation Director's Distinguished Teaching Scholar in 2005, recognized by the Guggenheim Fellowship, Sloan Fellowship, and Packard Fellowship, and recognized by President Bill Clinton with the Presidential Career Award in 2000. He is an avid bicycle enthusiast, an outdoorsman, and a mentor to young mathematicians of all ages.

Maura Belliveau

Maura Belliveau is a strategist, researcher, commentator and business school professor with a specific focus on justice and social capital. She has spent much of her academic career studying pay equity, salary fairness, job market diversity, and gender inequality in the American workforce. Featured in industry publications such as The Economist, Fast Company, and Fortune, the University of California at Berkeley graduate also holds considerable experience as a strategist and consultant at firms such as Cambridge Technology Partners, where she served as senior manager. She has contributed to the public sector, most notably to the U.S. Department of Labor's Glass Ceiling Commission on women's career attainment, and has been named one of the most outstanding business school faculty members in America by BusinessWeek. Before teaching at Emory University's Goizueta Business School, Belliveau lectured at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and Texas A&M University.

Sanjay Parekh

Sanjay Parekh is the founder of Startup Riot, named by CNN as "speed dating for entrepreneurs" and one of the first opportunities for angel investors outside of Silicon Valley. A technology enthusiast, Parekh has also been at the head of several upstart companies, including Shotput Ventures and Digital Envoy, where he was CEO and Chief Strategy Officer. He was a founding member of Arris Interactive, which saw billion-dollar success throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. Parekh holds a degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in electrical engineering and an MBA from Emory University's Goizueta Business School. He has recently been named one of Atlanta's "Top 40 Under 40" by Georgia Trend Magazine and one of MIT's "Technology Review TR100" for his contributions as a young innovator. His extensive background in inventing, innovating, and connecting people with technology has earned him a nod as a Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum in 2002 and 2003 and the title of primary nameholder for over seven patents.

Organizing team

de Waal

Atlanta, GA, United States


Atlanta, GA, United States
  • Ishaan Jalan
    Founder & President
  • Salil Joshi
    VP of Programming
  • Tara Farwana
  • Jaime Leiman
    Director of Alumni Relations
  • Nikoloz Kevkhishvili
    Director of Media Relations
  • Malcolm Decuire
    Operations Associate
  • Leyla Sokullu
    Operations Associate
  • Jonathan Katzner
    Sophomore Representative
  • Nikhil Raghuveera
    Freshman Representative
  • Dana Sand
    Freshman Representative
  • Logan Lockner
    Freshman Representative
  • Matthew Muenzer
    Technology Associate