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Theme: Lifelong Learning

This event occurred on
November 1, 2011
11:30am - 8:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Boston, MA
United States

We will establish a forum to provide exposure for the individuals, groups and ideas in New England making a positive difference in the region, and around the world. Broadcast news has become very efficient at amplifying the stories of heartbreak and disappointment. Our event is intended to highlight the positive breakthroughs and initiatives the will bring hope to present and future generations.

WGBH Studios
1 Guest Street
Boston, MA, 02135
United States
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David Pogue

David Pogue writes the tech column for the New York Times every week, and in Scientific American every month. On TV, you may know him from his funny tech videos on CNBC every Thursday, or his stories for CBS Sunday Morning, or the NOVA miniseries he hosted on PBS, called "Making Stuff." With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles. David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's won an Emmy, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. He's been profiled on "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." He lives in Connecticut with his three children.

John Hunter

A native Virginian and graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, John Hunter is an award-winning gifted teacher and educational consultant who has dedicated his life to helping children realize their full potential. Employing his background as a musician composer and filmmaker during a three-decade career as a teacher, Hunter has combined his gifted teaching and artistic talents to develop unique teaching programs using multimedia software programs in creative writing and film courses. During his university years, he traveled and studied comparative religions and philosophy throughout Japan, India and China. It was while in India, the cradle of gandhian thought, Hunter, intrigued by the principles of non-violence, began to think of how his profession might contribute to peace in the world. Knowing that ignoring violence would not make it go away, how could he teach peace in an often-violent world? Accepting the reality of violence, he would seek to incorporate ways to explore harmony in various situations. This exploration would take form in the framework of a game – something that students would enjoy. Within the game data space, they would be challenged, while enhancing collaborative and communication skills. In 1978, at the Richmond Community High School, Hunter led the first sessions of his World Peace Game. Over time, in a synchronous unfolding with the growing global focus on increasingly complex social and political conditions, the game has gained new impetus. As Hunter succinctly explains, “The World Peace Game is about learning to live and work comfortably in the unknown.”

Tod Machover

Tod Machover (b. 1953 in New York) has been called "America's most wired composer" by the Los Angeles Times. He is widely recognized as one of the most significant and innovative composers of his generation, and is also celebrated for inventing new technology for music, including Hyperinstruments which he launched in 1986. Machover studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez's IRCAM in Paris. He has been Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, USA) since it was founded in 1985, and is Director of the Lab's Hyperinstruments and Opera of the Future Groups. Since 2006, Machover has also been Visiting Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Janet Echelman

Janet Echelman builds living, breathing sculpture environments that respond to the forces of nature — wind, water and light— and become inviting focal points for civic life.

 Exploring the potential of unlikely materials, from fishing net to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create her permanent sculpture at the scale of buildings. Experiential in nature, the result is sculpture that shifts from being an object you look at, to something you can get lost in. Recent prominent works include “Her Secret is Patience”, which spans two city blocks in downtown Phoenix, “Water Sky Garden”, which premiered for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and “She Changes”, which transformed a waterfront plaza in Porto, Portugal. Her newest commission creates a “Zone of Recomposure” in the new Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport. Upcoming projects include the remaking of Dilworth Plaza in front of Philadelphia City Hall -- turning it into a garden of dry-mist.

Dean Nitin Nohria

Nitin Nohria became the tenth dean of Harvard Business School on 1 July 2010. He previously served as co-chair of the Leadership Initiative, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development, and Head of the Organizational Behavior unit. His intellectual interests center on human motivation, leadership, corporate transformation and accountability, and sustainable economic and human performance. He and Amanda Pepper collaborated with XPlane in creating the Paths to Power video to generate a discussion of the value and importance of leadership in addressing some of society’s most pressing problems. In June 2010, in anticipation of a conference he hosted with Rakesh Khurana and Scott Snook, Harvard Business Review launched a six-week blog on how leadership might look in the future. He is co-author or co-editor of 16 books. His most recent, Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice, is a compendium dedicated to advancing research on leadership based on a colloquium he organized during HBS’s centennial celebrations. In Paths to Power: How Insiders and Outsiders Shaped American Business Leadership, he chronicles how leaders from different backgrounds—some who could be considered insiders and others who were outsiders—rose to power in American business. This is a companion book to In Their Time: The Greatest Business Leaders of the 20th Century, which draws lessons from some of the most celebrated American business leaders of the 20th century. The third book in this trilogy of historical studies of leadership is Entrepreneurs, Managers, and Leaders: Leadership Lessons from the Airline Industry. Dean Nohria is also the author of over 50 journal articles, book chapters, cases, working papers, and notes. He has served as an advisor and consultant to several large and small companies in different parts of the world. He has been interviewed by ABC, CNN, and NPR, and cited in Business Week, Economist, Financial Times, Fortune, New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Dean Nohria has taught courses across Harvard Business School’s MBA, Ph.D., and Executive Education programs. He also served as a visiting faculty member at the London Business School in 1996. Prior to joining the Harvard Business School faculty in July 1988, Dean Nohria received his Ph.D. in Management from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (which honored him as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2007). He and his wife live in the Boston area with their two daughters.

Joe Kessler

Joe’s career spans nearly 30 years in communications, marketing and business strategy. Since 2009, he has been President of The Intelligence Group (IG), a leading consumer insights firm focused on youth culture and consumer trends. IG is the publisher of The Cassandra Report which, for 15 years, has been the definitive syndicated study of youth attitudes, behaviors and consumption for marketers. IG also consults with an array of corporate clients and agencies on their marketing strategies for engaging youth audiences, including Microsoft, Visa, Nordstrom, Honda and Disney, among many others. IG is wholly owned by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the leading entertainment and sports agency. Prior to joining IG, Joe was a partner of SS+K, an integrated, non-traditional marketing communications agency that, among its accomplishments, was part of the Obama for President media team during the campaign leading up to the 2008 national elections. Previously, he served in a series of senior management positions at Weber Shandwick, the world’s largest public relations agency, including President of its Global Technology Practice and President of its Western Region operations. Joe started his career as a Capitol Hill journalist and later served as a legislative aide to U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and as press secretary to the late U.S. Representative Ted S. Weiss (D-NY). Joe is a frequent speaker and presenter on youth insights, trends and marketing to corporate groups, business associations and industry conferences, including The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Adweek’s “What Teens Want” Conference, and The Digital Entertainment Group’s ESCA-EDGE National Meeting. Among his many additional interests and activities, Joe sits on the Executive Board of The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program and serves as an adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He and his family reside in Los Angeles.

Dr. Richard Lester

Richard Lester is Japan Steel Industry Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, where he is also the founding Director of the Industrial Performance Center. His research focuses on innovation management and policy. He is also active in research and teaching on the management and control of nuclear technology. Professor Lester is the author or co-author of eight books, including Innovation—The Missing Dimension (with Michael Piore), Making Technology Work (with John Deutch), and The Productive Edge: A New Strategy for Economic Growth. His latest book, Unlocking Energy Innovation, will be published by MIT Press later this year.

Leslie Dewan

Leslie Dewan is the co-founder and CEO of Transatomic Power, a nuclear reactor design company. She graduated from MIT in 2007 with S.B. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering. After undergrad, she worked for a robotics company in Cambridge, MA, where she designed search-and-rescue robots and equipment for in-field identification of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in MIT’s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, where she works on computational modeling of nuclear materials. Leslie is a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow and an MIT Presidential Fellow.

Mark Massie

Mark Massie is the co-founder and CTO of Transatomic Power, a nuclear reactor design company. Mark has an S.M. degree in nuclear science and engineering from MIT, and an S.B. degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee. He has worked at TerraPower in Bellevue, WA, where he developed and implemented a method for calculating high-fidelity fuel compositions in travelling wave reactors. He has also worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he developed code for analyzing sodium fast reactors. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, specializing in nuclear reactor core design. Mark is a Department of Energy Nuclear Engineering University Program Fellow and a Department of Energy Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative Fellow.

Jeet Singh

Jeet Singh is Managing Director at Redstar Ventures, a company that creates companies, taking them from the earliest stages of ideation and growing them through their first institutional funding rounds and beyond. Prior to Redstar he was co-founder and CEO of Art Technology Group (NASDAQ:ARTG). Along with co-founder Joe Chung, he led the growth of ATG from a two-person consultancy to a publicly traded enterprise software company that was recently acquired by Oracle Corp. Singh holds a BS degree in Political Science from MIT.

Gloria Larson

Gloria Cordes Larson, JD, joined Bentley University as its president in July 2007 after a prestigious career as an attorney, public policy expert, and business leader. She was drawn to the Boston area business school because of its inventive approach to redefine business education by integrating core business curriculum with the arts and sciences and its focus on ethics and social responsibility. During Larson’s tenure, the institution has reached a number of milestones and established new programs focused on redefining business education. Larson has overseen Bentley’s most recent business education innovation – a new studio based, 11-month, global MBA program that places special emphasis on honing students’ individual leadership style and change management skills while working on diverse teams and across cultures. Larson also recently announced the launch of the Center for Women and Business at Bentley to advance shared leadership among women and men in the corporate world and develop women business leaders. Before joining Bentley, Larson was widely recognized for her significant influence in economic policy at the state and federal level. She came to Bentley from her position as co-Chair of the Government Strategies Group at Foley Hoag, LLP. Prior to her life in private law practice, Larson worked in the public sector for several decades, serving as Secretary of Economic Affairs under Massachusetts Governor William Weld, and Deputy Director of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission. Larson is also well known for her significant corporate leadership and civic involvement. She serves as a director of Unum Group, chairing Unum’s Regulatory Compliance Committee. She is also a director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, where she is Vice Chairman of the Board. She is President of the Massachusetts Conference for Women and the Massachusetts Women’s Forum. Some of her prior board posts include serving as Chair of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, The Rose Fitzgerald Greenway Conservancy and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, and on the boards of the non-partisan think tank MassINC, and Rosie’s Place.

Katie Smith Milway

Katie Smith Milway, winner of the 2009 Massachusetts Best Book for Children Award and 2009 Children’s Africana Book Award, works to bring world issues to elementary and middle school children. Her books, One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference set in rural Ghana; The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough, set in the Honduran hillsides, and forthcoming The Healthy Village, set in western Kenya, introduce young readers to global issues – microfinance, food security & basic health care – and how children can help. An educator movement that grew around her writing led to the founding of nonprofit One Hen, Inc., which offers teacher manuals and workbooks that use stories, interactive media and hands on activities to teach social entrepreneurship in classrooms across the country and around the world. Katie serves on the board of One Hen, Inc., and works as a partner with nonprofit and philanthropy advisor The Bridgespan Group, based in Boston. She also serves on the board of World Vision USA, has coordinated community development programs in Latin America and Africa for Food for the Hungry International. Prior to moving to Bridgespan in 2008, Katie spent 14 years in management consulting with Bain & Co.

Amma Sefa-Dedeh

Katie co-founded One Hen, Inc. with four other women including Ghanaian entrepreneur Amma Sefa-Dedeh, who became One Hen’s first executive director. An MBA graduate from Babson College and early volunteer in the movement, Amma has led One Hen from start up to education nonprofit that supports learning around social entrepreneurship in all 50 states and 142 countries. Amma has helped One Hen to grow the reach of its curriculum resources through partnerships with leading national education and youth networks like BELL, City Year, generationOn and National Heritage Academies. She was a semi-finalist for Echoing Green, a finalist for Social Innovation Forum and was recently voted Babson’s “Rising Star Entrepreneur.” Prior to Babson she was the Executive Director of youth nonprofit The Human Development Group (The HuD Group) and founder of Platinum Link BusinessSolutions, a conference organizer and printing company in Ghana.

Paula Apsell

Paula S. Apsell Paula S. Apsell got her start in broadcasting at WGBH Boston, where she was hired fresh out of Brandeis University to type the public broadcaster’s daily television program logs—a job that Apsell notes is now, mercifully, automated. Within a year, she found her way to WGBH Radio, where she developed the award-winning children’s drama series, The Spider’s Web, and later became a radio news producer. In 1975, she joined WGBH’s NOVA, a science documentary series that has set the standard for science programming on television, producing documentaries on subjects as varied as artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and aviation safety. Her NOVA Death of a Disease was the first long form documentary on the worldwide eradication of smallpox. After leaving NOVA in 1981, Apsell went to WCVB, the ABC affiliate in Boston, known for quality content, as senior producer for medical programming working with Dr. Timothy Johnson. During that time, she produced Someone I Once Knew, an award-winning documentary that essentially broke the story on Alzheimer’s disease, showing that dementia is a pathology, not an inevitable product of old age. Apsell then spent a year at MIT as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. In 1985, she was asked to take over the reins at NOVA where she is now Senior Executive Producer and Director of the WGBH Science Unit. As well as overseeing the production of NOVA documentaries and miniseries for television, she has directed the series’ diversification into other media—most notably online, where NOVA is the most visited site on NOVA can also be found in classrooms nationwide, where it is the most widely used video resource among high school science teachers. In January 2005, Apsell introduced a NOVA spinoff in NOVA scienceNOW, a critically acclaimed science newsmagazine hosted formerly by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and now by New York Times technology columnist David Pogue. Other recent signature NOVA and Science Unit productions include The Elegant Universe, Origins, Einstein’s Big Idea, Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial, Making Stuff, and the large format feature Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure. Today, NOVA is the most popular science series on American television and online. Under Apsell’s leadership, NOVA has won every major broadcasting award, some many times over, including the Emmy; the Peabody; the AAAS Science Journalism award; the Gold Baton duPont-Columbia; and an Academy Award® nomination for Special Effects. In 1998, the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation awarded NOVA its first-ever Public Service Award. Apsell has been recognized with numerous individual awards for her work, including the Bradford Washburn Award from the Museum of Science, Boston; the Carl Sagan Award given by the Council of Scientific Society Presidents; the American Institute of Physics Andrew Gemant Award; the Planetary Society’s Cosmos Award; the International Documentary Association’s Pioneer Award; the National Space Club of Huntsville Media Award; and the New York Hall of Science Distinguished Service Award for Public Understanding of Science. She has served on the board of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History; the Brandeis University Sciences Advisory Committee; and the International Documentary Association. Apsell holds honorary doctorates from Southern Methodist University and Dickinson College. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband Sheldon, an inventor. The Apsell’s have two grown daughters, one a physician, the other a television producer.

Eytan Nicholson

Eytan started drumming at age 10 for two reasons: First to join the Off-Broadway hit, STOMP, and second, he thought Ringo Starr had the coolest name and saw that every old Beatles video was full of screaming girls - these became his aspirations. By age 14, Eytan was one of the hottest young drummers in Seattle’s jazz scene. After attending Berklee for one semester Eytan got invited to audition in NYC for Stomp, where he secured a position in the show’s cast - this was the first and only of the two original life goals which has been achieved, he hasn’t lost hope though... After Stomp, teaching high school math, a long cruise ship drumming contract, and hanging with his idols Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder - Eytan moved to France and started his first successful party band. Months later he moved back to Boston to finish his degree at Berklee College of Music and founded one of New England’s hottest party band, his pride and joy, Sweet Tooth & the Sugarbabies.

Vincent Sneed

‘Dis Vincent, also known as “The Go Kid” has been blazing the stage for only a few short years, but you couldn’t tell that to the screaming fans that follow him four nights a week fronting the cover band “Sweet Tooth & The Sugarbabies.” After stirring a media frenzy with “So Good (The Boston Song),” ‘Dis Vincent shows that he has just as much talent on and off the stage, as well as his partner, Eytan Nicholson penned what seems to be Boston’s newest celebratory theme song! But don’t box ‘Dis Vincent just as a pop artist yet because from Jazz & Motown Classics to Hip Hop, ‘Dis Vincent shows a natural range of music repertoire that could only be seen on a music lover’s iPod.

Peter Parcek

Peter Parcek’s lightning-strike guitar playing has been electrifying audiences in America and abroad for years. Now — after appearing as a sideman with such great bluesmen as Hubert Sumlin and Pinetop Perkins, and playing rock with the international band The Singhs — Parcek is winning scores of fans fronting his own Peter Parcek Band and his duo Forty-Four. Both groups are powered by his daring, incendiary, and soulful electric guitar and a singing style that, like his original songs, fuses the vitality of today with echoes of the Delta, mountains and prairies where the greatest American music was born. Parcek’s debut album Evolution sold-out multiple pressings, so recently he’s been taking time from his busy touring schedule to record its follow-up, which features rock legend Al Kooper, blues guitar great Ronnie Earl and mandolin wizard Jimmy Ryan among his stellar guests. The forthcoming disc is an emotionally charged summary of Parcek’s unparalleled ability to blend influences that embrace blues ‘n’ roots, folk, country, rockabilly, surf, jazz and gypsy music into his own distinctly original hybrid. Although he’s a masterful studio musician, Parcek is happiest on stage. There his Zen-like approach to improvisation leads Ray Charles’ “Busted” from its R&B birthplace to the outer rings of Saturn as envisioned by Jimi Hendrix. His slide speaks directly to his audiences’ hearts in smartly written numbers like his “Mathematics of Love.” And overall his fluid, expressive playing simply leaves jaws dropped to the ground. At home Parcek’s virtuosity has been recognized by the Boston Blues Society, which has sent both Forty-Four and the Peter Parcek Band to represent the Hub City at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Parcek’s musical story, however, begins on the stages of ‘60s London, where his early bands were contemporaries of the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and groups featuring Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Peter Green. The young guitarist watched and learned well, finding a path that’s led him through an evolution all his own. It’s taken him through smoky dives where he’s played for a dozen patrons and onto huge stages where he’s played for 100,000. And over the years Parcek’s opened for a smorgasbord of prestigious artists including the Grateful Dead, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi, the Holmes Brothers, Koko Taylor, Robben Ford, Son Seals, Johnny Copeland, Charlie Musselwhite, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Roomful of Blues and many, many more. Today Parcek is their musical peer — with the artistry and originality to become a legend in his own right.

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Boston, MA, United States


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