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Theme: Turning Points

This event occurred on
October 18, 2013
1:30pm - 7:30pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Jouy en Josas, J

While speakers come from a variety of backgrounds, they all have one thing in common: a Turning Point. Either through an idea, an experience or an event, they are driven by a particular change that moved something in a different direction. The theme invites speakers to share their epiphanies and the discovery of new lifestyles, as well as the lessons learnt by going through extreme or unusual experiences. These changes can be individual, but also cultural or social, affecting a society’s way of thinking or acting. Turning Points speaks about those shifts in thinking that have the potential to change the world, and reunites inspiring individuals who lead through example or visionary thinking.

Amphithéatre Blondeau
1 Rue de la Libération
Jouy en Josas, J, 78350
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Philippe Lévêque

Graduated from HEC Paris in 1982, Philippe Lévêque began his career at IBM France and then became Marketing Director of Systar Inc. After spending a year in Africa, he decided to adopt the humanitarian cause. In May 2000, Philippe Lévêque was appointed CEO of CARE France.


For the past 30 years Reza has traveled the world bearing wit- ness to moments of war and peace, as a photographer. He has been awarded numerous prizes including the World Press Pho- to Award and the Infinity Award. Reza is committed to training women and children, through workshops in visual media and communications to help them strive for a better life.

Hugues Reiner

Hugues Reiner is a French conductor, founder of the French Army’s Choir and the “Chœurs Résilience“. With his music, he mainly works with people with particular experiences, excluded individuals and disabled persons. Hugues Reiner’s vision is to change the world through music.

Heather Brown

Heather Brown was Chief of Staff to the President of the Young Democrats of America during President Obama’s historic 2008 campaign. She is the founder and Executive Director of the World Youth Peace Movement.

Mercedes Erra

Graduated from HEC Paris in 1981 and former President of HEC Alumni, Mercedes Erra is the founder of BETC and the Executive President of Havas Worldwide. She co-founded the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society and led nume- rous campaigns promoting gender equality. She is mother to five boys.

Anne-Laure Sellier

Anne-Laure Sellier is an Associate Professor of Marketing at HEC Paris. Her research interests are in the area of time per- ception, creativity, self-regulation and generally how emotions and cognitions interact in judgment and decision-making. In 2013 she received the Teaching Innovation Award of the HEC Foundation.

Thierry Marx

Chef and F&B Director for Mandarin Oriental, Paris, Thierry Marx was awarded his first Michelin star in 1988 at Roc en Val in Tours. In 2006, Thierry Marx was elected Chef of the Year by the Gault et Millau guide. Pioneer of molecular gastronomy, his cooking is creative and innovative.


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