Olympian and Four-Time National Champion in Skeleton
After initially being told that he "lacked the skills necessary to become a competitive skeleton athlete," Edelman pursued the sport and eventually qualified for the Olympics. He is the First Orthodox Jewish Winter Olympian and became Israel's
most decorated slider. Edelman holds Israeli track records on almost every track he has raced on
and has competed in two World Championships for Israel. He has won two international medals in
competition-the most amongst Israeli sliding sport athletes.
Mind Reader and hypnotist Anthony Leung will be demonstrating how easy it is to hack our own minds and how adopting certain stories will help us embrace the cyclical relationship of success and failure. Throughout his speech, he will also be featuring mind reading and hypnosis demonstrations taken from his 2019 live show "Oblivion."
Student leader and Founder of the Columbia University's Product Managers Club
Throughout her life from a small Indian town Meerut to Microsoft AI, Arunima has been passionate about solving problems of the communities around her thereby consistently failing, on her own terms, smartly. She was awarded Google WomenTechmakers Scholarship among other awards for her leadership and passion, but claims to have had many more failures than success stories, the hidden stories 'persisting' through which leads to bigger successes. She deeply believes in the concept of 'Persistence' for achieving professional and personal goals in life however, she does not believe in the age-old definition of straightforward, rigid persistence. She wants to redefine how we look at and understand 'Persistence' by what she calls 'SAP!'- Supported Adaptive Persistence.
Integrative Physical Therapist and Coach
Jennifer Watson, MPT, I.M.T.,C. is passionate and honored to help those achieve their own greatness with authenticity, grace and class. As a former collegiate athlete & All-American as well as a current integrative physical therapist, coach, speaker, and entrepreneur, she is ecstatic to share a message of strength, courage and hope against mountain tops that may seem unattainable. Her goal is to maximize each individual's unique power to create their health, their leadership and ultimately their legacy to impact the world in profound ways.
Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker
We are more then excited to have Matt Balducci speak at TEDxWPI. Matt has realized that chronic stress is a huge epidemic in our modern world and is stealing years of our lives from us. His goal is to give the simple tools needed to help as many people out there live longer, happier, stronger, and less stressed using science backed strategies that has allowed him to completely transform his life.
Heart Based Speaker and Facilitator
"It's so real I want to look away,.. yet I can't stop looking!"
Miroslav's very presence invites you to dare to live by embracing your fears. Not even the, 'out there' crazy fears, but perhaps even more so our unacknowledged, 'simple' social fears.
Chemical Engineering and Professional Writing Student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Nasim Mansuri has over ten years of experience organizing systematic community service efforts in Paraguay, Tanzania, Lithuania and the United States. She is a chemical engineering and professional writing double-major at WPI, and volunteers as a teacher for children’s moral education in Worcester neighborhoods. She currently works as an entertainment writer at Hypable.com, and a writer and editor at BahaiTeachings.org.
In Nasim’s talk, she will speak about the attitudes that often hinder community service efforts, and explore how we can change our mentality to effect lasting change.
Serial Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker
Raj, known as King Raj, believes in gaining freedom through passive income. While obtaining his Bachelor’s degree, he entered Corporate America and grew multiple investment businesses. Due to his success as an Entrepreneur, he left the IT field in 2007 and began to pursue his passion for music as the lead singer of a global Caribbean band. He is now a Int’l Speaker, Award Winning Author, and Business Coach whose mission is to empower others to overcome adversity, create financial freedom, and experience life to the fullest.
Augmented Reality Engineer
As an Augmented Reality Engineer, Sagar Mahurkar will introduce Augmented Reality (AR), its impact and applications. He will talk about the journey of innovation leading to smartphones detecting objects and overlaying graphics on them.
Sagar is an IEEE Award Winner, Journal Reviewer, and a proud WPI graduate! Since graduation in 2017, he has initiated and developed multiple projects related to AR, VR, and Video for Verizon.