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Theme: Reading the Changes

This event occurred on
January 12, 2023
Irvington, New York
United States

We live in a world of perpetual change. From climate change to political change and cultural change, things are constantly moving. And yet, in that change, we can also find and make something new or reimagine what we thought we knew before.

In jazz, reading the changes refers to the capacity of the player to notice and respond to the various harmonic changes happening in the music and in the other players, and to embrace the dissonances while making something new out of what seems old and familiar. It is the art of making new music out of what seems like just noise.

In this series of TEDx talks, we're going to explore the possibilities and innovations embedded in the changes found in a variety of disciplines and communities. Psychology, politics, fashion, science, culture, design, management, and music are all going to mash-up in this space to create new improvisations that make the changes feel not strange but sublime.

Are you ready to read the changes together??

Irvington Library
12 S Astor St
Irvington, New York, 10533
United States
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Ayse Birsel

Award-Winning Designer/Management Thinker/Author
Ayse (pronounced Eye-Shay) Birsel is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People 2017 and is on the Thinkers50 Radar List of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of organizations. She is the author of Design the Life You Love and gives lectures on Design the Work You Love to corporations. Ayse is the co-founder of Birsel + Seck, the award-winning design and innovation studio, and consults to Amazon, Colgate-Palmolive, Herman Miller, GE, IKEA, The Scan Foundation, Staples and Toyota, among others. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Faatiha Aayat

Global Activist
Faatiha Aayat is an Eleven-years-old sixth grader, presently living in New York, USA. She is a Child Rights Activist and Climate Campaigner. She has already spoken in the United Nations multiple times against Global Warming, Climate Change, Carbon Emission, Fossil Fuel etc. She talks to stop child abuse, gender discrimination and domestic violence. She has pursued a Professional Development Program on Becoming a Leader from the Department of Continuing Education of University of Harvard. She runs her own organization named CHIL&D where she works for Climate, Health, Information, Learning and Development.

Joel Weinberger

Joel Weinberger is a clinical psychologist, researcher, award winning author, entrepreneur, and expert on unconscious processes.

Kendra Porter

Award Winning Image Consultant, Body Expert and Stylist
An award-winning image consultant, body expert & wardrobe stylist, Kendra Porter's method of body-centric styling teaches you what works best for your body, personality, & lifestyle. With over a decade of experience backstage at New York Fashion Week, she has dressed for designers from Oscar de la Renta to Carolina Hererra. Creating fashion presentations for Westfield & Simon mall properties across the country, and managing the Personal Shopping Offices for Bloomingdale’s & Lord & Taylor she has styled thousands. In 2021, Kendra moved into television signing with NBC Sports working with on-air talent and joined the wardrobe team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. These days you’ll find her on a microphone, producing events for well-known retailers like Neiman Marcus, teaching at the FIT, or facilitating private workshops on style. Press highlights include Yahoo!, CNN, Marie Claire, SHAPE, Essence, Shoe Retailing Today and Black Enterprise.

Nishant Lahiri

Climate Change Researcher & Innovator
Nishant Lahiri is a high-school senior and student researcher at Cornell University with interests in carbon capture and cancer research. He was named one of America’s top ten young scientists and recently won first place in Chemistry at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair.

Ruth Gotian

Dr. Ruth Gotian is a social-scientist and an expert in mentorship and leadership development. She was recently recognized as one of the top 20 mentors in the world and is ranked the #1 emerging management thinker in the world. She is the author of the book, The Success Factor and a mentor with The Mentor Project.

Tina Parker

Courageously Authentic Leadership Coach/Speaker
As CEO & Founder of Lead Outside the Lines, a mentor with The Mentor Project, inaugural member of Marshall Goldsmith’s Forefront Coaches, and founding member of the Neuroencoding Institute, Tina now guides visionary leaders and teams to embody Courageously Authentic Leadership so they can unlock possibilities and create remarkable results without burning out.

Tom Heany

Musician/Music Educator
Tom Heany is a singer, guitarist, songwriter and author who has been practicing music for more than fifty years.

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