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Theme: Everyday Under Wraps

This event occurred on
March 24, 2024
Madison, New Jersey
United States

Life can occasionally feel tedious, boring, and uninspiring, yet some of the strangest mysteries lie hidden in our daily lives. Join us and five professional speakers from all walks of life in investigating everyday wonders that we all take for granted. Let us show you that extraordinary curiosity can always be found in the mundane.

Drew University
36 Madison Avenue
Madison, New Jersey, 07940
United States
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Amruti Borad

Amruti Borad is a Concierge Osteopathic Family Medicine Physician, a Medical Student and Physician Coach, Entrepreneur, Wellness Blogger, new mother, daughter, sister, and wife, from Southern California. She was previously a Physician leader and after experiencing burnout, she found a new path in medicine that has brought back the joy in practicing medicine by allowing her to develop more meaningful relationships with her patients. She also certified as a life coach to serve future and current Physicians in a way she never imagined- guiding and collaborating with them to prevent and treat burnout, successfully navigate the inevitable transitions that occur within medical education and as healthcare professionals, rediscover fulfillment in medicine, and learn to thrive in any environment. In this process, she also discovered the power of her own voice, which has led her to the TEDx stage!

Barry Burd

Barry Burd is a professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Drew University. Throughout his five decades teaching undergraduate students, he's been striving to pique students' curiosity and make learning enjoyable. His scholarly papers cover various aspects of infinity in mathematics, including games with infinitely many rounds of play (which seems, on the surface, to be ridiculous) and computations that succeed after infinitely many steps (which seems even more ridiculous). Dr. Burd has spoken at conferences in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He's authored 12 books, which have been translated into 11 languages. When anyone asks him about the possibility of retirement, his response is, "Why?"

Irina Soriano

Vice President in Tech, Founder, Author, Speaker
Beyond her corporate life, Irina brings her wealth of experience to coaching, focusing on empowering growth mindsets. Her life's purpose is to drive gender equality in business and society, a passion that has earned her recognition in prominent media outlets, including Forbes and Fast Company. Irina lives in New York City with her husband.

Sarene Alsharif

CEO/Co-Founder of Tad More Tailoring, LLC
Sarene, a dynamic entrepreneur and public health professional, has transitioned her passion for health into a groundbreaking venture. As one of the founders of Tad More Tailoring, a forward-thinking fashion tech startup, she is dedicated to combating the environmental impact of fast fashion, the Earth’s second-largest polluter. Leveraging her masters in public health, Sarene’s research on the harmful effects of clothing production has led her to believe pollution from the clothing production industry is a public health crisis. Her unwavering commitment extends beyond business; Sarene’s life mission is to raise awareness, foster positive change, and lead the charge towards sustainability in the fashion industry.

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United States


Madison, NJ, United States
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