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September 16, 2023
Pleasanton, California
United States

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Firehouse Arts Center
4444 Railroad Ave
Pleasanton, California, 94566
United States
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Belle Walker

Belle Walker, a Harvard and USC-trained engineer, specializes in taking organizations from Friction to Function. From kickstarting a nationwide aerial photography operation to pioneering teams focused on autonomous vehicle map quality, Belle built her career around making Big Ideas actually happen. Although it took her most of her life to truly appreciate the value of her contributions, Belle's unique blend of tech-savvy and practical insights makes her an authoritative voice on turning visionary ideas into operational realities.

Charles Martin

This talk is based on my research, done in joint with UC Berkeley, developing a new theory of AI. My research has been published in top science journals like Nature Communications and JMLR (Journal of Machine Learning Research) and has been featured at top AI conferences including ICML, KDD, and NeurIPS. I am also a regular invited speaker at top universities like UC Berkeley and Stanford. I have personally pioneered this research, funding it through my consulting practice. I have also developed a supporting open-source tool, weightwatcher, that has over 100 downloads and is widely used around the world to help build modern AI models.

Christopher Good

Christopher Good believes in our ability to make positive change together - by design. He is the Founder of the culture consultancy +One, and Chief Creative Officer for the workplace solutions firm One Workplace.

Dr. Hassaan Tohid

Dr. Hassaan Tohid is a neuroscientist, a board-certified clinician in addiction counseling, and a published author. He is the senior editor of three Springer Books and is known for his lectures and videos on psychology, neuroscience, and research. He has published several scientific articles on his specialty neuroscience. He is also the founder of the California Institute of Behavioral Neurosciences and Psychology and is known for his success and motivation talks.

Dr. Timothy Carson

Dr. Timothy Carson teaches liminal studies in the Honors College of the University of Missouri, is the author/editor of four books on the subject, and is the curator of

Navin Kunde

Born into a business family in India, Navin Kunde has spent his entire life trying to figure out where he belongs. He went to the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology and followed that with a PhD in America instead of joining his family business, then practiced as an engineer instead of joining academia, then pivoted again with an MBA followed by a successful stint as a global consultant, before starting again on the ground floor in corporate innovation. For the last decade, he has found his home and made his mark as a leader in the field of Open Innovation, in which organizations operate under the assumption that the best ideas and approaches lie outside their walls, and one needs to be curious and humble in order to find them. All this purposeful wandering has cultivated in Navin a deep understanding and belief in the power of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, which he uses to identify and solve hard problems that our society faces. In this talk, he shares one of his hard-won secrets – using uncommon commonalities to connect with and cultivate a sense of belonging in others.

Shasta Nelson

A pioneer in belongingness, Shasta Nelson is an in-demand keynote speaker, popular media resource, and author of three books in which she teaches how to build healthy relationships, including The Business of Friendship: Making the Most of the Relationships Where We Spend Most of Our Time. For over 15 years, Shasta has been translating the science of human connection into actionable practices that lead to greater belonging in our communities and workplaces. Her expertise has activated organizations such as Google and LinkedIn to intentionally create and accelerate the high-trust and resilient relationships that lead to higher employee retention, engagement, and collaboration. Shasta has been featured in hundreds of publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and TIME magazine, and has appeared as a guest on the Harvard Business Review podcast, The Today Show, and The Steve Harvey Show. Shasta is a two-time featured TEDx speaker, with her first TED talk receiving over 800,000 views, and she has delivered 500+ keynotes for over 20 different industries, including tech, healthcare, non-profits, education, and more.

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