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Theme: Solve for Why

This event occurred on
April 6, 2024
Chestnut Hill, MA, Massachusetts
United States

For much of our math careers, we were taught to solve for y. A vast array of methods were allowed, even encouraged, but ultimately we all had to arrive at the same destination: some specific value that y was to represent in an equation. Yet, a single-solution answer is rarely an accurate representation of the complexities of everyday life. Thus, we instead ask you to solve for WHY. Throughout our conference, speakers explore their motivations, their driving factors, their reasons to get out of bed in the morning.

What is a time you discovered something new, and why did you pursue it? Why do you care about your passions? How do you solve for your personal "why"?

Robsham Theater Arts Center
Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA, Massachusetts, 02467
United States
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Speakers

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Adam Hill

CEO, Author, and "Pun Master"
We must stop engaging in the negativity that exists on social media and the news. Instead, when we engage in small creative actions that spark joy, it can be a catalyst for positive change. It could be as simple as posting a daily dad joke or a pun. When we consistently share those creative acts with others, we often build the community and connection we’ve been looking for the whole time.

Derrick Noble

Renowned Speaker and Author
In a world of uncertainty, effective leadership hinges on clarity of purpose. Join renowned speaker and bestselling author Dr. Derrick Noble as he unveils the transformative power of understanding the "why" behind our work and leadership. Discover how fostering a culture where employees comprehend the deeper purpose behind their tasks ignites motivation and resilience. Delve into the importance of leaders articulating their own "why," providing a compass in navigating adversity. Through real-world examples and actionable insights, learn to cultivate a unified sense of purpose, empowering teams to surmount challenges and thrive in the face of uncertainty. Explore the intersection of purpose and leadership for enduring success.

Julie Fox

Brand Positioning Expert, Growth Strategist, Author, and Word Activist
What we call things matters. Especially in health care. The words we take in and repeat create assumptions that turn into decisions. Could changing just one word change our decisions? I started researching and writing about How the Words Used In Healthcare Help Keep Us Sick after witnessing a friend’s health crisis where words tragically impacted medical decisions. We need to start a national conversation about the language we use around health and health care. Let’s talk about it, because it’s keeping us sick.

Mark Shrime

Doctor, Author, and "America Ninja Warrior" Competitor
Dr. Mark starts with a brief overview of what work looks like these days—and the science behind why people are fleeing it. He then weaves literature, decision science, American Ninja Warrior, and his own story as a surgeon who never wanted to be a doctor in the first place, into three concrete steps for anyone to follow in constructing a life of purpose, meaning, and deep contentment. Mark brings to this topic deeply personal experience, which he combines with PhD-level training in the science of decision-making, and sixteen years of working as a surgeon on a hospital ship docked off coastal West Africa.

Nashlea Brogan

Audiologist and Hearing-Loss Advocate
We need to move beyond the misconception that communication issues in relationships are solely due to what is being said and start recognizing that hearing loss--often undetected and untreated--might play a significant role. Regular hearing tests and early intervention for hearing loss should be prioritized to preserve cognitive health, social connectedness, emotional well-being, and intimacy.

Victor Norman

Student
This talk delves into the complexities of language and its impact on the LGBTQ+ community. Victor emphasizes the importance of respecting and validating individuals’ chosen identities while recognizing the importance of grammar in shaping and expressing said identities. The way we use language, including the grammatical structures and choices we make can significantly impact how we are perceived and how we perceive ourselves. Through personal anecdotes and historical context, Victor advocates for a more inclusive and accessible language that elicits empathy and understanding.

Organizing team

  • Akio Ohmoto
    Marketing/Communications
  • Audrey Magnusen
    Marketing/Communications
  • Chloe Liles
    Curation
  • Chris Smails
    Curation
  • Claire BROMUND
    Production
  • Conrad Thayer
    Partnerships/Sponsorship
  • Elif Yigit
    Production
  • Emma Duffy
    Marketing/Communications
  • Eric Yu
    Operations
  • Grace Kelly
    Operations
  • Helia Attar
    Production
  • Isabella Eagan
    Production
  • Jack Eagan
    Partnerships/Sponsorship
  • Jacob Elias
    Partnerships/Sponsorship
  • James Redding
    Curation
  • Luke D'Antonio
    Partnerships/Sponsorship
  • Maeve Hammel
    Marketing/Communications
  • Michael Umbrino
    Production
  • Olivia Null
    Marketing/Communications
  • Parker Leaf
    Marketing/Communications
  • Peida Hu
    Curation
  • Robyn Bryce
    Curation
  • Ryan Wang
    Curation
  • Sahithi Thumuluri
    Operations
  • Vera Alexandrov
    Curation