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José Andrés (Exclusively WSB)

Described by The Wall Street Journal as “a force of nature, the Energizer Bunny, the Tasmanian devil, and Luke Skywalker,” José Andrés is not your typical “chef” by any stretch of the imagination. As a man with 13 restaurants; numerous prestigious accolades, including the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in America, the highest honor in the U.S. restaurant industry; owner of ThinkFoodGroup, a company with 800 employees and an annual revenue of $75 million; a sought-after TV icon; a political activist; and a professor at Harvard, Andrés’s secret to success is evident in his being so passionate about creativity and innovation that he has no problem rolling up his sleeves and doing the heavy lifting himself. In a presentation chock-full of edge-of-your-seat anecdotes, Andrés proves that a culture of innovation and creativity not only leads to personal success, but also a better tomorrow for all.

José Andrés (Exclusively WSB)

A creative visionary whose passion fueled the growth of some of the country’s most successful and trendsetting restaurants, José Andrés’ innovation and drive has propelled his business to phenomenal success in the U.S. and around the globe. In this candid presentation, Andrés shares with audiences his remarkable American success story, describing what it takes to make your vision a reality and foster a culture of creativity and innovation. Audiences will learn:

-        How to move outside your comfort zones to achieve your goals

-        The story behind Andrés’ remarkable rise from his immigrant roots to the peak of his profession

-        How to revolutionize your business model by treating customers as partners rather than guests

José Andrés (Exclusively WSB)

With a mission to change the world through the power of food, José Andrés has dedicated himself to not just feeding the few at his award-winning restaurants, but to feeding the many as well. Alongside his non-profit organization World Central Kitchen, Andrés works to find smart solutions to hunger and poverty around the world, focusing on health, education, and jobs. Beginning with his experience volunteering in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, Andrés realized that food can be used to empower communities and strengthen economies. In an uplifting and inspirational presentation, Andrés shares stories and images from his travels, including the work he has done in promoting clean cookstove technology, improving kitchens in urban and rural schools, and launching culinary projects to create jobs and increase opportunities for families in Haiti and around the world.

Charles shares how, as a 24-year-old teacher at a Bronx high school, he created a model of giving hailed as "the future of philanthropy" by The New York Times. His story covers the high school wrestling coach who inspired him to become a teacher, the most humiliating mistake he ever made getting DonorsChoose.org off the ground, and the most poignant moments, such as the projects teachers created to recover from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.  Today, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created projects on DonorsChoose.org, and more than a million people have given $200 million.

Charles connects this story to the rise of Kickstarter and Etsy, sites that—like DonorsChoose.org—enable anyone to go public with their originality.  These sites signal a profound change in how long you have to wait, and who you have to know, and how lucky you have to be, to bring a good idea to life.  They represent a new kind of marketplace where gatekeepers no longer stand in your way.

Charles enables the audience to experience this change by giving everyone a DonorsChoose.org gift card (underwritten by his speaker’s fee) to spend on a classroom project of their choice, so they can directly connect with a classroom in need.

In launching DonorsChoose.org out of his Bronx classroom, Charles Best pioneered the crowd-funding movement. Today, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests on DonorsChoose.org, and more than a million people have donated $200 million.

That scale of growth has spurred Charles and his team to tap the power of both crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, making DonorsChoose.org the first charity ever named to Fast Company’s list of the “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.”  Charles explains how the DonorsChoose.org team has:

  • Opened up a mountain of data so that people can discover what schools most need and which teaching topics are trending, inspiring hundreds of web developers to build apps that engage the public in public schools.
  • Crowdsourced many aspects of integrity assurance and quality control, a shift that has delivered huge productivity gains as well as cost savings.
  • Turned DonorsChoose.org into a platform that companies like Google, Facebook, Starbucks, and Chevron are using to do cause marketing, to engage their customers and employees in philanthropy, and to “do well by doing good.”

Charles concludes by giving everyone a DonorsChoose.org gift card (underwritten by his speaker’s fee) to spend on a classroom project of their choice.

David Blaine (Exclusively WSB)

The world’s most famous magician will take your audience on a journey into his world of magic that will leave them believing they have the power to achieve the impossible. With the wonderment of magic, David Blaine brings his up close and personal style combined with his determination and inspirational methods to a new level which has led some to call him a modern-day scientist. At his presentation at TEDMED he was one of only two speakers to receive a standing ovation. He took the audience on a journey describing how he was able to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes—a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!)—and what his often death-defying work means to him. Blaine delivers a one-of-a-kind performance where he interacts and engages your audience and showcases his unique brand of magic and his world-renowned feats of endurance. Blaine’s riveting repertoire thrills audiences and is certain to be one of the more unique experiences they will have.

David Blaine (Exclusively WSB)

The world's most famous magician sits down to give his perspectives on what it's like to be the center of so many infamous feats. Called "the hottest name in magic" by USA Today, Blaine takes questions from the audience, giving them a front row seat to the headline-making stunts that have captured the public's attention over the last decade.

David Blaine (Exclusively WSB)

In this 60-minute stage performance, David Blaine’s magic and test of endurances will defy expectations. From card tricks to some of the amazing feats from his ABC Special (November, 2013) he will leave your audience spellbound, shocked and speechless.

Sarah Brown (Exclusively WSB)

Acknowledging the dire need to help impoverished nations, in 2001 the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals to create long-lasting change around the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter and security. As a leader intimately involved with these efforts from her role on the front lines of the struggle to create a more just world—particularly when it comes to issues of health equity and women’s health, Sarah Brown is a compelling voice in the global campaign to end injustice, poverty and inequality. In her keynote presentations, Brown highlights the progress that has been made—and the opportunities to do good that still exist. Brown’s words inspire action in identifying and empowering those around the globe to extend help to those most in need.

Sarah Brown (Exclusively WSB)

Social media is the latest way technology has bridged communication gaps and brought people together from all walks of life. A former public relations executive, Brown was an early adopter of Twitter and other online networking opportunities—she saw a way to harness social media for social good: to build an online network focused on the human rights issues of our times. Brown’s online millions are following more than a person; they’re joining a conversation about social justice. She discusses with audiences how the online, collaborative community can network their passion and bring about positive change. Emerging technology is changing more than the way we communicate, it is changing the way we interact with and care for others.

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