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This talk is a sweeping overview of how the universe, the galaxy and the solar system have developed, as well as the critical role that dark matter—matter that doesn’t have any discernible interactions with light—has played. As we reflect on cultural, political and environmental changes to the planet today, it is useful to have in mind the billions of years of cosmological history that precede it. Professor Randall will present concepts in theoretical physics through a lens of contemporary issues that work to explain the nature of physical reality in a resonating and relevant way with non-scientist audiences.

Disruptions are ever-present and it’s easy for organizations to get out of tune and out of sync. This interactive experience takes your audience into what disruption really sounds like, then transforms that dissonance to resolution. The stunning new composition that is created reveals the wisdom and capability of the audience to achieve their highest potential.

"Music’s the great invitation
For mankind to transcend spoken word
To enhance how we think
And put into sync
So we hear what is mostly not heard.”

Those words, from his number-one charting release, If Music Could Speak, sum up the central message of everything Freddie Ravel. Hailing from parents of Latin American and Eastern European decent, his humble beginnings as a newspaper boy to his rise as an internationally-renowned musical ambassador, Ravel is a living example of the classic American success story, highlighting that our strength and competitive advantage as a nation lie in our diverse cultural roots and experiences. Combined with his unrivaled passion for music and business, Ravel unlocks the minds, hearts and potential of audiences around the world.

For his ongoing contributions to education through music, Ravel was recently knighted by the Knights of St. John, an organization who has championed hospitals and healthcare for over a 1,000 years. In this interactive program, Ravel combines proven solutions towards resolving conflicts and brings meaningful dialogue backed by scientific data and creative musical expression to appeal to the mind, body and soul of your conference participants.

In these turbulent times of global chaos and relentless disruption, Ravel equips your group with tangible results revealing how music heals not only the sick—but the ills of today’s society by bridging cultural divides that allow conversations for peace to prosper and inspire greatness in leaders and entrepreneurs alike.

Serving as a bridge between legendary music artists, business leaders and the Fortune 100, Ravel has co-published works with such visionaries as Earth, Wind and Fire, Carlos Santana, Deepak Chopra and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter, Yolanda King providing over two decades of music-applied-to-life successes in both the public and private sectors.

What does it take to make your mark? Even if you don’t aspire to fame or fortune, most of us have some urge to create, some desire to make a difference, or at least some hope that when all is said and done, we will have made some unique contribution to the world that says we were here. So why do so few of us realize our creative potential? For some, there is no shortage of good ideas—but for some reason they never make it out of our heads. Others have plenty of motivation to make things happen—but they are never sure how or where to begin. It takes originality to close those gaps. Originality is the ability to find great ideas for improving the world around you and putting them into action. And in a helpful ironic twist, originality is much more common—and much more accessible—than we think. This talk shares the science of originality and the practical steps that individuals can take to bring their ideas to life and that leaders can use to build cultures of productive creativity.

Call it the paradox of the connected workforce: If it is easier than ever to connect with our colleagues, customers and collaborators, then why do we still find it so challenging to actually work together and get things done? Many of us spend the majority of our working hours in meetings, on the phone or responding to emails, yet if we crunch the numbers, we often have little return to show for that substantial time investment. That’s because collaboration is inefficient and culture is hard to get right. Data shows that in many organizations, the most helpful employees are suffering from collaborative overload, and so-called “star performers” often do little to help their colleagues. At the same time, despite leadership’s best efforts to be mission-driven and values-focused, developing a strong workplace culture is still more of a mystery than an established practice supported by analysis and insights. “Collaboration” and “culture” are big buzzwords for a reason—when done right, they can make work more productive and more meaningful. This talk shows how researchers and industry leaders are turning to data and analytics for insights about how organizations and communities can work together better.

Much has been made lately about the importance of having meaningful work, both for our own well-being and for our organizations’ success. But what exactly do we mean when we talk about meaningful work? This talk unpacks that important buzzword to reveal the four roads to more fulfilling careers—Work is more meaningful when: 1. It leads to clear and tangible results, be they finished work products or people we have helped; 2. It offers financial, social and psychological rewards that align with our values and goals; 3. It fosters a sense of community and enables valuable relationships, both in the office and at home; and 4. It resonates with our identity, our values and the people we would like to be. For general audiences, this framework is especially relevant for anyone interested in getting more from work than just a paycheck, whether they are just entering the workforce, considering a career change or trying to make the most of the job they have. Within organizations, this talk offers insights about how leaders can motivate employees, improve engagement and strengthen culture, and how employees can craft their work (and lives) to be more meaningful.

During an intimate, moderated interview format, your audience will be astonished with Mariano Rivera’s candor as he shares his story of the championships, the bosses, the rivalries, and the struggles of being a Latino baseball player in the United States and of maintaining Christian values in professional athletics. Rivera discusses his drive to win; shares secrets behind his legendary composure; and stories recounting the development of his skills. He transports his audience with the untold, pitch-by-pitch account of the ninth inning of Game 7 in the 2001 World Series; and why the lowest moment of his career became one of his greatest blessings.

Wherever we go in life, there we are. We usually can’t change others or even the circumstances around us, we can only change ourselves. The one constant in the midst of all of the change, stress and uncertainty we face in business and life is us. When we take ownership and responsibility for our experience, we not only make it easier to navigate the changes we face, we can empower ourselves and those around us to be authentically successful, regardless of the circumstances. This program, which is based on the core principles of Mike Robbins’ latest book, Nothing Changes Until You Do, along with his research and experience over the past 15 years, illustrates exactly how individuals, leaders and teams can navigate change successfully and thrive in the process.

The program teaches people to:

  • Take ownership and responsibility in an empowering way
  • Enhance their emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Deal effectively with change and uncertainty
  • Have more compassion for themselves and others
  • Enhance the culture around them through authenticity and appreciation

Authenticity is fundamental to relationships, communication, and success – for individuals, teams, and organizations. Now more than ever, people, leaders and groups must utilize the power of authenticity in order to build trust, resolve conflicts and create cohesion. Although it can be counterintuitive, some fascinating research in the fields of social psychology and emotional intelligence is proving that being real, honest and even vulnerable are key elements to individual and group success and engagement. Through this program, which is based on the core principles of his book, Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken, Mike Robbins illustrates exactly how authenticity impacts relationships, trust and productivity.

This program:

  • Improves communication, connection, and trust in a positive way
  • Enhances emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Challenges people, leaders, and teams to look at, deal with, and address the “elephants in the room”
  • Helps people effectively deal with conflicts and engage in difficult conversations successfully
  • Provides techniques for moving past fear and taking successful risks

Sir Ken Robinson (Exclusively WSB)

What does it take to achieve personal success and feel like you are in your element? World-renowned innovator Sir Ken Robinson argues that it is not natural talent that drives personal success, but rather a delicate interplay among talent, passion, attitude and opportunity that brings people to achieve their highest levels of success and lead lives of meaning and purpose. Based on his highly acclaimed books The Element and Finding Your Element, he takes audiences on a compelling tour of what can happen in all our lives when passion and talent meet. He draws on the personal stories of high achievers in many fields, including Sir Paul McCartney, Arianna Huffington, Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons), Meg Ryan and renowned physicist Richard Feynman. With a wry sense of humor, Sir Ken helps audiences understand:

  • How to find "The Element" in our own lives
  • Why age and occupation are no barrier
  • How to enhance creativity and innovation in both personal and professional settings
  • How focusing on "The Element" is an essential strategy in transforming education, business and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the 21st Century

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