German-born mezzo-soprano Kala Maxym is a free-lance opera singer living in New York City. She has appeared with Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Santa Barbara, Aspen Opera Theater Center, the New York Opera Forum, and The Boston Conservatory Opera. Kala received a BA in Political Science from Columbia University, and after graduation worked as a Senior Program Analyst with the U.S. Department of Justice. She also holds a Masterís degree from The Boston Conservatory. Kala was born in Germany, and has lived throughout Europe, the U.S., and Latin America.
J.C. HERZ is the author of Joystick Nation and Surfing on the Internet. She was the New York Times' first computer game critic and is now producing a PBS documentary on the history of videogames. J.C. serves on the National Research Council's committee on Creativity and Information Technology.
Ryan Sarver is currently the Founder of Qiio, a location-based social networking company. Ryan was previously the Chief Technology Officer of Xplana Learning, a leading educational software company located in Boston, MA. Ryan's focus is consumer-based software product development with a passion for design, usability and delivering rich experiences. Ryan is originally from Birmingham, MI and currently resides in Boston, MA.
Born in Hiroshima in 1968, Tonka Sasaki is a Japanese Jazz Singer-Song Writer-Arranger-Producer who lives in Tokyo where she released 3 original albums and 2 compilation CDs between 1997-2004. With live performances from Japan to NYC, Tonka has recently been concentrating on recording a fourth original CD "Asian Woman ". Tonka's theme, both musically and in her personal life, is that "Love is Eternal Fire ".
Isabel Walcott has worked at the crossroads of technology, media and start-ups for over ten years and loves to be involved in both the strategic and the tactical execution of innovative projects.
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John Girard has helped grow Clickability over the past three years from a garage-based dream of four Stanford graduates to a company with more than 140 brand name customers like CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine.
I am an intuitive and author. To some I am a mystic. As a mentor, or unique coach, my clients range from top-level multi national executives to progressive academics, to household name rock stars. Through The Michal Levin Institute, and especially my Energy Link Up, I make my work available to everyone. I am, of course, dedicated to the greater good.
Malcolm Lloyd, MD. Studied BioMedical Engineering at John Hopkins, followed by a Medical Degree at Dartmouth Medical School. He has worked in i-bankin, VC, the biotech industry and is the founder of three companies ranging from software to spirits.
Ori Brafman is an author, public speaker, and entrepreneur whose recent book The Starfish and the Spider explores the power of non-hierarchical systems. Ori has appeared on the BBC, National Public Radio, Fox News, and on the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch, and in recent months has been invited to speak with audiences at Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, the US Government, Stanford Business School, and Harvard Business School. His upcoming book on interpersonal influence will be published by Random House. Ori holds a BA from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University.
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With 2 engineering degrees from MIT, and after a thesis on innovative robotic grasping and a stint at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Helen Co-Founded iRobot when she was 23. iRobotís PackBot robot is deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan to perform reconnaissance and bomb disposal work. iRobotís Roomba robotic vacuum is the worldís most popular consumer robot.
How do we know that those who attend the Gathering have the power to change the world? Because many of them already have.
One weekend a year, some of the world’s brightest young inventors, artists, entertainers and entrepreneurs join together to stretch their minds and share big ideas. There is no pomp, and no pretense. Just incredibly accomplished, passionate people, talking earnestly about their passions. Every year, it is a weekend that changes lives.
This one of a kind event is called the GATHERING. It is invite only and it is truly unforgettable.