Erik Wahl is an artist, entrepreneur and bestselling author of Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius and Unchain the Elephant: Reframe Your Thinking to Unleash Your Potential. Pulling from his history as both a businessman and an artist, Wahl’s work is focused on unlocking the creative genius within all of us. He has shared his powerful message with leading companies including AT&T, Disney, London School of Business, Microsoft, FedEx, Exxon Mobil, Ernst & Young, and XPrize, among many others, while his artwork has raised millions of dollars for charities.
Erik’s understanding of vision was originally born in the school of disappointment. After an eight-year career as a partner at a corporate firm, he became frustrated by the lack of innovative thought and corresponding profits he saw in business. So he set out to challenge companies to change their way of thinking while simultaneously pursuing his own individual passions. He rediscovered his love for art, and now plays in the business world by working through his artistic expression. Erik’s on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor that is the core of his message, encouraging organizations toward profitability through innovations and superior performance.
Erik Wahl spoke at the WOBI Forum NYC, and he covered the following Topics:
Uncovering new ways to make your organization more creative, innovative and profitable.
Helping your employees understand the need to become better storytellers within and for your company.
Embracing change: Leveraging chaos to capitalize on opportunities.
How to sustain excellence in a changing economy: On working smarter, not harder.
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Widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Agassi earned 60 men’s singles titles, including eight Grand Slams, over a 20-year career that was characterized by a talent, drive and passion that transcended the game. Since retiring from tennis in 2006, Agassi has increased his focus on the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, which has raised over $180 million for education reform since he founded it back in 1994.
A tennis prodigy who began playing the game at the age of three, Agassi enjoyed a meteoric rise up the rankings after turning professional at the age of 16. He overcame the disappointment of losing his first three Grand Slam finals to win at Wimbledon in 1992, and would go on to become the first male player in history to win all four of the Grand Slam titles, as well as the Olympic gold medal, in one year. Over the course of his career, Agassi was forced to overcome many hurdles as he battled with both the physical demands of the game and the intense psychological pressure that came with his fame and fortune.
In addition to his incredible achievements in tennis, Agassi has devoted much of his time to the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, which he founded in 1994. Since retiring in 2006, Andre Agassi has increased his focus on his foundation and on promoting education reform, raising $180 million dollars to date to benefit its mission. In 2009, he released his autobiography, Open, which reached the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list, and in 2011 he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Andre Agassi spoke at the WOBI Forum NYC, and he covered the following Topics:
Talent is just the start: What it takes to become the best in the world and sustain success over the long term.
Developing the mental strength to give you the edge when the pressure is on.
Getting your team right: Identifying the skills and characteristics you need in those around you.
How to bounce back from the inevitable setbacks, failures and criticisms.
Setting goals and staying true to yourself: On authenticity and the importance of giving back.
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Born and raised in the Swat Valley in Pakistan, Malala has been campaigning for the rights of girls to receive an education since she was 10 years old. In October 2012, this passion for education led to the then 15-year-old Malala being shot by the Taliban while traveling home from school. After being flown to the UK for treatment, she made a miraculous recovery from the attack, and has since continued her fight for the right of everyone to receive an education. Her bravery and dedication to her cause has seen her honored throughout the world, including as the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
Following the outpouring of support that Malala received throughout her ordeal, she set up an international fund – the Malala Fund – which is dedicated to help promote education for girls throughout the world. In addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala was also named one of ‘The 100 Most Influential People in the World’ in 2013 by TIME magazine and honored with Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award. She is the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and Conscience, the International Children’s Peace Prize, and the Simone de Beauvoir Prize. She is also the author of the international bestseller I Am Malala, which has been published in over 27 territories.
Malala Yousafzai Spoke at WOBI NY -2016, Following Topics were discussed:
How to inspire others to pursue their dreams and reach their full potential: Becoming a role model that others want to follow.
Staying true to your beliefs even during the darkest hours.
The importance of equipping children around the globe with 21st century skills.
Amplify, advocate and invest: The work of the Malala Fund.
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The World of Business Ideas (WOBI) kicked off in New York today with more than 2,000 participants and presentations from disruptive, global thought leaders. This is WOBI’s 13th annual business forum and this year’s conference theme is “Be Beta,” exploring the concept of consistent innovation as strategy. In a world where emerging markets, technologies and trends challenge companies and leaders to grow, only those who can adapt and anticipate will thrive.
The 2016 event is being held at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, a world-renowned venue that is associated with elite performances from the top artists around the world.
This year’s conference brings together a dynamic roster of speakers whose startups, designs and insights have changed the business landscape. Pioneer of the Lean Start Up movement Eric Ries started the day off, followed by a world-class lineup of World Business Forum speakers, including Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai; Amy Cuddy, social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor, Vijay Govindarajan, Coxe Distinguished Professor at Tuck at Dartmouth and Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School; and JB Straubel, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at Tesla
The second day’s featured speakers will include Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford Motor Company; Andre Agassi, tennis champion and philanthropist; and Daymond John, founder, president and CEO of FUBU and co-star of ABC’s Shark Tank, among others.
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Themed “Brightening Our Future Together,” the New York Asian Women’s Center (NYAWC) Phoenix Awards will honor author Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, at its benefit gala in Manhattan next week.
NYAWC is the largest Asian American domestic violence organization in the country; a premier human trafficking serving organization; and, a national demonstration project that provides model services to sexual assault survivors. For 34+ years, NYAWC has helped women and their children overcome domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual violence and other forms of abuse by empowering them to govern their own lives.
“Over the last year and a half, we have witnessed 50% growth, both in the size of our staff and budget,” said Board Chair Karen Elizaga. “Over the next year, as we approach 35, we envision even more growth. We have the courage to think bigger and to believe that not only can we serve our clients directly to support the now 1,400 women and children who come through our doors, but that we can do work to affect systemic change.”
The masters of ceremonies will be Nina Pineda of WABC-TV and Ernabel Demillo of CUNY-TV/Asian American Life. Speakers include gala co-chair Yogesh Bahl and executive director Larry Lee. Special guests and performers are auctioneer Charles Antin, comedian Aparna Nancherla and indie rock artist Queen V.
Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is currently a co-founder of FullSky Capital, where she advises socially driven for-profit ventures, along with ventures in education, healthcare, new media technology, among other fields. She also is a senior managing director at Mid-Market Securities, a small banking boutique helping growth companies.
The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) hosted its 35th Anniversary Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in New York City. The Awards Dinner was themed “Let’s Make this the Age of Aging Better,” and celebrated leaders in finance, philanthropy, and science for their commitment to the socioeconomic impact of aging research.
AFAR presented four Awards of Distinction. Johannes J. Baensch, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer at Nestlé Skin Health S.A., was presented the Honorary Leadership Award. Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA, received the Chairman’s Award. Frances Hesselbein, President and CEO, The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, was presented with the Icon of Aging Award. Peter G. Peterson, Founder and Chairman, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, was presented the George E. and Marie J. Doty Award.
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