Global Livestream 2018

Sir Ken Robinson

Global Leader in Educational Transformation, NYTimes Bestselling Author 9am: Creativity + Education

Sir Ken Robinson

Global Leader in Educational Transformation, NYTimes Bestselling Author 9am: Creativity + Education

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, is a global leader in educational transformation and a New York Times bestselling author. The #1 most watched speaker in the history of the prestigious TED conference, Fast Company calls him “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation”. Professor Emeritus at the University of Warwick in the UK, he advises governments, corporations, education systems, and some of the world's leading cultural organizations. His bestselling books have been translated into twenty-three languages.

Dr. Angela Duckworth - 9:30

Author of GRIT, Founder & CEO, Character Lab

Dr. Angela Duckworth - 9:30

Author of GRIT, Founder & CEO, Character Lab

Angela Duckworth is the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. Angela studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ and yet powerfully predict success and well-being. A 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Angela has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is a New York Times bestseller.

Krista Tippett

Journalist, Author, Host of ON BEING

Krista Tippett

Journalist, Author, Host of ON BEING

Krista Tippett is a peabody-award-winning broadcaster and creater and host of the acclaimed public radio program and podcast “On Being”, which takes up the great animating questions of human life: What does it mean to be human and how do we want to live? In 2014, Tippett was awarded the National Humanities Medal by U.S. President Barack Obama. Her book Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living is a New York Times Best-seller.

HOSTS

Makenzie Darling

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Character Day

Makenzie Darling

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Character Day

Makenzie’s specialty is forging strategic partnerships, building community, and executing events that bring about social change. She has grown the Character Day movement to over 133,000 events in 150 countries by working with school districts, government officials, and corporations around the world. Makenzie created and manages a global Ambassador program that engages individuals looking to implement social and emotional learning practices into their curriculum. She conducts professional development seminars to large entities wanting to roll out programming to offices and districts worldwide. Makenzie has been a keynote speaker and panelist for subjects ranging from education, technology, gender equity, social change, and SEL.

Sawyer Steele

Filmmaker, Head of Productions for Let it Ripple, Co-Founder Character Day

Sawyer Steele

Filmmaker, Head of Productions for Let it Ripple, Co-Founder Character Day

Sawyer Steele is Head of Productions and co-founder of Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change. He has co-written, co-produced, and co-edited several award-winning films including the Sundance film Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death, and Technology; The Adaptable Mind; A Declaration of Interdependence, and many more. He was Voice Over Director for the award-winning Sundance film The Royal Road. He produced and co-wrote the Emmy-nominated AOL Original series The Future Starts Here, which includes an episode TransBoom, where he shares his experience being transgender and his thoughts around the past, present, and future of being trans. He co-founded Character Day and 50/50 Day.

Renee Wilson

Filmmaker, Writer, Actor, Singer/Songwriter

Renee Wilson

Filmmaker, Writer, Actor, Singer/Songwriter

Director, writer, actor, singer and songwriter Renée Wilson has been working in film, television and theatre for over 20 years and is perhaps
best known for portraying Raelette Pat Lyle in the Academy Awarding -Winning film Ray. Renée directed and produced the documentary Crepe
Covered Sidewalks about her hometown of New Orleans post hurricane Katrina. The documentary was the centerpiece film of The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival and Renée won the Best New Filmmaker award at the Peachtree Village International Film Festival. Wilson’s film work has been generously supported by The Nation, One Foundation, Aepoch Fund, Panta Rhea Foundation and many individual donors. In 2010 Renée released her debut album, Voodoo Queen and is set to release her second record All About Love in 2018. Currently Renée lives in the Bay Area and is writing a one woman show and her first narrative feature film Again.

Tiffany Shlain

Filmmaker, Foundation of The Webby Awards, Executive Director of Let it Ripple, Co-Founder Character Day

Tiffany Shlain

Filmmaker, Foundation of The Webby Awards, Executive Director of Let it Ripple, Co-Founder Character Day

Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, author, founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of two global initiatives, Character Day and 50/50 Day--unified days of film and discussion about important issues shaping our lives that unite over 100,000 live events. Character Day explores the science of character and 50/50 Day focuses on gender equity. Selected by the Albert Einstein Foundation as a contributor to Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, Tiffany’s films and work have received over 80 awards and distinctions including premieres at The Sundance Film Festival and being selected by The US State Department to use her films to represent America around the world. She serves on the Leadership Board of The Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard's Boston Children's Hospital and she is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute. www.tiffanyshlain.com @tiffanyshlain

8am PT – SESSION 1

8:00: CHARACTER IN THE US AIR FORCE with Lieutenant General Anthony Cotton
8:20: DESIGNING YOUR LIFE with Stanford’s Bill Burnett
8:40: JEWISH VALUES, MIDDOT, AND CHARACTER with Rabbi Sydney Mintz
8:55: Live Events in Hong Kong, Texas, and Mississippi

LT. GEN. ANTHONY COTTON

Commander and President, Air University; Leadership Center, US Air Force

LT. GEN. ANTHONY COTTON

Commander and President, Air University; Leadership Center, US Air Force

Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton is Commander and President, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He provides full spectrum education, research and outreach at every level through professional military education, professional continuing education and academic degree granting. He leads the intellectual and leadership center of the U.S. Air Force, graduating more than 50,000 resident and 120,000 non-resident officers, enlisted and civilian personnel each year.

Dr. BILL BURNETT

Executive Director, Stanford University Design Program

Dr. BILL BURNETT

Executive Director, Stanford University Design Program

Bill Burnett is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Executive Director of the design programs at Stanford University. He received his degrees in Mechanical Engineering – Product Design at Stanford in 1979 and 1982. Bill is the co-author of Designing Your Life, based on a Stanford class of the same name.

Rabbi SYDNEY MINTZ

Rabbi, Congregation Emanu-El

Rabbi SYDNEY MINTZ

Rabbi, Congregation Emanu-El

Rabbi Sydney Mintz was ordained in 1997 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She is the founder of the award winning Late Shabbat Young Adult Program at Congregation Emanu-El where she has served as Rabbi since her ordination in 1997. She became a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem after completing her fellowship in 2004. Sydney currently serves on the National Board of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and as a Rabbinic Scholar for American Jewish World Service. She is a graduate of Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program and is a member of the US State Department’s Working Group on Religion and Social Justice. She led Team Emanu-El in the AIDS Lifecycle Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles and is an avid open ocean swimmer. In 2016, Rabbi Mintz became a Resident in the San Francisco Film Society’s Film House Residency program. Rabbi Mintz has been leading retreats and workshops for the past 20 years.

9am PT – SESSION 2

9am: DO SCHOOLS KILL CREATIVITY? with SIR KEN ROBINSON
9:15: MATH, SCIENCE, + GROWTH MINDSET with OLYMPIA LEPOINT
9:30: GRIT, PASSION, and CLASSROOMS with DR. ANGELA DUCKWORTH

Sir Ken Robinson

Global Leader in Educational Transformation, NYTimes Bestselling Author

Sir Ken Robinson

Global Leader in Educational Transformation, NYTimes Bestselling Author

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, is a global leader in educational transformation and a New York Times bestselling author. The #1 most watched speaker in the history of the prestigious TED conference, Fast Company calls him “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation”. Professor Emeritus at the University of Warwick in the UK, he advises governments, corporations, education systems, and some of the world's leading cultural organizations. His bestselling books have been translated into twenty-three languages.

Olympia LePoint

Rocket Scientist, Author, Host of Answers Unleashed

Olympia LePoint

Rocket Scientist, Author, Host of Answers Unleashed

Hailed the “Modern Day Hidden Figure” by PEOPLE Magazine and “The New Einstein” by fans, Olympia LePoint is an award-winning rocket scientist and TED Speaker who hosts 'Answers Unleashed' talk show. Featured on NBC, CBS, PBS, Impact Theory, LePoint inspires millions with her NASA stories and her trauma resilience in her books Answers Unleashed: The Science of Unleashing Your Brain’s Power and Mathaphobia: How You Can Overcome Your Math Fears and Become a Rocket Scientist.

Dr. Angela Duckworth

Author of GRIT, Founder & CEO, Character Lab

Dr. Angela Duckworth

Author of GRIT, Founder & CEO, Character Lab

Angela Duckworth is the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. Angela studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ and yet powerfully predict success and well-being. A 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Angela has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is a New York Times bestseller.

10am PT – SESSION 3

10am: CREATING A NATIONAL DIALOGUE with SONIA BROWN
10:15: Live Events in Bulgaria and Lexington, Massachusetts
10:30: NO BULLY, BEYOND DIFFERENCES with LAURA TALMUS and NICHOLAS CARLISLE
10:45: FINDING PURPOSE, UNLOCKING POTENTIAL with ELAN DIVON

Sonia Brown

Chair, Character Day Bahamas

Sonia Brown

Chair, Character Day Bahamas

As an avid podcast listener, Sonia was listening to Tiffany Shlain being interviewed on the Harvard Business Review’s Ideacast during Character Day 2015 when she started thinking about ways to start a national dialogue on character and bring this movement to The Bahamas. She has worked with not-for-profits for over 20 years, primarily with the Providing Access to Continued Education (PACE) programme, a school for teenage mothers. In doing so, she has observed that there is an extensive support system available for young people in The Bahamas after they face challenges and difficulty.

Laura Talmus

Co-Founder, Beyond Differences

Laura Talmus

Co-Founder, Beyond Differences

Laura Talmus co-founded Beyond Differences along with her husband, Averell “Ace” Smith, following the unexpected death of their daughter Lili Rachel Smith in October 2009. She is passionate about bringing awareness to the issue of adolescent social isolation. Beyond Differences is a student-led social justice organization dedicated to creating a culture of belonging for middle schoolers. Laura had spent over thirty-five years as a political fundraising consultant. She has received numerous awards and recognitions.

Nicholas Carlisle

Founder, CEO, No Bully

Nicholas Carlisle

Founder, CEO, No Bully

Having experienced firsthand the reality of school bullying when he was a teenager at school in London, Nicholas is committed to creating schools that live by values of respect and compassion. He graduated from Oxford University, worked as a barrister in London and served as chairman of the non-profit section of Amnesty International in Britain. He practiced in California as a child and family psychotherapist and researched with Professor Eric Rofes the effects of school bullying, published in the Journal of Traumatology.

Elan Divon

Founder & CEO, Divon Academy

Elan Divon

Founder & CEO, Divon Academy

Elan Divon is a Harvard-trained author and speaker dedicated to helping people unlock their potential and find their path. He is also the founder and CEO of Divon Academy; an organization that prepares students and young professionals for success and greater self-mastery in a noisy, chaotic, and competitive world. More recently, Elan co-founded the Einstein Legacy Project to inspire the next generation of brilliant minds on the planet. More about Elan at www.elandivon.com

11am PT – SESSION 4

11am: ON BECOMING WISE with KRISTA TIPPETT
11:15: SCREEN TIME + (SELF)-REGULATION with DELANEY RUSTON and BROOKE SHANNON
11:30: POSITIVE JUDAISM with RABBI DARREN LEVINE
11:45: FROM SANDY HOOK TRAGEDY TO SEL with SCARLETT LEWIS

Krista Tippett

Journalist, Author, Host of ON BEING

Krista Tippett

Journalist, Author, Host of ON BEING

Krista Tippett is a peabody-award-winning broadcaster and creater and host of the acclaimed public radio program and podcast “On Being”, which takes up the great animating questions of human life: What does it mean to be human and how do we want to live? In 2014, Tippett was awarded the National Humanities Medal by U.S. President Barack Obama. Her book Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living is a New York Times Best-seller.

Delaney Ruston

Physician, Filmmaker of award-winning documentary Screenagers

Delaney Ruston

Physician, Filmmaker of award-winning documentary Screenagers

Delaney Ruston, a Stanford trained physician and the creator of Screenagers, has spent many years creating films for social change, including Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia, about her father, and Hidden Pictures about global mental health. Her latest film, Screenagers, has already brought together over 2.5 million kids and adults in 60 countries to promote youth well being.

Brooke Shannon

Executive Director, Wait Until 8th

Brooke Shannon

Executive Director, Wait Until 8th

Brooke Shannon is the founder and the executive director of Wait Until 8th. The organization empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade. Brooke has a Master's in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University and B.A. in Political Science and Communications from University of Miami. She believes all children should experience a childhood filled with outside play, long afternoons with a books and puzzles and time without the presence of a screen.

Rabbi Darren Levine

Rabbi Darren Levine, Founder of Positive Judaism

Rabbi Darren Levine

Rabbi Darren Levine, Founder of Positive Judaism

Darren is the founding rabbi of Tamid and first set the vision for our synagogue in 2011. He cares deeply about building community, moral education, and creative Jewish expression and is the founder of Positive Judaism: A New Vision for Jewish Life in the 21st Century. He writes a blog for Beliefnet.com, hosts a regular podcast, and his book, “Positive Judaism: A Rabbi’s Guide to Wellbeing and Happiness” will be published by Behrman House and available in the Fall of 2019.

Scarlett Lewis

Founder, Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement

Scarlett Lewis

Founder, Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement

Scarlett Lewis founded the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement after her son was murdered during the Sandy Hook tragedy in December 2012. Shortly after his death, Scarlett decided to be part of the solution to the issues that we're seeing in our society—and that also caused the tragedy. She created the Movement and became an advocate for social and emotional learning (SEL) that teaches children how to manage their emotions, feel connected, and have healthy relationships.

NOON PT – SESSION 5

12pm: RESILIENCE + STANDING STRONG with DR. SEAN STEPHENSON
12:30: BUILDING CHARACTER THROUGH LITERATURE with SARAH LAPIDO MANYIKA
12:45: TECHNOLOGY SHABBATS with Co-Founders TIFFANY SHLAIN and SAWYER STEELE

Dr. Sean Stephenson

Author, Therapist, Speaker

Dr. Sean Stephenson

Author, Therapist, Speaker

Dr. Sean Stephenson was predicted not to survive at birth because of a rare bone disorder that stunted his growth and caused his bones to be extremely fragile. Despite his challenges, he took a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. The Biography Channel produced an hour-long feature on his life called, Three Foot Giant. His international best-selling book, Get Off Your “But” has been translated into over a dozen different languages.

Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Writer, Academic

Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Writer, Academic

Sarah is a writer, academic and overall lover of stories. Her debut novel, In Dependence, sold over 3 million copies, while her second novel, Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, was shortlisted for the UK’s Goldsmith Prize and the California Book Award. Her non fiction includes personal essays and intimate profiles of people she meets from Mrs Harris to Toni Morrison. Sarah was Founding Books Editor of Ozy Books and a long-time lecturer at San Francisco State University. Sarah is a cheerleader of writers from here to Lagos and Harare and serves as Board Director for the women’s writers residency, Hedgebrook.

Tiffany Shlain

Founder of Webby Awards, Co-Founder, Character Day

Tiffany Shlain

Founder of Webby Awards, Co-Founder, Character Day

Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, author, founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of two global initiatives, Character Day and 50/50 Day--unified days of film and discussion about important issues shaping our lives that unite over 100,000 live events. Character Day explores the science of character and 50/50 Day focuses on gender equity. Selected by the Albert Einstein Foundation as a contributor to Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, Tiffany’s films and work have received over 80 awards and distinctions including premieres at The Sundance Film Festival and being selected by The US State Department to use her films to represent America around the world. She serves on the Leadership Board of The Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard's Boston Children's Hospital and she is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute. www.tiffanyshlain.com @tiffanyshlain

WRAP

1:30pm PT: LIVE FROM REFINERY29 in NYC, and wrap from the Character Day studios

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Makenzie Darling

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS, CHARACTER DAY

Makenzie Darling

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS, CHARACTER DAY

Makenzie’s specialty is forging strategic partnerships, building community, and executing events that bring about social change. She has grown the Character Day movement to over 133,000 events in 150 countries by working with school districts, government officials, and corporations around the world. Makenzie created and manages a global Ambassador program that engages individuals looking to implement social and emotional learning practices into their curriculum. She conducts professional development seminars to large entities wanting to roll out programming to offices and districts worldwide. Makenzie has been a keynote speaker and panelist for subjects ranging from education, technology, gender equity, social change, and SEL.

Sawyer Steele

FILMMAKER, HEAD OF PRODUCTIONS FOR LET IT RIPPLE, CO-FOUNDER CHARACTER DAY

Sawyer Steele

FILMMAKER, HEAD OF PRODUCTIONS FOR LET IT RIPPLE, CO-FOUNDER CHARACTER DAY

Sawyer Steele is Head of Productions and co-founder of Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change. He has co-written, co-produced, and co-edited several award-winning films including the Sundance film Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death, and Technology; The Adaptable Mind; A Declaration of Interdependence, and many more. He was Voice Over Director for the award-winning Sundance film The Royal Road. He produced and co-wrote the Emmy-nominated AOL Original series The Future Starts Here, which includes an episode TransBoom, where he shares his experience being transgender and his thoughts around the past, present, and future of being trans. He co-founded Character Day and 50/50 Day.

Renee Wilson

FILMMAKER, WRITER, ACTOR, SINGER/SONGWRITER

Renee Wilson

FILMMAKER, WRITER, ACTOR, SINGER/SONGWRITER

Director, writer, actor, singer and songwriter Renée Wilson has been working in film, television and theatre for over 20 years and is perhaps best known for portraying Raelette Pat Lyle in the Academy Awarding -Winning film Ray. Renée directed and produced the documentary Crepe Covered Sidewalks about her hometown of New Orleans post hurricane Katrina. The documentary was the centerpiece film of The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival and Renée won the Best New Filmmaker award at the Peachtree Village International Film Festival. Wilson’s film work has been generously supported by The Nation, One Foundation, Aepoch Fund, Panta Rhea Foundation and many individual donors. In 2010 Renée released her debut album, Voodoo Queen and is set to release her second record All About Love in 2018. Currently Renée lives in the Bay Area and is writing a one woman show and her first narrative feature film Again.

Tiffany Shlain

FILMMAKER, FOUNDATION OF THE WEBBY AWARDS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LET IT RIPPLE, CO-FOUNDER CHARACTER DAY

Tiffany Shlain

FILMMAKER, FOUNDATION OF THE WEBBY AWARDS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LET IT RIPPLE, CO-FOUNDER CHARACTER DAY

Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, author, founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of two global initiatives, Character Day and 50/50 Day--unified days of film and discussion about important issues shaping our lives that unite over 100,000 live events. Character Day explores the science of character and 50/50 Day focuses on gender equity. Selected by the Albert Einstein Foundation as a contributor to Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, Tiffany’s films and work have received over 80 awards and distinctions including premieres at The Sundance Film Festival and being selected by The US State Department to use her films to represent America around the world. She serves on the Leadership Board of The Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard's Boston Children's Hospital and she is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute. www.tiffanyshlain.com @tiffanyshlain