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How has Technology Changed Community Competitiveness?: Ted Abernathy

How has Technology Changed Community Competitiveness?: Ted Abernathy

 

Born in Dallas, N.C., Ted received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; his Master’s from Johns Hopkins University, is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute and is an Eisenhower Fellow for global economics. His 33-year economic development career has included work for cities, counties, regions and the private sector. The Southern Growth Policies Board, where Ted has served as executive director since 2008, is a 42-year old public policy think tank that provides economic development research, strategic planning and policy advice for 12 Southern states and for communities and organizations across the south. Current work includes state innovation, local economic development planning, innovative regional clusters, workforce-economic development alignment and civic engagement. Prior to his time at Southern Growth, Ted served as Executive Vice President and COO for the Research Triangle Regional Partnership where he developed and implemented national award winning strategic plans. As an economic futurist Ted speaks to over 100 groups annually.

Finding and Retaining the Right Talent

Finding and Retaining the Right Talent

 

Evan Wittenberg, Senior Vice President of People at Box, and Kyung Yoon, CEO of Talent Age Associates, came together at the Innovation Talent Roundtable for a conversation about what it takes to find and retain the best talent at all levels across an organization. Greg McKeown (MBA ’08), CEO of THIS, Inc. moderated the panel.  

The social brain and its superpowers: Matthew Lieberman, Ph.D.

The social brain and its superpowers: Matthew Lieberman, Ph.D.

 

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Neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman explains that through his studies he’s learned that our kryptonite is ignoring the importance of our social superpowers and by building on our social intuition, we can make ourselves smarter, happier, and more productive. In this TEDx Talk, Lieberman explores groundbreaking research in social neuroscience that reveals that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental than our need for food or shelter and that the social pain and pleasure we experience has just as much impact as physical pain and pleasure.

Let go of the people who dull your shine

How to Get the Most Out of Your Mentor with Richard Dale

How to Get the Most Out of Your Mentor with Richard Dale

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There are more an more opportunities for young startups to be introduced to great mentors (and some not-so-great ones). Whether in a framework like the Harvard i-lab, or Techstars or Y-Combinator, mentorship is now more available than ever before. This presentation looks at how to get the best from those mentoring relationships, some of the pitfalls to avoid, and some opportunities to embrace.

Richard Dale is Managing Director ofBig Data Boston Ventures, a new VC fund that invests in early stage big data companies. Richard’s proven leadership abilities combined with deep technical and operational expertise provide a platform to advise entrepreneurs in building solid technology companies. Richard is a well-regarded mentor to founders of early stage startups in the Big Data Boston and Sigma portfolios, as well as other startups including many from TechStars Boston, MassChallenge, and HealthBox Boston.

Previously Richard was a Principal at Sigma Partners and before that was a co-founder at Phase Forward, a provider of software services for pharmaceutical clinical trials which went public and later was sold to Oracle. Prior to that Richard worked in a series of management and technical roles at leading technology startups in the Boston area.

How to Build a Team | Eric Papp | Teambuilding

How to Build a Team | Eric Papp | Teambuilding

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Work with a highly sought after Leadership speaker and leadership consultant. Organizations and Associations. Experience the difference in working with a professional speaker who listens first and then speaks. Eric helps organizations build teams.

Empowering Meaningful Connectedness: Claire Huijnen

Empowering Meaningful Connectedness: Claire Huijnen

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Claire Huijnen describes herself as a peoples person, interested in connectedness. She specializes in Companion Robotics and is a cognitive psychologist & UX designer.

Claire’s mixed educational background of Cognitive Psychology /Human Factors (Maastricht University, NL) and a second post-doc Master from the Technical University (Eindhoven, NL) on User System Interaction gives her the ability to co-innovate from a user’s perspective. Claire loves to co-create innovations – together with (other) passionate people – striving to empower people to better care for themselves and for their beloved ones (as they age). Empower people to connect meaningfully and feel connected. Enable people to create, share and enjoy special moments.

 

A lie spreads quickly

Texting that saves lives – Nancy Lublin

Texting that saves lives – Nancy Lublin

When Nancy Lublin started texting teenagers to help with her social advocacy organization, what she found was shocking — they started texting back about their own problems, from bullying to depression to abuse. So she’s setting up a text-only crisis line, and the results might be even more important than she expected.

 

What we learned from 5 million books – Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel

What we learned from 5 million books – Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel

Have you played with Google Labs’ Ngram Viewer? It’s an addicting tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how it works, and a few of the surprising things we can learn from 500 billion words.