Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Intersection Event

I'm fortunate to be participating in the Intersection Event--read all about it and join me if you're interested

The Intersection Eventa unique day-long event related to innovation and its effect on the major social issues of our time, will be held inside Google’s Mountain View headquarters on Saturday, January 19, 2013. During this unparalleled day-long experience, the most respected innovators in the world converge with leading social change agents to tackle some of the greatest issues of our time. The goal of The Intersection Event is to create intersections of attendees from a wide range of backgrounds who can collaborate to uncover innovations with an impact on social change that are beneficial to themselves, their companies and the global community. Each year, the event is held inside a different venue that embodies innovation and a commitment to helping propel social change.

This year’s event will be the location for the first annual Gratitude Awards, which will award a total of $30,000 to three education-focused social enterprise organizations. The inaugural Gratitude Awards will honor non-profits or social entrepreneurs with high potential to move the needle on global social issues through ground-breaking innovations on education. Five finalists will be invited to attend The Intersection Event complimentary and three winners will be named on stage at the close of the event. One Winner will receive $15,000; a Runner-Up will receive $10,000; and an “Audience Pick” will receive $5,000 in funding. Interested parties can enter at

The first wave of speaker announcements reveals a powerful lineup of innovators from a wide range of industries. More speakers will be announced soon.
-          Bill Draper, Managing Partner, Draper Richards
-          Evan Williams, Co-Founder of Twitter  and CEO of The Obvious Corporation
-          Lorraine Twohill, Vice President Global Marketing, Google
-          Dr. Ed Catmull, President, Pixar Animation Studios
-          Sheryl WuDunn, Author, Half the Sky and Senior Managing Director, Mid-Market Securities
-          Reid Hoffman, Executive Chairman of LinkedIn and Partner, Greylock Capital
-          Nathan Myhrvold, Former CTO of Microsoft and Founder of Intellectual Ventures
-          Bill Drayton, Founder, Chair and CEO of Ashoka
-          Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO of CARE USA
-          Eric Nadelstern, Former Deputy Chancellor of NY City Public School System
-          Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson
-          Jason Yotopoulos, Executive Vice President Global Research and Business Incubation at SAP
-          Frans Johansson, Author, The Medici Effect and The Click Moment
-          Marla Olmstead, Artist
-          Guru Singh, Teacher, Minister, 3rd Generation Yogi
-          Randy Haykin, Chairman, Haykin Capital and The Gratitude Network
-          Dr. Chris Pitt, President/CEO, VivaGlobal and Managing Director, Gratitude Global
-          Maureen Devlin, Educator, Wayland Public Schools
In addition to its subject matter, speakers, attendees and venue, The Intersection Event is made even more unique in the way it directly supports entrepreneurial endeavors. Proceeds from The Intersection Event are donated to its non-profit 501(c)3 host, The Gratitude Fund , a non-profit social venture fund seeking to empower gifted social entrepreneurs who are embracing innovative products, business models and leadership practices in order to address and defeat social challenges. A selection of social ventures will be “crowd-funded” through The Intersection Event series.

Prospective attendees must apply for one of the 300 coveted seats at the 2013 event. Applications are open now

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Thank you,
The Intersection Team