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Thursday, May 30 • 11:30am - 12:30am
Acting on Empathy: Today’s Most Seasoned Leaders & Entrepreneurs on How They Do What They Do

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Through a series of quick, TED-style talks, we’ll examine the many ways in which empathy is reshaping society, and what it takes to cultivate it. We’ll learn about the keys to movement-building in the digital age and how to activate kids to become the heroes they read about, and hear from a university President out to change the way business schools and companies see their role. We’ll explore what it takes to change an entire industry, by giving voice and a platform to consumers and building demand for a new kind of market, and examine the implications of one woman’s work to turn one-time drug dealers and gang leaders into entrepreneurs, and to drop society’s most unforgiving labels. And much more.


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Angel Cabrera

President, George Mason University
@CabreraAngel | Dr. Ángel Cabrera was named the sixth president of George Mason University effective July 2012. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in more than 200 academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides its 33,000 students from 136 countries access to diverse cultural experiences and some of the most sought-after faculty, internships, and employers in the country. Named a top... Read More →
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Aleta Margolis

Executive Director, Center for Inspired Teaching
Aleta Margolis is the Founder and Executive Director of Center for Inspired Teaching, an organization working to transform education through innovative teacher training. Inspired Teaching is building a better school experience for children by helping teachers move from information providers to Instigators of Thought, classroom leaders who empower students to learn not just what to think, but how to think. Aleta previously served as a professor of education at American University, specializing in authentic assessment, science and math education, and curriculum reform. A former public school teacher, Aleta taught in both elementary and middle schools and designed and ran alternative educational programs for court-referred high school students. In 2001, Aleta was awarded a Fellowship from Ashoka in recognition of Inspired Teaching's transformative teacher training. In 2011, Aleta helped launch the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, a DC public charter school that puts into practice the work of Center for Inspired Teaching. The school also houses the Inspired Teacher Certification Program, a teacher residency program in which Inspired Teaching Residents work under the guidance and supervision of Lead Teachers as they earn their certification.Aleta was recently profiled in a new book, Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World, for her innovative work in teacher training. Aleta received her... Read More →
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Michael Marriner

Co-Founder, Roadtrip Nation
Upon graduation Mike hit the road with two college friends in an old RV to interview leaders across America and learn how they got to where they are today. That roadtrip later turned into the book, Roadtrip Nation: A Guide to Discovering Your Road in Life. Following the book laun... Read More →
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Catherine Rohr

Founder and CEO, Defy Ventures
Catherine Rohr started Defy two years ago after founding and leading the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, a nonprofit organization that serves men throughout the Texas prison system. Under Catherine’s leadership, PEP was nationally recognized for its groundbreaking results, including 600 graduates, a return-to-prison rate of less than 5% (compared to the national average of 50%), and an employment rate of 98%. In her six-year career in private equity and venture capital, Catherine sourced $32 million in investments and worked with thousands of entrepreneurs. She graduated with a degree in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley. A three-time marathon runner, former rugby player, and California State Wrestling Champion, Catherine resides in New York City and still enjoys training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and submission grappling in her spare time. For Catherine, Defy Ventures is not about stellar numbers and media accolades... Read More →
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Andrew Slack

Executive Director, The Harry Potter Alliance
Andrew Slack grew disenchanted when he discovered that he could draw 1,000 students with a comedy show while a human rights group on the same campus would be lucky to get 5. The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) was his first step in harnessing the energy of popular culture toward civic engagement and social activism. Under... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 11:30am - 12:30am
Newseum Room 802 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

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