Powerful Connections: 2010 Fall Meeting Speakers
About two hundred of us piled into Herban Feast on November 9, 2010 for a rapid-fire series of stories and ideas - from the Seattle Storm to eradicating blindness in India. Think TED Talk, with an SVP twist.
Each speaker had under 10 minutes to draw participants in before they turned them loose for rich discussion. Our goal? To provide a kernel, a spark, a connection – something that challenged our community to take what they’re passionate about to the next level. Check out our speaker videos below.
"At SVP we see one thing. Potential." Paul Shoemaker, our Executive Connector, challenged us to think about our own potential, how me might stretch to unlock that potential, and who might be touched by the ripples we create.
How was SVP connected to the Storm winning a WNBA championship? Dawn Trudeau, co-owner of the Seattle Storm describes this unlikely relationship.
"Poets use words to make invisible connections to your heart, other people, to the world, and most importantly, from your own head to your heart," shares Emily Warn. Hear her poem here.
UW's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) is revolutionizing how we help our babies learn. But just a few years ago Seattle almost lost this breakthrough facility.
Usually, if one comes from a corporate background, especially from a Starbucks executive background, that means that person is the expert... right? Tim Schottman, Senior VP for Global Programs at Sightlife, describes his realization that despite his extended professional experience, he had more to learn from his new position at an international NGO than a Starbucks background could provide.
The invisible connections we make every day can save a life, solve the case, or inspire us all... even Matlock figures into this narrative somehow!
There are no dumb questions, right? That’s what we’re told anyway. Yet how often do we actually speak up when we don’t know the answer? On November 9, Stephanie Cherrington talked about how sharing one small, vulnerable moment provided unexpected opportunities. Check out her story here.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew that I didn’t want to just help people buy things faster.” Lisa Chin, Executive Director of Year Up Seattle weaves together her journey from Amazon to the nonprofit sector, with the story of Roberto, a Year Up student who is twarting the opportunity divide.
"As the words: 'Oh, we’re searching for a new ED' hit my ears, something strange happens. Everything slows down and starts to become hyper-real … When suddenly I realize, oh my god, THAT’S my job!"