2015 ISLC Theme & Speakers
This year’s theme is: ”ethical leadership.”
Being an ethical leader sometimes means having to take actions that are inconvenient and unpopular, but an ethical leader is always one who sees the interconnectedness of individuals, cultures, experiences and passions by implementing multidisciplinary solutions to address complex problems. An ethical leader thinks outside of the box, and relies on others to obtain different perspectives and solutions by trusting and empowering them.
In Do Cool Sh*t Miki Agrawal, this year’s ISLC keynote speaker, writes, “…it’s cool to care and be excited about ideas, it’s cool to be proactive, it’s cool to mess up, it’s cool to work your ass off on something that is meaningful to you, and it’s cool to keep trying when the odds are stacked against you.”
Learn what it takes to create your own path to entrepreneurship, find fulfillment and above all to become an ethical leader.
Due to the nature of the activities we urge everyone to be present on both Friday night and Saturday.
As a Deutsche Bank alum, former professional soccer player as well as serial entrepreneur, Miki Agrawal has been hailed by many publications and thinkers as one of the foremost millenials creating global shift on the business and social front with her dynamic combination of energy, hutzpah and international savoir-faire having lived abroad, traveled extensively and herself being French-Canadian of Japanese-Indian descent.
At age 26, Agrawal opened the acclaimed farm-to-table pizza restaurant WILD (formerly known as SLICE PERFECT) in New York City. She has since partnered with Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to open the restaurant concept in Las Vegas; other locations and franchises are in the works. Agrawal works with local farms and suppliers, helping support hundreds of local jobs.
She is also a partner in her twin sister’s multi-media company Super Sprowtz, which focuses on nutrition and wellness education for children through story, songs, and play. Recently, the Super Sprowtz vegetable puppets performed at the White House, opening for President Obama.
Agrawal’s latest undertaking is THINX, a women’s empowerment apparel company that provides a sustainable underwear solution for women to wear during their "time of the month" and beyond. The organization has teamed up with AFRIpads, an organization in Uganda, to fund seven reusable cloth pads for every pair of THINX underwear sold; its mission is to get millions of women around the world back in school. THINX recently won the Daily Grommet Challenge and was nominated for Good Housekeeping’s 2014 Very Innovative Product (VIP) Award.
Miki Agrawal received the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival’s Disruptive Innovation Award. She has spoken at TEDx, the United Nations, Cornell Entrepreneurship Conference, Sustainability Summit, Women’s Collaborative, and Google.
Her book Do Cool Sh*t “liberates readers from conventional thinking and restrictions, freeing them to pursue their passions and make a living at the same time” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Agrawal has been featured prominently in the media, including on ABC, in The New York Times, and even the United Nations. She is an active member of top change-maker organizations such as Forbes Women, Tribeca Film Festival, and Nexus Summit.
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Salorne McDonald has agreed to serve as advisor to the ISLC Committee, and as the moderator of the Conference. Many of you remember Salorne as the 2006 keynote speaker from Trinidad and Tobago who was kind enough to return in 2007 to lead Friday night activities and a workshop. With Salorne acting as advisor and moderator, we anticipate increased conference cohesion and energy.
Salorne was born in the rural eastern part of the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. During his formative years Salorne was involved in youth clubs, debating competitions, and school student councils, which provided rich training for his current work, and helped to develop his gift of gab. Ardent work with the youth of his own nation and others around the world has given him an uncommon understanding of the life and development issues that young people face globally. Becoming involved in HIV and AIDS peer education sparked a special passion with Salorne, whose current position is the Regional Behavior Change Communication Manager with PSI/SFH in Trinidad. Salorne also works with the local YMCA and Trinidad Youth Council, providing education and leadership training to youth in his nation and abroad. A specialist in working with particularly vulnerable populations, he continues to aid in policy development as well as project planning and execution.