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2014 ISLC Theme & Speakers 

Theme

This year's theme is: “Know your story. Lead with Passion.” 

How can you inspire others to join your cause if they do not know who you are and what you believe in?

So, what are you passionate about? What inspires you? What is your story?

Think of your strengths and what drives you or motivates you. Your passion is how you leave your mark in life. It’s how you become remembered. It’s how you become a leader. 

Passions, like stories, are meant to be shared. They are meant to inform others what you live for, what motivates you to be driven and committed toward a particular issue or cause. Furthermore, as a result of sharing them, you will find other individuals with similar passions as yours. Your story and passion are what will compel others to follow you.

Don’t worry if you cannot identify your passion, or you feel like you have too many passions, as we will explore these concepts further in small and larger group activities. During the many fun and interactive workshops, offered throughout the conference, you will be given the opportunity to listen to others’ passions, as well as share your story and become a more passionate and inspiring leader. The conference will only be the beginning of your story telling journey across cultures as you will be able to develop these new skills back on your campus or wherever life takes you next.

Due to the nature of the activities we urge everyone to be present on both Friday night and Saturday.

 

Keynote Speaker

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.

[Information used with permission from the Lavin Agency]

 

Moderator

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.