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UP Alumni In The News 10.19.11

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Just 9 days stand between us and The UP Experience 2011, can you believe it? Time sure flies when you are discovering the people and achievements who are determining today what the world will look like tomorrow.

We hope we’ll see all of you on October 27th! Check out our Facebook page and Twitter feeds for live updates from UP on the 27th!

UP 09 alumni, Peter Diamandis, kicked off a week-long program for entrepreneurs at Singularity University this past week by saying that optimism is the key to business success. Check out why he says, “the world is getting better at an accelerating rate.”

rethink your workplace at UP 11! Photo Courtesy of Flickr/Michael Lokner

And as the world gets better some of us are feeling the stress of so much to do. If that sounds like you check out this post on how to be more positive at work that cites the research of UP 08 speaker Shawn Achor.

UP 10 alum Richard Florida tackled business from another angle, examining, “How Startups Have Changed the Way American Business Thinks” in The Atlantic.
Can’t wait until October 27th for your next dose of UP? Get your fix now on The UP Experience YouTube channel!

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Top 10 Reasons UP is a Great Investment!

Monday, September 19th, 2011

There is just one day left to take advantage of incredible registration deals for you and an educator or out-of-town friend, family member of colleague. Don’t wait another minute! Get the details here.

Still considering UP? For attendees, The UP Experience is much more than a one day event. Each year at UP you’ll find inspirations that drive you all year, and you’ll make connections that will help you get ahead personally and professionally. Check out our top 10 reasons to invest in UP:

1.  You’ll be exposed to 16 thought leaders who have all achieved enormous success and are ready and willing to share their unique perspectives and insights with YOU.

2.  By enhancing and improving your own perspective, your business and those around you will also improve.

3.  You’ll instantly be better informed by staying ahead of trends and changes taking place in our own backyard and around the globe…changes that are making a difference to YOU.

4.  Learning through the experiences and successes of others provides the kind of motivation and inspiration that facilitates great achievements.

5.  Expanding your mind to trends and concepts you don’t experience every day will make you more aware, more open-minded, and more innovative.

6.  You’ll begin to think differently – both professionally and personally – and will receive “takeaways”  that can be applied to every aspect of your life.

7.  It’s an opportunity to be a part of something unique in Houston that it is consistently attended by many of the city’s most prominent individuals, business leaders, and corporations.

8. Demonstrates that you are socially, culturally, economically, and globally responsible and aware.

9.  It’s a powerful networking opportunity that allows you to engage with others in a way that is impactful, meaningful, and memorable.

10. It’s in your own backyard – no travel, no hotel, no expense reports – just a mentally challenging and invigorating day!

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UP Alumni In The News 8.24.11

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

This week in addition to UP Alumni news, we’ve got UP Founder news! UP Experience co-founder Sheryl Rapp has been selected by Texas Executive Women as one of their 2011 Women On The Move. Houston Woman Magazine wrote about the upcoming awards in their latest issue.

Also this week:

Yesterday's East Coast earthquake should be a warning says Michio Kaku. Image courtesy of flickr/digitalsadhu

UP 10 speaker Michio Kaku commented in near real time on yesterday’s East Coast earthquake.

UP 09 speaker Peter Diamandis and his X Prize Foundation were featured on CBS News for their work “to solve the unsolvable.”

UP 09-11 speaker and emcee David Eagleman‘s pioneering research on time perception was included in an article from Wired, “Why Some Seconds Seem to Last Forever.”

Congrats are in order for UP 10 speaker Gracie Cavnar who has been recognized by Self magazine as one of three winners of their “Women Doing Good” award.

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UP Alumni In The News 8.10.11

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Happy Wednesday UP blog readers! We took a great end of summer vacation last week but are back with lots of UP alumni news today! This past week:

UP 08 speaker Craig Kielburger took to The Huffington Post’s Canadian website to discuss the importance of long term action over one time aid in solving the problems of East Africa.

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Blogs buzzed this week as it was announced that UP 09 speaker and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is joining with Seth MacFarlane to produce a new version of Carl Sagan’s popular mini-series “Cosmos.” MacFarlane might be more easily recognized as the man behind the hit Fox television series, “Family Guy.”

Meanwhile The Independent spent time examining the question, “Is David Eagleman the cleverest man in America?

UP 09 speaker Robert Ballard, best known for his discovery of the wreck of the RMS Titanic, will be returning to the site of the shipwreck to photograph the ship’s stern for a new attraction dedicated to the Titanic in Belfast.

And, as everyone wraps up the summer travel season, UP 10 speaker David Pogue shares, “Five (and Then Some) Tech Tips For Travel.”

Have a great rest of the week!

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Journalism, Economist and Expert on China-U.S. Relations, Joshua Cooper Ramo, joins UP 2011

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

We are pleased to welcome Joshua Cooper Ramo, managing director of Kissinger Associates, and a scholar who clearly understands the cultural, historical, and political intricacies of China, viewed often as a conundrum by the rest the world.

Prior to entering the advisory business, Joshua was an award-winning journalist and the senior editor and foreign editor of TIME magazine. Among his nearly two-dozen cover stories were the 1997 Man of the Year profile of Andy Grove, an award-winning profile of Kofi Annan, and, most recently, reports on unemployment in America and China-U.S. relations. He is also the author of the New York Times best-selling book The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Order Constantly Surprises Us and What We Can Do About It, which has been published in nearly 20 languages.

A Mandarin speaker, Joshua divides his time between Beijing and New York City. He has been hailed “one of China’s leading foreign-born scholars” by the World Economic Forum, and he has written numerous papers on China’s development, which have been widely distributed in China and abroad. In 2008, Joshua served as China Analyst for NBC during the Summer Olympics in Beijing and shared an Emmy and a Peabody Award for his work on the opening ceremonies alongside Matt Lauer and Bob Costas.

Trained as an economist, Joshua holds degrees from the University of Chicago and New York University. He has been a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Asia21 Leaders Program, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and Global Leaders for Tomorrow, an advisory board member of the Leaders Project, and co-founder of the U.S.-China Young Leaders Forum. In addition, he has spent two sabbaticals working with AIDS hospices in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

To learn more about Joshua Cooper Ramo and hear his fascinating insights on the future of China, sign UP today.

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Welcome Back Brené Brown!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Who guessed it? The clues we posted on Friday to our mystery UP Alumni guest all point to one person, Brené Brown!

Brené wowed attendees in 2009 with a frank, engaging and moving talk on her studies of shame in our society. Her research has gone on to focus on leadership, vulnerability and “wholeheartedness.” She’ll join us again at UP 2011 for an update on the last few years of her work.

Check out her talk from UP 2009 here.

If you are not already familiar with Brene, she holds her Ph.D, LMSW, and is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work. Her sense of humor, along with 10 years of research studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame make her an extraordinary presenter who helps us all look at the UP side of being vulnerable.

Brené spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She poses these questions: How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?

Brené is the author of The Gifts of Imperfection: Letting Go of Who We Think We Should Be and Embracing Who We Are and I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power. She is also the author of Connections, a psycho-educational shame-resilience curriculum that is being facilitated across the nation by mental health and addiction professionals. Her next book, Wholehearted: Spiritual Adventures in Falling Apart, Growing Up, and Finding Joy, will be released in 2011.

Register now to see Brené in October!

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UP Alumni In The News 7.13.11

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

This past week, UP 10 speaker, David Pogue featured a guest post on his blog from Nasahn Sheppard, director of industrial design at Smart Design, the company that designed the Flip cam. As many of you know, Cisco discontinued the Flip cam a few months back and many, including Pogue, were quite upset about it. In Sheppard’s post he examines the elements of a “hot product” and makes a compelling case for “single-purpose” gadgets in our lives.

image courtesy of Flickr/AJC1

Many of you probably saw the four-page ad in the New York Times this past week commemorating IBM’s 100th birthday. The ad generated sharp commentary from UP 10 speaker Kevin Kelly on “long-termism” , which then drew additional comments from Steve Denning at Forbes. There’s no doubt “short-termism” is a dominant force in many companies, but what are the lessons to be learned from “long-termism?”

The press continues to be filled with stories on the end of Nasa’s space shuttle program. UP 09 speaker and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson spoke with NPR on the end of the shuttle program and its achievements including, “the largest global collaboration outside of waging war.”

Sir Ken Robinson, one of the speakers during the first UP Experience in 2008, is in the press again for the release of a new edition of his book, Out of Our Minds: Learning To Be Creative. He spoke with Fast Company recently to share his thoughts on the changing climate of business and the expanding value of creativity.

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Houston’s Finest: Houston UP Close 2011

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

On Friday, we were so excited to share the news of our new speaker feature for UP 2011 – Houston UP Close. This new session in our speaker lineup will feature some incredible, talented experts from right here in Houston.

The speakers for our first ever Houston UP Close session will be:

Laura Spanjian. Spanjian joined the City of Houston in 2010 as Mayor Annise Parker’s Sustainability Director. In her position, Laura is responsible for directing and coordinating projects and initiatives that improve air, land, and water quality, and support and expand renewable energy, energy efficiency, green buildings, recycling and composting, alternative and clean transportation, local food production, and more livable and vibrant neighborhoods. Since embarking upon Houston, Laura has initiated a weekly farmer’s market outside City Hall, as well as the “Green Office Challenge,” which encourages businesses to compete with one another to reduce water and energy consumption. In addition, she is transforming Houston into an electric-car hub, a national leader in wind-power investment, and an advocate for energy efficiency.

Dr. Stephen Klineberg. Dr. Klineberg is a  Professor of Sociology at Rice University. Stephen is a graduate of Haverford College, with an M.A. from the University of Paris and a Ph.D. from Harvard. After teaching at Princeton, he joined Rice University’s Sociology Department in 1972. In 1982, he and his students initiated the annual “Houston Area Survey,” now in its 30th year of tracking the remarkable changes in the demographic patterns, economic outlooks, experiences, and beliefs of Harris County residents. The recipient of 10 major teaching awards at Rice, including the Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Piper Professor Award, Stephen is writing a book on the Houston studies and serving as Co-director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

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Houston UP Close! A new segment at UP 2011

Friday, July 8th, 2011

This year, we’re adding a new twist The UP Experience. The day will now also include a “Houston UP Close” session, which will feature two local professionals who are making a real difference in our own community.

Image Courtesy of Houston TranStar/Flickr

Astounding change and innovation is happening all over the world, and that’s what The UP Experience likes to highlight. But amazing things are also happening in our own backyard, and we feel compelled to spread the word and bring you UP to speed on the fantastic accomplishments taking place right here in Houston.

Our first “Houston UP Close” presenter is someone who…

Drove a Smart Car from his or her home in San Francisco to lead a bold new initiative in Houston.

Is transforming Houston into an electric-car hub, a national leader in wind-power investment, and an advocate for energy efficiency.

Has a most ambitious goal of getting every Houstonian access to single-stream, curbside-pickup recycling,  trying to drastically improve our quality of life in Houston for many years to come.

Our second “Houston UP Close” presenter is someone who...

Is a professor at Rice University and has been the recipient of 10 major teaching awards, including the George R. Brown Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching.

With the help of Rice University students in 1982, initiated an annual survey that holds the distinction of being the longest-running study of any metropolitan area’s economy, population, life experiences, beliefs, and attitudes.

Is a catalyst to help Houston stay ahead of economic and demographic trends and understand the changing attitudes and concerns of the public.

Leave your guesses below and check back next Tuesday and learn who will be speaking during the “Houston UP Close” session at UP 2011.

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UP Alumni In The News 6.22.11

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Is having the next big idea the key to success? Or is "tweaking" an idea better? Image courtesy of

UP 08 speaker Malcolm Gladwell got quite a bit of press in business and marketing media this week for his presentation at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. His most talked about comments were about why it might be better for business leaders to “tweak” instead of innovate.

Fellow UP 08 speaker Ray Kurzweil has also been all of late night talk and news shows discussing his vision of The Singularity, blogger Jason Silva at The Huffington Post declared, “The Singularity is here,” this. Meanwhile 60 Minutes posted several outtakes from their interview with Kurzweil.

The UP 08 speaker news continues with Shawn Achor who was also featured in The Huffington Post discussing the connection between happiness and weight loss.

UP 09 speakers Peter Diamandis and Michio Kaku were both included in Big Think’s panel at SAP’s Sapphire Now event in Florida to present there visions of the future. Diamandis predicts an “Age of Abundance” while Michio Kaku described his version as “perfect capitalism.” Read more here.

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