Our 14th UP Speaker is…

The UP Experience is pleased to welcome Ed Conard, author of the recently-released New York Times bestseller, Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About the Economy is Wrong.

In his new book, Conard attempts to set the record straight and fill the void left by other business and economic analysts. He presents a fascinating and contrarian case for how the economy really works, what went wrong over the past decade, and what steps we can take to start growing again. As a result, Conard has had many passionate and, at times, heated debates with personalities including Jon Stewart of The Daily Show, Economist Joe Stiglitz, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, and Governor Rendell on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. In addition, Conard has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, C-SPAN, CNBC, Bloomberg, and more.

A partner at Bain Capital from 1993 to 2007, Conard served as the head of Bain’s New York office and led the firm’s acquisitions of large industrial companies. He currently resides on several boards of directors including Waters Corporation and Sensata Technologies. He holds an MBA from Harvard and a BSE in Operations Research from the University of Michigan.

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Who’s the 14th speaker UP on October 25, 2012?

We have announced some amazing UP 2012 experts that are changing the world, but we still have a few more inspiring individuals to announce. Ready to learn more about the next presenter lined UP to take the stage?

Our 14th speaker at UP 2012 is someone who…

• Has written for, or been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, C-SPAN, CNBC, Bloomberg, and more.
• Recently published a powerful new book that was called “…perhaps the most controversial book of the year.”
• Was recently grilled by Jon Stewart in one of the longest interviews in the history of The Daily Show.

Think you know who it is? Look for your UP email on Tuesday and find out the name of the next presenter to take the stage for 20 inspiring minutes at UP 2012.

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Our 13th UP Speaker is…

The UP Experience is pleased to welcome Koen Olthuis, founder of the Dutch architectural firm Waterstudio, NL that specializes in floating structures to counter concerns and impact of floods due to climate change and rising sea levels. During his UP presentation – A Sustainable Future on the Waterfront – Koen will share his vision for literally building entire communities – and cities – that float!

Koen Olthuis studied architecture and industrial design at the Delft University of Technology, and has a patent on the methodology for producing a “floating base.” In 2007, Koen was listed as one of “the most influential people in the world” in a readers’ poll by TIME magazine due to the worldwide interest in water developments. The French magazine Terra Eco chose him as one of the “100 green persons that will change the world” in 2011.

In Koen’s vision, today’s designers are an essential part of the climate change generation and should start to enhance their perspective on urban components to become dynamic instead of static. His solution, called City Apps, is floating urban components that add a certain function to the existing static grid of a city. Using existing urban water as building ground offers space for new density, offering worldwide opportunities for cities to respond flexibly to climate change and urbanization.

The first city in which this vision is being developed is The Westland, near The Hague in Holland. This project incorporates floating social housing, floating islands, and floating apartment buildings.

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Who’s the 13th speaker UP on October 25, 2012?

We’ve announced some spectacular presenters so far, but we still have a few more inspiring experts coming in from around the world to share their perspectives on the future. Ready to learn more about the next presenter lined UP to take the stage?

Our 13th speaker at UP 2012 is someone who…

• Has been listed as one of “the most influential people in the world” in a readers’ poll by TIME magazine, and one of the “100 green persons that will change the world” by the French magazine Terra Eco.

• Has developed a sustainable method of dealing with rising sea levels as well as a dynamic new approach to city planning.

• Has a patent on the methodology for producing a “floating base,” and his or her company has designed a floating building for plants, animals, birds, and fish.

Think you know who it is? Look for your UP email on Tuesday and find out the name of the next presenter to take the stage for 20 inspiring minutes at UP 2012.

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Our 12th UP Speaker is…

The UP Experience is pleased to welcome Marcus Luttrell, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling book Lone Survivor, and decorated Navy SEAL who journeyed with three others into the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Operation Redwing. Marcus Luttrell joined the U.S. Navy in March 1999 and became a combat-trained SEAL in January 2002. After serving in Iraq for two years, he was deployed to Afghanistan in the spring of 2005. As a SEAL, Luttrell was trained in weapons, demolition, and unarmed combat. He also served as platoon medic.

During his UP presentation – “Perseverance Under Adversity” – Marcus will reveal his own harrowing experiences as a combat-trained Navy SEAL. He was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism in 2006 by President George W. Bush. In his new best-selling book, Service: A Navy SEAL at War, he turns his focus from his own experiences to the nature of service on America’s battlefields and the soldiers who give their lives to defend their country and each other. To honor his lost comrades from Operation Redwing, Luttrell established the Lone Survivor Foundation in 2010, dedicated to honoring and remembering American warriors by providing unique educational, rehabilitation, recovery, and wellness opportunities to U.S. Armed Forces service members and families.

To learn more about Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and hear his amazing tales of
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Who’s the 12th speaker UP on October 25, 2012?

UP is a day filled with stories and experiences about everything from scientific discoveries to cutting-edge technology. But our next presenter will share a different kind of story and experience…a gripping tale that is certain to inspire us all.

Our 12th speaker at UP 2012 is someone who…

• Lives by the guiding philosophy of his or her profession: “I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity…. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time…. I am never out of the fight.”

• Is a New York Times best-selling author who shared an emotionally raw account of the incredible bravery, courage, and honor of his or her friends and teammates.

• Was born in Houston, attended Sam Houston State University, began training for his or her profession at the age of 14, and established a nonprofit foundation in 2010 located in Huntsville.

Think you know who it is? Look for your UP email on Tuesday and find out the name of the next presenter to take the stage for 20 inspiring minutes at UP 2012.

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Our Eleventh UP Speaker is…

The UP Experience is pleased to welcome Dr. Gregory Petsko, Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College. A member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Petsko graduated Summa cum Laude from Princeton University in 1970 and received his D. Phil. as a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University in Molecular Biophysics in 1973. He was Professor of Chemistry at MIT from 1978 to 1990, when he moved to Brandeis University, where from 1994 to 2008 he served as Director of the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center and from 1996 to 2012 was Gyula and Katica Tauber Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry.

Dr. Petsko’s groundbreaking research is focused on proteins of the body and their biochemical functions. He and his research partner, Professor Dagmar Ringe of Brandeis, have pioneered discoveries in how these proteins work and are related to the causes of neurodegenerative diseases, including Autism, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.

Based on our aging American population and the effect of this mass population shift, Dr. Petsko understands the necessity for making strides with these complicated diseases. By 2050, not only will Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s have a staggering effect on the rising cost of health care – to the tune of about a trillion dollars a year – but also one out of two people will either have or will care for someone who has one of these diseases. Understandably, the time for more research, treatment, and prevention is now.

To learn more about Dr. Petsko and the strides he’s making into the causes of neurodegenerative diseases, sign UP today.

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Who’s the eleventh speaker UP on October 25, 2012?

We’re more than halfway through our speaker announcements. Have you signed UP yet? Seats are selling quickly, so don’t miss this opportunity to see 16 incredible thought leaders all from one stage, all right here in Houston. We will be learning about some amazing advances taking place in our world, so don’t hesitate to reserve your spot today. You’ll risk getting left behind.

Now, on to our next presenter!

Our eleventh speaker at UP 2012 is someone who…

• Is a biochemist who is deeply concerned about the larger health policy issues related to our aging population and the trend toward a senior-citizen-dominant society.
• Focuses on finding cures for neurodegenerative diseases and explores the connections between these diseases and cancer.
• Was an undergraduate at Princeton University, received a Rhodes scholarship, and obtained a Ph.D. from Oxford University.

Think you know who it is? Look for your UP email on Tuesday and find out the name of the next presenter to take the stage for 20 inspiring minutes at UP 2012.

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Our Tenth UP Speaker is…

The UP Experience is pleased to welcome Dambisa Moyo, international economist and New York Times best-selling author. In her most recent book, Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What It Means for the World, Dambisa tackles one of the most important and least discussed stories of the 21st century: the impending commodity crisis. During her UP presentation, Dambisa will passionately discuss the implications of water, arable land, and fossil fuels running out across global markets; and particularly, what it means to the U.S.

Dambisa was named by Time Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”, and was named to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Forum. She is the author of two New York Times best-sellers, Dead Aid and How The West Was Lost, which offered urgent, fresh takes on foreign aid to Africa and the decline of the western economy. Moyo is a regular contributor to publications such as The New York Times, Financial Times, The Economist, and Wall Street Journal, and has appeared as a guest contributor on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, and Fox Business News.

To understand why Dambisa believes the economic rise of China – along with the West’s complacency – will lead to global change, sign UP today.

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Who’s the tenth speaker UP on October 25, 2012?

Our next presenter is passionate about world economics, with particular interest in China’s “global shopping spree.” How does this affect the U.S.? Sign UP and find out.

Our 10th speaker at UP 2012 is someone who…

• Was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by TIME magazine and was named to the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leaders Forum.”
• Earned a Master of Public Administration (MBA) from Harvard and an MBA in Finance and a BS in Chemistry from American University in Washington, D.C.
• Spoke at the annual Observance ceremony in Westminster Abbey in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and 2000 guests in attendance.

Think you know who it is? Look for your UP email on Tuesday and find out the name of the next presenter to take the stage for 20 inspiring minutes at UP 2012.

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