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UP Alumni In The News 10.12.11

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Just three more UP alumni posts before we’re all at UP 2011 meeting another class of great attendees and future alumni speakers. If you’ve been considering attending don’t wait any longer! A limited number of seats are still available, register now!

There has been some pretty incredible, heart breaking and amazing news in the past week. We’re sure there isn’t a single one of you who hasn’t read, commented on and discussed the passing of Apple’s Steve Jobs this past week. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is also an UP 08 alumni and he has some inspirational words and great memories to share about his friend and colleague in this video.

Fellow alumni from UP 09 David Pogue, tech writer at The New York Times also shared his thoughts on what Jobs career has done to the way we all live and communicate. Future UP alumni, Dan Pink also shared a poignant speech Jobs’ gave at Stanford University’s commencement.

Other UP alumni were receiving their own honors this week. UP 10 alumni Jessica Jackley along with Kiva co-founder Matt Flannery were honored as winners of The Economist’s Innovation Awards for their work in microfinance.

Also this week, UP 10 alumni Michael Eisner‘s The Eisner Foundation established a $100,000 award for those working to bridge the gap between senior citizens and young people, the first recipient is the Intergenerational Center at Temple University.

And last but certainly not least, UP 09 alumni Peter Diamandis and the X Prize Foundation announced the winner of the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE. The winning team, from Illinois, developed a system that skimmed oil out of water 3 times better than the industry standard.

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UP Alumni In The News 10.5.11

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

As you read this post, The UP Experience 2011 is just 3 weeks away! We’ve been waiting all year and can’t believe it’s already here.

As we wait on pins and needles for October 27th we thought we’d take a closer look at what some of our UP 11 speakers have been up to this week:

Dr. Anthony Atala was featured on the CBS News in New York for his incredible, pioneering work in growing human organs and the incredible opportunities this breakthrough technology stands to give the thousands on transplant lists in the U.S. His talk at UP11 is definitely one not to be missed.

Also featured on CBS News this week, fellow UP 11 speaker Katie Linendoll, talking about her predictions for yesterday’s big Apple iPhone announcement. See what she expected and if it lined up with the big announcement.

Memory guru Ron White contributed a great actionable memory tip to an interested article produced by Men’s Health and ABC News, “17 Ways to Upgrade Your Whole Life.”

Meanwhile Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy which is revolutionizing education, was interviewed on CNN about how to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math.

Sign UP now to see these incredible innovators on October 27th!

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UP Alumni In The News 9.28.11

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Yesterday marked one month until UP 2011. We can’t believe its already here! We’d love to hear which speaker you are most excited to hear this year!

And, while we’re busy with final preparations for this year’s UP Experience, our UP alumni have been busy pushing their initiatives forward. This past week:

John Gerzema at took a look at “Why You Should Hire E-lancers,” citing UP 08 speaker Sir Ken Robinson‘s work on learning that takes place outside of the classroom and what these “citizen-teachers” can offer the rest of us.

As always tech companies are making headlines and UP 10 speaker David Pogue is breaking down the details for us. Don’t miss his analysis of Netflix’ recent announcement that it will be splitting off its DVD service into a separate service, Qwikster.

UP 09 alumni Michio Kaku was in the news this week as physicists around the world commented on an experiment that appeared to call into question Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Get UP 09 speaker Dan Ariely's advice on how to pay employees. Image courtesy of flickr/aresauburn

Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely, who spoke at UP 09, took to this week to talk about, “How to Pay People.”

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Sign UP and Be Better Informed

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

As Bob Stutman, one of our 2011 UP presenters, has predicted for the past two years, we have reached an unfortunate new milestone today. For the first time in history, automobile accidents are now the SECOND leading cause of death by accident in the United States. What is the LEADING cause of death by accident? Drug overdose!

More people die from prescription drug overdose than from all other drugs combined. Get in the know and learn how to take action at UP 11 Photo courtesy of flickr/NVinnacco

This was announced on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control, based on statistics from 2009 (the most recent year available). In fact, more people die from prescription drug overdose than from all other drugs combined (heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine).

Even more startling is the news that less than 5% of those who died from prescription drug overdose got them from “dope peddlers”. Unfortunately, the source of the supply is more often parents, relatives, friends and, ultimately, physicians. We must take note of this, and we must do better!

Shocking? You bet. And this is just one of the nuggets of information you probably didn’t know but will be amazed to learn at The UP Experience.

Register today, and become better informed about the events, facts, and information that affect ALL aspects of your life.

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Final UP 2011 Speaker Announcement!

Friday, August 12th, 2011

You absolutely won’t want to miss our final speaker to take the stage, so make arrangements now to stay right up to the exciting end. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Our final presenter will orchestrate a not to be missed final presentation on the UP stage.

Our final speaker at UP 2011 is someone who…

Has been called “the Energizer Bunny of Classical Music” and has been composing since age nine.

Is a best-selling author, has been the subject of a full-length BBC documentary and has been featured CBS’s 60 Minutes. This speaker is was an Emmy Award nominee, and has received a Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum in recognition of his or her contribution through culture and the arts to global understanding and peace.

Will orchestrate a closing presentation that will stay with you long after we end our day at UP.

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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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Our next speaker is Marc Freedman!

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

The eighth announced speaker for UP 2011 is on the forefront of a movement that has been picking up steam for the last few years.

Marc Freedman, a pioneering leader examining careers in the second half of life will speak at UP 2011.

Marc Freedman is the founder and CEO of Civic Ventures and, a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose. His UP Presentation, “Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life,” is both timely and appealing to anyone facing the possibility of a midlife career change or hoping to discover meaningful work in the midst of retirement.

Marc spearheaded the creation of Experience Corps, now one of America’s largest nonprofit national service programs engaging people over 55, and The Purpose Prize, which annually provides five $100,000 prizes to social innovators in the second half of life.

Marc was described by The New York Times as “the voice of aging baby boomers who are eschewing retirement for…meaningful and sustaining work later in life.” The Wall Street Journal stated, “In the past decade, Mr. Freedman has emerged as a leading voice in discussions nationwide about the changing face of retirement.”

He is the author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, published in April 2011, which The New York Times called “an imaginative work with the potential to affect our individual lives and our collective future.”

Recognized by Fast Company magazine in 2007, 2008 and 2009 as one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs, Marc is widely published and quoted in the national media and has been honored with numerous awards and fellowships. The NonProfit Times named him one of the 50 most powerful and influential individuals in the nonprofit sector in 2010. Marc and Civic Ventures received the 2010 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University in April 2010.

To learn more about Marc Freedman and how to make the most out of your own second half of life, sign UP today.

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Send us your guesses!

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Who’s the eighth speaker UP on October 27, 2011?

As we head into the weekend, we’re getting ready to announce another incredible speaker for UP 2011. Read the clues below and please leave us a guess or two. Then check back on Tuesday to see if you’re right!

Who will be next to take the UP stage?

Our eighth 2011 UP Speaker is someone who…

Is founder of a think tank on Boomers, work, and social purpose.

Was recognized by Fast Company in 2007, 2008, and 2009 as one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs, and was a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship by Oxford University in 2010.

Was named one of the 50 most powerful and influential individuals in the nonprofit sector in 2010 The NonProfit Times.

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“Chic Geek” Katie Linendoll coming to UP 2011

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

So who is our Pez-dispenser collecting, computer loving, media maven speaker?

Meet UP 2011's next speaker!

It’s Katie Linendoll!

Katie shatters the mold of the typical technology expert and host, and is known for being simultaneously quirky, well-spoken, geeky, stylish, down-to-earth, and intelligent. She is a host, producer, and technology expert with thousands of hours of live television experience. Her UP presentation “Are You Future Proof?” is guaranteed to be both enlightening and entertaining.

Katie has been enamored with science and technology for as long as she can remember. At 14, she taught herself how to write sophisticated programs and build computers from scratch; by 18, she held a certificate in computer networking and was enrolled at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she earned a degree in Information Technology New Media.

Katie is a CNET contributor; a CNN commentator; a tech contributor for The Nate Berkus Show; and a spokesperson for Polaroid, where she helped launch Lady Gaga’s Grey Label line at CES. She has showcased her expertise on the Style Network and, blogged for and DELL, and worked with HP on a multimedia project. Most notably, she co-hosted A&E’s Emmy-nominated series We Mean Business.

Katie also knows sports, and began her on-air career while still in college as the host of SportsZone on ESPN2. After graduation, she landed a production job with ESPN and went on to win an Emmy for her work on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Get your ticket to the latest tech now, we’ll see you in October!

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UP Alumni In the News 6.1.11

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Welcome to June! We are just five months away from UP 2011. The speaker lineup is almost set and we can’t wait to announce the rest of the amazing individuals that will take the stage on October 27th.

This week some of our 2011 speakers and UP alumni highlighted the biggest stories making headlines.

David Eagleman is in the news again, this time for the U.S. launch of his latest book Incognito. Congratulations go out to David, this morning his book was already at #10 on Amazon’s best seller list. Visit for a great story on his work and the new book.

Chef Jeff Henderson, who we announced as part of the UP 2011 speaker lineup earlier this month, made a preview appearance in Houston at a luncheon benefiting the Living Forward Alliance, highlighting how he turned around his own life to become a renowned chef.

UP 08 speaker Craig Kielburger‘s latest project Me to We is honoring socially conscious youth, adults and educators for their work to better their communities and the world. See the amazing nominees and vote here.

Image Courtesy of NASA

David Pogue, who amazed us with the latest technology at UP 10, reported for CBS News this week on the end of NASA’s shuttle program. While his fellow UP 10 speaker, Richard Florida, examined the changing geography and dynamics of NBA dominance as the league heads into its final games of the season.

And, Kevin Kelly, who also took the UP stage in 2010, shared the challenges of publishing an ebook. Good lessons for us all as technology continues to change our daily lives.


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