Micro Influence, Entrepreneurship & The Future of Protest

Micro Influence, Entrepreneurship & The Future of Protest. Rahaf Harfoush, TEDxWallStreet, 2012.

Rahaf Harfoush is a Foresight Strategist and author who specializes in understanding how technology impacts the way people interact with institutions, businesses and each other. Formerly, she was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Rahaf is currently working on her second book titled ArchiTechs: How to Live, Govern and Learn in a Hyper-Connected World. In August 2008, she joined Barack Obama’s New Media Team at the Chicago headquarters as a full-time volunteer during the Presidential election campaign and then shared her experience in Yes We Did: An Insider’s Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand. She was also the Research Coordinator for Don Tapscott’s critically acclaimed Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything and on the research team for Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing World. Rahaf was recently chosen as a WEF Young Global Shaper. She is also a Global Ambassador for the Sandbox Network. She is a contributor for The Mark News and The Next Web and blogs at the Rahaf is also the co-founder of EmergingWomen, a non-profit launched in 2011 that curates events worldwide to strengthen local and global support systems for female entrepreneurs in emerging economies.

Public Education: Are We Under Spending, Overspending, or Just Misspending?

Public Education: Are We Under, Over or Just Misspending? Michelle Rhee, TEDxWallStreet, 2012.

Michelle began her career as a Teach for America corps member in Baltimore. In 1997, Michelle founded and led The New Teacher Project, which recruits and trains teachers to work in urban schools. From 2007 to 2010, Michelle served as chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools. Under her stewardship, D.C. schools experienced increases in student achievement, a rise in graduation rates and an upswing — for the first time in decades — in enrollment. “Working in education over the past twenty years, time after time I saw obstacles keeping kids from getting what they needed from their schools. Yes, there were challenges that were going to be difficult to overcome no matter what, but so many practices just didn’t make sense and were completely within our power to change. When I tried to change them, I found out why the status quo had persisted for so long. Groups that put the interests of adults in the system first were driving the conversation, and they were backed by big dollars and political power. What we needed was a collective voice solely representing kids’ best interests, because the sense of balance was completely gone. I started StudentsFirst to change that. Schools exist to give kids the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed, and EVERY decision has to revolve around that.”

One Life-Changing Class You Never Took

One Life-Changing Class You Never Took. Alexa von Tobel, TEDxWallStreet, 2012.

Alexa von Tobel is the founder and CEO of which she has been developing and growing since 2006. LearnVest is the leading personal finance and lifestyle website that brings financial literacy to women. Since launching LearnVest, Alexa has been widely quoted as a personal finance expert and entrepreneur in top tier business and consumer publications including: New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, BusinessWeek, Shape, Fast Company, Marie Claire, ForbesWoman, InStyle, People StyleWatch, Time Out New York, The Huffington Post, among many others. Alexa has been included on Vanity Fair’s 2011 Next Establishment list, featured on Business Insider’s 2010 and 2011 Silicon Alley 100 lists, named “One of the Coolest Young Entrepreneurs” in Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 feature, titled a “Woman to Watch” by Forbes and included on the publication’s 30 Under 30 list, highlighted on BusinessWeek’s annual list of “Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs,” among others. LearnVest has been named one of “25 Women-Run Startups to Watch” by Fast Company, included on Forbes’ list of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” for the second year in a row, featured on Business Insider’s Digital 100 list and included on Time Magazine’s annual list of “50 Best Websites.”