CIF 2018-19: The Power of Ideas in Action

Ideas are nothing without people.

They wouldn’t even exist if people weren’t around to think them. But even after they are conceived, ideas remain idle and ineffectual unless people put them into action. Once in motion, the momentum of a good idea in the hands of good people has the power to transform the world.

2018-19 Critical Issues Forum Speakers

Dr. Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall

October 2, 2018

In 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall set out for what is now Tanzania to bring a breakthrough idea to life. Her idea? Give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives: chimpanzees. Through more than 50 years of groundbreaking work, Dr. Jane Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction, she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment.

Her talk will focus on the actions each of us can take on behalf of all living things and the planet we share.

Kari Byron

Kari Byron

November 29, 2018

Kari Byron takes the stereotypes and
preconceived ideas about being a woman
on television and in science and—quite
literally—blows them up. She is proof that
you don’t need to wear a lab coat—or be
a guy—to geek out on science. Her book,
Crash Test Girl, reminds us that science is for
everyone, as long as you’re willing to strap
in, put on your safety goggles, hit a few walls,
and learn from the results.

Her talk will focus on the perfect tool for
busting myths and solving everyday issues
like love, career, and overcoming setbacks:
the scientific method.

Daniel Lerner

Daniel Lerner

March 20, 2019

When do happiness and success coexist?
Daniel Lerner says that depends on how you
define success. Instructor of the “The Science
of Happiness,” the largest and most popular
course at New York University, and author of
U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life),
Daniel Lerner integrates the fields of positive
and performance psychology to determine
how people can achieve greatness through
balance, rediscover our core strengths, and
find meaning in our work.

His talk will focus on making the most of
ambition and happiness.

Shabnam Mogharabi

Shabnam Mogharabi

April 10, 2019

Shabnam Mogharabi is the CEO of SoulPancake,
an entertainment company she co-founded
with actor Rainn Wilson that creates positive,
socially conscious videos about human
connection. As CEO, she is responsible for
steering the company’s vision, safeguarding
its mission, and supercharging its growth
past its current community of 10M fans
online and nearly 1B video views. She also
advises SoulPancake’s parent company,
Participant Media, and its board on strategic
issues, acquisition opportunities, and the
company’s social impact goals.

Her talk will focus on identifying what fuels
you, and finding your authentic voice.