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CBD 2019: Integration: Contemplative practice in academics and the workplace with Yingzhao Liu

How can we integrate deep contemplative practice within our fast-paced work and academic lives? In this talk and experiential workshop, Ying will share her journey of practice and of creating an inclusive culture in the workplace. Topics will include how the self, teams and organizations change from the inside out. She will illuminate her experince of how on the surface of life there is a lot of complexity, yet at depth, things are very simple. She will share ways to  practice and live from that deep source, integrate moment to moment, and facilitate integration for others. 

Backstage Capital founder and managing partner Arlan Hamilton @ ETL

Arlan Hamilton is a remarkable entrepreneur who built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5M into 100 startups led by underestimated founders and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Quartz.

Second Sunday Family Day

Cantor Events:

Drop-in StudioExperiment with art materials and new techniques by participating in the hands-on art-making experience. All visitors, regardless of age, ability, or familiarity with the creative process, are encouraged to attend.

Art Packs: Check out an Art Pack that includes themed activities for visitors of all ages and supplies for sketching while visiting the galleries.

Accomable founder and accessibility advocate Srin Madipalli @ ETL

After travelling the world for six months in 2011, Srin Madipalli quit his job as a lawyer and joined the MBA program at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School. A power wheelchair user living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Madipalli was particularly attracted to tech and startups, and quickly focused in on the power of technology to transform the lives of people with disabilities. While earning his MBA he taught himself to code, and soon co-founded Accomable, a web app that grew to list accessible accomodations in 60 countries around the world. 

LaunchDarkly CEO and co-founder Edith Harbaugh @ ETL

“I started off in engineering, was frustrated that smart people kept building products no one wanted, so became a product manager to build what people wanted,” says LaunchDarkly CEO and co-founder Edith Harbaugh in an interview published last year on Medium. “I then saw that you could build the right thing, but if no one knew about it, it didn’t exist. So I also got into marketing.”

Computer programming pioneer and MIT Institute Professor Barbara Liskov @ ETL

Barbara Liskov was already breaking new ground in 1968, when she became one of the first American women to earn a doctorate in the emerging discipline of computer science. 

After receiving that PhD at Stanford, she went on to design several influential programming languages, including CLU, an important precursor to Java. More recently, as an Institute Professor at MIT and head of the institute’s Programming Methodology Group, she has undertaken crucial research on distributed systems, information security and complex system failure issues. 

Second Sunday Family Day

Cantor Events:

Drop-in StudioExperiment with art materials and new techniques by participating in the hands-on art-making experience. All visitors, regardless of age, ability, or familiarity with the creative process, are encouraged to attend.

Art Packs: Check out an Art Pack that includes themed activities for visitors of all ages and supplies for sketching while visiting the galleries.

PagerDuty CEO Jennifer Tejada @ ETL

Not long after landing at PagerDuty in 2016, Jennifer Tehada embarked on that harrowing rite of passage for CEOs of fortunate young startups: the pursuit of an IPO. 

The company’s goal was to build and scale a new kind of incident management platform for software developers, one that wouldn’t just monitor technology infrastructure, but also deftly manage real-time alerts and on-call responsibilities, and even proactively recognize and flag emerging opportunities. 

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