SEEKER Session Thought Leaders
SEEK stands for Science, Engineering, Excellence and Knowledge. CESSE is bringing thought leaders (in some cases nationally recognized speakers) with BIG ideas that have BROAD implications to challenge, energize and inspire you during ACCESSE17.
SEEKER Session - What is it?
SEEKER Session - One Step at a Time
Jeff Adams, Paralympian, World-Champion and Entrepreneur
|Jeff Adams, a five-time Paralympian and six-time World Champion in wheelchair sports is living proof that focus, determination and spirit are the keys to achieving “gold medal” dreams. Transitioning from sport to business, Jeff founded Marvel Wheelchairs and Icon Wheelchairs, and is now the Executive Director of ArtsGames Foundation. Combining his understanding of life’s challenges with his experience as a world-class athlete, Jeff synthesizes his experiences that show us how the path to success is often the same, regardless of the goal that is pursued.|
SEEKER Session - From Video Games to the Willy Wonka of Quebec City
Dominique Brown, owner and CEO, Chocolats Favoris
|What do video games and chocolate have to do with reinvention? And better yet, how do they relate to managing engineering and scientific associations? SEEKER Session speaker, Dominique Brown will take us on his journey of developing a successful video game company, his leap to a completely different industry and path to take an established chocolatier into a new direction.
Dominique Brown, owner and CEO of Chocolats Favoris, always believed in Québec City’s strong business potential. Over the years, Dominique accumulated numerous awards and in 2011, he acquired Chocolaterie de l’Île d’Orléans and discovered a new-found passion: chocolate. With grand ambitions, he acquired Chocolats Favoris in 2012—with the goal of becoming the global leader in chocolate. Over the years, he has consistently communicated this bold vision and is focused on developing Chocolats Favoris, already a success story in Québec, through innovation and constant growth. His ultimate goal? Conquering the world!
SEEKER Session - Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, scientist and STEM evangelist
||Imagine the world without science and engineering. No cell phones, no refrigerators, no cars, no electricity, no antibiotics and many other everyday technologies we take for granted would not exist. These advances would not be our reality if it weren't for the efforts of scientists and engineers who were curious enough to experiment and willing to take risks to invent and create.
At the root of all scientific and engineering societies is the desire to discover and advance the world we live in. Science and engineering have shaped our past and will become even more important to our future. How can we as leaders of scientific and engineering associations help attract, better prepare, support and inspire STEM professionals? Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, research scientist and STEM evangelist, will share her insights and challenge us to reinvent our organizations.
Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. is a science evangelist who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science. She focuses her energies on making science fun, and gave an impassioned called to action at TED on the importance of understanding science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), which generated widespread enthusiasm.
Before taking on the call to improve the public’s understanding of science, she was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale University. Technology Review, the magazine of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), named her as one of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators for her contributions to transforming technology.
Dr. Ramirez received her training in materials science and engineering from Brown University (Sc.B.) and Stanford University (Ph.D.). Prior to being on the faculty at Yale, she was a research scientist at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, in Murray Hill, New Jersey where she did award-winning research. She has authored more than 50 technical papers, holds six patents, and has presented her work worldwide.
SEEKER Session - Creating More Meadows Through People-Powered Innovation
Robin Chase, Founder and Former CEO of Zipcar, Buzzcar and GoLoco; Executive Chairman, Veniam Works and Author
How does the global reinvention surrounding us impact our organizations? In her SEEKER Session, Creating More Meadows through People-Powered Innovation, Robin Chase will make that connection and show that by enabling creative thinking and knowledge sharing—inspiring a culture of intrapreneurship; fostering experimentation; and reducing the costs to innovate—leaders empower their