Posted at August 26, 2014, by Raleigh Addington, Comments Off on Commencement speech by Vivek Wadhwa: “It’s a beautiful time to be alive and educated”
Check out the latest column for the Washington Post by Vivek Wadhwa – a leading speaker on innovation.
It is the commencement speech that he gave at Hult International Business School on Friday, to 2000 students and family members. Vivek talks about the opportunity our children have to build the future that we dreamed about, as we are currently living in an age of unprecedented potential. He also stresses the risks, disruptions, and the need for a higher purpose.
“The most important skill of the future will be the ability to learn and adapt. You need to be resourceful, keep your eyes open for advances coming out of nowhere, and embrace the new opportunities as they emerge. You need to be able to collaborate with others and build relationships. You need to be able to share ideas, inspire, and motivate.”
Posted at June 25, 2014, by Raleigh Addington, Comments Off on “Fight for YES” proclaims innovation speaker DJ Patil
Giving a motivational commencement speech for the 2014 UC Santa Cruz Basking School of Engineering, DJ Patil, one of the world’s foremost authorities on data science and a leading innovation speaker, told the new graduates to chase their big ideas, but most importantly lead a path of intellectual honesty.
DJ explains that we are entering a time where everyone is looking for reasons to say “no”. No to finding solutions to poverty. No to comprehensive global health care. No to keeping our planet pristine for our children.
He goes on to tell the graduates that “saying yes to tackling these challenges will come from you. The diploma that you’re about to receive isn’t just a certification of how good you are. It’s a baton of trust given to you with the expectation that you will take on these challenges…Class of 2014, hear the no’s, expect the no’s, confront them, respect them, but do not accept them. Fight for YES.”