The Kindness Diaries
Monday, August 10
10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
global adventurer, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and author/creator of book and Netflix show, The Kindness Diaries.
Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. It wasn’t always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the movie The Motorcycle Diaries.
As host of the Netflix series, The Kindness Diaries, Leon circumnavigated the globe on his vintage yellow motorbike ‘Kindness One’, giving life-changing gifts along the way to unsuspecting good Samaritans. All of this whilst relying on the kindness of strangers. He recently returned from filming the second season of The Kindness Diaries in which he traveled from Alaska to Argentina in his vintage yellow VW Beetle Kindness Two, changing lives one mile at a time.
Leon is no stranger to adventure. He has visited more than 100 countries and traveled to every continent. He teamed up with First Book® & drove a car from London to Mongolia raising money to buy 10,000 books for underprivileged children in America. He also drove a vintage London taxi across the States, giving free cab rides to the needy and working with Classwish to bring hope back to the schools of America. Leon has documented his travels for numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Outside, Good, Psychology Today, and The New York Times.
The Extraordinary Impact We Can Create
Tuesday, August 11
10:00 - 10:45 AM
co-founder, Our Place; founder, NOW Ventures; and co-founder & founding CEO, Malala Fund
Shiza Shahid, entrepreneur, technologist, investor, and impact leader
Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur, technologist, investor, and impact leader. She co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and led the organization as founding CEO. She focused on creating access to high quality education for all children around the world.
Shiza launched NOW Ventures in Silicon Valley, in partnership with AngelList, the largest Venture Capital Platform in the world. She invests in mission-driven technology startups, that are solving the world’s most pressing challenges through technology, innovation, and high-growth business models.
Shiza is a co-founder of Our Place, a mission-driven startup focused on getting people to connect more by cooking and sharing food together. She is also the host of the new USA Today show “ASPIREist,” which inspires millennials to take action on the issues that matter most.
Shiza is passionate about the future of impact through technology; she studied exponential technologies at Singularity University, which is dedicated to applying futuristic innovations to advancing humanity.
A graduate from Stanford University with University Distinction, Shiza is renowned for her work, receiving many awards as a thought leader. She was named one of TIME’s “30 Under 30 People Changing the World,” Forbes “30 Under 30 – Social Entrepreneurs” and a Tribeca Institute Disruptive Innovator. She is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council and has been featured in multiple publications, including Forbes, Fast Company, Elle, Glamour, Town and Country, The Edit, CNN, ABC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC and others.
Innovation During Times of Crisis
Wednesday, August 12
10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
founder, iD8 & innov8; former head of innovation, Disney
Duncan Wardle is a 25-year Senior Executive veteran of The Walt Disney Company, and a design thinking and innovation consultant. As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe.
As founder of iD8 & innov8 he now brings his extensive Disney experience to audiences around the world using a very unique approach to Design Thinking, that not only places the end user at the core of the creative thinking process, but also looks in new and unusual places to uncover insights for innovation, helping people capture unlikely connections, leading to fresh thinking and disruptive ideas. He teaches Master Classes at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Duke University and the University of Florida. In 2008 he received the American Citizen of Choice Award at the White House. In 2014 he was awarded a Hons. Doctorate from Edinburgh University in Scotland. He also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Award presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.