The most famous skateboarder of all time has turned an edgy pastime into a global empire. Find out how he made it happen.
Chad discusses the meteoric rise of YouTube and shares lessons learned from how technology and content is consumed and shared in the modern era.
This Renaissance woman is an award-winning actress (probably best known for her role as Dr. Quinn), dancer, mother, author, entrepreneur, spokesperson, and humanitarian.
Matthew is an award-winning writer, who created, executive produced, and directed a show that changed what's expected of television: Mad Men.
Trevor is the next generation of comedians, sharing his background and international connections to delight audiences.
Known best for his work in sustainability, he's earned the name "Hero of the Planet" for good reason.
Bre led MakerBot, a global leader in 3D printing technology, and now leads Bold Machines.
Dubbed the Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge, she's well-known for her business prowess and work toward ensuring equality for women.
Entrepreneur and creator of the world’s first high‐performance + high fashion, high heel
Brandi is the founder and CEO of Lolly Wolly Doodle, an innovator who used social media to sell children's clothing.
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Mention the word skateboarding, and it often brings to mind images of kids in skin-tight pants grinding curbs or sliding down handrails. Kids who don't quite fit into the mainstream and who like it that way.
The most famous skateboarder of all time, Tony Hawk, has turned an edgy pastime into a global empire. From video games to skateboards to online media to clothing to world tours, Tony has dominated the action sports market with his laid-back style. He is the most recognized action sports figure in the world and is one of the most recognizable athletes of any kind in the United States.
Tony was 9 years old when his older brother gave him a blue fiberglass skateboard, chipped and scratched from years of use. The first time Tony stepped on it, there was no epiphany, no revelation . . . no foreshadowing whatsoever that he would go on to become a skateboarding icon. He reached the end of the driveway, looked back at his brother, and shouted, "How do I turn?"
A short time later, the undersized prodigy began to attract attention by performing maneuvers well beyond his years. At age 12 he was winning amateur contests throughout California, at 14 he turned pro, and at 16 he was widely regarded as the best competitive skateboarder in the world. At 17 he was able to buy his first home, and he soon traveled the world, skating demos and contests. Then, in the early 1990s, the sport of skateboarding died a quiet, but sudden, death. Tony's income shrank drastically, and times were so lean that he survived on a $5-a-day Taco Bell allowance.
But, Tony never gave up on the sport he loved. Confident that skating would rebound, Tony refinanced his first house and, with a friend, launched his own skateboard company, Birdhouse Projects. The first few years were rough: Birdhouse wasn't making money, and Tony's future was sketchy.
But skating's popularity returned and surged skyward, and the Hawk became the Phoenix. Birdhouse grew into one of the biggest and best-known skate companies in the world, and Tony signed a wide range of endorsement deals. He and his family started a children's skate clothing company and Tony's career skyrocketed along with the sport. In fact, he provided much of the fuel.
He teamed up with Activision to create the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video game franchise, one of the most popular game franchises in history to this day. His life would never be the same. In a stroke of good timing at the X Games, Tony also became the first skateboarder to ever land a 900, a maneuver that had eluded (and occasionally hobbled) him for ten years. It was one of skating's most gripping moments, playing out in front of a collection of his peers and fans and on national TV. That exposure, along with his successful video game, helped establish Tony's mainstream celebrity.
He continues to put on demos and exhibitions all over the world, and his action sports exhibitions and shows continue to pack venues worldwide. He has millions of followers on social media. Tony regularly appears on television and in films and hosts a weekly radio show on Sirius XM. His autobiography, HAWK—Occupation: Skateboarder was a New York Times bestseller, and in 2010 Wiley Publishing released How Did I Get Here? The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO.
Tony is also dedicated to giving back to the subculture that has given him so much. Since 2002, his Tony Hawk Foundation has donated more than $5.4 million to more than 550 skatepark projects in all 50 of the United States. The Foundation helps finance public skateparks in low-income areas, providing a safe place to skate and helping young skaters build their self-confidence. Skateparks that received financial assistance from the Tony Hawk Foundation currently serve more than 3 million young Americans annually.
He's won numerous awards, including Make-A-Wish's Favorite Male Athlete, Teen Choice Awards' Choice Male Athlete, and Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice Awards' Favorite Male Athlete and the Robert Wood Johnson Award.
Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa. He was recently chosen to become the next host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central, currently hosted by Jon Stewart. Noah joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2014 as a contributor.
Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, Noah has hosted numerous television shows including South Africa’s music, television and film awards, the South African Comedy Festival, and two seasons of his own late night talk show, Tonight with Trevor Noah. He made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has also appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late night show.
Noah’s one-man show “The Racist” at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe was a sold-out run that became one of the most talked about shows at the Festival that year. That same year, Noah was the subject of David Paul Meyer’s award-winning documentary film You Laugh But It’s True which tells the story of his remarkable career in post-apartheid South Africa. His Showtime comedy special, “Trevor Noah: African American” premiered in 2013. Recently, Noah performed for the Royal Family at the Royal Variety Performance.
Noah was featured on the October 2014 cover of GQ South Africa and has been profiled in Rolling Stone, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal and by CNN and NPR’s Talk of the Nation. He was nominated for “Personality of the Year” at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards.
He continues to tour all over the world and has performed in front of sold-out crowds at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia as well as many U.S. cities.
In an era when “game-changer,” “status quo disrupter,” and “new standard,” are tossed around regularly, there are only a small handful of brands and technologies that serve as the indisputable, iconic personifications of those monikers. YouTube is one such entity. Serving as a website, a brand, and a verb, YouTube is the world’s largest and most popular video sharing site and the third most visited site globally. At the genesis and development of this phenomenon is its cofounder and former CEO, Chad Hurley. Equal parts businessman and Silicon Valley maven, Chad’s transition from working at PayPal to founding and growing YouTube has truly become the stuff of legend in business, technology, social, and educational circles around the world. In October of 2007, Chad and his partner sold YouTube to Google, Inc. for $1.6 billion and still serves as the company’s advisor.
Currently, it is estimated that YouTube attracts over 1 billion unique users watching over 6 billion hours of video each month with 80% of its traffic coming from outside the U.S.
Additionally, 100 hours of new video is uploaded every minute—a rate that shows more content being uploaded in less than a month than the combined three U.S. networks created in their first 60 years.
Soon after selling YouTube, Chad cofounded AVOS Systems, which is committed to creating platforms and building products that enable individuals to utilize their time more efficiently in their everyday life. Recently AVOS has secured financing from New Enterprise Associates and Google Ventures, with participation from Madrone Capital and China-based incubator Innovation Works. The company is responsible for powering the web and mobile applications MixBit, Delicious, and Wanpai.
From the lectern, Chad discusses the rise of YouTube and managing its meteoric growth. He shares the lessons learned from the unique experiences of creating a “game-changer,” “status quo disrupter,” and “new standard” in technology and how content is consumed and shared in the modern era. He also explains what’s next in the ever-evolving landscape of emerging technology, the shifting paradigm of media production and distribution, and how YouTube continues to evolve in order to stay on top.
A multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner, recipient of the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the year 2000, which was bestowed upon her by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, Jane Seymour has proven her talents in virtually all media, the Broadway stage, motion pictures and television. Her love of art and color has led to her great success as a painter in watercolors and oils and as a designer.
Seymour’s past films include the James Bond movie Live and Let Die, the cult classic Somewhere in Time, and the comedy smash Wedding Crashers. Her television credits include the Emmy® Award winning performance in Onassis: The Richest Man in the World as Maria Callas, East of Eden for which she was awarded a Golden Globe®, the mini-series War and Remembrance and her Golden Globe® winning role as “Dr. Quinn” on Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman which ran for six seasons.
Most recent projects for Seymour include the independent feature films Bereave co-starring Malcolm McDowell, which she produces, Scout and High Strung, for which she is also an executive producer. In 2014, she served as an executive producer on the documentary film Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me which told the touching story of musician’s Glen Campbell’s farewell tour while dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s.
Daughter of a British obstetrician and his Dutch wife, Jane was born in Hillingdon, England and raised in Wimbledon. She began training in dance at an early age, and
was just thirteen when she made her professional debut with the London Festival Ballet. That same year, she entered the Arts Educational Trust for dance, music and theatre training and danced with the visiting Kirov Ballet at Covent Garden.
In addition to acting, Jane has written over ten books including her most recent, The Wave, along with Open Hearts Family, Among Angels, Open Hearts, Making Yourself At Home, and Remarkable Changes. As well, she has launched Jane Seymour Designs, a national lifestyle brand inspired by her homes, art and family-centered lifestyle.
When she is not acting, writing or designing, Seymour can be found in her painting studio.
With a thriving career as an artist and her own art gallery in Los Angeles, she has exhibited in numerous galleries and venues across North America. Over the past twenty-five years she has created an intimate world of delicate watercolors, colorful vibrant oil paintings, pastels and bronze sculptures and has accepted select private commissions. She continues to reach new artistic levels by continually developing her technique, style and subject matter.
Her art also serves as inspiration for Open Hearts by Jane Seymour®, a jewelry line she designs for Kay® Jewelers in the U.S., Peoples in Canada and H. Samuel in the UK. Inspired by Seymour’s original paintings of two hearts connected and open at either end, the exclusive designs symbolize that love has no boundaries and flows unconditionally. The open-heart design reminds us that if we keep our hearts open, love will always find its way in. Seymour’s Open Heart philosophy reflects her mother’s advice that only when you keep your heart open can you best give and receive love.
Seymour is involved in many philanthropic causes including Childhelp, American Red Cross, City Hearts and Camp Soaring Eagle. In addition to the charitable work that Seymour does with these notable organizations, in 2010 she launched the Open Hearts Foundation.
The Foundation’s mission is based upon selfless giving even in the face of adversity, into communities worldwide. The Foundation provides funds to charitable organizations in the areas of Health, Arts, Education, Sports, and honors individuals that exemplify the Open Heart Philosophy in their service to others.
Matthew Weiner serves as creator, executive producer, writer, and director on the critically acclaimed drama Mad Men. Since the series premiere in 2007, Mad Men has become one of television’s most honored shows, joining an elite group in 2011 when it became only the fourth drama to be awarded four consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Additional honors for the series include: three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Drama Series; a Peabody Award; three Producers Guild Awards; four Writers Guild Awards; two BAFTA Awards; five Television Critics Association Awards, including Program of the Year; and being named six years running to AFI’s Top 10 Outstanding Television Programs. Weiner has been nominated for a total of 11 Emmys for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. He won the award for the series pilot, as well as for the second season episode, “Meditations in an Emergency,” with Kater Gordon, and for the third season episode, “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.” with Erin Levy. Most recently, Weiner won the WGA award for Best Episodic for the season five episode, “The Other Woman,” with Semi Chellas.
Weiner has also received Directors Guild nominations for his efforts behind the camera on “Meditations in an Emergency” in season two and the season three finale, “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.” In 2012, Weiner was awarded the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, which is given annually to television professionals who exhibit extraordinary passion, leadership, independence, and vision in the process of creating television programming.
Weiner’s additional credits include serving as an executive producer and writer on The Sopranos and writer on various television comedy series including The Naked Truth, Becker, and Andy Richter Controls the Universe.
In addition to his television credits, Weiner recently wrote and directed the feature film, Are You Here, featuring complex performances from iconic comedic actors Owen Wilson, Zack Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler. Are You Here is an unexpected story about family, friendship, and the people who keep us afloat while facing the compromises of life.
Born in Los Angeles, Weiner studied philosophy, literature, and history at Wesleyan University. He also earned his MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television. Weiner currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, architect Linda Brettler, and their four sons.
When it comes to economic, environmental, and social responsibility, is your business doing the right thing? William McDonough points the way toward “more good, rather than less bad” values and practices for businesses in all sectors at all scales—showing how a positive future of continuous improvement is possible now.
For more than 40 years, McDonough—through McDonough Innovation, William McDonough + Partners, Architects, and MBDC—has defined the principles of the sustainability movement. The radical Cradle to Cradle® philosophy he co-created with Michael Braungart and codified in Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things is a framework for understanding what we make as biological or technical nutrients that can be returned to the soil or upcycled endlessly. McDonough has received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development (1996), the first U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2003), and the National Design Award. In 2007, following Hurricane Katrina, McDonough and Brad Pitt co-founded the Make It Right Foundation to bring Cradle to Cradle-inspired homes to people in need. In 2009, he and Braungart co-founded the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, to scale up the rigorous product certification program. McDonough became the subject of Stanford University Libraries’ first Living Archive in 2012. Time magazine recognized him as a “Hero for the Planet,” noting: “His utopianism is grounded in a unified philosophy that—in demonstrable and practical ways—is changing the design of the world.”
Hear how McDonough has put his passion into practice and how you can apply his innovative approach to your own organization.
Bre Pettis is the best-known figure in the DIY/3D printing world. He led MakerBot, a global leader in 3D printing technology, as CEO from its beginning in 2009. Now, as chief innovation officer of Bold Machines, Bre is pushing 3D printing into striking new directions, including the development of the first-ever feature film made with 3D-printed characters. Bre has a long history of making things and inspiring others to make things. Prior to cofounding MakerBot, Pettis cofounded the Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor, where MakerBot technology was first concocted, tested, and proven. He was instrumental in building the first prototypes of MakerBot’s 3D printers and has become known worldwide as a leading evangelist for personal manufacturing.
In 2006, Bre started the popular “Weekend Projects” video podcast for Make:Magazine, where he taught millions of viewers to make things from pinhole cameras to bicycles to hovercrafts. He also introduced the blog at the popular online handcrafts marketplace, Etsy. Prior to both endeavors, Bre was an art teacher in the Seattle Public Schools system.
Bre is passionate about providing the tools for individuals and organizations to create the world around them. He has spoken publicly about empowering students to solve the problems of the future and worked behind the scenes to bring professional-quality 3D printing technology into the hands of average consumers.
In 2012, Bre was honored with the Disruptive Innovation Award from the Tribeca Film Festival, for “creating an entire ecosystem for desktop 3D printing.” Foreign Policy named him #60 on its list of 2013 Global Thinkers. Bre has been a highly sought-after speaker and interview subject, gracing the cover of numerous magazines (most recently Wired), and been a guest on The Colbert Report and many more. MakerBot was featured in the October 2012 edition of Fast Company as a 2012 Innovation by Design awardee, as well as in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Engadget, Make:Magazine, Rolling Stone, TIME, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, Vogue Italia, and many others.
Karren Rita Brady, Baroness Brady CBE (born 4 April 1969) is an English sporting executive, politician, television broadcaster, newspaper columnist, author, and novelist. She is the former managing director of Birmingham City F.C. and current vice-chairman of West Ham United F.C. She features in the BBC One series The Apprentice as an aide to Lord Sugar. She is the Small Business Ambassador to the UK Government under Prime Minister David Cameron. She is known as "The First Lady of Football." Her appointment with Birmingham City began in March 1993, when she was 23. In 2002 she became the first woman to hold such a post in the top flight of English football when the team was promoted. She oversaw the company's flotation in 1997, thus becoming the youngest managing director of a UK plc. She left in 2009 when her employers David Sullivan and David Gold sold the club for £81.5 million. In January 2010 she was appointed vice-chairman of West Ham United following a change of ownership of the club.
Brandi Temple is the founder and CEO of Lolly Wolly Doodle, a social shopping innovator and leader in personalized children’s apparel and accessories. A mother of four and first-time entrepreneur, Temple founded the Lexington, North Carolina, company in 2009. All Lolly Wolly Doodle clothes are designed, manufactured, or customized in the U.S., creating new American manufacturing jobs. Lolly Wolly Doodle is one of the first online retailers to fully leverage social platforms, from product design and brand building to order taking and community sharing. For more information, visit: www.lollywollydoodle.com
Dolly Singh is the Founder and CEO of Thesis Couture; a fashion‐technology company based in Los Angeles, California. Thesis has brought together a remarkable team of technologists and experts from fashion, architecture, medicine and engineering to reinvent the iconic stiletto. Offering high‐end aesthetic looks with an advanced internal architecture developed using structural design and advanced materials the team is creating the world’s first high‐performance + high fashion, high heels.
Dolly was formerly the Head of Talent at Oculus VR, a disruptive gaming and virtual reality technology company which was recently acquired by Facebook for $2B+. She was tasked with building a best in class team and talent practices to support the business as it prepares to launch their revolutionary digital platform and hardware system, the Oculus Rift.
Previously she was the Head of Talent Acquisition at SpaceX, where she was responsible for talent across all engineering, operations, and business teams; and worked closely with the company CEO and entire executive team to grow the company from ~200 to almost 4000 in 5 years.
Prior to SpaceX, she was the owner and managing principal at a boutique consulting firm with Fortune 50 clients in the aerospace, defense, and biotechnology sectors. Her experience spans all aspects of human capital with an emphasis on disruptive entrepreneurship models.
She is graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and currently resides in southern California with her husband and their four