New York, March 13, 2012 –The first-ever TEDxWallStreet, a not-for-profit event, will convene on March 30 at the New York Stock Exchange where pioneering thought leaders will address a diverse audience of 300 business, social and academic influencers, as well as a global audience via live webcast. The discussion will focus on “Redefining Success,” within the Wall Street community and beyond.
“We are thrilled to host the first TEDxWallStreet at the New York Stock Exchange,” said Duncan L. Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext. “We share with TEDxWallStreet the value of open dialogue and the power of ideas, and we work to foster an environment where innovative thinking is transformed into focused solutions.”
WL Ross & Co. is the event’s Lead Sponsor. As the firm’s Chairman, Wilbur Ross' unmatched experience in the turnaround business has consistently demonstrated the power of innovation, re-thinking and re-tooling for redefining success.
“Wall Street is overwhelmed with data but has vast needs for the expertise and creativity which this TEDxWallStreet inaugural event will begin to address. We are delighted to help sponsor this important project," said Wilbur Ross.
Jonathan Ende is the Founder and Organizer of TEDxWallStreet. As a long-time TED enthusiast with a 20-year career in finance, he noticed that the Wall Street community was unrepresented in the universe of TEDTalks.
“TEDxWallStreet brings the TED ethos to the world of finance,” said Ende. “We hope it will be a mind-opening, inspiring experience filled with transformative solutions that address today’s unprecedented global challenges.”
TEDxWallStreet is an independently organized TED event that was conceived to provide a single platform and a global stage for the brightest, most inspiring minds in and around the Wall Street community.
Speakers at the TEDxWallStreet Conference include:
Alexa von Tobel, Founder and CEO of LearnVest
Don Tapscott, Best-Selling Author, most recently of MacroWikinomics
Jeff Stewart, Founder and CEO of Lenddo
Jim Cramer, Host of CNBC’s Mad Money
Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, Creators and Performers of Witness Uganda: The Musical, Winner of the 2012 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater
Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO of StudentsFirst
Scott Shay, Chairman of the Board of Signature Bank
Sergio Fernandez de Cordova, Founder of Fuel Outdoor
A reception following the TEDxWallStreet event will be sponsored by Yahoo! Finance. The IDEA Lounge sponsor is Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP, and the Technology and Website sponsor is Experience-Interaction. Additional sponsors include Moss Inc., FTI Consulting, International Print Group, Gar Wood Securities LLC, e2 Marketing, The OTC Space, The Financial Services Club, Paradigm Capital Group, Opalesque, Carbon NYC, Hedge Fund Association, and Covestor Ltd.
TEDxWallStreet will be live streamed online and all of the talks will be available for the greater TEDx audience consisting of millions around the world.
To learn more about this event and to apply for tickets, please visit http://tedxwallstreet.com/
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing
ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.
TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration
About NYSE Euronext
NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. The company's exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products. With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext's equities markets – the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE Amex, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca – represent one-third of the world's equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world's second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index, and is the only exchange operator in the Fortune 500. For more information, please visit: http://www.nyx.com.
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