Becoming Leaders of Influence


Thursday, October 31st  |  11:00am – 12:00pm  |  DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington, Emerald Ballroom


This special session is designed for area high school and college students and their educators, and is made possible by the generous support of our event sponsors

Updated Note to Students and Educators: Due to a low response, the “Becoming Leaders of Influence” student-only session has been cancelled.

For those students interested interested in hearing Tim Urban speak on “Artificial Intelligence: Ready or Not,” we invite you to attend our Executive Leadership Series and Breakfast, 8:00am to 10:30 am. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited.

Please email Sherra Bourget ([email protected]) to reserve your seat.


Meet Our Speaker, Tim Urban

Tim Urban speaks at TED2016 – Dream, Session 4 – Lifehacks, February 15-19, 2016, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

From the most-watched TED talk of 2016 and the only TED main stage talk to reach 10 million in its first year (now over 32 million times) after going online, Tim Urban is redefining the live speaking experience for the digital era. With head-spinning thinking, quirky graphics and his signature stick figures, he’s proving that complex and long form thinking can capture and captivate a short attention span world. 

As the creative force behind the extremely popular Wait But Why blog, Tim has authored dozens of viral articles on subjects ranging from why we procrastinate to why we haven’t yet encountered alien life forms. Wait But Why has topped 10 million unique visitors during peak months and attracted thousands of patrons, including famous fans like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, TED Curator Chris Anderson and Twitter co-founder Evan Williams. 

Known for delighting audiences with smart, fascinating and truly original content, Tim synthesizes complex concepts and presents them in a humorous, highly entertaining and memorable way. Follow his spellbinding train of thought to ignite your own insights and energize your thinking. Whatever the topic, Tim makes getting there more than half the fun. 


Executive Leadership Series Breakfast Registration Begins: 8:00am
Breakfast: 8:00am – 9:00am
AI Keynote Program: 9:00am

Adjournment: 10:30am

Student Session: Cancelled

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