7:00 PM19:00

April 10, 2019 - NYC Google


Artificial Intelligence is the new path forward well on its way to changing the way we work. Already, machines outperform and have replaced humans across a wide range of disciplines. Many fear that AI will change the very landscape of our lives through widespread job loss, surveillance, and non-human interactions. But is AI and can AI be created to improve our lives? Can we shape the future of AI to prioritize ethical outcomes and human well-being?

Join us for an evening of talks about AI and the Future of Humans, a Stand Up For Passionevent, hosted by Google NY.

When: April 10, 2019
Time: 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Where: Google NY, 111 8th Avenue, New York
Gourmet food, drinks and reception included

Speakers will be joining us from Dubai, Bangalore, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, and SF. See speaker bios below. Each will have 7 minutes to inspire us.

Stand Up For Passion is a global inspiration agency producing dynamic, empowering, and thought-provoking live events, conferences, workshops, seminars, and keynotes. SUFP is rooted in founder Arnaud Collery’s pioneering work on happiness in the the workplace - using passion to accelerate purpose, and therefore accelerate joy, whether you’re on a retreat or in your own office. He is known as the pioneer of "Chief Happiness Officer" and has trained over 1000 + on public speaking/storytelling.

Speaker bios

Shantenu Agarwal, NY, AI executive
Shantenu Agarwal is the VP of Product at Soul Machines focused on enhancing the connection and collaboration between humans and machines. He recently was at IBM Watson where he built, launched, and grew new products since its inception and helped customers learn how A.I. will help their business and shape the future relationship with their customers. He has spoken about the future benefit of how A.I. will empower humanity at forums such as the World Economic Forum, the International Monetary Fund Youth Summit, and various industry conferences. Shantenu is an ardent supporter of the entrepreneurial community where he volunteers at a New York incubator helping nascent companies transition from biotech labs to companies and supports entrepreneurs globally through the Endeavor network. Shantenu graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Bioengineering and Entrepreneurship and enjoys marathon running, scuba diving, and musing on eclectic topic such as history, biohacking, and geopolitics.

Alexandre Winter, NY, Entrepreneur
Leading the Computer Vision and Machine Learning team for Arlo at Netgear, the undisputed leader in home and security cameras. I also dedicate a portion of my time to mentoring startups at Techstars NYC and IoT, Zeroth.ai, and with several venture capita funds.
Until late 2016, I was the CEO and founder of placemeter, the urban intelligence platform that helps quantify movement in our cities, at scale. We were acquired by Netgear in December 2016 after raising three rounds of venture capital and growing the team to 32 people based in NYC and Paris, France. Prior to placemeter, I was the tech co-founder LTU technologies. LTU was the pioneer in large scale image search by content. The company started up in France and quickly grew business in the USA. We sold LTU technologies successfully to a Japanese group after raising two rounds of venture capital. I was then the CEO of the company for four years.

Oussama Berqi, Dubai, CTO
Oussama Berqi is currently a Director of Engineering at Careem, looking after Data Science and Data Platforms. His role is to transform the region by bringing AI at the core of Careem products. He holds a double masters from Ecole Polytechnique-l'X and UC Berkeley. Careem is valuated 3 billions dollars after 6 years in business.

Jessica Yip, Vancouver, CEO
Founding COO of A&K Robotics. As a 3rd generation entrepreneur, she knows the tenacity and perseverance that goes into running a business and it’s in her DNA. At A&K, Jessica brings her user-centric approach to the table and works collaboratively with a team of scientists, developers, and engineers to create customer-focused solutions that balance speed and budget. As COO she ensures A&K is a capital efficient company that stays on track to hit business milestones and has executive oversight of communications, marketing, human resources and legal. She is passionate about creating robots that help people and volunteers her time with non- profit groups supporting S.T.E.M education for youth. Since the company’s inception, the founders have been actively building and spearheading collaborations with academic institutions to advance a thriving ecosystem to retain the best talent in Canada and create better opportunities for the next generation of technology leaders. Jessica holds a BA in English Literature from the University of British Columbia.

Alex Eremia, LA, CEO
Alex Eremia is an analytical and creative mosaic. Trained as a data analyst, she has experience building eCommerce products. Alex worked at Google Express where she was part of the team to create the first eCommerce experience for the Google Assistant and also helped reach positive margins for some stores. Most recently she founded BingeWith to help everyday content writers match the prowess of publishers like Bloomberg by engaging their audience with insightful audio content. She originates from Romania, and was raised in Toronto prior to moving to California in 2012. She has an indestructible sweet tooth, enjoys performing comedic improv, and occasionally spins fire.

Javaid Iqbal, Chicago, Advisor
Javaid is an advisor, educator and a global speaker in the digital customer transformation, disruption and innovation space with a focus on Cloud, AI, Mobile, IoT, and Data Science. He spent the last two decades spearheading large-scale complex business transformation efforts for global Fortune 100 clients and Federal & State and Local governments across North America, Europe & Asia while representing leading organizations like EY, PwC and Salesforce. He is now the co-founder of TransformX, a global consultancy focusing on getting clients ready to take on the demands of the next generation digital enterprises. Javaid attended Purdue University for his undergraduate studies in Computer Information Systems and holds a Master’s degree in Communication Systems Strategy and Management from Northwestern University where the focus of his academic research was bridging the business, technology and communication gap towards finding growth opportunities across global enterprises.

Jyotsana Aggarwal, Bangalor, CEO
After quitting a corporate job as Managing Director of a leading ed-tech company, Jo Aggarwal began working with young people in post conflict zones like Yemen, Syria and Iraq to address the root causes of terrorism. The nonprofit she helped set up was backed by Prime Ministers, CEO’s, Queens, Nobel prize winners, and a hundred million dollars in funding from the Emir of Qatar. Her work helped connect over a million people in the region to jobs, and won the silver at the Stevie Awards along with the Global Telecom Business Innovation award in 2013. Her learnings from this work eventually led her back to India. Starting from scratch with no income, she and her husband began building a startup in AI and mental health. She then lost a close friend’s son to suicide and battled founders depression of her own. As a side effect of her own healing and unlearning so much of what she thought she knew, Wysa, an empathetic AI coach for emotional wellbeing was born. In the last two years, Wysa has had over seventy million conversations with over a million people in 30 countries. Thirty one people have said Wysa saved their life. One 13 year old girl wrote to Jo saying she had tried to commit suicide and Wysa was the only thing helping her hold on.

Melissa Kargianakis, Toronto, CEO
With skritswap, I was one of only four founders worldwide selected to participate in the Women's Startup Lab in Silicon Valley in 2016 and am now part of Boost VC's Tribe 11 as a Silicon-Vally Venture-Capital backed startup. I have a history of radical leadership and perseverance through systems change to build a better future. I was awarded for this as one of only three Canadians and 60 recipients worldwide to receive the Queen's Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II . Our company : Imagine "Google Translate" but instead of changing to different languages, skritswap adjusts information to different reading levels suchas: English Gr. 1, Gr. 3, Gr. 5, Gr. 8, Gr. 12 etc.

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How to be a CHO - NYC
10:00 AM10:00

How to be a CHO - NYC

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MasterClass: Be a Chief Happiness + Heart Officer (CHO squared!)

Do you want to change your work culture and environment to be:

  • Open and friendly

  • Purpose driven

  • Engaging

  • More productive!

Join two CHOs pioneering the way in the field of happiness-at-work. Learn how to be work-culture changemakers!

When: March 9, 2019

Time: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Healthy lunch included.

Limited spots available.

We will cover:

- Building a heart based corporate culture & values
- What is the ROI of Happiness?
- Personal Storytelling
- Mindfulness and Gratitude in the workplace
- EQ over IQ with a nod to Positive Psychology
- Chief Heart Officer role vs Chief Happiness Officer
- Principles of a CHO
- Coaching in the workplace
- Finding your Purpose & Career Architecting
- Leaning in on Improvisation and Joy
- Do Technology & Happiness work together?
- What are the obstacles to happiness?

Arnaud Collery is a Chief Happiness Officer and Founder of Stand Up For Passion, a global inspiration agency. Arnaud’s personal mission is to make the world a more purpose-driven and meaningful place. He is a pioneer on happiness in the workplace – using passion to accelerate purpose, and therefore accelerate joy and productivity. Stand Up For Passion produces live events across the world as well as offering workshops, seminars, and retreats. Arnaud curates the speakers for all Stand Up For Passion events, while also personally training and coaching the speakers to find their story and give their best performance.

Claude Silver is a Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia. She held senior leadership posts at both J. Walter Thompson and Publicis. In both positions, she steered development of brand strategies, agency partnerships, product teams, media, sales, and internal management.

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July 18, 2018 - Toronto, Canada
7:00 PM19:00

July 18, 2018 - Toronto, Canada


Stories of Transformation ~ Toronto 2018

Hosted by SHIFT Toronto

Join us for this evening of vulnerable, honest, and inspirational stories in the Main Hall at the Great Hall venue. The Great Hall is a premier event destination in the heart of Toronto’s West End. From the red brick façade to the smallest interior details it is a revitalized piece of living history that brings Victorian style into the 21st century.



Doors open at 6pm. Event starts at 7pm.

Early Bird: $25 plus HST (available until May 12th at midnight)

General Admission: $35 plus HST

At the door: $45 plus HST

Parking and Transit:

The Great Hall is located in downtown Toronto’s west end, at 1087 Queen Street West, the intersection with Dovercourt Road. There is a TTC streetcar stop right outside our doors and you’ll find four Green-P public parking lots nearby. 


If you have questions, please email hello@vanessabenlolo.com.


Zachary Schraeder

Zac is a Student Advisor and Skills for Success educator at Toronto Film School where he helps develop and improve school, community, and mental health resources for students – including those in the Queer, First Generation, and Immigrant communities. He is also a compassionate listener who helps them one-on-one to visualize their goals, create plans for success, develop vital professional and self-care skills, and realize their own greatness. His goal is to see every student graduate on time, to their academic standard, and to enjoy the fruits of their success. 

He also sits on the Board of Directors for Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto where he assists with the development of policies and procedures for the school’s programs in psychology, coaching, and continuing education for mental health professionals. He is also a Strategy and Business Development Consultant for the Toronto Mindfulness Centre.

In his free time he volunteers with the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture where he helps refugees and victims of torture transition into life in Toronto. Additionally, Zac loves to cook (he's a bit of a foodie!), write, and spend quality time with those he loves. He also has a serious case of wanderlust and the travel bug that he just can't shake!

Brittney Mishio

Brittney Mishio is the principal of Dombri Design, a boutique interior design firm based in Toronto. Guided deeply by her intuition, she places the desires and emotions of her clients and their spaces at the centre of her work to curate spaces that are soulfully engaging and lavish in detail. Brittney is also a practicing Reiki Master, a powerful healing modality which allows her to connect intuitively with her clients and their spaces on a profound soul level. Informed by 15 years of experience in design and construction, her craft strikes an artful balance between style, comfort and functionality. Resulting in homes and working environments that are balanced to the senses and fully highlight their potential while setting the stage for deep, meaningful connections.

Gary LeBlanc

Gary LeBlanc (B. Eng, MBA) - an east coaster now living in Toronto, Canada – is recognized as an international thought leader, coaching individuals and organizations towards finding their purpose. 

Although Gary found success in the corporate world, his former career as a vice president for a tier 1 company left him searching for meaning. When a close friend got diagnosed with cancer, Gary realized that helping people live to their potential was his passion. Spending the better part of 20 years researching the latest diet, health, fitness, and cultural trends, Gary now empowers people to live their purpose.

As many people find themselves searching for meaning in their lives, a common first step is to get healthy, which includes aligning the body and the mind. Gary's helped countless people and organizations foster deeper connections and begin their journey to become healthier and happier…naturally.  

The second step to people finding meaning in their lives is to understand why, how, and what that looks like. Through his "Find Your Superhuman" ecosystem, Gary marries engineering and purpose to help people feel what it means to express their unique gift.

Deepak Kashyap

Deepak Kashyap is a wellness counsellor and life skills trainer. He runs Toronto Mindfulness Centre, with emotional and mental health practice in person and online. He holds a Master’s Degree in the Psychology of Education from the University of Bristol, UK. He has been formally trained in advanced programs in REBT and CBT from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York and attended the MBCT summer school program at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre at the University of Oxford, England. He has conducted workshops in Dubai, the United States, the United Kingdom, India and Canada on various emotional wellbeing projects. He is a published columnist in national newspapers and magazines, and writes about issues related to sex, mental health, relationships, and emotional disturbances. He has appeared on various national and international news channels, talk shows, and debates, radio and newspapers, discussing emotional health and sexuality issues.

Jen Abra

Jennifer had always wanted to teach and help others. Her early days included playing school with her neighbourhood friends or bringing home stray animals much to her Mother’s dismay. Her love of teaching led her to a decade- long career teaching young children to write their names, read short sight words and how to tie their shoes. After balancing Motherhood and raising four young children of her own at home and commuting to the city to work with 30 kids who were not her own for many years, Jen grew weary and felt guided to make a big change: On both the career front and the personal and spiritual front. A life-changing event led Jen to discover that there was more to this life than washing dishes and cooking chicken nuggets. She realized she had a much bigger purpose than Motherhood alone and set out on a spiritual journey of self-discovery; with the mindset that it was time for her now. Today, Jen continues to educate and encourage others on a similar journey on the fact that there really is a whole spiritual world ready to be discovered. That just because you can’t see something doesn’t
mean it isn’t there. You just have to find the courage to look.

Eyra Abraham

Eyra Abraham spent her career in a wide range of non-profit organizations in a variety of industries such as government, technology, education, and tourism. She has worked for notable organizations in both Canada and the UK like British Council, London School of Economic, City of Toronto and Government of Ontario. Each experience taught her a lot about herself and became the growth that led her to start a company, Lisnen, where she develops an app that serves the deaf and hard of hearing community.


Darren Austin Hall

Darren Austin Hall is a shamanic musician, sound healer and spiritual teacher. He tours internationally and is an acclaimed recording artist. He is a renowned speaker and pioneer, teaching on a diversity of topics to do with the evolution of universal consciousness, including the reclaiming of indigenous origin, the shamanic archetype, sacred sexuality and spiritual living. His concerts are experiences of sonic mysticism, blending crystal bowls, angelic guitar, channelings of song and words, poetry and story-telling. He is a TEDx performer, published writer and has performed at a diversity of festivals, including Cosmic Convergence and OM Reunion Project. He is the founder of Conscious Masculinity Toronto and co-visionary of Project Unity. www.darrenaustinhall.com

Sarah Robichaud

Sarah is a classically trained dancer, author, entrepreneur, and charismatic leader, who has been recognized as a force for purposeful and impactful change as the founder and executive director of the registered charity 'Dancing with Parkinson's.' DWP brings those living with Parkinson's Disease out of isolation and into an inclusive artistic space where they can experience the transformational cognitive, physical and emotional benefits of moving to music in over 15 locations throughout the GTA.

Sarah studied and performed extensively throughout Canada, Europe and Moscow where she trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School, and has performed and choreographed for many theatre, film and television projects over the last 15 years. Sarah's interest in Parkinson's Disease began in the spring of 2007 when her client Andy Barrie ( formerly of CBC Metro Morning ) asked for help managing his physical PD symptoms through exercise. Sarah learned about an innovative PD dance class being offered in New York City and was immediately inspired to offer free DWP dance classes in Toronto starting in 2008 and thus Dancing with Parkinson's Canada was born. 

Sarah’s passion for helping other connect and express through dance prompted her to launch her most recent initiative, a groundbreaking dance and arts program focused on addressing mental health challenges of First Nations peoples in Pikangikum, a struggling community with the world’s highest suicide rate. www.dancingwithparkinsons.com

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June 27, 2018 - NYC
7:00 PM19:00

June 27, 2018 - NYC

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Join us in NYC at the French Consulate!

Women Who Change the Game 

Meet 7 women who will inspire your life and career. 

Wed, June 27, 2018

Doors open at 6:30PM. Event begins at 7PM

In spite of progress in the recent years, gender equality in the workplace remains a goal to strive for, and women are underrepresented in too many fields.

Ensuring women are given the same professional prospects and career choices as men are an important priority of Emmanuel Macron’s government. This is the reason why on June 27th, Arnaud Collery, Stand Up for Passion and the Consulate General of France in New York will give the floor to some of the women who are the drivers of this much needed cultural, social and economic change. 

Come meet scientists, media professionals, entrepreneurs and engineers who are all leaders in their fields. They will be given 7 minutes each to inspire you by sharing their own experiences and how they achieved the goals they set for themselves.


Camille J. Mackler

Camille J. Mackler is an immigration rights advocate and attorney based in New York City. She works for the New York immigration coalition, focusing on issues affecting immigrants' access to justice.

Marie Bourreau

Marie Bourreau is a freelance journalist from France and correspondent for Le Monde and Radio France Internationale at the United Nations in New York. From 2003 to 2011, she produced numerous reports for the written press, television and radio, particularly on Afghanistan.

Pascaline Lepeltier

Pascaline Lepeltier is a French Sommelier. Detouring from a master’s in philosophy and a career as a university teacher, Lepeltier began her obsession with wine at the two star Michelin-rated L’Auberge Bretonne Within a year, she was named both Best Loire Valley Young Sommelier and Best Brittany Sommelier.

Wenyi Cai

Wenyi Cai is the Founder & Managing Partner of Polymath Ventures, an emerging-market- focused company builder with offices in Bogota, Mexico City, and Shanghai. Polymath has built 7 companies in a range of industries, including mobility and financial services, and raised over $20M USD in early-stage funding.

Atima Lui

Atima Lui is Founder and CEO of fashion and beauty tech startup Nudest. Atima licenses patent-pending skin tone matching technology to help fashion and beauty brands produce and sell products for women of all skin tones.

Claude Silver

Claude Silver is a Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia. She held senior leadership posts at both J. Walter Thompson and Publicis. In both positions, she steered development of brand strategies, agency partnerships, product teams, media, sales, and internal managemen

Amy Chan

Amy Chan is the Founder of Renew Breakup Bootcamp, a retreat that takes a scientific and spiritual approach to healing the heart. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of JustMyType.ca - an online magazine that focuses on the psychology behind love, lust and desire. The Observer calls her  "A relationship expert whose work is like that of a scientific Carrie Bradshaw" and her company was featured on the front page of the New York Times two weeks ago.t.


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March 2, 2017 - NYC
6:30 PM18:30

March 2, 2017 - NYC

Come join us at our next SUFP event at Ebay in New York City! We will be focusing on "Ambition and the Art of Happiness" with a panel of some of our top past speakers – specifically those involved in coaching and transforming others and organizations. Ambition is the catalyst for pursuing your passions but it often causes stress and unhappiness when things don't go as planned. How do we reconcile pursuing our ambitions yet be happy at the same time? We will be exploring these topics as well as hearing from 3 special storytellers. You'll leave with a good dose of inspiration by the end of the evening. Come with your questions for the Q&A!

Doors open at 6:30PM, show starts at 7:00PM sharp. Tickets $25/$35 (after Feb 27)

Ambition and The Art of Happiness

Moderated by Arnaud Collery, founder of Stand Up For Passion

- Vipin Goyal, Partner at Upbuild
Donnalyn Civelo, Ethereal Wellness Counseling
Guillaume Gauthereau, Gauthereau Group
Sarika Jain, love and relationship coach

- Dr. James Hardt, Biocybernaut Institute
- Mounia Tazi, 2M Morocco
- Jon Hall, UNDP, MammalWatching.com

Speaker Bios: 

Dr. James Hardt

Dr. James V. Hardt, founder and President of Biocybernaut Institute, holds a B.S. in Physics from Carnegie Institute of Technology, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University. Dr. Hardt has authored or co-authored more than 60 papers and professional presentations, and has authored, co-authored or has pending over 30 patents for the core technology, headset, training methodology and brain centered portion of virtual reality applications. He has dedicated his life to research and development surrounding brain wave training. Biocybernaut’s Alpha Brain Wave Training delivers a proven and effective process to heal and forgive the wounds of the past and to remove the stresses and fears of today, thus enabling people to live their lives, free of trauma and fear and joyfully pursuing their chosen path in life.

Mounia Tazi

Mounia is the media marketing and strategy manager of the biggest Media group in north Africa “2M Morocco". She is passionate about creating new concept of TV reality shows and public live events that resonate with the fast changing taste of the audience in the digital age because of the impact of the technological development. As a game changer of the Moroccan audiovisual landscape she imposes herself in a male dominated field in Morocco breaking the rules in the traditional media, building new bridges that never existed before between announcers and television creating a strong dynamic that allows high records in audience rating, matching international standards .She realized early on in this adventure that evolving on the personal life front was essential; so she trained to becomea coach and mentor of young entrepreneurs and startup launchers. To contribute to others with her experience in the media industry and her mindfulness approach appllied to high demanding careers in order to improve performance and to keep balance between personal and professional life had become the major focus for her. She expands as an influencer in the arab world and beyond so she created her blog “ Higher Vibes” to share her experiences and support others .As she is a nature lover and advocate of a sustainable lifestyle, Mounia created her own natural cosmetic brand “Moroccan Secret” based on Argan and other rare oils in 2013 that had been a big success in many international fairs and professional events .

Mounia has an Executive MBA in management and leadership, she is also certified as a theta healing coach and facilitator of Access Consciousness.

Jon Hall

For the past 18 years Jon Hall has been thinking about how to quantify national progress and how to ensure the numbers influence government thinking. His 2002 work for the Australian Government on Measuring Australia’s Progress won a national award there as the “smartest” social project of the year, with one journalist describing it as coming “as close to the meaning of life as any statistician can get”. From 2005 – 2009 he led a project at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris promoting similar ideas around the world and now works for the United Nations Development Programme here in New York. He has spoken about measuring wellbeing and happiness in some 50 countries and in 2013 was one of ten “global opinion leaders” to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss wellbeing and government policy. A big piece of his own personal happiness comes from looking for rare animals around the planet. His website www.mammalwatching.com is the hub of the growing mammal watching community.

Donnalynn Civello

Donnalynn is a Certified Intuitive Life Coach, Inspirational Blogger, Speaker and Author of "Life Lessons, Everything You Ever Wished You Had Learned in Kindergarten." She is known for her inspirational insights featured on her weekly blog- Ethereal Wellness. She remains dedicated to teaching simple spiritual yet practical tools for helping others to live their best lives. Her work has been featured in Glamour Magazine, On Deck With Lucy TV/Radio show and the iHeart Radio Inspirational Network. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Guillaume Gauthereau

After a career that scaled the heights of corporate success as a CEO of global companies, Guillaume Gauthereau decided to completely change his life and made a life-changing commitment to helping others in their search for peace, harmony and happiness. During the last 10 years and his transformative journeys across Asia & South America, Guillaume had rare opportunities to study and meditate with master healers and teachers of all faiths. He is trained in Reiki, Medical Reiki, Sufi Healing, Sound Healing, Meditation, and Shamanic Healing. He is currently doing a certification in the Science and Art of Herbalism. In 2015, Guillaume opened The Sanctuary Healing Center on his property in the Catskills where he does in depth work with his clients, hosts workshops and cultivates the land for organic vegetable farming, plant medicine and honey bees. Born and educated in France, Guillaume also holds a PhD in Veterinary Medicine & Surgery from Maisons-Alfort, France. Guillaume travels to New York City and all over the world for his work. He can be reached at TheSanctuaryHeal@gmail.com

Sarika Jain

Sarika Jain is a Love & Relationship Coach for smart, successful women who want it all – career, family and personal fulfillment. She is the creator of ‘Attract Love Now!”, a system to transform one’s love life and date in a healthy, joyful way. After experiencing devastating heartbreak and going through a profound healing experience, she met her husband just a few months later. Sarika left the corporate world to use her strategy skills to support women where it matters most – in one’s love life. Over the last few years, she has guided and led dozens of workshops and retreats on relationship skills, leadership and mindfulness. She lives with her husband, Krishan Patel, in New York City, and leads a playful, passionate life. For their honeymoon last December, they traveled to Bali for a month!

Vipin Goyal

Vipin is a Partner at Upbuild, a coaching company that specializes in understanding the ego. Vipin uses the skills he's learned as an entrepreneur and an executive to help other leaders realize their best selves. He draws on his wide variety of experiences to help clients leverage their strengths and manage the pitfalls of their egos, develop greater empathy, build cultures in which people feel inspired to work, and lead with intention.

Prior to Upbuild, Vipin was the Cofounder & CEO of SideTour, a marketplace of unique, hosted experiences which was acquired by Groupon in 2013. Previously he worked at McKinsey & Company, the international businesses of MTV Networks, and the overhyped online video startup Joost. He has an AB in Economics and an MBA from Harvard.

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Nov 17, 2016 - Kathmandu, Nepal
11:00 AM11:00

Nov 17, 2016 - Kathmandu, Nepal

Thank you to Clock b Business Innovations and the entire Nepal team for your support in organizing Stand Up For Passion - Nepal! 

Our speakers:

Sushil Pokharel

Sushil Pokharel is the managing director of HydroVillage Private Limited. He has been involved in various other ventures since 2006. He is the chairman of Sushmit International. Sushmit International supplies broadcasting equipment and is one of the largest in its sector in Nepal. Pokharel started working at the tender age of 14. He started his job as a paper hawker (Kantipur) to support his study. He is also among the managing partners of Travel To Nepal, one of the trusted travel agencies in Nepal. He was also one of the jury members of ICT Startup Award 2016.

Raveena Deshraj Shrestha

Raveena Deshraj Shrestha is a noted name in the banking sector of Nepal. She holds the challenging post of Chief of Consumer Banking and Corporate Affairs at Mega Bank.

Raveena started career right at the bottom of the ladder at the trainee assistant level over 21 years ago and it has been one enjoyable journey for her, interspersed with years of nights staying up burning the midnight oil and very long and stressful hours in the workplace.

She has been able to establish herself as a known figure in the country and one can see her every now and then in the nation’s daily papers, tabloids and many magazines but her journey to success was not an easy one as she had to strike a balance between her family life and her professional life.

Raveena is also a LightWorker, Certified Life Coach (USA), Recipient of 4 International Awards, Motivational Speaker, Hypnotherapist, Omnist.

Nisha Adhikari

Nisha Adhikari (Nepali:निशा अधिकारी) is a Nepalese actress, beauty queen, model, and VJ. She is an actress well known for her role in the film First Love released in 2010 and her appearance in music videos. Before embarking on her acting career, she was involved in beauty contests and modelling. Adhikari is the first actress to summit Mt. Everest. She stepped on the summit at about 8 am NST dated 21 May 2013.

Binod Das

Binod Das (Nepali: विनोद कुमार दास) is a retired Nepalese cricketer and a former captain of Nepal national cricket team. All-rounder Binod is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium pace bowler. He made his debut for Nepal against UAE in November 2000.

Under his captaincy, Nepal Under-19s participated in the 2000 Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka, finished as a Plate Runners-up in the 2002 Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand and Nepal won the 2006 ACC Premier League.

Dr. Pranav R Joshi

Dr. Pranav R Joshi is a Veterinarian, Founder of the Bhaktapur Animal Welfare Society, and Vet for Your Pet. An avid dog-lover and also one of the very few certified canine-practitioners in the country, Dr. Joshi takes his profession as a way to serve the society rather than being just a income generating activity.

Specializing in the advanced medical and surgical facilities, the services provided at Vet for Your Pet include general check-ups, medical diagnosis, surgery and consultation.They provide home services and have boarding and grooming facilities as well. He has adopted 17 dogs out of which some were from the streets and some were abandoned by others. 

Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche

Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche Sherab Zangpo was born in 1981 in the Dho Tharap valley in Dolpo region of Nepal. At the age of ten, he was recognized by His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche as the reincarnation of the Dolpo Lama Nyinchung Rinpoche. He travelled to Namdroling Monastery in Bylakkuppe, Mysore to complete his study of philosophy, practice and rituals under the guidance of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.

He excelled in all his studies. Upon completion of his studies, he began to teach Sutra and Tantra at the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, the advanced center of philosophy study at Namdroling Monastery from 2007. In 2008, Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche went to Dolpo to be enthroned in his monasteries in Dho Tarap, Saldang and Namgung and to take more active responsibility of his people there.

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Sept 21, 2016 - London
7:00 PM19:00

Sept 21, 2016 - London


Join us on Wed, Sept 21 at the gorgeous Hellenic Centre for our very 1st Stand Up For Passion event in LONDON!! 


7 speakers will deliver a 7-minute story followed by a 10-minute Q&A. All of our speakers have attended professional storytelling trainings with Stand Up For Passion founder Arnaud Collery.

Show ends at 8:45PM and we will invite you join us afterwards to network, meet and talk with new people and simply continue having a great time!  

Hosted by Arnaud Collery

Arnaud is a host, comedian, filmmaker, coach, entrepreneur, and innovator. He is co-founder of standupforpassion.com, and founder of kikaimining.com (a Happiness Agency) and happyhackingdays.com (the first tech event creating happiness apps). Arnaud is an award winning stand up comedian and filmmaker (Last Comic Standing, E!, NBC, MTV & Best Comedy Film at the Monaco Film Festival 2012). He won numerous Hackathons in the tech space and has since coached a number of startups CEO in LA and France on their pitches. He is a public speaking coach and use storytelling as a way to empower people on stage. Learn more about Arnaud @ www.arnaudcollery.com


Nicolas Roope

Through his 20 years experience as a designer and conceptual thinker at the forefront of the digital media revolution, Nicolas has gained some incredible experiences along the way. His most potent insight is the realisation that digital - once and for all - is connecting everything, melting borders, divisions and prejudices along the way. We’re now in an age of sharing (not shoving); everything needs rethinking, reconstituting, reengineering and redesigning in order to meet rapidly rising expectations and standards of experience. It’s about time our work started to untangle some of the huge, looming problems caused by old ways of thinking applied to new problems, currently casting a dark shadow over our way of life as we gaze into the future. 

Nicolas' ability to navigate delicately through the overlapping disciplines of creativity, design and technology, without losing a clear and grounded vision, is his greatest strength. Any individual, business or organisation who want to move forward, ultimately needs to tame these forces into coherent plans and visions. So Nicolas is incredibly well placed to lead and support any entity with a real ambition to invent and constitute a new them for this new age.

Nicolas was awarded The Design Entrepreneur Medal (2014), The Drum's Entrepreneur Honor (2015), The Wired 100 (2011), Adage Creative 50 (2011), The Tech City Insider 100 and the BIMA Digital Hall of Fame (inaugural 20). He's won many awards and sat and chaired many international juries.

Nicolas still amazed by how little the link between creativity and value is understood and managed in business. If he has one goal it is to help to change this through demonstration.

Bindi Karia

Bindi is incredibly passionate about all things Startup in Europe and connecting the dots between Investors, Founders, Corporates and Government, and as a result has worked in and around technology startups for most of her career.. As a Consultant (PwC Consulting), as a Corporate (Microsoft BizSpark /Ventures), as a Startup employee (Trayport), as an Advisor (Startup Europe, Startup Weekend Europe, Tech London Advocates), as a Connector (GQ UK, the IoD and Evening Standard have all recognised this) and until recently, as their Banker (Silicon Valley Bank). . She has been dubbed the “Queen of Startups” by European Tech Ecosystem due to the sheer number of entrepreneurs she has worked with over the years. In fact, the entrepreneurs have influenced her so greatly over the years, that she's currently in the process of setting up a new venture, focussed on…connecting…of course.

Belina Raffy

Belina Raffy helps people who do good in the world to improvise in business and life. Founder/director of Maffick Ltd (www.maffick.com, an improvisation consultancy), Sustainable Stand Up (www.sustainablestandup.com, a project promoting a nice form of stand up comedy to talk about things that matter), and The Thrivable World Quest (www.thrivableworld.org, a pirate-y playful global learning adventure to align organisations with how nature and people thrive.) She holds two passports - US and French, has an MBA, and lives in Berlin. 

Huy Nguyen Trieu

Huy Nguyen Trieu is the CEO of the Disruptive Group, an advisory firm and business builder in innovation and finance. He has navigated between startups and large organizations, from CEO of a startup to Managing Director in international banks, from mentor to entrepreneurs to Resident Expert at Oxford. He is fascinated by the changes happening around us, the impact of technology on many industries, and the changing dynamics between small and large organizations.

An engineer by background, an entrepreneur by nature, he co-founded and led Ukibi, a precursor of Linkedin, in 1999. After 5 intense years, he fell by coincidence into banking and was fortunate to be an intrapreneur in large international banks where he helped to build very successful businesses. At the same time, he continued to be very involved in technology and innovation, mentored dozens of entrepreneurs and supported many startups. 

He writes the blog Disruptive Finance (www.disruptivefinance.co.uk), is the Fintech Resident Expert at Oxford Said Business School, and is a board member of Fintech HK. He was previously on the Fintech Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum and a Board Member of Trusting Social. Prior to The Disruptive Group, Huy was a Managing Director at Citi, a MD at RBS, a VP at SGCIB, and the CEO of Ukibi, a VC-funded startup in the US. He is a frequent keynote speaker in Europe and Asia, likes to teach and share with young students and entrepreneurs, and is regularly quoted in articles on innovation and finance. 

Huy is a graduate from MIT (US), École Polytechnique (France) and Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees (France). He is married and a happy father of 3 daughters.

Moulsari Jain

Moulsari is an unconventional artist & entrepreneur blurring the boundaries between art, branding, business and lifestyle.

Her vision is to revolutionise our global culture to increase human fulfilment through creativity, self-awareness and personal freedom. Moulsari founded B-A-D for GOOD as a platform for conceptual art/lifestyle projects like PWRFAM (nuclear families to empower individuals), THE PWRTRIP (impactful co-owning global citizenship) and Plant Rich (eating well on plants).

She also works in installation, performance art, painting and writing. Moulsari consults high-performers on their brand strategy, and holds workshops on personal branding, creativity, and finding fulfilment through passion and presence.

Her clients have ranged from Fortune 500 companies to startups and entrepreneurs across the globe. Moulsari is a graduate from Parsons School of Design (NYC) and THNK School of Creative Leadership (AMS). She currently splits her time between London, Amsterdam and New Delhi. Learn more at www.moulsari.com

Nancy Fechnay

Nancy Fechnay is a founder, investor, mentor, and advisor for startups and accelerators.

Nancy is a co-founder of The Inspire Movement, a new community of entrepreneurs and thought leaders, who have been through adversity and emerged transformed for the better with a deeper sense of purpose, passion, and the desire to inspire others to do the same.

She's a Partner at Flight Ventures, the largest online group of investors in the world, brainchild of well-known angel investor Gil Penchina. Nancy oversees their UK/EU operation focusing on large seed or Series A ($3M+) investments. 

As a mentor and advisor, Nancy's expertise span across innovation, strategy, business development, fundraising, and U.S. expansion. She currently advises Techstars and several U.S. and UK seed-stage startups. 

Nancy has worked for several U.S. based investment firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, GE Ventures, and Core Capital Partners. She is the co-founder Duke Ventures, a venture capital educational and deal-sourcing engine that advises founders on business strategy and highlights the best Research Triangle Park startups to a network of active investors.

Nancy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering (UVa), an MBA focused on entrepreneurship (Duke), and an MEM focused on energy (Duke).

Vincent Avanzi

Vincent Avanzi is a Chief Poetic Officer, inspirational Speaker and founder of La Plume Du Futur (The Ink of the Future). After graduated from ESCP in Paris and working at Microsoft as a global account manager, he went on to do a world tour called "A Human Odyssey: The 12 steps to reconnect to your heroic self". The goal was to see how to change your self in order to change the world.

With a life passion for poetry and a life mission to poetize our society, he now gives conferences to companies and entrepreneurs throughout the world on “corporate poetry” to unleash the human potential, develop happiness at work and reveal collective intelligence. He also performs poetic recaps in all kinds of public events to inspire as an opening or closing capture aiming at the art of living together. Poetry is a positive and optimistic momentum towards the future and a revelation tool to write possible horizons for the world(s) of tomorrow. 

Author of 4 books, Sur la Route de Soi, La Poésie de la Vie, Edendorado and Le Bien-Etre Plan des Entrepreneurs, he furthermore facilitates keynotes and round-tables as a Poetic Master of Ceremony. Finally, co-founder of the first Corporate Happiness University in France and practioner of Positive Psychology, he writes articles for the business newspaper Les Echos.


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March 10, 2016 - NYC
6:30 PM18:30

March 10, 2016 - NYC

Location: AppNexus Razzle Dazzle Space, 28 W 23rd St, 4th floor, New York, NY 10010

Tickets: $20 early bird/ $45 general admission

Speaker Bios:

Nihal Mehta

Nihal Mehta is a Founding General Partner at Eniac Ventures. With over 15 years experience in marketing technologies through founding five startups and investing in 100+ since 1999, Nihal Mehta is a noted expert in the emerging adoption of mobile technologies for media properties and consumer brands.

Nihal founded M1 “Mobile-First” Summit in 2014, bringing together thousands of mobile innovators with two events/year in NYC and San Francisco. Prior to Eniac, Nihal co-founded LocalResponse, Inc. (now Qualia Media), which makes ads more relevant from social signals, which he pivoted from buzzd, the first mobile real-time city guide.[5][6] As the founding CEO, Nihal grew LocalResponse's revenues 2153% over a three year period, which placed the company to #204 (#14 in NYC) to the 2014 Inc. 5000's Fastest Growing Companies and #67 to the 2013 Forbes list of America's Most Promising Companies. Prior to LocalResponse, Nihal founded ipsh!, one of the first full-service mobile marketing agencies in 2001, which was acquired by Omnicom (NYSE: OMC) in 2005. Nihal's investment portfolio includes Admob (sold to Google), Airbnb, HotelTonight, InVenture, Saavn, Swiftkey, Tapad & Uber.

In 2014, Nihal was named to AlleyWatch’s “100 NYC Tech Influencers You Need to Know,” in 2013, a semi-finalist for "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young, in 2012 a top 100 "Coolest People in NY Tech," by Business Insider, a "NYC tech influencer" by VentureBeat, one of the "25 People Every New Founder Should Meet in New York Tech" a top "25 Up-And-Coming Startup CEO in New York" by Business Insider, and a 2012 AlwaysOn "Power Player NYC." Mehta was named a top 10 New York City "Game Changer" in the 2010 New York Enterprise Report, one of twenty RCR Wireless News "Mobile Movers and Shakers" in 2008, a BusinessWeek "M-Commerce Baron" in 2006 and named one of Ad Age's "Top 20 Marketers in Their 20s" in 2005. Nihal frequently guest lectures at business schools around the country on entrepreneurship and mobile marketing, and is published in over 15 books and white papers on the subject.

Nihal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Philosophy and a BSE in Computer Science, where he was also a member of the Philomathean Society and the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.

Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Programs and Clubs, Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. 

Started in 2012, the organization has grown to reach 10,000 girls in more than 40 states. In 2016, Girls Who Code will run more than 80 Summer Immersion Programs and 500 Clubs. The results speak for themselves: 90 percent of alumnae have declared or intend to declare a major or minor in computer science. 

Reshma began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. Reshma has also served as Deputy Public Advocate for New York City and ran a spirited campaign for Public Advocate in 2013. 

Reshma is the author of the groundbreaking new book, Women Who Don’t Wait In Line, in which she advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course — personally and professionally. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School. She’s been named one of Fortune’s 40 under 40, a WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year, one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by the New York Daily News, CNBC’s Next List, Forbes’s Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People, Crain’s New York 40 Under 40, Ad Age’s Creativity 50, Business Insider’s 50 Women Who Are Changing the World, City & State’s Rising Stars, and an AOL/PBS Next MAKER.

Reshma lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their son, Shaan, and their bulldog Stanley.

Roel Van Rijsewijk

Self-proclaimed ‘New Age Digital Anarchist’. Associate Partner of Deloitte with more than 15 years of experience working for technology enabled businesses in the field of risk management. Senior Fellow of Deloitte’s Centre for the Edge, our research facility that helps senior executives make sense of and profit from emerging opportunities on the edge of business and technology. Lives in Amsterdam, father of three girls. Roel was leading the Cyber Risk team in Amsterdam. A team of 150 professionals ranging from advisory and implementation experts to ethical hackers with deep technical expertise. After 2 years of leading and growing the Cyber team, Roel decided to give up the status and career that comes with a partnership at Deloitte, to only do what he does best. Roel gave his equity share in the firm back to become a senior fellow of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge.

There he takes deep dives in content to bring back what he finds with vision and inspiration. Cyber Space promises a kind of society that real space would never allow—freedom without anarchy, control without government and consensus without power. Control is born out of fear. To let go you need trust. Empowered by the brand and global network of Deloitte Roel purpose is to provide trust in an open cyber space.

Andrew Willis

Andrew Willis was born in Hong Kong went to school in Great Britain and has not stopped travelling ever since. Following time in the British Army, where he reached the rank of Captain, he has spent his life practicing in- tegrated marketing communications and marketing, mostly for global brands.

Andrew has worked in senior leadership positions for McCann Erickson, Ogilvy & Mather, IBM and Publicis and has been responsible for accounts that include IBM, American Express, HP, Citi and the Royal National In- stitute for the Blind.

He has been recognised with both creative and marketing effectiveness awards and has been a frequent speaker at conferences.

A survivor of both child sexual abuse and domestic violence, Andrew has dedicated the second half of his life to ending abuse and alleviating the suffering of those involved.

Diane Passage

Diane Passage is a life coach in New York City whose passion is empowering and inspiring women to face fears, find courage and authentically embrace their individuality. It is through her own uniquely trying experiences, both personally and professionally, that she is able to offer unparalleled perspectives and resources. Today, Diane helps people who are at their own crossroads realize they can restructure and enhance their lives to feel happier, more successful and fulfilled. Certified from New York University’s Coaching Program, Diane’s coaching work has been featured in the New York Post, Bill Cunningham Show, and on several news shows across the New York metro region. Diane’s background at University of Michigan and the Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as professional experience in entertainment, marketing, and entrepreneurship has given her a well-rounded viewpoint and objectivity in which to offer clients. Previously a single mother, Diane supports related charities and proudly served on the board of New York's Single Parent Resource Center. Diane is also a member of Mensa.

Alexandre Mars

Alexandre Mars is a serial entrepreneur and engaged philanthropist. Over the past 15 years, he launched and sold several companies in Europe and the United States in the business and technology sectors. Alexandre’s passion for entrepreneurship blossomed early; he started his first venture at 17. His last two startups, Phonevalley (a mobile marketing agency) and ScrOOn (a social media management system), were sold to Publicis Groupe and Blackberry.

Alexandre is passionate about fighting inequalities. In 2014, he founded Epic Foundation to bridge the gap between a new generation of individual and corporate donors and organizations supporting children and youth globally. Epic is developing new tools focused on enhancing how donors select, monitor and experience their impact. His vision is to disrupt the philanthropic industry by combining passion and expertise with game-changing technology and partnerships.

Alexandre is regularly quoted by the Financial Times, Le Monde, Forbes andBloomberg. He has been invited to share his mobile/digital and philanthropic vision at a variety of events including the Global Philanthropy Forum, One Young World Summit, Columbia University, Advertising Week, Mobile World Congress and NEXUS Youth Summit. He is a regular guest speaker on BFMTV, France’s most watched news network. He is an active member of the Global Philanthropists Circle at Synergos, Young Presidents’ Organization and Nexus. 

In 2015, Alexandre was named one of New York City’s top 20 philanthropists under 40 by the New York Observer.

A longstanding member of the technology community, Alexandre continues to invest in high-growth technology companies through his family office Blisce/, including Spotify, Pinterest and Blablacar.

Alexandre lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children, whom he adores traveling with. 

A devoted practitioner of mixed martial arts, Alexandre loves sports; he ran both the Paris and New York City Marathons.

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Dec 16, 2015 - TOKYO
6:30 PM18:30

Dec 16, 2015 - TOKYO

Dec 16, 2016 : Stand Up For Passion - Tokyo




曙は1996年に帰化、2001年に現役引退後は親方として東関部屋で後輩の指導をしていましたが、2003年に日本相撲協会を退職、格闘技K-1に参戦 しました。 K-1では好成績を残せず、無所属のプロレスラーとして主に全日本プロレスのリングに上がり、ZERO1の世界ヘビー級王座を獲得しています。

Akebono Taro, born May 8, 1969 as Chad Haaheo Rowan is a retired American born-Japanese sumo wrestler from Waimānalo, Hawaiʻi. Joining the professional sport in Japan in 1988, he was trained by pioneering Hawaiian sumo wrestler Takamiyama and rose swiftly up the rankings, reaching the top division in 1990. After two consecutive yusho or tournament championships in November 1992 and January 1993 he made history by becoming the first foreign born wrestler ever to reach yokozuna, the highest rank in sumo.

Akebono became a Japanese citizen in 1996, and after retiring in 2001 he worked as a coach at Azumazeki stable before leaving the Sumo Association in 2003. After an unsuccessful period as a K-1 fighter, he is now a freelance professional wrestler, mainly performing for the All Japan Pro Wrestling promotion. He is the current Zero1 World Heavyweight Champion in Zero1.


フランス、パリ生まれ。母子家庭で、母は日本大好きなフランス人で在日26年。パリと東京で8カ月でモデル兼女優として、活動スタート。5歳に家族で日本に転居、私立田園調布雙葉卒業。イギリスで英語を学んだ後、パリのインターナショナルスクールで3カ国語で卒業。17歳でトライリンガルMC(司会)として活動スタート。パリ医大を卒業後、熱い思いを胸に、パリのインターナショナル・ビューティ・インスティチュートを卒業。26歳で株式会社I Style Japan設立。田園調布にトータルビューティ&イメージコンサルティング・サロンとイベントマネージング事務所をオープン。 現在は数々のTV CM出演やTBSの人気番組「所さんのニッポンの出番」ではフランス人レポーターとしても活躍中。日英仏のトリリンガルMC。フランス料理やグルメの巨匠とのコラボイベントを企画。夢は「人に自信を持たせる仕事」をこなしながら2020年のオリンピックでの活躍!

Born in Paris, France in a single mother family. She came to Tokyo 26 years ago with her twin sister Alex and her mother loving Japan working as a NHK journalist. Started her acting career as a baby model with her twin sister in “Three men and a baby” french movie at 8 months old and never stopped. Went to private Japanese school and Graduated from french international school EABJM. Starting her trilingual MC and translator career at 17. After graduating Medical school in Paris, came back to Tokyo and created her image consulting and event producing company, I Style Japan.K.K at the age of 26. Today while working as “foreign Model and TV talent and narrator speaking Japanese as native” she also works as trilingual MC around the globe. Her dream is to change people’s lives for the better and represent Japan at Tokyo Olympics 2020!


1982年3月12日生まれ 33歳、国内ロードレースの登竜門・鈴鹿4時間 耐久レースに参戦、いきなり優勝の栄冠に輝いたのはまだ中学2年生のとき。わずか13歳の最年少記録は20年経った今でも更新されていません。彗星のごと く登場した天才は、その後ワークスライダーとして、国内ロードレースで数々の優勝を遂げてきました。2002年にはMotoGP鈴鹿ラウンドにスポット参 戦し、世界のレギュラーライダーたちをしり目に2位表彰台を獲得。さらに2008年鈴鹿8時間耐久レースでは、名門ヨシムラから参戦すると2位を獲得。そ の翌年には見事優勝を達成しました。ヨーロッパ各地で開催されている世界耐久レース選手権にもフランスのチームから招聘され参戦。見事ワールドチャンピオ ンに輝きました。2012年からはBMW JAPANの協力のもと自らチームを立ち上げ、限りなくノーマルに近い状態のマシンで記録を次々と更新しBMWのポテンシャルの高さを証明するレースを展 開しています。

Daisaku SAKAI, born in 1982, is a Japanese road race rider. His record as a Suzuka 4H race winner at the age of only 13 has not been broken for 20 years until now. After having enjoyed top scorings in various national road races, a French team invited this riding genius for European races and won the international championships. In 2012, Daisaku founded “Team 39” with cooperation of BMW. He proves BMW Motorrad has high potential by breaking various records with the bike just about normal conditions.



German, born 30. Sept 1971 is the founder and CEO of Aventa and involved in many entrepreneurial activities. Before he became an entrepreneur he had been in local and global strategic management functions in major multinational corporations like Bayer. BASF, Henkel and was heading the Japanese operations of the No1 German furniture brand hülsta. He is the father of two beautiful and healthy kids and apart from his company Aventa running 4 different companies in Health & Beauty, Lifestyle, Environmental and IT business. His mission for life is something completely different. Not business, not money, not power. He wants to create a better world. People, Earth and Life are the pillars of his vision for a better future. He is also an active board member of the FCC and a supporter of several charity organisations like Room to Read, Aoi Tori Project, Second Harvest, Kids Earth Fund etc. His hobbies are running, snowboarding, classical music and Jazz as well as traveling.

SONESS STEVENS  ソネス・スティーブンス

ハローキティの英語の声でも知られる声優。また、毎週NHKでプレキソ英語番組にも出演し、海外でもステージ講演を行っている。さらに横浜国立大学ではこ れまで15年にわたり経済学部の生徒にビジネスプレゼンテーションを指導。彼女の著書には大学で使用されている日本初のマルチメディア教科書がある。サー フィン、スケートボード、スノーボードが趣味で、日本では19年、海の側で、ボードに囲まれた生活を送っている。

Soness is an international speaker, author, and coach. She works with speakers, tech-ies and introverts to become engaging presenters,  both online and on the live stage.  Her mission for women to empower themselves creating global change.  She’s shared messages of change to live audiences of hundreds-of-thousands. She is a master trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Hypnosis and Results Coaching and is a qualified member of the International Coaching Federation.  You can watch her on NHK twice a week and may have seen or heard her on NHK and FOX Japan weekly over the past 12 years. She has authored best-selling books including Show-N-Tell: Presenting from the Heart, the first multi-media textbook used at major universities in Japan and 28 Days to  the first book on Positive Psychology used in universities in Japan.

Fun fact:  Soness is the official English voice of Hello Kitty.


My name is Yasumasa Okawa. I had colorectal cancer 8 years ago. I tried to find the best operation by university hospital and done very quick for arrange cancer operation and preparation for hospital. I was very cool like robot. My wife and family were panic for finding my cancer.

I was 36 years old. My business was very great time, build Tokyo Midtown interior part of stone and kitchen area. After cancer operation, I changed my life. I felt sorry for my daughter, because papa became already cancer man. Also I did chemical therapy after operation in 6 month, It was hardest therapy. I don’t want back this therapy again. My cancer level was 3a which cancer had spread to lymph. It means that cancer was flowing through all of the body. My wife had researched by internet and many books about cancer, find about Dr. Max Gelson who are natural therapy doctor for Diabetes, This therapy are against chemical therapy, because no chemical used only organic without salt, sugar and butter, eating Genmai, organic vegetable, fish. Drink own urine and enema coffee etc… It was hard for every think.

My weight was from 85kg to 42kg. I was very weak man.

Heardest news that round my cancer friends all died. After each person died I became white is in my head and I cried enough to want to die. My family and daughter even when such gave me encouragement. I must alive for family. I try always for it.

I think I should alive and I should do my best and make happy every one with passion.

After cancer I establish my company, company name is Freude in German mean deep joy in English. I work as import from Europe beautiful architect material and make with it inside interior deco and furniture one. Because I hope people became happy from it.

ALBERT ABUT  アルベール・アビュト



Albert Abut is a French architect, graduated from the prestigious Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His architecture is defined by his French heritage, a very distinct creativity with a specific vision on architecture & urban planning, and, the French innovative spirit. During the past 25 years spent living between Paris & Tokyo and immersed also in Japanese history & culture, the Paris & Tokyo avant-garde scenes inspired him in the realization of many buildings which have been characterized under “specific minimalism with attention to detail”.


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Oct 6, 2015: NYC
6:30 PM18:30

Oct 6, 2015: NYC

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Join us on Tues, Oct 6 for our next Stand Up For Passion event!

Time: Doors Open at 6:30PM 

Location: Impact Hub NYC, 394 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

The show starts at 7PM SHARP and will be over by 8:15. There will be a Q&A and networking reception afterwards for our community to mingle and connect.



Gail Thomas, Gail’s curious... she’s a writer, editor, storyteller, lawyer, actor, barista, yoga teacher, dog sitter, hiker, biker, traveler, survivor... If she ever writes a book, it will be called “Bouncing Back” or something like that.

Renita Kalhorn, A Juilliard-trained concert pianist and martial arts black belt with an MBA from INSEAD, Renita Kalhorn is passionate about human performance. Founder of performance strategy firm Step Up Your Game Now, Renita coaches entrepreneur CEOs and their teams to perform better under the pressures of fast growth. She has delivered leadership and development programs in the US and Asia for Fortune 500 clients such as Deutsche Bank, Pfizer and Time Warner, and worked with individuals and teams at companies including Accenture, NASA, Optimum Nutrition, Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg. Renita also mentors Navy SEAL candidates and Green Berets in mental toughness. http://stepupyourgamenow.com/

Anatoliy (Toli) Zaslavskiy, is a tech startup advisor, who comes from an engineering background, with a specialization in UX and data visualization. Toli has a passion for keeping on top of the latest trends in tech and especially the Javascript community. He frequents the Brooklyn.js, Manhattan.js, Papers We Love, CodeGenius, and many other technical meetups. He also volunteers at ScriptEd, a non-for-profit. Toli was diagnosed with Aspergers when he was 17 years old. He will be speaking about how this has affected him and what he has learned from it.

Dilli Raj Bhatta, is the founding member of the firm. He has extensive experience in all phases of commercial transactions, litigation, and intellectual property law. He advises clients on a broad spectrum of matters and provides unique strategic solutions in resolving complex legal issues. He continues to represent individuals and corporations in complex transactions and cases in New York and in United States Federal Courts. Aside from commercial litigations, Mr. Bhatta advises and represents business entities on international trade and transactions, commercial arbitrations, contractual disputes, Intellectual Property matters, and Mergers and Acquisitions. Prior to this firm, Mr. Bhatta worked for The Myers Law Firm, a prestigious Northern California law firm based in San Francisco. He also worked as an intern at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office where he gained in-depth trial experience working with the DA. He also represents tech starts-up and engineers.

Jean Safar, is a Technologist and a Traveller. Growing up and studying in France he has, over the past 25 years, created and worked for fintech startups and global investments banks in Palo Alto, New York, Chicago, London, Tokyo, Florence and Paris. He is once again enjoying the charms of New York and its suburbs. He still has not worked in South America or New Zealand, but he believes that he might yet have the opportunity to go and irritate hobbits. When not designing distributed software systems Jean loves to sing, play guitar, bake his baguettes and read .. and sometimes all at the same time.

Suki Sohn, started her career as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers. This was followed by over a decade of developing businesses for global media companies such as the Walt Disney Company and News Corporation. In 2007, she joined Fortress Investment Group in the Capital Formation group primarily responsible for the marketing initiatives including all investor collateral and events. She is currently CFO/COO Onslot Group, a hybrid creative agency and production company based in NYC. She is also a certified Feng Shui Master and Dahn Yoga Master. Suki is married to Performance and Transformation Coach John O'Connor and is the mother of two boys Jake and Jaden.

Nadine Cino, LEED AP, known for her irrepressible entrepreneur spirit, is an impassioned sustainability thought leader, speaker, and writer. Over the past 20 years, as the Chief Executive Officer & co-Inventor of Tyga-Box Systems, Inc., Nadine, along with her partner, Marty Spindel, has transformed the moving and storage industry. Their invention, the Tyga-Box System, has helped companies significantly reduce moving costs by 30% and packaging impacts to people and planet by 100% by replacing cardboard boxes with the innovative, reusable, and efficient Tyga-Box System. Currently, Nadine is excited to be bringing Tyga-Trax, the moving industry’s first electronic asset tracking system, to the marketplace. Tyga-Trax is poised to be an assets management game changer, as it is the only system in the world that is hands-free, scan-free, host-free, and completely mobile!

Matt Josepher is a native New Yorker born addicted to heroin. He lived an unsupervised life growing up the moment he left the womb. Matthew has healed from his trauma on his own and has successfully come out of a 27-year struggle with addiction. He was a fitness trainer as well as a drug and alcohol counselor. In January 2014, Matthew took on a life challenge by his therapist to confront his fears which led him to enroll in an acting class. His recent credits include a stage debut and a role in a short film. 

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Sept 9, 2015 - TOKYO
7:00 PM19:00

Sept 9, 2015 - TOKYO

Sept 9, 2015: Stand Up For Passion - Tokyo



He plays various roles in different fields, such as president of SanDisk K.K., general manager and executive head coach of an American football team in Japan, lecturer on leadership and diversity at universities, volunteer for self-defense fire brigade and other social activities, etc.




BMW Motorrad Club Japan会長。東京都赤十字二輪奉仕団の委員長として、自身が支隊長を務める赤十字飛行隊とあわせて広域防災システムを構築中。


Richard Thornley CBE MBA CEng FRAeS is Representative Managing Director of Bell Helicopter Co., Ltd. Richard has more than thirty years’ experience in Aerospace, 19 years in Japan, establishing and building three leading international aerospace companies’ Tokyo offices and winning breakthrough business.


Takuma is a venture capitalist and evangelist who strives to build a very early stage startup ecosystem in Japan. Takuma shares his story how he entered into the startup scene from the investment banking world and his passion towards running Startup Leadership Program (SLP) Tokyo.


Entrepreneur and investor from NYC. He runs “Traction + Scale” an investment holding company and blogs for the Wall Street Journal accelerators.


Founder, CEO of Bio venture. Studied management strategy at the Business School Graduate.

Received the honorary membership in Social Welfare Organization Saiseikai Imperial Gift Foundation, Inc. from Prince Tomohito of Mikasa. Appointed to an Evaluation Committee Member at NEDO Japan and Member of Japan River Fisheries Cooperative.


Girl Power(一般社団法人女子力推進事業団)専務理事。医師。

中学・高校から社会貢献活動に取り組み、大学生時代はミス・キャンパスの社会貢献団体「Sweet Smile」の代表を務める。研修医時代に「Girl Power」の設立に参画。途上国の少女から日本の女性まで、すべての女性を輝かせるための活動に情熱を注いでいる。

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What Matters To Me
6:30 PM18:30

What Matters To Me

Mind Grappling Films and the Matthew Corozine Acting Studio powered by Stand Up For Passion present:   "What Matters,"   an evening of stories narrated by seven individuals in seven minutes coming from all parts of the world including Jamaica, Trinidad, Poland, UK and the Bronx. Each story is crafted to inspire and leave you with an unforgettable experience.

The evening will open with a special guest speaker Dr. Tzipi Weiss, who has published work on post-traumatic growth.  She will talk about her findings on how one can grow from trauma.

"What Matters" will benefit The Stop Abuse Campaign, which is currently working on reforming existing child act laws to better protect our children from abuse and neglect.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Event starts promptly at 7:00pm followed by Q&A. 

Tickets are $20 and available for purchase at : http://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-matters-tickets-16867036761

Wine & Beer will be available for purchase. 


Tickets are expected to sell out soon due to limited seating!

Hosted By:

Gina Kim is a producer, writer, artist and entrepreur. She started performing and producing at 8 years old and had a taste of the pagaent world being crowned Miss Absecon, winning talent and Miss Congeniality. She also had the honor of recording background vocals for K-Pop stars in Korea. In 2003, she founded a 501c3 non-profit, ARIA (Awareness of Rape & Incest through Art) to empower victims of abuse through the arts. Gina received recognition for her outstanding leadership in the arts for women. In 2010, Gina’s first play, MISS KIM premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival which she self-produced again in 2012. She has written and produced 2 short films which received several awards in the film festival circuit. She also co-wrote and produced a dance music video; Dance With It. Gina has participated in many transformational leadership programs and has coached many people in attaining results in personal projects. Gina is a New York City based artist who works in Finance, studied at New York University and Hunter College and has a BA in Psychology and Economics. She is also a BMI songwriter and a member of the NY Chapter of Women in Music. She is currently a masters candidate in International Affairs with Media Focus at The New School. 

Arnaud Collery is a comedian, host, filmmaker, entrepreneur, innovator and executive storytelling coach to CEOs. He is the co-founder of Stand up for Passion, founder of Kikai Mining, a happiness agency and Happy Hacking Days (the first tech event creating happiness apps). Arnaud has worked in Hollywood as an actor, stand up comedian and director (Best comedy film director Monaco Film Festival 2012). He has won numerous Hackathons in the tech world and has since coached a number of startups in LA and France. He is the recipient of many fellowships including the METP in China and Start up Leadership Program in NYC.

Special Guest Speaker:

Dr. Tzipi Weiss is Associate Professor, LIU, Social Work Department. Dr. Weiss has always been interested in understanding the human condition and helping people and organizations grow.  She studied the biological, psychological, social and existential/spiritual aspects of human behavior and applied her extensive education as a consultant, clinician and academician. She has published pioneering research on posttraumatic growth (PTG), the positive changes that may result from the struggle with traumatic experiences, in journal articles, book chapters and a co-edited book on posttraumatic growth in cross-cultural perspective. She is an associate professor at LIU and works with Upbuild, a social enterprise dedicated to maximizing the human potential.


Lynesha Charles-Barrat aka Lyn was born in Trinidad & Tobago and migrated to the United States as a young woman on a journey of healing and endless possibilities. Lyn has worked and progressed in multiple leadership positions with the Ministry of Education in Trinidad as well as several management positions with Mechanical and Facility Maintenance companies in the United States. As a survivor of child sexual abuse, Lyn is committed to bringing awareness and healing to the children of this world that have suffered abuse as well as well as adult survivors, helping them to take their power back and create the life they have always dreamed of, the life they deserve. Eradication of all abuse is the ultimate goal and the education of our families in ways abuse can be prevented.

Jason Duval Hunter is a SAG-AFTRA Writer, Producer, Actor, Model.  He is in the process of mounting an original play he wrote titled "Cybersex-The Play"  The play deals with the subject matter of childhood molestation and the process of finding forgiveness.  He takes on the taboo subject matter and explores how it impacts ones sexuality as an adult. The play is being co-produced, choreographed and directed by Fred C.L. Mann III with a projected Off Broadway opening 2016.  

Matt Josepher is a native New Yorker born addicted to heroin. He lived an unsupervised life growing up the moment he left the womb. Matthew has healed from his trauma on his own and has successfully come out of a 27-year struggle with addiction. He was a fitness trainer as well as a drug and alcohol counselor. In January 2014, Matthew took on a life challenge by his therapist to confront his fears which led him to enroll in an acting class. His recent credits include a stage debut and a role in a short film. 

Katrina Shuler is a proud mom of 3 amazing kids, Katrina works as an administrative assistant, and in her free time likes to focus on theatre, yoga, and cooking.

Patrycja Slawuta M.A Psych, PhD(c) is a bi-coastal (SF + NYC) researcher and entrepreneur. Native of Poland, Patrycja is a connoisseur of the complexity and nonlinearity of human nature. Her scientific research  addresses the emotions of shame and guilt, group dynamics and and the power of language. Patrycja created the Self Hackathon - powerful events that she co-hosts with other world-class teachers to help already high achievers hack their minds for much more confidence, fearlessness and overall aliveness. 

Dennis O. Tyson MAP is a survivor of male sexual abuse and is an avid advocate on the topic. He is Jamaican by birth and has resided in the United States for fourteen years. He holds a master’s in Public Administration and has worked in the New York City foster-care system for over five years dealing with children with serious emotional disability and those who are developmentally delayed. Dennis came up with the concept of the O'Brien Dennis Foundation while pursuing his master’s degree. His objective is to change social perception about male sexual abuse and to change the face of it by continuing his photo exhibitions. He has done research into the subject of male sexual abuse and has written two books under the synonym O'Brien Dennis titled “Understanding Male Sexual Abuse & The Cries of Men”. Currently, Dennis is in the process of hosting his second photo exhibition titled “The Untold Stories”.

Siobhan Weiss believes that it's never too late to "start the whole thing over" and that recovery (whether it be from addiction, alcoholism or abuse) is a process of discovery and reinvention; and sometimes, just good old trial and error. She  moved to NYC, shortly after college graduation to pursue theater. and that 's when the real journey began. Needless to say - whoever said life doesn't move in a straight line - was right! 

Closing Notes by:

Andrew Willis is Founder, CEO of Stop Abuse Campaign. He was born in Hong Kong went to school in Great Britain and has not stopped travelling ever since. Following time in the British Army, where he reached the rank of Captain, he has spent his life practicing integrated marketing communications and marketing, mostly for global brands. Andrew has worked in senior leadership positions for McCann Erickson, Ogilvy & Mather, IBM and Publicis and has been responsible for accounts that include IBM, American Express, HP, Citi and the Royal National Institute for the Blind. He has been recognised with both creative and marketing effectiveness awards and has been a frequent speaker at conferences. A survivor of both child sexual abuse and domestic violence, Andrew has dedicated the second half of his life to ending abuse and alleviating the suffering of those involved.

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June 10th, 2015: NYC
7:00 PM19:00

June 10th, 2015: NYC

  • Consulat Général de France à New York (map)
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Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France & Stand Up For Passion are pleased to invite you to Stand Up For Passion: Special Tech CEOs & VCs on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
at the French Consulate, 934 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10021.

RSVP mandatory on Eventbrite: $28.
DOORS OPEN AT 6:15 PM The Consulate is 15-minute walk from the subway so

please make sure to be on time. SHOW BEGINS AT 6:45PM SHARP

Our 7 speakers will each deliver their story for 7 minutes followed at the end by a 10-minutes Q&A session.

Show ends at 8:15PM and we will invite you to follow us to a nice bar nearby where you will be free to network, talk with new people and simply continue having a great time! 

Hosted by

Arnaud Collery

Arnaud is a comedian, host, filmmaker, entrepreneur, innovator and executive storytelling coach to CEO. He is the Co founder of Stand up for Passion, Kikai Mining (the first happiness agency) and Happy Hacking Days (the first tech event creating happiness apps). Arnaud has worked in Hollywood as an actor, stand up comedian and director (Best comedy film director Monaco Film Festival 2012). He won numerous Hackathons in the tech world and has since coached a number of start ups in LA and France. He is the recipient of many fellowships including the METP in China or the Start up Leadership Program in NYC.


John Frankel is the founding partner of ff Venture Capital, and has been an early-stage investor since late 1999. John has served as a director of over 35 companies and an investor in more than 76 companies, including Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD on NASDAQ), Indiegogo, Ionic Security, Klout, SkyCatch, Plated, 500px, Distil Networks, and Bottlenose. In capital markets, he worked closely with some of the world’s leading hedge funds, and developed a keen understanding of portfolio risk/return management. John is a frequent keynote speaker and author of dozens articles on venture capital and entrepreneurship. He has also appeared in leading publications such as The BBC, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Business Insider, The San Francisco Chronicle, TechCrunch, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and on CNBC and Bloomberg TV.

Nihal Mehta is an entrepreneur, investor, professor and philanthropist. He was lucky to discover his passion over fifteen years ago - in mobile technology- which drove him to co-found five startups (philly2nite, urbangroove, ipsh!, buzzd, localresponse/qualia) and two investment funds (Eniac Ventures, India Internet Fund) with over 100 mobile
investments including Admob (sold to Google), AirBnB, HotelTonight, SwiftKey, Tapad, and Uber. Nihal co-founded the charity "Project Ahimsa" to provide music education to disadvantaged youth, is part of the brain trust of “Girls Who Code,“ working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors, and often lectures on mobile & entrepreneurship across the globe. Nihal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Philosophy and a BSE in Computer Science.

Ryan Denehy is a 3x technology entrepreneur at the age of 28 with recent exits to USA TODAY and Groupon. Ryan is a regular on sales and entrepreneurship podcasts and writes about sales and personal development on his blog, DenehyXXL.com

Zachary Berk was originally trained as an optometrist and for the past 30 years has been a venture capitalist investing in a wide spectrum of healthcare companies. Over the 15 years he has focused more on founding companies and running them. He started an innovative medical insurance company and then cofounded a biotech company. He is currently building a company that will help transform the workplace to become a more nurturing heart-based work environment combining professional services and technologies. Zach has struggled through his life trying to find a real understanding of how his life comes together and finding true meaning and purpose. Over the last year some things have come together for him. More information about his happiness app on http://www.happco.com

Christina Wallace is the Founder of BridgeUp: STEM, a new innovation lab at the American Museum of Natural History with a mission to captivate, inspire, and propel girls and minorities into computer science. It is funded by a generous $7.5M 5-year grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Trust. Previously Christina was the Founding Director of Startup Institute New York, the Founder and CEO of venture-backed fashion company Quincy Apparel, a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, and an arts manager at the Metropolitan Opera. She holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and theater studies from Emory University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. An avid writer and public speaker, Christina also sings with classical choir Ensemble Companio, embarks on solo adventure travel, and is an amateur athlete, with 19 half marathons, 2 triathlons, and 2 marathons under her belt.

Serge Ganem created his first company at age 27. As one of the digital communication agencies in France, he had the opportunity to conceive and develop various innovative and disruptive concepts like in house social networks, web radios, video websites and a fascinating project called Uptogosoftware.com that could be described as a Drop Box for professionals. In 2009 he had the award recognition and the mentorship from the entrepreneur network called "Réseau Entreprendre" in France. He is currently the founder and CEO of Cercle & CO. 

Chiyoko Osborne is the co-founder of mindfresh, a company that brings 30-minute sessions of office-friendly yoga and meditation into companies.  They have worked with 50 of NYC's most dynamic companies and will launch in San Francisco by end of year.  Previously, she spent a decade in the fashion industry building brands and developing business strategies. After 6 years at Calvin Klein she was recruited to launch the first marketing department at Alexander Wang. Previous to this, Chiyoko worked on advertising campaigns for brands such as Evian, Intel, Volvo, Pepsi and others. In 2010 Chiyoko's yoga and meditation practice shifted her perspective on life. It drove a desire to create a company and brand that fuses the benefits of yoga with the corporate world.  Visit www.mindfresh.co

Now we hope to see on June 10th. We guarantee a great evening and who knows, maybe you will see the world differently!

With passion,
The French Consulate and the Stand Up For Passion team 

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March 3, 2015
7:00 PM19:00

March 3, 2015

Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France 

Stand Up For Passion   

are pleased to invite you 


Stand Up For Passion: One Year Anniversary  


Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

French Consulate

934 5th Avenue, New York, NY 




7 speakers will deliver a 7-minute story followed by a 10-minute Q&A. All of our speakers have attended four professional storytelling trainings to ensure a great performance. 

Show ends at 8:45PM and we will invite you to follow us to a nice location nearby where you will be free to network, talk with new people and simply continue having a great time!  

Hosted by

Arnaud Collery 

Arnaud is a host, comedian, filmmaker, coach, entrepreneur, and innovator. He is co-founder of standupforpassion.com, and founder of kikaimining.com (a Happiness Agency) and happyhackingdays.com (the first tech event creating happiness apps). Arnaud is an award winning stand up comedian and filmmaker (Last Comic Standing, E!, NBC, MTV & Best Comedy Film at the Monaco Film Festival 2012). He won numerous Hackathons in the tech space and has since coached a number of startups CEO in LA and France on their pitches. He is a public speaking coach and use storytelling as a way to empower people on stage.

Our speakers :  

Ilan Abehassera - There is no success without support

Ilan is a native French and the Co-Founder and CEO at Insensi. He previously founded Producteev which was acquired by Jive Software in November 2012. He is also a Business Angel in fantastic startups such as Wit.ai, Sunrise, Checkr.io, OKPanda, Circa, Algolia and 15 others.

Rasanath Das - Living the tension

Rasanath is a former management consultant and investment banker who became a monk. Rasanath shares his incredible journey from his life as an "external achievement machine", to one rich in spiritual introspection, integrity, and true connectivity. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/13/rasanath-dasa-on-wall-street_n_3914621.html

Patrycja Slawuta - How I hacked myself

Patrycja Slawuta M.A Psych, PhD(c) is a bi-coastal (SF + NYC) researcher and entrepreneur. Native of Poland, Patrycja is a connoisseur of the complexity and nonlinearity of human nature. Her scientific research  addresses the emotions of shame and guilt, group dynamics and and the power of language. Patrycja created the Self Hackathon - powerful events that she co-hosts with other world-class teachers to help already high achievers hack their minds for much more confidence, fearlessness and overall aliveness. Learn more onwww.PatrycjaSlawuta.com

Joshua Spodek - The point of no return

Joshua Spodek co-founded several companies, coaches leadership for Columbia Business School’s Program on Social Intelligence, and is a Professor at NYU. He has led seminars in leadership, creativity, sales, strategy, and motivation at Columbia Business School, Harvard University, the NYU-Stern School of Business, INSEAD (Singapore), NYU-Tisch’s ITP, the New York Academy of Science, and in private corporations. He holds five Ivy-League degrees, including a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA. He also helped build an X-ray observational satellite for the European Space Agency and NASA, co-founded and led as CEO or COO several ventures operating globally, and holds six patents. http://joshuaspodek.com/bio.

Michael Wolk - Listening to the secret you

Michael is a producter and director, known for Innocent Blood (1992), You Think You Really Know Me: The Gary Wilson Story (2005) and Deep Six (1999). He is the creator and producer of Japan Day attended each year by 50,000 people in Central Park, NYC and also, the creator and producer of All for One Theater, a company that produces one-person shows off-Broadway. http://allforonetheater.org

Donnalynn Civello - Sometimes, you have to lose everything to find real happiness 

Donnalynn is Executive Director of Ethereal Wellness Counseling. She is a Certified Intuitive Life Coach and Holistic Nutritionist dedicated to helping clients and students find BALANCE in all aspects of their lives - emotionally, mentally and physically. She is also an Inspirational Blogger and Author.  Her first book hits shelves, April 30th, "Life Lessons, Everything You wished You Had Learned in Kindergarten." https://etherealwellness.wordpress.com/tag/donnalynn-civello/

We promise you will spend a very pleasant evening and hope that our stories will change the way you look at yourself and the world. We hope to see on March 3rd!  

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December 17, 2014
7:00 PM19:00

December 17, 2014

Join us at our next event on Wednesday, December 17th at the AXA Center, 787 7th Ave (between 51st and 52nd), New York, NY. This is our biggest, most beautiful venue yet! Thanks to the generous support of AXA and AXA Event & Production Center. After-show networking cocktail & food included!


TICKETS on eventbright @ http://ow.ly/F6qhd

The night will feature 7 speakers who will speak 7 minutes of truth.

Hosted by
Arnaud Collery
Director/Co-founder of Stand Up for Passion, and CEO/Founder of Kikai Mining, a Happiness Agency


Carrie Severson – My Personal Journey to Happiness
CEO/President of Severson Sisters, Severson Sisters empowers girls in the world through programs and services. Through the program girls learn self-esteem enhancing tools, how to develop and strengthen healthy relationships with their peers and a bullying solution method which helps them handle bullying scenarios in life.

Dmitry Koltunov – My Life as an Alien
An inventive engineer, driven entrepreneur, avid musician, passionate writer, and lover of learning and community.  Co-Founder and CTO of Alice, a mobile hospitality platform that is fundamentally changing the way that staff and guests interact.

Gesche Waiyi Haas - My Passion is a Monster
Gesche is a lifelong dreamer, and a doer. Her dreams are marked by her uniquely diverse background: She is half German, half Chinese-Malaysian and was born in the Kingdom of Swaziland in Africa. She is now following her calling as an entrepreneur, with several significant roles at startups under her belt and having founded Dreamers // Doers, an action-driven female-focused entrepreneurial community with more than 500 members.

Goldin Martinez – The first time I heard ‘I love you’
Goldin Martinez is the visionary founder of Get Focused, a no cost educational youth program. He designed Get Focused to teach children that “being active” is more than just physical sprints and squats. Since 2009, his organization has impacted over 45,000 young people on the importance of being healthy, earning a quality education, and performing community service.

Matthew Silver – I perform to promote LOVE 
Matthew’s role as a clown, trickster and village idiot is to parody excessive seriousness by playing with taboos, rules, and social norms. His inspiration comes from the heart. He performs for smiles and laughter, loosening people’s armor, and opening up a portal for imagination, creativity and love. www.maninwhitedress.com

Patrycja Slawuta M.A., PhD(c) – How I Hacked Myself
Patrycja is a researcher and entrepreneur. With 10+ years of psychological research at some of the top academic institutions Patrycja has a deep understanding of the human psyche. And she believes the mind can be hacked. As part of the Self Hackathon series she helps high performing individuals to hack their shame, fears and limiting beliefs in order to Make Epic Sh*t Happen. www.patrycjaslawuta.com

Silvia Christmann – Not All That Wander Are Lost
Silvia is an executive growth coach and advisor to organizations. SilviaChristmann.com She aligns people’s potential with passion, purpose, and productivity.  Silvia specializes in creating frameworks for growth and behavioral change to maximize personal growth and professional aspirations. She works wherever innovators, entrepreneurs, executives and individuals are ready to invest in a new thought paradigm to expedite their growth.

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October 22, 2014
7:00 PM19:00

October 22, 2014

This month’s theme is HAPPINESS

Our next event will be held on Wednesday, October 22nd at Joynture, 48 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005.

The event will take place from 7pm to 9pm.

The night will feature 7 speakers who each have 7 minutes to speak.

Speakers include:
John Havens from Hacking Happiness
Anne Koller from Tapin
Sarika Jain on “Happiness After Heartbreak”, sarikajain.com
Mario Chamorro from Make It Happy
Mike Glazer from Drexel University, The H(app)athon Project
Donnalynn Civello from Ethereal Wellness
Orly Wahba from Life Vest Inside

This list has been selected from more than 50 applicants and all speakers have gone through training.

Wine and food will be served. Music by Megumi Saruhashi (violin) and Charles (saxophone).

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