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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, and founder of (a Happiness Agency) and (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, Sunrise,, 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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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!  

Earlier Event: December 17
December 17, 2014
Later Event: June 10
June 10th, 2015: NYC