Wisdom 2.0 New York Schedule

Thursday, September 10th

  • 2:00 - 2:20
    Welcome and Introduction
    Jamie Zimmerman and Soren Gordhamer 
  • 2:20 - 2:40
    Happiness at Work
    Sharon Salzberg, Author & Buddhist Leader
  • 2:40 - 3:00
    Mindfulness and Entrepreneurship
    Peter Read, Angel Investor
  • 3:00 - 3:15
    Connection Exercise/Meditation
  • 3:15 - 3:40
    Daily Meditation: The New Competitive Advantage
    Bob Roth, Executive Director, The David Lynch Foundation; Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Cardiologist and Director at Lenox Hill Hospital; Dov Seidman, Founder and CEO, LRN
  • 3:40 - 3:50
    Mind, Body Movement for the Busy Professional
    Elena Brower, Author and Yoga Teacher
  • 3:50 - 4:10
  • 4:10 - 4:30
    Meditation at Work: Unintended Consequences
    Robert Hammond, Co-founder, Friends of the Highline
  • 4:30 - 4:45
    People's Stage: What Steve Jobs Learned from Paramahansa Yogananda
    Kristoffer Carter
  • 4:45 - 5:15
    Living Mindfully in New York City
    Drake Baer, Editor, Tech Insider; Nihal Mehta, Founding General Partner, Eniac Ventures; Eric Spiegel, Buddhist Leader; Tracy Dennis, PhD; Chloe Tseung, Founder, Chloe & Co.
  • 5:15 - 5:50
    Forging a Different Path: Lessons and Insights From Launching a Public B Corp
    Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy, interviewed by Soren Gordhamer
  • 5:50 - 6:00

Friday, September 11th

  • 9:30 - 9:50
    Welcome and Introduction
    Jamie Zimmerman and Soren Gordhamer 
  • 9:50 - 10:10
    Community Panel
    Hosted by Jacqueline Akinyi McMenamin
  • 10:10 - 10:30
    The Power of What We Share – An Interactive Exercise
    Joe Greenstein, Co-founder, Flixster
  • 10:30 - 11:00
  • 11:00 - 11:30
    The Collaborative Leader: Exploring New Ways of Engagement
    Eileen Fisher, Founder, Eileen Fisher, interviewed by Soren Gordhamer
  • 11:30 - 11:50
    Pioneering a New Path of Purpose and Engagement
    Casey Gerald, CEO and Co-founder, MBAs Across America
  • 11:50 - 12:15
    The Power of Purpose in Entrepreneurship
    William Crowder, Investor and Advisor, Comcast Ventures
  • 12:15 - 2:00
  • 2:00 - 2:10
    Connection Exercise
  • 2:10 - 2:45
    The Innovation Biome
    Jonathan Fields, Founder The Good Life Project followed by discussion with Melissa Daimler, Head of Learning and Development, Twitter
  • 2:45 - 3:10
    Wall Street and Mindfulness: Challenges and Opportunities
    Tsewang Namgyal, Vice President, MUFG
  • 3:10 - 3:35
    The Image Game: Lessons from a Monk on Wall Street 
    Rasanath Das, Co-founder, Upbuild
  • 3:35 - 3:45
    Mind, Body Movement for the Busy Professional
    Elena Brower, Author and Yoga Teacher
  • 3:45 - 4:00
  • 4:00 - 4:30
    Wisdom & Business Closing Discussion
  • 4:30 - 5:00
    What’s Next: Wisdom at Work
    Gina LaRoche, Co-founder, Seven Stones Leadership Group
  • 5:00 - 5:30


  • How do we create meaning and profitable socially good companies?

    Etsy CEO, Chad Dickerson, who runs one of the largest B-Corps ever to go public, will sit down with us to share his insights and lessons. 

  • What is the role of purpose in finding work that engages us?

    Casey Gerald, who was elected the Student Speaker for Class Day 2014 at Harvard Business School, is focused on just this.  Fast Company Magazine said of the talk: "Everyone should watch this speech." Casey will share his insights with us.

  • What is the importance of social and emotional intelligence in businesses and start-up life?

    Flixster and Rotten Tomato co-founder Joe Greenstein will share his insights on ways self-awareness and inner development support our work int he world. Flixster sold to AOL and Joe now supports start-ups of various kinds.  

  • Is it possible that mindfulness can be integrated at work to make us at least 10% Happier? 

    Author and ABC News correspondent Dan Harris will join us again to share his lessons on integrating mindfulness into fast-paced work environments.

  • What does it mean to run effective organizations?

    Melissa Daimler, Head of Organizational Effectiveness and Learning at Twitter, will join us to share her experiences supporting one of the fastest growing tech companies of our time.

  • Can we actually incorporate practices like meditation at work?

    Robert Hammond, Co-founder and Executive Director of the High Line, one of the most unique developments in NYC, will share his experiences incorporating inner practices in a work environment.

  • How do we support new models of collaborative business leadership where the workers and management work as a team?

    Eileen Fisher shares her experiences in her radical new way of learning and leading.

  • What is the role of meaning and purpose in launching any product or business?

    William Crowder, Early Stage Investor,Comcast Ventures and DreamIt Ventures, shares his insights.

  • How do we take mindfulness and wisdom principles, and make sure they get applied to everyday business life?

    Co-founder of Seven Stones Leadership Group, Gina LaRoche navigates us through this territory.

  • Is it possible to support real happiness in work environments?

    Meditation teacher and author Sharon Salzberg shares her lessons.

  • Is daily meditation the new competitive advantage in today's work world?

    David Lynch Foundation Executive Director, Bob Roth, speaks with author Dov Seidman, and Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Director of Women's Heart Health of Lenox Hill Hospital

  • Since innovation is the heartbeat of growth and impact, how do we cultivate it in ways that are applicable to our business life and beyond?

    With Jonathan Fields.

  • How do we support greater mindfulness and wisdom on Wall Street?

    With Tsewang Namgyal.

Wednesday: 6pm - 9:30pm
Opening Reception

Join us at ABC Carpet & Home for the opening reception with Deepak Chopra Click to learn more about the venue.

6:30pm - 7:30pm
The night begins with an hour long discussion hosted by Deepak Chopra. Deepak will lead us in the questions of our existence, including our health, well-being, success, relationships, work relations, mindfulness and wisdom. Please bring your most intentional questions to the event.

8pm - 9:30pm
An important part of Wisdom 2.0 Business is to engage deeply with other attendees. Spend the last hour of the reception getting to know some of the folks you’ll be spending the next two great days with!


Thursday: 9:30am - 10:30am Community Walk on the Highline

Join us for a morning walk on the High Line, a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.

The 1.45 mile trail is made of pebble-dash concrete walkways that swells and constricts, with beautiful views of city and the Hudson River. Step outside and enjoy this urban walk while connecting with other attendees from all over the world.


Thursday 11am - 12:00pm
Visit Innovative Companies

Get an inside look at cutting-edge companies leading the way with innovative business models. Tour select offices in New York City, including Etsy and Twitter, and learn more about how creative work environments are created and utilized to build thriving teams and organizations. We plan to announce more companies soon!

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Thursday @ 2pm and all day Friday
Main Event at Skirball Center NYU

Located in the heart of lower Manhattan, the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility that is the home for dance, theater, talks, and cultural events. This will be our home for talks, panels, and interviews September 10th & 11th. The largest performing arts south of 42nd street, the spacious center provides an ideal place for Wisdom 2.0 Business, allowing easy viewing of talks, as well as mingle space to connect with other attendees. A truly New York City venue.


Thursday: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Dinner Reception

After the sessions on September 10th, our reception dinner will be held at the exquisite Park Restaurant. Here you will have the chance to enjoy food and drinks in the open, airy dining area, while being able to connect more deeply with other attendees. This Chelsea hotspot will serve as our place to enjoy the Fall evening after our first day of sessions.


Friday: 7pm - 9pm
Birds of a Feather Dinner

Seize the evening! After two days of great talks, workshops, tours, and various engaging activities, Friday night is your opportunity to gather with your new friends and connections for a leisurely meal at your favorite New York restaurant. Birds of a Feather Dinners is our way of allowing you to get involved in designing your conference experience. We provide a forum for you to set up a dinner at a local restaurant and invite others to join. Pick a topic you’d like to explore and we help connect you with others interested! Stay tuned for more details.

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