NCUR 2021 @Home Agenda
The following is a draft program. This will continue to be updated as the event approaches.
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Meet Your Host:
Sarah Michel, CSP, VP, Professional Connexity, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting
Sarah is an Experience Architect who has been working in the meetings industry for over 20 years to create dynamic audience experiences. Her vast knowledge of next-generation learning and facilitation skills help design dynamic meetings that guarantee more participation, opportunities for networking and peer-to-peer interactions to assure a return on attendance. Sarah is Vice President of Professional Connexity for Velvet Chainsaw Consulting helping organizations deliver on the networking promise at face to face meetings. She is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) awarded by the National Speakers Association and a nationally recognized expert on networking and the creator of the NetWORTHing process. Sarah has keynoted and facilitated for audiences and organizations around the world on how to be a more effective connector and the author of Perfecting Connecting, A Guide to Mastering Networking in the Workplace and coauthor of the e-book, Conference Connexity. She lives with her family in Fort Collins, CO.
Meet the Feature Film for Our Opening Plenary:
Picture a Scientist
This is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist, and a geologist lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we also encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.
In preparation for the NCUR 2021 @Home event, attendees will receive an email with a unique link and password for access to a private screen room to view this feature-length documentary. Tune in to the opening plenary for a panel discussion including a guest appearance from one of the film's producers. You can view the film trailer here.
Meet Your Moving Closing Speaker:
Bertice Berry, PhD.
Sociologist, Bertice Berry, PhD. is a best-selling author, award winning lecturer, and has been named Comedian of The Year, Lecturer of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. She has published 11 best-selling books in both fiction and non-fiction, and has won numerous awards and accolades for both her writing and presentations. Berry has had her own nationally syndicated television show and has hosted, interviewed and made numerous television, documentary and radio appearances on a variety of diverse venues including The Tonight Show, Oprah Winfrey, Between The Lions, Crossfire, 20-20, NPR, PBS, Comedy Central, and CNN. Berry has used her unique gifts and talents as a writer and ghost writer for others on a wide range of topics including race and gender issues, sociological studies, stratification, healthcare reform, humor, spirituality, sexuality, slavery and the abolitionist movement, weight loss and wellness, relationships, servant leadership, and transformational leadership, diversity and love. Berry has led parades, had classrooms named after her, and has been awarded over 10 honorary doctorates. She earned her own doctoral degree from Kent State University at the age of 26 and still sees her most fulfilling achievement and role in life as that of mother to her 5 adopted children. “If you ain’t dead, you ain’t done,” a character in one of Berry’s novels says. Berry believes that every one of us has been given a unique purpose and it is our obligation to find it and use it to improve, first, our own self and then for those we live and work with.
Meet Your Entertainer:
DJ Stylus, The Vibe Conductor
There are too many records in the world to stick to one style and over a double decade career, DJ Stylus has assimilated them into seamless experiences that are nuanced, compelling, ambitious and far-ranging. Whether it's opening for acts as varied as Z-Trip or Boyz II Men or sharing turntables with MC Lyte, Rich Medina, ?uestlove, Gilles Peterson and many more, The Vibe Conductor (a moniker bestowed by fans) has established a brand as a DJ's DJ and a discerning curator of music. Stylus keeps an international focus while repping his hometown of Washington DC. After getting his start as a DJ while living in the Netherlands, Stylus has since touched audiences from Europe to South America, bringing a sophisticated style of party rock to eclectic dancefloors.
Don't miss out on our NCUR 2021 @Home Graduate Fair. Check out the virtual booths you can visit.