The Smarter Classmate: thank you to my contributors (name-mention-on-the-blog perk)
July 30, 2015
I have only 2 weeks left before moving, and I still haven’t packed a thing: 2 days should be enough to move out from my Vilnius apartment and pack things up for NYC…
But not about that. :) I’ll write more about “NYC apartment hunting” peculiarities in my other posts.
This post serves as a perk to everyone who pitched in with $100 or more. My trip to NYU wouldn’t be possible without each of the contributions and here are just few of the names to be mentioned:
Gabriele Noreikyte My wonderful friend, whom I’ve known for the past 10 years. Gabriele is Mini Cooper brand enthusiast and real ambassador for Lithuania, who just recently organized IMM 2015 in Lithuania.
Sonia Rhodes Fellow TEDster and TEDx organizer, Sonia runs TEDxYouth@SanDiego, which is definitely one of the benchmark TEDx events for the youngsters. I was really lucky to meet Sonia and her wonderful daughters at TEDActive few years back!
Shivang Patel Another fellow TEDster and my TEDActive in Whistler, BC neighbor! Shivang runs TEDxOhioStateU event and is one of the most positive people I know!
Samia De Brouwer
Samia is one of those people that prove that “impossible is only opinion”. She ran OLPC Europe office when I had an internship with TEDxKids@Brussels, she’s also director of TEDxBrussels and co-founder of an amazing medtech startup Scanadu, which now runs for a final XPRIZE round.
Adriel O Hampton CEO and principal consultant at The Adriel Hampton Group Ltd., a digital strategy firm providing growth consulting and service to startups in the civic tech and politics/advocacy space and digital strategy for nonprofits and progressive political campaigns. More info about Adriel: http://www.adrielhampton.com/
Viktoras Bachmetjevas Viktoras worked as a managing director at the not perfect | y&r agency, where I worked as an account executive/manager back in 2011-2012. Later moved on to run communications for now no.1 university in Lithuania KTU. He also holds degree in philosophy and teaches it at both Kaunas Technology University and Vytautas Magnus University.
Katy Yam Again fellow TEDster and TEDActive buddy from Canada. Katy runs TEDxMontreal, which I hear is a great great event! I first had a chance to meet amazing Kate last year during TEDxBeaconStreet in Boston and it didn’t take long until we shared a gondola ride up to Whistler Mountain for a TEDActive farewell party together with Aloe Blacc!
Adam Montandon I first met Adam when he traveled all the way from Denmark to take part in Forum One event. His dream was to meet Seth Godin; he not only did that but later in the year organized his first ever TEDxEAL event and another amazing event Factory of Imagination.
Vitiya Pou Again, another fellow TEDxer from Canada! Montreal seems to be a really great city full of amazing people -- I hope I can visit soon!
Randy Bretz “Randy Bretz, 70, didn’t want to golf or fish in his retirement. Instead, he organizes TEDxLincoln in Nebraska.”, - says TED blog, where he recently made it with his whole family. I truly hope I can make it to TEDxLincoln in October and have a chance to spend some time with Randy’s family!
Owen Fitzpatrick Owen opened Forum One not once but twice: it’s such a great fun to be working with him as he does an amazing job every single time! Being no stranger to NYC, I hope I’ll have a chance to hang out with him more! Here’s more about Owen: http://owenfitzpatrick.com/.
Artūras Tilindis I don’t know Arturas personally and it makes this contribution even more special. He’s a fellow Lithuanian and works as financial analyst at Statoil Fuel & Retail Lithuania. Thank you, Arturas!
Peter Shallard Peter does an amazing job with his The Shrink for Entrepreneurs. He spoke at Forum One 2014 event together with Seth Godin and already did one amazing NYC tour for me at the end of 2014. I’m coming again!
Fredrik Haren Fredrik spoke at Forum One 2014 and Forum One Ukraine. Both of his talks were super well received, which only proved of him being an amazing speaker. He owns an island near Sweden and lives in Singapore. You can follow his new blog on being a speaker here: http://professionalspeaking.com/.
Eames Demetrios I had a chance to meet Eames during my first TEDActive in 2013. And not only meet him, but also have a chance to visit the amazing Eames House in LA. Eames did a TED Talk on his grandparents’ work a while ago and now runs Eames Office and his project Kcymaerxthare, which is also present in Uzupis, Vilnius! Eames also spoke at TEDxVilnius 2015 event few months ago.