VENUE & DATES

ASCENT WEST

HOTEL VALLEY HO, SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA

APR. 24-26, 2017

HOTEL VALLEY HO, SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA

VENUE & DATES

ASCENT EAST

1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH

NOV. 8-10, 2017

1 Hotel South Beach

ASCENT WEST PRESENTERS

ERIC SCHURENBERG

Eric Schurenberg is the president and editor in chief of Inc. Previously, Schurenberg was the editor of CBS MoneyWatch.com and BNET.com and managing editor of Money. As a writer, he is a winner of a Loeb and a National Magazine Award.

ALEX TAPSCOTT

Alex Tapscott is an expert in early-stage, high growth companies and path-breaking business ventures. A passionate advocate for the disruptive potential of new technologies as key to start-up success, he believes the emerging blockchain platform will provide significant entrepreneurial opportunities as it revolutionizes the way we transact our lives. With an in-depth knowledge of blockchain's transformative capabilities, Alex addresses its potential applications in global finance, government, healthcare, education — as well as its promise for the start-up world. He is the founder and CEO of Northwest Passage Ventures, an advisory firm in the blockchain industry. Alex is the co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the critically acclaimed #1 Globe and Mail Non-fiction best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World

JOEL GARREAU

Joel Garreau is an American journalist, scholar, and author. In 1981, Garreau published The Nine Nations of North America. In 1991, he published Edge City: Life on the New Frontier. In 2005, he published Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies—and What It Means to Be Human. In 2010, Garreau became the Lincoln Professor of Law, Culture and Values at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He has served as a fellow at Cambridge University, a Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow at New America Foundation, the University of California at Berkeley and George Mason University. Previously, he was a reporter and editor at The Washington Post.

JAMES EHRLICH

James Ehrlich is the Founder of ReGen Villages, a spin-off company inspired in part by Stanford research during the Solar Decathlon, and a UN Sustainability Brief co-authored by James Ehrlich, Professor Larry Leifer, Chris Ford (AIA) from the Stanford Center for Design Research on the future of tech-integrated real estate development in the built environment that power and feed self-reliant families. James Ehrlich is also a Senior Technologist at Stanford University, Senior Fellow at Opus Novum consortium at NASA Ames and an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab at the Center for Design Research. A serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for over 25-years, James successfully founded and managed technology and media companies with successful exits. For nearly a decade, Mr. Ehrlich executive produced an award-winning national public broadcasting series based on case studies of organic and bio-dynamic family farms, that at its apex reached over 35-million homes each week.

JASON FELTS

Virgin Produced is the film, television and entertainment division of the British Virgin Group. Virgin Produced was launched in 2010. It is the film and television development, packaging and production arm of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group, led by Co-Founder / CEO Jason Felts and Chief Creative Officer Justin Berfield. Virgin Produced has projects in development at broadcast and cable networks.

JEFF SPECK

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl. Prior to joining the Endowment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., a leading practitioner of the New Urbanism, where he led or managed more than forty of the firm's projects. He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well asThe Smart Growth Manual. His recent book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time was called “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work” – and was the best-selling planning/design title of 2013 - 2015.

BRAD TEMPLETON

Brad Templeton is a developer of and commentator on self-driving cars, software architect, board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, internet entrepreneur, futurist lecturer, writer and observer of cyberspace issues, hobby photographer, and an artist. Templeton has been a consultant on Google's team designing a driverless car and lectures and blogs about the emerging technology of automated transportation. He is also noted as a speaker and writer covering copyright law and political and social issues related to computing and networks. He is a director of the futurist Foresight Nanotech Institute, a think tank and public interest organization focused on transformative future technologies. Templeton was founder, publisher and software architect at ClariNet Communications Corp., which in the 1990s became the first internet-based business, creating an electronic newspaper.

BREON MICHEL

Breon has a private practice in Phoenix, AZ, teaching corporate and community mindfulness programs. Breon facilitates a world-renowned program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Her passion is to support leaders to use the science of mindfulness to overcome stress, avoid burnout, and achieve optimal wellness in their personal and professional lives. Breon’s professional experience includes: training resilience programs to U.S. Army senior leaders; facilitating corporate mindfulness programs for eMindful, a leading provider of online mindfulness programs; and delivering Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to patients and staff at Arizona’s top medical institutions. Breon has a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She’s also completed advanced training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction under Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at the U Mass Medical Center for Mindfulness.

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2017 ASCENT WEST AGENDA

Monday

Time Activity
8:30am Golf outing | Ryder Cup Format | City v City
12:00 - 4:30 pm Registration
3:45 - 4:30 pm Mind Nourishment Discussions
5:15 - 7:00 pm Tribe Discussion
7:00 - 7:30 pm Break / Hors d’Oeuvres
7:30 - 8:30 pm Speed Deal Making Session
8:45 - 9:15 pm Keynote Session
9:15 - 10:45 pm Private Dinner at Hotel Valley Ho
10:45 - 12:00 am Evening Lounge

Wednesday

Time Activity
9:00 am Depart

Tuesday

Time Activity
7:30 - 8:30 am Morning Activities
8:00 - 9:30 am Breakfast Buffet
9:30 - 11:00 am The Future of Real Estate
  • James Ehrlich | ReGen Villages
  • Jeff Speck | Walkable Cities
  • Brad Templeton | Singularity University
11:15 - 12:15 pm Tribe Discussions II
12:15 - 1:30 pm Lunch Buffet
12:45 - 1:30 pm The Future of Everything
2:00 - 6:00 pm Afternoon Activities
  • Dune Buggying
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesen West Tour
  • Skeet Shooting
6:00 - 6:30 pm Closing Keynote
6:50 - 7:35 pm Mind Nourishment Discussion Sessions I
7:45 - 8:30 pm Mind Nourishment Discussion Sessions II
8:30 - 10:30 pm Private Dinner
10:30 - 12:00 am Private evening in Scottsdale

Wednesday

Time Activity
8:00 - 10:00 am Grab and Go Breakfast
10:00 am Depart

PAST GATHERINGS

Escape Ascent 2015
November 4-6, 2015
1 Hotel
South Beach
Escape Ascent 2014
November 7-9, 2014
Ritz Carlton
Miami, FL
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