VENUE & DATES

ASCENT EAST

1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH

NOV. 6-8, 2017

1 Hotel South Beach

ASCENT WEST PRESENTERS

MARK BOWDEN

COMMUNICATION EXPERT | PERFORMANCE TRAINER

Bowden received a university degree in performance in the UK, and studied the gesture-control methods of Jacques Lecoq's Laboratory of Movement in Paris. He then went on to work with leading practitioners of movement psychology, building upon the in uence techniques of Dr. Milton Erickson. Bowden is on the faculty of the International Masters of Health Leadership at McGill University, and on the faculty as the business presentation trainer for The Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA, ranked #1 in the world by The Economist. Bowden has a reputation for being one of the world’s expert performance trainers, and he is highly sought after for his business-presentation acumen. His client list also includes leading business people, teams, and politicians—from presidents and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies to prime ministers of G8 powers.

JOEY COLEMAN

FOUNDER, DESIGN SYMPHONY

Joey is the founder and Chief Experience Composer of Design Symphony – a customer experience branding rm that assists corporations, non-pro ts, small businesses, and associations in creating breath-taking interactions for their customers and constituents. The team works to get all of the pieces of your business on the same sheet of music, playing in harmony. Joey and his Experience Experts specialize in helping you to better understand your audience, determine what will get their attention, and develop strategies to wow them again and again – especially in the crucial, First 100 Days of the customer lifecycle. They target the customer experience and nd new ways to engage prospects and existing clients with your products and services. Joey also formerly held positions with both the United States Secret Service and the Central Intelligence Agency. No, he wouldn’t have to kill you if he told you about it – but it’s still illegal for him to tell you about it (sorry – security clearance).

SHELLY TYGIELSKI

MIND NINJA

In 2016, Shelly launched “America Meditates,” a grass-roots organization practice, 90-minute workshops to cities across America. She is credited as being the producer of the rst mass meditation at a professional sporting event anywhere in the country, staging “HEAT Nation Meditation” with NBA® Team the Miami HEAT®. She is also responsible for organizing the largest mass meditation in Fort Lauderdale’s history. Selected by the South Florida Business Journal in 2014 as one of their “40 under 40” honorees and in 2015 as a “Most In uential Business Woman” in the region, her personal understanding of the pressures of the corporate environment resonate in her workshops and seminars. Her practical and accessible approach ensures participants understand the science behind mindfulness and that they leave the practical tools needed to continue enjoying the life and business bene ts of mindfulness on their own.

ADAM ROBINSON

GLOBAL STRATEGIST, ADVISOR

He is the co-founder of The Princeton Review. He currently works as a global macro advisor to the heads of some of the world’s largest hedge funds[2] through his company Robinson Global Strategies. Robinson co-authored Cracking the SAT with John Katzman, the only test preparation book ever to become a New York Times best seller. His other books, which include Cracking the LSAT, What Smart Students Know, and The RocketReview Revolution, have received high acclaim from students and educators.

Chuck Klosterman

AUTHOR/CULTURAL CRITIC

Chuck is the best-selling author of seven non ction books (most notably Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs and I Wear the Black Hat) and two novels (Downtown Owl and The Visible Man). His ninth book— debuting in its rst week at #5 on The New York Times bestsellers list—is But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past. It’s both an earnest attempt to speculate on what, and how, our culture might transform over time, and a rational inoculation against the dangers of assumption. He has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, SPIN, Esquire, GQ, The Guardian, The Believer, Billboard, The Onion AV Club, and ESPN. He served as The Ethicist for The New York Times Magazine for three years, where he dispensed uncommon wisdom on moral conundrums, and appeared as himself in the LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits. He also created the web site Grantland with Bill Simmons.

GARY MENDELL

CHAIRMAN OF HEI HOTELS & RESORTS AND FOUNDER & CEO OF SHATTERPROOF.ORG

Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. Mendell founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the death of his son Brian, who lost his battle with addiction in 2011. Mendell is the founder and former CEO of HEI Hotels & Resorts and the former president of Starwood Lodging Trust. A Cornell (‘79) and Wharton grad, Mendell went on to co-founded HEI’s predecessor in 1985, which became one of the fastest-growing hotel investment rms in the United States. In 1997, HEI sold a majority of its hotels to Starwood Lodging and Trust where Gary was named president and elected to the Starwood Board of Trustees. Gary resigned from his position in 1998 to pursue entrepreneurial activities and has since raised two discretionary private equity funds with some of the nation’s university endowments, a $275 million fund in 2004 and a $425 million fund in 2006.

TIM KREIDER

ESSAYIST & CARTOONIST

Tim Kreider is an essayist and cartoonist. His most recent book is We Learn Nothing (Simon & Schuster). He has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker‘s “Page-Turner” blog, al Jazeera, the Men’s Journal, nerve.com, The Comics Journal, and Film Quarterly. His cartoons have been collected in three books by Fantagraphics. His cartoon, “The Pain–When Will It End?” ran for twelve years in the Baltimore City Paper and other alternative weeklies, and is archived at the paincomics.com. Tim was born and educated in Baltimore, MD. He lives in New York City and an Undisclosed Location on the Chesapeake Bay. He had the same cat for nineteen years.

JEFF SPECK

URBANIST

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. Prior to this, he spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., where he led or managed more than forty of the rm’s projects. He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual. His recent book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can ave 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.

JAMES EHRLICH

FOUNDER OF REGEN VILLAGES

ReGen Villages, a UN Sustainability Brief co-authored by James Ehrlich, on the future of tech-integrated real estate development in the built environment that power and feed self-reliant families. He 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. 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, and is also the co-author of a best-selling companion book on Hachette, Organic Living THG (2007).

IGOR VAN GEMERT

FOUNDER & CEO, SIM-CI

Four years ago he started to raise awareness on cyber security within his company Alliander and predicted how the growing complexity of critical infrastructures correlates with their resilience. He is responsible for boosting innovation at Liandon Energy Consultancy Group, the engineering department of Alliander and is advisor to the European Commission on cyber security legislation within the critical infrastructure domain. SIM-CI uses proprietary AI technology to teach the world how to build resilient cities with smarter city design.

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2017 ASCENT EAST AGENDA

Monday

Time Activity
8:30am Golf outing | Ryder Cup Format | City v City (For those arriving early)
12:00 - 4:30 pm Registration
3:45 - 4:30 pm Body Nourishment
  • Yoga, Afternoon Workout, Stress Management
5:00 - 7:00 pm Tribe Discussion
7:00 - 7:30 pm Break / Hors d’Oeuvres
7:30 - 8:30 pm Speed Deal Making Session
8:30 - 9:00 pm Keynote Session
9:00 - 10:45 pm Private Dinner at Hotel 1
10:45 - 12:00 am Evening Lounge

Wednesday

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

Tuesday

Time Activity
6:45 - 8:30 am Morning Hike
7:30 - 8:30 am Yogo & Workout Session
8:00 - 9:30 am Breakfast Buffet
9:30 - 11:00 am The Future of Real Estate Series
11:00 - 12:00 pm Tribe Discussions II
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch Buffet
1:00 - 4:00 pm Afternoon Activities
5:00 - 6:00 pm Cocktail Reception + Hors d`Oeuvres
6:00 - 6:30 pm Closing Keynote
6:30 - 7:15 pm Mind Nourishment Discussion Sessions I
7:20 - 8:05 pm Mind Nourishment Discussion Sessions II
8:15 - 10:30 pm Private Dinner Off-site
10:30 - 11:45 pm Private Evening Off-site Hosted in South Beach

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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