TEDxCalgary releases their roster of speakers and performers – Three prominent Ismailis will share the stage

Curated by Rahim Sajan, TEDxCalgary to feature Rudy Karsan, Karim Gillani and Shellyza Murji along with others.

Calgary (April 13, 2016) – Calgarians will be able to engage in a rich day of interactive conversations around the nature and pace of innovation and change, with speakers including Olympic gold medalist Kyle Shewfelt, global workforce talent guru Rudy Karsan, Beakerhead co-founder Mary Anne Moser, and Calgary Public Library CEO Bill Ptacek at the TEDxCalgary (r)Evolutions event on May 7 at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

“Calgarians are facing daunting challenges that are demanding innovative approaches, and as a TEDx organizing group, we are convinced that ideas only become real through conversations that convert the ideas into action. The Cumming School of Medicine is doing world-class research and is putting Calgary on the map globally. This, combined with our theme, speakers and interactive programming, creates a remarkable adventure for our participants.” – TEDxCalgary licencee and curator Rahim Sajan

TEDxCalgary releases their roster of speakers and performers - Three prominent Ismailis will share the stage

Speakers and performers at the event are:

  • Kyle Shewfelt, Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics (Athens 2004)
  • Rudy Karsan, founder and former CEO of global workforce talent firm Kenexa
  • Dr. Mary Anne Moser, Co-Founder and President of Beakerhead
  • Bill Ptacek, CEO of the Calgary Public Library
  • Peter G. Brown, author of Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy
  • Dr. Beverly Sandalack, Director of the Urban Lab and Associate Dean Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary.
  • Dr. Christian Jacob, digital biologist and bioinformatics explorer
  • Dr. Karim Gillani, sufi musician and ethnomusicologist
  • Shellyza Murji, Performer and Dancer
  • Bandile Phirri, student change agent

Shellyza Murji's Spiritual Journey of Dancing with a Prosthesis | OCTVShellyza Murji – Existential Bollywood Dancer and Therapist

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” This quote by Vivian Greene has shaped Shellyza’s perspective on life and quite literally influenced her dance career. The medium of dance has allowed Shellyza to experience freedom, growth and joy. The Founder and CEO of Soul Feet Dance Productions has a Masters in Social work with a special interest in dance therapy. Murji has pioneered a dance practice that is inclusive of all abilities and fosters discovery; focusing on personal expression that explores vulnerability, courage and joy. Born an amputee, missing her right arm below the elbow, Shellyza has used dance to embrace life. “Let the rhythm of your soul guide your feet to trace their destiny and create your legacy” is the Motto for Soul Feet Dance Productions. Follow her on Twitter @soulfeetdance

Karim Gillani: Edmonton singer enchants with Sufi tunes | Calgary Herald & Edmonton JournalDr. Karim Gillani – Sufi Musician and Ethnomusicologist

Blending ancient and modern instruments, cultures and poetry, Dr. Gillani takes audiences that have included heads of state all the way to students on breathtaking journeys to connect with music that moves the soul. Listeners are often moved to tears with his performances, through the sheer breathtaking beauty. With his commanding stage presence and charisma, he leads a Sufi Ensemble that will create revolutions and evolutions in all those who listen. When not performing, Dr. Gillani is an instructor and ethnomusicologist at the University of Alberta. Find out more about him at http://www.karimsangeet.ca/

Rudy KarsanRudy Karsan – Serial Entrepreneur and Talent Seeker

Rudy is passionate about creating jobs that matter. He revolutionized the global human resource space over 25 years through the KENEXA organization. He grew it to become one of the world’s most significant HR firms valued at over a billion dollars, and IBM recently acquired KENEXA in a record deal. He has gone on to found Karlani Capital, an operating fund that aims to “enable the growth and success of ideas that are original, interesting and potentially useful to people.” Actuary, NYTimes bestselling author, family man, uber entrepreneur. Follow him on Twitter @RudyKarsan

More information about tickets, the event and the organization can be found at TEDxCalgary.ca

Special tickets for Calgarians in transition

To support access for Calgarians in transition, TEDxCalgary is offering a sponsored ticket package to allow Calgarians to share the event with those currently out of work. Those purchasing the special ticket package get a guaranteed admission for themselves, and sponsor a second ticket for someone in transition.

TEDxCalgary Media Contacts:

Rahim Sajan, Curator
rahim@tedxcalgary.ca – 403 889 9763

Jonathan Perkins, Co-Curator
jonathan@tedxcalgary.ca – 403.826.1335

TEDxCalgaryLogoAbout TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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