Awakening the human potential for inspiring sustainable, impactful, solutions.

October 27th-29th 2017

Omni Charlottesville Hotel, Charlottesville, Virginia

Friday Night Speaker

Topic: TBA

Mahima Shrestha

With a background in media and crisis communications, Mahima is obsessed with bringing bright people together to find solutions to complex problems. Over the years she has worked with government, multilateral, private and non-profit organizations in a wide range of sectors including aviation, hydropower, tourism, investment climate reform, automobiles, finance, education, telecommunications and healthcare.

This diversity in her work portfolio has given her unique insight into what it takes for people to put aside differences, overcome traumatic history and find a way to move forward individually and collectively. She works with entrepreneurs, think tanks, innovators, social businesses as well as young people with the desire and potential to be changemakers within their families, communities, organizations and countries. Mahima received an Iconic Women Creating a Better World for a All award from Women’s Economic Forum in 2017 for her work.

Mahima at The Awesome Event

My work is at an intersection where conversations around innovation, violence, entrepreneurship and policy all come together.

Perhaps because I work on the ‘people are amazing’ side of the human story I often get asked about the opposite- the horriffic things we human beings are capable of doing to ourselves and each other. Speaking of violence or suicide or child trafficking the two most common questions I get are: “why do people do that?” and “how can we curb large scale hate and violence?”

In speaking about my understanding of the inner workings of the human mind and its implications for communities, organizations and society as a whole, we will see the link between individual evolution and social change. It’s the only logical place to start and the most leveraged place to intervene. You will also hear results of interventions on this front.

A question I wish we would ask more often is this: “What do we have going for us? How come people have survived wars, concentration camps, brothels and deep losses and found not only resilience, but also joy and freedom again?” These beacons of hope on the inner potential of humanity beg us to ask: HOW COME?

I have been asking this question for a long and time and in sharing what I have learnt about the human spirit, my hope is that it will re-direct us to the source of potential within us and the people we work with.

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Action Focus Tracks

Engaging Youth
Bringing the SPARK Back!

The Cypress Initiative Team
James Hird
Jaime and Brock Sellers
Risa Ramji

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Spiritual Activism
Civic Engagement from the Heart

Ami Chen Mills-Naim
Mara Gleason (virtual)
Eirik Grunde Olsen (virtual)
Dajohn White
Freddy Jackson
Sharon Strimling

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Resiliency for Real People

Rohini Ross
Jeanne Catherine-Gray
Jacqueline Hollows
Dorothy Martin
Michael Neill (virtual)

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Beyond the Ego

Dicken Bettinger (virtual)
Amy Leo

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Trauma / Violence
Relieving the Suffering

Dave Nichols
Judith Sedgeman, Ed.D
Mahima Shrestha

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Recovery From Addiction

Debbie Trent
Barnett Gilmer

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