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Keynote Addresses

GEO takes pride in partnering with keynote speakers that represent the most influential, forward-thinking and astute leaders from business, academia and everyday life to share their stories and ideas and make a difference to your work and personal life and enhance your conference experience.

GEO's 21st Annual Conference  |  Keynote Speaker Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid
Entrepreneur, Technologist, Investor and Impact Leader (PK/US)

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020
08:00-09:00 PDT
11:00-12:00 EDT
16:00-17:00 BST
17:00-18:00 CEST
23:00-00:00 HKT +1
01:00-02:00 AEST +1

Session Encore
with Live Speaker Q&A
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
17:00-18:00 PDT
20:00-21:00 EDT
01:00-02:00 BST +1
02:00-03:00 CEST +1
08:00-09:00 HKT +1
10:00-11:00 AEST +1

Keynote I—Leading in Uncertain Times

Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur, technologist, investor, impact leader and the co-founder of the Malala Fund with Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai.

Shiza launched NOW Ventures in Silicon Valley, in partnership with AngelList, the largest venture capital platform in the world. NOW Ventures invests in mission-driven technology startups, that are solving the world’s most pressing challenges through technology, innovation, and high-growth business models.

In addition, Shiza is a co-founder of Our Place, a mission-driven startup focused on getting people to connect more by cooking and sharing food together. She is also the host of the new USA Today show “ASPIREist,” which inspires millennials to take action on the issues that matter most.

Shiza is passionate about the future of impact through technology; she studied exponential technologies at Singularity University, which is dedicated to applying futuristic innovations to advancing humanity.

A graduate from Stanford University with University Distinction, Shiza is renowned for her work, receiving many awards as a thought leader. She was named one of TIME’s “30 Under 30 People Changing the World,” Forbes “30 Under 30 – Social Entrepreneurs” and a Tribeca Institute Disruptive Innovator. She is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council and has been featured in multiple publications, including Forbes, Fast Company, Elle, Glamour, Town and Country, The Edit, CNN, ABC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC and others.

Join us and hear Shahid speak about The Extraordinary Impact We Can Create—a personal talk about Shiza’s journey and struggle to create social change. She will share her journey with founding the Malala Fund and her mission to create scalable social change today; about how ordinary people can make extraordinary waves, and how each of us can become change makers.

GEO's 21st Annual Conference  |  Keynote Sponsor Bank of America

GEO's 21st Annual Conference  |  Keynote Speaker Risha Grant

Risha Grant
Award-Winning D&I Consultant, Author, International Speaker (US)

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Thursday, 29 October 2020
10:00-11:00 PDT
13:00-14:00 EDT
17:00-18:00 GMT
18:00-19:00 CST
01:00-02:00 HKT +1
04:00-05:00 AEDT +1

Session Encore
with Live Speaker Q&A
Thursday, 29 October 2020
18:00-19:00 PDT
21:00-22:00 EDT
01:00-02:00 GMT +1
02:00-03:00 CST +1
09:00-10:00 HKT +1
12:00-13:00 AEDT +1

Keynote II—Permission Granted to Get Rid of the BS and Maximize the Power of Diversity

How you speak to racially and culturally diverse markets can have a massive impact, particularly during this time when people all around the world are challenged with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as racially motivated violence, both of which disproportionately impact people of color. 2020 will be known as the year companies prioritize finding ways to show their care, solidarity, and support to the customers who purchase their products, they recognize messaging is essential, and that we live in a climate where it is crucial to say things right the first time.

Does your company’s communication materials and your website feature diverse groups? Are you using inclusive language? Or are you defaulting to the outdated, and sometimes harmful, one-size-fits-all mentality? Little adjustments in your approach can go a long way and these easily overlooked but crucial details can open doors to successfully communicating with your employees and customers, ultimately creating long-term value for your company. We are stronger when we stand together, whether through a pandemic, police violence, or the growth of our companies. Our strength is interconnected, and thoughtful inclusiveness will produce a more innovative and productive workforce.

Motivated by her passion to recognize her own BS and correct societal “isms” like racism, sexism, classism and plain old stupidism - it is Risha Grant’s personal mission to expose the value of diversity and inclusion while shining a light on the economic impact it creates. Join Risha and GEO for this timely keynote to learn the keys to effectively engage diverse groups and get tips on attracting and communicating with new talent.

GEO's 21st Annual Conference  |  Keynote Sponsor Fidelity