You have savant-like talents residing within you. You just haven’t taken enough chances yet to find out.

Michael Ventura believes in taking more chances to embrace more serendipity, and in turn, you might discover surprising facets about yourself. In this talk on Serendipity, Michael shares his journey as a broke, jobless college student to becoming an entrepreneur, store-owner, and healer.

About the speaker

Michael Ventura is an accomplished entrepreneur and creative director. In 2005, Michael founded Sub Rosa, a multi-disciplinary studio that provides strategic, design, and implementation solutions. Sub Rosa’s clients include a variety of Fortune 500 companies, as well as some of the world’s most progressive start-ups. As CEO, Michael is responsible for setting and cultivating the organization’s vision, culture and growth. Michael has served as a board member and advisor to a variety of organizations including Behance, Burning Man Project, The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Friends of +POOL, and the U.N.‘s Tribal Link Foundation. A dynamic writer and lecturer, Michael is frequently engaged as an advisor to entrepreneurs and leaders of some of the largest corporations across the globe. He is also an adjunct professor at Princeton University where he teaches design thinking and how to integrate empathy into the creative process. Outside of this work, Michael and his wife Caroline have co-founded the New York-based retail experience Calliope, as well as its adjoining gallery And&And. In his personal time, Michael is an active practitioner of eastern and indigenous medicine, often leading workshops on how to bring these powerful traditions into a modern life and workplace.

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