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Disrupters: Food, Tech and Farming

February 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


There is an intersection of technologies that are driving our culture forward, moving beyond the paradigm of east meets west, and into a paradigm of shared humanity. Food and farming, technology and politics: these are some of the driving forces on our planet. They are used for both good and self-serving means. In these fragile times, how can we keep our eye on the ball, and make choices, and take direct actions, that will lead to the supporting collective good?

In this evening discussion, we will hear from thought and action leaders in the fields of food, farming, technology and mindfulness, to learn about how we can focus our attention and efforts towards directed and beneficial right action.

Allison Kopf, Dan Zigmond, NaRon Tillman, and Eddie Stern
David Hirsch

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Dan ZigmondDan Zigmond is a writer, data scientist, and Zen priest. Co-author of the new book “Buddha’s Diet,” he is Director of Analytics at Facebook and a board partner at Compound, a NYC venture capital firm. Dan was previously Vice President of Data at Hampton Creek Foods, and led data and analytics for YouTube and Google Maps at Google. He is a contributing editor at Tricycle, the largest Buddhist magazine in North America, and teaches occasionally at Jikoji Zen Center, a small Buddhist temple in the Santa Cruz mountains. In May 2015, he was named one of “20 BusinessGeniuses You Need to Know” by Wired magazine, as he frequently reminds his kids. He lives in Menlo Park, CA.
Allison KopfAllison Kopf is the founder and CEO of Agrilyst, a management and analytics platform for indoor farms. Agrilyst won the highly coveted Disrupt Cup at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco and was featured by FastCompany as one of 2016’s Most Innovative Companies. Kopf was recently named the 2016 Changemaker of the Year by the Association of Vertical Farming and the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year by Technical.ly Brooklyn. Prior to founding Agrilyst, she helped BrightFarms become one of the leading indoor agriculture companies in the US. She has a BS in Physics from Santa Clara University. Allison serves on the boards of Santa Clara University’s Engineering School and Cornell University’s Controlled Environment Agriculture program, and is a mentor with #BUILTBYGIRLS and Square Roots Grow. You can find her on twitter at @allisonkopf.
David HirschDavid Hirsch, Managing Partner, Compound. Prior to founding Compound, David spent his entire career leading sales and BD teams for tech companies working alongside engineering and product functions to commercialize the company’s products and spearheading monetization.

Google brought on David as their second employee in the New York headquarters in 2000 at a time when the company doing just under $3M in revenue. David then spearheaded the company’s monetization strategy by co-founding Google’s Vertical Markets Group and wiring the regional sales team structure. For eight years, he oversaw cross-functional and cross-business responsibilities, all of which helped him to lead both Google’s culture committee and its recruiting intiative and subsequently hire many of the people who lead Google’s sales and business teams today.​

Eddie SternEddie Stern is the co-founder of Ashtanga Yoga New York, the Brooklyn Yoga Club, the Broome Street Temple, and Namarupa Magazine. He and Deepak Chopra together created the Urban Yogis project to reduce inner-city violence through the transformative practices of yoga and meditation. Eddie studied under Ashtanga Yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois from 1991 until his passing in 2009. He has published several books on Ashtanga Yoga.
NaRon TillmanNaRon Tillman
Pastor NaRon D. Tillman of St. Phillips Christian Church (DOC) in Brooklyn, New York, is a faith, leadership and wellness coach, serial entrepreneur since 19 and musical director. His reach endures on a multitude of platforms. His community work takes him beyond the church walls; from board rooms and investor meetings to at-risk schools, shelters, senior centers and more. Meeting people where they are, Pastor Tillman encourages them to use trials as a strength builder and surpass all obstacles through God’s promise. Countless souls are saved and nurtured through this redemption journey.

Pastor Tillman is a graduate of Drake Business School where he received a diploma in Business Systems. His professional strategies help churches develop financial independence, self-sustaining revenue and advocate for change. Those best practices pour into crucial entrepreneurial, community health and financial literacy programs for thousands. His life experiences serve as a gift, especially with our youth and budding millennials.

His passion projects include his work as the New York Leader of our Urban Yogis a Health and Wellness Training Program where yoga is the cornerstone of the program’s vitality. “God speaks His love into every step of your life – so walk in victory!”


February 10, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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