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Partner Event (MIT Enterprise Forum): The Future of Sex -or- Make Complex Tech Concepts Irresistible
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When: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
From 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
9 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, Massachusetts  02142
United States
Contact: Chitra Dwarka

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An Innovation Series Event:
The Future of Sex
- or -
How to Make Complex Technological Concepts
Completely Irresistible

Innovators who are skilled at communicating their latest breakthrough idea can change the thinking in their field, bring new technologies and science into the world, and offer solutions that make a difference.
Join us as we explore the challenges associated with communicating esoteric science / technology / engineering concepts to potential investors, customers, partners and other target audiences who may find these ideas baffling, boring, disturbing, or even terrifying.
It is our honor to feature Whitehead Director and McArthur Fellow Dr. David Page (and Colbert Report guest), and Tami Kesselman, Chief Solutions Officer, SolveForGood. See detailed speaker bios below.
Our event will open with a mini-talk from Dr. Page on his persistently trailblazing work to better understand the biology and evolution of sex chromosomes (X and Y) and the role that the X and Y chromosomes play in fundamental sex differences beyond the reproductive tract.
Following the talk, Dr. Page and Ms. Kesselman, two extremely skilled communicators — one a scientist, the other a policy expert — will explore the practicalities of drawing larger audiences to topics they might otherwise find forbiddingly remote, complicated, or esoteric. This is a vital challenge that all innovators face, and so we aim to highlight some insights, techniques, and anecdotes all members of the audience can adapt for their own use.

5:30-6:00 pm - Registration and networking reception, bringing together people with subject-area interest

6:00-8:00 pm -  Featured content plus Q&A, aimed to inform, engage, and inspire

8:00-9:00 pm - Post-event open-networking reception, conversation over beer and wine


For more information and to register:

Note: BPMA members use discount code: MITEF-BPMA (for a discount of $25 off of the $45 MITEF non-member price.)

The Innovation Series is the banner program offering of the MITEF Cambridge chapter, with a goal to inform, connect, and inspire innovators. Typical event attendance ranges between 100 and 200, comprising students, startup founders, corporate executives, investors, academics, service providers, and other interested parties. 



Dr. David Page, @WhiteheadInst: Whitehead Institute Director, MIT Professor of Biology, and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Page is also a MacArthur Fellow and the recipient of numerous high-profile honors. David C. Page studies the genetic differences between males and females. In particular, the Page Lab is focused on understanding the biology and evolution of sex chromosomes (X and Y), the role that the X and Y chromosomes play in fundamental sex differences beyond the reproductive tract, and the origins and development of germ cells – the precursors of eggs and sperm. These genomic studies have led to unanticipated biological insights: for example, the Page Lab discovered that the mammalian X and Y chromosomes evolved from an ordinary pair of autosomes. The lab also uncovered the evolutionary mechanisms by which the Y chromosome became functionally specialized in male germ-cell development and spermatogenesis.

Tami Kesselman, @Solve4Good: Chief Solutions Officer for Solve for Good, and currently holds board appointments and advisory roles at the UN Office for Partnerships, Harvard iLab, AIESEC, and Broadline Capital for their health and energy sector work. Committed to ensuring this generation is positioned to solve global challenges previously deemed intractable, Tami works extensively with impact investors and high potential social entrepreneurs. She focuses on global capacity building, bringing thought leaders, best-in-class corporations and think tanks together to work on high impact projects where excellent communication is key to achieving breakthrough success. She honed her skills in roles with the U.S. Council for Int’l Business, Bain, and American Express, advising clients and corporations on key priorities and projects

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