Beyond was all about creating a unique opportunity to spark and expand the conversation about Israel, bringing together influential figures for a series of inspirational talks and interactive discussions.

 Beyond Conference - New York


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The Beyond Conference, sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel in New York and held at Mana Contemporary on March 10 was a unique and free conference bringing together influential figures for a series of inspirational talks and interactive discussions. It gave participants the opportunity to be inspired and to network with speakers at the cutting edge of their fields – from high tech and finance to performance arts and cuisine. Beyond was all about creating a unique opportunity to spark and expand the conversation about Israel.

Beyond highlighted innovators including top chef Michael Solomonov, CEO of Deloitte Barry Salzberg, and many more.

Michael Solomonov: Synchronicity

Michael Solomonov, Chef and Restaurant Owner, opens up about his drug addiction, the death of his younger brother by sniper fire and how he overcame struggle to be named one of America’s best chefs, cooking modern Israeli cuisine.

Tal Keinan: Innovation as Integration
What is the future of innovation? An explanation by Tal Keinan, an American-born Israeli entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of KCPS Clarity, a New York and Tel Aviv based investment management firm.

Danny Weissberg and Jessica Eisenberg: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless
For millions of people around the world, the act of communication is a serious challenge. Talkitt is the revolutionary technology that enables anyone with motor, speech and language disorders to easily communicate using their own voice.

Thalma Lobel: The Influence of Physical Sensations on our Decisions and Behavior
Thalma Lobel is an internationally recognized psychologist, author and professor at Tel Aviv University. Her latest book, Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligence, has changed the way we view the world, our environment and our own minds. In this video, Professor Lobel reveals how can we understand sensation and the way it can change our lives.

Shelley Zalis: The Power of Emotion… Bring it to the Boardroom
How do we inspire confidence among women in business? How do we get more women to the table? in Shelley Zalis, CEO of Ipsos OTX, talks about how one sleepover with a few girl friends at the International Consumer Electronic Show in 2013, has become the go-to destination at some of the largest industry conferences in the advertising, marketing, media, research and technology spaces for women to advocate for each other, energize confidence and ignite the sparks that will drive real change.

Miki Haimovich: Meatless Monday – How to Improve Your Health While Saving the Earth
Miki Haimovich is the most famous anchorwoman in Israeli history who founded the Meatless Monday initiative in Israel. Watch to hear her recipe for saving the world through changes in our diet.

Robyn Shapiro: How do you build the world’s first underground park?
How can we build more green space in our cities? What if the answer lay just below our feet? Robyn Shapiro, Director of Community at the Lowline, reveals the plan to use innovative solar technology to illuminate a historic trolley terminal on the Lower East Side of New York City.

Nimrod Elmish: Reinventing the Cardboard out of the Box
Are you constantly receiving packages in the mail? Think about all the cardboard boxes that come through every day, throughout the world. What if we could re-purpose cardboard and simultaneously transform transportation? Meet Nimrod Elmish, Founder and CEO of I.G. Cardboard Technologies and see the first cardboard bicycle.

Jeff Pulver: Live. Life. Now!
Motivational speaker, internet entrepreneur and voice over IP pioneer, Jeff Pulver shares his personal journey of weight loss and the things that keep him living in the now.

Boaz Vaadia: Sculpting with Stone
Boaz Vaadia is a world renowned sculptor and innovator whose art has shaped city landscapes for decades. Find out how we hand carves stone layers to create larger-than-life sculptures.

Michal Ansky: "Too much, too fast, too big: The Global Struggle for Plate Boundaries"
Gastronomist and Founder of the Israeli Farmers Market, Michal Ansky announce at the Beyond Conference that she will be opening a new kosher farmers market in the heart of New York City.