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October 24, 2019 8:30am-5:30pm
Parkway Theatre · Baltimore, MD

The world is rife with challenges that either divide or unite us. Join today's business leaders to take on life’s toughest conversations about mortality, morality, innovation, and empathy. Through expert-led discussions and debates, you’ll learn to tactfully navigate complicated conversations to deliver greater impact.

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Real talk that makes real impact.

For today’s business leaders, complicated conversations are a fact of life. To achieve common goals and solve tough problems, mastering the art of conversation is essential. By instilling better communication tactics, you’ll understand people more deeply, consider perspectives that differ from your own, and connect with more intention and confidence.

Together, we can spread ideas that stand for more.

The Experience
  • Unlock a deeper understanding of mortality and morality
  • Access expert-led sessions, immersive debates, and enriching discussions
  • Expand the connection between self, cyberspace, and humanity as a whole
The Value
  • Elevate your ability to have a conversation with anyone about anything
  • Encounter challenging and inspiring perspectives that will drive your growth
  • Gain innovative tools and tactics to achieve transformative communication
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2019 Speakers


Richard Saul Wurman
Creator of TED

Richard Saul Wurman is an American architect, graphic designer, and creator of the TED conference. He has written, designed and published 91 books on topics ranging from football to healthcare to city guides, but he likes to say that they all spring from the same place—his ignorance. Described by Fortune magazine as an “intellectual hedonist” with a “hummingbird mind,” Richard Saul Wurman has always sought ways to make the complex clear. As our keynote speaker, Richard will share enlightened perspectives on mortality and why facing death is an important part of life. He’ll provide insights on the art of unconventional thought, strategic design, successful communication, and achieving a deeper level of understanding.

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Steven Kotler
Journalist and Author

Steven Kotler is an award winning journalist, one of the world's leading experts in human performance, and 3x New York Times bestselling author. His works, A Small Furry Prayer and Stealing Fire, were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His writing has been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 100 publications, including: The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired and TIME. Steven will explore the intricacies of morality and how our addictions to technology are reshaping human behavior. He’ll share ways in which innovation is masking our empathy and creating a reactive culture in a cyber-driven world.


Joe Mechlinski

Joe is the CEO of SHIFT and a New York Times bestselling author. He’ll mastermind a series of great debates that seek to answer questions about your mortality and morality. They’ll demand your full participation, stimulate new ideas and perspectives, and offer tools to transform your communication.

Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson

Chris is a serial social entrepreneur, storyteller, artist, social justice advocate, and author of The Master Plan. He’ll share his journey from life in prison to a life with purpose, one that gives back to the poverty-stricken communities he stemmed from in a major way.

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"Today’s SHIFT U session was great. It’s actually one of my favorite one’s that we’ve had so far. I just really enjoy throwing myself into something that’s uncomfortable; where I could fail and could learn.”

Ed Callahan
Co-Founder, Planit

“The amount of connections that you make here is just absolutely incredible. Everyone’s so enthusiastic, so helpful. Everybody is trying to grow each other's businesses or help accomplish each other's goals.”

Evan Lutz
CEO and Co-Founder, Hungry Harvest

“We have incredibly intelligent people [at SHIFT U] and the speeches that were given were phenomenal. These are people I can lean on, bounce ideas off of.”

Bill Atkinson
Partner, 212 Communications

“The things I learned at SHIFT U about the movement of technology into the future, how to plan for that, and projected forecasts has really given me something to think about in a way that could make all the difference in the world.”

Steve Pappas
Owner and CEO, Pappas Restaurants and Mark Pappas Foundation

“The opportunity to be in the room with so many others who, like me, think differently about their approach to technology, innovation, and business success and want to see that through in a way that has impact beyond just profit, is more than I could have hoped for. The level of honest and authentic engagements was priceless.”

Veronica Cool
Managing Partner, Cool & Associates, LLC


The Parkway Theatre

SHIFT U will unite the region's top entrepreneurs and executives for our third annual SHIFT U event at the historic Parkway Theatre. The Parkway has stood at the corner of Charles and North for over a century and has presented Baltimore cinema-lovers hundreds of thousands of films. Offering bold programming that showcases films from every era, region, and genre, the Parkway provides audiences with a fresh and immersive new window into the art form. With a rich history of life and architecture, the Parkway serves as the perfect backdrop for this year’s SHIFT U | Complicated Conversations. 

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All-Inclusive Price at $695 Includes:

One (1) ticket to SHIFT U | Complicated Conversations
Access to all expert speakers and innovative content
Participation in two (2) vigorous great debates
Interaction with unique exhibitors to learn about their products and services
Opportunities to snag SHIFT U swag and other exclusive resources
Access to local food and drink vendors 
Complimentary coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks

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Where to Stay

The Ivy Hotel

205 E Biddle St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown

24 W Franklin St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Hotel Revival

101 W Monument St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Presented by SHIFT Society

The third annual SHIFT U is presented by SHIFT Society. As the premier forward-thinking leadership community, SHIFT Society melds the brightest minds in business to deliver awe-inspiring experiences designed to inspire growth.

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