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TALKS, PRESENTATIONS, PANELS & LECTURES

Innovation Stories
This lecture takes audiences on a journey behind the scenes of Israeli innovation, incorporating stories of the people who come up with wild ideas that later become audacious solutions; stories about spectacular failures and the role they play in serial entrepreneurship; stories of personal problems that have global outcomes; and stories of a unique culture that creates a unique brand of innovation for the world.   

A veteran innovation journalist, I love asking the questions people want to know about Israeli innovation. I've also made it my specialty to answer them. With a finger on the pulse of the latest Israeli innovations, and having interviewed dozens of CEOs, CTOs, innovators, creators, and risk-takers from first ideas to successful startups, my Innovation Stories lecture series is brimming with stories of the groundbreaking innovations that continue to change how we do things. This lecture is updated constantly and is never the same as new innovation is continual. The lecture can be tailored to a specific theme (specific tech sector; social initiative) or be presented as story covering a broad-spectrum of innovations.

Failing Forward
Israel’s innovation sector has a “fail forward” culture. A culture that accepts failure as part of the learning process to creating something better. This attitude has been a boon to the local innovation scene and has helped propel forward many innovations. In this talk, I take audiences on an adventure of some of the best failures Israeli innovators have created, how failures have triggered new innovations, and what lessons can be learned – and taught – because of these flops. But not everyone can proudly say that they failed. This talk also touches on why failure needs to be better integrated into education and how a blame-free environment can help transform failures into learning experiences. The talk looks at failure in different fields, as well as the definitions of the word, “fail”, in other languages and how each culture responds to failure. To change the world, we must be open to change itself, to taking risks and action, and to trying new things. Failure will happen. How we learn from our failures is important. 
This talk is for everyone. It is especially beneficial for students. 

Humorous Technology 
Coming soon!

 

Coming up:

  • Feb 16, 2023 -  Innovation stories, Tel Aviv (Eshet)
  • March 2023 - Innovation stories, Tel Aviv (J2)


Past talks:

Academic

Presenter:

  • Paper session 2 – Novel Technologies, Designing Non-Verbal Humorous Gestures for a Non-Humanoid Robot, IsraHCI, Haifa, June 15, 2022, https://www.israhci.org/


Poster Presenter:

 

Public Speaking
Keynote Speaker

  • "Herzlian Dinner - An Insider's Look at Breakthrough Science, Medical Innovation and Technology from Israel and Its Impact on the Global Community" - online talk - Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix,  February 2021.

  • "Women. Innovation. Business: How Israeli Innovations Are Changing Our Lives” - 2019 Annual Women For Israel Luncheon, JNF, Boca Raton, Florida, March 2019. 

  • "Women. Innovation. Business" - H2H9 Heart to Heart: A Woman's Journey to Israel, Jewish Federations of North America's National Women's Philanthropy, Tel Aviv, February 2018.

  • "The Culture of Israeli Startups and the Wild Ideas that are Helping Change the World", Fourth Annual - Israel’s Challenges on Campus & Beyond 
    Onward to a Pro-Active Agenda, Neve Ilan, July 2018.

  • "Israeli Innovation in Global Health Sector" - Israel Speaker Series, JFNA, Rochester, NY, April 2015.

  • "Israel's Incredible Innovators" - JFNA, Atlantic City, NJ, December 2015.
  • "Israeli Innovation: Cyber" - JFNA, Rochester, NY, April 2015, Rochester, NY, December 2015.

  • "Israeli Innovation: Cyber" - The Jewish Federation of Springfield, Springfield, Illinois, December 2015.

  • "Israeli Innovation in Global Health Sector" - CJP, Boston, Massachusetts, December 2015.

Moderator and Panelist 

  • "The Amazing Adventures of Three Female Jewish Innovators" - 2019 ILOJC, Hollywood, Florida, January 2019.

  • "Israel: Present and Future" - Jewish Federation of Broward County, February 2018.

Guest Speaker

  • Israeli Women Innovators - Denver's Temple Emanuel, Women’s Inspirational Journey in Israel, December 2022.

  • Innovation stories by Viva Press -- Houston, JFNA, Tel Aviv, November 2022.

  • "Big picture overview of Israel Start Up World" - Onward Israel-Birthright, Tel Aviv, July 2022.

  • “A Deep Dive Into Israeli Innovation” - online lecture - Startup Israel 101 - The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, July 2021.

  • "Yom Ha'atzmaut: Israeli Innovations" -- online lecture -- King David High School, Vancouver, Canada, May 2021.

  • "Israel: 73 years of Innovation (…and We’ve Only Just Begun)" - online lecture - Netanya AACI, April 2021.

  • "Social innovation in the times of social distancing" - online lecture - Onward Israel, January 2021.

  • לצלוח את הכישלון - סדנא בנושא למידה מטעויות - 
    January 2021 אמירים אור תורה בנות ירושלים - ינואר

  • "Israeli Innovation in the time of Covid-19" - online lecture - First Narayever Congregation, Toronto, Canada, June 2020.

  • "Innovation in the time of Covid-19" - online lecture - Zoom&Learn series, Congregation Beth Israel, Vancouver, Canada, April 2020.

  • "A Culture of Creativity" - JCRC Wisconsin State Assembly, Tel Aviv, November 2019.

  • "A culture of creativity" - Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, Tel Aviv, December 2018.

  • "Israel's Role in Driving the Next Generation of Tech" -CJP, July 2018

  • "70 Years: Israeli Creativity & Innovation" - First Narayever Congregation, Toronto, Canada, May 2018.

  • "Innovation - High Tech Israel" - JFNA, Omaha, April 2015.

Lecture-Discussion 

  • Innovation stories, itrek Routes travel, Tel Aviv, January 2023.

  • "The Art of Interviewing and telling a story," 4-class series, Reichman University, December 2021

  • "Israeli innovations in the time of Covid-19" - online learning initiative and discussion - Israel Engagement Associate: IACT, April 2020.

  • "כשטכנולוגיה, ספורט ובריאות נפגשים" - 
    מרץ 2020, רב תחומי עמל ליידי דייויס ת"א

  • "Israeli Innovations" - Da’at Educational Expeditions, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, December 2019. 

  • "Fact vs Fiction: Covering Israel" - Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications  - Northwestern University, March 2019.

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I give talks on innovation (and specifically Israeli innovation), humor in technology, social initiatives, women in business, journalism-related topics, the culture of creativity, failure, wild ideas and more. From small audiences of two people to bigger audiences of 1,400 participants, I am always excited to lead a workshop, present a talk, and give a lecture to tourist groups, diplomats, entrepreneurs, investors, college and school kids and, really, everyone who wants to learn more. I create each talk or presentation anew. 

Viva joined us in Florida at the 2019 International Lion of Judah Conference where she moderated a panel session on “The Amazing Adventures of Female Jewish Innovators” for 1,400 conference attendees. Viva is a pleasure to work with and is insightful, organized, responsive, and hilarious! I highly recommend her to speak on a diverse range of topics including Israel, women, innovation, technology, and more! She is a skilled moderator, conversationalist, panelist, presenter, and more!

Sarah Fels, Program Manager,
The Jewish Federations of North America

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