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ADRx: Creating Empathetic Communities

  • Box 900 Jefferson Ave Redwood City, CA 94063 (map)

The Event Name on October 12th

Get inspired! ADRx is PCRC's version of a TEDtalk, short for Alternative Dispute Resolution X. Come hear experts in their fields share innovative and successful strategies to build empathy in their communities. This year's ADRx will bring together local and national thought leaders to make connections and inspire. In a series of short and compelling presentations, our speakers will share their stories and insights on improving communication and understanding across differences in education, interfaith dialogue, government and civic engagement. PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO VENUE SECURITY ALL GUESTS MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED. MAKE SURE TO REGISTER NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 10, 2018!


7:30 - 8:00 Breakfast

8:00 - 10:00 Presentations & Dialogue

10:00 - 10:30 Networking


Mauricio Palma, Director, Initiatives and Special Projects, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Mauricio leads a number of initiatives designed to impact factors critical to a child’s education, including family practices, the school system and the community at large, and provides strategic support to Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s convening and civic engagement efforts.

Guest Speakers:

Kevin F. AdlerFounder and CEO, Miracle Messages

Miracle Messages is a nonprofit that reconnects the homeless with their loved ones. To date, 1,000+ volunteers have facilitated 125 reunions, with nearly 25% resulting in housing and 80% in a positive outcome, at a fraction the cost of current government programs. Miracle Messages is on a mission to end relational poverty on our streets. Kevin has been honored as a TED Resident, TED Speaker, Ashoka Emerging Innovator, Rotary Scholar, Jefferson Awardee, MassChallenge winner, and Singularity University GSP graduate.

Radhika Iyengar-Emens, Founding Partner StarChain Ventures

StarChain Ventures is focused on foundational blockchain technology and enterprise blockchain solutions. Radhika is a TEDx speaker, a Silicon Valley Woman of Influence, a serial entrepreneur, and an expert in blockchain and healthcare. Radhika is also Managing Partner of DoubleNova Group, a Silicon Valley-based blockchain advisory. Multilingual in 9 languages, Radhika is an advisor to top blockchain startups and digital health companies globally. She is an expert in Silicon Valley fundraising, international expansion and business acceleration. Radhika is an advisor to governments and has setup and run accelerators and US market access programs for top startups.

Saeed H. MirfattahOrganizational Development Consultant and Executive Coach, Viva Strategy and Communications

Saeed is a Senior Consultant at VIVA Strategy + Communications, a social impact consulting firm based in San Mateo County. Saeed has worked at the local, national, and international level on Boards and Advisory Committees and as a consultant on projects in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Israel-Palestine. Saeed’s expertise is in challenging situations involving large-scale implementation and change efforts with multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Tony Gapastione, Actor, Screenwriter, Director, Producer and Podcaster, Brave Maker.

Tony has spent his life creating and seeking change through storytelling. He is an actor, screenwriter, director, producer and podcaster. He is the founder and director of an arts and media non-profit called Brave Maker which exists to empower artists and organizations to create life changing media through the power of their story.

Valerie LemmieDirector of Exploratory Research, Charles F. Kettering Foundation

Valerie Lemmie is the Director of exploratory research at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation since May 2014. She has more than 35 years of experience in solving complex problems and controversial issues. She has served as city manager for the cities of Petersburg, Virginia and Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio; commissioner on the Public Utility Commission of Ohio; and district director and acting chief of staff for Congressman Mike Turner (Ohio’s 10th District). Lemmie has also served as adjunct professor at Howard University and the University of Dayton and as a fellow at the Center for Municipal Management at George Washington University.

Later Event: November 14
Volunteer Appreciation Mixer