PINC Speaker News


When you become a PINC-er, you become part of the family.

If you’ve stood on stage, volunteered the day of, worked behind the scenes...heck, attended. You’re a PINCer. The minute you touch PINC in any way, you become a part of something larger. Something grand. Something...amazing.

Today, the spotlight is on the speakers.

We hand-select each and every speaker each year, determined to bring you an inspiring day unlike any other. PINC is about making connections -- connections with the stories, connections with the ideas, connections with the people. And those connections certainly don’t end when the day does.

We keep up with each and every speaker to see what they’re up to post-PINC. Spoiler alert: a lot. They’re up to a lot.

Let’s catch up; shall we?

Temple Grandin is a world-renowned autism spokesperson and animal activist who spoke at PINC.Sarasota 2016. Her talk focused on the pitfalls of tests and standard education. She discussed the importance of celebrating our differences and encouraging students to think differently.

Since PINC, Temple has surprised a group of sixth graders in Reno, Nevada; had a musical written about her; and landed herself in the Women’s Hall of Fame.

Gavin Pretor-Pinney founded the Cloud Appreciation Society. We had the pleasure of his presence at PINC.Sarasota 2015 where he discussed his pledge to fight “blue-sky thinking,” the phenomenon that cloudy skies are inferior to clear blue ones.

In early 2017, Gavin and his society of cloud-appreciators did something amazing. After nine years of fighting for undulatas asperatus, they made it happen. On World Meteorological Day 2017, they managed to get their cloud recognized in the International Cloud Atlas with just a minor tweak to the name: “asperitas.”

Jen Welter, the first female coach in the NFL, spoke at PINC.Sarasota 2016. In her talk, she discussed the challenges she faced, the barriers she knocked down and how she realized dreams she never even knew she had.

Since PINC, Jen was named head coach of Team Australia for the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championship; was chosen to speak at a Girls Inc. luncheon in Columbus; and starred in “A Woman’s Job” on Newsy.

Bunker Roy started the only fully solar electrified Barefoot College in the deserts of Rajasthan in India. Built by the poor, for the poor, Barefoot College aims to give more importance to traditional knowledge and practical skills than to paper degrees or qualifications. Bunker was at our inaugural PINC.Sarasota in 2014.

In March 2017, Bunker was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016. The Barefoot College mission statement is succinct and to the point: No matter where we go, the Barefoot Approach is the foundations for everything we do.

PINCers never cease to amaze us. We’re honored to have had such inspirational, innovative go-getters grace the stage each year, and we look forward to growing the PINC family one by one.

Stay tuned as we release sneak peeks and little details about the next PINC.Sarasota!

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