May 2, 2016 – Speaker series returns to Kansas City and delivers with STEM Education topic and world-renowned speakers Malala Yousafzai & Ziauddin Yousafzai. Bishop-McCann, a premier corporate event management company, announced today its CHAT 2.0 topic and a world-renowned inspirational speaker line-up that promises to “engage, entertain, educate and inspire change”.
Bishop-McCann announced that CHAT 2.0 will focus on worldwide education and the importance of STEM Education in our local community. “The world of technology is advancing literally every day. One can only imagine what it will take for generations to keep up with the pace of advancement we see today. Every country, and every community, is faced with an ever-growing demand for highly skilled professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). There is a concern among education, business and government leaders that we are not cultivating a workforce prepared to meet the challenges of the future. It is for these reasons CHAT is proud to announce our partnership with KC STEM Alliance to deliver CHAT 2.0,” said Bishop-McCann CEO Rob Adams.
CHAT 2.0 will come to Kansas City on July 19, 2016 at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Global advocate for girls’ education and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai, along with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai will speak candidly to the continuing world-wide fight for education for all. Their message is one of empowerment that seeks to enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities. During her first-ever tour of the United States, a unique aspect of CHAT 2.0 will give the audience an opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Malala and her father.
“Bishop-McCann is committed to leveraging our resources to provide a platform for important and tough conversations. Gatherings like the speaker series CHAT 2.0, with guests Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai, benefitting Kansas City’s own KC STEM Alliance, have unique potential to fuel change in the world,” said Bishop-McCann founder Dan Nilsen.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4 at www.chatseries.com and through the Kauffman Center box office.
Follow the CHAT Series conversation at facebook.com/chatseries and https://twitter.com/CHATSeries #ChatStem2016
About Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai:
Born in 1997, Malala Yousafzai grew up in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan with her parents and two brothers. From the age of 10, Malala has campaigned for the rights of girls to receive an education.
In October 2012, the then 15-year-old Malala was shot by the Taliban while travelling home from school on the bus with her friends.
Following the attack, Malala was flown to Birmingham to receive treatment at the specialist Queen Elizabeth hospital. By March 2013 she had made a remarkable recovery and was well enough to return to school.
Now living in Birmingham with her family, Malala continues to campaign for the right of every child to go to school. Since the attack, she has become internationally known for her courage in refusing to be silenced and continuing her fight for the right of everyone to receive an education.
Malala’s bravery and unwavering dedication to her cause has seen her honored throughout the world, including one of the world’s highest honors: the Nobel Peace Prize. She became the youngest recipient of the prestigious award in 2014, alongside Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. Malala was also named one of ‘The 100 Most Influential People in the World’ in 2013 by Time magazine. She is the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and Conscience, the International Children’s Peace Prize, the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award, the Premi Internacional Catalunya Award of Catalonia, the Simone de Beauvior Prize, The Oklahoma City Reflections of Hope Award and has been honored with Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award and Glamour’s Woman of the Year Award 2013. She is also the author of the international bestseller I Am Malala, which has been published in over 27 territories.
Following the outpouring of support that Malala received throughout her ordeal, she set up an international fund – the Malala Fund – which is dedicated to help promote education for girls throughout the world.
Ziauddin Yousafzai is an educator, human rights campaigner and social activist. He hails from Pakistani’s Swat Valley where, at great personal risk among grave political violence, he peacefully resisted the Taliban’s efforts to shut down schools and kept open his own school. He also inspired his daughter, Malala Yousafzai, to raise her voice to promote the rights of children to an education.
Ziauddin is the co-founder and serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Malala Fund. He also serves as the United Nations Special Advisor on Global Education and also the educational attaché to the Pakistani Consulate in Birmingham, UK.
Ziauddin currently resides in Birmingham, UK.
About KC STEM Alliance:
The KC STEM Alliance is a collaborative network of educators, business partners and affiliates that inspires interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers to generate a robust force of related professionals for the Kansas City community.
Bishop-McCann is an award-winning brand experiences agency that produces meetings, incentives and live events worldwide. Headquartered in Kansas City, with offices in Chicago, San Francisco and Minneapolis. Learn more at bishopmccann.com
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