In June 2017, the alumni community gathered for its first international career event - an exclusive meeting with 'The Master of Charisma' Richard Greene - a charismatic lecturer, a leading commentator in the US and around the world and a leading public speaking coach who worked with International corporate presidents and top-notch politicians in the US and Europe.
Greenw delivered his fascinating lecture "The Seven Secrets of Highly Effective Speakers", during which he focused on relevant and current figures, including U.S. President Donald Trump, Former President Barack Obama and others. He shared anecdotes about his Jewish roots and previous visits to Israel, and gave a behind-the-scenes glimpse of preparations for political debates. From his experience, he said that "all demagogues were successful because they made big promises, and presented them with confidence".
A private meeting with Mr. Richard Greene was the prize in a raffle between the event's attendees, which was won by attorney Azgad Stern.
A second international career event was held in November 2017 with the world's #1 expert on finding a purpose - Tim Kelly, an alumnus of MIT's Mathematics Department and formerly a lead algorithm developer at the Global Oracle Company, who became a strategic consultant, mentor and acclaimed speaker, the world's first coach for countries, author of the Best-selling book 'True Purpose' about the unique method he developed for finding purpose.
Kelly frequently visits Israel, and said that he believes that the State of Israel does not currently know what is its purpose, which leads to a dissatisfaction among large groups in the Israeli society. He claims that finding a purpose will allow Israel to reach peace with its neighbors as well as internal peace, a process that will have a far-reaching global impact.
Mr. Jack Ma, Lead Founder & Executive Chairman of the world's leading e-commerce company, Alibaba Group, visited Tel Aviv University as a recipient of an honoral doctorate.
Prior to the honorary degrees ceremony, Mr. Ma held an inspirational conversation with hundreds of TAU students and alumni, among them young entrepreneurs, hosted by TAU Alum Mr. Amnon Dick, Chairman of the Israeli Friends Association of Tel Aviv University.
During the event, Mr. Ma answered questions by Israeli and international TAU students, and shared experiences from his own career and path to success, his insights on employment and academia, and his views on the changes that educational institutions need to make to strengthen human innovation and creativity in the approaching era of AI and robotic automation.
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The Tel Aviv University alumni organization has set itself the goal of reconnecting with alumni who live abroad in 2019, and for this purpose the first meeting of alumni living in Germany took place.
The event was held as part of the Berlin Science Week and in cooperation with the German Friends of TAU Association. The central speaker was Nirit Bialer, alumna of the TAU Security & Diplomacy studies program, who is involved in business development for Israeli companies, including Elbit, in Germany, and the initiator of the "Home" project, which presents the different aspects of contemporary Israeli culture to the residents of Berlin.
Sigalit Ben Hayoun, Head of the Tel Aviv University alumni organization, said: "A comprehensive poll, in which more than 3,000 alumni participated, showed that most alumni are interested in networking - not only in Israel but around the world. That's why we are launching face-to-face meetings with our alumni in various locations around the world, and Germany is an important target in light of the large number of Israelis living here. I am happy for the warm responses we received".
It should be noted that a unique part of the meeting was devoted to the Berlin Science Week under the title "From Biblical Research to Climate Change: The Power of Interdisciplinary Research", with TAU researchers who came to Berlin for this purpose: Prof. Oded Lipschits, a full professor in the TAU Department of Archeology, Dr. Rachel Sarig, MD, PhD in Medicine and Anthropology. A faculty member at the TAU School of Dental Medicine, and Prof. Colin Price, a full professor in the TAU Department of Geophysics.
Among the alumni in attendance were Amos Geva, producer, Ido Mizrahi, Marketing Manager at Biotronik Berlin, Isabel Gethoff, producer, and many more.
Other participants included Yael Regev, Director of Development and Public Affairs at Tel Aviv University, Tzipi Roitman, Lay Leader of the German Friends of TAU Association, Reinhard Renger of the TAU Friends and alumni Association in Germany, and Ilanit Kessel. Germany, Austria and Switzerland Liaison in Tel Aviv University's Department of External Relations.
Photography: Nikita Pavlov
The first-ever alumni only event in the Bay Area was a HIT, bringing together more than 100 guests, at Fenwick & West LLP in Silicon Valley to hear war correspondent, filmmaker & TAU alum Itai Anghel.
The event was organized by the TAU Core Alumni Leadership committee: Shira Ronen, Tali Alon, Alon Girmonsky, Galia Mor, Rafit Izhak-Ratzin, Idan Netser, Idan Tendler, & Noy Dancig.
The coolest part? The event was sponsored by Tel Aviv University USA - AFTAU and the proceeds from ticket sales supported the TAU Alumni Scholarship Global Campaign with one full scholarship!
Photography: Miri Ekshtein Prager