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SHIFT Society presents SHIFT U: Complicated Conversations

Chris Wilson, a former prison inmate and author of “The Master Plan,” speaks to the more than 175 business leaders during SHIFT U: Complicated Conversations. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Chris Wilson, a former prison inmate and author of “The Master Plan,” speaks to the more than 175 business leaders during SHIFT U: Complicated Conversations. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Pritpal Kalsi, right, the director of SC&H Group, chats with Paul Palmieri, left, managing general partner and founder of Grit Capital Partners, and Jim Witty, senior vice president and regional revenue officer for SIG. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Pritpal Kalsi, right, the director of SC&H Group, chats with Paul Palmieri, left, managing general partner and founder of Grit Capital Partners, and Jim Witty, senior vice president and regional revenue officer for SIG. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Brian Le Gette, left, CEO and cofounder of Ammortal; and Yanik Silver, founder of Maverick 1000, chat with guests. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Brian Le Gette, left, CEO and cofounder of Ammortal; and Yanik Silver, founder of Maverick 1000, chat with guests. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Jeff Lesher, left, managing director of SHIFT, chat with Dr. Harry Grammer, founder and president of New Earth Organization. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Jeff Lesher, left, managing director of SHIFT, chat with Dr. Harry Grammer, founder and president of New Earth Organization. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Some of the more than 175 guests listen to a presentation at the Parkway Theatre during SHIFT U: Complicated Conversations. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Some of the more than 175 guests listen to a presentation at the Parkway Theatre during SHIFT U: Complicated Conversations. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Richard Saul Wurman, left, creator of TED, and Joe Mechlinski, CEO and founder of SHIFT, engage with guests during SHIFT U: Complicated Conversations. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Richard Saul Wurman, left, creator of TED, and Joe Mechlinski, CEO and founder of SHIFT, engage with guests during SHIFT U: Complicated Conversations. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Theresa Daytner, president of Daytner Corporation, listens to a presentation during SHIFT U: Complicated Conversations. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Theresa Daytner, president of Daytner Corporation, listens to a presentation during SHIFT U: Complicated Conversations. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Dr. Jack Allocca, Ph.D., left, founder of Somnivore, chat with John Magiros, a financial adviser and first vice president of Morgan Stanley. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Dr. Jack Allocca, Ph.D., left, founder of Somnivore, chat with John Magiros, a financial adviser and first vice president of Morgan Stanley. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Veronica Cool, managing partner of Cool & Associates, chats with a guest. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Veronica Cool, managing partner of Cool & Associates, chats with a guest. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Steven Kotler, executive director of the Flow Research Collective, chats with Richard Saul Wurman, Creator of TED, during SHIFT U: Complicated Conversations. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

Steven Kotler, executive director of the Flow Research Collective, chats with Richard Saul Wurman, Creator of TED, during SHIFT U: Complicated Conversations. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

JoAnn Presbitero, vice president of Lorien Health Services, attended SHIFT U: Complicated Conversations. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

JoAnn Presbitero, vice president of Lorien Health Services, attended SHIFT U: Complicated Conversations. (Photo courtesy of SHIFT Society)

More than 175 business leaders gathered at the historic Parkway Theatre Oct. 24 for SHIFT U: Complicated Conversations, an annual event hosted by SHIFT Society, the exclusive membership group within SHIFT, a management consulting firm.

Richard Saul Wurman, creator of TED, was the keynote speaker, and discussions were moderated by Joe Mechlinski, CEO and founder of SHIFT. During networking breaks, guests had the opportunity to sample local wellness services such as massages, red-light therapy, and acupuncture. Guests also heard from inspirational speakers including Chris Wilson, author of “The Master Plan;” Lola Manekin, founder of The Movement Lab; and Steven Kotler, a New York Times bestselling author and executive director of the Flow Research Collective, who also led a session on flow state training the following day.

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