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What's missing from the American immigrant narrative

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The cost of work stress—and how to reduce it

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Simple, effective tech to connect communities in crisis

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To overcome challenges, stop comparing yourself to others

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We’re not done yet! What older workers can bring to the workforce

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How technology has changed what it's like to be deaf

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A thought experiment on the future of identity verification

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5 steps to remove yourself from drama at work

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Why you should have multiple plans for the future

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Actionable solutions to support the mental health of US veterans

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The beauty and complexity of finding common ground

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The gender-fluid history of the Philippines

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3 ways to resolve a conflict

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    What's missing from the American immigrant narrative

    Recounting her story of finding opportunity and stability in the US, Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez examines the flaws in narratives that simplify and idealize the immigrant experience—and shares hard-earned wisdom on the best way to help those around us. "Our world is one that flourishes when different voices come together," she says.
    "Immigrants [can’t] and will never be able to fit into any one narrative, because most of us are actually just traveling along a spectrum, trying to survive."
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    Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez

    Sales and Trading Analyst

    Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez is an analyst at Wells Fargo Securities on the Corporate Access team. Having grown up along the US-Mexico border, she is committed to giving back to her community and contributing to the ongoing empowerment and professional development of Latinos. She has been featured on NPR’s Latino USA and was recognized by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund as its 2017 Scholar of the Year.

    Camarillo Gutierrez graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with a major in philosophy, politics and economics. Inspired by her interest in the impact of international globalization, she represented the US Department of State as a Gilman Scholar while living abroad in the UK.

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    The cost of work stress—and how to reduce it

    By some estimates, work-related stress drains the US economy of nearly 300 billion dollars a year—and it can hurt your productivity and personal health too, says wellness advocate Rob Cooke. He shares some strategies to help put your mental, physical and emotional well-being back at the forefront.
    "We all know retirement is all about saving more now, for later. What if we treated our mental health and overall well-being in the same capacity? Develop and save more of you now, for later in life."
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    Rob Cooke

    Premier Banker

    Rob Cooke is a relationship manager for Wells Fargo, where he builds and manages relationships with high-value clients, helping them achieve their financial goals with a full-service banking relationship. With a spirit of restless independence, Cooke aspires to achieve more while continuously evolving. This mindset has led to leaps and bounds in his career, and laid the foundation for long-term sustainable success. Previous to Wells Fargo, Cooke worked in the nutrition and wellness industry, which piqued his interest in the importance of health in the workplace. In his spare time, he is an avid Manchester United fan.

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    Simple, effective tech to connect communities in crisis

    The world is more connected than ever, but some communities are still cut off from vital resources like electricity and health care. In this solution-oriented talk, tech activist Johanna Figueira discusses her work with Code for Venezuela—a platform that helps Venezuelans gain access to vital information and medical supplies—and shares ideas for how it could be used as a model to help other communities in need.
    "These projects are not insanely advanced—but it’s what the people of Venezuela need, and they can have a tremendous impact."
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    Johanna Figueira

    Digital Marketing Consultant

    Johanna Figueira is a strategist and digital marketer with Wells Fargo. She is also one of the co-organizers of Code for Venezuela, an organization that leverages technology to help nonprofits in Venezuela. After leaving Venezuela for social and political reasons, she moved to the US and began looking for effective ways to give back to her home country. She believes in the power of digital communities and is passionate about using technology for social change. Figueira is a proud, active member of the Latina community in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

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    To overcome challenges, stop comparing yourself to others

    When you stop comparing yourself to others, you can accomplish great things, says wheelchair athlete Dean Furness. He shares how, after losing the use of his legs in an accident, he discovered a powerful new mindset focused on redefining his “personal average” and getting better little by little.
    "Take some time and focus on you, instead of others. I bet you can win those challenges and really start accomplishing great things."
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    Dean Furness

    Analytic Consultant

    Dean Furness is a data and analytics professional. An accident in 2011 left him without the use of his legs, but after several years of rehabilitation, hard work and strong encouragement from his physical therapist, he has competed as a wheelchair athlete in both the Chicago and Boston Marathons. He now speaks about his experience and what it takes to succeed when faced with challenges. Furness is also a husband, father of three and a basketball coach. He aims to inspire others through a positive approach to owning each day.

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    We’re not done yet! What older workers can bring to the workforce

    Too often, American businesses write off older workers as non-digital relics. What would happen if we embraced their experience and teamed them up with colleagues of other ages and backgrounds? Jeanne Goldie says we might be surprised at the problems they could solve—and the innovation that could result.
    "If we look at data and technology as the tools they are...but not as the answer, we can come up with better solutions to our most challenging problems."
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    Jeanne Goldie

    Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Branch Sales Manager

    In her 15 years with Wells Fargo, Jeanne Goldie has identified and leveraged opportunities for companies to tap into under-served and niche markets. Her project experience ranges from redesigning public housing, preserving historic sites, launching fintech companies, opening an African-American research library and even planning weddings. She is also a longtime AIDS activist.

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    How technology has changed what it's like to be deaf

    "Complete silence is very addictive," says Rebecca Knill, a writer who has cochlear implants that enable her to hear. In this funny, insightful talk, she explores the evolution of assistive listening technology, the outdated way people still respond to deafness and how we can shift our cultural understanding of ability to build a more inclusive world.
    "Technology has come so far," Knill says. "Our mindset just needs to catch up."
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    Rebecca Knill

    Business Systems Consultant Manager

    Rebecca Knill has worked at Wells Fargo since 1988, currently serving as a business systems consultant manager in the Consumer Banking Group. Knill grew up profoundly deaf with progressive hearing loss. Earlier in her career, she relied on sign language interpreters for conference calls, but after much soul searching, had her hearing rebuilt bionically via cochlear implants in 2003 and 2009. At 4'9", she has found a niche with her small ears in testing pediatric products, most notably while submerged in a bathtub using a waterproof processor. She is the author of the Church Dramas book series and plans to write inclusive Hallmark holiday movie scripts after she retires.

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    A thought experiment on the future of identity verification

    In this imaginative talk, Aeris Nguyen wonders what our future could look like if we verified our identities using DNA—and examines the risks such a system would pose.
    "Don't you find it strange that we carry around these arbitrary, government assigned numbers or pieces of paper with our picture on it and some made-up passwords to prove we are who we say we are?"
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    Aeris Nguyen

    Learning and Development Facilitator

    Aeris Nguyen was a member of the first robotics club at AMES (Academy for Math, Engineering and Science) high school in Utah, where at the age of 16 she began creating her own video games. Currently she’s a learning and development facilitator with Wells Fargo and is also an avid volunteer in her community, giving her time to service as often as possible.

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    5 steps to remove yourself from drama at work

    No matter your industry, you've experienced drama at work. In this funny and all-too-relatable talk, community leader Anastasia Penright outlines five steps you can follow to better coexist with your coworkers and focus on what's really important.
    "Whether we're creating fake stories in our head or listening to other people's made-up stories, it needs to stop. Stop stressing over things that haven't happened."
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    Anastasia Penright

    Business Initiatives Consultant

    Anastasia Penright is a corporate business initiatives consultant with Wells Fargo by day and community leader by night. Throughout her career, she has found ways to incorporate service into her life. She started out by volunteering with local organizations, feeding the hungry, teaching financial literacy and mentoring young students, among other activities. In 2015, recognizing an unaddressed need, Penright created the nonprofit Respect MyVoice, which offers free community educational seminars devoted to building wealth, personal branding, health and wellness, and communication. She is a 12-year Houstonian, by way of New Orleans.

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    Why you should have multiple plans for the future

    We’re constantly planning ahead but generally focused on just one outcome: the one we want most to be true. John Puthenveetil says we’d be better off imagining multiple scenarios—and offers convincing examples from recent history to demonstrate why.
    "It is up to us to use [scenario-based planning] wisely: Not out of a sense of weakness or fear, but out of the strength and conviction that comes from knowing that we are prepared to play the hand that is dealt."
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    John Puthenveetil

    Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Advisor

    A financial advisor since 1993, Dr. John Puthenveetil is a senior vice president-investment officer with Wells Fargo Advisors. He has earned multiple postgraduate degrees in journalism, economics and international studies, including a PhD in organization development from the Goodwin College of Business at Benedictine University. He previously worked in the Department of Economics, St.Albert's College, University of Kerala, India, The United Nations, Congress Financial Corporation and as president and CEO of a national advocacy organization. He was also a business columnist for The Times of Northwest Indiana for over a decade. Puthenveetil spent some time living with Tibetan (Bonpo) refugees in the Himachal Pradesh region of India and is the cofounder of the Resource Center for Community Development and Mission India International.

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    Actionable solutions to support the mental health of US veterans

    Veterans in the United States take their own lives at an alarming rate. Suggesting new ways to prioritize mental health in the military, veterans advocate Charles P. Smith offers a data-driven plan to help prevent suicide and ensure service members get proper care before, during and after active duty.
    "If we put our minds and resources together, and we openly talk and try to find solutions for this epidemic, hopefully, we can save a life."
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    Charles P. Smith

    Wells Fargo Advisors Branch Manager

    Charles P. Smith is a financial advisor with Wells Fargo. He is also a veteran’s advocate with more than fifteen years of military experience, including four years as a Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy. His active duty service includes more than ten years as a Marine Infantry Officer, where he served in multiple contingency operations around the globe, including the Caribbean, Far East and Middle East. His final assignment was as Commanding Officer of Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. He left active duty with the rank of Major.

    Smith has worked with several military charities and holds a board position with the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis. This organization has set the single largest one-day fundraising record for the Semper Fi Fund, and it continues to be a major contributor each year.

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    The beauty and complexity of finding common ground

    How can we disagree with one another, respectfully and productively? In this thoughtful talk, team builder Matt Trombley reflects on "agonism" -- the tendency to take a rigid stance on issues -- and shares why finding aspects of agreement can be the first step in resolving conflict. "When you can find even the smallest bit of common ground with somebody, it allows you to understand the beautiful wonder and complexity and majesty of the other person," he says.
    "When you can find even the smallest bit of common ground with somebody, it allows you to understand the beautiful wonder and complexity and majesty of the other person."
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    Matt Trombley

    Customer Remediation Supervisor

    Matt Trombley is an active, passionate and service-driven leader in both his workplace and his personal life. He began his career at Wells Fargo as a seasonal employee in the “records room,” and is currently a senior vice president within the Customer Remediation organization. Trombley and his family enjoy the outdoors of Colorado and serving in their community, including their church. He is dedicated to continuous growth, professionally and personally, and finds fulfillment in helping others do the same. Trombley also enjoys endurance sports, training regularly for Xterra triathlons and other mountain bike races.

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    The gender-fluid history of the Philippines

    In much of the world, gender is viewed as binary: man or woman, each assigned characteristics and traits designated by biological sex. But that's not the case everywhere, says France Villarta. In a talk that's part cultural love letter, part history lesson, he details the legacy of gender fluidity and inclusivity in his native Philippines—and emphasizes the universal beauty of all people, regardless of society's labels.
    "To anyone reeling from forces trying to knock you down and cram you into these neat little boxes people have decided for you—don't break. I see you."
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    France Villarta

    Communications Consultant

    France Villarta is a communications consultant for Wells Fargo. He is passionate about exploring the intersectionality of gender, politics, and the cultural vestiges of colonialism in the Philippines, and is currently reexamining his roots as a Filipino. He is also involved with the Fairplay For All Foundation, an NGO working to develop and provide opportunities for youth in the Payatas community of Metro Manila, home to the Philippines’ largest open dump site. In his spare time, Villarta enjoys hiking and freediving.

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    3 ways to resolve a conflict

    Anybody can help resolve a conflict, says project manager Dorothy Walker. With three simple steps, she shares how you can use positive energy to solve conflicts between friends, coworkers, strangers, kids and beyond.
    "There is a resolution to all conflicts. It just takes your willingness to try."
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    Dorothy Walker

    Project Manager

    Dorothy Walker, PMP, is a certified Project Manager at Wells Fargo as well as mediator and facilitator. She is an advocate of conflict resolution and believes that everyone is capable of using positive energy to face challenges and resolve disputes in a more collaborative environment. Walker received her PhD in 2015, writing her dissertation on the effects of energy transference on interpersonal conflicts. She is also a painter, writer, and poet, and is currently working with her husband on a book about relationships.