The Disruptor Series is a new and on-going collection of events (virtual, for now) telling the stories of people making waves and changing perceptions in Boston and beyond.




Girl Decoded: A Fireside Chat with Rana el Kaliouby

Moderated by Jen Reddy
Wednesday, May 27 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET

In her captivating memoir Girl Decoded, the Egyptian-American visionary and scientist Rana el Kaliouby, provides an intimate view of her personal transformation as she follows her calling to humanize our technology and how we connect with one another.

Rana is a rarity in both the tech world and her native Middle East: a Muslim leader, CEO, and woman in charge in a field that is still overwhelmingly white and male. Growing up in Egypt and Kuwait, el Kaliouby was raised by a conservative father who valued tradition – yet also had high expectations for his daughters – and a mother who was one of the first female computer programmers in the Middle East. Even before el Kaliouby broke ground as a scientist, she broke the rules of what it meant to be an obedient daughter — and later, an obedient wife— to pursue her own daring dreams.

Join us for an inspiring chat with a bold new voice in the literary world moderated by Manifest Boston President Jen Reddy.

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A pioneer in Emotion AI, Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva, and author of the newly released book Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology. A passionate advocate for humanizing technology, ethics in AI and diversity, Rana has been recognized on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list and as one of Forbes' Top 50 Women in Tech. Rana is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a newly minted Young Presidents' Organization member, and co-hosted a PBS NOVA series on AI. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and a Post Doctorate from MIT.


Mystery & Magic: An Evening With Sofar Sounds

A Conversation with Jim Lucchese
& Performance by Boston's Jill McCracken

Join us for an evening of authentic conversation and local music.

Hear from Sofar Sounds CEO Jim Lucchese on how Sofar is building their next chapter and nurturing community through crisis and be treated to an intimate performance from the inimitable Jill McCracken, a Sofar Boston favorite.




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