Not only insightful but thought provoking.
Ravi's journey as a rock star, aviator, cultural diplomat for the US Department of State, and keynote speaker is an inspiring example of how to pivot and succeed in an ever-changing world.
He is the first American-born descendant of India’s first family (which includes prime ministers Nehru and Gandhi), but his worldwide visibility skyrocketed in 1997 as the guitarist of triple-Grammy-nominee, Hanson, performing at the White House, Madison Square Garden, Saturday Night Live, Today Show, and more.
Ravi later became a pilot and aviation speaker helping the industry attract new student pilots, and in 2015, the US Department of State began sponsoring his cultural programs in Russia, Indonesia, Iraq, and Lebanon.
A highly respected keynote speaker in education leadership, Ravi is also the founder of Ravi Unites Schools—a large network of international K-12 schools (that span the extremes of the socio-economic spectrum) whose classes participate in peer-to-peer real-time audio-video interactions—and author of PIVOT: Empowering Students Today to Succeed in an Unpredictable Tomorrow.
In this presentation, Ravi encourages attendees to pursue their passions regardless of preconceptions or obstacles. However, following one's dream is not about rebelling against one’s parents, school, or traditional values. It is about collaborating with these influences while broadening horizons and learning to “be the change you wish to see in the world” (Gandhi). A child’s talents, strengths, and interests often differ from their culturally traditional path. As they become teenagers, those same interests can become aspirations that are then in conflict with the expectations of any given family, society, or culture. Ironically, it is this very difference that can give a young adult "the edge,” enabling him or her to achieve greater success. Moreover, in the age of automation and globalization, the perceived security of a traditional career is no longer the reality.
Using his own story of growing up in a family of politicians and bankers but ultimately pursuing a career in music, Ravi tells the story of how he earned the support of his parents, engineered his own very successful career, and as an adult, made his family extremely proud by not just living his dreams, but also by contributing positively to the world around him.
With 40% of today's jobs about to be automated (source: PwC), today's students will no longer be defined by what they do, but rather, by who they are. By focusing more on cultural competence, equity, and unity, students will grow into compassionate global citizens, discover worldwide opportunities, and master the required skills for the future of work and society.
Born into one of the world’s most influential families but rejecting the obvious choices presented to him, Ravi takes the audience on his exciting journey as a rock star, entrepreneur, aviator, and cultural diplomat, and shows how his own education empowered him to build relationships and pivot whenever necessary. Using humor, points that resonate and make you think, and statistics that make you question what you thought, he explains how to transform students into culturally and globally competent lifelong learners by pursuing equity, teaching and engaging in civil discourse, and inspiring students to overcome generations of implicit biases so that they can develop a healthy curiosity about the world and become truly empathetic global citizens.
Based on the forward-thinking concepts explored in his acclaimed book, PIVOT: Empowering Students Today to Succeed in an Unpredictable Tomorrow, Ravi will shift your thinking on how public education can put society on a path to equity, equality, and ultimately world peace.
Discover how to:
• Cultivate cultural competence and equity in schools and communities
• Use the arts to overcome implicit biases and sciences to promote critical thinking
• Practice and teach civil discourse
• Inspire curiosity, nurture talent, provoke critical thinking, and foster communication
• Convert privilege into leadership skills that will help achieve social justice
• and so much more
Tailored for education leadership conferences/convocations (school boards, superintendents, principals, school districts, etc.)
As even the most local of workforces become more diverse, the ability to cultivate a team among employees is more challenging but essential. To create a culturally competent and competitive company, one must first establish a culture of embracing our commonalities along with a healthy curiosity about our differences.
In this presentation, Ravi extrapolates from his background as a member of one of the most influential families that created the world's largest democracy (encompassing 7 major religions and 22 official languages), his peacekeeping work as a cultural diplomat for the US Department of State (including in Iraq and Russia), and his experiences as both the sole non-white member of an otherwise all-white world-famous band and a non-white pilot in the 80% white aviation industry to prove that one can effectively collaborate with people from vastly different backgrounds, including traditionally opposed cultures and religions. Using humor, points that resonate and make you think, and statistics that make you question what you thought, he will elevate your thinking and arm you with the tools to create unity within diversity.
Not only insightful but thought provoking.
A powerful message that connects with people regardless of age, demographic, or region.
One of the most powerful presentations I have heard in my 30 plus years of doing this work.
One of the most relevant conversations that locally elected leaders need to hear.
Inspiring and empowering, Ravi's perspective on millennials highlighted his abilities as a storyteller and an entrepreneur. By illuminating many of the core values that bridge generational gaps, he simplified tangible strategies that produce measurable results combined with the motivation necessary to start implementing them immediately.
Ravi's keynote was really thought-provoking and different, and what many 'Scrum/Agile' conferences are looking for. The attendees felt that his keynote was the highlight of the conference and gave him the highest possible rating in the post-conference survey.
A dynamic, engaging speaker who can charm an audience in seconds. His disarming and genuine style left a very positive impression on our audience. In a tough political environment like Russia, positive interactions with Americans can have a lasting and powerful impression. We were very pleased with Ravi's skills as a presenter and his sensitivity to cultural differences and highly recommend him.
Ravi delivered an outstanding opening keynote presentation for the 79th Annual Conference. He won the hearts of the attendees who are passionate about lifelong learning and the power of education to transform lives and the world. Ravi's message is powerful, and his purpose is inspirational.
Ravi understands the relevance of the changes we need to make in education to connect with today's generation and bridge divides globally. His journey through life is a testament to the positive impact each one of us can make building connections and relationships. I am empowered to be part of that change to achieve world peace. Thank you Ravi for inspiring me!
I've been coming to NCE (National Conference on Education) for over 15 years and I think that this was the best keynote we have ever had.
Ravi's inspirational presentation gives us all hope for the young people all around the world, that they can come together without biases and prejudgment and promote acceptance and diversity.
Ravi is a consummate professional that spends time researching and getting to know his audience enabling him to tailor his presentation specifically for each group. After the speech, Ravi actively engaged with the audience seeking feedback and continuing the discussions spurred by his presentation.