Event Review

Highlights From WORLDZ 2018: Day One

We came, we saw, we learned, we conquered. Thank you to all of the 2018 WORLDZ Travelers who came from every corner of the globe to celebrate two and a half days of passion and learnings around everything from Building a Better Brand to helping solve Climate Change.

We’re so grateful for everyone’s positive energy and to all of our speakers and session leaders including Senator Barbara Boxer, Perry Farrell, RZA, Rose McGowan, and Steve Aoki, as well as senior executives from Levi’s, Taco Bell, Mastercard, Rolling Stone, Vice, High Times, Clear Channel, Hulu, Pandora, Viacom, Ducati, Lyft and Nat Geo, among many many others. Thank you all for such an extraordinary experience and for being an integral part of our journey to create the world of tomorrow!

Below are some of our favorite highlights from Day One at WORLDZ 2018. Everything from our amazing Opening Keynotes, Master Courses, In-Conversations, Titan Awards, Mentorship Lunches, Launchpad competition and so much more. Thanks to everyone for making WORLDZ 2018 // Chasing True North a life-changing experience, and the best WORLDZ event yet!

Opening Keynotes

Roman Tsunder (WORLDZ CEO & Co-Founder)

WORLDZ CEO & Co-founder Roman Tsunder sets the tone and intention for the journey to come.

Charlie Engle Keynote + Running the Sahara:

Charlie shared his True North for 2019: The Dead Sea to Everest Project – a daunting run from the lowest place on earth (The Dead Sea) to the highest (Mount Everest).

Titan Awards

Stephanie Gilmore, 6X World Surfing Champion, and  RZA, Musician, Producer & Filmmaker receive their 2018 WORLDZ Titan Awards.

Master Courses / In Conversations / Meet the Masters / Activities


Follow the Money! // Modern Day Fundraising & Fin-Tech

Cory Johnson, Chief Marketing Strategist, Ripple, Emmanuel Seuge, Founder, CASSIUS, Isabel Gan, Managing Director, Puji Capital & Josh Machiz, Chief Digital Officer, Nasdaq discuss modern day #fundraising tactics & the fin-tech space as the kick off the WORLDZ Polaris stage.

StoryBooked: Creativity Inspired by Travel

Karin Timpone, Global Marketing Officer, Marriott Hotels International & Julie Gautier, Underwater Artist share their thoughts on the massive creative growth that comes from #exploring and #traveling the world during: Storybooked // Creativity Inspired by Travel.

Near and Far // Retail-tainment Connects & Builds Community

Jen Rubio, Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer at Away shares how to craft a memorable experience with your customers through her marketing during her Master Course: Near and Far // Retail-tainment Connects & Builds Community.

B is for Bold // Bringing Bold to Life within Brands & Beyond

Sarah Thompson, Global CEO at Droga5 and Ukonwa Ojo, CMO, Consumer Beauty at #Cotyshare the inside secrets to partnering with your agency and making a statement!

Nirvan Mullick + Cain Monroy:

Nirvan Mullick, Founder, Imagination.org, shared the story of Caine’s Arcade – a boy’s cardboard arcade that inspired the world around social change and creativity.

Enter the Wu: A Look Inside RZA’s Process

RZA, Musician, Producer, Filmmaker & WORLDZ Titan shares his journey and creative process during an In-Conversation with Howard Drossin, Film Orchestrator & Composer.

Rain or Shine // Climate Change & Corporate Climates for Change

David Baga, Chief Business Officer at Lyft, Sophie Goldschmidt, CEO of World Surf League, Jill Cress, CMO at National Geographic, David Clark, EVP, FreeWheel at Comcast talk corporate climates for change at the Atlantis Stage.

Creation-Destruction-Creation // Transformation in Nightlife and Entertainment

Ryan Cummins, Co-Founder & Vice Chair of Omaze, Ronnie Madra, CEO & Founder of EAROS& Co-Founder of Butter Group & 1 OAK & Pete Tong, Artist & A&R Executive at BBC Radio 1 discuss how the #nightlife industry is being transformed during their Master Course: Creation-Destruction-Creation // Transformation in Nightlife and Entertainment.

Ladies First! – Badass Athletes Who Broke the Status Quo

Meet the badass athletes who broke the status quo at this In-Conversation with Lisa Leslie, 3x WNBA MVP, 4x Olympic Gold Medalist, Hall of Famer, & Players’ Tribune Contributor, Stephanie Gilmore, 6x World Surfing Champion, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Sabre Fencing Olympic Medalist, Entrepreneur, Activist, & Players’ Tribune Contributor and Jeff Levick, CEO, The Players’ Tribune.

Launchpad Competition // StartUps Take Flight

We were excited to unveil our #WORLDZ LaunchPad, which is a startup competition seeking to unearth the next big thing. Our judges, Rob Dyrdek, Founder & CEO of Dyrdek Machine, Peter Pham, Co-Founder, Science & Science Blockchain, Richard Jun, Co-Founder & Managing Director at BAM Ventures, and Andrew Duplessie, CEO of Tipster provide valuable feedback as twelve coveted semifinalists pitch their business visions and goals.