Shefik Named Keynote Speaker for SMART Power Talks at Columbia University
NEW YORK — Action begins with desire. Naturally, heartfelt compassion leads to action. The vulnerable and disadvantaged in this world need more than pity. They need to see love operating selflessly.
As a resounding call to action, media personality and technology maven Shefik (http://shefik.info) has been named a keynote speaker for SMART Power Talks (http://www.smartpowertalksnewyork.smartsociety.org), a compelling conversational series as part of the 10th Annual Ubiquitous Computing, Electronics & Mobile Communication Conference (IEEE UEMCON 2019) (http://ieee-uemcon.org). The conference aims to bring together scholars from different backgrounds to emphasize dissemination of ongoing research in the fields of computing, electronics, and mobile communication.
SMART Power Talks will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET, at Columbia University, Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, Presidential Ballroom, New York, New York 10027. Tickets are priced at $40 per person and available for purchase via Eventbrite at https://qrgo.page.link/VA63c.
Following a successful run across five cities, SMART Power Talks heads to New York City to present Shefik's insightful dialogue to the community encompassing the historic Ivy League prestige of Columbia University, of which Shefik is a former technology employee. Organized by SMART Talk Society, it is a unique organization which has devoted itself completely in its passion to spread new ideas and knowledge on a global scale. The organization puts its best foot forward to make sure that there is a transition and transformation in the way people think. Hence, the organization is here to help and guide aspiring young people to carve a better future for themselves, with the help of motivational and prominent speakers who are eager to share their knowledge with others. The organization provides a platform that helps in the spreading of ideas. It is a place to share ideas in the form of innovative and inspirational talks.
According to Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, "It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act."
Shefik is certainly a person of action. Recently, he was bestowed with the rank of Knight in the Equestrian Order of Michael Archangel (http://www.michaelarchangel.org), for his charitable and philanthropic work throughout the years. Equestrian Order of Michael Archangel is a non-religious and temporal order of chivalry and knighthood. It is sovereign in the conduct of its affairs, subjected only to the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan. The current head of the Ghassanid Royal Family and the Royal House of Ghassan is His Royal Highness Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Nu'Man VIII. His Royal Highness made a special, in-person appearance to bestow Shefik with the rank, title, and dignity of Knight, of which Shefik received "all the rights, duties, and privileges appertaining thereto". His Royal Highness Prince Gharios El Chemor is the 8th great-grandson in male line of His Royal Highness Prince Sheikh Youssef El Chemor, the last Ghassanid sovereign prince to rule until 1747 CE in Zgharta-Zawiya (currently Lebanon).
"I look forward to highlighting the navigation of my personal journey thus far," says Shefik. "My spirit is illuminated by the paths I have traversed, and I am energized to serve as a beacon of light for others."
Shefik is a Professional Member at the New York Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NY Emmys), as well as a National Associate Member at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Primetime Emmy Awards). The organizations are dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational, and technical achievements within the television industry. They recognize excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award.
Shefik is also an Official Member at Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives. Membership is based upon professional accomplishments, and the council is comprised of a diverse, innovative, and extremely well-connected network of top-flight technologists.
Shefik joins other Forbes Technology Council members, who are hand-selected, to become part of a curated network of successful peers and get access to a variety of exclusive benefits and resources, including the opportunity to submit thought leadership articles and short tips on industry-related topics for publishing on forbes.com.
Shefik is celebrating over 20 years in the professional workforce. He began his career as an entertainment publicist, working with companies such as Motown Music Publishing, Island Black Music (Island Records), and Double XXposure, as well as high-profile recording artists, such as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee The Isley Brothers, 5-time Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick, and Tony Award winner and 4-time Grammy Award nominee Melba Moore.
Shefik later expanded his skillset to technology, where he worked as Technical Producer at TIME magazine. Afterwards, he worked as Web Developer and Engineer at Condé Nast Digital (Vanity Fair, GQ, Wired), Vimeo, Columbia Law School (Columbia University), Publicis Modem (LG, Sanofi Pasteur), HUGE, and Penton Media, among others. Additionally, he has held senior-level positions at many celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal (CNBC, Syfy, Chiller), MTV World, Merck, Merriam-Webster, and Wolters Kluwer. Shefik currently serves as a Technical Lead at NBC Sports.
It is apparent that Shefik is on the cutting edge of multimedia, as he also serves as Executive Producer and Host of the nationally syndicated radio show and internationally syndicated video series, "Shefik presents Invocation" (http://invocation.co). He uses this media platform to amplify the voices and acknowledge the thought patterns of people across a variety of ages, ethnicities, occupations, creeds, and belief systems. The radio show is oftentimes aligned with Shefik's various philanthropic endeavors and alliances with non-profit organizations. As of this writing, "Shefik presents Invocation" has won over 35 industry awards (for audio, video, and website), many of which were awarded at the highest level.
When packaged as the radio show, "Shefik presents Invocation" is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking journey through musical discovery and appreciation that spans the decades. Each one-hour episode, executive-produced and hosted by Shefik, highlights one relatable focal point (chosen by Shefik), along with an accompanying playlist of songs (curated by Shefik), encompassing a unique thematic concept that invigorates the audience with creative impact. Top recording artists, actors, business executives, politicians, community leaders, and other special guests are invited to offer their own commentary on the topic, as a supplement to Shefik's engaging mindset. The radio show is currently broadcast on 21 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States. The radio show's online hub at invocation.co serves as a conduit for discussion of the show, while featuring related videos and auxiliary content.
Through various distribution agreements, Shefik also produces accompanying video content (similarly titled "Shefik presents Invocation"), which can be viewed internationally on Amazon, in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan, as well as via other notable outlets worldwide, such as FUBU TV. The video content can also be viewed throughout the United States via a variety of outlets, inclusive of storefronts, medical offices, car dealerships, restaurants, salons, urgent care centers, pharmacies, malls, sports arenas, and more. Particularly, Shefik's video content can be viewed at heavily trafficked locations, such as the 10,000 seat Webster Bank Arena (Bridgeport, CT), the casino Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, CT), as well as select locations of Dunkin' Donuts.
As an award-wining videographer and producer, Shefik's work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME magazine, The Washington Center, "Unsung" (TV One), Broadway World, and a major news station in New York City. Additionally, his photography has been featured in print and online publications, such as Daily Mail, Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Playbill, and China Press.
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