Invest in Yourself: Announcing Warren Buffett

Great things come to those who wait, and now it’s finally time to discover the closing guest for the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience on June 16.

Raftr is thrilled to announce that Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, will round out a guest list that includes Arianna Huffington, Nadia Rawlinson, Lorna Borenstein and more. In the closing session of the event, Mr. Buffett will be joined by Raftr Founder and CEO Sue Decker for a conversation on financial well-being.

About the Event 

Invest in Yourself will offer a combination of internationally-known speakers, interactive workshops, purposeful breaks, giveaways, and fun in a 1-day virtual experience unlike anything else in higher education. Connect with other higher ed professionals and learn techniques for practicing self-care, improving well-being, developing resilience, and implementing these strategies in the workplace.

The Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience is designed to promote mental, physical and financial well-being specifically for professionals working in higher education, will feature live sessions with a focus on staff self-care to promote heightened morale on college and university campuses worldwide. 

Learn from industry experts about self-care and well-being in the workplace with these sessions and speakers:

  • Financial Well-Being: Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway)
  • Personal Well-Being: Arianna Huffington (Thrive Global)
  • Resilience at Work: Nadia Rawlinson (Slack) 
  • The Business Case for Caring: Lorna Borenstein (Grokker) 
  • Stress Reduction: Paul Osincup 

Join us June 16 for this unique experience unlike anything else in higher education!

About Warren Buffett

Mr. Buffett was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on August 30, 1930. His family operated a grocery store in Omaha for 100 years (1869-1969). His father ran an investment firm and also served as a member of Congress for four terms.

Mr. Buffett is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., a holding company controlled by him since 1965. Berkshire Hathaway has 89 operating businesses, with its largest sources of earnings arising from insurance and the BNSF railroad. Berkshire Hathaway has revenues of $254 billion and is number 5 on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.
Mr. Buffett started out as an investment salesman and securities analyst, and early in his career, he created his own investment partnership. If an investor had put $10,000 in Buffett Partnership Ltd. when it was formed in 1956 and continued that investment in Berkshire Hathaway, he would now have shares worth about $1 billion.
Mr. Buffett has pledged that all of his shares in Berkshire Hathaway – about 99% of his net worth – will be given to philanthropic endeavors. Along with Bill and Melinda Gates, Mr. Buffett is a co-founder of The Giving Pledge that encourages wealthy Americans to devote at least 50% of their net worth to philanthropy.

Mr. Buffett attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C., Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, and in 1950 received his B.S. from the University of Nebraska. He earned his M.S. in Economics from Columbia University in 1951.

Mr. Buffett was married to Susan T. Buffett until her death in 2004. They had three children: Susan, Howard and Peter. In 2006 he married Astrid Menks.


Invest in Yourself: Announcing Arianna Huffington

It is with sheer delight that we announce our opening keynote speaker for the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience for Higher Education.

And Higher Ed, it truly is your time to thrive as Thrive Global Founder & CEO Arianna Huffington will open the event on June 16. In our opening session, Arianna will be joined by Raftr Founder & CEO Sue Decker for a chat on personal resiliency and strategies from “Your Time to Thrive,” the latest book from Arianna Huffington.

To celebrate, we’re giving away a FREE copy of ‘Your Time to Thrive’ to the first 100 registrants for the event. Don’t delay, and get ready to invest in yourself.


About Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Your Time to Thrive and The Sleep Revolution.


Invest in Yourself: Announcing Nadia Rawlinson

We told you there were some incredible announcements coming up, and here’s the latest: Nadia Rawlinson, Chief People Officer at Slack, will be a featured speaker at the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience.

Join Raftr on June 16 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern for “Work Resiliency: A Chat with Sue Decker and Nadia Rawlinson.” Nadia Rawlinson is the Chief People Officer for Slack Technologies. Nadia is responsible for all aspects of Slack’s employee and workplace operations, including global recruiting,  people operations, total rewards, diversity, organizational effectiveness, real estate and program  management. Nadia has nearly 20 years of exceptional experience across all facets of human resources  strategy and development on a global scale, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Vail Resorts

Prior to Slack, Nadia served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Live Nation Entertainment, a  Fortune 500 global leader in the live events industry. As CHRO, Nadia oversaw HR strategy and  development for Live Nation’s 35,000 employees. Nadia is known for developing differentiated people  programs for the next-Gen employee, including a student loan repayment program that was a first in the  industry and featured in Bloomberg Businessweek. Under her leadership, Live Nation was certified as as  Great Place to Work® for the first time in 2016 and every year since, Forbes Magazine’s list for Best  Companies for Diversity, as well as being honored as part of a small cadre of organizations to People Magazine’s Companies that Care. Prior to Live Nation, Nadia led and co-led human resources teams for  Rakuten USA and Groupon, respectively. 

In her down time, Nadia is actively involved at her alma mater serving in various alumni leadership  capacities, as well helped launch The Allbright and Chief – both collectives of international members  clubs and networks for professional women – as a founding member. Nadia resides with her husband  David in Chicago and their two jazz-inspired, ill-behaved pups, Miles and Herbie. Nadia received her BA  from Stanford University and MBA from Harvard Business School.  


Invest in Yourself: Announcing Amma Marfo and Paul Osincup

It’s that time: We’re ready to begin revealing some of the exciting details and speakers behind the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience, coming June 16. This one-day digital experience for higher education professionals is unraveling the traditional “digital conference” format into a new type of “unconference” designed around personal wellness, stress-relief, and, finally, YOU! When staff are better grounded, less frazzled, and better equipped to manage stress, colleges & universities (and their students) all win!

Raftr is delighted to announce that the Invest in Yourself Virtual Experience will be hosted by Amma Marfo, a higher education professional, writer and editor based in Boston, MA. Her creativity and humor will bring a lively experience throughout the day, and will keep attendees coming back for more with each and every digital session. Read more about Amma below!

We are also delighted to announce that former higher ed professional and current inspirational speaker and humorist Paul Osincup will be a featured speaker at Invest in Yourself. Paul will present “Stress is a Laughing Matter: Using Humor as a Coping Strategy” at the virtual experience. Attendees can expect a lot of laughter, as well as learning evidence-based strategies for developing their sense of humor into an intentional mindfulness tool to reduce stress and boost well-being and productivity.

Registration for the event opens Monday, April 19

About Amma Marfo

Amma is an education, writing, and marketing professional that equips her audiences (on paper and in person alike) to understand creativity, their temperament, and the intersection of comedy and our daily lives. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and a Master of Education from the University of South Florida.

Amma is a dynamic and sought-after speaker on topics such as leadership, group dynamics, learning and optimizing the temperament of your organization, cultivating environments that encourage creativity, and incorporating your values into your work and larger goals. She speaks on college and university campuses across the country, at regional and national conferences, and has partnered with organizations like HubSpot, Wayfair, Pfizer, and Ovia Health.

Her other interests include live comedy, surfing, trivia, and gluten-free cooking/baking. You can follow her on Twitter @ammamarfo.

About Paul Osincup

Paul Osincup is a Speaker and Positive Workplace Strategist who helps organizations create happier, healthier, and more connected places to work. Paul’s global mission for workplace happiness has provided him the opportunity to work with hundreds of organizations including Nasdaq, The U.S. AirForce, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Leadership. He’s a content creator for Happify, an app that provides evidence-based solutions for emotional health and well-being for over 17 million users and he’s also a certified Stress Mastery Educator with the American Institute of Stress. His TEDx Talk: “Leading with Laughter, the Power of Humor in Leadership” is used in corporate and collegiate leadership courses around the world and he is the President of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, an international organization dedicated to the study and application of humor to enhance health and human performance. Paul’s work has been highlighted in The New York Times, Forbes, and on his mom’s refrigerator.


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