Stand Up For Passion: October 6th

Seven speakers. Seven minutes. Infinite Inspiration.


Stand Up for Passion creates dynamic and engaging live events in cities across the world. Seven energetic speakers from all walks of life take the stage for seven minutes to share their stories and life’s passions. The speeches are followed by a reception, where speakers and attendees can mingle, connect to the community and network with one another.

On October 6th, you’ll hear stories from an actor, a lawyer from Nepal, an inventor, a founder of a media company, a founder of a finance tech company, a tech genius with Aspergers and a mental toughness coach. The show starts at 7PM SHARP and will be over by 8:15 pm. There will be a Q&A and networking reception afterwards for our community to mingle and connect.


Renita Kalhorn, A Juilliard-trained concert pianist and martial arts black belt with an MBA from INSEAD, Renita Kalhorn is passionate about human performance.

Founder of performance strategy firm Step Up Your Game Now, Renita coaches entrepreneur CEOs and their teams to perform better under the pressures of fast growth. She has delivered leadership and development programs in the US and Asia for Fortune 500 clients such as Deutsche Bank, Pfizer and Time Warner, and worked with individuals and teams at companies including Accenture, NASA, Optimum Nutrition, Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg. Renita also mentors Navy SEAL candidates and Green Berets in mental toughness. http://stepupyourgamenow.com/


Anatoliy (Toli) Zaslavskiy, is a tech startup advisor, who comes from an engineering background, with a specialization in UX and data visualization.

Toli has a passion for keeping on top of the latest trends in tech and especially the Javascript community. He frequents the Brooklyn.js, Manhattan.js, Papers We Love, CodeGenius, and many other technical meetups. He also volunteers at ScriptEd, a non-for-profit.

Toli was diagnosed with Aspergers when he was 17 years old. He will be speaking about how this has affected him and what he has learned from it.


Dilli Raj Bhatta, is the founding member of the firm. He has extensive experience in all phases of commercial transactions, litigation, and intellectual property law. He advises clients on a broad spectrum of matters and provides unique strategic solutions in resolving complex legal issues. He continues to represent individuals and corporations in complex transactions and cases in New York and in United States Federal Courts. Aside from commercial litigations, Mr. Bhatta advises and represents business entities on international trade and transactions, commercial arbitrations, contractual disputes, Intellectual Property matters, and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Prior to this firm, Mr. Bhatta worked for The Myers Law Firm, a prestigious Northern California law firm based in San Francisco. He also worked as an intern at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office where he gained in-depth trial experience working with the DA. He also represents tech starts-up and engineers.


Jean Safar, is a Technologist and a Traveller. Growing up and studying in France he has, over the past 25 years, created and worked for fintech startups and global investments banks in Palo Alto, New York, Chicago, London, Tokyo, Florence and Paris. He is once again enjoying the charms of New York and its suburbs. He still has not worked in South America or New Zealand, but he believes that he might yet have the opportunity to go and irritate hobbits. When not designing distributed software systems Jean loves to sing, play guitar, bake his baguettes and read .. and sometimes all at the same time ..


Suki Sohn, started her career as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers. This was followed by over a decade of developing businesses for global media companies such as the Walt Disney Company and News Corporation. In 2007, she joined Fortress Investment Group in the Capital Formation group primarily responsible for the marketing initiatives including all investor collateral and events. She is currently CFO/COO Onslot Group, a hybrid creative agency and production company based in NYC. She is also a certified Feng Shui Master and Dahn Yoga Master. Suki is married to Performance and Transformation Coach John O'Connor and is the mother of two boys Jake and Jaden.


Nadine Cino, LEED AP, known for her irrepressible entrepreneur spirit, is an impassioned sustainability thought leader, speaker, and writer. Over the past 20 years, as the Chief Executive Officer & co-Inventor of Tyga-Box Systems, Inc., Nadine, along with her partner, Marty Spindel, has transformed the moving and storage industry. Their invention, the Tyga-Box System, has helped companies significantly reduce moving costs by 30% and packaging impacts to people and planet by 100% by replacing cardboard boxes with the innovative, reusable, and efficient Tyga-Box System. Currently, Nadine is excited to be bringing Tyga-Trax, the moving industry’s first electronic asset tracking system, to the marketplace. Tyga-Trax is poised to be an assets management game changer, as it is the only system in the world that is hands-free, scan-free, host-free, and completely mobile!

Nadine is honored to be the recipient of the following awards:

- 2008 IFMA Associate Member of the Year Award
- 2013 International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Award

- 2014 Winner of a New York SmartCEO Brava Award

Recently, Nadine has been an invited Speaker at the following industry conferences:

- 2014 Sustainability Forum, organized by Global Sustain

- 2014 Innovation Forum , organized by CoreNet NY

- 2014 IWEC Conference, organized by IWEC

Nadine is also a regular contributor to the New York Real Estate Journal on sustainability.


Matthew Joshpher, is a native New Yorker born addicted to heroin. He lived an unsupervised life growing up the moment he left the womb. Matthew has healed from his trauma on his own and has successfully come out of a 27-year struggle with addiction. He was a fitness trainer as well as a drug and alcohol counselor. In January 2014, Matthew took on a life challenge by his therapist to confront his fears which led him to enroll in an acting class. His recent credits include a stage debut and a role in a short film.

Philanthropy is a passion for Matthew whether it is to organizations or helping others. He is an avid motorcyclist and has also used transcendental meditation to enrich his life which is now a foundation for his well being.



Gail Thomas, Gail’s curious.. she’s a writer, editor, storyteller, lawyer, actor, barista, yoga teacher, dog sitter, hiker, biker, traveler, survivor... If she ever writes a book, it will be called “Bouncing Back” or something like that.


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