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Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
New York Times best-selling author and science writer David Epstein has made it his mission to uncover the keys to achieving high performance in any domain, and to debunk popular myths along the way. In his latest book, "Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World", Epstein examines the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and Nobel laureates. Range has been lauded by past FAN speakers Susan Cain (FAN ’13), Adam Grant, Ph.D. (FAN ’14 and ’16), and Dan Pink (FAN ’18).

Epstein brings bold new insights to business, education, technological innovation, healthcare and other industries on the best approach to career development. His conclusion: In most fields, especially those that are complex, unpredictable, and difficult to automate, generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Sharing fascinating examples from the career trajectories of Duke Ellington and Roger Federer to a preeminent CEO who took her first job around the age her peers were retiring, Epstein shows that at every stage of life, generalists triumph as the world around them becomes increasingly specialized.

Merging stories from the worlds of sports, business, medicine, and education, Epstein sheds light on the paths to peak performance. From how to best prepare for our specialized world to how to optimally incorporate AI into our workplaces, Epstein unpacks the science of success — leaving audiences with actionable takeaways to improve how they live, work, and prepare for the future.

Epstein will be interviewed by Joy Hurd, the Head of Lake Forest Country Day School in Lake Forest, Illinois. Mr. Hurd previously served as Director of the Upper School at the Buckley School, a K-9 school for boys in Manhattan. He has also taught at St. Peter’s Prep (NJ), St. Bernard’s School, and Riverdale Country School.

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Oct 21, 2020 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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David Epstein
Author @https://davidepstein.com
David Epstein is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World and The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance. He was previously a science and investigative reporter at ProPublica, and prior to that a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he co-authored the story that revealed Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had used steroids. His writing has been honored by an array of organizations, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Center on Disability and Journalism, and has been included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. His story “Following the Trail of Broken Hearts,” on sudden cardiac death in athletes, was chosen as one of the top 100 stories of the last 100 years by Columbia Journalism alumni.
Joy Hurd
Head of Lake Forest Country Day School @https://www.lfcds.org
Joy Hurd is the Head of Lake Forest Country Day School in Lake Forest, Illinois. Before moving to Illinois, Joy served as Director of the Upper School at the Buckley School, a K-9 school for boys in Manhattan. He has also taught at St. Peter’s Prep (NJ), St. Bernard’s School, and Riverdale Country School. He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied the classics. He holds graduate degrees in private school leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, and in English literature from Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English. He sits on the board of the Academy for Teachers, an organization dedicated to honoring and supporting teachers in and around New York City, and on the advisory board of the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, which promotes the study and appreciation of the classical humanities.
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Beacon Academy, Catherine Cook School, Chiaravalle Montessori School, Compass Health Center, Countryside Day School, Evanston Township High School D202, Family Service Center, Foundation 65, Lake Bluff D65, Lake Forest Country Day School, Loyola Academy, Mindful Psychology Associates, New Trier High School D203, North Shore Country Day School, Pope John XXIII School, Regina Dominican High School, Roycemore School, the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, Science and Arts Academy, Stevenson High School D125, The Alliance for Early Childhood, The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Wintrust Bank, Woodlands Academy.