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Ben Silverman, Susanne Daniels, Sean Rad and Ben Winston were among the many who spoke at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on Dec. 1 for MainStage 2015, an event that celebrates forward-thinking leaders in their respective industries.
Young L.A. Jewish professionals in their 20s and 30s came together to celebrate forward thinking within The Jewish Federation community. While celebrating #GivingTuesday, the evening began with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a panel of speakers who each shared their stories of success.
“For me, when I wanted to go into television and media, it was something that burned within me, and it was the only thing I knew how to do,” noted Silverman, founder and chairman of Electus. “One thing that I’m seeing a lot of now is so many people who want to be in the entertainment industry or entrepreneurs want to do so for the end goal — they want to do so to be rich, they want to do so to be famous, they want to do so in order to get a hollow goal in the end or a valuable goal in the end. You have to have the desire and the burn within you to actually pursue those goals and those dreams and get there.”
Discussing the passion entrepreneurs may have when starting a new business or application, Rad, CEO and founder of Tinder, explained that he seldom finds people who can explain why it holds personal value to them. “[I] definitely had a sense of purpose and was not doing it because I saw the movie The Social Network and thought it was cool, but doing it because there was a desire to have an impact in this way,” he said. “That stayed with me throughout this whole journey.”
Winston, executive producer of The Late Late Show With James Corden, shared his thoughts on pushing forward and taking on difficult jobs that can open many doors and possibilities, saying, “It’s worth just doing that — pushing yourself and doing something you really believe in and are passionate about. I think that’s really important.”
Once the panel concluded, guests were treated to dessert and coffee while they mingled and shared various ideas for new business opportunities.
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