AccuWeather Founder, President, and Chairman shares his journey and perspective on "forecasting a dream" to turn his passion into a business.
AccuWeather Global Weather Center -- April 7, 2016 -- Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder, President, and Chairman of AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, will speak at TEDxPenn2016 on Sunday, April 10, at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Myers, a Fellow of the American Meteorology Society who was named one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history in Entrepreneur Magazine's "Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs" book, will share his personal "Eureka!" moment that pioneered the weather industry.
When Myers' "Eureka!" moment struck, he realized he was not merely fascinated by weather - he could revolutionize the way it was forecasted for the betterment of all people worldwide. A Philadelphia native and Central High School graduate, Myers' inspiration and pursuit to transform the weather industry by providing the most accurate forecasts began in the Philadelphia area, making TEDxPenn the right forum to share his entrepreneurial success story. In his TED Talk, Myers will share the critical moments in his life that have driven him to combine his passion for weather with business to successfully found and build AccuWeather.
Every day over 1.5 billion people rely on AccuWeather's forecasts and warnings to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more value from their day. Under Dr. Myers' leadership, AccuWeather has become one of the top Internet sites and has twice as many digital users as its closest competitor. The company also serves 1,900 television and radio stations and newspapers. AccuWeather has helped business and industry prosper, serving over 240 of the Fortune 500 businesses, having saved thousands of lives and preventing tens of billions of dollars in property damage -- all resulting from a unique culture of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurism.
TEDxPenn is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowerment through ideas at the University of Pennsylvania, hosting TEDx events and conferences. The organization was founded in 2010 by students to spark powerful ideas within the community.
TED started in 1984 as a small nonprofit conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Since then, its scope has become ever broader to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world.
The Sunday April 10 event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia. For ticketing information and details, go to http://www.tedxpenn.com/.
About Dr. Joel N. Myers Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder, Chairman, and President of AccuWeather, Inc. is known as "the father of commercial meteorology," the man who transformed weather into an industry. He has been recognized in Entrepreneur Magazine's "Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs" book as one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history. As one of the world's top business leaders and innovators, he is a proven visionary leader, founding the company in 1962 and successfully guiding AccuWeather to become the world's largest and fastest-growing weather and media company. Every day over 1.5 billion people rely on AccuWeather's forecasts and warnings to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more value from their day. Under Dr. Myers' leadership, AccuWeather has become one of the top Internet sites and has twice as many digital users as its closest competitor. The company also serves 1,900 television and radio stations and newspapers. AccuWeather has helped business and industry prosper, serving over 240 of the Fortune 500 businesses, saving thousands of lives and preventing tens of billions of dollars in property damage -- all due to AccuWeather's unique culture of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurism. The company has thrived and grown despite intense competition, often from some government agencies.
Dr. Myers' personal contribution to the science of meteorology has been recognized by his election as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). AccuWeather received the Corporate Award from the AMS for "nearly 50 years of exceptional innovation and leadership in weather applications and communication." Joel's numerous awards and recognitions also include the National Weather Association Individual Achievement Award and election to the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 1992, he cofounded the American Weather and Climate Industry Association and continues to serve as a board member. Joel also serves on the board of The Committee for Economic Development. In addition Joel has served five governors, as one of the longest serving members of Team Pennsylvania, and has advised Senators and U.S. Presidential candidates on policy issues. Joel has been an invited speaker to The New York Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Myers received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in meteorology from Penn State University, where he was an important influence as a faculty member for nearly 20 years and a force on the Board of Trustees for 33 years. He continues to serve as an Emeritus Trustee, demonstrating his lifelong commitment to education, and was recently awarded Penn State's highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award. Appreciative of the great impact Penn State has had on his life, Dr. Myers has made many commitments to excellence in education. He has awarded dozens of scholarships to Penn State students in meteorology and information technology and made the largest gift ever received by the Meteorology Department to fund the university's state-of-the-art weather station, as well as donating one of the world's largest weather vanes in the world, which sits atop Beaver Stadium.
In addition, Dr. Myers supports American Cancer Society, Free to Breathe, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and many other causes. He also recently founded the Parents' Resource Center, and serves as its board chair.
About AccuWeather, Inc. and AccuWeather.com Every day over 1.5 billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly and Minute by Minute™ forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smartphones, tablets, free wired and mobile Internet sites, connected TVs, and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, and newspapers. Established in 1962 by Founder, President, and Chairman Dr. Joel N. Myers - a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs - AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites. AccuWeather's CEO, Barry Lee Myers, is an award winning leader in global weather information issues and one of the world's most recognized advocates for cooperative relationships between government weather agencies and the weather industry. He is a leader in the digital weather information space.
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