Al Meyers is an Atlanta-based social entrepreneur. Meyers is the founder of TEDxPeachtree, the premier TEDx event in state of Georgia and based in Atlanta. TEDxPeachtree seeks to develop and share the TED experience on a regional level by bringing together inspirational leaders, innovators, artists and entertainers in metropolitan Atlanta. The TEDxPeachtree team is comprised of an all volunteer team of individuals hailing from an eclectic mix of professions, all who believe in TED's mission of "ideas worth spreading." Since its first event in December 2009, TEDxPeachtree has seen numerous accomplishments:
- Quadrupled attendance, from 100 to 500, from 2009-2013.
- Achieved attendee satisfaction levels consistently over 90 percent.
- Resulted in three talks being featured on TED.com; only 1% of the 35,000+ TEDx Talks have been featured on TED.com. One of these talks is in the Top 25 of all-time TEDx talks featured on TED.com
- Gained Level Two license status by TED, awarded to only 1% of TED events as recognition of strong brand stewardship.
Meyers stepped down from TEDxPeachtree at the end of 2013 through a preconceived succession plan. The organization continues to support the original vision of the TEDx program by organizing high quality TED-like experiences for Metro Atlanta.
Meyers also co-founded the Atlanta Music Project ("AMP"), which launched in the fall of 2010. AMP is the first music program in the state of Georgia inspired by the globally acclaimed Venezuelan social reform program, El Sistema. AMP is an intensive music program for at-risk youth right in their neighborhood and now serves hundreds of at-risk youth across several locations in Metro Atlanta.
Previously, Meyers ran his own boutique consulting practice, Saisei Consulting, a provider of strategy and corporate development advisory services to early-stage, growth-stage and mature digital media companies around the world. Al has advised several startups in the areas of digital media, 3D technology, online games and games for K-12 education.
Al is a sought-after speaker on such topics as disruptive innovation in education, and the role of online games outside of the "purely entertainment" arena.
In 2008, Meyers co-founded and led Past4Ward, LLC, an Atlanta-based startup focused on developing an immersive learning platform for classroom education based primarily on online game-play. The Company’s mission was to improve education in schools, with a new technology that allowed students to play games and learn at the same time. Learning through video game-like environments is an ideal learning tool for today's digitally-oriented children, who learn and think differently than previous generations. The company’s emphasis was on student-centered learning tools using game mechanics and other web 2.0 features. The Company’s approach, backed by academically rigorous research and data, showed unequivocally how using games in classroom instruction could lead to successful 21st century learning outcomes.
“The time has come for America to again lead the way in education during the 21st century, ensuring that our children, and children all over the world, have the requisite skills needed to become successful contributors to a digitally-driven work environment.”- Al Meyers
In February 2009, Meyers unveiled his vision for 21st century learning during the highly regarded and virally popular conference “TED@PalmSprings”. The video is shown below. Al was chosen to be one of twelve distinguished speakers invited to present at the TEDDIY session. To read more, go to: http://blog.ted.com/2009/02/friday_mornings.php
Meyers accumulated more than 20 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry with several Fortune 100 companies. Meyers served as Vice President of Strategic Planning at Turner Broadcasting where he was a founding member of GameTap, and facilitated the sale of GameTap to a French company in 2008. Meyers spent nearly 13 years at the company (1995-2008), and spent considerable time on M&A transactions and strategy development for Turner (and across Time Warner) and its portfolio of businesses, with an emphasis on Cartoon Network.
In helping lead the video game strategy at Turner Broadcasting, Meyers spent a great deal of time working in Asia with online game publishers and developers, and became deeply immersed in the video game industry. As a strategist at Turner, Meyers was one of a team of senior executives that were responsible for identifying, evaluating and developing strategic business opportunities related to existing businesses and proposed ventures across the company’s domestic and international entertainment, animation, news and sports portfolio.
Al received his Bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and his Masters in Business Administration from the Leonard Stern School of Business at New York University.