IVY hosts dozens of incredible lectures led by leading minds around the country each year, but I've never seen our members as engaged with the speaker and the subject matter as they were with Dr. Metzl. He captivated the room with the intricacies of the future of science and humanity. After the lecture members lingered for more than two hours discussing the implications of the future of genetic engineering and debating what, if anything, should be done about it.
Jamie Metzl spoke to a captivated audience about a fascinating and complicated subject. Bio-engineering and its impact upon the future of mankind was the topic Dr. Metzl aptly articulated in an enthralling yet relatable style. From the start, he built a genuine rapport with the audience as he communicated so that each person understood as clearly as possible the subject matter. Jamie's presentation was amazingly fluid and perfectly paced as he spoke effortlessly without notes or prompts. 'Jamie is the best speaker we've ever had.' 'This event was a home run because of Jamie Metzl!' 'Jamie is engaging and smoothly breaks it down.' These are just a few samples of the positive comments received from the audience after the presentation. Our community is excited about Jamie's return for an encore!
Kansas City Jewish Federation
Jamie spoke to the senior most lay leadership of our non-partisan, nonprofit organization on U.S. foreign policy and, particularly, as it relates to the Asia Pacific region--a topic that is difficult to address, both because it is inherently complex and politically sensitive. Jamie overcame these challenges and adeptly and tactfully addressed the issues, giving historical context and his own perspective in a clear and effective manner. His breadth of knowledge is impressive. Jamie is very personable, and his intelligence, confidence and personal charm were extremely well received. Many people commented after his presentation and the ensuing discussion that he is one of the best speakers they have heard in a very long while--and this is a group that is accustomed to hearing many high-level speakers. We look forward to the next opportunity to host Jamie as a speaker again.
Shira Loewenberg, Director - AJC Asia Pacific Institute (API)
Thank you Jamie for today's compelling discussion of The End of Sex For Human Reproduction for Schwartz Bioethics Rounds at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Your insights into the intersection of assisted reproductive medicine, genomics, stem cell tech and human genetic engineering was truly compelling and generated a tremendous amount of interest and engagement from our diverse group of healthcare providers. In a very short time you were able to capture the imagination of the audience and bring them face to face with the profound implications of our very near biomedical future.
Serena H Chen, MD, Director, Division of Reproductive Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Jamie's talk on 'Donald Trump and the Changing Geopolitics of Asia' was an absolute tour de force that blew away our members. Jamie took what could have been a narrowly focused topic and put it in a far broader historical and political context that helped the audience to see the big picture of U.S.-China relations and the dynamics shaping it. His thought-provoking and expansive talk generated a fascinating discussion and left us seeing the world from an entirely different--and deeply appreciated--perspective.
Courtney Doggart, President - Network 20/20
Jamie is a fantastic authority and resource on all things related to China. I hired Jamie as a panelist and keynote speaker in 2016 after hearing Jamie speak at an Atlantic Council event. He was extremely knowledgeable, flexible and a pleasure to work with on our event programming. I was particularly impressed by Jamie's presence and command of the topics and his ability to engage with the audience in a meaningful way. Throughout our preparation, Jamie was always accessible and provided constructive ways to improve our program. Jamie is at the top of my list for my speaking engagement needs.