Everything starts with inspiration.


Every Parley Talks session is a curated gathering with a dedicated topic, presented by Parley Speakers to a carefully selected audience. The talks are meant to give an overview over the State of the Oceans in general, to present a specific cause and to get the support for a related initiative or project.





“We must treat the natural world differently, with respect, literally as if our lives depend on it. Because they do."


In a moving presentation at the September 2014 Parley Wall Street Summit, Sylvia urges the audience to consider the impacts of ocean plastic pollution, overfishing, climate change, acidification and other human pressures that she has witnessed in the span of just 50 years, as well as their longterm consequences for future generations. She reminds us that there is a cost not only to what we put into the oceans, but also to what we take out of them — the things we remove from our own life support system. 


Sylvia A. Earle, Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society, Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research (DOER), and former Chief Scientist of NOAA. Author of more than 200 publications, Sylvia has lead countless expeditions with 7000+ hours underwater. Her research focuses on conservation of marine ecosystems.



“I think about how we can take this message further, through the arts, education, engineering, all these things are so important. We can change our world in a positive way.”


When orbiting the Earth in under two hours, you see a sunrise and sunset every 45 minutes. NASA astronaut Leland Melvin has seen the oceans from a vantage point few will experience first-hand: outer space. In his Parley Talk, Leland explains that "you almost need new definitions for blue" when viewing the oceans from the International Space Station. His images capture the beauty and fragility of our oceans and highlight man's influence on this finite planet.


Engineer, NASA astronaut, and former NFL player. After his NFL career was cut short by a Hamstring injury, he earned a MS in Materials Science Engineering from UVA. He is currently Associate Administrator of Education at NASA, and is a strong proponent of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts, Math) movement.