#BIF2018: It's Not Your Usual Conference
The first non-Afghan attorney to litigate in Afghanistan Criminal Courts and founder of Motley Legal Services, her work has focused on juvenile justice as well as training hundreds of Afghan Attorney's throughout the country, on top of being crowned Mrs. Wisconsin in 2004, running on a truancy abatement.
Born and raised in Denver, CO, Kassir is an international spoken word poet and activist, having performed in 10 countries and over 45 cities in venues ranging from youth prisons, orphanages, refugee camps, universities, and churches. A proponent of education and underserved populations, Kassir brings together communities with her powerful, gracefully delivered words.
No stranger to the BIF stage, Smith is a singer-songwriter whose 32-year career has produced 15 critically acclaimed albums and is also the founder of SongwritingWith: Soldiers. The nonprofit offers a unique path to helping soldiers and their families cope with the aftermath of combat. Darden will also be releasing his first book The Trick: Surviving a Life in Creativity in 2018.
On a mission to make the imaginative a reality, Rita is a futurist, helping leadership teams around the world align values and goals. She has served as Innovator-in-Residence at IBM, was a futurist at NASA, is a co-founder of Science House, a global influencer, and an artist. King's ability to harness the imaginative and make it a reality is unparalleled.
With passion and purpose, James shows us what you can do when you find the power of love and true self-worth. Having evolved from drug addition, gang membership, and a lengthy prison sentence, to becoming a double honors graduate from UCLA and the co-founder the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, one of California's leading advocates for the formerly incarcerated and sits on the board of several non-profits focusing on juvenile justice.
One of the most respected and sought-after sound engineers of his time, Alexander is a three-time Grammy Award winner with more than 40 Platinum and Gold certifications from the RIAA. He's worked with some incredible names such as Mary J. Blige, P. Diddy, Usher, Boys II Men, Sting, Aretha Franklin, and Faith Evans, to name a few, and also teaches advanced production and mixing at Berklee.
A Rhode Island native, Perry has grown his passion from harvesting a few oysters for a couple dollars at 12 years of age to operating one of the world's best restaurant's, promoting a farm-to-table, pond-to-plate practices in sustainable aquaculture. Matunuk Oyster Bar now employs over 200 people and has been named one of the top 10 oyster bars in the world.