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Chief Education Evangelist
Epic Magazine; Contributing Editor, Wired
VP and Chief Privacy Officer
Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College
Chris prepares teachers for STEM classrooms, conducts research in urban science education, and coordinates both the Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. and the #HipHopEd social media movement. The Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. are focused on bringing attention to transforming teaching, learning, and engagement in science by using hip-hop culture to create science competitions among youth in New York City Public schools. The #HipHopEd movement focuses on engaging the public in conversations about the intersections of hip-hop and education.
Artistic and Executive Director
WaterFireWaterFire is an award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art, and is now considered an early exemplar of successful Creative Placemaking.
Global Security Advisor and FuturistMarc is a global security adviser and futurist. He focuses on the disruptive impact of advancing technologies on security, business and international affairs. His new book Future Crimes takes readers deep into the digital underground to expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you—and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than ever imagined.
Founder & CEO
Defy VenturesCatherine left behind a career in venture capital and private equity to pursue her calling. At age 27, she founded the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), a nonprofit organization that serves men in the Texas prison system. PEP was nationally recognized for its groundbreaking results, including a recidivism rate of less than 5%, and an employment rate of 98%.In October 2010, Catherine established Defy Ventures in New York City, with her vision to build a replicable model that will impact every urban community in America.
Advocate, Open Source Patient Data; Doctoral Candidate,
MIT Media LabIn 2007 after a voluntary academic scan of his brain Steven accidentally found out he had a small anomaly in his brain. In August 2014 that anomaly had turned into a baseball size cancerous tumor. Steven's brain tumor was successfully removed in a 10 hour awake surgery. Now an advocate for other patients, Steven has shown the power of open source health data.
Lead, Senior Executive Leadership Development
GE CrotonvilleKimberly Kleiman-Lee heads the Executive Learning Team for GE Crotonville, focusing on the learning and development needs of the company’s senior-most leaders. Kimberly has been with GE for 15 years; 12 of those years at GE Healthcare. Most recently, she served as Senior Faculty Lead for the GE Officers.
Food & Travel Writer; Author; Judge on Food Network's Iron Chef and Cutthroat KitchenSimon is a Food & Travel Writer. Judge on Iron Chef, Next Iron Chef & Cutthroat Kitchen. Author of new book “Fed, White and Blue” which catalogues his journey to American citizenship through extraordinary food experiences, will be published by Hudson St. Press in April 2015.
Ski MountaineerAndrew McLean has been pursuing steep skiing challenges in remote locations for over two decades and has accumulated over 100 first descents. In 2007 he completed a long term quest to capture first descents on all seven continents when he traveled to Morocco to ski in the High Atlas Mountains.
Big Picture LearningCarlos Moreno was just appointed Co-Executive Director at Big Picture Learning. He began his journey at Big Picture Learning as an advisor at the Met in Providence in 2002. Carlos went on to serve as a principal, district leader, Regional Director, and most recently as National Director for School and Network Support.
Entrepreneur, speaker, author
CEO and Co-Founder
Print Syndicate, LLCTanisha Robinson is a serial entrepreneur, active member of the Columbus technology and startup community and CEO of Print Syndicate. Tanisha served as an Arabic Linguist in the United States Army and was then awarded a fellowship which enabled her to travel to Syria, and later all across the Middle East, teaching English and working for women’s rights.
High Tech HighLarry Rosenstock is the founder and CEO of High Tech High, a public charter school that redefines the meaning of quality education. There are no bells, there are no security guards, but there is a methodology that includes project based learning, internships, and an education that prepares students for the workplace.
Author, Adventurer, LecturerMichael Samuelson is an expert on leadership, health and wellness, patient experience, health policy, disease prevention. Practicing what he preaches, Michael is an avid world trekker with high altitude mountain adventures logged in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, Alaska and the US lower 48. All after the age of 50 and after being diagnosed with cancer. Michael’s latest book is, Beyond Cancer Survival: Living a Life of Thrival 39 Reflections from Glaciers, Mountains, Rainforests, Boardrooms & Life
Founder & Director
Food4GoodJulius Searight was in 13 foster homes before the age of three when he moved into his adoptive home. An experience that left him gravitating toward community service. After graduating from Johnson & Wales University he set about starting his own non-profit. Food4Good is a mobile foodtruck that serves paying customers through the day and turns into a mobile Soup Kitchen at night.
Author, Journalist, Lecturer
PeaceLove Co-founder Jeff Sparr is a man on an audacious mission – a mission to make mental illness cool. Not cool to have, but cool to support. A family man, mental health advocate, teacher and self-taught artist, Jeff is above all a survivor, battling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) much of his life. Read his story below to meet the man behind PeaceLove.
Svigals + Partners, LLPBarry was drawn to architecture because it combined so many of his interests: imagining, drawing, communicating, and storytelling. And it’s not just about making things. For Barry it’s about making something that serves a meaningful purpose. This drives him and unites his talents, inspiring him to bring them to the world at large.
Co-author, upcoming book
Blockchain RevolutionAlex Tapscott is the CEO and Founder of Northwest Passage Ventures. A passionate advocate for the disruptive potential of new technology, Alex is the co-author with Don Tapscott of the upcoming book: Blockchain Revolution: The Brilliant Technology Changing Money, Business and The World to be released in 2016.
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