BIF2016 Storytellers (So Far)

  • Distinguished Research Scientist


    Andrew Hessel is a Distinguished Research Scientist with the Bio/Nano Research Group at Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. His team focuses on developing tools of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing to biotechnology and nanotechnology. He...

  • Author, Co-Founder

    Rose Parks Avenue

    Whitney Johnson was recognized as one of the world's leading management thinkers in 2015 (Thinkers50), and is best known for her work on driving corporate innovation through personal disruption. She is a former award-winning Wall Street equity analyst and the co-founder of a boutique...

  • President

    The Good Life Alliance, PBC

    Roberto Rivera leads The Good Life Alliance PBC, an organization that publishes multi-media educational tools and trains educators, youth workers, and parents to connect positive youth development to community development...
  • Chief Marketing Officer


    Simon Fleming-Wood serves as Chief Marketing Officer at Pandora.  In this role, Simon oversees the marketing, business development, and communications functions, as well as the Pandora One subscription business.

    Prior to joining Pandora in 2011, Simon was the founding Vice...

  • Founder & Chief Design Officer


    Matt provides inspiration and creative direction for Tellart through active involvement in academic teaching, speaking engagements, workshops, and working closely with clients worldwide. Since cofounding Tellart in 2000, Matt has directed strategy and design projects for clients such as Google, Prime Minister’s Office of United Arab Emirates, Expo 2020, Science Museum (London), Samsung, and Philips. Tellart’s work has won many top awards including Cannes Lyons, SXSW Experimental, IxDA, Webby, and Core77. 

  • Founder and Director

    MIT AgeLab

    Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D. is Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. His research provides insights on how demographic change, technology, social trends and consumer behavior will converge to drive future innovations in business and government.

  • President

    Olin College of Engineering

    Richard K. Miller was appointed President and first employee of Olin College of Engineering in 1999.  He served as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa from 1992-99.  The previous 17 years were spent on the Engineering faculty at USC in

  • Nonresident Senior Fellow

    Brookings Institution

    Dr. Patel is a practicing primary care internist at Johns Hopkins Medicine. She also served in the Obama Administration as director of policy for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in the White House. As a senior aide to Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s senior advisor, Dr. Patel played a critical role in policy development and evaluation of policy initiatives connected to health reform, financial regulatory reform, and economic recovery issues.
  • Principal Investigator

    The Art of Science Learning

    Harvey Seifter is one of the world’s leading authorities on organizational creativity and arts‐based learning. 
  • Songwriter, Musician, Innovator

    Darden Smith is an Austin-based singer-songwriter who continually redefines what it means to be a musician. With 14 critically acclaimed albums in his 28-year career, Smith is breaking new ground in education, entrepreneurship, and ways to use the craft of songwriting.

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