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Founder and CEO, Practice Makes Perfect
Karim is the founder and CEO of Practice Makes Perfect (PMP), a Benefit Corporation that partners with K-12 schools to deliver high quality, academic summer programs. He received over a quarter million dollars in scholarships to make his education possible. Karim founded PMP at 18, writes for Entrepreneur and Forbes, is a TED Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, Global Good Fellow, Global Shaper, at 23 was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list in Education, and at 24 was named to Magic Johnson’s 32 under 32 list. In 2016, he was ranked in the Top 5 Most Powerful Young Entrepreneurs Under 25 in the World by Richtopia. Karim graduated from Cornell University in 2013 and is currently pursuing a master’s in Education Policy at Columbia University.
Senior Editor, Health and Sex, Refinery29
Rebecca Adams is the senior editor of health and sex at Refinery29, where she edits stories on everything from kinks and fetishes to body image to gender equality to health. Prior to Refinery29, she was the voices editor at The Huffington Post, where she wrote about those topics. She grew up between New York, California, and Texas, where she studied multimedia journalism at The University of Texas at Austin. She now lives in Brooklyn with her fiancé and three houseplants perpetually on the verge of death.
Madeleine K. Albright
Former Secretary of State; Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Chair, National Democratic Institute, Albright Stonebridge Group and National Democratic Institute
Madeleine K. Albright is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. She is a professor in the practice of diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Dr. Albright chairs the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. She is also the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. In 2012, she was chosen by President Obama to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy.
Joseph E. Aoun
President, Northeastern University
Joseph E. Aoun, a leader in higher education policy and an internationally renowned scholar in linguistics, is the seventh president of Northeastern University. A respected voice on global and experiential education, President Aoun came to Northeastern from the University of Southern California’s College of Letters, Arts & Sciences where he was the inaugural holder of the Anna H. Bing Dean’s Chair. He received his Ph.D. in linguistics and philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and advanced degrees from the University of Paris (France) VIII and Saint Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon). He was named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French government. President Aoun is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); and a past chair of the American Council on Education (ACE). He is the recipient of the Academic Leadership Award granted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. His latest book is titled Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.
Harvard Class of 2020, Harvard University
Schuyler Bailar is the first openly transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team. By 15, he was one of the nation’s top 20 15-year-old breast strokers. By 17, he set a national age group record. He now swims on Harvard University's varsity men's team. Schuyler’s difficult choice – to transition while potentially giving up the prospect of being an NCAA Champion – was historic and timely. His story has appeared everywhere including in The Washington Post, 60 Minutes, The Ellen Show, and most recently on the Olympic Channel. Schuyler is an energetic advocate for inclusion – especially for kids and athletes. His advocacy includes speaking at schools and events across the country and publicly chronicling his experience on Instagram – @pinkmantaray – so others may explore his example in their journey.
President and Co-founder, School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA)
Shabana is the co-founder and president of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), a nonprofit dedicated to providing Afghan girls a rigorous education that promotes critical thinking, a sense of purpose, and respect for self and others. Upon graduating from Middlebury College, Shabana returned to Kabul to establish SOLA as Afghanistan’s first boarding school for girls. SOLA is paving the way by providing quality education to an underserved and underrepresented population. SOLA is a recognized pioneer in education that prepares Afghan girls from diverse backgrounds to become compassionate, curious, and confident women leading a peaceful, prosperous, and united Afghanistan. Shabana is widely recognized as a leading advocate for girls’ education. She is a global ambassador for Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, and was named one of National Geographic’s 2014 Emerging Explorers as well as one of CNN International’s Leading Women of 2014. When Shabana is not home in Kabul, she is often traveling abroad to gain support and further SOLA’s message as well as advocate for the investment in girls’ education globally. Shabana received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and holds an honorary doctorate degree for her work from SOAS University of London.
Founder and CEO, littleBits
Ayah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning platform of easy-to-use electronic blocks that is empowering kids everywhere to create inventions, large and small. Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist, and one of the leaders of the open source hardware movement. She has lectured extensively and taught numerous workshops to get kids, and particularly young girls, interested in STEM and STEAM. An alumna of the MIT Media Lab, Bdeir founded littleBits in 2011, after exhibiting a prototype at World Maker Faire in New York City. In 2012, Bdeir was awarded a TED fellowship, and her TED talk: “Building Blocks that Blink, Beep and Teach” about littleBits has over one million views. She has received recognition for her work as a young engineer and innovator from numerous organizations, including Business Insider; the New York Hall of Science, Inc. Magazine; NY Business Journal; Fast Company; Popular Mechanics; Entrepreneur; CNBC; and MIT Technology Review. Originally from Lebanon, Ayah now lives in New York City.
Year 3 Winner, Up to Us
By the time he reached his junior year of college, Angelo Bechara had already become a student senator, interned with the Department of State, and led his team to first place in the national Up to Us Campus Competition, earning himself and his school national recognition and $10,000. As a participant in the competition that aims at raising nonpartisan awareness about the impacts of the federal debt, Angelo’s campaign reached over 2,000 students on his campus of 7,000 undergraduates. As the commander-in-chief of the campaign, Angelo organized, motivated, and led a team of four core team members to partner with more than 40 student organizations and over 350 volunteers to execute various activities on campus, including hosting an event with the College Democrats and College Republicans side by side. As an aspiring foreign service officer, Angelo is currently pursuing a master’s in Middle Eastern studies at George Washington University.
Mariuma Ben Yosef
Founder and C.E.O, Shanti House Association
Suffering violence and abandonment early on in life, Mariuma became a “child of the streets,” spanning 2 continents. In the deserts of Sinai and the streets of Tel Aviv, she continued to suffer unspeakable acts of violence. She eventually joined the Israeli Army as a teacher for at-risk youth. Today, Mariuma is the CEO of the House of Shanti in Tel Aviv and the Village of Shanti in the Negev Desert. They have had 48,000 children come through their doors – on their own or through welfare agencies. The homes are colorful, inviting, and optimistic, and available to youth at the age of 14-21, for as long as they need. They offer educational, extracurricular, and therapeutic activities best geared for each child and their background, and serve to encourage each child to work, earn a living, and get on their own feet.
Executive Director, Grayken Center for Addiction, Boston Medical Center
Michael Botticelli is the Executive Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center and a Distinguished Policy Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to this, Michael was the Director of National Drug Control Policy for the Obama Administration. He joined the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as Deputy Director in November 2012 and later served as Acting Director. Mr. Botticelli has more than two decades of experience supporting Americans affected by substance use disorders. Prior to joining ONDCP, he served as Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where he successfully expanded innovative and nationally recognized prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He also forged strong partnerships with local, state, and Federal law enforcement agencies; state and local health and human service agencies; and stakeholder groups to guide and implement evidence-based programs. Mr. Botticelli holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Siena College and a Master of Education degree from St. Lawrence University. He is also in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder, celebrating more than 28 years of recovery.
Director, Roxbury Innovation Center
Alessandra is director at Roxbury Innovation Center, an organization whose mission is to encourage economic development in Roxbury, Massachusetts through resources and programming to make entrepreneurship and innovation viable career options. She is a native Bostonian and has always been interested in the entrepreneurial spirit of the city. As director of Roxbury Innovation Center, Alessandra focuses on creating an inclusive environment to can connect small-business owners and entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds, with small-business resources and engage them with and explore developing technologies.
CEO, Think of Us
Sixto's experience in the foster care system fuels his passion for youth development, youth’s well-being, capacity building of systems, and youth impact. As a commitment maker for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Sixto founded Think of Us, a nonprofit dedicated to innovating with data, technology, and multimedia to develop tools and services that build capacity and reform practice. In Spring 2016, Sixto and his team organized and participated in the first White House Foster Care and Technology Hackathon. Sixto has been recognized by the White House as a White House Champion of Change, a Millennial Maker by BET, and was named as one of the Top 24 Changemakers in government under 24 in the country by the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and Sparkaction.
President Bill Clinton
Founder, Clinton Foundation; 42nd President of the United States
Elected president of the United States in 1992 and 1996, President Bill Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice. Under his leadership, the United States enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in its history. His administration resulted in moving the nation from record deficits to record surpluses; the creation of over 22 million jobs; low levels of unemployment, poverty and crime; and the highest home ownership and college enrollment rates in history. He also increased investment in education, expanded access to technology, encouraged investment in underserved communities, protected the environment, and countered the threat of terrorism while promoting peace and strengthening democracy around the world. After leaving the White House, President Clinton founded the Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the U.S. and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.
Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Chelsea Clinton works to drive the vision and programmatic objectives of the Clinton Foundation.
As vice chair, Chelsea works alongside the Foundation’s leadership and partners to help create greater opportunities for people to build better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. Chelsea is a tireless advocate for expanding access to early childhood education, improving the health and well-being of Americans across the country, providing the next generation of young leaders with the resources they need to turn their ideas into action, and ensuring the empowerment of girls and women is a cross-cutting priority across all of the Foundation’s programs and initiatives.
Chelsea also serves on the board of the Clinton Foundation’s affiliated Clinton Health Access Initiative – which works to expand access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications and services in the developing world, as well as on the board of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation – a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association, which works to empower kids to develop lifelong healthy habits around food and physical activity.
Chelsea currently teaches at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital. In addition, Chelsea serves on the boards of the School of American Ballet, the Africa Center, IAC, Expedia, Clover Health, and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the co-chair of the Advisory Board of the Of Many Institute at NYU. Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford, a Master of Public Health from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, and both a Master of Philosophy and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University.
Chelsea is co-author with Devi Sridhar of “Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?” which examines the role of public-private partnerships in combating the spread of infectious diseases like AIDS and reducing pervasive chronic health problems like malnutrition. Chelsea is also the author of “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going” – a book for young readers, ages 10-14 which explores some of the biggest challenges facing our world today and shares inspiring stories of young people who are already making a difference in their own communities and around the globe by tackling them in fun and creative way – and, “She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World” – a picture book that introduces tiny feminists, mini activists, and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted.
She lives with her husband Marc, their daughter Charlotte, and their son Aidan in New York City.
Musician/Race Relations Expert, Lyrad Productions
After a black musician, Daryl Davis finished a set of music in an all-white lounge, a white gentleman told him this was the first time he had ever heard a black man play piano like Jerry Lee Lewis. The man did not buy Daryl's explanation of the black origin of Jerry Lee's music, but was fascinated enough with Daryl to buy him a drink. During the course of their conversation, the man revealed he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. In the 30 years since that meeting, Davis –musician, author, actor, and race relations expert – has been engaging in face-to-face conversations with white supremacists, many of whom have come to rescind their ideology and turn their robes and hoods over to Davis. He is a firm believer that dialog is the key to solving race issues in this county, not talking about each other, nor talking at each other, but talking with each other.
Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Stephanie Dodson Cornell is responsible for identifying and supporting DRK Entrepreneurs. She currently serves on the boards of DRK portfolio organizations Catie’s Closet, City Health Works, Clean Energy Trust, Crisis Text Line, D-Rev, IRAP, Lava Mae, Upstream, StrongMinds, and Y2Y Harvard Square. Prior to joining DRK, Stephanie co-founded three social ventures: Strategic Grant Partners, a coalition of families that combines philanthropic investing and pro bono consulting to address issues for Massachusetts children in poverty; Project Healthy Children, which designs and implements food fortification programs in developing countries; and the Maranyundo Initiative, a boarding school for girls and teacher enrichment program in Rwanda. She completed the Harvard Advanced Leadership fellowship and has been an advisor and board member for several nonprofit and philanthropic organizations including Demand Abolition, Year Up, Partners In Health, WGBH, RefugePoint, Resurge, Share Our Strength, and Amazon Conservation Team. Stephanie holds a B.A. in English and environmental studies from Oberlin College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Chief of Staff, The Trevor Project
Samuel Dorison currently serves as chief of staff at The Trevor Project, the nation’s leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth. In this role, he is particularly focused on positioning the organization to serve even more young people. Since 2014, he has also volunteered as a crisis counselor for Trevor, directly supporting LGBTQ youth. Prior to joining Trevor as chief of staff, Sam was an engagement manager in the Washington, D.C. office of McKinsey & Company. There, he advised private sector clients on technology investment, and public and social sector clients on growth strategy. Sam graduated with highest honors from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He also earned an LLM from Cambridge and an MSc from the University College London, where he was a Marshall Scholar. His preferred gender pronouns are he, him, and his.
Co-Founder, NYC Innovation Collective
Shana Dressler has built decade-long career leading and nurturing entrepreneurs, creative professionals, and social change leaders. As the executive director of Google’s 30 Weeks, Shana Dressler ran a distinguished incubator for design entrepreneurs that Fast Company named one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in design. Shana is a co-founder of the NYC Innovation Collective, an Aspen Institute Scholar, a judge for The Webby Awards, and a graduate of the THNK School of Creative Leadership. She has given keynote talks and led workshops at conferences including Fast Company’s Innovation Festival, Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, HarvardxDesign, A Better World By Design, Adobe’s 99u, the Social Good Summit, the Disruptive Innovation Festival, Core77, and many others. Shana makes her way around New York on a midnight blue Vespa. You can follow her @shanadressler.
Founder, PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy
PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy is the brainchild of D’Wayne Edwards, former footwear design director for Jordan Brand, a division of Nike Inc. Over the course of his 28-year career, Edwards has received numerous design awards, holds more than 30 patents, and has created more than 500 styles for some of today’s premier athletes, including Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony, and Michael Jordan. Edwards’ designs alone have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. Raised in Inglewood, California, Edwards became one of the first African-American professional footwear designers – and the youngest designer in the footwear industry – when L.A. Gear hired him as an entry-level designer at age 19, in 1989. He founded PENSOLE as a master-class footwear design school with no socioeconomic barriers to entry, completely talent-based and funded by scholarship, with an overarching mission of mentorship. Since its inception in 2010, more than 200 PENSOLE graduates now hold jobs or internships with global footwear brands.
Thomas Cade Edwards
High School Senior, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory
Thomas Cade "TC" Edwards is a senior at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has maintained a 4.0 GPA for the last three years. TC has played football for 11 years and is a varsity letterman on the Strake Jesuit wrestling team. He has two older siblings in college. Thomas has volunteered in the community helping the homeless population through the Labre Project and Emergency Aid Coalition. This past summer, Thomas traveled with seven of his classmates to Mana, a small island of Fiji, to build a kindergarten classroom. He enjoys hunting and fishing – especially on his family's almost 200-year-old ranch in Southeast Texas – and also enjoys woodworking. Thomas has worked in a variety of jobs including ranch hand, lifeguard, crawfish caterer, and home construction. On his family’s ranch, he has helped manage 300 acres of rice, worked cattle, and performed maintenance on farm equipment. As a catering cook and assistant, he has helped cook and serve crawfish for events entertaining as many as 1,200 people. Thomas is honored to be a part of CGI U as an invited panelist speaking about his rescue efforts with his Jesuit friends during Hurricane Harvey.
Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca
Founder and CEO, Dreamers Roadmap
Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca is the founder and CEO of DREAMers Roadmap, a mobile app platform that helps undocumented students across the country navigate the necessary resources to access higher education. Sarahi was a Champion of Change at the White House in 2014, has received two House of Representatives Awards, and was recently named in Forbes 30 under 30.
Paul E. Farmer
Chief Strategist and Co-Founder, Partners In Health; Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chief of Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Dr. Paul Farmer, physician and anthropologist, is chief strategist and co-founder of Partners In Health, an international nonprofit organization that provides direct health care services and has undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. He is the Kolokotrones university professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He also serves as U.N. Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on community-based medicine and lessons from Haiti. Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. His most recent books are: “In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez,” “Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction,” and “To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation.”
Executive Director, iMentor
Felix has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in educational and nonprofit organizations. As a seasoned director of educational programs, his experience ranges from creating scholarship programs for STEM students of color to organizing volunteers nationwide and building three educational organizations from the ground up. His passion to positively impact disadvantaged communities of color through resource building and community empowerment derives from his upbringing in a low-income family and being the first in his family to graduate from college. Prior to joining iMentor as their executive director, Felix served as the national director for #YesWeCode and program director for Genesys Works. Felix holds a B.A. in sociology from UCLA. Although originally from Southern California, he, his wife, and daughter proudly cheer for the Golden State Warriors.
Co-founder and Executive Director, The Dinner Party
Lennon Flowers is the co-founder and executive director of The Dinner Party, a community of (mostly) 20- and 30-somethings out to transform some of our hardest conversations and most isolating experiences into sources of community support, candid conversation, and forward movement, using the age-old practice of breaking bread. Begun on a back-deck in Los Angeles in 2010, Dinner Parties can now be found in 145+ cities worldwide. In January 2017, she – together with partners at Faith Matters Network and Hollaback! – launched The People’s Supper, a nationwide effort to create healing spaces that strengthen our individual and collective resilience, and to repair the breach in our interpersonal relationships across political, ideological, and identity differences. She has written for CNN, YES!, Forbes, and Open Democracy, and has been featured in O Magazine, NYT, NPR, CBS, and more. She is an Ashoka Fellow and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.
Faculty Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
David Gergen is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, he is a senior political analyst for CNN. He previously served as a White House adviser to four U.S. presidents of both parties: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. He wrote about those experiences in “Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton”. In the 1980s, he began a career in journalism. Starting with the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour in 1984, he has been a regular commentator on public affairs for some 30 years. He is an honors graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School. David has been married since 1967 to Anne Elizabeth Gergen of England, a family therapist. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Senior Features Writer, Refinery 29
Amelia Harnish is a senior features writer at Refinery29, where she writes longform and reported features on women's health, reproductive rights, and gender equality. Before joining the features team, she was R29's senior health editor. In that role, she assigned and edited trending news as well as essays, service pieces, and other health features. Prior to Refinery29, Amelia held positions at Health and Ladies' Home Journal magazines. Her writing has appeared various places including, The Daily Dot, Nautil.us, and The Hairpin. It has also been syndicated by Time.com and ABC News. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2010.
Peter L. Hopkins
President and Co-Founder, Big Think
Peter is the co-founder and president of Big Think, the knowledge company that makes people and companies smarter, faster through impactful content and efficient e-learning from world-renowned experts. As president, he sets the vision for Big Think’s content strategy that enables the world’s top visionaries to share big ideas shaping the 21st century at BigThink.com and offer their lessons for professional and organizational development via Big Think Edge. An entrepreneur and commentator on digital media and e-learning, Peter has made appearances on NPR, CNN, and “The Colbert Report” and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Slate, among other publications. He received an A.B. in Government from Harvard College in 2004.
Tina Hovsepian is an L.A.-based architect, inventor, and social entrepreneur with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California. Professionally, Hovsepian is the design director at one of the largest developments under construction in downtown L.A.: Oceanwide Plaza, with the role to oversee the design of the project and bring Oceanwide’s vision to life. She is also the founder and board chair of Cardborigami, a nonprofit organization that provides transitional shelters and programs for those who are homeless due to poverty, natural disasters, and other crises. Cardborigami is her patented portable shelter invention which is the centerfold of the organization. In recognition of her humanitarian work, Hovsepian was titled Mother of Invention by Toyota, awarded the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award, and placed on the Forbes 30 under 30 list of Social Entrepreneurs.
Executive Director, Equality for HER
Blair Imani is a black queer Muslim activist living in Brooklyn, New York. She is the founder and executive director of Equality for HER, a nonprofit educational platform for feminine identifying individuals. Blair is also a writer and organizer specializing in youth engagement. She currently serves as the civic action & campaign lead at DoSomething.org, the largest tech company exclusively for young people and social change.
VP, Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple
Lisa Jackson is Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Lisa oversees Apple’s efforts to minimize its impact on the environment by addressing climate change through renewable energy and energy efficiency, using greener materials, and inventing new ways to conserve precious resources. She is also responsible for Apple’s education policy programs such as ConnectED, its product accessibility work, and its worldwide government affairs function. From 2009 to 2013, Lisa served as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Appointed by President Barack Obama, she focused on reducing greenhouse gases, protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination, and expanding outreach to communities on environmental issues. Lisa holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tulane University. She serves on the boards of Princeton, Tulane, and the Clinton Foundation.
Executive Director, Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Four years ago, Elisabeth Jackson – a licensed social worker with a master's degree in human service management, and extensive experience in youth services – took over the leadership of Bridge Over Troubled Waters as its new executive director. With a long-term connection to Bridge, first as coordinator of the agency’s front-line medical van service, as a member of the Board of Directors, and then as interim executive director, Elisabeth has a proven commitment to youth and strong ties to the legacy of responsive and accountable programming instilled by the agency’s founders. With her experience, expertise, and passion, Elisabeth actively takes steps to confront and meet the multiple challenges that homeless youth are facing today.
Rep. Joe Kennedy III
Joe Kennedy III serves the Fourth District of Massachusetts, a diverse district that stretches from the suburbs of Boston to the more industrial cities of Massachusetts’ South Coast. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Joe has crafted a legislative agenda driven by the needs of his constituents. With a focus on issues like mental health and addiction, energy costs, manufacturing and STEM education, he has prioritized bipartisan reforms that directly impact the families, businesses and communities he represents. He is also focused on strengthening mental health parity laws, increasing Medicaid reimbursements for behavioral health providers, and ensuring the federal government invests in the entire continuum of care. Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University as well as a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Program Officer, Ford Foundation
Noorain Khan is a program officer at the Ford Foundation where she is responsible for the strategy and management of the grant-making portfolio of the Foundation’s president. She also stewards the Foundation’s work on disability inclusion. Before joining Ford, Noorain was chief of staff to Wendy Kopp, CEO and co-founder of Teach for All and founder of Teach for America. Earlier, Noorain was a corporate attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Noorain serves on the boards of Girl Scouts of the USA, the Association of American Rhodes Scholars, and Libraries Without Borders. She appeared on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for law and policy in 2014 and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Noorain earned a J.D. from Yale Law School; an M.Phil. from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar; and a B.A. from Rice University.
Founder and CEO, Be The Change Inc.
Alan Khazei is a social entrepreneur who has pioneered ways to empower citizens to make a difference. Alan is the founder and CEO of Be The Change, Inc. which has three campaigns: Opportunity Nation, to promote social mobility and expand opportunity; Got Your 6, to empower post 9/11 Veterans to lead a resurgence of community; and Service Year Alliance to promote a year of national service as a civic rite of passage. Alan is the co-founder and former CEO of City Year, which unites young adults, ages 17 to 24, from all backgrounds for an intensive year of full-time community service mentoring, tutoring, and educating children. City Year served as the model for President Clinton’s AmeriCorps program. Alan is also the author of “Big Citizenship: How pragmatic idealism can bring out the best in America”. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife, Vanessa Kirsch, and their two children
Kim D. Kirkland
Executive Director, Oregon State University
Dr. Kim Kirkland joined Oregon State University in February 2017 as executive director of equal opportunity and access, responsible for monitoring compliance with civil rights, Title IX, and ADA policies and laws. Previous roles include director of equal opportunity, IUPUI; affirmative action officer & senior investigator, BGSU; EEO & diversity manager, GE Aviation; vice president of compliance programs, Meridian Group; and compliance consultant. Her philosophy is in order for organizations to build a foundation for success, they must provide the framework for fairness through sound HR policies and practices along with an effective AAP (proactive planning); outreach for protected groups; monitoring of selection decisions; and accountability. She received her B.S. from the University of Cincinnati; M.Ed. (HRD) from Xavier University; Ed.D. (Leadership Studies) from BGSU; and is a graduate from IMLE, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Kirkland is also the author of “Enough with the Stuff (Something That U Find Frustrating): Strategies for Diffusing Organizational Noise”.
Founder and CEO, New Profit
Vanessa Kirsch is founder and CEO of New Profit, a national venture philanthropy fund that aims to break down barriers to opportunity in America. As a social entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in developing innovative solutions for social problems, Vanessa guides New Profit's vision and strategic direction. Vanessa was chosen by Forbes as one of 15 innovators who will reinvent the future, by Boston Magazine as one of the “Most Powerful Boston Philanthropists,” and by Inside Philanthropy for the “50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy” list. Her publications are featured in the Harvard Business Review and Fast Company Co.Exist. Vanessa lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband and two children. Prior to New Profit, she founded and led Public Allies and the Women’s Information Network (WIN). She is a graduate of Tufts University, and serves on the board of Tisch College and Eye to Eye.
Year 3 Participant, Up to Us
Rebecca Liebman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnLux – a financial technology company that helps people understand what big financial decisions they need to make. Before she started touring the country to pitch to investors, she was her campus’ acting student representative for CGI U, where she learned about the Up to Us Campus Competition. With a passion for startups and education, Rebecca led her team to partner with six other groups on campus to raise nonpartisan awareness on the national debt. After founding two start-ups by the age of 20, Rebecca had the opportunity to live in Kenya and complete environmental research in Western Europe. She was featured on the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for education and continues to lead her company as founder and CEO.
Innovator and Activist, Yale University
Samantha Marquez, a senior at Yale University studying psychology and neuroscience, has been actively involved in scientific research since she was 11 years old. Since then, she has formed a transdisciplinary collaboration to explore the virtually endless applications (from tissue reconstruction to environmental bioremediation) of her bioengineering structure: the Celloidosome. At Yale, she has extended her passion for neuroscience through her senior research looking at the neural correlates of decision-making. Throughout her journey, Samantha has actively focused on sharing her passion and giving back to her communities, especially young women and women of color in STEM.
Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management
Andrew McAfee (@amcafee), a principal research scientist at MIT, studies how digital technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. His most recent book, written with Erik Brynjolfsson, is “Machine | Platform | Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future”. Their 2014 book on these topics, “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies” was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Financial Times / McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. McAfee has written for publications including Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall St. Journal, the Financial Times, and The New York Times. He's discussed his work on The Charlie Rose Show and 60 Minutes, at TED, Davos, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and in front of many other audiences. He was educated at Harvard and MIT, where he is the co-founder of the Institute’s Initiative on the Digital Economy.
Margaret A. McKenna
President Emerita, Lesley University
Margaret McKenna is a professor of practice at Tufts University’s Tisch College and President Emerita of Lesley University. She began her career as a U.S. Justice Department civil rights lawyer. She has served as the president of Suffolk University, as acting director of Sillerman Center on Philanthropy at Brandeis University’s Heller School, and president of the Walmart Foundation. From 1985 to 2007 McKenna transformed Lesley University from a small regional college to a nationally recognized university. She came to Lesley from Harvard’s Radcliffe College, where she was director of the Bunting Institute and vice president. She has served as a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Institute of Politics. McKenna served as deputy White House Council and deputy Secretary of Education in the Carter administration and led the education transition for President Clinton. McKenna serves as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Beth Israel Medical Center, and chairs the National Association of Summer Learning. The recipient of ten honorary degrees, she has received numerous awards from national, regional, and local organizations.
President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
David Miliband is the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. He oversees the agency’s relief and development operations in over 30 countries, its refugee resettlement and assistance programs throughout the United States, and the IRC’s advocacy efforts in Washington and other capitals on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people. David has had a distinguished political career in the United Kingdom. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the youngest Foreign Secretary in three decades, driving advancements in human rights and representing the United Kingdom throughout the world. His accomplishments have earned him a reputation, in former President Bill Clinton's words, as "one of the ablest, most creative public servants of our time.” And in 2016, David was named one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine. David is also the author of the upcoming book, “Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time”. As the son of refugees, David brings a personal commitment to the IRC's work and to the premise of the book: that we can rescue the dignity and hopes of refugees and displaced people. And if we help them, in the process we will rescue our own values.
Vice President, Product Strategy and Operations; Head of Catalant Solutions
Mike Monagle is vice president of product strategy and operations and head of solutions at Catalant Technologies. In that capacity, he is passionate about helping companies to prepare their workforce for the future and to think differently about how to get work done in the best, most efficient way. Prior to Catalant, Mike was a project leader at the Boston Consulting Group and chief of staff to the chairman of Elsevier. Mike graduated from Princeton University and from Harvard Business School. He currently sits on the National Board of Princeton's Annual Giving Fund.
Founder and CEO, Black Tech Women
Anndrea Moore is the founder and CEO of Black Tech Women, the premier organization for black women in the technology ecosystem. Black Tech Women has grown to 1,200 members in less than six months and has executed experiences with Google, Instagram, Tech Inclusion, SoundCloud, and more. The Harvard Business School graduate created Black Tech Women based on her own experiences as a black woman working at some of the most well-known tech companies in the world. From consulting small- and medium-businesses on digital marketing strategy to launching global features for big brands, Anndrea has a range of expertise as it relates to marketing and product growth, including digital marketing, product storytelling, email engagement, and customer journey optimization.
Olympic Medalist, Activist, and Entrepreneur, Louella
Olympic Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad was the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in hijab, and became the first Muslim-American female athlete to medal for Team USA at the Rio Olympics. Ibtihaj was a 3-time All-American and graduated from Duke University with a dual major in international relations and african studies, and a minor in Arabic. In 2014, Muhammad launched her own clothing company, Louella, which aims to bring modest, affordable, fashionable clothing to the United States market. Ibtihaj is a sports ambassador with the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy program, traveling to various countries to engage in dialogue on the importance of sports and education. Named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential list in 2016, Ibtihaj is an important figure in a larger global discussion. Her voice continues to unite both the sports and non-sports world.
19th Surgeon General of the United States
Dr. Vivek H. Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from 2014 to 2017. As the vice admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he commanded a uniformed service of 6,600 public health officers globally. During his tenure, Dr. Murthy launched the TurnTheTide campaign, catalyzing a movement among health professionals to address the nation’s opioid crisis. He also issued the first Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, calling for expanded access to prevention and treatment and for recognizing addiction as a chronic illness, not a character flaw. An internal medicine physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Murthy has co-founded a number of organizations: VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India; Swasthya, a community health partnership in rural India training women as health providers and educators; software company TrialNetworks; and Doctors for America.
Founder and CEO, Rise
Amanda is the CEO and founder of Rise , a nonprofit working to implement a Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights. After Nguyen’s rape kit was on the verge of destruction after only six months of retention, she decided to create a Sexual Assault Bill of Rights, not just for her own circumstances, but for the more than 25 million survivors across the country who face the daunting, confusing, and broken justice system after an assault. Rise , under Nguyen’s leadership, wrote and unanimously passed through the U.S. Congress – in only seven months – the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights, which was signed into law last October by President Obama. The Rise movement is now active in 38 states and four countries (the United States, Japan, Mexico, and Canada). In addition to the U.S. federal law, Rise has passed similar legislation in multiple states (Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington).
Faculty Director MIT Innovation Teams, MIT
Luis Perez-Breva, is an innovator, entrepreneur, educator and the author of Innovating: A Doer's Manifesto (MIT Press, 2017). He is an expert in technology innovation, venture labs, taking deep tech to impact, and applying artificial intelligence to solve real-world problems. Luis is based in the MIT School of Engineering and is Faculty Director of Innovation Teams, its flagship joint enterprise with MIT Sloan that puts the Institute’s deep tech advances to work to solve real-world problems. Through iTeams, he has helped over 170 MIT technologies find a path forward to impact.
Founder and CEO, Mogul
Tiffany Pham is the Founder and CEO of Mogul, an award-winning worldwide platform enabling women to connect, share information, and access knowledge from each other. A coder, she developed the first version of Mogul, which now reaches 18 million women per week from over 196 countries and 30,470 cities worldwide. Tiffany was named one of Forbes "30 Under 30" in Media, Business Insider "30 Most Important Women Under 30" in Technology, ELLE Magazine "30 Women Under 30 Who Are Changing the World," and Good Housekeeping "2017 Awesome Women Award" Winner. Tiffany is a Judge on the TLC TV show "Girl Starter," produced by Al Roker. She is the co-author of the book From Business Strategy to Information Technology Roadmap: A Practical Guide for Executives and Board Members (published by CRC Press). She is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School.
Founding Director, Social Impact Lab, Northeastern University
Rebecca Riccio is the founding Director of the Social Impact Lab at Northeastern University, an experiential learning hub that prepares students for lives of citizen-leadership and social change practice by cultivating systems thinking, complex problem solving, ethical community engagement, and responsible stewardship of resources. She is a global leader in the use of experiential philanthropy education to illuminate the study of the nonprofit sector, civil society, and social justice and the creator of Giving with Purpose, the world’s first experiential philanthropy MOOC, which engaged thousands of students around the world in awarding grants from the Buffett family’s Learning by Giving Foundation. Rebecca teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, and social change at Northeastern University and has lectured on philanthropy, social justice, and policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
President, National Alliance to End Homelessness
Nan Roman is president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a public education, advocacy, and capacity-building organization. She is a leading national voice on the issue of homelessness. Under her guidance, the Alliance has successfully identified and promoted innovative strategies for ending homelessness that have been adopted by communities across the country. Ms. Roman works closely with members of Congress and the administration as well as with officials and advocates at the state and local levels. She collaborates with Alliance partners to educate the public about homelessness and its solutions. She has researched and written on the issue of homelessness, regularly speaks at events around the country, and frequently serves as an expert on the issue for the media. Her unique perspective on homelessness and its solutions comes from extensive local and national experience in the areas of poverty and community-based organizations.
Rachel E. Rosenbloom
Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Rachel E. Rosenbloom is Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law and Co-Director of the Northeastern Immigrant Justice Clinic. In addition to co-directing the clinic, Professor Rosenbloom teaches courses on immigration law, refugee and asylum law, and administrative law. Her recent scholarship has focused on the intersection of criminal law and immigration law, the possibilities and limits of transnational legal advocacy in advancing the rights of deportees, and the role of race and immigration in the historical development of U.S. citizenship law. Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern, Professor Rosenbloom was a fellow at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College, where she was the supervising attorney for the Center's Post-Deportation Human Rights Project. Professor Rosenbloom holds a BA in History from Columbia University, an MA in History from the University of California-Berkeley, and a JD from New York University School of Law.
Associate Editor, Devex
Adva Saldinger is an associate editor at Devex, where she covers the intersection of business and international development as well as U.S. foreign aid policy. From partnerships to social entrepreneurship to impact investing, she enjoys exploring the role the private sector and private capital play in development. A journalist with more than 10 years of experience, Adva has worked at several newspapers in the U.S. and has lived in both Ghana and South Africa.
Dr. M. Sanjayan
CEO, Conservation International
M. Sanjayan, a global conservation scientist specializing in how nature preserves and enhances human life, serves as Conservation International’s chief executive officer. Sanjayan joined CI in 2014 as executive vice president and senior scientist and has led several key divisions including Oceans, Science, Development, Brand and Communications, and Strategic Priorities. He has also overseen CI’s use of virtual reality filmmaking, which includes “Valen’s Reef” and “Under the Canopy”, and has led CI’s critically acclaimed brand campaign, “Nature Is Speaking.” Sanjayan holds a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his peer-reviewed scientific work has been published in journals including Science, Nature, and Conservation Biology. He is a visiting researcher at UCLA and a distinguished professor of practice at Arizona State University. Raised in Southeast Asia and Africa, Sanjayan’s unique background and expertise has attracted widespread media coverage. His appearances include “The Today Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “CBS This Morning” and “CBS Evening News,” and he has hosted and cohosted a range of documentaries for PBS, BBC, Discovery, and Showtime. Most recently, he hosted of the University of California and Vox Media’s Climate Lab series.
Year 4 Winner, Up to Us
Sruveera Sathi is an advocate for systemic change in the health care system. In 2016, Sruveera and her team from College of William in Mary placed first in Up to Us, a nonpartisan initiative in which college students across the United States compete and host events on campus to spark dialog about the national debt. Sruveera’s team hosted several events, including a “Great Debt-bate” that brought together four political groups on campus to discuss fiscal policy, and “Innovating the Industries,” where millennials from the education, defense, and health care industries discussed how their field could be modernized. Sruveera is currently pursuing a master’s degree in physiology at Georgetown University and is an intern at the Alliance for Health Policy, a nonpartisan think tank. After receiving her master’s degree, she hopes to attend medical school.
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, GOOD
As founding editor and publisher of GOOD, Max has helped develop the editorial vision for GOOD Magazine and the “Choose GOOD” Campaign. From 2009 to 2012, he co-founded GOODcorps. Recognized as a Next Generation Leader by the American Cancer Society, a member of the Japan Society's Innovators Network, and a First Mover Fellow at the Aspen Institute, he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. A 2014-15 affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, he researches the intersection of social action and mindfulness in the digital age. He’s worked on innovative campaigns such as Earth To Paris with the UN Foundation, 100k in 10 with Carnegie, Stop Sopa with Google, Good December with Microsoft, Mini Good with MINI, and the Global Citizenship Project.
CEO, Equality Florida
Nadine Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Equality Florida, the state's largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A former award-winning journalist turned organizer, Nadine was one of four national co-chairs of the 1993 March on Washington. She was part of the historic Oval Office meeting between then-President Clinton – the first such meeting between a sitting President and gay community leaders. She served on the founding board of the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization. She is a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Florida Advisory Committee, a Florida Chamber Foundation Trustee, and served on President Obama's National Finance Committee. In 2013, she was named one of the state's "Most Powerful and Influential Women" by the Florida Diversity Council. She was also given the League of Women Voter's Woman of Distinction Award in 2015. She lives in St. Petersburg with her wife, Andrea and son, Logan.
Professor of Business, New York University
Arun Sundararajan is Professor and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business, and an affiliated faculty member at NYU’s Center for Data Science and Center for Urban Science and Progress. His best-selling and award-winning book, “The Sharing Economy,” was published by the MIT Press in June 2016. He has published over 50 scientific papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and conferences, and over 35 op-eds in leading outlets globally. His scholarship has been recognized by numerous Best Paper and faculty awards. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Technology, Values and Policy, and advisor to varied policy bodies, venture capital firms and cities. He has provided expert input about the digital economy as part of congressional and parliamentary testimony in the US and Europe, and to a range of government agencies globally. He is a widely sought-after commentator by top media platforms.
Diana Tellefson Torres
Executive Director, UFW Foundation
Diana Tellefson Torres is the executive director of the UFW Foundation and a national vice president of the United Farm Workers of America. Founded by Ms. Tellefson Torres, the UFW Foundation has played a significant role at the national, state, and local level advocating for farm workers and is the nonprofit with the largest number of immigration legal service providers accredited by the federal Department of Justice in rural California. Ms. Tellefson Torres has been a Department of Justice Accredited Representative since 2009 and is a graduate of Stanford University. She also served as an advisor for the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its Institute for Mexicans Abroad.
Co-Founder, Jimbere Fund
Sandra Uwiringiyimana is a Congolese refugee turned American, and the co-founder of Jimbere Fund; an organization that aims to revitalize distressed communities in Congo. Since her family’s resettlement in 2007, Sandra has fought hard to call for Justice for the Gatumba massacre, which claimed 166 lives, including her sister’s. Sandra has become a voice for women and girls, refugees and immigrants, and forgotten people like the Banyamulenge Tribe. In telling her story, Sandra has shared the world stage with Charlie Rose, Angelina Jolie, and Tina Brown at the Women in the World Summit. She addressed the United Nations Security Council at the request of Ambassador Samantha Power to plead with world leaders to act on the pressing issue of Children in Armed Conflict. Her new memoir, How Dare the Sun Rise, is out now.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Mayor, City of Boston
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, a lifelong champion of working people and a proud product of the city of Boston, was sworn in as the city’s 54th mayor on January 6, 2014. Mayor Walsh’s vision is of a thriving, healthy, and innovative Boston – a city with equality and opportunity for all, where a revolutionary history inspires creative solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.
President and CEO, Biomedical Growth Strategies
Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister is a nationally and internationally recognized innovation strategy expert. She has been recognized by the Boston Globe as one of the “10 Most Influential Women in Biotech,” by Boston Magazine as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Boston” and is the incoming president of the National Board of Directors of the Association for Women in Science. Dr. Windham-Bannister is the immediate past president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), a state-funded investment organization charged with administering a $1 billion Life Sciences investment fund created by Governor Deval Patrick in June 2008. She is the first African American in the U.S. to lead a life sciences-focused innovation fund of this scale. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College, a doctorate in health policy and management from the Florence Heller School at Brandeis University, and a doctor of science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (honoris causa).
Documentary Film Maker, Chain Camera Pictures
Amy Ziering is a two-time Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker. Her most recent film, “The Hunting Ground” – a piercing, monumental exposé of rape culture on college campuses – is the 2016 recipient of the Producer’s Guild of America’s Stanley Kramer Award and was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Her previous film, “The Invisible War”, an investigation into the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military, won two 2014 Emmy Awards for Best Documentary and Outstanding Investigative Journalism, and was nominated for an Oscar. It spurred Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to announce significant policy changes, including 35 pieces of reform legislation. She also produced “Outrage”, “Derrida”, “Cameraperson”, and “Awake - A Dream from Standing Rock”. She has received the Nestor Almendros Prize for Courage and Filmmaking, the Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize, the 2013 Gracie Award for Outstanding Producer, and the 2013 Peabody Award.