Alexa Meade

Alexa Meade is an American artist best known for inventing a new approach to portraiture. She applies paint directly to models and the surrounding scene, creating the illusion that real-life people and places are inside the world of a 2D painting. Alexa’s artwork has been exhibited at The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC,… [See Full Post]

Warrington Hudlin

Warrington Hudlin is a veteran producer of motion pictures, television, and online media. His work challenges the false dichotomy between social concerns and popular entertainment. Best known as the producer of the landmark African American films, HOUSE PARTY, BOOMERANG, and BEBE KIDS, and television specials, COSMIC SLOP and UNSTOPPABLE, Hudlin is now developing of a… [See Full Post]

Alicianne Rand

Alicianne is the Executive Director of Global Content Marketing for the Estée Lauder Companies. In her role, Alicianne works with the global brands, functions, regions, and affiliates to enable the creation of digital and social consumer-centric content to drive sales, maintain top-of-mind brand awareness, and build consumer loyalty. In addition, she collaborates with key stakeholders… [See Full Post]

Holly Gordon

Holly Gordon is the Chairman of the Nantucket Project Scholars Program, an accelerator program for social change leaders. She is also the co-founder of Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, and an Executive Producer of the Girl Rising film. Holly was selected by Fast Company as a member of the League of 60… [See Full Post]

Ayesha Kiani

Ayesha Kiani is the Head of Business Development at Overlap, an artificial intelligence company that provides virtual personal assistants. She is an Investor Board Member for Ventures for America and Co-Founders lab, and is on the founding team of Tattle, a CRM platform for small business. She previously opened Chal Chilli, the only Indo-Thai fusion… [See Full Post]

Stephen Ham

Stephen has spent his life dedicated to the field of global conservation and most recently joined the Wildlife Conservation Society in 2016. Whether trekking mountain gorillas in Rwanda or whale watching in Antarctica, Stephen is a passionate advocate for wildlife and the wild places they inhabit, particularly for Africa. He received a degree in anthropology… [See Full Post]

Margaret Judson

Margaret Judson is known for her work on the hit HBO drama, The Newsroom, created by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin. Upon discovering Margaret while she was Keith Olbermann’s research assistant, Aaron handpicked her to leave her news job at MSNBC, to become not only a regular on the show, but also to join the… [See Full Post]

Asher Jay

National Geographic Explorer. Artist. Designer. Writer. Speaker. Asher Jay is an international adventurer, whose compelling paintings, sculptures, installations, animations, ad campaigns, and films all have a single purpose: to incite global action on behalf of wildlife conservation. Asher’s travels to the frontline have made her witness and story-teller, combatting illegal wildlife trafficking, promoting habitat sanctuaries… [See Full Post]

David Gautschi

David Gautschi is dean emeritus and holds the Joseph Keating, S.J. Professorship at Fordham University; he was previously the Kirby Cramer Scholar of Marketing and International Business at the University of Washington. He has also served on the faculties of Cornell, INSEAD, Yale, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; has founded three start-up companies in marketing analytics;… [See Full Post]

Claudia Lewis

Claudia has spent most of her 20+ year career working to advance education in K-12, higher ed, and adult learning. She currently heads up the Implementations team for Inkling, a tech start-up that helps Fortune 1000 companies to equip their employees with mobile tools for learning and performance support. Prior to Inkling, Claudia supported the… [See Full Post]

Howard Tullman

Howard A. Tullman is the CEO of 1871 in Chicago – where digital startups get their start – and the General Managing Partner for the Chicago High Tech Investment Partners, LLC and for G2T3V, LLC – both Chicago-based venture capital funds. He most recently was the Chairman/CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy which he co-founded in 2007. He… [See Full Post]

Carrie Sheffield

Carrie is founder of Bold, a Millennial-focused, news & cultural platform centered on ideals of personal responsibility and accessible capitalism. A Forbes contributor and senior writer for Opportunity Lives, she has hosted an online TV show for  The Washington Times and appears on Fox News, Fox Business Network, MSNBC, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Fusion, CNN, and The Blaze. Carrie has written for The Wall Street Journal, TIME, USA Today, The New York Times,The Washington Post, Huffington Post, American Spectator and Daily… [See Full Post]

Jessica Posner Odede

Jessica is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur, a New York Times best selling author and the co-founder and COO of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). Upon first meeting Kennedy Odede in 2007 when working with SHOFCO in Kibera as a study abroad student, she became one of the first outsiders to live inside the slum… [See Full Post]

John Sykes

John Sykes is President of iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises, where he oversees strategic business partnerships and platforms across a broad range of media including television, digital video and live events as well as the creation and distribution of iHeartRadio-branded television programming and video content.  iHeartMedia now has seven annual nationally televised network specials, including the iHeartRadio Music Awards on… [See Full Post]

Kennedy Odede

Kennedy Odede is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur, a New York Times best selling author and the founder of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). SHOFCO combats extreme poverty and gender inequality by linking free schools for girls to a set of high-value, holistic community services for all. A former street child who lived most of… [See Full Post]

Brent Bushnell

Brent Bushnell is the CEO of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company building products and events that combine story and technology. Most recently the team launched STEAM Carnival, a showcase of high-tech entertainment and workshops to inspire invention. They also built a 360 video production pipeline and deployed Virtual Reality content with haptic feedback for live events… [See Full Post]

Vincent Ponzo

Vincent Ponzo is the Senior Director of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School where he is responsible for leading and overseeing all entrepreneurship and innovation related programming, positioning and strategic initiatives for the Business School. Vince also plays a prominent role in similar University wide and NYC ecosystem initiatives and serves as… [See Full Post]

Dr Preeti Chauhan

Dr. Preeti Chauhan is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, City University of New York and the Principal Investigator on the Misdemeanor Justice Project (MJP). The MJP seeks to document trends in policing practices and pretrial detention to inform policy and practice. Dr…. [See Full Post]

Kamran Saddique

Kamran co-founded City Innovate in Dubai and San Francisco in 2013 and headquartered the company to San Francisco in 2014. Much of Kamran’s professional experience is in financial engineering around new technology ventures, especially smart city initiatives. Previously, he served as a Partner and Co-Founder to Inside Investor, a media and venture capital firm. Prior… [See Full Post]

John J Russell

Dr. John J. Russell has been Head of The Windward School in White Plains, New York since 2006. Windward is an independent co-educational day school that provides an excellent education for children with language-based learning disabilities. Over the past four decades, Dr. Russell held leadership and teaching positions in school districts in Westchester County, New… [See Full Post]


Born in São Paulo to Swiss and Portuguese parents, Carolina was raised in Lisbon, where she spent the majority of her childhood on Sintra’s beaches. While earning her BA in London in European Studies & International Relations, she spent a year each working at the Swiss embassies in Paris and Madrid. Carolina has called New… [See Full Post]

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum – Director, Women’s Heart Health

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum is an attending cardiologist and the Director of Women’s Heart Health of Northwell Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She has done fellowship training in both Preventive Cardiology and Cardiology. She is the author of Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart Healthy Life, teaching all women… [See Full Post]

Maureen A. Bryan – Founder, The Voice Of A Woman


Maureen A Bryan is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of THE VOICE OF A WOMAN – a platform featuring the works of women in the arts, sharing not only the artistic and aesthetic, but also works to help build a greater awareness of social justice, civil and human rights issues globally. Maureen received a Masters in directing from The Actors Studio in… [See Full Post]

David K. Park, PhD – Dean of Strategic Initiatives, A&S, Columbia University


David K. Park is Dean of Strategic Initiatives for the Faculty of the Arts & Sciences, Faculty Member at the Committee for Global Thought, affiliated member of the Data Science Institute’s New Media Center and Fellow at the Center for the Management of Systemic Risk at Columbia University. Dr. Park is also a founding member of Columbia University’s… [See Full Post]

Fellow – Christie Marchese — Founder and CEO, Picture Motion


Christie Marchese is the founder and CEO of Picture Motion, where she leads a team of impact producers, marketing strategists and public interest communication specialists in developing grassroots marketing and social action campaigns for films. Working with filmmakers, distributors, funders and non-profits with stories that have the potential to inspire action, Picture Motion educates and… [See Full Post]

Fellow – Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is an Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer, and a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient. Hamilton, for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics in addition to originating the title role, opened on Broadway in 2015 following a sold-out run at New York’s Public Theater. Its Original Broadway Cast Recording won the 2016… [See Full Post]

Fellow – Daniel Chalfen — Producer and Co-Founder, Naked Edge Films

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  Daniel J. Chalfen is a documentary film and television producer and the co-founder of Naked Edge Films, which specializes in confronting social and political issues through great stories and characters. Chalfen’s documentaries have premiered at the world’s foremost film festivals, including Berlin, Toronto and Tribeca, have been released theatrically by Samuel Goldwyn Films, Participant… [See Full Post]

Fellow – Joshua Cicerone — Artist; Co-Founder and Creative Director, Good Sense & Co.


A studied painter, filmmaker, designer and writer, Cicerone brings an ambitious artistic regimen to every project at hand. Over the past 15 years he has scripted, directed and produced dozens of experiential stunts, award shows and concert events. He has served as Producer and Writer of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards since 2013. His aesthetic… [See Full Post]

Fellow – Chrysi Philalithes – Chief Digital Officer (RED)

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Recognized in The Guardian as a ’50 Women to Watch’ and the #Inspire100 list, Chrysi is a marketing, communications & digital executive with an entrepreneurial approach. Since 2009 she has run digital for (RED) – Bono & Bobby Shriver’s AIDS organization that has raised over $350MM through creative partnerships with the world’s most iconic brands… [See Full Post]

Fellow – Kristy Caylor — Co-Founder, Maiyet

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In 2010 Kristy co-founded Maiyet and was instrumental in establishing Maiyet’s aesthetic, market positioning, and social strategy. Kristy developed a network of over 14 artisan groups that now regularly contributes to Maiyet’s collections. In addition to leading the design, marketing, and operations teams in New York, Kristy has worked in Kenya, India, Indonesia, Peru and… [See Full Post]