Highlights

  • Learn from tech experts and top innovators
  • ✓ Gain skills to succeed in rapidly changing future
  • ✓ Strengthen your resume and your life skills
  • Improve team building + entrepreneurship mindset
  • Collaborate and create a concept pitch or demo
  • ✓ Expand network with tech leaders and like-minded students

Benefits

Teen students in the Future Tech Experience will spend their time immersed in a blend of virtual talks and activities. The skills learned at this dynamic program, in addition to understanding the tech mindset, can be applied to all areas of life – in school, their career and the community.

You'll learn about the following topics:

- ChatGPT + Generative AI
- Entrepreneurship + Innovation
- Critical Thinking + Creativity
- STEAM + Sustainability + Robotics
- Branding + LinkedIn Marketing
- Web3/Metaverse + EV Racing + eSports
- AI Ethics + Misinformation Awareness
- Communication + Teamwork
- Networking + Mentorship + Selling
- Digital, Cyber and Mental Wellness
- Financial Planning + Negotiation
- Time Management + Business Etiquette
- Agility + Resiliency + Career Exploration

+ Exclusive access to additional monthly events
+ Complimentary membership in entrepreneurship community

PROGRAM DATES

August 12-16, 2024

Players

Francisco D’Souza

Cofounder, Cognizant

Frank co-founded Cognizant Technology Solutions, a global multinational corporation that provides IT services, including digital, technology, consulting, and operations services in 1994 and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer from January 2007 through March 2019. In addition to his tenure as CEO, he served as President from 2007 to 2012 and held a variety of senior management positions, including Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2006. He was elected to Cognizant’s Board of Directors in January 2007 and served as Vice Chairman of the board from 2018 until 2020. As CEO, Frank was responsible for promoting Cognizant’s values and client-first culture, ensuring the company’s sustainable growth and driving long-term shareholder value. From Cognizant’s IPO until the time stepped down from the CEO role, Cognizant stock returned almost 29,000%. During his 12 years as CEO, he oversaw a period of sustained growth, transformation, innovation and success, including: a 10x increase in revenue, from $1.4 billion in 2006 to $16.1 billion in 2018; a 7x increase in headcount, from 39,000 in 2006 to 282,000 in 2018; Cognizant joining the Fortune 200 and being named one of Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” for 11 years in a row. Frank is currently a director of General Electric, where he is a member of the Audit Committee and Management Development & Compensation Committees. He also serves on the Board of MongoDB, a software company that offers a modern general purpose database platform where he’s a member of the Compensation and Nominating & Governance Committees.

Phaedra Boinodiris

Global Leader, Trustworthy AI, IBM

Phaedra is IBM Consulting's global leader for Trustworthy AI. She is a prolific public speaker and author of the book 'AI for the Rest of Us'. She is on the IBM Academy of Technology's leadership council, a Fellow of the RSA and has focused on inclusion in technology since 1999. She holds 5 patents and has served on the leadership team of IBM’s Academy of Technology focusing on kicking off internal startups that range from IBM’s first Serious Games and Advanced Simulation program to IBM’s first K-12 program. Phaedra is currently the PEP exec for the State of WA and is pursuing her PhD in AI and Ethics due to a generous scholarship from the European Union in collaboration with NYU. She has founded or acted as an advisor for multiple digital inclusion programs. She co-founded WomenGamers.Com where she launched the first national scholarship program for women to pursue degrees in Game Design and development. She won the United Nations Woman of Influence in STEM and inclusivity Award in 2019, received the Social Innovator Award by IBM in 2018, received the 2014 Kenan Flagler Young Alumni Award, became a Fellow of the American Democracy Institute in 2011 and in 2007 was recognized by Women in Games International as being one of the Top 100 Women in the Games industry. Phaedra is the author of the book Serious Games for Business and is a regular public speaker and contributor to articles in Forbes, Fast Company, the National Academy of Engineering Journal, NPR and other publications. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Future

Neha Shah

Cofounder/President, GEP

Neha has been a pivotal force in developing GEP from its beginnings into a globally recognized leader in digital supply chain and procurement transformation. A purpose-driven entrepreneur and executive, Neha steers the company's growth strategies, forging and managing strategic relationships at the C-level with clients and spearheading complex transformation engagements. A constant source of innovation and inspiration, Neha is the key driver of GEP’s sustainability, DEI and social initiatives strategies. Under her guidance, the company prioritizes talent, emphasizing engagement and connecting employees to a higher purpose. Throughout her career, Neha has been recognized for her leadership and dedication. Among her recent recognitions, Neha received the Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s Women in Supply Chain award, ISM Women & Leadership Diamond Award and TiE Entrepreneur of the Year award. In 2022, Neha was named a winner of the prestigious Henry Crown Fellowships within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. In 2023, Neha's innovative spirit and dynamic leadership were further recognized as she was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for New Jersey. This award celebrates visionaries who are leading successful and ambitious businesses. Neha earned a BA in international relations from University of Pennsylvania's College of Arts and Sciences. She also received a Bachelor of Science in economics and an MBA in entrepreneurial management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. All of her degrees were granted with the highest honors and distinctions.

Richie Etwaru

Cofounder, Mobeus; Immersive AI pioneer

Richie is the co-founder of Mobeus and a pioneer of Immersive AI, a groundbreaking technology that combines computer vision, machine learning, and natural user interfaces to enable a new level of interaction between humans and machines. With a passion for innovation and commitment to creating new technologies, Richie's vision and leadership have made Immersive AI a transformative technology that is revolutionizing the way people interact with machines. As a sought-after speaker and thought leader, Richie is widely recognized as one of the most influential experts in emerging technologies. His work has earned him numerous accolades and awards, and his insights into the future of technology have had a profound impact on the business world. Richie has worked with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and startups, helping them to navigate the rapidly-changing technological landscape and to identify new opportunities for growth and innovation.

Ellis Spiezia

Race Car Driver; Influencer

There’s more than one route to the finish line. With a start in indoor karting & sim racing, Ellis Spiezia is a 17-year-old American electric racing driver paving an untraditional path. An ambassador for a new generation that will redefine education, the economy, and equity, Ellis has chosen to prioritize electric motorsport and aims to be the first native electric racing driver to win a world championship. His family gave up everything to move to Europe in 2020 for electric karting and in 2023 he’ll race the NXT Gen electric Mini championship, ERA electric formula series and some combustion TCR. In 2022, he was nominated for the first ever BBC Green Sports Young Athlete of the Year Award, finished P3 in the Ford Fiesta Sprint Cup and took the first ever Pole Position in the ERA Championship. He believes that the rewards of being the first far outweigh the risks.

Abran Maldonado

OpenAI Ambassador

Abran cofounded Create Labs Ventures to create new opportunities for the underserved community to gain access to cutting-edge technologies and enter the tech and media industries. Abran is the creator of C.L.Ai.R.A. an autonomous AI woman of color along with other intelligent virtual beings. He also manages Verizon's 5G EdTech Program, expanding 5G #VR / #AR solutions to hundreds of schools across the nation.

Lacey Hunter

Cofounder/CEO, TechAid

Lacey is the CEO and Co-Founder of TechAid, an AI-powered application that matches local supply with local demand and enables a data-driven approach to humanitarian aid, reconstruction and local economic resilience. She believes fundamental human rights should not be dictated by the arbitrary nature of one's birthplace or gender. Lacey is fascinated with the incredible potential of blockchain and AI to improve outcomes and transparency, reduce inefficiency and waste, and to better serve the needs of the global population. longer in case needed (or feel free to cherry pick from) She and her husband Tyson have a two year old son, Ethan, who is one of her primary motivations to use her tech expertise for good. Lacey believes dignified access to proper nutrition, medicine, hygiene and shelter are fundamental human rights for families everywhere that should not be dictated by the arbitrary nature of one's birthplace or gender. She is passionate about the potential of combining existing technologies to facilitate the connection of food supply with demand, and turning the tide of the escalating global hunger crisis. Previously, Lacey led Finance and Strategy as a Co-Founder at Proxi.co, a Techstars ‘21 interactive mapping software startup that she joined after 5 years at Amazon in Product and Finance leading multinational teams in Customer Loyalty, Operations, WW Prime and Hardlines. Her other work in the private sector includes Category Finance at Starbucks, leading Espresso & Brewed North America, as well as working her way up from a rotational Financial Analyst to Vice President/Relationship Manager during the first eight years of her career at Wells Fargo, where her lending experience spanned verticals including: SaaS, hospitality, gaming, restaurants, healthcare and commercial real estate. Lacey loves teaching and coaching, and also runs a personal finance coaching/consultancy that enables clients to become financially savvy and automate and streamline their financial lives. She enjoys studying and learning new cultures and languages, and lived abroad in Madrid, Spain (2005) and Heidelberg, Germany (2005-2006) as an undergraduate student, in addition to completing a foreign-direct investment study tour throughout Cuba (2016) and delivering a consulting project for the Self Employed Women’s Association in India (2016) during business school. She holds an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business, a Certificate of Accounting from UCLA, and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Pepperdine University. Angie Hicks also serves as the Chief Customer Officer of ANGI Homeservices. Prior to assuming this role in September 2017, Ms. Hicks co-founded Angie’s List in 1995 and served as its Chief Marketing Officer from May 2000 and on its board of directors from March 2013 through its acquisition by ANGI Homeservices. Ms. Hicks earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from DePauw University, from which she received a Distinguished Alumni Award for Management and Entrepreneurship and the Robert C. McDermond Medal for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. Ms. Hicks has received multiple awards for her entrepreneurial achievements, as well as her leadership in both the community and the technology field, including (among others) being named the Women Tech Founder of the Year in 2016 and awarded both the TechPoint Trailblazer Award and Harvard Business School's Alumni Achievement Award in 2017.

Ren Parikh

Founder, Ideal Institute/FDU Advisor

Ren is an American entrepreneur, FDU eSports advisor, a business strategist, a philanthropist, and a life coach, who has over a two decade of experience in innovative design thinking. He specializes in Research, Education and Networking with a singular focus on creating employment opportunities and imparting innovative entrepreneurship skills to the unskilled; especially the youth of America. His vision is to inspire, motivate & engage people by Walking-the-Talk thus leading toward a life of Good Thoughts, Good Words & Good Deeds. His mission is to build an education system which: 1. Makes people empowered with skills, progressive in thought and sensitive at heart 2. Integrates education, with environmental exposure and work culture that finally leads to professional excellence 3. Promotes hands-on, experiential learning 4. Builds entrepreneurship skills. His purpose aims at bringing together only the best of global practices, Corporate Thinking and Accountability, the highest standards of Corporate Governance to create a model of sustainable development which is a benchmark in the society and can be replicated at scale. Gandhian philosophy, Ren works with grassroots initiatives for effecting positive changes in the lives of unemployed youth and people of America. The objective of Ren is to empower unemployed youth and people through relevant education, innovative Entrepreneurship and market-focused livelihood programs.

Ross Smith

Cofounder, Future World Alliance/Microsoft executive

Ross is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and blogger. Author of The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention and holds seven patents. He is a PhD scholar at University College Dublin’s SMARTLab program, focused on AI, automation, worker displacement, and the future of work. To further this effort, he is a co-founder of the Future World Alliance, a nonprofit committed to responsible AI for the next generation. He has worked at Microsoft for over 30 years. He is a board member at Spreeha. He is a co-founder of the Seattle Women in Tech Consortium and member of the leadership council for iUrbanTeen. He has been a member of the Leadership Council for the Anita Borg Institute, 3 year co-chair for Grace Hopper Organizational Transformation track. He is a member of ABI Local in Seattle, and part of the gender partner LT and ”male ally” panel discussions at the IEEE Women in Technology and National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) Summit and TechCrunch. Work with Native Americans at Microsoft. He is a Sequoyah Fellow in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). He was invited to the White House for a Champions of Change program on women in STEM. His academic research papers are published on ResearchGate. He is an avid reader and loves to travel.

Ty Heath

Director, Market Engagement, LinkedIn

Ty is Director, Market Engagement, The B2B Institute at LinkedIn, a think tank funded by LinkedIn studying the future of B2B marketing and decision making. She is also Co-Founder of TransformHer, the premier conference for professional women of color and allies in technology. With research, Ty engages and educates the industry in partnership with the leading marketing effectiveness thinkers and organizations such as Cannes Lions, ANA, and IPA to help better define the category, and drive growth. Ty is passionate about connecting people with information needed to make intelligent decisions, sharing research to help marketers be more productive and successful with a bit of humor. An award-winning marketer, international speaker and two-time Olympic Trials qualifier in the 800 meters, Ty is a top B2B marketing influencer teaching B2B marketing as well as leadership and diversity, equity and inclusion. Marketers benefit from Ty’s marketing experience at Google Inc, consulting within IBM as a social business manager and leading her own B2B consulting practice where she authored "Marketers of Tomorrow: A Step-by-Step Toolkit for Inbound Marketing". Beyond marketing, Ty served as the President of LinkedIn's Black Inclusion Group (BIG) for several years. Today, Ty serves on the Digital Marketing Institute's Global Advisory Council, on the Board of Directors for the American Advertising Federation and as an Adobe Insider with top executives, experts, and pioneers in technology. Ty is a frequent industry and academic speaker on the marketing circuit, having appeared at INBOUND, Adweek, Festival of Marketing, ADCOLOR, Marketing Society Changemakers, Ghana Tech Summit, Adobe Summit and the Digital Summit events to name a few. In her career, she has delivered marketing education to thousands.

Stacey Ross Cohen

CEO/founder, Co-Communications

In the world of branding, few experts possess the savvy and instinct of Stacey Ross Cohen. An award-winning brand professional who earned her stripes on Madison Avenue and at major television networks before launching her own agency, Stacey specializes in finding, cultivating, and perfecting brands. She is CEO and founder of Co-Communications, a PR, marketing, and design agency headquartered in New York. Since 1998, Stacey has coached individuals and businesses in various industries — from real estate to healthcare to education — and expertly positions their narratives in fiercely competitive markets. Stacey is extremely passionate about helping college-bound students develop and activate their personal brands to become tomorrow’s leaders. A staple at industry conferences, Stacey recently made her debut on the TEDx stage. She is a contributor at HuffPost, Thrive Global, and Entrepreneur magazine and is frequently featured in national media. She holds an MBA from Fordham University and a Media, Technology, and Entertainment certificate from NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Marcus Howard

eSports/Gaming Advisor and Professor

Marcus is a lifelong gamer, serial entrepreneur, college professor and international startup advisor. He started his career in the gaming industry in 2013, launching ProjectMQ with his twin brother Malcolm to solve game discovery, the biggest problem in the global gaming industry. In 2019, Marcus and Malcolm pivoted ProjectMQ into MetArena, helping brands of any size use video games to digitally engage their entire communities. He recently published "Innovate: Gaming & Esports" to teach gamers, parents, teachers, and brands about the business and STEAM career opportunities in the $180B gaming industry. Marcus has consulted with amazing brands like iHeartMedia and the University of Kentucky. He's also been an esports subject matter expert for the United States Department of State and the Republic of Estonia. In 2020, The Game Awards selected Marcus as one of 50 professionals for "Future Class", a worldwide cohort of leaders building a more inclusive future for the gaming industry. In 2021, LinkedIn selected him as one of its ecosystem's top 20 voices for sports. In his spare time, he scouts indie games (games made by independent game developers) for funding/distribution deals with the world’s largest gaming companies. Marcus is always eager to chat about video games, and you can find him on LinkedIn.

Mayte Cubino Gonzalez

Director, Modern Work, Microsoft

Mayte is Director, Modern Work at Microsoft and 2016 European Disability Champion. She is the EMEA Director for Office and MS Project Engineering Support at Microsoft, and the site lead of Microsoft Portugal (1,700+ employees). Prior to joining Microsoft in 2021, Mayte worked for 15 years at Cisco where she held a variety of leadership and engineer roles. Her passion for people and technology has driven her to lead numerous award-winning initiatives in the area of Diversity and Inclusion (disabilities, women, STEM, latino/hispanic), being recognized with numerous awards throughout her career, including the “Affinity Group Leadership Award” 2015 in the Above and Beyond Awards by Diversity Best Practices, or being named the European Disability Champion in 2016. She has led various Employee Resource Groups at a regional and global level, as well as being Wellbeing lead and a very active mentor and sponsor promoting and leading STEM projects. Mayte holds two Engineering degrees from Universitat Ramon Llull (Barcelona) and a Master in Project Management from the George Washington University. She is an active contributor in the AI community at Microsoft, an area that she loves. Originally from Spain, Mayte has three kids and resides in Lisbon with her family. She can be followed on LinkedIn and Twitter (@MayteCubino).

Jennifer Wines

Author, Invisible Wealth; Advisor

Born in Mexico, to an Irish mother and a Mexican father, Jennifer moved ten times by the age of twenty - all over North America. After law school, she embarked on a career in private wealth management that immersed her into the world of immense wealth. Jennifer worked at some of the top private wealth management institutions in the world, namely Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and Fidelity. She earned her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in Boston and her Certified Private Wealth Advisor designation from Booth Business School in Chicago. While at Fidelity, she developed a proof of concept and prototype for an enterprise solution, which was advanced into incubation. Her strong background with words and numbers, paired with her entrepreneurial spirit make her a trusted voice on the topic of redefining wealth. Recently named one of the Top 100 Women of the Future, Jennifer is a certified private wealth advisor who founded Invisible Wealth, which provides future-forward, consultancy services. Invisible Wealth, the book, now available through all major retailers. Publisher: Wiley.

Stefanie Krievins

Stefanie Krievins, President, Stefanie Krievins & Co.

Stefanie is a trained coach and facilitator with experience in HR consulting and business coaching. She is the host of the Hot Mess Hotline, a podcast for ambitious leaders who want to drive impactful change. She’s the creator of The Change Architecture which provides a new framework for driving transformation in the 21st century. She has collaborated with organizations from 5 to 50,000 employees in all sectors to create and implement strategic plans, change readiness assessments, and leadership development programs. Her coach training is in solution-focused methodology from Erickson International and she’s a member of the International Coach Federation. She also holds a Master’s degree and has worked in small business and regional and national nonprofits before starting her business in 2014.

Jen Libby, MSW, LCSW

Founder/CEO, Promly; Psychotherapist

As a ChangeMaker, founder, expert in teen mental health and well versed speaker, Jennifer brings a powerful message to her audience mixing modern mental health with real life and applicable strategies for parents of teens. She has been featured on Meetup Live (with over 5,000 listeners), Accenture Global, The Kennedy Forum, The Delbarton School, and many more. Jennifer speaks to both parent and youth audiences with a message that inspires and empowers.

Cynthia Hansen

Managing Director, Innovation Foundation (Adecco)

With a career spanning business, civil society and public-private partnership, Cynthia is an experienced executive specialising in driving and scaling social impact. Cynthia joined the Adecco Group in 2017 to establish the company’s first global foundation, The Innovation Foundation, which operates as a social innovation lab focused on increasing employability of underserved populations. Her areas of expertise include social impact, strategy, change management, and partnerships. Prior to joining the Adecco Group, Cynthia held senior positions at the World Economic Forum, Action Planning, World Affairs Council of Washington State and Amity Institute. Cynthia has served on corporate and non-profit boards and advisory bodies, as well as advising start-up ventures. She holds an MSc in Management of NGOs from the London School of Economics and a double BA (Hons) in Asian Studies and English/Literature from the University of Puget Sound. Cynthia was a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

Steve Pearlman

Founder, The Critical Thinking Institute

Steve Pearlman Ph.D., is founder of The Critical Thinking Institute. Since 1992, Steve has taught critical thinking and writing in higher education, including elite liberal arts colleges and state universities. In 2011, Steve founded one of the United States’ first departments in higher education specifically focused on teaching critical thinking skills. His work resulted in something exceptionally rare in academia: documented, campus-wide improvements in critical thinking. A premiere expert in critical thinking, Steve has presented at countless educational institutions, conferences, and businesses about improving critical thinking and related habits of mind. He is frequently found in national and international media, including CBS Atlanta, The Hill, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Connecticut Today, First Coast Connect, The Nation Speaks, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Point of View Radio. Devoted to the idea that everyone needs access to elite critical thinking skills, Steve founded The Critical Thinking Institute to bring his unique, proven methodology to the general public. In addition to academic articles, Steve is the author of America’s Critical Thinking Crisis: The Failure and Promise of Education, as well as the host of the podcast (for educators), Headagogy.

Luke Hobson

Sr Instructional Designer/Program Manager, MIT xPRO

Dr. Hobson is the Senior Instructional Designer and Program Manager at MIT xPRO, a Lecturer in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami, and the Founder of Instructional Design Institute. He's also the author of the book What I Wish I Knew Before Becoming an Instructional Designer and the host of the Dr. Luke Hobson Podcast and YouTube Channel.

Ben Legg

CEO, The Portfolio Collective

Ben is CEO and co-founder of The Portfolio Collective, which helps professionals understand, launch, manage and grow successful portfolio careers to their 9,000-strong global community of portfolio professionals. In addition to leading The Portfolio Collective, Ben also has his own portfolio career - mentoring startup & scaleup founders, helping investors pick winners and supporting Oxford University's entrepreneurial initiatives. Ben's early career included British Army Officer, McKinsey strategy consultant, executive at Coca-Cola, COO of Google Europe and various global technology CEO roles. He has lived in nine countries and is the author of the award-winning book: Marketing For CEOs - Death Or Glory In The Digital Age. He has five children and lives in London.

Eugen Solowjow

Head, Research Group, Siemens R&D

Dr. Solowjow is Head of Research Group at Siemens’ central R&D division, located in Berkeley, CA, USA. His research interests are in the areas of Machine Autonomy, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence with applications to factory automation. His mission is to enable cognitive automation with autonomous machines at scale. Eugen holds a Ph.D. in Robotics and a Masters in Management from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany. He was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

Raj Tiwari

Futurist; Digital Transformation, Johnson & Johnson

Rajiv Tiwari is a Futurist and leading Digital Transformation leader. In last 23 years of his global experience, Raj has shared his expertise and helped several Fortune 500 Companies. Raj is Johnson & Johnson Technology manger and Immersive Technologies Global Service Owner (JJTS). Raj is serving Judge panel of MIT’s flagship initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) – The Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC). Raj is also associated with several world’s leading professional associations (IEEE, APICS and CSCMP) and contributing to many industries. He has been Vice Chair (PACE-NJC) of IEEE, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation. For five consecutive years, Raj was nominated as a Board of Directors member and elected as Vice-President (PSJC) of APICS, the leading professional association since 1957 for supply chain and operations management. Raj’s contributions doesn’t limited to helping industry level. Raj is dedicated and passionate about helping and advancing millennial's skills and the workforce for the future via innovation.

Michael Coss

Head, Autonomous Robotic Systems, Nokia Bell Labs

Michael is department head of the Autonomous Robotic Systems Research group at Nokia Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ. Current research area is in industrial automation specifically in the areas of localization, navigation, orchestration, and communication for both ground and ariel robots in a factory or enterprise setting. His vision is to enable cloud-based robotics - moving intelligence into the network to allow for global optimization to improve safety, reliability, and performance. Michael has been with Nokia Bell Labs for over 30 years . In his spare time, he's an active mentor for FIRST robotics working with many teams for the past 20 years.

Shahzad Khokhar

Global Head of Platforms, Accelirate

Shahzad is an entrepreneur, a teacher, a coach, and a dad. He has a master’s degree from Columbia University and is a certified leadership coach through the Cornell University leadership program. While at Columbia, Shahzad won the Columbia Innovation award for his invention, KloudSign, a digital signage solution. He is currently the Global Head of Platforms at Accelirate which he joined as part of the acquisition of his Salesforce start up, araZach. While at araZach, Shahzad also created botConnector, an RPA based integration solution for connecting patient data with Health Cloud. Most recently, he was part of the Boston University MBA program teaching team. He is a musician and a poet.

Tim Miner

CEO, By the People Technologies; AI Strategy Consultant

Tim is an experienced executive who has held leadership roles at Salesforce, IBM, and Tact.ai. He currently directs By The People Technologies LLC, helping clients achieve digital transformation through innovative AI-based solutions. As a consultant, Tim understands the need for organizations to set achievable goals for successful AI integration. He is also a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute, teaching how to build AI into Design Thinking. With ChatGPT, Tim empowers management teams to leverage AI and stay ahead in their industry.

Karena Bell

Foudner/CEO, ProfitLinz

Karena is a seasoned IT professional with over 25+ years of experience in enterprise software, hardware, infrastructure, and finance. She is a highly skilled and accomplished advisor with a proven track record of success in various industries, including FinTech, MedTech, Saas, automotive manufacturing, and healthcare. With an extensive background as an accomplished advisor, executive, and globally recognized innovator, Karena excels in optimizing organizational profits and shaping effective business strategies. With a career spanning over twenty-five years, she has cultivated expertise in intricate systems, streamlined processes, and impactful applications that drive business success.

Kyle Shannon

Cofounder/CEO, Storyvine; AI Salon

Kyle is a visionary leader with more than 30 years of experience innovating in storytelling and digital marketing. As the Co-Founder and CEO of Storyvine, he has revolutionized video storytelling with a Guided Video platform that automates production and empowers clients to create authentic, professional content at scale. Kyle’s experience co-founding AGENCY.COM in the mid-1990s played a significant role in shaping the modern digital marketing landscape. As Chief Creative Officer, he helped grow the company to over 2,200 employees, $200 million in revenue, and a successful IPO on NASDAQ. Today, Kyle is deeply invested in exploring generative AI and is the founder of the AI Salon, (TheSalon.ai) a community of curious AI adventurers exploring the potential of what AI makes possible for as many people as possible. He’s dedicated to making AI accessible and understandable through the Everyday AI newsletter and AI Learning Lab TikTok channel.

Benedikt Lehnert

Chief Design Officer; Princeton fellow; Investor

Benedikt is a seasoned design executive with the heart of a maker and more than 20 years of deep expertise in creating impactful products people love and leading the world-class teams that make them. Benedikt is the Chief Design Officer at Stark, a venture-backed category-leading startup on the mission to make the world’s software accessible for everyone. Until April 2022, Benedikt was the Chief Design Officer at SAP leading the evolution of a unified end-to-end customer experience across the company’s entire portfolio. In his role he led SAP’s 1000+ designers, researchers and UX engineers directly reporting to SAP’s Executive Board. Previous to this, Benedikt was the Director of Product Design for Microsoft’s Fluent, Office, and M365 Experiences, leading the evolution of Microsoft’s design language and system, and delivering cross-platform productivity services across the company’s wide range of products. Before that, Benedikt led an interdisciplinary team of designers and researchers focused on aligning all of Microsoft‘s flagship mobile apps across Android and iOS, including Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams and more.

Demetri Patitsas

Talent, AWS; serial entrepreneur

Demetri is a serial entrepreneur and social entrepreneur who has founded multiple startups in the United States and internationally ranging from a mobile ice cream business, a dance company, an international service organization, and a social enterprise that provides educational experiences for US students and young professionals. Further, he has organized and delivered over 100 educational programs and expeditions to 7 countries around the world. Demetri loves mentoring, being mentored, teaching, and working toward helping others realize their unique individual potential.

André Elder

CISO, ZS

André is a thought leader and innovative solution provider, who specializes in Information Technology (IT), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and security. His extensive Information Security and Technology career spans more than 30 years and across military, public, private, and consulting sectors, including Magellan, BD, U.S. Air Force, Pershing, Goldman Sachs and Coach. As the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of ZS, André leads overall strategic direction for security services and information security initiatives and works primarily with external and private sectors. Certified and trained on global information security and operational enablement, André develops and implements the overall information security strategy for current and forward-leaning business direction, while adhering to governance and risk management frameworks. André serves as the security leader in a cross-functional team comprised of IT and Business Application leaders and provides managed security services to ZS's internal and external customers. He has developed security, strategy, growth and maintenance, including Enterprise and Product Security, In his previous role at BD as Sr. Director, Deputy CISO of Information Security, Strategy & Operations, André supported security, strategy, growth and maintenance within the corporation, including IT Security, Regional Security, Manufacturing Security and R&D Security and Customer Service Security. André implemented and enforced cybersecurity operations and information protection best practices and standards globally.

Lisa Skeete Tatum

Founder/CEO, Landit

Lisa is founder and CEO of Landit, a personalized career pathing platform created to increase the success and engagement of women and diverse groups in the workplace. The platform offers a turn-key “one size fits one” solution that enables companies to attract, develop, and retain diverse high-potential talent. Previously, Lisa was a General Partner for over a decade with Cardinal Partners, a $350M+ early-stage healthcare venture capital firm. Lisa also worked for Procter & Gamble, GE Capital, and founded her own consulting practice. Lisa serves on numerous high growth, public, and non-profit boards, including Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK), Union Square Hospitality Group, Cornell University Board of Trustees, McCarter Theater, The Lawrenceville School, and the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors. Lisa received her BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Kauffman Fellows Class 4 and a 2012 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, Vanity Fair, Fortune, Inc., CNBC, BBC Business and named one of the Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs by Inc. Landit was named one of the Top 10 Innovations That Made Women’s Lives Better by Fast Company.

Andrew Lubahn

VP, Partnerships, Pulsr.AI

Andrew is a Champion Athlete at the Youth and Professional Levels both domestically and internationally. He earned an Athletic Scholarship at Wake Forest University while they were the #1 college program in the USA. While playing professionally he helped lead a successful ethereum-backed ICO in 2017, worked with several genetics companies to create a direct-to-consumer genetics profile product, and invested heavily in cryptocurrencies, and biohacking companies. He spends his time learning, designing, and executing businesses in the Sporting, Technology, and Biological spaces. He currently leverages his sporting and technological talent as the Chief Strategy Officer at Sportcash One.

JW Womack

Branch Chief of Development, US Space Force

Dr. Jason ‘JW’ Womack is the Branch Chief of Development for the United States Space Force. With a passion for the human domain of leadership and team dynamics, JW has dedicated his career to empowering individuals and guiding teams. He earned his doctorate from the University of Southern California in Organizational Change and Leadership. As a leader, JW fosters a culture of self-leadership and high-performance teams. He leads by example, inspiring individuals to embrace personal accountability and ownership in their professional growth. JW’s expertise is leveraging the human element to achieve exceptional results in complex environments, ensuring teams are motivated, engaged, and equipped to overcome challenges. With a keen understanding of human behavior and motivation, he has developed strategies and programs that empower individuals to take charge of their personal and professional development. JW creates workshops, mentoring programs, and coaching programs, equipping people with the mindset and tools to excel in their roles. He believes in the power of continuous learning and personal growth. His future goals include expanding his reach into influencing a broader audience and developing innovative approaches to foster connections and build high-performance work cultures.

Amber Ivey

Cofounder, AuraSense

Amber Ivey “AI” is currently a Vice President at a non-profit where she leads a team that helps governments drive impact. In her prior role, as the Senior Director for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, she led a team that assisted governments in utilizing data and performance management for decision-making. Furthermore, she played a key role in the design and launch of the Bloomberg Philanthropies City Data Alliance. The program aims to train 100 mayors and their senior leaders throughout the Americas on utilizing data to lead achieve better outcomes. Formerly, she worked at The Pew Charitable Trust—a nonprofit focused on solving today's challenges by using data-driven, nonpartisan analysis. Here, Amber led the data collection and organization efforts of a first-of-its-kind research study on how all 50 states and the District of Columbia use data to solve complex problems, improve the delivery of government services, manage resources, and evaluate effectiveness. Most recently, Amber led a team that provided technical as well as strategic assistance to states and counties, who were working towards streamlining their business processes and launching technology, like legal assistance websites and online courts, to modernize and improve access to the legal system. Before joining Pew, Amber served at Maryland StateStat, a performance-measurement and management office established by former Governor Martin O'Malley (D). Following the change in administration, she helped facilitate the transition by demonstrating the effectiveness of data-driven decision-making through StateStat. Additionally, she played a key role in the establishment of the Governor's Office of Performance Improvement under Governor Larry Hogan (R). Before joining the State of Maryland, Amber was a logistics manager for a Fortune 50 company where she used data to drive efficiency, productivity, and profits. She switched from private to the public sector to use her skills in service of government efficiency. She has her MPA and J.D. and is excited to serve at the intersection of data, technology, public policy, and law. Amber is the founder of Ivey Collective– a firm that ignites positive change and improves outcomes for public sector and impact organizations through our data-driven solutions, customized consulting, training, and coaching services. Amber is also a co-founder of AuraSense--a company using Blockchain, AI and Digital Haptics to develop a remote, non-invasive physical examination platform that aims to provide equitable healthcare globally. She is also the creator and host of AI: Decodes the System podcast–a series of podcast interviews with industry experts and everyday people who help explain topics related to policy, tech, data, and law to the general public.

Tom Szacky

Founder/CEO, Terracycle

Tom is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration. TerraCycle is the lead company in a new circular shopping platform called Loop that enables consumers to shop for some of their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging. Launched in May 2019, Loop is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by 'single- use' consumption. Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Schwab Foundation, Fortune Magazine, Time Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Tom is the author of four books, “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009), “Outsmart Waste” (2014), “Make Garbage Great” (2015) and “The Future of Packaging” (2019). Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016 and is syndicated in more than 20 foreign markets on Amazon and iTunes.

Anya Pechko

Digital Wellness Coach

Anya is a Digital Wellness Coach, Speaker, and founder of ProjectBe, a platform raising awareness about the growing dangers of social media and digital attachment—she is skilled in team leadership, organizational workflow, and project management. She is committed to creating the conditions necessary for human relationships, communities, and personal well-being to thrive in the digital age. Anya also created the "Digital Wellness for Families" course, an 8-week online program designed to teach parents and families how to live more authentic and connected lives by spending less time with technology.

Scott Brown

CEO, Immersion; former actor

Scott Brown has been a long-time technologist and nine-time entrepreneur with a strong history of building companies from inception to exit. Currently, he is the CEO of Immersion, a platform that is democratizing the predictive power of neuroscience. Scott was recognized on the Global Corporate Venturing Powerlist for his work running early stage VC for the global broadband industry. As an active angel investor, advisor and bestselling author, Scott has helped hundreds of startups perfect their pitch with a framework he created called (C)lean Messaging. Available on Amazon, (C)lean Messaging is a system to help innovators and entrepreneurs talk to humans. A sought-after speaker, Scott has presented around the world for Fortune 500 companies, startup events, TEDx, and many more. His unique perspectives on corporate innovation and entrepreneurship have inspired thousands. From Hamlet to hiring, and (C)lean Messaging to the Speculative Startup, Scott is known to speak about the magic that happens when ideas collide. In 2016, Scott is credited with inventing the world’s first bacon-wrapped tot.

Kevin Merges

Chief Global Impact Officer, Saddle River Day School

Dr. Kevin Merges has presented at national and international conferences on the topics around technology in education. He works to bring AI, AR/VR and Web3 resources to schools. In the past, he worked as a consultant for Fujitsu talking to schools and administration about VR/AR integration in curriculum. He regularly advises startups and early stage VR/AR companies on the education market and product development. Starting this summer he will be working to build a consortium of schools offering classes in virtual reality. This program will allow students to join classes from any location with a wifi connection.

Christine Ntim

Entrepreneur, Speaker

Christine Souffrant Ntim is an award-winning Haitian-American entrepreneur & startup ecosystem expert for emerging markets. She was selected and featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, Haiti Changemakers 1804 List, Singularity NASA, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine and more. She speaks on digital entrepreneurship, startup hacking, exponential tech AI, and personal branding at over 20+ global conferences a year- which includes former appearances at the US State Department Tours, United Nations, TEDx, SXSW, Startup Grind Global, SeedStars World, European Union Forum and more. Her entrepreneurial journey started with Vendedy , a social network connecting people to street markets. The innovative platform was featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine, IBM Global Entrepreneur, Microsoft, the Clinton Global Initiative, Master Card Priceless Pitch, SheKnowsMedia Pitch, Chivas Venture Million Dollar Prize, Forbes Million Dollar Prize Top 40, SOCAP Gratitude Network, Rent the Runway Project Entrepreneur and Digital Entertainment World. Her efforts to digitize a $10 trillion dollar street market economy by centralizing the world’s 200,000 street markets was also featured in alumni networks at Singularity@NASA, Draper University, Dartmouth College Alumni Magazine, and Hult International Business School Magazine. Today, Christine is an award-winning keynote speaker, traveler and serial entrepreneur who builds startup ecosystems in emerging markets.She is the Director of Startup Grind Dubai Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs and a partner at the GlobalStartupEcosystem.com which hosts the largest digital online accelerator program in the world- graduating over 1000+ companies across 190+ countries a year in Africa, Caribbean, Latin America, Middle East, Asia, Europe. Christine is a sought-after speaker who inspires with her award-winning talk- “Entrepreneurship Without Borders” and startup hacking series. For fun, she travels and binge watches top business shows with her husband and beautiful baby girl.

Sean O’Sullivan

Founder, MP, SOSV

Sean is the founder and managing partner of SOSV which has invested in over 900 startups, investing about $65 million per year in the 150 startups that go through its global accelerators annually which help create over $2 billion in new market capitalization every year. Recognized in 2017 as the world’s #1 most active global early stage investor and the #2 most active global seed investor*, SOSV’s accelerator model takes a small initial stake in startups and provides a framework and community where startups get further and faster than they could on their own. SOSV runs the world’s most active accelerators in hardware (HAX), life sciences (IndieBio/RebelBio), disruptive food (Food-X), and Asia cross-border startups (Chinaccelerator/MOX). As of 2019, SOSV is in the top 6% of venture capitalists globally based on return an investment (returns over 20 years average 38% Net IRR). O’Sullivan’s first company, MapInfo, grew to a $200 million public company with over 1,000 employees, and popularized street mapping on computers. His first internet company, NetCentric, developed many concepts in internet computing, and he is credited as the co-creator of the term “cloud computing”. Sean founded JumpStart International, a leading humanitarian organization in conflict zones, in the 2000s, where he oversaw over 3,500 staff at the height of the organization during the Iraq conflict. O’Sullivan received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California. He is also a primary supporter of such organizations such as Coderdojo (a global network of coding clubs that 50,000 kids attend every week) and Khan Academy (used by 15 million students to learn every month). He’s on the board Khan Academy, I-ASC, and a number of private companies.

Sree Sreenivasan

Digital Media Entrepreneur

Sree is the inaugural Marshall Loeb Visting Professor of Digital Innovation at Stony Brook School of Journalism. During the Covid19 crisis, he's hosting a daily global conversation with experts: http://bit.ly/sreecovid19call Sree is a leading social and digital media consultant and trainer, working with nonprofits, startups, companies and executives around the world. He has served as Chief Digital Officer of New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University (where he was a full-time professor of journalism for 20+ years). He has also been a paid on-air tech expert for the three largest news stations in NYC. He taught a course on entrepreneurship at Columbia for four years with Ken Lerer, the co-founder of Huffington Post, chairman of Buzzfeed and co-founder of venture firm LererHippeau. Sree is the creator of three popular social media learning opportunities that have been attended by thousands of attendees in NYC, several U.S. cities and more than a dozen countries: Social Media Weekend, Social Media Day and Social Media One-Night Stand. Join Sree's Sunday Note newsletter with tech, social and life tips: http://bit.ly/sreenote. And join his FB Group, Sree's Advanced Social Media: http://bit.ly/sreefbadvanced In 2015, Fast Company named him one of the 100 most creative people in business and in 2010, he was named one of the 35 most influential people in social media by the Poynter Institute. In 2014, he was named most influential CDO by CDO Club. His new NYT guide to social media: http://bit.ly/nyt2017 His social media FB group: http://bit.ly/sreefbadvanced His five TEDx talks: http://bit.ly/sreetedxvideos. 
Twitter: @sree: http://twitter.com/sree Email: sree@sree.net

Nelufar Hedayat

Correspondent, Doha Debates, Journalist, Podcaster

Nelufar is a Doha Debates correspondent, bringing the debate topics and themes to global audiences for continued conversations across digital platforms. Nelufar is also the host of Doha Debates’ podcast, Course Correction and digital show #DearWorld which looks at the world under lockdown due to Covid 19. Nelufar is an award-winning journalist who previously hosted the investigative series The Traffickers on Fusion TV, uncovering the illegal trade and trafficking of people, precious minerals, counterfeit drugs and endangered species. She traveled through Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas to chronicle corrupt officials, dealers, poachers and smugglers, revealing vast transportation networks, safe houses and packaging factories. Her work has earned prestigious awards and nominations, including Livingston awards for excellence in reporting, an international affairs award from the Association for International Broadcasting, and best investigation and journalist of the year awards at the Asian Media Awards, as well as the reporter/correspondent Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media. Before Doha Debates and Fusion, Nelufar worked for the BBC, Channel 4 News and The Guardian, chronicling the challenges facing women, children and families in conflict zones, from vaccination battles and organ markets to the global refugee crisis and health workers risking their lives to vaccinate children in hostile regions. Nelufar’s 2018 docuseries Food Exposed explores the hidden truth behind the global food industry and in 2019 she joined Morgan Freeman as a contributing presenter on the 3rd season of Story of God.

Jay Bhatti

Venture Partner, BrandProject, Entrepreneur

Jay is a founding venture partner with BrandProject Capital. Jay is also an active angel investor in New Jersey start-ups. Due to Jay’s work in the startup community in New Jersey, Jay was nominated for Venture Capitalist of the Year in New Jersey in 2017 by the New Jersey Tech Council. More recently, Jay was co-chair of the Governor Murphy’s Tech Transition Team and is working with the administration on ways to make New Jersey the center of tech innovation again. Jay has given a TEDx talk on innovation and has been featured in various publications such as Time Magazine, BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur Magazine, ABC News, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, NBC News, World News, and the Financial Times. Prior to BrandProject, Jay was the co-founder of spock.com, the leading social search engine in the world based in the heart of Silicon Valley. Spock raised over $10m in venture funding and powered search for leading social networks like bebo, hi5, friendster and tagged. At its peak, over 40 million people did over 100 million searches per month on the platform, making spock one of the top 10 search engines on the planet. Before Spock, Jay worked in Global Enterprise Strategy and Marketing at Microsoft in Seattle. Jay has an MBA from the Wharton School and a BS with Highest Honors from Rutgers School of Engineering.

Steve Anglin

Co-founder, CEO, WeSolar

Steve is the co-founder and chief executive of WeSolar CSP and is a thought leading voice in todays renewable energy industry. He has used his experience having spent decades on WallStreet as a business leader to impact and help reduce the global carbon footprint. His experience gives him the natural ability to manage complex initiatives from concept to funding including successful product launches. Steve has worked with global heads, governments and industry to develop disruptive , transformational energy solutions. He has held various leadership positions at JPMorgan, UBS, GE Capital, DTC, Wipro Technologies and Virtusa Inc. Steve earned an Executive MBA from Rutgers University Business School.

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Angie Hicks also serves as the Chief Customer Officer of ANGI Homeservices. Prior to assuming this role in September 2017, Ms. Hicks co-founded Angie’s List in 1995 and served as its Chief Marketing Officer from May 2000 and on its board of directors from March 2013 through its acquisition by ANGI Homeservices. Ms. Hicks earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from DePauw University, from which she received a Distinguished Alumni Award for Management and Entrepreneurship and the Robert C. McDermond Medal for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

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Kyle’s experience co-founding AGENCY.COM in the mid-1990s played a significant role in shaping the modern digital marketing landscape. As Chief Creative Officer, he helped grow the company to over 2,200 employees, $200 million in revenue, and a successful IPO on NASDAQ.

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Benedikt is the Chief Design Officer at Stark, a venture-backed category-leading startup on the mission to make the world’s software accessible for everyone.

Until April 2022, Benedikt was the Chief Design Officer at SAP leading the evolution of a unified end-to-end customer experience across the company’s entire portfolio. In his role he led SAP’s 1000+ designers, researchers and UX engineers directly reporting to SAP’s Executive Board.

Previous to this, Benedikt was the Director of Product Design for Microsoft’s Fluent, Office, and M365 Experiences, leading the evolution of Microsoft’s design language and system, and delivering cross-platform productivity services across the company’s wide range of products. Before that, Benedikt led an interdisciplinary team of designers and researchers focused on aligning all of Microsoft‘s flagship mobile apps across Android and iOS, including Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams and more.

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            [post_title] => André Elder
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consulting sectors, including Magellan, BD, U.S. Air Force, Pershing, Goldman Sachs and
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external and private sectors. Certified and trained on global information security and
operational enablement, André develops and implements the overall information security
strategy for current and forward-leaning business direction, while adhering to governance and
risk management frameworks. André serves as the security leader in a cross-functional team
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including Enterprise and Product Security, In his previous role at BD as Sr. Director, Deputy CISO
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Previously, Lisa was a General Partner for over a decade with Cardinal
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He earned his doctorate from the University of Southern California in Organizational Change and Leadership. As a leader, JW fosters a culture of self-leadership and high-performance teams. He leads by example, inspiring individuals to embrace personal accountability and ownership in their professional growth.

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Before joining Pew, Amber served at Maryland StateStat, a performance-measurement and management office established by former Governor Martin O'Malley (D). Following the change in administration, she helped facilitate the transition by demonstrating the effectiveness of data-driven decision-making through StateStat. Additionally, she played a key role in the establishment of the Governor's Office of Performance Improvement under Governor Larry Hogan (R).

Before joining the State of Maryland, Amber was a logistics manager for a Fortune 50 company where she used data to drive efficiency, productivity, and profits. She switched from private to the public sector to use her skills in service of government efficiency. She has her MPA and J.D. and is excited to serve at the intersection of data, technology, public policy, and law.

Amber is the founder of Ivey Collective– a firm that ignites positive change and improves outcomes for public sector and impact organizations through our data-driven solutions, customized consulting, training, and coaching services. Amber is also a co-founder of AuraSense--a company using Blockchain, AI and Digital Haptics to develop a remote, non-invasive physical examination platform that aims to provide equitable healthcare globally.

She is also the creator and host of AI: Decodes the System podcast–a series of podcast interviews with industry experts and everyday people who help explain topics related to policy, tech, data, and law to the general public. 
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            [post_title] => Tom Szacky
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TerraCycle is the lead company in a new circular shopping platform called Loop that enables consumers to shop for some of their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging. Launched in May 2019, Loop is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by 'single- use' consumption.

Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Schwab Foundation, Fortune Magazine, Time Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Tom is the author of four books, “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009), “Outsmart Waste” (2014), “Make Garbage Great” (2015) and “The Future of Packaging” (2019). Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016 and is syndicated in more than 20 foreign markets on Amazon and iTunes. 

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            [post_title] => Anya Pechko
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democratizing the predictive power of neuroscience. Scott was recognized on the Global Corporate
Venturing Powerlist for his work running early stage VC for the global broadband industry.
As an active angel investor, advisor and bestselling author, Scott has helped hundreds of startups
perfect their pitch with a framework he created called (C)lean Messaging. Available on Amazon, (C)lean
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He has also been a paid on-air tech expert for the three largest news stations in NYC. He taught a course on entrepreneurship at Columbia for four years with Ken Lerer, the co-founder of Huffington Post, chairman of Buzzfeed and co-founder of venture firm LererHippeau.

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His new NYT guide to social media: http://bit.ly/nyt2017  
His social media FB group: http://bit.ly/sreefbadvanced His five TEDx talks: http://bit.ly/sreetedxvideos. 
Twitter: @sree: http://twitter.com/sree Email: sree@sree.net
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Coaches

C.J. Meenan

Entrepreneur, Educator

C.J. is an entrepreneur and educator with over 30 years’ experience teaching entrepreneurship and starting small businesses. He holds an MBA from Babson College and is a leader in entrepreneurial education who specializes in curriculum design for individuals as well as groups. He has designed entrepreneurship programs at all levels from elementary to adult learners. C.J. is certified in Driving Economic Growth Through Entrepreneurship Ecosystems through Babson Executive Education & is a certified internal corporate coach. In 1987, C.J. co-founded The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. As the co-founder of NFTE, he helped develop curriculum and launch an entrepreneurship training program that's been implemented at high schools and universities around the world. During his career, C.J. has trained thousands of entrepreneurs in the principles of starting and scaling a small business. C.J. also trains educators, his methods and teaching strategies having been adopted in over 25 countries. In recognition of his work in this field, he received the Price Babson Fellowship for Entrepreneurship Educators. C.J. believes in lifelong learning and leads by example. To stay current, he takes one workshop and two online courses each year. Most recently, he completed the IDEO course on Creative Leadership and was certified in Entrepreneurship Essentials through HBX | Harvard Business School.

James Barrood

Ecosystem Builder, Innovator, Advisor, Educator

James is among the primary leaders of the east coast's innovation ecosystem. Over the past 20+ years he has helped nurture entrepreneurial, innovation and technology communities. He has been recognized as a Power 100 List leader and a Top 100 Influencer. For the past five years he led one of the largest tech trade associations, the NJ Tech Council. Prior to this he led the top ranked entrepreneurship and innovation center at Fairleigh Dickinson University for most of 17 years. He currently serves as an advisor to startups, growth companies and institutions as well as Tech Council Ventures and Jumpstart Angels Network. James is the editor of the book, Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Global Insights from 24 Leaders and co-author of Lessons from the Great Recession. He has written articles for Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Grit Daily, ROI, NJBiz and other publications and has been widely quoted regionally and nationally. He frequently speaks at regional and global conferences and serves on several boards. He holds an MBA from Texas A&M University and a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.

Gina Tedesco

Investor, Serial Entrepreneur, FDU Professor

Gina is an active investor, serial entrepreneur, professor and mentor. Currently managing member of Amala Ventures, a venture firm investing in disruptive technology in the USA and Brazil, her career of over 30 years includes co-founding 3 successful start-up ventures, overseas postings in finance and M&A with a global pharmaceutical company and industry expertise in pharmaceuticals, biotech, and technology. Gina is a member and board member of Jumpstart NJ Angel Network and a member of Golden Seeds. She also serves on the board of two private companies and is an Advisory Board Member of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently teaching various online courses in entrepreneurship.

Dr. Diana Kyser

Serial Entrepreneur, Tech Executive

Diana is a serial entrepreneur; her first business was a software development firm in the early days of the PC, and her most successful was C3i, Inc., a $100M venture funded global technology solutions firm that she co-founded in 1993 and sold to Merck. Dr. Kyser has also held leadership positions in marketing, customer care, operations and human resources at large firms like American Express, JPMorgan Chase and LexisNexis, as well as startups like TheLadders.com. During her career, Dr. Kyser has led just about every function within a business including operations, technology, customer service, finance, human resources and sales. This experience has given her a unique, execution-focused perspective that she now brings to her role as Chief Operating Officer of SWK Technologies. Dr. Kyser taught for many years at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Rothman Institute for Entrepreneurship in Madison, NJ and Thomas Edison State College in the MBA, Masters and undergraduate programs. She has served on the Board of Advisors for the Women's Center for Entrepreneurship in Chatham, NJ and on the Board of Trustees for Family Connections in Orange, NJ. She holds a BA from Birmingham-Southern College and an MBA from New York University a Doctorate in Business at Temple University. Dr. Kyser was a 2014 Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners finalist and a 2015 recipient of NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business Award and is a resident of Summit, NJ.

Stephanie Bousheri

Serial Entrepreneur

Stephanie is an accomplished entrepreneurial leader and UC Davis and UCSF trained clinician scientist with global experience spanning patient care, clinical research, product strategy, commercialization, and business development. Throughout her career she has focused on ways to use technology and the idea of scale to innovate, uplift, educate, and help others. From working as a nurse; to founding a non-profit to deliver care in underserved communities; to taking the first therapeutic HIV vaccine to Africa; to serving on the founding team of Welkin, company focused on improving chronic disease; to operating as a general manager at Coursera. Over the course of her career she has worked with both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups to bring novel solutions to market and drive company growth. In her free time she gives back by serving on several boards, and advising early stage companies.

Micheline Nader

CEO, Jesra Foundation

Micheline Nader, BSN, MPH, DESS is the CEO of Jesra Foundation, a serial healthcare entrepreneur and the best-selling author of the Dolphin's Dance: 5-Step Journey into Conscience Awareness. Micheline founded the Blue Dolphin Healthcare group where she built and managed a chain of skilled nursing homes facilities. After 15 years of successful operations, Micheline sold her company to a public healthcare group. Since then, she has maintained a strong involvement in the healthcare business as entrepreneur. In addition, through her writings, workshops and speaking engagements, Micheline is actively creating value for individuals and organizations with a focus on personal growth and social transformation through embracing an attitude of success and discovering the individuals’ passion and purpose. Micheline is also an active philanthropist through the Jesra Foundation that she co-founded, with a commitment to the education and wellbeing of underprivileged children as well rare disease research. Prior, Micheline lead a successful career in hospital administration where she held executive positions at the American University Hospital of Beirut and the American Hospital of Paris when she and her family lived for 8 years. After moving to Canada, she co-founded Chateau Westmount, allied with McGill University and catering for elderly with Alzheimer’s and memory disorders. Micheline relocated to the US in the early 90’s. Micheline holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a master’s in public health from the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) and a Doctoral degree in Healthcare Management from Paris-Dauphine University (France).

Jenn Halweil

Chief Story Engineer, Go Beyond

Electrical Engineer turned Story Engineer, Jenn is on a mission to highlight the inspiring stories of individuals breaking boundaries in science, tech, media and beyond, and to inspire a new wave of innovation in the process: one that is socially conscious and sustainable. Jenn Halweil is the Chief Story Engineer at #GoBeyond, an educational media company, highlighting ambitious innovators in science, tech, and media, to explore the more humanistic, social, and ethical considerations of tech innovation and media headlines. Jenn's work is the culmination of a decade of experience championing diversity and inclusion, and science literacy as a serial entrepreneur including: Founder & former CEO of Legacy Impacts, an educational non-profit organizing events drawing over 50,000 attendees; Former electrical engineer focused on sustainability, renewable energy, and the social and political impacts of technological innovation, and the Department of Energy's youngest intern in their FreedomCar Division (their alternative fuel vehicle initiative); Société Générale Citizen Act Winner, Professional Engineers of NC Scholarship Recipient, National Merit and Johns Hopkins CTY Alumni. Jenn currently serves as an advisor and advocate for the Geena Davis Institute and Chloe Capital.

Victor Salama

Exec Director, GNEC

Victor joined Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation (GNEC) in June 2020 as the organization’s Executive Director. He has over 25 years’ experience in creating international partnerships in both for- profit and non-profit sectors and has extensive experience as a nonprofit executive, entrepreneurship workshop instructor and business owner. Prior to joining GNEC, Victor was the Executive Director of First Friends of NJ & NY, a nonprofit organization based in Kearny NJ that supports immigrants who are detained by the US Dept. of Homeland Security in 4 NJ jails and also upon their release. Victor was also President of the LIVY Group, a consulting firm dedicated to helping nonprofits grow through the creation and implementation of program replication strategies. He spent 3 years at StrateSphere LLC, a Columbus Ohio based firm devoted to public-private partnership creation. As Director of Business Development, he grew business opportunities for StrateSphere’s Venture Highway entrepreneurship education programming and other entrepreneurship and education related activities. He was also a Venture Highway entrepreneurship education workshop trainer. Victor spent 15 years as Vice President of Business & International Partnerships at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an organization that provides entrepreneurship education programming to youth serving institutions. His roles included supporting and creating new international and domestic licensed partnerships, managing NFTE’s 11 program offices and pushing forward the company’s strategy initiatives. He has taught NFTE teacher training workshops and youth workshops all over the world. Prior to his career at NFTE, Victor ran his own food distribution company and worked for various United Nations agencies in the area of international entrepreneurship development and technology. He has extensive experience working directly with entrepreneurs, universities, economic development agencies and government ministries. Victor has a J.D. from Washington College of Law, The American University (Washington DC), and an M.A. from the School of International Service, The American University and a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA).

David Stengle

CEO and Founder, Board++

David is a serial entrepreneur. His latest venture, Board++ cracks glass ceilings, diversifies boards, and prepares our next generation for board seats. Previous companies delivered enterprise software solutions in fintech, adtech, and digital health. He started as a programmer and later led technology, product, marketing, revenue, business development and strategy at startups as well as CEO of several companies. He spent several years as managing director and CTO of an accelerator. He also advises early stage companies. David is the founder and director of Startup Grind's Princeton chapter and runs startup, blockchain, and data science meetups.

Michele Joseph

ED, Student Global Ambassador Program

Michele is the executive director of the Student Global Ambassador Program (SGAP Leaders). SGAP Leaders is a 501(C) 3 charitable organization and empowers young leaders to take action on real-world problems using STEM, sustainability, environmental and social justice challenges. Overall, SGAP Leaders provides a structured vehicle for motivated and curious middle and high school students to come together and find solutions to pressing problems ranging from climate change and fossil fuels to related social issues such as access to clean water, food shortages (and waste), teen suicide and human trafficking. Over the years, SGAP Leaders has inspired, engaged, and empowered upwards of 3,100 students from 75 private, public, charter, independent and religious middle and high schools. Since 2016, Michee Joseph has teamed with Fairleigh Dickinson University, Columbia University, Drew University, Princeton University, Chestnut Hill College, and Montclair State University. Furthermore, Joseph fostered partnerships with like-minded corporations and organizations such as the Urban League of Morris County, Picatinny Arsenal, and Covanta Energy. In addition, Joseph and her partners have secured funding for SGAP Leaders-related programs through the generosity of FirstEnergy Foundation, Constellation Energy, Wells Fargo, Picatinny Arsenal and TD Bank Charitable Foundation. Ms. Joseph attained her MBA in strategy and marketing from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and her BSc in Biology/Environmental Sciences from Catholic University of America. She was the team lead for Net Impact while attending Georgetown University. She also earned a certificate in Sustainable Practices for the Workplace and has several CEU in Internal Branding and Marketing Campaign ROI. She taught entrepreneurship to promising high school students at the WEB Dubois Scholars Institute at Princeton University. At present, she is pursuing her certificate in design thinking. She has over 15 years of strategy, marketing and branding experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

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FAQs

1. Will a certificate of completion be given? 
Yes, from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

2. What is the age range for enrollees? 
Students in grades 8-12 may register (typically 13-18 years old).

3. How much does program cost?
$495

4. Is there a scholarship program for students? 
Yes, partial and full scholarships are available and will be need-based. We are partnering with GNEC, SEEDS, Allstars, HISPA, New City Kids and AWIS to award scholarships to students as well. Contact us.

5. Is a pretest necessary? 
No, but students must have a willingness to learn.

6. Will students simply be viewing a recorded talk during the LIVE session? 
No, the content delivered will be complemented by facilitated discussions and hands-on activities and exercises.

7. How much time is required to complete the course?
15 hours of content and 5-6 hours of homework.

8. Can I enroll if I live outside the US? 
Absolutely!

9. What is the dress code? 
Business casual is recommended for LIVE program and recorded pitch/demos.

Feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.

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