Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker. In addition to launching one of the most popular blogs in the world, he has written 20 best-selling books, including The Dip, Linchpin, Purple Cow, Tribes, and What To Do When It’s Your Turn (And It’s Always Your Turn). His book, This is Marketing, was an instant bestseller in countries around the world. The latest book is The Practice, and creatives everywhere have made it a bestseller. Seth is founder of the altMBA and The Akimbo Workshops, online seminars that have transformed the work of thousands of people around the world.
Though renowned for his writing and speaking, Seth also founded two companies, Squidoo and Yoyodyne (acquired by Yahoo!).By focusing on everything from effective marketing and leadership, to the spread of ideas and changing everything, Seth has been able to motivate and inspire countless people around the world.
In 2013, Seth was one of just three professionals inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame. In an astonishing turn of events, in May 2018, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame as well. He might be the only person in both.
Joy Sanchez-Taylor is an Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) whose research specialty is intersections between science fiction, fantasy, and critical race theory. She is the author of Diverse Futures: Science Fiction and Authors of Color. The book examines the contributions of late-twentieth- and twenty-first-century US and Canadian science fiction authors of color. By looking at the intersections among science fiction authors of multiple races and ethnicities, Joy Sanchez-Taylor seeks to explain how these authors of color are juxtaposing tropes of science fiction with specific cultural references to comment on issues of inclusiveness in Eurowestern cultures.
The central argument of this work is that these authors are challenging science fiction’s history of Eurocentric representation through the depiction of communities of color in fantastic or futuristic settings, specifically by using cognitive estrangement and the inclusion of non-Eurowestern cultural beliefs and practices to comment on the alienation of racially dominated groups. By exploring science fiction tropes—such as first contact, genetic modification, post-apocalyptic landscapes, and advanced technologies in the works of Octavia E. Butler, Ted Chiang, Sabrina Vourvoulias, and many others—Sanchez-Taylor demonstrates how authors of various races and ethnicities write science fiction that pays homage to the genre while also creating a more diverse and inclusive portrait of the future.
Wadia Ait Hamza is Head of the Global Shapers Community at the World Economic Forum. Previously, he worked at the Rabat School of Governance and Economics, at Toyota and at the European Institute for the Mediterranean in Barcelona.
Wadia is 2012 United Nations Alliances of Civilizations fellow, 2012 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader, 2013 cohort of the Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and 2019 hope Tizi award. Wadia was also selected among the 15 below 40 who make “The International Geneva” by the Swiss magazine Le Temps. He is trustee of Al Akhawayn Alumni Association.
Joshua Mesnik is an American actor. He grew up in Naples, Florida and graduated from Florida State University, where he was a longtime member of the campus favorite “30in60” Sketch Comedy Troupe. While working in New York City as a public educator with The QUESTion Project, he began his acting training at the TGW Acting Studio NYC. Soon thereafter he relocated to Los Angeles to begin his work as an actor for film and voice.
Michael Rekola is a producer and storyteller with a focus on helping independent filmmakers craft their films! His specialty ranges from the development of script through to distribution. The first chapter of Mike’s story began on Capitol Hill in the early 2010s where he cut his teeth as a communications director in Congressional Leadership as a producer and director of digital media.
Then it was onto FWD.us, a non-profit founded by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, where Mike was their inaugural communications director who built an entire office and operations. After producing hundreds of successful media packages, Mike decided to make the leap to full entrepreneurship in 2017. Since then Mike has produced, invested, or supported films that have played at Berlinale Film Fest, been sold to American distributors, and is currently developing his next feature film — Burying Doris.
Outside of producing, Michael uses his talents to host the NATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, as its Executive Director and Founder. This Film Festival focuses on champion local and national emerging filmmaking talent. “A rising tide lifts all ships,” is a common phrase you’ll hear Michael repeating. He splits his time between Washington, D.C., and his Great Grandfather’s Farm in Brooklyn, CT with his wife Kaitlin, toddler, Emmi, and undomesticated and devoted canine of eleven years – Monty.
Chris Williams, Founder and CEO at ZELOS. Zelos is a search engine and archival database for Track & Field meet results using artificial intelligence to provide free, accessible, and accurate information to our diverse and global community.
Etta D. Jackson worked in the field of education for twenty-five years as teacher, guidance counselor and district administrator in both New York and Wisconsin. Ms. Jackson holds a B.A. in Biology and two M.S. degrees: one in Psychoanalytic Counseling and Development and the other in Administrative Leadership and Supervision. She recently received her Ph.D. in Leadership and Change at Antioch University in “The Role of Geospatial Information and Effective Partnerships in the Implementation of the International Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
Her passion for wanting to make a difference led her to the founding of The Institute for Conscious Global Change ICGC), a 501(c)(3) international non-for-profit NGO organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. She now serves as the CEO of the Institute. This New York based organization was founded in 2007 with the objective of providing a comprehensive response to: ‘Fundamentally Changing the Way Humanity Lives in and Creates Its Environment’!
The focus of our work is to provide visual but tangible development solutions to support the unfinished mandate of the Millennium Development Goals and now Sustainable Development Goals. With the aid of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), GeoDesign and related technologies, ICGC engages governments and citizens to develop integrated holistic and comprehensive development models for implementation in each country. ICGC believes this approach is essential for the eradication of extreme poverty, to create the ‘Future We Want’ and ensure no one is left behind. ICGC seeks to ‘Put Equality on the Map!
Ms. Jackson is also the author of four books: • Understanding Your Choice • Unveiling the Secrets of the Feminine Principle • The Role of Consciousness in Governance • The Idea That Is the United States of America-Its Occult Foundation. She is the mother of one daughter and has a grandson.
Dr. Neil Oculi is an interdisciplinary political geographer. He received his Ph.D. in Geography and an MA in International Studies from the University of Connecticut. He also holds a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and studied farm management and rural development at the United World College in Venezuela. Neil has taught courses in Geography, Globalization, and Global Environmental Politics at the University of Connecticut. Neil is currently the Resident Lecture in Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values at the Center for Marine Resource Studies in the Turks and Caicos. Neil is also an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford, teaching Environmental Studies and Environmental Justice courses.
His research interests include the vulnerability of Small Island Development State (SIDS), foreign policy analysis, international climate change policy, modeling of sea-level rise within SIDS, and hydro and hydraulic modeling of flood events within SIDS. His research adventures have taken him to Venezuela, Mexico, Tanzania, and the Caribbean, his home region.
Born and raised in Saint Lucia, Neil’s passion for environmental justice and climate change sprouted during his time as the president of a local environmental club, the Mabouya Valley Environmental Club. Serving in that role, he managed local environmental projects such as river stabilization, watershed management, and education, youth Heritage Tourism initiatives, etc.
Amy Drewry is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, recently completing her 4th PBS affiliate documentary, a historical and agricultural film The Virginia Peanut Story, with support from the Virginia Humanities & other organizations. This documentary has aired on over 100 PBS markets nationwide. Her previous documentaries include; Wired for Life, Early Childhood Education & Care; Surviving Abundance, Overweight Kids in Crisis; & Kingdom By The Sea, Fortress Monroe. Amy’s work in film, theater, television, corporate and digital web-based platforms has allowed her to produce in multi-genres as both Director and Producer. She directed the theatrical production “Ruined” for one of the most respected historically black universities, Hampton University. Other theater directing credits include “Crimes of the Heart” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” “Dracula” “Steel Magnolias” and others. Amy’s work in film, theater, television, corporate and digital web-based platforms has allowed her to produce in multi-genres as both Director and Producer. She directed the theatrical production “Ruined” for one of the most respected historically black universities, Hampton University. Other theater directing credits include “Crimes of the Heart” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” “Dracula” “Steel Magnolias” and others.
5 years spent working in the feature film industry included the following feature films and broadcast television shows: Historical Fiction – Gone to Texas starring Sam Elliott. Biography – The George McKenna Story starring Denzel Washington. Romance – Full Moon in Blue Water starring Gene Hackman, Burgess Meredith and Terry Garr. Medical – Buck James for Life starring Dennis Weaver. Foreign – Miller and Muller. Horror – The Lamp. Additional projects include web films for the Department of Energy, advocacy films for the National Parks Conservation Association, media campaigns for a variety of non-profits, tribute films including JoAnn Falletta, conductor and Frank Batten, creator of The Weather Channel. In the late 80’s and early 90’s Amy produced the largest environmental awareness series in the country for the oil and gas industry, which consisted of over 100 films and included teacher guides and instructions manuals.
Michael Drewry is an Attorney and has been the owner and operator of Drewry Farms in Surry County, Virginia since 1978. Michael’s family has been farming in Virginia since 1600’s. Currently raising row crops, livestock, berries and produce using natural methods. He has implemented environmentally friendly agricultural techniques such as solar drying of crops. He graduated with his Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Business Administration, Biology minor, Summa Cum Laude from William & Mary.
Dr. Stevens Bonhomme is currently working as a Client Success Manager at Microsoft, helping small and medium businesses reach their digital advertising goals through Microsoft Advertising. Dr. Bonhomme holds a Doctorate of Business Administration, a Masters in Applied Economics and a Bachelors in Business Economics. Dr. Bonhomme is originally from Haiti, in the Caribbean, and throughout his life has striven for academic excellence, always wishing to make the most of his education, as he believes education is an engine of growth.
Dr. Bonhomme’s focus is human capital accumulation for a longer and sustainable development. He wants to use his business acumen to better his surroundings and the world as a whole through every action.
Najla Mangoush is the 1st Female Foreign Minister of Lybia. She is an adjunct professor at George Mason University and Northern Virginia community college. Currently teaching Restorative Justice and Trauma awareness in resilience community. She is a Doctoral candidate at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Master of Arts (MA) in Conflict Transformation, Center for Justice & Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University.
As both a practitioner and independent researcher with focus on war to peace transitions, advance skills in peace processes: Restorative justice, mediation, political negotiations, customary law, and restorative justice, gender. International experience: Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Somaliland. Recent publications “Customary Practice and Restorative Justice in Libya: Hybrid Approach,” United States Institute of Peace (2015). “Speaking their peace,” contributed as interviewer for war trauma victims (2015). Co-author Najla Mangoush, Cassandra Lawrence, Dr. Sara Singha, and Rev. Douglas Leonard (2018). Currently working on a chapter on mediation on Oman forward by William Zarman and will be published by Uppsala University (2019).