Change Makers

Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, FMR LLC (Fidelity Investments)

Abby Johnson is chairman and chief executive officer of FMR LLC, the parent company of Fidelity Investments, a diversified financial services firm that…

Abby Johnson is chairman and chief executive officer of FMR LLC, the parent company of Fidelity Investments, a diversified financial services firm that makes financial expertise broadly accessible to 26 million customers – from people investing their life savings, to businesses managing their employee benefits, to advisors investing their clients’ money. In this capacity, Ms. Johnson is responsible for executive management of all of the firm’s financial services and diversified businesses, as well as its corporate functions – from asset management, retail and institutional brokerage, to retirement and benefits services, to corporate operations and support functions. She was named to the role of president in September 2013, and assumed chief executive duties in October 2014.

Since joining the firm full time in 1988, Ms. Johnson has worked in and overseen numerous businesses at Fidelity, giving her extensive insight into how the firm makes its expertise accessible and effective in helping people live the lives they want. Before assuming her current role, Ms. Johnson served as president of Fidelity’s retail, workplace and institutional businesses. Prior to that, she ran Fidelity’s workplace business.  During her leadership, Fidelity has maintained its position as the nation’s No. 1 IRA and 401(k) provider while deepening the company’s commitment to delivering the best customer experience in the financial services industry.

Having begun her Fidelity career as an equity research analyst, Ms. Johnson has also spent a number of years in the company’s asset management division, including serving as president from 2001-2005.  During her tenure, she managed a number of Fidelity mutual funds before serving as an associate director for the firm’s equity division, where she oversaw and coordinated the activities of the Growth and Capital Appreciation groups.  Ms. Johnson also managed the company’s equity investment systems, overseeing the design and implementation of technology initiatives essential to Fidelity’s trading, portfolio construction, management, and research capabilities. 

In addition to her responsibilities with FMR, Ms. Johnson is chairman of Fidelity International (FIL Limited). A separate company that operates independently of FMR, FIL provides asset management services to investors outside the United States and Canada.  Ms. Johnson joined FIL’s Board as a director in November 2012 before becoming its chairman in February 2014. 

Born in 1961, Ms. Johnson received a bachelor of arts degree in art history from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1984 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1988. She is a member of the Board of the Directors of the Associates at the Harvard Business School and the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Adam L’Italien

Adam L’Italien

Vice President of Global Consumer Markets Innovation, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Adam leads the Global Consumer Markets Innovation efforts at Liberty Mutual, including the Solaria Labs Innovation centers in Boston and Singapore. In partnership with teams…
Adam leads the Global Consumer Markets Innovation efforts at Liberty Mutual, including the Solaria Labs Innovation centers in Boston and Singapore. In partnership with teams from across Liberty Mutual, industry partners, start-ups, and institutions like MIT, Solaria Labs is working to develop and pilot new products and services, while also helping to create a more experimental culture across Liberty Mutual. Prior to joining Liberty, Adam was a business area Director at BAE Systems Technology Solutions (fka Alphatech), where he led teams responsible for creating solutions for experimental labs like DARPA, including sensor processing and control, data fusion, predictive analytics, and autonomous systems. Prior to BAE, Adam led engineering efforts for The Analytic Sciences Corporation, where he established a development lab to prototype and field novel infrastructure protection concepts.
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Adam Melonas

Adam Melonas

Founder and CEO, Chew Innovation

Adam is the founder of Chew and one of the worlds most respected innovators in the experimental culinary arts. Instrumental in the growth and success…
Adam is the founder of Chew and one of the worlds most respected innovators in the experimental culinary arts. Instrumental in the growth and success of five restaurants in five different countries, Adam has developed and launched thirty-seven products across four continents and serves as a consultant to companies and culinary professionals worldwide. Adam’s mission is to relentlessly challenge the status quo and, in his words; ‘constantly strive to achieve the unachievable.’
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Adam Valkin

Adam Valkin

Managing Director, General Catalyst

Adam focuses on consumer and SMB-oriented businesses with an emphasis on mobile-first applications. Before he joined General Catalyst, his investments included LOVEFiLM (where he was…
Adam focuses on consumer and SMB-oriented businesses with an emphasis on mobile-first applications. Before he joined General Catalyst, his investments included LOVEFiLM (where he was co-founder and initial CEO), Spotify, Hailo, Fiverr and Dragonplay. The companies he has been involved with at General Catalyst include Brainly, CCP, ClassPass, Deliveroo, flok, Fundbox, Giphy, Super Evil Megacorp, Vroom, WayUp and YPlan. Adam is interested in next-generation online marketplaces, alternative finance, mobile applications for consumers and SMBs and gaming. A South African native, Adam came to the U.S. to study economics at Harvard University and has been active as an investor and operator in the U.S., Europe and Israel.
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Adam Valkin

Managing Director, General Catalyst

Adan Colon-Carmona

Adan Colon-Carmona

Associate Professor, Biology, UMass Boston

• Associate Professor, Department of Biology • Co-Principal Investigator, 1U54 CA156734, The University of Massachusetts, Boston - Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center U54 Comprehensive Partnership for Cancer Disparities Research • Co-Director, Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)
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Adi Ignatius

Adi Ignatius

Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Business Review Group

Adi Ignatius is Editor in Chief of the Harvard Business Review Group, where he oversees the editorial activities of Harvard Business Review, hbr.org, and HBR’s…
Adi Ignatius is Editor in Chief of the Harvard Business Review Group, where he oversees the editorial activities of Harvard Business Review, hbr.org, and HBR’s book-publishing unit. Prior to joining HBR in 2009, Ignatius was the No. 2 editor at TIME, where he helped oversee the week-to-week editing of the magazine and was responsible for many of TIME’s special editions, including the Person of the Year and TIME 100 franchises. He is the editor of two books: President Obama: The Path to the White House and Prisoner of the State: The Secret Diaries of Premier Zhao Ziyang. Both made the New York Times Bestseller List.
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Admiral James Stavridis

Admiral James Stavridis

Dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Admiral James Stavridis is the 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. A retired 4-star officer in the U.S.…
Admiral James Stavridis is the 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. A retired 4-star officer in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, piracy, and cyber security. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009.  In 2016, he was vetted for Vice President by Hillary Clinton and subsequently invited to Trump Tower to discuss a cabinet position in the Trump Administration. Admiral Stavridis earned a PhD in international relations and has published eight books. His 2012 TED talk on global security has over 700,000 hits. Admiral Stavridis is a monthly columnist for TIME Mag and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News.
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Aida Bielkus, Ph.D.

Aida Bielkus, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, Health Yoga Life, Health Yoga Life

Aida Bielkus, PhD, is co-founder of Health Yoga Life. As a lead faculty of the HYL Yoga Teacher Trainings and Coach Training programs, she has…
Aida Bielkus, PhD, is co-founder of Health Yoga Life. As a lead faculty of the HYL Yoga Teacher Trainings and Coach Training programs, she has trained hundreds of people in the powerful modalities of yoga, coaching, and meditation. As a HYL Coach she works with clients, from all walks of life, to go from stuck to action through empowered choice making. You will also reularly find Aida teaching yoga classes at both the Boston and Cambridge Health Yoga Life studios.
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Ajay Bhalla

Ajay Bhalla

President, Global Enterprise Risk & Security, MasterCard

Ajay Bhalla is President, Global Enterprise Risk & Security, responsible for delivering MasterCard’s core pledge of ensuring the safety and security of every payment and…
Ajay Bhalla is President, Global Enterprise Risk & Security, responsible for delivering MasterCard’s core pledge of ensuring the safety and security of every payment and over 2 billion cardholders using our network. He also serves on the company’s Management Committee. In this role and throughout his 23-year career at MasterCard, he has been behind many revolutionary solutions that have shaped the new digital payments landscape. Most recently Mr. Bhalla was President of DataCash, MasterCard’s Payment Gateway Services business. Under his leadership, he led growth of the business in e-commerce and digital payments processing, and developed advanced digital payment solutions for banks and merchants globally. Before joining MasterCard, Mr. Bhalla held key leadership positions at HSBC and Xerox. He also serves as a CEME Senior Fellow at The Fletcher School, Tufts University.
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Al Boyle

Al Boyle

Senior Vice President, Technical Operations, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Alfred Boyle is Senior Vice President at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, where he leads the Technical Operations and Quality organization responsible for the development, manufacture, and…
Dr. Alfred Boyle is Senior Vice President at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, where he leads the Technical Operations and Quality organization responsible for the development, manufacture, and supply of products and quality oversight for all company activities. Before joining Alnylam in 2015, Al served as Vice President of Global Technical Services at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, where he was responsible for technology transfer and process oversight of cGMP manufacturing of clinical and commercial products. Prior to joining Alexion, Al spent eight years with Bristol-Myers Squibb, where his activities included fermentation and biocatalysts development, technology transfer and commercial manufacturing support of biologics products. Al obtained B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Rutgers University.
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Alex Hogan

Alex Hogan

Multimedia Journalist, STAT

Multimedia Journalist Alex Hogan conceptualizes and executes animations and dynamic visuals. Alex previously worked as a motion designer and animator at two of Boston's premier…
Multimedia Journalist Alex Hogan conceptualizes and executes animations and dynamic visuals. Alex previously worked as a motion designer and animator at two of Boston's premier design studios, Powderhouse Productions and Neoscape. Alex enjoys traveling, reading, burritos, the Boston Bruins, tiki drinks, early-mid 1990s hip-hop, skiing, skating, and ice hockey.
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Alex Howley

Alex Howley

Local Marketing & Partnerships Lead, General Assembly, General Assembly

Alex Howley is the Local Marketing champ; Partnerships Lead for General Assembly, an education company focused on training and re-skilling the workforce in web development,…
Alex Howley is the Local Marketing champ; Partnerships Lead for General Assembly, an education company focused on training and re-skilling the workforce in web development, business, data, and design. Alex is the convener for the organization and has produced close to 300 events to engage and empower the community. If you have been to a General Assembly event you have likely met her. Outside of events, Alex also manages strategic partnerships for the Boston and Rhode Island campuses and invests a lot of her time in working with external stakeholders, from the City of Boston to large Fortune 100 companies, to help close the skills gap and build a better workforce (a mission that she cares a lot about). Outside of General Assembly, Alex is very politically active and spends her free time reading and absorbing as much as she can.
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Alexander Walley, MD, MSc

Alexander Walley, MD, MSc

Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Boston Medical Center

Alexander Walley is the founder of the Inpatient Addiction Medicine Consult Service, associate director of FASTER PATHS and the director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship…
Alexander Walley is the founder of the Inpatient Addiction Medicine Consult Service, associate director of FASTER PATHS and the director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program at BMC. Walley also serves as an associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and is the medical director of the Opioid Overdose Prevention Pilot Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Walley’s extensive research on the impact of state supported overdose education and nasal naloxone distribution resulted in the nationwide expansion of naloxone among first responders to prevent the rate of opioid-related overdose deaths. Walley’s other research endeavors focus on the medical complications of drug use, specifically HIV and overdose, and risk behaviors and harm reduction among HIV-infected people and people with HIV risk behaviors.
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Alexandra Charrow, M.D., M.B.E.

Alexandra Charrow, M.D., M.B.E.

Fourth Year Resident, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency

Alexandra Charrow is a fourth year combined internal medicine and dermatology resident at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency. She holds a…
Alexandra Charrow is a fourth year combined internal medicine and dermatology resident at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency. She holds a Masters in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania where she also received her medical degree. Her research focuses on the value of ambiguity within medicine, the limitations of medical norms, inequalities and disparities, and the body-identity politics.
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Ali Azarbayejani

Ali Azarbayejani

Chief Technology Officer, Cogito

Ali has 18 years of commercial experience as a scientist, entrepreneur, and designer of world-class computational technologies. His pioneering doctoral research at the MIT Media…
Ali has 18 years of commercial experience as a scientist, entrepreneur, and designer of world-class computational technologies. His pioneering doctoral research at the MIT Media Lab in probabilistic modeling for 3-D vision was the basis for his first startup company Alchemy 3D Technology, which created the market in the film and video post-production industry for camera match-moving software. He has consulted in software development and business strategy and has been on the research staff at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs contributing to leading technologies focused on software-based digital signal processing and computational modeling and algorithms.
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Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN

Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN

Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Alice Bonner, Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has been a geriatric nurse practitioner caring for older adults…
Alice Bonner, Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has been a geriatric nurse practitioner caring for older adults and their families for over 28 years. From 2009-2011, Dr. Bonner was the Director of the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. From 2011 to 2013, she served as Director of the Division of Nursing Homes in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Bonner is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, Bouve College of Health Sciences and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Health Policy at Northeastern University. Her research interests include quality and safety in health care systems and community-based settings; elder abuse; falls prevention; improving dementia care and reducing unnecessary antipsychotic medication use; and improving care transitions.
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Alice Shaw

Alice Shaw

Paula O’Keeffe Endowed Chair of Thoracic Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, MGH

Alice T. Shaw, MD PhD is the Director of the Center for Thoracic Cancers and the Paula O’Keeffe Endowed Chair of Thoracic Oncology at Massachusetts…
Alice T. Shaw, MD PhD is the Director of the Center for Thoracic Cancers and the Paula O’Keeffe Endowed Chair of Thoracic Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In addition to caring for patients with lung cancer, Dr. Shaw also performs clinical and translational research. Her clinical research focuses on a variety of different molecularly-defined subsets of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Her translational research focuses on elucidating mechanisms of resistance to targeted therapies. Based on her research, she has helped to develop numerous FDA-approved targeted therapies for patients with oncogene-driven NSCLC, and her current efforts focus on developing novel combinatorial strategies aimed at overcoming drug resistance.
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Ally Donnelly

Ally Donnelly

Reporter, NBC Boston and NECN

Ally Donnelly is an investigative reporter for NBC Boston and NECN. The native of Chicago moved to Boston after college, and has won three Emmy…
Ally Donnelly is an investigative reporter for NBC Boston and NECN. The native of Chicago moved to Boston after college, and has won three Emmy Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards and two Gabriel Awards in her career as a journalist, along with two Associated Press awards and a Freddie Award. Ally began her career as a Public Affairs Officer for Children's Hospital in Boston and later moved up the ranks to become editor of WHERE Boston Magazine. She launched her television career at WPRI in Providence, Rhode Island, and began working for NECN as a freelance reporter in 1999 before joining the station full time in 2004. Ally has covered everything from the Rhode Island Station nightclub fire to the Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis to the Big Dig tunnel collapse. She also wrote and produced NECN's award-winning documentary "The Long Journey Home." She graduated from Marquette University, and lives with her husband and daughter on the South Shore of Boston.
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Amy Cuddy

Amy Cuddy

Social psychologist, bestselling author and educator

Social psychologist, bestselling author, and educator Amy Cuddy is an expert on the behavioral science of power, presence, and prejudice. Before joining the faculty…
Social psychologist, bestselling author, and educator Amy Cuddy is an expert on the behavioral science of power, presence, and prejudice. Before joining the faculty of Harvard Business School, where she was a professor for eight years and continues to teach in executive education programs, Amy earned her PhD from Princeton University. Amy’s book Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges (Little, Brown, & Co., 2015), is a New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and Globe & Mail bestseller and has been published in 28 languages. As described in the New York Times Book Review, “Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious--above all, truly powerful.” Amy's 2012 TED Talk, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are,” has been viewed more than 41 million times and is the second-most-viewed TED Talk. Focusing on the power of nonverbal behavior, prejudice and stereotyping, the delicate balance of trustworthiness and strength, and the ways in which people can affect their own thoughts, feelings, performance, and psychological and physical well-being, she teaches thousands of people how to become more present, influential, and satisfied in their professional and personal lives. She speaks to audiences all around the world, from Fortune 100 companies, to tech start-ups, to nonprofits and academic institutions. The Guardian calls Amy’s TED Talk one of 20 Online Talks That Could Change Your Life.  Amy has been named a Game Changer by Time, one of 50 Women Who Are Changing the World by Business Insider, one of the World’s Top 50 Management Thinkers by Thinkers50, one of the Top 50 Leadership Innovators Changing How We Lead by Inc., one of Twitter’s 100 Science Stars by Science, one of 10 Ten Bostonians Who are Upending the Way We Live, Lead, and Learn by Boston Magazine, a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science, the Early Career Award recipient by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Her highly cited research on prejudice and stereotyping, nonverbal behavior, and presence and performance under stress has been published in top academic journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Science, and Psychological Science, and featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Guardian, Wired, Fast Company, Inc., Globe and Mail, The Age, NPR, BBC, and many more. She has been a guest on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CBS Sunday Morning, Morning Joe, 60 Minutes with Charlie Rose, CNN with Anderson Cooper, among others. Amy has written for the New York Times, New York Magazine, Harvard Business Review, and CNN.  Amy is currently writing a book about bravery, bullying, and bystanding. And in partnership with the New Citizenship Project, in early 2018 she will launch a venture championing new measures of societal success and well being.
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Amy Korte

Amy Korte

Principal, Arrowstreet

Amy is an architect and Principal at Arrowstreet, a Boston based architecture and design firm – her research focuses on how climate change, shifts in…
Amy is an architect and Principal at Arrowstreet, a Boston based architecture and design firm – her research focuses on how climate change, shifts in technology and evolving social trends impact cities and buildings.
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Amy Pitter

Amy Pitter

CEO, Massachusetts Society of CPAs

The MSCPA is the state’s premiere professional organization representing 11,000 accounting professionals in public accounting, business, government, nonprofit and education. Great opportunities beckon in the…
The MSCPA is the state’s premiere professional organization representing 11,000 accounting professionals in public accounting, business, government, nonprofit and education. Great opportunities beckon in the accounting field — the number of jobs in the sector is expected to grow by 12 percent by 2022. And firms in Massachusetts recognize that diversifying the workforce is a priority that will only happen through deliberate, continuous effort. Amy has been using her position to advocate for increased diversity in the accounting industry. While accounting has typically been dominated by white males, people like Amy are leading the charge in changing the demographics to help companies improve their business. Prior to joining the MSCPA, Amy was the Commissioner of Revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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Anda French

Anda French

Principal, French2D

Anda French received a B.A. in Architecture from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.  She has taught at Syracuse…
Anda French received a B.A. in Architecture from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.  She has taught at Syracuse University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and in the Barnard + Columbia Undergraduate Architecture Program. Anda’s teaching and design research focuses on civic engagement, collaboration and architectural representation, and has been funded by an Imagining America Grant for Artists and Scholars in Public Life. She is a registered Architect in Massachusetts.
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Andrea Love

Andrea Love

Director of Building Science, Payette, Payette

Andrea joined Payette in 2011 and built Payette’s world class Building Science Group from the ground up. She is a national leader in Building Science,…
Andrea joined Payette in 2011 and built Payette’s world class Building Science Group from the ground up. She is a national leader in Building Science, lecturing extensively nationally and serving on many boards, such as USGBC, AIA COTE and teaching at MIT.
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Andrew Bulpin

Andrew Bulpin

Executive Vice-President, Head of Process Solutions, MilliporeSigma

Andrew Bulpin, Executive Vice President, leads MilliporeSigma’s Process Solutions business, with full accountability for strategy, research and development, marketing, field operations, sales and business development.…
Andrew Bulpin, Executive Vice President, leads MilliporeSigma’s Process Solutions business, with full accountability for strategy, research and development, marketing, field operations, sales and business development. Prior to this role, Bulpin held several global sales and marketing roles within the Merck, Millipore and Serologicals organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Université de Caen, France; an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland; and a BSc from the University of Sussex, England. Bulpin also worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Australian National University, Australia.
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Andrew Dunckelman

Andrew Dunckelman

Economic Opportunity Lead, Google.org

Andrew Dunckelman is a Portfolio Manager at Google.org, where he leads Google’s global strategic grant-making in key Google markets and Google’s industry partnerships in corporate…
Andrew Dunckelman is a Portfolio Manager at Google.org, where he leads Google’s global strategic grant-making in key Google markets and Google’s industry partnerships in corporate philanthropy. His portfolio focuses on building digital job skills for marginalized populations and on seeding technology for social good. Prior to Google, Dunckelman worked at the Bridgespan Group in Boston, a strategy consultancy for nonprofits and foundations. Dunckelman received a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University; an MPA from the School of Public and Environment Affairs at Indiana University, where he serves on the Distinguished Alumni Council; and an MBA, with honors, from Harvard Business School. In 2003 he served as the National Beef Ambassador, traveling the US to promote consumable beef products.
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Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee

Co-Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School, MIT

Andrew McAfee (@amcafee), a principal research scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management, cofounded the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy with Erik Brynjolfsson.…
Andrew McAfee (@amcafee), a principal research scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management, cofounded the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy with Erik Brynjolfsson. McAfee studies how computer technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. His 2014 book on these topics, "The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies," co-authored with Erik Brynjolfsson, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. He is also the author of the 2009 book "Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization's Toughest Challenges." He's discussed his work on The Charlie Rose Show , 60 Minutes, at TED, at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and in front of many other international and domestic audiences. McAfee was educated at Harvard and MIT. He lives in Cambridge.
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Andrew Ringler

Andrew Ringler

Andrew Ringler is an artist, creative technologist, educator and maker. He creates interactive public installations that allow participants to create their own novel visual and…
Andrew Ringler is an artist, creative technologist, educator and maker. He creates interactive public installations that allow participants to create their own novel visual and auditory experiences. He challenges participants to invest time and effort learning new systems collaboratively, through that investment receive the pride of achievement and the joy of connecting with others. Ringler’s work takes inspiration from teaching, learning, creation, science and communication. Andrew Ringler grew up on Cape Cod where he sailed, swam and tinkered with computers. He earned a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Computer Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. After graduating Ringler worked as a programmer and user experience designer creating environmental, biological and social software simulations. In addition to filmmaking, Mr. Ringler began pursuing interaction design and computer driven art. In 2016 he completed a Master of Fine Arts from the Dynamic Media Institute of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Andrew Ringler currently lives, teaches and creates art in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Anil Markose

Anil Markose

Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Over 15 years of experience in various disciplines of strategic IT services for global Fortune 500 clients and the US Government. Focused on helping clients…
Over 15 years of experience in various disciplines of strategic IT services for global Fortune 500 clients and the US Government. Focused on helping clients address today's complex cyber threats utilizing some of the most advanced capabilities in analytics and emerging innovations. Prior to becoming a consultant, served in the United States Air Force as a Communications Engineering Officer in the areas of IT Operations and Information Security.
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Anna Greka, M.D., Ph.D.

Anna Greka, M.D., Ph.D.

Institute Member, Broad Institute, Broad Institute

Anna Greka, an institute member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, is a physician-scientist leading the translation of scientific discoveries from the laboratory…
Anna Greka, an institute member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, is a physician-scientist leading the translation of scientific discoveries from the laboratory to clinical trials. She is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS); an associate physician in the Renal Division in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH); and the founding director of Glom-NExT, a Center for Glomerular Kidney Disease and Novel Experimental Therapeutics at BWH and HMS.
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Anna Palmer

Anna Palmer

Investment Partner at Factor Ventures, Co-Founder and CEO, WonderMile

Anna is passionate about the intersection of profit and purpose. Most recently Anna was the co-founder and CEO of Fashion Project, the industry leader in…
Anna is passionate about the intersection of profit and purpose. Most recently Anna was the co-founder and CEO of Fashion Project, the industry leader in online designer clothing donation, where she led the double bottom line company to process over 350,000 items, grow to 60+ employees, power national giving programs for Simon Properties, Zappos, Neiman Marcus and more, and distribute funds to over 2000 organizations in 36 countries. Following the Fashion Project Community's acquisition by Union & Fifth in 2016, Anna joined as SVP of Marketing & Strategy, growing monthly revenue by over 300% and leading the focus on profitability. Anna has been featured discussing Fashion Project, entrepreneurship, and double bottom line business models in Forbes, The Financial Times, The Boston Globe, InStyle Magazine, CNBC SquawkBox and more.
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Anne Finucane

Anne Finucane

Vice Chairman, Bank of America, Bank of America

Anne M. Finucane is vice chairman at Bank of America and a member of the company’s executive management team. She is responsible for the strategic…
Anne M. Finucane is vice chairman at Bank of America and a member of the company’s executive management team. She is responsible for the strategic positioning of Bank of America and leads the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts. As part of this, she focuses on the company's outreach to shareholders on social and governance issues, implementing innovative ways to deploy capital, such as the Catalytic Finance Initiative, and expanding on our environmental business opportunities in support of our responsible growth strategy. In addition, she oversees public policy, customer research and analytics, global marketing and communications.
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Annie Brewster, MD

Annie Brewster, MD

Health Story Collaborative Founder and Executive Director, MGH

Annie Brewster is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. She is also a patient,…

Annie Brewster is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. She is also a patient, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001.In 2010, motivated by her belief in the power of stories to improve health, Annie started recording patient narratives. Her finished audio stories have appeared on her local NPR stations health blog, as the “Listening to Patients” series. In doing this work, Annie has seen first hand how the process of storytelling is itself therapeutic, both for the storytellers and the listeners.

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Anthony Palocci Jr

Anthony Palocci Jr

Born in Salem, MA Palocci has a BFA from Montserrat College of Art and a MFA from Pratt Institute. He is a Visiting Lecturer at…
Born in Salem, MA Palocci has a BFA from Montserrat College of Art and a MFA from Pratt Institute. He is a Visiting Lecturer at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
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Ari Daniel

Ari Daniel

Digital Producer & Independent Science Reporter, PBS NOVA

Ari Daniel has always been drawn to science and the natural world. Ari trained gray seal pups for his Master’s degree in Animal Behavior at…
Ari Daniel has always been drawn to science and the natural world. Ari trained gray seal pups for his Master’s degree in Animal Behavior at the University of St. Andrews, and helped tag wild Norwegian killer whales (Orcinus orca) for his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography at MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. And for the last 9 years, as a science reporter, Ari records a species he’s better equipped to understand — Homo sapiens. Ari produces digital interactives and web videos for NOVA, and he has reported on science topics across five continents with his radio stories appearing on PRI’s The World, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Radiolab, Studio 360, Here and Now, Marketplace, and Living on Earth. Ari is the lead producer of an occasional live storytelling, radio, and music show at the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science in Boston.
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Arielle Johnson

Arielle Johnson

Director's Fellow, Open Agriculture (OpenAg), MIT, MIT

Arielle is responsible for the flavor and biochemical side of Open Ag’s phenome research, as well as experimental collaborations on environmental control of a variety…
Arielle is responsible for the flavor and biochemical side of Open Ag’s phenome research, as well as experimental collaborations on environmental control of a variety of edible biological systems with chefs and restaurants. Her work emphasizes dismantling the disciplinary boundaries between the kitchen and the laboratory, drawing on her experience doing research and development in the sciences, fine dining, and food nonprofits; and using tools from chemistry, plant science, microbiology, ethnobotany, history, psychology, engineering, design, and experimental cuisine. Arielle completed a BSc in Chemistry at New York University and a PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from UC Davis with a focus in flavor chemistry. Prior to joining the Media Lab she was the resident scientist at Restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, and the head of research at MAD, chef Rene Redzepi’s food symposium.
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Arlene Sharpe

Arlene Sharpe

George Fabyan Professor of Comparative Pathology, Harvard Medical School

Arlene Sharpe, MD, PhD is the George Fabyan Professor of Comparative Pathology and Interim Co-Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical…
Arlene Sharpe, MD, PhD is the George Fabyan Professor of Comparative Pathology and Interim Co-Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sharpe earned her MD and PhD degrees from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in Pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A leader in the field of T cell costimulation, her laboratory has discovered and elucidated the functions of T cell costimulatory pathways, including the immunoinhibitory functions of the CTLA-4 and PD-1 pathways, which have become exceptionally promising targets for cancer immunotherapy. Her laboratory currently focuses on the roles of T cell costimulatory pathways in regulating T cell tolerance and effective antimicrobial and antitumor immunity and translating fundamental understanding of T cell costimulation into new therapies for autoimmune diseases and cancer.
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Ashley Gong

Ashley Gong

Student

Ashley Gong is an eighteen-year-old sophomore at Harvard University. As a 2014 National Student Poet selected by the President's Committee on the Arts and the…
Ashley Gong is an eighteen-year-old sophomore at Harvard University. As a 2014 National Student Poet selected by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, she performed her poetry at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama (thrice), Library of Congress, Aspen Ideas Festival, Lincoln Center, and other venues nationwide. Her work has earned recognition from the National YoungArts Foundation, National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and was anthologized in The Best Teen Writing of 2016. In addition to her creative work, she served as the Aspen Institute's Civic Practice Scholar and Americans for the Arts' National Arts Policy Roundtable Fellow.
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Asma Khalid

Asma Khalid

Reporter, WBUR, WBUR

Asma Khalid leads BostonomiX - a new WBUR team covering the people, startups and companies driving the innovation economy. You can follow the team on…
Asma Khalid leads BostonomiX - a new WBUR team covering the people, startups and companies driving the innovation economy. You can follow the team on Twitter @BostonomiX. Asma was drawn to tech reporting after two years on the presidential campaign trail – where she consistently saw the effect technology has on policy and politics. She's particularly interested in stories around automation and the future of work. Asma covered the 2016 presidential campaign for NPR – focusing on the intersection of demographics and politics. She attended rallies for nearly every presidential candidate on both sides of the aisle and crisscrossed the country to hear from voters in key battleground counties.
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Atyia Martin

Atyia Martin

Chief Resilience Officer - City of Boston, City of Boston

Dr. Atyia Martin is a Certified Emergency Manager with a diverse set of experiences in public health, emergency management, intelligence, and homeland security. Mayor Martin…
Dr. Atyia Martin is a Certified Emergency Manager with a diverse set of experiences in public health, emergency management, intelligence, and homeland security. Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed her as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Boston’s Resilience Strategy. Boston will focus on advancing racial equity as the foundation of the Resilience Strategy process to increase our shared ability to thrive after emergencies. Dr. Martin was previously the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission.
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Auddie

Auddie

Interactive and Graphic Designer, Creative and Interactive Media Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Auddie is an Interactive and Graphic Designer for the Creative and Interactive Media Department, here at the MFA. She's worked with the STEAM Team program…
Auddie is an Interactive and Graphic Designer for the Creative and Interactive Media Department, here at the MFA. She's worked with the STEAM Team program at the MFA, has volunteered as a teaching assistant and mentor at Youth Design and Bronx Community College, and is a member of the Digital Advisory Board at Bronx Community College for the Digital Arts Program. She holds an AAS from Bronx Community College and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Outside of her work at the MFA, she works on personal design projects that explore themes of social awareness and social change. She is currently enrolled in the cultural ambassador program at The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY Hunter in the hopes of influencing her design work through absorbing the history of
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Autumn Ahn

Autumn Ahn

Visual Artist

Autumn Ahn (b. 1986, Philadelphia, USA) completed a BFA in Oil Painting, Art History and Printmaking from Boston University. Her recent exhibitions include: Cine Tonalá…
Autumn Ahn (b. 1986, Philadelphia, USA) completed a BFA in Oil Painting, Art History and Printmaking from Boston University. Her recent exhibitions include: Cine Tonalá for Fería ARTBO (Bogota Art Fair), Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Centre National d’Art Contemporain-Grenoble; Istanbul Embassy, WRONG Biennale; Contemporary Istanbul; Maison du Portugal, Cité Universitaire, Paris; Art Basel, Miami for AIDS Action Committee; Montserrat College of Art & Design, and solo exhibition at The Chimney in Brooklyn, NY.
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Azzedine Downes

Azzedine Downes

President and CEO, International Fund for Animal Welfare , International Fund for Animal Welfare

As President and CEO, Azzedine Downes is responsible for the strategic vision that guides International Fund for Animal Welfare’s contribution to a standard for conservation…
As President and CEO, Azzedine Downes is responsible for the strategic vision that guides International Fund for Animal Welfare’s contribution to a standard for conservation and animal welfare worldwide. With more than 25 years working in the conservation space, he is known for finding innovative solutions to the most pressing animal welfare issues working with local communities and addressing human needs first in the process. Downes is currently spearheading an innovative project in East Africa called tenBoma to save elephants, rhinos and other wildlife by creating a network rangers, intelligence experts and community reporters to stop poachers before they attack.
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Bakari J.B.

Bakari J.B.

Musician

Boston born lyricist Bakari J.B. prides himself on his lyrical versatility and his content. Son of a jazz musician, he got involved with music and…
Boston born lyricist Bakari J.B. prides himself on his lyrical versatility and his content. Son of a jazz musician, he got involved with music and a young age and made it a part of his life. With popular records such as 'Soul Cats' and 'Glory' he uses his East Coast style to convey positive messages and images of maturity and hope towards his pees, hip hop lovers and those from the community in which he was raised. Bakari has done toured the northeast, performed at music festivals such as A3C in Atlanta, SXSW in Austin and he has also toured Europe multiple times.
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Barbara Kates-Garnick

Barbara Kates-Garnick

Professor of Practice, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Barbara Kates-Garnick is Professor of Practice at The Fletcher School. Most recently she served as the Undersecretary of Energy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where…
Barbara Kates-Garnick is Professor of Practice at The Fletcher School. Most recently she served as the Undersecretary of Energy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she was responsible for guiding energy policy. She also served as the Co-chair of Massachusetts’ Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee that oversees the implementation of the Commonwealth’s Global Warming Solutions Act. She has had an extensive career in energy, environment, and clean technology that has spanned the private and public sectors and included the creation of a clean technology incubator at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering where she also taught courses on energy policy. She served as corporate officer at a major U.S. utility, a consultant on strategic energy initiatives, and as a public utility regulator.
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Beer Boris

Beer Boris

Director of short-movies for more than thirty years. For several years, head of the movie section of an images club. Interested on digital movies since…
Director of short-movies for more than thirty years. For several years, head of the movie section of an images club. Interested on digital movies since the first personal computers and cameras were available. Self-taught and experimenting on his projects turning now to animation and VR movies.
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Ben Cosgrove

Ben Cosgrove

Musician

Ben Cosgrove is a traveling composer-performer who writes instrumental music inspired by landscape and place. He has performed in 47 states and composed music in…
Ben Cosgrove is a traveling composer-performer who writes instrumental music inspired by landscape and place. He has performed in 47 states and composed music in collaboration with the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. His performances have been called "electric and exhilarating," and his new album, Salt, was described by Sound of Boston as "deeply personal" and as "the human condition set to gorgeous, lush piano." His work has been called "compelling and powerful" by the Harvard Crimson and "a poetry of tones and turns and motion and play that transcends the gross signification of everyday language" by Junction Magazine. Much more information about Ben and his work is at bencosgrove.com.
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Ben Houge

Ben Houge

Associate Professor - Berklee College of Music, Berklee College of Music

Ben Houge is an internationally active American artist operating at the nexus of music composition, video games, performance, sound installation, and digital art. Since relocating…
Ben Houge is an internationally active American artist operating at the nexus of music composition, video games, performance, sound installation, and digital art. Since relocating from Shanghai to the Boston area in 2010, his projects have included an asparagus opera, a six-channel sound installation based on live subway sounds, algorithmic choral music, and a real-time video piece visualizing data from the Boston Harbor Islands. Recent work has been presented in collaboration with groups such as Boston Cyberarts, the ILLUMINUS Festival, Non-event, Studio Z in Saint Paul, Chapel Performance Space in Seattle, and the San Diego Museum of Art. In 2012, he was a visiting artist at MIT, working with the Media Lab’s Responsive Environments group on the sonification of real-time data from ubiquitous sensor networks.
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Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich

New York Times Bestselling Author

New York Times Bestselling Author, Ben Mezrich cracked the Hollywood Reporter’s annual hot list: Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. Mezrich was chosen among a group of…
New York Times Bestselling Author, Ben Mezrich cracked the Hollywood Reporter’s annual hot list: Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. Mezrich was chosen among a group of 11 new authors to join this power list of 25 authors that are touted to be “the industry’s most sought-after word nerds.” According to writers Andy Lewis and Rebecca Ford at The Hollywood Reporter, the list is derived from book sales, number of adaptations, projects in development, additional credits and cultural influence. Mezrich clocks in at #17 among other stats like his multiple movie deals in production such as Woolly, his upcoming book about the resurrection of the woolly mammoth from frozen DNA, Seven Wonders, and Once Upon a Time in Russia. This all comes off of the heels of a successful launch of his newest book The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America’s UFO Highway. Ben Mezrich has created his own highly addictive genre of nonfiction, chronicling the amazing stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge of impossibility, ethics, and morality. With a writing career spanning 19 years, wonderboy Mezrich has authored eighteen books, with a combined printing of over 4 million copies, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and sold over 2 million copies in fifteen languages. His book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal – debuted at #4 on the New York Times list and spent 18 weeks in hardcover and paperback, as well as hit bestseller lists in over a dozen countries. The book was adapted into the movie The Social Network –written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher – and was #1 at the box office for two weeks, won Golden Globes for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best score, and was nominated for 8 Oscars, winning 3 including Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin. Mezrich and Aaron Sorkin shared a prestigious Scripter Awardfor Best Adapted Screenplay as well. Mezrich is the only non-fiction author to have two number one box office movie adaptations. Mezrich has appeared often on TV, including a stint on Court TV with his own series titled High Stakes with Ben Mezrich. Mezrich also hosted the World Series of Blackjack for GSN, and is hosting for a second season CNBC’s series The Filthy Rich Guide. In addition, to his hosting gigs, Mezrich has several scripted and non-scripted TV projects in the works, including an adaptation of Ugly Americans to a TV Series with producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
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Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich

Bestselling Author

Ben Mezrich has created his own highly addictive genre of nonfiction, chronicling the amazing stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge…
Ben Mezrich has created his own highly addictive genre of nonfiction, chronicling the amazing stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge of impossibility, ethics, and morality. With a writing career spanning 19 years, wonderboy Mezrich has authored eighteen books, with a combined printing of over 4 million copies, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and sold over 2 million copies in fifteen languages. His book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal – debuted at #4 on the New York Times list and spent 18 weeks in hardcover and paperback, as well as hit bestseller lists in over a dozen countries.
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Benjamin Muzzin

Benjamin Muzzin

Benjamin Muzzin (born 1989) is a Swiss artist working predominantly with digital moving images. Since graduating in 2013 from the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne in Switzerland, he has exhibited work worldwide; in places like Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Lyon and Miami. His work focuses on leaving the usual frame of the flat screen. He has already explored different mediums; such as kinetic installations, video mapping and VJing. This gave to his practice a direction that he is still exploring now: the idea that each animation should have its own custom designed display.
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Beth Santos

Beth Santos

Founder & CEO, Wanderful, Wanderful

Beth Santos is Founder and CEO of Wanderful, the world’s homesharing network for women. Wanderful empowers women to travel the globe safely and…
Beth Santos is Founder and CEO of Wanderful, the world’s homesharing network for women. Wanderful empowers women to travel the globe safely and confidently using an identity verified network of members around the world who host one another in their homes, meet face-to-face over coffee, or even provide tips and advice. Beth is a dynamic business strategist, social entrepreneur and community builder with a love of travel and supporting women. She has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with focuses on innovation + entrepreneurship, social enterprise, and management strategy. In 2016 she was named a Zell Fellow, a prestigious fellowship for entrepreneurs pursuing their MBA, and is an alumna of the Babson WIN Lab. Beth brings six years of experience in global development including work at One Laptop per Child and Rotary International, as well as a strong leadership background and an understanding of digital marketing and growth hacking. She is the creator of the popular Women in Travel Summit, an annual B2B event for female travel influencers and industry members, now in its fifth year. She was named a top 100 travel influencer by the U.S. White House and a Chicago Scholars 35 Under 35 Young Leader Making an Impact. She has a B.A. from Wellesley College.
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Bhaskar Chakravorti

Bhaskar Chakravorti

Senior Associate Dean of International Business & Finance, The Fletcher School, The Fletcher School,Tufts University

Bhaskar Chakravorti is the Senior Associate Dean of International Business & Finance at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute…
Bhaskar Chakravorti is the Senior Associate Dean of International Business & Finance at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC). Having joined Fletcher in 2011, Bhaskar also serves as a Professor of Practice in International Business. Prior to Fletcher, Bhaskar was a Partner of McKinsey & Company and a leader of McKinsey’s Innovation and Global Forces practices, on the faculty of Harvard Business School and a Distinguished Scholar at MIT's Legatum Center. Bhaskar earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Rochester. He is a graduate of the Delhi School of Economics and Delhi's St. Stephen's College.
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Bill Vick

IPF Patient & Advocate, PF Warriors

Bina Venktaraman

Bina Venktaraman

Director, Global Policy Initiatives, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Bina Venkataraman is a writer and policy expert whose work lies at the intersection of science and social & environmental change. Currently, she is a…
Bina Venkataraman is a writer and policy expert whose work lies at the intersection of science and social & environmental change. Currently, she is a Fellow at New America and teaches in the department of science, technology, and society at MIT. She is a former journalist for The New York Times and The Boston Globe. Bina previously served as Senior Advisor for Climate Change Innovation in the Obama White House, where she forged partnerships among communities, companies, and government to combat carbon emissions and prepare for climate disasters. She has also led coalitions to shape national science policies as Director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT, a position from which she is currently on leave.
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Bob Chen

Bob Chen

Director, Center for Coastal Environmental Sensing Networks, UMass Boston

Dr. Robert Chen's research interests include 1) identification of sources and transformations of colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM) in the ocean, 2) real-time measurements of…
Dr. Robert Chen's research interests include 1) identification of sources and transformations of colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM) in the ocean, 2) real-time measurements of physical, chemical and biological parameters in near-shore coastal environments and watersheds with wireless sensor networks, 3) factors controlling water quality in coastal oceans, 4) carbon cycling in coastal ecosystems, and 5) development of effective education and outreach practices to integrate research and education. Undergraduate research opportunities exist for developing new instruments, ocean and watershed field work, chemical analysis with modern instrumentation, and educational research.
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Bob Sweeney

Bob Sweeney

Executive Director, Boston Bruins Foundation

Bob Sweeney is the current Executive Director of the Boston Bruins Foundation and a former NHL player. He was drafted out of high school by…
Bob Sweeney is the current Executive Director of the Boston Bruins Foundation and a former NHL player. He was drafted out of high school by the Boston Bruins in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, and went on to play four years at Boston College followed by ten seasons in the NHL. During his tenure with the Boston Bruins Foundation, Bob has overseen over $28 million being raised for local children’s charities. The Boston Bruins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists charitable organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children and their families throughout New England. They focus on organizations that are concentrated on academics, athletics, community outreach, and health and wellness. The Foundation believes that these pillars will create a strong support system that will ultimately lead to the betterment of our community.
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Bobby Renteria

Bobby Renteria

Turntablist, DJ, and Producer

Bobby “Bangers” Renteria Is a professional mixed format Turntablist, DJ, and producer who delivers masterfully curated sets to a large number of culturally diverse venues…
Bobby “Bangers” Renteria Is a professional mixed format Turntablist, DJ, and producer who delivers masterfully curated sets to a large number of culturally diverse venues throughout the Boston area. His near decade of experience in the entertainment industry paired with an exceptional taste in music, allows him to work with audiences and venues of all types. Curating suspenseful yet energetic DJ sets is Bobby’s specialty, and being a long time practitioner of the Lost art of “Turntablism” or “using the turntable as an instrument” enables him to stylishly move through different genres of music, giving his audience the liberty to focus on what really matters… The Vibe! Bobby has a style that transcends both time and genre, His sets are comprised of hit songs tastefully complemented by subculture gems, remixes, and original material, some of which he actually produces himself. No matter what style he’s playing in, one thing is for certain. He will keep you guessing, and keep you on your feet!
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Brandon Bentley

Brandon Bentley

Senior Instructional Technologist, Harvard University, Harvard University

Brandon Bentley is a Senior Instructional Technologist for HUIT Academic Technology, where he partners with faculty utilizing technology to enhance teaching and learning in the…
Brandon Bentley is a Senior Instructional Technologist for HUIT Academic Technology, where he partners with faculty utilizing technology to enhance teaching and learning in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
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Britt Spencer

Britt Spencer

Artist

Britt Spencer has been pumping out drawings and other such nonsense for the better part of a decade. He is currently living in Savannah, GA.…
Britt Spencer has been pumping out drawings and other such nonsense for the better part of a decade. He is currently living in Savannah, GA. His work has been published internationally and earned recognition from the Society of Illustrators New York, the Society of Illustrators West and New American Paintings. He has had five solo exhibitions, Fireside Chats, Craft House, Artprize, Grand Rapids, MI (2015); Marquis: Contez Fleurette, Blue Gallery, Lacoste, France (2014), Oddly Enough, in the Alexander Brest Museum, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL (2014), The Dagnabit!!! at Hall Street Gallery, in Savannah, GA (2011) and Mythillogical held at the distinguished Pinnacle Gallery also in Savannah, GA (2006). He has also been invited to participate in various group exhibitions including Pulp Art at the Carnegie Center for the Arts (2017) in Louisville, KY; Widowmaker, Rally Ossington, Toronto, Canada (2015); Brilliant Optics at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, Indiana (2013); Nesting, a Russian nesting doll show at A. Okay Gallery in Chicago (2009); Mr. Beast's Grand Opening at Mr. Beast in Savannah (2010); Cowboys and Indians at the R and R in Los Angeles (2011); and EARTH: Fragile Planet at the Society of Illustrators in New York (2010). In addition, Britt has won entry into various juried exhibitions including the Society of Illustrators Annual Show 54 (2012); Small Works at the Gutstein Gallery in Savannah (2010); and Society of Illustrators West Annual Show held at Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles (2009).
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Brooke DiViovanni Evans

Brooke DiViovanni Evans

Head of Gallery Learning, MFA, The Museum of Fine Arts

Brooke DiGiovanni Evans, M.ED is the Head of Gallery Learning at the MFA, Boston. She oversees 70 gallery programs each month for all ages. Brooke…
Brooke DiGiovanni Evans, M.ED is the Head of Gallery Learning at the MFA, Boston. She oversees 70 gallery programs each month for all ages. Brooke has worked in art, science, natural history, and history museums during tenure in museums. For several years, Brooke has been working with medical professionals locally and nationally using works of art to build a variety of skills helpful in their clinical practice. She holds an M.Ed from Harvard University and recently completed two terms as Board President for the national Museum Education Roundtable.
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C.A. Webb

C.A. Webb

Interim Director - Kendall Square Association, Kendall Square Association

C.A. has spent her career building ground-up products, programs and brands at emerging companies. She began her career as a brand manager for Fast Company,…
C.A. has spent her career building ground-up products, programs and brands at emerging companies. She began her career as a brand manager for Fast Company, working closely with magazine co-founders Bill Taylor and Alan Webber prior to Bertelsmann’s $350 million acquisition. She built entrepreneurial development programs at Boston Collegiate Charter School and Trinity Boston Foundation prior to earning her MBA. After business school, C.A. ran internal innovation and strategic marketing projects at Whole Foods Market reporting to the VP of the Private Label group. From there, she joined the executive team of Preserve, a design-driven consumer products company where she served as the company’s first head of marketing and built national partnerships with major retailers and packaged goods companies. She later served as Director of Marketing at Care.com (NASDAQ: CRCM).
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Caleb Neelon

Caleb Neelon

Artist & Writer

Caleb Neelon is an artist and writer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a thirteen-year-old in February of 1990, Caleb Neelon visited family friends in small-town…
Caleb Neelon is an artist and writer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a thirteen-year-old in February of 1990, Caleb Neelon visited family friends in small-town Germany with his mother and took a side trip to Berlin. For Neelon, the sight of the newly opened Berlin Wall, covered in graffiti and murals was a revelation. By the mid 1990s, Neelon was immersed in the global graffiti scene under the name SONIK. He traveled constantly and developed a vivid, homespun, and raw style of mixed media painting. He freely crossed boundaries between graffiti, murals, and what would soon be referred to as street art. As a teenager, he began to write in-depth articles for graffiti fanzines, documenting the art, artists, and history of his global community. Today, Caleb Neelon's murals and artworks can be seen in city streets and exhibitions throughout the world. Neelon's broad range of recent activity includes studio artwork, cultural diplomacy projects through the U.S. State Department; curatorial work at museums, projects bringing artwork to hospitals, documentary film production, and painting for fun in the street. Neelon has authored or collaborated on over two dozen books, of which the biggest pain in the ass by a wide margin was the landmark 2011 HarperCollins release The History of American Graffiti, co-authored with Roger Gastman. He is currently working on something cool and spending time with his four-year-old daughter.
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Carey Goldberg

Carey Goldberg

Editor, WBUR's CommonHealth blog, WBUR

Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth blog. She has been the Boston bureau chief of The New York Times, a staff Moscow correspondent…
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth blog. She has been the Boston bureau chief of The New York Times, a staff Moscow correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, and a health/science reporter for The Boston Globe. She was a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT; graduated summa cum laude from Yale; and did graduate work at Harvard. She is co-author of the triple memoir "Three Wishes: A True Story Of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak and Astonishing Luck On Our Way To Love and Motherhood.
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Carissa Chen

Carissa Chen

Artist, Writer, Coder, and Student

Carissa is an 18 year old visual artist, writer, researcher, and student. She believes that a better future can be designed by analyzing stories of…
Carissa is an 18 year old visual artist, writer, researcher, and student. She believes that a better future can be designed by analyzing stories of the past.
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Carla Small

Carla Small

Senior Director, Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator, Boston Children’s Hospital

The Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) is a fifty-person team combining the data, clinical expertise, and healthcare technology development experience of Boston Children’s Hospital,…
The Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) is a fifty-person team combining the data, clinical expertise, and healthcare technology development experience of Boston Children’s Hospital, with world leading industry partners to build and scale market competitive digital health technologies.  Carla leads the Innovation Accelerator which has spun out four companies, including Neuromotion and Circulation, with venture funding totaling over $13m.  Prior to joining Boston Children’s, Carla founded a healthcare strategy consulting firm and was a consultant with Health Advances.  She also led product development at Work/Family Directions where she launched a series of nationwide groundbreaking work-family benefits.  Carla served on the Consumer Marketing Advisory Board for Medtronic Diabetes and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Codman Academy Public Charter School.  She received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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Carolyn Morgan

Carolyn Morgan

President, precisioneffect

Carolyn Morgan is president of precisioneffect, a medical marketing agency dedicated to working with companies seeking to change the standard of care. President since 2013,…
Carolyn Morgan is president of precisioneffect, a medical marketing agency dedicated to working with companies seeking to change the standard of care. President since 2013, Carolyn has consistently led the agency to 20% year over year growth and successfully saw the agency through an acquisition in 2015 that has served to strengthen the agency and expand its offerings. Prior to becoming president, Carolyn managed the agency’s West Coast location for 5 years as managing director. During this period, Carolyn tripled billings, added key senior talent, and positioned the office for continued growth and success. Carolyn joined the agency in 2005 and has also held key positions in both account services and business development.
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Catharina Mallet

Catharina Mallet

COO, Talla

Catharina Lavers Mallet is the COO at Talla, an early stage conversational AI company improving productivity and communications for knowledge workers. She is a strategic…
Catharina Lavers Mallet is the COO at Talla, an early stage conversational AI company improving productivity and communications for knowledge workers. She is a strategic and operational leader whose passion is helping young product-led, data-driven SaaS companies get where they want to go. Previously, she served as the London Studio General Manager at King Digital Entertainment (developer of Candy Crush, and now part of Activision Blizzard), and held leadership roles at Playfish (acquired by Electronic Arts) and Algorithmics (acquired by Fitch Ratings), among others. She has an MBA from MIT Sloan and a BA cum laude from Harvard, and now lives in the Boston area with her husband and two young children.
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Cathleen Scerbo

Cathleen Scerbo

Vice President, IT Business Operations, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Cathy is VP of IT Business Operations at Liberty Mutual. In an era of digital disruption, she is responsible for empowering the technology organization with…
Cathy is VP of IT Business Operations at Liberty Mutual. In an era of digital disruption, she is responsible for empowering the technology organization with the tools, training, coaching and resources they need to transform the way they work and to build a fast, flexible, innovative and collaborative culture. In her role, she oversees IT Business Operations including Technology Communications, Technology Learning, Technology Procurement, and the Agile Enterprise Enablement Office. Cathy brings more than 20 years of technology experience, including leading through change as the organization embraces an Agile approach to software development to meet the changing expectations of customers. As the IT Executive sponsor of Liberty Mutual’s “Women in Technology” employee group, Cathy is passionate about leading and mentoring the next generation of women in IT. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern District YMCA of NH and recently participated in her second Pan-Mass Challenge, an annual bike-a-thon that raises money for Dana-Farber and cancer research, tackling 111 miles on her bike during the two-day ride. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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Cecilia Nicolini

Cecilia Nicolini

Consultant, Opinno, Opinno

Cecilia is an international consultant with more than 13 years of experience working with governments, politicians and organizations in Latin America, Europe and…
Cecilia is an international consultant with more than 13 years of experience working with governments, politicians and organizations in Latin America, Europe and the US advising them on topics like communications, elections, international branding, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. She has managed a presidential campaign, advised governors and mayors and run an election for an international organization. More recently she joined Opinno, a global innovation and technology consultancy as Chief International Officer. She was born and raised in Argentina but she also lived in Spain, El Salvador, Mexico and Canada. She holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Master in Political Communication, a Bachelor in Political Science and a MBA from the IE Business School. She currently lives in Cambridge where she is a Research Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. She focuses her research on topics such as direct democracy, participation and the role of technology in urban politics. She speaks 5 languages and she is a passionate advocate for social justice and gender equality.
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Cedric Douglas

Cedric Douglas

Founder, The Up Truck

Established in 2014 Douglas, whose public artworks stretch back 20 years, uses murals and face-to-face encounters to give voice to the neighborhoods where…

Established in 2014 Douglas, whose public artworks stretch back 20 years, uses murals and face-to-face encounters to give voice to the neighborhoods where he has lived. As an artist, Cedric combines the use of street art ideology and raw creativity to connect, inspire and interact with the community. By understanding the transformative power of street art culture, Cedric has learned that what the general public once viewed as vandalism has become a form of advertising and social awareness that inspires communities to make change all over the world.

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Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng

Author

Celeste Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her…
Celeste Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, won the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and the ALA’s Alex Award. Her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, published in September 2017 and is a New York Times bestseller. She is a 2016 NEA fellow, and she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Events

Chad Jones

Chad Jones

CEO, Plesso Ventures, Plesso Ventures

As a socially conscious “agent of change”, Chad Jones utilizes his skills as an entrepreneur, thought leader and venture investor to take unique ideas from…
As a socially conscious “agent of change”, Chad Jones utilizes his skills as an entrepreneur, thought leader and venture investor to take unique ideas from inception through execution for startups and F50 companies alike. Guiding effective and profitable outcomes - including six exits to companies such as Microsoft, VMware and Intel - Chad continues to pursue his vision of achieving a better world through non-intuitive technology use and entrepreneurship. Chad splits his time as a board member, operational executive and mentor across a wide spectrum of companies. Before his current position of CEO at Plesso Ventures, Inc., he held positions of Chief Strategy Officer at Deep Information Systems, VP of Internet of Things Strategy at LogMeIn, Strategy and PM for DynamicOps (acquired by VMWare) and VP Product Management with Neocleus (acquired by Intel). Additionally, he was co-creator of Softricity app virtualization, acquired by Microsoft, which grew to revenues topping $6 billion. As an investor, Chad Jones has chosen passions that are both close to his heart and that create better outcomes for the plan (effective alternative energy, wireless electricity, etc.). He also enjoys helping the next generation look differently at the world through guest lectures at Harvard, Boston College, Boston University, MIT and Carnegie Mellon. In his free time, he enjoys writing screenplays, playing beach volleyball, heli-skiing, playing guitar, collecting wine and, of course, finding the next great idea that will transform businesses and lives.
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Che Anderson

Che Anderson

Project Manager, Office of the City Manager, Worcester and Director, POW! WOW! Worcester, POW! WOW! Worcester

Che Anderson is a Project Manager in the Office of the City Manager in Worcester, where he focuses on special events initiatives and cultural equity. …
Che Anderson is a Project Manager in the Office of the City Manager in Worcester, where he focuses on special events initiatives and cultural equity.  Originally from New York City, the alumnus of the College of the Holy Cross formed a deep bond with Worcester and chose to stay here after graduation, serving in a variety of volunteer roles and committees. An avid lover of street art, Che has led efforts to increase Worcester’s public art, most notably serving as Director of POW! WOW! Worcester, a festival-style event that brings internationally acclaimed artists to the City of Worcester in an effort to activate underused spaces and beautify Worcester. Che seeks to do his part helping Worcester stake its claim as the creative core of New England. Che was recently named a Central Massachusetts Power Player by the Worcester Business Journal, and was named 2016 Person of the Year by Worcester Magazine.
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Chris Bransfield

Chris Bransfield

Director of User Experience Design, Co-Founder, Woods Creative

Chris Bransfield is Experience Director at Woods Creative. Since starting his professional career in 2002, Chris has conducted extensive communication strategy and research work, been…
Chris Bransfield is Experience Director at Woods Creative. Since starting his professional career in 2002, Chris has conducted extensive communication strategy and research work, been published, and has presented at national and international conferences. His research and strategy work has informed brand identity development as well as digital, document, and environmental design. His work has focused on government documents, patient-self reporting tools, websites, apps, children’s educational television programs, video games, voting machines, as well as consumer and medical products.
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Chris Engles

Chris Engles

Filmmaker

Chris spent over a decade in public broadcasting as a technical director for such programs as NPR’s Cartalk, PRI’s The World and NPR’s Living on…
Chris spent over a decade in public broadcasting as a technical director for such programs as NPR’s Cartalk, PRI’s The World and NPR’s Living on Earth. In the mid-1990’s he transitioned to narrative and documentary film work. His first feature length effort, This Town, premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2002 and was an official selection of the New York International Independent Film Festival. Since then Chris has gone on to make several short form video profiles of noted artist/painters John Murray and Sean Flood, as well as his talented neighbors in the Brickbottom Artists Association in Somerville, MA.
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Chris Haigh

Chris Haigh

Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, True Change Associates, LLC

Chris has 20 years of experience working with academic institutions, corporations, and nonprofit organizations focusing on diversity and inclusion, social justice, leadership development, and team…
Chris has 20 years of experience working with academic institutions, corporations, and nonprofit organizations focusing on diversity and inclusion, social justice, leadership development, and team building.  Chris is a skilled relationship builder, strategic planner, and team energizer, and loves helping people and organizations be their best selves while contributing to a socially just world. Chris’ experience includes professional roles at The University of Massachusetts- Amherst, Brown University, Rhode Island College, SpeakOut Boston, City Year, Exploration Schools, and most recently Wentworth Institute of Technology as their first Director of Diversity Programs.  Chris has taught numerous classes on social justice and leadership development, and is currently an Adjunct Professor for Merrimack College in the Higher Education Graduate Program.  Additionally Chris has presented at national conferences such as Creating Change and The White Privilege Conference, as well as regional conferences for American College Personnel Administrators (ACPA) and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
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Chris Haigh

Founder & Lead Consultant, True Change Associates

Chris Sherman

Chris Sherman

President, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Island Creek Oyster Bar

Chris Sherman is president of Island Creek Oysters, a Duxbury, MA based shellfish farm and distributor started in 1992 by Skip Bennett. Island Creek now…
Chris Sherman is president of Island Creek Oysters, a Duxbury, MA based shellfish farm and distributor started in 1992 by Skip Bennett. Island Creek now sells over 10 million oysters annually through their e-commerce site, Duxbury retail store, and to 600 of the country’s best restaurants including five of their own properties in New England. Chris also chairs the company's non-profit arm, Island Creek Oysters Foundation, which funds development projects that deploy aquaculture as an affordable, environmentally sound source of protein and jobs. The Foundation is active in East Africa, Haiti, and the US. He is a board member of Caribbean Harvest Foundation, a Haitian NGO engaged in community-based tilapia production. He also serves as president of the Massachusetts Aquaculture Association, an industry group serving 100+ sustainable shellfish farm operators throughout Massachusetts.
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Chris Tassone

Chris Tassone

Director of Strategic Transportation Partnerships, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Chris leads the Shared Services & Consulting Team at Liberty Mutual and manages the company’s partnership strategy for autonomous vehicles. His group works with automakers,…
Chris leads the Shared Services & Consulting Team at Liberty Mutual and manages the company’s partnership strategy for autonomous vehicles. His group works with automakers, transportation disruptors, and governments to understand customer demand and minimize risk while bringing new mobility products to market. He has extensive experience helping established companies compete in new markets using scenario planning and a customer-centric product design process. Previously, Chris worked on State Farm’s Innovation Team and in Marketing at Zipcar.
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Christine Cournoyer

Christine Cournoyer

Chief Executive Officer, N-of-One, N-of-One

Christine Cournoyer is Chief Executive Officer of N-of-One. Prior to joining N-of-One, she was President and Chief Operating Officer of Picis, a leading company in…
Christine Cournoyer is Chief Executive Officer of N-of-One. Prior to joining N-of-One, she was President and Chief Operating Officer of Picis, a leading company in the healthcare IT market. Ms. Cournoyer was named one of the “10 Most Influential Women in Technology” by Businessweek. She is currently a Corporator for Emerson Hospital and a member of both the Boston Club and the Women Corporate Directors.
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Christine Lindenboom

Christine Lindenboom

Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Christine Regan Lindenboom is Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Alnylam, where she oversees all internal and external communications efforts. Christine joined…
Christine Regan Lindenboom is Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Alnylam, where she oversees all internal and external communications efforts. Christine joined Alnylam from Pfizer, where she led Worldwide Research and Development communications, built the Global Health and Value communications function and served as corporate spokesperson for litigation, issues and corporate brand initiatives. Prior to Pfizer, Christine spent eight years at Amgen, where she held progressively more senior roles including leading all financial communications as well as key product launch communications. Christine received her B.A. from Northeastern University and sits on the communications committee of PhRMA.
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Christine Reich

Christine Reich

Vice President of Exhibit Development and Conservation at the Museum of Science, Boston, MGH

Christine Reich, Ph.D. is Vice President of Exhibit Development and Conservation at the Museum of Science, Boston, where she previously served as the Founding Director…
Christine Reich, Ph.D. is Vice President of Exhibit Development and Conservation at the Museum of Science, Boston, where she previously served as the Founding Director of Research and Evaluation. Throughout her career, Christine has been a strong advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities in museums, and her work in this area led to her to be named as a “Champion of Change” by the White House and a fellow by the Noyce Leadership Institute. She has authored over 20 articles related to museums and museum learning, and has made over 70 conference presentations.
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Christopher Buchanan

Christopher Buchanan

Director of Public Affairs and State and Local Government Relations, Walmart

Christopher Buchanan is Director of Public Affairs and State and Local Government Relations currently responsible for state and local government and community relations for the…
Christopher Buchanan is Director of Public Affairs and State and Local Government Relations currently responsible for state and local government and community relations for the New England region on behalf of Walmart Stores and SAM’S CLUBS. In addition, Chris manages media relations and is Chairman of the company’s Foundation Philanthropic State Giving Councils.
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Christopher Lathan

Christopher Lathan

Medical Director Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at St. Elizabeths Medical Center. Harvard, Harvard

My primary research and clinical work focuses on care provided to lung cancer patients, particularly those from ethnic and racial minority groups. I am interested…
My primary research and clinical work focuses on care provided to lung cancer patients, particularly those from ethnic and racial minority groups. I am interested in all areas of care delivery and feel that community engagement and assessment is of utmost importance. Cancer patients are vulnerable and knowledge about the distribution of symptoms both physical and psychological is invaluable in the assessment of disparities. My current research focuses on racial disparities in lung cancer and improving access to care for underserved patients. Currently, I am involved with the Lung Cancer Disparities Center at the Harvard School of Public Health and run an outreach oncology clinic at a health center in Roxbury. This program is an innovative project with the aim of reducing disparities in cancer mortality locally.
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Christopher Lowell

Christopher Lowell

Principal in Corporate Strategy and Research, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Christopher Lowell is a Principal in Corporate Strategy and Research which supports Liberty Mutual by identifying trends which have potential to disrupt the risk and…
Christopher Lowell is a Principal in Corporate Strategy and Research which supports Liberty Mutual by identifying trends which have potential to disrupt the risk and insurance markets. Chris has focused on industry-wide issues, such as blockchain, innovation, smart cities, and autonomous vehicles. Prior to Liberty, Chris was a consultant at Bain & Company in London and South Africa. Chris holds an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan, and an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard University.
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Christopher Sintros

Christopher Sintros

President and CEO, Deaconess Abundant Life Communities

Christopher graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in Religious Studies as well as a certificate in the Gerontological Studies Program. …
Christopher graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in Religious Studies as well as a certificate in the Gerontological Studies Program.  He attended graduate school at Miami University, Oxford Ohio where he earned his Masters of Gerontological Studies, with a focus in long term care administration, as well as his nursing home administrator’s license.  His master’s capstone project was completed in conjunction with a Mass ALFA survey and focused on the variability of acuity levels in assisted living communities. Following graduation, Christopher joined Genesis Eldercare where he served for four years as an Executive Director of an 80 unit assisted living community followed by four years as the administrator of a 126 bed skilled nursing facility. Chris joined the Newbury Court Community as Executive Director in 2008 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in August of 2014. Chris is a resident of Harvard, MA where he lives with his wife Erin, and their two children
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Clara Vu

Clara Vu

VP Engineering, Veo Robotics, Veo Robotics

Clara is a cofounder and the VP Engineering of Veo Robotics. She is a technology leader who has developed multiple robotics products from inception to…
Clara is a cofounder and the VP Engineering of Veo Robotics. She is a technology leader who has developed multiple robotics products from inception to market. Clara started her career at iRobot programming robots for oil well exploration; she then moved on to robotic toys and eventually the Roomba. After iRobot, she cofounded and led the software team at agricultural robotics company Harvest Automation. She has also consulted at Rethink Robotics and at startups in additive manufacturing and IoT. Clara holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Yale University.
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Clement Cazalot

Managing Director, TechStars Boston, TechStart Boston

CLEMENT CAZALOT is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and startup advisor, and is now focused on working and advising early stage startup. He is currently Managing…
CLEMENT CAZALOT is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and startup advisor, and is now focused on working and advising early stage startup. He is currently Managing Director of Techstars Boston, leading the expansion of one of the most prestigious, impactful and founder-friendly startup accelerator and early stage investor in the world. Previously he served as VP Technology at Intralinks until its acquisition by Synchronoss. Before Intralinks, Cazalot was the co-founder and CEO of docTrackr (accelerated by TechStars Boston in 2012) that was acquired by Intralinks in 2014, after having partnered with industry leaders among which Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk and Box. He built the company from its inception in the south of France to having their technology deployed to 99% of the Fortune 1000 in the US in 4 years.
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Clifton Leaf

Clifton Leaf

Editor-in-Chief, Fortune

Clifton Leaf is the Editor-in-Chief at Fortune, where he directs the editorial content of the magazine and oversees the staff. He is also the founding…
Clifton Leaf is the Editor-in-Chief at Fortune, where he directs the editorial content of the magazine and oversees the staff. He is also the founding co-chair of the Fortune Brainstorm Health conference and editor of Brainstorm Health Daily, a newsletter focused on the intersection of big data and biology. Previously, he served as a guest editor for the New York Times op-ed page and Sunday Review, and was executive editor at both the Wall Street Journal’s SmartMoney magazine and Fortune. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer—and How to Win It, which was named by Newsweek as one of “The Best Books About Cancer,” and which earned Cliff a Lifetime Achievement Award for cancer reporting from the European School of Oncology.
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Clint Baclawski

Clint Baclawski

Artist

Clint Baclawski explores photography with a scientific curiosity. He presents his imagery with a range of media, pushing the limitations of photography: from large-format digital…
Clint Baclawski explores photography with a scientific curiosity. He presents his imagery with a range of media, pushing the limitations of photography: from large-format digital prints to light boxes, and more recently, composited images wrapped around light tubes. Clint has always maintained an interest in camerawork. After receiving his BFA in Advertising Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2004, Clint went on to complete a Post-Baccalaureate Study at Bucknell University, and then received his MFA in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2008. He has consistently exhibited his artwork around the Northeast for the past decade, but has recently received more widespread recognition. Several new solo exhibitions were installed in the inaugural Alternative Photography Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland two years ago, and he had a solo exhibition at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA also in 2015. Most recently Clint had his a solo exhibition at Adelson Galleries Boston.
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Colin Angle

Colin Angle

Chairman, CEO and Founder; iRobot, iRobot

Colin M. Angle, a co-founder of iRobot, has served as chairman of the board since October 2008, as chief executive officer since June 1997, and…
Colin M. Angle, a co-founder of iRobot, has served as chairman of the board since October 2008, as chief executive officer since June 1997, and prior to that, as our president since November 1992. He has served as a director since October 1992. As a co-founder and chief executive officer, Mr. Angle provides a critical contribution to the board of directors with his detailed knowledge of the Company, our employees, our client base, our prospects, the strategic marketplace and our competitors. Mr. Angle previously worked at the National Aeronautical and Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he participated in the design of the behavior controlled rovers that led to Sojourner exploring Mars in 1997. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Computer Science, both from MIT.
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Corey Thomas

Corey Thomas

President & CEO, Rapid7, Rapid7

In addition to being president and CEO, Corey is also a member of the Rapid7 board of directors. In 2017 Corey was elected to the…
In addition to being president and CEO, Corey is also a member of the Rapid7 board of directors. In 2017 Corey was elected to the board of directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, serving on its audit and health care quality and affordability committees. Corey has more than 15 years of experience in leading companies to the next stage of growth and innovation. His previous positions include VP of marketing at Parallels, Inc., a virtualization technology company, group project manager of the Microsoft Server and Tools division, launching the worldwide availability of SQL Server 2005 and steering product planning for Microsoft’s data platform, and a consultant at Deloitte Consulting. Corey received a B.E. in electrical engineering and computer science from Vanderbilt University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Cristina Cusin

Cristina Cusin

Director of Translational Studies in Depression, Mass General Hospital, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Mass General Hospital

Dr. Cusin’s clinical and research interests are focused on the most severe and difficult to treat forms of depression. She performs consultations for patients with…
Dr. Cusin’s clinical and research interests are focused on the most severe and difficult to treat forms of depression. She performs consultations for patients with treatment-resistant depression and bipolar disorder. She has specific expertise in psychopharmacology and device-based therapies including ECT, VNS, DBS. She is the Director of the Mass General Hospital Ketamine clinic for treatment-resistant depression and she is the primary investigator in research studies on the use of ketamine in mood disorders at Mass General.
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Cynthia Clayton

Cynthia Clayton

Head of Communications, Third Rock

Cynthia Clayton joined Third Rock in 2015 as the head of communications. She focuses on identifying and initiating communication activities and best practices across the…
Cynthia Clayton joined Third Rock in 2015 as the head of communications. She focuses on identifying and initiating communication activities and best practices across the firm and the portfolio. Prior to joining Third Rock, Cynthia served as the vice president, investor relations and corporate communications for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. During her 10 years with the company, she led investor and media relations as well as corporate communications and digital strategies. Prior to Alnylam, Cynthia was the director, investor relations and corporate communications at Synta Pharmaceuticals. Earlier, she was the senior manager, investor relations and corporate communications for Millennium Pharmaceuticals. She obtained her B.A. with honors in communications from the University of Hartford.
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Cynthia Graber

Cynthia Graber

Print and radio journalist; co-host of Gastropod, MIT, Gastropod

Cynthia Graber is an award-winning audio and print reporter and is co-host of the internationally popular podcast Gastropod, about the science and history of…

Cynthia Graber is an award-winning audio and print reporter and is co-host of the internationally popular podcast Gastropod, about the science and history of food. Gastropod has won a number of awards — the Improper Bostoniannamed it Boston’s Best Podcast — and is regularly featured on "best-of" podcast lists, and Cynthia and her co-host have performed Gastropod Live events at the Boston Museum of Science and at science festivals around the country. Cynthia’s print work has been featured in venues including Wired, Orion, the New Yorker, Slate, and many more. She spent 2012-2013 as a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT, and followed that with a UC Berkeley Food and Farming fellowship, overseen by Michael Pollan. She also regularly teaches audio production and podcasting.

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D. Ruff

D. Ruff

Spoken Word Poet / Host

D.Ruff is a spoken word poet and co-host of the "if you can Feel It, you can Speak It" Open Mic movement, held every 2nd…
D.Ruff is a spoken word poet and co-host of the "if you can Feel It, you can Speak It" Open Mic movement, held every 2nd Thursday of the month at the Bella Luna/Milky Way in Jamaica Plain. He has been writing and performing for over 10 years. Over the past decade, he has featured/hosted at venues such as The Middle East, Slades Bar & Grille, The Haley House, Darryl's Corner, The Strand Theater, Paramount Theater and The Apollo Theater. Additionally he has performed at Bay State College, BU, BC, Providence College, Emerson College and Wheelock College as well as high schools and middle schools within the city of Boston. Author of, "Staying on 94: Tales from a Misguided Soul", a collection of his performance and written poetry he has been on radio stations, such as Boston’s WRBB 104.9 and Big City 101.3 as well as performed alongside rising star, Austin Brown. Most of his poems stem from personal experiences and observations, and therefore range in topics from love and heartbreak to inequality and culture. D.Ruff performs with inspiring passion in hopes to build bridges between communities, empower people of color and find bravery to collectively speak about rooted issues and start to pursue real change for future generations
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Daisy Novoa-Vásquez

Daisy Novoa-Vásquez

Artist

Daisy Novoa Vásquez is a Chilean-Ecuadorian artist who lives in Boston, MA. She is currently working for American Therapy, a civic engagement art installation happening…
Daisy Novoa Vásquez is a Chilean-Ecuadorian artist who lives in Boston, MA. She is currently working for American Therapy, a civic engagement art installation happening in the city. Daisy writes poetry and is a Writer in Residence for Hispanic Writers Week, a program from the UMASS Boston that educates students from public schools about the importance of using writing as a tool for personal development and conflict resolution. Daisy is a contributing columnist for the Hispanic newspapers El Planeta of Boston, and she is also and Adjunct Professor of Spanish at Mount Ida College. "Fluir en ausencia" is her last poetry collection published under Arte Poética Press in New York city. Some of her poems can be found in literary magazines and bilingual anthologies.Daisy has participated in poetry festivals in Spain, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, and many others places.
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Dalida María Benfield

Dalida María Benfield

Research Director, Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research

Dalida María Benfield, Ph.D., is an artist and researcher focused on (re)activating new, old, and liminal forms of collective research and knowledge sharing. Her projects…
Dalida María Benfield, Ph.D., is an artist and researcher focused on (re)activating new, old, and liminal forms of collective research and knowledge sharing. Her projects cross the boundaries of disciplines, cultural contexts, and communication channels, providing opportunities for diverse publics to ask big questions in museums, galleries, schools, community organizations, public libraries, and online. Her current projects include “Migratory Times,” a year-long network of researchers and artists and series of events discussing global migration; “The Museum of Random Memory,” which invites participants to consider the ethics of big data collection as they contribute a random memory; and “24 HOUR SOCIAL STUDIES,” an open access platform for civic education. She is Co-Chair of the Visual Arts Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, U.S.A.; Visiting Professor in the futuremaking.space at Aarhus University, Denmark; and former Faculty Associate and Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and Professor and Chair of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also the founder of collective impossible, llc, an independent research organization, cultural center, and publisher. She holds a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.
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Damian Garde

Damian Garde

National Biotech Reporter, STAT, STAT

Damian Garde reports on biotech in the industry hotbed of Kendall Square for STAT. He spent four years covering drug development at FierceBiotech, and previously…
Damian Garde reports on biotech in the industry hotbed of Kendall Square for STAT. He spent four years covering drug development at FierceBiotech, and previously wrote for Patch.com and the Albuquerque Journal. Damian spends his free time watching movies and shouting at the New York Knicks through screens of various sizes.
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Dan Greenwald

Dan Greenwald

Founder, President and Chief Creative Officer, White Rhino, White Rhino

Dan has 26 years experience developing successful brand communications for industry leaders including SAP, Nuance, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Avid and Whole…
Dan has 26 years experience developing successful brand communications for industry leaders including SAP, Nuance, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Avid and Whole Foods Market among many other clients. He founded White Rhino in 1990 and still serves as hands-on creative director. Dan is passionate about creating strong emotional bonds between brands and their audiences. His “B2Me” market research approach unlocks his client’s customer’s personal motivators and has helped Dan and his team win numerous marketing and advertising awards. Dan frequently guest-lectures at New England-area college and university MBA programs.
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Dana Woulfe

Dana Woulfe

Artist

Dana Woulfe is a visual artist living and working in the Boston area. He is known for his vivid, abstract paintings and large scale mural…
Dana Woulfe is a visual artist living and working in the Boston area. He is known for his vivid, abstract paintings and large scale mural work. A New England native, he grew up in Rhode Island and learned to appreciate the arts at a young age through the influence of his grandmother, an illustrator and painter. After moving to Boston in the mid-90’s to attend Massachusetts College of Art, he became involved in the local graffiti scene and developed an affiliation with the members of Project SF. As co-director of the Project SF artist collective he directed and exhibited at events worldwide, and worked with clients including Nike, Converse, Vitamin Water and Bodega. His solo and collaborative work has appeared in publications such as Juxtapoz, Booooooom, Inked, Acclaim and Sole Collector. Woulfe currently works out of his Beverly based shop, Studio Fresh, where he continues to develop his visual language and build towards whats next.
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Daniel Ibañez

Daniel Ibañez

Co-Founder and Principal Architect, Margen-Lab; Doctor of Design Candidate and Teaching Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Daniel Ibañez is a practicing architect and urbanist. He is co-founder and director of the design firm Margen-Lab, a transcalar targeted office invested in the…
Daniel Ibañez is a practicing architect and urbanist. He is co-founder and director of the design firm Margen-Lab, a transcalar targeted office invested in the developing more ecologically powerful and materially exuberant architecture and urban design. Daniel holds a MArch from ETSAM in Madrid, a MAA (with honors) from IAAC in Barcelona and a MDes in Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology (with distinction) at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). At Harvard University, Daniel is instructor and Doctor of Design candidate, editor of the New Geographies Journal and researcher at the Urban Theory Lab, and the Office for Urbanization. Daniel’s overall research critically seeks to frame the design diciplines in in relation to broader socio-ecological interdependencies through cross-disciplinary studies in the field of urban metabolism.
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Dara Pannebaker

Dara Pannebaker

President, Artists Group of Charlestown, MGH

A founding member of the Artists’ Group of Charlestown, she was instrumental in developing the StoveFactory Studios and Gallery at 523 Medford Street in Charlestown,…
A founding member of the Artists’ Group of Charlestown, she was instrumental in developing the StoveFactory Studios and Gallery at 523 Medford Street in Charlestown, Massachusetts providing studio spaces for 16 artists within the StoveFactory building and the 950 sq. ft. StoveFactory Gallery. Dara currently holds the position of President of organization and is a studio artist at the StoveFactory Studios.
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Dave Backer

Dave Backer

Head of Gene Editing & Novel Modality Commercial Development, MilliporeSigma

David Backer is Head of Commercial Development at MilliporeSigma for its Gene Editing and Novel Modalities Promise Venture, which includes cell and gene therapy development…
David Backer is Head of Commercial Development at MilliporeSigma for its Gene Editing and Novel Modalities Promise Venture, which includes cell and gene therapy development and GMP manufacturing.  Previous positions within MilliporeSigma include operational, sales, and marketing positions for emerging technologies.  Dave was founder and President of Molecular Medicine BioServices, which is a CDMO based in Carlsbad, CA and is now part of the BioReliance services offer.  Dave has a BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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Dave Balter

Dave Balter

CEO, Mylestone

Dave Balter is an innovation‐obsessed builder of companies, often as a Founder/CEO but occasionally as a Board Member, advisor or investor. He's also an active venture investor and M&A professional. Currently he is the CEO of Mylestone, an early-stage venture backed startup. Previously he led the Transactions (M&A and Partnerships) Team at Pluralsight, an online learning company focused on professional technology training. He joined Pluralsight via the acquisition of Smarterer, a venture backed skills assessment startup he co-founded in 2010 and led as CEO since 2013.  
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David Altshuler

David Altshuler

Executive Vice President, Global Research and Chief Scientific Officer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

David Altshuler is Executive Vice President, Global Research and Chief Scientific Officer at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Altshuler leads Vertex’s research efforts aimed at discovering new…
David Altshuler is Executive Vice President, Global Research and Chief Scientific Officer at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Altshuler leads Vertex’s research efforts aimed at discovering new medicines for the treatment of CF and other serious diseases, overseeing the company’s three research sites in Boston, San Diego and Oxford, UK. David was previously one of four founding members, Deputy Director and Chief Academic Officer at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, a professor at Harvard and MIT, and a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was a leader of the SNP Consortium, HapMap and 1,000 Genome Projects, and discovered over 100 gene variants associated with type 2 diabetes and other common diseases. David serves as Chair of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute’s Scientific Advisory Board. A member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, David was named a Champion of Change by the White House for his leadership in creating and leading the Global Alliance for Genomic and Health.
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David Armstrong

David Armstrong

Senior Writer, Enterprise, STAT, STAT

David Armstrong is a senior enterprise reporter for STAT. Armstrong previously worked as an investigative reporter at Bloomberg News, the Wall Street Journal, and the…
David Armstrong is a senior enterprise reporter for STAT. Armstrong previously worked as an investigative reporter at Bloomberg News, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe. He has written about the mistreatment of patients at one of the country's largest brain injury treatment facilities, fraud in the $300 billion pain industry, and the riches earned by medical entrepreneurs marketing dubious and dangerous procedures.
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David Barash, MD

David Barash, MD

Executive Director of the Global Health Portfolio and Chief Medical Officer for the GE Foundation, MGH

David is responsible for the work of the GE Foundation in its commitment to community health in Boston. In that capacity, he leads GE Foundation’s…
David is responsible for the work of the GE Foundation in its commitment to community health in Boston. In that capacity, he leads GE Foundation’s investment strategy to impact the opioid and addiction crisis in Boston and Massachusetts. David is also co-chair of the Private Sector Roundtable, a collaboration of several multinational companies to support the work of the Global Health Security Agenda.
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David Calusdian

David Calusdian

President, Sharon Merrill Associates, Sharon Merrill

David Calusdian, President, Sharon Merrill oversees the implementation of corporate communications programs, reputation management campaigns, and is an expert in coaching senior executives in presentation…
David Calusdian, President, Sharon Merrill oversees the implementation of corporate communications programs, reputation management campaigns, and is an expert in coaching senior executives in presentation delivery and media skills. He has led crisis response teams and coached management on issues such as product recalls for child safety, executive deaths and viral videos on social media of corporate animal mistreatment. He also provides strategic counsel to clients on communications issues such as corporate disclosure, proxy proposals and shareholder activism.
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David Cash

David Cash

Dean, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, UMass Boston, UMass Boston

David W. Cash is the Dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston. He has spent his…
David W. Cash is the Dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston. He has spent his career trying to better harness knowledge to solve pressing policy challenges. Spending the past decade in Massachusetts state government in catalytic roles, Cash helped transform the commonwealth’s energy and environmental policy. He was commissioner at both the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Public Utilities, and Undersecretary of Policy at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. In these roles, he helped develop nation-leading climate and clean energy programs. He earned a PhD in public policy from Harvard, an MAT in science education from Lewis & Clark College and a BS in biology from Yale.
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David G. Rabkin

David G. Rabkin

Artist, Innovator, and Former Director, Charles Hayden Planetarium

David Rabkin is an organizational leader, a facilitator of highly creative teams, an innovator and an artist. An engineer, project manager and divisional leader in…
David Rabkin is an organizational leader, a facilitator of highly creative teams, an innovator and an artist. An engineer, project manager and divisional leader in the software industry, he had a second career at the Museum of Science, Boston, facilitating strategic and organizational change, directing teams developing cutting edge programs at the intersection of science, technology and society; developing and curating exhibits; and directing the Planetarium team which wrote and produced three award-winning shows and advanced the state of the art in the fulldome field through technical, artistic and programmatic innovation. His artistic pursuits include photography, immersive media, lighting design and mixed-media sculpture. He holds an undergraduate degree in engineering sciences from Harvard and a PhD in technology and innovation management from MIT.
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David Kolesky, PhD

David Kolesky, PhD

Technology Development Fellow, Lewis Lab, Wyss Institute & Harvard University

David Lazer

David Lazer

Co-Director of NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, Northeastern University

Professor Lazer is a professor of political science and computer and information science and the co-director of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. Before…
Professor Lazer is a professor of political science and computer and information science and the co-director of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. Before joining the Northeastern faculty in fall 2009, he was an associate professor of public policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and director of its Program on Networked Governance. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Michigan. Professor Lazer's research centers on social networks; governance, or how the patterns of institutional relations yield functional or dysfunctional systems; and technology and its use in communication. An authority on social networks, he has written several papers on the diffusion of information among interest groups and between these groups and the government. He is the co-editor of Governance and Information Technology: From Electronic Government to Information Govern
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David Perkins

David Perkins

Pforzheimer, Jr. Research Professor of Teaching and Learning, emeritus, HGSE; co-founder and co-director, Project Zero (1972-2000)

David Sun Kong

David Sun Kong

Director, Community Biotechnology Initiative, MIT

David Sun Kong, Ph.D., is a Synthetic Biologist, community organizer, DJ, and photographer. He is the Director of the MIT Media Lab's new Community Biotechnology…
David Sun Kong, Ph.D., is a Synthetic Biologist, community organizer, DJ, and photographer. He is the Director of the MIT Media Lab's new Community Biotechnology Initiative. He is a pioneer in developing “lab-on-a-chip” technologies for synthetic biology and a leader in the global bio-hacking movement. He is co-founder and faculty of "How To Grow (Almost) Anything,” an international distributed course on biotechnology, a synthetic biology “LEAP” fellow, the founder and director of EMW, an art, technology, and community space in Cambridge, MA, and the founder of two technical tracks for the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition (iGEM). He is also the official iGEM DJ, and has performed as a DJ, beat-boxer, vocalist, and rapper at hundreds of venues. His photography has been exhibited at the Smithsonian and other museums and galleries across the country.
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David Teng-Olsen

David Teng-Olsen

Artist

Teng-Olsen comes from a background in bioengineering and scientific illustration, and holds an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work is characterized by a…
Teng-Olsen comes from a background in bioengineering and scientific illustration, and holds an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work is characterized by a unique exuberance and spirit of unfettered experimentation, and a bold graphic line, joined with a vivid, fantastical sense of color. Teng-Olsen’s sensibility is informed by both the traditions of fine art and the street pop of the counterculture—ie. comix, graffiti and murals, gaming and animation.
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David Torchiana, MD

David Torchiana, MD

President & CEO of Partners HealthCare

Dr. Torchiana is the President and CEO of Partners HealthCare, an integrated not-for- profit academic health system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)…
Dr. Torchiana is the President and CEO of Partners HealthCare, an integrated not-for- profit academic health system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in 1994. Partners also includes McLean Hospital, the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network of post-acute institutional and home care services, six community hospitals, Neighborhood Health Plan (a non-profit health insurance company), and a community physician network. MGH and BWH are the largest hospital recipients of National Institutes of Health funding in the nation and in aggregate Partners total research budget is $1.4 billion. A Churchill scholar and graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Torchiana became Chief of Cardiac Surgery at MGH in 1998 and Chairman and CEO of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization in 2003.
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David W. Cash

David W. Cash

Dean, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, UMass Boston

David W. Cash has spent his career trying to understand and better harness knowledge to solve pressing policy challenges. He earned a PhD in public…
David W. Cash has spent his career trying to understand and better harness knowledge to solve pressing policy challenges. He earned a PhD in public policy from Harvard University, concentrating in environment and natural resources. Before joining the McCormack Graduate School in July 2015, Cash spent a decade in catalytic roles in Massachusetts state government helping to transform the commonwealth’s energy and environmental policy and regulatory landscape.
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David Williams

David Williams

Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Boston Children’s Hospital President, Dana/Farber Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology, Boston Children’s Hospital

David A. Williams is Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice-President at Boston Children’s Hospital and President of the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.…
David A. Williams is Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice-President at Boston Children’s Hospital and President of the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. He also serves at the Director, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Boston Children’s Hospital. He is the Leland Fikes Chair of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
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David Y. Ting

David Y. Ting

Assistant Director of Medical Information Systems and Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. David Y. Ting is the Chief Medical Information Officer of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO). Dr. Ting is dual-board certified in Internal Medicine…
Dr. David Y. Ting is the Chief Medical Information Officer of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO). Dr. Ting is dual-board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and is a practicing primary care internist and pediatrician at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He earned his M.D. degree from Duke University Medical School and then completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency in the Harvard Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Program, where he later became the Residency Program Director.
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Deeksha Joshi

Deeksha Joshi

Principal in Corporate Strategy and Research, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Deeksha is a Principal in Corporate Strategy and Research at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Being an Innovation Strategist in transformational technologies, Deeksha spends her time researching…
Deeksha is a Principal in Corporate Strategy and Research at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Being an Innovation Strategist in transformational technologies, Deeksha spends her time researching disruptive trends and trying to understand the future of risk. She has over 15 years of experience working with multiple companies around the technology and innovation space. At Liberty Mutual, she helps thinks through and solves various strategic and operational challenges as the insurance industry is experiencing new trends and opportunities. Previously at Liberty Mutual, she led the Property Innovation team in US consumer markets. She has also authored 2 books on data & innovation: Data Driven Innovation & TheBigAnalytics. Before joining Liberty, she was an Executive in the Strategy and Transformation group within Accenture’s management consulting organization and led large transformation projects. She has also created and ran her own IT consulting firm in India. When not wearing the futurist hat, Deeksha loves to hike and learn what nature has to teach. She has received an MBA from Darden School of Business, Virginia and her Bachelors in Engineering from NSIT, Delhi. She also has a passion for sharing her thoughts via blog and supporting local Boston startups and girls in STEAM initiatives.
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Deepak Chopra, MD

Deepak Chopra, MD

Founder of the Chopra Foundation, Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing & Jiyo

Founder of the Chopra Foundation   Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing & Jiyo Deepak Chopra, MD FACP, Founder of The Chopra Foundation and…
    • Founder of the Chopra Foundation
 
  • Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing & Jiyo
Deepak Chopra, MD FACP, Founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing and Jiyo.com is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Clinical Professor in Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and Researcher in Neurology and Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH - Boston). TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as "one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”
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Dekel Gelbman

Dekel Gelbman

CEO, FDNA

As the founding CEO of FDNA, Mr. Dekel Gelbman leads the corporate and business strategy of the company that turned an early stage computer vision…
As the founding CEO of FDNA, Mr. Dekel Gelbman leads the corporate and business strategy of the company that turned an early stage computer vision technology into an innovative digital health platform and database used by thousands of clinicians, researchers and labs globally in the evaluation of genetic and other rare disease patients. Before joining FDNA, Mr. Gelbman was a practicing attorney, working for leading law firms, including among others, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates. Working closely with dozens of start-up companies for over a decade, including innovative technological companies from a wide variety of fields, Mr. Gelbman brings extensive experience in business development, legal counseling, and regulatory compliance to his role. Mr. Gelbman holds an LL.B and an MBA in finance.
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Devin Cook

Devin Cook

Executive Producer, MIT IDE Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Devin Cook is the Executive Producer of the Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC). Launched under Devin’s leadership at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, the…
Devin Cook is the Executive Producer of the Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC). Launched under Devin’s leadership at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, the IIC awards over $1 million to global technology-driven organizations that are reinventing the future of work and creating a more equitable economy in the digital age. Devin is a Fulbright Scholar, whose research explored entrepreneurship as a driver of economic development among textile artisans in India. She is a Jurist for the INDEX: Award, the world’s largest design prize. Devin has worked at multiple start-ups and mentored over 100 start-up founders, as well as led international projects and seminars for Fortune 100 clients. She holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA from Middlebury College.
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Dina Katabi, PhD

Dina Katabi, PhD

Andrew & Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, MIT, MGH

Dina Katabi is the Andrew & Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She is also the director of the MIT’s…
Dina Katabi is the Andrew & Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She is also the director of the MIT’s Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award.
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DJ Candy Raine

DJ Candy Raine

From making CD's for her classmates in 4th grade to being indulged in music videos on BET and MTV all day, Candy Raine has always…
From making CD's for her classmates in 4th grade to being indulged in music videos on BET and MTV all day, Candy Raine has always had a passion for music. In 2012, she was able to translate that passion on turntables and has not looked back since. Candy got her start in the summer of 2012 while attending the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Since then she has had a prime time slot on an urban radio station, DJ'd at some of the hottest night clubs in oston, and become the official DJ for Code Eclectic.
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DJ Savuth

DJ Savuth

DJ/Dancer/Producer, RELEASE Your Dance, L.U.V. (Let Us Vibe)

As a dancer with legendary Boston-based dance crew, The Circle Children and his own circle, Sweat & Tears, DJ Savuth discovered 25 years ago that…
As a dancer with legendary Boston-based dance crew, The Circle Children and his own circle, Sweat & Tears, DJ Savuth discovered 25 years ago that music is the answer. His natural talent as a dancer has been recognized and celebrated through performances across the Northeast, showcase awards and, currently, as a dance instructor. He not only tries to teach those who attend his workshops "moves," but encourages them to allow the pleasure of moving their minds along with their bodies. In further commitment to his passion for music and dance, DJ Savuth (a/k/a Sammy) has taken his love and belief in the power of music from the dancefloor into a DJ booth. For over 15 years, Savuth has DJ'ed as a guest at parties in Boston, Brooklyn and Coney Island. He is the co-founder and resident DJ of Release Your Dance and the founder and resident of Volume, both Boston-based dance party. His sets are electrifying and powerful moving people into abandonment and free expression. As a DJ and Dancer, his programming is geared toward celebrating dance through the sounds of positive, uplifting and inspiring House music. He will make you sweat!
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Don Tellalian

Don Tellalian

Architect/Designer, Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway, Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway

Don Tellalian, AIA, is the architect/designer of Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway. Recently retired, Don was the founding principal of Tellalian Associates Architects &…
Don Tellalian, AIA, is the architect/designer of Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway. Recently retired, Don was the founding principal of Tellalian Associates Architects & Planners, LLC, a Boston based firm whose projects include several preeminent cultural, educational and historic institutions. Many of his projects have been recognized by awards including the Hancock Award for Distinguished Service in Preservation by the Bostonian Society as well as publications including the American Institute of Architects, Boston Society of Architects, Boston Globe, Boston Globe Magazine, Apollo Magazine and Lighting Design + Application.
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Douglas Kim

Douglas Kim

Chief Revenue and Customer Success Officer, Cogito, Cogito

Douglas brings more than 25 years of marketing, sales, and client services expertise to Cogito. Prior to joining Cogito, Douglas built and ran the commercial…
Douglas brings more than 25 years of marketing, sales, and client services expertise to Cogito. Prior to joining Cogito, Douglas built and ran the commercial function for Kyruus – a leading enterprise healthcare provider technology company. Prior to that, he spent 12 years helping commercialize the BPM and CRM business from $2M to $500M annual revenues for Pegasystems, Inc. Among many roles there, – he designed and built the Cloud / SaaS business and the Strategic Alliances function. Prior to Pegasystems, Mr. Kim was the Founder of Talksender Inc, a pioneer in cloud based rich-media email marketing used by Warner Bros, Sony Music and Grey Advertising. Douglas began his career at Novasoft – the leader in Electronic Content Management, where he built and ran the channel function and the Latin America and European regions. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Engineering.
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Dounia El Bidaoui

Dounia El Bidaoui

Alumna, STEM Team, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Dounia El Bidaoui is an alumna of the inaugural STEAM Team at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, senior at Boston Latin Academy, and an…
Dounia El Bidaoui is an alumna of the inaugural STEAM Team at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, senior at Boston Latin Academy, and an avid fan of science puns. Dounia spent her early childhood on a farm in Morocco which cultivated her deep appreciation for nature. After her first chemistry class, Dounia was accepted to the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program at Harvard Medical School. She has continued her education in the STEM disciplines and is looking forward to her undergraduate studies. Dounia is also an Academic Olympic scholar and school ambassador at Boston Latin Academy. Dounia hopes to attend a prestigious university and pursue her many passions in an interdisciplinary setting.
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Dr. Atul Gawande

Dr. Atul Gawande

Executive Director - Ariadne Labs, Harvard

Executive Director - Ariadne Labs, Professor of Surgery - Harvard Medical School, General and Endocrine Surgeon - Brigham and Women's Hospital "Atul Gawande, MD, MPH,…
  • Executive Director - Ariadne Labs,
  • Professor of Surgery - Harvard Medical School, General and Endocrine Surgeon - Brigham and Women's Hospital
"Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is also Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and Chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. Atul has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written four New York Times bestsellers: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and most recently, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He is the winner of two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, and a MacArthur Fellowship."
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Dr. Beth Altringer

Dr. Beth Altringer

Senior Preceptor in Innovation and Design

Dr. Altringer is faculty at Harvard, where she runs the Desirability Lab at SEAS/GSD and is on the core faculty of the new MS/MBA engineering…
Dr. Altringer is faculty at Harvard, where she runs the Desirability Lab at SEAS/GSD and is on the core faculty of the new MS/MBA engineering degree. She builds software to test desirability theories in flavor and fashion, designs new curriculum, runs an algorithm education discussion series called ai-kitchen, and has worked on projects with organizations like Kering, Gucci Group, Puma, FIFA, PwC, Uber, Diageo, and more. Altringer has a background in design (Masters in architecture) and the psychology of design (PhD studying product design inside companies like IDEO and their clients). She was on the founding team of Piaggio Fast Forward (PFF produces cargo robots) and founded and runs the Flavor Genome Project.
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Dr. Bruce Levine

Dr. Bruce Levine

Barbara and Edward Netter Professor in Cancer Gene Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Bruce Levine, Barbara and Edward Netter Professor in Cancer Gene Therapy, is the Founding Director of the Clinical Cell and Vaccine Production Facility (CVPF)…
Dr. Bruce Levine, Barbara and Edward Netter Professor in Cancer Gene Therapy, is the Founding Director of the Clinical Cell and Vaccine Production Facility (CVPF) in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Immunology and Infectious Diseases from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Levine is co-inventor on 23 issued US patents and co-author of >130 publications with a Google Scholar citation h-index of 68.
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Dr. Catherine Havasi

Dr. Catherine Havasi

CEO, Luminoso Technologies, Luminoso

Dr. Catherine Havasi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Luminoso Technologies, an AI-based natural language understanding software company in Cambridge, MA. Luminoso was founded on…
Dr. Catherine Havasi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Luminoso Technologies, an AI-based natural language understanding software company in Cambridge, MA. Luminoso was founded on nearly a decade of research at the MIT Media Lab on how NLP and machine learning could be applied to text analytics. For over 15 years she has been researching language and learning and was a research scientist in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics at the MIT Media Lab where she ran the Digital Intuition group. In the late 90s, she co-founded the Common Sense Computing Initiative, or ConceptNet, a big-data lexical resource used in over two thousand academic projects.
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Dr. Emily Reichert

Dr. Emily Reichert

CEO - Greentown Labs, Greentown Labs

Dr. Emily Reichert serves as Chief Executive Officer of Greentown Labs, the largest clean technology startup incubator in the United States. As the company's first…
Dr. Emily Reichert serves as Chief Executive Officer of Greentown Labs, the largest clean technology startup incubator in the United States. As the company's first employee, Emily has spearheaded the rapid growth of Greentown Labs into a global center for clean technology innovation, attracting visitors and partners from around the world. Emily has been appointed to leadership positions on innovation, economic development, entrepreneurship and clean technology commercialization at the city, state, and federal level including Massachusetts Governor’s Economic Development Planning Council and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Emily has served as a board member or as an advisor for a number of entrepreneurship and clean technology-focused organizations including the MIT Energy Club and Northeast Clean Energy Council.
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Dr. George Church

Dr. George Church

Co-Founder and Advisor - eGenesis

Professor of Genetics - Harvard Medical School Professor of Health Sciences and Technology - Harvard University and MIT Founding Core Faculty and Synthetic Biology Lead…
  • Professor of Genetics - Harvard Medical School
  • Professor of Health Sciences and Technology - Harvard University and MIT
  • Founding Core Faculty and Synthetic Biology Lead - Wyss Institute at Harvard University
  • Co-Founder and Advisor - eGenesis
Professor of Genetics - Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Sciences and Technology - Harvard University and MIT, Founding Core Faculty and Synthetic Biology Lead - Wyss Institute at Harvard University, Co-Founder and Advisor - eGenesis. Dr. George Church is a pioneer of genome engineering, systems and synthetic biology, He has co-founded more than 14 biotech companies, has authored over 400 papers, and holds 60 patents in his name. Dr. Church is director of the NHGRI Center for Excellence in Genomic Science, the Harvard/MIT DOE Genomes-to-Life Center, the Lipper Center for Computational Genetics, and is a founding core member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (in 2011) and the National Academy of Engineering (in 2012). Dr. Church holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Harvard University.
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Dr. Jason Kelly

Dr. Jason Kelly

Founder & CEO, Ginkgo Bioworks, Ginkgo Bioworks

Jason Kelly co-founded Ginkgo BioWorks in 2008. The organism is the product at Ginkgo BioWorks. Ginkgo's organism engineers design microbes made-to-order for customers across a…
Jason Kelly co-founded Ginkgo BioWorks in 2008. The organism is the product at Ginkgo BioWorks. Ginkgo's organism engineers design microbes made-to-order for customers across a range of industries by leveraging a technology platform including custom hardware, software, and wetware. Jason earned his PhD from MIT in Biological Engineering in 2008, under professor Drew Endy, and his BS in Chemical Engineering and Biology in 2003. His doctoral research included the development of a widely adopted measurement standard for characterizing transcriptional elements.
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Dr. Jill Macoska

Dr. Jill Macoska

Director, Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy, UMass Boston, Harvard

Dr. Macoska is the Alton J. Brann Distinguished Professor in Science and Mathematics and Director of the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy. Endowed Chair and…
Dr. Macoska is the Alton J. Brann Distinguished Professor in Science and Mathematics and Director of the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy. Endowed Chair and Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to her appointment at the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Macoska held the position of Full Professor with tenure in the Department of Urology and Programs in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, and Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics in the University of Michigan School of Medicine. While at Michigan she held several senior leadership positions including Associate Director for the Genitourinary Program in the Comprehensive Cancer Center (2002-2006). At the National level, Dr. Macoska has served on peer review for several journals and funding agencies and as a strategic participant in several advisory councils and workshops.
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Dr. Keith Dreyer

Dr. Keith Dreyer

Director, Center for Clinical Data Science, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Vice Chairman of Radiology - Mass General Hospital, Chief Data Science Officer - Department of Radiology at Mass General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital…
  • Vice Chairman of Radiology - Mass General Hospital,
  • Chief Data Science Officer - Department of Radiology at Mass General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Radiology - Harvard Medical School
Keith J. Dreyer, DO, PhD, FACR, FSIIM, is Vice Chairman of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Chief Data Science Officer for the Departments of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Associate Professor of Radiology at the Harvard Medical School. He is ABR board certified in diagnostic radiology with a BS in Mathematics, MS in Image Processing, PhD in Computer Science and medical fellowships in Imaging Informatics and Magnetic Resonance Imaging from Harvard University at Mass General Hospital. Dr. Dreyer has held numerous board, chair, advisory and committee positions with the American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine and numerous global healthcare corporations.
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Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald

Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald

Head of Research and Senior Vice President, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald serves as Head of Research and Senior Vice President at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, where he leads the company’s RNAi delivery efforts. During his…
Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald serves as Head of Research and Senior Vice President at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, where he leads the company’s RNAi delivery efforts. During his tenure at Alnylam, Dr. Fitzgerald has led multiple programs from discovery through pre-clinical development, regulatory submissions and early clinical development. In addition, he was the lead author and co-author of Alnylam’s seminal papers in The Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine, which demonstrated the effects of RNAi therapeutics. Before joining Alnylam in 2005, Dr. Fitzgerald was a Senior Research Scientist and Group Leader at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he contributed to the development of multiple pharmaceutical products. He received a B.S. in Genetics from Cornell University and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Oncology at Harvard Medical School.
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Dr. Mark Borelli

Dr. Mark Borelli

Research faculty, UMass Boston & Coastal Geologist Director, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, UMass Boston

Dr. Borrelli's research interests include coastal sedimentary processes in general and understanding how storms, sea level rise and anthropogenic impacts affect the coast in particular.…
Dr. Borrelli's research interests include coastal sedimentary processes in general and understanding how storms, sea level rise and anthropogenic impacts affect the coast in particular. Recent and ongoing research includes: mapping the seafloor in shallow coastal waters, developing transdisciplinary benthic habitat maps, studying bed forms and sediment transport in the nearshore, collecting high, spatial and temporal resolution beach profiles, understanding the morphodynamics of tidal inlets and developing a new method to quantify change in salt marshes.
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Dr. O’Neil Britton

Dr. O’Neil Britton

Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Mass General Hospital, Mass General Hospital

Dr. O’Neil Britton joined Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in September 2016, when he was appointed Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President. Britton provides administrative…
Dr. O’Neil Britton joined Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in September 2016, when he was appointed Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President. Britton provides administrative oversight of the departments of Pathology, Radiology, Pharmacy, Biomedical Engineering, the Center for Global Health, the Executive Committee on Teaching and Education, the Learning Laboratory/Center for Medical Simulation, physician professionalism and peer support, and the Medical Staff Office.
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Dr. Patricia Gentile

Dr. Patricia Gentile

President, North Shore Community College

Dr. Patricia A. Gentile became the fourth President of North Shore Community College on January 1, 2014. Since joining NSCC, President Gentile has: created the…
Dr. Patricia A. Gentile became the fourth President of North Shore Community College on January 1, 2014. Since joining NSCC, President Gentile has: created the CommUniverCity at Lynn, a comprehensive concept for pathways from pre-K through 12, into NSCC, to bachelor degree completion and into the workforce; facilitated the continuation of NSCC’s culinary arts certificate and degree program and the cosmetology certificate program, both credit trade programs at a new Middleton site; led the 3-story, 28,000 square foot addition/expansion of the college’s Lynn campus; created a five-year Strategic Plan; updated the college’s Master Plan with a focus on Lynn and integration of the CommUniverCity as well as developing an advisory task force of business leaders for culinary arts and food-to-table sustainability integration.
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Dries Buytaert

Dries Buytaert

Founder, Drupal, Drupal

Dries Buytaert is the founder and project lead of Drupal, an Open Source platform for building websites and digital…
Dries Buytaert is the founder and project lead of Drupal, an Open Source platform for building websites and digital experiences. Drupal is used by 2% of the world's websites and has 35,000 active contributors around the world. He is also the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Acquia, a venture-backed technology company. Acquia employs over 750 people and provides the technology platform that helps many large organizations build and operate their digital experiences using Drupal.
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Edward Schumacher-Matos

Edward Schumacher-Matos

Director, Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World, Tufts University

Edward Schumacher-Matos comes to the Murrow Center with a unique background. He has been a prize-winning journalist at some of the nation's most prestigious news…
Edward Schumacher-Matos comes to the Murrow Center with a unique background. He has been a prize-winning journalist at some of the nation's most prestigious news outlets, an academic at top universities, and a media entrepreneur. Through his experience in digital media, international reporting, cross-cultural communication and migration research, Prof. Schumacher-Matos brings a deep understanding of today's networked world. Since taking over in the fall of 2015, he has re-cast the center with cutting edge projects, teaching and research that follow in the forward-thinking tradition and integrity of Edward R. Murrow himself.
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Elisa Hamilton

Elisa Hamilton

Artist

Elisa H. Hamilton is a multimedia artist whose practice focuses on the creation of inclusive artworks that emphasize the inherent joy of our everyday places,…
Elisa H. Hamilton is a multimedia artist whose practice focuses on the creation of inclusive artworks that emphasize the inherent joy of our everyday places, objects, and experiences. Her work has been shown locally and nationally in solo and group exhibitions. Her ongoing project Dance Spot has engaged with a variety of communities all around Boston, as well as at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. Hamilton has been the recipient of four public art grants to create temporary public works in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood, and a Creative City grant from New England Foundation for the Arts. She has held artist residencies with Vermont Studio Center, Boston Center for the Arts, the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, and the Fenway Alliance. Hamilton was the creating artist of Sound Lab, a special community collaboration that was featured in Listen Hear: The Art of Sound at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. She continues her practice at her South End studio at Boston Center for the Arts.
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Elizabeth Estes

Elizabeth Estes

Chief Marketing Officer, Three Lakes Partners

With her hands-on knowledge and passion for what she does, Elizabeth is a highly sought after marketing strategist, speaker, teacher, and mentor. Part futurist and…
With her hands-on knowledge and passion for what she does, Elizabeth is a highly sought after marketing strategist, speaker, teacher, and mentor. Part futurist and part idea machine, Elizabeth's extensive 25+ years in marketing and media contains numerous highlights, including being a co-founder of her third successful startup, serving as Chief Strategy Officer for a healthcare marketing agency with global healthcare, pharmaceutical, and device brands, being named Digital Scholar for the Digital Health Coalition, co-founding and leading a US-based digital consumer agency that focused on social and mobile marketing, and working as a broadcast executive for 11 News, Talk and Sport Radio Networks. Elizabeth's passion for healthcare marketing and entrepreneurship has culminated in her latest role as Chief Marketing Officer for Three Lakes Partners.
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Ellen B. Braaten, PhD

Ellen B. Braaten, PhD

Director, Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP), MGH

Dr. Braaten is widely recognized as an expert in the field of pediatric neuropsychological and psychological assessment, particularly in the areas of assessing learning disabilities…
Dr. Braaten is widely recognized as an expert in the field of pediatric neuropsychological and psychological assessment, particularly in the areas of assessing learning disabilities and attentional disorders. She has been the recipient of funding to conduct research studies on children with nonverbal learning disabilities and attentional disorders and has published numerous papers, chapters, and reviews on ADHD, learning disabilities, gender and psychopathology, intelligence, and neuropsychological and psychological assessment of children. She is the co-author of Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids, a book that has become a classic for parents and professionals.
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Ellen Douglas

Ellen Douglas

Associate Professor of Hydrology, UMass Boston School for the Environment, UMass Boston

Dr. Ellen Douglas is a hydrologist and engineer with broad expertise in the analysis of water-related issues. Her research interests include evaluating the impacts of…
Dr. Ellen Douglas is a hydrologist and engineer with broad expertise in the analysis of water-related issues. Her research interests include evaluating the impacts of climate change on New England hydrology, assessing the vulnerability of coastal communities to flooding, improving methods for sustainable water resource management and monitoring the performance of river restoration through dam removal. Dr. Douglas has played a key role in helping the City of Boston and surrounding coastal communities assess their vulnerability to climate change and develop adaptation strategies to reduce these vulnerabilities. Dr. Douglas has authored or co-authored 26 peer-reviewed publications, four book chapters, and numerous technical reports. She is a contributing author for the 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment and the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.
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Ellen Slawsby, PhD

Ellen Slawsby, PhD

Director, Mind/Body Chronic Pain Service; Staff Psychologist, MGH

Dr. Slawsby is director of the Mind/Body Chronic Pain Service and provides individual therapy, specializing in individuals with chronic illness, chronic fatigue, or pain. She…
Dr. Slawsby is director of the Mind/Body Chronic Pain Service and provides individual therapy, specializing in individuals with chronic illness, chronic fatigue, or pain. She received her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. With the BHI since 1996, she is also a researcher and clinical trainer at the Institute and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Slawsby has published and presented research on chronic medical illness and infertility.
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Émile Barret

Émile Barret

Freelance Photographer, VJ, AD

Émile Barret is a photographer who graduated from ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland) in 2012. He works in many mediums, from analog photography, installations, music (with the experimental group MusicforEggplant), videogames, art direction and even VJ with Aisha Devi, touring since two years. He has an anthropological point of view and focuses his interests on the state changes happening in our perceptions of the world.
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Emilia Javorsky

Emilia Javorsky

Physician-Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, MGH

Emilia Javorsky MD, MPH is focused on the invention, development and commercialization of new medical therapies using a problem-focused approach. Emilia received her undergraduate degree…
Emilia Javorsky MD, MPH is focused on the invention, development and commercialization of new medical therapies using a problem-focused approach. Emilia received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, her masters from Boston University, her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts, and completed her post-doctoral research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Emilia was a Fulbright-Schuman scholar to the European Union, where she studied accelerating medical innovation by enhancing transatlantic research collaborations. Currently she is involved in early-stage life science ventures and leads an Artificial Intelligence in Medicine initiative with the Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School. She is a TEDx speaker and was honored as part of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 in Healthcare.
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Emily Beattie

Emily Beattie

Dance Artist

Emily Beattie is dance artist, performer and educator based in Somerville. Her performance works meld an embodied female experience in an overtechnologized world. All Real…
Emily Beattie is dance artist, performer and educator based in Somerville. Her performance works meld an embodied female experience in an overtechnologized world. All Real Machines is her collaborative art duo with designer and artist Eric Gunther. She is a recipient of The Boston Foundation’s Next Steps For Boston Dance, Live Arts Boston, New England Foundation for the Arts New England Choreographer's Fund, Somerville Arts Grant, and Evelyn and Mo Ostin Performing Arts Award. Her performance work for stage, site, and screens have been shown by the Boston CyberArts Festival, the ICA Boston, Design Boston, The Ammerman Center for the Arts, Brown University, Los Angeles’ Fowler Museum, Pieter Performance Space, the Hammer Museum, REDCAT and internationally in Quito, Ecuador and Kyoto, Japan for the Kyoto Renku Festival.
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Emily Dumas

Emily Dumas

Illustrator

Emily Dumas is an illustrator, surface designer and hand letterer north of Boston. As a former advertising Art Director, Emily developed a keen sense of…
Emily Dumas is an illustrator, surface designer and hand letterer north of Boston. As a former advertising Art Director, Emily developed a keen sense of branding, design and marketing. Her work has adorned a variety of products and has been exhibited and sold at trade shows and galleries across the U.S. Her illustrations include witty sayings, puns and inspiration from her love of food, hip hop and bright colors. She has a BA from Salem State University where she is a part-time educator.
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Emily Levy

Emily Levy

CEO and Co-Founder, Mighty Well

Emily is a recent graduate of Babson College, Class of 2016, with a concentration in Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Design (TED). She is passionate about advocating the patient perspective for chronic illness patients and women’s entrepreneurial leadership. She suffers from Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease and Co-Infections. Even with the challenges of chronic illness she has been able to turn her negative diagnosis into a positive by creating Mighty Well (formerly PICCPerfect), a social for-profit business that creates stylish and functional medical accessories for patients. She doesn't want to just be well, she wants to #LiveMightyWell! Say hi at emily@mighty-well.com Emily is obsessed with: traveling the globe, iced coffee, and gluten free cooking. Hometown: Jamestown, Rhode Island.
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Emily Rueb

Emily Rueb

Senior Editor for Digital Projects, The New York Times; Nieman Fellow, Harvard University, The New York Times

Emily is a reporter at The New York Times who writes and produces "New York 101," a multimedia series that connects people to the built…
Emily is a reporter at The New York Times who writes and produces "New York 101," a multimedia series that connects people to the built environment and explains the often overlooked infrastructure that delivers our water and electricity, or why the roads are always under construction. This year, she will be a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, studying the evolution of public works in the United States. For the last decade, she has pioneered new approaches to storytelling at The Times and spent five years as the lead producer on City Room, a breaking news and features blog credited with sparking the organization's digital revolution.
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Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt

Executive Chairman, Alphabet, Inc.

Eric Schmidt is the executive chairman of Alphabet, responsible for the external matters of all of the holding company's businesses, including Google Inc., advising their…
Eric Schmidt is the executive chairman of Alphabet, responsible for the external matters of all of the holding company's businesses, including Google Inc., advising their CEOs and leadership on business and policy issues. Eric joined Google in 2001 and helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. He served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer from 2001-2011, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Under his leadership Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.
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Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson

Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Schussel Family Professor of Management Science at the MIT Sloan School

Erik Brynjolfsson is Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Professor at MIT Sloan School, and Research Associate at NBER. His research examines…
Erik Brynjolfsson is Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Professor at MIT Sloan School, and Research Associate at NBER. His research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and performance, digital commerce, and intangible assets. At MIT, he teaches courses on the Economics of Information and the Analytics Lab. Author or co-editor of several books including NYTimes best-seller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, Brynjolfsson is editor of SSRN’s Information System Network and has served on editorial boards of numerous academic journals. Holding Bachelors and Masters degrees from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences and a PhD from MIT in Managerial Economics, he has also taught at Harvard and Stanford.
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Erin Baumgartner

Erin Baumgartner

Assistant Director, Senseable City Lab

As the Assistant Director of the Senseable City Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Erin Baumgartner guides the Lab's research agenda and directs industrial and…
As the Assistant Director of the Senseable City Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Erin Baumgartner guides the Lab's research agenda and directs industrial and non-profit partnerships. Senseable is multidisciplinary research group that studies the interface between cities, people, and technologies, and Erin’s focus is on the crucial step of implementation, spanning the urban, organizational, and individual scales. Prior to joining Senseable City, Erin was the Managing Director of the MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives) in France, Switzerland and Belgium. She holds an MA from New York University and spent many years living and working in France.
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Erin Harvey

Erin Harvey

Senior Leasing and Marketing Manager, Boston Landing, Boston Landing

Erin Harvey is the Senior Leasing and Marketing Manager for NB Development Group, a commercial real estate development company located in Boston, Massachusetts. Erin is…
Erin Harvey is the Senior Leasing and Marketing Manager for NB Development Group, a commercial real estate development company located in Boston, Massachusetts. Erin is responsible for managing the leasing and marketing of office and retail space at all properties within the NBDG portfolio including the development project, Boston Landing. Some of the most recent lease deals at Boston Landing include New Balance Athletics, Inc, The Bruins, and The Celtics. Ms. Harvey is a graduate of Wellesley College where she earned a degree in Economics as well as was a member of the Wellesley College basketball team. Erin is a member of the ULI Development Council, NAIOP, CREW, REFA and a graduate of the Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Program.
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Erin Warren

Erin Warren

SVP Marketing, Cartera

Erin is responsible for all Cartera's marketing initiatives, helping to engage more online shoppers every day. Specializing in digital marketing, she has previously served as…
Erin is responsible for all Cartera's marketing initiatives, helping to engage more online shoppers every day. Specializing in digital marketing, she has previously served as CMO of CollegeWeekLive, and as Vice President of Channel Marketing for Sallie Mae. Erin is also a two time Olympian, having competed in the Women's Luge in the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Luge Association.
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Ethan Berry

Ethan Berry

Curator/Project Coordinator, AgX Film Collective

Ethan Berry is an artist and filmmaker. His drawings, prints and moving image work have been exhibited in numerous locations nationally and regionally, including the…
Ethan Berry is an artist and filmmaker. His drawings, prints and moving image work have been exhibited in numerous locations nationally and regionally, including the Decordova Museum and The Instituto Superior in Havana and the Hanoi Fine Arts University among others. He is on the faculty at Montserrat College of Art where he teaches film and photography.He is also coordinator of the Senior Thesis Seminar. He is a founding member of the AgX Film Collective in Waltham, MA.
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Ethan Murrow

Ethan Murrow

Professor of the Practice of Painting, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University

Ethan Murrow is a Professor of the Practice of Painting, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, as well as the grandson…
Ethan Murrow is a Professor of the Practice of Painting, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, as well as the grandson of famed journalist Edward R. Murrow. Ethan’s drawing, video, sculpture and installation projects delve into the factual, idealized, absurd, and uncomfortable ways in which histories are told, retold and molded into flawed and grandiose narratives. Ethan received his B.A. from Carleton College and his M.F.A from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Recent and upcoming solo museum shows include the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, the Clay Center in West Virginia and the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH.
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Fabrice Starzinskas

Fabrice Starzinskas

Founder - Creative Director/Technologist

Glitched brαin exploring arts, tech & communication convergence. former Creative tech @wearesocial & Studio lead @brig_ht. Now building Rosettta, a global initiative towards media art sustainability.
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Fady Saad

Fady Saad

Co-founder and Partnerships Director, MassRobotics

Fady is the co-founder and partnerships director of MassRobotics; the largest robotics/automation innovation hub. Before that he was the strategy, research & business development director…
Fady is the co-founder and partnerships director of MassRobotics; the largest robotics/automation innovation hub. Before that he was the strategy, research & business development director of Vecna Technologies where he supports in developing the company’s robotics R&D strategy, funding and commercialization activities. He is the co-founder and strategist behind ePowerhouse's business model, go-to-market strategy, and customer acquisitions. Fady is a System Design & Management Fellow at MIT and focuses on designing and modeling startups as adaptive complex systems, and understanding the effect of entrepreneurship ecosystems on these startups' viability. Before joining MIT, Fady was the Lead Account Manager of Nokia Siemens Networks in North Africa and Europe where he led and managed multimillion-euro acquisitions and bids.
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Faye Cuevas

Faye Cuevas

Senior Vice President, International Fund for Animal Welfare

In addition to serving as IFAW’s Senior VP, Cuevas is also a lawyer, lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force Reserves, intelligence officer and a…
In addition to serving as IFAW’s Senior VP, Cuevas is also a lawyer, lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force Reserves, intelligence officer and a decorated veteran with 19 years of military service including multiple deployments throughout the Middle East and Africa. She recently moved her family to Kenya to lead IFAW’s tenBoma program. Leveraging steely determination and a team of rangers, data analysts and community informants, Cuevas is saving wildlife by dismantling criminal syndicates from the bottom up to stop poachers before they attack.
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Felice Frankel

Felice Frankel

Research Scientist, Center for Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

Science photographer Felice Frankel is a research scientist in the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with additional support…
Science photographer Felice Frankel is a research scientist in the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with additional support from Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Guggenheim Fellow, and was a Senior Research Fellow in Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Systems Biology. She most recently developed and instructed the first online MOOC addressing science and engineering photography.
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Felicia Jadczak

Felicia Jadczak

Co-Founder, She Geeks Out

Felicia Jadczak is a recognized voice in the field of gender diversity. She has worked in the technology industry for over ten years, specializing in…
Felicia Jadczak is a recognized voice in the field of gender diversity. She has worked in the technology industry for over ten years, specializing in the creation and development of innovative programs and solutions for an R&D audience. She has extensive experience in providing strategic guidance for diversity and gender inclusiveness across cross-functional teams. She holds an MBA and a Masters in Information Systems from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. Felicia is the product of an entrepreneurial family and continues that tradition with her work on She Geeks Out.
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Femi Allen Wasserman

Femi Allen Wasserman

Founder and Principal, Femi Wasserman LLC

Femi Allen Wasserman is founder and principal at Femi Wasserman LLC, a full-service start-up consultancy. Prior to that, she was Vice-President of Communications of DraftKings…
Femi Allen Wasserman is founder and principal at Femi Wasserman LLC, a full-service start-up consultancy. Prior to that, she was Vice-President of Communications of DraftKings Inc. Femi led the company's public relations efforts since the DraftKings launch in 2012, helping the company to grow from a start-up to the largest daily fantasy sports provider in the industry, valued at over $1B. She was the only African-American female executive in the daily fantasy sports industry until her departure in February 2017. Femi is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Business School. She is married and the mother of five, including six-year old twin boys. In her free time, she consults with MBA Catalyst, sits on the board of Dress for Success Boston, enjoys traveling, and is an active mentor.
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Fiorenzo Omenetto

Fiorenzo Omenetto

Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University, Tufts University

Fiorenzo G. Omenetto is the Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering and a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. He is the Dean for…
Fiorenzo G. Omenetto is the Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering and a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. He is the Dean for Research for the School of Engineering, and holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has proposed and pioneered the use of silk as a material platform for advanced technology with uses in photonics, optoelectronics, and nanotechnology applications. He is co-inventor on a number of disclosures on the subject, and is actively investigating applications of this technology base for both technical and design applications. Omenetto was formerly a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratories and a Guggenheim Fellow, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the American Physical Society. In 2010, Fortune magazine named him one of its 50 smartest people in tech.
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Fish McGill

Fish McGill

Artist

Fish is a devoted Bostonian drawer, designer, expert, and Assistant Professor of Design at MassArt.
Fish is a devoted Bostonian drawer, designer, expert, and Assistant Professor of Design at MassArt.
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François de Costerd

François de Costerd

Professor

Born in Lyon, France, François has a Master’s degree in fine arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He teaches video,…
Born in Lyon, France, François has a Master’s degree in fine arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He teaches video, editing and post-production, as well as traditional and digital photography.
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François Moncarey

François Moncarey

Artist

Multidisciplinary artist François Moncarey has continually searched for an esthetical line combining science and arts. He likes to connect different mediums through digital art while…
Multidisciplinary artist François Moncarey has continually searched for an esthetical line combining science and arts. He likes to connect different mediums through digital art while interacting with his audience, by invited them to explore both the tangible and virtual dimensions of his works. In 2010 he founded the Center for Digital Expression and Body Movement based in Geneva and in 2013 MySquare Studio. François has then created monumental interactive installations for various European festivals (La Bâtie, Fusion Festival, and STRP Festival), with ARK being a centerpiece of his work: a 12-meter tall geodesic dome. François has pioneered and experimented the fulldome format since then (in Europe and in the US). He also simultaneously developed several interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with dancers, visual artists, and musicians.
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Fred Laskey

Fred Laskey

Executive Director, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

Before joining MWRA in June 2001, Mr. Laskey served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue from 1991 to 2001, managing the Commonwealth's tax…
Before joining MWRA in June 2001, Mr. Laskey served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue from 1991 to 2001, managing the Commonwealth's tax administration, child support enforcement and local services. He served as Secretary of Administration and Finance from 1998 to 1999. As Secretary, he was the Governor's chief financial advisor, with oversight of the state's $20 billion annual budget and managed the Cabinet Secretariat that oversees the entire state workforce. Before joining the Cabinet, Mr. Laskey served as Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue from 1994 to 1998, and was designated by the Commissioner to serve as Assistant Secretary in the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. Mr. Laskey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
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Gabriel Mugar

Gabriel Mugar

Research Associate and Affiliate Faculty

Gabriel is a researcher and activist working at the intersection of technology, media, and community building. He is a research associate and affiliate faculty at…
Gabriel is a researcher and activist working at the intersection of technology, media, and community building. He is a research associate and affiliate faculty at the Emerson College Engagement Lab where he coordinates a national study on civic media practitioners and teaches courses on qualitative research and digital media studies. Gabriel earned his PhD from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies where his dissertation research looked at the newcomer management strategies of digital participatory platforms and how newcomers negotiate such strategies. He is the founder of the Transformative Culture Project, a Boston-based nonprofit that supports career development for young media professionals across southern New England, and is an affiliate of the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University
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Gene Shinozaki

Gene Shinozaki

Beatboxer

Originally from California, Gene moved to Boston, MA, where he attend Berklee College of Music, majoring in drumming. He chose Berklee to follow in the…
Originally from California, Gene moved to Boston, MA, where he attend Berklee College of Music, majoring in drumming. He chose Berklee to follow in the footsteps of his favorite band, Dream Theater. Ironically, like the members of Dream Theater, he dropped out of Berklee, feeling disillusioned with school. After dropping out of Berklee, he toured much of New England with his band, DC Wonder. Around that time, he found an interview of Reeps One on Beatbox Battles TV. The video inspired him to beatbox and immediately started busking to make money. Within two years, he was getting gigs and even performed on Fox's hit television show "So You Think You Can Dance" (Season 10). Around 2013, Gene started entering beatbox battles and has ranked high consistently. Since the 2014 American Beatbox Championships, Gene has made it at least to semifinals in every battle. And in 2015, he won the Grand Beatbox Battles, held in Switzerland, making him the first American to take the title and the second American to win a European tournament (the first being Butterscotch, 2005 World Champs). Gene has worked as the sound engineer for Beatbox Television. Gene is one of the core members of the Brooklyn-based group, The Beatbox House. Gene has since moved to NYC to be closer to his crew.
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Geoffrey Hodge

Geoffrey Hodge

Chief Technical Officer, Unum Therapeutics

Geoff is responsible for leading the development and execution of Unum’s CMC and technical operations, including process and analytical development, manufacturing, and quality, for the…
Geoff is responsible for leading the development and execution of Unum’s CMC and technical operations, including process and analytical development, manufacturing, and quality, for the company’s proprietary antibody-coupled T-cell receptor (ACTR) therapies. He has over 25 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, providing bioprocessing technical solutions for companies including Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Genetics Institute, and Alpha-Beta Technology. Prior to joining Unum, Geoff was a co-founder of Xcellerex, inventor on several of Xcellerex’s foundational single-use technology patents, and an operations leader at Xcellerex/GE Healthcare Lifesciences.
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George Scharoun

George Scharoun

Manager of Exhibition and Gallery Media, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

As Manager of Exhibition and Gallery Media, George Scharoun, oversees technical aspects of audio, video and interactive elements in the museum’s galleries, including video artwork,…
As Manager of Exhibition and Gallery Media, George Scharoun, oversees technical aspects of audio, video and interactive elements in the museum’s galleries, including video artwork, interpretative media, digital signage and audio tours. A graduate of the Studio for Interrelated Media at MassArt, George’s interest in film, video, installation and performance come from a desire to elevate an audience’s experience of content or space through the thoughtful and strategic use of technology
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Georgie Friedman

Georgie Friedman

Video Artist

Georgie Friedman is an interdisciplinary artist whose projects include large-scale video installations, single and multi-channel videos and several photographic series. She creates experiential spaces for…
Georgie Friedman is an interdisciplinary artist whose projects include large-scale video installations, single and multi-channel videos and several photographic series. She creates experiential spaces for viewers that highlight our psychological and physical relationships to various uncontrollable natural forces. Friedman has been based in Boston since 2005 and has exhibited her work regionally and nationally, including: The Cleveland Museum of Art (OH), Peabody Essex Museum (MA), deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum (MA), Shelburne Museum (VT), Strand Theatre (exterior) (MA), The Rose Kennedy Greenway (MA), Carroll and Sons (MA), Union College (NY), College of the Holy Cross (MA), Transylvania University (KY), Lunder Arts Center, LUCAD (MA), Brown University (RI), and The Armory Center for the Arts (CA). She has been awarded a number of grants and fellowships including: Traveling Fellowship to Antarctica (SMFA/Tufts University 2016/2017); Boston AIR: Artist-in-Residence for The City of Boston (2016); Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Sculpture/Installation (2013); and five Public Media Art Commissions for Art on the Marquee (Boston Cyberarts/Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, 2012-2015).
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Géraldine Zosso

Géraldine Zosso

Director and DOP

Although fascinated by film and photography since her teenage years, the desire to act to preserve nature and improve the human condition led Géraldine Zosso to first study forestry at EPF in Zurich. She worked on international environmental and social co-operation projects between South America, Russia and Kirghizstan. Géraldine Zosso soon incorporated photography into her work, documenting the everyday lives of people around the world, before studying cinema at the ZHdK in Zurich – continuing to explore the power of the visual image.
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Giselle Ruzany

Giselle Ruzany

Artist

Giselle Ruzany MA LPC is an adjunct faculty at the George Washington University teaching Post Modern Dance and Anatomy and Kinesiology this fall, 2017. She has just returned from a dance residency in Taiwan, teaching and accompanying two GWU students from the Elliot School and the Theater and Dance Department. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Woodly Park, Washington D.C. She has a master in Somatic Psychology with concentration in Dance/Movement Therapy as well as post-graduate certificate in Gestalt and EMDR. Through out her journey as a psychotherapist and choreographer, Giselle has been investigating the crossroads between dance and psychology and how the world of Somatics informs both. For more information about her private practice you can visit her at www.gestaltdance.com and for more information about her dancing with The Maida Withers Dance Construction Company you can see her at http://maidadance.com/?s=giselle+ruzany.
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Gordon and Lulie Gund

Gordon and Lulie Gund

Co-Founders, Foundation Fighting Blindness

Gordon and Lulie Gund are the Co-founders of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Gordon is the Chairman and CEO of Gund Investment Corporation. He was previously…
Gordon and Lulie Gund are the Co-founders of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Gordon is the Chairman and CEO of Gund Investment Corporation. He was previously the Lead Director of the Kellogg Company and of Corning Incorporated. The Gund’s were the principal owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers until 2005 and an owner of three NHL teams, including the San Jose Sharks. They are also the subjects of the award-winning film The Illumination.
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Harald C. Ott, MD

Harald C. Ott, MD

Thoracic surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University

Dr. Ott built an innovative, productive, and well-integrated research group within the Center for Regenerative Medicine, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. His most important…
Dr. Ott built an innovative, productive, and well-integrated research group within the Center for Regenerative Medicine, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. His most important contribution to date has been his work in whole organ regeneration. He discovered and perfected the technique of “perfusion decellularization”, a method of stripping an organ of its own cells and then repopulating the remaining scaffold with new progenitor cells to regenerate functional tissue. Since his initial proof of concept in cardiac regeneration (Nat Med 2008), he successfully applied this technology to lung (Nat Med 2010) and kidney regeneration (Nat Med 2013). The approach of reseeding an organ scaffold with patient derived cells could eliminate donor organ shortage and the need for life-long immunosuppression in transplant patients.
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Hasier Larrea

Hasier Larrea

Founder & CEO, Ori Systems. MIT, Ori Systems

Hasier is an engineer, designer and CEO of MIT Media Lab spinout Ori. He holds both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering…
Hasier is an engineer, designer and CEO of MIT Media Lab spinout Ori. He holds both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Media Arts and Sciences. At the Media Lab, he explores new strategies for making spaces more efficient, experiential and fun. Hasier's creative and entrepreneurial interests make him enjoy being part of the Lab's envisioning, inventing and designing approach, trying to move the ideal of a smart city from the researcher's mind to the streets of tomorrow.
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Helen Popinchalk

Helen Popinchalk

Co-Founder, Trifecta Editions

Helen Popinchalk is a full-time artist and adjunct professor of screen printing and printmaking at Simmons College in Boston and Lesley University in Cambridge. She…
Helen Popinchalk is a full-time artist and adjunct professor of screen printing and printmaking at Simmons College in Boston and Lesley University in Cambridge. She earned her B.A. in Studio Art and Arts Administration from Simmons College and her M.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Her work has been widely exhibited in Boston and beyond. She is a founding member of Trifecta Editions, a print collective that produces affordable, innovative, limited edition screen prints and art objects.
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Herbert Benson, MD

Herbert Benson, MD

Founder and Director Emeritus Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Mass General Hospital; Mind Body Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Harvard, MGH

Herbert Benson, M.D., is the Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (BHI), and Mind Body Professor of…
Herbert Benson, M.D., is the Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (BHI), and Mind Body Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Benson is a pioneer in mind body medicine, one of the first Western physicians to bring spirituality and healing into medicine.
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Herby Duverné

Principal and CEO, Windwalker Group

HerShe

HerShe

Artist, Producer

HerShe is a self taught multi-talented Artist/Producer. At a young age she started Beatboxing at 11 and spinning at 14. She incorporates both Beatboxing and…
HerShe is a self taught multi-talented Artist/Producer. At a young age she started Beatboxing at 11 and spinning at 14. She incorporates both Beatboxing and DJing into her live sets, diversifying herself from the average performer. HerShe has played at SXSW in Austin, TX three years in a row, is the current 2016 518 Beatbox Battle Champion in New York, is a co-founder of Boston Beatbox, and has spun and performed in various Clubs, Festivals, Shows, Concerts in and around Boston, (such as The House of Blues, The Sinclair, Machine, Garage, Gem, Goodlife, The Middle East, the MFA for the MFANOW, etc), New York (including Hot Rabbit, and le Poisson Rouge). HerShe is represented by the media company The Color Agent, has performed with Redbull, Shure Microphones, Jessie Reyes, Drezo, BreZ (from the TV show Empire), Richard Fraioli, Gizzle, The Beatbox House, (etc) and had been featured on platforms such as Shure.com, Sensu Music Magazine, lstylegstyle.com, austinchronicle.com, digboston.com, and has been noted as one of the top 5 most anticipated LGBTQ acts for SXSW listed with Ruby Rose all at the age of 21.
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Holly Maloney McConnell

Holly Maloney McConnell

Managing Director, General Catalyst

At General Catalyst, Holly focuses on later-stage companies that have already achieved some success, and have demonstrated capital efficiency prior to our involvement. Holly discovered…
At General Catalyst, Holly focuses on later-stage companies that have already achieved some success, and have demonstrated capital efficiency prior to our involvement. Holly discovered her passion for collaborating with successful management teams early in my profession while advising technology companies at AGC. She began her career as an investor at Guidepost Growth Equity (FKA: North Bridge Growth Equity) several years ago, working hard to source and execute investments in software-based companies; and cultivating trusted relationships with entrepreneurs and industry executives. While there, she worked closely with companies such as Dyn, Erecruit, Spoonflower, and WP Engine and was focused on infrastructure, communications, human capital management, marketplaces, manufacturing, and digital media.
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Holly Yanco

Holly Yanco

Director, New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation (NERVE) Center

Holly Yanco is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Director of the New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation…
Holly Yanco is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Director of the New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation (NERVE) Center. She was named Distinguished University Professor by the university in 2015. Her research interests include human-robot interaction (HRI), multi-touch computing, interface design, robot autonomy, fostering trust of autonomous systems, evaluation methods for human-robot interaction, and the use of robots in K-12 education to broaden participation in computer science. Yanco's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, including a CAREER Award, the Army Research Office, DARPA, the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM), NIST, Microsoft, and Google. Yanco was the General Chair of the 2012 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction.
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Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner

Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, HGSE; adjunct professor of Psychology, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; co-founder and co-director, Project Zero (1972-2000)

Ian Diver

Ian Diver

DJ

Ian was born and raised in Pittsburgh and moved to Boston directly out of high school to attend Massachusetts College of Art and Design. While…
Ian was born and raised in Pittsburgh and moved to Boston directly out of high school to attend Massachusetts College of Art and Design. While in the film/video department, he taught himself how to DJ and became involved in the local queer nightlife. He was one of the founders of the all inclusive dance party called Don't Ask Don't Tell, which started in 2011. The night was created due to a lack of diverse events happening in Boston at the time. By the time college was finished, Ian had established DJ residencies in Boston and Cambridge and had DJed all over the area. His mission statement as a DJ was to help bring people together through music and to make a welcoming environment to humans of all gender identities, orientations, and races. Early 2017, drag came into play when a close friend tragically passed away. Ian used the art of drag as a way to channel his grief into creative output. He began using makeup and sewing as a way to keep himself busy and lift his spirits up. Currently Ian is working on finding ways to mix together the mediums that he has so far delved into. He is working on a collaborative video series that incorporates performance, music, and video.
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Ian So

Ian So

Founder of Chicken & Rice Guys, Chicken and Rice Guys

From 2012 to 2016, Ian So has led Chicken & Rice Guys to be the 206th fastest growing private company in America (officially recognized by Inc 5000)…
From 2012 to 2016, Ian So has led Chicken & Rice Guys to be the 206th fastest growing private company in America (officially recognized by Inc 5000) and the 10th fastest in Massachusetts. He is not stopping there. Ian's goal is to be the first global food truck brand. And, with a 4 year growth rate of over 3,000%, his business is quickly on track for that global expansion. What started as one food truck the team bought on eBay, is now 5 trucks with permanent locations, 7 restaurants, and a multi-million dollar catering business. Chicken & Rice Guys has also won numerous awards and publications in the media including, 2017 Boston Business Journal's 2017 Fast 50 (Private Businesses), Boston Business Journal's 2016 Diversity in Leadership Award for Corporate Impact, Boston Eater's Hottest Restaurants of 2015, Thrillist's Best Food Trucks in Boston, Reader's Digest Nationally Top Ranked Food Truck, Boston A-List's Best Food Truck of 2013, 2014 and 2016, and has enjoyed top rankings Yelp.com. Some of Ian’s greatest accomplishments are winning Boston Business Journal's 2016 40 Under 40, winning Mayor Walsh's 2016 Spark Impact Awards, and Smart CEO's Future 50 2017 award.
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Ike Swetlitz

Ike Swetlitz

STAT reporter, The Boston Globe

Ike Swetlitz is a reporter at STAT, a national health and medical science publication based in Boston. He traveled to West Africa to report on…
Ike Swetlitz is a reporter at STAT, a national health and medical science publication based in Boston. He traveled to West Africa to report on generically engineered mosquitoes, sat down for three hours with President Trump's personal doctor, and sparked a national outcry over drug pricing with his reporting on EpiPens last summer. He has an undergraduate degree in physics and spend many summers analyzing particle physics data. He brings this analytical mindset to the field of science journalism.
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IMAGINE (aka Sneha Shrestha)

IMAGINE (aka Sneha Shrestha)

Founder and Director of Children's Art Museum of Nepal

Sneha Shrestha is an artist, educator and social entrepreneur from Kathmandu, Nepal. She established Nepal’s first Children’s Art Museum to provide a creative space where…
Sneha Shrestha is an artist, educator and social entrepreneur from Kathmandu, Nepal. She established Nepal’s first Children’s Art Museum to provide a creative space where children and youth can develop 21st century skills through project based art experiences. Sneha recently graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Master’s degree in Education. During her time at Harvard, Sneha explored the intersections of creativity, education and technology. Sneha Shrestha is also known as IMAGINE in the art world and has established herself as Nepali street artist meshing the Nepali alphabet and the Boston graffiti scene. Imagine has redefined the Nepali alphabet and given it a new identity through graffiti. Being the first to mesh American Graffiti with Nepali Alphabets, she has shown her work in several exhibitions, commissioned works and public walls around the world including Boston, San Francisco, Bali, Istanbul, Geneva and Copenhagen. Her works can be described as thoughtful yet irreverent pieces, marrying the beauty of an elegant script with the droll text she often incorporates into her canvases. When not painting these intricate pieces, Sneha paints bold larger than life walls.
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Isaiah Kacyvenski

Isaiah Kacyvenski

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Sports Innovation Lab

Isaiah’s diverse background includes earning two degrees from Harvard, playing in the National Football League for 8 years between, and achieving success as…
Isaiah’s diverse background includes earning two degrees from Harvard, playing in the National Football League for 8 years between, and achieving success as an experienced entrepreneur and investor. Mr. Kacyvenski is currently the Founder and Managing Director of the Sports Innovation Lab, a leading market research and advisory firm delivering insights on intersection of sports and technology. The Sports Innovation Lab evaluates and identifies the technology products and services that will power the future of sports. The Boston-based, market research and advisory firm uses data analysis to reveal compelling stories that mobilize global partnerships among startups, investment capital firms, and corporate influencers.   Isaiah was formerly the Global Head of Business Development at MC10, a cutting-edge conformal electronics company based in Lexington, MA, where he was  involved in the conceptualization, product development, and business development of wearable technology products in Biomedical Research and Consumer applications--including Sports and Fitness. Isaiah is also an investor in, and advisor to, several companies in technology, sports, biotech, consumer, media and sports medicine. Isaiah holds a Cum Laude Pre-Medicine Bachelor degree from Harvard University and graduated from Harvard Business School’s MBA program.
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Jack Maypole, MD

Jack Maypole, MD

Director, Comprehensive Care Program, Boston Medical Center

Dr. Jack Maypole is a primary care pediatrician who works with families and children with complex problems and chronic illnesses. He is the director of…
Dr. Jack Maypole is a primary care pediatrician who works with families and children with complex problems and chronic illnesses. He is the director of the Comprehensive Care Program at Boston Medical Center and the medical director of the SPARK program, a medical daycare for children and youth with special health care needs. He is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. His interests include applying multidisciplinary approaches to health and wellness, integrative medicine, medical education, advocacy for underserved populations, and getting his morning cup of coffee just right. Cartooning has been a lifelong endeavor/fascination, and his work has been produced in a variety of magazines and medical journals. He writes articles for printed and online media on topics relating to kids’ health. Jack lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts.
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James Fallows

James Fallows

National Correspondent at The Atlantic, The Atlantic

James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside…
James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne. James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 35 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter and two years as the editor of US News & World Report.
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James McGlennon

James McGlennon

Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Liberty Mutual Insurance

James McGlennon is the Chief Information Officer for Liberty Mutual Insurance. In an era of disruption and evolving consumer expectations, he is responsible for transforming…
James McGlennon is the Chief Information Officer for Liberty Mutual Insurance. In an era of disruption and evolving consumer expectations, he is responsible for transforming Liberty’s technology capability to build innovation that drives unprecedented possibility. James brings more than 25 years of cross-industry technology experience, including expertise in the alignment of technology to advance business goals. He was named to the CIO role in 2008. James is leading the evolution of Liberty’s IT organization, passionately guiding a global technology team of more than 5,000 to build a culture of continuous learning, smart risk-taking and agility.
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Jarrell “The Chop Bandit” Campbell

Jarrell “The Chop Bandit” Campbell

Born and raised in El Dorado, AR Jarrell Lajone Campbell started playing drums at the young age of 5. He always had a passion for…
Born and raised in El Dorado, AR Jarrell Lajone Campbell started playing drums at the young age of 5. He always had a passion for rhythm and music. Learning from his father, a sax player/accountant, and his uncle, a high school band director, Jarrell continued to advance in skill. He later moved to Houston, TX where he graduated high school and attended community college in hopes of transferring to Berklee College of Music. In between college and work, Jarrell would go "shed" with his friends to sharpen his skills. He had a particular habit of listening and playing rhythms back with his own twist which eventually gained him the name of "Chop Bandit". After reaching the maximum credits that would transfer to Berklee, Jarrell started focusing more on performing. During that time he joined two bands. One being THE VICTOR which is a Jazz/HipHop band that went on to record an EP which was later featured on the Portland Jazz radio station. From there THE VICTOR was invited to play at SXSW in Austin, TX in 2014 and later, the infamous Shapeshifter Lab. The other band he joined was called The Aftervibe. This is a groove band comprised of original music with influences from jazz, blues, and r&b. While performing all over the greater Houston area, they released a self-titled EP, "The Aftervibe", which is available on multiple streaming sites. During a brief hiatus from both bands, the Bandit found himself auditioning and joining the Houston Rocket's drumline, Sonic Boom. There he performed for the fans in multiple floor performances as well as before and after the games. While rocking the stadium, Jarrell applied and was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA to pursue a degree in Music Business. Since his acceptance, "The Chop Bandit" has wasted no time gaining notoriety amongst his peers and the faculty. One way he did this was by entering and winning the Blue Man Group annual drumoff of 2016. The "Bandit" shows no signs of slowing down as he is currently working on a project with the school to be released within the upcoming year as well as features and other performances with his band THE VICTOR so stay tuned!
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Jason Hoelscher

Jason Hoelscher

Artist, Philosopher, Asst. Professor & Gallery Director

Jason Hoelscher is Gallery Director and Assistant Professor in the interdisciplinary art department at Georgia Southern University. Also a practicing artist, Hoelscher has exhibited his…
Jason Hoelscher is Gallery Director and Assistant Professor in the interdisciplinary art department at Georgia Southern University. Also a practicing artist, Hoelscher has exhibited his work in galleries in New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, Paris, Stockholm, Miami and elsewhere. A contributing editor for ArtPulse Magazine, Hoelscher has written for ARTnews Magazine, ArtCore Journal, Evental Aesthetics and elsewhere, and has presented papers at venues such as CAA, SLSA, Harvard University, and Aarhus University in Denmark. A PhD candidate at IDSVA, Jason is writing a dissertation titled Differential Phenomenology: Generative Information and Complex Adaptive Systems Aesthetics, under the supervision of dissertation director Brian Massumi.
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Jason Jay

Jason Jay

Senior lecturer and the director of the Sustainability Initiative at the MIT Sloan School of Management., MIT

Jason is a senior lecturer and the director of the Sustainability Initiative at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He teaches courses on strategy and…
Jason is a senior lecturer and the director of the Sustainability Initiative at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He teaches courses on strategy and innovation for sustainable business to hundreds of leaders every year. Through his writing, teaching, and community building, he empowers business leaders to help their organizations thrive while tackling the tough social and environmental challenges of our time. Before he began teaching, he ran an Internet start-up, traveled around the world, taught kindergarten, received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in education from Harvard University, worked as a consultant with Dialogos International, and earned a doctorate in organization studies from MIT.
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Jason Jones

Jason Jones

Employer Branding Specialist, LogMeIn

Jason Jones is leading recruitment marketing efforts at LogMeIn as their Employer Branding Specialist. He balances his time by utilizing Social Media to add transparency…
Jason Jones is leading recruitment marketing efforts at LogMeIn as their Employer Branding Specialist. He balances his time by utilizing Social Media to add transparency into LogMeIn's culture, opening LogMeIns' doors to organizations to host their events, and heading up branding initiatives from creative content to campus recruiting. Jason works tirelessly to improve LogMeIn's culture for current employees and to attract future talent to the company. He wakes up every day with one goal, and that goal is to brand LogMeIn as the best place to work.
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Jason Margolis

Jason Margolis

Reporter/Correspondent, WGBH

Jason Margolis focuses primarily on stories about global business and economics, but has also covered topics including US foreign policy and politics, climate change, agriculture,…
Jason Margolis focuses primarily on stories about global business and economics, but has also covered topics including US foreign policy and politics, climate change, agriculture, and immigration reform. He began working at The World full time back in 2006. Since then, he's reported from more than 20 countries and 30 US states, including the top of a rickety tower 150 feet above the Panamanian jungle, an abandoned town near Chernobyl, Ukraine and shops and restaurants along the Texas-Mexico border.
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Jason Robart

Jason Robart

Chief Strategy Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and President and CEO, Zaffre Investments

Jason Robart serves as Chief Strategy Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), as well as the President and CEO of Zaffre Investments.…
Jason Robart serves as Chief Strategy Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), as well as the President and CEO of Zaffre Investments. At BCBSMA, Robart leads the development of strategic plans with an eye towards sustaining the company’s market leadership and competitive advantage. He formerly worked as executive vice president for Health Dialog, an international health care analytics company, where he worked with many of the largest Blues Plans in the country. He has extensive leadership experience in change management and the creation of high-performing organizations, including seven years as a principal at Mercer Human Resource Consulting. Robart holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Middlebury College.
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Jay LaCouture

Jay LaCouture

Founder, AntiDesigns

Jay LaCouture is a Boston based multimedia artist. He is constantly inspired by his environment and his work is a reflection of the people, places…
Jay LaCouture is a Boston based multimedia artist. He is constantly inspired by his environment and his work is a reflection of the people, places and objects he interacts with on a daily basis. Jay has a tendency towards balance. Being a classically trained programmer, his work is an escape towards the single-pointedness of his youth, when things weren’t so technical, and when things weren’t moving so quickly. In 2004, with the help of some friends at Northeastern, Jay started AntiDesigns out of his apartment in Fenway. Not being able to afford the price of having his designs created by a local printer, Jay started experimenting with screen printing and the rest is history. Today he has a studio in Boston’s art hub the Distillery and runs a modest screen printing operation.
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Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer

Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer

Co-director of the Quantitative Tumor Imaging at Martinos (QTIM) lab at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard, MIT, MGH

Dr. Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer is a researcher working at the intersection of artificial intelligence and medical imaging. She is the co-director of the Quantitative Tumor Imaging…
Dr. Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer is a researcher working at the intersection of artificial intelligence and medical imaging. She is the co-director of the Quantitative Tumor Imaging at Martinos (QTIM) lab at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and a PI affiliated with the Center for Clinical Data Science (CCDS). She has a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering (EE) from IIT Bombay, a Ph.D. in EE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an M.S. in Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Her areas of research includes quantitative imaging in cancer, image analysis for retinal imaging, cloud computing and machine learning.
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Jean-Daniel Schneider

Jean-Daniel Schneider

Author / Director

Graduated from Geneva’s school of the fine arts, JD Schneider is a filmmaker and an editor. He has worked on projects going from features films to tv series and documentaries. His short films have been selected and awarded at numerous international festivals. In parallel of "Prima Materia - Frankenstein VR", he is currently developing a feature-length surreal cross-over fiction,  freely inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca's « Blood wedding » and « Theory and play of the Duende ». He just won the Fantastic Web Contest with "The 5th horseman", a 13 episodes web series, produced by Radio Télévision Suisse (released in July 2018).
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Jeff A. Engelman, M.D., Ph.D.

Jeff A. Engelman, M.D., Ph.D.

Vice President and Global Head of Oncology, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Novartis

Jeff Engelman, Vice President and Global Head of Oncology, directs cancer drug discovery at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.
Jeff Engelman, Vice President and Global Head of Oncology, directs cancer drug discovery at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.
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Jeff Bussgang

Jeff Bussgang

Author, Entering StartUpLand; General partner, Flybridge Capital Partners; Professor, Harvard Business School, Flybridge, Harvard

Jeff Bussgang is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur and professor at Harvard Business School (HBS). His venture capital firm, Flybridge Capital Partners, has made investments in…
Jeff Bussgang is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur and professor at Harvard Business School (HBS). His venture capital firm, Flybridge Capital Partners, has made investments in over 100 technology-focused startups since inception fifteen years ago and over $600 million under management. At HBS, he teaches Launching Technology Ventures, a popular class for MBA students starting companies or pursuing careers in startups. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Bussgang was an entrepreneur—serving as cofounder and president of Upromise (acquired by Sallie Mae) and an executive team member at Open Market (IPO 1996). He is the author of a book for startup joiners, Entering StartUpLand: An Essential Guide to Finding the Right Job and Mastering the VC Game, an essential guide for entrepreneurs raising capital and building their startups. He has also authored well over twenty HBS case studies, teaching notes and book chapters regarding startup management and entrepreneurship. He started his career with The Boston Consulting Group and holds an MBA from HBS and a BA in computer science from Harvard College.
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Jeffrey Karp, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Karp, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine, Center for Nanomedicine and Division of Engineering in Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Jeff Karp is a leading researcher in the fields of drug delivery, medical devices, stem cell therapeutics, and tissue adhesives. He is an Associate…
Dr. Jeff Karp is a leading researcher in the fields of drug delivery, medical devices, stem cell therapeutics, and tissue adhesives. He is an Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Principal Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and an affiliate faculty at the Broad Institute and at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (where he teaches to MIT-Sloan business school students). He has published >100 peer-reviewed papers (with >13,000 citations) and has given 250 national and international invited lectures and has >100 issued or pending patents. Several technologies developed in his lab have formed the foundation for multiple products on the market and currently under development and for the launch of four companies including Skintifique, Gecko Biomedical, Alivio Therapeutics, Frequency Therapeutics.
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Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D.

Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D.

Chairman, President and CEO

Dr. Leiden is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. He received his B.A., M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of…
Dr. Leiden is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. He received his B.A., M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. He is a physician and scientist who, for the last 30 years, has dedicated his career to improving the lives of people with serious diseases. His experience spans all aspects of the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. He began his career in academia as a molecular biologist and practicing cardiologist. From 1987 to 2000, Dr. Leiden held several academic and hospital appointments, including roles as Chief of Cardiology at the University of Chicago, the Elkan R. Blout Professor of Biological Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. During his academic career, he was also involved in starting several biotechnology companies including Vical and Cardiogene. From 2000 to 2006, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Scientific Officer at Abbott Laboratories where he had responsibility for running Abbott’s global pharmaceuticals business. While at Abbott, Dr. Leiden led the development and launch of multiple breakthrough medicines, including HUMIRA®(adalimumab) for rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases and KALETRA®(lopinavir/ritonavir) for HIV infection. He also held a number of industry board positions, including as a director of Abbott Laboratories and TAP, non-executive Vice Chairman of Shire Pharmaceuticals Plc and director of Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.   From 2006 to 2011, he was a Managing Director of Clarus Ventures, a life sciences venture capital firm. There he was dedicated to developing new treatments through the creation of innovative biotech companies. Dr. Leiden has served as a member of Vertex’s board of directors since 2009 and as Chairman and CEO since 2012. Under his leadership, Vertex has delivered the first and only precision medicines to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF). It is his mission and the basis of the company’s research priorities to bring transformative medicines to people with CF and other serious diseases. During his first year as CEO, Dr. Leiden also established a signature program to enhance STEM education among Boston high school students with a 3-year, $1.5 million commitment to the Boston Public Schools.

In addition to his responsibilities at Vertex, Dr. Leiden also:

  • Is currently a director of both Quest Diagnostics and the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • A member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Leiden also serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, the board of fellows of Harvard Medical School, the board of directors of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Boston Private Industry Council
  • Co-chair of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s STEM Advisory Council
  • Co-chair of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's Digital Health Council
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine
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Jeffrey P. Emanuel

Jeffrey P. Emanuel

Associate Director of Academic Technology and CHS Fellow in Aegean Archaeology & Prehistory, Harvard University, Harvard University

Jeff Emanuel is Associate Director of Academic Technology and CHS Fellow in Aegean Archaeology & Prehistory at Harvard University. In his academic technology role, he…
Jeff Emanuel is Associate Director of Academic Technology and CHS Fellow in Aegean Archaeology & Prehistory at Harvard University. In his academic technology role, he focuses on the development and effective use of new and emerging technologies in 21st century research and pedagogy, with a particular emphasis on the application of digital tools and techniques to the Humanities and Social Sciences. In his CHS role, Jeff focuses on nautical archaeology, with an emphasis on maritime communication and conflict in the Late Bronze–Early Iron Age Eastern Mediterranean.
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Jen Faigel

Executive Director, CommonWealth Kitchen

Jen Faigel leads CommonWealth Kitchen as its Executive Director. Jen brings more than 25 years of non-profit real estate and community economic development, finance, and…
Jen Faigel leads CommonWealth Kitchen as its Executive Director. Jen brings more than 25 years of non-profit real estate and community economic development, finance, and senior management experience. She also worked as a real estate development consultant to nonprofits and public agencies, including Dorchester Bay EDC, Lawrence CommunityWorks, Hyde Square Task Force, DSNI, LISC, and Massachusetts EOHED. Her work was central in redeveloping the Pearl Food Production Center, where CWK runs its operations. In addition to her management role, Jen directly assists member businesses with planning, finance, marketing, strategy, and access to markets.
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Jenifer Jaeger

Jenifer Jaeger

Interim Medical Director, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Public Health Commission

Dr. Jenifer L. Jaeger, MD, MPH, FAAP, is the Interim Medical Director at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), the country's oldest health department. Prior…
Dr. Jenifer L. Jaeger, MD, MPH, FAAP, is the Interim Medical Director at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), the country's oldest health department. Prior to this role, Dr. Jaeger was a consultant to the Massachusetts Department Public Health on data analytics and bed modeling pertaining to opioid epidemic and a Senior Policy Advisor for BPHC. Dr. Jaeger received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and completed her premedical training at Columbia University in New York. She received her MD degree as well as her Masters’ degree in biomedical sciences from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed her MPH in Healthcare Management & Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health. She has taught at the Harvard Medical School and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
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Jennie.O

Jennie.O

Singer/Songwriter

Jennie.O is a Nigerian-American singer/ songwriter, and recording artist hailing from Houston, Texas. Jennie.O has always had a passion for music and has been writing…
Jennie.O is a Nigerian-American singer/ songwriter, and recording artist hailing from Houston, Texas. Jennie.O has always had a passion for music and has been writing songs just as along as she has been singing them from the young age of three. Her voice has been described as powerful and captivating, with a sultry and mesmerizing tone, and her lyrics have been said to move the soul. Jennie.O's musical influences include Whitney Houston, Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans, Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight and many many more. She recently graduated from the Berklee College of Music, and she is looking to take the music industry by storm. Her newest single "Heroin (My Love)" has been making waves, and Jenny.O Debut Album "NO SHAME," set to be release Fall 2017. Jennie.O hopes to continue to charm her listeners with her music and keep them wanting more.
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Jennifer Lum

Jennifer Lum

Co-Founder & COO - Forge.AI, Forge.AI

Jennifer Lum is the Co-founder and COO of Forge.AI, a data company that creates fuel for intelligent machines. Prior to Forge, Jennifer helped build four…
Jennifer Lum is the Co-founder and COO of Forge.AI, a data company that creates fuel for intelligent machines. Prior to Forge, Jennifer helped build four startups through to acquisition by public companies - Adelphic (acquired by Time Inc.), Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple), m-Qube (acquired by VeriSign), and WebHosting.Com (acquired by AT&T). Jennifer is an Entrepreneur In Residence at MIT and was recognized in AdAge’s ""10 Digital Marketers You Should Know"", Business Insider’s “Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising,” Inc.com’s “Women to Watch” and Boston Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40”.
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Jenny French

Jenny French

Principal, French2D

Jenny French is a founding principal of French 2D and a Design Critic in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her focus…
Jenny French is a founding principal of French 2D and a Design Critic in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her focus in both practice and teaching deals with the intersection of architecture with issues of identity, representation, storytelling, and engagement. Jenny French received a BA at Dartmouth College and a Master of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is a recipient of Harvard’s Julia A. Appleton Traveling Fellowship and has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. French has taught at Northeastern University, Tufts University, and the Boston Architectural College. Her design research on site visits to unbuilt architecture has been exhibited at the Harvard GSD and is included in the Cornell Journal of Architecture, Issue 10: Spirits.
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Jessamy McManus

Jessamy McManus

Curator's Assistant

Jessamy McManus is a MFA candidate in painting at Georgia Southern University. She works at the University art gallery as the Gallery Assistant and plans…
Jessamy McManus is a MFA candidate in painting at Georgia Southern University. She works at the University art gallery as the Gallery Assistant and plans to pursue a career as a curator.
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Jessie Gaeta, MD

Jessie Gaeta, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. Gaeta oversees the clinical practice of this unique community health center that serves 12,000 people annually across dozens of clinical sites including homeless shelters,…
Dr. Gaeta oversees the clinical practice of this unique community health center that serves 12,000 people annually across dozens of clinical sites including homeless shelters, the street, and one of the first medical respite programs in the country. Dually board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Gaeta has a long history of advocating for the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness.She has led BHCHP’s efforts to respond to the opioid overdose crisis, which has been magnified among people experiencing homelessness in Boston.
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Joan C. Williams

Joan C. Williams

Distinguished Professor of Law, Hastings Foundation Chair, and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California

Described as having "something approaching rock star status” in her field by The New York Times Magazine, Joan C. Williams has played a central role…
Described as having "something approaching rock star status” in her field by The New York Times Magazine, Joan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the conversation about work, gender, and class over the past quarter century. Williams is a Distinguished Professor of Law, Hastings Foundation Chair, and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Williams’ path-breaking work helped create the field of work-family studies and modern workplace flexibility policies. Williams’ work on social class has influenced scholars, policymakers, and the press. It includes her prize-winning Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It (Oxford, 2000), Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter (Harvard, 2010).
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Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA

Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA

Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Medical School

Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA is the Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr.…
Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA is the Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Reede also holds appointments as Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is an Assistant in Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Reede is responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive program that provides leadership, guidance, and support to promote the increased recruitment, retention, and advancement of underrepresented minority, women, LGBT, and faculty with disabilities at Harvard Medical School (HMS).
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Joanne Peterson

Joanne Peterson

Founder and Executive Director, Learn to Cope, Inc., MGH

Learn to Cope (LTC) is a non-profit peer-led support network which began in 2004. Mrs. Peterson’s journey started as a young girl with siblings experiencing…
Learn to Cope (LTC) is a non-profit peer-led support network which began in 2004. Mrs. Peterson’s journey started as a young girl with siblings experiencing issues with mental illness and addiction. Years later when Joanne discovered that her own son’s experimentation with prescription drugs led to an opioid addiction, she was motivated and empowered to use her voice to bring about change.
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Jody Rose

Jody Rose

Executive Director - New England Venture Capital Association, New England Venture Capital Association

Jody was born in the Borough of Brooklyn, NYC, and has held executive-level roles with both enterprise corporations and lean startups, focusing primarily on corporate…
Jody was born in the Borough of Brooklyn, NYC, and has held executive-level roles with both enterprise corporations and lean startups, focusing primarily on corporate development in mobile, eCommerce and digital media. Most recently, Jody served as the SVP of Corporate Development and Digital Strategy at NYC event production agency Blueprint. Prior, Jody led National Mobile and Brand Partnerships for micro-location mobile marketing platform, Swirl Networks. She began her career in cable and telecommunications, where she held multiple sales and marketing positions, and quickly rose through the ranks at powerhouses such as MTV Networks, The Food Network, and HGTV. Before joining Swirl Jody was with Rue La La, where she launched Rue Local before heading national partnerships through the company’s acquisition.
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Jody Weber

Jody Weber

Artistic Director, Weber Dance, Weber Dance

Jody Weber received a BFA from SUNY Purchase, an MA from American University, and a PhD in dance history from Boston University. Her choreography has…
Jody Weber received a BFA from SUNY Purchase, an MA from American University, and a PhD in dance history from Boston University. Her choreography has been presented at numerous venues locally and nationally. Weber has received four Artist Fellowship Grants from Somerville Arts Council, and several choreographic fellowship residencies including Boston Center for the Arts. For five years she was Co-Executive Director of Green Street Studios Center for Movement and Dance. Weber has worked as adjunct faculty at many local colleges. She is Professor and Chairperson of Dance at Bridgewater State University. Weber’s historical research has been presented through the Dance History Scholars Conference at the New York Public Library in and the Hall of Black Achievement, Bridgewater State. She is the author of "The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston" published by Cambria Press.
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Joel A. Salinas, MD, MS, MBA

Joel A. Salinas, MD, MS, MBA

Neurologist, Cognitive Behavioral Neurology Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, MGH

Joel Salinas, MD, MBA, MSc is an Instructor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He specializes in brain health with additional…
Joel Salinas, MD, MBA, MSc is an Instructor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He specializes in brain health with additional expertise in neuropsychiatry and cognitive behavioral neurology. He also conducts clinical research in social and behavioral epidemiology to understand the complex neurobiological interplay between social relationships and brain health. He chronicles his experiences as a doctor living with synesthesia in his new book, Mirror Touch: Notes from a Doctor Who Can Feel Your Pain (from HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins).
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Joel T. Katz

Joel T. Katz

Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Vice Chair for Education and Marshall A. Wolf Chair in Medical Education (Bringham and Women's Hospital) and Associate Professor of Medicine (Harvard Medical School), Brigham and Women's Hospital

A graduate of Earlham College and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Joel T. Katz, M.D. is an infectious diseases consultant, Director of the…
A graduate of Earlham College and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Joel T. Katz, M.D. is an infectious diseases consultant, Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Vice Chair for Education at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he is the Marshall A. Wolf Chair in Medical Education.He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Formerly a commercial artist, Dr. Katz has an interest in utilizing the humanities to improve medical education. He is the director of the Harvard Medical School course “Training the Eye: Improving the Art of Physical Diagnosis”, in which students hone their physical diagnosis acumen through the study of fine arts at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
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Joelle Renstrom

Joelle Renstrom

Lecturer of Rhetoric, Boston University; Robotics Columnist, The Daily Beast, Boston University

Joelle Renstrom is a writer living in Somerville, MA. Her collection of essays, Closing the Book: Travels in Life, Loss, and Literature, was published in…
Joelle Renstrom is a writer living in Somerville, MA. Her collection of essays, Closing the Book: Travels in Life, Loss, and Literature, was published in August 2015. Joelle's blog Could This Happen? explores the relationship between science and science fiction, and won a 2012 Somerville Arts Council fellowship and a 2013 Writers' Room of Boston Nonfiction fellowship. She's the robot columnist for The Daily Beast and a contributing writer for Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel. Her work has appeared in Slate, Aeon, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Cognoscenti, and others. Joelle teaches writing and research with a focus on robots/AI, technology, space exploration, and science fiction at Boston University. Follow her on Twitter @couldthishappen.
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John Harthorne

John Harthorne

Founder and CEO, MassChallenge

John Harthorne is the Founder and CEO of MassChallenge, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, MassChallenge is obsessed with helping…
John Harthorne is the Founder and CEO of MassChallenge, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, MassChallenge is obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. They also reward the highest-impact startups through a competition to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards. Through MassChallenge’s global network of accelerators in Boston, London, Jerusalem, Geneva, and Mexico City, and unrivalled access to corporate partners, entrepreneurs can have a massive impact - driving growth and creating value the world over. To date, 1,211 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $1.8 billion and created over 60,000 jobs. John earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007. While at school, John won Grand Prize in the 2007 MIT $100K Business Plan Competition and received the 2007 Patrick J. McGovern Award for impact on quality and visibility of entrepreneurship at MIT. He also led the 10th annual MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW) held in Trondheim, Norway. The Boston Business Journal has identified John as one of Boston's 50 Most Influential Business Leaders alongside the CEOs of Akamai Technologies, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Boston Celtics. The World Economic Forum also elected John as one of the 2013 Young Global Leaders alongside Chelsea Clinton and Tony Hsieh, and Ernst & Young voted John as Social Entrepreneur of the Year in New England for 2013. John is a life-long Massachusetts resident and an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. He currently lives in Newton with his wife, Natalia, their 11-year old son Max and their 6-year old girl Yulia.
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John Harthorne

CEO, MassChallenge

John Kane, Ph.D.

John Kane, Ph.D.

Vice President, Data-Science and Signal Design, Cogito, Cogito

John comes to Cogito with a background in signal processing research and speech technology development. His experience in conversational analysis and measuring of social signals…
John comes to Cogito with a background in signal processing research and speech technology development. His experience in conversational analysis and measuring of social signals like tone-of-voice, voice quality and timing, make him integral to the development of next generation vocal behavioral analytics at Cogito. John holds a masters and Ph.D. in signal processing and speech technology, and a bachelors in business and marketing.
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John Kymissis, Ph.D.

John Kymissis, Ph.D.

CTO, Chromation

Ioannis (John) Kymissis is the CTO of Chromation a New York based start-up founded to commercialize photonic crystal spectral sensor technology. John relies on his…
Ioannis (John) Kymissis is the CTO of Chromation a New York based start-up founded to commercialize photonic crystal spectral sensor technology. John relies on his diverse sensor technology and integration experience to create Chromation's technical roadmap. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in electrical engineering and has technical expertise in thin film electronic and optical devices. He is also an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University.
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John Reilly

John Reilly

Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Climate Change, MIT

John Reilly is the co-director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, and a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan…
John Reilly is the co-director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, and a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. An energy, environmental, and agricultural economist, Reilly focuses on understanding the role of human activities as a contributor to global environmental change and the effects of environmental change on society and the economy. A key element of his work is the integration of economic models of the global economy as it represents human activity with models of biophysical systems, including the ocean, atmosphere, and terrestrial vegetation.
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John Thompson

John Thompson

JT Thompson is a Somerville based writer of portraits. He is currently writing a series for The Somerville Times of portraits of Union Square people…
JT Thompson is a Somerville based writer of portraits. He is currently writing a series for The Somerville Times of portraits of Union Square people threaded around a conversation about what they love about America and what *they* think makes America great. His next series will be portraits of Somerville women artists, threaded around a conversation about their experience of the Women's March and their vision of a more woman-led society.
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John Valverde

John Valverde

CEO, YouthBuild

John Valverde joined YouthBuild in 2017 after decades of work as an advocate for creating access to opportunity and removing barriers for formerly incarcerated and…
John Valverde joined YouthBuild in 2017 after decades of work as an advocate for creating access to opportunity and removing barriers for formerly incarcerated and low-income people. John began working with imprisoned individuals in 1992 to ensure access to HIV/AIDS counseling, high school equivalency instruction, alternatives to violence programs, and college education. In 1998, he co-founded Hudson Link for Higher Education, the first privately funded accredited college program in New York’s prisons. More than 450 students in prison have graduated from Hudson Link, which has grown to serve five prisons with six college partners. In 2009, John worked with a team at the Osborne Association to create New York City’s first green jobs training program exclusively for people with criminal records.
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Jon Carson

Jon Carson

CEO, Thru Inkhouse Media

Jon is CEO of CollegeVine, a near peer high school guidance firm on a 10x growth trajectory. Other than brief stints at Boeing (sales), McKinsey…
Jon is CEO of CollegeVine, a near peer high school guidance firm on a 10x growth trajectory. Other than brief stints at Boeing (sales), McKinsey & Co. (junior analyst), and two years at the Yale School of Management, he has always worked on his own ventures which have had winners and not winners. To date, Jon has started, built, and sold four companies, the largest of which was Family Education Network which became the largest K-12 website on the Internet ultimately acquired by Pearson. His most recent company was BiddingForGood, a $60m marketplace for charity auctions. In 1999 Jon was profiled by e-School News as one of the 25 most influential people in education technology. In 2008 Jon was an initial inductee into the Babson College Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. In 2009 Jon was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award (New England Region).
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Jon Carson

CEO, CollegeVine

Jon Sarkin

Jon Sarkin

Artist

Jon had a stroke in 1989. The neurological effects of his stroke created a condition called "sudden artistic output." Jon's injury and resulting condition is…
Jon had a stroke in 1989. The neurological effects of his stroke created a condition called "sudden artistic output." Jon's injury and resulting condition is extremely rare and wholly unique, so he has become something of a fascination to medial experts around the world.
In 1988, Jon suddenly developed tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and hyperacusis (over-sensitivity to certain frequencies). This lead to surgery, which led to a cerebellar hemorrhage. which led to a stroke. Jon awoke deaf in one ear, his vision splintered, and his balance permanently skewed. Parts of his brain had been sliced and removed. But the neurons that were left made new, different connections. And compulsively creating art has helped Jon recover. Jon resides in Gloucester, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.
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Jonathan Sun

Jonathan Sun

Author, Illustrator, and Internet Person

Jonathan Sun is the author behind the book “everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too” (HarperPerennial, 2017). When he isn't tweeting, he is an…
Jonathan Sun is the author behind the book “everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too” (HarperPerennial, 2017). When he isn't tweeting, he is an architect, designer, engineer, artist, playwright and comedy writer. He is currently a doctoral student at MIT, an affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, and a creative researcher at the Harvard metaLAB, where he studies AI, social media and online community. As a playwright, Jonathan's work has been performed at the Yale School of Drama, Factory Theater, Hart House Theater, Theater Lab, and the University of Toronto. As an artist and illustrator, his work has been commissioned by the New Haven ArtSpace, and exhibited at MIT, Harvard Art Museum, the Yale School of Architecture, and the University of Toronto. He is the creator of @tinycarebot and the co-creator of the MIT Humor Series.
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Joseph Eastin

Joseph Eastin

President and CEO, ISN

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University (OSU) and a Masters of Business…
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University (OSU) and a Masters of Business Administration from MIT Sloan School of Management. He serves on several boards with OSU, as well as for the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Lone Star Chapter. Joe has been instrumental in establishing the OSU Eastin/ISN Center for Talent Development. Joe ventured into entrepreneurship with ISN in 2001 and serves as the President and CEO. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ISN has additional offices in Calgary, Sydney, London, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and Auckland. ISN is a platform business that manages and amalgamates performance, safety and compliance data for organizations in the oil and gas, manufacturing and other capital intensive industries.
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Juhan Sonin

Juhan Sonin

Creative Director, GoInvo

Juhan Sonin is the Creative Director of GoInvo and has produced work recognized by the New York Times, Newsweek, BBC International, Billboard Magazine, and National…
Juhan Sonin is the Creative Director of GoInvo and has produced work recognized by the New York Times, Newsweek, BBC International, Billboard Magazine, and National Public Radio (NPR). He has spent time at Apple, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and MITRE. Juhan lectures on design and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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Julia Jackson, MBA

Julia Jackson, MBA

Managing Director, Healthcare Transformation Lab, Massachusetts General Hospital

Julia Jackson is the Managing Director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at MGH, where she brings together innovative people to curate and deploy consumer-focused technology…
Julia Jackson is the Managing Director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at MGH, where she brings together innovative people to curate and deploy consumer-focused technology to improve the patient and provider experience. Promoting a culture of creativity and collaboration, Julia enjoys building relationships with teams to help them turn bright ideas into tangible solutions that improve care delivery. She earned her MBA from the Simmons School of Management in Boston and her BA from Washington University in St Louis. Prior to MGH, Julia managed public health programs in Malawi, Cote d’Ivoire and Haiti. She traveled abroad working with health ministries and consulting on leadership development.
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Julie Ann Otis

Julie Ann Otis

Julie Ann Otis is a civic engagement artist, poet, and business consultant committed to the experience of ease for all people. She is the creator…
Julie Ann Otis is a civic engagement artist, poet, and business consultant committed to the experience of ease for all people. She is the creator of Active Receptivity Coaching, a toolkit of intuitive practices used by businesses and individuals to transform their culture from scarcity to one of radical sufficiency and prosperity. Julie Ann recently performed at the ICA Boston (“Look Before You Leap”) and at Aeronaut Brewery (“Three Track Mind”), where she composed, projected, and performed poetry in real-time alongside an animation artist and an electronic music artist. She creates interactive poetry installations (“Pinup Prophecy,” “Free Verse”) armed with a range of vintage typewriters, trust in the creativity of strangers, and a deep sense of humor. She performed burlesque spoken word poetry in aerial rope and harness in “Talk to Strangers” at Oberon in 2015. Her 2017 photo poetry exhibit, “Miraculous Invisible,” explored the ecstatic, sexual, humorous, and raw moments of everyday life. Her civic engagement art, “Election Therapy Booth,” and “the Complaint & Catharsis Department,” have garnered her national and local press. Other accolades include Somerville’s Artistic Fellow of Interdisciplinary Arts in 2016, Opus Affair Artist of the Year in 2014, and exhibitions at Boston City Hall. She has been an artist in residence at the Art Farm in Marquette, Nebraska and at the Noepe Center in Martha’s Vineyard. Her chapbook, Elastic Communion, and spoken word album, Sermons of the Real, are available at www.julieannotis.com.
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Julie Newman

Julie Newman

Director - MIT Office of Sustainability

Dr. Julie Newman joined MIT as the Institute’s first Director of Sustainability in the summer of 2013. She has worked in the field of sustainable…
Dr. Julie Newman joined MIT as the Institute’s first Director of Sustainability in the summer of 2013. She has worked in the field of sustainable development and campus sustainability for twenty years. Her research has focused on the intersection between decision-making processes and organizational behavior in institutionalizing sustainability into higher education. Julie lectures and consults for universities both nationally and internationally, participates on a variety of boards and advisory committees and has contributed to a series of edited books and peer reviewed journals. Julie holds a BS in Natural Resource Policy and Management from the University of Michigan; an MS in Environmental Policy and Biology from Tufts University; and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of New Hampshire.
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Juliette Kayyem

Juliette Kayyem

Founder, Kayyem Solutions LLC

Belfer Lecturer in International Security - Harvard Kennedy School of Government National Security Analyst & Contributer - CNN Featured Analyst - Boston Public Radio Host…
  • Belfer Lecturer in International Security - Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • National Security Analyst & Contributer - CNN
  • Featured Analyst - Boston Public Radio
  • Host of The SCIF - WGBH News
  • Founder - Kayyem Solutions LLC
In government, the academy, private sector and journalism, Juliette Kayyem has served as a national leader in America’s homeland security efforts. Kayyem is founder of one of the few female-owned security businesses and provides strategic advice to a range of companies in technology, risk management, mega-event planning and venture capital. As a faculty member at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, she teaches new leaders in emergency management and national security and has authored several books on homeland security.
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Julisa Salas

Julisa Salas

Director of Growth, Toast

Julisa is the Director of Growth at Toast, an all-in-one point of sale and restaurant management system. Previously she was the founder of Tressed, an…
Julisa is the Director of Growth at Toast, an all-in-one point of sale and restaurant management system. Previously she was the founder of Tressed, an on-demand hairstyling service for millennial women. Julisa was chosen to participate in the Harvard Rock Accelerator Program, a 10-week immersive program for entrepreneurs with high impact ideas and awarded $8K to develop the Tressed idea. Prior to that, Julisa was summer associate with Cue Ball Capital and an associate with the private banking division at JP Morgan. Julisa received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Middlebury College.
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K Civ (aka DJ KC Hallett)

K Civ (aka DJ KC Hallett)

DJ/Producer/Editor

For 20+ years K Civ (aka DJ KC Hallett) has brought healing, empowerment and joy to many lives through music. K Civ’s passion with music…
For 20+ years K Civ (aka DJ KC Hallett) has brought healing, empowerment and joy to many lives through music. K Civ’s passion with music began as a dance enthusiast who traveled hundreds of miles from all over New England and NY, frequenting many venues including “The Loft” in Boston with others such as “Shelter” and ""Body & Soul"" in New York City. However an injury which could have been perceived as a misfortune actually was the opportunity for a transition that allowed him to manifest his love of music by bringing it to others. He started collecting and mixing records to keep him involved with the music he loved. It started with just Deep House music but has branched out into many genres of music. As he stays true to the House music sound he also has a love for Jazz, R&B soul, Funk, Techno, World, Reggae, Disco Classics, Global Soul, etc... K Civ moved to Boston from New Hampshire in 1998 and started focusing on his DJ career. To help with his initiation into the craft of being a DJ, K Civ worked in three record stores in Boston (Biscuithead, Boston Beat and Satellite records) and spun at numerous venues all over the world. K Civ is well known for being a resident DJ at Soul Revival, which was Boston’s longest running dance party. Soul Revival was noted by both Rolling Stone and Urb Magazine as one of the hottest dance parties in the US. K Civ has grown to be known as one of the greatest DJs Boston has produced. Not just a great DJ to dance to, but rather a true master of the craft. “A DJ’s DJ” is often said when asked about him. His ear for music and appreciation of sounds from all over the world keeps him at the top of the list for tastemakers and his passion keeps him ahead of the time. He is the creator of a highly watched blog and chart, by some of the biggest names in the industry. As a producer his edits/reworks have gained recognition and placed him among the elite on the scene. His deep understanding of the craft and the impact he has on others is at the root of the quality and ethics apparent in his presence and work.
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Karen Burns White

Karen Burns White

Deputy Associate Director, Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Harvard

Karen coordinates the planning and implementation of the Center's efforts to increase minority participation at all levels of Cancer Center activities. She has co-led implementation…
Karen coordinates the planning and implementation of the Center's efforts to increase minority participation at all levels of Cancer Center activities. She has co-led implementation of an integrated structure involving a multi-prong approach with community engagement, cultural competency, recruitment and retention of minority faculty and training. In 2002, she secured the first training grant supplement to the existing P30 cancer center grant that established a pipeline program (Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences -CURE)to increase participation of underrepresented minorities in cutting-edge cancer research. This successful, high-profile program provides research opportunities at the undergrad, pre- and postdoc, and faculty levels. She and her colleagues have strengthened the cancer center's training portfolio by increasing both NIH and foundation funding to support students.
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Karen Robichaud

Karen Robichaud

Director of Creative Engagement, Payette, Payette

Karen joined Payette in 2012 and leads firm-wide communication strategy. As an industry leader in social media strategy for architecture firms, Karen has spoken at…
Karen joined Payette in 2012 and leads firm-wide communication strategy. As an industry leader in social media strategy for architecture firms, Karen has spoken at SMPS Boston events, BSA events, ABX and AIA Conference. Additionally, Karen is a member of the AIA COTE Communications Task Force and chairs the BSA Equity Roundtable.
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Karen Schoucair

Karen Schoucair

Filmmaker/Artist

Karen Schoucair is an independent filmmaker and a multi-disciplinary artist based in Boston. She is the driving force and visionary behind Shadow Coding’s narrative, artistic…
Karen Schoucair is an independent filmmaker and a multi-disciplinary artist based in Boston. She is the driving force and visionary behind Shadow Coding’s narrative, artistic visuals, and user experience. Beirut native Karen Schoucair’s film career began with Maid in Lebanon, a documentary she wrote, directed and produced, that sheds light on the condition of the domestic migrant worker. The film went on to be selected and shown at several venues and major universities around the United States. As a freelance director, editor and cinematographer, she's been creating content for over 7 years. Karen has directed films for clients such as MIT, independent artists in Boston and New York, cultural organizations in Lebanon, and others. She also volunteers some of her time as the Projection Director at MIT’s Lecture Series Committee, where she trains students for upcoming shows and experiments with 16 and 35mm film. Karen is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has also completed courses related to video and computational photography in the Art, Culture and Technology Program at MIT. Her latest body of work deals with the socio-political, as well as the rediscovery of her voice as an artist in an environment that expects one to conform to a set of societal standards. When she is not working on a client's project, she can be found creating personal work in the darkroom, her happy place, composing tunes on the guitar, shooting 10mm air pistols in the range or planning her next scuba diving adventure.
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Karen Wolf

Karen Wolf

Senior Director of Drug Development Management, Takeda Oncology

Karen L. Wolf is a Senior Director of Drug Development Management at Takeda Oncology R&D in Cambridge, MA. Ms. Wolf is a seasoned professional with…
Karen L. Wolf is a Senior Director of Drug Development Management at Takeda Oncology R&D in Cambridge, MA. Ms. Wolf is a seasoned professional with 30+ years experience in clinical research and has been recognized for excellence in strategic leadership and tactical execution throughout her career. She has developed and implemented numerous successful strategic business and operational initiatives to meet corporate objectives including both in-sourced and out-sourced work on a global scale. She joined Millennium in 2005 as the Head of Clinical Operations for the company’s Inflammation Division which ultimately led to the successful development and launch of Entyvio®, a breakthrough medicine for the treatment of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
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Karl Iagnemma

Karl Iagnemma

CEO, nuTonomy; Robotic Mobility Group Director, MIT, nuTonomy

Karl is an authority on robotics and autonomous vehicles whose opinion and commentary has been published and broadcast worldwide. As former director of the Robotic…
Karl is an authority on robotics and autonomous vehicles whose opinion and commentary has been published and broadcast worldwide. As former director of the Robotic Mobility Group at MIT, his technical research resulted in more than 150 technical papers, 20 issued or filed patents, and numerous edited volumes, including books on the DARPA Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge autonomous vehicle competitions. His work has found application in passenger vehicle safety systems, robotic surgery, and Mars surface exploration, among other domains. Karl is also an author of fiction whose writing has been translated into seven languages.
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Kate Knibbs

Kate Knibbs

Staff Writer, The Ringer

Kate Knibbs is a staff writer at The Ringer, focused on technology and culture. She grew up in Chicago, and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Kate Knibbs is a staff writer at The Ringer, focused on technology and culture. She grew up in Chicago, and currently lives in Brooklyn.
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Katherine Andriole, PhD

Katherine Andriole, PhD

Director of Research Strategy and Operations at the MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science, Harvard, MGH

Dr. Andriole is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and was recently named the Director of Research Strategy…
Dr. Andriole is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and was recently named the Director of Research Strategy and Operations at the MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science (CCDS) (https://clindatsci.com). She studied Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering and Medicine at Duke University and Yale University, respectively, and did postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Departments of Radiology. At UCSF, Dr. Andriole was instrumental in designing, building and implementing picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) before they became commercial entities. Her research has involved technical as well as clinically-relevant developments in medical informatics, PACS, digital radiography, image processing and analysis, business analytics, and machine learning. Dr. Andriole has developed and taught several formal courses, directed fellowships in biomedical imaging and informatics, and mentored more than 60 trainees. She has served in multiple leadership roles for the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM), currently serves on the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Radiology Informatics Committee, the American College of Radiology (ACR) Innovation Advisory Council and the ACR Data Science Committee. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Digital Imaging and the Journal of Medical Imaging. Dr. Andriole has been elected a member of the Academy of Harvard Medical School, and inducted into the SIIM College of Fellows.
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Katherine Hays

Katherine Hays

Co-founder and CEO of Vivoom, LaunchSquad

Katherine is co-founder and CEO of Vivoom. Along with CTO Clay Webster, she founded the company in July 2014 based on two emerging trends: the…
Katherine is co-founder and CEO of Vivoom. Along with CTO Clay Webster, she founded the company in July 2014 based on two emerging trends: the rapid decline in the effectiveness of simply buying audiences and the explosion of social sharing about product and brand experiences. Both Katherine and Clay believe consumer sharing will soon be built into every product to enhance the consumer experience - with audiences not bought, but instead generated authentically – and that the “manufacturing” of addressable, targeted audiences will be a core competency for every successful consumer brand in the future. Katherine and the entire Vivoom team are religious that consumer sharing capabilities always improve the product experience.
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Katherine Mitchell DiRico

Katherine Mitchell DiRico

Artist

Katherine Mitchell DiRico is a Boston based artist who considers the instinctual gestures of everyday life in an age of big data. Her work is…
Katherine Mitchell DiRico is a Boston based artist who considers the instinctual gestures of everyday life in an age of big data. Her work is practiced internationally in venues including the Institute of Contemporary Art, September Gallery, SomArts Cultural Center, 66balmy Gallery, Crucible Steel Gallery, Grossman Gallery, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), 57Delle Project Space, the Massachusetts Campus Compact Conference on Civic Engagement, the Edinburgh College of Art, and Stockwell Studios, London, England. Publications include the Vincent Curtis Educational Register: Interdisciplinary Art Education: Creativity in a Culture of Choice and HESA inprint, Helsinki, Finland. In 2011, she received a Montague Travel Grant and the President’s Research Grant from SMFA. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Performance from Smith College and the University of Dakar, Senegal. She is a 2013 MFA graduate from SMFA in installation, photography, and drawing and currently serves as the Director of Career Services at Montserrat College of Art.
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Kathleen Kennedy

Kathleen Kennedy

Director, Special Projects, for the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of MIT

Kathleen is Director - Special Projects, for the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of MIT, working as a lead organizer of The Engine (www.engine.xyz), a…
Kathleen is Director - Special Projects, for the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of MIT, working as a lead organizer of The Engine (www.engine.xyz), a new MIT initiative created to advance innovation. This venture fund and accelerator program will provide comprehensive support to transformative ideas from the formative stage to their most effective implementation. In 2014, she co-founded HUBweek, a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration and weeklong festival that brings together the most creative and inventive minds making an impact in art, science and technology. HUBweek is a partnership between The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital and Kathleen currently serves as vice chair on the executive board.
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Katie Theoharides

Katie Theoharides

Assistant Secretary of Climate Change, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Katie Theoharides is the Assistant Secretary of Climate Change at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. In this new position created by the…
Katie Theoharides is the Assistant Secretary of Climate Change at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. In this new position created by the Baker-Polito administration, Theoharides directs the Commonwealth’s climate change program which works across all executive branches of state government and with cities and towns to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts and opportunities from climate change, with a major focus on mainstreaming climate change into the daily work of state and local government. Originally trained as a field ecologist Theoharides has run an environmental policy and stakeholder-focused consulting business, served as the Executive Director of a Massachusetts land trust, and worked on climate science and policy at Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, DC.
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Keith Craig

Keith Craig

Director, Boston Landing, Boston Landing

As part of the Senior Management Team, Keith Craig is involved in the day to day operations of the Company. As Director, Keith is responsible…
As part of the Senior Management Team, Keith Craig is involved in the day to day operations of the Company. As Director, Keith is responsible for all aspects of development including strategy, financial analysis, entitlements, programming and design, directing team members and third party consultants, managing contracts, and project execution. Keith has 15 years of experience in Boston’s real estate community. Prior to joining NB Development Group, Keith worked for Northland Investment Corporation, an owner and developer of residential and commercial real estate, Epsilon Associates, Joslin, Lesser & Associates, and the City of Somerville. Keith also spent several years as a Senior Project Manager with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) managing the design and development review process for a range of complex development projects, including major area colleges and hospitals.
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Keith Jones

Keith Jones

President and CEO, SoulTouchin' Experiences

Keith Jones is the President and CEO of SoulTouchin’ Experiences, an organization aimed at bringing a perspective to the issues of access inclusion and empowerment,…
Keith Jones is the President and CEO of SoulTouchin’ Experiences, an organization aimed at bringing a perspective to the issues of access inclusion and empowerment, which affect him as well as others who are persons with a disability. Mr. Jones is also extremely active in multicultural, cross-disability education and outreach efforts and, conducts trainings (including train the trainer) with the purpose of strengthening efforts to provide services and information to people with disabilities. Over his years as and advocate Mr. Jones has been awarded New Leadership Development Award From The President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. The Commonwealth Coalition’s Progressive Leadership Award the 2006 Moro Fleming Consumer Involvement Award from the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, with as well as, a recent graduate of the inaugural class of Initiative for Diversity in Civic Leadership. Also, in 2008 long shot 2008 U S Senatorial bid based on “Fulfilling America’s Promise”. While at the same time Mr. Jones continued his artistic endeavors. Most recently releasing ‘Vocal Tai Chi vol. 1’, an homage to the hip hop. Also, along with Mr. Leroy Moore the two men co-founded Krip Hop Nation an international collective of artist with disabilities which is currently celebrating its 10th year anniversary. The tag line of Krip Hop Nation is, “Its more than music,..’ As a solo artist Mr. Jones is also celebrating 40 years of being in hip hop with a continued mixing of beats lyrics and activism. As in advocate so as in hip hop, Mr. Jones under the pseudonym ‘Da Soul Toucha’, believes everything has a soul.
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Keith Mahoney

Keith Mahoney

Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs - The Boston Foundation, The Boston Foundation

.Keith A. Mahoney serves as the Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at the Boston Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community…
.Keith A. Mahoney serves as the Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at the Boston Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations with net assets of some $1 billion. Keith manages the Foundation’s communications, publications, and public policy activities. In addition to managing research reports the Foundation commissions to inform and advance policy objectives, he oversees its government relations with city, state and federal elected officials and their staffs and helps build and maintain the networks that connect public officials with civic, nonprofit and business leaders. Prior to joining Foundation, Keith was the Director of State Relations for Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, acting as a liaison to the legislative and executive branches of state government. Keith has also served as Legal Counsel and Legislative Director in the Massachusetts.
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Kelly Corrigan

Kelly Corrigan

New York Times Bestselling Author

Kelly Corrigan is the author of back-to-back to back New York Times bestsellers and has been called “the Poet Laureate of the ordinary” by the…
Kelly Corrigan is the author of back-to-back to back New York Times bestsellers and has been called “the Poet Laureate of the ordinary” by the Huffington Post. Lauded by everyone from Lena Dunham to Imbolo Mbue, Corrigan strikes on unusual balance on stage between David Sedaris-funny and Brene Brown-authentic. Forever after what she calls “the thing behind the thing,” Corrigan seeks to understand the matters of the world in all their natural complexity.
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Kelly Dempsey

Kelly Dempsey

Founder and Lead Fashion Designer, Rack Addik

Kelly Dempsey is a self-taught fashion designer and former contestant on Season 14 of “Project Runway” where she landed runner-up. She is the founder and…
Kelly Dempsey is a self-taught fashion designer and former contestant on Season 14 of “Project Runway” where she landed runner-up. She is the founder and creative force behind Rack Addik, a newly launched clothing line focusing on fashion forward street-wear. Dempsey embraces fashion as a creative outlet and as a child, her mother ran a craft store out of their home in Western MA. She spent countless hours watching her mother create anything from wind-chimes made of forks to custom hand sewn purses. Kelly felt a desire to create at a young age, and her original true-to-self vision is distinguished through her consistently eclectic design motifs. A product of a creative space, her visceral instinct for fashion is quickly making a name for herself throughout the fashion world.
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Kelly Sims Gallagher

Kelly Sims Gallagher

Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School

Kelly Sims Gallagher is Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. She directs the Center for International Environment and Resource…
Kelly Sims Gallagher is Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. She directs the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher. From June 2014-September 2015 she served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and as Senior China Advisor in the Special Envoy for Climate Change office at the U.S. State Department. Gallagher is a member of the board of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, where she previously directed the Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) research group. She is also a faculty affiliate with the Harvard University Center for Environment. Broadly, she focuses on energy and climate policy in both the United States and China.
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Ken Solt, MD

Ken Solt, MD

Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School, and Associate Anesthetist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard, MGH

Dr. Ken Solt has conducted research in anesthetic mechanisms for nearly 2 decades, and he presently directs a translational research program that studies the role…
Dr. Ken Solt has conducted research in anesthetic mechanisms for nearly 2 decades, and he presently directs a translational research program that studies the role of subcortical arousal circuits in restoring consciousness and cognition after general anesthesia. Although the role of subcortical dopamine circuits in promoting wakefulness has been controversial, Dr. Solt’s group discovered that methylphenidate (Ritalin) and dopamine agonists induce active emergence from general anesthesia, a process that he has termed “reanimation.
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Kenji Nakayama

Kenji Nakayama

Artist

Kenji Nakayama was born in Tomakomai on the island of Hokkaido, Japan in 1979. A mechanical engineer by education, Nakayama made a significant life change…
Kenji Nakayama was born in Tomakomai on the island of Hokkaido, Japan in 1979. A mechanical engineer by education, Nakayama made a significant life change in 2004 with a move to Boston, Massachusetts to study traditional sign painting and to dedicate his time and energy to art­making. Nakayama’s diverse practice encompasses careful pinstriping and gilded lettering, abstract line compositions, and hand­cut, multi­layered stencil paintings. His intricately carved stencil paintings were unique manifestations of documenting and responding to the environment surrounding him; these works often took months to complete. In more recent works, Nakayama’s training as a sign painter has taken a prominent role in abstract compositions that explore line and color, often quickly executed and improvised. Regardless of form, all of his work serves as a personal diary of experience and influence, and his process can be described as a balance between meditation and highly­ trained craftsmanship. Music, solitude, humor, and motorcycles serve as direct sources of inspiration. Nakayama’s work has been exhibited widely across the US and abroad in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He attended a mechanical institute from 1998 to ­2002 in Tokyo, and studied traditional sign painting at Butera School of Arts 2004 to ­2006 in Boston. He currently lives and works in Boston.
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Kevin Bitterman, Ph.D.

Kevin Bitterman, Ph.D.

Partner, Atlas Venture, Atlas Venture

Kevin Bitterman focuses on creating and investing in companies that translate groundbreaking science into innovative medicines. Kevin serves on the board of Navitor Pharmaceuticals. He…
Kevin Bitterman focuses on creating and investing in companies that translate groundbreaking science into innovative medicines. Kevin serves on the board of Navitor Pharmaceuticals. He was the founding CEO of Editas Medicine (NASDAQ: EDIT), Morphic Therapeutic and Visterra, and co-founded Genocea Biosciences (NASDAQ: GNCA). He previously served as a director of InSeal Medical, Kala Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KALA), Neuronetics, Taris Biomedical (acquired by Allergan) and Vets First Choice among other ventures. Prior to joining Atlas Venture in 2017, Kevin was a partner at Polaris Partners, where he had been a member of the healthcare team since 2004. Kevin is active in the local life science and healthcare start-up community, serving on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and as Board Chair of the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA).
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Kevin Kit Parker, PhD

Kevin Kit Parker, PhD

Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Core Faculty, Wyss Institute for Biologically-Inspired Engineering; Harvard University

Kevin Ramseier

Kevin Ramseier

Kevin Ramseier is a Swiss citizen born in 1985 who lives and works in Geneva. He is the Co-Founder of Center of digital and body…
Kevin Ramseier is a Swiss citizen born in 1985 who lives and works in Geneva. He is the Co-Founder of Center of digital and body expression (CENC), where he designed and performed in collaboration with François Moncarey, various projects such Disorder, Binah, Vacarm, Light shadow and sound creations, Motor and Without edges. Today, he explores the world of raw performance, with his Bambi project (series of short body parts). Kevin also work as an organizer, scheduler and stage manager in the DAF festival, the biennial festival and Cheyenne Xi.
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Kiki Mills Johnston

Kiki Mills Johnston

Managing Director, Boston, MassChallenge

Kiki Mills Johnston is Managing Director of MassChallenge’s flagship program in Boston. In this role, she oversees the Boston accelerator and key initiatives, including PULSE@…
Kiki Mills Johnston is Managing Director of MassChallenge’s flagship program in Boston. In this role, she oversees the Boston accelerator and key initiatives, including PULSE@ MassChallenge, MADE@ Masschallenge, and the Newton Innovation Center. Previously, she served as the Chief Innovation Officer for Mission Capital, a Central Texas-based nonprofit advisor that helps solve community problems and drive social change. She was also CEO of Full Circle Fund in the Bay Area and spent more than a decade at the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX), where she was President and chief advocate for the sector. Kiki holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from American University.
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Kiki Mills Johnston

Managing Director, MassChallenge

Kip Hollister

Kip Hollister

Founder and CEO, Hollister Staffing and Hollister Institute, Hollister Staffing

Kip Hollister opened Hollister Staffing 30 years ago and has grown the company into one of New England’s premier woman-owned recruiting firms. As a 2012…
Kip Hollister opened Hollister Staffing 30 years ago and has grown the company into one of New England’s premier woman-owned recruiting firms. As a 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner and national finalist, Kip attributes Hollister’s success to the trust and integrity that characterizes the leadership of her organization. Kip’s passion to create a business culture that thrives, led to the launch of Hollister Institute. The Institute supports individuals and teams through customized programing designed to enhance productivity by building unified and energized work environments.Kip has developed a series of programs that deliver insight on themes which include but are not limited to: Managing Stress Through Mindfulness.
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Kit Pang

Kit Pang

Founder, BostonSpeaks, BostonSpeaks

Kit Pang is a Communication Expert, TEDx, Inbound; Keynote Speaker, the host of the BostonSpeaksSeries and the founder of BostonSpeaks. He is on a mission…
Kit Pang is a Communication Expert, TEDx, Inbound; Keynote Speaker, the host of the BostonSpeaksSeries and the founder of BostonSpeaks. He is on a mission to help individuals become exceptional speakers and communicators. His seminars and talks have been credited as super fun, engaging, soul-searching and insightful.
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Krista Schepanovsky

Krista Schepanovsky

Yoga Instructor

Krista has been practicing and studying various styles of yoga and meditation for over 10 years, including ashtanga, Rocket, vinyasa flow, Yin and restorative and…
Krista has been practicing and studying various styles of yoga and meditation for over 10 years, including ashtanga, Rocket, vinyasa flow, Yin and restorative and vipassana meditation. She teaches a fun and creative flow that is accessible to all. Originally from Canada, Krista she enjoys long distance cycling and hiking when not on her mat. She is eager to share her practice with you in this amazing space.
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Kristian Olson, MD, MPH

Kristian Olson, MD, MPH

Director of the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech), MGH

Kristian Olson is the Director of the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech). He is both a Pediatrician and Internist and serves as a member…
Kristian Olson is the Director of the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech). He is both a Pediatrician and Internist and serves as a member of the Core Educator Faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor of Clinical Expertise and Innovation at Harvard Medical School. He has` worked in Cambodia, Darfur, Ethiopia, Indonesia, India, Thailand, and Uganda. He is a serial innovator and one of the architects of the CAMTech Innovation platform. He completed an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of British Columbia, medical school at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and his residency training in the Combined Harvard Medicine and Pediatrics Program.
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Kyle Corkum

Kyle Corkum

CEO, Managing Partner, LStar Ventures

Kyle is the Managing Partner and co-founder of LStar Ventures, leading development of the Union Point project – a 1,500 acre state-of-the-art smart city taking…
Kyle is the Managing Partner and co-founder of LStar Ventures, leading development of the Union Point project – a 1,500 acre state-of-the-art smart city taking shape just outside Boston. LStar is a national developer of large mixed-use master-planned communities. In 2007, in anticipation the economic recession, Kyle created LStar to acquire exceptional distressed commercial and residential properties. Since its formation, LStar has partnered with affiliates to acquire more than 60,000 residential units and land for 20 million SF of commercial in 13 states.
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Kyle Rand

Kyle Rand

Co-Founder, Rendever

Kyle Rand is one of the co-founders of Rendever, a virtual reality startup that is developing an entire VR platform for the aging population. During…
Kyle Rand is one of the co-founders of Rendever, a virtual reality startup that is developing an entire VR platform for the aging population. During his time studying neuroengineering at Duke, he spent 3 years researching the structural and functional changes in the brain that cause memory decline as people age. Since then he's explored the world of tech - from building a social network for sleep research, cofounding a grassroots organization for healthcare access, to working on a home comfort IoT platform - before returning to the world of memory care and mental health with Rendever.
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Laki Vazakas

Laki Vazakas

Artist in Residence, Yale New Haven Children's Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital

Laki Vazakas is an artist and educator.  He has been an Artist in Residence at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital since 2006, and at Boston…
Laki Vazakas is an artist and educator.  He has been an Artist in Residence at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital since 2006, and at Boston Children’s Hospital since 2011.  At both hospitals, he engages children and families to create video expressions.  He has produced and directed collaborative videos with women in recovery, returning veterans, and refugees.  His documentary videos have been screened at the Whitney Museum, the Venice Biennale, and the San Francisco Cinematheque.  He holds a BA from Tufts University, and an MA from New York University.
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Latrell James

Latrell James

Musician

Latrell James is a hip-hop artist/producer from Boston, MA. James has become nationally recognized for his sincere sense of artistic character, conceptually honest songwriting and…
Latrell James is a hip-hop artist/producer from Boston, MA. James has become nationally recognized for his sincere sense of artistic character, conceptually honest songwriting and versatile production skills, working with a wide range of well-known talent including Lil Dicky, J.I.D., Cousin Stizz, Khary, Michael Christmas, Pro Era's Aaron Rose and many more. James' strong work ethic, exceptional live performance skills and genuine desire to contribute toward the growth of Boston's flourishing hip-hop scene have made him one of the more respected artists from the area. After garnering much attention as the voice behind Cheerios' 'Good Goes Around' nationally-aired commercial campaign, James is gearing up to release his new project that will be dropping later this year. Fans can look forward to an evolution of James’ original, authentic sound and by representing his newly created Same Difference Collective, Latrell’s mentality is set on a promising future, “I used to want to be the best rapper. Now, I just want to be the greatest influence".
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Laur Hesse Fisher

Laur Hesse Fisher

Climate CoLab Project Manager, MIT

Laur Hesse Fisher is the project manager for MIT's Climate CoLab. Throughout her career, she has focused on building robust and self-sustaining projects and initiatives…
Laur Hesse Fisher is the project manager for MIT's Climate CoLab. Throughout her career, she has focused on building robust and self-sustaining projects and initiatives related to climate change and sustainability. She has worked for public, private and non-government organizations in Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and the US; and has experience in a wide range of fields, including carbon reporting, regional recycling, civic engagement and education. Before MIT, she expanded regional professional education programs for the Canada Green Building Council in Toronto, ON. She holds a self-designed Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University titled, "Engaging Sustainability as an Innovative Process." On the side, she leads an international volunteer-run project called Civic Series (www.civicseries.org), where the public can learn and ask questions about the most critical issues of our time.
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Laura Kehoe, MD, MPH

Laura Kehoe, MD, MPH

Medical Director of the Mass General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Bridge Clinic, Harvard, MGH

Dr. Kehoe is the Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Bridge Clinic, a low threshold, immediate access, transitional clinic for patients…
Dr. Kehoe is the Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Bridge Clinic, a low threshold, immediate access, transitional clinic for patients at all stages of addiction. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and is board certified in both internal medicine and addiction medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and attended Tufts University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Kehoe is passionate about lowering barriers to evidence-based, patient- centered care, and expanding broad education about best practices for professionals, families and the public. She teaches medical students and residents, and mentors providers about the management of patients with addictive disorders. She speaks regularly to community coalitions and organizations, as well as at continuing education programs. At MGH, she was the co-chair of the hospital-wide Substance Use Disorder Education Committee. Outside of MGH, she was the Medical Director of Baycove Treatment Center for Opiate Addictions Methadone Maintenance program, and she cares for patients as part of a multidisciplinary team at the nonprofit addiction treatment program, Right Turn. Lastly, Dr. Kehoe is a founding member of W.A.T.E.R.town (Watertown Access to Treatment Education and Recovery), a community coalition working to expand prevention, intervention and treatment for people with substance use disorders in Watertown, MA.
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Laura Malloy, LICSW

Laura Malloy, LICSW

Director of Yoga Programs Co-Director, Education Initiative, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Mass General Hospital, MGH

Ms. Malloy is Director of Yoga Programs and a Co-Director for the Institute's Education Initiative program. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker, specializing…
Ms. Malloy is Director of Yoga Programs and a Co-Director for the Institute's Education Initiative program. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker, specializing in working with children and their families. Her specialty areas include yoga for stress reduction and health promotion, and bringing mind/body stress reduction strategies into school settings.
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Laurance Stuntz

Laurance Stuntz

Director, MeHI, Massachusetts eHealth Institute, MeHI

Laurance Stuntz is the Director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, or MeHI. He is an experienced and passionate leader working to help Massachusetts…
Laurance Stuntz is the Director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, or MeHI. He is an experienced and passionate leader working to help Massachusetts leverage digital health innovation for better economic and care delivery outcomes.
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Lauren Abda

Lauren Abda

Founder, Branchfood

Lauren Abda is the founder of Branchfood, an organization of food startups that believes innovation will fix our broken food system. Her work is focused…
Lauren Abda is the founder of Branchfood, an organization of food startups that believes innovation will fix our broken food system. Her work is focused on highlighting local, national, and international food initiatives through events and social media and also aggregates resources for food entrepreneurs to help their food businesses grow.
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Laurie Segall

Laurie Segall

Senior Technology Correspondent, CNNMoney and Editor-at-Large, CNN Tech

Laurie Segall is a senior technology correspondent for CNNMoney and editor-at-large for CNN Tech, covering the intersection of technology and culture. Segall specializes in investigative…
Laurie Segall is a senior technology correspondent for CNNMoney and editor-at-large for CNN Tech, covering the intersection of technology and culture. Segall specializes in investigative reports showing the impact of technology on our daily lives, building on her longstanding focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Her work appears across all CNN platforms. Segall was named to Forbes' '30 Under 30', Mashable's 'Seven Top Journalists to Subscribe to on Facebook. She is a regular speaker at industry conferences, including Internet Week New York and SXSW, where she regularly leads CNN's technology coverage. Segall earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Michigan.
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Lee Cooper

Lee Cooper

Founder, Institute for Genetic Disease Prevention, Moderna Therapeutics

Lee Cooper is the founder of the Institute for Genetic Disease Prevention (IGDP), dedicated to using the power of genomics to reduce the burden of…
Lee Cooper is the founder of the Institute for Genetic Disease Prevention (IGDP), dedicated to using the power of genomics to reduce the burden of genetic disease. Outside of advocacy, Lee is an associate director in corporate development for Moderna Therapeutics, working on financing and partnering transactions for this biotech company pioneering the development of mRNA-based medicines. Previously, Lee worked in the technology and life sciences practice at Goodwin Procter and was on the founding team of Artisan Healthcare Consulting. He has lectured at Columbia University, and his writing has appeared in publications including Wired, Tablet, and Columbia Business Law Review.
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Leila Janah

Leila Janah

Founder and CEO, Sama Group and LXMI

Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, two companies that go beyond charity to #givework to low-income people around the world…
Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, two companies that go beyond charity to #givework to low-income people around the world using cutting-edge social enterprise models in technology and luxury skincare, respectively. She is the author of the forthcoming book Give Work (Penguin/RandomHouse), to be released in September, 2017.
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Leroy F. Moore

Leroy F. Moore

Director

Leroy F. Moore Jr., Founder of the Krip-Hop Nation and cofounder of Sins Invalid, is an activist, writer, poet, rapper, feminist, and radio programmer. Moore…
Leroy F. Moore Jr., Founder of the Krip-Hop Nation and cofounder of Sins Invalid, is an activist, writer, poet, rapper, feminist, and radio programmer. Moore wrote for I.D.E.A.L. Magazine, and since the 1990s, has written the column "Illin-N-Chillin" for POOR Magazine. His books include the spoken-word CD and his upcoming book is a children’s book, Black Disabled Art History 101 that will be publish by Xochitl Justice Press. As a youth, Moore discovered that most people had little knowledge of the historical impact of disabled African Americans. This led him to begin research, initially in the music industry, and to promote artists with disabilities for broader inclusion. Moore is a leading activist on issues of wrongful incarceration and police brutality against people with disabilities. He writes, lectures, and performs about race and disability issues both in the United States and abroad.  Moore is one of the founding member of National Black Disability Coalition. Moore has traveled to S Korea for the Para-Olympics and for the 2014 DaDa Fest Krip-Hop Nation UK Tour, as well as to South Africa, Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere, networking internationally with other disabled activists and artists. Born in 1967 with cerebral palsy in NYC, Leroy Moore, Jr. was blessed to have a conscious, activist father & mother who instilled a strong sense of identity as a Black and disabled youngster. Thus, Moore’s Krip-Hop Nation is a movement that addresses ableism, or discrimination against disabled artists, esp. Black musicians marginalized because of racism AND ableism.
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Lesley Mottla

SVP Product, Customer Experience & Engineering, Harvard

Lesley Mottla is a hands-on service design and product management leader with a track record of building recognized multi-channel online + physical consumer experiences, enabling…
Lesley Mottla is a hands-on service design and product management leader with a track record of building recognized multi-channel online + physical consumer experiences, enabling technologies, products, and teams to accelerate the growth of disruptive business models. M. Gemi is her fourth start-up, after helping to grow 3 other disruptive companies to acquisition. Prior to M.Gemi, Lesley led product and experience at Zipcar and held various product roles at Microsoft, Groove Networks and Indigo, and as part of an international service design consultancy, she worked on designing service-focused experiences for clients like BMW, Sheraton, Weight Watchers and AT&T.
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Lesley Solomon

Lesley Solomon

Chief Innovation Officer & SVP Innovation, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Lesley Solomon is SVP Innovation, Chief Innovation Officer at Dana-Farber. She works with industry, investors and Dana-Farber innovators to accelerate cancer therapies and improve care.…
Lesley Solomon is SVP Innovation, Chief Innovation Officer at Dana-Farber. She works with industry, investors and Dana-Farber innovators to accelerate cancer therapies and improve care. Most recently she served as the founding executive director of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Innovation Hub and Director of Strategy and Innovation in the Brigham Research Institute. Lesley has 20+ years of experience as an executive doing work in business development, strategy and marketing at startups, early stage, and large companies such as the Food Network, Barnes & Noble.com, and Yoga Works. Lesley received her MBA from Harvard Business School and has a B.A. in English from Cornell University.
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Linnea Olson

Linnea Olson

Lung cancer activist

Linnea Olson is an artist/writer/activist and mother of three. She has been living with advanced lung cancer since her diagnosis twelve years ago. You can…
Linnea Olson is an artist/writer/activist and mother of three. She has been living with advanced lung cancer since her diagnosis twelve years ago. You can learn more about her experience at www.outlivinglungcancer.com
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Lisa Adler

Lisa Adler

Head of Global Communications & Public Affairs, Shire, Shire

Lisa Adler joined Shire in 2016 as Head of Communications & Public Affairs. Lisa has more than 25 years in healthcare communications experience. Her areas…
Lisa Adler joined Shire in 2016 as Head of Communications & Public Affairs. Lisa has more than 25 years in healthcare communications experience. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, corporate branding, issues management, investor relations, product/employee communications, patient advocacy, corporate social responsibility and teambuilding/mentoring.Prior to joining Shire, Lisa held several leadership roles in the Boston area, including Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, now Takeda Oncology, and prior to that, Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Feinstein Kean Healthcare, an Ogilvy PR Worldwide company.
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Liz Jaff

Liz Jaff

Artist

Liz Jaff is a visual artist who uses minimal geometry to explore memories of time and space. She rigorously explores the structural and aesthetic possibilities…
Liz Jaff is a visual artist who uses minimal geometry to explore memories of time and space. She rigorously explores the structural and aesthetic possibilities in ephemeral materials. Combining these with abstraction and repetition of architectural and natural forms, Jaff creates environments and objects that convey the specific feeling and character of a place or event.  She received her BFA in painting from The Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited nationally and internationally.  She lives and works in New York City.
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Liz McCarthy

Liz McCarthy

Director of Professional Healthcare Services, Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH

Liz McCarthy is a healthcare executive with more than 30 years in many facets of healthcare, including medical device sales, product and service marketing, business…
Liz McCarthy is a healthcare executive with more than 30 years in many facets of healthcare, including medical device sales, product and service marketing, business development, and consulting, as well as direct patient care. As Director of Professional Healthcare Services for the Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH, her current work focuses on developing partnerships with Health Care Systems and Insurers to transform the medical management of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. #EndAlz
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Lucas Cowan

Lucas Cowan

Public Art Curator, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

Lucas Cowan became the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy’s first Public Art Curator in 2014. Previously he directed the Public Art Program for the Maryland State…
Lucas Cowan became the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy’s first Public Art Curator in 2014. Previously he directed the Public Art Program for the Maryland State Arts Council, where he spearheaded the passage of legislation requiring all state-funded capital project to include public art in their construction, and was the Senior Curator of Exhibits for Millennium Park and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture in Chicago, IL. He has curated and managed dozens of public art commissions and exhibitions of work by artists such as: Mark di Suvero, Jun Kaneko, Thomas Sayre, Shinique Smith, Sui Jianguo and Lawrence Weiner. Cowan has served on juries and panels across the United States, and has consulted on cultural park planning for cities such as San Francisco and Chicago.
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Luis Perez-Breva

Luis Perez-Breva

Author, Innovating: A Doer’s Manifesto for Starting from a Hunch, Prototyping Problems, Scaling Up, and Learning to Be Productively Wrong

Luis Perez-Breva, is an innovator, entrepreneur, educator and the author of Innovating: A Doer’s Manifesto for Starting from a…
Luis Perez-Breva, is an innovator, entrepreneur, educator and the author of Innovating: A Doer’s Manifesto for Starting from a Hunch, Prototyping Problems, Scaling Up, and Learning to Be Productively Wrong (The MIT Press, 2017). He is an expert in technology innovation, venture labs, taking deep tech to impact, and applying artificial intelligence to solve real-world problems. Luis is based in the MIT School of Engineering and is Faculty Director of Innovation Teams, its flagship joint enterprise with MIT Sloan to put the Institute’s deep tech advances to work to solve real-world problems. Through iTeams, he has helped 170+ MIT technologies find a path forward to impact.
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Luke Hollis

Luke Hollis

Founder and developer, Archimedes Digital, Archimedes Digital

Luke Hollis is the founder of Archimedes Digital, a Cambridge-based startup dedicated to software and mixed reality development for the humanities. The artists, developers, and…
Luke Hollis is the founder of Archimedes Digital, a Cambridge-based startup dedicated to software and mixed reality development for the humanities. The artists, developers, and archivists at Archimedes create software that connects us to our shared traditions and cultures. Archimedes Digital is actively partnering with libraries, museums, and archives to provide access to VR/AR hardware for exploring educational and heritage applications.
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Mackey Craven

Mackey Craven

Partner, OpenView

Mackey is a Partner at OpenView focusing on enterprise infrastructure and data driven application software. Prior to joining OpenView, Mackey was an Associate at Bessemer…
Mackey is a Partner at OpenView focusing on enterprise infrastructure and data driven application software. Prior to joining OpenView, Mackey was an Associate at Bessemer Venture Partners focusing on investments in cloud computing, consumer Internet, and data infrastructure. At Bessemer, Mackey was a Board Observer at Twitch (acquired by Amazon), Xtime (acquired by Cox Automotive), and Apperian, and was involved with Bessemer’s investments in Infinio, Liazon (acquired by Towers Watson), Zapier, and Intigua. He began his career in research and teaching positions at the Sloan School of Management and in the Departments of Physics and Biology at MIT, where he co-founded BioVolt, a company focused on designing low-cost microbial fuel cells for use in the developing world. He has also served as an independent scientific consultant to Continuum Energy Technologies and analyzed PIPE and SPAC opportunities for Hudson Bay Capital Management.
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Madison (Matt) Thompson

Madison (Matt) Thompson

Principal, Cross-Cultural Mediation Services

Madison “Matt” Thompson, B.S. (Northeastern) has worked for over 30 years in the areas of conflict resolution, diversity, and cultural competency. He has worked with large regional…
Madison “Matt” Thompson, B.S. (Northeastern) has worked for over 30 years in the areas of conflict resolution, diversity, and cultural competency. He has worked with large regional banking institutions, higher education institutions, major teaching hospitals, and community non- profit agencies. Matt has more than 20 years of experience in diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural competency. He recently joined TMGs panel of neutrals and works with the organizational practice. Matt most recently served as the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory where a portion of his time was dedicated to the Corporate Diversity Initiative. Before joining Draper and TMG, Matt was Director of Staff Diversity at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was responsible for consulting and collaborating across organizational units to introduce diversity initiatives. He served as a member of the Human Resources Leadership Team and chaired the Council for Staff Diversity. At the University of Massachusetts Boston Matt was Director of Affirmative Action and Multi-Cultural Relations where he was responsible for writing and executing the Affirmative Action Plan and investigating and resolving any discrimination complaints. He wrote “Diversity Guide to UMass Boston” to serve as a recruitment and informational tool for current and prospective staff and students. Matt has also held corporate diversity positions at Shawmut National Corporation and The Boston Company.
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Maggie Cavallo

Maggie Cavallo

Curator

Maggie Cavallo is dedicated to activating relationships, advising institutional methods for working with the arts and optimizing the role of artists in society today. Her…
Maggie Cavallo is dedicated to activating relationships, advising institutional methods for working with the arts and optimizing the role of artists in society today. Her practice is curatorial, educative and socially-engaged; directed towards providing dynamic learning experiences with, through and for contemporary art and artists. Cavallo oversees Alter Projects, a platform that fosters artistic infrastructure through custom arts programming and consultation for artists, organizations and the private sector. She is also a Visiting Lecturer at Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Art Education Program, Lesley University College of Art and Design and a Research and Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she co-designed the course Art, Design and Learning in Public. She received a BA in Media, Society and the Arts from SUNY Purchase and an Ed.M in Arts in Education from Harvard University.
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Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell

New York Times best-selling author

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of three New York Times best-sellers: “The Tipping Point,” “Blink,” and “Outliers”; a collection of his New Yorker articles titled…
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of three New York Times best-sellers: “The Tipping Point,” “Blink,” and “Outliers”; a collection of his New Yorker articles titled “What the Dog Saw”; and, most recently, “David and Goliath.” His podcast, "Revisionist History," which recently launched its second season, reinterprets overlooked or misunderstood phenomena from the past. Gladwell has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996, before which he was a reporter at the Washington Post. In 2001, he was awarded the National Magazine Award for profiles, for his New Yorker piece “The Pitchman,” about Ron Popeil. He was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He lives in New York.
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Manisha Pai

Manisha Pai

Vice President and Head of Communications and Investor Relations, Magenta Therapeutics

Manisha recently joined Magenta Therapeutics in the newly created position of Vice President and Head of Communications and Investor Relations. Prior to joining Magenta, Manisha…
Manisha recently joined Magenta Therapeutics in the newly created position of Vice President and Head of Communications and Investor Relations. Prior to joining Magenta, Manisha was the Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at bluebird bio. Prior to coming to bluebird, she served as the head of investor relations and corporate communications at Epizyme, Inc., where she was responsible for investor relations, public relations, patient advocacy and employee communications. Manisha has also held communications leadership positions at Pharmacyclics, Inc., where she led communications for the launch of IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib), and Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, where she oversaw global and U.S. public relations for the company’s oncology franchise. A native of northern Maine, Manisha received an A.B. in English Literature from Amherst College
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Manuel Garcia-Garcia, PhD

Manuel Garcia-Garcia, PhD

SVP, Research and Innovation: Global and Ad Effectiveness, Advertising Research Foundation, The Advertising Research Foundation

Dr. Garcia-Garcia is currently SVP, Research and Innovation: Global and Ad Effectiveness at the Advertising Research Foundation. In this role he works on cross platform…
Dr. Garcia-Garcia is currently SVP, Research and Innovation: Global and Ad Effectiveness at the Advertising Research Foundation. In this role he works on cross platform measurement order, priming, "digital natives" and other applications of neuroscience to these issues including follow up research. Previously, as a Neuroscience Director at Nielsen, he worked with an integrated research team to ensure the scientific integrity of the company's project pipeline and leveraging expertise in consumer neuroscience and best-practice research methodologies to drive the delivery of valuable, informed insights.
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Marcela García

Marcela García

Editorial Writer, The Boston Globe

Marcela García writes editorials — the daily unsigned essays representing the official view of the Boston Globe as a community institution — and is a…
Marcela García writes editorials — the daily unsigned essays representing the official view of the Boston Globe as a community institution — and is a member of the Globe editorial board. García has been part of the op-ed and editorial pages since early 2014. Previously, she was a correspondent for Telemundo Boston, a special contributor to the Boston Business Journal, and the editor of El Planeta, Boston’s largest Spanish-language publication.
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Marcela Maus

Marcela Maus

Director of Cellular Immunotherapy, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

Marcela Maus, MD, PhD, is the Director of Cellular Immunotherapy at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. She is a member of the Center for…
Marcela Maus, MD, PhD, is the Director of Cellular Immunotherapy at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. She is a member of the Center for Cancer Immunology and the Department of Medicine at the MGH, and she is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Her laboratory is generating innovative forms of T cell engineering, including chimeric antigen receptors directed to new targets, and bringing T cell therapies to the clinical setting to treat patients with hematologic malignancies and solid tumors. Dr. Maus trained in internal medicine at U. Penn and in hematology and medical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and is board-certified in these three disciplines.
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Marcus Prince

Marcus Prince

Pannist

Marcus Prince was born on the 10th of February 1995 to Martin and Karen Prince, and has lived all of his life in the Trinidad…
Marcus Prince was born on the 10th of February 1995 to Martin and Karen Prince, and has lived all of his life in the Trinidad Diego Martin area. He is a musician who plays the Steel Pan (tenor) and has been playing the Steel Pan for twelve years, he have sat under the tutelage of outstanding teachers such as Messrs. Kendell Lewis, Glen Worrell, Leon Edwards, Akua Leith, and Seion Gomez, Tia Fuller, Ed Saindon and Ron Reid. He is an alumni of the University of Trinidad and Tobago where he graduated in 2015 from the diploma program receiving his Artist Diploma in Music Performance. In May 2015 he audition for Berklee College of Music for the degree program while in his final year at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, four months later on September 15th 2015 he received his results where got accepted to Berklee College of Music receiving a partial scholarship. He is currently attending Berklee College of Music majoring in Performance and going to declare Music Education at the end of fall 2017 semester.
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Maria Peñil

Maria Peñil

Bacterial Artist, Bacterial Art

Maria Peñil Cobo is a mixed media artist born in Santander, Spain. Peñil studied fine arts Madrid and has taught and exhibited her work at…
Maria Peñil Cobo is a mixed media artist born in Santander, Spain. Peñil studied fine arts Madrid and has taught and exhibited her work at Cultural Center Isabel de Farmesio, La Parra museum, Siboney Gallery and Cultural Center Galileo. Encompassing sculpture engraving and photography, Peñil’s work retains a relationship to organic themes through medium, shape, texture and nature, and is an investigation of metamorphosis, evolution, the idea of latency and immediate change. Since her move to Massachusetts Peñil has been actively involved in the metro-Boston arts community. Her work has been featured at many festivals and galleries in the area including the Boston Green Arts Festival, Salem and Beverly Arts Festivals, and the Cox gallery. Through her collaboration with scientist Mehmet Berkmen she learned how to manipulate and paint with bacteria creating art from living organisms.
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Marie Rosecrans

Marie Rosecrans

SVP, Product Marketing, Salesforce

As senior vice president of SMB marketing at Salesforce, Marie Rosecrans focuses on empowering small and medium businesses with the tools and resources they need…
As senior vice president of SMB marketing at Salesforce, Marie Rosecrans focuses on empowering small and medium businesses with the tools and resources they need to grow. Before joining Salesforce in 2008, she held positions in customer support, professional services, product marketing, and program management at Oracle, Peoplesoft, Evolve, and Primavera. Marie lives in the San Francisco Bay area and enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband, teen, and tween.
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Mark Michalski, M.D.

Mark Michalski, M.D.

Executive Director, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Clinical Data Science, MGH

Mark H. Michalski, MD is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Clinical Data Science, which is…
Mark H. Michalski, MD is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Clinical Data Science, which is focused on the application and translation of novel machine learning techniques into clinical practice. Previous to this role, Dr. Michalski held leadership and operational roles at early-stage companies in the medical software and device domain, including Butterfly Network and Hyperfine Research. Dr. Michalski held additional strategic roles in healthcare-focused efforts at Google and Genentech. Dr. Michalski completed his radiology residency training as a Holman Fellow at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He graduated with a degree in Cybernetics from the University of California at Los Angeles with multiple honors and received his medical degree from Stanford University.
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Mark Yamauchi

Mark Yamauchi

Sustainability Manager, Toyota Motor North America

In his capacity as Sustainability Manager at Toyota, Mark Yamauchi works to incorporate sustainability into all aspects of the enterprise in North America and heads…
In his capacity as Sustainability Manager at Toyota, Mark Yamauchi works to incorporate sustainability into all aspects of the enterprise in North America and heads up strategic initiatives crossing inter and intradepartmental organizations that focus on sustainability and operational efficiencies. Mark was responsible for the sustainability program that brought Toyota’s sales and distribution national headquarters campus to zero-waste-to-landfill status.  This program was awarded California Integrated Waste Management Board’s 2006 Waste Reduction Awards Program WRAP of The Year and received the 2007 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. Mark also provided technical assistance to the Yellowstone National Park team that achieved Gold LEED certification for the new Old Faithful Visitor’s Education Center. In 2003, he led the initiative to install Toyota’s first photovoltaic system in North America, a half megawatt rooftop system. He was also responsible for the implementation of the Stationary Hydrogen Fuel Cell project at Toyota’s Torrance headquarters campus.  This 1.11 MW direct hydrogen peaking shaving fuel cell is the first of its kind in the world to be fed directly from a hydrogen pipeline. Most recently Mark provided the sustainability vision and direction for the new Toyota North America Headquarters Campus in Plano, Texas which was just awarded LEED Platinum certification. He is currently working on enterprise wide strategies to implement Toyota’s Global 2050 Environmental Challenge. With over 30 years of experience in sustainability and real estate and facilities and as a LEED Accredited Professional since 2002, he has provided advice on sustainability to numerous organizations including non-profits, major corporations, and governments on the municipal, national, and international level.  Mark also sits on the Advisory Boards of the UCLA Engineering Extension Global Sustainability and Recycling and MSW Management Programs.
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Marka27

Marka27

Artist

Born in Juarez, Mexico, and raised in Dallas, Texas, Marka27’s foray into the art world began in the city’s streets mastering the art of graffiti.…
Born in Juarez, Mexico, and raised in Dallas, Texas, Marka27’s foray into the art world began in the city’s streets mastering the art of graffiti. Advancing to earn his BFA from The Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, Marka27 became a household name for his “audio canvas” series and elaborately executed installation art and murals. Largely inspired by multi cultural influences, Marka27’s art has served as a reflection of his varying interests.  Beginning with iconic musical (and specifically hip-hop) figures, Marka27’s passion to infuse empathy into his art gave way to birthing magnificent and politically-charged masterpieces, some of which still grace both Boston, New York and Los Angeles’ city walls today, as well as San Francisco and Montreal, Canada. His murals and artwork have been published in several books including Graffiti L.A, Burning New York, and Graffiti Planet.
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Martha Kane, PhD

Martha Kane, PhD

Clinical Director Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Addiction Medicine, Harvard, MGH

Dr. Martha Kane is a licensed clinical psychologist who has held numerous positions in various MGH substance use disorders programs and in the Ambulatory Psychiatry…
Dr. Martha Kane is a licensed clinical psychologist who has held numerous positions in various MGH substance use disorders programs and in the Ambulatory Psychiatry division at Massachusetts General Hospital over the last two decades. Dr. Kane specializes in treating patients with co-morbid substance use and mental health disorders and their family members.
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Martin Flusberg

Martin Flusberg

CEO, Powerhouse Dynamics, Powerhouse Dynamics

Martin Flusberg is CEO of Powerhouse Dynamics. Martin has spent most of his career developing innovative technologies that address climate change; the first half in…
Martin Flusberg is CEO of Powerhouse Dynamics. Martin has spent most of his career developing innovative technologies that address climate change; the first half in transportation and the second half in energy. Most recently, he was co-founder and President of Nexus Energy Software, a pioneer in delivering on-line energy and carbon analysis to consumers and businesses. Nexus — sold to ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE) in 2005 and now part of Aclara Technologies — evolved into a global provider of software solutions to the utility industry focusing on smart grid, smart meter, energy efficiency and demand-response. Martin was CEO of software companies Multisystems, Inc. and REALink SystemsCorp. and ran an energy software unit of TASC that later became Lodestar Corp., since acquired by Oracle. He has also served on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT.
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Martin J. Walsh

Martin J. Walsh

Mayor, City of Boston

Martin J. Walsh, a lifelong champion of working people and a proud product of the City of Boston, was sworn in as the City’s 54th mayor…
Martin J. Walsh, a lifelong champion of working people and a proud product of the City of Boston, was sworn in as the City’s 54th mayor on January 6, 2014. Mayor Walsh’s vision is of a thriving, healthy, and innovative Boston — a City with equality and opportunity for all, where a revolutionary history inspires creative solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.
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Mary Dumont

Mary Dumont

Chef, Cultivar, Cultivar

Chef Mary Dumont of Cultivar discusses the future of urban sustainable culinary practices at Cultivar's rooftop garden at the Ames Hotel.

Chef Mary Dumont of Cultivar discusses the future of urban sustainable culinary practices at Cultivar's rooftop garden at the Ames Hotel.

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Mary Tolikas, Ph.D., M.B.A

Mary Tolikas, Ph.D., M.B.A

Operations Director, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University

Mary is the Operations Director at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. She is responsible for the implementation and management of…
Mary is the Operations Director at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. She is responsible for the implementation and management of the research and program development operations of the Institute and, working in collaboration with Harvard’s Office of Technology Development, she is responsible for the implementation of the Wyss Institute’s technology translation efforts. Mary brings experience in start-up operations, product development, strategic planning and business development in a number of technology markets and applications, including software, electromechanical devices, biological and electromagnetic modeling. As an engineer, she has designed and built products for a number of diverse industries, such as automotive, IT, medical and aerospace.
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Matt Ganem

Matt Ganem

Matt Ganem, executive director of Banyan Treatment Center Mass, is a poet and the author of “The Shadow of an Addict.” Matt also hosts Banyan…
Matt Ganem, executive director of Banyan Treatment Center Mass, is a poet and the author of “The Shadow of an Addict.” Matt also hosts Banyan Recovery Radio and speaks to different schools, recovery programs and community forums on addiction. He is a huge voice for recovery not only in his hometown of Massachusetts, but nationwide. 

 Oxycontin which eventually led to heroin addiction brought him to rock bottom at the age of 21. He was able to turn his life around and now tries to provide hope and strength to those still sick and struggling with substance abuse. Matt works relentlessly to help others escape the grasp of addiction by shining a positive light on recovery. He does this by speaking at schools and community events for prevention education. His work was recognized by Massachusetts Organization of Addiction and Recovery and Matt was selected to be Massachusetts Recovery Advocate of the Year in 2015. 
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Matt Marx

Matt Marx

Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the Boston University Questrom School of Business, Boston University

Matt Marx is Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the Boston University Questrom School of Business and was previously Associate Professor at the MIT…
Matt Marx is Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the Boston University Questrom School of Business and was previously Associate Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Professor Marx previously worked as a software engineer and an executive at technology startups SpeechWorks and Tellme Networks, where he received six patents.
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