Change Makers

Adan Colon-Carmona

Adan Colon-Carmona

Associate Professor, Biology

• 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

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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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Atiya Martin

Atiya 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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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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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 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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Graber

Cynthia Graber

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

For nearly 20 years, I’ve reported on a variety of subjects for both radio and print, employing my interviewing and foreign language skills and my…
For nearly 20 years, I’ve reported on a variety of subjects for both radio and print, employing my interviewing and foreign language skills and my interest in the world around me to reach the heart of any story. During 2012-2013, I had the incredible opportunity to join a group of 12 international journalists as a fellow in the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT. In 2014, Nicola Twilley and I founded Gastropod, a podcast that looks at food through the lens of science and history. The show is gaining popularity around the world and has already been honored with awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the Radio Television Digital News Association. My radio documentaries have aired on Scientific American, The World, Studio 360, Inquiring Minds, the World Vision Report, Living on Earth, and Latino USA.
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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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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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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 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 Kong

David 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 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 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 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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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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DJ HerShe

DJ HerShe

DJ / Beatboxer

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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Events

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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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. 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. Deepak Chopra, MD

Dr. 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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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. Harvard, 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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Dr. Peter Bergethon

Dr. Peter Bergethon

VP & Head of Pfizer Innovation Research Lab (PfIRe)

Prior to his current position as Head of Pfizer Research Innovation Lab, Peter R. Bergethon was interim Chief Scientific Officer and head of the Quantitative…
Prior to his current position as Head of Pfizer Research Innovation Lab, Peter R. Bergethon was interim Chief Scientific Officer and head of the Quantitative Medicine group in the Neuroscience and Pain Research Unit within WRD. Peter’s PfIRe Lab at Pfizer continues to focus on computational modeling of the underlying structural organization and biophysical mechanisms in the nervous system. A neurophysics research paradigm is used to convert complex observed behaviors (molecular, system and organism levels) into modeling equations that can be parameterized via a variety of measurements including fMRI, near infrared spectroscopy and electroencephalography in humans and animals. The group accesses and applies innovation, particularly from outside the pharmaceutical industry, through partnerships with external innovators.
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Dr. Rudy Tanzi

Dr. Rudy Tanzi

Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Rudolph Tanzi is the Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and serves as the…
Dr. Rudolph Tanzi is the Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and serves as the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tanzi received his B.S. (microbiology) and B.A. (history) at the University of Rochester in 1980 and his Ph.D. (neurobiology) at Harvard Medical School in 1990. In his research achievements, Dr. Tanzi served on the team that was the first to find a disease gene ((Huntington\u2019s disease) using human genetic markers, helping to launch the field of neurogenetics. Dr. Rudolph Tanzi is the Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and serves as the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tanzi received his B.S. (microbiology) and B.A. (history) at the University of Rochester in 1980 and his Ph.D. (neurobiology) at Harvard Medical School in 1990. In his research achievements, Dr. Tanzi served on the team that was the first to find a disease gene (Huntington’s disease) using human genetic markers, helping to launch the field of neurogenetics.
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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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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 Psychotherapist, 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Jeff Bussgang

Jeff Bussgang

General Partner, Flybridge Capital, Flybridge, Harvard

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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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

Author

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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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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John Valverde

John Valverde

CEO, YouthBuild, 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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Jonathan Sun

Jonathan Sun

Author, Architect, Designer, Engineer, Artist, Playwright, and Comedy Writer / MIT

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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

Laura Kehoe, MD

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

Dr. Laura Kehoe is the Medical Director of the MGH Substance Use Disorder Bridge Clinic. Dr. Kehoe is an Assistant Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital…
Dr. Laura Kehoe is the Medical Director of the MGH Substance Use Disorder Bridge Clinic. Dr. Kehoe is an Assistant Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kehoe received her medical degree at Tufts University and completed residency in Internal Medicine at MGH. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine.
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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

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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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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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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Luhan Yang

Luhan Yang

Co-Founder & CSO - eGenesis

Luhan Yang is the Co-Founder and CSO at eGenesis where she is leading the effort to eradicate PERVs from the porcine genome and engineer human…
Luhan Yang is the Co-Founder and CSO at eGenesis where she is leading the effort to eradicate PERVs from the porcine genome and engineer human compatibility in porcine cells. She previously developed the highly programmable genome-engineering tool, CRISPR/Cas9, for use in mammalian cells, and pioneered the first isogenic human stem cell lines to model human diseases at the tissue level. She was named among the “30 Under 30” in Science and Healthcare by Forbes Magazine (2014) and was a laureate of the “Young Entrepreneur Initiative” competition (2014). Luhan holds B.S. degrees in Biology and Psychology from Peking University and a Ph.D. in Human Biology and Translational Medicine from Harvard Medical School.
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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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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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Maria Finkelmeier

Maria Finkelmeier

Percussionist & Composer, Masary Studios

Named a “one-woman dynamo” by The Boston Globe, Maria Finkelmeier is a percussion performer, composer, educator, and arts entrepreneur. She is the founder and director…
Named a “one-woman dynamo” by The Boston Globe, Maria Finkelmeier is a percussion performer, composer, educator, and arts entrepreneur. She is the founder and director of Kadence Arts, a Boston-based non-profit organization and co-founder of Masary Studios, a sound, light, and performance collective. Along with her performance and leadership activities, she teaches at Northeastern University, and is the former program manager of the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department at New England Conservatory. Prior to rooting in New England, Maria spent three years in Northern Sweden at the Piteå Institution for Music and Media as an artist in residence. Maria has taken contemporary percussion performance from concert halls throughout the US and Europe with orchestras and chamber ensembles, to unexpected spaces such as Fenway Park’s Green Monster, the Tree Hotel in Harads, Sweden, Boston Center for the Arts’ historic Cyclorama, and the Frost Ice Bar for ArtWeek. Her solo project, #improvadayLIVE, combines video, classical marimba, social media, and electronics into a multi-sensory experience. She is Yamaha Performing Artist, and additionally endorses Grover Pro Percussion, Vic Firth, and Remo.
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Mark Michalski, MD

Mark Michalski, MD

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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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

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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Megha Satyanarayana

Megha Satyanarayana

Engagement Editor, STAT

Megha Satyanarayana is the engagement editor at STAT and a former health and science reporter with a background in biomedical science. Megha was a Knight-Wallace…
Megha Satyanarayana is the engagement editor at STAT and a former health and science reporter with a background in biomedical science. Megha was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2013-2014, exploring digital media and the politics and psychology of the anti-GMO movement.
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Michael Bonds

Michael Bonds

Michael “Warrior” Bonds is a Spokenword Artist, an author, a motivational speaker. He is a mentor and a Youth Worker for Boston’s highest risk criminally…
Michael “Warrior” Bonds is a Spokenword Artist, an author, a motivational speaker. He is a mentor and a Youth Worker for Boston’s highest risk criminally involved young men. The Warrior (as he is called) has developed a unique brazen spoken, “in your face” style of poetry that will captivate any audience. He is the founder of P.O.E.M.S LLC, a nonexclusive artist agency that employs other poets, orators, educators, and motivational speakers. For 17 years the Warriors poetry and wisdom have grown beyond the geographical boundaries of the city he calls home. The Warrior is from Roxbury. However, today he is a nationally recognized and an internationally respected poet. He has and still performs at colleges and Ivy League universities around the country. He is featured in the award winning documentary “The 2006 Red Bull Word Clash” produced by Activist and Author Monti Smith. His Album “Inthugligence” won “Best Spoken Word Album” in 2008 at the New England’s Music Awards. He is a member of the renowned Blackout Arts Collective. His work is featured in periodicals such as the literary anthology “The Bandana Republic” edited by Louis Reyes Rivera & Bruce George, the Plymouth State University Centripetal, Love Nu Art Magazine and S.L.A.M.M. Magazine. He has self-published two books of his own poems “Gunz Poems & Rosez” and “The Write”. This year he was awarded GBOS “Outstanding Spokenword Artist” and he was recognized for the work that he does in the streets of this city with gang members as a 2017 “Boston Community Hero”.
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Michael Botticelli

Michael Botticelli

Executive Director, Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at Boston Medical Center, Boston Medical Center

Michael Botticelli is one of the nation’s leading addiction experts, and served as the Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House under…
Michael Botticelli is one of the nation’s leading addiction experts, and served as the Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House under President Obama. He was the first person to hold the position who was also in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder and who came from a public health background. This marks a return to Boston for him, where he previously served as Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, working closely with many BMC experts and others to extend successful models of care developed at BMC across the state and the nation.
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Michael Hendrix

Michael Hendrix

Executive Design Director, Partner, IDEO

Michael Hendrix is a Partner and Executive Design Director at global design and innovation consultancy, IDEO, where he has worked on everything from home goods…
Michael Hendrix is a Partner and Executive Design Director at global design and innovation consultancy, IDEO, where he has worked on everything from home goods to homeland security. A natural trailblazer and collaborator, he co-founded an art school for high schoolers, a design curriculum for undergrads, two professional design clubs and three small businesses, the last of which was recognized by Business Week and Fortune as a thought leader for sustainable design. Most recently he co-founded Open Music Initiative, a non-profit initiative of Berklee College of Music Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (ICE), to simplify how music rights owners are identified and compensated.
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Michael W. Klein

Michael W. Klein

William L. Clayton Professor of International Economic Affairs, The Fletcher School at Tufts University, Tufts University

Michael W. Klein is the William L. Clayton Professor of International Economic Affairs. He served as the Chief Economist in the Office of International Affairs…
Michael W. Klein is the William L. Clayton Professor of International Economic Affairs. He served as the Chief Economist in the Office of International Affairs of the United States Department of the Treasury from 2010-2011. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Founder, Research Director, and co-Executive Editor of EconoFact.org. He has been a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, and the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston, New York, San Francisco and Dallas. His research and teaching focus on international macroeconomics. His research and teaching focus on international macroeconomics. He received a PhD in economics from Columbia University and a B.A. from Brandeis University.
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Monica Bharel, MD, MPH

Monica Bharel, MD, MPH

Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, became Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in February of 2015. As Commissioner, she is responsible for implementing the…
Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, became Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in February of 2015. As Commissioner, she is responsible for implementing the state's response to the opioid crisis, as well as leading the Department’s efforts in reducing health disparities, finding public health solutions for health care reform, developing innovative solutions using data and evidence-based practices, and other health care quality improvement initiatives. Dr. Bharel comes to DPH widely recognized for her dedication to health care for underserved and vulnerable populations. She previously served as the Chief Medical Officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, the largest nonprofit health care organization for homeless individuals in the country.
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Morgan Grenier

Morgan Grenier

Co-Founder, Trifecta Editions

Morgan Grenier is a graduate of Simmons College and a founding member of Trifecta Editions. She dabbles in digital art, print making, embroidery and other…
Morgan Grenier is a graduate of Simmons College and a founding member of Trifecta Editions. She dabbles in digital art, print making, embroidery and other media. She works as an analyst for an international data company, pricing goods around the world.
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Natsai Chieza

Natsai Chieza

Designer in Residence, Ginkgo Bioworks

Natsai Audrey Chieza has developed a body of work that crosses intersectional boundaries between technology, biology, design and cultural studies. She explores key notions of…
Natsai Audrey Chieza has developed a body of work that crosses intersectional boundaries between technology, biology, design and cultural studies. She explores key notions of materiality and the paradoxical hierarchies expressed in a society that is transitioning into the 4th technological revolution, as whole ecosystems are lost to climate change. Fashion, Textiles and Product Design act as the prism through which a critical enquiry on the transformative nature of biotechnology and its imminent convergence with digitality is made.
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Nicholas Iselin

Nicholas Iselin

General Manager, Development, Arrowstreet

Nicholas Jay Iselin serves as General Manager for the Americas Development business. He is responsible for leading and growing Lendlease’s development business in the Boston…
Nicholas Jay Iselin serves as General Manager for the Americas Development business. He is responsible for leading and growing Lendlease’s development business in the Boston market, pursuing and identifying development opportunities and large-scale urban regeneration projects throughout the greater New England area, as well as supporting Lendlease’s development efforts nationally.
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Nick Black

Nick Black

Managing Director, Arrowstreet

Professional problem solver with over a decade of experience working in government, political campaigns, non-profit advocacy and strategic consulting.
Professional problem solver with over a decade of experience working in government, political campaigns, non-profit advocacy and strategic consulting.
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Nick Dougherty

Nick Dougherty

Program Director - PULSE@MassChallenge

Nick Dougherty began working in healthcare as a Student at Boston University’s College of Engineering. Upon graduating he co-founded VerbalCare, a platform intended to help…
Nick Dougherty began working in healthcare as a Student at Boston University’s College of Engineering. Upon graduating he co-founded VerbalCare, a platform intended to help non-verbal patients communicate and, after completing a term at MassChallenge, the company was acquired by Medical Specialties Distributors in 2015. Now, Dougherty is the director of PULSE@MassChallenge, a healthcare specific accelerator and a strategic component of the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative.
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Pagan Kennedy

Pagan Kennedy

Contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, author, columnist for The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The Village Voice

Pagan Kennedy is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of 11 books and has been a columnist for…
Pagan Kennedy is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of 11 books and has been a columnist for The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The Village Voice. She began her career as a chronicler of pop culture and the underground 'zine movement. After spending time in the 1990s at M.I.T.'s Building 20, one of the world's first hacker spaces, she switched her focus to science writing. Since then, she has gravitated to stories about the serendipitous process that drives discovery. In 2010-11, as an M.I.T. Knight Science Journalism fellow, she steeped herself in the study of microbiology and neuroengineering.nHer most recent book is "Inventology," on the origin of breakthrough technology and design.
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Patricia Weltin

Patricia Weltin

CEO/Founder, Rare Disease United Foundation, Rare Disease United Foundation

Patricia Weltin is the CEO and Founder of the Rare Disease United Foundation, the nation's leading rare disease advocacy organization. RDUF works on the challenges…
Patricia Weltin is the CEO and Founder of the Rare Disease United Foundation, the nation's leading rare disease advocacy organization. RDUF works on the challenges facing rare disease patients at a state-level and nationally. As a rare disease mom with a background in Finance, Patricia started working in the rare disease space to help raise awareness for all people living with a rare disease. Patricia and her team are innovators in the rare disease space and have used their own rare disease journeys to positively affect change. In five years, RDUF has gone from the first state-based, non-disease specific non-profit to the voice of the 60 million people in the United States suffering from the physical, emotional and financial stress of living with a rare disease. RDUF programs target specific issues and approach them with the wisdom, knowledge and passion that comes with living rare.
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Patrick L. Purdon, PhD

Patrick L. Purdon, PhD

Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School and Director, Patrick Purdon Lab, Massachusetts General Hospital

Patrick L. Purdon, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Associate Bioengineer and the Nathaniel M. Sims Chair in Anesthesia Innovation…
Patrick L. Purdon, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Associate Bioengineer and the Nathaniel M. Sims Chair in Anesthesia Innovation and Bioengineering at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Purdon received his A.B. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard College in 1996, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1998, and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from MIT in 2005. Dr. Purdon’s research in neuroscience and bioengineering focuses on the mechanisms of anesthesia and on novel technologies for brain monitoring. He has published 80 peer-reviewed publications, is an inventor on 16 patent applications, and has won numerous awards, including the prestigious National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award.
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Paul Kirshen

Paul Kirshen

Professor, School for the Environment and Academic Director, Sustainable Solutions, Arrowstreet

Paul Kirshen has more than 30 years of experience serving as Principal Investigator of complex, interdisciplinary, participatory research related to water resources, coastal zone, and…
Paul Kirshen has more than 30 years of experience serving as Principal Investigator of complex, interdisciplinary, participatory research related to water resources, coastal zone, and infrastructure management, and climate variability and change.
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Paula Soteropoulos

Paula Soteropoulos

CEO, Akcea Therapeutics, Akcea Therapeutics

Paula Soteropoulos is a global strategic and operating management executive with nearly 30 years of experience and success building high-performance global teams, leading complex development…
Paula Soteropoulos is a global strategic and operating management executive with nearly 30 years of experience and success building high-performance global teams, leading complex development programs from early stage through approval, and commercializing global products. Ms. Soteropoulos joined Akcea as President and Chief Executive Officer upon its formation in January 2015. Prior to joining Akcea, Ms. Soteropoulos was a member of the executive leadership team of Moderna Therapeutics as the Cardiometabolic Business Unit General Manager and Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances. Prior to Moderna, she spent 21 years at Genzyme Corporation where she was instrumental in advancing new products from discovery through clinical development and commercialization, with significant roles driving strategy, sales and marketing, and business development.
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Percy Fortini-Wright

Percy Fortini-Wright

Artist

Percy Fortini-Wright is a Boston based artist who received both his BFA and MFA from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. While in…
Percy Fortini-Wright is a Boston based artist who received both his BFA and MFA from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. While in his youth he started by writing graffiti; becoming a technician of wild style graffiti letters, tags and bubble letters. Simultaneously, he evolved as a traditional painter of city scenes, abstract and classical painting. During graduate school he studied with artists Paul Rahilly, Ken Beck, Paul Goodnight, Vanessa Platacis, and Dike Blair. His inspirations range from painters such as Anders Zorn, John Singer Sargent, Gerhard Richter to NYC graffiti legends. Exhibiting for the past 12 years within the public and private spheres. His work has appeared in numerous art publications including; The Boston Globe, The New York times, Boston Herald, ArtScope, American Art Collector to the ‘Best of Boston 2015’. in the Improper Bostonian magazine. With a live interview in WGBH- Open Studios with Jared Bowen. Recently joining the Fresco Exchange/Mural project, in Colombia early 2017. While not fishing with his son, he paints and teaches art.
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Peter Der Manuelian

Peter Der Manuelian

Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology  Director, Harvard Semitic Museum Harvard University, Harvard University

In 2009 Peter Der Manuelian was appointed the “Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology” at Harvard University (Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and Department…
In 2009 Peter Der Manuelian was appointed the “Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology” at Harvard University (Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and Department of Anthropology). This is the first Egyptology chair at Harvard since the time of George Reisner (1867-1942), more than 75 years ago. He is director of the Harvard Semitic Museum, and also directs the Giza Project at Harvard, and the MA Program in Museum Studies at the Harvard Extension School. He joined the curatorial staff at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 1987, and was Giza Archives Project Director there from 2000–2011. His primary research interests include ancient Egyptian history, archaeology, digital epigraphy and visualization, the development of mortuary architecture, and the (icono)graphic nature of Egyptian language and culture in general.
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Philip Gedarovich

Philip Gedarovich

Motion Graphics Designer

Philip Gedarovich is a Boston-based designer and educator who specializes in animation and interactive mediated experiences. He hails from a traditional art background in illustration…
Philip Gedarovich is a Boston-based designer and educator who specializes in animation and interactive mediated experiences. He hails from a traditional art background in illustration and storytelling, with a BFA in Animation from the Academy of Art University and an MFA in Dynamic Media from Mass College of Art and Design. Striving to focus on the design of engaging and meaningful experiences, Philip has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of creative projects for clients such as Hasbro, Fisher Price, Monster, and Trip Advisor. He has taught various art and design related courses at the Rhode Island School of Design, MassArt, Emmanuel College, and Merrimack College.
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Pritesh Gandhi

Pritesh Gandhi

Vice President, Medical Affairs, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Pritesh Gandhi, PharmD, is Vice President of Medical Affairs at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, where he leads the execution of key clinical imperatives. Dr. Gandhi joined…
Dr. Pritesh Gandhi, PharmD, is Vice President of Medical Affairs at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, where he leads the execution of key clinical imperatives. Dr. Gandhi joined Alnylam in 2014, coming from Sanofi, where he most recently served as Associate Vice President of Global Medical Affairs. Prior to Sanofi, Dr. Gandhi held leadership positions at Alexion Pharmaceuticals and Millennium Pharmaceuticals (now Takeda Oncology). He received his Doctor of Pharmacy at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed a Pharmacy Practice residency at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
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Rachelle Villalon

Rachelle Villalon

Co-Founder, CTO of Hosta Labs Inc./MIT Post-Doc, Hosta Labs Inc.

Rachelle Villalon is a Los Angeles native and the hacker behind Shadow Coding’s technical design and implementation. She just completed her Ph.D. in Design and…
Rachelle Villalon is a Los Angeles native and the hacker behind Shadow Coding’s technical design and implementation. She just completed her Ph.D. in Design and Computation at MIT, where she is a Presidential Fellow. She also received a Master’s degree in Computation at MIT in 2008, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Woodbury University in Los Angeles. While at MIT, Rachelle's research focused on applied machine learning, computer vision, and the internet of things for the built environment. She's also completing post-doctoral research in the MIT Design & Computation Lab. Rachelle has professional experience as an architect and technologist in the Architecture industry, as well as a software engineer and data scientist in the cyber security, robotics, and 3D design-engineering industries. She served as the Hackathon Chair for Hacking Arts 2016, a conference that focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation within the creative arts. Rachelle is currently the co-founder and CTO of Hosta Labs Inc., a technology company derived from Rachelle’s PhD work, that enables you to easily convert videos and images of your living and work spaces into a 3D space management platform that simplifies the renovation and furniture placement process.
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Reverend Liz Walker

Reverend Liz Walker

Pastor, Roxbury Presbyterian Church

Reverend Liz Walker is pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church. She was called to this ministry after 21 years as Boston’s first African American Television News…
Reverend Liz Walker is pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church. She was called to this ministry after 21 years as Boston’s first African American Television News Anchor on WBZ TV and 12 years of humanitarian work in war torn Sudan where she co founded My Sisters’ Keeper, a grassroots initiative that built a school for girls, the first of its kind in that country’s southern region.
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Rich Hayes

Rich Hayes

Deputy Communications Director, Union of Concerned Scientists, MGH

Sarah oversees the work of the multi-sector coalition, building the capacity of the community and addressing its top identified health concerns. She guides the coalition’s…
Sarah oversees the work of the multi-sector coalition, building the capacity of the community and addressing its top identified health concerns. She guides the coalition’s efforts aimed at strengthening protective factors, decreasing risk factors, and working to increase access and resources for successful treatment and recovery from substance use disorders in the community. Sarah co-chairs the Criminal Justice Committee and chairs the Addiction/Mental Health Committee for the MA Chapter of the National Association of Social Work (NASW) and was recently appointed to its Board of Directors.
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Riobamba

Riobamba

Riobamba is an Ecuadorian-Lithuanian DJ/producer and cultural promoter based in Brooklyn. Drawing inspiration from her hybrid diaspora roots, borderless digital dialogue, and bodega soundtracks, Riobamba…
Riobamba is an Ecuadorian-Lithuanian DJ/producer and cultural promoter based in Brooklyn. Drawing inspiration from her hybrid diaspora roots, borderless digital dialogue, and bodega soundtracks, Riobamba reconstructs stories of migration and displacement to build out her own club rituals. Her sets interweave remixed Youtube clips and field recordings, urbano soundscapes, sound system anthems, and rave disorder in a tribute to de-colonized club culture ""suped up with a twisted, industrial gnarl"" (Complex). Riobamba is the founder of APOCALIPSIS, a creative agency with projects ranging from A&R and marketing for legendary salsa label Fania Records, music education for restorative justice programming, and event production showcasing the sounds of radical Latinx futurism. She is the co-creator of Boston-based transnational bass night Picó Picante, resident at NYC’s landmark global bass party Que Bajo?! alongside Uproot Andy and Geko Jones, and is a member of the Dutty Artz artist collective. Prior to New York, Riobamba lived in Bogotá via the Fulbright-mtvU program, where she immersed herself in research on digital music production and distribution as subversive tools for self-representation. She researched the power of translating these digital networks into resources for communities displaced due to Colombia's ongoing civil conflict, which led to collaborations with artists producing cumbia gótica, political hip-hop, electro-champeta futurism, and more. Following her grant period, she relocated to NYC to join alt-Latinx digital platform Remezcla as Music Editor. Riobamba has recently shared the stage with Tego Calderón, DJ Playero, The Knife, Nina Sky, Princess Nokia, Bomba Estéreo, DJ Blass, Ana Tijoux, DJ Tetris, Tomasa Del Real, and Chancha Via Circuito at spaces across the US, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, the United Kingdom, and Spain. Her original work has been featured in The Fader, Thump, Complex, Resident Advisor, Univision, Fact Mag, and Red Bull Music Academy Radio, and her writing has appeared in i-D Mexico, mtvU, Remezcla, and The Fader.
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Rob Gibbs

Rob Gibbs

Artistan/Co-Founder/Painting Studio Director

“My work is a platform for people to walk away and feel smart for what they see.” “The city becomes your gallery.” Rob “Problak” Gibbs…
“My work is a platform for people to walk away and feel smart for what they see.” “The city becomes your gallery.” Rob “Problak” Gibbs grew up in Roxbury, MA venturing between Lenox St. apartments and Orchard Park projects. From a young age, he had a vision of beautifying the ghettos of Boston with graffiti art - an art form that is frequently overlooked, undervalued and misunderstood. The concept that a picture is worth an infinite amount of words inspired Rob and provided him with the opportunity to take ownership of one of our culture’s modern hieroglyphics: graffiti. He developed a vision of beautifying Boston purely by instinct, experiencing his “calling” as a young man, a child of the HipHop golden age. The need to place social consciousness in HipHop culture is a driving force behind Problak’s creativity. His work impels the viewer to allow their imagination to become a playground for testing boundaries and breaking rules. Rob is a painter, muralist and graffiti artist who was one of six urban teens to co-found the non-profit youth development organization, Artists For Humanity (AFH) in 1991.
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Robyn Hannigan

Robyn Hannigan

Founding Dean, UMass Boston School for the Environment, UMass Boston

Robyn Hannigan is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Geological Society of America, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, and…
Robyn Hannigan is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Geological Society of America, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, and the 2007 recipient of the American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. Her research and student mentoring have been highlighted by SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science), AAAS, and the NSF. Dr. Hannigan's circuitous route to a career in geochemistry began at the College of New Jersey where she earned her B.S. in Biology. She completed her doctoral degree in Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Rochester focusing on high and low temperature trace element geochemistry.
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Ryan Edwards

Ryan Edwards

Artist, Masary Studios

Ryan Edwards is a Boston-based interdisciplinary artist with a background in West African drum and dance, jazz and new-music composition. He composes extensively for contemporary…
Ryan Edwards is a Boston-based interdisciplinary artist with a background in West African drum and dance, jazz and new-music composition. He composes extensively for contemporary dance and produces multi-media performance works and installations through the studio he co-directs, Boston-based Masary Studios. He holds a degree in performance from Berklee College of Music, apprenticed extensively in traditional music, dance and instrument-building in Guinea, West Africa and works regularly as a public / installation artist throughout New England. Beyond his interests in the arts, Ryan is an avid soccer player, coaches youth soccer in Watertown, MA and loves to sail. Ryan is most proud to be the father of two beautiful children, Jafiah and Maya.
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Sam Okerstrom-Lang

Sam Okerstrom-Lang

Artist, Masary Studios

Sam Okerstrom-Lang or “Samo" is a Boston based new-media interdisciplinary digital artist and designer. Technology serves as a vehicle and tool in Samo’s practice in…
Sam Okerstrom-Lang or “Samo" is a Boston based new-media interdisciplinary digital artist and designer. Technology serves as a vehicle and tool in Samo’s practice in order to question the boundaries of digital communication, while in turn questions the boundary and function of the pixel. His work engages associations between technology, body, and perception by immersing the human sensory system with experiences that obscure the line between nirvana and dystopia.M
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Sarah Mackin

Sarah Mackin

Director of Harm Reduction Services for the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Public Health Commission

Sarah Mackin, MPH is the Director of Harm Reduction Services for the Boston Public Health Commission since 2012 and she oversees Massachusetts’ oldest and largest…
Sarah Mackin, MPH is the Director of Harm Reduction Services for the Boston Public Health Commission since 2012 and she oversees Massachusetts’ oldest and largest Needle Exchange Program, AHOPE, a program where she began as an outreach worker in 2010 and which currently serves 7,000 people annually. She has over a decade of experience in the fields of substance use, harm reduction, HIV/AIDS, homelessness and drug user health, and her work in public health has taken her throughout Central and South America, as well as Vietnam. She received a bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College with a focus in Sociology and she completed her master’s degree in health policy from Boston University School of Public Health in 2014.
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Sarah Slifer Swift

Sarah Slifer Swift

Director, Meek Productions

Sarah Slifer Swift makes dances, installations, and site works. She has performed as a dancer with several companies and choreographers in the US and in…
Sarah Slifer Swift makes dances, installations, and site works. She has performed as a dancer with several companies and choreographers in the US and in Europe, seeking out radical, experimental artists that challenge ideas about performance and aesthetics. Her choreography has been performed in Amsterdam, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and in New England and has received several grants and awards, including a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship.
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Sarah Wakeman, MD

Sarah Wakeman, MD

Medical Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Initiative, MGH

Sarah Wakeman, MD is the Medical Director for Substance Use Disorders at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement. She designs systems of…
Sarah Wakeman, MD is the Medical Director for Substance Use Disorders at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement. She designs systems of care that draw on the strengths of communities to care for patients and residents with addictions. Sarah also practices in the Adult Medicine Department of the MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University. Following her residency at MGH she served as a chief resident in medicine at MGH. She also completed the Chief Resident Immersion Training in Addiction Medicine through Boston University. Sarah is the author of many peer-reviewed articles on substance use disorders and incarceration.
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Saul Baizman

Saul Baizman

Principal

Saul Baizman is a web designer, software developer, and design educator based in Somerville, MA. He holds a BA in English and American Literature from…
Saul Baizman is a web designer, software developer, and design educator based in Somerville, MA. He holds a BA in English and American Literature from Brandeis University and an MFA in Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Lesley University College of Art and Design and is adjunct faculty at MassArt's Dynamic Media Institute, an MFA program situated at the intersection of technology and communication design. Selected clients include 826 Boston, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Arts Academy, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the Nielsen Gallery, Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution at UMass Boston, and the College of Public and Community Service at UMass Boston.
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Scott Kirsner

Scott Kirsner

Columnist, The Boston Globe, Co-Founder & Editor, Innovation Leader, Boston Globe

Globe correspondent Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books “Fans, Friends & Followers” and “Inventing the Movies,” was the editor of “The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England,” and was a contributor to “The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston.” Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Scott writes in Innovation Economy column on Sundays, and blogs daily at boston.com/innovation.
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Scott Stossel

Scott Stossel

Editor, The Atlantic

Scott Stossel is the editor of The Atlantic magazine and the author of the New York Times bestseller My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread,…
Scott Stossel is the editor of The Atlantic magazine and the author of the New York Times bestseller My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind, which was short-listed for the 2015 Wellcome Book Prize, and the award-winning Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. His articles have appeared in a wide array of publications, including The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and The Daily Beast.
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Stella McGregor

Stella McGregor

Founder and Executive/Artistic Director, Urbano Project, Urbano Project, MIT

Stella sets the artistic vision for Urbano and oversees the organization's administration. Stella has been an artist and cultural worker for over 25 years, working…
Stella sets the artistic vision for Urbano and oversees the organization's administration. Stella has been an artist and cultural worker for over 25 years, working on projects in Boston, Macedonia, New Orleans, and Taiwan. As an artist, curator, and arts administrator she is interested in exploring the role of art in society, as an integral part of life, and as a catalyst for social change. As Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation (2003-2009) she developed the teen programs that became Urbano. Previously she was Program Manager for Individual Artists at the MA Cultural Council and Senior Public Art Administrator for Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel project. In 1986 she founded The Space, an award-winning artist-run space where she produced over 200 projects with national and international artists and youth.
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Stephen Goldsmith

Stephen Goldsmith

Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program - Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in Government Program at Harvard's Kennedy School…
Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in Government Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He directs Data-Smart City Solutions, the Project on Municipal Innovation, the Civic Analytics Network and Operational Excellence in Government. Previously, he served as the Deputy Mayor of NY and the Mayor of Indianapolis. His most recent book is The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance.
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Steve Schlozman, MD

Steve Schlozman, MD

Associate Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Harvard, MGH

Steve Schlozman, MD is associate director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an assistant professor of psychiatry at…
Steve Schlozman, MD is associate director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He practices child and adult psychiatry at Mass General, where he also serves as the primary consultant to the pediatric transplant service, and also serves as supervisor for both general psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows.
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Susan Hunt Stevens

Susan Hunt Stevens

Founder and CEO, WeSpire, WeSpire

Susan Hunt Stevens is the founder and CEO of WeSpire, the positive business platform provides forward thinking companies with a technology platform to design, run…
Susan Hunt Stevens is the founder and CEO of WeSpire, the positive business platform provides forward thinking companies with a technology platform to design, run and measure the impact of their employee engagement initiatives. She is a recognized expert in the use of social and game mechanics to drive positive behavior change. In 2015, she was named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year for New England.
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Tara Watson

Tara Watson

Associate Professor, Department of Economics. Williams College, Williams College

Tara Watson is associate professor of economics and chair of the Program in Public Health at Williams College, where she has taught since 2004. She…
Tara Watson is associate professor of economics and chair of the Program in Public Health at Williams College, where she has taught since 2004. She is an applied microeconomist focusing on U.S. social policy including immigration, health, and the safety net. Watson was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research from 2007 to 2009, a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston from 2011 to 2012, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis in the U.S. Treasury department from August 2015 through November 2016. She earned her PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 2003.
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Tim Driver

Tim Driver

CEO, Mature Caregivers, Harvard and Mass Tech Collaborative & Aging2.0

Social and tech entrepreneur Tim Driver's company addresses two aspects of aging and longevity: employment and caregiving. Mature Caregivers, a tech-enabled in-home care service pairs…
Social and tech entrepreneur Tim Driver's company addresses two aspects of aging and longevity: employment and caregiving. Mature Caregivers, a tech-enabled in-home care service pairs certified caregivers age 50+ with elders requiring care, while sister brand RetirementJobs.com operates America's largest career site for people over 50 with more than one million registered job seekers. Driver is responsible for setting the company's mission, vision and leading team of employees and contractors. Earlier in his career, Driver held management positions at Salary.com, AOL and Accenture.  He holds an MBA from Georgetown and BA from Macalester College.
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Timothy Rebbeck

Timothy Rebbeck

Professor, Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health

• Professor, Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health • Professor, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute • Member, Cancer Epidemiology; Cancer Risk and Disparities • Internal Advisory Committee, 1U54 CA156734, The University of Massachusetts, Boston - Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center U54 Comprehensive Partnership for Cancer Disparities Research
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Tina Kapur Ph.D.

Tina Kapur Ph.D.

Executive Director of Image Guided Therapy in the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Kapur’s research interests and accomplishments are in the area of medical image computing and computer aided interventions in image-guided neurosurgery, surgical navigation, and MR-guided…
Dr. Kapur’s research interests and accomplishments are in the area of medical image computing and computer aided interventions in image-guided neurosurgery, surgical navigation, and MR-guided pelvic brachytherapy. She has numerous publications in medical image segmentation, and is the holder of several issued US and international patents in the field of surgical navigation. She leads national and international outreach and collaboration efforts for image-guided therapy and is particularly interested in fostering collaborations between efforts in open science to accelerate important discoveries that improve health and save lives. She is the founding director for one of the first open-science hackathons for medical image computing, "NA-MIC Project Week", which began in 2005, and has been running continuously (twice a year) since then. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999. She was the Chief Scientist at a Boston area surgical navigation company, Visualization Technology Inc., and upon its acquisition by GE Healthcare, the Chief Scientist at the GE Navigation.
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Udit Batra

Udit Batra

CEO, MilliporeSigma, MilliporeSigma

Since becoming CEO of MilliporeSigma in March 2014, Udit Batra and his team have developed and executed a growth strategy that includes the merger of…
Since becoming CEO of MilliporeSigma in March 2014, Udit Batra and his team have developed and executed a growth strategy that includes the merger of life science technology leader Sigma-Aldrich. The merger, which closed in November 2015, is the largest deal in the history of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and one of the largest in life science industry.
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Valerie Sununu

Valerie Sununu

First Lady Of New Hampshire, State of New Hampshire

Valerie Sununu became first lady of New Hampshire when her husband, Christopher Sununu was sworn in as New Hampshire’s 82nd governor on January 5, 2017.…
Valerie Sununu became first lady of New Hampshire when her husband, Christopher Sununu was sworn in as New Hampshire’s 82nd governor on January 5, 2017. Mrs. Sununu grew up outside of Boston in Chelsea, Massachusetts before moving to Swampscott, Massachusetts to finish high school. She received an academic scholarship to attend Simmons College in Boston. Mrs. Sununu graduated with both a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and a B.A. in Special Education. Her first teaching job was for the Chelsea public schools where she gave back to the neighborhood that she came from. She then moved across the country to establish the inaugural inclusion program in the public schools of Mill Valley, California. Mrs. Sununu returned to the east coast to attend Harvard Graduate School of Education where she earned her Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology in 2004. Mrs. Sununu strives to create a better understanding and celebration for how all kinds of minds work differently. She continues to support learners ages 3-18 in her private practice as a Learning Specialist on the Seacoast in New Hampshire. Mrs. Sununu has served on numerous civic and community committees and boards throughout her life and professional career. As first lady, Mrs. Sununu works to raise awareness and increase funding for several causes that support education, childhood development, reading, local and small business, and addiction recovery. Mrs. Sununu currently sits as president of the Friends of the Bridges House board, the New Hampshire Governor’s residence and historic building where NH leaders and citizens gather to create stronger community ties and citizenship. She also is a Reading Ambassador for Scholastic Books, emphasizing the importance of literacy for all children in their respective states, and a Best Buddies New Hampshire Ambassador, dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Governor Sununu and Valerie Sununu met in college and married in 2001. They have three children: Calvin (12), Edith (11), and Leonardo (4). As a family, their current goal is to hike the “52 with a view” and to explore all of New Hampshire’s state parks.
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Wendy DesChene + Jeff Schmuki

Wendy DesChene + Jeff Schmuki

Artists

Canadian artist Wendy DesChene and American artist Jeff Schmuki began practicing as PlantBot Genetics in 2009. Wendy is part indigenous people of Canada, and her…
Canadian artist Wendy DesChene and American artist Jeff Schmuki began practicing as PlantBot Genetics in 2009. Wendy is part indigenous people of Canada, and her father built an off-grid cabin in remote Ontario where the family has spent several months every year since she was a toddler.  Jeff was raised in the Sonora Desert of Arizona, an environment of extremes that nurtured a unique relationship to the fragile landscape and respect for limited natural resources and solar energy from an early age.  PlantBot Genetics create installations, interventions, and collaborations that combine activism, research, and social space to foster discussion and generate action in ecological awareness. By linking environmental issues to a diverse array of creative operations and tactics, DesChene + Schmuki extend the “knowledge of the moment,” demonstrates the fragile connection between the natural world and personal action, and offers simple, positive changes that can be enacted to increase sustainability.
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Will Penny

Will Penny

Artist

Will Penny (b. 1984) was raised in Southern Ontario and currently resides in Savannah, Georgia. He has received a diploma in Fine Art from Fanshawe…
Will Penny (b. 1984) was raised in Southern Ontario and currently resides in Savannah, Georgia. He has received a diploma in Fine Art from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario and a BFA and MFA in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design, where he currently serves as adjunct Professor of Foundation Studies. Penny’s artworks dissolve traditional boundaries of art and design. His art explores tensions between the tangible space a painting inhabits, the impact of digital technology on fabricated forms and illusionistic environments. By creating systems of interactivity with digital technologies, his art confronts the way information is generated, transmitted and received. He has exhibited in the United States and Canada.
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William Brah

William Brah

Founder and Director, UMass Boston VDC, UMass Boston

William raised $7.8 million to design, build and launch the Venture Development Center in 2009. It is the region's first deep tech incubator offering startup…
William raised $7.8 million to design, build and launch the Venture Development Center in 2009. It is the region's first deep tech incubator offering startup labs for scientists and engineers. He was also instrumental in pioneering the Massachusetts Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence program. William has 25+ years executive experience in policy, science and business.
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Yuka Takahashi

Yuka Takahashi

Artist

Yuka Takahashi is a Japanese dancer, performer, and choreographer currently based in Boston after being based in NYC and Vienna, Austria. She actively engages in…
Yuka Takahashi is a Japanese dancer, performer, and choreographer currently based in Boston after being based in NYC and Vienna, Austria. She actively engages in the field of dance, performance art and experimental performance. Her works and performances were presented in Europe, Japan and the United States.
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