Fintech, CyberSecurity, and Blockchain's Uphill Battle

June 14, 2016
Hosted by Monica Phillips

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Digital currencies have been around for many years through credit cards, mobile payments, and bitcoin which was introduced in 2009. Blockchain is a public ledger that records bitcoin transactions. It may not change the world but it will inspire and drive new security protocols. Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen on June 3 encouraged central banks to learn all they can about bitcoin, blockchain and distributed ledgers.
Join us for an episode on blockchain, what it is, who is using it, advancements in fintech, cybersecurity, and what is next.

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Powerful Conversations features thought-leaders across industries and locations on a variety of business-oriented, leadership and entrepreneurial topics.

Host Monica Phillips will moderate the show in a way that is engaging, funny, passionate, and brings value to you, the listener. Listen, engage, feel inspired, and give yourself permission to live a fulfilling life, now.

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Monica Phillips

Monica Phillips is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and strategy consultant working with lawyers, start-ups, executives, professional services, and education on leadership, business development, rainmaker habits, marketing strategy, accountability, and personal fulfillment. She is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coach Federation.

Monica is a motivational speaker and partners with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

She has a passion for technology and education and serves on the board of Mobile Monday Silicon Valley; is a mentor to the Momentum accelerator; is a faculty member for Leading Women in Technology's 2015 Wilpower Group; and is a pro bono account director with the Taproot Foundation. A California native‚ she grew up in the Bay Area and has also lived in France‚ Minnesota‚ New York‚ and Washington‚ DC.

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Anina .net


Anina.net, is an American-born international fashion model, blogger, and fashion technology and wearables event producer with a passion for technology.
She is the only foreigner to have ever been selected to win an award at the China Fashion Awards. She has modeled for Sonia Rykiel, Dres van Noten, Dirk Bikenberg, Salvatore Ferrragamo, and traveled the world and worked in all the fashion capitals from New York, Milan, Paris, London, Sydney, and more.
Anina is the founder and creator of the 360 Fashion Network and 360 Fashion Tech Kits created to enable fashion designers to create smart garments and accessories without the need to code including a motion dress with sensors and lights, a robotic dress, a gesture kit, and more. Learn more at http://www.360fashion.net/ View Guest page

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Sandra Alvim

Sandra Alvim’s goal is to give you tools that you can immediately use to improve your life in every possible way and step into your greatness. Learn more at http://www.sandraalvim.com/
She is a holistic health counselor, a graduate from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the most prestigious nutrition institute in the USA. She’s been an astrologer for 18 years now with a large clientele. At 64 years old, she is living proof that you can age gracefully and enjoy amazing health. Her two passions: Astrology and Nutrition have created a unique method to help (mainly) women to identify ‘who they are’ to successfully kick off life’s ‘oops’ like menopause, wight gain and health deficiencies, to clarify confusion about nutrition and with love and kindness help them to outgrow hurtful moments like divorce, relationship issues, and lack of self love.
She is the author of “The Power of Your Soul’s Purpose” and “Yes I’m 58.” View Guest page

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Shellye Archambeau


Shellye Archambeau is a leader in both business and community. In her tenure as CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based governance, risk, compliance and quality software company that enables corporations to comply with rules, regulations and mandates such as FDA regulations and Sarbanes-Oxley, the company’s sales have grown 100 percent year after year.
Learn more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shellye_Archambeau and follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/shelarchambeau.
MetricStream has been recognized for growth and innovation over the years and was awarded the highly acclaimed international business award, the “Stevie,” for innovative business model in 2007. In 2008 MetricStream was named a leader in Governance, Risk and Compliance by Forrester Research and Gartner.
Shellye has been recognized as a leader by several organizations including being ranked a Top Women of Influence in Silicon Valley and recently named a Game Changer by The Registry Bay Area. View Guest page

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Larry Baer

President and CEO, San Francisco Giants http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/team/frontoffice_bios/baer_larry.jsp A fourth generation San Franciscan, Larry Baer has gained a national reputation as one of professional sports' leading visionaries. Baer joined the team in 1992 as the executive vice president after he and Peter Magowan led the effort to assemble a new ownership group and negotiate the sale that kept the Giants in San Francisco. A limited partner of the ownership group, Baer was named COO in May 1996, team president in October 2008 and CEO on January 1, 2012. In his first year as president and CEO, the Giants won their second World Series Championship in three years. In 2014, the Giants won their third World Series title in five years. Under his direction the Giants developed and constructed AT&T Park - the first privately-financed Major League ballpark. Since opening in 2000, AT&T Park has been widely praised as one of the "best ballparks ever built. View Guest page

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Joan Barnes

Joan Barnes holds audiences with rapt honesty, vitality and humility. She entertains and teaches with humor and provocative storytelling.
Drawing on her personal journey of building two successful companies—Gymboree and The Yoga Studio—she regales with a back story perspective that touches deeply.
Learn more at http://www.joanbarnesspeaks.com/
She is the author of “Play it Forward: From Gymboree to the Yoga Mat and Beyond” available for preorder on Amazon and ships May 10.
Play It Forward details her remarkable business journey, from founding and leading Gymboree to the brink of its prosperous IPO, to the personal crisis that forced her to step down as CEO, to her successful second act as the leader of an innovative yoga business. Her story is one of female entrepreneurial success. Barnes built an innovative, billion-dollar household brand starting with $3,000 and working in a church basement. View Guest page

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Monica Bay

Monica Bay is a lawyer, journalist, consultant and provocateur. She is a Fellow at CodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and freelances for Bloomberg BNA's Big Law Business. She recently retired from ALM, where she was editor-in-chief of Law Technology News for 17 years and as senior editor at San Francisco's The Recorder for 13 years. Long active in cyberspace, she helped "The Late Show with David Letterman" establish its first website on AOL. She is a graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz, with honors; did graduate work in sociology and journalism at the University of Minnesota; and earned her J.D. at the University of San Francisco. A member of the California bar, Ms. Bay lives in New York City and can often be found at Yankee Stadium. Learn more at http://codex.stanford.edu/people#Monica.Bay. View Guest page

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Meg Bear


Meg Bear lives and works at the intersection of people, business and technology.
With over 10,000 hours and more than 20 years experience in Enterprise Applications, she is seasoned yet optimistic.
Meg has a proven track record of on time product delivery and an industry leading return on investment. She most recently worked as Senior Vice President Cloud Services for Imperva. She is passionate about applying technology to solve business problems, building and growing teams to be their best and defining products to invest in, that will make money for her company, while solving real customer need.
She is a disruptive technologist, change agent, coach, intrapreneur, keynote speaker, blogger, patent holder, TEDx San Jose, CA host, TEDster, wife and mother of two powerful girls. Learn more at https://megbear.com/ View Guest page

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Alia Bilal


Alia J. Bilal serves as Director of Community Relations, where she is responsible for cultivating and maintaining individual donors in order to sustain and advance IMAN’s critical social justice work, and engaging other organizations and institutions around strategic programs and initiatives. In her almost seven years at IMAN, Alia has worked on development, community organizing, and policy, advocating on issues related to food, criminal, and juvenile justice, and strategizing around creative new ways to get healthy foods and safe physical activities into Chicago neighborhoods. Learn more at http://www.imancentral.org/about/staff/ View Guest page

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Nadine Bongaerts

Nadine Bongaerts is a Dutch synthetic biologist, entrepreneur, speaker who is actively bridging science and technology with business and society. She has a great passion for science education, entrepreneurship, and technological developments that change the world. In 2014, she joined the international board of Hello Tomorrow as Global Community Director. Hello Tomorrow connects scientists with entrepreneurs and investors to accelerate lab inventions to the market. Learn more at http://hello-tomorrow.org/blog/. She also joined the Kairos Society, a global community of young changemakers who combine entrepreneurship and innovation to advance the world. Learn more at http://www.kairossociety.com. Her interest in synthetic biology was sparked in 2010, when she successfully participated in iGEM, a synthetic biology competition organized by MIT. Her team developed so-called biobricks to transform bacteria into oil digesting cells. The work was recognized nationally and internationally. View Guest page

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Perianne Boring


Perianne Boring is the Founder and President of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world's largest trade association representing the blockchain and digital asset industry. The Chamber's mission is to promote the acceptance and use of digital assets and blockchain-based technologies.
Ms. Boring is a thought leader on blockchain policy and government affairs and has testified to numerous governments around the world. In addition, she has been featured in leading industry conferences and publications including Money 20/20, CES, Forbes, Bloomberg, Fox Business, and many others.
Prior to forming the Chamber, Ms. Boring was a television host and anchor of "Prime Interest," an international finance program that aired in over 100 countries to over 650 million viewers. Ms. Boring was also a contributor at Forbes, and authored the column "Boring Economics." She began her career as a legislative analyst in the US House of Representatives. More online at www.digitalchamber.org. View Guest page

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Christi Bostwick


Christi Bostwick is a mom of two teenagers, child psychologist, author, and speaker. She authored her first self-help book for kids, Blankie Bits, unexpectedly. She noticed that as her son grew, he was grieving the loss of his security blanket as it was getting thin and falling apart. After finding a little piece in the hallway, Blankie Bits was born and became a 2014 Indie Book Award Finalist in the Parenting/Family category. Her blog, Phd4kids.com, is a mixture of practical mom wisdom mixed with psychologist know-how. Her mom wisdom comes from being in the trenches almost everyday and night for 18 years. Learn more at www.phd4kids.com. View Guest page

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Melissa Breach


Melissa Breach is the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of California, a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. They do not support or oppose any political party or any candidate. They do, however, take action on selected government issues in the public interest. They operate on a set of principles using their visions, beliefs, and intentions. View Guest page

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Sam De Brouwer


Sam is cofounder at doc.ai, Palo Alto CA and serves as Chief Community Officer.
Before that she cofounded Scanadu Inc. in 2011 and served as its VP of communications until 2016. Scanadu is a venture backed company developing consumer facing mobile medical devices.
Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for a medical device ( $1.6 million ) shipped, and kicked off the largest remote clinical study with Scripps Translational Science Institute for 4000 people in the US and 7000 worldwide.
Sam started her entrepreneurial career in 1996 with the Starlab research lab where she ran the business development department. It was her first experience with the MIT MediaLab, which specialized in blue sky research deep future research, and BANG (Bits, Atoms, Neurons and Genes) research. Starlab produced generic patents that were later sold to Philips.
Learn more at http://www.tedxsanfrancisco.com/sam-de-brouwer and at www.doc.ai View Guest page

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Adam Bruce

Adam Bruce is an advisor and co-founding partner with VRLab. Learn more at http://vrlab.com/. He consults with start-ups and pioneers companies with user acquisition focused social products. He co-founded Vidiac a pre-YouTube UGC video service that scaled to millions of monthly unique users across thousands of SaaS powered domains. They pioneered concepts such as embed video players and UGC video encoding. This technical success propelled their brand StreetFire through two rounds of Sand Hill Road venture financing and eventual exit via sale to a major media company. He has incubated and advised a couple of venture-backed deals since, including an early YouTube MCN funded by Google and am presently an Advisor and development Partner creating solutions at a Virtual Reality start-up in the Bay Area. View Guest page

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Peter Cappelli

Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA, served as Senior Advisor to the Kingdom of Bahrain for Employment Policy from 2003-2005, and since 2007 is a Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Manpower for Singapore. He has degrees in industrial relations from Cornell University and in labor economics from Oxford where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Professor Cappelli’s recent research examines changes in employment relations in the U.S. and their implications including the decline in lifetime employment relationships. His book, "Talent Management: Managing Talent in an Age of Uncertainty," was named a “best business book” for 2008 by Booz-Allen. Learn more about his experience and research at: https://mgmt.wharton.upenn.edu/profile/1307/news View Guest page

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Leandro Carvalho

Over the last several years, Brazilian native Leandro Carvalho has become indispensable to the workout scene and Vogue magazine placed him in their hot 100 list of Brazilians who make New York. Learn more at http://www.leandrofitness.com/.
Carvalho started out as a dancer in several prestigious dance companies in Brazil all the while working on his continuing education. As he received his University degree in physical education from UFMG, Leandro created a fitness program for Industrial giant Petrobras for their employees and trained thousands of policemen and firefighters. Shortly thereafter he was given the opportunity to come to New York and dance with the legendary Merce Cunningham, which was a dream come true. He continued his education in the United States, earning almost every personal-training certification that one can have from the AFFA, AEA, ACE and Pilates. Leandro also has extensive Yoga training and continues to further his education every chance he gets. View Guest page

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Shirzad Chamine


Shirzad is the author of the New York Times bestselling Positive Intelligence. He has been the CEO of the largest coach training organization in the world, having trained faculty at Stanford and Yale business schools.
Shirzad lectures on Positive Intelligence at Stanford University, where he guides graduate students through his popular six-week PQ training. A preeminent C-suite advisor, Shirzad has coached hundreds of CEOs and their executive teams. His background includes PhD studies in neuroscience in addition to a BA in psychology, an MS in electrical engineering, and an MBA from Stanford. View Guest page

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Jane Chen


Jane Chen is the co-founder and Chief Business Officer of Embrace Innovations, a social enterprise that aims to help the 20 million premature and low birth weight babies born every year, through a low cost infant warmer. The Embrace Infant Warmer costs less than 1% of a traditional incubator, and has helped over 50,000 babies to date. The company's vision is to create a line of affordable healthcare technologies for women and children around the world.
Chen is a TED Senior Fellow, and was selected as one of Forbes' Impact 30 in 2011. She was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012, and a Schwab Social Entrepreneur in 2013. She and her co-founders recently won the 2013 Economist Innovation Award.
Learn more at http://littlelotusbaby.com/ and at http://embraceglobal.org/who-we-are/our-story/. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/janemariechen. View Guest page

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Manish Chopra


"Mindfulness is essential to the health of my mind, just as bathing, eating and exercising are critical to the health of my body." - Manish Chopra
Manish Chopra is a partner at McKinsey & Company in New York, a global management consulting firm, where he advises CEOs, senior executives, and government officials on strategy topics.
He is the author of “The Equanimous Mind,” available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1XpcoVY. Manish volunteered for a ten-day Vipassana retreat in Mumbai. It changed his life, and this is the story of how it happened. It is a blow by blow (or thought by thought) account of what it is like to learn meditation from scratch, what it does to you mentally, physically and spiritually, day by day, sometimes hour by hour.
He grew up in India and attended college at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi before completing his masters and PhD from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
He loves to travel and is a keen squash and bridge player. View Guest page

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Wally Christensen

After 30 years as a trial lawyer at a large national law firm, Wally began to explore his lifelong interest in ethno-cultural music. After three months in Japan, he decided to take up the art of the taiko drum, and joined a taiko ensemble, Nen Daiko, sponsored by the Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Virginia. A regular feature at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC, Nen Daiko was invited to perform at the International Taiko Festival in Los Angeles. After 6 years, Wally left to become an apprentice with the PanMasters, Washington DC’s premier steel pan band, and performed with them at Washington’s Caribbean Carnival. Six years ago, he joined the PanTones, a community-based band sponsored by the Cultural Academy for Excellence. He plays the “double-seconds”, a two pan instrument that plays rhythm in most arrangements. He and his wife Maureen currently are arranging the classic hit ‘Iko Iko’ for the group. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/ThePanTonesn and http://cafeyouth.org. View Guest page

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Lawrence Coburn

Lawrence Coburn is the founder and CEO of DoubleDutch, an award-winning event technology platform that leverage game mechanics and social functionality to massively increase engagement and transparency. In August, DoubleDutch raised $45 million in Series E funding and ranked no. 414 on Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Private Companies List. Lawrence has spoken at many conferences including 2010 CTIA Enterprise & Applications, Enterprise 2.0, Dreamforce, ITEXPO, APPNATION Enterprise Summit, and the Mobile Enterprise Summit. He is the geolocation editor for The Next Web, a mentor for UC Berkeley Computer Science students, a mentor at IO Ventures, and a member of the Enterprise 2.0 vendor board. A three-time entrepreneur, Lawrence also founded RateItAll, a top-ten consumer review property. When he’s not working or spending time with his family, Lawrence can be found on the basketball court. Learn more at http://doubledutch.me/. View Guest page

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James Connelly

James Connelly is CEO and Co-Founder of Fetch, the world's most loved and awarded mobile agency. James launched Fetch, one of the world’s first mobile agencies, in 2009. Previous experience working in performance marketing in London and Sydney made him want to get results for clients in mobile. And he’s done it. The Drum Magazine has named him one of the industry’s Top 50 Most Influential Individuals in Mobile, and he’s also been included in the BIMA 2014 Hot 100: a celebration of the top 100 people in digital today. The fact that he’s done so much, so young has seen James featured on lists like Media Week’s 30 Under 30 Ones to Watch, as well as Growing Business’ Young Guns 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs. He’s a popular speaker and industry spokesperson, with a regular blog on the Huffington Post. But James does occasionally take a break: most weekends you’ll find him on the green or on two wheels. Learn more at http://wearefetch.com/about-us/james/ View Guest page

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Aura Cotofan

"A powerful network isn't made up of a social profile with thousands of 'connections' you barely know. The real value comes from the depth of your relationships, because true friends will do anything to see you succeed—and what better way to make friends than to travel together and live unforgettable experiences." That is what Aura Cotofan is all about - building scalable communities. Mostly, start-up communities. Over the past two years, she has grown and managed a global community of 1,000 influencers from top networks in 360 cities. Her platform is connecting members when they travel so they can meet-up and build meaningful relationships. Now, she is focused on creating an invite-only platform/community for entrepreneurs, as well as setting up a global co-living system together with Caravanserai. "From connections to friendships" – learn more at www.networkeverafter.com and at http://www.thecaravanserai.co. View Guest page

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Virginia Coyne


Virginia Coyne is the Executive Editor of Washington Life Magazine. She is the founder of NewsPop, a daily breaking news site for kids. She is a 20-year veteran of the Washington press corps, a photographer, and a mom.
Learn more at http://washingtonlife.com/about/.
After joining Washington Life Magazine in January 2015 as senior editor, she was quickly promoted to executive editor. She became the magazine’s first executive editor since Michael Clements left in 2012.
Virginia came to Washington Life from the broadcast world, where she worked for over a decade and a half at NBC News Channel’s Capitol Hill bureau as a producer. At the start of her career she interned in the Washington bureau of NBC Nightly News.
She received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University. View Guest page

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Jason Crandell

Jason Crandell is a natural teacher and author with more than 15 years of experience. Learn more at http://www.jasonyoga.com.
His classes integrate the best elements of power yoga, anatomical precision, and mindfulness teachings. Jason’s articulate, down-to-earth approach to vinyasa yoga will educate and empower you. Named “one of the teachers shaping the future of yoga,” by Yoga Journal, Jason has been an in-demand teacher at conferences around the world for more than a decade. Considered a “teacher’s teacher,” Jason has taught on countless teacher training faculties, leads trainings globally, and regularly presents teacher training content at esteemed conferences. Jason is a contributing editor for Yoga Journal magazine where he has written more than 25 articles. His critical thinking skills will support you on your path of practice, teaching, and self-inquiry. Jason’s primary teacher, Rodney Yee, says, “Jason is taking the art of teaching yoga to its next level. View Guest page

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Nancy Cremins


Nancy is a passionate supporter and advisor to startups, with a particular interest in assisting female-founded startups. In her practice, she handles a broad range of matters encountered by entrepreneurs and startups with a focus on dispute resolution and employment matters. As a strategic thinker and creative problem-solver, Nancy prefers to resolve disputes as early in the process as possible. She is also a trained mediator.
Nancy was a member of the inaugural class of the Boston Pipeline Fellows that teaches women to become angel investors. She has served as a member of the board of Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts since 2005 and completed her term as WBA President in March 2012.
Learn more online at http://www.shestarts.co/about.html. View Guest page

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Chiara D'Agostino

Chiara D'Agostino is a breast cancer survivor who underwent a double mastectomy. After her life changing experience she is ready for the next positive adventure. She says, "I want to REALLY live, not merely paying my bills; pursue something with intention, that I LOVE- that makes me enthusiastically stay up at night and put on my heels in the morning and continue with fervor! What does that look like? A seasoned traveler, I desire to harness this passion and skill in my career. I aspire to work as an international liaison, representing a product or an idea, with Italian sprinkles on top! My joys include fashion, modeling, art, design, event planning, travel, nutrition, fitness, food and helping those living with cancer; ergo this blog. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do creating it!" She provides resources to others through her website and her fashion-minded blog at http://www.beautythroughthebeast.com/new-blog-avenue/. View Guest page

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Soraya Darabi


Soraya Darabi is an angel investor and startup advisor. She is the co-founder of Zady, a mission-driven content and commerce brand described best as "The Whole Foods of Fashion." Soraya began her career as Manager of Digital Partnerships and Social Media at The New York Times. Following her tenure at The Times, she served as Product Lead for drop.io, an online collaboration service (acquired by Facebook) and went on to co-found the application Foodspotting, named by Apple and Wired Magazine as an “App of the Year” (acquired by Open Table). Soraya has been featured on the cover of Fast Company Magazine's “Most Creative People in Business” issue, on the cover of Brandweek’s "Digital” issue for her work in new media and entrepreneurship. She was named an Inc Magazine "30 Under 30" (2012) and a Fortune Magazine "40 under 40" (2015). She advises C-suite executives in companies ranging from Disney to Time Inc. to GSMA. She is a World Economic Forum "Young Global Leader." View Guest page

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Michelle Dennedy


Michelle is the Founder of The iDennedy Project, a consulting and advisory company helping to bring privacy and security products to market and to advance small information based companies’ business objectives. Michelle is also a founder and editor in chief of TheIdentityProject.com that was started as the ultimate source for individuals and companies who wish to debate, learn, lead, innovate and drive the concept of Identity in all it’s forms and facets. Michelle’s experience includes serving as McAfee’s first full-time Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer; as the Vice President for Security & Privacy Solutions for the Oracle Corporation; and as Chief Data Governance Officer within the Cloud Computing division at Sun Microsystems, Inc. In 2009, she was awarded the Goodwin Procter-IAPP Vanguard award for lifetime achievement and the EWF – CSO Magazine Woman of Influence award for work in the privacy and security fields. Learn more at http://www.theidentityproject.com. View Guest page

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Chris DeSantis


Chris De Santis is an independent organizational behavior consultant based in Chicago. He works with individuals or groups to enhance their effectiveness, with an emphasis on user-friendly solutions aligned with the company’s strategic initiatives. Chris has over 25 years of experience in training and development and consulting. He was the Director of Training and Development for the American Medical Association and was part of the Human Resource Development group for Brunswick Corporation. Chris is an excellent speaker and facilitator, with a depth of knowledge in a variety of topics and an entertaining style that was honed through his work experiences and supplemented by his background in stage craft. He has an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from the University of Denver and an MA in Organization Development from Loyola University.
Learn more at http://www.cpdesantis.com View Guest page

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Alex Lopera Devesa

Alex Lopera set out on a mission to define Barcelona as a European capital of entrepreneurship. As a law student, Alex received his first taste of entrepreneurship at the Kairos Global Summit in 2012, stepped up as Regional President and eventually discovered a startup in the Bitcoin space that took him to Silicon Valley as a co-founder.

He is the COO and Co-Founder of Verse Technologies Inc. Verse empowers people to send and request money from any phone for just about anything. Learn more at https://joinverse.com/.

He is the Regional President of The Kairos Society in Spain. Kairos works to find and empower the young pioneers who will push the world forward through entrepreneurship and innovation with support from the top universities, mentors, and corporations across the globe. Learn more at http://staging.kairossociety.org/. View Guest page

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Tim Draper

Tim Draper, legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist founded Draper University in 2012 with a vision and belief that in order to change the world we have to change education.
http://www.draperuniversity.com
Draper University aims to teach entrepreneurship globally in an entirely new way. Through hands on training, an innovative curriculum and thought leadership Tim Draper brings together young entrepreneurs, startup founders, executives and investors all under one roof.
Tim Draper has deep roots in entrepreneurship and venture capital with a rich background that started by founding Draper Associates in 1985. Venture successes include Skype, Overture, Baidu, Tesla, Theranos, Parametric Technology, Hotmail, Digidesign, Twitch.tv, and hundreds of others.
http://dfj.com/content/timothy-draper
Tim is thrilled to be leading the charge to disrupt entrepreneurship education and is excited to have Draper University as the star of the show in the new ABCFamily series: StartupU. View Guest page

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Nicole Easterday

Nicole Easterday is an Oakland, CA resident, urban farmer and founder of FARMcurious, an organization dedicated to educating, inspiring and equipping urban homesteaders in the Bay Area. Learn more at http://www.farmcurious.com/. Nicole teaches urban homesteading classes and offers DIY food demonstrations at the homes of urbanites hoping to reconnect with their food. Each demonstration includes an explanation of why a connection with our food is important, instruction on how to rekindle that relationship and innovative products to help get the group started growing and processing their own food at home in an urban environment. Nicole received her artisan cheesemaking certificate from the College of Marin. She has been growing vegetables in an urban setting for five years and is constantly discovering new ways to grow more food in compact spaces. Having kept chickens as a child, she now tends a small flock in her backyard in Oakland. View Guest page

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Kimberly Ellis


Kimberly Ellis has been the executive director of Emerge California since 2010. Under her leadership, Emerge California has greatly expanded its reach, effectiveness, and visibility. Learn more at http://www.emergeca.org/about. Prior to joining Emerge California, Kimberly worked at the national headquarters, Emerge America, as the National Affiliate Director. Kimberly is committed to helping Emerge California bolster its brand and influence as the program strengthens and expands throughout the state. Appointed by the Mayor in 2009, Kimberly has also served as a Commissioner for the Community Development Commission in the City of Richmond. Kimberly has two children, one husband, a dog, a turtle and three goldfish, and holds a B.A. in English from Jacksonville University and a J.D. from the JFK School of Law. View Guest page

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Shannon Farley


Shannon is an experienced social entrepreneur. She was the founding Executive Director of Spark, the world's largest network of Millennial philanthropists. Spark has the distinction of being the only women's organization in the world with 50% male members. Prior to joining Spark, Shannon co-founded The W. Haywood Burns Institute, a MacArthur Award-winning juvenile justice reform organization. Shannon has been awarded the New Leader’s Council “Top 40 under 40 Award”, The Aspen Institute’s Ideas Scholar Fellowship, and The Women’s Funding Network’s Changing the Face of Philanthropy Award. Under her leadership, Spark won the 2010 Outstanding Foundation Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals and served in the Inaugural Congressional Conference on Philanthropy and Innovation. Shannon holds a BA in American Studies from Georgetown University and an MS in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics. Learn more at https://www.ffwd.org/. View Guest page

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Rob Fee


Rob Fee is a writer and comedian best known for writing and telling jokes.
He's written for Comedy Central, Ellen, MTV, IFC, Playboy, Epic Meal Time, VICE, CBS, books, albums, movies, and so on.
You can follow him on Twitter @RobFee to read more of these jokes or go to Del Taco. He’s probably there. View Guest page

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Daniel Fine

Daniel Fine is the founder & CEO of Team Brotherly Love and The Fine Companies, which includes sunglass company Glass-U, medical app Dosed, and Boston based tutoring firm NexTutors. Team Brotherly Love has raised over $2.1 million for Type-1 diabetes research. Glass-U makes fully-folding sunglasses and is licensed to hundreds of universities and many greek organizations in the US. It has been featured at events ranging from The Rose Bowl to Lollapalooza and this past summer, was an official licensee to produce sunglasses for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Dosed is a mobile solution intended to revolutionize the way that diabetics manage and track their insulin dosage. Learn more at http://www.danielfine.com/.

Fine has been named one of TIME Magazine’s Top 25 International Leaders of Tomorrow and one of the World’s Top 5 Young Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneurs Organization. He has received the “President’s Volunteer Service Award” twice and is a Fellow of the Kairos Society. View Guest page

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Jane Finette


Jane is obsessed with accelerating social change at the intersection of human performance and connection. Her expertise span two decades of building and empowering global communities at scale including eBay, Sothebys and Mozilla. Jane is a CPCC Executive Coach, and leadership expert focusing on women of impact. Jane is a board member for Semester at Sea and advises numerous impact organizations. Jane is also the co-founder of the non-profit Mentor For Good.
Jane is the Founder of The Coaching Fellowship. Learn more at https://thecoachingfellowship.org/about/. View Guest page

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Pascal Finette


I love technology and believe that the Internet is deeply impacting mankind. I got started on the Net before there was a web browser, founded a couple of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, invested into early-stage tech startups, led Mozilla Labs, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and invested into social impact organizations around the globe at Google.org. I also created the non-profit organizations Mentor for Good and The Coaching Fellowship; the GyShiDo (Get Your S%#& Done) movement and publish the opinionated The Heretic newsletter. Today I head up Singularity University’s global expansion team, the entrepreneurship faculty track and the Startup Lab, where we grow startups which solve the most intractable problems in the world. View Guest page

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Awen Finn

Awen Finn is the author of Read my Song, Read my Heart, Read my Soul available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/12L4kJA. She is the founder of SongReads, a new way to know yourself better. Learn more about readmysongreadmysoul.com. Her philosophy is if you want to be healthy, wealthy and happy you need to have as much insight into yourself as you can. Born in London, she moved to Australia in 1989. She is passionate about discovering the secret messages in your favorite song and intuiting Song Reads to give you the freedom, direction, and insight many of us crave. Many of us are searching for insight, meaning and significance so that we can lead happier and more fulfilling lives. If you want to be amazed by the many things that can be uncovered by your favorite song – read her blog at http://readmysongreadmysoul.com/ View Guest page

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Rachel Fischbein


Rachel Fischbein is a fashion lawyer and founder of Law on the Runway. She helps fashion and beauty entrepreneurs build the foundations of their companies and thrive as they expand their business models. She has been published by Women 2.0 and Young, Fabulous, & Self- Employed Magazine. Ms. Fischbein is also on the board of directors of PeoplewearSF, a nonprofit supporting the Bay Area fashion industry.
She's a frequent presenter on topics such as intellectual property rights within apparel and jewelry designs, privacy law issues of wearable technology, and the regulations of social media and blogging. Rachel is based in San Francisco and licensed to practice law in California. Learn more at http://www.lawontherunway.com/ View Guest page

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Melissa Fitzgerald


Senior Director of Justice for Vets
Learn more at http://justiceforvets.org/
You may know Melissa Fitzgerald for playing the role of Carol on NBC’s award-winning political drama, The West Wing. You may not know that Melissa Fitzgerald is an entrepreneur who has created so much good in the world. She grew up at a time when it was common for very well-educated mothers to lead a tremendous amount of really important volunteer work. Her parents were both activists and engaged with creating opportunities for others. So, after acting school and living in New York, that tenacity showed up as she jumped right in to create an off-Broadway theater with a group of unemployed actors and it was a success. View Guest page

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Janine Francolini

Through the creation of The Flawless Foundation, Janine has found the perfect vehicle to combine her professional experience with her passion to serve our most vulnerable children. She serves on the board of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics at the USC Gould School of Law as well as many advisory boards. Janine has a Masters’ degree from Columbia University and had a 15-year career in education as a teacher and admissions director in private schools throughout New York City. A sought after speaker and consultant, Janine collaborates with clients on fundraising, mental health advocacy and motivational techniques. Janine is also a frequent blogger for the Huffington Post. In addition, Janine has advanced training in Collaborative Problem Solving, the evidence-based method of working with children. Janine practices yoga and lives with her family in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at http://flawlessfoundation.org/. View Guest page

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Luke Fretwell


Luke Fretwell is co-founder and CEO of ProudCity, and the founder of GovFresh. He advises civic leaders and businesses on how to best leverage digital strategies to create more effective, collaborative governments. He has written about government IT for Federal Computer Week, NextGov, FedScoop, StateScoop and FierceGovernment, and has been referenced by the Washington Post and Fast Company on civic technology issues. Learn more at https://proudcity.com and at http://lukefretwell.com/. View Guest page

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Natalie Geld


Natalie co-founded and managed executive operations for Society for Mind Brain Sciences to help integrate frontier science w/ medicine, the arts & influential communities. She developed / produced The Feeling Brain: Exploring the Neural Basis of Emotion - Multimedia Broadcast Series + Continuing Medical Education (CME) + Univ Curric. Co-author of upcoming book about explosion of discoveries in consciousness science with cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Bernard Baars, to be published by Oxford University Press. She is the author of "Sensual Intelligence: An Introduction to Your Body's Language" and she was featured in Oprah Magazine in the Sept 2016 issue on Sensual Intelligence and my neuroscience series, The Feeling Brain. View Guest page

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David Gelles


David Gelles is a New York Times reporter and author of Mindful Work, a book about how businesses are using meditation, mindfulness and yoga to change business from the inside out - on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1YPqEbU.
Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dgelles.
David writes the Revalued column - http://www.nytimes.com/column/revalued - and other features for the Sunday Business section of the New York Times. At the Times, he previously covered mergers and acquisitions for DealBook.
Before joining the Times in 2013, he spent five years with the Financial Times. At the FT, he covered tech, media and M&A in San Francisco and New York. In 2011 he conducted an exclusive jailhouse interview with Bernie Madoff - on.ft.com/1UrKARz - , shedding new light on the $65 billion ponzi scheme.
Mindful Work, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015, brings together his 15 years of meditation practice and his work as a business journalist.
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Mark Gilbreath


Mark Gilbreath is the founder and CEO of LiquidSpace. He is an experienced serial entrepreneur and one of the leading voices in the sharing economy technology landscape, supporting his vision of sustainable, mobile business practices. In his past, Mark has worked as a software industry veteran with 20+ years of experience at previous companies including Wyle, Altera, Toolwire and Venga Ventures. Find out more at https://liquidspace.com/ View Guest page

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Anne Glass


Anne Glass is the Founder of Feed the Gap, Inc., the creation of which has been as exercise in opposites. One journey has been the discovery of Idaho’s hungry children, and the sheer numbers of these kids. The other journey has been the concerned willingness to help, and the giving nature of virtually every individual she has talked with. It has also been a journey of stories. Each person helping to eradicate childhood hunger in Idaho has, in some manner, a story to tell. Whether it is their story, the story of a family member, or a friend or colleague, we all have ties to hunger. She is part of a group of professional individuals who want to make a difference; we simply want to feed children. Their model is: money in; find a cost-effective, efficient organization feeding children; and follow how many children were fed with these donations. Can you help? Together, let’s make a systemic change in Idaho childhood hunger. Donate now at http://feedthegap.org/. View Guest page

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Vitaly Golomb


Vitaly M. Golomb is the Global Startup Evangelist and Investor at HP Ventures. He is a serial VC-backed entrepreneur, award-winning designer, sought-after speaker, author, and a top-ranked mentor who travels to over 20 countries each year to inspire the next generation of tech leaders.
As CEO of Keen Systems (www.keenprint.com), a leading ecommerce platform for the world’s printing industry, he’s raised over 3 million dollars of angel and venture capital investment for the company and built it from idea to success.
Vitaly is also the Founding General Partner at CCC Startups, a global entrepreneurship network focused on high quality events and investments. At CCC, Vitaly is the Executive Producer of the Startup AddVenture conference (www.startupaddventure.co) that brings world’s top startup experts to tomorrow’s high-potential startup hubs.
Learn more at http://golomb.net/. View Guest page

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Aisling Hassell


Aisling Hassell, Head of Global Customer Experience, Airbnb and Site Lead, Airbnb in Dublin. She is responsible for Airbnb’s customer experience operations globally. She leads a team based in Dublin that will expand to 200 by the end of 2014 focused on supporting every element of the guest and host experience on Airbnb. She also heads Airbnb’s Dublin office, its largest base outside of the US. Prior to joining Airbnb, Aisling was director of global customer experience and web strategy at Sage. She has held senior customer experience roles at both Vodafone and Symantec in Europe and the United States. View Guest page

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Nancy Hayes


Nancy Hayes mentors women and men starting or growing small businesses, as well as those launching high growth technology-based firms. She is also an angel investor and member of Golden Seeds angel group. She is cofounder of MoolaHoop, a rewards-based crowdfunding site for women-led small businesses that launched in July 2013.
Nancy left the IBM Corporation, where she was a senior executive to become CEO of a national nonprofit serving seriously ill children. She later was CEO of a nonprofit that served the elderly. She was then Dean of the College of Business at San Francisco State University, and later CFO and VP of the university. She has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. Learn more at https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancyhayes2 View Guest page

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Evan Hazelett


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Andrew Hessel

Andrew Hessel is a futurist and catalyst in biological technologies, helping industry, academics, and authorities better understand the changes ahead in life science. He is a Distinguished Researcher with Autodesk Inc.’s Bio/Nano Programmable Matter group, based out of San Francisco. He is also the co-founder of the Pink Army Cooperative, the world’s first cooperative biotechnology company, which is aiming to make open source viral therapies for cancer. Wired magazine called him the "biologist hacking 3D printed cancer-fighting viruses." Andrew has given dozens of invited talks related to synthetic biology, for groups that include Autodesk Inc., the FBI, the United Nations Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit, TEDx, Intel Inc., the New America Foundation, Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative, and Statoil. Learn more at http://andrewhessel.com/. View Guest page

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Heather Hiles

Heather Hiles has devoted her life to helping people achieve clarity of purpose and giving them the tools to reach their goals. Pathbrite was created as a platform for putting a full range of life experiences toward professional outcomes. Learn more at https://pathbrite.com/#maker. Heather engages the business, non-profit, philanthropic, political and media sectors in all of her endeavors. Heather has over 15 years of experience in business startup and development. Heather works with a variety of groups, and is passionate about enhancing the experience of sharing within these groups. Her experience includes: Executive Director, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund; CEO, The Hiles Group, LLC; Change Management (110 organizations); Communications Director, Newsom for Mayor; Commissioner, SF Unified School District; Member, Board of Directors, Social Venture Network; Alonzo King LINES Ballet; Leadership Public Schools. View Guest page

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Marc Holzman

Marc has been teaching Hatha yoga for 15 years. Learn more at http://marcholzman.com.
Spending most of his life in Los Angeles and New York, he currently calls Paris his home. Certified in Anusara in 2006, his teaching has now evolved to include a number of styles that have influenced him on his yogic path: the movement of Vinyasa Flow, the precision of Iyengar, the dance of Kundalini, his deep love for mantra and meditation, and his passion for Ayurveda. Marc skillfully weaves themes through his classes in order for each student to experience a journey that goes beyond the body and pierces deeply into the Heart.
In 2007 he created Guerilla Yogi, a donation-based class that insures that students of all economic circumstances can experience the joy of yoga. When he is not in Paris, he teaches worldwide - live or via the many classes that are streamed through the internet on YogaGlo.
Marc believes that life and yoga, should be practiced with fullness, deep gratitude and laughter. View Guest page

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Cathy Hong

"When you are all together, you don't feel so alone or so different. Who else but a fellow exile can understand the heartsickness of never going home again?" Cathy Hong came to the U.S. in 1975 as a Vietnamese refugee with her mom and four siblings. Her dad eventually reconnected with them. She shares her powerful story of coming to America with us. Professionally, Cathy is researcher, writer, strategist and partner at Avenir Bold, http://www.avenirbold.com/index.html. Most recently, she was on the mergers and acquisitions team at a financial services firm. Previously, she worked at Alliance Technology Partners, specializing in media and telecommunications, and at UPS's Strategic Enterprise Fund, where she focused on logistics and wireless infrastructure firms. She has been a venture consultant to Turner Broadcasting, First Sports International, and others. She received her M.B.A. from the Emory University and B.S. from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. View Guest page

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Kiki Hong


As one of five siblings from a foodie family, Kiki shares stories of holiday traditions, the recipes she has learned from her mom, and the joy food brings in sharing it with her family and others. Professionally, Kiki is researcher, writer, strategist and partner at Avenir Bold, http://www.avenirbold.com/index.html. Most recently, she was on the mergers and acquisitions team at a financial services firm. Previously, she worked at Alliance Technology Partners, specializing in media and telecommunications, and at UPS's Strategic Enterprise Fund, where she focused on logistics and wireless infrastructure firms. She has been a venture consultant to Turner Broadcasting, First Sports International, and others. She received her M.B.A. from the Emory University and B.S. from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. View Guest page

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Elaine Johnson James

Before she became the first black woman partner at Berger Singerman, Elaine Johnson James had already compiled an impressive record: She was the first black woman hired by not one but two other prestigious law firms, the first black partner at Nason Yeager, and the first black person in Harvard Law School history to become editor-in-chief of one of its law reviews. As a member of the Berger Singerman's Dispute Resolution Team, James counts Fortune 100 companies, governmental entities and nonprofit corporations, insurance companies, corporations, banks, and national and local real estate developers among her clients. She is certified as an arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association, a member of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast, and a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. Learn more at: http://www.bergersingerman.com/people/elaine-johnson-james View Guest page

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Leila Janah

Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Sama Group and an award-winning social entrepreneur.
Follow along as she builds Sama and Laxmi: http://eepurl.com/bJqNzb
Prior to Sama Group, Leila was a visiting scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University’s Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. She was a founding director of Incentives for Global Health, an initiative to increase R&D spending on diseases of the poor, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.). She has also worked at the World Bank and as a travel writer for Let’s Go in Mozambique, Brazil, and Borneo.
Leila is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Director of CARE USA, a 2012 TechFellow, recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, and in 2014, was the youngest person to win a Heinz Award.
She received a BA from Harvard and lives in San Francisco. View Guest page

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Box Set Duo Jim Brunberg and Jeff Pehrson


Jim Brunberg and Jeff Pehrson met in a San Francisco cafe 23 years ago and almost immediately fell into a musical relationship. Learn more at http://www.boxsetband.com.
That connection has been responsible for 12 albums of original music, thousands upon thousands of miles on the road, a handful of awards, several ill-fated record deals and two houses built of broken B strings. The Box Set Duo has been entertaining audiences these many years with their powerful songs, brought to life by inspired guitar interplay and vocal harmonies that warm the senses.
Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls once described them as “a cross between the Grateful Dead and The Smothers Brothers.” Though Jim and Jeff have both been busy pursuing other endeavors, (Jim owns and operates his own music venue, Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon and Jeff is a member of Bob Weir and Phil Lesh’s band, Furthur), Box Set Duo will engage your hearts, burst your sides and leave you with a song on your mind. View Guest page

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Kristen Jarvis Johnson


While pregnant with her second son, Kristen set off shopping to buy a special playmate for her older son--to help introduce the new baby and all that. She wanted a doll that was same-age, cool, and could withstand some serious play. Weeks on the hunt for an ideal toy, nothing turned up. There were baby dolls. There were cheap, plastic dolls. There were lots and lots of girly cute dolls. There were plush dolls. But try to find a cool, boyish doll for your son. We dare you! We tried and kept turning up empty handed. Nothing hit the mark. And we were not alone. Moms, kids, friends, and families everywhere are clamoring for a boy doll. The mega-toy industry seems glued to its position that dolls must be super feminine and appeal to one market only. Enough already! So after brainstorming, lots and lots of napkin doodles, and market research, we dreamed up our Action Dolls. Boy Story was born!
Learn more about Boy Story and preorder on Kickstarter by May 18! http://boystory.com/ View Guest page

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James Kane

James Kane is considered the leading researcher and authority on what makes someone truly loyal - to another person, to an organization, or to a cause. As a behavioral scientist and consultant who has helped some of the largest and most well-know organizations in the world, including Apple, Amazon, Zappos, the Cleveland Clinic, Marriott International, and Major League Baseball build nearly unbreakable relationships with not onlytheir clients and customers, but with members, fans, volunteers, vendors, sponsors and employees, as well, James reveals the science behind the real human emotion called loyalty, and what anyone can do to receive its benefits. James is one of the most quoted and profiled authorities on loyalty and has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, the BBC, and numerous other global and industry publications. He is the author of two upcoming books, The Loyalty Switch and Virtually Loyal. Learn more at www.jameskane.com View Guest page

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Allyson Kapin


Allyson Kapin has been named one of the "Most Influential Women in Tech" by Fast Company, a "Tech Titan" by the Washingtonian, and "one of the top 30 women entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter" by Forbes for her leadership roles in technology and social media. Allyson is the Co-founder of Rad Campaign, and has helped hundreds of organizations and causes build hard-hitting campaigns and compelling websites focused on increasing advocacy, donations, and community engagement. Her campaigns have been recognized with several prestigious web awards and featured on several top media networks ranging from CNN to NPR to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She is passionate about the intersection of social change with online technologies and social communities, a topic she deeply explores in her nonprofit bestselling book Social Change Anytime Everywhere, co-authored by Amy Sample Ward of NTEN. Learn more at http://www.sparkpluglabs.co/awesome-woman/allysonkapin View Guest page

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Erica Kwiatkowski


Erica Kwiatkowski is President of the California Women’s List whose mission is to fundraise, support, and elect more women to state office.
Learn more at http://www.californiawomenslist.org/about/
She has a broad range of strategic and operational campaign experience – having worked extensively with candidates, ballot measures, global private companies and non-profits since joining SCN Strategies in 2012. Erica has managed a diverse portfolio of projects from media relations and planning to the production of television, radio and direct mail advertisements in addition to managing SCN’s operations. Most recently, Erica focused on Libby Schaaf’s successful bid for Mayor of Oakland, leading media relations, fundraising, TV advertising, and direct mail campaign efforts. Erica is active in the San Francisco and UC Santa Barbara communities, serving as the Vice President of Russian Hill Neighbors and the Director of Development for the UCSB Young Alumni Group of San Francisco. View Guest page

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Christine Lai

Christine Lai is the Chief of Staff at Delivering happiness—the organization founded by Tony Hsieh, to help people create great organizational cultures. She's at the core of this impactful movement. Learn more at http://deliveringhappiness.com. She joined the team to cultivate relationships with organizations that are looking to align their profits, passion, and purpose. At her core, Christine loves identifying and maximizing the true potential of individuals and organizations. Fueled by her passion for uniting people and purpose, Christine blends her experience in the private and social sector to build and strengthen collaboration among impact communities. Drawing on her previous experiences, Christine truly believes in and values communities that challenge, inspire, and support one another to succeed. She continually strives to support individuals and organizations to create cultures focused on cultivating the maximum potential in people by doing amazing things together. View Guest page

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Iva Leon

Fashion/wearable tech designer. Co-founder of VRLab. VR community builder. Early retailer of mobile VR headsets. Co-organizer @AR/VR women, @VRO2 and @VRLab.com View Guest page

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Dawn Lepore

Dawn Lepore is an advisor to GoodRx. She most recently was CEO and Chairman of the Board of drugstore.com, inc., a leading online retailer of health, beauty, and wellness products, which she led from 2004 until its sale to Walgreens in 2011. Dawn also served as the former Interim Chief Executive Officer at Prosper Marketplace, Inc., a peer-to-peer lending marketplace from March 2012 to January 2013.

Prior to joining drugstore.com, Dawn held leadership positions at The Charles Schwab Company including as Chief Information Officer and a member of Schwab’s executive committee.

Dawn serves on the boards of directors of Real Networks, Inc., Coupons.com and TJX Companies, Inc., AOL Inc. and Decide.com. Dawn previously served on the board of directors of eBay Inc. from 1999 to January 2013, The New York Times Company from 2008 to 2011 and drugstore.com, inc. from 2004 to 2011 and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Learn more at https://www.crunchbase.com/person/dawn-lepore. View Guest page

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Dawn Lerman

Dawn Lerman is a board-certified nutrition expert and a contributor to the New York Times Well Blog. Her company, Magnificent Mommies, provides nutrition education to students, teachers, and corporations. She is the author of the upcoming release, "My Fat Dad," an intimate memoir about the intersections of intense family relationships and food, dieting, and healthy eating. See more at: http://snackingoutsidethebox.blogspot.com. View Guest page

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Olga V. Mack


"There’s drive. And then there’s Olga Mack.
Her primary role is general counsel at ClearSlide, a San Francisco-based SaaS sales and marketing engagement startup. Mack also serves as advisor for TimeJoy and ChannelMeter, two early-stage startups. Most recently, Mack founded the Women Serve on Boards Movement. If that weren’t enough, in her remaining spare time, she co-founded an organization called SunLaw, which is dedicated to helping in-house female attorneys obtain general counsel and leadership positions. Yet among all of her professional accomplishments, what truly stands out is Mack’s unwavering passion for empowering herself and others. It’s a rare and inspiring combination of always reaching beyond the realm of of established possibility, and never forgetting where she came from." - Excerpt by Katia Bloom published in ACC Docket. Learn more at http://olgamack.com/ View Guest page

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Tamara Manik-Perlman


Tamara Manik-Perlman is a 2013 Code for America fellow and the co-founder and CEO of NextRequest, a company that streamlines the public records request process that is so frustrating for governments, journalists, and the public by creating a user-friendly digital portal that makes it easy for civil servants to respond to constituents. Learn more at https://www.nextrequest.com/ and at https://www.linkedin.com/in/tamaramp. View Guest page

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Dr. Traci Mann

Traci Mann is a professor of Psychology and founder of the Health and Eating Lab at the University of Minnesota, and the author of Secrets from the Eating Lab: The science of weight loss, the myth of self-control, and why you should never diet again. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University in 1995. She has received teaching awards at Stanford, UCLA, and the University of Minnesota, is the president of the Social Personality and Health (SPH) Network, and is an elected fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, The Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Mann is uniquely qualified to provide the real truth about dieting, eating, obesity, and self-control because she has never taken money from any commercial diet company that might lead to bias in her work. Instead, her research has been funded by the NIH, the USDA, and NASA. Learn more at: http://www.secretsfromtheeatinglab.com/. View Guest page

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Heather Marie


Heather Marie is the founder and CEO of Shoppable®. Prior to founding Shoppable®, Heather was on the founding team at Affinity Labs, a digital media company that became the largest collection of online professional communities. In January 2008, Affinity Labs was acquired by Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW) and Heather 's role was expanded to focus on national lead generation sales strategy for all five U.S. divisions of Monster Worldwide. Heather has also spent seven years working in retail including for Ralph Lauren, Express, and Abercrombie & Fitch. She launched her first "venture" at age eleven, an arbitrage business on eBay. She received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from a combination of the University of San Francisco and the London School of Economics.
 She previously served as a Board Member for the San Francisco Opera BRAVO! board. More at www.shoppable.com. View Guest page

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Amy Bratt Marquard


Amy Marquard is all about precision, in life and in the kitchen. "I probably should have been a food scientist, because I love technique and process," said Marquard, who does accounts receivable work for area businesses from her home. Amy is the inventor of several devices intended to cut time and stress out of lefse-making. She also shares her lefse recipe (available at http://www.lefseland.com/) that takes only a little more than an hour to prep and cook (cooling time not included). Why do it? "I don't think that you should have to wait until Christmastime to have something that tastes so good," Amy says. Marquard has made The Original Lefse Cuddler and The Incredible Lefse Cloth, which she sells on her website, LefseLand. She's adding a caddy, too (a cloth tote bag in which bakers can store and carry the Cuddler, cloth and the rest of his or her lefse-making tools). She loves making lefse because of her family history (she's Swedish and Norwegian). View Guest page

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Melanie Matheu


Dr. Matheu co-founder of Prellis Biologics, recently completed a postdoctoral scholar position at UC San Francisco, after which she moved on to local biotech start-up as an associate director tasked with developing immunological applications around novel technology. Dr. Matheu has over fourteen years of experience imaging single cell dynamics in whole tissues. Her research was dedicated to defining cell-cell communication patterns in living tissues, and changes in cell-cell interactions during an immune response. Dr. Matheu's passion for understanding cell-cell interactions and her expertise in laser technology sparked her interest in de-novo tissue construction, leading her to found Prellis Biologics in the Fall of 2016. Learn more at http://www.prellisbio.com/ and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/melaniematheu. View Guest page

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Victor Mathieux

Victor Mathieux is an entrepreneur, surfer, & designer motivated by a desire to help people live life fully — that's why he's making Zen Space — live, guided meditations led by experienced meditators from around the world and accessed directly from your mobile device. Learn more at http://www.tryzenspace.com/. Victor previously co-founded Everest, which helped bring 350,000+ dreams to reality during it's existence. For fun, he recently made Flip Band to help people build good habits. Sometimes he writes about hacks to improve your life & business. Want to get to know him? Just ask about his love for the sea. View Guest page

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Dr. Shannon May


Shannon May is a Co-Founder of Bridge International Academies, the largest chain of private schools in Africa. Bridge disrupts the educational status quo by ensuring that every child, regardless of parental income, has access to the education he or she deserves.
May serves as both the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Development Officer for Bridge, leading the Development pipeline in Kenya, as well as international expansion. She also leads Research, Government Relations and Business Development, and supervises Marketing and Brand Strategy. Shannon received her B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Social Studies from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Learn more at http://www.bridgeinternationalacademies.com/. View Guest page

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Jane Miceli


Jane Miceli is a Software Engineer and Scrum Master in Boise, Idaho. She is a co-founder of Girl Develop It Boise Chapter and Girls In Tech Boise. She holds both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She has been working her brand of skills for over a decade, currently working on build and environment management and is a Scrum Master (software life cycle process) Sensus USA Inc. She is an avid supporter of tech education and ongoing volunteering on the Idaho Technology Council's Education Committee, Boise School District's First Robotics Team 2122 and the annual Boise Code Camp conference. Jane is super excited to be a part of the first Girl Develop It in Boise and share her enthusiasm for technology with others! View Guest page

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Lori Middlehurst


Lori Middlehurst is director Asia Pacific Employment Law at VMware - based in Sydney, Australia. She is the trusted adviser to vice president of HR APJ and provides advice on employment issues for 6000 employee-region in 16 countries across Asia Pacific: hiring, termination, performance management, investigations, redundancies and layoffs, M&A, contractor issues, opening new offices, policies and programs, IP, discrimination & harassment, training of managers and HR.
She has held senior positions at Accenture, Hewlett Packard, and Sun Microsystems.
She is a current member of ACC-ACLA NSW executive board; ACC-ELLC International Subcommittee co-chair; currently working with Justice Connect to establish company in-house pro bono program; and is a mentor for female law students from UNSW.
She received a bachelor's degree from UC San Diego and a JD from UC Davis School of Law. View Guest page

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Clare Miller

Clare Miller is the Director of the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Foundation. Under her leadership, the Partnership has grown to a network of more than 5,000 employers and related health purchasing stakeholders; the program now responds to more than 100 employer inquiries per month. Before joining the Partnership, Clare was Manager of the Center for Prevention and Health Services at the National Business Group on Health where she focused on a variety of employer health issues, including mental health and substance use disorders, terrorism and public health emergency preparedness. Before that, Clare was the Director of Public Policy for Mental Health America. Clare serves on the Council of Advisors for the Center for Health Value Innovation. Learn more at http://www.workplacementalhealth.org/. View Guest page

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Sophie-Charlotte Moatti


SC Moatti is a mobile veteran from Silicon Valley and a recognized thought leader on mobile, innovation and leadership. While serving as an executive at mobile pioneers like Facebook, Trulia and Nokia, Moatti launched and monetized mobile products that are now used by billions of people and have received prestigious awards, including an International Digital Emmy Award nomination. Moatti is currently the CEO of Products That Count, an organization based in San Francisco that advises businesses on how to leverage mobile technology. She also serves on the board of directors of Opera Software, a global mobile technology company with over 350 million users. She speaks frequently at conferences, has been featured in Forbes and has written several articles on mobile technology for the Harvard Business Review and the Huffington Post. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in computer engineering from École Supérieure d'Électricité. Connect: linkedin.com/in/scmoatti, @scmoatti View Guest page

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Chris Moss


Chris Moss is a singer/songwriter from Stow Ohio with influences all across the board from The Grateful Dead to Alice in Chains, and from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Ralph Stanley. He loves the blues and americana! He recently arrived in San Francisco and has now made a few appearances at open mic night at Bazaar Cafe. He frequents local open mic nights, plays solo gigs, and sits in with other local musicians. He is in a gutter funk rock band out of Parma called The Mucklebuck. Their first full length album will be completed this spring 2016. Learn more at https://www.reverbnation.com/chrismoss. View Guest page

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Maaria Mozaffar


Maaria Mozaffar is a thought leader for a new generation. In a world obsessed with physical beauty, consumerism without conscience and quick fixes in health, love and life; she is a role model. Maaria is teaching the world; especially women, how to live in the moment, focus on what matters and bring authenticity into their lives. She is committed in the face of negative media stereotypes to build women up, change their relationships and connect communities globally. She is indeed empowering women to make the ordinary into the extraordinary. Learn more at http://skinlessproject.com/about-the-skinless-project/ View Guest page

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Ben Nelson


Ben Nelson is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva, and a visionary with a passion to reinvent higher education. Prior to Minerva, Nelson spent more than 10 years at Snapfish, where he helped build the company from startup to the world’s largest personal publishing service. Serving as CEO from 2005 through 2010, Nelson began his tenure at Snapfish by leading the company’s sale to Hewlett Packard for $300 million.
Nelson’s passion for reforming undergraduate education was first sparked at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he received a B.S. in Economics. Nelson became the chair of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (SCUE), a pedagogical think tank that is the oldest and only non-elected student government body at the University of Pennsylvania.
Learn more at https://www.minerva.kgi.edu/people/ben-nelson/. View Guest page

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Rob Nelson

Rob Nelson (born c. 1949) is a game designer and former Portland Mavericks minor league pitcher who created Big League Chew bubblegum along with his business partner former pitcher Jim Bouton who sold the idea to a division of the Wrigley company in 1979. Rob Nelson, former baseball player and founder of the iconic Big League Chew baseball-themed bubble gum, blows a bubble in the stands of Providence Park in Portland, Ore., where he came up with the idea. Learn more at http://www.sbnation.com/2013/3/25/4145160/big-league-chew-and-revisionist-history. View Guest page

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Gissou Nia

Gissou Nia is a human rights lawyer and Iran expert. She most recently acted as the Deputy Director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Before that, from 2011 to 2014, she served as the Executive Director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. Prior to her tenure at the Center, Ms. Nia worked on war crimes and crimes against humanity trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Read her work online at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gissou-nia/ and follow her at https://twitter.com/GissouNia. View Guest page

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Daniel O'Brien

Dan joined HTC in 2008 and is currently Vice President of VR Planning and Management leading where he manages the strategy and go-to-market efforts of the Virtual Reality portfolio at HTC. He is responsible for the Vive content and developer engagement, as well as marketing and sales of the HTC Vive. Learn more at http://www.htcvive.com/us/. With more than 18 years in the wireless industry, Dan brings to HTC a strong understanding of sector economics, multi-million dollar/multi-level development lifecycles, and integrated product and application implementations. Having introduced inaugural LTE, Android, Windows and World smartphones into the marketplace on behalf of numerous leading wireless carriers, Dan has a depth of experience in working with pioneering technologies, shaping products value to the marketplace and identifying industry impact. View Guest page

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Nuala O’Connor


Nuala O’Connor is the President & CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology. She is an internationally recognized expert in Internet and technology policy. Nuala has experience in both the public and private sectors. She was the Global Privacy Leader at General Electric, where she was responsible for privacy policy and practices. Prior to joining CDT, she worked at Amazon.com as VP of Compliance & Consumer Trust and Associate General Counsel for Data & Privacy Protection. Nuala’s time in the technology sector began at DoubleClick, then as Deputy Director of the Office of Policy & Strategic Planning, Chief Privacy Officer and as the Chief Counsel for Technology at the US Department of Commerce. She became the first statutorily appointed Chief Privacy Officer in federal service when she was named as the first Chief Privacy Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. Learn more at https://cdt.org/staff/nuala-o%E2%80%99connor/. View Guest page

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Ilissa Ocko


Ilissa Ocko is a Climate Scientist at Environmental Defense Fund. She researches the implications of short-lived climate pollutants on climate change and provides scientific guidance for climate-related work. Ilissa is also committed to communicating climate change science to non-experts through visuals, journalism, and presentations. Learn more at https://www.edf.org/people/ilissa-ocko View Guest page

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Erika Pagano

Erika Pagano is associate director and Eversheds Fellow of LawWithoutWalls and lecturer in Law at University of Miami. Erika studies cross-cultural communication and the impact of creativity and technology in the changing legal landscape. She received her BSFS from Georgetown University, where she served on the boards of GUSA, GIRC, and NAIMUN, and completed coursework at Peking University and East China Normal University. She received her J.D. from the University of Miami, where she was Managing Editor of Miami Law Review, Law School representative to the University Board of Trustees, and a James Weldon Johnson/Robert H. Waters Scholar. Erika is also an LWOW alumna (2012), and has lectured both in the United States and abroad. At Miami Law, Erika teaches Innovation, Technology, and the Law with Michele DeStefano. She is also the advisor for the Miami Law chapter of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Learn more at http://lawwithoutwalls.org/pagano/. View Guest page

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Nicole Pantaleo


Nicole Pantaleo is more than a prosecutor and a candidate for Judge. She was raised in Marin, lives in Marin and has served to protect Marin throughout her entire career. At the core of Nicole’s belief system is a dedication to family, public service, justice and a real love of people.
Her service to Marin has helped countless women and children who were victims of heinous crimes, and she has put numerous child molesters, rapists, domestic abusers, human traffickers and other sex offenders behind bars. Her passion for helping women and children extends beyond the legal arena, as she teaches rape prevention in Marin County schools in conjunction with the Jeannette Prandi Children’s Center.
Learn more at http://www.pantaleoforjudge.com/ View Guest page

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Monica Parikh


Monica Parikh is a dating coach and the founder of School of Love NYC. “When you give off positive, happy vibes every day (and are open to talking to strangers), you have a much better shot at attracting a great person in real-time,” she says. “Plus, you have the added benefit of "reading" their energy — so you don't waste time on creepy weirdos.” Learn more at http://www.schooloflovenyc.com/blog/
She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Cornell Law School and writes on dating and attraction principles with positive psychology and spiritual truths. Her work has been featured in Marie Claire Magazine, The New York Post, The Jenny McCarthy Show on Sirius XM radio, and in Stella UK. She has three books available for sale on her website and a fourth coming out this year called "Heartbreak Breakthrough"—a book based on her own experience that teaches others how to use divorce as the first step towards a happier and more inspiring life. View Guest page

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Kevin Paris

Having lived in Brazil, South Africa and all around the US, Paris' songwriting has grown into a folk-reggae-acoustic-electronic fusion which lyrically reflects his unique journey through life off the beaten path.

http://www.kevinparismusic.com

Born in Wisconsin, living in LA, and touring the world playing over 250 shows a year, Paris is an unmistakable force of feel good music. After releasing four albums independently and playing over 800 solo shows around the world, Paris is on to a new project with his bandmate (musician, DJ, producer & songwriter), Oscar Del Amor. Together, they are fusing acoustic, singer-songwriter roots with deep grooves and feel good electronic production.
In addition to the traditional music scene, Paris is simultaneously the go-to singer-songwriter paving the way for artists in the vibrant yoga and live music scene alongside renowned yoga teachers and fellow musicians at festivals like wanderlust, yoga journal live, and studios around the globe. View Guest page

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Joe Plumeri


Joe Plumeri is vice chairman of the First Data Board of Directors. He previously served as chairman and CEO of Willis Group Holdings plc and as CEO of Citibank North America where he held a 32-year career and led the integration of the consumer businesses at Citicorp and Travelers Group. In 2015 Joe published his first book, a national best seller, The Power of Being Yourself: A Game Plan for Success – by Putting Passion into Your Life and Work. In his book, based on his life experiences, Joe offers simple yet profound guidance on how to stay positive, motivate yourself and others and achieve success in your life and work. All of the author’s proceeds from the book will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. A widely admired leader, he has received several honors and accolades for his work. Find his full bio online at bit.ly/1K3qIRm. View Guest page

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Jules Polonetsky


Jules serves as Executive Director and Co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. FPF is supported by the chief privacy officers of more than 110 leading companies, several foundations, as well as by an advisory board comprised of the country’s leading academics and advocates. Jules' previous roles have included serving as Chief Privacy Officer at AOL and before that at DoubleClick, as Consumer Affairs Commissioner for New York City, as an elected New York State Legislator and as a congressional staffer, and as an attorney. Jules serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Copyright Information. In 2001, Crain’s NY Business magazine named him one of the top technology leaders in New York City. He is a regular speaker at privacy and technology events. Learn more at http://www.futureofprivacy.org/about/about-jules-polonetsky/. View Guest page

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Chanda Prescod-Weinstein


Chanda Prescod-Weinstein earned her PhD at the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute. Research interests: quantum fields in curved spaces, novel relativistic and field theoretic dark-matter models and predictions, and quantum gravity formalism and phenomenology.
Find out more at http://blogs.uw.edu/cprescod/. View Guest page

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Amy Pressman


Amy Pressman is the president and co-founder of Medallia. Before starting the company, Amy worked as a business strategy consultant for Boston Consulting Group. Prior to that, she was a legislative aide on Capitol Hill, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras. Amy received her A.B. from Harvard University and her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. View Guest page

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Dr. Nithya Ramanathan


Dr. Nithya Ramanathan is the President and Co-Founder of Nexleaf Analytics, a nonprofit technology company based in Los Angeles. Nexleaf's mission is to build, scale, and support wireless technologies and data analytics tools to improve public health and the environment. Nexleaf’s current projects focus on supporting vaccine delivery in developing countries (ColdTrace) and evaluating the impact of improved cookstoves (StoveTrace). Nithya is also a Co-Lead of Project Surya, a coalition working to mitigate the effects of global climate change, along with faculty from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and The Energy and Resources Institute of India. Nithya is a former research faculty member in Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA. Learn more at nexleaf.org, on Twitter @nexleaf and on Facebook at facebook.com/nexleaf. View Guest page

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Dr. John Ratey


John J Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Research Synthesizer, Speaker, Author, and Clinical Psychiatrist maintaining a private practice in Cambridge, Mass. He has lectured and published 60 peer reviewed articles on the topics of Aggression, Autism, ADHD, and other issues in neuropsychiatry, and has authored or co-authored seven books.
His latest book, GO WILD explains the scientific evidence behind why maintaining a lifestyle more like that of our ancestors will restore our health and well-being.
With his previous book, "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and The Brain,” Dr. Ratey established himself as a leading expert in the brain-fitness connection. A highly sought after speaker, he has embarked on a world-wide mission to re-engineer schools, corporations, and individual lifestyle practices by incorporating exercise to achieve peak performance and optimum mental health.
Learn more at http://www.johnratey.com/. View Guest page

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Bill Reichert

Bill Reichert has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and operating executive. He joined Garage Technology Ventures - http://www.garage.com - in 1998 and focused on early-stage IT and materials science companies. He has been a board director or board observer at CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, ClearFuels Technology, Simply Hired, ThermoCeramix, and several others. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed tech startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and the World Bank. Bill earned a B.A. at Harvard and an M.B.A. from Stanford. He was a founding board member and a Chairman of the Churchill Club, and a Board Member of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs. Currently he is the Chairman of the Small Fund Roundtable of the VC Taskforce and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. View Guest page

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Cindy Reuter

Cindy Reuter is the founder and CEO of Capstone Technology Resources, a privately held, woman-owned corporation in the San Francisco Bay Area that provides business, technology and engineering consulting and staffing solutions to clients. Capstone is led by an executive team with extensive consulting and management experience in banking, technology and civil / mechanical engineering. Listed on Inc Magazine's Fastest Growing Companies list, Capstone grew its staff to 75 employees in 2013 from nine in 2010. With Cindy at the helm, Capstone not only has successfully bumped up its revenue, but has also prioritized giving back, providing pro bono services to nonprofits and minority firms. Cindy just launched her second company, STEMCompass, a knowledge sharing platform that connects students and recent graduates with employers, in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Learn more at http://capstone-sf.com/about-us/ or https://www.stemcompass.com/. View Guest page

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Kai Robertson


Lead Advisor of the Food Loss and Waste Protocol for the World Resources Institute View Guest page

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Larry Robertson


Larry Robertson is the 8-time award-winning author of "A Deliberate Pause: Entrepreneurship and its Moment in Human Progress" and the founder of two ventures, one for-profit and one non. He is a highly respected thought leader in creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, advising individuals and organizations across a broad spectrum. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed book "The Language of Man: Learning to Speak Creativity," newly released by Daymark Press in the fall of 2016. Learn more at http://www.languageofman.com/The_Language_of_Man/Cover.html
Larry is a graduate of Stanford University and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a former Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
In short, he’s an innovation advisor.
He recently appeared on MSNBC to discuss Making Creativity a Habit, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7NwYqZneww View Guest page

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Joe Robinson


Joe Robinson is an executive at Circle, a personal finance company backed by Accel Partners, General Catalyst, and Goldman Sachs. He previously worked at Square, where he was product lead for Square Dashboard and Square Online Stores. Joe runs the Manifesto product design conference and Designers + Geeks, one of the largest communities of designers and technologists in the world. Drawing from his experience in disruptive financial technologies, he speaks at conferences internationally about design and the evolution of money. Joe is an investor in several technology ventures, and provides mentorship to companies at TechStars, Hackers/Founders, and FinTech Fusion in Switzerland. You can find him on Twitter as @i8joe. View Guest page

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Sheila Ronning

Long before women on boards was a hot topic, Sheila Ronning believed in women’s ability to serve on corporate boards strongly enough to become the Founder & CEO of Women in the Boardroom. Today, as one of the nation’s top leadership and board service experts, Sheila excels at connecting influential women executives and professionals with the people and tools they need to succeed in business and the boardroom by organizing executive and board coaching sessions, seminars and webinars. Learn more at: http://womenintheboardroom.com/who-we-are/. Before founding Women in the Boardroom in 2002, she garnered more than 10 years of strategic marketing, sales management, and operations leadership experience with companies that range from Fortune 500 leaders to visionary start-ups. Today, Sheila has thousands of powerful connections nationwide, which she uses to help other women achieve their goals. When asked her secret to networking, Sheila says, “Be fearless, sincere, honest, and frank." View Guest page

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Toni Schutta


Toni Schutta is a National Speaker, Author, Parent Coach and a Licensed Psychologist with a Master’s Degree in Psychology who has 21 years’ experience helping families. Toni is the founder of www.getparentinghelpnow.com. Toni’s passion is helping parents find practical solutions that work to parenting challenges they’re facing so families can be happier and more peaceful. She’s the author of the book, 20 Great Ways to Raise Great Kids. A review in the Star Tribune stated that the book contains “priceless parenting advice.” View Guest page

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Jessica Semaan


Born and raised in Lebanon, Jessica moved to the US to attend Stanford Business School. As an early employee at Airbnb, Jessica worked on scaling its operations worldwide, and recently launched Airbnb's first global conference. Despite the successes Jessica did not feel fulfilled, so she spent a year interviewing 100 people doing what they love through her blog Passion Stories. During this time, she found her own passion which is helping others find theirs, and today is dedicated full-time to it through The Passion Co. View Guest page

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Clara Shih


Clara is the CEO and founder of Hearsay Social and the author of the new release, The Social Business Imperative: Adapting Your Business Model to the Always Connected Customer.
A pioneer in the social media industry, Clara developed the first social business application in 2007 and subsequently authored the New York Times-featured best-seller, The Facebook Era. Clara has been named one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,” Fast Company’s “Most Influential People in Technology,” BusinessWeek’s “Top Young Entrepreneurs,” and both Fortune’s and Ad Age’s “40 Under 40.”
Clara is a member of the Starbucks board of directors and previously served in a variety of technical, product, and marketing roles at Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com. She graduated #1 in computer science at Stanford University, where she also received an MS in computer science. She also holds an MS in internet studies from Oxford University, where she studied as a U.S. Marshall Scholar. View Guest page

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Nina Simosko


Nina Simosko serves as President and CEO of NTT Innovation Institute Inc. (NTT i3), the prestigious Silicon Valley-based innovation center for NTT Group, one of the world’s largest ICT companies. Focused on fostering strategic innovation, NTT i3 works with established enterprise companies interested in investigating new approaches to evolving into technology-first, digitally-driven businesses. Previously, Ms. Simosko was responsible for leading the creation and execution of Nike Technology strategy, planning and operations world-wide. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President of SAP’s Global Premier Customer Network (PCN).
Currently, Ms. Simosko serves on the advisory boards of two early-to-mid stage technology companies: Reflektion and AppOrchid.
Learn more at http://ninasimosko.com/blog/about/ View Guest page

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Evan Sims

Evan Sims is the founder of San Francisco Yogurt Company. In June 2014, he left his job as an engineer at a large biotech company to start a company dedicated to making the most delicious high-fat yogurt imaginable. With a professional background in fermentation engineering, and a longstanding passion for nutrition science, making a radically different kind of yogurt made perfect sense. His yogurt emphasizes high fat and low sugar to take advantage of the nutritional benefits and delicious flavor offered by milk fat, a rich source of the fat soluble vitamins A, E, and K2; short-chain fatty acids, especially butyrate, which has a wide range of health benefits; and potentially hundreds of beneficial bioactive lipids, including conjugated linoleic acid (CLA, "the good trans fat") and palmitoleic acid. Lear more at http://www.sfyogurtco.com/. View Guest page

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Samantha Snabes


As a challenge seeker and continuous learner, Samantha is a former Social Entrepreneur in Residence at NASA, and now Co-Founder of re:3D - pioneering 3D printing to democratize manufacturing - affordable and at scale. From hospitals to libraries, Gigabot®’s open design creates new opportunities for users worldwide. With over 360,00+ cm^3 of build volume, our customers are leaders in their fields and are discovering new print potential everyday. Samantha is passionate about human space exploration and social impact. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Hispanic Studies, a MBA with concentrations in Supply Chain Management and International Business, and certifications as a Firefighter and EMT-B. Learn more about re:3D and their latest creations at http://www.re3d.org/ and on Twitter @re:3D and @samanthasnabes and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/re3Dprinting. View Guest page

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Stephanie Sndyer

Stephanie is the creator of the Yoga Journal DVD, Yoga for Strength and Toning and she is known for her inspirational teaching style. Students appreciate Stephanie’s unique ability to infuse her Vinyasa classes with yoga philosophy, conscientious alignment, and heart-felt humor. Her commitment to breath, movement, happiness, and prayer make Stephanie one of the country’s most sought after teachers.

Learn more at http://www.stephaniesnyder.com/#mantra. View Guest page

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Christine Souffrant

A globally recognized speaker, Christine Souffrant is a Haitian American entrepreneur with 7 years of business management experience across 30+countries. As the founder of Vendedy (a mobile network connecting global travelers to street vendors of developing countries), she has been featured with IBM, Microsoft, Fast Company, Manatt Ventures etc. Learn more at https://www.vendedy.com/

Vendedy was selected as a Poverty Alleviation commitment by the Clinton Global Initiative and won global competitions for social impact including the 2015 Digital Entertainment World Competition, Master Card Priceless Pitch, and the $1 Million Dollar Chivas Venture USA competition.

As the Managing Director of Startup Grind Dubai, she works with dozens of leading CEO’s within the Middle East and around the world. She has spoken on leadership, disruptive entrepreneurship and tech social impact innovation at conferences located in Trinidad, Dubai, New York, San Francisco, Russia, Romania, LA, and more. View Guest page

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Ladislas de Toldi

Ladislas is a 26 year old biotech engineer, passionate about computers, robotics & spearfishing. He is the founder of Leka, a young startup whose goal is to develop smart and innovative educational toys for children with disabilities.

Learn more at http://www.leka.io/.

Leka is currently developing Moti, an interactive spherical rolling robot specially designed for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Ladislas is in charge of the hardware design & technical development. After graduating as ​a ​biotech engineer he learned robotics on his own to build the first prototypes of Moti. View Guest page

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Michael J. Twery, Ph.D

Dr. Twery, Ph.D., is the director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Division of Lung Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. He has led the NIH’s sleep and respiratory neurobiology scientific research group since 1996, and has served as director of the NCSDR since January 2006. In these roles, Dr. Twery oversees the support of research and research training related to sleep disordered breathing, the fundamental functions of sleep and circadian rhythms, and sleep disorder epidemiology and clinical trials. Dr. Twery served as the program officer for the Sleep Academic Award program, the Specialized Centers of Research on sleep neurobiology effort, and initiatives to study the link between sleep disorders and short sleep duration with cardiovascular disease risk factors such as the metabolic syndrome, diabetes and obesity. Learn more about Dr. Twery at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/news/spokespeople/twery-michael. View Guest page

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Jill Vialet


Jill Vialet is the CEO and founder of Playworks, the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day. Playworks creates a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. Learn more at http://www.playworks.org/about/jill-vialet Vialet is the author of Recess Rules, a fictional book written for children from 8 to 13 years old. She has received numerous honors, including being selected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2004 and named to the Forbes Impact 30 as one of the 30 leading social entrepreneurs worldwide in 2011, as well as being asked to speak at TEDMED in 2014. She also is one of a small group of Californians honored with the 2013 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. Jill is a graduate of Harvard University. View Guest page

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Carrie Walsh


Carrie Walsh has over 18 years of experience in the venture capital industry. As a Managing Director with First Republic Bank, Carrie leads FRB's Venture Capital/Private Equity/tech banking efforts, with a nationwide focus on the early stage venture ecosystem to include Micro-VC, seed/Series A start-ups, and the tech investor community. First Republic and its subsidiaries offer private banking, private business banking and private wealth management, including investment, trust and brokerage services. They specialize in delivering exceptional, relationship-based service, with a solid commitment to responsiveness and action. View Guest page

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Stephen Wampler

Many years ago, Steve made the commitment that he would find a away to enable children with disabilities to not only take advantage of the great outdoors, but to embrace it. Born with a severe form of cerebral palsy, Steve set out to climb the biggest rock face in the world, El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. At twice the height of the Empire State Building, Steve attempts to do 20,000 pull ups over a 6 day period, sleeping on the sheer face of the mountain and over-coming enormous fear in order to accomplish this monumental task. On top of all the other obstacles, Steve has the full use of only one limb, his right arm. The Stephen J. Wampler Foundation’s mission is to make adventure programs accessible to all children. To provide outdoor adventure and environmental programs that foster their social and emotional growth, physical rehabilitation and environmental awareness for children with physical disabilities. Learn more: http://www.wamplerfoundation.org View Guest page

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Moria Weigel


Moria Weigel is Brooklyn born now living in San Francisco and got married while writing her book. She is Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature and Film and Media at Yale. She writes about gender, media, and culture. She earned a BA at Harvard and an M. Phil at Cambridge University, where she was the Harvard Scholar in residence at Emmanuel College, and worked as an assistant editor at Harper’s Magazine. Her academic interests revolve around the intersections of film, literature, and philosophy during the long twentieth century.
In “Labor of Love” she argues that the various courtship rituals of the past hundred-odd years have reflected the labor-market conditions of their day.
Learn more and buy her book at http://www.moiraweigel.com/press.html View Guest page

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Steve Wilson


Highly accomplished leader, researcher, analyst, innovator, adviser and R&D manager in cyber security and data privacy. Nearly 30 years R&D experience in Australia and the USA. For 21 years dedicated to digital identity and privacy. Personally responsible for numerous breakthroughs in tough e-business problems like anonymity online, identity fraud, PKI, payments, privacy engineering, and national identity frameworks.
Steve Wilson leads the Privacy and Digital Safety theme at San Francisco-based Constellation Research. He has researched blockchain for more than two years and is enormously skeptical. Bitcoin is the first generation of something important, but we can't be sure what will happen in the long term. His research suggests that blockchain will not change the world but will inspire and drive new security protocols.
More online at http://constellationr.com/users/swilson View Guest page

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