Alan Alda, seven-time Emmy Award winner, is a passionate science advocate. He has won the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal, the National Science Board’s Public Service Award, the Scientific American Lifetime Achievement Award and the American Chemical Society Award for Public Service, among others.
British photographer Platon has shot portraits of over one hundred world leaders for a range of international publications. In 2013, he founded a non-profit foundation named The People’s Portfolio, which aspires to create a visual language that breaks barriers, expands dignity, fights discrimination, and enlists the public to support human rights around the world.
Asperger’s Are Us
Asperger’s Are Us is a hilarious comedy troupe whose sketches consist of dark, observational, and absurd humor. The group met at summer camp and use their interviews and performances as an opportunity for autism-rights activism.
Known as the Godfather of Noyze, two-time Grammy Award-winning vocal percussionist and former member of the Roots, Rahzel, has mastered, then redefined the art of beatboxing, emerging as a true virtuoso in this quintessential musical art form.
Jesse Carmichael is best known as a multi-instrumentalist, background vocalist, and founding member of the Grammy Award-winning group, Maroon 5.
Actress, writer, producer and artist Carly Chaikin currently stars in USA’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe award-winning drama “Mr. Robot.” She plays Darlene, a malware coder and one of the leaders of an underground hacking movement.
Vanessa De Luca
Vanessa K. De Luca is Editor-in-Chief of ESSENCE magazine, the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women.
Dr. David Ferrucci is the award-winning AI researcher who built and led the IBM Watson team from its inception in 2006 to its landmark success in 2011 when Watson defeated the greatest Jeopardy! players of all time.
Francesca Gino is a behavioral scientist whose latest research shows how conformity is costly to our wellbeing and to the organizations we are part of, as it lowers both productivity and innovation. Her research suggests that, despite the fact that being inauthentic feels morally wrong, it is the approach we often use in our social interactions, with consequences we fail to predict.
Scott Goodstein is CEO of Revolution Messaging, the progressive left’s leading digital firm. He brought his punk sensibility and online movement making prowess to Obama for America in 2008 and most recently was responsible for the extraordinary online fundraising during Bernie Sanders’ campaign.
Amy Green was a contributing writer, narrative designer and voice actor for That Dragon, Cancer, a video game created about her son Joel’s battle with terminal cancer.
Ryan is a programmer, designer, 3d artist, and writer with over 15 years of experience in web application development, web design, and game development. He co-founded and is Head of Narrative at Numinous Games. Its first title, That Dragon, Cancer, was created as a poetic memorial to Ryan and his wife Amy's third son Joel, and Joel's fight against terminal cancer.
Tim Jorgensen is an associate professor of Radiation Medicine, and director of the Health Physics and Radiation Protection Graduate Program at Georgetown University. His new book Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation, is a scientific historical narrative about mankind’s thorny relationship with radiation that explores how our experiences with radiation in the last century can lead us to smarter personal decisions about radiation exposures today.
Wayne Kramer is a songwriter, vigorous social activist, and leader of Detroit rock group MC5. He co-founded Jail Guitar Doors USA, which provides guitars for prisoner rehabilitation and has intervened in over 60 facilities to date.
Jon Levy is a human behavior scientist. He studies influence and adventure, and applies neuroscience and psychology research to economics and biology to transform the ways companies approach marketing, sales, influencers program development, consumer engagement, and product design. He is the founder of The Influencers, a private community of over 800 thought leaders, tastemakers, Olympians and Nobel Laureates.
John C. Mather
Physics Nobel Laureate John Mather is the Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which will extend the discoveries of the great Hubble Space Telescope, reaching farther back in time, farther out into space, to show us how the expanding universe led to galaxies, stars, planets, and the possibility for life on our tiny earth.
Dr. Nalini Nadkarni is a Professor of Biology at the University of Utah and known as the "Queen of the Forest Canopy" for her work in documenting biota that are rarely or never seen on the forest floor. She also develops innovative science engagement programs that bring together radically different cultures to understand and become better stewards of the natural world.
Psychotherapist Esther Perel is recognized as one of the world’s most original and insightful voices on couples and sexuality across cultures. Her best-selling and award-winning book, “Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic,” has been translated into 24 languages.
Nicole Prause, Ph.D., is a sexual psychophysiologist who uses a combination of neuroscience, custom physiology instruments, and statistical scripting to answer questions about how orgasm forms, the effects of sex films on relationships, whether brain stimulation can alter our sex drive, and how clitoral stimulation from a partner may improve our general health.
As the creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, April Reign challenges the lack of representation of marginalized communities in Hollywood and beyond, sustaining a movement that has resulted in the most systemic change ever seen in the over 80-year history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is the Managing Editor of BroadwayBlack.com and Editor at Large of NU Tribe Magazine.
Adam D. Steltzner is a Fellow at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is currently the Chief Engineer of the Mars 2020 project. Most recently he was the Manager of the Entry, Descent and Landing phase of the Mars Science Laboratory project.
Dr. Yossi Vardi is regarded as Israel’s tech Godfather, investing in over 80 companies and start ups throughout his 40+ year career. One of his first investments, Mirabilis, was the first Instant Messaging software, later sold to AOL for $407 million.
Lizz Winstead is the co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show, co-founder of Air America Radio, and co-founder of Lady Parts Justice.
Dan Winters is a photographer well known for his celebrity portraiture, photojournalism, illustrations, and scientific photography. In 2011 he received permission from NASA to photograph the final launches of the space shuttles Discovery, Endeavor and Atlantis, with the resulting photography becoming a book titled Last Launch.
Jenna Wortham is a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, where she covers the culture of technology and the ever-changing parameters of modern life.