Speakers

These are our speakers

Alex Simon

Alex Simon is the Executive Director of Compass Partners, a social enterprise education organization supporting over 1000 university leaders around the world in their social entrepreneurial endeavors. Developing entrepreneurial schemes since he was 11, he now spends most... Read more

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

In 2008, President Obama appointed Melanne Verveer to be the first ever Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the US Department of State. Ambassador Verveer spent the past four years working on behalf of Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to coordinate... Read more

Daniella M. Foster

Daniella M. Foster is a policy innovator and social entrepreneur. She has worked in government, business and the non-profit sectors. Ms. Foster serves as a Director of Public-Private Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, where she leads the establishment of... Read more

Doug Rand

Doug Rand is the Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where his work focuses on the Startup America initiative and efforts to promote entrepreneurship across the country. Prior to working at the White House,... Read more

Dr. Justin Sanchez

Dr. Justin Sanchez joined DARPA as a program manager in 2013 to explore neurotechnology, brain science and systems neurobiology.

Before coming to DARPA, Dr. Sanchez was an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience at the University of Miami,... Read more

Dwight Davis

The Reverend Dwight Davis is an 11-year veteran teacher and proud product of the District of Columbia Public Schools. For the past decade, he has served Wheatley Education Campus (WEC) as a fifth-grade teacher, English & language arts coach, home visits coordinator... Read more

Jane Mosbacher Morris

Jane Mosbacher Morris is the Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods, a social enterprise focused on the promotion of goods made by and stories told by survivors of conflict, abuse, and disease. She previously served as the Director of Humanitarian Action... Read more

Jeanne Holm

As the Evangelist for Data.Gov (an open government flagship project for the White House managed by GSA), Jeanne Holm leads collaboration and builds communities with the public, educators, developers, and international and state governments in using open government data.... Read more

Jim Shelton

James “Jim” Shelton is 2U’s chief impact officer, overseeing university partner program implement, research, and university relations. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Morehouse College, as well as master’s degrees in both business administration... Read more

Katherine Brittain Bradley

Katherine Brittain Bradley is the president of CityBridge Foundation, a nonprofit enterprise located in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Bradley co-founded CityBridge in 1994 with her husband, entrepreneur and magazine publisher David G. Bradley.

The Foundation works to... Read more

L. Todd Rose

Todd Rose is the founder and president of the Center for Individual Opportunity (CIO), and the Director of the Mind, Brain, and Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he teaches Educational Neuroscience. His work is focused on both advancing... Read more

Lauren Marra

Lauren Marra is a director at Arabella, where she provides guidance on strategy, evaluation, and implementation projects. She has worked on a broad range of institutional, family, and individual client engagements and has honed her expertise in launching large-scale... Read more

Lea Shanley

Lea Shanley directs the Commons Lab within the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) of Woodrow Wilson Center. The Commons Lab seeks to advance research and independent policy analysis on emerging technologies that facilitate collaborative, science-based and... Read more

Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith, AICP, consults with the charitable foundation members of Washington Regional Food Funders to support the development of a more equitable food system in the Greater Washington region. Previously she worked as an urban planner in suburban Maryland, consulted... Read more

Meaghan Rose

A graduate of George Mason University, Johns Hopkins University, and Wharton Business School, Meaghan Rose was working as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. when she decided to build her own jewelry company. Rose, passionate about the evolution of e-commerce... Read more

Michael Babin

Michael Babin founded the Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG) in 1997 with the goal of creating unique, distinctive and exceptional restaurants and food-related businesses that reflect and enrich the communities in which they are located. Before entering the restaurant... Read more

Pamela Cantor, M.D.

Pamela Cantor, M.D. leads Turnaround for Children, a nonprofit organization that partners with low-performing public schools to understand and address obstacles to teaching and learning that stem from the stress of poverty. By translating learnings from neuroscience and... Read more

Pamela Hess

Executive Director Pamela Hess has been with Arcadia since March 2013. She came to Arcadia from journalism. A career national security journalist, Pam covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the Pentagon and CIA with the Associated Press and United Press... Read more

Patrick Dowd

Patrick Dowd is the founder and CEO of the Millennial Trains Project, a series of crowdfunded transcontinental train journeys that provide a platform for young entrepreneurs and innovators to explore America's new frontiers. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s... Read more

Rob High

Rob High is an IBM Fellow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Watson Group. He has overall responsibility for the Watson technical agenda and thought leadership in cognitive computing. He has published several white papers and video blogs on the role of Watson... Read more

Sam Kass

Sam Kass is the Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy. In this capacity, Sam leads the First Lady’s work to help America raise a healthier generation of kids and ensure that kids have the... Read more

Sheila Herrling

Sheila Herrling, senior vice president for social innovation at Case Foundation, leads the foundation’s efforts to develop and implement mission-driven domestic and international initiatives, expand tech for good platforms, leverage partnerships, promote entrepreneurial... Read more

Sheila Ohlsson Walker, Ph.D.

Dr. Walker’s research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health examines how biological research in genetics, epigenetics, and other biological analytes (hormones, antibodies, and chemicals) can complement social research to promote healthy behavior, fortify... Read more

Tamara Copeland

Tamara joined the staff of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in September 2006. In this position, she leads a staff committed to promoting and supporting effective and responsible philanthropy across Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and the District... Read more

Tien Wong

Mr. Tien Wong is chairman and CEO of Tech 2000, Inc., a Virginia-based EdTech company providing e-learning, learning analytics and mobile sales enablement software to Fortune 500, education and government clients. An active angel investor, he is also chairman of Opus8,... Read more

Todd Klein

Mr. Klein is a successful private equity investor and author who focuses on identifying, investing in and helping build transformative companies – those that not only succeed but transform their industries, their markets and the world around them. During his career he... Read more

Tom Kalil

Tom Kalil is the Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Senior Advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation for the National Economic Council. In this role, Tom serves as a senior White House... Read more

Waldo Jaquith

Waldo Jaquith is an open government technologist from Virginia. He's the Director of the U.S. Open Data Institute. In 2011, in acknowledgement of his transparency work, Jaquith was named a "Champion of Change" by the White House and, in 2012, an "OpenGov Champion" by the... Read more

Yanev Suissa

Yanev is the founder of SineWave Ventures, a new venture capital fund focused on connecting the top technology companies of the top VC firms to access the public sector.

Before starting SineWave, Yanev was an investor in New Enterprise Associates’ D.C. office.... Read more

Yanique Redwood

Yanique has overall responsibility for the strategic, programmatic, financial, and administrative operations of the Foundation. She joined the CHF team in 2012 as its second President and CEO.

Prior to joining CHF, Yanique worked for the Annie E. Casey... Read more

Yuvi Kochar

Yuvi Kochar, as the corporate CTO, constantly evaluates business opportunities and threats presented by new technologies to the diverse businesses of Graham Holdings. He collaborates with business and technology executives to develop innovative strategies to leverage the... Read more

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