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.
Lieutenant Latricia Allen is Commander of the Community Engagement/Organizational Development Division and a 27-year veteran of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. She is committed to influencing positive change in her fractured community. She is a proud product of North St. Louis, namely the 3800 block of Labadie.
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.
Eric Ben-Artzi is the Deutsche Bank whistleblower that turned down an $8.25M award from the SEC after exposing major accounting and risk violations at the bank. He believes the SEC did not do enough to punish the executives responsible for the wrongdoings.
De-Rance Renette Blaylock played one of the title roles in A&M’s production of “Porgy & Bess,” opposite “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard. She now sings with Chris & Kyle with True Spirit, and Jesse Williams & Total Praise.
De-Andrea Blaylock-Johnson is licensed in the State of Missouri as a Clinical Social Worker and owns Sankofa Sex Therapy where she provides therapy to individuals and those in relationships of all types. She also serves as an executive board member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network and a member of the Information and Education Committee of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.
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.
Jean Case is the CEO of the Case Foundation and the first female Chairman of the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees. She is an actively engaged philanthropist, investor and a pioneer in the world of interactive technologies. The Case Foundation is recognized for its innovative efforts to address significant social challenges, harnessing the best impulses of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and collaboration to drive exponential impact.
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.
Duane Martin Foster
Duane Martin Foster is Fine Arts Coordinator for the Normandy Schools Collaborative and Choir Director at the high school. While at the high school, he created the Normandy Dance Academy, which has hosted residencies with the Houston Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Shanghai Ballet, Ensemble Espanol, Pilobolus and Alvin Ailey. He is committed to bringing the highest quality of arts education to the youth not only in Normandy, but also in the greater St. Louis area.
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.
John Leggette is currently employed by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department where he has proudly served as a Police Officer for the past 15 years. He is founder and Choral Manager of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Choir. The SLMPD Choir is comprised of Commissioned Police Officers, Civilian Employees, and Community Volunteers, and is one of only three police choirs in the United Stated of America.
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.
Bonnie Paul, Ph.D. is the co-founder of the award-winning nonprofit, The Freedom to Choose Project. For the past 13 years she has co-developed and co-led workshops teaching over 3,000 men & women in prison the skills to succeed when they are released, including skills for choosing responsibility, handling anger constructively, finding forgiveness and inner freedom.