Ambience

Want a light show? DonÍt know what that is?
Ambience is a student group dedicated to glove lightshows. The UC Berkeley chapter was the first to be established, and chapters have been established across the US. Gloving is an art form and a style of dance that primarily involves manipulation of fingers and hands with strobelights attached to mesmerize and entertain an audience. Ambience provides university students with a community that fosters the growth of their gloving skills and allows them to share those skills with others. In addition, Ambience collaborates with other student groups on campus to perform at showcases and philanthropic events.

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Chris Anderson

Anderson took the helm of Wired in 2001 and led the magazine
to more than two dozen National Magazine Award nominations since,
winning the prestigious top prize for general excellence in 2005, 2007
and 2009. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Long
Tail and FREE: The Future of a Radical Price, both of which are based
on influential articles published in Wired.

He is also founder of 3D Robotics, an open source robotics company.
He was titled in April 2007 to the ñTime 100,î the news magazineÍs
list of the 100 most influential men and women in the world. He
previously was at The Economist, where he served as U.S. business
editor, Asia business editor and technology editor. AndersonÍs media
career began at the two premier science journals, Nature and Science,
where he served in several editorial capacities.

Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from George
Washington University and studied Quantum Mechanics and Science
Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Louann Brizendine

Louann Brizendine, M.D. is a practicing neuropsychiatrist, a New York Times best- selling author, and a media commentator specializing in sex differences and The Male and Female Brain.

She completed her degree in Neurobiology at UC Berkeley, graduated from Yale School of Medicine and did her internship and residency at Harvard Medical School. She has also served on both the faculties of Harvard University and University of California at San Francisco. Now an endowed professor at UCSF, Dr. Brizendine pursues active clinical, teaching, writing and research activities, where she founded the WomenÍs Mood and Hormone Clinic in 1994 and continues to serve as the clinicÍs director. Her first book, ñThe Female Brain,î has been translated into 30 languages and its follow-up, ñThe Male Brain,î is now in15 languages.

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The California Golden Overtones

The California Golden Overtones are an all-female completely student-run A Cappella group on the UC Berkeley Campus. They have been around for over 20 years and perform all over Cal! From writing their own arrangements to performing at private gigs, the California Golden Overtones love to spread joy and Cal Spirit. Catch them every Friday at 1 pm by the beautiful Sather Gate!

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Mallika Chopra

Mallika Chopra is a mom, media entrepreneur, published author, and a notable voice in the fields of parenting, meditation, the power of intention and how social media can be used for personal, social and global wellbeing. She is the founder of Intent.com _ an online destination for turning your intentions into tangible actions, and inspiring others to do the same. She also launched The Chopra Well, a premiere YouTube channel with her father, Deepak Chopra, and brother, Gotham Chopra, in the summer of 2012. MallikaÍs intent is to harness the power of social media to connect people from around the world to improve their own lives, their communities and the planet.

Mallika is the author of 100 Promises To My Baby and 100 Questions from My Child. Her many experiences include re-launching MTV in India in the 1990Ís, as well as launching Michael JacksonÍs Heal The World Foundation. Mallika blogs regularly on Intentblog.com, and has been featured in Fast Company, Inc.com, LA Times, W Magazine, Huffington Post and many other media publications. She is a graduate of Brown University and has an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School.

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Alex Filippenko

Alex Filippenko received his Ph.D. in astronomy from Caltech in 1984 and joined the University of California, Berkeley faculty in 1986, where he is currently the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences. An observational astronomer who makes frequent use of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Keck 10- meter telescopes, his primary areas of research are supernovae, active galaxies, black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and the expansion of the Universe. FilippenkoÍs research accomplishments, documented in more than 700 published papers, have been recognized with several major awards, including election to the US National Academy of Sciences. One of the worldÍs most highly cited astronomers, he was the only person to have been a member of both teams that revealed the accelerating expansion of the Universe, propelled by mysterious ñdark energy.î This discovery was deemed the ñTop Breakthrough of 1998î by the editors of Science magazine. The teams received the 2007 Gruber Cosmology Prize for their discovery, which was subsequently honored with the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics to the leaders.

Filippenko has won the top teaching awards at UC Berkeley, and students have voted him the ñBest Professorî on campus a record 9 times. In 2006, he was titled the Carnegie/CASE National Professor of the Year among doctoral institutions, and he also won the 2010 Richard H. Emmons Award for excellence in the teaching of college level introductory astronomy for non-science majors. He has produced 5 video courses with The Great Courses, coauthored an award-winning astronomy textbook, and appears in about 100 TV documentaries, including 40 episodes of The Universe series on The History Channel and H2. In 2004, he was awarded the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization. He is addicted to observing total solar eclipses, having seen 12 of them so far.

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Eden Full

Eden Full is the Founder of Roseicollis Technologies Inc. She studied for two years at Princeton University and is currently taking gap years to work on her start-up full time after being selected for the inaugural class of the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship. titled one of the 30 under 30 in ForbesÍ Energy category two years in a row and AshokaÍs Youth Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Eden founded Roseicollis Technologies Inc. to take her solar panel tracking invention called the SunSaluter to developing communities and established markets that need them. The SunSaluter won the Mashable/UN Foundation Startups for Social Good Challenge and was awarded the runner-up prize at the 2011 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. While at Princeton, Eden initiated and curated TEDxPrincetonU. Proudly Canadian, she was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. After coxing for the Princeton lightweight womenÍs team, Eden was selected to be the coxswain for the 2012 Rowing CanadaÍs senior womenÍs development team, where they won a gold medal at Holland Beker and the Remenham Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, beating the German Olympic boat.

Eden currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and trains with the California Rowing Club.

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Dan Millman

After topping off his time in high school by winning the US Gymnastics Federation national title on the trampoline, Dan enrolled at UC Berkeley and expanded upon his gymnastic success by winning more championships for trampoline, vault, and floor exercise. In 1966 Millman competed in the Maccabiah Games, winning four gold medals in gymnastics.

Dan graduated in 1968, shortly after he was voted Senior UC Berkeley Athlete of the Year. He then spent 4 years as director of gymnastics at Stanford. During his time at Stanford, Millman cultivated excellence, coaching Olympian Steve Hug and bringing national recognition to the Stanford team. Dan concurrently studied various martial arts during this time, earning a black belt in Aikido.

In 1972 Millman accepted a faculty position at Oberlin University in Ohio. With grant money from Oberlin, Dan travelled to San Francisco, Hawaii, India, and Hong Kong studying the Arica School of thought, practicing yoga, and expanding his martial skills. In short, Dan passionately explored spirituality and self-improvement.

Dan introduced his first book, now titled Body Mind Mastery, establishing his foray into the authorial realm in 1979. Since then Millman has written an impressive 16 books, both fiction and nonfiction, and all focus on the conscious evolution of the mind and body. DanÍs books have been translated to 29 languages and have influenced millions of lives. Perhaps his most popular book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, was adapted to film in 2006.

Today Dan devotes his time to writing, speaking, and teaching men and women from all backgrounds, including leaders in the fields of health, psychology, education, business, sports, politics, entertainment, and the arts. Dan lives in San Rafael, California, with his wife Joy. They have three grown daughters and three grandchildren.

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Robert Neuwirth

Robert Neuwirth is the author of two books on alternative social and economic structures „ Stealth of Nations, an up-close investigation of the value of street markets and underground trade, and Shadow Cities, which looks at squatter communities as normal urban neighborhoods.
Neuwirth gained the experience and insight necessary to write these two books by spending more than four years living in shantytowns throughout the world. He has worked with street vendors and gray marketers to personally examine the worldÍs informal economy, an economy that accounts for a staggering 1.8 billion jobs.

Neuwirth believes that a goal of the 21st century should not be to end squatter cities or shut down gray markets but rather to engage and empower those who live and work in them

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Kim Polese

Kim Polese is a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur and innovator. She currently serves as Chairman of ClearStreet, a startup company leveraging the power of social incentives to help people build savings, eliminate debt and achieve long-term financial health.

Polese was the founding product manager for Java at Sun Microsystems and led its launch in 1995. She then co-founded Marimba Inc., a leader in Internet systems management, and served as President, CEO and Chairman, leading the company through a successful IPO and acquisition by BMC Corporation. Polese also served as CEO of SpikeSource Inc., a pioneer in the automation of open source application management. She began her career at AI company IntelliCorp, helping companies use expert systems to transform their businesses.

Polese is a prominent advocate of public policy to increase AmericaÍs innovation capacity and is a member of President ObamaÍs Innovation Advisory Board. She also serves on the boards of TechNet, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Public Policy Institute of California, the University of California PresidentÍs Board on Science and Innovation, the Long Now Foundation and the Global Security Institute. Polese is the recipient of the numerous awards and recognition including Time MagazineÍs ñ25 Most Influential Americans;î the National Center for Women in Technology ñInnovator of the Year,î and San Francisco Business JournalÍs ñMost Influential Womenî.

Polese earned her BachelorÍs degree in Biophysics at UC Berkeley and studied computer science at the University of Washington. She received an honorary doctorate in Business and Economics from California State University.

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Ananya Roy

Ananya Roy is Professor of City and Regional Planning and Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty and Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. She also serves as Education Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies and in this capacity founded and now leads the largest undergraduate minor at UC Berkeley, a program in Global Poverty and Practice.



Roy holds a B.A. (1992) in Comparative Urban Studies from Mills College, a M.C.P. (1994) and a Ph.D. (1999) from the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of City Requiem, Calcutta: Gender and the Politics of Poverty (University of Minnesota Press, 2003) and co-editor of Urban Informality: Transnational Perspectives from the Middle East, South Asia, and Latin America (Lexington Books, 2004), The Practice of International Health (Oxford University Press, 2008), and Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments and the Art of Being Global (Blackwell, 2011). Her authored book,Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development (Routledge, 2010) is the recipient of the 2011 Paul Davidoff Book Award, which recognizes research that advances social justice.

Roy is a committed teacher in the fields of global urbanism and international development. In 2006, Roy was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor UC Berkeley bestows on its faculty. Also in 2006, Roy was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Mentors award, a recognition bestowed by the Graduate Assembly of the University of California at Berkeley. In 2008, Roy was the recipient of the Golden Apple Teaching award, the only teaching award given by the student body. She was the 2009 California Professor of the Year by CASE/ Carnegie Foundation. Most recently, Roy received the 2011 Excellence in Achivement Award of the California Alumni Association, a lifetime achievement recognition.

Roy is currently involved in three collaborative projects of research and practice: Urban Revolutions in the Age of Global Urbanism (with Eric Sheppard, Helga Leitner, Vinay Gidwani, Michael Goldman, Anant Maringanti, and Jo Santoso); The 21st Century Indian City: Setting New Agendas for Policy (with Raka Ray, Pranab Bardhan, and Ashok Bardhan); and Territories of Poverty: Rethinking Poverty Scholarship (with Emma Shaw Crane). All three projects are concerned with poverty and inequality as well as with the question of social change.

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Karen Sokal-Gutierrez

Karen Sokal-Gutierrez is a physician trained in pediatrics, preventive medicine, and public health, with a focus on maternal-child health. She received her BS degree from Yale University, MD from University of California San Francisco, and MPH from University of California Berkeley. She has worked as a physician in community health clinics, public health program administrator, consultant to child care and preschool programs, and writer for a parenting website. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health where she teaches medical students, public health graduate students and undergraduate students. Her work focuses on improving early childhood health. She is active in advocacy as a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and has worked in global health for over 30 years, including for the past 10 years leading a family of studies on childrenÍs oral health and nutrition in El Salvador, Ecuador, Peru, Vietnam, Nepal and India, in which over 100 volunteer students and health professionals have participated.

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Cecily Sommers

A global trends analyst, Cecily Sommers helps organizations understand and prepare for the emerging technologies, markets, and ideas shaping our world. She is the author of Think Like a Futurist: Know What Changes, What DoesnÍt, and WhatÍs Next and the founder of The Push Institute, a non-profit think tank that tracks significant global trends and their implications for business, government, and non-profit sectors over the next 5-10-25-50 years.

Many companies have benefited from the strategic foresight Cecily offers, Accenture, American Express, Best Buy, General Mills, HealthPartners, Kraft Foods, Motorola, Target, Wrigley, and Yahoo! among them. Whether an executive briefing, scenario planning, or designing an innovation program and training for a multi-national corporation, clients find CecilyÍs straight-forward approach a welcome and practical antidote to the complex challenges they face.

A popular speaker at conferences, business schools and retreats across the country, Cecily treats her audience to a guided tour of the future, noting key opportunities and challenges along the way. Cecily was selected as one of Fast CompanyÍs ñFast 50 ReaderÍsÍ Favoritesî and titled by the Business Journal as one of twenty_five Women to Watch. She is a semi-regular contributor to NPRÍs ñAll Things Consideredî and other media outlets, where she reports on emerging technologies, markets, and ideas shaping our world. Cecily is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.

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Victoria Theodore

Victoria Theodore, a 3rd generation Bay Area native, is a graduate of Oberlin College / Conservatory of Music with 2 Bachelor degrees: Bachelor of Music in Classical Piano Performance and Computer Music, and Bachelor of Arts in Music History. She is also a graduate of Stanford University with a MasterÍs Degree (Master of Arts) in Classical Piano Performance.

Victoria has been a keyboardist and background singer in Stevie WonderÍs band since August 2007, and has appeared in concert with the legendary musical genius on stages around the world, on television, and in his live concert DVD, Live At Last.

Working with Stevie Wonder, Victoria has performed with artists ranging from Sting to Prince, Esperanza Spalding to Tony Bennett, John Mayer to John Legend, Mary Mary to Marcus Miller. She has also worked with local music stars Dwayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Ton_!, disco diva Thelma Houston, rap artists Oaktown 357, Tony Lindsay (lead singer for Santana). Victoria has accompanied classical artists such as soprano Hope Briggs, tenor Robert Simms, and worked with conductors Marika Kuzma, Michael Morgan, and Deidre McClure and for several Bay Area organizations and ensembles.

Victoria is a highly sought Bay Area pianist, keyboardist, accompanist and piano instructor, respected for her wide ranging musical versatility. Victoria has performed around the world as an active freelance musician, performing with several R&B, jazz, gospel, pop and classical artists, choruses, churches and bands.

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Curt Tofteland

Curt L. Tofteland is the founder of the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare Behind Bars (SBB) program. During his 18 years of work with Shakespeare in corrections, he has created many innovative programs.

From 1995 _ 2008, he facilitated the SBB/KY program at the Luther Lucket Correctional Complex, producing and directing 14 Shakespeare Productions.

The 2003 SBB/KY production of The Tempest was chronicled by Philomath Films producing a documentary that premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and has screened at 40+ film festivals around the world winning a total of 11 film awards.

Curt has worked in the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women _ where he taught college theatre classes for the Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) and created a Ten Minute Playwriting Program. Additionaly, he worked at the Kentucky State Reformatory _ where he taught JCTC theatre classes.

In the summer of 2010, Curt partnered with filmmaker/director/producer Robby Henson and playwright Elizabeth Orndorf to create Voices Inside/Out _ a 10-minute playwriting program at the Northpoint Training Center in Burgin, Kentucky. The program has generated inmate authored plays that have been professionally produced at Theatrelab, an Off-Off-Broadway theatre in New York City.

On February 12, 2011, Curt created the Shakespeare Behind Bars program at the Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility in Muskegon Heights, Michigan.

In November of 2012, Curt launched the Shakespeare Behind Bars co-gender juvenile program at the Ottawa County Detention Center and the Ottawa Count Juvenile Justice Institute.

Curt is a published poet and essayist. Currently he is writing his own book, Behind the Bard-Wire: Reflection, Responsibility, Redemption, & Forgiveness ƒ The Transformative Power of Art, Theatre, and Shakespeare.

Curt is the recipient of two distinctive fellowships, from the Fulbright Foundation and the Petra Foundation, for his work with Shakespeare in corrections. CurtÍs 2011 Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship took him to Australia where he brought SBB to the Borallon Corectional Centre in the Queensland. For his invvovative theatre work with Shakespeare for underserved populations, Curt received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Bellarmine University.

Curt has delivered two TED Talks. In 2012, at the TEDx Macatawa in Holland, Michigan, where the subject of his talk was mercy and in the 2010, at the TEDx East in New York City where the subject of his talk was shame.

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Chef Erica Wildes

Erica Wides is the host and co-creator of LetÍs Get Real: The Cooking Show About Finding, Preparing and Eating Food on the Heritage Radio Network. Known for her sarcasm, wit, in-touch attitude and matchless knowledge of everything food, Wides is a national authority on how to find, afford, cook and eat minimally processed, natural foodstuffs, or real food. Often referred to as the Jon Stewart of food, Chef Wides specializes in taking the ñwhole-foods lifestyleî out of the realm of the food elite, and educating the public at large how to tell real food from processed food that is masquerading as real food, or Foodiness».

On LetÍs Get Real Chef Wides clears a realistic path for anyone to have access to real food. ƒno chicken coop, bee-hive or home-grown vegetables required.

As the host of LetÍs Get Real Chef Wides has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, BBC Radio 5 and NPR, and contributed to or been reported on in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Grist, YahooÍs Shine, Metro, C-Span and Food Republic, among others. A national media veteran, she has appeared on PBSÍs Stress Free Cooking, Martha Stewart Morning Living, the Food NetworkÍs Chopped and Top Five, and HSN TV; is a regular guest on NPRÍs All Things Considered; and is a featured culinary expert for About.com.

Chef Wides was also a Chef and Culinary Instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education for 15 years.

Chef WidesÍ TedX talk was co-written with her LetÍs Get Real co-producer, Christopher Nutter of Nutter Media.

She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Yaelisa

Yaelisa is one of the most gifted Flamenco artists of her generation. Raised by a Spanish flamenco artist, she was surrounded from birth by the rhythms, gestures and vocal laments of the art in its purest form, where her unique improvisational abilities began to flourish. At the age of 4 she danced on the stage of the famous Casa Madrid, and her immersion in flamenco culture became a part of her life because of her mother, the renowned singer/dancer Isa Mura. She has performed with many of SpainÍs finest artists, including Alejandro Granados, Antonio ñEl Pipa,î Manuel and Antonio Malena, Domingo Ortega, Enrique ñEl Extremeno,î Yeye de Càdiz, Mateo Soleà, El Junco, Juan Ogalla, Geronimo, Felipe Maya and others. Since 1986, Yaelisa has spent extensive periods of time living and performing in Spain, presenting her choreography there and in the U.S. Her choreographies have been commissioned by several modern dance companies, including John Malashock & Company, Rose Polsky and Collage Dance Theatre, and she choreographed and performed in the San Jose Repertory Theater production of ñTwelfth Night.î In 1995, she was one of eleven international choreographers in Spain invited to present her choreography at the prestigious Certàmen de CoreografÕa in Madrid, and the only American choreographer chosen among them. In 1996, she returned to the U.S. where she continues to develop and train dancers for her company. She has choreographed and appeared in several feature films and music videos. Internationally recognized as a master teacher, Yaelisa has developed a teaching style that emphasizes cultural understanding and knowledge of the cante. Her unique improvisational knowledge and history lend an authority to her workshops and classes, and many of her students and dancers have gone on to study and perform in Spain and the U.S. She is the recipient of an Emmy Award for Choreography in 1993 for the PBS program, ñDesde Càdiz a Sevilla,î and an NEA Choreography Fellowship. In 2005, Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for excellence in the category of ñBest Company Performance,î and in 2006 she was chosen as one of ABC-7Ís ñProfiles in Excellenceî Hispanic leadership awardees. In 2007, Yaelisa choreographed and consulted on a production of Garcia LorcaÍs ïBlood WeddingÍ for Shotgun Players Theater group. In recent years, Yaelisa and her Company have worked in film, music video and television, and also as guest artists for the Pacific Symphony and the California Symphony orchestras. Yaelisa is the co-founder and artistic director of the New World Flamenco Festival held at the Irvine Barclay Theater in Irvine, California.

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Ambience

Want a light show? DonÍt know what that is?
Ambience is a student group dedicated to glove light...

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Chris Anderson

Anderson took the helm of Wired in 2001 and led the magazine
to more than two dozen National Mag...

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Louann Brizendine

Louann Brizendine, M.D. is a practicing neuropsychiatrist, a New York Times best- selling author, an...

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The California Golden Overtones

The California Golden Overtones are an all-female completely student-run A Cappella group on the UC ...

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Mallika Chopra

Mallika Chopra is a mom, media entrepreneur, published author, and a notable voice in the fields of ...

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Alex Filippenko

Alex Filippenko received his Ph.D. in astronomy from Caltech in 1984 and joined the University of Ca...

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Eden Full

Eden Full is the Founder of Roseicollis Technologies Inc. She studied for two years at Princeton Uni...

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Dan Millman

After topping off his time in high school by winning the US Gymnastics Federation national title on ...

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Robert Neuwirth

Robert Neuwirth is the author of two books on alternative social and economic structures „ Stealth o...

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Kim Polese

Kim Polese is a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur and innovator. She currently serves as Chairman ...

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Ananya Roy

Ananya Roy is Professor of City and Regional Planning and Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty and ...

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Karen Sokal-Gutierrez

Karen Sokal-Gutierrez is a physician trained in pediatrics, preventive medicine, and public health, ...

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Cecily Sommers

A global trends analyst, Cecily Sommers helps organizations understand and prepare for the emerging ...

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Victoria Theodore

Victoria Theodore, a 3rd generation Bay Area native, is a graduate of Oberlin College / Conservatory...

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Curt Tofteland

Curt L. Tofteland is the founder of the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare Behind Bars (SBB) prog...

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Chef Erica Wildes

Erica Wides is the host and co-creator of LetÍs Get Real: The Cooking Show About Finding, Preparing ...

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Yaelisa

Yaelisa is one of the most gifted Flamenco artists of her generation. Raised by a Spanish flamenco ...

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