Jon Clark. Medical Director at Red Bull Stratos

Dr. Jonathan Clark is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Space Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He was a Member of the NASA Spacecraft Crew Survival Integrated Investigation Team from 2004 to 2007 and Constellation EVA Systems Project Standing Review Board from 2007 to 2010. Dr. Clark worked at NASA from 1997 to 2005 as a Space Shuttle Crew Surgeon and served 26 years active duty in the U.S. Navy. Since 2009, Dr. Clark has been Medical Director of the Red Bull Stratos Project. His professional interests focus on the neurological effects of extreme environments and crew survival in space.

Jenn Lim. CEO and Chief Happiness Officer of Delivering Happiness

Jenn Lim is the CEO and Chief Happiness Officer of Delivering Happiness, a company she and Tony Hsieh (CEO of co-founded to inspire science-based happiness, passion and purpose at work, home and everyday life.

Delivering Happiness has evolved from a book to a bus tour, and now a company and global happiness movement represented by people from 110 countries. Today, she’s dedicated to growing the Delivering Happiness movement so we can all pay happiness forward – knowing if we create happier companies/communities/cities, we can make this a happier world.

Darell Hammond. Founder and CEO of KaBOOM!

Darell Hammond is the Founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, a not-for-profit based in
Washington, DC dedicated to saving play by making sure there is a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. KaBOOM! works with
communities and corporations to build playgrounds in North America where there are none. To help start the conversation and educate Americans about the importance of play in children’s lives, Hammond wrote KABOOM!: A Movement to Save Play (Rodale, April 2011; paperback, September 2012).

Founded out of Hammond’s apartment in 1996, KaBOOM! has raised $200 million,
rallied a million volunteers, led the hands-on construction of 2,200 playgrounds, and inspired a movement for the child’s right to play. Hammond was the 2011 recipient of the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award presented in Dalian, China and recently named to the Forbes Magazine list of the world’s Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs.

Hammond lives in Washington, DC, with his wife Kate Becker.

Judy Swan. Associate Director of the Princeton University Writing Program

When Judy Swan was growing up, everyone told her she’d have to pick just one thing to do. But that’s not been true; after starting out in scientific research, she now teaches writing to scientists at all levels in education, industry, and government. A graduate of Harvard University and MIT, Judy is currently an Associate Director of the Princeton Writing Program, where she gets to work with 18 different academic disciplines as she ponders why we all have so much trouble communicating with one another.


Rodrigo Arboleda. Chairman and CEO of One Laptop Per Child Association

Rodrigo Arboleda is Chairman and CEO of One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPCA), a not-for-profit entity seeking to provide equal opportunity of access to knowledge to small children in Developing Nations and in some communities within the USA. OLPCA’s mission focuses on socio-economic and cultural change via education, with primary interest in children of 3 years and up. Arboleda is in charge of worldwide operational issues related to the project. More than 2,700,000 laptops have been distributed so far to children in 41 countries and in 21 languages including many indigenous languages. Arboleda has been also a Visiting Scholar at the Media Lab of MIT, where he worked on the Digital Nations Consortium project and on the Education for Peace initiative, E4P. He has served also as a Board Member of the 2B1 Foundation, which made possible some of the projects developed at the Media Lab. He was born in Medellin, Colombia and completed his Bachelor Degree in Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in 1965.

Eve Picker. CEO of cityLAB Pittsburgh

Eve Picker’s world is wrapped around cities and change. Her background as an architect, city planner, urban designer, real estate developer, community development strategist, publisher and instigator, gives her a rich understanding of how cities work, how urban neighborhoods can be revitalized, what policies are needed to do it, and the unique marketing that creates the buzz needed for regeneration. With cityLAB, her first non-profit venture, Eve is turning her passion for cities to broader, city-wide revitalization issues.

Linda Benedict-Jones Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Linda Benedict-Jones has been Curator of Photography at Carnegie Museum of Art since 2008 when the Department of Photography was formed. Prior to this she served for 10 years as Executive Director of Silver Eye Center for Photography, a small non-profit arts organization on Pittsburgh’s historic Carson Street. She has also been Curator of Education at The Frick Art & Historical Center (1997 – 1999) and Curator of The Polaroid Collection in Cambridge, Massachusetts before moving to Pittsburgh in 1993. Benedict-Jones received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse and a Master of Science in Visual Studies degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to working at the museum, she teaches courses in the history of photography at Carnegie Mellon University.

Jeff Ferrell Professor, author, editor, and drifter

Jeff Ferrell is Professor of Sociology at Texas Christian University, USA, and Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of the books Crimes of Style, Tearing Down the Streets, and Empire of Scrounge, and co-author of Cultural Criminology, winner of the 2009 Distinguished Book Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of International Criminology. He’s also the founding and current editor of the NYU Press book series Alternative Criminology, and one of the founding editors of the journal Crime, Media, Culture, winner of the 2006 ALPSP Charlesworth Award for Best New Journal.

Rob Daley CEO of 4Moms

Robert Daley is the CEO of 4moms, a company he co-founded with Henry Thorne. 4moms makes high tech baby products which are sold in more than 30 countries. The Company employs 70 people at their headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. Capital partners include Bain Capital, Newell Rubbermaid, Blue Tree Allied Angels, Innovation Works and others. Previously Rob was a venture capitalist and investment banker. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Rebecca Alford Student Speaker Competition Winner

At just 14 years old, Rebecca Alford turned her own challenges due to visual impairment into a lifetime passion for computer science and medicine. By working to develop a new approach to understanding genetic disease in her high school laboratory and further at the Bonneau Laboratory at NYU, her efforts have erupted into new cutting-edge technologies that help to interpret the human genome towards developing better approaches to diagnosis and treatment. Rebecca is currently a freshman at Carnegie Mellon intending to major in Computational Biology with a focus in Machine Learning.

Stephen Tonti Student Speaker Competition Winner

Stephen is a Senior Directing major at Carnegie Mellon. He is also the current President of Carnegie Mellon’s Film Club. He recently completed his Thesis Project within the School of Drama: a production of Mac Wellman’s “A Murder of Crows.” He is currently working on creating a collective of Film Enthusiasts across Carnegie’s Campus as well as other colleges and universities around Pittsburgh. You can find out more about Stephen and his talk on his website: or follow his blog “Caffeine, Nicotine, and ADHD: a guide to maintaining sanity.”

The Originals Performers

The Originals are an all-male a cappella group from Carnegie Mellon University, known for their smooth voices and fun-loving personalities. With members from every college here at the university, they are a diverse bunch of guys that come together to sing, dance, and charm the pants off the audience. Performing everything from weddings to surprise serenades, these guys come together for their love of the music they make together. When they’re not singing, they enjoy eating together, living together, and putting the “O’s” in “bros.”

Chinmayi Bhavanishankar Performer

Chinmayi Bhavanishankar is a first year MBA candidate at Carnegie Mellon
University’s Tepper School of Business. She is a trained South Indian
Classical (Bharatanatyam) dancer and has been learning and performing for
almost 18 years. Born and raised in India, Chinmayi learned from Gurus
Mandakini Udupi, Ramya Udupi, and Ramamurthy Rao in India and continued her dance learning with Guru Ramaa Bharadvaj in Orange County after moving to the United States. She was a senior dancer in the Angahara Dance Ensemble
and has performed at various venues in Los Angeles and San Diego. She graduated from UCLA with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, and worked at Accenture as a consultant for four years before coming to business school. While in LA, she was an active volunteer with Vibha, a non-profit organization that raised funds for education of underprivileged children in India. She is a Consortium (CGSM) and Forte fellow, Vice President of the Graduate Business Association at Tepper, and is currently concentrating in Marketing and Strategy.


Steven Das Master of Ceremonies

Originally a software engineer, Carnegie Mellon Electrical and Computer
Engineering alumnus Steven Das nowadays focuses his energies on
seasteading, a movement to build floating, ocean-based cities which he
considers the ultimate realization of the Classical Liberal tradition
extending from the U.S. Constitution and the Magna Carta back to the
democracies of Ancient Greece. When not developing technology for or dreaming up a legal code for seasteads, Steven enjoys making and listening to music (especially opera,
Classical, and jazz), running, devouring books, speed learning, traveling,
and unwinding with friends and family.”

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