Visionary, artist and large-scale metal sculptor. Beth’s metal masterpieces have been created for places like Concourse Park, Kansas City, Mo., the John Wayne International Airport, Orange County, Calif. and the National Special Olympic Torch, and Lincoln, Neb., just to name a few. Beth lives and works in the Crossroads Arts District located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. It is her belief that artwork has the ability to influence people, communities, and the world at large. Nybeck uses her passion in sculpting metal to connect her ideas to those around her.
Laura Isaac has chosen to explore the research of Dr. Anders Ericsson and the idea that it takes 10,000 hours of directed practice to become an expert at something. Laura had absolutely no experience with knitting prior to beginning this project in February of 2011. With 10,000 Hours, Laura shares the entire process of her knitting journey. She is opening up every aspect of the project, from thoughts and emotions to straight-forward documentation of her mistakes and accomplishments. Offering herself and her time in the spirit of exploration and discovery; she hopes she can learn about how people pursue goals, acquire skills, and even how people identify themselves.
Mai Tadokoro moved to the United States in 2002 from Nara, Japan. Mai is an active percussionist and educator in the Kansas City region. She is also a founding member of Ad Astra Percussion, a new music percussion ensemble group in Lawrence, Kansas. Mai has performed with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, Kansas City Wind Symphony, Fountain City Brass Band, and Opera Festival Neue Eutiner Festspiel in Eutin, Germany. She currently holds a graduate teaching assistant position at the University of Kansas, where she is pursuing a DMA degree. Mai will perform “Velocities (Moto Perpetuo)” by Joseph Schwantner on the marimba.
Christian Fisher has spent his career building the best and brightest teams in the technology community. With a resume that includes working with Twitter, Yelp, Adknowledge and many more, Christian has become a global force to be reckoned with in regards to talent acquisition. He has been recognized as one of the top HR/Talent acquisition specialists by HRB, Inc, Forbes and others. Christian’s current venture Briefcase, a platform aimed at solving the challenge of how college students find job opportunities, is poised for success as they have secured Venture Capital and are currently in talks with dozens of schools to figure out how to off-set the urgent need for students to find not just any job, but the right job. Christian was recently chosen as a Kansas City rising star by the KC biz magazine and chosen as one of the top CEOs to watch in the Midwest by HRB.
Kris Wade is the executive director /co-founder of the Kansas City Justice Project, a nonprofit human rights organization in Kansas City, Missouri, providing advocacy and criminal justice system navigation for women in poverty suffering from homelessness, domestic violence, mental illness, addiction, prostitution, or other forms of trafficking exploitation/abuse. She was a panelist on Human Trafficking at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, as well as a member of the community advisory board of the Missouri Reentry Program through Missouri Probation and Parole and a member of the Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Kris is also a survivor of crimes against women.
Claude Aldridge spent much of his career working in startups including Transportation.com (sold to Yellow Corp) and AthletixNation.com (purchased by Digital Broadcast Group). He was a founding partner of financial management firm Aldridge, Cherra & Aldridge as well as advised several startups regarding their digital strategy. He spent several years in Venture Capital joining Open Air Ventures, a firm focused on mobile wireless based solutions. Currently Claude is the Co-Founder of Trellie Inc. Trellie is a Women's Wearable Tech Lifestyle Brand that enables women to simplify and prioritize their busy lives. Through wearable technology and elegant design, Trellie seamlessly empowers women to filter out the noise and focus on what is important in their lives.