Gordon Lubold has covered the U.S. military and national security for more than 15 years. He is now the Pentagon reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where he covers operations, strategy, and senior Pentagon leadership.
Hilary Niver-Johnson began her professional career at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Foresty in Syracuse, New York. After two years of developing grape pomace processing systems, and winning two grants for this work, Hilary returned to the Finger Lakes of New York and founded Sustainable Viticulture Systems (SVS). SVS specializes in recycling grape pomace for gourmet food products and renewable energy.
Jessica Belgrave founded the non-profit Mothers Helping Mothers to embody her passion for creating social change in the community through helping women and teen girls. This organization offers mentorship programs and provides a support network so that mothers can help mothers realize their dreams.
Kathleen Ballantyne made her debut as a composer with Women’s Works of Ithaca in March 2014. Recent premieres of her works include From Shale Rock We Rise with the Grassroots Chamber Orchestra and Are Women People? with the Siena College Choirs and Musicians of Ma’alwyck. Her website is http:// kathleenballantyne.com.
Keith Thorne, Ph.D., is an astrophysicist at the LIGO Observatory in Louisiana. It was the prospect of detecting gravitational waves that lured Keith and his family to the South. More information about Keith's work with LIGO can be found at http://mountainhomemag.com/people-life/our-man-at-ligo/.
Logan is the CEO of AnyCafé INC., a company seeking to innovate in the Single Serve Brewing space with their product, the AnyCafé Travel Brewer. Logan has been interested in leadership roles since he was young, and has had many great mentors help him become the leader and team builder he is today.
The world-renowned musician Samite was born and raised in Uganda, where his grandfather taught him to play the traditional flute. He performed frequently to enthusiastic audiences throughout Uganda until 1982, when he was forced to flee to Kenya as a political refugee. In 2002, he founded Musicians for World Harmony, an organiza- tion that enables musicians throughout the world to share their music to promote peace, understanding, and harmony among people.