Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian is the CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO, a global investment management firm and one of the world’s largest bond investors with approximately US$1.2 trillion of assets under management at the end of 2010
Harmon Parker, a 2010 CNN Hero, has been building bridges since 1997. He has built over 46 bridges in Kenya. Harmon’s Bridging the Gap organization is looking to share technology and resources in order to bring more footbridges to the countless rural poor on the African Continent. The organization oversees the building of bridges that not only save lives but connect isolated villagers to resources that can improve their way of life.
Dr. Rick Warren is passionate about attacking what he calls the five “Global Goliaths” – spiritual emptiness, egocentric leadership, extreme poverty, pandemic disease, and illiteracy/poor education. His goal is a second Reformation by restoring responsibility in people, credibility in churches, and civility in culture. He is a pastor, global strategist, theologian, and philanthropist.
Physician, psychiatrist, and teacher, Daniel Amen, MD, is one of the world’s foremost experts on applying brain imaging science to clinical psychiatric practice. He is widely regarded as a gifted teacher, taking complex brain science concepts to make them easily accessible to other professionals and the general public.
Dondeena Bradley, Ph.D., is Vice President, Global Design and Development, Nutrition Ventures for PepsiCo. She is responsible for designing new solutions that target special nutritional needs of consumers with diverse health issues, such as obesity and diabetes. Dondeena’s prior role at PepsiCo was leading the nutrition organization responsible for delivering global strategies for nutrition standards, nutrient fortification, and education programs.
The lens through which Shelene Bryan sees the world changed dramatically after she decided to travel to Africa to see if the children she and her family were sponsoring were for real. Happily married with two young children and a burgeoning career as a movie producer, Shelene was compelled to learn more about the two children whose pictures hung on her refrigerator door.
Ann Marie Calhoun is a diverse artist, most notably as a rock violinist and virtuoso across many diverse genres of music. Her experience and unique ability have made her a sought-after creative force in the entertainment industry. Touring with the legendary Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart (Eurthymics), Jethro Tull, and Steve Vai, she has also performed as a soloist at the Grammy awards, performed with Bon Jovi at the White House for President Obama, and was featured at Radio City Music Hall.
Ann Marie’s musical gifts emerged when she was a young child, and she played bluegrass music with her siblings in The Simpson Family Band. She graduated from The University of Virginia where she double majored in music and biology.
Lindsey Duncan’s journey into the natural health field stemmed from serious health problems he experienced as a child. He struggled with his own health issues for the greater part of his childhood. Conventional medicine failed to help him, but an introduction to nutrition and alternative health care completely changed the quality of his life and health forever. A homeopathic doctor, Lindsey opened Home Nutrition Clinic in Santa Monica, California in 1985.
Jean de Kerguiziau de Kervasdoué is professor of health economics and management (Conservatoire national des arts et métiers – CNAM) and the dean of the “Ecole Pasteur/CNAM de santé publique” in Paris. A member of the French “Académie des technologies” (French Academy of Technology), he studied in France as well in the United States where he earned a Ph.D. and MBA at Cornell University.
When most men would be considering retirement, John is just finding his third wind. Currently Senior Advisor and serial innovator in Global Health & Development for the BetterUFoundation.org with fifteen years as syndicated radio broadcaster, and current author of 70 Educational Titles on Preventative Mental Health, John Jolliffe maintains a busy international psychotherapy and consultancy practice.
Joseph A. Maciariello is a man of conviction, determined to carry on the beliefs and legacy of his longtime collaborator Peter Drucker. Joseph collaborated with Drucker on the bestselling book, “The Daily Drucker” and “The Effective Executive in Action.” Through his ongoing work with The Drucker Institute, he revised Peter Drucker’s “Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices”, published as “Management Revised”, and Peter Drucker’s book “Management Cases” published as “Management Cases Revised”. Joseph, along with Karen Linletter, co-authored the recently released book, “Drucker’s Lost Art of Management: Peter Drucker’s Timeless Vision for Building Effective Organizations” upon which Joseph’s TEDx talk is based.
Richard Matthew, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of California Irvine and the founding director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (www.cusa.uci.edu). He spends much of his time in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, studying how environmental stress contributes to violent conflict and other types of crisis. For several years he has worked closely with the United Nations to integrate natural resource management and climate change adaptation into peace-building efforts, participating in various field assessments and directing one in Sierra Leone. He teaches courses on sustainability and social enterprise.
A dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Donald McKayle, has been named “One of America’s Dance Treasures: the First 100″ by the Dance Heritage Coalition. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Lula Washington Dance Theatre serve as repositories for his works. Donald has received five Tony nominations in choreography for Broadway musical theater.
Sid Mohasseb, is the Chief Executive Officer for WiseWindow, Inc. the leader in mass opinion business intelligence. Sid is also the managing director of Venture Farm LLC, an early stage execution and funding organization. Additionally, he is the founding president of TiE OC and is currently serving on a number of boards including the advisory board for the business schools at Chapman University and UCI. He is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Chapman University.
Lisa Naugle is Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Lisa earned her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts and her Ph.D. in Dance Education at New York University. Since 1991, Lisa has been exploring the convergence between choreography and improvisation for performances with digital media. Her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally in Canada, England, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, China and Korea.
Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., is Co-Founder, Senior Institute Scientist, and Chief Technical Officer of the MIND Research Institute. He is the creator of MIND’s Math instructional software that teaches math to students using a unique non-language-based approach. Matthew was recently featured on Discovery Channel’s “Profile Series.” His focus is on developing math learning environments that initially convey sophisticated concepts visually, enabling students to gain a solid conceptual understanding of mathematics regardless of language proficiency. After completing his undergraduate degrees in Biology, Electrical Engineering and Chinese Language and Literature from UC Irvine, he went on to obtain his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UC Berkeley. Matthew’s cutting-edge teaching methods are currently benefiting over 300,000 students. He is the author of “MIND’s Algebra Readiness” textbook, adopted in California in 2008, in addition to other technical and scientific publications.
Amy Purdy has been through hardships that most of us will never face – or can even fathom. But what makes her story so incredible is not that fact that she lived a “normal” childhood and spent her high school years as a passionate artist and snowboarder, then traumatically lost both her legs at age 19, but how she has persevered, taking implausible challenges and rising above them.
Alice Shin is creative director and one of the founding members of Kogi, an LA-based taco truck that has turned from renegade, stray Korean lonchera to an iconic LA traveling landmark in just over two years. Credited as the social media guru behind Kogi, Alice is quick to share the limelight. Kogi’s first “big break” came when it contacted food bloggers about trying its tacos. The bloggers then wrote rave reviews about Kogi. Kogi’s subsequent use of Twitter to announce its location led to considerable buzz on social networking services, leading Newsweek to proclaim Kogi “America’s first viral eatery”.
Lisa Sparks, Ph.D., is passionate about understanding and creating accurate health care messages that promote a healthier population. Whether working with the entertainment industry to assure that television and movie scripts are accurate when depicting diseases and conditions, or conducting research, Lisa is committed to improving health through better communication.
Carl St.Clair celebrates his 21st season as Musical Director of the Pacific Symphony this year. During his tenure, he has become widely recognized for his musically distinguished performances, his commitment to building outstanding educational programs and his innovative approaches to programming.
Danny Sullivan has been helping webmasters, marketers and web users understand how search engines work for 15 years. He has been quoted in The Wall St. Journal, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, The New Yorker and Newsweek and ABC’s Nightline.
Harry West, Ph.D., guides the strategic direction and global growth for Continuum, the mastermind design firm behind many products and brands consumers encounter in everyday life. He is a hands-on innovation practitioner: engaging with clients, understanding global consumers, and designing innovation. He travels and learns constantly to stay connected with real needs in our rapidly changing world.
Sheron Wray is the creator of Texterritory, an award winning performance format that integrates the audiences’ use of their cell phones with live performance. She was formerly a principal dancer with London Contemporary Dance Theater and Rambert Dance Company.
Sizhao “Zao” Yang is currently the COO/co-founder of BetterWorks, Inc., a perks platform for small medium businesses. Previously, he co-created Farmville, and was the CEO/co-founder of MyMiniLife, Inc., which was sold to Zynga Game Networks, Inc. After the acquisition, MyMiniLife became the common technology platform at Zynga and powers 150 million monthly users including games like Cityville, Farmville, and Frontierville.