Alex is an Early Childhood Educator with a passion for learning. She has taught in a variety of schools using a variety of approaches before moving to Boulder and finding an approach that fits her. Alex has shared her work through Ignite Boulder, an article in Exchange Magazine and through the Boulder Journey School Study Tour Program.
For the last 31 years, Kristen has been researching questions about being human – and in particular, “How does one know what to be when they grow up?” Starting with herself as the primary subject, she has inquired through the lenses of psychology, business, religious traditions and the arts. She started her career as a CPA and software developer for Accenture and later completed advanced degrees in mythology and body-centered psychology. Since 1990, she has consulted with companies about the intersection of human thriving and organizational performance.
Kimbal is the co-founder of The Kitchen and has been part of many successful businesses. His first company prior to starting The Kitchen was Zip2, acquired by Compaq in 1999. He has also been an investor, advisor and board member of many other successes, including PayPal (acquired by Ebay), Tesla Motors (Publicly listed: TSLA), SpaceX, OneRiot and SolarCity. After selling Zip2 in 1999, Kimbal decided to pursue his passion of cooking and attended the renowned French Culinary Institute in New York City. After graduating he moved to Boulder, Colorado to start The Kitchen with partners Hugo Matheson and Jen Lewin.
Chef Ann Cooper is a celebrated author, chef, educator, and enduring advocate for better food for all children. Ann is Director of Food Services for the Boulder Valley School District. She is co-founder of Lunch Lessons LLC and the Food Family Farming Foundation(F3)’s Lunch Box Project: Healthy Tools for All schools. F3 is also the managing partner of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative, working to donate 6,000 salad bars to schools by 2013. In a nation where children are born with shorter estimated life expectancies than their parents because of diet-related illness, Ann is a relentless voice of reform by focusing on the links between food, family, farming and children’s health and wellness.
A fundamental belief that entrepreneurship is the answer to nearly all the issues we face today has shaped Daniel Epstein's life. By the time he received his BA in philosophy he'd already started three companies. Today he is Founder and CEO of SWAE Sports, focused on leveraging eco-tourism markets as an international tool for development, and is President of the Unreasonable Institute, an international accelerator and seed stage investor in entrepreneurs working to alleviate social and environmental issues globally. Daniel believes in militant transparency and truthfulness in his everyday life and in the projects he's part of. He also struggles to take himself too seriously.
Jake Nickell is Threadless's young and fearless entrepreneurial leader. Jake has a passion for learning new things, from how to get t-shirts made to figuring out how to design and program an e-commerce website. Currently, he's focused on running the worldwide, hugely successful business that Threadless has become. He likes to think creatively and unconventionally about how to keep Threadless one step ahead by encouraging nutty employee ideas and staying away from the "business" side of running a business. Jake also continues to keep up his geek cred through a love for programming. When he’s not working, he’s busy hanging out with his wife Shondi, daughter Arli, and son Dash.
A former food industry analyst, author, Fulbright grant recipient and mother of four, Robyn O’Brien brings compassion, insight and detailed analysis to her research into the health of American families. She has been called "food's Erin Brockovich" by the New York Times, "visionary" by the Discovery Channel and one of "20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter." She is the founder of the AllergyKids Foundation which is focused on restoring the safety of the American food supply for the health of the 1 in 3 American children with allergies, asthma, ADHD and autism.
Phil Plait is an astronomer, author, and science advocate. His blog, Bad Astronomy, is hosted by Discover Magazine, and he writes about news and current issues facing science. A common topic is astronomical doomsday: ways mythical and real the world can end. He's fascinated by asteroid and comet impacts, and is a big supporter of finding, tracking, and ultimately deflecting any dangerous rocks heading our way.