Peter L. Benson, president and CEO of Minneapolis-based Search Institute, is one of the world’s leading authorities on positive human development. Dr. Benson is the author or editor of more than a dozen books on child and adolescent development and social change, including, most recently, Sparks: How Parents Can Help Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers Dr. Benson’s international reputation in human development emerged in the 1990s through his innovative, research-based framework of Developmental Assets, the most widely recognized approach to positive youth development in the United States and, increasingly, around the world. Before joining Search Institute in 1978, Dr. Benson was chair of the psychology department and chair of the program in human development and social relations at Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana.
Dr. Rose became an Ashoka Fellow in 2008, joining an international group of social entrepreneurs who create system-changing solutions to the world’s most urgent social problems. She is also a ZERO TO THREE Leadership Fellow, and the recipient of the Minnesota Department of Health’s 2003 Betty Hubbard Award. Formerly the Associate Director of Training for Infant and Toddler Development at the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development, Dr. Rose has co-authored numerous articles on the impact of maltreatment and poverty on early childhood development, and has trained thousands of early childhood professionals in the diagnosis of mental illness in young children.
Arthur Rolnick is senior vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and serves as an associate economist with the Federal Open Market Committee—the monetary policymaking body for the Federal Reserve System.
Art has long been a member of several nonprofit boards in the Twin Cities, including the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation, Minnesota’s Council of Economic Advisors, and Ready 4 K, an advocacy organization for early childhood development. He is also a member of the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Board of Economists and a member of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. A recipient of numerous awards for his work in early childhood development, Art was named Minnesotan of the Year by Minnesota Monthly magazine in 2005.
Chance Lee is a sophomore at Prairie Seeds Academy in Brooklyn Park, MN. He started playing guitar when he was 11 years old. Chance has performed at many charity events and banquets. A few highlights in his growing list of appearances are performing at Southeast Asia Community Center, River Center Minneapolis, and the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome.
Sedra Bistodeau is 15 years old and attends Princeton High School, in Princeton, MN. Sedra started playing the violin at age 3 and currently studies with Lucinda Marvin at MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis, MN. In 2009 Sedra was awarded the top prize at the MN State Fair Talent contest in the Open Division with her rendition of the famous Piano concerto by Franz Liszt. In 2010 Sedra was awarded Grand Prize of the MNSOTA Mary West Solo competition for a solo performance with the Bloomington orchestra. She was also selected as the 1st place winner of Schubert Club Scholarships.