Douglas Knight (DK) is a social entrepreneur, activator, speaker, coach, and cheerleader for the non-profit FOR-IMPACT sector. In roles as staff member, board member, coach, and consultant, Doug has worked with organizations of various sizes and scopes, to best maximize their abilities to provide impact in their respective communities. From “friend” raising to fundraising, strategic planning to event management, and everything in-between, Doug looks to bring passion and excitement to projects and campaigns with organizations ranging from mid-size associations to small, local start up organizations. Doug’s focus areas include: strategic fund development, strategic planning, special event management, marketing/PR, and communications. Doug has shared his enthusiasm, passion and presentations at numerous events and conference, including TEDx events.
In 2011, Doug partnered with DC Central Kitchen Founder Robert Egger to launch a new movement in the nonprofit sector. CForward is a non-partisan Political Action Committee (PAC) whose mission is to educate and elect candidates (federal, state, and local) who see the value of the nonprofit sector as an asset, resource and partner in the economic rebuild of our communities we serve; and promote the overall strength and impact of the nonprofit sector as the third largest private employment sector in the US.
Eric Schulze is a molecular biologist with a penchant for innovative communication, both visual and verbal. He is an expert on scientific communication, embryonic stem cells, and bacon. After completing his PhD in Los Angeles, Eric moved out to DC and realized quickly that people really need to re-learn how to learn. In his personal time, Eric created, organizes, and emcees the popular social experiment for nerds and geeks alike, Thirst DC, which has garnered national attention from the likes of The Smithsonian Institution, AAAS, and numerous blogs and magazines. Thirst DC challenges how people learn, and Eric applies his unique nerdery and communication skills to politicos, fashion designers, artists, and scientists every month on stage. He is also a freakishly tall Ginger.
Loretta DiPietro received her BS and MS degrees in Health Education from Southern Connecticut State University and her MPH and PhD degrees in Epidemiology from Yale University. As one of the first graduate students trained in Exercise Epidemiology, she then completed post-doctoral training at the John B. Pierce Laboratory and, as an Epidemiologic Intelligence Officer (EIS), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Professor DiPietro’s research interests center around the role of physical activity and successful aging. She has been awarded several grants from the National Institute on Aging and her current work strives to bridge the gaps between population-based public health and the clinical and physiological domains of exercise science. Professor DiPietro served on the faculty at the John B. Pierce Laboratory and the Yale University School of Medicine for 15 years prior to arriving at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in 2008. Currently, she is the chair of the Department of Exercise Science, which is one of very few such departments in the world that is housed and completely integrated within a school of public health. Dr. DiPietro also has recently been name the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, which has a large international readership.
Ben Foster manages the creation, design, and delivery of Opower’s products, ensuring the company continues to build the industry’s leading suite of energy information services. He is responsible for the company’s products from a variety of perspectives, including features, functionality, user experience, and roadmap. Prior to Opower, Ben was VP of Product Management for Adchemy, a leader in digital advertising technology. While there, he was responsible for the company’s entire product suite supporting lead generation and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings. Before joining Adchemy, Ben led dozens of consumer-oriented product management efforts spanning the disciplines of marketing, merchandising, search, structured data, and technology integration at companies such as eBay, Webvan, ThoughtWorks, and Barra. He maintains a blog about best practices in product management and design, PMRant. Ben holds a BA in Statistics from the University of California at Berkeley.