In the 25 years since her 1985 debut album, Vega has sold over 1 million albums, been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, kicked off the first Lilith Fair, served as a judge for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and learned to drive (at age 43). Her newest album, Close Up: Volume One, Love Songs, is the first in four-part project to re-record her old songs in acoustic form:
John Henry Harris
Trained as an industrial designer, Harris has always had a keen interest in developing products and services that tackle social and environmental issues. But a new question has begun to intrigue him: Why, as adults, don
Richard Saul Wurman
Spurred by the dance between his curiosity and ignorance, Richard Saul Wurman has sought ways to make the complex clear. He has now written, designed, and published 82 books on topics ranging from football to health care to city guides. Wurman
The founder of drop.io, a rich media file-sharing company, Lessin also started the Y+30, a popular monthly discussion group where industry experts lead talks on what the world might look like in 30 years. He writes extensively about information and technology, and he
Marie Hyon & Marco Spier
Hyon and Spier are co-founders and creative directors of Psyop, an award-winning design and animation company. Their work
Sheena Iyengar is the inaugural S.T. Lee Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology, and the Research Director at the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business.
Sheena’s primary research interest is how people perceive and respond to choice as a function of cultural differences or the attributes of the choice set. For her research on this topic she has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the prestigious Best Dissertation Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology in 1998 and the Presidential Early Career Award in 2002. She is currently recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on choice. Her work is regularly cited in the popular press, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Time magazines, the BBC and National Public Radio, as well as in bestselling books such as Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. She has recently written her first book, The Art of Choosing, which explores the mysteries of choice in everyday life.
Ellen Gustafson is a sustainable food system activist and the Co-Founder of FEED Projects, LLC, a charitable company that creates good products that help FEED the world. She is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the FEED Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to improving the global food system starting with ensuring nutritious school food for all children. FEED has so far provided over 55 million school meals to children around the world.
Previously, Ellen was the NY Public Information Officer for the UN World Food Program (WFP). At WFP, she was the Acting Senior Spokesperson in 2006 and launched the Universities Fighting World Hunger initiative of over 70 partner schools. Prior to WFP, Ellen reported on terrorism in the ABC News Investigative Unit and was a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in the Military Policy and Communications groups.
Ellen has a BA in International Politics from Columbia University and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Food Studies at New York University. She serves on the Columbia University Alumni Board of Directors, the founding Board of Directors for a new Bronx charter school within the Success Charter Network and on the Advisory Board of Doc to Dock. She has been featured, with business partner Lauren Bush, as one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and has guest lectured at Harvard Business School, NYU, Lehigh University, Columbia University and the US Naval Academy.
BRUCE FEILER is one of America’s most popular voices on faith, family,
and finding meaning in everyday life. He is the best-selling author of nine books,
including WALKING THE BIBLE, ABRAHAM, and AMERICA’S PROPHET,
and one of only a handful of writers to have four consecutive New York Times
nonfiction bestsellers in the last decade. He is also the writer/presenter of the
PBS miniseries WALKING THE BIBLE.
His latest book, THE COUNCIL OF DADS, tells the uplifting story of how
friendship and community can help one survive life’s greatest challenge.
Diagnosed with cancer in 2008, he reached out to six men from all passages of
his life and asked them to help father his potentially fatherless twin daughters. “I
believe my daughters will have plenty of opportunities in their lives,” he wrote
these men. “They’ll have loving families. They’ll have each other. But they may
not have me. They may not have their dad. Will you help be their dad?” The
book is a selection of the TED Book Club for May 2010.
A native of Savannah, Georgia, Bruce Feiler lives in New York with wife, Linda
Rottenberg, and their daughters, Tybee and Eden. For more information, please