Dr. Justin C. Sanchez is a neural engineer working to develop neurotechnology to help humans achieve their full potential. As the Director of the University of Miami's Neuroprosthetic Research Group in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and as a faculty member of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Dr. Sanchez focuses on understanding how the brain controls perception and behavior such that bio-inspired hardware and software can be used to decode it to control prosthetic devices.
Leisha John is the Environmental Sustainability Director for Ernst & Young. Her current focus is measuring Ernst & Young’s carbon footprint, applying best practices in sustainability to the organization’s business processes and infrastructure, and engaging employees in adopting more eco-friendly work practices. Leisha is a CPA and a LEED AP.
Nicolás Berardi is Chief Executive Officer – USA at TECHO, a non-profit run by students and young professionals whose aim is to eradicate poverty in developing countries. Mr. Berardi’s involvement with TECHO began as a volunteer in 2007 in Buenos Aires when the organization had just begun operations. He was one of the leaders in building the commercial team while being a full-time University Economics student at Torcuato DiTella in Buenos Aires
Pioneer Winter, a Miami native, holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters in Public Health and Epidemiology. Pioneer began dancing with Edwin and Gaile Holland, followed by Miami City Ballet, and was coached by Michael Langlois and trained at Miami City Ballet and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA). He has created work for the International Fringe Arts Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, Museum of Contemporary Art Plaza, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami Beach Convention Center, Bass Museum of Art, Art Wynwood, Deering Estate, FL Dance Festival, 1000th Random Act of Culture, and Art Live Fair, among others. Most recently, Pioneer was the first choreographer to be accepted into LegalArt Miami's 2012-2013 residency program for local artists.
Dr. Peter T. Coleman is Professor of Psychology and Education as well as Director of the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR) at Columbia University in New York City. He has conducted research on ingroup/outgroup formation, the mediation of inter-ethnic conflict, intractable conflict, complexity theory and conflict, identity formation, moral emotions, ripeness and conflict, and on the conditions and processes which foster the constructive use of social power. His most recent books include The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts (2011); Conflict, Justice, and Interdependence: The Legacy of Morton Deutsch (2011), and Psychological Contributions to Sustainable Peace (July, 2012).
Svet Stoyanov is a driving force in the art of modern percussion. Praised by the New York Times for his “understated but unmistakable virtuosity” along with a “winning combination of gentleness and fluidity”. He made his New York City debut at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall as a co-soloist, premiering the Phillip Glass Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra and has also performed with Chicago, Seattle and the American Symphony Orchestra, among others. Mr. Stoyanov is Associate Professor of Instrumental Performance and Program Director of Percussion at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he is collaboratively building one of the most unique and innovative modern programs, combining solo, chamber and orchestral percussion performance into a single intensive curriculum.
Dr. Neil Hammerschlag is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Miami and renowned for his research on sharks. Over the past five years, Dr. Hammerschlag has built a unique program known as the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program (RJD), whose mission is to advance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) literacy and marine conservation by combining cutting edge research and public education activities. Through the nearly 80 research trips per year, Dr. Hammerschlag has provided over 4,000 high school, undergraduate, and graduate students hands-on experience in marine conservation field research
Pablo Landi is a Board Certified Music Therapist, acclaimed saxophone player, and entrepreneur. Pablo’s organization, Litus Music Installations, helps hospitals and clinics harness the healing power of music by creating music landscapes which shifts and transforms their environments and their results. Pablo has worked with Jackson Memorial Hospital and University of Miami to help a wide range of patients, including children and adolescents with psychiatric diagnoses, terminally ill patients and cancer patients
Shelton G. Berg is the Dean of the University of Miami Frost School of Music as well as a Patricia L. Frost Professor of Music. As a performer, professor and one of only three “Educators for the Millennium” (LA Times) he has received numerous awards and prizes and has travelled extensively both to perform and lecture. His CD “Blackbird” reached #1 in the US Jazz radio top ten and he has arranged and played with the likes of Patti Austin, Bobby McFerrin, Ray Brown and Arturo Sandoval to name but a few. Berg has written for television, film and orchestras around the world