Joy Mayer is the director of community outreach for the Columbia Missourian and an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. Her work focuses on community engagement in journalism, and how news and information can be more of a conversation and less of a lecture. She thinks we all need to get more comfortable with the idea of continual reinvention. She’s the mom of Thing One and Thing Two (elementary school boys) and has lived in Columbia for nine years.
Kam Phillips believes in the power of shaking stigmas and dreaming beyond the status quo. Phillips created Dream Outside the Box, a program that introduces youth with low resources to imaginative career and extracurricular pathways. Kam realized the unique outlook her experiences in areas such as rodeo, skiing, and ballet folklorico dancing provided and since creating the program in 2009, DOTB has expanded to additional dance and teen programs and has been featured on mtvU, CNN, HLN and more. Phillips is a Harry S. Truman Scholar originally from Fort Worth, Texas and was honored by President Obama at the White House as a "Campus Champion of Change" and is one of three "mtvU Top of the Class" award winners.
Nate Olson is a Specialist in Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where his focus is building dynamic and diverse startup communities. The co-founder of 1 Million Cups, a weekly educational programdesigned to engage, educate, and accelerate startup communities; Olson now leads the effort to grow 1 Million Cups into a national program for the Foundation.
Nate is passionate about travel, fitness, learning Mandarin, and playing guitar. He hopes to start his own company in the near future.
Christopher Fulcher, PhD Co-Directs the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri. Chris and his amazing team of talented colleagues use Internet-based data visualization tools to better serve vulnerable and underserved populations. These technologies help organizations make more informed decisions about access, equity, and allocation of resources. Chris lives in Columbia, MO with his wife Roxanne and four children - three are teenage girls so any advice is welcome..
Matt Murrie is a writer, professor, and “edupreneurship” pioneer. He, along with Andrew R McHugh, are the Founders and Chief Curiosity Curators of What If...? LLC. When he’s not traveling, he’s dreaming about traveling, when he’s not doing either, he’s implementing ways to transform curiosity into worldshaking action. His current passions are: utilizing our curiosity and creativity as the powerful natural resources they are, democratizing question asking and solution seeking, and creating ways to explore our world, one question at a time.
Sarah Hill is a 12 time Emmy-award-winning reporter for the Veterans United Network. Sarah is a digital storyteller and Google Plus Strategist. She was the world’s first journalist to use a Google Plus Hangout on TV and she continues to be fascinated by the power of Human Media: living, breathing, social media. Sarah is a former news anchor and adjunct faculty for the Missouri School of Journalism. Sarah speaks around the world about the power of Human Media as it relates to business and how more companies can harness the power of their free broadcast tower.
Zach Beattie takes comedy seriously. Beattie is the captain of Comedy Wars, a short-form improv troupe that creates engaging and entertaining shows based entirely on audience suggestions. After working for several different startups, Zach realized his passion for helping people regain their "creative confidence", and he regularly holds improv workshops for organizations and companies looking to find fresh, innovative ideas.
Eric is a social design strategist and product architect passionate about creating systems that facilitate connections in meaningful ways. A former designer at Facebook, Eric authored and promoted their Social Design guidelines while helping companies define their product strategies and brand identities.
Previously he worked at both Google and Apple in addition to consulting with a number of smaller companies in the SF Bay Area. Currently he's focused on his startup, Voxle, in which he is building better conversation channels for online communities.
An award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer and journalist, Molly Bingham has covered news and conflicts around the globe. Her work has been featured in leading media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Independent, Vanity Fair, and she has appeared on top network and cable television and radio news programs. Named in 2012 by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of “20 Women to Watch”, Ms. Bingham is at the cutting edge of defining journalism in the digital age, with a unique vision for discovering and covering global stories while making original content accessible and engaging. A graduate of Harvard University, Ms. Bingham worked as Official White House Photographer to the Vice President from 1998-2001. She is now President and CEO of ORBmedia.
Alex Madinger has made the advancement and adoption of 3D printing and digital manufacturing amongst his fellow students, engineering and otherwise, a personal mission. The 3D Printing Club, co-founded by Madinger, draws from multiple disciplines and majors to establish and propagate an entrepreneurial and collaborative university environment.
Madinger will be graduating in May from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently starting a business.
Zach is a user motivation investigator. He taps into fundamental human behaviors to build compelling apps. He is applying that skill-set as Executive Mobile Producer at KMOV-TV in St. Louis. Zach specializes in mobile engagement and is fascinated with how group behavior can inform application design. He is also passionate about art and animation, and loves fusing that linear experience with interactive tools. Reading up on current events and trends supplies the fresh impetus for Zach's creative binges.
Nahush Katti is anything but your typical high school senior. This aspiring biomedical engineer cofounded his DoctorOn company with fellow high school senior, Vikram Arun in 2010 at the age of 15 after being recognized as an overall runner up in the Innovate100 Pitch Slam Contest hosted by Guidewire Group and Reynolds Journalism Institute. When he and Arun are not diligently building their company or finishing up high school, Nahush can be found with his friends enjoying the latest movies, and if the weather is nice, fishing in his pond.
Abbey is a sophomore from Overland Park, Kan. at the University of Missouri studying Strategic Communication. She is an avid Beyonce fan and a social media enthusiast with a passion for all types of music. She also took home the title of "Fan Favorite" at this year's Mizzou Idol competition.
Sarah Magill can be described as a lapsed farm girl, Mizzou Tiger, former McDavid-Hall-ian, J-school grad, greeting card writer, occasional slow ultra-runner, forever Iowan, former Kansan, one-time New Mexican, now a Missourian, once-in-a-while children’s book author, Senior Writer at Hallmark Cards, Inc., short-film writer/director, jazz jam enthusiast, obsessive movie note-taker, book-club arguer, constant singer, proud golden retriever owner, and…now…first-time TEDx speaker.
Pack Matthews is known in Columbia primarily as a local musician, yoga instructor and piano tuner, and has recently added the moniker “inventor” to his credentials. His passions are numerous and leave him making hard choices to avoid becoming a jack of all trades. So far he’s keeping them focused on Jazz piano and bass while devoting most of his time to his start- up, mysoulseat.com. He particularly enjoys unearthing the depth of talented people here in Columbia.
Christian de la Huerta
For more than 20 years, Christian de la Huerta has been dedicated to facilitating personal transformation, to helping people tap into their Soulful Power—that deeper sense of purpose that lives within each and every one of us. Author of the award-winning “Coming Out Spiritually” and the forthcoming “The Soul of Power,” Christian is a respected teacher and sought-after speaker whose unique spiritual retreats, spiritual workshops and self-development programs have been experienced in university lecture halls, non-profit organizations, houses of worship, corporate boardrooms and retreat venues around the world.
Born and raised in Columbia, Pamela graduated from the University of Missouri in 2011 with aspirations to volunteer overseas before going to graduate school. She started taking a beginning American Sign Language community course about 6 months ago and fell in love with ASL. Now, she’s heading to Southeast Asia in June to work with deaf children.
Kara DeFrias’ passion for creating engaging online and offline experiences has brought her to many exciting places, including the Super Bowl, the Oscars, and most recently, to the White House as a member of the first class of Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF). Kara currently works at Intuit, influencing the voice of TurboTax.com and empowering employees to utilize design thinking in their project work as an Innovation Catalyst. She’s also executive producer for TEDxIntuit. Kara, who lives in San Diego, earned a BA from Elizabethtown College and graduated summa cum laude from Penn State University with a master’s degree.