Doug Glanville played center field for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers from 1996 through 2004. From 2008 to 2010, he wrote the online column “Heading Home” for The New York Times and provided baseball analysis for XM Radio’s MLB ” The Power Alley.” In the spring of 2010 he joined ESPN as a baseball analyst, contributing to Baseball Tonight, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. He serves on the executive board of Athletes Against Drugs, the fundraising committee for Boundless Readers and advises high school student athletes as a special consultant to the Baseball Factory. Glanville grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his family in Chicago, Illinois.
Scott Rigsby is used to overcoming major obstacles. At age 18, he was thrown from a truck while working a summer job and dragged over 380 feet under a 3 ton trailer. After losing his right leg, Rigsby endured over 26 surgeries in 10 years before finally deciding to “free” himself from being a professional patient and remove his left leg. Rigsby spent years fighting his personal demons before making the commitment that if God opened a door for him, he would go through it. He busted down those doors on his way to history making; setting three world records for a below-the-knee double amputee within 18 months. Prior to this, Rigsby had no formal swim training, no bike and had not run more than a mile on his prosthetics.
On October 13, 2007, after enduring the elements for 16 hours and 43 minutes, Rigsby became the first double amputee in the world to finish an Ironman distance triathlon with prosthetics at the 140.6-mile World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Rigsby navigated the difficult 2.4 mile ocean swim, cycled 112 miles through the heat and gusting winds of the Big Island lava fields, completed the marathon segment in darkness and intense pain. As a result of his accomplishments, Rigsby was awarded Competitor Magazine’s 2007 Physically Challenged Athlete of the Year and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2007 Patient of Courage.
To expand his mission worldwide, Rigsby has formed the Scott Rigsby Foundation designed to inspire, educate and enable physically challenged people with loss of limb or mobility, to live an active lifestyle.
Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Research Professor of Jewish Bioethics, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Dr. Wolpe is also the Senior Bioethicist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He is Co-Editor of the American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), the premier scholarly journal in bioethics, and Editor-in-Chief of AJOB-Neuroscience, and sits on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals. He is a past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest medical society.
Dr. Wolpe has authored over 100 articles, editorials and book chapters focusing on the social, religious and ideological impact of biotechnology on the human condition. Considered one of the founders of the field of neuroethics, which examines the ethical implications of neuroscience, he also writes about other emerging technologies, such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology and prosthetics, in addition to his work across many other fields of bioethics. He sits on many national and international non-profit organizational boards, and consults for academic institutions and the biomedical industry. A dynamic and popular speaker, Dr. Wolpe has been chosen by The Teaching Company as a “Superstar Teacher of America,” and his frequent media appearances include a recent feature on 60 Minutes and a personal profile in the Science Times of the New York Times.
Jim Brazell is a technology forecaster, author, public speaker and consultant. In 2009, Jim’s comments on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) were heard by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. In 2010, Jim is an invited speaker at the National School Board Association, National Career Pathway Network, Society for Design and Process Science and the Defense Department’s Reliance 21. Jim’s to STEM and innovation is: The ARTS.
Jim’s past speech engagements and workshops include audiences at the Innovation Creativity and Capital Institute, the Chautauqua Institute, National School Boards Association, National Council on Workforce Education (NCWE), Community College Futures Assembly, IEEE, Air Education Training and Command(AETC), and the Navy Learning Strategies Consortium among others.
Jim’s mentor and collaborator is Dr. (Col.) Francis X. “Duke” Kane who was recognized as the father of the military global positioning systems (NAVSAT) in March 2010. Jim and Duke are the co-founders of spaceTEAMS in San Antonio, Texas targeting the first person to walk on Mars to be from San Antonio.
Over the past five years, Jim has consulted to international think tanks, state departments of education, universities, community colleges, school districts, corporations, workforce boards, and economic development organizations on the relationship of emerging technology and jobs to wealth creation and innovation.
Jim has authored numerous emerging technology forecasts and briefs in addition to consulting on international technology innovation strategies in Portugal and the U.S. Jim is a George Gilder Fellow in High Technology and Public Policy and a graduate of Bradley University, Summa Cum Laude, Sociology. Jim resides in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Lisa Cervantes, and daughter, Ava Marie.
Pamela Meyer, Ph.D. is a consultant, speaker, author and thought-leader in organizational dynamics. She came to her passion for playspace through her years working with creative teams in the theater as a director and producer. She now uses the lessons she learned in rehearsal halls performance spaces, and research to work with organizations around the world that want to create playspace for innovating, learning and changing through dynamic engagement. She is the founder and President of Meyer Creativity Associates.
Pamela Meyer is the author of From Workplace to Playspace: Innovating, Learning and Changing Through Dynamic Engagement (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and Quantum Creativity: Nine Principles to Transform the Way You Work (McGraw/Contemporary, 2000).
Pamela Meyer received her doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and holds Master of Arts degrees from Antioch University and Fielding Graduate University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Boston University’s School for Theatre Arts.
In addition to her work with organizations, she teaches courses in business creativity, improvisation and organizational change at DePaul University, where she is a Faculty Fellow at both the Center to Advance Education for Adults and the Center for Creativity and Innovation, part of the College of Commerce and the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
Born in Ottawa, Canada, bassoonist Dantes Rameau is executive director of the Atlanta Music Project, an El Sistema-inspired program. As a result of, José Antonio Abreu’s 2009 TED Prize Wish, Rameau is a member of the first class of the Abreu Fellows Program, graduating in 2010. As an Abreu Fellow, Rameau spent one year studying El Sistema, including two months in Venezuela where he taught, performed and observed.
Rameau holds a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from McGill University. He graduated from McGill in 2005, receiving the award for “Outstanding Performance in Bassoon.” Rameau then earned a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from the Yale University School of Music, graduating in 2007, and completed a Performance Certificate at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009.
Rameau has participated in the Banff Festival and Aspen Music Festival and performed with the Charleston Symphony and Aspen Chamber Symphony. He has also been a finalist for African-American Fellowships with both the Detroit Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony.
Teaching credits include the El Sistema Nucleo Acarigua-Araure in Venezuela, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids Program and the Yale School of Music’s Music in Schools Program. He has volunteered for the Leading Note Foundation, an El Sistema-inspired music education program in Ottawa.
Elizabeth Mynatt likes to look at everyday things in new and different ways, whether it’s a new computer interface or a new way of thinking about healthcare. That’s why she named her lab the Everyday Computing Lab. It’s where she designs computer interfaces that are easy to use and that tap into the potential of people going about their everyday lives.
Named Top Woman Innovator in Technology by Atlanta Woman Magazine in 2005, Mynatt has created new technologies that support the independence and quality of life of older adults “aging in place,” that help people manage diabetes and that increase creative collaboration in workplaces.
Mynatt is associate dean and professor in the College of Computing and director of the GVU Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The GVU Center hosts over 60 faculty drawn from computer science, psychology, liberal arts, new media design, history of science and technology, engineering, architecture, management and music.
Mynatt is a member of the SIGCHI Academy, principal leaders in the field of HCI, whose efforts have shaped the discipline and industry, and have led the research and innovation in human-computer interaction. Mynatt is also a member of the Computing Community Consortium, an NSF-sponsored effort to engage the computing research community in envisioning more audacious research challenges.
Mynatt earned her Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in computer science from North Carolina State University and her Master of Science and Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech.
Alcides Rodriguez was appointed bass clarinetist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2005. Before joining the ASO, Rodriguez was the second and bass clarinetist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. He received his Masters Degree in Music Performance from Northwestern University, where he studied clarinet with Russell Dagon and bass clarinet with J. Lawrie Bloom. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from Baylor University, where he studied with Richard Shanley.
Born in Venezuela, Rodriguez began his musical training in Venezuela’s System of Youth Symphony Orchestras. He continued his clarinet studies at the National Conservatory of Music with Professors Valdemar Rodriguez and Luis Rossi respectively. He also studied with distinguished Venezuelan clarinetists including Jorge Montilla, Daniel Granados and Carlos Mujica.
Alcides Rodriguez is an Artist and Clinician for Buffet Crampon and plays Buffet clarinets exclusively. He is also a Rico Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Reserve Classic reeds.
Alia Christian is a 14 year old singer, song writer and musician who is blazing her own trail in Country music! With her own flavor of pop-country she is forging her own way down the old country road. A talented musician who plays both the guitar and the piano, Christian has been writing songs since the tender age of 10 and performing live since picking up the guitar at 13. Her unique fusion of country and pop will have you singing and clapping along. For more information about Christian, visit her website at www.aliachristian.com