Principal creative at The Half and Half - a design and printmaking studio in Columbia, SC. Widely known for concert and event posters, Nick has been recognized national for design and screen printing.
Dr. Carl Wells
Assistant Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs at the University of South Carolina. A master trainer and diversity consultant, he has worked with numerous corporations, universities and government agencies.
Cassie Premo Steele
Writing and creativity coach with two decades of experience teaching in university and community settings. She is the author of nine books of scholarship, fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Executive Director of PASOs, a community-based organization that empowers grassroots Latino leaders across South Carolina to educate their peers in the area of reproductive health, and improve access to services for women and their families.
Documentary filmmaker who wrote, co-produced and edited The Ballard of Esequiel Henandez, an Emmy-nominated documentary about the killing of an 18-year-old American high school student by the Marines.
J. J. Shephard
Ph.D. cadidate in computer science. His research focuses on "serious games" that have been used to teach foreign languages, generate simulations, visualize complex biological data, and aid in speech therapy.
Executive Director of the Leadership Institute at Columbia College. She is on a mission to train future generations of leaders -- women leaders in particular.
Professor of Art and member of the NanoCenter at the University of South Carolikna. His work focuses on the cross-disciplinary relationships between art and the complexity of contemporary science and technology.
Dr. Oscar Lovelace
Rural family physician in Prosperity, SC and advocate for reformed healthcare policy. Among his many accolades, he was most recently name South Carolina Family Doctor of the Year in 2011 by the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Jamie Lead
Endowed Chair in Nanoenvironmental Science at the University of South Carolina. His research focuses on understanding nanoscale phenomena in the environment, including natural nanomaterials, manufactured nanomaterials and their interaction.
Licensed social worker and Director of Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs at Senior Resources, Inc. These programs match up low-income seniors with volunteer positions in schools and with home-bound elderly citizens.
Dr. Erica Gibson
Medical anthropologist at the University of South Carolina. For the past three years, she has been working with Mexican immigrant women in South Carolina as well as women in Veracruz, Mexico on reproductive health issues surround pregnancy and birth.
Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson
Director of the Marine Science Program at the University of South Caorlina where her research focuses on ocean biogeochemistry, global climate change and marine toxins.
Pedro De Abreu
A non-profit leader, entrepreneure, author and student, British publishing house Marshall Cavendish recently featured him, along with 24 entrepreneurs from around the world, in the book Young Entrepreneur World: How 25 Teen-Treprenenurs Succeeded and Left World Leaders Scratching Their Heads.
Student Body Vice President at the University of South Carolina where he studies international business and entrepreneurship. Chase is also the founder of Second Servings -- a food donation program that pairs on-campus dining halls with local homeless shelters.