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Theme: Dream Big...Then Do Something

This event occurred on
November 17, 2012
10:00am - 3:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
New York, NY
United States

At Hewitt, we are planning a program of speakers who worked diligently toward a goal and recognized the impact one person can have on a greater community, and the impact the community can have on one person; “the power of one, the power of all.” The student curatorial committee is dedicated to hosting speakers who they believe will inspire their peers to go after their dreams.

The Hewitt School
45 East 75th Street
New York, NY, 10021
United States
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Scott Warren

Scott Warren is the co-founder and Executive Director of Generation Citizen. He is a current recipient of an Echoing Green Fellowship, and was a finalist for the Truman Scholarship. Scott graduated from Brown University with a degree in International Relations. Scott’s passion for activism stems from his experience growing up abroad. After his father joined the State Department, Scott lived throughout Latin America and Africa, receiving exposure to diverse cultures and formative experiences. In 2002, Scott served as an observer in the first truly democratic elections in Kenya’s history, where he began to recognize the transformative potential of democracy. During college, Scott served as the National Student Director of STAND, a national student anti-genocide coalition. STAND works with over 800 high school and college chapters to work together to create political campaigns for US action to prevent and end genocide, and create a permanent student anti-genocide constituency. Scott also helped lead successful campaigns to divest Brown University, the City of Providence, and the State of Rhode Island from companies conducting business in Sudan. Scott founded Generation Citizen his senior year at Brown with the aim of helping to create an authentic democratic experience for all youth across the country, keeping in mind the transformative power he first witnessed in Kenya. In his spare time, Scott enjoys running, traveling, and religiously following his hometown teams: the San Diego Padres and Chargers.

Rebecca Wallace-Segall

Rebecca founded Writopia Lab in April 2007, currently directs the national organization, and teaches writing workshops in NYC and at special events throughout the country. Rebecca has won multiple teaching awards including the Scholastic Awards’ 2012 Ovation Inspired Teacher Award for submitting the most outstanding senior portfolios on the national level and for “developing a method of working with students that inspires them to create original work that embodies their unique, personal voice…. Because of [her] tutelage… these students are now empowered to bring that voice into the broader world…” She has also won the 2008, 2009, and 2011 National Gold Apple Teacher Award for “submitting the most outstanding group of submissions on the national level” to the Scholastic Art & Writing event. She lectures at schools, events, and parents’ organizations on a variety of topics including “How to Inspire the Writer Within Your Child,” “Writing for High School and College Admittance,” and on “Identifying and Participating in Positive Competitions.” Previously, Rebecca established the creative writing program at the Abraham Joshua Heschel Middle School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan as a consultant. While she was there, the program outperformed every other school in the city (including every elite public and private institution) in Scholastic’s prestigious Art & Writing Awards competition. She has been awarded recognition from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as an “outstanding educator” every year since 2006. (Writopia won Scholastic’s official endorsement in 2007.) Rebecca was also nominated by students and selected to be entered into the 11th Edition of Who’s Who Among American Teachers.

Emma Axelrod

Emma lives in Montclair, New Jersey where she is a junior at Montclair High School. In late May of 2012 she and her friends Elena Tsemberis and Sammi Siegel put a petition on demanding for at least one woman to moderate one of the three presidential debates for the first time in twenty years. In mid-August the Commission on Presidential Debates chose CNN’s Candy Crowley to moderate the debate on October 16th between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Silda Spitzer

Silda Wall Spitzer’s career has spanned the private, non-profit and public sectors as she has worked to advance the New York economy and promote progress on green/sustainability issues, youth service/education, and women’s leadership/human rights. As First Lady of New York State, Ms. Wall Spitzer launched the Greening of the Mansion Initiative, spoke on behalf of the Administration’s green initiatives, and highlighted green building firsts across the state. Ms. Wall Spitzer is currently a Principal at NewWorld Capital, an environmental opportunities investment firm. She was a Managing Director at Metropolitan Capital Advisors from October 2008 to December 2011. A Harvard Law School graduate, Ms. Wall Spitzer began her legal career specializing in M&A and corporate finance and then focused on international transactions. Among her non-profit leadership roles, she is Vice-Chair of the Urban Green Council, Founding Chair of Children for Children (now generationOn, the youth service unit of Points of Light), founding Co-Chair of Project Cicero and member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York. Ms. Wall Spitzer was honored to serve as Chair of the NYS Commission on Volunteering and Service.

Kate Brodock

Kate Brodock is CMO of Girls in Tech, a global organization for the engagement, education and empowerment of influential women in technology and entrepreneurship. She is also the Executive Director of Digital and Social Media at Syracuse University, where she oversees university-wide efforts in the field. She can be found writing for various publications, including Forbes and Mashable. Kate holds an MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory University, where she focused on Entrepreneurship and Marketing, an MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and BAs in History and Political Science from the University of Rochester. When she’s not doing all that, she’s a very non-professional musician, a very non-professional athlete, loves being outside in any weather, be it hiking, biking, skiing, sailing, likes good food and friends, and really loves life. You can connect with her on Twitter (@just_kate) and on her two blogs, Today and Tomorrow and Other Side Group.

Jamia Wilson

Jamia Wilson is a feminist media activist, organizer, and storyteller. Jamia is currently Vice President of Programs at the Women¹s Media Center where she works on amplifying women¹s voices and changing the conversation in the media. She trains women and girls so they are media-ready and media-savvy and exposes sexism in the media. Before joining the Women¹s Media Center team, Jamia worked for Young People for the American Way, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Federation of America where she managed their youth outreach program Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood. After working with coalition partners and campus organizations to help bring thousands of students to the historic March for Women¹s Lives, Jamia was honored as one of the ³Real Hot 100² by the Younger Women¹s Taskforce. After growing up as an expatriate in Saudi Arabia, Jamia Wilson graduated from American University in 2002. Jamia received her M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought at NYU, where she focused on research and writing inspired by critical race theory. Jamia serves on the leadership committee for SPARK Movement: Challenging the Sexualization of Girls and is on the board of directors of, REVEAL: The Next Generation of Feminine Spirituality, and the Youth Leadership Council for Women of Spirit and Faith. Her words and works have been featured in GOOD Magazine, CBS News, Alternet, GRIT TV, In These Times,, Rookie Magazine, Ms., GRIT TV, The Washington Post, CSPAN, NBC¹s Today Show,, and more. She is a contributor to Women of Spirit and Faith¹s 2011 anthologies Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power, Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop, and I Still Believe Anita Hill.

Tyree "TOPDOLLAR" Dumas

Tyree “TOPDOLLAR” Dumas is a 23-year old visionary and CEO/Founder who created DOLLARBOYZ, a massive youth-led movement that attracts youth from all over the U.S., creating a positive force for change. The DOLLARBOYZ movement currently has over 15,000 members and its videos have received more than 7.4 million hits on YouTube. DollarBoyz, Inc. is a multi-ethnic, youth managed, performing and media arts company that exposes “hard to reach and vulnerable” youth to social development through entrepreneurship, the entertainment arts, and social gatherings. Tyree’s influence and ability to work with youth have gotten him acknowledged and awarded by the Knight Foundation via the Black Male Engagement Award, the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, featured in an article in the Philadelphia Weekly, Daily News, Tribune, Philadelphia Inquire, Metropolis, English House Gazette and interviewed on entertainment networks such as BET, Clear Channel’s Power 99fm and Radio One’s 100.3fm, 107.9fm, and 900am WURD. Tyree currently sits on the Mayor’s appointed; Commission on African American Males, School Districts; Blue Ribbon Commission on Safe School’s, currently a fellow of New Leaders Council Philadelphia, and Coordinator of the Hip Hop Caucus’s Respect My Vote Campaign of Philadelphia. Tyree has previously worked at the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology as Youth Council Liaison, Cookman United Methodist Church as the Director of the Teen Center, at Columbia North YMCA overseeing and creating programs for youth as the Y-Teens Program Coordinator, and at Nu Juice Foundation’s Keepin It Real Tour as Coordinator of their school tours program. Tyree is currently focused on his own business endeavors that follow along the same lines of working closely with youth.

Lo Anderson

20 year old Lo Anderson is taking her place among plethora of amazing artists in New York City as a voice of gentle strength and true vulnerability. Emerging out of the Youth Poetry Scene, she is operating under a motivation to continue to elevate and push the boundaries of spoken word. Beginning her journey in the winter of 2008 she competed in her first competition and made final stage of the Knicks Poetry Slam that year sharing stage with 14 other amazing poets at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Thereafter Lo committed herself to furthering her arts through Urban Word NYC. After one year of honing her skills she came back for 2010 slam season and won 2nd place in the Knicks Poetry Slam, following that success with making final stage of Urban Word NYC’s Annual Poetry Slam. While outshining the competition with her talent for poetry, Anderson, does not consider herself merely a poet. She has a true love and appreciation for all performing arts. She’s taught herself all she knows about playing guitar, singing, and loves fusing music into all that she does.

Maggie Tobin

Artist, activist, educator, and community organizer Maggie Tobin brings a thoughtful and well-rounded approach to issues concerning global citizens from all walks of life. She is the founder of the West Kensington Action Group, The Kensington Trash Mob (like a Flash Mob but they pick up garbage)and spearheaded the Kensington World’s Fair, a celebration of local music , art, and food from around the world. She was a delegate for the first NYC Participatory Budgeting Committee for Councilman Brad Lander and has served on Community Board 12 since 2009. In March of 2011 she was awarded Constituent of the Month by Senator Eric Adams. She received an MFA in Painting at Queens College, a BFA in Painting at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and a diploma in Painting form the Scuola di Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, Italy. She currently teaches art at the Nightingale Bamford School and exhibits her work in galleries and various outdoor locations.

Ajay Johnson

Ashley ‘Ajay’ Johnson is a 20-year-old tea enthusiast, activist, and word magician. In her short lifespan she has promoted love and anti-violence movements all over NYC with organizations like Urban Word NYC & Urban Art Beat, Protested against greed corruption in Occupy Wall Street, fought to empower the youth voice as a Poet ambassador with the New York Voter Engagement Program. Ajay founded publishing company evoLution NYC in 2011 and she’s performed at colleges and universities in the New York Metropolitan area as well as venues such as Apollo Theater & The Nuyorican Poets Café.

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New York, NY, United States