James H. Carrott may have been born a historian, but definitive proof awaits further mapping of the human genome. A self-described geek, nerd, fanboy, anachronist, and contrarian, his eclectic career path has taken him from the deepest recesses of America’s colonial past to the future of gaming and entertainment and “everywhen” between. He studies technology and cultural change, helping make a better future through the creative application of the past. James is the co-author of Vintage Tomorrows, a book that reveals the subculture of steampunk through a series of interviews with experts such as Margaret Atwood, China Miéville, William Gibson, Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling, and James Gleick.
Oscar was recently appointed Assistant Director of Human Services for the County of Sonoma. Prior to joining the county, Oscar served as the Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, one of the largest community benefit organizations in northern California. In both his previous work experience and in his current position, Oscar has dedicated himself to establishing strong and positive ties between the County’s low wealth neighborhoods, public entities and the business community in order to raise awareness about the growing education, health and income disparities that exist in our communities. He is equally committed to finding solutions that get at the root cause of poverty.
Ms. Corrigan’s writing is lauded by The Today Show, Good Housekeeping magazine and millions of readers. The Huffington Post calls Corrigan the “Poet Laureate of the Ordinary” while O Magazine says Corrigan is “the voice of a generation.” Both her books, The Middle Place and LIFT, reached #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and Corrigan’s reading of her essay on the value of friendship was viewed over 5 million times on YouTube.
Andrew Davidoff, MD is the Chair, Surgery at St. Jude Childrens’ Hospital; St. Jude Endowed Chair in Surgical Research; Division Chief, General Pediatric Surgery; and Director, Surgical Research. His academic interests at St. Jude are focused on clinical and translational investigation and treatment of pediatric solid tumors (neuroblastoma). His research is focused on the development of new strategies for the treatment of neuroblastoma and other tumor types. These include angiogenesis inhibition and gene therapy for cancer treatment. In addition, he has put significant effort in the area of gene therapy for monogenetic disorders, hemophilia in particular.
During a decorated 26-year military career, George served as commander of the Navy air wing on the USS John F. Kennedy and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, comprising 2,500 personnel and 70 tactical aircraft. He was also commanding officer and flight leader of the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (“Blue Angels”); commanding officer of a combat FA-18 fighter squadron (VFA-37); instructor pilot at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (“Topgun”); air wing strike leader from USS America during Operation Desert Storm; and division chief on the strategic planning staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
Richard is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators. He is the author of ten books including his most recent, The End of Growth (August 2011). He has authored scores of essays and articles, and has spoke to hundreds of audiences in 14 countries, including members of the European Parliament. Richard’s animations Don’t Worry, Drive On, Who Killed Economic Growth? and 300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Minutes (winner of a YouTubes’s/DoGooder Video of the Year Award) have been viewed by 1.5 million people.
In his 25 year career writing and producing music for commercials, Mark Keller created award winning melodic personalities for advertisers like the California Raisins, Levi’s 501 jeans, Mazda, Mattel, Clorox, and Taco Bell. Though still producing music and content for all media, he has spent more time on his fine art in the last decade. His critically acclaimed oil paintings have been featured at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cape Cod and at the Florence Biennale.
Levi Leipheimer is one of America’s most accomplished professional cyclists. Over his twenty year career, he won the Tour of California three times, as well as the Tour de Suisse, the US Pro Cycling Challenge, The Tour of Utah, and the Dauphiné Libéré. He’s also placed in the top three in cycling’s grand tours, specifically the Vuelta a España and the Tour de France. He won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and is a past National Time Trial and National Road Racing Champion. In 2009, he launched his King Ridge GranFondo cycling event, which has attracted 25,000 people from all over the world to the hills of his Sonoma County home.
Emily Scott Pottruck is a former Wall Street Executive who now devotes her energies to philanthropy and marketing consulting. Ms. Scott Pottruck serves on the boards of Simmons College, V-Day, Fostering Media Connections, and Park City Community Foundation, and has served on the boards of KQED, the UCSF Medical Foundation, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, SF AIDS Foundation, the Planned Parenthood Board of Sponsors and Lake Merced Women’s Golfers Board. Emily is the author and publisher of Tails of Devotion, A Look at the Bond Between People and Their Pets (www.tailsofdevotion.com). The book has raised over $250,000 for more than 70 animal welfare non-profit organizations in 22 states.
One of America's leading gospel radio and television broadcasters, KPFA host Emmit Powell formed The Gospel Elites in 1977. "My purpose, said Powell, has always been to bring this beautifully performed music out from the churches and into the lives of all types of people, not just to uplift spiritually, but also to entertain and inspire." And that is exactly what The Gospel Elites do, traveling throughout the U.S. and, since 1989, internationally, including extensive European touring. Today, they are widely considered to present the finest in blues-based inspirational gospel music. They have produced numerous albums and CDs.
L. Todd Rose is the co-founder and president of Project Variability, an organization dedicated to providing leadership around the emerging new science of the individual and its implications for education, the workforce, and society. In addition, he is a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he teaches Educational Neuroscience. Todd is also the author of Square Peg: My story and what it means for raising visionaries, innovators, and out-of-the-box thinkers.
Phyllis Rosenfield is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit, Listening for a Change. Listening for a Change works to “create connections—one story at a time” and has a mission “To promote understanding and acceptance of human diversity through education, oral history, and the arts.” Phyllis Rosenfield taught in public schools for 15 years and has led Listening for a Change’s acceptance of diversity programs for over 20 years. Having grown up in the segregated South and lost some family in the Shoah/Holocaust, she has always been keenly aware of the consequences of prejudice and importance of knowing and understanding one another.
Jay Shafer is leading a movement that is changing the way America views housing. In his Small House Book, his workshops and thru mass media, Shafer explains how superior design and social justice can be achieved with less space. As the founder of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company he has introduced us to a truly sustainable housing option. Professor Shafer has spent over a decade living in self-built homes of less than one hundred square feet.
As Dean of the School of Business and Economics at California’s Sonoma State University, Bill Silver is positioning SSU to be the nucleus for a thriving North Bay economy. Together with his faculty and staff colleagues, Dr. Silver is building results-focused educational programs which are responsive to the needs of North Bay organizations, including the region’s growing strengths in wine and hospitality, sustainable technologies, and service industries. Before joining SSU, Bill Silver was Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate Dean at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, where he led academic programs that achieved national rankings for sustainable business practices, values-based leadership, and business relevance.
Brandon Spars is a high school humanities instructor at Sonoma Academy, where he teaches non-Western history and literature. He has traveled and lived in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands for more than seven years, which has shaped his academic interests in Asian and Pacific Island folklore and provided the rich experiences that he shares in stories of his own. Brandon attends many conferences on pedagogy with a special focus on incorporating storytelling within the high school classroom. He loves nothing more than to liven up a slow, sleepy afternoon class with a loud, scary folktale from Indonesia.