Amy Scerra was raised in Webster, New York. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in Hospitality Administration, Amy went on to spend five-years working in corporate aviation. She fell in love with fifty countries, cultures, and cuisines, while learning about business, success, and drive from some of the world's top leaders. She learned the value of authentic travel, to appreciate diversity, and to relentlessly pursue new experiences. Amy has since transitioned to a career in higher education, combining her love for the international community and philanthropy. She has had an immense opportunity to work with women entrepreneurs from emerging economies and manage business-training programs at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Amy has watched each woman discover her own strength, courage and tenacity, as it is ignited when they are empowered, safe and supported. Amy’s personal goal is to create opportunities for both local and international women entrepreneurs to expand their networks, improved access to education, and to provide practical tools to promote sustainable business growth. Amy hopes to inspire others with her own human moments, and her passion for creating opportunities for others to connect, and realize just how similar we all truly are.
Bob Beard is a cultural explorer, community connector and fan of fandom. From Sherlockians to gamers, Steampunks to Bronies, Bob is passionate about understanding the performance, consumption and identity practices within various fandoms and emerging subcultures as well as the creation of spaces and experiences where members of these groups can publicly advocate for themselves.
Born in Nebraska, raised in Arizona and well-travelled after a stint in the United States Marine Corps, Bob has worked in the media industry for more than 14 years. He currently works at Arizona PBS where he creates engagement strategies and manages the station’s shared interest communities. Most recently, Bob founded the local Arizona PBS Nerd Walk which has captured the attention of other PBS stations nationwide.
A life-long geek himself, Bob is writing his graduate thesis on nerds and nerd culture for the Communications Studies program at Arizona State University. He’s married to the most patient woman in the Universe, is Dad to two adventuresome preschoolers and can beat you at Ghostbusters trivia, so don’t even try.
Chell Roberts is the Executive Dean and former Chair of Engineering for the College of Technology and Innovation at Arizona State University. As Executive Dean, he serves as the College’s Chief Operating Officer. As the Founding Chair of Engineering, Dr. Roberts led a clean slate design and development of a new engineering program created to be responsive to the latest knowledge on engineering education. He is currently leading the development of highly innovative programs at the intersection of traditional disciplines for a new college model that brings together engineering, science and business in a multi-disciplinary fashion focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship. The newly developed curricular model is studio based and highly flexible. As part of the program development, Dr. Roberts has created a corporate partners program that has resulted in a high level of industry leadership and funding of multidisciplinary senior projects. Dr. Roberts received a PhD in industrial engineering from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Utah and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Utah. Dr. Roberts has published over 70 technical articles, has guided over $2 million dollars of research, provided consulting services to many companies, and served on many national conference organization committees, national review boards, and technical committees. Dr. Roberts’s primary research and teaching interests are in the area of engineering education, computer simulation, and manufacturing automation.