Katie Rast is the Director of Fab Lab San Diego, and has worked with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop the San Diego instantiation of the Global Network of MIT Fab Labs. Since 2007, Katie has managed Fab Lab, a community-driven invention space, and has developed and deployed a suite of educational programs for youth and adults focused on innovation, ideation, creativity and STEM education.
Katie has been an evangelist for the Maker Movement for the past six years, and remains dedicated to the belief that practices related to applied learning and invention benefit education, innovation, and economic development. Upon realizing the potential that came with the ability to “make almost anything”, Katie turned her interest in healthy communities and successful students toward the integration of ‘making’ into project-based learning, workforce development, and the creation of a local innovation ecology.
Mr. Olivieri has over 23 years of Business Development and Project Management experience focused on US-Mexico relations. Currently he is CEO of the Tijuana Economic Development Corporation, a Non-Profit business organization that facilitates foreign investment in manufacturing and technology projects within the city of Tijuana and the Calibaja Mega-Region. Throughout his career he has developed expertise in the areas of Economic Development, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Energy Infrastructure and Medical Tourism. Mr. Olivieri has a good balance between Fortune 500 companies and small entrepreneurial projects. He has worked for SAIC, Sempra Energy and AT&T, all with a binational focus. Currently Mr. Olivieri serves as Chairman of the Board of Serena Senior Care a leading provider in Baja California of assistance and health management services for Seniors. Additionally Mr. Olivieri has served in several business organizations; he was founder and VP of the Tijuana Health Tourism Association and the Baja California Information Technology Cluster. Other organizations include the South San Diego EDC, where he was Chairman of The Board, and other groups such as COPARMEX, CDT and CANIETI. Also was appointed to the National Sustainability Board for Mexico’s Environmental Management Agency.
Mr. Olivieri received his Certification as a Certified Economic Development (CEcD) Professional from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) on June 2013. He holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Electronic Commerce and an MBA, as well as a Bachelors’ Degree in Industrial Engineering. He has thought Systems Design and Strategic Planning at Baja California’s State University and the Pacific School of Management in Tijuana.
Two years into Kristen Kavanaugh’s appointment to the US Naval Academy, her values and personal growth critically intersected when she began to understand and accept that she was a lesbian serving under the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy which prevented lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) service members from serving openly. Kristen served in silence until the nationwide effort to repeal DADT in 2010 when she faced her biggest fear and publicly shared her story in the hope that LGBT service members would find solace in their common struggles. She co-founded the Military Acceptance Project (MAP), a social justice organization, which promotes acceptance of LGBT service members, veterans, and their families.
Kristen holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Military Social Work from the University of Southern California. She currently serves as MAP’s executive director and as a member of the Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council.
Brant Cooper helps organizations big and small innovate. He is the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Lean Entrepreneur and is a sought after speaker, advisor and mentor.
He has over 16 years experience helping companies bring innovative products to market. His startup career includes Tumbleweed, Timestamp, WildPackets, inCode, and many others. He has experienced IPO, acquisition, rapid growth, and crushing failure.
Brant previously authored The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development, the first purpose-written book to discuss Lean Startup and Customer Development concepts, earning a distribution of over 50k. He has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs across the globe.
Brant is the Co-Founder of Moves the Needle Group, which has advised the innovation practices of such leading companies as Qualcomm, Intuit, Capital One, Pitney Bowes and Hewlett-Packard.
acques Edouard Chirazi, certified Biomimicry Professional has managed the California City of San Diego’s Clean Technology Program since 2007. His focus is to create economic growth while fostering sustainability. One emerging initiative is to bridge cleantech with biomimicry. He develops and supports a clean technology cluster in San Diego. As a critical thinker, analyzing complex program and policies, he leverages his strong communication skills while collaborating across a diverse range of private, public and non-profit sector groups. With the passion for learning about the natural world and understanding how nature could transform the corporate environment, his long term vision is to create new business models and financial instruments to accelerate the commercialization of biomimetic solutions.
Jacques served six years as Senior Project Manager at Bainbridge Inc., a strategic management consulting firm, which provides consulting services for Fortune 500 companies. He currently teaches sustainability courses and clean technology to business students at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. He holds a Masters of Arts from UCSD Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies in International Environmental Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from San Diego State University. Jacques is also a certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.), Renewable Energy Professional (R.E.P.) and LEED-GC.
Reid Carr is the President & CEO of San Diego-based Red Door Interactive. They also have offices in Carlsbad and Denver.
Among numerous awards for work, Red Door has twice been named one of the Best Places to Work in Media & Marketing by Advertising Age magazine as well as a Top Small Company Workplace by Inc Magazine. They have annually been named a Best Places to Work in San Diego by the Business Journal and have 3x received Awards of Excellence by the SD Society for HR Management. They count clients such as Bosch, Thermador, Shea Homes, Charlotte Russe and Rubio’s among others on their enviable client list.
Reid was honored with the SD Metropolitan’s “40 Under 40″ award in 2005, the SD Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO Award in 2007, 2009, 2010 and in 2011 won their Exemplary Award. In 2009 and again 2012, Reid was a Finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. In 2010, he was named to the New Leaders Council’s 40 Under 40 list, as well as named a SD Daily Transcript’s Young Influencer. In 2011, iMedia Connection named him one of the 25 Hottest Digital Marketers.
Andrew Dickson is a leading expert in seawater pH, whose research activities are focused on improving our understanding of the carbon dioxide system in seawater, with a current emphasis on the effects of ocean acidification.Since the 1990s, Andrew has played a key role in improving measurements of oceanic CO2 system properties, and leads a program to prepare, certify, and distribute CO2 reference materials to the world’s marine scientists. Dickson’s research focuses on improving the understanding of the chemistry of carbon dioxide in seawater and upper-ocean biogeochemistry, with a current emphasis on the effects of ocean acidification. He has played a key role in developing quality control standards for oceanic carbon dioxide measurements and leads a program to prepare, certify, and distribute CO2 reference materials to the world’s marine scientists. He’s currently on The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE Council; a $1.5 million competition that challenges individuals and teams around the world to build and demonstrate advanced pH sensor technology that will allow us to stem the tide of this chemical imbalance, and return our oceans and sea life to a state of prolonged health. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, on May 14, 1953, Dickson received a B.Sc. degree from the University of Liverpool in 1974, and a Ph.D. from there in 1978. Prior to joining Scripps, Dickson served as a postdoctoral research associate at the Marine Biological Association Laboratory in Plymouth, England and as a postdoctoral associate in the University of Florida, Department of Chemistry. He joined Scripps as an assistant research chemist in 1983, became an associate research chemist in 1991 and a professor-in-residence of marine chemistry in 2006.
A product of the millennial generation, Kim Woozy was born and raised in the heart of Northern California’s Bay Area. Her childhood was influenced by the juxtaposition of San Francisco’s rich cultural diversity, Silicon Valley’s technological innovation and the Sierra Nevada’s epic outdoor adventures. Woozy discovered her passion for videography at the young age of seventeen when she got her hands on her first digital camcorder. She moved to San Diego in 2002 and earned a BA in Visual Arts Media at the University of California, San Diego. After graduating magna cum laude, she was determined to combine her passion of art and sport and began her career in San Diego’s deeply rooted action sports industry. In 2010, Kim Woozy founded MAHFIA, a web tv channel that exposes the untold stories of females in action sports culture. MAHFIA’s mission is to promote females for their accomplishments and offer inspiration and entertainment for girls who are interested in the creative lifestyle of skateboarding, snowboarding and surf culture.
Studio Penny Lane was lovingly created by Laurie Libman-Wilson, a San Diego based custom home and internationally known interior designer, mother of three and ambassador for peace through fashion and style. Her creative work inspires and promotes mindful awareness, bringing about a positive change in everyone her thoughtful message and hip products reach. Born and raised in Los Angeles, and a descendant of the first indigenous native tribe to the Los Angeles River basin, Laurie’s unique naturally fashion forward vision has always put her in high demand with her discriminating clients who strive for high style, infused with a native California vibe. Laurie’s custom design work can be seen all over California, Argentina, Nicaragua and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and now all over the U.S as Studio Penny Lane grows in popularity.
Anthony is Cofounder and Managing Director of LEADERSHIP RESEARCH INSTITUTE, a global management and leadership consulting firm. He has been an active consultant for over twenty years in the areas of organizational change, executive coaching and development, and leadership training and design. He has served clients in a variety of fields, including McKinsey and Company, Goldman Sachs, National Geographic, ESPN, the NFL, American Express, and Spencer Stuart.
Anthony has served on the teaching and research faculties of several universities, including Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, the University of California, and the European School of Management at Oxford. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in the Behavioral Sciences and earned his Doctorate from the School of Leadership and Educational Sciences at the University of San Diego. Following his Doctorate, he was appointed as a Post-Doctoral Fellow of Social Anthropology at the University of California, where he studied Leadership and Organizational Culture.
Anthony’s research and writings on leadership have appeared in several publications, including the European Journal of Management, the Journal of Leadership Studies, Businessweek, Investors Business Daily, The Economist, and the best-selling books, The Leader of the Future and The Organization of the Future, both published by the Drucker Foundation. He is also author of the critically acclaimed book entitled Leadership Taboos: The Ten Dirty Little Secrets That No One Will Tell You About Leaders and What They Really Think, (Jossey Bass, March 2007), and ESPN; The Story and Lessons Behind the Most Fanatical Brand in Sports, (Wiley and Sons, August 2009). Anthony serves on several boards, including the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
In 1987, when Alephonsion Deng was seven years old, his village in Southern Sudan was attacked by his own government troops. To avoid capture he ran into the night with many other young boys. Without food, water, shoes or parents, he crossed 1,000 miles of lion and crocodile infested territory. After five years of fleeing war, starvation and wild animals, he reached Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and began his education.Nine years later, In 2001, the U.S. Government welcomed Alephonsion Deng as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.
After a nine month stint as at Ralphʼs grocery store in San Diego, Alepho was cast in the Russell Crowe movie Master and Commander. In a sudden and unusual juxtaposition, this young African man spent six months on the set in Rosarito, Mexico where he learned to sail a tall ship, fire a cannon and swordfight. Alepho has spoken to over 100 schools, universities, clubs and organizations about his extraordinary story of survival in Africa, adapting to his life in the United States and his hope for peace in the world. His memoir, written with his brother, Benson, and cousin, Benjamin, entitled, “They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky”.
Dr. Jeff Salz
Jeff Salz discovered his love for adventure early on, escaping his home in the suburbs of New Jersey and –unbeknownst to his parents – over-nighting in the remote corners of Central Park, befriending the homeless and sleeping on park benches. At age thirteen, he discovered the real wilderness, backpacking and rock-climbing in the Tetons of Wyoming and studying the ancient lore of the Hopi and Plains Indians.Jeff has led over one hundred wilderness, mountaineering and anthropological research expeditions around the world, including a number of first ascents of summits in Southern Patagonia and the remote Western Himalaya of India. He has served CBS News as adventure expert for the Survivor television series, created and co-hosted investigative anthropological documentaries for the Travel Channel, Discovery Network and History Channel.
A Ph.D. in cultural anthropology earned him a full-time position on the faculty of San Diego State University where he was awarded the distinction of ‘Outstanding Professor’. As an internationally respected speaker and leadership coach, he is a regular at prestigious events around the world for C-suite executives at thought-leading organizations such as eBay, Microsoft, Google and the Walt Disney Company.
Karen Dietz, PhD., owner of Just Story It, is based in San Diego, CA. She is a consultant, facilitator, trainer and coach working with leaders and executive teams to cultivate and tell their most compelling stories and uniting people to pursue dramatic new goals. Her process derives from her expertise in the diverse fields of folklore, storytelling, creativity, strategy, organizational development, high performance teams, and interpersonal communications. Her clients have included NorthFace, Chase Manhattan Bank, American Society of Association Executives, Avery Dennison, Walt Disney Imagineering, and Princess Cruises.
Karen just finished writing Business Storytelling for Dummies for Wiley publishers due out in December 2013. She also contributed the Forward and co-wrote Chapter 6 on storytelling and financial management in the 2006 book Wake Me Up When The Data Is Over; How Organizations Use Stories to Generate Results, and is featured in the book The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling; Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative (2005) by Stephen Denning.
She’s also the top globally ranked content curators on business storytelling, bringing together and reviewing the best quality articles from around the web on the topic. You can find her collection and reviews at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it.
Karen received her doctorate in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania and is the former Executive Director of the National Storytelling Network. She is also a fiber artist, hand-dying and assembling silk panels representing the principles she brings into her work with clients.
Richard Gonzalez serves as an industry thought-leader in information technology spanning a variety of markets ranging from mid-market to enterprise organizations. With over 14 years of experience, Richard’s expertise in process development, enterprise computing, telecommunications and telemedicine has led companies to a feasible and efficiently streamlined IT organization.
Recently, Richard served as the Chief Information Officer at La Maestra Community Health Centers. In this role, Richard expanded their IT organization with leading technology solutions to synchronize four health centers, five school-based health centers and seven dental clinics in central, southern and eastern San Diego County; a prime initiative that needed to meet the challenges of the growing healthcare patient population. La Maestra serves a low-income, immigrant clientele which offers a variety of healthcare and social services through its “Circle of Care” model; a holistic solution-based program. Richard was also responsible for application development, support services, Mhealth, Telemedicine, technology governance, practices and HIPPA (health information personal privacy act) regulatory and requirements. He directed an e-business strategy and delivered leading edge web-enabled initiatives. The e-health initiative improved customer service, provider relations and employee effectiveness.
Prior to, Richard led a development team as the Director of Information Technology for MAAC Project. Richard and his team integrated 27 IT programs for Head Start centers, two charter schools and four community housing labs. The project awarded him “IT Executive of the Year for 2013 for Large Non-Profit Organizations” by the San Diego Business Journal.
Richard has been responsible for the overall success of multiple IT programs for non-profit healthcare organizations. His accomplishments replaced desperate systems and removed all challenging resources and in result vastly improved their internal operations and business. His innovative approach and proactive thinking made him a finalist for the San Diego Top Tech Exec in 2011 and 2013.
Richard is an Alumni of San Diego State University and resides in San Diego, California with his girlfriend and puppy Nikko.