Peter Pelberg believes technology can connect us in new ways to unlock human potential.
It is an appreciation for this power of community that led Peter to found Yog - a software company focused on connecting people to accomplish their health and fitness goals together. Yog's first app makes it possible to go for a run with someone whether they are 5 or 5,000 miles away. To-date, members of Yog's community have run the equivalent of the distance between New York City and Sydney.
Before founding Yog, Peter developed award-winning marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 brands and built a contract staffing business in college.
Peter is a Narberth native and a graduate of Lower Merion High School and Emory University where he earned a degree in Information Systems from the Goizueta Business School. He now lives and runs in and around New York City. If you ever want to connect with Peter, you can find him on Twitter.
Shimul Melwani is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests meet at the intersection of emotions and interpersonal processes in organizations. She is conducting (and will be presenting) research on the influence of gossip - the negative and positive consequences of initiating and participating in it - for individuals and groups in the workplace. She also investigates how emotions such as boredom, contempt, compassion and anger influence performance and relationships in work contexts. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology and Psychological Science and has been covered by media outlets, such as the Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Forbes and Science Daily.
Shimul received her PhD and master's degree in management and organizational behavior from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She received a master's degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Mumbai.
Bruce Warren is the Assistant General Manager at WXPN in Philadelphia www.xpn.org and the Executive Producer of World Cafe. In addition to World Cafe, he is in charge of all the radio and digital content. He used to be an elementary school teacher, a chef, a music journalist, and a scout for a major label record company. His calling to radio came one late one night many years ago when he DJ'd his very first radio show. Bruce is a Philly native, an undergrad from Temple, and has his Master's in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. He tweets and blogs about music, technology, and social media at @somevelvetblog. Last year, Billboard, a music industry trade magazine, named him one of Billboard's Twitter 140: The Music Industry Characters You Need to Follow. Bruce teaches a Master's degree course in social media at University of Pennsylvania and is on the Board of Directors at Public Radio Exchange, a public media technology company. He hosts a weekly music show on WXPN Saturdays from 10AM-2PM. Over the course of his career, Warren has met many musicians including Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z and is positive neither of them remembered his name the day after. Bruce loves music and his family, and the ability to wake up everyday and say he's got the greatest job in the world. Which really doesn't make it a job at all.
Dr. Stephen Treat is a Senior Therapist and former Director and CEO of Council for Relationships, the nation's oldest and largest counseling agency. In his role as CEO, he managed the running of 14 clinical offices throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, numerous professional and public educational programs, and his own busy clinical practice at CFR. Dr. Treat continues to see clients, teach at Thomas Jefferson University, consult with family businesses. He is an in-demand speaker, consultant and media expert. He can be seen regularly on local television programs such as NBC10's 10! Show, CBS3's Talk Philly, and local news programs. He has appeared on national television shows, such as the Today Show. He's also been featured on numerous radio programs, and is often quoted for newspaper and magazine articles.
Dr. Treat works with individuals, couples, families and businesses to foster an understanding of how those systems work and how they can improve. Additionally, he speaks and consults with universities, schools, religious organizations and non-profits.
Dr. Treat received his doctorate from the Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 1976. He completed post-doctoral work in Human Sexuality at the University of Pennsylvania and the Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program at Council for Relationships in 1981. He is licensed to practice marriage and family therapy in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to being an instructor in Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson University Medical College, he is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counseling, a member of the American Family Therapy Association, and Associate of the Institute for Family Enterprising at the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College, MA.
Prof. Ethan Mollick studies innovation and entrepreneurship. Ethan also co-authored a book on the intersection between video games and business that was named one of the American Library Association's top ten business books of 2009, and has studied the way that games can be used to motivate performance and education. Ethan has degrees from MIT and Harvard, and has written extensively on startups, innovation, and online communities.
Taifa Harris is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and has appeared in New York and various regional theaters including Yale Rep, Hartford Stage, Roundhouse Theater, West Virginia Public, City Theater Company in Pittsburgh, Arkansas Rep, Sierra Repertory Theater, Imagination Stage, The Lark Theatre Company, The Depot Theater and a one-woman show: Harriet Tubman Returns to Us with The Acting Company and the World Premier of 10 Months at The Delaware Theater Company. In addition to theater she also appeared in the Emmy award winning movie The Temptations and several TV shows. This fall she will be teaching Drama at Riverdale Country Day School and currently resides in NYC with her husband and twin daughters.
NYC native, LM grad and world-renowned DJ Bobbito Garcia is the critically acclaimed author of "Where'd You Get Those? NYC's Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987" (Testify Books). In recent years, "Kool Bob Love" has done sideline reporting for the NY Knicks on MSG Network, voiced NBA 2K video games, and has hosted ESPN2's "It's the Shoes" series. Currently, he is the play-by-play announcer for the Elite 24 Game on ESPNU and the Red Bull King of the Rock Championship, and tours the world spinning records at events for Red Bull, Nike, and Fania Records, among others. A self-proclaimed "pick-up basketball activist," Bobbito has played in 35 countries throughout five continents, and has acted as an ambassador for the sport, giving clinics and donating sneakers in multiple developing areas.
Bobbito recently co-produced the award-winning documentary, DOIN IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC. The film explores the history, culture and social impact of New York's summer "b-ball" scene, also known as "pick-up ball" and "playground basketball." Bobbito and co-director Kevin Couliau visited 180 courts throughout NYC's five boroughs-within 75 hot summer days-to create their debut documentary. The filmmakers traveled to a majority of the locations by bicycle, carrying cameras and a ball in their backpacks. The film's title refers as much to the subject matter as it does to the method of filmmaking, providing an unprecedented perspective on America's most popular, and accessible, free recreation, which has influenced an international lifestyle.