Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, The Polaris Project
Bradley Myles is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Polaris Project. Polaris Project is the global leader in the fight to eradicate modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Under Myles’ leadership, Polaris works to disrupt trafficking networks, restore freedom to current victims, and prevent future victims. The organization has had impressive success. Thus far, Polaris has responded to 22,000 human trafficking cases, reported 6,300 cases to law enforcement, and pushed 127 anti-human trafficking laws through state and federal governments. Further, Polaris has secured a partnership with Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company, to prevent human trafficking within its 7,590-hotel business. Myles has played an instrumental role in Polaris’ success, pioneering systematic change to make a more secure world.
Partner, Davis Brody Bond
Carl Krebs is a partner at Davis Brody Bond, the associate architectural firm responsible for designing the memorial and museum to the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. The museum is a compelling place of remembrance. Set within an original wall of the World Trade Center, it creates an inspiring place of reflection and was recently recognized with an American Institute of Architecture award for interior design. Krebs served as architect-in-charge of the project. Thanks to his expert guidance, the memorial and museum are able to appropriately express the emotions and memories of survivors, families, community groups, and preservation societies, enabling respectful and powerful homage to be paid to the historic events of the day. Krebs’ projects extend beyond the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and comprise many of Davis Brody Bond’s most influential civic, cultural and academic projects.
Professor of Computer Science, Wake Forest University
Wake Forest’s very own Errin Fulp researches security within computer networks. Fulp’s nature-based designs leverage inspiration found in the natural world to deliver more efficient methods of cyber security and more innovative solutions to difficult computer science problems. The biology- inspired approaches mimic the designs of ant colonies and the human genome to build adaptive and scalable security solutions that reduce the level of human involvement in problem detection and resolution, leading to more secure networks and better-protected data.
Secretary General, Terres Des Hommes International Federation
Ignacio Packer is the Secretary General of the Terres Des Hommes International Federation (TDHIF). TDHIF is a network of ten organizations working to promote the rights of children and their equitable development, regardless of racial, religious, political, cultural or gender-based discrimination. The federation implements aid projects to improve quality of life for disadvantaged children, their families and their communities. Packer is responsible for facilitating collaboration between the ten organizations that comprise TDHIF, ensuring cohesive corporate culture and effectiveness of the federation’s activities at a global level. Packer’s work helps children to realize their full potential in an ever-changing and insecure world.
Chief Program Officer, Urban Arts Partnership
Katrena Perou is the Chief Program Officer at Urban Arts Partnership, a nonprofit organization that works to advance the intellectual, social and artistic development of underprivileged public school students. Urban Arts’ arts-integrated education programs help close the achievement gap and give young people the skills they need for the future. Perou brings years of nonprofit leadership and education development experience to her role at Urban Arts, and her work in the field has been recognized nationally many times over. Perou tirelessly uses her talent and expertise to secure sound education for all
students, regardless of situation.
Chief Executive Officer, Oracle
Mark Hurd is the Chief Executive Officer of Oracle Corporation. With over 30 years of technology industry leadership, Hurd directs corporate strategy for the IT giant, and is a member of the company’s board of directors. Hurd works to enable clients to simplify their business using Oracle’s suite of integrated cloud applications and platform services. Hurd’s work in the IT space has gained him recognition from prominent business publications including Forbes, Fortune, Business 2.0, Barron’s and The San Francisco Chronicle. Hurd’s tireless commitment to client service and technological innovation has helped illuminate the future of business IT and client data.
Professor of Public Administration and Government, School of Government, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hell
Maureen Berner is a professor of Public Administration and Government at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s School of Government. Berner teaches students and provides advisory services to state and local governments. Her work centers on food insecurity and uses longitudinal data from food banks and non-profits to improve food assistance programs, helping find solutions to the problem of food scarcity that are more long-term than the charity-based model used currently. Berner’s research is local to North Carolina, but food insecurity is a widespread issue. Thus, Berner’s solutions have implications for the security of food throughout the entire country.
Founder and Managing Director, Sandy Hook Promise
Nicole Hockley is the Founder and Managing Director of the Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit working to end gun-related deaths due to crime, suicide, and accidental discharge. The nonprofit is working to build a national movement of parents, schools, and volunteers committed to gun violence prevention in their local areas and on a national stage by influencing state and national policy regarding the issue. The Sandy Hook Promise advocates for mental health and wellness early-intervention programs, and sensible gun safety and storage practices to build more secure campuses and communities nationwide.