Is a St. Louis artist who's going to talk about his most recent work entitled '365 Days a Dad', which is about inspiring black men by representing them involved in the everyday lives of their children. Married with 2 children himself, he is trying to project more positive paternal roll modeling in the black community.
Dr. Bryce Rutter
Dr. Rutter is a renowned specialist in ergonomic product design and is the leading worldwide expert in the design of handheld products. His work ranges from robotic surgical systems, surgical instruments & devices to smart phones, computer input devices & wearables through to food & beverage packaging, and beauty & personal care products.
Dr. Eric C. Leuthardt
Not one for idle time, Dr. Leuthardt is an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at Washington University School of Medicine, where he specializes in brain-mapping for patients with brain tumors and epilepsy; Director of Washington University’s Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology, a collaborative collective for developing new technologies to improve neurosurgery; and a published author of the hit psychological thriller RedDevil_4.
Dr. Jamie Ake
Dr. Ake is an Assistant Dean and Academic Coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. In this role, Dr. Ake advises a large number of our future community service leaders and practitioners, while also teaching for the Department of Women and Gender Studies and the Department of English.
Dr. John Hoal
John Hoal Ph.D is the founder of the award-winning H3 Studio, an interdisciplinary research and design studio in St. Louis specializing in urbanism, architecture, landscape and sustainability, and he is the Chair of Urban Design and Professor Architecture and Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis. Hoal researches, practices and teaches architecture, urban design and community-based planning in the United States, Asia and Southern Africa, and lectures nationally and internationally on the design and development healthy, resilient and livable cities.
Dr. Purnell is an Assistant Professor in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches in both the public health and social work graduate programs, and his research focuses on the social and economic factors that drive health outcomes.
Dr. Purnell is committed to health equity, educational opportunity, and economic viability for everyone. His work as an academic researcher and a community member is focused on making that aspiration a reality.
Born in Virginia and raised in Spain, Javier Mendoza headed back to the States on a soccer scholarship to play for St. Louis University. When an injury kept him from playing, he picked up the guitar and began writing music. Soon after he signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell, writing for Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Emilio Estefan and others.
Joe Jez is an Associate Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. Challenging his students and the scientific community o look at plants different, Joe’s research focuses on using plants as environmental clean-up tools to solve some of our world’s toughest challenges.
In 1987, John O’Leary was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100% of his body. He was given one percent chance to live.
Libby is a local artist and environmentalist whose work focuses on the St. Louis region and its unique connection to fresh water resources. Her pieces drive awareness of the competitive advantage fresh water provides St. Louis during times of global climate change
A recent PhD Chemistry graduate from the University of Wisconsin, who is so inspired to think about science “outside the box” that she entered the Amazing Race with her roommate, and won!
Pepper is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington, where her work on intimacy, sexuality and relationships spans every life cycle. Pepper is the author of more than 25 books and ebooks, as well as hundreds of columns, popular media articles and academic studies ranging from same sex and heterosexual marriage and cohabitation to communication strategies in committed couples, to a book on romantic travel.
Tyrus "Smalltalk" Watson
Born in St. Louis.
He has been a hip hop dancer for over 16 years and has mastered a variety of hip-hop
styles from all across the United States. He is known for creating exciting performances with a unique combination of steps.