Fe Fanyi has been enlightening Central Oregon with the music and dance of West Africa since 2007. Since its formation, Fe Fanyi has performed at fundraisers, festivals and events throughout Central Oregon. Under the direction of drum instructor and artistic director, David Visiko, and dance instructor, Shannon Abero. Fe Fanyi performs traditional dance and rhythms from Guinea, Mali and the Cote’ d’Ivoire.
President, Women's Sports Foundation
Hucles is President of the Women's Sports Foundation and regular speaker on topics of sports leadership, equality, inclusion & safe spaces, anti-bullying, and the power of sport and its impact on personal growth and development. She is a member of the Advisory Board for You Can Play, a campaign dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports.
Pickersgill received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina and is a current Visiting Lecturer. His work has been exhibited nationally at institutions and galleries such as The Center for Fine Art Photography, Duke University, The North Carolina Museum of Art, University of Northern Florida, and The Ackland Art Museum. A full time artist living and working in Charlotte, NC., Pickersgill is represented by Rick Wester Fine Art in New York City.
Lodato, Chief Product Officer for SKYLABS, provocateur and visionary Bionics pioneer, is an expert in the interplay between design & technology. He holds 76 patents and is one of the world’s leading designers. He's served as Master Innovator of wearable technologies for Google-Motorola and has helped shape innovation agendas for Dupont, Coca Cola, Ferrari-Maserati, Boeing and others.
CEO Kerri Kelly Yoga
Corporate executive and athlete turned yogi, nonprofit managing director, coach, organizer, and agent of change, Kelly is the founder of CTZNWELL. She spent seven years as Executive Director of the non-profit Off the Mat, Into the World and is currently board chair.
Lance Canales is a roots-blues musician from California’s breadbasket. He lived the life that so many songs have been written about since the birth of roots music – hard labor, one room shacks and ghosts whispering of a better life. Canales’ guttural vocals combine a hard-edged storytelling approach with stripped down, foot-stomping, acoustic instrumentation that people readily respond to; Canales and his band, The Flood, were a favorite at the 2015 Sister’s Folk Festival. Canales led the initiative to place a memorial headstone with the names of the plane crash victims of the famous Woody Guthrie song “Deportee,” who were discovered buried nameless in a mass grave in Fresno, California. Now and forever nameless no more.
Director of Community Life, L’Arche Chicago
Luca Badetti integrates his lived experience with persons with and without intellectual disabilities in L'Arche communities with his holistic and interdisciplinary study of the human experience. He's currently the Director of Community Life at L'Arche Chicago. He holds a PhD in Disability Studies, a MS in Clinical Psychology and a BA in Theology with Philosophy studies.
Twelve-year-old keyboard phenomenon Maxwell Friedman used to joke with the principal of his elementary school that she shared her office with him since he spent so much “reflection time” there. Discovering music and channeling his energy into the keyboard helped him turn things around. Friedman started playing piano 3-1/2 years ago and quickly took Central Oregon by storm. Friedman has played with musical heavyweights Karl Denson, ALO, and Michael Franti, and local favorites Elektrapod and Mark Ransom. A jazz-funk fusion band with Maxwell at the helm is currently in the works with help from Georges Bouhey, his longtime music teacher and mentor.
Greywater Wonk/Sustainability Guru
Designer, researcher, and illustrator, Molly Winter, is program director of Recode, a nonprofit that works on legalizing innovation beyond just sanitation. She has created visual explanations for organizations including Beacon Food Forest, People’s Food Coop, Public Laboratory, Medical Reserve Corp, and USA Today. Molly’s work has been featured in MIT’s Design Issues, CDC, Smith magazine, and Sustainability Review.
Omar Samra is a father, successful entrepreneur and future astronaut. In 2009, he left a corporate career behind and founded Wild Guanabana, an award-winning travel company that helps reconnect people with nature through wild and wonderful adventures across the globe. Samra was born in London and now lives between Egypt and the UAE.
Roger Love has coached award winning actors, musicians and speakers, from Jeff Bridges and Reese Witherspoon for their Academy Award-winning roles in Crazy Heart and Walk The Line, to Gwen Stefani and Eminem, to Anthony Robbins and Brendon Burchard.
Brain Training - Author
Author of the national bestseller Train Your Brain for Success, Roger Seip has a knack for taking the principles of effectiveness that most of us struggle with and crystallizing them into clear strategies and action plans. He’s also passionate about teaching us how to recognize and train the incredible capacity of the human mind. He tells us the bad news: there are three common “default settings” we tend toward, each with negative consequences for perception and relating. Then he tells us the good news: once recognized, there are ways we can counteract this automatic tendency, changing the way we experience ourselves and others.
Superintendent, Culver School District
Stephanie Garber is Culver School District's superintendent and elementary school principal. Garber established partnerships with Oregon State University Cascades Campus and Culver community partners to successfully move the district to becoming a K-12 STEM district.
ED for Megan Meier Foundation
Meier is Founder and Executive Director of the Megan Meier Foundation. She travels throughout the country as a keynote speaker on bullying and cyberbullying, addressing students, educators, administrators, parents, youth rallies, counselors, law enforcement, and other professionals.