Alison's passion lies at the intersection of design, business, and social impact. She will graduate from BYU this April with a BFA in Industrial Design, a minor in Business Management, and as a recipient of the Ballard Scholar of Social Innovation Award. As a 2015 Crocker Innovation Fellow, Alison collaborated on an interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial project focused on solving an age-old social problem: stinky diapers. In Fall 2016, she interned with Ashoka Youth Venture and documented the journey of young changemakers around the world. Alison's latest project is a startup built on the concept of "micro-volunteering"—volunteer activities that take less than 30 minutes, can be engaged in remotely, and achieve positive social impact.
Actor / Writer
James was born and raised in Sacramento, CA in a family of seven. As the middle child, he was starved for attention so naturally took to acting. In college, he stretched his acting and writing skills by joining a sketch comedy troupe, Divine Comedy. He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from BYU in 2013. After working as a Software Engineer for a little over a year, while doing Studio C part-time, the show grew and he became a full-time actor and writer. James married his high school sweetheart, Brenna. They love traveling and finding good food. When he isn't acting, James loves tending (or eating) his organic vegetable garden and playing with their puppy, Caesar.
Jann Haworth has lived and worked in Utah since 1997. She holds two unusual distinctions: a female Pop Artist and Co-Designer for the Beatle’s Sgt Pepper Album cover [for which she received a Grammy]. Recent purchases of her work include The Tate Great Britain, The Utah Arts Council and UMFA Utah. She has had 18 one person shows in Europe and the US and is currently working on an exhibit for Modern West Fine Art in Sept 2017 and for the University of Colorado Museum.
Her work can be seen day or night on 400 W between 200 & 300 S, the location of SLC Pepper a collaborative mural that is an update of the Sgt P. Cover created for Salt Lake City and gallery hours at Modern West Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT. The original Work In Progress Mural is on display at BYU's MOA until Sept 2017.
Lincoln Nadauld, MD, PhD, is the Executive Director of Precision Medicine and Precision Genomics at Intermountain Healthcare. Dr. Nadauld recently participated in the Precision Medicine Initiative Summit and joined roundtables at the White House with President Barack Obama. He also attended Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Summit, where the Oncology Precision Network (OPeN), spearheaded by Dr. Nadauld, was mentioned among the Vice President’s remarks. Dr. Nadauld completed his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University, and went on to complete combined MD/PhD and clinical training at the University of Utah. He completed clinical training in Medical Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in solid tumor genomics.
Marissa is a native Montanan studying Sociology with minors in Middle East Studies and International Development. She lived in Zambia and Malawi as an LDS missionary, then as a research evaluation intern for a business/agricultural school. She was co-president of Students for International Development, one of the largest and most active clubs at BYU. Last semester, she interned for Ashoka Youth Venture doing research to understand the journey of young changemakers. Currently, she is a teaching assistant for Social Innovation, the Ballard Center's core class. She is also editor-in-chief of Ballard Brief, a Ballard Center initiative to help would-be change makers have access to accurate information about social problems and solutions. Ultimately, she wants to pursue a career in social innovation.
Pop/Funk/Soul artist Mimi Knowles finds his musical niche somewhere between the hip-hop edge of Kanye West and the soulful melodies of John Mayer. In 2013, Mimi was named winner of the prestigious Velour Battle of the Bands (previously won by groups including Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees). Mimi has opened for Snopp Dogg, Fictionist, Boyz II Men, Ryan Innes, Andy Grammar, and Carrie Underwood at Stadium of Fire.
Currently localizing in the beehive state, Mimi Knowles, is crowned the first heavy hitter in his genre from Utah. This hip hop artist’s music expands much past the state’s stereotypes though. Unafraid to touch topics like religion, race, and relationships, Knowles’ sound is bound to break more than genre barriers, but crush the charts as well. He says, “I don’t want to live in a world where my music is defined by genre. I just want people to hear my stuff and say that’s a killer song.”
Maurice (Moe) Egan was born in Bakersfield, California. Moe’s earliest childhood memories are of his parents and relatives using drugs and drinking openly. As he grew, drugs and crime were everywhere in Moe’s life and he began using. He tried to find refuge in sports, becoming an accomplished athlete from Pop Warner all the way to the collegiate level.
Moe landed a job working for Coretta Scott King at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, but eventually lost it due to his drug addiction.
After destroying his collegiate sports career, a dream job, and a couple of promising relationships, Moe eventually spiraled out of control. He wound up in San Francisco, in and out of jail, jobless and ultimately homeless.
In jail again, Moe heard about a place called Delancey Street where he could change his life. He wrote to them and was accepted.
At Delancey Street, Moe held many jobs and eventually was given responsibility of the newcomers, charged with
Mustapha El Akkari
Mustapha El Akkari began his athletic career as a member of the National Team of Lebanon, competing against international teams in the Middle East. He recently played for BYU-Hawai'i's Men's Basketball Team and competed for the NCAA championship game. He was honored with popular election by his student body as the first Muslim student-body president of a private LDS university. His platform focused on service and unity. In 2013, Mustapha was named as one of the most influential student body presidents in the United States. El Akkari is the Global Supply Manager at Nu Skin Enterprises. He oversees 54 countries and acts as Team Lead for the North Asia Region, negotiating contracts and streamlining lean business models. He is currently authoring a book on business leadership, focusing on principled mastery from his experiences as an immigrant and innovator in corporate America.
Mustapha is an alumnus of BYU-Hawaii and will be pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from the Univer
Naja has worked in the arts and media world since 1997. She is passionate about film and the power of media startups, when combined with social entrepreneurism, can create transformative change. She believes in film as a means to affect social change. She is passionate about people, the stories they tell and the impact these stories have on our world.
Naja is the founder and investor of RYSE Media, a media company dedicated to stories that inspires and compels social change and diversity. She is an investor in Impact Partners, which funds independent documentaries. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Utah Film Commission. Naja continues her lifelong commitment to diversity and serves on the Board of CAAM in San Francisco (Center for Asian American Media), helping filmmakers tell their stories and bring forth issues of the Asian experience in the US and around the world. She is a tireless advocate for refugees in America and volunteers her time with her kids to help with ESL, me
Sam Cobbs is a national expert and policy advisor on at-risk foster youth, focusing specifically on the issues foster youth face as they transition to adulthood. In his 20 years of work in the nonprofit sector, Mr. Cobbs has created and implemented programs that successfully reduce poverty and homelessness among vulnerable young people and has has been one of the leading voices in advocating for better access to housing, education, employment and health programs.
Mr. Cobbs joined First Place for Youth in 2005, and under his leadership, the organization quickly grew from an Oakland-based organization to a nationally-recognized model and the largest provider of housing to foster youth in California. This year, First Place will grow to house nearly 600 foster youth, providing access to safe, stable housing, along with intensive case management, and education and employment services that transform lives. He serves as a Leap of Reason Ambassador and was recently named a member of the inaug
Tim Stay was formerly the CEO, as well as a co-founder of Unitus Labs. Tim Stay started and ran Marketing Ally, which became one of the Top 50 Call Centers in the U.S.A and had over 1,110 employees. He started and later sold FreeServers.com to About.com. He was a co-founder of Bizcradle, a business incubator that launched such technology companies as SenForce, which sold to Novell. Tim was former CEO of Perfect Search Corporation, an innovative search engine and software development company.
Tim was voted as one of the vSpring 100 technology entrepreneurs in Utah and was recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from BYU. He has served on the Utah Valley University Foundation Board and on the Advisory Board for the Center of Economic Self-Reliance and the National Advisory Council for Religious Education at BYU. He has been Community Council Chair at Lakeridge Jr. High and at Mountain View High School. He serves on the Utah State Board of Education Advisory Panel for Community Counc
A globe trotter, designer & strategist, Vijay's expertise is in developing holistic experiences that include the design of products, services, environments & digital artifacts. His career has lead him on a journey through Asia, Europe, Australia and the United States. Having worked with manufacturers and design consultancies, his projects include process design, change management, brand research, design research and new product development. As the chair of IDSA’s New York City chapter, he serves members, businesses and institutions in NYC. An ardent design advocate, Vijay is passionate about connecting the silos of psychology, business and design. Send him a tweet @vijay_chk