Chérie Rivers Ndaliko
Chérie Rivers Ndaliko is a UNC Chapel Hill professor in the Department of Music. She is also Executive Director of the Yole!In- stitute, an educational & cultural program located in Goma, Demo- cratic Republic of the Congo. Her research focuses on art & social justice in African war zones.
Emily Rose Laochua
Emily Rose Laochua is the writer & creator of The Convergence, a graphic novel & motion book app that speaks of human energy & Earth's living soul.
Flynn Coleman is an international human rights attorney, educator, author, & social entrepreneur.
Imagine Circus is a booking & production company providing performances & shows that feature cirque-style entertainment, aerial dancers, acrobatics, fire performers, stilt walkers, jugglers & dancers in theatrical costuming & makeup. Fully insured & equipped to offer customized stage shows from 3 to 90 minutes as well as interactive, ambient, & roving entertainment & instruc- tion, Imagine Circus is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, & actively works with companies & event planners all over the east coast.
Mary Ward is a co-founder of Counter Culture Labs, which conducts research in biotechnology.
Mas Subramanian is a professor of Materials Science at Oregon State University.
Megha Kadakia brings a unique blend of business experience & artistic vision to the world of independent filmmaking through her production company – Blue Velocity Pictures. Kadakia has also produced MISS INDIA AMERICA, currently on Netflix & RASPBER- RY MAGIC. Kadakia’s latest film THE TIGER HUNTER was released nationwide fall of 2017. Kadakia has recently co-founded the global media entertainment brand for young girls, SUPER AMAZ- ING PRINCESS HEROES & works with filmmakers & activists to create social impact media at Creative Visions.
Melissa McCracken has synesthesia, which allows her to see colors in the sounds that she hears. As an artist, she paints using vibrant colors to depict the movement of music.
Samantha Farley is a student of Health Policy Management at UNC Chapel Hill.
Shizu Saldamando is a visual artist whose work centers on sub- cultures & perseverance.
Toshi Reagon is a talented & versatile singer, composer, librettist, musician, music director, curator & producer with a profound ear for sonic Americana—from folk to funk, from blues to rock. While her expansive career has landed her at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House, & Madison Square Garden, you can just as easily find Toshi turning out at a music festival or local club. In addition to collaborating with many esteemed artists, Reagon founded WORD*ROCK*&SWORD, a community festival that takes place throughout NYC every September. Together with her mother Bernice Johnson Reagon, she has created two operas with director Robert Wilson. Toshi co-composed music for two Peabody Award-winning films & received a NYFA Award for Music Composition, the 2010 OutMusic Heritage Award, & The Black Lily Music & Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance. She is a National Women’s History Month honoree & was named a 2015 Art of Change Fellow by the Ford Foundation. Most recently, Toshi developed an Opera based on Octavia Butler's novel “Parable of the Sower,” which debuted fall 2017.