Abigail Zealey Bess
film · theatre
Abigail is an award-winning filmmaker and theatre director with a résumé that features work with the legendary Sidney Lumet, John Leguizamo, Kevin Smith, Matt LeBlanc, Frank Whaley, Bruce Beresford, and many others. Her work has crossed boundaries and platforms for many years as an independent director and producer in film and theatre.
Zealey Bess has been working with both established and newly emerging writers on the New York scene. She continues to head Weird Sisters developing feature film projects and theatrical ventures and that promote and support prolific women artists and writers giving voice to new and exciting work.
environment · conservation
Fred is the Patuxent Riverkeeper, one of a global
network of 343 people who advocate for
individual rivers. He
s also the nation
African-American riverkeeper. Having spent 27
years in media, television, and radio, along with
a stint as a late-life law student, Tutman traded
in his law books and reporting expertise to
protect his home river.
Fred is adept at helping people explore their
own values with regard to nature and
stewardship of the earth. He is a committed
environmentalist with many front line
experiences dealing with topical conservation
issues. As an outdoor adventurer, he has a true
passion for taking roads less traveled, and
protecting those roads for generations to
dance · entrepreneurship
Ingrid was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the age of 8, she began her ballet training at Dançando Para Não Dançar, a social project in the Mangueira slum. Silva attended the Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer Program on a full-scholarship in 2007, joined the Professional Training Program and Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble in 2008 and became a member of the professional Company in 2013. Silva has performed in several world-famous venues around the globe, and served as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. In 2016 Silva was part of Activia campaign and was also nominated the brand's Global Ambassador embracing Women's Empowerment. In 2017 Silva was on the cover of Pointe Magazine (June/July Issue), being the first African Brazilian to be on the cover. She is the Founder of EmpowHer New York, a collaborative platform created to share stories and give a voice to real women who are determined to achieve their goals, despite any challenges they face.
immunology · entrepreneurship
Jacob is an entrepreneur, inventor and
computational immunoengineer. He works with
multiple partners to generate exciting new
technologies in biomedicine. In 2016, Jacob
received a $1.2 million grant from the Gates
Foundation for the creation of the Centivax
universal vaccine technology for influenza, HIV,
and other rapidly mutating pathogens.
Glanville holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and has
previously served as the Principal Scientist at
Pfizer, before creating his own startup,
Distributed Bio. He was recently featured in the
"Pandemic: How to Prevent an
and has been a course-founding
instructor and guest lecturer for multiple
graduate-level applied computational and
systems immunology courses at Stanford and
healthcare · innovation
Kelly dealt with debilitating Chron's disease and inflammatory arthritis for 15 years and was on over 20 different drugs that all failed to provide any relief. Her life changed when she participated in a clinical trial for an emerging new medical field that uses the body's neural mechanisms to treat inflammatory diseases by electrically stimulating nerves, in her case, the vagus nerve. Within only 8 weeks of using the stimulator, she was in remission for the first time since her diagnosis, 15 years prior.
Today, Owens works as the Director of Education and Outreach at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health. Her goal is to help to advance access to bioelectronic medicine so millions more can benefit while also continuing to advocate for further research and development.
management · neurodiversity
As the Lead Talent Consultant for the Market Teams within EY, Nicos leads a significant amount of executive initiatives to implement EY's people strategy. Throughout his career, Nicos has worn many hats, owning and leading processes in talent acquisition, talent management, succession planning, diversity and inclusion, learning & development and employee relations.
Nicos is driven by a passion to connect and engage in differences and champion inclusion and belonging during what will be a transformative decade.
He is also a frequent contributor to Forbes.com and the curator and main organizer of the inclusive TEDxChelseaPark in New York City.
poetry · bioengineering
Perry ('21) is an undergraduate student at Drew
University studying Biology and English. He
is author of This Book Has No Spine, a collection
of poems and stories, and has won
the Academy of American Poets Prize for his
original poem, "Stitches." He is also a scholar at
The Wight Foundation, and has conducted
biomedical engineering research both at Drew
and at Wake Forest University.
higher education · management
Robert ('93) is the editor-in-chief at The
Princeton Review and a nationally-recognized
expert on colleges and higher education. Over
his 23-year career, he has served as a college
admission counselor, test prep teacher, author,
and lecturer. As lead author of the company
annual "Best Colleges
guide, he visits more
than 50 colleges a year and has been a
lecturer and panelist on college admissions for
audiences of educators, parents and students.
Franek regularly appears as an educational
expert on NBC, CNBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, PRI, and
other national media outlets to give guidance
and opinion on topics in the education space.
writing · journalism
Rowaida is a journalist at HuffPost, where she focuses on civil rights and social justice issues within the Muslim community. Based in New York City, Rowaida spearheads the coverage of Islamophobia and the rising anti-Muslim sentiment where she provides guidance for diverse coverage of the Muslim Americans within mainstream media.
Rowaida has broken numerous stories from across the U.S. and the world. In 2016, She was a lead reporter for the Islamophobia Tracker, a
project that documented the anti-Muslim rhetoric that spiked across the U.S. Fluent in Arabic, she also has written numerous stories on the Middle East and covered the refugee crises in Syria, Yemen and other parts of the Arab world. In her free time, Rowaida enjoys spending time with family and friends over a good cup of coffee.
health · fitness
Tori is a 21-year-old entrepreneur that opened
her own spin and fitness studio in the suburbs
of Philadelphia. Through her work, she is
determined to inspire and encourage others to
find the best version of themselves through
health and fitness.
At the age of 17, DeSimone moved to Los
Angeles to be a full time influencer. When that
did not work out, she attended college but
quickly dropped out. She then started her own
YouTube channel — Tori Sterling — who now
boasts more than 475,000 subscribers and who
at the height of her internet fame signed brand
deals that netted her up to $37,000. Tori left it
all behind to found stRIDE Spin & Fitness.
non-profit sector · social impact
Trudi works with entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and
corporate institutions to increase diversity,
equity, inclusion, and social impact in business.
She teaches social entrepreneurs and personal
development brands on how to create social
impact initiatives while leading with the lens for
equity, diversity, inclusion, and impact.
s experience of being a bi-racial teen
mom on welfare and working her way up in the
non-profit sector provides a unique perspective
on building a business for social good. She is
the co-host the That’
s Not How That Works
podcast, and was also recognized as one of
s 40 under 40. She holds a B.A. in
Theatre, a Master
s in Psychology and is a Ph.D.
candidate in the Social Psychology.