Akissi Stokes-Nelson builds resilient food systems that also restore the environment. Insects are her unlikely partners.
The devastation of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and a childhood spent on her grandfather’s farm moved Akissi to start
WUNDERgrubs, a manufacturer of edible insects for humans, and feed for animals and plants using sustainable farming methods.
Akissi’s pioneering efforts resulted in Georgia’s first manufacturing
guidelines for human edible grubs.
Subsequently, WUNDERgrubs successfully debuted a nutrient-dense grub-based flour and chocolate chip cookie during the pandemic.
WUNDERgrub’s test lab at the Atlanta Beltline regularly attracts those interested in learning about equitable food systems with insect protein at the core.
applied experimental psychologist
Long-time collaborators Anne MacLaughlin and Maribeth Gandy Coleman explore the psychological biases hindering breakthrough innovation and how to overcome them. Over the course of 20 years, their joint projects have received support from an array of organizations including the National Science Foundation and NASA.
Anne McLaughlin designs better human-computer interactions that solve real world problems by studying human ability and the mind.
She directs North Carolina State University’s Learning, Aging, and
Cognitive Ergonomics Lab (LaceLab) and co-directs its Gains Through Gaming Lab.
gender equity champion
Innovation executive Chanel H. Frazier believes in the
transformative power of the arts to unlock the full potential of girls.
A 20-year financial services industry veteran, Chanel began her career as an M&A tax attorney. She currently directs the innovation hub at a global financial technology firm. She was a board member of the New
York Chapter of the I Have a Dream Foundation and its national board.
Additionally, Chanel served on the board of Gibney Dance, a New York
based dance organization focusing on performance arts and social justice.
Her philanthropic efforts in the arts, youth mentoring and the bridging of the educational and wealth gaps in underserved
communities have resulted in multiple keynote addresses at the
United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
Equitable representation in all levels of government matters deeply to Han Pham.
Han is on a mission to accelerate civic engagement among women and
diverse communities. An attorney by training and profession, she now
focuses on initiatives that strengthen representative democracy.
Han is the executive director of Her Term, an initiative to increase
the number of women in Georgia’s elected office.
She is also chair of the board of directors at the Global Village Project,
a school for refugee girls. The daughter of immigrant parents,
Han is an avid ambassador of Georgia’s Asian community. In 2022,
she partnered with local schools to launch the city of Decatur’s first Lunar New Year Festival celebrations.
comedian, mental health advocate
Kenzie Rowland is a comedian, podcaster and writer
whose mental health advocacy runs parallel to her every
Through the openness in which she discusses her OCD and PTSD
diagnoses, Kenzie seeks to uplift others.
She is the host and producer of the podcast, “Therapy Would Be Cheaper,” which tackles real world stories of mental illness with a dose of humor.
Kenzie is also a published poet, musician, fitness instructor, and
devoted cat-mom who believes her cat deserves the most lavish of lifestyles.
public health advocate
Mariana Stephens is working toward eradicating intestinal worm infections in children everywhere.
She is an accomplished veteran of the international public health sector solving complex challenges associated with delivering maternal and child health as well as ensuring food security
Throughout her multi-decade career, Mariana has served in various leadership roles at global non-government organizations including CARE, World Vision International and Habitat for Humanity International.
She is currently the deputy director of The Task Force for Global Health’s Children Without Worms program, the first of its kind to focus exclusively on soil-transmitted parasitic worm infections in children across the globe.
computer scientist, AR expert
Maribeth Gandy Coleman works at the intersection of mobile/wearable
computing, augmented reality, human computer interaction, assistive
technology, and gaming. Maribeth directs the Interactive Media
Technology Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Meredith Moore’s passion lies in empowering women to
achieve their goals by demystifying money management
Her professional acumen, curiosity
and passion for advancing women’s
issues launched a multi-year research
initiative into relationship power
dynamics as it pertains to money,
earning power, and perceived gender
She is the founder and CEO of financial
planning and management firm Artisan
Well-respected in the financial services
sector, she is frequently invited to
speak on women and personal finance,
and the power dynamics of money in
Meredith has presented at the
Wall Street Journal’s Women in
the Workplace event, numerous
corporations nationwide as well as
the Georgia Institute of Technology’s
Scheller College of Business.
housing justice advocate
Precious Price operates at the intersection of housing
justice and capital gain. Through technology and
community activation, she seeks to transform the real
estate industry from the inside out.
Starting as a short-term rental
operator in 2018, Precious moved
on to purchasing property and even
completing tiny home builds.
The pandemic sparked a business and
personal epiphany around housing
injustice and inspired a pivot in her
thriving real estate investment and
In 2022, Precious founded LANDRIFT, a
unique digital real estate marketplace,
amidst the national conversation
around the impact of short-term
rentals on housing affordability and
She previously served as a consultant
at Accenture Interactive before
founding digital marketing consultancy
The Brand Table.
executive function expert
Sucheta Kamath architects systems that aid in developing the mental skills needed to focus attention, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses. She is an award-winning speech language pathologist, entrepreneur, podcaster, and multiple patent holder.
Sucheta invented ExQ®, an online learning platform that leverages
AI, gameplay, error analysis and metacognitive lessons to help middle and high school students build executive function skills.
She hosts “Full PreFrontal®: Exposing the Mysteries of Executive Function,” a podcast exploring new frontiers in brain science.
Sucheta also founded GSHA Gives!, a free communication and executive function job-readiness training program for previously homeless, incarcerated, and disenfranchised men.
Tosinger is a sweet spirited multigenre,
afro-indie, singer/songwriter, actress & storyteller with almost 20
years musical experience spanning across Nigeria (West Africa), the UK and currently in Atlanta, Georgia.
Her afro flavored soulful, folksy sometimes jazzy, theatrical sometimes
ambient style of music is soothing in sound and lyrically inspirational.
She has been featured in a number of television productions including “Black Lightning” and “American Soul by BET” and, stage play productions “Wedlock of the Gods” and the afro-futuristic “A
Song for Adaeze.”
In her spare time, she channels her creative writing talent through short
stories and poetry.
With her mom Evana Oli’s support, 10-year-old Zoe Oli gracefully juggles being in school and running Beautiful Curly Me, a social impact toy and media company that offers a popular line of diverse dolls and books authored by her.
Her work to empower girls has been featured in media outlets such as
Forbes, Good Morning America, People named a Time and Nickelodeon Kid of The Year Finalist.
Zoe is a proud Atlantan who loves reading, art, music, all things STEM,
and giving back to the community.