Nikita Gupta: Educator, program director, Femtor & resilience expert

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Hi! My name is Nikita Gupta. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for almost 20 years! I’m an Indo-American woman, originally from the southern United States – Texas and Kentucky, and proudly so.  I’m an educator, resilience coach, healer and creative who loves supporting people in discovering their authentic selves, using the wisdom of their bodies to wake up instinct and resilience,

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Travis D. Smith: Author & Associate professor of political science, Concordia University in Montreal

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Travis D. Smith is associate professor of political science at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He earned his doctorate at Harvard University in 2005 with a prize-winning dissertation on the political significance of the philosophical origins of modern technological science. His scholarly publications focus on the thought of Thomas Hobbes and Francis Bacon.

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Victoria Mack: Actor, Director, Teacher & Resident Director, NYU Tisch

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Victoria Mack received her MFA in Acting from NYU’s TIsch School of the Arts and has been acting, directing and teaching professionally for 17 years. She currently teaches at Montclair, Stella Adler Studio, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Rhode Island School of Design, Western Connecticut State University and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. S

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Skye Borgman: Award-winning Director, Cinematographer & Adjunct Lecturer, USC Film School

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Skye Borgman is an award-winning director and cinematographer who films narrative and documentary films all over the world.   She has worked as a professional cinematographer for over 15 years.  She has shot over 50 films, traveled to over 60 countries and lived on three continents. 

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Dr. Anne A. Madden: Scientist, Explorer & Inventor

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Anne A. Madden, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the lab of Rob Dunn at North Carolina State University and Partner at the biotechnology company Lachancea LLC. In addition to her academic research she is a public speaker (three time TED/TEDx speaker) and frequently consults as a technology and communications strategist for various industries.

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Dr. Wendy Osefo: Television personality, Political commentator/strategist, Professor of Education at The Johns Hopkins University, & Founder/ CEO, The 1954 Equity Project

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An award-winning researcher, Dr. Wendy Osefo is a Nigerian-American television personality and a highly sought-after progressive political commentator and strategist. Wendy is a Professor of Education at The Johns Hopkins University, Contributor at The Hill, and the Founder and CEO of The 1954 Equity Project

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Peggy Gormley: Actress, Producer & Teacher, NYU Tisch

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Peggy Gormley has worked as an actress and independent producer in New York for over twenty years. She recently wrote, produced and starred in  Beyond Repair with James McCaffrey, who is her producing partner in Ships in the Night Films. Ships in the Night Films is an independent film and television production company

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Dr. Alexandra Juhasz: Chair, Film Department, Brooklyn College & Filmmaker

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Dr. Alexandra Juhasz is Chair of the Film Department, Brooklyn College. She makes and studies committed media practices that contribute to political change and individual and community growth. She is the author of AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video (Duke University Press, 1995),

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ALEXIS KRASILOVSKY: Writer, Director & Professor of Screenwriting, California State University

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ALEXIS KRASILOVSKY is the author of Great Adaptations: Screenwriting and Global Storytelling (Routledge) and the novel Sex and the Cyborg Goddess (under the name Alexis Rafael).  She also wrote the poetry chapbook/DVD, Some Women Writers Kill Themselves, co-wrote Shooting Women: Behind the Camera, Around the World (Intellect/U.Chicago Press),

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Christine Choy: Oscar Nominated Filmmaker & Professor, NYU Film School

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Christine Choy was trained as an architect, receiving her Master of Science degree from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University.   Soon thereafter, her life took a different direction-direction.  Christine crossed the country to Los Angeles, studying at the American Film Institute where she earned a Directing Certificate.

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Dr. Brynn Winegard: award-winning professor, speaker, & Business Brain expert

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Dr. Brynn Winegard is an award-winning professor, speaker, and expert. Brynn completed her formal education at the Schulich School of Business (MBA, PhD) in business and McMaster University in Neuroscience and Psychology, followed by over a decade in corporate marketing working for Pfizer Inc

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Ville Satopää: Assistant Professor of Technology & Operations Management, INSEAD

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Ville Satopää is an Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD. His current research explores different areas of forecasting: judgmental and statistical forecasting, modeling crowdsourced predictions, combining and evaluating different predictions, and information elicitation.

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