Named the most powerful, unelected person in California Democratic politics by the Sacramento Bee, Kimberly Ellis is the former Executive Director of Emerge California, the state’s most effective training program for Democratic women who run for office, and is a nationally recognized Progressive leader who has been credited with revolutionizing Democratic politics in California. After running for Chair of the California Democratic Party in 2019 and 2017 where she inspired thousands, last summer Kimberly Ellis founded and launched Unbought - Unbossed (UnB2), an incubator for the next generation of political disruptors.
Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, author, founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of two global initiatives, Character Day and 50/50 Day--unified days of film and discussion about important issues shaping our lives that unite over 100,000 live events. Character Day explores the science of character and 50/50 Day focuses on gender equity. Selected by the Albert Einstein Foundation as a contributor to Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, Tiffany’s films and work have received over 80 awards and distinctions including premieres at The Sundance Film Festival and being selected by The US State Department to use her films to represent America around the world. She serves on the Leadership Board of The Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard's Boston Children's Hospital and she is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute. www.tiffanyshlain.com @tiffanyshlain
Amy Emmerich is the President N.A. and Chief Content Officer at Refinery29, the leading media & entertainment company for women with an audience footprint of over 250 million across all platforms. She has more than 20 years of experience developing content and programming for brands including Refinery29, MTV Networks, Travel Channel, and Vice Media. An Emmy award-winning producer, she has a full spectrum of production and development experience across platforms, including linear television, digital video, and social media, and is committed to creating a dialogue that matters most to a new generation of powerful women.
Angela Duckworth is the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. Angela studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ and yet powerfully predict success and well-being. A 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Angela has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is a New York Times bestseller.
Bolaji helps kids discover their superpowers. As a child growing up with social anxiety, he was inspired by the Peter Parker mythology to find his own heroic story. As a parent, Bolaji started writing for his two sons. He's created 50 superhero books featuring kids who find their inner strength, despite differences like anxiety, autism, dyslexia, obesity, shyness, OCD, etc. His books have taken him to different continents, TEDx, and school conferences everywhere. He tells every child: I see you. I believe in you. And one day, you will change the world.
Catherine Price is the author of How to Break Up With Your Phone (Ten Speed Press, 2018), which is a hands-on guide to creating more intentional relationships with your devices. She's also the creator of an initiative called Screen/Life Balance (ScreenLifeBalance.com), which is devoted to helping people scroll less and live more.
Chrishaunda Lee Perez is a writer, producer, and orator best known for her popular debut novel, “We Come as Girls, We Leave as Women”, about high school senior girls overcoming personal challenges as they head towards graduation, released in fall 2018. The book has been praised by Paula Wallace, founder and president of the Savannah College of Art and Design, and endorsed by Oprah Winfrey here, here, and here. Ms. Perez is also known for her work as co-writer and co-producer of the acclaimed science fiction/magical realism short film, “The Forever Tree”(2017), and memoir of miracles, "Share The Dream: Building Noah's Ark One Prayer at a Time” (2018)
Christopher Ategeka is a serial entrepreneur, an engineer, a futurist, and one of the leading figures in the Unintended Consequences of Technology Movement.
Christina Crook’s 2015 book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, helped pioneer the field of digital well-being and established her as a leading voice on technology and human flourishing. Her commentary have appeared in The New York Times, Psychology Today, BBC.com and Glamor Brasil. She is the founder of JOMO™, a company empowering the conscious choice to disconnect and experience life offline. She hosts the JOMOcast podcast. experiencejomo.com
Christine Ma-Lau is the Founder of JEMS Character Academy, a leading educational institution that she founded in 2009 with the mission of providing Character Education to children in Hong Kong. She is also the founder of Character Education Foundation, which hosts the annual citywide Character Day in Hong Kong. Christine is an Adjunct Professor at Education University of Hong Kong and is also an Advisor to the Centre for Religious and Spiritual Education at the institution.
Named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT, Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. His twenty books include the just-published Team Human, based on his podcast, as well as the bestsellers Present Shock, Throwing Rocks and the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, Life Inc, and Media Virus. He also made the PBS Frontline documentaries Generation Like, The Persuaders, and Merchants of Cool. His book Coercion won the Marshall McLuhan Award, and the Media Ecology Association honored him with the first Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity.
Indigo Mudbhary is a teenager from San Francisco, California and in many ways, she's your average teenager, except for the fact that she has made the choice to have a flip phone as opposed to a smart phone. Just this year, Indigo gave a Tedx Talk about our dependence on technology, using her own experience with having a flip phone to bring a new perspective to the topic. As she talked about her own relationship with her flip phone, she explored our increasing dependence upon our cell phones, a topic she has found very relevant to her everyday life.
Jaquez Phillips is a 17 year old senior at Leland High School. He was born February 3rd, 2002 in Greenville, Mississippi. His hobbies include playing football, listening to music, playing video games, and hanging out with friends. He is funny, charismatic, and a adventurous person. When he graduates he plans to go to Itawamba Community College and wants to major in sports management.
Jehane Noujaim is an Academy Award-nominated director known for Startup.com (2001), Control Room (2004), Rafea: Solar Mama (2013), The Square (2013) and, most recently, The Great Hack (2019). In 2017, she and Angelina Jolie executive produced the Academy Award-nominated animated feature, The Breadwinner. In 2006, Noujaim was the first woman to be awarded the TED prize which she used to create Pangea Day. Noujaim’s work has been nominated by the DGA, IDA, Independent Spirit, and several Critics Association Awards. She is currently in production on a documentary series for HBO about NXIVM.
Juliet Gildehaus is a Senior at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. She is the creator of the LookUp Challenge: a community-based, voluntary social media detox program designed to generate awareness for digital wellness issues and promote a balanced approach to technology use. She is currently an innovator for and member of U.S. student leadership team for LookUp.live, a nonprofit dedicated to incubating young adult solutions for tech-life balance. She is the founder of the MindWell Club at Phillips Academy with the mission to create and share fun new ways to live more mindfully in the digital age.
Karim Amer is an Egyptian-American filmmaker best known for producing the Academy-Award nominated documentary, The Square (AL MIDAN) (2013). He also produced the award-winning documentary, Rafea: Solar Mama (2013), and teamed up with Angelina Jolie to executive produce the animated feature, The Breadwinner (2017). His most recent film, The Great Hack, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and launched globally on Netflix this summer. He is currently in production on a documentary series for HBO about NXIVM.
Katie Santamaria is a junior at Columbia University studying nonfiction creative writing and psychology. When she’s not in class, she works as a podcast production intern at Hueman Group Media, which produces story-driven podcasts to inspire social change. She’s also a current Thought Leader at Lookup live, a writer for her school paper, and a member of Writers House on campus. Formerly, she interned at Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, which aims to end burnout in the workplace.
Marilyn Paul, Ph.D., Principal of Bridgeway Partners, is a management consultant and acclaimed speaker. She is known for her powerful work in helping individuals and organizations get organized and increase their work effectiveness.She is the author of It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys (Penguin Compass), over 175,000 copies worldwide and An Oasis in Time: How a Day of Rest Can Save Your Life (Rodale Press) for people seeking to increase their perspective, creativity, and energy in a 24/7 world. www.marilynpaul.com
Merve is responsible for the overall outreach strategy and national partnerships for Common Sense Education and oversees a team that works directly with leadership to impact communities using technology for learning and life. Collaborating with school networks, state-level organizations, community leaders, and national partners, Merve is committed to fostering a whole-community approach to digital well-being, and establishing supportive learning spaces for all children and families to thrive in a world with media and technology.
Michael Rich, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and practices Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. Pediatrician, researcher, father, and filmmaker, Dr. Rich is the Founder and Director of the Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) and the first evidence-based medical program addressing physical, mental and social health issues associated with digital technology, the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID). As The Mediatrician®, Dr. Rich offers research-based, balanced and practical answers to parents’, teachers’, and clinicians’ questions about children’s media use and the positive and negative implications for their health and development.
Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. Prior to her election as AFT president in 2008, Weingarten served for 12 years as president of the United Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2 in New York City. Weingarten is the recipient of many commendations, including the Roosevelt Institute’s 2017 FDR Distinguished Public Service Award, City & State New York’s 2018 Labor Power 50 and 50 Over Fifty honors, and Washington Life’s 2019 Power 100 list of prominent leaders. In 2013, the New York Observer named Weingarten one of the most influential New Yorkers of the past 25 years. Weingarten holds degrees from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Cardozo School of Law. She is an active member of the Democratic National Committee and numerous professional, civic and philanthropic organizations.
Tania Ramos is a 16 year old female who attends Maryvale High School in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born on May 2nd, 2003 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mex. She loves to be involved in school and in her community. She is very passionate about everything she does, she is outgoing, funny, and charismatic. When she graduates High School she wasn’t to become a Physical Therapist, and continue to help people.
Rijul is an Innovator/Thought Leader/Change agent at Lookup.live. The mission of Lookup.live is to inspire youth to find balance between their tech and real lives. Rijul is a millennial who’s been on both of sides of the table-completely addicted to social media, left it completely and now he uses it moderately and positively. Thus, he deeply resonates with Lookup.live's mission and spreads the same through his social circle and various public channels like TEDx KCMT, newspapers and magazines.
Rabbi Zelig expresses his vision for earth-based Judaism by integrating thought leadership, ritual facilitation, and village-based mentorship to support local Jewish life, regional land-based festivals, nature-based youth programs and rites of passage, and international training for emerging leaders. Zelig received rabbinic ordination through ALEPH and earned a Masters in Jewish Studies from the Graduate Theological Union and. Previously he protected food and farms as an environmental lawyer. He lives in Occidenal, CA with his wife and two kids.