Superpowers

In this time of accelerated history and unprecedented change, each of us possesses unique insights and talents – their true impact often not yet discovered.

Whether through incredible leaps in science or in simple grace amid great trials, all of us together will overcome today’s challenges to forge a surprising future. Perhaps unfamiliar, it will still be recognizable: fair, kind, human… even super-human.

Join us, as we discover SUPERPOWERS both known and waiting to be discovered, through stories of individual triumph and global interconnectedness; this future is one we will enthusiastically embrace.


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Tim Kaine

United States Senator

Tim Kaine has helped people throughout his life as a missionary, civil rights lawyer, teacher and elected official. He is one of 30 people in American history to have served as a Mayor, Governor and United States Senator. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, Tim serves on the Armed Services, Budget, Foreign Relations, and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committees. He is Ranking Member of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism.

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Mindy Fullilove

Psychiatrist to Cities

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a professor of urban policy and health at The New School, having moved there in 2016 after 26 years at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. Trained at Bryn Mawr College and Columbia University, she has conducted research on AIDS and other epidemics of poor communities and is interested in the links between the environment and mental health. Her research examines the mental health effects of environmental processes such as violence, segregation, and urban renewal.

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Michael Lastoria

Living Wage Proponent

Michael Lastoria is the CEO & Co-Founder of &pizza, a fast-casual pizza brand founded and headquartered in Washington, D.C with 20 shops including Baltimore and Philadelphia with new shops set to open this year including their first location in NYC. A serial entrepreneur, Michael builds companies on three core principles: design-driven, brand-led, and most importantly, morally sound. He never lets his business goals get in the way of his business principles – most notably, that business should be built to serve and reflect its community, not the other way around.

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Jackie Savitz

Protector of Oceans

Jacqueline Savitz is Oceana’s Vice President for U.S. Oceans. In this role she oversees Oceana’s Responsible Fishing, Seafood Fraud and Climate and Energy Campaigns. She also recently led a feasibility study to develop plans for Oceana’s Save the Oceans, Feed the World project. Over the past decade, Savitz has developed and led Oceana campaigns including its Climate and Energy Campaign, its Mercury Campaign and its first pollution campaign which was focused on cruise ship pollution.

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Susan Shaw

Environmental Activist

Dr. Susan D. Shaw is an American environmental health scientist, explorer, ocean conservationist, and author. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Marine & Environmental Research Institute, and a professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the State University of New York, School of Public Health, in Albany. Dr. Shaw has worked extensively on issues related to toxic chemical exposure and its impacts on human health and wildlife.

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Albert Lin

National Geographic Explorer

Albert Lin is an internationally renowned scientist, innovator, technologist, entrepreneur, and National Geographic Explorer. As Chief Science Officer of Planet3, Albert leads the scientific research efforts of the company. Albert also serves as a research scientist for the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology at the University of California, San Diego. Albert is passionate about the combination of exploration and citizen science to raise awareness and solutions for global issues.

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Hasini Jayatilaka

Cancer Fighter

Hasini Jayatilaka is a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University and is currently conducting research on understanding the complex pathways that govern metastasis, the spread of cancer, which is responsible for 90% of cancer related deaths. Hasini recently discovered a new signaling pathway that controls metastasis and showed that by blocking the pathway the spread of cancer can be slowed down.

Travis Rieder

Opioid Researcher

Travis Rieder is the Assistant Director for Education Initiatives at the Berman Institute, and the Program Director for the Master of Bioethics degree program. Within the program, he teaches “Moral Theory for Bioethics,” “Topics in Bioethics,” and the “Thesis Seminar” workshop. Travis’ research interests tend to center on issues in procreative ethics and climate change ethics. More recently, Travis has developed an interest in moral and philosophical issues surrounding trauma and prescription opioid use, and has begun writing in this area as well.

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