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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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FK Day

Cyclist & Humanitarian

Frederick (F.K.) Day is a long time Chicago businessman, entrepreneur and humanitarian. In 1987, Day, his brother Stan and some friends founded leading bicycle component supplier, SRAM Corporation. In 2005, immediately following the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Day and his wife Leah, with support from SRAM Corp and the Bicycle Industry, founded international non-profit World Bicycle Relief. Their first program delivered over 24,000 new bicycles to men, women and children in to Tsunami impacted Sri Lanka.

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Rachel Wurzman

Neuroscientist

Dr. Rachel Wurzman is a Fellow with the Center for Neuroscience and Society, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neurology with the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation at the University of Pennsylvania. Rachel is the author of over 20 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on various topics in developmental, cognitive, and systems neuroscience, neuroethics, and science policy.

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Paul Shapiro

Humane Society

Paul Shapiro serves as the vice president of policy for The Humane Society of the United States, the world’s largest animal protection organization. In 1995, Shapiro founded Compassion Over Killing as a high school club, building it into a national organization over the next decade. An inductee into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame, Shapiro has published dozens of articles about animal welfare in publications ranging from daily newspapers to academic journals. He’s also the author of a forthcoming book on the clean meat movement.

Randi Gloss

Activist

Randi Gloss is a DC-raised social entrepreneur, activist & writer. Her brand GLOSSRAGS, is committed to conscious consumerism through critically crafted designs that are a catalyst for social activism & discourse. GLOSSRAGS’ signature “And Counting” Collection of apparel does the necessary work of memorializing black men and women who’ve lost their lives at the hands of police and trigger-happy citizens. In May 2017, Randi was recognized as one of ESSENCE Magazine’s Woke 100.

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Susan Shaw

Environmental Scientist

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

Bioethicist

Travis Rieder, PhD, is the Assistant Director for Education Initiatives, Director of the Master of Bioethics degree program and Research Scholar at the Berman Institute of Bioethics. Travis’ work tends to fall into one of two, quite distinct research programs. The first concerns ethical and policy questions about sustainability and planetary limits. Much of this research has been on issues in climate change ethics and procreative ethics with a particular focus on the intersection of the two – that is, on the question of responsible procreation in the era of climate change. The second research program concerns ethical and policy issues surrounding America’s opioid epidemic.

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Andy Suzuki & The Method

Musicians

Brooklyn’s Andy Suzuki and Kozza Olatunji-Babumba (of future pop/r&b group Andy Suzuki & The Method) have been making music together for nearly a decade, but now with their third full-length album, ‘The Glass Hour’, a creative friendship has flowered into a formidable musical force. The half-Japanese, half-Jewish Suzuki and hand-percussionist Kozza (grandson of percussion legend Babtunde Olatunji) first garnered wider attention with their buoyant, organic folk-pop album, Born out of Mischief, and soon found themselves opening for names as large as Ringo Starr, Eric Hutchinson, Joshua Radin, Marc Broussard, Delta Rae, and Tyrone Wells.

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Destiny Watford

Environmentalist

At 17 Destiny Watford, 2016 Goldman Prize Environmental Prize winner for North America, inspired residents of a Baltimore neighborhood to defeat plans to build the nation’s largest trash-burning incinerator less than a mile away from her high school. Now, Watford and allies in the neighborhood are working toward developing a community land trust, so that her community can have control over the decisions that effect them. 

Chris Ullman

Communicator & Whistler

Chris Ullman is a communications professional with 30 years of experience across the private, public, non-profit and advocacy sectors. Since 2001 he has served as Director of Global Communications at The Carlyle Group, an investment firm based in Washington, DC. Prior to that he served as Director of Communications at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Public Affairs Director at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Director of Communications for the Budget Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Molly Joyce

Composer & Performer

Active as a composer and performer, Molly Joyce’s music has been described as “impassioned” (The Washington Post), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “vibrant, inventive music that communicates straight from the heart” (Prufrock’s Dilemma). Her works have been commissioned and performed by several distinguished ensembles including the New World Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the New Juilliard, Decoda, and Contemporaneous ensembles. As a performer, Molly often plays on her vintage Magnus toy organ

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Amanda Rivkin

Journalist

Amanda Rivkin is a photographer and writer focused on gender, security, political and military issues in Eastern Europe and the United States. Currently she is at work on a long-term project documenting in portraits and oral histories the victims of Chicago municipal police torture under former Commander Jon Burge. For this work, she has received a grant from the International Women’s Media Foundation Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists and support from The Invisible Institute, a non-profit journalism outfit focusing on issues of policing in Chicago.

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Jordan Randall Smith

Conductor

Award-winning conductor Jordan Randall Smith is the music Music Director of Symphony Number One and Music Director at Govans Presbyterian Church. Smith was formerly Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Dallas Festival of Modern Music and Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Opera Theater. Currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in conducting at the Peabody Conservatory, Smith is a student of Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, and Marin Alsop.

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Erricka Bridgeford

Peacemaker

Erricka Bridgeford was trained as a mediator in September of 2001. By 2005, she became the Director of Training for Community Mediation Maryland. In this capacity, she continues to provide training to the 18 community mediation centers in Maryland, as well as to state agencies and organizations, and for national conferences. Because of her continuous commitment to healing violence, In 2015, Erricka was one of two people in Maryland to be given the award for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution to Victim’s Services, by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. In 2017 she co-organized the Baltimore Ceasefire.

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Dale Beran

Author and Educator

Dale Beran is a writer and artist based in Baltimore. He is the author of a forthcoming book for St. Martin’s Press about how the Internet shaped politics. Dale was previously a creator of the webcomic, “A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible.” Dale also teaches at Morgan State University.