Cheryl L. Dorsey is a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement, and the President of Echoing Green, a global organization seeding and unleashing next-generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems.
An accomplished leader and entrepreneur, she has served in two presidential administrations as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor (1997-98); Special Assistant to the Director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Labor Department (1998-99); and Vice Chair for the President's Commission on White House Fellowships (2009-present). Cheryl serves on several boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers and the SEED Foundation. She has a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and received her Bachelor’s degree in History and Science magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges.
Cheryl has received numerous awards for her commitment to public service, including the Pfizer Roerig History of Medicine Award, the Robert Kennedy Distinguished Public Service Award, the Manual C. Carballo Memorial Prize, and Middlebury College Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s Vision Award. She was also featured as one of "America's Best Leaders" by US News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School in 2009, as one of The Nonprofit Times' "Power and Influence Top 50" in 2010 and 2011, and was named as one of “America's Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers” by the Business of Giving in 2016.
John Gabrieli is the director of the Athinoula A. Martinos Imaging Center at the McGovern Institute. He is an Investigator at the Institute, with faculty appointments in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, where is holds the Grover Hermann Professorship and is the Associate Director of the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, MGH/MIT, located at Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior joining MIT, he spent 14 years at Stanford University in the Department of Psychology and Neurosciences Program. Since 1990, he has served as Visiting Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital and Rush Medical College. He received a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience in the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 1987 and B.A. in English from Yale University in 1978.
Dr. Fumiko Hoeft is Associate Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Director of BrainLENS at UCSF. She is a psychiatrist and developmental cognitive neuroscientist, and trained at institutions including, Keio Univ (Tokyo), Harvard, Caltech and Stanford. She is interested in using machine learning algorithms, graph theoretical analysis and multimodal neuroimaging techniques to understand how the brain develops and functions, particularly in healthy children, in those with learning differences (dyslexia), socio-emotional challenges and with gifts & talents. For some of Dr. Hoeft’s research interest, please see Current Research. Dr. Hoeft is also Scientific Advisor to the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC) and holds positions at Yale University’s Haskins Laboratory, Stanford University School of Medicine’s Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR), and Keio University’s Department of Neuropsychiatry.
Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to improve the life of each and every student. He is the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank, and he serves as a principal consultant for Entangled Solutions, which offers innovation services to higher education institutions.
Horn is the author and coauthor of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools, and he is an executive editor at Education Next. He is on the board of Fidelis Education, Education Elements, Global Personalized Academics, the Silicon Schools Fund, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the Minerva Institute.
Horn was selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea, andTech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. He holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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Creesen is a social entrepreneur from South Africa, and has been involved in projects reaching over 300 000 young people and is on the board of the MRP Foundation. He has a Masters Degree in Sport Management, Law and Humanities having studied through the International Centre for Sport Studies. He also did postgraduate studies in Organizational Psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and completed an Entrepreneurial and Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Creesen has previously been selected as one the Brightest Young Minds in South Africa, is a winner of the Alberto Madella Award, and is a Young African Leaders Mandela Washington Fellow.
Brian is a philosopher with ample international experience in education and cultural exchange programs. He currently leads the Maba project by UTEC University, which leverages new technologies and a disruptive pedagogic approach in an effort to bring quality education to children in vulnerable areas within rural and urban-marginal contexts. He is a member of the Peruvian National STEM Forum, and co-organizer of the Creative Technologies Prototyping Lab (CTPL).
Scott is a creative media executive with over 25 years of experience. As Nickelodeon’s first Creative Director, he developed the television network’s brand identity, on-air personality and special relationship with kids. Known for work that is both innovative and popular, Scott helped launch Oxygen Media and was Chief Creative Officer at Worldwide Biggies, a digital entertainment studio developing new forms of interactive storytelling.