Mentors from Past Congresses Include…
The Grand Masters
John C. Mather, Ph.D.
2006 Nobel Prize in Physics
Science Director, National Academy of Future STEM Innovators
Dr. John C. Mather, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, studied cosmic microwave background radiation and received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California. As a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, Dr. Mather led a team to propose the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite mission to study cosmic microwave background radiation. This work, for which he won a Nobel Prize, helped cement the Big Bang theory of the universe. According to the Nobel Prize committee, “the COBE-project can also be regarded as the starting point for cosmology as a precision science.” Dr. Mather has served on advisory and working groups for the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.
David Wineland, Ph.D.
2012 Nobel Prize in Physics
2007 National Medal of Science
Dr. Wineland was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for “ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems.” His ingenious experiments are advancing the possibility of building a super-fast computer based on quantum physics. Dr. Wineland is also the recipient of the 2007 National Medal of Science in the engineering sciences. Dr. Wineland has been a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology for nearly 40 years. Starting in graduate school, an enduring goal of Dr. Wineland’s work has been to increase the precision of atomic spectroscopy, the measurement of the frequencies of atoms’ characteristic vibrations. This expanded to the development of accurate atomic clocks and demonstrations of the basic building blocks of a quantum computer.
Sylvia A. Earle, Ph.D.
Explorer in Residence, National Geographic Society
Founder, Sylvia Earle Alliance, Mission Blue, Deep Ocean Exploration and Research Inc.
Dr. Earle is an author of more than 200 publications and leader of more than 100 expeditions with over 7,000 hours underwater. Dr. Earle’s research concerns the ecology and conservation of marine ecosystems and development of technology for access to the deep sea. She is the subject of the Emmy Award-Winning Netflix documentary, Mission Blue; was named TIME magazine’s first Hero for the Planet and a Living Legend by the Library of Congress; and is a winner of the 2009 TED Prize, the Royal Geographic Society 2011 Patron’s Medal and the National Geographic 2013 Hubbard Medal.
Cherry A. Murray, Ph.D.
Dean, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (2009-2014)
2014 National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Dr. Murray, who has led some of the nation’s most brilliant scientists and engineers as an executive at Bell Laboratories and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, served as dean of Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) for nearly eight years. A celebrated experimentalist, Dr. Murray is well-known for her scientific accomplishments using light scattering, an experimental technique where photons are fired at a target of interest. Scientists can then gather insights into surface physics and photonic behavior by analyzing the spray of photons in various directions from such collisions. In 2014, Dr. Murray received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Murray is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering.
Sylvester James Gates, Jr., Ph.D.
2013 National Medal of Science
Dr. Gates is an American theoretical physicist, who is known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. His doctoral thesis was the first one at MIT to deal with supersymmetry. Dr. Gates coauthored Superspace, the first comprehensive book on the topic of supersymmetry and he completed a DVD series titled Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality for The Teaching Company. In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, becoming the first African-American physicist so recognized in its 150 year history. Dr. Gates is currently a Ford Foundation Professor of Physics at Brown University, the Director of the String and Particle Theory Center, Affiliate Professor of Mathematics, and serves on the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science Commission on Forensic Science, and on the Maryland State Board of Education.
Rainer Weiss, Ph.D.
2017 Nobel Prize in Physics
2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
Professor of Physics, Emeritus at MITDean, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (2009-2014)
2014 National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Dr. Weiss is a Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is known for his pioneering measurements of the spectrum of the cosmic microwave background radiation, his inventions of the monolithic silicon bolometer and the laser interferometer gravitational wave detector, and his roles as a co-founder and an intellectual leader of both the COBE (microwave background) Project and the LIGO (gravitational-wave detection) Project. Dr. Weiss is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, and The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he is a member of the American Astronomical Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, and Sigma Xi.
J. Craig Venter, Ph.D.
2009 National Medal of Science
Scientist, Entrepreneur, and Genomics Genius
Dr. Venter, a recipient of the 2009 National Medal of Science, is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research. In 2013, he co-founded Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI), the genomics-based, technology-driven company creating the world’s largest and most comprehensive database of the whole genome, phenotype and clinical data designed to enable pharmaceutical companies, insurers, and healthcare providers to impact and improve health. HLI is developing and applying large-scale computing and machine learning to make novel discoveries to revolutionize the practice of medicine.
In addition to HLI, Dr. Venter is also Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit, genomics-focused research organization with approximately 250 scientists and staff, and is Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, and Co-Chief Scientist of Synthetic Genomics Inc., a privately held company dedicated to commercializing genomic-driven solutions to address global needs such as new sources of energy, new food and nutritional products, and next generation vaccines.
Cynthia Breazeal, Sc.D.
Founder and Chief Scientist, Jibo Inc.
Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab
Dr. Breazeal is a pioneer of social robotics and human-robot interaction. She has developed some of the world’s most famous robotic creatures ranging from small hexapod robots to embedding robotic technologies into familiar everyday artifacts, to creating highly expressive humanoid robots and robot characters. Her research focuses on developing the principles, techniques, and technologies for personal robots that are socially intelligent, interact and communicate with people in human-centric terms, work with humans as peers, and learn from people as an apprentice.
Sheldon Glashow, Ph.D.
1979 Nobel Prize in Physics
Dr. Glashow is an American theoretical physicist who received the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the electroweak theory, which explains the unity of electromagnetism and the weak force. Dr. Glashow also developed theories regarding quarks, or elementary particles, and is credited with advancing our understanding of these particles with the proposal of a new quark called a charm.
Asu Ozdaglar, Ph.D.
Department Head, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Asu Ozdaglar, Ph.D., is the department head of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of EECS. Her research expertise includes optimization theory and game theory, with applications in communication, social, and economic networks; distributed optimization and control; and network analysis with special emphasis on contagious processes, systemic risk and dynamic control. Dr. Ozdaglar is the recipient of a Microsoft fellowship, the MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching Award and the NSF Career Award.
Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2009-2012)
Co-founder and Executive Vice President, Hunch Analytics
Appointed by President Barack Obama, Mr. Chopra served as the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States. During his time in office, Mr. Chopra designed the National Wireless Initiative, helped launch Startup America, and executed an “open innovation” strategy across the government. He is the author of the book, Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government. Mr. Chopra is currently the co-founder and executive vice president of Hunch Analytics, a technology firm focused on improving the productivity of public and regulated sectors of the economy through data analytics. In 2011, Mr. Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 in their “Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers” issue.
Amy S. Hess
Former Executive Assistant Director, FBI’s Science and Technology Branch
The Person in Charge of the FBI’s Most Controversial High-Tech Tools
Ms. Hess began her career as an FBI special agent, where she investigated violent crimes, gangs, and drug trafficking organizations. In 2005, she was assigned to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and was temporarily deployed as the on-scene commander for the FBI’s counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan. Ms. Hess returned to FBI Headquarters in 2008, where she was promoted to chief of the Executive Staff Section in the National Security Branch and named section chief in the International Operations Division. In January 2014, she was named Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch. In this role, she is responsible for the executive oversight of the Criminal Justice Information Services, Laboratory, and Operational Technology Divisions. Ms. Hess holds a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University.
Neil Gershenfeld, Ph.D.
Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms
MIT’s Dr. Gershenfeld is redefining the boundaries between the digital and analog worlds. His Center for Bits and Atoms is a unique laboratory breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments. But Dr. Gershenfeld is best known as a pioneer in personal fabrication — small-scale manufacturing enabled by digital technologies, which gives people the tools to build literally anything they can imagine. He’s been called the intellectual father of the maker movement, founding a growing global network of over 1000 Fab Labs that provide widespread access to prototype tools for personal fabrication, and directing the Fab Academy for distributed research and education in the principles and practices of digital fabrication.
Marc Raibert, Ph.D.
Founder, Boston Dynamics
Dr. Raibert is the founder of Boston Dynamics, a company that develops some of the world’s most advanced dynamic robots, such as BigDog, Atlas, Cheetah, SandFlea and the AlphaDog. These robots are inspired by the remarkable ability of animals to move with agility, mobility, speed, and grace. Before starting Boston Dynamics, Raibert was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT from 1986 to 1995. Before that, he was Associate Professor of Computer Science and Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon from 1980 to 1986. While at MIT and Carnegie Mellon Raibert founded the Leg Laboratory, a lab that helped establish the scientific basis for highly dynamic legged robots. Raibert earned a Ph.D. from MIT in 1977. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Founder and Chief Test Pilot, Gravity Industries Ltd.
Real-Life Iron Man
Richard Browning is an ultra-marathon runner, an ex-Royal Marine reservist, a former city commodity trader and a pioneering inventor. He defines his approach to life as one pursuing ‘innovation and endeavors’. Mr. Browning co-founded Gravity Industries Ltd., the company behind the Daedalus Mark 1, a flight suit that uses six miniature jet engines to achieve vertical flight. In November 2017, Mr. Browning set a world record for the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine-powered suit, by reaching a speed of 32.02 mph.
Robert M. Metcalfe, Ph.D.
Inventor of Ethernet
2005 National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Dr. Metcalfe is an internet pioneer starting at MIT, Harvard, and Stanford who invented Ethernet at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and founded the 3Com Corporation. Throughout his career at 3Com, Dr. Metcalfe served as founder, chairman, CEO, VP Sales and Marketing, and General Manager of the Software, Workstation, and Hardware divisions. Dr. Metcalfe is now Emeritus Partner at Polaris Venture Partners. In 2011, Dr. Metcalfe became Professor of Innovation in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He is an MIT Life Trustee Emeritus, Member of the National Academy of Engineering, and in 2005 he received the National Medal of Technology for his leadership in the invention, standardization, and commercialization of Ethernet.”
Megan J. Smith
Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2014-2017)
Ms. Smith served as Chief Technology Officer to guide the Obama Administration’s information-technology policies and initiatives. Previous to assuming her role at the White House, Smith served as VP of Google[x], a Google facility that develops the company’s “moonshots,” or high-achieving technological advancements. She was Vice President of Business Development at Google for nine years and also served as general manager of Google.org, the company’s social impact arm.
Robert S. Langer, Sc.D.
2006 National Medal of Science
2011 National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Dr. Langer is an Institute Professor at MIT. He has over 1,100 issued and pending patents, which have been licensed or sublicensed to over 300 companies. He is one of the very few individuals elected to the National Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Sciences, and Inventors. He is one of four living individuals to receive both the United States National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. He has also received the Wolf Prize for Chemistry and the Lemelson MIT Prize for being “one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine.” Dr. Langer holds 27 honorary doctorates including degrees from Harvard and Yale.
Kenneth Lacovara, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Earth & Environment at Rowan University
Director, Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park
Dr. Lacovara famously unearthed some of the largest dinosaurs ever to walk our planet, including the super-massive Dreadnoughtus, which at 65 tons weighs more than seven T.Rex. By using the modern technologies of 3D imaging, 3D printing, robotics, and medical modeling techniques, his work is helping to shift our perspective of giant herbivorous dinosaurs from their historic portrayal as hapless lumbering prey to that of fearsome, hulking, hyper-efficient eating machines. Dr. Lacovara led the effort to create the Rowan University Fossil Park in suburban Mantua Township, New Jersey. The quarry preserves a rich cache of marine fossils that Dr. Lacovara is using to shed light on the calamitous events that wiped out the dinosaurs.
Two-time Academy Award Winner for Best Visual Effects
Mr. Westenhofer is one of the most accomplished and respected visual effects artists today. In 2005, he supervised a team of 400 digital artists on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Mr. Westenhofer went on to win the 2007 and 2013 Oscars for Best Visual Effects for The Golden Compass and Life of Pi, respectively. He is currently working as Visual Effects Supervisor on 2016’s much anticipated Warcraft. Bill Westenhofer earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering at Bucknell University, and a Master’s at George Washington University, where he studied the use of dynamics in physically based animation.
Stanley G. Love, Ph.D.
Dr. Love was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1998. He has a Master of Science degree and Doctorate of Astronomy. In 2008, Dr. Love flew aboard STS-122 to deliver and install the European Space Agency’s Columbus module to the station. While on board, Dr. Love performed two spacewalks to prepare for the installation, added two science payloads and carried a failed ISS gyroscope to the shuttle for return to Earth. He currently works as a crew representative for the Space Launch System (SLS) and continues to help plan for human exploration of asteroids, the moon, and Mars.
Rana El Kaliouby, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Affectiva
Dr. Kaliouby’s work at Affectiva, an MIT spin-off, brings Emotional Artificial Intelligence to digital devices. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Wired, Forbes, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN, CBS, TIME, and Fortune. A TED speaker, she was also named in Wired’s NEXT list of 25 geniuses who will change how we do business, 2012 Technology Review’s “Top 35 Innovators Under 35,” Entrepreneur’s “7 Most Powerful Women To Watch In 2014”, Ad Age’s “40 under 40,” was inducted into the “Women in Engineering” Hall of Fame, and recipient of Smithsonian magazine’s 2015 American Ingenuity Award for Technology.
Co-founder and CEO, SuperPhone
Mr. Leslie is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, multi-platinum music producer, and an avid technologist. In addition to logging studio time with Madonna, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Beyoncé, he is the architect and ultimate case study for his company Disruptive Multimedia’s simple CRM for creators, a Twilio-enabled product called SuperPhone. Bravely opting to remove his latest album from iTunes, he used an inbound SMS campaign to drive over $2 million in gross revenue by selling an album direct to consumer to just 15,000 fans. He holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University.
CEO and Co-founder, Foursquare
Mr. Crowley is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Foursquare, a service that combines social networks, location awareness, and game mechanics to encourage people to explore the world around them. As CEO of Foursquare, Mr. Crowley oversees the strategic vision and product roadmap that has grown the Foursquare community to more than 50 million people globally. He previously founded Dodgeball, one of the first mobile social services, which was acquired by Google in 2005. Mr. Crowley has been named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40” and to Vanity Fair’s “New Establishment”. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Co-founder of iRobot and Founder of CyPhyWorks
Ms. Greiner is a co-founder of iRobot and currently CEO of CyPhyWorks. Ms. Greiner holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science, both from MIT. She has worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. In 1990, along with Rodney Brooks and Colin Angle, Ms. Greiner co-founded iRobot, a robotics company headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts. The company delivers robots into the industrial, consumer and military markets. She was one of three people to design the first version of the iRobot Roomba.
The Young Prodigies
Grand Prize Winner
2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
Breakthrough Inventor, Scientist and Cancer Researcher
When Jack was 15-years-old he created a new diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer that is 28 times faster, 26,000 times less expensive and over 100 times more sensitive than the current diagnostic tests. And, if that’s not impressive enough, the test also works for ovarian and lung cancer.
His diagnostic test earned him first prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science research competition.
Now studying electrical engineering and anthropology at Stanford, Andraka conducts research on nanorobots, inexpensive biosensors, disease diagnostics, and global health interventions while serving as faculty at the Stamford Anesthesiology Summer Institute. Outside of research, Jack has worked on combining anthropology, engineering, and big data to address pressing global health challenges, particularly in the monitoring of environmental contaminants and disease outbreaks.
Andraka also runs programmes for mentoring disadvantaged LGBT youth in STEM fields. He was a member of both junior and U-23 national kayaking teams and placed in the top 20 at U-23 Wildwater Kayaking World Championships.
Grand Prize Winner, 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
Austin Wang has been researching waste to electricity conversion using bacteria since ninth grade. He developed novel bioengineering approaches to boost the performance of bacterial electricity in a cost-effective way. In 2015, Mr. Wang won Best Project at the Canada-Wide Science Fair, and the Grand Prize at the International Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge. In 2016, he was the recipient of the top prize, the Gordon E. Moore Award, at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Besides science, Mr. Wang also enjoys playing, writing music, and is a competitive chess and poker player. A graduate of Princeton University, he is currently working as a software engineer
Facebook, Executive Support Engineering
2021 Forbes 30 under 30
Jay Hammonds is an experienced and award-winning IT engineer with a decade of experience in scaling start-ups to global enterprise solutions. He is skilled in technical and executive support, technical project management, program management. At Facebook, his team has redefined how Facebook supports global executives in a remote state, enabling world-class solutions and support for connectivity, collaboration, and information security. Mr. Hammonds was named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30.
First Place, 2014 Intel Science Talent Search
Grand Prize Winner, 2013 Google Science Fair
Grand Prize Winner, 2013 Seimens Competition in Math, Science & Technology
At 17-years-old, Eric Chen won all three major science prizes – Intel, Google, and Siemens – for his research on new drugs designed to fight dangerous strains of the influenza virus. The emergence of new highly lethal influenza viruses such as H5N1 and H7N9 poses a grave threat to the world. Eric’s project aimed to discover novel influenza endonuclease inhibitors as leads for a new type of anti-flu medicine, effective against all influenza viruses including pandemic strains. By combining computer modeling and biological studies, he identified a number of novel, potent endonuclease inhibitors. He also performed comprehensive structural analysis, laying the groundwork for further design and optimization of the anti-flu drug candidates.
A graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Chen is now Chief Investment Officer and Co-founder at Velar Technologies.
2019 Thiel Fellow
2016 Intel Science Talent Search, First Place Medal of Distinction in Global Good
2019 Forbes 30 under 30
Paige Brown is the first place medal of distinction winner of the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search, for her research studying the water quality of six environmentally impaired local streams with high E. coli and phosphate contamination levels. She is currently developing a cost-effective filter largely made of calcium alginate strands to remove the phosphate from stormwater systems. A graduate of Stanford University, she is now CEO of WindBorne Systems, which is transforming the way humanity approaches weather forecasting with constellations of targeted long-duration balloons.
Founder and CEO, Unlimited Tomorrow
Forbes 30 Under 30
Easton LaChappelle is shaking up the prosthesis industry. Self-taught, he began creating his first robotic hand using Legos, electrical tubing and fishing line. He founded Unlimited Tomorrow with his business partner, Tony Robbins, in 2014 to take this technology to the next level. Recently, he fitted a 10-year-old girl with possibly the most advanced prosthetic device on the market. This is achieved by using today’s newest technologies such as 3-D printing, 3-D scanning, artificial intelligence and machine learning. His goal is to create advanced functional technology at a global level that anyone can afford.
Grand Prize Winner, 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology
Vineet Edupuganti was the national winner of the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology for the development and modeling of a high-performing, low-cost biodegradable battery that can dissolve after a period of useful operation. This technology can be used to power ingestible medical devices, environmental sensors and other applications where dissolvable power sources are desirable. Vineet received a 3rd place grand award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in 2015 and 2016 and also received the special award for Best Project in Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS) at the same competition. A graduate of Stanford University with a Masters Degree in Computer Science he is now Product Manager at Abnormal security building next generation, AI-powered cybersecurity products
Grand Prize Winner, 2012 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology
At 17-years-old, Kensen Shi won the national 2012 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology for his development of a new algorithm that identifies collision-free paths for robots to move more efficiently and safely than existing methods allowed. The strategy, called Lazy Toggle PRM, works for virtually any type of robot and is effective in a wide range of scenarios, including navigating narrow passages and highly complex environments. Motion planning problems have numerous applications in robotics, animation, video game design, and protein folding.
Kensen recently graduated from Stanford University and aspires to use computer science to improve human quality of life. He also enjoys playing piano, solving Rubik’s cubes, competitive programming, and math riddles.
Winner, 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
Amber Yang is a physics student at Stanford University whose primary interest is astrophysics. Amber was named to the 2018 Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and was the winner of the 2017 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her research on novel techniques for the tracking of space debris. Amber developed a novel artificial neural network system capable of tracking the orbits of space debris to an accuracy that is ten times more effective than current systems. She has presented her research at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland and at the White House Frontiers Conference hosted by former President Barack Obama.
Youngest Person Admitted to the Perimeter Scholars International Masters Program
Jacob Barnett was diagnosed with autism at age two. Despite the odds, Jacob discovered a love for theoretical physics and became the world’s youngest astrophysics researcher. At age 12, Jacob was profiled on 60 Minutes, and at age 13 he delivered a TEDxTeen Talk. At the age of 15 he was the youngest person admitted to the Perimeter Scholars International Master Program and is now a resident Ph.D. student at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is the research area of quantum gravity.
Winner, 2015 Breakthrough Junior Challenge
Ryan was the winner of the inaugural Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a science video competition that drew 2000 contestants worldwide. Ryan won for his seven-minute video on Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. Ryan is a graduate of Harvard University where he majored in art, film and visual studies. Ryan is now the creative producer at Tract, a peer-to-peer “eductainment” company.
The Masters of Life Success and Happiness
Sean Stephenson, DCH (1979-2019)
Dr. Stephenson was predicted not to survive at birth because of a rare bone disorder, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, that stunted his growth and caused his bones to be extremely fragile.
Despite his challenges, he took a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world including Sir Richard Branson, President Clinton, and his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Dr. Stephenson has appeared on everything from Oprah to Jimmy Kimmel, in addition to online videos with millions of views. The Biography Channel did an hour feature on his life called “Three Foot Giant.”
Dr. Stephenson’s message has been heard at live events in over 15 countries and 47 states over the past 21 years. His book, Get Off Your “But” has been released in ten different languages around the world.
Sean's legacy lives on through his innumerable videos, dance parties, and social media posts still circulating today.
Actor, Playwright, Motivational Speaker, and Leadership Trainer
Bo Eason is a former NFL All-Pro turned actor, playwright, motivational speaker, and leadership trainer to Fortune 500 companies. He started his NFL career as a top pick for the Houston Oilers. Continuing on with the San Francisco 49ers, during his 5-year career Bo competed beside and against some of the greatest players of his generation. After his football career ended, he branched out into acting and wrote a one-man play called Runt of the Litter that went to Broadway. Now, as a speaker and leadership coach, he trains some of the most successful people in the world on how to communicate for maximum impact and success. His first book There’s No Plan B For Your A-Game: Be the Best in the World at What You Do, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in September 2019.
Deborah Bedor, Ph.D.
As one of the nation’s top admissions experts and CEO of College Admission Central, Dr. Deborah Bedor has had the pleasure of coaching and advising Top Tier, Ivy League, and celebrity pre-college students for the past 27 years, guiding them to acceptance into our nation’s finest universities. Dr. Bedor is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude; recipient of the Schaff Memorial Prize for Scholarship; and holds both a master’s degree and doctorate.
Dr. B, as she is called, works with students globally on every part of the college application—strategizing, developing, and implementing the most unique and winning presentation of each student’s college portfolio and application. Everyone who works with Dr. Bedor becomes a stand-out candidate. Big ideas are her specialty.
Learn more about the New Rules for Admission to America’s Best Colleges in her best-selling book: Getting IN by Standing OUT, published by Advantage Press and available on Amazon.
Jim Kwik, CEO of Kwik Learning, is a world renown memory and rapid learning expert. After a childhood brain injury left him ‘scholastically challenged’, Jim created strategies to dramatically enhance his mental performance. Jim has since dedicated his life to helping others unleash their brainpower to learn anything faster, teaching speed-reading, memory improvement, and accelerated learning for two decades. Jim’s brain training is used in 85 countries by top achievers – from students to seniors, celebrities to CEO’s. Clients include GE, MasterCard, Virgin, Nike, Marriott Hotel, Zappos, SpaceX, NYU and Harvard University.
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