Amy Webb is a digital media futurist and Founder of Webbmedia Group, a leading digital strategy consulting firm for emerging technology advising in media, entertainment, advertising and technology companies, and for higher education, nonprofits and government. Webbmedia Group researches near-future trends in digital media and technology, and develops business strategies to help clients engage bigger audiences and capture more market share. She is a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Lecturer on emerging technology and media at Columbia University.
In addition, Amy is the co-founder of Knowledgewebb Training, a hands-on digital media training company that was incubated at Webbmedia Group. She is also the co-founder of Spark Camp, a next-generation convener that facilitates important conversations on the future of a better society. In 2013, Amy published “Data, A Love Story” (Dutton/ Penguin), a bestselling book about the world of online dating, consumer behavior and finding love via algorithms. Her TED talk about Data has been viewed more than 3.5 million times and has been translated into 31 languages.
As president and CEO of PATH, Steve Davis combines his extensive experience as a technology business leader, global health advocate, and social innovator to accelerate great ideas and bring lifesaving solutions to scale. He oversees PATH’s work of driving transformative global health innovation to save and improve lives, reaching more than 160 million people in 2014.
Mr. Davis’ long-standing commitment to human rights and global development grew from his early work on refugee programs and policies, and from his later focus on Chinese politics and law. He has employed that same passion as a leader and strategist for a range of private and nonprofit companies and international organizations, including as CEO of internet pioneer and global digital media firm Corbis, director of social innovation for McKinsey & Company, and interim CEO of the Infectious Disease Research Institute. Earlier in his career, he practiced law at the international law firm of K&L Gates, with a focus on intellectual property.
Mr. Davis is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds a faculty appointment as a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He currently serves on the boards of InterAction and Global Partnerships and sits on several advisory groups, including the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation, the Clinton Global Initiative’s Global Health Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relation’s Task Force on Non-Infectious Diseases, and Wellcome Trust’s Sustaining Health Dialogue. He previously has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards.
Mr. Davis earned his BA from Princeton University, his MA in Chinese studies from the University of Washington, and his law degree from Columbia University.
Entrepreneur, philanthropist, NFL linebacker, author, TV host, explorer – these are just a few of the many words used to describe Dhani Jones. Jones began his career as an NFL linebacker, playing with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Cincinnati Bengals. For most, the NFL is a career, but for Jones it was just a jumping off point.
In 2010, Dhani launched his philanthropic endeavor, BowTie Cause, designing signature bow ties for organizations around the country. He has also since become partner of two advertising agencies; PROCLAMATION based in Cincinnati, and VMG-Creative in New York. His entrepreneurial spirit has continued to push him in new directions, adding Qey Capital and Hyur Staffing Services to his roster.
The well-spoken Jones is also an author, writing his travelogue/memoir, “The Sportsman: Unexpected Lessons from an Around the World Sports Odyssey,” in 2011. Recapping his rise to NFL fame, as well as his time as a host of Travel Channel’s original series, “Dhani Tackles the Globe,” “The Sportsman” allowed Dhani to discover that sports have the universal ability to open windows into culture, define a destination, and unlock common passion in people that is as different as it is familiar.
Dhani is currently the host of “Playbook 360” on Spike TV.
Mandy-Rae has been “aquatically inclined” for her whole life. She grew up doing everything in or around the water. Swim Instructor, Life Guard, competitive Synchronized Swimmer and Scuba Instructor Trainer. But it was when, in 2000, she met up with old friend Kirk Krack that she found her passion for Freediving. Just 18-months after doing her first Freedive she became the deepest woman in the world with a No-Limits dive to 136m/447ft. That was soon followed by breaking another world record to add the title of Longest Breath-Hold with a Static of 6:16.
Mandy-Rae’s trainer, and soon to be husband - Kirk Krack helped to develop her natural affinity to Freediving and together with hard work and dedication she was able to achieve a total of 7 World Records and 13 National Records. She was part of the “Black Ops” team in the 2010 Academy Award Winning Documentary The Cove, where she helped to uncover the horrors happening in a small cove in Japan. She has helped to train thousands of people in apnea and now runs the back end of the family business, Performance Freediving International (PFI) and is enjoying watching their daughter find her own love of the water and the creatures within it.
Nonny de la Peña has been called “The Godmother of Virtual Reality” by Engadget and The Guardian, while Fast Company named her “One of the People Who Made the World More Creative” for her pioneering work in immersive journalism. As CEO of Emblematic Group, she uses cutting edge technologies to tell important stories—both fictional and news-based—that create intense, empathic engagement on the part of viewers.
A graduate of Harvard University and a former correspondent for Newsweek, de la Peña has more than 20 years of award-winning experience in print, film and TV. Her virtual reality work has been featured by the BBC, Mashable, Vice, Wired and many others. Showcases around the globe include the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, The World Economic Forum in Davos, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and Games For Change.
Lynda Weinman is a teacher, writer, education activist, and entrepreneur. As co-founder of lynda.com, she was responsible for the student-centered teaching pedagogy, authored numerous books and written tutorials, and served as the executive chair of the company until the purchase in 2015 by LinkedIn Corporation. Her passions include film, philanthropy for the arts, and inventing the future of education.
Bruce Heavin is an artist, strategist, and technologist. As co-founder of lynda.com, he was responsible for the earliest lynda.com experience design, visual branding and style, business model, and content strategy. Bruce serves on the Board of Trustees for Art Center College of Design, and is active in philanthropy for the arts.
Jessie Woolley-Wilson is Chair, President, and CEO of DreamBox Learning®, Inc., the company that pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™—heralded as a “game changer” in the ed-tech sector by nationally renowned academic and technology experts. Jessie has nearly two decades of experience in K–12 e-learning and has held several leadership roles in prominent education companies.
Before joining DreamBox Learning, Jessie was President of Blackboard’s K–12 Group where she led the company’s growth for the virtual and blended online learning market. Prior to Blackboard, she was President of LeapFrog SchoolHouse where she established SchoolHouse as a leader in ed-tech and one of the fastest growing educational software producers in the U.S.; Jessie also held leadership positions at collegeboard.com the interactive division of the College Board, and at Kaplan, the leading test preparation company in the U.S.
As an ed-tech industry leader, Jessie serves on the boards of several educational organizations including the International Association for K–12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Camelot Education, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Locally, she serves on the boards of IslandWood, an environmental learning center that connects children to the outdoors, and Seattle Venture Partners International. Jessie has also served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Technology and Education, and has presented at TEDx Rainier, SXSWedu, and DENT. She was awarded the 2015 Executive Excellence Award in the CEO of the Year categoryby Seattle Business Magazine; she was also on the Forbes “Impact 15″ list for being a disruptor of education, and was honored as a “Woman of Influence” by Puget Sound Business Journal for making an impact in the ed-tech industry.
Jessie has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in English from the University of Virginia. She is a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Sean is the cofounder of Healthfundr. Healthfundr is an online platform that is reshaping private healthcare investing. They give investors access to invest alongside reputable healthcare investors in highly-screened private healthcare companies. He and his family relocated to Ketchum in early summer of 2015. They moved from Dallas, but he grew up in Southern California.
Before starting Healthfundr, Sean was a securities attorney in Dallas where he was on the trial team of a multi-billion dollar securities fraud lawsuit. Before becoming a lawyer, he was an early employee at a successfully exited SaaS startup. Sean received his B.A. from BYU and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota where he graduated magna cum laude.
Anastasia Taylor-Lind is an English/Swedish artist and journalist currently undertaking a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.
She has a background in photojournalism and has worked for leading publications all over the world on issues relating to women, population and war. Her first book MAIDAN – Portraits from the Black Square, which documents the 2014 Ukrainian uprising in Kiev, was published by GOST in the same year.
Anastasia is a TED fellow and National Geographic Magazine contributor.
Gavin Andresen is part of MIT's Digital Currency Initiative. He took over as the lead developer for the Bitcoin Core open source software project after Satoshi Nakamoto disappeared. Before joining the Bitcoin movement, Gavin was part of a wide variety of software-related ventures, including a company that made multiplayer online games for blind people and their sighted friends. He started his career writing software at Silicon Graphics Computer Systems, a 3D graphics hardware company. He lives and works in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Neha Narula is Director of Research at the Digital Currency Initiative, in the MIT Media Lab. She completed a PhD at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT building fast, scalable distributed systems and databases. In a previous life she helped launch the new Digg and was a Senior Software Engineer at Google, where she designed the first version of Blobstore, a system for storing and serving petabytes of immutable data, and worked on Native Client, a system for running native code securely through the browser.