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 219 million people in 2013. He also currently serves as interim vice president, Global Engagement and Communications.
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.
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.
At the Department of Transportation, Secretary Anthony Foxx is working relentlessly to lead the world in building a 21st century infrastructure designed to give businesses and people a competitive economic advantage and a better quality of life.
As U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation.
His primary goal is to ensure that America maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world. Foxx joined the U.S. Department of Transportation after serving as the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 2009 to 2013. During that time, he made efficient and innovative transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte's job creation and economic recovery efforts. Foxx is an attorney and has spent much of his career in private practice. He received a law degree from New York University’s School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar, the University’s prestigious public service scholarship. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Davidson College.