Matt Abrahams

Matt Abrahams

Matt Abrahams is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator and coach. He teaches Effective Virtual Communication and Essentials of Strategic Communication at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Matt is also Co-Founder and Principal at Bold Echo Communications Solutions, a presentation and communication skills company based in Silicon Valley that helps people improve their presentation skills.

Matt recently published the third edition of his book Speaking Up Without Freaking Out, a book written to help the millions of people who wish to present in a more confident and compelling way.

MORE INFO: www.gsb.stanford.edu/faculty-research/faculty/matt-forrest-abrahams

 


Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan is an internationally renowned writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar of religions. His books, including his #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, have been translated into dozens of languages around the world. He is also a recipient of the prestigious James Joyce Award.

Aslan’s first book, International Bestseller No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, has been translated into seventeen languages, and was named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade by Blackwell Publishers.

His most recent book is the New York Times Bestseller, God: A Human History.


Michael Aspland

Michael Aspland

Michael Aspland is a Faculty Associate for Research at the Naval Postgraduate School. He has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement and homeland security.

He served previously as the Assistant Police Chief with the Monterey Police Department.

He retired from law enforcement in 2014 and now teaches military and law enforcement professionals on how to use Social Network Analysis methods to disrupt criminal and terrorist organizations.


Ann Louise Bardach

Ann Louise Bardach

Ann Louise Bardach has written for virtually all the major media in the U.S. and the U.K. – the New York Times, the Washington PostPOLITICO, the Wall Street Journal’s Magazine, the Los Angeles TimesThe New YorkerThe AtlanticSlateThe Guardian, the Financial TimesThe New RepublicNewsweek/The Daily Beast as Writer-at-Large and Vanity Fair, where she was a reporter for a decade.

A prize-winning author and journalist, she has covered an eclectic range of political and cultural issues – from crime reporting to elections to matters of faith and belief to the nature of celebrity. The Columbia Journalism Review has called her “the go-to journalist on all things Cuban and Miami.”

She is the author of Without Fidel: A Death Foretold in Miami, Havana and Washington and Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana, as well as the editor of The Prison Letters of Fidel Castro and Cuba: A Travelers Literary Companion and served on The Brookings Institution’s Cuba Study Project.  Her book Cuba Confidential was a finalist for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism and the PEN USA Award for Best Nonfiction, and named one of Ten Best Books of 2002 by the Los Angeles Times.  In 1995, she won the PEN USA Award for Best Journalism for her reporting on Mexico in Vanity Fair magazine; the year previous, her Vanity Fair coverage of the impact of Islamic fundamentalism in the West was a finalist for the PEN USA Journalism Award.

An intrepid reporter known for securing hard-to-get admissions from Fidel Castro to E. Howard Hunt, she has interviewed several dozen U.S. and world leaders and personalities. She is frequently seen and heard on television and radio and has appeared on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Dateline, CNN, Nightline, The O’Reilly Factor, Charlie Rose, National Public Radio and PRI’s Marketplace. She created and wrote the Global Buzz column for Newsweek International and the Interrogation column for Slate.

In the mid 1990s, she began her research into Vivekananda, the formidable Indian sage, making her way through nine volumes of his writings. In  2011-12, she published two pieces about Vivekananda – in the Sunday New York Times and in the Sunday magazine of the Wall Street Journal.

MORE INFO: bardachreports.com/contact.html


Cara Black

Cara Black

Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 19 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris.

Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime.

With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.


Brent Bushnell

Brent Bushnell

Brent Bushnell is the CEO and co-founder of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company. The interdisciplinary team strives to create immersive, social fun and is opening the first network of micro-amusement parks featuring free-roaming VR, robot bartenders, an interactive supper club and more. Previously they launched STEAM Carnival, a traveling showcase of high-tech entertainment and student STEAM workshops. They’ve captured action sports content in 360 video for brands like the NFL, NBA, Indy and the Olympics for use in VR activations at the Super Bowl, All Star games and in retail. The company regularly serves as immersive entertainment partners for brands and location-based facilities.

Previously, Brent was the on-camera inventor for the ABC TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. He was a founding member of Syyn Labs, a creative collective creating stunts for brands like Google and Disney and helped OK Go build the Rube Goldberg machine for their viral This Too Shall Pass music video that garnered 50+ million views on YouTube.

Brent is board president of the Two Bit Circus Foundation, a 501(c)(3), that deploys STEAM-based programs to inspire students about invention and operates annual STEAM Carnivals bringing the excitement of STEM & STEAM to communities around the world.

He’s a Sir Edmund Hillary Fellow and enjoys mentoring teens in entrepreneurship via programs such as NFTE. He’s a supporter of Clowns Without Borders and publishes on Twitter @brentbushnell.


Patti Dobrowolski

Patti Dobrowolski

Patti Dobrowolski, author of 9 Tips to Up Your Creative Genius and DRAWING SOLUTIONS: How Visual Goal Setting Will Change Your Life, is founder of Up Your Creative Genius, a consulting firm that uses visuals and creative processes to help companies and individuals around the world accelerate growth and change.

A critically acclaimed comic performer, three time TEDx and internationally recognized speaker, writer and business consultant, she has brought innovative visual practices to Fortune 100 companies, government, not for profits and small businesses.

Patti holds an MA in Psychology: Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Her large format strategic illustrations grace the walls of Nike, Microsoft Inc, Starbucks Coffee Company, Pepsico, FedEx, Samsung Innovations, Turner Broadcasting, FritoLay North America, Hoffman LaRoche Inc., Genentech, Coopervision, Providence, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Xero in the Americas, New Zealand Principals’ Federation and The Seattle Space Needle.


Scott Doorley

Scott Doorley

Scott Doorley is the Creative Director at the Stanford d.school. He is a prolific creator and fervent collaborator. Since landing at the d.school he has co-authored the book Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration (Wiley, 2012), co-designed the d.school’s physical space and similar spaces for corporations, startups, & governments, co-founded the K-12 Lab, co-lead the Stanford 2025 initiative on the future of education, co-invented and co-taught myriad classes at the intersection of storytelling and design, and co-runs Stanford’s Undergraduate Design House.

Scott has shot Television for 20th Century Fox (now Disney) and CBS and his art and design work has been displayed at the San Jose Museum of Art, the Grey Area Foundation for the Arts, the Design Museums in London & Helsinki and Australia’s Semi-Permanent festival.

He also co-parents two daughters, and can’t help but mention he was recently ranked the 90th coolest Dad in America (though just what criteria earns such a ranking remains unknown).


Scott Evers

Scott Evers

Scott Evers is an award-winning writer and director of documentary films. He is the recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award and Emmys for films on America’s social ills of youth violence, poverty, and HIV/AIDS.

He founded the Amitist Organization, a coalition focused on media campaigns to educate youth for health and well-being. Current work includes countering messages of violent extremism and radicalization in the United States and the United Kingdom.


Julia Flynn Siler

Julia Flynn Siler

Julia Flynn Siler is a New York Times best-selling author and journalist. Her most recent book is The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown (Knopf, May 2019) a New York Times Editors’ Choice that the  San Francisco Chronicle called “meticulously researched and inspiring…”

Her other books are Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure. Her first book, The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, was a finalist for a James Beard Award and a Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished reporting.

A veteran journalist, Siler is a longtime contributor and former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and has been a guest commentator on the BBC, CNBC, and CNN. She lives in Northern California with her husband and their two sons.