Lee Daniel Kravetz

Lee Daniel Kravetz

Lee Daniel Kravetz is the author of the international bestsellers Strange Contagion and Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering & Success, both published by Harper Collins. He holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and an M.A. in behavioral psychology from Santa Clara University and a post-graduate fellowship from Stanford University.

He has written for print and television, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Psychology Today, ​The Daily Beast, The San Francisco Chronicle, and PBS’s Frontline and Nova. His work has been translated into ten languages. He has been featured in Time Magazine, The Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company, and is a founding board member of the Lit Camp Writers Conference. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.

MORE INFO: www.leedanielkravetz.com.

Adam Lashinsky

Adam Lashinsky

Adam Lashinsky is executive editor of FORTUNE, where he oversees all live events and technology-industry coverage. In addition to writing features for the magazine, Lashinsky is editorial director of FORTUNE Brainstorm Tech, an annual conference in Aspen, Colo.; co-chair of the annual FORTUNE Global Forum; and columnist for the daily newsletter Data Sheet. Having joined FORTUNE in 2001, his coverage has ranged from Silicon Valley to Wall Street, including feature stories on diverse topics including venture capital, private equity, oil exploration and the economic recovery of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The subjects of his multiple cover stories have included Apple, Google, Amazon, Nike, Dell, Facebook and Alibaba.

Lashinsky is the author of Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination, released in May, 2017, as well as the 2012 New York Times bestseller Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired—and Secretive—Company Really Works. He is a regular commentator on the Fox News Channel. A native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lashinsky was based in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Tokyo before moving to California 20 years ago. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

Eric LoMonaco

Eric LoMonaco

Eric LoMonaco is director of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at Community Hospital, a position he has held since 2006. Prior to that, Eric served for 4½ years as assistant director of Radiation Oncology. Prior to coming to the Monterey Peninsula, Eric worked first as a radiologic technologist and then as a radiation therapist at several facilities, including Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, City of Hope National Medical Center, and the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center in Massachusetts (the latter as lead radiation therapist). Eric is a certified radiology administrator, a certified radiologic technologist, and a certified radiation therapist who holds a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. Eric is a former Community Hospital employee of the year top 10 finalist (2004).

Eric devotes considerable time and energy to serving at-risk youth in our community, regularly giving talks where he shares his own personal journey out of difficult circumstances and inspires students toward academic achievement and healthcare careers. He currently serves as a mentor in CSUMB’s Pay it Forward program, is a past chair of the advisory committee for Cabrillo College’s radiological sciences program, and past chair of the board of Breakthrough, a local nonprofit organization. Eric was also just selected for the Ted x Monterey “Outed for Awesome” event in April. Followed by being voted in the Top 25 for the Monterey County Weekly’s “Movers and Shakers” and a feature article in 65 degree magazine not to mention just receiving the 2014 Leadership Monterey Peninsula Founders Award for outstanding community service.


Kimberly MacLean

Kimberly MacLean

KIMBERLY MACLEAN is an actor, director, and teacher of scripted, musical, & improvised arts. In addition to playing as a guest in many companies, she has been a main stage company member of BATS Improv since 2006 and founded the Educational Outreach Program. Kimberly boasts both a CA Teaching Credential, a M.Ed. in Best Practices and 17 years of theater related classroom teaching.

She is currently an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts teaching acting in the Animation Department and teaches improv at the American Theater Conservatory’s Summer Training Congress. She is a producer of the San Francisco Improv Festival with a mission to build bridges across improv communities. Kimberly was a founding member of the improv & sketch group The Last Laugh, SF and performs in the renowned duo with Rachel Hamilton aptly named Hamilton & MacLean. She is the Director of Learning for Speechless and does private coaching with organizations and individuals focused on infusing skills to take agency in public speaking & leadership.

She was most recently seen on the big screen as Tina in “All the Others Were Practice” and is in production for a follow-up film focused on her character. In 2015 parents, colleagues, and students nominated her for The Excellence in Theatre Education Award sponsored by the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University by students & colleagues.

Vivienne Ming

Vivienne Ming

Named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. Magazine, Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and author. She co-founded Socos, her fourth company, where she combines machine learning, cognitive neuroscience, and economics to maximize life outcomes in education and the workplace. Previously, Vivienne was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, pursuing her research in cognitive neuroprosthetics.

In her free time, Vivienne has invented AI systems to help treat her diabetic son, predict manic episodes in bipolar suffers weeks in advance, and reunited orphan refugees with extended family members. She sits on boards of numerous companies and nonprofits including StartOut, The Palm Center, Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, Zoic Capital, and SmartStones. Dr. Ming also speaks frequently on her AI-driven research into inclusion and gender in business. For relaxation, she is a wife and mother of two.

Nalini Nadkarni

Nalini Nadkarni

Dr. Nalini Nadkarni is known as “the Queen of the Forest Canopy”, and has been both a pioneer in forest canopy studies and in communication of forest canopy research to scientists and the public.

Her forest ecology research focuses on the biota of forest canopies in rainforests of Costa Rica and in Washington State, supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. She has received three research grants and a Conservation Trust grant from the National Geographic Society. Nadkarni has published over 120 scientific articles and three scholarly books. Her recent awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2011 AAAS Award for Public Engagement, 2010 NSF Public Service Award, and 2012 Archie Carr Award for Conservation, and the 2015 William Julius Wilson Award for Achievement in Social Justice.

Dr. Nadkarni’s work exemplifies interdisciplinary teaching and learning. She has partnered with modern dancers, religious leaders, policy-makers, and directors of prisons to raise awareness for nature, especially trees. Her recent book, “Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connection to Trees” (University of California Press), integrates scientific knowledge, poetry, anthropology, and spirituality to help readers understand the deep connections between human and arboreal worlds. Her recent interdisciplinary work examines the dynamics of disturbance and recovery from the diverse disciplines of forest ecology, neuroscience, macroeconomics, refugee studies, modern dance, urban planning, traffic engineering and her own close encounter with death following her fall from a treetop in 2015.

Dr. Nadkarni is deeply committed to public engagement with science for all parts of society. In 1994, she founded the International Canopy Network, an NGO to foster communication among researchers, educators, and conservationists. Her work has been featured in magazines such as Natural History, Glamour, and Playboy, and she has appeared in television documentaries, including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Good Morning, America, and National Geographic. She brings science to diverse public audiences, including church congregations, urban youth, older citizens, and artists. In 2005, she co-founded the Sustainability in Prisons Program, which brings science lectures and hands-on conservation projects to incarcerated men and women in Washington State and around the country. In 2009, she created the STEM Ambassador Program, which recruits and trains other scientists to carry out engagement with science and conservation to underserved public audiences around the country.

Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the World War II novel, A Master Plan for Rescue, which was named a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2015. Her 2006 novel, Mary; Mrs. A. Lincoln was both an LA Times Book Prize Finalist and named USA Today’s Historical Novel of the Year. People Magazine called her 2001 memoir, The Russian Word for Snow, “a nail-biting adoption story.”

Newman’s travel stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Coastal Living, The Daily Beast, 7X7 Magazine, The Rumpus, and Medium. She is also editor-at-large of Technically Literate, CNET’s ground breaking fiction section.

Newman is the founder of Lit Camp, a juried writers conference held every year in the Napa Valley. Lit Camp’s faculty includes Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning authors. Its participants have gone on to sign with agents and publish with major houses.

MORE INFO:  www.Janiscookenewman.com

Carlos Prieto

Carlos Prieto

Carlos Prieto was born in Mexico City. He began playing the cello at age four, studying with the Hungarian cellist Imre Hartman and later with Pierre Fournier in Geneva and Leonard Rose in New York.

Mr. Prieto was a long time friend of Igor Stravinsky. When Stravinsky returned to Russia in 1962 after a fifty-year absence, he was accompanied in Moscow by Mr. Prieto, who was at that time studying in Russia. He also knew Shostakovich and has premiered his first Cello Concerto in different cities in Mexico as well as in Spain.

Mr. Prieto has received enthusiastic public acclaim and won excellent reviews for his performances throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Union, China, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Latin America. The New York Times review of his Carnegie Hall debut raved, “Prieto has no technical limitations and his musical instincts are impeccable.”

He has played with orchestras from all over the world, the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Chamber Orchestra of the European Union, the American Symphony Orchestra in New York, the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and many others. He has been invited to many of the world’s most prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles; Roy Thomson in Toronto; Barbican Hall and Wigmore Hall in London; Salle Gaveau and Salle Pleyel in Paris; Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia; Auditorio Nacional in Madrid; The Beijing and Shanghai Concert Halls; the Europalia, Granada, Berlin Festivals, etc.

Remarkable is Carlos Prieto’s contribution to the cello repertoire. Since 1980 he has played the world premieres of close to 100 compositions, most of which were written for him by the main composers from Mexico, Latin America, Spain and other countries.

Mr. Prieto has recorded over 100 works and written 10 books, some of which have been translated into English, Russian and Portuguese and have appeared in audio book form.

In 2011 he was elected Member of the Mexican Academy of the Spanish Language. In 2012 he was elected honorary member of the Ecuador Academy of the Spanish Language and, in 2016, of the Chile Academy of the Spanish Language.

Mr. Prieto’s unusual background includes degrees in Engineering and in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which appointed him in 1993 member of its Department of Music and Theater Arts Visiting Committee.

From 1995 to 2010 he was Chairman of the Foundation of the Conservatory of Las Rosas, the oldest conservatory of the Americas and Mexico’s most ambitious music education project.
He is, since 1995, member of the Mexican Seminary of Mexican Culture

He has received awards from many international institutions:
The National Award for the Arts. Mexico.
The Order of the Arts and Letters in the grade of Officer. France.
The Order of Merit, awarded by the King of Spain.
The prestigious Pushkin Medal, awarded by the President of Russia.
The University of Indiana honored him with the Eva Janzer Award, entitled “Chevalier du Violoncelle”. The School of Music of Yale University honored him with the Cultural Leadership Citation.
The Commendation for Distinguished Leadership in the Arts awarded by Texas Christian University. The Robert A. Muh Award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for outstanding contributions in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

He was appointed Honorary Member of the Fine Arts Advisory Council of the University of Texas at Austin.

Every three years, the National Council for the Arts of Mexico and the Las Rosas Conservatory organize the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition, so named in recognition of his career and his work in the promotion and enrichment of Latin American cello music.

In recent years he played a series of memorable concerts with Yo-Yo Ma in Mexico, Caracas, New Orleans, Chicago, Spain and Cuba.

Jack Rakove

Jack Rakove

Jack Rakove is the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies, and professor of political science, at Stanford University, where he has taught since 1980. He studied at Haverford College, the University of Edinburgh, and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1975.

Rakove is the author of seven books, including A Politician Thinking: The Creative Mind of James Madison, which has just been published by the University of Oklahoma Press. His earlier book, Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (1996) won the Pulitzer Prize in History, and his 2010 book, Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America was a finalist for the George Washington Prize. He is currently finishing a book on religious freedom, Beyond Belief, Beyond Conscience: The Radical Significance of the Free Exercise of Religion, and has begun work on The Ticklish Experiment: A Political History of the Constitution, 1789-2020.

He has written four amicus curiae briefs for the United States Supreme Court, including the historians’ brief in D.C. v. Heller, the leading Second Amendment case, and more than sixty op-eds for such newspapers as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune.

MORE INFO: https://politicalscience.stanford.edu/people/jack-n-rakove

Walter V. Robinson

Walter V. Robinson

Walter V. Robinson is Editor At Large at the Boston Globe, where his high impact stories about local, national and international events have graced the front page since 1972. He is also the Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Robinson led the Boston Globe Spotlight Team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its investigation of the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests. He left the Globe in 2006 for seven years to be Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Northeastern University. In 2014, he returned to the newspaper.

In the mid-1970s Robinson covered politics and government for the Globe, and went on to cover the White House during the Reagan and first Bush Administrations. He covered the presidential election in 1984 and was the newspaper’s lead reporter for presidential elections in 1988 and 1992. In 2000, he did investigative reporting on that year’s candidates.

In 1990 and 1991, Robinson was the paper’s Middle East Bureau chief during the first Persian Gulf War. In 1992, Robinson became the Globe’s city editor, and then for three years the metro editor. In the late 1990s, he was the Globe’s roving foreign and national correspondent, and spent much of that time reporting on artworks looted by the Nazis during World War II that ended up in American museums; and the illicit international trade in looted antiquities. For his reporting on the illicit trade in antiquities, the Archaeological Institute of America in 1999 gave Robinson its first-ever outstanding public service award.

He was the editor of the Spotlight Team for seven years. In 2001 and 2002, the team’s groundbreaking investigation of sexual abuse by priests exposed a decades-long cover- up that, in Boston alone, shielded the crimes of nearly 250 priests. The team’s work has sparked similar disclosures across the country and around the world, disclosures that continue to this day. Spotlight’s investigation was made into the Academy Award-winning film, “Spotlight,’’ starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams.

As a journalism professor at Northeastern, Robinson and his investigative reporting students produced 26 Page One investigative stories for The Boston Globe.

Before joining the Globe in 1972, he served four years in the US Army, including a year in Vietnam as an intelligence officer with the First Cavalry Division.

Robinson is a graduate of Northeastern University. He has been awarded honorary degrees by Northeastern and Emerson College. He has been a journalism fellow at Stanford University. Robinson is co-author of the 2002 book, “Betrayal: Crisis in the Catholic Church.”

MORE INFO: http://www.bostonglobe.com/staff/robinson