With a background in strategy, technology implementation, and change management, Natalie has led projects for Peer Insight, IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers in various countries (the most exciting being Afghanistan), functions, and industries. The diversity of her experience is brought to bear throughout the innovation lifecycle, enabling strong exploratory and divergent thinking while maintaining a grasp on the ins and outs of execution. Natalie has worked in both the private and public sectors, with clients such as Allstate, DTE Energy, the World Bank, Kimberly-Clark, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Good Samaritan Society. Natalie serves on the board of the DC Social Innovation Project. She holds an MBA from UVA’s Darden School of Business and a BA in Psychology from The College of William and Mary.
Diallo Sumbry is the CEO of The Adinkra Group (TAG). TAG is a cultural entertainment and resource company based in the Washington, DC area committed to partnering with local, national, and international performing, teaching and visual artists and arts organizations that hold at their core and promote progressive messages of humanity through their varied forms art. Diallo has worked in pre-college programs for 20 years. He currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Educational Talent Search Program at UDC. His work within the college access and arts community locally has earned him a solid reputation as an innovative, committed and hardworking team player and leader committed to positive youth development.
AYO HANDY-KENDI is known as a Sekou (Master Teacher) demonstrating over 40+ years of experience as a Breathologists, Wholistic Practitioner, Stress Manager, Community Organizer, Life Coach/Counselor, Speaker, Storyteller, Author, Radio Show Host and Producer-- inspiring countless people in their growth and development. As CEO of PositivEnergyWorks, LLC™ she offers a wellness service facilitating and training others in modalities, practices, and coursework, she has developed as Optimum Life Breathology™; “Relearning How-to Breathe”, Transcendence Breathwork, Tantra/Art of Self-Pleasure, Breath Visualizations/Activation and Sound Healing Tune-up Music to breathe by.. She has “breathed” with millions on radio, t.v., in print, on stage, and in private practice.
Business Advisor, Speaker & Author Loren Weisman organizes, optimizes and implements individualized branding, marketing and content plans for start-up and established businesses as well as individual clients and entrepreneurs. Loren is the host of iHeartRadio’s “Wait What Really OK” as well as a managing partner and co-founder of Leveraging Smart Inc.
With deep experience in all aspects of the music industry, Loren has worked on hundreds of albums as a drummer, producer, and production consultant. He also maintains TV production credits for three major networks as well as serving as a media consultant for many businesses in and outside of the arts and entertainment fields.
Raymond Codrington is a cultural anthropologist who holds substantive experience in popular culture and race studies, museum and public engagement, policy analysis and applied research. Prior to joining Hi-ARTS, he held the position of Senior Research Associate with the Aspen Institute's Roundtable on Community Change policy program. Raymond has also served as an independent curator and consultant with the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and the Office of the Mayor (City of Los Angeles) where he developed programming around urban expressive culture. He was the Founding Director of the Julian C. Dixon Institute for Cultural Studies and Curator in the Department of Anthropology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He has conducted ethnographic research across the U.S. and U.K. involving topics related to race, Hip-Hop, identity and civic engagement.
Mark is CEO and co-founder of TechShop and a recognized leader in the global maker movement. Under his leadership, TechShop revenue grew 20-fold in five years and multiple new locations have opened across the US. Mark has held executive positions at firms including Kinko’s, Avery Dennison, and Health Net. Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio that provides access to a vibrant community of creative makers and more than $1 million worth of equipment, tools, and software. Based in San Jose, Calif., with locations nationwide, TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction, and training for people of all ages and skill levels to build whatever they can dream.
Jeff Patton is the GM Connected Home Prod Mgmt & Innovation for GE Lighting based at Nela Park in Cleveland, OH. His responsibility includes leading the vision and strategy for the new connected home business and setting the course for the next 100 years of innovation. Jeff previously was the GM Fastworks Innovation and was an evangelist for design thinking and new business model development as inspired by Lean Startup principles. In his first role at GE, Jeff led the development and execution of the North America Consumer Marketing strategy. Jeff brings extensive experience in marketing and line management for consumer channels with CPG, online services, and small domestic appliances at General Mills, AOL, Dyson, and Groupe SEB, as well as experience in commercial channels with scientific instruments, holding strategic leadership and engineering positions at HP/Agilent.
Celebrating #NationofMakers - June 17-24!
Felicia W. Shaw joined the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis as its Executive Director in 2015. A native St. Louisan, Felicia brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in the public and nonprofit arts and culture sector. Previously, Felicia served for eight years as Director of Arts and Culture Strategy and Analysis at the San Diego Foundation. Roseann is Director of Artist and Community Initiatives. She oversees the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute – an innovative program centered on the principle that art can be an agent for positive social change. Roseann also leads RAC’s artists’ support programs, public art strategies, and creative community initiatives which include identifying resources for new projects.
Nick Cannon is the Chief Creative Officer and Michael Tatelman is the Chief Marketing Officer for RadioShack. RadioShack is back and Makers of all ages can visit RadioShack’s booth to participate in a hands-on soldering workshop led by RadioShack staff as well as learn about the company’s Maker Kits and products. Chief Creative Officer Nick Cannon’s speech and workshop will take place on Saturday, June 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the University of the District of Columbia as part of the admission-free National Maker Faire that weekend. This event marks the first in a renewed partnership between RadioShack and Maker communities to promote and further STEM and Making initiatives nationwide.