Dan Bolton edits STiR Tea & Coffee Industry International and is the founding editor and publisher of Tea Journey mobile magazine. In addition to his writing, Dan works as a retail beverage consultant and is a frequent speaker at industry seminars and conferences. Dan is the former editor and publisher of Tea Magazine and former editor and a regular contributor to the weekly World Tea News. Dan was editor-in-chief of Specialty Coffee Retailer in San Francisco. His work has appeared in many beverage publications including Cheers, Fresh Cup, CoffeeTalk and the SCAA Chronicle. He is the founder of Natural Food magazine and has led six publishing ventures since 1995.
Marc is the Event Manager for The Impact Hub. Marc’s passion for social justice and entrepreneurship has led him to work on civil rights campaigns in the deep south and organize community forums in the U.S. and West Africa. Marc’s professional experience includes heading the sales division of a major international corporation in West Africa, consulting for the United Nations Foundation, and working as a Social Media Analyst for McKinsey & Co. The Impact Hub team is made up of unique individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds including government, corporate, finance, nonprofit, startups & more. Our diverse perspectives and experience are united by a common thread of passion & belief in our ability to accelerate positive social & environmental impact.
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. Professionally, 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.
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.
Mary Boone, founder of MaryBoone.com and president of Boone
Associates is a leading authority on high-performance collaboration
and engagement. Her passion for integrating ideas across disciplines has positioned her as a catalyst for transformation in the fields of IT, Communication, Marketing, and Meetings and Events. For over twenty-five years, she has helped organizations manage a wide range of organizational change efforts. Mary is a highly praised Thought Leader. The Harvard Business Review article she co-authored with David Snowden entitled "A Leader's Framework for Decision Making" won the Emerald Citation Award in 2011 which is awarded to the top 50 articles from the top 300 management publications worldwide.
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.
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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.
Noah Scalin is the creator of the Webby Award winning project Skull-A-Day and the collaborative science fiction universe & performance art project League of Space Pirates. His fine art has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Mütter Museum and Krause Gallery in NYC. His work has been featured in dozens of publications including Fast Company, Juxtapos, Beautiful/Decay, USA Today, The Telegraph, and the New York Times. Noah co-runs Another Limited Rebellion an art & innovation consulting firm and is a sought after public speaker on creativity. He is the author of six books, including most recently Creative Sprint – which he co-wrote with his sister/business partner Mica Scalin. Noah is the first artist-in-residence at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business.