Jennifer Brea's Sundance award-winning documentary, Unrest, is a personal journey from patient to advocate to storyteller. Jennifer Brea is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She has an AB from Princeton University and was a Ph.D. student at Harvard until sudden illness left her bedridden. In the aftermath, she rediscovered her first love, film. Her feature documentary, Unrest, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it won a Special Jury Prize. She is also co-creator of Unrest VR, winner of the Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternate Realities Award. An activist for invisible disabilities and chronic illness, she co-founded a global advocacy network, #MEAction and is a TED Talker. At its core, Unrest is a love story. Together, Jen and her new husband, Omar, must find a way to build a life and fight for a cure. Their struggle to forge their relationship while dealing with her mysterious illness is at once heartbreaking, inspiring and funny.
Aisha Matthews is the Director of Literary Programming for the Museum of Science Fiction’s annual Escape Velocity Conference and also serves as the Assistant Managing Editor of their academic publication, the Journal of Science Fiction. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University ('13), and a Master’s from Southern New Hampshire University ('17), where her thesis focused on Octavia Butler’s Patternmaster quintet, examining the series’ power structures through the Foucauldian framework of panopticism and exploring the dynamics of social constructionism as they apply to the narrative. As a first-year PhD student in Southern Methodist University’s English doctoral program, Aisha studies 20th/21st-Century American Literature, African American Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies, and postmodern theory. In her personal research, Aisha specializes in the areas of Science and Speculative Fiction, most notably Afrofuturism and Young Adult Science Fiction, and is interested in questions of embodiment, power, social constructionism, and identity.
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Before serving as UMA’s Program and Membership Director, Katy spent eight years at HSG Campaigns, culminating as their Managing Director, a role that included developing winning strategies for candidates and overseeing the creative and production processes for all direct mail. As a member of HSG’s Founders’ Board, Katy helped to strengthen the company, and also prepare HSG for future growth in the changing political environment. Katy began her political work in 2005, when she interned in Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold’s Washington DC office. In 2006, she took a position on the campaign team for a congressional candidate, starting as an intern and working her way through the ranks, from field organizer, to fundraising assistant, and finally, assistant campaign manager. She graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin with a Bachelors in Government and Environmental Science.
Chirs is the Co-Founder of TheBit. TheBit is the newest passion project aimed to educate, inspire, and inform everyone from the crypto geeks to the newbies. Chris, along with Co-Founder Erica Amatori, does this through a simple curated newsletter, guides for beginners to advanced, and interviews with industry experts. Hoyle is a Computer Science student at the College of William & Mary with an entrepreneurial drive that has a passion for making complex topics sound simple. With a background of deploying applications at companies big and small (from NASA JPL to NRV VC). he believes that any type of problem-solving can be improved through an entrepreneurial mindset. Chris helps William & Mary's entrepreneurship foster community while building their ideas.
Pankaj Vij, MD, FACP, is the author of Turbo Metabolism. As a doctor of internal medicine, he has helped thousands of patients lose weight, manage chronic health conditions, and improve their physical fitness. Board certified in internal medicine and obesity medicine, Dr. Vij has been practicing medicine since 1997. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Vij is passionate about nutrition, fitness, and human performance. He has been on a quest to help people slow down the aging process and optimize human performance, thereby enhancing health span, not just life span. He practices what he preaches by following a low-glycemic, anti-inflammatory, real food diet, regular physical activity, meditation, and sleep.
Wole is the CTO of Toyz Electronics; a technology startup that was founded while he attended Carnegie Mellon University. His smartwatch has been the key instrument in multiple hackathons sponsored by large companies such as Intel. Toyz Electronics will be hosting a special coding event during the Washington Auto Show on January 25th.
This inclusive event is open to all students in the DC Public Schools. The support of the Washington Auto Show President John O'Donnell; shows the cities' advocacy and alignment with Toyz Electronics belief that access to technology for all youth no matter what class, sex or race they are is important.
As Director of River Restoration Programs for Anacostia Watershed Society, Ariel oversees our youth and adult education programs. On any given day you might find Ariel in a classroom teaching students about impervious surfaces, leading a group of 7th graders on a canoe trip, or planting wild rice with 4th graders in the mudflats of Kenilworth Marsh. Ariel serves on the Prince George’s County Public Schools Environmental Literacy Steering Committee, the Mid Atlantic Environmental Literacy Workgroup, and on the board of the D.C. Environmental Education Consortium. As a native Michigander who grew up swimming in crystal clear lakes and rivers, Ariel is passionate about making sure everyone has access to clean water.
Since 2008, Mr. Epps has provided financial advice to individuals and small businesses. In order to ensure individuals and small businesses receive accurate and detailed financial analyses, Mr. Epps founded XNE Financial Advising, LLC in 2011.XNE Financial Advising, LLC provides financial related services for individuals and small businesses. We're an independent, flat-fee firm based in the state of Virginia, providing various financial and accounting services to individuals and small businesses. Currently, we concentrate on serving clients in the District of Columbia metropolitan area (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia), and our reach is growing nationwide. XNE Financial Advising provides services that are accessible and affordable, with unbiased assumptions and the assurance that your best interests are always protected. Mr. Epps prior experience includes the holding Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Securities Licenses 7 and 63 and currently serving as an IRS Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP), Certified Microsoft Office User Specialist, Intuit QuickBooks Certified User (Pro/Premier Versions) and his company is an authorized IRS e-file Provider.