Jan English Lueck, co-chair of EPIC2021, is a Professor of Anthropology at San José State University and a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future.
Jamie Sherman, co-chair of EPIC2021, is a cultural anthropologist and a senior product researcher at Netflix focused on data science and creative decision making.
Harold Sanco | May 14
Harold Sanco is the 1998 United States National Master's Aerobic Champion and two-time bronze medalist at the National Step Challenge Competition. He has been voted Washington, DC's "Best Instructor" by Washingtonian Magazine and the Washington Post. He is an internationally acclaimed instructor having taught in seven countries. His "Urban Funk" aerobics class has been highlighted in People, Allure, and "W" magazines. At Friends for Life, Harold works with kids of all ages to make exercising fun and exciting.
Kristi Hugstad | May 21
Kristi Hugstad is the author of Be You, Only Better: Real-Life Self-Care for Young Adults (And Everyone Else) and two other books. Be You, Only Better: Real-Life Self-Care for Young Adults (And Everyone Else) (New World Library, March 16, 2021), introduces today’s young people to simple, yet powerful day-to-day practices that promote mind and body wellness. A certified grief recovery specialist and a grief and loss facilitator for addicts in recovery, Kristi frequently speaks at high schools. She is also the host of The Grief Girl podcast and lives in Orange County, California.
Sarita Cheaves | July 9
Wine media producer, Sarita Cheaves is a DC native with a passion for food and wine. Before she launched her blog, Vine Me Up, she served as a Senior Tasting Room Associate at Black Ankle Vineyards. She has a WSET (Wine Spirits Education Trust) certification and is known for discovering great wines and unique wine pairings. On Instagram, Sarita creates vivid and informative recipes and pairs her beautiful food with a wide range of wines.
Sarita's latest launch is a wine activity book, to be adored by wine enthusiasts and those seeking knowledge about Blacks in wine.
Nichole Carelock, Jan Lueck, and Jamie Sherman
EPIC 2021 Conference
EPIC2021 is a global event organized from the land of the Muwekma Ohlone people, now home to Silicon Valley. Denizens of The Valley frequently claim to be the architects of The Future, exporting a powerful vision of inevitability and relentless, global advance. But far from being inevitable and global, this vision is limited and exclusive, erasing histories and obscuring horizons. These twin trajectories of past- and future-making set the stage for our explorations.
Nichole Carelock is an anthropologist with 10+ years of experience building technical solutions that not only work for people but with people. She is a privacy researcher at Facebook and a member of the EPIC Board.
Quinelle “Coach Q” Holder : Co-Founder and Sr. Publicist of Medium Creative Agency. Work: Red Bull, Superdry, Hit-Boy, America’s Best Wings, The Chopstars etc. In 2017 he joined The Recording Academy's DC Chapter. Holder currently serves as Audiomack’s #HometownHeroes DMV playlist curator.
Behind The Mind Radio Show is a 1-hour bi-weekly talk show airing LIVE ON Friday 11 am (EST) and Tuesday 7 pm (EST), showcasing design thinkers, visionaries, game changers and innovators; while shedding light on designers of well-known and upcoming products and services both domestically and internationally.
Sherri Lumpkin | June 4
Sherri Roberts Lumpkin is the founder and Executive Director of The Ragbaby Exchange (RBE). As a lifelong self-love advocate and social entrepreneur, Roberts Lumpkin founded RBE in 2009. After attending both Hampton University and the University of the District of Columbia, Roberts Lumpkin began her career as a Production Manager, before moving to Graphic Design for the majority of her career. Roberts Lumpkin is certified in Advanced Youth Development Training by DC Trust. Lumpkin is an Artist-InResidence in Prince George's County Public Schools.
Angela Luna | May 28
In 2016, Angela founded a circular fashion brand that addresses global issues through design. Owned and operated a sustainable and ethical manufacturing facility in Athens, Greece, that employs resettled refugees. Award-winning fashion systems designer and author committed to solution-based design and solving key issues of the fashion industry through creativity and innovation. Committed to pushing the boundaries of design to imagine new ways that fashion can impact lives and become a leading industry in environmental and humanitarian initiatives.
Location: Washington, DC
Kokayi, Quinelle Holder and Von Vargas | June 11 & 18
Conversation on DMV Hip Hop History
Kokayi: Preeminent Improvisational Vocalist, GRAMMY-nominated musician, Creative DSGN for projects with Grammy-nominated artist Goldink and artist/musician Guillermo Brown (James Corden Show). He can be heard on MTV's Rebel Music, Kevin Hart's Laugh At My Pain, A'Larrache (Canal +), I Ain’t Scared of You: a Tribute to Bernie Mac, and over 60 titles spanning: Jazz, Hip Hop, Rock, and R&B.
Von Vargas: Multi-faceted Music Creator. He is a Hip Hop artist, producer, songwriter, musician, DJ and music curator. He’s responsible for creating music, Hip-Hop Ads, Music Marketing Campaigns and Music Sync Placements for ESPN, CBS Sports, CNN, HBO/ Vice TV, BET, United Healthcare, American Cancer Society, Changes Enterprises, Dickies Workwear to name a few.