Claire Nelson, Ph.D. | May 1
Dr. Claire Nelson is Chief Ideation Leader of The Futures Forum, a research and education practice specializing in bringing the power of strategic foresight, and the discipline of sustainability engineering to challenges facing organizations and communities. The dynamic storyteller, social innovator and Editor-At-Large of HUMAN FUTURES Magazine was named among Forbes Top 50 Female Futurists and has been honored as a White House Champion of Change. As a result of her leadership, the Bank honored her with its coveted Ortiz Mena Award. Dr. Nelson is recognized as the Architect of the Campaign for National Caribbean American Heritage Month and Convenor of the Caribbean Space Society and has received a commendation in the US Congressional Record and holds a Doctorate in Engineering Management from the George Washington University
Tim Gordon | April 3
Tim Gordon has been voicing his opinion on films, appearing regularly on television and radio for over two decades. He simultaneously serves as Executive Director and Chairman of the Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF) and President of the Washington Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA). Gordon’s reviews have aired on WETA-TV’s Around Town since 2005. He currently hosts the weekly online radio film show, Keeping It Reel with FilmGordon on BlogTalkRadio. In addition, his work has been featured in publications such as USA Today, JET magazine and BET Weekend. He is also a former member of the Variety Magazine Bureau of Film Critics (Washington, D.C. chapter).
Richard "RJ" Eskow | May 8
Richard (RJ) Eskow is a freelance writer and the host of The Zero Hour, a nationally syndicated weekly radio and TV program broadcast out of the We Act Radio Studios. He is also Senior Advisor for Health & Economic Justice at Social Security Works. Richard is a former consultant, public policy advisor, and senior executive in the US and more than 20 foreign countries. His writings have appeared in a number of print and digital publications. Richard worked in health financing, risk management, insurance, and information technology in the US and more than 20 other countries. Clients included private entities, financial institutions, foundations, and governments. His writing has been published in The Nation, Salon, The Intercept, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere.
Paula Washington | April 24
Paula has successfully managed, directed, and coached hundreds of executives in advancing their careers and businesses. With the best of both worlds, a corporate and entrepreneur career, her goal is to cultivate the entrepreneurial leadership mindset. Ms. Washington believes that in an ever-changing global economy, understanding and engaging both frameworks is critical for business sustainability which offers a greater alignment for personal growth and professional acceleration. Passionate about economic empowerment for women she created the Design Your Life First program. She has an MBA in International Business, an MS in Organizational Leadership, multiple certifications in Executive Coaching, Entrepreneurship, Executive Leadership for Non Profits.
Chris Richards | May 22
Chris Richards became the Post's pop music critic in 2009. Back in 2001, Chris Richards, 34, was getting his start at the Washington Post, sorting mail and answering phones in the newsroom. By night, he was playing shows in Washington, D.C.’s post-punk band Q and Not U. in 2005, Richards began writing music reviews for the Post. Three years later, he was in New York working as the editor of The Fader, but soon found himself returning to our nation's capital, back at the Washington Post, this time as the paper’s full-time pop music critic – "pop," in this case, refers to covering everything but classical.
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Mark Culliton | March 20
As the founder of College Bound Dorchester, Mark is the vision behind the solution of Boston Uncornered. Before becoming CEO in 2007, he was Vice President for Business Development at Lighthouse Academies, Chief Operating Officer of B.E.L.L., among other roles in both the public and private sectors. Mark spent four years in India as a child and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand for three and a half years following his graduation from the University of Michigan. Mark earned his MBA from Yale University. He serves on the board of Roxbury Community College. He and his wife, Mary, are raising two teenage boys in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Easily obsessed, having run 3 marathons in crocs, you are likely to find him these days hanging upside down at his rock climbing gym.
Beeta Ansari | March 6
Beeta is COO of Ashoka U, an initiative within Ashoka that partners with colleges and universities to transform them into drivers of social innovation and changemaking. In this role, she leads Ashoka U’s strategic planning, staffing, budgeting, and organizational design. In addition to her responsibilities as COO, Beeta also serves as Director of the Exchange, a global convening for social innovation and changemaking education and Director of the Ashoka U Commons, an online learning platform that supports university leaders to advance social innovation offerings on their campus. Beeta has been with the Ashoka U team since 2009. Previously, Beeta worked as a Procurement Manager at a high-growth tech startup and tutored students at KIPP Academy in Houston. Beeta graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BS in Economics.
Kerrie LaRosa | May 15
Kerrie LaRosa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Parent Coach who has been working with children and families for more than fifteen years. Kerrie supports parents by building on their strengths and empowering them with knowledge about child development and the tools to address common child
behaviors. Kerrie promotes stronger parent-child relationships by helping parents understand their children better, improve their connections, and navigate developmental stages. In addition to one-on-one coaching, Kerrie speaks to groups on a range of topics including child development, discipline, and social-emotional intelligence. Kerrie earned her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work and her Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. A native of California, Kerrie currently resides outside of Washington, DC, in Maryland with her husband and children.
Aisha Addison | April 10
Aisha obtained her Master of Science Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Widener University in 2010. With 20 years in the field, Aisha has a plethora of knowledge in healthcare, including primary care and occupational health. After years of dreaming about being an entrepreneur London Logistics & Healthcare, LLC (LLH) DBA London Addison was incorporated on May 2, 2019. LLH partners with companies to provide workplace education and screening to reduce liability. With access to over 10,000 screening sites both locally and nationally, we are able to order immediate testing in any state at any time. Our mobile department is also designed to bring onsite screening and education to the workplace, reducing downtime for both employers and employees. Through our partnerships LLH also provides employers and employees with high-quality online training as well as NAPBS, A+ BBB rated background checks for all prospective employees.
Clay Richardson | March 13
Clay is the co-founder of Digital FastForward, a digital innovation accelerator
based in Washington, DC. He has spent most of his career helping executives
design and execute strategies around customer experience and new
disruptive technologies. Formerly with Forrester Research, a leading market
research firm, Clay oversaw research and client advisory projects focused on
digital innovation, customer experience, design thinking, and digital
automation practices. Clay is a frequent keynote speaker at digital innovation
events and conferences..