Shawn Hardnett is above all – a teacher. Shawn is the Executive Director and Founder of North Star College Preparatory for Boys. He was a lead teacher for 13 years serving Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, 4th Grade and all grades and subjects in Middle School. This experience propelled him into a higher level of service – teaching the adults who teach the children and then the administrators who serve them. In 20 years as Teacher, Dean, Principal, School Founder, Leadership Coach, Principal Manager, Executive Director and Academic Superintendent, his work has helped turnaround outcomes for countless children from every background. He is now in the process of designing a series of boy-friendly schools that will serve Male Students of Urban Poverty all over the United States and then beyond. Hardnett holds a two Masters of Science in Educational Leadership and Elementary Education.
Timothy Gordon is the Director of Programming for the Lakefront Film Festival and the Executive Director of FAAAF. Gordon has been a film critic since 1992. He was installed as President of the Washington, DC-Area Film Critics in 2002. In 2000, Gordon founded The Black Reel Awards, which annually honors African-Americans in Film and those of the African Diaspora. He oversaw the launch of the spinoff award show, Black Reel Awards for Television in 2017. Gordon has programmed film series for FAAAF and Morgan State University’s Arts Festival as well as served as taught film courses for Celebration Church’s WIN Institute. Gordon is the Publisher of TheFilmGordon, WETA's Around Town critic, Film Capo of WAFCA and host of the BIG show, Keeping It Reel with FilmGordon, every Thursday @ 1 pm!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Jerrelle Guy, founder of the popular food blog Chocolate for Basil, is a food scholar, award-winning food photographer, recipe contributor and Tastemade Tastemaker. She has been featured in Vogue, The Boston Globe, DesignSponge, Clean Eating Magazine and winner of Yahoo Blogger of the Week and 2016 Best Food Creator Winner. Jerrelle currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts, while attending grad school at Boston University in the Gastronomy program. Her upcoming book is entitled, Black Girl Baking, drops February 6, 2018. This cookbook is about soul food because it’s about soul-searching using food. It’s about finding roots in food memories and building on those moments to move forward confidently with an unshakable self-awareness.