2017 HATCH Big Sky Attendees
Senior Vice President for Strategic Business Development and Professor of Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
Rajesh Aggarwal has an exceptional track record as a high caliber clinician in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery, a global academic leader in simulation technologies with respect to health professions’ education, a health care innovator through collaborative engagement with engineers, designers, artists and computer scientists, a sought after speaker and educator, and a successful fundraiser. In July 2017, Rajesh took on his role in strategic business development at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, which through deliberate and purposeful engagement with industry partners, utilizes the health system as a living laboratory, to transform health care in its broadest sense.
Founder and CEO, Copia
At Copia, Komal Ahmad works to solve food waste and eradicate hunger. Using Copia's app, businesses and event organizers request pickups of excess food and Copia's fleet of professional Food Heroes deliver it to veterans agencies, after-school programs, homeless shelters and other nonprofits serving the hungry. Copia has recovered over 830,000 pounds of food and is on its way to feeding 1 million people this year with food that would have otherwise been wasted.
Prince Charles Alexander
Grammy winning, multi-platinum Producer / Professor, Berklee College of Music
Prince Charles Alexander is a Grammy winning, multi-platinum producer, mixing engineer and professor at the Berklee College of Music where he created the Commercial Record production curriculum. He is a sought-after recording and mixing engineer whose clients include Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Faith Evans, P. Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Usher, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Babyface, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Usher, Brian McKnight, and others. Alexander has garnered more than 40 Platinum and Gold certifications from the RIAA and has multiple Grammy Awards and nominations.
President, Felicia Hall Allen & Associates
Felicia brings unique depth to specialties of leadership & organizational development, team building, executive coaching and sports management. Felicia is a former Manager for NIKE'S Women's Basketball Sports Marketing, WNBA Team Executive and Executive Director of Leadership America North Carolina. An attorney, motivational speaker and leadership development consultant, Felicia has led the vision behind projects for Federal Court Systems, Fortune 500 companies, NFL, NBA, NCAA, and the United States Olympic Committee.
Founder, Raising Nerd / Head of Licensing for LEGO, USA
For over 20 years, Lee Allentuck has built brands. His career has taken him from boutique PR firms and global marketing agencies to the mobile telecommunications and toys & games industry. Currently, he heads up the American licensing business for the LEGO brand, bringing the brand into other, non-toy categories to help grow the brand into new and exciting fan experiences. Lee is founder of Raising Nerd, a brand dedicated to inspiring future scientists, engineers & creatives, helping to pave the way to solving some of our world’s biggest challenges through science, math and creative design.
Board member, @thecamp / Founder, Youth Camp Experiences / Partner, HATCH Europe
Co-founder, Los Mayores
James is a human rights activist focused on social entrepreneurship. In his evolution from drug addiction, gang membership and prison to double honors UCLA graduate and entrepreneur, James co-founded the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, one of California's leading resources for supporting the formerly incarcerated and advocate for fairer criminal justice policies. He sits on the Board of a California State Advisory Commitee, the John M. Lloyd Foundation, and several non-profits focused on juvenile justice. Passion and creativity guide his work, and he recently started a Latin inspired clothing line called Los Mayores.
At Converge for Impact, Zach Anderson is a thought-leader in network leadership and the execution of complex collaborations. Combining diverse experience working across industries in 13 countries, Zach supports teams to develop shared understanding, build authentic trust, and take action. He has led the launch of national impact networks and works with corporate executive teams to further their sustainability goals.
Founder, Bumbleroot Foods
Sara founded Bumbleroot Foods to create delicious, unique, and nutritious food products and beverages that support better food systems and regenerative agriculture. Sara has lived on four continents and was previously a strategy consultant and an advisor on agriculture and international trade issues in the U.S. Senate.
Photographer / Founder, The Portfolio Magazine
As a portrait and documentative photographer, Nathan takes a strong visual look at the lifestyles, behaviors and processes within the tech, creative and entrepreneurial world. With The Portfolio Magazine, he has created a magazine and online site to document and give stage to the people and events he works on.
Bid is a drummer, producer, songwriter, DJ and remixer from the UK. He's worked for multi-million selling artists, record companies, global brands, advertising agencies, broadcasting corporations, publishing houses and TV & film makers around the world. Most recent projects include Assistant MD for Above & Beyonds No.1 selling Acoustic I & II world tours, a touring musician for Oscar winning cult musician Rodriguez (Searching for Sugarman), drummer for Leftfield, member for 30+ years with the Edwin Starr band, and an innovator of eDrums
Founder, Women INVESTING in Women DIGITAL
Super angel and serial entrepreneur across borders, Anu has lived and worked in over 60+ countries, raised several million Euros for large scale HIV/AIDS trials across Asia, and created a disruptive model to raise over $750 million for US private equity and venture capital funds from institutional investors around the world, in partnership with the US State Department and Department of Commerce. Global speaker, moderator, and expert in women in crowdfunding, angel investing, and private equity.
Lara is a sustainability professional with over fifteen years experience. Most recently she led the Hewlett Packard Enterprise global sustainability team as VP & Chief Sustainability Officer. Previously Lara was based in Washington DC, Morocco & Switzerland working with governments, international organizations and NGOs on economic development, social & environmental issues. Happiest in nature with a canine companion, she is based between Paradise Valley, Montana and wherever work takes her.
Kelley is a NYC-based transformation catalyst, executive coach, keynote speaker, strategist and performance enhancer for select innovators and their teams. Her extensive experience in business, branding and communications provides her clients with the substance that delivers a return on investment. She has taught yoga, meditation, mindfulness and metaphysics in New York City, Europe, and Mexico. Kelley was a recommended curation from Saul Kaplan of the www.businessinnovationfactory.com/summit, with whom HATCH has partnered as part of the "network of networks" initiative.
Musician / The Human Experience
“The Human Experience” is David’s main project as a live composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He has performed all over the world sharing the stage with Thievery Corporation, Bonobo, and Tipper, Emancipator. He’s toured in UK, Europe, Russia, Israel, Central America, Canada, and all over the US at a variety of events including Burning Man, Boom, Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis, and Envision. David has collaborated with numerous artists including Ignacio Perez (Buena Vista Social Club), William Close (The Earth Harp), Random Rab, Rising Appalachia, and more.
Founder, Transformational Storytelling
Jordan is a consultant and social artist working at the intersection of org. development, design and narrative. His work as a storyteller began with a life-changing, year long walking pilgrimage from Canada to Mexico and reflects the values learned on this trip: humility, trust in the power of connection, and a profound openness to the unknown. Professionally, Jordan advises visionary individuals and organizations on how to craft strategic, purpose-driven narratives that power inclusion, innovation and growth.
George is a writer, consultant and thought leader who has led the revolution in how people start new jobs. Through his executive onboarding work, he and his colleagues accelerate transitions to fulfill the potential of leaders through PrimeGenesis, First-Time Leader and CEO Connection. He has written five books on onboarding and over 400 articles for Forbes and the Huffington Post on leadership, as well as eleven musical plays (book, lyrics and music).
Founder, Positive Access Link / HATCH Advisory Board
With eleven businesses under his belt, Mark is determined to breathe new life into marginalized communities through his work in social impact business. He created the Token Program as an alternate currency to feed those in need without a cash exchange, with nearly 100,000 tokens redeemed. Brand is a fellow at Stanford D School, a HATCH Labs facilitator, and the founder of Positive Action Link, a digital platform designed to create deeper networks for marginalized populations and move them into upward mobility.
Development Manager / Front Street Capital
Jeremy is a recovering lawyer who currently runs the private equity investment program for Front Street Capital Management, manager of the Tarkio Fund. Jeremy looks to invest in companies that empower their employees to make decisions and that foster a culture of cooperation, all in an effort to institute continuous improvement. Jeremy spent 11 years as a emerging companies, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions attorney for K&L Gates in Seattle and Dorsey & Whitney in Missoula, Montana. He now has more time to play soccer, go trail running, and chase after his 3 young daughters.
Co-founder, Big Sky Real Estate Company
Ania is a broker currently working in real estate and development as the co-Founder of the Big Sky Real Estate Company. She is a relentless problem-solver with a deep commitment to people and organizations she believes in. Past professions include public relations, advertising, publishing and journalism. She enjoys collaborating with various non-profit causes that impact children, families, arts & education. She has an eye for good ideas and a notebook full of her own.
Queen Bee, Patreon.com/ButterscotchMusic
A force of nature, a retro-futuristic, voice percussionist virtuosa. The world’s first female beatboxing champion, Butterscotch has created a unique style and is the definition of a one woman band. She fuses multiple genres and creates layers of singing, beatboxing, guitar and keyboard, recorded live on her loop station, that sound like a live band. Her music always contains a message to reach those who are in need of love and inspiration.
Cofounder, Yellowstone Growth Advisors
Susan brings more than 30 years of business leadership experience to the table, most recently from RightNow Technologies, where she served in various roles, including CFO and COO. Susan is currently at partner at Yellowstone Growth Partners, a growth advisory firm, a board member at Workfront, Socrata, Foundant, Quiq, PFL, D.A.Davidson, MSUAF and MSUIC. As an active investor in Frontier Angel Fund, cofounder of OpensourceMT, mentor in PowerhouseMT, Susan is focused on growing the high-tech ecosystem in Montana.
Chief Strategy Officer, ConsenSys
Sam Cassatt is CSO at ConsenSys, the blockchain venture studio and software consultancy leading the development of the Ethereum ecosystem. With expertise in VC, software development methodology, enterprise architecture, and growth strategy, Sam defines company-wide strategy regarding business models in the rapidly expanding blockchain economy. Prior to ConsenSys, Sam served as CTO of mobile identity company Atmospheir and volunteered with Engineers Without Borders.
CEO, NOVA Medical Products
As founder of NOVA Medical Products, Sue is changing the way people embrace aging and tackle physical challenges with innovative and stylish products. Sue is passionate about ocean conservation and has a special place in her heart for sharks. She is the co-founder of Operation Blue Pride, supporting veterans through scuba diving and ocean education. Sue was a finalist for the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, recipient of the Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, and named one of the ten Most Powerful Entrepreneurs in Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women issue. Recently, Sue became a hazelnut farmer.
Head of Immersive Imaging, Facebook
With wife Stacey Lecuyer, Philippe co-founded Oneka in 2008, a brand of all natural hair and body care products. Deeply committed to the sustainability of Oneka's products and the family farm and forests, Philippe promotes organic farming, helps protect clean water, works to reduce plastic use in personal care products, and supports organizations that help women and families rebuild their lives.
Founder HX / Co-founder H360 / HATCH Advisory Board
Founder of HX and Co-founder of the H360 network collaboration platform. Tim is a creative technology pioneer with a passion for human experience and technology with over 25 years of experience in designing, architecting and engineering scaleable software based solutions. More recently he has turned his attention to how machine learning, IOT, block chain, AR will power the next industrial revolution. Tim and his team currently deliver world class design and technology to numerous startup and emerging companies as well as the Fortune 50 in a variety of industries.
Performer / Filmmaker / Founder, Danceador
Johanna follows her heart, intuition, and passions. Founder of Danceador, a global dance movement dedicated to spreading awareness, preserving and celebrating our global legacy of movement. Her last acting scene was with a grizzly bear for the Travel Channel in Montana while her last movement adventure was dancing in an Indian wedding in Thailand. Prior to that she was in Ladakh, India helping to document Cham, a movement ritual performed by Buddhist monks.
Astronaut, Explorer, Scientist, Storyteller, Musician and Convener
Astronaut, just retired after 24 years at NASA. Former Chief of Robotics, Astronaut Office. 2 Space Shuttle missions, 100 million miles traveled, 180 days in space. Having had the privilige of seeing our Earth from space, Cady feels compelled to bring others along for the journey. Convinced that the key to solving hard problems is recognizing the greatness in the other members of our crew: the crew of Spaceship Earth.
Joshua Caleb Collins
Founder & CEO, Q-Zero
Josh's goal is to awaken and empower young entrepreneurs. Prior to founding Q-Zero (formerly Catapult Ideas), he served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Ashoka's Youth Venture, an organization that promotes a global culture of youth initiated positive change. Since its inception, Q-Zero has worked with 370+ students from 40 states and seven countries with alumni generating $5M and 70% going on to start second ventures.
Lead Badass, Steve Connell Creates
Actor, comic, poet, and motivator, Steve has held private performances for President Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou, among others -- at Sundance, the White House, the Kennedy Center, and on ABC, HBO, and MTV. He has created works for Sony/Universal, Pioneer, Farmers and Coca-Cola. His newest major work, Transit Space, was created with Diavolo and is currently touring the world. His newest digital piece, "We Are The Lions," has received over 7 million views and was performed at the UN.
Financial Planner, Dent Asset Management / HATCH Executive Board
HATCH Treasurer and epic Team Member, Fred Dent, CFA started Dent Asset Management in 1997. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on financial topics that inspire and educate, and is the resident financial analyst on CBS affiliate WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge. May be the only HATCHer who wears a coat and tie as part of his work costume.
Co-founder, Blue Star Coffee Roasters
A 6th generation Montanan born to a wild family of landless pioneer stock, Meg's work path has been diverse, from producing Pulitzer prize winning theater, creating small innovative arts organizations, to co-founding an award winning artisan coffee roasting company in the rural heart of north central Washington. She cares about creating resilient communities and nurturing new generations of fierce, creative open-hearted humans.
Yehuda Duenyas is an artist and experience director, and is the founder of the Emmy Award-winning Mindride, an experiential design company specializing in next-generation entertainment and technology. He has created experiences and productions for MGM/UA, Google/YouTube, Walt Disney Imagineering, the Ad Council, R/GA, and Droga 5, among others. Yehuda was the Experiential Director and designer for the AdCouncil’s Love Has No Labels, which went viral in 2015 with over 1 billion media impressions.
Assistant VP, RBC Capital Markets / Advisory Board, HATCH
Steven is an Assistant Vice President at RBC Capital Markets with over ten years of experience in equity research and investment banking. Steven also spent three years in Panama involved in real estate brokerage and investment, and currently serves on the HATCH Advisory Board with a focus on financial modeling and business planning, analysis, and development.
Recording Artist / HATCHedu Coach
Singer-songwriter for the band Black Lab. After two major label record deals, top radio singles and several national tours, Paul went on to start an indie record label, a music production and licensing house, a ringtones company, and other sundry music-related ventures. His songs litter film, trailers, TV shows, and commercials, including Spider-Man, House MD, The Covenant, Blade, and Honda. Also a meditation instructor and facilitator, he is currently leading the development of the HATCHedu Coach program.
Oceanographer / Explorer in Residence, National Geographic
Called “Her Deepness” by The New York Times and “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, Sylvia was Time magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet.” She has led over 100 expeditions, logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, authored more than 200 publications and lectured in 90 countries. She is the founder of both Mission Blue and Deep Ocean Exploration and Research Inc. (DOER). She is an Ocean Elder, the Advisory Council Chair of the Harte Research Institute, and a former Chief Scientist of NOAA.
Founder, Greater Studios
Jacob is a champion of Applied Entertainment and a founder of Greater Studios, which creates games at the intersection of fun and wearables that aim to catalyze and facilitate physical, cognitive, and emotional fitness.
Prior to work with wearables, VR, and game development, he was the Executive Producer for Whole Food Market’s award winning Dark Rye magazine and TV show. Jacob also teaches meditation.
Clinical Associate Professor, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Annalisa is a professor of social work at USC, turning classrooms into brave spaces and training the next generation of change makers. She traces her roots back to the Philippines, where she became a human rights defender and anti-trafficking warrior. She continues to work on both sides of the Pacific and across other oceans fighting to end modern day slavery. Annalisa believes in the transformative power of stories, the strength of community and the promise of innovation and design.
Founder, FitGrid / Founder, DimensionU, creator of 3D multi-player educational videogames
A graduate of Cornell and the Columbia Business School, Nt Etuk is Founder of FitGrid, which builds private social networks for studios and fitness communities. Nt is also Founder of DimensionU, creator of 3D multi-player educational videogames. Nt is a member of Crain's 2013 40 Under 40, a 2012 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, a 2010 Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute, and was selected by Technology & Learning as one of the 30 Future Leaders of Education Technology.
Designer-in-Residence, Google // HATCH Advisory Board
Elysa is a healer of creativity, designer of products, champion of learning & maker of covetable things. She is the co-founder of Artepreneurship Academy, a program to inspire personal and global change through art+design+entrepreneurship powered creative residencies. As Google's first designer-in-residence, she facilitates human-centered design processes & spearheads social impact programs. At The Creative Nomad Project, she leads global organizations to foster creativity in education & sustainable impact. Elysa teaches at the Stanford d.school & spends her free time playing in the studio.
Coordinator of Equity and Inclusion at The Paideia School, Hampton University / Co-developer, iChange Collaborative
Oman has 20 years of experience in teaching and diversity leadership. He is a gifted motivator and educator who combines real world topics with academic rigor in a way that makes learning personally meaningful for his students. Oman has conducted workshops around the country. He creates curriculum that helps students understand the effects of oppression on underserved communities and inspires commitment to social justice. He has been featured in many different media outlets and continues to strive to change the world.
Director & Producer / Founder, In The Flicker
From working on brand stories to artists like The Flaming Lips and John Lee Hooker, training at NYU Tisch Asia, and appearing on reality shows, to exposing human trafficking at its very pulse in South Asia, Erin continues to challenge herself for a deeper understanding of the true essence of what makes people tick. Erin has lived in Portland, OR for the past 5 years producing content for brands like Nike, Columbia Sportswear, the University of Oregon, and collaborates on music videos with local bands like Emancipator.
Kiran, known by her stage name Madame Gandhi, is an electronic music artist, singer, activist and Harvard MBA based in Los Angeles. Having gained recognition as the former drummer for M.I.A. and as the iconic free-bleeding runner at the 2015 London Marathon, Madame Gandhi now writes music that elevates and celebrates the female voice.
Founder, NVOLVD Venture Capital
Marcus is currently devoted to angel investing and advising start ups through his venture fund, NVOLVD Venture Capital. The fund works side-by-side with entrepreneurs in the areas most critical to the success for their new ventures –- product, customer, and marketing development. As a devoted yoga practitioner Marcus has recently begun yoga and meditation programs with incarcerated young men at Riker’s Island Prison.
Futurist / Founder, eqogo
Mark has developed concept design for "Minority Report," Constantine," "X-men 2," "Superman," "Iron Man 2," "Thor," "Fantastic Voyage," and "Avatar." As an industrial designer he contributed advanced concepts for BMW/Designworks, Intel, Toyota, Honda, and the High Roller wheel in Las Vegas. He is taking these influences and knowledge as well as a background in manufacturing to found eqogo, a robust platform to evaluate products for their long term value and environmental impacts.
Magician / Magical Thinker / Experience Designer / Consultant
Jordan is the first and only person with a degree in Magic from Indiana University. Recently he was crowned a champion of magic by the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle. Jordan has performed in the most prestigious and exclusive venues, including the Bohemian Grove, The Magic Castle, and Club 33 at Disneyland. He has fooled countless celebrities, CEOs, magicians, and the world’s smartest thinkers, including David Copperfield and Elon Musk. In addition, Jordan consults as a magical thinker and experience designer for a variety of clients looking to achieve the impossible.
CEO, Mamalode / HATCH Board of Directors
Elke is an entrepreneur, mom, and Founder of Mamalode, which has been called "America's BEST parenting magazine" by Lisa Stone, CEO of BlogHer. Elke has been featured in Real Simple, AdTech, Where Women Create, Forbes, and named one of Top 100 Creatives by Origins Magazine. She started her first business at the age of 16 as a welder. Her sweet spot lies in the intersection of creativity and tenacity.
Head of Chairmen's Council, Mission Blue
Rhia Gowen is a dance curator and transformational coach, and is currently working on ocean conservation with Mission Blue. In her work as a movement teacher, she fuses Eastern and Western multimedia dance-theatre. Her dance work is full of the vivid imagery and mythology of the East, as well as of her love for nature and humanity.
Senior Vice President: Strategic Marketing, Partnerships & Communications, LeadDog Marketing Group
Shauna brings nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, partnerships, sports, entertainment, retail and social impact. She led ground-breaking campaigns for NIKE and the WNBA, the NBDL, Nets Basketball, and numerous clients for LeadDog Marketing Group. She's a strategic, creative team player who combines passion, leadership and results. Developing people and leading successfully through organizational change and major launches have been hallmarks of her career. She's a former two sport Division I collegiate athlete, yogi, avid cyclist, and lover and protector of our environment.
Founder, Secret Road
Founder of Secret Road Music, a worldwide music licensing, publishing, supervision and management company focusing on elevating the careers of independent artists. Secret Road work in film/tv placement helped launch the careers of Walk the Moon, American Authors, Fitz & the Tantrums, and management client Ingrid Michaelson.
Head of Siri Advanced Development, Apple
Tom Gruber is a product designer and entrepreneur who uses technology to augment human intelligence. He was cofounder and head of design for Siri, the intelligent personal assistant on Apple's latest devices. Previously, he led design and technology for pioneering companies in collective knowledge systems and collaborative knowledge management, harvesting the contributions of people working together online. His research in artificial intelligence helped lay the foundation for the Semantic Web. He is passionate about contact improvisation and underwater photography.
Chief Marketing Officer, ConsenSys
Amanda is CMO at ConsenSys, the largest and fastest growing blockchain company focused on building the Ethereum ecosystem. Amanda is also a creator of Ethereal, a technology event series that has been dubbed the "SXSW of blockchain." In 2016, she was listed by Forbes Magazine in its "30 Under 30 in Media" list, and by Inc. Magazine as one of "30 Under 30 Movers and Shakers in the Content Industry." Before ConsenSys, Amanda cofounded Slant, a decentralized media platform, and was Special Projects Editor at The Huffington Post.
Dean, Harvard SEAS
Fawwaz is Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University. An applied physicist and ceramicist, he teaches SEAS courses on fabrication, NEMS/MEMS/microfluidics, and design at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Working in the imaging industry for many years, he started two companies creating fast digital imaging electronics. He is also interested in the UN sustainable development goals (SDG).
Founder and CEO, ThinkHuman
Formerly Senior Vice President at Paradigm Direct (now Tranzact.net), Meredith has 15-plus years of experience as a consultant to fast-growth organizations (Spotify, Goldman Sachs, SoulCycle, etc.). She teaches at top educational institutions and is a frequent expert for media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CNBC, CNN, Fast Company and Forbes. Meredith is also a dynamic public speaker with special expertise in creating thriving workplaces and organizations -- recent audiences have included those at SXSW, C2 and WorkHuman.
Clean Energy Systems Engineer, AI Explorer, Educator
After 8 years and 17 patents in clean energy research and development at Tesla Motors and Makani Power, Brian recognized that the changes he wanted to see would no further come from progress in energy systems technologies but through a global awakening and the subsequent advancements in cultural economic and political power structures. Brian is committed to developing a truly sustainable world, currently exploring AI as a tool to attack these power structures, including helping individuals become their best selves.
President, Strive Success Solutions
After two decades in public education, including 12 as a building principal, Pete has shifted his emphasis to building the leadership and internal capacity of businesses, systems, teams, and individuals to set and meet their goals. He's launched two small business enterprises: EducationHall to emphasize educational re-imaging, and Strive Success Solutions to support all other fields. An author of seven educational leadership books with aspirations to pen a novel or three, Pete lives with his amazing family in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Mauri has done over a decade's worth of brand development and digital marketing strategy work for Fortune 500 clients like Verizon and AT&T, as well as start-ups such as Hilary Swank's Mission Statement and REI's Outessa. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Utah and has been honored as one of Utah's 30 Women to Watch in Business. Mauri co-founded TheHouse.org, which facilitates intimate gatherings as a means to bring genuine connection back into our lives. She is fascinated by human development, psychology and the meeting of spirituality and neuroscience.
Phil has over 18 years of experience developing and leading strategies and teams in the interactive marketing industry. At Clearlink, Phil oversees business development, manages client relations, and is responsible for driving the company's unique culture. Clearlink is a technology and analytics company with a suite of first class customer experience solutions for some of the world's largest brands.
Director of Innovation, Ad Council
Ariba leads and executes on human-centered design and innovation strategy at the Ad Council, the nation's largest producer of nonprofit communications. With a background in biomechanical engineering and medicine, she has presented research at national conferences in neural engineering, cardiothoracic surgery and orthopaedic surgery with a focus on patient driven product improvements and developments. Outside of the office, Ariba enjoys being active, from lifting to hiking (she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro) and her volunteer work, where she mentors high schoolers to pursue careers in tech.
Founder and Chief Catalyst, BIF
Saul is the founder of the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) and author of The Business Model Innovation Factory: How to Stay Relevant when the World Is Changing. He started BIF in 2005 to make transformation safer and easier to manage for leaders who get it. BIF is a non-profit real world laboratory to explore and test next practices and new business models in areas of high social importance including health care, education, and public services.
Co-founder, The Go Game
Finn has spent the greater part of the last 20 years dedicated to creating a more playful universe. Inspired by his travels through South Amerca and his first experience at Burning Man, he teamed up with Ian Fraser to co-found The Go Game, a new form of public entertainment centered around creative expression and discovery. Finn has built The Go Game into the world leader in culture building games.
Associate Professor, RISD
Shona is an artist, designer, researcher, and educator who explores the consequences of our technological landscape. Graduate and research fellow at The Royal College of Art. Partner in the London design practice Kitchen Rogers Design. Founder of the Technological Landscapes Research Studio at RISD. Institutions/clients include Stanford University, CCA, Sony, Comme des Garcons, and Samsung.
Founder, HATCH / Founder, H360
Yarrow is an accomplished photographer, a director at Virgin Produced, an Aspen Institute Fellow, and was named 2015 top 100 creatives by Origins Magazine. Yarrow has been building global networks since 1999 when he started one of the first social media properties (The Hero Project, aka Superdudes and Supernation, connecting real life heroes making the world a better place) which had 1.5 million subscribers when Fox acquired it in 2003. Yarrow is a champion for people realizing their highest vision and purpose.
HATCH Collaboration Catalyst
Christine Lai is a cross-sector collaboration catalyst, connecting ideas, passions, and people for positive social change. She most recently served as Chief of Staff with Delivering Happiness, an organization creating more successful, sustainable company cultures. With prior experience in education, hospitality, and sports, she is currently focusing on communities and the future of work. She is inspired and invigorated by bringing people together to do epic, generative things.
VP of Creation & Content, C2
As the visionary of C2, Génifère holds the reins of the company’s creative process. She is the driving force behind the magic of C2, bringing artistry and showmanship together to deliver the wow moments. Her attention to detail is paramount in the quest to deliver truly unique experiences. Génifère oversees the content and event programming of C2’s flagship conference as well as the design and execution of its international events.
Managing Director, Greenhouse: The Center of Social Innovation
Jeff is the founder of GreenHouse, a social impact venture that works with governments, institutions, and NGOs in the US, Europe and Africa to develop new frameworks for social progress. GreenHouse also invests in targeted individuals, organizations and communities that demonstrate genuine commitment and original approaches to scaling social ventures. Jeff is the first-ever to sequence the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and their 169 associated targets, and is also Lead Developer of Innovation Dynamics and the Academy for Social Change; Innovator in Residence at the University of Southern California; Fellow at New America and lead developer of the Social Stability Model; founder and director of UX for Good; and part of HATCH since the late 1800s.
Actor / Director / Mentor / Founder, Bangarang Films
Matthew is a veteran of both stage and screen, well known for his performances in over 50 films and television shows. Lillard is associated with Hollywood Box Office hits totaling over $800 million dollars in revenue worldwide, as well as critical darlings like SLC Punk! and Ed Burn’s The Groomsmen. His directorial debut Fat Kid Rules the World won the Audience Award at the SXSW in 2012. He’s currently working on the Amazon show BOSCH and Showtime's TWIN PEAKS, and the new NBC drama GOOD GIRLS. He has collaborated with HATCHers on 5 Jamma-Slamma, a music video featuring Dr. Victor Pineda, and HIVE BE GOOD.
Founder, Gotta Have Sole Foundation, Inc.
When he was 5, Nicholas visited a homeless shelter and was shocked to find that some of the children there did not own a pair of shoes. A few years later, he started the Gotta Have Sole Foundation, a non-profit that has provided new shoes to more than 65,000 homeless and vulnerable children nationwide since 2010. He has engaged over 5,000 students who run Gotta Have Sole clubs in their areas and began a scholarship program. In 2015 he was honored with the World of Children Youth Award, "the Nobel Prize for Child Advocates."
Co-founder and CEO, MyVyllage
Erica started MyVyllage, an early child development start-up re-building the US childcare system. She also co-founded and served as COO of Off Grid Electric, the world’s first massively scalable off-grid electric company, connecting over 1 million Africans to affordable solar energy. Her ventures have raised over $130M from investors including Elon Musk, Paul Allen and others. She was a fellow at the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship, was recognized as Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs and as a delegate at the Academy of Achievement.
Lisa is the co-founder of PokitDok, which powers DokChain (blockchain for healthcare). Before starting PokitDok, Lisa co-founded BeliefNetworks (acquired by BNFT, 2010), which applied semantic intelligence and predictive analytics for customers ranging from the Department of Defense to Forbes.com. Earlier in her career, Lisa held several roles at Microsoft including Product Unit Manager for incubation of International Disaster Response and Recovery products, as well as Director of Program Management, Consumer Division.
Co-founder, Sellout App
Co-Founder of an app named SellOut, a concert ticketing platform that combats scalping, keeps ticket prices low and offers a seamless experience in transferring encrypted electronic tickets on a market exchange. SellOut is a #becauseofHATCH development, and Joel served on the media team of HATCH for nearly a decade.
Harper is a 20-year creative and digital agency veteran who has led the development of innovative, fan-centric commerce opportunities for the entertainment and CPG industries. For clients such as HBO, ConAgra and the Grateful Dead (also her favorite band), Harper’s entrepreneurial spirit has helped her clients break ground with new complex distribution channels and global technology leaders such as Sony, Samsung & LG. Harper’s efforts now lay where her experience and passion intersect – working alongside companies to inspire a culture of good and create socially-conscious strategies.
Co-Founder, Headframe Spirits / HATCH Sponsor
A renewable energy nerd and longtime HATCH sponsor, John can claim 800,000 tons annual CO2 offset due to his previous work in renewable energy. After some time in beverage alcohol and building a sustaining and expanding business in micro-distilling in Butte, America, John is reading up to return to the area of renewable energy in the fields of energy production and energy storage.
CEO, Left Field Labs
Vice President, NationSwell
Dan started his career in the entertainment industry working with top agents, producers, and talent. Launching GOOD, his career evolved into print media, events, and content production. As an early employee at TED, he was part of the team that transformed a yearly conference into a global, multi-faceted media organization. Dan believes in the power of creative media and story-telling to ignite curiosity and catalyze ideas that transform individuals, communities, and culture.
Founder, Motley Legal
Kimberly has been a practicing attorney and litigator since 2003 and has worked in Afghanistan since 2008. Founder of Motley Legal Services and cofounder of Motley Consulting International, she is licensed and has permission to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, Dubai International Financial Courts, and the International Criminal Courts. A TED speaker, her work has been reported heavily in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, Reuters, the Today Show, and the London Times to name a few. She has published many articles on juvenile justice and legal issues in Afghanistan.
Educator and Author
Maria's writing and teaching exist somewhere in that gray zone between East and West. Her experience growing up on the Fort Peck Reservation has led to questions of what constitutes a "good" education. For the past 10 years, she has sought the answer in elementary schools, universities, public and private institutions, and alongside the first college-bound class of individuals of the Dalit class in India. As an educator, she uses the concept of controversy as a contextual setting for her content.
Senior Strategist, fuseproject
Self-proclaimed Sci-Fi enthusiast Sarah Nuernberger uses her active imagination to bring real world magic to our everyday lives by envisioning new types of brands, products and services. Working as a Senior Strategist at fuseproject, she often spends her time envisioning the future of "X." She has had the pleasure of collaborating with startups and fortune 500's to launch products into newly defined market categories. She has been working with a d.school fellow on creating a disruptive product to help solve homelessness.
Managing Partner, Blackhorn Ventures
Phil is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Blackhorn Ventures, an early stage venture fund investing in technologies that increase the resource efficiency of essential industries. Prior to joining Blackhorn, Phil was co-founder and CEO of PAX Pure, an industrial water treatment company. Over the past five years he has been an active investor and advisor focused on resource use, water technology, energy, and bioscience.
National Endowment for the Arts
Michael was named Director of Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Artists Communities and International Activities for the National Endowment for the Arts in 2012. Previously, Orlove spent 19 years as senior director for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. His tenure with the department led to two decades of innovation, creativity and passion for public service with the City of Chicago. Honors include being named one of the 'Chicagoans of the Year' by the Chicago Tribune in 1999 and 2009.
CTO & EVP of Digital, TheGrio.com and Entertainment Studios
Alton co-founded TheGrio.com, sold it to NBC News, reacquired it in the Comcast acquisition, then sold it to Entertainment Studios in 2016. While at NBC News, Alton built the new MSNBC.com and developed several digital properties. Currently at Entertainment Studios, Alton runs digital for 7 cable networks, 40+ broadcast properties, and a feature film distribution company. Previously, Alton designed visual shows, toured with The Allman Brothers and The Doors, and won the 2008 Baja 1000.
Charlene is a purpose-driven, multidisciplinary entrepreneur and creative force in the realm of business, wellness, social impact and leadership. She pushes the boundaries of what’s possible to create a new “norm” — one that bridges diverse, cross-cultural and cross-generational wisdom and technologies. She is a stand for the people around her becoming the best versions of themselves, and for a sustainable and socially just world. Her work is in devotion to people living their highest potential and changing the world, from the inside-out.
National Architectural & Design Manager, Allsteel
A.J. has acquired significant experience working in the design/build industry, both in commercial design and neurodiversity in design. She has founded and led a multi-million dollar award-winning design/build firm, developed national programs for ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), developed and funded design research programs for the University of Minnesota, and pioneered various charitable programs. She and her work is featured in many television segments on HGTV, PBS and Bob Vila.
Erin is one of the nation's foremost experts on branding, sports marketing and Hip-Hop culture, creating pivotal partnerships for a roster of Fortune 500 brands and pop culture icons. Hand-picked by Michael Jordan, Erin was the original brand architect for the Jordan brand within Nike, and revolutionized the sneaker industry with the Starbury brand launch in 2006. The recipient of numerous awards, he has appeared on ESPN, CNN, VH1, and BET and been quoted in USA Today, Time, Inc., Business Week, Wall Street Journal and Fortune. As a civic leader, Patton devotes his time, talent and treasure to various national non-profit organizations and causes, including KaBOOM!, which builds playgrounds in underserved areas.
Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster
Christine is a Senior Editor at Simon and Schuster. Prior to her tenure there, she spent more than a decade as an editor at various publishing houses including Doubleday, Broadway, Crown and Hyperion, as well as a three-year stint running her own editorial/ghostwriting enterprise. She's worked with a variety of established and debut writers and has published many New York Times bestsellers.
Global Head of Development, Sid Lee Studio / HATCH Board of Directors
San is an award-winning marketing leader with a passion for positioning global brands to positively impact society. Formally trained in architecture, with a 20 year track record of digital innovation with global organizations. He builds brands holistically, forging cultures and partnerships. He is experienced in agency, client and enterprise venture environments, in sectors including consumer products, automotive, sports, travel & tourism, technology and entertainment. Avid adventurer who finds solace on two wheels and dirt roads.
Samantha is CEO of Offtharecord.com, a creative content agency and digital magazine run by POC with a focus on uplifting marginalized voices. Samantha is also the founder of the Kick Ass Girl Pow Wow, a digital platform which celebrates and highlights girls and women who live OUTLOUD. She is a filmmaker, creative director, writer, mother, and a proud Mexico-born DREAMer.
Estudio Guto Requena
Guto reflects on memory, culture and poetic narratives in different design scales: objects, spaces and cities. Born in Sorocaba, Brazil, Guto is an architect whose obsession is to experiment with digital technologies in an emotional way. Interactive public furniture and urban art is his studio's most recent focus. For nine years before opening his studio, he was a researcher at NOMADS, Center for Interactive Living Studies at the University of Sao Paulo.
Founder, The Avielle Foundation, Inc
Jeremy is a neuroscientist and a passionate agent of change through research and education. He believes it is critical to empower others to advocate for themselves and their peers when it comes to brain health and illness. Jeremy and his wife, Jenn, started The Avielle Foundation, committed to preventing violence and building compassion through brain research, community engagement, and education. Jeremy holds a Faculty Lecturer appointment in Yale's Department of Psychiatry, and is also a husband, dad, martial artist, optimist, and geek.
Dancer / Founder, I Am SpecialFX
A former Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations on combat tours, Quentin has been dancing for 18 years, teaching and performing around the world. His dancing has been featured on a number of platforms such as HATCH, VIDCON 2015-17, TEDx, Last Best Conference 2016-17, BET, Zoe’s Summer Groove, Telemundo2, The Roof x2, the Florida Fly competition, as well as an ongoing documentary.
Storyteller and Writer
After winning the NYC MOTH StorySlam, Vicki embarked on a 24 month solo backpacking world tour, speaking on international stages for "Hacking Human Connection" and "Modern Masculinity: Tension + Release". As a writer, Vicki's VICE piece chronicling her egg freezing journey went viral, leading to interviews in TIME, Fox, and Dr. OZ tv show. Her latest project entails 13 global underground men's dinner salons discussing modern masculinity. A rogue volunteer, she's raised $9K for refugee aid.
Associate Director, Burning Man Global Network
Megs is responsible for the management and strategic mapping of Burning Man's Global Network, comprising 280+ Regional Contacts in 37 countries and over 80 official Regional Events around the globe. Megs oversees the production and programming of Burning Man's annual Global Leadership Conference and the European Leadership Summit and splits her time between Barcelona and the Bay Area. She has a passion for bringing ideas to life, for public speaking, for singing jazz, and for learning new languages.
CEO, Ryan Aviation Group / CEO, 333 Limitless Road, Inc.
Based in LA, Dan has had a diverse career, first in the music industry where he built an enviable network of influential leaders and artists from the entertainment sector, then moving into the aviation industry founding Ryan Aviation Group with offices in LA and the UK. Dan's expertise lies in creating long lasting relationships with his clients and solving their complex logistical needs. He is passionate about supporting others and giving back, and is also founder of the charitable fund "Fly It Forward."
MD MBA HCM EDAC President & CEO Adelante Healthcare
Avein is in her 12th year as President & CEO of Adelante Healthcare, a not-for-profit Community Health System serving over 75,000 patients in the Phoenix area. She won the Changemaker Award for building the first LEED Platinum Certified Health Center in the nation and set the stage for addressing social determinants of health well beyond medical primary care services to include integrated behavioral health, nutrition, naturopathic medicine, community coalition building, resource & referral, education, and financial services for the mission of serving those most in need.
Director of the Ministry of Education, Panama
Marilu is a passionate education specialist that has worked for more than 20 years to improve education in Latin America. She has been a professor, director, trainer and mentor; but the role that she has always enjoyed the most is of teacher. Marilu was the national director of basic education at the Ministry of Education in Panama. Now, she is in charge of groundbreaking educational reform and innovative programs in the areas of reading comprehension, mathematical problem-solving and scientific inquiry to improve teaching methodology in Panama.
Executive Director, HATCH
Bryony is a social change entrepreneur. A partner with Altruist Partners, a Seattle-based company that helps non-profits go from good to great, she is thrilled to now be working with HATCH. Bryony has founded and led several successful organizations including the Biomimicry Institute, Women's Voices for the Earth, the Coming Clean coalition, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Kindkudos. Born in Zimbabwe, educated in South Africa, she has worked around the world as an activist, artist, and connector. She currently serves on the board of directors for Greenpeace.
Founder, Oxford Games Ltd
Leslie is the inventor of JENGA and the founder director of Oxford Games Ltd. In a career spanning thirty five years, she has devised and published over forty board games including such word game classics as EX LIBRIS, ANAGRAM and FLUMMOXED. She is the author of "About Jenga: The Remarkable Business of Creating a Game that Became a Household Name." Scott is a founder Trustee of the Smithsonian Institution's Charitable Trust UK, and a Senior Associate of Oxford University's Pembroke College where her research focus is on PLAY.
Principal, BlueSe7en Media
Brian has been pioneering for 20+ years in digital/mobile media, including the past eight years in immersive computing (AR/MR/VR/BCI) as co-founder of the first VC-backed mobile AR games company, and as a VP at DAQRI. Living at the intersections of immersive technology, storytelling, and the advancement of human potential, Brian currently serves as an advisor, producer and consultant. He speaks regularly on mobile and emerging platforms, AR, wearables, BCI, location-based games, and the future of everything
Leadership Strategist, Making to Think / MIT professor
Aithan founded Making to Think to advise executives of Fortune 500s on leadership strategies by bringing time- and science-tested techniques from the arts to learn to see and listen from new perspectives. At MIT Sloan, his top-rated leadership course stems from 15 years as a professional artist, pioneering research on creative process at the Royal College of Art & Design, and living with Aboriginal Australians to study innovation in cultures of survival.
Provost and Professor of Design & Innovation at Rhode Island School of Design. Originally trained in the engineering sciences, Pradeep focused on fiber optics and lasers in the early days of telecommunication before retraining as an industrial designer. With international experience as a product designer and brand strategist he is also an academic researching creative cultures and creative actions. He has worked for the New Zealand and UK governments promoting the role of design in business.
Founder, LifeScore / HATCH Board of Directors
Philip Sheppard is one of the foremost cellists in the world, a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, a composer of more than 60 film soundtracks, producer of music for multiple Olympic Games, creator of musical games and educational series, public speaker, and a creative innovator who has worked with some of the biggest names in music, tech, sport and film. Philip was recently inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Jay believes the world is a construction kit. He was the first ever Maker Research Scientist at Intel. He developed many creative platforms such as Drawdio and Makey Makey. Jay has been a speaker at several TED events, exhibited artwork internationally, and been named a Top 100 Inspirational World Changer by DELL. Jay is on the board of Maker Ed. and an advocate for Invention Literacy. Jay works with teens at places like Not Back to School Camp, and he believes that being a romantic is of the utmost importance.
Sisters Leah and Chloe founded Rising Appalachia, bringing to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. In 2015, Rising Appalachia founded the Slow Music Movement, to help maintain an independent musical spirit in the face of a fast-paced world.
Sisters Leah and Chloe founded Rising Appalachia, bringing to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. In 2015, Rising Appalachia founded the Slow Music Movement, to help maintain an independent musical spirit in the face of such a fast-paced world.
Co-founder, HATCH Ostinato Project
An experienced and intuitive multi-instrumentalist and composer with a wide range of credits, Russell has composed and performed the scores for shows such as the Emmy winning "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" for ABC and the title themes numerous other TV shows. Russell is currently developing a revolutionary software platform for the production music business, running HMX Media, prepping for a feature film, scoring a nature show for the Smithsonian Channel as well as a feature length documentary film.
Integral Facilitator and Process Designer / Growth Designs / HATCH Advisory Board
Pete is an expert process designer and implementer, a certified Integral Facilitator, licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, entrepreneur, mentor and the developer of numerous restaurants. He is a core member of HATCH Summit, as well as Ten Directions training and consulting teams, specializing in elevating companies and events for higher impact. He is a practitioner of culture design, deliberately developmental org design (DDO), meditation, psychotherapy, and hockey.
Director of Global Product Acquisition and Inventor Relations for Gaming, Hasbro, Inc. / HATCH Advisory Board
At Hasbro, Tanya is an accomplished play finder with strong and far-reaching connections in the global inventor community. Her proven expertise in finding great games is well known, and she is passionate about education and empowering young innovators. She also loves mechanical puzzles and recreational mathematics. She's proud to have collaborated with fellow HATCHers to bring great games to children all over the world.
Executive Chairman, SidLee USA / HATCH Executive Board
Will is an international creative leader with over twenty-five years experience in launching, branding, expanding and stabilizing marketing service agencies in Europe, America and Australia. Strategic guidance for global brands in travel, automotive, FMCG, technology, lifestyle, luxury, telecom, sport, fashion, social, alcohol, philanthropic, entertainment and Millennial centric engagements. Also enjoys diving with great white sharks, skydiving, climbing the worlds highest summits, and motorbiking with the Dakar Rally over 4,000 miles in South America.
VP of Awesome / Doing My Own Thing
Adrien has been a Zoox VP, Google X project lead, and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon. He is the co-creator of Foldit and Eterna, crowdsourcing platforms which have enabled over a million computer gamers to help solve real scientific problems. He gives talks around the world, including to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and has won numerous scientific awards, including the MIT TR35. Adrien's work has been featured in the documentaries "What Will the Future Be Like" by PBS/NOVA, and "Lo and Behold" by Werner Herzog.
Founder, GroundEd Holistics
Tuck is completed his BS in Physics and yoga teacher training the same year. He has sat with shamans and scientists around the world with the intention of learning how to help our world heal, granting an experiential understanding to the inherent interconnectedness of us all. From Holistic medicine to Gaia theory, Tuck weaves the healing arts with physics and ecology.
Artist, Writer, Educator
Writer, artist, educator, explorer. Lover of creativity, culture and traveling, as a single parent mother Madeline moved her son to Montana to study at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. She simultaneously worked several side jobs while earning the first college degree in her family, receiving a Masters in Fine Art. Her first teaching job was on a Native American reservation, and three years later she became head of the art department at Bozeman High School.
Co-Founder and Director, Sellout App
As a lifelong tinkerer, Henry likes taking on projects that improve, simplify or just make people's lives more enjoyable. Currently he is a co-founder of the startup, Sellout, a digital ticketing solution. With experience in branding and business development on the founding team of an innovative outdoor apparel company, his aim is to continue to facilitate enhanced experiences for those who share his passions.
Ruth has been at the forefront of independent film production and distribution for more than three decades, including as founder and Co-President of Paramount Classics and as President of Fine Line Features. At CreativeFuture, she promotes the value of creativity, expanded digital access to legitimate content, and the fundamental right of creatives to determine how their works are distributed.
Student, Princeton University
Austin Wang is an undergraduate student studying computer science. Since 2013, he has been researching waste to electricity conversion using bacteria, and his work has received numerous awards. In 2015, Austin won Best Project at the Canada-Wide Science Fair, and the Grand Prize at the International Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge. More recently, he was the recipient of the top prize Gordon E. Moore Award at Intel ISEF 2016. In 2014, he won the International Golden Key Piano Composition Competition.
CEO, Crossbeat New York
Becky is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author on the topics of data and technology and their impact on creativity and culture. She recently published Creativity & Data Marketing: A Practical Guide in Data Innovation, a marketing textbook that is taught in the NYU media department and other design and marketing courses across the country. She founded Crossbeat, a content studio transforming innovative brands into influential media and digital players. Prior to that, she's led teams at Droga5, Sony Pictures, and Saatchi & Saatchi NY.
Lisa is the co-founder of SheWorx, the leading global platform empowering 20,000+ women to build and scale successful companies through actionable business strategies and access to top investors. She is driving the movement for gender parity in funding and championing a new model of empathetic leadership focused on compassion and vulnerability. A co-founder of Fooze and Food-X, Lisa is a contributing writer at Forbes. She is a former Olympic level gymnast, a 4x USA National Champion and USA Hall of Fame inductee.
K Krasnow Waterman
CEO, LawTechIntersect / LLC and Entrepreneur in Residence & Lecturer, University of Arizona
K introduced email at JPMorgan. She reorganized Intelligence at the FBI. She served as Assistant Dean at a Law College, performed AI research at MIT, and partnered with a legendary financier to build a new private equity firm. K brings together her experience in tech, operations and law specializing in quickly building and revamping organizations, functions & products in data-intensive environments.
Innovation Explorer, Adidas
Jon's role at Adidas is to research the intersection of sport and technology through innovative partnerships. His passion is to invest his time and energy making things that help people. Specialties: Idea creation, innovation, product strategy, intellectual property, product and business development, technical due diligence, competitive analysis, strategic marketing, human factors, being a husband and dad.
CEO, Audience Awards
Paige is the founder of Audience Awards, providing diverse creators a platform to reach a global audience. Her company has been recognized by Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Inc. magazines for its innovation as a mediator between filmmakers, audiences, and brands. Williams' films have won several notable awards and appeared in more than 400 venues around the world. Her films' topics cover everything from gay acceptance in the deep south to aging out of foster care to Haiti.
Immigration lawyer / Advisor
Sheryl's 18-year career as an immigration lawyer is consistent with her greater life purpose: to build bridges, foster community & spark joy. She is a TED Resident, Aspen Institute Scholar & HIAS Public Policy Committee member. Her project HopeDominos explores culture, identity & values through the lens of migration in communities around the USA. Her law firm, Blue Dot Advocates, provides legal solutions for social enterprises & impact investors. Sheryl's clients include TED, Oxfam, Unreasonable Group, Voyaj and others.
Benjamin Von Wong
Photographer and Chief Unicorn
Benjamin is notorious for documenting his intrepid adventures and for his epic photography. His hyper-realistic art style captures the hearts and minds of viewers in a fusion of special effects and innovative concepts specifically designed to go viral and drive conversation. Benjamin's background in engineering gives him a unique edge for creative problem solving. Fueled by his passion to connect with people, he has an affinity for sharing engaging stories in novel ways. He is currently focused on conservation and social impact projects.
Co-founder, Salient Technologies Inc.
Davids designs and invents unique solutions for startups and leading brands as co-owner of Salient Technologies, Inc. He has helped develop hundreds of products including pediatric wheelchairs, a Prototype-of-the-Year by Popular Science and cryogenic valve technology for NASA's planetary spacecraft. David won a TAGIE for Toy Innovator of the Year for inventing Circuit Maze, and received a TOTY nomination for Game and Toy of 2017 for inventing Lionel's Mega Tracks.
Marketing & Communications Director, Element AI / Producer, TEDxMontreal
Katy is a multilingual MarCom Director with a 16-year track record of managing high performing brand, product and business intelligence teams. She works at Element AI, the largest applied research lab in Canada which raised a record $102M Series-A. Katy also runs TEDxMontreal, a non-profit that puts Montreal-born ideas on the global TEDx stage. She is a natural connector of ideas and people, and her goal in life is to help good people succeed. She loves to solve problems, facilitate success, coach, teach and share.
Director, Warren Miller Performing Arts Center
HATCH Next Gen (15 – 21 yrs old)
NextGen / Bozeman High School
Graham is a senior at Bozeman High where he is an officer in the school's gender equity club, X Squared. He is a member of the Bridger Ski Foundation Competitive Nordic Ski Team, and a decent Latin dancer. He plays the stand-up bass in a bluegrass band, volunteers with the local land trust, and can fix a flat on a bike tire with pine cones. When not skiing or biking, he can be found at home tending to his flock of messenger pigeons.
HATCH NextGen / Student, Bozeman Sr. High
Ella passed the last year living in Portugal, learning the Portuguese language and immersing herself in its history and culture. She began writing music at the age of 9 and has continued to do so with the piano and guitar. She is passionate about the environment, and this summer has participated in Montana Conservation Corps with a crew of 7 women in the woods of central Montana.
HATCH NextGen / Student, Bozeman Sr. High
Cole's photographs have been published in National Geographic, and he is the photo editor and a reporter for his school paper Hawk Tawk, as well as the creator of Hawk Tawk’s podcast. He loves playing classical piano and plans to pursue it in his future. He is part of Bridgercare and Haven’s Peer Education team where he teaches sexual/reproductive health, healthy relationships, and gender and sexuality to Montana high schoolers and community members.
Student / Founder, CalmLet
I am a graduating junior in neuroscience, a premed student with research experience in biology, chemistry, and autonomic disorders. I am passionate about people living their best life possible. For me, this revolves around a holistic approach to health and integrating knowledge of oneself so that our bodies can feel good and function as best as they were built to. This belief has driven me to found CalmLet to manage stress, share health knowledge through nutrition counseling, yoga and group fitness.
HATCH NextGen Student / Paideia School
Royce Mann is a 10th grader at the Paideia School where he plays for the baseball team. He is passionate about social activism, politics, travel, acting, & being a kid, among other things. Since the video of Royce performing a poem titled "White Boy Privilege" at his school's poetry slam went viral, Royce has been asked to speak around the country & has continued following in his parents' footsteps through his activism & political work, including internships for Democratic candidates.
HATCH NextGen Student / Big Sky, Lone Peak High School
Hatch NextGen / Student, Bozeman Sr. High
Althea is a senior at Bozeman High School, where she is active in Speech and Debate (with her partner Ava), is passionate about her role at the Cancer Support Center, and is a volunteer at Haven, the domestic violence prevention organization in Bozeman. She is endlessly curious about the world and loves to explore. Her adventures have lead her into the mountains, across North America, and all the way to Egypt.
Freshman at Montana State University, studying robotics
CEO, Savy / HATCH NextGen
Disha founded Savy at the MIT Launch Summer Program. She continued developing her company during her senior year of high school with the aid of the Catapult Ideas and Draper University. After graduating, Disha decided to forgo college, teach herself how to code and work on building Savy. Most recently, she worked with gang leaders from the Bloods, Crips and GDs in a six-week entrepreneurship bootcamp.
Musician / HATCH NextGen Student / Big Sky, Lone Peak High School
Kylie wrote and recorded her first song when she was twelve. Since then, she has written intensely, locking herself in her room and honing her skills on the piano, guitar, & ukulele. Now 16, Kylie has crafted these works into a daring debut EP. Her first single, "Lying Eyes," explores the dark depths of being in a dishonest relationship, and the difficult situations that come along with it.
Taliq Tillman is a senior at The Met High School in Providence, Rhode Island where he is driven by curiosity and his passion for learning. Taliq is an actor, photographer and activist who strongly believes that empathy is his most powerful tool. Most of his work is interdisciplinary; from arts integration to social activism through creative direction and photography. One motif in his work is the idea of otherness and understanding. Taliq is currently an intern at Trinity Repertory Company, Communications director for Cep Journal, and student facilitator and co-founder of Diversity Talks.
Musician / HATCH Groundbreaker
HATCH NextGen Student / Big Sky, Lone Peak High School
Myles is a 16 year old who really loves tech, mainly the electrical side of things. I have dipped my feet into many different branches of the tech world, from programming to soldering and even 3D modeling. I went to HATCH last year and it was life changing. I met some amazing people because of this event, and even got to have lunch with one of them almost a year later at the main Intel HQ.
Musician / HATCH Groundbreaker
Maiah's haunting vocals are often compared to the likes of Birdy, Fiona Apple, and Florence Welch. She was the 2017 winner of Claim to Fame's international songwriting competition. At 20 years old she has played across the northwest at some of the most prestigious festivals and venues in the country including the Roseland Theater, Hotel Cafe, South by Southwest, Sundance, and Red Ants Pants Music festival.
HATCH Team Members & Volunteers
Attorney / Entrepreneur
Joe is an entertainment and digital media attorney with extensive entrepreneurial experience, both in law and practice. He is also the President of Red Storm Defense, LLC, a start-up non-lethal defense technology company. A native Montanan who spent most of his professional career in Hollywood and the Bay Area, Joe now lives in Missoula and is a member of the California and Montana Bars. His Superdude name: Holster. Motto: "I've got your back." Catchphrase: "We Win Again!"
Founder, 406 Social Media & Marketing / HATCH Team Member
Julia is a creative entrepreneur with a passion for social impact and economic development. She is the founder of 406 Social Media & Marketing, a boutique consulting firm focusing on revitalizing digital strategy and refocusing brands to optimize engagement. Julia is currently working with TangoTab CEO and HATCHer Andre Angel, to launch TangoTab in Montana (#becauseofHATCH). Travel, family, and spontaneous adventures with her two-year-old spitfire keep her inspired.
Ski Instructor, Yellowstone Club / Director, Camp Mimanagish / HATCH Team Member
An Indiana transplant to the mountains of Montana, Jose has logged over 1,000 days as a guide of backcountry expeditions. She has studied community based conservation and ecotourism around the world, and has come to believe in the powers of inquiry and adventure to empower the human spirit. She creates transformative experiences through her work as a ski instructor, guide, facilitator, and camp director, and is thankful for the opportunity to be part of the inspirational energy of HATCH.
After graduating with a bachelor in Film Production from Montana State University, Zane has been busy pursuing the stories that intrigue him. He has worked on national spots and traveled the world filming documentaries & commercial content based in the outdoor industry. His passion lies in telling stories relevant to the outdoor experience. He has done work for brands like Sage, 66 north, Yeti, Howler Brothers, among others.
HATCH Team Member
At the age of 6 years old, Eleni planned to have her and her friends become presidents of the nations in the world in order to unite all human beings. Currently, in college, Eleni is double majoring in Human Geography and Mechanical Engineering Technology with the goal of building stuff to help people.
HATCH Team Member
Erin is a graphic design student at Montana State University in Bozeman. She enjoys interdisciplinary collaboration, the feeling of satisfaction after hard work well done, and spending time outdoors. She hopes to use design with intelligence and compassion to provide a voice to communities, companies, and individuals.
Lead Creative, theDifference Studios / HATCH Team Member
Steve is an artist, storyteller and native Montanan. He has worked with clients including DC Comics, Warner Bros. and many others. He creates hand-drawn animated videos for clients like The Red Cross, Intel, The New Yorker, etc. He is passionate about visual art of all kinds and I’m committed to a career that might take any number of forms but will always involve drawing and telling stories.
co-owner Sorcery Films
Heidi DuBose developed a passion for writing and directing at a young age. Forbidden to indulge in the wonders of television, radio, and movies, she was forced to use her imagination to paint the world around her. Heidi attended Montana State University and graduated with a Bachelor in Arts in Film. She in post production with the teen horror musical "Feral" that was funded via Kickstarter and developing her next project for television "The Alchemy of Alexis Rose". She is the 2nd unit mixer and boom operator for TNT's "The Librarians" starring Noah Wylie & John Larroquette.
CEO, Edwards Capital Investments
Robert is a real estate investor and developer, historical preservation activist, and urban agriculture innovator. He seeks to solve economic, civic and social development of communities in subtle and big ways. He is passionate about preserving and creating places worth caring about so current and future generations can thrive and be inspired by their surroundings.
Founder, Modern Roots Foundation
Steeped in a strong love of music, Dee noticed a missing connectors between music instructors, instruments, and the children of Jackson county. With over 49% of the 51,000 children in Jackson County living below the poverty level, Fretwell realized a void that needed to be filled. These kids deserved the chance to find expression and development through music! And this is the mission of the Modern Roots Foundation, creating a musical synergy between financially challenged kids and music instruction.
Purveyor of Fine Goods / HATCH Team Member
A disruptor of the status quo, Jason parlayed a scholarship to Berklee School of Music into a diverse military career as a paratrooper and member of the Presidential Honor Guard. A soul crushing glimpse into the corporate abyss gave rise to a passion for change. Currently he is redefining how small business applies principled entrepreneurship to cultivate exceptional culture in the modern workplace.
Designer, JJH Creative / HATCH Team Member
Justin is a freelance architectural designer currently residing in Santa Barbara. He focuses on design, documentation and fabrication of the projects he works on. Originally from Lavina, Montana, Justin has worked on notable projects such as the SkyPark at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and the United States Institute of Peace in Washington D.C. Currently he is developing the design for a boutique hotel in Nicaragua.
Gregory Hartstein Productions / HATCH Team Member
If it has a cable, wire, plug or blinky light attached, chances are Greg has messed with it. For the past 20 years, he has called the television industry home, working as a system designer, sound editor and audio mixer for a wide variety of programming. Greg has written specialized apps and integrated game design into broadcast productions for Disney Channel and shows like "The Hero," "King of the Nerds," and Fox's "Superhuman." At HATCH he makes the screens and microphones work.
Customer Success Manager, Wisetail
Beth lived and worked in North Carolina, Washington, DC and New York City before moving to Bozeman in 2015. Wisetail is a next generation learning management system (LMS) that allows you to build your brand, communicate your culture, and grow your community. Before joining Wisetail's Client Experience team, Beth worked in marketing and non-profit development, serving as the development director at the Charlotte Bridge Home and the Charlotte chapter of the ALS Association.
HATCH Team Member
After a few years as a webmaster for the Forest Service, Emma found herself in Big Sky, Montana as a snowboarding and skiing instructor. She spent last summer in Yellowstone area as a guide and last winter in Santa Cruz working in the cycling industry. A Media Art graduate from MSU, Emma is looking to get back into design.
Rachel brings color and intricate design to her work as an event specialist and communications professional. With more than a decade in nonprofit management as the Director of Communications at the Archie Bray Foundation, an international nonprofit and artist-in-residence program, Rachel has played an integral role in fostering a supportive artistic community that spans the globe. She is a lover of color, strategy and fundraising.
TEDx Bozeman / HATCH Team Member
An MFA graduate student at Montana State University, Nick has an extensive background in broadcast television, starting in various positions with Klamath Community Television before moving to Montana, and as a Technical Director with TEDxBozeman since 2014. Additionally, Nick works as a freelance video editor and as a bartender at The Ellen Theater.
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I am an avid student of ontology, learning to be an observer with the ability to interrupt, change, or accept our way of being. I am an emerging leader and facilitator in the corporate environment where I am helping those with a desire to evolve and engage. I also love to travel and enjoy new experiences!
CEO & Lead Strategist, Spur Studio / HATCH Advisory Board
Head of Spur, a marketing agency located in Montana with national and international clients. Intermittent artist. Wanderluster. Lover of big adventures, calculated risks, and the soul expansion that comes with both. Heartfelt writing, closed loop food systems and regenerative agriculture light my fire.
Musician / HATCH Team Member
Playing violin since the age of three, Kaito works to create new perceptions of the violin through different techniques and sounds. In 2005 he took second place at the Montana Fiddle Contest in Red Lodge Montana and won Hawks Night Live in 2016. He was a featured speaker/performer for TEDx Bozeman in 2015 and performed again in 2016. He recently left CalArts to become the first HATCHedu Coach client, pursuing a music career in Los Angeles.
Director of Customer Experience Optimization, Oracle / HATCH Team Member
Rob spent four decades working with hardware and software technology in both public and private sector organizations building systems, processes and teams in 38 countries, including a decade spent living in Asia. Rob has invested in and coached multiple startups, as well as working to improve education at all levels to help prepare America's youth for the technology that will shape their (and our country's) future. Currently he is helping to develop the HATCHedu Coach program.
Artist / HATCH team member
When the Prime Minister asked her to carve for the King of Bhutan, Amber became the first female to carve in a country renowned for its tradition of woodcarving. Wood is just one of the many mediums Amber has mastered to express her creative vision. Breaking boundaries, inspiring others, living authentically and leaving an impression seem to be her thing whether she is creating art, storytelling, ice climbing, or dreaming.
Bozeman High School
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Claire is an advocate and outdoor enthusiast studying study chemical engineering, microbiology, and economics. Currently, she is a Survivor Advocate at Haven and a volunteer peer educator at the VOICE Center at Montana State University. She is also a mentor instructor for Pink Gloves Boxing. When not in a coffee shop, you can find Claire exploring the great outdoors and enjoying quality time with friends.
Ben is a drummer and percussionist living in Venice, California. He has toured the West Coast and Colorado extensively with the funk-tacular jam band mamaSutra, and visited Mt. Fuji, Japan with The Dave Boyles Trio to play The Asagiri Festival. From playing percussion in a pit orchestra for musical theater to straight ahead Jazz gigs, heavy metal bands and roots reggae, Ben's versatility leaves him inspired and ready for the next adventure.
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A fish native to uncomfortable situations and faux pas, bred in the murky waters of idealism and musicianship. Anson is an engineering student who feels compelled to not become an engineer, like a Golden Retriever with a smart gaze but an inability to express himself. He seeks expression by swimming up the rapids of songwriting and poetry to the headwaters of bliss.
Little Roper Boutique // NextGen Chaperone
Colleen is a former ski instructor, raft guide, USFS wildland firefighter, ski patrol and camp counselor. She is now an e-commerce entrepreneur, reselling estate finds on eBay and designing t-shirts to sell on Amazon. She loves to spend time camping, back country skiing, and traveling with her three kids, husband and dog Lolly.
Girls for a Change Program Coordinator, Thrive / HATCH Team Member
Greta has dedicated her personal and professional life to youth leadership development, fighting climate change, and painting colorful flora/fauna. She coordinates Girls for a Change, a program of Thrive in Bozeman, MT, that works to empower the next generation of female leaders. She is also a member of Citizens Climate Lobby and is a volunteer mentor. She enjoys making art, live music, and food from other cultures.
QBS Safeguard / HATCH Team Member
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Nic Najjar is a budding entrepreneur from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Over the past three years, he has built two successful outdoor maintenance businesses while keeping an eye out for more impactful ways to improve the world. He finished his first year of college at Denison University where he played lacrosse and is now taking a gap year in Montana with plans to finish his education at MSU.
Marketing Manager and Product Innovation Manager, Fluke Corporation
Michael is a disruptor in the industrial internet of things. He seeks strategic mergers and acquisitions while innovating in the space of automation and thermal imagers at Fortive, a Fortune 500 company. He graduated in engineering from MSU while competing as a NCAA D1 athlete in track and performing research at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Stuttgart. Michael has been with the HATCH team since he was a HATCH groundbreaker in 2013.
White Owl Collective / HATCH Team Member
Cory cut her teeth in the music industry managing day-to-day operations on the road, touring with artists such as Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac, Linkin Park and Miley Cyrus. These days, she produces award-winning consumer engagement events for Fortune 500 companies in the field of experiential marketing. Through White Owl Collective, she is focused on personal development coaching, brand development and event production consulting for creative entrepreneurs.
Rob is a professional videographer, photographer, FAA approved drone pilot, musician, and outdoor adventurer. Specializing in short form video promos for the web, he focuses on amplifying the good in the world through genuine storytelling and captivating camerawork. He has served businesses, universities, non-profits, and artists both nationally and internationally. He was raised in Michigan, educated at Brown University, and currently based in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Jessica spent her 20's freelance writing in Los Angeles, a job that exposed her to inspiring and creative individuals across many platforms, including music, art and design. Now the Production Director for Richter Media, a creative agency specializing in animated videos, Jessica interfaces with clients from hundreds of industries and works with her production team to deliver high quality videos. Clients include Google, IBM and AT&T.
Currently a student at Montana State University, Turner also works for outdoor startup Waypoint TV. An avid Bowhunter and Fly Fisherman, he has traveled around the globe to Kiribati, the Bahamas and North America in pursuit of fair chase game and fish. His goal is to implement key conservational strategies in the outdoor industry in order to keep crucial habitat and game around for generations to come.
President, MSU LaunchCats / HATCH Team Member
In high school, Brendan co-founded a pressure washing company that had 8 employees and served over 60 customers. An internship with Lamp Post Group, a venture capital incubator in his hometown of Chattanooga, TN, changed his outlook on the world. As a freshman at Montana State University, he worked at the Blackstone Launchpad, mentored a masters student to learn app development in React Native, and was elected to be the President of LaunchCats.
Lighting Director / HATCH Team Member
Musician / HATCH Team Member
Alex is a musician, composer, mastering engineer, and post-production audio engineer in the L.A. area. He plays with a wide variety of bands in different styles. His music can be heard in shows such as The Hero and King Of The Nerds, and he did the post-production audio editing and mixing of the independent film Dimensions. He plays bass, guitar, and harmonica.
Sara Mo Vanacht
HATCH Team Member
Sara Mo is an intellectually curious organizer, a social justice enthusiast, and an avid adventure seeker. She is a senior at Montana State University, studying Psychology and Political Science with research focuses in behavioral economics and collective political memory. She loves to speak but yearns to listen -- tell her your story.
Director of Operations, Philip Sheppard and LifeScore / HATCH Team Member
Chris began her career as an attorney and real estate finance associate at Latham & Watkins LLP. Chris was Co-Executive Coordinator for TEDxBozeman 2017 and is currently the Experience Design Team Lead of HATCH, as well as Director of Operations for Philip Sheppard (#becauseofHATCH), a ski instructor at Yellowstone Club and also an artist, innovator, adventurer, singer, songwriter, photographer, and killer chef.
Film Producer, 72andSunny / HATCH Team Member
Nani is originally from Honolulu, but moved to New York City where she spent a decade working in industries spanning film to hospitality to technology. She now lives in Venice, California as a Film Producer at 72andSunny, a global marketing, advertising, and design agency. Despite living a few blocks from the ocean, she still doesn't surf very well.