2023 HATCH Heartland Guests

Shanna Adamic

Executive Director, Oracle Health Foundation / Oracle LEAWOOD, KS


Shanna Adamic is Director of Social Impact and the Executive Director of Oracle Health Foundation where she is focused on removing barriers to healthcare for children. With over 20 years of experience in corporate philanthropy, Shanna is known for her inspiring optimism and ability to bring individuals together under a shared vision. Her experiences as a rare brain tumor survivor and hearing-impaired individual drive her to be a passionate health equity advocate. She is a seasoned keynote speaker, regional Emmy winner, and former NFL cheerleader for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Katrina Adams

Executive Director / POC Collaborative Community Resource Center OMAHA, Nebraska


Empathy. Learner. Developer. Connectedness. Relator.
Building meaningful relationships is paramount. Supporting folx as they lean into their purpose is a source of joy. I delight in learning, engaging in collaborative projects, and using my voice to disrupt the status quo. I am committed to working alongside people of the global majority and marginalized communities in the pursuit of equity, economic mobility, representation, and an unshakable sense of belonging.

Ashe Adams

Independent Consultant / POC Collaborative Omaha, Nebraska


Ashe Adams. World traveler with Heartland roots. Independent business consultant specializing in thought partnership and strategy development. Working alongside others to develop synergy aimed at eliminating disparities in our community is paramount.

Molly Almeida

Communications Manager / The Cosanti Foundation Mayer, Arizona


I am the communications manager for The Cosanti Foundation, an urban laboratory experimenting in the concept of Arcology (architecture + ecology). Through our Arcosanti and Cosanti projects, we demonstrate how the built environment can be designed to be in harmony with nature and foster community. I am a mixed-media artist with a primary focus in drawing. My fine artwork explores my early childhood memories, touching on themes of trauma, spirituality, and investigating the mechanics of memory. A common thread between all my work is a passion for authentic representation.

Kenny Andejeski

Founder / why [here] matters Chattanooga, Tennessee


Kenny is curiously committed to better understanding everything that unites, divides and compels us to participate in this crazy social experiment called life. He sees the world through an entrepreneurial lens that is focused on connecting people with ideas, resources, places, and one another to foster the community required to effectively address the inequities, challenges and opportunities of our time.

Stacy Barnes

Director of Design and Innovation / Alight brooklyn center, Minnesota


Stacy is a systems thinker who works across industries bringing new brands, businesses, and strategic offers to life. At IDEO Stacy used design to solve complex business challenges then followed her passion to serve vulnerable populations at IDEO.org. She has since independently consulted with globally recognized brands and non-profits to build solutions based on deep human-centered insight. As Director of Design and Innovation at Alight, Stacy works with displaced people in over 20 countries to co-design borderless solutions that provide support at each stage of their journey.

Mark Beam

Future Architect / beaming Kansas City, Missouri


Impact Investor and Future Architect working closely with top researchers and innovators across disciplines – art, science, media, technology, academia and business for 25+ years; Proven track record translating foresight and pattern recognition into high impact investments; Experience working with a vast network of relationships and partners globally. Early career as senior executive, risk manager and bond trader on Wall Street; Media and technology producer and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. Co-founded the largest impact investment gathering globally – SoCAP. www.beaming.com

Keenan Beasley

Founder & Chairman / Venture Noire Los Angeles, CA


Keenan’s non-profit arm, Venture Noire, mentors and develops diverseentrepreneurs and provides them with access to critical resources to help close the quality oflife gap for underserved Americans. Keenan also founded and is CEO of Supply Factory Brandsa CPG venture studio with a portfolio of brands in development.

Kate Bemesderfer

Mentor & Consultant / The Cosanti Foundation | Arcosanti Mayer, AZ


Kate is a nonprofit professional with 25 years of experience, from creating a school for young adults with autism, to co-founding festivals and conferences (FORM and Convergence), to her current role as Development & Communications Director for Portland Parks Foundation. Her passion project for the last decade has been Arcosanti, the world's first and only prototype arcology (architecture + ecology), an experimental community located in the high desert of central Arizona and run by the nonprofit Cosanti Foundation. Let's build a world where we don't need nonprofits to fix everything.

Samantha Bendix

Creative Technologist and Designer / Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts Lincoln, NE


Sam Bendix is an immersive designer, multimedia artist, and producer for the Speculative Devices Lab and a creative technologist at Edgeworks within the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sam works as a designer and developer in real-time 3D to create immersive, geolocative experiences for reimagining futures. Growing up on a farm and trained as a graphic designer, Sam is also interested in visually communicating the connections between food, water and energy systems to drive meaningful change in how we create future food networks.

Troy Benjegerdes

Agronomic Artist & Holistic Engineer / 7 Elements LLC Minneapolis, Minnesota


Troy grew up on a farm in Iowa fixing old farm equipment. When he saw students driving solar powered cards in SunRayce 1993, he decided to go to Iowa State and go do that. Since then he has worked on supercomputers, a wind energy to sustainable fertilizer startup, and started farming again in Iowa in 2010. Today he is spending half time at the farm, and half in the city bridging the gap between rural and urban, building open-source hardware motor controllers for farm equipment, and working on developing Food Chain, a farm-to-table app to facilitate payments and re-orders for farmers markets.

Ashley Borer

Science Teacher and Career Education Coordinator / Nebraska Center for Advanced Professional Studies Fairfield, NE


Ashley Borer serves as the lead coordinator for the Nebraska Center for Advanced Professional Studies. Simultaneously, she ignites young minds as a dedicated science teacher at Sandy Creek High School. Ashley is passionate about bridging education and real-world experiences to empower future leaders.

Rita Brent

Comedian, Musician, Writer / Rita Brent Entertainment Madison, Mississippi


Rita Brent is a comedian, musician, and military veteran from Jackson, MS. Once a public radio host and Army National Guard Band member, she leaped into standup comedy in 2013. She has appeared on Comedy Central, truTV, and more. She's an opening act for Comedians Rickey Smiley and Cedric the Entertainer. Rita wrote for Stand Out: An LGBTQ Celebration on Netflix, and The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. In 2023, she became a Writers Guild Awards Nominee. Rita, the performing artist, recently released, “Do the Hoochie Daddy” and "Bad Mutha". She’s a graduate of Jackson State University.

Linda Brumbach

founder and director / Pomegranate Arts Montclair, New Jersey


Linda Brumbach is independent creative producer working across mediums of performance, installation, and film. She founded Pomegranate Arts in 1998 to support ambitious provocative work that often falls outside of traditional genres and structures. Pomegranate Arts has produced the Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s award-winning Einstein on the Beach, Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, Robin Frohardt’s The Plastic Bag Store, Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet’s Landfall, and many more. She has produced and toured over 2,000 performances in 50 countries.

Kim Bryden

CEO / Cureate Washington, DC


Kim Bryden, CEO of Cureate, is an accomplished business development professional with expertise in strategy, marketing, and operations focusing on the food & beverage industry and economic development. Kim’s expertise has led her to consult 300+ small businesses on sustainable growth, while developing multi-sector, public-private partnerships across industries such as governmental agencies, start-ups, and top Fortune 500 retailers and foodservice operators. Now she leads the expansion of Cureate throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Heartland regions, as the business continues to grow nationwide.

Tammy Buckner

CEO / WeCode KC Raytown, Missouri


Tammy Buckner is the Founder of a minority women-owned technology solutions company. She co-founded WeCode KC, a technology education program that trains, and mentors youth and young adults from underserved communities in technology concepts to increase economic prosperity and equalize the technology playing field. As the CEO of WeCode KC, Ms. Buckner is a thought leader and a highly requested technology strategist and keynote speaker. She advocates for entrepreneurship and diversifying technology to close the black tech talent.

Ania Bulis

Co-Founder / The Big Sky Real Estate Company Big Sky, MT


Ania is passionate about living a balanced and purpose-driven life. As a real estate executive, she focuses on resort and recreation-minded properties, placing equal emphasis on the creation of product and lifestyle for families and communities. She also enjoys fundraising for non-profit causes, specifically those impacting children, arts, and education. Previously, she held positions in public relations, marketing, and journalism. In her free time, she delights in Montana’s mountain activities, and she adores traveling the world with Yarrow and her 2 children, Olivia and Tate.

Susan Carstensen

Advisor, activist, patron of heroic endeavors, Board of Directors at HATCH / Self Bozeman, MT


Susan is an independent business consultant, with more than 30 years of executive experience, highly respected among her peers and is often sought out for her expertise on business and entrepreneurial start-ups. She has impacted many with the generous sharing of her time and talent, from inspiring and mentoring students and entrepreneurs to serving her community through leadership on local, regional and national boards. She was the COO and CFO of RightNow Technologies, instrumental in building the company to an acquisition in 2011 by Oracle, Inc.

RC Carter

Rancher/ Owner of Carter Country Meats / Entrepreneur / Carter Country Meats ten sleep, WY


Husband and father of 3 boys. 3rd generation cattle rancher in Wyoming. Adaptive grazing advocate. Owner of Carter Country Meats. Co founder of SOUL agriculture and community based non profit

Sylvester Chisom

CEO / Global CTE Learning Olivette, Missouri


Sylvester is the CEO and founder of Global CTE Learning, an online career and technical education curriculum & instruction company. He is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with school districts, colleges, & government agencies to provide digital curriculum and books that serve over 50,000 students in over 600 school districts across the United States & abroad. Sylvester is also the host of the Global CTE Podcast. It is the #1 Career Tech Education Podcast on Apple, Youtube, & Spotify where he interviews education thought leaders and innovators from around the world.

Nate Clayberg

Business and Industry Director / CAPS Network Independence, IA


A Certified Economic Developer is embedded within the nation’s leading Professional Based Learning organization, CAPS, working to impact our future workforce through authentic business and education partnerships. A diverse background in broadcasting, athletics, and business development is a strength of his work in supporting the growth of the CAPS Network across the country by connecting businesses and non-profit organizations with 100 programs around the world.

Isaac Lee Collins

Owner/Founder / Yogurtini KC & Streamlined Profit Academy Lenexa, KS


Isaac Lee Collins is a community entrepreneur, business coach, and speaker. He started his entrepreneurial journey fresh out of college at 23 years old. Fast forward eleven years and Isaac has had the honor of owning 7 for-profit businesses and one nonprofit in various industries from brick-and-mortar food, real estate investing, construction, health supplements, yoga therapy & training, to professional services. Currently, Isaac owns three Yogurtini Frozen Yogurt stores and Streamlined Profit Academy, a business coaching company.

Charli Cooksey

Founder & CEO / WEPOWER Saint Louis, Missouri


While an educator through Teach For America, Charli co-founded inspireSTL, which ensured students from under-resourced backgrounds accessed college-prep high schools, funding, and support to complete college. After the murder of Michael Brown Jr. in 2014, she spent many nights protesting in Ferguson.
In 2018, Charli founded WEPOWER. To date, WEPOWER has trained 350+ community leaders and business owners, won over $10 million in public funding for childcare, helped businesses increase revenue 3.5x, and launched a nationally recognized multi-million dollar investment fund.

Debi Cornwall

Conceptual documentary artist and filmmaker / Independent BROOKLYN, NY


Debi Cornwall is an award-winning conceptual documentary artist and filmmaker who returned to visual expression in 2014 after a 12-year career as a civil-rights lawyer. Marrying dark humor with structural critique, she uses still and moving images, testimony, and archival material to examine the staging and performance of American power and identity. Each piece is designed to provoke inquiry, make viewers aware of their assumptions, and shift the public discourse.

A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, Cornwall is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Kate Cosentino

Singer Songwriter / KC Productions Overland Park, KS


Well-versed in the art of puns and guitar-shredding, Kate Cosentino’s music is something of jazzy sleekness atop the lyrical precision of witty slam poetry. Whether you saw her rock the stage as a part of Niall Horan's team for Season 23 of The Voice or saw one of her many goofy social media posts, Cosentino's fun-loving personality, unique sense of style, and witty songwriting shine through in everything she does. The Nashville-based singer is passionate about writing songs that capture the human experience – tackling topics such as body image and imposter syndrome.

Lea Cosentino

Partner / Big Chick Energy Overland Park, KS


Lea combines love of travel and the arts with a creative entrepreneurial spirit. She launched The Naked Dish, importing pewter kitchen items from Mexico. She helped Mercado select and import home products in Italy. Lea spent the past ten years traveling to Nashville for her rock star daughter inspiring Big Chick Energy for creative guitar straps and merch in a market that lacks options for female performers wanting to express themselves. Her latest project is an illustrated book titled Chase the Unknown featuring Kate Cosentino and her lyrics on an inspiring journey to London.

Kara Cunzeman

Director of Strategic Foresight / The Aerospace Corporation Cabin John, MD


Cunzeman championed and founded the strategic foresight directorate at The Aerospace Corporation and serves as its first Director within the Center for Space Policy and Strategy. In her role, Cunzeman leads an interdisciplinary team focused on applied strategic foresight, helping the nation adequately prepare its organizations and capabilities to proactively shape the future through innovative approaches across strategy, acquisition, science and technology portfolio management, policy, and operations.

Tracy DeLuca

Design Strategist / Educator / How Might We Design / Stanford University San Francisco, CA


Tracy DeLuca creates at the intersection of psychedelics and design. Her work is driven by a passion to transform patient, provider, and caregiver experiences globally. To achieve this, Tracy creates large-scale new business offerings and organizational transformation in healthcare, from strategy and visioning, to design and implementation. She is currently co-teaching Stanford d.school's first course in Psychedelic Medicine x Design. She also co-hosts Results May Vary, a podcast to help you design your life.

Ben Dickey

Actor/Musician / Self Hudson, New York


Hello friends, my name is Ben Dickey and I am a musician and I am also an actor. Principally I am an artist and my mediums are music and film. True too, I was a Professional Chef for a decade, which of course is indeed, an art form. For most of my life I have been a professional musician. In 2016, my close friend Ethan Hawke cast me as the lead in a biopic motion picture about the lives and times of a real Arkansas born, Texas Outlaw Songwriter, Blaze Foley. I took home a Sundance Award for Performance in Acting at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and I suddenly found myself a working actor. XO

Angela Eifert

Global Connector / Alight Minneapolis, Minnesota


A open-hearted actor with strong compassion for where people are on their journey. I raise critical private funds to support innovation and humanitarian response efforts globally with Alight. Our teams meet people on the displacement journey and respond to their hierarchy of needs with dignity and care. We serve 4 million people globally who've been displaced.

Megan Elliott

Johnny Carson Endowed Director of Emerging Media Arts / Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts Lincoln, NE


Founding director, Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, a $57M investment at the Uni. of Nebraska-Lincoln supporting creativity, innovation, + next-gen storytelling. Co-founder of X Media Lab – one of the world’s most distinguished digital thinktanks. The ED of the Australian Writers’ Guild; named by the Aust. Govt. as one of the “Leading 50 Women for the Future” and a “Global Achiever”. Recipient of a China Creative Industries Award for "International Contribution" to China. Her oral history is recorded by the National Film + Sound Archive for her contributions to digital media.

Sleevs Emily Bernstein Messner

Manager | Editor | Teacher | 1/6 of Gangstagrass / Gangstagrass Arlington, VA


Sleevs is a distinguished researcher and editor at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and manager of Gangstagrass. She was the Washington Post’s first-ever woman blogger, fostering a respectful & engaging comments section of diverse voices. Witnessing the devolution of journalism drove her from the newsroom to Hoover, where she studies the values undergirding rights-protecting democracy—values close to her heart (and often on display on her arms). Sleevs teaches debate, cleans up rogue plastic, and advocates for the thoughtfulness necessary for our planet and its species to thrive.

Julia Fabris McBride

Chief Civic Leadership Development Officer / Kansas Leadership Center Wichita, KS


Julia Fabris McBride is a certified coach, co-author of two books, When Everyone Leads (Bard Press, January 2023) and Teaching Leadership: Case-in-Point, Case Teaching, and Coaching, and author of Your Leadership Edge: Teacher Companion. At Kansas Leadership Center, she created three professional programs for leadership developers, that have drawn people to Wichita from five continents. Julia and her husband, sculptor Bill McBride, host prairie-walkers, art lovers and train watchers and Matfield Station, lodging and sculpture path in the Kansas Flint Hills.

B.E. Farrow

Fiddle player | Multi-instrumentalist | Singer | Songwriter | 1/6 of Gangstagrass / Gangstagrass Arlington, VA


B.E. Farrow is the fiddle player in Gangstagrass, a singer, songwriter, and 2022 nominee for the AMAs Instrumentalist of the Year. Farrow has played bass and fiddle with the Dom Flemons Trio and other touring musical groups. Farrow is a student of environmental solutions with a penchant for sailing, sailboat repairs, and eco-friendly building materials. Hailing from Omaha, Farrow's musical journey has deepened his love for old-time music. A former resident of the DMV area and currently based in Vermont, he's dedicated to preserving musical history and fostering sustainability.

Elysa Fenenbock

Lecturer + Designer / Stanford University Santa Cruz, CA


Elysa is a designer, visual artist, and educator who believes that creativity makes the world better in every possible way. She uses play science to fuel her creative process and bring delight into unexpected solutions.
As Google’s first designer-in-residence, she built immersive educational experiences designed for transformation, vulnerability, leadership and underserved populations.
Elysa is an Edmund Hillary Global Impact Fellow where she helps others reach their creative potential. Most recently she launched Stanford University’s inaugural course in design for psychedelic medicine.

Catherine Fraise

Executive Director / 100 Roads Design Mc Leod, MT


Catherine Fraise is a community-based school designer specializing in regenerative education. In 2016 Cath designed a colearning community lab, Workspace Education, and since 2020 Cath has been creating virtual learning ecosystems and schools on proximity video chat platforms. She enjoys working with founders creating new education models that unlock the potential of each learner and weave community. Cath lives in Montana on a ranch using regenerative agriculture principles. She loves collaborating on ambitious projects, traveling adventures, reading, and hanging out with her family.

Dana François

Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean / Chair of Governance / W.K. Kellogg Foundation / NEID Global Wellesley, Massachusetts


Dana, a Haiti Program Officer at WKKF, drives global cross-sector coalitions, creating economic opportunities for 100sthousands. With 20+ years of expertise, she champions DEI and systems change as the 2023 Babson MLK Jr. Alumni Legacy and Governance & DEI Chair at NEID Global. Her degrees in Economics/Political Science (UMass Boston), MBA (Babson College), and certificates from HKS underpin her influence. Fluent in French/Haitian Creole, she bridges cultures, treasures family, her dog Myra, coaches startups, writes, delights in vegan baking artistry, food photography, sustainability for all.

Wendy Goldberg

Executive Director / Tri-Faith Initiative Omaha, Nebraska


Wendy Goldberg is a founding board member and the Executive Director of Tri-Faith Initiative. Wendy loves the work of meeting congregants, clergy, and local leaders to talk about the shifting religious landscape, religious pluralism, and how to grow an unprecedented interfaith initiative that transforms lives and communities. Wendy earned a Master of Arts in Communication and a graduate certificate in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska.

Delia Grenville

Principal / Slyn LLC Portland, OR


Dr. Delia Grenville is a senior executive leader, process-driven change agent and strategist. She focuses on large-scale technology transformation, digitization, and business innovation with more than 25 years of experience in high tech roles. Outside of the corporate world, Delia is a TEDx speaker, moderator of the 30dayrules.com online community, proud published author of the book Rants + Ramblings on Life and Wellness, and host of the To Live List™ podcast.

Chris Harris

Senior Director of Development / Kansas Leadership Center Lawrence, Kansas


Chris is a lifelong Kansan committed to the idea that his home state should lead in solving the world’s most difficult challenges. He has extensive experience in working with communities, non-profits, philanthropy and government to drive progress on social challenges. Chris uses that experience in his role as the Senior Director of Development to build partnerships that accelerate the impact of organizations here in Kansas and across the country. Prior to joining KLC, Chris led rural entrepreneurship strategies for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Kristen Harris

Corporate Executive, Consultant / Self-Employed Kansas City, MO


Kristen is an experienced executive having lead business transformation and organizational structure. She has also built internal & external DEIB strategies for global brands and non-profit organizations focusing on employee experience, product development, marketing & philanthropy. Her superpower is building/ inspiring/ enabling highly effective teams; thus she is deeply committed to inclusion & equitable access for all. Kristen’s current focus is expanding partnerships across various industries & within the civic community to make the highest & most positive impact on people across the world

Imagene Harris

VP of Impact Investments / NetWork Kansas Lawrence, KS


Imagene started at NetWork Kansas in 2013 and currently serves as the VP of Impact Investments, managing gap funding programs. Previously she worked in environmental compliance for the KS Department of Healthy and Environment (KDHE). Imagene earned a BS in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas, and then her MBA from Fort Hays State University. She is a lifelong Kansan, and appreciates providing resources that not only help Kansas entrepreneurs but also improve the quality of life in Kansas. Imagene does her best to keep up with her two kids, two dogs, horses, and old farmhouse.

Jason Hirschton

COO / Vibrant Data Labs Berkeley, CA


Jay has nearly two decades of leadership in the nonprofit, philanthropy and sector impact sector and currently is COO at Vibrant Data Labs, which combines data science and network theory into flexible visual tools to tackle systemic social challenges. Formerly Jay was formerly CEO at Full Circle Fund, a community of the Bay Area’s top tech entrepreneurs & philanthropists where he delivered over $25M in financial and intellectual capital to accelerate the nonprofit sector and built a $500k Annual Recurring Revenue business. Jay has deep experience designing social impact strategy.

Cody Isabel

Founder & CEO / Mind, Brain, Body Lab Kansas City, MO


Cody is a serial entrepreneur in the AI & Mental Health space. He is the Founder & CEO of Mind Brain Body Lab, a Mental Health AI company that focuses on bringing successful treatment outcomes to those healing from Complex PTSD after intimate partner violence and domestic violence. He uses AI/ML algorithms to analyze the biometric & behavioral data he collects from his clients to aid in the treatments he provides them. He's also the Founder of MyCompanion, which is a conversational AI companion that’s tailor-made to help you heal Complex PTSD and is with you 24/7, 365, for free.

Camry Ivory

Audiovisual Artist/Musician, Inventor / Coloratura Art Kansas City, Missouri


Camry Ivory is a musician, artist, and inventor, merging visual and sonic art through her innovative instrument, Coloratura—a series of paintbrushes that create electronic music and analog art simultaneously. Renowned for her community-based interactive exhibits and captivating live performances, Camry redefines creative boundaries, inviting audiences to challenge conventional notions of art and music. Her passion for using technology to create beautiful, immersive experiences informs her mission to reignite the innate spark of creativity within us all.

Olli Jenkins

Multimedia Artist / Designer / University of Nebraska, Lincoln Lincoln, Nebraska


Olli Jenkins designs realities. They center joy and radical empathy in all their stories, works, and worlds. Whether 3D printing wearables, producing immersive theater pieces, or collaborating with other young creatives to build a better world, her ultimate goal is to carve out more space in the universe for color, texture, and unparalleled sensorial bliss.

Agai Jones

Senior Advisor / Africa Business Group & TAGA Consulting Atlanta, GA


I grew up in Southeast Washington, DC. I'm currently based in Atlanta, but I've lived in Southern Africa for over 13 years, working in Development, Public Health, FMCG, and Entrepreneurship. When I am at my best, I am a present husband and father who reinforces self-affirming, emotionally intelligent, joyful children who understand their history, social context, and limitless possibilities. I am grateful for the many entrepreneurs I mentor and coach who achieve their version of success. In addition to working with developing people, I focus on creating a more equitable and inclusive world.

Randall Kempner

Senior Advisor / Energy and Environment Program, Aspen Institute Austin, Texas


Randall Kempner is Senior Advisor to the Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program. His primary focus areas are climate investing, climate philanthropy and climate-smart economic development. Previously, Randall was founding executive director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of nearly 300 organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. He presently serves on the advisory boards of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Center for Global Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Kim Koeman

Global Manager of Social Innovation / Steelcase Holland, MI


Kim thrives in the spaces between—those where connections are made, collaborations begin, and sparks of positive social change are ignited. As the Global Manager of Social Innovation at Steelcase, Kim works alongside organizations and employees around the world to explore what it means to shape a shared future for all. Kim is actively involved in her community and also relishes in moments of quiet to reflect on this big, beautiful life she shares with her husband, three children, and a garden full of tomatoes.

Yarrow Kraner

Founder, CEO / HATCH Bozeman, MT


Yarrow is the Founder of HATCH and H360.ai, is an Aspen Institute Fellow, RSA Fellow, and named 2015 top 100 creatives in the U.S. by Origins. He is a pioneer of social networking and has been building communities for twenty years. He’s directed projects with Richard Branson, The Rock, P Diddy, and more. In 1999, Yarrow created an online network – The Hero Project, which grew to 1.5 Million users, acquired by FOX. In 2004, Yarrow founded HATCH, connecting global influencers to accelerate solutions for the UN’s SDGs. In 2016 Yarrow founded H360.ai, an impact collaboration acceleration app.

Corbett Landes

Chief Engineer / Alethia Labs POWHATAN, VA


My path thus far has been unconventional, and I plan to keep it that way. Before college I had an adventurous itch. Scratching that itch provided me four formative years. University proved difficult for me but I made it through. Six years later I embarked on my most rewarding adventure; I married the love of my life and we share two wonderful children. I then started a career in the Army as an Intelligence Officer which taught me to bear unforeseen sacrifices. When I came home it was to rehabilitate from an amputated limb. From their, I continued my career within the federal ecosystem.

Nora LaTorre

CEO / Eat Real Kensington, CA


Dedicated to sparking food systems change at scale to create health for children and the planet. Board Member, Advisor, Non-profit CEO and champion of kind people doing BIG things. My favorite days are mountain days with my toddlers. I believe we can restore health in America and regenerate our planet.

Matt Leighty

Founder / GrantFlow Richmond, VA


Founder of GrantFlow, Matt Leighty stands as a beacon in the grant-writing realm. To understand the magnitude of Matt's impact, the numbers tell a compelling story. With over 6,000 grants penned under his guidance and a staggering total of over $100 million secured, Matt's efforts have turned into lifelines for a myriad of causes. But for him, each grant isn't just about the monetary value, it's a beacon of hope for countless organizations, institutions, and individuals aiming to make a difference. He understands that behind every grant lies a dream—an aspiration to make a difference.

Jeff Leitner

Founder / Art of Disruption Plainfield, IL


For organizations that do good, the opportunity to change lives and uplift society is only limited by how daringly we envision the possible. By unlocking creativity and pursuing bolder solutions, we can drive more meaningful progress on even our most ambitious goals. We can reimagine systems and relationships to lift up humanity in unprecedented ways. Together, we can redefine the boundaries and potential of social impact. Every three months, we help an organization think way bigger and better about the change it’s trying to make in the world. And we almost always do it for free.

Royce Mann

Student / Emory University Atlanta, GA


Royce Mann is a student, poet, activist, and political organizer from Atlanta, GA. His poetry has been featured in publications such as CNN, Esquire, and the Huffington Post. As an activist, Royce was a lead organizer of the Atlanta March for Our Lives and currently serves as the Deputy Director of The People’s Uprising’s Young Atlanta Leaders program. In 2021, Royce ran for the Atlanta Board of Education, coming up short but receiving support from across the city. He most recently worked as a Digital Consultant for Stacey Abrams and as the Youth Engagement Coordinator for Raphael Warnock.

Alex McDowell

Creative Director, Professor, USC SCA; Director, World Building Media Lab, World Building Institute / experimental.design Los Angeles, CA


Alex McDowell is an award-winning designer, futurist, and storyteller working at the intersection of emergent technologies and experiential media. He is founder and creative director of experimental.design, where he designs immersive story worlds for industries and institutions. He's a Professor at the USC's School of Cinematic Arts, and the Director of the USC World Building Media Lab, and has collaborated with directors including Steven Spielberg (Minority Report, The Terminal), Tim Burton (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and David Fincher (Fight Club).

Julia McQuillan

Willa Cather Professor of Sociology / University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, Nebraska


Julia McQuillan is a sociology professor at the University of Nebraska who loves collaborating with people who have expertise in fields. Her research focuses on understanding fundamental dynamics that contribute to social inequality with the goal of increasing equity. Her work has focused on health (e.g. arthritis and fertility/infertility), diversifying STEM fields, and science communication. Collaborations with incredibly creative people have led to fun, engaging, and informative health comics, a book of posters promoting vaccination, a forthcoming VR experience, and more.

Huascar Medina

Arts Administrator / Mid-America Arts Alliance Lawrence, KS


Huascar Medina, Kansas Poet Laureate emeritus and Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow is the author of Un Mango Grows in Kansas. He is an editor at seveneightfive magazine and South Broadway Press and an op-ed writer for Kansas Reflector. Huascar serves as President of the ArtsConnect Board of Directors and on the National Council on the Arts. At Mid-America Arts Alliance, he works as an Artist Services Program Associate for Artist INC, providing professional development for artists. He is a founding member of Topeka United, founder of wordssavelives.org, and co-founder of latinidad.us.

Miranda Miller-Klugesherz

Executive Director / Kansas Food Action Network Manhattan, KS


Driven by a desire to prevent others from experiencing the food access challenges her family once faced, Miranda’s work in food systems advocacy spans eleven years and three countries. As Executive Director of the Kansas Food Action Network, Miranda oversees a network of 30+ communities building resilient, equitable local food systems. At 22, she co-founded Live Well Geary County and was subsequently appointed to serve as chair of the Geary County Food Policy Council. As Kansas’ first Mitchell Scholar, Miranda holds an MS in Health and Social Policy from University College – Cork (Ireland).

Corey Mohn

President & Executive Director / CAPS Network Overland Park, KS


Corey is the President and Executive Director of CAPS Network, empowering high school students to fast-forward into their future through real-world business projects and the development of professional skills. Prior to CAPS, Corey served as Director of Statewide Programs for the Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship.

In July 2015, CAPS launched CAPS Network, a consortium of school programs committed to this model of profession-based education. CAPS Network has grown to include 95 affiliate programs, including over 160 school districts across 23 states and four countries.

Craig Moore II

Founder/ Executive Director / Black Excellence Inc Kansas City, Missouri


Born in Kansas City, KS, Craig attended the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. Craig utilized non-traditional education, developed timeless connections, and had “trial by fire” experience to excel in his career trajectory. As a project management professional, Craig has had several opportunities to work with entrepreneurs, small businesses, and organizations to develop and manage their operations.

Maria Morales

Business Engagement Consultant Team Lead / Iowa Workforce Development Marshalltown, IA


My name is Maria Morales. I’m a Business Engagement Consultant Team Lead for Iowa Workforce Development, located within the Marshalltown IowaWORKS center. Been with IWD for 7 years. Enjoy assisting businesses with their workforce needs and building partnerships with our community and partners.

Derek Nunner

Director of Partnerships / Sorenson Impact Center Sandy, UT


From empowering individuals with disabilities in the outdoors to creating innovative funds to catalyze community vision, Derek is most impactful when participating in and building community. As the Director of Partnerships for the Sorenson Impact Center, he cultivates deep partnerships with visionary leaders to equitably build the next generation of impact leaders and empower them to foster flourishing, worldwide.

Mark Ostrom

Executive Director / Joy Collaborative MINNEAPOLIS, MN


With nearly three decades in the architecture and design
industry, I took the bold step of combining my love for
design and passion for helping others into the formation of Joy
Collaborative. Joy Collaborative is a group of impassioned
doers and volunteers who create spaces for vulnerable youth with
life-limiting conditions. Joy Rooms are created through partnerships with the design community bolstered by private and public philanthropic organizations, and community support.
After just over 2 years since our founding, our projects will be accessible to 5,000 people by the end of 20

Graham Pansing Brooks

Corporate Partnership Manager / Arbor Day Foundation Lincoln, NE


Experienced Business Management Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in Social Enterprise fields and the healthcare industry. Skilled in Social Enterprise, Executive Leadership Consulting, Public Speaking, Customer Management, Microsoft Platforms, and Event Organization. Strong information technology professional with a Masters of Legal Studies focused in Corporate Law from the University of Nebraska College of Law as well as a Bachelors in Economics and Global Health, Society & Culture from Emory University.

Lucy Petroucheva

Civic Engagement Manager / Kansas Leadership Center Wichita, Kansas


Lucy Petroucheva is a civic engagement manager who collaborates to design and implement initiatives that enrich the civic culture of Kansas. She believes that people can shape the future of their communities by honing their capacity to solve problems together and build trust despite disagreement.
Lucy holds a BA in philosophy and psychology from Wichita State University and certifications in advanced leadership development, coaching, and design thinking. She spends her free time with friends, reading poetry, in nature, and on voyages to new places.

Fahad Punjwani

Founder & Facilitator / Suchee Studios Sugarland, TEXAS


fahad helps people understand people.

To survive and thrive as a queer person, from an early age, fahad practiced the power of design thinking: self-compassion, reframing problems, and making to think! To come out, he had to unburden himself from being the problem, “how can I be less flamboyant?”… and instead think at a systems level, “how can we change our systems so we can authentically thrive?"

Today, he brings this power, perspective, and process to his clients — and the world — so we can tackle complex, persistent, gnarly problems.

Lisa PytlikZillig

Research Associate Professor / University of Nebraska Public Policy Center Lincoln, NE


Lisa PytlikZillig is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (NUPPC). Her research focuses on trust in institutions and public engagement around potentially controversial or conflict-provoking problems.

Jaanaki Radhakrishnan

Student & Community Organizer / Students Against Cop City; Beloved Community Ministries Bloomfield Township, Michigan


Jaanaki Radhakrishnan is a student, researcher, and community organizer dedicated to disrupting power structures and creating systems of care. As an abolitionist, she is passionate about imagining and constructing radical frameworks for liberation rooted in a love ethic. Her academic interests center collective trauma, restorative justice, and the potential applications of consciousness and community as tools of healing. Her most beloved work is with the Stop Cop City Choir, where she finds unparalleled revolutionary joy and strength.

Jim Reiff

Executive Director / Nebraska Enterprise Fund Oakland, NE


Jim is the Executive Director of the Nebraska Enterprise Fund, a certified CDFI serving small and microbusiness across Nebraska and SW Iowa. Jim serves on the Advisory Board Member of MetaFund, an investment CDFI, A Board Member of Family Housing Advisory Services, and Heartland Bike Share.
Jim has spent over 20 years in the economic development field focused on micro and small business financing and development across the globe including the US, Latin America, India and Albania. He taught in Lithuania and served in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua and Army Reserve. His 2 daughters attend UNL.

Maricel Reinhard

Freelance Designer / Storia AI Lincoln, NE


She is a passionate designer and dedicated storyteller, driven by a deep desire to shed light on the intricate issues and societal norms that often remain unnoticed. With her unique skill set, she specializes in unraveling complex narratives through captivating visual experiences. What sets her apart is her ability to seamlessly integrate various parameters, including software limitations, thematic requirements, time constraints, and aesthetic considerations, to create the best possible pieces. She strives to push the boundaries of creativity while adhering to practical constraints and finding

Philip W. Robinson

Clinician / Consultant / White Pine Consulting, LLC Coloma, WI


Philip is a mercurial clinician and designer of behavioral health systems. He embodies dualities; an artist and a gentleman, hunter and communitarian, and an old soul who likes to laugh. He is co-director of a behavioral health consultancy in Wisconsin that provides training, technical assistance, and program design supporting vulnerable children & families and their communities. His gift is bringing conflicting interest groups to the table to solve problems – from single families to entire systems across the state with a vision for cultivating a Greenhouse for the Mind.

Heather Rose-Dunning

Co-Founder / Yellow Dog Studio, Scout Workshop, and The Annex Minneapolis, MN


Heather is a design-thinker, dot-connector, and den-mother. While she’s had her own firm for more than 20 years, she and a partner chose to veer from the traditional business path in 2015, founding the design firm, Yellow Dog Studio, alongside the multi-disciplinary coworking community, Scout Workshop. She is a natural “tinkerer” and loves to explore physical space and human interactions, and does so thorough Yellow Dog, Scout, and an interior garden & event space called The Annex. Heather was born & raised in rural Indiana; today she & her husband split time between Minneapolis & rural WI.

Lee Running

Artist / Self Omaha, NE


Lee Emma Running creates arresting sculptures using roadkill deer bones, cast iron, enamel, and glass. Through this work, she engages audiences in conversations about the impact of our human-built systems on the natural world.
Running was a 2023 Foundry Resident in the Arts/Industry program at Kohler and a 2022/23 Artist in Residence with Opera Omaha. A major installation of her work is in process at The University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Warhol Foundation, Ucross, Bernheim Arboretum, Pine Meadow Ranch, and Amplify Arts.

Brady Simmons

Member / Simmons Companies Draper, Utah


Brady grew up in an entrepreneurial family and has always been passionate about taking things that are fragmented and turning them into something great. An example of of this passion is the relaunch of an edtech communication tool that has grown to one of the largest communications tools in K12 through the liquidation to Parentsquare. Since then Brady has helped turn around companies in the cannabis, fitness and finance industries.

Ash Eliza Smith

Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts, Creative Director, Artist, Designer / Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, Speculative Devices Lab Lincoln, NE


Ash Eliza Smith is an artist and designer who uses storytelling, worldbuilding, and speculative design to shape new realities. With performance as a tool and lens, Smith works across art and science, between fact and fiction, and with human and non-human agents to re-imagine past and future technologies, systems, and rural-urban ecologies. Ash is an Assistant Professor at the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, where she runs the Speculative Devices Lab.

Atossa Soltani

Founder / Amazon Watch Los Angeles, CA


Atossa Soltani the founder and board president of Amazon Watch and served as the organization’s first Executive Director for eighteen years. She is currently a senior strategist for the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative, working to protect one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth. Atossa is the Hillary Institute 2013 Global Laureate for Climate Leadership and recipient of the 2014 Hillary Step Prize. She is currently producing her first feature-length documentary film titled The Flow about learning from nature’s genius.

Elliot Starlin-Hintz

Experience Designer / Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts Lincoln, Nebraska


Elliot Starlin-Hintz is an immersive designer emerging from the intersection of digital media and studio art. Elliot strives to create themed experiences that are embodied, accessible and impactful by combining worldbuilding, interactive electronics and extended theater. His curiosities about how narrative and interactivity can impact an audience member’s world view inspires and aids in the cultivation of his creations. Whether play-testing a projection mapped scene, building an interactive set, or designing a new character, Elliot is conscientious and dedicated to his craft.

Katie Stebbins

Executive Director / Tufts Food & Nutrition Innovation Institute Holliston, MA


Executive Director of the Tufts University Food & Nutrition Innovation Institute where we focus on foodtech, nutrition science, and economic development. This position builds on 25 years working in post-industrial city revitalization, environmental planning and democratization of innovation. I am a futurist and love long range strategic planning for systems change.

Mary Stein

Program Leader and Teaching Professor - Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems Program / Montana State University Bozeman, MT


Mary has over 25 years of experience in the field of sustainable food systems, helping to launch the degree program in Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems (SFBS) at Montana State University (MSU) in 2009. Between 2011-2015, Mary served as Deputy Director of the National Farm to School Network, successfully growing the organization and expanding the integration of local food in schools, school garden programming and sustainable food system education in preK-12 schools across the US. Mary returned to MSU in 2016 where she has served as Program Leader of the SFBS Program and is beginning work

Jennifer Stein

Lead Designer / Experimental Design LOS ANGELES, CA


Jen Stein is a Lead Designer at Experimental Design.Her design work and research ranges in complexity from world building and science fiction prototyping to practical applications of user experience design for complex systems. Before joining Experimental Design, Jen held academic positions as Watershed Professor of Design Futures at UWE Bristol (UK), Research Faculty in Media Arts + Practice at USC, and as Co-Director of the Mobile and Environmental Media Lab at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, where she worked on interactive design research projects for Steelcase, BMW, Intel, and Microsoft.

Aileen Strickland McGee

Manager, ESG / Steelcase GRAND RAPIDS, MI


Aileen Strickland McGee is a constantly curious creative who seeks to better understand the interaction and experiences between humans, our environment, and the systems we operate within. She is passionate about the power of design, cooperation and systems thinking to create more just, equitable, loving, and regenerative futures.

Rachel Stroer

President / The Land Institute Salina, KS


Rachel Stroer (she/her) is the President of The Land Institute, an independent 501c3 non-profit research organization developing perennial, diverse, regenerative grain crops and agriculture. She is the first woman president to lead the organization in its 45-year history and has held key roles since joining in 2015, including COO and CSO. Surrounded by a community of scientists and researchers, Stroer leads a bold vision to reconcile the human economy with Nature’s economy, starting with food, catalyzing a global network of collaborators and advocates towards a just ecological future for all.

William Swaney

Consultant / Holly Truitt Consulting NEW TOWN, ND


I’ve spent most of my professional life working to educate and empower young native scholars. I’ve focused on helping students see the value and relevance of the subject matter, especially science, to their lives. I have worked with grade levels from K-20 in formal and informal settings.

Rench the Mastermind

Producer | Vocals | Guitar | Beats | Creator of Gangstagrass / Gangstagrass Brooklyn, NY


Rench is a Brooklyn-based music producer and the mastermind behind Gangstagrass. With deep roots in NYC's rap scene and a love inherited from his dad for classic honky tonk, Rench fused his two worlds to create a new genre of American music. Rench has received many accolades and awards including an Emmy nomination in 2010 for the theme song to the hit television show Justified, best sabotage and best in show at the Idiotarod, and second place in the VIP division at the World Championship Cowchip Throw. In his spare time, he likes to get arrested at protests supporting causes that matter.

Dolio the Sleuth

MC | Lyricist | Teacher | 1/6 of Gangstagrass / Gangstagrass Philadelphia, PA


Dolio the Sleuth is a true polymath who has rocked stages across North America, Europe and beyond, as MC, singer, and songwriter in Gangstagrass. A mechanical engineering graduate of MIT, he is lead technical instructor at the Zip Code Wilmington coding academy, as well as a DJ, gardener, baker, father, son, brother. With features in Technology Review and the MIT alumni magazine (and, with the band, in Forbes and the New York Times and Vice and Rolling Stone), Dolio makes a big splash in two very different worlds. Ask him about how he got his nickname “the Sleuth”!

R-SON the Voice of Reason

MC | Off-the-Dome Rapper | 1/6 of Gangstagrass / Gangstagrass Philadelphia, PA


Philly-based MC R-SON the Voice of Reason is a comic book jedi with mad freestyling skills. Coming from a family of police officers and holding a masters in Criminal Justice, R-SON bridges divides by uniting unlikely crowds. A unique, powerful yet approachable, experiential, and motivational speaker, he is a sought-after panelist and keynote lecturer. R-SON is a devoted dad of three. He is a leader of Jenks Dads on Duty, a group of dads at Jenks Elementary School in Philly that recently gained attention facing off against racist posters found plastered near school grounds.

Racquel Thiesen

Director of Community Partnerships / Kansas Leadership Center Wichita, KS


I have worked with community leadership programs for more than 30 years and care passionately about helping them achieve leadership capacity-building for the participants, organizations and community. I particularly enjoy bringing about a level of disruption that energizes program directors and volunteers to consider new ideas and dream larger for their programs. I also enjoy teaching leadership development courses at the college level. It's a ripe environment for stripping away what students think they know about leadership and cultivating a new set of beliefs – mostly belief in themselves!

Shannon Trilli

Currently on sabbatical / Self Austin, Texas


Born in Texas. Read books & danced a lot as a kid. Studied Government at the University of Texas but got to NYC as fast as possible to earn a master’s in nonprofit management. Went to Bolivia with the Peace Corps. The experience blew her mind & launched her work in community-based, maternal & child health for a decade. She then switched tracks to corporate responsibility, curious about the impact of business on society & how to leverage it for humanity’s Good. Her work w/ 3 multinationals focused on community investment, D&I and driving ESG strategy & coms. Married to Randall & stepmom to Elu.

Chris Unger

Teaching Professor / Northeastern University Hopkinton, MA


Chris is doing what he can to catalyze new learning designs and learning environments through relationships, ideation, and entrepreneurial activity. He inspires and assists others in pursuing their passions and personal and professional aspirations.
He has been incredibly fortunate on his path, from Venice Beach to Harvard, the great Northwest to Brown University, and now Northeastern University.
He is doing what he can to support a Revolution in Education through his ongoing relationships, website, podcast series, book, other writings and presentations.

Levi Velez Reed

Venture Partner / Loyal VC Seattle, WA


I'm originally from a dairy farm in upstate New York and currently live in Seattle. I work with startups and VC and I’m slowly moving my career into early-stage startup investing with the goal of launching my own fund within the next few years. I’m currently helping build a program supporting underrepresented founders as an Entrepreneur in Residence with the City of Bellevue, WA, and I’m part of the Material Change Institute fellowship program for emerging VC managers with a social impact orientation.

Margareth Villanueva

Founder Earthtrip / Earthtrip Panama, Panama


Margareth's a multi-passionate human with a deep passion for nature and a solid ability to deliver actionable and creative solutions to complicated challenges. From a very young age she has work on great variety of industries providing her with outstanding capacity to connect dots, identify opportunities and enhance possibilities. She's risen through the ranks at a Fortune 500 company while disrupting norms along the way, and has also founded a tech startup, created social-environmental movements, and authored personal development workbooks. Margareth thrives by embracing life to the fullest.

Danjo Whitener

Banjo player | Multi-instrumentalist | Singer | Songwriter | 1/6 of Gangstagrass / Gangstagrass Matawan, NJ


Danjo is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter in Gangstagrass, playing the banjo, mandolin, dobro and harmonica – and that’s just what he plays on stage. He also plays guitar, piano, and more. His song “We Are Gonna Be Okay” was featured in Spike Lee’s movie Blackkklansman. With a masters degree in choral directing from Bard College, Danjo is passionate about creating and teaching music, and he’s a great leader of bluegrass jams. He has been known to build musical instruments, computers, decks, and more. Danjo is the father of a toddler and that’s why he prefers to stay home.

Ethan Wiechmann

Cedar Falls CAPS Director / Cedar Falls Community School District CEDAR FALLS, IA


Ethan Wiechmann is an educational leader who serves as the director of Cedar Falls Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS), driving innovation in student learning. He has taught math for 14 years and served as an administrator. Ethan has a passion for preparing students for their purpose through authentic learning experiences. His visionary approach helped CAPS expand locally and across Iowa in both rural and urban settings. Championing the mantra, “We are better together,” Ethan believes when education and community work together there are unlimited opportunities.

Jill Wilkins

Executive Director / NewBoCo Lisbon, Iowa


Jill was the Events Planner for the Cedar Rapids Downtown District and Economic Alliance for 10 years where she produced numerous large-scale community events and conferences. She then joined the NewBoCo as the Events Director to produce EntreFEST, an entrepreneurship and innovation conference. She became the COO in 2021 and Interim Executive Director May of 2023. Jill teaches musical theater dance classes and is the choreographer for the Mount Vernon High School. She serves on the board of Revival Theatre Company. Jill lives in Lisbon, IA with her husband Thad, son Hagen and dog Archie.

Nancy Williams

President/CEO / No More Empty Pots Omaha, NE


In 2010 Nancy co-founded and served as a board member at No More Empty Pots, a nonprofit supporting the development of local food systems through self-sufficiency and economic resilience. Nancy began her role as CEO of NMEP in January 2016.
Nancy has served as an agronomist to farmers in a Fortune 500 and grassroots nonprofits manager. She served in an Information Technology (IT) leadership role for over 14 years, where she led award winning youth programs, increased IT integration and supported improved organizational outcomes. Nancy's passions include good food and exceptional outcomes

Carter Williams

CEO / Iselectfund Ladue, Mo


Carter leads iSelect, a venture fund focused on "Food is Health". Using innovation to fix the $1.9T the US spends each year on the healthcare cost of poor nutrition. iSelect has deployed $200M+ into 70+ startups in AgTech and HealthTech. Since graduating MIT, Carter has spent his previous career working on innovation, at Boeing Phantom Works and Boeing Ventures, and as an entrepreneur at Gridlogix. Throughout his career, he's directly managed investments of over $600 million in early-stage ventures and corporate research, resulting in several billion dollars of new product revenues.

Sharmelle Winsett

Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships / WeCode KC Lees Summit, Missouri


Sharmelle Winsett is the Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships for WeCode KC. Her responsibilities include fundraising and strategic planning among others. Previously, as the Director of Workforce at KC Scholars and at the Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute, she led the planning and development of a short-term credentialing and executive leadership development program. Sharmelle has launched major therapeutic medications, cosmetic brands, and curriculum aimed to remedy the unmet needs of the African American consumer market in her corporate life.

Claire Yi

Life coach / Empower coaching Denver, Colorado


Going through a competitive school system as a new immigrant had its impacts on me as a child. As an adult, my career as a dentist reinforced both positive and undesirable aspects of my personality. I became a shell of myself upholding ideals I had unknowingly placed upon myself. Family trauma accelerated my desire for transformation. Today, I'm empowering women to ignite their inner strength to conquer self doubt and cultivate resilience. Join me in the quest to erase silent suffering.

Jeff Yost

President and CEO / Nebraska Community Foundation Lincoln, NE


Jeff Yost, President and CEO of Nebraska Community Foundation, has dedicated the past 25 years to NCF’s mission and community-led, asset-based philosophies. Prior to NCF, he worked for the State of Nebraska in the governor’s office. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has served on many boards and advisory councils including the University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and the Council on Foundations.

Joey Young

Majority owner / Kansas Publishing Ventures Newton, KS


Joey Young, and his wife Lindsey, are the majority owners of Kansas Publishing Ventures (KPV), a company that directs the publication of three weekly newspapers in south-central Kansas.
KPV hosts an annual concert in Newton, KS, called Blues, Brews, and Barbeque, has a custom printing, book publishing and digital ad division, and recently developed an on-demand journalism training platform called Earn Your Press Pass.
This past year, KPV participated in a national study to look at alternative revenue streams for rural newspapers that included events, e-newsletters, and membership programs.

Stephanie Youngblood

Enterprise Customer Success Manager / Datadog Arvada, CO


With a diverse background in business and technology, I have worn many hats, from web design to advising on business strategy. Currently, I nurture channel partnerships as an enterprise customer success manager in tech. I am a cultural ambassador and lead for a DE&I community group, where I advocate for diversity, connecting and collaborating with people, and mentoring towards bigger visions. I am passionate about fostering others' aspirations and offering unique perspectives and guidance to bring goals and ideas to fruition.

Zohra Zori

Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer / Alight Minneapolis, Minnesota


Alight (fka American Refugee Committee) exists to walk alongside those who – by sheer circumstance – find themselves on the long and arduous journey of displacement. Deeply co-creating with communities and integrating human-centered design into our work for more than a decade, our 2,300 humanitarians across 20 countries understand experiences of the displaced better than anyone and deliver high quality services worthy of their humanity. Zohra is the Chief Marketing & Engagement Officer at Alight, guiding how the organization shows up in the world through its brand, and marketing.

HATCH Team Members

Ayeola Alexander

COO / Women for Women International Washington, DC


Financial systems change strategist, most recently as SVP, Operations and Chief Human Resources Officer of the Bank Policy Institute of Washington DC, a research and advocacy group, representing the nation’s leading banks. Currently in transition, and surveying opportunities to scale impact.

Raymond Ansotegui

Consultant / N/A Livingston, MT


Raymond was born and raised in Montana where his love for nature lead him down the educational path of reclaiming disturbed lands. His fascination with soil/plant/wildlife communities, conservation, and feeding people keeps his hands in the dirt. He spent 10 years as a rodeo bullfighter finding flow while dancing with bulls; which ultimately brought him to the TEDx stage. His work with non profits in recent years has inspired Raymond to further his Facilitation skills so he can help others find their best selves and succeed in the dreams they have, often through the lens of storytelling.

Hank Ball

Filmmaker / Independent wewe, Nebraska


Hank Ball is a versatile artist, aspiring documentary filmmaker, and storyteller. He is currently pursuing a BFA at the Johnny Carson School of Emerging Media Arts, class of 2025. Hank specializes in a wide range of digital and interactive art forms which include live experiences, film production utilizing 3D engines, speculative design, photography, graphic design, and filmmaking. From behind-the-scenes editing to directing, Hank thrives on bringing stories to life. Passionate about pushing the boundaries of his craft – See his work here – https://hankball.com

Olivia Benson

Media Artist / Independent Lincoln, Nebraska


Olivia Benson is a multidisciplinary artist, , designer and developer. Her works explore a range of disciplines including animation, game engine development, virtual production and design. She also tells stories through concept art, illustration, and printmaking. Her creations focus on the intersection of art and technology, stitching them together into the hybrid media of the future. She enjoys bringing out playfulness through her pieces, leaning into childhood wonder and nature as inspiration.

Jill Bernstein

Executive Producer/Creative Director / MediaVision Productions (MVP) Asheville, NC


Jill ditched her life as a senior global ad agency executive in NYC after 20+ years to pursue a career that would allow her to blend her love of production, creative, strategy and business leadership. As Executive Producer and Creative Director at MediaVision Productions with her human and fellow HATCHer Brian Stevens, she overlays her agency experience with her endless curiosity and deep empathy. The result is the creation of compelling content for purpose driven organizations, with a focus on remote recording as we all navigate this new era of production.

Amber Caldwell

Founder, Strategic Development Consultant / Connect to Impact, LLC Santa Barbara, CA


Social justice and health equity are at the root of Amber's approach to leading nonprofits and social impact initiatives for public-private partnerships. After 14+ years of working in academics, she applies her background in global health policy to systems strengthening spanning mental health and addiction, community development, and most recently youth restorative justice. Facilitating groups and organizations as they navigate difficult decisions, growth edges, and challenging conversations is a newer skill that Amber is committed to growing.

William Chamberlin

Adventure Journalist // Hatch Podcast // I Am Interchange / Hatch Media Bozeman, MT


William Chamberlin is pushing the envelope in social, educational, and media experiences by continually reintegrating an arsenal of new concepts and human connections. Through an experiential remix uniting music, dialogue, activism, and expression, each step and swell brings a new form of media cultivating curiosity, education & empathy. This arsenal will serve well as he descends upon the world like a platinum-fisted pterodactyl, dropping artistic carpet bombs carrying the seed of expression and social conglomeration.

Micah Christian

Lead Vocalist | Co-founder / Sons of Serendip North Hollywood, CA


Micah is an artist passionate about storytelling, composing, and performing music that supports, enhances, and creates meaningful "moments." He is the co-founder and lead vocalist of America's Got Talent Finalist, Sons of Serendip. Career highlights include collaborations with the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Cynthia Erivo, performing for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Oprah Winfrey's 2020 Vision Tour closing celebration. Most recently, Sons of Serendip was invited as one of the artists to represent the United States at the World Expo in Dubai.

Chris Denson

Host, Author, Innovation Advocate / Crush Industries Los Angeles, CA


Chris has spent his career building better companies, launching new ideas, and giving rise to cultural tastemakers through awe-inspired experiences, content, and advisory. Echoing an award-winning career across entertainment, industrial, media and technology industries, Chris has valuable insights, practices, and resources to thrive in an always-evolving cultural landscape. He has done this alongside the UN, Fast Company, Omnicom Media Group, MullenLowe, Cannes Lions, The Nyah Project, HubSpot, and and authored the 2018 #1 bestselling book, 10 Essential Rules for Breaking Essential Rules.

Kirk Eklund

Founder + Lead Designer / Inkfish Ideas Grand Rapids, Michigan


Kirk Eklund is the founder and lead designer of Inkfish Ideas (a Creative Consultancy) who has been working at the intersection of Innovation and Equity since 2014. He specializes in using Design Thinking to help teams and organizations reimagine how they tackle complex problems, and uses the same methodology for leadership development and program design. Combining the content he learns as an executive coach at Stanford’s d.school, National Equity Project’s leadership program, and years of working with a variety of clients, Kirk provides a unique approach in support of equitable innovation.

Roshi Givechi



Roshi Givechi provides design consulting services to large businesses, individual startup entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations looking to make a difference, while also developing her own short doc films. Common core? To enhance mindsets, crystalize experiences and amplify outcomes. After 19 years at global design firm IDEO, lastly as Partner – Executive Design Director, she coined her 2018 “creative sabbatical” before opting to consult. She loves shaping content, helping founders articulate their offer, and programming workshops with others to unlock individual and collective impact.

Mark Goerner

Founder - Designer / Eqogo Santa Barbara, California


I thrive when living an artful existence creating solutions for an optimistic future. My work centers around comprehensive design, systems thinking, and the arts. Iv’e contributed concept design-work to the automotive, gaming, theme park, movie and tech. industries for 30 years. It’s my love of nature, experience with manufacturing and interest in bettering humanity that inspired me to found Eqogo, a robust platform to evaluate and rate products on their social, environmental and quality attributes. I seek to make the pursuit of transparency a contagion for irreversible change.

Elke Govertsen

"doing things that matter with people I love" consultant / Mamalode, Eleven Global, HATCH Studio, Thanks Alaska, writer Missoula, Montana


Turning ideas into experiences into impact.
Doing things that matter with people that I love.
Founder and CEO of Mamalode. Co-architect of HATCH Studios. Long time HATCH board member. Consultant for impact projects, I bring to the table a mix of creativity, community, content, culture. I am most interested in the place where best-laid-plans meet people. On the side I also am a writer and lead boutique custom boat charters in Alaska.

Rachel Hicks

Event Producer / Facilitator / Designer / HATCH / Rachel Hicks Design Bozeman, MT


Rachel works at the intersection of event production, facilitation, community building, and strategy. She helps build connections, design and create live events/experiences, and produce products that make an impact. She’s a certified Integral Facilitator with a passion for supporting and inspiring others to connect to their ‘WHY’ and achieve their goals.

Ty Hobson-Powell

Coordinator of Leadership Development & Civic Engagement / Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute Washington, District of Columbia


One day Ty's mom met his dad. They did adult cardio and 9 months later, Ty. After graduating HS at 13, getting a B.A at 15 and getting his M.A at 17, Ty leaned into public service fully. He has worked with DC's Office of Youth Programs, UDC and now serves as the Founder and Director of Policy for Concerned Citizens Demanding Change. Ty is also an Outreach Strategist for the organization 51 for 51.

Cole Janssen

Executive Coordinator / HATCH Seattle, Washington


Cole is a bright young man with unlimited promise. A proud English Major and lifelong pianist, Cole is passionate about art, music, and all things that bring people joy and meaning. Cole works on the team at HATCH to keep Yarrow organized and bring sparkle and shine to HATCH’s internal processes. Cole is a youth coach for the Seattle Bouldering Project Climbing Team and a mentor for Alpha Climbing. Cole is a fierce advocate for intersectional justice in all the work he does, and has a passion for conversations about crunchy stuff.

Renay Loper

Organizational Leadership/JEDI Transformation Faculty, MBA Sustainability / Bard College Mechanicsburg, PA


Renay centers people as an impact strategist driven by catalyzing change & leveraging the power of partnerships to shift unjust systems. Renay advises leadership of fortune 500 corporations & has implemented social impact programs globally; created Rhetoric to Action, a series of conversations to mobilize collective action for racial justice; led grant diversification efforts for the Japan Foundation; facilitated sessions at the UN and the US Department of State; teaches Personal Leadership to sustainability MBA students; and serves on sever.

Kyle Megrue



Kyle is a conscious entrepreneur and start-up consultant with over a decade of experience innovating, building, and propelling cutting-edge concepts into impactful organizations. With a strong finance background in venture-backed start-ups, coupled with exceptional operational and management skills, Kyle is an attuned leader, dynamic problem solver, and adept team builder. His experience spans diverse sectors such as non-profits, ecommerce, media, AI, health & wellness, and cannabis.

Louis Morris

Voice Over Artist/Actor / That Voice Productions Belgrade, MT


Lou Morris was raised in northern Minnesota and retains his affinity for mid-western values. He has spent his career in Advertising & Marketing. Settling into the slopes of Montana Lou has rekindled his passion for storytelling as he pursues acting and voiceover projects. Lou Morris has been an essential part of the HATCH family since its inception in 2004.

Chuck Orozco

Audio Engineer / Sound Advice INC. Big Bear Lake, CA


I’m am life time audio engineer and drummer. I toured the world for 14 years advancing to the Tour/Production Manager roles for artists such as Jennifer Hudson, Robin Thicke, then transitioned to broadcast television working for some of the longest running shows in Hollywood such as Ellen, The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel. I won an Emmy Award for sound mixing in 2018, also the founder and drummer for Missus Jones a Tribute to Amy Winehouse. I am an entrepreneur, I host Sunday night meditations, a life time Buddhist and love my fellow mankind.

Lionel Pasamonte

Producer - Director / DGA -TitaVera Productions Long Beach, California


For 25yrs, Lionel has produced and directed live/TV variety entertainment, sports events & music concert films/DVDs globally. On his downtime, he pursues his passion for creating opportunity for economic development, digital literacy and inclusionary housing for all.

Teneia Sanders

Musician / Teneia New Orleans, LA


Folk soul singer / songwriter, Teneia is a International touring musician and activist who spreads a message of love and equality. Her profound take on love and social justice makes her a force of nature. She's a musical ambassador for the United States. In 2022, Teneia become the 3rd female composer to present with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in 75 years. Teneia is passionate about female empowerment, equality, love and dance.

Aithan Shapira

Founder, Senior Lecturer / Tilt, MIT Lexington, MA


Serving change agents + global entities sincere about developing intra + inter-personal capabilities needed to forward the UN SDGs—Facilitator. Artist. Lecturer @ MIT Sloan. Founder @ TILT, social enterprise focused on artful evolution of leaders + cultures working in ever-changing contexts. Serves McKinsey's think tank for Learning Innovation. Pioneers curricula to train leaders in lived practices that facilitate ongoing growth of individuals + communities at MIT Sloan, Harvard ilab, Stanford d.school. Lived in an Australian Aboriginal community for 3 years to study how we mature creatively.

Jared Silverman

Chief Operating Officer / HATCHexperience.org Prescott, AZ


As the Chief Operating Officer for HATCH, Jared works to educate, accelerate, and invest in entrepreneurs who are creating solutions to social problems. Jared’s role involves developing and implementing strategies to collaborate with individuals, corporations and foundations to scale the impact of HATCH globally. Also an Instructor at Prescott College, Jared teaches courses in Ecopsychology, The History of Psychiatry, Yogic Philosophy, and Human Development. As a researcher for the Gwydion Fund, Jared works to connect people with the natural world.

Brian Stevens

Executive Creative Director / MediaVision Productions, Inc. Asheville, NC


As the owner of MediaVision Productions, Brian has been producing impactful content for almost 30 years. Along with his human and fellow HATCHer Jill Bernstein, he produces and directs live events and shoots for clients in healthcare, social impact, CPG, music and innovation. He's a seasoned editor and motion graphics designer who thrives most when he's working on something he believes in. With a recent pivot to specializing in global remote recording, his passion is to use the latest technology to arm his clients with meaningful storytelling tools.

Pete Strom

Entrepreneur | Integral Facilitator | Singer/Songwriter | Therapist/Coach | Restaurateur / - BOZEMAN, MT


Pete is a people, process, and culture expert. He brings an adult development approach to facilitating experiences and elevating individual & team performance. His current venture is MagDrive Tech, commercializing the first zero-emission valve solution for Oil/Gas, Hydrogen, Nuclear & Space. Pete does his facilitation & leadership dev work with TILT. He’s volunteered as a co-designer/facilitator of the HATCH summits since 2013.
His spiritual practices are playing hockey, parenting, Zen meditation, and dealing with stage IV cancer… roughly in that order

Holly Truitt

NA / Holly Truitt Consulting MISSOULA, MT


Holly is the CEO of Holly Truitt Consulting. Designer, federally funded researcher and author, her firm helps institutions co-create solutions with their communities that better the world. Clients include/have included: Harvard Medical School, Fortune 500s, Government of Abu Dhabi, Tribal entities, and others. A presenter at places like HATCH, TEDx and MIT, she has taught at the Stanford d.school. She lives in Missoula, Montana with her boy Finn, husband Reed, and their 12 pound dog named Baguette.