The HATCH Network

Remember when a brush with someone changed your life?

Each of us can remember a time in our lives when a connection with someone we admired or respected changed our life’s path forever.

HATCH is creating those moments…. by bringing together the world’s top creative minds with tomorrow’s most promising talent, experiences are shared and horizons opened. The mentors below came to HATCH on a mission to share knowledge and inspiration with our Groundbreakers and the entire creative community attending the HATCH Experience. Learn more about how this HATCH Network uses the HATCH 360 Mentorship Model to facilitate meaningful, impactful relationships across the globe.


HATCH Mentor Alumni

Tom Gruber

Inventor of Apple's Siri

Tom is an American computer scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur with a focus on systems for knowledge sharing and collective intelligence.

Alice Wilder

Alice is Tom Hanks’ character, Josh, from the movie Big. She is an adult body that represents the kid point of view to a room full of adults who can’t remember what it’s like to be a kid anymore. She is also an Educational Psychologist with a Doctorate in Educational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She brings a background in education and learning theory combined with 20+ years of sitting on the floor talking with kids to capture and bring their point of view to the making of quality, educational media for children (Amazon Kids Originals, Speakaboos, Cartoon Network,Nick Jr., PBS Kids ).

Beth Altringer

Dr. Altringer is based at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Graduate School of Design, and also a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She runs the Desirability Lab and uses design and psychological research to help innovators focus on what makes some designs more desirable than others in terms of multi-sensory balance, emotional experience and cognitive experience. She has worked with hundreds of teams across a range of multinational companies and educational institutions.

Heather Rangel

Heather serves as the US technology sector leader at Deloitte. She is focused on inspiring relationships with tech companies, driving eminence and uncovering sector insights. Heather leads the delivery of Deloitte services to multinational tech, media, & entertainment companies, where she helps her clients identify smarter solutions for navigating a complex global business environment. Heather is known as a highly visible leader, passionate about helping high growth companies scale to expand boundaries and explore edges while maintaining company culture.

Hillman Curtis

Inventor of Flash, designer

Hillman Curtis was an American new media designer, author, musician and filmmaker. Curtis was the Principal and Chief Creative Officer of hillmancurtis.com, inc., a digital design and film production firm in New York City.

Jeremy Renner


Jeremy is an American actor, singer, and film producer. Throughout the 2000s, Renner appeared largely in independent films such as Dahmer and Neo Ned.

Giovanna Mingarelli

Giovanna Mingarelli is an international entrepreneur who’s appeared in dozens of publications ranging from Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post and The Globe and Mail. From Arviat, Nunavut in Northern Canada to the White House in Washington D.C. She is an avid contributor to international activities relating to digital democracy, Millennial leadership, open innovation, crowdsourcing social engagement and the gamification of politics and business. An Entrepreneur-in-residence at 1125@Carleton, Carleton University’s Living Labs. As the Principal and Co-Founder of M&C Consulting, she brings critical solutions to how companies, organizations and governments can fuse traditional communications with new media.

Tanya Thompson

Tanya Thompson is the Head of Global Product Sourcing and Product Development for Mastermind Toys, North America’s largest specialty toy store chain. She believes in changing the world through PLAY!
Ms. Thompson is honored to be on the Advisory Board of HATCH. She is on the Executive Board of both the SNAP Mathematics Foundation and the Chicago Toy and Game Group. She is also thrilled to be a part of the Gathering for Gardner Atlanta and Celebration of Mind, Higher Purpose Project, International Puzzle Party, Catalyst Week and Gathering of Friends conferences.

Michael Keaton


Michael is an American actor, producer, director and comedian. He is currently a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University.

David McConville

President Buckminster Fuller Institute

Dr. David McConville serves as the board chair for BFI. As a media artist and researcher, he develops tools and techniques for exploring the big picture context of the complex challenges facing humanity.

Peter Fonda


Peter is an American actor. He is the son of Henry Fonda, brother of Jane Fonda, and father of Bridget and Justin Fonda. Fonda is an icon of the counterculture of the 1960s.

Will Travis

CEO Sid Lee USA, Former President of Dentsu & Attik

International creative leader with over twenty five years experience in launching, branding, expanding and stabilizing marketing service agencies in Europe, America and Australasia.

Patricia Villanueva

Founding partner of López, Villanueva & Heurtematte – Lovill LatamLex, where she heads the real estate law department and provides legal advice to local and international companies developing real estate projects in Panama. Patricia is passionate about New Urbanism, and is a founding member of the Council of New Urbanism Panama.
She also seats on the board of Vital Voices Panama where she overlooks the female entrepreneur Mentorship Program. She is also a licensed real estate broker and translator. Mom to Vicky and Gaby.

Marilu Salvador

Marilu is a passionate educator that has worked for more than 20 years to improve education in the region. She has been a professor, director, trainer and mentor; but the role that she has always enjoyed the most is of teacher.
Currently, Marilu is the national director for basic education at the Ministry of Education in Panama. She is in charge of innovative programs in the areas of reading comprehension, mathematical problem-solving and scientific inquiry to improve teaching methodology and student learning. She is a Fellow of the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI) class XI.

AJ Paron-Wildes

AJ Paron-Wildes, LEED AP ID+C, Allied ASID, Associate Member IIDA, and Associate Member AIA, has been involved in the interior design industry for over 20 years. She currently leads the Architectural & Design Team for Allsteel in North America. She focuses on design for corporations, higher education, K-12 education, public sector and non-profits. She has spent 17 years being a thought-leader for designing for autism where she has designed countless projects, pioneered research and written three books on the design principles surrounding this special population.

Jackson Browne

Jackson is an American singer-songwriter and musician who has sold over 18 million albums in the United States.

Jeff Bridges


Jeff is an American actor, singer, and producer.

Grimanesa Amorós

Grimanesa Amorós was born in Lima, Peru and lives and works in New York City. She is a multidisciplinary artist with diverse interests in the fields of social history, scientific research and critical theory.
Amorós researches the locations, histories and communities of the installation sites. The intuitive relationship to technology is a distinctive feature of Amorós’ practice. Her works incorporates elements from lighting sculpture, video, and technology to create site-specific installations to engage architecture and create community. Her works are presented from Tel Aviv to Time Square.

Elke Govertsen

Elke Govertsen is the founder of Mamalode (magazine– print, online, events.) An origin Magazine Top 100 Creative, Elke loves to ideate. Her superpower is naming things.

Sam Grawe

Former executive editor Dwell Magazine

Herman Miller Editorial Director. 100% Hatchback. 50% Windsurf.

Michelle Thaller

Dr. Michelle Thaller is a nationally recognized spokesperson for astronomy and science, and the Assistant Director of Science at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center. Michelle has a Bachelor’s in astrophysics from Harvard, and a Ph.D. from Georgia State University. After a post-doctoral research fellowship at Caltech, Michelle became particularly interested in public outreach and science communication and served as the public outreach lead for the Spitzer Space Telescope at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory before moving to Goddard. She is currently serving a one-year leadership fellowship in th


Butterscotch began her career in hip hop’s underground beatbox battle scene. She was crowned the world’s first female beatbox champion and won numerous other titles competing in a male dominated scene. The world got their first taste of Butterscotch after a breakthrough performance on America’s Got Talent. She captured the audience with her jazz-inspired vocals, while simultaneously beatboxing and playing the piano with a touch of elegance and impressive chops. She continues to perform at various prestigious festivals around the world and finishing her debut album to be released in 2015.

Ondi Timoner

Ondi Timoner has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice – for her 2004 documentary, DIG!, about the collision of art & commerce through the star-crossed rivalry between two bands, and her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, about Internet visionary Josh Harris. Both films were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for their permanent collection. Her other award-winning features include The Nature of the Beast (1994), Join Us (2007), and COOL IT (2010).

DJ Spooky

DJ Spooky is a Washington DC-born electronic and experimental hip hop musician whose work is often called by critics or his fans as “illbient” or “trip hop”.

Maria Teresa Arnal

Maria Teresa is the CEO of J Walter Thompson Company in Mexico, the controlling firm in Mexico of J. Walter Thompson, Colloquial and Mirum -the new global agency that brings together 11 digital agencies spanning 17 countries and 40 offices. She is responsible for the company’s business growth and the further development of the services offered by the Group. Mariate, as commonly known, is the founder and CEO of Clarus, now Mirum, and one of the leading marketing companies in Mexico. She is a mentor at Endeavor, Wayra and StartUp Mexico and a major contributor to the online industry in Mexico.

Brendan Boyle

Partner, Chief Creative Officer of IDEO.com

As a Partner at IDEO, Brendan’s passion is promoting entrepreneurial thinking (and entrepreneurial doing) throughout IDEO’s eight global offices.

John Fortè

John Forté is a Grammy-nominated American recording artist, composer, music producer, educator and activist.

Bryony Schwan

Bryony Schwan is founder and CEO of Kindkudos, a mobile app designed to spread kindness and happiness. A serial entrepreneur in the social change space, Bryony has founded and led several successful non-profit organizations, national coalitions and mission-driven businesses including The Biomimicry Institute, Women’s Voices for the Earth and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Born in Zimbabwe, she moved to the US in 1981. She is an affiliate faculty member in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana and currently serves on the boards of Greenpeace US and Gross National Happiness USA.

Benjamin Taylor


Ben is a musician and actor. He is the son of folk rock artists James Taylor and Carly Simon.

Manuel Lima

Data visualization artist

Manuel is a designer, author, lecturer, and researcher based in New York City.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Founder of VisualComplexity.com, Design Lead at Codecademy.

Paul Budnitz

Founder, Ello and Kid Robot

Paul is an American entrepreneur. He is the founder of Ello, an ad-free social network, and also Kidrobot, a retailer of art toys, apparel and accessories.

Nolan Bushnell

Founder of Atari

Nolan is an American engineer and entrepreneur who founded both Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza-Time Theaters chain.

Mick Ebeling

Co-founder and CEO of Not Impossible Labs

Mick is an award-winning film/television/commercial producer, philanthropist, idea-generator, and public speaker.

Elysa Fenenbock

Elysa spends her time working at the intersection of design thinking, education, and art. She is currently designer-in-residence at Google where she focuses on design and innovation. Prior to Google, she worked at IDEO as a toy inventor, senior designer, and project leader. At IDEO, Elysa specialized in design for learning where she developed the Design Thinking for Educators platform (www.designthinkingforeducators.com). Elysa teaches courses at the Stanford d.school and works with Catapult Ideas bringing design and innovation to high schoolers. She is a creative ninja by day, artist by night. Check out her current projects @ goodguild.com and thecreativenomadproject.com.