Ja-Naé Duane (Leader): One-woman revolution Ja-Naé Duane stormed into the limelight at age 13 as an award-winning public speaker. Since then, the intrepid social scientist, strategist, artist, creative economist, and author of How to Start Your Business with $100 has captured the media’s attention, appearing in The Associated Press, NPR, Classical Singer Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Business Week. Her impressive skill set and unwavering commitment to improving the quality of life for the global community garnered Ja-Naé a nomination as one of New England’s Most Innovative Leaders of 2007. Ja-Naé spearheads a plethora of ventures as CEO of Wild Women Entrepreneurs, CEO of Ja-Naé Duane Ventures, Co-Founder of the Massachusetts Artist Leaders Coalition, and Founder of The Leaders. Additionally, Ja-Naé is a professional opera singer, a social media strategist, and a faculty member at Northeastern University. Her upcoming book, How to Create a Revolution: A Step by Step Guide from History’s Social Influencers is due out this fall.
Steve Fisher: Steve’s background as an entrepreneur and filmmaker along with working for large corporations, has given him unique insight into what businesses need to do in order to stay innovative, entrepreneurial and fiscally fit. His entrepreneurial experience includes founding Appsolve, a small business applications marketplace, and Slipstream Aviation Software, an online marketplace for private jet charter sold in 2008 to JIT Airline Resources. As a filmmaker, Steve is co-creator and producer of Browncoats: Redemption, a sequel to Joss Whedon’s feature film Serenity. The project is charity based and produced by Big Damn Fan Films, a 501(c)(3) organization that he co-founded.
Known as an advocate for helping businesses think and act differently, Steve speaks and writes extensively on Creative Leadership, Open Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Trends. Currently, Steve is working on his first book, “Innovation Rebels,” which compliments his blog InnovationRebel.com.
His hobbies include flying airplanes and landing them successfully, playing music for those who will listen and taking interesting pictures of anything that will stand still.
Ilana Ransom Toeplitz: is a director, choreographer and photographer in the Greater Boston Area. Ilana attended The Boston Conservatory for Musical Theatre (BFA, Directing Emphasis) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she designed her own degree in “Artistic Direction & Arts Management.” Former directing credits include Lucky Stiff: A Musical Comedy, My House was Collapsing to One Side by Charles Mee (Boston Conservatory), bare: a Pop Opera (UMass Amherst), 2B or not 2B (Amherst College), Wanda’s Visit (Amherst College) and the upcoming The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain (Arsenal Center for the Arts, Boston Globe Critic’s Picks). An active enthusiast of the European theatre scene, Ilana has attended both the Edinburgh Fringe & International Theatre Festivals, in addition to holding two directing internships in London (White Bear Theatre Pub and The Method Studio, London). Ilana was recently awarded an Assistant Directorship at the Berkshire Theatre Festival for this upcoming summer. Someday, Ilana hopes to be a professional regional theatre director in addition to a founding artistic director of a theatre pub.
Twitter: @IlanaRanToe ————————————————————————————————————————- Topher Ziobro: is an artist and traveler striving to find passionate people and compelling projects to support. A fan of karaoke and street art, Topher consults on interactive marketing with experience designing quality online audience engagement and training. Having worked as a brand ambassador, sports promoter, curator, and event manager, Topher brings that creative experience and unique approach to enhance clientʼs programs and drive strong relationships with desired communities. Topher has worked on digital strategy, audience engagement, and event production for clients including The New York Academy of Art, The Roger Smith Hotel, The National Kidney Foundation, and as a coorganizer for the Arts, Culture, and Technology Meetup group.
Twitter: @bretthenley ————————————————————————————————————————- Jeremy Bersin: Jeremy has been working as a mental health advocate since 2002, after co-founding a program dedicated to educating his community about the warning signs of suicide and depression. Since then, he has sat on a grant writing committee and numerous advisory boards at the local, state, and national level. In college, Jeremy became the Founding President of Active Minds at UConn, and was selected to serve on the Active Minds’ Student Advisory Committee where he was quickly elected as President. He currently serves on the Active Minds Alumni Network’s Executive Council and Co-chairs the Fundraising Committee, as well as the Connecticut Youth Suicide Advisory Board. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in political science and sociology, he worked as the Director of Marketing for Energy Inside (now DailyFeats), a startup company creating web applications with a positive psychology twist. He is currently working on multiple projects including 33needs, which helps socially conscious startups raise money through small investments from ordinary people (think Kiva + Kickstarter). ————————————————————————————————————————-
Geo Geller: He describes himself as Dreamer, Inventor, Social Sculpture, recovering artist, personal insultant, moving/still/audio image maker, unthinker, suffers from incurable social consciousness, believes to keep it you have to give it away and the power of one person is more then power of none, to name a few.
Jerry Hirsch: AKA, “Uncle Jer”, Born NYC, currently lives in Northern Nevada. Professional Photographer – specialty -People – I like traveling, communicating, involvement. ————————————————————————————————————————-
Wojtek “Voytec” Wacowski: is the former sailor who got “stranded” in USA 10 years ago – one of the last immigrants to America who actually came here on a tall ship. He currently works as a freelance nautical photographer and Web media producer based in New Haven, CT, specializing in obtaining fresh perspectives on tall ships and the maritime industry. His original works have been exhibited internationally and have also appeared in books, calendars, magazines, posters, and promotional brochures for sailing ships. Voytec is also a self diagnosed Social Media Addict and Life Hitchhiker, an Anti 9-to-5er and a Cats Crazy Person, Not necessarily in that order. ————————————————————————————————————————-
Bryan Fenster: As a Co-Founder of Detroit Nation – Chicago, It’s an honor to be surrounded with Detroiters and fellow Midwesterners here. There is a diverse network of creative and passionate individuals who care deeply about where they come from and the future of Detroit, and the Midwest region as a whole. While staying realistic in the challenges we face inside and out of southeast Michigan, I remain overwhelmingly optimistic. My motivation stems from the grassroots social and economic innovation coming out of Detroit, and the ways it’s people keep us excited and engaged. Really, it’s because of this that we exist in Detroit Nation, and I feel a great responsibility to share this with the world! Thanks to groups such as ‘Our Revolution’, we can continue to share our struggles and make progress, unified. It’s a pleasure to be with you all.