Begüm received her postgraduate Architecture and Urbanism M.Arch degree from Architectural Association School of Architecture, Design Research Laboratory (AADRL). Under the studio of Shajay Bhooshan, head of Zaha Hadid Architects Computational Design (ZHCODE), she focused on the contemporary use of robotics in architecture and construction as well as new ways of living such as co-living in high performance cities. She has worked as an architect and computational designer in several international projects including Seoul Robot Science Museum and the Hyperloop system.
Gordon's esoteric and mystic journey began at a very young age. This has always been the accompaniment to his artistic vision. He has exhibited widely in the UK, and has many works in private collections. Artful in life and mystic in heart is his ethos. The balance of which is the fulcrum to endless visual landscapes which arrive spontaneously.
We are struck by the otherworldly atmosphere and lavish detail in his visual narratives and the intensity of the sitters gaze in his portraiture. Each new artwork elaborates a narrative which teaches Gordon and informs the next step. This process reaches new potential in his exhibitions and presentations. "The visceral theatre of his soul," he tells us, where sharing insight is pivotal to the artistic process. This dynamic completes the circuit of production and evolution and it's fulfilment in the awaiting audience.
Allié Merrick McGuire is the Co-Founder of Awareness Ties™ (www.awarenessties.us), a platform that raises awareness for causes one story at a time. With their monthly magazine, quarterly broadcast, and social impact campaigns they raise awareness for causes and support for nonprofits. Allié believes that words are the most powerful tools we have and that our voices are the most valuable asset we will ever possess. As a spoken word artist, Allié illustrates the power of words with 'articulation' - the 'art' of speaking.
John Thomas Dodson
John Thomas Dodson is an orchestra conductor, mindfulness teacher, consultant, author and speaker. He has conducted in renowned venues like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Severance Hall, Athens Megaron Concert Hall and the Hungarian State Opera House, leading concerts with orchestras in the United States, Greece, Russia, Hungary, Poland, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Dodson was selected to study Buddhist Traditions in the Himalayas through a National Endowment for the Humanities program at College of the Holy Cross. He later worked with a life-long student of Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Trungpa Rinpoche, and has attended numerous silent retreats studying meditation in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin as presented by S. N. Goenka, one of the foremost teachers of Vipassana of our time.
Dodson participated in programs exploring Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. He authored the leadership development program “Substance of Leadership: Practicing Internal Transformation,” and he founded Blue Heron Mindfulness Living, where he coaches high-performance leaders and performers. John Thomas Dodson has presented at international conferences and led mindfulness sessions in the US, abroad, and online. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Siena Heights University.
For the past 20 years Will has been working with talented design teams that have created exceptional work. Prior to founding The Collective Spark, Will was the Co-Founder and Director of The Invisible Spark Design Studio where he oversaw the creative processes and projects, striving to design and deliver unparalleled work. Previous to that, he worked with Apple Inc. in Cupertino and also with San Francisco-based Factor Design. Over his career, he has designed materials for a broad range of clients including Stanford Law School, Nike, Environmental Defense Fund, Apple, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and Mindful Schools, among others. Will studied at Brown University and RISD where he completed a self-designed major on the creative process, receiving honors following his senior exhibit and thesis presentations. Will lives in Berkeley with his wonderful wife and two inspiring children.
Dr. Anna Yusim
Dr. Anna Yusim is a world renowned, award-winning, Stanford- and Yale-educated, Board Certified Psychiatrist with a robust private practice in New York and Connecticut. On the Clinical Faculty at Yale Medical School, Dr. Yusim is internationally recognized as a trailblazer among healers, a gifted speaker on topics of creativity, and the best-selling author of “Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier, More Meaningful Life.” Having personally helped over 1200 patients, Dr. Yusim is presently starting a Spirituality and Mental Health Center at Yale and making a feature-length documentary on the interface of mental health and spirituality. After working as a neurobiology researcher with Dr. Robert Sapolsky Ph.D. and completing her studies at Stanford, Yale Medical School, and the NYU Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Dr. Yusim felt that something was missing from her life. In her quest to find it, she travelled, lived and worked in over 50 countries, while studying Kabbalah, learning Buddhist meditation, and working with South American shamans and Indian gurus. Dr. Yusim is a media expert and frequent contributor on CNN, FoxNews, NBC, ABC, etc. She has authored over 100 articles for the lay public and been a guest on countless national and international TV shows, radio programs and podcasts.
Dr. Yusim has published over 70 academic articles, book chapters, scientific abstracts and book reviews on various topics in psychiatry. She has been awarded the National Institute of Mental Health Outstanding Research Resident Award, the American Psychoanalytic Association Fellowship, the William Webb Fellowship from the Academy for Psychosomatic Medicine, the American Psychiatric Institute for Research & Education (APIRE) Janssen Research Award, the Seed Research Grant from the American Medical Association, First Prize in the Sermo Resident Challenge, the Carta Fellowship from the World Psychiatric Association, the Janet M. Glasgow- Rubin Award for Women Leaders at Yale Medical School, the William F. Downs Fellowship for International Research, the Max Kade Fellowship, the Samuel F. and Sara G. Feinman Scholarship for Leadership, the Foreman Fleisher Foundation Scholarship for Academic Excellence, the Golden Award for Top Thesis written in the Humanities at Stanford University, the Hoefzer Prize for Top Essay Written in Stanford University Course, the Bessie F. Lawrence International Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation Scholarship.
Michael Bernier, founder and lead designer of Bernier Design Group, a full-service Landscape and Exterior Design firm located in Los Angeles, California, is a champion for sustainable design and installation practices. Michael’s 25-year career as an award-winning designer has had stints in fashion and sportswear design, branding, advertising and product design, working with global brands such as Coca-Cola, MTV, Nike, and Paramount Pictures.
After studying Landscape Architecture at UCLA, Michael realized his life’s purpose by utilizing his design skills combined with his passion for working with Nature and preserving the environment for generations to come.
On his way to certification in Sustainable Development and Permaculture Design, he is currently developing an online training program to teach better landscape design practices as well as writing his first book about creativity.
Michael’s mission is to connect people back to Nature. “I want to show people that we are intimately connected to our environment, and the simplest way to do that is through the garden. People relax and breathe deeper when sitting peacefully in their tranquil gardens, they can feel their innate connection to Nature. Calm, content people make better choices, and better choices make for a better planet. I really just want to make the world a more beautiful place, while empowering others to discover their own creative genius.”
Nick Harauz is a certified Adobe, Apple, and Avid trainer and founder of Creative 111, a company that specializes in video and motion graphics training. Nick has the uncanny ability to engage his students and create a level of relatedness that keeps them coming back for more. Since 2002, Nick has also worked with domestic and international brands, offering a wide variety of video production and motion graphic services. He has worked with clients such as Proctor & Gamble, Diageo, Virgin Mobile, Yahoo, Visa and Blackberry. He spoke at Adobe MAX in 2018 for Adobe and has new classes on Linkedin Learning for creating Title Templates in both After Effects and Premiere. Currently, Nick is writing a book for video workflows in Photoshop for 2021. When he is not teaching or creating video content, Nick can be found on his e-bike.
Matt joined the Dell Precision workstations team in July 2018 to lead strategic alliances for the Media and Entertainment industry, working closely with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), customers and technology partners. He has more than 20 years of experience within the tech sector, and prior to Dell, he held marketing and product management roles at Autodesk, Avid Technology, Schneider Electric, Microsoft Softimage, Media 100 and X-Rite. Matthew lives with his family in the greater Boston area and loves movies, seafood and checking out live bands.
Renaldo Lawrence is an elearning developer and educator recognized by Adobe, Apple, and Microsoft. Renaldo is an Adobe Education Leader, Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator and Educator Trainer, and an Advanced Skills teacher. He holds his masters in education. He is an author of comic books, audio and paperback books.
Bob Chiang is a Mindfulness Coach, Hypnotherapist, and a Tai Chi Instructor. He is an L2 Coach in the Unified Mindfulness system developed and taught by Shinzen Young, which covers the breadth as well as depth in contemplative practice. In mindfulness, Bob leads a weekly group sitting for people wishing to learn and practice. He also leads a monthly meeting for teachers and facilitators of meditation and mindfulness to discuss and deepen their skills and practice for the benefit of their students. Bob works with people from all walks of life, helping them manage the difficulties they are experiencing by using mindfulness as a way to learn more about themselves.
He runs courses for groups of learners at all levels, has hosted one day Tai Chi events for a more in-depth look at the art, and teaches workshops for corporate clients. The Tai Chi form he teaches is the Yang-style short form. He has been teaching for 20 years. There are many subtle layers to the Tai Chi movements, health benefits in terms of relaxation and fitness, physically as well as mentally. He loves to connect with people and to share useful strategies to allow people to overcome their barriers and work towards their goals. He became interested in Hypnotherapy whilst training as an NLP coach, one of the modules was on Hypnosis and the works of Milton Erickson. As a hypnotherapist, it has opened up another dimension to working with people. The mind has so much potential and endless creative possibilities.
Dan Clark is President/CEO of the international communications and high-performance consulting firm, Clark Success Systems. He is also a New York Times best-selling author, award-winning athlete, professor, adventurer, journalist, gold-record songwriter and recording artist. Having fought his way back from a paralyzing injury that cut short his American football career, Clark’s unique and comprehensive understanding of how to get from where we are to where we want to be ignited a desire in him to share his revolutionary insights with the world.
Clark has had the honour of presenting his ideas at the Festival of Thinkers in Abu Dhabi, UAE, to the general assembly of the United Nations World Congress, to the senior leadership of the United States military, and to US/Coalition combat troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa. He has spoken to over 4,500 audiences, in all 50 states, in 50 countries, having been invited to share his innovative and counter-intuitive views on significance, leadership, resiliency, increasing productivity, building team unity, and exceeding internal and external customer expectations with many of the world’s most significant organizations including Apple, NASA, Honeywell, Marriott Hotels, Delta Airlines, Troon Golf, and the Mayo Clinic. As a prolific writer, Clark is a New York Times best-selling author of 20 books, and a primary contributing author to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, where he has been published in more than 40 million books in 40 languages worldwide. His story “Puppies for Sale” was made into an award-winning film at Paramount Studios starring Jack Lemmon.
Dorota Stanczyk is a Polish transformational artist, creative director, conscious creativity trainer, speaker and writer. Her passion is to combine fine arts, personal growth and interactive technology to raise awareness of new models and paradigms of living, working and be-ing. She designs digital products, transformational events and experiences in the wellness industry. Dorota also delivers Conscious Creativity Training and consults on creating strong brand awareness and visual identity for brands and artists around the world.
Dorota has worked with brands that include Christian Dior, Sony, Alexis Mabill, Nouvelle Vague Music, Under the Influence Magazine, 25th Street Recording, Pinna Records and others. Her talent has been recognised through numerous awards, including Photo Awards for Creative Direction and Oakland Independent Artist’s Award for “Best Music Video”.
Dorota also directed a full-length documentary on Enhanced States of Consciousness in collaboration with Mindvalley and published numerous articles on self-awareness, creativity and innovation.
Rhea Allen is an adjunct marketing professor, marketing expert, industry leader, and national keynote speaker/presenter with 20 years of experience as a Culture + Branding Expert, and Co-founder, President/CEO of an award-winning creative and digital marketing/ad agency, Peppershock Media. Peppershock has performed professional marketing and creative production services all over the world. She and her crew will often hire freelancers to add to her team and work with creatives from many different mediums, capabilities and talents based on their client’s needs.
She is also the host of the Marketing Expedition Podcast and the founder of The Marketing Expedition Community, TheMarketingExpedition.com, a premium, online subscription-based platform where members gain invaluable insights, the latest trends in marketing, creativity, forum support, ideas and inspiration for building brands and bottom lines. She has a distinct style in which she provides encouragement, coaching, and feedback. She promotes a supportive environment and facilitates the creative process with many varying perspectives while participants pursue their goals of successful personal and/or professional brand creation. Rhea and her husband Drew Allen, who is also the co-founder of Peppershock Media, have two teenage boys and they enjoy the great outdoors together.
Erin McPherson oversees the content business across Verizon’s growing number of consumer platforms and services. She and her team drive content strategy, deal negotiation and partner management for a wide array of partners, including major broadcast and cable networks,sports leagues and digital publishers and content creators.
Prior to Verizon, Erin served as Chief Content Officer at Maker Studios, the world’s largest network of short-form online video, acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2014. In her role at Maker, Erin oversaw the development and production of hit YouTube programming as well as innovative franchises across Disney. Before joining Maker, Erin was Vice President and Head of Video at Yahoo, where she led the company’s foray into original video and oversaw the award-winning Yahoo Studios.
Before joining Yahoo, Erin practiced entertainment and media law, representing a wide number of individuals and companies, including Halle Berry, Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden, Zachary Quinto, Vertigo Entertainment, and others. She also served as in-house counsel for LivePlanet, the media company founded in 2000 by Matt Damon, Ben Afflect, Chris Moore and Sean Bailey as well as at z.com, an early online video company. Prior to that, Erin practiced entertainment and intellectual property litigation, and served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall, Federal District Judge in the Central District of California.