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 by MAA
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.
Let me introduce a Professor and Polymath of Pugilistic Principles - "The Hound" Jay Cooper! A lifelong martial artist and former police officer, Jay has distilled over 30 years of training, 5 black belts, multiple disciplines and experience in life or death situations into an engaging and articulate series of talks, lessons and demonstrations.
Although known for the efficacy of his fighting arts, Jay has always taught them as being part of a total approach to life and a way for any individual to explore and express themselves honestly. Jay has trained with a "who's who" of the best in martial arts and continues to pass on their lessons, insights and wisdom tempered with his always irreverent, occasionally profane, but never imitated style. Jay also has his own podcast and is working on several projects including online martial arts training academy and a film credit with a well known French director!
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.
For the last ten years Mr. Sweeney has served as President and/or CEO of three separate Commercial Banks, including Far East National Bank, Global Trust Bank and most recently Evergreen International Bank. His role in each was to stabilize banks with regulatory, market and management issues while presenting the Board and ownership of each with options for renewed growth or strategic exit. For the last year he has worked in private equity structuring and managing investments both domestically and internationally.
Prior to entering commercial banking, Mr. Sweeney was Managing Director of GE Capital’s Global Electronics Solutions platform based in Asia and Integration Manager for GE’s acquisition of Comdisco Electronics. He began his career with GE in 1997 in Mexico City, serving first to help create GE Capital’s first commercial bank effort, GE Capital Bank and then building a new cross border leasing program for GE Capital’s Commercial Equipment Financing unit. Prior to entering GE, Mr. Sweeney worked for three years as a workout specialist on large scale transactions at the recently privatized Grupo Financiero Serfin in Monterrey Mexico and Mexico City, Having begun his business career with Booz, Allen and Hamilton de Mexico in Mexico City in 1992. Mr. Sweeney holds a BA in Classics from the University of Colorado and a Masters in International Finance and Banking from Columbia University. He has served on numerous bank, charity and social organization boards.
John is a serial entrepreneur, story teller, futurist, visionary and dreamer. He leads IEEE-USA’s Washington, DC Communications team and is responsible for guiding the strategy for all public relations, website and social media messaging to consistently articulate IEEE-USA’s mission, vision and brand. Prior to joining IEEE, John worked as General Manager of Web Development for Erol’s Internet, which at the time was the 4th largest Internet Service Provider in the country behind AOL, Earthlink and MindSpring serving more than 350,000 customers. While there, he founded INTERCOT.com – one of the Internet’s oldest (23+ years) and largest Walt Disney World vacation planning websites.
John also previously served as Operations Director for one of the largest Century 21 offices in the world, and spent more than 10 years in Broadcasting as an Air Talent and Program Director roaming town to town – up and down the dial for radio stations in: Washington, DC; Manassas, VA; Martinsburg, WV; Frederick, MD; Hagerstown, MD, Lima, OH and Dayton, OH. John is a 1989 graduate of the University of Dayton (BA Communications), an avid photographer/videographer, podcaster, graphic designer & gadget nut who has been married for 28 years to his beautiful wife Stacey and Dad to his amazing sons – Michael and Andrew. He resides Hilton Head Island, SC.
Allié Merrick McGuire is the Co-Founder of Awareness Ties™ (), 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.
Stephen Burns is a digital artist and author of books on being creative with your digital tools. He is an Adobe AEL (Adobe Educational Leader) and Adobe Freelancer and has taught digital creativity internationally. He is an Instructor at Santa Monica College and Goldenwest College. He is also the president Of Photoshop Users Group which is currently the largest Adobe Photoshop Users group in the country. He is guest writer for a number of magazines to include the feature article and front cover of Photoshop User Magazine. He has discovered the same passion for the digital medium as he has for photography as an art form. His background began as a photographer 28 year ago and in time, progressed toward the digital medium. His artistic influences include the great Abstractionists & the Surrealists including Jackson Pollock, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Mark Tobey, and Lenore Fini, to name a few.
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.
Despite a diverse industry field, (spanning government, consulting, publishing and now technology), James has always had a focus on education and how learning + empowerment can be used to ensure that regardless of circumstance, everyone has a way to share their experience and define their own way in the world. Recently, at Adobe, James has been at the forefront of revamping the on-boarding process for Creative Cloud and helped to lead a team that launched an intent-based overhaul for Photoshop learning in less than 60 days.
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.”
In college, Jeff thought he was going to be a poet, but he “tripped on my shoelaces” and started a business. He built what became a leading meditation and world music record label. He followed his longing to understand this world through graduate studies, meditation retreats and inquiry practice. Now he’s hosting online events under his ‘Being & Doing’ moniker exploring awakening, flow states and creativity.
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.
Dr. Fiona Holland
Dr Fiona Holland is a Senior Lecturer in psychology and behaviour change at the University of Derby, UK, a certified Motivational Interviewing trainer and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She offers training in compassionate communication skills and behaviour change for organisations and on the MSc in Behaviour Change at Derby University.
Her background originated in sports and exercise science/applied exercise psychology and she spent over 15 years in the USA working in applied health promotion settings where she integrated mind-body approaches into her work with a diverse range of clients including university employees, athletes, retirees and executives.
Her current research areas of interest include nature connection, destigmatising healthcare, and body appreciation.
Fiona is also passionate about many creative endeavours outside of her work- she loves hill walking and spending time in nature/with animals, natural horsemanship, painting and participating in community art and environmental activities.
Dr. Charlotte Hilton
Dr Charlotte Hilton is a Chartered Psychologist with a background in clinical and health psychology and a specialist interest in public health. She has been responsible for the evaluation of several prolific health interventions including the Department of Health’s ‘Let’s Get’ Moving physical activity care pathway that is now part of routine primary care practice in several areas across the UK.
Charlotte was responsible for the development of the Exercise Referral Quality of Life Scale (ER-QLS) which is used by several exercise referral schemes across the UK to assist with the psychological evaluation of clinical exercise programmes and is an advisor to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Chief Enchantments Officer at Wizardry Ltd, Tony Harmer (a.k.a The Design Ninja) is a creative Swiss-army-knife and learning-content author with a three-plus-decade career that has given him a broad experience base to draw upon including some time as a press operator, several years as a concept artist in IP development, and as an instructor in many applications, delivering graphic production training worldwide. He is the author of several video titles for LinkedIn Learning (formerly lynda.com) as well as running a growing channel on YouTube. Tony is a popular speaker/presenter and his often-off-the-wall sessions always provide a ton of tips, techniques, insights and inspirations delivered with humour and enthusiasm that is totally infectious.
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.
Jay is an Emerging Technology Strategist with over 35 years of experience focused on industrial and enterprise IT. His passion for analyzing complex technologies and systems, clearly defining actionable insights and helping the C-suite to better implement effective technology solutions, enabled him to support the classic industries on their Digital Transformation journey.
He is developing open networks – like PANAFRIN or EERIC – and building partnerships to support emerging technology markets, better enabling innovation and maximizing the benefit to all involved.
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.
Penny Michelle McDonough
With an international reach, Penny integrates her skill in hypnotherapy and the healing arts as well as her affection for helping others through event planning, fund raising, and project management, to bring you her own conceptualization of "Cultivating Your Creativity". Learn to apply time-tested techniques, practiced live together, that (re)create the reality you want, with less stress during this simple first segment.
Penny is a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist from California, USA with advanced training certificates in BII, EFT & Peer Support, cumulative skill in DBT, CBT, guided imagery technique, and touch-and-go therapies for overcoming trauma, alleviating prejudice, and surviving abuse.