Anousheh Ansari is CEO of XPRIZE, the world's leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity's grand challenges. She sponsored the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE, igniting a new era for commercial spaceflight. Ansari previously served as CEO of Prodea Systems, a leading Internet of Things technology firm. She captured international headlines by embarking upon an 11-day space expedition, becoming the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, first Muslim woman in space and fourth private explorer to visit space. Ansari co-founded The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, with a goal of investing $1 billion in women-founded companies by 2020. Her memoir, My Dream of Stars, aims to inspire young women around the world. @AnoushehAnsari
Leanne Caret is president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS), a $26 billion unit that provides solutions for defense, government, space, intelligence and security customers worldwide. She is a second-generation Boeing employee who started working for the company in 1988. She previously served as president of the company’s global services & support organization, BDS chief financial officer, and vice president and general manager of Vertical Lift cargo, tiltrotor and attack rotorcraft, among others. Fortune magazine named Caret to its "Most Powerful Women" list in 2019, 2018 and 2017, and she appeared on the 2018 Bloomberg 50 list. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kansas State University and a Master of Business Administration from Wichita State University. @BoeingDefense
Pedro Conceição is director of the Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He previously served as director, strategic policy, at the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support of UNDP from 2014 to 2019. Conceição has published on inequality, the economics of innovation and technological change, and development in a variety of journals, and has co-edited books on financing for development and on global public goods for Oxford University Press: The New Public Finance: Responding to Global Challenges (2006), and Providing Global Public Goods: Managing Globalization (2003). He holds degrees in physics from Instituto Superior Técnico, where he later served as an assistant professor, and in economics from the Technical University of Lisbon, as well as a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with a Fulbright scholarship. @pedrotconceicao
Trammell S. Crow
Trammell S. Crow is the founder of EarthX (formerly known as Earth Day Texas), the largest annual exposition and forum showcasing initiatives, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices serving the environment. With a focus on inspiring environmental leadership across sectors and party lines, he serves on the board of directors for ConservAmerica and is a co-founder of Texas Business for Clean Air (2008) and Texans for Clean Water. Crow is also a long-term supporter of the Texas Conservation Alliance, the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Log Cabin Republicans, Texans for Public Lands, Energy Defense Fund, Paul Quinn College and the League of Conservation Voters. His philanthropy benefits various nonprofit organizations that are active in family planning, education, the environment, community initiatives and political causes.
Jasmine Crowe is an award-winning social entrepreneur working to make the world a better place one cause at a time. Her goal is to foster change and create awareness about the leading socioeconomic issues and challenges of today, including poverty, food waste and hunger. In 2017, after years of feeding people experiencing homelessness from her own kitchen, she launched Goodr, a sustainable waste management app that leverages technology to combat hunger. She has been featured on CNBC and in O, The Oprah Magazine, Inc., Forbes, Fast Company and the New York Times, and was named by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top 100 influential female founders. Under her direction, Goodr has redirected over 2 million pounds of surplus food from restaurants, event centers, airports and businesses to millions of people who are food insecure. Goodr clients include SAP, Netflix, Hartsfield Jackson Airport, Georgia World Congress Center and many more. @jasminecrowe
Susan Dell is co-founder and board chair of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. As parents of four children, she and her husband, Michael, established the foundation in 1999 and dedicated its work to improving the lives of children and families living in urban poverty. Over the last 20 years, the foundation has committed $1.7 billion to nonprofits and social enterprises to improve the lives of children and families in the United States, India and South Africa. She and her husband also have made substantial investments in health care in Austin, covering both medical education and clinical excellence including Dell Medical School at the University of Texas, Dell Seton Medical Center and Dell Children's Medical Center. Their foundation also backed the $100 million Rebuild Texas Fund, aiding communities affected by Hurricane Harvey for three years following the storm. She was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 2019. @SusanDell
Nina Easton, co-CEO of SellersEaston Media, is an award-winning political and economic writer, and TV commentator. Formerly Fortune magazine's Washington editor, she is co-chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International, senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and former Harvard Kennedy School fellow. Her critically acclaimed history of modern conservatism, Gang of Five, ranks on the Vox list of "books to read to understand the world." At her multimedia firm SellersEaston, Easton tells the stories of prominent families, leaders and organizations, and produced the current documentary release on Amazon Prime Video, Port of Destiny, which chronicles former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos's journey to winning the Nobel Peace Prize. @SellersEaston
Dr. Livia Schiavinato Eberlin
Dr. Livia Schiavinato Eberlin was born and raised in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. She received her B.S. in chemistry from UNICAMP in 2007 and in 2008 began a Ph.D. program in analytical chemistry at Purdue University. She developed and applied ambient ionization MS imaging to human cancer diagnosis. Eberlin has received many awards, including the Nobel Laureate Signature Award from the American Chemical Society. While doing postdoctoral work at Stanford developing MS technology for biomedical research, she received the L'Oréal for Women in Science Fellowship and a K99 pathway to independence award from the NIH/NCI, and she was listed in the Forbes "30 under 30" list in science and health care. In 2016, she joined the chemistry department at UT as an assistant professor. In 2018, she was named a Sloan Research Fellow, a Moore Inventor Fellow and a MacArthur Fellow. @livia__se
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel
Ezekiel J. Emanuel is the vice provost for global initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and co-director of the Healthcare Transformation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also special adviser to the director general of the World Health Organization, and previously served as a special adviser on health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council. He served as the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health from 1997 to 2011. Emanuel received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University. He has published over 300 articles and has authored or edited 15 books. The most widely cited bioethicist in history, he is working on a book entitled Which Country Has the World's Best Health Care?
Angela Evans became dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs in 2016. She joined the LBJ School as a clinical professor of the practice of public policy after 40 years in public service to the U.S. Congress. For the last 13 of these years, she was the deputy director of the Congressional Research Service, leading major organizational changes that enhanced the service's research capacity and improved the effectiveness of critical operations, from developing and implementing an agency-wide research agenda aligned with Congress's legislative deliberations to creating the first federally funded succession plan to address the potential retirement of a large cohort of the workforce. Evans has received research awards including grants from the Policy Research Institute, the National Science Foundation and the Dirksen Congressional Center and has been honored with the Texas Exes Teaching Award and LBJ School teaching accolades.
Tom Freston is a principal of Firefly3, an investment and consultancy firm focusing on media and entertainment. He is both a former chief executive officer and chief operating officer of Viacom Inc. One of the founding team at MTV in 1980, he became chairman and CEO of MTV Networks in 1986, overseeing MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, Comedy Central and other television and digital businesses for 17 years. Freston is board chair of the ONE Campaign, an advocacy organization that fights extreme poverty. He is an adviser to Vice Media, the Raine Group, a merchant bank firm, and Moby Media, which operates television networks in Afghanistan and Africa. He serves on boards including Imagine Entertainment, Moby Media, Vice Media and New America. He was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2010, and was among 's “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2005.
Bianna Golodryga is a senior global affairs analyst and fill-in anchor for CNN based in New York who has contributed to coverage of stock market volatility, the president's historic 2018 summit in Helsinki and the Mueller investigation. She was previously co-anchor of "CBS This Morning," filled in on the "CBS Evening News" and appeared on "Sunday Morning," "Face the Nation" and CBSN, the division's 24/7 digital streaming network. As a CBS correspondent in August 2017, Golodryga reported from her hometown of Houston, where she covered the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. She is also the former news and finance anchor for Yahoo News and a business correspondent for ABC News, as well as co-anchor of the weekend edition of "Good Morning America." The Emmy Award-winning Golodryga has received the Keystone Policy Center Leadership Award and the Pro Bene Meritis Award from her alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin. @biannagolodryga
Michael Hole is a physician, professor, researcher, author and entrepreneur at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is faculty at both Dell Medical School and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics, population health and public policy, and founder and executive director at Opportunity Ventures, a hub for social entrepreneurship tackling poverty, hunger, homelessness and other problems. A "street pediatrician" onboard Children's Health Express, a mobile medical clinic serving vulnerable families and children in Austin, Hole teaches an annual graduate-level course at UT Austin, "Solutions for America's Children in Poverty," on human-centered design and entrepreneurship for students studying medicine, business, social work, policy, engineering and law. Forbes named him to its "30 Under 30" list after launching StreetCred, a national nonprofit helping low-income families file taxes and build wealth while they wait in doctors' offices. Hole is a 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholar. @DrMichaelHole
Mei Mei Hu
Mei Mei Hu is a co-founder of United Neuroscience and serves as the company's chief executive officer and a member of its board of directors. The company's goal is to democratize brain health by pioneering a new class of medicine called endobody vaccines, which are fully synthetic and train the body to safely and efficiently treat and prevent neurological disease. Hu is also a member of the executive committee of United Biomedical, Inc. and a member of its board of directors, and previously served as co-CEO. She is also co-founder of an investment and advisory group with active investments in real estate, energy and life sciences. She holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and J.D. from Harvard Law School. In 2019 she was featured in ’s "100 Next List" and as one of Fortune’s "40 Under 40" innovators. @UNSTechBio
Laura Huffman is Texas regional director of The Nature Conservancy, and a leading voice for nature. She tackles the most pressing challenges facing people and nature today — including addressing water scarcity, creating resilient communities and grappling with population growth and climate change in Texas and beyond. She also serves on a number of the Conservancy's national and global committees and was founding director of its North America Cities Program. An Austin native, Huffman's distinguished public service record includes more than 15 years in city management for the cities of Austin and San Marcos. She earned a master's degree in public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science in political science from Texas A&M University. In 2016, she was the proud recipient of the LBJ School Alumni Association's Distinguished Public Service Award. @laurajhuffman
Luci Baines Johnson
Luci Baines Johnson, the younger daughter of Lady Bird and Lyndon Baines Johnson, is founder of LBJ Family Wealth Advisors, Ltd. and vice president of BusinesSuites, a nationwide office business service center. A graduate of St. Edward's University with numerous honors, she is a trustee emeritus of Boston University, Seton Medical Center's Foundation and Dell Children's Medical Foundation. She currently serves on the boards of the LBJ Family Foundation and The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center/The University of Texas at Austin, as well as the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Board, The University Cancer Foundation Board of Visitors of the MD Anderson Cancer Foundation, and the SafePlace Foundation Board. She is a trustee emerita of Boston University, a life trustee of Children’s Hospital Foundation of Central Texas and the Seton Fund, a member of the advisory board of Trinity Episcopal School, and a former member of the advisory boards of the University of Texas, School of Nursing and the School of Communication.
Jessica Johnson-Cope is president and principal of Johnson Security Bureau, Inc., a third-generation family-owned security services firm based in New York City. Under her leadership, Johnson Security has made the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America and won both the Inner City 100 Award and the Black Enterprise Family Business of the Year. Previously she worked in sales for companies including IBM, Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical. Johnson-Cope is a small business advocate, promoting issues that are critical to minority and women entrepreneurs. She is a member of Women Impacting Public Policy, and has spoken at forums for the White House Office of Engagement, the New York Times' "She Owns It" business group blog and Black Enterprise. She holds a degree in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and a graduate degree in market research from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Clay Johnston
Dr. Clay Johnston is the inaugural dean of Dell Medical School and vice president for medical affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. His vision is to create a new model for academic medicine that accelerates innovation to improve health and reduce inefficiencies in health care. That includes building a vital, inclusive health ecosystem to support new and innovative models of education, care, research and community impact — all with a focus on improving health locally as a model for accelerating change nationally. Previously, Johnston was associate vice chancellor for research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He also directed the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and founded the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value to engage faculty and trainees in improving the quality of care while lowering costs. Johnston has authored more than 300 publications in scientific journals and has won several national awards for research and teaching. @ClayDellMed
Danny Kim is a leader in business and education and applies his entrepreneurial skills to transform both areas. As the founder and CTO of FullArmor Corp., Kim has worked with more than 30 of the Fortune 50 including Walmart, Boeing and Bank of America. As the CEO of Quest Institute for Quality Education, Kim has innovated solutions that allow students from around the world to create science experiments that run on board the International Space Station. He holds a B.S. in computer science from Cornell University.
John B. King Jr.
John B. King Jr. is the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college. King served in President Barack Obama's Cabinet as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education. President Obama called King "an exceptionally talented educator," citing his commitment to "preparing every child for success" and his lifelong dedication to education as a teacher, principal and leader of schools and school systems. King previously served as U.S. deputy secretary of education, overseeing all policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education and innovation. He also was the first African American and Puerto Rican to serve as New York state education commissioner. @JohnBKing.
Dina Powell McCormick
Dina Powell McCormick serves on the Management Committee at Goldman Sachs, responsible for helping to build and enhance the firm's relationships with sovereign clients worldwide. She rejoined Goldman Sachs in 2018 as a partner in the investment banking division after serving as the U.S. deputy national security advisor for strategy (2017–18). McCormick initially joined the firm in 2007, and led the Impact Investing Business and the Environmental Markets Group, which deployed more than $5 billion in market-based loans and equity to drive sustainable economic development and revitalize under-served communities. As president of The Goldman Sachs Foundation, she oversaw two major initiatives — 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Businesses — that provided business education and capital to women and small businesses. An alumna of The University of Texas at Austin, she is currently a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. @GoldmanSachs
Admiral William McRaven (Ret.)
William McRaven, former University of Texas System chancellor and retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral, joined the school as a professor in national security in 2018. As chancellor, he oversaw 14 institutions that educate 221,000 students and employ 20,000 faculty and more than 80,000 health care professionals, researchers and staff. As the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, McRaven led 69,000 men and women and was responsible for conducting counterterrorism operations worldwide. He is a recognized national authority on U.S. foreign policy and has advised presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and other U.S. leaders on defense issues. McRaven oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. His book, Spec Ops: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice, published in several languages, is considered a fundamental text on special operations strategy.
James B. Milliken
James B. Milliken is chancellor of The University of Texas System. He oversees one of the largest public university systems with 14 health and academic institutions, including six medical schools. UT institutions enroll more than 240,000 students and employ more than 100,000 health care professionals, researchers, faculty and support staff. Before joining the UT System, Milliken served in top leadership positions at major university systems in three states: The City University of New York (CUNY), the University of Nebraska (NU), and the University of North Carolina (UNC). In those roles, he led efforts that advanced economic development, online education, global engagement and student access and success. @jbmilliken
Dr. Vivienne Ming
Dr. Vivienne Ming, a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, author and mother of two, is featured frequently for her research and inventions in The Financial Times, The Atlantic, Quartz magazine and the New York Times. Socos Labs, which she co-founded with her wife, Dr. Norma Ming, is a mad science incubator dedicated to solving some of the world's most pressing problems. Previously, Ming has pursued her research in cognitive neuroprosthetics as a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. In her free time, Ming works to design AI systems to help treat her son's diabetes, predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers, and reunite orphan refugees with extended family members. @neuraltheory
Wes Moore is the CEO of Robin Hood, the largest anti-poverty nonprofit in New York City. He is a combat veteran, best-selling author and social entrepreneur. Moore's first book, The Other Wes Moore, was a best-seller, capturing the nation's attention on the fragile line that divides success and failure in communities and ourselves. His next book, Five Days, coming out in spring 2020, traces the uprisings in Baltimore in 2015 through eight perspectives, examining critical questions about the deeper causes of violence and poverty. Before Robin Hood, Moore founded BridgeEdU, a tech platform addressing the college completion and job placement crisis. He has also worked in finance as an investment banker, and in government as a White House fellow and a captain with the U.S. Army. He grew up in Baltimore and the Bronx and graduated from Valley Forge Military College, Johns Hopkins University and Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. @iamwesmoore
Cynthia Osborne is the associate dean for academic strategies and director of the Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) at the LBJ School. She is also the founder and director of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP), a group that conducts rigorous research on policy issues related to young children, adolescents and their parents. She most recently launched the new national Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at CFRP, a resource for state leaders for evidence on policies that strengthen outcomes for infants and toddlers. Osborne holds a Ph.D. in demography and public affairs from Princeton University, a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a Master of Arts in education from Claremont Graduate University. Her teaching and research interests include social policy issues, poverty and inequality, family and child well-being, early childhood, fatherhood and family demography. Osborne is an appointed member of the National Academies of Sciences Committee to Reduce Child Poverty by Half in Ten Years. @BlahaOsborne
Farah Pandith is an author, foreign policy strategist and former diplomat. A leading expert and pioneer in countering violent extremism, she is a frequent media commentator and public speaker. She is the author of How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat, and served as a political appointee under Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. She served as the first-ever special representative to Muslim communities for Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. She has served on the National Security Council, at the U.S. Department of State, and at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), as well as on the Department of Homeland Security's Advisory Council. She is a senior fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, as well as an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. @Farah_Pandith
Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, activist and research professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, as well as a senior research associate at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University, studying the world food system and alternatives to it. He is currently working on a documentary project about the global food system with award-winning director Steve James. Patel has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the U.S. House of Representatives' Financial Services Committee and was an adviser to Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. In addition to publications in journals about economics, philosophy, politics, international development, and public health, he writes for a range of newspapers and co-hosts "The Secret Ingredient" podcast. His books include Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing. His latest book, co-authored with Jason W. Moore, is published by the University of California Press and entitled A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide To Capitalism, Nature and the Future of the Planet. @_RajPatel
Martine Rothblatt is chairman & CEO of United Therapeutics, a biotechnology company she started to save the life of one of her daughters. The company offers FDA-approved medicines for pulmonary hypertension and neuroblastoma and is working on manufacturing an unlimited supply of transplantable organs. She previously created and led Sirius XM as its Chairman & CEO, and launched other satellite systems for navigation and international television broadcasting. Rothblatt has led efforts of the transgender community to establish their own health law standards, and of the International Bar Association to protect autonomy rights in genetic information via an international treaty. She also published dozens of scholarly articles and papers on the law of outer space and has been elected to the International Institute of Space Law, and represented the radio astronomy community's scientific research interests before the Federal Communications Commission. Her recent books are on xenotransplantation (Your Life or Mine), gender identity (Transgender to Transhuman) and cyberethics (Virtually Human). @skybiome
Pattie Sellers, co-CEO of SellersEaston Media, is an award-winning writer, producer and multimedia journalist. In 2016, after writing for Fortune magazine for 32 years, she co-founded SellersEaston Media to tell stories of leadership and impact. SellersEaston produces independent documentaries and premium-quality content in every media (print, film, digital, live events) for prominent families, business and government leaders, global nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies. Sellers co-founded Fortune Most Powerful Women (MPW) in 1998 and helped build it into Fortune's largest and most valuable franchise, and continues to chair the annual Fortune MPW Summit.
Dr. Rajiv Shah
Dr. Rajiv Shah serves as president of the Rockefeller Foundation, a global institution with a century-long record of success applying science, technology and innovation to lift up the world's most vulnerable. He brings over 20 years of experience in business, government and philanthropy to The Rockefeller Foundation, and in 2009 was appointed USAID administrator by President Obama, leading the $20 billion agency's work delivering results for countries facing democratic transitions, post-conflict situations and humanitarian crises. After leaving USAID, he founded Latitude Capital, a private equity firm focused on power and infrastructure in Africa and Asia. He has served as undersecretary and chief scientist at the USDA, and in leadership roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the International Financing Facility for Immunization. Shah is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton School of Business. @rajshah
Timothy Shriver is the chairman of Special Olympics International, and serves with over 6 million Special Olympics athletes and their families in 174 countries. He has led the evolution of Special Olympics from a sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities to a global movement from people with intellectual disabilities using sports and more for radical inclusion. During his tenure, Special Olympics has developed proven programming for all aspects of a Special Olympics athlete's life: leadership, health, education and family support. Shriver drove the largest expansion of Special Olympics, growing the movement from 1 million athletes to over 6 million athletes and unified partners leading the inclusion revolution around the world. Shriver began his career as a social studies teacher and school counselor, and is a leading educator focused on social and emotional learning. He is co-founder and chair of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading research organization in social and emotional learning. @TimShriver
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Previously she served as the director of policy planning for the U.S. Department of State (2009–11), the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Slaughter was the dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School (1994–2002). She has written or edited seven books, including The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World; Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family; and A New World Order, and is a frequent contributor to a number of publications, including The Atlantic, The Financial Times and Project Syndicate. Her 2012 Atlantic article, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," helped spark a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality. @SlaughterAM
Bob Smith is CEO of Blue Origin, a private space company developing vehicles and technologies that dramatically improve access to space for people and payloads. He is responsible for the development of Blue Origin's launch vehicles, engine programs and its growing business operations. Previously, Smith was the vice president of advanced technology, the chief technology officer and vice president of engineering & technology, and the president of the mechanical systems and components business at Honeywell. Smith also served as executive director of the space shuttle upgrades development program for United Space Alliance and as a guidance, navigation and control analyst and a program manager for a number of Department of Defense and national security programs at The Aerospace Corporation. Smith holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M, an M.S. in engineering/applied mathematics from Brown University, a doctorate from The University of Texas in aerospace engineering and a business degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management. @blueorigin
Dr. Astro Teller currently oversees X, Alphabet's moonshot factory for building audaciously impactful ideas that can be brought to reality through science and technology. Before joining Google / Alphabet, he was the co-founding CEO of Cerebellum Capital, Inc., an investment management firm whose investments are continuously designed, executed and improved by a software system based on techniques from statistical machine learning. Teller was the co-founding CEO of BodyMedia, Inc, a leading wearable body monitoring company, and co-founding CEO of SANDbOX AD, an advanced development technology incubator. Previously, Teller taught at Stanford University and was an engineer and researcher for Phoenix Laser Technologies, Stanford's Center for Integrated Systems and The Carnegie Group Incorporated. He holds a B.S. in computer science and an M.S. in symbolic and heuristic computation from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a recipient of the Hertz fellowship. @astroteller
Melanie Weber is a structural and mechanical design engineer supporting the CST-100 Starliner, Boeing's crew space transportation spacecraft. On this program, she is responsible for hardware design in support of crew and cargo integration on the spacecraft, including crew seats, mobility aids and cargo restraints. She also serves as the Starliner launch pad team lead, ensuring astronauts are properly secured before takeoff. Previously, Weber served on Boeing's on-orbit configuration and installations team supporting the International Space Station. Weber is from Corpus Christi, Texas, and is graduate of the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering. @astrobunny5
Sherrie Westin is president of social impact & philanthropy for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind "Sesame Street." She leads the Workshop's efforts to serve vulnerable children through mass media and targeted initiatives around the world. Westin led Sesame's efforts to win a historic $100 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation to fund the largest early childhood intervention in the history of humanitarian response. With an additional $100 million grant from The Lego Foundation this initiative has expanded to Bangladesh. Westin has held leadership positions in media, nonprofit and public service. She was assistant to the president for public liaison and intergovernmental affairs for President George H.W. Bush. She serves on the board of directors of UNICEF USA, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and Communities in Schools. She was named a "Leading Global Thinker" by Foreign Policy magazine and one of Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business." @SherrieWestin