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Cheryl Heller

Cheryl Heller is the Founding Chair of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at SVA and President of the design lab CommonWise. She was recently awarded a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, and is a recipient of the prestigious AIGA Medal for her contribution to the field of design. She founded the first design…

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Bill Gordon

Bill Gordon has a Ph.D in Zoology focused on Cellular and Molecular Biology from UC Berkeley and an MBA in Finance from Wharton.  Among many other roles, Bill is an angel investor and serial entrepreneur, and the founder of Lean Launch Ventures in Westport Connecticut. He is the founder and Entrepreneur in Residence of the…

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Caroline McAndrews

Caroline McAndrews is a consultant with over 15 years of experience in leadership development, program planning and assessment, communications, user-centered design, writing, and research in both the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She’s worked with academics, activists, business and community members to explore questions such as how to develop the next generation of leadership, engage clients…

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Christine Gaspar

Christine Gaspar is Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York-based nonprofit whose mission is to use the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement. She partners with designers and community organizations to create visually-based educational tools that help demystify complex issues from zoning law to sewage infrastructure.  CUP’s print,…

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Daniel Rosenberg

Born in Israel and raised in Chile, Daniel Rosenberg is a designer, architect and educator holding a master’s and a PhD in Design and Computation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the last two years, he has been directing an interdisciplinary design practice in Brooklyn, leading a team of designers, architects and creative technologist…

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Francis Cholle

Francis Cholle is the founder of The Human Company, which refocuses business around people and culture. Francis invented a model, The Intuitive Compass, to help companies with sustainable innovation, change management, and effective decision-making. He is also a bestselling author and lecturer at Wharton and Columbia Business School. In addition to his business pursuits, he’s…

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Gabriel Schuster

Gabriel Schuster is an urban geographer and freelance cartographer interested in producing more just cities through informed research design. His work applies critical social theory to contemporary urban problems through participatory research, qualitative practice, and community-driven inquiry. Gabriel has worked with the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and the CUNY…

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Grace Kwon

Grace Kwon is a Strategist at Purpose whose expertise lies at the intersection of Design Research, Service Design, and Content Strategy. Prior to joining Purpose Grace was at the Donors of Color Network where she worked on the design strategy for ‘The Apparitional Donor: Understanding and Engaging High Net Worth Donors of Color’ report – a qualitative research…

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Jake Porway

Jake Porway loves all thing related to pattern recognition and data visualization and is the founder of DataKind, an organization that helps non-profit organizations visualize and more effectively use their data. Jake previously worked at the New York Times Research & Development group – where, among other pursuits, he explored the relationships between social media…

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Jane S. Englebardt

Jane S. Englebardt is principal of UpshotAdvisors, LLC, an international leadership development and philanthropic advisory firm that works with individuals, boards of directors, and C-level executives at foundations and visionary companies to develop the techniques for achieving peak performance and affecting meaningful and measurable social change.  For 13 years prior to UpshotAdvisors, she was executive…

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