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  • TEDxFenway Speaker Dr. Annie Brewster
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  • Bob Sansone

    Bob Sansone

    Bob Sansone is a 30 year insurance professional who currently works for Lexington Ins.  His experience includes working as a Producer, Branch Manager, Business Analyst, Underwriter, Statistical Records Rating Supervisor & Underwriting Manager.  After sharing a life changing experience with his two daughters in 2005, he became a leader and champion of diversity and inclusion. While vacationing at the Ft. Lauderdale Sheraton in June 2005 Bob and his family found themselves poolside as the only white family in the middle […]

  • Run Bimma

    Run Bimma

    I’m the Social Media Manager for Saucony, Designer for Saucony Originals, and the creator of the idea Claim Your Journey. Saucony is the most engaged running brand on Social Media, Saucony Originals is one of the most sought after brands for sneaker collectors, and the Claim Your Journey idea is helping thousands of people in need of inspiration experience their own unique journey. While working in Louisiana in 2011, I was unhappy with my life at just 24. I was […]

  • Jhana Senxian

    Jhana Senxian

    Jhana Senxian, a Harvard-trained social anthropologist, is the Founder and CEO of Sustainability Guild International — a Boston-based social enterprise and cross-sector network, dedicated to inner city resilience, equity, prosperity, health and beauty. Her work is all about transforming diverse urban spaces into living labs of innovation, cultural connection, social entrepreneurship and sustainable development. With a passion for co-creating and piloting new models for community engagement in urban sustainability, Jhana brings over 18 years of experience in quantitative, qualitative research […]

  • Will Ahmed

    Will Ahmed

    Will Ahmed is the Founder & CEO of WHOOP, Inc., which is developing next generation wearable devices for performance lifestyle. Will wrote The Feedback Tool: Measuring Fitness, Intensity, and Recovery, which sparked the underlying physiology and engineering for his work today. Will previously worked at Lindsay Goldberg and Allen Company. He received a BA at Harvard in Government & Economics, a Harvard College Scholar for finishing in the top 10% of his class.

  • David France

    David France

    International performer, innovative educator, visionary leader – all describe violinist,  David France.  But he is making an impact on society not only with his music, but through sharing his knowledge as a gift of service toward the happiness of others.  David is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music’s prestigious Sistema Fellows Program that trains socially minded musicians in the movement to bring “Music for Social Change” programs to the United States. Before moving to Boston, he encouraged […]

  • Eric Schwarz

    Eric Schwarz

      Co-Founder, CEO of Citizen Schools and the Executive Chairman of US2020 Eric is the Co-Founder and CEO of Citizen Schools. Schwarz has been tapped to speak about education reform and Expanded Learning Time at numerous conferences across the country. He has served as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Task Force on 21st Century Skills, the Center for American Progress working group on Expanded Learning Time, the transition team of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and […]

  • Steve Miller

    Steve Miller

    Steven E. Miller is the Executive Director of the Healthy Weight Initiative based in Harvard School of Public Health, a founding Board member of LivableStreets Alliance (a transportation advocacy group), and publisher of “The Public Way: Transportation, Health, and Livable Communities” blog. Miller co-founded Boston’s Hub On Wheels bicycle festival and is a Gubernatorial appointee on the state’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board.  Previously, working with state union leaders, he helped found the Massachusetts’ Coalition for Occupational Health & Safety, […]

  • Annie Brewster

    Annie Brewster

                    Annie Brewster is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. She is also a patient, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001. Like many doctors, she would say that what drew her to medicine is her love for human connection.  Her experiences with the medical profession, however, both as a practitioner and as a patient, have convinced her that today’s medical system, focused more on […]

  • Mahmud Jafri

    Mahmud Jafri

                    Mahmud Jafri, owner and Managing Director of Dover Rug & Home, is a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, and highly regarded community member. He came to the United States from Pakistan to attend the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) in the 1970s. After earning his MBA, he joined an investment firm and eventually relocated to Boston in 1978. In 1989 he founded Dover Rug in Dover, MA, operating out of a small, […]

  • Sam Aquillano

    Sam Aquillano

    Sam Aquillano is the Executive Director of Design Museum Boston. With a passion for design, creativity, and learning, Sam creates a long-term vision for the museum. He leads a dedicated team while managing key programs and day-to-day operations. Design Museum Boston is a public, nonprofit museum with a mission to educate the world on the role of design in our lives and to unite community in ways that enrich our collective work, make businesses more competitive, and solve real-world problems […]

  • Dan Souza

    Dan Souza

    Dan Souza is a senior editor of Cook’s Illustrated magazine and cast member of the Emmy-Award Winning show America’s Test Kitchen. In addition to his work on Cook’s Illustrated, Dan has contributed content to a dozen America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks, most recently executing and editing the test kitchen experiments for The Science of Good Cooking (October 2012), a New York Times bestseller. Dan cut his culinary teeth as an apprentice in Hungary before graduating first in his class from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). After […]

  • Evelyn Berde

    Evelyn Berde

    The death of a child. The destruction of a family. The demolition of a neighborhood. The deformity of a body.   The love of a child. The love of a family. The spirit and connection of a neighborhood. The acceptance of a body. My grit and resilience started in my childhood. Growing up in the old “West End” of Boston, experiencing the drowning of my brother in the Charles River, living with congenital scoliosis, and witnessing the destruction of our […]

  • Retsina Meyer

    Retsina Meyer

    Scientist, Communicator, Citizen of the World  I was born into a family of scientists: my mother a medical technologist in the local hospital and my father an organizational psychologist in the US Air Force. Science is in my blood and, true to my soul, I have been a scientist for as long as I can remember: Curious, creative, and questioning; reveling in the unearthing of new truths; in constant awe of the beauty of the order in the chaos of […]