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Aubrie Campbell Canfield: Filmmaker, Educator, World Traveler
Aubrie Campbell Canfield is co-founder and executive producer at Actuality Media, an educational organization that takes emerging filmmakers to developing communities around the world to tell stories about changemakers. Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Aubrie was home-schooled through her formative years and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. After several years of avidly pursuing a career in Hollywood, she discovered her love of documentary and chose a more rewarding path. With a passion for learning about different sub-cultures, she has lived and traveled through North America, Europe, Asia and Africa for both business and pleasure.
Aubrey de Grey: Biomedical Gerontologist
Aubrey de Grey is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to combating the aging process. His research interests encompass the characterization of all the accumulating, and eventually pathogenic, molecular and cellular side-effects of metabolism (“damage”) that constitute mammalian aging — and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage. His plan for such repair, termed Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), breaks aging down into seven major classes of damage and identifies detailed approaches to addressing each one. He is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organizations.
James L. Herdt: Veteran's Advocate
James L. Herdt retired from the US Navy, after 35 years of military service, as a 9th Master Chief Petty Officer – the highest enlisted rank attainable. Together with peers from the four other military branches, he formed Pinnacle Five, an organization dedicated to reframing perception of veterans' potential once they've returned home. James is also CEO of Herdt Consulting, where he assists clients with a range of complex business and organizational challenges. He is “triple qualified” (authorized to wear the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, and Enlisted Submarine Warfare Specialist breast insignias); certified as a Master Training Specialist; and serves on the board of the U.S. Navy Memorial, the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) Board and the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) Alumni Board.
Theodore R. Johnson: Writer, Naval Officer, White House Fellow
Theodore R. Johnson is an active duty military officer who believes in the power of personal narrative and the lessons our lives have for society. Raised in North Carolina, he holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Hampton University and a master's degree from Harvard University. He recently spent a year as a White House Fellow learning about the enormous challenges that our nation faces. His belief in the greatness of the American idea is evidenced by his 15 years of military service and his newfound passion for writing on tough national issues, by exploring lessons learned from the inspiring stories of its citizens.
Jessica Eson King: Researcher
Jessica Eson King has a graduate degree in Applied Sociology and a passion for making knowledge accessible. Her powerful commitment to service leadership is self-evident in her many activities, which range from advanced leadership training at Valencia College's Leadership Academy to playing a key role in organizing Orlando's Mini Maker Faire. She is also an active member of FamiLAB, Orlando's hackerspace; a member of the Junior League of Greater Orlando; and a volunteer for Orange County Animal Services.
Amber Larkin: Mom, Pediatric Cancer Activist
Amber Larkin's journey into a world where no hope was given for her son, Noah, and countless other children diagnosed with brain cancer, energized her to change the face of pediatric cancer research. She co-founded Noah's Light Foundation, which supports visionary research to cure pediatric brain cancer and aims to fulfill the promise of adding nearly 70 years to the lives of these children. Amber’s passion to cure children with brain cancer has taken her all over the United States and to several countries to locate the best researchers in their fields. She hopes to see the end of pediatric cancer within her lifetime, and based on recent evidence, believes she will.
Matt Lavery: Education Activist
Matt Lavery became a sixth grade teacher to make a difference in the lives of children and to help them achieve their best. Three years ago he left the profession he loved to pursue a doctoral degree in the hopes of making a positive difference for even more students. A scholar of assessment and statistical methods, Matt strives to help classroom teachers analyze their own classroom assessment data to inform their own professional growth.
Philip T. Metzger: Research Physicist and Planetary Scientist
Philip Metzger is a senior research physicist / planetary scientist at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where he co-founded and leads the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Laboratory, part of the KSC Swamp Works. He performs research into the physics of soil and ice on solar system bodies, and he leads projects to develop space mining robotics, space resource utilization methods, lunar and martian landing pads, and other planetary surface technologies. He leads the Agency’s work in rocket blast effects for human-class missions. He has participated in architecture studies for the Lunar Architecture Team, the Mars Architecture Team and the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group. He co-founded NASA’s biannual Workshop on Granular Materials in Solar System Exploration and is a founding member of the ASCE Technical Committee for Regolith Operations, Mobility and Robotics. He received the astronaut's Silver Snoopy award in 2010 and was selected as the Kennedy Space Center’s NASA Scientist/Engineer of the Year for 2011.

As a NASA employee on furlough, Dr. Metzger will not be able to speak if the Federal government remains unfunded.
Laurel Morgan: Violinist
Laurel Morgan is a composer, performer and teaching artist. Her musical interests include a variety of alternative strings styles ranging from jazz to fiddle to Americana, and she is an active composer for her violin/cello duo The Wires, which explores unconventional avenues for string sound. She was a lead songwriter and violinist for the folk-rock band In the Pines, has toured with various projects and orchestras across Europe and Asia, played with the Des Moines Symphony and the international Mantovani Pops Orchestra, and done extensive recording work for various entities including Hallmark, Universal Studios, and the Heart of America Shakespeare festival.

with Chel O'Reilly
Chel O'Reilly: Writer
Chel O'Reilly's passions include storytelling, language, people, and connection. A natural organizer, she loves to arrange words and bring strangers together to become friends. Her first book, Optimists Write Love Letters, is due out in December. Other projects include a first novel and Not Picture Here, a collaboration with artists and writers to create portraits of the "most beautiful people" as defined by actions rather than physical appearances. Chel helped create one of the first TEDx salon events in the country, advises on TEDx events internationally, and has coached speakers for both the TED main stage and TEDx stages. She is a social media maven, a blogger, an editor, a contributing writer for Hallmark.com and a ghostwriter for many miscellaneous others.

with Laurel Morgan
Jeffery Redding: Choral Director
Jeffery Redding is passionate about finding unity through music. Currently choral director at West Virginia University, he has conducted over 300 honor choirs and all-state choirs in 30 states, demonstrating a commitment to crossing boundaries and diversity. His list of international awards, credentials, and honors – which includes directing the Mormon Tabernacle choir, directing at Carnegie Hall (four times), and directing at Lincoln Center, among many others — is testimony to his vision. He has created a global community of performers united in the belief that music is a powerful change agent.

Jeffery is a graduate of Jones High School, the first public school for African Americans in Orlando. Jones was established in 1895 and has a reputation for excellence; many of its alumni have distinguished themselves in the arts, sciences, sports, and public sector.
Kyle Taylor: Molecular Biologist
Kyle Taylor was born and raised in the great state of Kansas, where his love of plants evolved out of an interest in the agriculture all around him. This led him to study biochemistry as an undergraduate and then go on to a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Stanford University.

Not too bad for a rural country boy! Since a lot of people helped him along the way, he’s driven to share his passion and excitement by making what he does more accessible. Kyle teaches Molecular Cell Biology at Biocurious, a Bay Area hackerspace for biotech, and is on a team that raised $484,000 for the Glowing Plant Kickstarter project.
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