It's that time: We're announcing our Speakers and Performers lineup.

We're not going to reveal a new member every day. But we will keep it frequent.

And we'll definitely keep it interesting.

Click on each photo for a full bio!



Nura Maznavi

advocate. attorney. writer.

Dionna Griffin-Irons

Improv artist. outreach director. Mentor.

Director of outreach & diversity: the Second city

Alumna: The Second City Detroit

Writer, Mentor, and Workshop Leader


Tom Sosnoff

Entrepreneur. FINANCIER. Game-changer.

Founder: thinkorswim

Founder and co-CEO: dough, Inc.

Host: tastytrade LIVE!


Reveal #2

Joel Beckerman

Storyteller. Composer. Sonic brander.

Founder: Man Made Music

Author: The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy

Award-winning Composer and Producer


Shubha Vedula & Sharif Jamaldin

Student Performance Competition Winner: (ACOUSTIC) MUSIC.  

SHUBHA VEDULA: Semifinalist: American Idol 2013. Opening act: Train and Lindsey Stirling. First-year sociology major.

SHARIF JAMALDIN: Self-taught guitarist and banjo player. Aspiring lutherie apprentice. First-year in the College.

Acoustic duet. Original songs.