Hans van der Maarel is a professional cartographer from The Netherlands. He runs his own business, Red Geographics, and is a partner in another company, One Stop Map. Red Geographics focuses on map production for a wide range of international clients as well as reselling and supporting software products for the cartographic market. This also involves developing production workflows for clients and offering consultancy and training courses.
Chris Hull is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Otus, a Chicago-based edtech company. After 13 years as an educator, Chris wanted to minimize the chaos of disconnected edtech tools for K-12 administrators, educators, students, and their families. Otus is one system to teach, grade, analyze, and plan. With Otus, school leaders can focus on student learning, not technology.
Susan Miner is the founder of Beauty From the Inside Out. As a supermodel, Susan graced the covers of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Self, Bazaar, and more! Some of her beauty campaigns were L'Oreal, Maybelline, Revlon, and Nivea. She followed this up by becoming a Professor of Psychology and a therapist. Her company now combines both of her careers as a model and a therapist. Collaboration with other models is a fun part of her work as she lends her face and intelligence to projects.
James S. Fell, MA, MBA, has bylines in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, TIME Magazine, and many other publications. His blog, BodyForWife.com, has millions of readers and he is the author of two books: “The Holy S**t Moment: How Lasting Change Can Happen in an Instant” (St. Martin’s Press, 2019), and “Lose it Right: A Brutally Honest 3-Stage Program to Help You Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind” (Random House Canada, 2014).
Bob Yari is the producer of over 40 motion pictures. Some of these include Best Picture Oscar winner Crash and The Illusionist. He recently completed his second directorial effort with Papa: Hemingway in Cuba. He is currently executive producing the hit cable series “Yellowstone.” Bob is CEO of the production company Yari Film Group and is the founder and board member of 101 Studios. Drawing on life lessons, he just published his first book, The Human Condition: A Pathway to Peace and Fulfillment.
Angela Ferrari is a painter and children's book author/illustrator based in Portland, Maine. Her picture book titles include: Digger’s Daily Routine, An Extraordinary Book, The Shape Escape, What Do You See? and Lawrence the Lighthouse. Most recently Angela has launched “Story Spectacular,” a children’s story podcast. The show features original stories and classic retellings.
Ron Kamen is CEO of EarthKind Energy Consulting and host of The AWESome EarthKind Podcast. His life mission is to empower everyday people to make clean energy transitions to reduce their carbon footprint and save them money. For more than three decades, Ron has energized communities, governments, non-profits, and businesses to take their next step to increase energy efficiency and use renewable energy. He’s now building an online community of AWESome EarthKind people ready to “Go Clean and $ave Green.”
Chris Cathcart joined the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) as its president in January 2000–retiring January 2017. During his tenure he initiated Product Care®, the industry’s product stewardship program; and Alliance for Consumer Education. From 1981 to 1999, he held leadership roles with other national trade associations in the chemical manufacturing sector. Chris earned his B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and went on to earn a M.A. and complete postgraduate work.
Alexis Davis Smith is the president and CEO of PRecise Communications, an award-winning marketing communications firm. With more than 20 years of experience and a reputation as a trusted communications strategist, Alexis is a leader in Atlanta’s public relations industry and a national voice for multicultural marketing. She is responsible for creating breakthrough, strategic communications programs for major consumer brands, including Coca-Cola, Toyota and Pfizer. She is a graduate of Florida A&M.