Inclusive Innovation Summit

March 28 - 30 • Pittsburgh, PA
More than forty events will take place over the course of three days, with all of the daytime programs occurring at a central downtown location. All of the programming will be free of charge and complimentary childcare, bus passes and refreshments will be provided.
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Schedule

  • 28 March
  • 29 March
  • 30 March

Inclusive Innovation Summit Kickoff

05:00 PM 08:30 PM

Brian  Burley

Yvonne  Campos

Del Johnson

Delvina Morrow

William Peduto

Khamil Scantling

Gina Winstead

CreativeMornings

08:30 AM 10:00 AM

Nina Marie Barbuto

Gab Bonesso

Nathan Darity

Saleem Ghubril

Walter Lewis

Jasiri X

Positive Spin Bike Safety - Train the Trainer

10:15 AM 11:45 AM

Julie Mallis

DeVaughn Rodgers

Understanding the Psychology of Poverty

10:15 AM 11:45 AM

Tammy Thompson

Neurodiversity and Creating Autism Competence

10:15 AM 11:45 AM

Cori Frazer

Art, Activism, Technology and the Evolution of Social Justice Movements

10:15 AM 11:45 AM

Jasiri X

City of Champions...ACCESS Champions!!

10:15 AM 11:45 AM

Vanessa Braun

KL Kristen Link

Anne Mulgrave

Dennis Robinson

VS Viv Shaffer

Justin Tognarine

Inclusive Innovation in Chess

10:15 AM 11:45 AM

Ashley Lynn Priore

Virtual Senior Academy

10:15 AM 11:45 AM

Rachel Goldberger

Mara Leff

Caffeinated Innovation Live!

10:15 AM 11:45 AM

Clarence Carlos

George Cook

Pam Eichenbaum

Anne Lopez

Jennifer Van Dam

Emily Wazlak

OpticVoices: Face Pittsburgh

10:15 AM 03:00 PM

Victoria  Snyder

Expii: Choose How You Learn

10:15 AM 11:45 AM

Meredith Felton

Jake Sam

Cultural Collaborations to Increase Inclusion

11:00 AM 11:45 AM

Sloane  Davidson

Danielle Linzer

Cross-Sector Collaborations to Make Pittsburgh a More Equitable City for Black Girls

11:00 AM 11:45 AM

Britney  Brinkman

Lunch Talk: Beyond Flavor - Diverse Stories that Fuel the Food you Eat

11:50 AM 01:15 PM

Nellie Abdelnour

Itha Cao

Teresa DeFlitch

Ivan Gil-Silva

Joyce Howard

Rachel Jenkins

Keyla Nogueira Cook

Jae Park

Keynote: Andre Perry

01:30 PM 02:30 PM

Andre Perry

Hip Hop Saved My Life

02:45 PM 04:15 PM

Emmai Alaquiva

City Connects: A Model for Collaboration

02:45 PM 03:30 PM

Tye Clarke

Betty  Cruz

Clare Drobot

Monica Ruiz

Where to Turn: Navigating Resources for Immigrant and Minority Small Businesses

02:45 PM 04:15 PM

Jason Jones

World Cafe: What Are We Learning About Inclusive Innovation?

02:45 PM 04:15 PM

Mark Rettig

Language Access in the Rustbelt: Working with Interpreters and Demystifying Language Access

02:45 PM 04:15 PM

Mary Jayne McCullough

Inclusive Innovators, Esq.: How Lawyers are Contributing to Inclusive Innovation in Pittsburgh

03:30 PM 04:15 PM

Nashid  Ali

Stephanie Dangel

David Lehman

Jeanne Lofgren

Kit Needham

Penny Zacharias

Immigrants That Are Coming Today

03:30 PM 04:15 PM

Ibania Rivas

How Fellowships are Retaining Talent and Building Community

03:30 PM 04:15 PM

Katie  Grimm

Alaa Mohamed

Jordan Robarge

Jodi Salant

Working with Power, Privilege, Pain and Possibility

03:30 PM 05:00 PM

Hannah du Plessis

Inclusion in the Newsroom

04:15 PM 05:00 PM

Tyler Batiste

Natalie Bencivenga

Kim Lyons

Natasha Vicens

Activating Investors for Your Business or Neighborhood Project: An Introduction to Crowdfunding

04:15 PM 05:00 PM

Naomi Auth

Topiltzin Gomez

Emily Keebler

Miriam Parson

Our Neighbor's Keeper

04:15 PM 05:00 PM

Jenna Baron

Julius Boatwright

Betty  Cruz

Josiah  Gilliam

Leonard Hammonds

Wasi Mohamed

All-In Silent Disco

07:00 PM 11:30 PM

Practicing Intersectional Feminism

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

anupama jain

Inclusion Through Intention

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Jackie Baker

Mental Health Cafe

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Alyssa Cypher

Shanon Williams

Performance Dreamz

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Xela  Batchelder

George Fadale

GHOSTizMONEY 

Kelly Jones

Yung Kairaq

Phillip McKenzie

Vick Venom La Flair

Computer Science for All

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Erin Cawley

LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill

Tyler Samstag

Meeting in a Box

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

On the Bus

10:45 AM 11:30 AM

Shayna Gleason

Talk the Talk: Language as a Barrier to Working with Multilingual Learners and Youth

10:45 AM 11:30 AM

Mounir Mora-Kpai

Tomi Taiwo

Sofia Wynn

Suad Yusuf

Indie Film: Making a New Narrative

10:45 AM 11:30 AM

Melissa Martin

Lunch Break

11:30 AM 12:45 PM

How the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence Affects Your Community

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Kenny Chen

PGH Lab: Reimagining Pittsburgh Through Pilot Testing

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Annia Aleman

George Cook

Betty  Cruz

Jennifer Honing

Brenden Knecht

Michael Sobkowiak

Anthony Stewart

Laura Totin Codori

Albert Whale

Welcoming the Workforce of Tomorrow...Today!

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Megan Fahey

HR Therapy

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Maker Space, featuring Assemble, Global Switchboard and Prototype PGH

01:00 PM 04:15 PM

Lego Play: Seriously Agile Team Performance

01:00 PM 03:00 PM

Dolly Bellhouse

Heidi Norman

Beyond the ADA: Planning with Disability Inclusion in Mind

01:45 PM 02:30 PM

Heather Tomko

Michelle Walker

A Nonprofit Board's Role in Building an Equitable Community

01:45 PM 02:30 PM

Darcel Madkins

Yvonne  Van Haitsma

Inclusive Innovation Story Slam, Hosted by Pittsburgh Fringe

01:45 PM 02:30 PM

Xela  Batchelder

Lisa Kay Schweyer

Physical Accessibility in the City

02:45 PM 04:15 PM

Melinda Angeles

Jessica Benner

Ellie Newman

Prototyping for Beginners

02:45 PM 04:15 PM

Carol Smith

Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Mapping and Roundtable Meeting

02:45 PM 04:15 PM

Bob  Gradeck

Elizabeth Monk

Steve Saylor

David Walker

Coffee Connect PGH

02:45 PM 04:15 PM

Census for a Cause

02:45 PM 04:15 PM

Bhavini Patel

Fresh Innovations: Brewing Entrepreneurship

03:30 PM 04:15 PM

Day Bracey

Look Who's Here! All-Abilities Media

03:30 PM 04:15 PM

Erin Gannon

Shalace Moore

Mark Steidl

Jennifer  Szweda Jordan

C.S. Wyatt

Journalism and the Next Generation: The Role of Student-produced Media in U.S. Democracy

03:30 PM 04:15 PM

Sara  Bauknecht

Closing Ceremony: Point Park Street Team and Timbeleza

04:15 PM 05:00 PM

Sponsors

Organizers

Basecamp Cafe

Organizations

Speakers

Alaa Mohamed

Program Manager and PULSE Fellow
The Global Switchboard

29 March

Albert Whale

CEO & Founder
IT Security Solutions

30 March

Alyssa Cypher

Executive Director
Inside our Minds

30 March

Andre Perry

David M. Rubenstein Fellow - Metropolitan Policy Program
Brookings Institute
via Brookings website:

Andre Perry is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. His research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion. Of particular note, Perry’s recent scholarship at Brookings has analyzed majority-black places and institutions in America, focusing on highlighting valuable assets worthy of increased investment.

29 March

Andy Berke

Mayor
City of Chattanooga
Andy Berke was elected Mayor of Chattanooga in March 2013 with over 72% of the electoral vote. Immediately following his inauguration, Mayor Berke streamlined government with a top to bottom reorganization that eliminated three departments and saved taxpayer dollars in the process. Since the reorganization, the Berke Administration has relentlessly focused on making Chattanooga streets safer, families stronger, growing middle class jobs, and using taxpayer dollars efficiently.

Under Mayor Berke’s leadership, Chattanooga has taken bold steps to further harness the unique advantage of having the fastest, cheapest, more pervasive internet in the Western Hemisphere. Following a robust public engagement process, Chattanooga established an Innovation District -- 140 acres in the heart of downtown that houses a catalytic mix of start-up businesses, incubators, and accelerators alongside investors and public amenities. In addition, the City has partnered with various nonprofits, businesses, and County Government to launch Tech Goes Home (TGH), a program recently honored for Digital Inclusion Leadership by the National League of Cities and Google. Through TGH, students and seniors receive practical training on how to use the internet safely. After nine weeks of courses, they are given the option to purchase a low-cost Chromebook. To increase connectivity in the home, the City has partnered with EPB to offer a reliable, low-cost, high-speed broadband connection to all families with a child on free or reduced lunch.

Anne Lopez

Co-Founder & COO
Loopla

29 March

Anne Mulgrave

Director of Grants and Accessibility
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

29 March

Annia Aleman

PGH Lab Manager
City of Pittsburgh

30 March

Anthony Stewart

President & Environmental Director
DECO Resources

30 March

anupama jain

Executive Director
Inclusant

30 March

Ashley Lynn Priore

Founder/CEO
Queen's Gambit

29 March

Betty Cruz

Founder, All for All Project Director
Change Agency

29 March

29 March

30 March

Bhavini Patel

Co-Founder
Beamdata

30 March

Bob Gradeck

Executive Director
Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center

30 March

Brenden Knecht

Data Engineer
LifeWhere

30 March

Brian Burley

Founder
YNGBLKPGH

28 March

Britney Brinkman

Associate Professor
Point Park University

29 March

C.S. Wyatt

Host, Producer
The Autistic Me Podcast
Host and producer of The Autistic Me podcast, which has a companion blog of the same name. Wyatt holds a journalism degree from the University of Southern California, an MFA in Film and Digital Technology and a doctorate in Rhetoric, Scientific and Technical Communication.

30 March

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Carley Bonk

Editor-in-Chief, The Globe
Point Park University

Carol Smith

Senior UX Researcher
Uber ATG

30 March

Cassandra Masters

Fellow
PULSE Pittsburgh
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Christian Snyder

Editor-in-Chief, The Pitt News
University of Pittsburgh

Clare Drobot

Director of New Play Development
City Theatre

29 March

Clarence Carlos

CEO
RC21X
Clarence perceived a need for a 'wrap-around' type of system to monitor human brain performance after he experienced, first hand, the tragic death of a close friend's son that was caused by a traumatic brain injury that had gone undiagnosed and untreated. Clarence is responsible for developing the tactical direction of new and existing business at RC21X with his extensive experience in project management and business development in the medical device field.

29 March

Cori Frazer

Executive Director
Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy

29 March

Daniel Foreman

Manager of Professional Learning
Digital Promise
Dan Foreman is the Manager of Professional Learning for the Verizon Innovative Learning schools initiative at Digital Promise a network of 150 high needs urban public middle schools focused on inclusive innovation and closing the digital equity divide in public education. Dan has worked in education for eleven years, starting his career as a Teach For America Corps Member in D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and working for the Teach For America Summer Institute in Philadelphia as the Director of Technology. After leaving DCPS, Dan moved over the river to Alexandria City Public Schools (VA) to teach English before becoming a Technology Integration Specialist, where he helped manage and develop the 3,700 student 1:1 initiative at TC Williams High School and provide instructional technology leadership and pedagogical support to teachers and administration. Dan was then promoted to the District Instructional Technology Coordinator in charge of a team of 16 Technology Integration Specialists spread across the school district and broadened the 1:1 initiative to encompass the entire district’s 15,000 devices. Dan then moved to the private industry as an Education Consultant, helping manage and develop large-scale hardware and software technology implementations across the country for many K-12 school districts.

Before his career in education, Dan was enlisted in the Marine Corps and was in charge of managing and coordinating the maintenance and fidelity of communications for 1st Marine Division during the Battle of Fallujah. Dan received his BA from Wittenberg University in Literature and Creative Writing, his Masters of Arts in Teaching from American University, his Masters of Education in Instructional Design and Development from George Mason University, and Administrative Leadership and Policy Certification from George Washington University. He can be reached at dforeman@digitalpromise.org.

Daniel Gillman

Chief of Staff
City of Pittsburgh - Mayor's Office

Danielle Linzer

Director of Learning and Public Engagement
Andy Warhol Museum

29 March

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Dara Collins

Editor-Elect, The Globe
Point Park University

Darcel Madkins

Pittsburgh Diversity & Inclusion Market Liaison
PNC Financial Services Group
Darcel Madkins is a Project Administrator for The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., with expertise in business development, marketing, strategic client development, successful multi-disciplinary team management, and project delivery. Exceptional ability to construct and facilitate cohesive teams, interface with other lines of business, and liaise with key stakeholders.

In addition, Darcel is currently the Pittsburgh Market Diversity & Inclusion Liaison, used as a collaborative market approach to identify and execute opportunities from changing market demographics. From 2016-2018 she severed as the President of African American Employee Business Resource Group (AA EBRG) at PNC Bank, which offers member’s opportunities to network, communicate, and progress personally and professionally and also to work closely with senior executives to implement business opportunities they have identified and initiatives recommended by their group.

30 March

David Lehman

Partner
K&L Gates

29 March

David Walker

Lead Software Developer
WPRDC

30 March

Day Bracey

Co-Founder
Fresh Fest

30 March

Del Johnson

Principal
Backstage Capital
Del Johnson is a Principal at Backstage Capital focused on sourcing and vetting potential portfolio investments, as well as supporting operations on the East Coast. Previously, Del worked with the People Operations team at Google coordinating the engineering hiring committee, directing the candidate gifts program for the Mountain View headquarters, and developing an internal initiative that added over 50 women and minority engineers to the company’s hiring pipeline. He was also an award-winning account manager at Oracle, where he led complex B2B enterprise and mid-market software sales cycles from sourcing to close. Del holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and received his Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School.

28 March

Delvina Morrow

Board Chair
Prototype

28 March

Dennis Robinson

Manager of Community Programs and Accessibility
Pittsburgh Ballet Theater

29 March

DeVaughn Rodgers

Education Program Coordinator
Bike PGH

DeVaughn Rodgers is a bike commuter, artist, and mentor. Born and raised in Pittsburgh as the the oldest of 5, he took on the role of leadership, mentoring, and all around example setting from a young age. Now at 25, he truly understands the value and importance of being a positive young Black male role model to not only the generations under him, but from the bottom up. He has been a part of BikePGH’s Education team as a youth cycling instructor for three years. Now as the Education Program Coordinator for BikePGH, he is able to continue to build on his passion for youth development by helping to build and publish the Positive Spin Toolkit, a free curriculum resource available online and in-print. Over the last year, he helped present the Positive Spin Toolkit at the National Bike Summit and Youth Bike Summit and various local audiences. DeVaughn's passion for youth education and development in underserved communities helps fuel his stride towards greatness. He is also a part of the creative collective BOOM Concepts as a resident artist and Events Coordinator. He can be reached at devaughn@bikepgh.org

29 March

Dolly Bellhouse

Department of Innovation and Performance
City of Pittsburgh

30 March

Elizabeth Monk

Community Engagement and Special Projects
WPRDC

30 March

Ellie Newman

Coordinator of Strategic Analytics
Allegheny County

30 March

Emily Keebler

Kiva Pittsburgh Program Director
Riverside Center for Innovation

29 March

Emily Wazlak

Founder
Shine Registry

29 March

Emmai Alaquiva

CEO
Ya Momz House

29 March

Erin Cawley

Program Manager
Computer Science Academy, CMU

30 March

Erin Gannon

Marketing, Early Childhood Intervention
ACHIEVA
Look Who's Here! All-Abilities Media founding host and 2018 Press Club of Western Pennsylvania Golden Quill public affairs reporting winner, Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh resident, longtime Special Olympian, ACHIEVA employee in marketing and early childhood intervention.

30 March

Gab Bonesso

Comedian, Actress, Anti-Bullying/Mental Health Advocate
Gab Bonesso's Gab Squad
Gab Bonesso is an award-winning standup comedian, columnist, actress and children’s performer. She has won the title “Best Comedian in Pittsburgh” three times. Twice voted by the readers of Pittsburgh City Paper and once voted by the readers of Pgh Magazine. Gab is credited for pioneering the Alternative Comedy scene in Pgh and in 2012 she was awarded a Grant by the Pgh Foundation and was given an Experimental Artist Residency at Carnegie Mellon University where she developed new work. Gab wrote a weekly column for AOL from 2010-2012 called “Rocking the Suburbs”. During 2011-2013 Gab performed corporate comedy and hosted corporate training videos for American Eagle Outfitters. Gab also toured the United States and Canada hosting a documentary series for the company. In 2011 Gab teamed up with Pittsburgh-based musician Josh Verbanets (lead singer of Meeting of Important People) and co-created The Josh and Gab Show (now called "Gab Squad") which is an anti-bullying rock and roll comedy stage program for children. Gab Squad has been featured in schools, music festivals, churches, libraries and conferences all over the North Eastern region of the United States and they headlined a music festival in Monterey, Mexico. In 2015 Gab delivered a TedX Talk at the Byham Theater in Pgh on the subject of The Role of Adults in the Anti-Bully Movement. In 2017 Gab was the first comedian signed to Misra Records. Her first comedy album: Everyone’s Dead was a cathartic release after the back-to-back losses of her mother and brother the year earlier. Gab has written and appeared on radio as an On Air Producer for CBS (2007-2008). She was even nominated for an AIR Award for “Best New Talent”. As a comedian Gab has featured or opened for headliners such as Richard Lewis, Brain Posehn, Tommy Chong, Jen Kirkman, John Hodgman, Kurt Branholer, Dustin Diamond, Adam Sank and Lizz Winstead. As an actress Gab has appeared in spots on Television/Internet for Sony Jobs, The Ruscitto Foundation and WQED Anti-Bullying PSA’s, City Paper Local Motion Fashion Show, American Eagle Outfitters and The Scare House - Burgatory - Lemieux Foundation “ScareHouse Shake” Promotion. Gab can currently be seen in Movie Theaters around Pgh in an Anti-Bullying PSA shown directly before the movie trailers. Lizz Winstead (co-creator of the Daily Show) has referred to Gab Bonesso as a “superstar” and Richard Lewis said that Gab Bonesso is “the real deal and f***ing hilarious”. Gab is currently a weekly contributor and columnist for Pittsburgh City Paper.

29 March

George Cook

CEO & Founder
Honeycomb Credit

29 March

30 March

George Fadale

CEO & Founder
Dreamz of Music Foundation

30 March

GHOSTizMONEY

Rapper/MC
The Dreamerz

30 March

Gina Winstead

Director, Member Engagement
Pittsburgh Technology Council

28 March

Hannah du Plessis

Principal
Fit Associates

29 March

Heather Tomko

Research Coordinator
University of Pittsburgh

30 March

Heidi Norman

Deputy Director
City of Pittsburgh, Department of Innovation & Performance

30 March

Ibania Rivas

Community Organizer
Casa San Jose

29 March

Itha Cao

Policy Analyst
City of Pittsburgh

29 March

Ivan Gil-Silva

Co-Owner
Mi Empanada

29 March

Jackie Baker

Managing Director
Bricolage Theater Company

30 March

Jae Park

Owner
Mr. Bulgogi Food Truck
Jae Park, owner and founder of Mr. Bulgogi, started his food truck as more of a pet project because he saw a lack of Korean
food trucks in the area. Jae works as a software developer during the day, and goes to events and sells food from his truck on weekends and nights.

29 March

Jake Sam

Operations Assistant
Expii
Jake is dedicated to helping provide the Expii team with a tireless worker. Jake previously worked in the Pittsburgh film industry after having graduated from the University of Pittsburgh where he helped start Pitt Tonight. He loves to watch sports, listen to old school rap, and film movies on the side.

29 March

Jasiri X

CEO
1Hood
via 1Hood's website:

Jasiri X is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016. This recognition grew out of the spiritual/political urgency and artistic vision he shared on songs like “Justice For Trayvon” and “Strange Fruit (Class of 2013),” which documented the unjust police killings of young Blacks in the Millennial Generation. Likewise, he has been deeply involved with the national Movement for Black Lives, working with organizations like The Gathering for Justice, Blackout for Human Rights, Justice or Else, BYP100 and Sankofa. Still, he remains rooted in the Pittsburgh based organizations he co-founded, the anti-violence group 1Hood as well as the 1Hood Media Academy, which teaches youth of color how to analyze and create media for themselves.

Listen to him on Soundcloud

29 March

29 March

Jason Jones

Director of Entrepreneurship
Idea Foundry

29 March

Jeanne Lofgren

Counsel
Stonecipher Law Firm

29 March

Jenna Baron

Executive Director
ARYSE
Jenna Baron is the Executive Director of Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Global Studies, and African Studies in 2013 from University of Pittsburgh. Jenna is 2013 Fulbright Scholar (Kenya), 2015 Humanity in Action John Lewis Fellow, New Leaders Council Pittsburgh Alumna, and a board member of Global Minds Initiative. Jenna’s work is informed by a belief that education and creative expression can be tools for liberation. She envisions ARYSE as an international model for supporting refugee and immigrant youth in becoming engaged, confident, and celebrated members of society.

29 March

Jennifer Honing

CEO & Co-Founder
Techstra Solutions

30 March

Jennifer Szweda Jordan

Co-founder/Producer
Unabridged Press
Jennifer Szweda Jordan is the executive producer of Look Who’s Here! All-Abilities Media, a project of Unabridged Press. The Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University is housing this project in 2019 and 2020.

30 March

Jennifer Van Dam

Digital and Community Engagement Manager
Innovation Works

29 March

Jessica Benner

Liaison Librarian
Carnegie Mellon University

30 March

Jodi Salant

Compliance and Quality Assurance Specialist
Circles Greater Pittsburgh

29 March

Jordan Robarge

CEO/Founder
Revival Chili

29 March

Josiah Gilliam

Coordinator, My Brother's Keeper Initiative
City of Pittsburgh & Allegheny County

29 March

Joyce Howard

Manager
Everyday Cafe

29 March

Julie Mallis

Education Program Manager
BikePGH
Julie Mallis, a bike commuter and artist, has been developing, planning and delivering youth programming for nearly a decade. In 2015, Julie transferred the Positive Spin youth cycling program (est. 2010) to be housed under BikePGH. Additionally, Julie runs BikePGH’s other education initiatives, including developing digital/print educational resources, such as the Positive Spin Toolkit, and the City Cycling on-the-bike training program. Julie also operates the Women and Non Binary program, which hosts an annual forum every April, meet ups and groups rides building community at the intersection of mobility and gender. Passionate about the mobility and public art, Julie recently completed a 1000+ feet way-finding street mural on #StrawberryWay in Downtown Pittsburgh, which encourages physical movement, play and thoughtful discussion. Julie loves teaching others how to ride bikes, stay safe and feel confident. They are also part of creative collectives, BOOM Concepts and gfx. They can be reached at julie@bikepgh.org.

29 March

Julius Boatwright

Founder, CEO
Steel Smiling
Julius serves as the Founder and CEO with Steel Smiling. They bridge the gap between community members and mental health support through education, advocacy, and awareness. Their vision is to connect every resident in our region to resources and treatment. Since launching in 2015, they've served over 1,000 people. Steel Smiling hopes to expose 100% of African-American adults in Pittsburgh to at least 1 mental health engagement that improves their quality of life by 2030.

He's a Licensed Master Social Worker and a certified Mental
Health First Aid Instructor through the National Council for Behavioral Health. Julius completed a Trauma-Informed Community Practice Workshop with Duquesne University through their Department of Psychology and Rita McGinley Clinic. He obtained his Master of Social Work degree with a Certificate in Human Services Management from the University of Pittsburgh. Julius also earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Pitt.

29 March

Justin Tognarine

Operations Manager
Carnegie Science Center

29 March

Katie Grimm

Director of Pittsburgh
Venture for America

29 March

Kelley Benson

Director, Human Resources and Inclusion
Innovation Works

Kelly Jones

R&B Singer
The Dreamerz

30 March

Kenny Chen

Founder/City AI Ambassador
Pittsburgh

30 March

Keyla Nogueira Cook

Owner, Head Chef
Casa Brazil PGH, Keyla Cooks LLC
Keyla Nogueira Cook is a chefpreneur (chef + entrepreneur) native to Brasil and has been living in the US for over 13 years. Her childhood has played a major role on her gastronomic and business journey. Keyla slowly began to cook homemade style Brazilian food especially Feijoada (which is considered Brazil’s national dish) and one of her specialties and created Feijoada To Go spreading her flavors throughout the city.
In 2016, she founded Keyla Cooks, LLC which allowed her to expand her menu and cook in different settings and and crowds, from supper clubs to cultural festivals giving Pittsburghers a chance to try authentic Brazilian cuisine.

In 2018 Keyla along with her business partner Tim Guthrie from Swig-Art Productions founded Casa Brasil, a pop-up restaurant in Highland Park, a space that represents authentic home style cooking of Brazilian cuisine, culture and music.

29 March

Khamil Scantling

Founder
CocoaPreneur

28 March

Kim Lyons

Managing Editor
The Insider
Kim Lyons is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette, and numerous other local and national publications.

In her current role as managing editor for Inside.com, she oversees more than three dozen newsletters, and writes the biweekly Inside Pittsburgh edition. Her passion project is working as producer and co-host of The Broadcast Podcast, committed to amplifying women’s voices in Pittsburgh and beyond. She’s also a staunch advocate for journalism and local media initiatives and is a founding member of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Online News Association, and president of the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh.

Kim was the recipient of the 2018 Ray Sprigle Memorial Award from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania and was a 2015 Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University.

Find her on Twitter at @socialkimly

29 March

Kit Needham

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Swartz Center for Entrepeneurship

29 March

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Kristen Link

Director of Education & Accessibility
City Theatre Company

29 March

LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill

STEAM Ecosystem and CS for PGH Lead
Remake Learning

30 March

Laura Totin Codori

Executive Director & Founder
Worm Return

30 March

Leonard Hammonds

Founder and President
Hammonds Initiative

29 March

Lindsey Matesic

Global Engagement and Business Development Manager
Idea Foundry

Lisa Kay Schweyer

Program Manager
Traffic 21 Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Lisa Kay Schweyer serves as the Program Manager for the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute, which houses the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center. She started her transportation career in 2003, helping commuters find and employers learn about transportation options as she managed the regional ridesharing CommuteInfo program for Southwestern Pennsylvania. From 2016 – 2018, Lisa Kay led the Vanpool Council for ACT. Her previous work experience includes association management, volunteer coordination, and fundraising. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her Masters of Public Management degree from CMU.

30 March

Mara Leff

Director of Innovation
Jewish Healthcare Foundation

29 March

MS

Margaret Susa

Communiqué Editor-in-Chief
Chatham University

Mark Rettig

Principal
Fit Associates

29 March

Mark Steidl

Disability Rights Advocate
Disability Rights Advocate, Community College of Allegheny County psychology student, DynaVOX employee, featured host on Look Who's Here! Winner of 2018 Press Club of Western Pennsylvania Golden Quill for feature reporting, student category.

30 March

Mary Jayne McCullough

Founder/Executive Director
Global Wordsmiths

29 March

Megan Fahey

Coordinator for Inclusive Excellence
Point Park University

30 March

Melinda Angeles

Systems Engineer
Allegheny County

30 March

Melissa Martin

Producer/Director
Sulfur Creek Production

30 March

Meredith Felton

Marketing Manager
Expii
Meredith summarized in alliteration: music, marketing, [yoga] mat. When she's not busy getting the word out about Expii, you can find her sweating in a local fitness studio or teaching yoga. Her obsession with music knows no bounds, and she has a playlist ready for any occasion.

29 March

Michael Sobkowiak

CEO & Founder
RoomLeopard

30 March

Michelle Walker

Founder
Lend an Ear Consulting

30 March

Miriam Parson

Pittsburgh Action Strategist
ioby

29 March

Monica Ruiz

Executive Director
Casa San Jose

29 March

Mounir Mora-Kpai

GMI: Innovation and Community Engagement Associate
Taylor Allderdice High School
Mounir Mora-Kpai is a 10th grader at Allderdice High School. He has a passion for sports, such as swimming and soccer. He was born in France and has lived in The Netherlands, New York, North and South Carolina, before finally moving to Pittsburgh three two years ago. He speaks English, French, and German! He hopes to study International Relations and Business one day.

30 March

Naomi Auth

Co-Founder
Red Star Kombucha

29 March

Nashid Ali

Attorney

29 March

Natalie Bencivenga

SEEN Editor
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

29 March

Natasha Vicens

Interactives & Design Editor
Public Source
Natasha edits and produces interactive graphics, data visualizations and web packages for PublicSource. She manages the website and works with PublicSource's team of reporters, editors, videographers, photographers and freelancers to make stories more engaging for readers. She previously worked as PublicSource's environmental reporter for three years. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, she graduated with a master's degree from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix where she specialized in multimedia coverage of border issues and politics.

29 March

Nathan Darity

Executive Director
Global Switchboard
Nathan is curious, instigates often, and has an insatiable thirst for dancing. He is grateful for the opportunity to live at NavusHouse, built and designed to host guests and gatherings. In 2014, Nathan helped launch The Global Switchboard as a project of Amizade, and in 2016 accepted the role of Executive Director, following its transition to an independent organization. He previously served on the Welcoming Pittsburgh Advisory Council through the Mayor’s Office. Nathan hosts and organizes CreativeMornings Pittsburgh.

29 March

Nellie Abdelnour

Nellie's Sandwiches
Owner
Nellie Abdelnour is the owner and head chef of Nellie's Sandwiches in Oakland, providing fresh and delicious Lebanese Gyros, Shawarmas, Falafils and more! Mrs. Abdelnour fled to Pittsburgh in 1980, a refugee of the Lebanese Civil War with her husband, a former Chief of Police, and four children to join her brother, owner of Pitaland. She and her husband owned and operated a store in Squirrel Hill for over 20 years, had their fifth child and then decided to expand into the restaurant business and opened Nellie's Sandwiches. She hopes to receive more attention on social media in this digital age and continue to share the food of her family with Pittsburghers.

29 March

Nina Marie Barbuto

Founder and Director
Assemble
Nina's passion for art, new media and social learning led her to found Assemble, a community space for arts + technology, in 2011. On her own, Nina works in a variety of media including architecture, film, sound, and installation and often explores the idea of recycling noise into a system or elevating the vernacular to the spectacular. Nina co-founded I Made It! Market in 2007. An idea based on urban acupuncture, this nomadic market partners with community, arts and non-profit organizations to raise funds and awareness to assist in improving their communities while allowing local artists and crafters to sell their wares. Nina holds degrees in architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture and Carnegie Mellon University, where she is also adjunct faculty.

29 March

Pam Eichenbaum

Senior Business Development Associate
Innovation Works

29 March

Penny Zacharias

Partner
McGuireWoods

29 March

Phillip McKenzie

Co-Founder
Dreamz of Music Foundation

30 March

Rachel Goldberger

Program Associate
Jewish Healthcare Foundation

29 March

Rachel Jenkins

Co-Owner
Mi Empanada

29 March

Saleem Ghubril

Executive Director
The Pittsburgh Promise
Saleem Ghubril is a passionate advocate for children and for the City of Pittsburgh. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he has devoted his life to serving the people of his community through outreach and education programs.

In 1985, Saleem founded The Pittsburgh Project, a community development organization that provides free home renovations to hundreds of vulnerable seniors each year. It also mentors, educates, and deploys thousands of youth in meaningful volunteer community service. Saleem led The Pittsburgh Project until 2008, when he assumed the leadership of The Pittsburgh Promise. The Pittsburgh Promise works for a future where:
  1. all urban youth are equipped to reach post-secondary success,
  2. all public schools serve all children excellently,
  3. Pittsburgh is flourishing in all its neighborhoods,
  4. and our workforce is widely diverse and highly skilled to advance a region that is good and just for all.
In the last 10 years, The Pittsburgh Promise has sent more than 8,800 urban youth to college and provided them with over $133 million in scholarships. Saleem is the volunteer pastor of Mosaic Community Church in Pittsburgh. He also serves on the boards of The Buhl Foundation, Vibrant Pittsburgh, and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

29 March

Sara Bauknecht

Reporter

30 March

Shalace Moore

Aspiring Filmmaker
Unabridged Press
North Sider, former intern at Unabridged Press, Point Park University shuttle driver and mail room employee, aspiring filmmaker, and lifelong learner.

30 March

Shanon Williams

Founder/CEO
Self Care Housekeeping

30 March

Shayna Gleason

Engagement Specialist
ACCESS Transportation

30 March

Sloane Davidson

Founder/CEO
Hello Neighbor

29 March