Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D.

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, commonly known as Dr. Q, received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental and stem cell biology. His career began at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he became… Read more…

Jimmy Chen

Jimmy Chen is the founder and CEO of Propel. Previously, Jimmy was a Product Manager at Facebook, where he led the Facebook Groups team. He has also worked at LinkedIn and Yahoo. Through Propel, Jimmy aims to use Silicon Valley’s technology playbook to fight poverty by building world class software for low-income Americans. Propel’s product,… Read more…

Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman is deeply interested in using psychological science to help everyone– all kinds of minds— live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. A main takeaway from his work is that everyone is capable of creativity, the key is finding the thing that will let them shine the most. Scott is the scientific director… Read more…

Vivian Barad

Vivian Barad is a Senior Portfolio Director at IDEO. Her work spans business strategy, consumer products, services and retail environments with a focus on food and beverage. She has a passion for designing a better food system and spends a lot of time thinking about the intersection of food and health – from personal health… Read more…

Kim Van Brunt

Kim Van Brunt is a poet and nonfiction writer. Becoming a transracial adoptive parent opened her eyes in a much more personal way to the depth of her own white privilege. Now, she uses her story and her creative work to help others recognize systems of inequality and their power to affect change for the… Read more…

Becca Stiles-Nogosek

Becca Stiles-Nogosek is a lifelong resident of Rochester, MN. Becca is passionate about her community, building connections, sharing stories, and being inspired by brilliant ideas. Becca appreciates live performance, budget travel, taking many photos of her dogs doing absolutely nothing, and sharing brunch with those she cares about. Becca is fortunate to be a part… Read more…

Doug Scholz-Carlson

Doug Scholz-Carlson is Artistic Director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival where he has directed productions including As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Cymbeline and played more than 20 roles roles including Henry in King Henry V, Feste in Twelfth Night and Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Recent directing credits… Read more…

Aaron Leppin, M.D.

Aaron Leppin, MD is an implementation scientist in the Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit at Mayo Clinic and an Assistant Professor in its Division of Health Care and Policy Research. His research focuses on the development of strategies that increase communities’ capacity to partner with healthcare and engage in self-directed and evidence-based health promotion. In… Read more…

Nicholas Dibble

Nicholas Dibble is a Principal Information Security Engineer at Mayo Clinic. He has been an engineer and held technology leadership positions for nearly 20 years in the Information Security & Technology fields. Nicholas holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Security and Assurance as well as numerous certifications and awards in the area of information security…. Read more…

Ayodeji Awoskia

Ayodeji is an author, speaker, and creative consultant. He writes books about living life based solely on one’s true definition of success. He speaks about overcoming resistance, fear, and doubt. He helps aspiring creative professionals remove the word aspiring from their vocabulary and start projects they love. With his passion for ideas and a bright… Read more…

Brenda Dennis

With over 19 years in the $46B+ Cisco Sales organization, Brenda Dennis is currently Vice President, Sales Operations for Cisco’s largest sales geography – Americas and Global Enterprise ($28B+). Her 500+ person team is responsible for providing world-class customer and partner services. She helps to set strategy and marshal the collective resources of the company… Read more…

Tori Utley

Tori Utley is an entrepreneur working jointly in technology innovation and addiction recovery, holding an M.B.A. and an addictions counseling license in Minnesota. She is the Founder and Executive Director of More Than An Addict, an organization committed to the reduction of addiction stigma through promoting education, employment, and entrepreneurship for individuals in long-term recovery,… Read more…

Neil Stevenson

Neil Stevenson trained as a psychologist at Oxford University, then spent a decade editing culture and fashion magazines in London, before becoming a designer at IDEO. At IDEO he has worked on everything from toy invention to education systems, and is currently an Executive Portfolio Director. The thread connecting all this is his fascination with… Read more…

Chris Schad

Chris is a certified Master Naturalist, sits on the Olmsted County Parks commission, and is a past president of the SE Minnesota Beekeepers Association. Several years ago he restored a portion of his home property to native prairie, and shortly after that began keeping bees. He currently manages honeybees on his rural Rochester, MN property… Read more…

Randall Munson

Randall’s talents as a master magician, comic ventriloquist, emcee, and professional clown contribute to his ability to captivate audiences in any setting — including MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disneyland, Disney World, and The White House. He has made televised appearances internationally and has been featured on major… Read more…

Victor Montori

Victor M. Montori, MD is a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic. An endocrinologist and health services researcher, Dr. Montori is the author of more than 500 peer-reviewed publications and is recognized as among the top 1% of researchers with most cited papers in clinical medicine worldwide in the last decade. He is a recognized… Read more…

Pages Matam

Pages Matam is a multidimensional national touring artist, residing in the D.C. metropolitan area, but originally from Cameroon, Africa. He is a Write Bloody author, playwright, and award winning slam poet (2 time DC Grand Slam Champion, 2013 Southern Fried Champion) with passions in the field of youth, activism, and education. Along with his greatest… Read more…

Jim Maher

Jim Maher, 55, has been a scientist at Mayo Clinic since 1995, where he is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and is dean of Mayo Graduate School, the PhD training program of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Maher received his BS and PhD degrees in molecular biology from the… Read more…

Kelly Leonard

Kelly Leonard (President & CEO, Kelly Leonard Productions/Creative Advisor, The Second City) has worked at The Second City for nearly three decades in various creative and leadership positions. He has produced shows with such notable talent as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Keegan Michael Key and Steve Carell. He has created shows… Read more…

Anthony Desnick

Tony Desnick is a parent, educator, architect, urban designer, blogger, bike activist and bike share promoter. As Director for Development and New Projects with Nice Ride Minnesota, he looks after bike programs in Greater Minnesota. He writes for minneapolize.com and streets.mn where he makes a case for bikes saving the world from itself. He sits… Read more…

Julie Brock

Julie Brock, educator of 16 years, works to create more experiential learning opportunities for students in southeast Minnesota as Director of Workforce and Education at the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Creator of offthegridedu.com, Brock encourages parents, students and educators alike to get off the systematic grid and try a new approach to education that… Read more…

Joyce Balls-Berry

Joyce (aka Joy) Balls-Berry is a connoisseur of fine shoes and food. Despite being diagnosed with dyslexia in childhood, Joy is an avid reader. Joy is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and serves as the Program Manager for the Office for Community Engagement in Research in the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science…. Read more…