Cristina Jiménez   Co-Founder, United We Dream
Cristina Jiménez co-founded United We Dream in 2008. She has organized immigrant youth and workers around the DREAM Act and pro-immigrant legislation at local and national levels since 2004. She co-founded the New York State Youth Leadership Council, was an immigration policy analyst for the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, and was an immigrant rights organizer at the Latin American Integration Center (now Make the Road New York). Jiménez came to the United States from Quito, Ecuador when she was 13.
Lawrence Lessig   Author and Professor, Harvard Law School
A visionary whose influence extends across the worlds of technology, economics and politics, Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. His books include Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, and Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It. Lessig’s numerous awards include the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries.
Eric Liu is an author, educator, and civic entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, which promotes and teaches the art of great citizenship through a portfolio of national programs. His books include the national bestseller The Gardens of Democracy, co-authored with Nick Hanauer. Eric also co-authored The True Patriot with Hanauer, and together the two have created the True Patriot Network to advance the book's ideals of progressive patriotism. His first book, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, was a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary “Matters of Race." His other books include Guiding Lights: How to Mentor – and Find Life’s Purpose, the Official Book of National Mentoring Month; and Imagination First, co-authored with Scott Noppe-Brandon of the Lincoln Center Institute, which explores ways to unlock imagination in education, politics, business and the arts. @eriicpliu | citizenuniversity.us
Kate Lydon   IDEO Design
Kate Lydon leads cross-disciplinary teams that design visionary, innovative, human-centered solutions focused on citizen impact and government organizations. Kate is passionate about creating design work that inspires wonder and builds human connections. She has tackled systems challenges such as scaling low-cost education in Peru, building a movement around emergency preparedness, and designing networks of innovation hubs across the US. Clients have included the City of San Francisco, Mayo Clinic, Intergroup, and Deloitte. Prior to IDEO, Kate worked in creative direction at the Smithsonian. She received the Metropolis Next Generation Award and was featured in the documentary ‘Brilliant Simplicity’.
Ai-jen Poo   Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
As Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, Ai-jen Poo leads a movement that is inspiring thousands of careworkers, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, and lawmakers to work together to ensure that all people can mature in this country with dignity, security and independence. Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, and the National Council on Aging. Among Ai-jen’s numerous accolades are the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women list, and TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Andrew Slack   Co-Founder/ED, Harry Potter Alliance & Imagine Better Network
As a performer, Andrew Slack grew disenchanted when he discovered that while he could attract the attention of 1,000 students with a comedy show, a human rights group on the same campus would be lucky to get 5. The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) was his first step in harnessing the energy of popular culture toward civic engagement and social activism. Under Andrew’s leadership, the HPA has inspired a network of over 1 million fans, created close to 200 chapters internationally, sent 5 cargo planes with supplies to Haiti, built libraries across the world, and continues to advocate for equality, media reform, and human rights. His ideas have spread: USC has called Andrew’s approach “a premier model for civic engagement for the 21st century.” He’s written for the LA Times and CNN, been featured by NPR, Al Jazeera, the New York Times, Forbes.com, and has been applauded by JK Rowling in Time Magazine. He’s spoken at TEDx Rome and San Diego, served as keynote speaker at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the American Library Association's midwinter festival, and headlined an event about peacemaking for elementary school students with Mohammed Yunus. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University, Andrew is now a Nathan Cummings fellow as takes his work to the next level by going beyond Harry Potter, empowering fans across popular culture in an unprecedented movement where fantasy is no longer an escape from our world, but an invitation to change it for the better.
Maya Wiley   Founder and President, Center for Social Inclusion
Maya Wiley is the Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion, a research and policy organization focused on addressing racial inequity and its impact on all racial groups. A civil rights attorney and policy advocate, Maya has litigated, lobbied the U.S. Congress and developed programs to transform structural racism in the U.S. and in South Africa. A prolific author, public commentor, advocate and teacher, Maya brings clear-eyed insight to a difficult topic. Maya has been named a NY Moves magazine Power Woman and one of "20 Leading Black Women Social Activists Advocating Change" by The Root.com.
Damian Woetzel   Director, Aspen Institute Arts Program
Damian Woetzel is director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program. Since retiring from a 20-year career as principal dancer with New York City Ballet, he has taken on multiple roles in arts leadership. He also currently serves as artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival and founding director of the Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Program, and he is active as a producer and director for the stage. Woetzel was appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2009.