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Amy Whitaker is a creativity champion, business explainer, and human Venn diagram, who is always looking for the connections between people, ideas, and ways of being in the world. She works as a professor in the Department of Art and Arts Professions at NYU’s Steinhardt School. Holding both an MBA and an MFA, Amy teaches business to artists and vice versa. She is passionate about finding space and language to connect our creative and practical selves. Her 2016 book Art Thinking, which was called “fascinating” by Walter Isaacson and “eloquent” and “inspiring” by Adam Grant, teaches us how to invent
our own point B, and to move forward without a template in any area of life.
Hugh Locke President & Co-Founder of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance in Haiti and President & Founder of Impact Farming, is a smallholder social entrepreneur, author, commentator and speaker. His book “The Haiti Experiment: Amid the Wreckage of a Country Once Rich Beyond Measure, a Chance to Rebuild” is used by many as a primer on development in that country. Drawing on a long career in humanitarian service and international development, Hugh is using an innovative social business approach to transform smallholder farmers into a self-financed global force to combat climate change, improve food security and empower women. His work is the subject of a documentary “Kombit: The Cooperative” and has been featured on CNN International.
Michael Alcée, Ph.D.is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in college counseling, helping beginning clinicians develop their ‘therapeutic voice,’ and educating the public about transformative power of psychotherapy. Founder of one of the first college groups dedicated to introverts, he is a dynamic speaker and clinician who uses his background in music, literature, and the arts to help individuals and groups make creative connections for personal growth and development. He also has a passion for helping organizations and schools bring out the best in their students and employees through the innovative application of psychological knowledge.