Thomas Albright is Professor and Conrad T. Prebys Chair at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Albright is an authority on the brain bases of visual perception, visual memory and visually guided behavior. He is known for his pioneering research on the role of context in visual information processing. His work is characterized by an effort to understand how the visual system operates under sensory conditions and behavioral demands that approximate the richness of normal perceptual experience.
Dr. Ayres’ research program is focused on developing new strategies for treating both infectious and non-infectious disease. She is especially interested in leveraging our interactions with the microbiome–the trillions of good bacteria living on our bodies–to end the arms race with infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance. Dr. Ayres earned her PhD from Stanford University School of Medicine in Microbiology and Immunology.
As Vice President, Applied Genomics at Illumina, Dawn has spent the last eleven years developing markets and products to unlock the power of the genome to improve human health and well-being. Illumina has been at the forefront of delivering exponential change in the speed and cost of genomic information in areas as far ranging as oncology, forensics, reproductive health, agriculture, and rare disease, just to name a few.
Regina Bernal’s main drive is to empower entrepreneurs to turn their venture ideas into a reality. As the Entrepreneurship Manager for the School of Business Administration, she leads and enhances major entrepreneurship opportunities at USD including the V2 Pitch Competition, the Legacy Entrepreneurship Conference and the year-long coaching and mentoring program for student entrepreneurs.
Justin Brooks is the Director and Co-Founder of the California Innocence Project and a tenured professor at California Western School of Law. Over the course of his career he has served as counsel on several high profile criminal cases. He has also worked extensively in Latin America training lawyers for the past 20 years and co-founded Red Inocente, an organization devoted to founding and supporting innocence organizations in Latin America.
Since 1997 the San Diego-based Coastal Cities Jazz Band has been performing all over Southern California and in Yuma Arizona. The band consists of 17 members who enjoy the art of playing in the style of a big band, and are some of the finest musicians in San Diego County. Many of the members are professional musicians who have performed with big bands of the 40’s and 50’s. This performance will also feature Ruby Presnell on vocals.
An Oklahoma native, Kinnie is a country girl at heart who moved east to the Big Apple after graduating from Oklahoma City University with a degree in musical theater. After touring the country with several Broadway shows, Kinnie started singing with a band. She and her friends piled in a van and played their way across country to find themselves in San Diego. In 2016 she decided to venture out on her own, releasing her first album, LIVE, in July.
Lex Gillette is the best totally blind long and triple jumper in the history of U.S. Paralympics. He is the current world record holder in the long jump, a four-time Paralympic medalist, a two-time long jump world champion, and 16-time national champion. He is the only totally blind athlete in the world who has eclipsed the 22-foot barrier in the long jump.
Ellen Goodwin is the CEO of EllenGoodwin.com, an organization that utilizes brain-based solutions to help individuals overcome self-sabotage, build better habits, and be more focused so they can be more productive in their lives. As co-founder of the Dive Bar of the Month Club, Ellen indulges her passion while bringing people together from all walks of life. Every dive bar is rich in its culture and customs. Ellen shares her insights into the human experience as viewed from a dive bar perspective.
Natalie Kaczorowski is a friendly neighborhood producer, vlogger, pop-culture enthusiast, and the Mother of Dachshunds. She is better known for her online persona, Comic Connie. In her vlog episodes, “Nerdy Notes,” she analyzes and explains pop- culture topics for a mainstream audience. Natalie’s offline persona is spent as a mild-mannered executive producer of “Tonight in San Diego,” an independently-run, late-night talk show.
Scott is the co-founder and co-director of the Design Lab at UCSD where he is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science & Engineering. His group’s research tools harvest and synthesize examples to empower more people to design, program, learn, and create. Recent work — inspired by the design studio — is enabling peer learning online. He previously served as Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford and was a founding participant in the d.school.
Kelly Mellos is an award-winning fine artist, with a mission of using art to break down barriers, build trust and compassion, encourage risk-taking and celebrate our interconnectedness. Her work aims to reveal the life force of her subjects to viewers, aspiring to bring humanity closer together and to the planet; her teaching encourages students to strive for this in their own lives and work.
Culture Shock is a hip-hop dance organization dedicated to innovative performance, artist development, and community enrichment, revealing the power and beauty of hip-hop to diverse communities. Our troupes regularly work with schools, libraries and charitable groups to provide entertaining and educational dance programs. They also collaborate with local artists and arts organizations.
As a leader in the field of mobile technologies for 14 years, and a key architect of Qualcomm’s global innovation vision, Navrina Singh spearheads Qualcomm ImpaQt to discover, develop and commercialize technology breakthroughs. Navrina creates a culture of innovation by focusing on future technology and leadership development, building & driving innovation and investment strategy by collaborating with startups & incubators worldwide, and improving diversity appreciation and inclusion in corporations.
Poet, writer, DJ, musician Gill Sotu is a two-time Grand Slam Poetry Champion, effortlessly weaving poetry into musical and theatre performance. Currently the Artist In Residence at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Gill wrote and performed the poetic segments to Melissa Adao’s dance theatre showcase, “Hip-Hop CabHooray!” His efforts won him Outstanding Production at the 2015 Fringe Fest.