Katie Conlon- Fullbrite Research Fellow and Environmentalist

Katie Conlon- Fullbrite Research Fellow and Environmentalist

Katie is a Fulbright Research Fellow in Sri Lanka completing her dissertation on Plastic Waste (theme: Plastic waste in the global south and how to work towards waste minimization/zero waste). She is also putting together curriculum for waste and plastic awareness, and trying to be proactive about making her research practical...for instance, she presenting to the local government in Ladakh on ways they can shift their waste policy and practices.

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Abiola Akanni-Yoga by Biola 

Abiola Akanni-Yoga by Biola 

Abiola Akanni is an undeniable force in the yogic community, actively and intentionally cultivating truly holistic wellness and inclusivity for all fitness levels, genders, and ethnicities. A self-proclaimed self-love activist, she's on a mission to create non-judgemental spaces for all to develop their personal yoga practice. This lead her to found Yoga by Biola, the platform from which she shares culturally expressive yoga rooted in yogic philosophy and infused with creative movement and music, offering gentle sound baths, the Divine Feminine Workshop, and Trap Vinyasa™.

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Jennifer Deaderick-Beyond Your Summit 

Jennifer Deaderick-Beyond Your Summit 

As a breast cancer survivor herself, Jennifer started Beyond Your Summit to support cancer patients and others facing health challenges to go beyond “surviving” illness to living fully through the adversity – and beyond.  Her unique methodology combining Western and Eastern philosophies provides an integrated approach to helping people overcome the challenges faced throughout the journey of cancer.  
 

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Alexandra Lev- Writer / Content Developer / Outdoor Trip Leader

Alexandra Lev- Writer / Content Developer / Outdoor Trip Leader

Alexandra Lev is a writer and storyteller that focuses on outdoor adventure travel and the benefits nature can have on our mental health. As a Salt Lake City native Alexandra has spent all of her life in the mountains and currently spends much of her free time helping plan and lead outdoor events for women. With a passion for connecting people to the outdoors, Alexandra's goal is to inspire others to try something new, despite their level of experience. She currently lives in Vancouver, WA with her husband and their two Siberian Huskies.

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Steph Jagger-Author, Coach, Record Breaker

Steph Jagger-Author, Coach, Record Breaker

She is an author, speaker, coach, and world record smasher who lives on Bainbridge Island (otherwise known as Jurassic). She holds a CEC (certified Executive Coach) degree from Royal Roads University and she believes purposeful living doesn’t happen with one toe dangling in, but that we jump in, fully submerge, and sit in the juice. Think pickle, not cucumber. 

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Marianna Jamadi- Photographer

Marianna Jamadi- Photographer

Marianna Jamadi is a photographer who is nomadic in nature and steady in heart. She travels the world in search of palpable moments. She believes in the power of imagery and the power of creativity. She feels most comfortable when she is uncomfortable and feeds on experience and beauty. She was born and raised in Long Beach, California, spent her twenties in NYC and then sold her belongings and left the country on a one-year adventure around the world while documenting it on her travel blog Nomadic Habit.

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Sarah Fretwell- Multimedia Storyteller

Sarah Fretwell- Multimedia Storyteller

Multimedia storyteller Sarah Fretwell looks deeper into the intersection of the environment, people, and business with one question: What if the new bottom line was love? 

Her award-winning work explores the lives of everyday people with extraordinary stories and creates the human connection that engages people on a personal level. Her work offers individuals a voice for justice, insight for solutions, and the human connection needed for international engagement. Some of her notable work and clients include the United Nations, USAID, The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, and Tara Expeditions Foundation.

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Veronica Cabello- Green Beginning Community Preschool

Veronica Cabello- Green Beginning Community Preschool

Veronica is the founder of Green Beginning Community Preschool-An award-winning preschool with an emphasis on environment and diversity.

She has been in the field of early childhood for over 25 years. She earned a Masters degree in Child Development from Cal State University, Los Angeles. While working as a teacher, she contributed to the field of Early Childhood by mentoring teachers from various colleges and universities. 

Green Beginning Community Preschool has been recognized for its outstanding work educating young children and helping to raise globally-conscious citizens. We are the recipients of Green America's Summer 2014 People and Planet Award, we are recognized as an official Certified Los Angeles Green Business, and we are the winners of the 2011 SORO Neighborhood Council Outstanding Green Citizenship Award.

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Paksy Plackis-Cheng- Impactmania

Paksy Plackis-Cheng- Impactmania

Paksy (Dutch native), founder of impactmania, has lived in the USA since 2001. As a marketing & business development executive (from startup, IPO, M&A to mature tech companies), she has worked in a dozen countries. She has served on half a dozen boards, including two seasons as the Board President of the Santa Barbara Symphony. Paksy directed and co-produced a video story for impactmania that was featured at the United Nations (2017). Paksy is a Senior Fellow Research and Media at AD&A Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She graduated from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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Mary Osborne- Professional Surfer + Entrepreneur

Mary Osborne- Professional Surfer + Entrepreneur

Champion longboarder and professional surfer Mary Osborne is “an undeniable force of nature who has inspired hundreds of thousands of people around the world with her Nereid spirit whilst motivating females of all ages to be their very best…” But she’s also much more than a renowned surfer: women-in-sports advocate, environmentalist , writer, model, TV personality, and business woman are just a few of the hats she wears, often simultaneously.

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Alissa Sears- adVenturesAcademy

Alissa Sears- adVenturesAcademy

CO-FOUNDER / ADVENTURESACADEMY
VICE PRESIDENT: STRATEGY & GROWTH / CHRISTIE & CO

Having spent the last 15 years helping build high-growth, high impact companies, international investment summits, investment groups, non-profits and beyond, Alissa co-founded adVenturesAcademy rooted in the belief that business is the key to building a better world and that the best companies - those most able to adapt to the challenges of growth and achieve scale - are those rooted in purpose, driven by passion, alignment and impact, and preserved through resilience, authenticity and integrity. Through adVenturesAcademy, we break the box to unleash innovation and growth potential through harnessing the power of adventure to build resilient growth. And have fun doing it.

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Lani Taylor- MOBOT

Lani Taylor- MOBOT

Australian environmentalist, wellness educator, and founder of MOBOT, Lani Taylor, transformed her life through hydration, yoga, and somatic therapy. Her personal success launched a desire to share her discoveries with her clients and the world.

Lani’s passion to make people feel good and to heal the environment led to her creating the perfect eco-friendly hydration and mobility companion: MOBOT.

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