Biz Ghormley is a writer, an investigator, a strategist and an entrepreneur. Having learned at a young age that quite a distance remained between the theoretical offering of “freedom for all” and reality, Biz has been challenging the status quo and working for justice and freedom in many ways since then. She believes story has the power to heal, the brand of an organization depends on the integrity of their DNA, and that creativity is essential to forge a better future. Check her out on instagram at @bizzygi on Twitter at @onewitness and with groups like www.epip.org and www.itstherefresh.com.
Carolyn “CC” Concepcion is a design strategist, global marketer, and cultural innovator. She has built a career visualizing possible futures, designing interactive experiences and platforms for top brands, celebrities, cultural institutions,and social impact organizations. CC is currently completing her Masters degree at New York University. @CCurlySue08
Radio/TV personality and writer, Georgette Pierre is a force to be reckoned with. First grabbing the attention of a program director at her college, Norfolk State University, her distinctive voice and charisma sealed the deal in 2003, thus beginning her reins as a radio personality. After entering a graduate program at Emerson College in Boston, she became heavily involved with their radio station as an on-air host, a producer, a news writer, and a music programmer. In 2009 she became a host for KarmaloopTV’s online daily show, The Daily Loop, eventually birthing her own internet radio show later that year called Off the Record with Georgette Pierre.
Since moving to New York, Georgette has interned with WNYC Radio, corresponded and content produced for music site, KillerBoombox, and web-based news service, Alleywire. She currently has bylines on MTV News and VH1.
From having hosted and produced a nationally syndicated morning show on iHeartRadio, the addition of her YouTube web series, #DearGeorgette, only made sense. When she’s not conjuring up new ways to spread her infectious energy, Georgette can be found on Twitter as one of pop culture’s commentators and excerpting her life via Tumblr and Instagram.
Hyun Kim is currently the Executive Producer of The Madbury Club, a Brooklyn-based Creative House of misfits who do what they want and still somehow gets corporate clients like Nike, Beats by Dre, and Jameson to pay them. After graduating from Cornell he spent several years as a writer/editor at VIBE and MTV. Born in South Korea, he was raised in Ithaca, NY, and currently resides in Brooklyn. @HyunINC
Larry Ossei-Mensah is an independent curator & cultural critic whose documented contemporary art happenings for various publications including Uptown and Whitewall Magazine. His writings have profiled some of the most dynamic creatives working today -- Mickalene Thomas, Kehinde Wiley, Swizz Beatz and street artist JR. As a curator, Ossei-Mensah has organized exhibitions at commercial and nonprofit galleries throughout New York City featuring a roster of critically acclaimed artists including Firelei Baez, ruby amanze, Hugo McCloud, and Derek Fordjour to name a few. Ossei-Mensah is also the Co-Founder of ARTNOIR, a global collective of culturalists who design multimodal experiences aimed to engage this generation’s dynamic and diverse creative class. (Instagram)
Rob Fields is an award-winning marketer who is passionate about helping brands thrive at the intersection of marketing, business and contemporary culture. He’s a thinker who knows activations, having built brands across entertainment, QSR, software, automotive and nonprofit sectors through events, sponsorship, research, content and community. Currently the marketing director for CMO Initiatives at the Association of National Advertisers, Rob is a contributor to Forbes and PSFK. More on him at robfields.com or @robfields on Twitter.
Sahra Vang Nguyen
Sahra Vang Nguyen is on a mission to explore stories at the intersection of diversity, culture, and human potential. With a background in journalism and creative writing, she has written for NBC News, The Huffington Post, and Complex on topics including race, identity, politics, and entrepreneurship. Under her own production company, One Ounce Gold, Sahra has produced, directed and filmed 9 short documentaries about NYC entrepreneurs in a series titled, "Maker's Lane," which was co-presented by the Smithsonian. In early 2016, she created, produced and directed 5 short documentaries for NBC News about Asian-American trailblazers in a series titled, "Self-Starters." You can catch her on-camera as a host in VICE's two-part documentary about transgender Mormon activist, Emmett Claren. As an entrepreneur, Sahra shares her passion for Vietnamese American culture as a co-owner of "Lucy's Vietnamese Kitchen" in Brooklyn. She tours universities speaking on a wide range of social empowerment topics and performing spoken word poetry.