As co-founder of Quantellia, Dr. Lorien Pratt co-created the decision intelligence methodology and the company’s award-winning World Modeler™ software. She consults and speaks worldwide, and is known for her neural network research and the book Learning to Learn. A former college professor, Pratt is widely known as the former global director of telecommunications research for Stratecast, a division of Frost & Sullivan. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Rutgers University, Pratt holds three degrees in computer science. She received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, an innovation award from Microsoft, and is author of dozens of technical papers and articles.
Bay Area native Alexandra Kautz has worked with refugees in Jordan, Northern Africa, Switzerland and California. Striving to see the world through the eyes of those who have lost so much, she believes great things can come from empathizing with the hurts, needs, and dreams of others. Using her skills as a hairdresser she has built relationships with Sudanese refugees, training and equipping them with the goal of self- sufficiency. Throughout her travels, Alexandra has grown to learn that by loving others we can achieve great strides in making the world a better place.
Jennie De Rose
Jennie is a graduate from Las Positas College and will be transferring to Chico State this fall to pursue communications in addition to continuing with speech. As a first-year speaker with the National Communications Association, Jennie has competed not only statewide, but internationally in Vienna, Austria, where she won international champion in prose interpretation speaking. When she is not talking up a storm, Jennie enjoys her days off by traveling and spending time with her friends and family.
Founding CEO of Hacker Lab and Code For Hood, Gina is a Social Entrepreneur. She focuses on community, business, regional, and economic development at Hacker Lab. In addition to her entrepreneurial projects, Gina has worked as a consultant with economic development in rural Tuolumne County to assess the region’s innovative community and resources. She also works to solve community problems such as bringing affordable ultra high-speed broadband to the region, and contributes to workforce development efforts by working alongside local government and organizations. Her newest endeavor, Code For Hood, is a nonprofit aimed at educating disadvantaged youth by way of hackathons and STEM related workshops.
Isabella is a student activist and digital storyteller. She leads dialogues and efforts concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion both on her college campus and online. Isabella seeks her BA in English Literature and Women's Studies at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. She serves as a class senator for her student government and interns for her campus Intercultural Affairs Office. Isabella is Bay Area-based - in high school, she interned for Oakland's Youth Radio, where she reported on issues pertinent to progressive-minded youth.
Stephan leads Livermore, California’s Community & Economic Development Department, responsible for land use planning, community building, and economic development within the city. His current endeavors include completing the implementation of a downtown revitalization, and development of a new 4,000 home, transit-oriented neighborhood plan. Stephan’s guiding principles include facilitating consensus building and promoting place making synergy. Stephan holds a B.A. in Management from Saint Mary’s College, with additional course work in land use planning, real estate finance and public private partnerships.
Snigdha is a social justice advocate, community leader, and aspiring physician. She is a Coca Cola Scholar and Elks Scholar. The non-profit she founded, Science For Future, has enabled high schoolers to teach science classes to 600 low-income elementary students throughout California. She has also led the construction of a Medical Mobile Unit for displaced and homeless individuals in San Diego. Snigdha plans to continue empowering others through education and improved health as a first year student in the combined BA/MD program at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine this fall.
Grupo Folklórico Tlapalli is a Mexican folk dance group. The group is dedicated to teaching Mexican dance and culture and is made up of two groups, one in Hayward, CA and the other in Livermore, CA. The dancers come in all shapes, sizes, cultures, and ages. This adventure is a family affair - Jose, the main instructor, has enlisted his parents, sister, aunts, uncles, wife and children to help with the practices and performances.
Truth Without Fear
T.W.F is a power trio that plays original compositions and puts their own spin on classic and popular songs. The band line up is: Lucas Sanchez (Guitar, Vocals), Carlos Ventura (Drums, Vocals), and Britton Daniels (Bass Guitar). The three met in high school jazz band and ended up forming their own trio in the summer of 2013. Since then they have been playing all around the Bay Area hoping to spread and share their music everywhere.