Magician and Puzzle Creator
As a magician and puzzle creator, David Kwong is a world-class performer, a global conference speaker, and the founder of the Misdirectors Guild, an elite group of magicians that specialize in illusion for film, television, and theater. You can see David's handiwork in the 2013 heist adventure film where he served as the head magic consultant. He is also a frequent crossword writer for top newspapers in New York and Los Angeles. His puzzles are marked by clever, outside-the-grid thinking — and sometimes a dash of magic.
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Writer, Speaker, Advocate
By the time she was 12 years old, Adora Svitak had already accomplished more than most adults. The activist, author, feminist, and youth advocate is a prolific writer and has delivered speeches in front of audiences of hundreds, most notably at her acclaimed TED Talk “What Adults Can Learn From Kids.” In 2009, she was featured in the Channel 4 documentary “The World's Cleverest Child and Me.” Now 17, Adora continues to speak at conferences around the world, educating audiences within the non-profit, corporate, and public service sectors on issues impacting the world’s youth.
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Harnessing years of experience in both military and commercial enterprises, Check-6 is a leader in providing companies with the tools they need to remain safe, efficient, and successful. Founded in 2007 by a retired naval aviator Brian Brurud, Check-6 offers a suite of products and services that improve leadership and ensure procedural discipline and compliance, all but eliminating human error to ensure the highest possible standards of security and productivity. Check-6’s clients include several Fortune 500 companies within the mining, manufacturing, oil and gas, and maritime industries including NASA, BP, Chevron, and ExxonMobil.
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Former Director of the United States Mint
Edmund Moy is a leading authority on gold and precious metals, digital currency, and bitcoin. He served a five-year term as the 38th Director of the United States Mint from 2006 to 2011, working under both Secretaries of the Treasury Henry Paulson and Timothy Geithner. Edmund also has an impressive career in the private sector as the chief strategist for Morgan Gold and officer and director of L&L Energy, Inc. In 2013, Edmund delighted coin enthusiasts with a book tracing the history of the U.S. bullion coin program titled American Gold and Platinum Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program.
Gary Clark Jr.
Is Gary Clark Jr. the future of rock ‘n’ roll? President Barack Obama believes so. That was his assessment of the young musician after hearing him play at the White House, and it’s a sentiment expressed by a growing number of fans. Born in Austin, Texas, Gary began playing the guitar at age 12, which quickly led to stage performances. Pretty soon his unique playing style and distinctive blend of rock, blues, soul, and R&B earned him praise from music legends from Buddy Guy to Jimmy Page to the Rolling Stones. In 2012, Gary’s major-label debut “Blak and Blu” peaked at number six on the Billboard 200, eventually earning him a Grammy for his song "Please Come Home.” In September, fresh off the festival circuit, Gary released his highly anticipated fourth album “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.”
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ACLU of Southern California
Internationally renowned performer Gerard Senehi defies categorization as he is not just a master of illusions or telekinesis but can transform the boundaries of reality into a world of infinite possibility. As the founder of Open Future Institute, Gerard believes that understanding cultural evolution can help us to better understand the larger problems that we face. Gerard uses his act to guide his audiences to new ways of thinking and creative problem solving.
Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, Illustrator
One of only twelve Chief Engravers in the history of the United States Mint, John Mercanti is lauded as one of today’s top illustrators and sculptors. During his time in office, he produced more coin and medal designs than any other in history with over 100 unique designs to his name including the quarters for the states of Arkansas, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. He also wrote a well received book on the history of U.S. coins: American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program. Now retired, he is designing a new coin series for Australia.
Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel
Video Game designer
Johnathan Wendel, known to gamers as Fatal1ty, entered the world of professional gaming in 1999 and has gone on to become the most decorated in history. “Fatal1ty” is a force to be reckoned with as the holder of twelve major championships winning titles in five different games including Doom 3, Alien vs. Predator 2, Unreal Tournament 2003, Quake III and Painkiller. In 2007, while e-Sports were still in their infancy, “Fatal1ty” was awarded the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to the sport. In 2010, he became the first gamer to be inducted in the International Video Gaming Hall of Fame.
Rudy Ruettiger was a standout football player at his high school, in Joliet, IL. HIs dream was to attend the University of Notre Dame and play for the football team. However, he lacked both the grades to attend Notre Dame, and the physical stature to play football for the Fighting Irish. These setbacks did not stop Rudy from doing all that he could to live his dream. He worked hard, got admitted to Notre Dame, and played for the football team. In the final play of Rudy's senior season, he sacked the opposing team's quarterback, and was carried off the field by his teammates - one of only two players in Notre Dame history to ever be carried off the field. Rudy's story is one of a true underdog and the film is one of the most inspirational biographical sports films of all time. The film 'Rudy' chronicles Rudy Ruettiger's life and how he overcame obstacles to achieve his goals and dream.
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