Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face. The Girls Inc. experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe, and that allow girls to find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. Informed by girls and their families, Girls Inc. also works with policymakers to advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for girls. At Girls Inc., girls grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Join us at girlsinc.org.
Jason L. Ma
Preeminent Next-Generation Leaders Mentor & University Admissions Consultant; C-Suite/Boardroom Advisor; Acclaimed Author
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.
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.
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.
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.
Author and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
Phil Klay is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War and the author of the short story collection, Redeployment which won the National Book Award for Fiction, the National Book Critics’ Circle John Leonard Award for best debut work in any genre, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundations James Webb Award, the American Library Association’s W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction, the Chautauqua Prize, and the 2015 Warwick Prize for Writing. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and elsewhere.
Lawyer, Writer, Political Activist
Stephen F. Rohde is a constitutional lawyer, writer, political activist, and former president of the ACLU of Southern California. He is also the former president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Stephen received his B.A. degree in political science from Northwestern University and his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School. He has written numerous articles and book reviews on civil liberties and constitutional history and is the author of American Words of Freedom, which explores the origins, history, and meaning of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. He practices law in Los Angeles, specializing in civil and appellate litigation and constitutional and civil rights law.