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
Founder & CEO of Sun Basket
Adam Zbar is CEO of Sun Basket, the leading organic meal kit provider. Rated #1 by Buzzfeed, the service has grown rapidly since launch in 2015. Previously, Zbar was CEO of Tap11, which was named a top six app by Twitter and was acquired by AVOS Systems, which was led by the founders of YouTube. Before Tap11, Zbar was CEO of Zannel.com, the Webby-winning multi-media microblogging service which served millions of users worldwide. Zbar has spoken on industry panels at numerous events, including SXSW, CES, CTIA and SF MusicTech. He is a Webby Winner for Best Mobile Social Site, Webby Honoree for Best Mobile Social App, and a two-time winner of the Mobile Excellence Awards.
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.
Entrepreneur & Venture Partner
Dick Costolo is an entrepreneur, founder, and venture partner best known as CEO of Twitter from 2010 to 2015. Dick has founded multiple startups, including FeedBurner, which was sold to Google in 2007. During his tenure with Twitter, Dick was named “one of Silicon Valley's most impressive CEOs” by Business Insider and “One of the 10 Most Influential U.S. Tech CEOs” by TIME. He is also a former improv comedian and currently serves as a consultant on HBO’s Silicon Valley.
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.
Managing Partner at SoftBank
Jeffrey Housenbold is a venture capitalist, CEO, and current Managing Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers. With 25 years of experience, Jeff is widely recognized as one Silicon Valley’s most visionary entrepreneurs, having served as a Board Director for multiple private and public companies and as an investor and adviser to numerous startups. As CEO of Shutterfly, Jeff turned the 100-employee business into a successful market leader worth $2B. His portfolio includes investments in Brandless, Wag, DoorDash, Plenty, Katerra, Oyo, Compass and Opendoor.
President of Live Nation - Northern California
Jodi Goodman is a concert promoter, venue developer, and president of Live Nation Entertainment, Northern California. With over 550 million fans in over 40 countries, Live Nation is the global leader for live entertainment. Jodi’s office oversees Live Nation’s concert buying and promotions for a regional portfolio of prolific venues, including Shoreline amphitheater in Mountain View and San Francisco’s iconic Fillmore. In all, Jodi and her team are responsible for selling more than 1.5 million tickets annually. In 2016, Jodi’s team produced and helped create Superbowl City, as well as most of the concerts for Super Bowl 50.
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.
Co-Founder & CEO of StockX
Josh Luber is the co-founder and CEO of StockX, the world’s first “stock market of things." StockX is an online marketplace that enables the buying and selling of high-demand consumer products, including sneakers, watches, handbags and streetwear. The platform connects buyers and sellers using the same method as the world’s stock markets – an anonymous, transparent and authentic ‘bid/ask’ market. Before StockX, Josh founded Campless, a price guide for sneakers, while working as an IBM consultant. Campless, which evolved into StockX, was known as the Kelley Blue Book for sneakers -- a “sneakerhead data” company that tracked the secondary market for sneaker sales, a $6 billion global industry. Josh has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, London Financial Times, ESPN and The Daily Show, among others. He has collected sneakers for over 30 years and delivered the world’s first TED Talk about them.
Founder & CEO of hint, inc.
Kara Goldin is the founder and CEO of hint inc., the San Francisco-based healthy lifestyle company, best known for hint water and most recently, hint sunscreen. For 13 years, Kara has been an operating-entrepreneur growing hint from what started as a beverage in her kitchen to a brand worth hundreds of millions of dollars. She's raised money from hundreds of investors, retained majority ownership of her company, and created a purpose-driven business focused on the end consumer. When Kara left AOL, where she built the eCommerce business into a billion-dollar division, she recognized she needed to put down the diet soda and make a change. hint was a brand born from a personal need, giving hint an authentic founding story. Kara is a regular speaker touring colleges around the country including Stanford, Berkeley, Northwestern, and others. She also consistently speaks to large teams, and executives at companies, including Google, LinkedIn, Instagram, Oracle, Chobani, and others, to get them to think about purpose in entrepreneurship. Her mission is to get entrepreneurs to think about the "why" in what they're doing. Because of Kara's unique story with hint, she has traveled the world speaking to entrepreneurs and executives who strive to become some of the most prominent leaders within their organizations.
Founder & CEO of Raw Science TV + Film Festival
Keri Kukral is the founder and CEO of Raw Science. She lives at the crossroads of art and sci-tech. Keri is a former professional ballet dancer, awarded a full scholarship to the Ruth Page Foundation after being hand selected by Ruth Page from the Arie Crown Theater stage at 10 years old. She was invited to the professional school of Royal Winnipeg Ballet, awarded an apprenticeship by Joffrey Ballet, and was a soloist with Oklahoma City Ballet. She has a degree in bio/electrical engineering from Purdue University and has worked for over 15 years in the medical device industry.
Keri won an entrepreneurial pitch competition through Caltech, IdeaLab, and Art Center College of Design to create Raw Science TV, which Forbes identified it as a media company to watch. The mission is to bring science media into the forefront of popular culture and ensure fact-based experts lead the way. The annual Raw Science Film Festival celebrates its fifth year in 2019, after which it is eligible to be a qualifier for the Academy Awards. The short film At Home and Over There about women physicians and surgeons in WW1 was co-executive produced with AMWA’s Eliza Chin. It has screened at the French Embassy in DC, The American Library in Paris, and the Smithsonian.
Keri and her sister are the first in their family to attend college. The intersection of the arts, sciences, and engineering is a place of great joy. Keri is a founder of The Dreamers Institute with Roya Mahboob and Kim Motley which promotes STEAM education globally, particularly for girls and women, so that youth anywhere in the world can thrive and flourish through their imagination, genius, and creativity. The Institute is building a STEAM innovation center with the government of Mexico and the first technical university and STEAM schools in Kabul with the government of Afghanistan.
Co-Founder & CEO of StyleSeat
Melody McCloskey is the co-founder and CEO of StyleSeat, the premier digital marketplace for independent beauty professionals to grow and scale their businesses. Supporting more female-run businesses than almost any other platform, StyleSeat has facilitated more than 90 million appointments, powering more than $5 billion in revenue for American small businesses - 75% of which are female owned; 50% by people of color. At the intersection of beauty and tech, Melody has pioneered a marketplace that allows professionals to grow and run their small businesses while staying connected to their clients. StyleSeat serves as a consumer-oriented directory where people can go to discover and book beauty services of all kinds. Recognized among industry leaders, Melody has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, and Inc. Magazine’s Top Women to Watch in Technology. Most recently, Melody contributed a powerful essay on sexual harassment in the workplace for TIME.