Bernard Ablola is managing partner of Think Strategy, a Seattle based digital marketing firm that focuses on increasing sales and leads online. His experience includes working at the Microsoft Corporation where he managed multi-million dollar search engine marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies. He is a frequent speaker in the field of search engine optimization and online marketing. Bernard received a BA from University of Baltimore, and an MBA from Seattle University. He lives in Seattle, WA and enjoys traveling to a different country each year.
Marc Broady, Esq. is a Policy Advisor and Counsel with the Honorable Congressman Elijah Cummings who represent Maryland's 7th Congressional District including Baltimore. His profound dedication to Baltimore has influenced meaningful civic and community involvement with such initiatives as mentoring through Community Law and Action and the Mayor’s Workplace Mentoring Programs, respectively. To date, his public service career includes election to the Democratic State Central Committee in Baltimore’s 40th Legislative District. Marc reaches out to many charitable organizations, including the Associated Black Charities, for opportunities to donate material goods, money and/or time whenever possible. He maintains a B.S Justice Studies/Political Science from Frostburg State University and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Michelle Gale is a mindfulness educator, executive coach, podcast host, and soon to be author of the book “Mindful Parenting in a Messy World”. Michelle is on a mission to support parents in staying meaningfully connected to themselves and their families, even as the demands and complexity of contemporary life and work are accelerated. Through her corporate programs with parents she emphasizes the role of mindfulness in cultivating strong and healthy relationships at work and home. Michelle was previously the head of learning and leadership development at Twitter and spent most of her career working in high growth technology start-ups. In addition to her board work with the Holistic Life Foundation she is currently an advisor to the Mindful Schools, Wisdom 2.0, and Tilt365. Michelle is also a Strategic Partner with The Trium Group and WisdomLabs. Michelle received her M.A in Psychology from Meridian University and her undergraduate from Florida State University where she studied Child Development. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two sons who are by far her greatest life teachers.
Mark Greenberg, PhD, holds The Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development and he is the Founding Director of the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development. He is an author of the PATHS Curriculum which is used in over 3000 schools worldwide. He is the author of over 300 journal articles and book chapters on the development of well-being, learning and the effects of prevention efforts on children and families. He is a Board Member of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). One of his current interests is how to help nurture awareness and compassion in our society.
Elizabeth Hamilton was most recently a Senior Contracts Manager at McKinsey & Company, where she also served as the Secretary of the firm’s Professional Standards Committee and managed the legal department’s operating budget. Prior to almost a decade at McKinsey, Liz worked in risk management for Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. and as a Litigation Paralegal for Cravath Swaine & Moore, LLP. Liz earned a Masters in Public Affairs from Brown University in Rhode Island, where she focused her studies on organizational policy, and holds a Bachelors degree in English from Colby College in Maine. Outside of her risk management career, Liz holds a deep interest in the development and expansion of resources by which those living in underserved or marginalized communities may be socially and economically empowered. Liz lives in New York City, and enjoys fitness, art, music, the ocean, spending time with her two bulldogs and family, and traveling.
Simran Noor is the Vice President of Program and Policy at the Center for Social Inclusion. Prior to joining the Center, Simran served as Program Manager at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where she worked with the Food, Health & Well-being, Racial Equity and Civic & Community Engagement portfolios. She also served as Program Assistant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she supported the Policy Research and KIDS COUNT teams. Simran is deeply committed to youth development. She holds a dual Bachelors degree in American Studies and Political Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a dual Masters Degree in Public Administration and Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Matthew Sherman is the founder and creative director of jugofresh and owner of the new restaurant, Paradigm Kitchen, is on a mission to raise the vibration of Miami by making clean eating fun. Sherman graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County in 2008 with degrees in psychology and interdisciplinary studies. He also has a certification as a holistic and nutrition coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and a master’s degree in sports and exercise psychology from Barry University. Sherman officially launched jugofresh in March 2012. jugofresh started as a cold-pressed juice company, but it has since expanded into various health food options, catering to thousands of clients daily in South Florida. In 2014, jugofresh opened inside of various Whole Foods Market locations in South Florida. Sherman’s most recent venture is his restaurant Paradigm Kitchen, a sustainable way of eating for mind, body, spirit and planet.
Elaine Young is a retired government service worker affiliated with community based programming. She is the Former Director of a Model Cities Community Council serving over 18,000 residents and Retired Senior District Adjudications Officer from the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security (Over 25 years of service). She is also the Former Vice President/Executive Secretary of Consolidated Enterprises Ghana Ltd. and is a graduate from the University of Baltimore.