Executive Director of Emerge Massachusetts, the local branch of a national program that recruits, inspires, and trains women to run for office and change the face of state politics
Poet Laureate and Essayist
A three-term U.S. Poet Laureate, essayist, literary critic, and translator, dedicated to identifying and invigorating poetry’s place in the world
Scholar on Race and American Culture
American studies scholar currently writing about Hurricane Katrina, who uses popular culture to understand American identity, the modern South, and multiculturalism in the post-Civil Rights era
James Beard award-winning chef and owner of Rialto restaurant, regarded for her creative cuisine as well as her support of local farmers, her charitable work, and business acumen
Poet and Activist
Author, poet and Professor of Latin American literature and Spanish at Wellesley College, and spokesperson for the plight and priorities of Latin American women
Climate Change Scientist
Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at Harvard University, focused on the mechanisms that control climate change and experimental approaches for testing predictions of global-scale change in climate system
Inventor and Entrepreneur
Inventor, entrepreneur, athlete, musician, TV host, and co-founder of Atlas Devices, a lifesaving equipment company that makes a powered rope ascender – a real-life version of Batman’s grappling setup
Financial Strategist and Author
Coauthor of Portfolios of the Poor and director at Bankable Frontier Associates, a niche consulting practice in Boston, Collins is leading research efforts to build on an expertise in the demand-side dynamics of development finance.
After pursuing a career in theatre arts, filmmaker Chico Colvard received his J.D. from Boston College Law School and now teaches race, law and media-related courses at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a former Filmmaker-in-Residence at WGBH, a member of the Producer's Lab at Firelight Media and Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow.
Surgeon and Musician
Director of Music in Medicine of the Department of Surgery and the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, concert pianist, and an advocate for the scientific use of music to aid patients and physicians.