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 IDEAS UMass Boston Speaker Rosemary Minehan speaks IDEAS Boston 2015

Rosemary Minehan

First Justice, Plymouth District Court

Judge Rosemary Minehan is on the front lines battling intractable social problems, including the opium epidemic. She served as a member of Governor Charles Baker’s Opioid Working Group, which was established to study the opioid and heroin epidemic in Massachusetts.

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 2015 IDEAS UMass Boston Speaker Armon Sharei speaks IDEAS Boston 2015

Armon Sharei

Co-founder and CEO, SQZ Biotechnologies

Armon Sharei was named one of the Forbes's 30 Under 30 in Healthcare. His team's work on squeezing cells to disrupt the membrane so other matter can enter was named one of the top 10 world changing ideas of 2014 by Scientific American.

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 2015 IDEAS Boston Panelist Katie Stebbins speaks IDEAS Boston 2015

Katie Stebbins

Assistant Secretary of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Katie Stebbins leads and organizes the tech, innovation, and entrepreneurship strategy for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

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 James Collins speaks IDEAS Boston 2014

James Collins

Medical Innovator

Topic: Paper-based Synthetic Biology
Boston University professor and MacArthur Fellow James Collins combines engineering and biology to transform cells into microscopic, programmable devices that could someday help solve health problems.

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 Company One speaks IDEAS Boston 2014

Company One

Theatrical Performance

Company One, recently called one of the ten "most inspiring and innovative theatre companies on our national landscape" by the American Theatre Wing (The Tony Awards), is an award-winning nonprofit theatre company in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. Their mission is to change the face of Boston theatre by uniting the city’s diverse communities through innovative, socially provocative performance and the development of civically engaged artists.

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 Charlotte Golar Richie speaks IDEAS Boston 2014

Charlotte Golar Richie

Political Trailblazer

Charlotte Golar Richie considers her biggest achievement clearing the path for more women to run for office. The only woman─and a woman of color─to run in Boston's 2013 mayoral election, Golar Richie placed third, narrowly missing a spot on the November ballot.

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 Ashleigh Gordon speaks IDEAS Boston 2014

Ashleigh Gordon

Violist and Social Change Advocate

A violist who has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Hong Kong, Ashleigh Gordon is the co-artistic director and violist of Castle of our Skins, a new Boston-based concert and education series dedicated to celebrating black artistry through music.

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 Robert Hildreth speaks IDEAS Boston 2014

Robert Hildreth

Education Reformer

Topic: Can Low Income Families Save Enough for College?
Hildreth is the Founder and Executive Director of FUEL Education, which helps low-income parents in three Greater Boston communities learn about college access and save toward education.

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 Juliette Kayyem speaks IDEAS Boston 2014

Juliette Kayyem

Homeland Security Expert

Topic: Home Sweet Homeland: Reclaiming our Security in an Age of Mayhem
In government, the academy, and journalism, Juliette Kayyem has served as a national leader in America’s homeland security efforts.

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 2014 IDEAS UMass Boston Moderator Scott Kirsner speaks IDEAS Boston 2014

Scott Kirsner


The Boston Globe correspondent and "Innovation Economy" contributor will host the morning sessions of the 2014 conference.

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 Naureen Meraj speaks IDEAS Boston 2014

Naureen Meraj

Gamification Expert

Topic: "Raising Tomorrow’s Global Citizen in Today’s Playful Village"
Naureen Meraj is the Senior Global Director for Gamification and Employee Engagement at NTT DATA, creating the Gamification practice in an effort to improve learning, collaboration, sales, customer loyalty and employee productivity through the use of game mechanics and immersive game-like experiences. Most recently, she founded iGAME, the first organization to focus on increasing innovation and adoption of educational games in public schools.

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