Jené Ray Barranco is a motivational speaker to Christian and secular groups, churches and women’s conferences, and a founder of a ministry to single moms. Her memoir, Goodnight, I Love You, grew out of her blog “A Woman’s Heart”; she now writes about purpose and faith at “Eyesstr8ahead”.
Karen Brailsford has served as a writer and editor at Newsweek, Elle, People, In Touch, and E! Entertainment and has contributed articles on a freelance basis to Interview and The New York Times Book Review. The proud devoted mother (and former manager) of award-winning, wildly popular actress and activist Amandla Stenberg, Karen is trained as a spiritual practitioner by Agape, the fabled Los Angeles-based spiritual center led by Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith, whose work on the “Law of Attraction” was featured in The Secret.
Mariann Edgar Budde is the Bishop and spiritual leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington DC and Washington National Cathedral. Prior to her election in 2011, she was a parish priest in Minneapolis for 18 years.
David L. Carroll has written nine network TV programs and the EMMY Award winning adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front for the Hallmark Hall of Fame. He is the author of 40 published books, a majority of which deal with health, self-help, and spirituality, including Five Stages of the Soul, Spiritual Parenting, and Living with Dying.
Amanda Craig, Ph.D, is a Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist and ordained Presbyterian minister. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Craig is the owner and operator of Manhattan Family & Marriage Therapist, one of the largest practices in New York with locations in New York City and Darien, CT.
A former senior editor at The New Yorker, Eakin has worked as an ideas reporter for the New York Times and a fashion features writer at Vogue. She’s written for Vanity Fair, The New York Review of Books, and The New Republic, among other publications.
Carla Fernandez is a community builder and experience designer helping healing ideas enter culture. Through her work co-founding The Dinner Party, Carla is transforming the isolation felt through grief and loss into a source of connection, friendship and forward motion for thousands of 20-40 somethings nationwide. Her work has been featured in New York Times, Good Morning America, O Magazine, and as a case study in over a dozen books. She is an NYU Reynolds Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship, an Annenberg Innovation Lab Senior Fellow and was named one of the most interesting Angelenos by LA Weekly.
Sabrina Greenlee is a nationally celebrated community activist, sounght-after inspirational speaker, domestic violence survivor, and founder of the non-profit S.M.O.O.O.T.H., who has dedicated her life to helping women grow and evolve. The mother of four successful children, one of whom is beloved NFL star DeAndre Hopkins, all of whom she raised by herself despite the attack which left her blind and burned over large portions of her body. She was awarded the 2020 Houston Humanitarian Award and the 2021 Iconic Woman Award from Fresh Spirit Wellness. She’s been featured in USA Today, The Houston Chronicle, Bleacher Report, People and ESPN Magazine.
David Gushee, Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University and his wife, Jeanie Gushee, are the authors of Yours is the Day, Lord, Yours the Night: A Morning and Evening Prayer Book (Thomas Nelson).
Jorge Hachumak, a Peruvian of Spanish descent, learned ancient healings from native shamans, witches and herbalists in Northern Peru. Today he runs a compound on the Amazon River where he cultivates medicinal plants, rescues hurt jungle animals, practices Ayahuasca ceremonies with small groups, and performs traditional one-on-one healing sessions. Hachumak travels widely in Europe and the US giving lectures, doing hands-on healing, and working with people interested in learning about the shamanic arts.
Mohamad Jebara is a scriptural philologist and prominent exegetist known for his eloquent oratory style as well as his efforts to bridge cultural and religious divides. A semanticist and historian of Semitic cultures, he has served as Chief Imam as well as headmaster of several Qur’anic and Arabic language academies. Jebara has lectured to diverse audiences around the world; briefed senior policy makers; and published in prominent newspapers and magazines. A respected voice in Islamic scholarship, Jebara advocates for positive social change.
Faith Jones is an attorney specializing in U.S. and international corporate law. A former associate at Skadden, Arps and Walton & Walton LLP, she advocates for women’s rights, coaches entrepreneurs, and speaks on issues of self-ownership, accountability, and responsibility.
Jordan Kassalow is a well-known and acclaimed social entrepreneur who is the founder of VisionSpring and the EYElliance, social organizations that work to restore eyesight to the more than 2.5 billion people who live in the developing world in extreme poverty and need nothing more than a pair of eyeglasses to see. A frequent speaker at venues ranging from the World Economic Forum and TedX to the Social Good Summit and universities around the country, Kassalow is also a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Skoll Foundation, and Ashoka fellow as well as a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
A lawyer and human rights activist, Kennedy is the President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, Chair of the Amnesty International USA Leadership Council, and serves on the boards of directors of Human Rights First, Inter-Press Service, and the United States Institute for Peace. Being Catholic Now was a New York Times Bestseller.
Sulaiman Khatib is a peace activist and a co-founder of Combatants for Peace, a bi-national, grassroots nonviolent movement in Israel and Palestine. He has been called “the savior of Palestine” and the “Palestinian Yitzhak Rabin.”
Linda Kay Klein has an interdisciplinary Masters degree in American evangelical gender messaging for girls and has spent the last decade working and writing at the cross section of faith, gender, and social change. She has been featured by NPR, PRI and the American Prospect and is a frequent speaker on college campuses and at conferences, among them TEDx and the SHE Summit.
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, PhD is a public theologian, advocate and author at the intersections of racial/ethnic, gender/sexuality and economic justice. She was activated for this work when Dr. King was assassinated; she earned a MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD from Drew University in preparation for this moment. NOW is the time for her to usher an urgent, global call to moral courage, our best humanity, and the fiercest love in order to heal souls and the world.
Ernesto Londoño is a journalist for The New York Times. He joined the newspaper in 2014 as a member of the editorial board and served as Brazil bureau chief from 2017 to 2022. He previously worked at The Washington Post, where his assignments included covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring and the Pentagon. He was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia.
Humble Lukanga immigrated to the United States from Uganda in 1998 at the age of 11. He is now the CEO of Lifeline Financial and manages the lives and careers of many of the brightest stars in sports and entertainment. He is on a mission to make generational wealth and wellness, especially among Black Americans, a reality for millions.
Leigh Marz is a leadership coach and collaboration consultant specializing in work with scientists, engineers, and mission driven organizations. She has led and delivered multi-day training programs for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to promote collaboration among climate change teams; she has partnered with the Green Science Policy Institute as a facilitator of cross-sector initiatives to reduce toxic chemicals in products. She is a faculty member with the international training company CRR Global and her work has been published in Time and Harvard Business Review among other venues.
Director of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University’s Teachers College, Dr. Miller is a leader in the field of spiritual psychology, which uses spirituality in psychotherapy. She is the author of the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Publishers Weekly bestseller The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving (St. Martin’s Press).
Thomas Moore is the author of the phenomenal bestseller Care of the Soul (HarperCollins), as well as twenty-five other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. His most recent book re-imagines aging—Ageless Soul (St. Martin’s Press).
Mark Oppenheimer is editor at large of the Jewish online magazine Tablet, founder and co-host of the podcast Unorthodox, and director of Yale University’s Journalism Initiative. For six years, he wrote the biweekly “Beliefs” column at the New York Times; he continues to write regularly for the New York Times Magazine, the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The Nation, among others.
Patricia Pearson is an award-winning author and the recipient of three Canadian National Magazine Awards, the Arthur Ellis Award for best Canadian nonfiction crime writing, and a North American Travel Journalism Association award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Toronto Life, Reader’s Digest, The Toronto Star, National Post, The Guardian, The New York Times, More, TheGlobe and Mail, TheDaily Telegraph, Business Week, NPR, CBC Television, The History Channel, and TV Ontario, among many others. In 2003, she was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, Canada’s version of the Mark Twain prize.
Abigail Pogrebin is a former producer for 60 Minutes and contributing editor to Talk and Brill’s Content. She has written for New York magazine, the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Tablet, The Forward, and Good Housekeeping, and hosts an interview series at the JCC of Manhattan called “What Everyone’s Talking About.” She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Stars of David (Broadway), One and the Same (Doubleday), and most recently My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew (Fig Tree Books).
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche brings more than 2,500 years of Buddhist wisdom and teachings to the modern spiritual seeker by connecting ancient worlds with new people, cultures, attitudes, and lifestyles. He was born in Taiwan, grew up in America, and joined Gaden Monastery, India in 1988. He now resides in Malaysia as spiritual advisor to Kechara.
One of the world’s most sought-after teachers of transcendental meditation, Roth is Cofounder and Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, a nonprofit charity whose mission is to bring meditation to those in need.
Author and Speaker SQuire Rushnell is a former Vice President of ABC Family Programs and author of the bestselling God Winks series (Simon & Schuster, Thomas Nelson, Howard Books). His most recent books are Divine Alignment: How Godwink Moments Guide Your Journey and Godwink Stories: A Devotional (Howard Books).
Penina Eilberg-Schwartz is a writer interested in identity, memory, gender, and power, and how these issues relate to Israel/Palestine. She has worked with organizations such as Abraham’s Vision, the Rebuilding Alliance and the New Israel Fund, and she has been published in +972 Magazine, All That’s Left, Reform Judaism, and The Rumpus.
Lauren Shields earned a dual degree in Religious Studies and Film and Television from Florida State University, and worked in the east coast film business before returning to school to earn her Master of Divinity from Emory University. She is a pastor at Campbell United Church of Christ in California, and is interested in the intersection of popular culture, feminism, and modern religion.
Kate Sidley is a seven-time Emmy nominated comedy writer and performer based out of New York City. Kate is a writer and digital content producer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She wrote for the 2017 Emmy Awards and her work can be found in publications such as The New Yorker, McSweeney's, and Reductress. Before joining the Late Show, Kate was a contributing writer for A Prairie Home Companion and Someecards and was a finalist in the 2015 NBC Late Night Writers Workshop. She is a co-founder of Sea Tea Improv in Hartford, CT and a proud returned Peace Corps volunteer.
Noa Tishby is an Israeli actress, producer, and activist. She starred on the hit Israeli television show Ramat Aviv Gimmel, and created a pathway for Israeli content to be sold into the United States entertainment industry. An unofficial ambassador for the State of Israel, Tishby helped found “Act for Israel,” the first online rapid-response advocacy group devoted to correcting misinformation about Israel and the Middle East.
Lynx Vilden has been practicing and teaching primitive living skills with passion both in the US and in Europe since 1991. She has traveled, explored, and researched the nature and traditional cultures of arctic, mountain, and desert regions from Hudson Bay to the Kalahari Desert; in 2001 she started the Four Seasons Prehistoric Projects program dedicated to learning and sharing the ancient skills of primitive living and in 2011 created Living Wild.
James Williams is a writer, speaker and philosopher. He was the inaugural winner of the Nine Dots Prize, worth $100,000, in 2017.James was born in Cape Canaveral, Florida, raised in Texas and received his PhD from the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Digital Ethics Lab at Oxford and founder of the Oxford Internet Institute’s PhilTech seminar series. He directed the Oxford Data Experience Lab project on virtual reality and has helped teach the master’s-level Internet Technology and Regulation course. He is also a visiting researcher at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.Prior to this he worked for over ten years at Google, where he received the Founders’ Award – the company’s highest honour – for his work. He holds a Master’s in Design Engineering from the University of Washington and as an undergraduate studied literature at Seattle Pacific University. He is a co-founder of the Time Well Spent campaign, a project that aims to steer technology design towards having greater respect for users’ attention, goals and values.James is a frequent speaker, consultant for companies and governments, and commentator on technology issues in the media.
Justin Zorn is a writer, policy maker, and mindfulness teacher. A Harvard and Oxford-trained specialist in economic and environmental policy, he has served as legislative director to three Members of Congress, a Fulbright Scholar, a Truman National Security Fellow, a Senior Adviser to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and has written for The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and CNN.