Journalist / Co-founder of City Bureau
“Maslow’s Pyramid, Fake News and the Future of Journalism”
Bettina Chang is cofounder and editorial director at City Bureau, a nonprofit civic journalism lab based on Chicago’s South Side. Previously she was executive digital editor at Chicago magazine; she also edited at DNAinfo Chicago and Pacific Standard magazine.
John Morris Russell
Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
“The Politicization of Music”
A master of American musical style, John Morris Russell has devoted himself to redefining the American orchestral experience. In his tenth year as conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the wide-range and diversity of his work as a conductor, collaborator and educator continues to reinvigorate the musical scene throughout Cincinnati and across the continent.
Author / Educator
PJ Caposey is a dynamic speaker and a transformational leader and educator. PJ began his career as an award-winning teacher in the inner-city of Chicago and has subsequently led significant change in every administrative post he has held. PJ became a principal at the tender age of 28 and within three years was able to lead a small-town/rural school historically achieving near the bottom of its county to multiple national recognitions.
Educator / Actor / Spoken Word Artist
“Pangea Poem: Hope in the Face of Fear”
Greg Geffrard is an educator, actor, and spoken word artist. He has been dedicated to decolonizing spaces of art creation and has championed those willing to engage in the immediate conversation about what equity looks like within our institutions since moving to Chicago in 2012. He has been a teacher with Steppenwolf since 2015 and a Sexual Assault Prevention Educator since 2016.
President and CEO of Sinai Health System
“Community-Based Innovation For Health: STAT”
An experienced executive, Karen has spent her career in leadership positions with some of the most industry-challenged healthcare delivery organizations. With experience in business development, strategy, turnaround, and community development, Karen is a nationally recognized leader focused on ensuring corporate viability and growth in the health services arena, while building community assets.
“Let’s Lock Arms: Your Vote, Our Voice”
Quentin Fulks is a top political strategist in Illinois, currently serving as the Chairman and Executive Director of Vote Yes For Fairness, a ballot initiative committee leading the fight to pass the Fair Tax in Illinois. He is also the President and Executive Director of Think Big Illinois, a 501c(4) dedicated to passing progressive policies in Illinois, as well as the Senior Political Advisor to Governor Pritzker, managing all political outreach both nationally and in state.