Tobin Trevarthen with Narrative Generation: Why narrative will become your most valuable asset in the next 5 years — HBE ENGAGE BRIDGE BUILDER EVENT

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Tobin Trevarthen is a leader in the traditional and digital media space where, over the last 30 years, he has pioneered new ideas and strategic marketing solutions that have generated over $1 billion in revenue. He had worked for and with many Fortune 100 companies as well as hundreds of Silicon Valley start-ups. Now entering his third act, Toby is creating a "Blue Ocean" for the burgeoning always-on, connected world. A visual person, Toby founded Spatial Shift as a company […]

Laura Khoudari with Lifting Heavy Things: Healing Trauma One Rep at a Time — HBE ENGAGE BRIDGE BUILDER EVENT

Laura Khoudari is passionate about giving people the tools they need to heal from trauma and cultivate mental health and wellness. Her approach to strength training restores nervous system health, fosters a sense of safety in the body, and gives people the tools they need to process trauma so they may move beyond surviving and begin thriving. Her work has been widely recognized by the trauma and fitness community, and she has been featured on Buzzfeed, Upworthy, Outside Online, Medium, Tonic, and […]

April Rinne with Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change — HBE ENGAGE BRIDGE BUILDER EVENT

April Rinne is a globally minded advisor, speaker, and writer focusing on the new economy, future of work, and global citizenship. She has worked with such organizations as Airbnb, Nike, World Bank, QuickBooks, the United Nations, and Mars. She holds a doctorate of law from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in international business and finance from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a bachelor’s degree in international studies and Italian summa cum laude from Emory University. She is a […]

Gayle Danley with Slam Poetry Workshop — HBE ENGAGE BRIDGE BUILDER EVENT

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Gayle Danley performs poetry and teaches it to children all over Maryland, inspiring with her ability to coax cathartic self-expression out of some of the most unlikely students. She is the Maryland Library Association's Poet of the Year, Young Audiences of Maryland Artist of the Year, and Young Audiences National Artist of the Year. Gayle has published four books, including Naked, Soulfull—A Slam Poetry Study Guide, and Passionate—Poems You Can Feel.  

Bird Brother: A Falconer’s Journey and the Healing Power of Wildlife — HBE ENGAGE BRIDGE BUILDER EVENT

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Raised in Southeast Washington, D.C., Rodney Stotts has achieved the highest level of master falconer. Stotts is an educator and the founder and director of Rodney’s Raptors. When he’s not on the sanctuary property located in Laurel, Maryland, Stotts lives on seven acres in Charlotte Court House, Virginia, where he is working to turn the property into a haven for underprivileged youth and anyone who is interested in learning about falconry, wildlife, and conservation. The finished project is called Dippy’s […]

Melvin Cole with Progressing Under Restraints and Extremes — HBE ENGAGE BRIDGE BUILDER EVENT

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Melvin Cole, Chief Executive Officer of PURE Youth Athletic Alliance, is the author of  Progressing Under Restraints and Extremes, his personal story of an at-risk youth in a world of circumstances beyond his control and how he beat the odds to become a productive citizen who works to help at-risk youth achieve academic success. About Progressing Under Restraints and Extremes Melvin Cole's story begins where he grew up: in one of South Memphis' housing project communities surrounded by gangs, murderers, […]

Brandolon Barnett with Dreams Deferred: Recession, Struggle, and the Quest for a Better World — HBE ENGAGE BRIDGE BUILDER EVENT

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Brandolon Barnett is an innovator, author, and entrepreneur. He helps build and lead products, initiatives, and partnerships that bring together tech and social impact to move resources to people who need them. He currently is Director of Industry Solutions in's Sustainability Cloud. As an angel investor he also leads the Democratize Ventures investing and advisory initiative and is a locally elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing 2,000 neighbors and constituents in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. About Dreams Deferred: Recession, […]

Keisha Blair with Holistic Wealth: 36 Life Lessons to Help You Recover from Disruption, Find Your Life Purpose, and Achieve Financial Freedom –HBE ENGAGE BRIDGE BUILDER EVENT

Keisha Blair is the award-winning, bestselling author of Holistic Wealth: 32 Life Lessons to Help You Find Purpose, Prosperity, and Happiness and the Holistic Wealth Personal Workbook. She is a trained economist with extensive experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. She is the founder of the Keisha Blair Institute on Holistic Wealth and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Blair has been featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Essence Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Real Simple, and many other publications. The first edition […]

D. Watkins with Black Boy Smile: A Memoir in Moments — BRIDGE BUILDER EVENT

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D. Watkins is the New York Times bestselling author of four books. He is Editor-at-Large for Salon. His work has been published in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. Watkins is a writer for the HBO series We Own This City. He is a college lecturer at the University of Baltimore and is the recipient of numerous literary awards. He is lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife and daughter. Watkins’s […]