Lemon is a Tony Award-winning playwright, poet, spoken word artist, youth empowerment activist, brand creative, and television writer. He is currently a writer for Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have it” for Netflix.
His most recent play ToasT debuted in April 2015 and was commissioned by the Public Theater in New York City and the Sundance Institute. Lemon’s performances and writing have been hosted in venues ranging from Theatre On The Square (San Francisco), Gammage Performing Arts Center (Arizona), Spoleto Festival (Charleston), Arts & Ideas Festival (New Haven), the Chicago Theatre, and the Kodak Theatre (Los Angeles). County Of Kings, Lemon’s coming-of-age autobiographical memoir produced by Spike Lee at the Public Theater, was met with critical acclaim by The New York Times and was awarded Grand Prize at the New York Book Festival. His appearance on Def Poetry Jam, produced by Russell Simmons on Broadway, ran for six seasons on HBO and earned Lemon a Tony Award. His book of poems, Straightrazor, was excerpted by actor and activist Hill Harper for his bestselling book Letters to an Incarcerated Brother.
TEDYouth invited Lemon to perform at their inaugural event, which was live streamed to 16 countries, and he has participated in the Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Retreat. As a guest instructor at Stella Adler Studio, Lemon developed the first spoken-word intensive to be offered at an actors’ conservatory. He leads college workshops and has performed at campuses including the University of Wisconsin, Syracuse University, UC Berkeley, and Harvard.
Marketing for premier brands and professional athletes seeking a unique cultural perspective is also a cornerstone of Lemon’s work, with clients including Nike, Red Bull, Absolut, Boost Mobile, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kobe Bryant. Lemon recently launched the LeBron James XIII “Akronite,” an elite basketball shoe and apparel line, with Daniel Bernard Roumain performing a live score to his poetry.
Shoshana got her start as a writer for a magazine called Bikini (no jokes) for whom she interviewed Jeff Buckley and Allen Ginsburg. That led to writing for the New York Times, SPIN, WIRED, and a stint as the editorial director (more like “cool-hunter”) for Young & Rubicam. With little more than a fuzzy idea and a boil in the blood, she went on to found ReadyMade, a national do-it-yourself design magazine. The venture was funded by 10 credit cards. (Her credit rating is excellent). ReadyMade was a finalist for National Magazine Awards in 2005 and 2006. After co-authoring the book ReadyMade: How to Make Almost Everything (Clarkson Potter), she sold the business to the Meredith Corp., publisher of Better Homes & Gardens. Shoshana then joined WIRED as director of special projects in 2011, and launched a new website, WIRED Design. She landed at IDEO in 2013 as editorial director and hasn’t looked back.
Jon Boogz is a movement artist, choreographer, and director who seeks to push the evolution of what dance can be – sharing with audiences of all backgrounds an appreciation of the melding of art forms while inspiring and bringing awareness to social issues.
Originally motivated to dance by the work of Michael Jackson, Boogz has choreographed for notable icons including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Naomi Campbell, Gloria Estefan; for Pharrell’s Adidas Originals campaign to creative direct, choreograph, and perform in Movement Art Is: Standing Rock at ComplexCon; and as creative consultant for ads launching campaigns for Apple and Lexus. Boogz’s collaborators include TriBeCa Film Festival, DAIS, Lil Buck, and Flying Lotus; his choreography is used in FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”; Cirque du Soleil’s MJ ONE; and he was featured at the Geffen Playhouse’s “Backstage at the Geffen” with his dance company Control Freakz, Lil Buck, and spoken word artist Robin Sanders to honor Morgan Freeman and Jeff Skoll.
Boogz recently wrote, choreographed, directed and danced in Color of Reality, a short film in collaboration with visual artist Alexa Meade. The work continues to receive coverage internationally and won Great Big Story’s Art as Impact Award; Best Experimental at Toronto International Short Film Festival; and Concept Video of the Year from World of Dance, among others. His forthcoming projects seek to merge movement with fine art, film, technology, and the stage.
EDWARD ESPE BROWN
Ed has been practicing Zen since 1965 and was ordained as a priest by Suzuki Roshi in 1971. He is also an accomplished chef, who helped found Greens Restaurant in San Francisco and worked with Deborah Madison in writing The Greens Cookbook. Edward’s other books include The Tassajara Bread Book, Tassajara Cooking, The Tassajara Recipe Book, and Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings. He also edited Not Always So, a collection of Suzuki Roshi’s lectures.
International phenomenon LIL BUCK began jookin’ – a street dance that originated in Memphis – at age 13 alongside mentors Marico Flake and Daniel Price. After receiving early hip-hop training from Teran Garry and ballet training on scholarship at the New Ballet Ensemble, he performed and choreographed until relocating to Los Angeles in 2009.
Named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch, his collaboration with Spike Jonze and Yo-Yo Ma performing The Swan went viral in 2011. Since then he has collaborated with a broad spectrum of artists including JR, Damian Woetzel, the New York City Ballet, Madonna, Benjamin Millepied, and Spike Lee. Buck is an avid arts education advocate, recipient of the WSJ Innovator Award, collaborates frequently with global brands including Glenfiddich and Louis Vuitton, and recently launched a capsule collection with Versace.
Crit Callebs is of Eastern Band Cherokee and Appalachian descent and lives on the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation where he is a drummer, singer and food gatherer for the White Swan Longhouse. He is a traditional storyteller and highly influential mentor who has been featured at Harvard University, Washington State University, University of Kentucky, CWU Museum of Culture and Environment, Native Wellness Institute and the Native American Training Institute.
Crit is a co-founding member and Executive Director of the Peacekeeper Society, a Native American nonprofit that consists of tribal mentors, trainers, and wisdom keepers from various Indian nations. He is a licensed foster parent for the Nak Nu We Sha Foster Care Program and a therapeutic facilitator for the Newport Academy Teen Treatment Center. Crit is a professional survival instructor and former guide for the world renowned Boulder Outdoor Survival School. Most of his time is spent gathering traditional foods and medicines in Washington State.
REVEREND DR. JOANNE COLEMAN
Rev Joanne’s unique gift lies in her ability to teach and speak honestly, joyously and intimately of her own spiritual experience and that of ancient Semitic cultures. She offers eloquent insight and wise humor that energize the imagination, satisfy soulish aspirations for fulfillment and helps us taste the Awakened State right now.
Nicole Daedone is a sought-after teacher, visionary, author and entrepreneur who has spent her groundbreaking career redefining and teaching about Orgasm. In her work, Nicole explores what becomes possible for our lives, our health, our happiness, and our prosperity when we learn to live in a continuous state of Orgasm and connection.
In her presence, Nicole’s students experience a sense of wholeness rarely known before. With penetrating sight, Nicole sees the interior landscape of an individual and using the most attuned stroke, she works with them to liberate blocked areas of their psyche and life.
Nicole has shared the stage as a speaker alongside other luminaries such as Neil Strauss, Tony Robbins, Naomi Wolfe and Esther Perel, as well as being included in Tim Ferriss’ breakthrough book “The Four Hour Body.” Nicole has appeared on ABC’s Nightline and NPR’s It’s Your Health. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Time.com, Vanity Fair, and the Sunday Times among others, and her writing has also appeared in the Buddhist Journal Tricycle. She was also a featured speaker at the 2011 TEDxSF conference.
Angel is Co-Founder of deathoverdinner.org and drugsoverdinner.org.
She has been traveling the globe for more than a decade teaching meditation practices and sharing talks on how to reduce the many ways we suffer. She guides meditations on dying, healing addictive patterns and waking up from the cycle of suffering that is hard-wired into all human brains.
Recent meditations have been held at The NY Academy of Medicine, Peak Mind’s event with the Dalai Lama for his 80th birthday, The Conscious Dying Summit, Newport Academy and Summit Series.
Angel leads workshops, retreats, heart-intensive teacher trainings and works one-on-one with people who deeply commit to awakening from habits of the mind that limit their lives and relationships.
She founded a project called The Yoga Bus, and traveled the country with her two dogs living in a tiny RV she helped build from the ground up. The project’s focus was on trauma-healing for populations that likely wouldn’t make it into a healing setting. She furthered this work in South Africa though TRIAD Trust, an organization centered on HIV education, in a region believed to have a 40% infection rate.
Michael is the Founder of Deathoverdinner.org, Drugsoverdinner.org, Earthtodinner.org and Co-founder of MuslimNeighbor.com. He is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Washington Communication Leadership Graduate Program and a Board Advisor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts; he has served as a Senior Advisor to Summit Series, Theo Chocolate, Learnist, Caffe Vita, CreativeLive, Architecture For Humanity, OneTaste and Mosaic Voices Foundation .
Hebb has been staging convivial gatherings and redefining hospitality/tablemaking since 1997; co-founding the City Repair project with Mark Lakeman; and co-founding family supper, ripe, clarklewis, and the Gotham Bldg Tavern in Portland with Naomi Pomeroy. His expansive multidisciplinary dinners have taken place on five continents, have been exhibited in several museums and featured in the NY Times, The New Yorker, W, Art Forum, The Atlantic, The Guardian and dozens of international publications. Michael strongly believes that the table is one of the most effective vehicles for changing the world.
He is also the founder of Convivium – a creative agency that specializes in the technology of the common table, and the ability to shift culture through the use of thoughtful food and discourse based gatherings. Convivium has worked closely with thought/cultural leaders and many foundations/institutions including: The World Economic Forum, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, X Prize Foundation, FEED Foundation, The Nature Conservancy.
Laurel Holding is an experiential educator and consultant, wilderness guide, and retired Master Instructor and Director of Program Development at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS). During her tenure there she was the lead instructor on eight 28-Day Field Courses and many others, designed the 72-Hour Survival Rescue course (profiled in the New York Times), created a mentoring program, and started the BOSS scholarship fund. Laurel has been guiding extended backcountry expeditions and teaching primitive and traditional living skills for over 16 years.
An accomplished solo traditional bow hunter, Laurel has taken small game, fish, upland game, mule deer and elk by spotting and stalking, upholding fair chase ethics. These efforts provide for the majority of meat in her diet. She sits on the Conservation Committee of the Professional Bowhunters Society. In her spare time, Laurel tests and reviews women’s specific firearms for Outdoor Life magazine. Laurel is also a butcher, having received formal training at Daylesford Organic Farm Shop of London, England. She holds a Masters in Education from Harvard University and lives in a 16′ ger in southern Utah.
His writing has been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 80 publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Forbes, Wired and TIME.
He appears frequently on television and radio, and is an in-demand speaker and advisor to everyone from the U.S. Naval War College and Special Operations Command to Cisco and Google.
Alongside his wife, the author Joy Nicholson, Steven is the cofounder of Rancho de Chihuahua, a dog sanctuary in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. He has a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MA from Johns Hopkins University and, whenever possible, can be found hurling himself down mountains at high speeds. Steven is the author of several renowned books including: Stealing Fire, Rise of Superman, Abundance, West of Jesus, Small Furry Prayer
DR. GABOR MATÉ
A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.
For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America.
As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.
Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.
Daniel is an award-winning composer-lyricist for musical theatre, now based in Vancouver following ten years in New York. Honors include the Edward Kleban Prize (a $100,000 award given annually to “the most promising lyricist in American musical theatre”), and the ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award and Jonathan Larson Grant for music and lyrics. Musicals include The Longing and the Short of It, Middle School Mysteries, Hansel & Gretl & Heidi & Günter and the Kafka-inspired The Trouble With Doug (European premiere: Fredericia, Denmark, Spring 2017). His work has been presented on stages from the Kennedy Center (DC) to the Bay Area (Palo Alto, CA). Daniel has also led songwriting classes for underprivileged youth from Brooklyn to South Central Los Angeles. With his father Dr. Gabor Maté he has co-led workshops on parent-child dynamics in Vancouver and Edmonton, and is also the voice of Dr. Maté’s audiobooks. He received an Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine for his narration of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts. Daniel lives in East Vancouver with his wife Tanya.
Dr. Miller is an advocate for a healthcare system that minimizes unnecessary suffering and maximizes quality of life. An Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Miller is also an attending specialist for the Symptom Management Service of the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the country’s very first outpatient palliative care clinics. He was Executive Director of Zen Hospice Project from 2011-2016.
Dr. Miller was recently featured in the New York Times Magazine and his TED Talk, “What Really Matters at the End of Life,” has over five million views and is a moving reflection of his vision to make empathic end-of-life care available to all.
Activist, writer, and social worker, Wasfia Nazreen’s personal pursuit into mountaineering has become a message of celebration and hope for women in her native country and beyond. She is the first Bangladeshi and only Bengali to climb the Seven Summits, and used this self-funded journey to draw attention to the status of women and girls in Bangladesh. Her work with Tibetan refugees took her to Dharamsala in her early twenties, where she healed herself from childhood trauma using indigenous wisdom and taking refuge in nature. She took up mountaineering while living and working with Tibetans and Sherpa people in the greater Himalayan region. Wasfia is grateful for having the rare luck to train under the guidance of her teachers HH the 14th Dalai Lama, HH the 17th Karmapa, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche & Mingyur Rinpoche. A certified yoga instructor, she is co-founder of RESET and founder of Ösel Foundation, which aspires to empower girls in Bangladesh and Nepal through outdoors education and mindfulness training programs. She has won numerous national and global awards for her activism and commitment to empowering women, including being the only woman to hold both National Geographic Adventurer and Explorer titles.
CORA NEUMANN, PHD
Through her experience working with nearly 200 first ladies, heads of state, CEOs, non-profit leaders and women entrepreneurs, Cora Neumann has witnessed that the world’s most influential and effective leaders are grounded in a connection to self, humanity and the planet. She also believes and has witnessed that women are the driving force behind lasting social change. Cora is founder of RESET and the Global First Ladies Alliance, and has served as a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State. She has worked for the RAND Corporation, the Bush Institute, Care.com, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the World Health Organization. She holds a doctorate in international development from the University of Oxford UK, and an MPH in global public health from Columbia University. Cora is a trained Ayurvedic practitioner and meditator, and uses nature as a guide throughout her personal practice and work.
DR. NICOLE PRAUSE
Nicole Prause, PhD is the only neuroscientist in the world currently studying the effects of partnered genital stimulation and sharing her work through peer-reviewed publications in top neuroscience journals.
After a decade as a professor characterizing female sexual responses, how alcohol affects sex, and new basic physiology about human orgasm, Dr. Prause founded a sexual biotechnology company after her university refused to accept her grant funding to study partners. Her laboratory continues to push the boundaries of study design to uncover the health benefits of sexual activity. The combination of modern neuroscience and human connection may lead to new methods to address sleep disorders, pain problems, depression, and other biobehavioral human concerns.
Jamie Wheal is an expert on peak performance and leadership, specializing in the neuroscience and application of Flow states. He has advised everyone from the U.S. Naval War College and Special Operations Command, the athletes of RedBull, and the owners of NFL, NBA, MLB and Premier League teams, to the executives of Google, Deloitte Cisco and Young Presidents’ Organization. He studied historical anthropology under MacArthur Fellow Patricia Nelson Limerick, specializing in utopian social movements and his work has appeared in anthologies and peer-reviewed academic journals. Jamie is the co-author of Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
Artist, designer and survival instructor Hannes Wingate is a vagabond creator exploring the critical interface between people and nature.
His work has been exhibited and published in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Spain and the United States in among others New York Times, Architectural Digest and Wallpaper Magazine and Redbull TV.
A frequent teacher and speaker Hannes teaches wilderness survival skills in Europe and the US including at the renowned Boulder Outdoor Survival School in Utah. He has a past with leading design firms in Sweden and the US.
Founder of 8 Shields. Since 1983, Jon has been mentoring folks in the nearly lost art of understanding bird and animal language. Just as science is beginning to see the credibility in this ancient skill, Jon has been leading communities world-wide to get these skills back through lectures, workshops, media—but mostly through training and mentoring.
Jon’s leading-edge work on bird language has been posted in magazine articles and in books including: What the Robin Knows, Animal Tracking Basics, Coyotes Guide to Connecting with Nature, BirdTalk and Exploring Natural Mysteries, and is the subject of popular audio CD series including Seeing Through Native Eyes andAdvanced Bird Language.