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Heather Chandler S


Senior Producer of Fortnite
Independent

Senior game producer with 20+ years of experience. Led teams at Epic Games, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and...

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Amy Fredeen S


CFO
Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.

Amy serves as the Executive Vice President and CFO of Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC), an...

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Alan Gershenfeld S


Founder and President
E-Line Media

Alan has spent the last 25 years at the intersection of entertainment, technology, education and youth empowerment....

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Alex McDowell S


Creative Director
Experimental Design

Alex McDowell is a master worldbuilder. He is the founder and creative director of Experimental Design,...

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Beckah Krahula S


Native American Author

A mixed media artist, award-winning and best-selling author, product designer/developer and maker, Beckah has taught...

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Curtis Keliiaa S J


Senior Network Engineer / Principal Investigator
Sandia National Laboratories

Curtis is a senior member of the Cyber Analysis R&D Solutions group at Sandia...

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Deeneaus Polk M


Director, MS Apprenticeship Program
Mississippi Community College Board

Polk attended the University of Mississippi and received a bachelor's degree in international studies in 2011....

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Maria Lott


Education Project Lead
NASA SSC Office of STEM Engagement

Astro Camp Director, Education Specialist and Project Lead for Stennis Space Center for 26 years contracted on...

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Dr. Sarah Lee J


Co-Founder
CodeMS

As Assistant Department Head and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Computer Science and Engineering Department,...

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Rafael Perez S J


Principal Consultant
Infotek Consulting LLC.

An accomplished operations and business professional with more than 18 years of comprehensive experience in operations, production...

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Jessica D. Lewis S


Environmental Administrator
MBCI

Mrs. Lewis enlisted with the US Air Force in 2004 as a Readiness troop specializing in disaster...

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Raj Shaunak S J


VP Workforce and Community Services
East Mississippi Community College


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Thurston Pym S


Founder, CEO, Dip DIET, cGP
Future Wellness

Thurston has twenty years experience in nutrition and health. As a qualified nutritionist who is constantly...

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Ray Crowell S M


Partner & Co-Founder
Humble Ventures

A 2x founder and Spirit of Bob Hope Award recipient, Ray has worked with 500+ entrepreneurs globally,...

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Kelly Martin-Rivers


Executive Director
NASA, Planetarium Team

Ms. Martin-Rivers joined Stennis Space Center’s Office of Education in the spring of 2016 as...

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Jay Wesley S


Director, Cultural Affairs
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Jay Wesley is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and he is also...

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James Robinson S


Director, Development Division
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians


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Katy Asinskaya S


External Relations
Moeco - Global IoT connectivity

Katy Asinskaya's main area of expertise is strategic marketing, applied communications, and innovations management. Katy'...

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Michael Rotondi S


Team Leader
RoTo Architects

Michael Rotondi, FAIA, is an architect and educator, recognized internationally. He has practiced and taught for 30...

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Jason J. Cumberland S


Water and Wastewater Superintendent
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Jason Cumberland is the Water and Wastewater Superintendent for the MS Band of Choctaw Indians. ...

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Gaia Dempsey S


Founder and CEO
7th Future

Gaia Dempsey is the Founder and CEO of 7th Future, a consultancy that partners and co-invests...

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Jerry W. Cain S


Environmental Manager
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Mr. Cain has over 40 years’ experience as a practicing Environmental Engineer. He has been in...

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Paul Ryznar S


Founder, President and CEO
OPS Solutions

Engineer, inventor and entrepreneur Paul Ryznar created Light Guide Systems and is the founder, president and...

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