This year's event will be held on Friday, March 10th, 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Please join us for snacks and refreshments at 6:30pm. The presentations will begin promptly at 7:00pm.
Meet our presenters:
Stephanie Bayard & Phillip Anzalone, Partners at aa64 & Professors of Architecture
Stephanie Bayard and Phillip Anzalone are partners in the Brooklyn architectural firm aa64, as well as being educators in architecture at Pratt Institute and the NYC College of Technology. Stephanie and Phillip work to incorporate research in materials, systems, and processes into their architectural practice.
André-Michel Essoungou, U.N. Political Adviser, Author, & Former Foreign Correspondent
For over a decade André-Michel Essoungou worked as a journalist, mainly as a Foreign Correspondent for international media outlets including the BBC World Service and Radio France Internationale. His articles have also appeared in The New York Times and Le Monde Diplomatique, among other publications. He has reported from dozens of countries, including the United States, Tanzania, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, France, and Switzerland. André-Michel is the author two books on the politics of international justice in Africa and western media discourse on African civil wars (Justice à Arusha, published in Paris at l’Harmattan in 2006; Guerres d'Afrique, guerres sauvages ? published in Bern at Editions Universitaires Européennes). He holds a MA in Political Science from the University of Geneva and is currently a political adviser at the United Nations in New York.
Sam Gregory, Lawyer & Founder of Brooklyn to Alaska
Sam Gregory has been a criminal defense lawyer for 33 years. He had a dream of buying a place in the mountains of Alaska going back to his childhood. In 1996, he made this dream a reality when he started a youth program called Brooklyn to Alaska, which allows Brooklyn kids to travel to Alaska to experience the great outdoors.
Ama Karikari-Yawson, President of Milestales Publishing & Education Consulting & Author
Ama Karikari-Yawson earned a BA from Harvard University, an MBA from the Wharton School, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her unique understanding of social issues, business, and the law has enabled her to become a relevant voice on issues as varied as diversity, sexual violence, and personal empowerment. She is a frequent contributor to publications such as The Huffington Post and The Atlantic. In 2013, a painful experience with bullying inspired her to write her best-selling fable about difference, Sunne's Gift. Ms. Karikari-Yawson became so personally invested in spreading the book's message of healing and harmony that she quit her six-figure job as a securities lawyer to become a full-time author, storyteller, speaker, and "edutainer.” Her life-changing workshops and training sessions incorporate storytelling, drama, dance, history, cutting edge psychological research, and legal analysis in order to propel participants towards healthier and more successful lives.
Lisa Servon, Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania
Lisa Servon is Professor of City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. She was previously Professor of Urban Policy at The New School, where she also served as Dean at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. She conducts research in the areas of urban poverty, community development, economic development, and issues of gender and race. She has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker; she also spent 2015 – 2016 as a scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. Her most recent book is The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives. Professor Servon holds a BA in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College, an MA in History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Urban Planning from UC Berkeley. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two children, and a dog named Friday.
Richard Nash, Strategist & Serial Entrepreneur in Digital Media
Richard Nash is a strategist, executive, and serial entrepreneur in new and traditional media, working with multinationals like Sony and start-ups like Small Demons and Byliner. Previously, he ran the iconic independent Soft Skull Press, for which work he was awarded the Association of American Publishers' Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing. In 2010, the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World, and in 2013, the Frankfurt Book Fair picked him as one of the Five Most Inspiring People in Digital Publishing.
Danielle Pergament, Executive Editor of Allure Magazine & Travel Writer for The New York Times
Danielle Pergament has been a travel writer since a trip she took to Libya in 2004. She has traveled to Colombia, Panama, Jordan, Ethiopia, Dubai, Argentina, and throughout western Europe on assignment. She is currently the Executive Editor of Allure Magazine and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Travel Section. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, also a journalist, and her two children, Frankie and Finn, who are both in the Spanish track at ISB.
Paola Prestini, Composer, Creative & Executive Director of National Sawdust
Named one of Musical America’s "Top 30 Musical Innovators 2016" and one of the “Top 100 Composers in the World Under 40” (NPR), Paola Prestini’s music has been commissioned by and performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, BAM, and the Barbican Centre, among others. She is the Creative and Executive Director of National Sawdust, a nonprofit Brooklyn-based space for arts incubation and performance, and the "visionary-in-chief” (Time Out New York) of VisionIntoArt, the multimedia production company she co-founded in 1999.
Rob Tallia, Travel Writer & Photographer
Rob Tallia is a Brooklyn-based travel writer and photographer. He co-founded the Not For Tourists guidebook series and has written and photographed for Frommer's, Zagat, and Rand McNally. His latest project is a New York City architecture project, www.hundredweightnewyork.com.
Valerie Tevere & Angel Nevarez, Visual Artists & Professors
Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere are multidisciplinary artists whose projects and research investigate contemporary music and sound, the electromagnetic spectrum, dissent, and public fora. Their work has been exhibited at international venues including MoMA, The Guggenheim Museum, and New Museum in New York; Manifesta 8/ Spain; Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico; Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden/Oslo, Norway; and Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Philadelphia, among others. Angel is a musician and a member of the Faculty in the MFA Fine Arts Program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Valerie is Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. The two are currently artists-in-residence at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY.
Nathalie Trovato, Artist & Visual Translator
Nathalie Trovato is a French artist, educator, and polyglot who lives in Brooklyn with her inspirational family. She considers herself a visual translator and through her minimalist approach, she creates poetic connections between words and images.