2017 FEATURED SPEAKERS & VIPs*

(alphabetical order)

Presented by

Nick Adkins Founder Pink Socks Movement

Nick Adkins

Founder

Pink Socks Movement

John Battelle Founder/CEO WIRED Magazine/NewCo

John Battelle

Founder/CEO

WIRED Magazine/NewCo

Joseph Bender Decentralization Engineer ConsenSYS

Joseph Bender

Decentralization Engineer

ConsenSYS

Olivia Benson Director of Community Engagement Women & Girls Foundation

Olivia Benson

Director of Community Engagement

Women & Girls Foundation

Brian Buirge Co-Founder Good Fucking Design Advice

Brian Buirge

Co-Founder

Good Fucking Design Advice

Babs Carryer Director, Education & Outreach University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute

Babs Carryer

Director, Education & Outreach

University of Pittsburgh

Innovation Institute

Kelauni Cook Founder Black Tech Nation  

Kelauni Cook

Founder

Black Tech Nation

 

Jory Des Jardins Founder/President Emeritus BlogHer

Jory Des Jardins

Founder/President Emeritus

BlogHer

Jana Eggers Chief Executive Officer Nara Logics

Jana Eggers

Chief Executive Officer

Nara Logics

Wiz Khalifa Founder Taylor Gang  

Wiz Khalifa

Founder

Taylor Gang

 

Josh Lucas Co-Founder Academy Pittsburgh

Josh Lucas

Co-Founder

Academy Pittsburgh

Michael Madison Law Professor University of Pittsburgh

Michael Madison

Law Professor

University of Pittsburgh

Sean McGregor Technical Lead XPRIZE

Sean McGregor

Technical Lead

XPRIZE

Brian Monahan Head of Vertical Strategy Pinterest

Brian Monahan

Head of Vertical Strategy

Pinterest

Steven Pifer Senior Fellow The Brookings Institution

Steven Pifer

Senior Fellow

The Brookings Institution

Tuomas Sandholm Professor, Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University Founder/CEO, Optimized Markets

Tuomas Sandholm

Professor, Computer Science

Carnegie Mellon University

Founder/CEO, Optimized Markets

Rasu Shrestha Chief Innovation Officer UPMC

Rasu Shrestha

Chief Innovation Officer

UPMC

Jennifer Van Dam Digital & Community Engagement Innovation Works

Jennifer Van Dam

Digital & Community Engagement

Innovation Works

Chris Wilmer Assistant Professor University of Pittsburgh Co-Managing Editor, Ledger

Chris Wilmer

Assistant Professor

University of Pittsburgh

Co-Managing Editor, Ledger

Benjamin Campbell VP/Director of Security numo.

Benjamin Campbell

VP/Director of Security

numo.

Tracy Certo Founder & Publisher NEXT Pittsburgh  

Tracy Certo

Founder & Publisher

NEXT Pittsburgh

 

David Danks L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology Carnegie Mellon University

David Danks

L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology

Carnegie Mellon University

Amrit Dhir Global Campus Operations Google for Entrepreneurs

Amrit Dhir

Global Campus Operations

Google for Entrepreneurs

Jessica Federer Digital Leader  

Jessica Federer

Digital Leader

 

Shinjini Kundu Physician/AI Researcher University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Shinjini Kundu

Physician/AI Researcher

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Jennifer Lum Co-Founder/COO Forge.Ai

Jennifer Lum

Co-Founder/COO

Forge.Ai

Iba Masood Co-Founder/CEO TARA.AI

Iba Masood

Co-Founder/CEO

TARA.AI

Mickey McManus Senior Adviser Boston Consulting Group

Mickey McManus

Senior Adviser

Boston Consulting Group

Amy Nelson Chief Executive Officer Venture for America

Amy Nelson

Chief Executive Officer

Venture for America

Shivdev Rao, MD Executive Vice President UPMC Enterprises

Shivdev Rao, MD

Executive Vice President

UPMC Enterprises

Ted Sarvata Co-Host Concerning.AI  

Ted Sarvata

Co-Host

Concerning.AI

 

Katie Jacobs Stanton Chief Marketing Officer Color Genomics

Katie Jacobs Stanton

Chief Marketing Officer

Color Genomics

Luis Von Ahn Co-Founder/CEO DuoLingo

Luis Von Ahn

Co-Founder/CEO

DuoLingo

Kristi Woolsey Practice Lead MAYA Design

Kristi Woolsey

Practice Lead

MAYA Design

Yvonne Campos President Next Act Fund

Yvonne Campos

President

Next Act Fund

Aneesh Chopra President CareJourney 1st U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Aneesh Chopra

President

CareJourney

1st U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Alex Deans Inventor iAid Technology  

Alex Deans

Inventor

iAid Technology

 

Ilana Diamond Managing Director AlphaLab Gear

Ilana Diamond

Managing Director

AlphaLab Gear

Bill Generett VP, Community Engagement Duquesne University

Bill Generett

VP, Community Engagement

Duquesne University

Alex London Clara L. West Professor Ethics & Philosophy Carnegie Mellon University

Alex London

Clara L. West Professor

Ethics & Philosophy

Carnegie Mellon University

Joel Lunenfeld Fmr. VP, Global Brand Strategy Twitter

Joel Lunenfeld

Fmr. VP, Global Brand Strategy

Twitter

Tom Marnik Director, Worldwide Consulting ANSYS

Tom Marnik

Director, Worldwide Consulting

ANSYS

Matt Michelsen Founder Gotham Alpha

Matt Michelsen

Founder

Gotham Alpha

David Passavant Chief Executive Officer numo.

David Passavant

Chief Executive Officer

numo.

Jordon Rooney Founder/CEO Never Fear Being Different (NFBD)

Jordon Rooney

Founder/CEO

Never Fear Being Different (NFBD)

Amos Schwartzfarb Managing Director Techstars - Austin  

Amos Schwartzfarb

Managing Director

Techstars - Austin

 

Matt Stroud Criminal Justice Researcher ACLU

Matt Stroud

Criminal Justice Researcher

ACLU

Aaron Watson Executive Producer Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Aaron Watson

Executive Producer

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Alec Wright Chief Operating Officer GSV Labs

Alec Wright

Chief Operating Officer

GSV Labs

Chris Carmody Senior Vice President UPMC

Chris Carmody

Senior Vice President

UPMC

Kenny Chen Program Director Ascender  

Kenny Chen

Program Director

Ascender

 

Erin Dertouzos Chief People Officer Quartet Health  

Erin Dertouzos

Chief People Officer

Quartet Health

 

Sara Diepenbrock Senior Brand Manager Procter & Gamble

Sara Diepenbrock

Senior Brand Manager

Procter & Gamble

Stan Joosten Innovation Manager Procter & Gamble

Stan Joosten

Innovation Manager

Procter & Gamble

Amanda Lowe Principal FlyWheel  

Amanda Lowe

Principal

FlyWheel

 

Jørn Lyseggen Chief Executive Officer Meltwater

Jørn Lyseggen

Chief Executive Officer

Meltwater

Scot McTaggart Founder Pitchwerks

Scot McTaggart

Founder

Pitchwerks

Sheel Mohnot Partner 500 Startups

Sheel Mohnot

Partner

500 Startups

Adam Paulisick Head of Product MAYA Design

Adam Paulisick

Head of Product

MAYA Design

Marc Ruxin Fmr. Chief Executive Officer Landseye - Privateer

Marc Ruxin

Fmr. Chief Executive Officer

Landseye - Privateer

Elle Shelley Executive Vice President Launch Forth  

Elle Shelley

Executive Vice President

Launch Forth

 

Minette Vaccariello Lead Design Strategist UPMC Enterprises

Minette Vaccariello

Lead Design Strategist

UPMC Enterprises

Laura Willming Peoples Business Partner Harry's Grooming

Laura Willming

Peoples Business Partner

Harry's Grooming

Andrew Yang Founder Venture for America

Andrew Yang

Founder

Venture for America

 
*Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the festival's control, the festival speaker list and roles may be subject to change. Additional speakers/VIPs to be confirmed. All updates will be included on this page, and reflected on the program schedule, to the best of Thrival's ability.