Conserving Art Is Preserving History | Dr. Jan Cavanaugh

Art is one of the most universally accepted ways of learning about our world’s history. It gives the viewer the unique perspective of what it was like to live through significant periods of time. Dr. Jan Cavanaugh, PhD, MAC, has worn 3 hats: art curator, art history professor, and currently paintings conservator. As a Conservator of Paintings she understands first hand what it truly means to maintain the stories that art has told, and will continue to tell for future generations. In a growing digital age where we all have access to an unlimited amount of information in our pockets, it’s never been more important to preserve the mediums that tell our world’s stories.

Ajit Bhandel

The Model Of Future K-12 Education With Integrative STEM | Dr. Ajit Bhandal

Dr. Ajit Bhandal is an educator who’s worked within multiple sectors of the education system. His long-term reform plan for our K-12 system could lead to a nation of graduates with deep knowledge, higher graduation rates, home of innovations, high paying jobs, equal learning opportunities, and lower crime.

Marion Behr Author Businesswoman Artist Mentor

Be Your Own Inspiration And The Rest Will Follow | Marion Behr

In this life, no one succeeds all on their own. It takes many caring individuals to raise someone up, but sometimes you need to take matters into your own hands and become the inspiration and change you want to see in the world. Marion Behr is the epitome of this logic. Through the lessons she’s learned in life, Marion has been able to overcome adversity and become a successful artist, author, business leader, and at times, a mentor for others. 

Teresa Palmer Certified Nurse Practitioner

Healing The Heart To Mend The Mind, Body, And Spirit | Teresa Anne Palmer

Teresa Anne Palmer is a nurse practitioner whose expertise is holistic cardiology with decades of experience helping others not only heal their physical ailments, but the emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual that attributes to their overall growth. She’s become a major advocate for helping others identify and manage stresses that can have a major impact on one’s overall health. 

Dr. Rev. Diana B. St. Clair Pastor Ordained Minister

The Curative Power of Faith, Spirituality, and the Bounty of Nature | Dr. Rev. Diana B. St. Clair

In times of hardship and instability, believing in a higher power or hoping for a better tomorrow may make all the difference in the world. Dr. Rev. Diana B. St. Clair, a pastor and ordained minister, harnesses the transformative power of faith and alternative medicine to heal and protect people in need.

Stacy Padula Author

Coming of Age Books: When Representation Really Matters | Stacy Padula

Coming of age is one of the most universal and complex experiences that all human beings can relate to navigating. Being a teenager and going down the path of self-discovery can be hard, especially when society and your peers are constantly telling you what to do and who to be. Stacy Padula is an author and educator who grew up thinking grade school would be like the world she read about in books. She quickly discovered, however, the experience of being a teenager is a lot more complicated than what the media portrayed it as, so she decided to create her own books that reflected the darker realities of adolescence, tackling peer pressure, addiction, and the desire to fit in without losing yourself.

Carolyn Herbert

How A Wine Jelly Store Has Given Former Inmates Purpose, Responsibility, And A Second Chance | Carolyn Herbert

Even after finishing their sentence, an inmate has a long road ahead of them. Facing readjustment troubles and job insecurity, reentering the world is a whole new challenge they might not be prepared for. Luckily, Carolyn Herbert has their backs thanks to her company, Herbert’s Wine Jellies, which employs former inmates and helps them to learn money management, new skills, and make good on their second chance.