Meet the speakers and performers for our UNCHARTED 2019 event.
***videos of the talks will be posted online soon
Crystal Moreland is the California State Director for The Humane Society of the United States. Crystal works to end all forms of animal cruelty and to achieve the vision behind the organization, which is to create a more humane society. Through her work and the work of her organization, Moreland drives real, tangible change for species across the globe.
Named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic, Mike explores and climbs the world’s most remote and untouched corners of the planet. Having completed over 80 expeditions, from Afghanistan to Socotra Island and everywhere in between, he realized his love of nature and founded a nonprofit, 501c3, with his daughter Lilliana to focus their efforts on conserving nature and humanitarian work around the world.
Stacey Lee is an award-winning author of historical and contemporary young adult fiction, including Outrun the Moon, which won the 2017 Pen Center Award for Young Adult Fiction. A native of southern California and fourth-generation Chinese American, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen.
Charlie Plumb is a former navy pilot captain and ex-POW turned author and speaker. He will share his harrowing experience as a fighter pilot in Vietnam, revealing the lessons learned after his 75th mission, when he was shot down and held as a prisoner of war for six years.
Jen Bricker is an internationally-acclaimed aerialist. Born without legs, she was left by her biological parents in the hospital before being adopted by a loving family who always encouraged her to set her sights high. She has traveled internationally with Britney Spears’ World Tour, headlined at multiple hotels across the globe, and has been featured on several tv shows. Jen hopes that, by sharing her story, others will realize that anything is possible.
Snubby J is a Los Angeles-based entertainer known for his viral music videos featuring the RimbaTubes, a PVC Pipe Instrument of his own invention. His energetic performances have picked up millions of views online, on television and around the world.
Dubbed the “Female Indiana Jones by Time Magazine " and O Magazine’s “Oprah Of Adventure," Alison Teal travels the world seeking out the greatest myths, mysteries, and legends on earth. With a mission to educate through entertainment, Alison’s Adventures series inspires millions across the globe through her storytelling and humor that captivates audiences of all ages.
Sasha Cohen is an undergraduate researcher with the Experimental Cosmology Group at UCSB. Sasha spends his time doing research on alternative spacecraft propulsion, namely using large arrays of high-power lasers to propel gram-scale spacecraft. He also enjoys photography and playing the drums with his band Glitter Fish.
Emily Jacobs, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the UCSB, after serving on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. Her research uses brain imaging tools to understand how sex steroid hormones shape the human brain, while her lab uses basic science discoveries to advance women’s health. She is the recipient of the 2018 Brain and Behavior Young Investigator Award, and in 2017 she was named a National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science Fellow.
In 2005, Don founded the Agape International Missions (AIM), a restoration home for child survivors of sex trafficking. Today the work of AIM impacts over 10,000 Cambodians a year with 12 programs through Cambodia. Don has been published in the Washington Post and has been featured on ABC Nightline, CNN, CNN International, and Emmy-award winning documentary, The Pink Room. He has received the title Commander from the Royal Order of Cambodia for his contributions in the country. He has a Masters in Christian Leadership and will receive an honorary doctorate from Northwestern University in 2019.
Beau Glazier is currently a 11th grade student at Laguna Blanca School. A Romantic at heart, Beau feels at home when in nature. She loves to knit, write, sculpt, draw, listen to Nico, and as of recent, sing. Beau believes in chocolate, hugs, and love. Someday she would like to roam with cows. Today Beau sings with her band, Pierrot.
Dr. Pan is an Associate Professor of Global Environmental Health at Duke University with over 15 years of experience studying the impact of human-environment dynamics on health. He currently leads research studying the impact of gold mining and exposure to trace metals on child development and adult chronic disease, as well as a project to develop and implement an early warning system for malaria in the Amazon. He has been recognized as the 2012 James E. Grizzle Distinguished Alumni and the 2015 NIH Fogarty International Center Director’s Award.
Laura is the Founder and Managing Partner of Accel Impact, a global Non-Profit Institute lowering the barriers to entry in engineering artificial intelligence, and the Latinx in AI Coalition, an initiative to create harmony and opportunity for Latinx in AI. With a passion for AI, Computer Science, Research, and Psychology, Laura has a Bachelors of Science in Biology, Physical Science, and Human Development. She is also a Director with Women Who Code, a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.
John Suh is the CEO of LegalZoom and a serial Internet Entrepreneur with more than two decades of experience. He's worked with offline companies to create their Internet divisions--launching jcrew.com, hifi.com, and barneysny.com. He was named Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016. He received his MBA at Harvard Business School, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar. He has helped LegalZoom grow to have over 1000+ employees with 4 million customers, and to become the most recognized legal brand in the US.
For the past 30 years, Kim Wolhuter has been making wildlife documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. He has won numerous awards including several Emmy Awards. Today, Kim works at least 2 years on a production, developing very intimate relationships with his film subjects, including Leopard, Hyaena, Cheetah and African Wild Dogs. Through these alliances, he is not only able to document the animal's lives as never seen before.
Lewis Hornby is a recent graduate of the Innovation Design Engineering program at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. His graduating project Jelly Drops was inspired by his grandma and aims to tackle the issue of dehydration amongst people with dementia. His project received the Snowdon Award for Disability and the Dyson School of Design Engineering DESIRE Award for Social Impact
John C. Mankins is an internationally recognized leader in space systems and technology innovation. His 25-year career at NASA and CalTech’s JPL ranged from flight projects and operations, to systems level innovation and advanced technology research. Today he serves as the vice president of the Moon Village Association, which is a NGO based in Vienna with the goal of creating an International Space Station on the Moon forglobal moon exploration programs. Mankins has also received the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal and the National Space Society “Space Pioneer” Award.
Linnea Engstrom is a senior studying Environmental Engineering at USC. Her interests in human rights and sustainable development have led her to pursue a career in humanitarian engineering. She’s traveled abroad to remote villages in Kenya and urban slums in New Delhi to research and implement innovations in drinking water and sanitation aimed at the most vulnerable and difficult to reach people. Her current project involves designing a drinking water storage and filtration sack for refugees, and she’ll be conducting field tests of her product later this year at various refugee camps in Lesvos, Greece.
Martha Redbone is one of the most vital voices in American roots music. A multi-award-winning musician, the charismatic songstress is celebrated for her tasty gumbo of roots music embodying the folk and country sounds of her childhood in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky mixed with the eclectic grit of her teenage years in pre-gentrified Brooklyn. With her gospel singing father’s voice and the spirit of her Cherokee/Choctaw mother’s culture, Redbone broadens the boundaries of Americana. Her break-out CD with Martha Redbone Roots Project, The Garden of Love - Songs of William Blake, was produced by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder/Grammy Winner John McEuen. “A brilliant collision of cultures,” lauded the New Yorker of Martha’s magnificent voice and her masterful cornucopia of roots music, folk, country, Piedmont blues, gospel, bluegrass, soul, and traditional American Indian.
Lucas is a sophomore at Laguna Blanca school. He comes from China and started his life in America as a freshman. He is interested in math and science, but today he won’t be talking about either of those things.