Claudia Angeli, Ph.D.Assistant Professor @ Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center
Claudia Angeli was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to the U.S.A. to attend college. After completing her PhD, she started her career at Frazier Rehab Institute. In 2006, she became involved in spinal cord injury research and focused on activity-based retraining of the nervous system following SCI.
Melissa Spitz is a working artist in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from the University of Missouri - Columbia and her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Spitz is the recipient of Magnum’s 2018 Inge Morath Award, given each year to a woman photographer under the age of 30 to support a long-term documentary project.
Molly FordSenior Director, Global Equality Programs @ Salesforce
Molly Ford is the Senior Director of Global Equality Programs at Salesforce, the World’s Most Innovative Company according to Forbes and one of Fortune’s Best Companies to Work for eight years in a row. In this role, she is responsible for shaping and sharing the company’s core value of Equality and evangelizing the Salesforce culture.
Tamika CatchingsDirector of Player Programs & Franchise Development @ Pacers
Tamika Catchings is a 4X Olympic Gold Medalist and Indiana’s “do-everything” forward who retired after 16 seasons with the WNBA’s Indiana Fever. Author, Speaker, Philanthropist, ESPN Basketball Analyst, Director of Player Programs for Pacers Sports & Entertainment and owner of Tea’s Me Café.
Tapati DuttaResearch Assistant, School of Public Health, Indiana University
Tapati Dutta is a social scientist in community health with professional experience of 20 years in Indian nonprofits and their bilateral collaborators in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. Her life's tryst from victim-hood to emancipation has been the principal driver for her scholarship and service in ensuring that efficacious biomedical tools become effective among communities-especially women and girls who need them the most.
Kate Lamont, born in the UK and now embracing her Indiana roots is a singer who is influenced by artists whose ability to bleed pure emotion set them apart. Her vision of music is a unifying force that continues to fuel songs about truth, empowerment, spirituality and vulnerability with the lyrics connecting the dots from personal experience.
Jhanak Dance GroupBollywood Fusion Dance Team at IU
Jhanak is an emerging Bollywood fusion dance team at Indiana University, Bloomington, who combines different Indian dance forms and add a modern touch. Their purpose is to learn new cultures, meet new people and create connections through a common language – dance. Essentially keeping the Indian spirit intact, they aim to spread cultural awareness and create a platform for budding dancers.
Mariah IveyNationally renowned poet, emcee, and creative force
Mariah Ivey is a nationally renowned poet, emcee, and creative force born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. Her love of written and spoken word came into fruition at just 10 years old. She crafted a lifelong discipline from a natural sense of curiosity, inquisitiveness and scribbles in her first notebooks.