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Melissa Wong

  Melissa’s “why” centers around sparking meaningful conversations and designing experiences that inspire connection and new perspectives. She is co-founder of New Women Space, a community event space that invites self-identified women, femme, queer, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals to lead powerful in-person gatherings and start new, timely and critical conversations. NWS has been home […]

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Alexandra Ruiz

Alexandra Ruiz is the founder of the nonprofit organization Immigrant Advancement Matters (I.A.M.).  I.A.M. serves the immigrant community in Queens, NY by offering ESL classes, conversation practices, and personal advancement workshops. Alexandra recently joined NYC Small Business Services as Executive Director of Business Development & Strategy supporting strategic initiatives and business programs that reach over […]

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Mark Randall

Mark Randall is principal of Worldstudio, a strategy and communications firm that works with non-profit and civic organizations to improve the lives of individuals and communities. In addition, he is president of Worldstudio Foundation, the first nonprofit in the U.S. devoted to encouraging social responsibility in the design and arts professions. For eight years, he […]

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Andre Powers

Andre is a two-time start-up founder in the financial technology (FinTech) sector. Over the course of launching two products from idea stage to being in the hands of customers, he has refined an approach to Lean start-up methodology and strategy, and is passionate about business model validation and the customer discovery process. He believes firmly […]

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Scott Peltzer

A life-long woodworker and maker of things, Scott began his professional career in NYC as an apprentice furniture maker in 1984.  He has since nurtured his love of art, design, making, teaching and social entrepreneurship through the pursuit of an MFA, part time teaching gigs, and the co-founding of Brooklyn Woods, a not for profit […]

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Atin Mittra

  Atin is a designer and social entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Ellie, a virtual breastfeeding assistant for new moms. Before founding Ellie, Atin worked in education where he designed curriculum and services focused on financial education, entrepreneurship, and human-centered design. When not working, Atin volunteers with the non-profit, Impact NYC and sits on […]

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Kevin McQueen

Kevin McQueen has been Adjunct Instructor at The New School since 2013, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in finance, financial management, and business planning. He is also an affiliated faculty member of the Tishman Environment and Design Center. In addition to teaching, Kevin is a partner at BWB Solutions LLC, a national consulting firm […]

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Dana Martens

Dana Martens is a designer, creative technologist, maker, teacher, lifelong student and geek creating factual alternatives through emerging technology. She recently graduated from MFA Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design, where she pursued her dual passions for studying and building emerging technologies and designing projects that connect people to realize more sustainable and […]

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Donna Maione

  Donna Maione is a part-time faculty member at Parsons, teaching Sustainable Systems, as well as a consultant focusing on sustainability, closed-loop design, and the circular economy. She has more than 25 years of experience designing clothing for her own brand and other nationally branded companies.  She combines her diverse design and business experience to […]

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John Lynn

John is a connector, innovator, and leader in the NYC tech community.  Prior to founding the Studio Project, John developed expertise on accelerator programming via his experiences at techstars and Startup Institute.  John sits on the selection committee for Paris-based NUMA accelerator network and Parallel 18 accelerator, council seats at Sheworx, Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us NYC […]

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