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J. Craig Venter | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Pioneering Scientific Researcher; Founder, Chairman and President of the J. Craig Venter Institute; Founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics Inc.

J. Craig Venter, PhD, is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research. Dr. Venter is one of the most frequently cited scientists, and the author of more than 280 research ... More >

Mae Jemison | HWA Exclusive Speaker

First African American Woman in Space; Currently Leading 100 Year Starship (An initiative to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years); Founder and President of Two Medical Technology Companies

Dr. Mae C. Jemison broke more than the sound barrier in 1992 when she climbed aboard the space shuttle Endeavour and became the first woman of color to travel into space—she made history! She was also NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist ... More >

Nicholas Christakis | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Co-Author of the Bestselling Book, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives ; Physician and Social Scientist expert in Healthcare and in Social Networks; Director of the Human Nature Lab at Yale University; Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science

Nicholas A. Christakis is a social scientist and physician who conducts research in the areas of biosocial science, network science, and behavior genetics. He directs the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, and is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute ... More >

Buzz Aldrin

Apollo 11 Astronaut ; One of the First Two People to Walk on the Moon; Advocate for Space Tourism

A living hero, an American patriot and a space pioneer, Buzz Aldrin is a reminder of the adventurous spirit of our country and stands as one of the bravest explorers of all time. 2008 marked NASA's 50th Anniversary and 2009 marks the 40th Anniversary ... More >

Gary Small

Expert on the Brain, Memory and Aging; Bestselling Author of The Memory Bible

Gary Small is a renowned expert on the brain, memory and aging. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology. He is the author of seven popular books, including the New York Times bestseller, ... More >

Robert Ballard

Discoverer of Titanic ; Founder and President, Ocean Exploration Trust; Director, Center of Ocean Exploration

Robert Ballard is Founder and President of the Ocean Exploration Trust; Director of the Center for Ocean Exploration and Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. He is an Explorer-In-Residence at the ... More >

Kevin Davies

Author, The $1,000 Genome; Editor in Chief, Bio-IT World; Founding Editor, Nature Genetics

Medicine is about to change forever. The consumer genomics craze allows people to learn about their genetic quirks and disease susceptibilities written in their DNA for the price of an iPod, while the cost of a complete genome sequence is rapidly approaching ... More >

Joseph MacInnis

Deep-Sea Explorer; Leader of Titanic Expeditions

Dr. Joe MacInnis is a medical doctor who studies leadership and teamwork in life-threatening environments from the deep ocean to outer space. He’s led thirty expeditions under the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans including the first team of ... More >

Dan Buettner

New York Times Bestselling Author, The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest ; Founder and President, Blue Zones™; Emmy Award-winning documentary producer; Three Guinness World Records for cycling six continents

New York Times best-selling author, Dan Buettner, has delivered the secrets to living longer to over 250 audiences nationwide. Using National Geographic photography, he tells the stories of four of the world's longest-lived cultures and offers nine habits ... More >

Jack Horner

Leading Paleontologist

John 'Jack' Horner is one of the world's foremost paleontologists, credited with finding the first dinosaur eggs in the Western Hemisphere, the first evidence of dinosaur colonial nesting, the first evidence of parental care among dinosaurs, the first ... More >

Mark Plotkin | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Award-Winning Thought Leader on Social Entrepreneurship; The Skoll Foundation's 2008 "Social Entrepreneur of the Year" ; Time Magazine “Hero for the Planet”; Bestselling Author, The Shaman’s Apprentice

World-renowned explorer and spell-binding storyteller, Mark Plotkin is a Time magazine “Hero for the Planet,” and star of the Academy Award nominated IMAX documentary, Amazon. Respected and revered for his work in the Amazon Rainforests, ... More >

Ron Garan

Former NASA Astronaut; Social Entrepreneur

Ron Garan is a highly decorated fighter pilot and test pilot, explorer, entrepreneur and humanitarian who believes that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problems facing our world. Ron is a retired NASA astronaut ... More >

John Nosta

Digital Health Innovationist; Founder, NOSTALAB; Member, Google Health Advisory Board; Columnist, Forbes

John Nosta is the founder of NOSTALAB, a digital health think tank with a focus on health, medicine and technology. His current passion is to advance the role of social media and technology in healthcare. He is currently the #1 Kred-ranked health influencer ... More >

Alex Stone

Author of Fooling Houdini; Science Writer, Lecturer and Magician

Alex Stone is a science writer, lecturer, and magician. He is the author of Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks and the Hidden Powers of the Mind—a book about the world of magic and its ties to psychology, neuroscience, physics, ... More >

Jill Bolte Taylor

Scientist; Bestselling Author, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist who experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain in 1996. On the afternoon of this rare form of stroke (AVM), she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall ... More >

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