Mark Bullock – Sports Development on Inclusion, Sports Advisor, Public Speaker, Parallel London Ambassador

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Delivering workshops, seminars and guidance to wide range of stakeholders in inclusive sport & physical activity utilising more than 25 years of experience in Paralympic/disability sport, sports development & the broader social impact of sport. Passionate about inclusion, wellbeing, healthy lifestyles & nutrition. Travelled to more than 80 countries developing wheelchair tennis. Attended four Paralympic Games & two Olympic Games. Extensive experience of delivering sports programmes in developing countries. Experienced public speaker. Advisor to Choice International. Member of IPC Paralympic Games Committee. Ambassador for Parallel London, the world’s first fully inclusive mass participation event. Event Manager for Raw Fest 2017.

Sebastian M. Flores – Co-Founder and Accessibility Consultant of Comparlante

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Sebastian Flores, Bachelor in Diplomacy and International Relations is the Co-Founder and Accessibility Consultant of Comparlante.

Sebastian is a young leader and social entrepreneur with visual impairment/low vision (though in Sebastian’s words that term only refers to his sight condition but never to his vision) born in Quito Ecuador on October 19, 1989 who has developed his professional training with a focus on international affairs, with special emphasis on Diplomacy, International Politics, Law, Democracy and Citizen Participation, the ICTs in the context of Electronic Government and Digital Diplomacy, the role of youth in the global process of sustainable development, humanitarian issues and the consultancy on accessibility and equity for persons with disabilities, both locally and internationally.

Sebastian’s global activity as a lecturer, TEDx Speaker and young diplomat comprises a variety of scenarios: from the academic and community level, the accompanying and development of social, business and humanitarian enterprises, to his participation at decision-making spaces in parliaments, summits and Multilateral forums, international organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the Organization of American States (OAS) and youth advocacy networks.

Comparlante is a technological and social entrepreneurship formed by young entrepreneurs and change agents teamed up to create innovative tools and solutions under the goal of achieving a more accessible and non-disabled world for everyone.

Comparlante was founded in 2015 in Argentina with the aim of providing a virtual platform for the access of the blind and partially sighted to reading on an accessible and collaborative format. Nowadays, Comparlante operates in 7 Latin American countries through its webpage www.comparlante.com and social media offering a wide range of services to individuals, organizations, companies, governments (among others) focused not only on the accessibility of persons with all kind of disabilities but the equal development of all sectors of our society.

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Dr. Danielle Sheypuk – Sexual Health Expert, Media commentator, Disability-rights advocate and Fashion model

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Psychologist and “21 Leaders of the 21st Century” awardee

Expert, media commentator, disability-rights advocate and fashion model, Dr. Danielle Sheypuk is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the problems of dating, relationships and sexuality among the disabled. Wheelchair-dependent since childhood, Dr. Sheypuk has acquired special insights into the challenges facing the community, both in the everyday physical world as well as in the areas of mental, emotional and interpersonal well-being.

After an explosion of media attention when Dr. Sheypuk became the first model in a wheelchair to “walk” the runway at New York Fashion Week, her impact on the disabled community and its image within society has been tremendous and universal. Holding a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The New School for Social Research in New York City, Dr. Sheypuk is widely regarded as a “sexpert” and leading commentator on issues confronting the disabled population. She has established a successful and innovative private therapy practice that employs Skype-based treatment, which she engineered specifically to make it easier for people with disabilities to attend sessions.

Using her personal story as a central supporting example, including winning the title of Ms. Wheelchair New York 2012, Dr. Sheypuk has received positive responses from social media followers and media outlets around the world. As Yahoo! News stated, “Danielle Sheypuk, a psychologist, can rock a pair of Louboutins, regardless of her wheelchair, and is fighting the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding people with disabilities.” Her approach to life and love as an urban-dwelling professional has been favorably compared to an episode of “Sex and the City.” Media appearances have included features The New York Daily News, Upworthy, Huffington Post, The Daily Mail (U.K.), WCBS Radio, SiriusXM Doctor Radio, WNBC’s Weekend Today in NY, WNBC’s New York Nightly News, ABC News, Yahoo!, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Elle Magazine, among many others.

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Malcom Glenn – Strategic Partnerships Manager at Uber

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Malcom Glenn is a strategic partnerships manager at Uber Technologies in Washington, DC, where he focuses on policy and community engagement with national organizations. He spearheads Uber’s outreach around increasing opportunities for drivers facing barriers to work, expanding Uber to areas with limited transportation options, and increasing the accessibility of the platform for people with disabilities.

Prior to joining Uber, Malcom was an executive communications manager at Google in Mountain View, CA, where he developed strategic communications for Google’s chief financial officer and his leadership team. Before joining Google, he was the national director of communications at the American Federation for Children, an advocacy organization focused on expanding educational options for children from low-income families, and previously worked on issue campaigns at the polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. Malcom received a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard College, where he was the president of The Harvard Crimson.

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Stephen Fry

English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director and all-round national treasure


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Whilst at university, Fry became involved with the Cambridge Footlights, where he met his long-time collaborator and friend Hugh Laurie. As half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie, and took the role of Jeeves (with Laurie playing Wooster) in Jeeves and Wooster.

Fry’s acting roles include the lead in the film Wilde, Melchett in the BBC television series Blackadder, the titular character in the television series Kingdom, a recurring guest role as Dr. Gordon Wyatt on the crime series Bones, and as Gordon Deitrich in the dystopian thriller V for Vendetta, Mycroft Holmes in Warner’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and The Master of Laketown in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. He has also written and presented several documentary series, including the Emmy Award-winning Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, and is also the long-time host of the BBC television quiz show QI. He played Prime Minister Alistair Davies in the 9th season of Fox TV’s 24: Live Another Day.

As a proudly out gay man, the award-winning Out There, documenting the lives of lesbian, bisexual gay and transgender people around the world is part of his thirty year advocacy of the rights of the LGBT community.

As well as his work in television, Fry has contributed columns and articles for newspapers and magazines appears frequently on radio, reads for voice-overs and has written four novels and three volumes of autobiography, Moab Is My WashpotThe Fry Chronicles and his latest, More Fool Me.

A new sitcom for CBS, The Great Indoors, aired in both the US and UK in the spring of 2017.

Stephen’s new book, Mythos, his unique retelling of the Greek myths will be published in November.

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Vikki Ross – Copy Chief at Vikki Ross Writes Ltd., Founder of Copy Cabana

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Vikki has been bringing copy to life for 20 years.

She began her career agency-side before falling for the beauty industry and working in The Body Shop creative studio for eight years. She then moved into entertainment, writing for Virgin Media and Sky before her passion for travel took her far and wide with Expedia and Hotels.com. Now Vikki helps major brands find their personality and tone of voice. Her clients include Sky, NOW TV and ITV, and she works with agencies Portas, Fitch, AKQA, Venture Three, Table 19, Sapient Razorfish, and Kitcatt Nohr.

She also runs branding and copywriting workshops around the world, pushes future creatives to write award-winning copy at London’s School of Communication Arts 2.0 and is a regular judge on D&AD, D&AD New Blood and DMA awards panels.

On Twitter? Vikki created #thingsyouhearinagencies – join in at @AgencyQuotes or get the books, and follow her #copywritersunite hashtag to meet other copywriters online and in real life at quarterly meet-ups across the UK.

Vikki also co-created Copy Cabana (www.copycabana.co.uk / @Copy_Cabana) – an annual event in Bournemouth designed to celebrate copywriting.

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James Bradley Edwards – Chairman & CEO Cloudbreak Health

 

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As the CEO of Cloudbreak Health (“Cloudbreak”), Jamey is on a mission to #HumanizeHealthcare. Cloudbreak is a healthcare solutions innovator that was formed by bringing together two companies: Language Access Network, the pioneer of Video Medical Interpreting, and Carenection, the world’s first true telehealth marketplace and the first unified telehealth platform. The platform is delivering over 1 million encounters per year to healthcare facilities nationwide over the Carenection Telehealth Delivery Network, a private path broadband network optimized for secure and high quality healthcare collaboration.

Prior to Co-founding Cloudbreak, Jamey was the CEO of Emergent Medical Associates (www.ema.us), a multi-specialty medical group in the Southwest providing ER, Hospitalist and Anesthesia services. During his tenure at EMA, EMA grew into an industry leader serving almost 1 million patients per year at over 40 programs in multiple states. EMA was honored as a 4x Inc. 500 | 5000 Company, a 2x finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year & named 2x to Modern Healthcare Hottest companies list. He remains with EMA as a Board Member responsible for M&A and strategy.

Prior to EMA, he was a member of the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers. Based in New York, he consummated transactions totaling more than $8 billion for leading companies including dj Orthopedics, InterActive Corp, Greenfield Online, Premier Retail Networks, Six Flags, Viasystems, YouBet.com, Sirius Satellite Radio and Google. While at Lehman, he served as captain of the Cornell Recruiting Team and on the firm’s Global Advisory Council.

Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Edwards served as a Fund Manager for BR Venture Fund (www.brventurefund.com), the seed stage venture capital fund for Cornell University. Before BR Venture Fund, Mr. Edwards was the Director of Business Development for VirtualTourist.com (www.virtualtourist.com), an award winning online travel community solution provider and leader in

collaborative social networking and user generated content. Prior to VirtualTourist, Mr. Edwards was an Associate with Caltius Mezzanine Partners where he evaluated potential investment opportunities, and an Analyst with U.S. Bancorp Libra, a boutique investment bank focused on the middle market.

Mr. Edwards has been a speaker for the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds, Entrepreneurship @ Cornell, the Southwest Telemedicine Resource Center and the Connect. Communicate. Care. Conference.

Mr. Edwards graduated a Tradition Fellow from Cornell University in 1996 and received his MBA from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management in 2003. He is also an alumni of the Design Thinking Bootcamp at Stanford University’s d.school.

Mr. Edwards is a member of the Santa Monica Bay Chapter of YPO and sits on the board of the American Red Cross of Santa Monica and the Partners in Care Foundation. Mr. Edwards is also an angel investor and mentor to startup companies, a co-founder of Noll Surfboards (www.nollsurfboards.com) and a Principal with Avanti Hospitals, LLC (www.avantihospitals.com).

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Juan Pablo Salazar – Global disability rights movement activist

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Juan Pablo designed and implemented the worldwide campaign “Lend Your Leg “, which impacted millions of people in more than 70 countries around the world in a gesture of solidarity with the victims of these artefacts.

Nowadays, Juan Pablo is the President of the National Council on Disability (CND), advisory body and institutional consultant of the National Disability Public Policy in Colombia. As well as the Advisor in Disability Issues of the Presidency of Colombia.

In the Americas, Juan Pablo is the President of the Committee for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (CEDDIS) within the Organization of American States (OAS).

Former President of the Colombian Paralympic Committee,. Ex-president of the Colombian Federation of Persons with Physical Limitations FEDESIR (2009 – 2013), named the head of mission of the Colombian Delegation at the Paralympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

In 2014, The Trust for the Americas Foundation, in its 15th Anniversary, awarded Juan Pablo for his social leadership in the region.

In 2007, Juan Pablo received an honourable mention from the Senate in recognition of his work on improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in Colombia as well as for as his work in Arcangeles Foundation, a non-profit organization that works for people with disabilities which Juan Pablo founded in 2006.

In 2010, he received the Prince of Monaco the Peace & Sports award in the category of Event of the Year, in regard to the success of the Wheelchair Rugby exhibition match “Rumble in Cartagena”.

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Dr. Christopher Lee – Department Head and Director at AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center at Georgia Tech

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Dr. Christopher Lee serves as Department Head of AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In this capacity, he oversees a wide range of educational initiatives, with emphasis on technology services, products and research.

Dr. Lee has been an advocate and pioneer in promoting social justice and entrepreneurship to benefit humankind and to strive for sustainable social change in the field of disabilities. His work has centered on the innovation of new models and techniques to support the integration of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Accessibility in corporate, governmental and nonprofit entities. Responsible for securing millions of dollars to support social justice causes, Dr. Lee has raised the standard for others, thus promoting and emphasizing the importance of ensuring equal and timely access to services and products for individuals with disabilities.

Dr. Lee is also a nationally recognized advocate, author, speaker, principal investigator and leader in the fields of learning disabilities and adaptive technology. He has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio and in newspaper articles picked up by the Associated Press. He is a recipient of several national service awards from disability organizations. He was highlighted in the Microsoft Accessible Technology for Everyone feature video and publication. Dr. Lee was recognized in The Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of 50 of Atlanta’s promising stars and was highlighted in the PBS children’s series A Chance to Read.

Dr. Lee was awarded the funds to develop, implement and manage the AccessText Network by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) for being a key contributor in changing the U.S. post-secondary textbook accessibility landscape. His multidisciplinary research interests include ICT Accessibility enterprise transformation, social and psychological stigma factors in education and workplace settings, and telepresence and wearable technologies. Dr. Lee was recruited to the University of Georgia on a swimming scholarship, where he was co-captain of the UGA swim team.

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Lolly Daskal – Leadership Coach and CEO of Lead From Within

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Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies.

As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world. Based on a mix of modern philosophy, science, and nearly thirty years coaching top executives, Lolly’s perspective on leadership continues to break new ground and produce exceptional results.

Of her many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference and Speakers at your next event by Inc. magazine.

Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others.

Lolly’s proprietary insights are the subject of her new book, The Leadership Gap:
What Gets Between You and Your Greatness,
and is available for pre- order www.theleadershipgapbook.com

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