Featured Speakers

 

Scott Harrison

Founder and CEO of charity: water

Scott spent almost ten years as a nightclub promoter in New York City before leaving to volunteer on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, West Africa as a volunteer photojournalist.

Returning home to New York City two years later, he founded the non-profit organization charity: water in 2006. Turning his full attention to the global water crisis and the world’s 663 million people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue.

In ten years, with the help of more than one million donors worldwide, charity: water has raised over $260 million and funded over 24,000 water projects in 24 countries. When completed, those projects will provide over 7.3 million people with clean, safe drinking water.

Scott was recently recognized in Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40 list, the Forbes magazine Impact 30 list and was recently #10 in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business issue. He has also been recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

In October 2018, Scott released, Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World, his New York Times best-selling memoir, for which all the net proceeds go to fund charity: water projects around the world.

 

 

 

Chris Wallace

Emmy Nominated Veteran Journalist

Chris Wallace has established himself as a battled-tested media presence, an incisive, thoughtful interviewer, and a venerable authority on presidential history and election politics.

Over Chris’s decades-long journalism career, he reported from the ABC News desk as a senior correspondent for Primetime and 20/20, and as an anchor on the longest running show on television, NBC News' Meet the Press. The author of the best-seller, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage, Chris has won every major broadcast news award, including three Emmys, the Peabody Award and the Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton Award. In 2016, Chris earned praise from fellow journalists and political operatives on both sides of the aisle for his sterling performance moderating the final presidential debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump.

With substance, fairness and gravitas, Chris captivates with seasoned insights on current events and political affairs, including the evolving role of the media and influence of technology on the presidency, what America will look like under our 45th president.

 

 

 

Jessica O. Matthews

Renewable Energy Expert, Innovator and Founder & CEO, Uncharted Power

Started when she was just 22 years old, Jessica O. Matthews is the founder and CEO of Uncharted Power – an award-winning full-service energy and data infrastructure technology company. Using their patented suite of solutions, they build, own, and operate smart city infrastructure to provide clean and low-cost power to communities in need around the world.

Matthews will take you along her entrepreneurial journey from product development to the rise of her revolutionary technology company and inspire you to be a part of the solution and use innovation to power the needs of people, businesses, and communities worldwide. Matthews’ motto, "succeed not despite of who you are, but because of who you are unapologetically," encourages individuals and organizations to embrace differences and recognize that personal struggle and challenges can give birth to solutions, if you let them.

Matthews’ research and career centers around the intersection of disruptive technology, renewable energy, human behavior, and the psychology of self-actualization. She first created Uncharted Power as Uncharted Play, a new kind of social enterprise grounded in play and the happiness of life, showing the world how play can be a tangible tool for inspiring social innovation.

A dual citizen of Nigeria & the U.S., Matthews has a degree in Psychology and Economics from Harvard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is listed on over 10 patents and patents pending—including her first invention of the SOCCKET, an energy generating soccer ball, at the age of 19.

Once invited by President Barack Obama to the White House to represent small companies for the signing of the America Invents Act in 2012, Matthews previously served as an Ambassador of Entrepreneurship for Nigeria. In 2016, she raised what is presently the largest Series A ever raised by a black female founder in history and was selected to ring the NASDAQ opening ceremony bell, representing all Forbes 30 Under 30 alumna.

Matthews’ list of accolades includes Fortune’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs, Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, Inc.’s 30 Under 30, and Scientist of the Year by Harvard University. She was also nominated by TechCrunch for Founder of the Year. She has appeared on the cover of Forbes and Forbes Africa, as well as featured in Marie Claire, Wired, Inc., TechCrunch, The New York Times, and Fast Company, among others.