Dr. Cady Coleman is a former NASA Astronaut and Air Force Colonel with more than 180 days in space, accumulated during two space shuttle missions and a six-month expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), where she acted as the Lead Robotics and Lead Science officer.
Cady is a vocal advocate for inclusion in STEM/STEAM fields and a sought after speaker on a wide range of topics. She recently co-anchored ABC News Live’s coverage of the SpaceX launch and the Perseverance Mars Rover landing. Other speaking highlights include the opening speech for TED 2011 from space, extensive NASA commentary for CNN, ABC and Fox and TED Unplugged 2019.
Cady is the Global Explorer in Residence at Arizona State University and co-host of the podcast, Mission: Interplanetary. She’s also a research affiliate at the MIT Media Lab. Cady consults on space-related work for research and for the media. She serves on several boards, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Greenfield Community College and Dent the Future.
In January, 2011 Steve was diagnosed with ALS, considered a terminal neuromuscular disease. Beyond his faith that there is a solution to heal, it is his mission to show that patients can not only live but thrive after this diagnosis. In doing so, he hoped to inspire others to do the same. With that in mind, Steve and his wife, Michel, formed “Team Gleason” to help him accomplish those goals and more.
Steve’s story and mission have been told countless times throughout the media and in a soon to be released documentary. The NFL Network, ESPN, HBO, ABC, CBS, CNN and many local out-lets have all been inspired to share the Team Gleason story in many ways. He was featured in 2 Peter King interviews during Super Bowl pre-game shows, NFL’s A Football Life, Good Morning America, HBO’s Real Sports and more.
He was named one of 2 Sports Illustrated’s Inspirations of the Year in 2014 and been a keynote speaker for Microsoft and at 2 United Nations sponsored Social Innovation Summits. Steve was the featured personality on the highly praised and reviewed Microsoft commercial during the 2014 Super Bowl with over 3 million views since airing.
As an advocate on the national stage, Team Gleason has brought ALS to the forefront. In 2015, both the US House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously passed “The Steve Gleason Act” to ensure the availability of life sustaining communication devices. The Act was signed into law on July 31, 2015, but had a 3 year sunset. In 2018, the Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act was submitted to replace the original law and passed in February.
Dava Newman is the director of the MIT Media Lab, and has been the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Harvard–MIT Health, Sciences, and Technology faculty member in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is also a MacVicar Faculty Fellow (a chair for making significant contributions to undergraduate education); and was the former Director of the Technology and Policy Program at MIT (2003–2015); and Director of the MIT–Portugal Program (2011–2015, 2017-present). As the Director of MIT’s Technology and Policy Program (TPP), she led this unique multidisciplinary graduate program with over 1,200 alums and faculty advisors from all 5 Schools across the Institute. She has been a faculty leader in her home department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and MIT’s School of Engineering for 27 years. She holds a top-secret clearance. The Honorable Dr. Dava Newman served as NASA Deputy Administrator from May 2015 through January 2017.
Dr. Frank Lehot is an aeromedical doctor, lead Instructor and safety crew member of Air Zero G, cumulating more than 4000 parabolas on board of the Airbus A310 Zero G of Novespace and 5 other Zero G aircrafts. He has writen books and given lectures about space conquest history, parabolic and suborbital flights.
Larry Guterman’s path toward co-founding the startup SonicCloud has led him through both Harvard and Hollywood. After receiving a physics degree from Harvard and an MA in film production from the University of Southern California, Guterman directed hit films Cats & Dogs (2001) and Antz (1998-as director of sequences). Beginning in college, Guterman experienced worsening hearing loss, which eventually led him to seek out complementary solutions to hearing aids—especially when it came to phone calls. Together with CEO Sachin Khanna and world class experts in signal processing and auditory neuroscience, the team created what Apple has called “life-changing accessible technology” that uses innovative algorithms to improve the audibility on smartphones and computers for those with hearing loss. After raising $4 million in funding, the company launched SonicCloud in 2017, with its sights set on the millions of people worldwide who might not be able to afford hearing aids—but who already own a digital device. SonicCloud is recommended by Massachusetts Eye & Ear/Harvard Medical Schools’ Department of Audiology. Guterman is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hearing Loss Association of America, and was named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” in 2018.
Shaun MacGillivray is the Producer and President of MacGillivray Freeman Films a privately owned production, distribution and marketing company that creates IMAX films, educational outreach and programing for IMAX theatres around the world. There are IMAX theatres in over 700 locations worldwide and 70 million people see an IMAX film each year. Our company MacGillivray Freeman Films has created five of the top 10 highest grossing IMAX films, including Everest which grossed over $148 million, To Fly which grossed over $127 million and The Living Sea, which grossed over $100 million. Shaun also leads the business development and partnership team for MacGillivray Freeman and has successfully raised funding of over $40 million for IMAX documentary films in the last 3 years. Shaun is the co-founder and managing director of the One World One Ocean Campaign, the largest multi-platform media campaign of its kind to inspire people to protect the ocean. The campaign includes IMAX films, TV programming, social media, educational programs, and partnerships with leading NGO's, corporate partners, museums, science centers and aquariums. He recently produced the IMAX films Journey To The South Pacific, Humpback Whales, National Parks Adventure (which was the highest grossing documentary for all of 2016), Dream Big, We The Marines, and America's Musical Journey. He is currently producing the company’s forthcoming IMAX films, Into America's Wild and Ireland.
Jean Maggi was born in Cordoba, Argentina and at the age of one he contracted poliomyelitis. Never being able to walk, he struggled to live and thrive under very difficult conditions in a place where people with disabilities are left behind, non visible, with very little options to live a full and happy life. After a heart attack at age 36, he started training, bicycling, swimming, participating in marathons. The documentary El Límite Infinito ("Pushing the Limits"), produced by the Oscar winner Juan Jose Campanella, tells the story of his experience climbing the Himalayas with a hand bike. In 2016 he founded la Fundacion Jean Maggi, a non-profit employing disabled people to produce hand bikes and support children with disabilities through sports. Jean's next goal is to go to space and for the last few years he has been training to achieve this goal. He has already visited SpaceX in LA , Virgin Galactic in New Mexico, finished all his G force training at the NASTAR Center in Philadelphia (civil astronaut) and recently completed a parabolic flight.