Upcoming presentations

Dino Ambrosi – “Building Better Tech Habits”
December 8, 2023 – 10 a.m.

Dino Ambrosi is a digital wellness speaker and the founder of Project Reboot, a guided digital detox program designed to help teens reset their tech habits. While studying at UC Berkeley, he created a semester-length course that helped over 100 of his peers reduce their screen time by an average of 3.5 hours per day.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Data Science, he embarked on a mission to spread the contents of his course to a broader audience. He has helped over 4,000 teens build healthier relationships with technology through speaking, consulting, and facilitating Project Reboot.

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Dr. David Kieran – “When in Charge, Take Charge: Leadership Lessons From The General Who Transformed The Army”
November 10, 2023 – 10 a.m.

Dr. David Kieran is the Associate Professor of History and the Colonel Richard R. Hallock Distinguished University Chair in Military History at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. He is the author of Signature Wounds: The Untold Story of the Military’s Mental Health Crisis (New York University Press, 2019) and Forever Vietnam: How a Divisive War Changed American Public Memory (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014). He is also the editor of The War of My Generation: Youth Culture and the War on Terror (Rutgers University Press, 2015); the co-editor, with Edwin A. Martini, of At War: The Military and American Culture in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (Rutgers University Press, 2018); and with Rebecca A. Adelman Remote Warfare: New Cultures of Violence (University of Minnesota Press, 2020). His scholarly articles have appeared in American Studies, The Journal of American Studies, War & Society, and the Journal of War & Culture Studies as well as in eleven edited collections, and he has published op-eds in publications including Slate, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, The Albany Times-Union and the Toledo Blade. He is currently writing a history of organizational change in the U.S. Army after Vietnam, tentatively entitled How the Army Saved Itself: Maxwell R. Thurman and the Army’s Post Vietnam Metamorphosis (advance contract, the University of North Carolina Press) and co-editing a collection, with Beth Bailey, on how the Army has approached cultural change from the Second World War to the present. He earned his BA in English from Connecticut College and his PhD in American Studies at The George Washington University and he has received fellowships and grants from the American Culture Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis, the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Les Picker – “Capturing the Awe of Nature”
October 6, 2023 – 10 a.m.

Les Picker has more than 650 writing and photo credits in National Geographic Society publications, Better Homes & Gardens, Forbes, Time, Inc. Publications, Money, Fortune Small Business, Bloomberg Personal Finance, National Parks Magazine, and dozens of newspapers, magazines and other publications. He is a former reporter, photojournalist and editor, a monthly columnist for Oceans Magazine and for four years was Editor-In-Chief for a national environmental magazine. He was a regular
commentator on National Public Radio’s Marketplace, carried on 260 stations nationwide.

Les’ images decorate homes, offices and institutions throughout North America. He leads photography workshops and tours throughout the world.

Les was honored with the prestigious Canada Northern Lights Award for Best Travel Photography. He is a Moab Master Photographer, and an Awagami International Ambassador. He has a doctorate in ecology  from the University of Main

September 1st, 2023, Dr. Curren Katz, Head of Strategy & Business Transformation at Johnson & Johnson, with a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and over 15 years of experience in data science, analytics, and digital health. She leads a cross- functional team of experts who are responsible for transforming the strategy, planning, and execution of J&J’s global clinical development portfolio, with a focus on enhancing operational and organizational efficiencies, quality, and outcomes.

Katz has a passion for solving complex healthcare challenges and driving innovation and modernization in healthcare, using cutting-edge technologies and approaches, such as decentralized trials, artificial intelligence, wearables, real-world data, and precision medicine. She has led multiple successful data science and digital health products and solutions in the payer, provider, and pharmaceutical space, generating significant impact, value, and insights for our stakeholders, partners, and patients.

May 12th, 2023, Dr. Joshua Aronson, Associate Professor of Applied Psychology, New York University

Spoke On: Social Psychology and The Art of People-Making