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What to expect

Most conferences follow the same format and can be dull.
Our goal is to have you leaving inspired.

Film Festival

We kick off our summit with our very own film festival. You won’t want to miss watching these powerful impact documentaries that are making the world a freer place. You will be able to hear from the filmmakers and those featured in the films and will also learn how you can make an impact. Oh, and there will be popcorn.

Speakers

We spice up our conference by inviting some of the premier thought leaders focused on creativity, the future, the entertainment industry, and storytelling so that you leave inspired to make an impact back in your city, organization, and everyday life.

Networking Events

Our summit is invite-only and our team takes pride in curating the conference so you leave with optimal connections. Each day we will have moments for you to network during programming, partaking in delicious Nashville cuisine, after parties, and a closing brunch (with bubbles).

Schedule & Speakers

More information on the event schedule and additional speakers will be released soon.

Todd Connor

Todd Connor is a social entrepreneur, founder of Bunker Labs, The Collective Academy, Emerson House, and Veterans for Political Innovation. His current mission: challenging military veterans to fix American democracy through innovation.

Lauren Postler

Servant Leader. Serial Entrepreneur. Veteran Leadership Scholar. Conscious Capitalist. Professional Fundraiser. Growth Expert. Advocate for Liberty. Book Reader. Animal Lover. Heavy Metal Enthusiast. Native Texan. Resident of Austin. Bleeds Burnt Orange.

Deanna Brown

A 35-year digital and content visionary, Deanna Brown is recognized for delivering extraordinary growth and innovation for some of the world's most influential brands, including Yahoo, AOL, Conde Nast, PMC & SXSW. As a driven culture architect, she builds proactive, dynamic teams necessary to respond to business changes and opportunities. She's now on a mission to change the world of women's sports.

Jason Spyres

At the age of 19, Jason received a 30 year prison sentence for nonviolent cannabis offenses, and was rendered ``legally unrehabilitatable.`` Since his release, he has fought to highlight the policy decisions that led to that erroneous conclusion.

Tony Kitchens

Tony Kitchens is a board member of the Georgia Center for Opportunity and has worked for the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support, Reentry, and the Department of Community Supervision. He also serves on the Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Advisory panel.

Ryan Tillman

Ryan Tillman is the founder and CEO of Breaking Barriers United, an Organization formed to bridge the gap between Law-Enforcement and the Community. Ryan has committed himself to transforming Law-Enforcement, Business and Education through relationship building, coaching and mentoring, while restoring Love, Empathy and Respect into common practice.

Tim Brown

Tim Brown is chair of IDEO. He frequently speaks about the value of design thinking, creative leadership, and innovation to business leaders and designers around the world. An industrial designer by training, Tim has earned numerous design awards and has exhibited work at the Axis Gallery in Tokyo, the Design Museum in London, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He takes special interest in the convergence of technology and the arts, as well as the ways in which design can

Branden Polk

Rev. Branden S. Polk is a director of Strategic Partnerships at Stand Together. His work focuses on surfacing cures for the roots of intolerance, inspiring people to come together across lines of difference in order to heal the country’s divisions and discover solutions to our most intractable problems. As a licensed social worker, ordained minister, and creative artist he has devoted his career to removing barriers for the most vulnerable in our society.

Nazanin Nour

Iranian-American Nazanin Nour is an activist, actor, writer, host, and voiceover artist. Along with the platform her success in entertainment has brought her, she has used her education and background in government and international politics to become one of the preeminent voices for the revolution in Iran. Nazanin has always had an affinity for comedy and political satire. Her self-produced and directed sketches caught the eye of the producers of Persia’s Got Talent, who cast her as a judge on the show. As an actor, Nazanin is known for her roles in Madam Secretary, Criminal Minds, and Political Animals. She also voices multiple roles in an upcoming episode of Big Mouth on Netflix. Her most recent feature film, A Thousand Little Cuts, is currently available on Showtime, and she has recently been seen on BBC News, Good Day LA, CNN, CBC, and other outlets fighting for the freedom of her fellow Iranians.

Farbod Ardebili

Farbod Ardebili is an Iranian-born director/writer living in the United States since 2014. He is a Sundance fellow whose films have won awards and nominations at numerous renowned Oscar/Bafta qualifier film festivals.

Denisha Allen

``Denisha Allen is a Senior Fellow at the American Federation for Children and Founder of Black Minds Matter. Denisha previously served as School Choice and Youth Liaison to the Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education.</p> <p>Denisha is a Florida tax-credit scholarship graduate, and now sits on the Board of Director for Step Up for Students. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Florida and bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social science. Along the way, Denisha has become a national symbol for school choice, headlining events with elected leaders, including the former president, governors, members of congress, and other advocates for school choice. Denisha has shared her story across the country and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, PragerU, the Washington Examiner, EducationWeek, and Fox News among other outlets.

David Eagleman

To many, creativity is anecdotal: a highly personal, largely mysterious process that either speaks to you or doesn’t. David Eagleman doesn’t see it that way. He starts with neuroscience—how the brain really functions—and shows that innovation doesn’t have to be a private, enigmatic exercise. Knowing how the mind works means we can understand human creativity—and how to harness it to transform companies, classrooms, and creators.

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