Verne Harnish, Co-founder and Chair, Geoversity
Verne is the founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), with over 14,000 members worldwide, and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” held at MIT, a program he still teaches today. Founder and CEO of Scaling Up, a global executive education and coaching company with over 150 partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scale up. He’s the author of the bestseller Mastering the Rockefeller Habits which is translated into 9 languages; and along with the editors of Fortune, authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times, for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. His latest book Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) has won eight major international book awards including the prestigious International Book Award for Best General Business book. Verne also chairs the annual ScaleUp Summit in collaboration with Bloomberg and serves on several other boards Educational background: BA in International Relations from the University of California, San Francisco and completed special studies in literature at the Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico; Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain; and Université de Toulouse en Pau, France.including vice-chair of The Riordan Clinic. A private investor in many scaleups, Verne also enjoys piano, tennis, and magic, being a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
Educational background: Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Wichita State University.
David Meerman Scott
David is a Sales & Marketing Strategist, entrepreneur, and best-selling author of ten books. No one knows more about using the new Real-Time tools and strategies to spread ideas, influence minds and build a sustainable business. He has spoken on all seven continents and in 40 countries to audiences of the most respected firms and organizations. David is author and co-author of ten books, three being international bestsellers. Best known for The New Rules of Marketing & PR, now in its 6th edition and translated into 29 languages, a modern business classic with over 400,000 copies sold so far. He is a co-author of Marketing the Moon (with Rich Jurek) and Marketing Lessons from The Grateful Dead (with HubSpot CEO Brian Halligan). David is co-founder and partner in Signature Tones, a sonic branding studio, that specializes in creating sonic logos and original music for use by organizations in their branding efforts. Sonic branding includes original music that people use in videos, podcasts, products, and services, as well as, walk-on music for speaking engagements.
Educational background: BA in economics from Kenyon College.
Carolyn Kim Meenan
Carolyn is a Managing Partner at Motto Beverage Company, the first plant-based healthy soda to hit the markets back in 2012. Before joining the company, she led strategic relationship initiatives for HubSpot’s executives, and founded The Good Ones, a 4,000+ member organization of Boston’s finest. She has dedicated her adult life to supporting underprivileged groups like Horizon for Homeless Children, Boston Gives, Mass Challenge, the Center for Family Connections, Big Sisters, and the Ann Steffens rare disease research foundation for Scleroderma. Being an avid outdoors explorer and mountaineer, she joined David Meerman Scott as the guest producer of Geoversity’s historic TransContinental Expedition in February 2019.
Educational background: BA in Economics, College of the Holy Cross.
David S. Ricketts, Ph.D.
For the past decade, David, alongside his colleagues at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University, has taught the next generation of Bill Gateses and Mark Zuckerbergs how to create disruptive innovations. His keynotes share those insights and, through entertaining real world examples, he helps leaders and front-line innovators understand how to develop disruptive innovation in their organizations. His work has been featured in ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News as well as ESPN, and Smithsonian Innovation and Popular Science. He has held appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and North Carolina State University. His work has been recognized in numerous scientific journals and popular science outlets.
Educational background: PhD from Harvard University Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Myrna James Yoo, Co-Founder, GeoSchool
Myrna James is a Champion for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (AI). She is a biz dev and communications consultant for geospatial and weather data as they relate to AI. As a journalist, she interprets complex innovations for broader audiences, in effect democratizing the understanding of emerging technologies such as quantum computing, blockchain, and AI.
In addition to publishing nine books, for 18 years, her company, Blueline Publishing, has owned and published 75 issues of Apogeo Spatial (www.ApogeoSpatial.com), a magazine about using data from space to study the earth for the sake of humanity. She speaks at conferences around the world. Immersed in the geospatial world, she has come to see the value of place, biodiversity, conservation, and how we as healthy humans need to connect to the living earth.
She traveled the world solo for 18 months, blogging before blogging was a word. She believes that expanding one’s worldview increases one’s consciousness, whether from traveling or seeing the earth from space (called “The Overview Effect”). This view shows the exquisite beauty of the planet without national boundaries, as it is in nature. Myrna lives in Denver with her adopted son.
Laurie Meadoff, Executive Producer, Geo 2030 and Co-Founder, GeoSchool
Laurie Meadoff is an award winning and 3 times Emmy nominated Executive Producer who has produced for MTV, VHI, ABC, Sundance Channel, National Geographic and has reached over 350 million people globally with her series, ‘Chat the Planet’ and ‘Hometown Baghdad.’ As part of the Brookings Institute on Cultural Diplomacy, she worked with global dignitaries on the use of the arts and media to build bridges between people and she has spoken at events from U.S. to Hong Kong to Bangalore. Laurie’s company, Authentik Inc, is comprised of a team of world-class producers, change agents and millennials to revolutionize meaning, message and impact for prominent C-suite clients helping them stay culturally and socially relevant for the next generation. Laurie founded The CityKids Foundation in 1985 and through her innovative youth work, she has garnered an international reputation as an ardent advocate, an innovative leader and an agent for social change.
Tamsin Woolley-Barker, Ph.D. Dean, GeoSchool and Co-Founder & Director, Borrego Institute
Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker is an evolutionary biologist, anthropologist, innovation and culture consultant. She is the CEO of TEEM Innovation Group, Dean of the Geoversity School for Biocultural Leadership in Panama, and the author of TEEMING—a #1 Amazon bestseller in environmental economics, animal behavior, ecology, and organizational learning, now considered the seminal work on biomimicry in business. Her work with organizations like Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute has helped the world’s most innovative companies push the envelope on design for nearly a decade. Today, she helps those organizations evolve greater agility, innovation, collaboration, and resilience the same way living systems always have.
Michael A. Schmidt, Ph.D. Medical and Human Performance Program, GeoSchool
Michael Schmidt is the CEO & Chief Scientific Officer, Savaris Aerospace.
Personalized medicine in extreme environments (molecular medicine), human performance in extreme environments, leadership training, team cohesion training, wilderness medicine, conflict resolution and peacemaking, systems biology, expedition leader, applied neuroscience, strategy/tactics, nutrition & metabolism.