2021 Fall Session Guest Speakers

Morgan Brewton-Johnson

Morgan Brewton-Johnson is studying both Public Policy and Business Administration. Morgan is passionate about issues of identity, power, and equity, and a strong believer in storytelling as a mechanism for driving thought leadership and evolving shared values. She is a Rubenstein Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership and President of the Black Student Union. Morgan worked as a consultant in New York City on corporate and social impact projects.

  • November 18: The importance of voice in goal setting

LaKeisha Franklin

LaKeisha is a dynamic leader with many years of nonprofit experience. LaKeisha has varying experience having worked for a national youth organization as well as most recently at a women’s shelter providing skills and educational training to single mothers attempting to re-engage in the workforce.  She is passionate about empowering people who have experienced significant barriers to success; she believes with the right supports anyone can achieve their goals. LaKeisha is determined to be a part of that support system for those who society has deemed disadvantaged.

LaKeisha attended Boston Public Schools and attended Norfolk State University. She is a proud extrovert who has never met a stranger that didn’t become friend. In her spare time, she loves to shop and spend time with her family and close friends.

  • November 4: Effective Public Speaking

David Velasquez

David is a first-generation Latino student from Los Angeles, CA, and currently in medical school. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California with a major in Human Biology & a minor in Health Care Studies and decided to pursue medicine after reflecting on the lack of access to health care that burdened, and even harmed, his family and loved ones.

Further introspection led David to understand that access to good health however, is not only dependent on the availability of doctors, but also on quality housing, healthy food, immigration status, language, and more. This revelation, combined with various patient interactions in which care was compromised by a lack of basic necessities, prompted him to ask how hospitals and the government can better address patients’ social needs. As a result, he is now spending the next three years at business school and at the same time in a masters program for public policy, all in addition to medical school, to come closer to answering that question.

  • October 28: Turning challenges and threats into opportunities and strengths

Greg Shell

Greg Shell is a Managing Director at Bain Capital, one of the world’s leading multi-asset investment firms with offices on four continents.
He has conducted deep diligence on many businesses throughout his career and demonstrated a commitment for discovering and creating value. He provides visionary leadership in civic service and is a member of the Board of Directors at BGCB and he also sits on the Boards of The Boston Foundation, Compass Working Capital, and Rox Prep Charter School where he serves as Chair. Greg believes deeply in the transformative power of education and the innovative capacity of the private sector to help provide solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

  • October 21: Making investments in yourself

Peter Nash

Peter Nash goes by “Pete” and is the, Interim President and CEO and Chief Operating Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. Before this role, Pete served as Associate Vice President of Operations, facilitating Club operations. Pete was also Executive Director of Charlestown Club, and Director of BGCB’s Shared Space Clubs. Pete has been with BGCB for more than 15 years and is focused on making sure the organization provides opportunity and joy for all members.

  • October 21: What does leadership mean at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston?
2021 Summer Session Guest Speakers

Ready to Go! Trainers:

Daryl Nelson

Daryl is the Director of Organizational Development and formerly an Associate Athletic Trainer at the New England Patriots.

  • July 13 and August 17 training sessions: Daryl kicked us off and helped us conclude the Ready to Go! Summer Initiative!

Melissa Flick

Melissa is a personal trainer at Equinox Gym in Chestnut Hill  and the founder of Fitness Chick.

  • July 20 training session 

Ricco Phinisee

Ricco is the Head Coach of CLTX Gaming for the Boston Celtics

  • July 27 training session

Maillard Howell

Maillard is Head of Fitness at the Reebok headquarters.

  • August 3 training session

Greg Lazaren

Greg is a strength and conditioning coach who focuses on athletic development and performance and works with a wide variety of athletes and regular people in private settings.

  • August 10 training session

Speakers:

Rontear Farmer

Rontear of the General Counsel at the Department of Labor Standards.

  • July 8: Going After Your Goals

Julia Haney

Julia is a poet, partnership strategist at Trix Magazine, and founder of Thalia Magazine, where she edits poetry & fiction submissions, conducts interviews, and leads creative strategy. She is the author of a book poems entitled A Lemon Invitation.

  • July 15: Bringing Creativity into Your Life Even If You Aren’t Creative

Ed Gaskin

Ed is the Executive Director of Grove Hall Main Streets

  • July 22

Christopher Morales

Christopher is a footwear designer at Reebook.

  • August 5: Getting Down to Business
2021 Spring Session Guest Speakers

Lindrea Reynolds

Lindrea is a creative enthusiast with an obsession with brand development. As the Principal of LR Brand Consulting, Inc., and host of the Next Level Brand Behavior podcast, she is passionate about using authentic storytelling to help individuals build confident and lucrative personal and business brands that inspire positive social change and improve the lives of others. With more than 13 years of in-house and agency experience, Lindrea has enhanced the brand experiences of small businesses, national enterprises, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, nonprofits, and game-changing leaders. Her storytelling strategies have also helped to secure brand connections with the NBA, Google, iheart Media, Facebook, and more.

  • May 6: Keynote Speaker at RTW Graduation: Building Your Personal Brand

Myles Gaines

Myles is an Investment Management Associate at BlackRock, the world’s largest money manager. Myles is responsible for developing new relationships and enhancing existing relationships with financial advisors to aid in client portfolio construction.  Myles was a four-year member of the varsity football team during college, served as a co-captain his senior year, and is an active Amherst Football alumni member. He also co-founded the Council of Amherst College Student Athletes of Color, a support group for student-athletes of color on campus.

David Frisch

David is a Director at BlackRock and member of the Boston sales team. David joined the firm in 2009 and worked in both the New York and St. Louis offices before returning to his hometown of Boston in 2015. David is responsible for iShares ETFs and works with financial advisors on topics like Sustainable Investing, Portfolio Construction and Social Security. David worked at the Boys & Girls Club in Bethlehem, PA. David is an avid Boston sports fan and loves taking his dog Pepper for runs around the city.

  • April 29: Careers in Investing

A. Sherrod Blakely

Sherrod is an NBA Writer for Bleacher Report as well as a Lecturer at the Boston University College of Communication. He is also the creator and co-host of the A-List Podcast after having spent 11 years as the Boston Celtics Insider for NBC Sports Boston which is the flagship station for the 17-time NBA champions.

Sherrod, who taught a journalism course for minority high school students shortly after college, continues to do his part in helping shape and develop the next wave of journalists as the Chair of the National Association of Black Journalists’ Sports Task Force which awards scholarships and internships to exceptionally talented journalists in addition to being an advocate for increased diversity in the journalism world. He is also on the Executive Board of the Boston Association of Black Journalists (BABJ), a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) Scholarship Committee as well as multiple DEI groups at Boston University.

Those accomplishments would not have been possible if not for the all-expenses-paid academic scholarship Sherrod received to attend Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Newspaper Journalism with minors in political science and sociology. While at SU, he also spent a semester in London studying International Relations.

  • April 22: Careers in Journalism

Annette Smith: Ernst & Young

  • April 1: Effective Public Speaking

Olivia Irving and the Red Sox Corporate Office

2021 Winter Session Guest Speakers
  • February 25: Mock Interviews

Toni Divic

  • February 23: Careers in Biomedical Science and Engineering

David Velasquez

David is a first-generation Latino student from Los Angeles, CA, and currently in medical school. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California with a major in Human Biology & a minor in Health Care Studies and decided to pursue medicine after reflecting on the lack of access to health care that burdened, and even harmed, his family and loved ones.

Further introspection led David to understand that access to good health however, is not only dependent on the availability of doctors, but also on quality housing, healthy food, immigration status, language, and more. This revelation, combined with various patient interactions in which care was compromised by a lack of basic necessities, prompted him to ask how hospitals and the government can better address patients’ social needs. As a result, he is now spending the next three years at business school and at the same time in a masters program for public policy, all in addition to medical school, to come closer to answering that question.

  • February 23: podcast interview

Brandon Copeland

While many recognize this 8-year NFL veteran for his prowess on the football field, others know him as an Ivy League professor, financial education consultant, philanthropist, or real estate developer. As a graduate of the University of Pennsylvaniaʼs Wharton School of Business, Brandon developed a passion for personal finance – which he delivers to Penn students through his own course, “Life 101”. Copeland has also shared his financial acumen with countless others as a member of CNBC’s Financial Wellness Council and a contributing editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. In 2020, Copeland received the Alan Page Community Service Award for extraordinary dedication to service, social justice, and equality. Ending the year on a high note, he was named to the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, highlighting the brightest young innovators across a variety of industries, and was awarded the NFLPA’s Community MVP on Christmas for bringing 19 other NFL players together to give $160K to over 200 families from underserved communities across the country. Brandon embodies the “More Than An Athlete” mantra through his work experience and entrepreneurial endeavors.

  • February 11: Life 101

Chiru Mirage

Chiru Mirage is a Product Marketing Manager at Instagram. Chiru got her start in brand strategy at Ogilvy, before leading strategy and brand partnerships for VFILES. She now focuses on Live, Well-being, and cultural moments at Instagram, based in New York.

  • February 4: Effective Communication

Michelle Courton Brown 

Michele Courton Brown is Vice President of Business Development at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Ms. Brown is a seasoned senior executive and former entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience who transformed a growing small business, ran a corporate foundation and led operations at a national nonprofit. Ms. Brown is also a long time Board member at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and sits on the Executive Committee.

  • January 21: Professionalism

Eva Lewis

Eva R. Lewis is the Executive Director of the Maryland Democrat Party. Eva served as the Northeast Regional Director for the Association of Democratic State Committees (ASDC) at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) advising and building the groundwork for Democratic State Parties to win up and down the ballot.  Prior to the DNC, Eva served as the Political Director for the Maryland Democratic Party building and implementing statewide political programs and managing the Party’s political relationships with local committees, candidates and organizations. She has worked many years as an attorney, grassroots organizer and political operative building coalitions and increasing political engagement.

Eva is a proud resident of Prince George’s County. She graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, IL. When not engaging the community, Eva enjoys performing improv comedy in the Washington, DC area.

  • January 7: Discussion – What is happening in Washington DC?, Goal Setting
2020 Fall Session Guest Speakers

Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown is a professional basketball player and teammate on the Boston Celtics. He played college basketball with the University of California, Berkeley where he was named First Team ALL-PAC-12 and PAC-12 Freshman of the Year before signing with the Celtics in 2016. When he was 22 years old, Brown became the National Basketball Players Association’s youngest elected vice president. In recent years, he has spoken powerfully on the importance of education and technology and organized a Players Technology Summit and he actively mentors players. He has presented his ideas at Harvard University and was named a Fellow of the MIT Media

  • December 7: Wrap Up Party:Pursuing Your Dreams

Tacko Fall

Tacko Fall is a Senegalese professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics. He is currently the tallest player in the league. Fall was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal and moved to the United States at age 16. He played college basketball for the University of Central Florida and signed with the Boston Celtics in 2019. He has become more than a fan favorite, he is one of the most watched and cheered for players in the league. Last year, Tacko brought along a few teammates to the Charlestown Club and joined members learning to swim. At the time, Tacko said, “I think some people are afraid to say they can’t swim but don’t be afraid. Go out there and try it.”

  • December 7: Wrap Up Party:Pursuing Your Dreams

Jacob Lemaster

Jacob Lemaster started with Bank of America in October of 2018. A graduate of Kent State University in 2017 he briefly moved to Charlotte NC, where he worked as an Insurance producer prior to moving with his wife Maggie and two huskies Koda & Mercy up to Boston. He then joined the bank working as a relationship manager for a year before transitioning into the Financial Solutions Advisor role in March of 2020. He is extremely motivated to help his clients by understanding their entire financial picture and applying a holistic approach to achieving their life priorities. In his free time away from work he is an avid Cleveland sports fan and outdoor enthusiast.

  • December 10: Interviewing Skills

Joel Cherry

Joel Cherry is an Associate Market Manager and is responsible for assisting with the strategy and execution of the overall market. Joel started his career as a cold caller then moved to client engagement and corporate retirement plans.  Joel gravitated towards leadership and joined Morgan Stanley as an Assistant Complex Manager.  Under his leadership, the complex had the top ranked new advisor program in the region and one of the top in the nation.  He then moved on to the National Training team and was soon after named Lead National Training Officer.

Joel has been recognized for his achievements by being named a Worcester Business Journal Top Forty Under 40 Honoree as well as a LEAD honoree for high achieving diverse VPs and EDs at Morgan Stanley. He is involved in nonprofits including the Board of Trustees for the Nativity School of Worcester and the Young Professionals Board for Good Sports of Boston. When not working, he enjoys staying active with boxing, martial arts, piano and watching movies.

  • December 10: Interviewing Skills

Phillip Hardin

Phillip Hardin’s mission since 2009 has been to serve clients with the same effort and pride with which he served his country  in the U.S. Air Force. Now a retired officer, Phillip is devoted to empowering and lifting others in his professional and personal life, by offering advice, support and guidance. He believes his clients appreciate the integrity and empathy of a seasoned financial professional. A patient and active listener, Phillip is fascinated by clients’ stories of success and overcoming obstacles.

Phillip measures his own success by his ability to help clients clarify and fulfill their visions of a meaningful life and is passionate about cultivating long-term client relationships by providing an unexpected level of attention and a disciplined approach to investing. Reaching out in the community, Phillip also leads the firm’s Better Money Habits seminars through a local non-profit organization.

  • December 10: Interviewing Skills

Courtland Bluford

Courtland Bluford started Blu’s Creative Lab when his friends and family couldn’t find an affordable designer. After being frustrated for a long time, he decided to be that affordable design agency. He mixes design experience with a passion for customer service. This kindset drove him to win the Employee of the Year when he worked at Ritz-carlton as a Night Manager and the Four Seasons ando  is ingrained in his company’s culture. Blu’s Creative Lab is based in Dorchester services include:  designing web sites, mobile apps, voice technology, and graphics.

  • December 3: Building My Business

Rontear Farmer

Rontear Farmer is the Grand Jury Director and an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office where she manages the day-to-day operations of the Special Grand Jury. In her role she is responsible for the empaneling of the statewide grand jury, ensuring consistency and compliance with the law, policies and best practices, in addition to acting as a liaison for grand jurors, the Superior Court and the prosecuting attorneys. Additionally, Mrs. Farmer investigates and prosecutes criminal matters on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Thank you so much for making the time to be with us tonight!

  • November 19: Time Management

Javon Martin

Blue Hill Club Alum, Associate Product Line Manager at Converse

  • November 5: Soft Skills

Michele Courton Brown

Michele Courton Brown is Vice President of Business Development at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Ms. Brown is a seasoned senior executive and former entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience who transformed a growing small business, ran a corporate foundation and led operations at a national nonprofit. Ms. Brown is also a long time Board member at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and sits on the Executive Committee.

  • October 29: Setting Goals

Greg Shell

Greg Shell is a Managing Director at Bain Capital, one of the world’s leading multi-asset investment firms with offices on four continents.
He has conducted deep diligence on many businesses throughout his career and demonstrated a commitment for discovering and creating value. He provides visionary leadership in civic service and is a member of the Board of Directors at BGCB and he also sits on the Boards of The Boston Foundation, Compass Working Capital, and Rox Prep Charter School where he serves as Chair. Greg believes deeply in the transformative power of education and the innovative capacity of the private sector to help provide solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

  • October 22: Kicking off!

Amairani Garcia

Amairani Garcia is a project engineer at a defense contractor, working primarily in security of air cargo, mass transit, and critical infra-structure. After growing up on the west coast in an immigrant family, Amairani came to Boston to get a BS in civil engineering from MIT and later an MS from Northeastern University. Pre-pandemic, you could find her traveling the country for work and running road races. Today, she’s mostly trying new recipes and overwatering house plants.

  • October 22: Kicking off!
2020 Summer Session Guest Speakers

Robert Lewis, Jr.

Robert Lewis, Jr. will be our closing speaker. Robert is a nationally recognized thought leader, public speaker and passionate advocate for urban youth. He has become well known as a bridge-builder and catalyst for collaboration between diverse business, civic and public sectors throughout the country. In 2013, Robert launched the Base, the best urban baseball program in the country and Triple Crown Sports awarded the Astros the 2012 “Team of the Year” award from a field of 40,000. The BASE Astros has also won the Triple Crown Sports United States Baseball Championship in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

  • Thursday, August 6 – 4:00 – 6:00 Let’s Go!

Dave Johnson

is a partner in Bain & Company’s Boston office. He is a leader in the firm’s Financial Services practice. He has held a number of firm leadership roles, including regional managing partner of the Americas and founder and leader of Bain’s New York office. He has also served on the firm’s global operating committee, board of directors and partner promotion and compensation committee. Dave is the incoming Chair of BGCB.

  • Thursday, August 6 – 4:00 – 6:00 Listening to Fellows Presentations

Josh Seiden

  • Thursday, July 30 5:15 Improv night with 2 masters of Improv!

Eva Lewis

Eva is currently a member of independent troupes Press Play, Sister Act, and Getting to 3rd Base. She is a former member of the independent troupe Neighbors and the WIT Harold team People Like Us. She would like to give a shout to her parentals, sisters, niecy pooh, all the Lewis pets alive and dead, the great Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and, last but certainly not least, God!

  • Thursday, July 30 5:15 Improv night with 2 masters of Improv!

Javon Martin

Converse Associate Product Line Manager

  • Wednesday, July 29 6:00 – 6:30 Landing a Great Job

Chiru Mirage

Chiru Mirage is a Product Marketing Manager at Instagram. Chiru got her start in brand strategy at Ogilvy, before leading strategy and brand partnerships for VFILES. She now focuses on Live, Well-being, and cultural moments at Instagram, based in New York.

  • Wednesday, July 29 – 4:00pm Cultural Moments, Start Ups and Working at Instagram

Kevin DaSilva

is the Vice President and Treasurer at Raytheon Technologies Corporation a multinational conglomerate that researches, manufactures and develops advanced technology products in the aerospace and defense industries including aircraft engines, avionics, cybersecurity, air defense systems and drones.

  • Tuesday, July 28 5:00 – 5:45 Making it Happen

Katie Murphy

has been a nurse for 25 years and a staff nurse at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for the past 23 years. She holds a BSN, RA from St Anselm’s College of Nursing.

  • Tuesday, July 28 4:00 – 4:30 Nursing

Marjorie Ringrose

has spent most of her career driving organizational change and growth. She works with the foundation world as a grantor and was Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Boston (SVP). Under her leadership, SVP grew nearly ten-fold and brought millions of dollars and thousands of hours of skilled pro bono counsel to Boston’s most promising nonprofits, helping them build strong organizations that reach the scale needed to help Boston’s children and families succeed in school and beyond.

  • Monday, July 27 6:30 – 7:15: College Classes While You are in High School – Are you in high school and interested in being enrolled in college at the same time?!

Michele Courton Brown

leads strategic growth and development of Quality Interactions, and guides daily operations within the company. She has over 25 years of experience in leading, managing, and providing strategic direction to corporate, philanthropic, and nonprofit organizations. Previously, she was an executive at Bank of America and its legacy companies. Michele is a long time Board member of BGCB and member of the Executive Committee.

  • Monday, July 27 5:30 – 6:15 How to be Professional
  • Wednesday, August 5 – 4:00 – 6:00 Listening to Fellows Presentations

Onnie Mayshak

is a vice president in Landmark’s investor relations group. He is primarily responsible for marketing, communications and business development. He was recently senior vice president of institutional sales and investor relations with Brookwood Financial Partners. Onnie is a trustee at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.

  • Monday, July 27 4:00 – 4:45 Working Hard to Create Your Career Path

Mackenzie Knoop

is a Senior Social Media Producer with the Patriots and the Patriots Foundation. She manages video and graphic production and distribution through online channels and social media platforms. Mackenzie has also worked with the San Antonio Spurs.

  • Thursday, July 23 Pitch Your Passion Judges – audience mandatory, participation elective

Femi Obi

is KPMG’s Advisory Market Leader (AML) for New England and Upstate New York and the National Financial Services Industry Leader for the  Procurement and Business Services Consulting practice. He specializes in helping firms leverage technology to transform their procurement and vendor management functions. Femi was elected to the partnership in 2017, and is the first Black Partner elected in KPMG Boston. In 2017, he was named one of Boston’s Most Influential People of Color.

  • Wednesday, July 22 5:00 – 5:45 Get on Your Path
  • Tuesday, August 4 – 4:00 – 6:00 Listening to Fellows Presentations

Bruce Jacobs

is chair of the Board at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and the Chief Financial Office at Kymera Therapeutics with more than 25 years of experience in health care financial services, investment banking and equity research.

  • Wednesday, July 22 6:00 – 6:45: Boston As a Center of Business and Technology
  • Friday, August 7 4:00 Closing Ceremonies – Poetry Slam

Paula Arrojo

leads Goldman Sachs’s New York Private Wealth Management team. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Paula worked at Chase Manhattan Bank for eight years.

  • Wednesday, July 22 4:00 – 4:45: What is investing?

Greg Shell

is a Managing Director at Bain Capital. He has owned and done deep diligence on many businesses throughout his career and demonstrated a commitment for discovering and creating value. He provides visionary leadership in civic service as well on the Boards of The Boston Foundation, Charter School where he chaired the Board, and BGCB. He believes deeply in the transformative power of education and the innovative capacity of the private sector to help provide solutions to society’s most pressing problems

  • Tuesday, July 21 5:15 – 6:00 Finding Your Pathway
  • Thursday, July 23 Pitch Your Passion Judges – audience mandatory, participation elective

Andrea Perry

is the Executive Director of YouthConnect, a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston in partnership with the Boston Police Department that places clinical social workers in police stations across the city to provide youth and families with comprehensive clinical services.

  • Tuesday, July 21 4:00 – 4:45: Anger and Frustration Management

Ben Donald

is Chief of Staff at Area 120, Google’s incubator for early stage products. At Google, Ben has held roles in the Office of the CEO and Corporate Development. Before Google, he worked as an investor with Bessemer Venture Partners. Outside of work, you can find him playing guitar or making homemade pizzas.

  • Monday, July 20 Goal Setting Workshop
  • Wednesday, July 29 5:00 – 5:30 Pursuing Your Goals

Charles Mathias

Charles Mathias works at the FCC as an Associate Bureau Chief in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. He serves as Bureau lead for Commission initiatives related to cybersecurity and public safety that have a wireless component. He also advise Commissioners and the Bureau Chief on a broad range of policy, regulatory and legal issues, including spectrum transactions, spectrum use, re-purposing spectrum, spectrum sharing and mobile device safety and integrity.

  • Wednesday, July 16, 6:00 What is 5G and what will it do for me?

Amairani Garcia

Amairani Garcia is a project engineer at a defense contractor, working primarily in security of air cargo, mass transit, and critical infrastructure. After growing up in the west coast in an immigrant family, Amairani came to Boston to get a BS in civil engineering from MIT and later an MS from Northeastern University. Pre-pandemic, you could find her traveling the country for work and running road races. Today, she’s mostly trying new recipes and overwatering house plants.

  • Thursday, July 16, 5:00 Succeeding in Your First Jobs

Dominique Price

Personal Trainer

  • Wednesday, July 15, 3:00 Work Out Wednesday! Fitness Training
  • Wednesday, July 29 , 3:00 Work Out Wednesday! Fitness Training!

Taylor Healey

holds a BSN and RA degrees from the Nursing School at Quinnipiac University. She has been a nurse for the last 7 years and has been an oncology nurse at the Dana Faber Cancer Institute for the last three and a half years.

  • Wednesday, July 15 6:00 – 6:30: Nursing

Kyra Hurwitz

works with the brand marketing and strategy team at Peloton, the largest interactive fitness platform in the world. Kyra has a degree in Communications, Marketing, and Business. Before Peloton, she worked in digital marketing at Digitas, a global marketing and technology agency in New York City.

  • Wednesday, July 15 5:00 – 5:30: Interested in Marketing?

Ryan Smith

is the Growth and Finance Manager at Tagomi, a cryptocurrency trading company that is creating an application similar to Kayak in the travel industry (finding the best options!). He is currently working towards his passion in business, entrepreneurship, and technology, but loves talking about Boston Sports, house music, and great TV/Movie references.

  • Tuesday, July 14 6:30 – 7:00: What is a Bitcoin and Why Should I Care?

Julia Haney

is a poet, partnership strategist at Trix Magazine, and founder of Thalia Magazine, where she edits poetry & fiction submissions, conducts interviews, and leads creative strategy. She is the author of a book poems entitled A Lemon Invitation. Julia is currently working full-time as a writer at a tech company in Boston.

  • Tuesday, July 14 5:30 – 6:00: How to Break Through Creatively (whether you are creative or not!)
  • Thursday, July 30 4:00 – Poetry Slam Help Session (for those who want help with the poetry slam)

Gina Joseph

is a Quantitative Research Associate at MFS Investment Management. She is also involved with Girls Who Code where she teaches girls how to create their own coding projects and encourages them to follow their passions for computer science.

  • Tuesday, July 14 4:45 – 5:15: Why Girls Should Code

John Bogle

is a Quantitative Research Associate at MFS Investment Management where he is responsible for conducting research  on improvements to stock selection models as well as developing analytics tools to help portfolio managers make buy and sell decisions.

  • Tuesday, July 14 4:00 – 4:30: What is the Stock Market and How do I Follow It?

Rontear Farmer

is the Grand Jury Director and an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office where she manages the day-to-day operations of the Special Grand Jury. In her role she is responsible for the empaneling of the statewide grand jury, ensuring consistency and compliance with the law, policies and best practices, in addition to acting as a liaison for grand jurors, the Superior Court and the prosecuting attorneys. Additionally, Mrs. Farmer investigates and prosecutes criminal matters on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • Monday, July 13 6:00 – 6:45: Working Toward Your Goals
  • Thursday, July 23 Pitch Your Passion Judge – audience mandatory, participation elective

Lisa Rudolph

is an award-winning television journalist who served as an anchor, general assignment reporter and team member of Dateline on NBC.

  • Monday, July 13 5:00 – 5:45: Behind the Scenes of the News

Dr. Oliver Berrett

is an emergency medicine specialist affiliated with Cape Cod Hospital. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine, holds a Masters of Public Health and volunteers as the medical director for several organizations. His professional interests include Event Medicine and tactical EMS.

  • Monday, July 13 4:00 – 4:45: Becoming a Doctor

Jennifer Gardner Trulson

is the founder of the Douglas B. Gardner Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in New York. She is the author of the book “Where You Left Me” and an essayist and commentator.

  • Thursday, July 9 4:00 Writing for Work Workshop

Jamal Grant

is a first-generation American and is the son of Trinidadian immigrants. Jamal has worked as an Aerospace Systems Engineer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and is the Founder and Director of The NET Mentoring Group (TheNETMentoring.org), a Boston-based non-profit aimed at closing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) achievement gap for young girls and underrepresented minorities. Outside of his non-profit and engineering work, Jamal participates in international human & civil rights fellowships that have led him to Rwanda, Detroit and Atlanta to study the history of colonialism, resistance and social progress. In March of 2019, Jamal served as the Lead Filmmaker and Producer for the Ase Research Film Project (Aseresearchfilm.org), a film centered on wealth inequality, race relations and progress in South Africa 25 years since apartheid.

  • Wednesday, July 8 6:30 Using Curiosity to Find Your Purpose

William Shih

is a senior analyst and policy advisor to Mayor Lori Lightfoot in Chicago.

  • Wednesday, July 8 5:30 – 6:00: Why Should You Pay Attention to Elections?

Cyrus Veyssi

began his career in the communications industry on the entertainment & partnerships team at TOM FORD and later worked as a marketing strategist at PAPER Magazine. As a Creative Catalyst at M Booth, Cyrus helps lead strategy and creative concepting for clients and focuses on the intersection of media and culture. He also helps build digital lifestyle programs from a creative perspective and copywrites across paid and organic social media.

  • Wednesday, July 8 4:30 – 5:00: What is Your Personal Brand?

Miranda Haymon

is a Princess Grace Award/Honoraria-winning writer, director, and deviser of performance. Recent projects include Really, Really Gorgeous (The Tank), Everybody (Sarah Lawrence College), In the Penal Colony (Next Door @ NYTW, The Tank) and Mondo Tragic (National Black Theater). She is an Associate Artist at Roundabout Theatre Company, a Resident Director at The Tank, a New Georges Affiliate Artist, a Space on Ryder Farm 2019 Creative Resident, member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and the Wingspace Mentorship Program. Miranda is a 2019/20 New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Directing Fellow, a Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow, and a former Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage. BA Wesleyan University. Upcoming: Exception to the Rule (Roundabout Underground). www.mirandahaymon.com

  • Tuesday, July 7 6:00 – 6:30: Writing about Yourself – making a personal or artistic statement in writing

Aliya Itzkowitz

held the title of Fencing’s Junior National Champion in Great Britain and won the silver medal at the NCAA Fencing Championships in 2014. Aliya took a job in Finance in New York City then returned to London where she is studying for her MBA and continuing training for her Olympic aspirations.

  • Tuesday, July 7 5:00 – 5:30: Staying fit during the virtual day! 

Yinka Ogunbiyi

is formerly the co-founder and COO of Desora which features products that she has co-invented. She will be attending Harvard Business School in the Fall to obtain a Master’s degree in business and engineering sciences.

  • Tuesday, July 7 4:00 – 4:30: Becoming an Entrpreneur

Hilery Radha Hutchinson

is known as The Flexibility Guru. She has spent the last 16 years in the wellness industry learning as much as possible and has 50 certifications ranging from high intensity interval training to yoga for cardiac rehab and cancer patients.

  • 8:00 am every morning, Monday – Friday Rise and Shine

Monica Canon-Grant

Black Lives Matter

  • June 11 Launch Party, 6:00 pm

Dr. Kevin Churchwell

President and Chief Operating Officer, Boston Children’s Hospital

provides leadership, direction, integration and oversight for the medical delivery system, while partnering with the CEO on a full range of research, clinical, academic, operational and strategic issues.

  • June 11 Launch Party, 6:00 pm

Josh Kraft

Nicholas President and CEO,BGCB

  • June 11 Launch Party, 6:00 pm