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Jason Morales wants more information available at his fingertips about the products and services he buys. Given recent advances in technology, consumers are now poised to demand greater data transparency in the marketplace than ever before, and doing so will advance more effective commerce, more socially responsible business practices and more conscious human interaction. To help catalyze this demand, Jason established a US Trademark for MMHMM, for the purpose of expanding product and supply chain transparency. His professional experience working for Microsoft as a Business Intelligence/Big Data Specialist on the US Education team, and his efforts as Founder of MING Studios, a nonprofit art center and artist residency program based in Boise, both help to inform and inspire his passions for applying data technologies to improve Education, the Arts and Community.
Amy Pence-Brown is a fat feminist mother who believes in opening her mouth and her heart. From both of these places she tells stories–as a writer on her blog Doin’ It All, Idaho Style and other local & national publications, as a historian giving tours for Preservation Idaho, and as a visual artist creating subversive stitchings and performance pieces. She’s been a body image activist for the past seven years and recently became famous for her radical stand for self-love at the Capital City Public Market on August 29, 2015, in Boise, Idaho, which was documented in a blog post, photographs and a video viewed over 130 million times. Her message about the value of all bodies, no matter their size, has been covered by numerous media outlets, including CNN, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, People, TODAY, Huffington Post, Upworthy, HLN, WGN Morning News Chicago, the Dr. Oz show, Idaho Statesman, and Idaho’s NPR station.
Belma Sadikovic is an emerging scholar, passionate human rights activist, and advocate for refugees on a local and global scale. She is also the co-founder of Boise State’s Refugee Alliance. Once a refugee from Bosnia, today a doctoral candidate who teaches at Boise State, Belma uses her experiences to teach her students and community about the struggles of refugees, and ways to help refugees become self-sufficient.
Belma’s a strong advocate for refugees obtaining an education. She believes that there is tremendous healing power and positive energy in providing opportunities for others. If it hadn’t been for goodhearted people in my life when I was a refugee in Germany, and again a refugee in the United States, I would not be here pursuing my dreams and advocating for the vulnerable.
Belma helps resettled refugees become self-sufficient by advocating for effective resettlement policy regulations, attainable professional and educational services, and full participation in community life.
Canwen Xu's slogan for life is “Canwen can win.” Born in Nanjing, China, she moved to the United States when she was two years old, and since then has lived in some of the whitest states in the country, including North Dakota, South Dakota and Idaho. A senior at Timberline High School, Canwen is passionate about politics, and is the national membership director and Idaho state director for the Young Democrats High School Caucus. Also a programmer, she started an all-girls computer science workshop called Code For Fun and received National Runner-Up in the 2014 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing competition. In her free time, Canwen enjoys breaking stereotypes, reaffirming stereotypes, and driving competently on her way to buy rice.
A Boise native, Erin Guerricabeitia has a 10-year history working in the Boise non-profit field. Erin is dedicated to the local sustainable food movement, and to working with youth to broaden their knowledge of health and nutrition through organic gardening. As the Executive Director of Boise Urban Garden School, she’s worked with thousands of youth in the Boise community to help them understand where food comes from, and why it matters. When not working in the garden, Erin spends her time with her two daughters, step-son, and husband, in the kitchen whipping up culinary delights, or enjoying time with her extended family and friends.
Refik Sadikovic became a refugee in 1995, when he was forced to leave his Bosnian home for the horrors of a refugee camp in Croatia. A few months later he escaped, looking for a better life. Navigating Croatian minefields, crossing cold winter rivers, then making his way across Slovenian and Austrian borders, he finally arrived in Vienna and applied for temporary refugee status. As he puts it, I believed I only had two choices: to stay in a camp and die of starvation, or die while trying to escape to freedom.
In 2000 Refik was resettled as a refugee in Boise. He became a respected engineering technician at Micron, and was encouraged to pursue higher education. Refik now teaches at Boise State University, where he is a doctoral student. He co-founded the Boise State Refugee Alliance and advocates for refugee and human rights. Having improved his own life in the U.S., he works to help other refugees and minorities succeed academically and professionally.
Marianna Budnikova is a professional hacker--aka software developer--at Microsoft. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science, she fell in love with programming as she started building mobile apps, mocking with video game making, rendering 3D graphics and using artificial intelligence to solve the world’s largest problems. Originally from Russia (“the greatest hacker community,”) Marianna was amazed at how few U.S. women pursue technology as a career. So she began a quest to solve this problem by founding the Association for Computing Machinery Women’s Club at Boise State; she also created a weekly contributor to a blog called CodeBrave. She also co-founded and is currently a Chapter Leader for Girl Develop It Boise, a local chapter of a national nonprofit that provides affordable technology education to women.
Justin Richie is a data scientist and technologist with a passion for using analytics to find the signal in the noise. His career mission is helping organizations understand how data can help them improve. A life-long learner, he's obsessed with learning new technologies and failing fast. As a kid, before data science was even a word, he was just a data nerd analyzing why his football team couldn’t win a Super Bowl. Justin took this passion into his academic studies with an undergraduate degree in Economics/Statistics and graduate work in Predictive Analytics. When not nerding out with data, his hobbies include from music, movies, cooking and writing.
Kenton Lee believes in practical compassion. His life's mission is to help others be in the best possible position to succeed. He's the Founder of the nonprofit organization Because International, and the creator of their first project, The Shoe That Grows. He's also the pastor and head cook for a small church in his neighborhood in Nampa: The Table Church. Kenton's favorite job is being the husband of Nikki and the dad of Kenny and Rosie. When he is not doing any of these things, he's watching reruns of Arrested Development (Seasons 1-3, not 4) or sitting on his favorite couch. Sometimes both.
Stephen R. Miller
Stephen R. Miller is a law professor and author whose work focuses on building more livable and environmentally sustainable cities. His writings have addressed topics such as regulating the sharing economy; empowering neighborhoods; financing public art; zoning in local food; using agritourism for economic development; green building and green leasing, and the role of local officials in responding to climate change. His article on the sharing economy was recently published by the Harvard Journal on Legislation. He can be found at Land Use Prof Blog and @LandUseProf.
Nicole LeFavour served for four years in the Idaho House of Representatives and four years in the state Senate. She left formal elected office to try to make change from the outside. In 2014 she helped organize over 200 people to do silent, peaceful, respectful acts of civil disobedience to change state policy to protect the rights of gay and transgender Idahoans. After well over 200 peaceful arrests inside the state Capitol, people can still be fired, evicted and refused service in Idaho for being gay or transgender. Ever focused on all that has been gained, LeFavour and others continue to work for protection on the state and national level.
A lifelong word nerd and story seeker with a wry/awkward sense of humor, Jessica Holmes is the co-founder and creative driving force behind Story Story Night, a live storytelling nonprofit/phenomenon. Also the owner and operator of Jessica Holmes Copywriting, she makes up marketing words in every medium for ad agencies and businesses in Idaho and beyond. She’s an Idaho Business Review Accomplished Under 40 (2011), won the inaugural Boise’s Funniest Person stand-up comedy contest, and was named the “Best Invitee To Your Next Cocktail Party” in Boise Weekly’s 2013 Best of Boise issue. She’s been profiled (but not for criminal reasons) in both the Idaho Statesman and Boise Weekly. She posts about thrift store and vintage fashion, old lady decor schemes, and other cheap-wad pursuits on her blog, Cheep.
Esther Emery is an off-grid homestead wife, currently raising her family in a yurt in the Boise foothills. Her first and most transformational break with "necessity" was a year without the Internet, during which she went 365 days without electronic communication. Now back on the Internet but off the power grid, she lives on a wooded hillside with her husband, three children and assorted farm animals. She uses solar panels to power her occasional blogs at estheremery.com and more frequent video blogs on the YouTube channel "Fouch-o-matic Off Grid." A memoir of her year without the Internet and how it affected her Christian faith will be published by Zondervan early in 2017.
Eric Walton is a sixteen-year-old student at Sage International School of Boise. He enjoys reading books, writing books, watching television, playing games and spending time with his friends. He values honesty, compassion and joyfulness. He also has Bipolar Disorder, a neurological condition that, when untreated, causes him to go from mania to depression rather quickly. When treated, he’s like any other normal teenager—other than what he calls his “incredibly nerdy tendencies.” He’s a major fan of Star Trek, Dr. Who, Star Wars—you get the picture. His favorite books include Dune, Lord of the Rings, Ender’s Game, and of course his own.
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