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A TV journalist turned marketer, Monique is enthusiastic about recovering the vanishing story of the language of flowers and reclaiming their use as a powerful communication device and life-enhancer. As a Cuban-American child, she fondly recalls being spritzed daily with a soft, violet fragrance from the island’s most iconic perfumery. Decades later, she carries on this same sensory tradition with her own daughter. Since going “on assignment” to unearth the true significance of flowers, she now hands them out with a deeper intentionality, crafting expressive arrangements that shout “go get ‘em,” or “cheer up,” or “I (heart) you.”
Talk topic: The long-lost language of flowers
Melanie studies the intersection between humans and the technologies and systems they interact with at work. For 15 years, she has listened to and observed health care professionals in order to design and evaluate training, technology, and process solutions to make it easier for them to care for patients and keep them safe. She earned a PhD in Industrial Engineering and an MS in Psychology from North Carolina State University. Melanie is a mom, partner, daughter, sister, and patient.
Talk topic: Creating a collaborative healthcare environment to survive life-threatening illnesses
Tai is a leader, laugher, warrior, and storyteller working in anti-racism education, community organizing, and online education. She is a direct descendant of Chief Redheart of the Nez Perce tribe. Tai studied political philosophy & sociology at Boise State University; she enjoys wine, books, and dogs.
Talk topic: Indigenous oral storytelling to change political narratives
Gurtej was born in London, grew up in India, finished college in North Carolina, and ended up in Boise, Idaho. A quiet but introspective kid, he remembers asking all kinds of adult questions about the origin of the universe and the meaning of life and death. After a career developing modern memory chips and innovating out of sheer necessity to solve complex technology problems, he has developed a unique perspective on what’s to come. Despite our species’ progress over thousands of years, we are perhaps still unable to match the simplest functioning machines created by nature, and we are far from understanding the immense scale and complexity of our universe.
Gurtej is Senior Fellow and Vice President at Micron Technology. In his current role, he is responsible for Micron’s end-to-end (Si-to-Package) R&D technology roadmaps.
Talk topic: What the role and pace of innovation mean for our world
As a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boise State University, Elisa has worked to apply image processing and machine learning (a more accurate word for that overused term “Artificial Intelligence”) to many problems in many fields. She loves working with students in and outside the classroom, and is very involved with the electrical engineering and computer science professional society, IEEE (which bears the tagline “Advancing Technology for Humanity”).
Talk topic: How computers can be used to help further our knowledge in history, literature and art
As a 42-year veteran of higher education (on both sides of the classroom), John has dedicated his professional life to advancing the understanding of important issues for his engineering students and the general public. John enjoys hiking, fly-fishing, and riding his bikes (both as a commuter and on the trails). He hopes his grandchildren won’t grow up to resent what his generation left them.
Talk topic: Imagining a civilization without the benefit of fossil fuels
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