2018 Speakers

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David Walker
Comic Book Writer

David F. Walker is an award-winning comic book writer, author, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. His work in comic books includes Shaft (Dynamite Entertainment), winner of…


Ernesto Fonseca
Equitable Systems Creator

Born into a small, underprivileged community in Central Mexico, and later an immigrant to the United States, Ernesto Fonseca has dedicated his life to addressing…


Frankie Simone

Frankie Simone offers a vision of pop music as a conduit for collective enlightenment, self-empowerment and awakening. Frankie’s music exists, she says, “to celebrate every…


Jessica Katz

Jessica Katz founded the Family Preservation Project at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in 2003 which is the subject of the documentary film, “Mothering Inside.”…


Jonquil LeMaster

Jonquil LeMaster is an artist, designer, and fabricator. Her designs are inspired by nature and informed by 35 years of experience working in a variety…


Kevin Jones
Racial Equality Organizer

Kevin Jones is the CEO and co-founder of The August Wilson Red Door Project, a non-profit that uses art to change the racial ecology of…

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Kingsley - Music

Straight out of college, Kingsley uprooted from Chicago and landed in Portland and has been honing in her skills and working on her first EP!…


Lillian Karabaic
Cat Economist and Radio Host

Lillian Karabaic is a cat enthusiast, radio host, spandex style-icon, and international public speaker who is on a mission to make boring things fun in…


Mary Peveto
Environmental Activist

Mary Peveto calls herself an “accidental activist.” In 2010, in response to dangerous levels of industrial pollution in the air at her daughter’s school, she…


Mohanad Elshieky
Humorist and Activist

Mohanad Elshieky, originally from Benghazi, Libya, is a standup comedian now based in Portland, Oregon. Mohanad is known as a bold and fearless performer who…


Morgan Vague

Throughout school, Morgan Vague remembers teachers telling her she should avoid math and science, because she wasn’t “smart enough”. After high school, Morgan tired of…