Ann Friedman, Founder & CEO of Planet Word: Making Words and Language Fun

Ann Friedman, Founder & CEO of Planet Word: Making Words and Language Fun

Planet Word is the world’s first voice-activated museum, with interactive galleries and exhibits that bring words and language to life in all sorts of fun ways… inspiring and renewing a love of language and reading in people of all ages. Through unique, immersive learning experiences, they provide a dynamic space to explore words, grounded in a solid understanding of language arts and science.

Dr. Jason Karlawish—Author of The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It

Dr. Jason Karlawish—Author of The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It

Part case studies, part meditation on the past, present and future of the disease, The Problem of Alzheimer's traces its beginnings to its recognition as a crisis. An unambiguous account of decades of missed opportunities and our healthcare systems’ failures to take action, it also tells the story of the biomedical breakthroughs that may allow Alzheimer’s to finally be prevented and treated by medicine, and indicates how we can live with dementia: the ways patients can reclaim their autonomy and redefine their sense of self, how families can support their loved ones, and the innovative reforms we can make as a society that would give caregivers and patients a better quality of life.

Jeff Carter, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility: Advocating for Nuclear Disarmament, Climate Responsibility and Racial Justice

Jeff Carter, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility: Advocating for Nuclear Disarmament, Climate Responsibility and Racial Justice

Physicians for Social Responsibility, known as PSR, is a physician-led and membership organization of health professionals in the United States working to protect the public from the global threats posed by nuclear weapons proliferation, climate change and environmental destruction. It produces and disseminates publications, provides specialized training, offers written and oral testimony to Congress, conducts media interviews, and delivers professional and public education.

Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity: Home Is Where Our Hearts Are

Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity: Home Is Where Our Hearts Are

Habitat partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners build their own homes alongside volunteers, and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. With their 2020 Strategic Plan, Habitat for Humanity will serve more people than ever before through decent and affordable housing.

Alex Sarian, President & CEO of Arts Commons: Making Art Available to All Calgarians

Alex Sarian, President & CEO of Arts Commons: Making Art Available to All Calgarians

For 34 years, Arts Commons has been one of Canada’s largest and most vibrant arts centers. Located in the heart of Calgary’s Cultural District in the downtown core, the center occupies a full city block and is home to five theatres and the world-class Jack Singer Concert Hall.

David Devan, General Director and President of Opera Philadelphia: Innovation that Broadens and Diversifies Audiences

David Devan, General Director and President of Opera Philadelphia: Innovation that Broadens and Diversifies Audiences

Managing Editor Robert Rimm talks with Opera Philadelphia’s General Director and President David Devan. Their mission is to deliver outstanding productions of traditional and new repertoire that engage the public and propel the genre forward. By presenting innovative programming that speaks to the multicultural Philadelphia region, they broaden and diversify the opera audience. They also identify extraordinary artists, both established and emerging, and provide opportunities for them to create their most imaginative and inspired work.

Afa Dworkin, President and Artistic Director of The Sphinx Organization: Making Inclusive Music Together

Afa Dworkin, President and Artistic Director of The Sphinx Organization: Making Inclusive Music Together

Host Robert Rimm talks with Afa Dworkin, president and artistic director of The Sphinx Organization, the social-justice organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Sphinx’s four program areas—Education & Access, Artist Development, Performing Artists and Arts Leadership—form a pipeline that develops and supports diversity and inclusion in classical music at every level: music education, artists performing on stage, the repertoire and programming being performed, communities represented in audiences, and artistic and administrative leadership within the field.

Frank Leto, President and CEO of Bryn Mawr Trust: Putting Community First

Frank Leto, President and CEO of Bryn Mawr Trust: Putting Community First

Arch Street Press Managing Editor and host of the Innovate Podcast, Robert Rimm, talks with Frank Leto, president and CEO of Bryn Mawr Trust. For 130 years, its professionals have focused on being collaborative partners with individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Their culture is based on uncovering clients’ needs, not just for today but tomorrow, and being a responsible supporter of the communities they serve, both within the Philadelphia region and internationally.

Claire Greenwood and The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia: Making Business Work for Good

Claire Greenwood and The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia: Making Business Work for Good

As the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s regional CEO Council for Growth, Claire Greenwood leads the work of nearly 60 business, higher-education and civic leaders who commit their time and efforts to enhancing economic growth and prosperity in the tri-state area. Through Claire’s direction these leaders actively work to foster regional cooperation, enhance mobility, advance innovation, and develop and retain talent in the community, with a focus on growing the energy, manufacturing and healthcare innovation sectors.

Ellen Hwang, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Reimagining Public Spaces

Ellen Hwang, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Reimagining Public Spaces

In Philadelphia, Knight Foundation focuses on the power of public spaces to unite and strengthen the city. In partnership with the city and other funders, they piloted Reimagining the Civic Commons, an initiative to connect and reinvigorate public spaces such as parks, trails, recreation centers and libraries. Their goal is to bring together people from all backgrounds, develop new local leaders and foster a more vibrant, engaged community.