Watch this space as we unveil more of the 2014 lineup
Hailed by The Huffington Post as “a budding musical genius,”13-year-old American pianist Umi Garrett is gaining acclaim from all over the world for her exquisite musicality, emotional and mature sound, flawless technique and virtuosity, and gracious stage presence filled with poise and charm. Of her performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Winnipeg Symphony in November 2013, the Winnipeg Free Press wrote “In addition to displaying bravura technique, the young soloist also possesses an extraordinary musicality.”Umi’s performance with the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra was praised by the Crescenta Valley Weekly: “Garrett is the real thing.”Recently, Umi was granted a prestigious title of the Young Steinway Artist, an honor only awarded to today’s most acclaimed young artists.
Among her honors are First Prize at the 13th Osaka International Music Competition in Japan, the Chopin International Competition Chopin Plus in Budapest, Hungary, and the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York in 2012. She was also the Grand Prix winner of the Chopin International Competition in Hartford, Connecticut in 2010, and was subsequently invited to perform at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York. In 2013, Umi received the Most Promising Award at the 17th Hamamatsu International Piano Academy in Hamamatsu, Japan.
Dan Miller is Managing Director of The Roda Group, a Berkeley venture capital group he co-founded that is focused on cleantech. Dan is a former board member of biofuel manufacturer Solazyme, and he was previously the president of Ask Jeeves, Inc., both former Roda Group affiliate companies. Dan co-founded TCSI corporation, which became a leading provider of telecommunications software. Before that, he designed communication satellite payloads at Hughes Aircraft (now Boeing) Space & Communications. He received his BS degree from Cornell and his MS from Stanford. Dan is a leading advocate on the need to take urgent action to address climate change.
A.G. Kawamura is the former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (2003-2010). He is co-chair of Solutions From the Land, a non-profit project that is facilitating sustainable collaborations for 21st century ag systems. He currently serves on several boards and committees including: The Ag Advisory Committee for the AGree Initiative, a national and global effort to address food and ag policy for the future; the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR), a policy arm of the National Academy of Sciences’ Natural Resource Council; Ag Advisory Committee for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Trustee for the Council on Agriculture, Science and Technology (CAST); American Farmland Trust; The 25x’25 Alliance, a national alliance of renewable energy stakeholders. He is a former chair and current board member of Western Growers Association. He participates on the Southern CA Water Committee, CA Water ReUse Board and is a founding member of the Delta Vision Foundation.
As a progressive, 3rd generation conventional and certified organic farmer, AG has a lifetime of experience working within the shrinking rural and urban boundaries of So. Calif. He has worked collaboratively for over 30 years with local food banks toward the elimination of hunger in OC through pioneering urban ag strategies. Through their company, Orange County Produce, LLC, he and his brother Matt are engaged in building an exciting, interactive 21st century 100 acre agricultural showcase at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA.
Judy Estrin is CEO of JLABS, LLC (formerly known as Packet Design Management Company, LLC) and author of Closing the Innovation Gap, published in 2008. From January 2012 until March 2013 she also served as Executive Chairman of EventLive, Inc. and then as CEO from March 2013 until its acquisition by Yahoo in December 2013.
Prior to cofounding Packet Design, in May 2000, Estrin was chief technology officer for Cisco Systems. Beginning in 1981 Estrin cofounded three other successful technology companies: Bridge Communications, Network Computing Devices, and Precept Software. In 1998 Cisco Systems acquired Precept, and she became Cisco’s chief technology officer until April 2000.
Estrin has been named three times to Fortune Magazine’s list of 50 most powerful women in American business. She served on the boards of directors of The Walt Disney Company from 1998 until 2014, FedEx Corporation from 1989 through 2010, Sun Microsystems from 1995 through 2003 and Rockwell Corporation from 1994 through 1998. In addition, she sits on the advisory council of Stanford’s School of Engineering. She holds a B.S. degree in math and computer science from UCLA, and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University
Carlton Wilborn is a globally respected award-winning author/performer & producer with over 20 years of film, television and stage experience, PLUS 10 years of acclaimed activity as a personal development teacher. He began his career as a principle dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and as the lead dancer with Madonna on the The Blond Ambition and Girlie Show tours.
Carlton brings his artistic passion and dancer’s discipline to his calling of “empowerment teaching”, which has enabled him to contribute his knowledge and wisdom to many organizations and individuals internationally. The key principles that support his empowerment movement are authenticity, integrity, forgiveness, faith and gratitude. Mr. Wilborn recently received the 2014 Breakthrough Event Award for his innovative, accelerated learning, personal development program Danceformation, from Icon Builder Media.
Eric Chen is a current freshman at Harvard College. He began performing research at the age of 15, and his work focuses on combining computer models and biological assays to speed up the discovery of new anti-influenza drugs. For this work he was honored as the grand prize winner of the Google Science Fair, the top individual winner of the Siemens Competition, a Davidson Fellow, and the Intel Science Talent Search 2014 first place winner. He is also a member of the US Physics Olympiad Team, one of the top twenty high school physics students in the US.
Eric also leads outreach efforts to get younger students interested and involved in the sciences through hands-on experience, and for his community service he has been honored as a Coca-Cola Scholar.