A one-day conference geared to help entrepreneurs, innovators, and connectors take their thinking to the next level.

Dan Bull

Entrepreneur • Advocate • Storyteller

 

Dan Bull is the Founder of Zero Six Eight, an organization dedicated to developing entrepreneurs with ideas into companies that solve real problems in a socially responsible manner. 068 is one of the top resources in the city for employing ex-offenders and offering second chances.

Larry Gioia

Advisor • Builder • Connector

 

Larry is the PwC Chief of Staff for Global Digital Strategy, the founder of Dynamic Paddlers, and the co-founder of the Pittsburgh Adaptive Sports Network.

Adam Haritan

Wild Food Enthusiast • YouTuber • Forager

 

Adam Haritan is the founder of Learn Your Land, as well as a wild food enthusiast, researcher, and forager. He learned the value of wild food foraging while studying nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh, where he discovered just how beneficial wild foods could be in optimizing human health.  

Wild plants, on average, are more nutritious than their cultivated counterparts (i.e. wild blueberries vs. domesticated blueberries, wild lettuce vs. iceberg lettuce). The wild food diet is the diet that we, as Homo sapiens, have been consuming for the majority of our time on this planet, and it is the diet that we are most adapted to.  Today, very few Americans consume any wild foods, and instead subsist on nutrient-deficient products that scarcely resemble anything real or natural. It’s no wonder that degenerative diseases like cancer, diabetes, and chronic inflammation are so prevalent. We have abandoned our natural diet and are suffering as a result.

This realization has led Adam to pursue a lifestyle of wild food foraging while unearthing the forgotten knowledge we once cherished.  It is Adam’s hope to share the enthusiasm and passion he has for wild foods with you!

Nick Kaczmarek

Teacher • Coach • Ultimate Frisbee Player

 

Nick Kaczmarek is a teacher at the Environmental Charter School in Pittsburgh. Throughout his career in education, Nick has pushed the boundaries to infuse empathy, self-reliance, and technology into his classroom. These efforts have earned him insights into how we can better prepare the next generation to succeed.

Nick has also won two national championships as head coach of the University of Pittsburgh’s men’s ultimate frisbee team.

Michelle King

Learner • Teacher • Instigator

 

Michelle King is a learner first and foremost. A teacher. An instigator. She learned and honed her craft in Mt. Lebanon with a fantastic crew of educators and students for over 15 years. Most recently, she taught at The Environmental Charter School where she created opportunities for students to learn, discover, be challenged and express their thoughts, dreams, and desires. Constantly in pursuit of making connections locally and globally, Michelle pushes the envelope and boundaries of where learning should occur for all students. Through her partnerships with the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, Hear Me and the Remake Learning Network, Michelle is helping to create equitable and empathetic learning opportunities for students throughout the Pittsburgh area.

Abbey Lovett

Blogger • Podcaster • Coach

 

Abbey is a podcaster, blogger, and communications coach. She's been a communicator for seven years and in the last two years has gained two national titles in speaking. It's her passion to teach people powerful storytelling and effective speaking and writing. Her mission is to help as many people as she can to overcome communication barriers because "communication should never be the thing that gets in the way of you and your dreams".

Ed Latimore

Author • Heavyweight Boxer • Inspirational Speaker

 

Ed Latimore is a man of diverse talents and interests. When he is not training for a fight or challenging your sensibilities on Twitter, he is thinking deeply about culture and philosophy.

Latimore is also a patriot, having served as a radio technician specialist in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and an AmeriCorps volunteer. He is currently working to complete a degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering at Duquesne University.

When he is not strengthening his body for boxing, Latimore exercises his mind to stay sharp inside the ring by playing chess. Additionally, he is also a prolific writer self-publishing several books and blogs regularly.

Leah Lizarondo

Innovator • Food Advocate • Servant Leader

 

Leah Lizarondo is an innovator and food advocate. She is also the founder of The Brazen Kitchen, a food education practice and influential blog and the co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, an innovative technology-driven nonprofit that fights hunger and waste.

Leah received her Master's Degree in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University graduating with Highest Distinction and is an advocate for healthy food accessibility, food safety policy and sustainability. She has trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and received her Certification in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University.

She served as one of the Trustees at the global Awesome Foundation: Food, serving with leaders and creative innovators in food and is an Ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

She began her career as a product manager in Southeast Asia, working in consumer packaged goods and as a consultant working with technology startups. She served in leadership positions at global nonprofits before moving on to her passion in food and health advocacy. She is interested in the intersection of food, health and innovation.

Zak Slayback

Entrepreneur • Writer • Investor

 

Zachary Slayback is an entrepreneur who writes on issues of education, innovation, and philosophy. He is an Ivy League dropout and speaks regularly on education, college, how and why to foster more entrepreneurship, and issues related to professional development. He believes that entrepreneurs are the primary actors of social change.

Zak is a co-founder of Praxis, an alternative to the traditional route of attending college. Participants work at growing startups and learn firsthand what it takes to be an entrepreneur while creating real value and working alongside founders and CEOs. Getting fully immersed in the world of innovative enterprise offers an experience that a classroom simply cannot provide.

He was one of LinkedIn’s most influential voices on education in 2015 and has been published at Newsweek, the New York Examiner, the Daily Caller, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Christian Science Monitor, and more. He has also appeared on The Glenn Beck Program and HuffPost Live.