Ruthe Farmer has focused her efforts on diversity and inclusion in tech and engineering since 2001. She served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. Over the course of her career, Ms. Farmer has been instrumental in launching and growing national programs including the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing, TECHNOLOchicas campaign for Latinas, AspireIT outreach program, Intel Design & Discovery, Lego Robotics for Girl Scouts and more. She served as the 2012 Chair of Computer Science Education Week, was named a White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion in 2013, received the Anita Borg Institute Award for Social Impact in 2014, and the Education UK Alumni Award for Social Impact in 2015. Ruthe holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford Said Business School.
Amy P. Abernethy, MD, PhD is a hematologist/oncologist and palliative care physician and Chief Medical Officer at Flatiron Health, Inc., a health technology company dedicated to fighting cancer through data and computing.
Amy previously served as Professor of Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine before she made the move to the health tech industry. At Duke for over 20 years, she directed the Center for Learning Health Care at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and the Duke Cancer Care Research Program at the Duke Cancer Institute. Over that time, she taught countless students and had over 40 direct mentees at all levels of medicine and clinical research. With over 400 publications, she is an internationally recognized expert in health.
“Science Bob” Pflugfelder is a science teacher, author, maker, and presenter. He is a regular guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Live With Kelly and Ryan, The Dr. Oz Show, and Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn. His television appearances also include The Today Show, Hack My Life, Good Morning America, Home & Family and others.
Bob continues his work through presentations at events around the world including the USA Science & Engineering Festival, the World Science Festival, The White House Science Fair, and Maker Faire events in the U.S., Rome, and Singapore.
Most importantly, Bob encourages parents and teachers to practice “Random Acts of Science” by providing instructions and videos for interactive science experiments on his website.
Madison Vorva is an environmental science and education advocate and television host. At 16, she was honored as a United Nations Forest Hero for co-leading Project ORANGS, an 8-year campaign to get the Girl Scouts to source responsible palm oil in their cookies. After organizing the support of hundreds of thousands of consumers, the Girl Scouts announced a palm oil commitment which was the first policy change in its 101-year history ever driven directly by girls. Since then, Girl Scout cookie bakers Kellogg and Wilmar (trader of 45% of the world's palm oil) have adopted deforestation-free policies.
Madi's mission is to show other young people how their everyday actions have global impacts and empower girls to lead. She has trained hundreds of students in the U.S. and abroad in the Roots&Shoots Community Mapping model, an impactful service learning tool. Madi also co-hosted FabLab, a national education TV show on FOX which shows middle school girls how STEM makes a difference. Today, she serves on the Jane Goodall Institute and State Farm Youth Advisory boards.
Madison Maxey is an internationally renowned technologist and multidisciplinary creative. She has pioneered work in bringing flexible, robust circuitry to scale as founder of LOOMIA. Through her work, Maddy is a Forbes 30 under 30 Member, Thiel Fellow, Lord and Taylor Rose Award Recipient, and has been featured in WIRED, Forbes, Fast Company, New York Magazine, and more. Her domain expertise has led to invitations to speak with the White House to provide insights on textile circuits.