2016 SPEAKERS


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Anna Zhang
Anna Zhang

At just 14, Anna is  the founding Editor and Chief of “Pulse Spikes,” an online and quarterly print magazine created by young people for young people. Utilizing her skills as a photographer, she overcome age adversities to establish herself and her staff of rookie journalists as professionals in the fields of lifestyle and entertainment. The magazine employs youth contributors from throughout the US.

Zuri Appleby
Zuri Appleby

One of Buffalo’s recent break away stars, this multifaceted musician/superhero has gained notoriety for her musical prowess. Picking up the bass guitar at the tender age of 7, Zuri has made a career as a rockstar. From her tour as a Marine to appearances on the runway, her experiences are short of amazing and worthy of the spirit and definition of a true rockstar.

Christine Dwyer & Robin Bishop
Christine Dwyer & Robin Bishop

A life long love for dance launched a career and lifestyle change for Christine and Robin. Longtime friends who shared a vision to provide dance to students with special needs, they launched Daceability, an individualized dance, fitness and movement program designed to serve the special needs community. Since 2007, Dancebility has served the needs of over 140 students through dance programming and instruction.

 

Jeremiah & Joshua West
Jeremiah & Joshua West

At 8 and 11 years of age, these brothers from Rochester, NY have accomplished more in the last year than most adults accomplish in a lifetime. Dubbed “The Agents of Change,” this dynamic duo spends their free time raising money for charitable causes, while spreading their message of financial education and success. In 2015, they authored their first book entitled, “Champions of Change.”

Griffin Brady
Griffin Brady

Griffin is the creative mastermind behind “Slykumu,” the creative manifestation of cultural exchange through music. Melding his unique brand of jazz music with West African dance troupe, “Saakumu,” this fusion ensemble can be described as the sound of social barriers breaking, and the collective rejoicing of mankind.

Lena Levine
Lena Levine

Local lady tech entrepreneur and community leader, Lena Levine is the founder of Buffalo’s first woman focused web and software design non-for-profit, Girl Develop It. Working to provide affordable tech based programming in a judgement free environment, Lena focuses her efforts on developing young women as tech leaders in their own communities. She was named “Woman in Tech,” in 2014 and “Tech Community Contributor in 2015.

Megan McNally
Megan McNally

Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Foundry, Megan found vision in the reclamation of abandoned spaces and coupling them with community engagement. Launching the city’s first alternative incubator space for fledgling arts and crafts entrepreneurs, The Foundry not only serves as a resource for business, but doubles as a grassroots education and engagement initiative for the community.

Monet Lewis
Monet Lewis

As a current graduate student at SUNY BSC, Monet serves as a graduate assistant to the college’s Office of Equity and Diversity. She also serves as a Peer Educator on campus and as a Senator to the College Student Association. When Monet isn’t busy on campus, she gives back to community by serving as an ambassador to college programming in high schools, sharing her message of “Living Out Your Dreams.”