B.J. Mendelson, is a keynote speaker, author, and comic book writer. His books include Social Media Is Bullshit from St. Martin’s Press and Privacy: And How We Can Get It Back from Curious Reads. His comic books include Vengeance, Nevada and A National Story of Minor Significance.
Catherine Pelonero is a true crime author and commentator. Her first book, Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and Its Private Consequences, was published in 2014 and became a New York Times bestseller. She appears on several true crime TV shows including A Crime to Remember, It Takes a Killer, and Murderous Affairs. Catherine’s latest book, Absolute Madness: A True Story of a Serial Killer, Race, and a City Divided, was published in November 2017 and was recently optioned for film.
Samuel West is a clinical psychologist with a PhD in Organizational Psychology. He is the founder and curator of the Museum of Failure. The museum’s message is that an acceptance of failure is essential for all innovation and that organizations need to improve their willingness to learn from failure. The collection consists of over a hundred failed innovations including tech, food, business models and some stupid products that should never have made it past the brainstorming sessions. The museum has locations in Sweden and in Los Angeles, and the traveling exhibit is on global tour. Samuel is American-Icelandic and lives in Sweden.
A self-taught businessman, founder of over 14 companies, 40 under 40, and CEO of GenM, Moe is on a mission to transform education from the ground up. He is inspired by the hidden potential in relationships between students and business and wants to unlock that potential.