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Dave McGillivray

Race Director, Boston Marathon

Dave has served as the race director of the Boston Marathon since 1988. He is also a philanthropist, author, accomplished athlete and motivational speaker. Dave is also the founder of DMSE Sports, Inc. which has organized more than 1,000 mass-participatory endurance events since he founded the organization in 1981. Dave’s accomplishments include running across the United States in 1978 and completing 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents at the age of 62 (last year) At TEDxKenmoreSquare, one week before the 2019 Boston Marathon, Dave will be discussing lessons learned over his long career. Dave will be running his 47th consecutive Boston marathon in 2019, just 6 months after having open heart triple bypass surgery.

 
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Greg Skomal, PhD

Director, Massachusetts Shark Research Program

Dr. Gregory Skomal is an accomplished marine biologist, underwater explorer, photographer, and author. He has been a fisheries scientist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries since 1987 and currently heads up the Massachusetts Shark Research Program. He is also adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts School for Marine Science and Technology and an adjunct scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). He holds a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. from Boston University. For more than 30 years, Greg has been actively involved in the study of life history, ecology, and physiology of sharks. His shark research has spanned the globe from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to coral reefs in the tropical Central Pacific. Much of his current research centers on the use of acoustic telemetry and satellite-based tagging technology to study the ecology and behavior of sharks. Greg has been an avid SCUBA diver and underwater photographer since 1978. He has written dozens of scientific research papers and has appeared in a number of film and television documentaries, including programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BBC, and numerous television networks. His most recent book, The Shark Handbook, is a must buy for all shark enthusiasts. He is a Boston Sea Rover and a member of The Explorers Club; his home and laboratory are on the south coast of Massachusetts.

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Jermaine Jones

Founder of Brothers Making a Difference, New Jersey

Jermaine Jones is an Amtrak Station Manager at New York Penn Station and the founder of the non-profit Brothers Making a Difference, New Jersey. In his spare time, Jermaine relies on his personal journey to deliver motivational and leadership talks to businesses. Wherever he speaks, Jermaine finds opportunities to share his inspirational message with local school children and adults from all walks of life.

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Steven Rauch, MD

Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Rauch is Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. He is an Otology Division member and Vestibular Division Chief in the Otolaryngology Department at Massachusetts Eye and Ear (MEE) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where his clinical and research interests are in combined disorders of hearing and balance, including Meniere’s disease, autoimmune inner ear disease, sudden deafness, and migraine. Dr. Rauch is currently a member of the Research Advisory Board of the American Otological Society, the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of the Vestibular Disorders Association, and the Meniere’s Disease Advisory Board of the Hearing Health Foundation. Dr. Rauch is also Professor in the Liberal Arts Department at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches a course on the Science of Health and Wellness.

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Robert Glazer

Founder and CEO, Acceleration Partners.

Robert Glazer is the founder and CEO of global performance marketing agency, Acceleration Partners. A serial entrepreneur, Bob has a passion for helping individuals and organizations build their capacity to elevate.

Under his leadership, Acceleration Partners has received numerous industry and company culture awards, including Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards (2 years in a row), Ad Age’s Best Place to Work, Entrepreneur’s Top Company Culture (2 years in a row), Great Place to Work & Fortune’s Best Small & Medium Workplaces (3 years in a row) and Boston Globe’s Top Workplaces (2 years in a row). Bob was also named to Glassdoor’s list of Top CEO of Small and Medium Companies in the US, ranking #2.

A regular columnist for Forbes, Inc. and Entrepreneur, Bob’s writing reaches over five million people around the globe each year who resonate with his topics, which range from performance marketing and entrepreneurship to company culture, capacity building, hiring and leadership. Worldwide, he is also a sought-after speaker by companies and organizations on subjects related to business growth, culture, building capacity and performance.

Bob shares his ideas and insights via Friday Forward, a popular weekly inspirational newsletter that reaches over 100,000 individuals and business leaders across 50+ countries. He is the host of the new podcast Elevate with Robert Glazer, where Bob sits down with leaders, thinkers and authors to discuss personal growth and helping others live their best lives. Bob is also the author of the international bestselling book, Performance Partnerships.

Outside of work, Bob can likely be found skiing, cycling, reading, traveling, spending quality time with his family or overseeing some sort of home renovation project.

 
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Elizabeth Turnbull Henry

President, Environmental League of Massachusetts

A proven corporate sustainability leader, she makes the economic case for Massachusetts to lead the nation in environmental quality, innovative policy, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Prior to joining ELM, Elizabeth managed climate, energy & environmental programs at the global retailer Adidas. She designed the greenENERGY Fund, investing in energy efficiency, renewables and distributed energy. She also advanced the sustainability of new construction, co-led the team that set Adidas’ industry-leading targets for sustainability, and raised Adidas’ voice on national and global climate policy. Elizabeth was an EDF Climate Corps Fellow in 2010. She also consulted to the US Department of Energy, worked as Sustainability Lead for a Massachusetts-based residential construction firm, and led international travel programs to over 30 countries.

Elizabeth has an MBA and Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University and a BA in Environmental Policy and Economics from Colby College. Raised in West Virginia, she now lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and two children.

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Alberto Vasallo

President and CEO, El Mundo Boston

El Mundo Boston is New England's oldest Latino media outlet which recently celebrated its 45th anniversary with a 10,000 celebration at Fenway Park. Over the past 35 years, since he graduated from B.C. High, he has been dedicated to working at El Mundo Boston, a family business which has included radio, newspaper and large events. He is also known for his work with the Boston Red Sox, his tv shows on Channel 7, and for his involvement in the community.

The events he has created and developed include the largest Latino Career Expo; a 10,000 person family-themed festival at Fenway Park; a Hispanic Heritage Breakfast political roast and the recent Latino 30 Under 30 honoring the top 30 Latino influencers in Boston under the age of 30.

Alberto is a graduate of Boston College High School, class of '85 and Boston College, class of '89. In 2018, Alberto received an honorary doctorate degree from Boston College, making him a Triple Eagle.

His father Alberto Vasallo, Jr. was born in Havana, Cuba. and his mother, Flor, is a native of Ecuador, South America.

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Cindy Pierce

Author, Sexploitation and Sex, College and Social Media

Cindy Pierce is an author, educational speaker, and storyteller who engages audiences with her message about making healthy choices and navigating cultural pressures. Cindy is the author of Sexploitation: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World and Sex, College and Social Media: A Commonsense Guide to Navigating the Hookup Culture. Combining humor and research, Cindy enlightens people about the choices and obstacles confronted in today’s media driven world. Cindy is committed to use education and humor to promote a safer, healthier, and more enjoyable understanding of sex. Drawing on years of research, Cindy will discuss how pornography skews sexual expectations.

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Georgies Mgode, PhD

TB Program Manager, Apopo

Dr. Georgies Mgode is a Research Fellow specializing on zoonotic diseases including tuberculosis (TB). He is among the pioneer researchers at APOPO TB. He pursued his doctoral degree on TB detection using rats at Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Germany, and identified Mycobacterium tuberculosis odour volatiles detected by rats. He received a Presidential Medal of Invention and Scientific Research, from H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Tanzania. He has broad research experience and expertise through training at renowned institutions such as the Royal Tropical Institute (Netherlands); Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology (Germany); Marseille University (France); and Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences (Belgium). He has described a new Leptospira serovar Sokoine causing human and animal leptospirosis. He is a member of the National Steering Committee for Public Health Pesticides, and National Malaria Vector Control Sub-committee.