Mackenzie Berry

Mackenzie Berry, a senior at duPont Manual High School, is Founder and Executive Director of Young Poets of Louisville, a non-profit organization which offers free writing workshops for young people as well as poetry slam opportunities. An alumnus of the Governor's School for the Arts and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, she organized and won the Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council's first-ever Poetic Philanthropy Youth Slam held at the 21c Museum in May 2015. She seeks to advocate for poetry and writing as a means of activism and plans to write various bodies of work in time to come. 

Mayor Greg Fischer

Committed to growing jobs and creating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, Greg Fischer was elected Louisville's 50th mayor in 2010 -- and was sworn in for a second four-year term on January 5, 2015.

Since taking office, Mayor Fischer has pursued three top goals: making Louisville a city of lifelong learning, a much healthier city and an even more compassionate community. These are the three pillars of his administration. As a businessman and entrepreneur, he brings a data-driven approach to city government with a goal of making it more efficient and accessible.

Greg is a trustee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and is past chair of the Conference's Metro Economies Committee which addresses economic problems facing the nation’s cities and their citizens. He was named a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine,the only U.S. mayor to earn that honor in 2013.

Roman GianArthur

Like Stevie Wonder and Prince before him, Roman is a miracle in the making, a jaw-dropping singer, composer, arranger, producer, and performer —an innovative and inspiring 21st century redefinition of what it means to be an artist.

Roman is consistently broadening the expectations of what a soul singer can do: writing musicals, composing concertos, conducting orchestras, scoring films, picking up new instruments and learning their mysteries at prodigious speed, all while offering heartfelt reflections on the social implications of art and the need for more beauty in the world around us.


Ankur Gopal

Ankur Gopal is the CEO of Interapt, an award-winning mobile and wearable technology solutions partner that has been trusted by businesses in mid-America.  From startups to Fortune 500 companies, Interapt partners with businesses to teach them how to effectively use mobile applications to complement their overall business strategy. Interapt works with multiple companies, building solutions and products ranging from Google Glass, smartwatches, Augmented Reality, to HIPAA compliant communications.

In 2014, Interapt was selected by Google as one of only 10 global companies for their Glass at Work partner program.  This year, Interapt won the 2015 Gartner Cool Vendor Award, an international award designated by research giant Gartner Group. 

Gopal was selected by the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame as an Emerging Entrepreneur, and was named one of Business First's 40 business leaders under 40. He has also been a speaker at multiple conferences, including's Dreamforce 2015, the world's largest annual software conference in San Francisco.

Prior to moving to Louisville, Gopal studied Entrepreneurship at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He currently serves on the Speed Museum, Ky Center for the Arts, and Junior Achievement boards, and is an active entrepreneur mentor. In his spare time, Ankur is an avid tennis player, enjoys cooking, and performs improv comedy.

Nat Irvin

Author, innovator, futurist, teacher, composer and commentator, Nat Irvin, II, is the Woodrow M. Strickler Executive in Residence, Professor of Management Practice, College of Business at the University of Louisville where he has taught change management, leadership, future studies and team dynamics since 2007. 

From 1996-2007, Irvin led Future Focus 2020, a think tank at the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University, dedicated to introducing futurist ideas to urban communities.  He created “N2 the Future” a new futurist thinking educational program aimed at urban audiences which debuted 2006 on “Syndication One,” produced by Radio One. The show could be heard in over 30 major urban cities in America. 

Irvin has engaged numerous groups and organizations, including leadership and management teams of several Fortune 100 companies in strategic conversations focused on the significant social, political, economic, technological and environmental trends events that will drive the mid to long term future.

Irvin has been quoted in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The BBC, Christian Science Monitor, ABC News, Essence Magazine, among many other news organizations. He was a columnist for the Winston-Salem Journal, distributed by Media General Newspapers for over 15 years, provided commentary for NPR’s Weekend Edition and was a regular member of the roundtable on NPR’s News and Notes.

Irvin is an advisor to a proprietary research study on consumer behavior and the emergence of identity among African American, Latino, Asian Indian, and LGBT groups conducted by Starcom MediaVest Group, one of the world’s largest brand communications groups. Advertisers and other media use Irvin’s findings to identify new demographic groups and target them with customized messages and opportunities. The Beyond Demographics™ initiative launched in 2007 under the direction of Esther "ET" Franklin, EVP, Director of Cultural Identities for Starcom MediaVest Group, to transcend demographics in order to uncover the unique communities that exist within each culture and their distinct media preferences and consumption habits.

Dr. Irvin is founder of “Thrivals @IdeaFestival” launched in 2010, the kick-off day of the IdeaFestival, an annual world-class event that attracts leading global innovators and thinkers to discuss and celebrate imagination, new perspectives and transformational ideas. 

Dr. Irvin served as an advisor to the “TED Challenge: A Mission to Build the Next Generation of Brains," sponsored by TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) and the Bezos Family (Amazon) Foundation, a non-profit focused on education from birth through high school.

Irvin serves as a musical consultant and the Chief Learning Officer for Janelle Monáe and the Wondaland Arts Society, a two time Grammy nominated artistic group based in Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. Irvin is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a Masters degree in Media Arts. An accomplished composer, he also holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Music Composition from the University of North Texas and is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University Graduate School of Education. 

Married to Chandra Goforth Irvin, the couple has three adult children.

Angelique Johnson

One of Freeman Hrabowski’s Meyerhoff Scholars, Dr. Angelique Johnson received her Bachelors degrees from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She went one to earn a PhD in Electrical Engineering from The University of Michigan. She creates micro-fabricated nerve stimulator leads that can be used to treat hearing loss, Parkinson’s disease, paralysis and blindness. Her work has been patented internationally, and featured on the cover of Hearing Research. Passionate about people as well as engineering, Dr. Johnson has led many outreach programs to promote STEM fields among underrepresented minorities and women.