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Amber Mac

Amber Mac

Tech Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author, and TV Host

Amber Mac(Arthur) began her career in the start-up world during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s.

In 2006, with her brother, she started her own digital agency called Konnekt, one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. The company’s first client was world-renowned business coach, Tony Robbins. Her company’s clients include Microsoft Xbox, Ford Motor Company, Tony Robbins, Canada Goose, Fast Company, PayPal, Canadian Blood Services, and many more leading organizations.

Amber Mac, a national best-selling author, TV and keynote speaker, speaks on business innovation, Internet of things, online safety, artificial intelligence, and what it takes for companies to adapt and grow.

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (the University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992.

Freeman Hrabowski’s research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He also was recently named by former President Barack Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement is Freeman Hrabowski’s new book about his experiences with the civil rights movement and how they led him to develop programs promoting educational success in science and technology for African Americans and others.

Juliette Powell

Juliette Powell

Author, Community-Builder, Data Scientist, and Entrepreneur

Over the years, Juliette Powell has spoken to corporate clients about the convergence of media, new media, and social media and how it applies to their bottom line.

Juliette Powell’s background includes an in-depth knowledge of social media strategy and tactical application, a decade of experience in integrated media storytelling (broadcast, digital, and mobile), and a lifelong interest in people and community-building.

With her deep knowledge of the people and technologies at the forefront of social media and data exploration, Juliette Powell has gained a solid reputation for discovering the latest developments and distilling their social and business applications. Her consulting services are employed by corporate, government, and new media organizations, including UBS, the United Nations, the Department of Justice, the Department of Finance, Microsoft, The Knight Foundation, Research in Motion, Vibrant Data Labs, and Cirque du Soleil.