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Sophie Jama Malindi

Sophie Jama Malindi is an international keynote TEDx Speaker and women empowerment leader. After a 14 year career in the United Nations, Sophie began pursuing her individual calling: sharing her journey of being a young Ethiopian refugee, separated from her parents, integrating her own story within a narrative of change. Sophie aims to heal inter-generational wounds by speaking the ‘unspeakable’ and breaking the narrative of silence.

Sophie has a broad experience in managing programs for global humanitarian organizations across 190 countries around the world. She is passionate about creating a workplace culture where all team members have a voice, and championing women and youth empowerment.

After spending a majority of her life feeling unseen and unheard, Sophie set up a company, TruVoice, a dedicated platform to anonymously amplifying voices of women and marginalized communities. Sophie is an author of a best-selling Anthology with other women leaders called Inspired Journey.

Jeffrey Silberschlag

Jeffrey Silberschlag is distinguished in the world of music, performing as a conductor and trumpet soloist throughout Europe, the United States, Russia, China, Japan, and Israel. His performances have been described as “compelling” by Germany’s Kölnishce Rundschau; “extraordinary” by Italy’s L’Arena; and “outstanding” by Fanfare magazine.

Mr. Silberschlag is the music director and conductor of the Chesapeake Orchestra and River Concert Series and co-director of the Alba spring festival. He received the Prize for Artistic and Cultural Activities from the European Union of the Arts for his lifetime achievement in classical music as a conductor and trumpeter. He serves as artistic director and head of music performance at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is the Steven Muller Distinguished Professor in the Arts. He is director of St. Mary’s College Alba, Italy program and has created a partnership between the College and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He is artist-in-residence with the Maryland Youth Symphony.

Carol Davis

Having a love for photography since the seventh grade, Carol has been an artist her entire life. A joyologist at heart, Carol enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with photography and the arts. Starting with film and darkroom development in high school, then a career in graphic design, owning a successful sign business, while progressing and learning the new digital technology of large format printing, her time behind the camera and the world of photography and art now expands over 40 years.

An avid writer, mixed media artist, flower farmer extraordinaire, white dove wrangler, and community volunteer wrapped all in one, the love of her life, Tom, often describes her as “expanding foam.” Her love of life and the art of “Embracing Your Journey” is also shared through her podcast with the same name.

Carol has a portrait studio, Carol Davis Photography, Your Journey Studios.

Linda Roszak Burton

As President of DRW, Inc., Linda brings best practices in positive psychology, gratitude, and neuroscience to her executive coaching services. A recent Gratitude Intervention Study yielded statistically significant improvements in employee engagement and meaningfulness of work. She’s also conducting research with CQ University in Australia and Angelia Ruskin University in England, on gratitude interventions supporting resilience and stress management.

Linda is a credentialed executive coach through the International Coach Federation, a certified Brain-Based Coach through the NeuroLeadership Institute, a Mental Fitness Coach through Positive Intelligence™ and a licensed Positive Psychology Instructor. Linda’s a member of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School Affiliate. She holds a B.S in Health Education from Virginia Tech and completed coursework pursuing an M.S. in Conflict Management at the University of Baltimore.

Robin McDougal

Robin McDougal, M.Ed. & MBA

Founder and CEO of The Pearl Project Institute for Innovation in S.T.E.M. Literacy, a 501(c) 3 organization designed to empower educators and community leaders with the “know-how” to deliver critical thinking and problem-solving modules for the next generation of S.T.E.M. Leaders, especially girls.

With a goal to serve 1 million youth virtually and in real-time, Robin believes, “The Earth and the universe belong to all of us.” The Interstellar Dreams Space Center seeks to cultivate an awareness of S.T.E.M. Careers in the new commercial space economy, beyond being an astronaut.

Launched in 2014, Ms. McDougal serves Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, California and has launched the Interstellar Dreams Space Center at George Mason University’s College of Science Observatory. Interstellar Dreams Space Center is the home of space flight simulations, engineering challenges, entrepreneurial endeavors, and talent development for the next generation of the commercial space economy. By bringing unique, experiential STEM learning opportunities to communities, Robin is expanding the mission to explore, imagine, and design the next generation of global leaders.


Tammy Russell Medley and Audrey Spencer

Tammy Russell Medley and her partner, Audrey Spencer enjoy translating inspirations into words you can laugh about and live by!