Kim Chambers is a record-setting marathon open water swimmer from New Zealand living in the San Francisco Bay area. A former ballerina, and rower at UC Berkeley, Kim discovered swimming just six years ago to rehabilitate a life-threatening leg injury.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages. A recipient numerous awards, she is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. She divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.
Missy Franklin is a Canadian-American competition swimmer. In her Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics at age 17, she won a total of five medals, four of which were gold. Holding dual American and Canadian citizenship, she chose to compete for the U.S. national swim team.
Mary Reid Kelley is a video artist who explore’s the condition of women throughout history. Her videos and installations have been screened, exhibited, and performed at numerous national and international venues. She is a MacArthur Fellow.
Hollie Carr is Co-Founder and Director at Rainmaker Foundation. She was voted one of the top 3 ‘Women In Technology under thirty’ in the UK. She is the author of “An Invitation …To the Life of Your Dreams”.
Amaia Harries tells us how she became a structural engineer, about how her drive and passion to understand the way buildings work, and about the exciting role she has at Building Research Establishment.
Joyce J. Scott is a sculptor, jeweler, printmaker, installation artist, performance artist, and educator. She is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, who’s diverse and adventurous body of work blurs the boundaries between fine art and craft.
Mimi Lien is a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. She is a set designer translating a text’s narrative and emotional dynamics onto the stage in bold, immersive sets that enhance the performance experience for theater makers and viewers alike.
Franziska Michor is the winner of the 2015 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. This award is given to immigrants who have made lasting contributions to American society through their extraordinary achievements.
Cassandra De Pecol is a world traveler, explorer, environmental activist, women’s rights and peace activist, educator, triathlete, and entrepreneur. At 27 years old she traveled to 196 Sovereign Nations alone to break a Guinness World Record in three years.