EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ACHIEVE HARTFORD
Paul Diego Holzer serves as Executive Director of Achieve Hartford!, following two years as the organization’s Director of Education Programs overseeing all research and community engagement programs. Immediately prior to joining the organization in 2009, Paul graduated from the Yale School of Management, where he received his MBA with a focus on management issues in the field of Education. Prior to graduate school, Paul was Director of Higher Education at the Latin American Youth Center, Washington DC’s leading youth development organization – where he directed a TRiO Upward Bound program and 3 other college preparatory programs targeting “first-generation to attend college” students. Paul was a founding board member of the YouthBuild Public Charter School, Washington DC’s only bilingual vocational school, a board member of the New Futures DC Scholarship Program, and a high school English teacher. Paul earned a Bachelor’s of Arts and Secondary Teaching Certification from Dartmouth.
PRINCIPAL, CORRIDOR VENTURES
Dan is the President and a co-founder of Corridor Ventures. Dan has primary responsibility for the direction, strategy, and financing of the company’s overall activities, which includes developing new relationships and growth initiatives that fit with the company’s long-term strategy to create a deeply skilled, multifaceted real estate enterprise with client relationships and assets across the United States. Dan has a diverse background as a real estate entrepreneur and investor, having started four companies in the past 20 years, as well as investing in many transactions, both in real estate and across the private equity landscape. Over the course of his career, he has developed particular expertise in structuring, negotiating, and closing acquisitions, and in raising capital. He has been involved in the acquisition and management of over 30 companies and properties, raising hundreds of millions in equity and debt. Dan holds an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Tufts University. He is a member of the Connecticut chapter of YPO, and sits on the board of The Cobb School Montessori in Simsbury, CT.
DIRECTOR OF WRITING AND REASONING, UNIV OF ST JOESPH & CO-FOUNDER NFORMD.NET
Steven J. Pearlman, Ph.D. is the Director of Writing and Reasoning at the University of Saint Joseph. He possesses 20+ years of experience as an educator in higher education, and does extensive work with faculty on course design and assessment for critical thinking. Dr. Pearlman also co-founded nformd.net and its subsidiary, StudentSuccess.org, both of which do work for higher education and the U.S. military on sexual and interpersonal violence prevention. Dr. Pearlman also possesses 30+ years of experience in martial arts and is the author of The Book of Martial Power. He lives in Simsbury, CT with his wife and son.
CEO/FOUNDER, REBEL INTERACTIVE GROUP
As the founder and CEO of Rebel Interactive Group, Bryn Tindall is a maverick in business. He began his professional life at Modem Media-which is often referred to as the Grandfather of the Digital World; then created the award-winning website Homes.com for Homes and Land Publishing. Form there, he founded Horizon Marketing Group (in 1998), which he spent 15 years growing. Bryn’s need to reinvent the wheel is what has brought him so much success. He has an unbelievable knack for quickly responding to changes in the industry while never settling for the status quo
CHARISSE L’PREE, PHD
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
Charisse L’Pree Corsbie-Massay’s work focuses on how media affects the way we think about ourselves and our perceptions of others. Trained in social psychology and critical media studies, L’Pree’s work examines the intersection of communication and psychology to assess how media images and narratives affect viewer identity, attitudes and behaviors, and how individuals use traditional, new and interactive media to express themselves and connect with others. Her current research investigates the psychological effects of intersectional identities and the media’s role in personal and social identity conflict. Prior to joining the faculty at Newhouse, she held teaching and research positions at the University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount University. Her research has been funded through the National Institutes of Health, the California HIV/AIDS Research Program and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER, LOCKHEED MARTIN
I am the RCRA Subject Matter Expert for my business area and provide hazardous waste consultation for another company which leases space at our facility. I also get to participate in some fun “Go Green” activities: I established a cafeteria composting program (with a coworker), and I established an annual household hazardous waste collection event for employees at our facility. I am the lead planner for the event, which has expanded over the years to include book, clothing, eyeglass, and cell phone donations, which benefit a variety of groups within the community.