Ashley Mengwasser is a three-time Emmy-winning lifestyle and travel host, writer, and producer for television. She is best known as the quirky, daredevil co-host of Georgia Public Broadcasting's popular series Georgia Traveler. Behind the camera, Ashley enjoys writing and producing powerful educational content. During 2015-2016, she served as Writer, Co-Director, and an Executive Producer of the hour-long GPB documentary Chinese Tea: Elixir of the Orient. Today, Ashley contributes weekly to her lifestyle blog for health and happiness, Laughter's What We're After.
A Buford, GA, native, Ashley acquired her passion for people and communicating their stories during undergraduate study at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. She went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Agnes Scott in 2009, where she holds a B.A. in English Literature.
Ashley currently resides in Atlanta. When she isn't writing or hosting, she enjoys luxurious baths, lengthy naps, and quality time with her zany basset hound Rosie.
Faith Salie is an Emmy-winning contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and host of the PBS show Science Goes to the Movies. She’s the author of Approval Junkie: My Heartfelt (and Occasionally Inappropriate) Quest to Please Just About Everyone, and Ultimately Myself. She also hosts the Audible series Authorized. She grew up in Atlanta and received her BA from Harvard, aka “The Georgia Tech of the North.” She attended Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar. Faith lives in Manhattan with one husband, two expensive kids, and her husband’s dog.
Entrepreneur and Venture Investor
Tammy is an entrepreneur and venture investor with 16 years of experience in operations in the software and digital growth marketing space. Her recent experience includes being an advisor to NFX Guild, a partner at 500 Startups and creating and running Action Factory, a digital publishing network, as well as working on demand generation projects at WalmartLabs. Earlier in Tammy's career, she was an affiliated advertiser who generated over a $1 billion worth of revenues for ecommerce merchants such as Amazon, Eddie Bauer, Hotwire, Nordstrom, Priceline and Spiegel.
Tammy also serves as an advisor to numerous startups in the marketplaces, consumer Internet and B2B fields. She has been featured in Forbes, USA Today, NPR and the International Business Times. Tammy also served as a United States delegate for the 2013 YEA G20 Summit in Moscow, Russia and as a participant for the US Department of State’s “New Beginning: Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation” program, which hosted the top entrepreneurs from over 28 countries.
Tammy is a graduate of Singularity University's GSP11 in Exponential Technologies at NASA Ames.
Senior Director, Innovation Business Development (IBD) at United Technologies Corporation
Sri Divakaruni is Senior Director, Innovation Business Development (IBD) at United Technologies Corporation. IBD was formed as a corporate function in 2012 to leverage and monetize UTC's vast portfolio of technology and intellectual property (IP) into non-core markets and to develop business innovations for core markets. As Senior Director, Divakaruni engages with senior executives across UTC business units, technology companies and financial firms – including venture capital and private equity – to identify potential customers, develop business models and financial frameworks, and negotiate deals that include IP licensing or sale, third party incubation, and technology development partnerships.
Since 2012, Divakaruni and the IBD team have successfully closed several deals that provide significant financial value to UTC. Examples of deals led by Divakaruni include licensing UTRC’s flow battery technology to Vionx Energy and advanced composite material tank designs for the compressed natural gas vehicles market to ANGP Inc..
Prior to joining UTC in August 2012, Divakaruni spent 24 years with IBM in executive and technical management roles across the company’s hardware, software and services businesses and with IBM Research. He earned an M.S. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, and a Bachelor of Science degree in materials/metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. He also holds a “Major Deal Maker” certification from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Philadelphia.
Industrial Design Director, Coca-Cola
Damian Mycroft was educated in the UK, graduating with a BA in Industrial Design from Manchester University and an MBA in Design Management from the University of Westminster.
Since the mid-1980s his design experience has spanned both agencies and multinationals in Europe and the US. He has been awarded numerous design patents and international design awards.
Damian started his career in design agencies working with clients such as NEC, BSkyB, P&G, Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser. He then served as Senior Design Manager at Philips Design and Nokia Design. At Nokia he directed the XpressMusic, lifestyle and premium portfolios and led the creation of Nokia ‘Lumia’ Windows phones. As HP’s global design manager for industrial design, he led a team responsible for the multi-billion-dollar printing business. He is currently Senior Director, Industrial Design at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta.