Ashley Mengwasser is a six-time Emmy-winning lifestyle host, writer, and producer. She is best known as the quirky, daredevil co-host of Georgia Public Broadcasting's local travel series Georgia Traveler. Recently, Ashley was handpicked to host Lowe’s Home Improvement’s hilariously explosive YouTube series DIY-No-Mite, premiering in March 2018. Having watched wonderful hand-made creations blow up unnecessarily on DIY-No-Mite, she is happy to co-host The InVenture Prize, where inventions live to see the light of day.
Behind the camera, Ashley enjoys writing and producing enriching health and cultural content. From 2015-2016, she served as Writer, Co-Director, and Co-Executive Producer of the hour-long documentary Chinese Tea: Elixir of the Orient. Ashley won her first solo Emmy for the project in the writing category. Today, she shares useful tips and tricks for health and happiness on her blog Laughter’s What We’re After.
In 2016, Ashley expanded her professional title to include Emcee and Live Fundraiser for non-profit and community events. Since, she has led gala attendees in raising more than $150,000 to benefit organizations serving women and children. Her clients include Childspring International, Earth’s Angels, The Nurse Link, and BeLoved Atlanta.
A Buford, GA, native, Ashley acquired her passion for people and communicating their stories during undergraduate study at Agnes Scott College. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Agnes Scott in 2009, where she holds a B.A. in English Literature.
When she isn't hosting, writing, producing, or Instagramming (let’s be honest), 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, now in its sixth season. She’s the author of Approval Junkie, which she’s delighted to be performing as a one-woman show for the Alliance Theatre’s 50th anniversary season in 2019. Faith grew up in Atlanta and received her B.A. from Harvard, aka “The Georgia Tech of the North.” She earned an M.Phil from Oxford University. While her fellow Rhodes scholars went on to become governors and Pulitzer Prize winners, Faith got herself beamed up on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and landed on a collectible trading card worth hundreds of cents.
Chris Clark is the President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He received his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and his master’s degree in public administration from Georgia College and State University. Prior to joining the Georgia Chamber, Chris served as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Economic Development. Before his state service, he was the President of the Fayette County Development Authority and CEO of the Hawkinsville-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce.
Chris serves on the Board of Directors for Council of State Chambers as the Secretary Treasurer, and sits on the boards of the Georgia Allies, the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and Georgia College and State University. He is also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Council of 100, the U.S. Chamber’s Board, and the Political Affairs Committee. Among other things, he is a Trustee of Georgia Southern University and a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Georgia.
He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and has been consistently named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s 100 most influential Georgians and one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s most influential Atlantans. He received GEDA’s Zell Miller Public Policy Leadership Award. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors for the Real Life Center, a Christian outreach program that provides food, clothing, financial assistance, and educational classes for those in need.
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.
Kim is an active investor in early-stage technology, life science, consumer product, and media companies. Additionally, she provides management consulting expertise in support of the entrepreneurs.
She has more than twenty-five years of global experience in human resource consulting, corporate and leadership roles. Kim’s HR expertise includes leading M&A transactions, service delivery transformation, compensation, benefits and recruiting program design, as well as technology development, selection and implementations.
Kim most recently was a Senior Partner with Mercer, responsible for leading their overall go-to-market strategies in Atlanta and the surrounding area. Other roles she held at Mercer included Global Talent Technology Solutions Leader and Global HR Effectiveness Segment Leader.
She was previously a Senior Consultant with PwC’s Global HR Solutions group and also held the position of Compensation & Benefits Manager for both Woman’s Hospital Foundation and Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation prior to beginning her consulting career.
Kim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University. She has published articles and speaks frequently on angel investing, HR and technology related topics.