Saturday, October 14, 2017
Chris Ulrich teaches classes in beginning, advanced short-form and long-form improv at the DC Improv Comedy Club in Washington DC. Currently, Chris performs regularly in a number of Improv troupes including Jive Turkey, the Four Heads, and Nox. He has studied improvisational comedy at the Uprights Citizens Brigade and The Magnet Theater in New York, IO and Annoyance Theater in Chicago and Los Angeles, and at WIT and DC Improv in Washington. Chris is also the founder of CU in the Moment, a company with a multi-disciplined approach to educate executives, salespeople and entrepreneurs about body language, personal confidence, and presentation skills. Chris can frequently be seen on CNN, MSNBC, HLN, and Good Morning America where he educates viewers about non-verbal communication issues. Prior to founding CU in the Moment, Chris worked closely with top level government officials for over 18 years, serving as a Deputy Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore, Issue Director to Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Lieberman, and Political Analyst at the Embassy of Japan.
Jabari Lyles is an educator, nonprofit leader and community leader in Baltimore, Maryland. His work focuses on positive outcomes for youth and the LGBTQ community, especially LGBTQ youth of color. He is currently Director of the Maryland chapter of GLSEN, the leading national organization championing LGBTQ issues in K-12 schools. Jabari believes strongly in the role of education in community building, advocacy and liberation. Jabari was born and raised in the Baltimore area, and doesn’t plan on leaving. He lives in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood of Baltimore City and enjoys spending time with friends, Jeopardy, and trying out new things in the kitchen.
Tiffany is an Instructional Technology Specialist, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Online Content Development, Workshop Facilitator and Adjunct Instructor. She has over 16 years of experience in education and technology. She is a local and national conference presenter. Her enthusiasm for developing 21st century learners and innovative educators has inspired her to begin development on an app for educators. She is always willing to assist novice and veteran educators in finding new and creative ways to incorporate technology into their teaching. Her philosophy is, “In order to improve rigor and relevance in the classroom, teachers must become proficient and comfortable in using technology to create innovative and engaging lessons that extend students’ personal limits and potential. Using various instructional technology tools is key in advancing 21st century skills.”
Tala Raassi, an Iranian American fashion designer/author, was born in the United States and raised in Tehran. Named one of the “Most Fearless Women in the World” by Newsweek magazine, Raassi made her mark in the fashion world at an early age with her talent in exclusive swimwear. She is devoted to celebrating the beauty of women’s bodies through her designs and to empowering women all around the world to follow their dreams. For Raassi, “Fashion is Freedom.”
Raassi captivated the world through her inspiring story, entitled “Crime of the Mini Skirt,” featured in Marie Claire Magazine. At sixteen she attended her friend’s Sweet 16 house party in a mini skirt. While in the privacy of her friend’s home, the religious police raided the house, and she ultimately faced the harsh punishment of five days in jail and forty lashes for wearing “indecent clothing,” according to Islamic law. Following this sentence, Raassi moved back to the USA where she currently lives. Her story went global, and Rachel Ray, Elle, and Newsweek, among others, interviewed her, giving her the platform to vocalize her vision of fashion as a symbol of freedom. With the release of her memoir “Fashion is Freedom” she was named one of the “Most Influential Women in 2017” by The London Times.
Bob Harris's book on microlending via the charity Kiva.org, The International Bank of Bob (Bloomsbury, 2013), shares the stories of mom-and-pop businesses he lent to online, then visited in Rwanda, Cambodia, and a dozen other countries on five continents. His personal lending has now reached 10,055 clients in 87 countries.
Bob is also a film and TV writer whose credits include Bones, CSI:, and several projects now in development. He has also been a travel writer for Forbes, an AP award-winning radio commentator, an invited speaker at the European Parliament and US State Department, and a 14-time contestant on Jeopardy.