Duron Chavis is an advocate for the African community striving to inspire people to reexamine their relationship with their health in a holistic way. He founded the very successful Happily Natural Day Festival, which attracts Africans from all over the world and focuses on cultural awareness, health, wellness, and social change featuring exhibitors, workshops, interactive panel discussions, scholars, and performing artists from around the globe. Additionally, he’s founded the McDonough Community Garden, Swansboro Community Garden, & George Wythe High School Edible Garden and he developed an after-school teen program teaching urban agriculture, culinary arts, and social entrepreneurship to urban youth... Read More t

Internationally recognized curator and contemporary art world leader Lisa Freiman is the inaugural director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art. With a doctorate in modern and contemporary art history from Emory University, she previously taught art history, theory, and criticism at the University of Georgia and was part of the curatorial department of Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Between 2002 and 2013, she was senior curator and chair of the contemporary art department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In 2011, the U.S. State Department appointed her commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion in the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia... Read More t

Brian Shepard, CEO of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), directs the efforts of more than 300 UNOS staff to ensure that the nation's transplant network efficiently and fairly serves the needs of transplant candidates and recipients, donors and their family members, and transplant professionals. Born in Richmond, Brian grew up in Roanoke and received a bachelor’s in history from Virginia Tech before embarking on postgraduate work in peace studies at the University of Bradford, England. Prior to joining UNOS, Brian spent 15 years in Virginia state government, eventually becoming director of policy in Governor Timothy Kaine's administration... Read More t