Joshua Braunstein is a slam poet, sharing a talent he has nurtured since the age of 16. Currently a junior English major, Joshua is a member of VCU’s slam poetry team, the Vice President of the Slam Nahuatl at VCU, and has been named the Association of College Unions International Region 5 Individual Poetry Slam champion at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has performed at the University of Virginia and the Lewisburg Literary Festival, and he has opened for Lianne La Havas in Washington, D.C. Joshua is one of the winners of the TEDxRVA Open Mic night from November 2013... Read More t

Former industrial engineer Mike Muse is the co-founder of Muse Recordings, an innovative New York–based record label. In addition to running Muse Recordings, Mike acts as a guest commentator on the business of music, pop culture, and politics at some of the highest-rated urban radio stations in the country and is a guest lecturer at institutions including Columbia University, Berklee College of Music, and the Wharton School of Business. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including a Distinguished Fellowship from the National Association of Television Programming Executives. Mike has been featured on the cover of both Crain’s magazine and NV magazine’s “Movers and Shakers” issue... Read More t

Ashley Stanley is a native Bostonian committed to cultivating a food-conscious community. She founded the non-profit Lovin’ Spoonfuls, which has successfully rescued more than 900,000 pounds of food and redistributed it to individuals and families that do not have regular access to healthy groceries. Her passion and success have been recognized by the Boston Business Journal, the MassChallenge, Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston, and Oxfam International... Read More t