Makoto Fujimura is a contemporary artist, curator, writer, and founder of the International Arts Movement. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1983 and received an M.F.A. from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with a Japanese Governmental Scholarship in 1989. He was honored in 1992 as the youngest artist ever to have had a piece acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Fujimura was appointed to the National Council on the Arts, a six-year presidential appointment, in 2003. His works are represented by the Dillon Gallery in New York and Tokyo and the Sen Gallery, Tokyo. Public collections include the Saint Louis Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, and the Time Warner/AOL/CNN building in Hong Kong. He recently published Art and Faith: A Theology of Making.
Finny Kuruvilla serves as CIO for Eventide Funds and Portfolio Manager for the Eventide Gilead Fund and the Eventide Healthcare & Life Sciences Fund. Kuruvilla has a unique background in healthcare, statistics, and investing. Concurrent with Eventide, from 2008 through 2016, he was a Principal at Clarus Ventures, a leading healthcare and life sciences venture capital firm. Prior to joining Eventide, from 2005-2008, he was a postdoctoral research scientist in medical genetics at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. From 2003-2007, he was resident, chief resident, and clinical fellow at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston.
Karen Swallow Prior is research professor of English and Christianity and culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the most recent author of On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books. Her writing has appeared at Christianity Today, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, First Things, Vox, Relevant, Think Christian, The Gospel Coalition, Religion News Service, Books and Culture and other places.
Rachael Denhollander became known internationally in 2016 as the first woman to pursue criminal charges and speak publicly against USA Gymnastics’ team doctor Larry Nassar. As a result of her activism, more than 300 women— including numerous Olympic medalists — came forward as survivors of Nassar’s abuse, eventually leading to his life imprisonment. In 2019 she published What is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics. Denhollander holds a Juris Doctorate from Oak Brook College of Law and possesses an honorary doctorate from the American University of Paris.
David Brooks is a columnist for The New York Times and a contributor to The Atlantic. He is a commentator on The PBS Newshour, NPR’s All Things Considered, and NBC’s Meet the Press. His most recent book, The Second Mountain, shows what can happen when we put commitment-making and relationships at the center of our lives. He is also the author of The Road to Character, Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, and The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement. Brooks is on the faculty of Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Irwyn Ince serves as a pastor at Grace DC Presbyterian Church and director of the Grace DC Institute for Cross-Cultural Mission. Ince is a graduate of City College of New York, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Covenant Theological Seminary. In January 2006, after an 11 year career with Motorola as a systems engineer and project engineering manager, he began full time ministry at Mount Zion Covenant Church in Bowie, Maryland. In January 2007 Mount Zion merged with New Town Church in Columbia to plant City of Hope Presbyterian Church, where he served as senior pastor from 2007-2017. He is the author of The Beautiful Community: Unity, Diversity and the Church at Its Best, and has contributed to the books Heal Us Emmanuel: A Call for Racial Reconciliation, Representation, and Unity in the Church, and All Are Welcome: Toward a Multi-Everything Church.
Tom Nelson serves as the president of Made to Flourish and is the author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work, The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community’s Compassion and Capacity, and The Flourishing Pastor: Recovering the Lost Art of Shepherd Leadership, releasing fall of 2021. Nelson is a regular speaker and facilitator on faith, work, and economics. He is also the senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Kansas City. He has served on the Board of Regents of Trinity International University and he graduated with a master’s of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Chris Goode is the founder of Ruby Jean’s Juicery based in Kansas City, Missouri. Goode started his company in 2015 to honor the early death of his grandmother, Ruby Jean, who fought a short lived battle with Type 2 diabetes. Goode has made it his life’s work to educate urban youth and communities and integrate the juicing culture in his hometown by locating the flagship Ruby Jean’s in a food desert near where he grew up.
Tracy Foster is a co-founder of START, an organization that helps parents navigate technology wisely within their homes and beyond. Previously, she invested 15 years developing growth strategies for some of the world’s leading organizations as a management consultant with Mercer Management Consulting, then as an associate director at FSG, which specializes in creating large-scale, lasting social change. On a project for one of the world's largest toy companies, she was captivated by the power of play in children's emotional, social, and cognitive development, fueling her passion for rethinking cultural norms around technology. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and lives with her husband and two children in the Kansas City area.
Megan Rose is the CEO of Better Together, an organization that builds lasting support systems to help families cope with hardships — job loss, substance abuse, homelessness, and even jail time — and ensures that children are cared for in a safe home until the family can be reunited. Through the Better Families program, they have served more than 3,500 children and kept 98% of them out of the system, and the Better Jobs program has helped nearly 35,000 job seekers through church-based job fairs across 24 states. Rose is a Civil Society Fellow with the Manhattan Institute, and one of the inaugural recipients of Manhattan Institute’s Civil Society Awards in 2019.
Chris Brooks serves as senior pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area. He served for 20 years as the senior pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1,600-member church in the heart of Detroit. Brooks was also the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. He is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of six children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, Sophia, and Christyana.