Marianne W. Lewis is renowned for her research on organizational paradoxes surrounding innovation and leadership. Her latest book, Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems is co-authored with Wendy K. Smith, and published by Harvard Business Review. Lewis has been recognized among the world’s most-cited researchers in her field (Web of Science) and received the Decade Award (2021) from the Academy of Management Review. Her work also appears in such media outlets as Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Newsweek, and MarketWatch and was a fall 2022 finalist for the Next Big Idea Club. Lewis is currently dean at the University of Cincinnati’s Lindner College of Business.
Kyle holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, both from the University of Cincinnati. He has worked in Higher Education for nearly a decade, and finds that his experience in the field of mental health is invaluable when working with students at major transition points in their lives. Modeling vulnerability has become a key facet in how he teaches, especially when it comes to difficult subjects. In addition to destigmatizing mental health struggles, he is also interested in the impact of social systems on groups of people—as well as how to make gradual, positive change to those systems over time. In his personal life, he is married to an incredible partner; together, they are always planning new travel adventures while still making meaningful time for friends and family.
Olivia Riggs is a graduating senior at UC majoring in Pre-Law Criminal Justice with a minor in Africana Studies. Olivia is involved on campus by being the CECH President, participating in Black Arts Collaborative poetry and dance team, and being the Vice President of the The Lambda Society, and the Vice President of the United Black Student Association. She is also the 42nd Miss Black Cincinnati, a huge honor and commitment she is excited to take on. After graduation she plans to take two study abroad trips and start her journey at law school. After law school she wants to start her business and help mentor young black women in the community.
Dr. Matt Chalmers is a health and wellness expert, author and speaker who specializes in the areas of long-term wellness, nutrition, women’s health, weight loss, athlete wellness and holistic healing. Dr. Chalmers' client list includes professional athletes, business executives, politicians and celebrities. His bestselling book "Pillars of Wellness" helps readers cut through the information overload about wellness, exercise and diet to figure out the actions they can take that will have the greatest impact. Dr. Chalmers received his degree of Doctor of Chiropractic from Parker Chiropractic College in Dallas. He has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness, is a Certified Clinical Chiropractic Neurologist, a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner and has additional certifications in spinal decompression and quantum reflex analysis. He currently lives in Dallas with his wife.
Dr. Shanna Stryker is a physician double-boarded in Family Medicine and Psychiatry who is a clinician and advocate serving Cincinnati's immigrant/refugee and LGBT communities. When not providing clinical care, she is involved in graduate medical education with the University of Cincinnati and in community-based participatory health equity research. She has been working collaboratively with the Immigrant & Refugee Law Center since 2019 to provide evaluations for clients seeking asylum or other legal assistance related to immigration.
Lina Itenberg is a fourth-year medical sciences major at the University of Cincinnati and a life-long learner. A big part of her identity is her twin sister who constantly exemplifies courage, selflessness, and perseverance, and whom she looks up to as an older sister. In the little spare time that she has, Lina loves to run, dance, cook and bake, and do yoga. Her family and friends enhance her life to a great extent, and she considers herself blessed with the best support system with which to go through life! She believes that a healthy mind is largely maintaining a positive inner dialogue, a skill that anyone can benefit from learning and implementing into their daily life.
Tatiana Tsoir, CPA, MBA, is an award-winning Accountant, bestselling Author, Speaker and Business Expert. A fervent believer that the key to happiness lies in entrepreneurship, Tatiana encourages and empowers entrepreneurship and side-hustles at every age.
Over the last 18+ years, Tatiana has used her expertise in tax planning and price psychology to help hundreds of businesses become more profitable, stabilize cash flow, and pay less in taxes through a combination of no-cost growth strategies, tax reduction, operational planning, and commitment to excellence.
Tatiana now focuses on supporting individuals in building a business that changes lives, including their own.
Alexandria Lubans-Otto is the Managing Attorney for the non-profit, pro bono Immigrant and Refugee Law Center (IRLC) in Cincinnati, Ohio and Adjunct Faculty at the UC College of Law where she teaches Immigration Law and Policy as well as Asylum and Refugee Law. After graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law, Alex worked as a public defender, a special victim’s prosecutor and as a trial attorney at her own law firm before joining IRLC. Alexandria is originally from Boulder, Colorado and now lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband, Tom, and their menagerie of pets.