CVE Expert Consultant, Podcast Producer and Host, Undisclosed
Co-director, Time Well Spent
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Journalist
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Hillbilly Elegy
Rabia Chaudry is an attorney, an International Security Fellow with New America, and a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she researches the intersection of religion, violent extremism and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). She is the founder of the Safe Nation Collaborative, a CVE training firm which works on two fronts: providing CVE and cultural competency training to law enforcement, correctional, and homeland security officials; and providing national security and CVE training to Muslim communities and institutions.
Chaudry is a 2016 Aspen Ideas Scholar, Fellow of the Truman National Security Project, a Fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, and a Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute. She is the public advocate of Adnan Syed, the wrongfully-convicted man at the center of the most popular podcast in history, Serial, and is the co-producer and co-host of the podcast Undisclosed, with over 80 million downloads.
Chaudry is a frequent public speaker on CVE, criminal justice, advocacy, new media, faith and gender. She has addressed dozens of national and international conferences, including the private sector, government (State Department and National Counter Terror Center) and nonprofit organizations. Her writing appears in many outlets, including Time, The Guardian and others, and her book, Adnan’s Story, was published in August 2016 by St. Martin’s Press.
Tristan Harris is a design thinker, philosopher and entrepreneur. He co-founded Apture in 2007 after dropping out of Stanford’s master’s program in computer science, and is rated number 16 in Inc. Magazine’s “30 under 30” list of entrepreneurs for 2009. A Mayfield Fellow with the Stanford Technology Ventures Program in entrepreneurship, Harris’s career spans the open-content world of Wikia and the user interface engineering world of Apple. By the age of 20, Harris had filed his first patents around new information navigation and browsing interfaces. His work has been featured in numerous publications and he has given lectures and talks in conferences and universities across the world, including at MIT’s Media Lab and at Stanford University. Harris holds several patents from his work at Apple, Wikia, Apture and Google.
Harris is a leader in the “Time Well Spent” movement (http://timewellspent.io), for technology designed to enhance our humanity over additional screen time. Instead of a “time spent” economy where apps and websites compete for how much time they take from people’s lives, Time Well Spent hopes to re-structure design so apps and websites compete to help us live by our values and spend time well.
Harris was a design ethicist and product philosopher at Google until 2016, where he studied how technology influences a billion users’ attention, well-being and behavior. He led design sprints with product teams including a meeting between Google’s lead product designers and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, international spokesperson for mindfulness. Previously, Harris was CEO and co-founder of Apture, which Google acquired in 2011. Apture enabled millions of users to get instant, on-the-fly explanations without leaving their place, across a publisher network of a billion page views per month.
When not evangelizing Apture, Harris spends his time reading about mirror neurons and behavioral economics, playing Yann Tiersen music on the piano, and dancing Argentine tango in San Francisco. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in computer science, focused on human-computer interaction, while dabbling in behavioral economics, social psychology, behavior change and habit formation in Professor BJ Fogg’s Stanford Persuasive Technology lab. Harris’s work has been featured in The Atlantic Magazine, The Economist’s 1843 Magazine, eWeek, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, The New York Review of Books, TED, Rue89 and more.
Rebecca Skloot is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Her award-winning science writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover and many other publications. She specializes in narrative science writing and has explored a wide range of topics, including goldfish surgery, tissue ownership rights, race and medicine, food politics, and packs of wild dogs in Manhattan. She has worked as a correspondent for WNYC’s Radiolab and PBS’s Nova ScienceNOW. She and her father, Floyd Skloot, co-edited The Best American Science Writing 2011.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has been translated into more than 25 languages. It is currently being made into an HBO movie starring Oprah Winfrey as Deborah Lacks, Rose Byrne as Rebecca Skloot and Renee Elise Goldsberry as Henrietta Lacks. Skloot is the founder and president of The Henrietta Lacks Foundation, which has been featured in the New York Times. She has a B.S. in biological sciences and an MFA in creative nonfiction. She financed her degrees by working in emergency rooms, neurology labs, veterinary morgues and martini bars. She has taught creative writing and science journalism at the University of Memphis, the University of Pittsburgh and New York University. She currently gives talks on subjects ranging from bioethics to book proposals at conferences and universities nationwide.
Skloot lives in Chicago, where she is currently working on a new book about humans, animals, science, and ethics, a topic near and dear to her. Before becoming a science writer, Skloot spent more than a decade working as a veterinary technician in settings ranging from animal shelters to private practices, veterinary schools and research labs. Those experiences, and the questions they prompted, are at the center of her next book. Skloot is also an avid knitter, a family tradition passed on from her mother, Betsy McCarthy, a professional knitter whose story was featured on Your Life Calling with Jane Pauley.
J.D. Vance is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. He grew up in the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served in Iraq. A graduate of the Ohio State University and Yale Law School, he has contributed to the National Review and is a principal at a leading Silicon Valley investment firm. Vance lives in San Francisco with his wife and two dogs.