Ryan Thornburg, M.A.

Associate Professor, UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media · UNC-Chapel Hill

Thornburg is an expert in data-driven reporting and media economics.

Digital Elections Engagement Local news Fake News

David A. Aaker

E.T. Grether Professor Emeritus of Marketing and Public Policy · Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Hailed as the "father of modern branding"

Branding Brand Portfolio Strategy Global Brand Management Brand and Brand Building Storytelling

Todd Robert Petersen

Professor of English · Southern Utah University

Specializing in formal structures of visual storytelling, visual narrative learning, and project based learning in higher education

Traditional and Contemporary Models of Successful Writing Creative Writing Techniques Coming-of-Age Storytelling Project-Based Learning in HIgher Education Project Management

Amira Elghawaby

Communications Director · The National Council of Canadian Muslims

Amira Elghawaby leads the NCCM’s media relations, public engagement and strategic communications.

Ethnic Media & Diversity Anti-discrimination Civic Engagement Human Rights Civil Rights

Esther Lim

CEO and Chief Experience Architect · The Estuary, LLC

Passionately exploring the convergence of social media, storytelling, big data and emerging tech in marketing and digital entertainment

Transmedia Storytelling Digital Narratives: Co-Created Storyworld Communities Social Media Analytics Big Data Narrative Gamification

Andy Ellwood

Director, Business Development · Gowalla

Telling better stories and inspiring others to come along.

Brand Partnerships Future of Digital Engagement Telling Better Stories

Karen Dill-Shackleford, PhD

Doctoral Faculty - Media Psychology · Fielding Graduate University

Media violence; Fandom and the construction of meaning from media; Media, race and gender.

Media Psychology Media Effects Social Psychology Gender Race

Susan McLennan

President · Reimagine PR

I help senior leaders & their brands mobilize people through purpose & storytelling. Consultant, speaker & trainer serving global clientele.

Purpose PR Marketing & Branding Marketing & Corporate Strategy Storytelling & Public Speaking

Tom Cooper

Leadership Expert · BrightHill Group

Leadership Expert - helping you raise your game to the next level

Leadership Communication Sales Influence Strategy

Jonathan Wilson

CEO · Soul Systems

Inspiring & leading edge content how to lead large-scale transformation, drawn from life and work among tribes, warlords and executives.

Leadership Organizational Soul Collaboration Team Purpose

Christopher A. Frilingos

Associate Professor · Michigan State University

An expert on early Christianity

Apocalypticism Biblical Literature Early Christianity

Victoria Fantozzi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Childhood Education/Early Childhood Education · Manhattanville College

Victoria Fantozzi has experience teaching a variety of grade levels and has worked on writing enrichment programs for middle-level students.

Teaching Remotely Enrichment Programs Curriculum Design Early Childhood Education Social Studies

Karl Beckstrand

Publisher/Speaker · Premio Publishing & Gozo Books

Create, publish & share your stories for broadest impact

Publishing Ebooks E-Books Book Distribution Print Books

Jean-Pierre Isbouts, DLitt

Doctoral Faculty - School of Leadership Studies · Fielding Graduate University

Humanities scholar, award-winning filmmaker and best-selling National Geographic author

Music Theory Comparative Religious Studies Disruptive Technology Organizational Innovation Academic Writing

Andrew Reynolds, Ph.D., M.A.

Professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences · UNC-Chapel Hill

LGBTQ Politics African Studies Conflict Management Electoral Politics Political Theory

Karen Muldoon-Hules

Lecturer in Yoga Studies · Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Lecturer in Yoga Studies and Theological Studies

East Asian Buddhisms Religions in “Classical Period” South Asia Religion and gender Indian Buddhisms Religion in film and media

Lyn Millner, M.F.A.

Expert in news literacy, journalism, writing and cults · Florida Gulf Coast University

Lyn Millner is an author whose specialties include Florida history and narrative journalism.

Editing Journalism History News Literacy Mobile Journalism Grammar

Tanya Harrison

Director of Science Strategy · Planet Labs

Professional Martian who has worked on rocks and robots on the Red Planet.

Space and Astrophysics Climate Change Satellite Based Remote Sensing of the Earth/atmosphere System Earth Science Women in STEM Careers

Judith Giesberg, PhD

Professor of History | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences · Villanova University

Judith Giesberg, PhD, is an expert on the history of women and gender in the U.S. Civil War.

Caroline LeCount Census Slavery U.S. Civil War Women's History

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