was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. and recently moved to New York CityExpand Bio.
after graduating from Emory University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. She is a lover of arts in all mediums and driven by cultivating community and fostering understanding across diverse spaces. She is currently an Assistant Vice President with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, responsible for hedge fund partnerships. She is a member of Merrill’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, whose goal is to increase representation across the line of business through mindful recruiting and hiring practices and events aimed at community engagement.Collapse Bio.
is the Chief Innovation Officer worldwide for Ruder Finn,Expand Bio.
where he has created global campaigns for Novartis, Citi, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Mondelez, and other leading Fortune 500 companies. As a producer, composer, director, and digital designer, he has received recognition and accolades for his work by industry leaders, including: South by Southwest (SXSW); Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED); and the Webby Awards. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).Collapse Bio.
is a world-renowned Director, Producer, Choreographer, Coach and PhilanthropistExpand Bio.
whose contributions have led the way for Latinos and emerging artists in the arts.
She is an active board member for the prestigious SDC and the League of Professional Theater Women where Maria serves as a consultant and advocate for artists. Additionally, Torres also serves as a committee member for the Callaway Awards. Her Film, TV, Music Videos and Primary Stage credits include recent projects such as the 7 times nominee of the 2019 Carbonell Awards as Director / Choreographer of the new musical Havana Music Hall, and Pasion (Immersive theater). Associate Choreographer for the Tony Award-nominated, Broadway & National Tour of the hit musical “On Your Feet, The life of Emilio and Gloria Estefan”; 6 times Tony Awards nominated
Broadway & National Tour of Swing! (Featured Performer & Specialty Choreographer); So You Think You Can Dance USA, Spain & Canada (Choreographer and winner of the Choreography medal award); Global smash hit “Bailamos” by Enrique Iglesias music video; Amazon’s The Tick (Choreographer); Currently the Choreographer of the CBS new show EVIL, AMC’s TV show Turn Washington’s Spies (Choreographer); Latin Billboard Awards (Grammy award winner Don Omar Telemundo – Creative Director & Choreographer); Off-Broadway productions of Four Guys Named Jose (Choreographer) (Nominated for a Lucille Lortel & Carbonell Awards), The multiple award-winning musical The Donkey Show (A.R.T.) (Choreographer), Mambo Kings (Lead Dancer & Associate Choreographer), and Celia: The Life & Times of Celia Cruz (Director & Choreographer); Don Omar’s “King of Kings” (USA Tour) (Co-Director & Choreographer); and Disney’s Golden Mickeys (International Tour) (Choreographer). Regional credits include Ovation Awards nominated for best choreography for Luis Valdez’s “Zoot Suit” @ The Mark Taper Forum (Choreographer); “Man Of La Mancha” @The 5th Avenue Theater, (Choreographer). Additional
choreographer & performer credits from feature to independent films include the global smash and 3 times Oscar Awards, 2 Golden Globes nominated film Disney’s Enchanted (Amy Adams & Patrick Dempsey), Grammy Award winner El Cantante (Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony) (Choreographer & Performer), Fugly (John Leguizamo & Rosie Perez) (Choreographer). Maria carries an impact across new media platforms whether its creating choreography interactively on Jordan Roth’s periscope Making Mondays, or she recently launched podcast “Hourglass: Time To Talk” offering insight into the professional performing arts industry while focusing on
connections to humanity and life. Maria is a philanthropist with a strong desire to encourage aspiring artists, and create connections between supporting organizations, cultivating a reliable network that will uplift, inspire and “pay it forward.” After years of teaching, mentoring and advocating, she Co-founded with her husband John O’Connor and award-winning actress and singer Vanessa Williams the Maria Torres Emerging Artists Foundation (MTEAF) also stands for Mentorship, Teaching, Education, Action, and Fellowship.
is a registered architect, urban planner and educator, and the founder of Meg Walker CollaborativeExpand Bio.
is passionate about working with communities to transform their public spaces, downtowns,
waterfronts and neighborhoods into vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable places. She was Senior Vice
President at Project for Public Spaces, a non-profit planning and design organization in New York City
from 2004 to 2020, and she has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn since 2010.
From 2019-2020, Meg was a Visiting Professor at Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, where
she taught a seminar on public space theory and a placemaking lab in the Integrated Urban
Development and Design graduate program. Meg is a nationally-recognized facilitator and speaker who
has led public forums and presented keynotes at numerous planning and development conferences
around the world.