Laurie Theeke is a nurse practitioner who studies loneliness as a unique bio-psychosocial stressor that impacts human health. After years of clinical experience, she developed a five-session program called "LISTEN," which seeks to guide participants on a journey to find meaning and belonging. She gives her Brief But Spectacular take on combating loneliness.
Born and raised in Jamaica, June Grant knew that architecture was her calling from the young age of five. Today, she is the founder and design principal at blink!LAB, an environmentally conscious and social justice-oriented design studio in Oakland. She gives her Brief But Spectacular take on being an architect.
Jorge Antonio Renaud says that the United States is enamored with the idea that certain individuals are just “crime prone.” At 20, he was arrested and put in jail, where he survived a traumatic attack. Feeling lost led him to drugs, theft and decades in prison. Now the national criminal justice director at LatinoJustice, he shares his Brief but Spectacular take on reimagining incarceration.
Jane Willenbring is a geologist who solves problems related to the earth’s surface. In 2020, she was featured in a NOVA documentary called “Picture a Scientist.” She and two other women shared their experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Tonight, she gives her Brief But Spectacular take on making science more diverse, equitable and open to all.