2014 Speakers

Dana Hatjakes

Dana Hatjakes began her career as a performer, touring internationally in critically-acclaimed stage shows as a classically-trained dancer. She brought that quality in front of the camera as a host on several television shows and film…More

Beth Macmillan

Beth Macmillan joined Artown as Festival Manager in February 2001 and was promoted to Executive Director in November of 2003. Macmillan, formerly a professional dancer and actress expanded into arts administration through various roles such as Production Company Manager, Public Relations Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Founder and Owner/Director of a small, highly successful arts education business…More

Dr. David Burns

Dr. Burns graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, received his M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine…More

Suz Hinton

Susan Hinton is a web developer by day, and hobby enthusiast by night. She’s been heavily immersed in the 3D printing scene since 2009, teaching and enabling others in the technology. Her latest weapon of choice is a Printrbot Junior…More


The star of MTV’s hit show “Disaster Date,” K-von’s humor has made audiences laugh all over the world! His hilarious hidden-camera show displays his talents as each character proves funnier and more outrageous than the last…More

Francis Battista

Francis Battista is one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Society, and today is considered to be one of the foremost thought leaders in animal welfare. Francis was co-director of animal care at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and he managed the Best Friends rescue shelter in Tylertown, Mississippi, for four months following Hurricane Katrina…More

Matt Schultz

Matt is the Executive Director of The Generator, an experimental art and social space based around compelling people to create and invent in an open, inclusive, decommodified environment…More


Introducing Young Entrepreneur and Business owner Jeremiah Jones aka “JYOUNGIN”. At just 8 years of age in 2007, this young man brainstormed a great concept of owning a cool clothing company for all ages. A fun apparel brand that focused on academics, sports and character…More

Kirk Parsley

Dr. Kirk Parsley served as the Undersea Medical Officer at Naval Special Warfare Group One (NSWG-1) from June 2009-Jan 2013. While there he developed and supervised the groupís first sports medicine rehabilitation center. He is a former SEAL (BUD/s class 164), and a graduate of the militaryís medical school in Bethesda, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in 2004…More

York Smith

York Smith is a Research and Development Engineer with Nanosynth Materials and Sensors, a startup company out of the University of Utah developing inexpensive and robust sensor materials for non-invasive health diagnosis and environmental monitoring. Currently a large focus at Nanosynth is the development of a cost effective handheld breathalyzer for tuberculosis diagnosis in developing nations…More

Stephen Hacker

Stephen is an author and consultant focused. He is engaged with organizations throughout the world, achieving breakthrough performance in todayís environment of accelerated change. Among the books Stephen has authored are: Work Miracles, The Trust Imperative, Transformational Leadership, Transformation Fieldbook, Leading Peak Performance, and most recently How to Coach Individuals, Teams and Organizations to Master Transformational Change…More

Marko Gargenta

During the dot com era, Marko dropped out of college to start his first software company. It flopped. He got up, brushed off, tried again and again. His most recent company was acquired by Twitter. Currently, he’s the director of Twitter University…More

Alex Dang

Alex Dang is an aspiring poet from Portland, Oregon. Alex competed at the National Poetry Slam in 2013 with the Portland Poetry Slam, where he was described by Rachel Mckibbens as: “Just fine.”…More

Maria Partridge

Maria Partridge is the Artist Advocate for Burning Man. She has been on the Board of Advisors for Burning Man’s non profit art organization the Black Rock Arts Foundation since 2008, working as the civic arts liaison in Reno…More

Danny Heinsohn

Danny Heinsohn learned he had a brain tumor the size of a racquetball upon graduating from the University of Nevada in May of 1999. After three craniotomies, he was conclusively diagnosed with primary central nervous system lymphoma, a cancer that originates in the brain with a median survival rate of 5 years…More

Khalilah T. Cage

Khalilah Cage is a Reno resident of 20 years and a UNR Alumna. Happily married, mother of two, she spends most of her time running a home-based business, supporting her very busy husband and raising her babies, ages 1.5 and 3.5. She comes from a family of singers and started signing publicly at the age of 4…More

Ryan McMaster

I have always been an inventor and creator. My parents gave me Legos and Erector Sets as a kid which spurred my creativity. In college I took a huge interest in 3d Printing and UAV systems while getting through school…More

Howard Chen

Dr. Howard Chen, MD, FAAMA is Medical Director of Health and Wellness at Renown Health. He is trained as a Family Physician, and currently works in the fields of Medical Acupuncture, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Wound Care. He is a member of American MENSA…More

Zach Karmiol

Zachary Karmiol is a PhD student in Material Science & Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he received his BS and MS. His work has included catalyst synthesis for biofuel conversion, the refining of rare earth metals, and structural steels for use in supercritical water environments…More

Jesse Hurley

Jesse is co-founder and CEO of Shift Systems, LLC and co-inventor on over 100 pending and issued US utility and provisional patent applications in network security, cloud computing, and the novel use of deployable, intelligent software agents. In a prior startup, he led design and deployment of the first-in-industry push-based content distribution network, delivering live video simulcasting for a multi-billion dollar private enterprise…More

Erik Hatch

Erik Hatch is an Architect living in Seattle, Washington. His current focus is urban mixed-use residential design in Seattle and in cities throughout Western Washington. Erik was the winner of the 2013 “One Big Idea” competition, an effort to enhance Downtown Reno’s walkability through technology and design. He is a graduate of Reno High School and has his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho…More

CC Linstroth

With more than 40 years as a professional educator, staff devel-opment instructor, and literacy coach, the development of deep comprehension and reasoning skills is a passion for CC Linstroth. Over the span of her career, CC has impacted the lives of thou-sands of children dedicating her time to bringing state of the art teaching design into classrooms…More

Myron Martin

As president and CEO of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Myron Martin brings the world’s most revered and celebrated entertainers to Las Vegas. Throughout his career, he has produced and presented a variety of well-regarded productions including first-run touring attractions and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance…More