|Joseph English was a successful entrepreneur and an award-winning stone carver when his life changed dramatically in an instant. A car wreck left him fighting for his life.
As part of rebuilding his life as a quadriplegic, Joseph established the QuadRebuild charity. It assists persons with spinal cord injury to rebuild their lives and their homes in order to have a better future.
|Dr. Erin Willis is an Associate Professor in the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Willis’s research interest is how health messages influence people’s behaviors. She is particularly interested in how personal health behavior is shaped by everyday information and technology.
|Daniel Garza is an actor, stand up comic, host, patient leader, and energy worker. He is the co-founder of Lilmesican Productions, Inc. and the author of Grumpy Bunny and the Colors Game.
|Writer, speaker, and mindfulness guru Emily Wright is a rising voice in their generation. Their work focuses on the psychology of discrimination and the power of the mind to enact great positive change, both on an individual and collective level.
John and Mark Cronin
|John and Mark X. Cronin are the father-son team that created John’s Crazy Socks, a social enterprise with a mission to spread happiness. They bootstrapped their business into the world’s largest sock store earning them recognition as EY’s Entrepreneurs of the Year.
John is not only an entrepreneur, but he has also Down syndrome. Every day, John and Mark show what people with differing abilities can do – more than half their colleagues have a differing ability. They are fierce advocates for the rights of people with differing abilities having testified twice before the U.S. Congress, spoken at the United Nations and recorded two TEDx talks. They are members of the CEO Commission on Disability Employment. Their work has been featured on national broadcasts by CBS, ABC, CNBC, PBS, the BBC and Fox News.
They have built a business based on creating customer experiences and spreading happiness. John’s Crazy Socks has 240,000 Facebook followers and over 30,000 five-star reviews. John and Mark show their gratitude through their Giving Back program that has raised over $600,000 for their charity partners. Most of all, they are spreading happiness one pair of socks at a time.
|Keri Gray is a cancer survivor, entrepreneur, speaker, and facilitator. She is the CEO of the Keri Gray Consulting Group, LLC, where they strive to create professional communities of understanding through disability and racial justice education. She is also founder of the National Alliance of Melanin Disabled Advocates (the NAMED Advocates), which creates spaces for disabled leaders of color and BIPOC allies to gather, learn, connect, and grow around racial and disability justice.
|Kirsten McLeod (aka Judy Mittag in the physical world) is not a medical professional or a legislative lawyer. She is an informed lymphie living successfully with advanced stage 2, lower body, bilateral lymphedema. She has been a passionate advocate for 12 very long years. She went to DC in person during legislative sessions to persuade her legislators to amend just a few phrases in the Medicare guidelines from the mid 90s to enable equal medical treatment according to specialized medical diagnosis and prescription, regardless of how the disease was acquired.
|Heather C. Markham is an engineer, assistive technology professional, public speaker, competitive Para Surfer, educator, ADA architectural barriers specialist, golfer, and award-winning photographer.
She is the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Making Waves for Good, which consults on ADA Standards for Accessible Design compliance and going beyond that into ADA Usability; showing companies with physical locations that it doesn't have to be hard, scary, or expensive to achieve. Her company is also the umbrella for her book publishing and fine art photography.