2018 Speakers

Roy Choi

Roy Choi first changed the world when he elevated the food-truck concept from “roach coach” to highly sought-after, ultra-hot-yet-democratic rolling restaurant. It was a new entrepreneurial model that allowed talented culinarians to make their mark without hundreds of thousands of dollars in investor money. Choi’s Kogi trucks also pioneered the use of social media as a marketing tool. Now he and fellow chef Daniel Patterson are changing the world with their ambitious startup, LocoL, whose goal is to bring healthy food, at an affordable price, to underserved inner-city neighborhoods across America while employing residents of those neighborhoods—basically, replacing traditional fast food with a more positive, socially responsible institution. Chef, activist, film producer, restaurateur and author of a superb memoir, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, Roy Choi has put it all on the line to improve the quality of life for people few others seem to care about. It’s not a pose, it’s not a cause: it’s who he is. —Anthony Bourdain

Roy Choi

Roy Choi first changed the world when he elevated the food-truck concept from “roach coach” to highly sought-after, ultra-hot-yet-democratic rolling restaurant. It was a new entrepreneurial model that allowed talented culinarians to make their mark without hundreds of thousands of dollars in investor money. Choi’s Kogi trucks also pioneered the use of social media as a marketing tool. Now he and fellow chef Daniel Patterson are changing the world with their ambitious startup, LocoL, whose goal is to bring healthy food, at an affordable price, to underserved inner-city neighborhoods across America while employing residents of those neighborhoods—basically, replacing traditional fast food with a more positive, socially responsible institution. Chef, activist, film producer, restaurateur and author of a superb memoir, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, Roy Choi has put it all on the line to improve the quality of life for people few others seem to care about. It’s not a pose, it’s not a cause: it’s who he is. —Anthony Bourdain


Beau Lotto

Beau Lotto is a globally renowned neuroscientist who specializes in perception research, and has for years wowed the world of science with work that blurs the boundaries between neuroscience and the arts. As well as bending the science of perception, he is also trying to transform the way people think not just about themselves but also about the world around them. Lotto is currently a Professor at University London Goldsmiths College and a Visiting Scholar at NYU. In 2017, Lotto published his first major book, Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently. He draws on over two decades of pioneering research to explain that our brain hasn’t evolved to see the world accurately. His research encompasses not just human vision, but bee and robot vision, too. Beau goes even further by breaking down boundaries not just within his own discipline but between disciplines, by collaborating with artists, musicians, fashion designers and others – anyone who has an interest in exploring different ways of seeing (and doing) things.

 

Beau Lotto

Beau Lotto is a globally renowned neuroscientist who specializes in perception research, and has for years wowed the world of science with work that blurs the boundaries between neuroscience and the arts. As well as bending the science of perception, he is also trying to transform the way people think not just about themselves but also about the world around them. Lotto is currently a Professor at University London Goldsmiths College and a Visiting Scholar at NYU. In 2017, Lotto published his first major book, Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently. He draws on over two decades of pioneering research to explain that our brain hasn’t evolved to see the world accurately. His research encompasses not just human vision, but bee and robot vision, too. Beau goes even further by breaking down boundaries not just within his own discipline but between disciplines, by collaborating with artists, musicians, fashion designers and others – anyone who has an interest in exploring different ways of seeing (and doing) things.

 


Camille Sweeney & Josh Gosfield

Camille Sweeney and her husband Josh Gosfield will lead attendees in a Creativity Boot Camp, which will engage them in an exercise they describe as a “hands-on, interactive, exploration of creativity,” taking the audience on a journey through the world of ideas: How to get ideas, how to capture ideas and how to develop ideas—propelled by the couple’s recent book, The Art of Doing, in which they interviewed dozens of super-achievers—including Alec Baldwin, Philippe Petit, Guy Kawasaki, and Yogi Berra—to find out the secrets to their success. Attendees will form teams to posit problems and to create inventive ways to solve them. Sweeney and Gosfield have taken Creativity Boot Camp to Harvard, American Express, the United Nations, and many New York City schools.

Camille Sweeney & Josh Gosfield

Camille Sweeney and her husband Josh Gosfield will lead attendees in a Creativity Boot Camp, which will engage them in an exercise they describe as a “hands-on, interactive, exploration of creativity,” taking the audience on a journey through the world of ideas: How to get ideas, how to capture ideas and how to develop ideas—propelled by the couple’s recent book, The Art of Doing, in which they interviewed dozens of super-achievers—including Alec Baldwin, Philippe Petit, Guy Kawasaki, and Yogi Berra—to find out the secrets to their success. Attendees will form teams to posit problems and to create inventive ways to solve them. Sweeney and Gosfield have taken Creativity Boot Camp to Harvard, American Express, the United Nations, and many New York City schools.


Vivek Wadwha

Vivek Wadwha is a Distinguished Fellow at Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering; and a Director of Research at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering and is a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post. In his 2017 book, The Driver in the Driverless Car, he touts the future of technology for offering genomics, self-driving vehicles, drones, and artificial intelligence that could make our lives healthier, safer, and easier. But the same technologies raise the spectre of a frightening, alienating future: eugenics, a jobless economy, complete loss of privacy, and ever-worsening economic equality. Our choices will determine whether our future is Star Trek or Mad Max.

Time named him one of the 40 Most Influential Minds in Technology.

Vivek Wadwha

Vivek Wadwha is a Distinguished Fellow at Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering; and a Director of Research at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering and is a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post. In his 2017 book, The Driver in the Driverless Car, he touts the future of technology for offering genomics, self-driving vehicles, drones, and artificial intelligence that could make our lives healthier, safer, and easier. But the same technologies raise the spectre of a frightening, alienating future: eugenics, a jobless economy, complete loss of privacy, and ever-worsening economic equality. Our choices will determine whether our future is Star Trek or Mad Max.

Time named him one of the 40 Most Influential Minds in Technology.


JP Ford

JP Ford leads all of the Strategic Sales Initiatives for Lodging Econometrics and New England Hotel Realty. He is an Industry leading real estate advisory specialist with over 30 years’ experience providing business development, acquisition and disposition services in the United States. JP serves as a trusted advisor to Lodging Industry Vendors looking for new construction and product replacement opportunities to increase their product distribution; Franchise Companies looking to identify new construction and potential brand conversion opportunities; Ownership and Management Groups throughout North America looking to add real estate assets and management contracts to their portfolios; and Wall Street analysts looking to evaluate hotel real estate development and valuation trends as well as assess investment potential in various hotel companies and particular markets. Additionally, JP chairs the committee responsible for gathering nominations and selecting the finalists for the America’s Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) “Development of the Year” award, which recognizes the most outstanding achievement in hotel construction and design in the country.  He is also a speaker at various hotel industry events and conferences and regularly contributes to several lodging real estate publications, such as the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Lodging Magazine, the IHIF Newsletter, Lodging Magazine and Hotel Management Magazine.  JP is a Certified Hotel Broker (CHB), and a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC).

JP Ford

JP Ford leads all of the Strategic Sales Initiatives for Lodging Econometrics and New England Hotel Realty. He is an Industry leading real estate advisory specialist with over 30 years’ experience providing business development, acquisition and disposition services in the United States. JP serves as a trusted advisor to Lodging Industry Vendors looking for new construction and product replacement opportunities to increase their product distribution; Franchise Companies looking to identify new construction and potential brand conversion opportunities; Ownership and Management Groups throughout North America looking to add real estate assets and management contracts to their portfolios; and Wall Street analysts looking to evaluate hotel real estate development and valuation trends as well as assess investment potential in various hotel companies and particular markets. Additionally, JP chairs the committee responsible for gathering nominations and selecting the finalists for the America’s Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) “Development of the Year” award, which recognizes the most outstanding achievement in hotel construction and design in the country.  He is also a speaker at various hotel industry events and conferences and regularly contributes to several lodging real estate publications, such as the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Lodging Magazine, the IHIF Newsletter, Lodging Magazine and Hotel Management Magazine.  JP is a Certified Hotel Broker (CHB), and a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC).