Lucy Aphramor, Ph.D., R.D., notably pioneered the use of a health at every size approach in the U.K. National Health Service, developing an eight-week HAES course that is now available internationally through licensed facilitators. She is director of a consultancy dedicated to advancing health at every size theory and practice in and beyond the U.K. through training, research, and community engagement. Dr. Aphramor is also an honorary research fellow at Glyndwr University, Wales, and a visiting lecturer in nutrition and dietetics at Surrey University. Dr. Aphramor is the only U.K. dietitian with publishing and teaching expertise in critical weight science. She is at the forefront of the new international Critical Dietetics movement where her work blending critical thinking and compassionate self-care is enthusiastically received. Her influence extends to coverage in the popular press and her reputation as an outspoken scientist gains her interviews across the board from women’s magazines to the broadsheets.
Kevin J. Apple, Ph.D., is an assistant department head and associate professor at the Department of Psychology at James Madison University. He enjoys teaching a wide variety of classes including general psychology, research methods and the psychology of the Holocaust. His main research interests include both the intergroup bias and methods for assessing classroom learning. When not teaching classes or doing research, he is most likely spending time with his wife and two children or watching a reality television show. His favorite “Survivor” player is Ethan Zohn. Kevin admires Ethan for being a fierce competitor who played the game with integrity.
Shari Arison is an American-Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist, owner of the Arison Group that operates in more than 40 countries across five continents to realize the vision of Doing Good. Its business arm, Arison Investments, operates in the fields of finance (Bank Hapoalim), infrastructure, real estate, and renewable energy (Shikun & Binui), salt (Salt of the Earth), and water (Miya). Its philanthropic arm, The Ted Arison Family Foundation, houses the organizations Essence of Life, Goodnet, All One, and Ruach Tova that operates Shari's global initiative Good Deeds Day. She also initiated Matan – Investing in the Community, based on United Way. Arison created a unique values-based model for values-driven leadership in business, organizations, and communities. She is repeatedly ranked by Forbes as one of the most powerful women in the world, and as one of the world’s greenest billionaires. In 2013, Arison was named Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by George Mason University.
Jennifer Armstrong is a staff writer at Entertainment Weekly and the co-founder of alternative online women’s magazine SirensMag.com.
Dr. Kat Arney is a leading British science writer, broadcaster, and public speaker. Her previous books are Herding Hemingway’s Cats: Understanding How Our Genes Work and How to Code a Human. Kat has a degree in natural sciences and a PhD in developmental genetics from Cambridge University and was a key part of the science communications team at Cancer Research UK from 2004 to 2016, cofounding the charity’s award-winning science blog and acting as a principal media spokesperson. As a writer, her work has featured in Wired, Daily Mail, Nature, Mosaic, New Scientist, and more. She has fronted several BBC Radio 4 science documentaries, as well as the factual comedy series Did the Victorians Ruin the World? and presents the fortnightly Genetics Unzipped podcast.
Jenna Arnold is listed as one of Oprah’s “100 Super Soul Influencers” because she doesn’t have much patience for the status quo. She has been called a “disruptor” in every industry in which she has dabbled from elementary school classrooms to halls of the United Nations, MTV and the White House. For her recent work as one of the organizers of the Women’s March, Jenna was recognized with a Glamour Women of the Year award. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, and Fast Company, just to name a few, have recognized Jenna’s work as “shaking up long standing assumptions” and being one of “the biggest ideas in social change” for the work of ORGANIZE, a non-profit she co-founded focused on ending the waitlist for organ transplants in America, for which she was also named one of Inc magazine’s “35 Under 35” list.
V. Arrow graduated from Knox College in 2008 with degrees in history and creative writing, specializing in 20th-century pop culture and young adult literature. Under another name, she has previously published at Pop Matters, The One Love, Tommy2.net, and The Hollywood Reporter. Arrow has read a book a day for the last 22 years and grew up to the age of 12 without realizing the Muppets weren’t living creatures. She believes that pop culture affects, reflects, and informs all aspects of daily life in Western culture and that it’s perhaps the most crucial form of media expression to analyze and discuss.
Catherine Asaro is author of 14 novels as well as short fiction (published and upcoming) and is acclaimed for her multiple award-winning Skolian Empire series, which combines adventure, hard science, romance, fast-paced action and themes that challenge the status quo. Her standalone novel The Quantam Rose won the 2001 Nebula Award. Her October 2003 novel, Skyfall, was honored with the Romantic Times Book Club award for “Best Science Fiction Novel.” Asaro’s novella “Moonglow,” in Charmed Destinies (November 2003), was followed by her fantasy novel The Charmed Sphere (February 2004), part of the Luna Books launch. Also published in February 2004 was Irresistable Forces, a six-author anthology for NAL, edited by Asaro and including stories by Lois McMaster Bujold and Catherine, among other award-winning, bestselling authors. Sunrise Alley, her next novel, is due out in August 2004, and Triad, the latest in the Skolian Empire Series, will be published in December 2004. Asaro has a Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard.
Bobby Azarian is a cognitive neuroscientist (PhD, George Mason University) and a science journalist. He has written 100+ articles—many reaching millions of views—about science, technology, and philosophy for publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times, BBC Future, Scientific American, Slate, The Huffington Post, Quartz, The Daily Beast, Aeon, among others. Azarian has authored numerous academic papers, published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as Human Brain Mapping, Cognition & Emotion, and Acta Psychologica.
His blog “Mind in the Machine,” hosted by Psychology Today, has received over 8 million views. Azarian worked with The Atlantic and The Huffington Post to create viral videos, which he helped write the scripts for and narrated. Azarian has been interviewed on shows like The Damage Report and The David Pakman show, and these interviews have received over 100k views. Azarian was also hired to assist in developing Season 2 of the YouTube Premium psychology-based series Mind Field (as a consultant and researcher), which won the show its first Emmy nomination.
Mark Babbitt is the President of WorqIQ, where Workplace Intelligence (WQ) comes front and center as today’s business leaders attempt to improve their leadership style and company culture. He has worked with companies from IBM to faith-based non-profits and Silicon Valley start-ups. Mark is co-author of A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive. In addition, he has contributed to Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and many other publications.