WORLD CULTURES credit Michael Yamashita.

Cultural Kaleidoscope

Sheila Ardalan

Sheila Ardalan

Bridge Builder.
Rule Breaker.

The answer “No” is merely a rejection of the status quo and an opportunity to reinvent your world.  This is one of the many lessons that fleeing Iran as a young girl during the revolution taught Sheila.




Spoken Word Artist.

One of Oprah’s Super Soul 100, US Grand Slam Poetry Champion and multi-platinum songwriter IN-Q believes sharing your story can change the world.

Me Ra Koh


Find out why Oprah, Kelly & Ryan, and Disney can’t get enough of Me Ra Koh.  Through photos, stories and laughter, Me Ra pairs creativity with the guts to thrive despite failure and rejection, inspiring her audiences to achieve the impossible.

Marvi Lacar

Marvi Lacar

Community Builder.
Creative Director.

Marvi turned her journey through depression into 1in20, an online mental health initiative aimed at destigmatizing mental illness through creative storytelling. Lately, she's been celebrated for interpreting the world through the eyes of her two boys.

David McLain

Blue Zones documentarian.
Brand Wizard.

In his longest-running project, David travels alongside author Dan Buettner to discover and document what diet and lifestyle habits the longest-lived people in the world share – oceans apart – that help them live active, healthy lifestyles past 100.

John Moore

John Moore

Pulitzer Prize-winner.

Getty Images Special Correspondent John Moore brings us balanced, eyewitness reports from the most sweeping stories of this moment--from immigration reform to the frontlines of climate change, to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shaesta Waiz

Afghan Refugee.

What if the first Afghan woman to earn a commercial pilot’s license would go on to break the world record as the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine plane?  Meet National Air & Space Museum Trophy Winner.

Michael Yamashita

Far East Expert.

The world is changing fast--especially in the Far East.  Michael has trained his lens on Asian cultures for more than 40 years.  His body of work is a photographic time capsule and a portal into the cultural understanding we need to navigate the path forward.

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