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Cultural Kaleidoscope

  • Sheila Ardalan

    Pioneer.

    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.

  • IN-Q

    Poet.

    Spoken Word Artist.

    Alchemist.

    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

    Photographer.

    Risk Taker.

    Activator.

    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

    Photographer.

    Community Builder.

    Visual Storyteller.

    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

    Photographer.

    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

    Photographer.

    Eyewitness.

    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

    Captain.

    Trailblazer.

    Afghan Refugee.

    What if the first Afghan woman to earn a commercial pilot’s license went on to break the world record as the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine plane? Meet the 2018 Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Trophy Winner.

  • Michael Yamashita

    Photographer.

    Far East Expert.

    Author.

    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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