Lynne Meredith Golodner is an award-winning author and entrepreneur with thousands of articles and eight books to her credit, including The Flavors of Faith: Holy Breads (2013). She has taught writing since 1996, specializing in finding unique ways for youth to access and connect with words, and empowering adults and youth alike to confidently find their voice and learn how to use it to change the world. Her boutique public relations firm, Your People LLC, uses storytelling, relationships and higher purpose as the keys to building organizational success. In 2016, Lynne created One Earth Writing, a 501c3 public charity that connects teens across racial, religious and socioeconomic divides through writing. A Fulbright Specialist with a three year-term beginning April 2017, Lynne is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA in Communication) and Goddard College (MFA in Writing); she lives in Huntington Woods, Michigan with her husband and four children.

Writer and educator Christina Stansell-Weaver teaches courses in the field of Communication and has written historical essays detailing mergers, acquisitions, and corporate strategies of profit and nonprofit businesses. With a passion for equality, Christina designs her classes to promote peaceful and respectful communication among people from different backgrounds and interests. She believes promoting learning and understanding of diverse perspectives is crucial to developing thoughtful citizens who will positively contribute to their communities. 

An award-winning lecturer, Christina has taught at the University of Louisville and Eastern Michigan University, focusing on Gender Communication, Nonprofit Organizational Communication, Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking. Christina holds an M.A. in Communication from Eastern Michigan University. She lives in South Lyon, Michigan, with her husband, 10-year-old twins, and two dogs.

Stacey DuFord is a multi-tasking Detroit media veteran. She is a writer, actor, children’s book author, and mother of two. Stacey has worked as a stand-up comic, weather reporter, advice columnist for teen girls, as well as appearing on radio and TV in Detroit for over 20 years!

John Thompson is a teacher by trade and a devoted musician. His teaching is built on the idea that authentic learning emerges from curiosity - and that everything is interesting if you can figure out how to look at it.

John taught high school Biology and Earth Science in Denver, Colorado and has spent the past several summers traveling the country working automotive events. He earned a BA in English at Michigan State University, where he also studied culturally sustaining education.

A drive to promote global perspective in all its forms steers Bridget McDevitt 's work in education and social media. Experiences living abroad and back in Michigan continue to foster her interests in both written and spoken language, as well as community development.

Lauren Marcus Johnson is the Director of Libraries and Media Center at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield. She received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development and Family/Community Services from Michigan State University in 1997 followed by a Master Degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in 2002. She has served as Program Assistant at the National Conference for Community and Justice, the Coordinator for the Detroit Jewish Coalition for Literacy, and Assistant Coordinator of Youth Services at the Southfield Public Library.

"We believe in the power of story to heal the world."