Ryan Ràfols – Founder & CEO at Newchip
Ryan Ràfols is the founder and CEO of Newchip, a FinTech marketplace that is reinventing the global investment landscape. They bring new investment opportunities in emerging startups, real estate projects, and Pre-IPO companies to everyday Americans starting as low as $100. Utilizing machine learning, they cut through the noise to connect their users to investment opportunities based on their interest and preferences. In his early age he joined the U.S. Army where he served as soldier and missile defense engineer. Ryan has been honored and recognized by non-profits, Congressmen, Senators, and U.S. Presidents. After he left the service, Ryan switched gears to pursue his interest in serving again in the civilian sector. He lobbied for disabled veterans programs at the capital as well as was appointed to serve in a number of Austin Government roles to includes City Commissioner, Director of the University of Texas City Relations Agency, member of the Board of Directions for University Area Business Partners, and a member of the Mayor’s Task Force. He developed the concept and built the team that would become Campus Watch, a safety app for colleges and universities that uses emerging technology to drastically reduce the response time by campus and city police departments after the tragedy occurred on the UT Campus. Newchip was born out of the passion for investment finance and waiting to help entrepreneurs raise funding. Newchip promotes positive community and social entrepreneurship and has a goal to re-invest 10% of its profits back into entrepreneurs in the developing world. Newchip was ranked in the Top 50 out of 1000 startups from 67 countries, currently has 35% market share and tracking for 75% by end of quarter, and ranked #1 for Startup Investing in the App Store.
Jane Mosbacher Morris – Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET
Jane Mosbacher Morris is the Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET, a socially-inspired business connecting ethical producers around the world with consumers and businesses seeking to make a social impact. TO THE MARKET works with large corporations such as Macy’s, Levi’s, Capital One, UBS, Experian, General Mills, and many more. She previously served as the Director of Humanitarian Action for the McCain Institute for International Leadership, where she managed the Institutes anti-human trafficking program. She currently serves on the Institute of Human Trafficking Advisory Council. Prior to joining the Institute, Jane worked in the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Counterterrorism and in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. She has traveled, written, and spoken broadly on issues ranging from business and social impact to peace and security. Her written work has been published on platforms ranging from the National Defense University to Refinery29.com. Jane is the author of the forthcoming Penguin RandomHouse book, “Buy the Change You Want to See: Harnessing Your Purchasing Power for Good.”
Dr. Thelma Reese – Founder of ElderChicks.com and Author of The New Senior Man: Exploring New Horizons, New Opportunities
Thelma Reese, Ed. D., retired professor of English and of Education, created the Advisory Council for Hooked on Phonics and was its spokesperson in the ’90’s. In that role, and as director of the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy for the City of Philadelphia, she appeared frequently on television and hosted a cable show in Philadelphia. She was a founder of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, chaired the Board of Children’s Literacy Initiative, and organized the World Symposium on Family Literacy at UNESCO in Paris in 1994. She is co-author of “The New SeniorWoman: Reinventing the Years Beyond Mid-Life” (Rowman & Littlefield). Together with her co-author, she created the blog, ElderChicks.com which continues to publish the thoughts and opinions of older women and other interested readers. Their published essays may be found on ElderEssays.com. Thelma appears monthly on Rick Toquigny’s blogcast, Life Lessons Radio.