Priya is the author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters. She is passionate about helping people create gatherings in their work and life that are transformative and meaningful for the people in them. Priya is also the founder of Thrive Labs, at which she helps activists, corporate executives, educators, and philanthropists create transformative gatherings. She works with teams and leaders to clarify their vision for the future and build meaningful, purpose-driven communities.
Priya Parker has worked on race relations on American college campuses and on peace processes in the Arab world, southern Africa, and India. She has also been appointed a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Values Council and the New Models of Leadership Council.
Alison Levine has made a career out of breaking boundaries and inspiring others to achieve more than they ever thought possible. A history-making polar explorer and mountaineer, she served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to both the North and South Poles—a feat known as the Adventure Grand Slam— which only twenty people in the world have achieved.
Having spent prolonged periods of time in some of the world's most dangerous and inhospitable places, Alison tackles the topics of creating cohesive teams, taking responsible risks, and developing no-nonsense leaders that can succeed in times of uncertainty. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller "On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Mount Everest and other Extreme Environments" and a sought-after consultant and keynote speaker on the subject of leadership development.
Shabnam Mogharabi, a self-described ambassador of joy, is a media powerhouse with over a decade of experience in digital entertainment, production, and news. As the co-founder of SoulPancake, she helps energize young people through optimistic, socially conscious videos about human connection—which, collectively, have reached over a billion views.
In 2016, SoulPancake joined the Participant family, and a global community was built using storytelling as the vehicle to reimagine better futures of peace and prosperity, and cultivating pathways for audiences to create real world impact. Participant has produced more than 100 feature and documentary films that collectively have earned 82 Academy Award® nominations and 21 wins and have highlighted some of the most pressing issues of our time.
Rosalind Wiseman fosters civil dialogue and inspires communities to build strength, courage, and purpose. She is the founder of Cultures of Dignity; an organization that shifts the way communities think about our physical and emotional wellbeing by working in close partnership with the experts of those communities--young people, educators, policy makers, and business and political leaders.
In May 2022, Rosalind and co-author Shanterra McBride will publish Courageous Discomfort: How to have Brave, Life Changing Conversations about Race and Racism by Chronicle Books. She is the author of multiple New York Times Best Sellers including: Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World.
Iris Krasnow is a New York Times best-selling author, and she has served as book club moderator for the Forever NCL Sustainer events since 2020. She specializes in relationships and personal growth. Currently, she is the senior editor of AARP's "The Ethel," a lifestyle and health online publication for women over 50. Iris is also a professor emerita teaching writing courses at American University in Washington, D.C.