Joanna is a multimedia journalism instructor, award-winning writer and writing/media coach. She is a former Dallas Morning News reporter and columnist, with experience working with diverse groups. Her work has appeared in a number of publications and outlets including DFW Magazine, the Dallas Voice, Fox News Latino, Texas School Business, Kappan Magazine, WFAA-TV and more.
Bob Satawake is an activist, philanthropist, and businessman. He was the owner and managing partner of Chicago Luxury Group, a boutique luxury real estate firm affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty. The success he experienced in the real estate business allowed him to be involved in a variety of philanthropic and other social and political activities. As a humanitarian promoting the equality of all people he served as a Member of the Board and Dinner Committee Member for BUILD, a non-profit organization serving Chicago’s inner city high school at-risk youth for gang prevention as well as providing other educational resources and programs. Bob also served as a member of the National Board of Directors for Victory Fund, a non-profit bi-partisan organization that provides educational and leadership training for LGBT candidates running for elected office.
In 2011 Bob and his husband, U.S. Ambassador James W. Brewster, served as members of the Democratic National Committee and on the National LGBT Advisory Council of the DNC. In addition, they both served as National LGBT Co-Chairs of Obama for America and National Finance Committee Members of Obama for America. Bob traveled extensively as a volunteer throughout the United States supporting President Obama. Bob was involved in raising money and or supporting 15 U.S. Senate and House Candidates from 2008-2012, of the 15 candidates he and his husband supported they were successful in helping to elect 13 of the candidates.
Bob served as senior policy advisor to Ambassador Brewster and chaired 13 human rights committees at U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo. In addition he serves as senior advisor to three USAID LGBT projects in the Dominican Republic including the launch of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce in association with the U.S. Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the launch of Tolerance through Tourism in association with COIN, and the launch of the LGBT Candidate Initiative in association with Victory Fund.
Bob is a contributing writer to various news publications regarding humanitarian rights and marginalized people. He has spoken before the American Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic, the George Washington School of Political Management, the National Conference of the Victory Fund and other outlets regarding corporate social responsibility and the promotion of human rights. In addition, he was instrumental in influencing the Dominican Republic’s environmental policy on de-forestation and eliminating the production of wood charcoal. Most recently he has influenced a positive change in pursuing justice for victims of gender based violence and human/sex trafficking through the exposure of these activities in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo and various law enforcement agencies. Bob has been a guest lecturer at both the University of Chicago and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine regarding Public Health and Diplomacy.
Today his passions continue to promote humanitarian equality of all people and he continues to travel the world in support of organizations that assist the disenfranchised. Bob also publishes an online blog regarding humanitarian and legislative causes.
Camilla Hermann is a humanitarian and serial entrepreneur. Her current focus is tackling the core problems of health care in the United States by reinventing the traditional clinic model to increase quality of care for patients and quality of life for physicians.
Prior to working on health care in the US, Hermann was the founder and Executive Director of Odisi, a not-for-profit tech startup that developed a platform for last mile data collection. The first application of this platform was the Assisted Contact Tracing (ACT) system. ACT was built to deliver better, faster medical care during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. ACT automated contact follow up and built location based maps of transmission networks, thereby providing a resource efficient and highly scalable foundation for further data analysis.
In the span of 8 months, Hermann developed a product concept, secured the operational support of, and/or partnerships with, Google Crisis Response, The Liberian Government, The World Health Organization, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Cellcom – a major telecommunication company in Liberia and Ghana, and InSTEDD – the most experienced crisis response and mHealth tech nonprofit. She secured seed funding to launch the ACT pilot and successfully proved the product on the ground. Medecins Sans Frontieres agreed to make ACT an official pilot of the organization, something MSF has never done before during a health crisis.
Prior to Odisi, Hermann co-founded GroundUp Global, an organization that provides capacity building and resources to local leaders. She worked with the Liberian refugee population on the Buduburam camp in Ghana between 2010 - 2014, where she partnered directly with the Liberian Embassy in Ghana to raise funds and support an citizen empowerment initiative within Buduburam.
Through GroundUp, Hermann documented demographic data for 3500 unregistered Liberian refugees with a team of 10 for the purposes of repatriation by the UN, Ghana Refugee Board, and International Organization of Migration.
Her work has been featured at the Clinton Global Initiative University Conference, the United Nations NGO Conference, and was selected as a semi-finalist for the Ashoka Changemaker Challenge.