guests

Sara Polon

Sara Polon graduated from University of Pennsylvania where she studied history. Her career path then took many meandering twists and turns including working at an Internet start up, leading tours through the Middle East, and several years as a stand-up comic in New York. In 2008, after reading Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, she…

Gazala Halabi

Gazala Halabi is the most well-known female Druze chef and entrepreneur in New York.  She grew with six siblings in Daliat el-Carmel, Israel’s largest Druze village, where her family operates a restaurant and her grandmother owns a spice shop. Halabi’s business career began with a home-based catering company and a few years later expanded to…

Beth Elise Hawk

Beth Elise Hawk executive produced the MTV television series Eye Candy, based on the book by best-selling author, R. L. Stine. She produced the award-winning documentary, Fan-Demanium, and co-produced the feature documentary, I’m Rick James. Her next production – the feature narrative, What Josiah Saw, starring Robert Patrick, Nick Stahl and Tony Hale – just…

Kristi Matthews

Kristi Matthews focuses on helping families, individuals, and youth in the District develop advocacy skills, use their power, and understand the importance of working towards systemic change. Kristi also helps people develop testimony and write letters to city officials to ensure that their stories are heard, and she coordinates the Legal Clinic’s Know Your Rights…

Caitlin Cocilova

Caitlin Cocilova is an attorney at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, where she works closely with community members and organizers to analyze and deconstruct how local land use and city planning decisions impact housing and homelessness. Prior to joining the Legal Clinic, Caitlin provided bilingual employment and immigration assistance to low-wage workers throughout…

Eran Riklis

Eran Riklis is one of Israel’s most acclaimed film makers and has been working as director, writer and producer for more than thirty years. Cup Final (1991), his international breakthrough presented at numerous festivals, was the biggest box office success for an Israeli film in the 90s. Lemon Tree (2008) won of the Audience Award…

Tonya Lewis Lee

Producer, Writer, Entrepreneur, Women’s Health Advocate Tonya Lewis Lee has been hard at work for over twenty years delivering quality content and information across many platforms. Through storytelling online, in books, in film and in television, she has sought to entertain, educate, inspire and encourage positive healthy lifestyle choices and outcomes. Tonya’s most recent television…

Nikki Silver

Nikki Silver is an Emmy-award winning producer and a founder of Slice Entertainment Group and ToniK Productions. Most recently, Nikki executive produced the 2019 Sundance Film Festival feature Premature, directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green, which was bought by IFC Films. In 2018, she produced All Rise, based on Walter Dean Myers’ acclaimed novel Monster. The…

Nicole Porter

Nicole D. Porter is the Director of Advocacy at The Sentencing Project, where she manages state and local advocacy efforts on sentencing reform, voting rights, and eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Her advocacy has supported criminal justice reforms in several states including Kentucky, Missouri, and California. Porter was named a “New Civil Rights…

Ruby Jade Corado

Ruby Corado

Ruby Jade Corado is the Executive Director of Casa Ruby Inc, and is a Humanist-Transgender woman born in San Salvador, El Salvador. She fled a civil war when she was just 16 years old and has devoted the last 20 years to advocating for the inclusion of transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming gay, lesbian, and…