Judges
Ralph James – Entrepreneur, experienced higher education administrator and philanthropist. Executive Director of External Relations, Harvard Business School (retired)

Matthew Kennedy – Founder, Kennedy Merchant Partners; Board member, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation

Shirley Leung
– Interim Editorial Page Editor, Columnist and former Business Editor for the Boston Globe; Contributor to WGBH and NECN; former reporter for the Wall Street Journal; mother of two sons on the autism spectrum

Quincy Miller
– President, Eastern Bank; Immediate past Board Chair, of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts; Board member, Greater Boston Food Bank, Bottom Line and Zoo New England’ Board of Overseers, Greater Boston YMCA

Matthew Millett
– Security Officer II, Department of Youth Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Board member, Special Olympics of Massachusetts

Marylou Sudders
– Secretary of Health & Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Prior to becoming Secretary, Sudders was an associate professor and chaired the Health/Mental Health program at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work.

Moderator
David S. Chang – David is the Chief Executive Officer of Gradifi and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School. As a leader in the entrepreneurship community, he has held operating roles at five startups and made 40 angel investments in early stage startups. Awards include Boston Business Journal’s Power 50: Most Influential Bostonians, BostInno’s 50 on Fire: Education Winner / Investment Winner / Tech Finalist, and Finalist for NEVY Angel of the Year.

Presentation Mentor
Margaret Ake –
Margaret Ake is an instructor for the Corporate Learning Division of Harvard Business Publishing, a subsidiary of the Harvard Business School. She is also a partner at Herter Associates, a corporate training firm that offers customized courses for financial analysts and relationship managers at commercial and investment banks worldwide.