Speakers 2022

Adult Speakers

Anna Boser (’12), PhD Candidate at UC Santa Barbara, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

TEDTalk: How to save the Earth from Space

anna boserAnna comes from a background in statistics and public health, and is broadly interested in using quantitative methods to understand ecosystem services that humans rely on for health and wellbeing. Her previous work has focused on air quality in California, including evaluations of the health effects of prescribed burning and estimations of ground level particulate matter using remote sensing. However, she has also worked on the socio-economic dynamics of HIV in French Guiana, and women’s empowerment in Niger.


Laura Spiekerman (’00), Cofounder and CRO at Alloy

TEDTalk: What Now for Women in Leadership


Laura Spiekerman is a cofounder and CRO at Alloy. Alloy’s API enables financial services companies to better manage their digital onboarding and identity requirements, increasing conversion and reducing fraud for banks and fintechs alike. Alloy works with both fintech companies and banks, including Marqeta, Petal, Brex, Radius Bank and others. Prior to Alloy, Laura lead Business Development & Partnerships at an ACH payments startup and was on the Research & Investment team at Imprint Capital Advisors (acquired by Goldman Sachs). Laura is a proud Barnard College alumna and lives in Oakland, California.


Student Speakers

8th Grade
Benjamin Blair — How Car Oil Impacts Ocean’s Marine Life
Juniper Hedlund & Alexandra Jameson — The World of Representation
Joshua Kaminsky — Coping with OCD
Madeleine Kelly — The Rise of K-Pop
Constance Lebofsky — Breathing to Not Choke

7th Grade
Noah Bennett — Supporting LGBTQ+ Students
Camille Bruckert — Troubled Media
Elias Ghozael — For the Love of Books
Valentin Robert — Preparing for the Next Pandemic