Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, VP of Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf is vice president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law and the organization’s inaugural Women and Democracy Fellow. A passionate advocate for issues of gender, politics—and menstruation—she was dubbed the “architect of the U.S. campaign to squash the tampon tax” by Newsweek. Her 2017 book Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity was lauded by Gloria Steinem as “the beginning of liberation for us all.” Her writing and work have been featured by The New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, Ms., Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, and NPR, among others. Jen’s TEDx Talk details her obsession with period policy, and what it means for gender parity in the U.S. in the #MeToo era.
Alexander Olesen, Founder of Babylon Micro-Farms Inc.
Alexander Olesen founded Babylon Micro-Farms Inc. in his last year of college, at UVA, after learning about hydroponic agriculture in Professor Bevin Etienne's social entrepreneurship course. The company has gone on to develop proprietary technology that automates many of the complex aspects of growing plants hydroponically. Their goal is to accelerate the transition to sustainable indoor agriculture, In doing so their technology allows anyone to grow crops using 2x faster, using 95% less water than conventional agriculture, without the use of pesticides or harmful chemicals. His talk will explore the revolutionary concept of indoor Micro-Farming and it's potential to disrupt the fresh produce industry.
Lindsey Shavers, Student Speaker
Lindsey Shavers is an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia where she is pursuing her degree in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship. Her academic research focusses on tech integrity and bias in artificial intelligence. She has participated in the annual National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Talks Competition where she won first place for her talk on bias in artificial Intelligence. She also participated in the TEDxUVA competition this Fall with her talk on bias in artificial intelligence. On Grounds, Lindsey serves as Finance Chair for the UVA Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers as well as an Echols Ambassador. She also volunteers through Madison House with an adult computer literacy program. She has worked as a Software Engineering Intern at Room Key, a hotel metasearch engine co-owned by several of the world’s largest hotel chains, during her time at UVA. Lindsey is also a DJ who has performed internationally at the Around Hip Hop Live Cafe in Makhanda, South Africa, and at multiple venues around Charlottesville.