Derek Kompare is an associate professor and Chair of the Division of Film and Media Arts at Southern Methodist University. He researches, writes, and teaches about the media industries, and particularly about how old media is distributed by new platforms.




Byron Sanders is a committed advocate for education, economic development and creating equitable communities. As the President and CEO of Big Thought, he explores innovative ways to narrow the opportunity gap and believes it’s our charge to shape society so young people have the chance to live the innate greatness that’s inside of them.




Sara Cardona is executive director of Teatro Dallas and a current board member of Deep Vellum Books and Publishing. Sara initiated the Mexican-American/Latin American Studies program at Richland College. She is also known for her work as an independent artist, and recently completed a temporary public art commission on the Katy Trail as part of The Nasher Public series. 




Al Johnson (they/them) serves as the Family and Community Services Director at Resource Center, the primary LGBTQIA+ agency of North Texas. In their role at the Center, Mx. Johnson provides strategic direction for all youth, family, adult, and older adult community services contributing to the collective healing and perseverance of the DFW queer community. In their academic career, Mx. Johnson contributes to scholastic research related to the pursuit of equity and inclusion within the public sector. Mx. Johnson is a military veteran and a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, a global honors society for those within the field of Public Administration. 




Michael Castellucci says he’s been known to “”phone it in.”” His innovative work with his iPhone has netted him worldwide attention and acknowledgement as a pioneer in mobile journalism. Mike is a 28-time Emmy Award Winner, a multiple Edward R. Murrow recipient for “”Phoning It In”” programs – this includes a National Edward R Murrow Award for a program shot entirely on an IPhone.  He also was Best of Festival Recipient, Faculty News Competition, Broadcast Educators Association and a TEGNA Innovative Storyteller Award winner.  Mike is currently Artist-In-Residence at Michigan State University in the Journalism department.



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