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30th Annual American MulticulturalStudent Leadership Conference



Jane Chen | Winona LaDuke | Harry Sydney III | Reza Aslan | Maria Lopez Vento

Jane Chen

Jane is saving millions of lives with an incubator that sells for 1% the traditional cost. Chen is the co-founder of Embrace, a social enterprise that develops disruptive healthcare technologies that empower the disadvantaged. Her mission is to create "innovations that represent a new trend for technology: simple, localized, affordable solutions that have the potential to make huge social impacts."

Prior to Embrace, Jane Chen worked with nonprofit organizations on healthcare issues in developing countries. She spent several years as the Program Director of a startup HIV/AIDS nonprofit in China, and worked for the Clinton Foundation's HIV/AIDS Initiative in Tanzania. She also worked at Monitor Group as a management consultant, advising Fortune 500 companies. Chen has been selected as a TED India Fellow, a TED Senior Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, and a Rainer Arnhold Fellow. Recently, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Chen was also recently profiled by Dove Real Role Model campaign for her Embrace work. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Embrace's revolutionary first product is the Embrace Infant Warmer (EIW)—a cheap, innovative baby incubator solution designed to address the issue of global infant mortality throughout the developing world. The EIW emerged from Stanford's Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability class, where the product was created after witnessing the desperate need for a low cost solution to serve the 20 million vulnerable babies born each year. At $200, the EIW costs 1% of the cost of a traditional incubator, and is now being distributed to clinics throughout southern India, Somalia, and China.

Embrace has received coverage in 20/20, CNN, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, National Geographic, Oprah Magazine, and numerous other media. The World Health Organization named it one of the "Top Innovations in Global Health" in 2010.


Winona LaDuke

Winona Laduke was born in 1959 and grew up in Los Angeles, California. Her father was a supporting actor in Westerns, as well as a Native American activist. Her mother was a Jewish art professor. She credits both of her parents for passing the spirit of activism on to her. LaDuke became involved with Native American environmental issues after meeting Jimmy Durham, a well-known Cherokee activist, while she was attending Harvard University. At the age of 18, she spoke in front of the United Nations regarding Native American rights and since has become one of the most prominent voices for American Indian economic and environmental concerns throughout the United States and internationally. She is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg, who lives and works on the White Earth Reservations.

Winona is the Executive Director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project and Honor the Earth, where she works on a national level to advocate, raise public support, and create funding for frontline native environmental groups.

In 1994, Winona was named by TIME magazine as one of America's fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age. In both 1996 and 2000 she was Ralph Nader's running mate in his Presidential campaigns, appearing on the Green Party ticket. She has been awarded the Thomas Merton Award, the BIHA Community Service Award, the Ann Bancroft Award for Women's Leadership Fellowship, and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project.

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, Winona has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and serves as co-chair of the Indigenous Women's Network, a North American and Pacific indigenous women's organization. In 1998, Ms. Magazine named her 'Woman of the Year' for her work with Honor the Earth.

Author of six books, including The Militarization of Indian Country (2011); Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming (2005); the non-fiction book All our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (1999, South End Press); and a novel—Last Standing Woman (1997, Voyager Press), LaDuke continues to spread her message and is arguably the most well-respected authority on Native American culture in the world.


Harry Sydney III

Harry Sydney is a former NFL football player, coach and a 3 time Super Bowl Champion. Harry has a degree in Juvenile Justice and Criminology from the University of Kansas. He has played professional football in the USFL, the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers and earned three Super Bowl rings. When Harry retired from the National Football League, he launched a non-profit organization called My Brother’s Keeper-Straight Talk~ Sound Direction, a male mentoring program in Green Bay.

Since 2003, he has dedicated himself to helping more than 10,000 boys and men find success in dealing with the hardships in their lives. He personally mentors each individual, helping them gain the knowledge and skills to make positive changes in their lives. In addition, to operating a mentoring service for men, he co-hosts a successful sports talk radio show “The Fan” 107.5 FM and 1400 AM.



Reza Aslan

Dr. Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, is author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.

He is the founder of, an online journal for news and entertainment about the Middle East and the world, and co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of BoomGen Studios, the premier entertainment brand for creative content from and about the Greater Middle East.

Aslan's degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies (New Testament; minor in Greek) from Santa Clara University, a Master of Theological Studies (History of Religions) from Harvard University, a PhD in the Sociology of Religions from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction. An Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, he is also a member of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He serves on the board of directors of the Ploughshares Fund, which gives grants for peace and security issues; Narrative Four, which connects people through the exchange of stories; PEN USA, which champions the rights of writers under siege around the world; and the Levantine Cultural Center, which builds bridges between Americans and the Arab/Muslim world through the arts.


Maria Lopez Vento

A Helen Bader Foundation team member since our first year of operation, Maria Lopez Vento provides strategic guidance to program staff working on aging, employment, youth, and other key program interests. In addition, she directs various Foundation efforts to enhance Milwaukee education, bring arts to underserved audiences, and support a stronger nonprofit sector in the region. Maria shares her expertise through service on a number of local boards and advisory committees that address youth development, urban education, and nonprofit management. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University, and she is currently completing a Master’s of Business Administration at Alverno College.