Meet Six Founding Members of the Newsweek Expert Forum

Expert Forum members are industry leaders who provide insights on international issues, technology, business, culture and politics.

Meet the members of Newsweek Expert Forum
Meet the members of Newsweek Expert Forum. Photos courtesy of the individual members

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Expert Forum members are industry leaders who provide insights on international issues, technology, business, culture and politics. Members gain exclusive access to a vetted network of peers from related fields. By publishing on Newsweek.com and reaching a diverse audience, they have opportunities to educate, debate and cultivate deeper understanding.

Get to know six of the founding members of Newsweek Expert Forum, and learn more about becoming a member.

Bruce Wilson, Chief Innovation and Development Officer, The Conversation US

Over the course of his career, Bruce Wilson has worked to combine academic leadership with media for the public good. In 2014, Bruce helped launch The Conversation US, a nonprofit, independent news organization that publishes informative and thought-provoking articles written by academic experts on topics ranging from policy and economics to health and science.

He previously served as the Director of Higher Education at NBC Learn, a division of NBC News, and the publisher of both The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. An expert in business development, publishing and strategic communications, Bruce has developed strong relationships with leaders at colleges and universities across the country. He has a B.S. in marketing, business and American history from Fairfield University.

LaKesha Womack, Owner and Lead Consultant, Womack Consulting Group

LaKesha Womack founded Womack Consulting Group in 2005 to help busy professionals run their organizations more efficiently. Womack Consulting Group provides strategic planning, brand management, leadership training and political consulting to businesses, nonprofits, churches, and colleges and universities around the world. LaKesha draws on her past experience as a business consultant, financial advisor and brand manager to teach teams how to improve communication, leadership and professional development.

LaKesha is the author of 16 books, the host of an online radio show, an ordained deacon and the founder of the social impact organization, #RethinkingChurch Strategies, LLC. She holds a B.A. in political science from Vanderbilt University and is a graduate of the Campaign School at Yale University.

Mark Goulston, President, Mark Goulston, M.D., Inc.

Described as a "people hacker," Dr. Mark Goulston has honed his facilitation and coaching skills in board rooms, classrooms and high-stakes situations. A clinical psychiatrist who taught at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute for more than 25 years, Mark has also worked as a corporate conflict resolution specialist and a trainer for FBI and police hostage negotiators. He uses his expertise as a business consultant, speaker and coach for organizations, entrepreneurs, educators and Fortune 500 leaders. Mark has written or co-written eight books and hosts the podcast, "My Wakeup Call."

He earned a B.A. from UC Berkeley and an M.D. from Boston University, completing his post-graduate residency in psychiatry at UCLA.

Ali Motashari, CEO, LifeNome

In 2016, Ali Mostashari co-founded LifeNome, an AI-driven wellness platform, with the goal of improving wellness outcomes for individuals worldwide. LifeNome uses biological, physiological and behavioral data to help companies personalize products and services based on customers' genes, lifestyle and environment.

Ali has more than 15 years' experience in technology research and development. Since 2019, he has served as a member of the Global Futures Council of the World Economic Forum. Before launching LifeNome, Ali was associate professor and program director at Stevens Institute of Technology's School of Systems and Enterprises and worked as a lead program manager and strategic resource manager at the United Nations Development Programme. He earned two master's degrees and a Ph.D. from MIT.

Mylena Sutton, Founder and Principal Consultant, Voltage Vista LLC

"We fix people problems" is the mantra of Voltage Vista, the employee training company that Mylena Sutton founded in 2007. Voltage Vista aims to strengthen organizations with the "3C's" — evaluating culture, mitigating sources of conflict and ensuring compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity standards. Through human resources consulting and leadership development seminars, Mylena works with teams and leaders to and address challenges related to conflict, change, diversity and accountability.

Mylena has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Georgia and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Drexel University's LeBow College of Business and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration.

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Jason Kelly, Founder, Ginkgo BioWorks

Jason Kelly was studying for his Ph.D. in biological engineering when he met the other four co-founders of Ginkgo Bioworks at MIT. All five were passionate about synthetic biology, a relatively new field in 2008, and created Ginkgo Bioworks with the goal of making bioengineering simpler, faster and cheaper. The company uses data analytics and robotics to create and discover new organisms for applications in agriculture, food, pharmaceutical, chemical and energy industries.

Jason also received B.S. degrees in chemical engineering and biology at MIT. During his graduate studies, he founded OpenWetWare.org, a website designed to promote information sharing among biology and biological engineering researchers.

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