Shelly is a community leader & an internationally recognized authority on American quilts. Check out www.shellyzegart.com for more information. She collects, curates exhibitions, writes, lectures, and appraises fine quilts. Shelly has curated many exhibits in the U.S. & abroad, and lectures on all aspects of quilt history and aesthetics. She is the President of the not-for-profit Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc., the 1st of the state quilt documentation projects. Shelly is a co-founder of the Quilt Alliance & Executive Producer and Host of “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics” a nine-part documentary featured on more than 250 member PBS stations and whyquiltsmatter.org & now streaming on Kentucky Educational Television. Her private collection of quilts was acquired by the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2013 Shelly was the catalyst for the placement of the International Honor Quilt (see Judy Chicago Through the Flower site) at the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute, & chairs the governance committee overseeing the integration & use of the Honor Quilt at the University. She has built private & corporate quilt collections around the world. In 1985, Shelly was selected for Leadership Louisville & in 2004, she was named a Woman of Distinction by the Louisville Center for Women & Families & an Associate Fellow of the International Quilt Study Center. Shelly is active in a number of community efforts and boards. Her most recent project is Kentucky to the World or “KTW” a nonprofit she founded in 2013 & based in Louisville. KTW is dedicated to enhancing the intellectual reputation of Kentucky, it’s people & its assets through a unique combination of live events and video outreach. KTW features and promotes extraordinary individuals who are passionate about their Kentucky ties through a speaker series for general and student audiences, videos distributed online, through community partners & KET (KY. Educational Television) for further info visit kentuckytotheworld.org.
Shelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan & resides in Louisville with her husband, Dr. Kenneth Zegart & has 2 daughters, Terri Seltz & Amy Zegart.
Ramez Naam is the co-chair of Energy and Environment at Singularity University. He is a computer scientist who spent 13 years at Microsoft leading teams that worked on email, web browsing, internet search, machine learning, internet-scale systems, and artificial intelligence. The products he built have touched the lives of more than a billion people. Ramez is an inventor with more than 20 patents, many of them co-authored with Bill Gates. He is also a startup investor, focused on disruptive energy startups, and is a board member of E8 Angels. He leads an angel investing syndicate on AngelList, where you can co-invest alongside him. He is on the advisory board of Shell’s New Energies division and has advised numerous Fortune 100 energy, utility, and transportation companies. He and his work have been written about in The New York Times, The Economist, Slate, Business Week, Scientific American, The Atlantic and more. Ramez is also the multi-award-winning author of five books, including “The Nexus Trilogy” science fiction novels.
Dr. Richard Murphy, who has been the research director at the Alltech European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, Ireland, for 17 years, is the recipient of the Alltech Medal of Excellence. Alltech’s highest distinction, it is awarded annually to someone of great character and achievement. Dr. Murphy is being recognized for his pioneering work in the areas of organic trace element assimilation, microbial enzyme technology and the mitigation of antimicrobial resistance in livestock production.
This research has provided the basis for a revolution in animal nutrition, including many exciting developments in the industry, such as: the application of organic trace minerals and their potential to positively impact feed quality and decrease feed costs; the optimization of solid-state fermentation systems by utilizing microbial enzyme production, opening opportunities for new supplementation approaches; and a better understanding of the microbial factors that influence gut health, which has been integral to the development of novel strategies for mitigating antimicrobial-resistant bacteria.
Dr. Murphy’s ability to analyze complex concepts and translate them into easily understood language has positioned him as an ambassador of some of Alltech’s most advanced technologies and their practical applications, taking him around the world as a much sought-after speaker and expert. Murphy is also heavily invested in the future of research, overseeing the activity of many Ph.D. and Master’s Degree students over the course of his career. This forward-thinking outlook extends to emerging technologies as well, such as metabolomics, a new science that explores the compounds that microbial populations produce in the gut and their effects on genetics, metabolism and overall health.
Amanda Radke is a fifth-generation rancher from Mitchell, South Dakota, who has dedicated her career to serving as a voice for the nation’s beef producers. A 2009 graduate of South Dakota State University (SDSU) with a degree in agricultural communications, education, and leadership, Amanda served internships with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service in Washington, D.C. and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver, Colorado. Her 2008 summer internship with BEEF magazine led to an ongoing blogger position for the BEEF Daily blog, where she provides timely industry news each week, Monday through Thursday.
She’s the 2006 National FFA Extemporaneous Speaking champion and the 2006 National Beef Ambassador. In 2012, she was recognized as a Top 10 Beef Industry Leader by Cattle Business Weekly and was included in Media Industry News’ 2012 “Top 15 People To Watch Under 30” list. When she’s not writing or ranching, Amanda is traveling the country speaking to agricultural groups about hot industry issues or reading her ranch-inspired children’s books, “Levi’s Lost Calf” and “Can-Do Cowkids,” at elementary schools. She married her SDSU collegiate meats judging teammate, Tyler, in 2010, and together, they have three children, Scarlett, Thorne, and Croix. Learn more about Amanda or purchase her books at www.amandaradke.com.