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Captain Barrington Irving

Pilot and Educator, The Flying Classroom
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Inspiring Students to Touch the Sky

How can we fuse the passion to explore, the skill to fly around the world, and the ability to make science, technology, engineering and math real and relevant? Better yet, how can we help teachers introduce STEM+ without being a subject matter expert in these fields? Answering these questions, led Barrington to investigate real world STEM problems across the globe that took him to six continents, where he carried out 30 powerful ground, air, and sea expeditions exploring real-life applications of STEM+. The Flying Classroom is a K-8 STEM+ digital curriculum that challenges students to design innovative solutions to the problems he investigates.

Before founding the Flying Classroom, Barrington created a nonprofit, Experience Aviation, which offers hands-on, STEM-based programs and career guidance to middle and high school students in Florida, Texas, and Georgia.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica and brought up in inner-city Miami, Barrington was inspired to pursue aviation at age 15, when a Jamaican airline pilot offered to mentor him. He rejected college football scholarships to pursue a career in STEM and never looked back.

A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Florida Memorial University, Barrington was the recipient of a Congressional Resolution acknowledging his pioneering work in aviation education. He received the Guinness World Record as the youngest person to fly solo around the world and was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2012.

Picture of Meredith CrosbyMeredith Crosby

President for Leverette, Weekes & Co.
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Inspire Action! How Confidence, Communications and Community Can Change The World!

There are no African American women leading Fortune 500 companies. Meredith Moore Crosby uses her journey as a millennial executive at America's biggest companies to highlight the confidence, communications and community needed to be successful. Hear best practices and leadership lessons learned at McDonald's, 3M and Comcast. As President of Leverette Weekes public relations agency and a member of Forbes’ Coaches Council, Moore Crosby shares insights for attracting and retaining diverse talent in tech and business.

Meredith Moore Crosby is an award-winning global diversity professional executive coach and Communicator. Recently appointed President for Leverette, Weekes & Co., Meredith focuses on providing corporate strategy to organizations and business leaders. Her ability to strengthen an organizations diversity presence landed her company a place on the newly created LYFT Inclusion and Diversity Team; Code Switch, a two-day civic hackathon; and the Forbes Coaches Council, an invitation-only organization for successful business and career coaches.

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Executive Chef at Hyatt Regency Bloomington Central Station

A Chef's Craft

Many students dream of becoming the next Anthony Bourdain, Gordan Ramsey, or Rachel Ray. The fame and glory is invigorating indeed. But the truth is, being an executive chef requires long hours of physical work, creative thinking, leadership, and lots of problem-solving. Underneath it all is a firm understanding of food science and food safety. A great Chef hones their craft and I want to share mine with you.

Chef Paul Lynch has more than 40 years of experience in the hotel, restaurant and hospitality industry. He is Food and Beverage Director and Executive Chef at Hyatt Regency Bloomington Central Station. Paul worked at Westin Hotels and Resorts in Oklahoma and at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Hawaii, Texas and London, England. He trained at the New England Culinary Institute. Paul serves as judge, mentor and field trip host for Minnesota's ProStart program.

Profile picture of Kavi TurnbullKavi Turnbull

Serial Entrepreneur and Business Faculty at Century College

The Importance of an Entrepreneurial Mindset

The power of having an entrepreneurial mindset and the amazing opportunities it can bring to your professional career.

Kavi Turnbull is a serial entrepreneur and Business Faculty member of Century College. Kavi is a native Minnesotan and holds a B.S.B. from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He has been a founder or owner of five companies. He is currently the owner of Golden Acres pet food, a company that manufacturers raw dog food using organic and free-range ingredients.