Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., is a cognitive scientist interested in the development of intelligence, creativity, and personality. He is an author with multiple titles on his bookshelf, including Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined; Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties; Mating Intelligence Unleashed: The Role of the Mind in Sex, Dating, and Love; The Psychology of Creative Writing; and my personal favorite, Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind. In addition to conducting research, lecturing as a professor, and writing or editing over half a dozen books in the past decade, he is also a prolific essayist at publications and websites like Scientific American, Psychology Today, The Atlantic, and Neurohacker Collective.
Though much of his work is often characterized by redefining and understanding intelligence, he staunchly advocates for doing this in a way that also celebrates the creative and innovative. Through his work as the scientific director of The Imagination Institute in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and his leadership in co-founding The Creativity Post, among the many projects he advises on or leads, he is constantly looking for new and interesting ways that intelligence, creativity, and personality complement and align in ways that can lead to meaning and even some happiness.Continue reading
Shakira Pressley is a screenwriter, producer, and actress with a specialty in and love for all things animated. With a bachelor’s degree in digital filmmaking and video, she has written for such television shows as “Keller Nation” and Cartoon Network’s “Craig of the Creek.” In addition to TV work, she has also worked on CMF at Cannes’ award-winning short films like “4H,” “Margaret Mage,” and “Rainbow Roller Rink.”
Like most writers in Hollywood, when she isn’t creating storylines and plot twists, she’s acting or providing voice talent to get her work out to audiences. As she notes on her website, she’s “just a person attempting to do adult things so that I can have a job that allows me to do kid things.”Continue reading
Heidi Gardner is a scientist, researcher, blogger, entrepreneur, and activist. While her “full-time gig” is as a research fellow at the Health Services Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, after receiving her bachelor’s degree in pharmacology and her doctorate in participant recruitment, she has a lot more going on besides her fascination and love affair with science and improving participant trial experience.
This year, Heidi embarked on an international odyssey as a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellow—visiting art installations, chatting to professors and female scientists, and reading tomes upon tomes worth of articles and literature in North America, Europe, and Asia—to find interesting and unique ways that people share scientific research and results so it is more accessible to, and engaging for, the general public. A regular blogger herself, she updates her site with posts not only about her work and pursuits, but also her life as a woman in science and as a human on planet Earth. Which is part of her “side hustle,” an Etsy store and ecommerce brand called “Science on a Postcard,” a fun project that helps to see science in a new light.Continue reading
Carrie McKeegan is an energetic business leader, a mom, and a global citizen who also happens to love to write. She is the co-founder and CEO of Greenback Expat Tax Services, a company she started over a decade ago with her husband David, after they recognized a serious lack in the market for tax services specifically designed for American expats. With an undergraduate degree in Political Science and an International Master in Business degree, Carrie spent the first decade of her professional career working in financial institutions around the world, like American Express and Barclaycard.
Greenback Expat Tax Services has been named to the Inc. 5000 list and featured in countless publications, like the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNBC, and Bloomberg. When Carrie realized that she was having more conversations and getting more press requests to share how she and David successfully manage a 100 percent remote team of over 40 people, she took the big scary leap to pitch herself to a major business site as a Contributor. On her first try, she landed a column on Inc., and the rest—as they say—is history.Continue reading