Valerie Grison is an expert in how to engage teenagers. Following her passion, she decided to create Give Us The Floor. She is an experienced advertising and television executive, founder and CEO of StoraLab, specialized in creating experiences for teens and tweens. Its main project, TBQE The Best Question Ever, is a curiosity-driven social app for young people.
Previously to founding StoraLab, Valerie enjoyed a successful career in the advertising industry in Europe. She was the Founder and Executive Producer of Tipitina Films, a production company specializing in award-winning television commercials. Valerie produced international films for advertisers including L’Oréal, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Kraft Foods, and Samsung. She has also held finance and operational leadership roles. Her business success led to the acquisition of Others, a B2B advertising agency by Gyro, a global firm headquartered in London.
Kara has engaged and empowered teens for the past eight years as an educator, theatre director, and coordinator for a teen mentor program. She founded the American Canyon Drama Program where she trained a team of middle and high school students to run every aspect of theatrical productions. She has taught and developed curricula for English and Drama in California and Honduras, has been nominated for multiple California Teacher of the Year awards, and has led national and international educational tours for teens. Kara holds a M.Ed and a B.A. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Cynthia is a former teacher with a BA in Education. She left teaching to raise a family while embarking on a career as a writer. She's know for both her pop culture books and her articles on social media marketing. She's worked on a variety of teen-oriented projects including an interactive writing and video site for Disney Interactive and a fashion game aimed at helping teens learn how to run their own small business. Cynthia also ran social media marketing campaigns for littleBits, TakePart.com and Harper Collins Teen Publishing.
Sarah has worked with Bay Area teens for over ten years, first as a young adult librarian and currently as a middle school teacher. Sarah has received a Napa County Teacher of the Year nomination every year since she began teaching. She has taught and developed curricula and assessments for grades six through eight and reviews young adult literature for School Library Journal. She is a New Tech Network Certified Teacher and a Google Certified Educator. Sarah holds a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, an MLIS from San Jose State University, and a teaching credential from the UC Davis.
Tom Solberg is an educator with nearly 20 years experience. Tom holds several degrees, certificates and credentials in the area of education and psychology. He has been recognized several times for his teaching and school administrator successes. He is currently in his second year at American Canyon High School where he is teaching Government, Economics and Psychology.
His focus is on the Social-Emotional understanding and needs of his students.Through project-based learning he has found the ability to weave activities that allow students to take responsibility for their own learning, particularly in their understanding of themselves and others through enhancing their ability to empathize.