"Like many of us, I've been to numerous conferences, conventions, trade shows, etc. Most of what happened at them has faded away. Not so with Brink. Brink is, quite simply, far and away the most important such event I've ever been to."
- Paul Hynek, Co-Founder Giant Studios, Avatron Smart Park
BRINK Institute was founded in 2014 to provide a platform for creative cross-collaboration between disparate technology verticals, venture capital resources, business development and research resources, driving conversation, creation, development and innovation as we work towards a future guided by conscious choice and deliberate action rather than accepting a default without input or influence.
Today a growing community of global leaders, researchers and innovators with branches in the US and Europe, BRINK Institute provides networking, consulting and community support through an online community platform, corporate consulting, news and media development and a series of Salons, Summits and an annual Global Congress.
Meet Celia Black, Co-Founder | BRINK Institute
A veteran of more than 20 years of branding, marketing and public relations expertise for luminaries in technology, biotech, medicine, space, education, and entertainment, Celia Black’s work is dedicated to the creation of profound and notable transformation for social good.
Experienced at national print and major network broadcast media placements, strategic event based public relations and development, some of her notable clients have included inventors and futurists Ray Kurzweil (The Singularity is Near, How to Create a Mind) and Peter Diamandis (Abundance); entrepreneurs Rick Smith (Taser International) and Rick Tumlinson (Deep Space Industries); New York Times bestselling authors Michael Hingson (Thunder Dog) and Vicki Robin (Your Money or Your Life, Blessing the Hands that Feed Us), documentary filmmakers Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake (Business of Being Born, More Business of Being Born, Weed the People); and musician Dave Grohl (Sound City).
A native of Washington, D.C., Celia now lives in the Puget Sound Northwest of Seattle, Washington and holds degrees in communications and marketing management from the University of Maryland and Harvard University. Celia is cofounder of KurzweilAI.net, a founding member of Singularity University, a contributor to Huffington Post, an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.
Meet Our Advisory Board
BRINK Institute is honoured to count the following exceptional leaders in their fields as Advisors:
Jose Cordeiro MBA, Phd
Energy Advisor, Singularity University Engineer, Author, Futurist, Visionary
José Luis Cordeiro is a world citizen in our small planet in a big unknown universe. He was born in Latin America, from European parents, was educated in Europe and North America, and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He has studied, visited and worked in over 130 countries in 5 continents. Mr. Cordeiro studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA, where he received his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) degrees in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Economics and Languages. His thesis consisted of a dynamic modeling for NASA’s “Freedom” Space Station (the“International” Space Station of today).
Terry Grossman, MD
CEO / Medical Director, Grossman Wellness Center Longevity Expert, Physician, Author, Innovator
Paul Hynek, MBA
Adjunct Professor of Finance, Pepperdine University Partner, Avatron Smart Park Entrepreneur, Financier, Technologist, Innovator
Paul Hynek is a Wharton MBA, an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Accounting at Pepperdine University, a seasoned international executive, veteran Board Chair, and a Small Business Grant Reviewer for the National Science Foundation. Paul is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur in high-tech and entertainment, and has worked in the US, Europe, and Asia. He has extensive experience in startups, intellectual property, finance, business development, and strategy.
Paul is the creator and President of EZ Numbers, leading financial projections software for startups that allows entrepreneurs to make their own business models in hours, raise money from investors and bankers, and learn the real financial drivers of their business. EZ Numbers works in over 70 countries around the world, and based on user reported figures, has helped raise over $1 billion. Because Paul is constantly advising entrepreneurs, he’s known as the “Startup CFO,” and is currently working in that capacity with several startups. Previously, Paul was Director of Business Affairs of Giant Studios, the world’s leading motion capture company. Paul led the successful acquisition of the company’s ownership of Giant’s renowned software, and was behind the software license deals that powered Avatar 2, 3, and 4, The Hobbit, Dawn/Rise of the Planet of the Apes, etc. Paul successfully managed two of the company’s most important and profitable relationships as well as HR and marketing.
Previously Paul was the Chairman and CEO of Spitfire Ventures. He conceived and developed Fingertip Books, a line of credit card size magnet books that have been published internationally in 40 different styles. Paul traveled extensively in China, establishing a network of trusted factory relationships and obtaining unprecedented payment terms. Paul conceived and produced Surf Monkey, the world’s first children’s online service, and introduced it with Bill Gates at the launch event for Microsoft Internet Explorer 4. Paul was instrumental in raising over $30,000,000, and positioning it for an IPO. As Director of Business Development at Bandai Digital Entertainment, he produced the first online service for a set-top box, managing this multi-million dollar project with custom browser, chat, and e-mail, including relationships with over 100 developers.
Paul has also served as CFO of Departure Studios, CFO of Wild Sage Food, Principal in the venture catalyst consulting firm Venture Spark, Partner of Foglight Entertainment, Senior VP of Business Development for Fax4free, and Executive Vice President of The Princeton Review of Japan. Paul holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management from The Wharton School of Business, a Master of Arts in International Studies from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in French from the University of Illinois. Paul is a popular speaker on entrepreneurship and startup financing. He is fluent in French, capable in Japanese, and speaks some Mandarin, Thai, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Paul has fourteen years of Board experience, eight as Chair. Paul serves on the Technology Committee of the Board of Trustees of Manhattanville College. He recently authored a paper entitled “The Hyper-Commons: How Open Science Prizes Can Expand and Level the Medical Research Playing Field” that was published in Rejuvenation Research.
Co-Founder and CEO of Acme Avatars
Founder and CEO of a software company that creates interactive, life-like, digital, avatars of humans, Charlie was the sponsor, organizer, and Master of Ceremonies of the highly successful 3-DAY TRANSVISION 2007 CONFERENCE bringing together over 30 scientists and celebrities from around the world to the Natural History Museum of Chicago to present and discuss technologies that interact with humans for a better future. The event included celebrity icon William Shatner; Director of Engineering at Google, Ray Kurzweil; Emmy nominated and award winning actor Ed Begley Jr; Founder of Sirius Satellite Radio and United Pharmaceuticals, Martine Rothblatt; Founder of the X PRIZE Foundation, and Zero-Gravity Corporation, Peter Diamandis; Robotics designer, David Hanson; Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, Aubrey De Grey; CEO of the Alcor Foundation, Max More; Chairperson of Humanity+, Natasha Vita More; and many others. It was at this conference where the idea for the Singularity University was first conceived by Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis! It was also where Martine Rothblatt met with David Hanson and went on to create the world’s first interactive sentient robot, BINA48.
Charlie was also one of the executive producers of the film, “Transcendent Man”. In addition, he has composed and sung many futuristic songs including: "I Am the Very Model of a Singularitarian” (Very well-known throughout the Transhumanist community, the music video starring Charlie, is based on Ray Kurzweil’s book, “The Singularity Is Near” . The song was also featured in the movie, “The Singularity Is Near”. The music video can be seen on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hKG5l_TDU8; “Our Cryonic World” (the music video stars Aubrey De Grey, which can be seen on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjTu8AbioiA); “If I Had To Build A Brain” (Based on Ray Kurzweil’s book “How To Build A Mind” can be seen on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdh9Z4zczz0) and many more, including a song forRAADfest, aptly named, “Radical Life Extension!” for which he also made and starred in a music video of: https://youtu.be/G6NHjYxYcCU
Partner, Microsoft Engineer, Inventor, Technologist, Innovator
Jim Karkanias is a Partner at Microsoft, leading Program Management for Information Management and Machine Learning in the Cloud + Enterprise Division at Microsoft. His background spans science (neuroscience), engineering (bioengineering, code development), technology (neural nets, machine learning, robotics, quantum physics) and business (including a start-up in the 90s, head of clinical operations for the human health division at Merck, etc.) – and now he is combining a bit of all of that at Microsoft. He joined Microsoft in 2006 to apply more than 20 years of industry expertise to a new venture – the Health Solutions Group – which aimed to revolutionize healthcare through paradigm shifting approaches that integrate next generation business, process, and technology.
Six years and 70 patents later, Karkanias has been instrumental in the creation of an information platform for health and life sciences spanning the physician, the consumer, and the scientist. This latter product is notable in that it advances both storage and machine-based reasoning technologies to a new high and holds the record for two of the largest and quickest customer wins in the history of the group (a 5 year strategic partnership valued at many tens of millions, just a few months after shipping). Jim now leads Program Management for Microsoft Applied Technology in C+E, an entire division at Microsoft dedicated to activating – through data and services – the business value trapped in your organization. See http://www.linkedin.com/in/
Melissa Mahler, Esq.
Founder & CEO, Pro Player Insiders Entrepreneur | Strategist | Philanthropist
Melissa Mahler is a highly sought after strategist, lawyer and social impact entrepreneur. For over fifteen years she has advised C-Suite executives, boards of directors, investors and NGO’s in negotiating complex transactions, advancing policy objectives and managing strategic and diverse relationships. She has collaborated with management teams on emerging technologies, closed financings and commercialized technology with universities, governments and Fortune 100 companies.
Melissa is unmatched in excellence in matters of law, strategy, media and government relations, community partnerships and crisis management. Her significant legal experience, in-depth understanding of how legal issues impact business, expansive network and incredible instincts, allow her to help her clients overcome obstacles and even achieve the impossible. Melissa is the CEO and executive editor of People Purpose Impact a digital magazine born out of a desire to tell stories about people and share ideas that spark conversations and inspire not only thought, but also action.
She is also the founder of Pro Player Insiders, a pioneer in athlete lifestyle media and partner of the NFL Players Association. As a nationally recognized award-winning journalist and accomplished attorney, Melissa is an architect at using her platform to create change and amplify impact. She exhibits a highly coveted proficiency for strategy and well aligned communication that has made her advise and counsel invaluable to the who’s who of CEO’s, business and government leaders and the boards of directors for several leaders of industry. Among her current activities, Melissa is on the advisory board of the Brink Institute, is a delegate to the United Nations Summit on Media and Social Impact, is on the Board of Directors of the Stop Abuse Campaign and is the Senior Legal Advisor to the World Education Foundation.
Melissa has a BS in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a minor in Political Science from Maxwell School of Citizenship and a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law.
Founder & Executive Director, C3: Center for Conscious Creativity Producer, Writer, Transmedia Consultant, Visionary
From Kate: “Over 30 years of professional experience in the the arts and the entertainment industries together with a deep interest and study of human potential, consciousness research and future studies has been my inspiration for the creation ofc3 and the mission we seek to accomplish. I hold an MA in Consciousness Studies and have been a student and practitioner of creativity, trends in the arts and media, the perennial wisdom and meditation for over 30 years. As an artist, I work as a producer and content creator in a variety of mediums, am a writer, musician and photographer.” From c3:
Kate McCallum is a producer, writer, transmedia consultant, novice futurist and artist who has had the good fortune of a diverse career in the creative arts and entertainment industries for over thirty years. After graduating with a degree in Communications and Music from Western Michigan University, she began her career in the business as a page at ABC where she worked on such shows as MORK AND MINDY, TAXI, GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE ACADEMY AWARDS, THE EMMY AWARDS and THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS. She trained as a script supervisor then spent five years gaining experience in hands-on production while freelancing on several music videos, independent films and a variety of TV projects as Script Supervisor, AD, Sound and Production Coordinator. Kate landed a job with the Executive Producers of the primetime comedy GIMME A BREAK then started working at Universal Studios with various Executive Producer/Writers on such hour long dramatic series as THE EQUALIZER, CRIME STORY, MIAMI VICE, THE HUMAN FACTOR, and half hour sitcoms such as CHARLES IN CHARGE and TOGETHER WE STAND gaining extensive experience in the process of comedy and dramatic series production.
In ’92 Kate began a long-term affiliation with WESTERN SANDBLAST at Paramount Television where she worked as a Development Assistant to primaries/writers Dan Pyne (MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE 2004, SUM OF ALL FEARS, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, DOC HOLLYWOOD, PACIFIC HEIGHTS, MIAMI VICE, etc.), John Mankiewicz (THE DIVISION, THIEVES, THE MARSHAL, MIAMI VICE, etc.) and director/producer, Aaron Lipstadt (THE DIVISION, THE MARSHAL, MIAMI VICE, ANDROID, etc.). At Western, Kate was involved with the ABC dramatic series THE MARSHAL and several hour-long network pilots. In ’96 Kate’s first made-for-television movie, WHAT KIND OF MOTHER ARE YOU? aired on NBC, which she optioned as a life rights story and produced with Alexander/Enright and Associates (credited as Producer, Kate Rubin). Promoted to V.P. Creative Affairs/Producer at Western, Kate created their long-form division and went on to set up movies at UPN (MARS-TV) and Showtime (THE BIG LIE and SECRET SOCIETY in co-production with Diane Keaton which became THE EMMETT TILL story with The Tom Lynch Co., and the late Gregory Hines who was attached as director), in addition to optioning a one hour series to Paramount which she co-created (GODDESSES). Kate then returned to Universal and worked as with Writer/Producer/ Showrunner, Michael Chernuchin in development at NBC Universal Television. Prior to that she worked as his development/research assistant on the NBC television series LAW & ORDER.
She left the studios in 2006 to join the core staff of the HARMONY CHANNEL, where she served as their VP Programming and was instrumental in the launch of this innovative music visual VoD channel on Comcast to over 9 million homes. Her responsibilities included artist relations, acquisitions, licensing and programming of hundreds of hours of content, assisting in channel branding development and producing interstitial and promotional content, as well as business development and research.
Kate then returned to her roots in classical music when she was hired by the LOS ANGELES OPERA to serve as Executive Administrator to Placido Domingo and the COO of the opera and also held the title and responsibilities of Board Liaison.
As an independent producer/writer/consultant and manager, Kate founded her own media company in 2005, BRIDGE ARTS MEDIA, LLC. Under the BAM banner, Kate has worked as a media, script and story consultant to clients with a specialty in transmedia development and rights acquisitions and has sold and develops transmedia content including; websites, books, TV series and long-form, documentary, feature projects — including three screenplays, as well as music visual content and audio and music content. Kate launched an innovative arts and music label, THE ART OF SOUND with client and composer, No’a Winter Lazerus, and also a publishing line in partnership with Unlimited Publishing, LLC.
As a journalist with an avid interest in innovation and the creative process, Kate served as a staff writer for scr(i)pt magazine on the bi-monthly column she created called THE GREAT IDEA. This column featured Q&A interviews with feature film and television writers and examines the creative and the business development process of media; specifically feature films or television content from concept to screen.
Kate created and co-founded the c3: Center for Conscious Creativity with Philip Horvath in 2004 an effort to create an LA-based think-tank and creative collective of artists, media-makers, futurists and consciousness experts to examine and explore the power of art and media to transform society and culture.
Kate has been invited to serve as a guest speaker, workshop teacher and panelist at several prominent screenwriting conferences and has presented such workshops as; NAVIGATING TELEVISION: OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS ON THE SMALL SCREEN at the Sante Fe Writer’s Conference in 2003 as well at the 2004 Great American Pitch Fest, CREATING CROSS MARKET CONTENT for the Southern California Writers Conference 2004, as a panelist at the conference, Consciousness and Media, sponsored by The Institute of Noetic Sciences in May 2004, and in September 2005 she was one of ten presenters at The Institute For Global Transformation: The Future of Consciousness where she presented on behalf of The Center for Conscious Creativity, c3. She presented THE TRANSFORMATIONAL POWER OF ART AND MEDIA, and HOLOGRAPHIC CREATIVITY: TRANSMEDIA DEVELOPMENT for The Reel Inspiration Conference, Tucson, AZ, October 2005. In May of 2013, Kate was invited to be a keynote speaker at the Asian Children’s Content Conference in Singapore where she presented the talk, “TRANSMEDIA, TRANSFORMATION AND THE FUTURE OF CONTENT” and a ‘TRANSMEDIA 101″ day long workshop. In 2013 she was the first woman to deliver a keynote to the School of Communications at her Alma Mater, Western Michigan University through their “Distinguished Speaker Series.” In the summer of 2014 Kate taught Transmedia Master Classes at Media Corp in Singapore and at the Hong Kong Design Institute in Hong Kong.
In an effort to examine the future of media and storytelling, c3 partnered with THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WRITERS CONFERENCE, and produced a conference in Los Angeles; NEW STORY PARADIGM AND THE FUTURE OF CONTENT, October 2005. Kate served as the Associate Director for this conference which investigated and promoted information and ideas about; emergent technology and new media, convergence think, and consciousness, as well as the business and craft of writing and selling media content creation. In November 2009, Kate Executive Produced an event presented by the c3, IMMERSE IN THE FUTURE: Arts, Media and Entertainment in the 21st Century, featuring keynote speaker futurist and author Jerome Glenn. In June 2010, the c3 participated as an official partner in RING FEST LA, a citywide arts festival, by presenting c3: VisionLAB’s inaguaral annual STATE OF THE ARTS 2010, a day long symposium addressing future trends in the arts and media and their potential to create a positive future society. Kate served as the Executive Producer of this event and moderated a panel and has served as Executive Producer with the c3 for several events since June 2010 including; STATE OF THE ARTS 2011: PRODUCING CHANGE with the Producers Guild of America New Media Council, a Millennium Project Think Tank, the STATE OF THE ARTS 2012: AMPLIFY with the EMA: Electronic Music Alliance, the STATE OF THE ARTS 2013: THE FUTURE OF FULLDOME with IMERSA, as well as several other concerts, arts presentations, workshops and talks in The Vortex Dome at LA Center Studios.
Kate currently serves on the Board of Advisors to Vortex Immersive Media, Inc. and the House of the Children, a non-profit agency based in Peru. She also serves as a National Board Member and a Board Delegate to theProducers Guild of America New Media Council, is a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Television Executive peer group, is a member of the World Future Studies Foundation, and has served as a judge for the Emmy Awards, the ATAS College Television awards and for the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center ‘s Hollywood, Health and Society Sentinel for Health Awards. She was appointed as a Fellow for the Society of New Communications Research and in 2009 was invited to found and Chair a Global Arts and Media Node for The Millennium Project which was founded in 1996 after a three-year feasibility study with the United Nations University, Smithsonian Institution, Futures Group International, and the American Council for the UNU. It is now an independent non-profit global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities. The Millennium Project manages a coherent and cumulative process that collects and assesses judgments from over 2,500 people since the beginning of the project selected by its 35 Nodes around the world. The work is distilled in its annual “State of the Future,” “Futures Research Methodology” series, and special studies. Kate co-designed and facilitated a global survey addressing “The Arts and Entertainment 2020” and contributed a chapter summarizing the findings in the “State of the Future” 2011 report.
Kate was invited to become a contributing blogger on the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ website. You will find her contributions here:http://www.noetic.org/blog/the-power-of-media-to-transform.
In 2013, Kate was contracted by Createasphere to design and produce an entertainment businesss conference addressing transmedia, branded content and the future of storytelling and emerging technologies called “The TransVergence Summit.” She also serves as Managing Editor, curated and launched a companion editorial site to the TVS called www.transmediacoalition.com. In addition to the TVS, Kate also served as Programming Producer and Conference Chair for the DAM: Digital Asset Management Conference NYC, and Programming Producer for the Post Production Master Class in both New York and Los Angeles. In October 2014 Kate Co-Designed, Programmed and Produced Storyworld Quest for NAIT: National Alberta Institute of Technology in Alberta Canada.
In October 2013, Kate was invited to be the presenting speaker for Western Michigan University’s Department of Communications “Distinguished Speaker Series” where she also received an Alumni Achievement Award.
Kate also expresses herself creatively as a writer, musician and professional photographer who specializes in hand-painted portraiture and has had her work shown and published in various publications. She makes her home and studio in Los Angeles California and maintains an office at LA Center Studios with partner Ed Lantz.
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