is the creator and author of “The One Week Job Project,” an inspiring journey across North America in which he worked 52 jobs in 52 weeks to find his passion. Aiken has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, and has appeared on CNN, 20/20, Good Morning America, and countless other media outlets around the world. He frequently speaks to students and companies about what he learned from his experience and has developed an international program to empower others to discover their passion by taking on a series of “one week jobs”.
After graduating with a BA in English Literature and Rhetoric, Anton quickly found himself sitting all day in a business suit. Then he had an idea... what if he also spent his lunch sitting in a business suit? And his nonprofit, HOURLUNCH, was born. He is passionate about seeing exciting, simple ideas through; and recognizing a good one when you see it. The Wayfinding Academy is not only a fantastic idea, but an innovative way to help others find theirs!
Cristal is a Credit Review Specialist at US Bank and has worked in credit/lending for the last six years. Cristal graduated from Concordia University with a BA in Business Administration and minor in Marketing. She is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Concordia and will graduate in 2017 with a concentration in Finance. Cristal is a native Oregonian and loves helping nonprofit organizations carry out their mission and make a difference. She's interested in nonprofits focused on hunger, education, and the health and well-being of children. Cristal developed a deep passion for charitable work while coordinating volunteers to deliver a physical fitness program at Vernon Elementary School. This allowed her to reach out to her community and see first-hand how much volunteer work makes a difference.
is a best-selling author, speaker, and consultant who helps people start finishing the stuff that matters. His website ProductiveFlourishing.com, has been visited by over 3 million people and its tools have been downloaded over 1 million times.
is Co-founder and CEO of the BootsnAll Travel Network. Also CEO of acquired company AirTreks. Sean earned a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from Northern Illinois University and has studied Entrepreneurship at Babson College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
is an assurance associate and CPA candidate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Portland, Oregon. She has worked with many nonprofits including American Cancer Society, TEDxMtHood, and Cash Oregon. She met the founder of the Wayfinding Academy, Michelle Jones, while attending Concordia University. Katarina had Michelle as a professor for many of her classes and as a mentor for her role on the TEDxMtHood planning team. She recently graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Accounting.
For the last 18 years, Ali O’Neill has been the co-owner, chief financial officer and a project manager for O’Neill Electric Inc, an electrical, general contracting and masonry contractor in Southeast Portland. The varied roles afforded by this position allow someone as easily bored as Ali to remain challenged teaching herself new skills! Ali is entirely self-taught in the business and construction world, after a previous education and career as a Registered Nurse. Wherever she goes in life, Ali seeks to help younger people around her find their way to not just a satisfying career, but a varied and productive life overall.
Co-founder and President of O’Neill Electric Inc., an MBE/DBE electrical and general contracting company serving Oregon and Washington for the past eighteen years. He is responsible for overall company direction and overseeing operations, projects, estimating and design activities. O’Neill was founded on investing in and cultivating a diverse workforce to broaden opportunities for everyone. O’Neill recognizes the importance of providing their time, resources and capital to programs that reflect their desire and passion to build equity and promote inclusion in our communities, and work closely with the Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity, Urban League, Constructing Hope, Verde, Portland Youth Builders, Oregon Tradeswomen Inc., All Hands Raised and SCAFE to build equity, while nurturing a just and ethical work environment.
is an entrepreneur, radio personality, and politician in the U.S. state of Oregon. He is the founder of the Bus Project, and served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2009 to 2012. He was one of two candidates for Mayor of Portland in 2012 to advance beyond the primary election, but lost to Charlie Hales in the November general election. He currently serves as the Executive Director for the non-profit progressive talk radio station XRAY.FM on which he also hosts a weekly program "Thank You Democracy."
is an authority on leveraging social media to find employment. He is the author of Job Searching With Social Media For Dummies, and his writing has appeared in Forbes, Huffington Post, Mashable and the International Business Times. Joshua’s career blog, CareerEnlightenment.com, won the About.com Reader’s Choice Award for Best Career Blog 2013. When he’s not writing, Joshua presents keynotes, trainings and breakout sessions around the world for students, career advisors, consortiums and professional organizations.
enjoys building up deposits in the karma 'bank account' though community service. He is a volunteer emergency responder at the local, state, and federal levels, spending most of his time with a volunteer fire department. In his day job he is a computer programmer for a large financial firm, promoting Open Source software ideals there. He believes in lifelong learning, so he takes unusual classes such as bladesmithing and police pursuit driving, when he can.
is contagiously passionate about creating education programs that empower our youth to face the crises and opportunities of these times. She had the amazing opportunity to earn a M.A. in Peace Education at The U.N. University for Peace while researching the power and potential of youth to be engaged changemakers. Later, she found her life calling while teaching Peace Studies and Global Citizenship to teens at a farm school. Emily is now midway through a PhD in Sustainability Education. Since moving to Portland, she is immersed in building community and education projects around permaculture, climate action, social justice, nature connection, and rites of passage.