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2017 Speakers

Emcee – John Cain

John Cain has served South Shore Arts as executive director since 1993 and as executive director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony since 2008. Leading South Shore Arts through an evolutionary phase that culminated in the opening of two branch locations and its designation by the Indiana Arts Commission as a Regional Arts Partner, he has been instrumental in the organization’s rise as a leader in the cultural life of the Calumet Region…

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Andre Daniels

Since the release of his mixtape Tale of Two’s City Vol.2 in 2008, Add-2 has been captivating listeners & taste makers ears and imagination with his unique blend…

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Will Glaros

As a lifelong resident and business owner in Northwest Indiana since 1977, you have probably had the pleasure of meeting Will. Or …

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Michael Miller

Michael Miller is the founder of, a startup organization working to create a new measurement for job-preparedness…

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Dr. Sandra Rogers

Dr. Sandra Chimon-Rogers obtained her Ph.D. in Bioanalytical Nuclear Neurochemistry from the University of Illinois…

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Emerson Spartz

Emerson Spartz is the CEO of Dose, one of the world’s fastest-growing digital media companies with 50 million unique visitors per month…

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Stewart McMillan

Stewart McMillan has been in the fire industry since childhood. His earliest recollection is riding back to the fire station on the knee of a Chicago Lieutenant on Squad 2…

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