Advisory and Consulting Board
Despite the fact that we now live in an era of big data, predictive analytics, forensic profiling, behavioral economics, artificial intelligence (AI), positive psychology, machine learning, deep learning, Gallup StrengthsFinder, motivational and character profiling, coaching, LinkedIn, social media, etc., we are stuck in an era that has not moved beyond the 1950’s when it comes to identifying talent and potential career paths. Current talent and career path identification systems and methods are using self-reported, one-dimensional, short snap-shots, data-deficient models for helping individuals discover their innate talents and motives for direction in possibly the most significant life choice: career.
Mark R Demos decided to change this situation and created My Life Scene – Talent DNA LLC. As a part of this mission to change the world of creating a better pathway to the future for today’s students, he brought together a world class Advisory Board and group of consultants. The team have been consulted with to create what we believe to be the most powerful Talent discovery technology available. The board consists of world leaders in big data and predictive analysis, social psychology, positive psychology, education, business, innovation, leadership and forensic profiling.
The individuals below have helped in the conceptualization, building and advising to build a technology to make a difference. That difference is to:
- Create a higher rate of success for high school students from high school into college, vocations and other focused work options.
- Reduce the high college drop-out rates and length-of-time to graduation by helping students:
- Discover pathways to greater focus and engagement by identifying their innate Talents
- Clarifying their Motives
- Building their Character strengths
- Reduce student debt on graduation by helping students make more informed decisions based on their Talent development and clarity of future goals.
- Build data-rich Talent DNA Profiles and match students to highly predictable and successful careers post graduation
- Build exceptional lives of service based on the identification and development of the whole individual (SPIES Model)
Dr. Michal Kosinski, PhD
Stanford University and Cambridge University Consulting and ex Advisory Board
Dr. Michal Kosinski is currently Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He received his PhD in Social Psychology and Computer Science from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2014. He also spent a year as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. Kosinski’s research has had a significant impact on both academia and the industry.
His findings featured in The Economist’s special report on the future of insurance (2015), inspired two TED talks, and prompted a discussion in the EU Parliament. In 2013,
Kosinski was listed among the 50 most influential people in Big Data by DataIQ and IBM, while three of his papers were listed among Altmetrics’ “Top 100 Papers That Most Caught the Public Imagination” (in 2013 and 2015).
Michal coordinates the myPersonality project, which involves global collaboration between over 200 researchers, analyzing the detailed psycho-demographic profiles of over 8 million Facebook users. While at Cambridge University, he started an open-source online adaptive testing platform Concerto and ApplyMagicSauce.com predictive engine.
Prior to entering academia, he founded a successful ITC startup and served as a brand manager for a major digital brand.
Dr. Peggy Kern, PhD
University of Melbourne and University of Pennsylvania - Advisory Board
Dr Peggy Kern is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Kern is currently the director of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) Education Division, Originally trained in social, personality, and developmental psychology, Dr Kern received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Arizona State University, a Masters and PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania.
She has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. Her research is collaborative in nature and draws on a variety of methodologies and interdisciplinary perspectives to examine questions around who flourishes in life and why.
More specifically, her research focuses on several related areas: (a) understanding and measuring healthy functioning, (b) evaluating sophisticated theories of psychosocial processes underlying health over time, (c) big data approaches to psychological study, and (d) whole school approaches to wellbeing.
Mike Newton, BS, MA, JD - University of Texas at Austin
Partner IP - Alston Bird LLP - University of Texas - Non-Vested Patent and Intellectual Property Advisory
Mike Newton is a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group of Alston Bird* in Dallas, Texas. His practice maintains a particular emphasis on complex patent infringement litigation and counseling.
Many of the matters for which Mr. Newton has been responsible involve multiple parties and multiple jurisdictions, often within multiple countries. For example, he has represented clients in federal courts in California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin and has handled numerous investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Mr. Newton has also helped to coordinate litigation in Japan and Europe with U.S. litigation. He has extensive experience with cases in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Additionally, Mr. Newton has participated in patent license negotiations and has advised and counseled clients seeking to acquire, sell and otherwise monetize intellectual property assets.
*JD Journal recently named Alston Bird’s Silicon Valley office as a “Top IP Litigation Law Firm,” and Corporate Counsel ranked the firm No. 7 in its 2016 Patent Litigation Survey.
Dr. Monique Rinere, PhD
The New School, Harvard, Columbia, Princeton Advisory Board
Dr. Monique Rinere was the founding dean of Harvard College’s Advising Programs Office at Harvard University. In 2009, she was recruited to Columbia University to serve as the Dean of Advising for Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in the City of New York.
Dr. Rinere also served as the Director of Studies of Mathey College and then as the Residential College Dean of Butler College at Princeton, in 2006
Currently, she is an Assistant Vice President at The New School in the heart of Greenwich Village, working to support students in myriad creative ways.
Dean of Professional Studies Dallas Baptist University - Executive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship University of Texas at Dallas
Jeremy Vickers joined Dallas Baptist University in January of 2017 as Dean of the College of Professional Studies.
Jeremy previously worked with the University of Texas at Dallas as Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship where he led a team focused on cross campus startup activity and entrepreneurship curriculum. During his time there, he created more than a dozen programs to support student entrepreneurship and raised nearly two million dollars for programs, endowment, and a student seed fund.
Prior to UTD, Jeremy was at the Dallas Regional Chamber as the Vice President of Innovation where he led strategy and program implementation to support building the North Texas innovation ecosystem. He was involved in the launch of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center as a Co-Founder, the Texas Research Alliance, and InnovateDFW and assisted in the launch of the Texas Institute for Sustainable Technology which was focused on leveraging North Texas based research university capabilities to attract grants and consulting in Smart Grid and Cyber Security applications. Prior to the Texas Institute, Jeremy was the Director of Commercialization at the North Texas RCIC where he coached startups towards raising angel and venture capital.
Jeremy received his Master’s at SMU’s Cox School of Business and his Bachelor’s at Baylor University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Public Affairs at UT Dallas.
Harry Everett, BS, M.Ed, M.A.
Co-ordinating Director of Student Services, Richardson Independent School District, Texas.
Harry Everett is the Coordinating Director of Student Services for the Richardson I.S.D. with over 39,000 students.
He earned his Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Texas A&M Commerce and graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master’s Degree in Christian Education.
Harry has been heavily involved in education for twenty five years. As a teacher and coach for nineteen years, he served as the Head Football coach and Athletic Director for Richardson High school for eight years. Then as the principal at Lake Highlands Junior High School.
He has been a featured speaker at the Nike Coaching Clinics, High School Banquets, High School Honor Breakfast, Young Life, Youth Groups and College Groups, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Groups, and Richardson Avid Groups.
Harry was an official nominee for the 2006 NFL High School Coach of the Year Award. Wade Smith of the Houston Texans nominated Harry in recognition of his outstanding Football Coaching performance and dedication. Wade Smith was a former player of Coach Harry Everett.
North Texas Enterprise Center - Advisory Board
Startup consultant and coach. Customer Experience Champion at ResultMaps.com. Former Program Director for large Texas incubator who companies produced $100M+ in revenue.
Christina designed and implemented the application and onboarding processes, customized member programming, built an engaged advisory network (including relationships with investor, business, legal, financial, entrepreneurial & startup, marketing, media, academia, and technology expertise), managed support and guidance while tracking milestone progression for as many as 25 member companies at a time, created and delivered a community outreach event, called hackED, which was an educational hackathon, and managed all marketing and publicity efforts for the center and several startup companies.