Emerson Collective Dial Fellowship

Equipping remarkable social entrepreneurs with new communications tools to strengthen their voices and extend the impact of their work.

Meet the 2020 Dial Fellows, remarkable cross-disciplinary leaders addressing old problems in bold, new ways.

Amy Bach
Criminal-Justice Data Reformer

Amy Bach is the CEO and founder of Measures for Justice, a nonprofit organization that collects, standardizes, and publicizes criminal-justice data from counties across the country. Her work empowers communities, courts, practitioners, and policy makers with the information they build fairer criminal legal systems.

Donnel Baird
Green Building Entrepreneur

Donnel Baird is the founder of BlocPower, a startup that markets, finances, and installs solar and energy-efficient technology, helping small businesses, residential buildings, houses of worship, and nonprofits save money and ensure a healthier, safer future for all.

Maria Colacurcio
Pay Equity Entrepreneur

As the CEO of Syndio, Maria Colacurcio is accelerating progress toward pay equity with software that helps companies analyze pay gaps, and achieve and sustain fair pay.

Morgan Dixon & Vanessa Garrison
Health Justice Advocates

T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison are the co-founders of GirlTrek, the largest health movement for Black women in the United States.

Fagan Harris
Workforce Development Entrepreneur

Fagan Harris is the president and CEO of Baltimore Corps, an organization that reimagines workforce development as a citywide talent infrastructure designed to connect community leaders and social entrepreneurs to the most impactful opportunities in racial justice and impact innovation in Baltimore.

Marielena Hincapié
Immigration Lawyer & Advocate

Marielena Hincapié is an attorney and advocate, and a leader of the national movement for immigrant justice. She currently serves as the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, the leading organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrant rights in the U.S.

Mayme Hostetter

Mayme Hostetter is the president of Relay Graduate School of Education, which supports and prepares teachers and school leaders to make the biggest possible impact in the lives of their students.

Max Krummel
Immunologist & Data-Sharing Advocate

Max Krummel is an immunologist and the co-founder of ImmunoX, an innovative, cross-disciplinary research collective advancing understanding of how the immune system works to protect us against diseases like cancer, dementia, and COVID-19.

Teddy Rice
Education Technology Entrepreneur

Teddy Rice is the president and co-founder of Ellevation, an education technology company that empowers teachers in the U.S. to help English learners reach their full potential.

Joan Salwen
Green Agriculture Entrepreneur

Joan Salwen is the co-founder and CEO of Blue Ocean Barns, a company that offers a seaweed-based additive that — when added to cattle diets — dramatically reduces their methane emissions.

Jacques Sebisaho
Doctor & Global Health Innovator

Jacques Sebisaho is the founder and executive director of Amani Global Works, an organization that delivers primary health care to the island of Idwji in the Democratic Republic of Congo through innovative, scalable services.

Sriram Shamasunder
Doctor & Healthcare Innovator

Sriram Shamasunder is a physician and co-founder of the HEAL Initiative, which empowers health care providers to serve deeply vulnerable communities — which have some of the world’s highest burdens of disease.

At Emerson Collective, we look continuously for breakthroughs that can create new avenues of opportunity for individuals, families, and communities. But we also know that breakthroughs are only the beginning. If these breakthroughs are to spark lasting change, new stories must be told that capture the public’s imagination and lay a foundation for progress.

That’s why we built a fellowship program that provides remarkable leaders with new communications tools and resources to tell the stories of their breakthroughs, captivate new audiences, shape important public conversations, and ultimately, extend the reach and impact of their work.

While Dial Fellows are pursuing a wide-range of topics, they each share a common vision of a more just world, where opportunity is more equally distributed.

The program is designed to elevate the work and ideas of Fellows; connect them to a diverse fellowship community; and celebrate Fellows as breakthrough leaders. As a result, we hope Dial Fellows will be able to tell their stories in more powerful and relatable ways, sparking momentum for their missions.

Fellows are selected through an invitation-only application process. Each class of Fellows is designed to reflect Emerson Collective’s wide-ranging priorities. Dial Fellows are social entrepreneurs, scientists, lawyers, activists, advocates, and inventors with a track record of exceptional achievement, an important big breakthrough driving their work, and an ambitious vision to grow their impact.

The Dial was an American journal founded in 1840 by Ralph Waldo Emerson and other Transcendentalists. Originally edited by the journalist, Margaret Fuller, The Dial, which was named for a sundial, was created to shine a light on the best contemporary ideas of the day. Here’s how the journal described its own ambition:

“The pages of this Journal will be filled by contributors, who possess little in common but the love of intellectual freedom, and the hope of social progress; who are united by sympathy of spirit, not by agreement in speculation; whose hearts are more in the future than in the past; and who trust the living soul rather than the dead letter.”

In this same spirit, we hope the Dial Fellowship brings together extraordinary leaders from vastly different backgrounds and fields of work, united by a pursuit of social progress, with hearts more in the future than the past.

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