SURA AL-NAMI     FOUNDER & CHIEF CO-CREATOR 

Sura is a creative problem solver & design thinking provocateur. Since 2002, she has facilitated human-centered innovation solutions through a variety of lenses – at Disney,  with Fortune 500 challenger innovation brand consultancies and as an entrepreneur.

While playing an integral part of the in house innovation team at Disney, she answered compelling questions such as the ten year future for lines of business, national communication strategy, blue sky thinking and reimagining a 25 year old sales and marketing process. 

She also was an entrepreneur within a tech start-up focused on car dealers in San Francisco in addition to a two person luxury jewelry startup that acquired distribution at Neiman Marcus. 

She now blends this entrepreneurial drive-your-own-bus spirit with navigating big organization dynamics, and partners with like-minded collaborators.

In her spare time, Sura is obsessed with experiencing different cultures, having moved 11 times by the time she was 11, spending as much time as possible in the water, or practicing hip hop yoga, as well as cooking and hosting friends she calls family.

CHRISTOPHER CHAPMAN     FOUNDER & CHIEF CO-CREATOR 

In all he does, Christopher Chapman believes in human centered design, the power of storytelling and meaningful collaboration. He is a global keynote speaker, storyteller, inventor, designer, facilitator, and all around collaborator.  Previously he spent 14 years with the Walt Disney Company where he was a Designer, Global Creativity & Innovation Director, and Innovation Catalyst. 

During this time at Disney Christopher partnered with senior leadership across the globe in television, news, theme parks, film, consumer products, marketing, engineering, story departments, social/digital, sales, operations, and HR.  Some have called him a leader of the can do collaboration movement, a design guru, innovator, and sherpa of the integrated design thinking process.

As a seasoned Innovator & Creative he has a solid track record of verifiable successes in driving immediate impact and results, while setting the stage for  individuals, teams, and companies to make big impact on today’s changes and trends in global consumer markets. He drives impact through the cutting edge of leadership, facilitation, and training of Design Thinking process and creative behaviors – changing the game in how companies, both large and small, approach longstanding, legacy challenges as well as emerging shifts in the market.

In addition to WeOverMe, he is currently the Executive Creative Director & Executive Producer at PICROW a hybrid global creative group of storytellers that make up a commercial & film studio.  PICROW co-ops directly with WeOverMe.

Christopher has a deep passion for global travel having visited 36 countries, worked in over 12, and lived in Hong Kong on assignment.  He also thrives on anything to do with family & friends, art, creativity, history, nature, science, health, art & design, story, film, and adventure.

RACHEL SAMPLES     CO-CREATOR

Rachel is a Creative Strategist - which means she does a little bit of everything when it comes to building ideas, connecting the right people and re-inventing creative approaches.  She believe there's always room for collaboration and developing new opportunities for brands and individuals.

Rachel spent several years working as a strategist on the branded content side of a digital studio before jumping over to a full-service ad agency. She quickly realized that she had a tough time falling in line with more traditional, departmentalized approaches to content and ideas. After a lot of internal back and forth, she took a leap. Rachel can proudly say that she quit her job in advertising to pursue creative strategy opportunities full time - and serendipitously enough - found WeOverMe.

Rachel proudly hails from Delaware, representing Syracuse University as much as possible, and often finds herself petting dogs that don't belong to her.

 

CHRIS JONES     CO-CREATOR  

Chris has followed his curiosity and passion for stories on an fulfilling, eclectic, and non-linear adventure. He’s lived 20 cities, 10 states, and 4 countries, and worked globally as a storyteller, attorney, and journalist. This diverse experience has enabled Chris to spark creative connections and craft resonant, impactful stories. He thrives doing work that’s never been done before.

Before joining WeOverMe, Chris led media, brand, and creative direction for NLand Surf Park in Austin, Texas, North America’s first surf park. His team partnered with brands such as RVCA and Yeti and created collaborative content with the New York Times, ESPN, Vice, Surfer Magazine, and many more.

Before bringing inland surfing to life in Austin, Chris was an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in their white collar defense and government investigations group in Washington, D.C. During his time at Cadwalader, Chris wrote an amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court in addition to working with Fortune 100 companies and global financial institutions. Chris has used his legal training in unorthodox ways, including teaching middle schoolers about criminal justice and producing Forced Out, a short subject documentary on internally displaced persons in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

Prior to attending law school, Chris worked as a senior political reporter and weekend anchor for a CBS affiliate in Iowa, where he covered the 2008 Iowa Caucuses and 2008 General Election. While in Iowa, Chris earned two Associated Press awards, two Emmy nominations for general and political reporting, and he was a member of an reporting team that won an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting.

Chris has a BA in Communications from Brigham Young University and a JD from Duke University. Chris speaks Swedish and Spanish and has working proficiency in Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole.

An avid skier and surfer, Chris loves exploring the great outdoors. He also enjoys spending time with his parents, five siblings, and eight nieces. whenever he can.

RICK WALDRON     CO-CREATOR 

Rick is an "Enterprise Innovation & New Business Creation Architect," passionate about recapturing and nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit that originally launched companies toward the success they have achieved.  He has devoted the better part of his career to studying, refining, and implementing the science and art of new business creation. 

Rick's expertise has been forged through building teams and capabilities at some of the world's premier technology and consumer brands and Fortune 100 innovators, tackling challenges around digital transformation, services innovation, and new product businesses.

As Nike's VP of Innovation Strategy & Partnerships, he built a successful internal business incubator and business development team to push beyond the frontiers of Nike's 40+-year-old business model. 

At Intel Capital, he led a team of technology "intrapreneurs," served as a partner on the company's internal venturing fund, and built a business development capability, leveraging Intel technologies to unleash new businesses.

Today, as an executive advisor and coach, he specializes in designing, building and leading world-class new business creation teams and platforms for Global 1000 companies. 

MICHELE WESLANDER QUAID     CO-CREATOR

Michele is a highly sought after speaker who has inspired thousands internationally across many sectors to include corporate executives, startup entrepreneurs, educators, students, lawyers, bankers, technologists, military and government officials. Through her first-hand experience — from corporate boardrooms to combat zones — Michele delivers best practices along with real-world examples, thereby equipping audiences with insights and tools to lead innovation and affect positive change in their organizations and communities.

As the Founder and President of Sunesis Nexus, Michele serves as an independent consultant and professional coach collaborating with global leaders in the public and private sectors, academia, and nonprofit organizations, utilizing her experience and expertise in executive leadership, strategic planning, coalition building, technology, innovation, leading change, organizational transformation and operations. Previously, Michele served as Google’s Chief Technology Officer for Public Sector and Chief Innovation Evangelist.

Prior to Google, she served in both industry and government, collaborating with talented people of diverse backgrounds and cultures around the world. Post-9/11/2001, Michele was recruited from industry into public service and was one of the youngest leaders ever sworn in as a senior executive in the US Government. As a government official, she led the cultural and technical integration of the national security community, establishing and serving in various senior leadership positions inspiring others towards a common goal and affecting positive change. Michele continues to serve on various commercial and nonprofit Board of Directors and Strategic Advisory Boards, and Federal Advisory Committees.

Michele’s honors include “DC’s Top 50 Women in Tech” (FedScoop, 2014), “Power 100” list of influencers (Washington Life, 2014), and “The 7 Most Powerful Women to Watch” (Entrepreneur Magazine, 2014).