One of the evening speakers was Dr. Funmi Olopade (right). Dr Olopade is Director of the Center for Clinical Caner Genetics at the University of Chicago and an international leader in breast cancer research. She received her medical degree with distinction from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. A former James S. McDonnell foundation Scholar, in 2005, Dr. Olopade was named a MacArthur Fellow and awarded the Foundation's prestigious "genius grant".
The musician of the hours Claudia Schmidt (left) is a native of Michigan and has recorded 16 albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed string guitar and mountain dulcimer. Heard frequently on Folk Stage and Prairie Home Companion, her love of music is contagious, so full of like that one critic has described a Claudia Schmidt concert as "a lot like falling in love. You never know what is going to happen next, chances are it's going to be wonderful, every moment is burned into your memory, and you know you will never be the same.