Lois Holzman is director of the East Side Institute and chair of the Performing the Worldconferences. For over 30 years, she has led the way in developing a new psychology that understands our ability to perform – to pretend, to play, to improvise, to be who we are and other than who we are – as key to our emotional, social and intellectual growth and well-being. She is mentor and coach to scholars, educators, artists and community activists around the globe, who are practicing social therapeutics and creating performance activism as new approaches to community development and social change. She is the author or co-author of hundreds of chapters, essays and articles and ten books – including Vygotsky at Work and Play and The End of Knowing: A New Developmental Way of Learning. Her latest book, The Overweight Brain: How Our Obsession with Knowing Keeps Us from Getting Smart Enough to Make a Better World invites readers to embrace “non-knowing growing.” Lois received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in developmental psychology and is currently the Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Vygotskian Practice and Performance at the Lloyd International Honors College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Cathy Salit is an author, performer, executive coach, and social entrepreneur. She is co-founder and CEO of the award-winning leadership consulting firm Performance of a Lifetime. Her work and thought leadership have been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company, Costco Connection, The Wall Street Journal, CEO World Magazine, in her column for Inc.com, and on a whole lot of underground and mainstream podcasts, radio and videos worldwide. She is the author of Performance Breakthrough: A Radical Approach to Success at Work (Hachette 2016), in which she presents POAL’s revolutionary approach to learning, growing and change. Praise for Performance Breakthrough has come from top influencers like Susan Cain, Sheila Heen, Stephen Nachmanovitch, and Dan Pink, who writes, “This remarkable book will electrify your work and enliven your soul.” Cathy is an artistic associate at the Castillo Theatre, a jazz and R&B singer and has been performing musical improv comedy since before it was a thing. And she really likes to kickbox. A lot.