1. Krista Vernoff, executive producer and main writer of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" speaks about her former life as Omega Seasonal Staff, how she came to be a writer there, and how artist's face the world without the support of the contemporary world.

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    Founded in 1977 by Stephan Rechtschaffen, M.D., and Elizabeth Lesser, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies was inspired by scholar and Eastern meditation teacher, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. Together, they envisioned a dynamic "university of life" designed to foster personal growth and social change. The name "Omega" came from the teachings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a renowned 20th-century philosopher, who used the term "Omega Point" to describe the peak of unity and integration toward which all life is evolving.

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    Musician, actress, and educator Ysaye Barnwell, PhD, MSPH, has performed as a member of the internationally acclaimed a cappella quintet Sweet Honey in the Rock since 1979. She appears as a vocalist and/or instrumentalist on more than 25 recordings with Sweet Honey as well as with other artists.

    Barnwell founded and for three years directed the All Souls Jubilee Singers in Washington, D.C. She composes and arranges music for vocal ensembles, and her work can be heard on more than 12 recordings on the Flying Fish, EarthBeat!/Warner, Music For Little People, and Rykodisc labels. She has done commissioned work for numerous dance, film, and video projects, including Sesame Street, Dance Alloy of Pittsburgh, David Rousseve’s Reality Dance Company, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Women’s Philharmonic of San Francisco, Redwood Cultural Work, and numerous choirs.

    Since the 1980s, Barnwell has conducted a workshop throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia called Building a Vocal Community: Singing in the African American Tradition.

    The daughter of a violinist, Barnwell began her 15-year study of the violin with her father at the age of two and a half. She holds bachelor and master of science degrees in speech pathology, a doctor of philosophy degree in craniofacial studies from the University of Pittsburgh, a master of science in public health from Howard University, and an honorary doctor of humane letters from State University of New York, Geneseo. She has been a professor at the College of Dentistry at Howard University and, in addition to conducting community-based projects in computer technology and the arts, she has administered and implemented health programs at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center and at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

    Barnwell’s acting credits include voice-overs, documentary film narration, a principal role in an episode of the TV show A Man Called Hawk, and an appearance in the film Beloved.

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  4. Famed for her talent, creativity, and versatility as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Ani Difranco made a name for herself in the music world with the release of her self-titled debut album in 1990. This Grammy Award-winning artist has established herself as a feminist icon and political activist, using her music as a way to convey powerful, yet personal messages. In 2006, she received the Woman of Courage Award at the National Organization for Women (NOW) Conference and Young Feminist Summit.

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  5. Grammy Award winner David Darling is an internationally celebrated cellist and cofounder of Music for People, a nonprofit organization that promotes self-expression through music and improvisation.

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