New Talent Added to the Platform
- By Lauren
- Feb 15, 2021
While 2021 may not look like we hoped it to (so far), we are thrilled to have great momentum in the start of this year. We have welcomed a variety of amazing new talent to the platform and are excited to introduce them to you!
Arik Armstead is an NFL Defensive End for the San Fransisco 49ers. Born in California, he played college football for the Oregon Ducks. At Oregon, he won the Pac-12 Championship in 2014, and he was eventually drafted by the 49ers as the 17th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. In 2019, he and the 49ers won the NFC Championship Game and went to Super Bowl LIV.
Chris Nikic is a 21-year old with Down Syndrome with all the associated disabilities, but he chooses to focus on his God given abilities. In 2020, he became the first person with Down Syndrome to finish an Ironman triathlon. He plans on publishing a book, and he would be an ideal speaker to close a conference. His speech is inspiring, heart-warming, and actionable.
Micah Jonson is a professional baseball player-turned-artist who uses strong gestural lines combined with loose brush strokes to create dramatic portraits primarily featuring African-American children. These subjects, which are often inspired by his young nephews, began appearing in Micah’s work ever since he overheard his 4-year old nephew ask his mother a deeply disturbing question, "Mom, can astronauts be black?"
Although Micah spent 7 years as a professional baseball player, you rarely see reference to his career in any of his works. He sees art as an independent journey with the opportunity to inspire a broader demographic around the subjects of racial equality, chasing your dreams without limitations, and the empowerment of young people.
Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athlete from Australia who is currently the Champion of the UFC's Featherweight division. Alex is recognized as one of the pound for pound best fighters in Australia – a 2 time National Gold Medalist in Wrestling, currently and an impressive professional MMA record of 20-1-0 and is on a 17 fight win streak.
From rugby to UFC fighter, Alexander Volkanovski finding success in his second chapter. For a decade, he was a rugby player in Lake Illawarra on the South Coast of Australia. As a rugby player, Volkanovski played for the local club, the Warilla Gorillas at a grade below the pinnacle level of the sport in the NRL.
Despite the tough exterior, Alex is a true family man, married with two young daughters, his attitude towards supporting his family continues to give him the motivation and drive to train day in day out and compete at the highest level.
Dr. Ty Vachon is a practicing radiologist, speaker, and author on machine learning in medical imagine and healthcare. He is determined to provide clinically useful tools for his healthcare colleagues to best leverage the vast amounts of data generated daily.
Dr. Vachon's experience as a primary care doctor prior to radiology has provided a great deal of insight in workflow associated with the integration of those fields. Additionally, his 16 year career as a Naval Officer was an ideal training ground for leadership lessons.
During the past 4 years, he has collaborated with multiple companies to bring artificial intelligence to the medical space and has been teaching his colleagues about this powerful technology in parallel. His recent book has been delivered worldwide to radiologists and other medical providers and has delivered many in person and online talks sharing the opportunities ahead for us all.
To explore more of our talent and popup events, visit the Engage website at https://www.letsengage.com/.