Judges

  • Julie Bowen

    Emmy-Award Winning Actress

    A two-time Emmy Award winning actress, Julie Bowen is enjoying a successful career on both a hit television series and the big screen. Julie Bowen currently stars in the critically-acclaimed hit ABC comedy Modern Family as “Claire Dunphy.” Bowen and the series have been nominated for Emmy Awards each year since the show premiered. Bowen has earned two Emmy wins for her performance, while Modern Family has won five consecutive Emmys since its premiere. For four seasons, Bowen played “Carol Vessey,” on the charming NBC series Ed. Bowen then joined James Spader and William Shatner for two seasons on ABC's hit series Boston Legal.

    On the big screen, Bowen was recently the voice of the rambunctious "Lil' Dipper" in the animated Disney feature Planes: Fire & Rescue. Her other films include the hit comedy Horrible Bosses, Sony's Jumping The Broom, Multiplicity with Michael Keaton, Crazy on the Outside with Tim Allen and the modern comedy classic Happy Gilmore opposite Adam Sandler.

    Julie Bowen attended Brown University. While earning her degree in Italian Renaissance studies, she also spent a year in Florence, Italy and became fluent in Italian. Bowen currently serves on the board of directors for Baby2Baby, a charity which supplies families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children.

  • Astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle

    Astronaut and Professor

    Dr. Yvonne Cagle is a NASA Astronaut and Family Physician. In 2008, Dr. Cagle retired as a Colonel in the USAF where she served as a Senior Flight Surgeon prior to her selection to the NASA Astronaut Corp in 1996. In 2005, Dr. Cagle was assigned to the NASA/ARC as the lead ARC Astronaut Science Liaison and Strategic Relationships Manager for Google and other Silicon Valley Programmatic Partnerships. Dr. Cagle’s groundbreaking work is preserving historic NASA space legacy data while, simultaneously, galvanizing NASA’s initiatives in global mapping, sustainable energies, green initiatives, and disaster preparedness. Dr. Cagle is an advisor for the Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research Program.

    Dr. Cagle was a Brussels TEDx Speaker for 2012. Historically holding adjunct professorships with Stanford University, UC Davis, and UTMB, Galveston. Dr. Cagle currently, in collaboration with NASA, is a Visiting Professor at Fordham University.

  • Stephen Curry

    Professional Basketball Player

    Stephen Curry plays for the Golden State Warriors. He was named the 2014-15 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, becoming the second player in Warriors history to be named MVP, and was voted two-time NBA All-Star in 2014 and 2015. Curry set an NBA-record with 286 threes in 2014 to 2015, breaking his own mark of 272 threes set in 2012 to 2013. Curry has started in 40 playoff games with Golden State, averaging 25.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.78 steals in 40.5 minutes and helping Golden State Warriors to win the 2014-15 NBA Championship.

    Curry has been a champion of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, which distributes life-saving, insecticide-treated mosquito nets to protect families across Africa from malaria. With his work, Curry met President Barack Obama after giving a speech at the White House in support of the President’s Malaria Initiative. Stephen Curry and his wife, Ayesha, have two daughters, Riley and Ryan.

  • Glen Keane

    Director & Animator

    A 38 year veteran of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Glen Keane is most noted for creating and animating legendary Disney characters such as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, and Tarzan. Glen also served as Supervising Animator and Executive Producer on Tangled.

    He joined Disney in 1974 where he trained under Walt Disney’s legendary animators Ollie Johnson, Frank Thomas and Eric Larson. Glen began his journey animating scenes on The Rescuers before being promoted to directing animator on The Fox and the Hound. Glen is the recipient of the 1991 National Cartoonist Society Animation Award, 2008 Winsor McCay Award for Lifetime Achievement in Animation, the 2012 Tex Avery Award, and was a 2013 Disney Legend Award honoree for his contribution in Animation.

    In the spring of 2012, Glen decided to leave Disney in pursuit of further artistic exploration and launched Glen Keane Productions. The following year, Keane created Duet, a hand-drawn interactive film, for Google's Spotlight Stories. He continues to create his personal projects that push the boundaries of animation.

  • Alex Morgan

    Professional Soccer Player

    Alex Morgan is an Olympic gold medalist, and a Women’s World Cup Champion. Morgan currently plays for the National Women's Soccer League and for the United States women's national soccer team. Alex Morgan attended the University of California at Berkeley where she studied Political Economy. During her time at Berkeley, Morgan led the California Golden Bears soccer team to the NCAA Tournament all four years. At 22, she became the youngest player on the national team at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, helping the team place second.

    Aside from her amazing accomplishments on the field, Alex Morgan is the author of New York Times bestselling book Saving the Team, which is part of her book series The Kicks. She also authored Breakaway: Beyond the Field, a memoir inspiring kids to be their best in sports and life.

  • B.J. Novak

    Writer, Director and Producer

    B.J. Novak is perhaps best known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as a writer, actor, director, and executive producer. He is also known for his work as a standup comedian and his performances in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. Novak’s debut collection of short stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, was a critically acclaimed New York Times Best Seller. His recent children’s book, The Book With No Pictures, is a #1 New York Times Best Seller with over one million copies in print and will appear this year on international bookshelves in twenty four languages.

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