Joshua Becker is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author of The Minimalist Home, The More of Less,Clutterfree with Kids and Simplify. He is also the co-creator of Simplify Media, the parent company of Simplify Magazine and Simple Money Magazine.
He is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to intentional living that was named by SUCCESS Magazine as one of the top ten personal development websites on the Internet. His writing has been featured in publications all around the world.
Joshua and his young family were introduced to minimalism nine years ago during a short conversation with their neighbor. Since then, Joshua’s story and writing have inspired millions around the world to find more life by owning fewer possessions. Today, based on his thoughtful and intentional approach to minimalism, he is one of the leading voices in the modern simplicity movement reaching over 1 million readers every month.
He is also the Founder of The Hope Effect, a nonprofit organization changing how the world cares for orphans. Currently, he lives in Peoria, AZ with his wife and two young kids.
His online course, Uncluttered, has helped over 25,000 people declutter their homes and live a more intentional life because of it.
Paola Hernandez Barón is completing her doctoral internship at Butler University Counseling and Consultation Services and will receive her PhD in Counseling Psychology PhD from Indiana University (IU) this summer. She also serves as the WellBeing Consultant in the Office of Financial Literacy at IU.
Paola holds an MSED in Educational Psychology from IU and an MA in Student Affairs from the University of Maryland-College Park. Paola also graduated with both a BA in Psychology and a BA in Criminology Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland-College Park, where she minored in Leadership Studies and Terrorism Studies.
Over the last 10 years, Paola has served in various roles including as a bilingual counselor, undergraduate instructor, program coordinator, researcher, and consultant. In her roles, Paola provides emotional and mental health support and facilitates identity development. Additionally, she provides psychoeducation and training related to topics such as stress, multicultural awareness, helping skills, communication, and finances. Her research focuses on vocational identity, particularly among veterans.
Paola was awarded the 2018 Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional Award from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) as well as the 2017 Bloomington Chamber of Commerce’s 10 Under 40 Award.
Z.W. (Zach) Taylor is a research assistant in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds a BA in English Education, an MA in English, and an MS in Educational Leadership. As a scholar-practitioner, Zachary has 12 years of work experience throughout the P-20 spectrum as a civic youth events coordinator, site director of a Title I academic mentoring program, secondary school language arts instructor, associate director of a pre-college readiness program, college instructor, and admissions reader.
His scholarly interests include examining the intersection of informatics and sociolinguistics as they pertain to pre-postsecondary access information in digital settings. As a researcher, he has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles, many in top-tier journals such as the Journal of College Student Development, Higher Education Quarterly, and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, among others. As a practitioner, he has performed readability audits for hundreds of postsecondary institutions across the United States and frequently speaks on the topic of readability, translation, and web accessibility of institutional materials meant for student audiences.
Helen Colby, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at IU's Kelley School of Business on the IUPUI campus. Her research is in consumer financial decision making and health decision making. Among other things she studies how people make decisions about saving and debt, how healthcare costs effect treatment choices, and how financial literacy training affects emotion, stress, and other psychological outcomes. Her work has been presented at numerous national and international conferences including the Association for Consumer Research, the Society for Judgement and Decision Making, and Behavioral Decision Research in Management, as well as published in highly-regarded journals including Psychological Science and the Journal of the American Medical Association.