Innovation Lab

Visiting Innovators Program

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    Since the Bryan Lab's opening in 2013
The Bryan Innovation Lab’s Visiting Innovators program brings real-world experts to Steward’s campus and provides educational opportunities for our students and families that they would likely not have anywhere else.

The program proudly features national and local experts who are leading thinkers and change-makers in their fields. While on campus, these innovators help students, faculty, and the Richmond community develop a deeper understanding of world issues. Visiting Innovators share their expertise in a variety of ways that highlight thinking “outside the box” — speaking to our students, working with classes on relevant issues, making presentations that are open to the Richmond community, and conducting workshops for families. We often maintain long-term relationships with previous Visiting Innovators, as they continue to make strides advancing their missions to empower others to make the world a better place.

2024 Visiting Innovator -Tony Weaver, Jr.

The 2024 Visiting Innovator was Tony Weaver, Jr., creator of the WEBTOON series “The UnCommons” and author of “Weirdo,” a graphic novel memoir about a preteen who loves all things geeky and struggles with mental health issues.

Mr. Weaver inspired students and adults on March 25, 2024, in the Bryan Innovation Lab at The Steward School. Read about and see photos from Mr. Weaver's visit.

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  • About the Visit

    You’re a Superhero! 

    Everyone has superhero powers! Tony Weaver Jr. founded Weird Enough Productions to empower students with social responsibility and positive representation. He is the creator of the WEBTOON Original series “The UnCommons” and author of “Weirdo,” a graphic novel memoir about a preteen who loves all things geeky and struggles with mental health issues.

    Mr. Weaver, who was the first comic writer selected for the Forbes “30 Under 30,” was named a History Shaker by Coca-Cola and a Champion for Change by CNN. He has also given inspiring TED talks, including “Why the World Needs Superheroes Who Look Different.” 

    Middle and Upper Schoolers will gather for a talk by Mr. Weaver and Lower Schoolers will team up with him and a group of local innovators for fun, superhero-centric activities.

    Bonus: The public is invited to a talk by Mr. Weaver at 4 p.m. in the Bryan Innovation Lab.

Our Supporters

Special programming is often available to the Richmond community, and we value partnering with other schools and organizations that are interested in gaining expert perspectives to foster innovative education and insight into a variety of topics.

We thank our sponsors and partners for helping support innovative programing. We believe that our pursuit of innovative education should be collaborative and inclusive; support for our programming helps support sharing this amazing resource with our community.
If you are interested in supporting innovative programming for our community, please contact

Past Event Photos

Meet the Bryan Innovation Lab Team

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    Brad Kovach 

    BIL Dean
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  • Photo of Megan Young

    Megan Young 

    BIL Program Specialist
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