Timothy F. Geithner is currently President of Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm. Mr. Geithner was the 75th Secretary of the Treasury for the first term of President Barack Obama’s administration. Between 2003 and 2009, Mr. Geithner served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He first joined the Treasury Department as a civil servant in 1988 and held a number of positions in three administrations, including Undersecretary for International Affairs under Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers. Mr. Geithner is Chair of the Program on Financial Stability at the Yale University School of Management, where he is also a visiting lecturer. He is Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the Group of Thirty. He is the author of STRESS TEST: Reflections on Financial Crises.
Mr. Geithner holds a B.A. in government and Asian studies from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in international economics and East Asian studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
With a famed and storied career that has spanned more than six decades, DAN RATHER became one of the world’s most well-known journalists. He helped pioneer the very idea that television could be a place for news, and then kept that spirit of innovation alive by constantly pushing the boundaries of what video storytelling could accomplish. Along the way, his work ethic, nose for investigative reporting, and calmness and composure in moments of triumph and tragedy made him a respected voice that millions of people have trusted to make sense of a complicated world. Now, he has found a new audience through social media and the best-selling collection of essays, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism.
Rather’s resume reads like a history book. He personally covered almost every important dateline of the last 60 years. From his first big assignment at a local news station covering Hurricane Carla, to the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rather was there reporting the news to America and the world. On the scene in Dallas, he was key in breaking the news of President John F. Kennedy’s death, and uncovered key developments as a White House correspondent during the widespread criminal conspiracy known as Watergate. He was outside Martin Luther King, Junior’s jail cell in Birmingham and at the anchor desk for countless hours on 9/11 and the days that followed. He reported from the Berlin Wall when it fell, spent a year covering the jungle combat zones of Vietnam, and was forced off the air at Tiananmen Square when the Chinese government’s crackdown began. He began asking presidents tough questions beginning with Eisenhower in the 1950s.
And yet Rather’s range was such that in addition to covering world changing events, he quickly gained a reputation as a gifted, versatile, and nuanced storyteller whose reports rung with empathy and even humor when warranted.
Rather got his start in print, then moved into radio and local television news, before joining CBS News in 1962. He quickly rose through the ranks, and in 1981 he assumed the position of anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News a post he held for 24 years. His reporting was featured across the network. It helped turn 60 Minutes into an institution, launched 48 Hours as an innovative fly on the wall news magazine program, and shaped countless specials and documentaries. Upon leaving CBS, Rather returned to the in-depth reporting he always loved by creating the Emmy Award winning primetime news magazine and documentary program, Dan Rather Reports on the cable network HDNet. Now, building upon that foundation, he is president and CEO of News and Guts, an independent production company he founded that specializes in high-quality non fiction content across a range of traditional and digital distribution channels. His personal Facebook page and the one for News and Guts, along with his legions of Twitter followers, have become a beacon for context, perspective, and reason for millions. And his book What Unites Us is reshaping the national dialogue about what patriotism can and should mean at a perilous time in American history.
While Rather has won all of the most prestigious journalism awards (many times over) and has reported from the majority of nations on earth, he considers himself first and foremost a Texan. He is a proud native son of Wharton and Houston, and he graduated from what is now Sam Houston State University. Rather’s unique Texas phrases have become a hallmark of his winsome and approachable style to reporting and storytelling.
Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles and continued success at the box office. For her brilliant performance in MONSTER’S BALL, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, as well as the SAG Award, the Berlin Silver Bear Award and was named Best Actress by the National Board of Review. No stranger to accolades, Berry earned the Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG and NAACP Image Award for her extraordinary performance in HBO’s telefilm, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” which she also produced, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for “Best Actress” for her role in FRANKIE AND ALICE. Berry joined the prestigious list of actresses starring in the James Bond franchise with her role of “Jinx” in DIE ANOTHER DAY opposite Pierce Bronson, which also marked BOND’s 40th anniversary and one of the top five grossing BOND movies of all time.
Berry was recently seen in 20th Century Fox’s KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE starring alongside Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong and Jeff Bridges. The movie has made $401 million at the global box office to date. Last year, Berry also wrapped production on and starred in Deniz Gamze Erguven’s English-language directorial debut KINGS. The movie later premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival and focuses on the 1992 Los Angeles riots that followed the acquittal of four police officers in the Rodney King case and is now set for a limited release on April 27, 2018.
Last summer, Berry starred in the Luis-Prieto directed thriller KIDNAP for Aviron Pictures. In the film, Berry, who also served as executive producer on the project along with her producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas for their production banner 606 Films, played a mother who will stop at nothing to save her abducted son.
In 2014, Berry reprised her role as ‘Storm’ in the summer blockbuster X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The film continued the franchise’s critical and commercial success, debuting at #1 at the box office. Berry also starred in the hit Sony Pictures thriller, THE CALL, in which she plays an emergency operator who must confront a killer from her past in order to save a girl’s life. Prior to that, she appeared in the Warner Bros. film CLOUD ATLAS alongside Tom Hanks, Susan Sarrandon, Hugh Grant, directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski’s. The film, which earned Berry a 2013 NAACP Outstanding Actress nomination, follows six stories set in a different time and place that become intricately related to each other.
In 2007, Berry was seen in the drama THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE opposite Benicio Del Toro, for which she received critical praise for her portrayal of a widow who befriends her husband’s drug addicted, childhood friend after his untimely death. Also in 2007, Berry was seen starring opposite Bruce Willis in the box-office thriller, PERFECT STRANGER. In 2000, Berry appeared in the role of ‘Storm’ in the first installment of the X-MEN movie franchise. She later reprised the role for X2 in 2003 and X-MEN: THE LAST STAND in 2006.
Also in 2006, Berry received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her acting work in the Oprah Winfrey-produced movie THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD, and as executive producer for the HBO telefilm “Lackawanna Blues.” In 2005, Berry also voiced the role of ‘Cappy’ in the 20th Century Fox animated hit, ROBOTS. She also starred in the psychological thriller GOTHIKA, which helped to cement her status as an international box office draw.
In her early years, Berry studied at The Second City in Chicago before continuing her acting education at The William Esper Studio in New York City. Critics and filmgoers first took notice of Berry in her feature film debut, Spike Lee’s JUNGLE FEVER. She went on to star opposite Warren Beatty in the socio-political comedy, BULWORTH. Her other film credits include LOSING ISAIAH opposite Jessica Lange, EXECUTIVE DECISION, the live-action version of THE FLINTSTONES, THE LAST BOY SCOUT, STRICTLY BUSINESS, BOOMERANG, opposite Eddie Murphy, and SWORDFISH with John Travolta and Hugh Jackman.
Other television credits include starring in and producing the Steven Spielberg produced ABC drama “Extant”, ABC mini-series, “Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Wedding,” directed by Charles Burnett, as well as the title role in Alex Haley’s mini-series, “Queen.” The latter performance earned Berry her first NAACP Image Award for Best Actress, as well as the Best Newcomer Award from the Hollywood Women’s Press Club. She also starred opposite Jimmy Smits in Showtime’s original telefilm, “Solomon and Sheba.”
Berry has garnered praise not only for her numerous leading roles, but for her work with a range of organizations. She is an active supporter and chair member of the Jenesse Center in Los Angeles. The Jenesse Center was founded in 1980 and assists victims of domestic violence and aims to change the pattern of abuse in the lives of women and children. She previously partnered with Michael Kors’ Watch Hunger Stop campaign and the United Nations World Food Programme to raise awareness for building a world with zero hunger. This partnership saw Watch Hunger Stop commit its global reach and resources to WFP’s goal of building “a world with zero hunger.” In support of this, Berry visited rural Nicaragua to raise awareness. Berry joined forces with Novo Nordisk and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to launch the Diabetes Aware Campaign and has supported a vast amount of charities and organizations such as, Revlon Run/Walk, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Afghanistan Relief Organization, Stand Up to Cancer, Love Our Children USA and Clothes Off Our Back.
Jeff Weiner is the CEO of LinkedIn, the world’s largest and most powerful network of professionals. Jeff joined the company in December 2008, and under his leadership, LinkedIn has expanded its global platform to 24 languages and more than 30 offices around the world, grown its membership base from 33 million to more than 530 million members, and increased its revenue from $78 million to more than $4 billion in 2017. Before LinkedIn, Jeff was an executive in residence at Accel Partners and Greylock Partners, where he advised the firms’ consumer technology portfolio companies and evaluated new investment opportunities. Previously, Jeff served as executive vice president of Yahoo!'s Network Division, a business that generated $3 billion in annual revenue with more than 3,000 employees, and was responsible for many of the company’s consumer-facing and industry-leading products. Prior to joining Yahoo! in 2001, Jeff spent more than six years at Warner Bros., where he helped oversee the company’s online efforts and developed the initial business plan for Warner Bros. Online in 1994. Jeff also serves on the board of directors for Intuit Inc., DonorsChoose.org, and Everfi, in addition to sitting on the Board of Trustees for the Paley Center for Media. He holds a BS in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms Sweeney is a member of the Board of Directors at Netflix, the Board of Trustees at the Mayo Clinic, and a Deans Distinguished Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Prior to embarking on a new chapter in the entertainment industry in 2015, she was co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, which includes The Walt Disney Company's global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, as well as radio and publishing businesses.
In this role Ms. Sweeney oversaw ABC Studios, the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, and the ABC Television Network, which provides entertainment, news and kids programming to viewers via more than 200 affiliated stations across the U.S. She also oversaw Disney Channels Worldwide, a portfolio of over 100 kid-driven, family inclusive entertainment channels, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Jnr, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama, GXT and Radio Disney brands. Additionally, Ms. Sweeney's responsibilities included cable networks ABC Family, the company's equity interest in A&E Television Networks, and Disney's publishing imprint, Hyperion.
In 2005, Ms. Sweeney led the industry into the digital era when the Disney/ABC Television Group became the first media company to put television content on new platforms. The group was the first to leverage iTunes, the first to introduce an ad-supported full episode player online, and the first to deliver an application for the iPad. Under her leadership, the Group continues to combine high-quality content with strategic use of traditional and emerging distribution platforms to deliver compelling news and entertainment viewing experiences to hundreds of millions of people around the world.
From October 2000 to April 2004, Ms. Sweeney served as president of ABC Cable Networks Group and Disney Channels Worldwide, where under her leadership Disney Channel more than quintupled its subscriber base. In April 1998, she also oversaw the successful launch of the 24-hour channel Toon Disney (now known as Disney XD), and later the launch of SOAPnet in January 2000.
Ms. Sweeney joined The Walt Disney Company in February 1996 as president of Disney Channel and executive vice president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks. Previously she was chairman and CEO of FX Networks, Inc., since 1993. During her tenure there, she presided over the launch of two basic cable networks, entertainment-focused FX and FXM: Movies from Fox, Hollywood's first studio-based movie network.
Before joining Fox, Ms. Sweeney spent 12 years at Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite in various executive positions.
Active in organizations both within and outside the television industry, Ms. Sweeney currently sits on the boards of The Fulfillment Fund, and the Board of Visitors for UCLA Anderson. She is a prior board member of the boards of AFI, the A&E Television Networks, Hulu, The Paley Center for Media and Special Olympics.
Ms. Sweeney has repeatedly been named the "Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment" by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune and one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" by Forbes. In 2008 she was honored with the Broadcasters Foundation of America's Golden Mike Award for Outstanding Contributions to Broadcasting, the Matrix Award for television from New York Women in Communications, Inc., as well as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership. Ms. Sweeney was inducted into the Cable Center's Hall of Fame in October 2007 and recognized by the Producers Guild of America in 2006 with the President's Citation for her efforts on behalf of diversity across the Disney/ABC Television Group. In 2005 she was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable "Hall of Fame," and in 2004 received the Muse Award from New York Women in Film & Television. She has been honored repeatedly by Women in Cable & Telecommunications -- as Executive of the Year in 1994, Woman of the Year in 1997, and in 1998 as the recipient of the Advocate Leader Award from WICT's Southern California chapter. In 1995 she received the prestigious STAR Award from American Women in Radio and Television. She was inducted into the American Advertising Federation's Advertising Hall of Achievement in 1996. In 2002 she received Women in Film's esteemed Lucy Award and has been awarded the Cable Television Public Affairs Association's President's Award.
Ms. Sweeney earned a BA degree from The College of New Rochelle and an Ed. M. degree from Harvard University.
Mayor Eric Garcetti
Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. His "back to basics" agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for L.A. residents.
Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as Mayor, he served as the Councilmember representing the 13th District which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village -- all of which were dramatically revitalized under Garcetti's leadership.
Garcetti was raised in the San Fernando Valley and earned his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and the London School of Economics and taught at Occidental College and USC. A fourth generation Angeleno, he and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, have a young daughter. He is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy reserve and is an avid jazz pianist and photographer.
James N. Gianopulos is the Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures Corporation, a role he assumed in April 2017. Paramount Pictures is one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures and television shows, consisting of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Players, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.
During his career, Mr. Gianopulos has been involved in the evolution of new entertainment media and technologies for more than 30 years, and is recognized as an industry leader.
Prior to joining Paramount, Mr. Gianopulos served as the Chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox from 2000 to September 2016. In this role, he oversaw all feature film production, marketing, and global distribution of film and television content in all media for the studio, which includes Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Animation Studios, Blue Sky Studios and Fox International Productions.
During his time as Chairman and CEO of Fox (until 2012 with Tom Rothman), the studio has had its most profitable years ever, and in 2014, Twentieth Century Fox broke the all-time industry global box-office record, earning more than $5.5 billion. This eclipses by more than $350 million the previous record set in 2011. The domestic box office total of $1.8 billion was the studio’s best year ever.
From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Gianopulos also oversaw Twentieth Century Fox Television Studios. Earlier in his career, he served as President of Twentieth Century Fox International from 1994 to 2000; and rom 1992 to 1994 he served as Fox’s President of International Television and Home Entertainment.
Before joining Twentieth Century Fox, Mr. Gianopulos held senior management positions at Paramount and Columbia Pictures, following his career as an attorney specializing in entertainment.
Mr. Gianopulos is a Governor and the Treasurer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a member of the Board of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, serves on the President’s Global Advisory Council of Carnegie Mellon University, and is a Trustee of the American Film Institute. He is involved in a number of civic and philanthropic activities, including serving as Chairman of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, on the National Entertainment Advisory Council for the Anti-Defamation League, and the Board of the X-Prize Foundation. In 2013, the Simon Wiesenthal Center bestowed him their highest honor, The Humanitarian Award.
Mr. Gianopulos attended the master’s program at the New York University School of Law, the Fordham School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1976) and Boston University (BA, 1973).
He resides in Los Angeles with his wife Ann and their three daughters.
Kerry Washington is a versatile and fearless performer who continues to astound with the depth of her talent. A native of the Bronx, New York, Washington has received high acclaim for her work in film, television, and theater.
Currently starring in the hit ABC drama Scandal, in its seventh and final season, Washington broke barriers by becoming the first African-American woman since 1974 to headline a network TV drama. She has received wide public recognition for her portrayal of Olivia Pope, the lead character in the Peabody Award-winning series, along with two Primetime Emmy Award nominations in 2013 and 2014, a 2014 Golden Globe nomination, a 2014 SAG Award nomination, two NAACP Image Award wins in 2013 and 2014, and a nomination for the 2015 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic TV Actress. With steamy on-air chemistry and a flair for fashion, Kerry Washington has turned Olivia Pope into an iconic character.
In 2016, Washington launched her production company Simpson Street, developing broadcast, cable and digital projects exclusively for ABC Studios and ABC Signature. Confirmation, which Washington starred in and executive produced, was Simpson Street’s first project, produced with ABC Signature as well as Groundswell Productions and HBO Films. The film details the explosive 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings, which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way people think about sexual harassment, victim’s rights, and modern-day race relations. For her performance as Anita Hill, Washington received Emmy, Critics’ Choice, NAACP, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations. The film was also nominated for Outstanding Television Movie. Upcoming projects for Simpson Street include THE MOTHERS for Warner Bros., 24/7 for Universal with Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and the television drama Patrol for ABC, which Washington will also Executive Produce.
Washington’s acclaimed performance as Broomhilda von Shaft in the bold, bloody, and stylistically daring Django Unchained earned her a BET Best Actress Award and a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 incendiary masterpiece, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson, received universal acclaim, four Golden Globe nominations, and five Academy Award nominations.
Washington is also known for her role as Della Bea Robinson in the 2004 Academy Award-nominated film Ray, the story of legendary soul musician Ray Charles, as portrayed by Jamie Foxx. Her inspiring performance earned her the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress. In 2006, Washington garnered critical acclaim for her role in The Last King of Scotland, playing Idi Amin’s wife Kay opposite Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker. She took away an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in this powerful film depiction of the sorrowful, blood-soaked atrocities of the Ugandan dictator.
In 2009, Kerry made her Broadway debut in David Mamet’s Race, starring alongside James Spader and David Alan Grier, in a tension-filled drama of three lawyers, two black and one white, who must decide whether to defend a white man charged with a crime against a black woman.
Washington’s performances over the years have received many accolades, including a Teen Choice Award for Best Breakout Performance for Save the Last Dance, an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress for Lift, an NAACP Image award nomination for Best Actress for Peeples, and a Best Actress nomination at the BET awards for both For Colored Girls and Night Catches Us, with the latter performance also nominated for the NAACP Outstanding Actress award. Washington’s film credits include Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Fantastic Four, Little Man, The Dead Girl, I Think I Love My Wife, She Hate Me, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Miracle at St. Anna, Life is Hot in Cracktown, Lakeview Terrace, The Details, A Thousand Words and Mother and Child.
Washington is active in many social and political causes. She served on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities during the Obama Administrations. In 2012, she commanded the national stage on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in a moving address that urged Democrats to get out the vote. In 2013 Washington was honored with the NAACP President’s Award, which recognized her special achievements in furthering the cause of civil rights and public service. In 2014, Time magazine included Washington on its annual Time 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World. Washington received the GLAAD Media Vanguard Award in 2015 and the ACLU Bill of Rights Award in 2016.
Washington currently serves as both a brand ambassador and creative consultant for Neutrogena. She is also a brand ambassador for Movado.
Steve Case is one of America's best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future.
As Chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC, a Washington, D.C.- based investment firm he co-founded in 2005, Steve partners with visionary entrepreneurs to build significant ‘built to last’ businesses. Revolution invests in and actively helps build companies leveraging technology to disrupt existing markets. This includes both early and mid-stage growth companies through both the Revolution Growth fund, created in 2011, and the Revolution Ventures fund, launched in 2013. Revolution has backed more than 30 companies, including: sweet green, Zipcar, Revolution Foods, DraftKings, Uptake and Framebridge.
In 2014, Steve and Revolution launched the Rise of the Rest, a platform to shine a spotlight on entrepreneurs that are starting and scaling businesses outside of Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston. Steve frequently tours the country by bus to meet with civic leaders, founders, investors and local corporate executives to champion citywide efforts to jumpstart entrepreneurship. As part of the initiative, Steve announced The Rise of the Rest Seed fund in December 2017.
Steve’s entrepreneurial career began in 1985 when he co-founded America Online (AOL). Under Steve’s leadership, AOL became the world’s largest and most valuable Internet company, driving the worldwide adoption of a medium that has transformed business and society. AOL was the first Internet company to go public and the best performing stock of the 1990s. At its peak, nearly half of Internet users in the United States used AOL. In 2000, Steve negotiated the largest merger in business history, bringing together AOL and Time Warner in a transaction that gave AOL shareholders a majority stake in the combined company. To facilitate the merger, Steve agreed to step down as CEO when the merger closed.
Steve’s passion for helping entrepreneurs remains his driving force. In 2011, he was the founding chair of the Startup America Partnership— an effort launched at the White House to accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. Steve also was the founding co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, where he chaired the subcommittee on entrepreneurship.
Steve has been a leading voice in shaping government policy on issues related to entrepreneurship, working across the aisle to advance public policies that expand access to capital and talent. He was instrumental in passing the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act, and is active in advocating on behalf of immigration reform and legislation that supports and accelerates the emergence of startup ecosystems in rising cities.
Steve is also Chairman of the Case Foundation, which he established with his wife Jean in 1997. Together the Cases have invested in hundreds of organizations, initiatives and partnerships with a focus on leveraging the Internet and entrepreneurial approaches to strengthen the social sector. In 2010, Steve and Jean joined The Giving Pledge and publicly reaffirmed their commitment to give away the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes.
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the President and CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009-2011 she served as the director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002. She has written or edited seven books, including “the Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World”, “Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family”, and “A New World Order”, and is a frequent contributor to a number of publications, including The Atlantic, Financial Times, and Project Syndicate. In 2012, she published “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spark a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality. She is married to Professor Andrew Moravcsik; they live in Princeton with their two sons.
Dan Gilbert is Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s second largest mortgage lender. He is also Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures LLC, the umbrella entity for his portfolio of business and real estate investments, and majority owner of the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Rock Ventures and its more than 100 affiliated companies across the country employ more than 30,000 team members.
Between 2013 and 2016, Detroit-based Quicken Loans closed more than $300 billion in home loan volume across all 50 states, and in 2016, for the seventh consecutive year, earned J.D. Power’s highest rating for client satisfaction among all U.S. mortgage lenders. Quicken Loans is No. 1 on Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work in IT” and has been named one of FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 14 consecutive years.
Dan is also a shareholder in several sports-related consumer and technology businesses, including a leading wall graphics company (Fathead), electronic ticketing company (Flash Seats) and innovative sports equipment helmet maker (Xenith). In February 2016, Dan co-founded Detroit-based StockX, the world’s first ‘stock market of things.’ StockX develops, markets and operates an online and app-based live marketplace for the sale and distribution of high-demand consumer products, including sneakers, watches and handbags.
Dan began moving his Family of Companies to Detroit’s central business district in 2010 in an effort to help lead the transformation of a great American city. In January 2010, Dan co-founded Bedrock Detroit, a full-service real estate firm specializing in acquiring, leasing, financing, and managing commercial and residential space. Since then, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested more than $5.6 billion in acquiring and developing more than 100 commercial properties accounting for more than 16 million square feet in the city’s urban core. Thousands of jobs have been created, and today nearly 17,000 Rock Ventures team members work in downtown Detroit.
Dan also founded JACK Entertainment, a developer and owner of unique urban casinos in downtown Cleveland, Cincinnati and Baltimore. In 2013, the company also acquired Detroit’s Greektown Casino-Hotel, which will be renamed JACK Detroit Casino-Hotel in May 2018.
In March 2013, Rock Ventures, in collaboration with the Downtown Detroit Partnership and Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, unveiled and implemented a visionary placemaking and retail plan centered on creating activity and vibrant, distinct destinations to draw people to the region using a multifaceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces.
Dan is a Founder and Principal of Detroit Venture Partners (DVP), a venture capital firm that funds startup and early-stage technology companies in Detroit. He is also a Founding Partner of Detroit-based private equity group Rockbridge Growth Equity LLC, which invests in growing businesses in the financial services, Internet technology, consumer-direct marketing and the sports and entertainment industries across the United States.
In September 2013, Dan was named co-chair of the Blight Removal Task Force. The group, appointed by the Obama Administration, published a detailed plan in May 2014 to remove all blighted structures and lots in the city of Detroit. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the M-1 RAIL initiative. The 6.6-mile modern streetcar system, known as QLINE, is designed to spur economic development and improve downtown and midtown Detroit’s transportation infrastructure.
Dan serves on the boards of the Cleveland Clinic, the Washington D.C.-based Children’s National Medical Center and the Children’s Tumor Foundation, which is focused on finding a cure for the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Wayne State University.
David Frum is a senior editor at The Atlantic and the author of Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic (Harper Collins, 2018).
David Frum has served as the chairman of the United Kingdom’s leading right-of-center think tank, Policy Exchange. He has held positions at the American Enterprise Institute and the Manhattan Institute in this country. In 2001-2002, he was a speechwriter and special assistant for President George W. Bush. He is the author of eight previous books; his memoir of the Bush administration was a New York Times bestseller. Frum is a graduate of Yale and the Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Danielle Crittenden Frum, live in Washington DC and Prince Edward County, Ontario. They have three children.
Tye Sheridan is an American film actor and entrepreneur. Sheridan made his feature film debut in Terrence Malick's experimental drama film, The Tree of Life (2011) and had his first leading role in Jeff Nichols' film, Mud (2012). He also co-starred in David Gordon Green's drama, Joe (2013). Sheridan played Cyclops in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse, and will portray the lead character, Wade Watts, in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. He recently co-founded Aether, Inc. with Nikola Todorovic. Aether is an LA based startup focused on immersive media.
Claire Hughes Johnson
Claire is responsible for scaling Stripe’s worldwide business operations to meet the needs of its rapidly-growing user base. She brings nearly 20 years of experience in sales, product marketing, and operational scaling to Stripe.
From 2004-2014 Claire led various product and operations teams at Google, most recently for the Self-Driving Cars project. She also managed global mid-market sales for AdWords and the business teams for Gmail, Google Checkout, and Google Apps. Prior to Google, Claire spent time in management consulting and Massachusetts state politics.
Claire earned a bachelor's degree with honors from Brown University and an MBA from Yale School of Management. She serves on the board of Hallmark Cards, Inc. and as a Trustee of Milton Academy. She lives in Menlo Park, CA, with her husband, children, and a neurotic Dachshund named Cookie.
Shepard Fairey was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1989 he created the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker that transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign, with imagery that has changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. After 29 years, his work has evolved into an acclaimed body of art, which includes the 2008 "Hope" portrait of Barack Obama, found at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The artist collaborated with Amplifier in 2017 to create the We The People series recognizable during the Women’s Marches and other rallies around the world in defense of national and global social justice issues.
Fairey’s stickers, guerilla street art presence, and 85 plus public murals are recognizable worldwide. His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and many others.
The artist’s most recent body of work “Damaged,” was his largest-ever solo fine art exhibition, which ran in Los Angeles from November 11, 2017, through December 17, 2017. The “Damaged” opening reception set record attendance with more than 10,000 guests and the show drew an unprecedented number of visitors to experience the art firsthand during the exhibition run.
For more information, visit www.OBEYGIANT.com
David Marcus is the Vice President of Messaging Products at Facebook responsible for Messenger, which is used by 1.2 billion people around the world.
David joined Facebook in 2014 from PayPal where he spent the previous two years as the company’s President and previously as Vice President of Mobile, leading its mobile products and business.
A life long entrepreneur, David launched his first two companies in Europe, the first at the age of 23. He moved to Silicon Valley in 2008 where he founded the mobile payments company Zong, which was acquired by PayPal in 2011.
Born in France, David grew up in Paris and Geneva, and he taught himself to write computer code at age 8. He attended the University of Geneva for a year before dropping out to start his first company.
Heather Podesta guides a bipartisan team of 17 professionals as the founder and CEO of Invariant. Now in its twelfth year, Invariant (formerly Heather Podesta + Partners) is consistently named one of the top firms in Washington and is the largest independent, woman-owned lobbying firm in the country, posting revenue of $10 million annually.
Known for her political savvy, substantive policy chops, and commonsense approach, Heather translates Washington for business and business for Washington. Her work is highlighted in many major media outlets, with profiles in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, which quoted a senior Senator remarking that, “Heather is invariably the most knowledgeable person in the room because she's done her homework.” Her expertise comes from years on Capitol Hill working for Members of Congress on the tax-writing committees. She first got her start in Washington as a lawyer focused on transportation regulatory issues.
Heather is known for her generous support of Democratic candidates across the country and provides valued kitchen cabinet counsel to candidates and officeholders alike. She is an avid contemporary art collector. She is a Trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; sits on the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley; is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ford’s Theater and the Center for Reproductive Rights; and serves on the Washington DC Police Foundation Board.
She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and earned her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Chris deFaria serves as President of DreamWorks Feature Animation Group. In this role, he oversees the studio’s feature animation business including slate strategy; development, production; innovation and technology; and business affairs. Currently in production are “How to Train Your Dragon 3” (March, 2019), “Everest” (September 2019), “Trolls 2” (April 2020), “The Croods 2” (September 2020), “The Boss Baby 2” (March 2021), and “Spooky Jack” (September 2021).
Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, deFaria was a 20-year veteran of Warner Bros. Pictures, most recently serving as President, Animation and Technology Innovation. In this capacity, he oversaw the creation of Warner Animation Group, and was responsible for feature film animation as well as the application of emerging technologies for Warner’s feature film slate development and key hybrid projects.
During his tenure at Warner Bros. Pictures, deFaria served as an Executive Producer for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road and Happy Feet Two and Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. Other notable projects in which deFaria played a key role include The Lego Movie franchise, The Great Gatsby, 300, Edge of Tomorrow, the Harry Potter films, Storks, Man of Steel and The Matrix trilogy. While no longer at Warner Bros., Chris remains an Executive Producer on Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One and is working closely with the director on this innovative film.
DeFaria joined Warner Bros. as Vice President of Physical Production in 1996. When the Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Production departments merged in 2006, he was named Executive Vice President, Digital Production and Animation, where he managed animation projects and visual effects-intensive scripts, explored co-production opportunities with outside animation studios and oversaw visual effects for all features and direct-to-DVD projects.
Prior to Warner Bros., deFaria produced television documentaries, movies and primetime specials in San Francisco. He sits on the board of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America. DeFaria is also a founding board member of FilmAid International, a non-profit organization that screens educational and informational films in refugee camps around the world.
Ariel Kaye is the Founder and CEO of Parachute, the fast-growing home essentials brand based in Venice Beach. Long intrigued by the interplay of design and wellness, Ariel established Parachute to fulfill consumers’ needs for high quality bedding and a good night’s sleep.
Within two years, Forbes declared that “Parachute Wins Over Millennials Tired Of Chain Store Bedding.” The brand has been called one of the “25 Hot Los Angeles Startups to Watch” by Business Insider, and has been featured in notable publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest and ELLE DECOR.
Prior to launching Parachute, Ariel spent ten years working in brand development and advertising in New York. Her experience yielded invaluable insight to consumer purchase behavior and the public’s growing interest in quality, craftsmanship and social responsibility – now tenets of the Parachute brand.
Ariel earned a Master's Degree in Media Studies from the New School, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Gallatin School at NYU. She is also a certified yoga instructor and aspiring surfer.
Chamillionaire is a Grammy award winning musician who is hailed around the world for his platinum selling album, The Sound of Revenge, which spawned the multi-platinum single "Ridin Dirty." More than a decade of success in the music industry has provided him with the entrepreneurial skills and busines savvy that paved the way for his ascension into the tech industry.
He was previously an Entrepreneur in Residence at Upfront Ventures, and now he is the founder and CEO of Convoz, a mobile video start-up focused on connecting people across the world through collaborative conversations.
He has invested in more than a dozen tech companies including Maker Studios, Cruise, and Lyft, and he also advises a number of high profile entertainers and athletes on their tech investments. Chamillionaire wants to lead by example, and hopes to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to believe they have the power to bring positive change and disruption to the world.
Dr. Assaf Glazer is the CEO and Founder of Nanit. Nanit is a smart baby monitor that uses machine learning algorithms to provide sleep insights through first-of-its-kind camera vision. Nanit provides comprehensive sleep reports that actually measure a baby’s behaviour throughout the night without requiring any kind of wearable component. Assaf completed his Ph.D. at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, specialized in the fields of machine learning and computer vision, and later worked as a postdoctorate in the Runway Program at the Jacobs Institute at Cornell Tech.
Assaf has always strived to understand the boundaries between the academic and practical worlds. Before his Ph.D studies, Assaf joined Applied Materials Inc. as an algorithm researcher, dealing with the development of image classification methods for process control in the semiconductor industry. In addition, he coordinated joint research projects of the Academia, Industry and Chief Scientist Bureau (Israel). During his undergraduate studies, Assaf worked at Wales Ltd. as an operational researcher, providing solutions for defence systems while applying a variety of professional and academic skills. Assaf retired at a rank of Major from the Israeli Air Force.
Daishin Sugano is the co-founder and CPO at GOAT, the largest marketplace and community for authenticated sneakers. A lifelong sneaker enthusiast, Daishin aims to solve the challenges associated with the sneaker industry through leveraging design and technology to provide buyers and sellers with innovative experiences.
Prior to founding GOAT, Daishin worked on several startups, including social dining app Grubwithus, and social discovery app Superb.
Daishin holds a BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from UC Berkeley and was part of Y Combinator’s Winter class of 2011.
James is the co-founder and CEO of thredUP.com, the world's largest online marketplace for secondhand clothing. thredUP’s mission is to “inspire a new generation of consumers to think secondhand first."
James is passionate about public education and the role it plays in our communities. Prior to thredUP, he helped develop one of the nation's premier public schools, Pacific Collegiate School. James is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School, where he earned a joint degree in public policy and business.
In his free time, he is an avid golfer, cyclist and whiskey drinker - just not all at the same time. While a proud New Jersey native and diehard Bruce Springsteen fan, he lives with his wife Michele and three children in Oakland, California.
Hannah Stocking combines humor and her background in science to create characters that teach viewers while making them laugh.
Hannah joined E! News for their coverage of the 2017 Grammy Awards and partnered up with Sprint. More recently, she made her big screen debut in the no. 1 film Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween and was featured by GQ Thailand.
John Shahidi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Shots Studios.
John and his brother Sam Shahidi co-founded Shots Studios to create premium comedy and music videos. Their vision is to reshape video entertainment by connecting brands with the new generation through premium digital content.
John makes his relationships his top priority. His “friendship first” approach has fostered trust with multi-million view video makers such as Lele Pons and musicians such as Brazilian pop star Anitta.
In less than a year, John has led Shots Studios to create video content that is being watched over 700M times a month across YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook, resulting in brand deals with Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, American Express, and CoverGirl (Procter & Gamble).
Over the last few years Andrew Bachelor, better known by “King Bach,” has quickly parlayed being one of the most influential names on the internet (with a total following 45 million fans and growing) to being an in- demand actor, producer, and content creator. Andrew’s hilarious brand of comedy has spawned national catch phrases, captured a global audience, and has launched him into the entertainment industry as a bonafide “one to watch” this year. First, Andrew can be seen starring in Lionsgate’s upcoming comedy feature film “Where’s the Money” opposite Kat Graham, Terry Crews, Retta, Mike Epps, and Method Man. Slated for theatrical release on October 20 and on demand October 24, the film follows Del (Bachelor), a quick witted young man from the streets of South Central who must rush a lily-white USC fraternity to recover a stash of stolen money. Andrew also served as Executive Producer, on the project.
Next, Andrew can be seen starring in the Netflix horror film “The Babysitter” opposite Bella Thorne and Robbie Amell, out October 11, 2017. He can also be seen in two additional Netflix comedy films: the lead role in “When We First Met” and a supporting role in “Game Over, Man” both set to premiere in 2018. Andrew recently wrapped filming a lead role in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” based on the novel by bestselling author Jenny Han. The film is being produced by Awesomeness Films and Overbrook Entertainment. Additional film and TV credits include: “Meet the Blacks” opposite Mike Epps, “50 Shades of Black” alongside Marlon Wayans, “Dead House” for Laugh Out Loud which he directed and Executive Produced alongside Kevin Hart, “Easy” (Netflix), “Workaholics” (Comedy Central), “Resident Advisors” (HULU), “Black Jesus” (Adult Swim), “Key and Peele” (Comedy Central), “The Mindy Project” (FOX), “Wild ’N Out” (MTV), “Angie Tribeca” (TBS), and recurring on “House of Lies” (Showtime).
Born in Canada and raised in the US, Andrew graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Business in 2010. While attending FSU, he was a high jump star athlete, consistently ranking among the top 15 high jumpers in the NCAA. After graduation he moved to California to pursue one of his greatest passions, a career in acting, taking classes at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. Andrew’s ambitious desires led him to establish his own production company, Bach Enterprises where he produced, directed, and performed in several projects including a short film Agent Steele which was featured in NBC’s Dateline in September 2011. Creating content was always one of Andrew’s biggest passions-he got his start producing sketches on YouTube (on his channel Bachelors Pad TV) where his audience grew to over 3 million subscribers. The sketches were costly to produce, so Andrew searched for alternative ways to share content, which led to his discovery of Vine. In a few short years he rose to be one of the most followed people on Vine with 15 million subscribers and over 5 billions views. His other social media channels also flourished, with tens of millions of people following his content.
While being an entertainer is Andrew’s passion, he also is very involved with charitable organizations. In 2003, Andrew founded The RuJohn Foundation, which is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide the necessary tools for education to rural and inner-city schools throughout Jamaica and the United States. The foundation also organizes annual youth-focused financial literary workshops, sports camps led by professional athletes, and acting workshops led by successful actors and entertainers.
Andrew has been named one of the Top Influencers by Forbes and Time Magazine, he received the 2015 Streamy Award for Viner of the Year, 2016 Shorty Award for Viner of the Year, and was nominated for multiple 2017 Streamy Awards for Storyteller of the Year and Collaboration, winning Storyteller of the Year. He currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most followed account on Vine. In June 2017, it was announced that Andrew joined forces with live music streaming platform Hub LiveXLive, with plans to expand content offerings in a big way with a dozen pilots and several documentaries on tap for 2017.
Rudy Mancuso’s music, comedy, and multicultural Brazilian and Italian background have taken him all over the world, from opening for Justin Bieber in Brazil to walking the runway for Dolce & Gabbana in Milan.
He appeared on Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” and HBO’s “Outpost,” starred in YouTube Red’s “Keys of Christmas,” and co-hosted “Best.Cover.Ever” with Ludacris. Rudy released his first two singles: “Black and White" with Poo Bear and “Sirens” with Maia Mitchell. He worked with brands like Axe and the Walking Dead.
With more than twenty years of leadership and business experience bringing to market many of the systems that power the Internet, Lior has directed and guided teams developing everything from back-office systems to the core technologies of the business. As a serial entrepreneur, Lior has completed several successful exits, including HostPro (now Web.com), KnowledgeBase and EdgeCast. While working on his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, Lior worked closely with inVia Robotics co-founders Dan and Rand on various robotics and neuroscience projects, including the DARPA Robotic Challenges, Smart Drones, Cognitive threat detections and various autonomous robotics technologies. Currently on a leave of absence from the Ph.D., Lior holds a Masters in Robotics from the University of Southern California and has several publications and patents in the field of neuroscience, computer science and robotics.
May Habib is co-founder and CEO of Qordoba, a software platform that helps companies internationalize their products and marketing content. Previously, May was a vice president at Mubadala, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, and an investment banker focused on tech M&A with Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, based in New York.
At Mubadala, May worked with a small team that invested $4B in global technology companies.
May graduated with high honors in economics from Harvard, where she also studied Arabic and Hebrew and wrote an award-winning thesis on the economics of the Iraqi insurgency.
Brent Weinstein is a Partner and Head of Digital Media at leading talent and literary agency UTA, where he helped form the department in 2003, and also helped launch the agency’s dedicated online entertainment (2006) and social media practices (2011), both first amongst talent agencies. Weinstein leads the department’s team of dedicated digital media agents and executives – across the company’s Digital Talent, UTA Ventures, and Events & Experiences teams - to create and seize opportunities for UTA clients and strategic partners, including actors, writers, directors, producers, recording artists, digital influencers, technology entrepreneurs, and early-stage to Fortune 500 companies. Weinstein also, along with UTA Co-President David Kramer, oversees the agency’s new UTA IQ group, a combination of the company’s market-leading Digital Strategy and Film & Television research arms.
Weinstein’s clients include individual artists and creators such as Glenn Beck, Shane Dawson, Chris Hardwick, Hannah Hart, Rhett & Link and RocketJump Studios. He also advises large corporations including Delta Air Lines and Amazon.com, and the producers of large-scale events including Consumer Electronics Show and VidCon. Weinstein also works closely with UTA’s Venture portfolio, advised UTA client Brian Robbins in the creation of AwesomenessTV, partnered with Atria Books (a division of Simon & Schuster) to launch a new publishing imprint - Keywords Press - specifically focused on publishing books in collaboration with digital stars, and most recently worked with client Sofia Vergara to launch upstart Latin-focused media company, Raze.
Prior to joining UTA, Weinstein practiced corporate and business litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and the University of San Diego School of Law. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. He serves on philanthropic Boards for CoachArt and the Saban Community Clinic.
Jon Steinberg is the founder and CEO of Cheddar, the leading Post Cable Network. Cheddar is live 8 hours a day broadcasting from the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, the glass corner of the Flatiron Building inside the Sprint store, Los Angeles, and the White House. It is available on Sling TV, Amazon, Philo, Twitter, Pluto TV, Twitch, Comcast X1, and 60% of smart TVs in the U.S.
Steinberg sits on the board of Bustle and is an advisor to TheSkimm and Taboola.
He was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of DailyMail.com North America. Steinberg grew U.S. revenue 45% while at Daily Mail and doubled direct advertising revenue.
He joined DailyMail.com from BuzzFeed where he was President & Chief Operating Officer, responsible for business management, company operations, finance, and social advertising operations from 2010 to 2014. Under his leadership, BuzzFeed became a global and profitable social advertising business working with over half of the top 100 brands. He grew the company from 15 employees to over 500. In 2012, Steinberg was named one of AdAge’s Media Mavens.
Steinberg was previously Strategic Partner Development Manager on Google’s SMB (small medium business) partnerships team. As a high schooler, he was an intern in Walt Disney Imagineering’s research and development group.
Steinberg is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University. He sits on the board of Temple Israel. He lives with his wife, two little kids, and cat on New York’s Upper East Side.
Ina Fried is chief technology correspondent for Axios and editor of its daily tech newsletter, Login. Before joining Axios in February, she was a senior editor at Recode, covering mobile, and produced the Code/Mobile series of conferences.
Her road to becoming the woman she is today has been a long one. Before helping launch Recode, Ina covered mobile at All Things Digital. Prior to that she spent a decade at CNET where she covered, among other things, Microsoft and Apple. Her reporting spanned several continents, two genders and included chronicling the Hewlett Packard-Compaq merger, Bill Gates’ transition from software giant to philanthropist, as well as the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Mr. Hirschhorn is CEO of REDEF, a digital content curation company. Previously, Mr. Hirschhorn served as Co-President of Myspace Inc., an affiliate of News Corp. and as President of Sling Media, Inc. He has also served as Chief Digital Officer of MTV Networks. Mr. Hirschhorn currently is on the board of directors of MGM, Pandora and CFY. Mr. Hirschhorn holds a B.S. in International Business and Marketing from New York University's Stern School of Business.
Chris Jacquemin is a WME partner and leads the company’s Digital content group, focusing on distribution, marketing and windowing strategies for clients in the digital space. In his role he leads a team in packaging content for distribution across digital platforms and developing new business models for entertainment content across all forms of media.
Jacquemin represents Cameron Dallas, the Fine Brothers, Grace Helbig, and Lilly Singh, among many others in that realm. He is responsible for many groundbreaking digital deals, establishing a new model for the successful migration of digital projects to television with Ben Stiller’s “Burning Love,” Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy,” and Rob Corddry’s “Children’s Hospital.”
Jacquemin served as the architect for Kim Kardashian’s mobile game “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” which has received over 28,000,000 downloads. He also negotiated the deal for Brad Paisley’s YouTube channel “My Country Nation,” the country music artist’s first major push into the digital space.
Jacquemin broke new ground with the packaging of feature length films for digital clients Cameron Dallas (“Expelled”) and Grace Helbig (“Camp Takota”). He also constructed a deal with Astronauts Wanted to produce a tour documentary following Lilly Singh’s 30-city world tour, which was also organized by WME. These films have proven a new, profitable model for the viability of digital talent in the feature length space.
Jacquemin began his career in the television distribution research group for the Walt Disney Company before moving to Rysher Entertainment, where he built an international research unit focused on distribution and marketing research for TV and film properties.
Jacquemin previously oversaw the primary research group for the ABC Television Network, running focus groups for TV pilots and marketing campaigns. He worked with the network as it launched “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Prior to that, while working with CBS Enterprises, Jacquemin led a marketing research team that developed sales presentations for the launch of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Martha Stewart Living” and “The Howard Stern Show.”
Jacquemin joined Endeavor in 2000 to create a strategic research group for the agency focused on providing the firm and its clients with objective analyses of media consumption, while also exploring market opportunities in the evolving entertainment landscape. In 2009, he transitioned to WME following the agency’s merger with the William Morris Agency.
Mark Suster is a Partner at Upfront Ventures. He joined the firm in 2007 after having previously worked with Upfront Ventures for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Before joining Upfront Mark was Vice President, Product Management at Salesforce.com following its acquisition of Koral, where Mark was Founder and CEO. Prior to Koral, Mark was Founder and CEO of BuildOnline, a European SaaS company that was acquired by SWORD Group. Earlier in his career, Mark spent nearly ten years working for Accenture in Europe, Japan and the U.S.
Mark looks to invest in passionate entrepreneurs in early-stage technology businesses. His interests include Digital Content and Distribution, AdTech, Consumer Internet, and SaaS businesses and he has deep operating experience having started and sold his last two companies.
Kara joined Upfront as a partner in November 2014. Before joining Upfront, Kara co-founded Moonfrye, a children’s e-commerce company which merged to become Seedling. Prior to Seedling, Kara spent close to seven years at IAC where she acted as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Urbanspoon and Citysearch. Prior to Urbanspoon/Citysearch, Kara co-headed the M&A group at IAC where she lead some of their most successful acquisitions, notably Urbanspoon, Dictionary.com and Aston Hotels. While at IAC, Kara also served as a board member to Hatch Labs, IAC’s mobile technology incubator, where she was the seed investor and advisor to Tinder. Kara also spent time at Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, and Battery Ventures.
Jeff Berman is an Executive in Residence with Greylock Partners after spending the past decade in leadership roles at the intersection of technology and media, including serving as the first President of Whalerock Industries, Head of Digital at the NFL, and in a series of roles at MySpace where he led the content, marketing, sales, public policy & communications teams, and launched MySpace’s first native video platform. Jeff's board experience includes Buddy Media (SAAS business acquired by Salesforce), Anine Bing (LA-based fashion/commerce company), and United to Protect Democracy (non-profit founded in 2017 to defend our republic). Before moving into the private sector, Jeff was in Washington, DC, serving first as a civil rights lawyer and then as Chief Counsel to Senator Chuck Schumer. He holds a JD from Yale Law School.
Jonathon is the founder and managing partner of Ludlow Ventures and Sandwich Fund. Prior to launching Ludlow, Jonathon worked as creative director for New York’s Discovery Productions. He founded and operated Triest Group, a design firm with a deep UI/UX focus. Jonathon is a Kauffman Fellow and a board member of The Trico Foundation and Venture for America. In addition to his venture work, Jonathon is a producer of the web-series Computer Show (www.computer.show)
Adam Ludwin is the co-founder and CEO of Chain. Chain builds the cryptographic ledgers that underpin breakthrough financial products. Prior to Chain, Adam was an investor at RRE Ventures in New York. He began his career as a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and IDEO. Adam holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from UC Berkeley.
Adam Draper is the founder and managing director of Boost VC. The first fund to focus on Bitcoin related startups. Adam is a 2x entrepreneur and a 4th generation venture capitalist. He also has a very large comic book collection.
In 2009, the same year that Adam graduated from UCLA, he founded Xpert Financial, a secondary market for private securities. After settling millions of dollars in private security transactions and becoming a registered broker dealer, he left Xpert Financial in late 2012 and began angel investing, where he backed such startups as Coinbase, Plangrid and Amplitude.
Adam then partnered up with Brayton Williams and to change the face of global startup mentorship. The focus of Boost VC on future technology development stems from Adam Draper's dream to create an Iron Man suit.
Garry Tan is a designer, engineer, and investor in early stage startups. He is cofounder and managing partner of Initialized Capital, an early stage seed fund with over $230M in assets under management. He invested in and directly worked with over 700 companies in 5 years from the earliest possible stage, often just an idea. He’s a seed investor in successful startups including Coinbase, Instacart, OpenDoor, Cruise Automation, Genius, Envoy, Color Genomics, Patreon, LendUp, Flexport, EasyPost, Clever, Airware, Eero, Lever, Sift Science, Lob, Blend Labs, Digit, Ridecell, Heap, HelloSign, and many more. He was previously a partner at Y Combinator for nearly 5 years, working with 10 full batches of companies.
Before that, he cofounded Posterous and helped build it to a world-class website used by millions. (Acquired by Twitter) He also cofounded the engineering team for Palantir Technology's quant finance analysis platform and also designed the logo. He holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford.
Nick Tomaino is Founder and General Partner of 1confirmation, a seed stage crypto fund backed by Horsley Bridge, Peter Thiel and Marc Andreessen among others. Previously, Nick was an early employee at Coinbase where he led business development and marketing. Nick also co-founded the Token Summit, a leading industry event.
Preethi Kasireddy is a Blockchain Engineer who recently made her way from San Francisco to Los Angeles. She's an avid learner who taught herself how to code, and is passionate about educating the world about blockchains and cryptocurrencies. She’s the author of several popular posts, including How does Ethereum work anyway? and Fundamental Challenges with Public Blockchains.
She was previously a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a banker at Goldman Sachs, and most recently a software engineer at Coinbase. She is currently the Founder & CEO of Schelling, a new blockchain startup (stealth).
Preethi was born in Connecticut, but lived in various places around the world before ending up in New Jersey, where she went to high school. She completed her undergrad at USC, where she studied Industrial & Systems Engineering.
Alyse Killeen, Managing Partner of StillMark Co. and StillMark Capital, is a venture capitalist with seed stage to pre-IPO investment experience in infrastructure, enterprise, and consumer technologies, and one of the very first traditional venture capitalists to participate as an investor and advisor in the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystems - as early as 2013. Alyse was one of the initial few VCs to delve into token incentivized software-based networks and token sales (also known as ICOs or TGEs) in 2013, and an Advisory Board Chairperson to one of the very first companies ever to host such a token distribution. Prior to StillMark, Alyse was an investor with two of Los Angeles’ largest and most esteemed venture capital firms.
In 2015, UN Foundation named her a Top 70 Bay Area Digital Leader, and in 2016, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), a university under the ambit of Singapore’s Ministry of Education, appointed Alyse a Fintech Fellow. In 2017, International Business Times (IBT) recognized Alyse’s contribution to the development of the blockchain ecosystem by including her in the 4th position of IBT’s “VCs Powering the Blockchain Boom” List, following Tim Draper, Mark Cuban, and Naval Ravikant of AngelList. Now in 2018, Alyse is featured in the forthcoming, preeminent documentary on Bitcoin, BIT X BIT: In Bitcoin We Trust.
Alyse has presented internationally for groups including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), TechCrunch Disrupt China, Channel NewsAsia, Singapore Management University, and USA Today, and has been featured in publications including Forbes, Business Insider, and Bloomberg. In 2015, Alyse authored a book chapter in the award-winning Handbook of Digital Currency titled “The Confluence of Bitcoin and the Global Sharing Economy”, and in 2017 contributed to the next book in the series, Handbook of Blockchain, Digital Finance, and Inclusion (2017), co-authoring “Global Financial Institutions 2.0” with Dr. R. Chan of the World Bank.
To give back to the startup community, Alyse volunteers time as a Mentor at Plug and Play Tech Accelerator and Alchemist Accelerator in Silicon Valley, and as a member of New York Fashion Tech Lab’s Expert Network, a nonprofit program for top-tier women-led technology companies. In support of new community and talent infrastructure development, Alyse founded City Fellows Consortium in 2015 and Women in Venture in 2013.
Today at StillMark, Alyse Killeen’s investment practice focuses on global innovation in the finance, healthcare, and marketplace arenas, especially where these fields intersect with advancements in data science and distributed network technologies, or are progressed by blockchain protocols, infrastructure, middleware, or second layer solutions. She continues to advise investment groups and executives in enterprise and consumer technologies and applications broadly, and holds Advisory Board seats at several cutting-edge startups and pioneering investment funds, and a Board of Directors role at BitGive, Bitcoin’s first 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Bart Stephens is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital, the first venture capital fund to invest exclusively in the blockchain technology sector and the first to raise a venture fund through an ICO. Blockchain Capital is the pioneer and most established VC firm in the Blockchain sector with more than 75 portfolio companies across three funds. Prior to Blockchain Capital, Bart Stephens was Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Stephens Investment Management (SIM), a family owned and operated hedge fund and venture capital firm. Bart and his brother and Co-founder, Brad, invented the term and pioneered “Nanocap” investing – venture capital style investing in the public markets focused on sub micro-cap equities.
Bart has a background as both an operating entrepreneur and a venture capitalist. Prior to co-founding SIM, Bart was Executive Vice President, Venture Capital for Ivanhoe Capital Corporation (ICC), an international investment firm.
Before joining ICC, Bart was a founding investor and Head of Corporate & Business Development for Oncology.com. Oncology.com grew to become the internet’s largest cancer related web site before being sold to Pharmacia (now Pfizer) in 2001.
Prior to Oncology.com, Bart spent more than two years with E*TRADE, an early internet innovator in online financial services. While at E*TRADE, he held senior positions focused on product marketing, business development and corporate development.
Bart earned a B.A. in Political Science from Princeton University.
Ted Bunch is an educator, activist and lecturer working to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls. As the chief development officer for A CALL TO MEN, Ted is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. He is a leading voice on issues of manhood, male socialization and its intersection with violence, and preventing violence against all women and girls.
Ted is the former director and co-creator of the largest program for domestic violence offenders in America. His innovative work laid the groundwork for the prevention strategies now endorsed as best practice in engaging men to end violence against women. Ted developed and implemented model response programs for police, fire departments, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and other first responders dealing with domestic violence.
Ted is an adviser to the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball, providing policy consultation and facilitating violence prevention and healthy manhood training. Ted was a guest presenter for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. He is an international lecturer for the U.S. State Department and was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as a committee member to UNiTE, an international network of male leaders working to end violence against women. Ted’s work has been featured in the UK, Israel, India, Suriname, South Africa, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Brazil and Puerto Rico.
Ted is the co-author of the LIVERESPECT Coaching Healthy & Respectful Manhood Curriculum, designed to prevent violence and bullying in school and sports. He is sought after for his impactful and engaging sexual assault prevention programs for high school and college aged boys, and has trained extensively in colleges and universities. Ted is a frequent guest on national television and radio programs like The Today Show and National Public Radio, and has served as a script consultant for the Emmy Award-winning television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
Matthew is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BlockTower Capital, a leading institutional cryptocurrency investment firm bringing professional trading and portfolio management to an emerging digital asset class. Previously, he served for 11 years at Goldman Sachs, managing and leading many areas of the Firm's investment management practice, including most recently as Head of its U.S. Not-for-Profit Institutions business. Earlier in his career, Matthew was an engineer at Sargent & Lundy, where he focused on multi-disciplinary projects across structural, mechanical and electrical engineering in the energy sector. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Illinois Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, and for two non-profits in education and micro-enterprise development.
Matthew earned a B.S. in Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Thomas has over 20 years of experience in macro markets and equity research. Prior to co-founding the independent strategy research boutique, Fundstrat Global Advisors, he served as Chief Equity Strategist of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. from 2007 through 2014. And prior to that, was both a highly regarded telecommunications equity research analyst and also small -cap equity/ bankruptcy/reorg strategist (2004-2010).
His clients view his work as both contrarian and highly differentiated, as his approach incorporates an extensive study of historical fundamentals, reliance on credit and cross market leading indicators, as well as market-based views driven by positioning and sentiment.
In his career focusing on technology and wireless companies, investors viewed his approach as deeply fundamental and contrarian. He identified many major shifts in that sector, premised on the notion that outcomes were more dependent on capital expediency, not investor perception.
Some past examples of this approach include his advocacy of reorg investing during the early 2000s. Becoming secularly bullish on equities in 2009. Recommending a recovery in housing in 2012, and arguing that by 2016, the reset of credit scores would seriously boost demand—which indeed was the case.
Recently, he has brought this focus onto Crypto-currencies and blockchain, as the innovation of this area looks like a rejuvenation of the industrial/technological revolution.
He has also received numerous award and recognition during his career. He has been top ranked by Institutional Investor (II) and from 1998 to 2013, was top-ranked 1, 2 or 3 every single year.
He was at J.P.Morgan from 1999 to 2014. He has previously served as Managing Director at Salomon Smith Barney from 1996-1999. And prior to that was at Kidder, Peabody and Oppenheimer.
He is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) and the Economic Club of NY.
He received his BSE from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Finance and Accounting.
Julia Boorstin joined CNBC in May 2006 as a general assignment reporter. Later that year, she became CNBC's media and entertainment reporter working from CNBC's Los Angeles Bureau. Boorstin covers media with a special focus on the intersection of media and technology.
In 2013, Boorstin created and launched the CNBC Disruptor 50, an annual list highlighting the private companies transforming the economy and challenging companies in established industries. Additionally, she reported a documentary on the future of television for the network, "Stay Tuned…The Future of TV." Boorstin joined CNBC from Fortune magazine where she was a business writer and reporter since 2000. During that time, she was also a contributor to "Street Life," a live market wrap-up segment on CNN Headline News.
In 2003, 2004 and 2006, The Journalist and Financial Reporting newsletter named Boorstin to the "TJFR 30 under 30" list of the most promising business journalists under 30 years old. She has also worked for the State Department's delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and for Vice President Gore's domestic policy office.
She graduated with honors from Princeton University with a B.A. in history. She was also an editor of The Daily Princetonian.
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Yves has been a Partner at Upfront since its founding in 1996. Prior to Upfront Ventures, Yves managed the U.S. investments of Fourcar B.V., a division of Carrefour S.A., the second largest retailer in the world. In this capacity, he was an investor in numerous private equity investments in a number of venture capital, emerging growth and later-stage retailing transactions.
Yves has SaaS/Cloud Software and Consumer Internet / Consumer domain expertise. He has helped build $1B+ businesses in both verticals and has operational experience at a leading European retailer.
Kevin joined Upfront Ventures in 2012. Most recently, Kevin was at Boston Consulting Group, where he advised on strategy and operations for technology, healthcare, and industrial goods clients in the US and Asia and conducted due diligence for private equity investors. Previously, Kevin worked at Verisk Health, a healthcare IT startup in Boston, focusing on project management, product development, and consulting for strategic accounts.
Dan Primack joined Axios in October 2016 as Business Editor to cover deals and dealmakers, from Wall Street to Sand Hill Road. Primack’s morning newsletter, Pro Rata, covers venture capital, Wall Street, M&A and other deal-related topics. Previously, Primack was Senior Editor at Fortune and before that editor-at-large with Thomson Reuters, where he launched both peHUB.com and the peHUB Wire email service.
A journalist, author and news anchor, León Krauze (Mexico City, 1975) has had a diverse career both in media and academia. Author of six books, Krauze's work has also appeared in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, The Atavist, Letras Libres and a long list of publications both in his native Mexico and the United States.
During his career he interviewed national and international political figures such as Obama, Hillary Clinton, Shimon Peres and Bernie Sanders.
Krauze anchors the nightly news for Canal 34, Univisión's flagship local station in Los Angeles, and hosts "En Boca de León", a daily radio newsmagazine on Univision radio. He’s also a podcast host for Slate and a nationally syndicated columnist through El Universal in Mexico.
He has received multiple accolades for his journalistic work, including six Emmys as well as the Edward R. Murrow, LA Press Club and Golden Mic awards.
Over the past year, Krauze has held the prestigious Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism at USC, where he teaches a workshop that focuses on telling the vibrant and endearing life stories of the immigrant community
He lives in Santa Monica with his wife and three children.
Michael joined Upfront Ventures in 2015. Most recently, Michael was a West Coast Editor at PandoDaily, where he lead the publication’s coverage of the venture capital, financial technologies, ecommerce, on-demand services, and online video sectors. Previously, Michael worked as a Managing Director at WorldVest, a merchant bank based in Los Angeles, leading investments in early stage opportunities within the technology and natural resources sectors in North and South America, and Asia.
Michael concentrates on identifying and evaluating investment opportunities, providing support to portfolio companies, and conducting financial & business due diligence, and leading the firm’s strategic content initiatives.
Robert Jesse is convenor of the Council on Spiritual Practices. Through CSP, he was instrumental in creating the psilocybin research team at the Johns Hopkins University, and he is one of its co-investigators. He also lead the writing of an amicus brief for the U.S. Supreme Court in a key religious liberty case. The Court’s 8-0 decision upheld the right of a church, the União do Vegetal, to its sacrament containing the controlled substance DMT. Prior to CSP, he worked as a consultant in information technology for AT&T Bell Labs and others, then in several capacities for Oracle Corporation, lastly as a vice president of business development. His university training is in computer science and electrical engineering.
Charles S. Grob, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He conducted the first government-approved study of MDMA, and was the principal investigator of an international biomedical psychiatric research projectin the Brazilian Amazon of the plant, ayahuasca. He is currently conducting an investigation of the effects of psilocybin on anxiety in cancer patients. Dr. Grob has published numerous articles in medical and psychiatric journals and collected volumes, and is the editor of Hallucinogens: A Reader. He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute.
Joe Green is a serial social entrepreneur and investor who has been a pioneer in the intersection between technology and community organizing. Joe is a native and huge fan of LA, and has returned home recently to co-found Treehouse, which is building the first ground up co-loving building in Los Angeles. Joe previously co-founded Causes, NationBuilder, and FWD.us. Joe is passionate about integrating mystical experiences into community and culture.
Colin Fan is a Managing Partner at SoftBank helping to lead and manage the firm's $100 billion Vision Fund. Prior to SoftBank, Colin was the Head of Global Markets (the securities division) at Deutsche Bank, which was one of the top sales and trading operations in the world. He was also co-Head of Corporate Banking and Securities (the overall investment bank) and a member of the Deutsche Bank Group Executive Committee. Colin earned his BA in History and Science from Harvard, where he graduated with honors.
Ms. Lydia Jett is a senior member of the global growth equity investment team at the SoftBank Vision Fund where she focuses on the eCommerce, consumer internet and fintech sectors. Current board / observer seats held include: Flipkart, Fanatics, Tokopedia and Fetch Robotics.
Prior to joining SoftBank in 2015, Ms. Jett was a Principal at M/C Partners, a Boston-based growth equity firm focused on the technology and communications services sectors. Previously, Ms. Jett was an investor at Goldman Sachs in the Principal Investment Area in New York where she invested in the cable and education sectors, and an investment banking analyst at JPMorgan.
Ms. Jett holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business a BA from Smith College and is a graduate of the General Course at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She resides in Palo Alto, California with her husband and son.
Greg joined Upfront as a Partner in 2013. Greg was the Chief Marketing Officer for HauteLook, a leading online flash-sale retailer. Launched in December 2007, Los Angeles based HauteLook was acquired by Nordstrom, Inc., in March 2011 for $270mm. Prior to joining HauteLook, Greg was Executive Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Live Nation, responsible for strategic direction and key business partnerships for Live Nation’s ticketing and digital businesses. Before Live Nation, Greg held a number of leadership positions at eBay, including Sr. Director of Business Development at StubHub, where he led business development, partnerships, sales and seller development, including spearheading StubHub’s landmark relationship with Major League Baseball. Prior to transitioning to StubHub from eBay, he led eBay.com’s Event Tickets and Media businesses (including half.com) and was the business leader who led eBay’s acquisition of StubHub in 2007.
Greg focuses on investment in businesses at the juncture of retail and technology. He is our resident expert on user adoption & acquisition with significant operating experience in marketing and BD at top online retail brands.
Hamet Watt is a Board Partner at Upfront Ventures. He is also co-founder and Chairman of MoviePass, a subscription service for movies in theaters, as well as co-founder and former Chairman of bLife, a wellness innovation company acquired by Canary Health in 2015.
Previously, Hamet was an entrepreneur-in-residence at True Ventures, after exiting another company that he founded called NextMedium, which was acquired by Brand Affinity Technologies. Prior to founding NextMedium, Hamet advised Nielsen Media Research in the development of the first product placement measurement service for network and cable television. Hamet was also a General Partner in the New Africa Opportunity Fund — a $120 million venture capital fund, which was the first US-backed venture fund investing in post-apartheid South Africa.
A leader in both the Los Angeles and wider entrepreneurial communities, Hamet has received numerous awards for technology innovation and entrepreneurship — including a “Top 10 Black Innovators Award” — and was named by Business Insider Magazine one of 2014’s “46 Most Important African-Americans in Technology.” He is frequently noted in the national press for innovation in media and entrepreneurship and has been featured in publications including Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and Forbes.