Penny Abeywardena leads the Clinton Global Initiative's (CGI) Girls & Women program and is associate director of commitments for the organization, which convenes global leaders to develop and to implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing problems. She joined CGI in 2009, and has since developed the Girls & Women program into one of CGI's most successful initiatives. Abeywardena is responsible for the portfolio of CGI commitments focused on empowering girls and women worldwide, developing year-round programming, and integrating the gender lens throughout the CGI platform. She has led the growth of Girls & Women related commitments; has advised multinational corporations, philanthropists, NGOs, and multilateral institutions to increase investments in gender-focused development initiatives; and has increased the community of CGI members who are incorporating the gender lens in their work. Prior to CGI, Abeywardena worked in both development and programmatic areas for Human Rights Watch, the Funding Exchange, and the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy.
Jenna Arnold is the co-founder of Organize, a nonprofit entity that focuses on increasing the number of registered organ donors in the United States. She also is the president of Press Play Productions, a boutique content creation firm that develops advocacy marketing using television, online media platforms, mobile devices, and blackboards to reach audiences. Previously, Arnold served as an education and media specialist at the U.N. and has since created and produced the MTV series "Exiled!" which follows American teens as they travel to live in indigenous cultures around the world. Her projects are aimed at steering youth toward active citizenship, and advising companies and organizations on ways to engage youth more effectively. Arnold sits on the Board of W+ and the Advocacy Lab. She graduated from the University of Miami with a B.S. in Education and from Columbia University with an M.S. in Education.
Terri D. Austin was appointed vice president of Diversity and Inclusion for The McGraw-Hill Companies in January 2010. In this role, Austin is responsible for implementing an integrated diversity strategy across all of McGraw-Hill's businesses to further enhance the company's workforce and business opportunities and to expand McGraw-Hill's standing as an employer of choice.
Austin brings 27 years of experience as an accomplished leader in diversity and as a successful attorney. She previously served as the chief diversity officer for American International Group (AIG) where she developed diversity programs for its employees, customers, and communities. Prior to that, she served as chief compliance officer for AIG’s domestic insurance operations and general counsel for AIG’s domestic claims operation. She joined AIG as a litigator in 1990.
Prior to joining AIG, Ms. Austin was a litigation associate at the law firm of Richards & O’Neil from 1986 to 1990. Previously, Ms. Austin was an assistant counsel with the New York City Law Department from 1983 to 1986.
Ms. Austin is a member of the New York City Bar Association, and also serves on a number of non-profit boards including New Alternatives for Children, Inc., an organization established to supporting severely disabled children, Girls Inc. of New York which is dedicated to inspiring girls to achieve, and Women’s Sports Foundation which is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activities.
Ms. Austin has received a number of honors including: Business Insurance magazine 50 Women to Watch in 2007; The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business in March 2008; Savoy Professional’s Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America in July 2008; Five Women of Distinction by The Girls Scouts of Greater New York in November 2010; Top Diversity Executive by Black Enterprise in May 2011, and Top 100 Executives by Uptown Professional in June 2012. Ms. Austin is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has completed three New York City Marathons.
Ms. Austin holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Grinnell College, a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University School of Law, and a Master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
Pamela W. Barnes is president and chief executive officer of EngenderHealth, a global women’s health organization that is committed to ensuring that every pregnancy is planned, every child is wanted, and every mother has the best chance of survival. EngenderHealth trains health care professionals and partners with governments and communities to make high-quality sexual and reproductive health services available in more than 20 countries. Barnes has more than 30 years of managerial and global health experience in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She was formerly president and chief executive officer of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Barnes also worked for 20 years in investment management and corporate finance for GTE Corporation and RCA Corporation. She served as vice president of Operations and Finance for Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic in New York and as vice president of Finance and Administration at the International Trachoma Initiative. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Barnes holds a B.S. in Economics from Marymount College and an M.B.A. from Fordham University.
Ron Bruder is the founder and chair of Education For Employment (EFE), a network of nonprofits committed to creating employment opportunities for youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). A social franchise of independent, locally-run affiliates, EFE identifies critical skill gaps in the local economy, then develops and delivers targeted training programs for youth with limited opportunity. Graduates are linked to jobs through partnerships with employers, civic and educational organizations. After graduating its first class in 2006 EFE expanded rapidly, with independent affiliates in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen, and sister support organizations in the U.S. and Spain.
Honored by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People for his nonprofit work with EFE, Bruder began as a serial entrepreneur. In 1977, Mr. Bruder founded The Brookhill Group, which owns and manages properties throughout the U.S. with a focus on creating investment partnerships to develop or redevelop shopping centers, office buildings, and multi-family homes.
Bruder was an attendee at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. At the World Economic Forum in Tianjin in 2012, he was named a Schwab Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur for his work in founding EFE. He has served as a delegate of the Council on Foreign Relations to the Jeddah Economic Forum, and a contributor to the US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar. He is frequently invited to share EFE’s best practices at major international conferences and fora, and has addressed audiences at the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum, and the United Nations, among others.
Bruder earned his Bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University, an M.B.A. from New York University, and a Post Master's degree in Accounting & Taxation from Iona College.
Ann Paisley Chandler is a graduate student in fundraising and grantmaking at New York University, where she is the editor in chief of Philanthropy NYU. Chandler holds a B.A. in English Literature, with a Creative Writing emphasis, from Wofford College. Before attending NYU, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, West Africa (2008-2011), where she worked with government officials, artisans, and donors to design, finance, and construct community libraries. While there, she worked closely with Books for Africa to coordinate the shipment of 22,000 books from the U.S. to Ghana. She planned activities and events at Ghanaian orphanages, organized and executed HIV/AIDS education projects, in collaboration with PEPFAR and ActionAid, and partnered with Ghana Sustainable Change Project and USAID on the Malaria Day Campaign. Chandler interns at the United Nations in New York City.
Dr. Lola Dare is the president of the Centre for Health Sciences Training, Research, and Development (CHESTRAD), an African-lead, non-state, global development agency. Dr. Dare also convenes Global Health South, a network of nonstate organizations in the economic south engaged in global health. She has served in many roles in governance mechanisms of international agencies, including: the Technical Evaluation Reference Group of the Global Fund; Southern Civil Society Representative; International Health Partnership (IHP+); the Steering Committee, African Platform on HRH; the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) advisory board on global health; the PEPFAR Evaluation Committee; the Lancet Global Health Advisory Board; the Steering Committee of the RMNCH Fund; and the financing harmonization group, Partnership for Maternal and Child Health.
Dr. Dare graduated with an M.B.;B.S. from the College of Medicine University of Ibadan (1985) and a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1991). She was awarded certificates in Population and Development as a David E. Bell Fellow (1994) and in International Health as a Takemi Fellow (2000) from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Dare holds a Certificate in Advance Management from INSEAD, an international business school in France (2006).
Marilyn DeLuca is a consultant in global health, health systems, and philanthropy with over 25 years of experience in global and domestic health care systems, health care reform, and the health care workforce. She advises donors, health care organizations, and NGOs, and manages philanthropic portfolios in health and basic sciences. Dr. DeLuca regularly collaborates with and provides services to NGOs and key stakeholders on health issues, including the Clinton Global Initiative and the African Development Bank. With expertise in systems-based models, DeLuca has turned her focus to growing the global health care workforce and to universal health coverage. As founding executive director of the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, Dr. DeLuca led innovative philanthropic grant programs specific to the professional nursing shortage. She is an adjunct associate professor at the NYU College of Nursing and is a research assistant professor at the NYU School of Medicine. She also led and co-chaired the Global Summit: Strengthening 21st Century Global Health Systems: Investing Strategically in the Healthcare Workforce, convened by the NYU College of Nursing.
Abigail Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, and activist based in New York City. Her innovative filmmaking and advocacy bolsters women’s leadership in all public spheres and highlights the power of non-violent organizing for peace.
Working with award-winning director, Gini Reticker, she produced her first film—the acclaimed documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell—to tell the inspirational story of the Liberian women who came together to end their country’s brutal civil war and bring peace to their shattered nation. After winning best documentary at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, Pray the Devil Back to Hell was viewed across the U.S. in theaters, on public television, and at over 500 community screening events. The film played in 60 countries around the world and is broadly credited with helping its lead figure—Leymah Gbowee—reach international recognition before she received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.
Disney participated in screenings of Pray the Devil Back to Hell in over 30 countries. During these events, she recognized the critical need to amplify the voices of women fighting for peace on the frontlines. She founded Peace is Loud in 2009 to generate a groundswell of people committed to building a culture of peace. Since then, Peace is Loud has inspired action through live events and media that spotlight the frontline leadership of women peacebuilders worldwide.
The success of Pray the Devil Back to Hell also inspired the creation of a five-part film series for PBS: Women, War & Peace. Together with Gini Reticker and Pamela Hogan, Disney created the groundbreaking series to ask us to look at modern warfare through women’s eyes. Women, War & Peace travels from Liberia to Bosnia, Afghanistan and Colombia, and features an overview hour looking at the proliferation of weapons as it impacts women. The series premiered on PBS in 2011 and won two Overseas Press Club Awards and a special honor from the Television Academy. Peace is Loud is now coordinating thousands of U.S. and international community screenings of the series to bring the film to diverse global audience. She is currently at work on a new film, also for PBS, highlighting the key role of women in the Arab Awakening, as well as taking her first stab at directing on a feature-length documentary about the gun culture in America.
In partnership with Leymah Gbowee, Disney is co-founder of the Gbowee Peace Foundation, USA. Established after Madame Gbowee accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, the Foundation raises funds to support women peacebuilders and girls’ education in West Africa.
Along with her husband Pierre Hauser, Disney is founder and president of the Daphne Foundation, a social change foundation that makes grants to grassroots organizations working with low-income communities in New York City. Since 1991, the Daphne Foundation has made millions of dollars in grants on issues including women’s rights, AIDS advocacy, children’s health, labor conditions, violence, incarceration and community organizing. The Foundation provides ongoing general operating support to its grantees, along with grants for technical assistance, infrastructure improvement, and resource development.
Disney is a frequent and sought-after speaker on women’s leadership and peacebuilding around the world. She has screened her films and given keynote addresses everywhere from Stanford University and YouTube to West Point Academy and the U.N. Human Rights Commission. She has recently been recognized through the Womensphere Global Award for Media Leadership 2013 and was an honoree at the Young Women's Leadership Network (YWLN) 2013 Power Breakfast for her philanthropic efforts to help women and girls and sharing the voices of women from around the world through film and activism. She has also been honored with the prestigious International Advocate for Peace (IAP) Award from the Cardozo Law School’s Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, and the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Vanguard Award 2013.
Over the years, Disney has made it a priority to serve the community, working on the boards of many organizations and foundations. She currently serves on the boards of the Global Fund for Women, Shining Hope for Communities, Soliya, The Roy Disney Family Foundation, and The Peace Research Endowment; as well as serving on the DCTV Cinema Advisory Council, Breakthrough Global Leadership Council, and the YWCA World Service Council.
Disney received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University, her master’s degree from Stanford University, and her doctorate from Columbia University. While pursuing her Ph.D., she taught English and American Literature at Iona College and wrote a dissertation on the role of romanticized violence and war in American life. Disney lives in New York City with her husband, four children, cat, dog, guinea pig, rabbit, and an immortal turtle named Alfred.
Allison Fine studies and writes about the intersection of social media and social change. She is the author of the award-winning book, Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age (Wiley & Sons, 2006). Her latest book, The Networked Nonprofit (Wiley & Sons, 2010), coauthored with Beth Kanter, was an immediate best-seller. Fine wrote a paper titled Social Citizens about young people and activism, commissioned by the Case Foundation, and edited a collection of essays, Rebooting America, about transformative ways to reinvent 21st century democracy using new media tools. She is a contributor to HBR.org, hosts a monthly podcast for The Chronicle of Philanthropy called Social Good, and writes her own blog, A. Fine Blog.
Leith Greensdale is vice chair, Office of the U.N. secretary general's Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and co-chair of Child Health at the MDG Health Alliance, which works to accelerate global progress towards the health MDGs. The Alliance operates in support of Every Women, Every Child, a movement spearheaded by the U.N. Secretary General to intensify global action to improve the health of women and children.
Greensdale is involved in several nonprofit organizations that empower women, including Tostan, Women for Afghan Women, the Somaly Mam Foundation, the Malala Fund, and Panzi Hospital. She also is active in the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, where she co-chairs Isha Koach, a giving circle that invests in female social entrepreneurs who serve the world’s most vulnerable women and children.
Greensdale served as policy advisor and speechwriter to the deputy prime minister of Australia and the minister for health, and subsequently as chief of staff to the shadow minister for social security and the status of women and as economic adviser to the leader of the opposition. She holds a master's in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, a master's in business administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a first class honors degree from the University of Queensland. She is the recipient of a Harvard Kennedy Fellowship, a Hong Kong Financial Women’s Association Scholarship, and a University Medal. Greensdale lives in New York City with her three daughters and is a passionate advocate for the advancement of women and children.
For 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has helped tell America's untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. In April 2010, Hinojosa launched The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multiplatform, community-based journalism that gives critical voice to the voiceless by harnessing the power of independent media to tell stories that are overlooked or under reported by traditional media.
As the anchor and executive producer of the long-running weekly NPR show Latino USA, and as anchor of the Emmy Award-winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/ La Plaza, Hinojosa has informed millions of Americans about the fastest growing group in our country. Previously, a senior correspondent for NOW on PBS, and currently, a rotating anchor for Need to Know, Hinojosa has reported hundreds of important stories—from the immigrant work camps in NOLA after Katrina, to teen girl victims of sexual harassment on the job, to Emmy Award-winning stories of the poor in Alabama.
Hinojosa has won top honors in American journalism including four Emmys, the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for her groundbreaking "Child Brides: Stolen Lives." In 2009, Hinojosa was honored with an AWRT Gracie Award for Individual Achievement as Best TV correspondent. In 2010 she was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, by DePaul University in Chicago, as well as the Sidney Hillman Prize honoring her social and economic justice reporting. In 2012 she additionally received an honorary degree from Simmons College, was named among the top 25 Latinos in Contemporary American Culture by the Huffington Post, and gave the prestigious Ware Lecture.
Karen Brooks Hopkins is the president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), where she has worked since 1979. As president, Hopkins oversees the Academy’s 230 full-time employees and facilities, including the 2,100-seat Howard Gilman Opera House and 833-seat BAM Harvey Theater, the four-theater BAM Rose Cinemas, the BAMcafé, and the BAM Fisher building, which houses the 250-seat flexible Fishman Space.
In May 2004, Hopkins concluded a two-year term as the chair of The Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), which consists of 33 prominent New York City cultural institutions. In this capacity, she also served as a member of the mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and is currently a member of the Boards of NYC & Company, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and the Global Cultural Districts Network. Hopkins is an active member of the Performing Arts Center Consortium, a national association of performing arts centers, and served as its chair from 1994 to 1996. She was also a participant on the Advisory Committee of the Salzburg Seminar Project of Critical Issues for the Classical Performing Arts from 2000-2002 and a fellow of The Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Center for Business Innovation from 2001-2002. In 2005, Hopkins received the Encore Award in Arts Management Excellence from the Arts & Business Council of New York, and chaired the Hospitality and Tourism cluster of the Initiative for a Competitive Brooklyn. In 2006, she was elected by the New York State Legislature to the Board of Regents for a term that expired in 2010.
In the spring of 1995, Hopkins served as the executive producer of the Bergman Festival, which celebrated the life and work of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. The success of the Bergman Festival earned her a medal from the Royal Dramatic Theater of Sweden—the first time the honor was awarded to anyone outside of Sweden. Additionally, in recognition of her work on behalf of the Norwegian National Ballet, Norway awarded her its King Olav Medal. In November 2006, Hopkins was awarded the honor of Chevalier de L’Ordre des arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France for her work supporting the French arts in the United States. In 2007, she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in New York City Business” by Crain’s. That same year, she was appointed Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star, in recognition of her role in solidifying ties between the performing arts communities of Sweden and the United States. In May of 2012, Hopkins was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY. She was designated a “Woman of Achievement” by the professional association Women in Development in 2013 and named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” by Crain’s.
Hopkins was an adjunct professor for the Brooklyn College Program for Arts Administration for four years. Her widely read book, Successful Fundraising for Arts & Cultural Organizations, currently is available in a revised second edition through Greenwood Publishing. A graduate of the University of Maryland, she earned her M.F.A. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Hopkins resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Angeilie I. Hyman is associate director of the NYU School of Professional Studies George H. Heyman, Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising. Hyman's alumni relations/fundraising experience spans over 15 years serving Catholic Charities and NYU. This includes establishing an annual fund campaign for BFFY/Catholic Charities' Rockaway Senior Center, administering a $5 million capital campaign and $200,000 alumni phonathon for the NYU College of Dentistry, establishing an annual fund campaign and database coding system for the NYU College of Nursing, and as the assistant director for alumni affinity programs, she established a University-wide alumni relations/annual fund program at NYU to engage young alumni via their common interests and social media networks.
Hyman obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, a Master of Arts in Media, Culture, and Communications, and a Master of Science in Fundraising and Grantmaking from New York University. She also is the founder and chief butterfly of "Aim-Hy.com," an empowerment network for women that seeks to motivate and empower by connecting its members to top coaching professionals researched and vetted by Aim-Hy representatives. Seven percent of Aim-Hy goods and apparel proceeds fund nonprofit organizations that promote the empowerment of women in underserved communities.
Carolyn Jones is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker who specializes in telling stories that shed light on issues of global concern. Her first book, Living Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDS, was published by Abbeville Press and accompanied by a traveling exhibition that was seen at the United Nations World AIDS Conference and around the world. She directed a television series for Oxygen Media called Womenshands and Women... on Family, a program for PBS. Jones founded the nonprofit 100 People Foundation, which creates global-issue-driven educational films for students worldwide. In 2012, 100 People produced a series of short films on global health, highlighting frontline health workers in India and Appalachia. Continuing her photojournalistic study of health workers, Jones has spent the last two years interviewing and photographing nurses from all over the U.S. for the photography book and documentary film: The American Nurse, to be released May 2014.
Kim Keating is founder and managing director of Keating Advisors. With over 18 years of experience, Keating serves as a trusted advisor to numerous industry leading organizations. Under her guidance and expertise, she helps organizations develop a clear talent management vision and strategy. She specializes in working with leaders to align their strategy, organization design, and compensation practices to deliver improved performance and results.
Prior to founding Keating Advisors, Keating was a consultant at Mercer Human Resource Consulting and Sibson & Company, human capital consulting firms where she worked with organizations to address strategic human resources challenges. Her senior corporate roles include leading the rewards function for The Advisory Board Company, a research think tank, and the Motley Fool, a financial education company. Preceding her human resources career, Keating was a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley Investment Bank and chief financial officer at Teach for America.
Keating holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and a B.B.A. in finance from Southern Methodist University. She was awarded an International Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and studied at the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya.
Keating is a published author and speaks frequently on the topic of talent management and compensation. She has been published in the WorldatWork and CUPA-HR Journal, as well as quoted in business and women’s publications, including the Washington Business Journal and Essence Magazine. Keating is currently a board member of Leanin.org Foundation, whose mission is to encourage women to pursue their ambitions, and NURU International, a nonprofit dedicated to ending global extreme poverty. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.
Solome Lemma is the founder and executive director of Africans in the Diaspora (AiD). She has over 10 years of experience working on African development, with international, philanthropic, and grassroots organizations. Prior to Africans in the Diaspora (AiD), for over five years, Lemma oversaw the Africa portfolio at The Global Fund for Children, managing a large portfolio that included work with over 100 grassroots organizations in 25 countries.
In the past, Lemma has worked with the U.N. Development Programme in Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch in New York City, and International Rescue Committee in Liberia. She received a master's degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and an undergraduate degree in international relations from Stanford University.
Lemma was recently recognized as a White House Champion of Change for her work with Diaspora communities. She was also named as one of Foreign Policy magazine's "100 Women to Follow on Twitter." She can be found at: @innovateafrica.
Naomi Levine is special advisor to the president of New York University and chair and executive director of the NYU School of Professional Studies George H. Heyman, Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising. For 22 years, Levine was senior vice president for external affairs at NYU. In this capacity, she was responsible for development and fundraising, including a successful $2.5 billion campaign; press and public relations; alumni relations; and all special events relating to and involving alumni, trustees, and donors. During her tenure, New York University transitioned from a commuter school at the brink of bankruptcy in the late ‘70s to successfully completing its first billion dollar campaign in the late ‘90s. Previously, Levine was the national executive director of the American Jewish Congress, a national organization concerned with the political, social, and economic needs of Jews in the United States and the security of people in Israel and the Diaspora. She was the first woman to hold this position. For many years, she was assistant professor in race relations at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Levine is a lawyer, a graduate of Columbia Law School (1948), where she was an editor of its Law Review. She is an expert in constitutional law as it relates to civil rights, civil liberties, church-state separation, discrimination, and the rights of minorities. She also founded and ran Camp Greylock for Girls, a summer camp on Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks, for over 20 years.
Nancy Lublin is chief executive officer of DoSomething.org, the largest organization for teens and social change in the world. Brands like Pepsi and Chase and several tech start-ups have sought her advice as an expert on youth, social media, and pop culture, and Fast Company has named her to their "Most Creative People" list. Prior to leading DoSomething.org, she turned a $5,000 inheritance into Dress for Success, which helps women transition from welfare to work in more than 125 cities in 15 countries. Lublin studied politics at Brown University, political theory at Oxford University (as a Marshall Scholar), and has a law degree from New York University. She is the author of the best-selling business book, Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business, and is one of the top 50 influencers on LinkedIn. She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (attending Davos multiple times) and a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Susan MacLaury is co-founder and executive director of Shine Global, a nonprofit film production company that has given voice to some of the world's most at-risk children. MacLaury is in charge of the educational outreach and social advocacy efforts for all of Shine’s films. She executive produced the Emmy Award winning, Academy Award®-nominated documentary War/Dance as well as The Harvest and the Academy Award® Winner Inocente. She is currently producing Shine’s upcoming film Selling Our Daughters. MacLaury is dually degreed in social work administration and health education and was associate professor of health education at Kean University from 1994 through 2013.
Liz Ngonzi builds concentric circles that connect people, ideas, cultures, continents, companies, organizations, and technologies to achieve creative and strategic outcomes. She is a recognized authority on leadership, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and technological innovations advancing international development.
Over the last 10 years, through her firm Amazing Taste, Ngonzi has helped major nonprofit organizations, corporations, the media, and funders meet their mutually beneficial strategic objectives by identifying their shared relationships and by facilitating ways in which they can creatively and efficiently pursue and meet their common goals.
Since 2009, Ngonzi has taught at the NYU School of Professional Studies George H. Heyman, Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising, developing courses for organizations seeking to leverage technology to more effectively participate in the global funding ecosystem. As a 2011-2013 entrepreneur-in-residence at Cornell University, she advised aspiring entrepreneurs on how to develop compelling value propositions for funders. Ngonzi also has coached hundreds of professionals seeking to identify and to realize the purpose of their respective lives.
A committed volunteer leader, Ngonzi serves as communications chair of the invitation-only, President's Council of Cornell Women; is a member of the advisory board to the Syracuse University School of Information Studies; and is an inaugural board member of Africans in the Diaspora (AiD).
Ngonzi has been quoted and/or featured in BlackEnterprise.com; CBS's The Early Show; CNBC; Crain's New York Business; Forbes Woman; The Chicago Tribune; The Cornell Chronicle; The New York Times; The Nonprofit Times; and Voice of America's Africa 54 program.
Ngonzi holds a Master of Management in Hospitality degree from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Syracuse University's School of Information Studies.
Stacy Palmer is editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which is considered the number-one news source in the nonprofit world. She has served as a top editor since the newspaper was founded in 1988 and has overseen the development of its websites, Philanthropy.com and Philanthropy Careers.
Palmer regularly is a featured speaker or panel moderator at The Chronicle's own conferences and webinars, as well as those sponsored by organizations such as CauseWired Communications; the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education; onPhilanthropy.com, the media arm of international philanthropic services company Changing Our World, Inc.; National Student Partnerships; the Philanthropy Roundtable; The Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network; the Urban Institute; the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism; and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.
Before she joined The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Palmer was editor for government and politics at The Chronicle of Higher Education. She is received a bachelor's degree in international relations from Brown University in 1982. She has been an active alumnus, serving on numerous alumni boards, including chairing the Brown Alumni Magazine.
Kate Roberts is the co-founder of the Women's Investment Network (WIN), co-chaired by HRH The Crown Princess of Norway Mette-Marit and Melinda Gates. WIN focuses on catalytic health solutions to transform the lives of girls and women and lift them out of poverty. With like-minded global leaders, health experts, philanthropists, and businesses, Roberts is building partnerships to provide critical health solutions and improve the lives of the 600 million girls and women in the developing world.
Kate Roberts is also senior vice president of Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy at Population Services International (PSI). With an annual budget of almost $600 million, PSI is a leading global health organization with programs in 69 countries targeting malaria, child survival, HIV, TB, and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services, and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives.
Roberts is the founder of YouthAIDS and Five & Alive, two health campaigns implemented by PSI, designed, respectively, as a global education and prevention initiative of PSI.
Roberts has enlisted the support of top celebrities, donors, and partners such as Ashley Judd, Bono, Salma Hayek, Nancy Pelosi, Debra Messing, Mandy Moore, Anna Kournikova, and Christina Aguilera. She has forged numerous corporate social responsibility partnerships, including with Alere, Cartier, Condé Nast Traveler, Eli Lilly, H&M, Johnson & Johnson, Kiehl's, Levi’s, Merck, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, P&G, Unilever, and Zurich Insurance.
Roberts has produced four award-winning documentaries, which have aired on VH1, the Discovery Channel, and National Geographic, aimed at raising awareness about the global HIV/AIDS crisis.
Roberts spearheaded a joint venture with ALDO Shoes to produce an innovative, celebrity-driven empowerment campaign: Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil. Through the sale of empowerment tags and lapel pins featured in ads with celebrity artists, this social marketing campaign raised millions of dollars and reached 1.5 billion people in 25 countries.
In 2007, Roberts was awarded the honor of "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum (WEF), an award that recognizes 250 young leaders for their professional accomplishments, their commitment to society, and their potential to contribute to the shaping of the future world. She is the founding curator of WEF's Global Shapers group in D.C.
Roberts is a frequent speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, at Google, and at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Roberts teaches global social entrepreneurship at George Washington University and speaks often at the Wharton School of Business, Columbia University, and Harvard Business School.
In 2007, she was featured as a CNN Hero and received the Jack Valenti AIDS outstanding achievement award, and in 2009, was named one of the Vogue 100 Women. Roberts also recently co-founded and serves as an active board member of the Global India Fund and serves on the Global Health Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum.
Prior to her role at PSI, Roberts worked at The Bates, Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Agency. As managing director, Roberts established the promotion agency "141" in Russia, Ukraine, and Romania and oversaw operations for other Eastern European markets out of London. At Independent Media in Moscow, Roberts launched Russian Cosmopolitan Magazine and developed public relations strategies for The Moscow Times.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Roberts graduated from Southport University of Art and Technology in England, with a City and Guilds in Hotel and Catering Management, and launched her career with the prestigious hotel group Relais & Châteaux. She speaks five languages, including Russian, Dutch, and Romanian. Roberts is also an accomplished contemporary artist and interior designer.
Casey Rotter is deputy director of community fundraising and founder of UNICEF's Next Generation for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Rotter oversees UNICEF's Next Generation steering committees across the country and the Next Gen Pledge Program. Recently, she also launched UNICEF's Next Generation in Vietnam. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Global Cultures, and went on to receive a Master of Science in Fundraising and Grantmaking, finishing at the top of the NYU School of Professional Studies George H. Heyman, Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising's first graduating class. UNICEF's Next Generation was born from Rotter's master's thesis, in which she wrote about how nonprofit organizations should engage Generations X and Y to cultivate major donors, supporters, advocates, and board members. She also is a recipient of the 2012 Forward Under Forty Award from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was honored by Dell as one of the 100 inspiring people in its #Inspire 100 campaign, where she was cited as one of 25 in the "World Changes" category.
Nancy Schwartzman is a filmmaker, media strategist, and catalyst for social change who believes storytelling and technology can create safer communities for women and girls. Named one of the "10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2011" by Independent Magazine, Nancy Schwartzman is the director of The Line, a documentary that examines the line of consent, and PBS/POV broadcast xoxosms, a love story that explores digital intimacy, teenagers, and technology. She is in development on a new documentary about Steubenville, Ohio.
Schwartzman is the executive director of Tech 4 Good, LLC, which created the Circle of 6 iPhone and Android app. Circle of 6 won the White House Apps Against Abuse Challenge. Circle of 6 was recently localized for New Delhi, and has over 80,000 users in 32 countries. She created The Line Campaign, a sex-ed transmedia initiative to empowering young leaders to end sexual violence.
Schwartzman is a speaker and impact producer, whose past clients include Academy Award Nominee The Invisible War and Girl Model, and she has presented her work at the United Nations, the Institute of Medicine, TEDxSheffield, Nordisk Doclab, DOCNYC, and more.
Jamil Smith is a segment and digital producer for Melissa Harris-Perry (MHP), a political and cultural analysis program airing each Saturday and Sunday morning on MSNBC. Since the show's inception in February 2012, he has served as an editor for the show's online home, MHPshow.com, and manages all of the show's social media platforms while producing on-air segments. Prior to joining MHP, he produced segments for The Rachel Maddow Show and contributed frequently to the Maddow Blog. His bylines have also appeared in the New Republic, theGrio, and Ebony.com. Smith was a part of three Emmy-winning productions during his nearly six-year stint at NFL Films, including Inside the NFL and the lauded documentary series Hard Knocks. Earlier stops include HBO Sports, CNN, and the William Morris Agency. You can find him on Twitter at @JamilSmith.
Lynn Stekas is a nationally recognized leader and expert in corporate community engagement, philanthropy, and strategic planning. As a consultant, she has worked with the foundations and corporate giving programs of BNY Mellon, ConAgra Foods, MasterCard, eBay Foundation, UBS, Toshiba America Foundation, Mass Mutual Financial Group, Phillips Van Heusen, APS (Arizona Public Service), MillerCoors, and the Council on Foundations. Presently, her philanthropic consulting practice includes work for DuPont, the ASPCA's grantmaking initiatives, and for Philanthropy New York with its three-year Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative, which was viewed as a national model for collaborative disaster grantmaking, and its newly created Mentoring Program for New Leaders.
As president of the MONY Foundation and vice president for corporate social policy at The MONY Group (formerly Mutual of New York) for over 20 years, Lynn managed all aspects of the company's community engagement.
She teaches in the master's program at the NYU School of Professional Studies George H. Heyman, Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising and has created a unique mentor program that matches students in the master’s program with seasoned, highly visible professionals in the field of philanthropy and fundraising.
She is a frequent speaker at national conferences on corporate community engagement, strategic planning, philanthropy, coaching, and mentoring. In addition, Stekas has a private coaching and mentoring practice.
Stekas received a master's in social work from Hunter College and a bachelor of arts from Queens College.
Marcia Stepanek is chair and curator of the NYU School of Professional Studies George H. Heyman, Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising's Women in Philanthropy Summit and president of BrandStories, a social impact video studio in Manhattan. As a multimedia journalist and new media strategist and consultant, she has worked for more than 25 years at the intersection of media and social change. An award-winning writer and editor, Stepanek is author of the forthcoming book, Swarms: The Rise of the Digital Anti-Establishment, develops new media curriculum, and teaches social media strategy and cause video at the Heyman Program. A former Knight Fellow at Stanford University and technology strategies editor at BusinessWeek, Stepanek is a frequent speaker on the social impact of digital media, including at the Milken Global Forum, SxSW Interactive, the Global Philanthropy Forum, Digital Now, AFP-NY, and NTEN. She also was founding editor-in-chief of Contribute Magazine, about the rise of online activism, and was Washington projects editor and Tokyo bureau chief for Hearst News. Her work has won numerous awards, including a George Polk Award and a National Press Club Award for Washington Correspondence. In 2011, she was an Internet Freedom Fellow at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. She was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.
Marian Stern has been an active participant in the independent sector for over 35 years. As manager of community programming at Chemical Bank in the ‘80s, she formulated the Bank's philanthropic policies, directed over $10 million in contributions annually, and provided technical assistance to New York City organizations. During the past two decades, as the principal of Projects in Philanthropy, she has worked with many organizations in the regional New York area, providing management and fundraising services with particular emphasis on fundraising planning, board development and training, strategic planning, and meeting facilitation. She also works with funders to define and implement charitable giving policies. Stern has been an adjunct assistant professor at the NYU School of Professional Studies George H. Heyman, Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising for the past eight years, with administrative and teaching responsibilities in the master's program. She previously was an adjunct professor in the American Studies Department at Rutgers University. She has presented widely at conferences and meetings sponsored by such institutions as Wells Fargo, the Wilmington Trust, the United Way, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Anna Stork is co-founder of LuminAID, a company that designs and develops portable energy products for emergency aid and outdoor recreation. She was a 2012 Global Scholar at the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship. As a Kauffman Fellow, she worked in operations at the e-commerce start-up, Warby Parker. Prior to LuminAID, Stork worked in product development at the Department of Defense with a focus on developing new technologies for military in remote locations. Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering and Studio Art from Dartmouth College and a master's degree in Architecture from Columbia University.
Rebecca van Bergen is the founder and executive director of Nest, a New York City nonprofit organization that is working side-by-side with the world's most promising artisans to sustainably develop their small businesses while simultaneously promoting peace, prosperity, and female empowerment. She graduated with her master's degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2006, and founded Nest just two weeks later at the age of 24. As a woman, wife, and mother, she has made female empowerment a focal point of Nest's social goals and is vocal about encouraging women leaders to embrace "the feminine business mind." As a result of her groundbreaking, three-pillared approach to global development, social enterprise, and female empowerment, van Bergen was named one of the St. Louis Business Journal's "30 under 30." She appears regularly in media and has been recognized as a CNN's "Young Person Who Rocks." When she is not traveling around the world, she resides in Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Her twitter handle is @buildanest.
Jon Vidar is co-founder and executive director of The Tiziano Project, a communications nonprofit that provides community members in conflict, post-conflict, and underreported regions with the equipment, training, and affiliations needed to report their stories and improve their lives. Vidar is also a freelance photographer who focuses on capturing moments and telling stories through new media and visual imagery.
In 2007, Vidar joined Andrew McGregor and Tom Rippe to establish The Tiziano Project's first base of operations in Kigali, Rwanda. He has since led multiple programs in Iraqi Kurdistan and recently secured The Tiziano Project a Knight News Challenge victory and a $200,000 grant to further develop their award-winning 360 platform.
Jon earned a master's degree in Communication Management from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California where he is currently adjunct faculty.
Dr. Salimah Walani is director of Global Health Programs at the March of Dimes Foundation, where she is responsible for developing programs for prevention of adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes in low and middle-income countries, including China, Lebanon, and the Philippines. Dr. Walani is passionate about improving health of women and girls and is currently developing a mobile-technology based health education program for young women in developing countries. Once developed and tested, the program would serve as a model for empowering women and girls with culturally-relevant health knowledge everywhere. Dr. Walani has over 20 years of experience in public health, healthcare management, quality improvement, and nursing education, and she has worked in a variety of healthcare settings. Originally from Karachi, Pakistan, Dr. Walani received her initial nursing education from the Aga Khan University. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the New York University College of Nursing.
Tom Watson is the president and founder of CauseWired, a consulting firm advising clients on the social commons: nonprofits, foundations, and companies. Watson is a journalist, author, and consultant who has worked at the confluence of media technology and social change for two decades. He writes the Social Ventures blog for Forbes and is the author of CauseWired: Plugging In, Getting Involved, Changing the World (Wiley, 2008), a bestselling book that chronicles the rise of online social activism. He also serves as adjunct professor in the master’s program of the NYU School of Professional Studies George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.
Watson’s client work focuses on education, social services, progressive causes, and the pursuit of social justice. Over the years, he has worked with many clients in strategic planning, case development, communications, branding development and marketing, as well as fundraising and development planning, including organizations such as the Sidney Hillman Foundation, Cabrini Mission Foundation, TrickleUp, North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation, the International Center for Journalists, the Case Foundation, Save Ellis Island, the Tiger Woods Foundation, the Tuskegee Airmen, Catholic Relief Services, Christian Blind Mission, the Wealth & Giving Forum, and many others.
During his long career as journalist, Watson has written for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post,techPresident.com, Social Edge, Industry Standard, Inside, Worth and Contribute magazines, among many other publications. He writes about politics and media on his personal blog, My Dirty Life & Times, and was the founder and editor of Newcritics, a pioneering group blog on popular culture. Before launching CauseWired, Watson served for nine years as chief strategy officer and co-founder of Changing Our World, Inc., an international philanthropic services company that was acquired by the Omnicom Group, a Fortune 200 holding company. He also served as the publisher of onPhilanthropy.com, an extensive online resource for philanthropy professionals, and co-founder of the annual Summit onPhilanthropy, a gathering of philanthropy leaders in New York.
Before joining the philanthropy sector, Watson was co-founder and co-editor of @NY, the pioneering Internet news and information service that chronicled the rise New York’s Silicon Alley new media in the mid-90s. Early in his career, He was the executive editor of The Riverdale Press, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx, where he covered politics and won more than a dozen state and national awards for excellence in journalism.
Tom Watson is a frequent speaker and commentator on trends and issues related to media, technology, and society and has appeared on shows ranging from CNN’s Moneyline to NPR’s All Things Considered. He has spoken at venues that have included the Global Philanthropy Forum, Clinton Global Initiative, Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Symposium, the Skoll World Forum, MIT Enterprise Forum, the Conference Board, Boardsource Leadership Forum, the Forum on Philanthropy, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Performance Institute as well as in university settings, including Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, New York University, and City University London.
Watson was a member of the the La Pietra Coalition to Advance Women in the World, an international group of activists working to change the perception of women’s status in society. He holds a degree in English literature from Columbia University, where he served as an adjunct professor of new media at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Mount Vernon, NY with his wife, artist Beryl Watson, and their three children, Veronica, Kelsey, and Devon.
Caroline Woodruff has been a philanthropy advisor at Bessemer Trust since 2011. In her role, she helps individual clients and families develop strategies to meet their philanthropic and intergenerational legacy goals. Prior to joining Bessemer, Woodruff was a Teach For America corps member in Charlotte, North Carolina. Previously, she worked for the University of Pennsylvania in development and fundraising.
Woodruff graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and received an M.S. in Fundraising and Grantmaking from the NYU School of Professional Studies Heyman Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising. She currently serves on the board of directors for Youth Communication, a New York City literacy organization serving marginalized youth.
Deanna Zandt is a media technologist, the co-founder of and partner at Lux Digital, and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking (Berrett-Koehler 2010). She is a consultant to key media and advocacy organizations, and her clients have included The Ford Foundation, The Daily Beast/Newsweek, and Jim Hightower’s Hightower Lowdown. Zandt is contributor to Forbes.com via her ForbesWoman Prospect: Tech blog, and a social media advice contributor NPR’s flagship news program, All Things Considered. She has advised the White House on digital strategy and public engagement. Zandt specializes in social media, is a leading expert in women and technology, and is a frequent guest on CNN International, BBC Radio, Fox News, and more.
Zandt works with groups to create and implement effective web strategies toward organizational goals of civic engagement and cultural agency, and uses her background in linguistics, advertising, telecommunications, and finance to complement her technical expertise. She has spoken at a number of conferences, including TEDxBerlin, SXSW Interactive, Tribeca Film Festival, re:publica, Personal Democracy Forum, Ignite (NYC), Netroots Nation, the National Conference on Media Reform, Facing Race, Web 2.0 Expo, Bioneers, and Women Action & The Media, and provides beginner and advanced workshops both online and in person.
In 2012, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America awarded Zandt their first-ever social media Maggie Award for Media Excellence for her work on the Planned Parenthood Saved MeTumblr blog during the Susan G. Komen crisis. She was a fellow at American University’s Center for Social Media (2010-2011), and at the Progressive Women’s Voices program at the Women’s Media Center (2009). She is on the board of the Applied Research Center, a racial justice think tank and home for media and activism, and Women Action & The Media, the activism home of gender justice in the media. Zandt also serves as an advisor to Social Media Week NYC and the Media Ideation Fellowship.
In addition to her technology work, Zandt writes and illustrates graphic stories and comics, and volunteers with dog rescue organization Rat Terrier ResQ.