|LaToya Cantrell, District "B" Councilmember, New Orleans City Council, New Orleans, LA. LaToya Cantrell was elected as District B council member of the City of New Orleans in December 2012 and was re-elected without opposition in February 2014. Before joining the City Council, LaToya was a nonprofit management executive for over ten years, where she gained valuable experience in education reform, strategic planning, neighborhood revitalization, financial management, economic development, and grass roots organizing. Post-Katrina, she led the citizens' fight to save Broadmoor after it was flooded due to levee failures. Today, Broadmoor is considered a national and global model in post-disaster recovery. LaToya has served as the president of the Broadmoor Improvement Association and as a board member of the Salvation Army of Greater New Orleans and the Arts Council Committee of Greater New Orleans. She was also the founding president of the Broadmoor Development Board, Broadmoor Charter School Board, and South Broad Community Health Center Board. After her post-Katrina recovery efforts, LaToya was recognized as a Restore America Hero by the National Trust of Historic Preservation, a Young Leadership Council Role Model, was named as one of New Orleans Magazine's People to Watch, one of Gambit Weekly's 40 under 40, and received a Wisdom of Women Award by Planned Parenthood. She is also a member of the New Orleans Citizens' Diplomacy Council Advisory Board, Canal Street Development Corporation, Broadmoor Education Corridor, French Market Corporation Board of Directors, and New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation Board of Directors. As a community leader and elected official, LaToya is committed to always lending an ear to neighborhood concerns. She currently chairs the New Orleans City Council's Committee on Community Development and sits on the Budget and Audit Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee, Criminal Justice Committee, and Public Works Committee. LaToya is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, where she earned a BA degree in sociology, and completed executive management training at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. While serving on the City Council, she has been recognized as Best Neighborhood Councilperson by Neighborhoods Partnership Network and received the Mondale-Brooke Award for Fair Housing Leadership and Civic Participation and the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans' 2013 Allies Award. She is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.|
Ami Dror, CEO, Zaitoun Ventures, Tel Aviv, Israel. Ami Dror is co-founder and CEO of Zaitoun Ventures, a business development company that connects Israeli and Arab entrepreneurs and manages businesses across the Middle East. Prior to founding Zaitoun Ventures, Ami had a successful public sector career as both a Captain in the Israeli secret service and as Vice-Consul in Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Moving into the private sector, Ami co-founded XPAND 3D in 2005 and grew it into one of the biggest 3D companies in the world, with over 15,000 3D Cinema installations worldwide and millions of 3D consumer products sold every year via retail channels. Working as the company’s chief strategy officer, Ami was the driving force behind key industry innovations. In 2008 he initiated the work on the first FHD 3DTV and a few months later, during Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2009, XPAND and Panasonic showcased the first product. Expanding the market, Ami led the formation of FHD3DTV, a licensing company, jointly owned by Sony, Samsung, XPAND and Panasonic. Seeking new challenges, he also led the development of medical device company within XPAND. This effort led to the introduction of Amblyz™ - a totally new approach in the treatment of children amblyopia. Ami is also an Angel Investor, investing and connecting innovative media companies with his network, including major Hollywood studios and consumer electronics companies. He sits on several boards including NYC based Audience Entertainment, and Tel-Aviv based BABEL5. Ami holds a BSC in computer engineering and international marketing. He is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
|Di-Ann Eisnor, VP Platforms and Partnerships, Community Geographer, Waze, Palo Alto, CA. Di-Ann is head of global partnerships for crowd-sourced navigation and real-time traffic startup, Waze. Founded in Israel, Waze was sold to Google for approximately $1.13 billion in June 2013. Working across governments, international media and local community groups, Di-Ann continues to spearhead the company's global initiatives to make connected cities a reality. Prior to joining Waze, Di-Ann was Co-Founder and CEO of Platial, The People’s Atlas, a collaborative, user generated, cartographic website which enabled people to map the things that are important to them. She also founded Community-Centric Marketing, an Amsterdam-based consulting firm helping brands and media companies work with social media; and Eisnor Interactive, an offline promotion agency engaged in building and communicating Internet brands. Di-Ann serves on the board of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA), and speaks widely on mobile, location, advertising, connected cities and crowdsourcing. She holds a BS in Studio Art and Business Administration from New York University. She is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.|
Dave Gilboa, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker, New York, NY. Dave Gilboa is Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Warby Parker, a transformative lifestyle brand offering designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses. Prior to Warby Parker, he was an Associate at Allen & Company, a merchant bank, where he invested in seed-stage and venture-stage healthcare and digital media companies, and advised mergers and acquisition transactions exceeding $20B. Previously he worked at Bain & Company, formulating and implementing business strategies for some of the world's leading retail and technology companies. Dave has also held strategy and business development roles at Genomic Health, Crescendo Bioscience and The TriZetto Group. He is a founding member of the Entrepreneur Board of Venture for America and is on the Board of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship NYC. He was named the 2013 Ernst & Young New York Disruptive Entrepreneur of the Year and is a 2012 NYC Venture Fellow. Dave graduated with a BS in Bioengineering with Honors from UC Berkeley and holds an MBA from The Wharton School at U Penn. He is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Kristen Grimm, Founder and President, Spitfire Strategies, Washington, DC. Kristen is the Founder and President of Spitfire Strategies, one of the country’s leading public relations firms dedicated to working exclusively with nonprofits and foundations to create positive social change. She is a frequent and highly-rated presenter and has developed numerous resources for the field including Smart Chart 3.0, Discovering the Activation Point, Just Enough Planning Guide, and Big Ideas to Big Change. Prior to launching Spitfire, Kristen worked as a fellow at the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation to ban landmines, reform the death penalty and criminal justice systems, and reduce the threat of nuclear war. Before her fellowship, she was the president and chief operating officer of Fenton Communications, where she wrote NOW HEAR THIS: The Nine Laws of Successful Advocacy Communications, which remains a mainstay of nonprofit communications today. She won the Silver Anvil for her work on SeaWeb’s “Give Swordfish a Break” campaign, which successfully mobilized hundreds of chefs across the country to stop serving swordfish until the U.S. government adopted a sustainable fisheries management plan.She serves on the boards of Grist Magazine, National Academy for State Health Policy and Alaska Wilderness League. Kristen has a B.A. from Smith College. She is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Niall Hay, Brand Director, Penske Automotive Group, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, MI. Niall has recently been named to the role of Brand Director. Previously he was responsible for eCommerce at Penske Automotive Group (since November of 2005). In this role he was responsible for managing Penske's digital business focusing on social media, reputation management, web related strategy, online marketing and Internet business development. He was also responsible for Industry Relations pertaining to the Internet as well managing PAG's many web related vendor partners. Niall moved to Detroit, Michigan with Penske Corporation in August of 2000 as a part of the Management Development Program at Detroit Diesel Corporation. He began his automotive career in July of 2001 after Penske Corporation acquired UnitedAuto Group the predecessor to Penske Automotive Group. In addition to his work at Penske Automotive Group, Niall is Co-Founder and Managing Director of HL Capital LLC (since 2003), Co-Founder and Partner of Crimson Investment Partners (since 2013). He is also a Partner at Cornerstone Schools in Detroit, President of the Detroit Golf Foundation - The First Tee of Greater Detroit, Director of the Western Golf Association, and a member of the HBS Non-Profit Leadership Collaborative. Niall was born in Scotland and holds an honors degree in Economics from The Ohio State University. He graduated from the NADA Dealer Academy in 2003 and from Harvard Business School in 2013. He lives with his wife Emily in Birmingham, Michigan. Niall is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Andrew Hayek, President and Chief Executive Officer, Surgical Care Affiliates, Glencoe, IL. Andrew serves as President and CEO, and a member of the Board of Directors, of Surgical Care Affiliates Inc. (SCA), a publicly-traded surgical services company in the US. SCA owns and operates more than 180 surgical facilities in 34 states, in partnership with more than 45 hospital systems and 2,500 physician partners. Prior to joining SCA, Andrew was as President of a division of DaVita Inc., a renal dialysis company, and was President and Chief Operating Officer of Alliance Healthcare Services Inc., a diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy company. Andrew worked previously for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., a global private equity firm, and the Boston Consulting Group, a leading strategy and operations consulting firm. He serves on the Board of Advisors of Sg2, a healthcare analytics company, and serves as a Trustee of the Village of Glencoe, Illinois. Andrew earned a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Yale University. He is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Brandon Hilliard, MBA Candidate, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL. Brandon (Brady) Hilliard is an MBA candidate at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business earning concentrations in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management. Brady completed an internship as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs in New York, NY in May 2015. Prior to this, he was a Navy SEAL Officer with over twelve years of experience leading, managing, and mentoring military and civilian personnel and foreign forces in uncertain, hostile, and chaotic environments. He has conceptualized, planned, and led strategic operations for the US Secretary of Defense and four-star general and admiral officers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Brady also served as a SEAL Platoon Commander, SEAL Detachment Commander, and acting Operations Officer deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Before being awarded his SEAL Trident, he served as a Surface Warfare Officer, working as an Engineering Officer on a Navy cruiser circumnavigating the globe and as a Force Protection Officer mentoring Iraqi naval forces. Brady has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy Achievement Medals, four Iraq Campaign Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, various Navy unit awards, and is an Eagle Scout. Brady graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Economics in 2003. He is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Dan Hoffman, Founder and Former CEO, M5 Networks, Brooklyn, NY and Barcelona, Spain. In 2001, Dan started M5 Networks, Inc., a pioneering cloud communications company. As Founder and CEO of M5, Dan tore up the reviled office phone system model and enabled mid-size business clients to sell, service and staff their companies more effectively. In 2012, he sold M5 to ShoreTel, a public company who competed with premises-based technology. Post-acquisition, Dan joined the ShoreTel senior management team to help integrate M5 into the overall company, and then was Chief Strategy Officer before leaving ShoreTel in June 2013. Prior to M5, Dan founded Asia Online, a pan-Asian VC-backed roll-up of local Internet Service Providers, based in Hong Kong. He is now designing his next company to take his work in culture, learning, technology and b2b customer experiences to the next level. Dan currently serves as Board Chairman of Workshop in Business Opportunities, a 47-year non-profit that teaches business to entrepreneurs in struggling communities. He is a member of YPO, and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, where he is helping to found a Brooklyn chapter. He is spending a year in Spain with his wife Julie and two young daughters, and training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Dan graduated from Harvard magna cum laude with an AB in Slavic Languages and Literature. He holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from Wharton at University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in International Studies from Lauder Institutes at University of Pennsylvania. Dan is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (a.k.a. Lupe Fiasco), President and CEO, 1st & 15th Entertainment Group, Chicago, IL. Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor, which received three Grammy nominations & one Grammy award for the single "Daydreamin". He also performs as the frontman of rock band Japanese Cartoon under his real name. As an entrepreneur, Wasalu is the chief executive officer of 1st & 15th Entertainment, which houses 1st & 15th/Atlantic Records, FNF Films, FNF Studios, FNF Music Publishing, FNF Touring/William Morris Agency, Righteous Kung Fu Design, and Trilly & Truly Clothing. He is also Founder and President of WOLFStudio Gallery & Visual Arts Studio. Raised in Chicago, Wasalu developed an interest in hip-hop after initially disliking the genre for its use of vulgarity. He adopted the stage name Lupe Fiasco and began recording songs in his father's basement. He signed a recording deal with Epic Records soon after graduating high school and another with Arista Records a few years later. Fiasco met rapper Jay-Z who helped him sign a label deal with Atlantic Records. He released his debut album on the label in September 2006, and his second album, Lupe Fiasco's The Cool, in December 2007. The lead single "Superstar" peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. After a two-year delay, Lasers was released in March 2011, with lead single "The Show Goes On" peaking at number 9 on the chart. Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 was released in September 2012. All of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. Wasalu is also Chairman of the Lupe Fiasco Foundation, which focuses on youth empowerment, capacity building and artistic expression. Wasalu is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Keli Lee, Executive Vice President of Casting and Talent, ABC Entertainment Group, Burbank, CA. As Executive Vice President of Casting and Talent, Keli Lee leads all casting and talent deal negotiations for the ABC Television Network and ABC Studios. Series under her oversight include the multi-award-winning hits Modern Family, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, Revenge, and Greys Anatomy. Her passion for developing rising stars and casting diverse talent globally led her to create and produce the ABC Casting Department's Talent Showcase, which in its 12th year continues to provide diverse actors from around the country with training, mentorship and exposure to industry professionals. Past participants include 2014 Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave), Chadwick Boseman (42), Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy), and Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids). Keli also oversees the Latino and Asian Global Outreach Initiative, which identifies and develops notable diverse talent from around the world, and in 2013, Keli introduced ABC Casting into the social media spectrum by creating, ABC Make Me a Star, the first ever network television digital talent competition. Keli first joined ABC in 1991 as a New York-based casting assistant and has served as head of Casting since 2005. She is a former mentor to the Korean government's Ministry of Culture and Tourism for KOCCA, the business development agency that develops cultural content to connect to U.S. and worldwide markets. She is the 2012 recipient of the Step Up Women's Network Inspiration Award, a nonprofit organization that helps empower teen girls from under-resourced communities to be confident and professional women through networking and continuous development. Keli holds a BA in Philosophy from New York University. She is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Carl Marci, Chief Neuroscientist, Nielsen Consumer Neuroscience, Boston, MA. Carl is a globally recognized leader in the new field of social and consumer neuroscience, currently serving as Chief Neuroscientist for Nielsen Consumer Neuroscience. Carl formerly co-founded and served as Chief Science Officer of Innerscope Research, the leading global consumer neuroscience research firm specializing in measuring the emotional connection between brands, products and consumers. With its proprietary Biometric Monitoring System™ and integrated neuroscience approach, Innerscope set a new standard for understanding consumers by accurately and unobtrusively measuring the key emotional drivers that predict behavior. Carl also served as CEO of Innerscope from January 2008 until June 2013. He sold the company in June 2015. Carl is part-time Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and is both the former director of social neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital and a past visiting lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Program in Media Arts & Sciences. He is currently Chairperson of the Board of Advisors and a member of the Executive Committee for the Endowment for the Advancement of Psychotherapy in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. As a board certified neuropsychiatrist, he is a member of a number of professional societies including the American Medical Association, the Massachusetts Medical Association, the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, and the American Psychiatric Association. His other relevant affiliations include membership in the Association of American Rhodes Scholars, the Advertising Research Foundation and the Marketing Sciences Institute. Carl received his MA in psychology and philosophy at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and completed his medical degree with honors at Harvard Medical School. He has extensive training in biological psychology and neuroscience through two National Institute of Health research fellowships, is a sought after lecturer nationally and internationally and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed science journals. Carl is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Michelle Brooke-Marciniak, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, SHEEX, Bethlehem, PA. Michelle is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of SHEEX, Inc., the world's first performance fabric bedding company with globally patented technology. Inspired by the feel and breathability of athletic performance fabrics, Michelle and Co-Founder Susan Walvius shook up the bedding world in 2007 by inventing a whole new “Performance Home” category in home textiles. Their beachhead into the marketplace was performance fabric bed sheets; they have since expanded into an entire SHEEX Sleep System including SHEEX Performance Nightwear. In 2012, they were recognized by Ernst & Young as "Winning Women", a prestigious honor celebrating the top female entrepreneurs in America. Michelle made her entrepreneurial debut having already distinguished herself as one of the most outstanding point guards to ever play women's basketball, starring at the University of Tennessee under legendary coach Pat Summitt. A leader on the court, Michelle ran the Lady Vols offense while guiding Tennessee to the 1995 and 1996 NCAA title games, as well as a National Championship in 1996, and was named the NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player. She began her six-year professional playing career in the ABL enroute to becoming a fan favorite for the WNBA's Seattle Storm. Michelle stepped into the coaching arena in 2003 as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina, where she inked back-to-back top 10 nationally ranked recruiting classes. Given her entrepreneurial skills, Michelle has also become a highly sought-after speaker and panelist. She serves on the Board of the Pat Summitt Foundation and voluntarily performs all of Summitt's speaking engagements while her former coach battles early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. Michelle serves as an Advisory Board member of Ernst & Young’s Women Athletes Business Network. She is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Javier Olivan, Vice President, Growth and Analytics, Facebook, Menlo Park, CA. Javier joined Facebook as Head of International Growth in 2007, responsible for Facebook’s international efforts, setting strategy and driving the growth of Facebook’s global user base. In this role, Javier oversees: growth products, growth marketing, messaging products, Internet.org initiatives, as well as all analytics and data science efforts. He has also overseen key growth-based acquisitions including: Octazen, Snaptu, Onavo. Prior to Facebook, Javier was a Product Manager at Siemens Mobile where he led a cross-functional team charged with the development and market launch of handset devices. Earlier in his career, Javier worked for NTT in Japan as a research and development engineer and was responsible for developing software that enabled high-quality wireless video transmission to mobile devices. Javier has been a Director of MercadoLibre, Inc., which hosts online commerce platforms in Latin America, since December 2012. He is also a Board Member and investor for Porch, and an Advisor to Care.com, Viki, and Peixeurbano, among other companies. Javier holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Stanford University and a Master’s Degree in both Electrical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Navarra in Spain. He is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Navyn Salem, Founder and CEO, Edesia, Providence, RI. In 2007, Navyn set out to help end the crisis of malnutrition for over 250 million children around the world by setting up a factory in Tanzania, her father’s home country, that would produce ready-to-use therapeutic foods to treat severe acute malnutrition. In 2009 she expanded the vision by founding Edesia, a U.S. non-profit food aid manufacturer, to treat and prevent malnutrition in developing countries worldwide. Its factory in Providence, RI produces a range of fortified, peanut-based products like Plumpy’Nut® and Nutributter® for humanitarian agencies like UNICEF, World Food Programme, USAID and other NGOs working in emergency and conflict zones. Since production began in March 2010, Edesia has reached over 1.7 million children in 37 countries, including Chad, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Pakistan, and Syria. In 2012, Navyn was named New England Business Woman of the Year by Bryant University, received the Roger E. Joseph Prize from Hebrew Union College for being an outstanding humanitarian, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in social sciences from Boston College, her Alma Mater. In 2013, Navyn received an honorary degree in business administration from Bryant University, became a Trustee of Boston College and is a member of the Chicago Council’s Global Agricultural Development Initiative Advisory Group. She is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Nicholas Sellers, Vice President, External and Regulatory Affairs, Alabama Power Company, Birmingham, AL. As Vice President of External and Regulatory Affairs, Nick Sellers is a key leader in one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, Southern Power Company, which serves 1.4 million customers in Alabama. Nick began his Southern Power career in 2003 as Federal Legislative Relations director, representing the company on federal energy and environmental policy in Washington, D.C. He then served as the assistant to the president and CEO, and in 2008 was appointed Vice President of Corporate Relations, where he led a team that included federal relations, community relations, workforce development and education and volunteer services. Most recently, Nick was named Vice President of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, with additional responsibilities including regulatory planning, rates and services. Before joining Alabama Power, he helped develop and lead a referendum for one of the largest bundled infrastructure projects in the United States at that time. Known as the Metropolitan Area Projects Strategy (MAPS), the effort included the construction of more than $500 million in amenities for central Alabama, such as a domed convention arena and stadium, a regional zoo, renovation to the city's theater district, and 11 other capital projects. Although the original plan was not initially implemented, most of the MAPS projects have been developed successfully. From 2000-2002, Nick served as policy adviser to Gov. Don Siegelman and helped develop and put into place industrial recruitment and training programs to improve Alabama's international reputation. Nick earned his undergraduate degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., and his Juris Doctor degree from the Birmingham School of Law. He and his wife, Julie, are the parents of three children and make their home in Birmingham, Alabama. Nick is 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Rebecca Taichman, Freelance Theater Director, New York, NY. Rebecca is a successful theater director who directs new plays, opera, musicals, and Shakespeare. She has the skill and vision make the theater a powerful platform for leadership. She has directed many off-Broadway productions including: Sarah Ruhl’s “Stage Kiss” at Playwrights Horizons, Kirsten Greenidge’s “Milk Like Sugar” also at Playwrights Horizons, Telemann’s “Orpheus” at NYC Opera, Nico Muhly’s “Dark Sisters” for MTG/Gotham Opera, David Adjmi’s “Marie Antoinette at Soho Rep, “The Scene” at 2econd Stage, Kirsten Greenidge’s “Luck of the Irish” at LCT3, Sarah Ruhl’s “Orlando” at CSC, and an upcoming production of Sarah Ruhl’s “The Oldest Boy” at Lincoln Center. She has directed numerous regional productions including: “Winters Tale”, “Twelfth Night”, “Cymbeline”, and “The Taming of the Shrew” at The Shakespeare Theatre. She has directed around the country at theaters like ART, The Old Globe, Woolly Mammoth, La Jolla Playhouse, ACT, McCarter Theater Center, The Huntington, Yale Rep, among others. Her productions have garnered many awards including Obie Awards, Helen Hayes Awards, IRNE Awards, etc. She is currently (2014-2015) working on a major production called the “Vengeance Project”, co-created with the writer Paula Vogel, which has its roots in her own family history, and will draw on themes of censorship in society and the arts. Rebecca has taught theatre arts at The O’Neill National Theater Institute, MIT, UMD, NYU, and Yale. Her portfolio can be viewed at www.rebeccataichman.com. Rebecca is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and a recipient of the TCG New Generations Grant. She is a 2014 Henry Crown Felow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Dylan Taylor, President & COO, Colliers International, Denver, CO. Dylan Taylor is President & COO for Colliers International globally. He oversees the operations of more than 15,000 employees in 63 countries, and revenues of nearly US$2.1 billion. Throughout his career, Dylan has worked extensively in international markets, having managed or launched operations in the Middle East, Europe, China and Latin America. He also has significant experience in business turnarounds and operational integration. Under Dylan’s leadership as U.S. CEO, Colliers was ranked the number-one brokerage firm in the United States (2011–2012) by Commercial Property Executive magazine. While CEO of Colliers’ Americas region, he presided over the integration of U.S., Canadian and Latin American service lines. In 2014, the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals ranked Colliers #5 on its list of global outsourcing providers. The World Economic Forum named Dylan a top Young Global Leader for 2011 in recognition of his professional accomplishments, his commitment to society, and his potential to impact the world through inspiring leadership. He is a Delphi Fellow for Big Think, a digital knowledge forum that assembles the top thinkers from around the globe. Dylan is the only real estate industry professional to receive this distinction. Before joining Colliers International, Dylan was president of Global Client Services for a competing real estate services firm, where he oversaw 15 separate business units that included 4,000 employees and revenues of nearly US$300 million. Prior to this firm, Dylan spent more than five years as senior vice president of Corporate Solutions for Jones Lang LaSalle and nearly seven years at SAIA Burgess, a global supplier of electronics based in Switzerland. Dylan’s community service passions include health and children: He has been an avid supporter and Board member for both the March of Dimes and the Kempe Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Dylan regularly speaks on issues related to global business strategy, organizational change, outsourcing, commercial real estate, capital markets, and economic trends. Recent appearances include the Bloomberg Global Real Estate Conference and the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Real Estate Conference. Dylan is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Dolf van den Brink
Dolf van den Brink, CEO, Heineken Mexico, Monterrey, Mexico. Dolf was appointed CEO of Heineken Mexico in March 2015. He was formerly President and CEO of Heineken USA, the nation’s premier beer importer. He joined the company after four years as the Commercial Director of Bralima, Heineken’s operating company in the Democratic Republic of Congo. During his tenure, Bralima became one of the fastest growing businesses within Heineken, and he also established the Bralima Foundation to give back to the local community. Dolf began his career at the Heineken Group Head Office in 1998 as a commercial management trainee. In 1999, he was promoted to a trade marketing role at its Vrumona subsidiary in The Netherlands. While at Vrumona, he served as a senior brand director, overseeing the Pepsi and 7UP brands from 2001 to 2003. In Dolf’s next role, from 2003 to 2005, he focused on international channel development strategy for Heineken International. Dolf also plays an important supporting role at the En Classe Foundation, which has rebuilt and supported 25 schools in Kinshasa D.R.C. (and was founded by his wife, Sylvia). In 2013, Dolf was awarded the Amb. K. Terry Dornbush Award by the Netherland-America Foundation, and was named to the Young Influentials List by Adweek. In 2012, Fortune Magazine listed him as one of their “40 Under 40”. A native of The Netherlands, Dolf graduated from the University of Groningen with a dual Masters degree in Business Administration and Philosophy. He is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Matt Wisdom, Co-Founder and CEO, TurboSquid, New Orleans, LA. Matt co-founded TurboSquid in April 2000 to allow anyone to publish their digital creations for sale on the internet, with a focus on 3D graphics. TurboSquid is now the world’s leading seller of 3D models used to create imagery in feature films, computer games, architecture, defense and a variety of other industries. Matt initially started as the company’s CIO, and assumed the role of CEO in 2006. The company has received numerous awards, including the New Orleans City Business’ “Innovator of the Year”. While in college, Matt co-founded Chimera Digital Imaging, a visual effects and 3D animation firm that pivoted to become TurboSquid in 2000. At Chimera during the 90s, as partner and senior producer of 3D visual effects, he produced hundreds of animations and effects for television commercials, and engineered a successful line of software plugins. In 2005, he contributed the idea and co-authored the legislation for the Digital Interactive Media incentives for the state of Louisiana, widely cited as significantly contributing to the city’s entrepreneurial renaissance. The same week of the legislation’s announcement, Hurricane Katrina changed the course of the city, and Matt’s focus since has been on municipal rebirth through entrepreneurial development. Matt serves as Chairman of the Board of the New Orleans Startup Fund (a non-profit investment fund), on the Executive Committee of The Idea Village (an incubator), as Co-Chair of Creative Digital Media Industry Council, and is on the board of VoteIt (which he co-Founded in 2011). His awards and recognition include being named “Technology Leader of the Year” for Louisiana by the Governor’s Office. Matt graduated with a degree in History from Brown University in 1994 with a personal emphasis on software engineering. He is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellows of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.