Frederic M. Seegal
Vice Chairman, Cowen
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, and Cornell University, Frederic Seegal has held a number of senior positions at investment banking firms, including president of Wasserstein Perella and co-head of domestic investment banking at Salomon Brothers. Seegal is a trustee of the New York City Center, the San Francisco Symphony, and Chairman of the Board of the Parrish Art Museum. He has been the president of the American Ballet Theatre and has served on the boards of the San Francisco Opera, the Neuberger Museum, and Southampton Hospital.
Chief Pastry Officer, Big Night Restaurant Group
With six cookbooks to her credit and numerous awards, Luchetti has helped to define what great pastry in America means. As Chief Pastry Officer for Big Night Restaurant Group, she oversees the pastry operations for the Cavalier, Marlowe, Park Tavern, Leo’s Oyster Bar, and Petit Marlowe. Prior to that, Luchetti was executive pastry chef at San Francisco’s Farallon and Waterbar Restaurants. She began her culinary career on the savory side of the kitchen at San Francisco’s legendary Stars restaurant before switching to the sweet side and becoming pastry chef. The petite powerhouse is the author of Stars Desserts, Four Star Desserts, A Passion for Desserts, A Passion for Ice Cream, Classic Stars Desserts, and The Fearless Baker. Luchetti’s honors include the San Francisco Focus Magazine Pastry Chef of the Year, the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Golden Whisk Award, the 2003 Food Arts Silver Spoon Award, and the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef. The San Francisco Chronicle chose Luchetti as one of 20 Visionary Chefs in the Bay Area, and she was inducted into the Culinary Pioneers of America. She is inducted into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. From 1994 to 1999, she served as chairperson of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. Luchetti is also the founder of #dessertworthy, a social media movement aimed at enjoying desserts. She currently serves as a dean of the International Culinary Center.
President, Jamestown Properties
Michael Phillips is a principal and the president of Jamestown. Michael is a driving force behind several nationally recognized adaptive reuse developments, including Chelsea Market in New York, Industry City in Brooklyn, and Ponce City Market in Atlanta, and Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. He is nationally recognized for his creative leadership and his ability to build distinctive urban communities. Michael is the vice chair for the James Beard Foundation, and sits on the board of Friends of the High Line.
Retired Partner and Senior Vice President, Wellington Management Co., LLP
Nancy Lukitsh has been active in the investment management industry since 1993. She spent the majority of that time at Wellington Management Company where she was responsible for the development and execution of the firm’s global marketing strategy as senior vice president, partner, and director of marketing. She currently serves as a trustee of the Columbia (Mutual) Funds. Prior to joining Wellington Management, Lukitsh was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where she led their East Coast healthcare practice and also served a range of clients in the health insurance and financial services industries. Currently, Lukitsh serves on a visiting committee at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior non-profit Board work includes positions with the March of Dimes, the Salk Institute, the Huntington Theater Company and the Council for the Arts at MIT. She is a graduate of MIT with a degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences and received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Managing Partner, Bowline Group LP
Steven Koch is the managing partner of Bowline Group LP, a family office. Most recently, he served as co-executive chairman and interim CEO of Motivate, a leading bike share company in North America. He served as the deputy mayor of Chicago from September 2012 to August 2017. His responsibilities included economic development, planning, job creation and development, budget issues, municipal finance, and revenue. Prior to that, Koch spent 27 years at Credit Suisse (CS). During his tenure at CS, he both ran and was the co-chairman of the global mergers and acquisitions business. Koch currently serves as the chair of the Board of the Chicago Tech Collaborative and sits on the boards of the Chicago Community Trust, Navy Pier, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, mHUB, the Southland Development Authority and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. He also serves on the boards of Cohesion IB, and Finger Lakes Fish. He helped develop and teaches in the Directors’ Consortium, a training seminar for directors of public companies. He is a life trustee of the Francis Parker School. Koch received his B.A. from Hampshire College, his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School. He was a Henry Luce Fellow and served as a law clerk for Judge Richard Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Christian T. Brown
Managing Director, NOLA Holdings, LLC and Chairman, McIlhenny Company
Christian T. Brown is the managing director of NOLA Holdings, LLC, a private equity investment firm owning interests in numerous niche businesses. He is the chairman of the board of McIlhenny Company, the 150-year-old family-owned maker of Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce. Brown is the treasurer and a member of the board of directors of Avery Island, Inc., a family-owned land management company. Civically, Brown serves as the chairman of the Greater New Orleans Foundation; the chairman of the Selley Foundation; a board member of the National Audubon Society and the inaugural chairman of the Audubon Society Louisiana; and a founder and former chairman of the Pro Bono Publico Foundation, which provides grants to the New Orleans public school system and its support entities.
Peter B. Cameron
Partner, Farberware and Chief Executive Officer, Acuity Management
Peter Cameron is the Co-Owner of Farberware Licensing and Chairman/CEO of Acuity Management Inc. Acuity is an investment management company that owns and operates several commercial real estate and manufacturing enterprises. He was formally the CEO and Co-Chairman of Lenox Corporation. Cameron previously served as CEO of Waterford Wedgwood plc, a manufacturer of fine china and crystal products, and from 1997 to 2003 he held the position of CEO and president of All Clad Holdings, a manufacturer of cookware products that was acquired by Waterford during his tenure. From 1988 to 1995 he served in various senior level management capacities within Hanson plc, including chairman of U.S. Industries Housewares Group, and president and CEO of Farberware, Inc. Prior to that, Cameron was CEO and president of Revereware, a leading manufacturer of branded cookware to department store and mass merchant channels. Cameron has also held senior management positions at Polaroid Corp., Bowmar Instrumental Corporation, and Starcraft. He graduated with a B.S. in economics from Northeastern University, and serves on the boards of Northeastern University, Chapel Hill, the International Housewares Charity Foundation, Acuity Management, Farberware Licensing Co., Hartmann, and Lenox. He formerly served on the Board of Directors, New York Botanical Garden Association, International Housewares Association, and Bronx Green-up.
Founder, CEO, and Executive Director, Conscious Venture Lab; Managing General Partner, Conscious Venture Partners, LLC; Founder, CEO, and Managing Partner, The Porter Group, LLC
Over the last 35 years, Jeff Cherry has built award-winning companies in engineering, design, strategic consulting, and investment management. He has been a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 executives, government agencies, and startups, with a focus on helping teams understand customers and build dynamic, high-performing organizational cultures. As the managing general partner of the Conscious Venture Fund, Jeff has helped launch more than 100 early-stage venture backed companies. He currently serves on the Compensation Committee of the McKean Defense Group board, a $100MM engineering services company, where he advises the company on organizational culture and technology trends. Jeff also sits on the board of Hungry Harvest, LLC, a food delivery startup where he recently assisted with the closing of their $13.7MM Series A financing.
Jeff has been honored as one of the top ten people in technology in Baltimore by the Baltimore Business Journal. In 2018, the Vatican awarded him the inaugural Laudato Si Challenge Impact award for entrepreneurs who are working to change the relationship between business and society. More recently, the tech journal Technical.ly named Jeff their 2020 Baltimore Impact Leader of the Year, and the Conscious Venture Lab accelerator, which he founded in 2013, was named one of the ten greatest social impact programs in the world in 2019.
Co-founder, WP Narrative
Tricia Clarke-Stone is an entrepreneur, multi-award-winning innovative marketer, and revenue-producing executive who has spent the last two decades at the intersection of marketing, branding, tech, media, and entertainment. She has a proven track record of building brands and companies and driving tens of millions in revenue through innovation, technology, marketing, business strategy, IP development, and team leadership. Clarke-Stone is the former CEO of Narrative, an award-winning creative and tech agency that she co-founded with hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, creating a new marketing agency model uniting code (tech) and culture to power a brand’s purpose and experience. The agency was acquired by Hollywood producer Will Packer in 2017 (becoming WP Narrative). Clarke-Stone continues to advise the WP Narrative/Will Packer Media team. Most recently, she launched an innovation practice where she consults for blue chip companies, entertainment brands, and startups while incubating new businesses and products.
A graduate of Skidmore College, Clarke-Stone's visionary tactics have landed her spots on both AdAge and Crain’s New York 40 Under 40 lists, Adweek’s Disruptors, and Refinery29’s Black is the New Black. In September 2019, Penguin Random House published her first book that she co-authored with her twin sister entitled Double Down: Bet on Yourself and Succeed on Your Terms to glowing reviews. Following the release of their book, the twins launched a digital mentorship program to continue to help democratize success and entrepreneurship for people who look like them. Clarke-Stone's expertise is on full display on Discovery Channel's new TV business format, I Quit, that premiered in August 2020, where she mentors aspiring entrepreneurs.
Vice President, Digital Brand Partnerships at CNN
Baldwin Cunningham is VP of Digital Brand Partnerships at CNN, where he’s responsible for building efficiency across digital properties and developing additive revenue models.
Cunningham was previously VP of Strategy at Brit + Co and before that, Founder & CEO of Partnered. Partnered is a digital network that helped traditional businesses innovate how they market and sell to customers by partnering with the world’s most innovative startups. He helped over 200 leading brands from Coca-Cola to L’Oreal to Nestle meet the companies who are disrupting industries and transforming how business gets done, resulting in a Forbes 30 under 30 award in 2015. More recently, he was recognized with the 2019 Cynopsis Rising Star Award and was named to Bumble Biz’s list of Most Inspiring New Yorkers.
Cunningham is a graduate of Springfield College, received an Executive Leadership Certificate from University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and attended Y Combinator, a tech incubator located in Silicon Valley.
Co-Founder, Giant Spoon
Trevor Guthrie is co-founder of Giant Spoon, one of the fastest growing, full-service agencies in the industry. Through Trevor’s vision, the independent creative shop got its start by pairing unique media opportunities with highly creative work, like GE's Fallonventions, which today is one of the longest-running and highest-rated paid segments on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. He developed a partnership with the New York Times to introduce virtual reality to the masses, and is helping revive GE Podcast Theater by launching the eight-episode, science fiction podcast series “The Message,” which is now in its second season, entitled “LifeAfter.” In addition to leading Spotify, Cole Haan, and GE, Trevor heads the agency’s New York office. His work has helped Giant Spoon win numerous top industry awards. From AdAge A-List 2018 to two AdAge Small Agency awards in 2017, Adweek Media All-Stars 2016, MediaPost’s 2015 and 2014 Creative Agency of the Year, Adweek Media Plan of the Year and numerous Cannes Lions, One Show Pencils, and others. A Boston University graduate, Trevor resides in New York.
President/owner, River Oaks Donuts, Houston
Melinda “Mindy” Hildebrand currently serves as the vice chair of the Hildebrand Foundation and the vice president of Hilcorp Ventures Inc. Hildebrand is the President and owner of River Oaks Donuts in Houston, Texas. Hildebrand also serves on the following boards or committees: University of St. Thomas, Houston, Board of Directors; MD Anderson, Board of Visitors; University of Texas at Austin, Development Board and McCombs Advisory Council; Bayou Bend and European Arts sub-committees, Museum Fine Arts Houston; Houston Parks Board, Trustee, appointed by Mayor Bill White; President of the Memorial Park Conservancy Endowment; Episcopal High School, Bellaire, TX, Executive Committee and Endowment Committee; Elected to the board of the Upper Snowmass Creek Caucus, Snowmass, CO; Life House Houston, Advisory Board; Trustee for the Center for Addiction, NYC; and Preservation Square, Board member, Austin, TX. Hildebrand has also volunteered for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, as a member of the International Committee for 30 years and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Houston. Hildebrand earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Austin and has been married to Jeffery D. Hildebrand for 29 years and has three children. Mindy’s husband Jeff is the owner of Hilcorp, a very large oil and gas company. She is an avid aficionado of good food and wine.
Tanya Holland is the executive chef/owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and is the author of the Brown Sugar Kitchen Cookbook and New Soul Cooking. She was the host and soul food expert on the television series Melting Pot and competed on the 15th season of Top Chef. Holland holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, and a Grande Diplôme from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine.
Holland has appeared on countless national television shows including the Today Show, Vh1′s Soul Cities, Sarah Moulton’s Cooking Live, Ready, Set, Cook!, The Wayne Brady Show, and The Great American Chef’s Tour on PBS. She has been a contributor to The Huffington Post, Food & Wine, Signature Bride, and Wine Enthusiast magazines, and has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, O Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Savoy, Travel & Leisure, and Sunset. Holland has served as the president of the prestigious Les Dames d’Escoffier San Francisco chapter.
As a chef, she trained in France with Michel Sarran at Le Mas Du Langoustier and with Jean-Michel Bouvier at Restaurant L’Essential in Chambery. After cooking in Martha’s Vineyard, Boston, and Brooklyn, Holland decided to move to California as the creative director at Le Théâtre in Berkeley, CA. This lead to the opening of the now famed soul food eatery, Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland CA. The City of Oakland declared June 5th, 2012 as Tanya Holland Day for her "Significant Role in Creating Community and Establishing Oakland as a Culinary Center".
Founder and Chairman, Arabella Advisors
As founder and senior managing director of Arabella Advisors, Eric Kessler helps builds philanthropy strategies, evaluates non-profits, and provides back-office management services for family philanthropists, professional foundations, and corporate donors around the world. Together with his team of colleagues, he has impacted billions of philanthropic dollars going to issues from food and nutrition policy to education reform to global health. He founded and serves as president of the New Venture Fund, a non-profit fiscal home for donor collaboratives and incubator of innovative new non-profits. Eric co-founded the Chef Action Network, now a program of the James Beard Foundation, and conceptualized its Chefs Boot Camps. Earlier in his career, Eric served as a White House appointee, helping to manage conservation issues during the Clinton administration. Just prior to starting Arabella, Eric lived in the former Soviet Union, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, where he advised civic organizations promoting democratic reforms for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, whose board he now sits on. Eric is an active investor in a range of restaurant, consumer, and supply-chain businesses that contribute to a better food system.
General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Christopher Lyons is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), where he cofounded the firm’s Cultural Leadership Fund (CLF) in 2018 with the mission to connect the world’s cultural leaders to the best new technology companies and engage Black builders and creators on their journey towards excellence in the technology industry. More recently, Christopher is supporting the team’s newly launched Seed Fund. He joined a16z in 2013, first as chief of staff to co-founder Ben Horowitz. Christopher started his career in the music industry working for Grammy Award-winning producer Jermaine Dupri as a sound engineer. He then launched his first startup, a mobile app and digital menu offering called PictureMenu, and moved to Silicon Valley in 2012 to participate in NewME, an accelerator for minority-led startups. Christopher is the founder of Italian wine brand Lyons Wine, and is on the advisory boards of The Black Economic Alliance and New Story Charity, as well as a member of the Verizon Media Global Advisory board. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Full Sail University, is a Kauffman Fellow graduate, and member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
CPA, Partner, CohnReznick, LLP
Cindy McLoughlin is a partner with CohnReznick and the leader of the firm’s national hospitality industry practice which has over 100 individuals servicing over 500 hospitality clients. With more than 25 years of experience, McLoughlin has developed extensive expertise in providing audit and advisory services to mid- to large-sized companies. She is part of the capital markets group with a focus on private equity transactions and liquidity pre-IPO strategy for hospitality companies. She services clients predominantly in the restaurant space with an emphasis in fine dining, emerging brands, fast casual, and has an expertise in franchising. McLoughlin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSCPA), the Institute of Management Accountants, and the International Franchise Association (IFA). McLoughlin received the Corporate Leader Award from Long Island Women’s Agenda, was named one of Long Island Business News’s “Top 40 under 40,” and one of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business. Additionally, the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women selected McLoughlin to receive their Achievers’ Award. McLoughlin is a board member of the American Heart Association, a board member for the Marty Lyons Foundation, and an advisory board member for Friends of Karen. She holds a B.S. from California State University.
Mary Sue Milliken
Chef/Owner Border Grill Restaurants and Border Grill Truck
A pioneer of world cuisine since the creation of City Café and CITY Restaurant in Los Angeles in the 1980s, Mary Sue Milliken is also a preeminent ambassador of modern Mexican cuisine at her Border Grill Restaurants and Truck in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Angeles International Airport, and the Huntington Library. After becoming the first female chef at Chicago's Le Perroquet in the 1970s, she trained at a two Michelin-star, female-owned restaurant in Paris. She later joined a handful of progressive women chefs to found Women Chefs & Restaurateurs. Along with chef Susan Feniger, her business partner of more than 30 years, Milliken has authored five cookbooks, starred in nearly 400 episodes of Food Network’s Too Hot Tamales, hosted several popular food-centered radio shows, and won a James Beard award. In 2013 Milliken and Feniger were honored with the California Restaurant Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Milliken advanced to the finale on Bravo's Top Chef Masters, winning $40,000 for Share Our Strength, where she is a longtime board member. As one of three chefs on the James Beard Board of Trustees, she’s passionate about the role of chefs in our communities and chairs the Education Committee while also serving on the Impact Committee. A passionate food policy advocate, Milliken can often be found working alongside the L.A. Food Policy Council, PEW Charitable Trusts, OXFAM, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and other organizations that help to shape sustainable food systems.
Executive Director, Zero Foodprint and Co-Founder of Mission Street Food, Mission Chinese Food, The Perennial, and Commonwealth Restaurants
Anthony Myint is a chef turned climate crusader. He is the executive director at Zero Foodprint (ZFP), a 501(c)(3) organization leading collaborations with state agencies and regional governments to scale regenerative agriculture. In 2020, ZFP was the honoree of the James Beard Award’s Humanitarian of the Year category, which recognized their work with over 70 restaurants and businesses in the U.S. to change how food is grown to restore the climate. Anthony is also the co-founder of Mission Street Food, Mission Chinese Food, The Perennial, and Commonwealth restaurants. He is also the 2019 winner of the Basque Culinary World Prize.
Chairman, Compass Partners, L.L.C.
Richard Perlman is the founder and executive chairman of ExamWorks Group, Inc. the global leader in the independent medical exam industry. Prior to that Perlman was executive chairman of TurboChef Technologies, Inc., the world leader in speed-cook technology, of which he acquired control in 2003 and sold to Middleby Corporation in 2008, PracticeWorks, Inc., the world leader of dental practice management software and digital radiography, which he sold to Eastman Kodak in 2003, and AMICAS a leading medical practice management software company which was sold to in two transactions to Cerner Corporation and Merge Technologies, Inc. Prior to Perlman’s involvement in the public markets, he acquired several private companies in the home furnishings, automotive replacement parts and real estate industries where he was the controlling shareholder and chief executive. Perlman is also the Chairman of Compass Partners, LLC, a merchant banking firm specializing in middle market companies which he founded in 1995. Perlman sits on the boards of various private companies in which Compass has invested. Perlman is the donor of the Perlman Grand Prize for the Wharton Business Plan Competition and serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Wharton Undergraduate School, the Wharton Entrepreneurial Advisory Board and is a member of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota. Perlman is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received his M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Chef/Owner, Bacchanalia, Star Provisions Market + Cafe, Floataway Cafe, Little Star, and W.H. Stiles Fish Camp
A nationally recognized chef, Anne Quatrano is known for her commitment to freshness, flavor, and simplicity. A longtime advocate of sustainability, Quatrano prides her menus for using locally grown seasonal and organic ingredients, frequently harvested from her own organic gardens and hen-houses. Together with chef-husband Clifford Harrison, Quatrano operates some of Atlanta’s most celebrated restaurants: Bacchanalia, Floataway Café, Star Provisions, and W. H. Stiles Fish Camp. Originally from Connecticut, Quatrano developed deep roots in Georgia by spending summers at her mother’s family farm, Summerland, where she and Harrison now make their home. Quatrano has been nominated for numerous James Beard Awards, and won Best Chef: Southeast in 2003. Additional culinary recognition has included Food & Wine’s 10 Best New Chefs (1995), induction into the National Restaurant Association Fine Dining Hall of Fame (1998) and the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers (Class of 2006), a StarChef.com Rising Star Mentor Award (2007), and the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Golden Whisk Award (2008). Quatrano has served on the board of directors for the James Beard Foundation, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, and Georgia Organics, as well as on various committees for the James Beard Foundation and Southern Foodways Alliance. In 2010 Quatrano launched Sunday Supper South, an annual fundraising event in Atlanta that donates its proceeds to the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Fund. In 2013 she spearheaded New South Family Supper, an annual event benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance. Quatrano is also the author of Summerland: Recipes for Celebrating with Southern Hospitality (Rizzoli, 2013).
Janet Risi offers more than 38 years of agri-business experience. In 1996 Risi founded IPC, Independent Purchasing Cooperative, a supply chain management organization that supplies all goods and services to the international fast food giant SUBWAY®. IPC manages in excess of $5 billion annually covering food, packaging, equipment supplies, distribution, gift and loyalty card sales and marketing management, and services such as technology implementation. IPC has received awards and recognition from industry leaders like the National Restaurant Foundation, Foodservice Technology Leader, as well as numerous visionary awards for category management leadership. Risi has also expanded IPC to four additional offices for international supply chain coverage located in Sydney, London, Dubai, and her hometown of Miami. Prior to IPC, Risi worked with industry giant Ralston Purina Company, as well as other food leaders such as Jack in the Box, Chef America, Inno-Pacific Group and Burger King. She graduated from DePauw University. Risi serves on the board of directors for Coral Gables Trust Company, Florida House, Washington D.C. and PURE Bioscience.
David W. Rivkin
Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
David W. Rivkin is Co-Chair of Debevoise & Plimpton’s ESG/Business Integrity Group and former Co-Chair of its International Dispute Resolution Group. Mr. Rivkin is consistently ranked as one of the top international dispute resolution advocates and arbitrators in the world. He served as President of the International Bar Association in 2015-2016, the first American to serve in that role in 25 years. He has served in leadership roles in arbitration institutions on five continents, including currently as Co-Chair of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and a member of the Board of institutions in Mumbai, Mauritius, and Australia. Mr. Rivkin has handled international arbitrations throughout the world and before virtually every major arbitration institution, and he has won some of the largest investment treaty and commercial arbitration awards. Subjects of these arbitrations have included long-term energy and natural resources concessions, investment treaties, joint venture agreements, pharmaceutical agreements, financial issues, insurance coverage, construction contracts, distribution agreements and intellectual property, among others, and they have involved common law, civil law, and Islamic law systems. He also represents companies in transnational litigation in the US, including the enforcement of arbitral awards and arbitration agreements, and he works actively with clients on various ESG-focused issues. He has authored many articles and frequently spoken about international arbitration and litigation. He is also a member of the International Council for Arbitration in Sport, for which he serves as Deputy President of the Anti-Doping Division; he served as an arbitrator at the 2002, 2004, and 2008 Olympic Games. Rivkin also serves on the Boards of the Human Trafficking Legal Center and British American Business, among others. In 2012, the American Lawyer’s Am Law Litigation Daily named Mr. Rivkin one of two “Global Lawyers of the Year.” In 2011, the National Law Journal named him one of the country’s “Most Influential Attorneys.” Mr. Rivkin graduated from Yale University in 1977 with a B.A. magna cum laude in history and received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980.
President and CEO of Southern California Public Radio (SCPR)
Herb Scannell is president and CEO of Southern California Public Radio (SCPR), a member-supported public media organization that includes 89.3 KPCC, LAist.com, and its podcast studio LAist Studios. Before SCPR, Herb had a successful and diversified career within the media industry, from being the CEO of mitú, the top digital media brand for Latino millennials; to serving as the president of BBC Worldwide, North America; to culminating in the position of vice chairman MTV Networks/President Nickelodeon Networks, where he launched Nick favorites Spongebob Squarepants, Blues Clues, and Dora the Explorer, among others.
Herb has been active in the nonprofit sector since 2000, when he joined the board of New York Public Radio, serving as chairman of the board from 2009-2012. Additionally, he has been a longstanding board member of Ballet Hispánico and the Latino Donor Collaborative. Herb is a graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts. Married to Sarah Reetz, he is a parent to two wonderful young women.
Executive Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion Strategy, Viacom
Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief of Staff, Nickelodeon
Marva Smalls is the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Inclusion Strategy for Viacom and Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief of Staff for Nickelodeon. She reports directly to Viacom President and Chief Executive Officer, Bob Bakish. As EVP and Global Head of Inclusion Strategy, Smalls works with company leadership to champion multiculturalism, inclusiveness and diversity worldwide through employee engagement and strategic partnerships, while driving innovation and business results. As Chief of Staff for Viacom’s Nickelodeon, Smalls partners with the President in directing financial resources, personnel and strategy. In her role as EVP of Public Affairs, she oversees all corporate social responsibility initiatives for Nickelodeon, including award-winning pro-social campaigns that have been recognized by presidential administrations and supported by leaders across the entertainment industry. Smalls is a founding board member of the Performing Arts Center in Florence, SC, and a Corporate Director of the National Bank of South Carolina (Synovus). She serves on the University of South Carolina’s Board of Visitors and the boards of the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York, The American Theatre Wing, where she is Vice-Chair, and the International African-American Museum, among others. Smalls holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of South Carolina, where she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities. Additionally, she founded the Marva Smalls Endowment, which has awarded more than $1.5 million to programs for youth and families, as well as a $1 million endowment for the Ronald McNair Center to support aerospace students from under-represented populations. She resides in New York and South Carolina.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Belvedere Vodka, Moët Hennessy
As president and CEO of Belvedere Vodka, Rodney Williams is responsible for the development, growth, and business vision for the brand. Williams is leading the global launch and implementation of a new platform that imaginatively captures the essence of Belvedere’s story of Polska rye, water, and fire: made with nature. Prior to his role at Belvedere, he was the chief marketing officer for Moët Hennessy USA's storied portfolio of iconic luxury champagne, wine, and spirit brands. Rodney’s tenure at Moët Hennessy began as senior vice president for Hennessy, where he led the brand out of decline and into record growth, with a groundbreaking new strategic platform that garnered numerous industry awards, including five Gold Lions at Cannes in 2016.
Prior to Hennessy, Rodney served as senior vice president of classics brands at Jackson Family Wines, where he launched the most successful new product in the company’s history. As senior vice president of Robert Mondavi, Constellation Brands, he oversaw the turnaround of Woodbridge that resulted in nine consecutive years of sustained growth. Rodney sits on the board of Effies Worldwide and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council. He earned a bachelor of arts from Amherst College and a masters of business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School.
Founding President (1986-1995)
Jill A. Greenthal
Wenda Harris Millard
Walter C. Richter
John V. Washko