San Francisco, CA
Jack Russi, Vice Chairman & National Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP, is responsible within the Deloitte US firms for merger and acquisition activities, divestiture of underperforming assets/services, and accelerating growth of specific market opportunities. Jack is also very active in strengthening our communities through his involvement in organizations like Multiplying Good where Deloitte was instrumental in helping to develop Multiplying Good’s youth programming. Jack lives in Lafayette, California with his wife Jodie and their four children. Jack earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from the University of California Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa), where he chairs the University’s Haas School of Business Board. He also attended the Columbia Graduate School of Business Leadership Development Program, and the Wharton Executive Leadership Program.
James Meeks is the President and Chief Executive Officer of MOVE Systems International, a leading provider of mobile food services and green energy solutions with a smart city platform. Named as one of New York’s top energy entrepreneurs by Breaking Energy, James brings over a decade of international leadership experience within the military, non-profit, and private sector to his work. James is a combat veteran. Joining the service after 9/11, he served two tours in Iraq as an armor officer with the U.S. Army and received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. James is committed to the environment, building in America, community service and supporting veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. James graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and received an MBA in global management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
New Canaan, CT
Jennifer B. Ezring is a Corporate Partner in Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP’s Capital Markets and Lending group. Jenn’s practice focuses primarily on advising investment banks and other lending institutions, in leveraged finance and asset-based lending transactions. Jenn is a member of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP's Executive Committee and serves on Cahill's Women’s Initiatives Committee. She is also involved with LiveGirl, an organization in her home community of Fairfield County, CT, dedicated to empowering girls to become leaders, and serves as a Trustee of the Princeton Triangle Club—a 125-year-old student-run musical theater group at Princeton University. Jenn is a graduate of Princeton University and the New York University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review.
Los Angeles, CA
Joseph Sanberg is a public and private-sector entrepreneur and investor based in Los Angeles, California. He is Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of Advisors for Aspiration - a digital financial services platform at www.aspiration.com for middle class Americans. Mr. Sanberg is also actively involved in a range of other fast-growing companies, including Blue Apron and Bright Funds. He is a Co-Founder of the Economic Innovation Group, which is an initiative to stimulate action on job creation. Mr. Sanberg graduated from Harvard, Magna Cum Laude. He grew up in a single parent family in Orange County, California.
New York, NY
Mark Shafir is the Co-Head of Global Mergers & Acquisitions and Head of Global Technology, Media and Telecom Banking at Citi. He also serves on the Global Banking Executive Committee and the Management Committee of Citi’s Institutional Clients Group. He has over 25 years of experience advising clients and leading top M&A teams. Prior to joining Citi in 2008, Mr. Shafir was Head of Global M&A at Lehman Brothers. Prior to Lehman he ran Investment Banking at Thomas Weisel Partners, a Silicon Valley based boutique. Mr. Shafir holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University, a MBA from the University of Pennsylvania and was a Marshall Scholar at Kings College, Cambridge.
New York, NY
Michael O’Mary is the Senior Vice President of The D. E. Shaw Group, which pursues attractive and sustainable risk-adjusted returns on the capital they invest for their clients. The firm invests globally using a broad array of strategies in both public and private markets. Michael received a JD from Harvard Law School and is a graduate of Harvard University.
New York, NY
A 20-year veteran in the professional sports industry, Brown joined the WNBA in September of 1996 as Director of Player Personnel and had been part of the league since its inception. Brown assumed her former position in 2005, and was responsible for overseeing the policies for all on-court basketball operations as well as the administration of player-related programs. Through her work with the WNBA’s Competition Committee, Brown directly influenced how the game is played and oversaw the growth in the skill level, athleticism, and pace of play. She is currently a member of the Jr. NBA Leadership Council. In addition, Brown is involved in various speaking engagements and consulting projects that focus on leadership development.
Robert T. Sakowitz is CEO of Hazak Corporation, a multi-industry Business Strategies and Marketing Consultancy. He is a recipient of numerous local, state, national and international awards, and has consulted and/or served on the Boards of Directors of start-ups to institutional, governmental and NYSE giants. Prior to forming the consulting company, Mr. Sakowitz was President and CEO of Sakowitz, Inc., a chain of high-end fashion specialty stores, launching the first Couture pret-a-porter European designer boutiques in the U.S, the first Fine and Rare Wine Auctions within department stores in the U.S, and the highly-publicized "Ultimate Gifts" of the annual Sakowitz Christmas Catalogues.
Sam Beard has dedicated his working life to public service. Through different national non-profit organizations Sam Beard has initiated and then chaired programs for seven Presidents of the United States – Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush.
New York, NY
Sam Salman is the Chairman and CEO of New Reality Solutions, LLC (NRS), a next generation merchant bank with principal and strategic advisory platforms focused on game-changing business and innovations. In his management role with New Reality Solutions, Mr. Salman also serves in the following companies in the indicated capacity: President, Errant Gene Therapeutics, LLC, a pioneering applied regenerative biopharmaceutical entity. Managing Director, iNetworks BioOpportunity Fund. Co-Founder and Chairman of Greenfins Tuna, LLC, a leading sustainable and integrated Blue-Fin and Yellow-Fin Tuna aquaculture platform. Mr. Salman was raised in United Kingdom and is fluent in English, French, Farsi and Hebrew. He was educated at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, USA and at the American University of Paris in France.
Steve Zide is the CEO of the Zide Family Foundation, a private foundation that strengthens our communities through supporting children and education, equal justice and veterans. Steve retired from Bain Capital, a leading global alternative investment firm, in 2017. During his 20 years at Bain Capital, Steve served as the Head of the Industrial Sector for North American Private Equity, Head of the New York office and spent two years in Sydney, Australia helping to launch Pacific Equity Partners, a leading private investment firm in Australasia. Steve holds a BA from the University of Rochester, a JD from Boston University School of Law and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Vance was born in 1955 and grew up in Huntingdon Valley, a suburb of Philadelphia. Vance moved to Delaware to attend the University of Delaware, and graduated with honors in Mechanical Engineering in 1978, as a member of Tau Beta Pi. DuPont recruited him directly from University to work in their Engineering Department. Vance worked for DuPont for thirteen years, and then left to form his own company, LabWare. DuPont became LabWare’s first customer, and currently has a project at the Experimental Station.
New York, NY
Prior to joining Multiplying Good in September 2013, Hillary Schafer worked on Wall Street for 12 years. In her capacity as the Head of U.S. Institutional Equity Sales in New York for Citigroup, Hillary was one of the highest ranking women in the equity business. From 1995 to 1999, Hillary was the Executive Director of Economic Security 2000 fighting to save and remodel Social Security. Hillary earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Middlebury College.
Bringing nearly two decades of NBA experience to the game’s greatest stage, Scott Perry was named general manager of the New York Knicks on July 14, 2017. He is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Knicks basketball operations department, player personnel matters, roster management and player development.
He joined the Knicks after serving as executive vice president, basketball operations for the Sacramento Kings, helping to preside over that team’s extensive Draft Night 2017 roster makeover.
A Detroit native, Perry graduated from Wayne State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
Scott and his wife Kim have one daughter, Chelsea (25), a 2017 Michigan graduate. His late father Lowell --- a 1989 inductee into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor --- was a standout end at Michigan, the first African-American NFL assistant coach of the modern era (with the 1957 Pittsburgh Steelers, after his career was shortened by injury) and later a prominent government and labor official, businessman and broadcaster.
Patsy Doerr is an experienced speaker, columnist, thought leader and award-winning expert in the field of Social Impact, with expertise in corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion and sustainability. Her work in these areas has been featured by a number of publications and conferences including Forbes, The Hill, The Muse, Milken Institute and Sustainable Brands. Additionally, Patsy serves on several boards and committees that align with both her business and personal passions, including All In Together, Samburu Girls Foundation, Women’s World Banking, and Responsible Investment Association. Patsy holds a BS in Biology from Washington and Lee University as well as a Master of Science (summa cum laude) in Adult Learning and Organizational Development from Fordham University. She has two children and lives in Manhattan.
Tobi Petrocelli, Ph.D. works with investors and stakeholders on strategies to evaluate the sustainability of companies by assessing environmental, economic, and social governance factors while mapping solutions for improvement. She is the founder of Verde Enterprise, LLC, an independent consultancy and direct investing platform focused on stakeholder engagement and socio-economic development.
In addition to her consulting work, Ms. Petrocelli was previously a Director of Strategic Initiatives and Sustainability for Clearbrook Global Advisors, an institutional advisory firm. Tobi has worked with both national and global development organizations, as well as NGOs in Europe, Asia, and Africa, focusing on social challenges and strategic planning for environmental and disaster risk reduction. Her clients include the United Nations, state municipalities, and high net worth individuals and family offices. Petrocelli is also a lead investor at Cornerstone Capital, an ESG centric wealth advisory firm and asset manager. She also serves on the Board of the Federal Law Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation.
Tobi has a Doctorate in International Business, where her publications focus on Integrated Reporting and formalized Impact Standards from Walden University. She has a Masters in Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a BA from Fordham University.