LEADERSHIP | DEFINED
Leif Ackerman - CEO, IDEAGEN
Leif Ackerman began his career at Special Events, a well established event company specializing in event planning, project management and surveying/assessing client needs. During the course of the past 13 years and countless successful events later, Leif has worked with a broad range of organizations ranging from world leaders, including President Obama’s first campaign and re-election, the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign, Hillary Clinton Campaign and President-Elect Trump’s campaign to major corporations and NGO’s in an effort to increase the efficiency and organization of their events to bolster image and increase the fluid transition of working with various entities to reach a common goal. That common goal was a successful event, campaign rally, or convening.
Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu - Chairman & CEo, First Samurai Consulting
Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu is the President and Chief Executive Officer of First Samurai Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in health consulting focused on public health systems and policies, “putting the patient at the center of everything we do.”
Mortisugu was a Rear Admiral in the USPHS, who retired in September 2007 as acting United States Surgeon General. A third-generation Japanese-American, he was appointed the Deputy Surgeon General on October 1, 1998 and named acting Surgeon General on July 31, 2006.
He was the first Asian-American Surgeon General of the US.
Dr. kiko suarez -Wheless Partners, Antioch University
Global speaking, executive search and leadership engagements. Currently serving as a senior advisor to leaders and organizations worldwide. I have worked as an executive for two global companies, including CEMEX, the world’s largest building materials supplier, as global Director of Public Affairs; and DuPont as Director of Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. I have represented my employers in delicate international transactions and before governments and organizations such as the United Nations, European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank
jane oates - vp external affairs, apollo education
Jane Oates is the Vice President of external affairs for Apollo Education Group, Inc. which is one of the world's largest private education providers, serving students since 1973. Through its subsidiaries, Apollo Education Group offers undergraduate, graduate, professional development and other nondegree educational programs and services, online and on-campus principally to working learners. Its educational programs and services are offered throughout the United States and in Europe, Australia, Latin America, Africa and Asia, as well as online throughout the world.
kevin donnellan - executive vp & chief of staff, aarp
Kevin J. Donnellan is executive vice president and chief of staff for AARP, the highly respected and influential 38 million-member nonprofit organization that represents people 50-plus. He provides the link between the CEO and AARP’s Executive and Leadership Teams, working to implement the enterprise strategy, solve problems, and deal with sensitive issues before they are brought to the Chief Executive.
Kevin is a member of the Ad Council Advisory Committee on Public Issues and chairs the Committee on Community and Stewardship. He is a member of the prestigious Arthur W. Page Society.
maurizio Vecchione - executive vice president of global good & research, intellectual ventures
Maurizio Vecchione is executive vice president of Global Good and Research at Intellectual Ventures (IV). In this role, he oversees Global Good, IV’s collaboration with Bill Gates to invent and deploy technology specifically focused on improving life in developing countries, as well as the research and operations of the IV Laboratory and Institute for Disease Modeling. Mr. Vecchione most recently served as CEO of Arrogene, which is commercializing a new nanotechnology platform for cancer-targeted therapeutics and diagnostics, and as CEO of telemedicine pioneer CompuMed.
ruth riley - general manager, San Antonio Stars
Ruth Riley is the general manager for the San Antonio Stars as of May 2016. She is a retired American professional basketball player (a center), playing most recently for the Atlanta Dream in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Her Notre Dame team won the NCAA women's championship in 2001, and her Detroit Shock team won the WNBA championship in 2003 and 2006. Riley was the Most Valuable Player in the 2001 and 2003 championship series, becoming the first person to win the MVP awards in both the NCAA and the WNBA championships.
sue stephenson - executive committee vice chair, impact 2030
Sue Stephenson, a hotel executive with 25 years experience in the hospitality industry, relocated from England to the United States in 1991 to join The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC. From 2001 to 2006, Sue was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources. In this role, she worked closely with the Corporate Executive Committee as the company undertook a global expansion. Sue provided leadership and strategic direction to a human resources organization that is committed to the delivery of service excellence through innovative and sustainable human resources approaches.
agape redwood - co founder, smg speakers
Agape Redwood is the co-founder of SMG Speakers where they strive to deliver get the most efficient and effective solutions that ambitious professionals are looking for right now. We keep you equipped with the latest innovations to stay relevant and refined in a noisy world. It doesn't matter if you are a novice or veteran speaker SMG addresses your needs to grow, profit, streamline, and scale. The meeting and event industry is a multi-billion dollar industry you should be apart of it.
annette richardson - managing partner, decade citizen
Annette Richardson is a managing partner at Decade Citizen which is a subsidiary of DECADE S.A.C., LLC- a diversified sports, artists and consulting company providing comprehensive management, music publishing, marketing, licensing and consulting services in the sports, entertainment and new media industries. Decade Citizen is a strategic and advisory company that assists clients, executives and corporations on their sustainability, legacy, philanthropic and pro-social initiatives.
jimmy lynn - vice president & co founder, kiswe mobile
Jimmy Lynn is the Vice President and co-founder of Kiswe Mobile, a company focused on "changing the game of live media." We are a technology start-up that creates an interactive, personalized and live video experience. Their product portfolio includes media clouds, venue video production, iOS and Android mobile apps, app production portals and hardware venue encoders.
john spanos - president, football operations
John Spanos was named president—football operations for the Chargers in May 2015. He oversees all of the team’s football operations, including player personnel, coaching, player finance and the salary cap, medical, equipment, video, player engagement and security. He also represents the team at League and Management Council meetings.
june sugiyama - director, vodafone americas foundation
June has been in her current role as Director of the Vodafone Americas Foundation for over 10 years. Previously, she served in several roles at Vodafone’s predecessors, AirTouch and Pacific Telesis International. She most recently led the Foundation’s transition towards impact through technology related programs. She also developed the Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project, a competition designed to seek the best wireless technology solutions to address critical social issues around the world.
Leslie short - Ownder/ceo, K.I.m. media llc
Leslie is the Owner and CEO of K.I.M. Media LLC, a multi-media agency that specializes in Branding, Events, Design and Weddings. K.I.M. Media is the winner of several Wedding and Event awards. Her client roster spans the world of sports, entertainment, and luxury lifestyle brands. Leslie has over 25 years of domestic and International marketing - branding experience. Leslie is also Chief Operating Officer & Head of Special Projects for The Shark Group, which is the branding & marketing company of ABC-Shark Tank star, Daymond John. Leslie is also COO of blueprint +co a creative executive shared work space in NYC curated by Daymond John
patrick gaston - president & ceo, gaston consulting llc
Patrick Gaston is the President and CEO of Gaston Consulting LLC, a management consulting firm assisting organizations in building results driven Corporate Social Responsibility and philanthropic strategies. Most recently, Patrick served as President of the Western Union Foundation overseeing CSR and philanthropic programs across 50 plus countries around the globe. He was also responsible for employee engagement strategies that helped Western Union to achieve Best in Class status in this area.
The Hon. Ambassador Patrick Theros - president, US-Qatar Business Council
Ambassador Patrick Nickolas Theros assumed the office of President of the US-Qatar Business Council after a 36-year career in the United States Foreign Service. Ambassador Theros joined the Foreign Service in 1963 and, prior to his appointment as Ambassador to the State of Qatar, served in a variety of positions including Political Advisor to the Commander in Chief Central Command; Deputy Chief of Mission and Political Officer in Amman; and Charge d’affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission in Abu Dhabi; Economic and Commercial Counselor in Damascus.
Peter Watkins - Senior Vice President, Global Communications
Peter Watkins is the president and founder of Watkins Global Strategies, LLC. In 2006, he created his firm applying over a decade of communications experience in government, public affairs, advertising and radio.
Prior to Watkins Global Strategies, Peter Watkins served as a White House Spokesman for President George W. Bush.
steve delfin - Senior Advisor & Ceo, Steve Delfin Philanthroy | Social Responsbliity Solutions
Working with companies and nonprofit organizations to bring increased effectiveness and impact to their global, national and local philanthropic and social responsibility efforts. With broad and deep C-suite experience across functions and sectors, my passion is leveraging relationships and networks to create sustainable social impact solutions and broader cross-sector knowledge.
sidhant gupta - Research Scientist, Medical devices group, Microsoft research
In July 2014, Sidhant joined Microsoft Research as a Research Scientist. He is building new sensing technologies for continuous health monitoring, exploring some of the many crazy ideas he has had over the years and busy helping his colleagues make amazing software and hardware products.