Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since 2001, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week.
Heather C. Briccetti, Esq. is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of The Business Council of New York State, Inc., the primary, statewide association advocating for New York’s business community. Ms. Briccetti is a dynamic leader, trusted advisor and champion for economic growth, good jobs and strong communities across New York.
As a visionary for New York’s economy, she has created a leading voice for business on economic growth, corporate governance, tax policy, labor, manufacturing, campaign finance reform, value creation, and education, among other issues.
An expert in adult stem cell research, Dr. Theresa Deisher is the first person to discover adult cardiac-derived stem cells. She also owns 23 issued US patents, whose discoveries have led to clinical trials of fibroblast growth factor 18 for osteoarthritis and cartilage repair, and for Factor XIII for surgical bleeding. Dr. Deisher was a plaintiff in the US federal lawsuit to prohibit use of federal tax payer dollars for embryo destructive research.
Eleanor Blomstrom is Program Director and Head of Office at Women Environment & Development Organization (WEDO),where she manages internal and external relationships and partnerships, including with staff, funders and coalition, and project partners. She works together with staff in strategic development, implementation and monitoring of WEDO programs.
Since 1994, Neal Keny-Guyer has served as Chief Executive Officer of the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. Under his leadership, Mercy Corps has grown into one of the most respected international relief and development agencies in the world, with ongoing operations in more than 40 countries, a staff of nearly 5,000, and global revenue of roughly $450 million. Fast Company ranked Mercy Corps one of the most innovative social-change organizations in the world and New York Times columnist Nick Kristof calls Mercy Corps “a first-rate aid group.”
Quentin Grafton is Professor of Economics, Chairholder UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance, Executive Director of the Asia and Pacific Policy Society, and Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP) at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore, Honorary Professor at Lincoln University and President Elect of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
Rhian Evans Allvin became executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), in Washington, DC, in August 2013. She is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the organization as well as overseeing the daily operations. With more than 70,000 members and 300 Affiliate components across the United States, NAEYC serves as the leading voice on behalf of young children and early childhood educators.
Kim Sweet is the Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), a not-for-profit organization that promotes access to quality education for low-income children in New York City’s schools. She leads a staff of more than 50 attorneys and education specialists and oversees a wide range of projects focused on the educational rights and needs of the children the school system often overlooks – children with disabilities, immigrants and English Language Learners, children who are homeless, and children involved in the child welfare or justice systems. While at AFC, Ms.
Max Lobovsky is co-founder and CEO of Formlabs, leading efforts to build the world’s largest professional desktop 3D printing company. Formlabs pioneered the new category of professional desktop 3D printing in 2012 when it launched the world’s first affordable, powerful desktop stereolithography 3D printer. Today Formlabs sets the benchmark in professional desktop 3D printing as the industry leader in designing and manufacturing powerful and accessible 3D printing systems.
Jeffrey Perlman is the President and Founder of Bright Power. He spends his days solving the most challenging energy problems facing building owners today. An experienced energy auditor, energy analyst and solar-energy-system designer, Jeff is as happy in a boiler room or on a rooftop as he is in a corporate boardroom.