Advisory Board

ADVISORY BOARD

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Christina Abrams: In her native Barcelona, Spain, Cristina was a prominent member of Barcelona’s social community.  She worked as a Film & Production Coordinator for TV3, Television of Catalunya, Spain from 1992 until 1994.  During the Barcelona 1992 Olympics she coordinated the logistics for the production staff of Australia’s Channel 7.  In 1989, Cristina worked as a Sales Executive for Zoom Television in Barcelona as a representative during the Cannes Film & Television Festival selling production and post-production services. Upon re-locating to Miami in 1994 Cristina established a production company to assist her European clients on location, with this experience Cristina was able to establish her credentials in the South Florida business community as a respected Event Planner. Prior to joining Global Spectrum in January 2009, Cristina worked at the Miami International Airport as a Sales & Event Manager from 2003 until 2008.  Her experience organizing and planning events and her excellent customer service skills earned her a key role as liaison with Protocol and International Affairs at the Miami International Airport Aviation Department.   In addition to her international expertise Cristina has organized multiple events for companies like Sony Music and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey.  In addition to her Event Planning responsibilities, Cristina also taught an Event Planning course at Miami Dade College.  Ms. Abrams finished her studies in Public Relations in 1983 in Barcelona.  She obtained her title as a Certified Event Planner in Miami, Florida in 2007 and she continues her studies in Public Administration at Barry University. 

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Ryan Adams:Ryan Adams wants to get you plugged in: spiritually, technologically, and socially. A 2011 graduate of Fordham University, Ryan is now pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Harvard University, towards a possible future in Academia, Ordination, or Community Organizing (or all three)! He has professional experience in the fields of higher education administration; intra- and inter-faith dialogue; information technology and business integration; and theater from both a dramatic and production stand point.

Ryan is a Rhodes Scholar semi-finalist, a Fulbright Scholar nominee, a two-time national essay winner, and the founder of the Bronx’s Theatrical Outreach Program (TOP). TOP abridges classic works of literature and performs them for schools and community centers in the Bronx. The performances are focindyllowed by acting, reading, and directing workshops where the students get to be a part of the play they just saw, while continually building relationships with college-age mentors. He currently resides in Boston, MA, but longs to return to his ancestral land of New York.

His latest adventure, which you can follow at hebegoestoharvard.blogspot.com, is as ” The Rockstar ‘Rabbi.’

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Abby Adesina:  Abby is business owner and engineering consultant serving business in the area of Portfolio / Program Manager & Optimization  Lean Six Sigma practitioner, and Strategy Consulting to Sr Executive and C-Suite leading transformation projects resulting in sustainable cost savings. Current accomplishments include footprint optimization, establishments Program/Project Management Offices and coaching IT project management and six sigma.

She holds a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech located in Atlanta, Ga.  She also has a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma, an ITIL Certification and Professional Project Manager certificate (PMP).  She began her career in manufacturing for a major retail bottling and distribution company in Atlanta as a project manager, logistics and process improvement expert.  She has since continued to widen her experience by taking diverse assignments in a number of industries in driving cost saves and improving operations.

Abby intends to incorporate her learning from the Columbia University Coaching Certificate Program to become an Executive Coach.  She is a the owner of CREST CONSULTING & COACHING, LLC, a woman and minority owned workforce solutions company based in Jersey City.  CREST provides the highest level of Outplacement / Career Transition, Information Technology, Human Resource & Engineering  Consulting and Staffing to our clients. We are committed to delivering excellence,  integrity, honesty, reliability and quality on each and every engagement. This focus allows us to concentrate on providing exceptional customer service and outstanding results to our customers. We continuously refine, improve and optimize our consulting & staffing processes to ensure that we provide the highest quality resources.  CREST is constantly looking for career-minded individuals who share our commitment to excellence and our desire serve our clients in excellence.

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Andrea Adler:  Andrea Adler has been referred to as the “Metaphysical Marketer.”She isthe founder of Holistic PR, an international speaker, workshop presenter and consultant. Andrea Adler’s unique approach to marketing integrates spiritual practice and psychological self-inquiry into a domain not usually associated with spirit: marketing. She believes, if we cultivate the deep sense of integrity and wholeness that accompanies spiritual development, we will be far more convincing in our efforts to interest others in our work.

Adler pioneered Holistic Marketing and has authored three non-fiction books: PR for The Holistic Healer, Creating an Abundant Practice, The Science of Spiritual Marketing: Initiation into Magnetism, and has written over 50 articles translated in five languages. For over 30 years, Andrea has supported small business owners, authors, cultural creatives, and entrepreneurs to discover, message and market their products and services.

Her breakout novel, Pushing Upward published by Hay House, won The Los Angeles Book Festival Award 2012 andwas a Hay House “Pick of the Month”. She has also written the screenplay.

A recipient of the Axiom Business Book Award in 2009 for The Science of Spiritual Marketing, Andrea has been a Key-Note speaker at hundreds of conferences including: The Science and Consciousness Conference, Natural Awakenings Annual Conference, Mountain Biz, The Holistic Medical Assoc., INATS (International New Age Trade Show) and Expo Ser in Mexico City with Deepak Chopra. Andrea has studied meditation for 30 years, living in ashrams and meditation centers in India, Paris, New York, and California.

In the late 80’s Andrea was a highly respected consultant in Silicon Alley (NYC) during the Internet boon and worked with several dot.com companies prior to receiving their IPO’s. Since then, she has supported business men and women in every industry from holistic practitioners to filmmakers, authors to CEO’s, turning their business and profit margins around 180 degrees in two hours.

In her twenties, Andrea was an actress both on and off Broadway, appearing in Neil Simon’s Chapter Two. She was a member of Cafe La Mama, the improvisational group, The Groundlings, and appeared in such television shows as“Police Woman,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Executive Suite,” “Steubenville,” and “Bronx.” She also co-wrote and directed three videos at the American Film Institute.

In the early 80s, while a journalist for The Times Herald Record, in Monticello, New York, Andrea was profoundly affected by three teen suicides that occurred at a local high school. In response, she wrote a grant and received $60,000 from Senator Charles Cookto create the Off-Off Main Street Children’s Theater Company, dedicated to works by, for, and about teenagers and the challenges they face. She produced and directed this company successfully for eight years. During this time, she also offered improvisational theater workshops to local drug and alcohol facilities working with recovering addicts.

Andrea has traveled the world offering her workshops, consultations and lectures. Whether you want to expand your current business, switch gears entirely, pursue a great idea or create a new partnership, you will leave her consultations and her workshops energetically aligned with the future you want to create, a five year plan to set into motion and a deeper understanding of your business, and your relationship to it.

Adler is also a director and offers workshops through her CHOICES program to women in crisis and formally incarcerated populations. She understands more than anyone why external solutions alone will not help us work on the underlying patterns, the unconscious thoughts and knee jerk reactions that cause us to fall into limiting approaches.

She currently lives in New York City.

andrea@holisticPR.com

www.HolisticPR.com

www.PushingUPward.com

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Tony Adler: With more than three decades of experience in all facets of production, Tony Adler has gained both a solid reputation from his peers and genuine respect from the highest levels of the production community. His work as 1st AD on the Golden Globe and Oscar winning feature “American Beauty” (directed by Sam Mendes) is but one of many high profile projects to his credit. Commencing his career as a PA on Milos Foreman’s “Ragtime,” Tony’s positive attitude and strong work ethic allowed him to become 2nd AD on a number of productions before he found his niche as a highly respected 1st AD and is moving on to combining those duties with producing as well.  Although most of Tony’s credits can be attributed to his work as an assistant director (2nd AD, 1984 – 1990; 1st AD, 1991 – present), he is also familiar working as a location manager, unit production manager and line producer.  Also serving as a consultant on budgeting and scheduling for 20th Century Fox and Regency Pictures, plus independent companies including Rainstorm Entertainment, Emerald Pictures, & Redtie Films rounds out an impressive amount of experience on all levels of the production field In addition, while still residing in New York, Tony became a partner in a video and commercial Production company called Stage Presence and served as its production chief from 1988-1994. At that time he moved to L.A. with his family while keeping ties with the company. Tony has also worked on a number of large-scale projects across the world, bestowing him with valuable international experience. Ports of call include Portugal, Malta, Rome, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, England and the Baja peninsula on the feature film, “The Death & Life Of Bobby Z.” Tony has also worked all over the United States and is thus familiar with most of its major cities as well as all of the major tax incentive states, including New Mexico, Utah, and Louisiana. Currently consulting with Rainstorm Entertainment on several projects, Tony is planning on

bringing Paul Mazursky’s next project, “An Honest Man,” into production in the near future. He will work as both producer and 1st AD on the project. He is also preparing an action comedy, “3 Days in Vegas” for Redtie films which will see him performing the same duties and which will shoot in Utah in the spring of 2012, In addition to his freelance career, Tony has spent time teaching film production at the Los Angeles Film School since 2010 and has very much enjoyed his recent tenure there. He hopes to maintain teaching and working with young filmmakers in the future as well as continuing his career as an assistant director and producer.

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Mike Afromowitz: Mike Afromowitz is a New York City-based communications expert and entrepreneur who brings with him over 11 years of experience in the martial arts fight business.  One of a small handful of key people responsible for the 2006 launch of the STRIKEFORCE Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) series, Mike has been a driving force behind the company’s meteoric, five year growth from a regional promotion to the No. 2 MMA promotion in the world. In addition to his day-to-day efforts as Director of Communications for STRIKEFORCE during its first three years of existence, Mike, determined to see the company succeed, wore a multitude of other hats that included scouting and signing new talent to the STRIKEFORCE roster, selling and activating corporate sponsorships and selling STRIKEFORCE live event television programming to international markets, including Canada, Europe, The Middle East and Africa.  Mike is directly responsible for raising over $1 million in sponsorship money and licensing fees for STRIKEFORCE programming.  Mike’s relentless efforts helped pave the way to a multi-year live event programming deal between STRIKEFORCE and SHOWTIME in 2009, a move that cemented STRIKEFORCE’s position as a full-fledged national brand and a move that required Mike to begin focusing his efforts almost exclusively on spearheading vital communications initiatives.  With a team of publicists under his management, Mike created, developed, molded and delivered to the media and public, clear and powerful corporate messages that enhanced global awareness about STRIKEFORCE and its prominent position in the MMA space.  Conducting press tours in various markets throughout The United States, thoroughly preparing athletes for media opportunities, and producing media events, including press conferences and fighter workouts, have all been a part of Mike’s day-to-day responsibilities since 2009.  As a result of his initiatives and efforts to cultivate and build his relationship with key decision makers and editorial staff from top national TV, radio, print, and online media outlets, Mike has helped generate for the STRIKEFORCE brand and its fighters, prominent and consistent coverage and millions of media impressions. Between 2000 and 2007, Mike also helped expand the growth of K-1, the world’s largest kickboxing promotion, from its roots in Japan to North America over the course of 14 live events in Las Vegas, Nevada. By telling the compelling background stories of fighters and rich history of the Japanese promotion in short biographies distributed to the media as well as in K-1 USA website editorial content, Mike helped engage and generate coverage of K-1 and its fighters from national and regional sports and entertainment media outlets. Mike earned a B.A. in Economics from Brandeis University in 1998 and has completed graduate coursework with a concentration in marketing at New York University.

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Kathleen Alfiero: Kathleen Alfiero’s passion for the well-being of young people has been the foundation of her professional life. She worked for over 25 years in public education as a teacher and substance abuse counselor, has hosted a television program featuring the stories of extraordinary ordinary people that has aired on PBS and worked in live shows in theatres throughout Maine. In 1996, Kathleen was the Executive Director of Maine Communities Face Alcohol, a nationally recognized statewide substance abuse prevention effort summarized in Voices of Hope, a report recognized by the PEW Center with the Batton Award for Civic Journalism. As founder of Appreciation Unlimited, Kathleen explores and shares the talents, gifts, and contributions of people of all ages through multimedia to a global audience. Celebrate ME, a non-profit arm, produces educational programs and events using storytelling as a medium for positive change and features school people, parents, children and communities.

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Rebecca Allen: Rebecca Allen is a veteran video engineer since 1987. She started in post-production editorial, at Paramount Pictures, at the age of 19 year old, and joined the Editors Guild. Years later she went on to Production Video and Sound, providing Video Playback and Video Assist, on the sets of Warner Brothers, Universal, Sony and many other independent productions in Hollywood, California. Rebel Video Production, is a video production company Rebecca established in 2006, and acquired her own 1080i HD camera, and Final Cut editing software, building her business in documentary style productions. Becoming more involved in shooting, she started moonlight as camera assistant on feature films and television reality shows, working with the Red HD movie camera, in 2008. The love of shooting on location, and the creative process of putting it together in the editing room, is a passion she shares with the network of directors and producers, Rebecca has available to her for future projects.

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Sam Allen: Tip-toeing the line between charmingly playful and painfully insightful, Sam Allen is a shining singer-songwriter based in central Auckland, New Zealand. Already in his third year at the Popular Music programm at Auckland University, Sam harbors an obsessive passion for music. Growing up in South Auckland, NZ, Sam’s musical journey started in the similar way of many talented young performers, at 13 years of age, playing quietly in his bedroom. He later performed in Smokefree-Rockquest and Pacifica Beats, and lead the cast in the musical: The Buddy Holly Show. Thanks to the inspiration that was derived primarily from John Mayer’s eloquent masterpieces, Sam’s style and skills evolved and grew his passion which has lead him to pursue a life in music. Sam’s other major influences: Michael Jackson, Simply Red and Tommy Emmanuel, become apparent through his rich honey filled vocals and superbly styled guitar riffs.Sam writes through his observations of others as most great songwriters do. Writing from the heart his unique acoustic pop/rock flavor remains true to the “kiwi” singer songwriter tradition. Sam’s live performances also echoes a deep promise of potential; any true fan of the acoustic genre should sample Sam’s melodies, and witness his performances, as Sam Allen will no doubt follow in the singer songwriter footsteps of our very best.

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Gwendolyn Alston: Gwen was born and raised in New York City, got her B.A. at Vassar College and her M.A. at NYU. She’s fluent in French and Spanish and has been living in Madrid for 20 years, where she got her PhD in Comparative Literature from the Complutense University of Madrid and worked in the publishing industry for fifteen years, in marketing and as an editor. During that time, she developed series about art and artists, psychoanalysis, women and business. Five years ago, she quit her publishing job and set up her own company. Along with her sister Angela, now based in Dallas, Gwen runs MocaMedia, offering grassroots outreach services and consultation for independent filmmakers. As she is concerned about environmental, social and cultural issues, representing films that have a mission and a call to action for specific causes was a natural transition. There are many satisfying aspects to her work: working closely with her clients to help them fulfill their goals and dreams for their film; learning about widely diverse subjects; the challenge of reaching out to different communities and getting them excited about a film and its mission; and taking full advantage of new technologies at her fingertips to spread the word and connect with communities, while working remotely from any part of the world. Her business also allows Gwen the possibility to spend more flexible time with her two daughters, Claudia and Sofia.

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Evan M. Altman, ESQ.: Mr. Altman is an attorney in Atlanta concentrating his law practice in the areas of bankruptcy, corporate law, general litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, and product liability. Mr. Altman’s prior experience before opening his law practice included a position as Assistant Vice President with a Wall Street corporate consulting firm. He had primary responsibility for over 100 corporate reorganization (stock repurchase) transactions of publicly held corporations, as well as significant experience in the area of corporate governance (election of corporate officers). Prior to his experience as a corporate consultant on Wall Street, Mr. Altman served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he concentrated in white collar and business crime matters. As a special Agent, he received five letters of commendation and served in Atlanta, Las Vegas and New York City. He graduated SUNY Binghamton with a B.A. in Economics in 1979 and graduated Emory Law School with a Doctorate of Law in 1982.

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Marilyn Anderson: Marilyn Anderson is an award-winning WGA writer for film and television.  On television, she wrote for “Murphy Brown,” “FAME,” “Friday the 13th – the Series,” “Sherman Oaks,” and other episodic TV.  She was on the writing staff of “Carol & Company,” starring Carol Burnett, Richard Kind, and Jeremy Piven. Marilyn is the recipient of a LUMINAS Award for the positive depiction of women in film & television.  She has sold feature screenplays to several studios and networks.  One of her romantic comedies was produced and aired on Lifetime last year, and she is currently producing two feature films. Three of Marilyn’s screenplays won top honors in screenwriting competitions, including the American Screenwriting Contest, Writer’s Digest Screenwriting Contest and Scriptapalooza.  In addition, she is a judge for the Nicholl’s Screenwriting Fellowship, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences that awards the Oscars. Ms. Anderson is the author of the humorous relationship book, “NEVER KISS A FROG: A Girl’s Guide to Creatures from the Dating Swamp.” The book is published in the U.S. and 10 other countries.  Her Web Series, NEVER KISS A FROG, is based on the book, and features funny dating scenarios as mini-episodes for mobile and broadband content. It is currently airing on various web sites including www.neverkissafrog.com.

As a comedy writer, relationship expert, and speaker, Marilyn has appeared throughout the country with her unique blend of comedy and advice. She has been on over 250 radio & television shows and was the “Dating, Flirting & Kissing” Coach on TV’s “Extreme Makeover.”  In addition, Ms. Anderson writes relationship, humor, and travel articles for magazines and newspapers nationwide, and she has performed as a stand-up comic, actress, and improvisational actor. Marilyn also offers private consulting and seminars on “Screenwriting” and on “Publicity & Promotion.”

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Jimmy Andretta: Jimmy Andretta is a sophomore at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. For the past several years, he’s been working at wine companies in Tokyo, Japan as a summer intern. He is currently majoring in Japanese, with minor concentrations in Economics and Psychology.

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Alice Andrews: Alice Andrews teaches psychology and evolutionary studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She’s the founder and executive editor of The Evolutionary Review: Art, Science, Culture and the founder and editor of “Entelechy: Mind & Culture. Both journals bridge the arts and humanities with science, particularly evolutionary theory. She’s also the author of Trine Erotic, an evolutionary psychological novel that’s been used in various college courses nationwide. Alice is an environmental activist and founded and chairs both Mothers & Others United to Shut Down Indian Point, as well as Beyond Pesticides in Ulster County; she served on the Village of New Paltz Environmental Conservation Commission from 2006 to 2010.

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Mark Andrew: Mark Andrew is an Associate Lighting Designer at Yeager Design, LLC. Mark specializes in bringing highly theatrical lighting concepts into permanent installation projects. His work as associate designer includes The GM Reveals Theater at The General Motors Test Track attraction at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center; Fox Studios Australia’s Backlot Tour; Kennedy Space Center’s Saturn V CenterWoody Woodpecker’s Animation Celebration at Universal Studios Japan; BattleStations 21, a state of the art disaster training facility for the US Navy; The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum; and Lights! Camera! Action! at Universal Studios Singapore. As a lead designer, Mark designed lighting for the Skydeck attraction at the Sears tower in Chicago, The Shuttle Launch Experience and Exploration Space at Kennedy Space Center, the Images Of Singapore attraction; exhibits and show for Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, exhibits at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium and the Arizona Science Center; the USA Pavilion at both the 2005 and 2010 World Expos; the permanent exhibits at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore; and the touring exhibits Mummies of the World and America I Am. For the National Parks Service, Mark has designed exhibit lighting for the Manzanar National Historic Site, Badlands National Monument, Cabrillo National Monument, WWII Valor In The Pacific National Monument, Keweenaw National Historic Site, and Mammoth Cave National Park. Mark has worked as lead and associate designer on a number of Industrial clients, including GM, Roland, Verizon, Hyundai, Microsoft, Honda, and Yamaha.

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Randy Angiel: Randy Angiel, Esopus Musicalia’s Historian, is a native of Woodstock, NY. His interests include music history, diplomatic history and the link between technology and society. He has taught as Adjunct History Professor and Associate Professor of Information Technology at SUNY and has also been a private consultant in emerging and mobile technologies for fifteen years.

Dr. Angiel was recently a panelist at the SUNY & the Promise of Public Higher Education in America – A Scholarly Conference on SUNY’s 60th Anniversary in April 2009 and authored a report for the 2008 New York State Commission on Higher Education, entitled Learning in the Empire State: Gutenberg, Marconi and Google.

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Nambata Angula: Nambata Angula has a BBA degree from the University of Namibia, and is currently pursuing her MBA degree in Finance through an online school, Capella University. She has approximately 7 years of experience in the finance/accounting industry and has been working at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the past three years. Her current position at the United Nations is a Payroll Examiner but hopes to branch out to the finance/investment field (which is where her pas- sion lies) once she completes her MBA degree. Nambata is passionate about current affairs and enjoys reading and spending time with her ten- year-old daughter. She also enjoys mentoring young people and providing advice where possible. She currently services on the Advisory Board of the African Film Workshop.

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Frank Annunziata: Known fondly as “Mr. A,” Frank Annunziata is Head of The Creative Arts Center and Director of Music Arts and Music Technology at SKS. He teaches Guitar, Bass Guitar, Songwriting/Composition, Band/Ensemble, Music Production and Video Production. Frank’s students have joined the music program at Berklee College of Music, among many others. Frank studied guitar with legendary jazz guitarists Barry Galbraith and Van Moretti. He has performed and/or recorded with luminaries such as, Yoko Ono, Richie Havens, Lesley Gore, Mary Wells, Rick Derringer, Bobby Sherman, Frank Stallone, Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Denny Laine(Wings, Moody Blues), and Billy J. Kramer. Frank was selected as one of 10 members of ASCAP’s first pop workshop, having successfully competed with 50,000 writers. His songwriting credits include CNN’s Earth Day theme also used for General Mills environmental program. He has recorded and penned 2 solo albums and 4 band albums. His songs have been recorded by Richie Havens on Electra Records and in 2010 produced and co-wrote the international best seller for Billy J Kramer titled “This Christmas Night”. When he was 19 years old Frank was signed as a recording artist to Jimi Hendrix’s Suns and Rainbows company and Electric Lady Studios. He opened/or toured with artists David Bowie, Aerosmith, Meatloaf, Stray Cats and Todd Rundgren’s Utopia. He has appeared at major venues across the globe, including Madison Square Garden, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Shea Stadium, Carnegie Hall, The London Palladium, Hong Kong Exhibition Centre, The Toronto Dome, Denver Mile High Stadium. In addition to touring and making records as a recording artist, Frank also worked behind the console as Producer at Record Plant Studios NYC. His production credits include Grammy nominee Gloria Loring, Daytime Emmy winner Kim Zimmer, Gary U.S. Bonds, and The Mamas and Papaswith John Phillips. Frank has appeared on MTV, VH-1, Regis and Kathy, Entertainment Tonight,

The Late Show, PBS music specials, Nashville Now, and International network shows including Good Morning Britain, and Good Morning Australia.

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Carol B. Armitage: Carol has a BS degree from University of Delaware and an MS degree from Princeton University, both in electrical engineering, and approximately 20 years of industry experience in the telecommunications industry. She worked for about 17 years at Bell Labs/Lucent where her last position was as a Director in the wideband access division followed by 3 years at General Instrument (broadband communications), where her last position was as Senior VP of Technology and Strategy. Her strengths are in executive management of product and technology design and development, including VLSI, optics, circuit design, software, and system integration. Carol is currently on the Board of Directors of several technology companies, both public and private, as well as for a non-profit, documentary video production co. She is also on the Advisory Board of several high tech companies. She is a counselor at SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Execs) providing business advice for start-up companies.

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Deb Ashner: Deb has a M.P.H. from New York University with a focus on international community health and holds a B.A. from Richmond College in the U.K. with a degree in sociology with a minor in African economic development.  She has worked for over 20 years in the fields of public health and public policy and is a skilled senior manager with in-depth expertise working on innovative programs with an emphasis on capacity building and sustainability. In addition, she has led multi-year sector research projects utilizing beat practices and analyzing data for publication.  For over a decade she has been the leader at Ashner Associates, a high impact consulting firm, working on projects in the US and in Sub-Saharan Africa funded by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the National Library of Medicine, the National Governors Association, and Housing works in New York. Her other past professional experiences include working with advocacy groups such as NARAL Pro-Choice and the AIDS Action Council.  Further, Deb has worked as contractor for the US Agency for International Development and held internships with several international NGO’s and PVO’s. She volunteers for several non-profit organizations in the greater Washington, DC area and serves on the steering committee for the Washington Jew Film Festival.

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Kenneth “KENDO” Aytch: Kendo Aytch is Senior Vice President of Brothers UnMixed Entertainment and the Senior Vice President of O’Allah Entertainment Inc. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Bronx, New York, the place where Hip Hop all happened! The man of the World – The Negotiator! With all the style and grace of the Best of them – The Man Who Is Really The Boss of Everything and is as humble as they come. The Business Man who Leads by Example. KENDO is a Business Man, Manager, Consultant and Promoter. KENDO is well rounded; has a very broad view of the Entertainment business and how it really works. KENDO is known for his drive and determination for getting the job(s) DONE and while you are still there thinking about the current event KENDO has moved onto another event in another State getting that ready for all of the happy artists and party goers awaiting his arrival. KENDO has a great reputation for being the right person to go to who will give you the correct answers and if he needs clarity on something he will tell you that “I’ll get right back to you” so then you can leave knowing that an answer will come. To date KENDO is the newest radio personality of FONYE Radio on Tuesday 10 p.m.–12 p.m. and Thursday 8 p.m.–10 p.m. in which he literally brings the party and more fun, truth and integrity to the shows existence. Believe me when I tell you KENDO has a whole host of companies and foundations for the world in the future to be a part of so you will not be left out. Those that know KENDO know that he is a family man who truly loves and takes pride in his family and for those that will meet him that joy and truth will be left upon them as well to add to his ever brightness and gift to the world that all good things are possible. KENDO’s mentors; his Father and four Brothers made a lasting impression on him to be a great man and he is truly living up to this reality. KENDO is one of the most influential men in 2009 and will be for years to come. Let us continue to watch him grow into greatness! His favorite quote: To Live Love and Laugh!

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Rudi Azank: Rudi Azank graduated from NYU with a bachelors degree in Filmmaking. He has studied Screenwriting and Film Production for the past 8 years at multiple universities. His 2012 short FlashCrash premiered earlier this year at the First Mondays Film Festival in Manhattan. His webseries adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s While Waiting for Godot was recently released on YouTube, and is currently in consideration for AFI Film Fest, LA Shorts Fest and Sundance. Rudi’s articles on Film & Television are published monthly on the online U.K. Art magazine The Artifice.

At age 17, he became the youngest person to complete The New School’s 3-year Film Production Certificate Program, while also attending Bard College and SUNY New Paltz, as part of a self-designed high school curriculum. In 2013, he completed NYU’s Film and Television program on a full-scholarship from the Tisch School of the Arts. He plays alto saxophone, and has studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Conservatory, Stella Adler Conservatory, and the Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College. He’s had the good fortune to play ‘Vladimir’ in Waiting for Godot, ‘Astrov’ in Uncle Vanya, and ‘Shakespeare’ in Carey Harrison’s original play ‘Magus’, as well as performing in the Woodstock Shakespeare Summer-Stock Festival for several years. Rudi has directed 15 short films and 1 feature length film, The Epigone (2009), which was considered for many festivals (including Cannes, Tribeca and Sundance) and premiered at NYU.

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Autumn Bailey: In todays ever-expanding entertainment industry, where artist and executives alike often struggle to remain relevant, often creating new ways to reinvent themselves; for some, like innovative Producer, Autumn Bailey, this conundrum ceases to exist.  Autumn Bailey is quickly making a statement in this industry through her own unique brand of storytelling, which is moving the hearts and minds of underserved audiences nationwide; Audiences who crave to become engulfed in an Autumn Bailey Production.

Born in Harlem, New York, Autumn moved to York, Pennsylvania at a young age, and remained there during her formative years.  In 2005, Autumn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, from Shaw University.  While her concentration was in Film Production, Autumn saw it fit to minor in Philosophy, a kind of foreshadowing if you will, seeing how its Autumns philosophy that is now beginning to shine.  During her time at Shaw University, Autumn managed to squeeze in a few accolades in between her classes, such as Miss Homecoming (2004-2005), Public Speaking Scholar (2002), Capitol Broadcasting Scholarship (2005-2006), National Deans List (2002-2005), Outstanding Student in Mass Communication (2002-2004), just to name a few.

After graduating, Autumn took the position of Production Manager/Head Producer for Saundras Productions, a flourishing Theater Company. She oversaw the production of numerous hit plays. Even in the midst of her busy schedule, Autumn still sought time to attend summer film workshops at the prestigious NYU Tisch School of Arts.  This innovative young woman is garners much deserved attention from her peers.  In May, 2005, Autumn launched her company, Autumn Bailey Entertainment, an Atlanta, GA. based company that serves to produce high quality documentaries, short films, Feature films and reality television shows.

In March 2009, Autumn Bailey Entertainment partnered with the Peachtree Village International Film Festival, working to build relationships throughout the world and attracting more than 2,500 Festival goers each year.  Autumn serves on the Committee Chair of the Festival as Director of Panels.  In addition, the PVIFF is quickly becoming the one of the most highly sought-after Film Festivals in the Southeastern region, by many of the Industrys top professionals, with a year-round series of dynamic workshops and continuous exposure on Atlantas booming Entertainment Industry.  As if she wasnt already busy enough, Autumn also serves on the numerous boards .

Happily married and living in Atlanta, GA. Autumn enjoys sharing her down time with family and friends. A relentless networker, you can be sure to catch Autumn at any Industry event, sharing stories and laughs with some of the most influential people in the business.  One person in particular is the always unpredictable Actress, Tasha Smith; star of hit films, Why Did I Get Married, Daddys Little Girls, and ATL, who Autumn has nabbed to make her directorial debut in the remake of the classic Ozzie Davis film, Black Girl, which is set to be released in 2012.

Currently, Autumn is Co-Producing the long awaited, much anticipated Feature Film, Blondie: The Florence Ballard Story, starring Faith Evans, which depicts the life of the Legendary member and Founder of The Supremes.  Production is set to begin In February 2011, in Atlanta, GA.  and will boast an All-Star cast.  Autumn Bailey is the epitome of what a great Producer is and should be; embodying the complete package of Professionalism, Charisma, Style and Grace, its no wonder that Autumn has turned so many heads, as people flock to see what shes doing next.

Autumns goal is this industry are simple and can be summed up in one sentence; To make great films that will empower and change people’s ways of thinking; and thats exactly what she is doing, one production at a time.

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Miranda Baker: 20 years old and heading to college in the fall after a year’s respite from school, is a lifelong animal lover who has an extraordinary way with them. She has always had one pet or another, and has worked for years as a volunteer at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary upstate, which cares for maltreated and abandoned farm animals. In high school she worked with search and rescue dogs, visited old people with dogs to cheer them up, and volunteered at Kittykind, a cat adoption service (from which she adopted a pair of cats herself). She nursed and fed a motherless young kitten for its first six months, teaching it to come when called and to follow her around. Currently she lives in Brooklyn, where she cares for a pair of pit bulls, dogs so fearsome looking they intimidate most people, but whom she treats with calm affection. She hopes one day to work as a veterinarian, and meanwhile is seeking opportunities to work or volunteer in any capacity at a vet’s office.

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Michele Baldwin: This mutli-talented artist: Actor, Director, Writer, Producer and Inspirer, is a bright and fearless creative spiritual being, who wears many hats. There is nothing mediocre about Michele.  She proudly embraces her journey toward her greatness as an artist and a human being. No matter what side of the camera or stage she’s on, a day with her is enlightening, entertaining, fun and more importantly highly productive, as she genuinely lives for the greater good of a project. Michele is passionate about her life, her dreams, staying positive and is constantly taking on new challenges.  She believes that with creativity and imagination, sprinkled with a dash of strong passion, determination and belief in self, you CAN do anything.  “Keep on Keeping on No Matter the Circumstance”, is one of her fleeting Mantras. As one of six children, Michele aka Chele (Shell-ay), Mich B~ or Mikki (by her beloved father), easily found an audience to perform her many comedic or dramatic skits to.  Even today, when not on a professional gig, she can be spotted acting out a Dramedy or two for friends and family. Michele stands apart from her peers as a powerful determined spirit and a ray of positive light and honesty that shines from within. She is genuinely sweet, humble and gracious, and has a purposeful focus and persistent drive!  She has a huge heart that she shares with not just her loving family, but she can always be found helping others. Michele lets nothing stop her from reaching her goals as a creative artist and is always working on a varied array of projects.  Presently, she is in production with the web series An Actor’s Life: the Series, of which she is creator, producer, director and star, portrays Delilah in the Play Imperfect Women of the Bible, of which she is also co-producer, and is producer and AD on two upcoming feature films.  Michele has been on several TV shows like, Wicked Attractions, One Life to Live, Law and Order CSI, and a few TV Pilots, in movies; independent shorts and features, and has graced many NYC stages: Ensemble Studio, Manhattan Ensemble, Hudson Guild, and 59E59 Theaters, Theater for the New City and New Federal Theater, as well as the internet and volunteering for film festivals such as, IFP, Tribecca Film Festival, Reel Sisters and Image Nation. Michele attains to do good in the world and has always been “A Star,” especially in the eyes of her beloved father, Thomas, whom she knows is happily smiling down on her.  She is a member of: NYWIFT, SAG, AFTRA.

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Dustin Bancroft: Dustin Bancroft was transformed by the power of filmmaking after watching a heartbreaking documentary about the abduction of Ugandan children – brainwashed into military murderers. Shortly after he traveled to Africa to see the impact first hand. Since then Dustin graduated with Honors at the Art Institute of Los Angeles, with a Bachelors of Science in Film and Television Production. His latest film “Viti” is in distribution with ShortsHD via AT&T-Uverse and DirectTV. Recently, he has had the privilege of working on Network TV shows such as Revolution,Intelligence, Ironside and recently wrapped Horrible Bosses 2. Now he is working at a Talent Agency, Innovative Artists in Santa Monica.

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Michael Barile: My introduction into Production came by way of my guitar playing with various bands in the tristate area. I became know as the guy who could play anything! By 1985 I started doing session work for producer Terry Phillips. ( Terry was Phil Spector’s protege for 10 years, had his own label in the ’70’s produced such mega hit’s as “Dancing in the Moon Light”) By 1989 I meet Producer Godfrey Diamond ( Aerosmith, Andrea True Connection) I had just opened up my own Recording Studio in Park Slope Brooklyn. I had taken what I learned from both Terry, Godfrey, and also Eddie Kramer (Hendrix) and combined it into my own style of Production / Recording. I started out recording mainly Hardcore rock, one of the bands CANDIRIA became critically acclaimed, one of the Records I produced for them was named One of the 10 Most Important Metal Albums EVER! by ROLLING STONE Magazine along with Black Sabbath’s First release “BLACK SABBATH”. By 1994 I had developed a relationship with Columbia A&R extradinaire James Diener. ( OCTONE RECORDS / MAROON 5) I recorded several projects from Columbia (Jimmy) including East Village Punk legends D-GENERATION  And Michael Hilfiger. By 1999, Forbes Magazine took notice of my Production Skills and wrote an Article about how I was able to make Competitive Sounding Commercial Records at a fraction of the costs!! I had a dozen or more songs I had produced on various MTV, and Mainstream TV show most notably DAWSON’s CREEK & NIP/TUCK.  I was also chosen to work on a Rock Project with Living Colour’s lead singer COREY GLOVER. Also around that time, I meet one of the best drummer’s I’d ever worked with (save Ken Schalk of the band FUEL)  FRANK FERRERA ( GUN’S -N-ROSES) Actually, Frank and I did a number of projects together, and I’m mentioned on GUN’S -N-ROSES “CHINESE DEMOCRACY” CD. ( Thanks Frank!!)  Recently, I have focused more of my energy on SONGWRITING. Already having produced & mixed other Artist’s songs for some 20 years, I decided to start Writing, Producing, Playing and Mixing my own songs, which to my surprise are being widely received in the Industry. I love working on songs, writing producing sharing with up and coming Artist’s. My Studio Doors, and my Heart will always be open to any Artist who is serious, hardworking, and of course Talented.

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Christina Bark: Strategic Planning • Business Transformation • Risk Management. Christina Bark is a trusted business advisor with expertise in strategy, risk management, operational optimization, leadership development and change implementation. Christina’s diverse experience as a corporate leader, attorney and entrepreneur has honed her ability to design and promote achievable solutions, even when the odds are against a favorable outcome. Her results-oriented approach is well-suited to accelerate growth, optimize operations, manage risk and introduce new business models. Whether you are considering starting a venture, expanding a business, energizing teams and leaders, managing change or exiting a business successfully, Christina serves as a catalyst for breakthrough results. Previously, Christina was Global Leader of Business Affairs for Oliver Wyman, a leading international management consulting firm and $1.2 billion subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan companies [NYSE:MMC]. While at Oliver Wyman, Christina was responsible for business process optimization, operational risk mitigation and leading a global team. She focused on enhancing the firm’s ability to win projects, increase client loyalty and maximize revenue while minimizing risk exposure. She also led programs that enhanced the business through innovative training and organizational transformation. Christina’s legal expertise has fueled her business success. She served as Chief Legal Counsel for Oliver Wyman prior to its acquisition by Marsh & McLennan, as General Counsel of Scient, Inc. and as a Senior Attorney for IBM. She practiced law with Porter Simon, a California- and Nevada-based firm, and in the San Francisco office of Proskauer Rose LLP, a New York-based firm. She has represented private, public and governmental clients in the areas of general commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, real estate and land use, employment law, traditional labor law, complex litigation, trust and estate administration and bankruptcy from the creditor’s perspective. Christina is admitted to practice in California and Nevada. Christina’s “hands-on” experience building businesses fortifies her effectiveness as an advisor. Oliver Wyman has been one of the fastest growing top-tier, strategy-consulting firms with an annual growth rate exceeding 20%. Scient was one of the fastest growing consulting and technology services start-ups during the dot-com era. Christina was also co-owner of a retail business in the San Francisco Bay Area founded with limited capital and an abundance of sweat equity. Armed with a shrewd business plan, talent for capitalizing on free marketing and publicity, a healthy dose of optimism, a fondness for simple solutions and relentless perseverance, the business expanded into four locations in five years and was successfully sold at a competitive price. Christina understands the challenges and accountability of driving business growth. Christina graduated from Vassar College (A.B., Sociology) and Stanford Law School (J.D.).

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Mark Barron: Mark has been a sales and marketing executive for his entire professional career.  From sales training and building brands, to creating new departments and multi-media programs, Barron is one of the true triple threats who has had vast experience in sales, marketing and operations. He has spent the majority of his efforts in the entertainment field in both Cable Television and the Music industry.  He has been in regional and corporate marketing positions for cable operators, sold cable network programming and helped to launch many new services throughout his career.  He has experienced the entrepreneurial environment where he ran a Real Estate company in Dutchess county, New York and grew that business from 12 people to over 90 with an increase in sales volume by more than 80 million dollars.  During his last six years at BMI, he has helped to create the position of Corporate Marketing Officer, where he has overseen the in-house creative services group, advertising, marketing materials, event management and the launch of many new web-based services.  Most recently he was responsible for the launch of the newly created Social Marketing and Partnerships team.  A graduate of Vassar college, he has volunteered his time for the school as a Career Advisor and Regional Recruiter.  He is a member of CTAM, NARAS and the Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Jelani Bauman: Jelani Bauman was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He began his musical journey at the age of 13 when he began playing the trumpet. Jelani comes from a long lineage of jazz musicians that spans five generations: His great-great grandfather, Professor J.B. Humphrey, taught music and established brass bands in southeast Louisiana as early as 1880. Jelani’s grandfather, the renowned trumpeter, Emery Humphrey Thompson (Umar Sharif) performed with such musicians as Lionel Hampton, Fletcher Henderson, and Ella Fitzgerald. Jelani’s musical training began in New Orleans under the instruction of Ronald Benko, trumpeter with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Benko is known for coaching such musical giants as Wynton Marsalis and Nicholas Payton. Jelani’s enriched training and passion led him to being accepted into the one of the country’s top performing arts high schools, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), which is known for developing some of the world’s top musicians, such as Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., and Terence Blanchard. At NOCCA, Jelani studied with legendary jazz educator Alvin Batiste. During his training outside of NOCCA, he had been taught or appeared with: Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Belgrave, Charles Lewis, Tiger Okoshi, Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Ralph Peterson, Donald Harrison, Delfeayo Marsalis, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Fred Hersch, Wayne Shorter, John Pattitucci, Sean Jones, Mark Whitfield, Jeremy Pelt, Victor Goines, David Murray, and Christian Scott. After attending NOCCA, Jelani attended Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York and later received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating with a B.S. in Professional Music in May 2011. In May of 2013 Jelani received his Master’s of Music in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University under the direction of world renowned bassist, Rodney Whitaker. In January of 2011, Jelani performed for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with his Quartet in a musical performance that presented traditional jazz works and featured an original jazz composition inspired by “Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition.” Jelani has also performed with his Uncle Jamil Sharif at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as well as performed at various venues in New York City, such as the Jazz Standar, and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. In 2009, Jelani was a NFAA (National Foundation in the Advancements for the Arts) Regional Award Winner for Jazz Trumpet in the State of New York. Jelani has also performed at the Domaine Forget Jazz Festival in St. Irene, Quebec, Canada and the Detroit International Jazz Festival.  In Spring 2011 he traveled to Italy with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute under the direction of pianist, Danilo Perez and this past May, he participated in the Banff Centre Jazz Workshop in Banff, Alberta, Canada to work with such people as Vijay Iyer, Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Greg Osby and Ravi Coltrane. Jelani is also an up and coming composer and arranger and has written works for big band, string quartets, woodwind octets, brass septets, and orchestra.

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Michel Bayan: Michel’s creative spirit combines with a deep understanding of technology and human psychology. Michel has been mingling creativity, technology and psychology since childhood. Exposed to these worlds growing up, (His mother in fashion, father a musician and pioneer in psycho-acoustics) his fascination for these subjects is deeply rooted. Living in Los Angeles since 1999, Michel began his time in L.A. as an actor, intensely studying the human condition researching psychology, neurology, eastern and western philosophy. Moving in to film production in 2005 his passion for storytelling blossomed. In 2007 his first feature film, One Day Like Rain was completed and nominated for the jury prize at the Seattle Intl. Film Festival (the largest fest in the US) thanks to the success of his low budget marketing and promotion plan. “ODLR” went on to several other festivals and recognitions. Michel was also owner of a computer services and web design company for 3 years, managing a small team of designers and technicians and studying the effects of the web. One day in early 2008, he had an epiphany: The future of creativity and intelligent marketing is based on technology. Why not take these worlds and bring them together? And thus, Mingling Media was born.  Michel has a passion for creating customized solutions for clients that  engage with their target clientele and make the most of what the digital age has to offer.  He also sits on the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Action Committee and In his personal life Michel is an avid world traveler, “Big Brother” and Sunday yoga teacher.

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Sabrina Tillman Bean: Sabrina Tillman Bean is owner and chief artist at Tillman Galleries, an emerging multimedia art company based in Austin, Texas, with the heart and soul of its owner’s hometown, New Orleans. Her distinctive and growing body of work has caught on rapidly with Austin and New Orleans art enthusiasts alike. As a child growing up in New Orleans, Sabrina was fascinated by art in all forms, especially those involving the utility of paper and textiles. After studying Art History at Vassar College, her fascination became a lifelong passion.  With her innate sensitivity, intuition and imagination, she envisions a story. Using ordinary materials and her gifted hands, she brings that story to life with rich colors and lush textures that come together brilliantly. Each work is the manifestation of her inspired soul and exceptional talent.  Whether the story is an original or a familiar one, it’s fresh with dramatic energy and a mysterious air, inviting its audience to subjective thought and discussion. Her body of work is diverse, but each piece powerfully represents the spirit of the artist – a free thinker with a critical eye who exemplifies la belle mélange – the beautiful blend – of life in motion.  Her portfolio currently includes commissioned works in collaboration with clients who desire a creation tailored to their aesthetic preferences, relationships and unique history.

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Celeste Beatty: Celeste Beatty is President, CEO and Brewster of Harlem Brewing Company. She became fascinated with beer brewing in the early 1990’s. Beatty created the recipe for Harlem Brewing’s Sugar Hill Golden Ale. Ms. Beatty is an INC Magazine-William J. Clinton Foundation Emerging Entrepreneur. Through this initiative, Beatty worked closely with Pete Slossberg, mentor and founder of Pete’s Wicked Ale. She is the recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Harlem Business Alliance) and the Local Hero Award (Alliance of Resident Theaters). Beatty has served as advisor to several start-up ventures, focusing on the specialty beer market. Ms. Beatty is a regular guest speaker at seminars that focus on entrepreneurship and branding. Future plans include a product launch in China, April 2008. Ms. Beatty is an International Studies graduate of Shaw University and continued her studies at NYU. She apprenticed at the Beerworks Brewery in Brooklyn, NY.

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Aaron Beaudette: Aaron Beaudette has been working in the insurance industry since 1990 and has been licensed to market life insurance since 1993. Having worked with many different insurance companiesover the years, he has reviewed several thousand policies. His familiarity with the diversity of products, configurations, and applications of life insurance is extensive. Currently working with nearly 50 insurance carriers, he is quite familiar with the advantages of one company over the other for the individual needs and objectives of his clients.Preferring to work much like a physician – examination, diagnosis, treatment – he offers a free policy checkup with an unbiased, global perspective and no allegiance to any particular company or product. What is in the best interest of his clients is priority with each and every policy discussed. Whether you are a fiduciary, policy owner, insured, or business owner, he will help you optimize your life insurance premiums to assure you are receiving the most for your dollars while meeting your goals. If your policy is owned personally, in trust, or by your company, he will treat each case with the utmost respect and integrity. Quite simply, it will cost you nothing for this peace of mind, and we might just help you make significant improvements with your life insurance program. In addition to providing personal, individualized attention to each and every case, he works in association with a team of support professionals known as brokers. This team is comprised of hundreds of specialists each with a respective area of expertise and years of experience – critical in obtaining the proper information and aid in this complex, financial environment. Bringing a humanist’s touch to this industry, he considers each situation as if it were his own, asking himself what he would do if this were his position.

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Joseph Becker, ESQ.: Joseph Becker, Esq. is an experienced entertainment attorney in New York City. He has been working for the past year as in-house counsel and head of licensing at Tuff City Records (and their respective publishing arms) where he negotiated and drafted various licensing arrangements with major television, movie, music, and video game companies including HBO, MTV/Vh1, CBS/Paramount, and Warner Brothers on a daily basis. He also computed royalties for artists and songwriters and oversaw a major foreign distribution deal with EMI. Finally, Joseph coordinated with outside counsel in preparation for copyright infringement and artist contract litigation. Before this, Joseph worked at Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and The Lovette Entertainment Group during his time at Emory Law School. He also worked with trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Today, Joseph is the founder of the JRB Entertainment Group, and is always looking to help artists or companies with copyright, entertainment, or other business needs.

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Monica Bennett: Monica Bennett is a Certified Reflexologist, Certified Life Coach, and Bachelors in Naturopathy. After receiving a bachelors in Naturopathy, she was drawn to the art of reflexology and believes this healing power can help people become healthier and more in tune with their body, mind and spirit. Monica has also been a horticulturist for 22 years and loves how nature restores balance in life. She has come to see that just like roots are so important to the plants’ health, our feet are important to our health and well being. They root us, and keep us connected to all of life’s energy. Reflex-zone pressure is a powerful technique to keep us healthy. The feet mirror the image of the body and contain, neurologically speaking, the same elements that make up the body as a whole. Each foot corresponds to exactly half the body. The secret is simply to soften all of the hardness and knots in one’s feet and put them in good working order again by reflexing them. This will activate the organs, lead to better blood circulation, help balance the distribution of nutrients, and promote the disposal of waste products, which will lead to a healthy, ailment-free body. Reflexology can help alleviate a broad range of acute and chronic health problems. Along with realizing how important it is to take care of one’s body, Monica also became aware that the mind must be receptive to growth and be open to receive the benefits of wanting to be healthy. This is crucial for any healing to occur. By helping people overcome blocks and resistance, new ways of thinking can open this channel for allowing the flow of positive energy to vibrate through and to you creating harmony and a relaxed state of being. Being a life coach gives me an opportunity to assist people to live a full and rewarding life.

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Dr. Karl H. Berger: Karl H. Berger is a Composer/Arranger/Conductor/Pianist/ Vibraphonist/Educator. He is a six-time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll as a jazz soloist, recipient of numerous Composition Awards (commissions by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, European Radio and Television: WDR, NDR, SWF, Radio France, Rai Italy. SWF-Prize 1994). A Professor of Composition, Artist-in-Residence at universities, schools and festivals worldwide; PhD in Music Esthetics, Karl became noted for his innovative arrangements for recordings by Jeff Buckley (“Grace”), Natalie Merchant (“Ophelia”), Better Than Ezra, The Cardigans, Jonathan Brooke, Buckethead, Bootsie Collins, The Swans, Sly + Robbie, Angelique Kidjo a.o.; and for his collaborations with producers Bill Laswell, Alan Douglas (“Operazone”), Peter Collins, Andy Wallace, Craig Street, Alain Mallet, Malcolm Burn, Bob Marlett a.m.o. in Woodstock, NY, New York City, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Paris, Rome. Karl recorded and performed with Don Cherry, Lee Konitz, John McLaughlin, Gunther Schuller, the Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Ingrid Sertso, Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Ray Anderson, Carlos Ward, Pharoah Sanders, Blood Ulmer, Hozan Yamamoto and many others at festivals and concerts in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, India, Phillippines, Japan, Mexico, Brazil. His recordings and arrangements appear on the Atlantic, Axiom, Black Saint, Blue Note, Capitol, CBS, Columbia Double Moon, Douglas Music, Elektra , EMI, Enja, Island, JVC, Knitting Factory, In&Out, MCA, Milestone, Polygram, Pye , RCA, SONY, Stockholm, Vogue a.o. Karl is a founder and director of the Creative Music Foundation, Inc., dba The Creative Music Studio, a not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to the research of the power of music and sound and the elements common to all of the world’s music forms; and to educational presentations through workshops, concerts, recordings, with a growing network of artists and CMS members worldwide. He has conducted CMS Residencies worldwide. In the 90s, Karl was Professor of Composition and Dean of Music Education at the Hochschule fuer Musik, Frankfurt, Germany and Chairman of the Music Department at UMass Dartmouth till 2006. He’s now re-establishing CMS programming, directing the CMS Archive Project, recording and producing. CMS is joining forces with Planet Arts, Inc. (www.PlanetArts.org), performing internationally with the Allstar Ensemble “In the Spirit of Don Cherry” and with numerous projects, collaborating with vocalist/poet Ingrid Sertso (contact CreativeMusicAgency@gmail.com). Special areas of interest: Improvisation; world musical communications in ensembles/orchestras of soloists through modular compositions/arrangements; Rhythmic Training (the GaMaLaTaKi system): timing/attention/expression; R+D of the elements governing the universal power of sound and music with emphasis on the healing power of sound and music. (see www.CreativeMusicStudio.org); MUSIC MIND: exploring the ways our mind works while playing or listening.

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Alan Berliner: Alan Berliner’s uncanny ability to combine experimental cinema, artistic purpose, and popular appeal in compelling film essays has made him one of America’s most acclaimed independent filmmakers. The New York Times has described Berliner’s work as “powerful, compelling and bittersweet… full of juicy conflict and contradiction, innovative in their cinematic technique, unpredictable in their structures… Alan Berliner illustrates the power of fine art to transform life.” A recipient of Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Jerome Foundation Fellowships, Berliner has received multiple grants from the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA and in 1998, won his third career Emmy Award (he has also received six nominations) from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He was the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association in 1993, and was honored with a “Storyteller Award” from the 2001 Taos Talking Picture Film Festival. In 2002, Berliner was awarded a “Cultural Achievement Award in the Arts” by the National Foundation For Jewish Culture. In 2006, the International Documentary Association selected Berliner to receive an International Trailblazer Award for “creativity, innovation, originality and breakthrough in the field of documentary cinema,” presented at the MIPDOC Conference in Cannes, France. He received a full career retrospective at the 2006 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), where he also curated a program of his ten favorite films, and presented a Master Class exploring the ideas, themes and storytelling strategies that have characterized his work over the past two decades. Berliner’s experimental documentary films, WIDE AWAKE (2006), THE SWEETEST SOUND (2001), NOBODY’S BUSINESS (1996), INTIMATE STRANGER (1991), and THE FAMILY ALBUM (1986), have been broadcast all over the world, and received awards and prizes at many major international film festivals. Selected retrospectives of his films have been presented at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the International Center of Photography (NYC) and at film festivals from Norway and Finland to England, Australia and Brazil. Several of his films are routinely rented for filmmaking and film history classes at universities all across the United States, and are in the permanent collections of many film societies, festivals, libraries, colleges and museums. WIDE AWAKE, which received its world premiere at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and its international premiere at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival, is Berliner’s most personal film. An idiosyncratic and cinematically innovative essay exploring Berliner’s lifelong obsession with insomnia, WIDE AWAKE ultimately reveals—in ways both hilarious and deeply personal—how sleeplessness has profoundly impacted the delicate relationship between his creative life and family responsibility. “Berliner… has the gift of addressing intimate subjects and making them universal.” wrote Variety, “Nowhere has he done this better than with “Wide Awake.” WIDE AWAKE received its American television premiere on HBO in May 2007. THE SWEETEST SOUND, which premiered to sold-out audiences at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival, is a serio-comic essay film exploring the power, meaning and mystery of people’s names. TimeOut, London called it “… an excellent film… a classic example of what eccentric, heavily authored documentary making is all about.” The Austin Chronicle described it as “charming and brilliant… a beautifully constructed work in which every element is carefully considered and gracefully executed… funny and wise and provocative.” HybridMagazine.com noted that, “…Berliner is on his way to becoming the film world’s leading documentarian on the intricacies of ordinary life and family.” THE SWEETEST SOUND received its American television premiere on “P.O.V.,” in June, 2001, making Berliner the first filmmaker ever to present four films on that highly acclaimed documentary series. NOBODY’S BUSINESS is an unflinchingly honest portrait of Berliner’s reclusive (and stubbornly resistant) father Oscar; a film that finds humor and pathos in the swirl of conflicts and affections that bind father and son. Since its premiere at the New York Film Festival in 1996, the film has won twelve international awards and prizes, including both the “Caligari Film Prize” and the “International Film Critics Association Prize” at the 1997 Berlin International Film Festival, the Grand Prize at the 1997 Visions Du Reel Documentary Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland, and an award for “Innovation in Cinema” from the 1997 Festival dei Popoli in Florence, Italy. In the summer of 1997, NOBODY’S BUSINESS was selected to launch the 10th anniversary broadcast season of “P.O.V.,” for which it later received an Emmy Award. NOBODY’S BUSINESS has been shown at more than 80 festivals, museums, conferences and universities. It has been the subject of feature articles in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Independent, and The Austin Chronicle, and has been critically acclaimed in publications ranging from The Atlanta Constitution to The Denver Post, from The Nation, to USA Today. In the December, 1996 edition of Film Comment, author Philip Lopate wrote, “I know of no one working in personal films today who can do so well what Alan Berliner does: bring dramatically alive the intense agon and ambivalence and love within families. His dazzling technical mastery of the relation between sound and image is always kept in the service of deep psychological truths.” INTIMATE STRANGER (1991) explores the extraordinary life story of Berliner’s maternal grandfather Joseph Cassuto, a Palestinian Jew raised in Egypt whose lifelong passion for Japan created confusion and conflict in his post-World War II Brooklyn home. Following its premiere at the 1991 New York Film Festival, it was invited to many film festivals, museums, universities and film showcases all over the world, winning several awards and prizes, including an EMMY nomination by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and a 1993 Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association. The Washington Post called INTIMATE STRANGER “a brilliant, one of a kind film… funny, probing… so wholly original in both style and substance as to seem completely without precedent… intoxicating to watch… a spectacular high wire feat by a master.” Berliner first achieved recognition with a group of innovative avant-garde films made between 1975 and 1985. But it was his first hour-long experimental documentary film, THE FAMILY ALBUM (1986), winner of awards and prizes at film festivals around the world, which placed him at the forefront of experimental documentary filmmaking. In THE FAMILY ALBUM, which was included as part of the 1987 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial Exhibition, Berliner used a vast collection of anonymous 16mm home movies (belonging to more than 75 different families) from the 1920s to the 1950s to create a universal yet intimate composite portrait of the American family. Hailed as “the most intriguing film” of the 1987 Edinburgh International Film Festival by critic Roger Ebert, the film was shown on PBS as part of the P.O.V. series, as well as on The BRAVO Network and The Learning Channel. In addition to his work in film, Berliner has also produced a substantial body of photographic, audio and video installation works. His early “para-cinematic” photographs, scrolls and collages were exhibited at the Hunter College Art Gallery, The Collective for Living Cinema, and The Munson Williams Proctor Institute in the early eighties. CINE-MATRIX (1977) part of an exhibition titled, FRAMES: Two Dimensional Work by Film Artists, held at the Hunter College Art Gallery in 1980 was reviewed in Art Forum. In 1987, during a two month artist-in-residency at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York, Berliner premiered a sound performance work titled MICROFILM AND OTHERS. His video sculpture, LATE CITY EDITION (1993) was shown as part of a curated exhibition titled, The Concrete Signal: Video as Sculpture at Gallery 148 in October, 1993, and at the Fine Arts Gallery at Wake Forest University in February, 1995. A selection of his audio/video installation work was included as part of the curated exhibition, Body & Technology: International Technology Art in June of 1995, held at the Dong Ah Gallery in Seoul, Korea. AUDIOFILE (1993) and AVIARY (1993), both ground-breaking interactive audio installations were exhibited at the Walter Reade Theater Gallery at Lincoln Center and at Anthology Film Archives (Seoul/Nymax) in 1994. His first one person exhibition, FOUND SOUND: Audio & Video Installation Works featuring the premieres of CRITICAL MASS (1996) and THE RED THREAD (1996), was held at Sculpture Center Gallery in New York City in March, 1996. Berliner’s interactive video installation, GATHERING STONES (1999), based on the tradition of placing rocks on tombstones when visiting Jewish cemeteries, was commissioned for the exhibition, To The Rescue, Eight Artists in an Archive, which premiered at the International Center of Photography Midtown in New York City in February, 1999, and will travel to art museums in Miami, Houston and San Francisco. His second one person exhibition, THE ART OF WAR, held at The Stephen Gang Gallery in March, 1999, featured an innovative interactive sound/image interface using images projected from the ceiling onto a “screen” composed of 150 small white audio speakers arranged in a grid on the gallery floor. In 2002, Berliner was an artist in residence at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where his interactive multi-media installation, THE LANGUAGE OF NAMES opened in February 2002 and ran through October 2002. He was also commissioned to create a large-scale interactive sculpture based on GATHERING STONES for Holocaust Museum Houston which was on exhibition from March through August 2002. Berliner was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens and lives in Manhattan. He is currently a faculty member at the New School for Social Research in New York City, where he teaches a course entitled, “Experiments in Time, Light and Motion.”

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Beth Berman:  Beth Berman is a Business Marketing/Job Search Consultant and is principal of BPB Solutions, LLC, serving individuals, businesses, and other organizations in person and virtually. BPB carries the slogan “Compelling Content, Communications & Connections” as Beth believes that targeted messaging that compels individuals to notice, devote attention and respond is critical to the success of any professional effort. This belief guides her work on all client online, offline and face-to face communications and outreach activities.  A dynamic Marketing/Sales and Recruiting/Job Search Coaching Professional with 20+ years of proven results in both fields, Beth’s experience brings synergistic value to individuals and businesses in their attainment of personal or organizational goals. She brings contagious energy and purposeful, a firm belief in positive thinking to all client projects.  A “compelling” public speaker, Beth’s engaging, interactive group presentations and workshops have been universally well received. She also serves a limited amount of job seekers and businesses on a one-to-one basis job candidates—from recent grads to C-level executives—as well as leaders of small to mid-sized organizations across diverse industries. She is an expert creator/editor of job search and business/professional marketing, and her collaborative process enables clients to reach their greatest potential. An “ace connector” (as described by colleagues and clients), Beth often leverages her extensive network to help others succeed.  Beth offers complimentary critiques/consultations on your current online and offline marketing/job search materials:  e.g., website content, resumes/bio’s, LinkedIN and other online profiles and/or related marketing collateral. She is accepting speaking engagements.  Qualifications and highlighted achievements: 13-year career in Marketing, Sales and Strategic Planning with AT&T/Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) and 10+ years in Recruiting and Job Search coaching; Developed and delivered to rave reviews and return invitations numerous Compelling Communications/LinkedIN Job Search and Business Marketing Presentations and Workshops—in  both public and private sector settings; Coached Job Seekers through landing newly-acquired interview slots, high-quality referrals and job offers, serving candidates across a broad cross section of industries—from recent College Grad’s to C-Level Exec’s—jump-starting many previously dormant search processes; Crystallized and empowered website content for diverse variety of businesses, yielding increased revenue streams—including creating market-focused value statement which led to professional services client’s first-ever contract with longtime, close friend!; Optimized both business/professional and job search clients’ face-to-face (business development and job interview) approaches, leading to tangible results

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Kenneth M. Berman, ESQ.: Kenneth M. Berman, a Principal Partner of Berman, Sobin & Gross, LLP, received his B.A. Degree with Honors from the University of Rochester and his Juris Doctorial Degree from the National Law Center George Washington University in the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, The District of Columbia Bar, The United States Supreme Court Bar, The Fourth Circuit of Appeals Bar, District Court of Maryland and the District Court of the District of Columbia. He has been honored as a Diplomat of the Court Practice Institute for Trial Advocacy and has resolved Medical Malpractice, Products Liability and Motor Vehicle Accident cases in each area for amounts in excess of one million dollars and recently has tried a burn case resulting in a jury verdict of four million dollars. He has lectured before Legal Organizations and Unions, as well as provided seminars to other attorneys and the insurance industry on the issues of County Bar Sections, Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation. He has also appeared on numerous occasions before the State of Maryland Legislature with regards to pending legislation and has worked in conjunction with the Governor’s Study Commission on Workers’ Compensation. He is the former Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Section for the Maryland Trial Lawyer’s Association. Mr. Berman is also on the Board of the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation where he acts as the Director of Legal Affairs. Mr. Berman is a member of the Board of Governors of the Maryland Trial Lawyers, the District of Columbia Section of Litigation Negligence and Personal Injury and has given numerous seminars to public safety organizations, groups that represent claimants and insurance companies, vocational rehabilitation organizations and numerous business groups. He has written and lectured extensively on the above-mentioned areas and has been a member of the factuality for the Maryland Institute of Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL) as well as the Educational Committee of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA).

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Judi Biamonte: Judi has been a New York City teacher since 1998. Judi holds an undergraduate degree in History and a graduate degree in Education and Curriculum Development, both of which she received from Molloy College. Recently she has completed a post-graduate degree in Administration from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Before becoming a teacher Judi was part of a small family business growing flowers, did medical billing for a large orthopedic doctors office and was in retail sales and leasing. Today she happily lives with her husband and best friend with their cat Popi. They have 3 children and 1 grandson.

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Julie Bilinkas: Julie Bilinkas is Vice President of Customer Service for a market leading e-commerce business.  Prior to that, Julie was Director at Avaya (a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions). Julie is an energetic, passionate and seasoned operational leader with over 30 years of demonstrated achievements in; Operations (localizing software for all global markets, authoring technical publications for varied audience profiles, building a major R&D hub in India), Global Product Management (where she launched new products to market in 90 countries and created customer loyalty offers resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue), Global Marketing (Identifying target markets, conducting customer seminars, increasing market share) Sales & Sales Support (exceeding sales quotas, generating sales opportunities), Customer Service and Technical Support (making drastic improvements in first call resolution rate, call answer times and overall customer satisfaction), Finance and IT. Julie has a proven track record increasing revenues and improving customer satisfaction while decreasing costs and expenses. Julie has a passion for; the Arts/Entertainment industry, providing mentoring to promising new performing artists and International Travel.

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Samantha Bilinkas: Samantha Bilinkas (aka “Sam”) is a BFA Drama student at NYU Tisch.  She has performed professionally in a Broadway Workshop (Night of the Hunter), Off Broadway (Trials of Ms. Katherine), and in several independent movies (Spy, Temma, When We Grow Up, Civil War, Right Field, Vacant, Recoil).  In addition, she has performed in numerous local and regional productions with roles that included; ; The Cherry Orchard (Lyuba Ranevsky), Steel Magnolias (Truvy Jones), The Children’s Hour (Karen Wright), Is He Dead (Marie), Doubt (Sister Aloysius), Noises Off (as Dottie and also Vicky/Brooke), Equus (Jill), Halcyon Days (Patricia), Hello Dolly (Irene Malloy), Godspell (Peggy), Fools (Sophia), Sound of Music (Elsa Schrader), Tuptim (The King and I), Alice in Wonderland (Alice), Wizard of Oz (Dorothy).  Sam is a professional actress, photographer (and belayer!) but also is an accomplished singer, guitarist, songwriter, poet and creative writer.  Sam is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.Julie Bilinkas: Julie Bilinkas is Vice President of Customer Service for a market leading e-commerce business.  Prior to that, Julie was Director at Avaya (a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions). Julie is an energetic, passionate and seasoned operational leader with over 30 years of demonstrated achievements in; Operations (localizing software for all global markets, authoring technical publications for varied audience profiles, building a major R&D hub in India), Global Product Management (where she launched new products to market in 90 countries and created customer loyalty offers resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue), Global Marketing (Identifying target markets, conducting customer seminars, increasing market share) Sales & Sales Support (exceeding sales quotas, generating sales opportunities), Customer Service and Technical Support (making drastic improvements in first call resolution rate, call answer times and overall customer satisfaction), Finance and IT. Julie has a proven track record increasing revenues and improving customer satisfaction while decreasing costs and expenses. Julie has a passion for; the Arts/Entertainment industry, providing mentoring to promising new performing artists and International Travel.

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James Biscardi: James Biscardi is a young professional photographer based in Los Angeles, California. Born and raised in Orlando, Florida; He is a graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Geogia. James’ work stays diverse with in the photo and video graphic worlds but specializes in editorial, and underwater photography, as well as professional commercial video. Right now James is building an international client base and working towards opening his own studio/ artist’s collective. When he isn’t working he can be found camping in the landscapes surrounding Los Angeles and California.

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Hayden Black:  Hayden Black, hailing from Manchester, England, now makes his home in Los Angeles. He’s the award-winning actor/writer/producer of Goodnight Burbank (“Better than 99% of the stuff on TV” – USA Today”), the first-ever scripted half-hour comedy made for the web as well as the first-ever half-hour comedy to go from the web to TV as it was licensed – the day it premiered on Hulu – by Mark Cuban for his cable channel HDNet. Goodnight Burbank and his other original online work – including Abigail’s Teen Diary & The Occulterers – have won or been nominated for Webbys, iTunes and Yahoo awards, has been viewed in the multi-millions, and is being taught and referenced in college courses around the world. The press has dubbed him a “web sensation” (LA Times), “ridiculously funny” (Time Out) and “one of Internet comedy’s brightest stars” (The Guardian).  Hayden’s a proficient tweeter with over 27,000 followers at http://www.twitter.com/haydenblack and has been reprinted on the home pages of the New York Times, CNN, Time Magazine, Hollywood Reporter, etc.

Hayden’s also starred in the web drama “Chasing The Hill” alongside Richard Schiff; contributed to a book entitled “Behind The Sofa; Celebrity Memories of Dr. Who”, named by Amazon UK, one of its “Ten Best Books of 2013”;  became a regular on-air contributor to BBC America’s TV series “The Brit List” and was the writer/Voice Over for Yahoo’s hugely popular daily web series “Who Knew?” He’s also written for the UK’s Channel 4 show “Mashed:2013”, a sketch-based show focusing on the year’s major headlines.

Hayden has keynoted and/or given speeches at various events, from Digital Hollywood to NATPE. He comes from a hugely successful marketing background, having produced award-winning On-Air promos for all of the major networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox). He’s repped by Cheng Caplan Company.

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Marc Black: Marc is one of a very few artists who’s music has found a home both folk and pop radio as well as avant guarde shows like Jonn Schaeffer’s New Sounds on WNYC. He carries on the Woodstock tradition of dealing with social and spiritual challenges…one song at a time. He was a finalist in this year’s Kerrville Folk Festival ‘New Folk’ competition. He also recently won ‘Artist of the Year’ honors from ABC Radio’s Fame Games, the New Jersey Folk Festival and the Austin Songwriters’ competition. His Youtube videos have been viewed as many as 35,000 times. He was a featured performer at the Sundance Film Festival (with Donovan), Levon Helm invited him to perform at one the ‘Rambles’ in Woodstock; and Marc’s song, “Lies in Red, White & Blue” has been as high as #33 on Neil Young’s Living with War’ site. Marc has received the Mobius and the London International Advertising Awards for Best Original Music and has also been noted for songwriting, production and performance by Rolling Stone Magazine, the American Library Association, and Billboard Magazine. He has recorded with an array of luminaries including Taj Mahal, Jack DeJonnette, Rick Danko, PDQ Bach, and Garth Hudson (keyboardist for the ‘Band’); collaborated with Richie Havemoreans on the title cut of the award-winning, American children CD, and the song he wrote for the NY Mets this year was featured on the Diamond Vision screen at the new Stadium. His most recent full CD, Stroke of Genius features a supporting cast that includes Warren Bernhardt, Steve Gadd, Art Garfunkel, John Sebastian, and the Dixie Hummingbirds. The lyrics on this new album are based on the inspired poetry of a man who was in a coma for 21 days and miraculously woke up after his doctors had pulled life support.

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Graham Blackburn:  Graham Blackburn was born and educated in London, England, where he was apprenticed under the noted Hampstead cabinetmaker, Hugh Harris. He lived for several years in various European cities before moving to New York City to continue his studies at the Juilliard School. While subsequently pursuing a career as a professional musician, recording and playing flute and saxophone with various groups, including Van Morrison, Razmataz, and Full Tilt Boogie, he built his first house in Woodstock, NY.

His first book, Illustrated Housebuilding, was published in 1974. Since then, in addition to operating his own custom-design furnituremaking shops in New York and California, and lecturing and teaching extensively from coast to coast, he has written and illustrated numerous other books on building, woodworking, and sailing. He has also served as Contributing Editor to Fine Woodworking (1985–1999), and Popular Woodworking (1987–1996), and as Editor-in-Chief of Woodwork Magazine (1991–1994). He was also the publisher of the interactive videoMagazine:

Woodworking . . . in action! ! ! before its purchase in 2012 by F & W Media, Inc.

Besides his furnituremaking, teaching, writing, and illustrating commitments, Graham Blackburn has also made numerous television appearances. He was the national spokesperson for the Boyle- Midway media campaign: Secrets of the Master Craftsmen, and for more than ten years was a featured speaker and presenter at the National Woodworking Shows.

In addition to producing a series of instructional videos for The Taunton Press, Graham Blackburn has also been the subject of several books on crafts and design. He was featured in Maxine Rosenberg’s Artists of Handcrafted Furniture at Work (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard); and Jane Smiley’s Catskill Crafts: Artisans of the Catskill Mountains (Crown Publishers).

He currently divides his time between California and Bearsville, NY, from where he runs Blackburn Books — www.blackburnbooks.com — which focuses on a continuing series of novels in addition to numerous non-fiction books.

Daniel Blanck: Daniel Blanck is from Syracuse, New York. He is currently a student at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music studying music industry technology. His music and recordings have won numerous awards including multiple Downbeat Awards in 2007 and 2008. He has founded his own recording studio and live recording company working with nationally acclaimed artists including members of the Metropolitan Opera and Symphony, grammy-nominated artists, big bands, orchestras, and jazz ensembles. His has done pro bono sound editing for Mark Edwards, “Hard Rain” exhibit interfacing Bob Dylan, global warming, people with disabilities, and international civil rights issues. Additionally, he has edited sound for a documentary on Darfur. Daniel studies jazz guitar with USC professor Steve Trovato and has played venues ranging from clubs to theaters on the east coast. Daniel’s first mentor, Professor James Abbott, is head of recording engineering at Syracuse University. Daniel has worked for studios and concert halls such as, Belfer Archives and Crouse Recital Hall at Syracuse University, John Williams Scoring Stage and Bovard Auditiorium at The University of Southern California.

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Fiona Bloom: With over 18+ years in the entertainment industry- music industry maven  Fiona Bloom launched The Bloom Effect  in 2007.  A unique one stop that specializes in branding for artists, labels, and lifestyle companies.  The Bloom Effect brings a huge rolodex of global contacts from around the world to its clients providing a wealth of insight/knowledge and consultation for getting your project seen and heard.  The Bloom Effect specializes in launch parties, international music events, live shows, album publicity, digital marketing, A&R consulting, and promotion. The Bloom Effect has produced over 1000 shows, consulted on 200+ album projects and has been a part of over 300 artists’ careers. The Bloom Effect clients have included The Lyricist Lounge, BabyGrande Records, Tommy Boy, Spectre Music, Penalty Recordings, MIDEM, Avery*Sunshine, MarzLovejoy, StonesThrow Recordings, Mixtape Riot, Game, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster, Nelson George, Mudville, Aloe Blacc, Maya Azucena, Wayna, Bill Laswell, SOB’s, The Renaissance Hotel, Anthony David, Roxy Cottontail, Erin Barra, Terry Poison, Sway Dasafo, Saian Supa Crew, and others.  The Bloom Effect has always prided itself in having its fingers on the pulse and always being ahead of the curve.  The Bloom Effect understands and appreciates real and innovative talent without compromise.  Whether you just need consulting, advice, publicity, want to put a listening party together or need some help with direction overseas— The Bloom Effect is at your service.  Just ask the clients.     Creating The Buzz, Spreading The Bloom. Prior to running her own business, Fiona has overseen many careers including her time at EMI Records where she ran marketing campaigns for  Gang Starr, Shara Nelson, The Solsonics, Eternal and others. At Sub Verse Music and 3-2-1 Records she signed and marketed Blackalicious, MF Doom, C-Rayz Walz, Skeme Team and more. She also showcased and gave NY debuts to some of the hottest indie acts on the scene including Slum Village, Zion I, Atmosphere, Aloe Blacc, Swollen Members, etc; Her latest outreach has been with the International Hip Hop community giving artists from around the world a platform to express themselves and perform in front of enthusiastic audiences. A few of those opportunities garnered deals, partnerships and tours in U.S. In the works is a book, a documentary and Intl Hip Hop Festival. http://www.thebloomeffect.com

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Etan Boritzer: Etan Boritzer is the best selling author and publisher of the What is? series of children’s books on character education and values. There are currently 13 titles in the series and the books have been published in 15 languages. Etan believes that developing critical thinking skills and emotional intelligence early on in our kids is vital to stopping the violence in our country and helping the new generations to build a just and peaceful global society. Etan is also a national guest-yoga teacher and a speaker on the teachings of the Buddha. He grew up in the Bronx, NY and has lived for more than 30 years in Marina del Rey, CA.  www.veronicalanebooks.com

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Kofi Boundy: Kofi Boundy is a Television/radio major at Ithaca College’s Park School of Communication where he also DJs several radio shows for the nationally-recognized WICB. He is skilled in  Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro 9, NexGen, Celemony-Melodyne, Celtx and many aspects of studio/field operations, audio recording, lighting, camera operation, music production, pre- and post-production. He’s completed internships at WDST Radio Woodstock as well as WKZE and is currently seeking a summer internship in television production or development. Kofi brings a unique perspective as an African-American male who began life in foster care and overcame many obstacles to remain positive and highly-motivated.

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Ron Brent: Ron Brent is a consultant assisting non-profits to achieve their goals in this challenging economic environment. Ron is a visionary, bringing an entrepreneurial spirit to his work.  He has extensive experience working with non-profit organizations (as well as ‘for profits’) and is known for his ability to skillfully identify solutions to complex problems. His expertise covers the ground of fund-raising, leadership, team building and program implementation.  He has successfully worked in the field as well as positions of Middle and Executive Management. During a ten year period spanning the 80’s and 90’s, Ron was instrumental in launching and managing The PRASAD Project*, a rural development initiative in Maharashtra, India.  For the first two years he traveled from village to village on a daily basis, gaining knowledge of the culture and assessing the needs of local villagers.  Over these ten years a wide range of programs were developed and implemented. After returning to the U.S. Ron continued to serve for another 10 years on The PRASAD Project’s Global Board of Directors. Since 2003 he’s been President of the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Dental Health Program (CDHP), an organization delivering dental care to underserved children in rural upstate New York. In addition, Ron worked as Associate Producer for a series of documentary films shot on location in India, Nepal, Tibet, Turkey, Egypt, and Israel. Ron is currently developing a unique social media project.

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Kelly Jo Brick:  Kelly Jo Brick is a television writer (one hour drama) and copywriter. She graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, earning a B.A. in both Communications and English – Creative Writing. She is a winner of Scriptapalooza TV and has won numerous Addy and Wisconsin Broadcaster Awards.  Her career has extended from stage to radio to television and film, including experience working for ABC, NBC, CBS and public television. She co-wrote the play, Music Kids, which was produced as part of the Wisconsin Heartland Festival and has been published in a variety of magazines.  As a member of Women In Film-LA, Kelly Jo is directing a PSA for the WIF PSA Program and is a participant in the Women In Film Foundation’s Mentoring Circles.

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Suzanne Bronski: Drawing on an extensive public relations and communications career, Suzanne Bronski delivers profit, nonprofit and agency world expertise to clients.  From the PR agency Rubenstein Associates to the Fortune 500 company Avon Products, inc., she has successfully placed stories in national and international media outlets and co-produced highly visible events with mega-personalities such as First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Richard Gere, Barbara Walters and Lily Tomlin.  Suzanne’s nonprofit focus includes the American Museum of Natural history, the Museum of the City of New York, The New York Botanical Garden, The New York Society Library, The New School, The McKelvey Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.  Suzanne has worked on the other side of the desk in the media world as a freelance segment producer for a popular TV news anchor.  For a live daily show in the major New York market with millions of viewers, she identified emerging trends, crafted human-interest stories and tracked down compelling interviews from Alan Alda to former Harlem kingpin Frank Lucas to undocumented workers who agreed to reveal their personal stories.

She was also a senior archive researcher for VLAST (POWER), a feature film documentary that was the first film to delve into the arrest and trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, formerly the wealthiest man in Russia.  The film has been selected for The Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight Festival in February, 2010, the Los Angeles Film Festival 2010 and the Berkshire International Film Festival 2010.  href=”http://www.vlastthefilm.com/”

An MBA graduate, Suzanne currently consults for Phil & Co., a boutique public relations firm, which specializing in philanthropies and companies that are striving to do good in the world.

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Cody Brown: Cody Brown is a first year law student at Brooklyn Law School with intentions to concentrate in Entertainment Law. He is currently a member of several extracurricular groups, including the Art-Law Association, the Brooklyn Entertainment and Sports Law Society and the Basketball Association.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont, where he majored in Political Science. During his junior year, Cody participated in a year-long study abroad program in Rome, Italy, where he advanced his knowledge of the Italian language in addition to taking courses in European Art and Politics. Following his graduation, Cody worked as an Executive Assistant to Laura Flanders, host of the progressive television show, Grit TV. He furthered his interests in entertainment while working with esteemed Casting Director, Ellen Chenoweth, during the making of the Coen Brother’s most recent film, “True Grit”. In the summer of 2010, Cody was the Producer of a short film that was entered into the 48 Hour Film Festival, in which it won the Audience Award. The film was also an official selection for the New York International Film Festival, where it won another Audience Award.

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Owen Elijah Brown: Owen Elijah Brown was born in Harrisburg, Pa. Early in life he knew he wanted to be an entertainer. Though growing up in a small town can create somewhat of a tunnel vision when it comes to achieving your dreams in entertainment, Owen was able to cling to the positive and nurturing influences in his life that have allowed him to travel down a path that has helped me to achieve them. Owen has shared a stage with world renown acts such as Parlament Funkadelic’s George Clinton, and has been part of a musical group called Odysy. He has appeared on nation television many times, and have competed in national competitions, placing in the top 5. Owen has been an opening performer for Boyz II Men, Danity Kane, Flo Rida, RocaFella Records, Kelis, Elton John, and Patti LaBelle. He has traveled from Harrisburg, to Philadelphia, to California and Los Vegas and hashad experiences which have been mentally and spiritually enlightening. Owen truly believes that one’s true potential can exceed even their own wildest expectations and that it is all effected by their mind set. One truth that Owen has learned is that no matter what one has done or how much one has accomplished, it is wise to be in awe that the future which lies ahead and is still full of exciting new challenges.

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Lisa Stephanian Burton: Lisa Stephanian Burton was born and raised outside of Boston,  Massachusetts.  She attended Smith College and obtained her JD, with distinction, from Emory University School of Law in 1992, where she was named to the Order of the Coif.  In her 20 years of practice, she has worked with a number of not for profit organizations focused on youth and young adults.  Working with a Boston-based organization she provides training on employment issues to young adults about to enter internships at local companies.   In her corporate life, she is a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius  practicing employment law and business immigration.  Lisa and her husband Mark live in Concord, Massachusetts where they spend as much time as possible with their daughter Jordan, their boy-girl  twins Ian and Rory and Lulu their black lab.

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Annette Candido: Born and raised in Manhattan, Annette Candido has a BA from Vassar College and a JD from Hofstra University School of Law. Prior to becoming a full time stay at home Mother, Annette served as Deputy Commissioner of Legal Affairs for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. Residents of Pelham, New York for the past 22 years, Annette and husband Larry have three sons.  Annette has been an active  member of the Pelham community since 1992, serving on numerous community boards including the Pelham Family Service, Pelham Art Center and several PTA committees. Most recently, Annette has co-chaired the last three record breaking Pelham Art Center Fundraisers. The Spring 2012 “Havana Nights” benefit was a sold out event, the Fall 2012 “Studio Cafe” broke records for any Fall fundraiser and the Spring 2013 “Factory Party” also exceeded all previous Spring fundraisers since the Pelham Art Center was founded in 1985. Annette is also an independent jewelry and accessories stylist with the Stella & Dot Company.

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Tess Cacciatore: Tess Cacciatore is an award-winning producer, videographer, journalist and social entrepreneur who has dedicated her life advocating for peace, justice and equality around the globe.  Prior to co-founding Global Women’s Empowerment Network, Cacciatore was the founder and executive director of the World Trust Foundation, an organization that mentors youth to become future leaders working for a sustainable world. Throughout the past decade Cacciatore has traveled the globe connecting youth-focused non-profit organizations, inspiring youth to learn, think and take action for positive change in their lives, in their local communities and in the global community.

Cacciatore has spoken regularly at the United Nations (Geneva and New York) and other international platforms on behalf of children and the important use of media and technology to bridge the cultures of the world.

She has addressed thousands of people through numerous conferences, workshops and festivals, and millions through radio and TV appearances. Media appearances include: “The Today Show,” “Prime Time with John Stossel,” “Waking Up in America,” “The Lisa Garr Show” and several cable talk shows. She has also appeared in such publications as: Family Circle, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Des Moines Register, and Parenting Magazine.

Cacciatore hosted a weekly radio show called “Live Feed” to raise awareness of the FEED 333 program under the World Trust umbrella that spanned each holiday season from 2005-2008. She recently appeared in three feature films about her work (“The Millionaire Mind,” “The Peace Project,” and “Voices of Women”).

Cacciatore’ s career as a producer in the entertainment and technology industries has spanned more than 20 years, and drives the global productions through GWEN. Productions and events include: Earth Day LA, Human Rights Symposiums for Youth, live-streamed broadcasts connecting world leaders at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and fundraising programs that have served the homeless and needy globally. Cacciatore was an instrumental part of raising funds to feed 1.3 million children in 33 days through social networking and build 38 homes in Sri Lanka in answer to the 2005 tsunami. She has traveled the United States and abroad to conduct empowerment camps, workshops and mentorship curriculum, to name a few.

Cacciatore has participated on many boards over the years including Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) where she held the position of vice president and interim president of the Los Angeles Chapter. She also served on the board of Offbeat Prodigies (an organization that mentors gifted children with special needs). She is also a founding member of the Women’s Speakers Association.

In 2003 Cacciatore was awarded the Fete d’ Excellence within the Sub-Commission for Human Rights at the United Nations (Geneva, Switzerland) for her work in educational entertainment.

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Fiona Campbell Webster: Fiona Campbell Webster is a media and entertainment attorney and a jazz/lounge singer/songwriter. Fiona was born in England and moved to Australia as a child where she started her singing career studying opera singing at the Royal Queensland Conservatorium of music. Fiona returned to the U.K in her twenties where she pursued a career as a singer/songwriter recording in the jazz lounge genre, firstly as the main singer on the album “Hypnotone AI” released on Creation Records in the U.K, and then with her band Transit UK with songs co-written by Fiona and released on chill out lounge compilations distributed by Neurodisc Recordings entitled “Global Lounge” and “Café Lounge”. For twenty years Fiona performed regularly on the London jazz scene at various jazz venues with some of London’s top jazz musicians and as part of the Soho Jazz Festival each year. Fiona’s smoky jazz/lounge style evokes influences ranging from classic swing jazz performers such as Ella Fitzgerald to contemporary cross over jazz/pop artists such as Rickie Lee Jones and Dusty Springfield. While working as a singer in London, Fiona studied law and was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2005 after training with Harbottle and Lewis LLP, a firm of solicitors specialising in media and entertainment law in the West End of London. Fiona has 8 years experience as a UK qualified solicitor specialising in media, and entertainment covering the industries of internet and mobile distribution services, television broadcasting, music, live event and modeling agencies. Since her move to New York, Fiona is currently in the process of applying for admission to practice law as an attorney in New York.

In January 2009, Fiona joined a startup internet and mobile distribution company, Babelgum www.babelgum.com as the Senior Legal Counsel. Babelgum had offices in London, Milan, Ireland and New York. Fiona was initially based in the London office and then spent six months in the New York office of Babelgum US advising the global group companies and reporting to the group General Counsel. More recently Fiona provided UK legal and business affairs consulting services to Pacific Global Management UK Ltd advising the group companies in London, Paris, Milan and China in relation to all in house legal and business affairs requirements arising out of television and live event programmes, high fashion modeling agencies, product licensing and sponsorship arrangements.

Following her qualification in 2005, Fiona worked as a television programming and live event production lawyer, firstly for Entertainment Rights Ltd a children’s television production company, then UKTV, a joint venture company set up between BBC Worldwide and Virgin Media for which she provided legal and business affairs advice to ten different cable channels from History, Food, Style and Entertainment. All of her advisory roles have included local and international music licensing issues and matters.

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Valentina Caniglia: Italian-born Valentina Caniglia is an experienced cinematographer who combines her cinematic skills with the moving image camera to shape the light and create illuminative colors that give life in every frames she makes. For many years, Valentina has always been a cinematographer who focuses her creative and technical knowledge to translate words into visual images which better adapt into a narrative story. At early age Valentina started her cinematography and camera operator career for dramas, comedies, music videos, commercials, industrials, television episodes, web episodes and documentaries using all kind of formats in video and film and technique with high speed photography, stop motion, special effects, time lapse photography, blue and green screen. She has since traveled around the globe participating in films in USA, Europe, Middle East, India, Asia. Valentina Caniglia is bi-coastal in New York and Los Angeles. Throughout her life Valentina discovered the language of light, shadows, movement and composition, which she could use to develop her unique style. A style based on the quality of light and camera work associated to the narrative of a film, music video, commercial, television episode or a documentary. Her vision strongly create a visual language that translate the script into strong images able to transmit magic emotions which adapt into the story. She has since become a Cinematographer for various production companies where she unveiled her professionalism and creativity. In 2010, Valentina Caniglia was the cinematographer for The Festival Of Light with Ritu Singh Pande, Aidan Quinn,Jimi Mistry,Melinda Shankar, Ritu Singh Pande.Valentina was the cinematographer for the film Return To Sender with Bill Cobbs directed by 79th Oscar winner producer Ravi Malhotra. She teamed with Jerry Melichar manager of Distributor Services at Focus Features International in the film Landlocked with Leslie Lyles and was the Director Of Photography on 2nd unit of the film Paraiso Travel with John Leguizamo, Offical selection of the Tribeca Film Festival 2008.In October 2007, Valentina filmed the feature film “Pomegranates and Myrr” in Middle East, directed by Najwa Najwar with Hiam Abbass and Ali Suliman actors from the Oscar nominated foreign film “Paradise Now”. Valentina’s other work include the film Vespertine a drama featured on Showtime Tv, Ho Man! a dark comedy, Official selection of the Berlin Film Festival 2003, Nightmare a thriller film released in Europe, winner of the Chicago film festival 2005 and awarded at the New York film festival 2005 and The Woods Have Eyes a thriller with Franky Adonis released in 2006. Her work as a Director of Photography can be seen on MTV, Channel Plus, ShowTime TV, RAI as well as numerous nationally aired commercials, such as British Airways directed by Nikhil Advani, Ford directed by Kunal Kapoor, Nike directed by Mai La Thai, 2003 GBX , watch you step, and 2004 GBX, make your mark directed by Franco Barbeite both commercials received the Telly Award for two consecutive years. As Director Of Photography Valentina also made her mark in the music video world where she lensed the music video of Aesop Rock, Fast Cars, which achieved the first position on the MTV 2005 music videos award,the Stain, Articolo 31, Enzo Gragnaniello and The Roots.

In addition to Sailors, a documentary entirely shot on a cargo ship for 25 days, Valentina Caniglia’s feature documentary work includes Double Vision, Artwatch that was shown at the New York Film Festival 2004 and Rage doesn’t sleep.

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August Caimi:August Caimi was graduated from Harvard College, Cum Laude, and the Boston University Law School. He was partner at a major downtown Los Angeles law firm, established in 1928, prior to forming his private practice in 1991. Currently a member of the Los Angeles County and California Bar Associations, Mr. Caimi has local, national and international experience litigating disputes. As Hilton Hotels Corporation Worldwide Counsel, he has litigated in many American states, and in numerous foreign cities including Hong Kong, Mexico City, numerous European cities, and others. Mr. Caimi also serves as a Temporary Judge in the Los Angeles Superior Courts as a service to his community, and has been married for over 30 years.

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Nick Candido: Nick is a recent undergraduate alum from University of Richmond, where he studied Rhetoric, Communication, and Creative Writing. He also captained the University of Richmond Quidditch team, playing all four years and leading the Spiders to the limited invitation 2013 World Cup in Orlando, FL, and has taught Quidditch workshops for kids in the metro NY area. Nick has a passion for voiceover acting, with a professionally produced animation demo and performance credits, stemming from his high school years in musical theatre and numerous college acapella performances. Currently, he is working on a full-length fantasy novel and an amalgam of short stories to be self published and released as ebooks. Lastly, Nick has extensive knowledge of video recording and editing, HTML, website design, and blog writing.

 

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Andy Caploe: Andy Caploe creates words, voices, music, and visuals that define, enhance, and transform brands. He draws on 25 years’ experience as a producer, writer, performer, and director, working in traditional and new media: television, radio, advertising, online, gaming, theater and film. He brings creative expertise from across the full spectrum of the business as a writer, arranger, VO performer, casting director, music supervisor (artist rights, master / synch licensing, performing rights society negotiator, publishing administration, royalty distribution), studio magician, GFX producer, creative director, and producer. Skills include macro project management in live and digital environments such as BIAS Peak DV, ProTools, Digital Performer, Logic, and on stage, interacting with technologies including 35mm film, cel animation, Flash, Maya, Poser, Illustrator, After Effects, Final Cut Pro HD, Dreamweaver, and live audiences. See:  http://www.caploe.com.

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Valerie Carelli: Mrs. Carelli has been involved in Alternative Education and Workforce Development programs since 1991. In addition to being a member of the Curriculum and Instruction team for the Kingston School District, she also served as the Alternative Education Chairperson, School Counselor, Welfare to Work Counselor/Case Manager and Work Studies Coordinator. As a co-founder of Learner First, she has been able to combine both her corporate and educational backgrounds to impact academic achievement and positive youth development. Valerie serves as the Vice President of Student Services and CFO. In this role in 2012, she managed the financial aspect of a $1.7 million company, served as the human resource manager for a staff of over 220 certified teachers and support staff and was actively involved in seeking new business development. As an instructional leader, she was responsible for the SES activities in upstate NYS region and the integrity of student services and parent involvement initiatives for Learner First. This involved the formulation & dissemination of student learning plans, progress reports and parent satisfaction surveys designed to drive continuous improvement. As an education innovator, she has worked with the Learner First teams to design and implement 21st 2012 -2103 partnered with 93 schools in 42 districts and served over 2000 students and software solutions. The Learner First team (Andrew Taylor, James Treloar and Valerie Carelli) developed SmartSES in 2009 to improve the way that Learner First and other tutoring companies track and manage student attendance and progress, as well as district reporting requirements for SES programs and financial management. In October 2012, they submitted a provisional patent for CORE. CORE is an innovative, comprehensive, all-in-one online data management system that provides administrators and teachers with real-time data to drive instruction. CORE generates unique learning profiles that track student mastery of the Common Core and other state learning standards. These profiles also highlight students’ individual learning styles as well as the effectiveness of teachers’ instructional practices. Parent choice has always been a central focus of Learner First. Learner First was a NYS leader in providing Supplemental Education Services or SES which is a parent choice provision of No Child Left Behind where parents of select Title I schools are eligible to receive free tutoring for low income students. Learner First was actively involved in the submission and promotion of a charter school application for the Charter Academy of Tomorrow which if approved would have been the first blended and online charter school in NYS. Recently, Learner First has supported the development of Exceptional School (awaiting approval from the IRS for non-profit status) to effectively manage and provide resources and consulting to charter schools and other public education instituions.

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Carly Casey: Carly Casey is an actor, singer, dancer hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She now calls

New York City home. Recent credits include: National Tour: Beauty and the Beast (Potts/Wardrobe Cover), Regional: Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Joseph and the Amazing… (Narrator), Oklahoma (Ado Annie), Pirates of Penzance (Mabel). Phantom of the Opera (Carlotta). BFA Music Theatre, Elon University.

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Ali Castro: Ali Castro was born and raised in South Florida and has been dancing since the age of three, and is well trained in a variety of styles. She trained under Jan Hanniford-Goetz and Jeff Satinoff at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida and was a company member of Performance Edge 2 School of Dance. She has had the privilege of working with renowned choreographers and dancers from all over the country, performing repertoire set by Christopher Huggins, Troy Powell, Rick McCullough, Margo Sappington, Solomon Dumas, Davis Robertson, and Max Stone. She has attended summer programs such as Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary, Alonzo Kings LINES Ballet, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She currently is a student at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU as a dance major. Ali has danced with Billy Bells Lunge Dance Collective since its inception in 2010, and is very grateful for the opportunity to be part of such an innovative vision.

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Maria Catalano: Maria Catalano worked for United Airlines out of New York as a flight attendant for 34 years. She retired and one year later became a free lance contract flight attendant on private planes which she continues to do today.  She has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and South America. She speaks some Spanish and has much experience in Brasil and Argentina.  In May of 2009 she began working on an acting/modeling career. To date she has been in a few movies and various television shows as back round talent, and she has done tv and intranet commercials as well as print  advertising for various pharmaceutical, cosmetic and insurance companies. She is active in Actors Access, the Agency Online, Casting Networks, and NY Casting. Currently she has a role in “The Fred Willard Celebrity Ghost Story” on the biography channel,  and one of the “Prank Phone Call” episodes on Spike TV.

For the last 5 years, Maria has worked to support and raise money for the Sarcoma Foundation of America. She also is a regular in spin and various yoga classes as well as lifts weights and runs and roller blades in the Park.

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Gene Cernilli: Gene Cernill is an Emmy Award winning Producer/Director and Television show creator. He started his career at MTV where he produced, directed and created television series, specials, and political documentaries. His work as a commercial director shows a unique perspective and style. Gene has worked for clients such as The White House, Coca Cola, Kellogg’s, Swatch, and PepsiCo.

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Lee Chabin: Lee Chabin, Esq., is a Divorce Mediator, and he assists spouses in reaching agreements that allow them to be the loving parents they want to be, and to productively get on with their lives.  He has extensive experience as a program administrator and supervisor, and for four years was a director at the n-f-p Fund for Modern Courts, where he hired. trained and managed staff and interns.  Lee evaluated personnel and project performance, conducted outreach, served as a liaison to the courts, and initiated, developed and oversaw a wide array of projects to educate and provide services for New Yorkers serving on juries.  He wrote reports and made recommendations read by NYS’s Chief Judge, jury commissioners, chief clerks and others, and spoke in schools and mentored high school students.  Lee has been a Presenter for the Assisting Children through Transition (A.C.T) Program, a program that helps reduce the impact of divorce or separation on children by teaching their parents how to act in the best interest of their children.  He has written articles on mediation and parenting issues, and has spoken at libraries, public schools and support groups on these subjects.  Lee received his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and his BA from Brandeis University.

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Randy Chaplin: Randy Chaplin has been a talent agent in the personal appearance sector of the Music and lecture industry for the last twenty-five years. In that span, he has worked for premier entertainment and talent agencies, including New Line Cinema, International Creative Management, the William Morris Agency, and for the past 15 years as president of his own talent agency, Chaplin Entertainment Inc. In the Music and personal appearance touring industry he has represented and routed engagements and tours for artists in Arenas, Performing Arts Centers, Casinos, Symphony Orchestra’s and the Private Party and Industrial Event sector. Some of the artists he has represented and toured include: Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, Bill Cosby, James Taylor, Ray Charles, Yo Yo Ma and Itzak Perlman. In the lecture marketplace, Randy has represented many distinguished personalities including Former Presidents Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter, Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Astronaut James Lovell (From the Book and Film Apollo 13) and author’s Tom Clancy and Arthur Miller.

In the last decade, Chaplin Entertainment Inc. has become one of the leading agencies in representing and touring artists to perform with Symphony Pops Orchestra’s throughout the United States and Canada. Randy has done Symphonic tours with Michael Bolton, Olivia Newton John, Amy Grant, Clay Aiken, Al Jarreau, Three Dog Night and The Temptations.

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Julia Cheng, ESQ.: Julia Cheng is a partner at the law firm of Di Santo LLP. Julia specializes in advising startups, on-going businesses or individuals on issues relating to business or intellectual property matters. Her clients include foreign and domestic clients ranging from individuals to established or startup businesses in the fields of software, internet, wireless, branding, entertainment, music, health & fitness, food and non-profit in their dealings with companies which include Fortune 500 companies, government institutions and sophisticated investors such as Microsoft, Electronic Arts, major record labels, Conde Nast, Getty Images, PBS, East Timor government, Copyright Office of Liberia and Icahn ventures. Prior to joining the firm Di Santo LLP, Julia practiced law for several years at the Wall Street firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and successfully ran her own practice, CyberlawStudio, Pllc, a corporate and intellectual law boutique for seasoned entrepreneurs from her studio apartment in downtown Manhattan. A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and Fordham University School of Law, Julia spent her childhood growing up in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong, has traveled to 20+ countries (and counting) and speaks Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and French (descending scale of proficiency). While not advising clients, Julia immerses herself in music composition/production courses at The Juilliard School.

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Daniel Christopher: Daniel Christopher  is an emerging new media artist exploring interdisciplinary content development, advanced materials fabrication, electronics, and interaction design. He is a media professional experienced in camera operation, editing, and sound recording. Currently he is a lecturer at UC Santa Cruz and engaged as a research associate for 2012-13.

Daniel is a recent graduate of the Digital Arts & New Media (DANM) program at UCSC. During the program, he worked in a collaborative research group with eco-artists Newton and Helen-Mayer Harrison, and served as a studio assistant for a work installed at the Nevada Center for Art + Environment. The Harrisons later advised Daniel’s thesis M.F.A. project,Journey Through Light, along with Professors Beth Stephens and Soraya Murray. He holds a dual B.A. from Rutgers University in political science and philosophy.

Over the past five years, Daniel has developed technical knowledge of digital video cameras, lighting and grip equipment, video technology and delivery formats, audio recording, and editing through experience in a variety of production environments (national and regional commercials, news gathering / political coverage, fashion shows, music videos, concerts, training DVDs, promotional web videos, non-profit outreach films). As an independent filmmaker, he is driven to create works that are more than just visually and aurally stimulating – films that do not just tell a story, but compel viewers to act.

Professionally, Daniel has explored a number of sectors in internships and jobs, including museums, infrastructure development, law, non-profit, education, in addition to media production. He is an experienced educator since 2007 and has had students from ages 5 to the college-level. Personally, he has many interests, including mycology, board-sports, musical performance, photography, rapid prototyping, and geocaching. He enjoys backpacking and has traveled through parts of South America, Polynesia, Asia, and Europe.

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Alex Choonoo:

Alex Choonoo has recently completed his directorial debut with an ambitious feature film entitled: ‘The Bigger Picture’. It is currently in post-production and is slated for release in early 2015. While in post, Choonoo is also developing the story for another feature set in Florida and a story for a web-series set in Oregon.

Alex’s visionary perspective through the lens has proven to be his greatest calling to date; championing, behind the camera, a score of commercials, short films, television and music video credits. Choonoo’s love of the camera, was evident throughout his life in Dallas, and Portland, ultimately leading him to a formal film education in Brooklyn.

Alex is currently in Los Angeles looking to expand his network. When he is not on set, or in the editing room, he is working with a small team to open a studio that will be available as a film location by mid-summer 2014. The studio also offers pre-production, production, and post-production services.

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Drew Christopher:  Drew Christopher is an alumnus of Rutgers University, and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Economics. He currently works in sales and is an engineer’s apprentice at Sommatone Amplification, a musical instrument and boutique amplifier custom shop that produces some of the finest guitar amplifiers on the market. Additionally, he is matriculating in the County College of Morris’ Electronics Engineering Technology program for post-graduate education in the Fall of 2010. As a songwriter, guitarist and drummer, Drew is in the process of recording his first album at ForceField Studios with his father Victor Levine, a professional engineer and producer and his brother Daniel, a talented guitarist and writer. He believes his interests in business, political science, the Italian language and all aspects of music will contribute to his success in running a company with a healthy balance between art, culture, and commerce.

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Holly Cohen: Holly Cohen is a career coach known for empowering people at all ages and at all stages of their lives – college students seeking summer/co-op jobs or entering the work force, older adults who have lost their jobs due to downsizing, women returning to work after a long absence, or anyone looking to make a career change. Employers include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Career Development Center, Troy, NY, global career transition consulting firms (DBM, Washington, DC and Lee Hecht Harrison,Holyoke, MA) and the Center for Professional Development, Hartford, CT.  After her husband Fred died from a brain tumor in 2006, she assumed responsibility for the building materials company they owned in Westchester County. Holly guided their long-term strategic plan and oversaw the senior management team while preserving employee, customer and vendor loyalty.  She later positioned the business for sale and sold it in 2010.  To honor Fred’s memory, she collaborates with the staff at Hartford Hospital’s Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center to plan, market and sponsor a symposium for patients and families living with brain tumors.  This annual event features nationally-known neuro-oncologists and wellness professionals who provide the latest treatment options, strategies for navigating change, and hope.  She graduated from Georgetown University, speaks conversational Spanish and is now embracing all that comes with her recent move to NYC.

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Jay Cohen: Jay Cohen is a specialist in domestic and international marketing. He spent 27 years with IBM having the responsibility to market and brand their technical products and services in Asia. He has extensive travels and knowledge of China and Japan. For IBM, Jay also focused on measuring and improving customer satisfaction in most countries in Asia.   He holds a Masters degree from NYU with a major in Statistical Analysis and Economics.  Before joining IBM, Jay applied his statistical knowledge with a Consulting firm in New York that held contracts with the US Department of Transportation and the EPA. He has published several papers on statistical experimental design projects.  Jay other strengths include analyzing end-to-end processes and streamlining them to function more effectively and efficiently.  He has extensive knowledge in crystallizing information into a thirty-second sales “elevator pitch”.

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Shem Cohen, M.S.O.D.: Shem Cohen is an Organization Development consultant with over 20 years experience helping leaders forge new directions, create strategy, successfully resolve complex business and people-related challenges, focus, align and energize groups, greater develop their own leadership skills and lead results-driven change. Projects include: Visioning and strategic planning (Divisions, Business Units, Whole Systems); Leading organizational change; Consultative interventions to help clients resolve important business or human-system challenges;Development initiatives to align people, systems, goals, and strategies; improve work-flow;Leadership Development and Executive Coaching;Design/delivery of action-learning trainings, workshops and team building events. Consulting Experience includes (partial listing): The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations; The British Consulate-General; The New York State Department of Labor; The Federal Reserve Bank; Heineken USA; Del Monte Foods; Church and Dwight; Soros Fund Management; Marriott; JPMorgan Chase; Capital District Physicians Health Plan; Doylestown Hospital; National Parks Conservation Association; Compaq; Xerox Corporation; The American Taekwondo  Association/World Traditional Taekwondo Union; Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.; Maynard, O’Connor, Smith & Catalinotto LLP; and the Civil Service Employees Association.

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Tasha Cohen: Tasha Cohen, Event Planner/Producer, has had the amazing opportunity to share her talents and skills with some of the most influential people in the industry. Her talents range from a vision to create a “dream come true” affair, to managing a smooth and timely event, foreseeing all possible obstacles before they occur. Her attention to detail and pride in a well-planned event helps add to her value. Her vision, values and integrity are a part of her success. Her creative development leads to an event that is not just an experience, but an opportunity to make memories. The majority of her business is on a referral basis with a long list of satisfied clients. While she has had many years of event planning experience, i.e. weddings showers, theme parties, corporate parties, fashion shows, talent showcases, and special events, Tasha’s real love is gearing young individuals not to be just performers but to be humble, honest and most of all be team players. Being a singer and actress herself and the mother of an up and coming child star, Tasha finds joy in helping him and other children within her community alike succeed in this business by helping to provide the necessary tools in order to further their talents in this industry. Tasha has always taught her son that in life you can’t always wait for an opportunity to present itself—sometimes you have to create your own. With this strong aspiration to help young individuals, she decided to create a platform called “I’M A STAR TOO” for teens & young adults with dreams of becoming a star, because she truly believes that all of our children are stars!!!

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Matt Comite: Matt Comite currently works as a sales associate for the New York Yankees. He graduated from Binghamton University in December of 2012 and delivered the undergraduate commencement speech, which can be seen on YouTube. Matt interned for two summers with the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks as well as working for the Binghamton University Athletics Department as a sports marketing intern. Matt is a proud member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and Park Avenue Synagogue on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Matt loves competing in Spartan Races and Tough Mudders and hopes to run in the 2014 NYC Marathon.

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Brian Corll: Brian Corll is an independent computer consultant who is working towards a mid-life career in a field for which he was first trained—art. In the past, he has been a cook, a scene and costume designer for a touring childrens’ theatre company, a trade coordinator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the lead programmer for a vertical market software company, a staff consultant with a large computer consulting firm, and finally, since 1997, an independent computer consultant. Having been an avid photographer for many years, two years ago he began the transition into becoming a fine arts and stock photographer and has been exhibiting his work online in several places. He is also beginning to paint once again after a hiatus of many years and finds the prospects very exciting. He is a graduate of Vassar College where he received his degree in art in 1975. Since his graduation he has continued to pursue his love of art history by reading voraciously and visiting museums and galleries whenever possible, a pursuit which has proven invaluable when it comes to creating his own images. Brian is a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and maintains homes in Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

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Matthew Cranford: Matthew was born and raised in Augusta, GA. He played Division I soccer at Mercer University where he earned a degree in Industrial Engineering. Early career success was found at Frito Lay, where he implemented multiple quality process improvement programs in the world’s largest snack food manufacturing facility. Other process improvement experience has included the utilization of advanced data analysis to study multiple Piedmont Heart Institute practices and development of a consolidation strategy. Matthew has since transitioned into a project and cost management role at one of the largest engineering consulting companies in the world, AMEC. Leadership roles at AMEC have included serving as the Southeast Region’s Sustainability Coordinator, Co-Founder of the Young Emerging Professional’s group, and Lead Project Controls Engineer on two of the region’s largest projects. Experience has included resource & labor management, timeline & contract management, risk mitigation strategies, and advanced data analysis. Matthew’s interests include business strategy, analytics, organizational management and sustainability. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from Emory’s Goizueta Business School.

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Michael Cranmer: Michael manages the New York office of Alderson Court Reporting. Alderson is the court reporting division of Special Counsel, Inc., part of MPS Group, Inc. (NYSE: MPS). They provide court reporting and videography services anywhere in the world for depositions, arbitrations, mediations and hearings, 24/7. Permanent & temporary staffing solutions, knowledge worker placement, state of the art document and deposition summarization are available through Alderson’s parent company, Special Counsel. Conference room space is available, as well in any of its 200 + locations. Prior to joining Alderson, Michael spent 11 years as an option specialist on the floor of the American Stock Exchange, acting as dealer in equity options in a variety of different industries. Michael also has a lifelong passion for music and performs solo acoustic numbers regularly.

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Amanda Crommett:  Amanda is a New York City native and graduate of Vassar College where she majored in Film and received high departmental honors for her work, which focused mainly on film theory. Before college she attended middle and High school at Professional Performing Arts School in NYC, first as a musical theatre major and then as technical theatre major. At PPAS she honed her skills in sound, light and costume design, direction and stage management. Her artistic interests were and remain seemingly scattered, but led to all kinds of amazing creative and leadership projects including a documentary she filmed in Ethopia at 16 (“Manhattan to Mekelle”).

While in college she distanced herself from the theatre, focused on film and spent her extra curricular time either planning all-campus events or photographing them. She quickly became an avid photographer and her on–campus recognition for and success in photography led to off-campus opportunities in print, portrait, event and concert photography.

After graduation Amanda went on to work in a number of jobs to support her photography and love of travel, most notably as a digital archivist for private cliental across NYC.  Amanda recently committed to wanderlust and has spent the last few months traveling Europe on her own. She returns New York City with an ever-growing portfolio, which includes everything from portraits of the late Pete Seeger, to high profile gallery events,to album cover design, to travel photography, to more personal prints from her own time on the road.

Before potentially launching into a Masters in photography, Amanda hopes to continue to feed her travel bug and love for the arts with grants that will help her do and share what she loves. Top on her list of photo goals are to: shoot for Photographers Without Boarders, to create her own Sociological photo documentary of the party culture in Montanita, Ecuador, and to tour with bands or artists as a photo journalist, all while becoming the new and improved Annie Leibovitz.

All in all, Amanda hopes to continue to dedicate her life to exploring and sharing the world through art.  She’s currently working on a long-term documentary portrait project about bliss that will explore dreams, passion and ambition in young people around the world through photographic prose and poem.

In her spare time Amanda enjoys writing and shooting for Wildspice online magazine, fitness, yoga and finding new Gluten free and wholistic food recipes and photographing her friends and family.

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Chanda Daniels: Chanda Daniels is currently a sophomore working towards a Bachelors degree in Applied Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice and Political Science at Pace University in New York City. Though she is young, she has many years of experience in the arts. Her passion for entertainment and the arts motivated her to began acting at the age of five and continue to do so for her entire life. She has participated in many Theater and Musical Theater Intensives at Universities such as East Stroudsburg and Pace. She has also had voice training from Broadway Lead touring and Professional Opera singer, Erin Stewart. She is also trained in multiple instruments such as piano, oboe, clarinet, and flute. She also has Dance training in many genres, though her favorites are hip-hop and musical theater. In addition to performing, she is also an active member in her local community, volunteering for many organizations dedicated to helping children. Her volunteer work includes teaching children sign language, tutoring at The New York Center for Children, and doing various projects as a member of New York Cares. As an active member of her college community, she also enjoys giving university tours and working at the International Programs and Services department. In her spare time, you can find her watching movies, reading, or updating her Fashion blog, called Eyes of NYC.

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Paula Darlington: Paula Darlington is a multi-media consultant who has worked in book publishing as an editor and publicist as well as in marketing as a consultant producing communications pieces, organizing successful television advertising campaigns, and putting together successful events for both politicians and large corporations.   In addition, she has also produced several web sites including one for the legendary Danny Kortchmar’s band Slo Leak.  Her real passion is music and she regularly performs as a soprano soloist for Chris Coogan and The Good News Gospel Choir including one very memorable night as the opening soloist for a show with Mavis Staples at The Westport Country Playhouse.  She is currently working on a recording project with Charlie Karp, whom she performs with.  Although Paula is based out of Redding , CT, she frequently travels to New York City for business as well as for interesting meetings such as I Can Still Do That and Women Who Lunch and Network.

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Cliff David: Mr. David is a friend of Dan Schneider.

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Elaine T. Davis: Elaine Totten Davis is a certified life and career coach (C.E.C) and a certified Energy Leadership Coach. With more than 25 years’ experience in advertising and publishing, Elaine partners with creative professionals such as photographers, writers, art directors, and fine artists to help them focus on their professional and personal aspirations. Together, Elaine and her clients explore ways to tap into strengths, identify barriers, and develop strategies for achieving long- and short-term goals. Elaine’s resume includes roles as: 1) An Advertising Art Producer at both BBDO Worldwide in New York and Arnold Worldwide in Boston, 2) a Sales and Marketing Representative for both the Black Book in New York and AtEdge – Serbin Communications based out of Santa Barbara, CA and 3) a freelance Photo Consultant marketing and editing commercial photographers’ portfolios. In addition to her work with creative professionals, Elaine is passionate about supporting women in their pursuit to sustain a balance between the careers they love and the personal lives they treasure. Elaine values the ideas that “life happens all day” and that “we can all make things possible.

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Jacques DeBeer: Jacques de Beer is 16 year old high, and is graduation high honors in the 2010 class at Onteora High School in Woodstock, NY. He was born in and is a citizen of South Africa, and is fluent in Afrikaans. He moved to Woodstock, NY age 12, and has worked and attended school there since. He worked at the Catskill Mountain Pizza Company from 12, but stopped recently to open a clothing company, Jacques de Beer Inc. He’s an active member of Woodstock town politics, and enjoys running amongst other sports.

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Emma DeCarlo: Emma DeCarlo is a 16 year old junior in high school with a passion for meeting new people. She started her own blog with her younger sister, Grace, and they interview celebrities/up and coming stars. Together they have interviewed people like Max Schneider, Cody Simpson, Alyson Stoner, Degrassi cast members, and more. When she gets older, she plans to have her own TV show like Ellen where she can interview stars, it’s something she’s very passionate about. She has a keen interest in singing and playing guitar, and has been singing for about 12 years now. As a full time student, it can be hard to balance all of these tasks sometimes, but she makes it work and wouldn’t have it any other way. She is also a video editor, and likes to make videos in her free time. Some of her hobbies include photography, learning Spanish, playing all different instruments, singing, and learning new programs on the computer.

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Grace DeCarlo: Grace DeCarlo is a 14 year old freshman in high school. She interviews celebrities with her older sister, Emma DeCarlo, and together they have interviewed people like Max Schneider, Cody Simpson, Alyson Stoner, Degrassi cast members. In her free time, she spends every waking moment at the horse stables, taking lessons and volunteering. She has also been singing for most of her life and plays the piano, as well as learning the guitar. She has a very bubbly personality and is incredibly gifted in the education department. Her hobbies include writing, learning guitar, singing with her sister and horseback riding.

Devin Desjarlais: Devin Desjarlais is a young social media and public relations professional who began her career far before graduating college. She started as the Editor in Chief for her university newspaper where she quickly realized that hands-on experience was the only motivation necessary to succeed. After a year of managing a 16-person staff and $80,000 budget, she went on to become Web Editor for a Village Voice Media Newspaper, New Media teacher for College Media Advisers’ conventions, and Social Media Account Manager for Max Borges Agency. Devin recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue a dream of leaving Florida for a city with a true digital hub. She’s a black belt in Taekwondo, lives with her husband and four cats, and never quite lost her childish curiosity.

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Gabe Dettre: Gabe Dettre is an award winning writer/director producer who has filmed in (chronologically): the USA, Hungary, France, Switzerland, Estonia, Russia, Israel, Algeria, Mali, Poland, UK, Holland, Thailand, Germany, Albania, Chile, Italy, Croatia, India, Syria, Yemen among others. He has served as the director of the Sight and Sound Department (sophomore year) at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and an editing teacher (1982-84)As the owner of Hunnia Theatre and Café, a movie-house which is more like a cultural meeting place for the youth Budapest (1994-2005) he organized several cultural events, national filmweeks (Iranian, Chinese, Estonian, Sarayevo Filmweek, etc.). He is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Hungarian Association of Filmmakers, and has held international work-shops in directing, screenplay-writing and acting and has been teaching at two universities. Gabe has won approximately twenty international awards, among them the Cine Eagle of the Motion Picture Association of the United States of America, an Oscar nomination for Best Actress Award (Sally Kirkland for Anna) for Gabe’ producing debut, the Tolerance Award, the Award of the City of Rome, the Cinecitta Award, and many Hungarian ones, like Best Hungarian Film Awards and three Critics’ Awards for Best Film in Hungary as well as the Béla Balázs Award of the Ministry of Culture of Hungary. Gabe was selected for Best European Director Award (Felix Price), and his film (Cloud over the Ganges) for Best European Feature (Felix Price) Most recently, his feature (Tableau) won Best Screenplay Award at the Syracuse International Film Festival, in Syracuse, USA. His films have been invited to some of the most prestigious festivals around the world, among them to: New Directors New Films, NYC, Karlovy Vary, Mar del Plata, Seattle, Wiesbaden, Nyon, France, Porto, Portugal etc. Gabe is a graduate of Law School, Pécs, Hungary, and of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, USA.

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Mitch Ditkoff: Mitch Ditkoff the co-founder and President of Idea Champions, a highly acclaimed management consulting and training company. He specializes in helping forward thinking organizations go beyond .business as usual. and establish dynamic, sustainable cultures of innovation. Educated at Lafayette College and Brown University, Mitch has worked with a wide variety of Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies who have realized the need to do something different in order to succeed in today’s rapidly changing marketplace. These clients include: GE, Merck, Allianz, Lucent Technologies, NBC Universal, AT&T, Goodyear, Pfizer, A&E Television Networks, General Mills, MTV Networks, Duke Corporate Education, National Institute of Health, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and a host of others.

At the heart of his work lies the fundamental belief that a company’s most important capital asset is the collective brain power, creativity and commitment of its work force and that this asset can be significantly leveraged when people are provided with the appropriate setting, systems, tools and techniques to think (and act) out of the box. Prior to his work with Idea Champions, Mitch was a principal in Ki Learning Systems and a Senior Consultant with the Inner Game Corporation — both organizational development firms dedicated to catalyzing superior performance in the workplace.

In addition to his consulting work, Mitch is also an accomplished public speaker and writer. Author of Awake at the Wheel: Getting Your Great Idea Rolling (in an uphill world), Banking on Innovation, Free the Genie, Thirst Quench Thirst, and the very popular Heart of Innovation business blog.  In addition, he is the founder of Face the Music (the world’s only interactive business blues band).

Mitch lives in Woodstock, New York, with his wife, Evelyne, and their two children, Jesse and Mimi.

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Ron Dobey: Ron Dobey is a musician and composer with many years of experience in the music industry where he has been involved in performing, recording and teaching. He has written music for a number of film documentaries as well as music videos and multimedia productions. In his work, he combines advanced digital technologies with traditional analog sounds and acoustic instruments.Ron, a CPA licensed in New York and Connecticut, also has a Personal Financial Planning.practice and works with Not for Profit organizations, involved in the arts, on strategic planning and financial matters. Ron retired from the firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in 2008, where he spent over 30 years serving clients in a variety of industries including the financial services industry, where he specialized in the Investment Management sector. Ron also lead a technology group which developed proprietary applications for the financial services sector of the firm.

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Chelsey Donn: Chelsey Donn is a bi-coastal actress and comedian who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to two proud Brooklyn natives and was raised in Southern New Jersey. Chelsey spent the summers of her early childhood in the Catskill Mountains watching her grandmother, Sherry Mann, perform stand-up comedy. From a very young age Chelsey was inspired by her grandmother and quickly learned the magic and transformative nature of the stage. Upon graduating from High School Chelsey went off to New York City to study theatre at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. While at NYU she studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, Stonestreet Studios and Upright Citizens Brigade. Since graduating from NYU Chelsey has performed in several exciting theatrical, film, television, and new media productions and has worked with many award winning writers, directors and actors. Following in the footsteps of her grandmother, Chelsey can also be seen performing stand-up and improv comedy at various venues throughout NYC and Los Angeles. Chelsey also performs regularly in Neil Patrick Harris’ live comedy show, Accomplice: Hollywood. For a more extensive list of Chelsey’s work please check out her website www.chelseydonn.com

Dorothy Doppstadt: Dorothy Doppstadt the president of Surge Partners Company, teaches college students how to “surge ahead” and achieve in the professional world. Faculty and students have applauded her workshops as relevant, informative and engaging. Her combination of corporate experience at ABC NEWS as a national award-winning reporter and her ten years teaching experience as a writing professor at various universities and colleges in and around New York City are valuable assets for preparing students as they launch into an increasingly competitive work environment. Professor Doppstadt has taught broadcast writing and production at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has developed courses at Fordham University, including the journalism core requirement, screenwriting, Shakespeare in Film, and advanced writing for the media. She has also taught business writing, magazine writing and feature writing at Manhattan College and the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She has a Master of Fine Arts in writing, a terminal degree, from Columbia University. Sony Pictures and Avenue Production have optioned several of her original screenplays.

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Paula Dorf: Paula Dorf is the creative mastermind behind Paula Dorf Cosmetics; a high quality collection of brushes and color cosmetics.  Paula’s products are admired as the best in the business by fellow professional makeup artists, celebrities and most importantly, makeup lovers around the world.

It is the ultimate tribute to Paula that industry leaders know her collection of unique products “did not exist” until Paula created them. She first envisioned many of these products while working as the lead makeup artist on album covers, music videos, and films during the 1980s and 1990s in New York City.

Crafting brushes from art supply stores, her early tools included the award winning Foundation Brush, Cheek Cream Brush and Eye Transformer Brush, so unique they are patented.  Paula’s designs are so phenomenal that other companies have tried to duplicate them, yet none have been able to match.

Paula is famous for unique “trick” products that offer solutions to every woman’s makeup concerns, such as Transformer® (from eye shadow to liquid liner), Perfect Illusion® for lips (ends feathering lips), Perfect Illusion® for eyes (smoothes skin), Perfect Primer® (keeps foundation fresh), Enhancer® baby eyes (brightens eyes) and Clean-Up Stick® (erases makeup mistakes)

After working on her unparalleled brush collection, Paula was inspired to create a high quality, long-wearing, easy to use color cosmetic line that is designed for every woman.  Paula’s makeup philosophy is to empower women and is captured best in her signature phrase:  Become your own makeup artist®.

Seen in the latest issues of In Style, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle and on celebrities including Jessica Simpson, Sandra Bullock, Debra Messing and Reneé Zellweger, Paula’s products are constantly embraced as industry favorites.

Paula Dorf Cosmetics has received a variety of accolades over the years including multiple “Allure Best of Beauty” awards, Self Magazine’s Healthy Beauty Award and the Fashion Group International “Rising Star Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2006.

Paula was born in the Bronx, New York and currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and co-founder, Sandy Dekovnick, the company’s CEO. When taking breaks from product development for her collections, Paula enjoys having fun with her family and friends, watching movies, attending concerts and visiting museums in her beloved city of New York.  She is personally dedicated to helping others by participating in two important non-profit organizations: Gilda’s Club based in New York City and the Wildlife Waystation, a rescue and reserve for animals based in California.

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Ric Dragon: Ric Dragon is the CEO or Oxclove Workshop, a 20-person web development/custom application development company. He specializes in business process management and marketing. Ric nurtured the company through the beginning of the Internet era, building the company to its present size. Negotiated countless strategic partnerships and joint ventures. He is also the Managing Partner of Draon Search Marketing, a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) , Pay-per-click (PPC) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) company. His other companies include: Medical Intelligence Solutions, and Empireitech.

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Brian D. Drazin, ESQ.: Brian D. Drazin is a partner in the Red Bank , NJ law firm of Drazin & Warshaw. His areas of practice include: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and Toxic Torts. Mr. Drazin is admitted to practice in New Jersey, 1982 , Georgia, 1983 and U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1983. His education includes Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1982 J.D. (Honors: Member, Moot Court Team) and Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1979 B.A., Bachelor of Arts. Mr. Drazin has been an active Lecturer for the American Bar Association a Trial Academy Instructor for ATLA-NJ, Co-Chairman Lecturer, The Year in Torts in NJ/Top Ten, ATLA-NJ, Moderator, Advanced Courtroom Communications, ATLA-NJ, Lecturer, Cross Examination of Medical Experts in Soft Tissue Injury, ATLA-NJ and an Instructor for the Institute Continuing Education – NJ . He was the Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award, Criminal Procedure. His professional associations include Monmouth County Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America N.J. (Past President) Association of Trial Lawyers of America N.J. (First Vice President , Board of Governors, Judicial Committee Chair, and Executive Committee), ATLA NJ PAC (Trustee) and the American Association for Justice (State Delegate)

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Samantha N. Drazin: Samantha is currently employed by the Max Borges Agency in Miami, FL, the only 100% consumer electronic focused PR firm. Previous experience includes Wall Street Communications where Samantha coordinated all editorial outreach and account planning to increase brand awareness within the industry for eight companies in the broadcast technology industry. Samantha also carries more than two years of experience in public relations, account management, media relations, crisis management, event planning, and copy editing, particularly within  the technology, luxury brands, and hospitality and health verticals. Samantha is well-versed in entertainment-education and corporate social responsibility. In addition to her professional career, Samantha is independently developing her own children’s series under the theory of entertainment-education that she hopes to have published in the next few years. Samantha is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College where she obtained a BA in Government and Psychology, and also a graduate of the University of Miami where she obtained her MA in Public Relations.

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Chaim Drizin: Chaim Drizin has been involved over the years in substantial Jewish Outreach in the New York City Metropolitan area and upstate. Prior to that he has helped re-start the Jewish community of Ukraine and the Former Soviet Union. He has travelled extensively, and writes occasionally for Chabad.org. He has consulted to several start-up companies and moonlights at his family’s real estate business. Helping people is his passion.

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James Duarte: James Duarte, age 18, was born and raised in the Bronx and still resides there today. He is currently a freshman at the City College of New York and is pursuing a dual major in Film & Television and Political Science. James began his filmmaking career at age nine when he chose a camera over a family vacation. As part of the pioneering class at the Theatre Arts Production Company School in the Bronx, industry professionals like Steven Mudrick and Jesse Antigua-Perez taught James the fundamentals of video production. In 2006, James became the youngest member to join Downtown Community Television Center’s Pro-TV Fellowship and Samsung’s Fresh-Films program, where he experienced firsthand how the film industry works. Since then, James has produced work that has gone on to screen at film festivals including TriBeCa Film Festival, HBO’s Latino Film Festival, and Media’s DOCFest Festival. In 2008 James helped curate Listen Up’s 11th Annual Urban Visionaries Youth Film Festival and Arts Engine’s 8th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival. That same year, James was invited to screen one of his documentary films at the NY Museum of Modern Art. Also, his autobiographical documentary earned him a first place $5000 college scholarship. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts has recognized James as an upcoming talented young artist in the field of Cinematic Arts for his production of his experimental short “Cause & Affect”. In his own words, James says, “The kinships created by making a film are precious because it calls for togetherness, but most importantly because of the impact films can encompass on audiences from all walks of life.” Today, James continues to work on his filmmaking career in hopes of becoming a successful Film Director.

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Alan Dubow: Alan is the founding President of the National Association of Retirement Counselors is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts in the National Capital Area on care options for seniors. Best known in the healthcare field as the Vice President of Capital Health Solutions, a marketing and strategic planning consultation firm specializing in the healthcare industry, Alan has extensive experience in the rehabilitation and long term care field, explaining the complex health care system so that it is readily understood by consumers and care providers alike. He has designed healthcare informational programs used by both healthcare providers as outreach and marketing tools, and for non-profit organizations for major national initiatives, including the AARP campaign on the Medicare prescription drug program.     Dr. Dubow holds a bachelors degree from Vassar College and Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Miami and has lectured at Catholic University, Briarcliffe College, The Learning Annex, Howard University, Loyola Academy and other institutions. With extensive public policy experience, Alan has served as Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Working Parents of America and the Disability Coalition of a major political party; Deputy Political Director for a U.S. Senator; Advance Press Liaison for White House; Legislative Director for a state political party; and lobbyist for several municipal governments where he developed a reputation for his expertise on public health planning and the certificate of need process. He currently co-chairs the Arlington Steering Committee on Services for Older Persons and Agenda:Alexandria. He has previously served as Chair of the City of Alexandria Consumer Affairs Commission and the Board of Directors of the Alexandria Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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Mindy Dutka: Mindy is President/Founder of The Event Company. She brings over 25 years experience in Event Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Sales, Advertising, Community Relations, Business Development, Fundraising and Customer Service to every project she undertakes. Her trademark is her attention to detail and her ability to think quickly on her feet, solving problems swiftly and effectively. She has the unique talent to determine her client’s needs and deliver them with successful results. Mindy’s events produce feelings of camaraderie and excitement, which equal a memorable, outstanding event. Being the consummate professional, she makes it all look easy while making the client look like a superstar. Her background includes employment with Fortune 500 companies Rueben H. Donnelly, Pitney Bowes and Chase Manhattan Bank. As director of Sales & Marketing for Chase Manhattan’s Conference Center, Mindy managed the conference center, from a start-up to over $3 million dollars in revenue, a client base of over 60 corporations and the implementation of more than 1200 meetings within the first year. In 1995 she started, S’Mall Happenings Inc. and created an award winning family program called “Kid’s Causes.” S’Mall Happenings Inc. grew rapidly and has now evolved into The Event Company. The Event Company is a full service Event Marketing firm that plans a multitude of events and marketing programs for an impressive roster of ever-growing clients.

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Serena Dykman: Serena Dykman is a third culture kid. She was born in Paris, and raised between Paris, London, Brussels and New York. She found her true home in New York, city which inspired most of her films. Since a young age, Serena has been working toward a career in the entertainment industry. She studied theatre and performance for years, until she realized that behind the camera was where she was meant to be. She now attends the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.  Her first short film Losing Character screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2013. Her second film The Doorman will also screen at Cannes in 2014. Serena is now in post-production for her third film Bed Bugs & Company and about to start principal photography for her fourth film entitled Welcome. 

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Anedra Edwards: Originally from Washington DC, Anedra Edwards is a production professional specializing in entertainment business management and multimedia digital production from concept to execution. She has served in multiple intern roles for NBC Universal, BET Networks, Comcast Television, non-profit associations, government agencies and other organizations. Her most recent professional positions have included being a press videographer for the Washington Wizards, a production assistant for BET’s 2010 Black Girls Rock Awards Show and an on-air promotions coordinator for Centric Television. Anedra is a recent 2010 graduate of Dickinson College located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has a B.A. in International Business and Management and a minor in Film Studies. Her aspirations are to become a filmmaker and establish her own film distribution and production company. Currently, she resides in Maplewood, New Jersey.

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Jeremy Ellenbogen: Jeremy Ellenbogen is President and CEO at Seven21 Media Center , a state of the art multi-media center in Kingston, N.Y. Jeremy is also President and CEO of the Ellenbogen Group, Inc., a production and post production company located at the Media Center. Jeremy is a graduate of the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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Bert Elliot: Bert Elliot starting out teaching himself to play the drums on a set of books and old briefcase in his parents’ Queens apartment at the age of 11, Bert Elliot has come along way!  His parents realized that he had a passion for music so they bought him a drum set at age 13.  A few years later however, Bert discovered his true love would be the electric guitar, inspired by various rock musicians of his time, but with a heavy influence from the legendary Jimi Hendrix,Jeff Beck,Jimmy Page.At the age of 20, he went on tour playing guitar for R&B artist, Gary Toms and gained experience playing live venues and touring.  Later Bert went on to study and earn a Bachelor’s degree in music composition from Queens College. After college Bert signed a production deal with ‘DSM’ Producers. His music can be heard on MTV,VH1,NFL,Maury Povitch,Jerry Springer,numerous Lifetime movies and many more. Throughout the years he has been a member of various band projects as well as heading solo projects. Bert has also done extensive studio work with numerous local and national and international recording/live projects. In his solo projects he was able to hone his composing skills collaborating with lyricists and culminating in Bert Elliot’s instrumental project.  With the support of corporate endorsers such as Fender, Peavey, Hartke and Rocktron,Tech 21,Xotic,Fractal Audio he built a 5-room, professional recording studio from the ground up.  Bert recorded his first solo CD, a rock instrumental project titled On The Positive Tip, in that studio, on his own record label, PSP Productions.  Bert’s second CD “Asylum In Playland” features N.Y.Yankee great Bernie Williams,Stu Hamm(Joe Satriani,Steve Vai)and Atma Anur(Journey,Neal Schon,Jason Becker and many more). As for his guitar playing skills, Guitar Player Magazine spotlighted Bert’s guitar playing in the April, 2008 issue.  Regarding his track, “Don’t Shoot, Let’s Rock”, Editor-In-Chief, Michael Molenda wrote:  “Elliot wears his Wired-era Jeff Beck influence like a neon tatto, but he pulls it off by nailing the master’s whammy excursions and melodic taste.  The ballsy and totally professional production of the track doesn’t hurt either, as the driving tune highlights his phrasing and well-crafted guitar tones.” Bert also hosts his own weekly radio show on unir1.fm

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Trey Ellis: Trey Ellis is a screenwriter, novelist, playwright, essayist and an Associate Professor of Screenwriting in the Graduate School of Film at Columbia University. He has written or rewritten dozens of scripts  and teleplays for most every major studio including the Emmy nominated Tuskegee Airmen  for HBO and Good Fences for Showtime which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival then was shortlisted for the PEN award for Best Teleplay of the year.  He is the author of the novels, Platitudes, Home Repairs and the American Book Award Winning, Right Here, Right Now, as well as the memoir Bedtime Stories: Adventures in the Land of  Single-Fatherhood.  His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Playboy, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, GQ and Vanity Fair and he has contributed audio commentary to NPR’s All Things Considered. His first play, Fly, was performed at the Lincoln Center Institute and later this year at Washington, D.C.’s historic Ford’s Theater. He is also a frequent and longtime political blogger on the HuffingtonPost.

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Carolyn Enger: American pianist Carolyn Enger is a passionate and distinctive musician whose recitals express her joy of sharing great music with audiences. In an era when musical interpretation has become predictable, Ms. Enger’s memorable concert experiences make an indelible impression on the individuals who hear them. Ms. Enger has appeared in many venues throughout the New York City and New Jersey area including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, Bechstein Piano Centre, Yamaha Artist Services, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, and the Puffin Cultural Center. Her many recitals have also included numerous outreach concerts for libraries, community centers, churches, and synagogues. Ms. Enger presents programs designed to inspire audiences to engage deeply with classical music of all kinds. Her concert repertoire includes piano literature from all periods, ranging from the great masterworks of European history to fresh new discoveries from living composers. Her recital programs are carefully crafted to the venues and performance contexts in which she appears. She has recently created recital programs featuring music by a number of living American and Israeli composers including Ned Rorem, Lowell Liebermann, Avner Dorman, Lior Navok, and Menachem Zur. Ms. Enger has released a recording entitled In Evening Air, which includes music of Beethoven, Scriabin, Hanson, Copland, Rorem, and Liebermann. She has also recorded a forthcoming CD devoted entirely to piano music of Ned Rorem. Ms. Enger is a graduate of Molloy College. She has furthered her musical study at the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School, Vassar College, and the Adamant Music School in Vermont. Her teachers have included Marc Silverman, Arkady Aronov, Peter Vinograde, and Robert MacDonald. She has also participated in masterclasses and coaching with Ward Davenny, Golda Vainberg, and Jacob Lateiner. Ms. Enger was a student of the late Freda Rosenblatt, a musical descendant of Theodor Leschetizky, one of the world’s foremost piano teachers (whose students included the famous pianists Ignace Paderewski and Artur Schnabel). Leschetizky himself was a student of Carl Czerny, who in turn was Beethoven’s star pupil. Ms. Enger is honored to be a part of this distinguished tradition. Furthering her interest in distinctive concert experiences, Ms. Enger is currently working on a multimedia project that will combine music, literature, and images, centering on the lives of Holocaust survivors.

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Lynn Eros: Lynn’s expertise is in marketing analytics and product management. She has 10+ years experience at Morgan Stanley, most recently as Vice President, Product Manager leading a global marketing system and team. Lynn has held other senior posts within Morgan Stanley: within Equity Marketing Analytics generating new revenue ideas, and within Technology preparing financial forecasts and budgets. She has extensive client relationship experience and 5 years as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse. Lynn holds an MBA from Emory University and a BSE in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She has always enjoyed travel (over 15 countries and 5 continents so far). Lynn just joined an improv comedy group and performs on stage in NYC. Her other passions include dogs, hiking, sailing, reading, and mentoring.

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Dr. Sondra Farganis: Sondra Farganis is the former Director of the Wolfson Center for National Affairs at The New School, holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College, a M.A. from the New School, and a Ph.D. from the Australian National University. Before coming to the New School in 1988, she taught at CUNY, Vassar, and Hamilton. At the New School, she has been the Chair of the Social Sciences Department, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the founder and Director of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. Her books include: The Black Revolt and Democratic Politics; The Social Reconstruction of the Feminine Character; and Situating Feminism: From Thought to Action. She has written numerous articles for scholarly journals on subjects ranging from theories of liberty, identity formation, Hannah Arendt, intellectuals, and postmodernism. She has been president of both the New York State Political Science Association and the Northeast Political Science Association and has chaired the Theory Prize section of the American Sociological Association. Her current research is on the role of social movements and the cultural elite in the transformation of American society. She is also a Trustee of the Poughkeepsie Public Library.

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Lauren Fay: Lauren Fay is a digital media maven, writer, trend spotter, stylist and creative consultant with a background in marketing, business development and fashion.  A native New Yorker and intrepid traveler, she has a talent for telling a brand’s story by harnessing the power of digital and mobile media.  Lauren is passionate about working with clients in the fashion, beauty and lifestyle industries, particularly those focused on sustainability. A trilingual Brown graduate who speaks French and Spanish, she is currently based in LA. is a digital media maven, writer, trend spotter, stylist and creative consultant with a background in marketing, business development and fashion.  A native New Yorker and intrepid traveler, she has a talent for telling a brand’s story by harnessing the power of digital and mobile media.  Lauren is passionate about working with clients in the fashion, beauty and lifestyle industries, particularly those focused on sustainability. A trilingual Brown graduate who speaks French and Spanish, she is currently based in LA.

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Perdita Finn: Perdita Finn is a versatile writer who combines a unique background as an educator with a career in children’s publishing. She designed and implemented the literacy curriculum for an innovative NYC charter school, she trained young educators at Teacher’s College, Columbia, and she wrote a series of books about teaching reading and writing. As Scholastic’s chief copywriter for their book clubs, she helped market reading materials to parents, teachers, and kids as well as writing her own middle grade series and movie novelizations. She has recently ghostwitten a memoir with a reluctant psychic.

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Katherine Floberg: (Kate) was born in Seattle, Washington and soon moved to Billings, Montana where she lived for 13 years. At 14 she and her mother decided to move to New York City. She attended and graduated from the Professional Performing Arts School in the summer of 2010. She assistant directed the school’s production of Sweeney Todd starring Tyler Burr and Evan Daves, directed by Mala Tsantilas this year. She has also been interning with the fashion designer Adrienne Landau for over a year now in the public relations department. She has assisted stylists in dressing celebrities such as Vanessa Williams, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifa, Madonna and many more. She aspires to combine her passion for both fashion and theatre and create costumes on Broadway in the future.

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Kim Floberg: Kim Floberg is a self-taught chef with a life-long passion for cooking and discovering new flavors and foods. She began cooking in her early teens, and in her twenties owned and operated a restaurant in Montana near scenic Yellowstone National Park. The restaurant featured homemade meals and baked goods, all cooked fresh daily completely from scratch!Although her roots are in Montana, Kim’s adventurous spirit has also lead her to spending time in all four corners of the U.S. including San Diego, Seattle, New York City and Miami area, as well as international travel. These experiences all contributed to her exposure to and discovery of many ethnic flavors and fine cuisines. Kim continues to explore new flavors and cooking techniques every day, and she invites you to come share in the adventure!

Zoi Florosz:award-winning filmmaker, / recently received Independent Spirit Award at  Angel Film Awards-Monaco International Film Festival for BRUSHSTROKES- directed,choreographed,produced by her…also Best Independent Film at the Winter Film Awards in NYC…2012..and official selection of Queens World Film Festival/also a versatile performer, singer,actress, dancer, studied classical music at Conservatory of Pecs, Jazz voice at Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in Budapest, than musical theatre at American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC, went on and concluded her studies at Digital Film Academy as a filmmaker. Zoi as a child won many international drawing competitions, including the prestigious Shankar International Competition in New Delhi, India.Accomplished actress/singer, roles include Josephine Baker in “My Love, Josephine”…she has done many solo concerts, dramas, musicals, she is a regular performer at Birdland Jazz Club in New York.  She has been producing, shooting PBS specials, documentaries on sensitive, provocative subjects, music videos, feature films, fine art music videos, coordinating large camera crews on location worldwide, leading multi-camera studio shoots, conducting exclusive interviews. She started to choreograph recently, in 2009 her first feature as choreographer and assistant director was shot in NYC, titled “The Duel” -available in Blockbuster -titled “Gametime”… Zoi choreographed for her film debut as director “Brushstrokes” a flamenco-modern fusion number. She is faculty, dance instructor at the Sledge Project Studio, NYC. Zoi created a Film & Video Department at the legendary dance center New Dance Group, working as Film & Video Director, creating a weekly web/TV series and worked closely with choreographers. Her experience, passion and understanding for music and dance gives her a special perspective on how to choreograph for the camera,on how dance translates to digital media. She loves themulti-media format.

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Horace Flowers: Horace Flowers is a practicing attorney representing clients in general corporate matters, procurement law, strategic alliances and marketing, construction law and various transactional matters. In the past, he served in an advisory role on the NYC Charter Commission involving revisions to NYC procurement practices. In addition, he has an extensive background representing clients both in the private and public sector on various matters involving the implementation and administration on all supplier diversity related matters. Most notably, Mr. Flowers, has conducted work shops involving Minority and Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) certification for the NY & NJ Port Authority Staff and the Turner Construction Annual Training Program. He has also conducted workshops on strategic relationships such as joint venturing and teaming arrangements for the NY & NJ Port Authority, various fortune 500 companies and the 17th Annual Competitive Edge Conference sponsored by various New York & New Jersey public agencies and major corporations. He served as special counsel to major law firms, accounting firms and many corporations involving M/WBE, DBE, SDB, and 8a contract compliance and certification matters. He has, in the past, served as outside counsel to the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council whose primary mission is to facilitate sourcing opportunities between corporate America and minority businesses and the certification of minority businesses. Mr. Flowers’ background includes the following: Department of Transportation’s Minority and Disadvantage Business Program; Bureau Chief, Real Property Bureau, New York State Attorney General Office and Director of Real Estate- City of Buffalo. During his tenure at New York State Transportation Department, his oversight and strategic management resulted in several innovative programs being cited by The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Region 2 Federal Highway Administration for national recognition. Including: the development of a need assessment tool to provide specific technical assistance to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) vendors; development of a bond readiness program, along with several other states, to assist DBE vendors secure bonding; and created a monitoring compliance program to identify abuses in the M/W/DBE compliance and certification programs. He was also responsible for ensuring that all U.S. Department of Transportation recipient agencies in New York State were in compliance with their DBE program requirements and also participated in the drafting of the New York State’s M/WBE certification program statute and regulations.

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Carl Frankel: Carl Frankel has been an attorney, writer and entrepreneur over a 30 year-plus career. A graduate of Princeton University (1970) and Columbia Law School (1974), he practiced criminal law in the 1970s before taking up writing as a career. From 1980-1989 he served as founder and president of Entelechy Corp., which published market research studies on the commercial potential of new electronic technologies. Beginning in 1990 he transitioned to a career in sustainable development. First as the publisher of Green MarketAlert, an industry newsletter, and subsequently as a magazine journalist, he established a reputation as one of the leading thought leaders and writers in the country on the nexus between business and sustainable development. During this time, he wrote two highly acclaimed books: In Earth’s Company: Business, Environment and the Challenge of Sustainability and Out of the Labyrinth: Who We Are, How We Go Wrong, and What We Can Do About It. Frankel has also consulted with and worked for many companies working at the point of convergence between the non-profit and for-profit organizational forms. He founded and ran a leading-edge social enterprise, Our Community Networks, from 2005-2008. He is currently the managing director of The Center for the Intimate Arts, an educational organization.

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Lorraine Frankfurt: Lorraine Frankfurt, born and raised in Staten Island, New York now resides just minutes outside the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area in Northern Virginia. Starting in the late 1970s, Lorraine worked on Wall Street for years in administrative positions in companies such as Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and was office manager in the commodities exchange for the Coffee, Sugar and Cocoa Exchange at the World Trade Center. In these positions she developed computer and technical skills that carried her over to managerial positions in Washington where she worked for government contracting firms, managing Word Processing and Graphics Departments that were responsible for the final products presented for proposals, along with carrying out the projects themselves. Eventually, she had her own business contracting out her technical expertise. Over the past decade plus, Lorraine has been moving in a completely differently direction, juggling two different “worlds” as it were. Just this year she has completely given up her clients from her old business and has dedicated herself to her non-profit organization, the Namasté Center of Light and Education, Inc. The Center is dedicated to helping one open up their awareness to oneself, thereby living a happy and more balanced life. Lorraine is a certified Reiki Master Practitioner, is certified in Reconnective Healing™ and The Reconnection™, Crystal Healing, Vibrational Healing and Metamorphosis—after studying for a year, in early October, she will become a teacher of Metamorphosis. She also offers Life Coaching, Intuitive Guidance, Cellular Release of fear and negativity and Brain Gym—learning through kinesiology. Lorraine is an Ordained Minister of the Universal Brotherhood Movement, a multi-faith organization

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Wilhelmina Frankfurt: Wilhelmina Frankfurt is a former ballerina with The New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She is a choreographer, director, coach and teacher. She has been the Artist in Residence at Sarah Lawrence College, SunyUlster, and The Masters School. She has presented lectures and performances on Balanchine at numerous venues and schools( ie Vassar College, The Harvey Milk School, Ballet Florida School in Palm Beach). She is on the Board of The Real Theater Company and The Clockwork Theater Company. Currently, Ms Frankfurt is on the faculty of Talent Unlimited High School for The Performing Arts In New York City where she serves as director of the Musical Theater Department and teaches ballet in the Dance Department. She also has developed a method for integrating the teachings of George Balanchine for public school dance students. She has three children Maggie, Jake and Sarah-Mae.

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Alice Rebekah Fraser:   Alice is a writer and comedian. She’s also a thought nerd, word geek and deed doer, an ex academic, ex-corporate Lawyer and bad musician.  Studying arts/law at Sydney University Alice was heavily involved in the Improvised Comedy scene and the Faculty Revues over 5 years of writing, directing, producing and performing.  During her Masters in English Literature (Rhetoric) at Cambridge, she carried her love of sketch comedy writing and performing into the Cambridge Footlights.  Arriving in New York all alone, she began to focus on stand-up comedy and since then has performed all over the world, in Sydney, Cambridge, New York and London.  She returned from New York to work full time as a lawyer at Allens Linklaters, returning to the Sydney comedy scene to win the inaugural Homebake Comedy Competition, was nominated for best newcomer at the Sydney Comedy Festival 2013 and has given up law to pursue comedy and writing full time.  Alice Fraser’s journey up through the mean streets of the Cambridge Footlights and New York’s cut-throat comedy scene has left her with writing and performing skills that stand out in every environment. She can enrapture audiences from the rough pubs of london and country NSW, to the crystal clinking boardrooms of the corporate world.  Alice is a writer for the satirical news radio show “A Rational Fear”, and hosts “Tracksuits” on fbi radio. She is a member of the all-star girl comedy troupe “Aggressively Helpful”, and writes regularly for television, radio and on anything else anyone will let her.  Alice is a regular MC and headliner around Sydney and is open for bookings to perform at corporate events and private functions.  Feel free to contact Alice at any time on alicerfraser@gmail.com.

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Jan Freeman: Poet and editor Jan Freeman is the author of  Hyena and Simon Says, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. She has recently completed a new collection of poems, Blue Structure. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and journals, including The American Poetry Review, The Oxford Companion to Women Writers in the U.S., The Massachusetts Review, the Women?s Review of Books, The Southern Review, and Prairie Schooner. She has been a contributing editor to The American Poetry Review since 1987. Jan is a MacDowell Fellow and is the director of Paris Press, a small not-for-profit 501(c)(3) press that publishes daring and groundbreaking literature by women that has been overlooked by readers, educators, and the mainstream publishing world.

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Mark Freidman: Years ago, one of Mark’s mentors showed him a motorcycle ad. Guy is sitting on a bike at the side of the road, taking a break. Headline reads: “25,000 feet over your head, somebody’s trying to open a little bag of peanuts.” The message for all of us is that that successful marketing isn’t about the money or the media. It starts with stunningly ideas that motivate consumers to change their behavior.  Great ideas gather energy and soon take a life of their own. All great campaigns work this way, whether they explode on anything from Twitter to a website or a billboard. Breakthrough thinking was the basis of Mark Friedman’s training and subsequent career. He got his start in consumer advertising as a copywriter, working at such agencies as DDB, Foote Cone and Belding, and Ketchum. His words found their palce in television/pring campaigns for package goods and Mark wrote spots for Clorox Products, Orville Redenbacher, the Beef Industry Council and many other products that took up shelf space. One day, an old friend, one of the founders of PC Magazine, whispered the word “Technology” in his ear as if it were an insider trading tip. Mark took the leap and became one of the first technology writers to engage in broad scale consumer and business-to-business marketing of computer hardware, software and other technology systems. Clients included Microsoft, Apple, Palm, Adobe and Sun Microsystems. Mr. Friedman functioned as a creative director on many of these accounts on the agency side. One day, classic advertising media and strategies started to feel a bit dated. To avoid becoming a bit dated himself, Mark started his own business, primarily focusing on newer media like internet advertising, web site content, and guerilla marketing. Much has changed. But fundamentally, it’s still about generating startling, unforgettable ideas that motivate consumers to change their habits. And no matter how well-versed one is in old media or new, there’s no replacement for good writers and great thinkers.

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Jessie Ruoff Freund: Jessie has a BS in Electrical Engineering, with a Minor in Fine Arts, from Union College and a MS in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Jessie has a diverse background with a strong emphasis in athletics, science, art and design. In addition to her Engineering Senior Project she completed an Independent Study in Photography while traveling around the world. Said Independent Study had an Opening Reception and her work “Children of the World” was well received.  While working in the field of Patent Law at the Patent and Trademark Office in Washington D.C., she became interested in the break up of the government monopoly, AT&T. The only graduate program studying the technology, business and policy sides surrounding the deregulation of the telecommunications industry was offered at the University of Colorado in Boulder. As an avid ski racer in college, a move to Colorado was a perfect match. Upon completion of her Masters of Science, she was offered a consulting position with Accenture’s Network Solutions Group at the World Headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.  After the birth of her first son, Jessie’s attention was dedicated to the care of her family. Her job as primary care giver took precedence over all others. The choice to stay home with her children enabled the concept and development of EcoBoxers, a business initially run from home. EcoBoxers manufactured boxer shorts (in the USA) from recycled, reclaimed textiles and unbleached cotton before it was in vogue.  The business took off (primarily as a supplier to REAL GOODS MAIL-ORDER CATALOG) and was sold shortly there after. Her primary focus and most important job is Mother to two wonderful young men. Jessie’s other interests that have kept her motivated include (but are not limited to): ski instructing, real estate flipping and staging, recruiting, triathlon racing and training and dynamic, creative thinking and designing.  Her enthusiasm and passion for life continue to keep her stimulated and ready to take on the next challenge.

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Suzan Fruchtman: Suzan Fruchtman provides strategic business analysis and project management supporting marketing, finance, sales and operations teams. Her resume includes some of the biggest companies in consumer products, media/entertainment, and retail banking. Early in her career, after earning a BA in Critical Studies at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-TV (graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude), she worked in the entertainment industry as a Financial Analyst at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA. Born and bred in Miami Beach, FL, she returned to the East Coast to earn her MBA at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. After graduation, she followed her dreams to live in New York City and worked for Columbia House, Chase Manhattan Bank, Focus Features, and Time Inc. Switching to consumer products, she worked at Colgate Palmolive as a Promotions Analyst utilizing syndicated data to measure the effectiveness of company sales performance and competitive activity. Recognized for her creative problem solving and project management skills, Suzan was assigned special projects including building new Trade Investment tools, developing new processes for the management of shopper marketing analytic testing, and managing the transition to a new web-based data platform. Recently she has applied her broad skill set to a variety of consulting assignments including revenue analysis at a travel consortium, project management at an advertising company, and e-commerce merchandising at a startup. She has also been dedicated to helping others get back to work, founding the Duke NY Job Angels program and running the Upper East Side Networking group. Suzan’s other passions include international travel and college sports. She lives in Yorkville with her foster cat, TyTy.

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Brian Fuente:  Talk to Brian Fuente about his music and musical heritage, and you get the sense of a guy who knows how to honor his influences and where he comes from. It’s even more evident on his 2014 self-titled record, his visceral, passionate voice soaring over each track. As singer, co-producer, and multi-instrumentalist on the record, Brian pays homage to his roots by paying it forward, pouring every bit of himself, heart and blue-eyed soul, into his music.  Those roots extend back to Ridgeland, Mississippi, a small town outside of Jackson, where Brian grew up the son of a jazz vocalist mother and guitarist father. As much as their musicianship, his parents’ R&B records—not to mention a healthy dose of 80’s pop radio—made a lasting impression and set Brian in motion. He picked up his dad’s guitar at age 9 and before long was writing music, playing to crowds in between his mom’s sets at local clubs.  Years later, in 2007, Brian furthered his artistry by moving to Nashville, Tennessee, jumping into its thriving community of talented and like-minded musicians. He quickly garnered a loyal following with his first Nashville band, Newmatic, writing and performing with fierce dedication. Brian’s success with Newmatic gave him the confidence to perform on a bigger stage, in front of a much bigger audience.  In the summer of 2011, he auditioned for The Voice and won a spot on the prime-time reality TV competition with his version of Grace Potter’s “Paris”. Brian worked alongside Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson as a member of “Team Blake”, and since then he has catapulted from The Voice to sharing stages with Maroon 5, Counting Crows, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Gym Class Heroes, and Cobra Starship.  Even after reaching a national audience as a compelling solo artist, Brian Fuente clearly remembers where he first fell in love with music as a small-town kid from Mississippi. His 2012 ep, 1983, gives a nod to the sounds of his youth—Michael Jackson, Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, and even some Luther Vandross in the mix—while breaking new ground with unique, original songwriting and production.  This trend continues with Brian’s 2014 full-length release which he produced with Nashville-based J Hall, and on which he played most of the instruments. The record has the polish and poise of an artist who has built the momentum to reach new heights and share his passion with ever-larger audiences.  On the track “Waves”, the first video release from the record, Brian sings, “We’re all moving in waves, like never before.” This sentiment applies to Brian himself, and to be sure, wave after wave, this year and for more to come, Brian Fuente will continue to deliver music that inspires, like never before.

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Valerie J. Fullilove: Valerie J. Fullilove is a writer/producer originally from Long, Island, now residing in New Jersey. As CEO of Trinity Park Productions, Valerie is determined to bring inspirational and thought provoking projects to the table. Her play When Doves Fly opened to rave reviews and her screenplay Laura Lee was a finalist in an independent film festival. Valerie is currently enrolled in an intense six-month screenwriting course in order to hone her skills and to be able to help other inspiring writers take their projects to a higher level.

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Joshua ‘William’ Gelb:  A New York based director, performer and librettist, Gelb’s recent physical-theater projects include Party in the USA (Incubator Arts Project), Dumb Shows (The Flea), Love My Band (Dixon Place), Dukus (Target Margin Lab), Sometimes in Prague (Ice Factory), and Blind Alley Guy: Notes for an Unfinished Play by Eugene O’Neill (Incubator Arts Project). With Room5001 Theater, Gelb conceived and directed the notoriously revisionist all-male Man of La Mancha and adapted/directed a re-envisioning of America’s supposed first musical, The Black Crook. Gelb received his BFA at NYU Tisch’s Playwrights Horizons Theater School and his MFA in directing at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama where he graduated as a John Wells Fellow. He has assisted Marianne Weems (The Builders Association) and Rebecca Taichman (Soho Rep) and is a member of the 2012 Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Gelb is a founding member of JV Squad, a new a new collective of American theatre makers who take personal stories and place them on a global canvas, through a combination of relentlessly energetic physical storytelling and vibrant theatrical spectacle. This summer JV Squad will be taking Party in the USA to the Underbelly’s Topside Theater at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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Lee Gerber: Lee Gerber was a financial professional for 22 years with some of the nations leading financial institutions including SHEARSON LEHMAN, PRUDENTIAL and PAINE WEBER. He was responsible for leading financing IPO’s with a number of leading information and technology companies. Mr. Gerber also managed individual and foreign institutional accounts. In 1997 Lee left Wall Street to pursue a career in the Healthcare industry. CHG Allied, Inc, (Comprehensive Health Group) of which he assumed the presidency, grew under his leadership over the last five years four fold. CHG is one of the largest chiropractic networks in the country and designs and markets affordable health care programs to employers and the underinsured marketplace. In 2000 he formed CAM Health Partners of which Mr. Gerber was Chairman. CAM specializes in complementary and alternative medicine, offering a more holistic and natural approach to healthcare. The network contains chiropractors; massage therapists, naturopaths, holistic doctors, acupuncturists, nutritionists, physical therapists, physiotherapy, etc. CAM has a nationwide network of over 25,000 providers. In October 2004, Mr. Gerber created US Healthcare Savers. US Healthcare Savers is a leading developer/ marketer of affordable consumer directed health savings programs to consumers. Clients include leading insurance brokers, marketing organizations, unions and corporate accounts, non-profits. Lee Gerber holds an Economics degree major for Bernard Baruch College, City College of New York and has completed post graduate work at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Married for 36 years with 2 children. Resides in Lawrence NY.

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Heather Lea Gerdes: Heather Lea Gerdes was born (literally) on Sunset Beach, California.  She has been involved in the entertainment industry for over twenty-five years.  Beginning her career as a dancer, she performed with the Florida Ballet Company and was classically trained in the Cecchetti Method of Dance.  She holds and A.I.S.T.D. (Associate Level) in that discipline.  Heather later studied with Finis Jhung in New York and has since completed his 2009 teaching workshop at the Ailey School.  Throughout Heather’s performing career, she developed and established her strengths as a teacher and choreographer.  She’s taught and choreographed in New York, Japan, Vienna and London.  Heather is certified in Group Fitness training with AFAA and has recently completed its Practical Yoga Workshop.  She’s also completed Levels 1, 2, & 3 of UZAZU, The Language of Energy, a study in achieving energy embodiment that utilizes polarity-based movement, breath, and sound.  Heather currently teaches Country Cardio® dance exercise, a program of her creation.  She’s looking forward to teaching her new classes, Ballet for Real People and Flex Ropes for Divas as well.

New York City was Heather’s base for approximately thirteen years.  While there, she performed the role of Velma in the Broadway Revival of West Side Story, and later, toured with that company throughout Italy and France.  She also performed in the Broadway production of Copperfield.  Heather danced the female lead in Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ when the show was the first All-American company to perform in London’s West End.  After the show’s run, she participated in the American/British Equity Exchange program and performed with the London company of Cats. Heather has worked on thirty films from background to day-player roles.  She was one of the original dancers in the film, Dirty Dancing.   In Los Angeles, Heather was in the Whoville Choir in Ron Howard’s, The Grinch, and recently worked on the Sprint Picture Mail print campaign, the pilot for ABC’s Eli Stone.  In David Zucker’s 2008, An American Carol, Heather was featured in a dancing/singing role as a Professor.  IN 2011, Heather appeared in Glee with Gwyneth Paltrow.  Heather holds a BA in Motion Picture Technology.  Her production experience includes assisting in the Principals Casting Office of HBO’s, From the Earth the Moon and later, assisting the Director of Photography on this same Emmy award-winning mini-series.  She’s worked with Bill Dance Casting in Los Angeles on various projects, handled production coordinating and locations for others, and directed and produced her own documentary entitled, “Save the Last Drive-In.”  Heather spent six months as an agent-in-training at the Bobby Ball Agency in the Dance/Music division, coordinating the acquisition of some 150 New York based musical theatre and dance clients as well as maintaining the Los Angeles client roster.

Heather is currently represented by Clear Talent Group in Los Angeles and is the Script Department Supervisor for LMNO Cable Group, where she’s worked multiple seasons on network and cable shows for Soapnet, HGTV, Discovery, TLC, and WE … I Get That A Lot, The Little Couple, I Wanna Be a Soap Star, National Body Challenge, Over Your Head, Deserving Design, Wedding Central, to name a scant few.

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Melissa Gibson: Melissa Gibson is seasoned marketing and business development professional with over 20 years of client service and consulting experience. As the founder and President of New In Town, Inc., she works with both individuals and businesses in the areas of customer acquisition, new product development, new ventures launches, business expansion and business development. Melissa received a B.S. in Agriculture Economics and Management from Cornell University and a Masters of Brand Management from the University of Georgia, on a full scholarship from Coca-Cola. Her career began on the leading edge of database marketing technology, as an account executive working with such clients as Colgate-Palmolive, Brown-Forman, Frito-Lay and Fisher-Price for a pioneering database marketing firm in Dallas, Texas. After several years spent servicing national accounts, Melissa decided to apply her expertise and knowledge to helping small, local and regional retailers and services. With her strong entrepreneurial spirit and desire to disperse cutting edge database and target marketing concepts, Melissa founded New In Town Inc., on Long Island, NY. New In Town was established in 1991 as a direct marketing firm specializing in new customer acquisition through turn-key direct marketing programs targeting new movers. Most notably, the New In Town program has been proven in hundreds of grocery stores in the New York Metro area. New In Town also works with local retailers and services of every type; such as dentists, landscapers, jewelry stores, pizza parlors, hair salons, shoe stores, florists, restaurants and community banks. While new mover programs continue to be at the heart of New In Town, Inc., the firm‘s offerings have expanded to include business development and expansion consulting, including “think-tank” expertise, event production, new product and business launch strategy development, as well as professional coaching for individuals seeking to establish their own businesses. Long-term projects have included serving at the helm of Business Development for Beach Tennis USA, V-Beach Volleyball, ZapmyTax, as well as having developed direct marketing programs for Fortunoffs, King Kullen and Ethan Allen. With an avid passion for snowboarding and a desire to live a quality of life that involves an active lifestyle among people who have an appreciation for their surroundings, Melissa has recently re-located New In Town Inc. to the Hudson Valley, NY area. She is eager to work with local and regional businesses in order to help them develop and thrive. To further expand its toolbox of services, New In Town has partnered with LoPresti Design and Media. This new affiliation brings added expertise in conceptual design, digital work, web development and production, as well as public relations designed to reach both mainstream and newer social media outlets.

Melissa Gibson can be reached at mg@newintowninc.com/cell: (516) 428-6058.

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Jack Gindi: Jack Gindi is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has worked as an actor, writer, director and producer. A student of José Quintero’s, Jack was featured in the film “The Hard Way,” the CBS pilot “Sporting Chance” and has also pitched products in commercials and voice over spots. Playwriting credits include: “Next of Kin” – Aurora Stage New York production; “The Watch” – L.A. Ensemble Studio Theatre; “Oscar Buzz” – Manhattan Theatre Source’s Spontaneous Combustion series. Directing credits include: “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” – Manhattan’s Trilogy Theatre; “The Lost Language of Twins” – SoHo Rep; Sue Costello’s “The Life and Times of a Band Fag” – PS 122 – Toyota Comedy Festival; “Lou Gehrig Did Not Die Of Cancer” – Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City; “On Becoming” – Cape May Stage, (New Jersey) Stonington Opera House, (Maine) and Cherry Lane Theatre (New York City); Stage shows, video commercials and celebrity spots for improv and sketch comedy groups in New York and Los Angeles. “What’s Your Sign?” marks his feature film writing, directing and producing debut. It won the Audience Award at the San Antonio Film Festival as well as the Director’s Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival. The film stars Judy Kuhn, Susie Essman, Artie Lange, Doris Belack, Catherine Wolf, George Morfogen, Sabrina Lloyd and Daniel Dae Kim. Along with Art Metrano and Esther Shapiro, Jack received the 2000 Cinema Award at the Sephardic Film Festival at the Directors Guild in Los Angeles. Jack is a principal of Siren Films LLC. He is the president of Hearts of Gold, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of New York City’s homeless mothers and their young children. He is the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Cherry Lane Theatre.

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Jeffry Gitter: Jeffry is a 30-year member of the DGA as an Assistant Director and Stage Manager. Jeffry runs the NY411 a resource book for the film & TV business. Jeffry has worked on over 600 commercials and television events such as the Oscars, Grammys Tonys 1/2 time Superbowl, Presidential Inaugural Galas, VMA’s Video Music Awards, CMA’s Country Music Awards, CMT Awards, Hip Hop Honors, Hip Hop Awards, etc. Jeffry was Vice President of JHS 180 in Rockaway Beach, Queens.

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Lisa Gold: Lisa Gold comes from a show business background growing up with a comedian father and fortunate to be encouraged every step of the way during her 30 year career. A graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, she also attended the acclaimed Cincinnati Conservatory of Music before leaving to study acting privately with renown teachers Gordon Hunt and Darryl Hickman. She began working professionally at age 16 and has made an income from acting or singing every year since, performing for Presidents, Astronauts (the 20th anniversary of the first lunar landing) and audiences worldwide. Her musical theater credits include a long list of well known shows as well as some groundbreaking new works headed for Broadway. Currently working in television (most recently the Emmy Award winning daytime drama All My Children), commercials, print and independent film, she has turned her attention to leading seminars on the Business of the Business as a way to contribute to others from experience she has gained both as a performer and as one of the owners of Actors Connection. A small mom and pop networking facility in the 90’s, Actors Connection has grown into the #1 Networking/Educational studio in New York. The studio today, with over 120 networking events monthly, is a testament to the need and desire of actors needing vital connections that will ultimately lead to their desired success. Lisa’s underlying purpose in everything she does is to end the “Starving Artist” syndrome by aligning with like-minded individuals and entities who believe creative artists deserve to make a great living at their chosen profession.

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Amy Goldberg: Amy has spent the last 16 years in residential real estate sales and management. Prior to that 10 years of experience at WNBC-TV, New York in broadcast journalism. No matter what my vocation over the last 25 years I have found that people are at the heart of every transaction and they should be treated with care, patience and respect. My affilliations: Currently a member of the Real Estate Board of New York.- and a former member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and New York State Association of Realtors (NYSAR) I participated on the Committee for Professional Standards and Ethics on the state level, and the Committee for Realtor Education in Ulster County NY. (1996-2004) In my present position as the Director of Sales for Shares of New York Marketing LLC, I , specialize in the sale of “unsold” shares in existing cooperative buildings and condominium of conversions. Shares offers a diverse selection of renovated and un-renovated apartments on Manhattan’s Upper Westside and Whitestone, Queens.

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Shelley Goldberg:  Shelley Goldberg is a global resources, commodities & environmental sustainability strategist with over twenty years of sector experience in energy, metals and mining, agriculture and infrastructure. She has deep knowledge of commodity investments, portfolio and hedge fund management, and expertise in physical and financial trading, hedging and asset allocation. Shelley has served as the energy hedge fund Managing Member and Portfolio Manager of G3 Capital Partners LLC. Additionally, she was a Commodity Strategist for Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP, a $42 billion macro hedge fund, as well as for Roubini Global Economics. She is currently channeling sector specific knowledge toward leadership roles in impact investing with the goal of monetizing developments in energy efficiency, water resources, precision agriculture, recycling and renewables both on a global and regional front. She is a frequent writer, speaker and panelist at industry conferences and is featured on live television and internet business broadcasts.

Shelley serves as Chairman of the Board of Advisors of Highland Light Management Corp., an environmentally sustainable oil and gas technology company. She is also an Advisory Board Member of Chobe Advisors, LLC, a physical commodities, trading and investment firm, and Plastics Pollution Coalition, a global alliance working towards a world free of plastics pollution. Shelley received her her BA from Tufts University and her MBA from New York University Stern School of Business.

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Dr. Bob Goldman: Dr. Goldman received his Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) from Brooklyn College in New York, then conducted three years of independent research in steroid biochemistry and attended the State University of New York. He received the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Degree from the Central America Health Sciences University, School of Medicine in Belize, a government-sanctioned, Ministry of Health-approved, and World Health Organization-listed medical university. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (D.O.) degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at MidWestern University. His Ph.D. work was in the field of androgenic anabolic steroid biochemistry. He co-founded and served as Chairman of the Board of Life Science Holdings, a biomedical research company which has had over 150 medical patents under development in the areas of brain resuscitation, trauma and emergency medicine, organ transplant and blood preservation technologies. He has overseen cooperative research agreement development programs in conjunction with such prominent institutions as the American National Red Cross, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Defense, and the FDA’s Center for Devices & Radiological Health. Dr. Goldman is the recipient of the ‘Gold Medal for Science, the Grand Prize for Medicine, the Humanitarian Award, and the Business Development Award. Dr. Goldman received honors from Minister of Sports and government Health officials of numerous nations. In 2001, Excellency Juan Antonio Samaranch awarded Dr. Goldman the International Olympic Committee Tribute Diploma for contributions to the development of sport & Olympism.

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Gary Goldman: Gary is currently the Business Development Director at MediaGlobal, an independent news organization located at the United Nations and focusing on issues of development. In 2010, he started an award-winning online platform and networking site called Daily BR!NK (www.dailybrink.com), which features extraordinary individuals from all ages and industries revolutionizing their respective fields. With a team of over thirty writers and photographers, over two-hundred up-and-comers have been profiled on Daily BR!NK this day. During his time majoring in International Relations Global Business at the University of Southern California, he was President of two major student organizations on campus (UNICEF at USC, Jewish Alliance for GLBTs and Straights), and was published in major student and European publications. He has also interned at NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and the United Nations Association Pasadena/Foothills. His dream is to become a social entrepreneur and create a venture that helps those at the bottom of the pyramid.

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Stuart Goldman: SGC, the Stuart Goldman Co., is a multi-media company specializing in original non-fiction productions, content sourcing and placement, and brand licensing, with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Company History. Stuart A. Goldman, SGC’s principal, began a career as a producer/director of corporate image films and TV commercials in the early 1980’s with clients including IBM, Motorola, McDonald’s, NBC, Unilever, Sloan Kettering Hospital, the town of Greenwich, Connecticut, and the New York Police Department. The company received more than forty industry awards during this period.

In 1988 Goldman produced and directed the award-winning PBS documentary “Alberta Hunter: My Castle’s Rockin,'” a one-hour music portrait tracing the life story of the legendary blues singer whose career spanned over seven decades! The film continues to be distributed in various territories worldiwde. Soon after, the television company Goldman/Taylor Entertainment was established in New York and Los Angeles. G/T started by acquiring rights to the best-selling (unauthorized) biography, “Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean”, and became executive producer of the highly-rated CBS-TV movie starring Lloyd Bridges and Suzanne Pleshette, who received both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her performance.  G/T also created and executive produced the pioneering reality series “Confessions of Crime” for the Lifetime Television network which examined the psychology of the criminal mind.  In addition, G/T conceived and produced the highly acclaimed documentary “Elvis in Hollywood,” the official Graceland- sanctioned production about Elvis Presley’s legendary movie career of the 1950’s. The program was broadcast around the world, and released as BMG Video International’s largest budget non-fiction title of the Nineties. Goldman/Taylor also acquired the rights to the Joseph Campbell Foundation’s program library, and became

executive producer of the 10-part PBS series, “Joseph Campbell: Mythos”, hosted by Academy Award Winner Susan Sarandon (the sequel to the top-rated Bill Moyers PBS series “The Power of Myth”).  G/T also handled The Wildlife Conservation Society’s public relations campaign in the mid-90’s, executive producing an award- winning fund-raising documentary and PSA TV spots. The campaign culminated with a 2-hour A&E Network music special, “John Denver: The Wildlife Concert,” one of the highest rated concert broadcasts of the era. In 1996, Stuart Goldman established SGC, The Stuart Goldman Co., to pursue entertainment and marketing projects on a broader basis. The company soon became a consultant to a number of high profile clients.  For example, SGC was responsible for initiating a line of branded music products for the History Channel and A&E Biography, and the magazine trademarks TV Guide, Esquire, Good Housekeeping Kids, Redbook and Cosmopolitan. During this time, SGC also acted as a business development and marketing consultant for clients such as Hearst Magazines, K-tel Records, K-tel.com, Q Records (QVC), Ketchum Public Relations, and Music Marketing Network.  In 1997, SGC was commissioned to produce a promotional film “Sale of the Century” for EMI-Capitol Records’ 100th anniversary marketing event. SGC’s role included production of 10 national 60-second radio spots to commemorate the label’s legendary artists including the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, David Bowie, and Pink Floyd.  In the years to follow, SGC continued to build a varied client list in with projects in music, marketing, direct response and commissioned projects.  In 1999, Stuart Goldman was retained to write the official documentary history of Alcoholics Anonymous.

In 2002, Stuart Goldman wrote, directed and produced the intimate profile of Elvis’first fiancé June Juanico, “Elvis & June: A Love Story.”  The program was acquired by A&E Biography and VH-1 UK and in other territories, and was chosen for the American Film Institute’s “Mods & Rockers” Film Series as well as the Silverlake (Los Angeles) Film Festival.  Link: The Story of Elvis & June. The next year, SGC Entertainment was established to represent content libraries for the exploding DVD market.

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Ed Goldsmith: Ed is an entrepreneur who has built and owned many successful companies. He has over 35 years of Sales and Marketing experience and is currently the Vice President for a ground transportation company with average revenues of 50 million dollars, per year, over the past 5 years. Ed believes in “Listening” to others to find their needs. He then goes to work to either provide a solution or introduce the person to someone he trusts to provide the solution. Ed is a student of “Personal and Professional Development” and is very passionate about sharing the entrepreneurial sprit to help people on that path. He is a “COACH” and “MENTOR” to many.  The battle cry is for people to PLAY MORE, WORK LESS, while INCREASING their INCOME”. Ed believes, People get to their current places depending on what was read, whom they were listening to, and whom they have associated with. To get to the next place in their future depends on the same things.  While reading a book five years ago, Ed was directed towards a new GOAL. He has become aware of previously learning the principles of SURVIVAL and SUCCESS, now it is time to learn and apply the principles to SIGNIFICANCE. “I can still do that” has become a new passion for Ed as he views it as an extension of his life?s work in the networking industry. Ed is an independent developer of iTeamUSA.com a national and soon to become global internet community builder. Along with Dan Schneider and other advisors of First Mondays, Ed will chair the newest arm of “I can still do that” and develop “Third Thursdays” as a coaching and mentoring program for available business and personal opportunities. Ed resides in Long Island with his loving wife of 40 years. The family consists of 3 wonderful loving and highly successful children and spouses. In addition, are the “3 Grand Children” who are described as the true “FRUIT of his LIFE”.

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Michael Goodman: Michael Goodman received a BA in Psychology at Staten Island College 1970 and a MS in Counseling at Suny Albany in 1971. In 2003 he received his certification as a Fitness Trainer from the ISSA and in 2005 he was certified by ISSA as a Specialist for Older Adults. After a 32 year career in counseling children and families Michael opened a private fitness studio in Woodstock New York.

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Marcy J. Gordon: Business and management consulting- Marcy J. Gordon is a highly experienced attorney with many years of providing sound business advice and strategy to her clients. Marcy has a broad range of experience as an attorney, entrepreneur, project manager and technology procurement professional. Marcy’s advice has saved her clients untold amounts in time as well as money. Marcy has advised start-ups as well as major Wall Street financial services firms. Marcy has been a computer consultant, software developer, technical writer and software entrepreneur. She has advised and participated in major business transactions, including a $4-billion asset sale. Marcy has a proven ability to win client loyalty. Even while working as an attorney, clients repeatedly came to her for business advice and strategy. Marcy has been an attorney at Commodore Business Machines, Prodigy, Globix, Merril Lynch, Shearson Lehman Brothers, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and UBS, as well as at an intellectual property/technology boutique firm (Brown, Raysman & Millstein) and a major law firm (Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal). She has represented buyers and sellers, and did a legal internship with a defense contractor, negotiating US government contracts. Marcy has done a variety of techology, licensing, and general goods and services contracts, including major outsourcing arrangements and telecommunications agreements. In addition, she has done trademark work, advertising agreements, construction contracts, utility contracts, HR agreements and a variety of data services agreements in the financial services industry. Marcy is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New York.

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Aaron Gottleib: Aaron is a 2007 honors graduate of Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude) Aaron has served as a Research Assistant for the Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse, NY; as well as for the ICF International, Fairfax, VA. He also worked as an intern at Home Headquarters, Inc. where he helped develop a survey to analyze the effectiveness of the Foreclosure Prevention program. He has recently been accepted into the Columbia University Masters Degree program in Social Work. Prior to that Aaron served as a summer intern at the National Society of Collegiate Scholars Distinguished Scholars Program, Washington, DC; where he performed research and writing tasks for the Urban Land Institute using Excel to organize data. Aaron’s deep commitment to community service is evidenced by his work at the Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity, where he chaired the Scholarship Committee and served on the Service Committee, International Young Scholars Program, where he tutored refugee children, and the Boys and Girls Club, where he volunteered at after-school programs and supervised the Computer Room.

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Denise Grayson: Denise Grayson, who portrays an intellectual property attorney in David Fincher’s movie “The Social Network,” a Columbia Pictures film, opening October 1, is a perfect example of art imitating life. She is an actress who IS an intellectual property lawyer. “I left a successful legal career to fulfill my dream of acting,” she says. “I’ve come full circle—a lawyer, to an actress, to an actress playing a lawyer in a major motion picture.” Denise landed her role in “The Social Network” after being spotted at a party by the film’s casting director, Laray Mayfield. Laray asked her if she was an actor. In the presence of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who were standing nearby, Denise was at first reluctant to admit that she was. But it was a nerve-wracking four months before she knew the role was hers. At first she didn’t even know she was auditioning for a David Fincher movie.

“The Social Network,” written by Aaron Sorkin, is based on the book “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield as Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin (represented in the movie by Denise’s character, Gretchen) the two founders of Facebook. World premiere will be at the opening night of the New York Film Festival on September 24 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Garfield was recently signed to play the next Spiderman.

In her first feature film, 1999’s “Puppet,” Denise played an FBI agent. Next came a short film “Gasline,” which won the jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The writer/director, Dave Silver cast her again in his first full-length feature “Corn.” She followed with three movies for the Hallmark Channel. In “Though None Go With Me” she aged considerably, playing a sixty-year-old opposite Cheryl Ladd. This was followed by “Pandemic” and the 2009 movie “Citizen Jane,” playing a bank manager. Ally Sheedy starred.

Today Denise divides her time between homes in New York and Los Angeles. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Florida. Although Denise is immersed in her acting career, she generously donates her time in California doing pro bono mediation work. She also coaches stand-up comedians, though there is no apparent connection between the two activities.

While still in her twenties Denise was in-house counsel for Paine Webber (now UBS) and then for Bankers Trust (now Deutsche Bank) as an intellectual property lawyer with a specialty in technology.  Denise was something of a prodigy, entering college in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York at the age of 16, majoring in accounting and economics. She also took courses in public speaking to overcome her shyness. At twenty she was already studying at the University of Miami School of Law. In her last year there she successfully tried six supervised felony cases. Upon graduating she had the opportunity to work as a state prosecutor, but realized this was not the work she wanted to do when she felt sympathy for the defendant in a major murder case.

Moving back to New York to be near her parents, both teachers and artists, she embarked on a legal career that was far removed from sympathetic murder suspects.  She worked in the early days of the technology boom and the beginning of the Internet. Denise soon struck out on her own, representing most of the major banks and financial institutions, including Merrill Lynch, Chase and Prudential. At the same time, she became involved in acting, reigniting her childhood creativity when she played the lead in a number of school plays. Juggling two careers, Denise got work as a model and as an actress in commercials. She started classes at Uta Hagen’s famous HB Studios and continued to study there for years. Her lawyer friends thought she was nuts, but she quickly found herself in a number of off off Broadway plays and low budget movies. Today, she is able to enjoy the fruits of her labors, with her career now moving to a higher level.

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Cooper David Grodin: Cooper was born and raised on the isle of Manhattan, which means land of many hills. Cooper went to Laguardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, then did his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and got his Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. He loves to sing, play piano, compose and play basketball. He has played Danny in Grease, Javert in Les Mis, Mr. Snow in  Carousel, Junious in Rape of Lucretia, the Count in A Little Night Music and most recently a Boxer in the premier of Seeing Stars, which was part of the 2009 New York Music Theater Festival. Cooper has sung many a concert with the NY Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St Lukes, been in the NY primer of Grendel at City Opera directed by Julie Taymor, and been in Zaide as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival directed by Peter Sellars. In 2006 Cooper performed Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum at Canegie Hall. He can be seen in the Films “Music and Lyrics”, (deleted scenes, on DVD) and the 2010 release “Salt”. He was a national finalist in 2009 and 2007 in the Lotte Lenya / Kurt Weill competition. Cooper is a member of Equity, AGMA, SAG, and is signed with NY Agent About Artists.

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Jon Haggins: Jon is the producer and host of GlobeTrotter Jon Haggins TV; a half-hour weekly travel show that’s available in 2 million homes in New York City and streamed over the Internet. In addition, he has contributed travel segments to NPR Radio. NPR has a listening audience of 25 million.Jon is a motivational speaker who inspires people to get up and go, that anything is possible. His background also includes fashion, interior and food. He has been featured in and has written for many publications. Jon has also been a spokesperson for Procter and Gamble’s Ultra Detergents. The Museum of the City of New York is presently exhibiting a retrospective of his fashion designs. And the Schomburg Library has acquired his fashion archive of photographs and editorials.GlobeTrotter Jon Haggins TV is a fun, informative and entertaining program that features destinations, foodies and guests from around the world. The main goal is to expand our audience horizon beyond the couch and allow them to discover many dreamy far away places where they can reach for the stars. Jon was honored by F.A.X. at F.I.T. for his contribution to the fashion industry and The Tunisian Tourist Organization honored him for his TV show that featured Tunisia. Jon has written Yes I Can, a motivational and inspirational book that gets the reader up and out to accomplish their dream. And he has also written The African American Travel Guide, which is an informative book, that offers advise on where to get a passport, where to exchange money, security precautions, bartering in the markets and what to pack etc. He also share narratives of his travel experiences. In addition to his book, he has contributed short stories to Eric Copage’s -Soul Food Book. He was an invited speaker at the Smithsonian Museum in DC and have appeared on many radio and TV shows such as: CNN-Daybreak, Joan Hamburg-WOR Radio, Sunday Classics with Hal Jackson WBLS Radio, Sean Cort-Breakfast Cort and the Bob Law show on WWRL Radio, Geraldo, Regis & Kathie Lee, Saturday Morning Tribune, Midday Live, Evening Magazine and The McCreary Report, just to name a few. And let’s not forget that he was a voice for FOX-TV’s public service announcement, “It’s Ten PM. Do you know where your children are?” Jon’s fashions have graced seven Cosmopolitan Magazine covers and eighty-five inside pages. They have also appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Essence, New York Magazine, Town and Country, New York Times etc. Celebrities such as Diana Ross, Helen Gurley Brown, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Debbie Allen, Felicia Rashad, Racquel Welch, Diahann Carroll, and Lynn Redgrave have worn his fashions. Cornel University honored him with a month long exhibition of his designs in the Johnson Museum. He also designed costumes for several Off-Broadway shows and several Soap Operas and TV shows, such as: The Debbie Allen Special, As the World turns, One Life to Live, Love boat, Star Search and Good Day-New York. And special projects for Clairol, Matrix, Estee Lauder, Revlon, Seagram, Procter & Gamble and Chesebrough Ponds.

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Charles Edward Hall: Charles Edward Hall Has play the Iconic role of Santa Claus for 28 years in the the long running Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in New York. He has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional and National tours.  His work  includes the creation of the Wicked Witch in the critically acclaimed Broadway Production of Walt Disney’s Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs: As well as  Barnum with Jim Dale and Glenn Close and Pippin with Ben Vereen. He has portrayed Scrooge at Radio City Music Hall and recently Ben Franklin in the new film LIBERTY 360  at the PECO theatre in Philadelphia. Several television appearances include Sesame Street,  Another World. HBO, Regis and Kelly and was recently featured on Good Morning America. He is the Artistic Director of Twilight Theatre Productions in the Kentucky Lakes area of Western Kentucky.  A native of Frankfort Kentucky and a graduate of Murray State University  where he studied with Robert E. Johnson and continued to study with original Group Theatre member Robert Lewis in New York. Charles is a member of the Santa Claus Hall of Fame and was recently given the award for outstanding alumni at Murray State.  His book, Santa is Real, will be out Oct 14th 2014.

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Nadine Christine Hamdan: Nadine Christine, aka Nadine Christine Hamdan is an accomplished comedy writer, producer and entrepreneur who has sold several screenplays for film and currently working for production companies and networks as a writer for television sitcoms. As the creator and producer” The World’s Greatest Unknown Comedian”, one of the largest Internet talent comedy competition’s which launched in fall of 2004 and lasted for 3 seasons, she learned early on about the importance of the internet. She is also the Executive Producer and head of development of the live and broadcast versions of “Hollywood’s Master Storyteller”, also known as HMS. Now in it’s 9th year, HMS is getting bigger and better than ever.

Due to the fact that HMS didn’t have a budget early on, Nadine and her partners had to get on the horn and invite all the major A-Listers to HMS as guests, which include, but not limited too (George Clooney, Drew Barrymore, Oliver Stone and Pierce Brosnan, but who’s bragging) and get butt’s in the theater seats at the Arclight Cinema and then eventually at Mann’s Chinese, where HMS currently resides.  It was also through that time that Nadine learned the importance of marketing and publicity.  From there, in 2007, she gave birth to Euphoric Media Group to integrate a rather large publicity division that represents A-Z listers and a few martians.  In 2008, Nadine and her partners took on the social media platform and began designing large scale websites that would utilize the Internet and a mix of mainstream publicity, coupled with fantastic relationships and built a PR and Marketing company that reaches over 700 million people a year.  And we’re being modest. With her infatuation for the Intertnet and live broadcasts, Nadine is currently working on four simulcast productions, going live in 2012 with the most prestigious guests in Hollywood’s Master Storytellers history, and launching one of the largest live digital distribution deals in Hollywood.

Right after Euphoric Ent. was born, Nadine teamed up with Doug Schwartz (creator of Baywatch) to develop several TV shows that are currently at the networks.  In the process she also has 3 projects in full development, including one with E! Entertainment, her mecca.  She’s teamed up with Rachelle Carson Begley (“Living With Ed”) for “Pampered Girls Guide to Green”. Currently in development with Euphoric,  Nadine’s slate includes “The Glamorous Life” starring Sheila E., “Find Me A Friggin Husband” starring Cloris Leachman and “Fitness Model Factory” and “The Model Mom” starring Jennifer Nicole Lee, “Who Is Jose” starring Jose Canseco, “Naughty Looking For Nice” with several of Charlie Sheen’s ex-girlfriends, in full development and “Aircrew TV”.  On the sitcom side, Nadine has created and is in full development with “The Crooner”, “Exposed” and “The Straight Lesbian”.

As one of the most connected people in Los Angeles, Nadine is described as an “outlet” that anyone can plug into and reach the Hollywood decision makers at the networks, studio’s and production companies.  Building, branding and creating relationships is what she is all about.  Even if it’s marketing and branding a toothpick, Nadine and her team are on it to make it the most interesting and needed toothpick in the universe (and with advanced animation, the toothpick will dance).

“We Create” is Euphoric Media’s motto and corporate slug line.  You will not find anything “normal” in working with Nadine and her team.  But you will find it entertaining, effective, fun, delightful, frustrating, creative and at the end of the day, the deal will be closed. You want to meet someone, we’ll make it happen.  You wish to create a show and get it sold, we’ll show you how and if you have a brand, or YOU are the brand, then we’ll get it out and create something incredible that the public will love, relate too and want. Writing, creating, producing and being globally conscious is what Nadine is passionate about (botox and chocolate as well).

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Malik Hammond: Malik Hammond is a 15 years old Brooklyn, New York resident. Malik began his career in the modeling industry when he was just an infant and has been acting since the age of 6. His film credits include, “The Perfect Holiday”, directed by Lance Rivera, The Manchurian Candidate, directed by Jonathan Demme, and Across The Universe, directed by Julie Taymor. His Theater credits include “13” the Broadway musical and the “Scottsboro Boys”. On television, Malik has appeared on NBC’s Third Watch, Law & Order and has appeared in music videos for Kanye West and Sugar Babes. Malik has also been seen and heard in numerous national commercials and print ads like Gap, Target, Verizon Wireless & Toys R Us. He was directed by the Academy Award Winner Antoine Fuqua in a Disney Expedition Everest spot, and can currently be seen in a Feed America PSA & a back to school Wal-Mart commercial. When Malik is not acting, singing or dancing he enjoys playing video games and a little B-ball around the neighborhood.

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Carolyn E. Hansen: Carolyn E. Hansen is a mediator specializing in commercial mediation and cross cultural mediation. She is on the court-approved mediator panels of the commercial division of four New York Supreme Courts: New York County, Westchester County, Nassau County, and Kings County. She is admitted to the Bar in New York (1981), Wisconsin (1974), and the United States Supreme Court (1986). Ms. Hansen is graduate of the University of Michigan (J.D., 1972) and the Free University in Brussels, Belgium (LL.M., International and Comparative Law, 1973). Carolyn has a Bachelor of Science including studies in psychology, which along with her extensive international experience, informs her mediation practice. Carolyn has been in private practice in New York since 1999 where she utilizes extensive global business development and liaison experience, expertise in nonprofit organizations and in commercial and trade law to assist corporate, business, non-profit, municipal, high-tech, entrepreneurial clients and individuals facing a variety of needs. Ms. Hansen previously lived for 12 years in Taiwan heading her international law consultancy. Prior to that Ms. Hansen served as head of the law department of the international division of Ralston Purina Company, and as international in-house counsel to Schering-Plough Corporation, and Johnson Wax. As a member of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health she is active in the international movement for therapeutic jurisprudence which brings psychology into the training and practice of law.

Sarah Harary: Sarah is a 17 year old native of Winter Park, Florida. She is currently a senior at Trinity Prepatory School. Her academic accomplishments are numerous. She is a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program which recognizes the top twenty boys and girls in each state. She is a National Merit Scholarship finalist. She recently placed 10th in a ten week long Florida Stock Market Challenge in which more than 2700 students competed statewide.  Since the conclusion of the challenge, Sarah’s investment portfolio has risen to the top spot in the state. Her varsity soccer team has won the district championships in each of the last two years. Sarah is the club treasurer for the Trinity Generation Green Energy Project. The goal of this project is to reduce energy usage on campus and to enforce recycling rules.Sarah participates in numerous community organizations. One of her passions is Habitat for Humanity. She works each week at the local building sites assisting the construction of homes for the homeless. Sarah recruits many students to this worthy cause and takes a leadership role on the jobsite. She also does various projects with the Boys and Girls Clubs.Sarah is expecting to major in Math and Engineering in college.

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Shira Harrington:  Since 1994 Shira Harrington has been helping employers and job seekers discover their mutual purpose. Developing a management and executive recruiting practice within the association / nonprofit industry and a career consulting practice since 2010, Shira is keen on helping her clients identify their optimal match. For job seekers, her expertise is in exploring career goals, developing networking strategies, crafting powerful resumes, and preparing for engaging interviews.

Shira is a regular speaker in the Washington, DC metro area job support groups including Beltway Job Search Partners, MBC Career Network Ministry and 40-Plus of Greater Washington. She is also an active volunteer leader in ASAE (American Society for Association Executives) and founded an executive peer roundtable entitled SAFE (Small Association Forum for Executives) which provides a forum for best practice sharing among small staff association executives.

In addition, Shira plays an active role in the Washington, DC metropolitan human resources community. She is Past President of the Human Resources Leadership Forum, was the Vice President of Programs for the Human Resources Association of the National Capital Area; and she runs a monthly brown bag lunch for HR professionals in the nonprofit and association sectors.

Shira also is a consultant and presenter on managing the multigenerational workforce. As a subject matter expert, she brings her extensive research and her unique, ‘real world’ perspective of the world at work to bridge the perceived gaps between the generations and prepare executives for the coming labor shortage. Differences in work ethic, life values, work-life expectations, teamwork, communication styles and relationship to authority are just some of the challenges facing employees of each generation. Moreover, as Baby Boomers prepare to retire, employers are likely to be short- handed unless succession planning begins now.

Shira has been published in the monthly magazine of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, quoted in Federal Computer Weekly, profiled in the Washington Business Journal (June 1, 2007), interviewed in Bottom Line Briefing (January 2009) and is a contributing author to a new book, Motivating the Millennial Knowledge Worker (Spring 2009).

Shira earned a Masters degree in Public Relations with a focus on employee communications from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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Dana Harris: Dana Harris is currently a rising junior at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York with an anticipated BA in 2011. She is pursuing a double major in Media Studies and Political Science. She is the publicity director for an on campus, anti-poverty group called Operation Donation which raised approximately $50,000 worth of groceries for local shelters in the past academic year. In the summer of 2008, Dana was an intern at Human Rights Watch with the Creative and Multimedia Team and in the fall of 2008 she interned at Grace Smith House, a domestic violence shelter in Poughkeepsie. She is about to begin an internship for the summer of 2009 at PCI-Media Impact an organization whose goal is to use “creative media, the power of storytelling and the reach of broadcast media to mobilize individual, community and political action”. Dana’s interests include human rights, social change, the use of different media, and the role of ‘the’ media. She also loves traveling and photography.

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Dori Hartley: Dori Hartley is a native New Yorker, a writer, illustrator, actor, musician and a ten-year cancer survivor. Hartley started her writing career as a lyricist, penning tunes for Tears For Fears, The Goo Goo Dolls, Carlos Santana, Daphne Rubin Vega, Morcheeba and Patricia Kaas. Her lyrics inspired the writers of the HBO series, The Sopranos, to create an entire show revolving around her song, “Nobody Loves Me But You”. Episode #11, “A Hit is a Hit”, refers to Ms. Hartley’s song as “the hit” which drives the plot. She is presently working as a columnist for the Huffington Post, where her controversial articles have been featured on the front page of the New York, Women’s, Parents and Religion sections. She received over one million hits in one day, on her autobiographical essay, “Rocky Horror ‘Glee’ Episode a Time Warp for Original Floor-Show Frank”. Her work can also be found in Psychology Today, ParentDish, MyDaily and More Magazine. She attended Parsons The New School of Design, where she studied Illustration and Fine Art, and New Media at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Angels and Echoes is her first novel. She lives with her daughter and two cats, in South Florida.

Read Angels and Echoes, available in Kindle format, on amazon.com: http://amzn.com/B005ESFBKC

Her column on Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dori-hartley

Her column on ParentDish: http://www.parentdish.com/bloggers/dori-hartley/

Her website and art gallery: http://dorihartley.com/

Her blog on Red Room: http://redroom.com/member/dori-hartley

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Suzanne Harvey: Suzanne Harvey is an experienced consultant for business and industry development and international marketing specializing in the design and implementation of a wide range of economic development, marketing and investment projects. With more than 25 years experience, Ms. Harvey applies her expertise to formulate and execute comprehensive research, marketing, technical, training, product design/adaptation and market entry programs targeted to industrial, consumer, investment and business sectors. This includes the organization of fairs, exhibitions, conferences, workshops and seminars. Ms. Harvey’s clients include U.S. and international private sector corporations, government agencies, and industry associations. As a result of long-time collaboration with the civil sector, national and international NGO’s, international development entities including U.S. Government agencies, The World Bank, The United Nations and The Commonwealth Secretariat, and because of her strong relationship with private industry executives as well as public and civil sector officials, Ms. Harvey is able to play a key role as liaison between all segments. Prior to her work in international marketing, Ms. Harvey was employed in fashion retailing serving as a buyer for the well known fashion leader, Bloomingdales, as well as buying for mainstay retailing chains as Vornado and Orbachs. In addition to writing and publishing trend forecasts and training manuals for specific sectors, Ms Havey is a frequent presenter at marketing seminars, workshops and conferences both in the U.S. and abroad. Suzanne Harvey is a member of the Board of Directors of three UN affiliated Non Governmental Organizations (NGO),  The Peacemaker Corps, US National Committee for UNWomen, Friends of the United Nations and has served on the board of the Metropolitan Council of the American Jewish Congress, chaired the International Committee for the Met Council at AJC, and is active in local, regional and international civic affairs.

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Cassandra Hastie: Cassandra Hastie, a senior at Onteora High School, was born and raised in Woodstock, NY. She is a serious student who plans to major in International Relations in college and then pursue a law degree. When she is not studying, she plays the clarinet in four different groups (jazz band, marching band, wind ensemble, and orchestra) and works on her own organization, ‘A New Beautiful.’ This organization works to raise awareness of positive body image and eating disorders. Cassandra runs a club in school to help her peers who may be struggling with confidence, blogs on her website (anewbeautiful.weebly.com) and publishes a quarterly column in a local youth journal (The Good Life Journal). Cassandra’s biggest goal for her future is to make a positive and lasting impact on this planet. Cassandra speaks Spanish and French and will be learning Japanese this summer at a full scholarship cultural exchange program at Princeton University. Cassandra volunteers with a local organization, One Voice For Laos, and runs their blog. This group raises money for orphans at the Deak Kum Pa orphanage in Laos. Cassandra is passionate about global awareness and prominent social issues, but she also has a love for poetry. For two years in a row, Cassandra has won her school’s Poetry Out Loud competition and has competed at Regionals.

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Alexa Heller: Alexa began dancing professionally at the age of 8 with Ballet Met, Miami City Ballet, & The Harlem Globe Trotters half time show. She also volunteered her time performing for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital fundraisers and speaking on Joe DiMaggio’s Family Advisory Counsel.  With a an absolute love for performing and connecting with audiences, Alexa soon took up singing and acting. Alexa’s triple threat abilities landed her the role of Velma Kelly in the musical Chicago at Coral Springs Center for the Performing Arts when she was 15. Soon after, Alexa performed in an Off-Broadway show in NY and had her mind set on moving to New York for college. When Alexa arrived in NY, she didn’t know anybody. Shortly after, by fate, she made her National Television debut when she was cast on an episode of MTV’s True Life. Another highlight for Alexa was when she danced on a Broadway stage for Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids’ Easter Bonnet with Corbin Bleu. While continuing to audition in the city, Alexa was cast on numerous Film and TV sets to do background work. It was her experience working on the set of Disney’s Step Up 3D that began to fuel her into serious songwriting mode. She was inspired by just being on set and being around some of the best dancer’s in the world. She felt like she was living in a Flashdance movie scene from the 80s. And from that inspiration, Alexa developed and recorded her first album. It has a Retro-Pop groove with soulful melodies and heartful lyrics.  Every girl who ever moves to Manhattan needs to hear this album. <3 Twitter: @itsALEXAonline  www.itsalexaonline.cm

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Wolfram Herrmann: Wolfram Herrmann studied German Law and Literature, worked in music publishing and recorded as a singer with studio legend CONNY PLANCK (ANNIE LENOX, KRAFTWERK). After his bar exam he entered the copyright world with the renowned law firms WENNER & Cie.

In Paris, France and the law firm STEVEN REICH in Berlin, Germany. He then became director business and legal affairs with BERTELSMANN MUSIC GROUP (RCA Division) and signed on local and international acts like TIC TAC TOE, SCATMAN JOHN, SWEETBOX and NINA HAGEN. In Los Angeles, he worked as a consultant for THE NELSONS, N-TUNE or MARLA GLEN. Wolfram was lecturer for Entertainment Law at LOS ANGELES MUSIC ACADEMY and founder of the record label ALOHA RECORDS, Inc., which brought, amongst others, an original band from Hawaii to German TV.

Together with DON PASSMAN he developed the idea of a European version of the bestselling original ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THE MUSIC BUSINESS. ALLES, WAS SIE ÜBER DAS MUSIKBUSINESS WISSEN MÜSSEN contains special notes for Germany, Austria and Switzerland and is being published by Schäffer & Poeschel, Stuttgart, Germany (ISBN 3-7910-2269-5). The German version started to sell in 2004 and runs well in its 2. Volume ever since.

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Barry J. Heyman, ESQ.: Barry Heyman is an entertainment attorney licensed to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey. Barry began his career in the entertainment industry in 1992 working in the copyright department at PolyGram Records, handling mechanical and sample licensing for its subsidiaries Def Jam and Mercury Records. During his seven year tenure, Barry became manager of the department, and in 1999, Barry assisted with the successful merger of PolyGram’s and Universal’s copyright departments. While pursuing his legal education in the evening program at New York Law School, Barry began consulting entertainment companies such as Razorfish Studios, Red Ant Records, and Spitfire Records. Upon graduating law school, Barry became in-house counsel for Eagle Rock Entertainment (Eagle Vision, Spitfire Records, and Eagle Records). In 2003, Barry consulted MTV in the new media licensing area in connection with a $75 million dollar marketing partnership deal with Motorola. As the point person between the legal affairs departments internationally, he supervised the proper mobile licensing of MTV’s intellectual property content to Motorola.In addition to his hands on entertainment company experience, Barry has also pursued opportunities with various law firms ranging from the boutique law practices (Schneider Pfahl & Rahme, LLP; Andy Tavel Law Firm; Law Offices of Terri F. Baker) to the large prestigious firms within their IP, media, and entertainment areas (Proskauer Rose LLP; Debevoise & Plimpton). At Debevoise & Plimpton, Barry co-produced the television program The Digital Age with pre-eminent First Amendment and media lawyer, James Goodale, Esq. The show airs on PBS’s WNYE-TV channel 25 in New York City, DirecTV channels 888 (NJ) and 25 (NY and CT), Dish-TV, and as a webcast on www.digitalage.org. In the fall semester of 2005, Barry was an adjunct professor at New York University and taught the graduate course entitled Law and the Music Industry. Course topics included intellectual property concepts and licensing arrangements related to the music and new media industries. Currently, Barry counsels clients regarding protecting their intellectual property, and advises individuals and companies in connection with licensing, recording, distribution, publishing, and related contracts. He provides strategic and commercial advice on various aspects of the music and media industries, including current technological changes and alternative copyright distribution and exploitation models.Barry received his Music Business degree, cum laude, from New York University and his J.D., cum laude, from New York Law School.

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Martin Hill: Martin Hill hails from a small town in Scotland called Kirkcaldy. From a young age he expressed a keen interest in music. When he was 13 I started playing bass and from there played in several bands throughout High School. After High School Martin spent three years studying Music production and Sound engineering at the Adam Smith College in Fife. In that time he was regularly working with bands running live sound and working in college recording studio, which was run on a Pro Tools HD system with (at the time) the brand new D-command control surface. Mr.Hill’s course taught him a number of things about audio engineering, acoustics, Live sound reinforcement, music business and the need for professionalism when dealing with clients no matter the situation. He also developed excellent problem solving skills, which he believes can prove to be an audio engineer’s most important skill.

After graduating college Martin then spent a year at Glasgow Caledonian University and received a Bachelors Degree in Audio Technology with Multimedia. This course allowed him to gain valuable skills in not just audio but also a grounding in video editing, web design and computer programming. Since receiving his degree, Martin Hill have been working as Assistant Manager at a paintball site in Edinburgh and teaching Karate. For the last two summers he has been running the Recording studio in the rock music departments at French Woods Festival For the Performing Arts in Hancock, NY. In this time he has been able to greatly improve and sharpen his recording and mixing skill. After his contract is over in September, Mr.Hill will have no other work commitments and would really like to remain in America and pursue a career as an audio engineer.

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Charles Hobson: Charles Hobson, Executive Producer of Vanguard Documentaries, premieres “Harlem in Montmarte,” this August for PBS’s “Great Performances.” MOMA interviews him about his acclaimed four-decade film career June 2, in “Conversations Among Friends.” His many films include “Porgy and Bess: An American Voice” (PBS), “Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant,” “Jump Street: The History of Black Music,” and “Producer, Like It Is. (ABC-TV) ” His awards include an Emmy, Fulbright (Germany), The Japan Prize (Special Citation), and CINE “Golden Eagle.” Hobson has taught at SUNY, NYU Tisch school of the Arts, Vassar, and lectured at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. He will be Artist in Residence this summer at Art Workshop International, Assi, Italy.

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Sabine Hoffman: Sabine Hoffman began her journey to becoming a film editor in Berlin, studying art, philosophy and film history. In the United States Ms Hoffman has edited independent feature films for over 12 years, including Rebecca Miller’s films “Personal Velocity” (Sundance Grand Jury Award and Best Cinematography winner and also the winner of the John Cassavettes Award) , and “The Ballad of Jack and Rose” (starring Daniel Day Lewis). She edited Morgan J. Freeman’s “Desert Blue” and “Hurricane Streets” (which won the Audience, Best Director and Best Cinematography awards at the Sundance Film Festival), Alex Sichel’s “All Over Me” (a Teddy Award winner at the Berlin Film Festival), “The Day the Ponies Come Back”, directed by Jerry Schatzberg (also director of “Panic in Needle Park” ) and “Harlem Aria” (winner of three Audience Awards : Urban World Film Festival in NYC, the Chicago International Film Festival, as well as the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival), directed by William Jennings, starring Damon Wayans and Gabriel Casseus. Other credits include “Brother to Brother “(winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, the Gordon Parks Award, the Grand Jury, Audience and Best Actor awards at Outfest, and the Showtime vanguard award) ,“Saving Face”, directed by Alice Wu (starring Joan Chen) and “Off the Black” , directed by James Ponsoldt, starring Nick Nolte. Sabine has also edited numerous documentary films, including the Academy Award nominated “Ferry Tales” , directed by Katja Esson, as well as “The Party is Over”, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Thomas Allen Harris “The Twelve Deciples of Nelson Mandela”. She has served as a consultant and story advisor on numerous productions, most recently on “playground”, a documentary directed by Libby Spears, produced by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney. Ms Hoffman most recently completed Rebecca Miller’s upcoming feature film “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” (starring Robin Wright Penn, Keanu Reeves, Julienne Moore and Wynona Ryder) and is currently editing “An Invisible Sign of my Own”, directed by Marilyn Agrelo (“Mad Hot Ballroom”), starring Jessica Alba, Chris Messina and J.K. Simmons. Ms. Hoffman served as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and founded the Editing Award for feature and documentary narratives at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2004.

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Joseph H. Holland: Joseph H. Holland is a Harlem-based writer, attorney, entrepreneur, civic leader and minister with thirty years of experience building institutions that serve the community. Mr. Holland’s memoir, From Harlem With Love: An Ivy Leaguer’s Inner-City Odyssey is being published by Lantern Books in February 2012. His screenwriting has also garnered attention: his biopic, “Booker T”, has been optioned by a Hollywood management company; his TV dramatic series, “Harlem Law” was optioned by a Hollywood production company; and his buddy dramedy, “Undercover Grace”, won the 2005 Christian Screenwriting Award co-sponsored by Fox Entertainment. In the past had written primarily for stage. His first play, “Cast Me Down”, garnered six AUDELCO nominations and enjoyed a nation-wide tour before running Off-Broadway. His second play, “Homegrown,” experienced two extended runs at Harlem’s landmark National Black Theatre. Mr. Holland conceived and produced Holistic Hardware (www.holistichardware.com), a motivational, self-help video series stemming from his work at a homeless shelter he founded and ran.  He also started the Harlem Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop and served as New York State Housing Commissioner where he orchestrated the planning and funding of hundreds of units of affordable housing in various locations across New York State. A graduate of Cornell University, where he earned a B.A. and M.A. and was an All-American football player, Mr. Holland has served as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees since 1988. He holds his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

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Carol Hollenbeck: Carol Hollenbeck is a writer and playwright. She is a former actress in new york and hollywood where she did alot of off off broadway plays films. Carol acted in such films  as TOOTSIE and in the mid-1990’s, after working steady as an actress in the trendy audience participation murder mysteries, she decided to quit the acting  bug and put all her efforts into being a serious writer. Carol was nominated three times in the Samuel French One act play contests – once in 1995, then 1999, and again in 2003. It was then that she chose to turn one of my one act plays into a short film script. Carol wrote the short film THE LIFTERS, and was selected to be in the NEWFILMMAKERS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL ON TUES MARCH 2ND 2010, at 32 second ave. Carol’s novel “TRUE BLONDES” can be purchased on AMAZON.COM and BARNES and NOBLE.COM. “TRUE BLONDES” is a tale of two blonde women trying to make it big in the bizarre world of show business. The novel takes place in the 1960’s and 70’s.

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Ivan K. Hopkins: Ivan K. Hopkins is a Vice President for Black Enterprise/Greenwich Street Corporate Growth Partners (“BE/GS”), a middle market private equity fund focused on media, consumer products and financial service companies.  Mr. Hopkins has been intricately involved in sourcing and executing transactions to build and manage the Fund’s portfolio.  Prior to joining BE/GS, Mr. Hopkins worked for Goldman Sachs International in London.  Additionally, Mr. Hopkins worked for Wasserstein Perella’s Private Equity Advisory, and Mergers & Acquisitions group, where he has advised on transactions totaling more than $10 billion.  Mr. Hopkins graduated magna cum laude with a BBA in Finance from Howard University and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

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Marilyn Horowitz:  Marilyn Horowitz is an award-winning New York University professor, author, producer, and Manhattan-based writing coach, who works with successful novelists, produced screenwriters, and award-winning filmmakers. She has a passion for helping novices get started. Since 1998 she has taught thousands of aspiring screenwriters to complete a feature length screenplay using her method. She is also a judge for the Fulbright Scholarship Program for film and media students. In 2004 she received the coveted New York University Award for Teaching Excellence.

Professor Horowitz has a created a revolutionary system that yields a new, more effective way of writing. She is the author of six books that help the writer learn her trademarked system, including editions for college, high school, and middle school. The college version is a required text at New York University and the University of California, Long Beach. Two of her books have been used in the Lights, Camera, Literacy! program taught to over 1,000 children in Maryland’s Montgomery County Public School System (a recent recipient of the “Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award” for outstanding scholastic performance). Professor Horowitz writes articles for Script magazine, and she pens a monthly column for MovieOutline.com, an online magazine with 30,000 subscribers. She is featured in Now Write! Screenwriting anthology published by Tarcher/Penguin edited by Sherry Ellis.
Professor Horowitz has taught more than 100 classes, seminars, and workshops across the country for groups including the Writers Guild of America East, NYWIFT, Philadelphia Writer’s Conference, Script DC, Screenwriters World East, and the Great American PitchFest. In addition, she also hosts periodic writers retreats in Tuscany, Italy.
Professor Horowitz has written several feature-length screenplays. Her production credits include the feature films And Then Came Love (2007), starring Vanessa Williams and distributed by Warner Bros.; Caleb’s Door (2009), distributed by Around the Scenes; Found in Time (2011); Nocturnal Agony (2011); and The One (2011).

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Christopher Daniel Hunt: The Songwriter / Producer was born and raised in Newcastle, UK. He has worked with many new up and coming artists creating a fabulous collection of Pop and R&B songs. He studied Music Production for Film & TV at University and regularly composes for moving image projects. At the age of only 21 he has had records played on national radio stations and has a huge catalogue of songs ready to be recorded by the right artists. He has also enjoyed success at teaching Songwriting to young talents at French Woods Summer Camp, New York and also guest speaks at local colleges. His skills include writing, playing most instruments and producing using digital environments such as Logic Pro and ProTools. To see some examples of his work go to http://www.youtube.com/user/DanHuntTV?feature=mhee

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Tim Hur: Tim Hur is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Immediately after graduation, Tim has had a tremendous career in real estate. Currently, he runs and operates a boutique real estate firm in Metro Atlanta. Also representing international business clients, Tim is fluent in Korean and English. His extensive experience acting as a global business consultant has assisted Asian companies launch their U.S. Headquarters in the United States. He is a founding member of the Gwinnett Chamber’s Young Professionals (hYPe), a charter member for the Gwinnett Mosaic Rotary Club, and a board member for the American Cancer Society – North Georgia and the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. He is also a member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS, having his CIPS, ABR and GREEN designations. Active in the Korean community, he served as a board member for the Korean American Coalition (2008-2009), the Korean American Scholarship Foundation (2009-current), the Vice-President of the Next Generation Division of the Overseas Korean Trade Association (OKTA) Atlanta Chapter (2010, 2013) and been appointed to serve on the Atlanta Chapter of the National Unification Advisory Council for the South Korean Government. He has been serving as the Assistant Secretary of the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District, is a 2010 graduates of the Atlanta Regional Commissions’ Regional Leadership Institute, a graduate of the 2012 class of LEAD Atlanta (a division of Leadership Atlanta), a graduate of the 2013 class of Leadership Gwinnett, was named one of the Top 35 Under 35 in Gwinnett County (2011), and was named one of the Top 25 Asian Americans in Georgia consecutively in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Most recently, he has been named as one of the 2013 People to Know in Gwinnett County. Tim was also elected as the President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America, a trade association with 31 chapters and over 15,000 members, appointed by the President of the National Association of REALTORS as the 2013-2014 President Liaison for South Korea on behalf of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) and serves as Vice Chair for State and Local Forum on Global Business for NAR.

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Barbara Hutson: With over twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry, Barbara Hutson started Wits End Media in 2004, a full service boutique publicity campaign offering PR, event planning and creative marketing services to corporate and individual clients in the music, non-profit, film, art, fashion and retail industries. With offices in Manhattan, Wits End creates strategic communications and promotions program that measurably increase brand awareness, excite the trade, drive traffic to retail, and impact sales. With Wits End, you never get junior account reps, empty promises, meaningless progress reports or double talk. Barbara Hutson is a seasoned industry professional, has innovative and creative ideas, and a “Whatever it takes, get the job done right!” philosophy.

Previously, Hutson spent four years as Senior Supervisor of Corporate Entertainment for B/W/R, a subsidiary of Ogilvy Public Relations World Wide. Based in the company’s New York office, her focus was brand marketing and promotion, public relations and event planning. The many clients she was responsible for included; Target product launches, Nantucket Film Festival, LVMH/Grand Marnier sponsorship of The New York Film Festival, FUBU Entertainment, Grand Centenario, the Tanqueray 10 new ad campaign, the 2003 Allied Domecq/ launch of Wet by Beefeater, the 2003 Post Grammy Party for Nelly and *Nsync and many others.

In her capacity as Managing Director of the UK-based Laister Dickson & Associates, Hutson opened the U.S. offices of the firm in Los Angeles in 1990. Under her guidance, Laister Dickson managed campaigns for multi-artist projects such as “Bob “Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Tribute at Madison Square Garden”; “Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa” at Wembley Stadium in the UK; “Tribute to Freddy Mercury: Concert for AIDS Awareness” at Wembley Stadium; Roger Waters’ “The Wall” in Berlin; “Rock in Rio II” in Brazil; “Guitar Legends Concert” in Spain; “The Wizards of Oz” week-long festival of Australian bands in Los Angeles; “Red Hot and Dance” in New York City; and many more. With her guidance the firm also created campaigns for pay-per-view events by Dire Straits and Rod Stuart. Additionally, Hutson represented such artists as Natalie Cole, David Copperfield, Tom Jones, Prince, Lisa Stansfield, The Cult, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Prince, and Val Kilmer. Through these and other relationships, Hutson worked with all the major talent agencies including CAA, William Morris, and ICM, as well as record companies such as RCA, BMG, Geffen, EMI, Sony, Warner Brothers, and A & M.

Following Laister Dickson, Barbara joined the L.A. office of Dennis Davidson and Associates, spearheading numerous film release campaigns for all the motion picture studios and independents and manning the press offices of the Cannes Film Festival, coordinating interviews, screenings, parties and other events.

After DDA, Barbara worked on her own as an independent consultant in L.A., before moving back to New York City to join BWR Public Relations/Ogilvy. One of her many projects included serving as director of marketing and media relations for the Slamdance International Film Festival in 1996 and 1997. A year later she was appointed to the same post for the American Film Institute Film Festival in Los Angeles.

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Matthew Immergut: Matthew Immergut, Ph.D. works as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Purchase College, State University of New York.  His field of speciality is the sociology of religion as well as environmental sociology. His current research focuses on charismatic leaders and their followers.  He is also making a documentary film about a group of Western converts to Tibetan Buddhism preparing to enter their first three-year, three-month and three-day silent, and for some, solitary meditation retreat in the remote desert of southern Arizona.  When he’s not engaged in his own personal meditation and yoga practice, he is editing two texts on meditation and collaborating with a colleague in cognitive neuroscience to introduce meditative and contemplative techniques into the college classroom.

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Tak Inagaki: Since 1970, Tak Inagaki has made over 50 documentaries throughout the world for American and Japanese television, The United Nations, The National Geographic Society, and PBS/Bill Moyers. Subjects ranged from DNA to Counter-Revolutionary Movements to Child Abuse to Calvin Klein. He has won the prestigious Japanese Broadcasters Association’s Science Award twice.In 1985, he formed his own production company in New York City. Since that time, Tak Inagaki Productions, Inc. has produced over 2,000 news stories for various TV programs, including the daily news program cited by VARIETY as the “World’s Best Morning News Show.” In 1995, he initiated his crossover from non-fiction to dramatic work and theater. Currently he is serving as a bureau chief in New York City for a Tokyo-based television station, Tokyo MX TV, linking NY1 News, Shanghai TV, and London’s ITN. He is also an executive producer for a stereoscopic 3D production company in Los Angeles and executive advisor to the world’s most successful graphic science magazine, which is published in six languages worldwide. He received an MFA in Film from Columbia University, where he was the recipient of an honors scholarship award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has a BS degree from The University of Pennsylvania. He represents a unique fusion of East and West, and also the Arts and Sciences.

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Sheila Isenberg: Sheila Isenberg’s most recent book, Muriel’s War: An American Heiress in the Nazi Resistance, will be available in bookstores and online in December. She is the author of A Hero of Our Own: The Story of Varian Fry, named a Notable Book of the Year by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and featured by the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the ground-breaking Women Who Love Men Who Kill. With William Kunstler, she is co-author of My Life as a Radical Lawyer. A former award-winning reporter, Isenberg is currently adjunct professor of English at Marist College. She has appeared in many documentaries and on multiple media platforms, including NPR, CNN, 20/20, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. Contact her at www.sheilaisenberg.com.

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Todd Jack: Construction Project Management Executive. Todd has over 20 years diverse expertise impacting virtually every facet of large scale commercial construction. He has a keen sense for collaborating with all contributors to the construction process, including engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, owners, construction managers, inspectors, etc. Todd is uniquely positioned to manage projects through expertise in design, coordination of trades, issue resolution, “best practices” in both construction and engineering, budget management, schedules and milestones, change orders and safety. He also has extensive experience in commercial, residential, retail, mixed use, high rise, institutional, educational, hospitality, medical, military, and warehouse construction.

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Laurence Jackson:  Laurence Jackson is currently a producer at Messenger Films, a non-profit 501(c)3 film production company, in which his responsibilities include production budget management, contract review, social media engagement, community outreach, and post-production coordination. In January of 2014, Laurence spent two months co-producing a feature film in Bosnia & Herzegovina, which will be released to a number of international film festivals come December. He is an alumnus of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and recently served on the Alumni Chapter Board. During his time at the University of Maryland, Laurence also served as the founder and president of the university’s filmmaking society. He wrote, produced, and directed 2 short films, a feature film, and a mini-series, as well as oversaw the production of over a dozen other short films.

Following his time at the University of Maryland, Laurence served as a Senior IT Auditor at Ernst & Young, LLP, and as a free-lance producer. At Ernst & Young, Laurence supervised a number of Fortune 500 company audits, as well as served on the People Advisory Board, an invite- only board with the mission of enhancing employees’ work/life balance. As a free-lance producer, Laurence has worked with such clients as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, One School Media, Inc., Burch Builders Group, University of Maryland Alumni Relations, and the University of Maryland Student Affairs. In 2012, Laurence enrolled at the School of Communication at American University, where he is preparing to graduate with a Master of Arts degree in Producing for Film and Video in the summer of 2014.

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Wheeler Jackson: Wheeler Jackson’s multi-faceted production background began in 1975 with Public Television station WNET/13 in New York City. His first Production Assistant job was with BILL MOYERS’ JOURNAL. Later he worked on music fundraising specials with Jack Sameth creating memorable shows such as “AMERICAN POP”, “SONG BY SONG”, FRED WARING and “SATCHMO”. As an Associate Producer, he worked on documentary format programming including PBS’s acclaimed JOURNEY TO THE WEST with producer Don Dixon. During the early 1980’s he line produced political commercials for PRESS BRENNER COMMUNICATIONS. The campaigns included Andrew Stein, Walter Mondale, Mark Dayton, Robert Byrd and Richard Thornberg. In the mid-1980’s he created a home video division for CCR Video in New York where he produced and directed a variety of instructional home videos. Mr. Jackson ventured into Cable Television, working as a producer for “POWER PROFILES” a show featuring Fortune 500 CEO’s and broadcast on the FINANCIAL NEWS NETWORK. He continues to work as a field producer / writer for a variety of “reality” & magazine style shows featured on the DISCOVERY CHANNEL, LEARNING CHANNEL, TV FOOD NETWORK, TNN, TBS, COURT TV, WOMEN’S ENTERTAINMENT the PAX NETWORK and FOX SPORTS NET. As a Field Producer, he has worked on syndicated programs, including REAL STORIES OF THE HIGHWAY PATROL; AMERICA’S MOST WANTED; THE JOAN LUNDEN SHOW and Richard Simmons’s “ DREAM MAKER”. From 1994-1997 he was the assistant Assignment Desk Editor for the magazine show A CURENT AFFAIR, a Fox Television production. Mr. Jackson has been producing corporate videos since the early 1980’s and for the past three years working in association with Creative Media Productions in the corporate sector with clients including KRAFT GENERAL FOODS, PEPSI, PHILIP MORRIS, TV GUIDE, IBM, MARSH, INGERSOL RAND and DURACELL.

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Insa Janssen: Insa, an attorney licensed to practice in New York and California, has recently relocated to New York from Los Angeles. Born and raised in Muenster, Germany, she graduated from law school in 2011 and continued her legal education at UCLA where she obtained a master’s degree in Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law. During her studies she worked for the digital distribution department of Warner Brothers and after a clerkship at the Intellectual Property department of the City Attorney’s office, she joined Peter Law Group, a boutique law firm in Beverly Hills, providing production legal services for major India based production companies as well as several scripted and non-scripted television projects.Insa is an experienced and passionate public speaker. In 2011/12, she was an ambassadorial scholar for Rotary International and remains an active member. She is also the Chairman of Hand in Hand e.V. – A Fountain project in Nigeria, which has been close to her heart for several years and founding member of the Art Law Society at UCLA.

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Marlowe Johnson: Managing Editor, Financial Times Search (Newssift.com), loves words and the social and narrative constructs that weave those words into landscapes of meaning. He has spent much of his adult life traveling the globe teaching, building up schools and businesses, and, as he puts it, exposing himself—to new cultural and linguistic settings. He firmly believes that when you stop moving and caring, you begin to die. Before Marlowe joined Newssift in July 2007, he co-founded and ran the America China Exchange Society, a China-based education company with centers in Tianjin, Shanghai and Shenzhen—the education focus was on business practices and English language. ACES generated a spin-off non-profit, the International Exchange Institute, which has historically focused on international student exchange at the university and high school levels. IEI has also helped to establish connections to facilitate medical training and exchange, but the organization was largely mothballed when Marlowe began at Newssift. Beginning in 2009, IEI was repurposed to serve and support broader infrastructure and exchange projects, with an initial focus on Tanzania (a vocational school) and Liberia (medical training/exchange). Marlowe has worked as a start-up consultant for new businesses in the US (healthcare and retail) and helped to build and run schools and vocational centers in Tanzania and Cameroon. While earning his MBA at Duke University, Marlowe worked at Duke Corporate Education, helping to research and design an online education program for Marketing Managers at IBM. He also holds an MA from Columbia in Comparative Politics and a BA from Stanford in International Relations and African History. He has a life-long passion for education and international development work. Marlowe lives with his lovely wife, Soo Hyun, several computers, and two turtles in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. They are considering more responsive pets but have reservations.”

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Nicole Johnson: Nicole Johnson (18) is a second year student at NYU studying creative directing and public administration. As founder and creative director of Javanna Productions, Nicole encourages her members to cultivate humanity and world citizenship through the arts. Javanna Productions is a non profit production company that raises funds and awareness for both domestic and international causes. Every year, Javanna Productions presents an effort entitled M.O.V.E. (Motivation Opportunity Vision Entertainment). This  year’s effort, M.O.V.E. For Cambodia, requires the members to learn about  East Asian culture post regime. With that knowledge they are encouraged to use their craft to raise funds to build a school in Cambodia via the Bernie Krisher Rural School Project Foundation. http://www.indiegogo.com/MOVE. After

relocating to New York from Miami Florida at age 15, Nicole launched her production company into full force raising funds and awareness for causes such as Autism, Diabetes, Celiac disease, Aids/HIV and recently, education in rural parts of the world. Nicole is also a loyal delegate of the United Nation International Year of Youth Program and has received the UN Allykatzz Leads Linking Youth award along with 3 National Youth Theater Awards for her performance in off broadway productions of A Chorus Line, Into The Woods and Bye Bye Birdie. In addition to her work in the theater, Nicole is head of Community Service at Broadway Dance Center (BDC) providing  both local and international BDC students with community service opportunities through Javanna Productions M.O.V.E.  jpmove.webs.co

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Ana Maria Jomolca: Ana Maria is a Cuban-American writer, director and actress. Several of her plays have appeared Off Broadway.  She has written and performed in theAtrainplays and The House of Bernarda Alba at Repertorio Español. Her one-woman show Just Another Spic was work-shopped at Manhattan Theatre Source. She wrote and produced the film, everygirl, which debuted at Tribeca Film Center and screened at “Women in the Director’s Chair International Film Festival” in Chicago, The New Festival in NYC, BAM Cinema and Pioneer Theatre’s New Filmmaker’s Forum. TVappearances include; 30 ROCK, Without a Trace, The Jury, directed by Barry Levinson, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Criminal Intent, and Rescue Me. She has been published in The Sun Magazine, The New York Press, ‘National Geographic’s ‘Glimpse Abroad’ and GLEE magazine.  She received her MFA in Fiction Writing at Hunter College under the tutelage of Peter Carey and Colum McCann and her short story, Twin Bed, in Sisters: An Anthology is out now in bookstores. Her visual art, PINS, RODS & OTHER INTRUSIONS, a photo essay exploration of “the body as canvas” was on exhibit at The Estrogenius Festival. She currently performs the stage adaptation of Sandra Cisneros’s novel, The House on Mango Street (one woman show) as part of The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life Program. Her most recent play, Chiquitina, debuted in New York in 2009 and will return this fall 2010.

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Cory Kahaney: Cory is every woman. Mother, daughter, wife…ex-wife. You have seen her on The Late Show with David Letterman, The View and Showtime. This year Cory was featured on Nick Mom’s night out. Stand Up Stilettos and is about to make her sixth appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Cory appeared in the first season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and made it to the finale, where host Jay Mohr called her performance “flawless.” Other television credits include her stand-up special, Comedy Central Presents, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. Her off-Broadway hit “The J.A.P. Show” ran for six months in New York City and continues to tour the country under a new name, “The Princesses of Comedy.” Her new show, “Pastrami on Rye with Mayo,” about the last four comics who work the Catskills, has been selling out theaters to rave reviews. Cory conceived and developed “The Radio Ritas,” a nationally syndicated radio show for Greenstone Media, a company created by Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda to provide radio programming for woman.  Her one-person show, “Having it all and other Myths,” premiered at the 1999 US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. “Having it all and other Myths” was subsequently produced as a half-hour special for HBO, leading to development deals with Warner Brothers and CBS. Cory has also been featured three times at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. She was voted best comedian in NYC by Backstage Magazine and Best female comedian by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets.

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Sam Kandel: Sam Kandel is a Certified Business Advisor with the Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center located in Kingston, New York. Sam has a BBA from Baruch College, part of the City University of New York, and extensive practical experience in entrepreneurship and small business management accumulated over more than 20 years as a business owner. He spearheads the SBDC’s outreach efforts in the Catskill Region as the primary advisor responsible for clients within the Catskill Watershed. Sam is actively involved in the economic development community and has served as Chairman of the “Catskill Business Roundtable” sponsored by the Catskill Watershed Corporation and the New York State Department of State, and has served on various economic development committees. In his five year tenure with the SBDC Sam has counseled hundreds of clients who have generated well over $40,000,000 in economic impact and created or saved in excess of 500 jobs. In 2004 Sam was nominated by the New York State SBDC as Business Advisor of the Year, in 2005 he was the recipient of the New York State Business Advisor of the Year award, in 2006 he received the prestigious ASBDC Star Performer award and in 2007 and 2009 was the 2nd runner up Business Advisor of the Year.

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Pamela Kantor: Pam is a CPA committed to helping people at every stage of their lives and businesses flourish through understanding and mentoring excellent financial, accounting and tax practices. She’s considered a “fix-it” professional, in that she has an uncanny ability to come in to an environment, hone in on the challenges and provide process and procedure to correct, improve and move an organization to another level. She is currently the CFO of Charter One Hotels & Resorts, a national hotel management company and was the co-owner of Chasen Reed, a multi-unit high end retailer. Previously, Pam was the Vice President of Product Development with Christopher Radko and maintained her own CPA practice in New York for many years. Alongside her financial acumen, she has produced off-Broadway and provided general management for a myriad of theatrical and television productions. She is currently working on a series of books designed to assist people in different stages of their life deal with money and all the responsibilities that come with life. She received her degrees from New York University in Accounting/Taxation and Theatre.

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Lee Kasper: Lee Kasper is a New York City based director, actor, teaching and coach.  Most recently, Lee assisted director Evan Cabnet on two Off-Broadway projects: All American (The Duke, LCT3) and Outside People (Vineyard Theater/Naked Angels).  Since 2005, he has been directing and teaching theater at Frenchwoods Festival of the Performing Arts in Hancock, New York, one of the nation’s top performing arts summer camps.  Past productions include: Avenue Q! (2011), Spring Awakening (2011), The Memory of Water (2011), Hair (2009), Noises Off (2008), The Drowsy Chaperone (2008).  Currently, Lee teaches classes in Monologue/Song performance and On-Camera Acting at Actors Technique NY, a New York City based acting studio for kids and teens.

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Henry Kaye: Henry Kaye For the nineteen years of his life Henry has been creating art in numerous ways. Currently on leave from Pratt Institute, Henry is a member of the alternative rock band The Static Jacks, playing lead guitar. As a previous graphic design student, Henry is responsible for all of his band’s design work and has five years of experience branding t-shirts, stickers, album covers, videos and website design. Henry would like to hone the skills he has developed from previous artistic experiences and take on new projects to further grow as a graphic designer.

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Susan Kelley: Susan Kelley is a VP in the Global Technology Group at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. KBW is a boutique investment bank that specializes in the financial services sector. At KBW, Susan is responsible for managing enterprise projects across the front and back office, with a focus in the Sales and Trading vertical. Prior to joining KBW, Susan spent several years at Deutsche Bank in trading room technology and was a member of the team that developed the first electronic Order Management System for Cash Equities. With over 15 years of experience in trading system technology, Susan has been involved in building trading platforms for energy companies, and buy-side and sell-side firms in the financial services sector. Susan has always had a passion for the transformational power technology welds in shaping the modern human experience. Her hands-on involvement in the evolution of electronic trading has enabled her to participate in the rise of the capital markets over the past two decades, and experience first-hand, the impact this has had on the global economy and the global village. Susan has a degree in Science, Technology and Society from Vassar College. She did graduate studies in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. Susan is involved in several professional and non-profit organizations. She is active in the Women’s Fund of New Jersey, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in the state of New Jersey. Susan is a fitness enthusiast and has a special interest in women’s and senior fitness.

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Mustapha Khan: Mustapha Khan is an Emmy Award-winning film, television and commercial director. His credits include: the multiple award-winning documentary House on Fire, the critically-acclaimed television film Reflections of a Native Son, the primetime PBS NATURE Series Wild TV, the Emmy-Nominated Sesame Street’s 25th Anniversary Special and the new independent action feature, Rocksteady, coming out this fall. Mustapha’s commercial credits include national spots for clients such as: Coca-Cola, Honda, Nickelodeon, Burger King, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Bristol-Myers Squibb, the Children’s Defense Fund, Save the Children, the Legal Aid Society, Sesame Workshop, HBO, PBS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The list of actors and artists he had directed includes: Bill Cosby, Alicia Keys, Gloria Estefan, Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Dave Chappelle, Ray Charles, Mya, Missy Elliott. LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, Maya Angelou, Sean Kingston, Savion Glover, Elmo, Big Bird and all of the Sesame Street Muppets. Central to all of Mustapha’s work is the heart and soul he brings to his films. As he puts it: “My work is about embracing humanity. Whether I’m filming a movie or a commercial, kids or adults, muppets or manatees, celebrities or everyday people—my job is to illuminate what’s beautiful inside of us all.” Mustapha Khan is a graduate of Harvard University and was a Rotary Scholar anthropologist in East Africa before becoming a filmmaker.  He lives in New York with his wife, jewelry designer Allyson Smith, and their two dogs, Boyo and Little Bootsy Collins.

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Cambiz A. Khosravi: Cambiz A. Khosravi an American-Iranian, is a widely recognized documentary film and video producer. His works have been in film festivals and broadcast both in the US and abroad. The films are also part of permanent collections of major museums and libraries such as the Museum of Modern Art and The Kitchen in New York City, as well as in collections at Yale, Harvard, and Columbia Universities.

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Brett A. Kier: Brett was born and raised in a small South Jersey town in the suburbs of Philadelphia to two public school teachers who are now retired. He finished as the Salutatorian of his high school class, graduating in 2004. He attended Syracuse University in upstate New York and graduated in 2008 with a degree in political science. He has always had a very diverse academic background and felt especially proficient in writing and mathematics. Although he spent his first two years studying architecture, he became more intrigued by the theoretical and philosophical aspects of his classes and decided to switch majors. Nonetheless, after graduating from Syracuse, he worked for a geotechnical engineering firm for three years before deciding to attend law school. Brett is currently a student at the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

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Hank Kimmel: Hank Kimmel is an Atlanta-based attorney and playwright. He is a founding member of Working Title Playwrights (www.workingtitleplaywrights.com), a Georgia-based theatre company dedicated to the development of playwrights and new plays. He also serves on the board of Genesis Stage & Screen, which promotes plays and films with Jewish content. His comedy, Welcome to the Neighborhood, a compendium of short plays and monologues, is scheduled to be produced by Center Stage Theatre in Rochester (NY) in December 2009. Hank’s law practice is primarily geared toward Alternative Dispute Resolution, and he frequently mediates disputes related to divorce, real estate and non-profit management. He also serves as the Managing Partner of Turtle Bay House LLC, a New York-based real estate company that manages and owns residential and commercial real estate. A certified tennis teaching professional with the highest ranking from the USPTA, Hank also coaches several youth and adult tennis teams near Emory University. He is a graduate of the Hotchkiss School, Brown University, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and Emory University School of Law. hankkimmel@mindspring.com www.hankkimmel.com.

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Roy A. Klein, ESQ.: Roy Klein is a 1977 honors graduate of Columbia Law School (where he was a two-time Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) with more than three decades of experience litigating complex business disputes and employment cases for large companies, small businesses and individuals. He has also lectured extensively on civil liberties and employment issues. Roy strongly believes in the power of volunteerism and giving back to the community. Toward that end, he took a leave of absence from his law practice in October, 2008, to work as a full-time volunteer for the Obama campaign in Allentown, Pa. He also serves as a member of both the arbitration and mediation panels for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, as a member of the panels of mediators for the Nassau and Suffolk County Supreme Court Commercial Divisions and as a member of the Nassau County Bar Association’s ADR Tribunal. He coaches a local area team in the NYSBA’s annual high school mock trial tournament. And he’s worked for over a decade as a cooperating attorney for the Nassau Chapter of the NYCLU, where he now serves as its the President. Roy’s hobbies include making and listening to music, writing (www.royklein.com) and sports (including pitching for the past 15 years in an over-35, modified fast-pitch softball league).

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Joseph Brad Kluge: Joseph Brad Kluge (Producer) has worked in all aspects of theatrical motion picture  development and production.  Among his many credits include: supervising producer for Returning Mickey Stern starring Tom Bosley and Joe Bologna and associate producer on both the Tom Berringer’s actioner One Man’s Hero for Orion Pictures and the mismatched Michael Biehn/June Hoon Park buddy movie, American Dragons for MGM/DaeWoo.   Other major motion picture credits include, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Addams Family, Navy SEAL, Last Man Standing, True Colors, and Murder by Numbers. Mr. Kluge has produced and directed for an array of broadcast, trade,and industrial clients including, UBS (Paine-Webber), MasterCard International, Oldsmobile, The Conair Corporation, laCoupe Fashion Products, Coca-Cola, Mars Candy, Americano Latino!, Moontide Records, and fashion Playboy Shoes. Mr. Kluge is a member of both the Directors Guild of America, and the Producers Guild of America, and continued to develop new motion picture projects across new and traditional media through his company Manticorp Productions, while teaching communications theory at Adelphi University.

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Nathan Koenig: Nathan Koenig combines a broad background in many facets of theatrical and video production, directing, scripting and editing and marketing. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Denison University, where he studied theatre and film, winning awards for both. Since the 1960s, he has been an independent filmmaker and multimedia producer/artist. He has traveled worldwide, documenting the traditional beliefs of indigenous cultures through interviews, photography and video. His dedication to the preservation and causes of traditional cultures has given him access to places and individuals not usually within reach of the general public. In 1972, he founded White Buffalo Multi-Media, Inc. He traveled North America, presenting mixed media shows to counterculteral communities and Native Americans from Mexico to Canada. Between 1978 and 1985, his repertoire of multimedia shows was often featured at the Mind-Body-Spirit Festivals, Whole Life Expo’s and planetariums in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and London. Since 1985, Nathan’s company Upstate Media Enterprises, has offered creative video services around Woodstock, New York, servicing the arts, local history and making promotional videos. He is co-founder and President of the Woodstock Museum (estab. 1989), a non-profit 501(c)3 chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. At present, eleven videotapes are being distributed to the home video market, featuring best-selling author Dr. Bernie Siegel, human potential pioneers Jean Houston, Mohawk educator Ray Fadden and herbalist Susun Weed and solar energy pioneer Richard Gottlieb. He is currently in post-production on several documentaries.

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Vicki Koenig, MS, RD, CDN: is a Masters level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She has maintained a private counseling practice and consulting business since 1987. As consulting Nutritionist to the national Stonyfield Farm yogurt company, she writes a popular Wellness Moosletter, answers consumer questions and helps with new product development. As Co-President of Natural Affinity Ventures, Inc. with Dan Schneider, Vicki and Dan are creating a network and virtual community of like-minded business and health consumers by creating A Discount Card with a Conscience. Vicki offers onsite Corporate Wellness programs to create a healthier workplace. With personalized goals and group incentives, businesses can have a healthier bottom line. Employees are more productive, use less sick time and insurance usage goes down. Vicki has worked with people of all ages promoting nutrition for wellness while addressing diverse chronic health conditions. Working as a consultant to food companies, businesses, schools and organizations, Vicki communicates healthy nutrition guidelines that make it easy to move towards health.Drawing on her comprehensive knowledge of nutrition throughout the life cycle provides Vicki with a broad perspective when speaking, counseling, consulting and writing; allowing her to specialize in Nutrition for Wellness. Vicki lives in the Hudson Valley of New York State with her Green Architect husband, Rick Alfandre, twin daughters, Joy and Sonia, dog Pearl and Jaspurr the cat.

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Cassandra Kubinski: Songwriter, singer, actress, and producer Cassandra Kubinski is currently celebrating the release of her fourth album, JUST BEING MYSELF, produced with Edd Kalehoff (the composer/producer behind Monday Night Football, The Price is Right, The View, Good Morning America, Disney, Carnival Cruise Lines, and more).  JUST BEING MYSELF features jazz trumpeter Chris Botti on the song “Je T’aime”, as well as a unique cover of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and 14 other originals.  Cassandra’s songwriting and recording career encompasses her 3 award-winning albums (Live at Camp Nashville, Hold the Sun, and Hiding Underneath), a production partnership with TRIFECTA that has led to placements on Lifetime, Bravo, MTV, Food Network and more TV networks; and in movies, jingle singing (Maybelline, Barnes and Noble, Twizzlers), voice-overs (Dunkin Donuts, Capitol One, Hasbro toys), stage and screen acting (Clear Blue Tuesday, Spin City, Finding Forrester, “The Audience” (Drama Desk nom)). 4 of Cassandra’s songs were recently featured prominently on the hit Lifetime show “Dance Moms.”   Cassandra performs regularly worldwide, and also writes songs for other artists and brands.  She holds a BA Theatre degree from Florida State University, is a certified yoga instructor, and a foodie. JustBeingMyself.me

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Jonathan Kugel: Jonathan Kugel was born and raised in New York. He is a graduate of Queens College where he received his B.A. in Political Science. Thereafter, Jonathan attended New York Law School where his studies were primarily focused on Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law.  During his final year at New York Law School, he was the Deputy COO of the Fashion Law Division of the school’s Media, Entertainment and Fashion Law Association. Jonathan was also privileged enough to work as a business and legal affairs intern for William Morris Endeavor through an entertainment law externship program. He received his Juris Doctor in 2011. After graduation he worked as a business affairs intern for Beast of the East Productions. Jonathan then went on to Associate Produce the short film “Love and the Small Print.” Jonathan is currently the manager for the up and coming hip-hop group “Power of P.”

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Deanne Landress: Deanne Landress has just completed a 10-year stint building and selling an internet cafe in Maplewood, NJ. Prior to that she was involved with finance, primarily trading mortgages (or anything that ‘rolls, floats, or flies!). Earlier in her career she was in politics, as a lobbyist for DC-37, AFSCME, running campaigns and working in Albany. Her duties for the union included organizing community groups of union members in neighborhoods ranging from Harlem to Co-op City, Far Rockaways to East New York. She attended Vassar, ’78 and Stanford GSB, ’82.

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Jake Lazarowitz: For almost a year, Jake Lazarowitz has been acclimating himself to a post-graduate lifestyle. Graduating from William Paterson University in the Spring of 2008 with a B.A. in English, Jake has been steadfast in his career pursuit having found freelance challenges in sports marketing and administrative positions. Jake’s background in public relations runs nearly three years and he continues an ambitious effort to find a rewarding opportunity in the field. Additionally, Jake looks forward to one day working at a top book publishing company as an editor. Coming from a creative family of musicians, Jake is an avid reader and writer; and while not seeking his place in society, enjoys working on a number of creative projects in film, music and graphic novels. Currently a rambling man, Jake lives and travels between his mother’s home in Springfield, New Jersey and father’s home in Warwick, New York.

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Stephanie Lear: Stephanie Lear is a Video and Broadcast Producer for top New York-area companies(and non-governmental organizations). She has had over 15 years of experience producing video for leading corporate and consumer brands: from production planning and on-location producing and directing to overseeing all aspects of post production (editing, scoring, etc.). She is known for her skills as an interviewer. Stephanie is highly regarded for her ability to foster superb client relationships and her track record for delivering a final product that exceeds expectations.

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Linda Lees: Linda Lees is director of Creative Cities International (CCI), a consultancy based in New York and London founded on the conviction that culture and the arts are at the heart of successful urban regeneration and social well-being. CCI has organized international conferences and forums to research challenging issues in urban planning, resulting in the Vitality Index™, a set of criteria focusing on the elements that make cities attractive, livable and sustainable. It has recently finished the “Take Me to The River” project in West Harlem. Dr. Lees’s experience encompasses the worlds of academics, theatre, and public programming. She has served as Director of Humanities in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University and Director of Cultural Affairs for the British Council in New York. In that role, she developed and produced the UKwithNY festival’s cultural program in October 2001, which hosted over 100 events in the arts and education from the four nations of the UK. In Washington, DC, she produced public programs for the Smithsonian Institution and was founder and artistic director of The Next Stage, a theatre which produced international work as a platform for the exchange of ideas on culture and foreign policy. Dr. Lees has taught at several universities including Georgetown University. She holds a BA from Boston University, an MA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member of the American Association of Museums and a voting member of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Theatre Arts). She serves on the American advisory board of LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).

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Bob Lesser: Bob Lesser is an Adjunct Lecturer at the New School University in New York City where he teaches leadership development. Previously Bob worked at the New York City Department of Education on Mayor Bloomberg’s historic education reform initiative. Bob also served as Chief of Staff for the New York City Police Department’s Office of Community Affairs where he trained hundreds of NYPD police officers in negotiation and conflict resolution. Bob holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University and a BA in sociology from Vassar College. Bob has a special place in his heart for Southern Africa having been to South Africa on two occasions, first as a high school student during the summer of 1990 and again in 2001 as a United Nations delegate to the World Conference Against Racism, Xenophobia and Other Forms of Intolerance.

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Craig A. Leeson: Craig is the CEO of Ocean Vista Films, Chairman of the I Shot Hong Kong Film Festival and contracted production representative and correspondent for the Channel Seven network, Australia. Craig has worked as a presenter, producer and director in print, broadcast and film media for more than 25 years. He has served with broadcasters such as ABC, BBC, CNN, PBS, STAR TV, ESPN, Discovery and NGC. His television career began with the ABC in Australia, where he served as a political reporter and later nightly News Anchor. He moved into documentary filmmaking in 1999 and has since conceptualised and produced films for broadcasters such as National Geographic Channel, Bloomberg, CNN, STARTV and PBS. The Tasmanian’s films have won Asia’s biggest awards, including the 2005 Asian TV Award for “Rebel Impasse”, a news documentary on the Maoist rebels of Nepal which featured on Star TV and PBS; an Australian Society of Cinematographers gold medal for the same documentary; two 2004 Asian TV awards for “Marco Polo” (best cinematography and best score – NGC); a New York Festivals medal for Best International Affairs Documentary on the violence that swept Indonesia following the downfall of President Suharto; and a Foreign Correspondents’ Club/Amnesty International award for a Hong Kong documentary on “Police Brutality”. Craig returned to Hong Kong in 2002 to set up and produce National Geographic Channel’s first in-house Asia documentary series called GeoWatch Asia. He then moved into the corporate world and worked as Media Strategist for Richard Li at PCCW, responsible for the set up of NOW studios in London and Asia’s biggest joint venture with Telstra Australia. In 2004, Craig set up Ocean Vista Films and today the production and creative house serves the needs of the world’s best broadcast and film companies and is a passionate supporter of independent filmmakers. He most recently directed Ocean Vista Film’s production for the National Geographic Channel’s Top 30 Countdown for its 10th anniversary special – involving hosted programming every day for 30 days. He also directed National Geographic Channel’s 2009 Earth Day promos featuring 30 of Asia’s biggest name celebrities, business people and politicians shot in five different countries. As founder and chairman of the I Shot Hong Kong Film Festival, Craig and Ocean Vista Films provide resources and platforms for independent filmmakers to show the work.

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Michael Leventhal, ESQ.: Michael Leventhal is the founder of both MC Squared, The Law Firm, and MC Squared, The Consultancy. www.mcsquaredlaw.com Even before the Internet was a business model, Michael was helping clients create growth energy in the emerging new media space. As both lawyer and business consultant, Michael has been a leader in defining key aspects of nearly every major technological innovation in digital media including payment for electronic transmission of content, co-branding and cross-licensing agreements for online services, pay-per-click advertising, digital music downloads, TV/internet hybrids, user generated content, including development in Second Life. Michael has facilitated licensing, formation, development, planning, strategic alliances, and financing for hundreds of entertainment/new media/traditional media ventures—both start-ups and established—including Fox Interactive Media, MySpace, Pop.com, GoTV, Oversee.net, NEC, and the Interactive Television Alliance. The law firm/business consultancy combination is the ideal vehicle for any organization that wants effective strategic support. Michael goes beyond the drafting of agreements and filing of trademark applications to a deep understanding of the business, co-creating a clear overarching direction and the seamless weaving of business and legal projects into the fabric of the overall strategy. Since 2004, Michael has followed his ideology and applied his skills and experience in emerging industries to assist clients in the “Clean Tech” business, working with companies in advanced water filtration, sustainable living, small-scale wind power, large wind farms, Green media companies and more efficient engines. Michael is also working in NewSpace, with early-stage space-related projects. Michael is a frequent speaker at technology and space-related conferences, discussing strategies for the growth of entrepreneurial space companies.

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Maggie Levin: Maggie Levin is an all-purpose production expert, with a background in theatre, film, fashion and music. She has worked as an assistant and coordinator for ESPN, the National Board of Review, Blue Man Group, Fox Theatricals, Orbit Digital Media, and Impossible Casting. Graduate of Fordham Lincoln Center and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, Maggie founded her own not-for-profit theatre company and began producing shows at the age of 22. She is an award-winning playwright and director, social media guru, and digital designer. Her work in online media includes web management for Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck & Michael Mina, as well as the digital presence for Santa Monica’s SOL-LA Music Academy. In recent months, she has branched deeper into writing and fashion – she is a contributing pop editor forMXDWN.com, and a freelance fit model for Quiksilver, Current/Elliott and Forever 21. She is a creative chameleon – hard-working, fast-learning, and deeply dedicated to any task set before her.

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Kathryn S. Levine: Kathryn is a dynamic broadcast media professional with over 500 hours of first-run nationally syndicated television credits. Created, supervised, and delivered over 2000 episodes of daytime television programming. Expertise in all aspects of above and below the line production; including contracts, budgets, hiring, talent management, set design, editing, and control room operations. Credits include: “Texas Justice”, “Forgive or Forget”, “The Ricki Lake Show”, “The Richard Bey Show”, “The Christopher Lowell Show”, and others. Kathryn holds a Masters in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Fairleigh Dickinson University-Madison, NJ where she teaches “Audio Visual Media Production”. She also teaches “Aesthetics and Analysis of Television” at Brookdale Community College-Lincroft, NJ. Kathryn began her career as a television producer at KCOP in LA. Prior to that she served as a radio producer at KSDO in San Diego. Kathryn is a member of National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, Women in Communications, The National Organization for Women, and the International Association of Business Communicators. She is Listed on International Movie Data Base (IMDB).

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Victoria Levy: Victoria Levy is a singer/songwriter originally from the Woodstock/Ulster County region, currently resides in New York City. Upon graduating Suny New Paltz Victoria moved to the big apple in pursuit of a career in music. Most recently, she recorded with Gene Cornish of “The Rascals”. She was a member of Slick Idiot featuring En Esch and Guenter Shulz of industrial fame KMFDM. She also was a member of Ari-Up featuring Ari Forster of famed girl group “The Slits”. Victoria has shared the stage/opened up for include: Ari Forster (The Slits), Gene Cornish(The Rascals), Tommy James(Tommy James & The Shondells), En Esch & Guenter Shulz (Slick Idiot/KMFDM), Walter Egan, John Sebastian, Patti Rothberg, Steve Holley and many more!

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Peekoo (Alfreda) Lewis: Peekoo (Alfreda) Lewis was born on Snapper Hill, in Monrovia, Liberia. She was educated in Sierra Leone and the United States. Peekoo established Palaver Hut Special Events in 1990 and has worked with many clients including the Nigerian Mission to the United Nations, The Apollo Theater, Russell Simmons’s Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Liberian filmmaker Gerald Barclay’s GeeBee Productions, Wesley Snipes’ Amen Ra Productions and many independent films and music video productions. She and her husband, Jaheed Ashley, are the East Coast representatives for the Pan African Film Festival, and have recently completed production on a documentary about Nigerian musical icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, titled Fela, Fresh From Africa. Ms. Lewis also works in theater, does grants research and is a founding member of the International Mothers of Liberia. She resides in New York City.

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Nicole Liao: Nicole Liao is currently a third year student at the University of Southern California, majoring in International Relations with a minor in Marketing. Her short-term career objectives currently include: obtaining a Bachelor in International Relations degree, and starting a career in international affairs, preferably in foreign service or government agencies, with a prestigious firm.  In the long-term,  she looks to purse a MBA degree while continuing to develop a successful career in international affairs.  Nicole feels that her education from the University of Southern California has provided her with the knowledge and competency to succeed in any higher-level education.  Furthermore, she believes she has matured and strengthened many personal values such as her integrity, professionalism, and leadership through her practical internships.  During the internship at Mode Creation Munich (MCM) Worldwide in Shanghai in 2010, Nicole conducted market research of luxury products and identified market segment to manage marketing strategies, financial statement and  coordinated with marketing professionals to develop business plan to launch a new product line.  She also worked at POP Design Inc. in Shanghai in 2009, where she designed marketing plans for client-interface ads by analysis of geographic scope in local market and conducted advertising tutorials for various software programs to maximize the efficiency of sharing information and communication through executives and international clients.  Most notably in her school years, her position as a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society is an achievement where she collaborated with organizations for fundraising efforts by conducting community service and participated in weekly meeting to discuss and organize the cultural awareness events.  Nicole is ready to apply all of her experiences and education as an undergraduate student towards a career in international affairs.

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Carol Holland Lifshitz: Carol Holland Lifshitz is President of SOLUTIONS, New Jersey-based communications company. Her commitment to nothing short of excellence can be seen in every project she delivers, large or small. Exceptional creativity, impeccable work and uncompromising dependability have been the basis for the company’s continuing growth. She serves a wide range of clients throughout the United States. She worked in New York City for 20 years before starting SOLUTIONS in 1994. Prior positions included Vice President of Marketing for two internationally known consumer products corporations (writing, planning and sales capabilities required) and creative positions at several ad and PR agencies (Creative Director, Copywriter, Producer). Paramount Pictures was a client at one agency; the goal was to save money while achieving quality production. Experience from both corporate and agency perspectives, in both business management and creative capacities, gives her a unique edge when tackling challenges.

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Carol is an award-winning writer and producer with a keen business sense. Shehas served as Emmy Awards judge, selected for her skill and professionalism as a writer and TV expert. Another honor was being chosen as a film critic for the New York BACA film festival, succeeding Rex Reed and Otto Preminger in that capacity. Her greatest validation, however, is repeat business and referrals from clients who are thrilled with her work. She’s also gained praise for acting and dancing, though she prefers to think of those as just fun. She is a graduate of Vassar College, cum laude, and spent time as an exchange student at Williams College. Self-discipline, important for the successful completion of all professional endeavors, was first honed at the Bronx High School of Science.

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Shelli Lipton: Shelli’s business specialty is being in your own business, public relations, advertising, educational multimedia museum, artifacts, and still living the dream-manufacture own electricity, keeping the 60’s vision alive through visual and educational means, solar hot water, communication media events, official sister-city relations with Nimbin, Australia, N.S.W. Her professional memberships include: Woodstock Artist Association, Woodstock Guild, Dutchess County Council of the Arts, American Watercolor Society, Council for Native American Indian Progress; Education: Music and Art High School; School of Visual Arts, Journalistic Illustration ’67, Founder of Alumni Society, School of Visual Arts ’67; Pratt Institute. Shelli married Nathan Koenig in 1993 (Co-Founder, Woodstock Museum)

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Alexis Livingston:  Educated in Washington D.C, New York, Madrid, Paris and Bologna, Italy.  Alexis marries her love of the camera with an adventurous spirit and a visual palette refined in the worlds of Theater, Art, Architecture, Fashion, and Design. On-screen, Alexis has appeared in television and print advertisements, films and commercials.  Behind the camera, she has directed and produced several independent films, including a documentary aired at the Smithsonian Museum of American History and most recently has taken keen interest in microcinema.  Alexis holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MBA from the University of Bologna concentrating in Design, Fashion and Luxury Goods Branding, and is a graduate from the New York Film Academy.

Kim Lockett: Kim Lockett is an actress/entertainer.  Originally from Springfield, MA, Kim worked for Big Y Foods, Inc. for a little over six years as a Learning Services Support and Media Support person.  She recorded over 70 voice-overs for many of Big Y’s computer based trainings and was also one of two news broadcasters for Big Y News—internal news broadcast highlighting Big Y’s events and company culture.  Kim graduated in 2006 from Springfield Technical Community College with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts.  Her theater performances there include Marshael Foster in The Wake of Jamey Foster and Cora in Tom Walker.  She transferred to Rutgers University in 2009 to pursue a Journalism and Media Studies Degree but recently put her degree on hold to pursue an acting career.  She will play Delilah in the original piece Imperfect Women of the Bible, written and directed by Marsha Trice.

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Joshua Lodestro: Joshua is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Business in Washington, DC with a degree in Bachelors of Business Administration concentrated in International Business. While in university, Joshua was the President of DECA for two consecutive years. During his tenure, Joshua grew the club’s membership by 60% and grew funding by 1,400%. At the DECA International Career Development Conference, Joshua placed second internationally in Marketing Management. Joshua was a member of Alpha Kappa Epsilon, an international business academic honors fraternity. Outside of university, Joshua worked with a major bank to implement an email marketing system, which reached more than 2,000 small business banking clients. In his free time, Joshua loves to travel. He has visited more than 20countries on all six inhabited continents.

Catherine Lofton-Fraser: Catherine Lofton-Fraser is a licensed acupuncturist in Manhattan.  She holds a Masters degree of Science in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in New York City.  Catherine kept  one foot in the East and one foot in the West in regards to her education at PCOM, completing a  four-year program that emphasized traditional style Chinese acupuncture, Chinese medicine theory, bodywork (tui -na and shiatsu), along with anatomy and physiology, nutrition and western disease diagnosis. Catherine treated over 300 patients as an intern at the PCOM clinic and participated in many outreach programs while at PCOM.  She continues a life- long endeavor to embrace as many approaches to healing as possible; participating in various modality workshops to keep growing as a practitioner.  Catherine believes in the powerful healing dynamic between patient and practitioner and the body’s innate ability to move towards balance. She uses a blend of traditional Chinese acupuncture  and Korean style acupuncture called Sujok techniques to gently bring patients into harmony within their body, mind and spirit.

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J. CHARLEY LONDONO: Prior to practicing law in California and Florida, Charley was a music industry executive, having worked in the radio promotion departments of Arista Records, A&M Records, IRS Records, and MCA Records.  He primarily practices in the areas of film, television, music, and new media.  Charley counsels both companies and individuals regarding entertainment transactional issues.  His practice concentrates in the protection, clearance, licensing and distribution of intellectual property rights for film, television, music, and new media.  He also practices real estate and construction law and was involved in the development and infrastructure build out of an 80-acre, 180 lot residential subdivision in Florida; and the construction, marketing, and sale of single family homes thereon.  Charley is a member of the California and Florida Bar Associations and holds real estate broker licenses for California and Florida.

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Rebecca Lopez: Rebecca Hoe Lopez, Esq. is a corporate attorney specializing in international commercial law, technology development and licensing, securities and financial services. Rebecca started her career with the Wall Street firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and has since worked at MasterCard International, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, American Express Corporation and American International Group, Inc. She is currently building her own practice for a range of corporate clients. Rebecca is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego and the University of Michigan Law School. She is licensed to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

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Peter Lorimer: Peter Lorimer, a native of England, joined Keller Williams Realty in 2005, where he was rookie agent of the year. He then went on to have three back to back years  of being the top agent in his brokerage, culminating in 2009, when he earned the prestigious distinction of being the top producing Keller Williams agent for the entire LA region, including Beverly Hills, Malibu and Bel Air and all other areas of Los Angles County – with nearly $40 million in closed sales in 2009 alone.  Never one to rest on his laurels, in 2010 Peter decided to branch out on his own and launch his long planned and awaited Peter Lorimer Group Estates based in Beverly Hills, where he and his team of hand picked agents cater to a discerning clientele, many of whom are extremely well known individuals with creative tastes, but wish to remain fiercely private. Originally from the UK, Pete had tremendous success as a record producer before coming to the US, working along side some of the biggest recording artists of the 80’s and 90’s and having over 30 #1’s in the Billboard Club Charts and another 25 around the world. It was his love of working with artists, his creative mindset – and a succession of personal real estate investment deals – that led him into the world of real estate.  In 2010, Pete passed another milestone by proudly becoming a naturalized US citizen. As Pete’s business acumen grew over the years, he realized a tremendous need to assemble a S.W.A.T. team of support staff headed up by his wife and business partner Cindy Lorimer, herself an accomplished business woman, whose natural ability for real estate and tremendous attention to detail have helped give PLG Estates its reputation for legendary customer service throughout every step of the transaction.  Whether it’s a first time buyer looking for a $100,000 condo, or a well-heeled celebrity in search of a $10 million beachfront hideaway, every client is treated equally and given top-notch service by one of our team of agents. When he’s not out with clients or negotiating a deal, Pete’s downtime is spent with his wife Cindy and their children, young daughter Emily and baby Oliver.

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Beverlie Lord: The creation of Satsun Photography is a revolutionary salute. I woke up one morning and realized the powers of my dreams were sent to make me happy. Thus began the revolution: full of creation, open and limitless. This thought has inspired me every day and every moment, to walk into my future. To create, respect and honor in my soul the search for Truth. Identity. Peace.It is my belief that we all long for some meaningful work, some creative endeavor by which the energies within us can flow out and heal the world. This belief is why I dedicated myself to working with children and youth in the non-profit sector for almost a decade. Upon quitting my job in 2004, I realized that effecting social change can consist of anything as long as the forms – love, peace and truth – are present. As a photographer I believe that everything and everyone have “beautiful moments.” My job is to be around when these moments occur and capture them. Nothing lasts forever – this is true but if a photographer is around we can definitely prolong what was for generations to come. My most favorite quote at the moment – “Don’t cry because you think it’s over – smile because it happened.”

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Cliff Lovette, ESQ.: For over 26 years as an entertainment attorney, Cliff Lovette has represented recording artists, record companies, independent motion picture producers, writers, and other entertainment clients. For 6 years, Cliff was SR VP of Business & Legal Affairs of LaFace Records, reporting to multi-Grammy producers Antonio “LA” Reid and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. Currently, Cliff heads The Lovette Entertainment Law Group Ltd, a boutique entertainment law firm in Atlanta. Cliff is interested in in-house, of counsel, and law firm opportunities working with dynamic businesses in the entertainment and new media industries. Cliff’s specialities include creating and running an in-house business and legal affairs department for a highly successful record company and engaging in transactional entertainment deal-making for over 25 years.

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Iris Mack: Iris Mack, Ph.D., EMBA, founded Phat Math, Inc. in Miami, Florida. She and her colleagues at Phat Math launched the mathematics edutainment social network PhatMath.com. Students in grades K-12 and College have access to free 24/7 online math homework help on PhatMath.com – recently named one of the Top 50 Social Sites for Educators and Academics. Dr. Mack and her colleagues at Phat Math, Inc. also offer math and finance boot camps to help students increase their math test scoresand to learn financial literacy survival skills.

Dr. Iris Mack earned a Harvard doctorate in Applied Mathematics and a London Business School MBA. She is a former MIT professor. Dr. Mack is also a former Derivatives Financial Engineer and Trader who has worked in financial institutions in the U.S., London and Asia. Oxford-trained mathematician Dr. Paul Wilmott – founder of the Certificate of Quantitative Finance Program in London – has invited Dr. Mack to join his team of high-powered quantitative financial markets bloggers on wilmott.com.

Dr. Mack currently serves on a National Academy of Sciences Research Advisory Board. A few years ago she was selected as a NASA astronaut semi-finalist. Dr. Mack spent the past year in London and various western European countries consulting, lecturing and conducting research for a book about the derivatives markets and for the next book in the math edutainment series. More information about Phat Math, Inc. and Dr. Mack may be found on http://www.IMackGroup.com.

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Erik D. Magnus:  I’m a freelance Production Sound Mixer and Audio Post-Production engineer based in LA. I have my BA from Emerson College, I work on everything from features to series, Sci Fi to drama.

Leslie K. Malin: Leslie K. Malin has over twenty five year experience as a mentor, consultant, speaker, entrepreneur, and psychotherapist working with people who want to achieve “more to life”. Leslie has trained, coached and consulted with literally thousands of people across industries and inspired them with her vision of what is possible for them. She is the co-author of The Essential Coaching Book and the author of the forthcoming book, More to Life at Work: 4 Pathways to Deeper Meaning and Joy in Your Livelihood and The Alchemy of Aging: Re-Imagining, Re-Inventing, and Re-Purposing Your Life after 50 Leslie has coached professional women for many years. With Ladies Who Launch, she was a facilitator of Intensive Incubator groups in the Hudson Valley. “I adore working with women who are called to create something wonderful in their lives, in their work, and in the broader community.” In her role as the Executive Director of Jewish Family Services of Ulster County she designed and managed Project Hope the first Woman to Woman Mentoring Program in Ulster County that was funded by Hope’s Fund, a United Way affiliate. Community women were screened and selected as Mentors; then trained and matched with an Associate, an Ulster County women 18 years old + who wanted to make changes in their lives but did not have the ability to access mentoring services. The program is presently a year old and has positively impacted the lives of both Mentor and Associate. Leslie is constantly re-inventing her life and career. Presently, she is focused on working with people 50 years old + who are challenged by the changes they are experiencing in their work, life and relationships as they age. Alchemy of Aging offers counseling, coaching, and workshops. She is also a certified by the National Association of Social Workers as a Geriatric Care Manager working with individuals and families facilitating the transitions into new living arrangements and healthcare systems and to serve as the point person to oversee and quality-ensure the services they are receiving. She has been interviewed for numerous articles on spirituality and personal empowerment in the workplace both in the US and Canada. She has been quoted in The Long Island Business News, The Tennessean, and The Vancouver Times as well as frequently interviewed and quoted in Patricia Kitchen’s column in the Career Section of Newsday. Leslie has a B.A. from Vassar College and holds a Masters in Social Work from the Adelphi University School of Social Work. She is a member of the Academy of Clinical Social Workers, and is a Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager.

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Jillian Markowitz: Jillian Markowitz is a 2007 graduate of the prestigious Gallatin School of Independent Studies at New York University. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Ms. Markowitz created an interdisciplinary major combining business and film studies. This unique focus lead her to accept a full scholarship to Hofstra Law School where she graduated with honors. Her professional resume includes credit as a producer for the unreleased film, Elise. She currently works as an attorney for Schneider Pfahl & Rahme LLP and is the Associate Director of the Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation.

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Sheryl Martin: Sheryl Martin is an attorney, licensed to practice in California.  A “non-traditional” law student, she studied at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles part time, focusing on entertainment law and intellectual property, including copyright, and the legal aspects of the Hollywood Guilds. While studying law, she worked full time as a contract administrator for Walt Disney Motion Pictures. In her 20 years of studio experience, she gained an understanding of the industry, and worked closely with both creative and business professionals.  Originally from Northern California, she graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in Film Studies.  Her career started in San Francisco at a video post-production facility, and continued at a computer animation firm.  She moved to Southern California, to attend the Summer Production Workshop at USC Film School, before taking her first job for Disney as a Production Finance Coordinator.

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Erik Masone: Erik Masone began his music career working for notable independent music publishers Cherry Lane Music Publishing and Bourne Co. Music Publishers. Currently he serves as Creative Director and Music Supervisor for Deepfreeze Music, handling music supervision and rights clearance for independent feature films and documentaries. Erik also consults independent artists in registering their songs with the PRO’s and setting up their own music publishing companies. Erik’s goal as a Music Supervisor is to enable each production to use highest quality music that their budgets will allow, and his extensive knowledge of music and the music business helps Erik find the perfect music for each situation. In 2010, Erik co-founded the Music Supervision Network NY, and hosts networking events that target professionals in music licensing. Erik is also associated with the Guild Of Music Supervisors.

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Miljenko Matijevic: Miljenko Matijevic is a world renowned platinum selling artist, singer, writer, and producer.  Born in Zagreb Croatia, Miljenko has devoted his life to the entertainment industry and has built an outstanding reputation from his peers and his fans alike. Most recent, Miljenko was the front man for the legendary group “The Doors”, transcending the late Jim Morrison touring throughout the United States and Europe bringing fans to their feet.  His latest album “Good 2B Alive” was written, sung, produced and engineered by Miljenko himself.  The album shows off his amazing work as an artist and all facets of production, which was accepted with rave reviews from the critics around the world.  Miljenko also delivered the vocals for Mark Wahlberg in the movie “ROCK STAR”. He sang seven songs accompanied by world renowned artists Zack Wylde, Jason Bonham and Jeff Pilson for the movie and the soundtrack. He also contributed his song “We All Die Young” which was re-recorded from his previous album “WAIT” for the movie and the soundtrack.  Earlier in his career, Miljenko was the voice and the writer of the platinum selling band “SteelHeart”, he was deeply involved with all facets of production and performance.   At this time Miljenko is working on his new solo album as well as producing and writing with other talented artists.  Also scheduled in 2013 is the completion of the documentary film “Good 2B Alive”, which is based on Miljenko’s life directed by Dana Altman of “North Sea Films”.

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Arthur T. Matthews, ESQ.: Arthur T. Matthews is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Matthews & Matthews Consulting which is a human resources and labor workforce company. He is a trainer and consultant in divergent areas which include Diversity, Negotiations, Mediation, Arbitration, Sexual Harassment, Team Building, Human Resources, Labor Studies, Leadership, Communication Skills, Equal Employment Opportunity, Conflict Resolution, and Workforce Development. He serves on the adjunct faculty at Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and as an Adjunct Associate Professor at New York University and the University of Arkansas. In addition to the aforementioned experience, Mr. Matthews has practical industry expertise in both a management and union environment having worked for J.P Morgan Chase as a educational and job coach consultant, the Public Employee’s Federation (PEF), AFL-CIO, as a Field Representative and for New York City Transit as a Director of Labor Relations, Human Resources and Training. He has and continues to provide training and consulting for many organizations including the EEOC, the Utility Workers Union of America, Columbia University, Colgate Palmolive, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, American Federation of Government Employees, The Federal Executive Board, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York State Unified Court System. He occasionally serves as a mediator, arbitrator, and negotiator of disputes in the private, public, government, community and non-profit sectors. He also serves as a mediator and arbitrator on the employment, commercial and labor panels for the American Arbitration Association. He co-founded the nationally heralded Equal Employment Opportunity Commission New York District office training initiative where he has trained over 1000 mediators in the nuances of resolving employment disputes for over a decade. In 2003 he was selected by the Minister of Labor, Home Affairs and Public Safety in Bermuda to serve on their arbitration panel. He was featured on a CNN Special as a positive role model and consistently serves as a motivational speaker. He was a Congressional and Assembly aide early in his career and served in numerous positions of student leadership including the Presidency of the Student Bar Association at the prestigious Howard University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor (J.D) Degree. It was at Howard that as a human/civil rights activist he led hundreds of law students in the 1983 march that helped lead to the passage of the legislation that created Dr. Martin Luther King Day as a national holiday. He obtained his undergraduate degree with honors from C.W Post College, Long Island University where he earned a Martin Luther King academic scholarship and a NCAA football scholarship. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

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Anthony Mazza, ESQ.: Anthony Mazza is a Managing Director of Watkins Consulting’s Mortgage Advisory Practice. A seasoned corporate executive with significant managerial and business development experience, Tony is also a New York-licensed attorney. A strong strategic thinker and team builder, Tony has primarily engaged in senior management business consulting, primarily in business process design and IT initiatives related to the mortgage industry. He has spent more than 17 years in the business process improvement and the development of software systems for fixed income products, primarily mortgage-backed securities. His specific functional disciplines include: business development, performance/process improvement, contract evaluation and supply chain methodology. He currently provides financial model evaluations for the Federal Government and supports a social mission venture capital group. Tony is the former SVP in charge of the commercial division of a midsized DC based technology consulting firm. For over six years he was in charge of providing financial institutions with best practices business and technology consulting, particularly in matters relating to high volume transaction processing and financial accounting. Tony was a team lead during the GSE restatement efforts, principally responsible for cataloging Portfolio Transaction events, REMIC “look-throughs” and Loan Acquisition. Prior to this assignment, Tony was a principal in two software development firms, where he was instrumental in formulating the straight-through processing concept for fixed income securities. During his tenure as a subject matter expert in the primary and secondary residential mortgage markets, Tony has managed major MBS and CMO software implementation projects for some of the world’s largest securities firms.

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Savannah McCauley:  After moving to New York in 2012 Savannah has enjoyed her time living in the city while studying at Pace University majoring in Film with a double minor in Creative writing and Photography. A film enthusiast and art lover she strives to be a part of the film production world in all aspects. Savannah has had a variety of experience in various fields that make her well rounded and flexible to succeed in any area. She has experience in restaurant service, which allowed her to excel in a fast paced environment, while her experience as a production office intern furthered her organizational skills, communication skills and office work. She enjoys working hard and gaining experience in any field through both her studies and outside work. Savannah is working on her first short film and other creative projects in the writing, directing and acting fields.

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David McDonald: David McDonald is the writer/director of a film called “Woodstock Revisited” and the television series, “The Mystery of Creativity.” “Woodstock Revisited” tells the story of the rise of the 60s generation through events that transpired in Woodstock, New York. It features segments on Bob Dylan, The Band, and The Woodstock Soundouts, among others. “The Mystery of Creativity” explores the connection between creativity and spirituality through one-on-one discussions with prominent artists and thinkers. McDonald makes his home in Woodstock, NY. He can be reached at: davidthedirector@yahoo.com

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Dr. Jan McDonald: DR. JAN McDonald is an honors graduate of Vassar College and Harvard Medical School. She trained at the Mayo Clinic, Mass General, University of Pennsylvania Hospital, and Wayne State. She is an award winning and Board Certified Dermatologist with offices in North Carolina and Virginia (Diplomat American Board of Dermatology – Board certified in dermatology and dermatological surgery. Re-certified June 2005, scoring in the top 98 percentile of test.) Dr. McDonald has also done graduate studies at the University of Michigan Law School and won a scholarship to Dartmouth’s Tuck Minority Business Executive Program, a highly selective program for successful entrepreneurs with over 1.5 million dollars in sales. Dr. McDonald’s extensive community service work includes House of Delegates Nevada Medical Association , Board of Directors Clark County Medical Society, Member of Democratic Host Committee for President Clinton in Las Vegas, Member of Las Vegas Mayor’s Board of Women Advisors (Mayor Jan Jones), Co-founder and Board of Directors Black Business Council , Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, Member Board of Directors Nevada Task Force on AIDS , Member Women’s Leadership Council Nevada Democratic Party . Dr. MacDonald is also member of the Board of Directors of the International Exchange Institute and the First Winner of the America the Beautiful Fund/ I Can Still Do That Foundation “American Beauty” award.

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Chuck McGlade: Chuck McGlade received his undergraduate education from Johns Hopkins University where he was elected into Phi Beta Kappa as well as Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society).  Medical school training was at Cornell University Medical College where he was chosen to be a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.  At UCLA, he completed residency and fellowship training in Interventional Radiology and also served as Chief Resident.  From July 1988 to the present time, Dr. McGlade has been a member of Radiology Associates in Eugene, Oregon.  In addition to his medical practice, since September 2002, he has been CEO of Ridgeline Management Company, an assisted living company that he co-founded.  Other ventures include managing partner of Triton Properties, a commercial development company, as well as co-founder of Vista Construction Company.  Since December 2007, he has been on the Board of Directors for Intechgra Database Solutions Inc. Currently in progress is a humanitarian project to launch a new safety needle syringe system sponsored by World Industries.

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Matthew McGlade: Matthew McGlade is a Pomona College graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematical Economics, as well as a minor in Spanish. He is interested in international relations, foreign languages, and international business. In addition to speaking fluent Spanish, Matthew speaks near-fluent French, has taken one year of Chinese while in college, and most recently has begun to learn Russian. Matthew is familiar with foreign cultures and able to relate to different types of people with ease, as he has spent time in various foreign countries ranging from El Salvador to Greece. Not only is Matthew comfortable interacting with individuals, he has shown his ability to be a team contributor through his work at the United Nations University and he is also skilled in public speaking. He is adept with technology and proficient in many programs used on computers today. Recently, he has spent time investigating economic policy and international finance.

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G.L. McQueary: G.L. McQueary is an Aeronautical Science Major who began acting in 1986 as a member of the New Jersey based theatre group the Phoenix Ensemble, where he performed in nearly two dozen stage productions. In 1992 he landed his first professional theatrical role in the Capital Repertory’s (Albany, NY) production of the award winning play “The Gang on the Roof” and 1993 he toured the country staring in the gospel musical A Mother’s Love.  In 1994 G.L. arrived in California were he immediately landed a role with the Morgan-Wixxon Theatre in Santa Monica Ca. in their production of A Raison In The Sun where he was nominate for a Geoffrey Award. G.L. went on to perform in a host of commercials, sort and feature films. In 2005 G.L. won the Outstanding Actor/Comedian Award by the Global Art Film Festival Tour for his roll as Slappy Johnson in the comedy Rib Shack. As a writer G.L. adds Poetry, Stage plays as well as television and film scripts to his credits. His play Momma’s Porch has been running for five consecutive years through out the state of Georgia, with plans to start a second production to run in New Jersey in 2012. Currently G.L. is writing the first two episodes for a new television drama for the New Jersey based L.A.W. Productions.

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Scott Mendelsohn: Scott Mendelsohn is a writer, civic activist and performer focusing on issues of gender and sexual identity, ethics and humanities training in medical education, and the arts.  In the 1990s, he founded Mid-Hudson for a Sane AIDS Policy in Poughkeepsie, NY, and served on Vassar College’s President’s Committee on Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Concerns.  Since then, he has worked with such organizations as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYU’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, and SUNY Downstate Medical School.  For the last ten years, he has provided training and assessment to investment banks, and information and communications services to Manpower’s workforce consulting practice. He recently left Manpower to work with communities impacted by the Great Recession.  He is currently writing and organizing community forums to help individuals give voice to their experience and loss, and to support them in claiming their intrinsic worth and natural rights to the pursuit of happiness, as promised by our nation’s founders.  Scott pursues his own happiness as a singer, a member of the Episcopal Church, and at home with his beloved partner, Andy.

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Mieko Mendez: Mieko Mendez is the founder and president of M. Mendez Consulting, Inc., providing remote bookkeeping and financial consulting services to small businesses in various industries.  As a certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor, she has assisted many clients to optimize overall financial control and growth.Formerly with the elite Deloitte & Touche Japanese Business Unit, she is also experienced in human resources and translation.  Her language skills are native-level in both Japanese and English. In a previous life, Mieko was a conservatory-trained classical clarinetist, performing on-stage and in internationally recognized film and CD productions.

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Hillary-Marie Michael: Hillary-Marie, Founder and Director of Jersey Tap Fest, is most known for being a tap soloist, performer, choreographer and teacher, specializing in the American art form of Rhythm Tap Dance. Her other dance training includes Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Swing, African and Modern. Having established herself as a reputable teacher, Hillary-Marie teaches weekly tap classes across the state of New Jersey.Hillary-Marie has been mentored by and assistant to Dr. Harold ‘Stumpy’ Cromer since 2007 and mentored by Karen Callaway Williams since 2004. A native to New Jersey, she has been a company member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble since April 2006, where she continues to be overseen by Founder and Artistic Director Deborah Mitchell and Maurice Chestnut. Outside of the ensemble, she has worked with The Russian Moscow Ballet, The American Tap Dance Foundation as well as award-winning composers Marvin Hamlisch, Leonard Oxley and Nikki Denner. Outside of teaching and performance, she is currently a writer for Terrence Taps’ Tap Dance Blog. Additionally, Hillary-Marie is a member of the International Tap Association and New Jersey Jazz Society, where she dedicates herself to keeping the art form of tap dance alive.

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Lee E. Miller, ESQ.: Lee E. Miller is the co-founder of 3 Step Networks, a branded social media networking solution, managing Director of NegotiationPlus.com and the Career Columnist for the New Jersey Star Ledger. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he works with organizations and individuals on how they can more effectively lead and influence others both in person and virtually. He advises, trains and coaches in the area of influencing including leadership, cross cultural influencing, sales, negotiating, customer service and recruiting and has developed critically acclaimed programs on Influencing for Women Leaders, Negotiating for Women, Multi-cultural Influencing and Virtual Influencing. He is also a career coachApplying current research on influencing to social media tools, he joined forces with Barbara Jackson, a pioneer in distance learning and social media, to create 3 Step Networks. This application provides organizations with an inexpensive easy to use custom professional/social network that enables them to extend their organizational brand and leverage organizational influence for the benefit of individual members. An Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and at the Seton Hall University School of Management where he teaches MBA courses in Managerial Influencing and Negotiating, Decision-making and Human Resources Management and is a five time recipient of the Business School’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He is the author of UP: Influence Power and the U Perspective- The Art of Getting What You Want featured on Fox and Friends, Get More Money On Your Next Job… In Any Economy and the co-author of A Woman’s Guide To Successful Negotiating (McGraw Hill) selected by Atlanta Woman magazine as one of the fifty best books for professional women and a featured book on The Early Show and Good Morning America. In addition, he is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal Online. Previously he was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at TV Guide Magazine, USA Networks and Barney’s New York Inc., a Vice President of Labor and Employee Relations at R.H. Macy & Co. Inc. and a partner and co-chair of the employment and labor group of one of the largest law firms in New Jersey. Lee is the former Chair of the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters, the New York Chapter American Corporate Counsel’s Employment Law Section and Secretary to the Union County Motion Picture Advisory Board. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Washington State Bar Association Credit Union. He is a Director of The American Repertory Ballet Company and an advisor to, and an Honorary Director of, the Tianjin Society (Singapore).

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Bistra Milovansky: Bistra Milovansky is the founder of Visas4Artists.com, an online platform and community facilitating the mobility of talent and ideas in art, science, media and technology. A fourth generation lawyer in her family, trained in two jurisdictions Bulgaria and USA, and a former Journalist/Producer for Radio Free Europe, the Bulgarian National Radio and TV and Time Warner, New York, Bistra Milovansky brings professional expertise, ethics, efficiency and unique perspective to each case she takes on. Bistra Milovansky is also the founder of BeLawyerBeHappy.com, a platform for legal professionals to exchange ideas, share opportunity, event, product and service information, promoting life balance, happiness and harmony, while pursuing career in the ultimate adversarial professional environment. Successful entrepreneur and solo practitioner, Bistra Milovansky shares her expertise with her peers and other professionals through private consulting and executive coaching practice. The Individual and Group Executive Coaching sessions for lawyers, law students and executives are designed to build and further develop professional and life balance skills.

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Rayna Mohrmann: Rayna Mohrmann is currently a sophomore at the University of Richmond pursuing a major in Marketing and a minor in film studies. Last summer she had the chance to intern on a movie set where she got her first exposure to productions working as a PA, on set photographer and taking charge of all social media. At the University of Richmond, Rayna works as a photographer for the newspaper and as a writing consultant. In addition to writing, photography and social media, Rayna also has an extensive knowledge of all Microsoft Office programs as well as basic photo and video editing software. She is interested in gaining further experience in film/television production or marketing and excited to do so.

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Mariette Monpierre: From the beaches of Guadeloupe to the bright lights of the Big Apple, Mariette Monpierre has always viewed her life through lenses. Growing up in the belly of Paris, films fascinated Mariette Monpierre. She studied for her Masters Degree in Television & Languages at l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne and Smith College in Massachusetts then moved to Manhattan to follow her dream of becoming a filmmaker. She began her career as a producer at BBDO New York, one of the world’s leading advertising agencies, producing commercials for clients such as Pepsi Cola, Frito-Lay, Visa, Campbell’s, Bayer, Pizza Hut, Gillette and FedEx. She is passionate about producing because it allows her to use both her creative and business skills. Her first independent piece, “Knowledge is Power,” was a documentary commissioned by the New York City Health Department to raise HIV/AIDS awareness. In 2002, her documentary “Sweet Mickey for President?” won Best Documentary at the Reel Sisters Film Festival in New York. Monpierre’s first theatrical work, a short film “Rendez-Vous,” was nominated for the Djibril Diop Mambety Award in partnership with the Directors Fortnight in Cannes. “Rendez-Vous” experienced a successful run in several major international film festivals and took her around the world: Toronto, Marrakech, Montreal, FESPACO in Burkina Faso, Seoul, Milano, The African Diaspora film Festival in New York, to name a few. “ELZA (Le Bonheur d’Elza)” is her first feature length film and won three awards at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles in February 2012: Pan African Film Festival – British Academy of Film and Television Arts/LA (BAFTA/LA) Festival Choice Award; Best Director First Feature: Special Jury Recognition-Feature Narrative and Festival Programmers’ Award—Narrative and Best Narrative Feature at the Roxbury Film Festival, U.S.A ELZA was realeased in theater in New York City November 30, 2012. ELZA is the first narrative film by a female director shot in Guadeloupe.

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Theresa Moore: Theresa Moore is President and Founder of T-Time Productions LLC. T-Time Productions develops and produces unique programming and content for various media platforms including television, film, online/broadband and wireless. Current projects include “License to Thrive: Title IX at 35” (www.licensetothrive.org), a multi-media educational project which examines the critical role of the Title IX legislation in helping to create female leaders; educational programming for use in South African schools; a documentary exploring the history of multi-racial adoptions; and a documentary about the history of African Americans in professional football. Prior to T-Time, Moore was an executive at ESPN with responsibilities that included television advertising sales and business affairs for the company?s new media platforms including business development and content acquisition. While at ESPN, Moore also created programming for the network including “The Block Party” which aired for three seasons and “Images in Black and White,” a documentary that aired on ESPN in February 2005 as a part of the network’s programming schedule for Black History Month. Moore’s work has been considered for Peabody, Sports Emmy, Billie and NAACP Image awards and has been featured on “Good Morning America.” Moore previously worked at The Coca-Cola Company where she developed and executed strategic marketing and promotional plans for some of the world’s premiere sports properties as well as Coca-Cola’s ethnic audiences and also worked at Chubb Insurance as an underwriting manager with responsibilities for financial and liability analysis and risk management. Moore received her BA from Harvard University and her Masters of Business Administration from Emory University in Atlanta. She is also a graduate of the NAMIC Executive Leadership and Development Program at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and has completed extensive coursework at New York University. She serves on the board of directors of The Harvard Varsity Club, the Opportunity Network and the Ubuntu Education Fund. She is a member of the Visiting Committee for Athletics to the Harvard Board of Overseers. In 2002, she was inducted into the International Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame and was a recipient of the 2005 Harlem YMCA Salute to Black Achievers in Industry award. She is currently featured on the “Ivy at 50” website which highlights the accomplishments of a select group of Ivy League student-athletes over the past 50 years. Moore was also inducted into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Athlete Hall of Fame in May 2007.

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Louisa Morton: Louisa Morton is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for Georgia-Pacific with interests in Business Analysis, Business Development, and Digital Marketing Strategy and Analytics. She is also a student at Agnes Scott College, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Organizational Management and minor in Public Health.

Louisa’s professional experience includes Strategy Development, Project Management, Client Services, Business Requirement Development, Front-end Programming and Quality Assurance Testing for a variety of digital marketing initiatives with both agencies and brands.

Louisa is actively involved in several organizations including the Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association, the American Marketing Association, the Technology Association of Georgia, and Women in Technology. Her additional interests include professional networking, behavioral psychology, personal finance and investing.

During her free time, Louisa enjoys rock climbing and is an avid distance runner.

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Ramfis Myrthil: Ramfis Myrthil is a producer, actor, writer and founding partner of Beast of the East Productions. His mission is to bring the world of film and media closer to an East Coast ethic through narrative feature films that reflect the deepest passion, integrity and honor.  In the pursuit of this mission he has built up an arsenal of skills and knowledge working in the film, television and other industries on a wide variety of projects. He is also active in a number of community organizations.
In 2013 Ramfis produced the short Hurricane Sandy documentary “Powerless”, a highly personal project which is tied in to a campaign to help hurricane relief in Long Beach NY. The documentary earned a special Proclamation from the city of Long Beach. He produced a music video for the song “Any Other Way” by the legendary rock group The Zombies, now in post-production. He is Co-producing the feature film “The Teacher,” currently in production. His short film “Love and The Small Print” premiered at the 2012 65th Annual Cannes Film festival and was picked up by Shorts International for worldwide distribution. He produced a pilot for the innovative television project “What’s Cooking in Real Estate.”
Ramfis graduated from Queens College In 2008 with a BA in Interdisciplinary studies; Economics and Drama, and trained at Jason Bennett’s Acting School in New York City. He is a member of the Mythic Bridge organization, a non-profit bringing filmmaking education to underserved youth. Ramfis also sits on the music board and young advisors committee of the I Can Still Do That Foundation, a non-profit seeking to help the American worker survive and thrive in difficult economic times.

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Alfredo F. Navarrete: Alfredo F. Navarrete is CFO of Grupo IAMSA, the leading passenger transportation group in Mexico. Alfredo is also CEO of Efficientia Soluciones Integrales, a consulting firm, and member of the board of Bank of America and Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center of Capitalism and Society in New York, He is also member of the Circulo Contemporáneo of the Rufino Tamayo Museum. Alfredo holds a PhD in Economics from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

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Maria Nemeth, PH.D. , MCC: “Would it be all right with you if life got easier?” Whether you are looking at how you use money, time or any other source of energy to achieve your creative goals, Maria Nemeth has discovered a way for you to do it. And do it with clarity, focus, ease and grace. Maria Nemeth, uses an effective and accessible coaching model that has empowered thousands throughout the world to move beyond self-limiting thoughts, worries and doubts. As a result they wake up to their own gifts. Her work supports people in being productive and effective while making their own unique contribution. Her outstanding presentation skills combined with her unique perspective, warmth, compassion and humor provide a fascinating, focused and fun approach to topics. As a result, areas that are often difficult to face—such as how to use money to create a prosperous and meaningful life—come alive with possibility and promise. The tools she teaches are simple yet powerful. People immediately see how to incorporate them into whatever they are doing. They experience hope and gratitude as they attain tangible results with ease. The core principles Dr. Nemeth teaches are based on more than 30 years of tested personal research developing and leading hundreds of successful seminars, and workshops. Her lectures are an outgrowth of her extensive background as a licensed clinical psychologist. She has served as a professor in the California UC system, as well as a director of clinical programs assisting alcohol and substance abuse clients. She has authored articles and three successful books, including The Energy of Money for which she was featured on Oprah. Her nine-hour audio cassette tapes of The Energy of Money won the 1999 Audie award for best Personal Development Series. Maria has also studied numerous wisdom traditions and integrated these into her philosophy. As an MCC, Master Certified Coach, the Founder and Executive Director of the Academy for Coaching Excellence, an International Coach Federation accredited training program, Maria Nemeth is an international leader in the field of coach training. The Academy for Coaching Excellence combines training in powerful principles and specific tools to develop professional coaches who produce maximum results in any coaching situation. The Academy for Coaching Excellence delivers both on-site and distant learning programs to people around the world. The focus of her life is supporting people in discovering their own capacity, abilities and talents and the development of a worldwide connected coaching community concentrating on individual and professional empowerment where success includes making a unique contribution.

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Justin Newsome:  Justin Newsome was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Central Michigan University and earned a degree in Marketing, graduating with honors with a 3.9 gpa.

He got his start in the entertainment industry in college when during a class trip to NYC, he set-up a tour of the Rolling Stone Magazine office and talked his way into an internship with the Chief Operating Officer of the magazine.

After college, Justin moved back to NYC and took a job working in advertising at major Ad Agency – Zenith Media. While at Zenith Justin worked on the Verizon Wireless account with a specialization on advertising strategy for their new mobile entertainment products. He was also selected by Cosmopolitan Magazine as Media Man of the Year. An award given to young up and comers in the media/entertainment world.

From there Justin made the move out to LA, where he took a job working on the CW Network where he helped launch the hit shows Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries. After working at the CW Network, Justin took a job in Digital Media strategy with Sony Pictures where he spearheaded the digital advertising campaigns for films such as The Social Network, The Karate Kid, and Salt. He was given an industry award for his work on The Social Network which garnered 8 Academy Award nominations.

After, his work at Sony, Justin moved over to work at Disney where he headed up digital strategy for films such as The Muppets and Cars 2. The Muppets became the highest grossing film in the Muppet  franchise history.  During his tenure at Disney, Justin conceptualized and developed multiple “Never Before Seen” integrated ad campaigns in the history of internet advertising.

While at Disney, Justin and a friend launch a music focused youth movement website called Uneeqability.com on the side. The idea of this website was to showcase up and coming and established music artists to inspire other kids to be “Uneeq” and pursue their dreams.

Justin was then hired as Head of A&R and Music Partnerships at new media company Maker Studios where he helped launch the budding new media’s company music department. Disney recently purchased Maker for upwards to $950 Billion.

Currently, Justin works as a consultant for Simon Cowell’s record label Syco as well as Fremantle entertainment where he heads up A&R and Music Scouting for the shows America’s Got Talent and American Idol. He also currently works as a private consultant and Artist Developer where he works to develop new artists by combining all the skills he’s learned from his experience in digital media, trends analysis and the music/entertainment industry.

While not working Justin enjoys dancing, concerts, films, and writing. As well as volunteering for different charity organizations.

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Elizabeth Nielson: Elizabeth Nielson is native of Woodstock, NY. She earned her BFA from Parsons School of Design in 2003, and her BA in Psychology form Eugene Lang College the same year. Elizabeth went on to pursue an MA in Psychology from the New School for Social Research and is currently working on her dissertation to complete her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Walden University. Elizabeth resides part of the year in Brazil, at her home in Caraguatatuba, SP, and part on the Adriatic coast of Italy. She and her husband rent vacation properties in Italy, Brazil, and Woodstock, NY. Together they design and build houses in a coastal community in Brazil. Elizabeth has also worked on many artistic projects at places like MOMA’s PS1, and indipendently. Elizabeth has also worked in NYC and upstate NY as a substance abuse counselor in various settings while pursuing her PhD. She served on the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Convention Committee (2009-2011) and volunteered for a full year with Habit for Humanity in Santiago, Chile in 2006. Elizabeth enjoys traveling, cooking, arts, and learning languages. She blogs about her travels at blog.marverde.info

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Michelle Ng: Michelle Ng is a juris doctorate candidate at the UCLA School of Law, class of 2012.  She is interested in doing transactional work after graduation.  Prior to entering law school, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University in Legal Studies, with a minor in Philosophy.   During that time, Michelle Ng was a member of the Mock Trial Team at her university as well as a Ronald H. Brown Scholar.  Michelle Ng is interested in international, criminal and labor law.  Recently, for her substantive analytical writing, she conducted research and drafted a comment on the use of biotechnology on the production of food and the effects it has on the food market, both on national policies and international trade.  In her free time, Michelle tutors youths in indigent neighborhoods in Los Angeles and serves as a mentor to incoming law students.  In her free time, Michelle likes to run, practice yoga, and shop.

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Phoebe Nir:  Phoebe Nir is a writer living in New York City. She has recently earned her B.A. from Brown University in Writing for Performance, specializing in musical theater. Recent credits include the developing film “Summerwoods”; interactive musical “The Golem, or… ‘Get These Nazis Out of My Wedding!'”; and “Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horsemen,” a children’s mini-musical which toured through children’s hospitals and elementary schools throughout Providence, RI. Phoebe is also a geriatric yoga instructor, and has focused on working with homeless in both Rhode Island and New York City. Phoebe is a 2010 Presidential Scholar of the Arts.

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Peter Occhiogrosso: Peter Occhiogrosso has over 30 years’ experience as a professional writer, co-author, and editor. He helps co-author works with someone, usually a public figure, who wants to write a book but doesn’t have the requisite writing experience. Peter has written two books with talk show host Larry King and co-authored the autobiographies of musicians Frank Zappa and Michael Feinstein. More recently, he completely revised and rewrote the manuscript of an important new book on the treatment of arthritis by Vijay Vad, MD, a leading sports medicine doctor at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, entitled Arthritis Rx (Gotham Books) Peter has written several books of his own about the varieties of American spiritual experience, including Once A Catholic (Houghton Mifflin/Ballantine) and Through the Labyrinth (Penguin), as well as a popular guide to the world’s religions entitled The Joy of Sects (Doubleday/Image). And he has co-authored or assisted a number of writers with books in the spiritual field, including Caroline Myss’s Why People Don’t Heal and Sacred Contracts (Harmony) and her forthcoming book for Hay House, Defy Gravity (Sept. 2009). I also co-authored a series of books on healing by Ron Roth, including The Healing Path of Prayer (Harmony), Prayer and the Five Stages of Healing and 3 other books (Hay House). Three of the books Peter co-authored have become New York Times Best Sellers. Peter has authored or Co-authored 14 books and assisted or ghostwritten another 6. Currently, Peter is working with authors Caroline Myss and Dr. Vijay Vad on their latest works.

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Alison Ogden:  Alison Ogden helps women going through life transitions tap into their sex as the ultimate power source. Along with her business partner, Patricia Black, she founded Healthy Vixens Sensuality Coaching for women. They help women get out of their heads and into their bodies, and create a life led by desire rather than fear, conditioning, habit or scarcity. Through private coaching, workshops, community-oriented monthly women’s events, and teaching their favorite sensuality practice, Orgasmic Meditation, Alison and Patricia teach women how to fully express and be intimately connected to their sex so that they feel so full, it spills into every area of their lives.

Alison studied Psychology and German at Vassar College (2005), but unofficially majored in health and wellness. Having been an overweight child, she discovered a newfound joy when she started understanding and listening to her body, discovering its needs, and truly nourishing it for the first time in her life. Five years out of college, having worked as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager for a cosmetics company, she decided she wanted to help others find joy in feeling healthy and alive, and enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Professional Training Program to become a Health Coach. She was working with clients to help them make healthy eating choices, until she realized she was passionate about talking with women about the deeper, emotional hunger below. She recognized that most women are starving for something they don’t even recognize. Alison, having spent most of her formative sexual years in a body she hated, retreated into her head most of the time, understands how drastically one’s life can change when one feels the full extent of her own desire, feels desirable, and well satiated – being fully seated in her power, she is able to ask for what she wants, and be open to receiving it, without fear or shame. Alison discovered the practice of Orgasmic Meditation, as taught by One Taste, in 2012. She enrolled in the 10-month intensive Orgasmic Meditation Coaching and Training Program, which gave her the tools to live as an expressed woman, and be permission for other women to live fully in their desire. During the course, she and Patricia met, and discovering they have similar backgrounds and stories, decided to join forces and bring Healthy Vixens to life, so they could do they work they love, and have fun doing it, together.

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Richard O’Neal: Rich O’Neal is a sales professional and manager with over 25 years of sales and marketing experience ranging from insurance and financial products, with the last 22 years focused in the pharmaceutical industry. Rich’s most recent work experience was with Bristol Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals for 15 years as a Senior Territory Business Manager in the field of Oncology. He graduated from the University of Miami with a BA in Business and a BM in Music Merchandising with a Communications minor. Rich is an accomplished musician and church pianist/organist and serves as the Asst. Minister of Music at Thessalonia Worship Center. He is the past Treasurer and now on the Board of Directors of the NJ/NY chapter of National Sales Network (NSN), a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., past board member and Trustee of the TeaneckCommunity Charter School- Teaneck, NJ, and current member of several non- profit boards and national business associations. Rich and his family recently relocated to Los Angeles, California to pursue additional opportunities.

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Colin Oppenheimer: Colin Oppenheimer is a transaction advisor at UGL Equis, an international commercial real estate firm. He is an associate in the Washington D.C. office, and provides consulting, advising, and transactional services for end users of office space. Colin is a Syracuse University graduate with a BA in Policy Studies and a minor in Economics. During his time at school he was the co-founder for a website that detailed news and events from around campus. During his senior year, he was the Secretary for the Interfraternity Council and helped oversee Syracuse University’s 23 national fraternities. Colin enjoys running and is currently training for a marathon.

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Laurie Osmond: Laurie Osmond is a writer, producer, director, editor and videographer who brings over 20 years experience in creating programming, marketing, publicity and promotional media for the entertainment industry and general business. Laurie specializes in creating content for internet, film, television, and theatre; including video webisodes, long- and short-form programming, DVD features, EPKs (Electronic Press Kits), promos, trailers and copywriting. Prior to forming her own company, Ideology Inc. in 2000, Laurie was Editorial Director of On-Air Promotion for FX, Senior Writer/Producer at ABC On-Air Promotion, and Writer/Producer for Fox On-Air Promotion, all in Los Angeles.

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Richard Pantell: Richard Pantell is a Woodstock, NY painter and printmaker. He studied at the University of Bridgeport and The Art Students League of NY, where he has been an instructor since 1996. The paintings and prints of Richard Pantell can be found in such collections as the Butler Institute of American Art, The Museum of the City of New York, The British Museum, and the Jewish Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.  He  has won awards at exhibitions at The National Academy, Allied Artists of America, and many others.  Articles about his work have appeared in American Artist Magazine and The Journal of the Print World and he has had work reproduced in The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor. Richard and his wife Karen Whitman are co-directors of Bearsville Graphics Art Gallery in Woodstock, featuring contemporary fine prints and ceramics.

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George Papas: Already a veteran of theatre,concert and cabaret, George Papas is a young man who began his career as a child, singing choral chamber music in Lincoln center and Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic. A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, George made his New York debut in the Strawberry One Act Festival in An Acute Triangle as Roland Savage. His television appearances on Bravo, ABC, and PBS include singing back up for Sir Elton John at Radio City Music Hall. He has performed with numerous, prestigious theatre companies and has been featured on National Tours  in such shows as Lucky Stiff, Show Boat, Grease, and Joseph and his technicolor dream coat and I love A Piano directed by Ray Roderick. In Seussical the musical, he was featured as Horton. And in White Christmas as Bob Wallace. Performing with Neil Goldbergs Cirque company, he enjoyed great success as the Lead Singer at the Mohegan Sun and Trump Plaza Theatre. Film Credits include Tony and Tina’s Wedding- the movie. Cabaret credits include Barge Music Festival featuring American Swing, The Rainbow Room, and his one man show, Songs From A Brooklynite at Don’t Tell Mamas and Duplex in NYC, where he show cased his original music . Most recently George completed a world wide tour as the featured Singer/Pianist for Gary Musick Productions on Oceania Cruise Lines.

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Dorrie Pariser:  Dorrie Pariser’s philosophy is “The Client is Always First”.  Dorrie founded and operates Life Phase Management, which specializes in doing for her clients what her clients find too time-consuming or even cumbersome to do.  Our services include, but are not limited to, everything from organizing a home, to de-cluttering, to arranging for storage and estate sales, to arranging for every aspect of a move.   Dorrie has lived and worked in New York her entire life.  Having graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Mathematics and Economics, Dorrie worked first on Wall Street, primarily involved in aspects of business planning and then in the Insurance Industry carrying those skills to that industry.  Dorrie’s love of cooking is legendary.  For 16 years Dorrie founded, owned and operated a high end, full service custom, off premises catering company whose clients included corporations, non-profits and many universities, and the all important bride.  Dorrie grew her client base from 0 at its inception to over 1300 in by 2012.   She is now putting all that energy and dedication into Life Phase Management.

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Glen Parker: Glen is a third year law student at Cardozo School of Law. His studies are concentrated in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is a certified mediator with Safe Horizon and he lives in Brooklyn.

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Adrienne Patashny: Adrienne Patashny is a Sound Healer, facilatating with Transformational Breath Work, Reiki, Pranic Energies and Hypnosis.  In addition to these certifications, Adrienne has a Bachelor of Science in Contemporary Music and a Music Therapy focus from SUNY New Paltz,   Songwriting workshops, Angel Harp Healings, Tuning Forks and Gong Baths are a few of the modalities available.  Individual ,Group and Phone sessions. For more information contact Adrienne at 845 750 3778 or Soundways1111@aol.com.  Imagine Creating A Life You Treasure!!!

Ravish Patwardhan, MD: Ravish Patwardhan, MD Ravish was born in India, and immigrated with his family in 1981 to Los Angeles, where he graduated from medical school (UCLA) en route to becoming a neurosurgeon.  He is presently Director of the clinical practice Comprehensive Neurosurgery (LLC) and the research/development company The Interactive Neuroscience Center (LLC).  He also founded Re-Vitalize, a non-profit foundation which has, among other projects, brought in Erik Weihenmayer (the only blind person to climb Mt. Everest) to speak to local community schools.  Local awards include “Young Professional of the Year (40-under-40), Young Alumnus Award (U.C. Riverside), along with past membership in the Clinton Global Initiative.  He has enjoyed teaching medical students and neurosurgery residents in the past.  Recent projects include writing books related to medicine, as well as expanding knowledge.  He particularly enjoys talking to people who have different life experiences, “in the hopes that some of their wisdom will rub off.

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Jan Pedis: Jan Pedis is a media image consult for print, stage and screen who is accustomed to traveling worldwide for studio and location work. Jan enjoys working in collaboration with directors, photographers, art directors, creative directors, stylists, researchers and private clients to create their intended look to better define genre development. Her experience ranges from working with Hollywood’s biggest celebrities, movie stars, musicians, actors, athletes, directors, models, authors and politicians on: Film and TV broadcasts of short and full length feature films, Broadway Theatre, Lincoln Center City Opera, press for feature films, commercials, promos, talk shows, music videos, educational shows, corporate industrials, satellite media press tours, advertising and editorial photography, weddings, galas, parties, private & group make-up classes & personalized haircuts.

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Pamela Peeters: Pamela consults companies and personalities towards sustainable business development and leadership enhancement. She lectures internationally as a sustainability personality. Pamela Peeters grew up in the country side of Belgium. She launched her first environmental magazine – grab the green – at the age of 12. Pamela obtained a first Master degree in Economics in 1995 and researched through her thesis on how nations can change consumption and production patterns towards sustainable levels. She obtained another Master in Environmental Management in 1997 and wrote a second thesis on the creation of indicators that could be used by urban policy makers in their development plans towards sustainable city transitions. She obtained a distinction for both of her contributions. Thanks to the successful completion of an additional course in Psychology, she became an Eco Consultant from the French University in Brussels and continued researching on sustainable business applications in international emerging markets during various assignments. In 1997 she developed a reorganization program for a management federation of the Flemish government and created strategies that would open up their business opportunities in the sustainable development market. She prepared the state visit of the Prince of Belgium to India in 1998 while identifying bilateral trade opportunities in the environmental techno-logy sector. Later that year, she joined a Brussels PR company where she managed various international accounts – such as the green SMART city car – for whom she did their market introduction. Driven by the desire to solely dedicate her time to mainstream sustainable development, she moved to the USA in 1999 and completed a research fellowship at Columbia University where she drafted the design of the first TV show that promoted Sustainable lifestyles. The “OUR PLANET” lifestyle television series got launched in 2001 and she has since then produced and hosted more than 200 episodes. She launched a second TV format – “STYLING THE NEW WORLD” – in 2003, which introduced European companies to the American market. In 2005 she joined the marketing team of the US partnerships for the UNESCO decade for Sustainable Development and launched the Sustainable Planet film festival later on that year. The festival is currently produced in four countries and more countries are joining shortly. Her first book URBAN ECOLOGY got published in 2007 and later that year she developed the online Sustainable Styles magazine. Her first children’s book called ECO HERO is in pre-production and an Ethical Fashion television series is in development. She was recently honored with the Crystal Environment Award during the World Environment Summit in Bahrain.

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Cindy Peress: Born in Brooklyn, NYC, Cindy Peress grew up and learned how to play music on the beaches in Rockaway. Influenced by all the great music available to us in these far out and wonderful times, she has created her very own style of BluesyRockyJazzyThrashyFunkyFolkySoul. Her performance is electrifying and unforgettable.

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Nick Pernice: a writer, actor and teacher, who currently resides in Hollywood, California. A graduate Vassar College, where he majored in Drama, he has been a professional actor for over 25 years and has appeared in such films as “Billy Bathgate” starring Dustin Hoffman, “Frankie and Johnny” starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer, and “Presumed Innocent”, starring Harrison Ford. His television credits include “One Life to Live”, “Saturday Night Live” and the HBO’s series, “Carnival”, among others. He has also performed in many commercials, plays and industrials. As a teacher, he has originated acting and writing workshops focused on the artist’s creative process, the development of his or her imagination and the ability to express one’s inner life through one’s art. His workshops are widely recognized in the Hollywood community as inspiring and multi-dimensional, where a variety of creative exercises are employed to assist the artist in exploring his or her inner creative landscape, aid in the facility and depth of range of emotional expression, and to improve one’s connection to an inner truth; the ultimate goal being the creation of a healthy creative process. As a writer, he is currently completing a major comedic play; is in development on several screenplays, and is also involved in the co-writing of a novel based on a true story. Mr. Pernice is currently a member of the west coast arm of the Naked Angels Theater Company, a group based in New York and devoted to the development of original written works; and is also a part time contributor to Ensemble Studio Theater’s “Sunday Best” staged reading program. He has also studied with many gifted teachers from a variety of well-known theatrical schools including, The Actor’s Studio, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Neighborhood Playhouse, The Jerzy Grotowski Studio, and The Howard Fine Studio. Mr. Pernice is also a part-time teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District in the fields of English Literature and Composition, and Drama.

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Jeffrey Peterson: Jeffrey Peterson has worked for 14 years with Microphase Corporation in Norwalk CT, and among his various roles he has the title of Assistant Controller. He earned his CPA in 2001. His previous work-life was in wire operations for a Japanese Bank in NYC. Jeff graduated from Vassar College in 1979 and went on for an MBA at Pace University, and additionally another BA this time in Accounting in 2000. He has worked with several non-profit orgs in various volunteer capacities, and he loves sports and social parties!

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George Petit: George Petit is a musician, composer, recording engineer and record producer currently working and living in New York City.  Petit has been active in the music business for the better part of 37 years, playing his first ‘gigs’ at the age of 13 in the West-End, London Pub circuit…even before that, as a young musician at Carnegie Hall and on Broadway at the Palace Theater in New York City.  Music has been his passion and primary focus for his entire life.  Starting piano lessons at age 5, Petit has enjoyed many years leading groups, performing on guitar and bass in a variety of genres and musical situations all over the world.  In addition he has produced and/or engineered over 50 cd’s to date with releases in many countries.  Petit has two cd’s as a leader, both released on the MAR CREATION label in the USA, Japan and on the Internet.

Petit leads three groups with which he performs regularly in the NYC jazz clubs.  A trio, including acoustic bass and drums; a quartet with the addition of saxophone or keyboards; and a larger group, an Octet with three horns.  All three groups play Petit’s original compositions from cd’s END OF AUGUST and PATACHOU as well a steady flow of new compositions.  Both cd’s have been extremely well reviewed by Jazz publications such as JazzTimes, Allaboutjazz.com, Downbeat, etc.

Over the years, Petit has performed at myriad Jazz Festivals and Clubs with his groups…sharing the stage with, or opening for the likes of: McCoy Tyner, John Scofield, Joe Henderson, Tito Puente, James Carter, Betty Carter, Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman, Brian Blade, etc. Petit has engineered and produced recordings in NYC and Brazil with a long list of top musicians and composers such as:  Terrence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Jeff Ballard, Dafnis Prieto, Cyrus Chestnut, Carl Allen, Donny McCaslin, Gene Bertoncini, Seamus Blake, Allison Miller, Alan Ferber, Ryan Keberle, Matt Brewer, Mark Ferber, Mike Clark, Hans Glawischnig, Drew Zingg, Don Alias, Mark Whitfield, Yaniel Matos, Ugonna Okegwo, Quincy Davis, Paul Carlon, Jimmy Ponder, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Victor Lewis, Steve Hass, Thiago Espirito Santo, Ricardo Mosca, Paula Lima, Portinho, Cuca Texeira, Yosvani Terry, Carlinhos Noronha, Matt Backer,  etc. In addition, Petit has composed music for film, television and radio…for advertising, special project documentaries and adventure video projects.  He has received four TELLY awards for music and sound design in advertising.  Recently he composed the score for a ‘short’ film, THE DRUMMER. The film has been screened at five Film Festivals, and has won five awards out of the five festivals. Petit has owned and operated two commercial recording studios in Shelburne, Vermont and in New York City.  The studios operated successfully for 15 yearsGeorge Petit attended Trinity School in New York City, The Haberdasher’s Aske School in England, Aiglon College in Switzerland, Vassar College in New York and The Musicians Institute in Los Angeles.  He has taught master classes in music and audio production at Aiglon College as a returning guest professor.  Petit has recently been traveling to Sao Paulo, Brazil where he has been training an engineering and production staff at a new state-of-the-art recording facility.

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Charlotte W. Pfahl, ESQ.: Charlotte received a B.A. cum laude from University of Denver in 1973 and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1978. She also attended Oxford University, Oxford, U.K., the N.Y.U. School of Law, LLM. in Taxation, and the World Trade Institute. Ms. Pfahl specializes in private client matters (wills, trusts, family limited partnerships) and real estate law. She represents foreign and domestic clients – including individuals, trusts, partnerships and corporations in a number of jurisdictions – on a broad range of domestic and transnational business transactions, including organization of domestic and off-shore entities and trusts, acquisitions of business interests and property, buy-outs and financing, as well as real estate matters, commercial and residential acquisitions, and leasing. Her real estate-related clients include cooperative corporations, developers, foreign banking institutions, and private investors. Ms. Pfahl is admitted to practice in the States of New York and Florida and to the Bars of the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Claims, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She is a member of the Financial Women’s Association and The International Alliance.

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Mike Piazza: Mr. Piazza has worked exclusively in the private investment banking and mortgage industries serving clients throughout North America and internationally. He is primarily responsible for securing commercial loans to and for borrowers with funding sources represented by our conduits-major foreign banks, US banks, insurance companies, and other institutional and private funding sources. He has developed a strong knowledge of European, Caribbean and Central American markets. Mr. Piazza researches and maintains relationships with financial institutions that specialize in appropriate funding of areas that address the needs of our clientele. He oversees the management-consulting services with respect to our client’s corporate operations, finances and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to entering the investment banking industry, Mr. Piazza established an expertise in corporate communications and public relations, specializing in the concept through completion of media campaigns for corporate exposure on both television and radio. Early in Mr. Piazza’s career, as a broadcast news professional, he anchored, wrote, edited and produced news for all three divisions of CBS Radio, Inner City Broadcasting, Air America Radio and wrote for The Today Show, MSNBC-Radio and Good Morning America. This unique talent coupled with financial background, has given him the ability to communicate the needs of our clients in the most succinct and effective manner, thereby reducing response time from correspondents, conduits and others in the financial community.

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Tom Pickett: A powerful vocal artist that can soothe the heart and arouse an audience drawing from an eclectic repertoire of Jazz, Blues, R&B, and Gospel. This Jessie Richardson Award winning actor has toured the US, setting off his debut in London, England’s West End with the Hal Prince production of Show Boat, lending his voice to many Arts Club Theatre productions. Most recently: The Buddy Holly Story being remounted for a summer run at the Stanley Theater. Tom will reprise his role of the Apollo MC, role of Horse in The Full Monty for Patrick Street Productions and several Vancouver moving theater productions, including East End Blues/All That Jazz, and Bah Humbug. Tom sings the way he dances like nobody is watching. And invites everyone to the wicked Pickett Party!

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Gregory Pike: Gregory Pike has been a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney for over two years. He specializes in working with high net worth individuals and companies here and overseas. In addition, he creates financials plans for individuals in transition. He enjoys finding solutions and connections for individuals and businesses as they grow their businesses. His past working experience includes both Cantor Fitzgerald and Bear Sterns in Manhattan. He is a proud volunteer fireman and a married father of three young boys.

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Harry Pincus: Harry Pincus is an award-winning illustrator and fine artist. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1952, the only child of a free-thinking civil servant and a creative homemaker. By the age of 10, Harry was making weekly speeches in the auditorium of P.S. 221, and his parents had separated. A radio actor for the N.Y.C. Board of Education (WNYE), Harry graduated from Wingate High School and worked in back-office operations on Wall Street at the age of 16, only to resign the day before the Woodstock Festival in the summer of 1969. At Hunter College, Harry was selected for the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, and produced a book of photographs and poems, Acclaimed Stupendous, while living in a panel truck for six months and traveling 17,000 miles. The truck, a 1969 Chevy C10, had been purchased from a Brooklyn flower store and said “Say It With Flowers” across the rear doors. Two 16mm films, “Max et Meryem” and “Acclaimed Stupendous”, were also produced during the CUNY Bac period. Harry took part in the closing of Hunter College during the student protests of 1970, and continued his independent study program while living in Paris for a year. There he lived as a concierge in the old Parisian quarter known as Belleville, and ran his films at the Cinématèque Français (Jeune Cinéma Mondiale), wrote for the Paris Metro, and produced illustrations for Libération. During these young radical days, Harry performed theatre in a troup called “the Revolting Theatre” founded by a member of the Fugs. Harry was living in a 1958 Chevrolet, purchased impulsively for $100 from a bereft horse player on a Brighton Beach street corner, when friends from Avenue C and 10th St. banded together to purchase a semi-abandoned harpsichord factory on Spring Street, in what later became SoHo. Having driven a cab in the South Bronx, loaded trucks all night for the Post Office, and worked as a messenger for a Park Avenue law firm, the 22-year-od Pincus was able to “invest” $4,000 to purchase a loft studio. Arriving in what was to become a luxurious neighborhood required living without water or electricity for a time in those early days. After a stint as a $5 pen-and-ink portrait artist on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, Harry was “discovered” by a large crowd and, upon the insistence of his very surprised father, attended the School of Visual Arts for a year, studying illustration and etching. Harry began working as a freelance illustrator in 1975, and was soon working regularly for the New York Times, the SoHo News, and the esteemed Screw magazine (launch pad for several distinguished New York Times art directors). A Pincus illustration of the Pope on the cover of the New York Times’ Week In Review was followed the next day by a Screw magazine portfolio of erotic drawings … (“Showing Pincus; The Raunch King of Pen ‘n’ Kink.”) In Paris, the editor of Le Figaro couldn’t understand how the same artist could work for both. Illustrations of Jimmy Carter for the Times provoked a request from the White House for distribution rights; and on one memorable night, some years later, Pincus illustrated the 1984 Presidential election cover of the New York Times’ Week In Review, as well as the historic New York Daily News’ “Ronaway” cover, simultaneously. During this period, Harry could often be found selling etchings on Greenwich Village street corners, with a current newspaper illustration on display. As the stock market crashed in 1987, Harry just happened to be seated in the editor’s office of the Wall Street Journal, illustrating a dollar sign casting a shadow of a question mark. Several days later, while dining at the Four Seasons with several of the most powerful moguls of Wall Street, the former street artist was able to regale the otherwise sullen billionaires with tales of his Paris days, whilst realizing the folly of it all. Over the years, Pincus illustrations have appeared in The New Republic, the Washington Post, thestreet.com, the Nation, the Washington Star, the Melbourne Age (!), and many more. Clients have included Lincoln Center Classical Jazz, the Lotos Club, Paul Stuart Clothiers, Niederhoffer Investments, AT&T, Foster’s Beer, MBNA Bank America, the Franklin Mint (Spoon River Anthology), etc. etc. Awards have included Best Series and Best Single Illustration from the Society of Newspaper Designers, and citations from the National Academy of Design. Harry Pincus still lives and works in his original SoHo loft, with his wife and two children.

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Rachel Pincus: Rachel Pincus is a rising junior at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.  An English and Science in Society major, her interests and areas of experience include creative writing, journalism, the social sciences, and the visual arts, including photography, for which she won a NFAA young ARTS Silver award in 2009. She interned and blogged at the news website Gothamist last summer. She is a New York native and attributes much of her inspiration to the fervent energy of the mean streets.

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Devin “The Poet”: When it comes to the SLAM POETRY SCENE, Devin “The Poet” is a force to be reckoned with. He is one of the youngest poets to win a spot on the historical Nuyorican Poets Cafe slam team. He is New York Knicks 2006 Slam Champion, Urban World NYC 2006 Slam Finalist and all of this was accomplished before approaching his 20th birthday. He has shared the stage with some of NYC’s top artist as well as accumulated various honors in the process.  Devin has opened up for and collaborated with a long list of artist, here are some of the more notable ones which includes Drake, Ainsley Burrows, Jesse Boykins III, Juelz Santana, Amy Jade Winehouse, The Last Poets, and Saul Williams. Devin has hosted events all across the country from NYC to L.A. Some events include X-Box Special Green Carpet Event (2004), Nuyorican Poets Café, Sutra NYC Reckless Weekends, John Jay College NCAA Homecoming/Basketball Events (2006-2010), Yankees C.C. Sebathia’s Celebrity Birthday Party at 40/40 Club NYC and the list goes on. His poetry is light hearted and powerful and has been described by people who have seen Devin perform as “A higher level of communication”  “He speaks the language that reaches the hearts of the people”.

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Sophia Popovits:  Sophia Popovits is an actor based in New York City. She received her BA in Theater at SUNY Purchase, where she had appeared in various shows. Some of her favorite roles include Gabriela in “References to Salvidor Dali Make Me Hot” and Poona in “Poona the F***dog and Other Stories for Children”. Some her film experience include various student and short films, along with a few featured roles on shows like Girls, the Newsroom, and Discovery ID’s Deadly Sins. She would like to thank her family, friends and mentors for all their support and love. She is currently working on creating a webseries, which she will also be acting in. She is seeking representation. Stay tuned for her Facebook page and website, but for now follow her on twitter @sophiapopovits.

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Nicholas Poulios: Nicholas is a senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in New Jersey. He is also a second year student studying jazz piano on scholarship at Manhattan School of Music Precollege. He has been singing in choirs since elementary school and is the choir president of his high school. Nick holds the position as Director of Music Ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Berkley Heights, New Jersey; he is the choir director and organist. He also is the piano player of the Moonglowers, SPF High School’s jazz band. The Moonglowers won the state competition for the third time last year and Nick was awarded the Outstanding Soloist. In addition to school musical activities, Nick is a songwriter, constantly writing and playing with other musicians in the New York metropolitan area. He worked last summer as a music director at Frenchwoods Festival of the Performing arts, music directing many shows such as Next to Normal (the first amateur showing), Crazy for You, and Pirates of Penzance. His interest in musical theater is not only as a music director, he has played the lead in his high school musical as well as other principal roles at Frenchwoods. Nick is now a sub piano player for the off-broadway show, Silence! The Musical. Nick is also a part of DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), an academic club and ranked first place in last year’s competition for retail management. Nick is passionate and loves to perform because of the unique opportunity and feeling of pulling everyone in the room into one shared mental state and force of energy.

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Francine Prewitt: After obtaining a Masters degree in International Business Law from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne in France, Francine Prewitt worked for a couple of years as an attorney in law firms in Paris. A growing interest in human rights lead her to take a position with the Office of Prosecution of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) where she assisted in the conviction of some of the main perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. In further pursuit of an international career, she decided to move to NYC to study Common Law,  specifically American law. Francine’s goal is to have a career as a corporate lawyer in a international firm. Presently, she is attending an LLM (Masters of Law) program at Fordham University.

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Evan Pring: Evan Pring is from Hoboken, New Jersey. This fall he will be entering his junior year at Boston University’s highly acclaimed School of Management. Evan is looking to concentrate in both marketing and law. At school Evan is involved in many activities including the Marketing Club, Sports Management Association and the Tau Zeta chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity, in which he served as his chapter’s philanthropy chairman and organized 4 seperate events. One event was a brand new one, called BU Madness. This 16 team basketball tournament benefited the Save The Children Foundation.

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Bette Prinsen: Bette Prinsen is presently at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a substitute ballet teacher in the Ailey Extension Program for Adults and also at Broadway Dance Center as a substitute ballet teacher in New York City. She has also taught at Ballet Hispanico and the Zena Rommet floor-barre in New York City. Among her many teaching credits, Bette has been the Director of the Ballet Department of the Great Neck Arts Center as well as ballet instructor for the Usdan Center for Creative and Performing Arts on Long Island. After dancing professionally in NYC, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta for many years Bette began her own successful contemporary ballet company, Ballet En Noir, and later received her Master of Arts in Dance and Dance Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She also holds a Bachelors degree from Vassar College.

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Alvin S. Puentevella: Alvin S. Puentevella is an entrepreneur of many hats, an assembler and developer.  At present, Alvin is enthusiastically engaged in developing markets with TimberSIL Products – a manufacturer of a revolutionary green building material, as its Executive Director of Special Projects. Alvin’s professional background includes a combined 12 years of hands-on experience in Real Estate development, construction management, property and asset management, acquisitions, business development, market and project analysis, and office and residential leasing.  He was also the Founder and CEO of Cosmopolitan Accommodations LLC, a New York City based Real Estate hospitality agency providing furnished apartment hotel services to both local and international itinerant communities.As a steward and developer, Alvin envisions, and supports, the creation of ecologically enhancing and self-sustaining development hamlets throughout the world that make use of all leading-edge knowledge and technologies such as complex-agroforestry, concept of triple bottom line, indoor farming, energy efficiency practices, decentralized economies, bio-remediation, culture shift education, best permaculture practices, clean alternative energy such as wind, solar and hydro, clean alternative housing, recycling techniques and biodiversity re-introduction and protection. Alvin is presently looking to re-establish his work in Real Estate development and is in search of a small to midsize NYC-based opportunistic Real Estate investment company with a flat structure.  This company might be open to nationwide development and investment opportunities.  Alvin would love to bring his varied experiences to bear with this “A-Team” of Real Estate professionals in a supporting role inside of asset, property and/or project management.

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Khaled Ouaaz: Khaled Ouaaz was born in Algiers, Algeria, at the brewing of the civil war. A wave of luck granted his family the opportunity to immigrate to the United States in the early 90’s. They won Visas by random draw through the government lottery program and flew to Brooklyn, New York. Since then, Khaled has evolved into an actor, recording artist, writer and producer. As a teenager, Khaled has interned at Jay-Z’s Roc-a-fella Records, performed in community theater and released three independent albums. Ironically, he graduated with a Marketing degree from Brooklyn College. But learning the “business” of entertainment was one of the wisest directions his destiny took. After becoming a desk ZOMBIE, he left his corporate position to pursue the arts more ambitiously and started Colorblind Productions. Relatively new to writing/producing, his work includes Love Me As I Am, a romantic comedyTrees & Ink, an urban drama, Rush Call, comedy pilot and Fix Of Feel Good music video. He also lived in Jerusalem and wrote a feature-length screenplay on monotheism, BEING, all in the last 24 months. Moving forward, Khaled trains at the Barrow Group Acting School, works with International Talent Agency and The Mik’ael Group and continues to produce his own projects in between auditions.

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Demi Rabaza: Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Demi Rabaza has a huge space in her heart for music. She has been singing since the age of three years old and started playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 12. When it comes to performing, she puts her heart and soul on the stage. Growing up in NYC, Demi has found many opportunities to perform. She participated in the All-Stars Talent Network talent show in early 2010. The ASTN is a foundation that helps aspiring performers fulfill their dreams of being on stage. Prior to the ASTN talent show, Demi has participated in school performances and talent shows. She has also auditioned for shows like America’s Got Talent and The Voice. She currently is teaching guitar to teenagers and kids.

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Keith Rabin: Mr. Keith Rabin serves as president of KWR International, Inc. (KWR); a consulting firm specializing in the delivery of research, communications and advisory services with a particular emphasis on economic, financial and investment analysis, business development, public/investor relations, public affairs, cross border transactions and market entry programs. This includes engagements for the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Batam Industrial Development Authority (BIDA), Province of Riau Islands, Indonesia, Korea Securities Dealers Association (KSDA), Federation of Korean Industries (FKI), Korea Legislative Research Institute, Incheon Metropolitan City and Kangwon and Kyongyi Provincial Governments. KWR has also managed projects for several of the world’s largest public relations firms, Nagase Kenko Corporation and ALTUS Print Club of Japan, Columbia University, CMP Media, eStrategy Group, the Consulate General of Indonesia, United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS), Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, Legal, Technical and Advisory Services (LTAS), and the American Home Owners Association (AHA). Corporate clients have also included several major law firms and financial institutions, investors, trading and distribution companies, financial intermediaries and professional service firms; as well as start-ups, turnarounds, venture/technology-oriented companies and multinational corporations.

During his twenty years of experience as a manager and consultant, Mr. Rabin has served as an officer at Hill and Knowlton and Edelman Public Relations (two of the world’s top ten public relations firms.) Mr. Rabin has also served as the president of a global trading company. He has been a consultant to major corporations, financial institutions, donor and government agencies and professional service firms. In these capacities, he has managed projects and programs for clients, including GE Capital Global Project and Structured Finance Corporation; Business Network Corporation; Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC); SK Group; American Red Cross; International Telecommunication Union; Korea International Trade Association (KITA); World Economic Development Congress; National Development Information Office of Indonesia; Department of Export Promotion of Thailand; USAID; and Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Cooperation of Albania.

Mr. Rabin frequently speaks on trade, investment and economic issues and has authored numerous articles for publications including Bridge News, Journal of Commerce, Market: Asia Pacific, Korea Herald, Asia Pacific Economic Review, Korea Economic Weekly, American Chamber of Commerce in Korea Journal and Korea Local Government Foundation and Federation of Korean Industries Magazine. In addition, he serves as publisher of the KWR International Advisor, a globally-focused newsletter containing economic, political and financial analysis that is currently distributed to over 10,000 senior executives, investors, analysts, journalists, government officials and other targeted individuals in over 60 countries around the world. He has been interviewed on numerous occasions by U.S. and foreign radio and television broadcasters and serves as a special advisor on the editorial board of Korean American Science and Technology News. He holds a masters degree in international business from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelors degree in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Albany. Mr. Rabin has extensive field experience in East, Southeast and South Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Anne Radford: Anne, an attorney licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut, is currently spending time in Atlanta and excited about getting involved with the I Can Do That Foundation. A Georgia native, she has spent the past fifteen years in the northeast, attending Wellesley College in Massachusetts before moving to New York City. Following several years as a caseworker for children in foster care, she entered the accelerated law degree program at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law. During her school tenure, she interned with Federal Judge Harold Baer of the Second Circuit, aided in criminal defense cases with the Legal Aid Society, and worked in foster care and adoption law with The Law Office of James Abramson. Following law school, she worked in the Civil Courts of New York City as a trial lawyer with the Wall Street firm of Jaffe & Koumourdas, LLP, focusing on insurance defense, and was involved in numerous cases that successfully broke-up fraud rings. More recently, Anne has volunteered with the Sunshine Kids Foundation and with the Fulton County CASA program, as an advocate for children in foster care. She is a 1994 graduate of Atlanta’s Paideia School, received a degree in Psychology from Wellesley College in 1998 and a Juris Doctor from Cardozo School of Law in 2003.

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Grace Ng Rahme, ESQ.: Grace Ng Rahme is an attorney and a real estate broker. As an attorney, Grace’s background is in immigration law, intellectual property, corporate formation, and litigation. She has also clerked for a federal judge and worked in the litigation bureau at the New York State Office of the Attorney General. As a real estate broker, Grace is the Vice President of Business Development for Triumph Property Group, Ltd. and oversees the Manhattan-based brokerage’s expansion into various Brooklyn neighborhoods. Grace works closely with developers to come up with creative marketing strategies and has brought her passion of art and non-profit to real estate through various cross-marketing efforts such as art exhibitions, benefit concerts, and green-living expos. Prior to becoming an attorney and broker, Grace was a therapist for autistic children, piano teacher, and artist in California, where she grew up.

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Karen Ramey:  Karen is Cantor at Saint Patrick’s Church in NY since 2006, and sings Wedding’s and Funeral ceremonies there, and at other Churches. She has a BA from California State University, Bakersfield (Country Music City West) and has resided for the last 30 years between New York and Los Angeles with her husband, entertainment professional, Tony Travis. She has acted in Community Theatre productions, while also working different jobs on Wall Street over the years, and recently made her YouTube debut in collaboration with accompanist Mary Carmosino, in performance at the Dec 15, 2013 “First Monday’s Hurricane Sandy Benefit” at Webster Hall in NYC. Karen & Mary are now developing a Musical Cabaret Act.

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Jamie Rambo: A self described “do-it all’er” has been in the radio industry for over 5 years. At 20, before ever stepping inside of a university, she entered the business at WHIZ in Zanesville, OH. Over her career, she has hosted 3 radio shows, filled in for jocks on various air shifts, produced several live call-in shows and has voiced commercials for a variety of companies-even the world famous Longaberger Corporation. Her vast knowledge & passion for music along with her strong work ethic shines through in every task put in front of her. Jamie took a break from radio for nearly 4 years; she was the Marketing Assistant for Yark Automotive Group in Toledo, OH-the 5th largest Jeep dealer in the country. Later, she became the Marketing Director for Bristol Properties, a 200 unit apartment community in the Toledo suburb of Holland. In 2009, she began a year and a half long courtship with a well-respected underground hip hop producer that led her back into the business she loved. Jamie was hired by Clear Channel in Toledo as a Technical Producer. While there, she perfected her skills not only as a producer, but also in editing as well. In 2010, the sudden loss of her beloved Step-Father led Jamie & her family back to Zanesville. She picked her career back up at WHIZ where she began a 3 month run as the temporary afternoon drive time jock & eventually landing her own show. Her laid back, relatable yet sassy approach on air made her an audience favorite.

Currently, Jamie has cut back her time at WHIZ to focus on her full time job with a cable company: she hopes to begin a new chapter in her career as a Voiceover Artist. Jamie is excited & honored to be affiliated with ICanStillDoThat.org not only for networking, but to offer any advice/support to anyone in the business. For examples of her work, you can visit her YouTube page @http://www.youtube.com/user/jamierovena

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JeanCarlo Ramirez: JeanCarlo Ramirez is a G-Star and Young Arts Alumni as well as a future student of School of Visual Arts in NYC. He has filmed for National Geographic and his films have been recognized internationally with screenings at film festivals in NYC, Cairo, Egypt, and Los Angeles. He’s also been awarded in the Palm Beach County International Student Showcase of Films, the Palm Beach Youth Cultural Film Festival and the Young Arts as well as in the Top 4 South Florida Students chosen for the Burt Reynolds Scholarship.

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Chase Randell: Chase currently is in the Masters program at SUNY New Paltz for humanistic/multicultural education and is pursuing his goal of creating a sustainable educational community.   Prior to that he was an academic advisor for the HEOP department at Skidmore College tutoring students in the social sciences.  After graduating from Skidmore in 2009 and spending a year teaching in Vietnam, Chase couldn’t help but notice the hardship and general apathetic attitude of people around the world. The disconnect between desire and action and general stress and hardship of people in both wealthy and impoverished places was confusing and demoralizing. He came to the conclusion that something had to be changed in the way we as humans interact with the world around us. As a teacher by nature and by profession and seeing first had the transformational power of education, Chase decided that his role in this change would be to create a school. After travelling to schools all over the world including places like Haiti, Denmark, and Vietnam he realized that to create a school in a societal environment that reinforces competition and learned helplessness will promote little change. Ultimately, a school dedicated to positive change has to be situated in a community open to that change, a community dedicated to the elevation of mankind. Chase and some friends are in the process of realizing this lofty vision. So far they have built an underground house, converted a rocky plot of land into a quarter acre of arable farmland, and have plans to create another house and work towards communal self-sufficiency divorced from the monetary system. Eventually, he intends to implement these techniques on a much larger scale.

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Anastasia René: Anastasia René has studied voice privately with Jerry Bragin who also was coach to the likes of Dionne Warwick and Steve & Edie Gorme and Kirk Nurock while also studying in college where she received a Bachelors degree in African and African American music and music history, minoring in business administration and marketing in the music industry.

Upon completion of her formal education she quickly secured her own weekly performance at New York’s Village Gate, singing backing vocals for Buzzy Linhart, and then, after moving to Boston, she and a few graduates from New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music founded the 10 piece funk orchestra, The Daddys, which enjoyed 4 successful years together, a sponsorship from music gear chain Daddy’s Junky Music and a Boston Music Award nomination for best Funk Band in 1995. Afterward she worked in myriad genres, recording and performing with local and regional rock, folk, R&B, world and funk bands in an effort to absorb as many influences as possible to expand her versatility.

After 9 successful years of working in the New England music scene, she returned to New York and was almost immediately called back to New England to work with multiple Boston Music Award winners Superhoney while their lead singer recuperated from vocal cord surgery. Not long afterward, Jam band Percy Hill literally tracked her down for a special 12 piece project resulting in the double CD Percy Hill Live. Having fallen in love with the open, improvisational jam band genre, she joined Gent Treadly, a New York-based jam band, which led to her singing backing vocals for Vince Welnick (The Tubes, Grateful Dead) and live work with the Zen Tricksters and Reid Genauer and the Assembly of Dust. All the while, keeping her jazz chops honed with her own duo, trio, and quartet as well as working with R&B groups around the Tri-state Area. In 2005, The Anastasia René Quartet completed a 12 night tour of Moscow and Siberia.

Her most recent recorded work includes Certitude, a CD of Bahai’ texts interpreted as jazz, reggae artist Bigga Haitian’s Sak Pase; and Percy Hill’s 2003 release Live.

She performed with Roberto Morbioli and his band Morblus and Roomful of Blues in Luxembourg in the summer of 2012 and can often be seen singing with guitarist Bert Elliot; Gregg Allman Band guitarist Scott Sharrard; saxophonist, Charles Neville (The Neville Brothers) and New Orleans vocalist and piano virtuoso, Henry Butler. She performs several times a month at Manhattan’s Blue Water Grill.

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Russell Richardson: For the last thirty years Russell Richardson has been involved in the various stages of film and television production in France, England and the USA. Latterly as a film director, script writer, and production organizer. As a writer, Russell has been a member of the SACD in Paris (Writers  Guild of France) since 1992. He is familiar with all aspects of film, TV and video production from idea development and financing, packaging, through shooting practicalities and organization, to post production, release, distribution and publicity   with an emphasis on the idea to script stage and the improvement of existing scripts; the effective marshalling of financial and human resources, and has hands-on competence and field experience in all aspects of shooting, editing supervision, and laboratory liaison. He is familiar with AVID, FCPro and most similar on- and off-line editing systems, as well as traditional film-on-film editing. Russell was granted an  O1  type visa ( Alien of Extraordinary Ability ) by the INS in December 2002, which was renewed for a further three years in 2006 with support from the Producers  Guild of America, which enables him to exercise his profession in the United States. From August 2007 to September 2010 he was Executive Director of the Indie Program and in that capacity has spoken at Columbia University Teachers  College (November 2007) and for Ulster County BOCES as an alternative education expert. The program was considered to be a cutting edge arts in education program, which deals especially with at-risk and exceptional teenagers within the high school system.

Since 2010 Russell has returned to film production as a writer and director, and is currently preparing a feature film set in New York, as well as writing a TV series for Applehead Films.

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Jonisha Rios: Jonisha is the proud new CEO and founder of “BLAME IT ON RIOS LIVE!”. She created this company to preserve and promote fresh new theatrical productions that are inspiring, funny, and healing for the soul. Jonisha has been in theatrical and commercial production for over 15 years.  It all started with the first one person show she produced and starred in,  “Nude in NY a soul exposed”.   This show  went on to win The Bronx Council on the Arts award for “Outstanding Solo-Show”. Since then, Jonisha has garnered the “Outstanding actress in a solo-show award”.  This production led Jonisha to LA to star in two tv series that are currently on Cable. Her 2nd solo show, “The curse of the Blue Panties”, had its NY premiere  in 2008 to a full house and it has also been workshopped theatrically in Los Angeles. Last year Lionsgate released the first ever Latino Christmas Classic “Feliz Navidad” written by  Jonisha.  With her first feature under her belt, she learned lots and this year is an exciting year as she goes into pre-production for her 2nd feature film for kids. Although Jonisha loves film, her passion is for the stage.  Currently,  she is most excited about her latest play  entitled, “Empowered” . This is Jonisha’s first ever all women- monologue show.  She goes into production in NY this fall.  Jonisha is thrilled that as a  woman she has sustained herself as an artist all of these years. Blame it on Rios Live is a company that not only travels with personal pieces but  also gives new artists the opportunity to shine and share their light and talents as well.  Jonisha has coached regular people, as well as celebrities with their solo shows and continues to do so.  Blame in on Rios Live INC. is a full fledged company ready to create a memorable theatrical experience for your next Event. Jonisha also currently co-owner of a second company called “Champions Advertising Agency”  formerly “Baez Entertainment”. Jonisha and her husband Michael Baez have joined together to create commercials for small businesses as well as opportunities for new artists.

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Rebecca Rivera: Rebecca Rivera is an Actress/Writer/Entreprenuer currently working out of LA. A Brooklyn native who spent her childhood building forts and writing plays, she became serious about her craft after attending LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts (the Fame school) – where she received a Drama Desk Award for Performance there. She went on to earn her BFA in theatre from Carnegie Mellon University. Rebecca has worked in all theatrical mediums and is a member of SAG/AFTRA.  Most recently, she can be seen playing “Pedra” alongside Cuba Gooding-Jr. in the film FIRELIGHT for ABC. As a playwright, Rebecca’s one-act “Rubble” about a child’s search for her soul amongst a pile of talking trash, has been produced in both LA and NYC receiving rave reviews.  Rebecca is also the co – founder of Towne Hall a non-profit warehouse space in Downtown Los Angeles dedicated to providing a community venue for artists of all professional levels and socioeconomic means to create, connect, and share. For more information and to see “what’s up with B” check out her website: www.RebeccaBerkmanRivera.com.

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Francesca Rizzo: Francesca Rizzo is an award-winning multi-media artist working in video, film, theater, publishing, fine arts and social media. She specializes in creating media content, marketing, programming and building welcoming communities for commercial, social or artistic purposes. By combining her above-ground background in pr, advertising & marketing with her underground experience in indie filmmaking, experimental theatre and avant-garde works she’s been able to produce polished, entertaining & informative media that is provocative, funny and highly imaginative. Although she has a great deal of professional experience under her belt, “I’m eternally curious and expand my skill base continuously,” says Rizzo. Last year she picked up Digital Storytelling while earning a BA in Media Arts and garnered the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence along the way. For 14 years she was the CEO of MovieBaby Productions, Inc. a Tribeca-based independent film & video company which created award-winning short films and marketing videos as well as radio & on-air promo campaigns for MTV, Nickelodeon, Bravo and PBS. In the aftermath of 9/11, she went on to design and head up The CineSalon, a series of video production workshops and film study programs offered through universities, cultural arts organizations and other educational institutions. During her term as president of the ailing non-profit CineWomen NY (now merged with NYWIFT), she re-branded the organization and introduced it’s first website, e-newsletter, member weblist, screening series, affiliate relationships and festival participation which resulted in quintupling the organization’s membership. In the 90’s, she has championed films made by and about women into producing female-themed screening events & symposiums including Beyond The Babe: Writing Women Who Rock and The World According to Girls in Manhattan and, in recent years she has programmed the Cinema-Femina film/video series at New Jersey’s premier Union County Performing Arts Center. Francesca is now looking to channel her passion and skills into a full-time executive position where she can create media content, program, brand and market a social business or organization trying to make a difference in the world.  She possesses highly effective traditional PR skills and is equally equipped to create top-notch ad campaigns, materials, video, podcasts, websites and blogs all in-house.

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Kyle Lamont Robinson: Kyle Lamont Robinson graduated from The University of Missouri- Columbia in 2007 with a degree in English. She was a four time recipient of The Gannett Scholarship for outstanding journalism. She spent her first two years at Mizzou on the the Big VII swim team fulfilling her scholarship obligations. She was a distance swimmer which gave her lots of time to think; which in turn, helped her realize that swimming was no longer her passion. She set her sights on Broadcast Journalism. After completing an internship with Fox 10 News in Phoenix, Arizona she caught the bug and immediately applied for another internship with the ABC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. Out of all the applicants from the Broadcast Journalism School, she was accepted. She worked very hard while simultaneously holding down a job as an artist liaison for The Blue Note, a live music venue. Here, she found the power of music and the meaning of a shared experience. Her hard work at ABC paid off and she was offered a job as a morning show production assistant. After Kyle graduated she embarked on a solo road trip across the country searching for a road that would lead her to a career. The road led to NYC. No career in broadcasting yet, but lots of live music. Currently, Kyle is working to create her own web series as in Internet Journalist. The series will capture and showcase the intricacies of an artist or band and the hard work that’s needed in order to make a concert happen. Utilizing her unique reporting style and alluring panache, combined with her love and knowledge for live music, will make the series one of a kind. Please contact me if you know how to design a website, edit video or operate a camera. This is Grass Rootz baby!

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Mark Robinson: Mark is currently living in Shenzhen, (PRC) Peoples Republic of China. Maintains U.S. home in Ocala, Florida. Plans to retire British Columbia/Vancouver area (summers). He serves as a Captain on G550 aircraft travelling worldwide (especially Canada, Bay area United States, New York, Australia, New Zealand, Europe) for Chinese business executives. Originally from Fort Collins/Boulder Colorado. Graduate University of Colorado (journalism).  Divorced, father of 3 beautiful daughters, 2 college graduates of Colorado University (business marketing), Colorado State University (finance), one attending University of Toronto (undecided). and a beloved 4 year old Shih-tzu named “bunni”. Mark began flying at age 15 in light civilian (cowpatch) aircraft. youngest Captain on 747 a/c in the world at age 31 with Continental Airlines.  First stationed in Guam with travel to Asia/Pacific Islands. Flew Captain on B727. DC-10 and 747. He immigrated to Australia in 1990 to work for Ansett Airlines Australia…(youngest Captain on any jet airliner in Australia by 8 years), flew 727 Captain in/ around Australia. Mark began flying corporate/executive VIP jets in 1998. Also worked for Gulfstream Aircraft as demonstration pilot.  Clients include:  Writer Stephen King,  Actress Heather Locklear, Musicians Pearl Jam, Ford Motor Company, Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric,  Jamie Diamond of JPMorgan Chase, John Havens, Pres/CEO of Citigroup, Jack Ma, founder/CEO of Alibaba.com, Louis Freeh while FBI director, William Clinton, Gerald Ford as ex-presidents. and many others. Mark is a writer of various newspaper/magazine articles relating to aviation, tennis, politics and cooking. Hobbies include: coaching/playing recreational (USTA) tennis. fishing, photography, cooking. Political activist. Campaigned for Ronald Reagan, Ron Paul.  Favorite person. Ralph Waldo Emerson. What do I want to be when I grow up?  Literature teacher.

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Susan Morgan Robinson:  Ms. Robinson has been a prominent global entertainment and litigator for over 30 years. She attended The George Washington University, various campuses of the Schiller College throughout Europe for her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication and Broadcast Journalism, and Emory Law School to attain her  Doctor of Law.  She has helped artists for over forty years and is herself a classical and jazz musician and actress, having produced her own television show, emceed talent, fashion, chef and beauty shows, appeared in many and produced an album with her own arrangements and vocals currently being used in television shows for networks and other internet shows. She has appeared onstage, in podcasts, on live television and radio.  She has attained many extra degrees and titles which she does not wish to include but she is is a true media and show biz lawyer as well as a Life Member of GACDL, an experienced civil and criminal litigator and a  member of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar and has served on the Board of People TV and other charitable and entertainment boards.  Over 4000 clients later, she has acquired lost masters, negotiated movie and global recording and publishing deals and worked with stars from Princess Di to Emmy and Grammy nominees and winners, indie film makers, chefs, actors , models, writers and musicians. She loves creative people and loves to learn. As a panelist and attendee at the Atlantis Music Conference, the SXSW Music and Film Conference, and the recent 2014 Entertainment Law Institute, she has recently worked with producers in Europe and the Caribbean Islands to help bring  the island and jazz/blues musician brands into the All Inclusive resorts, collect overseas publishing, and to reacquire masters of musicians who are deceased for their estates or to the return of the ownership of musicians and songwriters to their original masters. She is currently working with families on their legal problems, actors on Tyler Perry shows, Grammy nominees and winners and cable, major network and independent television producers.

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Lee Ross: Lee Ross has led many lives. Aside from touring all over the world with Cirque du Soleil as the main dramatic character as well as lead clown in cirque’s longest running touring show “Saltimbanco”, he has also represented the United States in the sport of table tennis when he was 17. As a native New Yorker Ross came from an immigrant heritage of Eastern Europe and his mother and father grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Lee Ross taught himself to juggle at the age of nine and by 12 years old had decided to become a mime. Enrolled in mime classes at an early age he continued on to further theater studies at the famous high school of the performing arts in Times Square IE: the movie “Fame”–It was at this time that worlds collided and Ross took to the streets of New York becoming a professional mime & street performer in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on fifth Avenue. This lifestyle led to further mine-theater studies in Paris at the age of 20 and performing his act on the streets of Europe. It was during this time that Ross began to grow his standup comedy act and his writing abilities. As a produced screenwriter, Sundance dark horse, “Downloading Nancy” starring Maria Bello and Jason Patric may be added to Lee’s credits. Ross has written & produced his own feature “Benjamin Troubles” – coming out this year, as well as several short films and webisodes. His first experiences in community were through the street performer world in various countries from Australia to Canada to working comedy clubs and festivals as far away as Australia and New Zealand. His one-man shows have taken him across the United States and Ross currently resides in Los Angeles. Having a interior decorator mother and a illustrator sculptor artist and sportsman father influenced Lee Ross greatly. It was through his highly driven parents that Ross forged his own path in the performing arts and screenwriting. Lee has been attending technology conferences, digital summits and Gaming panel discussions for many years and it is a synthesis of his many lives and movement theater background coupled with his unique upbringing that has led Ross to forge his own music related compatibility app — Tapiit.com Currently Ross is developing a Meditation app & real time platform that allowsusers to feel less alone while they close their eyes in silence. NowTap uses technology to move people away from their PC and retreat inside themselves.

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Josh Ruben: Josh Ruben is a writer/director/actor/producer and voice-over artist. He is an on-staff director/cast-member at CollegeHumor, where his sketches have amassed views well into the hundreds of millions. In January, 2012, Josh and partner Vincent Peone founded production company, j+v films, which was recently added to the directing roster for Click3x, a New York-based creative/production agency.

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Nick Sabatine: Nick Sabatine is a financial analyst at SEI Investments in Oaks, PA.  He focuses on reporting cost basis information for tax purposes and resolving issues for SEI client banks.  He hopes to soon branch out further into the finance and investment field, which has been his focus since studying finance at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.  While graduating with the class of 2011 in only 3 years, Nick became a founding father of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Lehigh University, which prides itself on volunteering and philanthropy.  Once an avid musician who played several instruments and mainly piano, Nick focused his extracurricular efforts on golf throughout high school.  He excelled to be one of the top junior golfers in the state while being named Golf’s Scholar Athlete for Pennsylvania’s District XI, which is comprised of over 50 schools.

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Judy Sahagian: Judy Sahagian has been in the real estate industry for over 17 years. She first received her real estate license when she was 18, leading to her subsequent pursuit of real estate ventures in appraisal, mortgages, construction project management, sales, and franchising. Throughout her career and the twists and turns of the economy, networking and referrals have played an essential role in her survival and eventual success. In 2009, Judy signed on with GreenPearl Events, where she helped the company in its transition from a producer of casual industry networking events to a conference and media powerhouse. Ryan Slack, GreenPearl’s CEO and also founding CEO of PropertyShark.com, mentored Judy in all aspects of event production, planning, sales, and perhaps most importantly successful image and brand management.

On June 30, 2010 JudyNetworks.com launched to fill the void left by GreenPearl Events shift into the conference industry. Today, JudyNetworks holds well-attended and highly acclaimed networking events across the entire New York tri-state area and the west coast. If you are looking to grow your business connections, JudyNetworks events can make it happen.

On May 11, 2011 JudyNetworks Teamed up with LiveOpenHouse.tv and cooked up their new popular web show “What’s Cooking in Real Estate?” which is a unique synergy of high powered networking and content driven video production. Every month, Real Estate Celebrities and industry leaders are pared up with top chefs joined with a live studio audience, which consist of handpicked real estate professionals to discuss specific market trends while preparing delectable dishes.

Judy Sahagian now holds her license at Prudential Douglas Elliman and is tagged the Princess of retail real estate. This fall, Judy Sahagian and Faith Hope Consolo are working on a global tour where they will be creating the ultimate shopping experience nationally and internationally. They will be traveling to places such as India, China and Brazil…Faith Hope Consolo, the “Queen of Retail”, is the most renowned retail broker and consultant in the country, not only for her knowledge, reputation, and taste, but also for her key role in revitalizing and sculpting retail corridors across the nation and beyond.

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Damian G.E. Salandy: I was born on a little twin island country called Trinidad and Tobago.  For those of you who aren’t thoroughly familiar with the Caribbean, this is the last island, traveling south from Florida, in the chain of Windward and Leeward Islands that make up the West Indies.  It is just seven miles off the coast of Venezuela, but its history is quite different from that massive country’s.

My parents moved the family to the United States when I was five, and I became a citizen on the 26th of February, 1993; the same day the first explosion took place in the basement of the World Trade Center.  After eight years as an actor and in need of an education and life experience, I proudly joined the United States Navy in the year 2000, at age 34.  There I served until my honorable discharge in 2007.

That same year I got married, and moved to Trinidad to be with my wife, Carla.  Shortly after arriving there, I was asked to audition for a spot as a television news anchorman for CCN (Caribbean Communications Network) TV6.  I didn’t get the anchorman job, but I did get the job of weather anchor, a job I’ve been doing for the past six years.  At that point, I thought, I may have found the career change I was looking for.

Working in a small news room like TV6 has afforded me the chance to explore the discipline of voice-over work.  The first time I did a VO was in my first year on the job.  A reporter, who was attached to The BBC but working as a multi-media reporter for TV6, really liked my voice and wanted me to voice her story.  This was rather unusual and generous of her.  Reporters usually don’t like other people to voice their scripts.  It was a mini-documentary about the diseased and dying coral reefs around Tobago, Trinidad’s twin island.  I recorded her story and she absolutely loved it.  I agreed that I would voice anything she wanted me to from then on.  Well, I never really got the opportunity.  She left the company and went back to Enlgand shortly thereafter.

In the following years, I’d been asked to voice several different projects for people, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but not much in the way of a paycheck was forthcoming.  Then, in 2011, a good friend of mine named Roger Alexis, was shooting a muppet-type drama for a film named “I am Santana.”  It’s a well-known film in this country, and was very well received in London and Harlem, New York.  He asked if I would voice one of the characters in his movie.  Of course, I said yes.  Well, this was the first time I had to do some real acting on a microphone.  I played a priest and when I was done, I couldn’t beleive it was me coming over the speakers.  Days later I got paid a thousand dollars for the job.  I’d enjoyed doing this thing for Roger so much, I found myself saying for the first time in my life, “I can’t believe I got paid for this!  This was only 15 seconds of…work!”  I used the term, ‘work’ loosely.  I was hooked after that.  I took an online class from Suchavoice.com, created a demo, and now am working to distribute that demo internationally.

I also have started to build my home studio, and in the meantime, have a relationship with a professional studio here in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, as well.   This has helped me to really solidify my belief in networking as a means of getting business done and the importance of friends. The owner of the studio where I did most of my VO work as well as my last demo, is also the anchorwoman for the station I work for.  Her husband is the talented and incredibly capable sound engineer, Romel Best.    I wish these two people nothing but upward growth beyond their wildest dreams.  And if you happened to be in Trinidad and Tobago, are a voice-over artist, and need somewhere to record, they have a world-class professional studio just waiting to be worked.  The name of the studio is Fine Tune Media.  You can hear one of my earlier demos on their website:  finetunemedia.org.  The name of the company is Red Tune Media.

director and producer.

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Joanna Sanchez: Joanna is a veteran film and television actress who has also served as a casting director and producer.

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Davi Santos: Davi Santos was born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and grew up in Astoria, Queens. He is a Senior at The Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Lehman where he pursues a dual concentration in Theatrical Arts and Cognitive Philosophy. He founded the Macaulay Theater Group to produce original work of developing playwrights with staged readings and festivals of short plays creating collaborations between both Emmy winning and Broadway professionals with current students. He is a producer at the emerging Musically Human Theater Company for musicals both new and original. Performing since he was 12, he graduated from The Professional Performing Arts School and LaGuardia Arts, and he is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. He is in various commercials, and his recent projects include Tribeca Visionfest and Maryland Film Festivals’ “Bemvindo,” Samuel French Play Festival’s “Map of Our Country,” International Fringe NY’s “Afterlight,” “Neither Heaven Nor Earth,” on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. He is an active member at the New York State Youth Leadership Council, currently campaigning for the NY DREAM Act.

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Sadiya Sarwar:  Sadiya Sarwar was born in Texas and grew up in CT and IL and is a graduate of the Boston University School of Management with a double major in Finance and International Management. She has a certificate in Fashion Styling and Jewelry Design from FIT. She has over 6 years of experience in Banking/Finance with extensive experience in HNW Client Relations with prior experience in Marketing/Business Development/Management in the Medical Imaging and Business and Fashion fields. Sadiya is looking to meet new people to network and expand her horizons. In her spare time she likes to do Yoga, Spinning, attend Art and Cultural Events, patron new restaurants, travel and have new experiences. She has been taking classes at NYU SCPS in Portfolio Management and CFP certification and is looking for new career opportunities in Wealth Management for a foreign Bank, a Family Office, startup or any new fun and interesting opportunities where she can add value. Sadiya loves to help other people achieve their dreams and goals and when she can, goes home to Dallas to visit her family and the new additions, a twin niece and nephew.

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Billy Schneider:  As a NYC native and homeowner here for 26 years, Billy Schneider has a deep passion for his city, and a unique appreciation of the real estate process. There is no greater satisfaction for him than making perfect property matches to enhance the quality of life for his clients.

Billy prides himself on being your partner and advocate through a process that can be overwhelming, yet very exciting. His role besides guiding you and holding your hand every step of the way is to help you make informed decisions that lead to smart investments.

“I am extremely passionate and dedicated to achieving my clients’ goals, enjoying the challenge and rewards of finding creative solutions for them through my vast network of contacts and resources. By staying ahead of the curve and doing the homework and legwork that’s necessary to succeed, I offer a distinct advantage to my clients in terms of preparation, professionalism, and expediency in spotting and executing the best opportunities.”

Billy has lived and worked all over the city. Born and raised in Far Rockaway, Queens, he developed an innate curiosity and thirst for adventure early on, leading to a lifelong fascination with NYC’s diverse culture, sports, music, restaurants, shows, and museums. His intimate familiarity with the vibe of Manhattan’s different neighborhoods and streets was honed as a teenager working as a bicycle messenger, then for a trucking company pushing clothing racks all over the Garment Center. After college he transitioned to film production where his creativity and business acumen blossomed. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to the staffing/recruiting business where he eventually became president and founding partner of Success Unlimited Inc. in Midtown Manhattan. There he led and grew a talented team of 40 recruiters providing staffing solutions to Fortune 100 corporations in NYC. Eight years later he went to Wall Street, trading oil futures in the pits of the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he became a longstanding member. There he learned and mastered the art of identifying opportunity and market value.

Billy brings an extensive knowledge of NYC and exceptional understanding of markets, analysis, negotiations and customer service. He is sensitive to what it takes to make a deal happen, yet more concerned about the value of trust and long term relationships.

The most fulfilling feeling for Billy is connecting with and helping people from all walks of life. He has been committed to volunteering for many charitable causes including: team coach for an annual youth basketball tournament, VP/board member of Aurora Concept (a community outreach, counseling and drug rehab center), board member/fundraising organizer for  the Charitable Foundation of the New York Mercantile Exchange where he initiated a joint venture with S.C.O.P.E. ( charitable division of the American Camping Association) that has helped send over 20,000 inner city children to summer camp. Billy was educated at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.

Most important, he cherishes spending time with his wife and three children.

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Dan Schneider: Dan Schneider has been practicing entertainment, corporate, new media, intellectual property and real property law for more than 31 years in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY.   A graduate of Vassar College (AB, 1979, Evans Fellow in Law) and Emory Law School (JD, 1982, Emory Scholar), he is admitted to the New York and Georgia bars, as well as to the U.S. District Court (Southern District, NY).  Dan serves as Executive Producer of Big Shoes Media, which creates and distributes transformative media that positively impacts people’s lives.  Dan has served as a member of numerous non-profit boards, including The America The Beautiful Fund, The Giulio Gari Foundation, the Creative Music Foundation, the Woodstock Soccer League, the Woodstock Youth Theatre, and Hudson Valley Technology and Commerce, the Woodstock Library Board, the Woodstock Democratic Committee, the All Rockaway Planning Council, and Manhattan Community Board #4. He is a member of the NYS Bar Association, the California Copyright Conference, the NY Vassar Club, and the Dramatists Guild.  Dan is the Executive Director of the Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation where he is passionate about helping good people connect and expanding its community of creative entrepreneurs.

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Elizabeth Schneider:  Elizabeth is a certified fitness instructor who is about to receive her Masters in Psychology from the New York Graduate School of  Psychoanalysis.  She hopes to combine her love of fitness with her knowledge of psychology to help people with addictions transfer their negative habits  and unhealthy lifestyles into positive habits and lifestyles through fitness and healthy living. Elizabeth has a BA from Hunter College in Dance , with a Minor in Psychology. She is also a graduate of  Benjamin Cardozo School of Law and a member of the New York Bar.  After serving as an attorney for the New York City Corporation Counsel, where she prosecuted juvenile delinquents, she helped raise 2 children, the eldest of whom is now a Junior at NYU. She has done post graduate work at : New York University, New York City (Designing Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Programs) and  Dance Classes at  Clarke Center/Modern Dance Classes,  Alvin Ailey School of Dance/Jazz Classes, Nancy Meehan/Modern Dance Workshop, Billie Mahonie/Jazz Workshop, NY School of Ballet/ Advanced Ballet Classes. While pursuing  her Masters in Psychology , Elizabeth  has done substantial community service and internships as a  Fitness Instructor for Residential Substance Abuse Program, a Physical Fitness Instructor for Senior Citizens, The Caring Community- 20 Washington Square North, the United Nations Community Center, the Jewish Association for the Services of the Aged,  Project H.A.P.P.Y.- Physical Fitness Instructor for the Physically Disabled., and Project Renewal/Clinton House (Psychoanalytic internship) – Residence for Homeless Schizophrenics. Elizabeth is married to Dr. Jeff Gross, is the founder of Union Square Rehab, and is the co-author of a textbook on Physiatry.  He is the former Chief Resident at Rusk Institute and is  Board Certified in Rehab Medicine. She has been a Corporate Fitness Instructor  at Fried, Frank, Harris; IBM, IRS, Dresner Bank, American Express, Goldman Sachs, Salomon Smith Barney, where she designed specialized stress reduction and fitness programs in corporate settings. Elizabeth has also designed a variety of fitness classes for various populations including sculpt, strength, alignment, spinning, step, yoga, low impact and high impact aerobics for Equinox, Crunch, Rivergate, Atrium Club, Athletic Complex, Youssouf Fitness Center, Sephardic Community Center, Jack LaLanne, Vertical Club, Apple Health Spa, Profile, Lucille Roberts, and Physical Fitness Unlimited.See: www.elizabethschneiderfitness.com

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Jill Ayn Schneider: After receiving a BA in Elementary Education from The American University in Washington, DC in 1966, Jill became a school teacher in her hometown of New Rochelle, NY.  Passionate about the politics and music of that tumultuous time, she taught herself how to express herself through the guitar and singing. Jill left formal school teaching in 1973 after a 3 month extended spiritual journey to India and Nepal.  Jill was diagnosed with Malignant Cervical Cancer in 1975. Her doctors insisted that she have a Hysterectomy. Instead, Jill took a passionate interest in Macrobiotics, a natural lifestyle from Japan and Chinese Medicine’s Acupuncture and Herbs.  She quit a stressful job position and spent 4 months hiking in Venezuela and Peru. When she returned to the U.S., her tests were normal. After marriage and the birth of her son, Jill continued to study and learn about cleansing through fasting, raw foods, colon hydrotherapy and massage.  At 68, she is well known as an expert in the field of natural detoxification. Jill Ayn Schneider is presently the Director of Circle of Life Rejuvenation Retreats in Delray Beach, Fl. http://www.circle-of-life.net  She specializes in providing a natural healing 5 – 12 day juice fasting retreat vacations one block from the ocean with either individuals or small groups. Jill personally provides all of the organic juices, smoothies and supplements, along with massage, reflexology, yoga, breathwork, energy healing, learning materials and more.  Her ability to help people transform their lives in very short span of time is truly miraculous. Jill is working on a motivational memoir about her adventurous life.

After working for a year for Mr. Bo Diddley in the early 80’s, Jill became a performer known as Annie Sunbeam, The Cosmic Cowgirl, entertaining children in Miami, Mexico and the Bahamas. Her specialty theme became interactive Earth songs and dances encouraging children to appreciate and love the Planet.  In 1997, Jill Ayn Schneider and Producer Debbie Margolis-Horwitz formed Animo Grande Productions, Inc.  They are presently pitching an animated cartoon series called Annie Sunbeam and Friends to International TV Networks and global brands interested in Annie Sunbeam’s wholesome “green” characters facing the challenges of saving the Earth.  http://www.anniesunbeam.com

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Max Schneider: Max Schneider began performing at the age of three, and he hasn’t stopped since. He started off singing and dancing for family and friends on his living room table, but he ended up singing and dancing on a Broadway stage.

He began his professional career in the musical, 13, on Broadway and things just set off from there. Shortly after 13 closed, Max booked a guest star role on Law and Order SVU. He has also appeared on television shows such as One Life To Live and The View. In January, 2010, Max was lucky enough to be chosen out of 6,000 applicants to attend the YoungArts Program in Miami. He was one of twenty theater finalists, and he specialized in musical theater at the program. He studied with incredibly talented performers such as Liv Ullman, Malcolm Gets, and Kevin Carroll.

In early May, 2010, Max walked into a casting for the Fall/Winter 2010 ad campaign for Dolce & Gabbana featuring Madonna. A week later he was posing arm in arm with Madonna for world-renowned photographer, Steven Klein. The ad campaign was released in August of 2010 in 44 countries. In late 2010 after attending NYU Tisch for Musical theater (New Studio on Broadway), Max booked his first role in a feature film, “The Art Of Love” (“The Last Keepers”) starring Olympia Dukakis, Virginia Madsen, and Aidan Quinn.

In 2011 Max filmed his first pilot co-starring in a new series for Nickelodeon called “How To Rock” playing the character Zander Robbins. The series was picked up shortly after and started airing on Nickelodeon Feb 4th 2012.

Max co-starred with Keke Palmer in a new TV musical movie for Nickelodeon entitled “RAGS” which premiered on May 28, 2012. The movie was directed by Bille Woodruff , with choreography by Rosero McCoy and music my Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. It also stars Drake Bell, Avan Jogia, and Isaiah Mustafa. The soundtrack and DVD are currently available on iTunes and Amazon.

Max is an avid singer and songwriter and along with working on his own album, he has been writing for other projects and artists. His song “Last One Standing” which he co-wrote with Matt Wong and Claire Demorest is featured in two episodes on “How To Rock” and his song “Show You How To Do” which he co-wrote with Ben Charles, is featured on the show “Shake It Up”.

During the Summer of 2012, Max was invited to open for Victoria Justice for her “Making It In America” National Tour. In addition to putting together a new band and opening for her in over 16 major cities to sold out crowds, Max accompanied Victoria on their “Bruno Mars Medley” (directed by Kurt Schneider) as well as singing a solo song during her show. The Tour received rave reviews and Max and his band extended the tour by “headlining” in Webster Hall/NYC (sold out) and House of Blues/Chicago. During the Tour Max debuted 2 of his original songs “Everyday” (co-written by Jon Feldmann) and “Quicksand” (co-written by Matt Wong).

Max hopes to debut his first full album in 2013, with his original songs, and to continue to tour live with his band while growing as an adult actor. He loves his fans (“Schneidermonkeys”) and wants to continue to spread happiness and love wherever he goes.

– See more at: http://maxschneider.com

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Taryn Schneider: Taryn Schneider is a third year dental student at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College in 2007 with a degree in Psychology.  During college, she spent time interning at FEGS, an outpatient treatment facility for individuals suffering from mental illness and addiction, and DOROT, an organization which seeks to improve the lives of the elderly population in Manhattan. She also spent two summers as a counselor at Camp Hasc, a sleep-away camp for children and adults with various mental and physical handicaps and special needs.  In addition, Taryn spent time as a volunteer at the Smile Train and participated in a week long outreach program in Haifa, Israel where she worked with orphaned children, senior citizens, and adolescents who had been affected by regional violence.  Before beginning dental school she spent two years teaching nursery school in Manhattan.  As a current dental student, Taryn recently established an online school newspaper in order to foster a greater sense of community at her school as well as provide students with opportunities for artistic and creative expression.  In February, she will travel to Chile with a group of dentists and dental students to provide dental care and education to children of an underserved community.  She hopes to combine her love for children with her interests in healthcare and dentistry to one day pursue a career in pediatric dentistry.

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Keith Schuss: Keith Schuss is a Founding Partner and Wealth Advisor affiliated with Stratos Wealth Partners. Stratos is a partner run organization that specializes in the practice and execution of comprehensive financial planning and implementation services. The firm is structured as a network of distinguished, experienced financial services practitioners spread throughout the country and powered by LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC. Keith specializes in investment planning, wealth creation and financial management services. He is committed to removing the burden of uncertainty that his clients sometimes face, by putting them back in control of their futures. He is the creator of The Financial Blueprint Process, and has implemented his unique and proven philosophy successfully with hundreds of clients over the course of his nineteen-year career.             Schuss began his work in the financial services industry in 1992 when he joined Smith Barney. As a Vice President of Investments he developed an in-depth knowledge of financial markets both domestically and abroad, while developing strategic techniques and approaches to manage risk return scenarios based on his clients’ preference and underlying objectives. In 2003, he founded the “Private Briefing Lunch Program” for small business owners in and around Columbus area. The program is based on the concept of establishing a loose knit network of business professionals who can proactively discuss financial viability and challenges in a cooperative environment. During its eight year existence the program has benefited well over 300 small business professionals in and around the Columbus area. Keith believes strongly in giving back to the community where he lives and works.  He is a Capital Square Rotarian, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Wexner Heritage Village. Keith also serves on the Advisory Board of the Zusman Community Hospice, in addition to volunteering his time to assist the staff of the Hospice with patient care. He holds his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from The Ohio State University. In his free time he enjoys being active participating in basketball and golf, as well as sticking to a regular exercise regimen. Keith is happily married to his wife, Emily, and together they are raising two children, Philip and Sophie.

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Sophie Schuss: Sophie Schuss is a sophomore at Bexley High School in Columbus, Ohio. She has many interests and hobbies. She is a figure skater and a member of Team Chiller Synchronized Skating Team that competes all across the United States. In addition, she has played the bass guitar for 6 years and recently taught her self to play the ukelele. Other interests include fashion, design, music and discovering up and

coming musicians. Her philanthropic responsibilities include being a board member of the Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation Board of the Columbus Jewish Foundation and performing in Skate for Hope, an annual breast cancer awareness and fundraising event that includes local, national and Olympic figure skaters.

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Mara Schwartz: Mara Schwartz is a junior at Barnard College majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Psychology and Classics. A Philadelphia native but a New Yorker at heart, she has always succeeded in fast-paced environments while radiating a lively personality. From being a top salesperson and stylist at Nordstrom to holding multiple administrative positions, Mara has proved to be a bubbly, approachable, outgoing employee who is independent, motivated and comfortable multi-tasking and taking direction. As a member of many campus organizations at Columbia University, she has consistently shown her ability to implement new organizational systems, plan and execute events, and work effectively as part of a team. Her most current endeavor has been planning the programming and PR campaign for Columbia University’s first Greek Week for over 1500 undergraduates. She is also responsible for the planning and training of over 1000 Panhellenic women during Columbia’s annual Spring Formal Recruitment. Mara’s combination of work experience and rigorous scholarship makes her a perfect candidate for future jobs that encourage creative, innovative, or analytical thinking. Her fearlessness and fervor to learn new skills and subjects make her a viable applicant for almost any field. She loves working as part of a team and is excited to move on to the next stage of her career.

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Carol Scott: Carol Scott is the C.E.O. of ECA World Fitness. An international organization for Fitness Professionals. She is an International presenter, speaker and consultant for the fitness industry. Carol has spoken on such varied topics as fitness workouts and trainings, programming, and nutrition to branding and creating marketing strategies. She has appeared on network TV, featured in Newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, and consults for Fitness Publications world wide. She is the recipient of 2003 Program Director of the Year award from IDEA, Health and Fitness Association. Carol is the former National Director of Group Fitness for Equinox Fitness Clubs. She is sought after for her ability to identify and create fitness trends, and her successful marketing and advertising campaigns. Her fitness philosophy mixes results with fun. “Be Yourself, Everyone else is taken” oscar wilde.

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Robert Shulze: As AC/DC stated so profoundly, “It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll”, and Robert Shulze is living proof that these are words to live by which never ring empty or hollow. As a rock musician in an ever changing and constantly evolving digital marketplace and global community, Rob has had his feet held to the proverbial fire more times than he can count. These trials and tribulations have taught him that connecting with others on a primal and visceral level is paramount to success. Rob is the frontman/lead vocalist/guitarist/principal songwriter/lyricist/band ambassador for Los Angeles rock stalwarts Immune, who have graced stages all over the country and have had the honor and privilege of performing with notable artists including Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Rob Zombie, Korn and Steel Panther (among countless others). Rob and Immune have also had their music featured on numerous television shows, most notably MTV programming including Season 4 of “Jersey Shore”, have provided the soundtrack to several Beachbody/P90X events and won several ASCAP awards.
Rob was born in Long Beach, California and migrated up the west coast with his family to Portland, OR and Seattle, WA before heading cross country to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. The challenging and inspiring environment at Berklee set the tone for the next chapter in his life story, as he took a leap of faith and found himself planting his flag in Providence, RI while playing in a heavy metal band. A brief Seattle homecoming prefaced a return engagement in Providence, where Rob formed Immune before relocating permanently to his homeland of Los Angeles in 2004. The rest, as they say, is history in the making!
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Joseph L. Searles III: Joseph L. Searles, III is a former investment and commercial banker, highly recognized for his experience in financial/asset development and urban revitalization. He is one of the early urban development specialists credited with using mainstream strategies to dynamically transform the size and quality of minority business ventures. His distinguished career includes serving two gubernatorial appointments as Chairman and Director of the State of New York Mortgage Agency where he was responsible for municipal housing issues totaling more than $600 million dollars. He attained national and international prominence as the first Black member and floor-broker on the New York Stock Exchange; he was also a vice-president, Public Finance Department at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company now J. P. Morgan Chase. In addition, Mr. Searles has worked with the Federal Government and numerous state and municipal agencies in housing, economic development, and urban affairs. As Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Economic Development Administration, Mr. Searles took a leadership role in establishing minority enterprises and small businesses throughout the City by hosting America’s first minority franchising fair in 1969. He served as Chief Real Estate Officer/Consultant, at Harlem Commonwealth Council (HCC), one of the leading community development corporation’s in the nation engaged in retail and commercial development in Harlem. He also held senior management positions at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and the Center for Advocacy Research and Planning (CARP), both non-profit agencies. Mr. Searles was the first Chairman of the 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) in Harlem, Black America’s premier business arena. Considered a leading expert on Urban retailing, Mr. Searles was also a member of the development team for “Harlem USA” and currently is a partner in the $141,000,000.00 retail/entertainment project in Washington, D.C. called “D.C. USA”, the city’s largest. He is known as a person with strong hands on experience and a visionary who gives fact and substance to his leadership in community economic development. Mr. Searles formerly served as President of the New York/New Jersey Chapter of the National Football League Players Association (Retired Players). He also was an elected member of its National Steering Committee for this union of retired professional football players for two terms. Joseph Searles attended Kansas State University and George Washington University Law School. He was selected by President Jon Wefall of Kansas State University to serve as Chairman of its prestigious Diversity Advisory Council and was an early Board member of the President’s Entrepreneurial Round Table comprised of distinguished Kansas State Alumni and business persons. He continues as a distinguished lecturer at the University and as a member of the College of Business Advisory Board. As Treasurer of the New York Urban League he is also a member of its current Board of Directors and was Chairman of its Search Committee for the new President, Ms. Arva Rice.

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Hani Selim: Hani has been a freelance producer and line producer for various large scale production companies including Believe Media, HSI, Radical Media, Beaucoup Chapeaux, FM Rocks, and Cobblestone Pictures. With the completion of The Boys & Girls Guide To Getting Down and La Misma Luna (The Same Moon), a Sundance 2007 favorite, Hani has embarked on a career of producing quality motion pictures. 11 years ago, Selim founded Concrete Images, a Line Production company that serves European and Asian companies who wish to shoot in the United States. Concrete Images also acts as a co-production company that assists companies located out of California that wish to shoot in California. Prior to that, Selim was a Director of Feature Film Syndication for Columbia TriStar Television Distribution (Sony Pictures Entertainment) where he was in charge of putting together film packages to sell-through to network and pay television. He was also on the creative and sales team for films such as The Big Hit, As Good As It Gets, Go, Air Force One, Stuart Little, I Know What You Did Last Summer, U Turn, Central Station, and Godzilla.

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Jill Selby: Jill Selby is the brains behind EVENTually Green, which is an eco-friendly party planning, consulting and sourcing company that serves the tri-state area. Her innovative services are available to any person or business looking to throw a fantastic event while “leaving their carbon footprint at the door.” Specializations include the creation and coordination of socially conscious special gatherings that are usually cost-efficient and always unforgettable.  Contact information and other useful tips are available at her website.

Jill is an Ambassador Volunteer for Riverkeeper, an organization devoted to cleaning up the Hudson River, she is a contributing writer for AOL’s Patch on green living and a member of WEDC’s Women’s Green Business Network.

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Milena Selkirk: Milena’s first love was music. As a pop songwriter and performer, she released two records under the names Milena Mépris and Pin Me Down and was a featured artist on many others (Bloc Party, Alice Smith, Black Moustache, Sindy Rush). Milena garnered a 2008 GRAMMY Nomination as a songwriter for soul singer Alice Smith (Sony). She has toured internationally and licensed her music to TV (Showtime, MTV) and in commercials.In 2009, she wanted to broaden her creative horizons and enrolled at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, receiving her masters degree in Interactive Design and Animation in 2011. Today she uses music, animation, film, technology, and design platforms as mediums to create experiences and tell stories. She currently works an director, animator, graphic artist, and as a physical interactive designer in gallery and performance spaces. Her recent credits include Status Updates (MTV), The Jeff Probst Show (CBS/NBC), YoPlait (commercial), The Moneymaker (short film), Coach (commercial), and she is especially excited about upcoming 30 minute documentary that she directed and produced for MoxTV about LA’s under ground club A Club Called Rhonda. All the while, she has not forgotten about her love of music and is writing a new E.P., which she hopes to release in 2013.

Becky Sellinger: Becky Sellinger is a Sculptor, Video and Performance Artist Currently working and living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated in May 2011 from The School of Art and Design at Purchase College, State University of New York, from where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts and The Deans Award for Best Sculptor. Becky is the current artist in resident at Neighborhood Bike Works, an affiliate of Philadelphia’s beloved Magic Gardens and Arts on South. Becky has worn many hats as an artist, working as a set builder, puppet fabricator, performer, ceramics teacher, concert promoter, gallery curator, and fashion production. She enjoys being an artist for her ability to work in many different capacities.

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Sequoia Sellinger:  Sequoia Sellinger, from Woodstock, NY, is currently studying Classical Composition at The Purchase College Conservatory of Music. She composes classically for film scores and small ensemble pieces, as well as pop songs for her band, where she sings and plays keyboard. She is a classically trained pianist and has been studying since age 5. She will be attending The American Conservatory of Paris at Fontainebleau Schools this summer.

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Ingrid Sertso: Ingrid Sertso is a Vocalist, and Poet. Through her work with such avant-jazz musicians as Don Cherry and Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso established herself as a captivating, adventurous vocalist, capable of blending jazz, African, South American and other worldbeat influences into a distinctive, hypnotic sound. Although Sertso didn’t become well-known until the release of Dance with It in 1994, she spent over 20 years honing her art. During the late ’60s, she lived in Europe, leading her own trios and performing with the likes of Eric Dolphy, Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, Karl Berger and Leo Wright; she also worked as a music teacher at several institutions in Europe. In 1972, she became a permanent resident of the United States and she released her first album, We Are You, on Calig Records. Over the next few years she taught, while she performed in North America and Europe with the likes of Cherry, Ed Blackwell, Lee Konitz, Sam Rivers, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Moses, Dave Holland, Perry Robinson and Jumma Santos. In 1974, she released Kalaparush on Trio Records in Japan. It was followed in 1975 by Peace Church Concerts on India Navigation/CMC Records. In 1975, Sertso became a faculty member at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. She stayed there through 1975 and 1976, before moving to the Banff Centre of Fine Arts in Calgary, Canada. She had two residencies at Banff before moving to the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York, where she became the co-director. While working at the Creative Music Studio, she began singing in the Art of Improvisation with Berger and David Inzenon. In 1979, she toured major European cities as a solo artists, supported by the Woodstock Workshop Orchestra. She also released an album on MPS Records that year. During the early ’80s, Sertso remained a co-director at the Creative Music Studio, while continuing to record and perform with a variety of musicians, including such mainstays as Don Cherry and Karl Berger, as well as Paulo Moura, Nana Vasconcelos, Steve Gorn, Dan Brubeck and Mike Richmond. In 1984, she performed with the Music Universe Orchestra at the Kool Festival in New York and released a duet album, Changing the Time, with Berger on Horo Records in Italy. She also toured Europe twice during this time and she also toured West Africa with Olatunji and Aiyb Dieng. Sertso’s career picked up momentum during the latter half of the ’90s. She held a series of concerts and workshops in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and she regularly tour the US on club and festival circuit. Sertso also toured Europe twice and sang solo vocals on Berger’s orchestral ballet, The Bird. She was one of the co-leaders of Rhythm Changes, who released the Jazzdance album on ITM Records. During these five years, she also performed and recorded with a variety of artists, including Pauline Oliveros, Lee Konitz, Frank Luther, Anthony Cox, Leroy Jenkins, Jimmy Cobber, Linda Montano and Karl Berger. In 1990, Sertso catapulted back into the mainstream jazz spotlight through her version “Until the Rain Comes” on Don Cherry’s Multi Kulti album. Shortly afterward, she began working on a new album, but she became sidetracked by collaborating with Karl Berger and guitarist Paul Koji Shigihara. The trio blended original compositions with Sertso’s poetry, improvisations and interpretations of traditional tune. Sertso also regularly performed poetry readings at the Tinker Street Cafe in Woodstock and the Knitting Factory in New York, and she also regularly played clubs along the Northeast coast. In 1994, she released her comeback album Dance with It, which earned postitive reviews. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)

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Ari Shagal: Composer, lyricist, and all-around goofball Ari Shagal describes herself as “the secret freak offspring of Todd Rundgren and Laura Nyro.” As the frontwoman of the Summarily Dismissed, this University of Chicago alumna occupies a distinct niche in the music world– that of the funny woman. In a society that discourages women from flying the flag of humor, Ari bravely bucks the trend, casting herself in the mold of such veteran eccentric musicians and bands as Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Ween, and They Might Be Giants, in addition to the aforementioned Rundgren. Other compositional influences include Donald Fagen, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, and Gil Evans. The Summarily Dismissed will release their album Throw Money in the fall of 2009.

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Laura Sharpe: Artists for Trauma, a 501 c3 non profit –  Founder and Executive Director. CYAnalogies LLC   – CEO. After surviving a near death experience from a 2008 helicopter crash and involvement with the arts as an integral part of her dramatic recovery, Laura has first hand experience and understanding of how valuable artistic engagement is to physical, emotional and spiritual recovery. She is an involved human, business woman and volunteer in her communities. Laura was Co-Creator and Producer of multi-media event, The Laura Project- “Remembered – Interpretations of Reconstruction”, held in Santa Monica, California, March 2011.

A patron and appreciator of the arts with over 20+ years exposure and engagement with corporate business structure; Laura aims to provide immediately recovering military and civilian trauma survivors with artistic engagement for positive benefit to their recovery.

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Peri Shaw: Peri Shaw is the former owner of Zelda ,a design house specializing in vintage inspired women’s wear and accessories. Zelda’s clients included Julia Roberts, Holly Hunter, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, among many others. In addition, Zelda apparel has appeared in such TV shows as Seinfeld and Friends, and in major motion pictures including First Wives’ Club and Evita.  Peri has also worked as an independent contractor as PR and Events Associate and most recently spent three years as an Adjunct Professor and Advisor at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  She  has a background as a voice over artist and is especially interested in lending her voice to inspirational, spiritual projects ie documentaries, storytelling etc.

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Jason Shela: Jason was born and raised in London, England. He received his theatrical training at The Sir Michael Redgrave Theatre. He received an international scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baruch College in New York. He then earned a graduate degree in International Relations from New York University. Jason won a Steven Spielberg scholarship for international study at Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland. He became the first Englishman to be elected a Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington D.C. He later won a scholarship for advanced graduate study at Yale University. Jason is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Golden Key and Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Academic Honor Society for Business Administration in the United States.

Jason has received 4 ASCAP awards for original music composition. He has produced and composed original music for Fox Soccer TV. Jason is a Co-Founder and Creative Director of My Generation Productions, a new organization which encompasses traditional live production and innovative work developing musical and scripted entertainment for the new alternative digital media arena. He directed and produced the audio sitcoms of Bless this House & Never Mind the Quality, based on the classic TV comedies scripted by his mentor Vince Powell, the Godfather of British Comedy.  Jason has produced many live shows and Benefits in New York City including musical tributes to John Lennon, George Harrison, Mick Ronson & The British Invasion. This summer he is producing and performing in a number of live benefit rock concerts in Mississippi, part of his program for social enterprise entertainment.

A committed sports educator for over 20 years, Jason founded The British Soccer Academy which has become one of the largest youth programs in New York City and was voted PSAA Coach of the year by his peers. He played rugby football in England for Wasps RFC, Fulham RLFC and has represented Middlesex County, London and Great Britain. Jason is committed to developing socially responsible initiatives within the framework of sports, music & the arts.

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Johan Sheridan: A versatile writer with a passion for syntax and an efficient editor with an eye for design, Johan Sheridan cultivates a clear, concise, creative and compelling voice. With spellbinding prose he creates attention-grabbing content for games, blogs, newspapers, websites and articles.

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Shelley Simpson: Born in Detroit, Michigan Shelley Simpson lived in the Detroit area and in then in Ann Arbor until leaving Michigan for Washington DC in 1994.  But she calls NYC home and has no plans to change that – ever!  She does leave the City occasionally — mostly to visit her children and grandchildren who live in Laguna Beach, CA and Atlanta, GA.  While her original career plan was to become a teacher, she ultimately went to law school.  She holds a B.S. Degree in Education and a Juris Doctor and is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Florida.  As an attorney, Shelley practiced law in Michigan where she concentrated on representing people with AIDS/Hiv and abused and neglected children.  She was a member of an interdisciplinary team of doctors, lawyers and social workers focused on family wellness issues before leaving the practice of law and accepting an appointment as the Assistant Dean of Students at the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University Law School) where she taught Legal Research and Writing and was also a student advisor and oversaw the Student Career Planning and Placement and Financial Aid Departments. Transitioning from law to politics happened spontaneously and was not part of any grand plan.  Her political activism that had begun after graduating from law school led to political work at the state, local and national level.  She has since worked on Mayoral Races, Congressional races, two Presidential Campaigns.  She served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for a Michigan member of Congress in DC and did constituent work for a Florida Congressman in his Florida office. She worked on healthcare policy as a registered lobbyist for the AARP and on social policy at the Human Rights Campaign.

Among other things she has written for publication, has spoken publically on diverse topics, appeared regularly on a syndicated television show in Detroit, has worked in retail, waited tables, bartended, done short order food preparation and even worked in a bookstore managing the children’s book department.

After moving to NYC on what she considers “a total fluke that resulted in a childhood dream come true,” she found herself once again in the world of politics which was followed by positions in two City agencies. It was shortly after becoming a New Yorker that she was introduced to the JuicePlus Virtual Franchise.  She fell in love with the JuicePlus product and business because both combine to offer a simple solution to two complex problems – maintaining optimum health and enjoying financial security.   She knew the importance of good nutrition – having learned that in her law practice and, of course as a Mom.  And after working on health policy in DC, the healthcare crisis was no stranger.  Although starting part time, it wasn’t long before it became clear that sharing opportunity for good health and financial security was her full time passion.  And with the time freedom that has comes from owning her own business she is looking for opportunities to use her teaching skills and her desire to share her skills and experience with others to help them identify and achieve their dreams.

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Claudia Sigala: Claudia is currently a graduate student at Columbia University School of Social Work and is expected to graduate in May 2011. Her focus as a graduate student is doing clinical work in the World of Work. Claudia works around work-related issues with individuals to improve the well-being of workers in the workplace.  Claudia’s current internship is at District Council 37, a major municipal labor union that serves 125,000 members and 50,000 retirees. Her work at their Personal Service Unit, as a graduate intern, includes providing short-term counseling to union members on issues such as work-stress, depression, bereavement, lay-offs, marital issues, anxiety and other personal stressors. In her past internship, she worked with young adults aging out of the foster-care system and families being reunited with their children through a NYC foster care agency. Research experience includes working at Fordham University as a data collector for a research study project to learn about healthy eating and physical activity behaviors of adults living in the Bronx. Her alma mater is St. John’s University in which she majored in Sociology and graduated in 2007.  She is a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority and a member of Alpha Kappa Delta: International Sociology Honor Society. In 2007, Claudia she joined the GO Project as a Development Assistant where she helped to plan the GO Project Annual Gala, the Annual Appeal and other fundraising projects.. The GO Project is a non-profit organization in lower Manhattan that shapes the futures of low-income New York City public school children by providing critical academic, social and emotional support starting in the early elementary years. Claudia stays active with the GO Project as a volunteer and worked in their Social Services Department in the Summer of 2010. Claudia is fluent in Spanish and learning Portuguese.  In the future she sees herself as becoming as a therapist and a life coach.

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David Silberg: David Silberg began his career in the theater, where his producing credits include the hit shows PENN & TELLER, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY and MORT SAHL’S AMERICA. His new comedy OY VEY! THE PLAY was recently seen as part of the New Plays series at Theater for the New City, and will be produced commercially off-Broadway next fall. David is the Creator and Executive Producer of the upcoming series SISTERHOOD. The series was inspired by the film GETTING PLAYED, which he wrote, directed and produced. It starred Vivica A. Fox, Bill Bellamy, Carmen Electra and Stacey Dash, and was distributed by New Line/Warners. The film has been seen on ABC, TBS, BET, TNT and STARZ. He also has produced numerous independent films including SKELETONS (for HBO) which starred Ron Silver, Christopher Plummer and James Coburn, THE SECRET AGENT CLUB, starring Hulk Hogan (for TNT) and ASSAULT ON DOME 4, for the Sci-Fi Channel. He also produced the horror films ANCEINT EVIL and THE FRIGHTENING. He also was a producer on the syndicated tv series INSIDE SOAPS.

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Amanda Sileo: Amanda is a senior at Pace University in downtown Manhattan, she is a film and screen studies major. She recently finished up an internship at Mister-Lister films. There she helped them promote their film “Breaking Upwards” which was picked up and distributed by IFC. She set up screenings at colleges and film schools, contacted press, worked the New York premiere, and also performed personal assistant duties for lead actress Zoe Lister-Jones. It was a learning experience in how to promote your own independent film. Amanda has taken production classes and is interested in that aspect of film, however she did enjoy the publicity work as well. She is a hard working and driven 22 year old who is eager to learn.

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Jade Silver:  My name is Jade Silver and I am completing my sophomore year at the University of Michigan. I was born and raised in New York City. I am studying Political Science with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Accounting. I am proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  I enjoy working with all people. I am very conscientious and goal- driven.

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Maria Sivori: Born into a family of Neapolitan restaurateurs, Maria developed a love for cooking as a child and as a teenager worked alongside her mother and grandmother at Icumani, the family restaurant.  Coming to America in 2000, she quickly broke into the New York culinary world, establishing a reputation for creativity and quality which led to posts as Chef at Caffe Pompei, Cinema Paradiso (Astoria), and a brief return to Italy as Sous Chef at Milan?s  Princi. Maria?s strong personality and passion for her art puts a unique stamp on her dishes.  She currently has her own catering business and is exploring opening her own restaurant. She also has a weakness for Martinis and can drink any three Northern Italians under the table with one hand tied behind her back, blindfolded, and standing on her head.

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 Jane Park Smith:  Jane Park Smith believes every talent is gifted for the purpose of serving and uplifting others. She enjoys a dynamic career as an accomplished actress, model, speaker, writer and often volunteers as a wellness coach.  A rising star in television and film, her diversified credits include Rizzoli & Isles, Reno911, 24, Bones, and Street Warrior and varies independent films.  As a former Ms. America, she loves emceeing events, especially when children or rescued animals are involved! This UCLA Bruin alum’s greatest desire is to continue to serve and speak out for the voiceless and oppressed worldwide, particularly through Film projects. Her most current passion project is her inspirational non-fiction book entitled “Rocky the Rescue–A Collection of His Rescue Tales.”  90% of the proceeds are earmarked for animal rescue (Dogs Without Borders) and other non-profit organizations.

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Jonathan Lee Smith: Jon has been in the entertainment industry for over 12 years.  Having started in the music business with live nation he has over 8 years of producing experience.  From live shows and Pay-Per-Views to unscripted TV, Jon has established relationships with networks, studios, and production houses around the world.  A former head of production for an international Television content company he has a very heavy background in TV.  The past 2 years however Jon has been focused on Film.  In the past 8 months Jon has been able to successfully produce 2 feature films both of which are now in post production.

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Madeline Smith: is a Senior at the Professional Performing Arts School. She studies acting, but involves herself in the world of theatre in more ways then one. She has lighting designed and stage managed two showcases at PPAS. and  also trains in Aerial Acrobatics at NY circus arts. Favorite roles include Little Sally in PPAS’s main stage production of Urinetown, Sal in PPAS’s black box production of The Moonlight Room, Rae in the off-broadway production of Bellevue Sketches at the Player’s Theatre. She has recently made her TV debut on L&O SVU! Madeline is currently working for the nonprofit organization, Kids Meeting Kids. She is also president of the community service committee at PPAS. This year, she began the Feed The Hungry project at her school where every few weeks, a group of students put together 50 meals and hand them out to the homeless community of midtown, accompanied with hats, gloves, and scarves. Madeline’s next project will be a benefit for Haiti coming up in May.

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Zenda Snyder: Zenda Snyder is a creative force behind prominent retailers and manufacturers, defining their place in the market and merchandising their products and brands to maximize market share.  Her expertise includes visual merchandising, store planning, fixture design, and marketing strategy.  Zendas’ accomplished career ranges from major specialty chains to department stores and new business start-ups.

Her professional achievements include:

>     Owner of Zenda Snyder LLC Zenda consults with The Grayson Company (a full service retail consultancy), DASH design, and several retailers such as Kenneth Cole, Nautica, and Macys serving their needs such as design and manufacturing for consumer environments.

>    Working as a consultant with companies such as Kathy Van Zeeland, Ricky’s of Canada, Safilo, and Fleetwood.  At Fleetwood, Zenda headed up the re-creation of their brand image which involved designing new fixture lines, designing a new catalog, web site, advertising, and logo.  This new brand image more than doubled Fleetwood’s sales within 2 years.

>    Founder of George, a custom retail fixture and design company approximately 30,000 square feet.  George has built fixtures for Solstice, Banana Republic, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor,  Macys, and many other retailers.

>    Co-founder and Designer of Look, an innovative fixturing company offering contemporary retail store fixtures for clients such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Burdines, Macys, and Dayton Hudson. Zenda has been instrumental in conceptualizing this company’s strategic image and marketing direction.  In the first three years, Look became a highly visible and profitable trendsetter.

>    Vice President of Fitch, a multidisciplinary design firm. Zenda directed a team to maximize brand identity by the use of creative design solutions for retailers and manufacturers such as London Fog, Reebok, Whistler, and JBL.

>    Director of Visual Merchandising for 900 stores for Lerner, New York, a division of The Limited Inc. Zenda was instrumental in all aspects of visual merchandising, store planning, and brand identity for a 1.2 billion dollar business.  Zenda designed and strategized the visual merchandising program, which is still in effect today.

>    Conceptual designer for Burdines, creating promotional shop concepts and presentation strategies for the entire chain.

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Nelsie Spencer: Nelsie Spencer moved from Southern Californian to study acting at New York’s prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse.  A few years after graduating from The Playhouse, Nelsie co-wrote My Heart Belongs to Daddy with Laury Marker, a comic two-character play.  Daddy had several sold-out and critically acclaimed productions across the country the last one in L.A. In L.A. Nelsie worked as a writer’s assistant on the Golden Globe Award-winning series The Trials of Rosie O’Neill. She also wrote and performed her one-woman show Goodbye Cream at several L.A. venues and took her first stabs at stand-up comedy.

Back in New York Nelsie went full throttle into stand-up where her irreverent take on her off-kilter, WASPy childhood made her an instant staple in the New York comedy clubs.  The experience of having two kids twenty months apart inspired Nelsie to write a novel.  In the fall of 2003 St. Martins Press published her sexy and surprising, comic novel The Playgroup. The Playgroup (which has been compared to Bridget Jones’s Diary, Fear of Flying and The Nanny Diaries) was well received by the critics and by moms across the country.  The New York Post called it “Momsational!”  Cindy Adams mentioned The Playgroup in her gossip column, speculating on just how much of the book was really fiction.   In 2004 St. Martins published the book in paperback.   In 2005 Nelsie joined forces with comics Cory Kahaney and Maureen Langan to create The Radio Ritas, a funny, edgy morning talk show for Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda’s company Greenstone Media.  The Radio Ritas was the morning drive-time show for this new venture.Recently Nelsie has been using her talents and decades of experience to help other writers bring their visions to fruition; whether as a teacher, coach or ghost writer. Nelsie’s slice-of-life screenplay Valley Inn (co-written with Kim Swink) is in preproduction and her romantic comedy A Girl’s Best Friend was just optioned by Piranha Pictures.

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Charles Sokolowski: Christopher Sokolowski was born and raised in the Hudson Valley, and is currently in his final year at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory pursing his Bachelor of Music in operatic studies and performance under vocal instruction of renowned tenor Jacque Trussel. At Purchase he has performed roles including Le Mari in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias (winner of the National Opera Association’s “Opera of the Year” award), the Witch in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Remendado in Bizet’s Carmen. In the spring of 2013 he will perform Alfredo in their production of Die Fledermaus. Equally at home in concert and oratorio repertoire, he has performed works such as the Messiah, Weber’s Jubelmesse and the Magnificats of J.S. Bach, J.C. Bach, and

Vivaldi with the Bach-Handel Festival Orchestra. Additionally he has performed excerpts from Telemann’s Der Tag des Gerichts with the Purchase Camerata under direction of Bradley Brookshire, and selection from Handel’s Semele with members of the Juilliard415 ensemble. He has developed a close bond with the newly established Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, and has performed as a guest artist with them each summer. He was a featured solo recitalist in collaboration with NYC composer Mitch Bach for their first annual festival in 2010, and returned in 2011 as an artist in their “Voices of Distinction” concert and to cover the role of Don Ottavio in their production of Don Giovanni led by maestro Steven White with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra.

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Edwin Harkness Spina:  Edwin Harkness Spina is an experienced business professional with extensive knowledge of software, venture capital, and new business development. He has directed two startup companies plus his own publishing company and has been providing business advisory services to public and private companies since 1989.

From 2003 to the present, Spina established Higher Dimensions Publishing, Inc. which offers books, CDs and videos that entertain, educate and enlighten readers in both the fiction and non-fiction arenas. Spina wrote the visionary thrillerMystic Warrior, which won the Independent Publisher Book Award for Visionary Fiction and Nautilus Silver Book Award for Fiction. Spina is also the author of Mystic Secrets Revealed, and a contributing author, along with noted experts Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn and Brian Tracy to 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life,

From 1999 to 2007, Spina was the Chief Operating Officer of Firstate Insurance Holdings, Inc, a holding company headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. Spina helped set up a multimillion dollar distribution system in Puerto Rico, after writing the business and marketing plans and helping to raise $1.2 million. He also assisted in negotiating strategic alliances with two multi-billion dollar companies.

From 1994 to 1996, Spina was President of Taurus Technologies, Inc., a software company that provided database software and data for consumers in the $2 billion sports memorabilia and trading card industry. Spina managed all aspects of the company’s development, including the software, financial, marketing and operational areas.

From 1987 to 1989 Spina was President of Music Systems, Inc., a telecommunications company that provided music information services via 800 and 900 telephone numbers to consumers nationwide. The service represented the first national, legitimate use of interactive 900 technology and was featured in articles in newspapers and periodicals across the country as well as on CNN, VH1 and numerous broadcast affiliates of CBS, ABC and NBC. He sold his interest in 1990.

From 1985 to 1987 he was Vice President at Allied-North American Company, a management company that represented two venture capital funds, Allied Capital Corporation and the North American Company, with capital in excess of $150 million. Prior to that he was with various venture capital and management consulting firms. He began his career in the computer industry, where he was responsible for developing systems software.

Spina has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering,magna cum laude, from Tufts University.

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Joellen Sommers: Joellen Sommers has over 15 years of financial and operational experience at The New York Times, Price Waterhouse Coopers and The Nielsen Company. She has extensive experience in entertainment/media/new media including music, theater, film and real estate. She consults with a variety of businesses, non-profits and individuals as their P/T CFO/Business Manager and is a CPA, CFE, MBA and Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor

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Nicole Sotto, ESQ.: Nicole Sotto is focused on entertainment law, and is licensed to practice in the state of New York and New Jersey.  Her entertainment experience spans for more than 14 years, and includes her studies at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute where she gained an understanding of the complex business and creative interplay among actors, writers, directors, producers, and managers.  Previously, Nicole worked for 13 years as a commercial print model, and has signed with four modeling and talent agencies in New York and New Jersey.  Her Miss New York 2001, America’s National Teenager, title earned her a college scholarship. Nicole’s sports experience includes 10 years of training with Olympic-level coaches, and being awarded the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) Gold Medal. In the fine arts, Nicole studied nine years of intensive ballet training at the Official School of the New Jersey School of Ballet Company. While completing her Juris Doctorate, she served as Co-President of the Arts, Entertainment, & Sports Law Society, and closely worked with leading entertainment attorneys from private law firms, talent agencies, ESPN, the NBA, and the NFL. Prior to law school, Nicole gained first-hand experience with corporate law as a M&A paralegal for Latham and Watkins LLP, and during her in-house counsel internship for Schering-Plough Corporation. Additionally, Nicole has enjoyed the honor of interning under New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office.  Nicole currently serves as a member of the Entertainment, Arts, & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and a member of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City. She graduated cum laude, with a Bachelors of Arts in Politics and Spanish from Messiah College, and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

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 Nelsie Spencer: As a writer and performer Nelsie has worked with super agent Ari Emanuel, Jane Fonda, Dorothy Lyman, Gloria Steinem, Tony-Award Winning producer and director Dash Epstein and Morton De Costa respectively. Nelsie’s career as a writer began in 1987 when her play, My Heart Belongs to Daddy (in which she also co-starred with co-author Laury Marker) premiered at Lucille Lortel’s White Barn Theatre in Westport, Ct.  This was the first of many sold-out and critically acclaimed productions.  Since then Nelsie has written stand-up, worked in radio, edited just about every genre from websites to novels and screenplays. Her novel, The Playgroup, was published in 2003 by St. Martins and her romantic comedy screenplay, A Girl’s Best Friend, was recently optioned by Lucky Monkey Pictures and is slated to be shot early 2013. Since 2007 Nelsie has been using her almost three decades of writing experience to help other writers as a Teacher, Writing Coach, Script Doctor and Ghostwriter.

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Jennifer Squillante: Jennifer Squillante has more than a decade of professional sales experience within both the finance and residential/commercial real estate industries. Jennifer’s ambition, professionalism, and leadership skills contributed to her success in real estate finance for Silver Hill Financial in Miami, where she started as a Sales Associate and fast-tracked to upper management within 5 years, helping grow the company from 10 to 500 employees. She remained top sales person throughout her tenure, despite having begun her career without any experience in the industry. Placing the utmost importance on developing long-term business relationships, Jennifer employs her superior negotiating skills and intimate knowledge of real estate finance for the benefit of her clients. Her personable nature and direct attitude inspire their trust and loyalty. Jennifer was born and raised in Connecticut, and has lived in Manhattan, Miami Beach, Italy and Bali. She enjoys traveling and is passionate about food and wine, which prompted her to obtain her Advanced WSET wine certification. A New Yorker at heart, Jennifer is thrilled with her decision to return to the city.

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Vicki Stadlen: Vicki Stadlen is a native New Yorker. She received a B.A. in European Literature from Brooklyn College and then studied acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. When she returned home, she pursued a career in the theater for a number of years and also taught in New York City elementary schools. After raising her own children, Vicki completed a certificate program at the National Center for Paralegal Studies in Atlanta, Georgia. She worked as a compliance officer for the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity investigating cases of employment discrimination and later worked as a paralegal for the New York City Law Department. For the past ten years, she was the administrative assistant to the senior vice president of a large non-profit organization. Vicki is currently seeking employment that will utilize her analytical, interpersonal, investigative and administrative skills.

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Steven M. Statharos: Steven M. Statharos: Steven M. Statharos, Esq. is a Graduate of the Emory University School of Law and has practiced law since 2003 in the NYC area, focusing his practice on traffic ticket defense, motor vehicle accident damage recovery and personal injury claims. His office serving the 5 Boroughs of NYC and its extended network of dedicated traffic lawyers outside the NYC area have years of experience in defending motorists against all types of traffic violations and penalties. Mr. Statharos is a member in good standing of the State Bars of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, The District of Columbia and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Federal Court, Southern District of New Jersey. Mr. Statharos is also a member of the OSS Society and has supported numerous veterans Organizations and Projects such as Nga Toa for many years. The Statharos Law Office Website: www.TrafficHearingLawyer.com Practice Areas: Traffic Ticket / Moving Violation, DWI/DUI Defense. Auto Damage and Auto Related Personal Injury Recovery.

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Jeffrey Stein: Jeffrey Stein is a force of nature. Having limitless energy, creativity, and keen business sense he has built a hair salon empire in NYC that has lasted over 31 years. After spending his entire life as an athlete and enthusiast, Jeffrey has made the leap to fitness and now steps into the fitness business realm as a new driving force for ECA World Fitness Alliance. Jeffrey brings his unique business experience, entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills to further ECA into a global brand for fitness professionals and enthusiasts.

A focused and decisive professional with leadership experience in management, marketing, sales, partnership development, and strategic planning. Senior executive responsibilities have included building high performance teams, implementing successful marketing programs, organizing new business development, and increasing net income and revenue. A hands-on leader with a proven ability to motivate and lead others to achieve business objectives. 

Areas of expertise include: management, sales, marketing, building teams, partnership development, merchandising and strategic planning.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: ECA WORLD FITNESS, INC, Long Beach, NY, VP, Chief Operating Officer, Responsible for all company operations including sales, marketing, membership, convention services, publishing, human resources, finance, and information technology. Primary responsibilities include strategic planning, marketing, membership acquisition and retention, staff training and development, and new business development.

CONSULTANT: Worked on various projects from conceptualizing business plans to designing health clubs, staff recruitment, hiring and training. Implemented marketing and management programs to help clubs be more profitable. Most recent clients include Peloton Cycling, RIPPED, Velocity Indoor Cycling Studios.

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Morea Steinhauer: Morea Steinhauer is founder and owner of www.MyShortClip.com that facilitates authentic connection to target audiences and clients through dynamic, succinct 30-90 second personal branding video clips, Morea also specializing in media and social justice work, documenting weddings, families, births, and daily life.  Whether it be documenting community actions, protests, or other social justice actions – or it be photographing the day in the life of a family, commitment and celebration of partnerships and weddings, or birthing stories, she believes that being able to tell someone’s story is a powerful gift, especially doing so non-obtrusively. Based in downtown Manhattan, but born and raised on a family farm in the northwest corner of Minnesota and a lover of food, travel, and embracing new experiences.  Summa Cum Laude from Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) in 2006 with a BA in American Studies and a BS in Individualized Studies in Photography Arts in Business and a masters degree in Gender and Peace Building from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica). Morea uses her passions in photojournalism, mutual mentorship, and social activism to mentor and guide individuals to express their stories and life journeys. Having extensive experience as a photojournalist, providing support for students within university settings, assisting individuals with disabilities, and mentoring individuals through personal and professional growth and transformation (such as nonviolent communication, conflict transformation, etc).  Her work within media and social justice has lead to collaborative projects within North & Central America, Europe, the Caribbeans, and exhibit locations like Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, Australia, and Haiti.

Always open to exploring potential collaborations and projects, contact Morea at:  morea@myshortclip.com  or   morea.steinhauer@gmail.com

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Gale Steinman,  M.S. , M.S., B.A., : Gale Steinman has over 30 years experience working with data in a variety of industries.  She began her career writing software for Drexel Burnham but soon after joined Lambda Technologies, where she assumed the role of project manager at Bankers Trust.  Utilizing her skills developing systems, she became an instructor providing training to many of the major financial institutions including Teltech, New York Life, Merrill Lynch, UBS-Paine Webber,  Bank of New York, Pfizer, applying data processing skills to a multitude of industries.  She is currently a data specialist for the NYC Department of Education.  Her expertise in database and system design, development and implementation, as well as help desk training, has been utilized throught her career.

During her career, she has had a strong commitment to volunteerism, as evident by providing training skills to VESID in the form of offering free training to job seekers.  She is committed to providing strong data processing skills to our work force.  Her personal mantra is “without data, it’s only an opinion.”

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Dr. Sharna L. Striar: Sharna L. Striar, M.S.N., Ph.D., R.N. is a nationally known expert in the area of human sexuality, intimacy, and relationships. Over the course of many years, Dr. Striar has studied and taught at leading institutions in her field, including the University of Michigan, Hunter College, and Seton Hall University, has lectured extensively, is the author of dozens of articles, and has been a frequent expert guest on national radio and television. She is a Psychiatric Nurse, Certified Sex Therapist, and Psychotherapist, and is also trained in neuro-linguistic programming and in hypnotherapy. She is also the Dean of Nursing for The International University for Graduate Studies in St. Kitts, W.I.

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Harry Strulovici:  Harry Strulovici is the founder of Life for Mothers, a US based NGO also registered in Uganda and Kenya. For the past 8 years, he has traveled regularly to Sub-Saharan Africa to implement a holistic strategy to reduce maternal mortality. He served as a Yale/Johnson & Johnson Career Fellow in International Health in Uganda. He has been a consultant to the Global Fund, UNICEF, and UNFPA. Presently, he also works as a Global Health Consultant to UCLA Anderson School of Management. 

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Studio Stu: Studio Stu started his music studies when his third grade teacher told his parents he had ‘special talents’. In a rush to get him into the biz, they enrolled him in the Sandy Lane Music School in Brooklyn. And seein’ as how this was the fifties, the instrument de jour was the accordion. After being thrown out of the Sandy Lane Accordion School for, “playing notes during orchestra rehearsal that didn’t exist,” (true quote, I swear) he tried several music schools and instruments before settling on the washtub bass. “I saw this cat in a cartoon playing a washtub bass, and the notes he was playing were the notes in my head,” says Studio Stu, “they were jazz riffs, some out jazz, and he was singing some mammy/pappy thing, smokin’ a cigar, it was crazy. And right then and there, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.” Ever diligent to get the best sound possible from an eighteen dollar tub, he worked for years, investing his allowance on the best materials three dollars and fifty cents a week could buy, and finally, after years of experimentation, and with the help of master guitar maker, Lou Mancuso of the Bronx, he developed the Studivarious, a single string, virtuosic, ten-ply maple, washtub bass. Studio Stu took to performing on the subway platforms in New York, doing only one tune, ‘Take The A Train’. As the real A train pulled into the 34th Street station, chuckling tourists would inundate him with tips, and he became a New York icon. Then a guy asked him to perform in his club in Brooklyn, and before you know it, he has an agent and they’re flying him in everywhere…coffee houses, jazz clubs, colleges, private house concerts; he’s emceeing at jazz festivals, doing radio, performing solo, with his duo, and trio. With his state-of-the-art Studivarious single string bass, unique Brooklyn humor, and unusual, hypnotic vocals, is a master…a one string wonder, combining a traditional folk instrument and a classic jazz form, to create a third thing (one we haven’t quite figured out what to call yet)…..fearless in delivery and willing to navigate uncharted paths through the improvisational wilderness; he is ‘el ultimo hombre del lounge’. He takes the very best in classic jazz and originals, and twists and bends them into what he calls ‘evocative jazz & exotic lounge’. He starts with standard tunes and a loop machine, except, nothing is sacred…..improv is rampant…lyrics are changed at will…notes and chords are bent and perverted…familiar languages are obliterated….harmonies are sweet and sour perfection……yet, serious, sophisticated and uncompromising in execution. He is one in-tune, out-of-tune, offbeat, beatnik. href=”http://www.studiostu.biz/”

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Kate Sullivan – E.V.E.N.T Co Founder/Producer: To date Kate Sullivan has worked in television for national and international productions, voice work, theater and film, including a lead role in the New Zealand independent feature film Christmas and worked opposite Anthony Hopkins in The Worlds Fastest Indian. Recently Kate played the leading role in the Film “The Other End of the Gun” directed by Patrice Poujol , a lead role in the stage production of Cosi directed by Wendy Herbert and featured in Dax Phelan’s feature film ‘Jasmine’ in Hong Kong. Kate holds a Bachelors of Performing and Screen Arts Degree from Unitec School for Performing and Screen Arts, and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching from Auckland College of Education. In 2006, Kate completed an 8 week acting intensive in New York with the TVI Actors Studio. She has taught Drama, Dance and Film acting in New Zealand, Budapest and Hong Kong. In addition to this, Kate has worked as an actress and has directed professional stage productions in various cities around the world. In 2008 Kate co-founded E.V.E.N.T (An International Artists Company). As producer of E.V.E.N.T , she works not only organizing monthly events but also casting for Feature Films, Magazine fashion spreads and corporate calendars; all the while striving to support local and International artists.

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Yohei Suzuki: Yohei Suzuki is a filmmaker who focuses on social issues, especially those that relate to the African American experience. He has produced & directed a lot of documentaries, promotional videos, and music videos. In 2006, he produced an directed “Our Pride: The Spirits of Black Japanese in Georgia,” which was invited to the Asian American International Film Festival 2007 in New York, Washington DC Urban Film Series 2007, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2008, Mix Roots Film & Literacy Festival 2008 in Los Angeles, and the International Black Film Festival of Nashville 2009, etc. Through his films, he hopes to encourage people of all ethnicities to be proud of who they are. He believes that films are powerful tools to inspire, motivate, and raise social awareness. Yohei Suzuki is originally from Japan. He received a master’s degree in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College and is now based in New York.

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Lucy Swensen, MS: Lucy has lived multiple lives and hopes to continue metamorphing. She has been an inner city schoolteacher, a Woodstock Children’s Center first grade teacher and a GED instructor at the Woodstock Youth Center. She was a computer consultant for Blue Cross and a Senior Systems Analyst for Chase Manhattan Bank corporate headquarters. She helped design money transfer systems. She has sold her hand made accessories and her 3 dimensional art pieces to many NYC stores – Macy’s, Henry Bendells, Fiorucci’s, etc. as well as designing merchandise for major bands including the Clash, Pat Benetar and Blondie. She is currently owner and designer at The Turning Mill, a multi-media music and art studio in the Hudson Valley. Most of her life she has been involved in local groups involving children; donating her time and services. She is an election inspector and has even spent some time as a real estate agent. She is the mother of Valen, a talented and creative daughter following in her proud mom’s footsteps. Lucy also comes with all the mainstream credentials-BS in Education from CCNY/ magna cum laude, MS in the child individualized curriculum- CCNY, Computer Programming Certification – NYU, Audio Visual Certification, NYS teaching license, NYC teaching license, Real Estate License, Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Delta Phi and all that good stuff. She also brings a host of alternative credentials – Body Centered Therapy Certification, Essential Oil Massage-Training Certification I, II and III, Plant Spirit Medicine -one year Apprenticeship, Reiki Master 1 and is now on the path to Reiki 2, 3 and reflexology certifications.

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Jonathan Swerdloff, ESQ.: Jonathan is a litigation attorney with substantial e-discovery and data analysis experience. Former web developer and 2009 masters candidate at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. Seeking professional opportunities which meld the analysis and work ethic developed in the law with more technology oriented positions. Founder, Floor Four Ventures. His specialities include E-Discovery, data analysis, and database analysis.

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Ari Taub: Ari Taub’s films have been showcased around the world. Among the awards that he has won: the Nissan Focus Award, the Warner Award, the Mobil Award, several Cine Golden Eagles, as well as 1st Prize at the Certamen International Film Festival in Spain, and 1st Prize at the Klagenfurt International film festival in Austria. His films have been showcased on Showtime, Arts & Entertainment, HBO, and the Disney Channel. His film “The Red Herring” was compared to Roger Corman’s “Little Shop of Horrors” on Showtime’s the Director’s Series for excellence in low-budget filmmaking. He has been interviewed by Roger Ebert of Siskel & Ebert on the Disney Channel and has appeared in articles in the Los Angeles Times as one of the most promising young filmmakers to come out of NYU Film school. He is currently preparing for the theatrical release of his film “Last Letters from Monte Rosa” and he is in pre-production on his upcoming feature film “The Arrangement.”

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Paul Tarnoff:  Founder, Plenable Solutions – For over 30 years, Paul has applied his proprietary methodologies, called Strategic Alignments, to help start-ups, mid-size and multi-national company’s build customers, strengthen loyalty, and grow revenue and profit in less time and at a lower cost as compared to traditional avenues.

During the 1980s, Paul was VP of Marketing for a consulting firm serving multi-national clients looking to build market share through strategic acquisitions. He worked on over 20 transactions for a diverse range of clients including Steelcase, Whirlpool, Alcoa and Federal Mogul.

In 1991, Paul co-founded Fairfield Partners to align small to mid-size clients with larger companies in retailing, service, technology and manufacturing. He aligned clients with partners such as Compaq Computer, which at the time was the world’s largest computer seller; SSI Technologies, a leading supplier of auto sensors; and Takara, a global supplier to the biotechnology market. Paul also worked with Seventh Generation to open alternative customer acquisition channels.

During the 1990s, Paul became immersed in the direct response industry, with a focus on marketing and fulfillment. He brought over 75 major direct marketers together in variety of alliances, and worked with Direct Media, MasterCard and others to create innovative ways to reach customers, increase response, enhance loyalty and long-term value, and reduce costs.

In 1998, Paul co-founded ArtSelect, to provide retailers, catalogers and e-commerce companies with a private labeled online program that allowed them to offer convenience and huge savings in selling custom-framed art. He engineered over 50 partnerships with companies such as iQVC, Spiegel, Boise Cascade, Target, Home Decorators, OfficeMax and Amazon.

After leaving ArtSelect in 2002, Paul founded Plenable Solutions and has helped numerous companies such as Home Depot grow and formed dozens of alignments with global brands such as Coke, MasterCard, and Johnson & Johnson to support parenting/family programs in China.

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Joy P. Taylor: Event Production (A/V, writing, entertainment, speakers, venues, etc.) Wedding Planning, Baby Boomer Parties, Commitment Ceremonies, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs (vud den J )…and (drum roll). I am a professional writer as well. Articles, scripts, speeches, PR and Marketing, website design, etc. In the days of “used to was it,” I even had a call-in talk show called THE TAYLORED WORD…. At present I am writing a humorous self-help book which I hope to showcase on Oprah, and I am also freelancing for all those luxuries in life, i.e., food, shelter…Yes, a creative gal, but I am diverse and flexible as well  …I also have extensive experience in the insurance industry…I was head of a department in one of the largest Third Party Administrators in this country, of which I mediated and negotiated with over quarter of a million policyholders, each Department of Insurance in every State, every internal department, and the insurance companies we administered for. I was also an Associate to the President of an A.M. Best rated Life company. The best of both words…corporate and creative. Please feel free to email me at: tayloredone@optonline.net

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Lex Taylor:  Lex is a native Washingtonian, got a B.S at Bowie State University in Mass Communications. He also is pursuing his MBA from University of Phoenix. He is the COO of the Alonzo James Group an Entertainment Management Company & Groundbreaking Entertainment LLC. He also is the PA announcer for Morgan State University Football & he is a play by announcer & color commentator for Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN) for football & basketball. Lex is a member of the Grammys Chapter in Washington D.C. Lex also works with the Washington Redskins Public Relations Gameday Staff during the fall during football season.  Lex’s company Alonzo James Group has clients past and present that include artists, producers, models, and script writers. Groundbreaking Entertainment LLC is premier music & entertainment company in North Carolina.  While at Bowie State Lex became known as Mr. Sports because he was the sports editor of the college newspaper, Sports Radio announcer, PA announcer, Sports Anchor, and play by play announcer for BSU TV.  After graduation Lex spent some time at WTTG Fox 5 where he worked in the sports department as an intern. While there he produced the high school football segment &wrote scripts for on air talent Steve Buckhantz, Gus Johnson, and Chick Hernandez and he worked on the Redskin Pregame Show.  Over the years Lex became popular with the athletes because of his thunderous player introductions. He has done PA announcing for Bowie State University men’s & women basketball games and Morgan State University Football & men’s basketball games. He has announced for the Prince Georges Football Classic at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland & at the Urban League Fall Football Classic at Giants Stadium in Rutherford, NJ.  As a freelancer Lexter has covered the CIAA Tournament, CIAA Championship Games, MEAC Tournament, Meac Tournament Championship Game, MEAC games, NBA, high school football & basketball games, midnight league basketball games, weddings, and semi pro football games. Lex also hosted the first Bowie State Football coaches show “In the Doghouse” which aired on Home Team Sports which is now Comcast Sports Net. Lex also freelanced with HBCU Properties for their TV package during football season & the games aired on MASN Sports Network.  Lex co created Sports One Television & Entertainment in 2001. With Sports One TV he produced cheerleader competitions, recruiting videos for colleges, produced live sporting events, a sports documentary “22 seconds to Glory”, and a television show “As She See’s It” an all women paneled sports show.

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Nathalie Tedrick: Nathalie Tedrick is a professional actress, dancer, choreographer, and instructor. She has toured worldwide with the Bellydance Superstars produced by Miles Copeland from 2007 to the present.  Nathalie is featured in several Bellydance Superstars DVD’s including Babelesque Live in Tokyo, The Art of Bellydance Live in Shanghai, Solos From LA, and Bombay Bellywood Live in Irvine. She began dancing at the age of five, studying Shakespeare at age seven in Northern California, and has a background in Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, and Belly Dance.  Nathalie became a principal actor with the Avalon Players’ Shakespeare Company at age eighteen.  Some of her favorite roles include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Bianca in Taming of the Shrew. She can be seen in several commercials including a national for AT&T Yellow Pages. Nathalie has studied at Brian Reise Acting Studios and plans on furthering her training at Warner Laughlin Studios in Hollywood.  She is represented in San Francisco by SF Top Talent, and The Jerry Pace Agency in Los Angeles.

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Deborah Jean Templin: A thirty year veteran of theatre, film and television, Deborah Jean has played important roles with many of America’s most prestigious regional companies. She is the recipient of Philadelphia’s Barrymore Award for Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical and the Los Angeles Arts Council’s Richard Burton Award in Acting. Credits include Dolly Levi in HELLO, DOLLY!, Miss Hannigan in ANNIE and her one woman show UNSINKABLE WOMEN, all at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre (celebrating its 200th year in 2009), the Lady from Lincoln in A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS at Trinity Rep in Providence, Rhode Island and Bertie in THE CLUB at Boston’s Charles Street Playhouse. At the Arena Stage in Washington D.C., she played Mary Stewart in the 50th anniversary production of the musical ANIMAL CRACKERS.

She was featured in the San Francisco engagement of Herb Gardner’s I’M NOT RAPPAPORT opposite Nehemiah Persoff and Ben Vereen. National tours include MAMMA MIA!, TITANIC: A NEW MUSICAL, ANNIE (as Grace Farrell opposite Harve Presnell), and PASSION OF DRACULA with Jose Greco. Her New York stage credits range from the New York premiere of WE’RE STILL HOT! and the Cameron Mackintosh production of TOMFOOLERY at the Village Gate to ETERNAL LOVE, a musical adaptation of the story of Abelard and Heloise. At the world-famous Edinburgh Festival, Ms. Templin starred as Auschwitz survivor, French chanteuse Fania Fenelon in the United Kingdom stage premiere of Arthur Miller’s PLAYING FOR TIME.

In a completely different vein one of her most challenging roles was Florence Foster Jenkins, the self-styled opera diva in SOUVENIR. Learning five arias and singing them with complete lack of rhythm, pitch and tone, Deborah Jean played Florence at Stageworks Hudson, the Charles Wood Theatre and Cape May Stage. She created and performed three cabarets to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS.  In July of 2012 she sings the Betty Buckley track in Ragtag Entertainment’s Songs from the Heart benefiting ‘God’s Love We Deliver” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City

Ms. Templin trained at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from California State University/Long Beach. She has served as a Resident Professional Theatre Associate and Visiting Professor at Cornell and Susquehanna Universities. She served as a member of the on-camera faculty at New York’s School for Film and Television. An experienced television and film actress, she has been featured on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON,MIDNIGHT CALLER, SUPERIOR COURT, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ALL MY CHILDREN and the Mike Hammer television movie, MORE THAN A MURDER starring Stacey Keach. Ms. Templin has been in a number of commercials including national spots for Charmin, Old Spice and ABC Daytime and the New York State Lottery Commercial (featuring the World Trade Center) Her film credits include the Women’s Study Professor in STEAM with Ruby Dee, on of the featured ballroom dancer in Penny Marshall’s AWAKENINGS and work on over 20 films shot in New York City. Her one woman play UNSINKABLE WOMEN: STORIES AND SONGS FROM THE TITANIC first toured the United State through John Adams and The JENA Company in 2003.  In June of 2012 she was invited to perform at the Leeds International Jewish Performing Arts Festival in Great Britain. In August 2012, she will return the Weathervane Theatre for her fifth summer of alternating rotating repertory as a member of the Resident Equity Company performing in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and MOON OVER BUFFALO. Deborah Jean has been a proud member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists since 1977.

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Caroline Thomas: Caroline Thomas is theFounder and Director of Total Theatre Lab (TTL) and has been teaching acting for over twenty years. After graduating from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, she returned to NYC to complete her studies in Method Acting as well as the Meisner Technique, with Mordecai Lawner of the Neighborhood Playhouse. Ms. Thomas is also a distinguished teacher of voice and speech. She incorporates into all her teaching, innovative techniques from training with Jerzy Grotowski, Andre Gregory and Robert Wilson. She has appeared as an actress both Off-Broadway and in Regional theatres. Performances include the Nurse in Medea at The Kennedy Center and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth at The Roundabout Theater. She has produced and directed dozens of readings and showcase productions, often with combined casts of students and professional actors. Her plays, sometimes written from student improvisations and with specific students in mind, have been showcased Off-Off-Broadway and in Gainesville, Florida at the Acrosstown Repertory Company. Ms. Thomas was Casting Director for the feature film,Anna, in which Sally Kirkland achieved an Academy Award nomination for the title role.

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Sabrina Tillman-Bean: Sabrina Tillman-Bean is owner and managing artist of You MOVE ME Artworks, an emerging multimedia art company based in Austin, Texas, with the heart and soul of its owner’s hometown, New Orleans. After studying Art History at Vassar College, her then fascination with the world of art became a lifelong passion. Her portfolio currently includes commissioned works in collaboration with clients who desire a creation tailored to their aesthetic preferences, relationships and unique history.

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Logan Tracey: Logan Tracey is an actress and singer based in New York City. A graduate of Ithaca College and the National Theatre Institute, Ms. Tracey has been performing in film, television, and theatre since moving to NYC in 2003. Logan has performed in numerous new musicals, as Sheila in HAIR at the Gallery Players, completed a season of summer stock at the Saxtons River Playhouse playing Catherine in Pippin and Laurie in Oklahoma! With a focus on comedy and improv (and training from the Upright Citizens Brigade), Ms. Tracey has performed with CollegeHumor.com, NBC.com, in the NY Underground Comedy Festival, numerous NYCFringe Festivals, and on All My Children and Guiding Light. Ms. Tracey has a strong background in Musical Theare and teaches dance and directs at SophieDance in Hollywood, CA. Logan is great with kids and loves teaching and working with children. Check out her website for photos, music, and a performance reel: www.logantracey.com

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Cindy Tran: Cindy Tran is the Founder & President of Transformative Coaching. As a leadership coach, she works with high achievers who want to be at the top of their game by realizing to the fullest their innate potential. Cindy passionately believes in the magnificent beauty at the core of each individual, that we each can bring our biggest impact to the world when we reconnect with and fully embrace our own inner magnificence.  Prior to founding Transformative Coaching, Cindy had spent 14 years in the corporate world working as a marketing executive at Unilever, one of the greatest global consumer goods companies. She has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and North America, developing and nurturing a portfolio of iconic global brands across Personal Care and Foods/ Beverages. A seasoned business leader and passionate brand developer, Cindy has a strong track record in brand stewardship, business turnaround, and unlocking new growth opportunities.   With her rich business background and strong passion for giving back, Cindy provides pro-bono consulting service at Community Partners, a non-profit program of the Harvard Business School Club of New York. She also serves on the Standing Committee for Women Mentor Women initiative.  Living in Manhattan, New York City, Cindy considers herself blessed being a grateful student of Raj Yoga, an avid Ashtanga yogi, a passionate Latin dancer, an outdoor sport enthusiast, and a perpetual Life’s learner & lover.  Cindy is a trained professional coach with the world-renowned The Coaches Training Institute, and a member of the International Coach Federation. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Tony Travis: Tony Travis recently produced the Off-Bway revival of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, starring George Hearn; and the film “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding”, starring Mila Kunis & Adrian Grenier.  He wrote and directed the hit Revue, Roxettes, at LA’s Roxy Theatre. Veteran actor and a familiar face and voice in hundreds of TV and Radio Commercials, he was a founding member of the popular LA Improv Group, The Lunatics; and also won wide acclaim playing the Referee in LA’s long-running rock musical, Tanzi.  Pop musician, composer & singer, his new CD is titled Unfinished Symphony’s….. Tony also produces Music Videos and theatrical stage events.

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Jacob Troy: is an actor and a filmmaker. He began writing and performing at an early age in his hometown of Woodstock, New York. By age sixteen, a play he co-authored was accepted into the New York International Fringe Festival and featured on CNN. At age eighteen he co-founded the Wayfinder Experience, Inc., a summer camp and an arts-in-education program teaching theater and storytelling to young people, a company which still thrives today. Jacob earned a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, where he concentrated on Theater and Film. At the Universidad de Sevilla in southern Spain, he studied Art History. As a performer, Jacob has toured the United States with America’s longest-running classical touring company, National Players, bringing Shakespeare to cities around the country, and has performed with regional theater companies throughout the East Coast. In New York City, where he currently resides, Jacob has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway shows throughout Manhattan, and recently co-founded the Off-Off-Broadway ensemble, the American Bard Theater Company. As a filmmaker Jacob has been in the roles of either writer, director, or producer for his own films as well as the work of others. Recently, he returned from Patagonia, Argentina where he appeared as a lead role in The Son of Tango Kid, a new independent film, which he also co-wrote. Other experience includes working for several years in the financial sector as a Wall Street recruiter and as a fundraiser, helping to raise $15M for and an online executive recruiting start-up with such clients as The Blackstone Group, Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs. Additionally, Jacob has more than ten years experience as a teacher and workshop leader, having taught people of all ages in more than thirty states around the country.

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Ashley “Vontrise” Tubbs: I am from Brooklyn NY. Im an inspiring artist and song writer. I have thirteen orginal sings copywritten thus far. I sing and write both Gospel and R&B. I’ve been singing since the age of 5. I have a neo-soul/jazz style. I have auditioned for The Apollo, The Voice and Sundays Best in February 2013. Most of my singing experience takes place in church as a praise and worship leader, traveling with Sisters&Company as background vocals or participating in church functions as a soloist.

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Jamie Turndorf, PH.D.: Dr. Turndorf holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, is an internationally known emotional communication expert, relationship therapist, author and advice columnist read by millions. Known worldwide as Dr. Love, through the web, television, radio, and print, Dr. Turndorf has authored, Till Death Do Us Part (Unless I Kill You First): A Step-by-Step Guide for Resolving Relationship Conflict. Her book was endorsed by two New York Times #1 Best Selling Authors Dr. John Gray who wrote “Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus,” John Bradshaw who wrote “Homecoming” and Pulitzer Prize winning author and Harvard Professor Dr. John Mack. Dr. Turndorf is the creator of askdrlove.com, the first relationship advice site on the internet. The site has received up to three million hits per month and was voted Best of the Net and Hottest Site on the Web. At her website, she offers the world’s first searchable relationship advice database and the web’s only customized automated consultations that are tailored to users’ age, sex, gender, sexual-orientation, marital status, life situation and presenting problem. Dr. Turndorf has appeared on every major television network including, NBC, CNN, CBS, Fox, on such programs as Later Today, Fox Five, America’s Talking, Inside Edition, VH1, and many others. Her expert advice has been featured on the radio and in print on WebMD, iVillage, and in magazines and newspapers worldwide. As Founder/Director of the Center for Emotional Communication, she has spent the past twenty-five years perfecting her Core Therapy method, which enables people to unearth and heal the early wounds that interfere with our ability to establish and maintain loving relationships with others and ourselves. Dr. Turndorf is the inventor of the award-winning game, LoveQuest: The Game of Finding Mr. Right, nominated by Mensa as the “Most Creative and Intellectually Challenging Game of the Year” and voted by Fun and Games magazine as a sure winner for the international “Most Creative Game of the Year” award. She has also authored the foreword to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Affair Proof Love and co-authored The Pleasure of Your Company: A Socio-Psychological Analysis of Modern Sociability (with Emile Jean Pin). Since the recent death of Emile Jean Pin, her beloved husband of 27 years, she has discovered that relationships do not end in death. His miraculous manifestations, often in front of witnesses, have proven to her that there is life after life. Jean has asked her to tell their story to ease the two greatest and most universal fears: that of loving and losing and that of death and dying. Her experiences with him have led her to develop a groundbreaking form of grief therapy that diverges from traditional Western approach (grieve, let go and move on). By contrast, her method guides people to reconnect and, if needed, make peace with the deceased. Her story and new grief therapy method is soon to be presented in her latest book entitled Love Never Dies: How to Reconnect and Make Peace with the Deceased.

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Ian Turner: Ian Turner is a songwriter, composer, recording and performance artist, whose work re-contextualizes the roots of Orientalism and American Popular Music amidst the hyper-modernity of the 21 century. In 2012, he completed his debut solo album entitled BUKU LOVE. Mr. Turner collaborated with sound artist Julianne Swartz to makeTactile Sound Accumulation for the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of the Yayoi Kusama retrospective. He composed the score for Alexandra Eaton’s Indian neo-realist documentary Bombay Movie. Other professional works include performance as a dancer in EmmaGrace Skove-Epes’ A Lesson in French, at Judson Memorial Church. Composer and Musical Director forKock Fight Club by Daniel Fish, The Skrikerby Nat Kucinitz, and Marat / Sade by Susanna Gellert.

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Travis  Turner: An actor and live performer known for “Marley & Me : The Puppy Years” (2011) and “A Princess For Christmas” (2011), Travis Turner is a rising star in the television, film, and music worlds. His album Back To Basics is on itunes. Travis was born in the small town of Oliver, BC. He is also known as a respected business owner and entrepreneur in Vancouver, BC-

http://travislittletturner.com/

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Stacey van Hooven: Stacey is a native New Yorker who now lives in Munich, Germany. She is Vice President and General Counsel for Tissue Europe, a division of SCA Hygiene

Products SE where she is entrusted with the overall responsibility for the legal work within the Business Group. She is also the company’s European Compliance Officer. In addition to her legal work, Stacey teaches a course in U.S. Business Law at the law school in the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Stacey is a graduate of the joint CCNY/NYLS Urban Legal Studies Program. She began her legal career in 1985 as a litigator on civil commercial matters. Later, she served in City government under the leadership of Mayor Ed Koch and his successor, Mayor David Dinkins, as an investigative attorney with the New York City Department of Investigation. In 1991, she moved to Munich, Germany where she founded her own business law practice advising German clients on American law and assisting German law firms in American related corporate and commercial matters and later formed an affiliation with the law firm of Jacob & Associates. She has been with SCA since 2007. Stacey is a founding member and was the first President of Beth Shalom, the liberal Jewish community in Munich.

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Michael Veitch: Michael Veitch has been performing as a solo acoustic singer-songwriter throughout the United States and parts of the United Kingdom for over twenty years. He has opened for and shared stages with many well-recognized performers, including Shawn Colvin, Maria Muldaur, Artie Traum, John Herald, Jerry Marotta, Pete Levin and Caroline Aiken.  He has performed notably at the Newport Folk Festival (2001),  the Kerrville Folk Festival (2003),  the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival ( 2003), the Solar Fest (2006), the Telluride Folk Festival (song contest finalist 2003), the Southwest Folk Alliance (featured artist 2007) .  He has also toured as opener for Shawn Colvin ( over twenty dates). For three and a half years he was part of the “Monday Night Songwriter’s Group” in Greenwich Village, hosted by Jack Hardy (Fast Folk).   (Members of this group must write a new song each week, and the group meets each week to critique the songs.)

He has also performed numerous coffeehouse and cafe dates, as well as house concerts, radio shows, and benefits, consistently over the years.  He has performed regularly in 2010 even while working full-time as a real estate agent in Woodstock, New York.  In  [April?] 2010, he opened for Maria Muldaur before 400 in Bellows Falls, Vermont.  In May 2010 he was featured at the sold-out “Friends of Dan” festival (in honor of the journalist Daniel Pearl) in Hudson, New York.  In June 2010 he performed a two-hour solo show for a sold-out audience at a gallery in Woodstock,  New York.  Also in the summer of 2010 he played a benefit for the Rockingham, Vermont Animal Sanctuary, in addition to several cafe dates locally near his home in Woodstock, New York.  He also gave an extensive interview to Australian public radio.

Michael also has four CD titles in current distribution through CD Baby and  iTunes,  which can also be heard on folk/roots radio throughout the US and into Europe and on the Internet:  New York Journal (1998), Southern Girl (2000), Heartlander (2004) and Painted Heart (2007).  His CD Painted Heart was chosen to be included in the Pandora Music Genome Radio Project.

Please visit href=”http://www.michaelveitch.com/” for a quotes page, full biography, reviews, and other information.

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DJ Lady Verse: For DJ Lady Verse, simply being the premier female DJ in New York’s Hudson Valley doesn’t cut it. Her aim is much, much higher. Throughout her ten-year career the Woodstock-based spinstress has toiled tirelessly behind the decks, focusing hard on developing her impeccable song selection and airtight, seamless mixes; on honing her technique and use of sampling, scratching and effects to its current razor-edged perfection. Her objective? Just one. To be nothing less than the region’s best DJ—period. And it shows, night after night after night. For proof, just check the legions of orgasmically satiated dancers in the dozens of rooms that Lady Verse has rocked up and down the East Coast, from New York to L.A., Miami to the U.K. and beyond. “My main goal is to move the crowd,” says Verse “I like to mix it up. I spin anything from top 40, house, classic hip-hop, R&B, reggae, reggaeton, ’80s pop hits, whatever it takes to get the party going. I also like to play and perform my original tracks. It adds a live, organic element that you don’t get from most DJs.” Also an accomplished singer-songwriter (under the name Valen) with an innate understanding of music, Verse has a strong background in dance. She comes complete with DJ equipment and a sound system and is able to travel to gigs. So whether you’re talking clubs, parties, business events, or any other special happening you can dream up, DJ Lady Verse is ready and waiting to move your feet and blow your mind. Word.

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Mr. Vertlieb: Mr. Vertlieb holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Vassar College,  Poughkeepsie New York. Mr. Vertlieb has been living and working in Asia for the past 25 years, covering countries such as Japan, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore. He has held senior management positions in Price Waterhouse as an International Tax Consultant, Chase Manhattan Bank as a Private Banker, Bloomberg L.P. in business development and as a Director of The Economist Group Asia Pacific, with overall responsibility for The Economist Corporate Network in Asia. Mr. Vertlieb was previously the Managing Director of Maveric Ltd. a listed company on the Singapore Stock Exchange and oversaw the sale of the company and then the acquisition of another company.  He has been an Enrolled Tax Agent with the US Internal Revenue Service and Certified Financial Planner. Harris currently is an entrepreneur specializing in bringing small and growing software technology companies to Asia based out of Singapore.

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Joan M. Vitello, PH.D., RN, FAAN, FAHA, NEA-BC: Dr. Joan Vitello has over 30 years experience in hospital organizations ranging from a clinical staff nurse to most recently where she served as the System VP and Chief Nursing Officer for Hallmark Health System and for her last 8 months there as the Chief Operating Officer for Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, MA. She is now an independent consultant specializing in leadership development, appreciative inquiry, positivity training and coaching, emotional intelligence skills building and service excellence. During her tenure in health care, Joan has championed the value of collaboration and the need to build linkages with other disciplines outside nursing to ensure the overall excellence of patient care. She has combined her clinical expertise with a formal educational background in organizational development. With this expertise, Joan has consulted on leadership development, emotional intelligence, positive emotions, systems thinking and strategic planning. She has consulted with the Boston Public Schools system in regards to curriculum development of their health careers academy. In addition, Dr. Vitello has served as a consultant to 3M Healthcare, Hewlett-Packard, Kontron Cardiovascular Inc., Wilkes Barre General Hospital, Georgetown University, Mount Sinai Hospital, Maine Medical Center, Northeastern University and Regis College School of Nursing and hospitals in England, India, China and Israel, among others. Joan is passionate that in order to find meaningful work, people must be appreciative of the talents they can bring to their work. She is studying positive emotions and how we as human beings can improve upon on our positive words, images and actions. She is also proud of the fact that she wants to help develop young aspiring leaders to become more effective leaders through self-reflection, coaching and feedback. Joan has served as the 25th President of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the world’s largest nursing specialty organization. She has also served on various other health care boards and not-for-profit boards and was recently the President of the Visions of a Better World Foundation. Joan was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and as a Fellow of the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing. Joan received her associate degree from Massasoit Community College, her BSN from the University of Massachusetts and was awarded her MSN from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in Cardiovascular/Critical Care. She received her M.A.in Organizational Development and her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from The Fielding Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Her dissertation research explored the leadership practices and emotional intelligence of nursing leaders. An internationally recognized author, lecturer, researcher, Joan has received numerous awards and recognitions in healthcare. Her most recent honor came early this year as she named the “2009 Living Legend in Massachusetts Nursing” by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses.

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Cary Waldman: Cary Waldman is a New York City-based benefits consultant with Aflac, the nation’s largest voluntary supplement health insurance company. With over 50 million clients and nearly 500,000 businesses nationwide, Aflac prides itself in affording its clients a financial safety should they become sick, have an accident or are disabled. Cary’s Brooklyn district office is annually among the country’s largest in production and in attaining new clients. Aflac’s diversified benefits programs are designed to supplement all major medical coverages. It pays cash benefits directly to its clients, who in turn can use the money to pay their deductibles and co-payments or even use it for mortgage or car payments and even food. With nearly three decades as a  professional journalist working for several major metropolitan newspapers in Florida and Georgia, Cary’s training has enabled him to become a skilled people person, something that has brought immediate success to his new career. Cary is also presently working on a children’s chapter book and in developing New York City’s largest youth soccer tournament that will bring teams to the Big Apple from around the world. Cary’s hobbies include all water sports, racquetball, paddle ball, squash, working out and animal watching. Cary’s enjoy working for charities, not-for-profit organizations and at homeless shelters in his spare time. Cary and his wife Helene live in Williamsburg in Brooklyn.

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Renée E. Warren: Renée E. Warren is the president of Arielle-Wren, Inc. and co-founder of Noelle-Elaine Media, Inc. She has been able to incorporate all of her passions under one umbrella; from real estate to event planning to mentoring and teaching young minds — she manages it all.

Under her two nationally recognized firms, she has worked with: Ariel Mutual Funds, BET, BTV247, Charles Schwab, Citibank, Cricket mobile phones, Black Enterprise magazine, Essence, Joint Center Health Policy Institute, MONEY magazine, Disney & Disney Channel, L’Oreal, Mitchell & Titus, LLP, The National Association of Black Accountants, The National Cancer Institute, The National Association Black MBA Association, The National Urban League, Pepsi, Porter Novelli, The SCOOTER Store, The Steve Harvey Foundation, UNCF and Williams Capital Group to mention a few.

Prior to creating her companies, she worked for CNBC, Dow Jones & Company, WTKR-TV (CBS), The Daily Press, The Virginian-Pilot and often wrote for Black Enterprise and Essence magazines.

She is the co-author of You Buy the Peanut Butter, I’ll Get the Bread, The Absolutely True Adventures of Best Friends in Business and is an Adjunct/Assistant Professor at New York University where she teaches Social Media & Event Public Relations.

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Andre Washington:  Andre Washington is on the verge of creating one of the most versatile and prolific careers in the professional speakers industry — combining entrepreneurship, with personal development and a strong sense of obligation.

As a youth his living conditions in the small rural town of Brandywine, MD were tough forcing him to wonder, “Is this all life has to offer?” He lived without indoor plumbing or running water until he went away to college in 1984. Through books and role models, his mind was opened to a world filled with winners. Though not first in all his endeavors, Andre realized that winning was obtainable, which made him focus on lessons learned. He resolved to be a champion for the rest of his life.

Having made a mental transformation from poor to broke to achieving wealth, Andre understands that winning is paramount. His mission now is to make certain that others understand what “winning” really is.

A man of many talents – author, professional speaker, corporate trainer and business therapist. Andre is passionate in his beliefs and the desire to better himself and others.

From 2000 Andre hosted two radio shows, “Andres All About Business Show” and “Love and Happiness” a relationship program. In 2011, he released a book entitled, “Yes You Can!” It is an introspective look into real mastery of ones life.   With a background in business therapy and sales he has managed offices of Fortune 100 companies motivating his staff to perform at record levels by following his leadership and direction. His professional accomplishments are plentiful but Andre considers his greatest achievement to be his family…

Indeed, fatherhood has spurred Washington to carve his niche in the world of Content Speaking. As an (educational) Human Development Speaker/teacher, Andre delivers a message that serves as a frontlet for direction and spurs individuals to action.

A man of empathy and compassion combined with assertiveness and armed with a definite action plan for success, Andre began sharing these gems through public speaking in1988.

He leaves his audiences not only energized for action but also prepared and grasping for more. His primary message is simple in its logic and content, and the application is challenging. It is to simply “Think, Assess, and Execute”. Whatever it is in life, rest assured you can accomplish it. His advice and direction will positively impact both your personal and professional life.

He has trained multitudes of people in sales, teaching, customer service and the art of listening. Now, he shares on a grander scale the ideas and concepts that will improve your mental outlook on life and self, whether you are tackling finances or struggling with life altering issues.

His instruction and information does more than motivate — it demonstrates and reveals the outcome of applying his philosophy to achieve empowerment and motivation.

Do not miss a chance to sit and listen to one of the greatest speaking phenomenon’s found in this century. This is not a common rag to riches story – this is the truth about life’s formulas and how to utilize them to a positive end. “Yes You Can!”

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Dr. Jody Whitehouse: Dr. Jody Whitehouse a Board Certified psychiatrist, has worked in private practice since 1989. She received her medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1983 and completed a Psychiatric Residency at the University of Maryland, in 1987. She completed a Psychiatric Fellowship in 1988 at the Medical College of Virginia in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. From 1996 to 2008, Dr. Whitehouse served as the Medical Director of Centra PC, a large multidisciplinary practice in Marlton, New Jersey. In 2008, she relocated her practice to Philadelphia, where she serves on the Clinical Staff at Pennsylvania Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania and maintains a full-time private practice.

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David Whiting:  I have been a business consultant for 8 years. I am a Registered Investment Advisor. Focused on Retirement Plan Consulting. I offer businesses a free Retirement Plan Analysis Study so they can determine where your retirement plan is ranked, possible alternatives, potential cost savings, various investment options. A plan review of fees and investments can save you money, keep your plan in compliance, and review your fiduciary responsibilities which have been increased in 2012.
For employees in a retirement plan, the 401k optimizer gives you personalized advise on how to invest in your company plan. Also many employees do not take advantage of penalty-free self-directed brokerage and self-directed IRA’s where they can select their own investment options that have the opportunity outperform the returns in their companies plan. If you are over 59 & 1/2 you can do even more! I educate and inform individuals on getting more out of their 401k plan for a more secure future.
Experienced in Finance and Tax Consulting of Fortune 500 & Private Companies for 20 years in the Public & Private Sector. Registered Investment Adviser. My skills include: Excellent writing and verbal communication skills. Strong finance and tax technical knowledge and research expertise. Ability to manage and grow strong client relationships. I also have the ability to quickly learn different types of accounting software and detect problems in audit and tax compliance. Worked as a Senior Tax Auditor for The State of California for 10 years. Worked as a Financial Auditor for the State of New York for 6 years. Also 8 years consulting in Various tax departments for medium and large corporations in NYC area. Finance/Accounting professional with over 20 years experience as a Tax Accountant/Auditor. Passed SERIES 65 UNIFORM INVESTMENT ADVISER LAW EXAM (IAR).Certified Master in Taxation (CMI) Member Sarbanes Oxley Compliance Professional Association.Specialties: financial, fiduciary, estates, trusts, auditing, budgeting, CertCapture, concise, data entry, file management, financial, general ledger, legal, microsoft access, microsoft excel, microsoft office, microsoft word, payroll processing, pdf, personnel, policy analysis, quickbooks, quicken, research, reuters, sales, sarbanesoxley, shipping, sound, spreadsheets, supervisory skills, tax planning, vertex, year end accounts.

Karen Whitman: Karen Whitman is a Woodstock, NY printmaker, specializing in linoleum block prints. She has a BFA in Printmaking from State University of New York at Buffalo and has also studied at The Art Students League in New York City. She has exhibited extensively throughout the country and has won numerous regional and national awards. Whitman is a member of The Society of American Graphic Artists, Audubon Artists, Allied Artists of America, The National Association of Women Artists, and the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. The prints of Karen Whitman were featured in the December, 2002 issue of American Artist Magazine. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in America. Karen and her husband Richard Pantell are co-directors of Bearsville Graphics Art Gallery in Woodstock, featuring contemporary fine prints and ceramics.

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Janice Whitney: Janice Whitney, J.D., obtained her law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1980. She attended that State University of New York at Binghamton, graduating with a BA in political science from Harpur College in December 1976. Janice received New York State certification as a Unified Court System Dispute Resolution Mediator in 1994. She also has Alternative Dispute Resolution certificates from Harvard University, the American Arbitration Association, the Environmental Law Institute and the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute.  Janice is an author, published by Cambridge University, England and has served as an advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Director and to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Carol Browner during a detail as her Special Assistant. She has more than a decade of experience as a teacher, trainer for EPA, including course offerings at EPA’s National Enforcement Training Institute (a/k/a NETI) and the Federal Executive Institute Center for Executive Leadership. Ms. Whitney began her career at EPA as an Assistant Regional Counsel before joining the Indian Program where she served as an Environmental Protection Specialist at the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2 offices located in New York City. She was selected to serve on a two year detail reporting to Headquarters, as the Lead Region Coordinator for the entire National Indian program. She now serves as Consultation Specialist tasked with designing, developing, delivering, managing and evaluating a comprehensive environmental training curriculum and consultation program and developing implementation guidelines and tools for the national Tribal Consultation Policy and providing recommendations on implementation policy issues in accordance with President Clinton and Obama’s Executive Orders. Before coming to work for EPA, Ms. Whitney worked in private law practice specializing in corporate, intellectual property, civil rights and entertainment law from 1980 to 1990. She was an Adjunct Professor with Manhattanville College, Pace University. She worked at Arista Records and served as counsel for Record Plant Studios in NYC. She is also an attorney in good standing with the NYS Bar Association and a long-standing member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Tony Wilkes: Tony Wilkes is a man with experience that runs wide and deep in the performing arts. Tony trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Fashion Institute of Technology and the Mayer School of Fashion Design. Over the past twenty years, Tony has formed and operated several successful ventures, including L.A.W. Entertainment, L.A.W. Productions, Inc. and L.A.W. Recordings, an independent record label. Tony has produced forty or more productions during this time, including plays and video productions in locations such as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. In the costume world, he has designed more than sixty plays, as well as being in residence at Rutgers University and East Lynn Theatre Company. He also worked on such shows as Cyrano, Les Miserables, Damn Yankees, On The Water Front, Swinging on a Star, Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk, all on Broadway in the wardrobe department.

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Wendy R. Williams: Wendy R. Williams is a Private Mortgage Banker with Wells Fargo. She has been in the mortgage business for twelve years. Wendy is also a licensed New York Real Estate Broker and a Texas licensed CPA. In her “spare” time, Wendy edits and writes for www.newyorkcool.com, an online zine that covers “New York from every perspective.”

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Saundi Wilson: Saundi Wilson, the son of prolific drummer Phillip Wilson (Art Ensemble of Chicago, Butterfield Blues Band), was born and raised in Brüknahm (Brooklyn, NY). Saundi- which is Finnish slang for “sound”(or “beat”)- started playing the guitar at age five, but it wasn’t until his sophomore year at Brooklyn Technical High School that he discovered the “wheels of steel”. Saundi went on to DJ over 200 shows for his rap group (System X), but more importantly, got his first taste of music production. In 1992, Saundi was accepted to the music program at S.U.N.Y. Purchase where he learned to read, write, compose, analyze music. The free-for-all environment at Purchase allowed the self diagnosed eclecto-maniac to spread his wings. Saundi was adorned with numerous awards and accolades, including the Thayer Fellowship (given to one artist in NY State each year) and President’s Award. Saundi immediately became active in film and television writing music for A&E, CBS, ABC, and Disney as well as numerous short films. He then entered the masters program at NYU for film scoring where he was awarded Best Original Score at the NYU Film Festival. Saundi would go on to score his first feature film, Manito , which garnered honors at several festivals, most notably the Sundance and South by Southwest Film Festivals. Since it’s theatrical release (by Film Movement), it has been licensed to HBO, Showtime and the Independent Film Channel.

After NYU, Saundi began creating The Brüknahm Project with Sebastian Bardin, a former classmate from Purchase. Their first LP (self-titled) was released on Knitting Factory Records to critical acclaim and has been licensed to twelve different shows, including MTV’s Real World and Jersey Shore. The Brüknahm Project completed two European tours performing on some of Europe’s greatest stages (i.e. North Sea, Jazz a Vienne). After their tremendous success in Europe, the duo packed up and moved to Paris, where they began working on their second album. Brüknahm was commissioned by Universal (France) to produce tracks for Algerian star Khaled, not to mention two remixes for the Japanese sensation AIR on the LP On My Way (EMI/Capitol). Saundi continued to lay down his eclectic groove as DJ Saundi in various locales in Europe as well as his monthly Brooklyn Zoo parties in Paris. It was also during this period that he developed a love for photography.

Saundi eventually moved back to the U.S., (Los Angeles) importing his Brooklyn Zoo franchise to L.A. hot spots Little Temple and The Standard Hotel. After co-producing the debut album of budding Canadian star Jessica Brooks (Bungalow 7), and producing tracks for bluegrass artist Claire Holley, Saundi began to develop his solo collection – Los Angeles. He also began to become more focused on music licensing. Saundi’s music continues to be placed on MTV’s most popular programs (i.e. Jersey Shore, Beavis and Butthead), as well as hit shows like the CW’s Nikita, and BBC’s Top Gear. He signed a sub-publishing deals with Stephen Arnold Music, VQ Creative, and Crucial Music shortly before leaving California.

In 2010, Saundi to moved back to New York. He reunited with his Brüknahm collborator, Mr.Bardin, and they completed their second album- City of Light, which has recently been released worldwide by Believe Digital. Saundi has also begun to turn his passion for photography into a new career. He has had a photo chosen as a Smithsonian Magazine editor’s pick. His work has been featured in the NY Photo Festival Capture Brooklyn exhibit at Powerhouse Arena, and most recently at the Sony World Photography Exhibit (at Somerset House, London)- the World Photography Organisation selected Saundi’s work from 52,323 images selected from 171 countries.

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Dusty Wright: I landed in New York City after graduating from the University of Akron with a B.A. in Communication & Rhetoric. My first job was at the storied talent agency William Morris. I eventually worked my way up the agent-in-training ladder and was finally christened a “Televison” agent and promptly transferred to Beverly Hills. I was in charge of shows like The Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, game shows, variety shows, award Shows(Grammys, Academy Awards) and more. After four years I tired of agenting insanity and I decided it was time to purse my own career. From managing rap acts (The Nazty Boyz, Gang Starr) to creating and manufacturing Safety Shorts (unisex boxer shorts with condom pockets), I worked a freelancer on various entrepreneurial activities in and around the entertainment industry, but finally began pursuing a journalism/writing career. As a journalist, I was the last editor-in-chief of the legendary rock ’n’ roll periodical Creem Magazine and the publisher/editor of Prince’s magazine New Power Generation. I was also the American editor of the London-based pop-culture magazine Don’t Tell It. As a freelancer I’ve written editorials, reviews, and stories for People, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, In Fashion, Penthouse, Juxtapoz, Self, Details, Cover, Qi Journal, Women’s Sports & Fitness, Fitness & Health, Fitness, Seventeen, and numerous websites including cdnow.com, figgle.com, rouze.com, emerge.com, and now.com. I was the on-air personality/producer for the UK-based MP3-TV-The Pulse for News of The World, a simultaneous live Web/TV program providing pop culture and music critiques. I co-hosted two rock radio segments for WDST-FM and WNEW-FM. Since 2005, I’ve run the smart culture website Dusty Wright’s Culture Catch (CultureCatch.com). My webcast The Dusty Wright Show features over 200 celebrity interviews with folks like Kevin Bacon, Laura Dern, Ron Howard, Tilda Swinton, GoreVidal, et al. The site also features thousands of written reviews in all areas of arts. I’vealso penned six screenplays including the romantic comedy Christopher on Columbus. My indie feature The Gentleman Bandit was screened at the AFM and Malibu Film Festivals and released internationally. I was the Music Consultant for the Johnny Depp movie Secret Window. In television, I’ve worked for the NBA, ESPN, MLB, HBO, Showtime, Lifetime, etc. I worked on the award-winning ESPN documentary series The Season: SEC Football and filmed behind-the-scenes stories about life in Division I college football. Currently I’m the head writer for CeeLo Green’s Talking To Strangers for Fuse TV. I co-produced the award-winning PBS documentary Wildwood Days featuring Bruce Willis, Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, and many others. And finally as singer/songwriter, I have released four critically lauded CDs of “maximumAmericana” music, and one with the cello-driven folk-rock quartet GIANTfingers. My music has been featured on TV and in film (Ghost Town, Just Add Water). I’ve just released my new solo album entitled If We Never… I’m a BMI and NARAS (Grammy) member. Practicing Tai Chi for years keeps me centered and allows for me to multitask. My wife Bobbie Lloyd (president of Magnolia Bakery) and I have two children, an English Setter Nikki, and an extensive music library. We live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and frolic in Riverside and Central Park.

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Andrea Wolper: Vocalist, songwriter, and recording artist Andrea Wolper is a respected member of the New York jazz and improvised music communities. Andrea performs regularly in the New York area, and tours nationally and internationally. She leads her own jazz group, The Andrea Wolper Trio / Quartet, is a member of the improvising trio, “TranceFormation,” with Connie Crothers and Ken Filiano, and appears as a guest artist with numerous other artists and ensembles. Andrea teaches vocal technique, does performance coaching, and leads workshops and master classes. One of her original songs is the 5th most downloaded track of all time at AllAboutJazz.com (click here; it’s free! http://snipr.com/aaj-freedownload). Andrea is a President Emerita of International Women in Jazz, and served as an Advisor to the Jazz Vocal Coalition.  In addition to her musical endeavors, Andrea is a former freelance writer, with books and numerous articles to her credit, including the first-of-its-kind collection, “Women’s Rights, Human Rights: International Feminist Perspectives” (co-editor, Julie S. Peters; Routledge, 1994). Andrea is a lifelong human rights activist. Originally from California, Andrea resides in Brooklyn, NY. For more about information, including performance schedule, or to send an email, please visit  www.AndreaWolper.com

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Emily Wolper: Emily Wolper founded E. Wolper, Inc. Admissions Consulting in 1999 after having served as an admissions officer at Columbia University. Ms. Wolper, who holds a BA in religion from Vassar College and an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University, consults privately to both undergraduate and graduate applicants and their families, sharing with them the knowledge that she has gained during her years on the admissions side and throughout her consulting career. She is a frequent speaker and facilitator of workshops and is very passionate about helping students discover their interests through extracurricular activities. Emily is the former President of the Vassar Club of New York. Under her leadership, the club grew significantly and developed new and compelling programming, reaching all generations of Vassar Alumnae/i. She is a professional singer, avid crafter and leadership volunteer. She works with teens at the Red Cross in her hometown of Morristown, NJ, and she is an active member of and frequent soloist in the award winning Harmonium Choral Society. Emily is also a proud member of In Good Company Workspaces, a workspace and community for women entrepreneurs.

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Jan Yager: Jan Yager, Ph.D.s 31 books in 28 languages include Creative Time ManagementCreative Time Management for the New Millennium365 Daily Affirmations for Time Management; and Work Less, Do More: The 14-Day Productivity Makeover; Grow Global; Productive Relationships; Effective Business and Nonfiction Writing; 365 Daily Affirmations for Happiness; When Friendship Hurts; Friendshifts; 125 Ways to Meet the Love of Your Life, 365 Daily Affirmations for Friendship (forthcoming), among others including a children’s book, The Cantaloupe Cat, and several novels such as the thrillerJust Your Everyday People and her first solo novel, The Pretty One. Her articles have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and online including The New York Times, Parade, consumeraffairs.com, Newsday, Family Circle, Redbook, Glamour, Opera News, Los Angeles Times, Better Homes & Gardens,Harper’s, the Wall Street Journal online, and other publications.

A sociologist, speaker, workshop leader, and coach, Jan’s areas of expertise include business topics — time management, business protocol, international business, business writing, business relationships—, relationship issues — friendship, romantic relationships — and books — how to write a book from scratch, finding an agent, getting published by a traditional publisher or self-publishing, foreign rights, and book promotion.

Dr. Yager’s academic credentials include a Ph.D. in sociology from The City University of New York with a pre-doctoral fellowship in medical sociology with the National Science Foundation, a year of graduate work in art therapy at Hahnemann Medical College, as well as an M.A. in criminal justice from Goddard College Graduate Program under the mentorship of the late sociologist and criminologist Dr. Arthur Niederhoffer of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has taught over the years at several colleges and universities including The New School, Temple University, the New York Institute of Technology, St. John’s University, Penn State, and, most recently, the University of Connecticut.

Yager has been interviewed extensively by major media including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Sunday Morning, CNN, and Nightline, including several international author tours to Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, and throughout the UK.

Published by major houses, including Simon & Schuster, Inc. and Facts on File, Inc., Dr. Yager has also run her own independent publishing company since 1996, Hannacroix Creek Books, Inc. (http://www.hannacroixcreekbooks.com)

Dr. Yager and her husband Fred, who live in Fairfield County, Connecticut, have two grown sons and a grandson. For more information on Jan Yager, or to read her blogs on a variety of topics, go to: www.drjanyager.com orhttp://www.drjanyager.com/blog or http://www.whenfriendshiphurts.com. Follow her tweets on twitter: @drjanyager or @hannacroixcreek

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Nikolay Yamakawa: Nikolay is a project manager at the International Access Corporation, specializing in a variety of projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and nuclear energy fields. Nikolay is especially interested in the lithium battery and smart grid technology sectors, which he follows on daily basis in order to compile monthly news letters for clients. Prior to his current job, Nikolay worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Daratech Inc, supporting research and marketing activities in tax and Computer Aided Design/Engineering (CAD/CAE).

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Dennis Yerry: Dennis Yerry is a musician, composer, arranger and musical director whose career has encompassed a myriad of musical genres.  Known primarily as a Native American composer and producer he has recently returned to his jazz / cabaret roots. Dennis is of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) heritage and is well known in Native American music circles for his contemporary compositions incorporating traditional Native American music and instrumentation.  He composed and musical directed the theatrical production of “Black Elk Speaks” in Denver, CO and L.A., in which he also performed.  His film and TV credits include performances for the Ken Burn’s documentaries, “Lewis and Clark” and “The West”. As a pianist, he has played at such well-known venues in NYC as the Knickerbocker, the Waldorf Astoria, Tavern on the Green and the Sign of the Dove.  Throughout his career he has been called upon to accompany a large variety of performers from Borscht Belt singers to tap dancers and comedians. He is currently the Director of World Music for the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice and Musical Director/Composer for Unto These Hills, the outdoor drama in Cherokee, N.C. He also is an adjunct music instructor at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, teaching jazz piano and improvisation as well as Native American flute.

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Catherine Yi: Originally hailing from the Bay Area, is a freshman at University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in Music History with a minor in Music Industry. Past experience includes writing for several affluent music blogs and interning at a recording studio in San Francisco. She is currently a member of the UCLA Regent Scholar Society, which represents the top 1.5% of the university, the Undergraduate Business Society, UCLA’s largest business organization,  UCLA Radio, College Music Journal’s best student-run, Internet-only station of 2012, and The Daily Bruin, one of the country’s leading student newspapers since 1919.

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Jack Young: Jack Young is President of Jack Young Personnel Services, Inc.  The company is a contract, contingency search firm specializing in search assignments for automotive, finance, and diversified manufacturing companies.  Jack has been an executive recruiter since 1986 and President of his firm since 1991.  The firm handles senior management level assignments such as: CEO, CFO, President, General Manager, VP Sales and Marketing, VP Operations, VP Finance, and a variety of staff director and management level positions. Jack Young has successfully filled senior management positions both domestically and internationally for both privately held and publicly owned clients. A graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo, Jack and his family reside on Long Island. A past Executive Board member of APCNY (Association of Personnel Consultants of New York), and an active member of several community based organizations, and advisory board member to non-profit foundations, Jack believes that the wealth of opportunities ahead are made possible by the sharing of experiences from your past.

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Dr. Alina Yurkovsky: Dr. Alina Yurkovsky is a school and clinical psychologist as well as a life coach. She is the Director of Student Services at Montclair Kimberley Academy, a prep school in Montclair, NJ, where she works as school psychologist and oversees all the social/emotional issues for  Pre-K through 12th grade. She works with children and adults on a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, social anxiety, ADHD. She helps with living through, learning from and healing major life events such as divorce, career transitions, as well as the grief and mourning process. Dr. Yurkovsky is trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Relational Self Psychology (psychoanalytic approach) and Focusing (great for creative, “right brain” thinkers). She has worked at a variety of prep schools including The Dalton School, The Dwight-Englewood School and currently, Montclair Kimberley Academy. She also trained at Bellevue hospital and did several years of post-doctoral training at several psychoanalytic institutes in New York City.

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Lisa Zari: Lisa is founder/president of Zari International. She has now added a new division to her already versatile agency — ‘Z’ Woman Designs — helping her growing array of clients, here and abroad, develop their own brand distinction through logo design and public relations. Lisa also heads Zari Intl Productions, a division which specializes in photo shoots (pre and post production) for global clients. Her company deals with a full range of services — studio rentals, insurance, equipment, catering, permits, and usage negotiations. It guides, consults and aides creative teams with casting, talent, and location scouting. The company’s clients in Belgium include Blue Water and Green Grass. Prior to this, Lisa was a Photographer’s Representative / Independent Contractor at Creative Management Agency, managing the careers of 10 leading photographers, while launching new talent. Her efforts resulted in sales growth of 25%. Her duties, which included negotiating of all legal usage of photography, entailed working with art buyers and editors on layouts.She also organizied breakfast portfolio reviews at ad agencies. Her clients included: Bank of America, Merck, Make a Wish Foundation, and Verizon. Photographers she represented were Jim Erickson, Alaister Thain, Olaf Veltman, Markku, and Henrik Halvarsson. Lisa’s first business venture was Zari International USA / Europa, a photographic and multi- talent agency. She managed the careers of 15 photographers, as well as numerous make-up artists, hair stylists, and fashion / prop stylists. Her art division represented popular editorial Illustrators. Her work included brand development, advertising placement, assignment negociation, interviews, and staff develpoment. Clients included: La Perla, Neiman Marcus, Cosmair, Parker Pens, Kodak, Sony Music and Relvon. Some of the well known photographers were Joyce Tenneson, Marc Hauser and Regis Fialaire. Prior to this, Lisa Zari traveled the globe as a fashion model, working with leading international modeling agencies, and appearing in various ad campaigns, publications, and commercials.

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Greg Zilboorg: Greg Zilboorg is a trumpeter/composer whose work ventures into many styles including of contemporary music.   He currently leads the afrobeat orchestra The Sogo Takeover  and the creative music group Shouting Dog. He also plays in the klezmer group Bubbeleh, the world music ensemble Mahadev and participates in many diverse performance and recording projects.  He received his B.Mus in Jazz Studies from the Oberlin Conservatory in 2009 and his M.F.A. as a Performer/Composer from CalArts in 2011.  When he isn’t playing music, Greg can usually be found with his face planted squarely into a book, or walking through nature, lost in thought.

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Matthew Zimmer: Matt is currently the Director of Research for Magni Asset Management where he oversees the research process for a group of global equity funds covering over 40 countries.  Prior to joining Magni he was the Chief Operating Officer for eStandards Forum, a website which tracked the compliance of countries with international financial standards.  He was involved in all aspects of the start-up and ongoing operation of eStandards from its founding in 2000, including methodology development, outreach to governments, oversight of the research process, publishing of a weekly report, and design of the website.  Prior to joining eStandards Forum, he worked as a Program Officer for the Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee, a consultancy and advisory firm on issues related to the reform of the global financial architecture. From 1995-1997 he worked as a Business Development volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Ukraine.  Mr. Zimmer has a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, a Master of Business of Administration from Pace University, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Florida.  He is fluent in English and speaks conversational Russian.

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Ric Zivic: Executive Producer Ric Zivic, a Grammy nominated Producer and Composer and President of Z Entertainment, under whose banner he acted as Executive Producer, for the critically acclaimed holiday film “The Christmas Secret,” starring Beau Bridges and Richard Thomas, which was the highest rated film on CBS for the year it premiered, and now lives on as a favorite Christmas classic on ABC Family and TMC. Ric has been an Executive Producer on many feature and Independent films, among them “Civil Unrest,” “The Garden,” and “Zoo.”  Currently, Ric is Executive Producer on the CGI feature film “The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t,” based on the classic Ogden Nash book, and to be directed by special effects wizard, Pat Corbitt, for a 2012 release. Ric is the Executive in charge of Post and Music for the Hit TV Series “Overhaulin”, which presently airs on Discovery and TLC, and is enjoying a successful multi-year run.  As a Producer he recently completed shooting, designing and editing trailers for a number of new television shows including “Electric Planet,” “Project Dream,” “The Young Explorers,” and “Wakatobi: The Reef That Time Forgot.” Ric is also Executive Producer on the highly anticipated global Eco Documentary “Winds of Change” which will be released internationally in 2011, in association with IEEE.

Ric in association with partner Pat Corbitt and Unreal Productions, released the CGI direct-to DVD “How the Hampsters Saved Winter,” based on the wildly popular Internet phenomenon, “Hampsterdance.”  Ric composed the new Hampster hit singles, “Time to Party” (iTunes) and “Calling All Kids,” which debuted to rave reviews on XM Satellite Radio. Additional tunes are slated to track the releases of Hampsterdance TV Series, feature film, and DVD Hampster products. Zivic began his career as a producer/composer in Pennsylvania and, in 1980, moved to New York to pursue a recording career.  He landed a major record deal on Polydor Records in the ‘80s with a group called 3-D and, along with producer Ken Scott (David Bowie, Supertramp), proceeded to write, co-produce and record two critically-acclaimed albums and videos, launching the cult classic hit songs “X-Ray Eyes” and “All Night Television.”  He, also, toured with major groups, such as  The Cars, The J. Geils Band, Eddie Money and The Ramones.   Ric also appeared on MTV’s Video Countdown, along with live performances on Saturday Night Live with musical co-host Paul McCartney. In 1996, Ric started his own production company and created Z Music and Z Entertainment.  Today, Z is located in both New York and Los Angeles, and has grown into a prominent recording and production facility.  His studios offer complete state-of-the-art digital and analog recording, as well as film audio post and foley.  From here, Ric Produced and created the Sound Design and Score for the popular series of specials “UFO’s and Aliens: The Search For the Truth,” and “The Human Canvas,” for TLC and the Discovery Network.

Zivic has been scoring and producing Ad Campaigns for clients such as Kodak, Merrill Lynch, Revlon and American Express, as well as composing and producing for major record labels like, BMG, Polygram and Warner Brothers.  He has also been nominated and received Clio and Ace Awards, as well.   Ric has written and produced 5 albums, and has produced soundtracks for numerous film and series, including “Casper the Friendly Ghost,” “The Double Dragon” and “Amazing Adventures.”  He has, also, written and produced soundtracks for many successful youth and toy broadcast campaigns for clients such as TYCO, Mattel, Toy Biz, Kenner and Hasbro and scored the themes for the hugely successful “Sky Dancers” and “Dragonflyz” toy campaigns and network TV series.  He produced and composed the score and songs for the animated film “White Fang,” plus the sound design and post-production for the animated film “The Ten Commandments” and produced and sound-designed the popular home video series “Kideo,” as well.

During the course of his career, Ric has developed terrific relationships with Networks, Syndicators and Advertisers.  He, also, has an outstanding relationship with PBS for whose PBS Masters’ Series he has post-produced, composed and sound-designed, along with complete post-digital mixes, including “Danny Kaye, A Legacy of Laughter” hosted by Hugh Downs, “Bobby Darin, Beyond the Song” and “Crossing The Line” starring Jackie Mason and Raoul Felder.  And, Zivic’s association with record labels, such as Warner Bros, Sony, Polygram, Geffen and RCA has a 15-year history in recording, music, video and publishing capacities. With his production expertise taking off, Ric was asked to produce and write all the songs and the music score for the hit TV series “Bingo and Molly” which aired on “The Learning Channel”.  A 3-record set was released from the series and the first, “You Can Do It,” was nominated for a Grammy.  The Series also received a Daytime Emmy and a Golden Eagle Award for Children’s programming. Currently, Ric is a Producer, along with Lead Producer Jerry Goehring, for the upcoming new Broadway musical of the Warner Brother’s classic film “A Christmas Story.” – www.ricandtedproductions.com

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Liz Zwiebel: Liz Zwiebel, a native of Woodstock, New York, began performing at the young age of 5 at the New York Conservatory of the Arts (NYCA) and the Woodstock Youth Theatre. A Bachelor of the Arts graduate at Keene State College, she has moved to NYC where she is currently acting, writing, producing, and directing. Liz has worked for My Damn Channel, J&V Films, Maker Studios, and is a Producer for the Woodstock Comedy Festival. You can reach her at ezwiebel9@gmail.com or her twitter account: @eczwiebel.

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Alan Zwirn: A career Music Educator within the NYC Public School System, Alan Zwirn earned the position of Director of the Brooklyn All– Borough Chorus, a part of the city – wide “Salute To Music Program”. His musical school groups (performing Show Choirs long before the “Glee” format became popular)  “toured” each spring, performing at choral venues in cities ranging from London and Paris, to Detroit, Toronto, Chicago, Cleveland, Orlando, Philadelphia, Washington, DC., and Los Angeles.  Over the years, these student performers also appeared in two professional Broadway Musicals in the role of “Children’s Choir” (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Christmas Carol) as well as at numerous venues within the five Boroughs including City Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City, and the three major professional sports venues.  Mr. Zwirn has enjoyed the opportunity to teach music to young students, preparing them for specialized Middle and High School programs, as well as training aspiring teachers at the Undergraduate and Post – Graduate levels.  He is currently working with Long Island University as a mentor in the Teaching Fellows Program.   Additionally, Alan plays both piano and guitar, and is a composer of both children’s and contemporary popular songs.

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Amanda Zwirn:

Amanda has been involved in stage productions at French Woods Camp since age  nine. In June, 2010 she graduated from NYC’s Firorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, majoring in Technical Theatre, where she worked on major productions in dance, musical theatre and drama.  In her spare time she has volunteered her theatre skills to a local non-profit community theatre organization in her neighborhood of Rockaway Beach.  She is currently a sophomore at The Hartt School, a performing arts conservatory at the University of Hartford, majoring in Performing Arts Management. She plans on seeking a career in television production.

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