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May 24, 2016

A “celebrity photographer who also photographs celebrities”, Russel Wong is one of the most profiled photographers in Singapore and Asia.  He enjoys the acclaim of being the first Singaporean to break into the notoriously difficult Hollywood movie industry, and is also among the elite photographers commissioned to photograph covers for Time magazine.

From his beginnings in sports photography covering world record miler Sebastian Coe, Russel went on to carry out coveted photographic work for Nike, capturing luminaries including Carl Lewis, Mary Decker and John McEnroe.  A Fine Arts degree in Photography from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles followed, and it was then that Russel began to establish a name for himself in international fashion photography, working for the world-renown Elite Modeling Agency.

His celebrity fashion spreads for the Los Angeles Times opened the door to working with top celebrities like Joan Chen, Isabella Rossellini, Oliver Stone, Paloma Picasso, Michael Jackson, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Glenn Close, David Lynch, Bruce Willis, and Jackie Chan.  In developing a signature style amidst this highly competitive culture of fashion photography, Russel strove to distinguish his work by re-defining and re-styling the images of these glamorous figures with greater depth, texture and imagination.  Supermodels, designers and musicians soon populated his portfolio – Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Amber Valetta, Kenzo, Anna Sui, Yo Yo Ma, and Luciano Pavarotti.

The establishment of his photographic studio in Singapore in 1989 brought in accounts with Raffles Hotel, Singapore Airlines, Cartier, American Express, Nike, British Airways, Sony, Visa, Compaq, Four Seasons Hotel, Nokia, The Ritz Carlton Hotel, the Development Bank of Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board, Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore Telecoms and Apple.  Meanwhile, the success of his commercial work also began to draw the attention of leading publications, which all sought Russel’s work to grace their covers.  These include the debut cover of Vogue Singapore, and international covers for Time, Fortune, Elle, GQ, Marie Claire, New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

The allure and acclaim of Russel’s work draws from his ability to infuse his commercial accounts with creative elements, combined with a sensitive, thoughtful take on his subjects.  This is clearly in the vein of the photographers he admires and appreciates – Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts.  Such balance and versatility may be seen in Russel’s work photographing stories and fashion spreads for movie sets, such as Oliver Stone’s Heaven and Earth, and publicity shoots for Lee Ang’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Zhang Yimou’s Hero and House of Flying Daggers, as well as portraits of Asian movie starts like Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fatt, Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi.

Russel’s latest work in filmmaking has also been an impactful one, having recently attended the prestigious New York University Film Program, and with plans underway for directing his first feature film.  To date, he has directed numerous award-winning commercials, from a Breast Cancer spot that earned him a CLIO award – the advertising industry’s Oscar equivalent – to commercials for Discovery Channel featuring Joan Chen, Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung.  Also referred to as “The Richard Avedon of Asia” by many, he was recently commissioned to photograph a set of portraits for the Prime Minister of Singapore.

Today, Russel’s photography continues to make its mark both regionally and internationally.  In its millennium issue, a top regional magazine voted Russel as one of the Asians to look out for in the next millennium.  He is the first Singaporean photographer to have a solo exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum (Russel Wong:  1980 – 2005), and also the first and only photographer to be invited for the art residency at the renowned Singapore Tyler Print Institute.  In addition, his art works can be found in public and private collections, with his “Bamboo Forest” print going for a record US$40,000 at a recent Christies auction in Hong Kong.

Russel is one of the extraordinary guests featured on The One Way Ticket Show.  

In the podcast, Host Steven Shalowitz explores with his guests where they'd go if given a one way ticket, no coming back!  Destinations may be in the past, present, future, real, imaginary or a state of mind.

Several of Steven's guests have included:  Legendary Talk Show Host, Dick Cavett;  CNN's Richard Quest & Bill Weir; Journalist-Humorist-Actor Mo Rocca (of CBS Sunday Morning & The Cooking Channel's "My Grandmother's Ravioli" fame); Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; as well as leading photographers, artists, writers and more.

May 10, 2016

Prince Dimitrije "Dimitri" Karađorđević was born on 18 June 1958 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.  Also known as Dimitri Karageorgevich, or Dimitri Karađorđević, he is the Founder, President and Creative Director of the jewelry firm bearing his name, "Prince Dimitri Company".

Prince Dimitri was raised in Versailles, and attended boarding schools in France and Switzerland, before graduating from the University of Paris with a degree in Business Law. He then moved to New York City in 1983.

Originally pursuing a career on Wall Street, he decided to move into the field of jewelry. He was offered a position in Sotheby's jewelry department, eventually rising to Senior Vice President. During his 15 years at Sotheby's, he also became an appraiser and studied gemology.

In 1999, Prince Dimitri began designing jewelry, with a collection of gemstone cufflinks that was sold at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. He also designed a line of women's jewelry for Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus. In 2002, he moved to the Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg auction house to head their jewelry department. In 2007, he and business partner Todd Morley founded the Prince Dimitri Company. His jewelry has also been sold at auction by Christie's.

Prince Dimitri was named to the International Best Dressed List's Hall of Fame in 1994.

In 1958, with his brother, Prince Michael of Yugoslavia, they became the first set of twins born to Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and his first wife, Princess Maria Pia of Savoy, the eldest daughter of Umberto II of Italy.  Alexander and Maria Pia had a second set of twins, Prince Sergius and Princess Helene of Yugoslavia in 1963.  Prince Dimitri has a younger half-brother, Prince Dushan of Yugoslavia, from his father's second marriage to Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein.

Prince Dimitri belongs to the cadet branch of the Royal House of Yugoslavia, descending from Prince Regent Paul of Yugoslavia. He is a third cousin of Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia.

His maternal grandmother was Princess Marie José of Belgium, whose father was Albert I, King of the Belgians. His paternal grandmother was Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark (sister of Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent). His paternal great-grandfather was Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark, an avid oil painter and son of George I (1845–1913), King of the Hellenes. His paternal great-great grandfather was the Grand Duke Vladimir of Russia, patron of the avant-garde, who spurred the creation of the Ballets Russes. From here, Prince Dimitri’s lineage of creativity can be followed, as can his curiosity and love for fine gems and jewelry. It was his paternal grandmother who related first-hand the magnificence of the jewelry collection of her mother and grandmothers. His great-grandmother Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia had inherited all of the diamonds belonging to her mother, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, a collection renowned the world over for its lavish, exquisite breadth.

Prince Dimitri is also a first cousin of Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice, the son and heir of the pretender to the throne of Italy, and also first cousin of the actress Catherine Oxenberg. Through Prince Dimitri's parents he is related to every royal family in Europe, making him over 1000th in the line of succession to the British throne.

Prince Dimitri is one of the extraordinary guests featured on The One Way Ticket Show.  

In the podcast, Host Steven Shalowitz explores with his guests where they'd go if given a one way ticket, no coming back!  Destinations may be in the past, present, future, real, imaginary or a state of mind.

Several of Steven's guests have included:  Legendary Talk Show Host, Dick Cavett;  CNN's Richard Quest & Bill Weir; Journalist-Humorist-Actor Mo Rocca (of CBS Sunday Morning & The Cooking Channel's "My Grandmother's Ravioli" fame); Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; as well as leading photographers, artists, writers and more.

Apr 26, 2016

Michael Grandinetti is not your ordinary magician.  With performances on national and international television, in stadiums, arenas, casinos, and theaters around the U.S., with Oscar winning composers and symphony orchestras, for NFL halftime shows and major sporting events while surrounded by 70,000 people, for Fortune 500 companies, and even at The White House, Michael has made a name for himself around the world as an extremely talented and innovative illusionist and entertainer.

He has starred in NBC's "The World's Most Dangerous Magic" television special, The CW's "Masters of Illusion" series, and Pop Network's "Don't Blink" series, and has been featured in FOX's "Bones" series, the "Hollywood Christmas Parade" on The CW, "Entertainment Tonight", "Access Hollywood", "SportsCenter", "NBA on TNT", "New York Today", "FOX & Friends", and "The Bold and the Beautiful".  Michael was recently featured on the cover of TV Times magazine, released in newspapers across the U.S. Entertainment Weekly named Michael as “a great magician who can truly communicate with a TV audience”.

Michael has also pioneered live magic in one of the most challenging environments imaginable, major-league football stadiums, baseball stadiums, and basketball arenas for NFL and NBA halftime shows and large-scale sporting event shows.  For example, at Bank of America Stadium, Michael caused people to appear, disappear, shrink in size, and levitate above the 50-yard line, while 70,000 people witnessed the magic with a 360 degree view.  At Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium, Michael performed one of the largest live interactive illusions in history when he read the minds of all 45,000 people in the stadium at the same time.  At University of Phoenix Stadium, for the Arizona Cardinals, Michael's halftime show was part of large-scale entertainment at the game, which included legendary rock band Journey who performed the national anthem.  Michael's performance for halftime at the Chicago Bulls NBA playoff game at United Center in Chicago caused commentators Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley to comment in amazement during the live national broadcast on TNT.

Michael was recently honored to be the first Illusionist ever invited to perform in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC.  During this remarkable celebration of the U.S., Michael levitated a girl high above one of the floats as it moved down Constitution Avenue, while a live audience of 250,000 people lined the streets.

This is magic on a major scale.

Make sure you catch Michael when he stars in Season Three of the hit CW series "Masters of Illusion", premiering in the summer of 2016. 

Michael is one of the extraordinary people featured on The One Way Ticket Show.  

In the podcast, Host Steven Shalowitz explores with his guests where they'd go if given a one way ticket, no coming back!  Destinations may be in the past, present, future, real, imaginary or a state of mind.

Several of Steven's guests have included:  Legendary Talk Show Host, Dick Cavett;  CNN's Richard Quest & Bill Weir; Journalist-Humorist-Actor Mo Rocca (of CBS Sunday Morning & The Cooking Channel's "My Grandmother's Ravioli" fame); Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; as well as leading photographers, artists, writers and more.

 

Apr 13, 2016

Steven Shalowitz is the Host of The One Way Ticket Show.  In the podcast, he explores with his guests where they'd go if given a one way ticket, no coming back!  Destinations may be in the past, present, future, real, imaginary or a state of mind.

Several of Steven's guests have included:  Legendary Talk Show Host, Dick Cavett;  CNN's Richard Quest & Bill Weir; Journalist-Humorist-Actor Mo Rocca (of CBS Sunday Morning & The Cooking Channel's "My Grandmother's Ravioli" fame); Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; as well as leading photographers, artists, writers and more.

Mar 15, 2016

The Secretary-General appointed Mr. Edmond Mulet (Guatemala) to serve as his Chef de Cabinet effective 2 December 2015. Mr. Mulet has most recently been serving as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, since 1 June 2011, a function that he had previously held from 2007 to 2010. In this function, he has helped oversee and manage operations on four continents, in a period when peacekeeping operations reached historic heights in levels of deployment, troops and police contributors, budgets and complexity of mandates. Mr. Mulet has served twice as Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), most recently in 2010-2011. In 2010, he deployed to Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the January earthquake and led the United Nations’ contribution to the country’s recovery, from the provision of humanitarian assistance to reconstruction to the holding of presidential elections. During his tenure in MINUSTAH from 2006 to 2007, the Mission worked in close partnership with the Haitian authorities and international partners to make significant improvements in the country’s stability and to undertake key institutional reforms. Prior to his appointment with the United Nations, Mr. Mulet served his country as a diplomat and a legislator, having been posted as Ambassador both to the European Union and to the United States, and having served as a member of Guatemala’s National Congress for some 12 years, including one term as President of the National Congress. During his years in the legislature, he was intensely involved in the Central American peace process, the Esquipulas Accords and the Guatemalan Peace negotiations. Mr. Mulet was educated in Guatemala, Canada, the US and Switzerland. In addition to his public service, he worked for many years as a journalist and as a legal counsellor to public institutions and for the private sector, including as manager of several private enterprises and as senior partner in a legal consulting firm. Born in Guatemala in 1951, Mr. Mulet is married and has two children. He is fluent in Spanish, English and French, and understands Portuguese and Haitian Creole.

Feb 16, 2016

Chris McGinnis is the Founder of the Travel Skills Group, and the purveyor of the popular travelskills.com website which offers money-saving, comfort-enhancing travel advice, with a business travel bent. During Chris’ more than 25 years in the industry he’s done it all -- from being the travel columnist for BBC.com to travel correspondent for CNN Headline News.  His popular Frequent Travel Advisor column is a mainstay on SFgate.com, the website of his adopted-hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle.  Chris regularly comments about travel trends on TV, and creates occasional special business/luxury travel sections for the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Bloomberg-BusinessWeek magazines. The author of two books on business travel, Chris is a regular speaker and panel moderator.

Feb 2, 2016

For more than 30 years, Jeffrey Shaw has been a portrait photographer whose images have appeared in numerous publications, including People and O Magazines. These days, Jeffrey’s attention has turned to numerous other pursuits, including business coaching and speaking. He’s a self-proclaimed freedom fighter for the Uncommon Entrepreneur -- encouraging talented individuals and transformation agents to use their natural creative strengths to build businesses that are profitable and fulfilling, so they can make a living doing what they love. Jeffrey’s also the host of the popular podcast, Creative Warriors, often ranked as one of iTunes hottest business podcasts. He’s a contributor to the Huffington Post, and creator of the online training program The Creative Warrior Unleashed.

Jan 19, 2016

John Lee Dumas is the Founder and Host of EOFire, an award winning podcast where he interviews today's most successful Entrepreneurs 7 days a week. JLD has interviewed over 1200 Entrepreneurs, which has generated over 1 million monthly listens to EOFire. John's latest project is The Freedom Journal, a gorgeous leather bound journal that guides you in setting and accomplishing your #1 goal in 100 days. You can learn more about it at [link=http://TheFreedomJournal.com]TheFreedomJournal.com[/link].

Dec 8, 2015

Dick Cavett was the Host of The Dick Cavett Show on ABC and PBS, and also hosted talk shows on the USA, HBO and CNBC cable networks. He appears frequently on stage, screen, and new media, and was nominated for his most recent Emmy Award in 2012. Mr. Cavett is the author of Talk Show and the co-author of Cavett and Eye on Cavett, and writes an online opinion column for The New York Times. His latest book, now available in paperback, is Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks. He lives in New York City and Montauk, New York

Nov 24, 2015

Zephan Moses Blaxberg is the Founder and Host of the iTunes “New & Noteworthy” acclaimed Year Of Purpose Podcast, where he interviews motivators and inspirational individuals from all over the world who are living life on their own terms. He is one of the top authorities and mentors to those who are tired of living a mediocre life. Zephan has held every job in the book -- from pastry chef to working at an Apple Store Genius Bar. He even founded a highly successful video production company that landed him opportunities in the White House and on set of the Netflix Series “House of Cards”. His videos can be seen in football stadiums and on major TV stations across the United States. After realizing that there was more to life than settling for the script that had been handed down to him, he took a two-month hiatus from life to couch-surf and “travel hack” his way around America. When he got back, the Year Of Purpose was born. Since then he has dedicated his life to empowering others to discover what makes them tick and how they can lead a Life Re-Scripted. Zephan now mentors his peers to discover their purpose in less time so that they can live the dream life they’ve always wanted.

Nov 10, 2015

Before joining the UK Mission to the UN as Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador Peter Wilson served as Asia Pacific Director at the Foreign and Commonwealth office in London where he covered North and South East Asia, and Australasia from November 2010. He also served as Director of Strategy for the FCO in 2010. Ambassador Wilson’s postings have included service at the British Embassy in Beijing, China where he was Political Counsellor from 2007 to 2010 and Second Secretary, Commercial from 1995 to 1998. He has also been posted as Political Counsellor in Islamabad (2005 to 2006) and ran the European Parliament Team at the UK Representation to the European Union in Brussels from 1999 to 2002. Ambassador Wilson was a member of the British Trade Commissioner Leon Brittan’s Cabinet in 1999. He was Head of the Strategic Policy Team for the FCO in London (2003 to 2005) and served as an Assistant Desk Officer, European Institutions at the FCO from 1992 to 1993. He is fluent in Mandarin and French, and speaks some Portuguese, has a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and a Bachelor’s in Modern History from Oxford University. Ambassador Wilson is married to Mónica Roma Wilson. They met during their time working for the UK and Portuguese Governments respectively, at the EU in Brussels. Mónica is a lawyer, specialising in international law. They have three children.

Oct 27, 2015

Andrew Lock is the presenter of the entertaining WebTV Show, “Help My Business!” which has become the #1 rated entrepreneurial show on Apple iTunes. It’s rather like a cross between "The Daily Show" and "The Profit". Andrew is a world-class expert in helping entrepreneurs build a better business. He's an expert in all things Walt Disney, and is often described as the "Yoda of Marketing" – not because he’s short with green pointy ears, but because of his encyclopedic knowledge of marketing.

Oct 13, 2015

Uribe leads the high energy, must-see 16-piece Gregorio Uribe Big Band (GUBB) that blends funk and jazz with cumbia and chandé from his native Colombia. Credited by The Boston Globe with creating “an intoxicating variety” of music, Uribe has performed with Latin music luminaries including Ruben Blades, Carlos Vives and Arturo O'Farrill. Uribe’s whirlwind travels began when he studied at the Berklee College of Music, where he received the Steve Gadd Zildjian Scholarship Award in 2007. He moved to New York City in 2008 and soon established himself firmly within the heart of the city’s music scene. Uribe has performed extensively including at The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC), and the United Nations. In 2012, Uribe was named by Colombia’s government one of the 100 Most Outstanding Colombians Living Abroad. The list included Shakira, Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez, and actress Sofia Vergara. GUBB’s audiences are diverse, energetic, and wholeheartedly receptive of the Colombian and Latin rhythms. The band features a unique combination of New York’s top musicians from around the world, including Argentina, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. GUBB’s debut album is Cumbia Universal, released on the prestigious Latin jazz label, Zoho Music. The label has also released albums by Grammy-winning artists Ray Barreto, Arturo O'Farrill, and Bobby Sanabria.

Sep 29, 2015

The Brookings Cafeteria podcast features in-depth conversations with experts about their ideas and research. The bi-weekly show debuted in August 2013 and won Best News & Politics podcast from the Academy of Podcasters Awards at the Podcast Movement conference in 2015. Its Host is Fred Dews, who is also Managing Editor of New Digital Products at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Apart from the Brookings Cafeteria podcast, for the past two years, Fred has been chief writer and editor of the Brookings Now blog. Prior to that, for 14 years, he managed the Brookings website as editor. He has participated in five website redesigns while at Brookings and has been a member of the Communications staff since 1999. In his first three years at Brookings, Fred was a senior research assistant and center manager in the Governance Studies program. Fred is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service (Diplomacy & International Security; Soviet & Russian studies); an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Field Artillery School (earned Master Gunner award); and holds masters’ degrees in public policy and U.S. history from Georgetown University and George Mason University, respectively. He listens to punk rock (particularly The Clash), watches the Tour de France intensely every summer, and loves family history/genealogy. On his blog, publichistorian.com, he writes about his ancestors and stories of history that are of interest. You can follow him on Twitter @publichistory. In all of his spare time, Fred continues to work on a novel, a piece of historical fiction. Fred, who was born in Texas and grew up in Dallas, lives in Northern Virginia with his family.

Sep 8, 2015

Bill Weir is the executive producer, writer and host of “The Wonder List with Bill Weir” an acclaimed CNN original series in search of people and places, cultures and creatures on the brink of seismic change. Debuting in March 2015, the first season took viewers from Venice to Vanuatu, from the Alps to the Everglades, telling unforgettable stories shot in lush, cinematic style by London filmmaker Philip Bloom. Weir joined CNN in November 2013 as anchor and reporter after a decade of distinctive broadcast journalism at ABC News. After helping to launch the weekend edition of “Good Morning America” in 2004, Weir became co-anchor of “Nightline” in 2010 while his reporting was featured on “World News with Diane Sawyer”, “Good Morning America”, “20/20”, and his own Yahoo! News digital series, “This Could Be Big”. In his network career, Weir journeyed to more than 50 nations and all 50 states, covering breaking news and uncovering global trends. He was among the first reporters into the floodwaters of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and Japan’s tsunami zone during the nuclear crisis of 2011. He dodged Taliban bullets in Afghanistan, led network coverage from Iraq and was the first American to broadcast live from Tibet. In 2012, he anchored ABC’s Summer Olympics coverage from London and brought unprecedented reporting from inside Apple’s Chinese factories. His live shots have come from atop the Golden Gate Bridge and below the waters of the Great Barrier Reef while his signature adventure reporting includes jumps from hot air balloons, hikes deep into the Amazon and one fun night spent lashed to the side of Yosemite’s El Capitan. Before joining ABC News, Weir wrote and hosted projects for the FX and USA Networks and was an anchor/reporter in Los Angeles, Chicago, Green Bay and Austin, MN. He lives in New York with his wife, daughter and a four-pound dog named Burt. He sincerely believes he could escape from prison if the need ever arose.

Aug 11, 2015

Irv Chapman is a veteran Washington and foreign correspondent for major broadcast news organizations. He moved from New York to Washington to open a bureau for a startup, Radio Press International, and to cover President John F. Kennedy as White House correspondent. Joining ABC News, his first major special event was Kennedy's funeral. Chapman was ABC’s Bureau Chief in Moscow and Tokyo; he also worked in the Saigon, Los Angeles and New York bureaus. He covered Richard Nixon's first-ever presidential summit in the Soviet Union, interviewed Emperor Hirohito before a ground-breaking visit to the United States, and travelled with Pope John Paul II on trips to Asia and his native Poland. Other assignments took him to Taiwan and the Philippines, Egypt, Israel, and Lebanon, India and Pakistan, Germany and Australia. He returned to the U.S. to cover presidential conventions and campaigns and Capitol Hill. Chapman later worked for Cable News Network as Washington correspondent for CNN Business News. He joined Bloomberg 18 years ago as television and radio correspondent and continued to cover Congressional hearings, including the 9/11 Commission and the financial crisis panel, meetings of regulatory agencies and the Federal Reserve, and Supreme Court arguments on Obamacare and same-sex marriage. In academia, Chapman taught courses at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, on the role of media in the context of a country's history, politics, government, and business system. He continues lecturing to national, student and public audiences about media, economics and global affairs.

Jul 14, 2015

Dick Cavett was the Host of The Dick Cavett Show on ABC and PBS, and also hosted talk shows on the USA, HBO and CNBC cable networks. He appears frequently on stage, screen, and new media, and was nominated for his most recent Emmy Award in 2012. Mr. Cavett is the author of Talk Show and the co-author of Cavett and Eye on Cavett, and writes an online opinion column for The New York Times. His latest book is Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks. He lives in New York City and Montauk, New York.

Jun 30, 2015

Adam Rapp is the Owner & Designer of Clothing Arts which produces Pick-Pocket Proof™ Clothing. After a run-in with a team of pick-pockets in 2007, Rapp developed the innovative ideas that would eventually lead to Pick-Pocket Proof Pants™. Nearly 30,000 pants have been sold and travelers wearing his designs have stopped 19 pick-pockets (to date). He has multiple patents on pocket design. Adam has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University. After college, he went to work in Finance as a Trader for a Hedge Fund. Quitting in late 2006, he traded his desk for a backpack and left to travel the world. Five years later, Clothing Arts was born.

May 19, 2015

Over the years Javier has developed his own aesthetics by observing the nature and architecture of the world's great cities. Adopting ancient sacred geometry as his photographic vision allows him to translate organic objects and architectural details into symbolic geometric patterns, to create bold color-centric abstract works that in a surreal way become Universal. Javier strives to create images that access our subconscious understanding of ratio and geometric forms, thereby enhancing our connection with the spiritual and natural world. By blurring the lines between nature and abstract, he is able to go through the gamut of color, volume and texture, to create images that are otherworldly. His work seeks to uncover the subtle beauty of coincidence and anomaly found in nature. Javier’s proclivity towards this process is the key to understanding why people have observed that his photography is so hypnotic. Throughout Javier’s work is a sense of de-familiarization and detachment from everyday ephemera while trying to connect us to our true self, creating awareness of the balance that should exist between mind body and spirit. Javier has had solo exhibitions around the world including in: New York City, Paris, Monaco, Tokyo, Madrid, Seville, Beirut, Hong Kong, and Art Basel. He has also published two monographic books, “Dimensions” (2010) and “Visual Vibrations” (2012). His clients and collectors include luminaries Bill Clinton, Pelé, Michael Bloomberg, Colin Cowie, Dr. Phil and brands such as FENDI Casa and BVLGARI. Javier is also dedicated to giving back and helping people from all walks of life. He is involved with several non-profit organizations to which he donates his time and talent. These include: United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, Ackerman Institute for the Family, Lumiere and colour 93 in Paris, and The American Parkinson Disease Association.

Apr 28, 2015

Ruben Diaz, Jr. first entered public office as a member of the New York State Assembly in 1997, and is currently serving his second full term as Bronx Borough President, having been reelected in November 2013 with more than 89 percent of the vote. As Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr. has led the implementation of a “New Bronx” agenda — economic development, housing, education, and public safety — in every corner of the borough. The Bronx has seen over $7 billion in new development of all kinds since Borough President Diaz took office in 2009. This includes more than $600 million in housing, building over 14,000new units. More than 15,000 new jobs have been created in The Bronx since 2009, thanks in large part to the continued partnership between Borough President Diaz, the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation and those seeking to do business in the borough. Major projects such as Fresh Direct, the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, new retail developments in every corner of the borough and the Cary Leeds Tennis Center in Crotona Park are among the major contributors to the “New Bronx” renaissance, led by Borough President Diaz. Since taking office in 2009 Borough President Diaz has provided millions in funding to projects of all types in every Bronx neighborhood, including new technology upgrades to borough schools, green roofs and boiler upgrades, park improvements and more. A lifelong resident of the Bronx, Borough President Diaz lives in the Southeast Bronx with his wife Hilda Gerena Diaz and their two sons, Ruben Diaz III and Ryan Isaiah Diaz. He graduated from Lehman College, City University of New York, with a Bachelors degree in political theory. Borough President Diaz is also the recipient of honorary doctoral degrees in civil law from Berkeley College and Mercy College, and a doctoral degree in humane letters from the Metropolitan College of New York.

Apr 14, 2015

Humorist, journalist and actor Mo Rocca is a correspondent for the Emmy-winning newsmagazine CBS Sunday Morning on the CBS Television Network, the creator and host of Cooking Channel’s Emmy-nominated My Grandmother’s Ravioli, the host of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation (part of the “CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic” Saturday morning programming block), and a regular panelist on NPR’s hit news quiz show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! He spent four seasons as a correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and four seasons as a correspondent for NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He hosted Food(ography) on Cooking Channel and served as a judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. His television credits also include the VH1 retrospective series I Love the 90s, I Love the 80s, and I Love the 70s, Bravo’s Things I Hate About You, and Animal Planet’s Whoa! Sunday with Mo Rocca. He made cameo appearances on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless and on Telemundo telenovela Amor Descarado. In addition, Rocca hosted the PBS voting rights documentary Electoral Dysfunction, and wrote the satire book All the Presidents’ Pets: The Story of One Reporter who Refused to Roll Over. Rocca began his career in television as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS children’s series Wishbone. He went on to write and produce for other children’s series, including ABC’s Pepper Ann and Nickelodeon’s The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. The former president and author of Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Show, Rocca’s stage credits include Vice Principal Douglas Panch in the Broadway production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Doody on the Southeast Asian tour of Grease. A native of Washington, DC, Rocca lives in New York City.

Mar 31, 2015

Alexandra Pyke is a Partner at Mind The Gap providing strategic advice to nonprofit organizations, foundations, corporations and private high net worth individuals and families working at the intersection of philanthropy and social impact. Alexandra's consulting services include the provision of strategic planning, identifying opportunities for partnership and development, fundraising, grant research and preparation, fundraising marketing and communications. She also provides bespoke philanthropic services to charitable trusts and public trustees to improve the impact of their charitable distributions and assist their private wealth clients. Alexandra currently acts as the Project Director of Community Affairs at Westfield World Trade Center in New York City. She has developed a robust Community Engagement and Social Impact Program for WWTC encompassing food security, education, workforce development, environment and sustainability and employee volunteer engagement. An attorney by training, Alexandra sits on the Next Generation Council Board of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute in Los Angeles, is Co Chair of the Survivor Initiative in New York and works closely with Brazilian charitable organization Gastromotiva in Sao Paulo.

Mar 17, 2015

Wyatt Gallery, a person not a place, was raised in Philadelphia and received his BFA from NYU Tisch School of The Arts in 1997. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, the PDN 30, the PDN Rising Stars, and 25 Under 25 Up-and-Coming American Photographers by Duke University. His photographs are in numerous public and private collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the George Eastman House, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Worcester Art Museum, Comcast, Twitter, and American Express. His work has been featured in Esquire, Departures, Condé Nast Traveler, Mother Jones, The New York Times, Oprah’s OWN Network, and NBC, amongst others. Wyatt was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and continues to lecture at New York University, the School of Visual Arts, the New School, and more. His first book Tent Life: Haiti was featured in the Moving Walls 19 exhibition at George Soros’ Open Society Foundation and has sold out of the first edition. His most recent book #SANDY was selected for “Best Photo Books of 2014” by American Photo magazine. 100% of the royalties from both books have been donated to support rebuilding efforts and have raised over $50,000 to support communities in Haiti and New York City. Wyatt recently exhibited his new series, SUBTEXT, at Foley gallery in New York City, which received reviews in The New Yorker, PDN, Feature Shoot, and more. His forthcoming book Jewish Treasures of The Caribbean will be released in the Spring of 2016 by Schiffer Publishing.

Mar 3, 2015

Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist, editor, digital content strategist and author. She is currently the Managing Editor for Yahoo Travel. Piazza is also the author of the highly acclaimed Celebrity Inc.: How Famous People Make Money, an economic case study of the Hollywood Industrial Complex, the novel Love Rehab and the non-fiction book If Nuns Ruled the World. Her new novel, The Knockoff, which she co-wrote with Lucy Sykes, will be published in May 2015 by Doubleday.

Feb 10, 2015

Howard Rosenman has established himself as one of the most prolific producers in film and television, best known for the hilarious remake of FATHER OF THE BRIDE starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, the cult phenomenon BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and THE FAMILY MAN starring Nicolas Cage. Rosenman’s films have won 2 Peabody Awards, an Academy Award and top honors at the Sundance, Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals. His work ranges from the above-mentioned films plus THE MAIN EVENT with Barbra Streisand, STRANGER AMONG US with Melanie Griffith, and YOU KILL ME with Sir Ben Kingsley, to the acclaimed documentaries, CELLULOID CLOSET (nominated for an Oscar and a Peabody) and COMMON THREADS: TALES FROM THE QUILT (which won an Oscar and his second Peabody) as well as PARAGRAPH 175, about Gays in the Holocaust, to the TV series JOHN FROM CINCINNATI for HBO. He also produced GROSS ANATOMY, STRAIGHT TALK with Dolly Parton, SHINING THROUGH, TRUE IDENTITY, Hugh Hudson’s LOST ANGELS starring Adam Horowitz of the Beastie Boys, RESURRECTION with Ellen Burstyn, NOEL with the late Robin Williams and Paul Walker, Penelope Cruz and Susan Sarandon. He produced MY FIRST MISTER and Harvey Fierstein’s TIDY ENDINGS, which won several EMMYS. Rosenman remade his very first movie, "Sparkle" starring Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks. Another Rosenman-made documentary, BRAVE MISS WORLD about his great friend Linor Abarg’il who was crowned Miss World, was directed by Cecilia Peck, sold to Netflix and nominated for an Emmy. Rosenman made his acting debut in Gus Van Sant’s MILK playing David Goodstein (founder of “The Advocate”) opposite the Oscar-winning Sean Penn as “Harvey Milk.” He has since acted in six more movies and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. His current film projects in development include: BETSY and THE EMPEROR starring Al Pacino as Napoleon, AMERICAN NEUROTIC at Sony Pictures, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME to be presented by James Ivory of legendary “Merchant–Ivory” fame and directed by Mr. Ivory and Luca Guadagnino. Peter Soears is his partner. Additionally, Rosenman is currently preparing MATTER OF SIZE, a remake of Israel’s most successful comedy, released in 2009, at Paramount Pictures with Jon Turtletaub directing. He is also preparing a movie called SHEPHERD: A Tale of a Dog in World War II, based on the best-selling Israeli novel with Lynn Roth writing and directing. He just sold a Mini-Series to David Ellison’s Skydance TV, six hours of television based on Michael Oren’s book THE SIX DAY WAR with Rob Eshman writing. Rosenman is also putting together a film based on the life of ANITA BRYANT written by Chad Hodge, to be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, starring Uma Thurman and Zach Quinto. Darren Star and Jeffrey Schwarz are his partners. He just returned from Israel where he set up his cousin, Ora Ahimeir’s best-selling book, BRIDE (a Sapir nominated book, about their great-grandparents, set in Mandatory Safed and Hungary in the Nineteen Forties) at Herzeliya Studios. It will be his first movie in Hebrew and will be filmed in Israel. In addition Rosenman is preparing a Broadway Musical based on a dream he had in 1985 after having seen PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and LES MISERABLES in one day in London, ANNE RICE'S “VOCE.” It is being written by Craig Lucas with music by Lance Horne and Lisbeth Scott. His producing partners are Belinda Casas-Wells, Chuck Martinez and Allan Levey. In January 2009, Rosenman became a Contributing Editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine. His articles about his longtime friendships with Leonard Bernstein, Elizabeth Taylor and Diane von Furstenberg can be found on http://www.latimes.com/features/. As an educator, Rosenman has lectured at USC’s Stark Producing Program, UCLA, Yale, Columbia, NYU, Brandeis and AFI. Rosenman tours the world with his seminar “HOWARD ROSENMAN’S THE HOLLYWOOD SELL,” an inside look at producing for the screen in which he shares his insights and adventures with writers, actors, directors, producers, and anyone who loves film and TV. The seminar has been presented in Memphis, Omaha, Philadelphia, Boston, New York and Los Angeles with upcoming engagements in Seattle, Austin, San Francisco, South Africa and Israel. He is currently at work on his first book also entitled THE HOLLYWOOD SELL, which will be both a memoir and a how-to-produce guide for aspiring filmmakers. Rosenman is Co-Founder of Project Angel Food in LA, which provides meals-on-wheels for patients with terminal illnesses and is now one of the largest charities in Southern California. In 2009 Beth Chayim Chadashim awarded him with the Herman Humanitarian Award. He was honored by film organization Power Up as “one of 2010’s ten amazing men in show business.” In 2013 he received the Inspiration Award from ORT America. He currently serves on the advisory board overseeing the construction of the new film school at his alma mater Brooklyn College, and just offered a faculty job there as a Distinguished Professor. Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised on Long Island, Rosenman is the son of seventh generation Israelis from Jerusalem. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brooklyn College with a degree in European Literature. In 1967, he took a leave from medical school to serve as an extern medic in the Six Day War as a part of the Israeli Defense Forces where he met his mentor Leonard Bernstein who encouraged him to go into show business.

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