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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ivo H. Daalder is President of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Founded in 1922, the Council is a leading independent, nonpartisan organization committed to educating the public and influencing the discourse on global issues of the day. Prior to joining the Council in July 2013, Daalder served as the Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for more than four years. For his service he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service by Secretary Chuck Hagel. Daalder also served on the National Security Council staff as Director for European Affairs from 1995-97. Ambassador Daalder is a widely-published author. His most recent books include In the Shadow of the Oval Office: Profiles of the National Security Advisers and the Presidents they Served — From JFK to George W. Bush (with I. M. Destler) and the award-winning America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy (with James M. Lindsay). Other books include Beyond Preemption: Force and Legitimacy in a Changing World (2007); Crescent of Crisis: U.S.-European Strategy for the Greater Middle East (2006); and Winning Ugly: NATO’s War to Save Kosovo (2000). Daalder is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of the world’s leading newspapers, and a regular commentator on international affairs on television and radio. Before his appointment as Ambassador to NATO by President Obama in 2009, Daalder was a Senior Fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, specializing in American foreign policy, European security and transatlantic relations, and national security affairs. Prior to joining Brookings in 1998, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and Director of Research at its Center for International and Security Studies. Ambassador Daalder was educated at Oxford and Georgetown Universities, and received his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is married to Elisa D. Harris, and they have two sons.