Dr. Georgette Bennett is an award-winning sociologist, widely published author, popular lecturer, and former broadcast journalist. An innovative and entrepreneurial leader, she is an active philanthropist focusing on conflict resolution and intergroup relations. In 2013, Bennett founded the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA) and has since worked to raise awareness and mobilize more than $150 million of humanitarian aid on behalf of Syrian war victims. In 1992, she founded the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. She is also a co-founder of the Global Covenant of Religions/Global Covenant Partners, which focuses on delegitimizing the use of religion to justify violence and extremism. Bennett served in the U.S. State Department Religion and Foreign Policy initiative’s working group on conflict mitigation, tasked with developing recommendations for the U.S. Secretary of State on countering religion-based violence. She served as Chair of the Jewish Funders Network and serves on the Advisory Boards of the International Rescue Committee. In addition, she is an Advisory Board member for the Milstein Center on Interreligious Dialogue at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Last November, Bennett was awarded the AARP Purpose Prize for her work with MFA.
Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Harper’s Bazaar, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and New York Times bestselling Hunger: A Memoir of My Body. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel and the editor of Best American Short Stories 2018. She is currently at work on film and television projects, a book of writing advice, an essay collection about television and culture, and a YA novel entitled The Year I Learned Everything.
Annette Insdorf is Professor of Film at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and Moderator of the popular Reel Pieces series at Manhattan’s 92Y, where she has interviewed over 250 film celebrities. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, she is the author of the landmark study, Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust (with a foreword by Elie Wiesel); Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski; Francois Truffaut, a study of the French director’s work; Philip Kaufman, and Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has. Her latest book is Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes, currently in its fourth printing.
Lisa Lewin is a strategist and operating executive with 25 years of experience leading and advising private, public, and nonprofit sector organizations. She is CEO of General Assembly, a pioneer in education and career transformation offering dynamic courses in data, design, business, technology and other high-demand skills. Lewin leads GA’s growth, creating sustainable talent pipelines for businesses and building transparent career pathways to the most transformational work.
In June, Lewin and the Leadership Now project launched the Business for Racial Equity pledge, bringing together a coalition of leading executives to mobilize businesses to take concrete action to ‘dismantle three of the biggest levers of racist power in this country: biased policing, electoral disenfranchisement, and economic exclusion.’ Since then, the pledge has been signed by over 1,000 executives of businesses and organizations across sectors.
Prior to General Assembly, Ms. Lewin served as President of Pearson’s teacher education group, and Managing Director of the publisher’s global learning technology group; Vice President of McGraw-Hill’s professional education group; management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group; and senior research project director with The NPD Group. She also co-founded Ethical Ventures, a New York City-based management consulting firm, where she advised some of the world’s most ambitious social enterprises and mission-driven companies.
Lisa serves on the boards of the Wikimedia Foundation, Bank Street College of Education, and the Leadership Now Project. She received a BS from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.
Originally from southern Illinois, Lisa lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Ann Rubenstein Tisch is the Founder and President of The Student Leadership Network (formerly known as Young Women’s Leadership Network), a groundbreaking network of all-girls public schools. There are currently five TYWLS schools in New York City, plus 15 affiliates across America. The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem was created in 1996, and was the first single-sex public school to open in more than 35 years in the US. It ignited the movement to establish single-sex public schools around the country, and now there are hundreds of them. Mrs. Tisch also created the CollegeBound Initiative (CBI) a college access program, which places full-time college guidance counselors in 30 NYC public schools. Mrs. Rubenstein Tisch had a 19 year career in broadcast journalism at WIBW-TV- WCCO TV, and NBC Network News as a National Correspondent. She was tapped as a substitute anchor on the “Today Show” and “NBC at Sunrise. Tisch serves as a trustee on the Board of Washington University in St. Louis, the Sesame Workshop, and Animal Medical Center in New York City, she is also a member of the Dean’s Council of The NYU Tisch School for the Arts. Ann lives in NYC with her husband Andrew Tisch and they have two daughters.
Dr. Tamara Moise is an advocate for ensuring access to high quality healthcare in underserved communities. A native New Yorker, Dr. Moise obtained her medical degree from the UMDNJ - School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her Emergency Medicine residency in 2009 at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey. In 2018, she co-founded Big Apple with the vision of providing medical services tailored to the diversity of New York City. In addition, she has provided medical services in Guatemala and Haiti to extend her passion for health equity on a global scale.
Dr. Moise has received community and national honors for her contributions. Most recently, she has been an honoree of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ 2020 Seventh Annual Black History Month Celebration Award, featured as a part of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s 2020 #beygood “This is Black History” campaign, and was a 2019 recipient of the Brooklyn Salutes Award.
In media, has appeared on MSNBC, SiriusXM, NBC 4 News NY, Fox 5 News NY, News 12 Brooklyn and others to raise awareness about healthcare inequities and other critical healthcare issues.
Laurence Belfer, Lisa Blau, Wendy Fisher, Corinne Goldman, Rebecca Kaden, Judy Glickman Lauder, Kathy Leventhal, Linda Mirels, Susan K. Stern
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Na’ilah Amaru is an advocacy and policy strategist with an established record of social impact in both government and non-profit sectors …
Na’ilah Amaru is an advocacy and policy strategist with an established record of social impact in both government and non-profit sectors. With over 15 years of civic leadership, she is a fierce advocate for building grassroots governing power among underserved populations, women, and BIPoC communities.
Her extensive portfolio across 5 U.S. states is marked by expertise in crafting and executing issue campaign strategy, government relations, and coalition building at the local, state, and national levels. Her interdisciplinary career has positioned her as a powerful voice on enacting a more accountable government and inclusive democracy, while providing unique insights around women in politics, racial and gender justice, and civic engagement.
From local neighborhoods, to the State House and Capitol Hill, Na’ilah is a disciplined tactician who has worked tirelessly to transform ideas into action and policy. She uses her platform to strengthen engagement between communities and their government officials, while keeping the constituents they serve at the forefront of legislative conversations.
She served as policy advisor to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, as a legislative aide to U.S. Congressman John Lewis, and as executive director of the New York City Council’s Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus. She is a sought after consultant to non-profits and community-based organizations in advancing legislative priorities and maximizing social impact programs.
Na’ilah is passionate about empowering the next generation of leaders by advancing the work of organizations that center on women and people of color. She is a regular contributor to the Brown Girls Guide to Politics podcast and sits on the Democratic National Committee’s Young Professional Leadership Council. She travels across the country as a Lead National Trainer for Vote Run Lead, training women to run for public office and working with activists on organizing strategies. She is also a frequent media commentator, panelist, and keynote speaker on different issues making headline news, including national politics, the millennial vote and activism, and gender and race in politics.
In addition to her civil servant and grassroots background, Na’ilah is a distinguished U.S. Army veteran and ammunition specialist. She was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for exemplary service during her tour in Iraq and was the first female recipient of her battalion’s Soldier of the Month recognition.
Na’ilah holds three master’s degrees in Public Administration and Policy Analysis from The University of Texas at San Antonio, in Public Policy and Non-Profit Management from Georgia State University, and in Urban Affairs and Urban Planning from New York City’s Hunter College. She earned dual undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Liany E. Arroyo is the Director of the City of Hartford’s Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, she oversees five divisions …
Liany E. Arroyo is the Director of the City of Hartford’s Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, she oversees five divisions whose aim is to improve and protect the health of the City’s over 122,000 residents. She also serves as the Principal Investigator for Hartford’s REACH program, a five-year, nearly $4 million investment to connect communities of color with health and social resources to reduce the burden of chronic disease and improve health status of the community.
Currently, Liany is leading the city’s public health response to the coronavirus pandemic. Her leadership has resulted in over $1.4 million in foundation and federal grants to increase access to information and testing for vulnerable communities as well as a robust contact tracing effort.
Prior to coming to Hartford, she was the Senior Director for Health Equity at Power To Decide where she oversaw a three-year community health worker research project to prevent teen pregnancy on the U.S.-Mexico border. She also served as the organization’s Director of Partnerships.
Before Power To Decide, Liany was the Associate Director of the Education and Children’s Project and also served as the Director of the Institute for Hispanic Health at UnidosUS. While there, she focused on improving the educational trajectory and health outcomes of our nation’s Latino communities.
Liany has spent over 20 years working in the non-profit and government sectors developing programs and promoting public policies to improve the health status of communities of color across the nation. She has published several pieces on children and Latino health, and has been cited by Spanish and English media, including the New York Times and Univision.
Originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut, Liany resides in Hartford with her husband and two daughters. She holds a BA in psychology from Wellesley College, an MPH from Columbia University, and is Certified in Public Health.
After working in the Clinton-Gore Administration, at both the Department of State and the White House, Diana Berrent attended Cornell Law School …
After working in the Clinton-Gore Administration, at both the Department of State and the White House, Diana Berrent attended Cornell Law School, practiced law at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, and traveled with the President as he built his Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative.
Berrent was among the first New Yorkers to receive a positive diagnosis for Covid-19, she founded the world’s largest Covid grassroots movement, Survivor Corps, with the mission of mobilizing an army of survivors to donate their convalescent plasma and support science by participating in every scientific study for which they qualify. One week after its establishment, the Washington Post named Survivor Corps “the number one idea in America to stem the tide of the pandemic.” With a current membership over 110K, Survivor Corps is partnered with blood banks, biotech companies developing plasma-based therapeutics, and research universities.
Berrent has taken on a role as a leading voice on Covid as a patient advocate and has become a staple in both domestic and foreign media. She formally briefed the foreign press corps through the Department of State on the subject of convalescent plasma and has been featured, with Survivor Corps, in over 2,500 pieces since late March. She now serves as an advisor to Microsoft, Apple, and Google in their Covid efforts and works with Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in the establishment of a longitudinal study of Covid patients at Columbia Presbyterian called Recovery Corps. Berrent recently spoke in Washington DC at the National Day of Remembrance, has written opinion pieces published in leading national newspapers, and is currently serving on a GAO Panel on Disabilities.
Survivor Corps has partnered with Indiana School of Medicine to create groundbreaking research and has assembled a Medical Advisory Board with leading doctors and scientists such as Secretary Shulkin who serves as a Special Advisor, to understand Long Term Covid. Our most recent report, an IRB approved study of 4K non-hospitalized patients, proved the ineffectiveness of temperature checks in screening for Covid; only 4.6% of adults presented with fever during the time when they were contagious with Covid. Research such as this will be the key in closing the gap on science and policy.
Berrent will be interviewing Dr. Fauci in a live, on the record, event on October 30th and was recently named one of the Atlantic Council’s Unsung Heroes for 2020.
Survivor Corps has become the leading patient advocacy group for those suffering from Long Term Covid advocating for public-private partnerships, a national covid strategy that includes all, Long Term Covid Care Centers established nationally, and a parallel race for a Long Term Covid therapeutic that matches Operation Warp Speed’s race for a vaccine.
Lauren is an immigration attorney and the founder & Executive Director of the non-profit the Brave House …
Lauren is an immigration attorney and the founder & Executive Director of the non-profit the Brave House - where she advocates for young immigrant women in New York City. Lauren was previously an attorney at the non-profit the Safe Passage Project, where she was an Equal Justice Works fellow and she provided legal representation to refugee children fleeing gender-based violence. Lauren co-founded Las Mariposas (“the butterflies”), a girls empowerment group at Safe Passage, where she organized monthly activities aimed at wellness and community, such as self-defense, photography, and dancing.
Lauren was honored on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Law and Policy in 2019 and Brooklyn Magazine's 30 Under 30 class as well. She was quoted in the New York Times regarding the challenges that immigration attorneys face during the Trump Administration. Lauren graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served on the board of the Harvard Immigration Project and worked in non-profits in Morocco, Thailand, Jordan, Tanzania and Cambodia on various human rights issues. Before law school, Lauren spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in Innsbruck, Austria, and worked at a refugee center in Cape Town, South Africa. Originally from Boston, Lauren graduated summa cum laude from Boston College in 2011 with a double major in Political Science and German. When not in the courtroom, Lauren can be found going for a run in Prospect Park or on the dance floor at Daybreaker, an early-morning sober dance party hosted at locations throughout New York City.
Sheila Davis is the Chief Nursing Officer at Partners In Health (PIH) and has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS and global health delivery for the past three decades …
Sheila Davis is the Chief Nursing Officer at Partners In Health (PIH) and has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS and global health delivery for the past three decades. She was PIH's Chief of Ebola Response in Sierra Leone and Liberia and continues to work in West Africa as well as all of PIH's country sites. Shelia received her Bachelors in Nursing from Northeastern University and Masters in nursing science as an adult nurse practitioner and Doctorate in nursing practice with a concentration in global health from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. In addition to her role with Partners In Health, Sheila was an adult nurse practitioner at MGH Infectious Diseases outpatient practice for 19 years and was an assistant professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions from 2008-2014. She is currently adjunct faculty in the School of Nursing at University of California San Francisco. In 2004 Sheila co-founded an NGO with her nursing colleagues in South Africa and Boston, devoted to developing rural nursing clinics and malnutrition programs. Sheila was part of the 2012 RWJ Executive Nurse Fellow cohort.
Born in El Paso, Texas, Margarita Guzman is a queer Chicana and survivor of intimate partner violence …
Born in El Paso, Texas, Margarita Guzman is a queer Chicana and survivor of intimate partner violence. She received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and her law degree from George Washington University School of Law. Upon graduating from law school, Margarita established a legal clinic for indigent Spanish-speaking mental health consumers in New York City. Her legal practice later focused on representing primarily Latinx immigrant survivors of domestic violence in housing, family and immigration legal matters, as well as teen and young adult survivors. In 2013, she entered civil service at the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, where she ran the Bronx Family Justice Center until joining the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) in 2017. She currently serves as Executive Director at VIP, working with largely immigrant and low-income Latinx survivors of domestic and sexual violence. As a survivor and a lawyer, Margarita has lived the limits of criminal and civil legal responses to violence and seeks to increase restorative and transformative justice practices to support survivors and change abusive behaviors.
Kori Hale is the CEO and Co-Founder of CultureBanx, a digital news platform redefining business and tech news for minorities through music …
Kori Hale is the CEO and Co-Founder of CultureBanx, a digital news platform redefining business and tech news for minorities through music. Her online platform delivers high quality content focused on market-driven stories, innovative products and services that culture leads the way in transforming. Prior to starting CultureBanx, Kori was part of the launch team for digital media millennial news company Cheddar. She has the distinct privilege of being the first black woman to anchor a daily news show from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Kori is also a leading Forbes contributor, covering the intersection of business and culture. Previously she was a TV Producer for CNBC’s top-rated shows Squawk on the Street and Squawk Alley. Before joining CNBC, Kori was an international producer for Bloomberg TV and a financial correspondent for TheStreet.com.
Kori’s passion for business news started with her role at UBS Investment Bank in London and continued when she returned to the states to work as an Investment Banker for Goldman Sachs.
She is an active public speaker and has presented at the SXSW Conference, Cannes Lions Festival, Forbes 30 Under 30 Conference, United Nations General Assembly, Mosaic Genius Gathering, Barclays Bank, Facebook, Bloomberg, Anheuser-Busch, Social Innovation Summit, UBS Investment Bank, Syracuse University and New York University.
Kori received her undergraduate degree in Finance from Hampton University and a Masters degree in Broadcast Digital Journalism from Syracuse University. She is passionate about the importance of the arts and community involvement. As a board member for Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Kori is part of a generation of emerging arts supporters.
Kemi Ilesanmi is Executive Director of The Laundromat Project, which advances artists and neighbors as change agents in their own communities …
Kemi Ilesanmi is Executive Director of The Laundromat Project, which advances artists and neighbors as change agents in their own communities. With 20yrs of experience in the cultural arena, she is inspired by the immense possibilities for joyful justice at the intersection of arts and community. Prior to joining The LP, she was Director of Grants and Services at Creative Capital Foundation where she supported the work of American artists making adventurous new work. From 1998-2004, she was visual arts curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. While there, she organized several exhibitions, including The Squared Circle: Boxing in Contemporary Art, and ran the visual arts residency program. In 2015, she was appointed by the Mayor of New York City to the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and has served as Chair since 2020. She has been honored by the Metropolitan Museum and Project for Empty Space and serves on the boards of the Joan Mitchell Foundation and The Broad Room, as well as advisory boards for Brooklyn Public Library, Smith College Museum of Art, Black Arts Future Fund, Indigo Arts Alliance, and WNET All Arts. A graduate of Smith College, NYU, and Coro Leadership NY, she is also a Sterling Network Fellow.
Julia Iyasere, M.D., is Vice President of the NewYork-Presbyterian Center for Health Justice …
Julia Iyasere, M.D., is Vice President of the NewYork-Presbyterian Center for Health Justice. In this role, she leads the Center’s efforts to address longstanding health disparities due to race, socio-economic differences, limited access to care, and other complex factors that impact the wellbeing of our communities disproportionately. Established in 2020, the Center for Health Justice works collaboratively with representatives from NYP, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons to be a leader in the understanding and improving of health equity, and to drive action that results in measurable improvements in health outcomes for all.
A native of Southern California, Dr. Iyasere moved to the East Coast to attend Yale University where she graduated with a B.S. in Molecular Biology with a focus in Neuroscience. After a year working in cancer cell biology and cell signaling cascades at Harvard Medical School, she joined the Columbia community at Columbia Vagelos College of Physician and Surgeons (VP&S), eventually choosing to pursue a dual degree with Columbia Business School and graduating with an M.D./M.B.A in 2008. After completing her residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia, Dr. Iyasere stayed for a year as Chief Resident before joining the Division of General Medicine at Columbia in 2012. She completed a part-time fellowship in Medical Simulation at the Mary and Michael Jaharis Simulation Center at VP&S during her first year with the Division.
Dr. Iyasere brings more than a decade of experience in medicine to her new role. She was previously the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Service Lines and the Co-Director of the Care Team Office. She was also Director of the Leadership Education and Development for Physicians (LEAD) Academy, Associate Designated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Education at NYPH, and the Associate Program Director of the Columbia Internal Medicine Residency Training Program. An Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Dr. Iyasere continues to see patients as an internist in the Section for Hospital Medicine.
Anuja Khemka, MSW, is a New York City-based philanthropy leader with expertise in mental health …
Anuja Khemka, MSW, is a New York City-based philanthropy leader with expertise in mental health. In 2020, Anuja was appointed Executive Director of Children’s Hope India, an international organization dedicated to lifting children from poverty through prosperity. Since its founding 28 years ago, Children’s Hope India has touched the lives of more than 300,000 children’s lives through its work to bring high quality education, healthcare, nutrition and skills attainment to the most vulnerable populations in India and New York.
From 2017 to 2020, as Executive Director, she led the Steve Fund, an organization dedicated to supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color. Under her leadership, The Steve Fund partnered with universities around the country to rebuild their campuses as culturally-sensitive environments and has directly impacted 2.5 million young people of color.
Anuja is the creator of the Campfire Method, a storytelling tool for parents that leverages a mental health lens so that kids develop mindsets and strengths to face challenges from stress and anxiety to peer pressure and bullying--all of which is covered in an ongoing column on Thrive Global. She is also an active columnist on Forbes where she shares how today’s most successful leaders transform emotional obstacles (e.g., stress, burnout) into powerful motivators. In addition, she is in the process of developing a series of books to help children build a sense of self, a growth mindset, and more resilience. She was also recently selected as an advisor to help the New York State Health Foundation select grantees for their Special Initiatives Fund. In 2020, she was named in Crain’s Notable in Healthcare list for her contributions to the field during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anuja held leadership positions in philanthropy for 15 years before joining the Steve Fund. Most recently, at JPMorgan Chase, she served as Vice President for Global Philanthropy. Prior to that, Anuja was in Goldman Sachs’ Private Equity Group. Anuja received her Master’s in Social Work and Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University, where she was a Management Fellow. She also holds a B.A. in Business Economics from Brown University. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Forbes, Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Youth Today, and the New York Times.
Anuja is a regular speaker at national conferences dealing with emotional wellness and mental health, including those with eBay, Kaiser Permanente, Morgan Stanley, Georgetown University, Stanford University/The Impact Experience, the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, CUNY, the Templeton Foundation, and others.
Deepa Kumaraiah, MD, MBA, is Senior Vice President of Service Lines and Chief Physician, NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Groups …
Deepa Kumaraiah, MD, MBA, is Senior Vice President of Service Lines and Chief Physician, NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Groups, as well as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and practicing cardiac intensivist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Kumaraiah provides leadership, strategic vision, and management for the clinical service lines and their integration across the NewYork-Presbyterian enterprise. She leads ongoing efforts to drive transformation of service lines through standardization, regionalization, and virtualization while ensuring one single standard of care is provided across NewYork-Presbyterian’s 10-campuses and over 140 clinics throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Westchester.
Prior to her current role, Dr. Kumaraiah was the Vice President of Clinical Strategy and Service Lines and Associate Chief Medical Officer at NewYork-Presbyterian. During her time at NYP, she has worked on numerous population health initiatives including NYP’s DSRIP program and NewYork Quality Care ACO and served as an advisor and investment committee member of NYP Ventures.
She has also worked as a healthcare consultant for McKinsey and Company. Dr. Kumaraiah has received numerous awards and honors, including being named Physician of the Year by NewYork-Presbyterian and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Kumaraiah graduated with a ScB (Bachelor of Science) from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She received her MD from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kumaraiah completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and her cardiovascular fellowship training at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
Jenny is the Director the Administrative Services Division at the New York City Council’s Office of Speaker Corey Johnson …
Jenny is the Director the Administrative Services Division at the New York City Council’s Office of Speaker Corey Johnson. She oversees a team that manages the internal operations of the City Council. Prior to this role, Jenny served as the Director of the Community Engagement Division, where she led a team of dedicated professionals who engage New Yorkers through civic participation while enhancing their connection with the City Council.
Jenny is a community relations management and strategic philanthropy professional with extensive experience in the corporate, non-profit, and public sectors. She has over 28 years of experience in the corporate arena that included strategic philanthropy, community relations, middle market banking, community development lending, and retail banking at JPMorgan Chase, the largest financial institution in the country.
Her passion for making a difference motivated Jenny to serve for 30 years as a director on the board of the Chinese-American Planning Council, one of the nation’s largest Asian American non-profit multi-social service agencies that provide programs and services enabling immigrant and low-income families to become economically self-sufficient. She earned the respect from fellow directors who elected her to serve twice as Board Chair.
As the Covid-19 pandemic hit New York City, Jenny jumped into volunteer mode while still working from home full time. She began volunteering with Rethink Food NYC to distribute free culturally sensitive meals to seniors and those in need throughout the Chinatown and Lower East Side area. To date, Jenny and the volunteer team has delivered close to 420,000 meals. And in her spare time, Jenny delivered meals to frontline workers nightly at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital. Jenny collaborated with local leaders and created the Neighbors Helping Neighbors free fresh produces and groceries delivery program, helping many seniors on SNAP benefits purchase their much needed staples. Regardless the need, Jenny has made herself available to help.
Jenny is the first Asian American elected as Democratic District Leader in New York City. She has been re-elected to this volunteer position in the 65AD, Part D, since 1995. A leader in the local political process, Jenny serves as the Vice Chair of the New York State Democratic Committee, and is a Democratic State Committee Member in 65AD. She has been a director of the board at the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee since 2010 and serves as Vice President of the board.
Jenny graduated Cum Laude and earned a B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Management Science from Yale University. Jenny, her husband, and son live in lower Manhattan where she grew up.
Amanda Obidike is the Executive Director of STEMi Makers Africa. In this role, she provides leadership, strategy management and oversees the design …
Amanda Obidike is the Executive Director of STEMi Makers Africa. In this role, she provides leadership, strategy management and oversees the design and implementation of sustainable Community projects and STEM Education across 17 Sub-Saharan countries by preparing the next generation of Africans with STEM lucrative skills for Africa's workforce.
Forbes Science marked her as the Nigerian changing the culture fabric for young girls to embrace STEM. In addition to STEM, Amanda addresses thematic topics on Social Innovation, Data Science, Youth Development and reform in Education Curriculum.
She serves as a Mentor in the New York Academy of Science, Cherie Blair Foundation, the 1million Women in Tech, Global thinkers for Women where she lends her voice, knowledge, and serves as a role model to girls in Africa.
She was given the Technology Rising Star Award by WOC; Michigan, Positive Impact Award of Athena40: The World Most Innovative Women, 2020; 100 Leading Ladies in Africa, and Role Model Finalist in Booking.com Technology Playmakers Awards, for successfully championing diversity for the girl child.
Currently serves on the Leadership Board of the 500 Women Scientists, USA and writing a Research on "Digital Transformation for Development: e-learning, lifelong learning and Education Strategy", a Research presented to West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN).
Doniece Sandoval inspired LavaMaeX’s work to transform the way communities see and serve people moving through homelessness. …
Doniece Sandoval inspired LavaMaeX’s work to transform the way communities see and serve people moving through homelessness.
She founded the organization in 2013 as a solution to the lack of showers and toilets available to her unhoused neighbors in San Francisco. The nonprofit, then called Lava Mae, started out with two retrofitted city buses and has grown from a three-person team to a staff of 24, with operations in San Francisco, the East Bay, and Los Angeles. In early 2020, Doniece restructured it as LavaMaeX, a nonprofit accelerator that trains communities around the world to deliver street-based services.
Early in LavaMaeX’s development, Doniece conceived the philosophy of Radical Hospitality—delivering an unexpected level of care—based on her belief that opportunity unfolds when people are treated with dignity and that people everywhere will rise to the level of respect they receive. The concept continues to guide LavaMaeX’s work.
Today Doniece is focused on giving communities around the world the tools and knowledge they need to serve their unhoused neighbors. The LavaMaeX DIY tool kit, which launched in 2017, has been downloaded more than 3,000 times from the nonprofit’s buildIt platform, and LavaMaeX has trained, advised, and inspired more than 170 communities to build their own mobile hygiene programs.
A former marketing executive with a long history of community involvement, Doniece moved to San Francisco following two years of volunteering with the Red Cross, helping the survivors of 9/11. Prior to starting LavaMaeX, Doniece was chief external relations officer for ZERO1, an organization dedicated to showcasing the work of some of the most fertile minds in art, science, design, architecture, and technology. Before that she was head of marketing at the San Jose Museum of Art, where she grew a young adult audience and raised the museum’s brand profile regionally.
Doniece also led communications for the Family Violence Prevention Fund (now Futures Without Violence), worked with corporate brands such as Coca-Cola and ToysRUs.com, and helped brand a host of small San Francisco–based design companies.
She has earned numerous awards and honors for her work with LavaMaeX, including Nonprofit HR’s Women to Watch (2019), a 2017 CNN Hero award, a 2017 James Irvine Foundation Leadership award, and the KIND Foundation’s KIND People Award (2016). In March 2019 she was a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford University’s Haas Center.
In 2020, Doniece stepped away as LavaMaeX’s CEO into an advisor role. As an expert source, Doniece brings street-seasoned insights to topics such as scaling and replicating a social enterprise or nonprofit; solutions for ending the cycle of homelessness; and how communities can harness the power of collaboration and partnerships to address pressing challenges.
Dr. Judy Yee is Professor and University Chair of Radiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System …
Dr. Judy Yee is Professor and University Chair of Radiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System. Dr. Yee obtained her medical degree and performed her residency training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she is now the first woman Chair of the Radiology Department. Prior to this role she was the Vice-Chair of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She was also Director of the 3D Imaging Lab and Chief of Radiology at the San Francisco VA.
Montefiore Health System primarily serves the vulnerable and underserved patients located in the Bronx with a core value of social justice for all. At Montefiore, we work with patients everyday who are afflicted with potentially devastating diseases that disproportionately affect the poor and people of color. When New York City became a hotspot for COVID-19 in March of 2020, Dr. Yee rapidly and successfully worked with her team located at one of the hottest spots of the pandemic to effectively and safely take care of patients. The health system had to rapidly ramp up for an overflow of critically ill patients.
At the height of the pandemic in April of 2020, Montefiore had approximately 2,000 COVID-19 inpatients. Dr. Yee quickly developed a command center in her department, and immediately put new safety procedures in place. She reallocated and renovated space in radiology at all the member hospitals in the health system to accommodate sick patients, immediately secured loaner equipment such as portable X-ray units to take care of COVID-19 patients, and helped to acquire much needed PPE. Dr. Yee led a task force in her department to work on infection control and changing safety protocols, assure adequate staffing, and to help innovate and expand new technologies such as telehealth to make sure patients could be taken care of from home if possible. She used her 3D Imaging Lab to work on 3D printing hundreds of face shields to protect hospital staff. To this day her efforts continue on behalf of patients as the health system prepares for a potential second surge.
Dr. Yee is also widely known as an accomplished abdominal radiologist with a research focus on CT Colonography (CTC, also known as Virtual Colonoscopy), as well as bowel, liver and pancreatic imaging. She has published multiple landmark studies and is widely considered a pioneer in the field of CT Colonography which is now used for colorectal cancer screening and diagnosis around the world. CT Colonography is a less invasive test that is now supported by the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Because colorectal cancer is more common in younger African Americans who have lower screening rates, CTC can help bring in more patients to be screened. She has personally taught hundreds of radiologists on how to use this new technology to help improve screening rates for colorectal cancer around the country and around the world, especially in underserved regions.
Dr. Yee is an experienced leader and provides valuable service to many organizations. She served as the President of SAR (Society of Abdominal Radiology) from 2015-2016 which is the largest organization in her field in the country. In this role she started new initiatives including a Mentoring Program, a Leadership Program and a Development Fund. She is Chair of the American College of Radiology Colon Cancer Committee and advocates nationally for increasing colorectal cancer screening particularly in areas where there are health disparities in underserved communities, including at Montefiore in the Bronx. She is a Founding Member of the Colon Cancer Foundation Interdisciplinary Medical Advisory Committee (IMAC). She is a member of the Global Radiology Leaders Board for Health4The World which brings educational opportunities to underserved populations around the world. She is a member of the Board and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the New York State Radiologic Society and a past member of the Commission for Diversity and Inclusion for the American College of Radiology. She is a fellow of the American College of Radiology, the Society of Abdominal Radiology and the Society of Advanced Body Imaging.
Dr. Yee is a popular invited speaker nationally and globally and she is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academy of Medical Educators, Visiting Professorship Award from the SAR, Best Speaker Award of the American Roentgen Ray Society, and the UCSF Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Award. As a testament to her international renown, she received the 2019 Honorary Fellow Award of the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) in recognition of her global contributions to the field. Dr. Yee is the first woman to receive this honor in the 30 year history of ESGAR.
Jo-Ann Yoo has dedicated a significant part of her life to Asian American and immigrant communities in New York City. For the past seven years …
Jo-Ann Yoo has dedicated a significant part of her life to Asian American and immigrant communities in New York City. For the past seven years, she has led the Asian American Federation, the premier Asian American leadership and advocacy organization in New York City.
As its executive director, Jo-Ann led a two-year campaign that resulted in electric bikes used by immigrant food delivery workers being legalized in 2020. She also led the campaign for expanding language access, resulting in Local Law 30 in 2017, as well as the campaign against prohibitive signage fees being levied on small business owners that led to the passage of the Awnings Act 2018.
Jo-Ann also co-led the development and implementation of the Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund, a City Council initiative that supports organizations serving Black, Latino, and Asian communities. She has directed the publication of reports on Asian American poverty, challenges to mental health access, the state of Asian seniors and children, and most recently, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Asian American employment. These publications have been hugely influential in contributing to the understanding of issues facing Asian American communities in New York.
Jo-Ann currently serves on the boards of Nonprofit New York and the Advocacy Institute. She has a J.D. from the University of Denver and is a Coro New American Leaders Fellow, as well as a graduate of the Executive Management training program at the Harvard Business School. In 2020, she was named as one of the most influential Asian Americans in Politics and Policy in New York by City and State.