Managing Partner CVC Capital Partners
Based in New York, Chris oversees private equity activities in North America and the CVC Capital Markets Team. He is on the board of the CVC Capital Partners advisory business, is the Co-Chairman member of the Europe/North America Private Equity Board, and also sits on the Human Resources Committee. Prior to joining CVC, Chris worked for Investcorp as Head of Private Equity, North America after joining as Managing Director in 1996. Chris holds a BA Degree in Economics from Drew University, New Jersey and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University.
EVP and Chief People, Policy & Purpose Officer, Cisco
Francine Katsoudas is Executive Vice President and Chief People, Policy & Purpose Officer of Cisco. In this role, Fran oversees critical functions that instill Cisco’s conscious culture, contribute to the company’s overall performance, and advance Cisco’s purpose to Power an Inclusive Future For All.
As head of the People, Policy & Purpose Organization, Fran leads an ecosystem comprised of People & Communities, Corporate Affairs, Workplace Resources, and Government Affairs & Country Digital Acceleration. This strategic alignment of functions and expertise ensures holistic care for the well-being of Cisco’s people, establishes Cisco as a trusted and valued partner to governments and global leaders, and extends Cisco’s reach to positively impact communities everywhere in alignment with the company purpose.
A 25-year veteran of Cisco, Fran has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale growth, cultivating successful leaders and teams, and constructing an employee-first culture. Prior to her current role, she served as HR business partner to the Engineering leadership team, and held positions in the Service Provider, HR Operations, Customer Service, Acquisition Integration and Services groups. Prior to Cisco, Fran worked in both the financial and professional services industries with a focus on customer service and operations.
Fran currently serves on the Board of Directors for Americares, Global Citizen, and ADP.
Passionate about social justice, Fran is an activist and advocate for a variety of causes close to her heart, particularly women’s leadership, homeless youth, and the Latino community. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley, Fran lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.
Chris Anderson is the Curator of TED, a nonprofit devoted to sharing valuable ideas, primarily through the medium of ‘TED talks’ – short talks that are offered free online to a global audience.
After a career in journalism, and publishing Chris Anderson became the Curator of the TED conference in 2002 and has developed it into a global platform for disseminating ideas worth spreading.
Chris was born in rural Pakistan, and grew up in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where his father worked as a missionary eye surgeon. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy and Politics, and then entered journalism. In 1985 he formed a tiny start-up to launch a computer magazine. Its success led to more launches, and his company Future Publishing grew rapidly under the slogan “media with passion.” Chris expanded to the United States in 1994, where he built Imagine Media, publisher of Business 2.0 magazine, and creator of the popular games website IGN. The combined companies eventually spawned more than 100 monthly magazines, employing 2,000 people. They allowed Chris to create a private nonprofit foundation, the Sapling Foundation, devoted to leveraging the power of ideas. Sapling acquired the TED Conference in 2001, and Chris then left his businesses to focus on growing TED. Under his stewardship TED has broadened its scope to include not only technology, entertainment and design but also science, politics, business, the arts and global issues. In 2006 TED began free distribution of its talks on the the web.
Executive Vice President, Universal Music Group
Michele Anthony is Executive Vice President of Universal Music Group. Among her responsibilities, Anthony oversees the U.S. Commercial Services Division that includes sales, live events, label merchandising, college marketing and fan and consumer engagement. In that role, she works with the company’s U.S. labels to maximize commercial and strategic opportunities to establish new revenue streams, form alliances with third parties, and create a variety of special projects.
Additionally, Anthony is responsible for UMG’s global brand partnerships, the company’s Canadian operations and Universal Music Enterprises, the U.S. catalog division. She also oversees development of UMG’s film, television and theatrical projects alongside Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson. She most recently founded 7H Entertainment, a consulting and management firm whose clients included Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne, Prince, Björk and Soundgarden.
Prior to forming 7H in 2006, Anthony was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Sony Music Label Group U.S. where she oversaw the day-to-day management and operations of the company’s labels. Before Sony Music, Anthony was a partner in the entertainment law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Phillips, where her clients included Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Ozzy Osbourne, Soundgarden, Rick Rubin, Sub Pop Records, The Sugarcubes and The Pixies.
Anthony also chairs the Global Poverty Project (GPP) – Global Citizen Tickets Initiative, a campaign whereby major artists donate concert tickets that are earned when users take specified actions to end global poverty. She also is an advisor for GPP’s Annual Central Park Global Citizen Festival.
Nir Bar Dea,
Co-Chief Executive Officer, Bridgewater
Nir Bar Dea is Bridgewater’s Co-Chief Executive Officer, serving alongside Mark Bertolini. Together, they set and drive the strategic goals of the company and oversee the day-to-day management of the firm. Nir is also a Partner, a member of the Operating Board of Directors, and co-chairs the Executive and Operating Committees.
Nir’s career at Bridgewater began in the Research department, where he took on the opportunity to shape the future of the organization, working closely with company leadership to drive the key transformative initiatives in the investment function and beyond. Under Nir’s stewardship, the firm’s front office was reimagined by fully integrating the Research, Portfolio Construction, and Trading departments into the unified Investment Engine that exists today.
More recently, Nir served as Co-Head of the Investment Engine, where he worked closely with the Co-Chief Investment Officers and CEO to manage the Investment Engine and spearhead Bridgewater’s holistic department-level strategic vision. While in that role, Nir was responsible for the establishment of Bridgewater’s Investment Committee, an important step in the transition of the firm’s investment governance to the next generation of talent.
In February 2021, Nir was named Deputy CEO, a role in which he partnered with then-CEO David McCormick in managing the firm. With David, Nir established the decision-making structures used to guide the strategic and operational management of the company — the Executive, Operating and Commercial Committees. Leading up to and throughout his time as Deputy CEO, Nir — with the team — directed Bridgewater’s response to the COVID pandemic: from maintaining business continuity through remote work, to establishing safety posture and protocols, to thinking critically about the future of work at Bridgewater. In January 2022, he was named Bridgewater’s Co-CEO.
Prior to joining Bridgewater in 2015, Nir served as Advisor to the Israeli Mission to the United Nations in the 2014 General Assembly. He also has a diverse background in entrepreneurship, having run a multinational real estate investment operation and founded a drone technology start up. Originally from outside Tel Aviv, Nir is a retired major and a platoon leader in the Israeli Defense Forces.
Nir received his MBA from Wharton and his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Interdisciplinary Center at IDC Herzliya, where he graduated first in his class. In 2020, Nir was named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40” in Finance.
Executive Director, HeadCount
Andy Bernstein helped found HeadCount in 2004, and became its executive director in the Spring of 2008. Under his leadership, the organization has registered over one million voters, forged alliances with hundreds of musicians and entertainers, and run dozens of successful voter engagement campaigns with partners such as Spotify, MTV and Vans. He was recently chosen as an honoree in the 2021 Billboard ‘Change Agents’ list in recognition of HeadCount's unprecedented impact during the 2020 election.
He has been a featured speaker at the South by Southwest music conference and appeared as an expert commentator on ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and multiple other media outlets. He also oversaw production of public service announcements starring Jay-Z, Dave Matthews, members of the Grateful Dead and Brockhampton, the most recent of which was distributed by the Ad Council.
Prior to creating HeadCount, Andy was best known in the music community as an author of "The Pharmer's Almanac", a guide to the band Phish that sold over 70,000 copies. He also worked in sports for over a decade, serving as media editor of Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal. and later as Vice President of U.S. Corporate Development at the technology company Kangaroo TV.
A 1994 graduate of Brown University, Bernstein resides in a slopeside condominium at the Mountain Creek ski resort, not far from New York City,
Chief Operating Officer for U.S. Concerts, Live Nation Entertainment
Mark Campana is the Chief Operating Officer for U.S. Concerts at Live Nation Entertainment. Prior to COO, he was Co President of North American Concerts and prior to this position, he operated as President of the Midwest Region for the company. Mark has worked for the company, or its predecessors, since 1980. His first position was in 1979 with the Nederlander Organization as part of the management team responsible for the opening of the Poplar Creek Music Theater in Chicago. Over the next 10 years, he was a Project Manager for the amphitheater construction in Chicago, Toronto, Cincinnati, and Washington D.C.; he also worked at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. In 1989, he moved into the Booking Department, and in 1994 he became the head of talent acquisition for all Nederlander music facilities outside of Los Angeles. As the head of booking, he was responsible for six amphitheaters, various clubs, theaters, and parks around the country. With the SFX acquisition of the Nederlander Organization, he was appointed the responsibility of booking Chicago, Milwaukee, and Cincinnati, and he eventually became the Regional Vice President of Operations upon the Clear Channel acquisition of SFX. Mark graduated with a degree in Theater and Arts Management from Illinois State University.
Manager, Pearl Jam (Retired)
Kelly Curtis has managed Pearl Jam since the band’s inception in 1990. Prior to this, Curtis served as publicist and road manager to rock band Heart (1976 - 1983), tour manager to Japanese metal band Loudness (1983 - 1985), as well as manager to Pearl Jam precursor Mother Love Bone (1983 – 1985).
Always peripherally involved with a host of film and TV projects, Curtis has lent his considerable knowledge of the world of music, surf and skate to such notable ventures as Say Anything (researcher, 1989), Singles (associate producer, 1992), Almost Famous (tech advisor, 2000), Lords of Dogtown (music consultant, 2005), Pearl Jam Twenty (producer, 2011), Showtime series Roadies (producer, 2016) and Let's Play Two (producer, 2017).
Kelly Curtis also serves as the label head of Stardog Records.
Senior Advisor for Policy, Advocacy and Communications, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Daniel Green is a senior advisor for policy, advocacy and communications at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, based in South Africa.
Prior to his current role, Dan was director of the global Program Advocacy and Communications team based at the foundation’s headquarters in Seattle, Washington. In that role, Dan led the team that focuses on advocacy and communications across its global initiatives (e.g., HIV, Family Planning, Financial Services for the Poor, Agriculture Development, etc.) to help generate the awareness, resources, partnerships, and policy changes necessary to achieve the foundation’s goals. Dan also launched and led the first portfolio of media funding at the foundation.
Prior to joining the foundation, Dan was senior vice president at Home Front Communications, a media and digital consulting firm based in Washington, DC. Before his consulting and foundation work, Dan was a 17-year veteran of ABC News, having worked at its southern Africa bureau from 1990-93 and then as a producer and senior producer at Nightline for more than twelve years. His worked earned him three Emmy Awards, a Columbia DuPont Gold Baton, and a Peabody. Dan earned a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a master’s in International Affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
COO, Women's World Banking
Tom is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Women’s World Banking, an international NGO committed to eliminating financial inequities by bringing low-income women the access and resources they need to secure their futures. He has also served as the institution’s Chief Financial Officer.
Tom is also a Co-founder and Partner of MohrJones, a management consulting firm committed to helping nonprofits secure their future through investments in proper business practices and tools, ultimately enhancing transparency and impact. The firm has led successful turnaround and growth strategies, showing nonprofits how to make, spend, and talk about money.
Prior to joining Women's World Banking in 2010, Tom spent nearly a decade with the New York City Economic Development Corporation under the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations as a Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration and Budget Director. Tom began his career as a political aide in the office of U.S. Senator Jon Kyl.
Tom holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University at Buffalo, a M.P.A. from the University of Arizona, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
As a Director of the Board for Global Citizen/Global Poverty Project, he chairs the audit and finance committee and the governance committee.
Randall Lane is the Editor of Forbes magazine and is responsible for the editorial content that differentiates it in print. Mr. Lane rejoined the company in September 2011; he had worked at Forbes in a variety of positions—reporter, staff writer, and Washington Bureau Chief from 1991-1997—and was the author of five cover stories. Most recently, Mr. Lane was Editor-at-Large at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Previously, he co-founded and served as editor-in-chief of six magazines, including P.O.V. (Adweek’s “Startup of the Year”), Trader Monthly, and Dealmaker. As a hobby, Mr. Lane, a certified sommelier, served as Chief Restaurant Critic for Time Out New York, where he was a National Magazine Award Finalist. He is a frequent television commentator and the author of The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane.
CEO, J.P. Morgan Wealth Management
Kristin Lemkau is the CEO of J.P. Morgan U.S. Wealth Management, with $700B in Assets Under Management and 5,000 advisors in 5,000 branches and 20+ offices. Previously, she was CMO of J.P. Morgan Chase, where she led global brand, media, sponsorships, data and analytics, performance marketing, and consumer communications. As CMO she ranked #5 on the Forbes 2019 list of “World’s Most Influential CMOs,” Entrepreneur’s “50 Most Daring,” Ad Age’s “10 Power Players,” and Business Insider’s “50 Most Innovative CMOs.” Her work on advancing diversity earned her the International Radio & Television Society’s Hall of Mentorship. She is the co-chair of the Robin Hood Foundation’s Leadership Council and on the board of Global Citizen. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she lives with her husband and two children in New York.
John F. Megrue, Jr.,
Co‐Chairman, Bridgewater Associates
John Megrue is the Co‐Chairman of Bridgewater Associates, an investment management firm. Prior to joining Bridgewater Associates, John was Chairman and CEO of Apax Partners U.S., an independent global private equity advisory firm managing over $46 billion in private equity funds. From 1992 to 2005, he was a Partner at Saunders, Karp and Megrue, a mid‐market buyout private equity firm.
John currently serves on the Board of Global Citizen and is a Board member of Grameen America, the largest microfinance non‐profit in the U.S. that provides loans, savings programs, credit establishment and other financial services to women entrepreneurs living below the poverty line in the United States. John is also Vice Chairman of UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy's Office for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals. In addition, John is on the Board of Bridges Ventures, a U.S. social impact investment fund. He previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Cornell University.
As an active champion for extreme poverty eradication and the development of global health systems, with a particular focus on issues impacting women and girls, John founded and was Chairman of Born Free Africa, an initiative of the private sector to support the Global Plan towards the elimination of HIV infections among newborn children.
John had served on the Board of Directors for numerous public and private companies including Acelity, Cole Haan, Advantage Sales and Marketing, HUB International, Dollar Tree Stores, Tommy Hilfiger, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Children's Place, Hibbett Sporting Goods, MagnaCare, Tommy Bahama, RSI Home Products, Ollie's Bargain Outlets, Sunglass Hut, TAC Bankshares, Thermoscan Inc. among others.
John graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University (1980) and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1984).
Former Under-Secretary-General (USG) Executive Director (ED) of UN Women
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is former United Nations Under- Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She was awarded a doctorate in Technology and Education from Warwick University. She has authored several scholarly and other opinion pieces. A Hauser Leader at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. She became a Member of Parliament, Deputy Minister of Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of Minerals and Energy, and finally as Deputy President of South Africa in 2005 to 2008, Dr. Mlambo-Ngcuka worked tirelessly on programmes and policies to reduce inequality. As the head of the UN Women, she has been a global advocate for women and girls. She established initiatives such as the HeForShe for men and boys to address gender equality. She also successfully mobilized an historic $40 billion USD for women and girls around the world. She is a founder and leader of Umlambo Foundation which is dedicated to improvement of education and digital literacy training for educators.
Founder and President, The Parker Foundation
Sean Parker is a philanthropist and entrepreneur with a record of launching genre-defining companies and organizations. He is the founder and President of the Parker Foundation, which focuses on three areas: Life Sciences, Global Public Health and Civic Engagement. In April 2016, the Parker Foundation announced a $250 million grant to form the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, which builds on Mr. Parker’s leadership in funding and promoting research into the relationship between the immune system and cancer. He helped to establish the Stand Up 2 Cancer and Cancer Research Institute's (CRI) Immunology Dream Team in 2012, and was honored by CRI with the Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research in 2013. Mr. Parker was ranked number 5 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 2014 Philanthropy 50 list. In 2016 he received the Pontifical Key Philanthropy Award from the Vatican, the Jefferson Foundation Award for Outstanding Public Service by a Private Citizen, and the Friends of Cancer Research Cancer Leadership Award.
Mr. Parker was the co-founder of Napster at age 19 and of Plaxo at 21. In 2004 he joined with Mark Zuckerberg to develop the online social network Facebook and served as Facebook's founding president, and in 2007 he co-founded Causes on Facebook, which registered 180 million people to donate money and take action around social issues. In 2014, he announced his backing of Brigade, an online platform for civic engagement. Mr. Parker is also chairman and founder of the Economic Innovation Group, based in Washington D.C. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Alexandra and their two children.
Co-founder, Tribeca Films
Jane Rosenthal is Co-Founder and Executive Chair of the multi-platform media company Tribeca Enterprises, which operates a diverse network of branded entertainment businesses, including the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, award winning Tribeca Studios, and Tribeca Film Festival International. A leading producer of film and television, she is Co-Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, one of the foremost innovative storytelling cultural events in the United States, as well as the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Tribeca Film Institute, where she also serves as co-chair of the board.
Since co-founding Tribeca Productions with Robert De Niro in 1988, Jane Rosenthal has distinguished herself as a leading film producer with a roster of both critically and commercially acclaimed work. Rosenthal produced one of the highest grossing comedy franchises of all times—Meet the Parents (2000), Meet the Fockers (2004), and Little Fockers (2010), for Universal Pictures, and has produced and executive produced several other box office sensations.
In 2001, in an effort to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan, Rosenthal co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival. Since its inception, the Festival has attracted more than 4.9 million visitors and generated over $750 million dollars in economic activity. Rosenthal also co-founded the Tribeca Film Institute, where she has served as co-chairman of the board since its inception. The Institute has become an instrumental resource for filmmakers and arts education, awarding more than $6.75 million in grants to more than 1,500 storytellers around the world and engaging with over 125,000 New York City students and teachers through its Education programs
Rosenthal has been featured numerous times in Variety’s Women in Showbiz and The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment issues. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and has been honored by The Museum of the Moving Image, Tisch School of Arts at NYU, The Matrix Award, and The National September 11th Memorial & Museum. In 2011, she was presented with the Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership from The Rockefeller Foundation and The Monteblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award for her passion and commitment for arts and culture.
Prior to founding Tribeca Productions, Rosenthal was an executive at CBS-TV and The Walt Disney Company.
Charlotte Santo Domingo
Charlotte Santo Domingo studied archaeology and anthropology at Oxford University prior to working as a producer for Mario Testino. In 2015 she co-founded a strategic consultancy firm based in NYC that specializes in lead generation and business development in the retail, consumer and luxury goods sectors. She is also very much involved in the UK expansion of DKMS: Delete Blood Cancer, which has created the largest global database of bone marrow donors.
She married Alejandro Santo Domingo, a Colombian businessman, who is at at the helm of his family’s conglomerate, the Santo Domingo Group. He is also the managing director of a New York-based investment advisory firm and was elected to the Board of Trustees at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009 and is the Chairman of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Charlotte has served on the Global Citizen Chairman’s Council.
President & CEO, Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC
Ms. Shank is a 29-year veteran of the financial services industry and founding owner of Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., LLC, formerly known as Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC. During her tenure as CEO, Siebert Cisneros Shank has grown from a start-up firm in 1996 to one which has completed over $1.2 trillion in financings for municipal issuers and $1 trillion in corporate bond and equity transactions. The firm holds the distinction of being the top ranked minority and woman owned municipal bond underwriter for 18 years and the first to be ranked in the top 10 among all firms as lead manager. Ms. Shank has crafted financing structures, credit strategies and investor outreach plans for numerous large- scale municipal bond issuers nationally. As CEO, Ms. Shank manages the financial, regulatory, and operational aspects of the firm in addition to selected client coverage.
Following the death of Muriel Siebert, the first woman to own a seat on the NYSE, Ms. Shank served as Acting CEO of Siebert Financial Corporation from September 2013 to February, 2015 to assist in transitioning the business. In this capacity she managed the publicly traded company and ensured compliance with all regulatory, federal and state securities laws. All audit personnel, internal and external, reported to the CEO.
Prior to her financial services career, Ms. Shank was a Structural Engineer for General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division, working on noise mitigation projects. While there, she served as an interface with the United States Navy, assisting with negotiating contracts with General Dynamics’ top client.
Ms. Shank has won numerous awards and honors throughout her career. She was the recipient of the “2016 Freda Johnson award for Trailblazing Women in the Public Sector” by The Bond Buyer in December of 2016. Ms. Shank was also named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in 2016” by Crain’s Detroit Business. Ms. Shank received the “Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award” by the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America in October, 2014. In April, 2014, Ms. Shank was inducted into the 2014 Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni at Georgia Institute of Technology. Ms. Shank has also been named to NBC’s “Grio 100” list, which honors African American leaders nationally, has been recognized by U.S. Banker Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Women in Finance”, by Essence Magazine in their Power List, by Black Enterprise as one of the “50 Most Influential Black Women in Business” and one of the “75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street”, and by Women in Public Finance as “She’s Our Hero”. Ms. Shank was also selected by the Wharton School of Business from among 100,000 graduates as one of its “125 Influential People and Ideas”. She has also appeared on Wall Street Week, CNBC and Bloomberg TV promoting the strength of the municipal bond market.
Ms. Shank is a leading financial services industry advocate highly active in various industry and civic organizations and actively serves on several boards, including the Spelman College Board of Trustees (Audit Co-Chair, Investment, Development Committee) and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board to the President, Bipartisan Policy Center Executive Council on Infrastructure, SIFMA Board of Directors, New York Citizen’s Budget Commission, Invest Detroit Board of Directors (Audit Committee), Wharton Graduate Board of Trustees, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Audit and Finance, Development) and is a member of the International Women’s Forum, among others.
Ms. Shank is a graduate of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance, and the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. FINRA securities registrations held include the Series 7, 24, 52, 53, 63 and 79.
Founder, CEO - Smith & Company
Judy A. Smith is Founder and CEO of Smith & Company, a strategic advisory with offices in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York and London. For more than 25 years, Ms. Smith has counseled presidents and world leaders through global crises, advised Fortune 50 CEOs through complex challenges, and helped manage the reputations of some of the world’s highest-profile individuals. A former federal prosecutor and Deputy White House Press Secretary, her groundbreaking career served as the inspiration for the hit TV show "Scandal." Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor’s in Science in public relations from Boston University and a JD from the American University Washington College of Law, where she was the first Black woman to serve on the Executive Board of the Law Review.
Former Prime Minister of Norway
Erna Solberg is former Prime Minister of Norway. She was elected in 2013 and held the position to 2021, and was Norway's second female Prime Minister.
Ms. Solberg was born and educated in Bergen. In 1986, she graduated with her cand. mag. degree in sociology, political science, statistics and economics from the University of Bergen. Ms. Solberg became politically active during her years at upper secondary school, in Young Conservatives and student organisations. During her university years she had elected posts in Bergen City Council, Bergen and Hordaland Young Conservatives and the Bergen Conservative Students’ Association.
In 1989, Ms. Solberg was elected to the Parliament (Stortinget), a post she has held since – except her period as Minister of Local Government and Regional Development (2001-2005) and Prime Minister (2013-2021). She has been leader of the Conservative Party since 2004.
Ms. Solberg was re-elected to the Parliament in 2021, and is current member of The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.
Since 2014, she has co-chaired the UN Secretary General’s Advocacy group for global goals – the Millennium Development Goals, followed by the Sustainable Development Goals. Among the goals, she takes a particular interest in ensuring quality education for girls and children, and in combating climate change and its impacts.
EVP & CMO, Verizon
Diego is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Verizon. Over the last six years, he and his team have led the widely recognized transformation of the Verizon brand from a phone company to a technology and experience brand led by purpose and innovation.
In his role, Diego oversees all aspects of Verizon’s marketing, experience design and brand communications across all business units. He is responsible for linking the company’s innovations, products and services to build Verizon’s brands, create awareness, and drive demand and loyalty across all channels. He brought together traditional marketing functions such as creative, media, partnerships and experiential marketing with customer experience, retail and product design, customer science and insights, corporate communications and social responsibility and a purposefully built in-house creative agency all under one roof to drive economic efficiency and unprecedented levels of creativity.
Diego was instrumental in building Verizon’s brand purpose, to create the networks that move the world forward, solidifying the company’s dedication to social impact. Overseeing the company’s corporate responsibility efforts, he was also at the helm of the creation of Citizen Verizon, the company’s plan for societal, economic and environmental advancement. With the introduction of 5G technology, Diego’s has undertaken the task of educating the public about the power and superiority of Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband and humanizing the network for consumers. Under his leadership, Verizon has created a massive set of best in class partners across sports, gaming, music, entertainment and culture, working with these organizations to disrupt industries and create the future of consumer experiences.
At the helm of one of the country’s largest advertisers, Diego has taken bold action to impact DEI within the marketing industry at large and has become a known activist for change. He founded adfellows in 2017, a breakthrough marketing training program offering diverse, entry-level talent, an integrated experience within Verizon and its agency partners. Since the program’s launch, it has grown to a program with 5 brand and 18 agency partners, with 90% of the fellows being placed in full time positions with a 95% retention rate within the industry.
Building on the success of adfellows and understanding the need for a multi-faceted approach to impact complex DEI issues, Diego created a responsible marketing action plan that addresses the entire marketing ecosystem from representation to investment, in partnership with IPG, Publicis and WPP.
Previously, he served as the Chief Marketing Officer of J. Crew where he drove brand growth to historical heights. Diego also spent 15 years at American Express, where he led several functions including global advertising and brand management, leading the creation of a number of iconic brand advertising and marketing campaigns including the award-winning “My Life. My Card,” as well as playing a key leadership role on major product innovations including Blue and the Centurion Card. Diego also worked at Conde Nast where he led marketing at Vogue and held several other titles.
Diego was selected by Business Insider for their "Most Innovative CMO" List in 2018, 2019 and 2020, and was named one of the "World's Most Influential CMOs" by Forbes in both 2019 and 2020; in 2020 Diego also received the Adweek Brand Genius Award and Campaign’s Power of Purpose Award.He is a member of the executive committee of the Ad Council and Co-Chair of the Adweek DEI Council.
Executive Chairman and Managing Partner, Equinox Group
Harvey Spevak is the Executive Chairman and Managing Partner of Equinox Group – a high-growth collective of the world's most influential and differentiated lifestyle brands that are disruptive leaders in the convergence of fitness, experiences, and community. Grounded in his vision to empower people to maximize their potential and their lives, Spevak is responsible for fueling continued success, building long-term strategy and identifying growth opportunities for Equinox Group’s portfolio of brands including Equinox Fitness Clubs, Equinox Hotels, SoulCycle, Blink Fitness, Precision Run, E by Equinox, Pure Yoga, and Equinox Media.
Since 1999, Spevak has led the creative vision and strategic growth for Equinox – transforming four New York City fitness clubs into a global lifestyle brand and the authority on high performance living. In 2000, he led a management buyout of Equinox to two private equity firms, North Castle Partners and J.W. Childs. In 2006, he partnered with Related Principles to acquire and secure a significant minority investment from global consumer-focused private equity firm Catterton in 2017.
Under Spevak’s leadership, the company acquired SoulCycle in May 2011 with only six locations in New York City, having since grown its thriving community to expand globally. In the same year, Spevak launched Blink Fitness, a premium and value-oriented fitness brand with locations across the U.S., and the first American outpost of Pure Yoga, Asia’s premiere yoga studio.
Spevak has been the driving force behind Equinox Hotels, which unveiled its first property in Hudson Yards in the summer of 2019 as a true culmination of the company’s lifestyle brand promise. Conceived to offer an entirely new luxury hospitality experience to meet the needs of the high-performance traveler, Equinox Hotels is poised for category disruption with plans for global expansion of additional properties over the next 10 years.
Equinox also celebrated its 100th club milestone with the opening of its iconic Hudson Yards location, the epicenter of high performance at a grand scale. Set in one monumental location, the largest club yet, first-ever hotel and masterfully designed headquarters all stand together as a testament to the brand’s strength and foreshadow the tremendous opportunities ahead. The same year, the brand launched its first stand-alone U.S. iteration of its most exclusive offering E by Equinox, co-working venture Industrious at Equinox and bespoke travel experiences Equinox Explore. In addition, the Group formalized its venture arm, Equinox Ventures.
Throughout 2020, Spevak spearheaded the genesis of an integrated omni membership model that built upon Equinox’s touted in-club offering with the launch of its Equinox+ app to create a holistic, multi-layered approach to fitness. Offering seamless access to physical and digital programming with unlimited on-demand, in-club and live classes, personalized scheduling, activity tracking, and more, Equinox+ has established itself as the world’s first-ever truly digital-meets-physical experience.
Spevak is a member of the University of Michigan’s School of Business Advisory Board, sits on the board at The Shed, New York City’s center for artistic invention, and is a principal and board member of Motivate Bikeshare Holdings LLC, a global bike share operator, including Citi Bike in New York City. In addition, Spevak contributes to several charitable organizations including Cycle for Survival, of which Equinox is a founding partner.