Mimi is a Creative Director, Marketing Professional and Social Entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of Bread + Buzz LLC, a boutique marketing and business development firm that positions both commercial and not-for-profits for success. Mimi has been an active board member for Teach for America, Kids In Crisis and the Boys and Girls Club. She has a BA from Brown University in Organizational Behavior and Semiotics.
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Leslie Bluhm is the founder of Chicago Cares, one of Chicago’s most successful nonprofits, which organizes more than 35,000 volunteer opportunities every year.
A University of Chicago Law School graduate, former attorney, and self-described workaholic do-gooder, Bluhm co-founded Chicago Cares twenty years ago after noticing that her colleagues weren’t volunteering. “I realized it wasn’t because they didn’t want to volunteer,” she recalls. “They really had no idea where to turn. They were afraid of overcommitting, or they didn’t want to do it alone.”
Bluhm had a simple but innovative solution: partner with nonprofit organizations to create service opportunities for busy working people. Since its inception, Chicago Cares has hosted over 330,000 volunteers. Collectively they have clocked more than a million hours of service, tutoring at-risk children, preparing meals at shelters, leading art workshops, and teaching computer skills to seniors, among other things.
The unique funding model that Bluhm created for Chicago Cares, in which roughly 75 percent of the organization’s income is derived from donations it receives for its customized Business Shares programming, provides a firm platform for sustainable growth. Chicago Cares is one of only 9 percent of nonprofits to receive the highest financial rating over four consecutive years from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator—a testimony to exceptional financial health and fiscal responsibility.
Bluhm served on the University of Chicago Law School’s Visiting Committee for six years. In 2010, Bluhm and her husband, David Helfand, created the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship, which recognizes socially minded innovators, entrepreneurs, and change agents who are under the age of 35.
Priti Chandaria currently lives Geneva, Switzerland. She graduated from the University of London with degrees in Public Administration and Sociology. She is a fundraising expert involved in
a lot of social and charitable work, and currently sits on several committees including Children and Action Innocence.
Priti is the oldest daughter of Kenyan businessman and philanthropist, Manu Chandaria. Manu has been hailed as one of Kenya’s leading industrialists. He is the chairman and CEO of the Comcraft Group of Companies and he sits on the boards of several other prominent East African companies. Manu Chandaria is the benefactor of numerous schools and clinics in Kenya, and has been involved with more than 25 organizations.
Priti’s daughter, Nahema Mehta, currently lives in New York and heads Absolut Art, a subsidiary of Absolute Vodka.
Matt Chanoff is co-manager of Profounder LCC, a seed stage investment fund established in 2008. He is a co-founder of Damballa and Pramana, two early stage Internet security-related companies in the Atlanta Area. As founder and president of Chanoff Consulting, Inc., Mr. Chanoff has worked with over thirty early stage companies, helping them to design business models and strategies and develop marketing and implementation strategies. He has drafted more than forty business plans, used to raise at least $20 million in early stage investment and over $50 million in Series C and mezzanine investment. As a consultant, Mr. Chanoff has designed and implemented broad-scale market assessments and market-entry strategies in the United States, China, and Southeast Asia for Fortune 500 companies in several industries, including electronics manufacturing and components, high-tech materials, software, investment, and professional services. Mr. Chanoff’s non-profit work includes board positions with Brandeis Hillel Day School and The San Francisco Children’s Art Center, and active involvement in many educational, community development, human rights, and poverty alleviation programs in San Francisco, Kenya, Rwanda, and Israel. Mr. Chanoff holds a Masters of Arts degree in International Economics and Politics from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
Richard Cunningham is a Managing Director and member of the Senior Relationship Management team at Barclays, based in New York. Mr. Cunningham joined Barclays with the acquisition of Lehman Brothers in 2008 as the Head of Equities Distribution. Following the acquisition, he was actively engaged in combining the two organizations’ operations and re-establishing the Equities business across North America. He also led the build out of the Equities division across the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. In this capacity, he served on the Equities Executive Committee, Americas Management Committee, Sales Management Committee and Global Partnership Committee. Mr. Cunningham also acted as Vice Chairman of the Global Diversity Council which was responsible for setting the diversity strategy of the Corporate and Investment bank.
Mr. Cunningham was born in Kenya and received his early education in the country before moving to the United Kingdom. In 2004, maintaining his strong ties to the country, he built a clinic in Msumarini to help provide medical services to the Msumarini villagers and those in the surrounding areas. The clinic was originally established to treat the villagers affected by the local Al Qaeda suicide bombing in 2002, and now services 60 patients daily.
He is a Board Member of the British Memorial Garden Trust, which was formed in 2004 to raise funds and awareness for the British Gardens in New York. The Gardens were created to honor the 67 British victims of the World Trade Centre attacks, while also celebrating the historic ties of friendship binding the United States and Britain.
Mr. Cunningham received his BA with Honors from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Elizabeth Cutler is an American entrepreneur best known for co-creating the fitness phenomenon, SoulCycle. Cutler served as Co-CEO at SoulCycle from 2006 to 2015 before becoming Co-Chief Creative Officer in 2015.
Cutler and her partner Julie Rice started SoulCycle in 2006 in the rear lobby of an upper West Side dance studio found on Craigslist. Cutler and Rice grew the company to 60 studios as founders, CEO’s, and Creative Officers before departing in 2016.
Cutler and Rice were honored as one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Builders + Innovators in 2013 and 2014 and SoulCycle was voted one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Fitness of 2013 by Fast Company. SoulCycle was also rated the sixth most influential brand on Twitter at CES in January of 2015. Cutler and Rice were contributing editors to The Wall Street Journal’s Accelerators column and in 2015, Cutler and Rice were voted one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business. In 2015, Cutler and Rice were honored as two of AdWeek’s Brand Geniuses.
In 2016, Cutler and Rice formed LifeShop, an umbrella company focused on advising, investing and incubating new ideas rooted in community and emotional intelligence.
Cutler attended the University of Colorado, Boulder where she studied Art History and Religious Studies. At CU Boulder, Elizabeth developed an interest in all things fringe, from environmental activism to spirituality she dove into anything different from her conservative and Catholic upbringing in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Prior to moving to New York City, Cutler lived and worked in Telluride, Colorado. Elizabeth her husband, Allen, and their two daughters are based in New York City and enjoy all things Masterpiece Theater.
Tim is a founder and Managing General Partner of Alta Communications, a Private Equity Firm headquartered in Boston, MA. In that capacity, he sits on the board of numerous traditional and online media as well as communications companies. He began his career in 1986 at the Bank of Boston in the Acquisition Finance Division, structuring and monitoring the performance of management buyouts in cash flow industries. Tim received a degree in Economics from Wesleyan University 1986. In addition to serving on Shining Hope for Communities’ board, he is Chairman of the Board of both Year Up (yearup.org) and The Big Brothers of Massachusetts Bay, and is on the Development Committee of Right to Play.
Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker and philanthropist. Her longtime passion for women’s issues and peacebuilding culminated in her first film, the acclaimed Pray the Devil Back to Hell, about the Liberian women who peacefully ended their country’s fourteen-year civil war. The film premiered in 2008 at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the honor of Best Documentary. Abigail is currently executive producer of the groundbreaking PBS mini-series Women, War & Peace, the most comprehensive global media initiative ever mounted on the role of women in peace and conflict. The series has received a number of awards, including a Television Academy Honor, two Overseas Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and a Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association.
Abigail co-founded the Daphne Foundation, which works with low-income communities in the five boroughs of New York City. She also founded Peace is Loud, which amplifies women’s voices for peacebuilding using the power of media. Abigail serves as a board member for a number of organizations, including the Global Fund for Women and the Peace Research Endowment. Her work has been recognized through numerous awards, including the prestigious International Advocate for Peace (IAP) Award from the Cardozo Law School’s Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.
In addition, Abigail holds degrees from Yale, Stanford, and Columbia. She has been a judge at the Tribeca Film Festival, sits on the advisory board of ITVS’s groundbreaking initiative, Women and Girls Lead, and is a sought-after public speaker. She frequently travels around the country and across the globe to deliver keynote addresses, commencement speeches and lectures, and has participated in panels in diverse locations such as The Hague, Davos, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and at dozens of universities and community centers. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America.
Julian Kyula is the Group CEO and Co-founder of Mobile Decisioning (MODE), where his leadership responsibilities extend to over a hundred professional employees in over 20 markets.
Famously known for his favourite saying: “Nano credit in nano seconds”, Kyula is actively engaged in Nairobi, the firm’s key operational base in Africa. MODE is also known for its global offices in Johannesburg India, Dubai and the UK.
MODE (www.mo-de.com) focuses on providing nano credit to consumers who have little or no access to credit using their mobile devices.
Through his stewardship, since its launch in May 2010, MODE has risen to become a force to reckon within the world of technology. It was listed as a Future Fifty Company in 2014 in the United Kingdom, a fete that has multiplied its growth in the European market and has thus grown MODE’s global presence.
In 2012, 2014 and 2015 Business Daily recognized Julian Kyula among the youngest influential leaders in the East Africa region through the popular publication of ‘TOP 40 MEN UNDER 40’.
Kyula is also the founder and Senior Pastor of The Purpose Centre Church in Nairobi where together with his wife, Amanda, they are committed to touching lives, impacting communities and raising Kingdom Champions in the marketplace.
David is Managing Director & Head of Financial Markets Kenya and East Africa working as part of the Kenya Country Executive Committee (ExCO) and the East Africa ExCO to develop and execute the regional strategic plans. Prior to his current role, David led the East Africa Financial Market Sales team, collaborating with our Corporates and Institutions team to deliver client solutions across the region. David holds a Master of Arts Degree in Economic Science from the University of Aberdeen and has broad experience in Banking. David has been involved with Shining Hope for Communities since June 2011 and is extremely proud to be the first Chair of their local advisory Board. David is married with two children.
Kennedy is one of Africa’s best-known community organizers and social entrepreneurs. He was raised in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa, where he experienced the devastating realities of life in extreme poverty. Still, he dreamed about changing his community.
While working at a factory in 2004, Kennedy saved 20 cents, purchased a soccer ball, and started the Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) movement. Driven by the innovation and entrepreneurial spirits of the people of Kibera, SHOFCO became the largest grassroots organization in the slum.
Although he was entirely informally educated, Kennedy received a full-scholarship to Wesleyan University, becoming one of Kibera’s first to receive an education from an American liberal arts institution. He graduated in 2012 as the Commencement Speaker and with honors in Sociology. Kennedy was awarded the 2010 Echoing Green Fellowship, which is given to the world’s top emerging social entrepreneurs. He won the 2010 Dell Social Innovation Competition, wrote two Op-Eds that appeared in the New York Times, was named one of Forbes’ 2014 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs, and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. His work has been featured in the PBS documentary Half the Sky, by Chelsea Clinton and Maria Menounos on NBC, by President Bill Clinton, and on multiple occasions by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times. Kennedy speaks six languages, is a senior fellow with Humanity in Action, and an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow. He splits his time between Nairobi and New York City.
Bob Patricelli is a businessman and philanthropist in Greater Hartford, Connecticut. Bob received his B.A. from Wesleyan in 1961 and his LLD from Harvard Law School in 1965. Bob served on the Wesleyan Board of Trustee for 15 years, ending in 2005. In 1965, Bob was chosen as a White House Fellow and then embarked on several jobs in the federal government, serving as minority counsel to a U.S. Senate subcommittee, Deputy Under Secretary for Policy at the Department of HEW, and as Administrator of the Urban Mass Transit Administration. He was Vice President of the non-profit Greater Hartford Process from 1971-75, which was devoted to community development activities in the region. Bob’s business career started at Connecticut General in Bloomfield. He became over time head of CIGNA’s health care businesses before starting a new career as an entrepreneur with the founding of Value Health, Inc. in 1987. Under his leadership, Value Health became a Fortune 1000 New York Stock Exchange company, and Bob went on to found and is still CEO of both Women’s Health USA and Evolution Benefits, based in Avon. Bob is or has been involved in numerous boards and commissions at the local, state and national level. He is a member of the MetroHartford Alliance board of directors and chairs its Neighborhood Development Committee, is chairman of the Bushnell, and a member of the boards of Northeast Utilities, the Ocean Exploration Trust, and the CT Science Center. He has served in the past as chair of the CT Business and Industry Association, and as a member of the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the University of Hartford, Hartford Hospital, and Dance CT. His public policy passion is health care reform, and he co-chaired the CT Health Insurance Policy Council in 2006-07 and serves as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Cynthia Ryan is a Director of the Schooner Africa Fund, an impact investment fund based in Nairobi, Kenya that focuses on the agricultural sector in East Africa. She also is a Trustee and Senior Africa Advisor to the Schooner Foundation, which focuses on human rights, peace & security, and economic opportunity. Cynthia ran the foundation from 1998 until 2013 when she moved from Washington D.C. to Nairobi, Kenya. Most recently, Cynthia was appointed as the Aternate Representative of the United States to the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Cynthia has vast non-profit board experience including: the Fund for Global Human Rights, the Democracy Alliance, the Wangari Maathai Foundation, Women for Women International, the Ploughshares Fund, the Nature Conservancy’s Africa Advisory Council, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) in Kibera, Kenya, and the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. She is also deeply involved in the global philanthropic community as a member of the African Philanthropy Forum, the African Grantmaker’s Network, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Global Philanthropy Forum, and the International Human Rights Funders Group. Cynthia received her Bachelor of Arts from the New School for Social Research in New York and a Masters of Arts from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London in England. She was a contributing author to the book “Women, Philanthropy and Social Change: Visions for a Just Society."
Matt Sirovich is a co-founder and a managing partner of Scopia Capital, LLC, a fundamentals-based, value-oriented hedge fund group. Before founding Scopia in 2001, Matt was a Managing Director at DLJ Merchant Banking, a $3 billion private equity fund, where he executed and monitored investments across a wide range of industries, including healthcare, media and manufacturing. From 1989 to 1990, Matt served as the Financial Manager for a camera manufacturing firm in Hong Kong. He began his career as an analyst in the Investment Banking department at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Matt holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA from Brown University. He also serves on the Boards of Directors for BRC, a non-profit organization which provides services to homeless individuals in New York City. Mr. Sirovich lives in Manhattan with his wife, son and daughter.
Todd R. Snyder is an Executive Vice Chairman of Rothschild Inc. and Co-Chair of Rothschild’s North American Debt Advisory and Restructuring Group. Rothschild Inc. is a leading international investment banking and financial advisory firm. Todd practiced law in the Business Reorganization department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He is a Commissioner of the New York State Gaming Commission and a member of the New York Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments. He graduated with honors from Wesleyan University and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Todd is currently an adjunct professor at New York University Law School and New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Andy Snyder is currently CEO of Cambridge Information Group, a family-owned investment and management firm, and Chairman of CIG's subsidiaries, ProQuest, Bowker, and Navtech, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Blucora, Inc. (BCOR), in which CIG is a significant shareholder.
Andy began his work with CIG in 2003 and is responsible for the management of all CIG operating companies as well as the investment and acquisition process for CIG and its companies. Under Andy's leadership, CIG has grown at an annual rate of over 25% for the past ten years. Prior to joining CIG, Andy spent seven years at the Goldman Sachs Group where he focused on traditional media, technology and services investing for the firm's private equity fund. Andy also spent one year as the Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs.
Andy graduated cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated magna cum laude. Andy currently serves on the Board of Overseers of Penn Libraries and the Board of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). He and his wife Molly live in New York City with their children Sara and Sam.
Robby Walker is a two time technology startup founder now managing teams in Apple's Siri organization. His first company, Zenter, created an online presentation editor acquired by Google in 2007. His second company, Cue, built a personal search / digital assistant product and was backed by Sequoia Capital and technology incubator Y Combinator. His passion for education stems from his own unique experience - he started college at 9, graduated at 16, and was awarded a Ph.D. at 22.