Musings: Musings at Art Basel
Breaking the Art World’s Glass Ceilings
Brooke Lampley, Vice Chairman, Global Fine Arts Division New York, Sotheby’s
Cheyenne Westphal, Chairman, Phillips
Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller, President, Leila Heller Gallery
Lisa Schiff, Founder & Principal, SFA Art Advisory
Musings: The Integration of Philanthropy & Business;
Weaponizing Your Wealth for the Greater Good
Lisa Sweetingham, Investigative Journalist and Bestselling Author
Maggie Neilson, CEO and Co-Founder, Global Philanthropy Group
Molly Swenson, Chief Impact Officer, Maverick
Nathalie Molina Niño, CEO, BRAVA Investments
Nichol Carlson, Vice President, Business Development, Charity Network
Nina Farran, Founder & CEO, Fashionkind
Tracy Gray, Founder & Managing Partner, The 22 Fund and Founder of We Are Enough (WAE)
Whitney Showler, Vice President, Operations & Programs, Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF)
Photos courtesy of Les Mauvais Garçons on behalf of Spring Place
Musings: The Choices You Make & Their Reflection of Your Ethos;
When Passion Becomes a Project
Allison Kelly, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, CDC Small Business Finance
Ara Katz, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, SEED
Dominique Crenn, Chef & Co-Owner, Atelier Crenn
Kimberly Twombly, Wealth Advisor, Certified Financial Planner ™, and First Vice President at UBS
Lisa Stone, Chief Strategy Officer at Ellevest
Shally Shanker, Founder & CEO, AiiM Partners
Stephanie Chung, President, JetSuite, Inc.
Musings x WestEdge Present ‘Boss Ladies’
Jennifer Walker, Owner, Walker Drawas
Julie Smith-Clementi, IDSA, Creative Director, Rios Clementi Hale Studios and CEO, notNeutral
Kelly Lamb, Artist, Designer, Kelly Lamb Studios
Musings: The Changing Perception of Beauty
Hollie Bonneville Barden, Creative Director, John Hardy
Jamie Rosen, Contributing Editor, Town & Country; Director of Strategy + Partnerships at ZIIP Beauty
Linda Wells, Chief Creative Officer, Revlon & Founder, Flesh Beauty
Dr. Mona Gohara, Associate Clinical Professor, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology
Nick Barose, Celebrity Makeup Artist
Stephanie Mark, Co-Founder, Coveteur
Photos courtesy of Jade Greene and Spring Place
Musings: Philanthropy & Social Responsibility
Tracy Gray, Founder & Managing Partner of The 22 Fund & Founder of We Are Enough (WAE)
Kim Malek, Co-Founder & CEO, Salt & Straw Ice Cream
Maggie Neilson, CEO and Co-Founder of Global Philanthropy Group
Nicole Sexton, President and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF)
Lisa Sweetingham, Investigative Journalist and Bestselling Author
Natalie Tran, Co-Executive Director, CAA Foundation at Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Musings: Art, Design & Collecting
Barbara Bestor, Founding Principal, Bestor Architecture
Christina Binkley, Journalist & Bestselling Author
Erin Christovale, Assistant Curator, The Hammer Museum
Ann Colgin, Owner, Colgin Cellars
Barbara Guggenheim, Partner, Guggenheim, Asher Associates
Valeria Napoleone, Art Collector & Patron
Musings: Women in Business & The Balance of Power
Debra L. Lee, Chairman & CEO, BET Networks
Niki Leondakis, Chief Executive Officer, Equinox Fitness Clubs
Brooke Garber Neidich, Owner, Creative Director Sidney Garber and Co-Founder, Child Mind Institute
Sherry S. Paul, CFP®, CIMA®, CRPC®, Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor, UBS Wealth Management USA
Jane Rosenthal, CEO, Co-Founder, and Executive Chair, Tribeca Enterprises
Musings: The Suit of Power & The Intersection of Style & Culture
Nanette Lepore, Designer, Nanette Lepore
Sarah Personette, Chief Operating Officer, Refinery29
Jen Rubio, Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer, Away
Anushka Salinas, President & GM, Subscription, Rent the Runway
Lynn Yaeger, Writer & Contributing Editor, Vogue and Vogue.com
Series Speakers & Panelists
Founding Principal, Bestor Architecture
Since 1995, Bestor Architecture has actively redefined Los Angeles architecture with a practice that rigorously engages the city through design, art, and urbanism. Barbara’s career is punctuated with inventive projects in a wide breadth of typologies. She has designed new ways of creating accessible urbanism in her “stealthy density” Blackbirds housing, groundbreaking retail and restaurant flagships, dazzling and dynamic workspaces for major LA corporations, award-winning experimental residences and pioneering arts projects that are deeply rooted in their communities and cultural context.
While maintaining a practice, Barbara has continuously taught at Southern California’s leading design schools from SCI-Arc to Woodbury University, where she is also currently the executive director of the Julius Shulman Institute. She received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, studied at the Architecture Association in London and received a MARCH at SCI-Arc. She is the author of Bohemian Modern, Living in Silver Lake.
Journalist and Bestselling Author
Christina writes about the business of culture. A long-time staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, she is the author of "Winner Takes All", a New York Times Bestseller about the race to dominate Las Vegas. She contributes to The New Yorker, and other magazines. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, shared in a Pulitzer prize for coverage of 9/11 at The Wall Street Journal and received an American Society of Newspaper Editors' Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline News Reporting. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.
Assistant Curator, The Hammer Museum
Previously she was an independent curator and film programmer based in Los Angeles. She is the curator of Black Radical Imagination with Amir George, which has screened both nationally and internationally in spaces such as MoMA PS1, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Museo Taller Jose Clemente Orozco.
Exhibitions include a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster (2014) at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Memoirs of A Watermelon Woman (2016) and A Subtle Likeness (2016) at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom (2016) at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, where she previously served as Curator, and baby boy (2017) at Transmission gallery, Glasgow. Her curatorial projects have been mentioned in Artforum, Hyperallergic, African Arts Journal, Artsy, and she recently co-curated, with Vivian Crockett, the twenty-eighth annual Visual AIDS Day With(Out) Art, titled ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS.
Owner, Colgin Cellars
Ann is the owner of Napa Valley-based boutique winery Colgin Cellars, known for its handcrafted small production red wines.
Ann holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and completed the Sotheby's Decorative Works of Art program in London. She received an MA in fine arts administration from New York University in 1984. She serves as a consultant to the Sotheby's Wine Department and helped establish some of the top charity wine auctions across the country, including The Naples Winter Wine Festival and the High Museum Wine Auction in Atlanta, Georgia. Ann is also on the Executive Committee of the Centre Pompidou Foundation. In 2007 she joined the Board of Trustees of LACMA and has chaired the Collectors Committee Weekend since 2009.
Founder & Managing Partner, The 22 Fund and Founder of We Are Enough (WAE)
Tracy is the Founder & Managing Partner of The 22 Fund, an impact, growth venture capital firm with a job creation mission and investment strategy to increase the export capacity of Southern California manufacturing companies, targeting women- and minority-owned businesses. She is also an Executive in Residence at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and chairs LACI’s Diversity in Entrepreneurship Advisory Council. In addition, Tracy is the founder of the non-profit We Are Enough (WAE), with a mission to educate all women on how and why to invest in women-owned, for-profit businesses or with a “gender lens.” Tracy was named one of the 50 “Women of Influence” in business in Los Angeles and is featured in the recently released book “200 Hundred Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World”.
Tracy was formerly Senior Advisor to the LA Mayor, an investment professional at a venture capital fund and a systems engineer on the Space Shuttle program. Tracy holds a B.S. in Mathematical Science with an aeronautics emphasis from the UC Santa Barbara and dual MBAs from Columbia University and UC, Berkeley.
Partner, Guggenheim, Asher Associates
Barbara Guggenheim is the dean of art advisers. She has a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University and started her career teaching at Douglass College and lecturing at the Whitney Museum. From there, she went on to be an expert at Christie’s in African Art and in American Art. After several years, she started a company to take clients on tours of artists’ studios and galleries in NY, and, after that, became an art advisor.
As the art world has grown, so has her clientele and her sway in the field. She represents corporations such as Sony and Coca Cola and individuals, such as Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg. Not only has Barbara written the definitive book on how the art world works, called ART WORLD: THE NEW RULES OF THE GAME, but she’s also written humorous articles for magazines such as Elle and W, a book on organization, another on decorating a whole house with objects she bought on eBay, and just completed a guidebook to LA.
DEBRA L. LEE
Chairman & CEO, BET Networks
With a trailblazing career spanning over three decades, Debra is one of the most influential female voices in the entertainment industry. Currently serving as Chairman & CEO of BET Networks, Debra has introduced a reinvigorated approach to corporate philanthropy & authentic programming for the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally.
She’s been recognized as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment and Billboard’s Power 100, Debra’s achievements have earned her numerous accolades including the Distinguished Leadership Vanguard Award by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. She was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame – and in February 2017, the GRAMMY Organization recognized Debra with the Salute To Industry Icons Award. She is currently the first and only woman to receive the distinguished honor.
Chief Executive Officer, Equinox Fitness Clubs
Niki oversees all facets of Equinox Clubs and heads its executive leadership team. With more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, building lifestyle brands and creating award winning work-place cultures to drive innovation and guest loyalty, Niki leads Equinox’s visionary high-performing team as it executes its ambitious vision for global growth and further evolves its luxury lifestyle brand.
Prior to joining Equinox, Niki was CEO, Hotels & Resorts for Two Roads Hospitality, the newly formed company as a result of the merger between Commune Hotels & Resorts and Destination Hotels. One of the leading women executives in hospitality, Niki joined Commune Hotels & Resorts in November 2012 as it’s CEO to lead the expansion for the Commune brands propelling its global growth. She expanded the company’s Thompson Hotels and Joie de Vivre Hotel brands, as well as introduced the Singapore-based Alila Hotels & Resorts. Previous to Commune, Niki led Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants as their President and Chief Operating Officer, where she started in 1993 and was a key member of the executive team that led the growth of the company from 15 hotels to 50. Under her leadership, Kimpton was named one of Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For.
Tempering business with community stewardship, Niki served as Chair of the Dress for Success Worldwide Board of Directors from 2009 – 2011; an international nonprofit that promotes the economic independence of disadvantage women. She continues to serve as a board member for Dress for Success where she chairs the Strategic Planning Committee.
Designer, Nanette Lepore
Nanette started her namesake brand in New York City’s Garment District in 1992. Known for her feminine frocks, delicate embroidery and romantic silhouettes, she has played a fundamental role in the growth of American fashion and is an outspoken advocate for New York City's Garment Center.
Today, Nanette continues to design in her atelier in the Garment Center alongside her husband, Robert, who helms the business side as the company’s President. Manufacturing the majority of her line in New York City with commitment to quality craftsmanship. Inspired by her worldwide travels and free spirit, Nanette’s designs are adored among style-makers and celebrities including Michelle Obama, Blake Lively, Scarlett Johansson, Abigail Breslin, Sarita Choudhury, Emma Roberts, Freida Pinto, Bette Midler, and Susan Sarandon.
Co-Founder & CEO, Salt & Straw Ice Cream
Kim nurtured her passion for small, mom and pop style retail businesses throughout her career with plans to open her own one day. Before realizing this goal she held positions at Starbucks Coffee, Yahoo!, adidas and Gardenburger in marketing, community outreach and product management and development. She also worked on an online music service in conjunction with Bono of U2 at (RED) and with Seattle’s Cupcake Royale, specializing in retail marketing and management and bringing new, epicurean trends to market.
In May 2011, Malek and her cousin and head ice cream maker Tyler Malek started their own small business, Salt & Straw Ice Cream serving eight flavors from a humble cart in NE Portland. Today, the company is the largest small batch ice cream company in the world, counting four scoop shops in Portland and five in LA, with additional shops in San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. In 2017, Salt & Straw ice creams became available in New York City, at Daily Provisions Cafe, part of a strategic partnership with Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. A pioneer in localization, every chef-driven ice cream flavor is handmade in small batches in local kitchens using only all natural cream from nearby farms and the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients from Oregon, California, and Washington farmers and artisans. In 2016, Malek opened the Wiz Bang Bar, Salt & Straw’s soft serve dessert bar featuring fresh spins on the childhood swirl, sundaes, novelties, and more, in Portland’s first food hall, the Pine Street Market. In 2016, Food & Wine Magazine called Wiz Bang Bar’s Chocolate Tacolates the “world’s greatest Choco Tacos.”
Salt & Straw has created more than 300 ice creams, with unique flavors that have truly resonated with fans across the country. They have been named an editor’s pick in Food & Wine Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart, O Magazine, Saveur, GQ and Portland Monthly. They have also been featured in Time Magazine, The Cooking Channel's “Unique Sweets,” ABC’s “The Chew,” Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda and the Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods: Portland.” Food Network also named Salt & Straw’s Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper flavor the second best ice cream in the country on “Food Network’s Top 5 Ice Creams in America” program.
Malek founded Salt & Straw to create neighborhood gathering places, and the company’s strong community roots and dedication to giving back drives everything they do, from collaborating with artisans and farmers, to actively supporting local schools and raising awareness for issues like childhood hunger, and equal rights. Salt & Straw has also become renowned for its commitment to employees. The Oregonian named Salt & Straw as one of Oregon’s Top Workplaces in both 2014 and 2015. A workshop with Danny Meyer, CEO Union Square Hospitality Group and whose restaurants and chefs have won an unprecedented 25 James Beard Awards, inspired Malek and her cousin to build a company committed to a culture of hospitality for both customers and employees.
Malek received the Portland Business Journal 2014 Woman of Influence Award and was named 2014 Local Hero - Food Artisan by Ecotrust’s Edible Portland magazine. Salt & Straw was ranked second for Portland Business Journal’s 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Oregon for 2014, won the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network award for development-stage company, and in 2017 was recognized by Basic Rights Oregon as an Equality Advocate Honoree.
Art Collector & Patron
Valeria is an art collector and patron to a select number of arts organizations. She is a Trustee of the Contemporary Art Society and Head of the Development Committee at Studio Voltaire, the Institute of Fine Arts in NYC, a member of the NYU President’s Global Council and is an Advisory Board member of the Association of Women in the Arts. In addition to Valeria Napoleone XX Contemporary Art Society, Napoleone launched Valeria Napoleone XX Sculpture Center in September 2015 as a collaborative project that supports the production of a major artwork in a selected exhibition every 12 to 18 months at the New York-based non-profit dedicated to contemporary sculpture.
Valeria received a BA from New York University’s Journalism School and an MA in Art Gallery Administration at the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC. Valeria’s collection focuses on female contemporary artists working internationally. Forming an exceptionally close bond with artists, Valeria has supported many of today’s most acclaimed artists at pivotal moments in their careers.
BROOKE GARBER NEIDICH
Owner, Creative Director Sidney Garber and Co-Founder, Child Mind Institute
Since inheriting the eponymous jewelry store her father – Sidney Garber, founded, Brooke has opened an additional store on Madison Ave in New York City, expanded to six Barney's locations across New York, and introduced the brand to a series of specialty stores around the country. She is also a contributing editor of Town & Country Magazine.
Brooke donates all her profits to children’s mental health, the arts and education. She co-founded the Child Mind Institute with Dr. Harold Koplewicz, which is devoted to transforming mental healthcare for the world’s children though the integration of evidence-based treatment, groundbreaking scientific research, accessible information, and community outreach. Brooke currently serves as Board Chair of the Child Mind Institute, and is a Trustee of both Lincoln Center Theatre and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has received numerous awards and honors for her dedication to community service and philanthropy.
CEO and Co-Founder, Global Philanthropy Group
Maggie Neilson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Global Philanthropy Group, where she leads efforts on domestic and international social issues for some of the world's leading corporations, high profile individuals, and foundations. Global Philanthropy Group has provided philanthropic and political strategy, implementation, and management services to more than 70 clients, including Clinique, Tory Burch, the Eva Longoria Foundation, Gucci, and John Legend’s Show Me Campaign, on topics including education reform, homelessness, microfinance, Latina empowerment, human trafficking, and conflict resolution. Global Philanthropy Group was acquired by Charity Network in 2017, the parent company that includes Charitybuzz and Prizeo, among others. This partnership provides even more resources to increase the impact of philanthropic efforts.
Previously, Maggie worked as an independent strategy consultant and launched new organizations, restructured existing ones, forged cross-sector partnerships and branded international efforts with clients including Synergos, UN International Year of Microcredit, M.A.C. Global AIDS Fund, and the International Women’s Health Coalition. Maggie was an early employee at Unitus, where she drove the award-winning microfinance accelerator’s advocacy, strategic partnership and communication efforts as VP of Strategic Development.
Jill is the editor of Muse by Robb Report, a print and digital forum that engages successful, dynamic women on topics from health and finance to the arts, design, and philanthropy. Jill is also a senior member of Robb Report’s editorial team and serves as Editor, Style and New York Bureau Chief. In this role, she has directed Robb Report’s style and jewelry coverage for nearly 15 years and contributes on various topics including watches, culture and travel.
Jill began her career as an editor at Women’s Wear Daily and W Magazine where she managed accessories and jewelry content. Before joining the Robb Report staff, she contributed on jewelry, watches and style to several consumer magazines, including regular columns in Veranda, Departures, Town & Country, and New York Magazine. She co-authored the book Buying Jewelry and Gems at Auction and has been recognized for her work with the Gem Award for Excellence in Journalism.
CFP®, CIMA®, CRPC®, Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor, UBS Wealth Management USA
With nearly two decades of experience, Sherry has a reputation for delivering comprehensive wealth management to HNW and UHNW clients. Sherry is a Senior Portfolio Manager—a designation awarded by UBS to the most experienced advisors—one of Forbes' Top 200 Women Wealth Advisors, on the Advisory Council for All Bar None, UBS’ Women’s Network, and a former member of the UBS Financial Advisor Advisory Council.
Sherry also serves on the boards of Invest In Girls, a non-profit that delivers financial literacy programs to high school girls, and The Warhawk Air Museum, a non-profit dedicated to honoring veterans for their service.
Chief Operating Officer, Refinery29
Since January 2018, Sarah has been the Chief Operating Officer of Refinery29, a global media and entertainment company for young women. She oversees revenue, business marketing, growth and analytics, distribution, and strategy and insights. Prior, she served as the Vice President of Facebook Inc.’s Global Business Marketing team, responsible for providing clients with innovative and effective marketing solutions for their businesses. Previously, Sarah spent time with Universal McCann Worldwide, Inc. serving as US President. She also built and led Facebook’s Global Agency team, and prior - served as Senior Vice President at Starcom Mediavest Group.
Sarah received the 2016 Next Generation of Women in Communications from NYWICI and was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement in 2015. In 2014, she was named one of Advertising Age magazine’s top “40 Under 40” marketing stars.
She serves as a corporate director for Build-A-Bear Workshop (BBW) and is a director on the non-for-profit boards of She Runs It, Northwestern University’s Alumnae Association Board, and the Reisenbach Foundation.
Retail Reporter, CNBC
Courtney Reagan is CNBC's Retail Reporter. She joined the network in 2006 on the news desk and has held various positions within CNBC including segment producer of “On the Money” and anchor of the daily business headline reports for CNBC, the NBC affiliate stations, MSNBC and CNBC world. Prior to CNBC, Courtney participated in the NBC Page program. She holds bachelor's degrees in finance and mass communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and graduated with distinction from NYU's Stern School of Business with a MBA.
Previously, Reagan anchored the daily business headline reports for CNBC, the NBC affiliate stations, MSNBC and CNBC world. She also worked on CNBC's planning team and was a segment producer for CNBC's "On the Money," where she pitched, wrote and produced feature and news stories and packages for the program. Reagan began her career at CNBC in 2006 on the News Desk.
Prior to CNBC, Reagan participated in the NBC Page program, where she held positions at "Dateline NBC" and "Weekend Today," and also worked in guest relations for the network. Reagan also held positions at ESPN Networks and Merrill Lynch.
She holds bachelor's degrees in finance and mass communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Reagan graduated with distinction from NYU's Stern School of Business with a MBA with specializations in economics, luxury marketing and entertainment/media/technology. She was her class recipient of the "Excellence in Economics" for academic achievement in economics while at NYU.
CEO, Co-Founder, and Executive Chair, Tribeca Enterprises
Jane is the Co-Founder, Executive Chair and CEO of the multi-platform media company Tribeca Enterprises, which operates a diverse network of entertainment businesses, including the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, the award-winning branded entertainment production arm 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.
Jane serves as co-chair of the board of the Tribeca Film Institute, which she co-founded in 2001. An instrumental resource for filmmakers and arts education, TFI has awarded more than $7 million in grants to more than 1,500 storytellers around the world and engaged with over 125,000 New York City students and teachers through its education programs.
Jane also sits on the boards of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at The World Trade Center, the Child Mind Institute, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dean’s Council, Interlude, Global Citizens, and the digital non-linear storytellers, Eko.
She 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.
Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer, Away
Jen is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Away, a global brand designing thoughtful objects to make traveling more seamless. Since Away launched in 2016, the company has sold more than 300,000 suitcases, raised more than $31 million, and launched several new products and experiences that are inspiring more people to travel the world. She lives and works in New York.
President & GM, Subscription, Rent the Runway
Anushka oversees the rapidly growing subscription business at Rent the Runway, where she leads a team of tech, product, analytics, and marketing in achieving the long-term vision of the “closet in the cloud.” Anushka was a founding member of the Rent the Runway executive team. Prior to Rent the Runway, she was an early leader at Resonance, a venture operating company that invests in and operates early stage fashion brands. Previously, Anushka managed the dual-country ecommerce merchandising and planning organizations at Hudson's Bay Company.
President & CEO, Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF)
Nicole was named the President and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) in 2017. EIF was established in 1942 to unify Hollywood’s generous giving to maximize the amount of charitable dollars raised annually, and guarantee that worthy charities receive these contributions. As President and CEO Nicole is responsible for day-to-day operations and for developing strategies and plans ensuring their alignment the with short-term and long-term objectives of the organization.
Prior to joining EIF, Nicole was Chief of Staff of the Central Park Conservancy. At the Conservancy Nicole was responsible for the development and stewardship of strategic projects as directed by the President and CEO of the Conservancy. Under Nicole’s leadership, the Conservancy implemented many corporate wide initiatives for the organization focused on organizational restructuring and long-range planning. She led the search for several key hires and was instrumental in developing significant relationships with other parks groups around the world. In 2010 Nicole helped to establish the FEED Foundation as its first Executive Officer and she has remained on the Board. As of 2018, the FEED Foundation, in partnership with FEED Projects, has provided over 100 million free, nutritious school meals to kids around the globe.
Nicole spent 10 years in Washington, DC where she was the Executive Outreach Director for DATA and ONE, the grassroots campaign and advocacy organization committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease. At ONE, Nicole managed the organization's grassroots/VIP relationships. Nicole was the architect of the ONE VOTE 08 campaign which included sending a bipartisan delegation of legislators and their staffs to Rwanda, a trip that led to a renewed commitment by both parties to increase foreign investment in the developing world. Prior to working for ONE Nicole was the Director of Finance for the NRSC a position she held for 6 years and was responsible for raising over $280M in campaign funding. In 2008 she wrote her first novel Party Favors a deliciously witty peek into the secretive world of political fundraising in D.C.
Nicole was the 2013 Chairman of the Rita Hayworth Alzheimer’s Committee under Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and served in the role of Vice-Chair in 2014. The committee raises funds for the National Alzheimer’s Association by holding an annual Gala in honor of Princess Yasmin’s mother Rita Hayworth. Nicole is a member of the board of advisors of the Eastern Congo Initiative. She is a Same Sky Ambassador and has been a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of Harvard University. In 2015 Nicole had the distinct honor of being recognized as the Civilian Honoree at the prestigious Red, White and Blue Luncheon supporting The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club which has been serving servicemen and servicewomen, military retirees and veterans and their families visiting New York City since 1919. She graduated with a B.A. from Southern Methodist University and has completed graduate studies in Art History at Georgetown University as well graduate studies in Public Policy at Yale University.
Investigative Journalist and Bestselling Author
In her 17 years as an investigative journalist, Lisa Sweetingham has covered the gamut from art theft to Zika outbreaks. Her latest book, Thirst, a collaboration with charity: water founder Scott Harrison, explores how Harrison’s obsession with innovation, transparency, and sheer fun has made charity: water one of the most beloved and imitated nonprofits in the world.
Lisa got her start in journalism as a film reviewer for Time Out New York magazine. Her next job, senior staff writer for Court TV, sent her across the country and living out of hotel rooms as she reported on cases like the Michael Jackson, Robert Blake, and Andrea Yates trials, and the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito. During her time at Court TV, she shared an Edward R. Murrow Award with her colleagues for a series about prisoners on death row.
Lisa left Court TV in 2007 to write her first book, Chemical Cowboys, a sweeping investigation of the undercover DEA operations that led to the toppling of a multimillion-dollar ecstasy network controlled by Israeli Mafia. Writing Chemical Cowboys took three years of interviewing law enforcement sources in America, Israel, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and earning the confidence of former members of organized crime.
Upon starting a family, Lisa left her life of crime reporting behind and eventually became editor in chief of Time Out Los Angeles, launching the global entertainment brand’s first California outpost. In 2013, she left Time Out to work on The Patient’s Playbook, a comprehensive guide to getting the best possible healthcare at every stage of life. This best-selling book, written in collaboration with Private Health CEO Leslie Michelson, gave rise to a PBS program, and a healthcare podcast that Lisa produced and co-hosted with Michelson.
Lisa has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and is a first-degree black belt in U.S. Yoshukai Karate. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her kids and her husband Bruce Wallin, a travel expert and editor at large for Robb Report.
Co-Executive Director, CAA Foundation at Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Natalie is the Co-Executive Director of the CAA Foundation at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Based in the Los Angeles office, Natalie consults clients, executives, and corporations on their philanthropic and pro-social initiatives.
Until recently, Natalie helped to oversee the company's internship program and was responsible for managing relationships with top universities to support the recruitment of qualified candidates for internship and entry-level opportunities. She also co-manages the CAA Global Fellows Program, which seeks to provide mentorship and aid in professional and leadership development. She is a founding member of FORWARD, a women’s committee dedicated to engaging, inspiring and developing women at the agency, and helping to empower and connect women across the industry.
Natalie currently serves on the Development Committee for 826LA, the Advisory Board of Lollipop Theatre, is an Associates Board Member of City Year Los Angeles and is a CAA Global Fellow.
Writer & Contributing Editor, Vogue and Vogue.com
Lynn Yaeger writes about fashion, politics, culture, and travel for many publications, including Robb Report, BG Magazine, Travel & Leisure, The New York Times, and Departures. She is a contributing editor for Vogue and Vogue.com. Lynn lives in downtown Manhattan, and is an avid observer and recorder of the fashion scene.