Kofi Appenteng has 30 years of domestic and international experience as a corporate lawyer, investment banker and board director. He currently serves as Senior Counsel at Dentons, a global law firm with more than 75 offices in 50 countries; Senior Advisor to The Rock Creek Group, a global investment and advisory firm; and as a partner in Constant Capital, an Africa focused investment and advisory firm. Throughout his career, he has focused on solving complex and sensitive problems to enable businesses to achieve their objectives, and he has been active with numerous civil society organizations. Appenteng is currently the Chair of the Board of the Ford Foundation, headquartered in New York City with 10 offices throughout Latin America, Asia and Africa. He is also Chair of the Africa-America Institute, an NGO that focuses on African human capacity development with more than 23,000 African alumni from more than 50 African countries. Additionally, Appenteng serves as Chair of the Board of the International Center for Transitional Justice, a human rights organization that provides technical assistance to governments in Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Khe Hy is an investor, entrepreneur and former finance professional. He spent thirteen years in the Fund of Hedge Funds (FoFs) business sourcing, diligencing, and evaluation Hedge Fund managers. Most recently, he oversaw the Research team in New York for BlackRock Alternative Advisors and has experience in quantitative strategies, arbitrage, and securitized products. He is currently the founder of Rad Reads, a platform focused on activating human potential at the intersection of community, content, and technology. Khe graduated from Yale University with a BS in Computer Science and currently lives in New York with his wife and daughter.
Seane Corn is an internationally recognized yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching. As one of the world’s leading yoga experts, Seane has been featured in countless magazine articles and news programs including The Today Show, Oprah’s Sacred Spaces, NPR, and on the cover of over 27 magazines internationally. A strong and articulate voice for personal transformation and social change, she has utilized her platform to inspire and mobilize the yoga community in activating grassroots projects worldwide. In 2005, she was named “National Yoga Ambassador” for YouthAIDS, and in 2013 was given the “Global Green International Environmental Leadership Award.” Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World®.
Douglas is Global Head of Community and E-staff member at Airbnb. Co-Founder of Peers.org, a Global movement for the Sharing Economy. Founder of theglueproject, a blog and venture about social glue. Co-Founder of Purpose, an organization that mobilizes millions for social change. Board Member of AllOut.org, the world’s largest LGBT movement. Meetup Fellow and former Partner and Chief Community Officer at Meetup-the world’s largest network of communities. Author of ‘The Culting of Brands: How to turn customers into true believers’ a book about how to build cult-like community around almost anything. Former Brand Strategist and Partner at leading NY and London Advertising Agencies. Chairman of the U.S. Account Planning Group. Douglas lives in San Francisco with his Partner Matthew and two beagles.
After 20+ years on Wall Street, technology, philanthropy and policy, Jennings-O’Byrne is embracing her female superpowers to amplify social change. Her boldest endeavor to date is The Harriet Fund I, an early stage venture fund to invest in technology startups led by Black and Latina women founders. Inspired by American icon Harriet Tubman, The Harriet Fund I provides a variety of investors access to untapped value and opportunity within the fastest growing entrepreneurial sector while positively investing and impacting families, communities and economies. Jennings-O’Byrne is channeling wisdom from her investment banking, philanthropy, lobbying and marketing roles at JPMorgan Chase and Sun Microsystems and tapping into her learnings as a graduate of Wharton School of Business and University of Michigan, plus participation in 500VC Unlocked/Stanford University, the National University of Singapore and City of London Polytechnic programs. She’s been responsible for developing and managing investment strategy, valuation, modeling and due diligence. Advisory boards have included Ghetto Film School, Cinema High School, Eagle Academy and Scholastic, the ClimateDonor.org and MindMeet. She is proud to be a Nantucket Project Scholar; speaker at SOCAP16, 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival and Mission Investors Exchange; as well as a Tribeca Disruptor Fellow and an Investments & Wealth Monitor Magazine columnist. She resides in New York City, where she bikes, sails, plays golf and supports the arts and emerging artists.
Andrew is the Founder and CEO of Venture for America, and has worked in startups and early-stage growth companies as a founder or executive for more than twelve years. He was the CEO and President of Manhattan GMAT, a test prep company that was acquired by the Washington Post/Kaplan in 2009. He has also served as the co-founder of an Internet company and an executive at a health care software startup. Andrew has been selected by the White House as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and a Champion of Change for his work with Venture for America. He is the author of “Smart People Should Build Things,” published by Harper Business (excerpts here and at Amazon). He was named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” and has appeared on CNBC, Morning Joe, Fox News, TIME, Techcrunch, the Wall St. Journal, and more. He is a graduate of Columbia Law and Brown University and lives in New York City with his wife and son.
Christine is Marsh & McLennan Companies' Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, has two decades worth of experience in the private and nonprofit sectors. Her corporate experience includes strategic planning, investment banking, policy development, and strategic relationship identification and engagement. In 2010, she was appointed to the (then) newly created position of Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).In this role, she has shaped the Company’s overall CSR strategy, including fundraising, grantmaking and volunteer programs, and all operational issues related to them. Christine has created programs for more than 57,000 colleagues globally; and expanded the Company’s geographic outreach so that more communities could be served. These efforts have had measurable impact on the satisfaction levels of colleagues around the world and have helped shift the overall culture of the organization. With Marsh & McLennan Companies since 2009, she initially was in the International and Client Development team, working with senior leadership in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Marsh & McLennan Companies, she was a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. While there, she designed and co-led the WEF’s integrated approach to corporate responsibility/citizenship including advising the Executive Chairman and numerous other internal (including the Davos Program team, Regional Program teams, and Financial Services Community) and external constituents (International Business Council, Arab Business Council, and the world's 100 leading companies) on content related to corporate engagement in society. She also worked for many years in London, Zurich and Singapore for UBS, and IQPC. Christine holds an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with specializations in international finance and environmental issues and a BA in International Relations from Boston University.
Gregory Cohen joined Cause Effective, a nonprofit capacity building organization, in 2006 and has provided training and coaching on fundraising and governance to the boards and staffs of hundreds of nonprofits. For over 35 years, he has worked with a range of nonprofits including establishing six start-ups. Before joining Cause Effective, Greg managed a collaboration of global health organizations focused on outcome measurement. Greg founded and ran Comprehensive Development, Inc. (CDI) a nonprofit associated with Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School, for 11 years. CDI, which has been featured on PBS and the front page of the New York Times, provides supports to 800 students a year, using over 100 volunteers with a budget of $2.1 million and a staff of 20. Previously, Greg ran the housing development program at the New York Urban Coalition where he oversaw the development of permanent housing for low income families and individuals as well as resident-owned limited equity cooperatives. Greg is a Vice Chair of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of NY. He was a participant in Coro's Leadership NY II and holds a BA from Union College.
Chid Liberty is a serial entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Liberty & Justice (L&J), an African social venture holding company. In 2015, L&J founded UNIFORM, a technology-driven fashion start-up that donates school uniforms to children with every item sold. Unlike other popular one-for-one programs, all UNIFORM items sold and donated are manufactured in Africa, creating an extra layer of impact. Chid also leads the Ignite Fund Liberia, an IFC-backed impact fund that makes investments in pico-cap companies with high growth potential. Chid was recognized by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her 2011 State of the Nation Address for his leadership in shaping trade policy and indigenous entrepreneurship. He is a recipient of numerous awards including the Salzburg Global Fellowship, New African Press 50 African Trailblazers under 50, SVN Social Innovation Award, the Cordes Fellowship, and works as an advisor and board member to a number of high-impact organizations including GIIRS (the Global Impact Investment Rating System) and the Opportunity Collaboration.
Kathleen DiGennaro Warner
Kathleen DiGennaro Warner is an entrepreneurial, results-oriented business leader with extensive executive experience across the private and public sectors. Highly networked, Kathleen has built and led innovative, engaged teams, organizations and partnerships in a variety of settings. As COO to and member of the founding team of the Startup America Partnership, Kathleen was instrumental in developing Startup America's national brand & engagement strategy, leading the relationships with founding sponsors, the Case Foundation & the Kauffman Foundation, Startup America’s illustrious, all-entrepreneur board and with its key public partner, the White House. Within Startup America, Kathleen developed Startup America Women, an initiative to convene & rally women's advocacy & membership groups to promote the engagement of women-led high growth startups. Kathleen also launched Startup America’s community of regional Champions and worked closely with its corporate sponsors and key business partners in co-creating opportunities to further Startup America's mission of supporting high growth companies, founders and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Previously, Kathleen developed leadership expertise in both the public and private sectors, primarily in law & financial services. Currently, Kathleen is a sought-after speaker, consultant and advisor to established corporations, growth ventures, entrepreneurial organizations and early stage founders for her expertise on starting and scaling companies, innovative leadership, operations, culture, and branding, building strong entrepreneurial teams, partnerships, ecosystems & stakeholder alliances, effective networking and women in tech.
Walter is the Founder and Managing Partner of Práctico Innovation--a private company that discovers and invests in technology companies with ingenious ideas in under-represented communities. His strategy and technology work with both startups and corporations began in the 1990's. As a member of the co-founding team at Plural, he lead the growth and development of the $120mm software consultancy at its NY headquarters and the development of the strategy practice until the firm was acquired by Dell. As the Founder of C2 Strategy, his advisory firm has counseled both Fortune 100 and portfolio companies of venture and private equity backed firms about product development, audience engagement and channel adoption for over 15 years. He was also one of the Founding Board members of Probononet, a national legal services technology nonprofit which provides access to justice and support to low income individuals, law firms, advocate groups and legal organizations via online and emerging technologies. He has also served on the advisory boards of several technology startups and as a judge in entrepreneurship competitions. He is a graduate of Columbia Business School and Dartmouth College.
Andrea Hoffman is an advisor, dealmaker, strategist, author, speaker, and the founder and CEO of the management consulting firm Culture Shift Labs (CSL). CSL advises companies, cities and philanthropists on growth and innovation through diversity and inclusion. For the past two decades, Andrea has leveraged proprietary methodologies to solve diversity issues and expand revenue for clients such as BMW, Carnegie Hall, Credit Suisse, GE Ventures, Lumina Foundation, Shutterfly, SAP, Ford Motor Company, Verizon, Scholastic, Sony Electronics, Time-Life, and others. Andrea designs long-term plans that takes growth to the next level, and activates it by increasing diversity in: M&A, corporate venture, corporate social responsibility, on the board and in the c-suite. She connects clients to off-the-radar black influencers, innovators and subject matter experts via her 4,000 person talent database. Andrea hosts and curates bespoke convenings that amplify her knowledge and network, such as Culture Shifting: A Weekend of Technology, Innovation and Social Impact. The only bi-coastal, bi-annual event of its kind, the weekend unites more than 400 visionaries, technologists and social impact leaders of color and those who care about growth and innovation through inclusion. Andrea is on the D&I advisory board of Singularity University, located in Silicon Valley and Senior Fellow of Social Innovation at Babson College. Andrea is the co-founder of a diversity and inclusion platform called Katapult and is the co-author of Black is the New Green and 50 BILLION Dollar Boss (nominated for a 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work).
Dawn is the Co-Founder of NY Tech Meetup, and is also the Apprenticeship Director for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She is on the board of InSITE, and is a New York City Trustee of The Awesome Foundation. Dawn lives in New York City with her husband and daughter, and received her BA from Clark University.