Nur El Shami is the Director of Strategic Operations at The New York Times's T Brand Studio, where she is responsible for ensuring that the advertising department is designed to operate in maximum efficiency, drive constant innovation, and excel creatively. Originally from Merano, a small town in the German-speaking part of Italy, Nur started her career in the fashion industry, holding various positions in marketing and production. Having learned how to grow and scale business operations at such startup labels as Mary Katranzou, she founded her own boutique artist platform in London in 2012, with a mission to support and promote emerging artists via alternative patronage models. After four years of immersing herself in the art world and successful collaborations with brands ranging from Paul Smith to UBS, Nur moved to New York to begin consulting brands and producing cultural events, most notably for the actress and sustainability advocate Isabella Rossellini. She joined The New York Times in 2017.
Diane Blum is a consultant for nonprofit health and social service organizations with expertise in program development, fundraising, and nonprofit management. Through 2013, she served as chief executive officer of the Lymphoma Research Foundation. Previously, for twenty years, Diane was executive director of CancerCare, a national nonprofit support organization for people with all cancers. Diane is a founder of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and for 12 years, served as editor-in-chief of Cancer.net. Diane's awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Board of Sponsors of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Special Recognition Award from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the Republic Bank Breast Cancer Research Award, the ASCO Special Recognition Award and the ASCO Partners in Progress Award. Diane received a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester and a master's degree from the School of Social Welfare at the University of Buffalo.
Elicia Felix-Hughey is Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where she is responsible for developing and leading strategic initiatives for the company’s global HR function. At Sony/ATV, Elicia is laser-focused on affecting positive, sustainable change and continuing to shift the company’s culture to one where employees thrive. Since starting in 2019, her key areas of focus have been diversity in all of its forms, inclusive leadership, equity and the overall development of Sony/ATV's employees. In 2020, she was honored in Billboard Magazine’s Power 100 List, as she played an intricate role in doubling the representation of women and people of color at the leadership level. Elicia has spent more than 20 years in HR at entertainment, music and media companies like The Octave Music Group (parent company of TouchTunes and PlayNetwork), EMI Music Publishing (now part of Sony/ATV Music Publishing), The Harry Fox Agency (HFA), RykoDisc and Palm Pictures. Elicia has an MBA from The Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in HR Management from CUNY-Lehman College.
Tony Jack (Ph.D., Harvard University, 2016) is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and Asst. Prof. of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He holds the Shutzer Assistant Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. His research documents the overlooked diversity among lower-income undergraduates: the Doubly Disadvantaged—those who enter college from local, typically distressed public high schools—and Privileged Poor—those who do so from boarding, day, and preparatory high schools. His acclaimed book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Poor Students, was published in March 2019.
aura Wilson is the founder and former CEO of WilsonPrep, a premier tutoring agency. Currently, she consults with school districts and educators, oversees WilsonPrep’s online educational platform, and teaches test prep classes to underserved students. She has written numerous books; The Guide to Grammar is her most recent. At this time, she is busy working on a high school reading and writing workbook. In 2011, Laura founded Graph It Forward Today, a non-profit organization that donates graphing calculators and free test prep to students and schools in need. Laura has served on various educational boards, including the Horace Greeley Scholarship Foundation, Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program, and Lincoln High School Academy of Finance. Laura received her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.\\
Leigh Nathanson is a partner at the law firm King and Spalding, where she has a complex commercial litigation practice focusing on antitrust, banking law, and class actions. Leigh graduated from Harvard with a degree in History and Literature and received a law degree from New York University School of Law.
Vikram is the Vice President of Investment Banking in Technology, Media and Telecom at Lazard. Vikram graduated from University of Chicago with a degree in economics and received his masters in Finance and Strategy from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Joe is a litigation associate at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he focuses on general commercial litigation, employment, and class action law. Joe graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Accounting and Finance from Creighton University and earned a law degree cum laude from New York University School of Law.
Lisa is the Vice President of Income Tracking at Songtrust, the world’s largest global royalty collection service and publishing administrator. A 25-year music industry veteran and leader in income tracking methodologies, Lisa has recovered millions in publishing royalties over the course of her career. She has worked at Broadcast Music Inc (BMI), EMI Music Publishing (now part of Sony/ATV Music Publishing) and The Harry Fox Agency (HFA). Lisa is deeply committed to initiatives focused on community and bringing diversity, equity, and inclusion to the workplace. She is the President of Black Power in Music (BPM), Downtown Music’s first employee resource group (ERG), as well as President and Founder of Lisa’s Living Room, an organization for professional women of color with a mission to educate and empower. She is also a member of Music Business Association’s Education and Scholarship committees and an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Lisa received her Bachelor of Science from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Isabel is a Product Manager at Facebook Reality Labs, which is evolving Virtual and Augmented Realities to be the next computing platform. She has worked with creators and app developers for 8+ years, at Facebook and Apple, and now leads product for the future of productivity developers. On the side, Isabel is invested in ensuring creativity and equality are part of the workplace of tomorrow, co-founding the company Trouble, Inc. to help women be themselves at work.
Isabel is a Product Manager at Facebook Reality Labs, which is evolving Virtual and Augmented Realities to be the next computing platform. She has worked with creators and app developers for 8+ years, at Facebook and Apple, and now leads product for the future of productivity developers. On the side, Isabel is invested in ensuring creativity and equality are part of the workplace of tomorrow, co-founding the company Trouble, Inc. to help women be themselves at work.Isabel is a Product Manager at Facebook Reality Labs, which is evolving Virtual and Augmented Realities to be the next computing platform. She has worked with creators and app developers for 8+ years, at Facebook and Apple, and now leads product for the future of productivity developers. On the side, Isabel is invested in ensuring creativity and equality are part of the workplace of tomorrow, co-founding the company Trouble, Inc. to help women be themselves at work.
Coco is a researcher and storyteller. She’s collaborated with creative agencies, documentarians and visionary clients for 17+ years as a thought leader on human insight and cultural trends.
In her role as global strategy director in agencies like Saatchi, Y&R and WPP, Coco led global repositioning and campaign development for a number of clients including Danone, P&G and Revlon. As a researcher she produces content for a number of clients including BNP Paribas, 3M, ULTA Beauty, Away Travel, and The Roosevelt Institute.
In 2013 she founded The Village, a collective of storytellers passionate about bringing conversations that matter to the forefront.