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Cobie Smulders: Disruptor Foundation Fellow

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Cobie Smulders, well known to audiences for her role as Robin Sherbatzky on CBS’s hit show “How I Met Your Mother,” has recently starred in “The Avengers”, opposite Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson. She reprised her role for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier and will next […]


Press Release: 6th Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards

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TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL AND DISRUPTOR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE HONOREES FOR SIXTH ANNUAL DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION AWARDS *** Award collaboration with Harvard professor Clay Christensen to recognize leading disruptors of consequence including Airbnb, VICE Media, Rent The Runway, Girls Who Code, journalist Peter Greste, Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker, Formula E Racing and more *** Walter Isaacson’s “The Innovators” […]


Andy Puddicombe – Co-Founder, Headspace

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Andy Puddicombe, a former monk with a degree in Circus Arts, is the co-founder of Headspace, an award-winning digital health platform providing guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training to the masses. TED talker, BBC contributor and Huffington Post writer, Andy is on a mission to get as many people as possible to integrate a 10-minute meditation […]


Andi E. Bernstein – Head of Strategic Partnerships and New Market Growth, Compass

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Andi E. Bernstein is Head of Strategic Partnerships and New Market Growth at Compass. Launched in 2013, Compass is a technology-driven real estate platform that is revolutionizing the process of buying, selling or renting a home in New York and Washington, DC, pairing exceptional agents with best-in-class technology. Previously, Ms. Bernstein was Senior Vice President […]


Makenzie Mallory — Founder and CEO, Atlantik

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Makenzie Mallory is an entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, explorer and documentary photographer. She is the Founder + CEO of ATLANTIK, a construction industry enterprise software and analytics company (currently in development). Previously, she was the Managing Director of Pacific Noon- a natural resources consultancy focused on South Asia and Africa (agriculture, mining, oil & gas, forestry). […]


Fran Lebowitz — Writer

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Fran Lebowitz lives in New York City where she divides her time.


Ceci Kurzman — Founder and President, Nexus Management Group

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Ceci Kurzman is the founder and president of Nexus Management Group, a talent management and business development company. Kurzman has managed business development and career strategy for several high profile “living brands”, including Shakira and Alicia Keys. Currently, Nexus is focused on partnering capital resources with talent-driven brand-to-business strategies. Prior to founding Nexus Management in […]


Kelly Le Brock — Activist, Model, Actress

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Kelly Le Brock, an iconic star of the ’80s, was beloved on a global scale not only for her role in the films Weird Science(1985) and Woman in Red(1984), but also for her unforgettable spreads in Vogue magazine and famous “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” line from Pantene commercials. Though for a time Kelly […]


Valarie Gelb — CEO, TheBarnYardGroup

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Valarie Gelb is CEO of TheBarnYardGroup, a leading advisory group, with a passion for storytelling, and a sharp focus on emerging media, building online communities, and advancing technology by partnering with agencies for the brands they serve to formulating and implementing marketing strategies. The company is built on a foundation matching, curators, contents and causes […]


David Earls – Co-Founder and Managing Partner, B.E. Capital Management

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David Earls serves as co-founder and managing partner of B.E. Capital Management, a micro cap distressed equity fund started in 2012. Prior to that, David ran individual giving for the Tribeca Film Institute for nine years. David began his career as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  


Andy Polansky — CEO of Weber Shandwick

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Andy Polansky is Chief Executive Officer of Weber Shandwick, a leading global public relations agency with offices in 82 countries around the world. Andy was named CEO in November 2012 after serving as global president since March 2004.  Andy has a long track record of outstanding client and business results. Under his direction, Weber Shandwick […]


Josh Machiz — Director of Integrated Marketing at Nasdaq

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Josh Machiz is the Director of Integrated Marketing at Nasdaq is responsible for managing all of the content for the Nasdaq social media properties, as well as experiential marketing and social media activations at Nasdaq MarketSite. In this role, Mr. Machiz is responsible for the IPO day social experiences and social advertising for new and […]


Jon Patricof — President & Chief Operating Officer, Tribeca Enterprises

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Jon Patricof is President and Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival and related entities. He is responsible for all business operations of the company including business development, legal, finance and sales as well as overseeing the expansion of the company […]


Perry Hewitt — Chief Digital Officer, Harvard University

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Perry Hewitt works at the self-disrupting nexus of marketing and technology, where new digital/social/mobile behaviors and capabilities are transforming businesses and nonprofits alike.  As Harvard’s first CDO, she is charged with leading digital strategy for communications and engagement — as well as exploring ways organizations effect digital transformation. Perry has worked in marketing, editorial, and […]


John Bell — VP of Enterprise Digital Marketing, Travelers

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John Bell leads the Enterprise Digital Marketing team putting data-driven content, digital marketing and social engagement at the heart of marketing. John joins Travelers after 13 years at Ogilvy & Mather where he founded Social@Ogilvy, a global social and digital marketing practice. John drove digital and social strategy and programs for major brands including Ford, […]


Kelly Courtney — Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs, MIT Innovation Initiative

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Kelly Courtney is a communications and business professional with over 20 years working at the intersection of industry, government and academia. She has led high profile initiatives with major policy implications and has provided strategic counsel to C-level Fortune 500 executives, major universities, investors and federal, state, local and international government officials. She is a […]


Scott Barry Kaufman – Scientific Director, The Imagination Institute at the University of Pennsylvania

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Scott Barry Kaufman is scientific director of the Imagination Institute in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania where he conducts research on imagination, creativity, and play (see scientific papers), and teaches the popular undergraduate course “Introduction to Positive Psychology” (see syllabus). Kaufman is author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined and co-author (with Carolyn Gregoire) of the upcoming book Wired […]


Jonathan Salem Baskin — President, Arcadia Communications Lab

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Author of seven books on brands and culture, a Forbes contributor and former Advertising Age columnist, and a frequently quoted media resource on breaking business news. President of Arcadia Communications Lab, which provides privacy design and innovation narrative services to clients worldwide. Leads Consensiv, a reputation metrics consultancy; serves as a catalyst at TechNexus, a […]


Elizabeth Isele – Co-Founder and President, Senior Entrepreneurship Works

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Co-Founder and President, Senior Entrepreneurship Works; Co-Founder and President, eProvStudio.com; Founder, SavvySeniorsWork.com; Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at Babson College; and MetLife Foundation’s Journalists in Aging Fellow. Elizabeth launched her life as an award-winning, serial, social entrepreneur after a 30+ year distinguished career as an editor and author and as a philanthropic leader. She has both created and […]


Dr. Cheng Zhu — Innovation Leadership Consultant, Stand-Up Comedian, and Dancer

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Dr. Cheng Zhu is an innovation leadership consultant.  Her areas of expertise include innovation, leading change, developmental and positive psychology, and cross-boarder negotiation and conflict resolution.  She has consulted for Chinese and American film, TV, and entertainment companies on international expansion and marketing strategies. Her previous professional appointments include: Research Associate at the Harvard Business […]


Annette Richardson – Senior Advisor at the United Nations Office for Partnerships

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Annette Richardson is a Senior Advisor at the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP). Ms. Richardson focuses on building strategic activities and facilitates the establishment of linkages and development of long-term relationships with private sector partners, high net-worth individuals, social investors and foundations. Responsible for public affairs and external relations, Ms. Richardson implements global multi-stakeholder […]


Marcia Dyson — Founder and CEO, Women’s Global Initiative

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Marcia L. Dyson is one of America’s most respected civic-social activists and communication specialist. She is the President and CEO of M and M Dyson, LLC an international consultant enterprise in matters of business development, marketing, political strategies and social engagement.  She is the founder and CEO of Women’s Global Initiative, a for-profit entity to […]


Susan Cohig – SVP of Business Affairs and Integrated Marketing, National Hockey League

As the NHL’s Senior Vice President, Business Affairs & Integrated Marketing, Susan Cohig is responsible for working across all business areas of the League office, including digital media, events, integrated sales, marketing, and broadcasting, and in collaboration with the legal team. In her role, Cohig evaluates opportunities, issues and agreements and assesses their impact on […]


Sevi Simavi — CEO of Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

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  Sevi Simavi is a global executive, thought leader and author on women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, a not for profit organization that has provided over 100,000 women entrepreneurs in 80 countries with skills, technology, networks and access to capital they […]


Sarah Robb O’Hagan — President, Equinox

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Sarah Robb O’Hagan joined Equinox in September 2012 as President of the world’s premier fitness lifestyle company, comprising the Equinox, Soul Cycle, Blink Fitness and Pure Yoga brands. Under her leadership Equinox is undertaking an aggressive expansion strategy to grow its family of brands around the world and into additional lines of business, by leveraging […]


Naila Chowdhury — Founder and Chair, Women4Empowerment

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Naila Chowdhury is a leading management professional from Bangladesh, based out of  Maryland, USA. She brings 21 years of professional, diversified, multifunctional, global management skills, both in major and startup organizations. Her specialty is creating self-sustaining programs that economically empower girls, women with state-of-the-art technology with financial inclusion solutions. She is an active mentor for Women, Girls […]


Julia Hartz – Co-Founder and President, Eventbrite

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Julia Hartz hopes to inspire people to live more by building the world’s largest marketplace of live experiences. Since founding Eventbrite in 2006 with Kevin Hartz and Renaud Visage, the company has generated over $3 billion in gross ticket sales, with more than 200 million tickets processed to events and experiences around the globe. A […]


Amir Dossal — Founder & Chairman, Global Partnerships Forum

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  Amir Dossal is Founder and Chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum, a non-profit working to address economic and social challenges through partnerships, which he established in 2010. The GPF serves as a knowledge platform, providing changemakers with the tools to build innovative partnerships. www.Partnerships.org Amir is Co-Founder of the Pearl Initiative, a CEO-led program, […]


Lisa Dolan — CEO and Founder, Savile Row Society

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Through SRS, Lisa Dolan and her team expect to transform men’s shopping through a seamless, omni-channel personalized shopping portal for men. While working in finance, Dolan saw firsthand how her busy colleagues had little time or patience for traditional shopping methods. She, like most men, does not want to see endless pages of thumbnails of […]


Jeff Hoffman – Partner, ColorJar

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Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, Hollywood film producer, and a producer of a Grammy winning jazz album in 2015. In his career, he has been the founder of multiple startups, he has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and he has served as a senior executive […]