Jim Coleman is a Senior Director of Enterprise Services at Microsoft Corporation. He currently oversees a US-based business practice comprised of US Public Sector, Non-Governmental and Healthcare Organizations. Jim leads strategic business development, sales, and delivery of services that drive Microsoft product and cloud adoption. He has been credited with managing and leading numerous high-valued strategic projects and programs increasing Microsoft services market share while lowering cost and increasing productivity for clients. He has over 19 years of experience in the Information Technology industry. Jim holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business with a concentration in Leadership and Strategy.
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Rachael De Chacon is a Vice President in the Real Estate Legal & Compliance group at Blackstone. Ms. De Chacon focuses on legal and compliance matters relating to global product marketing and investor communications. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. De Chacon was a senior associate in the Investment Funds group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP where she focused her practice on the formation, structuring and management of private equity funds and other investment vehicles, as well as operational, legal and regulatory issues faced by their sponsors. Ms. De Chacon received a BA cum laude in Philosophy from Boston College and a JD from Fordham Law School where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law.
Christen Douglas is a Private Client & Wealth Management Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. She focuses her practice on trust and estate planning, administration, and litigation. She also advises clients regarding philanthropic planning and private charitable foundations. Christen earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, and LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. For nearly 30 years, her mother has worked at Aseltine School in San Diego, California, which is a school designed to serve children with behavioral issues and learning disabilities, many of whom are foster care children. Her mother’s stories about connecting with and helping her students learn and grow despite the challenges they face inspired Christen from an early age. She joined the Advisory Council of Children’s Rights in 2016.
Karyn Froseth is Vice President, Director of Client Services for the Atlanta office of Momentum Worldwide, a global Brand Experience agency with more than 40 offices around the world. She is a strategic marketing leader with proven success leading large-scale retail and partnership marketing programs for fast-paced consumer product companies such as Coca-Cola, Quaker Oats, and Novartis. Karyn brings a unique blend of agency and corporate experience to manage brands and develop national and global initiatives for consumer engagement, brand preference, and profitable volume. A Chicago native and Indiana University graduate, Karyn resides in the Morningside neighborhood of Atlanta with her husband Eric, daughter Hayley, and hound mix puppy Gracie.
Jill Hayman has over 35 years experience practicing law, both in in-house positions and in private practice. She is currently Special Counsel in the real estate department of Hunton & Williams in New York City, a role she recently assumed. Prior to joining Hunton & Williams, she was Special Counsel at Fried Frank, where she primarily represented nonprofits in various real estate transactions. Previously, Jill spent the majority of her career as a Managing Director in the Legal Department of Morgan Stanley, where her group provided direct legal coverage on corporate real estate and general procurement transactions. A graduate of New York University Law School, Jill lectures frequently on commercial leasing topics.
Steven Haedrich is owner and CEO of New York Label & Box, a family-owned, New York-headquartered corporation in operation since 1878. The company specializes in high-quality custom printed products for the cosmetic, healthcare and nutraceutical markets. After graduating Georgetown University with a major in Accounting and a Psychology minor, Steven worked as a consultant for Peat Marwick Mitchell, a big eight accounting firm. He subsequently joined New York Label & Box and worked his way up from shipping to sales to management to CEO. Steven is active in the business community and serves on the advisory board of The Deming Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster an understanding of the Deming leadership philosophy to advance commerce, prosperity and peace. The institute teaches quality leadership, systems thinking and how continuous quality improvement strategies can improve individual lives and business operations. Steven is a father of three children, a daughter and two sons.
Greg Hecht, a designated Super Lawyer by the publishers of Atlanta Magazine, has been lead counsel in over 300 Trials and 1,000 Hearings. His specialties include business, commercial and real estate litigation, local government law, and litigation, among others. Greg Hecht is a Certified Mediator and Arbitrator, and Hecht Walker offers Mediation, Arbitration and Special Master Services. In addition to his legal practice, Greg served as a State Senator and as a State Representative in the Georgia General Assembly for many years. During his time as a State Senator, he was appointed Chairman of the Civil and Criminal Practice Subcommittee, Vice-Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Chairman of an Appropriations Subcommittee for 4 years. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985 for his undergraduate degree and the University of Georgia School of Law for his Juris Doctorate degree in 1988, Greg has been serving clients as an accomplished attorney for over 28 years.
Christy Irons has been a child advocate since she was 10 years old. Having been raised in a family that fostered 45 children, Mrs. Irons graduated from Erskine College with a degree in Special Education and works tirelessly promoting foster care reform as well as being an advocate for adoption. Christy and her husband, Nigel, have one biological child and have adopted 8 children, three of which have challenging disabilities. Mrs. Irons has a widely read blog, The Sometimes 8 Irons, which chronicles the realities of a very diverse family life while actively seeking adoptive families for children in foster care. She is a resident of South Carolina.
Sandra Kapell is Executive VP and Chief Administrative Officer at The Madison Square Garden Company, a role she assumed in December 2015. She served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Administration for Cablevision Systems Corporation from 2012-2015. Before her time at Cablevision, she was Senior Vice president and Chief Human Resources Officer of Chartis, an AIG company and the world’s largest property and casualty insurer. Before that, she was senior Vice President at MetLife.
Mark Lindsay is a consultant with the Livingston Group, a prominent government relations firm in Washington D.C. He served on President Obama’s Transition Team and in President Clinton’s White House as Assistant to the President for the Office of Management and Administration. Before joining The Livingston Group, Mr. Lindsay was with UnitedHealth Group, one of the world’s largest healthcare companies, where he held a number of senior positions including President of the AARP Pharmacy Services Division and Vice President of Public Communications and Strategy.
Enid is Managing Director of Marketing Effectiveness at Nielsen Company. She has been at Nielsen since 2005 and manages overall strategy, integrated solutions creation, and new business development for Reach, Resonance and Reaction products and services, which allow marketers, agencies and media companies to decipher how exposure to marketing and media interact with the target audience to shape brand perception and purchase behavior, and thus understand and influence consumers’ path to purchase.