Professor Lori Andrews’ consumer activism emerged when she was seven and her Ken doll went bald. Her letter to Mattel got action—and she once again had her dreamy Ken with his meticulously-parted, lush hair.
She’s been fighting for people’s rights—especially women’s rights—ever since.
Lori worked on the pro bono case in which the U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously that a company can’t own women’s breast cancer genes. She’s advised companies, politicians, and consumers around the world on the personal and social impacts of genetic, reproductive, and internet technologies. Today she focuses on how social networks are changing our lives, for good and for ill.
Her litigation involving reproductive technologies earned Lori a place on the National Law Journal’s list of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” And the American Bar Association Journal called Lori “a lawyer with a literary bent who has the scientific chops to rival any CSI investigator.”
She’s written 11 nonfiction books, including “I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy,” and three mystery novels.
Lori is a Distinguished Professor of Law at IIT Chicago-Kent and director of IIT’s Institute for Science, Law and Technology. She’s been a Visiting Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Yale College and her J.D. from Yale Law School.
Elana Broitman represents clients in New York City, New York State, and Washington, D.C., concerning government affairs, procurement, and regulatory and policy matters. She also provides specific expertise in matters relating to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), cybersecurity, and sanctions. She has wide-ranging experience in government and business.
Throughout her career, Elana has also held many positions within the federal government. Most recently, she served as the deputy assistant secretary for manufacturing and industrial base policy at the Defense Department, where she was responsible for the defense industrial base and represented the Department on CFIUS.
Before her role at the Pentagon, Elana spent a decade in Congress, serving as senior advisor to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, and prior to that as counsel to the House International Relations Committee.
Elana had previously served in the Clinton administration as senior rule of law advisor to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Europe and newly independent states operations.
Elana has served as the senior vice president of UJA-Federation of New York, where she led federal, state, and city government affairs for the largest local philanthropy.
Elana spent nine years in private industry focused on intellectual property and international policy matters.
Alisa R. Doctoroff is president of UJA-Federation of New York. She previously served as chair of the board, as well as chair of UJA's Commission on Jewish Identity & Renewal after years of involvement with its work, particularly in Israel and with young people.
Alisa is a past president of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, was instrumental in founding its high school division, and chaired the initiative for its recent expansion. She is active on the boards of a wide spectrum of foundations and organizations that promote engagement with Jewish life and identity through education, culture, and religious life, including the Jim Joseph Foundation, Moving Traditions, Mechon Hadar, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is also past president of Congregation Or Zarua.
Alisa graduated from Harvard College and received an M.B.A. at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. She also holds an M.A. in Jewish studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Dan, and has three children.
Constance Mitchell Ford is a financial journalist who spent more than three decades covering economics, corporate finance, investing, and real estate. Most of those years were spent at The Wall Street Journal in New York, most recently as the global real estate and property bureau chief. In that role, she managed a team of reporters who wrote about the business and investing aspects of residential and commercial real estate, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac; mortgage-backed securities; the housing market and home builders; hotels, office, and retail real estate; the real estate holdings of pension funds and investment firms; and real estate investment trusts.
Prior to that position, Ms. Ford held numerous other positions at The Wall Street Journal, including economics editor and senior reporter covering credit markets and investment banking.
A native of Washington, D.C., Ms. Ford has been invited to speak about the economy and real estate at numerous national and international events, including the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; The Global Interdependence Center Conference in Dublin, Ireland; The International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Conn., and the Global Summit of Women in Seoul, South Korea, among others.
She received an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a graduate degree in economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Ms. Ford lives in the New York area.
After the tragic death of her son Dylan, who was one of 20 first-graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Nicole Hockley dedicated herself to working for change so that other families might be spared the pain of losing a loved one to gun violence. That commitment led her to found Sandy Hook Promise, where as Managing Director she oversees communications and outreach and for which she frequently serves as spokesperson. A writer and public speaker, Nicole advocates for turning tragedy into transformation through love. She focuses on bringing people together by creating an honest dialogue and by searching for innovative solutions in the areas of mental health, school safety, community building, and gun safety.
A Rhode Island native, Nicole has an extensive background in marketing and communications for companies in the U.S. and in the UK, where she lived for eighteen years with her British husband Ian and their two sons before returning to the US in 2011. Prior to founding Sandy Hook Promise, she spent two years as a full-time mom, settling her family into their new home in Sandy Hook. Before the shooting that claimed her son’s life, Nicole worked to make sure that Dylan, who had autism, received the necessary care and attention to help him successfully integrate into his classroom.
Until the tragedy of December 14, Nicole and her family lived in a house directly across the street from the shooter. While the Hockleys have since moved, Nicole and her husband chose to remain in Newtown with their older son, who also attends Sandy Hook Elementary and was at school the day of the shooting.
Hoda Kotb is the co-host of the fourth hour of NBC News’ TODAY alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. Since the duo teamed up in 2008, the Gifford-Kotb hour has been referred to as “appointment television” by Entertainment Weekly, “uproarious and irresistible” by People, and “TODAY’s happy hour” by USA Today.
Since joining NBC in 1998, Kotb has served as a correspondent for Dateline. She’s covered a wide variety of domestic and international stories across all NBC News platforms, as well as numerous human-interest stories and features. She covered the aftermath and one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a story personal to Kotb who lived in New Orleans for six years. Additionally, she has reported on the war in Iraq, the conflict in the West Bank and Gaza, and the War on Terror in Afghanistan.
A New York Times best-selling author, Kotb will release her third book, Where We Belong, in January 2016. Kotb is a seven-year breast cancer survivor and is involved in several initiatives to raise awareness about the disease.
She’s won multiple awards, including three Daytime Emmys®, three Gracie Awards, an Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, a Peabody Award, and an Edward R. Murrow Award.
Kotb graduated from Virginia Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism. She resides in New York City.
Anjali Kumar is an idea acupuncturist, lawyer, designer, traveler, writer, and explorer. Officially, she’s the general counsel and head of social innovation at Warby Parker, a “transformative lifestyle brand offering designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses.”
Anjali was senior counsel at Google NY, where she was a commercial and product attorney on areas ranging from Google X to advertising technology to YouTube. She also curated the @Google speaker series, bringing Googlers around the globe face to face with some of today's most prominent thinkers. Pre-Google, Anjali was general counsel at Acumen Fund, an attorney at Shearman & Sterling, and led strategic planning at Robin Hood Foundation.
She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Fordham University Gabelli School of Business, teaching a course entitled "Law of Innovation", and serves as an advisor to IDEO.org and Organize.org.
Anjali is also at work on her first book, From Google to God, and has designed a handbag line. She speaks five languages – not yet including Japanese, though she's working on it.
Anjali earned her BA in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University and her JD from Boston University School of Law. She lives in New York City and Hudson, NY with her husband, Atul, and daughter, Zia.
Noa Meyer is the global head of the 10,000 Women program, an initiative that provides female entrepreneurs in developing countries with education, access to networks, mentors, and capital. Noa is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and an advisor at the Clinton Global Initiative.
Noa held several positions in the Clinton administration, first in the speechwriting office of First Lady Hillary Clinton and then at the United States Agency for International Development, where she focused on political development in the Balkans and East Timor. She also worked at many nonprofit organizations and private foundations focused on global development. Noa has worked on two presidential campaigns and one prime ministerial campaign internationally.
She then joined Goldman Sachs in 2007 as an associate and was named managing director in 2013.
Noa earned a B.A. with honors from Vassar College.
Louisa Roberts is a leader of the IBM Watson Health Life Sciences team. She identifies transformational opportunities that align with Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities to yield immediate and sustained benefits
Louisa collaborates with clients throughout their cognitive journeys to ensure that predefined value is being realized by the Watson-enabled function.
Louisa’s experience includes research and development, manufacturing, new product development, marketing, managed markets, and sales within companies such as AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline, and as an external consultant with IBM Global Business Services and IDEA Pharma. She has worked with the world’s top 20 pharma and biotech companies on strategy development, design, and execution with significant success.
Louisa has a master’s degree in chemistry from Edinburgh University (UK) and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Michal Rosenn is general counsel at Kickstarter, a leading funding platform for creative projects like films, games, music, art, design, and technology. She has been at Kickstarter since October 2012, advising the organization on intellectual property, contractual, employment, corporate governance, and regulatory matters, among others. She also leads the company’s public policy and government affairs initiatives.
Prior to joining Kickstarter, Michal was an associate in the litigation department of the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York.
Michal earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and psychology at New York University, and her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
Liz Schrayer, a respected political strategist, founded Schrayer & Associates, Inc., in 1994 with an eye toward enhancing nonprofits’ and businesses’ ability to impact policy in our nation’s capital and around the country.
Through hands-on strategic planning, crafting advocacy campaigns, and meeting facilitation, she has helped educate, engage, and mobilize tens of thousands of citizen advocates as they add their voices to a range of domestic and international public policy issues. In addition to running her own political consulting practice, Ms. Schrayer serves as the president and CEO of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a broad-based coalition of more than 400 businesses and NGOs that supports smart power foreign policy and boasts a bipartisan advisory council that includes every living former secretary of state.
Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Schrayer served for more than a decade as the national political director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She worked in state government and on Capitol Hill, founding the Congressional Human Rights Caucus.
Ms. Schrayer currently serves on the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, as well as several advisory boards and committees, including the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy, George Washington University, and Lockheed Martin. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and resides in Maryland with her husband, Jeff Schwaber, a Maryland attorney who helped launch the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. They are the proud parents of two grown sons, Josh and Danny.
Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur and advocate focused on leveraging philanthropy, innovation, and the media for poverty alleviation and women's empowerment.
Shiza co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and led the organization as founding CEO. She is now focused on supporting start-ups, innovators, and entrepreneurs combating poverty. She is an advocate for women entrepreneurs, and hosts women’s storytelling salons, bringing together leading female entrepreneurs to collaborate.
Shiza grew up in Pakistan. She graduated from Stanford University with university distinction. She graduated from Singularity University’s graduate program in 2015.
Shiza has received many awards for her work including TIME’s 30 Under 30 World Changer, Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, WEF Global Agenda Council, and Tribeca Institute Disruptive Innovation Award. She has been featured in multiple publications, including Forbes, Fast Company, Elle, Glamour, Town & Country, and The Edit, and on CNN, ABC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, and others.
Dr. Laura Stachel is co-founder and executive director of WE CARE Solar. After observing doctors conducting C-sections in the midst of frequent blackouts and midwives delivering babies in near darkness, Laura began working with her husband, Hal Aronson, to develop a portable solar electric kit for maternal health care.
Their Solar Suitcases provide medical lighting, charge phones, and a fetal monitor. Together, these interventions allow health workers to provide around-the-clock emergency care for mothers and their newborns. As of 2015, WE CARE Solar has distributed more than 1,500 Solar Suitcases to health centers in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal, the Philippines, and Tanzania, among others.
Laura is a champion for sustainable energy solutions for women’s health and speaks around the world on this topic. She has been active in the UN Foundation’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative and co-chairs a Working Group on Energy and Health.
Laura was one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2013, and she has received many awards, including the 2015 UBS Optimus Award, the 2014 Katerva Sustainability Gender Equity Award, and the 2012 United Nations Association Global Citizen Award.
Most recently, Laura spoke at the United Nations when WE CARE Solar received the inaugural 2015 UN-DESA “Powering the Future We Want” $1 million award, presented by General Ban Ki-Moon.
Laura is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist with 14 years of clinical experience. She holds an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, and an M.P.H. in maternal and child health from the University of California, Berkeley.
Named as one of the 2012 “Women to Watch” by Jewish Women’s International, Susan Stern has been unflinchingly dedicated to global Jewish communities for much of her life, doing work in Ethiopia, Cuba, Argentina, Turkey, Russia, Poland, Uzbekistan, and Bulgaria.
In 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Susan to chair his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; her primary issue on the council was human trafficking. In 2013, she was named one of New York’s “New Abolitionists.”
She served as chair of UJA-Federation of New York’s Board of Directors and currently chairs Live With Purpose, an initiative promoting service and volunteerism in the Jewish community. Previously she served as General Campaign chair.
Susan is currently the vice chair of Jewish Federations of North America, where she was the first female national campaign chair. She served as national chair and president of National Women’s Philanthropy of United Jewish Communities and created the International Lion of Judah Conference. As chair of the National Young Leadership Cabinet, she was an eyewitness to Operation Solomon, the Israeli rescue of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews in 23 hours. She was named a Wexner Heritage Fellow in 1993. Presently, she is chair of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service and chair of Global Programs for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
She and her husband, Jeffrey, have two sons, Michael (Janna) and Peter (Amanda), and two grandchildren, Zachary and Alexandra.
Nabiha Syed has been described as "one of the best emerging free speech lawyers" by Forbes magazine.
She has worked on legal access issues at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; advocated for women's rights in Pakistan; counseled on the publication of hacked and leaked materials; and advised documentary filmmakers through the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.
She is currently the assistant general counsel at BuzzFeed.
Prior to BuzzFeed, Nabiha helped start the emerging technology practice at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, a prominent First Amendment law firm, and she was named the First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times.
She is the co-founder of Drone U and the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School. Nabiha is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Yale Law School, and Oxford University, which she attended as a Marshall Scholar. She serves as a nonresident fellow at both Stanford Law School and Yale Law School.
Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive, lecturer, and best-selling author. Currently, she is a senior managing director with Mid-Market Securities, an investment banking boutique, helping growth companies, including those operating in the emerging markets.
She also worked at The New York Times as both an executive and journalist — in management roles in both the Strategic Planning and Circulation Sales departments at The Times; as editor for international markets, energy, and industry; as The Times’ first anchor of an evening news headline program for a digital cable TV channel, the Discovery Times Channel; and as a foreign correspondent for The Times in Tokyo and Beijing, where she wrote about economic, financial, political, and social issues. She is co-author of four books, including A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity and Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.