Dec 17, 2012
The Honorable Mark Kennedy
topic: Insights that Overturn Conventional Business Wisdom
The Honorable Mark Kennedy leads George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, the world's first school of applied politics. GSPM's premier position and global partnerships ideally position it to help democracy work! Kennedy equips leaders to succeed at Business in a Political Age by sharing insights that fuse the perspectives he has gained from:
Kennedy has acquired a unique combination of perspectives from his experiences leading in C-suites, serving in the halls of Congress, and traveling across the world to engage business, political, and civic leaders in nearly 40 countries. In his speeches and lectures, Kennedy shares insights taken from his broad experiences that overturn conventional business wisdom.
Previously, Kennedy led as a Senior Vice President and Treasurer of a Fortune 100 company (Macy’s); helped Pillsbury acquire Häagen Dazs and spread it around the globe; served three terms in the U.S. Congress (2001–7); and then returned to the private sector in a global role with Accenture (a leading consulting firm) while continuing public service as a presidential appointee to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy (under both President Bush and President Obama).
Kennedy teaches, advises and speaks to audiences across the globe on success as a Business in a Political Age. Kennedy shows how businesses can effectively engage with political, regulatory, media, and activist-group forces to simultaneously advance their market strategies and benefit society.
Kennedy is an Executive in Residence at John Hopkins University’s Carey Business School and has lectured or led research projects at the University of Pennsylvania / Wharton, London Business School, HEC-Paris, Mannheim Business School, National University of Singapore Business School, Fundação Getulio Vargas (São Paulo) and the University of Maryland.
Kennedy also serves as Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota (www.ecomn.org).
Kennedy has a record of effective collaboration. While a Republican Congressman, he partnered with twenty Democrats to introduce and lead several pieces of legislation; more than half of the Democrats in the U.S. House co-sponsored one of his bills.
A graduate of St. John's University, Kennedy received a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from the The University of Michigan.
Dec 10, 2012
Marcela A. Bonafina, PhD
topic: Litigation with a Fractured Mind: an Uncharted Road
The field of Forensic Neuropsychology is relatively new but it constitutes a powerful scientific tool that can shed an important light in personal injury cases. In the US, there are 154 forensic neuropsychologists for a population of over 310 million, of which only 11 are bilingual (English/Spanish) for a Latino population of 50 million. These numbers highlight the novelty of this scientific field as well as the scarcity of experts acting as independent medical examiners and expert witnesses that can address legal questions about brain injury in the context of litigation.
While visible body injuries can be the subject of controversy regarding diagnosis and prognosis in the context of monetary compensation, the “invisibility” of the mind and of the working brain makes this task even more difficult. The area is plagued with ambiguity and inconclusiveness. As factors, we can include mild brain injuries –particularly those in post-concussion syndrome, a clinical diagnosis that became recently popular among NFL players- as well as challenging cases that require the precise distinction between legitimate injuries and plaintiffs who exaggerate their symptoms or plainly fake an inexistent pathology.
Dr. Bonafina is a clinical neuropsychologist who is currently the Associate Director of the International Program of the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group.
Dr. Bonafina earned her psychology degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1993 and her doctorate in psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology from CUNY in 2003. She completed her internship in clinical psychology and a post-doctoral fellowship at NYU School of Medicine-Bellevue Hospital Center.
Dr. Bonafina held the position of Research Scientist within the Dept. of Neuroscience at the NY State Psychiatric Institute. She later worked as the Asst. Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit at Bellevue, the first center of trauma in NYC. Later, Dr. Bonafina was Senior Psychologist at the 9/11-World Trade Center Health Care Program, also at Bellevue. Most recently, Dr. Bonafina worked as a neuropsychologist in the Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA. She was also recruited as an External Consultant in Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology doing assessments for fitness for duty in the FBI, the DEA, the CIA, and the TSA. Finally, the US Embassy in Buenos Aires has appointed her as clinical psychologist for American citizens living in Argentina.
From 2003 until 2010, Dr. Bonafina was Clinical Asst. Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. In 2005, she became Adjunct Asst. Professor at Columbia. From 1987 until 1995, Dr. Bonafina worked as a Professor of Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology at the University of Buenos Aires.
Dr. Bonafina was President of the Association of Hispanic Mental Health Professionals between 2005 and 2008 receiving awards including the Hispanic Health Leadership Award granted by the National Hispanic Medical Assoc.. She has been acting as Chair of the International Liaison Committee of the Latin-American Neuropsychological Society since 2004. As such, she has been appointed advisor at the Mental Health Consortium of the Hispanic Federation, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Geriatric Latino Mental Health Task Force of New York, member of the Advisory Committee of the Multicultural Outreach Task Force of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of NYS, member of the Behavioral Task Force in the Center for Policy and Advocacy of the Mental Health Assocs. of NYC and Westchester, member of the Advisory Committee of the Suicide Prevention Program of the NYS Office of Mental Health, member of the Steering Committee of the Hospital-Wide Emergency Preparedness for NYC, Bellevue Hospital Center-NYU School of Medicine, among others.
Nov 19, 2012
topic: Why the Housing Crash is Far from Over
Wall Street economists and housing pundits have been smugly proclaiming for months that the housing market has finally turned the corner. Keith Jurow, author of Minyanville.com’s Housing Market Report , has stood alone in consistently asserting that there is still no housing bottom in sight.
Attendees will be given never-seen-before statistics, charts and graphs which paint a compelling picture why the housing collapse has a long way to go, especially in the New York metro area. Keith will also provide specific advice which will help homeowners, prospective buyers, and professionals make smarter decisions and avoid the dangerous minefields which await them.
In addition to his Housing Market Reports, Keith has been writing in-depth housing articles for 2 ˝ years on important topics often overlooked by the media. They have been published on major websites such as Business Insider, Minyanville, Real Clear Markets and Marketwatch.
In June, he gave important presentations in Manhattan to the Financial Policy Council and for the Family Office Outlook which challenged the conventional wisdom that pervades the media. He has also been interviewed on several major radio stations including the Wall Street Journal radio network.
Keith is a graduate of Cornell University and received his M.A. and PhD in constitutional law from the New School.
Nov 12, 2012
topic: Mad Women : the other side of Madison Avenue in the 1960s and beyond
Jane Maas will talk about her book, "Mad Women: the other side of Madison Avenue in the 1960s and beyond", which the New York Times calls “a breezy and salty memoir.” It’s the real story of what it was like to be a woman in advertising during the '60s and '70s, the era of the television hit show Mad Men. It was a time of jaw-dropping sexism, three-martini lunches and sex in the office. Jane will reveal how she survived and rose to the top in that male-dominated jungle.
Advertising Age magazine recently called Jane Maas “a legend” and selected her as one of the 100 most influential advertising women of the past 100 years. A former creative director and ad agency president, she is best known for the “I Love New York” campaign. Jane has been an “Advertising Woman of the Year,” a Matrix Award winner, and is the author of six books, including "Mad Women".
Nov 5, 2012
Dr. Antonio J. Dajer
topic: NY Downtown Hospital and the Response to 9/11
Dr. Antonio J. Dajer was born in New York City and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He attended Harvard College and NYU Medical School, then completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. He spent ten months in Nicaragua as director of a rural hospital, then four years in the U.S. Public Health Service, on the Navajo reservation in Shiprock, NM, and upstate New York.
Since 1991 he has been an attending in the Emergency Department at NY Downtown Hospital. He was associate director from 1999 to 2005, and has been Chairman of Emergency Medicine since 2005.
Dr. Dajer has lectured extensively on NY Downtown Hospital's response to 9/11. As the sole attending physician on duty that morning, he was uniquely positioned to take part in the largest single-hospital disaster response in American history.
In 2007 the American College of Emergency Physicians named Dr. Dajer a "Hero of Emergency Medicine" for his role on 9/11.
Oct 22, 2012
Dr. Bettye H. Perkins
topic: Today's Students Tomorrow's Teachers
Dr. Bettye H. Perkins is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Today's Students Tomorrow's Teachers (TSTT). TSTT is a unique school based mentoring program that recruits and mentors culturally diverse and economically challenged high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching, provides financial assistance for students to attend college, and places them as teachers and leaders who will inspire and strengthen their communities. The program originally started with seven students from two Westchester County, New York school districts. With her enormous passion to open doors for young people, Dr. Perkins founded TSTT in 1994 and established it as a not-for-profit organization in 1998. With the support of school districts, colleges, corporations and communities, TSTT currently supports nearly 50 high schools and nearly 700 students in four states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia.) Currently 23 partnering colleges have agreed to assist in supporting TSTT students throughout their college education with a minimum 50% tuition scholarship. Over 100 TSTT program graduates are now serving as teachers and role models in their communities.
Dr. Perkins, an educator and former IBM executive, has spent the past 18 years developing and implementing educational programs to enhance the academic achievement of young people in New York and throughout the northeast. She is the recipient of many awards and proclamations acknowledging her outstanding achievement in Educational Leadership. Dr. Perkins received the Special Parent Honoree Award from the New York State Education Department and the Pathfinder Award from the New York State Association of Women in Administration. Most recently, Dr. Perkins received the Milton A. Williams, Jr. Scholars in Education Award from the Westchester Children's Museum. Dr. Perkins received a Bachelor's degree in Education from North Carolina A&T State University, a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Pace University, and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Urban Policy from Fordham University, where she documented TSTT as a new Regional Collaborative Pre-collegiate Minority Teacher Recruitment Model. Her work was also published as a best practice for Human Capital Management Strategies by the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) in July of 2009.
An avid tennis player, Dr. Perkins and her husband, John, live in Hartsdale, NY. They have enjoyed mentoring two teenage brothers, Christopher and Jamal, for the past ten years.
Oct 1, 2012
Mallory Hagan - Miss New York 2012 - has been involved in the Miss America Organization for 10 years! She started as a teen in the Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen program, was the 1st Runner Up in Miss New York 2010 and 2011, and will now compete in the Miss America Pageant – a childhood dream!
Mallory is a 23 year-old resident of Park Slope, Brooklyn and a student at The Fashion Institute of Technology studying Advertising, Marketing and Communications. A talented tap dancer, Hagan has over 20 years of dance training and holds several leadership roles including spokesperson for Fitocracy.com and a counselor for Show Choir Camps of America. Additionally, she has volunteered for organizations such as Girls Inc., Boys and Girls Club, American Cancer Society and the Dove: Campaign for Real Beauty. After her reign as Miss New York, Hagan plans to use her $10,000 scholarship to finish her degree and pursue a career in Cosmetics & Fragrance Marketing.
Sep 17, 2012
topic: "What the U.S. Can Learn from China"
Professor Ann Lee focuses on issues of global economics, finance, and U.S.-China relations. A former investment banker and hedge fund partner, she is a frequent media commentator on economic issues.
In addition to television and radio appearances on MSNBC, Bloomberg, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox Business, and NPR, her op-eds have appeared in such publications as The New York Times,The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Businessweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The American Prospect, and The American Banker.
She has been quoted in hundreds of publications and has been an invited speaker at numerous industry and academic conferences. Ann is also an adjunct professor of economics and finance at New York University and a former visiting professor at Peking University where she taught macroeconomics and financial derivatives.
While she was teaching at Peking University, she also acted as an economic adviser to Chinese economic officials as well as to several large Chinese asset management firms. She was educated at U.C. Berkeley, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, and Harvard Business School.
Sep 10, 2012
Heidi Lee is the director of Waterhouse and Dodd Contemporary NY and their art advisory, Fine Art Brokers in the US. She brings over ten years of experience working with art collectors around the world including private clients of JP Morgan Chase, AXA Art Insurance and Christie's auction house. She has helped clients acquire and appraise over five hundred works of art by Contemporary and Modern artists including important works by Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Baldessari, Anish Kapoor, John Chamberlain and many others.
Heidi received a master's degree from Christie's Education in Modern Art, Connoisseurship and the Art Market and is a UPSAP qualified art appraiser.
She has served as co-chairman of the New Museum's Contemporary Council and chairman of Christie's Education Alumni Society.
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Lee T. Guzofski
Lee T. Guzofski is the founder & CEO of G2G Enterprises, a NYC-based virtual world gaming company that is about to announce a virtual world that redefines the genre.
Prior to founding G2G, Guzofski was the Global Head of disruptive technologies for the Global Head of Equities of Deutsche Bank. While at Deutsche Bank, Guzofski designed and built one of the industry’s preeminent technology suites, much of which is still in use today.
Before Deutsche Bank, Guzofski was at Morgan Stanley in New York City where he held myriad senior roles including senior analyst in the firm’s Strategic Planning Group, performing investment banking, business planning & strategic advisory services for Morgan Stanley’s senior management. In this role he worked on the merger with Dean Witter and wrote the business plan for Morgan Stanley Nippon Shoken, Morgan Stanley’s retail securities start-up company in Tokyo, Japan. Guzofski moved to Tokyo full-time in May, 2000 and was a member of the start-up firm’s Executive Committee, heading up Strategy, Product Development, Marketing & Internet Brokerage until the division was shut down as a result of the attacks of September 11th, 2001.
A frequent lecturer and panelist Guzofski’s November 2011 lecture "The Anthropology of Online Worlds" at the New York Academy of Sciences was named by TimeOutNY a "Critic's Pick" as one of the Top 5 events in NYC that week and the podcast is among the most downloaded NYAS lectures of all time.
Guzofski is a member of Mensa, a Lifetime Member of the United States Navy League, The Players, The University Club, and The Wintergreen Club. As a result of his philanthropic & entrepreneurial activities (particularly in New Orleans, Louisiana) he has been honored as a Chevalier de la Nouvelle Orleans, and a Kentucky Colonel.
Col. Guzofski lives in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of New York City with his wife Charity and their 2 sons, Leighton & Harrison. Guzofski is deeply influenced by the City of New Orleans and the works of Joseph Campbell & Hunter S. Thompson.
Dist. 7230 Governor Gregory Arcaro
topic: District Governor's Day
Gregory Arcaro was invited to join the East Yonkers Rotary Club in 2000 by Honorable Roy Letsen, one of its founding members. He has served on many club committees, has been Club President and a member of its Board of Directors. In 2005 he was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. At the District level, Greg has been an Assistant Governor, a three-time Chair of the Group Study Exchange Subcommittee of the District Rotary Foundation Committee and a two-time counselor in the Ambassadorial Scholar Program.
Greg has worked as a city planner in the community development and housing field for the private, non-profit and public sectors since 1968. For the past four years he has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the Community Planning Council of Yonkers as its Executive Director. Continuing the tradition of the Planning Council since its founding in 1920, he is managing its community service and planning projects.
Prior to joining CPCY, Greg worked with the private sector to develop affordable housing and with the City of Yonkers as its Director of Affordable Housing and Planning Commissioner. While with the City, he and his staff completed a new Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance, the renovation of the City Pier, and neighborhood improvement projects including Habitat for Humanity projects.
For many years, Greg worked for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, a national non-profit corporation. As its Assistant Director for Multi-Family Housing, he and his staff assisted neighborhood-based, non-profit corporations throughout the country to develop and manage affordable housing.
Greg has also enjoyed teaching. He has taught planning, real estate and housing development courses at Lehman and Purchase Colleges and at the Neighborhood Reinvestment Training Institute.
Greg graduated from New York University Master’s Program in City Planning, Holy Cross College (A.B. Mathematics), and completed certificates in housing management from the Institute of Real Estate Management.
Greg served as a lieutenant in the U.S Air Force from 1970-72.
He is a member of the American Planning Association and the Mercy Center Board of Advisors (Bronx, NY).
Greg resides with his wife, Janice, in Yonkers where they raised two children – Rebecca and Michael.
Jul 30 2012
Joseph E. Fallon
Joseph E. Fallon has over 20 years' experience as an educator and subject-matter
expert on Islamic Extremism, and the cultures and politics of the Middle
East and Central/South Asia backed by years of experience in research,
data interpretation and program design. Mr. Fallon was an Instructor at
the US Army Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, AZ. Currently, he is
a Senior Cultural Intelligence Analyst for Saber Teams Ltd, as well as
course developer for classes on Terrorism for the Homeland Security Defense
Coalition education project.
Mr. Fallon's credentials include a Masters of International Affairs from
Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, and studies
at American University in Cairo, Egypt, and New York University. He earned
multiple US Army accreditations' including certification as an ABIC, SGI,
TRADOC, and USAIC Instructor, and in Basic & Advanced Intelligence Analysis,
and Counter-Intelligence Familiarization.
Jul 23 2012
topic: Hong Kong - A Bridge to Prosperity
Ms Chan was born and educated in Hong Kong. She received her B.A. and Masters degree in International and Public Affairs at the University of Hong Kong.
Ms Chan joined the Hong Kong government as a simultaneous interpreter after obtaining her B.A. from the University of Hong Kong. She was the Chief Interpreter for the Sino-British negotiations on the transition of Hong Kong from 1994 to 1997.
Since then Ms Chan has taken up administrative and policy-related duties at various government policy bureaux and departments. She was the Research Director of the Central Policy Unit (CPU) from 1997 to 2000. The CPU’s major function is to provide advice on policy matters to the Chief Executive, the Chief Secretary for Administration and the Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR Government.
From 2000 to 2003, Ms Chan served as the Principal Assistant Secretary (Commerce and Trade), handling policy issues to do with business support for SMEs, Hong Kong’s economic co-operation with the Mainland China, and Hong Kong’s trade relationship with Asia.
Ms Chan was posted to Japan from 2003 to 2007, serving as Representative of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) in Tokyo. From 2007 to July 2010, she was the Principal Assistant Secretary for Health (Special Duties) at the Food and Health Bureau. Her policy portfolio included tobacco control, partnership between Mainland China and Hong Kong on medical and health services, and new projects on establishing medical centers of excellence in Hong Kong.
Ms Chan took up her second overseas posting as Director, HKETO, New York on 21 July 2010. The ETO’s mission is to strengthen Hong Kong’s economic and trading ties with the 31 states in Eastern U.S. and to serve as the primary source of information on Hong Kong for the east coast of the U.S.A.
Jul 16 2012
Francois Lacour-Gayet, MD
topic: Francois Lacour-Gayet, MD
Francois Lacour-Gayet, MD is Chief of the division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Montefiore and Co-Director of the Pediatric Heart Center at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. Dr. Lacour-Gayet joins Montefiore from The Children’s Hospital in Aurora (Denver), Colorado, where he served as head of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Chair of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, co-Director of the Children’s Heart Institute and Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado. As member of La Chaine de l’Espoir and past President of Surgeons of Hope, he has led missions to more than 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, performing cardiac surgery, training local doctors, and helping to build and upgrade medical facilities. He is now President and Founder of Open Hearts Haiti, which works in partnership with La Chaine de l’Espoir (sistership of Medecins Sans Frontieres) and Gift of Life International to implant Cardiac Surgery in Haiti.
Dr. Lacour-Gayet, who has authored or co-authored more than 150 book chapters and scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, recently was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, by the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy.
Dr Lacour-Gayet received his medical education at Faculte' De Medicine De Paris, France; did his residency and fellowship at Marie Lannelongue and Hospital, Broussais in Paris
Jul 9 2012
Carl J. Bazarian
topic: Miracle on the Hudson
Carl Bazarian has over 30 years’ experience in project and export finance and is the founder and President/CEO of Bazarian International. In 1984, Mr. Bazarian was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of East-West Financial Services, Ltd. headquartered in Washington, DC.
He parted with East-West in January 2004 to begin Bazarian International. He works closely with worldwide commercial banks, development banks, export credit and guaranty institutions in arranging financing for global projects and has closed numerous multi-million dollar project financings in a wide range of industries, such as agribusiness, transportation, hotels, telecommunications, and has particular expertise in privatization.
After working in export-finance and economic development at the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the Federal Reserve Board, and the Foreign Credit Insurance Association, Mr. Bazarian served at the U.S. Treasury as a financial advisor to the U.S. – Saudi Arabian Joint Economic Commission. He then received a Presidential appointment to direct the Middle Eastern and African insurance programs for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
Mr. Bazarian earned an M.A. “with Distinction” in international studies from the American University School of International Service. He specialized in Middle East economics and supplemented his advance studies in international finance at New York University and George Washington University.
Jun 18 2012
George A. Scheele MD
topic: About The Obesity Cure
At last, a breakthrough in nutritional science that identifies both the cause and solution of obesity, America’s #1 metabolic disease. Using a lifetime of scientific achievement and clinical insight, Nobel associate and author, Dr. George Scheele, explains how to use nature’s gift -- Power Amino Acids®--to avoid “addictive taste disorders” and harness the body’s own feedback mechanisms to tame appetite, rebalance metabolism, and normalize body weight.
In The Obesity Cure Dr. Scheele shows that obesity is only one in a spectrum of metabolic diseases associated with the Metabolic Syndrome and accelerated aging. He demonstrates how the current “paradoxes” of obesity and metabolic health prove that something “essential” is missing in our current understanding of nutritional health and weight control. The Obesity Cure identifies the missing “piece” as Power Amino Acids®. These essential ingredients have the ability to correct deficiencies in the food chain, including positive-charged amino acids, proteins, and metabolic pathways that adversely affect satiety, metabolic health, and body weight. Without Power Amino Acids®, the body suffers from “protein deficiency syndrome”, a newly identified condition that limits the body’s ability to regulate the satiety centers and metabolic pathways that control weight gain and loss.
This book takes a revolutionary step beyond the high fat/protein diets of pioneers like Dr. Robert Atkins and the low fat/protein diets of public health policy. For the first time, we can now create a high-nutrient, low-fat, and low-carb diet that produces significant weight loss without resorting to starvation regimens that result in extreme hunger. The Obesity Cure reveals the breakthrough importance of supplementing the diet with essential, positive-charged, and satiety amino acids (Power Amino Acids®) that tame appetite and rebalance the metabolic pathways to burn fat and maintain normal body weight with feelings of comfort, satisfaction, and well-being.
Power Amino Acids have additional benefits as well. By correcting the dietary deficiencies that lead to overweight disorders and obesity, they also ensure weight control, metabolic health, and revitalized youth. They are the “magic bullet”--the “secret” if you will--for achieving the elusive goal of metabolic health and sustained weight control. The Obesity Cure further explains how Power Amino Acids® may be incorporated into diets all across America to normalize body weight and combat chronic degenerative disease without counting calories, adding up points, or suffering constant hunger.
Jun 11 2012
topic: Protecting Minorities
Mr. Francis Dubois is a charismatic person who has dedicated his life to serve humanity at the international and at the local level.
Francis was born and raised in Alsace, France, and had a very distinguished career with the United Nations. He started his career with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Uganda; then serverd at the UNDP headquarters in New York before being assigned to the Palestinian Territories as the Deputy Coordinator of the UN Secretary General. Francis was then posted to Iraq as the Head of the UN Office (with the rank of Ambassador) ,and subsequently in Algeria , and Tunisia in the same capacity.
During his career Francis volunteered and accepted leadership assignments in a number of UN staff associations to assist at the personal level people in developing countries.
Since his retirement, Francis is an active member of several non-governmental organizations and serves on their boards. Presently, he serves as President of Le Comite La Fayette, in New York, an organisation that promotes French-American relations. Also, Francis was instrumental in establishing a Pax Romana Office at the UN with the mission to protect religious minorities worldwide.
Francis maintains a very close relationship with the New York Rotary Club. At several occassions, he was the speaker at club meetings and always assists in coordinating the monthly breakfast meetings at the UN of the International Service Division.
Jun 4 2012
The Hon. Natalia Quintavalle
topic: Italy Day
The Hon. Natalia Quintavalle, Consul General of Italy in New York will join us to celebrate Italy Day.
Natalia Quintavalle is a career diplomat with 25 years of experience. In the past ten years, she has worked on UN issues, first at the Italian Permanent Mission in Geneva, where she was in charge of the relations with UN specialized agencies, including WHO and ILO, and then at the Permanent Mission in New York, where she represented Italy in the GA Fifth Committee and was subsequently in charge of the economic and development office. She served until September 2011 as Deputy Director Generale for political affairs and Principal Director fro United Nations and Human Rights.
Between 1986 and 1999, she served twice (1986-1988 and 1997-199) at the General Directorate for Development Cooperation. She was appointed as Italian Consul in Toulouse, France (1989-1991) and as First Secretary at the Italian Embassy in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, (1991-1995).
She has been appointed as Italian Consul General in New York on the 5th of September 2011.
She is Fluent in English and French. She is married with one daughter.
May 14 2012
topic: Lawyer Barons: What Their Contingency Fees Really Cost America
Lawyer Barons: What Their Contingency Fees Really Cost America, is a broad and deep inquiry into how contingency fees distort our civil justice system, influence our political system and endanger democratic governance. Contingency fees are the way personal injury lawyers finance access to the courts for those wrongfully injured. While the public senses that lawyers manipulate the justice system to serve their own ends, few are aware of the high costs that come with contingency fees. This book sets out to change that, providing a window into the seamy underworld of contingency fees that the bar and the courts not only tolerate but even protect and nurture. Contrary to a broad academic consensus, the book argues that the financial incentives for lawyers to litigate are so inordinately high that they perversely impact our civil justice system and impose other unconscionable costs. It thus presents the intellectual architecture that underpins all tort reform efforts.
Lester Brickman is a visiting scholar at the Manhattan Institute and a professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. He is a leading authority on contingency fees and mass tort litigation. Professor Brickman has written extensively on these and other topics, testified at congressional hearings and is widely quoted in the press.
May 7 2012
Consul General of Turkey, Mr. M. Levent Bilgen
topic: Turkey Day
The Consul General of Turkey, Mr. M. Levent Bilgen, will be helping us celebrate Turkey Day on May 7.
Consul General Bilgen obtained his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management at George Mason University (GMU) in Virginia. He later received his Master of Arts degree in International Transactions at the Faculty of Humanitarian and Social Sciences at GMU.
After numerous years in lobbying and in the public relations sector in Washington, DC, Mr. Bilgen joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey in 1995. He served at various posts at the Turkish Embassies in Beijing (1997-1999), and Tel-Aviv (1999-2002), as well as at the Permanent Representations to the United Nations Headquarters/New York (2003-2007), and the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal (2009), respectively.
During his tours at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Bilgen worked at Deputy Directorates-General for Overseas Promotion of Turkey (1995-1997), and Policy Planning (2002-2003). Most recently in Ankara, Mr. Bilgen served as the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the National Security Council (2007-2009).
Mr. Bilgen was appointed to Toronto in November 2009, to establish the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey. After serving in Toronto for two years, Mr. Bilgen has been appointed to New York and has assumed his duties as Consul General in December 2011.
Consul General Bilgen, born in Ankara in 1966, is married with two children.
Apr 23 2012
topic: Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy
Ibn Warraq, Islamic scholar and a leading figure in Koranic criticism, was, until July 2011, a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Law and Counterterrorism, a project of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is the author of six books on Islam and Koranic criticism, including Why I am Not a Muslim, 1995, The Origins of the Koran, 1998; The Quest for the Historical Muhammad, 2000; What the Koran Really Says, 2002; Leaving Islam. Apostates Speak Out, 2003; and Which Koran?, 2011 - all Prometheus Books. Warraq’s op-ed pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal in America and The Guardian in London, and he has addressed distinguished governing bodies all over the world, including the United Nations in Geneva, and Members of the Dutch Parliament, at The Hague.
Mr. Ibn Warraq completed in 2007, a critical study of the thought of Edward Said, Defending the West, which Paul Berman, author of Terror and Liberalism, described as "a glorious work of scholarship, and it is going to contribute mightily to modernizing the way we think about Western civilization and the rest of the world."
Apr 16 2012
topic: UN Day - Principles of the United Nations Global Compact
Georg Kell is the executive head of the United Nations Global Compact, the world's largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative with more than 2,400 participants from more than 80 countries. Following extensive experiences in Africa and Asia as a financial analyst, Kell began his career at the UN in Geneva, where he worked from 1987 to 1990 with the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In 1990, he joined the New York office of UNCTAD, which he headed from 1993 to 1997. In 1997, Kell became a senior officer in the Executive Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, responsible for fostering cooperation with the private sector. He has served as head of the UN Global Compact since 2000. A native of Germany, Kell holds advanced degrees in economics and engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.
Apr 2 2012
Antonio Bernardo MD
topic: Virtual Reality & 3D Technology to Discover Novel Surgical Approaches to the Brain
Antonio Bernardo, MD is Assistant Research Professor of Neurological Surgery and Director, Microneurosurgery Skull Base Laboratory of Weill Cornell Medical College. The laboratory is a state of the art facility which integrates 3-D visualization, virtual reality, and computerized simulation for training of surgical procedures and visuospatial skills. A robotically controlled microscope is used for surgical planning and to perform skull base surgical procedures. Surgical data are recorded in a 3D format and presented routinely in our specially designed 3D projection room. The skull base surgical laboratory also features the use of a three-dimensional surgical simulator called interactive virtual disection (IVD), which was developed by Dr. Bernardo.
Mar 26 2012
Commissioner Salvatore Cassano
topic: Firefighters Recognition Day
New York Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano will speak to us on Firefighter's Recognition Day, Mar 26, during which we will also honor the courage and bravery of New York's Firefighters.
A son of Italian-American immigrants, Cassano was born in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn, New York, and lives in Staten Island. After serving in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, he began a career as a firefighter in November 1969. He earned an associate degree in fire protection technology from New York City College of Technology in 1970, and a bachelor of science degree in fire science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1976.
Cassano has served in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and has been honored five times during his career for bravery. He received commendations for meritorious acts between 1979 and 1983 for rescuing five people from burning apartments, all in Brooklyn.
Cassano has held every rank in the department during his career, and was instrumental in rebuilding the department after 343 firefighters died as a result of the September 11 attacks, after which he was named Chief of Operations. He was appointed Chief of Department, the highest uniformed position in the department, in 2006, and his appointment as Fire Commissioner was announced by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on 21 December 2009.
Cassano and his wife, Theresa, live in the Huguenot section of Staten Island, where they raised their family. They have five children and three grandchildren. A marathon runner, he has run the New York City Marathon four times and has broken the three-hour mark.
Mar 12 2012
David P. Goldman
topic: How Civilizations Die
David P. Goldman writes the "Spengler" column for Asia Times Online, and contributes frequently to The Tablet, First Things, and other publications. He was global head of debt research for Bank of America (2002-2005), global head of credit strategy for Credit Suisse (1998-2002), and also held senior positions at Bear Stearns and Cantor Fitzgerald. Goldman was a senior editor at First Things 2009-2011, and a Forbes magazine columnist from 1994-2001. His book How Civilizations Die (and why Islam is Dying, Too) appeared in September 2011.
Mar 19 2012
Marty Borusso & Dr. George Garland
topic: 2012 - The Year of Energy: Technologies in the US and Abroad
Marty Borruso is currently a principal at Medesco, LLC (www.medesco.net), based in New Jersey, which provides clients with technology solutions to meet demands for low cost and high efficiency energy. Medesco consults, designs, and installs on-site Tri-generation (Combined Cooling, Heating and Power) energy systems for mid-size and large facilities such as hospitals. These systems are custom configured to each facility’s energy profile to balance cost efficiency, environmental footprint and energy security.
Previously Borruso was Chief Executive Officer of Fuel BioHoldings, a biodiesel fuel business he founded. In 2005, he built and operated a 12 million gallon biodiesel production facility in Newark, New Jersey, which he later sold.
Borruso has over 30 years experience as an entrepreneur, engineer, and chemist in pollution prevention, waste treatment, metal finishing, lean manufacturing, co-generation, and alternative fuels. He began in 1976 at the D France Corporation where he was vice president and worked on integrating pollution prevention programs in manufacturing processes. In 1983, he founded Plating Systems Incorporated, a metal finishing company that was also involved in industrial waste treatment and process system development, including implementation of ISO standards in manufacturing. In 1990, he founded an engineered systems company which designed and built automatic plating machines, industrial wastewater systems and over 50 co-generation sites.
Borruso is involved in environmental issues in New York and New Jersey, working on Brownfield remediation and contributing to issues of the consumer tax credit for biodiesel in heating oil in the recent gas tax reduction legislation. He is a Senior Fellow of the Public-Private Alliance Foundation. He holds a BS in Forensic Chemistry from John Jay College in NY City.
Mar 5 2012
Dr. George Garland
Dr. George Garland is an independent consultant on international energy issues. Building upon a 34-year career with the US Environmental Protection Agency, he has recently served as Executive Director of the World Energy Forum, and currently directs the Energy Project of the United Nations Association of the USA Southern New York State Division.
In the EPA Dr. Garland dealt with hazardous and solid waste management, including development and implementation of financial responsibility regulations. He had a four-year assignment with the World Health Organization in South East Asia as Chief Technical Advisor for Toxic Chemicals and Pollutants, working with India, Indonesia, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. He worked with the World Bank in the Russian Federation to establish a national hazardous waste management system and again with USAID in Nizhni Tagil, Russia to improve its water supply system. His international work also included assignments in South Korea and Oman.
He has held senior staff positions in the UN Association of the USA (UNA-USA), led a panel on energy and climate change at the February 2011 UNA-USA Mid-Atlantic Conference and Members Day at the UN, and he introduced the Energy Project of the UNA-USA Southern NY State Division at the February 2012 Conference. He is Treasurer in the Board of the UNA-USA Southern NYS Division, and is a member of the Board of the Public-Private Alliance Foundation.
Dr. Garland has a degree in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, Masters Degrees in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon and in Public Health from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from George Washington University. He has written several articles in Biocycle magazine on organics management (compost).
Mar 5 2012
Marion Evans began his career as an arranger for the Glenn Miller - Tex Beneke orchestra and for Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Vaughn Monroe, Percy Faith, and Count Basie. His career includes arrangements for over 100 Albums for Judy Garland, Tony Bennett, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Perry Como, Helen O’Connell, Dick Haymes, Jane Froman, Gordon Mac Rae, Julius La Rosa, Kate Smith, Roy Hamilton and many others.
He has written arrangements for 17 different TV Series inclucing the closing theme for the Johnny Carson Show, written orchestrations for 11 Broadway Shows and Cabaret Acts for Tony Bennett, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Judy Garland, Sammy Davis Jr., Julius LaRosa, Florence Henderson, Johnny Desmond, Helen O’Connell and others. He has received 2 Grammies for “Blame It On The Bossa Nova” by Eydie Gorme and “Go Away Little Girl” by Steve Lawrence. Of Mr. Evans arrangements, 65 became Gold Records.
Marion Evans lives in Pennsylvania with his beautiful & talented wife Terri. His hobbies include cooking, finance and learning to play the piano.
Feb 27 2012
Harvey A. Silverglate
topic: How every businessman and professional commits three federal felonies a day, and what to do about it.
Harvey A. Silverglate, of counsel to the Boston law firm Zalkind, Rodriguez, Lunt & Duncan LLP, specializes in criminal defense, civil liberties, and academic freedom/student rights law. Silverglate's law practice began its current trajectory in 1969 when he represented student anti-war protestors charged with taking over Harvard's University Hall, and has included drug prosecutions, draft and riot cases, bank and securities fraud, bribery and extortion, espionage, tax evasion, police misconduct, murder and manslaughter, habeas corpus proceedings, money laundering, and desertion (tried at a court martial). Recently, Silverglate's criminal defense work has focused on the way in which the U.S. Department of Justice utilizes vague federal statutes, in combination with the erosion of intent as a requirement for a criminal act, in order to subject all of civil society to potentially ruinous prosecution. His cases inspired him to write his most recent book, Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent. The book discusses the wide range of working professionals who are potential targets of vague federal laws, and shows the grave threat capricious federal prosecutions pose to unwitting doctors, lawyers, bankers, politicians, and others.
Three Felonies a Day is the latest major work in Silverglate's active writing career that has long been an adjunct to his law practice. For nearly four decades, he has been the criminal law and civil liberties columnist for The Boston Phoenix, an alternative weekly newspaper, and he formerly wrote a bimonthly civil liberties column for The National Law Journal. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Reason magazine, and elsewhere. He has taught at the Harvard Law School and the University of Massachusetts, and is currently an adjunct scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute.
His writings have also inspired his civil liberties activism. Following the publication of Silverglate's first full-length book (co-authored with Alan Charles Kors) The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses (The Free Press, October 1998), Silverglate and Kors co-founded the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, (FIRE), a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enlarging academic freedom, due process, and freedom of speech and conscience at American colleges and universities. Harvey currently serves as FIRE's Chairman of the Board.
Silverglate lives with his wife, portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Their son, Isaac, lives and works in New York City.
Jan 30 2012
Rear Admiral Wendi B. Carpenter, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Wendi B. Carpenter, USN, (Ret.) is president of the State University of New York Maritime College. The daughter of an Air Force veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, she was raised throughout the United States and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1976 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology.
Carpenter was commissioned in 1978 through Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., and in July 1979 was designated a Naval Aviator. Graduating at the top of her class, she was assigned as the Navy's first selectively retained graduate instructor pilot (SERGRAD) in the T-44 aircraft at VT-31, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1981, she was ordered to sea duty with the "Ironmen" of VQ-3, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where she served as a mission commander, aircraft commander, and instructor pilot in the EC-130 F/G/Q aircraft. Carpenter deployed throughout the Pacific, western United States, and Alaska in support of the nation's strategic nuclear triad. She completed a shore tour as an aviation assignments officer in Washington, D.C, and, in 1985, accepted a Reserve component commission.
Carpenter has held a total of five commands at the commander, captain, and flag level in the areas of logistics, training, and aviation in fleet, joint, and coalition operations, giving her a unique war fighting perspective. She has also completed numerous fleet and shore staff assignments.
Carpenter accepted numerous recalls to active duty. In June 2008, she assumed command of Navy Warfare Development Command where she and her team worked to deliver capability for Navy, joint, and coalition forces through concept generation and development, doctrine, modeling and simulation, and experimentation.
Previous flag assignments include deputy commander, Navy Region Southeast; acting director, OPNAV N31 (Information, Plans, and Security); vice director, Standing Joint Forces HQ, U.S. Joint Forces Command; and deputy commander, Second Fleet. She has represented the United States in a number of coalition and NATO forums in Europe and Africa.
Carpenter has pursued graduate studies in marketing and holds a master of arts in international relations from Salve Regina University. She is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College and completed Capstone 06-02, as well as executive programs in business, strategic planning, and innovation at National Defense University, Defense Acquisition University, University of North Carolina Business School, Chapel Hill, and Babson College. She has accumulated over 3,500 military flight hours.
Carpenter's awards include Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (5), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit awards. She is most proud of the FY01 DON CIO Award for "e-Business" in government, which was won by the 75-member team she led as Commanding Officer, DCNO N4, Fleet Readiness and Logistics.
Feb 6 2012
topic: L'Aquila tra storia futuro - Earthquake in Aquila
The earthquake in 2009 left the city of Aquila and its territory severely damaged and in some cases irreversibly. It damaged historical, spiritual and cultural property which goes back over 750 years. The project will help restore art, socio-medical sciences and religious monuments and places of worship. Gimede Gigante will review the devastation and rebuilding plans for this historical center of Italy.
Gimede Gigante is a Contract Researcher of Banking & Finance at University Bocconi, Milan and a Research Fellow in Banking and Finance at the University of Rome. He was also a Visiting Professor of Banking & Finance at the Columbia Business School, NYC.
His fields of research and professional interst are in Corporate banking, Corporate Lending, Strategic Banking Management , Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, International Banking, Firm Valuation, Intellectual Capital Valuation.
Author of many articles and publications, Mr. Gigante's new book, Managing Intellectual Capital in the Banking Industry, published by Palgrave MacMillan is upcoming in March 2012.
He has a Ph.D. in Banking & Finance from the University of Rome and a Post-Doc in Banking & Finance from the Stern School of Business at NYU.
Feb 13 2012
Frederick Sheehan is the author of Panderer to Power: The Untold Story of How Alan Greenspan Enriched Wall Street and Left a Legacy of Recession (McGraw-Hill, 2009). He is the co-author of Greenspan's Bubbles: The Age of Ignorance at the Federal Reserve.
Mr. Sheehan was Director of Asset Allocation Services at John Hancock Financial Services in Boston. In this capacity, he set investment policy and asset allocation for institutional pension plans. For more than a decade, Mr. Sheehan wrote the monthly "Market Outlook" and quarterly "Market Review" for clients. He is a frequent contributor to Marc Faber's "Gloom, Boom & Doom Report." He also has written articles for "Whiskey & Gunpowder" and the Prudent Bear website, among others.
He currently serves as an advisor to an investment firm and a non-profit foundation. A Chartered Financial Analyst, Mr. Sheehan is a graduate of Columbia Business School.
Jan 23 2012
topic: Money's Muffled Message
Sean Fieler is a managing member of Equinox Partners, L.P. and the Kuroto Fund, L.P. Over the past fifteen years, Sean Fieler and his partner, William Strong, have assembled a research team capable of analyzing businesses around the world, a capability that has enabled Equinox Partners and the Kuroto Fund to consistently purchase superior businesses at substantial discounts to their intrinsic value.
Mr. Fieler serves as Chairman of the American Principles Project, the National Bible Association, and the Pro-Life Commission of the Archdiocese of New York. He is president of the Chiaroscuro Foundation and serves as a board member of the Witherspoon Institute, Institute for American Values, the Manhattan Institute, and the Dominican Foundation.
A graduate of Williams College with a degree in political economy, Mr. Fieler speaks and publishes on the topic of monetary reform.
Mr. Fieler lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife, son and two daughters.
Jan 9 2012
topic: Israel Day
Gil Lainer is Consul for Public Diplomacy at the Consulate General of Israel in New York.
Prior to his arrival in New York, Gil was a counselor in the Bureau for Middle East Economy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, where he worked to establish Israel’s current policy on humanitarian aid and projects in the Gaza Strip under the direction of the MFA Director General. He also served as MFA liaison to the IDF in coordinating and implementing this revised policy.
In 1998, after joining the Ministry and while still a diplomatic cadet, he was posted to the Israeli Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria as Second Secretary and later Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé D'affaires. He was then appointed to the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco, as Deputy Consul General to the Pacific Northwest. In this position he dealt extensively with media relations and public diplomacy.
From 2002 to 2004 Gil worked at the Ministry’s North American Division, where he was desk officer for Israel’s consulates in the United States.
Gil took a leave of absence from the Ministry in 2006 to serve as the Aliyah emissary (“Shaliach”) for Montreal and eastern Canada. During his time in office over 120 people emigrated from Montreal to Israel. On the last day of the Second Lebanon war, Gil was privileged to lead a special Aliyah flight, organized by the Jewish Agency for Israel and Nefesh B’Nefesh, with over 200 new Canadian immigrants to Israel.
Before beginning his diplomatic career, Gil worked in the private sector as an account executive for a Tel Aviv public relations firm, representing primarily Hi-Tech companies. Prior to that, he was as a reporter, producer and editor-in-chief in the news section at Israel’s largest commercial radio station, 103 FM Tel Aviv.
Gil served in the military intelligence apparatus of the Israel Defense Forces, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and Management from the School of Media Studies at The College of Management in Tel Aviv.
Gil resides in Givatayim, a suburb of Tel Aviv. He is married to Sharon, also a career diplomat. They have two kids, Ori and Noam.