Dec 9, 2013
Eva A. Kitova
Ms. Kitova serves as a President of the US-Belarus Chamber of Commerce. A founding member, she has supported USBELCC's successful expansion from the first day of its existence. Ms. Kitova has extensive knowledge of Belarus business environment and the opportunities that the country's private sector offers to the sophisticated American investors. To implement the long-term vision of flourishing U.S. - Belarus trade and investment relations, Ms. Kitova is actively involved with a network of private and public sector decision-makers in Belarus and USA. She exhibits a wealth of bi-national corporate and investment expertise and previously assisted numerous US companies in exploring new markets in Belarus and Russia. She also consulted numerous European IT, high-tech, and consumer goods/service companies on their expansion to the US and market.
A graduate of Minsk State Linguistic University (Belarus), Ms. Kitova has successfully retired from her career as a simultaneous interpreter at the age 28. In addition to her involvement with USBELCC, she is a partner in U.S.-based, Belarus operated translation company Bona Fide Translations, LLC.
Dec 2, 2013
topic: Ronald McDonald House NYC
As Director of Development for New York's Ronald McDonald House, Rick Martin is in a perfect position to fill us in on one of our principle charities. We'll be getting an insider's view from our own President-Elect.
The Ronald McDonald House of New York provides a temporary “home-away-from-home” for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The House is a supportive and caring environment which encourages and nurtures the development of child-to-child and parent-to-parent support systems.
About Rick Martin:
In 2007 Rick became Director of Development at Ronald McDonald House New York. Under his supervision the department grew from two Development Staff to eight and public support from $9+ million to $13+ million in 2012. Prior to that, he was 21 years with the BSA. Rick is a 1984 graduate of Massachusetts College of Art. He grew up in Lynn Massachusetts and moved to New York City in 1998.
By 2000 he had joined the Rotary Club of New York while working full time as a Boy Scout Professional in the Greater New York Councils. Rick enjoyed the fellowship from the start working on several Club Golf Outings and becoming close friends with club members Rich Charles, Lou DiPaolo and Saul Anton who he also convinced to help him with the Boy Scouts. Saul’s son Eric Anton became the Roosevelt District, BSA, Swim Meet Chairman and their association lasted through the present with Eric helping to raise almost $40,000 for the club with our recent Child’s Champion Dinner. While Rick’s job with the Scouts took him to New Jersey and later back to Queens and the Bronx and finally as the Director of Field Service for the Greater New York Council, BSA, he never lost his appreciation for what the club did for him as a young man. He rejoined our club 5 years ago shortly after joining the Ronald McDonald House. Rick currently serves as President Elect and will be President of the Rotary Club of New York in July of 2014.
Nov 18, 2013
topic: ShelterBox Humanitarian Aid
Louis Turpin is a ShelterBox USA Ambassador volunteer who will present us with a great picture of ShelterBox's missions and accomplishments. Turpin was selected to speak at the UN for Rotary UN Day from among the over 350 ShelterBox volunteer amabssadors.
ShelterBox is an international nonprofit organization committed to providing humanitarian relief by delivering boxes of aid to help families made homeless by disasters such as earthquake, flood, hurricane, tsunami, cyclone, volcano or conflict. Here, Louis Turpin is pictured with RI President Sakuji Tanaka (2012-13).
Turpin is an architect and planner, and is the founding principal emeritus of Rhinebeck Architecture and Planning PC. He is an active volunteer in his community, where he serves on various boards and committees and is involved with numerous Rotary activities such as the District 7210 World Service Committee and as a Rotary Asst. District Governor.
Nov 4, 2013
topic: McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business
Duff McDonald is a New York-based journalist. A contributing editor at Fortune magazine and The New York Observer, he has also written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, New York, Esquire, Business Week, Conde Nast Portfolio, GQ, WIRED, Time, Newsweek, and others.
His latest book, "The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business" (Simon & Schuster), was published in September. "Last Man Standing" (S&S), his biography of Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, was published in October 2009.
In 2004, he was the recipient of two Canadian National Magazine Awards—Best Business Story (gold) and Best Investigative Reporting (silver)—for Conrad’s Fall in National Post Business. He is also the co-author, with Owen Burke, of "The CEO", a satire.
McDonald's topic will be McKinsey including 1) What it's like to report on a secretive organization. 2) The most surprising things he found in writing the book, and 3) His thoughts on the question everybody wants answered: Are they worth it?
Oct 28, 2013
topic: The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty
Nina Munk is a prize-winning journalist and a non-fiction author whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Fortune, and the New York Times. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair, she was previously a senior writer at Fortune, and before that a senior editor at Forbes.
Her new book, The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, was released last month to overwhelmingly positive reviews and is a finalist for the Governor General's Award.
In her talk, Munk will discuss the subject of her new book, addressing the shortcomings of Jeffrey Sachs's ambitious plan for ending poverty (as outlined in his best-selling book The End of Poverty), and why, for all the money spent on humanitarian and foreign aid, more headway has not been made in promoting economic development in sub-Saharan Africa.
Oct 21, 2013
topic: Central Park - the Spriritual Soul of the City
Darcy Plympton-Sims is Founder and CEO of Parks & Re-Creation,Inc. They have created a global template designed to create a world-class park experience for iconic Urban Park users; uniquely engaging individuals through artful and socially-responsible avenues of relevant content.
Parks & Re-Creation,Inc.'s launch template "The World of Central Park" is collaborating with leading organizations in New York City to usher in a new wave of park adventure! They aspire to establish a sustainable, socially-responsible legacy that lifts humanity up on every level in their local and global communities.
The World of Central Park Legacy Project
The Core Ethos of Parks and RE-Creation is to satisfy the very basic need of humanity to escape their linear right angled boxes for the freedom of natures idyllic forms, to romp in the timelessness of creation and regain their hearts true rhythm.
“Parks were originally designed as a spiritual or religious experience, a place to relax and enjoy Creation and in turn reflect on the Creator. Meditation in nature has long been recognized as a way to rejuvenate the souls of humanity. Healthy citizens create stronger societies with greater productivity and lower crime rates. By creating a greater Park experience and preserving our great global Parks through awareness and funding, our global society benefits as a whole. This is especially true for Urban dwellers.”
It is out of that desire to lift humanity that we created our ‘World of Parks’ template. Built in to our template are avenues of engagement for each Park visitor to feel ownership of the Park, creating devoted invested ‘Citizens of the WOCP’ and for all collaborating Sponsors.
Central Park is the most iconic Park in the World and serves as our first urban Park to be RE-Created and RE-Discovered through our multi-media platform for our 40+M annual visitors and millions more drawn by our Legacy Project- “The World of Parks”.
The World of Central Park (WOCP) was created by a group of visionary graphic designers, architects and media producers; to reach the untapped market of Central Park’s 40M+ annual visitors by dramatically enhancing the visitor experience and global exposure of Central Park on and off site; delivering relevant content for Sponsors/Advertisers desiring a Green Goodwill Legacy.
We are privately funded, separate from City Parks and the CP Conservancy, therefore able to deliver compelling campaigns free of any bureaucracy, and devoted to enhanced awareness and funding of Parks with informative FUN
Oct 17, 2013
Matts Ingemanson, District Governor 7230
topic: District Governor's Visit
Matts Ingemanson is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. He joined the Rotary Club of New York in 1998 and served there as Internet Communications Officer 2000-2004. He later transferred to the Rotary Club of Yonkers in 2008, where he served as President 2009-2011.
Matts was Rotary District 7230 Chairman of the Group Study Exchange Committee 2002-2004, District Secretary 2005-2006, 2009-2010 and Chairman of the Annual Giving Subcommittee 2011-2012.
Matts is a Founding Member of Rotary Global History Fellowship. He has served as Vice Chairman 2001-2003 and Chairman 2004-2006. Rotary Global History Fellowship’s website at www.rghf.org receives 1 million visits per year from Rotarians around the world.
Since Rotary is a volunteer service organization, Matts supports the individual passions for Rotary Service among Rotarians. He also seeks to attract passionate young people into Rotary and to show them how their passions to serve can be supported by the resources of Rotary’s worldwide organization.
Matts came to America from Sweden in 1981 with a grant from the Swedish Government to develop a personal computer in Berkeley, California. He operated a computer business in the infant computer industry together with many of its pioneers. He became a U.S. citizen in 1995.
He has conducted international business for many years. His experience includes many diverse business cultures working with business, technology, patents and international law in Asia (including South Korea, North Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan), the former Soviet Union (including Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan) and many countries in Europe,
Matts owns a business that develops energy efficient data centers. He also owns a Real Estate Development business in Sweden, which builds energy efficient prefabricated residential homes.
Matts lives in New York City. In 1987, he is married to Sundra, an artist. Sundra previously worked as an Art Teacher and Arts Coordinator in the New York School System for 34 years. Their son Morris has graduated from Hunter College Elementary School 1999, Hunter College High School 2005, Hunter College 2009 and is a JD Candidate Class of 2014 in University at Buffalo Law School.
Sep 30, 2013
topic: The Ponzi Economy
Gene Epstein joined Barron’s in February 1992 as Commodities Editor. The following year, He became the weekly’s first Economics Editor and the first to write the column, “Economic Beat” -- his responsibility to this day. Since Oct. 2010, he has also been the Barron’s Book Review Editor.
His book, "ECONOSPINNING: How to Read between the Lines when the Media Manipulate the Numbers", was published by John Wiley in August 2006 and is still available in print and in a Kindle edition.
Before joining Barron’s, Gene did a 13-year stint at the New York Stock Exchange, mainly as a senior economist. He's taught economics at the City University of New York and St. John’s University--and holds an M.A. in the subject from the New School and a B.A. in history from Brandeis University.
He has made numerous appearances on Fox, CNBC, and BBC t.v, and delivered talks over the years, in venues that include Columbia University in New York, the Ark Hills Club in Tokyo, Loyola University in Baltimore, and Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City.
GeneI also moderates, arranges speakers for, and occasionally speaks before an open forum called Junto, financed by philanthropist Victor Niederhoffer, which meets the first Thursday of each month in mid-town Manhattan.
Sep 23, 2013
Rev. Deborah Moldow
topic: Peace on Earth
Rev. Deborah Moldow's life path has led her from the Broadway stage to the pulpit to the United Nations and all over the world. She is committed to assisting in the transformation of human consciousness that will lead to a culture of peace. She contributes to this global effort through her ministry, her international peace work, her interfaith work, speaking, writing and editing, and her singing, all part of the movement of awakening humanity.
Deborah Moldow is the Representative to the United Nations of the World Peace Prayer Society, which promotes Peace Pole dedications and World Peace Flag Ceremonies sending the prayer "May Peace Prevail on Earth" to every country in the world.
Deborah is also Co-Director with Diane Williams of the Evolutionary Leaders circle, a project of the Source of Synergy Foundation that brings together visionaries committed to the acceleration of the conscious evolution of humanity in these critical times.
Sep 16, 2013
topic: The Buy Side
The Buy Side, by former Galleon Group trader Turney Duff, portrays an after-hours Wall Street culture where drugs and sex are rampant and billions in trading commissions flow to those who dangle the most enticements. A remarkable writing debut, filled with indelible moments, The Buy Side shows as no book ever has the rewards – and dizzying temptations – of making a living on the Street.
A mesmerizingly immersive journey through Wall Street’s first millennial decade, and a poignant self portrait by a young man who surely would have destroyed himself were it not for his decision to walk away from a seven-figure annual income, The Buy Side is one of the best coming-of-age-on-the-street books ever written.
Sep 9, 2013
topic: Kids Book Outlet
Abbott Fleur will be discussing 'Kids Book Outlet', created in service to the Mount Kisco Rotary Club to simplify the process of buying children’s books, while at the same time giving discounts of at least 65% to the purchasing club. A portion of their profit goes directly to Polio Plus thru the Bedford-Armonk Rotary Club.
In addition to being Founder of Kids Book Outlet Abbott is Founder of the Bedford-Armonk Rotary Club. He's CEO of Strategic Infrastructure Group, supporting both startups and companies in transition with cloud technology support and interim CTO services.
As a Director and founding partner of Infragistics, Inc. Abbott is a Senior Manager and Systems Architect with a long record of successfully designing and implementing systems in Content Delivery, Electronic News Distribution, Software Sales, Wholesale Distribution, Manufacturing, Medical Systems and Publishing.
As Digital Business Experts, Infragistics helps companies leverage their existing digital resources to increase both sales and client awareness. We take operational business data and expand it into a tool for both sales and marketing while enhancing the digital experience of both customers and employees.
Aug 19, 2013
Jenna Steiner Archuleta
topic: The Rotary Foundation as Resource
Jenna Archuleta is the Major Gifts Officer for Zone 32 of The Rotary Foundation. Her topic will be of interest to the broad audience of our Rotary Clubs and will include speaking about our 11 year old Peace Scholarship Program that has educated over 700 individuals who are now serving worldwide on Peace and Conflict Resolution issues.
The Rotary Foundation, with its many products and program, is an important resource for our clubs. In addition to speaking about the six areas of focus, Jenna will combine touching success stories and personal glimpses of how others have utilized TRF for their benefit and the benefit of Rotary. Her presentation includes interesting antidotes that she gained through her 6years of field experience.
This talk is educational, interesting and touching presentation and is not a pitch for money. You may want to make this a guest day for friends, past members and prospective members.
NOTE: Jenna Archuleta is coming to our District to speak with specific Rotarians about TRF and to providing training for our Million Dollar Dinner Team. Speaking to our larger Rotary Clubs, is a special ‘perk’ that is available to us.
Jenna Archuleta works with Rotarians in the northeastern United States as they achieve their personal, financial and charitable goals and support their favorite Rotary Foundation programs. She has been a Rotary Foundation staff member for almost 8 years, serving as Planned Giving Coordinator, Planned Giving Officer and currently Major Gifts Officer. She has expertise in Rotary Foundation charitable gift annuities and estate gifts, gifts of appreciated and tangible assets, The Rotary Foundation Donor Advised Fund and Named Endowed Funds.
Jenna is a member of the Chicago Council on Planned Giving. She is certified in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Fundraising at Northwestern University and is expected to graduate from University of Illinois at Chicago’s Graduate School of Business in 2014. Jenna has worked as Development Officer for an Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault agency and Features Editor at daily and weekly newspapers in suburban Chicago.
A resident of Chicago, Jenna enjoys running and biking through the city’s many historic neighborhoods. In 2012, she ran 10 half marathons in 10 states to raise awareness and funds for polio eradication. She also got married that year, changing her name from Jenna Steiner to Jenna Archuleta. She has been a member of the Rotary Clubs of Savanna, IL, and the e-Club of New England.
Jul 29, 2013
Adam B. Levine
topic: Bitcoin: The Future of Money
Adam B. Levine is a senior fellow with the Bitcoin Education Project. A prolific writer and speaker who likes to talk about complicated topics in understandable terms, he is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Let's Talk Bitcoin! and other new media properties. Adam's other interests include additive manufacturing technology, autonomous systems, new interfaces, open source hardware, and improbable solutions that could change everything.
Bitcoin: The Future of Money
Thirty years ago, the US Mail system had a virtual monopoly on person-to-person correspondence. Today carrier post has less than 1% of the market. It's not that email was marketed better, it's that genuinely in it's very makeup it is superior to the old way of doing things: faster; cheaper; and less prone to loss, damage, or prying eyes. Bitcoin will do to money what e-mail did to mail, and in the process enable global commerce and philanthropy as never before.
Jul 22, 2013
topic: "The Supreme Court Vs. The Constitution"
They're on a "rampage," writes Gerald Walpin, one of the country's top litigators, in his astonishing new book, The Supreme Court Vs. The Constitution.
Mr. Walpin is an experienced litigation attorney with particular expertise in commercial and securities litigation and white-collar crimes. He has represented a wide range of clients, including large public corporations, securities brokerage firms, accounting firms, law firms, and individuals, both American and foreign, in securities litigations, criminal prosecutions, and investigations by the United States Securities & Exchange Commission.
Before joining the Firm, Mr. Walpin was Law Secretary to two Federal District Court Judges, served three years as J.A.G. in the United States Air Force and then served for five years as the Chief of Special Prosecutions for the United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. There he successfully prosecuted the then longest criminal jury trial (which was a securities fraud prosecution) in the history of the United States courts. He also worked under Robert Kennedy and Robert Morgenthau as attorney in charge of prosecution of organized crime in the Southern District of New York; supervised grand jury investigations into Cosa Nostra families and into Bonanno "kidnapping;" and was referred to in the book Green Felt Jungle for prosecution of several Las Vegas gambling figures.
Mr. Walpin is a frequent lecturer and writer on legal topics, including class actions and derivative lawsuits, and while-collar crimes. He has been named in all editions of the published compilation of The Best Lawyers in America. He is President of the Federal Bar Council, the bar association of attorneys practicing in the Second Circuit federal courts, having previously served as Chairman of the Program Committee, the Modem Courtroom Committee, and the Court/Bar Liaison Committee of the Federal Bar Council, and as Vice-President of that bar association. He served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, to implement provisions of the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990.
Gerald Walpin graduated from City College of the City of New York in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, where he was elected President of the student body. In 1955, he graduated cum laude from Yale Law School, having served as Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Federalist Society, having previously served as Chairman of its National Litigation Practice Group. He is a director of Center for Individual Rights, a national legal pro bono group involved in the protection of individuals' constitutional rights. He is also a trustee of the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, of which he was formerly Chairman of the Board. For four years, he served as Co-Chairman of the Lawyers Division in New York of the Anti-Defamation League.
Mr. Walpin considers his role as a mentor as both an obligation and an opportunity. In the good natured, straight-forward style known to all who come into contact with him, Mr. Walpin summarizes his view of mentoring: "Immediately out of law school, I was very fortunate in having clerked for United States District Judge Edward J. Dimock, who, epitomized to me the high qualities of a judge and of a human being: careful analysis of each issue, a sense of fairness, sensitivity towards others, a willingness to help others, and a modest gentleness. He was unstinting in his time and attention, both while I clerked for him and thereafter, to assist and, where requested, to advise this then young lawyer. If I have been able, in a small way, to reflect that experience in my relationship with young lawyers with whom I have come in contact, I will have attempted in a small way to repay Judge Dimock for what he did for me."
Mr. Walpin has been married for 46 years to his wife Sheila, and they have three children (Amanda Leath, Edward and Jennifer) and four grandchildren. The Walpins are world travelers and have loved visiting such places as Afghanistan, Mongolia, Iran, New Guinea, Philippines, and Australia to see how other people live. He is active in many charitable and community organizations as well as providing leadership to several national social, political and legal groups.
Jul 15, 2013
Jerry Fortino, M.D.
topic: Installation Official
Jerry Fortino, M.D. will be be offering an introduction for new President, Paul Caruso as well as officiating and speaking at our upcoming 2013-14 Installation.
Jerry (James Michael) Fortino, M.D. was born on January 31, 1934 in Lansing, Michigan. He graduated with honors from Grand Ledge High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree, “cum Laude” from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. After graduating from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1960, he headed south to Tulane University and completed an internship and residency at Charity Hospital of New Orleans, La. He and his wife Carolyn continue to work in Pediatrics four days a week seeing Louisiana Medicaid patients. Each year Jerry says, “Maybe I’ll retire next year!”.
As Governor of Rotary District 6840 (Southern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi) in the years 2006-2007 he oversaw $1,000,000.00 in Rotary dollars donated to his district for Hurricane Katrina damage repairs. His first Rotary International Grant was completed in 2007. With contributions from six states and five foreign countries this grant helped rebuild the New Orleans City Park. It included a one quarter mile front entrance from Lelong Avenue to the New Orleans Museum of Art, a new baseball field and night lighting for six soccer fields. During the same year the Rotary Club of New York donated $30,000.00 to buy new band uniforms for the hurricane devastated oldest high school in New Orleans, Warren Eastern. In 2008, at a New Orleans Saints football game halftime, Jerry was declared “People’s Health Champion” for the work accomplished by the Rotary at City Park.
Jerry and his Rotarian wife Carolyn have been to thirteen Rotary Internationals Conventions. During the Osaka, Japan Convention in 2004 they met Paul and Gail Caruso. In true Rotary spirit, they have been friends since then. The Fortino’s are the parents of four children and have ten grandchildren. They love to travel, spend hours in art museums, attend operas, musical plays, ballets and concerts. They love Mardi Gras as both participants and spectators. They follow Jazzfest annually and relish New Orleans Creole cuisine which they enjoy sharing with visiting fellow Rotarians.
Jun 24, 2013
Fredlee Ann Kaplan
topic: Gift of Life International: Redefining Charity for Children with Heart Disease
Fredlee Ann Kaplan, LCSW, LMFT, Family Therapist and Clinical Social Worker, Private Practice, New York
Fredlee has been a member of the New York Rotary Club since January, 2007, and is a clinical social worker and family therapist in Manhattan with a private practice in Individual, Couple and Family Psychotherapy.
Her professional clinical licenses are in Clinical Social Work (NY and NJ) School Psychology (NY) and Marital and Family Therapy (NJ). She completed postgraduate studies in individual psychodynamic psychotherapy for five years in New York and in family systems psychotherapy for seven years in New York and Washington, D.C.
She was a consulting clinical supervisor in the Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City, supervising psychiatric residents and psychology interns in family therapy, and directed a clinical training and treatment program for families coping with schizophrenia. In 2001, she treated families and individuals who lost relatives in the World Trade Center crisis in New York in both volunteer and consulting capacities. She continues to consult to businesses, executives, and hospitals in family and systems interventions.
She first became involved with Gift of Life in 2007, working with families whose children were admitted to NYU Medical Center for observation and treatment. She has served on the 7230 District Gift of Life Board of Directors, Gift of Life International's Chairman's Council, and currently is a Director of Gift of Life International. She has been presenting the work she is doing in recent conferences such as the American Psychiatric Assn., in California, and in Training sessions at the Kripalu Center in Massachusetts.
Since 2010, she has been developing and implementing a program for the Humanized Care of Families and Children for families whose children are being served by GOLI, for Host Families who are caring for families and children who are brought to other countries for surgery and for Medical professionals on the surgery teams in El Salvador. Future plans for visits to El Salvador include meetings with the medical teams to deal with death and dying patients and their families, risk management issues and best practices for the physicians and administration of Bloom Hospital, and designing research efforts on the effectiveness of stress reduction interventions in their ICU.
Jun 17, 2013
topic: Gold & Silver Exchange
Miguel Perez-Santalla is the Vice-President of Business Development at BullionVault, an online gold and silver exchange holding over $2.2 billion of precious metals for their over 43,000 customers.
Prior to joining BullionVault, Perez-Santalla was a Vice-President of Marketing for the New York Trading operations of Heraeus, a multinational precious metals company with over 13,000 employees worldwide. During his tenure there, Perez-Santalla was responsible for expanding Heraeus’s visibility.
Perez-Santalla commenced working with gold and silver in 1980 for Deak Perera, the first firm to offer precious metals in storage through a certificate program, and at that time one of the country’s largest gold and silver coin and bullion dealers. He later joined Piano International, an international trading company, as the head trader for precious metals and foreign currencies for 11 years.
Following his position at Piano International, he joined M&T Bank as Vice-President of Precious Metals and Foreign Currency.
After a few years at the bank, Perez-Santalla started his own international trading company Trinity International LLC with a focus on gold and silver.
As a licensed Series 3 Commodities Broker, he was a member of the National Introducing Brokers Association and worked on the COMEX as well. His firm was also an authorized dealer of the Perth Mint Certificate Program.
Leveraging over 30 years of experience, Perez-Santalla is known for delivering his precious metals expertise at industry events and conferences. As a fierce advocate for retail investors, he often shares his passion and knowledge in the hopes of furthering greater transparency on how the markets work.
Perez-Santalla has presented for the last five years at the International Precious Metals Institute’s annual conference. He has also presented at the Silver Users Association and the US Geological Survey. He is frequently been quoted in the press by media, such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Reuters. He has appeared as a guest speaker on Bloomberg Latin America, The Street and Hard Asset Investor.com.Perez-Santalla is currently a board member of the New York Chapter of the International Precious Metals Institute. He has been blogging for many years his thoughts about the precious metals markets and life. His more recent market commentary may be read on Gold News at the BullionVault
Jun 10, 2013
David R. Franklin, Ad.E. & Honorary Consul of Iceland
topic: Iceland—Land of Fire and Ice
David Franklin, Ad.E. Graduated from McGill Law School Montreal in 1959 and joined the law firm of Franklin & Franklin in Montreal, which was founded by his father M.H. Franklin Q.C. in 1925, joining his brother Martin Franklin (retired) and currently Jonathan Franklin, B.Comm, LLC. The firm is a general commercial and business law firm and David concentrates on international commercial debt recovery.
He is an active member of the New York State Bar Association, of which he is the Montreal Chair of the International Section and is Chair of the International Creditors' Rights Committee. David co-chaired the panel on Debt collection in the Pacific Rim at the annual International section of New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Conference in Sydney Australia, 2010.and in September, 2011 he co-chaired the Panel on Debt collection in Latin America at the NYSBA. Conference in Panama City, Panama. and in Lisbon Debt collection in EU (2012).
Mr. Franklin has been Chairman of various international law conferences of the Commercial Law League of America in London, Amsterdam, and Dublin and in 1992, in China between the Barreau du Quebec (Bar of Quebec) and the All China Bar Association. David has given lectures in over twenty countries and has written numerous articles on international commercial debt recovery. He has published with Thomson Reuters the following books, "International Commercial Debt Collection" 2007, and co-author with Steve Harms "International Commercial Secured Transactions" 2010, , and co-author with Martin Franklin of "Introduction to Quebec Law", Copp-Clark. And recently published with Thomson Reuters is Commercial Debt Collection in Canada (2012).
He is member of the Quebec Bar, the Canadian Bar, the International Bar Association. On May 29th, 2008, he was honored by the Quebec Bar with the honourific designation of Avocat Emeritus for outstanding contribution to the Quebec Bar. David was a Professional Adjunct at Concordia University in Montreal, where he taught law in the John Molson School of Business for 46 years and is guest lecturer at the University of Montreal. Since 2001, he has been the Honorary Consul of Iceland in Montreal.
Jun 3, 2013
Gordon G. Chang
topic: The Coming Crash in China: What It Means for America
Gordon G. Chang is the author of Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World, released by Random House in January 2006. Showdown focuses on nuclear proliferation in general and the North Korean crisis in particular. His first book is The Coming Collapse of China (Random House, August 2001). He is a columnist at Forbes.com and blogs at World Affairs Journal. He lived and worked in China and Hong Kong for almost two decades, most recently in Shanghai, as Counsel to the American law firm Paul Weiss and earlier in Hong Kong as Partner in the international law firm Baker & McKenzie.
His writings on China and North Korea have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the International Herald Tribune, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, National Review, and Barron's.
He has spoken at Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Yale, and other universities and at The Brookings Institution, The Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, RAND, the American Enterprise Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, and other institutions. He has given briefings at the National Intelligence Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department, and the Pentagon. He has also spoken before industry and investor groups including Bloomberg, Sanford Bernstein, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia. Chang has appeared before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
He has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, CNBC, MSNBC, PBS, the BBC, and Bloomberg Television. He has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and is a frequent co-host and guest on The John Batchelor Show.
Outside the United States he has spoken in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo, The Hague, London, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.
He has served two terms as a trustee of Cornell University.
May 13, 2013
topic: An Olive Oil Tasting
In 2004 Michéal founded the first ever Olive Oil Cooperative in New York City, providing high quality organic olive oil from his family’s estate-grown extra-virgin olive oil to connoisseurs in North America. The Private Reserve Estate EVOO was founded in 1907 by his great grandfather Giuseppe Frisina who had just returned from New York City as a “bird of passage” helping to build the subway system. With savings in hand he purchased a parcel of land that had centuries-old olive groves. By the 1920s his grandparents, Michelangelo Pellegrino and Maria Antonia Frisina took the olive grove to the next level and now Michéal’s uncles have over 20,000 orchards along the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria in the foothills of Aspromonte. In short, The New York City Olive Oil Coop seed was planted a century earlier as a gift from a great grandfather to a great grandson. For more information about Micheal’s Olive Oil Coop, visit: www.newyorkcityoliveoilcoop.com.
In other areas Italian Tenor, Songwriter and Producer, Michéal Castaldo won the Classical Crossover UK Indie Artist Award in 2012 and his star has risen ever since. He has performed at Citi Field, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. His most recent CD, “Olive You” charted #1 on Amazon. He recently performed at Rutger’s University opening for celebrated Star of film, TV and Broadway, Tony Lo Bianco. He appeared live on the Red Carpet at the 2012 Columbus Day Parade on 5th Avenue, televised on WABC TV from NYC.
Michéal currently has over 240,000 views on YouTube. He’s recording his 6th CD, “Bergamot” to be released this summer. He is also working on his own PBS Special, airing in 2014.
May 20, 2013
Peter W. Woods
topic: What Bowdoin Teaches and Why It Matters
Mr. Wood's topic refers to the 360-page study of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine that he co-authored and that the National Association of Scholars published at the beginning of April. The study has occasioned a great deal of interest from the media and much commentary. It is as close to a comprehensive study of a liberal arts college that has ever been done. The topic is ostensibly one small liberal arts college but the aim was to use the college as a lens to examine elite liberal arts colleges in general. The report has been correctly understood as having implications for all of American higher education.
Peter W. Wood is president of the National Association of Scholars. He is the author of A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now (Encounter Books, 2007), and of Diversity: The Invention of a Concept (Encounter Books, 2003) which won the Caldwell Award for Leadership in Higher Education from the John Locke Foundation. He is co-author with Michael Toscano of What Does Bowdoin Teach? (2013) He is a graduate of Haverford College, Rutgers University, and the University of Rochester, from which he received a Ph.D. in anthropology in 1987. He previously served as provost of The King’s College in New York City, and as the president’s chief of staff at Boston University, where he was also a tenured member of the anthropology department.
Apr 29, 2013
Kevin A. Nulty
topic: Policing in suburban communities outside NYC - & more
Chief Kevin A. Nulty began his law enforcement career in 1976 with his appointment to the position of police officer in the Town of Orangetown. Since that time he has served in various ranks including: Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and presently as Chief of Police; a position he has held since 1997.
Chief Nulty is a past President of the Police Chiefs’ Association of Rockland County, Inc. and presently serves on numerous local law enforcement committees including those related to: narcotics, intelligence, counter-terrorism, domestic violence and traffic enforcement issues. His other professional affiliations include the International Chiefs of Police Association, New York State Chiefs of Police Association, Mid-Hudson Chiefs of Police Association, FBI National Academy Associates, STOP FEAR Coalition, Rockland County Shields and FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.
Chief Nulty attended Albertus Magnus High School (Rockland County) and holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science/Government from the State University of New York College at Oneonta and a Master Degree (MPS) in Criminal Justice from Long Island University/C.W. Post College. He is a graduate of the: FBI National Academy 171st Session, Mid-Atlantic Regional Command College at Princeton University 1998, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, Session #46 and the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy, Session #56 and received a Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virgina. He has participated in a wide variety of in-service training and is part of several community policing and domestic violence prevention initiatives.
Along with his professional and community commitments, he holds one entity more important above all the rest; his family. He is a proud father of three children and has been married to his beloved wife, Ann, for 34 years.
Apr 22, 2013
Joanna R. Leefer
topic: Almost Like Home: A Family Guide to Nursing Home Care
Joanna R. Leefer knows all the ins and outs of senior care firsthand. After 10 years of working in eldercare, she understands how painful it is for families to face their parents' mortality and how frightening it is to be faced with senior care choices.
Her professional experience includes five years as the Outreach Representative for FRIA, Inc., the foremost advocacy organization for the elderly in New York and a year as marketing manager for a certified home care agency.
Adding to her professional knowledge is her personal experience. She was the primary caregiver for both of her parents in their final years.
As founder of ElderCareGiving, she advises families on how to get the best care for their older loved ones when family care is no longer enough.
She holds an MBA and a Geriatric Scholar Certificate (GSC) from the Consortium of the New York Geriatric Education Center Consortium and she is a Board Member for the East Side Council on the Aging (ESCOTA).
Her column on aging can be read in the monthly ElderCare issue of the Courier Life newspaper. She regularly speaks to professionals and families on senior care. Her book Almost Like Home: A Family Guide to Nursing Home Care, will be available in May 2013.
Apr 8, 2013
topic: Meet 1,000 People at Lunch
Kathy Boyle on the go was launched in 2013 to bring Kathy’s lessons learned in building her own successful advisory practice to business owners everywhere. She speaks from experience as a business owner and has "tested in the trenches" ideas and solutions to challenges faced by business owners and salespeople too. Kathy Boyle on the go lessons learned focus upon motivation, sales strategies, goal setting, and effective networking. These lessons also deliver finance for “Main Street” and address the large demand for education in the personal finance arena and are highlighted within speaking engagements, events, media appearances, blogs as well as eBooks on a variety of topics.
Kathy Boyle is the founder and president of Chapin Hill Advisors, Inc., a successful investment advisory firm.She built the firm by herself from the bottom up after in the midst ofthe 2000-2002 market meltdown. Kathy had spent a number of years at large firms on Wall Street prior to founding Chapin Hill. Early on, Kathy identified the need to connect business planning to personal planning and has worked with many business owners to set up a plan for a roadmap to secure their financial future.
Kathy is a regular commentator and guest on national television and radio shows such as Bloomberg Radio and TV, CNBC’s On the Money and Squawk Box, Fox Business Network, Fox’sYour World with Cavuto, NBC’s Nightly Business News, and NY1. Kathy has also been interviewed extensively on building her business in publications including The Chicago Tribune, CNBC.com, Crain’s New York Small Business Journal, Elle Magazine, Financial Planning Magazine, The Journal of Financial Planning, Research Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.
Prior to her career at Chapin Hill Advisors, Inc., Kathy spent 14+ years as a financial advisor with national and regional investment banking and brokerage firms including First Albany, Merrill Lynch, and Wheat First Butcher Singer.
Apr 1, 2013
Clara E. del Villar
topic: Hispanic Demographic Trends in the U.S. and Social Impact on Politics & Economics
Clara E. Del Villar is a senior Business Executive with a 26-year career in global capital markets, banking, investment management, business development and marketing strategy.
Currently, Clara E. Del Villar is Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Hispanic Post (www.hispanicpost.com) providing online business news, information, networking opportunity and services for the Hispanic business community. The site profiles innovative enterprises, shares creative ideas, helpful advice and services using mobile technologies for the growing U.S. Hispanic population, particularly in the business community. The goal is to help Hispanic/Latino business increase revenue producing activity and better understand policy implications. She and her team are currently expanding into advanced mobile video technology designed to accelerate Hispanic small business digital expansion. This portal remains uniquely positioned as the only website focused on the overall needs and interests of Latino Business.
In the last decade, Ms. Del Villar's technology focus has included business development consulting: at Energy Venture Fund, Enertech Capital; Public Technology holding company, Acorn Energy; and NY Private Family office, Essex Management.
Previously, she worked as Vice President for Financial Compliance and Mergers & Acquisition Integration projects at Nortel Networks, reporting to CEO William A. Owens. She had a brief assignment with the U.S. Treasury Technical Assistance Financial Markets Program in Amman, Jordan, and worked for 14 years at Neuberger Berman/Lehman as a Senior Portfolio Manager, managing and marketing $3.5 billion in Tax Exempt Assets and as a Sr. Vice President/Regional Marketing Director in Private Asset Management building the High Net Worth Business.
Living in Manhattan, she currently serves as director on the Executive Committee of the Women's Health Symposium in New York; the Advisory Board of Sigma Capital Group on an advisory committee of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE); and will be adjunct professor in Entrepreneurship Studies at Baruch College for the 2013 spring session. She is a former Trustee of the Metropolitan College of New York, Women's National Republican Club and Women's Campaign Fund.
Ms. Del Villar holds a BSFS from Georgetown University Foreign Service School with a degree in International Finance/Commerce.
Memberships include the Manhattan Institute, Rockefeller University Women & Science, Spanish Institute, Dominicans on Wall Street and America's Society.
Mar 11, 2013
Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson
topic: "Giving Is Not Just for The Very Rich: A How-to Guide for Giving and Philanthropy"
Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson answers many questions about the reasons to give and how to give wisely in "Giving Is Not Just For The Very Rich: A How-to Guide for Giving and Philanthropy". Gitelson says her book will help readers clarify their priorities, choose charitable organizations wisely and become aware of how to make a real impact. From baby boomers to young entrepreneurs, there are numerous practical ideas for giving back, which not only help others, but also allow donors to feel better about themselves.
Gitelson gives examples of the wealthiest donors who act as pacesetters, but then goes on to consider other ways for everyone to give time, ideas and assets to help others. She offers examples of innovative givers, social entrepreneurs, celebrities, government officials, nonprofit professionals, volunteers and social media networkers who also have a positive impact on society. Analyzing the major areas for giving, she reviews religious philanthropy, education K-12, higher education, science and health, arts, culture and humanities, sports, multipurpose umbrella organizations, awards and international aid.
"I want my readers to use this book as a source about giving creatively to help others," Gitelson says. "The examples offered can inspire the reader to devise meaningful, innovative contributions. It belongs in everyone's library for reference and for very practical ways to evaluate soliciting charities."
"Giving Is Not Just for The Very Rich: A How-to Guide for Giving and Philanthropy" is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels in both print (paperback) and electronic editions.
Mar 4, 2013
Dr. Linda J. Stillman
Dr. Linda J. Stillman is a global mentor and the visionary of the Young Global Leadership Foundation. Dr. Linda is a specialist in culture, communication and human relationships. She adheres to promoting effective, efficient and ethical leadership through developing the human dimension of young leaders.
Dr. Linda is a specialist in culture, communication and human relationships. She adheres to promoting effective, efficient and ethical leadership through developing the human dimension of young leaders.Dr. Linda is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts. She attended the Goethe Institute for German Studies and completed the highest level. She graduated from Webster University, Iceland, earning a Masters Degree in Teaching (MAT) with highest distinction. She completed the New York University: International Affairs Certification Program and the Pace University Negotiation and Mediation Certification Program. She studied at Bonn University, Germany, to earn the first International Ph.D. with honors for her dissertation on Culture, Communication and Leadership at the United Nations.
For decades, Dr. Linda has professionally contributed in a global capacity across the spectrum of society. She has served as a diplomat, mentor, professor, director of professional development, culture and communication consultant, United Nations representative, conference and event organizer, writer and volunteer.
During her 20 years in diplomacy, Dr. Linda resided in Morocco, former Yugoslavia, Iceland and Germany, whereby she acquired invaluable education, experience and expertise. She has professionally and passionately led diplomatic, academic, cultural and social engagement endeavors to advance good global human relations as well as academic and social development for 35 years.
She established and chaired diplomatic and multicultural organizations in Morocco, former Yugoslavia, Iceland, Germany and New York City. Dr. Linda changed the American Women's Association of Rabat into an international organization (1978), and she welcomed the Moroccan community to participate. She helped organize the Reykjavik Summit (1986) between Regan and Gorbachev that led to the fall of the Berlin Wal and the Soviet Union. She assisted Eastern European refugees and students from the Middle East during the reunification of Germany (1989-1993).
Dr. Linda has taught and mentored at numerous academic institutes in Germany and New York City including: University of Maryland-Bonn, and the European Business Management Academy-Paris/Bonn. She taught and mentored at Pace University-New York City for 10 years. She also developed and conducted a special UN program for the Communication Arts Department.
Dr. Linda served as an United Nations public affairs consultant for the UN Women's Fourth World Conference ~ Beijing 1995. She was a United Nations representative for Soroptimist International (world's largest professional women's service organization) for 10 years, and currently, she represents The Center for War/ Peace Studies at the UN. She intends to register her Foundation at the appropriate time.
Dr. Linda has given presentations on culture and communication at the UN and has co-chaired several committees for the UN NGO Commission on the Status of Women including: The Integration of Men and Boys towards Gender Equality, Women, Communication and Media Today, and Women and Men Sharing Responsibilities.
She is also the editor of several books, has published a variety of articles, and composes inspirational poetry.
Feb 25, 2013
Michael F. Armstrong
topic: 'They Wished They Were Honest' The inside story of the Knapp Commission
Author Michael F. Armstrong is a partner at the law firm Lankler, Carragher & Horwitz LLP. He was chief counsel to the Knapp Commission and an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York (chief, Securities Fraud Unit), as well as District Attorney for Queens County, New York. He is currently chair of the New York City Commission to Combat Police Corruption.
'They Wished They Were Honest' is the 'inside' story of the Knapp Commission, appointed in 1970 by then Mayor John Lindsay, to examine charges of widespread corruption in the New York City police department. These allegations stemmed from a front page New York Times expose, based chiefly on the experiences of a hippy, cop, named Frank Serpico. Overcoming a number of organizational, budgetary and political hurdles, just when its funds were running out, the commission succeeded in penetrating the legendary "blue wall of silence" to obtain the cooperation of a "super thief" cop. He was trapped with the aid of a flamboyant "Madame" and a weasely informant, whereupon he "turned" and worked as a commission undercover agent, gathering information about other corrupt cops. This led to sensational and revelatory public hearings, which refuted the popular notion that corruption in the Police Department was limited to "a few rotten apples". Mr . Armstrong will discuss the story of the commission's investigation, its immediate and long term results, and its relevance to today's Police Department.
Feb 11, 2013
While in Congress, Michael served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He was also elected Freshman Whip by the members of his class. Michael served on the New Democrats' Financial Services Task Force. He is credited with drafting the derivatives regulatory language (HR 3300), which was adopted in Dodd-Frank; bringing billions of dollars in infrastructure improvements to New York City; intoducing and passing the Iran Human Rights Sanctions Act; and founding the Invisible Wounds Caucus, which continues to focus on veteran's mental health issues. Michael is a recognized leading foice in defending our nation's financial and real estate investment companies and promoting their importance to New York's economy.
Prior to his time in Congress, Michael was member of the New York City Council. He was the Chairman of the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management and a member of the Land Use and Finance Committees. While on the Council, Michael spearheaded the implementation of a new Citywide Solid Waste Management Plan, wrote numerous laws revamping the City's recycling program and oversaw the rezoning of hundrs of properties in the City. Earlier in his career, Michael worked for the New York State Assembly.
Michael has built a reputation as a pragmatic deal maker who has won support and praise from both sides of the aisle. He was endorsed multiple times for re-election by Mayors Bloomberg and Koch, President Clinton, and Governor Cuomo as well as Conservatives and Republicans.
Prior to being elected to publis office, Michael was a partner at the law firm of O'Leary, McMahon & Spero in Staten Island. He obtained his B.A. from New York University and his J.D. from New York Law School. He also studied for two years at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and speaks fluent German.
Michael is an Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and speaks extensively on foreign relation matters, especially in Turkey, Eurasia and Central Asia.
Feb 4, 2013
Dick Dadey is Executive Director of The Citizens Union of the City of New York, an independent, non partisan force dedicated to promoting good government and political reform in the city and state of New York.
Founded in 1897 to fight the corruption of Tammany Hall, Citizens Union has served as a watchdog for the public interest and an advocate for the common good. We currently work to ensure fair elections, clean campaigns, and open, effective government that is accountable to the citizens of New York. We do so by informing the policy debate and influencing the policy outcomes that affect the lives of all New Yorkers. Believing that an informed citizenry is the cornerstone of a thriving local democracy, Citizens Union Foundation - the non profit research, education, and advocacy organization affiliated with CU - publishes Gotham Gazette, a front row seat to New York City policies and politics.
Jan 28, 2013
topic: Turning Assets into Fees
Lawrence Parks is the Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation of the Advancement of Monetary Education (www.fame.org), Contributing Editor for NYSun.com and the host of the Larry Parks Show, aired weekly on Time Warner Channel #56 Verizon Channel #34 and RCN Channel #83 in Manhattan. He has broad experience in academia, in business, and in finance. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Polytechnic University where for many years he was an adjunct professor teaching at the graduate level.
Dr. Parks has studied the money issue for more than forty years. His writings have appeared in Pensions & Investments, The Economist, The Washington Times, The Freeman, The Free Market, The United States Congressional Record, National Review, The Labor Studies Journal, The Houston Chronicle, The New York Sun, The Washington Examiner and many popular publications. He is the author of the highly acclaimed What Does Mr. Greenspan Really Think? He recently testified before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology in support of H.R. 1098, The Free Competition in Currency Act of 2011 and submitted extensive written testimony. He has authored and produced more than 200 videos on topics dealing with the U.S. monetary system, more than 50 of which are posted to www.LarryParks.com.
He is an active member of many civic and social organizations, a member of The United Association of Labor Educators, The National Writers Union, UAW 1981, AFL-CIO, and is a frequent speaker on the fight for honest monetary weights and measures. His focus is on: (1) how our present fiat monetary system is destroying savings, pensions and jobs for hundreds of millions all over the world; (2) how it threatens freedom; and, (3) what to do about it.
Jan 14, 2013
topic: Instant Vocal Transformation
Alice Garrott is an accomplished, professional singer who developed an innovative vocal enhancement program, ‘Instant Vocal Transformation.” The patented program consists of original exercises she created that are based on ancient exercises from Zen, Yoga and numerous metaphysical concepts. Garrott’s students compare her training to the training by some of the most famous voice coaches in the world. Her clients have experienced instant results, improving their speaking voices and singing voices with her inventive vocal program.
Garrott received her vocal training from one of the world’s best music schools, Indiana University, where she was awarded both an undergrad and Master’s Degree, graduating with honors. She was also elected to International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians. Garrott’s voice has been heard in operas broadcast on “Great Performances” in the US and Europe. Over a billion listeners have heard her voice featured in the TV commercial for Coco Chanel.
Instant Vocal Transformation was created to enhance vocal potential and endurance in all clientele, ranging from motivational speakers to singers,with a chief aim to not only bring optimal results to the voice, but to be of great service to mankind!
Jan 7, 2013
topic: Seeds of Peace and "The Richest Woman in America"
Janet Wallach is the author of nine books and has written extensively about influential women. Her latest book is The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age, published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, a biography of the eccentric 19th century financial genius Hetty Green. The Wall Street Journal calls it "an engaging biography", "well researched and well written." The Washington Post says Wallach "tells the story of America's repeated busts and booms in a way that seems very relevant right now." The San Francisco Chronicle says she "pens an enthusiastic portrait" and the book is "filled with interesting historical details of an economic time that eerily parallels our own." USA Today calls it "an intriguing biography"
Janet Wallach is a founding board member and President Emerita of Seeds of Peace. She was there at the very beginning of Seeds of Peace, when her late husband, John Wallach, announced the creation of the new program during a Washington diplomatic dinner. She has been a major force in the organization throughout its years, serving as Executive Director after her husband's death and serving on the Board continuously through the present day.
Janet has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and has taught at Bradford College, Earlham College, Longwood College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Stetson College, St. Olaf's College, Susquehanna University, and West Virginia Wesleyan College. She has been a guest speaker at Arizona State University (T.E. Lawrence Symposium), the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, Chautauqua Institution, The Cosmopolitan Club, The Explorers' Club, Harmonie Club, Meridien House, the National Arts Club, Quinipiac College, St. Olaf's College (Nobel Peace Prize Symposium), Wellesley College, Women's Democratic Club, Women's Republican Club, and Yale University.
She has also appeared as a guest commentator on various television programs for the Cable News Network, A&E Biography, MSNBC, National Geographic, and network talk shows as well as on BBC and C-Span Booknotes. She co-hosted a nationally syndicated program, Private Lives; Public People on the Lifetime cable network.
Janet was born in New York City and received a B.A. degree from New York University. She has two sons, David Allyn and Michael Wallach.