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Kylie Wright-Ford is Co-Author of the Leadership Mind Switch, a provocative book about leading across generations and styles. It is for rising stars and nimble masters of leadership alike and zooms in on how demographics and tech advances have changed the playing field forever and why you should catch up. Previously Chief Operating and Strategy Officer for World 50, Kylie’s leadership positions have spanned operational, strategic and sales roles in prestigious financial and professional services firms like Goldman Sachs (JBWere) in Australia and global networking firm GLG in New York and London. She is an experienced leader of talent, M&A transactions and growth initiatives. Oxford educated (MBA) and globally travelled, Kylie is a popular guest lecturer and experienced moderator of conversations with world leaders, celebrities and disruptors.

Kylie Wright-Ford is Co-Author of the Leadership Mind Switch, a provocative book about leading across generations and styles. It is for rising stars and nimble masters of leadership alike and zooms in on how demographics and tech advances have changed the playing field forever and why you should catch up. Previously Chief Operating and Strategy Officer for World 50, Kylie’s leadership positions have spanned operational, strategic and sales roles in prestigious financial and professional services firms like Goldman Sachs (JBWere) in Australia and global networking firm GLG in New York and London. She is an experienced leader of talent, M&A transactions and growth initiatives. Oxford educated (MBA) and globally travelled, Kylie is a popular guest lecturer and experienced moderator of conversations with world leaders, celebrities and disruptors.

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A native of New York City and a Harvard graduate, Holly is an award-winning advertising, strategic planning and brand communications veteran. In her 15+ years in communications she has worked with brands and institutions such as: Harvard University, MIT, Volvo, IBM, The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty and Self-Esteem Fund, British Airways, Levi's, Frito-Lay, and many more. In addition, she has been a consultant for Procter & Gamble on how to innovate and promote healthier, more sustainable product lines for future generations. Her company, The 85-Percent, has focused specifically on advancing women both as consumers and institutional leaders. After 3 years and 2 rounds battling cancer, Holly is now shifting her years of strategic communications and business leadership in a new direction: public service and policy work. She currently sits on the board of numerous New York based tech start-ups and committees that ensure a more economically viable and environmentally secure future for the poor, minorities, undocumented immigrants and disenfranchised youth. She’s also an Organizing for Action Fellow and an Aspen Fellow.

A native of New York City and a Harvard graduate, Holly is an award-winning advertising, strategic planning and brand communications veteran. In her 15+ years in communications she has worked with brands and institutions such as: Harvard University, MIT, Volvo, IBM, The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty and Self-Esteem Fund, British Airways, Levi's, Frito-Lay, and many more. In addition, she has been a consultant for Procter & Gamble on how to innovate and promote healthier, more sustainable product lines for future generations. Her company, The 85-Percent, has focused specifically on advancing women both as consumers and institutional leaders.

After 3 years and 2 rounds battling cancer, Holly is now shifting her years of strategic communications and business leadership in a new direction: public service and policy work. She currently sits on the board of numerous New York based tech start-ups and committees that ensure a more economically viable and environmentally secure future for the poor, minorities, undocumented immigrants and disenfranchised youth. She’s also an Organizing for Action Fellow and an Aspen Fellow.

Holly Lynch

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Marshall Brown is the Co-Founder and President of Save the Great South Bay, a 501(c)3 environmental non-profit dedicated to the bay’s revitalization. It’s Facebook Group has over 11,000 members as of January 25th, 2017, mostly from towns along Long Island's South Shore -- committed local citizens, baymen, paddle boarders, surfers, sailors, boatsmen, fishermen and marine scientists who have come together to breathe life back into a dying bay so that their children and grandchildren can fish, clam, swim and sail as they had. Since its formation in August 2012, twelve weeks before Hurricane Sandy, Save The Great South Bay has been a vital part of Long Island’s environmentalist movement, working closely with the many dozens of other local environmental groups, and advocating at the local, state, and federal level for those solutions that would lead to a healthy bay. In 2016, Mr. Brown became host of a web-streamed show called Water Matters, a weekly program where the leading environmental advocates on Long Island present and are interviewed, with the videos archived online for future viewing. A tireless advocate for The Great South Bay and all of Long Island’s waters, Mr. Brown is a regular speaker before various environmental and civic groups, writes prolifically about Long Island’s environment, whether via The Huffington Post, the STGSB web site or for his group, and is leading the charge to have environmentalists use web tools and social media to better communicate with each other and with the general public. Previously, Marshall Brown founded Wired Towns, a company dedicated to bringing wireless and web technologies to Main Streets anywhere. Marshall has a deep love of technology and its power to transform, especially on the local level. He believes that only through innovation can we hope to address the challenges of the day, whether these challenges are environmental, technological, or educational. Prior to Wired Towns, Marshall Brown was Founder and CEO of Wi-Fi Salon, which began in 2002 as an advocacy group for public Wi-Fi in New York City. From Oct 2004 to Oct 2008, he delivered free public Wi-Fi to 10 major NYC parks (Central, Washington Square, Union Square, The Battery, Riverside, Prospect, Corona-Flushing Meadows, Van Cortlandt, Pelham Bay, and Orchard Beach) in 18 locations. Prior to his life as a Wi-Fi entrepreneur, Marshall worked for 10 years as an information technology consultant working with Fortune 1000 companies and start-ups alike. Prior to that, Marshall was in academia working on a doctorate in English. He was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard for five years in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MA from The University of Chicago, and studied at The University of Heidelberg and Columbia.

Marshall Brown is the Co-Founder and President of Save the Great South Bay, a 501(c)3 environmental non-profit dedicated to the bay’s revitalization. It’s Facebook Group has over 11,000 members as of January 25th, 2017, mostly from towns along Long Island's South Shore -- committed local citizens, baymen, paddle boarders, surfers, sailors, boatsmen, fishermen and marine scientists who have come together to breathe life back into a dying bay so that their children and grandchildren can fish, clam, swim and sail as they had.

Since its formation in August 2012, twelve weeks before Hurricane Sandy, Save The Great South Bay has been a vital part of Long Island’s environmentalist movement, working closely with the many dozens of other local environmental groups, and advocating at the local, state, and federal level for those solutions that would lead to a healthy bay.

In 2016, Mr. Brown became host of a web-streamed show called Water Matters, a weekly program where the leading environmental advocates on Long Island present and are interviewed, with the videos archived online for future viewing.

A tireless advocate for The Great South Bay and all of Long Island’s waters, Mr. Brown is a regular speaker before various environmental and civic groups, writes prolifically about Long Island’s environment, whether via The Huffington Post, the STGSB web site or for his group, and is leading the charge to have environmentalists use web tools and social media to better communicate with each other and with the general public.

Previously, Marshall Brown founded Wired Towns, a company dedicated to bringing wireless and web technologies to Main Streets anywhere. Marshall has a deep love of technology and its power to transform, especially on the local level. He believes that only through innovation can we hope to address the challenges of the day, whether these challenges are environmental, technological, or educational.

Prior to Wired Towns, Marshall Brown was Founder and CEO of Wi-Fi Salon, which began in 2002 as an advocacy group for public Wi-Fi in New York City. From Oct 2004 to Oct 2008, he delivered free public Wi-Fi to 10 major NYC parks (Central, Washington Square, Union Square, The Battery, Riverside, Prospect, Corona-Flushing Meadows, Van Cortlandt, Pelham Bay, and Orchard Beach) in 18 locations.

Prior to his life as a Wi-Fi entrepreneur, Marshall worked for 10 years as an information technology consultant working with Fortune 1000 companies and start-ups alike. Prior to that, Marshall was in academia working on a doctorate in English. He was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard for five years in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MA from The University of Chicago, and studied at The University of Heidelberg and Columbia.

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For more than 25 years, Pauline Brown has acquired, built and led global luxury brands. Most recently, she was the Chairman of North America for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, where she oversaw 70 brands in 5 sectors, including fashion & leather goods, watches & jewelry, perfumes & cosmetics, wines & spirits, and selective retailing. Prior to joining LVMH, Pauline was a Managing Director at the private equity firm, The Carlyle Group, where she helped to build the firm’s global consumer and retail practice.  While at Carlyle, she served on the boards of the European sportswear brand Moncler and the American beauty brand Philosophy. Earlier in her career, Pauline held senior executive positions at The Estee Lauder Companies and Avon Products, and she began her career as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company. In 2016, Pauline decided to embark on a new professional path and joined the faculty of the Harvard Business School, where she introduced a new interdisciplinary course for graduate students, called “The Business of Aesthetics.” That same year, Pauline launched a media platform committed to educating a broader audience on the value of aesthetics in business and beyond.  As part of her media activities, Pauline currently hosts a weekly program (“Tastemakers”) on SiriusXM and is in the process of writing a book on aesthetic intelligence. In addition, Pauline currently serves on the board of the publicly-traded company Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group.  Since 2008, she has been a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a program that seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders. In 2013, she joined the board of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program.  She also sits on the boards of the Parsons School of Design and Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation. Pauline received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.  She is a member of the Executive Alumni Councils of both schools. She and her husband Marshall have two children and live in New York

For more than 25 years, Pauline Brown has acquired, built and led global luxury brands.

Most recently, she was the Chairman of North America for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, where she oversaw 70 brands in 5 sectors, including fashion & leather goods, watches & jewelry, perfumes & cosmetics, wines & spirits, and selective retailing.
Prior to joining LVMH, Pauline was a Managing Director at the private equity firm, The Carlyle Group, where she helped to build the firm’s global consumer and retail practice.  While at Carlyle, she served on the boards of the European sportswear brand Moncler and the American beauty brand Philosophy.

Earlier in her career, Pauline held senior executive positions at The Estee Lauder Companies and Avon Products, and she began her career as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company.

In 2016, Pauline decided to embark on a new professional path and joined the faculty of the Harvard Business School, where she introduced a new interdisciplinary course for graduate students, called “The Business of Aesthetics.”

That same year, Pauline launched a media platform committed to educating a broader audience on the value of aesthetics in business and beyond.  As part of her media activities, Pauline currently hosts a weekly program (“Tastemakers”) on SiriusXM and is in the process of writing a book on aesthetic intelligence.

In addition, Pauline currently serves on the board of the publicly-traded company Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group.  Since 2008, she has been a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a program that seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders. In 2013, she joined the board of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program.  She also sits on the boards of the Parsons School of Design and Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation.

Pauline received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.  She is a member of the Executive Alumni Councils of both schools.
She and her husband Marshall have two children and live in New York

Pauline Brown

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Talking about the Olympic Movement and winning the world's most prestigious bids. George recently presented the LA 2024 Olympic Bid in Lausanne together with Eric Garcetti Mayor of LA Over the last three decades, Hirthler has served as a leading communications strategist for ten Olympic bid cities. The campaigns of Atlanta 1996, Istanbul 2000, Stockholm 2004, Klagenfurt 2006, Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, NYC2012, Salzburg 2014, Chicago 2016 and Munich 2018 have benefited from his insights, passion and drive for excellence. He wrote the theme for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, One World, One Dream, and the winning bid for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games for Innsbruck 2012. While shifting his focus to fiction writing in 2011, Hirthler has continued to help Olympic bid cities tell their stories, working with Terrence Burns and his team on the and the current US bid of LA 2024. In 1996 he was awarded the Chevalier in the Order of Arts & Letters by the Republic of France for his work in promoting the Olympic Ideals, and in 2004 Sports Business Magazine named him one of the 20 most influential people in the Olympic Movement. In 2016, Hirthler published The Idealist, a historical novel that  brings to life the story of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder  of the modern Olympic Movement.  “In reimagining Coubertin’s life,"  IOC President Thomas Bach wrote in the Preface to the novel, "Hirthler not only pays homage to our founder, but gives us a portrait of a man for whom no sacrifice was too great, no challenge too high, no goal too distant." The novel is currently being translated into Chinese by the Beijing Publishing Group and is available on Amazon and atcoubertintheidealist.com

Talking about the Olympic Movement and winning the world's most prestigious bids. George recently presented the LA 2024 Olympic Bid in Lausanne together with Eric Garcetti Mayor of LA

Over the last three decades, Hirthler has served as a leading communications strategist for ten Olympic bid cities. The campaigns of Atlanta 1996, Istanbul 2000, Stockholm 2004, Klagenfurt 2006, Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, NYC2012, Salzburg 2014, Chicago 2016 and Munich 2018 have benefited from his insights, passion and drive for excellence. He wrote the theme for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, One World, One Dream, and the winning bid for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games for Innsbruck 2012. While shifting his focus to fiction writing in 2011, Hirthler has continued to help Olympic bid cities tell their stories, working with Terrence Burns and his team on the and the current US bid of LA 2024.

In 1996 he was awarded the Chevalier in the Order of Arts & Letters by the Republic of France for his work in promoting the Olympic Ideals, and in 2004 Sports Business Magazine named him one of the 20 most influential people in the Olympic Movement.

In 2016, Hirthler published The Idealist, a historical novel that  brings to life the story of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder  of the modern Olympic Movement.  “In reimagining Coubertin’s life,"  IOC President Thomas Bach wrote in the Preface to the novel, "Hirthler not only pays homage to our founder, but gives us a portrait of a man for whom no sacrifice was too great, no challenge too high, no goal too distant." The novel is currently being translated into Chinese by the Beijing Publishing Group and is available on Amazon and atcoubertintheidealist.com

George Hirthler

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Yvette Cook is a humanitarian, an educator, a writer and a seasoned leadership executive.  With 20+ years of professional experience in growing and protecting brands, Yvette is most proud of her work with youth from underserved communities – helping them tansform their mindsets to improve their quality of life. She uses her skills as a certified life coach and life strategist to advance efforts toward improving communities.  She is a long time advocate for human justice and advancing the rights and well-being of women and children.  The product of two community service minded parents, Yvette has been leading efforts to improve the quality of life for all human beings throughout her entire journey, both personally and professionally.   Yvette began her professional career in broadcast media sales, has owned her own marketing communications business and has served in several executive leadership positions.  She strategically shifted her career into the non profit arena ten years ago. She is currently the President and CEO of Usher’s New Look, an international youth leadership organization.  She enjoys mentoring and mothering her students, and she considers her work a blessing.  Yvette spends her days living out her passion to serve others and she derives her greatest joy from helping people turn their dreams into reality.

Yvette Cook is a humanitarian, an educator, a writer and a seasoned leadership executive.  With 20+ years of professional experience in growing and protecting brands, Yvette is most proud of her work with youth from underserved communities – helping them tansform their mindsets to improve their quality of life.
She uses her skills as a certified life coach and life strategist to advance efforts toward improving communities.  She is a long time advocate for human justice and advancing the rights and well-being of women and children.  The product of two community service minded parents, Yvette has been leading efforts to improve the quality of life for all human beings throughout her entire journey, both personally and professionally.  
Yvette began her professional career in broadcast media sales, has owned her own marketing communications business and has served in several executive leadership positions.  She strategically shifted her career into the non profit arena ten years ago.
She is currently the President and CEO of Usher’s New Look, an international youth leadership organization.  She enjoys mentoring and mothering her students, and she considers her work a blessing.  Yvette spends her days living out her passion to serve others and she derives her greatest joy from helping people turn their dreams into reality.

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