Donate

OUR TEAM

Creative visions staff

Kathy Eldon

Founder

Amy Eldon Turteltaub

Co-Founder

Trevor Hall

CEO & President

Grace Breuer

CFO

Claire Humphrey

Director of the Dan Eldon Center

Alicia Dougherty

Founder's Advisor

Chrystie Martinez

Production Director

Joey Borgorgna

CAP Executive Director

Jemma Davis

CAP Program Director

Meghan Gallagher

CAP Operations Director

kathyeldoncrop
Kathy Eldon

Founder

Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a graduate of Wellesley College, Kathy Eldon has worked as a teacher, journalist, author, film and television producer in England, Africa, and the United States. In 1997, Kathy launched Creative Visions Foundation, a global organization that supports "creative activists" who use their creative talents to change the world around them. CVF was inspired by the life of Kathy's son, Dan Eldon - artist, adventurer and activist - killed in 1993 while on assignment for Reuters News Agency in Somalia.

Kathy is the co-founder of Sanctri, a new Facebook application that enables individuals to not only remember those who have passed on, but also to celebrate their lives through creating enduring memorials and tributes. 


Kathy is the author of 18 books, including "Angel Catcher," "Soul Catcher," and "Love Catcher" (Chronicle), a series of popular self-guided journals written with her daughter Amy Eldon that help people negotiate loss and grief, find their purpose and introduce more love in their lives. Kathy edited the acclaimed collection of Dan's journals, "Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon" (Chronicle), and has also written a variety of popular cookbooks, eating out guides and children's social history books. In 2013, Harper One published her memoir, "In the Heart of Life.”


Kathy has been profiled in a number of books, including Arianna Huffington's "On Becoming Fearless," "Those Who Dare: Real People, Real Courage" and "Fearless Women." Kathy was named one of MSN's "10 Amazing Women You Have Never Heard Of," together with Nobel Peace Prize winners Wangari Mathai and Jodi Williams. Kathy was given a Euro-American Women's Council Artemis Goddess Award" for her work with young creative activists, and named a Civic Ventures Purpose Prize Fellow. On Nelson Mandela's Birthday in 2013, Kweku and Ndaba Mandela nominated Kathy for the George H. W. Bush "Points of Light" award and in February, 2014, Kathy was awarded a grant of $25,000 after being named the winner of the Unite4Humanity’s Inspiration Award in the Arts at a ceremony in the presence of President Bill Clinton.

Kathy has been featured on countless television and radio programs globally, including several appearances on Oprah and a segment on Oprah's "Producer's Favorites." A popular speaker, she hosts "Caught in the Act," a Huffington Post video blog that features dynamic creative activist.

Kathy lives in Malibu with her husband Michael Bedner, next to the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism, a vibrant hub for individuals who want to help change their bit of the world. See more at: www.kathyeldon.com

Amy Eldon Turteltaub
Amy Eldon Turteltaub

Co-Founder

Amy was born in England and grew up in Nairobi where she attended the International School of Kenya. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Communications, she moved to Los Angeles where she began her career in media with the Emmy-nominated documentary, Dying to Tell the Story, which she brought to TBS. She was the associate producer and presenter of the film that wove the story of her brother, photographer Dan Eldon, who was killed while working as a photojournalist with Reuters News Agency in Somalia in1993, together with those of other journalists working in conflict zones around the world. The 90-minute film was nominated for an Emmy and was short-listed for an Academy Award.

Amy also co-produced an acclaimed CNN documentary, Soldiers of Peace, a Children’s Crusade, for CNN. In 2003, she was the host and co-creator of Global Tribe, a PBS series about “change-makers,” —ordinary people finding solutions to the challenges they face. In 2011, together with Julia Roberts, Amy exec-produced Extraordinary Women, a 90-minute special for OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network) which featured Julia Roberts, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rosie O’Donnell, Christiane Amanpour and three other exceptional women. Aired on Mother’s Day, the film illustrated the power of mothers to change the world around them

Amy, the recipient of the Young Alumnae Award from Boston University and the Young Audiences of New York Award, has written four books, all published by Chronicle Books: Soul Catcher: A Journal to Help You Become Who You Really Are; Angel Catcher: A Journal of Loss and Remembrance, Love Catcher: A Journal to Invite Love into Your Life, and Angel Catcher for Kids.

Amy is co-founder and co-chair of Creative Visions Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to supporting creative activists who use media and the arts to create awareness of critical issues and catalyze positive change. Located in the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism in Malibu, the foundation has overseen more than 100 projects and productions on five continents that have touched more than 100 million people.

Amy is married to director Jon Turteltaub and is the mother of two sons, Jack and Daniel.

Trevor Hall
Trevor Hall

CEO & President

Trevor Hall, President of the Creative Visions Foundation, is an experienced educator, writer, and business consultant. He was also the founder of Open Roads Creative, a business development consultancy that combines tactical story building with the identification and establishment of strategic partnerships. Open Roads Creative provided its services to the senior leadership of companies and organizations including: The Martin Agency; RISE International; the City of Chicago; and the Global Creatives Network, inspired by TOYOTA.

Trevor’s expertise is founded on a Masters of Education from Harvard University, with a dual concentration in Learning and Teaching & Administration and Policy. After receiving his degree, he was awarded a three-year fellowship to serve as the Head Teaching fellow for Dr. Robert Coles, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and professor. Trevor was a recipient of the Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching in each of his three years at Harvard. In 2010, he edited a collection of Dr. Coles’ lectures into the book titled, Handing One Another Along, published by Random House.

While teaching with Dr. Coles, Trevor also served as the Associate Editor of DoubleTake Magazine, a quarterly publication dedicated to showcasing literary and photographic essays that reveal extraordinary stories of everyday life. DoubleTake was a recipient of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

Trevor then served as a Director of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program (CSCIP). At CSCIP, he managed corporate partners program for this public-private partnership, establishing relationships with Motorola, The Boeing Company, and United Airlines as title sponsors. Among other programs at CSCIP, Trevor initiated and managed CSCIP’s Genographic Project in the Chicago Public Schools. This partnership united National Geographic with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, to help students study their ancestral genetic history. He also arranged business-to-business exchanges between Chicago-based companies and the 27 global sister cities, including visits to Chicago by presidents, mayors, and numerous international delegations.

Trevor was also the Founding Director of Open Roads Academy, a month-long summer program for low-income high school students that combines outdoor travel with an immersion in the documentary arts. Open Roads helps at-potential youth from low-income communities develop their ability to listen to the stories of others, and learn to become authors of their own life stories. Since its inception in 2001, more than 95% of the participants have graduated high school and gone on to college— compared to a rate of roughly 50% among their socio-economic peers.

Grace Breuer
Grace Breuer

CFO

Grace originated the accounting position in Creative Visions Foundation and created operating systems that have supported it to become an organization making meaningful impact on social good.

Grace is a CPA with an accounting practice in California. Her credits include Sr. Manager in the business management group at Ernst & Young. She has been a board member for the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, co-created and chaired their Business, Entertainment and Technology committee, and was active in their Finance committee.

Grace spoke to numerous organizations while a member of the National Speakers Assn. Grace graduated from California State University-Northridge and earned a masters degree in taxation. Appreciation to all who are tapped in, tuned in, and turned on to being creative activists.

claire.humphrey.reg
Claire Humphrey

Director of the Dan Eldon Center

As Director of the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism, Claire Humphrey brings unique insight to the art of creative administration, pairing a lifetime of experience as a seasoned world traveler and inspiring entrepreneur with an inborn passion to connect powerful people to noteworthy causes. Beginning work at the age of 12, Claire learned the ins and outs of business first hand while running her family’s popular British pub/bed and breakfast. It would be her first of many entrepreneurial feats, among which include her moving to the United States at the age of 18 and launching her own travel company at age 23. To this day, Healthtrek Travel continues to serve a multitude of international A-list clients traveling worldwide year round. In l999, moved by a deep desire to serve and inspire overlooked youth, Claire created Youth Quest, a program for “at risk” adolescents, designed to bring inner city children to nature as a vehicle for building self esteem. Uplifting youth and impactful artistry is prevalent in all she does. Claire, an extraordinary networker and producer of ongoing independent creative projects in the Los Angeles area, has orchestrated major fundraisers, assisted in countless start up businesses and is always excited to be part of any positive change in the world. The mother of 16 year old, Louie, Claire is part of a lively community of artists, filmmakers, writers and healers in Topanga Canyon.

imagejpeg_011
Alicia Dougherty

Founder's Advisor

A Los Angeles native, Alicia Dougherty grew up in and around the entertainment industry. Dance was her passion and the central focus of her life for seventeen years. In high school, she added a second passion for musical theater, and she went on to teach students ranging in age from 2 – 14. As a student at the Archer School for Girls, Dougherty was active with Educate Girls Globally, an organization that reaches out internationally and supports education for girls in developing countries. She then deepened her commitment to the arts and philanthropy as a member of Young Angels of America, an organization that teaches youth about entrepreneurial fundraising. Before college, she was able to live in Paris for a summer and London for another, which led to a decision to become an art history major in college.

Dougherty graduated with honors from Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor’s degree in Art History. She was a two-time winner of the Kalin Hart Talbott Art Scholarship, which is awarded for leadership as a K-8 teacher with LMU’s ARTsmart program, a volunteer-based program that provides art education in public schools.

During college, Dougherty was president of the Art History Club and worked as a make-up artist on multiple student films, photo shoots, and events. In addition to her bachelor’s degree, she received certification as a make-up artist from Make-up Designory in Burbank. Alicia’s motto in life is “Create Beauty,” and at Creative Visions, she is able to witness the manifestation of her motto in the inspirational and meaningful work that happens every day.

chrystie.martinez-large
Chrystie Martinez

Production Director

Born and raised in South Florida, Chrystie Martinez attended New World School of the Arts earning the top Acting Award from the Theatre Division. She attended the University of Florida where she graduated with top honors and earned two Bachelor Degrees in Telecommunications and Film and Media Studies. While at the University of Florida, Chrystie was a lead female anchor at WUFT-TV, the University’s premier live TV broadcasting center. During her broadcasting and journalism journey, she was honored with a National Murrow Award for WUFT. Chrystie was honored as a National Finalist for the NBS-AERho National Undergraduate Student Electronic Media for her news story “Step into Africa” as well as for her five pm broadcast of “WUFT NEWS First at Five.”

Not only is Chrystie an active broadcaster and media communicator, but she is also a filmmaker. During her attendance at UF, she co-wrote, directed, edited and acted in several shorts. “Lifter,” which she co-wrote, acted and edited, won the Tallahassee Film Festival. She also co-wrote and acted in “Rent,” which won the Gainesville’s Film Challenge Festival. Even though her love for film has moved her to acting, directing and editing, Chrystie has several theatre credits. “Roar” was Chrystie’s first script, which was produced and directed on stage at New World School of the Arts. One of her largest theatre projects was “Anyone of us” with Eve Ensler.

Chrystie first interned at CVF for a summer and quickly had a passion for their vision. She has taken on many roles at CVF including editing, interviewing and reporting. With CVF, Chrystie has had the honor of interviewing such directors/writers/producers as: Christopher and Emma Nolan, Jon Turteltaub, and Tom Shadyac. It probably goes without saying that CVF has become her home. She ‘s psyched to be a part of such an incredible vision and organization.

joey-b
Joey Borgorgna

CAP Executive Director

Joey Borgogna has been highly invovled with the rapid growth and evolution of Creative Visions Foundation since 2001. He has produced film festivals, nationwide Dan Eldon Art and Photography exhibits, interactive fundraising events and is currently the Executive Director for the Creative Activist Program (CAP) where he has overseen the development of more than 100 social impact projects and productions on 5 continents while serving a vast network of professional advisors, strategic partnerships and a thriving community of Creative Activists.

Global humanitarian experience includes: a shark conservation project in Baja California with Dokument Films, a youth-arts exchange in DR Congo with Children Mending Hearts in partnership with the International Medical Corps, HIV/AIDS education in Uganda, Cura orphanage in rural Kenya, New Orleans Hurricane Katrina relief, and various Los Angeles at-risk youth and homeless shelters.

Mr. Borgogna's extensive background in theatre has also led him to produce/direct and act in a myriad of film and theatre projects involving youth and education in the US, Kenya, Mexico, and Australia. In 2012 he produced the multi-media stage play, 'Carry the World: Women and Peace,' starring Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo at The Imagined Life Theatre and the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance.

He is co-founder the DJ AM Memorial Fund and Steve Aoki Charitable Fund.

Mr. Borgogna received his BA in Communications at The University of Southern California where he attended the Media and Entertainment study abroad semester in London, England, and was an active member in philanthropic activities of the USC Pepsters Leadership Program and Sigma Chi Fraternity. He is currently a USC Annenberg School for Communications Mentor and a Donate Life Ambassador for One Legacy, a non-profit organ and tissue recovery organization serving the greater Los Angeles area.

10342891_388308451328319_6597504076810785156_n
Jemma Davis

CAP Program Director

Jemma Davis graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Integrated Marketing and Communications with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management. Her array of work before coming to Creative Visions include social media and website maintenance for a national trade publication, marketing solutions experience for a top international cable channel, and promotional expertise for LA-based non-profit events. She has found a home at Creative Visions and is now running programming for the Creative Activist Program out of New York, NY.

sunset landscape
Meghan Gallagher

CAP Operations Director

Meghan joined the Creative Visions team after a lifetime in Pennsylvania - raised in Philadelphia and college-educated in Pittsburgh. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Political Science and Africana Studies. When she's not serving the creative activist community, she can be found hiking in Topanga, eating guacamole, practicing yoga, or watching House of Cards.

Board of directors

Kathy Eldon

Founder of Creative Visions

Amy Eldon Turteltaub

Co-Founder

Robert Tercek

Chairman of the Board

Jacoba Atlas

Creative Visions Productions

Daniel Bena

Sustainable Development at PepsiCo.

Kim Brizzolara

Brizzolara Productions

William Carmichael

Human Rights Watch

Jordan Glazier

Eventful

Ed Gutentag

Filmmaker

Eva Haller

Philanthropist

Megha Kadakia

Blue Velocity Consulting, Inc.

Joan Kelly

Board Member

Victoria S. Kennedy

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

David Kennerly

Photographer

Inessa Obenhuber

Global Privat

Mandeep Rai

Board Member

Penny Rhodes

Board Member

Gary J. Streit

Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.

Elinor Tatum

New York Amsterdam News

William Weisman

Weisman Enterprises

Geralyn W. Dreyfous

Impact Partners

Kaitlyn Kyle

Capital IQ

Jeanne Meyers

My Hero Project

kathyeldonlarge
Kathy Eldon

Founder of Creative Visions

Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a graduate of Wellesley College, Kathy Eldon has worked as a teacher, journalist, author, film and television producer in England, Africa, and the United States. In 1997, Kathy launched Creative Visions Foundation, a global organization that supports "creative activists" who use their creative talents to change the world around them. CVF was inspired by the life of Kathy's son, Dan Eldon - artist, adventurer and activist - killed in 1993 while on assignment for Reuters News Agency in Somalia. Since 2004, CVF has acted as an incubator, academy and agency for more than 200 projects and productions by artists, filmmakers, playwrights, leaders of social movements on five continents who use media and the arts as vehicles of social change, impacting over 100 million people. 
Kathy is also the founder of Creative Visions Productions, which has produced award winning films including "Dying to tell the Story," a TBS special about front line correspondents hosted by Amy; "Soldiers of Peace, a Children's Crusade", a CNN film profiling the Children's Peace Movement in Colombia, and "Global Tribe," a cutting edge PBS series hosted by Amy featuring grass-roots creative activists. Together with Julia Roberts, she exec-produced "Extraordinary Moms," a special for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) about the power of mothers to transform the world that featured then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rosie O'Donnell, Christiane Amanpour. Currently she is developing "Best Care Possible," a PBS special in association with WETA, about Palliative Care in America. After many years of development, "Journey," a feature film about Dan, directed by Bronwen Hughes ("Harriet the Spy," "Forces of Nature," "Stander") will go into production in September, 2014. Kathy is the co-founder of Sanctri, a new Facebook application that enables individuals to not only remember those who have passed on, but also to celebrate their lives through creating enduring memorials and tributes. 
 Kathy is the author of 18 books, including "Angel Catcher," "Soul Catcher," and "Love Catcher" (Chronicle), a series of popular self-guided journals written with her daughter Amy Eldon that help people negotiate loss and grief, find their purpose and introduce more love in their lives. Kathy edited the acclaimed collection of Dan's journals, "Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon" (Chronicle), and has also written a variety of popular cookbooks, eating out guides and children's social history books. In 2013, Harper One published her memoir, "In the Heart of Life.”
 Kathy has been profiled in a number of books, including Arianna Huffington's "On Becoming Fearless," "Those Who Dare: Real People, Real Courage" and "Fearless Women." Kathy was named one of MSN's "10 Amazing Women You Have Never Heard Of," together with Nobel Peace Prize winners Wangari Mathai and Jodi Williams. Kathy was given a Euro-American Women's Council Artemis Goddess Award" for her work with young creative activists, and named a Civic Ventures Purpose Prize Fellow. On Nelson Mandela's Birthday in 2013, Kweku and Ndaba Mandela nominated Kathy for the George H. W. Bush "Points of Light" award and in February, 2014, Kathy was awarded a grant of $25,000 after being named the winner of the Unite4Humanity’s Inspiration Award in the Arts at a ceremony in the presence of President Bill Clinton. Kathy has been featured on countless television and radio programs globally, including several appearances on Oprah and a segment on Oprah's "Producer's Favorites." A popular speaker, she hosts "Caught in the Act," a Huffington Post video blog that features dynamic creative activist. Kathy lives in Malibu with her husband Michael Bedner, next to the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism, a vibrant hub for individuals who want to help change their bit of the world. See more at: www.kathyeldon.com

Amy Eldon Turteltaub
Amy Eldon Turteltaub

Co-Founder

Amy was born in England and grew up in Nairobi where she attended the International School of Kenya. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Communications, she moved to Los Angeles where she began her career in media with the Emmy-nominated documentary, Dying to Tell the Story, which she brought to TBS. She was the associate producer and presenter of the film that wove the story of her brother, photographer Dan Eldon, who was killed while working as a photojournalist with Reuters News Agency in Somalia in1993, together with those of other journalists working in conflict zones around the world. The 90-minute film was nominated for an Emmy and was short-listed for an Academy Award.

Amy also co-produced an acclaimed CNN documentary, Soldiers of Peace, a Children’s Crusade, for CNN. In 2003, she was the host and co-creator of Global Tribe, a PBS series about “change-makers,” —ordinary people finding solutions to the challenges they face. In 2011, together with Julia Roberts, Amy exec-produced Extraordinary Women, a 90-minute special for OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network) which featured Julia Roberts, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rosie O’Donnell, Christiane Amanpour and three other exceptional women. Aired on Mother’s Day, the film illustrated the power of mothers to change the world around them

Amy, the recipient of the Young Alumnae Award from Boston University and the Young Audiences of New York Award, has written four books, all published by Chronicle Books: Soul Catcher: A Journal to Help You Become Who You Really Are; Angel Catcher: A Journal of Loss and Remembrance , Love Catcher: A Journal to Invite Love into Your Life, and Angel Catcher for Kids.

Amy is co-founder and co-chair of Creative Visions Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to supporting creative activists who use media and the arts to create awareness of critical issues and catalyze positive change. Located in the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism in Malibu, the foundation has overseen more than 100 projects and productions on five continents that have touched more than 100 million people.

Amy is married to director Jon Turteltaub and is the mother of two sons, Jack and Daniel.

Robert Tercek
Robert Tercek

Chairman of the Board

Robert Tercek, is one of the world’s most prolific creators of interactive content. He has created breakthrough entertainment experiences on every digital platform, including satellite television, game consoles, broadband Internet, interactive television and mobile networks. His expertise spans television, telecommunications and software.

In his talk at TEDxMarin, he spoke about the power of the personal narrative and his work at Creative Visions.

Robert draws upon a broad range of experience as a television director, game designer, artist, and educator. He has served in executive leadership roles at major media companies, most recently as President of Digital Media at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, and previously as Senior Vice President of Digital Media at Sony Pictures Entertainment and earlier as Creative Director at MTV: Music Television. He also co-founded five startup ventures, including 7th Level, Inc., which went public in 1993. In 2008, Robert Tercek was named a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in recognition of his effort to advance social progress through media.

Jacoba Atlas
Jacoba Atlas

Creative Visions Productions

Jacoba Atlas is an award winning writer and producer, with extensive experience as a broadcast executive, at NBC, Turner Broadcasting, CNN and PBS.

She is president of Creative Visions Productions, a multi-media company whose mission is to use media to inform, engage and inspire. CVP most recent project is “Extraordinary Moms”. It aired on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) in May and celebrated the power of mothers to change the world for the better. The 90 minute Special was hosted by Julia Roberts and featured Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Christiane Amanpour, along with less well known women who are having significant impact on the lives of children everywhere. CVP is currently developing “Prized Women”, a documentary film that examines the lives and commitment of the nine living women who have won the Nobel Peace Prize. “Prized Women” is being done with the support of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. CVP is also developing the feature film, “The Journey is the Destination” about the life of photojournalist Dan Edon, who was killed at 22 while covering the conflict in Somalia for Reuters.

Jacoba Atlas is a filmmaker and broadcast executive with an extensive background in writing, directing and production. Atlas was a senior vice president for Content at PBS, overseeing the national schedule, representing 300 hours of annual programming. She was instrumental in bringing the Tony Hillerman mystery series to PBS (with executive producer, Robert Redford) as well as “American Family”, the first broadcast drama about a Latino family from executive producer, writer/director Gregory Nava. During her tenure, Bill Moyers’ award-winning news and information series, “Now with Bill Moyers” was developed, as were “Flashpoints” with Bryant Gumbel and Gwen Ifill and “History Detectives”, now in its 10th season. Other significant projects: “Touching the Void,” “Auschwitz: Behind the Nazi State”, “African American Lives” with Henry Louis Gates and “A Lion in the House”. Under her guidance, “Art 21”, a series about contemporary artists and “Craft in America” were produced. Both are recipients of 2008 Peabody Awards.

More than 30 Emmys were awarded to PBS programs during her tenure; and three documentaries were nominated for Academy Awards.

Prior to joining PBS, Atlas was a vice president and writer and producer with CNN and Turner Broadcasting. In that capacity she was responsible for documentaries such as the Emmy and Peabody winning “Survivors of the Holocaust” with executive producer, Steven Spielberg, “The Last Days of King and Kennedy” with executive producer Oliver Stone, as well as the Emmy nominated “Dying to Tell the Story,” (also shorted listed for an Oscar nomination) about journalists in war-zones, “Soldiers of Peace” which chronicled the efforts of teenagers in Colombia to bring peace to that country, “The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful” about the image of women and the movies, and “The Coming Plague” from the Pulitzer Prize winning non-fiction book about infectious diseases and their impact on society.

She was also the creator, writer and executive producer of the landmark, Emmy nominated series, “A Century of Women” which aired on TBS and CNN. This series chronicled the accomplishments of American women in the 20th century; the archive for “A Century of Women” is now in the Schlesinger Library at Harvard.

dan_bena
Daniel Bena

Sustainable Development at PepsiCo.

Dan Bena is a man who believes in using the resources and reach of the private sector to make the world a better place, through genuine, strategic, and impactful partnerships that benefit business and society. He is currently the Head of Sustainable Development for PepsiCo, the world’s second largest food and beverage company, which serves consumers in more countries and territories than the United Nations has members. Dan is a liaison between GovernmentAffairs, Public Policy, Communications and Operations to “connect the dots” for impact and develop advocacy and messaging to key stakeholder groups. He serves on the Public Health Committee of the Safe Water Network, dedicated to market-based, sustainable community level solutions to provide safe drinking water in developing economies; the Leadership Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); and Steering Board of the International Finance Corporation’s 2030 Water Resources Group Initiative. He formerly served on the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Mandate, and the Board of the International Society of Beverage Technologists. Most recently, Bena was elected to the Boards of the Washington-based US Water Alliance, and the Creative Visions Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to developing youth as agents of positive social change.

He represented PepsiCo as one of only three invitees by the Federal Ministries of Germany to speak about the Food:Water:Energy Nexus in preparation for Bonn 2011. He was honored to deliver the keynote address at the Farm to Fork Royal Gala in the presence of TRH Princess Madeleine and Prince Daniel of Sweden, and has spoken at over 100 venues which span the business, government, academic, and non-profit worlds. In July, 2012, he was one of four witnesses invited to provide testimony to the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and Power. He was invited by the mayor of his city to serve on a new Sustainability Advisory Board to develop a forward-looking sustainability plan for the city, one of only three nationwide selected to pilot a new sustainability planning tool kit based on the successful PlaNYC for the City of New York. He recently published his first book, Sustain-Ability: How a Corporate Conscience Sustains a Company’s Ability to Win, specifically to help other companies along their sustainability journeys. He lives in New York, USA with his wife, Diane.

kim brizzolara
Kim Brizzolara

Brizzolara Productions

Kim Brizzolara is currently producing a narrataive feature film with executive producer Martin Scorsese, based on a memoir of a blind hero of the French Resistance; and is involved in the production of several other features and documentaries. She is on the executive board of the Hampton’s International Film Festival, where she created and co-chairs a seven-year-old juried section called Films of Conflict & Resolution; and she is on the board of the We Are Family Foundation. Kim has served as a grantsmaker for the Threshold Foundation, where she designated funds to non-profit organizations that focused on peace and national security issues; as acting director of the Coexistence Center at Baruch College School of Public Affairs, which focuses on conflict resolution, race relations, ethnic diversity and equity in the academic environment and in the community; as conference coordinator for Economists Allied for Arms Reduction and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights; as a campaign organizer for Mario Cuomo, David Dinkins and Michael Dukakis; as author of numerous policy and position papers, grants proposals and freelance articles.

She was a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and has an MA in Journalism from Boston University.

William Carmichael

Human Rights Watch

William Carmichael is presently and has been since 1989, an independent consultant working on assignments with foundations, non-governmental organizations and international associations engaged in development, human rights, and governance initiatives in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Central Europe.

Most recently William served as the Executive Director of (Former) Soviet Union and Central European Programs at the Institute of International Education, and previously he was at The Ford Foundation as Representative, Brazil. William also acted as the Head of the Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the Head of the Office for the Middle East and Africa. Earlier, William held the position of the Vice President of Developing Country Programs.

William’s experience further spans to higher education, as he spent six years at Cornell University as Dean, and Professor of Economic Policy, Graduate School of Business and Public Administration (now S.C. Graduate Business School). Additionally, spent his five years prior at Princeton University as Director, Undergraduate Program, Woodrow Wilsow School of Public and International Affairs, and Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs.

He spent his earlier days at the United States Bureau of the Budget (now OMB) as Budget Examiner, International Division, and Legislative Analyst, Office of Legislative Reference.

jordan glazier photo large
Jordan Glazier

Eventful

Jordan joined Eventful in the spring of 2006 and along with a passionate and high-performance team has built Eventful into a leading digital media company serving entertainment consumers and event marketers. Eventful is essential to the lives of its nearly 20 million registered users who rely on the service to find out what’s happening and decide what to do – and to make their lives more fulfilling through the discovery of live music, local events and exclusive entertainment for Eventful’s community.
Previously, Jordan was a general manager at eBay, where he built and managed three of eBay's largest business units including consumer electronics, computers and business & industrial. Jordan successfully launched and grew each business unit to more than $1.5 billion in annual gross merchandise volume. Jordan also served as the chief operating officer of Client Shop, Inc., which was ranked as the fastest growing privately-held company in San Diego and was acquired by Internet Brands in March 2006. Jordan led international business development for GATX Corporation, where he led M&A and strategic partnership development throughout Latin America and also built a new division for the company, GATX Distribution Centers. Jordan was also a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in Chicago.
Born and raised in Chicago, Jordan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan where he received a BA in International Relations. He earned his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. In addition, he attended the London School of Economics with a concentration in International Studies.
Jordan has boy/girl twins, a new baby boy, a golden retriever, 4 fish, a frog and a hermit crab. Jordan enjoys live music, movies, horseback riding, hiking, yoga, archeology and adventure travel. Jordan is an adventure junkie and has trekked to Mt. Everest and Machu Picchu, lived with tribes in the jungles of Sumatra and Sulawesi, hitchhiked through Vietnam, galloped on horseback with herds of zebra and giraffe in Botswana and lived with Bedouin at the base of Mount Sinai.

edgutentag_bio
Ed Gutentag

Filmmaker

Originally from the East Coast, Ed Guntentag started his career at the age of six! Experimenting with his dad’s 8mm movie camera and projector, turned into a love of Cinematography and movies.

Ed’s professional career path after photography school started in New York City at the age of 19, working for a very prominent advertising still photographer George M. Cochran. After a 3-1/2 year stint in still photography, Ed started to work at a lighting and grip rental facility in NYC called Feature Systems. Ed’s time at Feature Systems led to a managerial position at the young age of 25. He supervised the loading and filling of orders on lighting and grip trucks for TV commercials that were shot in the NY/NJ Metro area.

While at Feature Systems, Ed studied the many film cameras out there, so he could pass his Union test and gain membership into the prestigious IATSE camera local in NYC.

After passing his union test Ed left immediately on an 8 month around-the-world movie, the Godfrey Reggio-directed “Powaqqatsi.” This experience would become a life-changing event, shooting in over 15 countries.

After moving to Topanga, California in 1988 (where he still resides) Ed has moved through the ranks from Film Loader to Cinematographer, having worked every position in between. Ed has worked on more than 100 feature films and hundreds of commercials and music videos. He has been fortunate to work with some of the most talented and Oscar winning above and below the line talent in the industry; Steven Spielberg (War of the Worlds), James Cameron (True Lies and Titanic), Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) and Michael Mann (Collateral and Heat). In addition to working in mainstream Hollywood, Ed has also done many documentaries.

Recently Ed had one of the most incredible experiences of his life, traveling to Dharamshala, India to shoot a project for Prince Charles of England with His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Ed is an avid user of Social Media and realizes its reach and importance in today’s freelance world.

You can see Ed’s IMDB page here.

Ed has several reasons he wants to be a Mentor for Creative Visions. For one, he is usually the first person to raise his hand when someone asks for his help. If he can make someone’s journey easier, he is there. Years ago, someone said to Ed, “You can’t keep it, unless you give it away.” He feels that he could add to that statement; “You can’t keep it or learn more, unless you give it away.”

Furthermore, Ed is inspired by Kathy Eldon and her family on her “Chutzpah,” drive, passion, and fearlessness to achieve her goals. Thus, Ed feels that whatever he can do to help Kathy helps all of us. He considers it an honor to be included in any way, and he is flattered to be asked to be a mentor. Ed believes that when you give you receive; the feeling from these actions are no different.

Lastly, to be asked to mentor someone specifically in film, is a dream for Ed, who could talk film 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To Ed, the idea that he could possibly inspire someone to do a mindblowing. He is very passionate about this art-form, which he believes could be the difference in saving and enriching someone’s life, who will then go on and do the same. In Ed’s words, “I feel that what Kathy and Creative Visions are doing is building a community of like-minded people that can have a real impact on the world.”

Eva Haller
Eva Haller

Philanthropist

Social, educational and environmental philanthropist, Eva Haller, was 12 years old in 1942 when she joined her older brother, John, in the Hungarian resistance. At night they worked in a secret printing press hideout, making anti-Hitler leaflets and then distributing them throughout Budapest.

When her city was occupied by German forces, and the Jews were being rounded up to be sent to a horrible fate, Haller faced off a Nazi officer and convinced him she was far too young to die. He miraculously let her go, and she remained in hiding throughout World War II.

Just months before Hungary was liberated, Haller's brother was killed as he was crossing the Yugoslavian border to join Tito and his partisans. In his memory, she dedicates her life to those in trouble, acting as both philanthropist and advocate.

Haller immigrated to the United States. She cleaned houses during the day and went to school at night, earning a Masters Degree in social work from Hunter College.

In 1965, she joined Dr. Martin Luther King's Selma march which galvanized her activist spirit and bonded her heart to the pertinent movements and issues of her new country.

She left social work to start a marketing company with her late husband. Their company was among the first to advocate for women's issues. By 1968, the team had earned an enormous sum for the time: $1 million. The couple left to volunteer with UNICEF to work in Southeast Asia.

After their return to the United States with a renewed commitment to women's issues, they reopened their business. The proceeds of their success allowed Haller to pursue the philanthropic projects that she says are her life's purpose. "My life has always been a response to perceived need," she says.

A dedicated activist, Eva has served as a member of the boards of many non-profits, including the Jane Goodall Institute and Women for Women International. She is a trustee of the University of California at Santa Barbara Foundation, the Rubin Museum of Art, the Creative Vision Foundation. Eva is Board Chair of Free the Children USA, and board Chair of Sing for Hope. She also serves on the board of A Blade of Grass, Culture Project, and Video Volunteers.

She has received numerous Humanitarian Awards in the USA and throughout the world.

Eva continues to promote peace and social policies and helps mentor others to do likewise.

Megha Kadakia
Megha Kadakia

Blue Velocity Consulting, Inc.

Prior to Creative Visions Foundation, Megha worked at the Walt Disney Studios as Director of Strategy and Finance, Deloitte Consulting, eForce Consulting and several film production organizations in the capacity of Business Development, Marketing, Public Relations, IT, Finance and Management. She received an MBA from Columbia University, Graduate School of Business and a B.S.in BioChemistry and Specialization in Business from UCLA.

In 2008, Megha produced and raised financing for an independent, award-winning feature film, Raspberry Magic, a coming-of-age-story of an 11-year old girl, who feels the only way to keep her family together is by winning the science fair. Additionally, she produced a short documentary featuring Lesa Terry and an all women’s orchestra for the World Sacred Music Festival in Los Angeles. Produced and shown in 2008 with a tour beginning in 2009, Megha marketed the ever-popular one-woman solo show, Miss India America, a tragically comedic coming-of-age story.

Megha has extensive experience in Marketing and PR for festivals and art events that span over several years starting from WorldFest ’95 at UCLA. Since then, she has helped produce over ten festivals including most recently, ArtWallah 2008, 2006 and 2005 (South Asian Diasporic Arts Organization) and the 2nd Annual Artivist Film Festival. An avid proponent of art and culture, Megha’s other true passion outside of film involves her dedicated training in Bharata Natyam, classical Indian dance.

joankelly.reg
Joan Kelly

Board Member

Joan Kelly heads the Center of Excellence for Consumers at Humana. The center focuses on understanding people and developing insights to create transformative solutions through new experiences, products and services. Joan designed Humana’s state of the art Innovation Center with the latest technologies for each phase of innovation. She established the first consumer experience teams and with it brought consumer co-creation and designing thinking models into healthcare.

Prior to joining Humana, Joan launched the Virgin HealthMiles Program, assisting the Virgin brand in developing a program that incentivized individuals to get and stay healthy. Over her 25-year career, she worked with multi-national organizations, such as Dana Farber Cancer Center, Harvard University, NASA, Saturn, the Department of Defense and The Walt Disney Company to drive new innovation and experiences.

Joan earned her MBA from Simmons School of Management in Boston and is a doctoral candidate at Saybrook University. She is currently working on a consumer-focused book about the health care system.

vKennedy
Victoria S. Kennedy

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

Ms. Kennedy has taught at Harvard University as Head Teaching Fellow for an undergraduate course exploring moral and social issues through literature, and as a Cabot Fellow for the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. She is co-founder of the Go Campaign and is currently building a nautical children's museum in Washington, D.C and the RFK digital media, a social justice learning lab for the Los Angeles school district. Ms. Kennedy is also a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

davidkennerly.reg
David Kennerly

Photographer

Kennerly has been shooting on the front lines of history for more than 45 years. He has photographed eight wars, as many U.S. presidents, and has traveled to dozens of countries along the way.

At 25, the Roseburg, Oregon native won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his previous year’s work that included photos of the Vietnam, Cambodia, and India-Pakistan Wars, and the Ali-Frazier fight in Madison Square Garden. In 1976 he was awarded two first prizes in the World Press photo contest for pictures from the final days of Cambodia. He has been presented with numerous other honors, including the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award for, “Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad,” for his coverage of Reagan and Gorbachev’s historic first summit meeting in Geneva. He was named, “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo Magazine.

Kennerly was nominated for a Primetime Emmy as executive producer of NBC’s, “The Taking of Flight 847,” and was writer and Executive Producer of a two-hour NBC pilot, “Shooter,” starring Helen Hunt, based on his Vietnam experiences. “Shooter” won the Emmy for “Outstanding Cinematography.” He is executive producer of the recent documentary, “Portraits of a Lady,” starring former Justice Sandra Day O’Conner, which made the short list of films eligible for the 2008 Academy Award nominations. He is executive producer of, “Bucksville,” an ultra-low budget film shot in Portland, OR featuring Tom Berenger that will be released in 2011. Kennerly is a graduate of the AFI Conservatory’s two-year film directing program, and recently directed a commercial starring former mayor Ed Koch shot for New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Kennerly has been a contributing photographer for Time Magazine, John F. Kennedy, Jr’s George magazine, Life Magazine, and was a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine for ten years. He has more than 50 major magazine covers to his credit.

He has published several books of his work, Shooter, Photo Op, Seinoff: The Final Days of Seinfeld, Photo du Jour, and Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford. Most recently he produced Barack Obama: The Official Barack Obama Inaugural Book, with Bob McNeely, who was President Clinton’s official White House photographer. He provided many exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs of President and Mrs. Obama for the project. A major exhibition of photographs from the book was mounted in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in 2009, and attracted more than a million visitors.

Kennerly is on the Board of Trustees of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, and the Atlanta Board of Visitors of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and is a member of the board of directors of the Eddie Adams Workshop and the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles. He recently conducted a one-week photography workshop for students at the SCAD campus in Hong Kong.

Kennerly recently photographed a major assignment for Bank of America’s, “Neighborhood Excellence Initiative,” a program that honors student leaders, local heroes, and non-profit organizations who contribute unselfishly to their communities.

He is a member of the elite Canon photographer’s group, “Explorer’s of Light.” Kennerly frequently lectures around the country on behalf of Canon.

InessaObenhubersmall
Inessa Obenhuber

Global Privat

Inessa Obenhuber is an Angel Investor and business advisor who has years of experience working with companies involved in high technology and healthcare. She is a partner of Seraph Group, agrowing global investment Micro VC Fund (Super Angel fund). In her role as partner and active. Investor, Inessa Obenhuber assists Seraph in identifying start-up companies that stand to benefit from the expertise and guidance of Seraph’s 170 members as the companies expand and grow. The firm seeks out burgeoning companies with exceptionally promising products and commits anywhere from $50,000 to $2 million in funding. Inessa is an Angel Investor at Astia Angels, a seed and early stage investment group with focus in companies with gender balanced teams. She also co-founded Kiventures, a company that assists U.S. and Russian companies with establishing operations and outsourcing of technology development of products in emerging markets.

A super-connected angel investor Ms. Obenhuber helps her portfolio companies spearhead strategic relationships with industry-leading corporations. She invested in more than 30companies: Tukaroo(acquired by Ask Jeeves), Front Bridge Technologies (acquired by Microsoft), Droplet Technologies (Acquired by Vivox), Silver Tail Systems (acquired by EMC), Clean Filtration Technologies (Acquired by Dow Chemicals), Icon Aircraft, PBworks, Life Vantage (went public in 2005), BrightIt (acquired by Imagination Technologies), Life 360, iSpionage, nVision, Silicon Pipe (acquired by TPL) and more.

In addition to her advisory role with Intrabond Capital (Global governance firm) Ms. Obenhuber advisory work includes: Astia (a global not-for- profit for women entrepreneurs); Watermark ( non-profit community of executive women); Percipo (Artificial Intelligence software for consumers and enterprise applications), Socxs (‘Rally Network™’ for Nonprofits, a sophisticated social exchange platform).

Inessa Obenhuber is an Expert in the IT cluster of the Skolkovo Foundation Innovation Center (Moscow, Russia) and also served as one of the founding members of the Russian Language edition of PC Magazine in Russian Language.

Noted for her technology inventions as well, Ms. Obenhuber has contributed to four U.S. patents over the course of her career.

Inessa Obenhuber maintains involvement with a wide range of philanthropic organizations, including USC Cinematic school (Ambassador for the Media Institute for Social Change), Charity: Amnesty International. Fluent in Russian she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Moscow State University of Printing Arts.

3043cef
Mandeep Rai

Board Member

Mandeep Rai went from private banking at JP Morgan in London to a pioneering ten years of creative activism, journalism and development.

She used her degree in Politics, Economics and Philosophy to report for the BBC World Service, covering the emerging markets from every angle. She travelled to up to 100 different countries, and produced documentaries, features and programmes on development issues across the board; from environmentalism in Ladakh to luxury goods trafficked into China.

She then worked for Reuters Television – presenting political stories from the UN and financial news from the Nasdaq in Times Square, New York. Mandeep earned her MSc from the London School of Economics, to broaden her understanding of Development, and subsequently worked for the UN in New York, DG Enterprise at the European Commission in Brussels and Grassroots NGOs in the Himalayas, Uganda and Guatemala.

Prior to attending business school, Mandeep worked for the government of Abu Dhabi, to inform the global political economic dialogue around Islam and the Middle East. The resulting new venture – TwoFour54 – partnered with both the BBC and Reuters, and Mandeep was given the responsibility to strategize and set up the first media venture capital in the MENA region.

Now educated at London Business School, MIT and Harvard Business School, Mandeep has come full circle back to business. Equipped and ready to change the world, Mandeep has been working in the start up space both during and since her MBA, namely with Seedcamp, E-Lab (Hubspot), Mastermind Club (GLG) and The Oath Project (HBS).

She is a board advisor to Start Up Loans, a UK government backed company launched by Lord David Young and chaired by entrepreneur James Caan, with a budget of £117.5m to start over 25,000 businesses for young people between the ages of 18 and 30 in England.

pennyrhodes.reg
Penny Rhodes

Board Member

Penny Rhodes had a 15 year career in the Institutional Investment Management Industry, beginning with First Chicago's ANB Investments, and then along with three colleagues was a founding executive of Oak Brook Investments. Penny left Oak Brook in 2000 to become the mother of twins, and while being a full-time parent has continued to pursue entrepreneurial ventures, on-going education and her passion for environmental and social activism. She is currently working on an IP venture. She has served in a development role on wind turbine prototypes, and has been enrolled in education programs on EarthShip off-grid home construction, sustainable architecture, the World Water Forum in Istanbul, Tama-Do sound healing with Fabien Maman, and UCLA extension. Penny's volunteer work has included the Webster Elementary and 7 Arrows Elementary Schools, and Meals on Wheels, School on Wheels, Planned Parenthood, LA Skywatch, and Flying Elephants Foundation. In 2006, Penny was part of the production team for a documentary on Jerusalem, which focused on the three monotheistic religions in conflict with one another, yet all calling Jerusalem their home. She is a 20 year attendee and Founder's Circle member of the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, most recently involved with Esalen's Development and Feasibility Study. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa.

Gary J. Streit
Gary J. Streit

Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.

Gary J. Streit is President of Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C., a general practice firm of 43 lawyers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Practice is concentrated in areas of taxation, employee benefits, pension and profit sharing plans, corporations and general business matters, and estates and trusts.

He is also currently Chair of the Audit Committee and Member of the Board of Directors of the Iowa State University Foundation. He is also a member of Linn County Bar Association; Cedar Rapids Estate Planning Council; and Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Other professional information includes mention in 1989-present editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of (1) taxation and (2) employee benefits and (3) trusts and estates law. Selection based on evaluation by other lawyers.

Profiled in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business Certified Public Accountant.

His philanthropic leadership also includes: past President and Board of Directors of United Way of Central Iowa; Past Chairman of the National Board and National Board of Directors for American Cancer Society; Past President of American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and current Board Member. Currently National Assembly Member serving on numerous subcommittees.

Mr. Streit is also a graduate of Iowa State University, with a B.S. with distinction in 1972 in Industrial Administration. Major in Accounting and minors in Economics and Political Science. He received his J.D. with high distinction in 1975 from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Elinor Ruth Tatum
Elinor Tatum

New York Amsterdam News

Elinor Tatum is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of the New York Amsterdam News, the oldest and Largest Black Newspaper in the City of New York, and one of the oldest in the Country.

Ms. Tatum was appointed to her position in 1997, and became one of the youngest publishers in Black Press history. Under her watch, the newspaper was modernized, moving from typewriters to computers.

Elinor Tatum also produces and co-hosts a weekly segment of Al Sharpton’s Weekly Radio Show “Keep’in It Real”– inviting members of the Black Press to discuss national issues facing the African American community. She has guest hosted the WWRL Radio morning and afternoon drive programs. Ms. Tatum has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, 20/20, New York 1, CUNY TV, The Today Show, and NBC Nightly News.

Elinor Tatum is a member of the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, St. Lawrence University. In addition she sits on the Board of the New York Urban League, The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, The South Street Seaport Museum, Chinatown YMCA, The New York Press Association and until recently served on the Board of Inner City Broadcasting. She is the former Secretary of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

Ms. Tatum has been selected for inclusion in Who’s Who of American Women, Millennium Edition and subsequent editions. She is the recipient of many awards and honors including: Doctor Of Humane Letters Honorus Causae from Metropolitan College, Manhattan Borough Presidents’ Women’s History Month Award, Advocates Award, Women Who Make A Difference, Outstanding Business Empowerment Award, Standing On their Shoulders Award, and the Good Scout Award.

Ms. Tatum was educated in New York City for Primary and Secondary School, and later studied Government at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. She continued her education at Stockholm University in Stockholm, Sweden. While in Sweden she studied International relations and the Swedish model of government.

William Weisman
William Weisman

Weisman Enterprises

Billy Weisman is a lifetime philanthropreneur and founder of Weisman Enterprises. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards such as the Jane Goodall Institute, Minnesota Community Foundation and the Weisman Art Museum.

GeralynDreyfous
Geralyn W. Dreyfous

Impact Partners

Geralyn Dreyfous has a wide, distinguished background in the arts, extensive experience in consulting in the philanthropic sector, and participates on numerous boards and initiatives. She spent an early part of her career at the Philanthropic Initiative in Boston, which guides families of wealth in strategic giving opportunities, and taught Documentary and Narrative writing with Dr. Robert Coles at Harvard University. Geralyn is the Founder and Board Chair of the Utah Film Center, a non-profit that curates free screenings and outreach programs for communities throughout Utah. In 2007, she co-founded Impact Partners Film Fund with Dan Cogan, bringing together financiers and filmmakers so that they can create great films that entertain audiences, enrich lives, and ignite social change. Since its inception, IP has been involved in the financing of numerous award-winning films. In 2013, Geralyn co-founded Gamechanger Films, the first for-profit film fund dedicated exclusively to financing narrative features directed by women.

Geralyn's independent executive producing and producing credits include the Academy Award winning "Born Into Brothels"; Emmy nominated "The Day My God Died"; Academy Award nominated "The Square," Academy Award nominated "The Invisible War" and multiple film festival winners such as "Kick Like a Girl," "In A Dream," "Dhamma Brothers," "Project Kashmir," "Miss Representation," "Connected," "Anita," and "The Crash Reel." Geralyn was honored with the International Documentary Association's Amicus Award in 2013 for her significant contribution to documentary filmmaking. Variety recognized Geralyn in their 2014 Women's Impact Report highlighting her work in the entertainment industry.

Kaitlyn Kyle
Kaitlyn Kyle

Capital IQ

Kaitlyn Kyle relies heavily on her extensive networking and communication skills to originate and negotiate complex multi-million dollar deals with leading financial institutions, technology innovators/disruptors and fortune 100 companies. Her positive outlook on life is infectious and her focus on relationships and team building helps her identify synergies and opportunities where others do not. A Director within the Business Development group at Standard & Poor's (S&P), Kaitlyn is the direct point of contact for members of the C suite at many of the largest corporations on the West Coast. In her free time she is active within the American Ireland Fund and has been on the board of the Los Angeles Chapter since 2010. Due to her versatile skill set and broad background she has been asked to consult for numbers nonprofits including Venice Family Clinic and FertileHope. A graduate of Providence College, Kaitlyn enjoys working with entrepreneurs who are looking to network and build their brands. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and two young daughters.

Jeanne Meyers
Jeanne Meyers

My Hero Project

Jeanne Meyers is a co-founder and director of the My Hero Project. Jeanne has been directing the MY HERO website since its inception in 1995. She produces special events for MY HERO including The Laguna Beach Hero Fest, The International Day of Peace Event, Nelson Mandela Day and educational outreach programs in the USA and abroad.

Back To Top