Robert I. Kramer, M.D
Chief Medical Advisor
Robert I. Kramer, M.D (Dr. Bob) is a teacher, practitioner and researcher with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the health care world. As one of the most prominent and beloved pediatricians in Dallas for more than 30 years, his reputation is known nationally and internationally as well. Educated at Brown, Tufts, Yale, and UT Southwestern, Dr. Bob was one of the first pediatric pulmonologists in the Southwest. He held numerous leadership positions during his 28 year clinical career, including Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Research Center, founding partner of the largest private pediatric practice in Dallas, and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor University Medical Center.
Dr. Kramer is responsible for the format, program, and participants in the Wall Street Journal's Healthcare Summit Meeting held each May in Washington, DC and for the Healthcare-Internet Outlook Meeting held in San Francisco each October. He is currently a member of the board of Aarmedis Corporation, a biotechnology company based at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Gazoontite.com and Medical Present Value, Inc. and as Chairman of the Business Advisory Board of The Beansprout Network, all healthcare related Internet companies. He also serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Honeywell Corporations' Clean Air Products Division.
Dr. Kramer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is also a member of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, the New York Academy of Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a founding member and former president of the Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children. Awards for his service to his community and profession include the Mead Johnson Clinical Scholar Award, Brown University Distinguished Alumnus Award, American Jewish Committee Institute of Human Relations Achievement Award, and the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation First Annual Humanitarian Award.
Benjamin M. Ledewitz M.D.
Benjamin Ledewitz M.D. is Board Certified from the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Ledewitz is a dedicated physician whose experience includes teaching, research, and clinical work in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. His teaching responsibilities involve lecturing students and providing clinical supervision for both pediatric and family medicine residents. Dr. Ledewitz is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a member of the Department of Pediatrics at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Benjamin's research background involves both diabetic and cardiac surgery studies.
Dr. Ledewitz received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. Benjamin continued his pediatric training in New York, completing his residency at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell. After the completion of his training, Dr. Ledewitz has worked with diverse patient populations in both private practice and hospital based settings.
Dr. Ledewitz has always had passion about helping those with less. Benjamin's experience includes volunteering at a student run health clinic in Boston, giving free medical care to those lacking health insurance. He now works in the South Bronx where he provides healthcare to an underserved and high risk community.
Jason McCabe Calacanis
Founder & Co-Founder and CEO, Mahalo.com
Jason is the founder and CEO of Mahalo.com, a human-powered search engine. He is also the founder Open Angel Forum, which provides entrepeneurs free access to angel investors and This Week In, a live streaming video network. Prior to Mahalo's launch in May of 2007, Jason was an "Entrepreneur in Action" at Sequoia Capital, as well as the founder and CEO of Weblogs, Inc., a network of popular blogs that was sold to AOL in November 2005. At AOL, he was appointed senior vice president and named general manager of AOL's Netscape. Jason also founded Rising Tide Studios, which sold its flagship publication to Dow Jones. Jason frequently delivers keynotes at the largest tech conferences (CeBIT, LeWeb, DLD) and he is regularly featured and quoted in major news outlets including Charlie Rose, CNN, 60 minutes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and others. His e-mail newsletter is published in Newsweek, The Huffington Post and Nikkei Japan.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Match.com North America
Mandy joined Match.com in 2006 as Vice President and General Manager for Chemistry.com, and was responsible for catapulting the site into the limelight and quadrupling brand awareness with the award-winning "Come as you Are" campaign. In September 2008, she ascended to the leadership position for Match.com North America, the company's flagship property. She's now responsible for all aspects of the North American business from building more strategic relationships and bringing in new customers while continuing to satisfy members with a world-class experience and innovative product development.
Mandy holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkley and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Her customer experience acumen was honed during her tenure as Vice President of Consumer Technology for Edelman Public Relations Worldwide and Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at i2 Technologies.
Founder & CEO, Babble.com
Rufus Griscom co-founded Babble with his wife, Alisa Volkman, in December 2006. Prior to that, Rufus co-founded Nerve.com in 1997, and served as the website's first editor and CEO. In the decade that followed, Rufus grew Nerve Media into a profitable website and online dating business, in the process spinning of Spring Street Networks, an online dating technology company, which was acquired in 2005. Rufus serves as an advisor to several New York-based internet companies, and sporadically updates a blog, www.momentsinsuccession.com . Rufus and Alisa have two sons, Declan and Grey.
Founder, Cube Ventures
Rachel Shechtman is a third generation entrepreneur who loves finding the next big thing almost as much as sharing it with her clients. In 2003 and with Bliss Spas as her first client, Rachel launched Cube Ventures, a retail consulting practice guided by the philosophy that a successful retail transaction results from the coexistence of the following six economic and creative principles being active and present: Innovation, Demand, Passion, Expertise, Margin and Execution. Cube has worked with clients such as Lord & Taylor, Cotton Incorporated, Vosges Chocolate, Flight 001, Kraft Foods, Shop.org and others. In the Fall of 2006, Rachel was hired by Diane von Furstenberg on behalf of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to launch its first ever business initiative, The Business Services Network (BSN); the BSN creates strategic access for businesses while creating exclusive opportunities for designers. After managing the creation of the CFDA BSN, Rachel returned to consulting in the spring of 2009 to work with clients TOMS Shoes and Gilt Groupe.
Chief Revenue Officer, RecycleBank
Samantha Skey is Chief Revenue Officer for RecycleBank, a New York City-based clean tech company that rewards consumers for engaging in green actions. Skey was the Chief Marketing Officer at Passenger, Inc., a social software company providing online community for top brands. Skey was the Executive Vice President of Strategic Marketing for Alloy Inc, building award-winning marketing programs for brands across the globe., and has served in management positions at the Walt Disney Company, CNET and Interactive Imaginations.
A frequent presenter and commentator for business and trade media, Skey regularly consults with leading organizations in social media and youth advocacy and holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Hamilton College.
Skey sits on the boards of non-profit organizations Bronx Academy of Letters, YouthNoise, and The Environmental Adoption Agency.
CEO, Recognition Media
Neil Vogel is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Recognition Media, LLC, a leading owner and producer of Internet, media and advertising industry awards shows, recognition programs and events. Our properties include the Webby Awards, honoring the best of the web; Internet Week NY, a city-wide festival celebrating the Internet and New York City's technology leadership; and Netted, a daily email newsletter featuring the best in websites, apps and online tools. Additionally, we own and produce five major international awards competitions, including the Telly Awards, the Communicator Awards and the Davey Awards. Neil co-found Recognition in 2003.
Prior to forming Recognition Media, Neil was one of four Officers of Alloy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOY), a media, internet and marketing services company for the teen and college market. Neil was part of the management team that grew Alloy's business from a start-up in 1998 to over $300 million in revenues in 2003. Prior to joining Alloy, Neil spent seven years and was a Vice President in the investment banking group at Ladenburg Thalmann and Co. focusing on the media, consumer and leisure industries.