Mary Symmonds

Mary Symmonds is an international economic and social development practitioner. She over 30 years of experience working with  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its Regional Bureau for Africa specializing on economic and social development in Africa. Mary served in various capacities, including Country Director in Uganda, Deputy Resident Representative (Programme) in Nigeria, Country Advisor in NY. She has lived in seven Sub-Saharan African countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe. and worked on 30.

Mary’s work experience has focused on both development issues and on developing and managing country programmes as well as building leadership capacities. She has worked on developing programs in such areas as Good Governance, including electoral support, Poverty reduction, micro finance, Crisis response and management, disaster risk reduction and area development. Ms. Symmonds earned a BA in Political Science from Hunter College of the City University of New York and MS in International Affairs (Magna Cum Laude) from the New School for Social Research, focusing on conflict prevention and management. She has also done extensive work on transformational leadership  currently  works on leadership issues and  developing leadership and mentoring programs.  She coordinates an initiative aimed at promoting leadership in the Caribbean. She has also partnered on a similar initiative for the Pacific and Oceania. Mary is committed that people should be empowered to live productive and fulfilled lives.  Mary is passionate about young people and developing leaders.  She is the founder of the Global Leadership Coalition which aims to foster a new brand of leader who is ethical, entrepreneurial, connected to their society and taking actions to transform their society.


Manav Subodh Co-Founder 1M1B Foundation

Manav is a Senior Fellow, UC Berkeley, Advisor Director at Ernst and Young (EY) and Cofounder of 1 Million for 1 Billion(1M1B), a global initiative to skill 1 million youth and women to create jobs for 1 billion people (www.activate1m1b.org).

Manav has over 17 years experience in consulting, corporate affairs, government affairs, education, marketing, branding and business development with organisations like Ernst and Young (EY), Intel, Hughes and QAI. His most prestigious assignment was with Intel+UC Berkeley in which he led entrepreneurship programs in over 30 countries and later led mentoring and incubation for the Intel CEO’s inspired, Make it Wearable, one of the largest corporate innovation and technology accelerators on wearable computing. (Manav’s experiences along with other experts are captured in the book HyperShift, co-edited by Manav, and Andre Marquis, Executive Director, Entrepreneurship centre, UC Berkeley)

Manav is passionate about empowering people and corporations to activate their ideas and get them to market, a topic on which he also gave a talk at TED at Intel. In this regard, he has conducted innovation workshops in the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Ireland, Jordan and the US. To accelerate youth entrepreneurship globally, he led the team that created The Power of E, an animated video that has now been seen and translated worldwide.  Manav serves on the various advisory boards including  the Technology Business Incubator of the Government of India and the National Institute of Design’s (NID) business incubator in Bangalore.

Jean Lloyd

Jean has been working in the field of personal and organizational transformation over the past 21 years. Her use of state-of-the-art knowledge and tools have developed patterns in systems thinking which have led to extraordinary success in managing through the dramatic changes and unpredictability of human resource development. Her capacity was developed in large measure from learning how to surface and challenge manager’s mental models. She has also delivered a TED Talk on “Living he Adventure called your Life”

Kristin Ellington

Kristin is a creative executive with extensive success in managing startups and rapidly evolving businesses. Her core expertise is in operations, business development, and leading teams in the production of media and entertainment properties. She excels at driving profitable growth, establishing market differentiation, building customer loyalty, creating and retaining high-performing teams, and developing a dynamic company culture.

Monica Sharma

Monica trained as a physician and epidemiologist, worked for the United Nations for more than twenty years.  She currently engages worldwide as an international expert and practitioner on leadership development for sustainable and equitable change.  She works with a variety of organizations and institutions, including  Universities such as the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins, governments, businesses media and civil society using a conscious full spectrum model  for simultaneously solving problems, shifting systems and creating new patterns sourced from individual inner capacity and transformational leadership.  She has recently published an award winning book entitled Radical Transformational Leadership.

Ricardo Smith

Rick serves Brown University as the Network Manager of the Center of Alcohol and Addiction Studies, a large research department. His role there is to manage the hardware and software infrastructure within purchasing, deployment, maintenance, and retirement. Rick is an experienced public speaker, merging humor with insights into life skills, technology, health and nutrition.

Matthew Abrams

Matthew B. Abrams is a founding member of Abrams Deemer PLLC. His focus at Abrams Deemer PLLC is on trusts & estates matters, including estate planning, probate, administration, and Surrogate’s Court litigation. Prior to founding Abrams Deemer, Mr. Abrams was a junior partner at Russo & Burke. Mr. Abrams earned his B.A. from Columbia University in 2004 and his J.D. from New York Law School in 2007, where he was twice placed on the Dean’s List. During his final year at New York Law School, Mr. Abrams served as an inaugural fellow of Network 20/20, a global security think tank based in New York City, during which he studied the role of civic and non-governmental organizations in the development of democratic politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Aaron Grossman

After 40+ years in market research & strategic consulting, Aaron has come to believe deeply in the transformative power that information & insights can bring to the boardroom. His portfolio includes assignments ranging from opportunity definition to monitoring & testing impressions of marketing efforts, be they designs, advertising campaigns or complex integrated communications.More recently, his practice has evolved to providing written content for branded websites and profiles / blogs on social media. Active in both the marketing and research communities, Aaron has served on the NY AMA’s Board of Directors for eight years as the organization’s President. He is also an elected member of the Market Research Council and serves as an Academy voting member of the NY AMA’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Aaron served as the Co-Chair of the Membership Committee for Manhattan BNI Chapter 46 from 2012 through 2014 and is currently the Chapter’s Event / Venue Coordinator.


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