Oprah Winfrey is an influential talk show host, producer, author, philanthropist, actress and media personality. She has played a key role in modern American life, shaping cultural trends and promoting various liberal causes. Through her talk shows and books, she has focused on many issues facing American women. Oprah has been an important role model for black American women, breaking down many invisible barriers.
Tenzin Gyatso, the XIVth Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama is the fourteenth leader in a line of Buddhist spiritual and political leaders of Tibet. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is known for his heartfelt advocacy for Tibetans worldwide and his lifelong interest in peace as well as modern science. In 2016, he co-authored The Book of Joy with Archbishop Tutu.
Robert V. Taylor
Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee
Robert V. Taylor is a speaker, activist, blogger and author of A New Way to Be Human. Former Dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, Washington, Robert was sent to the USA by Archbishop Tutu in 1980 to avoid imprisonment in his native South Africa.
Barry H. Smith, M.D., Ph.D.
Treasurer and Executive Committee
Dr. Barry Smith is the President/CEO/Director of The Rogosin Institute, a clinical care and research facility affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College. He is also the director of the Dreyfus Health Foundation, a division of The Institute, with a mission to unleash human potential to improve health and quality of life around the world.
Secretary and Executive Committee
Sapreet is the Executive Director of the Sikh Coalition. She previously served as the Managing Director of Strategy within the Human Assets team at Teach for America, a national non-profit whose mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort. She volunteers with the Girl Scouts of the USA and serves as a board member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Sapreet is also a member of the National Organization of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, having served as a business volunteer in Uganda and Kenya from 1998-2001.
Leslie is the Owner and CEO of K.I.M. Media LLC, an award-winning, multi-media agency specializing in branding, events, design and weddings. Her client roster spans the worlds of sports, entertainment, and luxury lifestyle brands. Leslie is also the COO and Head of Global Initiatives and Special Projects for Shark Branding, which is the branding and marketing company of ABC’s Shark Tank star, Daymond John. Prior to this, she spent 10 years as President of Marketing, Advertising and PR for FUBU The Collection and FB Entertainment, was a producer on the Montel Williams Show, was the music coordinator for Thirteen/WNET and the Special Events Manager for Macy’s Department Store. In addition to being an active leader in New York’s business community, Leslie is a certified Chaplain and a Chaplain with the New York State Chaplain Task Force, as well as an instructor for the NYC chapter. She has served as the Interim Chaplain at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and recently founded Ascent Bereavement Management, a company designed to help alleviate the burden of families having to handle the business aspects of losing a loved one. Leslie is also a certified Mediator with a focus in Elder/Adult family and Faith-based mediation.
David Catlin Pierce, Ph.D
David Catlin Pierce is a former career U.S. diplomat and refugee coordinator. He is now working in inter-agency crisis response and security/peace-building at the U.S. State Department.
Gopi is the Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing at Google. He works with Google’s sales teams and customers and helps grow customer brands through digital marketing. Prior to this, Gopi was Chief Evangelist for Google+, led the marketing team for AdWords in the Americas and Asia Pacific, and led the marketing team for AdSense. Before joining Google, Gopi was on the management team of two Silicon Valley venture funded startups and was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. Gopi hosts a TV program on cable and YouTube called Change makers. He recently published his first book titled, Internet to the Inner-net and released a music album titled Kirtan Lounge. He holds an appointment as a guest lecturer in Marketing at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Xabiso is a creative consultant, fashion stylist and vice-president of Sk8tronix. He is also the U.S. Youth Ambassador of TutuDesk, an initiative working to improve children’s educational conditions throughout sub-Saharan Africa and in other underserved regions of the world. Xabiso is also a member of Nexus, an organization that bridges communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship by uniting young investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and allies to catalyze new leadership and accelerate global solutions. Xabiso is the only son of Mthunzi and Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe, and the grandson of Archbishop Desmond and Leah Tutu.
Craig is an author and the co-founder of The Tribeca Film Festival. Craig also serves as Chairman of Turtle Pond Publications LLC, a private entertainment and media based company in New York. Involved in a number of charitable and civic endeavors in addition to the DTPF, Craig is on the Board of Directors of the Tribeca Film Institute, the Sesame Workshop, Dr. Richard Leakey’s WildlifeDirect, and the Child Mind Institute, among others.
Phillip Chase Weatherspoon
Phillip is a well-respected businessman, a highly successful real estate entrepreneur, an award-winning music producer, an accomplished non-fiction author, a powerful motivational speaker, and a principled family man with a lifelong dedication and commitment to bringing out the best in others. Currently, Phillip serves as President of MyDealPro, a mobile analytics and marketing company. He is the founder and CEO of Bridgepoint Funding Alliance, an international real estate financial solutions company. He also produces music for Reach Global.
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Reverend Dr. George F. Regas
Reverend Regas is a retired Episcopal priest who served as the rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California from 1967 until his retirement in 1995. Regas introduced the inclusive principle that has defined All Saints for many years, “Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith, you are welcome to come to this table.” As a founder of the Interfaith Center to Reverse the Arms Race, he was a leader in efforts to unite Christians, Muslims, Jews and other faiths to promote peace in the Middle East and worldwide. Reverend Regas is a long-time friend and ally of Archbishop Tutu, and he was formerly the Chair of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation and remains an active adviser to the current board and staff.
Donna Blackwell, Ph.D
Dr. Donna Blackwell is the founder of and principal consultant for HumanWorks management consultants, specializing in helping for-profit and not-for-profit corporations and philanthropists with capacity building, strategy, program design, and communications. She was previously the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for UNICEF, Director of Corporate Communications and Consumer Affairs for Avon, and the Director of Corporate Affairs for Anheuser-Bush.
Gloria is a Professor of Fashion Merchandising at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is a current board member of Harlem Commonwealth Holdings Co., Inc. Former President of B.R.A.G. (Black Retail Action Group). Member of Women in Development and the American Association of University Women.
Rabbi Irwin Kula
Rabbi Kula has been Listed in Newsweek for many years as one of America’s “most influential rabbis.” Author of the award-winning book, Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life, he created and was featured in the acclaimed film, Time for a New God, and the Public TV series, Simple Wisdom. He is a regular on FoxNews.com’s Spirited Debate, and he has appeared frequently on NBC’s Today Show. He is a blogger for The Huffington Post and The Washington Post’s “On Faith,” and is the President of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.
Judith A. Mayotte, Ph.D.
Judith is an expert in refugee issues and policies as well as human rights and sub-Saharan African history. Founder of two international service learning programs for Seattle University and Marquette University (in Cape Town). The author of Disposable People? The Plight of Refugees and Emmy Award winning producer of Portrait of America. Former Chair of the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children.