Prior to launching her own business, Betsy was the Director of Content and Distribution for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. There she was in charge of overseeing the foundation’s content and distribution strategies and production efforts, as well as, the foundation’s digital presence. Scolnik developed the foundation’s new approach to audience targeting and measurement of its cross platform media efforts. Her focus on combining audience segmentation, disciplined targeting, a global approach to consumer experience and measurement quadrupled the foundations digital reach, increased the value of its investments in film, TV, radio and digital content development. But, most importantly, she helped raise awareness of the foundation’s mission and the issues it focuses on. Under her leadership, the foundation was nominated for a Webby Award, selected by Twitter as an example of best practices in the use of social media for philanthropic purposes, and embarked upon new relationship models with both the news and entertainment media.
Prior to the foundation, Scolnik was the President of Digital Media for National Geographic. There she oversaw National Geographic’s digital sales operations, NationalGeographic.com and its digital extensions. She also managed the National Geographic digital film archive and short-form video programming, production and distribution. Additionally, she led National Geographic’s initiatives in the wireless, video game, broadband and education markets. Under her leadership, NationalGeographic.com won multiple Webby awards, their short form productions were nominated for multiple Emmy awards and the Society’s digital distribution increased from under 1MM reached to over 12MM reached monthly. Digital revenue more than tripled during her tenure.
Scolnik has a wide range of multi-platform content development, operational, communications and strategy roles, including senior roles at AOL Time Warner and Xerox. At AOL she led their digital entertainment programming and promotion across and outside of the US and was the lead producer of Live 8. Betsy’s expertise and experience in the connection of audience targeting, distribution and measurement has given her the breadth of knowledge and passion required to have impact in a multi-platform world.
Betsy earned her degree in International Relations from the University of California, Berkeley and also attended New York University’s graduate school. Betsy is a member of the National Press Club, a member of the World Affairs Council, an active friend of the management at Wikipedia, a member of the Fortune’s Most Powerful Women group and a member of the Creative Good Councils. Betsy is also fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese, French and Italian.
The Beltas Law Firm, is primarily focused on business formation, bankruptcy, collections, and landlord/tenant issues. Ms. Beltas represents a variety of individual and corporate clients, including small business owners, corporations, debtors, landlords, and tenants. Before practicing in New York, she worked at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. She is licensed to practice law in California, the District of Columbia, and New York and is a member of the New York City Bar Association, and the Queens County Bar Association.
Activist, Educator and Author, Jill Iscol, EdD, is President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established in 1989. For the past two decades Jill has supported and participated in numerous organizations enabling them to become stable, sustainable and successful, impacting lives around the globe.
Jill’s current endeavor, the Hearts on Fire Visionary Program launched following the release of her nonfiction book, Hearts on Fire: Stories of Today’s Visionaries Igniting Idealism into Action, puts the spotlight on inspiring leaders and the work they are doing to improve the lives of others. The program’s mission – to inspire people of all walks of life to join the social change movement.
As a Democratic Party activist, Jill is a strategic advisor to Secretary Clinton and served as Co-Chair for Hillary Rodham Clinton for Senate’s New York Finance Committee, National Vice-Chair of Hillary Rodham Clinton for President’s 2008 Finance Committee and is currently a member of the Hillary for President’s 2016 Finance Committee.
Jill is a member of the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau and has appeared on MSNBC Andrea Mitchell Reports, PBS’ To The Contrary, at the Milken Institute, TedXWomen and SXSW. Her articles have been published in education journals, on The Huffington Post and The Diplomatic Courier. She been honored by City Year New York, Women’s Campaign International and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Jill is a born and bred New Yorker. She is married and has two adult children.
Dan Bena currently heads the Global Operations Sustainable Development agenda for PepsiCo, using the power of the private sector to help both business and society flourish. He serves/has served on the Public Health Committee of the Safe Water Network; the Leadership Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); Steering Board of IFC’s 2030 Water Resources Group; Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Mandate; the Global Agenda Council on Water Security of the World Economic Forum; and the Board of the International Society of Beverage Technologists.
Bena recently completed a three-year term on the Board of the Washington-based US Water Alliance, and currently serves on the Board of the Creative Visions Foundation, a non-profit using media and the arts to develop agents of positive social change. Their signature program, called Rock Your World, engages middle and high school students in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and provides them the tools with which to become creative activists. Bena also serves on the Advisory Board of Artistic Circles, which produced the 2012 documentary, Water Pressures. In 2014, he was invited to serve on the Advisory Board of the Environmental Leader publications group, as well as the America’s Water Initiative of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
In 2015, Bena was selected as a mentor for the ThreeDotDash.org program of the We Are Family Foundation; a judge for the University of Notre Dame Corporate Adaptation Prize; and as an advisor to the social venture start-up, Keela. He delivered the keynote address at the 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 2013, he represented PepsiCo at the Our Food, Our Future Summit, in Dublin, Ireland, attended by the Prime Minister of Ireland and the Minister of Agriculture. In 2012, he was invited to provide testimony to the US Senate. In 2013, he keynoted the United Nations Youth Assembly to over 1,000 youth delegates from over 100 countries. In 2014, Bena received the Light Up the Night Award for youth advocacy and engagement. In 2015, Bena was invited by the President of the UN General Assembly to participate in a high-level panel on partnerships to advance the post-2015 Development agenda, and was named an Honorary Professor by Glasgow Caledonian University.
As the founder and CEO of GirlQuake and a Forbes Media contributor, Denise Restauri amplifies the voices females from multiple generations by giving them platforms to redefine the notion of power. Denise is the author of the Forbes book Their Roaring Thirties: Brutally Honest Career Talk From Women Who Beat The Youth Trap, and host of the Forbes podcast Mentoring Moments (launches April 2016). She was the executive producer of the inaugural Forbes Women’s Summit. She has been at start-up, speed-up and stay #1 companies in both digital and traditional media. Denise serves on the boards of female-led organizations She’s the First and The Empowerment Plan, is a Tribeca Disruptor Foundation Fellow, an honorary professor at Glasgow Caledonian University and guest lecturer at Stanford University. She has been named to numerous people to watch lists and has appeared on NBCToday, CBS Early Show, ABC News and CNN International.
Alice is a Director with the Global Development Incubator and head of the Impact Escalated portfolio, which focuses on financial and structural changes to unlock entrepreneurship for individuals, small and growing enterprises and corporations. The portfolio has a special focus on increasing the scale, reach and impact of growth stage social enterprises and non-profits through a comprehensive 2 year partnership with management teams, boards, funders and a broad set of stakeholders. The Impact Escalated portfolio supports initiatives that drive large scale social change in blended finance, financial inclusion, SME development, economic livelihoods, employment, education, humanitarian work and climate change. Alice is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Muskoka Foundation and the “Do Good As You Go” movement and Chief Strategy Officer and investor for AppMakr, the world’s largest DIY mobile app development platform. Prior to her entrepreneurial ventures, Alice worked with The Bridgespan Group in San Francisco on high school education reform with the Gates Foundation and started Bain & Company’s Pro-Bono practice in Asia specializing in non-profit collaboration practices, driving greater capital to SMEs, and government non-profit oversight, as a consultant and trainer for the National Council for Social Service (NCSS). Alice also worked with the World Bank in SE Asia on their regional HQ In the for-profit world, Alice spent six years with Bain & Company in Singapore and Bangkok, where she focused on market growth, multi-factor cost models, pricing strategy, and merger integration in the finance, consumer product, private equity, and technology sectors. Alice also spent five years on the trading floor managing assets and liabilities for Fortune 500 companies in the US and Asia. After the currency crisis in 1997, she started the fixed income derivatives desk in SE Asia for multinational corporations with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. Alice is a graduate of the Stanford Japan Center, holds a double major BA in International Economics and East Asian Studies from Columbia College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Alice is also the co-author or the highly acclaimed “What’s Your Endgame?” article published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and widely shared at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford and Ashoka Future Forum in DC.
As a corporate communications producer he has designed programs and events for The City of San Francisco, Cisco Systems, Compaq Computers, Microsoft Corporation, Hewlett Packard Corporation and others. As a creative director he led professional productions for The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Opera, The Wiltern Theater and Heritage USA.
For his civic leadership as Executive Director of Pro Arts Jersey City, Sean has been listed as one of the 50 most influential individuals in Hudson County, New Jersey.