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Tuesday November 12th, 2024

The University Club of New York

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08:00 – 09:00 AMNetworking Breakfast
09:00 – 09:15 AMOpening Remarks
Denny Chared, Founder & CEO, DC Finance
Marcia S. Nelson, Managing Director, Freedom Capital Markets; Founding Partner, Triple C Advisory – Conference Moderator
09:15 – 09:40 AMEmpowering Women: Investing in the Sustainable Future of Food and Health
Wendy Diamond, CEO & Founder, LDP Ventures / Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization – Moderator
Jill Portman, Founder, Mighty Leaf Tea; Founder & President, Good Pharma
Mitzi Perdue, War Correspondent; 2nd Gen, Sheraton Hotels & Perdue Chicken
Join us for an insightful panel discussion where we explore the intersection of women’s empowerment, sustainable food practices, and health. Our distinguished panelists will share their expertise and experiences in investing in the future of food, focusing on strategies to promote sustainability, enhance nutritional value, and empower communities. From innovative agricultural practices to cutting-edge food technologies, we’ll delve into the key opportunities and challenges facing women in this critical sector. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and be inspired to make a difference in shaping a healthier and more sustainable future for all.
09:40 – 09:50 AMPrivate Aviation: The Viable Alternative to Whole and Fractional Aircraft Ownership
John Castellano, Global Jet Card Director, Air Charter Service Inc.
With 20 years of experience in the private aviation industry, John has seen it all. From the 2008 market crash to the bull and bust approach of new companies promising a non-viable digital only experience. Now in his new role, John is taking on the establishment brands by building a customer first Jet Card program. 
09:50 – 10:00 AMTransforming the Housing Crisis into Opportunity 
Judi Paré, President & CEO, Plentitude
In the face of financial adversity and a failing marriage, Judi navigated the complexities of homeownership as a single mother of three. From the distress of being on the brink of homelessness, she fought relentlessly to provide stability for her family. This journey of resilience and determination fuels her commitment to championing affordable and senior housing initiatives for those facing similar challenges.
10:00 – 10:30 AMFamily Office Investment Ideas
Marcia S. Nelson, Managing Director, Freedom Capital Markets; Founding Partner, Triple C Advisory – Moderator
Jolyne Caruso-FitzGerald, Board Director, Former Vice Chair of UBS Global Wealth Management; Impact Investor
Daniel Jeydel, Managing Director, US Investment Partners
Michael Ma, Principal, Xanadu Capital
The Warren Buffet philosophy espouses “investing in what you know”. While Family Offices are becoming more sophisticated in their investment theses, Buffet’s philosophy still rings true, with an added twist of investing in what you’re passionate about. Our panel of Family Office investors will discuss their criteria for deal sourcing and their sector interests, as well as long-term strategies for wealth preservation and enhancement.
10:30 – 11:00 AMCoffee Break
11:00 – 11:20 AMSolving Hunger in Cities: A Discussion with an 18 Year Old Entrepreneur who Created Tikoon
Eli Kerret, Founder & CEO, Tikoon
Denny Chared, Founder & CEO, DC Finance – Moderator
A digital platform has been created to bridge the gap between excess food and those in need who suffer from food insecurity. Solving the logistics through using an App, Tikoon finds a solution to eliminate hunger and food waste.
11:20 – 11:30 AMThe Flavor of Tomorrow: How Cultivated Meat Is Redefining Sustainability and Health
Ido Savir, CEO & Co-Founder, SuperMeat
Uncover the potential of cultivated meat to revolutionize our plates and planet, offering a crucial solution to sustainability and health challenges in our food system.
11:30 – 11:55 AMFamily Legacy and Changing Values: A Discussion with Peter Benedict and Sam Downes of the Andrus Family + Surdna Foundation
David Homan, CEO, Orchestrated Connecting, LLC –  Moderator
Peter Benedict III, Research Associate, Preqin; Sixth-Generation Member, the Andrus Family
Sam Downes, Transportation Engineer, Town of Brookline, Massachusetts; Sixth-Generation Member, the Andrus Family
Learn from two active next-gens on the legacy of this 6th generation Family Office and Foundation on the evolution of their strategies to achieve lasting impact, and how they are redefining their impact through challenging the status quo of  their family Office and a Family Foundation.
11:55 – 12:15 PMFireside Chat
Clara Kaluderovic, Co-Founder & CEO, Ex2; 3rd generation of SONIC Drive-In
David Teten, Founder, Versatile Venture Capital – Moderator
12:15 – 12:40 PMAccelerator: How Silver Art Projects Became The Leading Artists‘ Incubator at The World Trade Center
Gregory Thornbury, Ph.D., Executive Director, Silver Art Projects – Moderator
Milicia Perovic, Art Collector
Jared Owens, Multidisciplinary Artist
Bob Pilon, Senior Advisor, Perelman Performing Arts Center; Director Of Strategic Partnerships, Bloomberg Philanthropies
To be a successful artist, you have to make a splash in New York City. But how is that possible when the cost of living is intimidating and the ability to have studio space is too often out of reach? Enter Silver Art Projects — a remarkable organization that provides a year of free studio space and career opportunities at the WTC for aspiring creatives. Come hear breakout success stories including the moving personal journey of Jared Owens, who went from being in prison for 18 years to having a breakout artistic career.
12:40 – 01:40 PMLunch
01:40 – 01:45 PMIntroduction to the Family Office Circle
Denny Chared, Founder & CEO, DC Finance
01:45 – 02:10 PMPanel on Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation 
Al Eskanazy, Chairman & CEO, Community-Police Relations Foundation – Moderator
Chanel Dickerson, CEO & Founder, Chief Chanel Dickerson LLC; Retired Asst. Chief of Police, Washington DC
Jeremy Locke, SFC, USA Special Forces “The Green Berets” (Ret.) Co-Founder / COO Aerial Recovery
Stephen M. Knoepfler, Chief, Human Trafficking Unit Special Victims Division Office of the Bronx County District Attorney
Liam O’Hara, Detective
A panel of law enforcement, the Office of the District Attorney Bronx County, and Aerial Recovery (a veteran-led organization that responds to natural disasters and deploys humanitarian special operations to areas with human trafficking) will discuss the situation as it pertains to human trafficking and child exploitation. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of human trafficking, how local government and law enforcement are addressing the problem, and what everyday citizens can do to detect and aid in the fight against human trafficking and child exploitation.
02:10 – 02:30 PMEntrepreneurship, Technology, and Entertainment: Accessing Investment Opportunities in the Startup Nation of Innovators, Israel 
Randi Zuckerberg, General Partner, Surround Ventures; CEO, Zuckerberg Media; Former Creative & Buzz Marketing, Politics, and Social Change, Facebook
Jared Kash, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Surround Ventures
As an early employee at Facebook, Randi Zuckerberg, was on the front lines of shaping Web 2.0 technology and how billions of people consume content. Join Randi and her business partner at Surround Ventures, Jared Kash, for an insightful fireside chat discussing their expertise and experiences in investing in early stage tech companies disrupting industries including AI, Robotics, Food, and Media, in one of the most successful startup ecosystems in the world – Israel. Not only will they address how to attract investment opportunities led by serial tech entrepreneurs and award-winning storytellers, creatives, and artists, but also share the key advantages that emerge when bringing diverse communities and perspectives together. 
02:30 – 03:00 PMEmpowering the Future: Engaging Next-Gen Leaders in Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship for Scaling Social Ventures
Ankita Narula, Vice President, Development, Akshaya Patra USA – Moderator
Vinodh Bhat, Next Generation; Co-Founder, Saavn
Christina Lewis, Next Generation; Entrepreneur, Investor & Philanthropist
Nishant Berlia, Next Generation; Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Educationist
This topic explores strategies for scaling social ventures by empowering the next generation of leaders in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. It delves into the broader landscape of social innovation, highlighting the importance of engaging young leaders and leveraging their creativity and passion for driving impactful growth. Drawing inspiration from organizations like Akshaya Patra, known for its effective scaling strategies in providing meals to schoolchildren, participants can gain valuable insights into maximizing their impact while addressing pressing societal challenges. This discussion aims to inspire attendees to cultivate the next generation of leaders and harness their potential to create lasting positive change in their communities and beyond.
07:00 – 09:00 PMPrivate Dinner with Milk & Honey Ventures Foodtech Dining Experience. Please RSVP to