Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on several boards, including HuffPost's partners in Spain, the newspaper EL PAÍS and its parent company PRISA; Onex; The Center for Public Integrity; and The Committee to Protect Journalists. Her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published by Crown in March 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
Accepted by Marty Chavez, Chief Information Officer
Marty Chavez joined Goldman Sachs in 1993 as a senior energy "strat" - internal parlance for a quantitative analyst. In addition to overseeing the bank's technology as CIO, he shares responsibility for overseeing the quantitative analysts' group.
Marty holds a bachelor's degree in biochemisty and a master's degree in computer science from Harvard University, as well as a doctorate in medical information sciences from Stanford University. He took a hiatus from Goldman from 1997 until 2005, during which time he founded two technology companies and headed energy derivatives at Credit Suisse Group AG. He became a managing director upon returning to Goldman and was named partner in 2006. He sits on the bank's management committee and on its Steering Committee on Regulatory Reform, which coordinates the bank's response to new regulations. Marty also represents Goldman as a director of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association. He was appointed chief information officer when Steven Scopellite, a 28-year veteran of the bank's technology group, retired at the end of 2013.
As an openly gay leader at Goldman Sachs, Marty is proud to accept the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award on behalf of Goldman Sachs Gives.
Tyler Oakley is YouTube gold. Established as one of the most influential LGBT vloggers, he is an A-Lister in the digital age. Oakley’s videos are hilarious, engaging, and unapologetically personal. With an undying love for all things pop culture, his quick wit, and an innate sassiness, Oakley is immediately lovable and undeniably viral. Most recently he advised President Barack Obama on social media strategy, and was referred to as a “millionaire in the currency of likes” in the 2014 Frontline investigative report, Generation Like. With 7 years experience underneath his belt and millions of fans all around the world it’s clear we have only begun to see what this YouTuber can do.
Wanda Sykes has been called "one of the funniest stand-up comics" by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand up has sent her career in many different areas.
In 2012 Wanda joined forces with veteran producer Page Hurwitz to form Push It Productions, a production company dedicated to creating quality, comedy-based programming for network and cable television outlets. The company's diverse slate of projects includes sketch comedy, concerts, reality, talk/variety, and competition formats. Their first set of specials, Herlarious aired in summer of 2013 and January 2014 on Own and was the recipient of a 2014 Gracie Award. In just its first year, Push It has made a first look production deal with NBC, has a new series on OWN, and has shows currently in development with NickMom (Comedy Camp) and Comcast.
Sykes was previously seen on several television shows over the past few years. She can currently be seen on the Amazon Prime show Alpha House created by Gary Trudeau about a group of Republican Senators who share the same DC rental house; Last year she made a return to HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm; she also spent five years on CBS's New Adventures of Old Christine. In 2010 she starred on her own late night talk show on FOX, The Wanda Sykes Show. Other TV credits include Fox's Wanda at Large which she wrote, produced and starred in; Wanda Does It on Comedy Central and on Crank Yankers as the voice of Gladys Murphy.
Her first HBO comedy special Wanda Sykes; Sick and Tired debuted in October 2006 and was nominated for a 2007 Primetime Emmy for ‘Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.’ It was taped in Seattle Washington and covered everything from racial profiling to gay marriage. She returned to HBO for her second stand up special I’ma Be Me. This time it was taped at the Warner theatre in Washington DC where she tackled topics like the first black president, gay cruises, being a new mom and aging. The special was nominated for two 2010 Primetime Emmy awards: ‘Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special’ and ‘Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special.’ Her first special Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied premiered on Comedy Central in 2003.
She can be heard in many animated feature films; Ice Age: Continental Drift as ‘Granny'; in FOX's Rio as ‘the Goose’; in Dreamworks’ Over the Hedge and Paramount’s The Barnyard.
Sykes was also seen in the feature films Evan Almighty, the sequel to Bruce Almighty, in which she co-starred with Steve Carell; the New Line feature Monster-In-Law starring opposite Jane Fonda, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Pootie Tang, Nutty Professor 2; The Klumps, and Down to Earth.
Her first book titled Yeah, I Said It, published by Simon and Schuster, hit bookstores in September 2004. Yeah, I Said It is a hilarious collection of essays touching on life, family and current events.
She spent 5 years as part of the HBO's critically acclaimed Chris Rock Show. As a performer and writer on the show, she was nominated for three Primetime Emmy's and in 1999 won the Emmy for ‘Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special.’ In 2001, she won the American Comedy Award for ‘Outstanding Female Stand Up Comic.’ She won three more Emmy’s, in 2002, 2004 and 2005, for her work on Inside the NFL for ‘Outstanding Studio Show – Weekly.’ Wanda was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in Maryland. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University. Her stand-up career began at a Coors Light Super talent Showcase in Washington, DC where she performed for the first time in front of a live audience.
In 2010 she won a GLAAD award for promoting a good image of equal rights for gays and lesbians.
Adam Shankman is a multi-faceted filmmaker who has enjoyed success as a director, producer and choreographer.
Shankman and his sister, Jennifer Gibgot, are partnered as producers in Offspring Entertainment. Under the Offspring banner they have produced such films as ROCK OF AGES, the entire STEP UP series, 17 AGAIN starring Zac Efron, THE LAST SONG, and the Drew Barrymore starrer GOING THE DISTANCE.
Shankman is readying production on “Mean Moms” with New Line Cinema, which he will produce alongside Gibgot. He also has several other TV shows and films on his development slate including a biopic with HBO, which Shankman will also direct.
On the small screen, Shankman has served as a judge on the highly rated “So You Think You Can Dance” for seven seasons, and in 2009 served as co-producer and lead choreographer of the 2010 Academy Awards. The telecast earned a record 12 Emmy nominations, including two for Shankman for producing and choreographing.
In 2007, Shankman directed and executive produced HAIRSPRAY, the feature film adaptation of the Tony® Award–winning Broadway musical. It received three Golden Globe® nominations including, Best Picture—Musical or Comedy. In addition, the film’s remarkable cast won a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble.
Shankman began his directing career in 2001 with his debut, THE WEDDING PLANNER. He then directed the romantic drama A WALK TO REMEMBER followed by BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, THE PACIFIER, and CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2. Shankman’s recent directing work includes New Line Cinema’s ROCK OF AGES, Walt Disney Pictures’ BEDTIME STORIES, and primetime television shows, including “Modern Family,” various network pilots, and various episodes of “GLEE.”
A native of Los Angeles, Shankman developed a love for the theater at an early age. Following high school, he moved to New York and attended Juilliard. After five years as an actor and dancer on the stages of New York and regional theater, he moved back to Los Angeles and began dancing in music videos for such artists as Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson. He also performed at the 1989 Academy Awards®.
Broadway Inspirational Voices
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