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Sep 13 2014

Beth Mooney, One of Banking’s Most Powerful Women

Beth Mooney is the chairman and chief executive officer of KeyCorp, one of America’s largest bank-based financial services companies. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, KeyCorp provides investment management, consumer finance, retail and commercial banking, and investment banking products and services across the United States and internationally.

Mooney has served as KeyCorp’s chairman and CEO since May of 2011. She joined the company in 2006 and her previous roles include vice chair of Key Community Bank and president and chief operating officer of KeyCorp.

Mooney has more than three decades of experience in retail banking, real estate financing, and commercial lending. Prior to KeyCorp, she served as the senior executive vice president and chief financial officer of AmSouth Bancorporation (now Regions Financial Corporation). She has also fulfilled roles of increasing responsibility at Bank One Corporation, Hall Financial Group, Citicorp Real Estate, and Republic Bank of Texas/First Republic.

In addition to leading KeyCorp, Mooney is the chairman of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, one of the largest Chambers of Commerce in the country. She is also a member of the boards of Catalyst, AT&T, and the United Way of Greater Cleveland. Mooney is a trustee of The Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Moreover, she holds membership in The Financial Services Roundtable and the supervisory board of The Clearing House.

After graduating from the University of Texas in 1977, Mooney obtained her Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University in 1983. Southern Methodist named her a 2007-2008 Distinguished Alumni of the Cox School of Business. In 2013, Mooney took the top spot on American Banker Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Banking” list. She has also been recognized as one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes Magazine and one of the “Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune Magazine.

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Sep 11 2014

Rajiv Kumar: MD Harnesses Social Networks to Enhance Employee Health

Dr. Rajiv Kumar is the founder and CEO of ShapeUp, an online wellness platform for companies and health plans that harnesses the power of trusted social networks to promote well-being. During his clinical rotations, Dr. Kumar realized that the patients who successfully changed their lifestyles and improved their health were those who leveraged their friends, family, and colleagues for support, accountability, and motivation, instead of doing it alone. Dr. Kumar has since dedicated his life to helping people achieve their health goals.

ShapeUp was born on a piece of notebook paper in the library of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Over the past seven years, the company has used social networking, gaming, and behavioral economics to assist more than 200 employers and health plans around the world in empowering their employees and members to improve their health. Clients include GTECH, Cleveland Clinic, Amica, HP, KeyBank, and Paychex.

Sep 05 2014

Jill Cartwright, Award-Winning Consumer Goods Expert

Jill Cartwright is a consumer goods and services expert with over 15 years of experience in retail, manufacturing, and financial services. She is currently the executive director of Brixy, a trade association for independent baby stores across the US and Canada. Brixy helps local retailers get the same discounts as national chains. As executive director, Cartwright oversees the association’s strategic plan and development.

Cartwright has spent the last eight years in the children’s industry, working for an independent baby store in Boston and founding and heading Go GaGa, a company that designs ergonomically safe diaper bags. Cartwright built Go GaGa into a global brand and its products have been a hit with parents, retailers, the press, and celebrities.

Cartwright ws named one of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women in 2008 and Babson College’s Rising Entrepreneurial Stars in 2011. She has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, and USA Today.

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Sep 03 2014

Tad Smith, President and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company

Tad Smith is the president and chief executive officer of The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), a leading sports, media, and entertainment company based in New York. MSG’s portfolio of brands include the iconic venues Madison Square Garden, Beacon Theatre, and Radio City Music Hall in New York; the Forum in Inglewood; the Wang Theatre in Boston, and The Chicago Theatre. MSG owns and operates the New York Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty; the Westchester Knicks; and the Hartford Wolf Pack as well. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Rockettes, and regional sports and entertainment networks MSG and MSG+ round out the company’s entertainment and media properties.

Smith oversees all aspects of The Madison Square Garden Company, from overall strategy to daily operations to administrative areas. He is also the alternate governor to the National Hockey League on behalf of the New York Rangers.

Before being named president and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company, Smith served as the president of local media at Cablevision Systems Corporation, MSG’s former parent company. In this role, he managed Cablevision Media Sales, News 12 Networks, and Newsday Media Group. Prior to joining Cablevision, Smith was the CEO of Reed Business Information, the US business-to-business division of Reed Elsevier Group, a global provider of business information. He has also previously served as a vice president at BMG Entertainment and the senior vice president of e-commerce at Starwood Resorts and Hotels Worldwide.

Smith currently sits on the boards of Tribeca Enterprises and SiTV Media. He has been teaching at the Stern School of Business at New York University for the past 15 years and his course, Strategy and Finance for Technology, Media, and Entertainment Companies, has reached more than 800 students.

A member of the Digital Media Hall of Fame, Smith has been named Media Business’ Top Innovator, min’s Top Executive of the Year, and Folio’s Executive of the Year.

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Aug 27 2014

Vlad Shmunis Reimagines Business Communications

Vlad Shmunis is the founder, CEO, and chairman of the board of RingCentral, a business communications solutions provider headquartered in San Mateo, California. Shmunis founded RingCentral in 1999 and launched its cloud business phone service in 2003 after realizing that businesses needed a cheaper and more flexible alternative to hardware-based phone systems.

Under Shmunis’ leadership, RingCentral has reinvented business communications. The company now helps more than 300,000 customers work the way they want in a mobile, distributed world through a variety of products and services.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Northern California Award finalist, Shmunis has over 25 years of industry and management experience. Prior to RingCentral, he founded a desktop software communications company called Ring Zero Systems, which he led as CEO.

Shmunis graduated from San Francisco State University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science. He is a named inventor in several US patents.

Aug 25 2014

James L. Dolan, CEO of Cablevision

James L. Dolan is the chief executive officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation, one of the leading telecommunications and media companies in the US. Founded in 1973, Cablevision delivers television, phone, and Internet services to millions of households and businesses across the New York metropolitan area.

As CEO, Dolan oversees the company’s extensive telecommunications properties, including its popular digital cable television, high-speed Internet, digital voice, and Wi-Fi services under the Optimum brand. He also supervises Cablevision’s award-winning local media and programming properties, which include News 12 Networks, the country’s first 24-hour hyper-local news service; amNewYork, a popular New York City daily; and Newsday, Long Island’s leading daily newspaper.

Dolan guides Cablevision’s community and philanthropic efforts as well. The company’s Power to Learn program is a nationally recognized education initiative that gives K-12 schools free access to its full suite of Optimum-branded services. In 1998, Dolan, chairman Charles Dolan, and former vice chairman Marc Lutsgarten launched The Lustgarten Foundation to support pancreatic cancer research. With Dolan’s approval, Cablevision has made a multi-year commitment to underwrite the non-profit’s costs and use its assets to promote the curePC campaign, which raises awareness about pancreatic cancer.

Aside from leading Cablevision, Dolan serves as the executive chairman of MSG, a former subsidiary of Cablevision. Dolan oversees the company’s overall growth strategy and the management of its various entities, which include Madison Square Garden, The Chicago Theatre, Radio City Music Hall, and the New York Knicks, among others.

Dolan also sits on the boards of directors of Cablevision, MSG, AMC Networks, The Lustgarten Foundation, the Breathe Easy Play Hard Foundation, C-SPAN, and Tribeca Enterprises. He is a member of the Dean’s Council at New York University Steinhardt School. Dolan joined Cablevision in the 1970s and has held several executive positions at Cablevision and former subsidiaries MSG and AMC Networks.

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Aug 21 2014

Roland C. Smith, CEO of Office Depot

Roland C. Smith is the chairman and CEO of Office Depot, a leading global provider of workplace products and services. A seasoned senior executive, Smith has served as the president and CEO and on the boards of various public and private companies. His expertise includes increasing operating profit, directing corporate turnarounds, and overseeing integrations.

Most recently, Smith was the president and CEO of Delhaize America. He has also served as the president and CEO of The Wendy’s Company, the CEO of Triarc Companies, the president and CEO of American Golf Corporation, and the president and CEO of AMF Bowling Worldwide.

Aside from his roles at Office Depot, Smith is a director of The Wendy’s Company and chairs the board of directors and compensation and nominating committee of Carmike Cameras. He is also a member of the World Presidents’ Organization International and a national trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Smith graduated from the US Military Academy and served in the US Army for seven years.

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Aug 19 2014

Pamela O’Hara, Mom and Tech Startup CEO

Pamela O’Hara is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Batchbook, a cloud-based CRM for small businesses. As CEO, she oversees the company’s product strategy and overall direction. As a mother and entrepreneur, O’Hara is no stranger to balance – she is committed to running a company that can cater to the needs of both its employees and customers. In addition to leading Batchbook, she serves as the head of the Geeks for Good food pantry drives, a mentor for the Betaspring startup accelerator program, and the chairwoman of The Small Business Web, the global trade association of cloud software for small businesses. The Small Business Web began with 5 founding companies in 2009 and now has more than 250 members.

O’Hara frequently shares her entrepreneurial experiences and data management expertise at conferences. She has presented at SXSWi, Jeff Pulver’s 140conference London, and The Web Innovators Group’s WebInno23, among others. Moreover, she has served as a judge at Brown University Entrepreneurship Program’s Startup Competition and Rhode Island Business Plan Competition’s Elevator Pitch Contest.

O’Hara began her web career in 1994 by designing websites and managing online communications for the Food Marketing Institute and Congressman Jim Clyburn. Prior to Batchbook, she co-founded and handled operations at Matrix Group International, a web development firm serving trade associations.

O’Hara was named one of Providence Business News’ “40 Under Forty” in 2010 and one of Small Business Trends and Small Biz Technology’s “Small Business Influencer Champions” in 2011. Batchbook, which was named a “Rising Star” by CRM Magazine in 2010, has been featured in numerous media outlets including the Intuit Small Business Blog, The Providence Phoenix, The New York Times, Business Insider, American Express Open Forum, and CNBC.

A resident of Rhode Island, O’Hara graduated from the University of Richmond with dual degrees in English and history.

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Aug 15 2014

Adam M. Zeitsiff, President of Jonas Fitness

Adam M. Zeitsiff is the president of Jonas Fitness, the leader in gym management software. He also serves as the business unit manager of its parent company Jonas Software’s North American fitness/sports division.

Zeitsiff has nearly 20 years of experience in starting, running, and growing technology and cloud-based software companies in various niche markets. As president of Jonas Fitness, he is responsible for growing the company’s global footprint in the sports and fitness segments. With a passion for expanding Jonas Fitness’ products and services, Zeitsiff concentrates on increasing the company’s overall marketing presence, collaborating with the production development teams, ensuring the delivery of outstanding customer service, and more.

When he is not at Jonas Fitness and Jonas Software, Zeitsiff can be found serving on the board of the Long Island Elite, coaching an Amateur Athletic Union girls’ basketball team, rescuing and fostering stray dogs in the New York area, and volunteering at local animal charities and shelters.

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Aug 13 2014

EMC’s Joe Tucci, One of the World’s Best CEOs

Joe Tucci is the chairman and CEO of EMC Corporation, a leading provider of cloud computing, big data, and IT solutions headquartered in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Tucci joined the company in 2000 as president and COO and was named CEO the following year and chairman of the board of directors in 2006.

Under Tucci’s direction, EMC transformed its business model from a near-exclusive focus on high-end storage platforms. Today, the company helps IT departments around the world transition to cloud computing and store their data in a more agile and cost-efficient way.

As EMC’s chairman and CEO, Tucci has led the company’s investment of $17 billion in strategic acquisitions to fill out its product portfolio, expand its addressable market opportunity, and enter new market segments. He widened EMC’s marketplace to commercial businesses and SMEs; established new selling, distribution, and partnership channels; grew the company’s industry alliances; and strengthened its management team by bringing in executives from other major tech companies. In 2011, Tucci supervised the most aggressive new product introduction cycle in the history of EMC; Barron’s acknowledged his leadership by naming him one of the “World’s Best CEOs.” He received the honor again the following year.

Tucci is one of 9 chief executives who lead The Technology CEO Council and one of the 150 CEO members of The Business Roundtable. He also sits on the board of directors of Paychex, the board of overseers of Columbia Business School, the board of trustees of Northeastern University, and the board of advisors of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, among others.

Tucci earned a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and a master’s degree in business policy from Columbia University. He started his career as a systems programmer at RCA Corporation and subsequently fulfilled executive roles at Unisys Corporation and Wang Global.

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