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November 2015

Conversation with Michael Strahan

New York


October 2015

Associates Breakfast with Adena T. Friedman, President, Nasdaq

New York


October 2015

Conversation with Robert Pittman, Chairman and CEO, iHeartMedia Inc.; Founder, MTV

New York


October 2015

Associates Breakfast with Marcie L. Edwards, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

Santa Monica


September 2015

Conversation with LL Cool J, Entertainment Icon, Two-time Grammy Award Winner, Actor, Author, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist

Los Angeles

LL COOL J is an entertainment icon who has found great success crossing into multiple mediums. A two-time Grammy® Award winner, recording artist, talented actor, author, NAACP Image Award winner, entrepreneur and philanthropist, LL continues to display his wide range of talents with every project.

First introduced to the world in 1984 as a Def Jam Records flagship artist, LL is the first rap artist to amass ten consecutive platinum-plus selling albums. The multi-platinum artist and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee is currently tied for third place for most Billboard chart debuts by a rapper. In 2016, LL will receive a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame for his achievement in music.

As an actor, LL COOL J has successfully transitioned to one of the consistently highest rated shows on television. He currently stars in the upcoming seventh season of the CBS hit primetime drama series, “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” and his performance on the show garnered him a NAACP Image Award four years in a row for his role of ‘Special Agent Sam Hanna.’ LL can also be seen hosting and producing the Jimmy Fallon-executive produced new show Lip Sync Battle on Spike TV, which premiered as Spike TV’s most-watched original program ever. The series was renewed for a second season.

As an entrepreneur, LL founded Boomdizzle Networks, which integrates patented collaborative technology with innovative digital marketing to change how music is recorded, distributed, and shared all over the world. He also recently partnered with Rouse Social, a social media aggregate app that brings all your favorites in music, entertainment, and sports to one place.


June 2015

Associates Breakfast with Michael Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute 

San Francisco


June 2015

Associates Breakfast with Michael Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute 

New York


June 2015

Associates Breakfast with Michael Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute 

Washington, D.C.


April 2015

Associates Breakfast with Jackie Reses, Chief Development Officer, Yahoo

2015 Milken Institute Global Conference
Los Angeles


March 2015

Conversation with Scott Kirby, President, American Airlines Group

Los Angeles


March 2015

Conversation with Kimbal Musk, Entrepreneur and Restaurateur



March 2015

Conversation with Kevin Ryan, Chairman and Founder, GILT 

New York



December 2014

Conversation with Ivanka Trump, Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization and Jared Kushner, CEO, Kushner Companies; Chairman, Observer Media 

New York

About Ivanka Trump:

Ivanka Trump is the Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions for the Trump Organization, Founder and CEO of her namesake lifestyle brand, and an entrepreneur seeking innovative opportunities within the real estate, hospitality and fashion industries.

Since joining the Trump Organization in 2005, Ms. Trump has been charged with the domestic and global expansion of the company's real estate interests and along with her father and brothers, directs all areas of the company's real estate and hotel management platforms. In 2007 Ms. Trump founded the Trump Hotel Collection with her brothers. Today, the company is regarded as one of the fastest growing and leading hotel management companies in the industry. Presently the Trump Hotel Collection portfolio includes highly acclaimed properties in New York; both on Central Park and in SoHo, Chicago, Las Vegas, Waikiki Beach, Panama, Toronto, Miami, and coming soon Washington, D.C., Vancouver, and Rio. Ms. Trump is involved in all decisions—large and small—from deal evaluation, pre-development planning, financing, design, construction, sales and marketing, to determining the interior selections for residences and hotel suites. Ms. Trump's innate understanding of modern luxury and acute eye for detail has led her to become the primary interior designer for all Trump properties.

Two years after joining the Trump Organization Ms. Trump sought additional opportunities outside of real estate and ventured into the fashion industry with a namesake fine jewelry company inspired by her passion for design.

Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry now has two boutiques in New York City, SoHo and Fifth Avenue, as well as an international presence in Beijing. Building off the success of fine jewelry, Ms. Trump announced Ivanka Trump Footwear in August 2010, which was recognized by Footwear News as "Launch of the Year", a true testament to the immediate excitement from the fashion industry.

Today, Ivanka Trump is the founder and CEO of her namesake lifestyle brand with collections spanning fine jewelry, footwear, handbags, apparel, sunglasses, fragrance, outwear, hats, gloves, belts, scarves, children's footwear, and home décor. Ms. Trump's apparel and accessories lines are distributed on a large scale through retail partners including Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Lord & Taylor, among others. Ivanka Trump is often recognized as one of the fastest growing brands in the fashion industry.

Ms. Trump clearly identified a niche in the fashion industry, catering to young professionals like herself that prioritize their careers, but work incredibly hard at every aspect of their lives. The brand appeals to the modern woman and works within the various contexts of her life, and like Ivanka, fulfill a variety of roles simultaneously: mother, wife, executive, entrepreneur, friend and more. A woman's clothes can no longer be compartmentalized to a single aspect of her life, but rather fit into the various contexts of her day and allow her to transition seamlessly from one role to the next.

Ms. Trump is currently one of the stars of NBC's wildly successful "Celebrity Apprentice" with her father Donald J. Trump, and brothers Donald, Jr. & Eric.

In October 2009, Touchstone Hardcover, a division of Simon & Schuster, published Ms. Trump's first book, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Seller, THE TRUMP CARD: Playing to Win in Work and Life. Ms. Trump graduated Cum Laude from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and received a bachelor's degree in science in economics.

About Jared Kushner:

Jared Kushner is CEO of Kushner Companies, a diversified private real estate organization involved in the ownership, management, development and redevelopment of numerous properties. Kushner has completed more than $10 billion in real estate transactions since 2007.

As CEO, Kushner oversees a portfolio of more than 20,000 residential apartments and over 11 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space across the country. Between 2010 and 2013, Kushner Companies was one of the most active buyers of multi-family apartments in the country buying over 12,000 apartments.

In recent years, the company has been investing in up-and-coming neighborhoods. The company today owns over 70 walk-up buildings in Manhattan, becoming one of the largest owners of walk-up apartments in the East Village of Manhattan. It recently redeveloped several residential properties in Brooklyn Heights, and acquired its first rental building in Williamsburg, where it hopes to expand. The company owns a wide-range of buildings in the Northern Liberties area of Philadelphia, has several projects on the gold coast in Jersey City, including a 447-apartment rental tower currently under construction, and recently developed six custom-designed penthouses atop the fabled Puck Building in the heart of SoHo.

Kushner has been involved in some of the biggest deals in New York City in recent years. Kushner and RFR Realty in conjunction with LIVWRK purchased six properties in DUMBO from the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York for $375 million. The 1.2 million square foot complex is undergoing extensive renovations to create a modern office campus geared towards technology, advertising and media companies in the heart of the Brooklyn tech triangle. In May 2014, online retailer Etsy became its first tenant, signing a lease for 200,000 square feet.

In 2007, Kushner Companies purchased the iconic 1.55 million sf office tower at 666 Fifth Avenue for $1.8 billion, the then record for the largest single asset transaction in the country, and established the U.S. flagship for Uniquo in a record lease. Kushner purchased the 220,000 sf building at 80 West End Avenue in partnership with Extell Development Company for $83 million in the summer of 2013 and later sold in March 2014 for $195 million. This came on the heels of the sale of 200 Lafayette for $150 million, which was bought in conjunction with CIM group in 2012 from $50 million just 18 months earlier. In 2013, Kushner also partnered with CIM to purchase the 465,000 sf downtown office building at 2 Rector for $140 million.

Kushner is an active investor in and advisor to technology companies and sits on the boards of start-ups including Urban Compass, Honest Buildings and 42 Floors. Working with several tech companies, Kushner recognized the lack of transparency involved in companies getting their businesses the best possible internet connectivity. To solve this problem, he started working with the Bloomberg administration on WiredNYC (renamed WiredScore) — a "LEED for broadband" certification that evaluates the broadband connectivity and infrastructure of office buildings. Since its launch, WiredScore has gathered information on internet connectivity data for over 475 buildings encompassing more than 200 million square feet of office space in New York City and is expanding to other Metropolitan areas around the country.

Jared Kushner has also served as Chairman of Observer Media since 2006. He grew the company into a true multi-media business that combines the voice and influence of The New York Observer with unique properties that serve passionate, targeted audiences like BetaBeat, PolitickerNJ, Gallerist, Commercial Observer, Commercial Mortgage Observer and Vegas Seven.


November 2014

Conversation with Alex Rodriguez, Professional Baseball Player, New York Yankees; Founder, A-ROD Corp.

Los Angeles

Alex Rodriguez is widely regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time, with a 20 year career that includes 14 All-Star appearances, three American League Most Valuable Player Awards, ten Silver Slugger Awards, and two Gold Glove Awards. He has played for the New York Yankees since 2004 and helped lead the club to a World Championship in 2009. Prior to his career with the Yankees, Mr. Rodriguez played shortstop for the Seattle Mariners (1994-2000) and the Texas Rangers (2001-2003). In 1993, he was drafted as the #1 pick directly into the major leagues after graduating in 1993 from Westminster Christian School in Miami, Florida.

Perhaps less widely known, Mr. Rodriguez is the Founder and CEO of A-ROD Corp, a private holding company with businesses in the U.S. and Latin America. Under his leadership, Mr. Rodriguez has turned A-ROD Corp into a significant investment vehicle focusing on several growth sectors including multi-unit, luxury, and commercial real estate, high-end fitness centers and automotive dealerships. His long-term vision, coupled with his ability to bring highly experienced management teams together and his willingness to raise capital, has built a track record of positive returns for investors and partners.

In addition to his professional endeavors, Mr. Rodriguez actively pursues specific philanthropic initiatives. A primary focus is the Boys and Girls Club where he spent his youth and where he has dedicated the last 20 years volunteering, supporting and helping to create life-changing environments for at-risk youth. He currently serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade. Mr. Rodriguez is also a Board of Trustee member at the University of Miami (UM), where the baseball stadium is named after him and where he started a scholarship for Boys and Girls Club alumni to pursue their undergraduate degrees. Additionally, he holds an honorary UM degree.


October 2014

Associates Breakfast with Terry McAuliffe, 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia

New York

Terence "Terry" McAuliffe is the 72nd Governor of Virginia. He is a successful businessman, entrepreneur, and dad who has lived in Virginia for more than 20 years. He previously served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.

In politics and business, McAuliffe has worked with people from all walks of life and different political backgrounds. Since becoming governor, he has focused on working in a bipartisan way to help grow Virginia's economy, expand access to health care, and increase educational opportunities for students.

Governor McAuliffe is also dedicated to ensuring that Virginia is open and welcoming to all. That is why on his first day in office, he signed Executive Order Number 1, which prohibits discrimination in state government based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Terry and his wife Dorothy were married in 1988. They've attended St. Luke Catholic Church for two decades and have been involved in every sport, activity, and competition imaginable with their five children Dori, Jack, Mary, Sally, and Peter.

The Governor attended Catholic University and Georgetown Law School.


September 2014

Conversation with Bob McKnight, Chairman and Co-Founder, Quicksilver

Los Angeles

Bob McKnight, co-founded Quiksilver in 1976 and has served as the company's President, CEO and Chairman of the Board since its inception. Under his watch, Quiksilver has grown from a startup to a worldwide corporation with revenues of $2 Billion. Today, Quiksilver, Inc. is a globally diversified, world leader in outdoor lifestyle apparel with their three main brands of Quiksilver, Roxy and DC. Quiksilver, Inc. has over 7,000 employees, operates in over 90 countries and has close to 900 retail stores in the world.

Bob currently resides in Laguna Beach, CA with his wife Annette and their three children, Kristi, Roxy and Robbie. Both Kristi and Roxy work in Public Relations and Marketing. Robbie is currently a sophomore at USC where he is majoring in Business and plays on the USC Men's Volleyball Team.

Bob is also on the Board of Otis College of Art and Design, The Wrigley Institute, The Ocean Institute in Dana Point, and Jones Trading and Associates.

In his spare time Bob enjoys surfing, snowboarding, diving and playing beach volleyball. 


September 2014

Conversation with Jay Walker, Curator and Chairman of TEDMED; Founder of Priceline

New York

Jay Walker is curator and chairman of TEDMED, the health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED organization, whose online talks have been watched more than one billion times.

Dedicated to "unlocking imagination in service of health and medicine," TEDMED is a global, multi-disciplinary community of leading doers and thinkers from all walks of life and every sector of society.

With no agenda and no policy prescriptions, TEDMED seeks to serve the nation and the world by creating a safe place where people with very different ideas can come together to make unexpected connections, combine the best thinking from every field, and create infinite new possibilities while celebrating innovation, imagination and inspiration.

Jay is also Executive Chairman and Lead Inventor of Patent Properties, Inc., a public company that is developing a voluntary, private-enterprise solution to diffuse more innovation through the U.S. economy in a way that is simple and affordable for all.

A serial entrepreneur, Jay is the founder of three companies that each serve more than 50 million customers. He is best known as the creator of Priceline, which created a new level of value for the travel and hospitality industries. Priceline has grown into a business with a $60 billion market cap, second only to Apple computer on the S&P as the company with the highest 10-year compounded growth rate.

Jay is the world's 11th most patented living inventor. He is a named inventor on more than 700 U.S. patents. His inventions provide unique business systems and solutions across a dozen different industries.

A noted expert on imagination, Jay created and curates one of the world's great private libraries: The Library of The History of Human Imagination. Filled with books, manuscripts, historical artifacts and treasures of all kinds, especially in the field of medicine, the facility was described by Wired magazine as "the most amazing library in the world."

In addition to serving as an active member of The President's Circle of the National Academies, Jay is also a member of The Atlantic Council and the non-profit TED.

Jay his wife Eileen live in Connecticut. Eileen is currently a Trustee of Cornell University and serves on the Board of Directors of eCornell, Cornell's distance learning subsidiary. She held an executive position in Human Resources with IBM for 18 years. Jay and Eileen have two grown children, Lindsey and Evan, and a daughter-in-law, Jackie.

Whether you think of Jay as curator of TEDMED, prolific inventor, serial entrepreneur, founder of Priceline, or as the creator of one of the world's great libraries, Jay Walker is sure to challenge your thinking about the future of health and medicine.


August 2014

Associates Breakfast with Daniel Rubinstein, U.S. Special Envoy for Syria

Santa Monica

In March 2014, Daniel Rubinstein was appointed as the U.S. Special Envoy for Syria.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Rubinstein served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Rubinstein also served as Consul General and Chief of Mission in Jerusalem from 2009 to 2012, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan from 2005 to 2008, and as Chief of the Civilian Observer Unit in the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai, Egypt. Earlier, he served as Director of the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs in the Department of State from 2004 to 2005.

From 1989 to 2004, Mr. Rubinstein served in a number of other positions, including overseas tours of duty at Brasilia, Damascus, Tunis, Luanda, and Tel Aviv, as well as service with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq. In Washington, he has served in the Bureaus of Near Eastern Affairs and Intelligence and Research.

Mr. Rubinstein is the recipient of the Herbert Salzman Award for Excellence in International Economic Performance, several Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, and the Sinclair Language Award from the American Foreign Service Association. His foreign languages are Arabic, Hebrew, and Portuguese.

Mr. Rubinstein is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.


July 2014

Associates Breakfast with Timothy F. Geithner, 75th Secretary of the Treasury 

Santa Monica

As the 75th Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner played a central role in formulating U.S. domestic and international economic policy during President Barack Obama's first term. He was a principal architect of the president's successful strategy to avert economic collapse and to reform the financial system, while also tackling a broad set of international economic challenges.

Between 2003 and 2009, Mr. Geithner served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He first joined the Treasury Department in 1988 and held a number of positions in three administrations, including Undersecretary for International Affairs under Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers.

Mr. Geithner is currently President of Warburg Pincus and is the author of STRESS TEST: Reflections on Financial Crises


June 2014

Conversation with Nadja Swarovski, Member, Swarovski Executive Board