Matthew J.C. Ellis, PhD.
Dr. Matthew James Ellis is a Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine and Director of the Breast Cancer Program at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center. Dr. Ellis' primary research interests include the identification of genes that affect responses and resistance to endocrine therapy in patients with breast cancer. Using gene microarray analysis, gene sequencing and array comparative genomic hybridization, Dr. Ellis is currently co-principal investigator for the NCI funded Proteome Characterization Center, a member site of the Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium. He also serves as Ambassador to Brazil for the McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University which provides opportunity for research universities to promote global connectivity and social responsibility through education.
Leslie Grossman is a leadership and business/career development expert and author of Link Out: How to Turn Your Network into a Chain of Lasting Connections. As Chief Connections Officer of Cojourneo, creator and co-founder of Women’s Leadership Exchange and founder of her own integrated marketing agency, Grossman has been helping professionals, executives and business owners achieve success for 25 years. Grossman’s integrated strategy has propelled the success of thousands, as well as her own achievements as an entrepreneur, leader of nonprofit associations, consultant, speaker and author.
Since 1996 Isaacson has produced more than 15 Broadway musicals, plays, revivals, national tours, and London productions including Red (2010 Tony Award Best Play); The Seagull (2008); Legally Blonde, The Musical (2007); Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002 Tony Award, Best Musical); and Death of a Salesman (1999 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play). He now serves as the executive producer at The Muny, the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre, staging classic musicals like The King and I and West Side Story and more recent hits including Chicago and Spamalot.
Matthew D. Lieberman, Ph.D.
Dr. Matthew Lieberman, one of the foremost authorities on the study of Social Neuroscience, was trained at Harvard University and is a professor in the Departments of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on social cognitive neuroscience and uses neuroimaging (fMRI) to examine how we make sense of others, ourselves, and the relation between the two. His work also focuses on persuasion and the spread of ideas, empathy, emotion regulation, and self-knowledge. His first book – Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect – will be released in early October of 2013.
Michael McMillan is the newly appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis where he is responsible for the management and strategic growth of the agency throughout the St. Louis area. He holds a Lifetime Membership with the ESTL NAACP where he also serves as a Regional Ambassador and Honorary Co-Chair of its annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet. McMillan has taken great pride in creating programs that support and encourage positive role models and mentors among the African-American community and is actively involved in improving opportunities for education by creating endowed scholarships and collaborating to improve early public school registration. He also created the Salute to Women in Leadership program to recognize women who have dedicated themselves to the disadvantaged and under served.
Executive Director, National Football League Players’ Association
In 2009, Smith assumed what ESPN called the toughest job in
sports by succeeding the late Gene Upshaw and heading into
the most contentious and public labor dispute in sports history.
In August 2011, Smith signed a 10-year Collective Bargaining
Agreement with NFL management, ending a 132-day lockout.
As CEO of Soles4Souls, Buddy Teaser serves as the leader of a
global not-for-profit dedicated to fighting the devastating impact
and perpetuation of poverty.