Founder and CEO, Thrive
CNN Anchor and National Correspondent
May 4th, 2022 • 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
Americares will hold its third annual Partner Summit convening leaders across private sector industries, nonprofits and foundations to explore our future state in health and other areas.
Medicine security means every clinic, health worker and patient – everyone – around the world would have reliable, equitable access to medicine.
We know communities need medicine accessibility, availability, affordability and acceptability. Without any one of these four elements, people and societies can be medicine insecure. But more commonly, these pieces intersect. And often, they’re underscored by individual poverty. Today, nearly two billion people around the world lack access to basic medicines.
This is unacceptable.
This panel will review how medicine security is critical to individual, community and global health.
The conflict in Ukraine has created the fastest-growing refugee crisis in modern history. Millions of people have fled the country, and millions more are internally displaced. At the same time, global displacement is at an all-time high. For all refugees, fleeing one’s home exacerbates existing health issues and creates new ones. Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer Dr. M. Rashad Massoud will discuss the Ukraine humanitarian crisis and how we can meet the evolving health needs of migrants, refugees and displaced people facing an uncertain future.
Everyone sees the impact of climate change: extreme weather, increased migration, rising sea levels and more. Many root causes of climate change also increase the risk of pandemics.
The list of disasters grows.
As always, the people who have contributed least to the problem and are, unfairly, affected most are those living in marginalized communities, with the fewest resources. We can learn from response and health experts who are protecting communities now, applying solutions that will be critical everywhere as climate changes continue and natural disasters expand.
In this session, panelists will discuss how we all – individuals, corporations and foundations – can deploy resources, make commitments and support emergency responses in a changing climate. We’ll look into what’s happening on global, national and community levels, from high level strategies to street-by-street solutions.
The pre-pandemic workplace no longer exists.
Before COVID-19, only two 2 percent of the U.S. workforce worked remotely. By May 2020, that number had risen to 70 percent. At the same time, many other workers were deemed essential and continued to work on-site, under new safety protocols – and new stresses.
While the number of remote workers has certainly decreased since the onset of the pandemic, the effects of accelerated trends in employment are here to stay.
This panel will discuss creating community without a physical space and integrating mental health, wellness and safety into the workplace. Panelists will review changes in recruitment, retention and environment – and how they’ve forced organizations large and small to adapt, quickly.
Founder & CEO @ Thrive
Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2016, she launched Thrive, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. 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 numerous boards, including Onex and The B Team. Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers. Most recently, she wrote the foreword to Thrive’s first book, Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-being, and Unlock Your Full Potential with the New Science of Microsteps.
Anchor and National Correspondent @ CNN
Erica Hill joined the Americares board in 2020. An experienced journalist, Ms. Hill has reported from the front lines of disasters and covered some of the most important news stories of our time. Ms. Hill first joined CNN and HLN in 2003, as an anchor and technology correspondent and went on to anchor the nightly news updates for CNN’s prime time shows, including “Anderson Cooper 360.” She currently serves as CNN anchor and national correspondent.
She previously anchored HLN’s “On the Story with Erica Hill,” a daily, New York-based daytime news program and served as an anchor and correspondent for NBC News, contributing to “TODAY,” “NBC Nightly News” and MSNBC. Before joining NBC, she was an anchor and correspondent at CBS News.
Ms. Hill was part of the NBC News team that won a 2013 Peabody Award for the network’s cross-platform effort, “In Plain Sight: Poverty in America,” and in 2015, she was honored by the Alliance for Women in Media with the Gracie Award for Outstanding Correspondent.
President and CEO @ Americares
Christine Squires leads a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. By supporting over 4,000 health centers worldwide with transformative health programs and donations of medicine and medical supplies, Americares improves the health of millions of people in need. Americares helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters; increase access to medicine and medical supplies; improve and expand clinical services; and prevent disease and promote good health. The world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies, Americares delivers over$900 million in products annually to an average of 90 countries. Squires has oversight of all Americares operations worldwide, including more than 600 staff in nine countries: Colombia, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Liberia, Malawi, the Philippines, Tanzania and the United States. Squires has spent over 20 years championing humanitarian causes and has held numerous senior leadership roles within the nonprofit sector.
Prior to being named Americares President and CEO in 2020, she served as executive vice president and chief development officer responsible for critical organization-wide initiatives as well as all corporate, foundation and individual giving. In less than four years, Squires expanded fundraising efforts and doubled the organization’s annual operating budget to more than $60 million. Prior to joining Americares in 2016, Squires served as chief operating officer for Physicians for Human Rights, where she oversaw the organization’s global development and strategic planning efforts. Squires also headed up growth and fundraising for Human Rights Watch and spent 10 years at the United States Fund for UNICEF. She holds a bachelor’s in English from the University of Delaware and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Executive Development Program.
Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer @ Americares
M. Rashad Massoud, MD, MPH, FACP, oversees the organization’s health programs for people affected by poverty or disaster, including its work with the uninsured in the United States, its Emergency Response team and its global distribution of more than $900 million in medicine and supplies to more than 90 countries annually. He also leads Americares global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the distribution of personal protective equipment, delivery of essential primary health care services, and training and mental health support for frontline health workers.
Dr. Massoud brings to Americares over 20 years of experience directing initiatives that have strengthened health systems in vulnerable communities around the world. Prior to joining Americares, Dr. Massoud served as chief medical and quality officer and senior vice president of the Quality and Performance Institute at University Research Co., where he led URC’s quality improvement efforts in over 40 countries. He also served as the director of the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems Project.
Prior to that, Dr. Massoud served as senior vice president at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Mass., where he worked on innovation, transformation and large-scale programming. He also served as a medical officer with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, and has consulted for and collaborated with KPMG, UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Health Organization and several other nonprofits.
A leader in the global health field, Dr. Massoud is the immediate past president and executive committee member of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Alumni Association and served as an advisory board member for the World Health Organization global report on quality and safety. He is also an inaugural member of the International Academy of Quality and Safety.
Dr. Massoud earned his medical degree from the First Moscow State Medical University in Moscow, Russia, and completed a master’s in public health from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dean of Faculty @ Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Michelle Williams, renowned epidemiologist and dean of faculty at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, joined the Americares board in 2021.
Throughout her distinguished career, Williams has published more than 500 scientific articles and performed extensive research with a focus on reproductive, perinatal and pediatric health as well as molecular epidemiology. Prior to becoming dean of faculty in 2016, Williams served as professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and as program leader of the Population Health and Health Disparities Research Programs at Harvard’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Center.
Prior to Harvard, she spent 20 years at the University of Washington School of Public Health where she developed and led the Reproductive Pediatric and Perinatal Training Program and launched its Multidisciplinary International Research Training Program, which allows students to gain experience in global health and epidemiology in low-income countries. She also served as co-director of the Center for Perinatal Studies at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle from 2000 to 2011 and as an affiliate investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle from 1992 to 2010.
Williams has been lauded for her excellence in teaching and scientific research receiving numerous awards, including the White House Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring and the American Public Health Association’s Abraham Lilienfeld Awards for education and epidemiology. Most recently, she was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and recognized by PR Week as one of the Top 50 Health Influencers of 2020.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and genetics from Princeton University, a master’s degree in civil engineering from Tufts University and master’s and doctoral degrees in epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Senior Vice President, Public Health Priorities @ National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
Ben Money is the SVP for Public Health Priorities at NACHC where he leads collaborations with public health, is the executive lead for Social Drivers of Health, value-based care transformation, and the environmental health initiatives. Prior to joining NACHC, Mr. Money was the Deputy Secretary for Health Services at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services where he led the Divisions of Public Health, Health Services Regulation, and the Offices of Rural Health and Minority Health. Mr. Money served on Governor Cooper’s Climate Change Interagency Council and was directly involved in the COVID-19 response. Before this appointment, he served as the President & Chief Executive Officer North Carolina Community Health Center Association. Ben is a graduate of Springfield College and received his MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a certificate in Health and Climate Change from the Yale University School of Public Health.
Director, Climate and Disaster Resilience @ Americares
As Americares Director of Climate and Disaster Resilience, Kristin Stevens oversees the strategic direction of Americares resilience programming in the U.S. and around the world. She is responsible for designing and implementing programs that provide health centers with the tools to prepare for future disasters and the impacts of the climate crisis.
Stevens brings to Americares more than twenty-five years of experience in the health sector. Prior to joining Americares, she served as principal and founder of Stevens Research & Consulting where she provided consulting services in emergency management, health security, disaster risk reduction and business continuity to a variety of health care, nonprofit and higher education organizations on both domestic and international projects. Stevens also served as a disaster risk reduction technical advisor for Americares in Nepal and worked as Director of Emergency Management for NYU Langone Medical Center where she oversaw the emergency management program for three hospitals and the NYU School of Medicine.
Stevens earned a Master of Science degree in threat and response management from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Colgate University.
Executive Director @ Partnership for Quality Medical Donations
As Executive Director of PQMD, Elizabeth (EJ) Ashbourne is responsible for furthering PQMD’s commitment to championing and advancing standards in medical supply and service donations by developing the vision, strategy, and execution of the organizations five pillars of work.
Prior to joining PQMD, EJ was most recently the Managing Partner for EJA Consulting, a small private firm specializing in strategic planning, fundraising, international development and joint venture support, mission driven event management, and all aspects of non-profit turn-around. Prior to that, EJ spent 17 years at the World Bank in a number of senior level positions, in the areas of private sector partnerships, global public health, infectious disease, and health management information systems.
Additionally she was a senior operations officer in the Office of Corporate Reform and Human Resources. In the area of health, EJ held the position of Lead, Global Health Information Programs for the World Bank and the Health Metrics Network at the World Health Organization; led the work on eHealth and mHealth in the Health Anchor of the Bank, and contributed to research on a common metric for donor agencies, development partners and countries to measure their investment in health information. At the World Bank, she also spent many years working closely on issues specific to engaging the private sector in the fight against HIV/AIDS as the focal point for private sector partnerships with the World Bank’s Africa Region HIV/AIDS programs. Her role was to develop and implement the mechanisms through which the private sector can access financial and technical resources from the Bank’s initial 2billion dollar investment in HIV/AIDS.
She has also worked for World Learning as a Country Director, overseeing a wide range of USAID capacity building programs in Eastern Europe and served as senior coordinator for international cooperative education programs at American University among other positions. EJ holds an MA in International Education, with an emphasis on Organizational Management from American University in Washington, DC and a BSc in Communications and History from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.
Chief Medical Officer and Technical Unit Vice President @ Americares
As chief medical officer and vice president of Americares technical unit, Dr. Julie Varughese is responsible for increasing access to quality medicine for low-income and uninsured patients worldwide. The leading global nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies, Americares distributes more than $900 million in medicine and supplies to an average of 90 countries each year.
Dr. Varughese shapes health programs to enhance patient care, provides medical oversight and reviews offers of donated products from over 200 pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, ensuring the contributed items are used safely and effectively by Americares health care partners around the globe. In her role as vice president of Americares technical unit, Dr. Varughese leads a team of experts who provide guidance in areas such as monitoring and evaluation, nutrition and medical outreach best practices. Since joining Americares in 2015, Dr. Varughese has traveled to Cambodia, El Salvador, Haiti, India and Tanzania to implement life-changing health programs and deliver quality medicine and medical supplies.
Previously, Dr. Varughese served as a clinical infectious disease attending at Norwalk Medical Group and Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut and worked in Norwalk Community Health Center’s HIV clinic. Dr. Varughese has participated in medical missions to India and South Africa, researched breastfeeding practices and infant health in Ecuador and worked in primary care and school-based health education in Guatemala. Board certified in infectious disease, internal medicine and pediatrics, Dr. Varughese earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., and a medical degree from Rush University in Chicago, Ill., where she completed her residency training. She also completed an infectious disease fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY.
Global Director, Environmental Sustainability @ Johnson & Johnson
Phil Dahlin is Global Director of Sustainability for Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Phil leads J&J’s environmental health strategy development and execution and develops partnerships that aim to improve environmental quality and human outcomes, in support of J&J’s broader mission of improving global health. Phil is also responsible for J&J’s company-wide approach to encourage the design and development of more sustainable products and solutions. Throughout his career at J&J, Phil has worked in the areas of environmental science, environmental policy, end-to-end sustainability strategy development, corporate goal development and reporting, and due diligence and risk management.
Phil joined Johnson & Johnson in 1999 and worked previously in the waste management sector, as well as serving an Environmental Science Officer in the US Army Civil Affairs Corps. Phil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of California – Berkeley.
Senior Vice President, Global Operations @ Americares
Dr. Salvador, a physician, brings to Americares nearly 25 years of experience working in the public and private health sector including senior management positions within the global health and development field. She joined Americares in 2018 as director of Latin America and Caribbean programs, where she was responsible for designing, implementing and directing innovative health programs that increase access to medicine, medical supplies and health services for low-income populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining Americares, Dr. Salvador served as the senior director of health at the Grameen Foundation, where she provided leadership in the design and implementation of a global health strategy to connect women in poverty to essential financial and health services, while building empowering ecosystems. Prior to that, she served as the senior director of microfinance and health protection at Freedom from Hunger, where she led the development, implementation and evaluation of the microfinance and health protection program strategy for the organization. Dr. Salvador also served as the chief health and human development officer for Pro Mujer, where she led the operation of 100 health clinics throughout five countries in Latin America. Prior to joining Pro Mujer, Dr. Salvador was in private and public practice as a pediatric ophthalmologist in Mexico and Argentina. Originally from Salta, Argentina, Dr. Salvador studied medicine at the National University of Córdoba and completed a surgical fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and the University of California, Irvine. She also earned a master’s degree in public health with a focus on health policy and management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Salvador currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Care 2 Communities (C2C) and Linked Foundation.
Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer @ Americares
Goldstein brings to the position more than 20 years of experience in resource development and international and domestic program management. Prior to being named senior vice president and chief development officer, Goldstein served as vice president of individual philanthropy for Americares where she oversaw a team of development professionals stewarding relationships with supporters nationwide.
Prior to joining Americares in 2016, Goldstein served as the director of development at Digital Divide Data, a social enterprise organization that delivers digital content, data and research services to its clients while creating sustainable tech opportunities for low-income families in Kenya, Laos and Cambodia. Prior to that, she served as the director of donor engagement at American Jewish World Service where she was responsible for managing a portfolio of major donors and overseeing international donor and volunteer service trips.
Goldstein earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Brandeis University and holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, as well as a master’s degree in Hebrew and Judaic studies from New York University. She is an active member of congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport, Conn., where her husband, Evan Schultz, is the senior rabbi. Goldstein lives in Fairfield, Conn., with her husband and three children.
Senior Vice President, Global Head of Talent Solutions @ Cisco
Kelly Jones is an innovative People & Communities (Human Resources) leader at Cisco. She is an experienced driver of change who is passionate about the role people play in organizational transformation.
A teacher at her core, Kelly is driven by a firm belief that unleashing potential in other people is the foundation of leadership, which has made her determined to coach others to be the most successful version of themselves. Kelly has deep experience building award-winning, high-performing Talent organizations and leading global teams focused on developing data driven, creative solutions to enable business transformation.
Kelly joined Cisco over ten years ago, starting in Talent Acquisition and has since worked across the company’s People & Communities team in both client facing and practice areas. Prior to her
current role as Senior Vice President & Global Head of Talent Solutions, Kelly served as Cisco’s Vice President of Join & Connect (Talent Acquisition).
Throughout her tenure at Cisco, Kelly has keenly applied her full range of experiences from these roles with special focus on talent and leadership development, team strategy, workforce planning, and mobility; all while remaining an enthusiastic advocate for embedding inclusion and transparency into all of Cisco’s recruiting and talent mobility processes.
Kelly attended North Carolina State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in pre-law. Soon after, Kelly started her career in the technology consulting industry providing professional and executive placement. She is an executive sponsor to Cisco’s Connected Disability
Action Network (CDAN) and Cisco Green. Additionally, she serves as a board member to HeadCount, a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy.
Overall, Kelly has had a progressive career in Recruitment and Talent Management and was previously a Vice President of Sales & Operations for Comsys and Principal Owner of her own consulting firm prior to joining Cisco.
Kelly lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, daughter, and rescue dog Henri. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, all things outdoors and sustainable design.
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Sustainability Officer @ Xylem, Inc.
Claudia Toussaint is Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Sustainability Officer. In this role since 2021, she is responsible for leading the global human resources function at Xylem, as well as the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) approach.
Ms. Toussaint joined Xylem in 2014 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, serving in that capacity until 2021. In 2019, Xylem expanded its sustainability strategy based on new 2025 goals that advance sustainability through its customer solutions that clean and manage water, its company practices, and its humanitarian efforts for communities around the world.
Prior to joining Xylem in 2014, Ms. Toussaint served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Barnes Group Inc., an international industrial and aerospace manufacturer and service provider. She also served as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Ethics Officer for Embarq Corporation, a telecommunications company that was spun-off from Sprint Nextel. Previously, she held several positions of increasing responsibility at Sprint Nextel’s predecessor companies. She started her career as an attorney at Morrison & Forrester LLP, an international law firm.
Ms. Toussaint serves on the UCLA Advisory Board for Social Sciences as well as the Selection Committee for the UCLA William Sharpe Fellows Program. Ms. Toussaint also serves on the Alumni Association Board of Governors for UC Hastings Law.
In 2020, she was named to media organization City & State’s Above & Beyond list, recognizing women in the public sector who have made notable contributions to society. Ms. Toussaint was recognized with a 2017 Innovative Leader’s Award for General Counsel by Women, Influence & Power in Law, and a 2017 Top General Counsel award by First Chair for significant contributions to the legal community. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Juris Doctor degree from UC Hastings Law, in San Francisco.
President @ Korn Ferry Institute
Jean-Marc Laouchez is a Korn Ferry Senior Partner based in New York and Miami. He is a member of Korn Ferry Global Leadership Team, and he leads the Korn Ferry Institute and the Korn Ferry Academy.
KF Institute conducts primary and applied research on leadership, talent and work, develops new Intellectual Property and performs advanced analytics and thought leadership projects.
Jean-Marc recently created Leadership U for Humanity, a social impact initiative of the Korn Ferry Charitable Foundation to increase the pipeline of diverse leaders for the corporate world.
Jean-Marc is also a Board Member of Trace TV, an international urban music and culture media entertainment and empowerment group, and of the Velocity Network Foundation, a blockchain HR Tech consortium to power the Internet of Careers.
Prior to these roles, Jean-Marc was Chief Knowledge and Transformation Officer at Hay Group and co-led the integration of Korn Ferry and Hay Group.
Before joining Hay Group, Jean-Marc served as Brazil CEO and first global partner-elect of Axialent, an international corporate culture and leadership development firm.
Jean-Marc developed his consulting skills at McKinsey & Company. He was a leader of the Organization Practice and served large clients in Brazil, Europe and the USA.
Prior to consulting, Jean-Marc worked at Banque Indosuez as a Private Banker and International Controller. He also completed an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Coppead), and a BA at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP). Jean-Marc is originally from Martinique. He and his Colombian wife have two daughters.
Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer @ Americares
Americares “Americares Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer Elana Lopez oversees global human resources for the health-focused relief and development organization. She is responsible for developing and implementing best in class human capital leadership as well as recruiting, training, development and performance management for all Americares employees worldwide. She is also tasked with cultivating a collaborative and inclusive global culture that reflects Americares values, attracts top talent and advances innovation. Lopez brings to Americares over a decade of experience in the social impact sector. Prior to joining Americares, Lopez served as the chief people officer at Change.org, the world’s largest platform for social change, where she led the organization’s human resources, DEI, recruiting and talent and people and culture teams.
Prior to Change.org, Lopez held several senior-level operations and human resources positions at the Avaaz Foundation, where she oversaw staff management and development, strengthened organizational culture, developed and executed leadership and development trainings and led recruitment efforts. A steadfast social justice advocate, Lopez’s experience also includes serving as the vice president of communications for Tzedek Chicago, a Jewish congregation rooted in justice and equity, and as a crisis counselor for victims of sexual and domestic violence at YWCA Chicago. Lopez earned a bachelor’s degree in comparative culture and media studies from the University
of Maryland, where she developed her own major focusing on the role of media in war and conflict. She holds a master’s degree in narrative theory and communication studies from the University of Chicago, where she also created her own course of study centering on how individuals use stories to traverse war, personal trauma and other difficult events.”
Anchor/Reporter @ WABC TV
Lauren is an Emmy-award winning journalist who has been a member of the Eyewitness News Team since 2000.
Before coming to WABC TV, she anchored and reported at stations in Akron, Little Rock and Minneapolis. She actually got her start in journalism as a teenager, reporting for the Main Street Wire, the newspaper on Roosevelt Island, NY. It was always her dream to cover her hometown of New York City. She is primarily WABC TV’s feature and lifestyle reporter.
You can watch her restaurant features, called Neighborhood Eats, most Fridays during Eyewitness News at 5 p.m.
She is also a frequent substitute anchor.
Lauren is a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. She lives in Manhattan
Executive Director @ Thrive Global Foundation
Kasia Laskowski is the Executive Director of the Thrive Global Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Arianna Huffington’s behavior change technology company which aims to end the stress and burnout epidemic around the world. In her current role, Kasia works with nonprofit organizations, the public sector and educational institutions on initiatives to improve the mental health, well-being and resilience of both their employees and the communities they serve. Kasia joined Thrive Global in 2017 and worked as Thrive’s Chief of Staff for Business Operations until she transitioned to the Foundation to lead the #FirstRespondersFirst initiative in partnership with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the CAA Foundation.
CEO @ JUV Consulting
Ziad Ahmed is a 23-year-old entrepreneur.
He is the CEO of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z consultancy that works with clients to help them understand young people. JUV has worked with over 20 Fortune 500 companies, has been profiled by the New York Times, and has launched major purpose-driven TikTok campaigns. Because of JUV, Ziad was named to the 2019 Forbes #30Under30 list when he was 19-years-old.
Ziad also just graduated from Yale. Additionally, Ziad is the Founder of Redefy, a youth-run non-profit committed to furthering equality. He speaks often on the power of his generation, and he seeks to use his voice to push the envelope forward wherever/however possible. Overwhelmingly though, he’s just another Gen Zer spending way too much time on TikTok. You can learn more about him via @ziadahmed.
Director, Strategic Partnerships @ Americares
As Director of Strategic Partnerships, Tara Waters cultivates and stewards relationships with corporate partners supporting Americares health programs for people affected by poverty or disaster. Waters also oversees the Americares Emergency Response Partner Program, an initiative that engages corporations and employees in the health-focused relief and development organization’s ongoing preparedness, response and recovery efforts through annual support.
Waters has more than 15 years of experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors, with a focus on new business development and relationship management. She joined Americares in 2016 as a strategy consultant and was named director of strategic partnerships in 2018. Prior to Americares, Waters served as the senior manager of special projects for the Branding to Design Group at WPP, a multinational communications and advertising firm based out of London. While at WPP she worked with select CEOs on strategic planning and corporate growth initiatives. Prior to that, she served as the business development manager at Landor Associates. She also worked at Miramax Films, where she developed film and Academy Award marketing campaigns.
Waters earned a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature from Harvard University and holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. She also served as an Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellow at the East–West Center in Honolulu and earned a graduate certificate in global health from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.