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S t. Lu k e ’s S c h o o l Center for Leadership 2 012 s p e a k e r s e r i e s

lunch & lead October 3

Andrew Essex, Droga5 Making Advertising Interesting

October 17 Joan W. Duncan, Ph.D., Long Island University International Humanitarian Assistance: Lessons from the Field November 7

Kay Krill, ANN, Inc. Girls, Women, and Leadership

November 28

Anahaita Kotval, Inspirica Civic Engagement as a Way of Life

December 12

Bob Lord, Razorfish Five Insights on Leading in a Converging Business Environment

January 16 Kurt Collins, the Hidden Genius Project, Enole Entrepreneurial Leadership

2012 Lunch & Lead Speaker Series Fall Semester Lineup We are pleased to continue the second season of the Center for Leadership’s Lunch & Lead speaker series. Each year, we invite a select group of proven leaders from a wide variety of professional backgrounds to have lunch with our students. They share a meal, but more importantly, they share experiences, ideas, challenges, and lessons learned. While on campus, speakers will often meet with clubs and classes related to their areas of expertise. The informal nature of Lunch & Lead creates a forum for our students to engage in up-close-and-personal conversations that demystify “leadership.”  They learn first-hand about different paths and different pictures of success. They get to ask questions and draw connections to their own lives. The Lunch & Lead series is one more way the St. Luke’s Center for Leadership helps each student learn how to find their voice and make a difference.

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October 3: Andrew Essex, Droga5 Making Advertising Interesting Best known for innovative social initiatives such as UNICEF’s Tap Project and The Million Project for the New York City Department of Education, Droga5 is an independent, award-winning creative and strategic agency based in New York and a two-time Ad Age Agency A-List winner deemed “the world’s most exciting agency” by The Guardian. Their clients include Jay-Z, Bing, Coke Zero, and Puma. Andrew is Co-Founder and CEO of Droga5. Before Droga5, he was a publishing executive at several top magazines including The New Yorker, Details, and Entertainment Weekly. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Outside, among others.

October 17: Joan W. Duncan, Ph.D., Long Island University International Humanitarian Assistance: Lessons from the Field Joan is Professor of Psychology and the Associate Director of the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at LIU. As a consultant to international child-focused non-governmental organizations she has worked with Save the Children, Care International, United With Kenya, the International Rescue Committee, and other organizations to build programs to improve the lives of countless children around the world. Joan is a member of the Board of Trustees at REACH Prep, a former member of the St. Luke’s Board of Trustees, and a parent of a St. Luke’s graduate.

November 7: Kay Krill, ANN, Inc. Girls, Women, and Leadership (Open to female attendees only) As president and CEO of ANN, Inc., Kay is one of only a few female CEOs in the retail sector. Her passion for women’s and children’s causes inspired her to cultivate a community of giving at ANN, Inc. Under her leadership, the company launched ANN CARES, a charitable platform that contributed over $20 million in seven years to support partners including The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Recently, in collaboration with Vital Voices Global Partnership, ANN CARES launched ANNpower—an initiative to invest in young women to be the leaders of tomorrow. Kay has been recognized by Crain’s as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in New York.”   She is a trustee at St. Luke’s School and a parent of two current students.

November 28: Anahaita Kotval, Inspirica Civic Engagement as a Way of Life Anahaita’s life illustrates that no matter what you choose to do as a career, at every stage, there are ways to serve the community in your professional and personal life. Currently she is Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Inspirica, a company whose mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping people achieve—and maintain—permanent housing and stability in their lives. Over its 100-year history, the organization has helped tens of thousands of men, women, and children move from the streets to health, jobs, homes, and dignity. Anahaita’s impressive resume includes Managing Director and General Counsel of RBS Global Banking & Markets, where she was a member of the Management Committee for the Americas, and Senior Trial Counsel for the SEC. She currently serves on the Board and Executive Committees of two other non-profits, My Sister’s Place and the Pro Bono Partnership.

December 12: Bob Lord, Razorfish Five Insights on Leading in a Converging Business Environment As Global CEO at Razorfish, one of the world’s largest digital marketing agencies, Bob leads a company of thousands that creates experiences that build businesses. With a roster of A-list clients such as Mercedes-Benz, McDonald’s, Nike, and AXE, Razorfish combines the thought leadership of the consulting world with the leading capabilities of the marketing industry. In addition to his duties at Razorfish, Bob is on the Board of Directors for the Advertising Research Foundation, an active member of TED, on the Advisory Board for The Nantucket Project, and a parent of a current St. Luke’s student. And in spring of ’13, Bob will be launching a book (published by Wiley) on the convergence of technology, creativity, and media.

January 16, 2013: Kurt Collins, the Hidden Genius Project, Enole Entrepreneurial Leadership Kurt is a serial entrepreneur, as well as one of the founders and mentors of the Hidden Genius Project (THGP), an initiative which provides black male youths in Oakland, CA with the knowledge, skills, mentors, and experiences to unlock career paths in software engineering, user experience design, and technology entrepreneurship. Kurt’s career began at MIT in the ’90s where he started working in technology start-ups. He moved on to engineering positions at top firms including Silicon Graphics, Razorfish, and CNET Networks, and then into business development positions at Photobucket, Clearspring, and Ustrive2 before founding Enole, creators of an open platform that securely identifies a person in the real world using nearfield communication (NFC) technology.

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St. Luke's School CFL Lunch & Lead Series  

St. Luke's Center for Leadership 2012 Lunch & Lead Series presents its schedule of featured speakers and presenters.