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Sanford I. Weill, Chairman Emeritus, Board of Directors

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Sanford I. Weill, Chairman Emeritus, Board of Directors

Introduction

My wife Joan, and I are thrilled to be a part of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation®, which we have been involved with since its inception back in 2008.

The Foundation has made tremendous strides over the last years, and it is continuing to make a real difference in the hearts and minds of many young people all over the world. Lang Lang’s strong commitment of sharing his amazing talent, time, energy, passion, experiences, and own financial resources to help educate children through the power of music is astounding and inspiring.

Working with Lang Lang, the Foundation’s remarkable Board of Directors, and the Foundation’s terrific staff led by CEO Leszek Barwinski, there is no limit to what we can accomplish for many deserving young people. After all, education is they key that can unlock the door to one’s future.

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Founder & President

Lang

Founder & President

Lang

Lang

“I have taken on a second career!” said Lang Lang at the Foundation launch event!”

If one word applies to Lang Lang, to the musician, to the man, to his worldview, to those who come into contact with him, it is “inspiration”. It resounds like a musical motif through his life and career. He inspires millions with his open-hearted, emotive playing, whether it be in intimate recitals or on the grandest of stages – such as the 2014 World Cup concert in Rio, with Placido Domingo, to celebrate the final game; the 56th GRAMMY Award, where he performed with Metallica; the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where more than four billion people around the world viewed his performance; the Last Night of the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall, or the Liszt 200th birthday concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit which was broadcast live in more than 300 movie theaters around the United States and 200 cinemas across Europe (the first classical music cinemacast to be headlined by a solo artist). He forms enduring musical partnerships with the world’s greatest artists, from conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel and Sir Simon Rattle, to artists from outside of classical music – among them dubstep dancer Marquese “nonstop” Scott, king of the crooners Julio Inglesias and jazz titan Herbie Hancock. He even builds relationships with corporations who will help him get classical music to ever-more people – thanks to his Sony ambassadorship, for instance, he brought Prokofiev’s 7th Piano Sonata to the soundtrack of the multi-million- selling computer game Gran Turismo 5and 6! And he builds cultural bridges between East and West, frequently introducing Chinese music to Western audiences, and vice versa.

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Christopher

Burch

Christopher

Burch

Chairman

Christopher Burch, founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital, has been an entrepreneur and active investor across a wide range of industries for nearly thirty years.

He has contributed to the rise of multiple technology and luxury brands, including Faena Hotel + Universe, Jawbone, Tory Burch, Poppin and Voss Water.  In July 2014, Mr. Burch announced a partnership with beloved entertainer, Ellen DeGeneres, to launch her lifestyle brand, ED by Ellen DeGeneres.  Later that year, he launched Cocoon9, luxury prefab homes with space-saving floor plans, contemporary design, energy efficient features and sophisticated finishes.  Most recently, Burch has devoted efforts to his award-winning hospitality brand, Nihi Sumba, a boutique resort in southeastern Indonesia, which was named the #1 Hotel in the World two years in a row by Travel + Leisure magazine.

Burch has supported the development of several other lifestyle and consumer products brands including BaubleBar, Blink Health, Brad’s Raw Foods, Chubbies, and Soludos.

Mr. Burch relies increasingly on his ability to find the nexus between innovation and implementation with his intuitive understanding of consumer behavior and his experience utilizing superior sourcing infrastructure and direct-to-consumer channels.

Beyond his professional investing, Mr. Burch has a deep passion for charitable projects and has contributed funding toward substantial research and philanthropic initiatives at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, NYU Langone, The Sumba Foundation and his alma maters Tilton School and Ithaca College, among others.

Mr. Burch’s contribution to Mt Sinai is dedicated to the ongoing research of Dr Xiu-Min Li at the Center for Integrative Medicine for Allergies and Wellness. Through his generosity, Dr Li and her team are expanding the investigation and use of alternative therapies and her project “Weight loss with or without Asthma.”

Mr. Burch passionately champions NYU Langone’s Patient-Centered Care Curriculum, an initiative established to optimize physician-patient communication and patient experience through empathy, compassion, and caring.  Launched in 2014 in partnership with Dr. Mark Pochapin, director of the division of Gastroenterology at NYU Langone, the curriculum consists of a number of educational activities, including lectures, roundtables, and educational objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) simulation sessions.

The Sumba Foundation’s aim is to provide humanitarian aid by fostering community-based projects that impact health, including medical access and malaria control, nutrition, education, water and income-generation, while preserving and respecting the culture and traditions of the Sumbanese people. With the enthusiastic support of Mr Burch, who covers and his resort, Nihi, the Foundation has expanded its lunch program for primary schools, increased the number of water wells for villages, and equipped medical clinics with staffing and supplies, dramatically reducing Malaria by 85% in affected areas.

Mr. Burch has been a generous donor to his alma maters, Tilton School and Ithaca College. Through his support Tilton School developed the Burch Athletic Field, the first ever outdoor turf field built on campus, fulfilling a promise he made to himself as a student that he would one day build a turf field so students at the NH prep school could practice their sports outside all year round. His donations to Ithaca College have funded the J. Christopher Burch Endowed Scholarship for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which supports an IC student who exhibits exceptional talent in both creativity and entrepreneurship. In addition, his gifts provide the philanthropy behind the School of Business’s annual Business Idea and Business Plan Competitions.

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David M.

Hryck

David M.

Hryck

Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors

Mr. David M. Hryck, partner at Reed Smith LLP in New York, who is a wonderful philanthropist, cultural patron and businessman, to join the LLIMF Board and family to fill a current vacancy.

Mr. Hryck advises clients on the tax and business aspects of structuring their investments for maximum profitability and has in-depth experience with cross-border investments and various licensing structures. He has represented and continues to represent, celebrities, entertainers, designers, global companies, individuals and international families. He has international proficiency with corporations as well as individuals across the globe, and he is recognized for his long track record of structuring transactions.

Mr. Hryck is a valued and trusted advisor, board member and mentor to several trusts and global charities. He serves on the board of directors of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, and is a board member of the Happy Hearts Fund, founded by fashion model Petra Nemcova. He is a World Fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for Excellence Fund, founded by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and travels regularly to royal occasions around the world, advising on international interaction in Third World countries. David also served as a US member of the Duke’s Business Advisory Group, headed by HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex. He is also a board member of the Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, founded by TRH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia.

He is on the board of The Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. and also a Board Member of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development, which was founded by Vuk Jeremic, President of the United Nations General Assembly for the 67th Session.

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Christy

Cressey

Christy

Cressey

Board of Directors

Christy Cressey studied French and Editorial Journalism at the University of Washington, earning her a Bachelor of Arts in 1977.

While at the UW she belonged to the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and also lived in “French House,” a section of McMahon Hall dormitory devoted to speaking the language with other Francophiles. She was chairman of sports activities at her sorority while swimming on the UW’s synchronised swimming team and helping with choreography. She completed her B.S.B.A. in Communications in 1978.

Christy’s journalistic career involved weekly newspapers, aside from short stints in advertising and public relations. Her work involved reporting, photojournalism and proofreading for The Winchester Star in Winchester, Massachusetts. In Illinois she wrote as a staff writer for the Pioneer Press newspapers. Her responsibilities were primarily with the Elm Leaves, the Forest Leaves and the Oak Leaves, serving the communities of Elmwood Park, River Forest and Oak Park respectively. She also worked as a stringer for the Lerner Newspapers in Chicago.

In addition to spending two and a half years renovating a Chicago 1894 Victorian single family cottage, located 525 feet from Wrigley Field’s home plate; Christy chaired the No Lights in Wrigley Field Campaign, euphemistically named C.U.B.S. (Citizens United for Baseball in the Sunshine). As part of that civic effort, she was also actively involved in East Lake View Neighbors and Lake View Citizens Council.

After moving to the Barrington Hills countryside to raise their three daughters, Monique, Charlotte, Alicia, and assorted critters, Christy took up land conservation. She currently resides at Cresswood Farm and manage two ranches. Wolf Run Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado not only provides the family a place for a winter holiday, but is equally beautiful during the summer when the Indian Paint Brush is in bloom. The other escape, Camp Creek Ranch, located near the Illinois Mississippi Palisades western most border is primarily set up for seventy-five miles of horseback riding trails affording the opportunity to enjoy nature chasing coyotes. Christy is a joint master of foxhounds for Massbach Hounds, the hunt providing such sport.

Through the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, Christy has served as a trustee for Episcopal Charities and has played an active role with Cathedral Shelter, an agency on Chicago’s near west side providing housing and other support to those wishing help with addictions.

Christy has been a member of the Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago since 2001. In 2012, Christy was the co-chair of the Evergreen Invitational Equestrian event which raises funds for grants through the Woman’s Board of Nothwestern Memorial Hopsital.

In 2001, she served as Co-chair of the Parents Council at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where Christy’s daughter, Monique, graduated with an Economics Degree.

In January 2008, Christy accompanied Care International on a trip to Mali.

In June of 2008, Christy joined the Barrington Choir on a trip to China to sing during the Beijing Olympics.

March 2014, Christy traveled with the Barrington Choir to sing at several locations in Prague, Czech Republic, Budapest, Hungary and Munich, Germany including participation in an International Competition.

In 2015, Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Christy was an integral part of development. Above and Beyond provides free addiction recovery and counseling on Chicago’s west side. Christy serves as treasurer and is currently developing a work out room for participants.

Christy also quenches her thespian inklings with a group of friends that periodically act and produce plays. With the play reading group Second Set, some of Christy’s past roles have included such leads as Dorothy, in The Wizard of Oz; Sylvia, a golden retriever, in the play of the same name; and the female deaf mute in Children of a Lesser God. Christy also had an extra part in Anchorman 2 and the television show, Empire, Season 1 Episode 3 was filmed at Cresswood Farm. Recently has been part of a pilot shoot for “The Genius”.

Some of her other interests include antiquing, decorating, landscaping, tennis, boating and scuba diving.

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Irwin

Jacobs

Irwin

Jacobs

Board of Directors

Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs is co-founder and chairman of QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology.

Dr. Jacobs has led the commercialization of CDMA technology and its success as the world’s fastest-growing, most advanced voice and data wireless communications technology. Now used by tens of millions of consumers worldwide, CDMA is the technology of choice for third-generation wireless communications services.

Dr. Jacobs holds several CDMA patents, contributing to QUALCOMM’s extensive portfolio of more than 3,000 issued and pending U.S. patent applications. More than 115 companies have licensed CDMA for the manufacturing of wireless devices and network infrastructure equipment, integrated circuits and test equipment.

Dr. Jacobs previously served as co-founder, president, chairman and CEO of LINKABIT Corporation, directing its growth from a few part-time employees in 1969 to over 1,400 employees in 1985, and first introduction of Ku-band Very Small Aperature Earth Terminals (VSATs), commercial TDMA wireless phones, and the VideoCipher® satellite-to-home TV system. LINKABIT merged with M/A-COM in August 1980, at which time Dr. Jacobs served on the company’s board of directors until he resigned from M/A-COM in April 1985. Over 35 San Diego communications companies trace their roots back to LINKABIT.

From 1959 to 1966, Dr. Jacobs was an assistant/associate professor of electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From 1966 to 1972 he served as a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). At MIT, Dr. Jacobs co-authored a basic textbook in digital communications entitled, Principles of Communication Engineering. First published in 1965, the book remains in use today.

Dr. Jacobs is the recipient of numerous industry, education and business awards, including:

  • 2006 Economic Opportunity Award (for development of CDMA technology), LEAD San Diego, June 2006
  • Honorary Degree Recipient – Doctor of Science (Sc.D.), San Diego State University and the California State University System Board of Trustees, May 2006
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (for 25 years in telecommunications), Financial Times, Dec 2005
  • Honorary Professorship, Beijing University of Posts & Telecom (BUPT), October 2005
  • First Member of the Entrepreneur Technology Hall of Fame, established by the technology business organization Connect, May 2005
  • Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, May 2004
  • Dorothy I. Height Chair’s Award, Leadership Council on Civil Rights, May 2004
  • IEEE Communications Society 2004 Distinguished Industry Leader Award, for his contribution to and leadership in the development and growth of the Wireless Communications Industry, March 2004
  • Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award, The Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA), December 2003
  • Eta Kappa Nu Eminent Member Award, Electrical & Computer Engineering Honor Society, November 2003
  • Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumnus Award, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, October 2003
  • International Engineering Consortium Fellow Award, November 2002
  • Innovation Award in CommunicationThe Economist, September 18, 2002
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Pennsylvania, May 13, 2002
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow, April 2001
  • Bower Award in Business Leadership, the Franklin Institute, April 2001
  • Honorary Doctorate, Technion University, June 5, 2000
  • Golden State Award, Board of Directors of the California Council for International Trade, May 2000
  • Scientist of the Year Award, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS), April 2000
  • Radio Communication Report (RCR) Wireless Hall of Fame Inductee, for his significant contributions to the advancement of the wireless telecommunications industry, March 2000
  • Director of the Year Award for Enhancement of Economic Values, the Corporate Directors Forum, February 2000
  • 1999 Ernst & Young Leadership Award for Global Integration, Computerworld Smithsonian Award Program, 1999
  • Medal of Achievement Award, The American Electronics Association (AEA), 1998
  • Entrepreneur of the Year in the Master Entrepreneur category, RCR, 1996
  • Person of the Year Award, RCR, 1996
  • The Albert Einstein Award, the American Society of Technion, 1996
  • IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, IEEE, 1995
  • Cornell’s Entrepreneur of 1994
  • The National Medal of Technology Award (the highest award bestowed by the President of the United States for extraordinary achievements in the commercialization of technology, or the development of human resources, that foster technology commercialization), 1994
  • Inventing America’s Future Award, AEA, 1993
  • The International Citizens Award, World Affairs Council of San Diego, 1993
  • The San Diego Business Leader of the Year Award, San Diego Venture Group, 1993
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award, The Institute of American Entrepreneurs, 1992
  • First Annual ExcEL Award, the local AEA, 1989
  • Distinguished Community Service Award, the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, 1984
  • Election to the National Academy of Engineering, 1982
  • Biannual award “for an outstanding contribution to aerospace communications,” the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 1980 (Drs. Jacobs and Andrew Viterbi were jointly honored)

Dr. Jacobs received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1956 from Cornell University and master of science and doctor of science degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in 1957 and 1959, respectively.

Dr. Jacobs is a member of a number of industry and community boards and committees. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of Sigma XI, Phi Kappa Phi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Tau Beta Pi. Dr. Jacobs also serves on the Council on Competitiveness, the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Public Awareness of Engineering, the board of directors of Building Engineering & Science Talent, the visiting committee of the MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, California Council on Science and Technology, and is past chairman of the University of California President’s Engineering Advisory Council.

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Elizabeth

Segerstrom

Elizabeth

Segerstrom

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Segerstrom was born in Olsztyn, Poland. Her family had fled from the Soviet Regime to Lithuania after World War II. When Elizabeth was fifteen, her family moved first to Warsaw and later to St. Petersburg, where her father served as the Polish cultural attaché. On her departure from Warsaw, she was unaware that her flight would be the last; Soviet Marshall Law closed Poland’s borders. Her father was arrested for his support of the Polish Solidarity Movement and died in prison.

After earning degrees in psychology from Warsaw University and the University of Geneva, academic research led Elizabeth to Yale University, followed by a Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship to study at New York University. After receiving her doctorate, she established the first clinic in New York City to serve the mental health needs of eastern European immigrants in their native languages (Elizabeth speaks Polish, Russian, French, and English).

In 1991, Elizabeth co-authored a “self-help” book with Susan Israelson, Lovesick–The Marilyn Syndrome, a New York Times bestseller, translated into Polish and Russian. The authors postulate that childhood emotional deprivation handicaps women in romantic relationships. The life of Marilyn Monroe is used as a case study. For several years in the 1990s, Elizabeth wrote a weekly psychology column for a Polish newspaper.

In 2000, Elizabeth met and married Henry Segerstrom. Soon after, she became involved with the design of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. In 2003, she chaired its six-week opening celebration including a spectacular opening night, coordinating the Performing Arts Center’s arts partners’ participation. In 2006, she chaired the opening of their Samueli Theater. That year, Elizabeth and Henry Segerstrom orchestrated a three-week Mariinsky Festival that featured the first Southern California presentation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. In 2007, they launched the new Elizabeth and Henry Segerstrom Select Series, a collaboration with the Philharmonic Society of Orange County that continues to bring the highest quality international performances to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. More recently, she supervised the production of a PBS documentary on her late husband and his impact on the life and arts of Southern California. In 2018, she produced a concert with the Mariinsky Orchestra in her late husband’s memory.

Elizabeth Segerstrom is a major donor to Carnegie Hall, The American Ballet Theater, The Orange County Museum of Art, as well as The Hammer Museum, The Colburn School, and many other institutions supporting classical music, ballet, and contemporary art. The Guilds of the Center, a support group for the Orange County Performing Arts Center, honored Elizabeth Segerstrom in 2007. She received the Golden Baton Award from the Philharmonic Society of Orange County in 2011.

 

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Sanford I.

Weill

Sanford I.

Weill

Chairman Emeritus, Board of Directors

Sandy Weill is Chairman Emeritus of Citigroup Inc. Mr. Weill retired as CEO of Citigroup on October 1, 2003, and served as Chairman until April 18, 2006.

Mr. Weill, who had been Chairman and CEO of Travelers, became Chairman of its predecessor, Commercial Credit Company, in 1986, successfully leading the company through a public stock offering by its then-parent, Control Data Corporation. Commercial Credit acquired Primerica Corporation in 1988 and adopted its name until 1993, when Primerica acquired The Travelers Corporation and adopted the Travelers Group name. In 1997, the company acquired Salomon Inc. and combined it with its Smith Barney unit to form the global securities and investment firm, Salomon Smith Barney.

Prior to 1986, Mr. Weill had been President of American Express Company and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of its Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company subsidiary. His affiliation with American Express began in 1981 when the company acquired Shearson Loeb Rhoades. Shearson’s origins date back to 1960 when Mr. Weill and three partners co-founded its predecessor, Carter, Berlind, Potoma & Weill. He served as the firm’s Chairman from 1965 to 1984, a period in which it completed over 15 acquisitions to become the country’s second largest securities brokerage firm. In 1993, when Travelers Group acquired Shearson Lehman Brothers’ retail brokerage and asset management businesses, he was reunited with the firm he founded.

Mr. Weill became a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2001 and served in this capacity until December 31, 2006. He also served as a Director on the Boards of United Technologies Corp. from 1999 to 2003, AT&T Corp. from 1998 until 2002, and E. I. Du Pont Nemours and Company from 1998 until 2001. Mr. Weill is a former member of The Business Council and served on the Working Group on Child Care, headed by then U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Robert E. Rubin. In 2002, Mr. Weill was the recipient of Chief Executive magazine’s CEO of the Year Award. The EastWest Institute awarded Mr. Weill their distinguished Corporate Leadership Award in December 2005 at an event in London with Prime Minister Tony Blair. Mr. Weill is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a Director of The Qatar Foundation, International Board; Director of Koç Holding, headquartered in Turkey; and Director of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation.

President Bush asked Mr. Weill, along with four other private sector business leaders, to lead a nationwide effort to encourage private donations for relief and reconstruction in response to the South Asia earthquake that occurred on October 8, 2005. Working with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, a nonprofit forum of CEOs and Chairpersons, to which Mr. Weill was named Chairman of the Board in July 2004 and is now Honorary Chairman, Mr. Weill and the business leaders quickly established the South Asia Earthquake Relief Fund. Through the efforts of Mr. Weill and the business leaders, the private sector raised over $116 million in cash and in-kind services to help the earthquake victims.

The 1997 recipient of the New York State Governor’s Art Award, Mr. Weill has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall since 1991. For Mr. Weill’s 70th birthday, Carnegie Hall raised a record $60 million in one evening thru a generous $30 million match by Mr. and Mrs. Weill for the Weill Music Institute, which established broad-reaching music education programs.

Mr. Weill is Chairman of the Board of Overseers for The Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University, having joined the board in 1982 and becoming chair in 1996. Weill Cornell established the first American medical school overseas in Doha, Qatar, in 2001. This was made possible through a special partnership between Weill Cornell and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Weill Cornell’s inaugural class in Qatar graduated this past May. Mr. Weill also serves on the Board of Governors of Sidra, a 380-bed Specialty Teaching Hospital that will be completed in 2011 in Qatar. Sidra is supported by a $9 billion endowment from the Qatar Foundation. A Trustee Emeritus of Cornell University, Mr. Weill serves on the Advisory Council of its Johnson Graduate School of Management. In addition, he is a Trustee of New York Presbyterian Hospital and an Overseer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Long a proponent of education, Mr. Weill instituted a joint program with the New York City Board of Education in 1980 that created the Academy of Finance, which trains high school students for careers in financial services. He serves as Founder and Chairman of the National Academy Foundation (NAF), which oversees more than 500 career-themed Academies in 41 states, as well as the District of Columbia. Ninety percent of NAF’s students graduate, with most going on to post-secondary education – often as the first in their families to attend college.

The Real Deal: My Life in Business and Philanthropy, Mr. Weill’s book, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller.
A longtime friend of President Gerald R. Ford’s, Mr. Weill was an Honorary Pallbearer at the late President’s State Funeral. Mr. Weill is also a Trustee of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation. Mr. and Mrs. Weill are recipients of the 2009 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy Award.

Mr. Weill, who was born on March 16, 1933, is a graduate of Cornell University. He and Joan have been married for 55 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.

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Joan

Weill

Joan

Weill

Board of Directors

As a tireless supporter of several cultural, philanthropic and civic endeavors, Joan H. Weill commits a great deal of her life to public service and education.

Mrs. Weill has been Chair of Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation Theater since 2001. Under Mrs. Weill’s leadership, Alvin Ailey has earned a reputation as one of the most acclaimed international ambassadors of American culture, having performed for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on six continents. The Joan Weill School of Dance at Alvin Ailey, completed in 2005, is the nation’s largest facility dedicated to dance.

Mrs. Weill is the past Chair of Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks, having spearheaded the College’s transition from a 2-year to 4-year institution. Paul Smith’s excels in forestry, culinary arts, hospitality and life sciences, among other curricula. Mrs. Weill is also Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, which promotes music education in classrooms around the world, as well as serves on the Board of Advisors of the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.

Mrs. Weill’s dedication to women’s health issues led to her appointment as Co-Chair of the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Women’s Health Symposium. Long an advocate for the elderly, Mrs. Weill is also an Honorary Board Member and President Emeritus of Citymeals-On-Wheels.

Mrs. Weill’s personal commitment to public service also extends to many of the activities in which her husband is involved, including the National Academy Foundation (NAF), Weill Cornell Medical College and the New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she serves on the Executive Committee of their Lying-In Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Weill are recipients of the 2009 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy Award in recognition of their philanthropic efforts. Mrs. Weill is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

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Kyle M.

Wool

Kyle M.

Wool

Board of Directors

Kyle M. Wool, Executive Director and International Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley.

A respected businessman, experienced financial advisor and active, international philanthropist, in 2013 Wool founded The Wool Group at Morgan Stanley to provide excellence in personalized investment and wealth strategies. Prior to this, his interest in Asia-Pacific investment opportunities took him to Hong Kong (2010-2013), where Wool served as the managing director of the Professional Investors Group for Oppenheimer Asia Ltd. His work continues to bring him back to Asia where he enjoys sharing his knowledge of global markets – In 2011 he was invited to discuss executive services and wealth management at the China Entrepreneurs CEO & CFO Forum, and he is a regular, featured speaker at the U.S. Markets and Foreign Direct Investments at the Fujairah U.A.E. International Business Forum.

Since 2015, Wool has served on the board of directors at the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development, a public policy think-tank created by admired diplomat and the youngest person to become president of the United Nations General Assembly, Vuk Jeremić.
Outside the office, Wool passionately champions helping underserved communities, contributing to charitable organizations across the globe. During his current term as a board member of LifeLine New York – a nonprofit focused on providing medical equipment for Serbian children in need – Wool was honored by Her Royal Highness, Katherine, Crown Princess of Yugoslavia with the LifeLine Humanitarian Award for his avid dedication to this cause. He is also heavily involved with Project Rousseau, empowering youth in underprivileged areas to help teens and young adults realize their full potential and pursue higher education.

Concurrently, he is a board member at Lang Lang International Music Foundation – created to educate, inspire and motivate the next generation of music lovers, and to encourage playing and performing as a means of social development.

Additionally, Wool is a board member at Line Up Media Group, an organization conceived to circumvent traditional entertainment barriers to deliver progressive, on-demand content. He is also a partner at Merakia, an award-winning Greek Steakhouse in the Flatiron district of New York City.

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Shirley

Young

Shirley

Young

Board of Directors

Shirley Young is President of Shirley Young Associates, LLC, a business advisory company, and serves as senior adviser to General Motors Asia Pacific. From 1988-2000 she served as Corporate Vice President of General Motors and co-lead its entry into China with the 1.2 billion dollar Shanghai GM joint venture building Buicks.

Prior to that, Shirley Young spent her earlier career at Grey Advertising as Executive Vice President and President of Grey Strategic Marketing. She has received many awards for her achievements in marketing and advertising. Shirley Young has served on the Boards of Salesforce.com, Teletech Holdings Inc, Bank of America, Verizon Corporation, Dayton-Hudson/Target Corporation, Holiday Inn/Promus/Harrah’s and as Vice Chairman of the Nominating Committee of the New York Stock Exchange.

Ms. Young served as the first chair and a founding member of the Committee of 100, and is currently governor of the Committee of 100 and chairs its US China Cultural Institute. She is a board director of the New York Philharmonic Board and of National Dance Institute. She serves on the Asia Pacific Council of The Nature Conservancy and is director emeritus of its Global Board. She is currently focused on cultural and educational collaborations between the US and China.

She is a Senior Advisor and former trustee of Wellesley College. She has served on the board of directors at Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Associates of Harvard Business School and Philips Academy, Andover. In China, Ms. Young has served as honorary professor of Tsinghua University, Beijing; Tongji University, Shanghai; and Huazhong Technology University, Wuhan; and honorary trustee of Jiao Tong University in Shanghai.

She is the mother of three sons and the proud daughter of her 109 year old mother, Juliana Young (Mrs Wellington) Koo.

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Bruce

Ratner

Bruce

Ratner

Board of Directors

Bruce Ratner was the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Forest City Ratner Cos., a New York-based real estate development company which he started in 1985.

As the leader of one of the largest urban real estate developers in the country, Mr. Ratner developed 52 ground-up projects in the New York City area over more than 30 years.

Mr. Ratner developed Barclays Center, the state-of-the-art entertainment venue in Brooklyn. By making Barclays Center the home of the Brooklyn Nets, Mr. Ratner is recognized for bringing the first major professional sports team to Brooklyn since the Dodgers left in 1957. The arena is part of the Pacific Park Brooklyn development, which, when completed, will include 6,400 residential units, 2,250 of which will be affordable. In addition to Barclays Center, Mr. Ratner completed several critically acclaimed buildings including New York by Gehry, a residential apartment building designed by architect Frank Gehry, and The New York Times Building, designed by architect Renzo Piano.

Mr. Ratner’s MetroTech Center, an 11-building corporate campus, is occupied by more than 20,000 workers and has often been credited with helping to catalyze the renaissance of Downtown Brooklyn.

He completed the redevelopment of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and Forest City was the master developer of the Bloomberg Center and Phase 1 of the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. In addition to guiding the development of the campus, the company developed and owned The Bridge, an office building designed to bring industry and academia together to spur innovation and the commercialization of new products and technologies.

Mr. Ratner currently serves on the boards of Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, where he is Chairman.

A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School, Mr. Ratner holds honorary degrees from Brooklyn College, Medgar Evers College, Pratt Institute, and Long Island University.

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