Melody Brown

Melody Brown has more 25 years of experience in the fields of human resources, customer care and corporate social responsibility for Verizon Communications, a Fortune 50 telecommunications company.  During that time, Brown worked on numerous mergers and acquisitions, managed multi-million dollar programmatic budgets, and spearheaded award-winning corporate responsibility initiatives.  She currently runs her own consulting firm, providing strategic analysis and programmatic execution for the Soledad O’Brian & Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation. Brown is invested in her community, currently serving on the board of the YWCA of Union County, NJ, formerly on the board of trustees for the Morris County Urban League, and the advisory board of the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at Rutgers University.  Brown has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Adelphi University and a master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in organizational leadership.  She is married to Dr. Charles Brown, and has three children and one grandchild.


Peter Buffett

Peter Buffett has an acclaimed career that spans more than 30 years as a professional musician, composer, philanthropist and author. He began his career as the musical mind behind many of the early MTV bumpers of the '80s, and the climactic crescendo in the memorable "Fire Dance" scene in 1990's Oscar winning film Dances with Wolves. Buffett has received critical acclaim for his Native American-inspired music, most notably composing the full score for 500 Nations – the eight-hour Emmy Award-winning CBS miniseries produced by Kevin Costner, and the musical production Spirit: The Seventh Fire – a Native American-inspired show incorporating live native dancing, powwow singing and Imax-scale visuals, which premiered on the National Mall as part of the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

From 1987 to present, Buffett has released 16 records, and has been signed to such labels as Narada, Epic and Hollywood Records. He owns two independent labels, BisonHead and BeSide Records. Most of his releases had been instrumental recordings until 2006 when Buffett began experimenting with vocals and a more eclectic pop/rock sound. His latest work combines elements of soft and progressive rock in the vein of Simon & Garfunkel and Beck. Buffett has collaborated with Grammy-nominated recording artist Akon as well as Grammy-winning artist Angelique Kidjo on human rights inspired songs, one of which debuted at a special event at the UN General Assembly. He is also the only man to have performed at Eve Ensler's 10th Anniversary V-Day celebration in New Orleans. Buffett's latest venture is his inspiring book, Life Is What You Make It. The title, now available in paperback, has been translated in over 15 languages and has sold nearly half a million books worldwide. Personal and revealing, instructive and intuitive, Life Is What You Make It is about following passions over conventions, transcending your circumstances or status, taking up the reins of your destiny, and living life to its fullest.

Carolyn Glickstein

Carolyn Glickstein has committed her career to causes that empower women and families.  For the past 15 years, she has worked as a Geriatric Care Manager in private practice – providing guidance and support for seniors and their families.  She has been actively involved in a variety of nonprofit organizations in different capacities including: the Scarsdale-Edgemont Family Counseling Service (board president 1998-2000), the Westchester Fund for Women and Girls (chair 2001-02), the Northern Westchester Shelter, Inc., Hope’s Door (board member 2004-09), and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center (2009- ). Glickstein is passionate about tennis.  In addition to being an avid player, she has been the coach of the Edgemont Jr-Sr High School District’s boys modified and girls junior varsity tennis teams for the last seven years and is a newly elected board member of The County Tennis Club of Westchester. Glickstein earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Boston University and her master’s degree in marriage, family and child counseling from the University of San Francisco. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.  She resides with her husband, Richard, in Scarsdale, New York.


William F. Gorin

William F. Gorin is senior counsel based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Gorin's practice focuses on domestic and international financing and business transactions, including U.S. securities laws, equity and debt offerings, and corporate acquisitions. Bill has extensive experience in initial public offerings, as well as high-yield and Yankee bond debt financings for companies in the United States, Latin America and Europe. He also provides advice regarding corporate governance matters and fiduciary duties of officers and directors to corporations and their boards of directors. Gorin is also experienced in advising sovereign governments on debt restructurings, bank loans, securities offerings and privatizations. Gorin is internationally distinguished as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S., Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America's Leading Business Law Firms and IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Law Firms.

Gorin has taught at Columbia University School of Law, lecturing on the various aspects of international banking and financial law. He joined the firm in 1978, became a partner in 1986, and senior counsel in 2014. He was resident in the Paris office from 1979 to 1982. Gorin received a J.D. degree from Columbia University in 1978 and an undergraduate degree from Haverford College in 1975. He is a member of the Bar in New York. His native language is English, and he is fluent in French.

Brooke McMurray

Brooke McMurray is a former publishing industry executive and passionate advocate for the victims and survivors of domestic violence. She has been a member of the board of directors of Safe Horizon, an organization that provides support and advocacy for victims of crime and abuse, since 1996. As national spokesperson for Safe Horizon, McMurray has been featured on Good Morning America and National Public Radio, and was the subject of a 2002 Lifetime Television special, Fear No More: Stop Violence Against Women. Before leaving the company in 2000, McMurray had a 26-year career at Time Incorporated where she held several executive positions related to the launch and marketing of more than 30 magazines. She is currently the president of World Benefactor, a company that develops online marketing solutions for nonprofits. McMurray resides with her husband in New York City.

Michael Tiliakos

Michael Tiliakos is a partner in the New York office of Duane Morris LLP. He practices in the area of employment law. He routinely counsels clients on compliance with federal, state and local employment laws, and conducts workplace investigations and wage-and-hour audits.  Tiliakos has significant experience litigating employment matters, including restrictive covenant matters, theft of trade secrets and breach of restrictive covenants, as well as Title III ADA cases involving public access disability discrimination. He also performs due diligence analysis in mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Tiliakos conducts extensive employee and management training courses, including anti-harassment training and courses on how to effectively manage employees in accordance with various employment laws.

Tiliakos is a member of Duane Morris LLP’s GEMS Anti-trafficking Project that helps survivors of sex trafficking by working through Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), an organization based in New York City. He was also named to "The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys – Up-and-Comers" list published by Human Resource Executive magazine and based on peer and client evaluations conducted by Lawdragon, and is listed in New York Super Lawyers. Tiliakos is a 1996 cum laude graduate of New York Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review, and a graduate, with honors, of Pennsylvania State University.  He serves as chair of the board for A CALL TO MEN.

Dr. Beth Ritchie

Dr. Beth Ritchie is the author of numerous articles concerning black feminism and gender violence, race and criminal justice policy, and the social dynamics around issues of sexuality, families and grassroots organizations in African-American communities. Her book Compelled to Crime: the Gender Entrapment of Black Battered Women, which is taught in many college courses and is cited in the popular press for its original arguments concerning race, gender and crime. Her most recent book, Black Women, Male Violence and the Build-up of a Prison Nation, chronicles the evolution of the contemporary anti-violence movement during the time of mass incarceration in the United States. Dr. Richie is qualitative researcher who is also working on an ethnographic project documenting the conditions of confinement in women's prisons. Her work has been supported by grants from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Ford Foundation, and The National Institute for Justice and The National Institute of Corrections. Among others, she has been awarded the Audre Lorde Legacy Award from the Union Institute, The Advocacy Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and The Visionary Award from the Violence Intervention Project. Dr. Richie is a board member of The Chicago Foundation for Women, The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African Community, The Center for Fathers' Families and Public Policy and a founding member of INCITE!: Women of Color Against Violence.  Dr. Richie is engaged in several research projects designed to explore the relationship between violence against women in low-income African-American communities and violence. The specific focus of one study is girls who are both violent and perpetrators of violence. Another project is looking at the factors that influence recidivism and re-arrest rates for women and young people being released from a large urban jail. A third project is concerned with the public policy and social factors that lead to the rise in incarceration rates of women and conditions of confinement once they are sentenced.

Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler is a Tony award-winning playwright, performer and activist. She is the author of The Vagina Monologues, which has been published in 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries. Ensler’s newest work, I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life Of Girls Around The World, was published in book form and made The New York Times Best Seller list. The play, “Emotional Creature” was workshopped in Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by Paris, France. It opened at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in June 2012, and recently opened off Broadway in New York City.

She is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised over 90 million dollars. V-Day has launched its most ambitious campaign to date, ONE BILLION RISING.  On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 2.14.13, ONE BILLION women and those who love them joined to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP and DEMAND an end to this violence. Activists in over 177 countries participated including politicians, unions, civic leaders, actors, artists and more.  Ensler’s play “Here” was filmed live by Sky Television in London, UK. Her other plays include “Necessary Targets,” “The Treatment and The Good Body,” which she performed on Broadway, followed by a national tour. In 2006, Ensler released her book, Insecure At Last: A Political Memoir, and co-edited A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer. Her newest book In The Body of the World was published by Holt 2013. (photo by Brigitte Lacombe).