Suzanne Lerner


Suzanne Lerner is an activist entrepreneur with a primary focus on gender and racial equality, and the economic empowerment of women and girls. In 1986, she co-founded the clothing company Michael Stars, of which she now serves as president. Her second career is philanthropy and giving back to communities both domestically and internationally through personal grants, impact investments, as well as the Michael Stars Foundation.

Born and raised in Chicago, she saw firsthand the racial injustice in her own backyard. Her commitment to this issue grew when she spent five years traveling the world in her early twenties, and seeing the inequality that existed, especially toward women. Realizing then that we’re all citizens of this world, Suzanne has made it her mission to support gender & racial rights both in her personal and business life.

Suzanne is a frequent contributor and speaker on the topics of philanthropy, achieving racial and gender justice, and running a socially conscious business. She was honored by the Ms. Foundation with their ‘Woman of Vision’ award in 2015, and was chosen as a 2018 "21 Leaders for the 21st Century" by Women’s eNews.

Suzanne sits on the board of the Ms. Foundation, an organization dedicated to building women of color’s collective power for social, economic and reproductive justice. She formerly served on the board of Women Thrive Alliance, which worked to empower women through grassroots advocacy initiatives. In addition, she is a board member of the ACLU of Southern California Foundation, and is an advisory board member of Prosperity Catalyst, ERA Coalition, Children Mending Hearts and A CALL TO MEN. She is an active member of both Women Moving Millions and Women’s Donor Network.  Suzanne resides in Los Angeles, CA with her #feministpup @ms_simba.

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 serves as the director of human resources for NPower.  Melody ran 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.

Anthony Campanelli

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Anthony Campanelli is a Partner in the New York Forensic practice of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP and has extensive experience providing advisory services to companies, law firms, and not-for-profit entities on a wide range of matters, including forensic accounting and fraud investigations, accounting-related securities litigation matters, business disputes, and corruption investigations. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the States of New York and New Jersey and has earned the credentials of Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  Anthony also serves as the office leader of Deloitte’s Risk & Financial Advisory Services practices in New York and New Jersey.

Prior to joining the Board of A CALL TO MEN, Anthony served as the Treasurer & Steering Committee Member, New York Metro Chapter of the Network of Executive Women (NEW) and was a founding member of the Young Executive Committee of the Italian-American Chamber of Commerce.  Anthony is an avid football fan, enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and being an active member in his community. 

Jay Canell

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Jay Canell is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at J.P. Morgan Securities, a wealth management division of J.P. Morgan. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Managing Director and Chairman's Council member at Morgan Stanley. Jay is experienced in all equity investments with areas of focus which include portfolio analysis, structured products and mutual fund diversification. Additionally, Jay provides credit access to The Canell Group clients through lending, mortgages, HELOCs and other credit line strategies. He coordinates and manages our referral relationships with various trusted advisors, such as attorneys, sports agents, entertainment industry executives and CPAs.

Jay resides in Scarsdale with his wife Sari and their two children, Hayley and Dylan.  He is currently a founding Board Member of S.C.O.P.E., a nonprofit organization that sends less fortunate children to summer camp. He is also a member of Board Member the Investment Committee of the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY.  Additionally, Jay serves on the Board of A CALL TO MEN, The Riley Sandler Foundation, The Pediatric Cancer Foundation, The Athletes vs. Crohn’s & Colitis Organization and is a member of the Board of Governors as well as the current Membership Chairman of Willow Ridge Country Club.