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Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud
Swiss ambassador to the United States

Ambassador Pitteloud’s distinguished career has seen him serve in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and the Seychelles. The retired lieutenant-colonel also served as the Swiss government’s first intelligence co-ordinator. He was educated at the University of Zürich and Geneva University.



 

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Evelyn Webster
CEO, SoulCycle
Webster joined the cycling brand in 2020 to help guide the business through the pandemic. Before this, she was the CEO of Guardian News and Media’s international operations, executive vice-president and group president of Time Inc, where she led 20 US brands, including Essence, InStyle, Real Simple and Travel and Leisure. Prior to that, she was the CEO of publisher IPC Media.



 

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Elliot Ackerman
Author and former Marine Corps Special Operations team leader

Best-selling author and former marine and White House fellow Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan His novels and memoirs, including ‘2034’ and ‘The Fifth Act’, have been nominated for a number of prestigious literary awards. He also writes for ‘The Atlantic’.


 

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Ryan Anderson
Vice-president, Global Research and Insights, MillerKnoll

Anderson’s team leads MillerKnoll’s research efforts in partnership with global collaborators. His focus is on how the places we inhabit can be better designed and managed to support positive, productive experiences. He also hosts MillerKnoll’s ‘Looking Forward’ podcast.



 

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Hanna Struever
Founder and owner, Retail Portfolio Solutions
Since founding her global luxury property consulting company Retail Portfolio Solutions in 1999, Hanna Struever has been a key participant in a wide range of successful projects, ranging from the Aspen Core in Colorado and the Colonnade at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, Florida, to Highland Park Village in Dallas, and The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.


 

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Rafael Micha
Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder, Grupo Habita
Micha is chief marketing officer for Grupo Habita, which owns and manages 15 hospitality sites in Mexico. He has garnered extensive press coverage for each of the individually designed properties, which have been developed with high-profile architects. Micha also oversees branding, marketing and communication strategy.



 

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Rebecca Wesson Darwin 
Co-founder and CEO, Allée Group LLC 
Before co-founding and becoming CEO of the Allée Group LLC, which owns Garden & Gun magazine, Rebecca Wesson Darwin established her career at GQ. She later became the first female publisher of The New Yorker, publisher of Mirabella and marketing director of Fortune. She has served as the president and CEO of the National Association for Female Executives.

 


 

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Elena Reygadas
Chef
Chef and owner of the Rosetta restaurant in Mexico City, Elena Reygadas was named “Best Female Chef in Latin America” in 2014. In addition to championing healthy eating, biodiversity and sustainable produce, she has begun a scholarship for young Mexican women studying gastronomy that is designed to promote female leadership and gender equity in kitchens.



 

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Stefan Olander 
Co-founder of Omorpho
Olander is co-founder of Omorpho, a sport and fitness company that is revolutionising the fitness industry. Prior to this, he spent 21 years at Nike, last serving as vice-president of Global Digital Innovation. He is the co-author of ‘Velocity: The Seven New Laws for a World Gone Digital’, and is one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business.



 

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Eric Johnson
Mayor of Dallas
Before becoming the 60th mayor of Dallas, Eric Johnson served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the City of Dallas. Johnson is also a partner with the international law firm of Locke Lord LLP.




 

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Tanner Krause
CEO of Kum & Go
Tanner Krause is the CEO of Kum & Go, a convenience retail chain with more than 400 stores across 11 states, with headquarters in Des Moines in Iowa. He is the fourth generation to lead the family business. In June 2018 he was named president and in January 2021 he succeeded his father as CEO.  

 


 

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Sid Mashburn 
Chief designer at Mashburn, LLC.
Sid began his career as the very first men’s designer at J.Crew, where he helped to establish the brand’s menswear identity and aesthetic. In 2007, Sid and his wife Ann opened a men’s shop in Atlanta, a business that has grown to include a women’s shop, e-commerce sites and other retail destinations, with a New York shop slated to open this winter.


 

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Bruce Pask
Men’s fashion director, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.
Editor, stylist and creative consultant, Pask has held fashion directorial posts at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, GQ and Cargo magazine. He became head of men’s fashion at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus in 2014. In 2019, he opened a personally curated menswear shop B within Bergdorf Goodman; he also serves as a mentor and juror within the fashion industry.

 


 

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Shawn Todd
Partner, Todd Interests 
Todd founded Todd Interests in 1990 and leads the firm in acquiring, developing and repurposing properties across the US. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Topping Out Visionary Award for his leadership and instrumental role in the development of a number of projects that have had a transformational impact on the community. 


 

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Katrice Hardy 
Executive editor of ‘The Dallas Morning News’
Before taking up this role, Hardy was the executive editor of the IndyStar and Midwest regional editor of USA Today Network. She is a board member of the News Leaders Association and the chair of its diversity committee. Katrice’s newsrooms have won many top honours, including a Pulitzer Prize in national reporting while she led the IndyStar and an IRE Top medal for investigative journalism.

 


 

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Justin B Smith 
Co-founder and CEO, Semafor
Smith is the former CEO of Bloomberg Media. He was previously president of Atlantic Media where he co-founded ‘Quartz’, has served as president of ‘The Week’ magazine, and led corporate strategy at The Economist Group. He received his degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

 


 

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