Alexia Brue is the co-founder of Well+Goodread moreAlexia Brue
Alexia Brue is the co-founder of Well+Good, the award-winning wellness media company, and she served as CEO until Leaf Group (NYSE: LEAF) acquired Well+Good in June 2018. She’s currently SVP of the Fitness & Wellness Group at Leaf Group, which is comprised of Well+Good, Livestrong.com, and My Plate. The three digital properties collectively reach 30 million people every month and create compelling and actionable content and events aimed at informing and inspiring people to find their personalized wellness recipe. Brue is a frequent commentator on digital media, entrepreneurship, and wellness and has been featured in outlets including CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, the New York Times, Fast Company, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, AdWeek, and Digiday. Brue earned her BA in Classics from Grinnell College and her MA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
(Treasurer) is a private investor focusing on financial servicesread moreBilly Doniger
(Treasurer) is a private investor focusing on financial services and real estate opportunities. From 1998-2010, Bill worked at Fortress Investment Group, a $60 billion alternative investment management firm. At Fortress, Bill served in various roles, including head of U.S. private equity acquisitions and head of global strategy. He also was a member of the firm's management committee. Bill graduated from Princeton University in 1988, where he was a four-year starter for the Men’s Varsity Soccer team. Bill is married with three daughters and currently resides in Greenwich, CT.
Allison Grover is a former investment banker who today combinesread moreAllison Grover
Allison Grover is a former investment banker who today combines her business acumen with her longtime involvement in the fitness community. With a focus on the boutique fitness space, she currently serves as a Strategic Advisor to Jetsweat, a premium digital content fitness app, and Body Space Fitness, a leading NYC training facility. From 2014 through 2016, Allison was President of Terez, a performance activewear line made in New York City. Prior to Terez, she spent over a decade in finance as an investment banker and equity trader, most recently as Vice President in Goldman Sachs’ Securities Division. While there, she served on the firm’s LGBT Network Steering Committee, developing and implementing its LGBT Ally Strategy, which won the HRC Innovation Award for Workplace Equality in 2011. Allison also worked for Vestar Capital Partners and Morgan Stanley & Co. She currently serves on the board of Athlete Ally, an LGBT non-profit.
Born and raised in Montreal, Allison received a BA in Business Administration with honors from the University of Western Ontario, and lives in Manhattan with her family.
Susan Fisher Haag
is the founder and principal designer at juice DESIGN, a creative designread moreSusan Fisher Haag
is the founder and principal designer at juice DESIGN, a creative design studio in NYC’s West Village. After graduating from Parsons School of Design, she earned a Masters Degree in Fine Art in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University, School of Art. Susan and her husband divide their time between NYC and Sag Harbor.
is a seasoned entrepreneur committed to making a meaningfulread moreErica Huss
is a seasoned entrepreneur committed to making a meaningful contribution to the world of wellness through her work in healthy food, beverage, fitness and lifestyle. She has co-founded companies dedicated to bringing wellness to a mass audience, including BluePrint Cleanse, the original fresh pressed juice company offering home delivery and customized programs. Prior to Blueprint, Erica worked in public relations, representing chefs, restaurants and wine brands and drawing on her previous experience in hospitality management with Morgans Hotel Group. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech as a Theater major and French minor. She worked for two years as a professional dancer, but to date has not gone pro in French. Erica grew up in New York City and attended Hunter College Elementary and High Schools, one of the earliest participants in WITS. Not early enough, though—she liked the cafeteria salad bar but always thought it could have used some real improvement.
David Mansbach, CCP, is a Managing Director at AETHOS Consultingread moreDavid Mansbach
David Mansbach, CCP, is a Managing Director at AETHOS Consulting Group. With more than two decades of involvement, practice and knowledge within the hospitality industry, his primary expertise includes executive recruitment, compensation consulting and succession planning. He is also an investor in early-stage restaurant companies and a human capital artificial intelligence technology platform. He graduated from the University of Hartford in 1991. A frequent lecturer on industry-related issues, David has written more than 100 articles on the topics of senior-level executive recruitment, compensation strategy and succession planning initiatives.
(Chairman) is the CEO of Chop’t Creative Salad Company, theread moreNick Marsh
(Chairman) is the CEO of Chop’t Creative Salad Company, the leader of the premium salad segment with over 40 restaurants in New York, Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland. Under his leadership, Chop’t is committed to changing the future of “fast food.” Nick became the lead investor at Chop't in 2005, through his investment fund, GrowthPoint Restaurants. He is also the lead investor and Executive Chairman of Mendocino Farms, a twelve-unit fast casual sandwich chain based in Los Angeles, CA. Earlier in his career, Nick was President and Chief Operating Officer of Cosi Restaurants. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1990.
is General Counsel of Fir Tree Partners, an NYC-based hedge fund,read moreBrian Meyer
is General Counsel of Fir Tree Partners, an NYC-based hedge fund, and is responsible for overseeing the firm's legal, compliance, human resources, insurance and regulatory matters. Before joining Fir Tree in 2005, Brian was a Managing Director at Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a media-focused private equity firm and investment bank. From 1997 until 2004, Brian worked closely with Fir Tree Partners as General Counsel of The Official Information Company, a Fir Tree investment. Before that, he was Senior Corporate Counsel at Revlon, Inc. Brian began his professional career specializing in M&A, corporate, securities and banking law at the law firms of Latham & Watkins and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Brian received a J.D. degree from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall, where he was Executive Editor of the California Law Review, and received a B.A. in History and graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Berkeley.
began her career as a features reporter in Montgomery, Alabama.read moreBecca Parrish
began her career as a features reporter in Montgomery, Alabama. After a stint in Atlanta as communications manager for a non-profit group, she moved to New York in 1997 to pursue a career in public relations. With nearly 20 years in the media business, Becca has built a career on listening and delivering. She has established fruitful, long-term relationships with a wide range of lifestyle, broadcast, travel and culinary media. She believes in the power of elegant PR — that which is largely invisible. Her approach is appreciated by some of the country's most acclaimed chefs, hoteliers and restaurateurs. Whether working with legendary properties or establishing new talent, Becca is naturally creative, strategic and focused on delivering results that exceed her clients' expectations. A native of Pensacola, Florida, Becca earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a fellowship from the Poynter Institute of Media Studies, and a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Florida State University. She is the proud mom of a trencherman and she, too, lives to eat.
is global co-head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s clientread moreCraig Russell
is global co-head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s client business, with global sales and client relationship management responsibility of mutual funds and separate accounts for corporate pension plans, public pension plans, foundations and endowments, insurers as well as third party intermediaries. He is also responsible for the global distribution of cash products sold directly and on a third party basis. Craig is co-chair of the Investment Management Division Client and Business Standards Committee. He joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2007 and was named partner in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Craig was a managing director at Reservoir Capital Group, a private investment firm based in New York. Craig serves on the Board of Directors of Wellness in the Schools and the Crime Victim’s Treatment Center. Craig earned a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1988 and serves on the Industrial and Operations Engineering department’s Advisory Board.
is the Managing Director and Head of Americas Advisory at UBS.read moreJamie Sutherland
is the Managing Director and Head of Americas Advisory at UBS. Jamie is
responsible for global client-facing advisory sales teams within UBS Equities Americas including specialty sales and the corporate access business. Jamie is a member of the Global Distribution Executive Committee, Americas Distribution Committee, and Americas Cash Management Committee. Prior to joining UBS, Jamie was co-head of New York Global Equity Sales at Goldman Sachs. She joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in 1999 within Goldman Sachs Asset Management and moved to the Securities Division in 2001 to help grow the Firm’s Institutional Equity relationships. Jamie was named Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in 2010.
Jamie earned a BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish from the University of Virginia in 1999.