Featured Keynote

Wednesday, May 8 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Floridian Ballroom

Closing Keynote: A Conversation with Alex Rodriguez

The closing keynote will feature a dynamic moderated discussion with Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez, former MLB Superstar and Founder and CEO of A-Rod Corp.

Moderated by Jason Brown, Partner at Victory Park Capital

Alex Rodriguez
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, A-Rod Corp

Over the course of his iconic baseball career, Mr. Rodriguez also built a tremendously successful investment firm with the purchase of a single duplex in 2003. Mr. Rodriguez subsequently founded A-Rod Corp, and created a fully-integrated real estate investment and development firm, while managing a record-breaking baseball career. Following the company’s success in real estate, A-Rod Corp broadened its investment mandate to encompass assets across a wider array of industries, including sports and wellness, media, and entertainment. With a flexible and opportunistic investment mandate, the firm focuses on long-term ownership opportunities, where it can add value and deliver superior, risk-adjusted returns. Today, A-Rod Corp is a fully integrated investment firm, led by Alex Rodriguez and a team of seasoned investment professionals.

Mr. Rodriguez also maintains an active sports, television, and media presence. He currently serves as a special advisor to Hal Steinbrenner, co-chairman of the New York Yankees. In addition, Mr. Rodriguez is currently signed with three major television networks, including Fox, ABC, and CNBC. Notably, he joined Fox Sports as a MLB analyst in 2015 and became an Emmy award-winning baseball commentator within two years. He also serves as a collaborator on ABC’s Good Morning America and Nightline. Mr. Rodriguez is a guest on ABC’s Shark Tank, and in the Fall of 2017, debuted a CNBC television series in which he served as a business mentor to former athletes facing financial distress.

Keynote Panel

Tuesday, May 7 | 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Floridian Ballroom

A Discussion with Elizabeth Cutler and Christopher Gavigan

This keynote will feature a compelling discussion between Elizabeth Cutler, Co-Founder of SoulCycle and Christopher Gavigan, Co-founder and Chief Purpose Officer at The Honest Company.

Moderated by Karin Kovacic, Managing Director, East Coast Region, Monroe Capital LLC

Elizabeth Cutler
Co-Founder, SoulCycle

Elizabeth Cutler is an entrepreneur best known for co-creating the fitness phenomenon, SoulCycle. Cutler served as Co-CEO at SoulCycle from 2006 to 2015 before becoming Co-Chief Creative Officer in 2015.

Cutler and her partner Julie Rice started SoulCycle in 2006 in the rear lobby of an Upper West Side dance studio found on Craigslist. Cutler and Rice grew the company to 60 studios as founders, CEO’s, and Creative Officers before departing in 2016.

After a 10-year sprint with SoulCycle, Elizabeth Cutler now works with various founders in the capacity of advising, investing and board work through both Life Shop and Dopamine Ventures.

Cutler and Rice were honored as one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Builders + Innovators in 2013 and 2014 and SoulCycle was voted one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Fitness of 2013 by Fast Company. Cutler and Rice were contributing editors to The Wall Street Journal’s Accelerators column and in 2015, Cutler and Rice were voted one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business. In 2015, Cutler and Rice were honored as two of AdWeek’s Brand Geniuses.

She remains engaged in both profit and non-profit enterprises including The Wing, Urban Stems, Universal Standard, WTHN, Crisis Text Line and SHOFCO. The common thread in all of these projects is their inspiration for community and wellness, and to serve as vehicles for human betterment.

Christopher Gavigan
Co-founder and Chief Purpose Officer, The Honest Company

Christopher Gavigan is a best-selling author and the Co-founder + Chief Purpose Officer of iconic lifestyle brand The Honest Company. With actress Jessica Alba, he founded the company to empower and educate the next generation of consumers to challenge the marketplace to think about the people they serve. This idea and his passion for it have been integral in growing the Honest Company from concept to a $1.7 billion organization, experiencing what Forbes called “an absurd level of growth.” Named a Men’s Fitness “Game Changer,” and EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015, Gavigan shares the keys to The Honest Company’s success: fostering authentic consumer relationships paired with a relentless entrepreneurial spirit.

In Honest’s first year selling products in 2012, it hit $12 million in revenue. In 2014, it was $150+ million, and predictions for 2016 set expectations at more than $300+ million.

Gavigan grew Healthy Child Healthy World’s annual budget by four times in six years and built strategic partnerships with Google, WebMD, Target, Seventh Generation, Microsoft, Babycenter, Universal Studios, Stonyfield Farms, Whole Foods, and many other market leaders.

Gavigan sits on the board of directors of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Children Environmental Health Center (CEHC), is a chief advisor to the Green Product Innovation Institute, and is on the advisory boards of Healthy Child Healthy World, SAIL Venture Partners, and UCLA’s Environmental Health Sciences Department.