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Alex RodriguezFounder And Chief Executive Officer, A-Rod Corp
Elizabeth CutlerCo-Founder, SoulCycle
Christopher GaviganFounder And Chief Purpose Officer, The Honest Company
Pauline BrownFormer Chairman of North America at Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Elizabeth BrowneVice President and Head of Business Development, DNS Capital, LLC
Wednesday, May 8 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Best known for his unparalleled accomplishments on the baseball field, Alex Rodriguez stands as one of the greatest athletes in the world. Through the course of his 22-year career, Mr. Rodriguez hit an extraordinary 696 home runs, has hit more grand slams than any person in history, and is one of only 29 players to join the 3,000 hit club. Mr. Rodriguez is a 3-time MVP, a 14-time all-star, and a 2009 World Series Champion with the New York Yankees.
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, that manages both internal and external capital and employs more than 500 people.
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.
Tuesday, May 7 | 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
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’sMost Creative People in Business. In 2015, Cutler and Rice were honored as two of AdWeek’sBrand 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.
Tuesday, May 7 | 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Christopher Gavigan is a best-selling author and the 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.
Tuesday, May 7 | 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
For more than 25 years, Pauline Brown has acquired, built, and led the world’s most influential global luxury brands. Pauline served as the Chairman of North America for the world’s leading luxury goods company, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, where she provided regional leadership for about 70 brands in 5 sectors including fashion & leather goods, watches & jewelry, perfume & cosmetics, wine & spirits, and selective retailing. While at LVMH, Pauline also served on the board of L Capital, a private equity fund backed by LVMH, as well as on the boards of several LVMH subsidiaries including Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, and Fresh Cosmetics. In 2016, Pauline joined the faculty of the Harvard Business School, designing and teaching a new interdisciplinary course for graduate students named “The Business of Aesthetics.”
Pauline Brown boasts unparalleled expertise when it comes to understanding why long-term financial value in today’s world rests on an ability to deliver aesthetic value. Touching on the strategies that have built consumer demand and loyalty for booming brands in the age of Amazon, she explains how such companies are rewarded not only for eliciting a high degree of pleasure in those who buy their goods and services, but also for spurring desirability among others who aspire to them. Pauline focuses on helping organizations discern and appraise businesses through their own senses—a critical and oftentimes under-developed skill set for corporate executives, entrepreneurs and investors alike—as well as to analyze the issues and challenges of running aesthetic business from a strategic, financial, organizational and cultural vantage.
In addition to her operational experience in the luxury goods sector, Pauline Brown also boasts a successful track record as an investor in luxury brands. Before joining LVMH, she was a Managing Director at private equity firm The Carlyle Group, where she helped build the firm’s global consumer and retail practice, co-led deals, and served on the boards of portfolio companies including the European sportswear brand Moncler and the American beauty brand Philosophy. Earlier in her career, Pauline held senior executive positions in the global beauty industry including Head of Corporate Strategy and New Business Development at The Estee Lauder Companies. There, she led all mergers, acquisitions, and licensing activities and helped to expand Estee Lauder’s portfolio from eight to 25 distinct beauty brands. She reported to the Company’s CEO and was a member of its Executive Committee. Pauline began her career as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company.
Tuesday, May 7 | 11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
DNS Capital is the family office for Gigi Pritzker, Michael Pucker and their immediate family. DNS Capital takes a long-term and flexible approach to investing by building relationships with business owners, management teams and entrepreneurs to align interests, evolve businesses and create lasting value with a sense of purpose and a sense of humor.
Elizabeth is a Vice President on the investment team and the Head of Business Development for DNS Capital. Prior to joining DNS Capital in 2015, Elizabeth was an Associate in Goldman Sachs’ investment management division in Chicago. While there, Elizabeth advised entrepreneurs, business-owning families and family offices on asset allocation, portfolio management and direct investing strategies. Her previous experience included working for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Beijing. Elizabeth received her MBA in Finance and International Business from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her BA from McGill University with Great Distinction, where she was a recipient of the Mary Coppin Scholarship.