Carol BrodieCarol Brodie
President and Chief Luxury Officer, Carol Brodie & Co.

Luxury branding expert; business development and marketing advisor; communications strategist; brand ambassador; international speaker; television personality; jewelry connoisseur and media executive depict the professional talents, passions and day-to-day responsibilities of Carol Brodie, president and chief luxury officer of Carol Brodie & Co. and host of HSN’s Rarities Fine Jewelry with Carol Brodie . In 2005, CurtCo Media, publisher of Robb Report, Worth, Showboats International, Art & Antiques and a family of titles targeted to the world’s most affluent readers, appointed Ms. Brodie to the unprecedented position of chief luxury officer. Assuming this leadership role was a natural transition for Ms. Brodie, who joined the magazine publishing powerhouse after eight years as Global Director of Communications for world-renowned jeweler Harry Winston, Inc.   In that position, Ms. Brodie has been credited with expanding the reach and image of the old-world brand to appeal to a younger clientele. Ms. Brodie has become a recognized media personality through numerous appearances on entertainment, business and lifestyle programs discussing various topics such as business trends, luxury living and celebrity style.  Throughout her career, she has appeared as an occasional guest and correspondent on Extra and as a style expert on E! Entertainment Television’s Style Court and ABC’s Extreme Makeover.  Her frequent appearances on The Bachelor, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, Today in New York, CNBC, CNN and Martha Stewart Weddings earned her the moniker, ”The Queen of Luxury.”  Prior to joining Harry Winston in 1997, Ms. Brodie spent four years as a partner at award winning advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, where she managed the Diamond Information Center on behalf of De Beers Consolidated Mines. Not just limited to diamonds, Ms. Brodie has helped build luxury and beauty brands such as Clairol, Revlon Professional Products, Maybelline, Henry Dunay Designs and Gucci Timepieces. Ms. Brodie’s personal interests involve philanthropy, gemology and international travel.  She maintains positions on the committees of several prominent charities including The Boy’s and Girl’s Club, The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and the Food Allergy Initiative.

Gaetano CavalieriDr. Michael E. Conroy
Co-founder, Colibri Consulting
Chairman of the Board, Fair Trade USA

Dr. Michael E. Conroy is a former academic, funder, advocate and analyst of the emergence of new systems for corporate social and environmental accountability. For the past fifteen years he has been at the forefront of the movement to build systems that encourage and reward higher standards of corporate accountability in a wide range of industries, from sustainable forestry and sustainable tourism and ecotourism to certified Fair Trade, and responsible mining. Building on a 25-year academic career as a Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin and later as a Senior Research Scholar and Senior Lecturer at Yale University, Dr. Conroy has taught about, researched, and written about the “certification revolution” that has created unprecedented transformation of global corporate practices on social and environmental fronts over the past 15 years. He has also spent a dozen years outside academia in the philanthropic world, first at the Ford Foundation (nine years) and then with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (three years), building new modes of corporate accountability through support for these same certification systems. His academic record includes the first courses at the University of Texas on the Global Economics of Sustainable Development, a half-dozen academic books, and scores of refereed professional publications. His latest book, published in September 2007, is Branded! How the ‘Certification Revolution’ is Transforming Global Corporations, (Vancouver: New Society Publishers). The book won a Silver Medal in the 2008 Axiom Business Books Awards, qualifying as “one of the two best books on Business Ethics published in English in 2007.”

Michael RaeAnnabel Short
Head of Program, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre


Annabel Short is Head of Program with Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, where she has worked since 2003. The Resource Centre is an international non-profit that monitors companies’ human rights impacts (positive and negative).   It has offices in New York and London, and regional researchers based in India, Senegal, South Africa and Ukraine. The Resource Centre invites companies to respond to allegations of misconduct, to encourage them to address concerns and ensure its coverage is fair. Special portals on the Centre’s website include “Business, Conflict and Peace”, “Corporate Legal Accountability”, and “Tools & Guidance”.   Annabel’s work includes conducting research, overseeing program activities and representing the Centre at a wide range of events. Prior to the Resource Centre, Annabel worked for the consultancy Context where she advised multinationals such as HP, Unilever and Vodafone on their social and environmental strategies and reporting. She has also worked as a freelance journalist, writing for the Ecologist, Ethical Corporation, Geographical magazine and other publications.   Annabel has academic qualifications in international human rights law(certificate, London School of Economics), international development (MSc, London University) journalism (Postgraduate Diploma, City University) and languages (MA in Spanish and French, Edinburgh University). Annabel lives in New York City.

Damien CodyPeter Singer
Ira DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University


Peter Singer was born in Melbourne, Australia, on July 6, 1946, and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. He has taught at the University of Oxford, La Trobe University and Monash University. Since 1999 he has been Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. From 2005, he has also held the part-time position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. Peter Singer first became well-known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation in 1975. Since then he has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 40 other books, including Practical Ethics; The Expanding Circle; How Are We to Live?, Rethinking Life and Death, The Ethics of What  We Eat (with Jim Mason) and most recently, The Life You Can Save.   His works have appeared in more than 20 languages. He is the author of the major article on Ethics in the current edition of the Encylopaedia Britannica.  Two collections of his writings have been published: Writings on an Ethical Life, which he edited, and Unsanctifying Human Life, edited by Helga Kuhse, and also two collections of critical essays, with responses: Singer and Critics, edited by Dale Jamieson, and Peter Singer Under Fire, edited by Jeffrey Schaler. Outside academic life, Peter Singer is a member of the Leadership Council of Oxfam America, a Vice-President of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (UK),and a member of the Advisory Board of GiveWell.net. In 2005 Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Peter Singer is married, with three daughters and three grandchildren. His recreations, apart from reading and writing, include hiking and surfing.

Jean Claude MichelouRoy Williams
Founder, Wizard Academy Institute

Nicknamed "the Wizard of Ads" by an early client, Roy H. Williams and his staff have often been the unseen, pivotal force in amazing come-from-behind victories in the worlds of business, politics, and finance. A lifelong student of humanity, Roy H. Williams has spent a quarter-century asking, "What makes people do the things they do?" With over forty branch offices in the US, Canada, the UK , Australia and Guatemala; Wizard of Ads, Inc., is now serving the advertising and marketing needs of business owners around the globe. His books and Monday Morning Memos are a constant source of fascination and entertainment for his students and friends. The Wizard of Ads, Secret Formulas of the Wizard of Ads,and Magical Worlds of the Wizard of Ads all reached bestseller status. Williams teaches creative thinking, strategic planning and human persuasion in a 3-day Wizard Academy that, since its launch in May of 2000, has attracted a roster of students that includes many of the world's most forward-thinking and successful CEOs, educators, journalists, inventors and consultants.