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Frank G. Mancuso has had a distinguished career in the entertainment and communication industry spanning four decades, culminating with his leadership of Paramount Pictures Corporation and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.  During his tenure as Chairman/CEO of MGM, he successfully revived the renowned studio by rebuilding both its film and television operations, acquiring both Orion Pictures Corporation and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and effectively led it through the process of once again becoming a public company. Under his leadership, MGM... Read More »

Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty III is Chairman and President of McLarty Associates, formerly Kissinger McLarty Associates. McLarty is also the Chief Executive Officer of McLarty Companies. From 1993-1994 McLarty was the White House Chief of Staff. He followed that position by serving as a counselor to President Clinton, a member on the National Economic Council, and a Special Envoy for the Americas. As Special Envoy, McLarty was actively involved in the creation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Farah Pandith has been a political appointee in the George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama administrations. She left government at the end of January 2014 for Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she maintains an affiliation. She is driving efforts to counter extremism through new organizations, programs, and initiatives. She was appointed the first-ever special representative to Muslim Communities in June 2009 by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Office of the Special Representative was... Read More »

Ambassador Pickering is vice chairman of Hills & Company, an international consulting firm providing advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad, particularly in emerging market economies. He retired in 2006 as senior vice president international relations for Boeing. He has had a career spanning five decades as a U.S. diplomat, serving as under secretary of state for political affairs, ambassador to the United Nations, ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan and El Salvador. He also... Read More »

Margot Pritzker is the founder and President of, a Chicago-area network that matches women who are committed to volunteering their professional expertise with non-profit organizations that have specific and immediate volunteer needs. She is also chair of the Zohar Education Project, Inc. and director of the Pritzker Early Childhood Foundation. Pritzker serves on the board of trustees at the Aspen Institute, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the University of... Read More »