Laura Angel Lalanne

Laura Angel-Lalanne is special counsel at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, where she represents high-net-worth individuals in estate planning and trust and estate administration, with an emphasis on charitable planning. Laura assists clients with the creation and administration of private foundations and the negotiation of charitable grants and gifts. She advises educational institutions and other public charities, including many pro bono clients, with respect to tax-exempt status, board governance, policies and procedures, endowment administration and planned giving. Laura earned a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, co-chairing the HLS ArtsPanel. She serves on Only Make Believe’s board, and the New York Historical Society’s Planned Giving Advisory Council.


Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett recently founded Caravanserai Project, dedicated to helping others on their journey working with social impact and entrepreneurs after 13 years as the CEO of United Cerebral Palsy, World Wide. He has 30 years of experience in the nonprofit health sector, including as CEO of AIDS Project Los Angeles, and Advanced Health Plans Development Corporation. He serves on the boards of The California Endowment, a $4 billion healthcare foundation, The Arcus Foundation, and Save the Chimps. He was a founding partner of Schwab, Bennett and Associates, one of the country’s premier business consulting firms, with a focus on health care.


Erik Cooke

Erik is the senior director of grant development and research for Easterseals, one of the country’s largest disability service providers. He has helped Easterseals secure more than $100 million in federal and foundation support. Previously, Erik led government relations and grant development for Feed the Children, an organization dedicated to ending hunger around the world. He is also an independent consultant to human service and health organizations and has long taught at American University on theories of democracy and human rights. Other positions include offices in the U.S. Senate, at Witness for Peace, the International Scholar Laureate Program, and presidential campaigns. He is active in mentoring programs and community gardens.


James Hodge

With a deliberate focus on meaning and purpose rather than on money, Jim inspired the most remarkable gifts of significance in his 30-year career at Mayo Clinic. A sought-after keynote speaker and presenter, Jim conducts seminars and workshops on benefactor-centric, relationship-based, inquiry-driven philanthropy. As he did at Mayo, Jim continues to be the chief strategist for philanthropy at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus working with benefactors who make leadership gifts to advance research, education and clinical care at the medical center.


Kamala Maddali

Kamala Maddali is a life sciences executive and board advisor with over 20 years of deep expertise in precision medicine, implementing strategic initiatives across many Fortune 500 companies, including Merck and Co., Quintiles, and Quest Diagnostics. She has two doctorates, one in pharmacology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and one in veterinary medicine from Tirupati, India. She is the global vice president for Deep Lens, an Artificial Intelligence company focused on precision medicine, and also serves as an advisory board member for cancer patient advocacies and digital health companies. Her drive comes in part from her experience with a rare disease that looks a lot like multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.


Joff Masukawa

Joff Masukawa is president and founder of Diligentia Strategy, a life-sciences consultancy founded in 2015. Prior to that, he was the vice president and global head of government relations and public affairs at Shire, where he designed and led strategies to build the company’s brand, engagement and leadership with government officials, patient advocacy groups, payors, industry associations and other key external stakeholders. A first-generation American, Joff is a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion in life sciences. He collaborates across the industry, nongovernmental organizations, and his personal network to convene important conversations and forums to advance the cause of older adults, racial and ethnic minorities, and the LGTBQ+ community.


Herb Schultz

Herb K. Schultz’s career includes decades of recognized leadership as a bi-partisan strategic leader of both public, private, nonprofit, and philanthropic organizations at the local, state, and national levels. Currently, Schultz is the president of HKS Strategies LLC. HKS Strategies consults with and advises C-Suite level executives and an array of public and private entities regarding government relations, public affairs, and coalition-building. Schultz specializes in policy issues related to the social determinants of health, health equity, health disparities, and COVID-19, among others. Schultz received his bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies from American University in Washington, D.C., and has a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University, also in Washington, D.C.


Joe Sparkman

Joe Sparkman decided to follow his dreams in music after he got his multiple sclerosis diagnosis. He started working with Ne-Yo and went on to produce several prominent artist, such as Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Joe, Snoop, Christina Milian, Heather Headley, Emeli Sande, Nicole Scherzinger, Missy Elliot, Prince Royce, among others. He won several awards: Grammy, ASCAP Award, multiple Platinum and Gold plaques, and an African Music Award. After his music career, he continued to dream big and co-founded a million-dollar medical and pharmaceutical company (Medsav). He’s currently an advisor to the board at Roche, a district activist leader for the National MS Society, a member of the Government Relations Advisory Committee, and during the 2020 elections the Georgia Democrats delegated Joe as a precinct chairman.