Art Bilger, Founder & CEO, is currently an active venture capital investor. He has been an investor in and director of various private companies including Akamai Technologies, Inc., where he also served as Vice Chairman. He was also President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of New World Communications Group, Inc.; a founding partner of Apollo Advisors, LP and Executive Vice President, Co-Head of Corporate Finance and a Director of Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc.
Art serves on the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School Board of Overseers and sits on the Board’s Executive Committee. He is also Vice Chairman of the Skirball Cultural Center; a Board member of Bet Tzedek; an Advisory Board Member for the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, and a member of the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs.
He was an Executive Producer for the film 20 Feet From Stardom, which won the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature and the 2013 award for Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards. Art’s career began with the completion of his B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and subsequent MBA from The University of Chicago.
Glenn Golenberg, Executive Committee, is an experienced investment banking professional with more than three decades of private equity investment, merchant banking and corporate advisory operations, including strategy and governance. Mr. Golenberg has been involved in all aspects of corporate growth, advising a full range of clients, from entrepreneurs, private and public corporations, to family offices and private equity funds.
Mr. Golenberg, an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a CPA, is known for successfully challenging operations, business models, strategies, underlying assumptions, operating performance and leadership development to achieve sustainable competitive advantage.
Mr. Golenberg has been chairman and director of 26 organizations—11 public and 15 private companies. During his career, Mr. Golenberg also has advised numerous charitable, cultural, and educational institutions, including Cedars Sinai Medical Center Board of Governors, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Jewish Community Foundation, Los Angeles Jewish Federation, United Jewish Fund, Kennedy Center’s National Committee for the Performing Arts, Wharton Graduate Board, USC Visiting Committee, Miami University (Ohio) Business Advisory Board and Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. He is currently actively involved with a number of companies.
Dennis Miller, Executive Committee, has a professional history that includes over 25 years of knowledge and experience in numerous early-stage and established media, entertainment and technology companies. Dennis has served as a director of Nexstar since February 2014.
From 2013 until April 2014, Dennis served as President of Operations for TV Guide Network, a highly distributed entertainment network owned by CBS Corporation and Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation. From 2011 to 2013, Dennis was as an independent consultant to MediaLink and Lionsgate. From 2005 to 2011, he was a General Partner at Spark Capital, a venture fund with an investment focus on the conflux of the media, entertainment and technology industries.
Prior to joining Spark Capital, Dennis served as Managing Director for Constellation Ventures, the venture arm of Bear Stearns. His portfolio of investments included CSTV, TVONE, Capital IQ, and K12, which went public in 2007.
Before focusing on venture capital investing, Dennis served as Executive Vice President of Lionsgate, a global entertainment company with motion picture, television, home entertainment and digital media operations, which he joined in 1998. From 1995 to 1998, Dennis Miller was the Executive Vice President of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a global motion picture, television and entertainment production and distribution company. He was Executive Vice President of Turner Network Television from 1991 to 1995, during the cable channel’s early inception. From 1990 to 1995, he was Executive Vice President of Turner Network Television.
Dennis began his career as an attorney with Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Phillips in Los Angeles. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Boalt Law School and a B.A. in political science from the University of California at San Diego.
Jane Oates, Executive Committee, was nominated by President Barack Obama to join Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis’ leadership team at the Department of Labor in April, 2009. Confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training on June 19, 2009, she led the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) in its mission to design and deliver high-quality training and employment programs for our nation’s workers.
Prior to her appointment, Jane served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and Senior Advisor to Governor Jon S. Corzine. Jane served for nearly a decade as Senior Policy Advisor for Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Jane began her career as a teacher in the Boston and Philadelphia public schools and later as a field researcher at Temple University’s Center for Research in Human Development and Education. She received her BA in Education from Boston College, and an M.Ed in Reading from Arcadia University.
Barry Munitz, Executive Committee, is Chancellor Emeritus of the California State University System, President of the Cotsen Foundations for the Art of Teaching and for Academic Research, and Senior Advisor to the Milken Institute. Munitz served as President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, overseeing the two museums, the Foundation, the Research and the Conservation Institutes, and managing the endowment portfolio. At California State University he supervised the expansion from 18 to 23 campuses, with student enrollment now reaching over one half million, and more than 50,000 employees. As a corporate executive for a decade, he was President of Federated Development, and vice chairman of the publicly held Maxxam Corporation, a natural resources, finance, and real estate holding company.
He was the founding (and the only) chair of California’s P-16 Council, a group of education, business, and community leaders charged with developing strategies to improve education from preschool through post-graduate, while also chairing the California Education Roundtable. He is the vice chair of the Broad Family Education Foundation (TBC), was a 20 year director at Navient (formerly Sallie Mae), is a corporate director for Rocky Mountain Resources, was a public director of the Sun America Corporation, Kaufman & Broad, and LeapFrog Incorporated, and chaired the board of trustees at Sierra Nevada College and the American Council of Education.
Munitz is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and held the White House seat on the Congressional Higher Education Cost Commission. He was Chancellor of the University of Houston and academic vice president of the University of Illinois system. He received a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Princeton University, after a Baccalaureate degree at Brooklyn College, and holds honorary degrees from Whittier College, Claremont Graduate University, the California State University, the University of Southern California, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, and the University of Edinburgh.
George Hornig, Executive Committee, is a venture investor, advisor and director of many public and private companies spanning diverse sectors including fin tech, manufacturing, health care and cyber security.
From 2010 – 2016, George was a Senior Managing Director of PineBridge Investments, an asset manager with over $80 billion under management. George led the restructuring of the operations of this former division of AIG Insurance to make it an independent company after its divestiture, including reducing annualized company expenses by more than $60 million.
Prior to joining PineBridge, George spent 11 years at Credit Suisse Asset Management as Global Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Americas, at Deutsche Bank. In 1988, he was a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Wasserstein Perella and Company, following his tenure at The First Boston Corp. George also practiced law for two years at Skadden Arps at the start of his career.
George is currently of Director of Forrester Research (public technology research company), Chairman of KBL Merger IV (public SPAC), Edelman (communications marketing firm), Vntana (interactive hologram technology company), Trinity Cyber (advanced cyber security technology company), Babiators (children’s sunglasses company) and Synthesis Blockchain Financial Group (crypto asset mining and trading firm).
George received his AB in Economics from Harvard College, his MBA from Harvard Business School and his JD from Harvard Law School.
Joan Lynch, Chief Content and Programming Officer, is a highly decorated television and film executive whose extensive background in news, digital, and sports content gives her an extraordinarily unique approach to storytelling that consistently pays off. While serving as Vice President and Executive Producer of Content Development at ESPN Inc, Joan oversaw scripted, unscripted, documentaries, and branded content. Joan, a two-time Peabody Award winner, was named to the list of Most Powerful Women in Cable in 2011 after overseeing the multi-award winning 30 For 30 series.
Lynch is known for her dedication to reaching targeted demographics of all races, ages and genders across the globe, and on every media platform. Prior to ESPN, Joan spent 10 years at ABC News and Yahoo as a producer in both digital and television.
Richard Ramirez, Co-Chief Operating Officer, has held senior executive positions in a variety of traditional and new media enterprises. His experience includes an extensive array of early stage ventures in new/digital media companies, including Traffic.com where he was CEO, Academy 1,2,3, K12 Corp., Cardean Learning Group, and Voxy. Richard’s traditional media experience encompasses television stations, domestic and international cable and satellite (DBS) networks and radio stations. He has held executive positions with media giants NBC/Universal, Univision and Viacom/CBS, in addition to several traditional media early stage ventures.
A graduate of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, Richard is the past President of the Boston College Varsity Club, past Chairman of the Boston College Hall of Fame Selection Committee and a member of the Advisory Board for the College of Social Innovation.
Stanley Levy, Co-Chief Operating Officer, is a distinguished lawyer in both the business and non-profit world. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from American Lawyer magazine and a Lawyer of the Year award from California Lawyer magazine.
Stan is a founder of three of the oldest and most prominent public interest law firms in the United States, Western Center on Law & Poverty, Public Counsel and Bet Tzedek, which have collectively represented hundreds of thousands of low income individuals and have won some of the most significant legal precedents in American law. Stan is also the Founding National Director of The Holocaust Survivors Justice Network a coordinated network of over 2500 lawyers across the United States and Canada which have provided free legal services to thousands of Holocaust Survivors enabling them to recover over $25 million in Holocaust Reparations, for which Stan received the American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award.
In the commercial law field, Stan was the successful lead counsel in two of the most nationally significant financial services and securities federal court cases of the 1980’s, Penn Square Bank and Burlington Northern Rail Road Securities, and in the 1990’s served as General Counsel of Guess?, Inc. the high profile international fashion and apparel company. Also in the 90’s Stan was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as a member of the White House Apparel Industry Partnership of industry leaders, federal government agency representatives and labor leaders to develop and implement fair labor standards for US apparel and footwear made overseas and sold in the U.S.
For the past 18 years, Stan has been a member of the prominent national law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. A former adjunct law professor and currently a member of the Institutional Biological Safety Committee of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Stan is also a Rabbi and has founded a synagogue and a seminary training Rabbis, Cantors and Jewish Chaplains.
Melissa Panzer, Executive Producer of Video Content, is President and Executive Producer of award-winning Don’t Panic Productions. She has a decade of experience in the entertainment industry. Melissa has produced national commercials including Hallmark and Reebok, and recently sold an unscripted television show to the Playboy Channel for which she will serve as Executive Producer. Melissa also served as Executive Producer for her ESPN New York Series, “The Pretty Good Sports Show,” and contributed to The ESPY’s, Red Bull: New Year: No Limits, Homecoming with Rick Reilly, Her Story – Ten Times Over, and the acclaimed 30 For 30 series. Melissa is a graduate of Syracuse University and was born and raised in Bridgewater, NJ.
Geoff Sadow, Managing Editor and Executive Producer of Events, is an award winning multimedia journalist, producer and news executive. During his 20 years at ABC News, Geoff rose to become a Managing Editor and made the leap to digital as a senior member of the team which launched ABC News Now, the first full time streaming news channel. Geoff also helped launch News Corp.’s revolutionary iPad news publication, The Daily. As Senior Managing Producer of the World Science Festival, Geoff built and led a world class team at the intersection of Science, Multimedia and the Arts. Most recently, Geoff has contributed to various TV and digital productions at TIME and Bloomberg Politics. Geoff has worked with Nobel Laureates, Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award winning directors, reporters and actors and is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.
Theresa Collington, Executive Producer of Digital and Content Partners, is known for her expertise in digital media and re-aligning traditional business work flows to include digital content gathering and production, generating high traffic and engagement to content published on digital platforms, analysis of digital metrics, and overseeing enterprise digital concepts and ideas through to execution and success. Prior to joining WorkingNation, Collington served for over 14 years as the Director of Digital Content and Operations for WTSP-TV, the CBS affiliate in Tampa Bay. In this role, she oversaw development of digital platforms and strategies for content, advertising, production, social media, mobile and app development, and digital content distribution for the 10 News network of over 49 digital properties. Theresa started her broadcast career at ABC News in New York, has won several awards, and has held several executive level television and digital positions. Currently, she teaches advanced digital skills to journalists and educators at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida and Advanced Interactive News to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Florida and National University.
Kristin Falzon, Producer, has worked most recently in the news media industry as a Digital Content Producer for WTSP-TV, the CBS affiliate in Tampa Bay. She is known for her ability to execute newly enterprised digital roles within traditional organizations, her expertise in producing content across television and digital platforms, and working across departments in collaboration with marketers, sales teams and broadcasters to execute flawless interactive storytelling. Prior to joining WorkingNation, Kristin coordinated the launch and content generation for 38 hyperlocal websites and accompanying social profiles covering areas of Central and South Florida. Just prior to joining WorkingNation, Kristin focused on the development and execution of a new concept—a digital-only streaming center where she produced live video during breaking and developing news for the station’s online, social media and television platforms simultaneously.
Matthew Parke, Producer, is a writer and social media manager with more than 20 years of experience working in the news industry. He is formerly a digital content producer for WTSP-TV, the CBS affiliate in Tampa Bay where he helped create and manage content across multiple platforms. His sportswriting has appeared in The Tampa Tribune, the Boston Globe and the Key West Citizen. He graduated with his M.A. in journalism and media studies from the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg in 2011 and received his B.A. in History from the University of Florida in 2004.
Jay Tipton, Associate Producer, is the Founder and President of the recently formed production company, Banging Coconuts, which focuses on commercials, short films and documentaries. He’s produced, production managed and coordinated commercials for GMC, Walmart and Reebok. In 2016, Jay served as one of the Producers and the Unit Production Manager for the independent film Izzy Gets The F*ck Across Town. Prior to joining the WorkingNation team he worked on the critically acclaimed 2015 film The Gift. Jay’s entertainment career began as an Agent Trainee in United Talent Agency’s Production Department where he worked with some of the industries most talented film and television producers, cinematographers and production designers. He is an extremely proud Indiana Hoosier.
Ramona Schindelheim, Executive Producer and Senior Business Correspondent, is an award-winning financial journalist who has worked for CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, and ABC News. While serving as Executive Producer for CNBC, Ramona oversaw the content and production for three daily business news shows, produced numerous documentaries, and launched the talk show Conversations with Michael Eisner. Her signature live programming took shows like Power Lunch to dozens of cities around the country, examining the economic conditions and speaking with Fortune 500 CEOs headquartered in the area. Ramona lead ABC News’s economic and market coverage through such important events as 9/11, the Enron scandal, and the housing market collapse. At the Wall Street Journal, she Executive Produced and wrote the newspaper’s first digital documentaries, which included one-on-one interviews with prominent financial leaders and policymakers. Ramona has won numerous awards, including two EMMYS, two Peabodys, two duPonts, a Gracie, and two Golden Mics for investigative journalism. In addition to working as a journalist, Ramona ran her own media consulting firm in New York, coaching and branding CEOs and entrepreneurs. Writing is her passion. She’s just finished her first screenplay and, with her writing partner and husband Michael Schindelheim, has a deal with a production company for a scripted television show.
Jeffrey Schneider, PR Advisor, is the Co-Founder and Principal of The Lead PR. He has represented world famous individuals and leading news media, entertainment, and not-for-profit institutions. As a senior executive at ABC News from 2000-2014, Jeffrey was responsible for global communications at the news division. He oversaw communications for all ABC platforms and businesses, including Good Morning America, World News Tonight with David Muir, Nightline, 20/20, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and ABCNews.com. He has worked with the biggest names in news, including Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, and Robin Roberts. Jeffrey previously worked at William Morris Agency, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Rubenstein Associates, and began his career in New York state government.
Barry Snyder, Chief Philanthropy Officer, is a respected and recognized C-Level/senior executive management leader whose track record spans more than 25 years in general business management, digital technology, media, entertainment, content creation, and intellectual property development. Barry has led innovation at a number of influential companies during the dynamic and dramatic digital revolution.
In 2010, Barry founded MediaMine, a digital media asset management company. MediaMine partners with content owners, production companies, celebrities, estates, museums, sports teams and retail products companies to migrate (digitize), manage (metadata creation), and monetize their legacy media assets (film, video, audio, photographs, documents and memorabilia). MediaMine’s clients include The Worldwide Pants Collection (David Letterman), Hollywood Walk of Fame, Norman Seeff (Rock ‘n Roll photographer/videographer), and Before They Were Pros sports library featuring high school interviews with Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Tom Brady and many other athletes before they were superstars. MediaMine’s monetization strategy includes content licensing, digital platform aggregation, web, and mobile distribution.
Stephanie Heishman, Partnerships and Development Consultant, has over 15 years of experience as a trusted leader in multi-channel fundraising and marketing (corporate, private partnerships, grants, events, digital and direct mail). In 2014, Stephanie founded Freya, a Washington D.C. based consultancy whose clients range from nonprofits and corporations to start-ups, including WorkingNation, e2K Events & Entertainment, EarthEcho International, and Defenders of Wildlife. Prior to starting Freya, Stephanie led fundraising and efforts for a variety of education, environmental and healthcare organizations, such as The Society for Science & The Public, The Nature Conservancy, and the American Occupational Therapy Assocation. She is a proud Iowan who earned her BA from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Anne Davis, Research Consultant, is an expert in planning and executing research and communication strategies. With 20 years of experience analyzing policy and research for message, media, ads, speeches, and debates, she has handled response for crisis communication, day-to-day communications, and specialized products. After working in government affairs at a law firm, she became a senior researcher for the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 Presidential election. From there Anne became the Director of Legislation and Special Projects for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, was one of the first people hired for John Kerry’s Presidential Campaign as the Deputy Research Director, and recruited to be the Research Director for the 2006 Ohio Senate race which flipped a key seat for Democrats. Now a consultant, Anne has worked with corporations, film studios, directors, producers, nonprofits, and presidential, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns in the U.S. and abroad.
Eve Bilger, Research Associate, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a B.A. in English with a specific emphasis on Creative Writing. In college, she spent the summers in various internships and gained experience by working for the Rothman Brecher Agency, writing and reporting for The Jewish Journal, and running all social media activity for L.A. Theatre Works. After graduating from U Penn, Eve moved to Australia and spent half a year focusing on her writing and traveling around the country.
Jaimie Stevens, Project Manager, previously worked in film acquisitions and production at Paramount Pictures and The Weinstein Company, where she worked on films such as Florence Foster Jenkins, Anomalisa, Django Unchained, August: Osage County, and Silver Linings Playbook. She also worked in television on Two and a Half Men and spent a year in southern Malaysia for Netflix’s Marco Polo. Jaimie is a proud graduate of Syracuse University and was raised in Ft. Myers, Florida.
Collin Parson, Executive Assistant, was born and raised in Metro-Detroit. His passion for filmmaking led him to earn his Bachelors in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University. He made the move to Los Angeles in order to pursue his dreams of being able to produce compelling stories. Prior to WorkingNation, he worked with Variety and Fullscreen Media, working alongside award-winning producers, writers, literary managers and talent.