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NEW YORK, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 2014, JACOB K. JAVITS CENTER

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Lauren Kane
Lauren Kane

special events project manager, charity:water

Lauren Kane is the special events project manager at Charity: Water, a nonprofit devoted to bringing clean and safe drinking water to the 800 million people living without it. In just 7.5 years, Charity: Water has provided clean and safe drinking water to more than four million people and has raised more than $125 million. Kane manages and produces all of the organization’s events and has most recently planned a 2,300-person gala that raised more than $4 million. Formerly, she was the events manager at Teach for America in the Bay Area where she got her start working in fund-raising and operations with the organization.

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Frank Supovitz
Frank Supovitz

president & C.E.O., Fast Traffic Events & Entertainment

For more than 25 years, award-winning event producer Frank Supovitz has been at the helm of some of the world’s most prestigious, widely viewed, and well-attended sports and entertainment events. He recently launched Fast Traffic Events & Entertainment, an innovative event management, consulting, and production company based in New York. Between 2005 and 2014, Supovitz served as senior vice president of events for the N.F.L., overseeing the meteoric growth of the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl, and the N.F.L. Draft. Most recently, he was the lead executive for Super Bowl XLVIII in New York/New Jersey and was responsible for the development of the Super Bowl Boulevard fan festival.

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Ryan Begelman
Ryan Begelman

C.E.O., Bisnow Media

Ryan Begelman is C.E.O. at Bisnow Media, North America's largest platform for news, information, and events in the $11 trillion commercial real estate industry. It produces 32 e-newsletters and 250 annual conferences, attracting more than 60,000 attendees. Begelman is also a co-founder of Summit, called the Davos for Generation Y by Forbes, an events company, hospitality brand, ski resort operator, and angel investor with investments in firms such as Uber and Warby Parker. Previously, Begelman worked as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank and as an acquisitions specialist for the Carlyle Group.

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Nicky Balestrieri
Nicky Balestrieri

managing creative director, BMF Media

Nicky Balestrieri joined BMF Media in 2013 as managing creative director. Before BMF, he held the same position at Paper magazine’s marketing division, ExtraExtra. During his five-year tenure, Balestrieri helped transform the back-of-house consulting business into a formidable event design and strategic marketing company. He has conceptualized, designed, and produced thousands of large-scale marketing initiatives and events for clients such as Target, American Express, Cole Haan, and Lanvin. In 2013, he was named among BizBash’s Top 35 Event Designers as well as Fashionista.com’s 50 Most Influential People in Fashion; he was also featured in The Wall Street Journal.

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