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Chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group & Chairman of Univision Communications Inc.
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD
Director of Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Designer, Stylist, Author, and CEO of Rachel Zoe Inc.
Co-Founder and CMO of Tinder
Hall of Fame Radio & Television Talk Show Host
Emmy and Peabody Award-winning host Larry King is a media innovator in his prime.
In the summer of 2012, his collaboration with Carlos Slim heralded the launch of the digital television network Ora TV. After more than 25 years at CNN, King is now in front of eager audiences with his new show “Larry King Now,” distributed by Hulu and Ora.tv.
King has interviewed more than 50,000 people over the course of his legendary career, which started in radio, continued to television and is now making history online. With his unique, conversational approach to interviewing, he has not only changed the landscape of cable television and television news in general, but he is now blazing a trail in the digital space.
King’s interviews have included exclusive sit-downs with every U.S. president since Gerald Ford. King also moderated the famed NAFTA debate between then-Vice President Al Gore and Ross Perot in 1993, which smashed cable industry ratings records at the time, reaching more than 16.3 million viewers.
In 1995, King showcased his extraordinary skill in international arena when he hosted a historic hour on the Middle East Peace process with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, King Hussein of Jordan and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
King has been inducted into five of the nation's leading broadcasting halls of fame and is the recipient of the prestigious Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism. In September 2011, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Returning to his radio roots, on November 11, 2013, Cumulus Media launched “Larry King, Droppin’ In” on more than 50 of its radio stations across the U.S. LKDI will be a new daily short form drive time show featuring Larry with one to two minute informative and entertaining observations, covering a wide variety of subjects. AARP will also feature the shows on its website, along with selected clips of his television show “Larry King Now”.
In addition to his numerous broadcast credits and awards, King is devoted to community health and growth. He founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation in 1988, which has raised more than $15 million and provided life-saving cardiac procedures for more than 1500 people and provided 100,000 heart screenings for needy children and adults. King also established a $1 million journalism scholarship at George Washington University’s School of Media and Affairs for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Larry is an avid, respected, “serious” Little League Baseball coach and sports buff!
King resides in Beverly Hills with his wife Shawn and two of their children, Chance and Cannon.
Chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group & Chairman of Univision Communications, Inc.
Haim Saban is CEO of Saban Capital Group, Inc, (“SCG”), a private investment firm, the chairman of the Spanish-language media company Univision and a founder of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Mr. Saban and his wife, Cheryl, established the Saban Family Foundation in 1999 which supports medical, children’s and education programs. The Saban’s have been major contributors to the Saban Free Clinic in Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, The Saban Pediatric Medical Center at Soroka Hospital in Israel, and The Saban Birth & Maternity Center at Soroka Hospital, among several other organizations.
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA
Director, Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center
Director, Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Health Program
Director, Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center
Women’s Guild Chair in Women’s Health
We are 50 years behind in our knowledge about optimal screening, diagnosis, and treatment regimens for heart disease in women…and every day, women pay the price. — C. NOEL BAIREY MERZ, MD
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, is the director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center, the Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Health Program, as well as the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center. She holds the Women’s Guild Chair in Women’s Health and is professor of medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Bairey Merz’s research interests include women and heart disease, mental stress and heart disease, the role of exercise and stress management in reversing disease, and the role of nutrition in heart disease. Currently, she is chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored WISE (Women’s Ischemic Syndrome Evaluation) initiative, which is investigating potential methods for more effective diagnosis and evaluation of coronary artery disease in women. Bairey Merz has received investigational grants from the NIH-National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI),
NIH-National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the Pfeiffer Foundation, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, The Streisand Foundation, and Women’s Guild. A prolific lecturer, Bairey Merz is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC). She is a past member of the NHLBI Scientific Advisory Council, a past member of the Board of Trustees of the ACC, where she is a fellow, and a past chair of the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Committee, and the Women in Cardiology Committee of the AHA.
Bairey Merz has an extensive scientific publication record consisting of over 175 scientific publications, more than 210 abstracts, and numerous book chapters. Her work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and the Journal of Women’s Health.
Bairey Merz has appeared frequently in the media, recognized as an authority on the subject of heart disease and stress. Her television appearances have included Good Morning America, NBC Dateline and 20/20. She has also been interviewed for articles published in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, U.S. News & World Report, and Working Woman magazine, to name a few. Bairey Merz is currently the national spokesperson for VHA’s Women’s HeartAdvantage campaign, which seeks to raise awareness of heart disease in women.
Bairey Merz received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and her medical degree from Harvard University. She completed her residency at the University of California, San Francisco, where she served as chief medical resident. Bairey Merz also completed fellowships in clinical cardiology and nuclear cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Designer, Stylist, Author, and CEO of Rachel Zoe Inc.
An unparalleled fixture in the fashion world, Rachel Zoe is a distinguished stylist, editor and designer, renowned for her effortless take on glamour. Having immersed herself in fashion and design for nearly two decades, Rachel has been heralded as one of the most influential forces working in fashion today. As a Los Angeles-based stylist, her illustrious career has flourished as she has continually proven herself to be an integral part in shaping fashion and the images of Hollywood celebrities. As well as a style expert and authority in the realms of fashion, beauty and lifestyle, Rachel is respected for her comprehensive knowledge of vintage, haute couture and contemporary design. Today, as a designer, she makes her exceptional taste and expertise accessible to her growing audience.
Introduced to the world of modern art at a very young age, Rachel found herself deeply affected by the intricacies of personal style and self-expression. As a young college graduate with a strong passion for all things vintage, Rachel moved to New York City and began working for YM Magazine as a fashion assistant, only to be promoted to editor in two short years. Seeking to diversify her experience, she began dressing actresses and pop stars for red carpet events and quickly developed a name for herself as a trusted curator of style and image.
In addition to her work as a stylist, in 2007 Rachel authored her first tome, “Style A to Zoe,” which became an instant hit on the New York Times Best Seller List. Rachel’s second book, “Living in Style” is set to be released on March 25, 2014. Very shortly after the success of her first book, Rachel debuted “The Rachel Zoe Project” on Bravo in 2008. The show documents her career as a stylist and burgeoning designer and instantly catapulted her from behind-the-scenes stylist to a household name. With over a million viewers domestically and airing in over twenty-one international territories, “The Rachel Zoe Project” has provided access into the previously unseen world of fashion and enabled Rachel to bring its fantasy into the homes of her audience for five seasons.
Inspired by the success of her luxury handbag design collaboration with Judith Leiber in 2006, Rachel felt it was time to embrace her passion for design and launched Luxe Rachel Zoe, a collection of jewelry, handbags, scarves, sunglasses and outerwear exclusively for QVC. Determined to make her iconic style accessible to all, Rachel created one of the most successful launches in QVC history. Hal Rubenstein of InStyle said of her popularity, “In the end, the public decides whose taste they want to emulate, not magazine editors or people sitting in the front rows. And the public has decided that they like Rachel.”
In an effort to further expand the direct relationship with her audience and share her knowledge and expertise, Rachel launched The Zoe Report, a free daily newsletter and style destination featuring her latest obsessions in the ever-evolving worlds of fashion, beauty and lifestyle in August 2009. Currently, The Zoe Report reaches over 1.2 million subscribers a day.
Recognizing her success as a call to expand her fashion empire, Rachel launched her eponymous contemporary collection in 2011. Drawing on vintage-inspired fabrics, patterns and the spirit of her style icons from the ‘60s and ‘70s, her line introduced separates, footwear and handbags evocative of the modern take on timelessness, which she had come to be known for. With a collection currently sold in over 250 department and specialty stores around the world, WWD has said of her talents, “If anyone was skeptical that a personality like Zoe could pull off product at a more elite level than mass — which she has covered with her QVC line — her retail presence is evidence to the contrary.” In February 2012, Rachel also announced the launch of an extensive jewelry collection, taking inspiration from her personal vintage collection.
The newly formed Rachel Zoe Productions (RZP) creates programming that is relevant, relatable, and aspirational and collaborates with innovators in the fashion, beauty, design, travel, home, and lifestyle spaces. Known for infusing glamour into every day life, RZP brings Rachel's enthusiasm for style and accessible luxury across a variety of platforms. RZP's original programming showcases a variety of life experiences through the lense of style. Its first show, “Resale Royalty”, premiered on the Style network in May 2013.
Rachel's latest venture will now bring her expertise to the hair industry with DreamDry, a chain of blow dry salons, which opened its first two locations in New York City in 2013. Whether dressing her distinguished clients for the red carpet or styling editorial spreads, Rachel believes that hair completes any look. With DreamDry, Rachel is creating a place where women can go to ensure that their hair is consistently as stylish and chic as they are.
Fueled by her infinite love of fashion, Rachel continues pushing into new arenas. She has been the recipient of numerous prestigious industry awards including: The Fashion Group International’s Fashion Oracle Award, the Accessories Council Fashion Influencer Ace Award and Hollywood Life Magazine’s Star Stylist Award and Hollywood Reporter’s Most Influential Stylist. And perhaps most notably, Rachel was the recipient of 2011’s Launch of the Year Award from the Footwear News Association, was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 2012, and received the “Stylist of the Year Award” at the 2013 Style Awards. As Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-chief, Glenda Bailey put it best, “The secret to Rachel’s success is the absolute clarity of her taste and her uncynical passion for fashion. You can immediately identify a Rachel Zoe look- retro, glamorous, bohemian- but she still makes her clients look like individuals.”
Whether dressing her distinguished clients for the red carpet, styling editorial spreads, lending her vast expertise to brands, mentoring young designers, forging the synergy between digital media and fashion or designing her ready to wear collection, Rachel remains an inspiring and unstoppable figure in the world of fashion.
Co-Founder and CMO of Tinder
Justin Mateen, 27, is an American entrepreneur and the Co-Founder/CMO of the popular tech startup and social discovery app Tinder. From an early age, Mateen was passionate about connecting people with the world around them through technology. In 2008, Mateen founded SiteCanvas, the first non-modular, non-template based website builder that enabled users to build and manage their websites in just minutes. Celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Adriana Lima and Michael Strahan leveraged the platform for their official websites in order to engage with their fans on the fly. In addition to his own business ventures, Mateen has made several highly successful early stage angel investments in tech start ups. He is also active in the commercial real estate sector, previously holding a Vice President, Partner position with Cannon Commercial. Mateen received his degree in business from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business in 2008. He resides in Los Angeles.
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