Author, Co-Founder of Buunni Coffee
Sarina Prabasi is the author of The Coffeehouse Resistance (Green Writers Press, April 2019), Co-Founder of Buunni Coffee and most recently served as the CEO of WaterAid America. She was born in the Netherlands, raised in India, China and Nepal, and spent formative years in the United States and Ethiopia. Following a career leading initiatives in global health, education, water and sanitation, Sarina moved with her husband, Elias, from Addis Ababa to New York City, where they started Buunni Coffee together. Today, Buunni is a thriving business and a hub for community conversation and action. On Twitter she’s @SPrabasi.
General Counsel, Lemle & Wolff Companies
Kevin Thurman is a principal at the Lemle & Wolff Companies. Since 2011, Kevin has provided legal assistance related to property management, construction and development, and he serves as General Counsel.
Prior to joining the Lemle & Wolff Companies, Kevin was an associate at the law firms Goldson, Nolan, Connolly, P.C. and Nadel & Associates, P.C. and represented clients in a wide array of matters related to real estate and construction. He also worked at Enterprise Community Partners, where he assisted in project management and loan administration services related to affordable housing projects.
Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Bucknell University, a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law, and a Master of Science in urban planning from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Planning Association.
Hiram Miguel Arnaud,
Financial Advisor, Strategies for Wealth
Hiram Miguel Arnaud is a financial analyst and holistic wealth advisor with Strategies for Wealth. Hiram works with individuals and families, and always considers the entire financial portfolio of his clients within the context of their ultimate goals and desired lifestyles. More importantly, he helps them understand the importance of making strategic and educated choices, by focusing on the power of cash flow, strong savings, planning beyond retirement, and making consistent progress. Completely transparent in his process, Hiram aims to see beyond the financial picture to the desired outcome for the assets he’s managing, embracing the mentality that every financial plan has a purpose. This helps clients reframe and better understand their relationship with their money, and leverage this to help enhance security and accumulate wealth.
Hiram has been a recipient of The lives Leader Aware for three consecutive years, is a recipient of The Client Builder Award, and a consistent Leader’s Club qualifier. He has also been inducted into Who’s who in Latin America for his performance in financial services, as well as into the Continental Who’s Who, as a Pinnacle Professional in the field of finance.
Through his upbringing and experience, Hiram has learned to prioritized the personal relationships he builds with clients above all else, enabling an awareness of his clients’ goals beyond what they represent financially. His unique ability to communicate with clients is reflected through his involvements outside his profession. Hiram balances his experience in wealth management with participation in several outreach programs, including NY Cares and Dominicans on Wall Street (DOWS), where he has held office as President of the Public Relations and Fundraising Committee from 2006 and 2008. Hiram was also a New York City Chapter Inroads Scholar, which is a competitive leadership program for students.
Prior to joining Strategies for Wealth, Hiram was an Associate Director at UBS Americas Inc., where he served as a credit analyst responsible for underwriting various warehouse credit facilities for the Asset Backed Securities (ABS) lending portfolio. He was also a Senior Associate for the Financial Institution Group (FIG) at Moody’s Investors Service, where he researched and analyzed quantitative and qualitative information for issuer credit analysis, covering commercial finance, consumer finance, credit cards, and auto captive sectors. Hiram’s experience in complex transactions has been enhanced by multiple professional training programs throughout his career, including Cash Flow, Debt Capacity and transaction Structuring at Pimley & Pimley Inc.; Structured Finance training at Moody’s; and Securitization and ABS training at Fitch. Additionally, Hiram is Bloomberg Certified by Bloomberg University.
Hiram holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance with a concentration in Economics from Manhattanville College in New York, where he was the recipient of the Manhattanville College Board of Trustees Scholarship from 1996 to 2000.
Geriatric Social Work Consultant
Kenneth BroderPresident & CEO, Varietales Worldwide
Ejim DikePrincipal and Consultant, EHD Advisory
Joseph HachéFinancial Advisor, JEH Advisors
Yanuaira (Yani) López-SouzaStudent Affairs, Columbia University
Yani is a graduate of Wesleyan University (Sociology and African American Studies major) currently working in the Office of Student Affairs at Columbia University’s SIPA (School of International and Public Affairs) supporting student programming, office operations and event coordination. The highlight of Yani's position is to hire and mentor the Program Assistants that work with the Office of Student Affairs’ staff every semester. She uses this as an avenue to support underrepresented populations at SIPA. Due to the distinct nature of the position, Yani is able to forge strong relationships with students on a daily basis providing academic, professional and personal guidance. This includes everything from helping them with mundane details like where the nearest shoe repair is, to what to wear to Gala (styling being a personal passion), but most importantly connecting students to the appropriate staff, office or resources to support their needs and professional development.
Prior to SIPA, Yani's professional experience began in the non-profit sector supporting underserved populations in NYC public schools ranging from attendance improvement to college and career counseling. Her main focus was college and career development. At Grand Street Settlement (in NYC's Lower East Side), she was Director of their AmeriCorps program and within the City University of New York she worked to further college and career services for students in local public middle and high schools at Lehman College (with the GEAR UP program) and City College (with the Urban Scholars program).
Zahira PerezConsultant, Accenture
Pedro L. RodriguezVice President, Business Growth, Digital Marketing & Transformation, Horizon Media
Pedro is Vice President, Business Growth, Digital Marketing & Transformation at Horizon Media Inc. He is charged with the strategic development of plans and programs for growing digital business at Horizon Media, co-leading the Multicultural Social Media Practice, as well as overseeing Partnerships & Special Projects including the Voice Offering. In 2018, he was named as one of Adweek's Young Influentials.
In 2017, he launched Horizon Media’s Voice Practice, focused on artificial intelligence as it relates to voice assistants (e.g. Alexa) and voice-enabled devices (e.g. Google Home) in order to provide strategy, content, and voice app (e.g. skills, actions) development services to Horizon clients.
Pedro is a former blogger for the HuffingtonPost, where he focused on emerging social and digital trends. Past professional recognitions include being named a 2015 Direct Marketing News 40 Under 40 Award Recipient and Winner of FOLIO Magazine Marketer of the Year Award when he was Director of Integrated Marketing at People en Español (Time Inc.), bringing to life integrated marketing and branding campaigns.
During his time as a member of the Digital Innovation Group at Cohn & Wolfe (WPP) he worked across consumer, healthcare, corporate and technology clients creating social and digital media communication strategies. Pedro's branding and marketing experience includes roles at HBO’s New York International Latino Film Festival and Ocean Drive Español (Niche Media Holdings LLC).
He is an active member of the LAGRANT Foundation, mentoring young minority professionals entering the communications field. Pedro is also part of OUT in Tech and a supporter of God's Love We Deliver in NYC.