Financial Advisor, JEH Advisors
María Herminia Graterol,
Human Rights Attorney
A ten-year New York magazine publishing veteran, Amelia is currently a Partner at INICIA, a boutique asset management firm based in the Dominican Republic. She is a member of its Strategy and Investments Committee and chief promoter of INICIA Educación, an impact investment fund focused on positively impacting the DR’s education system through investments that improve learning outcome indicators.
Amelia is a board member at the American Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic, a board member at EDUCA, a private sector education advocacy organization, a member of the Board of Regents at Barna Business School in the DR as well as a past Trustee at Save the Children US. She has a B.A from Sarah Lawrence College.
Geriatric Social Work Consultant
Hiram Miguel ArnaudFinancial 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.
Ejim DikePrincipal and Consultant, EHD Advisory
Sarina PrabasiAuthor, 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.
Osmany RodriguezFilm Director, Saturday Night Live
OZ GOT HIS START IN FILM SCHOOL WHERE HE MET MATT VILLINES AND BEGAN MAKING COMEDY VIDEOS WITH FRIENDS AS PART OF THEIR SKETCH GROUP, HONOR STUDENT. AFTER GRADUATING, OZ MADE OVER 40 VIDEOS FOR THE TBS COMEDY SITE SUPER DELUXE BEFORE MOVING ON TO FUNNY OR DIE, WHERE HE DIRECTED AND EDITED VIDEOS WITH SUCH STARS AS BRYAN CRANSTON, TIM ROTH, MEGAN MULLALLY, ROB CORDDRY, WILL FERRELL, JOHN C. REILLY, CHARLIE SHEEN, MIKE TYSON, CEE-LO GREEN AND KESHA.
Oz also directed some of Funny or Die’s best branded content, including work for Mini Cooper, Starbucks and Sony pictures. He’s also directed segments for the first and second seasons of Funny or Die Presents on HBO and is attached to direct his first feature under Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures banner. In addition to his comedy sketches, Oz has shot commercials for Quiznos, MTV, Chevy, Under Armour and Stove Top—all of which have garnered top praises from the advertising press.
In 2013, Oz was tapped for Saturday Night Live, where he went on to direct some of the series’ most notable shorts including Totino’s Pizza Roll with Larry David, and the infamous 2016 election sketches starring Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon. He is currently working as the director for a network TV pilot and is in post-production for his own first feature film, which he also wrote the screenplay for, set in the South Bronx.
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.
Kevin ThurmanGeneral Counsel, Lemle & Wolff Companies
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.