Guest Speakers


Every session begins by featuring a guest speaker from the chapter’s local community. Guest speakers come from across the professional spectrum, including doctors, CEOs, various government positions, public servants, and more. Each speaker discusses his or her personal experience as a teenager, and their journey to leadership, as it relates to the value explored in that Pillar. Guest speakers provide personal, real life examples which are relevant to the Pillar, and open the floor for Q&A, giving Fellows the opportunity to truly understand how leaders from all professions use their positions to make a difference.

Palm Beach Chapter
Mr. Paul S. Levy
Director and Chairman of the Board of JLL Partners, Inc.
Mr. Timothy S. Sotos was elected by the Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Board of Trustees as its new chair in January, 2020. Mr. Sotos previously served as vice chair and had been a trustee for several years. He has served on various trustee committees and is often a guest speaker at PBAU. As a Palm Beach resident, Mr. Sotos has been involved in several local charitable and nonprofit groups. He has served as a director and board secretary of Royal Poinciana Chapel, where he currently co-leads the Chapel Men’s Group. He also served as a director of the Community Health Center of West Palm Beach, and as a volunteer and supporter of Urban Youth Impact and Friends of Palm Beach. Mr. Sotos is a retired business executive with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, serving in various positions as chair, president, CEO or director of several privately held companies. He holds a B.S. and MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
"This is what leadership is about. It is a fundamental element of who we are as human beings. "
Mr. A.J. Steigman
Entrepreneur, Chess Player, Former Investment Banker, and CEO of Steignet.com
Mr. A.J. Steigman grew up in Coral Springs, Florida. Steigman, a childhood prodigy, was an international chess champion, and one of the best chess players in the United States. In high school, Steigman contracted Lyme Disease and almost died. He had to take a year off from school. He credits chess in helping his mind recover from the disease. Steigman went on to win in the 2002 US Junior Open one year after being diagnosed. Steigman has been an advocate of chess. He was involved in the development of Emory University’s award winning chess program, and has donated to the World Chess Hall of Fame and Sidney Samole Museum in Miami, Florida. He was also involved in a community service program where he played inmates in high security prisons.
"Remember, for every Lebron James, there is always a team of people behind him. "
Mr. Greg Hauptner
Owner of G-STAR School of the Arts & Motion Picture Studios
Mr. Greg Hauptner has been afilm producer, author, director, motivational speaker, screenwriter, playwright, and a stuntman. He has been devoted to helping build character in young people, both on and off the screen. In 2003, that devotion went from an idea to a reality when he founded G-Star School of the Arts. His Vision was to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a college-prep education, move on to college, and encourage them to ignite their creative sparks, while exploring new career opportunities through hands-on training in the film, animation, and performing arts industries.
"No matter what the goal is, when you get there, it will not look like what you planned it as from day one. It never does, because there are so many things you learn on the journey to that destination, that will make the project better than you ever could have dreamed of. "
Mr. Ricky Wade
Franchise Owner/Operator at McDonald's
Mr. Ricky Wade is a McDonald’s franchisee of 30 restaurants in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. In his commitment to reinforcing positive lifestyle habits, he is vice president of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida and an advisor to The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beaches. He is currently the Executive Committee Board member for the Urban League of Palm Beach County and Board Member for Palm Beach State College, The Honda Classic, The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation, and a Governing Board Member of Good Samaritan Medical Center, Inc. Mr. Wade is the Vice President of the South Florida Marketing Association, the NFLA Florida Representative, the NFLA Chair for the Atlanta Field Office Alignment Council, and he is also a member of the RTB Board. His business presence and personal involvement enriches his communities. His time is dedicated to overseeing his business and giving back to the community.
"The one thing that keeps me going every day, is... I get up today and say I'm going to make today better than yesterday was - focused on getting me closer to the vision I set forth to accomplish. "
Ambassador Stuart A. Bernstein
American Ambassador to Denmark
For over 50 years, Stuart Bernstein has been a recognized leader in real estate development and investment in the Mid-Atlantic region, with the focus of his business efforts centered in the Washington, DC area. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to represent the United States as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark, where he served with distinction until January, 2005. Currently, Mr. Bernstein serves on the Board of Trustees of the Council of American Ambassadors, he is a member of the Council of the Woodrow Wilson Center, a member of the International Council of CSIS, a Society of Fellows member of the Aspen Institute, and on the Board of the US Diplomacy Center Foundation.
"Whatever success I've experienced - I can't think of anything more that impacted it and influenced it along with the ability and the art of communication. "
Mrs. Jacqueline Goldman
Holocaust Survivor
Family and philanthropically oriented, Jacqueline Goldman grew up with a French background and a Parisian upbringing. Following in the footsteps of her parents and grandparents, who were leaders in various philanthropic activities, it was quite natural for her to become a leader in her own right in communal endeavors in Israel, New York, and Florida along with her husband, Nathan Goldman, obm. Mrs. Goldman is passionate about her family and Israel. Mention Israel and she speaks about it in almost mystical terms, conveying an intense feeling of dedication and loyalty – all of which she considers the hallmark of a Jewish heritage. She is a child of the Holocaust, having lost 27 members of her family in Auschwitz. She sees Israel as a glorious hymn of survival for the Jewish people. Through the past sixty plus years, she has been instrumental in supporting many causes to ensure Israel’s survival, especially Magen David Adom, through fundraising, chairing numerous galas, and serving on the National and International Boards. She received the AFMDA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Together with her husband Nathan, she built the gateway to the Kotel in Jerusalem. She has also received an Honorary Doctorate from Bar Ilan University. Among the organizations she has supported are Israel Bonds, Jerusalem Foundation, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, United Jewish Appeal, Council for a Beautiful Israel, Simon Wiesenthal Center and Israel Tennis Center. For her good works and achievements, Mrs. Goldman has been recognized by Chaim Hertzog, Abba Eban and Menachem Begin for her nobility of spirit and sterling qualities of intelligence, loyalty, dedication and of course, a delightful personality.
"No work is too big. No matter how big the challenge is, if you really want to accomplish something, believe me, you can. You are stronger than you know, you have more power than you know, and your will will take you there, if you want it. "
Dave Aronberg
Palm Beach County State Attorney
Dave Aronberg is the State Attorney for Palm Beach County, Florida, and a former member of the Florida Senate. He was elected to the Senate in 2002 as its youngest member, and served for eight years.
Prior to serving in the Senate, Aronberg worked as a lawyer in both the public and private sectors. He was serving as the Florida Attorney General’s “Drug Czar” in 2012, when he announced his candidacy for Palm Beach County State Attorney. He was first elected to the office in November 2012, and re-elected, without opposition, on May 6, 2016.
"Instead of worrying about the next election, we should be more worried about what kind of example we’re setting for the next generation."
Gary Bailey
Former Manchester United Goalie
Gary Bailey grew up in South Africa and started his career with Wits University in Johannesburg. He established himself as a Manchester United goalkeeper in the late 1970s following the retirement of Alex Stepney. He was considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in England in the early- to mid-1980s. During his time with Manchester United, Bailey won the FA Cup medals in 1983 and 1985.
"Get into the habit of practicing gratitude. Find something new to be grateful for everyday, even for something as simple as getting home safely in the pouring rain...not because it’s a nice thing to do, but because it’s the clever thing to do; You’re actually releasing dopamine in your system every time you focus on whatever it is that you’re grateful for."
Nancy Goodman Brinker
Founder and Chair of Global Strategy of Susan G. Komen
Nancy Goodman Brinker was born to a Jewish family in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of Marvin L. and Eleanor Goodman. In 1968, she received a B.A. from the University of Illinois. In 1982, Brinker established Susan G. Komen for the Cure, after a promise to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Since its inception, the nonprofit organization has raised over $1.9 billion for research, education and health services, making it the largest breast cancer charity in the world.
"Don’t join an organization just to do things the way they’ve always done them. Join an organization to learn about it, change it, and evolve it to something new, because changing and evolving is the key to survival."
Wenfred Dorsy
The Lord’s Place, Case Manager for prison reentry and an independent contractor for Civil Drug Court (life/ sober coach)
Wenfred Dorsey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ministry, with an emphasis on youth ministry. Mr. Dorsey also has a Masters Degree from Webster University in Counseling and Psychology. He was inducted into the National Honor Society for Religious Studies, Theta Alpha Kappa, and is a lifelong member. He also holds an International Certification in Life Coaching. He is a talented motivational Speaker, Life Coach for people battling addiction, and has made it his life-long mission to ease the suffering of those who are disadvantaged or struggling in one way or another.
Wenfred Dorsey resides in Palm Beach County with his wife and three daughters.
"When people tell you that you can’t do something, when people tell you that it’s not possible, when people tell you that you’ll never amount to anything, you have to push through anyway!- That’s what persistence looks like."
Bruce Gendelman
Entrepreneur, Artist
Bruce Gendelman, who grew up in Milwaukee and now lives in Palm Beach County, has been a hobbyist artist since the third grade. He has a special passion for photography and painting, and turned to art as an important means of expression. His art is now exhibited in the National Museum of Jewish History. Mr. Gendelman is also the owner and CEO of Bruce Gendelman Insurance Services, the leading national authority on liability insurance.
"Remind them that anyone can be a victim, and anyone can be a victimizer. Remind them to treat each other with the golden rule and to be kind. Remember that everyone else is hurting, and I can be their friend and I can help them. And through that you will have a very fulfilling life. "
Elizabeth Gunderson, MD
Physician, Family Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Dr. Elizabeth Gundersen is a family medicine doctor in Boca Raton, Florida, and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Bethesda Hospital East and Boca Raton Regional Hospital. She received her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, and has been in practice for 19 years.
Dr. Gunderson also serves within the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine as the Director of the Ethics Curriculum, Director of the Geriatrics & Palliative Care Clerkship, Associate Director of the FAU Internal Medicine Residency Rotation in Geriatrics & Palliative Care, and as a Learning Community Advisor. Dr. Gundersen is dedicated to training well-rounded, quality-minded, and patient-centered physicians.
"At the end of their lives, when patients are asked what they regret the most in their lives, they rarely say that they regret going to this school or that school, that they didn’t get this job or that degree, etc. What they typically regret is that they weren’t true to themselves; They didn’t allow themselves to be who they really wanted to be, but instead, they tried being what they thought other people wanted them to be."
Jeff Greene
Real Estate Entrepreneur
Jeff Greene was born in 1954 in Worcester, Massachusetts, to a working class, Jewish family. Greene worked many jobs to put himself through college at John Hopkins University, graduating in three years with a B.A. in economics and sociology. Later he attended Harvard Business School, where he earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 1977.
Greene began investing in real estate while still in business school, and he built a successful real estate business from being a mere busboy at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. The success of his company and the return on his investments, eventually put Greene on The Forbes 400 list.
"The one piece of advice I would give above all else, is that whatever you decide to do in you life, first think: would I be doing this even if I were not getting paid to do it? If the answer is yes, you’re going to love doing it, and odds are, you’ll be very, very successful at it."
Paul Leone
CEO of Flagler System, Inc. and The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc.
Born and raised in New York, Leone was exposed to the hospitality industry at an early age, having been raised in a family that owned and operated five local motels and two restaurants. He went on to study accounting in college to follow in his uncle’s footsteps and became a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Leone joined The Breakers in 1985 as Controller and climbed up the corporate ladder until, in January 2016, Leone was appointed CEO of Flagler System, Inc. and The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc. respectively. He is married and is the father of four sons.
"Anything is possible, and I say that because I came from very humble beginnings and faced all sorts of adversity getting started, but somehow it worked out; At the age of 36, I became CEO of a fairly major enterprise. Today, Breakers is worth billions of dollars."
Brian Mast
Congressman and Army Veteran
Brian Mast was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he attended South Christian High School. In 2016, he obtained his A.L.B. from Harvard University’s Harvard Extension School, studying economics with minors in government and environmental studies.
Mr. Mast served in the United States Army from 2000-2011, and has won the Bronze Star Award, Purple Heart Award, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and The Army Commendation Medal.
"Whatever vision you have for your life, make it something that’s worth your time and effort. Make it something that you can look back and be proud of. That way, you’ll have zero regrets."
Michelle McLean
Former Miss Universe
Michelle McLean (born in 1972 in Windhoek, Namibia) is a Namibian actress, writer, model and beauty queen, who was crowned Miss Universe in 1992. She was 19 years old when she represented Namibia, and became the first (and so far only) woman from Namibia to win the crown. In 1992 Michelle founded the Michelle McLean Children's Trust in Namibia, which focuses on the education and care of under-privileged children.
"Start changing the way you look at situations in your life; Basically reframe your thinking. For example, look at something you feel like you ‘have to’ do as an opportunity to practice and refine your skills in that area. You’ll start to see your life from a completely different, more positive perspective."
Major General Ronald D. Silverman
Retired U.S. Army Major
Major General Ronald D. Silverman earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his DDS from the Kornberg School of Dentistry. For more than 40 years, Silverman brought his medical expertise to the United States Army. A true embodiment of perseverance and strength, Silverman was recognized with some of the highest military awards one can receive. He was awarded a Bronze Star and two Distinguished Service Medals, which is the third highest military award. Now, retired, Major General Ronald D. Silverman lives with his wife in Palm Beach, Florida.
"It’s so important to be independent and self directed. Whatever you do, do it because it’s important to YOU. Don’t just be a blind follower of other people."
Robert Weinroth
Palm Beach County Commissioner
Robert Weinroth is a 26 year resident of Boca Raton, with an extensive background in business, public service, and community involvement.
In 1975, Robert Weinroth earned his Bachelor of Science and Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1978, he earned his J.D. from New England School of Law.
In November 2018, Commissioner Robert Weinroth was elected to the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, representing District 4.
"You’ve got to prepare and empower yourself! Find out what’s meaningful to you in your life, and go after it. Give it your all!"
Lois Silverman Yashar
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
After receiving a $300 scholarship to attend Beth Israel Hospital’s nursing school, Lois Silverman Yashar received her nursing degree in 1961. In 2005, she became the first woman chair of the Board of Directors at BIDMC, and has served on virtually every lay leader committee at the medical center, including most recently its philanthropic arm, the Foundation. With an award-winning professional career that spanned more than 30 years in business, Mrs. Yashar founded CRA Managed Care, a provider of services to reduce insurance claims costs, and The Commonwealth Institute, a non-profit committed to helping women entrepreneurs and senior executives build successful companies.
"Start thinking about what kind of legacy and example you’ll be leaving for your future children and grandchildren. What kind of person are you being in your life now? What will they think of you in the future?"
Bal Harbour Chapter
Oscar Feldenkreis
CEO & President of Perry Ellis International
Oscar Feldenkreis is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Perry Ellis International, Inc., a leading global fashion house representing a diverse portfolio of lifestyle brands. Our core and licensed brands consist of: Perry Ellis®, Perry Ellis America®, An Original Penguin by Munsingwear®, Callaway®, PGA Tour®, Ben Hogan®, Cubavera®, Savane®, Rafaella®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Farah®, and Nike® Swim. Oscar has been immersed in all aspects of the organization since joining the company in 1980, and takes great pride in the development of the business coupled with his personal and long standing industry relationships. He served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer beginning in 1993 and was elected Vice Chairman of PEI’s Board of Directors in 2005. In April 2016, he was appointed CEO and President providing the company’s strategic foundation and direction, resulting in increased operational and financial performance enhancing shareholder value. Oscar’s entrepreneurial spirit, visionary leadership and transformative approach to the future has enabled the company to flourish recently celebrating its 50th anniversary. Additionally, he devotes his time and energy to various civic and philanthropic commitments. He is a member of the YPO/WPO, and belongs to the United Way of Miami-Dade’s Tocqueville Society. Oscar has received various charitable awards such as the 2010 K.I.D.S. Achievement Award from Kids In Distressed Situations, Inc., the recipient of the 2012 National Father’s Day Committee’s Father of the Year Award, and was Apparel Industry Honoree for the 2016 Ronald McDonald House New York Annual Gala. Presiding over the Greater Miami Chapter of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces is a labor of love. He also supports the Kosher Food Bank, sits on the Miami Dade College advisory board for the Miami Fashion Institute, and is an active advisory board member for the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center, of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He serves on the American Apparel and Footwear Association Board, the U.S. Advisory Board for the U.S. Istituto Marangoni and most recently appointed to the board of the Nicklaus Children’s Foundation. Oscar has been married to his wife Ellen for 37 years and resides in Miami Beach, Florida. They have three beautiful daughters: Jennifer Hardoon, Erica Lichy and Stephanie Tauber.Adoring grandparents to granddaughters, Hailey, Elizabeth, Miriam along with grandsons, Henry, Moshe, and Meir. He is proud of his Cuban heritage, strong faith and believes in the importance of instilling generational family values. He is a tennis enthusiast, an avid sports fan and takes pleasure in boating and cycling.
"The greatest achievement of success is to share and give to those that don't have the opportunity. "
Judge Ursula Ungaro
Former United States District Judge
Following her graduation with honors from the University of Florida School of Law in 1975 (one of just 17 women in a class of about 250), Ms. Ungaro practiced law in Miami, Florida where in 1981 she became a partner in Tew, Critchlow, Sonberg, Traum & Friedbauer, P.A. She subsequently joined Sparber, Shevin, Shapo & Heilbronner, a prestigious local law firm, as a partner. She practiced law mainly in the area of complex commercial litigation, including in the areas of securities, corporate and tax law. From 1987 to 1992, Ms. Ungaro served as a trial judge on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida. Judge Ungaro was appointed to serve on the federal U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 1992, after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush and being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In her time on the federal bench, she presided over and ruled in numerous major civil and criminal cases. During her tenure on the federal bench, Ms. Ungaro served on national, regional and local committees responsible for court administration. Most notably, she served for eight years as a member of the Judicial Resources Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the committee responsible for making compensation and other human resource-related recommendations to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. She also served as Chair of the southern District of Florida’s Clerks Committee and the Magistrate Judges Committee from time to time. After 29 years of federal service, Ms. Ungaro announced her retirement from the federal bench to join the prestigious law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. She has published articles in the areas of administrative law, legal ethics, and civil procedure. She is the recipient of the ORT Jurisprudence Award and has been recognized on several occasions by other organizations for her achievements in the law and service to the community. Ms. Ungaro serves on the board of directors of Longeveron, Inc., a publicly traded company registered on the NASDAQ. She also has numerous community involvements. Among others, she served on the Florida Supreme Court Race and Bias Commission, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Learning Partnership, a non-profit that supports needy families with educational and related resources, and participates on a voluntary basis (having formerly participated in her judicial capacity) in CARE Court, a court-assisted reentry program for moderate and high risk offenders recently released from prison.
"You don't always have to react on the spot, you can find other ways to get around the problem. "
Parkland Chapter
Mrs. Jacqueline Goldman
Holocaust Survivor
Family and philanthropically oriented, Jacqueline Goldman grew up with a French background and a Parisian upbringing. Following in the footsteps of her parents and grandparents, who were leaders in various philanthropic activities, it was quite natural for her to become a leader in her own right in communal endeavors in Israel, New York, and Florida along with her husband, Nathan Goldman, obm. Mrs. Goldman is passionate about her family and Israel. Mention Israel and she speaks about it in almost mystical terms, conveying an intense feeling of dedication and loyalty – all of which she considers the hallmark of a Jewish heritage. She is a child of the Holocaust, having lost 27 members of her family in Auschwitz. She sees Israel as a glorious hymn of survival for the Jewish people. Through the past sixty plus years, she has been instrumental in supporting many causes to ensure Israel’s survival, especially Magen David Adom, through fundraising, chairing numerous galas, and serving on the National and International Boards. She received the AFMDA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Together with her husband Nathan, she built the gateway to the Kotel in Jerusalem. She has also received an Honorary Doctorate from Bar Ilan University. Among the organizations she has supported are Israel Bonds, Jerusalem Foundation, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, United Jewish Appeal, Council for a Beautiful Israel, Simon Wiesenthal Center and Israel Tennis Center. For her good works and achievements, Mrs. Goldman has been recognized by Chaim Hertzog, Abba Eban and Menachem Begin for her nobility of spirit and sterling qualities of intelligence, loyalty, dedication and of course, a delightful personality.
"I had the courage to stick to what I was and to fight for what I believe was beautiful. "
Rabbi Adi Goodman
Chabad Rabbi Servicing the Community, Youth and Jewish Day School Education
Rabbi Adi, the youngest of nine children, was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. In 2001, Rabbi Adi joined Chabad of SW Broward as an intern and has been serving the local Jewish community ever since. He received his Rabbinical ordination from the West Coast Rabbinical Seminary in Los Angeles, California. In addition to co-directing Chabad at Monterra with his wife, Malky, Rabbi Adi holds the position of Director of Jewish Life at the Posnack Fischer High School.
"You are not responsible for other people's reactions when you have done nothing wrong. You have a job. Your job is to lead - to be the best leader you can, to believe in your team, and to accomplish goals. That's what a leader is. "
Mr. David Shteif
Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Digital Media Solutions
David Shteif is an American entrepreneur, digital marketing expert. and innovator. He is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and sold more than a half-dozen companies, including Revenue Enhancement Group, MediaTrust, Direct Media Buyers, and others. Shteif has a background in media buying and emerging media technology solutions. During his career, he held the positions of CEO, president, and managing partner. Shteif is considered one of the best-known entrepreneurs in Florida, who entered digital marketing in 1999 and pioneered media buying and email list building. As of 2013, he serves as the managing director of Digital Media Solutions, a digital media company
"We can't quit, guys. If we have strategy, and we have vision, and we know where we are going, and we have great people around us, we always have the ability to get out there and keep winning. "
Mrs. Cindy Arenberg Seltzer
President/CEO of the Children's Services Council of Broward County
Cindy Arenberg Seltzer is the first President/CEO of the Children’s Services Council of Broward County. In that role, she has carefully guided the development of the organization, which was created by the voters of Broward County in September, 2000, and reauthorized by the voters in 2014. She works hard to dramatically transform young lives through supporting proven programs delivered by more than 100 provider agencies that achieve measurable outcomes, while ensuring transparency and accountability for the CSC. Her leadership and advocacy on behalf of the children of Broward County has made a real difference for all Broward residents, and especially for Broward’s children.
"Follow your passion, say yes, be persistent, don't let people stand in your way of pursuing your passion, but don't be afraid to change course... Persistence is believing in yourself, trusting your instincts and giving yourself a chance to experience different things. Say yes, because you don't know where it is going to lead you. "
Mr. Mel Lowell
COO at Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County
Mr. Lowell is a nationally recognized financial and administrative executive, specializing in large scale business operations, financial control, financial reporting, and operating efficiency. He is the COO of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and a recipient of the Patriot Award from the US Department of Defense.
"If you truly want to succeed, speak the truth, be truthful, and go after what you want. "
Mr. A.J. Steigman
Entrepreneur, Chess Player, Former Investment Banker, and CEO of Steignet.com
Mr. A.J. Steigman grew up in Coral Springs, Florida. Steigman, a childhood prodigy, was an international chess champion, and one of the best chess players in the United States. In high school, Steigman contracted Lyme Disease and almost died. He had to take a year off from school. He credits chess in helping his mind recover from the disease. Steigman went on to win in the 2002 US Junior Open one year after being diagnosed. Steigman has been an advocate of chess. He was involved in the development of Emory University’s award winning chess program, and has donated to the World Chess Hall of Fame and Sidney Samole Museum in Miami, Florida. He was also involved in a community service program where he played inmates in high security prisons.
"It all comes down the the confidence inside that you have to know what you're capable of and also what your limitations are. That is very difficult to do sometimes because you have to construct and deconstruct yourself constantly... To be number one at something, you really have to have self awareness. "
Mr. Jeremy Ring
Former Member of the Florida State Senate
Mr. Ring is a Democratic politician and former tech startup executive from Florida. He served in the Florida Senate from 2006 to 2016, representing areas in Broward County. He was the Democratic nominee for Chief Financial Officer of Florida in the 2018 election.
"If you're dragging people down, you're going to lose in the end. Every single time. If you're lifting people up, you have a great shot of always winning. "
Dr. Moshe R. Peress
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Specialist
Dr. Peress is the Medical Director of Boca Fertility, and a survivor of the famous Operation Entebbe, a successful counterterrorist hostage rescue mission carried out by commandos of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at Entebbe Airport in Uganda on July 4, 1976.
"Humility is an imperative trait for a leader to be successful. — Ava Jurick"
Mr. Saul Dreier
Founder of the Holocaust Survivor Band
Mr. Dreier was born in Poland in 1925. He describes his life in Cracow, Poland as “normal” up until 1939, when his youth was upended by the second World War. He spent years in the concentration camps, where he credits his passion for music for helping him survive. After liberation by the American army, he spent a few years in Italy and then moved to the US, where he met his wife there and started a successful business. Today in his 90s, Mr. Dreier says he is enjoying a second youth. He is the Founder of the Holocaust Survivor Band, performs at concerts which he organizes, and speaks around the world. He uses his music to spread awareness of the Holocaust and to ensure “never again.”
"So I figured, if two people tell me I'm crazy, on the contrary, I'm going to do it. "
Montreal Chapter
Stephen Bronfman
Executive Chairman of Claridge
As the third-generation Canadian, Stephen Bronfman is driven by a deep sense of duty and commitment to community. Stephen is Executive Chairman of Claridge Inc. Under his leadership, Claridge has distinguished itself by its entrepreneurial spirit and a flexible investment structure. The company manages a diversified global portfolio of investments in the form of private placements, third party-managed funds and real estate. The company's holdings reflect an optimal mix of economic and geographic sectors. Stephen Bronfman has been actively heading a group of local Montreal business community leaders, in a plan to bring Major League Baseball back to the city. In June 2019, the MLB Commissioner announced that the Tampa Bay Rays organization was authorized to engage in discussions with the Montreal Baseball Group to explore a sister city concept that would allow the team's home season games to be shared between cities. Stephen Bronfman’s sustained philanthropic commitment has been an important part of his life since his youth. Through the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation, the sectors of focus are the Montreal community, environment, culture, entrepreneurship and Jewish identity. He sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations, chairs major fundraising campaigns, and initiates a host of projects, which have so far distributed more than $100 million to Quebec and Canadian charities. He mobilizes private and public partners to ensure the effective and sustainable long-term implementation of each project. He is married to Claudine Blondin and they have four children.
"My goal is to make society a little bit better. "
Mrs. Julie Gniwisch
Founder and CEO of Delmar International
Julie Gniwisch is the founder and CEO of Delmar International, a leading international diamond and jewelry business. Born in the Carpathian Alps, as a baby she was hidden from the turmoil of the Holocaust sweeping Europe, and eventually fled to Canada, where she grew to raise a family of her own. Julie's heart was set on the jewelry business, and her passion for pearls led to her founding Delmar in Montreal, QC, in the basement of the Gniwisch family home. Delmar continued to grow, amassing over fifty retail partners and delivering innovative designs that gained international renown. Together with her husband, Julie raised six children and today she is an active philanthropist and proud grandmother of over 100 grandchildren and great grandchildren.
"You have to have courage to have character. You have to do things you never thought you would be able to do. "
Mr. Daniel Assouline
CEO at Adaware
Daniel is a seasoned entrepreneur, executive and investor. For the past 15 years, Daniel has built, acquired and grown several tech businesses that have enjoyed huge commercial successes, including: Adaware (formerly Lavasoft), Lulu Software and UpClick amongst others. In March 2018, Adaware and its group of Companies proudly announced a merger with the French company Avanquest, a subsidiary of Claranova to form a strategic partnership and create a new global internet player. After developing this partnership even further and taking it to even greater international level, Daniel made the decision in November 2021 to sell his shares and move onto his next venture. Mr. Assouline’s passion for tech started early. He sold his first commercial software program at the age of 13 (a game) and sold his first software business to Sanyo at the age of 16. He worked at Dell for 7 years where he was promoted thru the ranks in sales, marketing and technology. For the past ten years, Daniel has acquired and developed many high profile real-estate projects, in both the residential and commercial sectors in Canada, the United States and Mexico and continues to expand his real-estate portfolio. Daniel holds an MBA from Queen’s University in Canada and is bilingual in English and French, as well as, fluent in Spanish. As a well-respected Philanthropist, Daniel gives generously to many charitable organizations with his time, support and his ongoing dedication and involvement in the community through fund raising, mentoring and other initiatives.
"I'm a strong believer that no matter what you do in life, no mater what problem you look at in life, the more perspectives you have...the smarter you become - the deeper and broader your knowledge of that problem becomes. And therefore, the outcome, the solutions you come up with, are going to be so much better. "