Brian Walker – Manger of Stakeholder Engagement (Enterprise D&I)
The Walt Disney Company
Brian Walker is a versatile change agent with over a decade of experience working at the intersection of entertainment and social justice. He combines deep experience with management, creative production, business development and partnership mobilization as a social impact consultant and content producer. Formerly, Brian was the Culture and Entertainment Advocacy Director at Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. Currently, Brian serves as a Manager of Stakeholder Engagement on the Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion at The Walt Disney Company and the chair of the Eric Reid Foundation’s Advisory Council.
Jaia Thomas – Founder/Attorney
The Law Offices Of Jaia Thomas
Jaia Thomas is a Los Angeles-based sports, entertainment and intellectual property attorney. She is also an adjunct professor at UCLA. Jaia has been quoted as a legal expert in such publications as The New York Times and USA Today. She is also a member of several boards and organizations, including University of Southern California’s Sports Business Institute Rising Executives Committee. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, she is a graduate of Colgate University (BA) and The George Washington University Law School (JD).
Neetal Parekh – Founder
Neetal Parekh is the Founder of Innov8social, which creates experiences, content, training, and tools to make social entrepreneurship and impact leadership more accessible and actionable. She is a licensed attorney, with expertise in digital strategy, storytelling, and communications. Neetal is the author of Amazon bestseller “51 Questions on Social Entrepreneurship,” host of The Impact Podcast by Innov8social, convener of IMPACTATHON, and a frequent speaker, facilitator, and moderator on topics including social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, and ways entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and consumers can engage in social impact.
Jesse Moore – Founder/CEO
Common Thread Strategies
Jesse Moore serves as CEO of Common Thread Strategies, a strategic communications and messaging firm specializing in social, criminal and economic justice reform. He has formerly served as a campaign aide, White House speechwriter, and chief liaison over celebrity and entertainment partnerships for President Obama, with a focus on mobilizing stakeholders behind criminal justice reform and youth empowerment. Common Thread clients have included government, philanthropic, and social impact organizations including law enforcement agencies, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the NBA, Columbia University, Carnegie Hall and the Pop Culture Collaborative.
Nubia Murray – Global Marketing Manager
Nubia Murray joined McDonald’s with over a decade of experience in sponsorship and partnership marketing, spearheading various global properties including the Corporate Challenge running series, which she managed in the US, Frankfurt, South Africa, Sydney and Singapore. As the newest member of the Global Family Marketing team, she is responsible for ensuring that McDonald’s remains the number one QSR destination for families. Nearly 40 years ago, Happy Meals joined McDonald’s menu and quickly became part of the fun, family experience. Serving over 3B family customers annually, inclusive of 1B kids meals, the iconic Happy Meal and the family experience is central to the McD business. And through the Family team’s strategic partnerships, which Nubia has a hand in vetting, McDonald’s continues to share moments and create lasting memories around meals that appeal to kids and parents.
Cas Peters – Policy Advisor
New York City Mayor’s Office
Cas Peters is a Policy Advisor in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations where he advises New York City agencies on management and operations including process improvement, performance management and organizational design.
Cas has worked to improve the operational effectiveness of many New York City agencies including the Housing Authority, the Department for Youth and Community Development and the Police Department.
Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office of Operations in 2017, Cas worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Education in the Obama Administration.
Cas is a proud mentor, U.S. soccer fan and art enthusiast hailing from Panama City, Florida.