President of Disney-ABC Television Group » Since her promotion in 2004, Anne Sweeney has been serving as co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. Repeatedly named the “Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment” by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune and one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes, she was honored with the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Golden Mike Award for Outstanding Contributions to Broadcasting, the Matrix Award for television from New York Women in Communications, Inc., and the National Cable &Telecommunications Association’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership.
Under her watch, hit series like “Grey's Anatomy,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Dancing with the Stars” have helped Disney Channel more than quintuple its subscriber base, where it is now available on basic cable in more than 97 million homes in the United States.
In 1996, Ms. Sweeney joined The Walt Disney Company as president of Disney Channel and executive vice president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks. Previously she spent 3 years as chairman and CEO of FX Networks, Inc., during which she presided over the launch of entertainment-focused FX and FXM: Movies from Fox, Hollywood’s first studio-based movie network.
Before joining Fox, Ms. Sweeney spent 12 years at Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, most recently as senior vice president of Program Enterprises, where she oversaw Nickelodeon’s international expansion, including launching the channel in the United Kingdom, resulting in a joint venture with British Sky Broadcasting.
Active in organizations both within and outside the television industry, Ms. Sweeney is a board member of Lifetime Television, the Paley Center for Media, the American Film Institute, the Special Olympics and an honorary chair of Cable Positive. She earned a BA degree from The College of New Rochelle and an Ed. M. degree from Harvard University.
CEO and co-founder of World of Good by eBay » In 2004, Priya Haji co-founded World of Good, a company dedicated to building ethical shopping experiences with retail partners like Whole Foods and eBay. Its online and offline distribution channels and online marketplace allow artisan producers in developing countries to access over 1,200 retail locations—impacting over 25,000 people in more than 70 countries.
For her work and vision in revolutionizing business, Priya received a Social Innovation Award from the Social Venture Network in 2007.
In her 20's Priya Haji was co-founder and Executive Director of Free at Last in East Palo Alto, a national model program to address substance abuse related issues. With $10 million in special investments and a team of 60 the organization grew to span services reaching 3,000 people per year. For her work with Free at Last, Priya was recognized by the DoSomething Foundation, MTV and Mademoiselle Magazine as one of America's Ten Most Outstanding Young Leaders. She has an undergraduate degree from Stanford and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
General Manager of WorldofGood.com and eBay Giving Works » As the General Manager of these two eBay social ventures, Seema has helped guide WorldofGood.com by eBay, which was launched in 2008 and is the first multi-seller online marketplace for people positive and eco positive products. The eBay Giving Works program enables fundraising through sales and purchases on eBay and has raised over $125 million in the US since its inception in 2003. Prior to her involvement in eBay's social ventures, Seema led Product Management for eBay's "next generation" search platform. She also held positions at Opt4.com and Sapient Corp, and has done pro-bono work for Kiva.org and the American India Foundation. Seema holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Johanna W. (Hanneke) Faber
Vice President & Brand Franchise Leader, Global Pantene and Herbal Essences, Procter & Gamble » Hanneke, a native of the Netherlands, has been with Procter & Gamble since right after graduation in 1992. She has recently moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, but has worked for P&G; in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Athens, Greece; and Geneva, Switzerland. She worked mostly in Beauty Care, where she had had responsibility for brands like Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Wella, Clairol, Olay, Max Factor, Cover Girl, Gillette and Always. Some of Hanneke’s proudest accomplishments include the growth of the Head & Shoulders brand in Europe, the Max Factor brand worldwide, the European integration of the Wella and Clairol acquisitions, and her work linking P&G; Beauty brands with the Children’s Safe Drinking Water organization, providing more than 50million liters of safe drinking water to children in need.
Today, Hanneke runs the global Pantene and Herbal Essences brands as one of P&G’s youngest Vice Presidents. At $3B in turnover, Pantene is one of the world’s biggest and most respected Beauty brands. Hanneke is responsible for 150+ countries as diverse as the US, China, Japan, Germany, Argentina, Italy, Russia, and Saudi-Arabia.
Hanneke grew up in Den Haag, Holland, and spent much of her teenage years traveling the world as the Dutch national springboard diving champion. She attended the University of Houston’s Honor’s Program on an athletic scholarship, earning a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, both summa cum laude, She was an Honorable Mention All American and an Academic All American. After graduating (and hanging up her swimsuits), she returned to Europe to join P&G in Rotterdam.
Hanneke is married to Aristotle Economon. Between her job and being the proud mother of 9-year-old Ari, 7-year-old Anna, and 5-year-old Athina, Hanneke remains passionate about playing and watching sports - especially when the Dutch are involved –, loves reading and traveling, and is involved with her church and Alma Mater. Every summer, Hanneke and Aris fund the UH FEET-scholarship, which provides 2 University of Houston Honors Program students the opportunity to travel to Europe and get to know new countries and cultures.
Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, NBC Universal » Allison Gollust was appointed executive vice president of Corporate Communications in July 2009. She is responsible for communications policies and strategic positioning of NBC Universal’s global assets, content, and executives. Gollust oversees the company’s domestic and international media strategy and execution, executive communications, internal communications, corporate philanthropy, and community relations. In addition, she serves as the chief spokesperson for NBC Universal and its president and chief executive officer, Jeff Zucker.
Gollust previously had served as senior vice president of NBC News Communications since May 2005. In that role, Gollust was chief spokesperson for NBC News and had oversight of communications at NBC’s 24-hour cable news channel, MSNBC; the leading global brand in business news, CNBC; and the Weather Channel. She oversaw all internal and external communications for NBC News and its programming, including Today, Nightly News with Brian Williams, Dateline, and Meet the Press. From 2002 to 2005, Gollust held the position of vice president of NBC News Communications.
In the course of her tenure at NBC News, Gollust was responsible for managing communications strategy around three major network anchor transitions, including the appointment of David Gregory following the tragic death of Tim Russert in 2008. In 2006, Gollust oversaw all communications surrounding the transition from Katie Couric to Meredith Vieira at Today, the nation’s No. 1 morning news program. Two years before that, she successfully managed the strategic communications for the switch from Tom Brokaw to Brian Williams at NBC Nightly News, the first anchor transition at an evening news broadcast in more than two decades.
Gollust joined NBC News Communications in November 1998, as senior publicist for Today, serving as chief spokesperson for the broadcast, which celebrated its 50th anniversary during her tenure, as well as sole publicist and spokesperson for anchors Katie Couric and Matt Lauer. Prior to her tenure with Today, she was a publicist in NBC’s Corporate Communications division, where she oversaw corporate and philanthropic events, as well as handled internal communications. In that capacity, she worked closely with the network’s government relations and sales and marketing departments, and developed strategic corporate events.
Prior to coming to NBC, Gollust was the director of communications for Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids, based in Denver and New York City. She began her career as a news anchor, reporter, and producer in Denver.
A member of the board of directors of the New York Women in Communications, Gollust resides in New York City with her husband and two daughters.