Philip B. Auerbach
When I lived for two years in a remote region of Southern Africa, for weeks around 8am every Tuesday morning someone would knock on my door asking if my housemates and I had any work. Regretfully, the answer was always “No”. With a maid and a gardener and after paying a local boy to wash my car every day just to create employment, I knew that this and other issues had to be addressed on a much larger scale. With overseas study, living and travel experiences in over 55 countries and self-learning of global issues since I was 10, I have long been aware of world problems and opportunities. Millions of people at home and abroad have their potential squandered because of poverty, hunger and disease; a filthy environment; self-serving politicians; discrimination; and inadequate housing, education and employment.
I also know that countless outstanding NGOs nationwide and worldwide are addressing these and many other critical causes. For me, the challenge was not to create yet another one but how to assist the existing ones to do a more impactful job. From all these inspirations and decades of commitment to social justice, I am thrilled to launch the Auerbach Global-Impact Foundation as a way to create this vision.
Initial funding for the AGIF will come from profits of my firm, Auerbach International Inc., because to me, giving opportunities to others is much more important than acquiring more material objects or adding to sufficient savings. In this quest, I am sincerely indebted to our marvelous company team and wonderful clients without whom none of this funding would be possible.
My true dream has long been to have $100 million to give away. Reaching the first $100 million from company profits, outside grants and donations of all sizes will be the first big challenge. Then we will strive for the next $100 million. By then, I hope that our collective impact through the AGIF will already be immense. And I know that the job will never be done.
I feel that it is the religious, moral and ethical obligation of those of us who have to give to those who have not. However much or however little you have, someone always has less and may be desperate. And if you are well-off today, how can you be sure that you will still be well-off tomorrow? While many people believe in Heaven and an afterlife, all we absolutely know for certain is the world in which we are living and can touch right now. And it does not take long to see all the repair it needs.
Many millionaires and billionaires think that happiness comes from acquiring yet another mansion, another yacht, another necklace, another splurge or another adventure. Any credible psychologist, clergy member or teacher will tell you that while material comforts are truly important, happiness comes from personal fulfillment. And one means of personal fulfillment comes from serving and assisting others to have a better life for themselves.
Who knows? Maybe the funding we give will touch one person who will cure the disease your relative died of or will discover how to stop global warming before it stops us.
I hope you will join me to impact the future, perhaps by helping us to fund someone who will touch your community, your family or yourself. Thank you.
Spencer Goold is a successful marketer, TV director, and a veteran of the US Army and Afghanistan. Spencer served a mission for his church in Thailand from 1999-2001 where he learned the Thai language and a love for the many cultures in Southeast Asia. Upon returning to the US, he attended the Art Institute of Phoenix where he received a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Production, all the while working freelance film jobs as well as a job in production at the Phoenix CBS affiliate news station. Spencer went on to build his own production company that worked in unison with various boutique marketing and advertising firms to create award-winning content for multiple media.
In 2009, Spencer signed up for the United States Army. Though he initially took a job as a helicopter mechanic for the Kiowa attack/scout helicopter system, he deployed to Afghanistan as a drone mechanic. In addition, he is an effective leader who has successfully led teams of up to 20 in dynamic and fast-paced scenarios.
Upon returning, he trained and attended a physically and mentally rigorous special operations selection course and was selected. His training has given him the tools to conduct network analysis based on local influencers; to tailor messaging based on demographics, psychographics, religion, culture, language and symbols; and to evaluate various avenues to approach challenges. This also gave him the background to live and work in austere environments ranging from jungle to desert.
Spencer has a great deal of admiration and respect for the international community and wishes to serve and have a positive impact. Due to his long-term exposure to Southeast Asia, he has become proficient in the Thai, Tagalog, and Cambodian languages in hopes that he’ll have continuing opportunities to return. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, learning about philosophies and playing guitar.
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Aria was born and raised in San Francisco and received her Bachelor’s from Wheaton College, MA where she studied Psychology and Anthropology. She graduated from Drexel University, Philadelphia, in December 2017 with an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.
During her junior year at Wheaton, Aria spent eight months in various regions of South Africa where she studied the psychological effects of living in the post-apartheid society. Upon graduation from Wheaton, Aria spent three years working in the fundraising department of Repair the World, a social justice organization in New York, where she raised funds to create volunteer opportunities for young adults. Aria then spent several years as an integral member of the Special Events department at NYU Langone Medical Center, helping plan and execute the hospital’s and School of Medicine’s annual fundraising galas. Currently, Aria is putting her MBA to use with Fairmount Ventures, Inc. where she is a nonprofit strategy and fundraising consultant.
Aria is passionate about making the world a better place and helping others. She has served as a Junior Board member for Harlem Educational Activities Fund, volunteered with NY Cares, and supported multiple do-gooder campaigns nationwide. In her free time, Aria enjoys cooking, exploring new restaurants in her neighborhood, and is eternally searching for the East Coast’s best burrito.
Sherita J. Herring
As a sought-after speaker, motivator, best-selling author, radio personality and business strategist, Sherita J. Herring has been instrumental in impacting countless communities, businesses and individuals all over the world, including in Africa, France, Canada, Pakistan, Cambodia, the Philippines, China, Trinidad/Tobago, and numerous municipalities throughout the United States. While working with these organizations and others, she has raised over $30 million in funding, and formed more than 600 international businesses.
As a former radio personality with world-wide listeners, Sherita’s weekly broadcast focused on highlighting global “difference makers”; building the capacity of small businesses and entrepreneurs; bridging cultural and racial communication gaps; and serving as a vital resource for marginalized populations in Southern California.
Because of her volunteerism and social connectedness (forming nonprofits, coaching and training), she has helped foster hospitals in Pakistan and Belize; restored forest and wetland ecosystems along the US Gulf Coast, reduce inmate tensions and improving communications through a comedy-based prison program; building water towers in the Philippines; serving orphans in Southeast Asia; and working with an entrepreneur to cure malaria and reducing youth suicide.
Through her Kreative Images Foundation, she has helped secure millions of dollars and developed hundreds of agencies that are operating in nearly 20 countries. She has been featured in publications with First Lady Michelle Obama; honored with the acclaimed R&B singer Chaka Khan, and U.S. Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Diane Watson; and highlighted in Women of Colormagazine with Coretta Scott King and Maya Angelou.
Mrs. Phyllis Johnson is passionate about helping others and making a positive impact in the lives of the disenfranchised and marginalized. She is committed to the development of young people and has spent most of her life serving and mentoring them, through the Girl Guides and The Cat Island Association Juvenile Department in the Bahamas.
A practicing Anglican, she has served as Evangelism and Outreach Director with her husband with responsibility for the Big Brother Big Sister Program.
In 2010, she and her husband founded the New Providence American Youth Football Association, a non-profit organization that mentors young boys from ages 7-17 and provides them with the opportunity to further their education and return to become productive citizens. They have been able to secure over 21 scholarships for this program and the boys are thriving and making the organization proud.
Mrs. Johnson is a retired Senior Public Relations Manager with the National Airline of the Bahamas and is a certified Paralegal. She is the Administrator for Holiday Jet Express, a travel company and she provides consultancy services in Public Relations & Marketing.
She is married to Craig Johnson and they have three children and two grandchildren.
Kelly Keegan is a marketing consultant and strategist with experience in digital, integrated, and product marketing. She’s passionate about helping companies ‘create great customer experiences’ and wants to bring that passion to help nonprofits maximize their positive impact on the world.
Kelly earned an MBA, with an emphasis in Marketing, at San Francisco State University and a degree in Journalism at the University of San Francisco.
Kelly began her career in a start-up sports marketing firm, learning how to solve problems in a fast-paced environment with limited resources. She’s worked in a family-owned business where she incubated marketing programstesting them locally, then in the corporate network. Achieving success with these she scaled four programs to the 60+ franchise network while learning proposal building and negotiating skills along the way.
Kelly made her way to the Financial Services industry working for a start-up inside of Wells Fargo where she was responsible for generating 60% of the revenue helping make the business profitable within three years. Later, Kelly honed her digital marketing skills at an entrepreneurial firm called NetSpend,marketing a prepaid card to the underserved African-American community in a partnership with BET.
As both the liaison with the partner and a marketing strategist she helped guide the Control Card to profitability within three years. And more recently, Kelly has led or been part of a consulting team at Dolby, PG&E, Schwab and Wells Fargo on projects assessing organizational effectiveness; developing customer marketing campaigns in language for underserved communities in Northern California; bringing a retail model to life on the web; and helping transform the digital experience of a relationship program for the emerging affluent audience.
Inspired by so many who are operating community-based organizations around the world that solve social justice issues in their communities, Kelly wants to lend her skills and knowledge focusing her philanthropy efforts on the AGIF Board to help enable these nonprofits’ success.
Michael A. Krafft
Michael A. Krafft is an investment banker and Managing Partner/Chief Executive Officer of M&A Media Group, LLC, and is the Treasurer of the AGIF. He is also Founder and Chairman of Global Center for Economic Enabling Environments, and of Emerging Market Capital Partners.
For more than 25 years, Mr. Krafft has built deep relationships with leading strategic and institutional investors, private equity funds, funds of funds, hedge funds and venture capital firms. His expertise and network have enabled local growing companies to directly obtain capital, strategic direction and sound financial principles.
Mr. Krafft has led nearly 150 joint venture agreements, mergers and acquisitions across the media and communications sector. As an executive at Metromedia, he helped create global cluster strategies in Asia, Latin America, the CEE, the former Soviet Union, and Central Asia. He also spent eight years in global assignments prior to his appointment as Vice President, Corporate Development for TIW and was based in Prague directing new venture development. During his time abroad, Mr. Krafft was also a board member of the Russian National Orchestra.
Michael A. Krafft brings ten years’ experience of non-profit governance experience as a senior member of the Board of Directors of Foundation for Sustainable Development, called “the gold standard in international engagement programs” by The Huffington Post. Founded in 1995, FSD reduces global poverty by providing over 300 grassroots community organizations around the world and professionals and volunteers in the U.S. with training and key resources to address pressing socioeconomic issues. He is also an account manager for the Taproot Foundation, a San Francisco nonprofit whose aim is to lead, mobilize and engage professionals in pro bono service that drives social change.
He holds a BA degree from DePaul University and an MBA in International Finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Mr. Krafft is presently completing a PhD in organizational systems, with special focus on impact of FDI on poverty in emerging markets, from Saybrook University.
Justin Laughlin is a strategist and consultant with a passion for solving complex problems and making a positive impact on the world. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Carolina University and holds both a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Strategic Management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
He began his career by growing a part time restaurant job he had in college into a leadership position spanning multiple restaurants and hundreds of employees. With the Apple Gold Group, Justin served in an internal consulting capacity where he assessed individual locations and guided them to increased profitability. He also established new training programs for employees and trained the company’s management while helping to develop and implement a company-wide inventory management and forecasting program.
Justin then began working for Provident Funding Associates and their affiliate to improve their processes, craft business development strategies, and set them up for rapid growth. He established the company’s appraiser recruitment function, which realigned appraisal supply and demand across key markets, increasing efficiency, customer service levels, and growth potential.
Circle K recruited Justin to create a new structure of processes and provide strategic insights into the real estate function of a newly formed division, which covered three states. He was also sought out to provide strategic insights and solutions through internal consulting among the division’s other functions. After achieving success with these efforts, he was promoted to the company’s global real estate team, where he has worked on billions of dollars’ worth of M&A deals and real estate acquisitions and provided strategic guidance on deals across multiple countries.
Additionally, Justin has provided strategy and management consulting to companies, both in the US and internationally. He has used his consulting skill set to make a positive impact in the lives of those in need on several occasions, including providing marketing strategies to an NGO in Thailand and establishing a growth strategy for a company based in a South African township.
Over the years, Justin has been involved in the community by volunteering with the ALS Association and Habitat for Humanity. His goal is to bring together his expertise in strategy and leadership with his passion for helping others to add value to the AGIF, empowering the nonprofits it touches to achieve their important missions.
Almost dying at the age of 18, Armin Shafee was reborn and made a life-altering decision to reset, redefine and redesign his life. That lead him on a long journey of studying and mastering the top sciences and philosophies in the world to take possession of his mind.
After using Napoleon Hill’s Law of Success Philosophy to produce unheard of results in his own life and business, Armin was introduced to the President of Think and Grow Rich Institute which lead to their first-ever partnership and endorsement of Armin’s brand.
Armin is an award-winning International Speaker; the Vice President of Think and Grow Rich Institute; a Success Coach to thousands of salespeople and CEOs; a Certified Speaking Trainer; the upcoming author of the book, The Winner’s Manifesto; and the Founder of the international brands, Elite Speakers’ Academy and The REBORN Experience.
Shubhra Srivastava is the VP of Product, within the Data & Service Division of MasterCard. She joined MasterCard in August 2013 came into the organization to run the Digital Media Targeting business. She is now focused on creating the global strategy and solutions for emerging verticals like Telco & Technology companies.
Prior to assuming this role, Shubhra was at American Express and responsible for driving the acquisition strategy for all digital channels including social, mobile, aggregators, display media, paid search and onsite. Previously, Shubhra has held various analytics and digital strategy roles at Nokia, InterContinental Hotels, Acxiom and Fedex.
Shubhra has led market-disrupting initiatives in digital & analytics strategy and has constantly been at the forefront of applying analytical techniques to emerging consumer channels. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Economics from Clemson University, and lives in New York with her husband and two sons and one dog.
Shubhra is actively involved in various mentoring programs like STEM4girls, American Corporate Partners and Her Honor Mentoring. She has also been on the board of directors for the Digital Analytics Association and advisor to Outcasting Media.
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Herb Behrstock has held leadership positions related to the United Nations for more than 45 years.
Herb worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for 32 years beginning in 1972. For more than half his career, he lived and worked in eight countries (China, Kazakhstan, Haiti, Gaza, Bhutan and three African nations) where he was responsible for management and economic development program activities. With increasing managerial achievements, he was appointed as the UNDP Resident Representative and concurrently as Resident Coordinator of UN development cooperation reporting to the UN Secretary-General. In that latter capacity, he concurrent led responsibilities for UN activities in women’s health, gender equality, population, and refugees. During two extended assignments at UNDP Headquarters in New York, Herb was a senior manager for programs in East and SE Asia, after having had responsibilities for aid policy, coordination and effectiveness in the Africa Bureau.
Following retirement from the UN in 1972, Herb became involved in leadership functions with the United Nations Association-USA. He was elected President of the [San Francisco] East Bay chapter, serving for 11 years until early 2016, after which he was invited to continue as an executive adviser. During his presidency, the chapter – one of the largest and most active in UNA — won national recognition in several categories. Herb is currently serving his second term as President of the Northern California Division that encompasses 13 UNA chapters. Additionally, on the national level of the UNA-USA, Herb was elected to the National Council for six years until termed out in 2016. On the Council, he was chair of the Advocacy Sub-Committee.
Born in Chicago, Herb went to the University of Michigan where he received a BA in economics in 1964. He also has an MA in international economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies(SAIS) in Washington, D.C. in 1966.
Immediately after university, Herb was elected for two terms as the national President of AIESEC-US(the International Association of Business and Economic Students) which during his tenure set unsurpassed records for its international educational exchange program. He was elected in 1969 by AIESEC’s national committees to organize and administer in Europe the organization’s first global conference on the development of international management skills, foreshadowing the rise in globalization. Herb also worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank in community development and public affairs, and consulted for a year to establish the World Trade Institute at the World Trade Center in New York City – that was later destroyed on 9/11, 1991.
Herb is married to Dorie Guess Behrstock, whose career included jobs with UN Peacekeeping, commercial banking, and consulting in UN Headquarters and developing countries. Herb and Dorie have lived in Alameda, California, since his retirement from UNDP in 2002. Their two daughters were born in Africa, and currently reside in California.
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Kimchi Chow, Founder & CEO of Asian Women of Power, and Host of Asian Women of Power podcast.
Born and raised in Vietnam, Kimchi is the first generation of immigrants in America. With a diverse background, from high tech to the service industry to investing to personal growth, Kimchi knows what it took to be successful, happy and fulfilled in life.
Now Kimchi is working as a coach to support her clients, Asian American women, about Life, Relationships and Culture, to help them create the life that they love. Kimchi started a movement called “Live Life Loud” and a podcast called “Asian Women of Power” in May 2018. Today, this podcast has widely spread to over 22 countries around the world.
Kimchi’s mission is to empower Asian American women to speak their truth, to stand up for their rights, and to show up for what they believe in.
To learn more about her programs, her podcast and her movement, please join her on her Facebook group, or connect with her through LinkedIn.
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Jane empowers organizations and thought leaders to differentiate themselves and drive measurable results through game-changing content and campaigns via her marketing agency, See Jane Do. She leads and implements growth strategies for startups, social enterprises, and nonprofits. Jane is passionate about helping businesses succeed by connecting to donors, customers, and partners, inspiring them to act and advocate.
With more than 25 years of experience, she has worked with local businesses, agencies, and international enterprises in the food, agricultural, software, and media industries on everything from go-to-market strategies to competitive analyses to multi-channel campaigns.
Jane is a first generation Italian-American who grew up with farm-to-table values and who believes everyone should have access to a healthy and fulfilling life. After growing up on the East coast and spending many years in San Francisco, she now lives in the hills of Oakland. Jane loves little dogs and long hikes, and when she’s not marketing, she is playing bocce, cooking, or gardening.
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Julian is the founder and CEO of GetGlobal. He founded GetGlobal to gather the leading voices in international expansion and strategy, as well as to provide companies with the relationships they need for success in foreign markets. The GetGlobal summits of 2016 and 2017 broke new ground in gathering stakeholders from across the industrial, governmental, and disciplinary landscape.
Julian is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he specialized in South Asian security, economics, and politics, earning his degree in International Relations and Business with graduate course work at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India. Prior to his time at USC, he worked in the entertainment and online media industry as the Southern California director of a diversified event, media, and marketing firm assisting Fortune 100 companies.
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Jill Lublin is an international speaker on the topics of Radical Influence, Publicity, Networking, Kindness and Referrals. She is the author of 4 Best Selling books including Get Noticed…Get Referrals (McGraw Hill) and co-author of Guerrilla Publicity and Networking Magic. Her latest book, Profit of Kindness went #1 in four categories. Jill is a master strategist on how to position your business for more profitability and more visibility in the marketplace. She is CEO of a strategic consulting firm and has over 20 years experience working with over 100,000 people plus national and international media. Jill teaches Publicity Crash Courses as both live events and live webinars and consults and speaks all over the world. Visit publicitycrashcourse.com/freegift and jilllublin.com.
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Patty Neil is an entrepreneur, program manager, thought leader, change agent and coach, with extensive experience in consumer-facing industries. She is a trusted advisor, skilled at inspiring others to action with a balance of empathy, analytics and the capacity to understand and synthesize complex business, organizational, social and political landscapes.
With a background in operations and administration, strategic planning and execution, finance and accounting, organizational design and employee relations, she delivers solutions and services with an inclusive, principled and practical approach.
The majority of her career has been with PEMCO Insurance. Starting as an Administrator for Technology and Accounting, she was responsible for upgrading IT and IS quality and efficiency, maintaining QA efficiency, and designing scalable systems and processes. For her achievements, she received the CEO Vision Award. She then became Operations Supervisor, responsible for delivering customer service excellence, P&Ls, vendor management, and talent recruitment and retention.
Earlier in her career she was an agent with Coldwell Banker, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage, and was awarded Top Producer.
With a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Organizational Leadership, she is now a PhD candidate in Organizational Systems and Transformational Leadership at Saybrook University.
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Nigel Thomson is a lawyer who has worked in the International Development industry for 20 years. He began his legal career working in the commercial land and property sector in Australia before joining the United Nations in 2000 to work on housing, land and property rights in East Timor. Since then, he has worked in various countries across Asia and Africa on land tenure and property issues and, more recently, on democracy and governance issues, and women’s leadership development. He has been based in the United States since 2006 where he has worked with Tetra Tech ARD (International Development Services Group). Through his work across the private sector, international organizations, NGOs and for-profit development companies, Nigel brings a depth of practical in-country and home office business experience as well as a global network of organizations working to good around the world.