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Michael Buman is currently Executive Director at Leadership for Educational Equity. Previously, he was a partner in the New York office of McKinsey & Co., where he was a leader in the financial institutions practice focusing on insurance and asset management. He has also worked with many education organizations throughout New York City. Michael is a graduate of Michigan State University and the New York University Stern School of Business.
Jessica Cordova Kramer
Jessica Cordova Kramer is co-founder and CEO of Lemonada Media, an award-winning podcast network. Cordova Kramer is also the executive producer of the Pod Save the People podcast, which has won multiple Webby awards. She began her professional career as a Wall Street lawyer who moonlighted on pro bono domestic violence and refugee cases, then worked for Teach For America and Teach For All for more than a decade. Cordova Kramer lost her younger brother, Stefano, to a long battle with addiction, subsequently co-creating Lemonada with Stephanie Wittels Wachs, who also lost her brother to an overdose. The network has gone on to create hit series, including Last Day, In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt, Our America with Julián Castro, the Good Kids series, and its newest show, Add to Cart with Kulap Vilaysack & SuChin Pak. Lemonada’s goal is, Cordova Kramer says, “to make shows that help people get out of bed in the morning, that help people deal with the hardest sh*t in their real lives.”
Through her long history as a producer, Gigi Pritzker has been a champion of the voices of both established and up-and-coming storytellers. As the Founder and CEO of Madison Wells, Pritzker’s studio focuses on developing, producing, and funding projects in film, television, and theater by, and about, badass women, as well as people who love pushing boundaries. Her reputation allows Madison Wells to collaborate and incubate content with partners who are aligned in a belief that good storytelling sparks important conversations. In 2001, Pritzker formed the independent production and finance company Oddlot Entertainment, which she merged into Madison Wells in 2015. Widely considered one of the most powerful women in Hollywood, she has turned Madison Wells into one of the most respected indy producers in Hollywood. Through her leadership and vision, Madison Wells releases have become very familiar on the Awards circuit having been regularly nominated for Academy Awards, Emmy’s and Tony’s. Pritzker currently holds a position on the Sundance Institute Board of Trustees and is deeply involved in a diverse portfolio of philanthropic endeavors. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Stanford University. As an undergraduate student, she lived in Nepal for a year, which led her to producing her first documentary feature, “Bhutan, Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon,” with the BBC, which launched her career in the motion picture business. She is a proud native Chicagoan.
Keith Titan is a partner at BDMI, an early stage venture capital firm whose parent company is Bertelsmann, the global media, services and education company. Keith joined BDMI in 2006 from Random House Ventures where he managed investments in American Reading Company and Xlibris (acquired by Authorhouse). In addition to being a founding member of BDMI, Keith has led investments in ART19 (acquired by Amazon), The Athletic (acquired by The New York Times) , FloSports, Lemonada Media, LiveLike, RoyaltyShare (acquired by The Orchard), Tenovos, VHX (acquired by Vimeo) and Vindicia (acquired by Amdocs). Prior to BDMI, Keith worked at Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group and advertising agency J. Walter Thompson. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English. Keith also holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and an Executive M.B.A. from Rutgers University where he won the Wall Street Journal Award for Highest Distinction in Business Strategy and the Achievement Award for graduating #1 in his class.
Stephanie Wittels Wachs
Stephanie Wittels Wachs is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Lemonada Media. She co-created and hosts Last Day, Lemonada’s award-winning flagship show. The series confronts massive epidemics with humor, compassion, and a quest for progress. Its first season confronted the opioid crisis, which took the life of her brother, writer-producer-comedian Harris Wittels (Parks & Recreation, Master of None). Wittels Wachs is the author of the best-selling book Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss, which Kirkus anointed “a powerful debut,” upon its release. A reputable theater director and well-known voice actor appearing in countless anime series and movies, she founded Rec Room Arts, a performance space and national artist-residency program in Houston, TX. She founded Lemonada Media with Jessica Cordova Kramer, who also lost her brother to an overdose, because, Wittels Wachs says, “Community is a life jacket.”