Thank you to Goldman Sachs and the 10,000 Small Business Program , and Taproot Foundation


Ross Field


Ross is known as a subject matter expert in operations for advertising & marketing agencies, improving process, and helping employees perform at their highest levels of quality and efficiency.  He brings clients 20+ years of experience, several awards and worked on two animated feature films early in his professional career.

He completed improving the relationships with several former agency’s largest clients.  Ross inherited accounts where the agency could not deliver on time, on-budget or quality deliverables, and left with a process in-place that works for both the agency and client.

Ross builds strong & trusting relationships with clients at all levels, and was known as the “Velvet Hammer” for his work style to accomplish change and constant process improvement.

In his free time he coaches ice hockey at Wollman Rink in Central park, plays on hockey and tennis teams and follows the NY Rangers passionately. He loves to cook, travel and brings his smile everywhere. Ross’ greatest joy is seeing his son learn and grow intellectually and emotionally, particularly through music classes and his (truly tiny) baby grand piano.

Michael Giuffre


With the goal of serving a greater purpose, Michael Giuffre has spent his entire career in the health sector.  This includes roles in a top market intelligence company, a Carlyle Group backed cybersecurity firm, and the prolific brand consultancy, InterbrandHealth, where he now serves as Director of Business Development.

He comes from a musical family and has been playing music from a young age – at one point as an artist for the indie rock record label, Burning Records.  In addition to playing in various bands throughout high school and college, Michael taught guitar lessons for several years.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Rider University.  When not working, he enjoys playing music, surfing at the Jersey shore, and spending time with family and friends.

Leslie Gottlieb


Leslie Gottlieb is the 2019 President of the New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

She is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of expertise in integrated strategic communications and marketing for many leading nonprofit organizations such as the Red Cross, Lighthouse International and the Ford Foundation.

She is an expert in integrated strategic marketing and communications campaigns that increase brand recognition and impact causes and issues. Her areas of expertise include: high visibility top tier media placement (print, electronic and online), digital strategy, social media, branding and crisis communications

She has taught numerous semesters at NYU and Marymount College. Her classes have ranged from Media and Politics to Crisis Communications and Strategic Communications for Nonprofits. .

She writes a blog on ethics and the media for Commprobiz.

Kenneth Hom

Kenneth Hom is an IT and Information Security professional with over 20 years experience in the financial, legal, IT services, and healthcare industries.  He assists organizations of all sizes and industries with their information security, regulatory compliance, IT strategy development and implementation, and content development.  In his spare time, Kenneth enjoys traveling and learning about emerging trends in technology.

Janine Nipal

Janine Nipal is currently a finance associate supporting the financial governance team within ICG O&T at Citi, providing analytics primarily around targets and headcount. She has been at Citi for the past 4.5 years undertaking numerous roles within fixed income technology in the chief of staff capacity. Prior to her professional career, Janine had completed her undergraduate degree in 2014 from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business for business administration finance.
In her free time, Janine thoroughly enjoys hiking, international travel and suspense novels.