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Past Speakers

For the past 18 years, Toigo has curated a mix of keynote speakers, master of ceremony and featured speakers to deliver memorable, high impact programs at our annual Gala. Hover over the images for more information.

Keynote Highlights

(2017)

Michelle Obama

Former First Lady
of the United States

Michelle Obama

(2016)

Hamilton “Tony”
E. James

President and Chief Operating Officer, Blackstone

Hamilton E. James

(2015)

Laurence D. Fink

Chairman & CEO, BlackRock

Laurence D. Fink

(2011)

General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)

65th United States Secretary of State

General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)

(2010)

David M. Rubenstein

Co-Founder and Co-CEO,
The Carlyle Group

David M. Rubenstein

(2007)

William Jefferson Clinton

42nd President
of the United States

William Jefferson Clinton

(2006)

Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Legendary Entrepreneur

Earvin “Magic” Johnson

 

Masters of Ceremony

(2017)

Anthony Kapel
“Van” Jones

CNN Commentator
Host, The Messy Truth
Co-Founder, Dream Corps

Anthony Kapel “Van” Jones

(2015)

Ann Compton

News Correspondent, ABC News

Ann Compton

(2012)

Ted Koppel

Legendary Journalist

Ted Koppel

(2009)

Dan Rather

Legendary Journalist

Dan Rather

(2004)

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

Chief International Correspondent and “Power Lunch” Co-Anchor, CNBC

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

 

Speaker/Honoree Highlights

(2016)

Jerry Albright

Deputy Chief Investment Officer,
Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Toigo Governing Board Member

Jerry Albright

(2012)

Molly Ashby

Chairman & CEO,
Solera Capital

Molly Ashby

(2015)

Cory Booker

U.S. Senator for New Jersey

Cory Booker

(2007)

Willie L. Brown, Jr.

Former Mayor
of San Francisco,
Former Speaker
of the California
State Assembly

Willie L. Brown, Jr.

(2013)

Julian Castro

Former Mayor of San Antonio; Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Julian Castro

(2010)

Thomas P. DiNapoli

Comptroller,
State of New York

Thomas P. DiNapoli

(2010)

Raudline Etienne

Founder and
Managing Partner,
Daraja Capital

Raudline Etienne

(2017)

Jay Ferguson

Managing Partner, Vicente Capital Partners
Toigo Board Member
Toigo | UCLA Anderson School of Business 1994

Jay Ferguson

(2014)

Douglas Fleming

Managing Director,
JPMorgan Investment Management Co.

Douglas Fleming

(2015)

Leslie Hale

Chief Financial Officer, RLJ Lodging Trust
Toigo Governing Board Member

Leslie Hale

(2016)

Thomas Britton “Britt” Harris IV

Former CIO, Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Toigo Executive Council Member

Thomas Britton Harris IV

(2012)

Mellody Hobson

President, Ariel Investments

Mellody Hobson

(2016)

Letitia James

Public Advocate, City of New York

Letitia James

(2013)

Valerie Jarrett

Senior Advisor to
President Barack Obama

Valerie Jarrett

(2007)

Robert L. Johnson

Founder,
The RLJ Companies

Robert L. Johnson

(2014)

Henry Jones

Trustee,
California Public Employees’ Retirement System

Henry Jones

(2017)

David Marchick

Managing Director,
The Carlyle Group

David Marchick

(2017)

Mark McCombe

Senior Managing Director, Head of the Americas and Global Head of BlackRock Alternative Investors, BlackRock

Mark McCombe

(2015)

Obie McKenzie

Managing Director, BlackRock

Obie McKenzie

(2016)

Jose Minaya

Senior Managing Director and President, TIAA Global Real Assets, TIAA
Toigo Alumnus

Jose Minaya

(2016)

Kate Mitchell

Partner and Co-Founder, Scale Venuture
Co-Chair of Diversity Task Force, National Venture Capital Association

Kate Mitchell

(2016)

Verdun S. Perry

Senior Managing Director and Co-Head, Strategic Partners Fund Solutions, Blackstone
Toigo Alumnus

Verdun S. Perry

(2016)

Carmichael Roberts

Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners
Member of Diversity Task Force, National Venture Capital Association

Carmichael Roberts

(2012)

Marcos Rodriguez

Managing Member,
Palladium Equity Partners

Douglas Fleming

(2017)

Melody Rollins

Partner & Head of Client Service and Business Development, Brightwood Capital
Toigo Alumna | MIT Sloan School of Management

Melody Rollins

(2017)

Kenneth Salas

Chief Operating Officer, Camino Financial
Toigo | HBS 2015

Kenneth Salas

(2014)

Scott Stringer

New York City Comptroller
Toigo Advisory Board Member

Scott Stringer

(2016)

La June Montgomery Tabron

President and Chief Executive Officer, W.K. Kellog Foundation

La June Montgomery Tabron

(2015)

Valerie Villarreal

Board of Investments, LACERA
Director of Strategy and Business Analytics, Live Nation Entertainment

Valerie Villarreal

(2010)

Kelly Williams

Senior Advisor,
GCM Grosvenor
Private Markets

Kelly Williams

(2016)

Joel Wittenberg

Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, W.K. Kellog Foundation
Toigo Governing Board Member

Joel Wittenberg

 

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