He has been president of the Scientific Council of The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation for some 30 years and is also the first recipient of The Pardes Humanitarian Award in Mental Health. She served on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York; the Laura Pels Foundation; the Inner-City Foundation for Charity and Education; and the Champions of Caring Project. Under Ms. Vitali’s leadership worldwide, Kiehl’s doubled in size in a two-year time frame. Its activities include public policy advocacy, community engagement to encourage inclusion and respect for neurodiversity, leadership trainings, cross-disability advocacy, and the development of Autistic cultural activities. Chairman, Autism Speaks President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee, RPT Realty Brian L. Harper was elected chairman of the board of Autism Speaks on April 1, 2020. He became one of the first employees – and ultimately chief operating officer – of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the federally funded government agency created to plan the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site. President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee, RPT Realty. He serves as vice president of White Castle System, Inc., with responsibilities for government affairs, shareholder relations, public relations and corporate philanthropy. Tom Bernard had a 30-year career in global finance before retiring in Aspen, Colorado to devote himself to writing and philanthropy. Causes she has championed include children's health, education, diversity and inclusion, and planning for the special needs of adults with disabilities. Mr. Feirstein is a member of the Weill Cornell Deans Council and a former trustee and former chairman of the Anderson Foundation for Autism. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mr. Schulman is most proud of his achievements in helping underserved populations. He focuses his work on matching well thought out educational practices to individual needs that promote fulfilling and productive lives for those with autism. In addition to being an Autism Speaks board member, Mr. Jones also sits on the executive board of the AdCouncil and Advertising Education Foundation. In nine years, Team Tyler has raised over $1 million. Director, Laboratory for Psychiatric and Molecular Neuroscience, Mclean Hospital, Eben S. Draper Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining Oxford, Mr. Frazier was a development manager for Boston Properties. Mr. Jones grew up in Ireland and served as a lieutenant in the Irish Army. A native of Singapore, Ms. Yang earned degrees from Cornell University and Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Since 2005, Mr. Carpenter has been an active supporter of Autism Speaks. Founder, Law Offices of Stuart M. Savitz, LLC He had served as Infinity's president and chief executive officer from 1981 until Infinity became a wholly owned subsidiary of Viacom in February 2001. Prior to that, he served as president, chief executive officer, and member of the board of directors of CBS Corporation from January 1999 to May 2000. In December 2013, The Manns were presented the Champion Award at The Winter Ball at the Met by the honorable U.S. He is also responsible for acquired television series deals for FX Networks, including “Two and a Half Men,” “Mike & Molly” and “How I Met Your Mother.”. Mr. Tarman spends his free time with his wife and two young sons: one of whom is on the autism spectrum. He serves on the NYeC Board Executive Committee for Information Technology, and is vice chairman of the New York Genome Center. While serving at the foundation, he founded the Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. Mr. Savitz and his wife Amy live in Glencoe, Illinois, with their two sons, Tyler, who has autism, and Spencer. The development of Autistic traits in children can follow multiple presentations; not all children who will be diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder by age five presented with abnormal development before age one. In 2015, Mr. Mann founded The Colors You Like with filmmaker Torre Catalano, a Los Angeles-based company that meets the creative, strategic and marketing needs of corporations, brands, artists and events. He also developed the late-night animation block “Animation Domination” for the network with ADHD Studio. In 2005, Mr. Murray co-founded Rock Ridge Advisors, LLC, a macro hedge fund with an institutional client base. In addition to being on the board of Autism Speaks, Mr. Karmazin is a trustee at NYU Langone Medical Center and vice chairman of the board of trustees of The Paley Center for Media. The Murrays have three boys, including Owen, who is on the autism spectrum. Ms. Vitali joined L’Oreal USA in 2003 as senior vice president of marketing for Maybelline New York-Garnier. In 2014, Mr. Richardson was named the National Restaurant Association’s Advocate of the Year, and in 2016, the National Council of Chain Restaurants’ Ambassador of the Year. Autism Speaks speaks about autistic people without autistic people. Many studies have shown that parents from families with autistic members are more likely to have autistic children. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and of the Law School of University of Virginia. It represents families with autistic children. Jennifer Caserta is AMC Networks' chief transformation and people officer, charged with driving and facilitating organizational structures and strategies that best position AMC Networks for successful innovation in storytelling, story formats, new products, distribution and advertising, and strengthen and grow its portfolio of assets. In 2004, Mr. Bernard and his wife Sallie founded The Extreme Sports Camp, which provided summer and winter recreational opportunities for children on the autism spectrum. I only know that today I sit on a more diverse Autism Speaks board that includes parents and individuals of all backgrounds, including those on the spectrum, and In 2008, Mrs. and Mr. Wright were named in “Time 100’s” Heroes and Pioneers category for their commitment to global autism advocacy. After ten years of telling us “it’s time to listen”, Autism Speaks now visibly listening to people on the autism spectrum is a very good sign. I grew up watching [Sesame Street], and my son has too. Chief Executive Officer, Mariner Investment Group. Before becoming chief executive officer, he was president and chief operating officer of CBS Corporation from April 1998 to January 1999. [7] It sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public. Before Mr. Arledge joined BNY Mellon in November 2010, he was the chief investment officer for fundamental fixed income portfolios at BlackRock, Inc. Higgins is also co-owner of VaynerMedia, founded by digital marketing expert Gary Vaynerchuk, and a partner in early-stage venture fund Vayner/RSE. He received his M.D. Her clients have included the WNBA; the cancer charity Flashes of Hope, and State Farm Insurance, where she worked with the 50 Million Pound Challenge's grassroots initiative to establish simultaneous health walks around the country. He once headed the Asperger's Association of New England and was on the board of the Autism Society of America. He lives in the New York area with his wife Shelley and his three children, Dominic, Benjamin and Olivia. She is remembered for founding Autism Speaks with her husband Bob Wright. Mr. Kehoe has been actively involved in all aspects of the firm's development and expansion since its founding in 2012, with the goal of making cybersecurity accessible to all companies. She began her career in advertising, but soon realized that she wanted to be the client. On December 7, after 10 years of widespread criticism, Autism Speaks announced the appointment of two Autistic people to its Board of Directors. In 2011, Spencer and the Savitz Family founded the North Shore Walk. He was named a Top 40 Under 40 executive by Crain’s New York and by Sports Business Journal. Among her many accolades, Ms. Caserta has been named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” and listed in “The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100.” Variety has included Ms. Caserta in its “Power of Women: New York Impact” list, Adweek named her a “Person of the Moment” and Fast Company recognized her as a “Who’s Next” leader. He spent 12 years of his career at Wachovia and had oversight for various business lines in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including leveraged finance, investment grade, global rates, structured products, corporate loan and commercial real estate portfolios, and financial institutions investment banking. Though autism did not become the mainstream diagnosis it is today until well into the 20th century, it is certainly not anything new. Mr. Jones has been a leader in the development and growth of Moxie — an interactive agency which is part of Publicis Groupe — and he is responsible for Performics — a performance marketing agency also a part of Publicis Groupe —and its worldwide roll out to some 40 countries. Previously, Mr. Karmazin was president and chief operating officer of Viacom from May 2000 until June 2004. Working with the Ad Council and BBDO Worldwide, Mrs. and Mr. Wright launched a ten-year public service announcement campaign credited with educating countless families about the early signs of autism. Under his leadership since 2005, ZO experienced unprecedented growth and welcomed a world-class roster of new media clients, including Kering, Coty, Reckitt Benckiser, Liberty Mutual, Kohl’s, JPMorgan Chase, 20th Century Fox, SONIC, Nintendo, Oracle, Farmers Insurance, Pizza Hut, Bridgestone, Liberty Mutual, DreamWorks and GoPro. Former Chief Operating Officer International, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. Steven P. Stanbrook joined S.C. Johnson in November 1996 as president, Europe, and one year later, Africa and the Near East were added to his responsibilities. He also is on the board of Specialisterne-USA, the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, the United States Autism and Asperger Association, and he is the president of the Asperger Syndrome Support Network of the Russian Federation. Curtis Arledge, treasurer and secretary of the Autism Speaks board, is the chief executive officer of Mariner Investment Group. Mr. Schulman earned a bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and a Master of Business Administration from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He earned REBNY’s 2011 Most Promising Salesperson of the Year Award and was the New York Cares Honoree in 2014. He was elected president of the Society for Neuroscience (SFN) in 1991. The Wrights were the first married couple to be bestowed such an honor in St. John’s history. Males are four times more likely to have autism than females. He has testified before the Ohio State House of Representatives and worked with Autism Speaks board member Laura Slatkin to create the Original Slider White Castle hamburger-scented candle – an effort that has raised awareness and more than $350,000 for Autism Speaks. From 1991 to 2001, he was chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He and his wife Suzie reside in New Jersey and have two daughters. There used to be another but they have since resigned. Moreover, most of Autism Speaks’ budget goes toward research rather than to direct care. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (1990), a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1993), and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Chair of the Section on Neuroscience, 2013). He was also president of the American Psychiatric Association. Some children with autism appear normal before age 1 or 2 and then suddenly “regress” and lose language or social skills they had previously gained. The Goyang population screening project was being promoted as a model for the future and was likely addressed to their partners in the pharmaceutical industry looking for a captive population for their prospective products. In addition to being a member of the Autism Speaks board, he also serves on the boards of Flextronics, International Ltd. and Symantec Corporation, where he is the non-executive chairman of the board. Dr. Pardes has been an outspoken proponent for academic medicine, medical research, children’s health education, mental health, access to care, humanism and empathy in care delivery, information technology and medicine. They also received the first Double Helix Award for Corporate Leadership from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; the NYU Child Advocacy Award; the Castle Connolly National Health Leadership Award and the American Ireland Fund Humanitarian Award. Its fundraising expenses exceed spending on most of its core programs, and Charity Navigator rates its financial health as 2 out of 4. provides support, community, and public policy advocacy, by and for people on the autism spectrum. According to Dr. Rimland, writing in 2003: He served from 1989 to 2000 as the dean of the faculty of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and vice president for health sciences. In 2004, Mr. Savitz was the lead investor in CP Acquisition LLC, which acquired the Coco Pazzo and Coco Pazzo Café restaurants in Chicago. He and his wife Diane have a son on the autism spectrum. Formerly, Mr. Murray was the managing director and head of business development for G2 Investment Group/Forbes Private Capital Group. Mr. Saftler spearheaded the transformation of FXM from Fox Movie Channel and has expanded its growing library of award-winning hit and prestige films. According to Autism Speaks, 30 percent of autistic children have experienced regression. He chaired three different departments of psychiatry at Downstate Medical Center, the University of Colorado and Columbia University. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) manifests in early childhood and is characterized by qualitative abnormalities in social interactions, markedly aberrant communication skills, and restricted repetitive behaviors, interests, and activities (RRBs). Like the 30 people on this list. Under his leadership, the hospital escalated to one of the highest ranked hospitals and comprehensive health care institutions in the United States. Brian L. Harper was elected chairman of the board of Autism Speaks on April 1, 2020. Previously, Ms. Caserta was president and general manager of IFC, where she spearheaded the evolution of the brand from a niche indie film channel to a fully advertiser-supported destination for sharp, smart comedy and exclusive broadcast home to the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Bob Wright is on the board as a co founder. Dr. Herbert Pardes, after serving from January 2000 through September 2011 as president and chief executive officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, became executive vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Jacquelyn "Jakki" Nance is an attorney and president of Philanthropic Solutions, Ltd., where she advises nonprofits on strategic planning, resource and board development, and event planning. Inspired by his son who has autism, Mr. Harper has become increasingly committed to seeing that each person with autism spectrum disorder has the same opportunities. In addition to his work with Autism Speaks, Dr. Prior to joining RPT, Mr. Harper served in various executive leadership roles within the retail real estate industry, most recently as the chief executive officer of Rouse Properties. Within L’Oreal, Ms. Vitali went on to head marketing for Lancôme, stabilizing the third-ranked luxury brand in 2009 and ultimately returning the brand to market share growth in the U.S. via new category product launches in skincare and makeup. © 2021 Autism Speaks Inc. 501(c)(3) organization, EIN: 20-2329938. He was Distinguished Service Professor of Child Psychiatry at Hopkins from 1982 to 1991. Shortly after, Dr. Stephen Shore, a professor of autism education, was elected as one of the first autistic board members of Autism Speaks. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 as an associate of the Investment Banking Division. The Wrights received honorary doctoral degrees from UMass Medical School, St. John’s University and St. Joseph’s University. Mr. Karmazin joined CBS in January 1997 as chairman and chief executive officer of CBS Radio, through a merger of Westinghouse/CBS and Infinity Broadcasting. He was promoted to vice president of programming in 1996, and then to senior vice president of programming at FX in June 2000. In response to this member's comment that autism was Lisa Yang retired from a successful career in financial services and investment banking and became an advocate for people with disabilities and learning differences. I asked Google if Autism Speaks is a good charity. Late last year, Autism Speaks finally appointed two autistic board members, raising the percentage of autistic people in the Board of Directors to 6 percent. On December 7, 2015, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) issued the following statement regarding Autism Speaks’ recent appointment of two Autistic people to its Board of Directors. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he did post-graduate training in pediatrics and psychiatry. Treasurer, Autism Speaks He began his professional career as an equity trader, trading NASDAQ-listed technology stocks for Salomon Smith Barney/Citibank from 1999 to 2004. She is keenly focused not only on business but also helping women build their careers while managing work / life balance. While at EMI, Mr. Mann oversaw EMI’s rosters in more than 30 countries around the world and led the development of some of the company’s most successful international artists, including David Guetta, Bebe, Helene Fischer, Tiziano Ferro, Robyn, Pablo Albaron and Empire of the Sun, among others. In addition to sitting on both boards, Ms. Caserta is responsible for the oversight of leveraging these investments for AMC Networks. Secretary, Autism Speaks He also has many years of experience working in an investment capacity with an institutionally sized private family office. With his deep experience in payments and mobile technology, Mr. Schulman is leading PayPal to reimagine how people move and manage money, and how merchants and consumers interact and transact. Suzanne Wright died at age 69 of pancreatic cancer in 2016, after a nine-month battle. In 1997, Mr. Murray, his wife, Susan, and other parents formed the Autism Coalition for Research and Education, which became Autism Speaks in June 2005. Famous Autistic People in … Perhaps Autism Speaks will be even better… as Autisms Speak. Mrs. Wright received numerous awards: the Women of Distinction Award from Palm Beach Atlantic University; the CHILD Magazine Children’s Champions Award; the Luella Bennack Volunteer Award; the Spirit of Achievement Award from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine's National Women’s Division; and Women of Vision Award from the Weizmann Institute of Science. Mr. Richardson has demonstrated a powerful passion and commitment to Autism Speaks over the past several years, spearheading White Castle efforts that have raised more than $4 million. Vice President, White Castle System, Inc. Jamie Richardson joined the White Castle home office team in 1998. The fact that there has only been two autistic members on the board really shows that they don’t care about autistic voices. Mr. Schulman previously served as group president of Enterprise Growth at American Express where he led global strategy to expand the company's alternative mobile and online payment services. 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