Vera Bumpers, Chief of Police, METRO Police Department

In November 2014, Vera Bumpers was appointed as the first woman Chief of Police at METRO. As Chief of Police, she leads the METRO Police Department, the second largest transit law enforcement agency in Texas. Chief Bumpers is responsible for leading approximately 192 special-purpose peace officers and nearly 80 civilian employees whose purpose is to safeguard METRO, its customers, and employees by providing police services throughout METRO’s transportation system. In 2016, Chief Bumpers was elected... more...

Shelley Wright Brindle, Founder, Brindle and Associates

Shelley Brindle is the Founder of Brindle and Associates, a media and leadership consulting firm focused on assisting organizations with digital and cultural transformations based upon her 25 years of HBO experience building and transforming teams and lines of businesses. Shelley left HBO in March 2016, having served as HBO’s Executive Vice President, Domestic Network Distribution and Marketing, where she was responsible for the revenue, marketing, and distribution strategy of HBO’s $4.4B domestic... more...

Justin Leedy, Senior Director of Customer Strategy, Web.com

Justin Leedy is the Senior Director of Customer Strategy at Web.com.  He joined Web.com in March of 2012 and has held several leadership positions in marketing, product development, and customer engagement.  Prior to moving to Jacksonville to join the Web.com team, he led marketing teams at Things Remembered, Inc. and Progressive Insurance, both in Cleveland, Ohio.  He was also a regular guest lecturer at Miami University, his alma mater, where he worked with entrepreneurship students on incorporating... more...

John Matthews, Principal, KPMG Strategy

Background John is a new Principal at KPMG where he leads the healthcare strategy practice. In this role, he is responsible for growing and overseeing KPMG’s strategy business across provider, payer and life sciences. Prior to joining KPMG, John was a Principal at Deloitte where he co-led the provider strategy practice and held multiple client account leadership roles for large life sciences companies. John began his consulting career in 1997 with Monitor Company and was a partner there running... more...

Gabriela Perez, Partner, NextGen Venture Partners

Gabriela Perez is currently a partner with NextGen Venture Partners, and since 1990, Gabriela has been starting and building technology-enabled healthcare services companies. Her entrepreneurial career started as part of the founding team at Best Doctors – a pioneer in the market of global e-second opinions and five-time winner of Inc. Magazine’s “Fastest Growing Companies in America” and “Most Innovative Companies”. Following her success at Best Doctors, which operated in 45 countries,... more...

Dr. Charles Bruce, Associate Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Ventures

Charles Bruce, M.D., serves as the Associate Medical Director of Mayo Clinic Ventures, as well as Director of Business Development in the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Florida. He is a practicing cardiologist as well as a researcher, inventor, and professor of Medicine. His unique perspective on the challenges of health care delivery is shaped by his medical experiences in South Africa and the United States. Dr. Bruce is an accomplished innovator who helped create five start-up... more...

Christina Norman, CEO, Media Storm

With nearly two decades of excellence in media and recognized as one of the industry’s most creative business leaders, Christina Norman is a multiplatform Media Executive and Strategist. She currently serves as CEO of Media Storm. Media Storm is the second largest independent media agency in the US, with approximately $600+ million in billings and 100+ employees. The Company provides strategy and ideation, data analytics, media buying and planning, content development and syndication, creative... more...

Jon Miller, Partner, Advancit Capital

Jonathan Miller is a Partner at Advancit Capital with Shari Redstone, Vice Chair of CBS and Viacom. Advancit Capital is a firm that invests in early stage companies at the nexus of media and technology. Previously, Jon was Chairman and CEO of News Corp and Fox’s Digital Media Group. In addition, Jon served as Chairman and CEO of AOL, Inc. Earlier in his career, Jon was President and CEO of USA Networks Interactive (now IAC) and also held senior positions at MTV Networks and the... more...

Elizabeth Thompson, Vice President of Talent and Development, Southeastern Grocers

Elizabeth is a Human Resources Vice President with a track record at some of the world’s most admired brands in the retail, consumer products, and service industries. She is a strategic thought leader, consultant and coach with sustained results in Improving Engagement, Reducing Turnover, and Elevating Customer Service. Elizabeth leads and develops high-impact teams through cultivated learning experiences that grow knowledge and drive key business impacts. She has been commended for her approach... more...

Joanne E. Cohen, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

Joanne E. Cohen is the Vice President of Philanthropic Services for The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. Cohen joined the Foundation in August of 2012. For the prior ten years, she was the Assistant Executive Director of Jacksonville Jewish Federation, responsible for a $2 million annual campaign. Prior experience includes work at the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton, LexisNexis, The Education Law Center and Association of Retarded Citizens, both in Pittsburgh. She provides staff leadership... more...