Diversity Affluence made magic happen again in the Hamptons during the 5th Annual Diversity Affluence Brunch. Founder and CEO, Andrea Hoffman curated an elite group of Royaltons™, multicultural affluent consumers, business influencers & innovators, at Harlow East in Sag Harbor, NY (formerly B. Smith’s). The brunch celebrated 5 individuals who are examples of what’s possible for current and future generations. “This year’s theme, Unsung Leaders in Technology, Innovation and Social Impact is among my firms new efforts to bring awareness to these accomplished but under the radar high impact leaders” explains Hoffman.
This year’s honorees reflected the changing face from board seats to the C-Suite. They included: Professor James I. Cash Ph.D.–James E. Robison Professor & Sr. Associate Dean, Emeritus Harvard Business School (board member of GE, Walmart, Chubb and former Microsoft board member), Marian Croak PhD – SVP of AT&T (holds 180 technology patents), Chinedu Echeruo–Inventor of HopStop (sold to Apple), well as Freada Kapor Klein PhD of Level Playing Field Institute, and Mitch Kapor of Kapor Capital (Creator of Lotus 1-2-3).
The day began with an outdoor reception overlooking the marina. Guests, many of whom flew in from as far as Africa, Silicon Valley, and Dallas moved inside to continue the celebration of the honorees. Powerbrokers in the room included Goldman Sachs partner, Valetino D. Carlotti, Booz Allen partner Reginald Van Lee, international businessman Gbenga Oyebode, Marva Smalls of Viacom and Debra Lee, Chairman of BET and Lucinda Martinez of HBO.
Opening remarks were by Andrea Hoffman who introduced event host, the dynamic CNN’s Van Jones. After Van’s opening remarks he introduced a surprise video from Microsoft’s Chairman, John W. Thompson who congratulated the honorees. Next, former NAACP President and Kapor Capital Partner Ben Jealous introduced Mitch & Freada Kapor for a heartfelt Q&A about their impressive 10 years of efforts and accomplishments in increasing diversity in the field of S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Before the event concluded, Van Jones helped auction an all expense paid trip to South Africa (valued at over $10,000) generously donated by South African Tourism and Lion World Travel. A bidding war broke out between two respected executives the winner being Dan Gasby and Barbara Smith, ironically, the former owners of B. Smith’s Restaurant.
Andrea Hoffman closed out by expressing to honorees and guests to “Continue to be the light and legacy for future generations to follow.” The waiters then processioned out with silver platters filled with customized Bellucci Napoli gifts for each guest. Each honoree also received a custom made blazer from Bellucci Napoli.
On October 19th, Silicon Valley will have its own taste of this brunch continuing to recognize, celebrate and bring awareness to Unsung Leaders.
Photo Credit: Stephen Knight