Multi-talented actress/producer/writer and singer Rita Wilson first donned her producers cap for the record breaking box-office hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Wilson was the driving force behind bringing Nia Vardalos' semi-autobiographical story to the screen with Vardalos as the lead. Rita was honored with the Visionary Award from the Producer's Guild of America, and the film won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedy, as well as Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.
Rita's instincts proved solid once again when saw the theatrical production of "Mamma Mia! in London shortly after it opened. Rita loved the energy and ABBA's music and felt it would make a wonderful film and secured the rights. She served as a producer on the 2008 Universal hit film that starred Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan.
In May 2012 Rita realized a lifelong dream with the debut of her solo album "AM/FM." The album, which is on Decca Records, is an intimate, elegant and beautifully sung collection of classics from the '60s and '70s that together, make up the soundtrack to her life. Wilson's film credits include It's Complicated, Sleepless in Seattle, Runaway Bride, The Story of Us, Homework, Beautiful, Ohio, That Thing You Do!, The Chumbscrubber, Raise Your Voice, Auto Focus, Psycho and Mixed Nuts.
In 2009 and 2010, Rita appeared in the New York and Los Angeles stage productions of Love, Loss & What I Wore, written by Nora & Delia Ephron. In 2007 she starred in the world premiere of Lisa Loomer's Distracted, directed by Leonard Foglia at the Mark Taper forum in Los Angeles. Rita made a personal dream come true and made her Broadway debut in 2006 as Roxie Hart in Chicago. She also starred in the Pulitzer Prize winning play Dinner With Friends in Los Angeles and Boston, directed by Dan Sullivan. Rita works with the Shakespeare Festival/LA, a charity that provides free Shakespeare to the citizens of Los Angeles, as well providing a program for youths in the community.
Recent television appearances include: a recurring role on the Golden Globe winning series, Girls, the recurring character Viola Walsh on CBS's The Good Wife and a guest star on Law & Order: SVU. Rita has foiled Larry David in "The Doll" episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, has been girlfriend and mother to Kelsey Grammar's "Frasier", and co-starred as Susan Borman in HBO's Emmy award winning miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. Rita also just completed production in the feature films Dawn Patrol and Kiss Me. Rita has The Brady Bunch to thank for her first professional acting job.
In 2007 Rita made her directorial debut for Glamour Magazine's Reel Moments. The Trap, starring Jeanne Tripplehorn and Channing Tatum also includes the song "Lessons Learned" by Grammy award winning songwriter Diane Warren, and is performed by Rita. Rita has been a contributing editor to Harper's Bazaar since 2006 and has also written for Oprah Magazine, where readers have followed her thoughts on varying subjects from fashion to family. Most recently, she was named Editor-at-Large of Huff/Post 50, a website launched by the Huffington Post for the Baby Boomer generation.
Hoda Kotb is the co-host of the fourth hour of NBC's "Today." She began hosting the 10 a.m. hour when it debuted in September 2007, and she currently hosts alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. Kotb has also been a "Dateline NBC" correspondent since April 1998, and she is a New York Times Bestselling author for her 2 books Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee and Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives.
Since Gifford and Kotb teamed up, the fourth hour of "Today" has been hailed as "appointment television" by Entertainment Weekly, and "TODAY's happy hour" by USA Today. In 2010, the TODAY show received the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Morning Program.
Kotb has covered a wide variety of domestic and international stories across all NBC News platforms as well as numerous human-interest stories and features. She covered in-depth, the aftermath and one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a story personal to Kotb who lived in New Orleans for six years. She has reported on the war in Iraq, the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and the War on Terror in Afghanistan. Kotb conducted an exclusive interview with Aung San Suu Kyi, an internationally recognized leader of Burma, marking the first time in 11 years that Suu Kyi was interviewed by an American television network. From 2004 to 2008, she served as the host of the weekly syndicated series "Your Total Health."
Kotb traveled to Southeast Asia to cover the devastating effects of the 2004 Tsunami, and she traveled to war-torn Burma, led secretly by rebel soldiers, to report the complete story on 12-year-old twin warriors who were said to have magical powers. Kotb also co-anchored an MSNBC special on race, "Shades of Hope…Shadows of Hate," which was reported from Birmingham, Ala. at the former site of a Klan bombing.
Kotb is a five-year breast cancer survivor and has been a part of several initiatives to raise awareness about the disease. Diagnosed in March 2007, she shared her story on "Today" in October 2007. Kotb has received numerous awards including the 2008 Gracie Award for Individual Achievement, the 2008 Alfred I. duPont –Columbia University award and the prestigious Peabody in 2006 for her "Dateline NBC" report "The Education of Ms. Groves." The four-time Emmy nominee also won the 2004 Headliner Award, the 2003 Gracie Award and the 2002 Edward R. Murrow Award.
Prior to joining NBC News, Kotb worked at WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans, La. where she served as an anchor and reporter for the 10 p.m. news broadcast (1992-98). She was a weekend anchor and reporter for WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Fla. (1989-91). Prior to that, Kotb was a morning anchor and general assignment reporter for WQAD-TV, the ABC affiliate in Moline, Ill., and an anchor for WXVT-TV, the CBS affiliate in Greenville, Miss., (1986-89). Kotb began her broadcast career with CBS News as a news assistant in Cairo, Egypt (1986). Kotb graduated from Virginia Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism. She resides in New York City.
Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation
The Clinton Foundation's work promotes heart health across a variety of initiatives, both domestically and internationally. The Clinton Health Matters Initiative works to reduce the prevalence of preventable health outcomes (including heart disease), to close health inequity and disparity gaps, and to reduce health care costs by improving access to key contributors to health for all people.
After President Clinton's own heart surgery in 2005, the Clinton Foundation partnered with the American Heart Association and founded the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The Alliance works to decrease the incidence of childhood obesity, which can lead to early heart disease, and empowers kids to develop lifelong healthy habits.
In working with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals and families, the Alliance helps transform their conditions and systems to lead to healthier children. The Alliance:
- Supports more than 20,000 schools (serving over 12 million students) in their efforts to become healthier places—where physical activity and healthier foods are available before, during and after school.
- Supports more than 340 before- and after-school sites, reaching 23,000 youth, to create healthier environments.
- Works with more than 100 companies to make healthier products more available and affordable to schools.
- Reduced the number of beverage calories shipped to schools by 90 percent through the Alliance's landmark beverage agreement.
- Enables 56,000 doctors' offices to provide obesity prevention and treatment to more than 2.7 million children through healthcare benefits.
Martine Reardon is Chief Marketing Officer of Macy's, the national retail icon known for its fashion and internationally famous events for more than 150 years. Martine leads Macy's multi-faceted world of marketing, including advertising, creative development, social, mobile, and digital media, brand public relations, cause and tourism marketing, special events, media planning, consumer insights and data analysis for its more than 800 stores nationwide. In addition, she helms Macy's iconic Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with overseeing glamorous fashion shows, Fireworks displays, and Flower Shows around the country.
A highly experienced retail marketer, Martine has risen through the ranks at Federated Department Stores and Macy's Inc., beginning in the special events department at Abraham and Strauss, and becoming CMO after serving most recently as Macy's EVP of Marketing and Advertising. Under her leadership, Macy's has been named Mobile Marketer of the Year, received the Golden Halo Award for cause marketing, and scored a digital IQ of Genius in retail marketing.
A member of Macy's Executive Committee, Martine sits on the Board of Make-A-Wish, has chaired the American Heart Association's annual Go Red for Women New York City luncheon since 2006, and participates in many industry forums and conferences as keynote speaker. She has been named a Brandweek Marketer of the Year and a Changing the Game winner by Advertising Women of New York, among other industry accolades.
Since the beginning of Go Red For Women, Martine has been involved in the AHA's mission and actively supported Go Red's fight against heart disease in women. Her leadership at Macy's has resulted in more than $46 million raised over 10 years for Go Red.
Michelle Albert, MD, MPH
Dr. Michelle Albert, a Landcruisers Heart Health Advisory board member, is the Vivian Allen Beaumont Endowed Professor and chief of cardiovascular medicine and director of cardiovascular research at Howard University. Besides her extensive clinical expertise in critical care and preventive cardiology, she has devoted the last decade of her career to clinical research on racial/ethnic and gender-specific aspects of heart disease. She is also nationally recognized for her work related to cardiovascular disease and race and ethnicity.
Her research has resulted in pioneering writings in leading journals, invitations for international lectures, and service on external advisory committees for long-term studies funded by the National Institutes of Health Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Surrogate Biomarkers of Cardiovascular Disease Risk.
A graduate of Haverford College, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Albert completed her internal medicine residency and chief residency at Columbia University, as well as a cardiovascular clinical and research fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she was an associate professor in medicine and director of behavioral and neurocardiovascular cardiology. Dr. Albert moved to Howard University in 2012 to assume her current role; she is also an adjunct professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Dr. Albert's research focuses on the molecular epidemiology of thrombosis and inflammation. A central component of her work involves understanding the interplay between chronic psychological stress and cardiovascular disease in vulnerable populations. Her published research has addressed job stress, neighborhood stressors, racial/ethnic discrimination and cardiovascular risk in women and different racial/ethnic groups. She has also written key papers about inflammatory biomarkers, race/ethnicity and cardiovascular risk and received prestigious principal investigator funding awards from several foundations and the NIH.
Dr. Albert is a former vice president of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) and is currently a board member. She has also served on the Young Clinician and Investigator and Acute Cardiac Care Committees of the American Heart Association (AHA), as well as the Cardiovascular Training and Workforce Committee of the American College of Cardiology. As current chair of the AHA Executive Database Steering Committee, she oversees the "Get With the Guidelines" database manuscript editorial process. She is a member of the AHA's Science Advisory and Coordination Committee (SACC), and of their 2012 Women's Triennial Health Tracking Study in CVD and Stroke.
Mildred Rodriguez is a WomenHeart Champion from Miami, Florida. After her experience of living with heart disease and surviving a heart attack, she attended a WomenHeart Support Network meeting in Miami and became motivated to help other Spanish-speaking women. Today, nearly 38% of Hispanic-American women don't know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. And 70% of Hispanic-American women have at least one risk factor for heart disease.
Mildred attended the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium in 2008 and was trained to become a WomenHeart Champion (a national volunteer advocate for women's heart health for WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease)— not only for her community in Miami, but for Hispanic-American women throughout the country.
In the past five years, Mildred has emerged as a leading voice for Hispanic women and heart health—in the media, on Capitol Hill, and in her patient education and support work as a WomenHeart Champion national volunteer. She speaks regularly in her community about prevention, early and accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment for all women with regard to heart disease. Some of the initiatives in which she has had a prominent role include the following: a WomenHeart's national patient education video on the value of peer-led support for women living with heart disease; the Bayer Aspirin "I am ProHeart" campaign to educate women about the role of aspirin in heart health, as well as their nationally promoted patient education brochure Straight Talk: A Woman's Guide to Heart Health; and the Spanish-language relaunch of "Make the Call. Don't Miss a Beat" national public service campaign about heart attack signs and symptoms.
As a result of her efforts and dedication to the cause, Mildred has reached millions of women with her heart health messages and is a sought-after patient spokesperson.
Leah Dunmore joined Campbell as Vice President-U.S. Soup in October 2012. She reports to Ed Carolan, Vice President and General Manager, Soup and Simple Meals, and she is a member of the Soup and Simple Meals Leadership Team. Dunmore leads the overall vision, as well as the strategic and operating plans, for the U.S. Soup portfolio. She is responsible for delivering profitable growth, strengthening brand equities, building an innovation pipeline, and leading and developing the talent of a team of marketers and dedicated cross-functional partners.
Prior to joining Campbell, Dunmore was the Vice President of Marketing for the more than $1 billion Post Foods cereal business. Additionally, she served as Marketing Director for the M&M's business at Mars Chocolate N.A. Under her leadership of the flagship M&M's brand, the business achieved record share and profit growth for three consecutive years and launched M&M's Pretzel, one of the company's most successful innovations to date.
Dunmore spent more than a decade at SC Johnson, where she progressed through marketing leadership roles with a track record of consistently delivering strong business results on brands such as Ziploc, Windex, fantastik and Draino. She also has marketing experience with Kraft Foods and sales experience with Nestlé Foods. She earned her BA degree in psychology from Spelman College and her MBA degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Dunmore lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.
Jennie Garth skyrocketed to stardom with her role as Kelly Taylor on Beverly Hills, 90210. The show became a ratings juggernaut, lasting 10 seasons, and remains one of the most successful and iconic television series ever produced. In 2008 Jennie reprised her role as Kelly in the new 90210 series this time playing a counselor rather than a student. She also reteamed with her co-stars Luke Perry and Jason Priestley in 2012 when she appeared in the fan favorite back-to school campaign for Old Navy.
She will next appear in the ABC Family series Mystery Girls, which she will star opposite Tori Spelling and also executive produce. Also in 2014 she will release her first memoir with New American Library (NAL), a division of Penguin Group (USA), titled, Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde.
In 2007, Jennie competed on ABC's hit show "Dancing with the Stars". Her newfound moves and loyal fans made her a crowd favorite and kept her in the competition through the semi-finals. In 2002 Jennie made her comedy debut as the straight-laced sister of Amanda Bynes in the WB's "What I Like About You". The series concluded in 2006 after a four season run. Jennie has starred in many successful television movies over the years including the 2012 Lifetime film "The Eleventh Victim," based on the best-selling novel by Nancy Grace, "Girl Positive", "Accidentally in Love", and "A Christmas Tail" to name a few.
She is also actively giving back supporting causes such as Stand Up to Cancer, The American Heart Association, Austism Speaks, Lollipop Theater Network and Water4. Jennie and her three daughters, Luca Bella, Lola Ray, and Fiona Eve currently reside in Los Angeles.
Hi. It's me, Sara. As I've said before, I don't do those fancy bios. So sue me. Kaleidoscope Heart is my new album, and I'm beyond proud of this collection of songs, in no small part due to the fact it was like pulling teeth to write them.
We spent the better part of three years touring and supporting my first record, Little Voice, and by the end of that process I was completely burnt out. Don't get me wrong, it was an unbelievable ride that far surpassed my expectations in the best way. We had some unforgettable high points as well as some very humbling low ones, and like any good rollercoaster, it's exhilarating but you still feel a little bit sick at the end and are happy to have your feet on the ground again.
I thought that I would use our much-needed time off to just pour myself into writing, but I actually found that I wanted nothing to do with music for a little while. I preferred drinking copious amounts of coffee, going to yoga, and looking for cute throw pillows at Target. I love throw pillows. As the time passed, I slowly started writing again, and truly amazed myself with just how horrible the songs were. And then the fear set in. I think I fell victim to what a lot of artists go through with a second record: the expectations, the pressure, the anxiety of what's to come, the idea that maybe I've already written my best work...
Weeks before I was supposed to start recording, I was in full-scale panic-attack mode, feeling pressure to start the ball rolling again, but not having material I cared about. I only had about 4 new songs that I really loved, and the rest were truly embarrassing. Thankfully, over a margarita, my good friend Matt said something profound and poetic that made it all come clear: He said, "You can't polish a turd. A bad song is a bad song. Ask for more time."
And so I did. My manager suggested only recording the 4 songs I loved and I agreed. Thank God he did, because the floodgates opened after a taste of what being in the studio would look and feel like. It was easy, and exciting, and infinitely inspiring. I wrote the rest of the record in about a month, largely based around the song "Uncharted" that still feels like the centerpiece to me. My fear of what was to come was keeping me from doing anything. And finally, I cared about what I was saying.
As homage to the song that freed me, I took the title of the record from its lyrics. My counterpart in the studio, Neal Avron, is one of my Buddhas in this world. He's one of the most patient, musical, kind, and dedicated people I've ever met. We were an odd pairing for sure, as he's best known for his rock records (Fall Out Boy, Say Anything), and I do covers of songs from Dumbo and love the Golden Girls. But it was exciting and felt completely right. We spent about 6 months making this record, and the record that came from it is exactly what I wanted. With Neal's help, I took risks, and pushed myself both as a player and vocally, and I followed my gut wholeheartedly for the very first time. And I can't wait to share it.
I can't wait to see these songs come to life. I can't wait to reconnect with fans from the stage. I can't wait to see how many times the word "Kaleidoscope" gets misspelled. I can't wait to get on the ride again.
Sony Music recording artist Judith Hill has been praised by Rolling Stone for her "stellar powerhouse vocals." In addition to penning and performing her own material, Judith – who wrote her first song at the age of four – has backed such artists as Stevie Wonder, Elton John and as the late Michael Jackson.
Hers is one of the stories told in director Morgan Neville's acclaimed 20 Feet From Stardom, a film that shines the spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Hill, who was also featured on the film's soundtrack, was a contestant on season four of "The Voice."
She contributed backing vocals to three tracks on Josh Groban's latest album, All That Echoes, and opened for Groban on his Fall 2013 "In The Round" arena tour. Judith is currently in the studio working on her debut album and will be performing at the Kennedy Center Honors in DC in December.
Andrew Klein aka "DJ Clockwork" is one of the most sought after DJ's in the NYC social scene. Klein has had superstars such as Heidi Klum, Nicolas Cage, John Legend, Russell Simmons, Donald Trump, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Mary J and Gwyneth Paltrow grooving to his beats. Hired four years in a row as the sole DJ at the Princess Grace Foundation Gala, guests left wanting more.
Klein's specialty is his ability to create the perfect ambiance, catering to the energy of the party. Refusing to specialize in a specific type of music, he prides himself on knowledge of all genres and his ability to fuse different genres together to please all groups. His vibe is infectious and the energy he creates can be measured on the dance floor.
Joy Bauer MS, RD, CDN is one of the nation's leading health authorities. Joy's mission is to improve the well being of our country and believes it's never too late or too early to reap the benefits of healthy living.
As the nutrition and health expert for The TODAY Show, Joy shares reliable, practical, and straightforward advice that helps millions of Americans eat better and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. She also hosts the program's popular "Joy Fit Club" series, which celebrates determined people who have lost more than 100 pounds through diet and exercise alone. Her other ongoing series include Joy's Diet SOS, Joy's Healthy Food Finds, and Too Good to be Healthy.
Together with Florence Henderson, Joy hosts RLTV's heartwarming show, Good Food, Good Deeds, where she whips up delicious, nutrient-packed meals and provides engaging information on aging gracefully.
Joy is the exclusive nutritionist for the New York City Ballet and the author of multiple New York Times bestselling books. Her recent releases include, The Joy Fit Club: Cookbook, Diet Plan & Inspiration, Slim & Scrumptious and Your Inner Skinny, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Joy Bauer's Food Cures: Completely Revised & Updated.
Joy received her Bachelor degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland and a master of science in nutrition from New York University. At the beginning of her career, Joy completed a five-year post as Director of Nutrition and Fitness for the "Heart-Smart Kids Program", a program that she developed for The Mount Sinai Medical Center's Department of Pediatric Cardiology in New York City. Joy also served as nutrition consultant for the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where she designed and supervised their ongoing research in eating disorders and weight management. In addition, Joy served as the clinical nutritionist with the neurosurgical team at The Mount Sinai Medical Center and taught Anatomy and Physiology and Sports Nutrition at New York University's School of Continuing Education. She also served as the exclusive nutritionist for New York University's faculty, students, and athletes. As the founder and CEO of Joy Bauer Nutrition, Joy headed one of the largest nutrition centers in the country for close to two decades.
Passionate about delivering scientifically sound health information, Joy received the 2010 National Media Excellence Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the 2012 American Society of Nutrition Nutrition Science Media Award.
Joy lives in New York with her husband, Ian, her daughters Jesse and Ayden Jane, and her son Cole.
Joys Professional Affiliations:
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Registered Dietitian
New York State Certified Dietitian–Nutritionist
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Sports & Cardiovascular Nutritionist Group
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Pediatric Practice Group
NBC's TODAY Show, Nutrition and Health Expert
Contributing Editor/Columnist Landcruisers Magazine
New York City Ballet, Nutritionist
The Women of the Live Longer & Stronger Challenge
Landcruisers was the first women's magazine to champion heart disease awareness over a decade ago, and has been sharing life-saving tips and expert advice with 18 million readers ever since. In June 2013, Landcruisers brought the monthly Live Longer & Stronger heart health column off the page and into real life for a group of readers.
After a nationwide search, six women who were at risk or had already been affected by heart disease were selected to work with WD nutrition columnist and TODAY show contributor Joy Bauer to change their heart-health destinies. They received a customized eating and exercise plan and continued guidance and support over a six-month period. Their powerful stories and results are featured in the February 2014 issue, and will be revealed on-stage at the 2014 Red Dress Awards.