Marc Vetri is the chef/founder of Philadelphia’s critically acclaimed Vetri Cucina. A Philadelphia native, Vetri founded the restaurant in 1998 with his business partner, Jeff Benjamin, to universal acclaim. Within two years of the restaurant’s debut, he was named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs” and received the Philadelphia Inquirer’s highest restaurant rating, which the restaurant maintained during a re-review in 2018. In 2005, Marc was given the James Beard Award for “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” and has been nominated for “Outstanding Chef” on multiple occasions.
Following years of success at Vetri, Marc, along with Jeff Benjamin, opened Osteria, Amis, Pizzeria Vetri, Lo Spiedo and Alla Spina, all of which quickly won over the dining public. In his latest venture, Vetri has made the long-awaited move to Las Vegas, opening a second location of Vetri Cucina at the Palms Casino Resort.
In addition to his storied career in the kitchen, he is also the author of four cookbooks, his latest being “Mastering Pizza,” released in 2018.
After graduating from The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Jeff Benjamin met Marc Vetri in New York City while working in the food industry. When Marc decided to return to his native Philadelphia to open Vetri Cucina, he tapped Jeff to be his business partner and general manager—and the rest is history.
Today, Jeff serves as co-founder of Vetri Cucina, and has worked alongside Marc to open its second location in Las Vegas, at the Palms Casino Resort. In addition to being an integral component of the restaurant’s day-to-day operations, Jeff oversees the operations of Philadelphia’s Fitler Club, the first private lifestyle club of its kind to combine world-class entertainment, social, wellness and business offerings under one roof.
In 2015, he published his first book, Front of the House: Restaurant Manners, Misbehaviors & Secrets, a behind-the-scenes look at the details that go into an evening out. His next book, Praying for Extra Innings, arrives in 2018.
Michael Forman is Chairman & CEO of FS Investments, an alternative asset manager headquartered in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard. Mr. Forman has been leading the company since founding it in 2007, when it was known as Franklin Square Capital Partners. FS Investments’ mission is to bring investors access to alternative sources of income and growth historically available only to large institutions and the wealthiest individuals. Today, the company has grown to more than 330 employees and manages approximately $25 billion in assets.
Prior to founding FS Investments, Mr. Forman founded a private equity and real estate investment firm. He started his career as a corporate and securities lawyer.
Mr. Forman has also received a number of awards for his leadership and philanthropic contributions, including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013, one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs in 2017, and Mural Arts Philadelphia’s 2017 honoree for his dedication to the city’s public art initiatives. FS Investments has also been acknowledged as one of Philadelphia’s Best Places to Work annually since 2013, and by Forbes in 2013 as one of America’s Most Promising Companies.
Mr. Forman received his BA from the University of Rhode Island where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He received his JD from Rutgers School of Law.
Dr. DaCarla M. Albright is an Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Clinically, Dr. Albright has a thriving practice as an academic generalist Obstetrician/Gynecologist, emphasizing wellness and prevention.
Dr. Albright is a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO). Her academic interests are strongly focused in medical education, as the current Associate Clerkship Director for the Core Clinical Ob/Gyn Clerkship at the Perelman School of Medicine and Chair of the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee. As a result of her excellence in teaching and empathetic approach to medical care, Dr. Albright has been rewarded with the Penn Pearls Teaching Award and a Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction. In 2018, she was also identified as a Top Doc in Obstetrics and Gynecology by Philadelphia Magazine.
Dr. Albright received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, followed by a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. In her early career, she practiced at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, New York, transitioning to private practice at Lenox Hill Hospital until her relocation to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2008.
Kimberley joined Janssen, the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson in 2007 as a medical science liaison from the Rainbow Center for Women, Children and Families in Jacksonville, Florida where she served as HIV Clinical Specialist, and clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida School of Pharmacy. Kimberley holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from UNC- Chapel Hill and completed a Pharmacy Practice and an Infectious Diseases Specialty Residency.
Since joining Janssen, she has also served as Associate Director, Training with responsibilities for the virology MSL team. She also served as Associate Medical Director of US Medical Affairs, Infectious Diseases, where she was responsible for working as part of both the HCV and HIV clinical teams to lead efforts on research trials and launch team activities, as well as participate in business partner collaborations. She was also responsible for acting as the company’s pharmacovigilance officer. From 2015- early 2018, she served as the US Medical Director for the HIV franchise (PREZISTA, PREZCOBIX, EDURANT, INTELENCE, ODEFSEY, COMPLERA, SYMTUZA). Now she serves as Scientific Director for Janssen Research and Development.
In addition to her work with Vetri Community Partnership, Kimberley serves as Assistant to the COO with the Junior League of Philadelphia, as a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc, as a board member the UNC Pharmacy Alumni Association, UNC’s Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity(ACRED), and teaches yoga at Core Power Yoga.
While serving as board chair or committee chair she has developed skills in board governance, strategic planning, fund development and organizational structure. Currently, she serves on the Board of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and is an Advisor to Kellman Brown Academy. In recent years she has served on the Board of Trustees of Moorestown Friends School, Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Community Center, Congregation Beth El and Kellman Brown Academy.
Sylvia is a certified public accountant. She started her career as a member of the tax department at Price Waterhouse in Philadelphia. She later joined the tax department of Smith Kline, specializing in international tax issues. She co-founded The William Penn Insurance Agency, a commercial insurance brokerage firm, in 1987. After making a career shift to counseling psychology in the 1990s, she worked for several years as a volunteer at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, counseling patients undergoing cancer treatment. Since 2005, Sylvia has been chairman of the board of Fred’s Footsteps, a public charity founded in the memory of her late husband. The mission of Fred’s Footsteps is to support working families who are in a financial crisis due to the costs associated with caring for a critically ill or injured child. Sylvia has previously served on the Boards of ESF Dream Camp Foundation, the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur and The Wellness Community, and is currently a member of the Leadership Council of the Abramson Cancer Center.
Sylvia received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Temple University, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College.
Walter is a Managing Partner at Seminal Capital Partners. Prior to this, he was co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Actua (formerly ICG and Internet Capital Group). Walter founded Internet Capital Group in 1996 and took it public in 1999. Before that, he was Vice President of acquisitions for Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., where he led many of Safeguard’s investments through the mid-1990s, including Diamond Technology, ChromoVision and Video Server. He also was responsible for developing and executing Safeguard’s multimedia and Internet investment strategies.
Before Safeguard, Walter was President and co-founder of Centralized Management Systems, Inc., a medical supply company, which he sold in 1987. Previously, he spent three years at CoreStates in the commercial lending group.
In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board for Actua, he is also Chairman of the Starfinder Foundation, a non-profit organization, the Board of Advisors of the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative and on the Board of Visitors of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Walter was recipient of Business Week’s 2000 e.biz 25 award and the Ernst & Young 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year; Regional Entrepreneur of the year 2010; Impact Executive of the year 2013.
Lisa C. Dykstra is a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius’ White Collar Litigation and Government Investigations Practice Group. Lisa primarily represents healthcare and technology companies in connection with federal and state criminal and civil government investigations, False Claims Act litigation, antitrust litigation, and class actions. In addition to her focus on False Claims Act litigation, Lisa manages internal investigations and litigates cases involving government contracts, the federal Anti-Kickback Act, Medicare Anti-Kickback Statute, Medicaid Rebate Statute, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and federal and state civil and criminal fraud laws. Lisa also extensively advises on compliance issues, Corporate Integrity Agreements and supervises compliance audits.
Lisa handles a variety of pro bono matters, has served on the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and is a participant in the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.
Lisa regularly lectures on FCA litigation, compliance issues, white collar crime, ethics, and internal investigations. She frequently participates in seminars and advises in-house counsel on managing internal investigations, creating and implementing compliance programs, and decision making around indemnifying employees. Lisa is also a frequent panelist at educational events.
Jaimie Field is a Philadelphia-based philanthropist and executive dedicated to a broad range of civic, environmental, artistic, and educational causes. Her work has made a considerable impact locally, nationally, and internationally.
Along with her husband David, she is a longtime supporter of numerous organizations in the fields of conservation, art, public policy, and education. As Director of the Field Family Environmental Foundation, she guides the organization’s work which concentrates on environmental protection in the United States, implementation of solar power in Africa, the protection of the world’s greenest nation Suriname, and the fight against animal poaching worldwide.
She also works as the Director of Sustainability for Entercom Communications, one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasting companies. In this role, she has reduced the company’s carbon footprint and established the 1Thing initiative to promote environmental awareness amongst employees and listeners nationwide.
Outside of work, Jaimie and her husband love to travel, and particularly enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and rock climbing. She received a B.A. from Brown University and has continued her education at Bryn Mawr College.