The VE Executive Conference is an opportunity for VE student-executives to interact and engage with business professionals through a dynamic panel discussion and breakout mentor sessions. The program will consist of an executive panel discussion between C-suite executives and VE student CEO’s. Following the panel discussion, participating students will be matched with business executives for small group breakout discussions.
Overview of the Conference
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM ET
Welcome and Opening Remarks
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Executive Panel Discussion
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM ET
Small Group Breakout Discussions with Mentors
12:45 PM – 1:00 PM ET
Breakout Discussion Debrief and Closing
Chief Executive Officer
HSBC USA and Americas
Michael Roberts is President, CEO and Executive Director of HSBC North America Holdings Inc., and also serves as Chairman of HSBC Bank USA, N.A., and HSBC USA Inc. He is a Group Managing Director of HSBC Holdings plc and a member of the Group Executive Committee. His appointment to these roles took effect in October 2019.
Mr Roberts was appointed as CEO, Americas, with oversight responsibility for Canada and Latin America, with effect from April 2021.
He oversees HSBC Holdings plc’s Americas businesses which serve domestic and international customers across Wealth and Personal Banking, Commercial Banking, and Global Banking & Markets.
Previously Mr Roberts was at Citigroup, most recently as Global Head of Corporate Banking and Capital Management and Chief Lending Officer. In these roles, he managed 1,500 bankers across 100 countries, and was responsible for lending to institutional, private banking and retail customers globally. During his 33-year career at Citi, he held various senior leadership roles in the US and abroad, including Head of Global Financial Institutions, Head of Global Automotive and Industrials, CEO of Citibank Canada, and positions in France, Belgium and Turkey.
Mr Roberts holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas, Austin, and a master’s degree in banking and finance from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
Lara Hood Balazs
Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, & General Manager of Strategic Partner Group
Lara Balazs is Executive Vice President and the Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of Strategic Partner Group for Intuit, the proud maker of QuickBooks, TurboTax and Mint. Lara joined in 2018 to lead Intuit’s Marketing and Communications community, responsible for driving company growth and building Intuit’s brands and corporate reputation in support of Intuit’s mission to power prosperity around the world. In 2020, Lara’s role expanded to include running the Strategic Partner Group, which includes identifying and integrating strategic partners with Intuit’s global platform to deliver the benefits that matter the most to our customers. In this expanded role, Lara also leads Intuit’s ProConnect group and Corporate Responsibility efforts which focus on diversity and inclusion, job creation and readiness, and making a positive impact on the climate. Lara serves as Chairman for the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation.
Lara has a proven track record of building world-class businesses and brands including Amazon, Visa and Nike. As Vice President, Worldwide Prime and Amazon North America Consumer Marketing, Lara was responsible for driving growth of the Prime membership program globally as well as the North America consumer business. Before Amazon, she held a variety of roles at Visa including Senior Vice President, Visa North America Marketing where she was responsible for all aspects of marketing for Visa’s largest revenue-driving region. In 2019, Lara was named as one of Forbes’ 2019 World’s Most Influential CMOs and in 2020, she was recognized with AdWeek’s CMO Vanguard Award. Lara has a BA in pre-law from the University of Washington, from which she graduated magna cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa distinction. She has an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Charles Best is the CEO and founder of DonorsChoose, the leading platform for giving to public schools. Charles launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history for five years. Teachers across America use the site to create projects requesting resources their students need, and donors of all sizes give to the projects that inspire them. To date, teachers at 85% of all the public schools in America have created classroom project requests, and 4.5 million supporters have given over $1 billion to those projects.
DonorsChoose is one of Oprah Winfrey’s “ultimate favorite things” and Charles made the cover of Fast Company as one of the “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World,” the first time a charity has received such recognition. In 2018, the New York Times covered Charles and the $29 million donation he secured to fund every DonorsChoose project in a single day, and ABC’s Good Morning America celebrated the funding of the first million DonorsChoose classroom requests in January.
As a former educator and the pioneer of crowdfunding, Charles has a wealth of knowledge on the power of connecting donors to classrooms in need, creating movements, scaling an organization, and working with school districts. When DonorsChoose was founded in 2000, crowdfunding wasn’t yet a word. But as a public school teacher working hard to get the resources his students needed, Charles realized the core principle of crowdfunding: citizen donors around the country would want to help teachers like him, if they could see exactly where their dollars were going.
Charles has shared his story at a number of venues, including the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Fast Company Innovation Festival, and SXSW, including the 2015 keynote address at SXSWedu.
These students will assist with moderating the Panel Discussion.
CEO of P.A.V.E.
Academy of Finance & Enterprise, Long Island City, NY
My name is Youssf Hegazy and I am a current senior at the Academy of Finance and Enterprise. This past year, I had the pleasure of being the CEO of PAVE or Peer Academic Virtual Education, which provides help to other VE students in college applications, financial literacy, and career success. In terms of my future plans, I will be attending Columbia University this upcoming fall as a Neuroscience Major on the Pre-Med Track.
CEO of So’Flo Essentials
Fort Lauderdale High School, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Parker Lindsay is a senior in her class at Fort Lauderdale High School and is currently the CEO of the pilot VE program at her school for So’Flo Essentials. This is her first year in the VE program and she has been able to qualify for the National Business Plan competition and VE top 100 for her firm. After graduating, she plans on pursuing a masters degree at Fordham University in New York for Global Business and hopes to become an entrepreneur.
|Abigail Humphries||COO||AceIT||JF Webb High School||NC|
|Amare Harris||CEO||SSI - Succeeding Step Incorporated||Jefferson High School||FL|
|AmyBeth Simbeck||CEO||The Animal Kingdom, Inc.||Loretto High School||TN|
|Ashlee Knox||CFO||Ambivert||East Hamilton High School||TN|
|Aushleen Sahota||CEO||Bake & Take||James Logan High School||CA|
|Benjamin Poli||COO||45North||Alpena High School||MI|
|Brian Ham||CEO||The Greenhouse||Homestead High School||CA|
|Brianna De La Mora||CEO||Mighty Masks||Carlsbad High School||CA|
|Brianna Garrison||COO||TeenyOpps||Archbishop Molloy||NY|
|Cade Cowen||VP of Finance||HT Advertising||V.R. Eaton High School||TX|
|Cadyn Reger||CAO||WayBound, Inc.||Fenton High School||MI|
|Carter Kleinschmidt||CAO||Metaphor, Inc.||Blackman High School||TN|
|Christian Moreno||Chief Executive Officer||Sensory Serenity||Bloomington High School||CA|
|Christina Lustila||Marketing Specialist||StyleGenie||Buckhannon-Upshur High School||WV|
|Constance Paris||CEO||Nakama||Bearden High School||TN|
|David Bootle||CEO||Endless Designs||Palmetto Scholars Academy||SC|
|Elisabeth Jimenez||President||Sustainably Fresh||Ridgeview High School||CA|
|eliysia lever||CEO||VE Catering||Port Richmond High School||NY|
|Elizabeth Roldan||CEO||Paws & Awes||Dos Palos High School||CA|
|Elma Vukel||CEO||Väritech||Academy of Finance and Enterprise||NY|
|Emily Fischer||Co-executive, marketing||Fly By Fashion||Mount St. Mary Academy||NY|
|Emma Avchen||CEO||The C.H.A.T.||Cooper City High School||FL|
|Erin Hosein||CEO||Purrfect Brews||Sheridan Technical High School||FL|
|Erin Lochtfeld||CEO||Legacy||Neuqua Valley High School||IL|
|Estephanie Velasquez||CEO||Outside the Box||Fenton High School||IL|
|Hannah Lacy||COO||HT Advertising||V.R. Eaton High School||TX|
|Isabella Dadseresht||CEO||Havlu||Murrieta Valley||CA|
|Issac Larroque||CEO||Sustainably Fresh||Ridgeview High School||CA|
|Jason Anthony||Chief Marketing Officer||Ambiente||JP Taravella High School||FL|
|Jason Kim||CEO||Pebbly||South Pasadena High School||CA|
|Jeanette Luna||Co-CEO||Simply Wellness||Fashion High School||NY|
|Jesse Allen||CEO||Pandora's Box||Cookeville High School||TN|
|Jordan Rasmussen||CEO||Absideon||Centennial High School||CA|
|Jordan Speight||CEO||Plans N Things Event Services||KIPP DC: College Preparatory||DC|
|Joshua Crawford||VP of Creative Media||HT Advertising||V.R. Eaton High School||TX|
|Joshua Rampasard||VP Marketing||Purrfect Brews||Sheridan Technical Highschool||FL|
|Juan Quinto||CEO||Metaphor, Inc.||Blackman High School||TN|
|Karlin Decker||CEO||45North||Alpena High School||MI|
|Kate Balcom||Co-executive, operations||Fly By Fashion||Mount St. Mary Academy||NY|
|Kayla Currence||CEO||StyleGenie||Buckhannon-Upshur High School||WV|
|Kaylin Campbell||Sales VP||Pandora's Box||Cookeville High School||TN|
|Kenzy Mostafa||CEO||The Learning Spot||Susan E. Wagner High School||NY|
|Kyler Rowzee||CEO||Sole Purpose||San Juan Hills||CA|
|Latrell Davin||CFO||Plans N Things Event Services||KIPP DC: College Preparatory||DC|
|Manroop Kaur||CEO||Unichip||James Logan High School||CA|
|Maria Tran||CEO||Guardian Insurance||Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School||NY|
|Mia Verrier||CEO||Electric Avenue||St. Charles East||IL|
|Michael Piceno||CEO||MaskMiUp||Atwater High School||CA|
|Moiz Sabir||CEO||Home Office101||South River High School||NJ|
|Monserrat Perez||CEO||Cart Care||La Serna||CA|
|Nadine Boukhari||CEO||VE Security||Sussex Tech||NJ|
|Natalie Papazian||Chief Executive Officer||MINED||Fountain Valley High School||CA|
|Nishka Singh||Chief Executive Officer||Get Together||Morris County School of Technology||NJ|
|Olivia Christy||Manager - Legal Risk Management||Plans N Things Event Services||KIPP DC: College Preparatory||DC|
|Parker Lindsay||CEO||So'Flo Essentials||Fort Lauderdale High School||FL|
|Paul Carcellar||CEO||BT Enterprises||School of Business & Tourism at Miguel Contreras||CA|
|Peter Corless||VP of Marketing||Ho'omaha||V. R. Eaton High School||TX|
|Quentin Holmes||CEO||My Meals||South Pasadena High School||CA|
|Rilee Vest||Chief Executive Officer||Bags N' Boards||Chester County High School||TN|
|Samantha Cho||CFO||UniChip||James Logan High School||CA|
|Sarah Guevara||CEO||ReCase||Berks Career And Technology||PA|
|Shamonie Rose||Chief HR Officer||Plans N Things Event Services||KIPP DC: College Preparatory||DC|
|Shawn Rajkumar||Chief Operating Officer||Lux Designs||Francis Lewis High School||NY|
|Simon Waz||CEO||Limitless||Elmwood Park High School||IL|
|Stephanie Gamez||CEO||Vibe Corporation||High School for Arts and Business||NY|
|Sylvia Blodorn||CEO||Arachne Apparel||Stockdale High||CA|
|Taylor Larson||CEO||Havlu||Murrieta Valley||CA|
|Teagan O’Bryan||CEO||Imagineers||Lapeer County Education and Technology Center||MI|
|Teja Basireddy||CEO||VibeStudio||Waubonsie Valley High School||IL|
|Terrell Lewis||CEO||Royal Renaissance:Bastion Boutique||Crestwood High School||SC|
|Trinity Belle||Manager - Operations & IT||Plans N Things Event Services||KIPP DC: College Preparatory||DC|
|Trinity Walbesser||Co-executive, merchandising||Fly By Fashion||Mount St. Mary Academy||NY|
|Vinh Tran||Chief Executive Officer||Fillosophy||Fountain Valley High School||CA|
|Xavier Marquez||CEO||InTouch inc.||New Dorp High School||NY|