Nearly 1 in 5 people in the U.S. have a disability; 20% of that population have mental / developmental disabilities. This community needs our support more than ever! Since 1990s, their earnings have been lowered by $6000 and their employment rates are 10% lower than people without special needs. This situation has only gotten worse for the disabled. It is time to get together and take a stand for them.
Exceptional Artists Foundation was formed to empower the disabled population by providing individuals with unique talents in the creative arts the tools and support necessary to fulfill their promise as Exceptional Artists, hence giving them an outlet to live an expressive, passionate, purposeful and happy life. In order to accomplish our goal, we create events and initiatives to draw awareness about the Exceptional Artists' talents, develop a market place to sell their artwork to foster independence, and fund arts education, therapy and training programs to enable the new generation of artists to have access to arts education, therapy and programs.
Kristy is a social entrepreneur who is passionate in empowering underserved communities. She is the CEO of Kris Strategy LLC, which is developing a program to enable FOB (fresh off the boat) students to become FOB (fully on-board) in their new communities. Prior to becoming an enterpreneur, Kristy was a c-level executive and strategic leader in the for profit and the government sectors. Kristy was Chief of Staff and the Global Head of People at LivePerson (Nasdaq: LPSN). Before joining LivePerson, Kristy was an industry strategist for the City of New York during the Bloomberg Administration and led the Industry Transformation Team, implementing citywide policy and programs to strengthen New York’s position in the financial services, media and technology, fashion and other sectors. Previously, Kristy was an Associate Partner at Oliver Wyman, a global management consultancy. Kristy holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School and a B.S. and an M.S. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an EMBA degree from Columbia University.
"For the past 30 years, I have the opportunity to be a proud sister of a brother with Down Syndrome, Wesley Sundjaja. With his gift of Down Syndrome, he has a special talent to always bring joy, color and innocence to the world, in particular through his paintings. Having the opportunity to grow up among the disabled community, I dream about connecting them to the world through their arts and empower them to shine. Creating the Exceptional Artists Foundation is the first step towards this dream."
- Kristy Sundjaja
Matthew Makar is an award-winning filmmaker with a unwavering passion for creating touching documentaries, outrageous music video’s, and hilarious branded content.
His work include’s:
Yellow Brick Road (HBO),
Unravelled (SHOWTIME/ MSNBC)
Nursery University (SHOWTIME),
The BabyWait (MTV, HULU, LOGO).
AT HOME WITH SAM JONES (F.O.D)
Matthew has lent his expertise to films such as The Wolf Pack, Trophy Kids, Flex is Kings, Living in Emergency, and Meeting David Wilson. He is currently producing and directing an inspirational feature length documentary, 'Dan the Man the Artist', a film that follows the triumphant journey of a 41 year-old artist with Down Syndrome, pursuing his dreams despite seemingly insurmountable odds. Makar wants to use the film as a way to start a conversation about the importance of art in the special needs community.
He is currently working to bring the Exceptional Artists Foundation to life.
Daryl Carlough is the Senior Vice President of Global and Corporate Controller at LivePerson Inc. since September 2013 and serves on the board of directors for LivePerson’s international subsidiaries. Daryl served as the Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc. from December 2009 to October 1, 2013 and served as its Interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from November 14, 2011 to October 1, 2013. He has over 13 years of experience in accounting and auditing, operations, business systems, risk and management, international, human resources and mergers and acquisitions. He served as Director of Finance at L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. from August 2006 to December 2009. From April 2005 to August 2006, he served as an Assistant Corporate Controller of Viisage Technology. He served as Corporate Controller at The Macgregor Group from July 2001 to April 2005. He started his career at Ernst & Young LLP. Daryl is a Certified Public Accountant. He holds an MBA and MS in Accounting from Northeastern University and a BS in Business Administration in Finance from Stonehill College.
Elizabeth is an attorney and a Partner at Mandelbaum Salsburg. Elizabeth counsels clients in protecting and enforcing their intellectual property assets. She practices in many areas of intellectual property law, including trademark prosecution, enforcement and litigation, licensing, copyright enforcement and litigation, patent prosecution, and patent litigation. She is also a Registered Patent Attorney. Elizabeth drafts and negotiates various intellectual property agreements, conducts due diligence, and prepares non-infringement and invalidity opinions. She is also knowledgeable regarding data privacy and data breach issues. Elizabeth holds an S.B., Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and J.D., IP Law from Franklin Pierce Law Center
Elizabeth has also been involved in various community activities. She serves as a board member of the Asian American Women Coalition, and established a scholarship under her name for Asian American female students to pursue higher education.
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