Michael Clinton has spent 30 years in the magazine publishing business, as the Publisher of GQ, the Executive Vice-President of the Conde Nast Magazines, which include Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Architectural Digest. He is currently President, Marketing and Publishing Director of the 19 Hearst Magazines, including Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar and O, the Oprah Magazine.
He is also the author of 7 books of photography, including Wanderlust 100 Countries: A Personal Journey, a chronicling of his visit to 100 countries around the world, and most recently Closer.
Clinton has served on numerous non-profits, as Chairman of the Volunteers of America, at The Starlight Starbright Foundation, the Acquistions Committee of the International Center of Photography, and has advised Friends Without A Border, among others organizations.
The establishment of Circle of Generosity has been an outgrowth of Clinton’s various philanthropic endeavors and his belief that the best giving from one person to another should be both random acts of kindness, as well as anonymous to the recipient.
Jack Kliger, a longtime friend and colleague of Michael Clinton’s has had a long and distinguished magazine publishing career as Publisher of GQ, Glamour and as Executive Vice-President of Conde Nast Publications. He has also served as Executive Vice-President of Parade Publications, and most recently as the CEO of Hachette Filipacchi Media,which includes publications such as Elle, Elle Decor, Woman’s Day and other national magazines.Kliger has been an active participant in a variety of philanthropic organizations, including being a member of The Whitney Museum of American Art Corporate Council, the Board of Trustees at The Museum of Jewish Heritage, the American Symphony Orchestra and the American Friends of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
Thomas DeVincentis DVM
Tom DeVincentis is a New York City based veterinarian with a private practice, “The Country Vet”, which he established 30 years ago on New York’s Upper East Side. He is recognized for his various efforts within the veterninarian community, including acts of kindness to those in need of pet care. He is the author of “Tails of the City”, a heartwarming, semi-autobiographical book of essays of pet stories. He is an avid horseman, riding throughout Long Island’s East End.
Valerie Fitch is an attorney and the Senior Director of Talent Development at the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, an international law firm with 18 offices throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School for over 20 years, teaching Fundamentals of Legal Drafting to third year students. Valerie is the current President of the Alumni Association of Brooklyn Law School, is a past Co-President of the Trevor Day School Parent Association, and has served on or chaired several committees of the New York City Bar Association. Valerie’s family has been active in philanthropic causes for many years in Cincinnati, Ohio, including raising the funds for Cincinnati’s first Ronald McDonald House, and has been supportive of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Taft Art Museum, and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
Donna Kalajian Lagani
Donna Kalajian Lagani is the Senior Vice-President and Publishing Director of Cosmopolitan Magazine, the number one selling monthly magazine in America. Prior to Cosmo, Donna was Publisher of Ladies’ Home Journal and was the first female to serve as its Publisher in the magazine’s 112 year history. Donna was elected to the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement and was recognized by Crain’s New York Business with a “40 Under 40” Award. She has a long history of philanthropic interests, including being the honoree of the Dreamball, to support Look Good…Feel Better and the American Cancer Society and a recognition forom the USO for their annual Woman of the Year event, where she was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.
Jaqui Lividini has a long and distinguished career in the retail and fashion industry in New York City, notably at Saks Fifth Avenue, where she served as the first Senior Vice-President of Fashion Merchandising and Communication, for one of America’s premier prestige retailers. During her time there, Jaqui created “Key to the Cure”, which benefited Women’s Cancer Research, raising more than $15 million for women’s charities within a four year period. She has been recognized internationally for this landmark initiative, which continues to set the standard for fundraising within the retail/fashion community. Lividini also sits on the Executive Board of Women In Need, New York’s largest shelter for homeless families. In 2005, Lividini founded Lividini Weisenfeld Partners, representing some of the most sought after brands in fashion/retail, including Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Coach, Lord and Taylor to name a few.
John Savage AIA
John Savage has had a 25 year career in corporate architecture providing design and project management services fo many of the world’s most respected law firms and investment banks headquartered in New York. He has completed more than 100 projects across the United States and in several international locations. Savage, a Registered Architect and a member of the AIA, established his own practice in Easthampton, New York to devote his professional time to commercial and residential projects there. His interests include historical architectural heritage and he is a member of the East Hampton Historical Society, the Preservation Society of Newport and a supporter of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Deborah Soss has had a long career with America’s prestige retailers, including I Magnin, Saks Fifth Avenue, and currently as a Vice-President at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. Her interests include travel, photography, and antiquing, and she has been involved in a variety of philanthropic interests.