Milestone Master™ Speaker Bios
Melanie supports the development and implementation of culture and history initiatives at Goldman Sachs and also manages the firm’s archives program, which was created and formalized in the lead-up to the 150th anniversary. She was a member of the global, cross-divisional anniversary working group and helped in the planning, coordination and execution of multiple anniversary activities, including managing the content pipeline for stories on key moments in the firm’s history published across internal and external sites and social media, and supporting the development and creation of bespoke content for a robust series of special events.
Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2005, Melanie held a variety of roles in publishing and the nonprofit arts world. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and earned an MBA and MA in Arts Administration from Southern Methodist University.
Ted was named the Archives and Heritage Brand Manager for the Ford Motor Company in May 2018. In this role he is responsible for the physical and digital archives of the Company and will be responsible for positioning Ford’s unique heritage in modern, engaging ways to competitively differentiate and build brand value as an innovative, visionary leader in auto and mobility. Ted will also act as a spokesperson for our history with media and other key internal/external stakeholders.
Prior to his role at Ford, Ted was the Archives Director for The Coca-Cola Company for 21 years where he oversaw an extensive collection of artifacts that showcased the rich history of The Coca-Cola Company. He served as the Project Manager for the program to restore, digitize and catalog over 25,000 historical ads created by The Coca-Cola Company for donation to the US Library of Congress. He was an integral member of the design team in developing the historical components of the World of Coca-Cola which attracts more than 1.5 million visitors a year. Ted wrote a book celebrating 100 years of Coca-Cola in Latin America and was a regular contributor to Coca-Cola Journey and also engaged consumers and customers via the Coca-Cola Archives Facebook and Twitter and Instagram pages. He additionally served as Company spokesperson for programs on CNN, Food Network and Antiques Roadshow among others.
Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Ted held several important roles at the Atlanta History Center over the course of ten years. His duties included curating the Atlanta Braves Museum at Turner Field, the Bobby Jones Golf Collection and creating the History Center’s first website. While at the History Center, Ted won an Emmy as Associate Producer and Researcher for a documentary on minor league baseball in the South.
Ted, who earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Emory University in Atlanta, is an acknowledged thought leader in the archival community. He is a member of the Society of American Archivists, for whom he is a past Chair of the Business Archives Section. As a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, he also has chaired the Digital Initiatives Group and has presented papers on Corporate Archives and Digital Asset Management. Ted is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Digital Asset Management and was recently named to the board of the Business Archives Bureau for the International Council on Archives. In 2022, Ted received the highest honor awarded by the Society of American Archivist when he was elected a Distinguished Fellow of that organization.
Mark Rushing leads a dynamic and dedicated team determined to build a better world through public relations and marketing communications efforts designed to advance the strategic priorities of the University of Arkansas. He has nearly 30 years of combined experience in higher education, public relations and broadcast journalism.
Serving as co-chair of the University of Arkansas Sesquicentennial Planning Committee, Mark helped coordinate the university’s 150th celebration from ideation through implementation. The effort required a great deal of campuswide teamwork and flexibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for calendar year 2021, the celebration was extended by six months to facilitate as many in-person events as possible.
Mark joined the university as director of strategic communications in 2012 before being promoted to lead University Relations in 2016.
He has more than 20 years of previous experience as a journalist and public relations executive. Mark received numerous broadcasting awards, including three regional Emmy Awards and two regional Edward R. Murrow awards while working for television stations in Arkansas and Florida.
He also received several state and national awards for public relations efforts, earned while he served as the director of public relations for brand communications firm Thoma Thoma.
Mark is also a graduate of the University of Arkansas, with a bachelor's degree in journalism, and holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis.
Karen Kozak is a decisive, visionary leader who inspires others to achieve success. She is a brand and marketing veteran with over 25 years of experience across a broad range of industries. Karen most recently was the VP of Global Brand at Cargill, the largest privately-held company in the US and a global leader in the food, agriculture and innovation space.
Karen was responsible for developing and implementing Cargill’s brand strategy, positioning and architecture, and she led the company’s year-long 150th Anniversary program that engaged over 150,000 employees in more than 650 activities and events on 6 continents. Throughout her career, Karen has led global teams in creating a cohesive brand experience that benefits multiple internal and external stakeholders around the world.
Prior to joining Cargill, Karen spent the majority of her career in a variety of roles at Eastman Kodak Company, including managing strategic growth initiatives in emerging markets in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Karen led all e-commerce, online marketing and demand generation programs for Kodak’s B2C and B2B businesses for the US, Canada, and Latin America regions. She directed Kodak’s global corporate sponsorship and brand events organization, including oversight of Olympics, motorsports, golf, entertainment, and industry conference programs.
Karen lives in Minneapolis and enjoys hiking, photography, and traveling, particularly internationally to learn new cultures and trends. Karen serves as an advisor on the development committee at Childspring International, a non-profit organization providing medical surgeries to children in developing countries around the world.
Mary Beth Pate is the Enterprise Executive Director of Marketing & Philanthropy Communications. Mary Beth leads the organizations global advertising efforts, including the management of all branded content partnerships, creative development and media strategy.
Additionally, she oversees Cleveland Clinic’s sponsorships with the Cleveland Guardians and Cavaliers, as well as large scale events and activation for the Cleveland Clinic enterprise. Including the management of the 100th Centennial Celebration that took place in 2021.
Philanthropy Communications also falls under Mary Beth’s leadership as she oversees all key branding and communications projects to support enterprise wide fundraising initiatives.
In the community, Mary Beth sits on the Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio, BGSU’s Foundation Board and has been a long-time advocate for PAWS (Public Animal Welfare Society).
The managing director of The Winthrop Group, Stephen Chambers draws on extensive milestone anniversary experience. At Winthrop, he has worked with numerous organizations on related initiatives. Recent clients include multiple global financial firms and hedge funds, an international electronics manufacturer, a top health care organization, an aerospace leader, a worldwide distribution company, as well as leading nonprofits, foundations, and institutions of higher education.
As managing director, Stephen collaborates with elite organizations and their executives to develop internal, strategic initiatives, as well as public-facing thought leadership and content across platforms: articles and books, exhibits, presentations, videos, and digital media. He believes that authentic historical storytelling is a true source of competitive advantage. Additionally, Stephen draws on extensive prior consulting and editorial experience with Analysis Group, Monitor Group, and Random House.
Stephen writes and consults on strategic management, and is an expert in U.S. business history, generational change and leadership, and reputational strategy. An experienced editor, Stephen is also the author of diverse works of fiction, business, and history, including No God But Gain: The Untold Story of Cuban Slavery, the Monroe Doctrine, and the Making of the United States.
A graduate of The University of Chicago, Stephen holds a Ph.D. in history from Brown University.
Lisa has more than 20 years experience in corporate communications, experiential marketing, and sponsorship acquisition.
In 2013, Lisa Founded Anniversary University®, the only company 100% focused on helping leaders fully leverage a milestone anniversary for iconic corporations and leading non-profit organizations and higher-education institutions.
Lisa is a visionary, connector and educator who believes you’re different in the market when you're privy to knowledge, insights, truths or data that others are not. When you combine that with what you uniquely do, you have something of value to offer the world. Anniversary University provides great value to the people we serve.
The cornerstone of Anniversary University® is The Anniversary Forum, an annual gathering widely considered to be the Master Class for those in the early phase of strategically planning an anniversary. The Forum brings together leaders from world-class organizations who share best practices with those that want to know how.
Prior to founding Anniversary University®, Lisa was part of the lead team establishing three of our nation’s premier conferences for women with over 20,000 attendees.
Lisa holds a business degree from New York University and has two beautiful children who were given roots in a lovely town across the Hudson River in NJ. Those roots gave them wings to pursue their passions in New Orleans and Boulder Co.
Lisa has been executing great ideas and building powerful relationships for common her entire career and loves what she does.
Donna Rome is Studio Director and co-founder, with collage artist Lawrence Romorini, of One Of A Kind Art Studio, a specialist in 3-dimensional anniversary art. For more than 30 years, the studio has collaborated with corporate clients to create compelling visual lobby displays celebrating institutional landmarks.
One Of A Kind commissions have marked hundreds of milestones, including those of Ernst & Young, Southwest Airlines, Marriott, GE, Johns Hopkins University, Oprah Winfrey, Nike, and Cisco Systems. All have enabled clients to share their story in an extraordinary, meaningful way. Donna leads the brainstorming, research and editing of memorabilia, working closely with Lawrence Romorini, who integrates photos, publications and artifacts into personalized 3-dimensional lobby art to commemorate history, leaders and accomplishments. An innovative extension of the art is the digital interactive website feature to share an anniversary story globally, along with posters and souvenir brochures.
Donna was Director of Newsroom Administration and a founder of USA TODAY. Previously she was Chappell Music’s International Manager. The blend of Donna’s management and creative background has proven a perfect springboard for her One Of A Kind career to help chronicle a wide range of corporate histories.
Together, Donna and Lawrence have established a personal, custom-made concept-to-finished-art approach, taking clients on a unique journey to celebrate both past and present, while creating a treasured legacy for the future.
Amy Linimon served as the Chair of Premier Events for the University of Arkansas Sesquicentennial Planning Committee. Under her leadership, the campus hosted a variety of commemorative events including Come as You Arkansas, an all-day progressive style event highlighting the university’s mission, vision, history and future. The unprecedented campus celebration was open to the public and held in September 2021.
With bachelor’s degrees in political science and English and communication from the University of Arkansas, Amy earned a master’s degree in American Politics from the University of Kansas where she analyzed the impact of school curriculum on political socialization. She has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of non-profit and social service roles focused on fundraising, communication strategies, and community engagement. Additionally, Amy has more than 15 years of higher education teaching experience as adjunct faculty for several institutions.
In 2017, Amy joined the University of Arkansas to lead the Office of Donor Engagement as Director overseeing university events, stewardship, endowment and impact reporting. Most recently, she assumed the role of Assistant Vice Chancellor for the new Office of Engagement integrating annual giving with events and stewardship to synchronize brand loyalty, deepen and tailor engagement, and develop a new digital engagement center.
Allison is a content producer for Goldman Sachs, developing video series, bespoke films and other content for the Executive Office. For the firm’s 150th anniversary, Allison produced a global employee storytelling initiative which was curated for video distribution during the anniversary year. She was also responsible for filming oral histories to help tell the story of the firm through various multimedia channels.
Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2014, Allison worked as a freelance producer / director for production companies and financial firms. Her credits include documentary films for Showtime’s “What’s Going On” series, PBS’s Emmy Award-winning series “The American Promise,” and Discovery’s Emmy Award-winning series “Great Wonders of the World” and “Great Splendors of the World.” She also produced video content for the 9/11 Commission’s hearing on the events of September 11, 2001.
Allison attended Colgate University, graduating with High Honors in Fine Arts.