Martha Stewart is an Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, bestselling author of 90 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living—cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, healthy living, holidays, weddings, and pet care. The Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month. Her branded products can be found in over 70 million households and have a growing retail presence in thousands of locations. In 2015, Martha merged her company with Sequential Brands Group, Inc., one of the world’s leading brand management companies with a portfolio of consumer brands in the home, fashion and active categories that generate over $4 billion annually in global retail sales. While continuing to oversee the brand she founded, she also now serves as Chief Creative Officer and a member of the Board of Directors at Sequential.
Since 2009, Anja Manuel has served as a Founding Partner and Principal at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, a strategic consulting firm she co-founded along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley and Robert Gates. The firm works with senior executives of major companies to evaluate strategic and political risk, and expand in emerging markets. Anja is the author of the critically acclaimed 2016 book This Brave New World: India, China and the United States, which takes readers on an intimate tour of both the corridors of power and the slums of Asia. From 2005 to 2007, Anja served as an official at the U.S. Department of State, responsible for South Asia policy. Her front-row view of the colossal shift in power to China and India makes her a significant voice on globalization and how to manage it. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Stanford University, Anja now also lectures at Stanford. Providing audiences with a candid look at the rise of emerging markets, she is a frequent commentator on foreign policy and technology for TV and radio outlets and major news publications.
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