5:30am PT – Joshua Katcher
Joshua Katcher started “The Discerning Brute” in 2008 as a resource for intelligent men who want to make ethical, informed decisions concerning their lifestyles. With a focus on “fashion, food & etiquette for the ethically handsome man”, The Discerning Brute produces expert, essential content and boldly takes a stand while featuring contributors, recipes, reviews, and thought-provoking articles. Brave GentleMan, the integrated, ecommerce brother-site of The Discerning Brute was launched in 2011 and features “principled attire” and “smart supplies” handpicked for informed indulgence. Exclusive collaborations with marquis brands and designers and the growing notoriety of the Brave GentleMan label make this online shop unparalleled in the current marketplace.
7am PT – Daphna Edwards Ziman, President of Cinemoi, Author, and Advocate
Daphna E. Ziman, the President of Cinémoi, a network on DIRECTV devoted to curated film, high fashion, and international lifestyle, is also the founder of a music label, a movie writer and director, an author, and a philanthropist, known internationally and in the Halls of Power in Washington, D.C. for her work on behalf of at-risk and foster children.
Cinémoi, which launched in 2012, is an elegant channel tailored for discerning viewers and recognized for its high-quality eclectic array of classic and contemporary movies and documentaries, and its glamorous coverage of top worldwide film festivals and Fashion Weeks.
In 2011, Ms. Ziman’s first novel, The Gray Zone, inspired by her own experience adopting a daughter she rescued from a homeless shelter, was a New York Times Bestseller, and it will soon be turned into a major motion picture.
Formerly, Ziman was President of Edwards Entertainment International, an independent film and television production company, and wrote and directed the movie, Footsteps, which stars Maria Conchita Alonso and debuted on Showtime.
Away from the office, her passion is helping at-risk and foster youth. She is the founder and emeritus chairperson of Children Uniting Nations, a charity that provides foster children with devoted non-paid mentors, and successfully lobbied to amend the Family Preservation Act, ensuring the safety of children returning home after foster care.
Ms. Ziman also serves on the Board of Trustees of Children’s Institute International, is a Chairperson of ABC LOVE (Adoption Brings Children Love), and has been the recipient of many honors, including: The Jacqueline Kennedy Award by JFK University; the Women of Achievement Award by the North American Council for Adoptable Children; the Uniting Children of the World Award by the Child Welfare League of America; the 2011 Community Hero Award by the Dreamland Foundation; the 2010 Soromundi (Sisters of the World Award) by the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles; the 2007 Blue Skies Award by Penny Lane Center; the 2006 Spirit of Life Award by LA’s City of Hope; the 2002 Spirit of Compassion Award, presented by Aviva Family and Children Services; and the 1999 Peace & Tolerance Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Advocacy.