CEO Forum with WeWork
This event starts on May 27th at 6:15 PM.
The Young Jewish Presidents is an exclusive network dedicated to connecting the world's top Jewish business leaders with each other. Our forum opens its doors for CEOs to forge long lasting, sincere relationships in upscale, comfortable, small group settings with top talent, and C-level industry peers.
In order to be considered a member, applicants must be a CEO, president or a recognized authority in their given industry.
Ariel Cohen is the CEO and Co-Founder of TripActions where he’s focused on the company’s growth. Prior to TripActions, Ariel made his foray into entrepreneurship with streamOnce, a business multimedia integration platform that he co-founded with his current partner and TripActions CTO Ilan Twig. The company was successfully acquired by Jive Software, where Ariel had previously served in a senior position following his time at Hewlett Packard. Ariel graduated from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and currently resides in Palo Alto where TripActions is headquartered.
Farooq Kathwari has been the chairman and CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. since 1988. He serves several nonprofit organizations, including the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee; the advisory board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is chairman emeritus of Refugees International; an advisory member of the New York Stock Exchange; former chairman of the National Retail Federation; former chairman of the American Home Furnishings Alliance; a director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University; co-chairman of the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council; and a member of the International Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace.
A founder of the Kashmir Study Group, he served as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from 2010 to 2014. Recently, Mr. Kathwari was tapped to join the bipartisan, congressionally mandated United States Institute of Peace Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States, co-chaired by Governor Tom Kean and Representative Lee Hamilton, who formerly led the 9/11 Commission.
Among his recognitions, Mr. Kathwari is a recipient of the 2018 Ellis Island Medal of Honor and has been inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame. He has been recognized as an Outstanding American by Choice by the U.S. government. He has also received the Yale School of Management’s Chief Executive Leadership Institute Lifetime of Leadership Award; the National Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee; the National Retail Federation Gold Medal; and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He has been recognized by Worth magazine as one of the 50 Best CEOs in the United States.
Mr. Kathwari is the author of Trailblazer: from the Mountains of Kashmir to the Summit of Global Business and Beyond, a memoir published in September 2019. The book focuses on Mr. Kathwari’s journey from Kashmir to America, his association with Ethan Allen, and his involvement with conflict resolution and humanitarian causes. For more information, visit farooqkathwari.com.