“I believe deeply in the transformative power of authentic communications.”
Adam Lippin is an entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of HearMe. Adam believes deeply in the transformative power of authentic human connection, which has been the founding principle behind many of his business ventures.
Adam grew up in Ossining, New York and attended college at SUNY Binghamton, where he graduated with a Bachelors in Political Science. After graduating, he moved to New York City where he went into real estate and became a certified yoga teacher.
His first major venture was Atomic Wings, a buffalo chicken wings chain, which he founded in 1989. After the success of its first location in New York City, he expanded the business into a successful chain before turning it into a franchising company. He sold the business three years ago after it had expanded to 32 different locations, and it is still growing and thriving today.
In 2016, he founded Cuddlist with co-founder and consent expert, Madelon Guinazzo, after meeting at a cuddle party weekend workshop in Chicago. Having experienced loneliness and a lack of connection in his own life, Adam believed that by providing a container for the medicine of touch, he could make a meaningful impact in people’s lives. Today, Cuddlist is an international service with over 1,200 trained Cuddlist Practitioners who have completed over 15,000 sessions.
After the success of Cuddlist, Adam launched HearMe in late 2018 with the same core value that connection is a fundamental human necessity. Starting with 50 listeners, HearMe continues to grow and receive recognition.
Adam has been featured widely in international press, appearing in The New York Times, The Washington Post, VICE, Mic, Fox News, Daily Mirror and Bustle, to name a few.
Today he lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his husband, Thad, their son Daniel and their dog Chewie.
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An attorney by training, David began working on AIDS issues as a treatment activist with ACT UP and then as Medical Information Director at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the world’s first AIDS service organization. At GMHC, David was also the Editor of Treatment Issues, a global publication on HIV treatment.
In 1995, David co-founded AVAC to push for greater global investment in AIDS vaccine development and HIV prevention. David also began working with the Rockefeller Foundation to build the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). He served as IAVI’s Vice President for Policy and Public Support where he oversaw the creation of global policy and advocacy programs, as well as IAVI’s regional programs in North America, Europe, Japan and Latin America. Working closely with IAVI’s CEO, David built political support and financial commitments for AIDS vaccine R&D from ten OECD governments, multilateral agencies, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, totaling (says totaling on GHS site) more than US$350 million. He also created partnerships and alliances with key institutions, including the World Health Organization, the European Union, the US National Institutes of Health and the Brazilian Government. David also created the IAVI Report, a publication devoted to the AIDS vaccine R&D. David has written and contributed to a wide range of reports on global health issues.
David has served on research advisory panels for a number of different organizations including the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the US National Institutes of Health. In 2002, David co-founded Global Health Strategies. Prior to working on global health issues, David headed an investment company that focused on real estate and publishing.
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Paul Gilbert has 30 years of leadership, strategy, and innovation experience at best-practice organizations including Johnson & Johnson, Arm & Hammer, Booz Allen and Gillette. He has successfully scaled up companies in both consumer and business markets with an emphasis on innovating new markets. Paul graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College where he was named a James Bowdoin Scholar, and received his MBA from Harvard University. He currently serves as a fellow at the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute in Palo Alto, California
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