2020 Spring Benefit – March 24th

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Accepting the award for HBO is Pam Hacker. Pam is the Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), for WarnerMedia. She is part of the team responsible for streamlining all philanthropic giving and partnerships across the WarnerMedia enterprise which are vital to the nonprofit organizations and the communities with whom they partner and have productions in. Pam will lead the efforts around social impact partners who elevate their brands and highlight the WM content through enterprise-wide collaborations. Her team will identify and amplify opportunities where the portfolio of brands and content can play unique and distinguished roles in elevating social impact initiatives. Previously, Pam was the Director of CSR for HBO, responsible for driving the company’s philanthropic, pro-social, employee and community engagement initiatives with a focus on education to identify and grow the next generation of creative storytellers. Hacker led the team to develop and define HBO’s corporate and social responsibility mission. Her team was responsible for giving efforts with philanthropic partners, including non-profit organizations, enhancing HBO’s presence within communities and connecting the company’s philanthropy to the themes reflected in the network’s programming. Her team ran HBO’s pro-social campaigns, a Production Assistant Training Program and engaged their employees in the company’s philanthropic endeavors through such programs as youth mentoring, non-profit volunteer activities, and community outreach efforts. Prior to joining HBO in May 2015, Pam was the publicity director of Community Outreach, at Sesame Workshop where she oversaw the public relations strategy and implementation for company-wide community outreach initiatives such as incarceration, military families, eating heathy on a budget and emergency preparedness. Pam resides in New York City with her husband Gary, and their thirteen-year-old twin girls, Julia and Rebecca.

Presenting Ms. Hacker’s award will be special guest, May Malik, Deputy Commissioner of External Affairs from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Ms. Malik leads the agency’s work in three distinct teams: Communications, Intergovernmental Affairs, Outreach & Organizing and Public-Private Partnerships. Previously, May served as the Director of Public/Private Partnerships at NYC Service, where she lead and executed strategic cross-sector partnerships designed to leverage financial and people power in addressing some of New York City’s socioeconomic challenges; worked in Sudan as part of a collaborative effort between Save the Children, UNICEF, and the Federal Ministry of Education to provide psycho-social intervention programs to children in conflict and post-conflict zones; helped to design communications and support fundraising strategies for Lalela, which provides arts education and critical messaging to at-risk youth in South Africa, Northern Uganda, and the South Bronx; co-founded P.R.Y.D.E., a nonprofit aimed at partnering with conflict-affected communities in order to facilitate social transformation through community-driven peace education; and traveled to 30+ countries and over 100 cities as a tour publicist for Depeche Mode. May received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her MA in International Educational Development from Columbia University.

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Poorna is an American actress and producer. She is best recognized for playing the roles of Safar Khan in HBO’s ‘The Night Of’ and as the lawyer in ‘Big Little Lies’ and for appearing as an unconventional lead in the Bollywood movie ‘Delhi Belly’. Besides these, she has acted in several other films and dramas including ‘Law & Order’, ‘She Hate Me’, ‘Rescue Me’, ‘House of Cards’, ‘Gypsy’ and ‘The Circle’, to name a few. Jagannathan has also produced the 2013 Amnesty International Award winning play ‘Nirbhaya’ which is based on opposing sexual violence. The actress cum producer has won numerous awards and honours in her entertainment career. She won the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ award at the Stardust Awards for ‘Delhi Belly’ and was the ‘Winner of Breakthrough Performance’ at the L’Oreal Femina Women Awards 2012. The American star was ranked twice as one of the ‘Most Fashionable Women’ by ‘Cosmopolitan.’ She was also featured among the top 10 in Femina’s list of “India’s 50 most beautiful women”. Jagannathan was once named one of the “12 women from East impacting the Western cinema” by Italian ‘Marie Claire.’ She also holds a place in Verve Magazine’s list of “Top 50 most powerful women in India”.

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Beesham is a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at Goldman Sachs, where he advises its equity derivatives and convertibles businesses and also serves as a co-chair of its Legal, Compliance and Internal Audit Asian Professionals Network. Beesham previously worked as a vice president and assistant general counsel at JPMorgan Chase and in the New York and London offices of Davis Polk & Wardwell. Prior legal experience includes work at Shearman & Sterling, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Beesham serves on the Board of Directors for Sahki for South Asian Women, the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School, on the Advisory Boards of the Center for Public Research and Leadership at Columbia University and the Center for Leadership at Florida International University, and on the Board of Directors and the Private Sector Steering Committee of the South Asian Bar Association of New York. He previously served as secretary on the Board of Directors of SAYA! – South Asian Youth Action and on the Board of Directors of The Columbia Law School Association.
Beesham received a JD and the Parker School Certificate in Foreign and Comparative Law from Columbia Law School and earned at the same time an MS in Mathematics and an AB in International Relations from Stanford University. His passion for philanthropy and the law are complemented by his passion for partaking and supporting all forms of the arts as time permits.