Tara Cunningham, Beyond-Impact, European Commission, NYU School of Law, United Nations, Salesforce, Ashoka, Goldman Sachs, TDBank, Deloitte, PwC, IPG Mediabrands, AT&T, MITRE, Disability rights, Inclusion

Tara Cunningham

Founder

Tara is an Ashoka Fellow and an internationally recognized, award-winning, neurodivergent CEO and Social Entrepreneur working for people with disabilities.

Over the past 20 years, Tara has been appointed to various non profit, SME and governmental boards, advised non profits, corporate social responsibility programs, social enterprises, government agencies, the European Commission, politicians and philanthropic foundations throughout the US and Europe on how to create sustainable social impact and recently Co-Founded the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship at NYU School of Law.

In 2017 Tara began working as the CEO of Specialisterne USA to drive their proven neurodiversity employment model into exponential growth. I grew the organization from 2 -7 employees and increased revenue over 1200%. My clients included, Salesforce, Goldman Sachs, TDBank, Deloitte, PwC, P&G, IPG Mediabrands / Kinesso, AT&T, and MITRE.

Tara's 20+ years in the disability sector ranged from early intervention through disability inclusive employment. I’ve keynoted, moderated and spoke on panels worldwide, including Moderator at United Nations World Autism Awareness Day. 

 

Tara guest lectures at Temple University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.

She lives in Toms River, NJ with her saint of a husband Mark and three amazing children Eoin, Charlie and Emilia. In her spare time, she is a terrible singer, seamstress, gardener, and barber.

Estefania Palomino, UN SDG, ESG, coach, United Nations, Human Rights, Beyond-Impact

Estefania Palomino

UN SDG and Human Rights Advisor

Estefania lives out her life’s mission as a human rights lawyer, philanthropy and global health expert. She advises companies on human rights and sustainability topics such as UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals. Estefania has worked for large philanthropic organizations in the U.S and managed projects in Central Asia, Europe, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the United States. She served as a legal fellow at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, working on cases related to the right to health and disability rights. 

She currently serves on the boards of both the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP) and the Colombian health startup, Bive. She is also an expert advisor for the Gratitude Network, a social enterprise accelerator. Estefania is a recurring judge of the final round of the annual Big Ideas contest hosted by UC Berkeley. She is a certified leadership coach and member of the Diversity and Inclusion committee of the Institute of Coaching, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

 

In 2015, Estefania was selected as an Aspen Ideas scholar and as one of the “10 Young Leaders Who Are Creating A Better World” by Johnson & Johnson and the Huffington Post. In 2017, she was one of the finalists for the Buffett Institute Award for Emerging Global Leaders. 


Estefania holds a law degree from Universidad de Los Andes, a master’s degree in International Law and Settlement of Disputes from the United Nations University for Peace, and an LL.M in Global Health Law from Georgetown University Law Center.  

Andrew Komarow, ASD, CFP, Beyond-Impact, Financial Planner, ABLE

Andrew Komarow MSFS, CFP® AIF®

Financial Advisor

Andrew is a financial planner who opened the firm, Planning Across the Spectrum, to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) become financially independent.

 

As an ASD/special needs advocate, he brings his clients more than eight years of financial consulting and investment planning knowledge. 

 

He helps Beyond-Impact families and people with disabilities to navigate SSDI, and SSI to understand their individual needs and financial state, building and executing a strategy that is designed with a goal to enable the client to live the type of life they have envisioned for themselves and their family.

He started his business after working as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ for Prudential Advisors. Andrew earned his B.S. in Financial Planning and Technology from Charter Oak State College.

Andrew’s mission is to provide wealth and investment planning for those of all ages and financial experience, from those newly entering the professional world to those planning on and living out their retirement. 

In his off time, Andrew enjoys tinkering with electronics, bike riding, and reading science fiction. He lives in the greater Hartford area with his wife, their daughter and two dogs.

Alyss Vavricka, inclusivity, strategy, Barnard College, Impact, Beyond-Impact

Alyss Vavricka

Inclusivity Strategy & Implementations Advisor

Alyss is an implementations and operations expert with a passion for inclusivity strategies and the economic benefits of diversity. She studied economics at Barnard College of Columbia University, where she focused her attention on cultural pressures that drive economic activity across borders.

 

Alyss is driven by a desire to effect change for people with disabilities and to provide empirical evidence of diversity's positive impacts on economic performance. An active mentor and volunteer, she hopes to continue connecting her work in the technology and inclusivity spaces for years to come. 

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Nivisha Shah

Social Impact & Inclusive Education Advisor

Nivisha works with organizations and social entrepreneurs to build impactful programs. She has ten years of experience working with organizations dedicated to inclusive and equitable education for children with disabilities. She has worked with organizations, non-profits and Foundations in Ghana, India and the USA.  

In 2019, Nivisha founded Impact2Rise, a social enterprise with a mission to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of social impact organizations and programs through the impact first approach. Through her work at impact2rise, she provides social program design and development, impact assessment, and impact strategy. She is dedicated to helping organizations build more robust and comprehensive intervention programs in their respective communities. Her work has led to the development of new and improved programs, hence increasing the organization's reach and impact.   

Currently, Nivisha is an active member of the Consortium for Inclusive Education (CIE) in Gujarat, India.  She has worked with CIE on the digital transformation of a blind school, developed content and trained mainstream school teachers on individualized educational plans (IEPs) and classroom accommodations for children with disabilities. She serves as an expert on assistive technology for CIE.  

Nivisha has her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She currently lives with her spouse in Toronto, Canada. Her passion for the environment has led her to find ways to live an environmentally sustainable lifestyle and inspires others to do the same.