: ADVISORY BOARD :

The insite Board of Advisors is a cool and diverse group of high-profile players who not only believe in the profitability of what we are doing, but in the social necessity of what we are doing.  They are at the top of their fields in entertainment, the environment, social justice, international human rights, law, science, finance, China and mental health. And are all really great homo sapiens sapiens...

"Now is a perfect time for a big change in the Hollywood oligopoly. Global audiences are proving again and again that forgettable Hollywood features are not the only formulaic product for success. People around the world are craving for - and have always craved - media that is original, entertaining and positive. That is why I believe that insite - with Rock the Planet as its first film event - is a compelling business proposition and investment.

DeSales Linton is positioning her media company to address a real market need in the industry: the production of media and art that get back to what they are supposed to do - inspire, teach and challenge convention. Knowing DeSales' artistic talent, business savvy and utter determination as I do, my bet is on insite and Rock the Planet to lead the way."

   - Luis Donoso, Citigroup Global Corporate and Investment Banking Group

ENTERTAINMENT

David Benjamin, Esq. (Music, Film, Finance)
David Benjamin is Senior Vice President at Universal Music Group, the music division of the largest entertainment company in the world, Universal-Vivendi.  He has spent over 25 years working with artistic and business legends in the music and visual entertainment industry.  Mr. Benjamin began his career representing Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon and later became Associate General Counsel for CBS Records under the music visionary and President, Walter R. Yetnikoff.  At Universal Mr. Benjamin worked with President Lyor Cohen, one of the pioneers of hip-hop who grew a small label - Def Jam - into a giant success that he later sold to Universal for $160 million.  He then worked with President L.A. Reid, who has spotted and developed some of the biggest names in the business, including multi-platinum artists TLC (the biggest selling female group of all-time), Usher, Toni Braxton and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs

From 1983-1993, Mr. Benjamin was at the forefront of the fusion of music and video as the Producer of Music Video programming for NBC’s version of MTV, Friday Night Videos.  At FNV, he collaborated with some of the all-time great artists and their video directors, including Paul McCartney, Whitney Houston, Ozzy Osbourne and Stevie Wonder.  He then represented such artists as multi-Grammy Award-winning R&B superstars Mary J. Blige and LL Cool J.  He has negotiated with the heads of every major record label, including Sony, Warner, BMG, Geffen, EMI and Dreamworks.  He also was a very early investor - after all the studios had passed - in the Oscar-winning feature documentary, When We Were Kings, about the life of Mohammed Ali. 

Mr. Benjamin was an early fan of kalin’s prayer and has generously advised DeSales on her media career.  Believing that the musical artists DeSales has assembled for Rock the Planet are “the future of MTV,” he was eager to secure early studio or MTV participation in the film’s development.  DeSales politely declined at the time in order to pursue more “alternative” support. He's still here and a top supporter, however ;)

Nina Rosenblum (Film)
Oscar-nominated. Emmy-winning documentary Producer/Director Nina Rosenblum brings 23 years of award-winning film and TV experience to Rock the Planet and insite.  Ms. Rosenblum is the producer/director of, among many others, Through the Wire (Susan Sarandon, narr.), Liberators (Denzel Washington narr.), The Black West (Danny Glover, narr.) and the Showtime Jimi Hendrix/Sly & the Family Stone movie, Jimi and Sly:The Skin I’m In.  

After serving as post-production coordinator and assistant to director Warren Beatty on the Oscar-winning feature film, Reds, Ms. Rosenblum founded the non-profit multi-media company, Daedulus Productions in New York City. As an adjunct professor of “Producing the Dramatic Short” at New York University Graduate Film School in 1997, Ms. Rosenblum was one of the few professors who wholly-supported the unique style and content of kalin’s prayer and was the key advisor to DeSales throughout the post-production process.  

As a committed social activist, Ms. Rosenblum is the Artistic Director for In Arms Reach, a non-profit that provides hands-on arts and music opportunities to children of parents in prison.  Ms. Rosenblum is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Director's Guild of America and frequently lectures around the world.  She is the daughter of noted photographer, Walter Rosenblum and photographic historian Dr. Naomi Rosenblum, author of A World History Of Photography and A History Of Women Photographers.


Rosie Lopez (Music)
Ms. Lopez has spent the last 17 years working closely with some of music’s most visionary leaders. She currently is Senior V.P. Marketing & International A&R for the multi-million dollar independent entertainment company, Tommy Boy Entertainment, reporting directly to one of the most successful media entrepreneurs in the business, Tom Silverman. Ms. Lopez recently served as Executive Producer for the third-season soundtrack for the popular Showtime drama, Queer as Folk, which Billboard Magazine called “the best volume yet in the Queer as Folk soundtrack series.”  She also is Executive Producer for the The L Word Soundtracks. 

Ms. Lopez formerly was Vice President and General Manager of Big Life Records US, the United States division of one of the most successful independent record companies in UK history, founded by visionary UK music manager/entrepreneur Jazz Summers.  Ms. Lopez reported directly to Mr. Summers, who has been involved in the sale of over 40 million albums and 47 million singles around the world, along with 85 Top 40 Hits and the discovery of some of the most innovative artists in the music industry, including George Michael and WHAM, The Verve and De La Soul 

At Big Life, Ms. Lopez also worked with multi-platinum UK artist Lisa Stansfield and the groundbreaking platinum electronic band, The Orb. After leaving Big Life, Ms. Lopez became Managing Director of Masters at Work Records, the label of the internationally-acclaimed DJ Little Louie Vega.  Ms. Lopez has also served as Music Supervisor for Bravo's 6-episode docu-drama, Gay Riviera.  She digs all of the Rock the Planet artists and thinks DeSales has got the goods. 
 

ENVIRONMENT

Mar Kelly (Environment, Science, Women's Entrepreneuring)
Mar Kelly is the nature-loving Founder/CEO of MAK Technologies, an alternative energy company based in New Jersey.  Ms. Kelly founded MAK when she was only 4 years out of the highly-regarded Cook College at Rutgers University, equipped with a BS in International Environmental Science and a whole lot of guts!  She
organized the growth of the firm from a sole proprietorship to a nationwide, 6-million dollar operation with 15 employees and 30 affiliated engineers and scientists in 10 offices.  In fact, as noted in the Wall Street Journal feature about Ms. Kelly and MAK, MAK grew to be the preferred environmental consulting firm for investors, banks and construction companies throughout the United States, including JP Morgan, Paine Webber Real Estate, GE Commercial Finance and Chase Manhattan Capital Markets.

In 2001, Ms. Kelly sold MAK’s consulting arm, which freed her up to do what she cares about most: focus full-time on solar and other renewable energy.  MAK is already the leading residential and commercial solar installer in New Jersey and the only solar installer to be qualified by General Electric for a dealership. With a genuine passion for the environment and life, Ms. Kelly looks to take MAK into other areas of renewable energy in the future. She also will be connecting the political dots between healthy energy choices and a healthy world in Mar's Corner on her website. Oh, and MAK? Mary Ann Kelly!


SOCIAL JUSTICE

Professor Tracy Higgins (International Human Rights, Feminism)
Prof. Higgins is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Joseph R. Crowley Program in International Human Rights at Fordham Law School in New York City.  She has led delegations on human rights fact-finding missions to Bolivia, Malaysia, Ghana, Mexico, Hong Kong and Turkey and subsequently published comprehensive reports of findings and recommendations for each mission.  Prof. Higgins’ mission to Ghana was made into a 30-minute documentary aired on PBS’s Voice of Vision, which celebrates people who strive to improve the world through their activism.
 

Prof. Higgins also has worked with the Women's Rights Project of the International League for Human Rights investigating human rights abuses in Afghanistan and has served as a commentator for Court TV on the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.  As an author, Prof. Higgins has published in a number of prestigious publications, including Harvard Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review and the Harvard Women’s Law Journal.

After graduating cum laude from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Prof. Higgins clerked for the Honorable Levin Campbell of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  She then was chosen a Georgetown University Law School Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow, where she met and worked with DeSales in 1991.  In addition to her human rights work, Professor Higgins teaches Constitutional Law, Federal Courts and Feminist Legal Theory.  As if that were not enough, she has two young boys and is married to a heart surgeon from Jamaica.

Mitch Horowitz (Philosophy, Publishing, Spirit, Story)

Mr. Horowitz is the Editor-in-Chief of Tarcher/Penguin Putnam in New York. The Penguin Group is the second-largest English-language book publisher in the world.  The
Tarcher imprint focuses on serious non-fiction books ranging from current affairs, social commentary and creativity, to spirituality/religion, parenting, business and health. It has had numerous national bestsellers including The Artist's Way, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Seven Years in Tibet, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior and Women Who Love Too Much.

As an editor and publisher with a lifelong interest in the search for meaning, Mr. Horowitz has published some of today's leading titles in world religion, esoterica and the metaphysical. Mr. Horowitz also publishes notable works in philosophy, social thought, and politics, as well as significant works on ecology and the environment with authors such as Jeremy Rifkin and Frances Moore Lappe.

Mr. Horowitz's recent titles include The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders by Jacob Needleman; The Secret Teachings of All Ages: Reader's Edition by Manly P. Hall; Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition by Jonathan Star; and Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on  Iraq by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber.  Mr. Horowitz
is a frequent contributor to Science of Mind (with numerous cover articles) and other spiritual and political media.  He's also a great guy with a brand new baby!  He is on the web at www.mitchhorowitz.com.

Leslie Friedman Goldstein (Democracy, Foreign Relations) is the UNIDEL Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware.  A frequent lecturer and author of many scholarly articles and books, including Constituting Federal Sovereignty:  The European Union in Comparative Context, The Constitutional Rights of Women: A Case Study in Law and Social Change and In Defense of the Text: Democracy and Constitutional Theory, Prof. Goldstein was DeSales’ mentor in college.


MENTAL HEALTH

Lisa M. Najavits, PhD (Addiction, Mental Health, Women)
is the Director of the Trauma Research Program at McLean Hospital’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program at Harvard Medical School, where she is an Associate Professor of Psychology.  A member of the McLean staff since 1989, Dr. Najavits has developed an innovative treatment program - the Seeking Safety Program - to meet the special needs of drug-abusing women who also are diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a disorder often associated with physical, sexual, or other abuse during childhood.

Dr. Najavits is the author of Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse and A Woman's Addiction Workbook: Your Guide to In-Depth Healing, as well as of numerous articles and chapters published in leading scholarly journals and books. In 2002, she was named a Fellow by the American Psychological Association (APA) for outstanding contribution to the field of psychology.  Dr. Najavits frequently gives lectures and clinics around the world based on her revolutionary new treatment program.  DeSales set up a foundation in her (DeSales’) sister’s name – the Mercedes Linton Shriver Seeking Safety Book Fund - at McClean in February 2003 to provide clients with Seeking Safety Workbooks.

John Bellamy Taylor (Addiction, Mental Health) is Director of Evaluation Services at the world-renowned Smithers Addiction Treatment and Research Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Recognizing the limitations of current addiction treatment, Mr. Taylor is interested in exploring new modalities and strategies. His commitment to social justice is in his genes – his father, Telford Taylor, prosecuted top Nazis at the Nuremberg War Trials and stood up to Senator McCarthy’s oppression in the ‘50’s.  Mr. Taylor’s roots are also in the arts - he was a rock singer in the 60’s glam band The Planets, which regularly opened for the infamous punk band, the New York Dolls.
 

SCIENCE & SOCIETY

Prof. Joseph LeDoux (The Brain)

Professor LeDoux is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Center for the Neuroscience of Fear and Anxiety at
New York University and one of the leading neuroscientists in the world.  His research on the brain, fear, memory and our emotions - and what makes us become the people we are and why - is revolutionary.  

Prof. LeDoux is the author of the books The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life and Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are, as well as numerous scholarly articles. He gives lectures around the world and has been a frequent guest on TV and radio talk shows, including PBS’s Charlie Rose. Prof. LeDoux’s research has concluded that the environment in which children are raised effects the physical construction of the brain, which in turn, defines their personalities and guides their actions as adults.


FINANCE


Luis Donoso (Finance)

Mr. Donoso is a New York-based banker in Citigroup's Global Investment Management Group, which offers investment management and related services to a broad spectrum of clients around the world, from wealthy individuals to large institutions. Luis also is a sales and marketing consultant for small businesses. Graduating from
Rutgers with an MBA in Finance, Mr. Donoso offers strategic and financial advisory services to corporate and private clients, and not-for-profit institutions.

With family in Equador, Luis is particularly interested in the damaging effects of current global economic policy and how we can do a better job at treating people fairly in a capitalistic society.


CHINA

Professor Steven Guanpeng Dong (China)

Professor Dong is the senior Media Relations Advisor to the Chinese Government’s Information Office of the State Council. He is a Professor of Communications and Media at
Tsinghua University in Beijing (where George Bush visited and embarrassed the United States) and a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Political Communications. Professor Dong also is a News Anchor for CCTV, China’s TV station, and reports on politics, finance and Western China.