EVP of LA Lakers and President of Executive Action Sports & Entertainment
JEANIE BUSS, L.A. LAKERS EXECUTIVE V.P. OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS AND CYNTHIA EKBERG TSAI, PRESIDENT OF EXECUTIVE ACTION SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT, SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES ABOUT BEING WOMEN AT THE TOP OF TRADITIONALLY MALE DOMINATED FIELDS. LIVE ON THE CESLIE SHOW!
CYNTHIA EKBERG TSAI
Cynthia Tsai is Executive Vice President for Business Development. She spent 16 years on Wall Street, as a Vice President with Merrill Lynch and Kidder Peabody, involved in venture funds, IPOs, and investor relations. Tsai is the founder and CEO of HealthExpo, the largest consumer healthcare event in the U.S. In seven years she grew the enterprise from concept to execution, attracting more than 50 million consumers to HealthExpo.
Tsai has achieved international recognition for her expertise in private equity financing and development of high-growth companies by securing private capitalization from high-net worth investors.
Previously, she was a General Partner in MassTech Ventures, a multi-million dollar equity fund focused on technology development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
She has served on numerous boards and committees:
• Member of the Board of the Institute for Global Finance at Pace University (2001-present)
• Member of the Board of Directors of the White House Project (2001-present)
• Advisor to the Chairman of Maxim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (1999-2005)
• Member of the Board of Directors at the American Association (1999-2002)
• New York Board of Directors for the Weizmann Institute of Science (2000-2004)
• Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association (1996-2006)
• Member of the Economic Club of New York
• Advisory Committee Member of the National Institutes of Health (2000-2002)
• Member of the World Economic Forum (1992-1998)
In 1999, the Harvard Business School Alumni Chapter in New York recognized Tsai with an Early Stage Honor Roll Award for Entrepreneurship. In 2004, she also received a “Leading Woman Entrepreneur of the World” Award from the Star Foundation in Oakland Park, Kansas. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri.
Entering her 11th season as the Lakers Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Jeanie Buss is responsible for overseeing all of the Lakers business operations including relationships with the team's broadcast partners, FSN West, KCAL-TV and ESPN Radio. Buss is also involved with the team's marketing, sponsorships and other business dealings, and works internally with the Lakers Youth Foundation to raise money for Southern California Youth charities. Named by the Sporting News in April 2005 as one of the Top 20 Most Influential Women in Sports, Buss is actively involved in the community, serving as a spokesperson for the Sister to Sister Foundation, an annual event which promotes awareness for woman's heart health and as a board member on the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games working to bring the Olympics back to Los Angeles.
This episode of "The Ceslie Show" originally broadcast live on 08.05.09