Crystal Eagle Awards Gala
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Cedars-Sinai is a national leader in providing high-quality, patient-centered healthcare,  conducting research that leads to lifesaving discoveries and innovations, offering education programs that will shape the future of healthcare, and investing in programs and services to improve the health status of the community. Since its beginning in 1902 as a 12-bed hospital, Cedars-Sinai has evolved to meet the healthcare needs of one of the most diverse regions in the nation. Today, Cedars-Sinai is widely known for its national leadership in transforming healthcare, serving over 1 million people across 40 locations, with more than 4,500 physicians and nurses.

At the same time, Cedars-Sinai demonstrates a longstanding commitment to strengthening the Los Angeles community through wide-ranging programs that improve the health of some of LA’s most historically marginalized residents. In 2023, this included more than 4,500 community programs, encompassing over 140,000 encounters through targeted health programs, services, and education. The hospital also awarded more than $20 million through high-impact grantmaking focused on improving access to care, addressing homelessness and housing barriers, as well as promoting civic engagement through efforts to decrease food insecurity and improve health equity.

Craig Ehrlich
Novare Technologies

Craig Ehrlich is a private investor in numerous companies across Asia including Philippines, India, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. Craig was the lead independent director of Bharti Airtel, the world’s 4th largest telecom company.  In the Philippines, Craig was Vice Chairman of publicly listed ISM and a former board member of several listed companies in that country.  He was also Chairman of Taiwan’s largest cable television company, Kbro.  Craig is currently Chairman of Novare Technologies Ltd., an Asian provider of technology services to banking, telecommunications and retail companies.

He is the former long time Chairman of GSMA, the world’s largest trade association for the telecommunications industry, a position he held for seven years.  His former board seats include ECI (NASDAQ), Hutchison Telecom, Mobileum, and ITU Telecom.  He also serves as Chairman of GTI, a Beijing based open platform that advocates cooperation among global mobile operators.  Also, he formerly served on the Board of Lumos Global, a provider of mobile electricity with a mission of providing electricity to emerging markets customers who do not have access to grids in their respective countries.

Craig’s non profit affiliations include UCLA Technology Development Group Board, founding Chairman of the Center for Global Management at the UCLA Anderson School, and recently as Chair of the UCLA Foundation Board. He is currently Chair of the Luskin Orthopedic Institute for Children.

He holds a B.A. degree from UCLA, M.A. degree from Occidental College and a postgraduate fellowship with the Coro Foundation. Having resided in Hong Kong for 30 years, he now splits his time between Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. 

Michelle Fisher
ABC7 Eyewitness News

Michelle Fisher co-anchors ABC7 Eyewitness News weekend evenings and is also a general assignment reporter.

Michelle joined the ABC7 Los Angeles team in November 2022. Prior to joining KABC-TV, Michelle worked as an anchor at the Black News Channel and at NBC News, where she anchored a digital show called “The Report by NBC News” on Quibi.

Prior to her time in New York City, Michelle worked for WBZ-TV, CBS Boston, as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Michelle’s broadcasting career started in Monroe, Louisiana, where she was a morning anchor for KTVE/KARD, the NBC/FOX duopoly covering parts of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.

A Virginia native, Michelle is the proud daughter of two former broadcast journalists. She graduated from the University of Virginia, with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies. After completing her undergraduate degree, Michelle relocated to Los Angeles where she earned a post-baccalaureate journalism certificate from UCLA’s continuing education school. While she was a student at UCLA Extension, Michelle completed two internships at KABC-TV, which truly makes her return to Southern California and ABC7 Los Angeles a full-circle (seven) moment in her career!

In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with family and friends, doing DIY crafts, thrift shopping and being a dog mom to her Shih Tzu, Lucy.

Nadine Watt
Watt Capital Partners

Nadine Watt is CEO of Watt Capital Partners. Nadine brings over 25 years of real estate expertise and an entrepreneurial drive to her position, where she oversees day-to-day activities and strategic planning for all commercial investment activities including acquisitions, development, and asset management for the company’s 6 million-square-foot portfolio.

Previously, Nadine served as President of Watt Companies. In 2011, she led a strategic reorganization of the company that moved the firm beyond traditional property management and leasing to a focus on acquisitions and real estate development, as well as joint venture opportunities. Nadine played a key role in launching Watt Companies’ acquisition division – Watt Investment Partners – that now actively invests $60 million in a variety of property types across the Western United States.

Throughout her 20-year tenure at Watt Companies, Nadine has touched all facets of the company’s operations, including the development of thousands of apartment units and numerous shopping centers. Nadine was also responsible for a widely celebrated multi-million-dollar renovation program at Watt Plaza, a 920,000 square foot, Class-A office building in Century City. The building was certified Platinum LEED and was recognized by BOMA International with an award for Outstanding Building of the Year.

Nadine is the current President of the University of Southern California Board of Governors and serves as Vice-Chair of the Lusk Center for Real Estate, as well as on the USC Associates Board of Directors. She was the first woman to be named Chair of the Los Angeles Business Council, a position she held for 7 years and is now the immediate past chair. She is a Board Member of Fisker Inc. (FSR) and Chair of the Compensation Committee, a Board Member of Collective Audience (CAUD), chairing the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee. She is also a Board Member of Visionary Women and Chair of the Governance Committee, as well as a member of the City of Hope Los Angeles Real Estate & Construction Industries Council.

Nadine received the Century City Citizen of the Year award in 2017 and the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2018. Nadine has also been the subject of a spotlight piece in the Los Angeles Times highlighting her career path and business success. She has also previously held Board Positions on two other publicly traded companies, The New Home Company (NWHM) and 1st Century Bank.

A graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Nadine also holds a Master of Arts degree from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

Nadine currently resides in Beverly Hills with her husband Andrew Jameson and their two daughters, Keira and Reese Jameson.

Stephen Cheung
President & CEO
LA County Economic Development Corporation
World Trade Center Los Angeles

Stephen Cheung is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) and its subsidiary, the World Trade Center Los Angeles (WTCLA). Mr. Cheung leads a team that encompasses key areas such as research, business assistance, industry cluster development, workforce development, and international trade that delivers LAEDC’s critically important, public-benefit mission – Reinventing our economy to collaboratively advance growth and prosperity for all.

Having been elevated to his current role in 2023, Cheung’s leadership has transformed both the LAEDC and WTCLA , aligning them towards a five-pillar approach for economic development, emphasizing equity, sustainability, resiliency and growth for the community. Prior to his role as CEO, Stephen served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of LAEDC, concurrently holding the position of President of World Trade Center Los Angeles since 2014. His extensive background includes roles as Secretary General and Managing Director of International Trade and Foreign Affairs for Los Angeles Mayors Eric Garcetti and Antonio Villaraigosa where he was responsible for managing policies and programs related to the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, International Affairs, Global Trade and Clean Technology. Concurrently, Cheung was the Director of International Trade for the Port of Los Angeles – the busiest container port in North America, and was responsible for developing programs to increase trade through the Port of Los Angeles, and facilitate goods movement through the Southern California region.

A proud UCLA alum with degrees in Psychobiology and Social Welfare, Stephen actively participates on various advisory boards, including LA Mayor Karen Bass’s Small Business Cabinet, International Economic Development Council, UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, Coro Southern California, Sister Cities of Los Angeles, LA Tourism and the Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board. In addition to his professional endeavors, Stephen is an avid explorer, enjoying both international and local adventures, particularly hiking through mountainous regions and national parks with his husband and dogs.