Karen Winnick is a philanthropist, artist and the published author of nine children’s books. A graduate of Syracuse University, Mrs. Winnick was a graphic designer and art director. The mother of three sons, she has a particular interest in literacy, education, history and animal welfare.
A respected author and illustrator of children’s picture books, Mrs. Winnick frequently makes visits to Los Angeles public schools to read to young students and to encourage literacy. She has written, illustrated, and published Lucy’s Cave, Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers, Sybil’s Night Ride, A Year Goes Round, Barn Sneeze, The Night of the Fireflies, Cassie’s Sweet Berry Pie, Sandro’s Dolphin and Patch & The Strings. Her paintings have been exhibited in local galleries, and her poetry has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. She has also produced a play, Kindertransport, about Jewish children sent to England from Nazi Germany during WWII.
Karen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University. She also studied in Florence, Italy, at New York University, the School of Visual Arts, and at the University of California, Los Angeles. Mrs. Winnick serves as a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Los Angeles Zoo, and the Board of Trustees Emeritus at Brown University.
Gary Winnick, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Winnick & Company, a Los Angeles-based investment firm, is an American financier and philanthropist with a global investment career spanning more than three decades. Mr. Winnick has sourced in excess of 100 billion dollars to fund transformative technologies and corporate innovation, providing capital and counsel to dozens of companies in a wide range of industries, including Telecommunications, Healthcare, Construction and Building Materials, Real Estate, Technology and IT Services, Media and Financial Services. Mr. Winnick and two companies he founded, Global Crossing and Asia Global Crossing, built the first integrated global fiber optic network, a 130,000-mile IP-based system connecting continents and countries around the world. Before forming Winnick & Company in 1985, Mr. Winnick was a senior executive at Drexel Burnham Lambert in its high yield and convertible bond group during a transformative period for corporate finance and Wall Street.
Mr. Winnick is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Knowledge Crossing UST, a global leader in Information Technology. Through its Training Academies, Knowledge Crossing UST empowers people with knowledge to make an impact in the information age. The company also develops best-in-class IT products through collaboration with Fortune 500 clients and industry partners. In addition, Mr. Winnick serves as Chairman of T-Ink, Inc., a company that utilizes proprietary "thinking inks" to enhance products across a variety of industries. T-Ink’s patented technologies replace switches, wires, speakers, lights, sensors, microphones, antennas and batteries with printed electronics for touch and motion activated applications.
Mr. Winnick is a member of the boards of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He has also served on the National Advisory Board of JP Morgan Chase and the Board of Directors of Special Olympics, and has been a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Hillel's International Board of Governors. Mr. Winnick is a recipient of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Humanitarian Laureate Award. In 2004, he received an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, Long Island University.