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Lukas Hauser, partner at McConnell/Hauser, has edited several HBO documentaries as well as 100 L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth films. The Black List, featuring Toni Morrison and Chris Rock, which he edited, won an NAACP Image Award and screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Lukas has an MFA from Columbia University.




Clinical Professor

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Yale University School of Medicine

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Dr. Polan specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and hormonal issues related to gynecology patients and menopause. She received her bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and her Ph.D. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry and her M.D. from Yale University, where she completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as her Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship. Dr. Polan received her MPH from the Maternal and Child Health Program at the University of California, Berkeley.


After serving on the boards of several public and private companies as well as participating in the scientific advisory boards of private life sciences companies, she became a managing director of Golden Seeds, an angel investing group that invests in women-led companies.


Dr. Polan’s research has involved ovarian and urologic function, with many publications in both areas.  She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a part of the National Academy of Sciences and has a long-standing interest in women’s health research. She has been actively involved in international public health, working and teaching at medical schools in Oxford, England; Shiraz, Iran; Changsha, China; and Asmara, Eritrea. These medical experiences led to the publication of a medical mystery, Second Seed, in 1987 and a memoir of the surgical fistula program she initiated, A Doctor’s Journey: What I Learned About Women, Healing, and Myself In Eritrea, in 2016.



Judith Bookbinder is currently a creative consultant after being the VP of creative communications at Hearst. During her 27-year tenure at Hearst, she produced hundreds of short-form videos, many that were created in collaboration with McConnell/Hauser. She also had the opportunity to produce a full-length documentary about Hearst, Citizen Hearst, for the company’s 125th anniversary. She worked on that film with Academy Award–nominated director Leslie Iwerks. Judith started her creative career as a graphic designer in 1972 and had her own design firm before joining Hearst in 1994.




Wade Lew is currently the associate director of creative strategy at Hearst, where he produces videos and campaigns for the corporation and its subsidiaries. Prior to media and communications, Wade worked in government relations and studied comparative political, economic and social structures at the London School of Economics and the Elliott School of International Affairs.

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