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Shawn Sheffield



2024 Corporate Chair 

Shawn Sheffield, MBA, MHSA, serves as chief strategy officer for USC’s Health System, Keck Medicine, and is responsible for the health system’s clinical strategies and expansion efforts. Sheffield leads external clinical growth, strategic and service line planning, health system marketing and communications, business development and healthcare mergers and acquisitions, including partnerships, capital, and venture planning, clinical integration and physician alignment strategies.


Prior to joining USC in 2012, Sheffield served as chief strategy and business officer and assistant vice-chancellor of resource, strategy and planning for University of California, San Diego, (UC) Health Sciences, and previously, held academic leadership positions at the University of California, San Francisco and Johns Hopkins University.


In 2019, Sheffield was named Woman of the Year by the Women in Health Administration of Southern California. In 2020, she was named one of Los Angeles Business Journal’s – Top Women Leaders in Health Care, in 2021 she was named Los Angeles Business Journal’s – Hospital Executive of the Year, and in 2023 she was named among Chief Strategy Officers to Know – Becker’s Hospital Review.

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Sarah Simms 



2024 Event Experience Chair

Sarah Simms is the co-founder and chef of Lady & Larder. Sarah was raised with the notion that the dinner table was a sacred place and, today, maintains that the only thing bigger than her love of food is her love of sharing it with others.


Over the past 20-plus years, she has developed a profound respect for American-made, seasonal ingredients and a deep appreciation for the role beautiful food plays in creating moments for people to connect and enjoy time together. Lady & Larder has become the go-to for Southern Californians looking to celebrate and entertain with its artistry and memorable cheese, cured meat and crudité displays.


Most recently, Lady & Larder has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Food and Wine Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine and Martha Stewart. 


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Sherry Lansing

Honorary Co-Chair

During almost 30 years in the motion picture business, Sherry Lansing was involved in the production, marketing, and distribution of more than 200 films, including Academy Award winners "Forrest Gump," "Braveheart," and "Titanic." Lansing earned a reputation as a trailblazer, a visionary leader, and a creative filmmaker. In 1980, she became the first woman to head a major film studio when she was appointed President of 20th Century Fox. Later, she was named Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures and began an unprecedented tenure that lasted more than 12 years.

The Sherry Lansing Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cancer research, health, public education, and encore career opportunities, was formed in 2005. Among the SLF’s initiatives is the EnCorps STEM Teachers Program, founded by Lansing to transition career-changers into California public school math and science teachers. Lansing is also a co-founder of the Stand Up To Cancer initiative, which funds collaborative, multi-institutional cancer research “Dream Teams.” 


In addition, she serves on a number of boards, including the W.M. Keck Foundation, the Lasker Foundation, Scripps Research, and the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Board of Advisors. 

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Phil Rosenthal

Honorary Co-Chair

Phil Rosenthal is the award-winning creator, executive producer, and host of “Somebody Feel Phil.” This Emmy-nominated unscripted documentary series, which combines his love of food and travel with his unique brand of humor, won a Critics Choice award and a James Beard Award nomination.


Rosenthal created the hit CBS comedy Everybody Loves Raymond and served as showrunner and executive producer for all nine seasons. The show garnered over 70 Emmy nominations and 15 awards, including Best Comedy. He won the Writers Guild Award for Excellence in Television Writing.


He then embarked on a new journey by creating “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having,” which received two Taste Awards and a James Beard Award. Later Rosenthal launched Somebody Feed the People, an inclusive, nonpartisan initiative supporting organizations making an impact and building community through food.


Rosenthal lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Monica Horan, and their two children. More information can be found at

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