Building a Better Company

Building a Better Company


Howard Schultz, Starbucks Chairman Emeritus
Interviewed by Andrew Ross Sorkin


Hosted by Patti Ferrin


The long-time chairman and former CEO of Starbucks rose from humble beginnings in Brooklyn public housing to growing Starbucks into an $84 billion business—revolutionizing the coffee industry along the way. His leadership at Starbucks has long been marked by a sense of social justice and strengthening communities through human connection and social innovation. When he transitioned to Chairman in 2017, his focus on social impact initiatives continued, as he remained true to the company’s mission to inspire and nurture the human spirit one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time. His legacy redefined the role and responsibility of a for-profit, public company, proving that a business can exceed expectations by sharing success with its people and the communities it serves. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of Starbucks.



HOWARD SCHULTZ was the CEO of Starbucks from 1986-2000 and again from 2008-2017, as well as its executive chairman from 2017 to 2018. He is a former owner of the Seattle SuperSonics. He was a member of the Board of Directors at Square, Inc., and a co-founder of the investment group, Maveron. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of Starbucks


ANDREW ROSS SORKIN is a journalist and financial columnist for the New York Times and co-anchor of  “The Squawk Box” on CNBC. He is also the author of the book, Too Big to Fail. 

Craft Brewing Out East

Craft Brewing Out East


A Panel Discussion and tasting with
Vaughn Cutillo, Montauk Brewery Company
Richard Vandenburgh, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
and Lauri Spitz, Moustache Brewing Company


Hosted and moderated by Charles Collins

In the last several years, dozens of microbreweries have opened on Long Island, with some of the best located on the East End. Join us for this panel discussion of the local craft beer boom with three leading East End brewers, as we explore the rapid growth of this new regional industry. After the talk, enjoy a complimentary tasting of each brewery’s offerings in the Library’s courtyard.


VAUGHN CUTILLO is head of marketing for the Montauk Brewing Company and a co-founder of the establishment with his friends, Eric Moss and Joe Sullivan.  The company, now in its fifth year, is among the country’s  fastest growing craft breweries.


RICHARD VANDENBURGH is a co-founder of Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, having left a career in law to co-found the company with his college friend, John Liegey. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Brewers Association since 2013 and is presently in his second term as board secretary. He is also president of the Greenport Village Improvement District and a board member of the Long Island Farm Bureau, the North Fork Promotions Council, and the Greenport American Legion.


LAURI SPITZ, with her husband, Matthew, are the co-founders of  the Riverhead-based Moustache Brewing Company, which opened its doors in April of 2014 and expanded last year to a seven barrel brew house, nearly quadrupling the company’s capacity.





Big Ideas for Small Gardens

Big Ideas for Small Gardens

Lecture and Garden Tour


Illustrated lecture by Charlotte M. Frieze, followed by a tour of  some of East Hampton’s little garden jewels


Hosted by Brooke Kroeger and Sara Davison
Please note this lecture will not be taped 
or live-streamed on Facebook.


Join us for an illustrated lecture presented by Charlotte M. Frieze, a  noted garden writer, frequent lecturer and artist. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a member of the New York Botanical Garden Horticultural Committee, and author of Private Paradise, Social Gardens, and The Zone Garden series. The lecture will be followed by a tour of several nearby East Hampton gardens. Tour locations will be announced at the library after the lecture.

Garden selections by Chip Ray and Mark Schryver of Schryver Design
Sponsored by East Hampton Gardens.



Charlotte M. Frieze,  a noted garden writer, frequent lecturer and artist, was the garden editor at House & Garden magazine for nine years. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and a member of the New York Botanical Garden Horticultural Committee. She is the author of Private Paradise, Social Gardens, and The Zone Garden series. A former resident of New York City and Little Compton, she and her husband, the photographer, filmmaker and publisher, Peter C. Jones, now live in Los Angeles. author photo by Peter C. Jones 





Leading Winemakers of the East End

leading WineMakers of the East End

A Panel Discussion with

Kelly Urbanik Koch, Macari Vineyards

Kareem Massoud, Paumanok Vineyards

Roman Roth, Wolffer Estate Vineyard

Moderated by Amy Zavatto, Long Island Merlot Alliance

Hosted by Rick Gilbert

Amy Zavatto, Director of the Long Island Merlot Alliance, will moderate a panel of leading East End winemakers to discuss the ever changing nature of one of the country’s most important wine regions.  After the talk, there will be a tasting of wines from Wolffer, Macari, and Paumanok in the courtyard.


Roman Roth

In 1992, Roman became the first winemaker at Wölffer Estate Vineyard. He established the estate’s distinctive character—European elegance combined with the typicity of Long Island terroir. And he has dedicated himself to promoting not only the wines of Wölffer Estate, but of Long Island, where he has consulted with numerous vineyards


Kelly Urbanik Koch

The Macari winemaking team is led by Head Winemaker Kelly Urbanik Koch from St. Helena, California. Kelly received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of California, Davis in Viticulture and Enology with a minor in French. She has worked at a number of prestigious wineries including Beringer in California and Maison Louis Jadot in France.  After moving to Long Island in 2006, Kelly has been honored with many winemaking awards and recognitions.


Kareem  Massoud

Kareem has been actively involved in his family’s wine making business since its inception, and he has been working full time at Paumanok for the last 19 years. Kareem is a second generation winemaker, having learned the trade under his father’s tutelage.  His international travels to South Africa, Germany, France, New Zealand and Chile have given him a wide range of experience in the art of wine making.


Amy Zavatto

Amy is the Director of the Long Island Merlot Alliance. She also has spent the last two decades writing about wine and spirits for Wine EnthusiastImbibe, Sommelier Journal,Whisky AdvocateBridesWynn magazine, and many others. Amy is the author of several books, including The Renaissance Guide to Wine & Food PairingForager’s Cocktails: Botanical Mixology with Fresh, Natural Ingredients, and The Architecture of the Cocktail. She has visited vineyards and distilleries everywhere from Baiting Hollow to Bordeaux, Mendoza to Mendocino, Scotland to Sancerre, but is never happier than when she’s back home in Eastern Long Island.


The State of Our Town


A Conversation with

Larry Cantwell, East Hampton Town Supervisor

Hosted by Chip Rae


Larry Cantwell will discuss perennial issues involving planning, zoning, the airport, the town’s financial health, water, and energy.  He will also address current projects related to coastal erosion, building a new municipal complex, replacing the East Hampton Senior Center, and the construction of a Southampton Hospital Emergency facility.


Larry Cantwell

After three decades as the East Hampton Village administrator, Larry Cantwell is now in the second year of his second and final term as East Hampton Town Supervisor.  A lifelong resident of East Hampton, Larry serves as the town’s chief operating and fiscal officer and has brought true leadership and consensus building back to town hall.


Real Estate Roundtable

REAL ESTATE roundtable

A Panel Discussion with

John Gicking, Compass

Diane Saatchi, Saunders & Associates

Peter Turino, Brown Harris Stevens

Moderated by Jim Oxnam, Brown Harris Stevens

Hosted by Rick Gilbert


Jim Oxnam will moderate a panel discussion comprised of three leading real estate brokers who will look back at the last 20 years and the explosion of home and land prices on the South Fork, look sideways at the health of the current market, and look forward to what the future is likely to bring. Each will then comment on what younger and older buyers want today, the booming market for tear downs in prime locations, and offer several helpful hints if you are thinking of listing your house for sale of rent.


John Gicking

John recently joined Compass following a 20+ year career at Sotheby’s International Realty.  As an agent, John ranked in the top 3% of all Sotheby’s agents nationwide.  John currently serves on the New York board of directors of buildOn, a non-profit that empowers youth through service and education to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations.  John worked in private banking and on Wall Street prior to moving full time to the East End in 1995.

Diane Saatchi

With 25 years experience in the South Fork market, Diane was a weekender who found her away into a real estate career. Now with her own team at Saunders and Associates, she has worked at both small (Devlin McNiff) and large (Corcoran) firms. Diane is a regular and insightful commentator on marketplace trends.


Peter Turino

As President of Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons, Peter oversees 7 offices and 150 brokers on the North and South Forks. With 25 years experience, he is involved with many of the largest transactions on the East End. He is past President of the Hamptons and North Fork Realtors Association and a recipient of their Realtor of the Year Award in 2001 and 2007.


From Big House to Bad House – How Authenticity Lost Its Way

From Big House to Bad House – How Authenticity lost its way

Anne Surchin, R.A.

Hosted by Chip Rae

Does size really matter when it comes to large house syndrome?  Architect Anne Surchin will talk about other overlooked factors that continue to delegitimize the acceptability of the large home as part of the built environment.


Anne Surchin

Anne is an East End architect specializing in new residences, renovations/additions,  historically correct restorations, and  preservation consulting. She has been practicing architect on the North and South Forks for over 30 years. Anne is Vice Chair of the Southold Landmark Preservation Commission, the co-author of two editions of  “Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930” with Gary Lawrance, and  the architecture critic for the Southampton Press.

Saving Long Island’s Groundwater – Now is the Time!

Saving Long Island’s Groundwater – Now is the time!

Sarah Meyland

Hosted by Sara Davison

Co-spons0red by The Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation

Long Island’s groundwater is a hot topic these days, but do we really understand the how, why and where of it?  Our precious drinking water is highly threatened.  Learn about the current water quality issues and what can be done to manage this looming environmental challenge.


Sarah Meyland

Sarah is a water specialist with a background in groundwater protection, water resources management, and environmental law. She is currently an Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology.  Sarah has worked in New York State government,  and was the Watershed Director for the Suffolk County Water Authority.  She sits on a variety of advisory committees at the state and local level and is the author of numerous articles on water related topics. Ms. Meyland holds Bachelors degrees in English, Geological Oceanography, and Marine Biology;  a Masters in Water Resources Management;  and a law degree.

Protecting Our Water Starts in Your Backyard

Protecting our water starts in your backyard

Edwina von Gal

Hosted by Sara Davison

Co-spons0red by The Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation

Toxic, synthetic lawn and landscape chemicals pollute our local waterways, endanger wildlife, and are linked to a range of serious health problems in humans and pets. It is a persistent myth that they are essential to a “perfect” lawn and landscape. In this informative lecture, landscape designer and Perfect Earth Project Founder/President Edwina von Gal will explain why and how to manage your beautiful lawn and garden without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and what the Perfect Earth Project is doing to make communities everywhere safe and PRFCT (managed without toxic chemicals).


Edwina von Gal

Principal of her eponymous landscape design firm since 1984, Edwina von Gal creates landscapes with a focus on simplicity and sustainability for private and public clients around the world. She has collaborated with architects such as Frank Gehry, Annabelle Selldorf, and Richard Meier, and her work has been published in many major publications. In 2013, Edwina founded the Perfect Earth Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising consciousness about the dangers of toxic lawn and garden chemicals for people, their pets, and the planet. Perfect Earth Project educates homeowners and professionals in nature-based landscape management techniques that provide beautiful, safe results at no extra cost.


Farm to Table

Farm to Table

A Discussion with

Sybille van Kempen, Loaves and Fishes Food Store

Jennifer Pike, Pike Farms

Hosted by Chip Rae

This conversation explores the symbiotic relationship between a premier prepared food take out store and a neighboring farm stand.  Knowing the source of your ingredients drives this close relationship between the the farmer (Jennifer), the cook (Sybille), and the ultimate consumer (us).  In addition, Sybille and Jennifer will discuss how they deal with the problem of food waste.


Sybille van Kempen

Sybille van Kempen is the chef and owner of the Loaves and Fishes Food Store in Sagaponack for over 35 years. Her late mother, Anna Pump, was her partner and driving force of inspiration leading to this successful and much loved foodie destination. She also owns the Loaves and Fishes Cookshop in Bridgehampton, the Bridgehampton Inn and Restaurant, and created the Loaves and Fishes Cooking School.


Jennifer Pike

A native of Pittsburgh, Jennifer moved to Long Island for a job after college , met her husband Jim, quit her job, got married, became a farmer, and 19 years later they run one of the South Fork’s most iconic farm stands on Main Street in Sagaponack.


    generously underwritten by

      Judith Hope Twomey