There is a charity auction on CharityBuzz that will be of interest to people in the domain name business. Lori Anne Wardi is auctioning a private one hour lunch meeting with the proceeds to benefit the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship South Florida.
I have known Lori Anne for almost ten years, and think she is one of the smartest people I know in the domain business. If you haven’t met Lori Anne or aren’t familiar with her, here is a bit of background from the CharityBuzz auction listing:
“Lori Anne Wardi is currently the Vice President of Business Development at Neustar’s Registry Services Group, where she is currently overseeing the launch strategy of the .nyc domain.
Previously, Lori Anne was a co-founder of the company behind the global launch and management of the .CO domain extension, which was recently acquired by Neustar. Currently there are nearly 1.7 million .CO domain names registered by individuals and businesses in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
As VP of Business Development for all of Neustar’s Registry Services Group, Lori Anne is responsible for all matters involving brand strategy, business development, premium domain strategy and global communications for all of Neustar’s franchise top level domains.
In addition to running her own consulting practice, prior to her involvement in the domain space, Lori Anne spent two years as a Manager of Professional Development at Goldman Sachs and five years practicing employment law at Proskauer in New York City.”
There are quite a few domain registries and registrars that would benefit from a meeting with Lori Anne. I presume the lunch meeting would need to be held in Miami, but perhaps arrangements could be made for a meeting at a domain investment or other mutually agreeable event.
The minimum bid to start is $500 and the estimated value of the lunch is listed at $2,500. Other participants in the NFTE auction include Venus Williams, Bruce Turkel, and Adrienne Bosh.