Maya Ajmera, President and CEO, Society for Science & the Public; Publisher, Science News; and Founder, The Global Fund for Children, Washington, DC. Maya Ajmera is the President and CEO of Society for Science & the Public (SSP) and Publisher of its award-winning magazine Science News and its family of media properties. Founded in 1921, SSP works to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. It is best known for its world-class science competitions including the Intel Science Talent Search, Intel Science and Engineering Fair, and Broadcom Masters. Maya was a member of the Honors Group of the Westinghouse Science Talent Search now called Intel. For 18 years, Maya led The Global Fund for Children (GFC), a non-profit organization she founded that invests in innovative, community-based organizations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth. Under Maya's leadership, GFC grew from a seedling vision into one of the largest networks of grassroots organizations working on behalf of vulnerable children. To date, GFC has awarded more than $35 million to over 600 grassroots organizations in 80 countries, touching the lives of nearly 10 million children. Maya is also an award winning children's book author of over twenty titles including Children from Australia to Zimbabwe, Faith, To Be a Kid and most recently Healthy Kids with over four million readers worldwide. Her work and life story have been profiled by such media outlets as CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Financial Times, NPR, and many others. Maya has held several academic appointments including the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She is a trustee of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, co-chair of the board of Echoing Green, serves on the Board of Visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and a board member of New Global Citizens and Kids in Need of Defense. Maya received a master's degree in public policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and a bachelor's degree in biology from Bryn Mawr College. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and daughter. She is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Ann Mei Chang
Ann Mei Chang, Executive Director, USAID Global Development Lab, Washington, DC. Ann Mei Chang currently serves as the Executive Director of USAID’s Global Development Lab. Previously, she was the Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps, building highly scalable social ventures and leveraging mobile/internet to improve the lives of the poor. She served as the Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues at the U.S. Department of State. At State she developed partnerships, influenced policy, and became a public voice on bridging the gender gap in access to mobile phones and the Internet, leveraging technology in improving the lives of women and girls in developing countries, and increasing the representation of women in the technology sector. She conceived and launched the Alliance for Affordable Internet, a public-private partnership which aims to expand Internet access to the next billion through regulatory and policy reform. Ann Mei has more than twenty years of engineering and leadership experience in Silicon Valley. Most recently, she served as a Senior Engineering Director at Google for 8 years, where she led worldwide engineering for Google's mobile applications and services. She oversaw 20x growth of Google's mobile business in just three years, delivering over $1B in annualized revenues. At Google, she also led the product development team for Emerging Markets, with a mission to bring relevant mobile and Internet services to the two-thirds of the world's population that is not yet online. Ann Mei has held leadership roles at several other leading companies including Apple (leading engineering for the initial release of Final Cut Pro), Intuit, SGI, and a few startups. Ann Mei was recognized as one of the "Women In the World: 125 Women of Impact for 2013" by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. She holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. She is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Michael Cole, Managing Director, Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, Chicago, IL. Michael Cole is Managing Director of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (MDP), a Chicago-based investment firm that manages equity capital of over $18 billion. He focuses on investments in the communications industries, with a particular focus on mobile communications and high growth areas within media. Michael has been actively involved with MDP’s investments in Alaska Native Wireless; Intelsat, Ltd.; MetroPCS Communications; and Telemundo Communications Group, among others. He was named one of Chicago’s “Top 40 Under 40” by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2009 and a “Top 40 Global Dealmaker Under 40” by Dealmaker magazine in 2008. Prior to joining MDP in 1997, Michael was with Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc. in the investment banking division, where he executed 15 transactions with over $3 billion in enterprise value for corporate clients. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Sorenson Communications; The Topps Company; Univision Communications, Inc.; the Lyric Opera of Chicago; The Ounce of Prevention; and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. Michael received an A.B. with honors from Harvard College. He is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
David Fischer, Vice President, Business and Marketing Partnerships, Facebook, Inc., Palo Alto, CA. David Fischer is the Vice President of Business and Marketing Partnerships at Facebook. He is responsible for Facebook's rapidly growing advertising business and manages the Sales and Marketing teams worldwide. Prior to joining Facebook in 2010, David was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. Starting in 2002, he built and directed Google's online sales channel, which represents the majority of Google's customers worldwide, and helped build Google's online advertising network into the largest in the world. He played a major role in globalizing Google's business and operations, opening offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. David previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Treasury Department. At Treasury, he served as an advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury and worked on a variety of economic policy issues within the federal government. Prior to that, David was an Associate Editor at U.S. News & World Report, where he covered economics and business from Washington, DC. He served as a consultant to the Russian Government on the implementation of its privatization program in the early 1990s. David holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's in business administration from Stanford University. He is recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. David serves on the boards of the Ad Council, Squaw Valley, Equal Opportunity Schools, and Keys School.
Anand Giridharadas, Author/Columnist, International Herald Tribune and The New York Times, Brooklyn, NY. Anand Giridharadas is an author and New York Times columnist. He writes the Admit One column for The Times's arts pages and the Letter from America for its global edition. He is the author of the new book The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, about a Muslim immigrant's campaign to spare from Texas's death row the white supremacist who tried to kill him. In 2011, he published India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking, about returning to the India his parents left. In 2009, he completed a four-and-a-half year tour reporting from India for The Times and the Herald Tribune, chronicling India's transformation, Bollywood, corporate takeovers, terrorism, outsourcing, poverty, and democracy. He was appointed as a columnist in 2008, writing the Letter from India series. He first interned for The New York Times at age 17. In 2003, after graduating from college, he moved to Bombay to work as a consultant for McKinsey & Company. He appears regularly on television and radio in the United States and internationally. He has lectured at Harvard, Stanford, Brown, the University of Michigan, the United Nations, and Google. He studied history of political thought at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He is presently a doctoral candidate at Harvard University. Anand is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Beth Goff-McMillan, Founder, workspacevision and Partner, Shelton Keller Group, Dallas, TX. Beth Goff-McMillan is a Partner with Shelton Keller Group and the Founder of Workspacevision, a workplace strategies consulting group that exists to help corporate leaders align their organizational goals to their real estate model through the furniture where work happens. Through a strategic discovery, evaluation and implementation process, WSV helps organizations move the needle on employee engagement, mitigate risk and ensure clients receive the highest return on their furnishing investments. Untethered from any specific furnishing product and/or manufacturing company, WSV is the only strategic workspace strategy and consulting firm in the corporate furnishings industry that is able to offer an unbiased approach to client advocacy. Prior to founding workspacevision, Beth was the Regional Manager for Knoll, Inc., and was responsible for driving complex sales strategies and distribution platforms, as well as the training/development of Knoll sales associates. Her marketplace and competitive landscape knowledge led to national/international contracts with Fortune 100 companies, consistent year over year volume growth, out performing industry benchmarks by gaining market share and expanding into new vertical markets. In 2011, Beth was named the NAPW "Woman of the Year", and she served as part of the corporate relocation team for the Economic Development Committee for the Greater Dallas area. She also serves on the Grants Committee of the Dallas Women's Foundation, a philanthropic organization supporting women and girls. She is involved with the teen programs for Girls, Inc.; active in fundraising for Promise House-an organization for teens at risk; and volunteers at the June Shelton School, the largest school in the U.S. for "intelligent students with learning differences". Beth is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Allan Golston, President, United States Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA. As President of the United States Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Allan Golston leads the efforts to increase access to opportunities for low-income and disadvantaged Americans. He oversees the U.S. Program’s major areas of strategy—education, libraries, the Pacific Northwest, special initiatives, and advocacy. Allan, who joined the Foundation in 1999, most recently served as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. Prior to this, he worked in healthcare for the Swedish Health System in Seattle and the University of Colorado Health System in Denver where he held senior financial roles overseeing areas including corporate finance, treasury, financial planning and accounting. Allan also worked for MIS, Inc.—a software development and consulting company; KPMG—where he became a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and the Community College of Denver—where he taught as an adjunct faculty member. He is active in the community and serves on the boards of numerous regional, national, and global organizations (for-profit and non-profit) including Seattle University, University of Washington Medicine, and Stryker Corporation. Allan holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Seattle University and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado. He is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Joshua Greer, Partner, Roxbury & Lexington, LLC., Beverly Hills, CA. Joshua Greer has been identifying new technologies and turning them into profitable products and businesses for over 20 years, currently serving as Partner with Roxbury & Lexington. Formerly, as co-founder and president of RealD, Joshua’s ability to recognize early technology and market trends while quickly generating and locking up critical intellectual property has allowed the company to become the industry leader in 3D technology across cinema, consumer electronics, and professional applications. Previously, Joshua was co-founder and chief convergence officer of Walden Media, where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s technology and infrastructure and was involved in the development of James Cameron’s 3D documentaries for IMAX: Ghosts of the Abyss and Aliens of the Deep. It was working with Cameron, designing the first all-digital 3D projection system, that inspired Joshua to co-found RealD. Prior to Walden Media, Joshua was president of Digital Domain’s New Media Group, where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s cutting-edge products and produced the first-ever streaming media site for General Motors. Prior to Digital Domain, Joshua was CEO and co-founder of Digital Planet, an award-winning digital design studio, where he designed and implemented Web strategies for MCA/Universal, MGM/UA, 20th Century Fox, and Sony. Joshua is a frequent speaker on technology and business and participates on a number of key technology standards groups including the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Scott Heiferman, Co-Founder and CEO, Meetup, New York, NY. Scott Heiferman is Co-Founder and CEO of Meetup, the world’s largest network of local interest communities. Over 50,000 Meetups (self-organized, real-world community gatherings) happen each week in cafes, living rooms, and other places in hundreds of cities. Meetup is now self-sustaining (profitable without ads), growing fast, and pursuing a revolutionary long-range goal of a “Meetup Everywhere about Most Everything”—giving everyone access to a powerful local community when they need it. Previously, Scott co-founded Fotolog, an early photo sharing network where over 30 million people, mostly in South America, uploaded nearly a billion photos. He also founded i-traffic, a leading online ad agency in the 1990s. He then fled the ad industry and was influenced by 9/11 to start Meetup. He is an angel investor in various startups focused on collective action or DIO (Do It Ourselves). Scott received the “Jane Addams Award” from the National Conference on Citizenship and was named the 2004 MIT Technology Review “Innovator of the Year”. Scott is a graduate of The University of Iowa. He is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Michelle Heying Wilver, Former President and CEO, DynaVox, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA. Michelle Wilver is a healthcare business executive. She is currently Chair of the Board of Overseers for the Healthcare Innovators Fellowship, the Foundation Board for MassBay Community College and the Dean’s Advisory Board for College of Business and Econonics at the University Wisconsin-Whitewater. Formally, she was the President and Chief Executive Officer for DynaVox, where she led the business through substantial technology and healthcare policy disruption. Prior to her Chief Executive role, she also served as the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to serving six years in her executive roles at DynaVox, Michelle served as Vice President and General Manager for the Thermo Fisher Scientific Radiation Measurement division. She began her career with General Electric in 1991 as part of their Information Systems Leadership Program and was quickly promoted to positions of increasing responsibility in IT and sales before moving into general management. At GE, Michelle sequentially ran the global mammography, global nuclear medicine and America's X-ray divisions-leading each to success despite difficult business landscapes. Michelle holds an Executive M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Bart Houlahan, Co-Founder, B Lab/B Corporation, Devon, PA. Bart Houlahan co-founded B Lab, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, in 2006. B Lab drives systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: building a community of certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between good companies and those with good marketing; accelerating the growth of the impactinvesting asset class through use of B Lab’s Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS); and promoting legislation in creating a new corporate form: the Benefit Corporation. B Lab won the 2014 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Prior to B Lab, Bart was CFO, COO, and President of AND 1, a $250 million basketball footwear and apparel company with distribution in 80 countries. Before AND 1, Bart was an investment banker with Stonebridge Associates, BNY Associates, and Prudential-Bache Securities and was specifically focused on providing corporate finance and merger and acquisition services to small-cap businesses. Bart serves on several business and civic boards, including Hives for Lives, a kid-run charitable business which educates high school students about the power of social entrepreneurship. Hives for Lives, started by Bart’s two daughters, raises bees, sells the honey, and donates all the profits to cancer research (the honey can now be found nationwide in Whole Foods Market). Bart is a graduate of Stanford University with a BS in human biology. He is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Ron Huberman, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, TeacherMatch, Operating Executive, Chicago Growth Partners and Prarie Capital, Chicago, IL. Ron Huberman is Co-Founder and Executive Chair of TeacherMatch, and is also an Operating Executive with Chicago Growth Partners and Prairie Capital, two Chicago-based private equity firms. While serving as CEO/Superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools system (CPS), Ron initiated sweeping reforms, including online assessments of all students, new accountability measures, and a first-of-its-kind student safety plan. Since leaving CPS, he has founded TeacherMatch — a company in the education technology space, and currently serves on the boards of Specialized Education Services, Reliance Communications, Navman Wireless, and Rush University Medical Center. Ron received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his M.B.A. from the Booth School at the University of Chicago along with a Master’s in Social Service Administration, where he was both an Albert Schweitzer Fellow and a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. He began his 16-year career in Chicago city government as a police officer. Ron later served as Assistant Deputy Superintendent of Police, Executive Director of Emergency Management and Communications, Chief of Staff to Mayor Daley, President of the Chicago Transit Authority, and CEO/Superintendent of CPS. He is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Lila Ibrahim, Chief Business Officer, Coursera and Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Menlo Park, CA. Lila Ibrahim is the Chief Business Officer of Coursera, an education company that partners with top universities and organizations to provide universal access to the world’s best education. She is also an operating partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, a prominent venture capital firm where she previously led business development efforts. Previously, Lila had a diverse 18-year career at Intel Corporation where she held a number of leadership roles including Chief of Staff to the CEO, General Manager of the Education Products Group, and joined initially as an engineer for the Pentium® microprocessor. She also led Intel’s role in establishing DVD standards for PCs and pioneered the company’s developer program. Lila's achievements have garnered international recognition, including her appointment in 2014 to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). Other honors include: Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (2007), Women of Vision by the Anita Borg Institute (2010), and Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni by Purdue University (2010). Lila is co-founder of Team4Tech, a non-profit established in 2012 to improve education in developing countries through innovative technology solutions. Lila earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University. She is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Amy Langer, Co-Founder, SALO, LLC, Minneapolis, MN. Amy Langer is Co-Founder of Salo, LLC. Salo is the leader in driving business outcomes in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago areas by leveraging talent in finance, accounting and human resources; as well as finance and accounting search services. Demonstrating outcomes and talent alignment are an integral part of her business model. Amy and Salo have received multiple awards including: Finance and Commerce’s “Top Women in Finance,” Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” Fast 50,” “Healthiest Employer,” and six-time recipient of “Best Places to Work;” Minnesota Business Magazine’s “Leader in Healthcare” and “100 Best Companies to Work For” and “Fastest Growing Women-Led Business in North America” by Entrepreneur Magazine and the Women President’s Organization as well as the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “Minnesota Keystone Honored Company Award.” Prior to founding Salo, Amy served as a Director for Robert Half International where she was responsible for the development and launch of new product initiatives. Amy started her career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with KPMG. Amy is active in the Women Corporate Directors (WCD), The Committee of 200 (C200), is a member in Women Presidents' Organization (WPO), and serves on the Michigan State University, Eli Broad College of Business Alumni Board. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Michigan State University. Amy is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Christina Mace-Turner, Consultant and Advisor, San Francisco, CA. Christina Mace-Turner is a consultant and advisor specializing in mobile, partnerships and programs, business development, and content strategy. Most recently, Christina Mace-Turner founded and led Flipboard’s Partnership team, securing a top tier portfolio of global partners for the company, including the New York Times, Hearst, Conde Nast, the Financial Times, Axel Springer, iTunes and hundreds more, taking Flipboard from 2M to 90M users. She also recently served as an Executive in Residence at West. Formerly, She founded, developed and managed Apple’s global Business Affairs team from the launch of the iPhone 3G through the second generation iPad, providing global strategic content planning and partnership development/management with key international media companies and top global App Store developers for Apple’s Marcom group, including Apple Retail, Apple Re-Sellers, Apple.com, Apple Online stores, Direct Marketing, Packaging and Events. In addition to her outward facing role with Apple partners, Christina's work focused on close collaboration with Marcom Creative and Planning leads, iTunes, Developer Relations and Product Marketing with a mission of leveraging Apple partner content as a primary asset in aligning Apple’s business objectives with its world class marketing campaigns. Among her core areas of responsibility, Christina worked directly with App Store developers, providing product feedback in collaboration with iTunes and Developer Relations, and helping to launch some of the most successful apps of all time. She then led global content strategy for Apple’s Planning team where she was responsible for providing global market insights and creating, leading and directing the content strategy for Apple’s Marcom group for all products in all markets. Prior to Apple and Flipboard, Christina focused on intellectual property law at Loeb & Loeb, LLP in NY. She earned a BA with honors from Brown University and a JD from NYU School of Law. She is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Suzanne Malveaux, National Correspondent, CNN DC Bureau, Washington, DC. Award-winning journalist Suzanne Malveaux serves as CNN’s national correspondent, covering politics, national news, international events and culture. Previously, she co-anchored CNN's Around The World and co-anchored the network’s Emmy-winning coverage of the revolution in Egypt and the network’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the Arab Spring. Suzanne also covered the White House for more than 10 years as a White House correspondent--covering Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. In September 2011, Suzanne was embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 where she led breaking news coverage of the Taliban's terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy there. In October 2012, she traveled to South Africa, where she interviewed family of Nelson Mandela and covered Soweto 36 years out of the student uprising. Suzanne was recognized by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism for covering one of the top 100 stories of the century, for her reporting on the 2008 Obama campaign. She has been recognized as one of America’s Most Powerful Players under 40 by Black Enterprise, one of Ebony’s Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications, one of the The Root 100 most influential young African Americans by The Root.com, and 2009 Journalist of the Year by Essence Magazine. Suzanne earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is personally dedicated to promoting awareness and research for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and enjoys participating in marathons and triathlons. She is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and she holds four honorary bachelor degrees. Suzanne is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Doug McCormick, Managing Partner, HCI Equity Partners, Washington, DC. Doug McCormick is a Managing Partner at HCI Equity Partners (formerly Thayer | Hidden Creek) having joined the firm in January 1999. He focuses on the Firm’s aerospace, defense, logistics and outsourced business services investment initiatives. Before joining Thayer, Doug worked in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley & Co., where he was involved in the completion of numerous mergers and acquisitions and acquisition-related financing transactions with a cumulative aggregate value in excess of $10 billion. He previously served as a Captain in the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division and received numerous awards for performance and achievement. He is a frequent public speaker on the topics of the role of private equity in federal services and employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) investing. He is a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and a member of the ESOP Association where he serves on the Finance Committee. He also serves on the board of directors of Suntron Corporation and as Vice Chairman of Naumann/Hobbs Material Handling, Inc., Quadel Consulting Corporation and Herndon Products, Inc. Doug received his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Meredith Siegfried, Chief Executive Officer, The NORDAM Group, Inc., Tulsa, OK. As CEO of The NORDAM Group, Inc., (the largest privately held FAA-approved repair station in the world for composite, aircraft structures), Meredith Siegfried is responsible for strategic planning, as well as sales, marketing, manufacturing and repair operations worldwide. At NORDAM since 1999, Meredith has held several domestic and international operating positions which have utilized her extensive background in financial consulting and strategic planning. She has served as Vice President of NORDAM International, Vice President of Global Sales and North American Operations, and most recently as Chief Operating Officer of NORDAM’s Repair Group which is comprised of facilities on three continents. Meredith joined the company from Arthur Andersen's Global Corporate Finance division, where she served as a senior consultant on corporate recovery services, mergers and acquisitions, seller services and financial advisory. In addition to her leadership role at NORDAM, she serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Tulsa Airport Authority. She is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and serves on the boards of Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated and World Travel Services, LLC. She has been involved with Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and participated as a delegate for the Governor of Oklahoma's Delegation to China in 2004. Meredith is a graduate of Notre Dame with a Business Administration degree in Finance and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. She is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Michael Soenen, Partner, Valor Equity Partners, Hermosa Beach, CA. Michael Soenen is a Partner at Valor Equity Partners. He has been a senior advisor and co-investor in numerous private equity transactions between 2009-2015. From 2004-2008, Michael served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of FTD Group, Inc., a leading provider of floral and specialty gift products. FTD Group, Inc. was a private equity transaction lead by Leonard Green & Partners. He previously held positions as President and Chief Operating Officer of FTD, Inc., President and CEO of FTD.com and Vice President of Marketing of FTD, Inc. from 1997-2004. FTD, Inc. was a private equity transaction lead by Perry Capital, LLC. and Bain Equity Partners. Prior to FTD, Inc., Michael worked at Perry Capital, LLC., a leading hedge fund and private equity firm and Salomon Brothers Inc., a leading investment bank. Michael also served on the Board of Directors of Rewards Network, Inc., Youbet.com and OptionsXpress. He currently serves on the Board of All Weather, Inc. and Motorsport Aftermarket Group. He is a 1992 graduate of Kalamazoo College. Michael is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Vance Vanier, M.D., Co-Founder and Managing Director, Chicago Pacific Founders, Chicago, IL. Vance Vanier is currently the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Chicago Pacific Founders, a private equity firm focussed on innovative health services and senior living. Prior to this, he was the V.P. of Global Commercial Operations for non invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) at Illumina and formerly served as President of Verinata Health which was acquired by Illumina in early 2013 in one of the largest venture-backed molecular diagnostic exits in the last decade. Verinata’s product, a non-invasive blood test which can replace the need for amniocentesis in pregnant women, revolutionized the field of obstetrics. Dr. Vanier’s responsibilities included scaling NIPT global revenue, marketing, health plan contracting, and clinical affairs. He managed the rapid revenue growth of NIPT and the fastest health plan coverage adoption in the history of molecular diagnostics going from inception to over 180M covered lives in 18 months. Before Verinata, Dr. Vanier served as President and CEO of Navigenics, a preventative genomics company acquired by Life Technologies. Dr. Vanier joined Navigenics as Chief Medical Officer in 2008. He was appointed CEO in late 2009, subsequently raised three rounds of venture capital financing and brought on strategic investors and distribution partners including Procter & Gamble and Highmark. Prior to Navigenics, Dr. Vanier served as a partner in the life sciences practice at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), a two billion dollar venture fund, where he invested in molecular diagnostic and online health businesses. Dr. Vanier received his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the University of California, San Francisco, and Highland Hospital in Oakland. He received an M.B.A. from Stanford University, as well as dual bachelor’s degrees with honors. He continues to serve on the clinical faculty of Stanford Medical Center as an Assistant Clinical Professor. He was recognized as one of San Francisco’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2012. Vance is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Alex Wilcox, Founder and CEO, JetSuite, Huntington Beach, CA. Alex Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of JetSuite, a private jet airline which launched operations in 2009. In founding JetSuite, Alex brought new technology and unprecedented value to an industry in dire need. JetSuite is a launch customer for the Embraer Phenom 100, an airplane more than twice as efficient as any other jet performing its missions. The company is delivering its vision by bringing more affordable private jet service to hundreds of communities with little to no air service, and slashing the fuel burn of private flights to regional markets. Alex, also a founder of JetBlue Airways, was a driving force behind many airline industry-changing innovations, including game-changing LiveTV on board and all leather coach seating. He left JetBlue and moved to Mumbai, India for 18 months to become founding president and COO of Kingfisher Airlines., now the largest private airline in India. In college, Alex served as Student Body President at the University of Vermont (UVM). He later leveraged this leadership role to forge a program between UVM, JetBlue and the Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx, in which JetBlue has contributed approximately 600 round-trip tickets for students and administrators leading to an unprecedented increase in the diversity of the student body at UVM. The program earned UVM a 2004 New England Higher Education Excellence Award from the New England Board of Higher Education. Alex has a B.A. degree in Political Science and English from the University of Vermont. He is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.