Mehrdad Baghai

Mehrdad Baghai, Founder and Managing Director, Alchemy Growth Partners, Sydney, Australia. Mehrdad has been advising large global companies on growth, organization design and transformation for the last 20 years. In 2005, Mehrdad founded Alchemy Growth Partners, a boutique advisory and venture firm, and currently serves as Managing Director. The company works with the leaders of promising growth companies to make deep and lasting contributions to their innovation and business building initiatives. He travels widely and is frequently asked to address business audiences about emerging ideas in the field of management, serving clients in the technology, media and financial services sectors and specialized in strategies for turbulent environments. Prior to this Mehrdad was an Executive Director at the CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, with overarching responsibility for growth. He served as chairman of the Commercial Executive Committee. He was previously a partner in the Sydney and Toronto offices of McKinsey and Company and co-leader of the firm’s worldwide Growth Practice. Mehrdad is Executive Chairman of Emue Technologies, the worldwide leader in authentication and personal identity protection, and has also served as Chairman and CEO of Natural HealthLink, a healthcare startup in Los Angeles. As an attorney, he has been called to the state bar in New York and Massachusetts and worked as an associate with Coudert Brothers in New York and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in Los Angeles. Mehrdad is co-founder of High Resolves, a community project around global citizenship which has reached almost 20,000 high school students. Mehrdad’s public sector experience includes an economist role with the World Bank and a consultant to the UN Secretariat. He has served a member of the Board of Directors of Unicef Australia and he has participated in various social and economic development projects. Mehrdad is co-author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller “As One” and the international bestsellers, “The Alchemy of Growth” and “The Granularity of Growth”.  He received a B.S.E. with highest honors in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University, where he also completed a joint degree on public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School. He continued his education in public policy at Harvard where he completed an M.P.P. as a Kennedy Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. He also earned a J.D. with high honors from Harvard Law School.  Mehrdad is a member of the 2004 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Cesar R. Conde

Cesar R. Conde, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal, Miami, FL. Cesar Conde is Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal. Formerly with Univision Networks at Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, Cesar has also served as both the Executive Vice President and the Chief Strategy Officer at Univision Communications. He previously held the positions of President of the Univision Networks at Univision Communications Inc. There he oversaw Univision Communications’ television networks: Univision Network, TeleFutura Network and Univision Cable Networks of which includes Galavisión and a suite of six cable offerings (De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Clásico TV). Cesar was also responsible for Univision Studios, and served as both the Executive Vice President and the Chief Strategy Officer at Univision Communications. He resigned from Univision on September 13, 2013 and was hired at NBCUniversal to work on business development, strategic priorities and special business projects across the NBCUniversal portfolio of assets. Previously, Cesar was appointed by President George W. Bush as a White House Fellow assigned to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Prior to his public service, he was Vice President of Business Development at Univision. Cesar started his career in media as Vice President of Business Development and was one of the pioneers at StarMedia Network, the first Internet company focused on Spanish and Portuguese speakers globally. Prior to StarMedia, he was as an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney in the mergers and acquisitions group in New York. Cesar is a Full Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the chairman and co-founder of the Futuro Program, a non-profit organization that provides role models and educational workshops to Hispanic high school students. While in college, he was president and co-founder of CAUSA, the Cuban-American Undergraduate Student Association at Harvard. Cesar is a recipient of numerous awards, including recognition in Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40,” the Harvard Foundation Award, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation Award and the Cuban-American National Council Young Leader Award. He was also honored by the “I Have a Dream” foundation with the Eugene M. Lang Achievement Award for his work in promoting educational achievement and by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund as the 2010 Honorary Inductee to the Hall of Fame. Cesar graduated from Harvard University in 1995 with a BA in History and earned an MBA in 1999 from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected class president.  He is a member of the 2004 class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.

Stephen DeBerry

Stephen DeBerry

Stephen DeBerry, Chief Investment Officer, Bronze Investments, San Francisco, CA. Stephen DeBerry is a partner at Kapor Capital and the chief investment officer of Bronze Investments. Previously, Stephen was investment director at Omidyar Network, the mission-based investment firm started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam. Before that Stephen managed business development at Interval Research, the research lab established by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen. Stephen is a trustee and member of the Investment Committee at The California Endowment. He is the chairman of Friends of New Orleans and also serves the boards of The Dalai Lama Foundation, The Redford Center and Emerald Cities. Stephen earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology with highest honors from UCLA as well as a master's degree in social anthropology and a MBA degree from Oxford University. He is a Marshall Scholar. He lives in Mill Valley, California with his wife, Cristine (Chief of Staff to San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon) and two daughters. Stephen is a 2004 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute.

 

Jay Coen Gilbert

Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder, B Lab, Wayne, PA.  Jay Coen Gilbert is the Co-founder of B Lab, a non-profit organization that envisions a new sector of the economy that harnesses the power of private enterprise to create public benefit.  This sector is comprised of a new type of corporation--the B corporation, which, unlike traditional businesses, institutionalizes stakeholder interests and meets comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards.  The mission of B Lab is to support B corporations and this emerging sector. Prior to this, Jay co-founded and sold AND 1, a $250M basketball footwear and apparel company based outside Philadelphia. Jay led AND 1's product and marketing and was its CEO during the period of its most rapid growth. Prior to AND 1, Jay worked for McKinsey & Co and several organizations in NYC’s public and non-profit world.  Jay is co-chairman of Investor’s Circle, a national angel network dedicated to “Patient Capital for a Sustainable Future.” Since 1992, Investors’ Circle members have invested over $107 million in 171 deals, in such areas as environment, healthcare, education, women-led companies and community development.  In recent years, the Circle has launched Commons Capital, an affiliated $13.5 million venture fund and established the IC Foundation, dedicated to research, education and advocacy regarding social return on investment, mission-related investing and for-profit social entrepreneurship.  Jay is President of the Board of the Philadelphia chapters of KIPP, City Year, and Monteverde Friends, U.S., as well as a former board member of the Social Venture Network. Jay graduated from Stanford University with a degree in East Asian Studies in 1989.  He and his yogini wife Randi and their two children live in Berwyn, PA. He lives with his wife, Randi, and their two children, Dex and Ria, in Berwyn, PA. He is a 2005 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Neal Goldman

Neal Goldman

Neal D. Goldman, CEO and Chairman, Relationship Science, New York, NY Neal is CEO and Chairman of Relationship Science (RelSci), the ultimate business development tool. RelSci is a research driven technology platform that provides deep information about influential people - who they are and who they know, what you have in common with them, and most importantly, how you can gain access to them and their organizations. Previously, Neal was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capital IQ, Inc. until its sale to McGraw‐Hill/Standard & Poor's, and prior thereto a banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Lehman Brothers. Neal is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Young Presidents Organization and a board member of Hatzalah and the Jerusalem Foundation. Neal received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School where he has also served as an Adjunct Faculty Member.

  

Karl GreenfeldKarl Greenfeld

Karl Taro Greenfeld, Contributing Editor, Playboy, Pacific Palisades, CA. Karl is the author of six books, including the novel Triburbia, Boy Alone (about his autistic brother Noah), Speed Tribes, Standard Deviations and China Syndrome. A long time writer and editor for The Nation, TIME and Sports Illustrated, he was the editor of TIME Asia and was among the founding editors of Sports Illustrated China. His fiction has appeared in Harper's, Best American Short Stories, PEN/O Henry Prize Stories, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, The Missouri Review, One Story, Commentary, The Southern Review and The Sun. He has also written multiple times for The New York Times, GQ, Vogue, Condé Nast Traveler, Wired, Playboy, Bloomberg Businessweek, Details, Men's Journal, The Washington Post, Outside, Condé Nast Portfolio and Salon. His books have been translated into 12 languages and his writing selected for Best American Sports Writing, Best American Travel Writing, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best Creative Nonfiction, and numerous other anthologies. Karl earned a BA in Political Science and Economics from Sarah Lawrence College in 1988, and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow, obtaining a certificate in Business and Economics as well as a M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University in 1998. Karl was born in Kobe, Japan, has lived in Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. He currently lives in TriBeCa with his wife and their two daughters. Karl is a member of the 2004 class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.

Morenike Irvin

Morenike Irvin

Morenike Irvin, Vice President, Programs, California Community Foundation,  Los Angeles, CA.  Nike Irvin is the Vice President of Programs at the California Community Foundation (CCF) in Los Angeles, CA, where she is responsible for more than $20 million in annual grants that provide core operating support to priority program areas such as the arts, education, and health care. She also leads teams on four special initiatives: Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM), the El Monte Community Building Initiative, Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow, and the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative. Her areas of expertise include capacity building, branding, and program development and implementation. Before CCF, Nike was Principal of Consulting by Nike Irvin, a coaching/consulting practice she founded serving foundations and nonprofits. Before launching her consulting practice, she was appointed by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan to the presidency of The Riordan Foundation in 2000 where, for seven years, she directed grants for early literacy and leadership development through partnerships with other grantmaking organizations. In 2006, Mayor Villaraigosa appointed Nike to his Partnership for School Excellence leadership team, a group of community leaders charged with taking on education reform. Nike began her career in the corporate sector in 1989 in brand management for the Pepsi Cola Company, and from 1992-1995 served as Marketing Manager for Nestle USA. In 1995, she founded CAMP SAT, an intensive series of weekend workshops created to prepare high school students for the SAT. Nike has more than 20 years of experience in both nonprofit leadership and consulting to numerous nonprofit organizations, foundations, and charitable arms of for-profit companies. A native of Los Angeles, she serves on the boards of Crystal Stairs, The Riordan Foundation, the UCLA Alumni Association, Southern California Grantmakers, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Nike received her BA in economics and political science in 1985 from Yale and an MBA in 1989 from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she was named among the 100 Most Inspirational Alumni. She is a Marshall Memorial Fellow, a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly, and a 2004 Henry Crown Fellow and member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.

Michael Kauffman

Michael Kauffman

Michael Kauffman, M.D., Ph.D., CEO, Karyopharm, Newton Center, MA. Michael Kauffman is CEO of Karyopharm, which he co-founded with Dr. Sharon Shacham in 2009. He was previously Chief Medical Officer at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, which acquired Proteolix, Inc., both in South San Francisco, California. He was formerly CEO and President of Epix Pharmaceuticals (formerly Predix Pharmaceuticals) - a privately held U.S. company specializing in new drug discovery, screening, and biological modeling integrated with traditional medicinal chemistry. Prior to joining Epix, Michael was Vice President of Medicine and leader of the VELCADE Development Program at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He also held senior positions at Millennium Predictive Medicine, Inc. and Biogen Corporation. Michael is the author of numerous medical publications and is the publisher and president of OutlineMed Inc., a developer of medical information software. In January 2004, he joined the board of Bioenvision (BIV, Amex), a company that seeks to develop and distribute cancer treatment drugs and technologies. Michael received his BA in biochemistry summa cum laude from Amherst College in 1985 and his MD and PhD in molecular biology from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1992. He performed his postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital, both part of the Harvard Medical School system. Michael is a 2004 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  

James H. Lambright

James H. Lambright, SVP of Corporate Development, Sempra Energy, San Diego, CA. James Lambright serves as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Sempra Energy. He was formerly COO and President of the international sector at Sapphire Energy, after joining the company in early 2010 as CFO and President-International. In late 2011, he was elevated to COO and a member of the board. Prior to this, James serves as President & Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the independent government corporation responsible for financing American exports to over 150 countries. Having taken the helm of Ex-Im Bank in 2005 after holding a series of staff and management positions, Jim oversaw a $60 billion credit portfolio of project and export finance transactions. Under Jim’s leadership, Ex-Im Bank became a self-financing institution operating without taxpayer funds. Jim served as a principal participant in the first five meetings of the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue initiated by President Hu and President Bush in 2006. At the peak of the global financial crisis in the fall of 2008, United States Treasury Secretary Paulson asked Jim to assume the role of Chief Investment Officer the U.S. Treasury Department’s $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). There, he executed and managed TARP investments to optimize returns and prevent the collapse of the financial system. Jim and his team engineered investments in over 600 institutions, including the country’s largest banks, insurers, and auto manufacturers. Jim maintained his role at Ex-Im Bank during this time, and at the request of Treasury Secretary Geithner, Jim stayed on to facilitate a smooth transition to the Obama administration. Jim Lambright began his career in private equity at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (later Credit Suisse) after receiving a B.A. in Linguistics from Stanford University and graduating from Harvard Law School.  Jim is a 2004 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Aileen Lee

Aileen Lee

Aileen Lee, Founder, Cowboy Ventures, Palo Alto, CA. Aileen Lee is the Founder of seed investment firm Cowboy Ventures. She was formerly a Partner with California-based venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and still retains close ties with the firm. After joining KCPB in 1999, Aileen was been primarily assisting start-up ventures in the areas of consumer-oriented technology and enterprise software and services, and she helped make the firms first investments in energy and environmental technologies. At KPCB she co-founded and helps lead a biannual, invitation-only forum of 40 Fortune 500 CIOs. She also leads workshops to help leaders in marketing, sales, finance, and engineering share best practices and network. Aileen previously worked with Gap, Inc. in a number of operating roles including in Business Development and Strategy, Gap Online, and as Special Assistant to the CEO. She began her career in 1992 at Morgan Stanley as a Financial Analyst. Aileen is passionate about encouraging young people to pursue technical careers and leads the Bay Area Advisory Board for FIRST Robotics. FIRST is a non-profit aimed at inspiring high school students to pursue careers in science and technology through the application of teamwork, engineering, and marketing in an annual robotics competition. She earned a bachelors degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, serving as president of her class for three years, and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997. Aileen also studied Mandarin Chinese and taught English at Fudan University in Shanghai from 1994-1995.  She is a member of the 2004 class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.

Elisabeth Lulin

Elisabeth Lulin

Elisabeth Lulin, Managing Director, Paradigmes et caetera, Paris, France. Elisabeth Lulin is currently the Managing Director of Paradigmes et caetera. She began her career in 1991 as General Finance Inspector for the French government. She then joined the Prime Ministers office in various advisory capacities, and was subsequently appointed Head of Marketing and Communication at the Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (INSEE), where she designed the communication campaign that supported the 1999 French population census, and contributed to develop INSEEs website and e-business strategy. Elisabeth remained at INSEE from 1996 until 1998, when she founded Paradigmes et caetera, a company specializing in benchmarking and public policy. In addition, Elisabeth has taught at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris as an Associate Professor of Public Management since 2000. In 1999, Elisabeth co-founded Doma Viva, a start-up company specializing in contemporary furniture design, and continues to serve on their board. She also serves on the board of Groupe Socit Gnrale, one of the largest European banks, and on the board of Institute Aspen France and FuturBulences. Elisabeth attended the Ecole Normale Suprieure ULM, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, the Agrgation de Lettres Modernes and Ecole Nationale d'Administration all of which she graduated summa cum laude. She also holds a masters degree in literature, summa cum laude , from the Universite de Paris Sorbonne.  Elisabeth is a member of the 2004 class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute as well as former President of Institut Aspen France.

Jack Markell

Jack Markell

Jack Markell, Governor,  State of Delaware, Wilmington, DE. Jack Markell is the governor of Delaware, where he is focused on growing the economy, creating jobs, strengthening schools and protecting taxpayers. When he took office in 2009, he inherited a record budget shortfall, rapidly rising unemployment, and a stagnant economy. Since then, he has helped open shuttered manufacturing facilities, won President Obama's Race to the Top competition for progress in public school reform, and signed new laws to drive improvements in the economy, environment, and education. Prior to this, Jack served as State Treasurer. First elected in 1998, Jack won three consecutive terms, including his last re-election in November of 2006 with an overwhelming 70 percent of the vote. As State Treasurer, Governor Markell worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Delawareans through innovative programs aimed at cutting spending and improving fiscal responsibility. During his tenure, he created the Delaware Money School, which offers free classes to Delawareans on topics such as saving for college and retirement planning. He also partnered with local banks and organizations to teach young children the basics of money and savings through the Delaware Bank at School Program. Both projects are part of Delaware’s Financial Literacy Initiative, which has been recognized nationally for its innovative programs. In 2002, Jack was appointed co-chair of the Governor’s Task Force for Financial Independence, helping Delaware families become financially secure. He has been recognized in Delaware and across the country as a leader in promoting policies to help all people achieve their economic potential. Jack was recognized as one of 100 rising stars at the 2000 Democratic National Convention and has been featured as one of ten innovative leaders under the age of 40 by New Democrat Magazine. Philly Tech Magazine named him one of the top ten technology executives in the Philadelphia region. Jack has also worked to advocate on behalf of Delawareans and bring national attention to his home state through a number of leadership roles: vice chair of the National Governors Association; co-chair of the Common Core Standards Initiative, a joint effort of NGA and the Council of Chief State School Officers to develop Common Core Standards for education; board member, National Assessment Governing Board, nominated by US Education Secretary, Arne Duncan; chairman of the National Board of Directors for Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG); former chair of the Democratic Governors Association; former chair of the Education, Early Childhood and Workforce Committee, NGA (July 2010 - Dec 2010); and former vice chair of the NGA Economic Development and Commerce Committee (Jan 2010 - July 2010). Jack entered politics after a successful career in the private sector where he helped lead the wireless technology revolution at Nextel, serving as the company’s 13th employee and Senior Vice President for Corporate Development. He has also worked in senior management at Comcast Corporation, as a consultant for McKinsey & Co., and as a banker for First Chicago Corporation. Jack graduated from Brown University with degrees in Economics and Development Studies and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago.  He resides in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife Carla Markell, and their two children, Molly (18) and Michael (15).He is a 2004 Henry Crown Fellow, a 2006 Rodel Fellow, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network at The Aspen Institute. 

Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen, New York, NY. Jacqueline Novogratz is the Founder and CEO of Acumen. Under Jacqueline’s leadership, Acumen has approved investments of more than $88 million in 82 companies in South Asia and Africa, all focused on delivering affordable healthcare, water, housing and energy to the poor. These companies have created and supported 60,000 jobs, leveraged an additional $500 million, and brought basic services to more than 125 million people. In December 2011, Acumen and Jacqueline were on the cover of Forbes magazine as part of its feature on social innovation. Prior to Acumen, Jacqueline founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also co-founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda. She began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank. Jacqueline currently sits on the advisory boards of Sonen Capital, Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, and the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED). She also serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees and the board of IDEO.org, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development. Jacqueline has been featured in Foreign Policy’s list of Top 100 Global Thinkers and The Daily Beast’s 25 Smartest People of the Decade. She is a frequent speaker at forums including the Clinton Global Initiative, TED, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. Her best-selling memoir The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World chronicles her quest to understand poverty and challenges readers to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world. She holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA in Economics/International Relations from the University of Virginia.  She has received honorary degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Wofford College, Gettysburg College, Middlebury College, Fordham University, and Bard College as well the Freedom from Want Award from the Roosevelt Institute in 2011. Jacqueline is a 2004 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

James J. O'Connor

James J. O'Connor

James J. O'Connor, Jr., Managing Director, MVC Capital, Chicago, IL.  Jim O'Connor is a senior investment professional with over a decade of private equity and venture capital experience. He currently serves as Managing Director of MVC Capital in Chicago.  Prior to becoming a Managing Director of MVC Capital in 2008, Jim held senior management positions within Motorola, Inc. In 2003, Jim founded Early Stage Accelerator (ESA) for Motorola and became its Vice President. In that role he was responsible for assessing new technologies within Motorolas Research and Development Labs and business divisions and creating new businesses through their internal venture capital arm. Prior to founding ESA, Jim was the Managing Director of Motorola Ventures, the venture capital investment arm for Motorola, which he founded in 1999. He also led Motorola's Technology Acceleration Program where he worked closely with a global team of technologists, to prioritize technology programs, create value from intellectual property, and guide creative research from innovation through early-stage commercialization. Prior to this he served for a year in the U.S. government as a White House Fellow assigned to Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Larry Summers in the areas of Domestic and International Finance. During this fellowship, he was responsible for coordinating strategies on electronic commerce and community development policy, as well as bank regulation. Prior to this, Jim worked as a Management Consultant with the global management consultancy A.T. Kearney of Chicago and also held roles at Ariel Capital Management and Sidley & Austin. Jim is Co-Chair of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC), and a Board member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Chicago Urban League, the Big Shoulders Fund for the Archdiocese of Chicago's inner-city school fund and serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Field Museum of National History. He is also the founder of the Field Associates and the Lyric Opera Auxiliary Board. Jim has been a Leadership Fellow in both the U.S.-Japan Foundation and Leadership Greater Chicago. In 2006, Jim was named to the American Ventures Magazine "40 UNDER 40" list. Jim received his BA in Government and JD from Georgetown University and holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.  He is a 2004 Henry Crown Fellows of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

William J. Patterson

William J. Patterson

William J. Patterson, Mill Valley, CA. Bill Patterson passed away in September 2010, surrounded by loved ones.  Prior to his death, Bill was a managing general partner at SPO Partners, a private investment firm he joined in 1989. Prior to attending business school, Bill was a financial analyst for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. He was the chair of the board of trustees for the California Academy of Sciences, chair of the investment committee of the Marin Community Foundation, a member of the Advisory Council of The Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, and an active alumnus of Harvard College.  He was also president of the board of the Bay Area Discovery Museum and co-chaired its capital campaign, helping to raise over $19 million for the museum’s renovation and expansion. Bill received a bachelors degree from Harvard College, magna cum laude, in 1984 and went on to earn an MBA from Stanford Business School in 1989, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.  He was a cherished member of the 2004 class of Henry Crown Fellows and of the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. 

Maya M. Rockeymoore

Maya M. Rockeymoore

Maya M. Rockeymoore, Ph.D., President and CEO, Global Policy Solutions, LLC, Washington, DC. Dr. Maya Rockeymoore is President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm and President of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to making policy work for people and their environments. Dr. Rockeymoore has previously served as the Vice President of Research and Programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), Senior Resident Scholar for Health and Income Security at the National Urban League, Chief Of Staff to Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), Professional Staff on the House Ways and Means Committee, and as a CBCF Legislative Fellow in the office of Congressman Melvin Watt (D-NC) among other positions. Dr. Rockeymoore is the immediate past board chair of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and also serves on the boards of the National Council on Aging, National Association of Counties Financial Services Corporation, the Campaign for America’s Future, and the Economic Policy Institute. She co-chairs the Commission to Modernize Social Security. She is also a member of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the Insight Center Experts of Color Network. The recipient of many honors, she received Running Start’s 2007 Young Women to Watch Award. Dr. Rockeymoore holds a B.A. in political science and mass communications from Prairie View A&M University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science, with an emphasis in public policy, from Purdue University.  She is a 2004 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Tina Sharkey

Tina Sharkey, CEO, SherpaFoundry, and Special Partner, SherpaVentures San Francisco, CANamed as one of Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology," Ms. Sharkey is the CEO of SherpaFoundry and a Special Partner at SherpaVentures. SherpaFoundry provides strategic, trusted advice and guidance to select corporations and entrepreneurs to galvanize ideas and accelerate innovation and development. In her role at SherpaVentures, Ms. Sharkey sits on the Investment Committee and is an advisory partner to many of the firm’s portfolio companies. Prior to her current role, Ms. Sharkey spent more than 20 years as an entrepreneur, corporate executive and media pioneer. She was Chairman and Global President of BabyCenter LLC for Johnson & Johnson, where she built the #1 global parenting and pregnancy destination. In 2011, Tina led Johnson & Johnson’s initiative with the U.S. State Department and the United Nations Foundation for the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA). Prior to joining BabyCenter, Ms. Sharkey worked as a corporate executive at Time Warner, where she led AOL’s programming and social media initiatives. Before AOL, she co-founded iVillage, built Sesame Street online, and helped create a new home shopping channel for QVC. Ms. Sharkey has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and Advertising Age. She is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine online, where she writes about consumer insights. She has guest lectured at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. She served on the executive committee of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and speaks at events and conferences worldwide. In 2014, Tina spoke at TEDxHollywood on Unlocking Joy: The Art of Receptional Design. Ms. Sharkey currently serves on the Board of Directors at HomeAway (NASDAQ: AWAY), Do™ and Brit + Co. and is also a member of Women@NBCU’s digital advisory board. She is a 2004 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. 

 

James Whitaker

James Whitaker

James Whitaker, Chairman, Whitaker Entertainment Pacific Palisades, CA. James Whitaker is the Chairman of Whitaker Entertainment, which is based at Walt Disney Pictures.  He most recently produced THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN for Disney, which will be released in August of 2012.  Whitaker began his career with Imagine Entertainment as an intern while attending the USC Peter Stark Producing Program. Upon graduation, he was brought on as a Creative Associate, and rose through the ranks to become President of Production, supervising development and production.  While there, he executive produced such films as FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, 8 MILE, CHANGELING, AMERICAN GANGSTER, CINDERELLA MAN, and CURIOUS GEORGE.  Jim’s passion for filmmaking emerged during his undergraduate years at Georgetown, where he worked on John Waters' film Hairspray, doing craft services.  In 1988, he served as an intern for a local NBC affiliate and traveled to the Democratic and Republican conventions, working as a stringer for reporter Katie Couric. In 1989-90 he directed several socially-conscious films to raise money for non-profit organizations. Upon graduation, he joined the independent production company, Hillman & Carr, where he conceived and directed an award-winning public-service announcement against drunk driving, entitled Loaded. In 2001, after the World Trade Center tragedy, Jim conceived a film project centered on the country’s recovery from 9/11. The documentary, REBIRTH, combined time-lapse photography of the World Trade Center Site with the intimate stories of five people coping with grief, which Whitaker followed for the nine years.   The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was released theatrically by Oscilloscope Laboratories and then ran on Showtime.  It will have a permanent home as part of an exhibit at the 9/11 Memorial &Museum.  Project Rebirth, which Whitaker founded, is also an established non-profit that will give all funds from the commercial release of the film to the Project Rebirth Center for victims of and first responders to events of traumatic loss. Jim earned his BA in Economics in 1990 from Georgetown University and a Master of Fine Arts from USC in 1993.  He received an honorary doctorate from Pace University in 2011.  Jim is a member of the 2004 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.   

Eduardo L. Wurzmann

Eduardo L. Wurzmann

Eduardo L. Wurzmann, CEO, H&R Block Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Eduardo Wurzmann currently serves as CEO of H&R Block Brasil. Formerly he was the Co-Founder and CEO of Grupo Ibmec Educacional S.A, as well as the Co-Founder and CEO of Veris Educacional S.A., one of the fastest growing vocational schools in Brazil, with annual revenues of $25 million. Veris is also a holding company of Instituto Brasileiro de Technologia Avancada (IBTA), a leading provider of information technology training in Brazil, and Ibmec, one of the leading business schools in Brazil. From 2001 to 2003, Eduardo held the position of CEO at IBTA, and prior to that was Managing Director for Unext.com in Sao Paulo, one of the largest and leading e-learning companies. Eduardo started his career in Sao Paulo working for Credit Agricole Indosuez Securities (CAI), where he was responsible for their equity business. From there he moved to Moscow to head CAIs Russian office in Moscow, overseeing nearly $600 million in client investments. He returned to Sao Paulo in 1999 and began working as Managing Director of CAIs WI CARR Securities of Credit Agricole Indosuez in Sao Paulo, leading the effort to reactivate the business in Brazil and expand coverage to Latin America. Eduardo currently serves on the board of governors of Tel Aviv University in Israel. He received a bachelor in Economics from the University of Sao Paulo in 1987 and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1991.  Eduardo is a member of the 2004 class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.