Anita Antenucci

Anita Antenucci, Senior Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey, McLean, VA. Anita is a Senior Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey, where she leads the aerospace defense government and transportation and logistics investment banking groups and is a member of the board of directors.  She was previously co-president and managing director of Quarterdeck Investment Partners.  In 2005, she was named Woman Dealmaker of the Year by the M&A Advisor, and was recognized in both 2008 and 2010 by Investment Dealers' Digest and in 2007 by Corporate Board Member.  She is a member of the board of trustees of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the corporate advisory board of the National Guard Youth Challenge Foundation, and the board of directors of the Space Foundation.  She is also is an active competitor in equestrian sports. Anita holds degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Northwestern University, and she studied at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques.  Anita is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Ricky Arriola

Ricky Arriola, President and CEO, Inktel Direct Corporation, Doral, FL. Ricky Arriola is president and CEO of Inktel Direct Corp, a company headquartered in Miami and with offices throughout the United States. He has held various executive-level positions in the entertainment, e-commerce, investment banking and legal industries. His passion for his community inspired him to serve as chairman of the board of Directors of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Ricky was recently named a South Florida "Ultimate CEO" by the South Florida Business Journal, and one of Poder Magazine's "Most Influential People of 2010." Ricky serves on President Obama's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Mr. Arriola is also actively involved the Young Presidents Organization, the Miami Art Museum, the American Teleservices Association, the Orange Bowl Committee and Leadership Florida. He also serves as a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Although involved in many organizations and charities, Mr. Arriola still finds the time to devote to competing in triathlons, marathons and other races across the country. He holds degrees from Harvard University Graduate School of Business (MBA), St. John's University School of Law (JD) and Boston College (BA). He is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Preeta Bansal

Preeta Bansal, President, Social Emergence Corporation, Cambridge, MA. Preeta Bansal is President of Social Emergence Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation focused on empowering human networks and community relationships at the base of global socio-economic pyramid.  She is also a Lecturer at the MIT Media Lab and a Senior Advisor at MIT’s Laboratory for Social Machines.  She is a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerhips, and a Trustee of the Personal Blackbox Trust.  Previously, Ms. Bansal has served as a global general counsel for HSBC Holdings plc in London; general counsel and senior policy advisor in the Obama White House (Office of Management and Budget); partner and practice chair of law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City; Solicitor General of the State of New York; and Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.  She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard-Radcliffe College and a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens (1990-1991).  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on numerous nonprofit boards including as a commissioner on New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s bipartisan Election Modernization Task Force, as an Advisory Committee member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and as a Board Member of the International Center for Research on Women.  Her present work relates to empowering communities and human networks through direct, self-regulating peer-to-peer and citizen-to-citizen engagement (facilitated by new technologies, emerging legal forms, and global ethical frameworks).  Preeta is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


William Berkman

William Berkman, Managing Partner, Associated Partners, LP, New York, NY. Bill Berkman is an entrepreneur and investor in the communications, media, technology  and energy industries. Since January 2000, he has been the Co-Managing Partner at Associated Partners, LP and its predecessor partnership, Liberty Associated Partners, LP-both investment partnerships with Liberty Media Corporation that own   controlling interests in wireless communications infrastructure companies AP Wireless Infrastructure Services, LLC, PEG Bandwidth, LLC and AP Towers, LLC. He was also the co-founder and Chairman of Current Group LLC, which focused on delivering smart grid services to electric utilities and broadband communication services to electric consumers. In addition, Bill co-founded several telecommunications companies, including Teligent, Inc. and Nextel Mexico. Bill presently serves as a board member of Empire State Realty Trust which owns the Empire State Building and formerly served as a member of the board of directors for IAC/InterActiveCorp, Liberty Satellite & Technology, Inc. and Teligent, Inc. He serves as a member of the board of advisors to New Mountain Capital, the board of directors for The Partnership for New York City, the World Economic Forum and is a trustee of The Jewish Museum in New York. Bill holds multiple patents for smart electric grid and communications systems. He has an A.B. from Harvard University, and in 1997, his family established the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. Bill is a member of the 2009 class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.


Rebecca Blumenstein

Rebecca Blumenstein, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Wall Street Journal, New York, NY. Rebecca Blumenstein is Deputy Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal, a role she assumed in January 2013. Previously, she was the Page One Editor, appointed in September 2011, and a deputy managing editor and international editor since December 2009. Rebecca has also served as managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online and as the China bureau chief, overseeing China coverage for the Journal. Prior to moving to China in the summer of 2005, Rebecca served as chief of the Journal’s New York Technology Group, which covered the historic mergers and changes in technology that recast the telecommunications industry. Before that, she was the group’s deputy chief and a reporter covering AT&T Corp. and WorldCom Inc. Rebecca joined the Journal in 1995 as a reporter in the Detroit bureau, where she covered General Motors. She began her journalism career at the Tampa Tribune, and then later moved to Gannett Newspapers and Newsday, where she covered breaking news and the New York State legislature. She received a 1993 New York Newswomen’s Award for best deadline writing for her coverage of the aftermath of the Long Island Railroad shootings. In 2003, she was part of a team that won the Gerald Loeb Award for deadline writing for coverage of WorldCom. She oversaw the China team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2007. Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics and social science from the University of Michigan, where she was editor in chief of the Michigan Daily. She is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Paul Brient

Paul Brient, President and CEO, PatientKeeper, Inc., Waltham, MA. Paul currently heads PatientKeeper, Inc., a leading healthcare software company that automates the day in the life of a physician. The PatientKeeper Physician Information System allows physicians to review electronic patient records, write prescriptions, enter charges, dictate notes, and document encounters from any smartphone or web browser. Prior to joining PatientKeeper in 2002, Paul held senior executive-level positions at leading healthcare and consulting firms including McKesson Corporation and The Boston Consulting Group. When he was 16, Paul wrote one of the first PC-based physician-practice management systems. Shortly thereafter, he began his healthcare IT career as the founder and President of BCS, an early physician office management software company. Paul has served on the board of GetWellNetwork, Inc., the leading provider of interactive patient care solutions, and is an industry advisor to Long River Ventures. He earned his M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He also holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science summa cum laude from Princeton. Paul is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


John Crowley

John Crowley, Chairman, President and CEO, Amicus Therapeutics, Inc., Cranbury, NJ. John F. Crowley is the Chairman, President and CEO of Amicus Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company focused on the development of novel treatments for human genetic diseases.  John's involvement with biotechnology stems from the 1998 diagnosis of two of his children with Pompe disease-a severe and often fatal neuromuscular disorder. In his drive to find a cure for them, he left his position at Bristol-Myers Squibb and became an entrepreneur as the co-founder, president and CEO of Novazyme Pharmaceuticals, a biotech start-up conducting research on a new experimental treatment for Pompe disease (which he credits as ultimately saving his children's lives.) In 2001, Novazyme merged into Genzyme Corporation and John continued to play a lead role in the development of a drug for Pompe disease as Senior Vice President, Genzyme Therapeutics. John and his family have been profiled on the front page of The Wall Street Journal and are the subjects of a book by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Geeta Anand, "The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million-And Bucked the Medical Establishment-In a Quest to Save His Children." The major motion picture, Extraordinary Measures, starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford, is inspired by the Crowley family journey.  John is the author of a personal memoir:  Chasing Miracles: The Crowley Family Journey of Strength, Hope and Joy. John is also a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, assigned to the United States Special Operations Command and is a veteran of the global war on terrorism, with service in Afghanistan. He graduated with a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and earned a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and an M.B.A. from Harvard.  The Crowley family was the recipient of the 2011 Family Exemplar Award from the University of Notre Dame.  He lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife, Aileen and their three children, John, Megan and Patrick. John serves on the executive committee of the National Board of Directors of the Make A Wish Foundation of America. He is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


James Currier

James Currier, Founder and Managing Partner, NFX Guild, Palo Alto, CA. James is Founder and Managing Partner of NFX Guild, a Palo Alto-based accelerator. His partners fund and mentor 40 startups per year. Prior to NFX Guild, James was Founder and CEO of four venture backed companies. Most recently he was Founder and CEO of Ooga labs, a technology greenhouse, where he and a small team of engineers and designers incubated mobile/web technology companies. Ooga had one of its companies, WonderHill, a social gaming company, acquired by Kabam, a larger gaming company. Prior to Ooga Labs, James founded Tickle.com in 1999 which grew to be the largest online self-assessment company, with 80 employees and $32 million in annual revenue, selling to Monster.com in 2004. From 1994-1997, James was an associate at Battery Ventures in Boston, helping make investments in Internet and telecommunications start-ups. James has studied Mandarin at the Beijing School of Economics in China, and worked at STAR TV-a satellite television broadcaster in Hong Kong-developing digital technology for the production of localized Chinese content. In the early 1990's, he worked for GTE New Ventures in Los Angeles and participated in the creation and funding of several technology startups for the entertainment industry. He has sailed across the North Atlantic Ocean and South Pacific in a 41-foot aluminum boat. In 2000, he founded an all-male a cappella singing group called the Richter Scales, which released its first album in 2006. James is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy (1985), Princeton (1990), and Harvard Business School (1999). He is married with 4 young boys.  He is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Timothy Ferriss

Timothy Ferriss, Entrepreneur and Author, Alta Malbec Investments, San Francisco, CA. Tim Ferriss is a principal with Alta Malbec Investments (Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Evernote, etc.), and he is also the author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been sold in 34 languages. His second book, The 4-Hour Body, also hit #1 New York Times and is (as of Sep. 2011) the #1 highlighted book of all-time on Amazon. Since 2003, Tim has been a popular guest lecturer at Princeton University, where he presents entrepreneurship as a tool for ideal lifestyle design and world change. Tim was also nominated as one of Fast Company's "Most Innovative Business People of 2007" and a Forbes' "Name You Need to Know for 2011." He speaks five languages and is an active education activist who's developed experimental social media campaigns with Donorschoose.org and Room to Read. Tim received his B.A. from Princeton University in 2000, where he studied Neuroscience and East Asian Studies. He is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellows of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

 
Paul Gaffney

Paul Gaffney, SVP, Information Technology, The Home Depot, Atlanta, GA. Paul Gaffney is currently SVP of Information Technology for The Home Depot. Formerly he served President and CEO of After I Go, a seed-stage venture providing peace of mind through software for estate planning. Paul has a broad background in consumer services, retailing, and software. Most recently, he was president and CEO of the Northern California, Nevada, and Utah chapter of AAA, a 112-year old auto club that provides services to over four million members. He has held executive positions at Charles Schwab, Staples, and Office Depot, where he played a key role in bringing internet technology to consumer financial services and to traditional retailing. Paul has been an early-stage executive at two start-ups. He was the initial CEO of Website Pros, now web.com, and he was the COO of Desktone, recently acquired by VMWare. Paul was inducted into the Chief Information Officer Hall of Fame by CIO magazine. He lives in Diablo, California with his wife Kate; their two children are in college. He is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute as well as a member of and Moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Antonio Gracias

Antonio Gracias, Founder, President, and CEO, Valor Equity Partners, Chicago, IL. Antonio Gracias serves as founding President and CEO of the Investment Committee for Valor Equity Partners, which he founded in 2001. He has 15 years of experience investing in a variety of sectors including private equity, public equity, and real estate transactions. Prior to Valor, he was founder and managing member of MG Capital, and also served as CEO of MG Capital's electronic connector holdings, Connector Service Corporation. He managed the company through growth from $10 million to $125 million in revenue before exiting the investment in 2001. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Industrial Powder Coatings, Inc., a $65 million revenue supplier to the auto parts and appliance sectors, and was an associate with Goldman Sachs in New York in the International Equity Division. He is a member of the Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee, the Commercial Club of Chicago, and a board member of the Clean Energy Trust, The Economic Club of Chicago, and the Grand Victoria Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Field Museum, and a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Chicago Law School. He holds joint BS and MSFS (honors degree) in international finance and economics from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service as well as a JD from the University of Chicago Law School. He is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Susan Hassan

Susan Hassan, Chicago, IL. Susan Hassan was formerly a Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP where she advised Fortune 500, middle-market and emerging companies on corporate, capital markets and strategic matters and in a variety of transactions, including private equity transactions, public and private acquisitions and dispositions, strategic alliances, public and private securities offerings and venture capital financings. Susie has a diverse corporate practice with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate governance and strategic advice matters. She has substantial experience in advising family-controlled companies and has worked extensively in the financial services, energy, technology and health care industries. Susie has repeatedly been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA; America's Leading Lawyers for Business.  She was named one of Investment Dealers' Digest's "40 Under 40" and one of Chicago's "40 Under 40" by Crain's Chicago Business.  She regularly serves as a guest lecturer on mergers and acquisitions at Harvard Law School.  Susie serves on the Boards of Directors of The Clean Energy Trust and The Women's Sports Foundation.  She serves on the firm's Hiring Committee.  She received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.  In 2009, Susie was named a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Lily Kanter

Lily Kanter, Co-Founder and CEO, Serena & Lily, Sausalito, CA. Lily Kanter is the co-founder and CEO of Serena & Lily. In October 2003, she was the owner of a baby boutique when a chance meeting brought her together with Serena Dugan, a textile designer and artist. Eight months later, they introduced Serena & Lily, the now highly successful baby bedding and furniture company. Honored by their success, the two also sought to give back to those less fortunate, and so each year 5% of company profits go to organizations that serve underprivileged and at-risk women and children. Prior to this, Lily spent 18 years in business and technology, primarily in management positions at Microsoft, Deloitte & Touche, and IBM. She created the first Microsoft flagship store in downtown San Francisco earning her the Chairman's Award from Bill Gates in July 1999. She left Microsoft in late 2000 to focus her time and energy on philanthropic causes and starting a family. Lily was featured on the cover of Time in July 2000 for the story "The New Philanthropists." She founded Social Venture Partners in the Bay area and the Serena & Lily Foundation, devoted to the mission of inspiring kids to change the world. She also co-founded the Sarosi-Kanter Charitable Foundation with her husband Marc. Lily attended the Executive M.B.A. program at Pepperdine and the Pepperdine Asia Business Program in Hong Kong, and she holds a B.A. in Accounting from Arizona State University.  She is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Peter Karabatsos

Peter Karabatsos, Senior Director, Intellectual Property Strategy, Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL. Pete joined Abbott, a leading health care company, in 2004 as a manager in the Business Development and Licensing department of Abbott's molecular diagnostics business. In 2007, he was promoted to Senior Director of Intellectual Property Strategy, where he is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive IP strategy for Abbott's three diagnostics divisions. In his current position, Pete is also responsible for Abbott Diagnostics Global Licensing, new technology acquisitions and strategic alliances. As part of his role at Abbott, Pete has worked with leading academic institutions to bring innovative diagnostic technologies to developing countries where health care resources are limited. Prior to joining Abbott, he worked in the Office of Technology and Intellectual Property at the University of Chicago (The ARCH Development Corporation) where he became a recognized expert in early-stage technology generation and commercialization. Pete began his professional career as a biologist working for G.D. Searle Pharmaceuticals (Monsanto), but went back to school to obtain a law degree. During his studies, he served as an intern for the Honorable Charles P. Kocoras in Chicago. Pete volunteers his time with the Chicago Public Schools "After School Matters" Program, Misericordia Heart of Mercy Church and Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church. He earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. Pete is a member of the 2009 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.


Daniel Kinder

Daniel Kinder, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Double Kingdom Group, London, United Kingdom. Daniel Kinder is the Founder and CEO of Double Kingdom Ltd., an infrastructure development and investment company with offices in London, Beijing and throughout sub Saharan Africa. Daniel was the Managing Partner of Hanyang Investment Group in Beijing and the Co-Managing Partner of Park Avenue Equity Partners, a New York-based leveraged buyout investment fund.  Daniel began his career in Credit Suisse First Boston's Financial Institutions Group in New York.  Daniel has been actively involved with political campaigns for the US Senate and British Parliament.  He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Charity:Water.  He received his B.A., with Honors, from The School of Politics at the University of Liverpool in Great Britain.  He is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Michelle Kydd Lee

Michelle Kydd Lee, Chief Innovation Officer, Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, CA. Michelle Kydd Lee is the Chief Innovation Officer for Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world's leading entertainment and sports agency, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. In this role, she provides strategic leadership that builds upon the agency’s renowned culture of collaboration, excellence, and client service, and crafts state-of-the-art approaches to empower, develop, and inspire employees across the company. This includes creating growth opportunities for CAA’s people and culture, inside and outside the agency. Until this year, Michelle directed the CAA Foundation since helping to found it in 1995. The CAA Foundation uses the resources of the entertainment and sports community to create positive social change. In addition to having led the Foundation, Michelle personally serves as a consultant to clients, executives and corporations on their philanthropic and pro-social initiatives. She has served on numerous charitable organization boards and currently sits on the board for Communities In Schools of Los Angeles, and the advisory boards for the MIT Media Lab, FEED and IDEO.org. She is a member of the 2009 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Jeffrey Mendelsohn

Jeffrey Mendelsohn, Founder and Chairman, New Leaf Paper, San Francisco, CA. Jeff initially launched New York Recycled Paper in 1991 in an effort to "take on one of the most polluting industries in the world". He was so successful that in 1998, he moved the company's headquarters to California, bought out Dancing Tree (a small recycled paper company), and renamed the whole works New Leaf Paper. Since then, sales have grown to $29 million in ten years-without any outside investment. New Leaf is now a national supplier with employees across the U.S., and they have become the exclusive printer of the Harry Potter series in Canada. Jeff is active in the socially responsible business community and is a member of Social Venture Network (which he founded) and Business for Social Responsibility. He is also a board member for Amazon Watch and an advisory board member for the Environmental Non-Profit Network and the As You Sow Foundation. In March 2004, Fast Company magazine named New Leaf one of its "Fast Fifty" top growing companies. They also won Fast Company magazine's Inaugural Social Enterprise Award in 2008. Jeff earned a B.A. in Government with a concentration in International Relations and US/Latin American Relations in 1990 from Cornell University. He also studied Dependency Theory at the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1988. Jeff is a member of the 2009 class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.


Eric Reeves

Eric Reeves, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, The Duchossois Group, Inc., Elmhurst, IL. As Vice-President and General Counsel, Eric provides legal and business counsel to The Duchossois Group, Inc., a privately held, family-owned company with investments in the consumer products, technology and service sector. Eric was previously a partner at the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery and was a key part of their commercial finance practice group. He serves on the board of directors for Family Focus (Englewood)-a non-profit whose mission is to promote the well-being of children by supporting and strengthening their families, and the Advocate Illinois Masonic Charitable Foundation. Eric is a member of the Hearing Board for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois and an active member of the American Bar Association. He is a graduate Fellow of Leadership of Greater Chicago and was selected as a member of Mayor Daley's 21st Century Leadership Council. Eric earned a B.A. in History at the University of Michigan in 1994 and his Juris Doctor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1998. He is a member of the 2009 class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.


Rosa Scarcelli

Rosa Scarcelli, Owner and Chief Executive Officer, Stanford Management LLC, Portland, ME. Rosa Scarcell is owner and CEO of Stanford Management, a provider of affordable housing with more than 80 complexes in Connecticut, Maine,  and Pennsylvania. From 1999-2005, Rosa was owner and president of DE Property Management LLC. Prior to that, she was development director for Landmark America LLC, an industry leading multi-family real estate development company, as well as development coordinator for Gleichman & Company, an affordable housing development company in Portland, Maine. She has served as an intern in the U.S. Senate and the New York City Council, a U.S. Senate Page,  a member  of the New England Finance Committee for Barack Obama. She is a member of YPO, the Women's International Network of YPO, the International Women's Forum, the Maine Women's Forum, and is a member of the steering committee for the Portland Museum of Art. Due to her aspirations for public service in her native Maine, Rosa ran for governor of Maine in the Democratic primary in 2010. Rosa graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in art and art history. Her passions are to make her community stronger and healthier. She loves reading, yoga, running, good food, friends and family. She lives in Portland, Maine with her children, Dyer, Charlotte, and Burr and husband, Thom. She is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Tamsin Smith
Tamsin Spencer Smith

Tamsin Spencer Smith, Founder and President, SlipStreamStrategy, San Francisco, CA. Tamsin Smith brings to life good ideas that matter to the world. As a brand builder, social impact innovator, and poet, she helps individuals and organizations tap their values, unlock their potential, and tell their stories to better inspire and ignite others.  Whether the mission is leadership development, scaling a new company, or building a global movement, these people-powered connections add up to profound change. Tamsin created the consultancy SlipStreamStrategy to fuel this work in 2009.  Recent roles have included: head of brand and partnerships for sharing economy pioneer Yerdle, president of the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, and senior strategic advisor to the United Nations Foundation.  From 2006-2009, she served as founding president of (RED), working with partners Bono and Bobby Shriver, to launch a revolution in creative capitalism by empowering iconic brands and regular consumers to make a profound difference in the lives of women and children in Africa. At the time of her departure, they had delivered nearly $200 million to the cause.  Prior to (RED), Tamsin directed public policy for Gap Inc. and earlier served several years as a senior congressional staffer.  She’s a published poet and blogs for the Huffington Post. Tamsin holds an MA in international law and diplomacy from Tufts University and a BA in English Literature from Kenyon College, where she graduated summa cum laude with highest honors in English Literature. She is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Carla Vernón

Carla Vernón, Vice President and Business Unit Director, Snacks Unit, General Mills, Golden Valley, MN. Carla is a Vice President and Business Unit Director in the Snacks Operating Unit at General Mills. She currently leads the business strategy for a $1.5 Billion portfolio of snack brands including Nature Valley, FiberOne, LÄRABAR, Cascadian Farm, and Food Should Taste Good.  Prior to her role in snacks Carla led the Yogurt Operating Unit in a market share turnaround which resulted in the General Mills U.S. Yogurt business having its highest levels of market share growth in five years. Prior to her role in Yoplait, Carla was a Business Unit Director in the Cereal Operating Unit, driving growth on a portfolio of brands including Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Chex, and Lucky Charms. During this time she also led the health and wellness strategy for Big G Cereals including an initiative that significantly reduced the amount of sugar in Big G kid cereals. Beyond her role at General Mills, Carla serves on the national Board of Directors for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Advisory Board for the Wisconsin School of Business’s Center for Brand and Product Management. Carla loves to volunteer at her church and her children’s school. Prior to joining General Mills, Carla worked for U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun and The Nature Conservancy. Carla received her BA from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin (as a Consortium Fellow). She is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.