Paul F. Anderson
A. George (Skip) Battle
Laurence D. Belfer*
Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak*
Pauline Brown *
James (Jim) Schine Crown
A. Steven Crown
Andrea (Andy) Cunningham*
Benjamin (Ben) Dunlap
Henry Louis (Skip) Gates, Jr.
Patrick (Pat) W. Gross
Philip (Phil) L. Harris*
Henrietta H. Fore
Mark S. Hoplamazian*
Suzanne Nora Johnson*
Ann McLaughlin Korologos
Stace D. Lindsay*
Frederic (Fred) V. Malek
William (Bill) E. Mayer
John W. McCarter, Jr.
Thomas (Tom) D. McCloskey
David (Dave) McCormick*
Anne Welsh McNulty
Timothy (Tim) Noonan*
Christy Bieber Orris*
Michael (Mike) Powell*
Margot L. Pritzker
Peter A. Reiling*
Dr. Harry J. Saal
Roger M. Widmann
*Denotes that this mentor is also a Henry Crown Fellow
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Paul F. Anderson is a recently retired senior partner of Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. and currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Booz & Co. During his 40+ year career at Booz Allen, Paul had a wide range of responsibilities and experiences. From 1975-1983, he was Managing Partner of the firm's activities in Europe from his base in Paris. He then became involved with the firm's work in the automotive industry where he helped form and then lead the firm's global Automotive Practice and where he practiced for the rest of his Booz Allen career. During his last four years with the firm, Paul was responsible for rebuilding the firm's presence in Japan. In his second tour of duty as the firm's Chief Personnel officer in the mid-90's, he also spearheaded a pioneering research and consulting effort in the area of organizational leadership working in partnership with the World Economic Forum. In addition to his work in the commercial world, Paul has considerable experience in the not-for-profit sector both through his consulting work and through his membership on the board's of the University of Chicago Medical Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Aspen Institute. In 1968-69, Paul served as a White House Fellow where he carried out assignments for the President's Science Advisor, the President's Domestic Advisor and in the Office of Economic Opportunity. Paul is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Carnegie-Mellon University. He and his wife Mary reside in Chicago and have a home in Telluride, Colorado.
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*Mehrdad Baghai 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.
|*Sherman Baldwin joined Accenture in September 2004 and is currently the Global Client Executive managing one of Accenture’s strategic clients. Prior to that he served as Vice President of Strategy & Development at Pratt & Whitney, a leading designer and manufacturer of jet engines and industrial gas turbines. Previously he was the Managing Director of the New York office of Redleaf Group, a venture capital firm. He has also served as Vice President, managing member and equity partner at J.F. Lehman & Company and as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. Before starting his business career Sherman served as a naval aviator from 1988 to 1995. In 1991 during the first Gulf War he piloted EA-6B Prowlers off the U.S.S. Midway. He later worked as a special assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and as a planner for the strategic plans and policy division of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has written two books, Ironclaw, about his Gulf War experience and Growing Up with Harry, about life lessons learned from his father who died of ALS. Sherman has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1995. He was a founding trustee of the Childrens Pompe Foundation and a member of the American Council on Germany. Sherman has earned a B.A. in political science from Yale University, a Masters degree in telecommunications from George Washington University and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School. He and his family make their home in Connecticut. Sherman is a member of the 2003 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.|
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A. George (Skip) Battle is a Senior Fellow of the Aspen Institute as well as a long time Institute moderator. He was previously executive chairman of the board of Ask Jeeves, Inc., which was acquired by IAC/InterActiveCorp in July 2005. Prior to that, he served as CEO of the company from 2000 to 2003. From 1968 until his retirement in 1995, Skip served in management roles at Arthur Andersen LLP and then Andersen Consulting LLP (now Accenture), where he became worldwide managing partner of market development and a member of the firm's executive committee. He currently serves as chairman of the board of FICO and as a director of OpenTable, Netflix, LinkedIn, Workday, and Expedia, Inc. He was previously a director of the Masters Select Family of Mutual Funds, PeopleSoft, Advent Software, and Barra, Inc. He is also a grape farmer in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County, California. He received a BA with highest distinction in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA in finance from Stanford Business School, where he held McCarthy and University Fellowships, and has lectured at Stanford Business School, University of California-Berkeley Business School and the American University. Skip makes his home in Berkeley, California.
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*Laurence Belfer is Chief Executive Officer of Belfer Management LLC, a family investment firm based in New York, that emphasizes the energy, real estate and financial services industries. The Belfer family has been investing in the energy business for approximately 60 years, the real estate business for approximately 50 years and the financial services business for approximately 30 years. Previously, Laurence served as Vice-Chairman, President and Chief Operating of Belco Oil and Gas Corp. (NYSE). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Castleton Commodities International LLC. In addition, he serves on the board of The Belfer Foundation and the 92nd St.Y, where he chaired the 92Y American Conversation. He is a member of International Council of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and serves on the advisory board of the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. Laurence is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is a 1988 graduate with honors from Harvard University who earned his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 1992. He and his wife, Carolyn, their two sons and daughter live in New York, NY.
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Keith Berwick is a Senior Fellow of the Aspen Institute and inaugural holder of the Keith Berwick Chair of Leadership. As such he moderates seminars for the India Leadership Initiative, the Africa Leadership Initiative, the Catto Fellowship in Environmental Leadership, and other programs of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN). From 1996 to 2007 he served as Executive Director of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program and from 2003 to 2004 was Executive Vice President for Seminars of the Aspen Institute. A native Canadian, he has had a long and varied career as a historian, educator, television broadcaster, newspaper publisher and editor. He was educated at Syracuse University and the University of Chicago, where he earned his Ph.D. degree in U.S. history. He has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Claremont Graduate School; Pepperdine University and the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, and has lectured extensively at colleges and universities around the world. He is a four-time Emmy Award winning television broadcaster and principal of Berwick Communication, Inc., a newspaper and communication consulting company. He was founding president of Barry Ambrosetti & Associates, an Italian-American joint venture in global strategic planning, associate editor of Pacific Historical Review and editor of New Management magazine. From 1990 to 1996 he and his wife Sheena were publishers of the Country News, a weekly newspaper on California’s Central Coast. He has served as member of the board of the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Eleos Foundation, and is a Lifetime Trustee of the Aspen Institute. He is author of The American Revolutionary Experience, 1776-1976 and The Federal Age, 1789-1829: America in the Process of Becoming, among other historical works. He and his wife make their home in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
*Beth Brooke-Marciniak is global vice chair of public policy at EY and is a member of the firm's global executive board. Beth has public-policy responsibility for the firm's operations in 150 countries. In addition, she has global responsibility for the firm's diversity and inclusiveness efforts. She has been named seven times to Forbes' list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women and was named 2009 Woman of the Year by Concern Worldwide. During the Clinton administration, she worked for two years in the US Department of the Treasury, where she was responsible for all tax policy matters related to insurance and managed care. She played important roles in the health care reform and Superfund reform efforts. Throughout her career, Beth has been actively engaged in numerous civic and business organizations. She serves on the boards of Vital Voices, The Committee for Economic Development, and TechnoServe. Beth is co-chair of the board of WEConnect International and a member of the Committee of 200. She serves on the board of trustees of the Aspen Institute and the Women's Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum. She is also on the public policy advisory councils for Georgetown University and Indiana University. Beth formerly served on the International Council on Women's Business Leadership led by Hillary Clinton. Beth is a 1997 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
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*Pauline Brown is currently is the Chairman of North America for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world's leading luxury goods company, where she provides regional leadership for 65 brands in 5 sectors, including fashion & leather goods, perfumes & cosmetics, watches and jewelry, wines & spirits and selective retailing. She also serves on the Boards of L Capital, a private equity fund backed by LVMH; Moda Operandi, an online luxury retailer; and several LVMH's subsidiaries, including Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and Fresh Cosmetics. Earlier in her career, Pauline was a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group, where she led investments in the consumer and retail sectors. Prior to Carlyle, she was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Global Business Development at Avon Products, responsible for developing the company's long-term growth strategy and driving key components of a major restructuring plan. Pauline joined Avon from The Estee Lauder Companies, where she was the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and New Business Development in charge of all mergers, acquisitions and licensing efforts. Pauline began her career as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company. She currently sits on the Boards of Directors of the National Retail Federation, Parsons School of Design, and the French-American Chamber of Commerce. Pauline earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Dartmouth College and is member of the Executive Alumni Councils at both schools. She is 2008 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Fellowship's Board of Overseers.
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*For three decades Bill Bynum has worked to advance economic opportunity for disenfranchised populations. He began his professional career by helping to establish Self-Help, a pioneer in the development finance industry, and later built nationally recognized programs at the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center. He moved to Jackson in 1994 to become the founding CEO of the Enterprise Corporation of the Delta, and in 1995 organized Hope Credit Union. Today HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation/Hope Credit Union), is a regional community development financial institution, intermediary and policy center that provides and promotes responsible financial services and related assistance for entrepreneurs, homebuyers and community development projects in distressed communities across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Bill has advised Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama on community development, small business and financial service matters, serving for ten years as a presidential appointee and Chairman of the Treasury Department's Community Development Advisory Board. In 2012 he was named Vice Chairman of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's inaugural Consumer Advisory Board. A Salzburg Seminar Fellow, Bill is a recipient of the University of North Carolina Distinguished Alumnus Award, Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Award, National Rural Assembly Rural Hero Award and National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions "Helping Hands" Award. His board/ trustee service includes Millsaps College, Jackson State University Development Foundation, University of Mississippi MIND Center, Mississippi Children's Museum, Corporation for Enterprise Development, NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. In 2013, Bill was awarded The Aspen Institute's John P. McNulty Prize for his work with HOPE.
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James (Jim) Schine Crown is President of Henry Crown and Company, a privately owned investment company which invests in public and private securities, real estate and operating companies. He is Lead Director of General Dynamics Corporation and a member of the Board of Directors of JPMorgan Chase Corporation. Jim is trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry, the Orchestral Association and University of Chicago. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Jim was born in Chicago in 1953, the son of Lester and Renée (Schine) Crown. Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1976 from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He received his law degree in 1980 from Stanford Law School, where he was Projects Editor of the Stanford Law Review and a member of the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation. Upon graduating in 1980, Jim joined Salomon Brothers Inc, in New York City, as an associate. He became a Vice President of the Capital Markets Service Group in January 1983. In April 1985 he returned to Chicago to join his family's investment firm. He has been married to the former Paula Hannaway since 1985. They have four children.
Lester Crown is Chairman of the Henry Crown and Company. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MB.A. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business. Lester has served on the boards of General Dynamics (where he previously served as Chairman of the Executive Committee), Maytag Corporation, TWA, Continental Bank of Chicago and Alltel Corporation. He is on the Boards of Northwestern University, The Jerusalem Foundation, Inc., Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Jewish Theological Seminary, the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, and a member of the Board of Governors, Tel Aviv University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Lifetime Trustee of the Aspen Institute and a Member of the Board of Overseers of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program. He and his wife Renée live in Chicago.
Steven Crown serves as a General Partner of Henry Crown and Company. He is also a Director of Commonwealth Edison Company, Farmers Investment Company in Arizona, North Shore University Health System and its Research Institute, Aspen Skiing Company, and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. From 1992-2007, Steve was an Independent Director of Hilton Hotels Corporation. From 1998-2005 he served as an Independent Director of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (formerly Park Place Entertainment Corp). He is a Trustee of The Art Institute of Chicago, Claremont McKenna College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Managers for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Steve is also a member of the UCLA Anderson School of Management Board of Governors. He received his undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College in 1974, and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1977.
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Susan Crown is a Vice President of Henry Crown & Company, a Chicago-based investment firm and the Chairman and Founder of SCE, a social investment organization that connects talent and innovation with market forces to drive social change. SCE’s is now working on the development and distribution of digital media to help children learn skills necessary for the 21st Century workplace and civic life. She is Chairman of the Executive Committee of Illinois Tool Works and Vice Chair of Rush University Medical Center, where she has lead the Facilities Committee during the past five years in rebuilding its campus and main hospital-- Chicago’s first LEED-certified hospital. Susan serves on the Board of Directors of Northern Trust Corporation, and a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council and founder/co-chair of NRDC’s Midwest Council. She recently co-chaired CARE’s national conference on global poverty in Washington, D.C., to advocate for legislation on food security programs, child marriage and global warming to the U.S. House and Senate. Crown served for 26 years as Chairman of the Arie and Ida Crown Memorial, a foundation focused in areas including urban education, human services, healthcare, cultural arts and the Middle East. Susan served for a dozen years on the Yale Corporation and as a Co-Chair of the Yale Tomorrow Campaign. She was instrumental in developing the Covenant Foundation, a program supporting and recognizing leadership in Jewish education, and Chaired Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Visual History Foundation, the largest video archive in the world containing the testimony of survivors, rescuers, perpetrators and witnesses of the Holocaust. Other civic involvements include the Chicago Public Education Fund, the Aspen Valley Community Foundation and serving as a hospice volunteer. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and is a member of the National Finance Committee for the Romney Campaign. Susan holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.A. from New York University. She and her husband William Kunkler have two adult children and live in Chicago.
*Andy Cunningham is an entrepreneur at the forefront of marketing, branding, positioning and communicating “The Next Big Thing”. Shehas played a key role in the launch of a number of new categories including video games; personal computers; desktop publishing; digital imaging; RISC microprocessors; software as a service; very light jets; and clean tech investing. She is an expert in creating and executing marketing, branding and communication strategies that accelerate growth, increase shareholder value and advance corporate reputation. Andy came to Silicon Valley in 1983 to work for Regis McKenna and help Steve Jobs launch the Macintosh. When Steve left Apple to form NeXT and acquire Pixar, he chose Andy’s public relations agency, Cunningham Communication, to represent him. She continued to work with Steve for several years and has developed marketing, branding and communication strategies for game-changing technologies and companies ever since. Andy is the founder and president of Cunningham Collective, a brand strategy firm dedicated to bringing innovation to market. The 3-year old firm has worked with many companies in various markets including telecommunications, search, energy efficiency, media and publishing, finance, mobile apps, display technology, healthcare, big data and semiconductors. Andy serves on the following boards: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.; The Aspen Institute; Menlo College; and ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network, an organization she founded in 2000 with the mission to shape the future at the intersection of art and technology. Past board positions include YPO, WPO, CEO, the Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Computer History Museum. She holds memberships in WPO, CEO, TED and Women Corporate Directors. Andy graduated from Northwestern University and lives in Palo Alto, California, with her aviator family: her husband Rand Siegfried, and their two children, McKinley and Cormac.
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John Danner has extensive experience advising and managing both large, complex organizations and emerging startup ventures. As a management consultant, he worked in a diverse array of industry settings, from energy and healthcare to consumer products and multimedia. John teaches several MBA courses in venture development and business model innovation at the Haas Business School, University of California, Berkeley. He also launched a popular campus-wide undergraduate course on entrepreneurship to address global poverty. Additionally, he serves as a Visiting Professor at Princeton University, where he created an interdisciplinary course on social entrepreneurship and launched a pilot venture development program for student entrepreneurs. He serves on the global faculty for an Intel-sponsored global seminar program on technology entrepreneurship and innovation. He also conducts seminars for Haas’ international Executive Education program; and serves as a senior moderator for the Aspen Institute. In addition to his consulting and teaching activities, John’s professional career includes prior experience as an entrepreneur, corporate lawyer and senior policy advisor at both the state and federal government levels. He co-founded a national business newspaper covering the U.S. healthcare industry, and a market research company in his college days. His legal work for a leading international law firm included major client representations in electricity, telecommunications, oil and gas, real estate and investment industries. His public service includes work as a senior aide to then-Governor Bill Clinton, and to U.S. Secretary of Education Shirley Hufstedler in establishing the U.S. Department of Education. He volunteers for a wide variety of organizations and initiatives, which currently include a nonprofit effort to deliver solar-powered light to maternal clinics in Nigeria, Haiti, and elsewhere; a venture piloting a new approach to offer clean, affordable drinking water to millions of people living on $1-2/day; and an innovative technology approach to helping homeowners manage energy usage. In addition, he serves on the National Advisory Council on Technology and Aging; and is the “grandfather” of TED University. John holds J.D., M.P.H. and M.A.Ed. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley; and served as Assistant Editor of the California Law Review. He received his A.B. cum laude from Harvard College, where he sang with the Harvard Krokodiloes and performed in the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. John has been married for 41 years, has 3 sons and makes his home in Berkeley, CA and New York City.
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Richard Danzig is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of The RAND Corporation, a member of the Defense Policy Board, The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, and the Homeland Security Secretary’s Advisory Council, a Trustee of Reed College, a Director of the Center for a New American Security and a Director of Saffron Hill Ventures (a European investment firm). In recent time he has been a director of National Semiconductor Corporation (NY Stock Exchange) and Human Genome Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ). He has also served as The Chairman of the Board of The Center for a New American Security and Chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Richard served as the 71st Secretary of the Navy from November 1998 to January 2001. He was the Under Secretary of the Navy between 1993 and 1997. From the spring of 2007 through the Presidential election of 2008, Richard was a senior advisor to Senator Obama on national security issues. Richard is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and a senior advisor at the Center for New American Security, the Center for Naval Analyses, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. His primary activity is as a consultant to the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security on national security issues. Richard was born in New York City in 1944. He received a B.A. degree from Reed College, a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, and Bachelor of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Upon his graduation from Yale, Richard served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White. Between 1972 and 1977, Richard was an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Law at Stanford University, a Prize Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow. During this period, he wrote a book on contract law and articles on constitutional history, contracts, criminal procedure, and law and literature. From 1977 to 1981, Dr. Danzig served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, first as a Deputy Assistant Secretary and then as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics. In these roles, he contributed particularly to the development of the Department’s ability to mobilize manpower and materiel for deployment abroad. In 1981, he was awarded the Defense Distinguished Public Service Award. He received that same honor—the highest Department of Defense civilian award—twice more in 1997 and 2001 for his work with the Navy and Marine Corps. Between 1981 and 1993, Dr. Danzig was a partner in the law firm of Latham and Watkins. Resident in Washington, his unusually broad legal practice encompassed white-collar crime defense work, civil litigation, and corporate work, including heading the firm’s Japan practice. During this time he co-authored a book on National Service, taught contracts at Georgetown Law School, and was a Director of the National Semiconductor Corporation, a Trustee of Reed College, and litigation director and then vice chair of the International Human Rights Group. In 1991, he was awarded that organization’s Tony Friedrich Memorial Award as pro-bono human rights lawyer of the year. Richard and his wife, Andrea, reside in Washington, DC where Mrs. Danzig has an active practice as a psychotherapist. They have two adult children, David and Lisa. Richard’s recent publications include “Driving in the Dark: Ten Propositions About Prediction” and as co-author of “Aum Shinrikyo: Insights into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons,” both published in 2011 by The Center for a New American Security.
*Anne Devereux-Mills is the of Chief Strategy Officer of Lantern, a San Francisco-based start-up that is using technology to bring mental wellness programs to people otherwise underserved due to challenges of stigma, access and cost. Anne also founded Parlay House in 2012, a salon-style gathering of over 500 Bay-area women who come together to connect, learn and grow with each other. In 2013, she joined the board of BeyondZ, an off-shoot of Teach for America which focuses on identifying and empowering our nation’s high-performing yet underserved youth. In 2015 Anne also became a mentor for Open a Door Foundation, and organization supporting and grooming the next generation of female world leaders. An activist on issues related to social justice, Anne was also a key member of the team that helped pass California's Proposition 36, which brought fair sentencing to thousands of non-violent inmates as part of California's Three Strikes reform. She also helped found the iHUG Foundation, a not-for-profit school in Uganda supporting some of that nation's most needy children. Anne supports Stanford University by serving as the Executive Director of Healthy Body Image Programs. Before taking on these roles in more philanthropic ventures, Anne was a single mom raising two daughters in the New York area, with a career in the healthcare marketing. Specifically, she was the Chairman and CEO of LLNS and TBWA\WorldHealth (and their worldwide marketing network) after her successful roles as Chief Integration Officer at BBDO and Managing Director of their highly successful healthcare unit. She also served as CEO of Consumer Healthworks, a division of Merkley and Partners, as well as President of Harrison & Star. A Wellesley College graduate, a proud mother, a mentor of women and girls, and in her spare time she can be found at the gym, on a paddle board or traveling the world with her new husband, David Mills. Anne is a Board Director of Marchex and National Home Health Care Corp. Anne is a member of the 2003 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
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Benjamin (Ben) Dunlap is a teacher, scholar, author, performing artist, writer/producer for Public Television, and college president, who in addition to speaking engagements around the world, has designed and moderated conferences in this country and abroad for the Aspen Institute and other organizations since 1985. Winner of numerous awards for teaching and scholarship, his faculty appointments over a span of 51 years have been at Harvard University as an instructor, assistant professor and visiting professor; The University of South Carolina as a Carolina Professor; and Wofford College as the Chapman Family Professor in the Humanities. In addition to his 13 years as President of Wofford College, he was twice appointed a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Thailand, and was an inaugural Japan Society Leadership Fellow in Tokyo. As an award-winning writer-producer for Public Television from 1974 through the early '90's, he is credited with major responsibility for several hundred programs and series including dramas, documentaries, performing arts, and distance learning projects. Listed as one of "50 Remarkable People" for the international 2007 TED conference in Monterey, Ben's presentation has been viewed via the internet by well over a million people. Named President Emeritus of Wofford College in 2013, Ben holds a B.A. degree, summa cum laude from Sewanee: The University of the South, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar; B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he was a James A. Rumrill Scholar. He has received honorary degrees from Sewanee, Wofford, and the University of South Carolina, as well as the South Carolina Governor's Award in the Humanities, and the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian award. For four years he was a soloist and principal dancer with the Columbia City Ballet, and his publications include essays, fiction, poetry, and opera libretto. He and his wife, Anne, have been married since 1963 and are the parents of three grown children.
Dr. Joan Fallon, Founder and CEO of Curemark, is considered a visionary scientist who has dedicated her life’s work to championing the health and wellbeing of children worldwide. Curemark is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapies to treat serious diseases for which there are limited treatment options. In 2013, Curemark commenced the filing of a New Drug Application for the first novel drug for autism under the FDA Fast Track Program. Joan holds 46 patents worldwide, has written numerous scholarly articles, and lectured extensively across the globe on pediatric developmental problems including autism and ADHD. A former Assistant professor at Yeshiva University in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and presently serves on the Council of National Advisors for Springboard Enterprises an internationally known venture catalyst, that supports women–led growth companies. She served on the Board of Advisors for the ADA for the building of the new Yankee Stadium. She was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of Franklin & Marshall College. She has a BA degree from Franklin and Marshall College, a DC degree from Palmer University, and has completed her course work for the MSc in clinical investigation from Harvard University’s joint program with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Fallon resides in Bronxville, NY.
*Janet Froetscher is Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics, leading the organization and all of its functions in seeking to fulfill the mission and the achievement of the goals of the strategic plan. Based at the Special Olympics global headquarters in Washington D.C., she leads an international team of more than 200 professionals throughout the world who are implementing sports, health, education and community building programming in more than 170 countries every day around the world. Special Olympics addresses inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities to be productive citizens in their communities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society. Janet leads the growth of the movement which is currently serving more than 4.2 million athletes with intellectual disabilities, holds more than 70,000 competitions annually, and welcomes more than one million coaches and volunteers who help make grassroots operations possible. She also serves on the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. Prior to joining Special Olympics, Janet was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Safety Council (NSC), an organization whose mission is to save lives and prevent injuries. Under her leadership, the Council drove initiatives to save 10,000 lives and prevent 1 million injuries by focusing on issues such as workplace safety, distracted and teen driving. Prior to that, Janet was Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago where she led the merger of 54 United Ways into a single entity. She also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Aspen Institute and her corporate experience includes leadership roles within the Commercial Club of Chicago and Bankers Trust Company. Janet holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University. She is a Board member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange and Chicago Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Chicago Network and Commercial Club of Chicago. Janet is a member of the 1998 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
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Patrick (Pat) W. Gross is Chairman of The Lovell Group, a business and technology advisory and investment firm. Through The Lovell Group, he is advising half a dozen private technology and internet commerce firms. Previously, he spent three decades with American Management Systems, Inc., which he founded 1970 with four colleagues from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and built it to a $ 1 billion company with 7,000 professionals throughout North America and Europe. He is currently a director of four public companies: Capital One Financial Corporation, Career Education Corporation, Liquidity Services, Inc., and Mobius Management Systems, Inc. He is also a director of several private companies including Sarnoff Corporation and Development Alternatives, Inc. His other leadership positions include Trustee and Chairman of the Research and Policy Committee of the Committee for Economic Development, Vice Chairman of the Council for Excellence in Government, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Technology Leadership Consortium, and cofounder and past chairman of the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. Pat is and has been a director/trustee/board officer of several educational institutions, hospitals/health care organizations, and economics and public policy organizations. He has also been active in the charter school movement in Washington, DC. Pat is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Economic Club of Washington. He attended Cornell University and received a B.E.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as well as an M.S.E. from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A. in 1968 from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He and his wife, Sheila Proby Gross, live in suburban Washington, DC. and Whidbey Island, WA, and have a son and daughter.
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*Phil Harris is partner at Jenner & Block in Chicago, where he also serves on the firm's management committee. His practice focuses on the defense of mass tort, product liability and complex commercial litigation. He is a member of the American, National, Illinois, Chicago and Iowa State Bar Associations. He also is an elected member of the American Law Institute. Since 1990, Phil has served as a Trustee of Northwestern University. He currently is a Vice Chair of the Board and a member of the Board's Executive Committee. He also serves on the boards of the Chicago Zoological Society and the National Art Museum of Sport. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1980 with a BA in political science and in 1983 earned a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Chicago Law School. Phil is a 1997 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He also is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago. He has three daughters ages 23, 20 and 17.
Henrietta H. Fore
Henrietta H. Fore is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Holsman International, a manufacturing, consulting, and investment company. The Holsman companies include the 62-year-old Stockton Products, a manufacturer and distributor of steel and wire products, as well as Vicenza, a manufacturer of unique home hardware. In addition, she provides advisory services to several international corporations, including the Coca-Cola Company. Henrietta is a frequent speaker at international forums on corporate governance, international trends, markets, finance, foreign policy and public-private partnerships, including topics from food and water, to women and education. From 2007 to 2009, she served as the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Director of United States Foreign Assistance, holding the equivalent rank as Deputy Secretary of State. Henrietta was the first woman to serve in these roles. She was responsible for managing $39.5 billion of U.S. foreign assistance annually, including support to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. She oversaw an annual budget of $12.3 billion, and a staff of approximately 8,000, of whom more than 75 percent worked overseas in USAID field offices. She served on the Boards of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Henrietta received the Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the highest award the Secretary of State can bestow. From 2005 to 2007, she served as Under Secretary of State for Management, the Chief Operating Officer for the Department of State. She was responsible for the people, resources, facilities, technology and security of the Department and was the Secretary’s principal advisor on management issues. She oversaw a management budget of $3.6 billion, 7,200 employees, 30,000 contractors and 267 embassies and posts in 172 countries. Henrietta served as the 37th Director of the United States Mint in the Department of Treasury from 2001 to 2005. She managed the world's largest manufacturer of coins, medals, and coin products. The United States Mint produced 13 billion coins in 2004 for the nation's trade as well as gold, silver and platinum bullion coins and commemorative coins and medals for investors and collectors. She was elected President of the International Mint Directors. Henrietta received the Alexander Hamilton Award in 2005, the Department of Treasury’s highest honor for her service as Director of the United States Mint. Prior to this, she managed private companies manufacturing steel and cement products for the construction industry. Henrietta serves as Co-Chair of the Asia Society, Co-Chair of WomenCorporateDirectors, and Co-Chair of the North Africa Partnership for Economic Opportunity. She is a Trustee of the Aspen Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She serves on the Corporate Boards of Exxon Mobil Corporation and Theravance, Inc. Henrietta also serves on the Boards of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Diagnostics for All, Center for Global Development, Initiative for Global Development, and Women’s Foreign Policy Group. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York, Council on Foreign Relations, Committee of 200, International Women’s Forum, Wellesley Business Leadership Council, YPO/WPO, and Chief Executives Organization. She has served on the Corporate Boards of the Dexter Corporation and HSB Group Inc., both listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Henrietta has a B.A. degree in History from Wellesley College and a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She received the 2006 Alumnae Award from the Baldwin School, and the 2004 Alumnae Award from the University of Northern Colorado. She has also studied International Politics at Oxford University and studied at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She is married and lives in Washington, DC, Nevada, and Florida, and is a keen sailor and collector of antique Holsman Automobiles.
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*Mark Hoplamazian was appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2006 and named President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation in December 2006. Prior to being appointed to his present position, Mark served as President of The Pritzker Organization, LLC (“TPO”), the principal financial and investment advisor for Pritzker family business interests. During his 17 year tenure with TPO he served as advisor to various Pritzker family-owned companies, including Hyatt Hotels Corporation and its predecessors. Mark has served on the boards of directors of a number of privately held companies and participated on behalf of the Pritzker family business interests in the formation of a number of companies. He previously worked in international mergers and acquisitions at The First Boston Corporation in New York. Mark is the current Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise. He serves on the Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves, the Council on the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Board of Directors of New Schools for Chicago, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of World Business Chicago, and the Henry Crown Fellowship Program Board of Overseers. He is a member of the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Commercial Club of Chicago. Mark graduated from Harvard College in 1985 and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1989. He is a 2003 Henry Crown Fellowship of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Globa Leadership Network.
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Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs (2011), Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986). Isaacson was born on May 20, 1952, in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He began his career at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of new media before becoming the magazine’s 14th editor in 1996. He became chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003. He is the chairman of the board of Teach for America, which recruits recent college graduates to teach in underserved communities. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States. He is vice-chair of Partners for a New Beginning, a public-private group tasked with forging ties between the United States and the Muslim world. He is on the board of United Airlines, Tulane University, and the Overseers of Harvard University. From 2005-2007, after Hurricane Katrina, he was the vice-chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority. He lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, DC.
*Suzanne Nora Johnson is former vice chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. She also served as chairman of the Global Markets Institute and was a member of the firm's management committee. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Suzanne was an attorney with Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett and worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals. Suzanne currently serves on the corporate boards of American International Group, Inc., Intuit Inc., Pfizer Inc., and Visa Inc. She also serves on the boards of several nonprofit institutions, including the American Red Cross, the Broad Foundation, the Brookings Institution (Vice Chair), the Carnegie Institution of Washington (Co-Chair), the Markle Foundation, TechnoServe, the University of Southern California and Women's World Banking. She chairs a number of endowment investment committees. Suzanne serves on the Global Agenda Council on New Economic Thinking for the World Economic Forum. Suzanne received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from the University of Southern California. She is a member of the 1998 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
*Jordan Kassalow is Founder and Co-Chairman of the Board at VisionSpring. He is also the Founder of the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he served as an Adjunct Senior Fellow from 1999 to 2004, and Co-Founder of Scojo New York. He has served as Director of the Onchocerciasis (Riverblindness) Division at Helen Keller International. He serves on the board of directors for the Jerusalem Foundation. Jordan is a Draper Richards Fellow, an Ashoka Fellow, the recipient of the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and the inaugural winner of the John McNulty Prize. Jordan received his doctorate of optometry from the New England College of Optometry and completed his fellowship in preventive ophthalmology and his Master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins. Jordan is also a practicing optometrist and senior partner at Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick, PC. He and his wife, Erica, and their three children live in New York City. He is a member of the 2005 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
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Ann D. McLaughlin Korologos is Chairman Emeritus of the Aspen Institute, having served as Chairman from 1996 through August of 2000, and is also former Chairman of the RAND Board of Trustees. From 1990 to 1995 she served as president of the Federal City Council, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization comprised of 150 top business and civic leaders dedicated to improving the nation's capital. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for several corporations including Harman International, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., Kellogg Company, Michael Kors and Vulcan Materials Company. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The Dana Foundation and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Cristo Rey Network and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Mrs. Korologos was a top official in the Departments of Treasury and Interior and served as U. S. Secretary of Labor under President Reagan. From 1989 to 1990 she served as Chairman of the President's Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism. She has been awarded honorary degrees from Marymount College (Tarrytown, New York), University of Rhode Island, New England School of Law, the College of St. Elizabeth, Tri-State University and Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is a native of Chatham, New Jersey, earned a B.A. degree from Marymount College and studied at the University of London and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. She is married to Tom C. Korologos and lives in Washington, DC. She is also the owner of the Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt, Colorado.
*Aileen Lee is the Founder and Managing Partner of Cowboy Ventures, a seed-stage focused fund that backs technology entrepreneurs re-imagining life and work, what they call "life 2.0". Prior to founding Cowboy, she joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1999 and worked with a diversity of consumer and enterprise-oriented companies including Bloom Energy, One Kings Lane, Rent the Runway, Tellme and Trendyol. During this time she was also founding CEO of digital media company RMG Networks. Before joining KPCB, Aileen worked at Gap Inc. in various operating roles; she began her career at Morgan Stanley in technology mergers & acquisitions. Aileen holds 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 is the happy mom of three and wife to a startup founder. She is a member of the 2004 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
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*Stace Lindsay is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a role he assumed in 2014 to help broaden and deepen the collective impact of the work being done by its 1,800 alumni. He is also President of Fusion Venture Partners, a firm he started in order to bring together: people of great vision who inspire change, engender trust, and are moved deeply to make a difference; insights that have the power to improve our quality of life, protect that which is in danger, or to fix what is broken in our world; and capital that can be deployed with foresight, patience, and commitment to finding ways to be leveraged for economic and social good. He has been a strategic advisor to senior business, government, and nonprofit leaders throughout the world, having held senior positions at both Monitor Company and the OTF Group, where he worked closely with Michael Porter to adapt his work to emerging markets. He also has significant start-up, turnaround, and operating experience with companies, having been CEO of New England Portable Storage and vice president of business development for Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. He has also been a managing partner in the Latin American-focused venture capital firm Explorador.net. Stace is the co-founder of the Central American Leadership Initiative, part of the Aspen Institute's Global Leadership Network. Stace has served on the executive committee of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs and on the board of directors of TechnoServe, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building competitive businesses in rural Africa and Latin America. He has also been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Business School and the University of Adolpho Ibanez Business School in Chile. He is the co-author of “Plowing the Sea: Nurturing the Hidden Sources of Growth in the Developing World” and author of the chapter "Culture, Strategy and Prosperity" in the book “Culture Matters”. Stace earned his degrees in international relations from Georgetown University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He and his family make their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Stace is a 2002 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and member of and a senior moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
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Frederic (Fred) V. Malek is Founder and Chairman of Thayer Lodging, a Brookfield Company, which has acquired over $3 billion of hotel assets. In his earlier investment activities Fred led the acquisition of the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, was one of three leaders in the acquisition of Northwest Airlines, led the acquisition of CBRE, and was a partner with former President George W. Bush in owning the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. He was also formerly President and CEO of Marriott Hotels, President and CEO of Northwest Airlines, and Co-Chairman of CBRE. In addition to his business career, Fred served as an advisor to four U.S. Presidents. He entered government as Deputy Undersecretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He later became Special Assistant to the President of the United States, and Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under Presidents Nixon and Ford. He advised President Reagan as a member of the executive committee of the President’s Council on Cost Control, as a member of the President’s Commission on Private Sector Initiatives, and as a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He served President George H. W. Bush as Director of the 1988 Republican Convention, as Director of the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations with the lifetime rank of Ambassador, and as Campaign Manager during 1992. Fred served as National Finance Chairman for the 2008 McCain Presidential Campaign, and served on Governor Mitt Romney’s National Finance Committee in 2012. Fred has served on and was Chairman of the Board of Visitors of West Point, and is currently Chairman of the Republican Governors Association Executive Roundtable. Fred has been an active philanthropist, and has made contributions for building the Malek Tennis Center at West Point; the O’Meara, Malek, Dawkins Class of 1959 Strength and Development Center at West Point; the Resnick-Malek Health Center in Aspen; and the Marlene and Fred Malek School of Health Professions at Marymount University. He also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Aspen Institute, and the American-Israel Friendship League. Fred has received a number of awards in his career, including the 2014 Distinguished Graduate award from West Point (West Point’s highest honor), the ADL Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League, and was recently inducted into the Horatio Alger Society. Fred is a graduate of West Point and the Harvard Business School, and was an Army airborne ranger serving with a special forces (Green Beret) team in Vietnam. He resides with his wife in McLean, Virginia, and is the proud parent of two children and grandfather of five.
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James Manyika is a Director (Senior Partner) at McKinsey & Company where he is one of the leaders of McKinsey’s Technology, Media and Telecom Practice based in Silicon Valley, where he has worked with many of the world’s leading tech companies. James is also a Director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the Firm’s business and economics research think tank. Some of the work he has led has appeared in academic journals, books and the op-ed pages of newspapers and business publications around the world, and he has spoken at various global technology, business and governmental forums. James was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Global Development Council and to serve as Vice Chair of the Council. He also serves on the following boards: US Department of Commerce Innovation Advisory Board, Aspen Institute, Oxford Internet Institute, UC Berkeley’s School of Information (iSchool), Harvard’s Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research, American University in Cairo school of Global Affairs and Public Policy, the World Affairs Council and Techonomy. He is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to McKinsey, James was on the Engineering Faculty at Oxford University, a Visiting Scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A Rhodes Scholar, James holds DPhil, M.Sc. and M.A. degrees from Oxford in Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science and BSc in Electrical Engineering from University of Zimbabwe. James has served on the California Rhodes selection committee, and he is involved with several innovation, philanthropy, arts organizations and forums.
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William E. (Bill) Mayer formed Park Avenue Equity Partners, which is a private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies, in 1999. From the fall of 1992 until December 1996, Mr. Mayer was a professor and Dean of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland. During his tenure at the University of Maryland, Mr. Mayer organized and led an effort that significantly improved the school’s programs and made it one of the top 25 ranked business schools in the country. From 1991 to 1992, Mr. Mayer served as a professor and Dean of the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. Mr. Mayer worked for The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse), a major investment bank, for 23 years. During his career at First Boston, Mr. Mayer held numerous management positions including President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Mayer is currently a board member of the following public companies: BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation, Premier and Lee Enterprises, and a member of the Boards of Trustees of Columbia Group of Mutual Funds. Over the past 45 years, he has been a board member of numerous other public and private companies. Mr. Mayer was Chairman of the Aspen Institute from 2000 to 2008 and is currently on its Executive Committee. He is also past Chairman of the Board of the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of Miller Buckfire and a board member of Acumen, the Rubin Museum and the Atlantic Council. He is also a member of the Board of Governors at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of Global Health Corps and Vice Chairman of the Middle East Investment Initiative. Mr. Mayer was named to the 2013 NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors), which honors leaders in corporate governance and in the boardroom. Mr. Mayer was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He holds a BS and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
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John W. McCarter, Jr. is Chair of the Board of Regents, Smithsonian Institution. He is President Emeritus of the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, where he served as President and CEO for sixteen years. He is a Board Member of the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the National Recreation Foundation, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (USA), and the Prize to End Blindness by 2020. He is an Emeritus Trustee of the University of Chicago; former Trustee of Princeton University; Emeritus Trustee and former Chairman of Chicago’s Public Television Station, WTTW. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served on five corporate and three mutual fund boards in capacities as lead director and chair of audit, governance and compensation committees. A native Chicagoan, he was formerly: Senior Vice President of Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc., President of DeKalb Corporation, Budget Director of the State of Illinois under Governor Richard B. Ogilvie, White House Fellow during the Administration of Lyndon B. Johnson. Mr. McCarter received an M.B.A. from Harvard University, attended the London School of Economics and graduated from Princeton University in 1960.
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Tom (Tom) D. McCloskey is Chairman & CEO of Cornerstone Holdings (Colorado) and McCloskey and Company (Hawaii), and Chairman of Urban Green Investments (San Francisco). Tom has served as general partner in over 50 partnerships and been involved in a variety of diverse business activities, and high-level strategic development of technology companies and wireless communications markets for the past thirty years. He served as Chairman of Horizon Organic Holdings (HCOW) the world's largest organic dairy company, a director of Summit Energy Corporation, (Louisville, Kentucky), and Chairman of San Francisco based Kona Blue Water Farms, the world's premier open ocean aquaculture company. He is the largest shareholder in MAGNA ENERGY, and PEGASUS TOWER Corp. Along with his wife, Bonnie, Tom founded the McCloskey Business Plan Competition at the University of Notre Dame. He was past Vice President and currently serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Thacher School of Ojai, California. Tom volunteers with the Aspen Institute, the Advisory Council of University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, and the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies where he has lectured on business ethics. He serves on the Board of the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI). Tom holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, and a MBA from the Wharton School. He lives in Aspen, and San Francisco with his wife, Bonnie, of 45 years.
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*David (Dave) McCormick is President and a member of the Management Committee for Bridgewater Associates, a global macro investment firm with over $160 billion in assets under management, and the world’s largest hedge fund. Before joining Bridgewater, he was U.S. Treasury Under-Secretary for International Affairs in the Bush Administration during the global financial crisis and prior to that Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Policy and Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration. From 1999-2005 David was an entrepreneur, serving as CEO of Freemarkets and President of Ariba, two publicly traded software companies, and earlier in his career he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. David is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and has a Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is a former Army officer and a veteran of the first Gulf War. David is a member of the 2003 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute, and serves on the Institute’s Board of Trustees.
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Bonnie McElveen-Hunter is Founder and CEO of Pace Communications, the nation’s largest custom publishing company. In 2001, she was appointed by President Bush to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Finland, and during her term led several successful initiatives, including the Women Business Leaders Summit in Helsinki in 2002 for women from the Baltic Region and Russia. In 2003, she initiated Stop Child Trafficking: End Modern-Day Slavery and Children of Karelia. The program helped Finnish and Russian charities assist children at risk from drugs, crime, HIV/AIDS and trafficking. For her outstanding services, the President of Finland awarded Bonnie one of Finland’s highest honors — the Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion. Following her work in Helsinki, Bonnie led a second Women’s Business Leaders Summit in 2004 in Riga, Latvia and most recently a third summit in 2007 in Amman, Jordan for women from Iraq, Palestine, Syria and other Middle Eastern nations. These Summits helped to advance entrepreneurship and encourage businesswomen to launch or expand business opportunities in their native countries. In 2004, Bonnie was appointed Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross and was reappointed in 2007. In addition, she sits on numerous boards including Rand Corporation, Malaria No More, the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Washington National Opera. She has also served as a member of the International Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, chaired the Alexis de Tocqueville Society and served on the United Way of America Board as a member of its National Leadership Council. She is a founder of the United Way Billion Dollar National Women’s Leadership Initiative, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Dr. Carl-Christian Rosenbröijer Award, "Woman Entrepreneur of the Year" Award from the National Foundation for Women Legislatures, National Athena Award for business and civic contributions from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and "Trailblazer of the Year" Award from the Women Leaders Forum. In 2007, Bonnie received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Appeal of Conscience Public Service Award. Bonnie is a 1972 graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She was also awarded the honorary doctor of humane letters from North Carolina State University.
Anne Welsh McNulty is co-founder and managing partner of JBK Partners, with businesses including investment management and a private philanthropic foundation. Before starting JBK Partners, Anne was a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs and a senior executive of the Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Strategies Group. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Opera, the Child Mind Institute and the National Museum of American Jewish History, as well as on the boards of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and of Villanova University. In addition Anne is the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Naples Children and Education Foundation, and has served as Chair of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, benefiting children's charities in Collier County Florida. Anne earned her MBA in Finance & Insurance from the Wharton School and served as valedictorian at Villanova University. She is the Founder of the John P. McNulty Prize at the Aspen Institute, which aims to recognize exceptional young leaders making a significant difference in their communities.
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*Ranji Nagaswami is a Senior Advisor to Corsair Capital, one of the longest-standing private equity firms focused on investing in the global financial services industry. Through her 25 plus year career, Ranji held executive and portfolio management positions at three world-class asset management firms: Bridgewater Associates, AllianceBernstein L.P and UBS Asset Management. She also served as chief investment advisor to the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for the City of New York's public employee pension plans. Ranji is currently launching the Finance Fellows program within the Aspen Institute's Global Leadership Network. She has served on numerous Boards and Investment Committees including serving as a member of the Henry Crown Overseers Board at the Aspen Institute, the Yale University Investments Committee, the Yale School of Management Advisory Board, among others. She earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Bombay University in India, a MBA from the Yale School of Management and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Ranji is a 2005 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute as well as a member of and moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Timothy (Tim) Noonan
*Tim Noonan is Vice President of Training Systems and Government Properties for The Boeing Company. He formerly led Boeing Ventures, part of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). Ventures builds teams of Boeing entrepreneurs who create new businesses that protect and connect people everywhere. Current teams are focused on solving problems in carbon capture; hydrokinetic power generation; renewables integration; microgrids; and timing and location services. Noonan served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. A St. Louis native, he is married and has five children. He is a founding board member of Friends of Soldiers Memorial in St. Louis and serves as a board member of The Mission Continues, the most socially innovative organization in the country serving and challenging this generation of veterans. Noonan also serves on the Board of Advisors at Project FROG. He earned a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Tim is a member of the 2008 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
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*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.
Christy Bieber Orris
*Christy Bieber Orris is an active investor and entrepreneur through Peak-to-Peak Investments. Her newest ventures are brackitz, a building toy company that empowers and challenges our next generation of engineers and architects and Sun Cups, a premium allergen-free chocolate company. Christy was the CEO of the ATEK Companies from 2001-2011, a privately owned management company, that owned and ran various outsource and product based companies. Employing over 700 people, ATEK Companies had six manufacturing facilities with revenues exceeding $140 million. Their anchor company, ATEK Medical, was purchased from Medtronic’s Cardiac Surgery business in 2003. Orris and her team developed ATEK Medical into one of the leading finished device medical outsource suppliers in the world. Its customer base included Medtronic, Boston Scientific, J&J, Smith & Nephew and other leading OEMs. They specialized in sole source production of complex disposable and implantable medical devices. ATEK Medical and its sister company, ATEK Plastics, were sold to Vention Medical/KRG in November, 2011. Before ATEK, Christy was President of Regent Aviation, worked in operations at Baxter Healthcare and in brand management at General Mills. She received her MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth and BS in marketing and international business at the University of Colorado at Boulder. From 2008-2011, Christy chaired the board of University of Colorado, Leed’s School of Business and later transitioned onto the Dean’s CEO Cabinet. She was awarded the Alumni Service Award at the University and frequently speaks on campus and mentors students. Christy is a member and previous board member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and a member of YPO Women’s International Network and the Committee of 200. She was one of Boulder’s 40 Under 40 in 2010. After selling the ATEK Companies in 2011, Christy travelled around the world for a year with her family and is now restoring a historic ranch, investing and building a new series of companies. She is an avid bike racer, skier and ex-Hawaii Ironman competitor. Christy resides in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and two sons. She is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and board member, member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and is now bringing the Aspen Seminar to the Leeds Scholar’s Program.
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Elaine Pagels, a historian of religion, is the Harrington Pear Paine Professor at Princeton University. She received the MacArthur Prize Fellowship for creative work, and is best known for her books on the early history of Christianity, especially The Gnostic Gospels, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and The American Book Award; the critically acclaimed Adam, Eve and the Serpent, and her most recent book entitled The Origin of Satan. Dr. Pagels serves on committees at Harvard University as well as the Bioethics Committee for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NY; and recently she has been named one of twenty-five most influential working mothers in the United States. She is also the author of Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, published in May 2003, and REVELATIONS: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, published in March 2012, both of which are New York Times bestsellers. In June 2005, she received the Centennial Medal from Harvard University in recognition of outstanding contributions to society, and in 2013 they awarded her an honorary degree.
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*Michael (Mike) Powell is the President and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. NCTA is the policy trade association for the cable operator and cable programmer industries. Prior to joining NCTA, he served as a Senior Advisor with Providence Equity Partners and served on the boards of Cisco Systems, Aol and EDMC. Mr. Powell served as the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, from 2001 to 2005, having served as a Commissioner for several years prior. Prior to his tenure at the FCC, Powell served as the Chief of Staff of the Antitrust Division in the Department of Justice where he advised the Assistant Attorney General on substantive antitrust matters, including policy development, criminal and civil investigations, and mergers. He also served as an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP and clerked for the Honorable Harry T. Edwards, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Before his legal career, Powell served as a policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense. His experience also includes military service as an armored cavalry officer in the United States Army, retiring after being seriously injured on duty. Powell serves on a number of non-profit boards, including the Mayo Clinic, the Aspen Institute and America’s Promise, where he co-chairs Grad Nation—an effort to end the high school dropout crisis. Powell also has served as the Rector of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary, and has taught, as an adjunct professor, at the Catholic University Law School. Powell graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in Government and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is married and has two sons. He is a 1999 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
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Margot Pritzker launched the WomenOnCall organization in February 2006 to provide women and non-profits with an on-line meeting place to forge productive and efficient connections that make a difference in people's lives. The WomenOnCall website went national in scope in May 2010 and now has over 4,000 members and growing across the country. Ms. Pritzker is Chair of the Zohar Education Project Inc., which she established in 1995. This is a project to translate the Zohar, the canonical work of Jewish mysticism, into English. Ms. Pritzker is involved in a number of initiatives that affect women and children in the developed and developing world. She has overseen the initiation and progress of schools in remote areas of the Himalayas and Afghanistan. Furthering cultivation of leadership amongst young people has led her to support and become involved with Ashesi University in Ghana and the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. Through the Aspen Institute, where she is a Trustee, she participates in leadership development initiatives throughout the world. She continues her involvement in international issues as a member of the Board of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, as a Trustee of the International Board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and as a member of the Advisory Board of America Abroad Media. Ms. Pritzker currently serves as a trustee of the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, where she was Chair of the Board from 1993-2001. She serves as a Director of the Pritzker Early Childhood Foundation. She is also the chair of the University of Chicago Charter School Governing Board, which is a part of the University's Urban Education Institute. She is also a Trustee of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, which is recognized as the premier museum of Himalayan art in the Western world. Born in England, Margot became a United States citizen in 1994. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband, Thomas J. Pritzker. They have three sons. Their extensive travel and knowledge of South Asia has resulted in one of the foremost collections of South Asian art. Margot holds a BA from Northwestern University and an AM from the University of Chicago.
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*Joanna Rees is a managing director at Soda Rock Partners LLC, supporting entrepreneurs to build leading high-growth companies and organizations. She is also leading the formation and capital raise for Endeavor Catalyst, an impact investment fund supporting high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Joanna was a candidate for Mayor of San Francisco in November 2011, and was the founder of VSP Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm focused on early-stage companies combining technical innovation with market development. Joanna has significant experience in finance and investment banking including positions at BA Securities and a boutique merchant bank, Vrolyk & Co. She worked in private placements and mergers & acquisitions focused on retail, restaurant and branded consumer companies. She also has deep expertise in marketing and strategy, and has held several senior marketing management positions with Groupe Danone, a $20+ billion global consumer products firm, with her last position as head of New Product Development. She is an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University, where she teaches leadership in the Leavey School of Business. Joanna began her career at DMB&B, working with clients such as General Foods, RJR Nabisco, Brown Forman, Digital Equipment Corp, and Texaco. The World Economic Forum selected Joanna as a Year 2000 Global Leader for Tomorrow (GLT) for individuals who hold positions "of considerable power, influence and responsibility," and are "global in terms of their accomplishments and potential." The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) named her "The 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year Rising Star". She is frequently featured in the national press (Forbes, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNN, CNNfn, Business Week, etc.) as a speaker at industry conferences, and serves as a spokesperson for the NVCA. Joanna has served on the board of more than 25 venture-backed start-up companies across a broad range of industries, including the Board of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), the Coppola Companies (Francis Ford Coppola), and as Chairman of the USA for Madrid-based FON, the world’s largest Wi-Fi community. Joanna is also active in the non-profit community, serving on the board of New Schools Venture Fund whose mission is to improve public K-12 education by supporting education entrepreneurs, and on the Global Board of Endeavor supporting “high-impact” entrepreneurs in developing economies. She previously chaired the board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), and has extensive experience with many other non-profits and education organizations including the Junior League, the March of Dimes, the V-Foundation, various private schools, the Annual Fund board at Duke University and the Duke basketball Legacy Fund. She earned her MBA from Columbia University (beta gamma sigma) and a BS from Duke University where she was a member of the varsity gymnastics team. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, John Hamm and has two children, Arthur and Taylor. She is a 2002 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of and moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
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*Peter A. Reiling is Executive Vice President for Leadership and Seminar Programs, and Executive Director of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program at the Aspen Institute. In these roles, he oversees the Institute's growing portfolio of leadership initiatives (the Aspen Global Leadership Network) and seminars (including The Aspen Seminar, offered at the Institute since 1950) as well as its flagship leadership program. Peter is a trustee, officer, and senior moderator of the Aspen Institute and a Henry Crown Fellow (Class of 1998). He is also the founder of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI), a joint venture between the Aspen Institute and five African business leaders, and co-founder of similar initiatives in Central America (CALI), India (ILI), the Middle East (MELI), and China, with plans to expand into Southeast Asia and Mexico. Similar programs have also been launched in the fields of politics, education and the environment. The goal of all these ventures, knitted together as the Aspen Global Leadership Network, is to stimulate a new generation of accomplished, entrepreneurial leaders to play a greater role in the social and political development of their communities and countries. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, from 1996 to 2004, Peter was President and CEO of TechnoServe, an international organization helping entrepreneurs across Africa, Latin America, India and Central Europe to build businesses in their communities.. He is co-founder of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and currently serves as chairman of the board of the CALI Foundation as well as on the boards of ALI/East Africa, ALI/West Africa and ALI/South Africa. He is also a member of the board of Pegasus Tower Holdings, LLC. Peter is a former adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and guest lecturer at the Institute for Developing Economies in Tokyo. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was named "Outstanding Social Entrepreneur" by the Schwab Foundation in Geneva. A graduate of Georgetown University (BSFS) and the University of California/Berkeley (MBA), with additional studies at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Peter is married to Denise Byrne and is the father of two children, Dylan and Eva Luna.
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Lynda Resnick is the Co-Chairman of Roll Global, a privately held, global company focused on healthy brands for healthy lifestyles, including POM Wonderful, Paramount Farms (Wonderful pistachios and almonds), Paramount Citrus (Cuties and other citrus) and FIJI Water, as well as Teleflora, Justin Vineyards and Winery, and Landmark Winery. Ms. Resnick has been dubbed the POM Queen for her innovative marketing efforts around POM Wonderful, making pomegranates ubiquitous in our culture and their health benefits well known around the world. Ms. Resnick is the author of the best-selling book, Rubies in the Orchard, and has been listed as one of Working Women's Top 50 U.S. Women Business Owners. She is the Vice Chairman of Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees, is on the Executive Board of The Aspen Institute, UCLA Medical Sciences, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and the Milken Family Foundation, and is also a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2010, Ms. Resnick turned her philanthropic attention to California’s Central Valley, where a large portion of her company’s employees live and work. Her efforts resulted in the recent launch of the Central Valley Leadership Project, a multi-pronged, hands-on program to expand opportunities and transform low-income and underserved towns throughout this economically significant agricultural region into hopeful and vibrant communities.
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Dr. Harry J. Saal currently serves as Chairman of Retrotope. He was formerly the Chair of ZERO1 and Chair of the Technical Committee responsible for monitoring and enforcing the Microsoft anti-trust decree. He was the founder and CEO of Network General Corporation and was the founding CEO of Smart Valley, Inc. He is active in philanthropy and community affairs, and has served as the Chairman of Community Foundation Silicon Valley. As well, he serves on the boards of several other private and public high technology firms. He was named the “Bay Area Software Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young in 1991 and received Columbia University’s highest honor, the John Jay Award, in 1997. He and his wife Carol live in Palo Alto, CA.
|*Tina 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, Tina sits on the Investment Committee and is an advisory partner to many of the firm’s portfolio companies. Prior to her current role, Tina 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, Tina 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. Tina 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. Tina 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.|
|Oliver Sharp co-founded Highspot in early 2012 to help transform the way people find and share information. He was previously with Microsoft Corporation where he served as General Manager of Strategy, Server and Tools (from 2009-2012), and as the company’s Group Program Manager for the Internet Platform and Tools Department (from 2001-2009). He had worked for Microsoft earlier, when a company he helped start--Colusa Software--was acquired by the software giant in 1996. In the intervening years, Oliver served as Chief Technical Officer of iTurf based in New York City, which he co-founded in February 1999 as a spin off of dELiAs, the nation’s largest direct mail retailer to teenagers. In his role as CTO he defined the company's technical strategy and managed the teams that implemented it. Oliver received a B.S. from Yale University in both Computer Science and History, where he graduated summa cum laude with distinction in both majors. He then attended UC Berkeley where he was awarded an M.S. (1990) and a Ph.D. (1995) in Computer Science. While a graduate student, he worked at NASA Ames Research Center and was an affiliate researcher in the physics department at Lawrence-Livermore National Laboratory. He and his wife Erin live in Seattle, WA with their sons Patrick and Rowan. Oliver is a member of the 2000 class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.|
|*Shamina Singh is the Executive Director of the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth. In this position, she is responsible for the center’s consistent achievement of its mission to advance sustainable and equitable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world. In her previous position as Global Director of MasterCard’s government social programs, she worked to digitize social subsidy programs in over 40 countries. Prior to joining MasterCard, she led government and public affairs for Nike and spent five years with Citigroup’s global community development group. Over the course of 15 years in the public sector, Shamina has held senior positions within the Clinton Administration and the U.S. House of Representatives. She is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and serves on their India Global Agenda Council and their meta-council on inclusive growth. She also served on the presidential advisory commission on military leadership diversity. Her advisory board service includes Data & Society; the Beeck Center of Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University; and Care.com, a public company operating in 11 countries connecting care providers and families. Shamina has a graduate degree in public policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School for Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin and has completed executive programs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Yale’s Jackson Institute for Diplomacy, and the India School of Business. Shamina is a member of the 2000 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.|
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Anna Deavere Smith is an American actress, playwright, and professor. Currently, she teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She formerly taught in the drama department at Stanford University. Smith is best known for her "documentary theatre" style in plays such as Fires in the Mirror and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, both of which featured Anna as the sole performer of multiple and diverse characters. Fires in the Mirror dealt with the 1991 Crown Heights Riot. Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 dealt with the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Both of these plays were constructed using material solely from interviews and other pieces of the archive. In 1993, Newsweek declared her "[t]he most exciting individual in American theater." Anna is the author of Talk to Me: Listening Between the Lines published in 2000. She has appeared in several films, including Philadelphia and The American President, and has recurring roles on The West Wing and The Practice. Anna was one of the 1996 recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, often referred to as the “genius grant.” She also won a 2006 Fletcher Foundation Fellowship for her contribution to civil rights issues. She is an alumna of Beaver College (now Arcadia University), from which she graduated in 1971, and has received honorary degrees from Arcadia University, Bates College, Bryn Mawr College, Smith College, Skidmore College, Macalester College, Occidental College, Pratt Institute, Holy Cross College, Wesleyan University, School of Visual Arts, Northwestern University, Colgate University, California State University Sacramento, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wheelock College, and the Cooper Union.
*Lynn Utter has served as a Director for WESCO International, a Pittsburgh based Fortune 500 industrial distribution company, since 2006. She served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Knoll Office from 2008 to 2015. Prior to joining Knoll, Lynn served from as the Chief Strategy Officer at Coors Brewing Company. Her previous experience includes six years with Frito-Lay, and four years with Strategic Planning Associates in Washington, D.C. Lynn currently serves on a myriad of not-for-profit boards including The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Economic Advisory Council, the Internal Audit Committee of The University of Texas, and has co-chairing the Stanford GSB’s Task Force on Women. She received the Paradigm Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, has been named to the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame, and was honored as an Outstanding Young Texas Ex. Lynn received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was named The University's outstanding female student. In 1986, she earned an MBA from Stanford University and was named the Arbuckle Award recipient. Lynn and her husband have two teenage children and reside in Devon, PA. Lynn is a member of the 2003 class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
|*Carla Vernon 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.|
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Roger Widmann is CEO of Cutwater Associates, LLC. From 1996-2004, he was a Principal of the investment banking firm of Tanner & Co., Inc., providing advice and negotiation and evaluation services to corporations ranging from Fortune 200 companies to mid-sized firms. From 1986 to 1995, he served as a Senior Managing Director of Chemical Securities Inc., a subsidiary of Chemical Banking Corporation (now JPMorgan Chase Corporation), and established the Bank's fee-based corporate finance business in 1986. In addition to his responsibilities in the U.S., he was responsible for projects ranging from South America to Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Chemical, Roger was a founder and CEO of First Reserve Corporation, the largest independent energy investing firm in the U.S. He also served as Senior Vice President with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and was responsible for the firm's domestic and international investment banking business, and has also been a Vice President with New Court Securities Corporation (now Rothschild, Inc.), completing a series of venture capital and merger and acquisition transactions. Roger began his career in 1964 as an SEC trial attorney. Roger is Chairman of Keystone National Group, a fund of venture and private equity funds, and was previously Chairman of Lydall, Inc., a manufacturer of thermal, acoustical and filtration materials. He is also Chairman of Cedar Realty Trust in Port Washington, NY, a real estate investment trust, and director of Standard Motor Products in Long Island City, NY. He was a director of First Reserve Corporation, Greenwich, CT from its inception in 1980 until December 1995, Paxar Corporation, White Plains, NY from 2004 to 2007 and Weatherford Enterra, Houston, TX from 1993 to 1998. Roger has served as a senior moderator of the Aspen Seminar at the Aspen Institute since 1990 and of the Liberty Fellowship, Greenville, SC, since 2004. He is a Vice Chair of Oxfam America. Roger earned a B.A. degree from Brown University, cum laude, and a J.D. Degree from Columbia Law School.
Caren Yanis joined Crown Family Philanthropies (CFP) in 2009. As the first professional, non-family leader, her role includes managing organizational growth, engaging multiple generations of family members in philanthropic activities, and guiding strategic initiatives. Prior to joining CFP, Caren spent almost nine years building and running Oprah Winfrey’s philanthropies including Oprah’s Angel Network (a public charity), the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, and the Oprah Winfrey Foundation (private foundations). She was involved in development of a number of grants programs on and off the Oprah Winfrey Show, oversaw more than twenty education related projects in South Africa including the building of several schools and economic development projects, the building of the Oprah Winfrey Boys and Girls Club in Kosciusko Mississippi, and oversaw disaster recovery and rebuilding following Hurricane Katrina and the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Caren was a member of UNICEF’s Advisory Council on Orphans and Vulnerable Children from 2004 to 2007. Caren is involved in a number of sector wide associations. She is a Board and Finance Committee member of the Jewish Funders Network, and a Board Member of the Pipeline Alliance, a group formed to develop and onboard next generation leadership. Caren is a Founding Board Member of Project &, an organization that creates awareness of critical social issues through the arts. She is a Presidents Circle member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a member of the Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows, and a member of the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Advisory Council. She is a former member of the Chicago Donors Forum Board, where she chaired the Board Development Committee and the Leadership Transition Committee. Caren chaired the Council on Foundations’ 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago, chaired the Council’s Critical Impact Awards Committee, and helped shape their awards through the Awards Review Task Force. Caren has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College and a received a certificate in strategic leadership from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
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Alice Young is Founder and Principal of Alice Young Advisory, LLC. She also serves as a business strategy advisor, Independent Director and member of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committees of AXIS Capital Holdings, Ltd., a NYSE- listed insurance and reinsurance company headquartered in Bermuda, and Independent Director and member of the Executive and Examining Committees of Mizuho Trust & Banking (USA) Co., Ltd, a part of the Mizuho Financial Group of Japan. She recently retired as Partner and Chair of Kaye Scholer International Law Firm LLP’s Asia Pacific Practice Group. For 40 years, she has advised corporations and entrepreneurs on international business strategy and law, specializing in Asia, and has been based in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. She was one of the first American attorneys to do deals in China and the first woman and minority to head the New York branch office of a law firm. She serves on the Board of The Asia Foundation , a non-profit with representative offices in 20 Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Myanmar and Afghanistan, and is a Lifetime Trustee of Aspen Institute. Alice is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Committee of 100 and the NY Women's Forum and chaired the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board of Deloite & Touche. She has mentored entrepreneurs, professionals and students, for which she has received leadership recognition from many organizations including New York Women's Agenda, Harvard Law School, Yale University, Boy Scouts of America, Catalyst/ABA’s DirectWomen, ASCEND and diversity and women's organizations. Alice was in the first class of women graduates of Yale University and is a Fellow of Davenport College. This past summer she was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Ivy League She-Power Conference in Beijing sponsored by Yale Alumnae in China. Alice received her law degree from Harvard Law School and is frequently a guest speaker in Cambridge, most recently on the Public Company Corporate Governance panel and the Harvard Asian American Alumni Summit . She is married and has two grown children.
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