Courageous Democracy Advisors
CNN Political Contributor
Van Jones is a CNN host, political commentator, Emmy Award-winning producer, and New York Times best-selling author. Van has also found success as a social entrepreneur, having founded and led many thriving enterprises including the REFORM Alliance, Color of Change, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Dream Corps, which works to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity in the green and tech economies. Jones has stewarded several bipartisan legislative and advocacy efforts, racking up wins under the last four US Presidents: Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump. Jones’ most recent victory was advocating successfully for the passage of the FIRST STEP Act, which the New York Times calls the most substantial breakthrough in criminal justice in a generation. A Yale educated attorney, Jones has won numerous awards, including the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation, Rolling Stone’s 2012 “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done”, TIME’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in The World”, the 2010 NAACP Image Award, a 2017 WEBBY Special Achievement Award, a 2019 Lumiere Award and a 2020 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program.
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Village Square
Liz Joyner is the co-founder and executive director of the Village Square, a nonprofit dedicated to reviving civic connections across divisions inside American communities. Named by retired U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe as one of eight organizations to support if you're concerned about the deepening partisan divide, the Village Square has received support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Reid Hoffman Foundation and is the recipient of the 2015 Statewide Impact Award from Leadership Florida - which recognizes an organization that has created a body of work that can impact Florida as a whole. She was nominated by Leadership Tallahassee as Leader of the Year in 2010, named by the Tallahassee Democrat as one of "25 Women You Need to Know" in 2015, by the Girls Scouts as a "Woman of Distinction" in 2016 and was honored by United Church Women as a Woman of Peace. David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values called Joyner "likely the best organizer working in this area today." She is a Knight Foundation Fellow and a participant in the 2015 Conclave on Political Polarization.
Federal Court Approved Mediator, GPS Mediation
Working with leaders such as former Secretary of State George Shultz, Duf Sundheim has played a key role in developing bi-partisan coalitions to institute historic election, pension and education reforms. Duf is a member of the U.S. Federal Courts Advance Mediation Practice Group, serves as a Settlement Judge for the state courts and is a recipient of the California State Bar Pro Bono Award. For over a decade Duf has served as a senior advisor to Governors, legislative leaders, and mayors of major U.S. cities. Duf received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University with Honors and Distinction and two letters in football. He received a J.D. from Northwestern University with the aid of an Exceptional Student Fellowship. Duf and his wife Cheryl are the parents of two adult children and live near Palo Alto California.
Courageous Leadership Advisors
The Omidyar Network, Vice President of Human Capital
Susan joined Omidyar Network in early 2009 following more than 20 years in consumer marketing and people development roles. She provides marketing and organizational expertise to portfolio organizations as part of Omidyar Network's human capital efforts. Previously, Susan led the firm's marketing and communications function, managing media relations, internal communications, brand development, and marketing programs. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Susan held increasingly senior positions at eBay, Inc. From 2006 to 2008, as vice president of global marketing at PayPal, she oversaw a 120-person organization, growing customer accounts from 105 million to 141 million and contributing to over 35 percent annual revenue growth. Susan earned her MBA in marketing and organizational behavior at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA with distinction in rhetoric and communications studies at the University of Virginia. She is a certified Integral Coach and Myers-Briggs facilitator.
Entrepreneur, CEO & Author
Margaret Heffernan produced radio and television programs for the BBC for 13 years before coming to the US where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company and Standard & Poors. She was Chief Executive of InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and then iCast Corporation, and was named one of the Top 25 by Streaming Media magazine and one of the Top 100 Media Executives by The Hollywood Reporter. Margaret now blogs regularly for BNET and the Huffington Post. She teaches at the University of Bath in the UK as well as Simmons College, Boston and Babson College. She's published two books about women and business: The Naked Truth: A Working Womans Manifesto, Women on Top: How Women are Changing the Rules for Business Success. She also published Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril, which was shortlisted for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Best Business Book Award 2011. And most recently publish Beyond Measure, a TED book. Margaret holds an honorary doctorate for her services to teaching and entrepreneurship and won the Prowess Media award in 2008.
Head of Mental Health Research Unit & Author, University of Derby
Professor & Department Chair, University of Michigan
Dr. Cameron is currently the William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. His research on downsizing, corporate culture and the development of leadership excellence has been published in more than 120 academic journals and 13 books. Dr. Cameron co-founded the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship at the University of Michigan and has served as Dean at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and Associate Dean at the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.
Strategy Officer at The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
Lori is the Strategy Officer at the Hewlett Foundation. A member of Hewlett’s Effective Philanthropy Group, she works with staff in all six program areas as they develop, implement, refresh and exit their strategies. She also leads foundation-wide implementation of Outcome-Focused Philanthropy, Hewlett’s framework for strategic philanthropy. Lori has worked in philanthropy since 2000. Previously, she was a senior director at the Pew Charitable Trusts. There, she led the development of new strategies on myriad state policy issues, including sentencing and corrections, dental health care for low-income children, and economic development. She also guided other staff as they developed new lines of work. Lori also helped create the Pew Center on the States, led an in-house research team of 40 staff, and oversaw Stateline, an online news service providing daily analysis on state policy trends. Lori has been cited in a range of national and state media, including the New York Times and Associated Press, and has appeared on Fox Business News, C-Span and dozens of radio stations. An Idaho native, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and philosophy from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Director, Giving Voice to Values, Senior Research Scholar, Babson College
Dr. Gentile consults on management education and values-driven leadership. In her ten-year tenure at Harvard Business School, she developed and taught the schools first course on managing diversity, and helped design and taught its first required module on ethical decision-making. Currently she is director of the Giving Voice to Values curriculum and senior research scholar at Babson College. Her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, strategy+business, BizEd, CFO Magazine, and Risk Management, and she has written several books on ethics and diversity.
Professor & Former Vice-Provost, University of California - Berkeley
Christina Maslach is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. She is probably best known for her pioneering research on the topic of job burnout and the development of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI). Professor Maslach was nationally recognized as Professor of the Year in 1997. At the University of California at Berkeley, she has received the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Berkeley Faculty Service Award, and the Berkeley Citation (highest honor). She received her B.A., magna cum laude, in Social Relations from Harvard-Radcliffe College in 1967, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1971.
Organizational Consultant, Nygren Consulting LLC
Joann McNutt, Ph.D., joined Nygren Consulting, LLC, in 2008. Prior to joining Nygren Consulting, she held various roles at Mercer Delta Consulting, LLC in the Corporate Governance Consulting Group for seven years, and served in the US Army Reserve for 12 years. Dr. McNutt specializes in working with CEOs, board of directors, and senior management teams on governance, leadership development and assessment, and strategic organizational alignment.
Racial Justice Educator & Writer
Debby Irving brings to racial justice the perspective of working in non-profit organizations and education for 25 years without understanding racism as systemic, or her own whiteness as an obstacle, to grappling with it. Though she struggled to make sense of racial dynamics she could feel but not explain, it wasn’t until a graduate school course, Racial and Cultural Identities, gave her the answers she’d been looking for and launched her on a journey of discovery. Debby now devotes herself to working with people exploring the impact whiteness can have on perception, problem solving, and creating equitable, racially diverse work teams and communities. A graduate of the Winsor School in Boston, she holds a BA from Kenyon College and an MBA from Simmons College. Her award-winning book, Waking Up White, tells how she went from well-meaning to well-doing.
Author & Professor, University of Southern California
Professor James O’Toole is founding Director of the Neely Center at USC. He began his academic career at the USC business school in 1973 where he held the University Associates' Chair of Management, served as Executive Director of the Leadership Institute, and editor of New Management magazine. O'Toole's research and writings have been in the areas of leadership, ethics, and corporate culture. He has addressed dozens of major corporations and professional groups, and has over one hundred published articles. Among his seventeen books, Vanguard Management was named "One of the best business and economics books of 1985" by the editors of Business Week. O'Toole received his Doctorate in Social Anthropology from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He served as a Special Assistant to Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, Elliot Richardson, as Chairman of the Secretary’s Task Force on Work in America, and as Director of Field Investigations for President Nixon's Commission on Campus Unrest. He has served on the Board of Editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, editor of The American Oxonian, and, contributing editor to Strategy+magazine. From 1994-97 O'Toole was Executive Vice President, and later, Mortimer J. Adler Senior Fellow, at the Aspen Institute, and is currently Senior Fellow at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Recently, he was named one of the “100 most influential people in business ethics” by the editors of Ethisphere, one of “the top 100 thought leaders on leadership” by Leadership Excellence magazine.
Global Board Director & Former CEO
Peter Waller has broad global leadership experience as a board director and as a CEO in public and private companies, ranging from market entries to multi-billion dollar enterprises. His priority and passion in these companies has been the personal and professional growth of the employees, and the development of a healthy culture and outreach to the community. Until December 2010, he served as CEO at Corinthian Colleges, a large private sector post-secondary education company. Earlier, Peter had a twenty-five year international career in Europe, the South Pacific and North America with Procter and Gamble, Gillette and PepsiCo restaurant business, including three years as President of Taco Bell. He is currently a Board Director of Websense. Peter received his Masters degree from Oxford University.
Co-Founder & Producer, Somersault Innovation
Ashley co-founded Somersault Innovation with the belief that everyone can innovate and that innovation adds incredible value to every function in a business and to the bottom line. With this in mind, she helps organizations build sustainable capability to innovate, and have fun along the way. As Producer, Ashley takes a strategic view to ensure that each piece of an engagement fits together, is meaningful, and enables valuable outcomes from beginning to end. An advocate and practitioner of Human-Centered Design, she’s a certified facilitator of ExperiencePoint’s Design Thinker simulation.
Prior to launching Somersault Innovation, Ashley spent 20 years as a business development executive at Interaction Associates. She managed a mixed portfolio of clients across industries with domestic and global reach. The engagements she led included Culture Change initiatives, Innovation (Design Thinking) Development, Leadership Development, Team Effectiveness, Senior Team Alignment, and Collaborative Skill development. She delivered many of IA's programs in the areas of Leadership, Facilitation, Meeting Management and Teams.
Dr. David Nygren established Nygren Consulting, LLC in 2007 after ten years as Senior Partner at Mercer Delta Consulting, LLC. There, he founded the Corporate Governance Consulting Group. He specializes in board effectiveness, organizational strategy, and executive leadership. Dr. Nygren earned an MA in psychology and a Ph.D. in social/organizational psychology from Boston University, and holds Masters degrees in social ethics, systematic theology, and comparative literature from Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management.
Director, PwC Consulting
Jan Seele is Director of the Talent Management and Organization Design business at PwC. Previously, Jan was senior manager of Deloitte Consultings Human Capital service line. His leadership experience includes global end-to-end business transformation lifecycles in HR service delivery, HR outsourcing and in-house shared services, and the design and implementation of global learning management systems. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.S. from The London School of Economics.
Senior Fellow, Assoc. of American Colleges & Universities; Founder Arden Seminars
Tamar March is both the Founder & President Emerita of Arden Seminars and a Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. In addition, she initiated the Intellectual Renewal for Leaders Seminars while Dean of Educational Programs at Radcliffe College.Throughout her career, she has maintained an active interest in the intellectual development of educated adults, ranging from her work with faculty development on a national level to the current Arden Seminars.
Executive VP, Worldwide Human Resources, Warner Bros. Entertainment
Based at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Washington is responsible for managing the company’s human resources department on a worldwide basis, including organizational planning and development, recruitment, compensation and benefits, employee training and development, employee relations, employee communications, shared services and work-life initiatives. Washington joined Warner Bros. in August 2000 as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources. He came from parent company Time Warner, where he served as Vice President, Human Resources Planning and International Human Resources Management, working with the human resource professionals across Time Warner’s divisions to create a career development initiative with the objective of guaranteeing that the most talented and diverse pool of candidates was readily available to the company at all times. He also worked to improve Time Warner’s companywide human resources planning efforts to meet the demand caused by, and necessary for, the company’s continued growth.
Founder, Nygren Consulting LLC
At the University of Derby, Paul Gilbert, Ph.D. is the head of the Mental Health Research Unit and Professor of Clinical Psychology. He has a degree in Economics (Wolverhampton, 1973), Masters in Experimental Psychology (Sussex, 1975), Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Edinburgh, 1980) and a diploma in Clinical Psychology awarded by the British Psychological Society (1980). He was also made a fellow of the British Psychological Society for contributions to psychological knowledge in 1993, was president of the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy in 2003, and served on the government depression NICE guideline committee. Paul published and edited 21 books, over 100 academic papers and 39 book chapters, and is an editor for a 'compassionate approaches to life difficulties' series. Paul's current research is exploring the neurophysiology and therapeutic effectiveness of compassion focused therapy.
CEO & Co-Founder, Solazyme
As the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Solazyme, Jonathan Wolfson oversees the management and strategic direction of the company. Prior to Solazyme, Mr. Wolfson held a variety of positions including Vice President of Finance and Business Development for 7thOnline, Co-Founder, President and COO of InvestorTree, and Business & Legal Analyst for Triarc Companies. In 2009, he was awarded the Green Leap Award from the Clinton Global Initiative for his commitment to commercializing Solazymes breakthrough technology for renewable oil production for fuel and food. Mr. Wolfson holds a J.D. from the NYU School of Law and an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Director of Compassion Education for CCARE, Stanford University
She is a Contemplative Educator whose research focuses on the application of meditation in secular contexts. Weiss has taught in a variety of settings including at Harvard affiliated hospitals, the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights, the Alzheimer's association, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2008, Weiss co-founded the Foundation for Active Compassion, a nonprofit organization which provides meditation practices of compassion and wisdom to people involved in social service and social change work. Her work at CCARE includes curriculum development and teaching. She developed and directs the CCT Teacher Certification Program as well as other educational initiatives. Weiss received her BA from Stanford University, her MA in clinical social work from Boston College, and her PhD in theology and education from Boston College.
Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Max H. Bazerman is the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, and has an international consulting, teaching, and lecturing practice. In addition, Max is formally affiliated with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard’s Psychology Department, the Harvard University Center on the Environment, and the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School. Max’s research focuses on decision making, negotiation, and ethics. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of nineteen books (including Blind Spots [with Ann Tenbrunsel], Princeton University Press, 2011; and, Judgment in Managerial Decision Making [with Don Moore], Wiley, 8th edition, 2012), and over 200 research articles and chapters. In 2008, Max was named as Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics, was named one of Daily Kos’ Heroes from the Bush Era for going public about how the Bush Administration corrupted the RICO Tobacco trial, and received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Academy of Management. In 2006, Max received an honorary doctorate from the University of London (London Business School), the Kulp-Wright Book Award from the American Risk and Insurance Association for Predictable Surprises (with Michael Watkins), and the Life Achievement Award from the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program.
Media Consultant, Producer & Educator
Michelle Smawley is an award-winning non-fiction and news television producer, director, writer, educator and media consultant whose work over the last 20 years has been featured on all three major television networks, PBS, cable and independent. Michelle has produced, directed and developed stories for NOW on PBS, 20/20, Primetime Live, 60 Minutes and Biography on A&E, to name a few; on topics as diverse as an examination of the controversy surrounding doctor participation in lethal injection, an exploration of the lives of foreign guest workers, an investigative profile of international shoplifting rings, and an award wining special on teenage sexuality. Michelle is currently on the faculty of the Graduate Program in Social Documentary at the School of Visual Arts and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri as a Gus Ridgel Fellow, a fellowship for exceptional students of color, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from New York University.
Rex & Alice A. Martin Professor of Business Ethics &
Director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide
Ann E. Tenbrunsel (Ph.D., Northwestern University; M.B.A. Northwestern University; B.S.I.O.E. University of Michigan) is a professor in the College of Business Administration at the University of Notre Dame and is the Rex and Alice A. Martin Research Director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide. Her current research interests focus on the psychology of ethical decision making, examining why employees, leaders and students behave unethically, despite their best intentions to behave to the contrary. Ann is the author, co-author, or co-editor of six books on this topic—including Blind Spots (with Max Bazerman), Behavioral Ethics: Shaping an Emerging Field (with David De Cremer), Codes of Conduct: Behavioral Research into Business Ethics (with David Messick)—and over 50 research articles and chapters. Her research has been featured in interviews airing on MSNBC and National Public Radio, and adaptations, excerptions and references to her work have appeared in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, US News and World Report, AP, NBC, ABC, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, The Guardian, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Washington Examiner, The Globe and Mail, Ethisphere Magazine, Investor's Business Daily, and in blogs for Psychology Today and Freakonomics. Ann teaches at the executive, MBA, and undergraduate levels. Prior to entering academics, Ann worked as an engineer for S.C. Johnson & Son and and as a sales and marketing consultant for ZS Associates.
KRW International Co-Founder & Principal
KRW International co-founder and principal, Fred Kiel, Ph.D., brings years of experience in leadership consulting from Fortune 500 companies and large, privately held organizations. He's advised CEOs of complex businesses, most with multi-billion-dollar top lines. Fred understands that business success starts in the heads and hearts of leadership—creating an enthusiastic, creative, retained talent pool. Helping CEOs gain alignment of their vision all the way to the front-line worker can create immediate bottom-line results. Fred is currently conducting a national research program and co-authoring a book, entitled The Return on Character: Be Good to Be Great. Prior to focusing on business advising, Fred founded a successful private practice in Minneapolis which became the major employer of professionals in that market. Over 2 decades ago, he sold his practice and co-founded KRW International. Fred has served on the boards of several philanthropic organizations, on the adjunct staff of the Center for Creative Leadership, and on the Board of Psychology for the state of Minnesota.
Chair & Director, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
Erik M. Gregory, Ph.D. specializes in positive psychology, a field that examines healthy human functioning such as courage, hope, optimism, and happiness. He worked internationally with children and adolescents as a psychotherapist and consulted with leaders in higher education, media, and business. He serves as the Executive Director of the Media Psychology Research Center of Boston and is actively involved in animal rights and arts promotion. After completing recent studies at the Harvard Kennedy School in 21st century leadership, he developed the first doctoral program in the world in Leadership Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology where he is the Director of the Organizational and Leadership Psychology Program.
Founder & CEO, Ready-Aim-Aspire.com
Marilyn Nagel founded Ready-Aim-Aspire, an executive presence consulting practice after an exemplary career in the corporate and non-profit world. Most recently, she served as CEO of Watermark - leading strategic initiatives designed to help exceptional women enhance their personal and professional impact. Prior to joining Watermark, Marilyn was Chief Diversity Officer at Cisco. She was a recognized as a thought leader in creating inclusive environments, and a co-chair of the Conference Board Global Diversity Group as well as senior advisor to the Center for Talent and Innovation. She has served on the Board of Directors of Watermark, Professional Business Women of California, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), Family and Children Services, and currently serves on the advisory board of The Everest Project, Proformative Academy, and Big Pink Ribbon. Listed multiple times in "Who's Who – Women in Business," winner of the Women of Influence Award, the Women Leading the Way TWIN Award, Women Worth Watching award from the Diversity Journal, Black Enterprise Top Executives in Diversity, and Diversity Officer Leadership Award, Marilyn is a frequent speaker on the topics of Building Meaningful Connections, Board Access, Executive Presence, as well as Building a Culture of Inclusion. Marilyn is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and frequently contributes to Forbes, Inc, Fast Company, HBR and numerous publications.
Sociologist & Senior Fellow, UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center
A sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Work and Home (January 2015) and Raising Happiness (2011). A sought-after keynote speaker, Dr. Carter loves to share her work with new audiences. Combining scientific research and practical application, she offers audiences not only a way to cope with modern pressures, but a way to truly thrive. Speaking to executives, general audiences, and parents, Dr. Carter looks at living life from our “sweet spot”—that place of both power and ease. Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog, which is frequently syndicated on the HuffingtonPost, PsychologyToday.com, PositivelyPositive.com, Medium.com, and several other websites. Dr. Carter has been quoted or featured in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, the Boston Globe, as well as Good Housekeeping, Parenting, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, Fitness, Redbook, and dozens of other publications. She has appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” the “Dr. Oz Show”, the “TODAY” show, the “Rachael Ray Show,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer”, PBS, as well as NPR and BBC Radio.
Author & Psychotherapist
Linda Graham, M.F.T., is a full-time psychotherapist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area and leads trainings nationwide on the emerging integration of relational psychology, mindfulness and neuroscience. She is the author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and publishes a monthly e-newsletter Healing and Awakening into Aliveness and Wholeness, archived at www.lindagraham-mft.net .
Principal & Co-Founder, Berriern O'Brien Incorporated
Curt Berrien is a Principal and co-founder of Berrien O’Brien Incorporated, a management-consulting firm based in Berkeley, California. He's taught Strategic Thinking for the Monitor Group, a strategy-consulting firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was a member of Monitor’s Leadership Model Building executive coaching staff. Before starting his own firm in 1994, Curt was President of The Bay Group, an international training and consulting organization specializing in the education of executives on ethics and the installation of systems and management practices that support ethics and social responsibility. Prior to the Bay Group, Curt was senior-vice-president, member of the board, and western division manager for the Forum Corporation, an international management-training firm. He's taught worldwide and began teaching as the designer and instructor of a public administration curriculum at Nepal's Tribhuvan University in Nepal and Nepal’s Center for Economic Development. Curt has completed major consulting and executive development assignments with over 200 global corporations including Bank of America, Citigroup, Dodge and Cox, Heidrick and Struggles, Wells Fargo Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Standard Chartered Bank, Toronto Dominion Banking Financial Group, Fidelity Investments, Microsoft, Merck, DuPont, Agilent, Xerox, IBM, Levi Strauss, Mattel, C.B.S, Marriott, Chevron, Shell, Watson Wyatt Worldwide, The Monitor Group, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, and Suffolk Construction. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, Curt received a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from Wesleyan University and a Master of Business degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business with a concentration in organizational development.
Director, LLP Consulting & Founder of The Career Psychologist
Rob is a Chartered Psychologist and management consultant with 18 years’ board-level experience in both public and private sectors. Rob provides training, coaching and consultancy for a wide range of clients including BP, Mars, Allen & Overy, 3M, Bain & Co, Laing O’Rourke, Macquarie Bank and Danske Bank along with a number of elite sporting teams. Rob’s work is centered on increasing psychological flexibility in the workplace. He currently runs two London-based consultancies: Founder of The Career Psychologist – pioneering the use of ACT in career coaching; Director at LPP Consulting – specializing in clinically-based training and coaching for clients in professional and financial services, oil, gas, construction, FMCG and elite sports. Rob’s interest in ACT stemmed from training under Professor Frank Bond at the University of London. He is also an Accredited Executive Coach at Ashridge Business School. He regularly delivers ACT training in the UK and internationally, and has presented at five world ACBS conferences. He also co-authors a leading ACT-consistent blog called Working with ACT, which deals specifically with the implementation of ACT in organizational settings.
Co-Founder & CEO, Impact HUB Oakland
Konda Mason is the Co-Founder and CEO of Impact Hub Oakland, a beautiful inspiring co-working space supporting and connecting socially engaged changemakers and social entrepreneurs in creating community and bringing their projects to life as they create a better world. Her love for the city of Oakland is the driver for the work she brings to that community. Konda began her career in the entertainment industry as a Grammy winning artist manager in London, an Academy Award nominated film producer in Hollywood, and an Off Broadway theater producer in New York. Turning her attention to sustainable personal and global living solutions, Konda partnered with actor Woody Harrelson and his wife Laura Louie and founded Yoganics, an organic food business in Los Angeles, where she successfully brought to market the first organic produce section in a major grocery store in the LA area. Combining her filmmaking skills with her passion to change the course on climate change, Konda is most proud of leading a media team to help successfully stop a coal-fired power plant from being constructed in Borneo, Malaysia. Additionally, Konda led ecotourism trips to the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador as a way of submerging people from the global north into the realities of indigenous culture while witnessing the importance of this vital ecosystem. Konda uses permaculture design principles, sustainable business practices, yoga, storytelling, Buddhist theory and Integral theory...through a lens of social justice, to inform her work. A human equity advocate, Certified Permaculture Designer, and social entrepreneur, Konda’s work is driven by the vision of realizing in her lifetime a genuinely just and sustainable world.
Founder & Managing Partner, Fifth Era
Alison is a global strategist, finance professional and governance expert with deep expertise in the financial services and payments sector. Prior to Fifth Era, Alison was the Managing Partner of Belvedere Capital Partners focused on investing in banks and financial services and prior to that served as CFO of Barclays Global Investors - now Blackrock. Earlier in her career Alison spent 15 years in strategy consulting with McKinsey and AT Kearney. Her work focused on Strategy, Organization and Leadership working as an advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs, Boards and executive teams. Alison built and led the Global Financial Services Practice of AT Kearney to be one of the largest and most respected in the world. She continues to consult on issues of relevance to the Boards and Executive teams of leading multi-national clients. Alison is an experienced public and private company board director. She is currently a director of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Diamond Foods (DMND), Fiserv (FISV), Unisys (UIS), and Ooma and is a former director of City National Bank (CYN), First Data Corporation (FDC), Xoom (XOOM) and was the Chairman of LECG (XPRT) until its sale in 2011. She is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of BlockChain Partners. Ms. Davis received a BA and MA degree from Cambridge University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is a dual UK/US citizen and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Head of Account Management, Facebook AR/VR Enterprise
A 20-year industry veteran, Andy has held leadership roles in business development, account management, and sales at Motorola, Esmertec (a mobile technology startup), Google, and now, Oculus from Facebook. In his current role at Oculus, he is Head of Accounts for the new Facebook AR/VR Enterprise team, working with Fortune 500 clients to drive VR distribution and engagement across a range of business use cases, including corporate training, healthcare and education. In this role, Andy has established partnerships in the healthcare space that enable more accessible Doctor surgery training, and built partnerships that leverage VR's unique capabilities to help reduce pre-operative anxiety for cancer patients as well as deliver meditation and wellness services designed to improve employee health. Prior to this, Andy worked at Google for over seven years where he led the Android Carrier Partnerships team from the early stages of the platform through the growth of over 1B Android users globally. Andy holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Texas.
Co-Founder & Facilitator, Beyond Separation
Gregory Mengel, Ph.D. is an educator and writer committed to social, racial, and ecological healing. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he did research on the intellectual history of evolutionary theory. Gregory is cofounder of Beyond Separation, which offers classes and workshops for white-identified people on racism and the culture of whiteness. He also teaches programs for white people with the Untraining and the East Bay Meditation Center.
Nina's the founder and CEO of a company focused on helping parents and young adults build happy, loving families and lives of compassion and meaning. Previously, Nina was a publisher for the largest global publishing companies, creating more than 100 successful science textbooks with leading science educators and Nobel Prize-winning authors. Her academic research has garnered more than 1000 peer-reviewed journal citations. Nina's environmental policy work and diplomacy with the United Nations, OECD, ISO, multiple White House administrations, and federal agencies here and abroad saves thousands of lives around the world each year.
Director of Leadership Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Ann Gregg Skeet is the Markkula Center's Director of Leadership Ethics, a position that directs the Center's work in business ethics, nonprofit ethics and considers the unique ethical concerns of those in leadership positions. Ann served as CEO of American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley for 8 years and previously for Knight Ridder at the San Jose Mercury News for a decade. In her last role there she served as Vice President of Marketing for the San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times. Ann knows the Ethics Center well, having served as the Center's strategy consultant for the development of the Center's 2013-2020 Plan. As a member of the senior staff, she continues to play a role as a strategic adviser to the Executive Director and a board member of ISLE, the Institute on Sports Law and Ethics. Ann has also been active in Catholic issues in Silicon Valley, having served as President of Notre Dame High School of San Jose and a board member of the Catholic Community Foundation of Silicon Valley. In the Silicon Valley community, Ann currently serves on the board for Children’s Musical Theater San Jose and Hillbrook School. She has served on the board of directors for numerous organizations, including the United Way Silicon Valley, the American Musical Theatre of San Jose, the Harvard Business School Association of Northern California, the Children’s Discovery Museum, the Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice (now SV Faces), the Stanford Daily, the Nonprofit Development Center (now CompassPoint Nonprofit Services). She is a founder of 1st ACT Silicon Valley. Ann is a magna cum laude graduate of Bucknell University and member of Phi Beta Kappa. She holds a master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School and spent her early career working in outside plant for C&P Telephone Company.
Senior VP, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Merck
Ashley Watson is Merck’s Senior Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. She leads a team of attorneys and compliance professionals responsible for Merck’s policies, programs and investigations to ensure ethical decision making and compliance with laws and regulations globally. Prior to joining Merck in March 2015, she served as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Hewlett-Packard, as well as the company’s Executive Director, HP Company Foundation. She was named Chief Compliance Officer of the Year by Women in
Compliance in 2014. Earlier in her career, Ashley served as senior litigation counsel for the BellSouth Corporation, handling a range of antitrust, securities, class actions and intellectual property litigation. Ashley received her J.D. from the University of Georgia and her B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina.
Chief Executive Officer, NDS Group Ltd.
Dave Habiger assumed leadership of NDS Group Ltd. as its Chief Executive Officer in July 2011. Previously, Dave was President and Chief Executive Officer of Sonic Solutions where he helped the company reinvent its core business, and led the subsequent sale of Sonic to Rovi Corporation. He was recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year. Prior to joining Sonic, he was Product Manager of Roscor Corporation and founded Providence Productions. He is also a member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the National Association of Corporate Directors, and a Director at The Next New You, the Hinsdale Historical Society, and the Center for Corporate Innovation. Dave holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.B.A. from St. Norbert College.
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