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Frank Ball

Frank Ball and Mike McGinley are co-founders and Managing Partners of New Dominion Angels, a membership-based investor group formed in 2008 to accelerate Virginia's emergence as a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship. Frank Ball has also founded or co-founded four other businesses in Virginia. Frank is also an executive coach and organizational consultant. He holds degrees from Davidson College and The George Washington University. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of American Public University System and sits on the boards of Mom Made Foods and Analytic Advantage, Inc. Mike McGinley also is an executive coach and principal in Element North, a consultancy focusing on leadership development. He earned his MBA from The Darden School at UVA and leads a private foundation in Richmond aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty through financial and leadership education. Frank and Mike both serve on the faculty of the Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University. View Guest page

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Ken Banks

Ken Banks, founder of kiwanja.net, devotes himself to the application of mobile technology for positive social and environmental change in the developing world, and has spent the last two decades working on projects in Africa. His early research resulted in the development of FrontlineSMS, an award-winning text messaging field communication system aimed at grassroots non-profit organizations. Ken graduated from Sussex, was awarded a Stanford University Reuters Digital Vision Fellowship in 2006, and named a Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow in 2008. In 2009 he was named a Laureate of the Tech Awards. He was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in May 2010. In 2011 he was named an Ashoka Fellow, was the recipient of the Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest, and was selected as a member of the UK Prime Minister's delegation to Africa. In 2012 the Cambridge business community presented Ken with a "Special Achievement Award" for his work as a social entrepreneur. View Guest page

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Janine Benyus

Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In Biomimicry, she names an emerging discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s designs and processes (for instance, solar cells that mimic leaves). Since the book’s 1997 release, Janine has evolved the practice of biomimicry, consulting with sustainable businesses and conducting seminars about what we can learn from the genius that surrounds us. Her favorite role is biologist-at-the-design-table, introducing innovators to organisms whose well-adapted designs have been tested over 3.8 billion years. Janine has received several awards including a Time Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment award and the Rachel Carson Environmental Ethics Award. An educator at heart, Janine believes that the more people learn from nature’s mentors, the more they’ll want to protect them. View Guest page

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Tal Birdsey

Tal Birdsey, Head Teacher, North Branch School – Ripton, VT Tal Birdsey is the head teacher of the North Branch School, which he co-founded in 2001. He teaches literature, poetry, creative writing, religion, ethics, history, art and art history, and serves as counselor, admissions officer, soccer coach, newsletter editor, assistant wiffleball coach, and resident Flat-Earth Society Scholar. Tal published “A Room For Learning: The Making of a School In Vermont” which recounts the beginnings of the North Branch School and the intricate and comical adventures involved in making an alternative school in the Green Mountains in Vermont. "If education interests you--if kids interest you--this is a magical story…about what happens if you take them seriously, and if you have the grace and agility to hang with them in the tough spots and the glorious ones. Nothing…will make you…more optimistic about…the future. And if you're an educator…nothing will remind you more powerfully of the nobility of your calling." -Bill McKibben, NY Times bestselling author View Guest page

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Jalaja Bonheim, Ph.D.

Jalaja Bonheim, Ph.D. is an inspiring speaker, teacher, and one of the world’s foremost experts in the use of circle gatherings as a tool for empowering leaders and healing individuals and communities. Founder and visionary director of the Institute for Circlework, she has trained hundreds of circle leaders from every walk of life, including business executives, religious leaders, educators and activists. In Israel and Palestine, she works with Jewish and Arab women, inspiring them to serve as agents of peace in their communities. Jalaja Bonheim is the author of four books, including Aphrodite’s Daughters: Women’s Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul which explores the central role of sexuality in women’s spiritual journey and has changed the lives of thousands of women. Her new book Evolving Towards Peace: Awakening a New Consciousness for a New World will be published this year. View Guest page

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Sister Mary Bourdon

When the Catholic school where Sister Mary Bourdon taught closed its doors, many of her fellow teachers found jobs at other schools. But Sister Mary decided to seek out where the need for a high-quality school was the greatest, so she crossed the Potomac to the underserved Anacostia neighborhood in Southeast Washington, DC. There, Sister Mary started an after-school tutoring program that eventually became Washington Middle School for Girls (WMSG.) The school started in the basement of a local apartment building and now serves 100 students on two campuses. WMSG provides girls in grades 4-8 at risk of leaving school prematurely with a holistic education and the skills needed for success in high school and beyond View Guest page

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Stuart Brown, M.D.

Stuart Brown, M.D. is a medical doctor, psychiatrist, clinical researcher, and he founder of the National Institute for Play. The producer of a three-part PBS series, The Promise of Play, he has also appeared on NPR, at TED, and his research was featured in a cover story in The New York Times Magazine. He lives in Carmel Valley, California, and works out of his office treehouse. View Guest page

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David D. Burstein

David is a millennial writer, filmmaker, and storyteller. He is the author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World, the first broad book about the millennial generation, written by a millennial. He is the founder and Executive Director of Generation18, a nonpartisan young voter engagement organization. The organization grew out of the documentary film, 18 in '08, which David directed and produced about young voters in the 2008 election. For his work, David received a 2009 DoSomething Award. David is a frequent speaker and commentator on Millennials, social innovation and politics. He has appeared on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, and NPR, and in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Politico, The Huffington Post, and many others. David is a contributor to Fast Company and regularly consults for organizations on how to understand and engage Millennials. He is a proud graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Find out more at www.davidburstein.com View Guest page

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Alexander Caillet

Alexander is the founder of One21Five, Inc., an organizational consulting and coaching firm dedicated to helping leaders and leadership teams to achieve significant organizational transformations by balancing the business and people aspects of change. Alexander is also an executive coach and performs high-performance individual and team coaching, process facilitation and management training with his clients. His work is founded on numerous disciplines while his goal is to blend human resilience and performance with the achievement of meaningful business results. Alexander has been helping clients such as Capital One, Coca-Cola, McKinsey & Co., L’Oréal and NASA for two decades. Alexander is also on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Certificate Program and a frequent international speaker on the subjects of change, teams, coaching and leadership. Alexander holds a Master in Organization Psychology from Columbia University. He lives in Boston with his family. View Guest page

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Lucia Capacchione

Internationally acclaimed for her groundbreaking work in accessing the brain's right hemisphere through writing and drawing with the non-dominant hand, Dr. Capacchione is a pioneer in healing, recovery, and literacy through creative expression. She originated the Creative Journal Method, Inner Family Re-parenting work and the Visioning® collage and writing process. Lucia is a Registered Art Therapist, workshop leader, trainer, and best-selling author of eighteen books including The Power of Your Other Hand, Recovery of Your Inner Child, and Visioning®: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams. Dr. Capacchione has been featured in numerous radio, television and newspaper interviews and her books have been translated into several languages. Her Inner Child Self-parenting method was showcased in “Cease Fire”, a feature-length film produced in Iran by award-winning director, Tahmineh Milani. Her innovative techniques are being used in mental health facilities, addiction recovery programs, and schools nationwide. View Guest page

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Elle Carberry

Based in Beijing, Elle Carberry brings two decades of experience in commercializing advanced technology products and services in Asia and the U.S. Previously, as VP Business Development, Asia Pacific for Red Hat, she launched the Greater China business and established and led Asia-Pacific OEM sales via IBM, Intel and Lenovo. She founded and led IBM China’s outsourced services for China’s Financial Services Sector. She founded and led sales and business development at Mainspring, led business development for the Ziff-Davis Online Network, and was a regional sales manager for IBM’s U.S. Financial Services Sector. She graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in economics and literature. The China Greentech Initiative is the Chinese-international commercial collaboration platform of 100+ commercial and policy organizations and 500+ experts focused on identifying, developing and promoting green technology. The China Greentech Report is released each Spring (www.china-greentech.com). View Guest page

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Rick Carson

For four decades, Rick has been a practicing psychotherapist, personal/executive coach, seminar leader, and consultant to businesses, nonprofit organizations, several United States government agencies, and more. He's conducted presentations at the behest of organizations in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Rick Carson is the author of four HarperCollins books. His seminal work, Taming Your Gremlin, has had a remarkable track record having been a top seller for Harper since its publication in 1984. It has been translated into several languages leading to a Revised Edition in 2003 and a sequel, A Master Class in Gremlin Taming, 2008. Rick is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a former faculty member at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and founder of the Gremlin Taming Institute. View Guest page

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Kathleen Christensen

Kathleen Christensen directs the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Working Longer program designed to deepening scholarly and public understanding of aging Americans’ work patterns. At the Foundation, Dr. Christensen established and spearheaded what would become its Workplace, Work Force and Working Families program. Under her leadership, the foundation has been credited with pioneering the field of work-family research and helping spark a national movement to create more flexible workplaces that effectively meet the needs of employees while also supporting business productivity. In 2010, Dr. Christensen was named by Working Mother magazine as one of the “Seven Wonders of the Work-Life Field.” In 2004, she was awarded the inaugural Work-Life Legacy Award by the Families and Work Institute for her role in founding the work-life field. Christensen earned her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. View Guest page

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Joe Cimperman

Councilman Joe Cimperman has served on Cleveland City Council since 1997. He has focused his efforts as Councilman on the revitalization of the community he represents. His vision entails an interconnected, diverse and self-supporting community and he believes that culture and the arts must be at the epicenter of that community, serving as an engine for economic development in Cleveland. Councilman Cimperman has worked diligently to create new block clubs, strengthen existing ones and to foster a sense of community. He is also a champion of neighborhood issues, sponsoring legislation for a variety of improvements. He has been a very vocal and visible advocate for urban farming, fresh produce markets and food justice in Cleveland. Councilman Cimperman was born and raised in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood that he now represents. He graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland and has served as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and at the I Have a Dream Foundation. View Guest page

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Jennifer Cohen

Jennifer Cohen, co-founder of Seven Stones Leadership Group, a professional services firm that develops organizational leadership and works with individuals on their personal journeys. Jennifer Cohen is a leadership and organizational coach and consultant with 20 years in the field coaching hundreds of individuals and groups. Jennifer’s fresh approach is informed by communication theories ranging from quantum physics and philosophy to neuroscience and Somatics. She loves working with social entrepreneurs, visionary thinkers, and leaders who know they must develop the capacity to shift with this quickly changing landscape. View Guest page

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Michele Booth Cole

Michele Booth Cole, executive director of Safe Shores -- The DC Children’s Advocacy Center, leads a collaborative effort to provide intervention, hope and healing for child victims of abuse and witnesses to violence. Michele has raised awareness about child abuse and ways to prevent crimes against children. She has been a commentator on WAMU and a guest on WHUR’s The Daily Drum. Additionally, her opinion pieces have appeared in The Washington Post blog TheRootDC and in The Washington Informer. In 2011, Essence magazine named Michele a “true leader”; the Washingtonian magazine named her a 2009 Washingtonian of the Year; the Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation honored her with a 2007 Exponent Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership; and in 2007 she received the Commissioner’s Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College and Georgetown University Law Center, Michele and her husband are the parents of three school-age children. View Guest page

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Aryae Coopersmith

Aryae Coopersmith is founder and CEO of the HR Forums, whose members are Silicon Valley’s human resource executives. This year Aryae is stepping aside from his HR Forums role and initiating a new community: One World Lights – a global community of leaders from all walks of life who are supporting each other in transforming the world. The premise is simple: to inspire thousands of these visionary leaders, “Global Citizens,” all over the world, to come together and support each other through local wisdom circles and global communication to accelerate humanity’s urgently needed course change toward a healthy, just, peaceful, sustainable world. Aryae is also the author of Holy Beggars: A Journey from Haight Street to Jerusalem, an account of his experience of the spiritual revolution in the 1960s San Francisco. He holds an MA in Humanistic Psychology from California State University, Sonoma and lives near the beach with his wife Wendy in the San Francisco Bay area. View Guest page

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Karen Dahut

Karen Dahut leads the firm’s U.S. Navy and Marine Corps business worldwide. She has a masters degree from the University of Southern California and an undergraduate degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University. Prior to her current position, Ms. Dahut led the Firm’s Economic and Business Analytics capability team comprised of 1500 consultants serving clients across the commercial, civil, defense and security markets. This team advised and supported clients with cost, economic, and financial analysis services. Before Booz Allen, she was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served as the comptroller for the Navy’s premier biomedical research institute. Ms. Dahut is a frequent speaker, and has authored articles appearing in “Federal Times”, “Defense News”, and “Proceedings.” Ms. Dahut is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for several organizations: Booz Allen’s Employee Capital Accumulation Program, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. View Guest page

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Jason De León

Jason De León is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and the director of the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP). He received his Ph.D. from Penn State University and B.A. from UCLA. Jason is a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer. He’s also a singer-songwriter who has recorded and released several albums with the Long Beach, California based hardcore-reggae group Youth In Asia in the 1990s and with the Central Pennsylvania based group The Wilcox Hotel. He also records and performs as a solo artist and has toured extensively in the U.S. and Mexico. Jason once hosted a short-lived television show on the Discovery Channel called American Treasures. View Guest page

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Anne Donovan

As the U.S. and West Cluster Transformation Leader for Human Capital at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Anne Donovan is responsible for strategy and innovation around culture change. She has a strong background in operational effectiveness and in engaging and supporting the firm and its people in leading positive change, including a variety of initiatives related to the work environment, workforce demographics and business model change. Anne helps the firm navigate change from start to completion -- identifying key issues, designing solutions, executing on plans and assessing their outcomes. She is a recognized expert in understanding the next generation of workers, speaking on the topic at numerous events, including the Great Place to Work Institute’s annual conference. Anne led PwC’s NextGen global study – a look into how Millennials view and impact the workplace. View Guest page

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Carol S. Dweck

Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is a leading researcher in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research focuses on why people succeed and how to foster their success. More specifically, her work has demonstrated the role of mindsets in success and has shown how praise for intelligence can undermine motivation and learning. She has also held professorships at and Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured to education, business, and sports groups all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Her work has been prominently featured in such publications as The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Manchester Guardian, and The London Times, and she has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, NPR’s Morning Edition, and 20/20. Her bestselling book Mindset (Random House) has been widely acclaimed and has been translated into 20 languages. View Guest page

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Scott Eblin

Scott Eblin is the co-founder and president of The Eblin Group, Inc., a leadership development and strategy firm that supports organizations in ensuring the success of their executive level leaders. Through his work as an executive coach, leadership strategist, speaker and author, Scott has become known as a thought leader in identifying the behaviors that executives need to pick up and let go as they transition into new and larger roles. Featured on ABC News and in Investor’s Business Daily, the Washington Post and Harvard Management Update, Scott is a former Fortune 500 executive, with a leadership development client list that runs the gamut from Astra Zeneca to the U.S. Navy. He is the author of The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success which Business Book Review calls a “fascinating read” that “is full of potentially career-saving advice.” Scott has a certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University and is a member of the faculty for that program. View Guest page

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Robert Egger

Robert Egger is the Founder and President of the DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first “community kitchen”, where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel a nationally recognized culinary arts job training program, where unemployed men and women learn marketable skills while donations are converted into balanced meals. The Kitchen operates its own revenue-generating business, Fresh Start Catering, as well as the Campus Kitchens Project, which coordinates similar recycling/meal programs in 30 college or high school based kitchens. In Washington, Robert was the founding Chair of both the Mayor’s Commission on Nutrition and Street Sense, Washington’s “homeless” newspaper. Robert’s book on the non-profit sector, Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding For All received the 2005 McAdam Prize for “Best Nonprofit Management Book” by theAlliance for Nonprofit Management. View Guest page

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Mark Fernandes

Mark Fernandes, Chief Leadership Officer, Luck Companies Mark Fernandes joinedLuck Companies in 1989. As chief leadership officer, Fernandes uses his enormous passion for inspiring people to accomplish visionary goals as he develops and delivers a strategy for identifying, developing and retaining high-performing talent. Prior to becoming the CLO, Fernandes served as president of two Luck Companies business units – Charles Luck Stone Center and Lee Tennis Court Products. Fernandes’ aspiration to make these brands national was met, especially with his incredible work for reshaping the image of stone as a luxury product through his new vision for the Charles Luck Stone Center. Fernandes has also developed a keen interest for business strategy and brand development. He has spent the last 10 years speaking, teaching and collaborating with universities, industry partners and thought leaders nationally and internationally on the subject. View Guest page

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Peter Forbes

Peter Forbes is a life-long student and advocate for the relationship between people and place. For twenty years, I've been creating curricula and leading learning experiences designed to help people transform their lives and work to better fit their values and to build professional relationships across divides of class, race, profession and ideology His life as emergency medical technician, photographer, political consultant, author, father, farmer, facilitator combine unusual aspects of the very practical with the wildly visionary to produce work that has been helpful to a variety of sectors: conservation, leadership development, sustainability, philanthropy, ethics, and social ventures. Peter takes on specific assignments from mission-oriented groups and foundations. He also regularly facilitates programs through Center for Whole Communities as well as leads his own learning journeys for individuals. Peter lives on Knoll Farm in the Mad River Valley of Vermont. View Guest page

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Whitney Forstner

Native of Nashville, TN, Whitney Forstner earned her undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon College and her Masters from the College of William and Mary. With 10 years of corporate experience in Human Resources, Marketing and Project Management, Whitney and fellow colleague, Tanya Cummings left their day jobs to jump into entrepreneurship by starting Momentum Resources in 2007. Momentum Resources specializes in recruiting highly qualified individuals who want challenging part-time and flexible work opportunities. Momentum places talented professionals in positions with companies who appreciate their skill set, experience, and commitment. Momentum is paving the way for smart women to find the work/life balance they desire and deserve! Whitney is also a proud mom of twin boys who along with her husband, motivate her to create the same balance in her life that she delivers for other talented women. View Guest page

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Adena Friedman

Adena Friedman serves as CFO and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group and is based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Friedman was the CFO and Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy for The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. In 2009, Ms. Friedman assumed the role of CFO, responsible for all financial, tax, investor relations, enterprise risk management and investment matters. As head of Corporate Strategy from 2003 - 2011, Ms. Friedman's responsibilities included identifying and developing strategic opportunities for NASDAQ OMX. From 2000 - 2009, Ms. Friedman also served as the Executive Vice President of the Global Data Products business, a $250M revenue business unit within NASDAQ OMX. Ms. Friedman joined NASDAQ in 1993, where she served in several roles, including Senior Vice President of NASDAQ Data Products. Ms. Friedman earned an M.B.A. from Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. She holds a B.A. in political science from Williams College. View Guest page

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Amy Friedman

Amy Friedman is the President of Redhead Consulting, a brand creation and content development company. A 23- year veteran of Nickelodeon, Amy most recently served as the SVP of Original Programming/Creative Director at Noggin and The N, now Teen Nick. She was responsible for articulating and steering both channels’ original brand strategy, on-air identity, educational mission, as well as developing and producing its original programming. Friedman also architected Nickelodeon’s “The Big Help,” an on-going multi-platform global initiative to activate kids in their communities and Teen Nick’s “Halo Awards” celebrating service. Friedman’s work in branding, programming and pro-social content has earned multiple Peabody, Beacon, Cable Ace and Creativity Awards. View Guest page

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Deborah Frieze

Deborah Frieze is an author, entrepreneur and social activist. As former co-president of The Berkana Institute, Deborah joined Berkana in 2002 to support pioneering leaders who were walking out of organizations that were failing to contribute to the common good—and walking on to build resilient communities. These leaders are the subject of her book, Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey Through Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, with co-author Margaret Wheatley. Previously, Deborah was a partner and founding member of ZEFER, an Internet services firm. She has worked in partnership with the Mastery Foundation, leading peace and reconciliation programs in Northern Ireland and Israel. She serves as a consultant and advisor to numerous grassroots organizations both locally and abroad. Deborah has an MBA from Harvard. She currently lives in Boston, but can more often be found visiting friends around the world who are creating healthy communities. Learn more at www.deborahfrieze.com. View Guest page

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Terry Garcia

Terry Garcia, EVP, oversees National Geographic Society’s mission programs, Explorers-in-Residence and Emerging Explorers, geography and science education programs, geography competitions, development office, exhibitions, live events and the arts media program. He was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Before NGS, Garcia was assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, U.S. Department of Commerce, and deputy administrator of NOAA. He directed coastal, ocean and atmospheric programs, including Clean Water Act implementation and development of the national marine sanctuary system. As NOAA’s general counsel, he led the implementation of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Plan. He was also a partner in the law firms of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and Hughes Hubbard & Reed. He received a bachelor’s degree from American University and a law degree from The George Washington University. View Guest page

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Bette George

Bette George is a leadership coach who works with executives, leaders, and teams to bring forth their best gifts–courageously, creatively, and productively. She brings expertise to support individuals navigating life and work transitions such as promotion, career change, moving towards retirement and reentry into the workforce. Her clients include Fortune 500 and small organizations, as well as individuals committed to personal and professional mastery. Bette’s coaching practice is built upon 30 years of experience as an educator, business owner and management consultant. She combines organization development experience with a new appreciation for the power of purposeful conversation. She encourages innovative thinking in her clients and supports the creation of a vision and plan for the future based on personal and organizational goals. Bette is co-author of two books: A Practical Guide to Working with Diversity and Honoring Boundaries: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. View Guest page

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Dave Goldberg

Dave Goldberg is a conceptual, social and aspirational long jumper who delights in taking on impossible missions with his clients. This passion and these skills enable him to act as guide and Sherpa to coach clients to climb new summits and reinvigorate themselves, their faculties, their student bodies, and cultures. After a 34-year career as engineer, educator, researcher, and entrepreneur, Dave founded and now leads ThreeJoy Associates, Inc. a training, coaching, and change management firm specializing in higher education; in 2012, he also co-founded and now leads Big Beacon, a global movement for the transformation of engineering education. These two roles enable him (1) to work one-on-one with both individuals and institutions that are ready for effective personal and organizational change and (2) to work collaboratively with individual innovators and innovative institutions who wish to change the status quo by co-creating a global community of support and change agency. View Guest page

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Rachel Gutter

Rachel Gutter, Director, Center for Green Schools When the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council was established in 2010 to serve as the driver for the green schools movement, USGBC appointed Rachel Gutter to take the reins. Rachel came to USGBC in 2007 to oversee the launch of LEED for Schools, a version of USGBC’s green building certification program that facilitates the design, construction and operations of high-performance, green schools. To accelerate market transformation, USGBC launched the Center for Green Schools to engage students, teachers, parents, school superintendents, elected officials and other policy makers in a national conversation about the relationship between high-performance educational facilities and high performing students. Rachel’s professional experiences include green building consulting, interior architecture, and education. Her six years of teaching experience fuels her commitment to educating a generation of sustainability natives. She received her BA from Tufts University. View Guest page

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Barney and Chris Hodges

Barney grew up on the farm, and was always keenly interested in all parts of the business. Over the years he has done all the jobs that occur each year at Sunrise Orchards, from cutting root suckers and pruning, to picking and packing, to driving the truck, the forklift and the mower. Barney now mostly spends his time doing the big picture planning, apple sales and development and management of the storage facility. Barney also loves cross country skiing and he and Chris spend winter weekends coaching kids in Ripton, VT. Like Barney, Chris wears many hats at the farm, but focuses on the direct store delivery sales, marketing the apples, management of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Eco-Apple programs, and development of cider and other apple products. Chris' special interests lie in developing advanced IPM techniques and educating the public about the business of growing apples. Chris grew up on Martha’s Vineyard and met Barney in college, moving to the farm in 1995. View Guest page

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Jessica Holmes

Jessica Holmes is the Director of MiddCORE as well as Associate Professor of Economics at Middlebury College. Under Jessica’s leadership, MiddCORE has expanded to several affiliated schools throughout the U.S. and also includes an internship and workshop program. Jessica teaches courses in microeconomics, health economics, the economics of social issues and the economics of sin. Prior to joining the Middlebury faculty in 2001, she worked as a litigation consultant, conducting economic analyses for companies facing lawsuits involving securities fraud, product liability, and intellectual property. Jessica’s prior consulting experience shapes her emphasis on experiential learning in the classroom. Jessica is also an avid researcher, currently working on a multi-year project involving the economics of philanthropy. She earned a PhD in Economics at Yale University in 1998. Jessica lives in Vermont with her husband and three children where she is a competitive swimmer. View Guest page

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Anne Hubert

Senior Vice President at Scratch, a “SWAT team across Viacom,” Anne studies what makes millennials tick, jump for joy, and yes, open their wallets. Join us for this myth-debunking conversation that will open your eyes to a future led by this fascinating generation as they make their mark in the working world. View Guest page

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Captain Barrington Irving

In 2007, Captain Barrington Irving became the youngest person, at 23, and the first black pilot to fly solo around the globe. Born in Jamaica and brought up in inner-city Miami, Barrington saw a football scholarship as his route to college until, inspired by a Jamaican airline pilot who became his mentor, he decided to pursue a career in aviation. Barrington founded the nonprofit Experience Aviation, offering STEM-based programs and career guidance to students in the Miami area. He has received many awards including a 2007 Congressional Resolution honoring his flight and his work in education. In 2012, he was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Barrington is currently planning his next flight around the world, the Classroom in the Sky, scheduled for 2014. He will set new aviation records as he flies to all seven continents. Throughout the flight, he will conduct air and land expeditions combined with live learning to engage millions of students throughout the world. View Guest page

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Martha Johnson

Martha Johnson is a leadership expert who draws on the lessons learned as an executive with a more than 30-year career in business and government. She was nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the US Senate to be the Administrator of the General Services Administration, a position she held for two years. She also served eight years with the Clinton Administration. Her private sector career has spanned the information technology, architecture, strategic consulting, and automotive industries. Johnson has delivered over 50 public speeches on topics including leadership, organizational transformation, sustainability, and government innovation. She has been featured repeatedly in the press and has testified before the US Congress on government effectiveness. She is the author of On My Watch: Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience. Johnson graduated with a BA from Oberlin College and MBA from Yale University's School of Management. She resides in Annapolis, MD. View Guest page

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Laura Kang

Laura Kang, Head of School, Eagle Cove School – Pasadena, MD Laura Kang is Head of School at Eagle Cove School. The School’s mission is to maintain a culture of academic excellence as we foster within students respect, responsibility, joy in lifelong learning and habits of environmental and community stewardship. In her nearly 30 years in independent school education, she has learned how important it is to keep the entire course of a child’s personal and educational development in mind: past, present and future. From working with toddlers to seniors in high school, she has become fascinated with the intersection of neuroscience and best teaching and learning practices. Laura finds herself attracted to independent schools as they are mission and values-driven institutions. Before joining the Eagle Cove Community, Laura was Middle School Head at Severn School. She attended the University of Kansas’ School of Education for her undergraduate degree in education and English. She received her Masters in Administration and Supervision at Loyola College. View Guest page

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Jim Kiles

Jim is Program Director for FOUR YEARS.GO. Jim is the leader and holds accountability for all programs and activities of FOUR YEARS.GO. Jim has been a civil rights lawyer and a lifelong entrepreneur and business investor. He has managed many initiatives including several major media and communications activities. During the past ten years, Jim has been involved in developing technology and systems that enable real networks to engage and grow memberships, deliver on the network value proposition and enable the integration of media and action. His thirty years of experience includes a stint from 1995-2001 as Managing Director at Intel Corporation where he was responsible for Intel Capital investments in Media and Content, founding position at CPM Capital (a fund focused on content relevancy and monetization solutions) and CEO at Eyetide and Living Networks, internet startups engaged in new strategies and technologies for bringing community interaction to the web. View Guest page

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Dr. Timothy Killeen

In 2012 Dr. Timothy Killeen was appointed president of the RF and SUNY vice chancellor for research. Dr. Killeen leads the SUNY Research Council, an advisory body to the SUNY board of trustees, RF board of directors, SUNY provost, and campus presidents. Appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Dr. Killeen is a co-chair of New York’s Innovation Network. Prior to joining the RF and SUNY Dr. Killeen was the National Science Foundation’s assistant director for geosciences. From 2000-2008, he served as director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, one of the world’s premier atmospheric and climate-change research centers. He has served on various White House Committees and Task Forces, testified frequently to Congress and the Executive branch, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Killeen has also held positions at the University of Colorado and the University of Michigan. Dr. Killeen, earned his Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics at the age of 23. View Guest page

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Barbara Kline

After living in Europe for graduate school, Barbara Kline returned to the US to settle in Washington, DC. She had no idea how hard it would be to find a job. After a brief stint as a paralegal, she opened The Ice Cream Lobby on Capitol Hill. For 7 years, she scooped ice cream cones, made hot fudge sundaes, and hung out with Hill staffers. After the birth of her first child, she reconsidered her career path. The need to find quality childcare for her baby led her to found White House Nannies. Over the past 26 years, White House Nannies has evolved into the premier nanny agency in the DC metro area. In 2005, Barbara wrote White House Nannies published by Tarcher/Penguin. She has been interviewed on many national programs. She lives in Chevy Chase with her husband Richard who runs the financial side of the business. They have two children: Matt lives in Venice, California and is on his city council and Gillian works in digital advertising in New York City. View Guest page

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Thomas Kolditz

A retired brigadier general and titled Professor Emeritus by the U.S. Military Academy, Tom led the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point for 12 years. In that role, he was responsible for teaching, research, and outreach activities in management, leader development science, psychology, and sociology. A highly experienced global leader, General Kolditz has more than 26 years in leader roles on four continents. His career has focused both on leading organizations and studying leadership and leadership policy across sectors. He served for two years as a leadership and human resources policy analyst in the Pentagon, and a year as a concept developer in the Center for Army Leadership, and was the founding director of the West Point Leadership Center. He was instrumental in the design and formation of the Thayer Leader Development Group, and is the managing member of Saxon Castle LLC, a leader development consultancy. View Guest page

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Jim Kouzes

Jim Kouzes is a bestselling author and award-winning speaker. Jim has been thinking about leadership ever since he served in John F. Kennedy’s honor guard when Kennedy was inaugurated as President. Kennedy’s inaugural call to action —“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” — inspired Jim to join the Peace Corps. Jim has devoted his life to leadership development ever since. Currently Jim is Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, at Santa Clara University, and also lectures on leadership around the world to corporations, governments, and nonprofits. Jim has won numerous honors and awards, including recognition as one of the twelve best executive educators in the United States by the Wall Street Journal. Jim’s book with Barry Posner, The Leadership Challenge, has been a business and leadership classic for the last 25 years. Its teachings have helped over 3 million people fulfill their leadership potential. View Guest page

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Sasha Kramer

Dr. Sasha Kramer is an ecologist and human rights observer who has been working in Haiti since 2004. In 2006 she received her Ph.D. in Ecology from Stanford University and co-founded Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL), a non-profit dedicated to protecting soil resources, empowering communities and transforming wastes into resources in Haiti. She coordinated an ecological sanitation project in Haiti in collaboration with Stanford’s Engineers for a Sustainable World. She is an Adjunct Professor of International Studies and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Miami. She teaches an intersession course called Sustainable Development Challenges in Haiti: from Theory to Practice. She is the co-founder of SOL (Sosyete Oganize pou Lanati), a Haitian non-profit dedicated to promoting environmental justice and ecologically sound development. Sasha is also a National Geographic Emerging Explorer (2011). View Guest page

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Andrew Kutt

Andrew Kutt, Oneness-Family School – Chevy Chase, MD For over 20 years, Andrew Kutt has guided the Oneness-Family School, a Montessori-based educational institution that produces confident individuals filled with a life-long love of learning. The School empowers students, teaches conflict resolution, and is a place where learning is not just about finding the right answers but about asking questions on the journey. The curriculum incorporates academics, self-discovery, and world service in order for students to develop the leadership skills necessary to meet the challenges of a global society. Andrew has 25 years of experience as a Montessori teacher and administrator. He is the founder of Peacekeepers, an after-school club that teaches students to become global citizens. Andrew is the author of “Living in Harmony,” a handbook for teachers and parents to help students building citizenship skills and global understanding. He is on the board of the International Montessori Council and he is a founder of the Montessori Peace Academy. View Guest page

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Gina LaRoche

Gina LaRoche is a co-founder of Seven Stones Leadership Group, a professional services firm that develops organizational leadership and works with individuals on their personal journeys. She brings respect, clarity, truth and love to all of her work as an organizational consultant, facilitator and coach. She is also a writer and collage artist, and the author of Living in Sufficiency: A daily journey (2009). Gina is a popular public speaker, delivering keynote addresses on "What is enough?" and what it means to be a leader during times of great change. View Guest page

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Geraldine Laybourne

Geraldine Laybourne is the Co-Founder of Oxygen Media, a 24-hour cable television network for young women. She was Chairman and CEO of Oxygen Media until she sold it to NBC Universal in 2007. Gerry was a cable programming pioneer in the 80s and 90s: she led the team that created Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite. As president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks, she ran cable programming for the Walt Disney Company and its ABC subsidiary. She was ranked #1 among the 50 most influential women in the entertainment industry by The Hollywood Reporter and named one of the 25 most influential people in America by Time magazine. She is on the Board of Directors of Electronic Arts, J.C. Penney, Symantec Corporation, and Alloy Inc. and on the Board of Trustees of Vassar College and President of the AAVC. She is a corporate ambassador for Vital Voices and advises many women political candidates and entrepreneurs. She and her husband Kit, a teacher, producer, and author, have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. View Guest page

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Dr. Merle Lefkoff

Dr. Merle Lefkoff has spent decades on the front lines as an international mediator in conflict zones all over the globe. She received a research grant to investigate the new field of Complexity Science and its application to global peace building at the Center for Non-Linear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she worked with computer scientists, physicists and mathematicians exploring in computer simulation the natural laws that govern collective human behavior. After this study, Dr. Lefkoff founded the Center for Emergent Diplomacy in Santa Fe, NM. Casting aside the worn-out conflict resolution and mediation models that have proved inadequate to address the complexities of the 21st century, the Center now applies her research to building and facilitating a network of change agents around the world who use Complexity Science to address dysfunctional global paradigms. Dr. Lefkoff holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. View Guest page

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Richard Leider

Founder and Chairman of The Inventure Group, a coaching and consulting firm, Richard has created a wide array of programs and experiences for clients. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected executive coaches, by Linkage as one of the “Top 50” executive coaches, and by the Conference Board as a “legend in coaching.” He is an Executive Fellow at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and is a guest lecturer in the Harvard Business School and Duke Corporate Education. Richard is the author of eight books, including three best sellers. Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose are classics in the personal growth field. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing where he founded The Purpose Project. Richard appears in the Wall Street Journal, The NYTimes and USA Today, and on PBS and NPR. He leads annual Inventure Expedition safaris in Tanzania, East Africa. View Guest page

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Marc Lesser

Marc Lesser is the CEO, co-founder and board member of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and author of Know Yourself, Forget Yourself. Marc is a long term Zen student and teacher and has also authored Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less, and Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration; How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work and Your Life. Marc is the founder and former CEO of Brush Dance, a publisher of greeting cards, calendars and gift items, with spiritual themes and artwork. He spent 15 years taking Brush Dance from an idea in his garage to a multi-million dollar publishing company, with distribution throughout the U.S. and the world. He facilitates retreats for CEO’s, business leaders, and management teams. Marc was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years. He received his M.B.A. from New York University and his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Rutgers University. He is currently a board member of the Social Venture Network. View Guest page

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Kelly Lewis

Kelly Lewis is the founder of The Bounce Collective, a human development organization committed to empowering the leader within every young person, woman, and man. Through her work, Kelly supports the leaders of today and tomorrow by creating meaningful ways for leaders and organizations to develop while bringing communities together. Kelly is head over heels in love with her work (don't worry, her husband is ok with that). Her work is her teacher as it provides her the opportunity to be in service to herself, others, and the world - while inspiring others to do the same. As an Executive Leadership Coach, a faculty member for Georgetown University's Leadership Coaching Program, an entrepreneur, a 20-year corporate leader, and a community change agent, Kelly brings a breadth of relevant experience, knowledge, and expertise to her work. View Guest page

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Jenn Lim

Jenn Lim created the company Delivering Happiness with Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos) to inspire happiness in work, community and everyday life. In 2010, Jenn led the launch of Tony’s first book (Delivering Happiness) which sold over 220,000 copies internationally and hit #1 on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. It was voted one of the best business books in 2010 by NPR, Inc. Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Jenn creates Culture Books for Zappos. In 2009, Zappos was sold to Amazon.com, and in 2011, Zappos was #6 on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. The Culture Book has become a global symbol of how companies can create cultures based on happiness and be profitable at the same time. Jenn has been a featured speaker at organizations such as Twitter, Pixar, Stanford, UCLA, NAWBO and the American Marketing Association. Jenn formerly consulted in a number of industries, including Internet, branding, writing and graphic design. View Guest page

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Maggie Little

Maggie Little, B.Phil., PhD, is Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and a member of the Philosophy Department, at Georgetown University. Her research interests include issues in reproduction, clinical research ethics, and the structure of moral theory. A fellow of the Hastings Center, she has twice served as Visiting Scholar in residence at the National Institutes of Health Department of Bioethics. She is a founding member of The Ob-Gyn Risk Research Group, which brings together experts from medical epidemiology, obstetrics and gynecology, philosophy, bioethics, gender theory, and the medical humanities, for research encompassing a wide variety of issues in reproductive health and clinical research ethics. Together with Ruth Faden and Anne Lyerly, she co-founded The Second Wave Initiative, which works to promote responsible research into the health needs of pregnant women. View Guest page

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Darlene Markovich

Darlene is a leader in strategic human resources and corporate communications with diverse experience providing broad solutions to complex organizational challenges. She spent 28 years at ALZA Corporation before retiring to focus on nonprofit activities. In 2003, Darlene co-founded The Missing Peace Project. She presently serves on several boards including The Committee of 100 for Tibet, Kreddha International, and is Executive Director of The Dalai Lama Foundation. She is based in Palo Alto, California. View Guest page

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Ross Martin

Ross Martin is an Executive Vice President at Viacom Media Networks and runs Scratch, a creative swat team driving innovation across the company. Ross joined Viacom Media Networks in 2004 as the first Head of Programming for MTV's Emmy and Peabody Award winning college network, mtvU. He later became SVP of MTV 360 Production & Development, working across MTV, MTV2 and mtvU. Prior to MTV, Ross founded Plant Film, an LA-based production company partnered with Fox, VH1 and Dimension Films; was a development executive for Spike Lee's 40 Acres and A Mule Filmworks; and taught poetry at Washington University, RISD and The New School. His writing appears in The Kenyon Review, The Harvard Review, McSweeney's, Denver Quarterly, BOMB Magazine and multiple anthologies. His first book was published in 2002. Ross is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Viacom Marketing Council, and serves on the digital advisory board for St. Jude's Children’s Hospital. View Guest page

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John M. McCardell Jr.

John M. McCardell Jr. was appointed 16th vice-chancellor of the University of the South effective last July 1. Since his arrival, McCardell has challenged the university both to examine its history and to seize the opportunities of the present to fulfill its vision of being a nationally prominent university located in the South. McCardell is the former president of Middlebury College in Vermont, and is a distinguished historian and respected national leader in liberal arts education. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, and did his graduate work at The Johns Hopkins University and then at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in history. During his first year as vice-chancellor, Sewanee, in an unprecedented move, reduced its tuition and fees for the academic year 2011-12 by ten percent. The decision has garnered much positive coverage in the national media. View Guest page

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Mike McGinley

Frank Ball and Mike McGinley are co-founders and Managing Partners of New Dominion Angels, a membership-based investor group formed in 2008 to accelerate Virginia's emergence as a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship. Frank Ball has also founded or co-founded four other businesses in Virginia. Frank is also an executive coach and organizational consultant. He holds degrees from Davidson College and The George Washington University. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of American Public University System and sits on the boards of Mom Made Foods and Analytic Advantage, Inc. Mike McGinley also is an executive coach and principal in Element North, a consultancy focusing on leadership development. He earned his MBA from The Darden School at UVA and leads a private foundation in Richmond aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty through financial and leadership education. Frank and Mike both serve on the faculty of the Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University. View Guest page

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Chris McGoff

Chris McGoff is the author of THE PRIMES and founder of The Clearing, Inc., a management consulting firm that supports large scale problem solving and transformation projects. His clients include agencies of the U.S. federal government as well as a wide range of organizations including IBM, AARP, Consol Energy, DuPont, the UN, and Boeing. Chris has facilitated strategy sessions for over 10,000 government and industry professionals. Prior to launching The Clearing, Chris founded his first company, Touchstone Consulting, in 1991, which grew to $40 million in revenue and 200 employees and was bought by SRA International Inc. in 2005. Prior to Touchstone, he designed and built IBM’s Decision Support Center and initiated the commercialization of work group technology. Chris has a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Scranton and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Graduate School of Public Policy. View Guest page

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Maggie McGuire

Maggie McGuire is Vice President of Scholastic’s Kids and Parents online channels and is an expert in digital media, education, youth and parenting. Before joining the online division, she ran Scholastic Media Interactive where she developed award winning learning and entertainment products across interactive platforms. As Director of Nickelodeon’s Home Entertainment Group, she oversaw product development for their video, DVD and audio businesses. She has produced live action television shows and created content for and in partnership with companies inclusive of Sesame Workshop, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, LeapFrog and Fisher Price. Prior to her work in media, she spent eight years in education as a Language Arts teacher and curriculum developer and recruiter for Teach for America. She holds a MA in Educational Theater from NYU, a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from Boston College and with her husband is raising two wonderfully inventive boys in Brooklyn, NY. View Guest page

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Patrick Meier (PhD)

Patrick Meier (PhD) is an internationally recognized thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response and resilience. He presently serves as Director of Social Innovation at the Qatar Foundation’s Computing Research Institute (QCRI) where he develops next-generation humanitarian technologies. Patrick is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a member of the Academy of Achievement (AoA). Prior to QCRI, he co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning, and served as Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi. Patrick also co-founded the CrisisMappers Network, the Standby Task Force and the Digital Humanitarians Network. He is an accomplished speaker, having given talks at the White House, UN, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, PopTech, and several TEDx’s. He writes the widely respected iRevolution blog and tweets at @patrickmeier . View Guest page

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Talane Miedaner

Talane Miedaner, owner and founder of LifeCoach.com and The Coaching Directory, has gained international prominence as a professional coach by guiding thousands of people to find wealth, success, and happiness. Talane helps people restructure their lives to attract the opportunities they want. She works with executives, public officials, entrepreneurs, and business owners around the world. Talane taught at CoachU where she received training as a professional coach. She is the author of the internationally best-selling book, Coach Yourself to Success: 101 Tips from a Personal Coach for Reaching Your Goals at Life and in Work. Talane is a Master Certified Coach of the International Coach Federation and leads classes for Georgetown University. She holds a degree in International Affairs from the School of Foreign Service and a master’s in English from Georgetown University. Prior to becoming a coach, Talane held a corporate position as second vice president at Chase Bank in New York City. View Guest page

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Cliff Miller

Cliff Miller is the current steward of Mount Vernon Farm in Sperryville, VA. As the 6th generation of his family to farm the land, Cliff has a deep personal connection to it and its future. After taking over management upon his father’s death in 1998, Cliff has grown curious about cultivating more sustainable, holistic farming practices than are common in most meat-producing operations today. Cliff and Mt Vernon Farm are committed to the health of the microbes, soil, grasses and animals that grow and live on the farm. Through careful land stewardship, unique conservation practices and a natural rotation of multiple species of animals through its grasslands, Mount Vernon Farm produces 100% grass-fed and finished beef and lamb, and pastured pork and chickens. View Guest page

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Mary Morton

Mary Morton is curator of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. She received her B.A. from Stanford University in history, and her PhD from Brown University, concentrating on 19th and early 20th century European painting. Dr. Morton began her curatorial career in the European art department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and spent five years as associate curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. She has collaborated on and organized numerous exhibitions including The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme (2010), Sur le Motif: Painting in Nature around 1800 (2008), Oudry's Painted Menagerie (2007), Courbet and the Modern Landscape (2006), Focus on the Beck Collection: André Derain's "The Turning Road, L'Estaque" (2002), Paris in the Age of Impressionism: Masterworks from the Musée d'Orsay (2002) and Old Masters, Impressionists, and Moderns: French Masterworks from the State Pushkin Museum, Moscow (2002). View Guest page

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Anne Firth Murray

Anne Firth Murray, a New Zealander, was educated at the University of California and New York University. She has worked at the United Nations and the Hewlett Foundation, taught in Hong Kong and Singapore, and been an editor with Oxford, Stanford, and Yale University presses. She currently teaches at Stanford University. She is the Founding President of The Global Fund for Women, which provides funds internationally to seed, strengthen, and link groups committed to women's well being. She is the recipient of many awards and honors for women’s health and philanthropy, and in 2005 she was nominated as one of a group of 1,000 women for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her book on the early years of the Global Fund for Women is Paradigm Found: Leading and Managing for Positive Change. The 2nd edition of her recent book on international women’s health, From Outrage to Courage: The Unjust and Unhealthy Situation of Women in Poorer Countries and What They Are Doing About It, will appear in April 2013. View Guest page

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Cal Newport

Cal Newport received his PhD in computer science from MIT and is currently on the faculty at Georgetown University. He writes the popular advice blog Study Hacks and has been featured in many print publications, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, television networks and radio stations. Cal is the author of three advice books for students in addition to So Good They Can't Ignore You. He lives in Washington, DC. View Guest page

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Kakenya Ntaiya

Life for Kakenya Ntaiya was supposed to follow the traditional path. Engaged at age 5, she was to be circumcised by the age of 13, an event that would mark the end of her education and signal her readiness for marriage. But Kakenya had a different plan. First, she negotiated with her father: she would be circumcised only if she could also finish high school. He agreed. Then she negotiated with the village elders to do what no girl had ever done: leave her village in Kenya to go to college in the U.S. She promised that she would use her education to benefit her community. After receiving a Masters in the U.S., Kakenya is now fulfilling her promise to her community. As the founder of Kakenya Center for Excellence, a girls’ primary school, Kakenya believes that education will empower and motivate young girls to become agents of change in their communities. Kakenya was honored with a Vital Voices Global Leadership award in 2008 and as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2010. View Guest page

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Tim Ogilvie

Tim Ogilvie is the CEO of Peer Insight, an innovation strategy consultancy, where he has made pioneering contributions to the emerging disciplines of service innovation, customer experience design, and businessmodel exploration. His clientsinclude AARP, Bank of America, Hallmark, Hewlett-Packard, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Starwood Hotels, and The Hartford. His projects create organic growth by linking new customer experiences to scalable business models. Tim has consulted to five governments and influenced innovation policy from the United States to the European Union to Taiwan. He is the co-author of “Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers,” (2011). He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where he teaches customer-centered design and innovation. He holds a master’s degree in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BA in English from the University of Virginia. View Guest page

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Parker J. Palmer

Parker J. Palmer, founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal, is a world-renowned writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. He has reached millions worldwide through his nine books, including Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, and Healing the Heart of Democracy. His latest book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit, was chosen by Spirituality & Practice as one of the best books of 2011 on contemplation and social activism. Parker holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as eleven honorary doctorates, two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the National Educational Press Association, and an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press. In 2011, he was named an Utne Reader Visionary. Dr. Palmer and his wife Sharon Palmer live in Madison, Wisconsin. View Guest page

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Billy Parish

Billy Parish is Co-Founder and President of Mosaic, a solar investment platform. A 2002 Yale dropout, he’s gone from Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Climate Hero” to a top US business leader in solar investing. Before Mosaic, Billy co-founded and grew the Energy Action Coalition into the largest youth organization in the world focused on clean energy and climate solutions. He later developed a proposal to create a Clean Energy Corps to produce 5 million green jobs, which shaped the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the largest green investment in U.S. history. Billy has helped launch dozens of clean energy, youth, and green jobs related organizations and has been honored as an Oil & Gas Magazine “Game Changer,” an Utne Reader “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” and was elected as a Fellow by Ashoka, the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs. He is co-author of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World. View Guest page

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Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D.

Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D., is an internationally known authority on depth psychology and transformational leadership. A former President of Pacifica Graduate Institute, Dr. Pearson is the author of numerous books, including The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By; The Hero and the Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes (co-authored by Margaret Mark); and The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-First Century (ed.), which grew out of a three year project with the Fetzer Institute that she co-led. Previously, Dr. Pearson was Professor of Leadership Studies in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and the Director of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership. Bridging theory and practice, Dr. Pearson has worked to translate psychological and other theories to provide meaning to organizational stakeholders and customers and in the process develop healthy and productive organizational cultures. View Guest page

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Susan Penfield

Susan Penfield is a Senior Vice President specializing in the use of information technology in the national health industry. Her focus includes developing IT modernization strategies to transform regulatory, safety, payment, electronic health record, and public health systems. Ms. Penfield provides consulting services for every major federal health-related organization including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, and Department of Health and Human Services. She has also worked in the commercial health sector. For Booz Allen, Susan leads the Systems Development Center for Excellence. She is an advocate for women and is the co-chair of the Firm-wide Women’s Agenda, and serves on boards for Healthy Women, Women in Technology, Women’s Center, and the National Institutes of Health Children’s Inn She holds a BS in Technology Management from Lock Haven University and a Certificate in Management from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business. View Guest page

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Wendy Philleo

As Executive Director of The Center for a New American Dream, Wendy brings 20 years of nonprofit and philanthropic experience in the areas of resource management, community development, women's empowerment, advocacy, and civic engagement. Wendy previously ran a philanthropy and nonprofit consulting business. She worked as a program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. As a program officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, she designed a $25 million, five-year cross-cutting initiative on population, health, and environment. Wendy has worked at the World Wildlife Fund, WorldWIDE Network and the United Nations Environment Programme. She received her B.A. from the University of Colorado and her M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Wendy enjoys being outdoors, hiking, mountain biking, camping, and running, squash, art, and spending time with her family. She lives in Charlottesville, VA with her husband, two children, and two cats. View Guest page

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Robbin Phillips

As one of the founders of the word of mouth and identity firm Brains on Fire, Robbin Phillips has created, revitalized, protected and grown identities such as BMW, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Love146, Find Great People International and Ryobi Tools. She is also co-author of the book Brains on Fire: Igniting Powerful, Sustainable Word of Mouth Movements. Robbin has spoken on a national level with ThoughtLead and the American Marketing Association. View Guest page

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Sandra Postel

Sandra Postel is one of the world's leading authorities on freshwater issues. She directs the independent Global Water Policy Project and lectures, writes, and consults on international water issues. She is a Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society, and serves as lead water expert for the Society's freshwater initiative. Sandra is the author of several acclaimed books, including the award-winning Last Oasis, the basis for a PBS documentary. Her essay "Troubled Waters" was selected for Best American Science and Nature Writing. Sandra is a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment, and has been named one of the "Scientific American 50" for her contributions to water policy. View Guest page

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Don Quayle

Don Quayle was born and educated in Logan, Utah, completing two degrees at Utah State University. With his wife, Yvonne, also a Logan native, Don began his trek east by moving to Columbus, Ohio for study at Ohio State University. An association with WOSU-FM-TV in 1956 began a 35 year career in Public Broadcasting that would take him to Boston, New York City and Washington, DC. He worked for individual stations, regional and national organizations during that time. Soon after he moved to the Washington, DC area in 1970, he was chosen to be the first President of National Public Radio (NPR). He and Vonn joined ILR in 2004 and have participated each semester since then. Don’s main accomplishment is a family of five children, thirteen grand children and two great grand children. And the family is growing. View Guest page

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Daniel Raven-Ellison

Daniel Raven-Ellison is a guerrilla geographer, alternative explorer, radical educator and National Geographic Emerging Explorer. A former geography teacher, Daniel's innovative work inspires new kinds of exploration and challenges us to rethink what 'geography' is. He has walked across some of the largest cities on Earth, taking photographs every eight steps in an effort to represent how we think of them. Daniel is currently planning 125 adventures to do with his son across the UK in 2013 and a bike ride to demonstrate the size of London's “foodprint.” He also works with InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and TED to explore the "future of local." Daniel is the Director of Creative Exploration for Mission:Explore, a project that he co-founded with the sole purpose of increasing the number of children benefiting from outdoor play, exploration and learning. As well as a series of children's books, Mission:Explore features a groundbreaking and innovative social gaming platform. View Guest page

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Margaret Regan

Margaret Regan is President & CEO of The FutureWork Institute, a global consulting firm that translates future trends to transform organizations. She helps clients achieve a MindShift, HeartShift and SkillShift in creating more inclusive/flexible workplaces. She has worked on HR and generational practices in Asia, mergers in Europe, cross-cultural executive education and women’s studies on four continents. She was a Partner and Human Capital Management/Global Diversity Practice Leader for Towers Perrin and was the first woman executive at the NY Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Con Edison. She has appeared on NBC-TV’s Today Show, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, and CNN. She is featured on Close-Up TV as the CEO of one of the most innovative U.S. businesses, in CNN/Money as the expert on future workplace trends and in Business Week for FutureWork’s approach to “my-job my-way, “my-business our-way” and “my-perks my-way.” She is the recipient of the Diversity Innovation Award. View Guest page

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Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of Following Atticus: Forty-eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship. Before that he was the founder and publisher of The Undertoad newspaper and went on to write the popular "Hiking with Tom & Atticus" column. During the winter of 2006-2007 Ryan and his dog Atticus M. Finch climbed 81 4,000-foot peaks while raising money for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The next winter, the duo climbed 66 4,000-foot peaks while raising thousands of dollars for Angell Animal Medical Center. Because of their efforts Ryan and Finch were inducted into the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Hall of Fame and at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. In 2013, Ryan and Finch were also recipients of the Massachusetts School of Law Humanitarian Award for the attention they bring to animals in need. They currently live in New Hampshire’s White Mountains where they continue to hike. View Guest page

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Irasema Salcido

Irasema Salcido worked for nine years in the DC public school system before founding the first Chavez School in 1998. Frustrated by the failures of the public school system, she has since become a nationally recognized expert and advocate for charter schools and underserved students. Her mission in starting the first Chavez School was to create an institution where the poorest students received the best education. Mrs. Salcido is considered an expert on charter schools and a leader in the charter school movement in DC. She received an award from the Caring Institute, designating her as one of the “Six Most Caring Citizens in the U.S.” of 1999, and in February 2001, she was awarded the “Use Your Life Award” from Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network. She holds an MA in Education, Administration, and Social Planning from Harvard University. Mrs. Salcido’s life serves as a true testament that individuals who start from humble beginnings can truly defy the odds and achieve the American dream. View Guest page

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Sharon Salzberg

Born in New York City, meditation teacher, writer and speaker Sharon Salzberg experienced a childhood involving considerable loss and turmoil. An early realization of the power of meditation to overcome personal suffering determined her life direction. Her teaching and writing now communicates that power to a worldwide audience of practitioners. Sharon she leads intensive meditation retreats and other programs worldwide. After studying meditation in India, in 1976 Sharon co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA which now ranks as one of the most prominent meditation centers in the Western world. Sharon has been featured at many conferences and events, among them the State of the World Forum and Peacemakers Conference, where she shared a panel with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Sharon is the author of many books and CDs on meditation and frequently contributes to and is featured in a variety of publications including Huffington Post, Time and O Magazine. View Guest page

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Aziz Abu Sarah

Aziz Abu Sarah is the Co-Executive Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution, Co-Founder of MEJDI Tours, and was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for 2011. He has spoken in hundreds of churches, synagogues and mosques on the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, peace, reconciliation, and interfaith dialogue. He has lectured and facilitated meetings for countless international organizations and universities, including Georgetown University, Columbia, Princeton, Brandeis, Yale, George Washington, and before the European Parliament and the UN. He is a columnist for Alquds Newspaper and has published articles in the New York Times, Haaretz, Jerusalem Post, Alarabiya, Daily Star and Middle East online and he provides analysis for television news programs. Aziz co-hosted a radio show in Jerusalem for 3 years with tens of thousands of international listeners and is a contributor for 972mag.com, a new Israeli online English magazine. View Guest page

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Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, C.M.T, C.S.T.-D For almost thirty years, Suzanne has taught and mentored conscious awareness and its relationship to the healing process through a uniquely creative approach to energy, presence, grounding and integrative exercises. Suzanne is the author of the book and companion audio, Full-Body Presence: Learning to Listen to Your Body's Wisdom. Known for her grounded and nurturing manner, Suzanne helps others go to the heart of their healing process. She weaves together mind, body, and spirit to create a unique environment where profound healing can occur. A certified instructor of CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release with The Upledger Institute, Suzanne also teaches at Esalen Institute. A sought-after speaker, she inspires healthcare practitioners, coaches, teachers and others all over the world to stay energized. She has written numerous articles and posts a popular blog, Presence Matters: Reflections on Body, Mind and Spirit at http://massagemag.com/massage-blog/presence-matters. View Guest page

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Doug Silsbee

Doug Silsbee is a thought leader in the fields of presence-based coaching, leadership development and resilience. He is a leadership coach, trainer of coaches, speaker, and author in Asheville, NC. Doug’s original work integrates deep experience in organization and leader development with mindfulness, interpersonal neurobiology, and developmental psychology. Two books,The Mindful Coach and Presence-Based Coaching, are the basis for a widely recognized coach certification program, approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF.) Doug is certified as a Master Somatic Coach with the prestigious Strozzi Institute. He is a sought-after presenter for ICF and other international conferences, and has taught at the Brookings Institution, UCLA Executive Education, Hudson Institute, and the Federal Executive Institute. With his wife Walker, Doug is the owner of a carbon neutral mountain retreat center north of Asheville, NC. They have three grown children and two very loved grandsons View Guest page

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Hayat Sindi

Dr. Hayat Sindi was named by Newsweek as one of 100 Fearless Females Changing the Word. Recognized by Arabian Business as the 9th most powerful Arab woman, she is combining her passions for science and innovation to build an institute promoting innovation and social impact in the Middle East - i2 Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity will launch 12 science and technology businesses in the Middle East by 2014. As a teen, Dr. Sindi left her home in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, and worked against the odds to become the first female from the Gulf to earn a PhD in biotechnology, studying at King’s College London, Cambridge, MIT and Harvard. The co-founder of Diagnostics For All, offering cost-effective diagnostic tools enabling the treatment people living beyond the reach of medical infrastructures, she has been a PopTech fellow linking science and social impact. Dr. Sindi is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, a Global Ambassador for Vital Voices and is a member of the Nifty Fifty. View Guest page

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Ellyn Spragins

Ellyn Spragins, Author and CEO of What I Know Now Enterprises, LLC Ellyn Spragins is the New York Times bestselling author of What I Know Now: Letters To My Younger Self. She has since authored What I Know Now About Success and If I’d Known Then: Women In Their 20s and 30s Write Letters to Their Younger Selves. Ellyn was a columnist at The New York Times, writing Love & Money for the Sunday business section, and Editor-At-Large at Fortune Small Business. She was VP of Editorial Development at Oxygen Media and a contributing editor to Newsweek, where she won the National Press Club’s Consumer Journalism Award and the Clarion Award. She has been an editor at Smart Money, BusinessWeek and Inc., and a reporter at Forbes. Her articles have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Working Woman, Bloomberg Personal, Worth, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Ladies Home Journal and Town & Country. Ellyn graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English and economics from Barnard College. She lives with her husband, John Witty, and two children in Pennington, NJ. View Guest page

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Neil Stroul

Dr. Neil Stroul is a professional psychologist, who left the therapy world for organizational consulting and training in 1979. His career has been devoted to helping organizations foster a developmental culture. As a leadership coach, Neil works with senior executives to help them find pathways to maintain their humanity while becoming effective leaders. Neil finds coaching to be the vehicle that allows him to express his "best self." Neil believes that leadership is a philosophical proposition. Great leaders want to make a contribution, and leading is how they bring their vision of what the future could be, to the world. Leaders must be clear on who they are and what they stand for. Through clarity, leaders demonstrate resolve to find a critical path through paradox and obstacles to create a desirable future for their followers. Neil Stroul is a member of the faculty for Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program. He holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. View Guest page

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Amy Jen Su

Muriel Maignan Wilkins and Amy Jen Su are Managing Partners and Co-Founders of Isis Associates They are co-authors of Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence. Muriel has a strong track record of helping senior leaders and teams take their effectiveness to the next level. Muriel is adept at helping leaders develop in the critical career accelerator areas of executive presence, role transitions, and relationship management. She has in-depth experience designing and leading customized leadership development programs, group coaching, and leadership assessments. Amy has a proven track record helping senior leaders more clearly articulate vision, socialize their message, and build key followership. She has served on the faculty and senior coaching teams for formal Leadership Development programs across a variety of industries including biotechnology, private equity, management consulting, financial services, and public service institutions. View Guest page

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Tenzin N. Tethong

Tenzin N. Tethong is President of the Dalai Lama Foundation. He is the founder of key Tibet initiatives in the U.S. including the Tibet Fund, Tibet House-New York, and the International Campaign for Tibet. He is a former Representative of H.H. the Dalai Lama in the United States and former Chairman of the Tibetan Cabinet. Mr. Tethong currently serves as Chairman of the Committee of 100 for Tibet and as a visiting scholar at Stanford University. View Guest page

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Fred Tutman

Before founding the Patuxent Riverkeeper organization, Fred Tutman spent nearly 25 years as a media producer and consultant on assignments all over the globe. As a volunteer activist, he has been involved in many civic causes related to conservation of the region’s waterways and has long been a zealous presence in zoning and planning causes aimed at preserving rural lands along the Patuxent River. After learning of the Waterkeeper movement while a mid-life law student, Fred became the 165th Riverkeeper in the world in 2004. In addition to his duties on the Patuxent, Fred teaches Environmental Law and Policy at St. Mary’s College of MD and serves on the Board of several environmental organizations . Fred lives and works on an active farm that has been in his family since the 1920’s and enjoys doing trail maintenance in his spare time. Fred appears frequently in the media for his work on behalf of the environment including national public radio programs “The Signal” and “The Story.” View Guest page

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Chris Waddell

Chris Waddell was a promising skier at Middlebury College in 1988 when a skiing accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Determined to return to the slopes, in just a few years he was named to the US Disabled Ski Team. The most decorated male skier in Paralympic history, Chris won 12 medals over four games, and has medaled in both summer and winter games. He is the first paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro unassisted, and he was inducted into both the Paralympic Hall of Fame and the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. Chris has been named the Dalai Lama's unsung hero of compassion and has been featured in numerous publications, including Outside Magazine, Skiing, Ski, and National Geographic Explorer. He has appeared on Dateline and Oprah. In addition to his work with the Paralympics and the International Paralympic Committee, Chris is a motivational speaker. He speaks to the resilience of the human condition, with topics ranging from leadership to adversity to quality of life. View Guest page

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Chris Wahl

Chris Wahl, MCC, leadership coach and consultant, has been consulting to organizations in numerous industries for over 25 years in the areas of leadership development, executive and team coaching, and strategic planning. Chris is the creator of the Coaching Certificate Program at Georgetown University, where she teaches a course in coaching teams. Working primarily with executives, senior leaders, and their teams, Chris helps leaders produce results while staying attentive to the human issues that create an integrated sense of purpose, resolve and meaningful accomplishment. Chris is an accomplished author, presenter, and radio interviewee. She co-authored Be Your Own Coach with Barbara Braham. Her dream of writing a book on leadership coaching in collaboration with faculty at Georgetown University, On Becoming a Leadership Coach, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008. Chris teaches an advanced coaching course, Mindful Transitions, at George Mason University. View Guest page

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Kim Weinberg

Kim Weinberg is a leadership coach, facilitator and consultant. She is the founder of Coach In Motion, a Washington, D.C. area based leadership coaching and consulting firm. Kim previously worked in Human Resources and as an Organization Development consultant for Fortune 100 companies, entrepreneurial ventures, and non-profit organizations. She is actively involved with the Young Presidents Organization where she is a Certified Forum Facilitator. For Larry Weinberg, running his own business was always a dream and passion. In 1988, he left the corporate world to co-found BOWA Builders, a home design and construction firm. He continued pursuing his love of business by joining the Young Presidents Organization where he quickly became the Chairman of the Washington Metro Chapter. To cultivate his competitive appetite, he has summited many mountains, and has completed an ironman triathlon and a 50k ultra marathon, among other races. Kim and Larry have two children and reside in McLean, VA. View Guest page

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Muriel Maignan Wilkins

Muriel Maignan Wilkins and Amy Jen Su are Managing Partners and Co-Founders of Isis Associates They are co-authors of Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence. Muriel has a strong track record of helping senior leaders and teams take their effectiveness to the next level. Muriel is adept at helping leaders develop in the critical career accelerator areas of executive presence, role transitions, and relationship management. She has in-depth experience designing and leading customized leadership development programs, group coaching, and leadership assessments. Amy has a proven track record helping senior leaders more clearly articulate vision, socialize their message, and build key followership. She has served on the faculty and senior coaching teams for formal Leadership Development programs across a variety of industries including biotechnology, private equity, management consulting, financial services, and public service institutions. View Guest page

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Chris Wood

Before joining Trout Unlimited in September 2001, Chris Wood served as the Senior Policy and Communications Advisor to the Chief of the US Forest Service for five years. Chris began his career with Forest Service Research in Idaho and also worked for the Fish and Wildlife Program of the Bureau of Land Management. Since arriving at TU, Chris has worked with various sportsmen organizations to protect iconic landscapes such as the Wyoming Range and Idaho’s backcountry road-less areas. He has successfully formed partnerships with various foundations, landowners, state and federal agencies to find conservation solutions that balance the needs of fish and people. Chris is the co-editor and author of two books: “Watershed Restoration: Principles and Practices” (AFS 1997) and “From Conquest to Conservation: Our Public Land Legacy” (Island Press, 2003). He lives with his wife Betsy and their three sons in Washington, D.C. View Guest page

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The Digital Humanitarian: How Big Data and Crisis Mapping Are Changing the Face of Disaster Relief with National Geographic Explorer Patrick Meier

May 6, 2013
Hosted by Kate Ebner

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When a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, killing upwards of 220,000 people and injuring many more, Patrick Meier was horrified and wanted to help. Rather than donating to a disaster relief organization, like many people did, Patrick made a map. Through analyzing user-generated data from social media produced by people on the ground in Haiti, Patrick was able map important aspects of the crisis in close to "real time." Seeing this data helped humanitarian workers quickly answer questions, such as, “Which areas lack access to water? What neighborhoods have run out of medical supplies?” Today, anyone who can read and click a mouse can make a difference in the aftermath of a crisis, thanks to Patrick’s pioneering work in the new field of crisis mapping. Join Host Kate Ebner to learn more about what it means to be a humanitarian in the digital age and discover how artificial intelligence is changing the face of disaster relief.

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Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life

Monday at 8 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

Top leadership coach and change guru Kate Ebner teaches leaders in business, education, government and non-profits how to create compelling and inspiring visions that lead to extraordinary results and outcomes. Each week on “Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life,” Kate introduces you to the amazing visionaries who are shaping our future. She’ll show you how to create your own motivating leadership vision – and how to make it real. Discover the simple, yet powerful steps that add up to a great vision and an extraordinary life. Explore how real visionaries are using vision to drive exceptional results. Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life features guests who open our eyes to new possibilities and whose stories inspire. Tune in and learn how and why to create your own vision. Join Kate for practical tips, wisdom, and knowledge that will take your leadership and your life to a new level. Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life airs live Mondays at 8 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business.

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Kate Ebner

Top leadership coach Kate Ebner invites people to be visionary. Founder of The Nebo Company, a leadership consultancy based in Washington, D.C., Kate teaches leaders how to use vision as a powerful and practical tool for manifesting the important changes they want to see. Kate works with senior executives and teams at Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, social entrepreneurs and government agencies who are leading significant change, helping them to thrive in their careers and find greater fulfillment and satisfaction in life.

Kate specializes not only in how to create, live and lead from vision, but also how to make it real through effective implementation. She gained more than two decades of firsthand experience in envisioning, leading and implementing major change while serving as a dean at Middlebury College and as senior vice president of an international strategy consulting firm. Her own journey from executive to master coach is a story of vision and personal transformation. As faculty and co-director of Georgetown University's Leadership Coaching program, Kate authored of "Coaching for Leverage,” a chapter in On Becoming a Leadership Coach. Kate Ebner is frequently quoted in publications and speaks at conferences about leadership, vision, and empowerment.

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