ALEX J. PLINIO is the president of Life & Career Planning, LLC. In addition to his prior position as a faculty member of Rutgers Business School and currently as president of Life & Career Planning, LLC, a consulting firm that coaches and advises students,managers, and leaders on life and career planning and executives and their boards on organization and board development, Alex is the cofounder of the Institute for Ethical Leadership and the Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership at Rutgers Business School. In these multiple capacities, Alex coaches and mentors leaders, emerging leaders, and students. Formerly, Alex was the president/CEO of AFS-USA, the largest nonprofit international and intercultural student-exchange program in the United States, doing business in fifty countries around the world. He previously held senior executive positions at Prudential Financial in the areas of insurance, investments, financial services and public affairs and was CEO for Prudential Annuity Services, a billion-dollar-revenue retirement products business. His business experience includes executive positions in marketing, operations and administration, change management, and start-ups. Alex served as vice president of marketing for the Prudential Assets Management Company. He launched and served as president of the Prudential Foundation, a philanthropic organization known for expanding education, supporting social services, and helping community-based initiatives to combat poverty. Alex has served his community by founding and serving on the boards of many organizations devoted to community and economic development, youth, education, and the arts. He served as chairman of a public-private partnership, the Newark Collaboration Group, and as a founding board member and chairman of the Governor’s Schools of New Jersey and nationally with Gifts in Kind Inc. and the Independent Sector. Alex also served on the board of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, the Corporate Advisory Groups of the Council on Foundations, the Conference Board, the United Negro College Fund, the national United Way, and the boards of the Alliance for International and Intercultural Education and the Association for International Practical Training.