Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
Albritton joined Exelis, then ITT Defense & Information Solutions, in November 2008 as the Vice President of Communications. In his current role, he is responsible for global brand and reputation management, executive communications, public relations, employee communications, crisis communications, corporate advertising, community relations, corporate philanthropy and special events.
Prior to joining Exelis, Albritton was Director of Media Relations on the Corporate Public Relations team at Raytheon Company. He was responsible for the development and execution of strategic communications plans and activities to help position Raytheon as an industry leader with key influencers in Washington, DC. He also served as a liaison with key Washington, DC media, handling sensitive business and industry issues as a media spokesperson.
Earlier, Albritton was the Senior Vice President of Communications for The Caraway Group, Inc., a public relations and public affairs agency based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining The Caraway Group, he was the Vice President for Field and Media Communications at United Way of America, the national leadership organization for all 1,400 local United Ways in the country. He has also held senior public relations positions with Hewlett-Packard Company, Compaq Computer Corporation and Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Early in his career, Albritton spent 10 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, which included service aboard USS PORTLAND (LSD 37) during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He also served in the Pentagon as an official Navy Spokesman on the Navy News Desk and as the Flag Lieutenant / Aide de Camp for the U.S. Navy’s Chief of Information, a two-star admiral. He spent nearly three years living abroad in London, England, while assigned as the Deputy Public Affairs Officer on the headquarters staff of Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe.
Albritton holds a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., as well as a master of science in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. In 2011, he was selected to become a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the nation’s premier leadership organization comprised of the most senior African-American corporate executives in Fortune 500 companies, representing well over 380 major corporations. The Council represents senior executives in positions one to three levels from the chief executive officers of Fortune 500 companies, CEOs themselves, and other entrepreneurs.
Steve is an experienced leader who has had a diverse career, including global executive roles in learning and development, sales and consulting.
Prior to joining Right Management as VP & Principal Consultant in the Northeast Talent Management Practice, Steve was IBM’s Global Director, Leadership Development Programs, where he was responsible for shaping the leadership culture through a set of integrated learning programs. In that role, Steve led the expansion of the leadership development program to include high potential emerging leaders at all levels and the executive community. He played a key role in updating IBM’s competency model to embrace the challenges of global leadership. During his tenure, IBM was consecutively recognized by Fortune Magazine as the global Top Company for Leaders in 2009 and 2011.
An active member of the Conference Board, Steve served as the co-chair of the Program Committee for the Council on Learning, Development and Organizational Performance. In this capacity, Steve worked with leaders from multiple industries and organizations to advance best practices in learning and development.
Jacki Bassani is experienced in the design, implementation, analysis and reporting of large-scale employee research projects, including employee opinion surveys, culture assessment, and leadership development. Using customized research tools, she helps clients understand how to use data to identify issues in the organization and then target action steps that will have the greatest impact on the business goals. She has extensive experience leading complex survey processes across diverse industries in the areas of employee engagement, culture assessment, leadership development and on-boarding/exit strategy.
Jacki earned her M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and graduated cum laude from Pace University with a B.A. in Psychology. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP), where she routinely presents at their annual conference.
|Jack Beach, Ph.D.
Manager Leadership Strategy and Executive Programs
IBM Leadership Development
Jack Beach is a Senior Leadership Development Consultant at IBM. He currently manages the Leadership Strategy & Research Group and is the Segment Leader for the development of IBM’s experienced executives. Prior to coming to IBM, Jack was a Colonel in the United States Army and Professor of Psychology who helped to build the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
Jack spent thirty years in the U.S. Army. He was trained as a combat medic and served with the 101st Airborne Division in the Republic of Vietnam. Commissioned in 1973, he spent nearly eighteen years in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy, where he was a Professor and Director of the Psychology Programs. Before arriving at West Point, he taught at the U.S. Army’s Academy of Health Sciences where he was a key member of the team, creating a course for training the military’s paraprofessional counselors.
Jack is the author of Leadership in My Rearview Mirror: Reflections from Vietnam, West Point, and IBM, published by MC Press.
Jack received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maine, Orono and B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester, N.Y. Among his military decorations are the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit.
Global Chair, Corporate Practice
Ben Boyd, Global Chair of Edelman’s Corporate Practice, has worked in corporate communications for two decades. He is based in New York City and enjoys a range of experience in public relations, issues communications and brand positioning, as well as corporate communications and marketing.
With Edelman, Ben directs the Global Corporate Practice specializing in reputation management, corporate communications, and issues management. He plays a central role in the firm’s work on the topic of Trust and the role of Trust in corporate positioning. He serves as the global client relationship strategist on Edelman’s work with GE, one of the firm’s largest accounts. Prior to this role, Ben was the Global Client Relationship Manager, overseeing all aspects of the firm’s work with GE for more than 6 years, supporting the client on a myriad of topics and issues.
Throughout his career, he has managed a diverse portfolio of clients in different industries. Client experience includes Citi, Tata, Business Roundtable, Pfizer, SAP, Schwab, Starbucks, HP, Bertelsmann AG, and GAP Inc.
Prior to Edelman, Ben previously served as assistant to the president and director of communications at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). While there, he managed the national communications campaign for a newly relevant labor movement, resulting in a feature segment on 60 Minutes, a cover story in the New York Times Magazine as well as the creation of an online community that helped to advance the reform agenda. In addition, he oversaw SEIU’s earned, paid, social and new media strategies nationally.
Previously, Ben served as the director of communications for the Americans for Health Care campaign, managing grassroots teams in 15 states throughout the 2004 election cycle. Ben also served as director of communications for SITA, one of the world’s largest providers of IT resources for the air transport industry. Prior to his work at SITA, Ben was vice president of Marketing and Communications for barnesandnoble.com, launching the site and taking the company through an initial public offering.
He has a bachelor’s degree in English from Wake Forest University. Ben resides on the Upper West Side
|W. Warner Burke, Ph.D.
Columbia University Teachers College
W. Warner Burke is Professor of Psychology and Education and coordinator for the graduate programs in social-organizational psychology in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. He is also senior advisor to the organization and change strategy practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Dr. Burke earned his B.A. from Furman University, M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. Prior to Teachers College, he served as Chair, Department of Management at Clark University, head of management programs and organization development at the NTL Institute, and Executive Director of the OD Network. A Diplomate in I/O psychology, the American Board of Professional Psychology, he is also a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Society, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and past editor of both Organizational Dynamics and the Academy of Management Executive. He has authored, co-authored, and edited over 130 articles and book chapters in organizational psychology, organization change, and leadership, and 14 books. He has received numerous awards, including the Public Service Medal from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1989, the Distinguished Contribution to Human Resource Development Award in 1990 and the Organization Development Professional Practice Area Award for Excellence – The Lippitt Memorial Award – from the American Society for Training and Development in 1993.
Bob Calamai is currently an HR Consultant, and is also an adjunct professor at three New York area universities. His current teaching appointments include courses in Management and HR Management at Fordham, Rutgers, and New York University.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, he was the Interim Director of the New York University/School of Continuing and Professional Studies Leadership and Human Capital Management Graduate HR Program, and was also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the program. He assumed this role in September, 2011 after an HR career with IBM Corporation.
Bob’s most recent role at IBM was the Director of HR for the Information Management organization of IBM. This global organization is responsible for developing information management software and services that integrates data and enterprise content for a broad array of IBM customers.
He has also worked in several functional HR areas and in HR executive positions in multiple business units. In his previous position, he was responsible for the development of IBM’s worldwide HR Organization, which included hiring, training, leadership development, and succession planning for over 3,000 HR professionals.
Prior to his recent teaching appointments, he was an adjunct professor in the graduate and undergraduate management programs at Pace University, and taught courses in Management and HR Management.
Bob received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York and an M.B.A. in HR Management from Pace University.
Chief Investigative & Anti-Corruption Counsel
Katy Choo is chief investigative and anti-corruption counsel at GE, specializing in government and internal investigations in complex criminal and regulatory matters, compliance initiatives of the company, and preventive law. She also serves as primary compliance counsel to GE’s mergers and acquisitions transactions team and to the company’s global security organization.
Ms. Choo also has primary responsibility for counseling GE’s businesses with respect to anticorruption efforts globally, relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other antibribery laws.
Ms. Choo joined GE in 2003 after serving as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she also served as a chief of the General Crimes Unit and a deputy chief in the Criminal Division. As a federal prosecutor, she specialized in prosecutions of white-collar offenses and twice was a recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance. Prior to her work as a federal prosecutor, she worked as an associate specializing in complex civil litigation at the New York law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Yvonne Cox is Managing Director, Metro New York for Towers Watson. She has overall responsibility for Towers Watson’s business in the region and is also one of Towers Watson’s Global Account Directors. She has a strong background in working with clients and 26 years of management and consulting experience in a broad range of industry sectors.
Her areas of expertise include strategy implementation, change management, talent management, competency modeling, leadership framework development, executive assessment and coaching, and succession planning. She has assisted major clients in the development and clarification of strategy; conducted change management interventions to support mergers and acquisitions, new strategy implementation, and re-engineering initiatives.
Yvonne has previously held positions as Managing Director, Towers Watson South East Asia, national practice director, office practice leader and senior consultant in Canada. As a global account manager in New York, she was responsible for client relationships with a number of large corporations. She has also served on major assignments in Asia, North and South America, and Europe.
Yvonne is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on a variety of current interest topics relating to Organizational Change. Most recently her focus has been on how companies can accelerate growth in emerging markets, drawing on her Asian experience.
Chief Executive Officer
Richard Edelman is the president and CEO of the world's largest independent public relations firm. Edelman was most recently named "Top-Ranked PR Firm of the Decade" and one of the "2010 Best Places to Work in Marketing and Media" by Advertising Age. Edelman has been a leader in public relations since it was founded in 1952. Richard's blog, 6 A.M., which launched in September 2004, receives more than 2,000 visitors a day.
Richard Edelman was named president and CEO in September 1996. Prior to that, he served as president of Edelman's U.S. operations, regional manager of Europe and manager of the firm's New York office.
Richard has extensive experience in marketing and reputation management, with current assignments for the National Dairy Council, Hewlett-Packard, McGraw-Hill and Scotts Miracle Gro. He has counseled several countries on economic development programs, including Egypt, Israel, and Mexico.
Richard won the Silver Anvil, the highest award in the public relations industry, in 1981. He was named "Best Manager of the Year" by Inside PR magazine in 1995. In 2006, he was awarded "Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 - NY Metropolitan Area" by Ernst & Young. Richard was named the "Most Powerful PR Executive" by PR Week in October 2008, for the second year in a row, and "Agency Executive of the Year" by AdAge in January 2008. In 2010, he was named one of "America's Favorite Bosses" (#8) by Forbes.
Richard graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1972. He has a B.A. degree from Harvard College (1976) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (1978).
Global Strategic Communications, Inc.
Peter Firestein is President and CEO of Global Strategic Communications, Inc., a New York consultancy that helps corporations develop and sustain their reputations among social stakeholders, investors, regulators, consumers, and the media.
Firestein has described original techniques for creating these results in dozens of publications and in his book “CRISIS OF CHARACTER – Building Corporate Reputation in the Age of Skepticism,” published by Sterling. He conducts Socratic Dialogues for executive groups, helping them define their reputation risks and incorporate a systematic search for risk into their corporate practices. He is the originator of The Open Perception Study™, a market intelligence tool that reveals how investors make decisions to buy or sell shares of an individual company.
A former Managing Director at Thomson Financial (now Thomson Reuters), he served as the exclusive financial communications advisor to the Government of Brazil in the privatization and NYSE listing of its national telecommunications monopoly, Telebrás. He has also written a regular column on corporate reputation in the Management section of Bloomberg/BusinessWeek.com. He has been a guest commentator on Bloomberg Television and Radio and contributed perspective for the BBC World Service, National Public Radio, WOR Radio New York, and many other radio and TV outlets.
Firestein’s Corporate Reputation Blog and additional information can be found at www.firesteinco.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is a graduate of Stanford University in English Literature and holds an M.A. in the same subject.
Chief Communications Officer
Maggie FitzPatrick joined Cigna Corporation in 2010 as Chief Communications Officer. In her role, Ms. FitzPatrick is responsible for all global communications.
FitzPatrick is a communications executive with broad experience in corporate communications, media relations, reputation management, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate social responsibility programs. Previously, she was an executive vice president at a leading global strategic communications firm where she managed corporate communications programs for Fortune 500 companies.
FitzPatrick currently serves as President of the Cigna Foundation Board and a board member of Cigna PAC (Political Action Committee) and Companions for Heroes, an organization committed to supporting wounded veterans.
She holds a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a master's degree in public policy from The George Washington University.
Academic Director, The Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics
Professor, Darden School of Business
Elis and Signe Olsson Professor R. Edward Freeman is academic director of the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics. From 1987 to 2009, he was Director of Darden's Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, one of the world's leading academic centers for the study of ethics. He is a senior fellow of the Olsson Center at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Freeman is also a professor of religious studies and a faculty advisor to UVA's Institute for Practical Ethics and adjunct professor of stakeholder management. In March 2010, the University of Virginia Board of Visitors named Freeman as a University Professor. Freeman is the first faculty member in Darden’s history to be given this honor.
Before coming to the Darden School, Freeman taught at the University of Minnesota and the Wharton School. His book, Managing for Stakeholders: Survival, Reputation and Success was published in 2007. His new book is Stakeholder Theory: The State of the Art. He is the author or editor of more than 20 volumes in the areas of stakeholder management, business strategy and business ethics as well as more than 100 articles in a wide variety of publications.
Freeman is perhaps best known for his award-winning book Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach, in which he suggests that businesses build their strategy around their relationships with key stakeholders. In 2008, Freeman received an honorary doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Spain for his work on stakeholder theory and business ethics.
|David A. Gautschi, B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Dean, Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration
David Gautschi is the George N. Jean Professor of Marketing and Business Economics and Dean of
the Graduate School of Business Administration at Fordham University. His career has spanned both
academia and business. He has served on the faculties of Cornell University, INSEAD, Yale University, the University of Washington, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and he has founded three companies in software development and marketing analytics. As a Firm Director, he served from 1999 to 2003 as one of six leaders of the e-business practice of Deloitte & Touche, LLP.
David has published extensively on issues ranging from transportation mode choice, the optimization
of marketing decisions, the economics of retailing and services, and technology and business. He has also developed a series of market simulations that have been used in both MBA and executive programs. David’s current projects include a monograph on the unintended economic consequences of
technological innovations and the analysis of risk-taking in groups comprised of decision-makers from
As the changing context of global business has become progressively uncertain and complex, David has launched a consortium initiative at Fordham that draws upon a small diverse community from around the world to explore two related questions: “What is the purpose of business?” as well as “What is the role of the business school in the contemporary university?”
David Gautschi received his BA in mathematics from the University of Maine, his MBA (quantitative
methods concentration) from the University of Oregon, and his PhD in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
|Nicole Gillespie, Ph.D.
University of Queensland
Nicole joined UQ Business School in January 2010. Prior to this, she held faculty and research positions at Melbourne Business School, Warwick Business School (UK), The Australian & New Zealand School of Government and The University of Melbourne.
Nicole’s research focuses on trust development and repair in organizational contexts, as well as leadership, team effectiveness, workplace stress, and well-being. Her research appears in leading international journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, Work and Stress, and Applied Psychology: An international review, as well as in books (e.g. Oxford University Press). Her work has been extensively presented in Europe, the USA and Australia. She recently authored two practitioner reports published by the Institute of Business Ethics and sponsored by PriceWaterhouseCoopers: ‘Building and Restoring Organizational Trust’ and ‘The Recovery of Trust: Case studies of organisational failures and trust repair.’ Her most recent co-edited book is ‘Organizational Trust: A cultural Perspective’ (part of the Cambridge Companions to Management Series, Cambridge University Press). Current research projects focus on the drivers of stakeholders’ trust in organizations, repairing trust after organizational failures, how leaders repair trust, and the development of employees’ trust during professional transitions.
Nicole has fifteen years of lecturing experience and is skilled in leading M.B.A., Executive M.B.A., specialist masters, and undergraduate courses. She has consulted and researched on organizational trust, leadership and teams in a range of public and private sector organizations, particularly in banking and R&D. Nicole is an active member of the Academy of Management, the European Group of Organizational Studies, and the European Institute of Advanced Studies in Management.
VP External Affairs
Niel Golightly is Shell’s Vice President, External Affairs, Americas. His responsibilities include oversight of corporate communications, stakeholder engagement and issues management for Shell’s businesses in North and South America.
Niel joined Shell in July 2006, after a 12-year career at Ford Motor Co. where his positions included Director, Sustainable Business Strategies; Vice President, Public Affairs for Ford of Europe; and Director of the Chairman’s Office.
Before Ford, Niel served 13 years on active duty with the U.S. Navy, as a Naval Officer, fighter pilot and Pentagon speechwriter.
He was born in 1958, received a bachelors degree in liberal arts from Cornell University in the U.S. and later studied at the University of Konstanz in Germany. Niel is married with two children.
|Charles H. Green
Chief Executive Officer
Trusted Advisor Associates
Charles H. Green is an author, speaker and expert on trust-based relationships in business. Founder and CEO of Trusted Advisor Associates, he is co-author of The Trusted Advisor and The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook, and author of Trust-based Selling. He has worked across a wide range of industries and functions globally.
Charles works with complex organizations to improve trust in sales, internal trust between organizations, and trusted advisor relationships with external clients and customers.
Charles spent 20 years in management consulting. He majored in philosophy (Columbia), and has an M.B.A. (Harvard).
A widely sought-after speaker, he has published articles in Harvard Business Review, Directorship Magazine, Management Consulting News, CPA Journal, American Lawyer, Investments and Wealth Monitor, and Commercial Lending Review, and is a contributing editor at RainToday.com. He writes the blog TrustMatters.
|Michael Greenberg, Ph. D.
Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance, RAND Institute
Michael Greenberg is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and director of the RAND Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance (CCEG). He is a lawyer and a clinical psychologist by training. Greenberg's work at RAND has included empirical research projects in areas including civil justice, law and business, health care, and national security. He has led and co-led projects at RAND in all of these areas; examples of his work include studies on fair value accounting and systemic risk; medical malpractice litigation and hospital-based patient safety; and the impact of the financial collapse on the civil justice system. In his role as director of CCEG, Greenberg leads RAND efforts in developing new research and path breaking symposium events designed to contribute to better policy. In this regard, his recent activities have included hosting conferences on the impact of the Dodd-Frank whistleblower rules on the corporate community; and the role of public company directors, and management, in contributing to better compliance and ethics performance within their firms.
Prior to joining RAND, Greenberg worked as an attorney at Ropes & Gray, a large Boston law firm.
Greenberg received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University.
President, Global Employer Segment
David Guilmette is President, Global Employer Segment for Cigna Corporation. He is responsible for leading the growth strategy and overall marketplace execution of Cigna’s Global Employer Segment which includes the Global Health Benefit and National Accounts businesses. His responsibilities also include overall leadership of the Cigna Marketing and Product organizations. Prior to this role, he had been President, National, Pharmacy and Product. He joined Cigna in February 2010 as President of Cigna’s National Segment.
Previously, Guilmette was the Managing Director of the Towers Perrin (Towers Watson) Global Health & Welfare line of business, responsible for leading the growth and profitability of the Health & Welfare business, and identifying trends in the marketplace relating to health care.
Guilmette has 30 years of experience with health care and employee benefit programs, focusing on all aspects of program design, financing, implementation, administration, consumerism (including Consumer Directed Health plan designs) and managed health care delivery.
Guilmette is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he received his undergraduate degree in Political Science in 1982.
|Robert Hurley, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Consortium for Trustworthy Organizations, Fordham University
Dr. Hurley is a Professor at Fordham University and President of Hurley Associates. At Fordham, Dr. Hurley has been recognized by the student body for his excellence in teaching with the Gladys and Henry Crown Award for faculty excellence.
Dr. Hurley consults with organizations on leadership development, top team development, coaching, managing transformational change, developing and implementing strategies to maximize customer value. He has been a core faculty member in Columbia Business School's High Impact Leadership Program for the past 20 years. He also taught for Duke Corporate Education for three years. Earlier in his career he was a Product Manager at Kraft Foods. He began his career as a CPA working for Ernst and Whinney and Arthur Andersen where he consulted with large-and medium-sized companies in the financial area.
Dr. Hurley's consulting experience has included work on innovation with NASA and managing change with Avon Products, First Tennessee Bank, IBM, Kraft Foods, Kinkos, Mercedes Benz, Sheetz Convenience Stores and State Farm Insurance. His teaching and consulting has included work in India, United Kingdom, Poland, Portugal, Italy, Japan, China, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia, France, and the United States.
Dr. Hurley has a B.S. from Fordham University and earned his M.B.A. at the Wharton School. While at Wharton he served as a Senior Consultant at the Wharton Entrepreneurial Center. Dr. Hurley received his doctorate from Columbia University. He has published over 30 articles or book chapters. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, California Management Review, and Harvard Business Review.
Corporate and Public Affairs
Jim Issokson serves as Senior Business Leader, Corporate and Public Affairs for MasterCard Worldwide. He joined MasterCard in 2006.
Mr. Issokson has helped MasterCard establish a focus on reputation and issues management through a research-driven methodology. He counsels senior executives on reputational risks and challenges. Additionally, he is responsible for outreach to third-party stakeholders including the Industry Analyst community and is leading the company’s social media outreach.
Prior to joining MasterCard, Mr. Issokson held senior positions at several PR firms, including SHIFT Communications in Boston where he worked with technology companies, and Edelman Worldwide in New York and Washington, DC, where he focused on government and corporate clients ranging from the American Automobile Manufacturers Associations and Nissan to the governments of Portugal and Chile. He was a leading member of the team that orchestrated the 1996 Presidents Summit For America’s Future which brought together all of the living Presidents to focus on volunteerism. Prior to joining Edelman, he was a Senior Associate with the Campaign Design Group, a political consulting firm.
Mr. Issokson has a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs from The American University.
Reputation Institute, North America
Anthony is a Managing Partner at Reputation Institute, responsible for its North American Advisory practice. Anthony leads a team of consultants who enable business leaders to make decisions that build and protect reputation capital and drive competitive advantage. Anthony’s experience has spanned the world as well as numerous industries, including: health care, pharma, energy, automotive, media, financial services, agriculture, consumer products, and technology. Including these assignments, Anthony has spent the past 16 years in a combination of brand management, general management, and corporate communications roles.
After his start with Procter & Gamble, Anthony founded his own “dotcom” during the late 90’s, which he followed by founding The Coca-Cola Think Tank in 2000. It was as an advisor to the CEO of The Coca-Cola Company that Anthony first began work with Reputation Institute. As an undergrad, Anthony taught Economics and Statistics at Harvard University, and since graduation, has continued to speak on a number of topics, most recently as host of “Navigating the Reputation Economy”, Reputation Institute’s annual global conference. Anthony has also written on topics, including Leveraging Reputation to Drive Business Results, Reputation Risk, and of late “The Era Of Brand Imperialism Is Over. Long Live The Reputation Economy!”, published by Forbes and American Banker.
|Roy J. Lewicki
Irving Abramowitz Professor of Business Ethics Emeritus
Professor of Management and Human Resources at the Max M. Fisher College of Business
The Ohio State University
Roy J. Lewicki is the Irving Abramowitz Professor of Business Ethics Emeritus and Professor of Management and Human Resources at the Max M. Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. Professor Lewicki received his B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Columbia University. Prof. Lewicki maintains research and teaching interests in the fields of negotiation and dispute resolution, trust development, managerial leadership, organizational justice and ethical decision making. He is an author or editor of thirty-five books, including Mastering Business Negotiations (Jossey Bass/Wiley, 2007); Negotiation (McGraw Hill/Irwin, 6th Edition 2010) and Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts: Frames and Cases (Island Press, 2003). He has an international repertoire of consulting clients, and teaches executive seminars in negotiation skills, conflict management, business ethics and executive leadership.
Co-founder of Great Place to Work Institute
Amy Lyman is co-founder of Great Place to Work® Institute. During her tenure she developed the company’s consulting services in the United States, and oversaw the finance, legal and operational activities of the entire organization. She served as President of Great Place to Work® for many years, and as Chair of the Board of Directors until 2008.
She studies the qualities that distinguish Best Companies from good companies, focusing on the role of the trustworthy leader. She has written numerous articles and the book The Trustworthy Leader (© Jossey-Bass 2012) and is a featured speaker at management workshops and conferences.
Amy received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. from the University of California, Davis. She began her consulting work while a research fellow at the Wharton Center for Applied Research.
Read more: http://www.trustworthyleader.org/eng/About.html
|Joseph M. McShane, S.J.
The Reverend Joseph M. McShane, S.J., became the 32nd president of Fordham University on July 1, 2003. His appointment as president marked his return to the University, where he had previously served as dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, a professor of theology and a member of the Board of Trustees.
A native of New York City, Father McShane entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1967 and was ordained a priest in 1977. He received a bachelor's degree in English and philosophy and a master's degree in English from Boston College, and he holds a Ph.D. in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago. He earned M.Div. and S.T.M. degrees from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.
Father McShane joined the Fordham University Board of Trustees in 1987 and served until 1992, when he was appointed Dean of Fordham College and professor of theology. In 1998, Father McShane left Fordham to become president of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. He was reappointed to Fordham's Board of Trustees in 2001. In 2003, he left the University of Scranton to return to Fordham.
He presently serves on the boards of Santa Clara University, the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities, and Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York. In June 2008, he was appointed to the Commission on Metropolitan Transportation Authority Financing by New York Governor David A. Paterson.
A partner in the Litigation Department, Mark Mendelsohn is Chair of the FCPA Group, and a member of the White Collar Crime and Regulatory Defense, Internal Investigations, and Securities Litigation Practice Groups. Prior to joining Paul, Weiss, Mark served as the deputy chief of the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), and is internationally acknowledged and respected as the architect and key enforcement official of DOJ’s modern Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement program.
Aneil K. Mishra
Aneil is coauthor of two books, Trust is Everything – Become the Leader Others Will Follow (2008), and Becoming a Trustworthy Leader – Psychology and Practice (Routledge Press, 2012). He is a founding Associate Editor of the Journal of Trust Research, and a member of the First International Network on Trust. Aneil has published his research in a number of leading scholarly and practitioner journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Sloan Management Review, Organization Science, Human Resource Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Medical Care Research and Review, and The Milbank Quarterly. Prior to earning his Ph.D.in business from the University of Michigan in 1992, Aneil worked for the General Motors Corporation as a human resource specialist and manufacturing engineer, and earned an A.B., cum laude, in economics from Princeton University in 1984.
Adjunct Lecturer & Director of Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics
University of Virginia
Brian Moriarty is an Adjunct Lecturer in Management Communications at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and Director at the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, an independent business ethics center that operates in partnership with Business Roundtable - an association of 160 CEOs from leading companies - and leading scholars from top business schools. In his roles as Director, he is responsible for leading strategic, market-facing activities with corporate and partner association audiences, as well as serving as a primary spokesperson of the Institute.
Moriarty leads the Project on Public Trust in Business, a joint initiative with the Arthur W. Page Society. He is an author of the highly-regarded report, The Dynamics of Public Trust in Business – Emerging Opportunities for Leaders. In 2010, he was selected one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America.
|Jim Peterson, J.D.
Jim Peterson is a US-trained and qualified lawyer, concentrating for over thirty-five years on complex multinational matters involving corporate financial information.
In both law firm and individual practice, he has represented global companies, the international accounting firms and their professional groups in disputes, negotiations, government agency proceedings and standard-setting, as well as advising at senior levels in the underlying strategic debates.
For 19 years, he was a senior in-house lawyer and partner in a large accounting firm, working extensively with the profession's policies and risk management strategies. "Balance Sheet," a financial and accountancy column, appeared bi-weekly in the International Herald Tribune from April 2002 for
Since the winter of 2009, he has been teaching a graduate-level course in Risk Management at business and law schools in Paris (ISEG, University of Cergy-Pontoise) and Chicago (DePaul, University of Chicago Law School).
He has also published articles in accounting and legal journals including the Journal of Accountancy (the professional journal of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) and the American Corporate Counsel Association's journal – the Docket – along with occasional book reviews and other commentary.
He is a regular speaker, panelist and commentator before professional groups and trade associations in the United States and worldwide.
Michael Pirson joined Fordham’s Graduate School of Business Administration (GBA) as an Assistant Professor of Management in September 2008. He currently teaches Social Entrepreneurship and the core Management courses (Fundamentals of Management, Principals of Management) for the Graduate School of Business Administration and the Gabelli School of Business (GSB).
Professor Pirson is a native of Germany and has worked and lived in Switzerland, France, China, Costa Rica, and the U.S. In his pre-academic career, Professor Pirson worked for an international consultancy group for several years, before starting his own consultancy. He worked for and with the governmental organizations (embassies, political campaigns, local and national governments), non-profits, and business organizations.
Professor Pirson is the SE chair for the oikos-Ashoka Global Case Writing competition in Social Entrepreneurship. He is also a founding partner of the Humanistic Management Network, an organization bringing together scholars, practitioners, and policy makers towards the end of a ‘life-conducive’ economic system. As such he is the co-editor of a book series at Palgrave-McMillan (Humanism in Business).
Professor Pirson is a research fellow at Harvard University and serves on the board of three social enterprises in the U.S.
|Donna M. Rapaccioli , Ph.D.
Dean, Business Faculty
The Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University
Dr. Donna Rapaccioli is Dean of Business Faculty and of the Gabelli School of Business at
Fordham University and holds the rank of University Professor. Dr. Rapaccioli serves on the
Board of Trustees of Emmanuel College in Boston and is a member of the Advisory Board
for the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools; she also serves on the Board of
Directors of Fordham University's London Centre, the Steering Committee for Fordham’s
Consortium for Social Justice, and the Board of Advisors of the Fordham Corporate Law Center.
Dr. Rapaccioli's research interests lie in the area of earnings management and international
accounting; she has published articles in academic journals and practitioner outlets and is the co-
author of two book chapters. In her role as professor, Dr. Rapaccioli was selected by students
to receive the outstanding teacher award. She has consulted for and lectured on accounting and
finance topics at numerous financial institutions in New York City and serves as a director on
the board of GE Asset Management Mutual Funds. She earned her bachelor of science degree in
Business Administration from Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business and her master's
degree and Ph.D. in Accounting from New York University's Stern School of Business.
Jon Richter is currently a Senior Director at Pfizer, Inc, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company where he oversees the Corporate Reputation Group.
Jon has more than 15 years experience in corporate brand development, strategy and implementation and has deep expertise in reputation and issues management, brand positioning, message development and ensuring a data-driven approach to reputation and public affairs issues.
Prior to joining Pfizer, 8+ years ago, Jon headed the Strategic Research Department in the Corporate Affairs division at Altria Group, Inc where he was responsible for shaping approaches and messages on a broad variety of public affairs and reputation issues affecting the company.
From 1997 – 1999, Jon was a Director at KRC Research, a market and opinion research firm. There, Jon designed, managed and analyzed quantitative and qualitative studies to direct strategic decisions on public policy issues, crisis management, corporate image/reputation, marketing and advertising campaigns. Clients included Fortune 100 companies, political lobbying groups as well as a variety of multinational corporations.
Jon received a B.A., magna cum laude from Hunter College - City University of New York where he also completed his post-graduate coursework in Social Research.
Jon is a New York City native and currently resides in DUMBO, Brooklyn with his family - Julianna, Noah, Allie and their puppy, Moxie.
|Rosalind Searle, Ph.D.
Dr. Rosalind Searle is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Psychology at Coventry Business School, UK. She is a chartered occupational psychologist and chairs the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Division of Occupational Psychology's (DOP) International Strategy Group. Rosalind's research interests are two fold: organizational trust and recruitment and selection. She has been a leading scholar in the trust community building examination of trust and HRM.
Together with Prof. Skinner, she has produced an edited book on trust and HRM, which collects together new and emergent thinking about trust across individual HR process, but also their aggregated impact.
Rosalind’s expertise in recruitment and selection resulted in her becoming a special advisor at one of the UK's Royal Colleges of Medicine regarding their PG medical selection. Her interests here are not only on the role of trust, but also gender and ethnic minority basis. Rosalind sits on the Editorial Board of the 'Journal of Management' and is an Associate Editor of the 'Journal of Trust Research' and was recently been special advisor for a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) two-part program on "Women on Boards" in the UK, (autumn 2012).
|Janice L. Semper
Janice L. Semper is Manager, Executive Development in GE Corporate. She is responsible for the performance management and succession planning processes as well as other leadership development processes and the Executive Leadership curriculum at Crotonville. Prior to her current position, she was the HR Director for GE Capital Solutions Europe based in London.
Before moving to Europe, she held the positions of HR Director for GE Capital Aviation Services, HR Director for GE Equity and HR Leader for GE Capital Markets Services in addition to two roles in GE Capital Corporate - HR Specialist, Diversity and HR Leader for GE Capital Risk and Sourcing. Janice has been with GE for 16 years.
Janice began her career with Pepsi-Cola Company where she worked for six years holding a number of positions in Human Resources including Management Development, Organization Development and Training Specialist. Janice earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania and M.A. in Organization Psychology from Columbia University in New York.
Ernst & Young, LLP
Ruby Sharma is a principal in the firm’s professional practice group responsible for engagement with Boards and audit committees.
Ruby has 20 years of experience in internal corporate investigations, white-collar fraud, damage assessment, accounting and financial issues and contract disputes including inventory, contract accounting and pricing, purchase-price disputes and financial statement accounting practices and procedures. She has provided analysis of financial, economic and accounting issues in internal investigations, discovery and pre-trial analysis, deposition preparation and assistance in arbitrations.
Ruby has assisted with US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other regulatory examinations, inquiries and investigations and provided independent guidance in numerous types of investigations, including internal, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and audit and special committee investigations. She has also reconstructed events from imperfect data, unraveling complex financial transactions and conducting forensic examinations and interviews.
Ruby is the editor and co-author of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) publication, The Guide to Investigating Business Fraud. Ruby is also a Board of Trustee member of the Princeton Health Care System.
Sheffer oversees external and internal communications and provides strategic communications advice to GE executives on a full range of corporate reputation issues. In his public affairs role, Sheffer works with external groups and individuals to foster understanding of GE policies and businesses.
Sheffer joined GE in 1999 after 17 years in journalism and government communications, including serving as a press aide to two New York governors. Before working in government, Sheffer was a reporter and editor at several newspapers winning several awards for his reporting.
Sheffer earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in English from Siena College in Loudonville, New York, and today serves on its associate board of trustees.
He is a member of the board for Columbia University’s master’s program in strategic communication and guest lectures on communications at several universities. Sheffer also serves on the boards of several associations for communications professionals, including the Institute for Public Relations and the Arthur W. Page Society. He also serves on the board on the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program.
|Sim Sitkin, Ph.D.
Sim Sitkin is Professor of Management and founding Faculty Director of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at the Fuqua School of Business, and Director of the Behavioral Science and Policy Center at Duke University. Previously at Duke, he served as Area Head for the Management and Organizations Department, and Faculty Director of Fuqua’s Health Sector Management Program. Sim has also been Academic Director at Duke Corporate Education and on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin and the Free University of Amsterdam. He is a Founding Partner of Delta Leadership, Inc. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management in 2010.
His research has appeared in such publications as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, and Organization Science. His most recent book is Organizational Control (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He has received numerous awards for his research, most recently for the Best Paper of 2012 for his Academy of Management Review article “The paradox of stretch goals.” He is Founding Editor of Behavioral Science and Policy, Consulting Editor of Science You Can Use, Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Trust Research, having previously served as Senior Editor of Organization Science and Associate Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior.
Sim has been a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and the University of Queensland.
Senior Vice President
BASF North America
David Stryker was appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel in April 2004.
Mr. Stryker came to BASF after ten years at Siemens Corporation in New York. Before joining Siemens, he was a partner in the Chicago and New York offices of Kirkland & Ellis, and started his legal career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Robert H. Bork, Judge for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
In his current position, Mr. Stryker has overall responsibility for legal, intellectual property, and government affairs of BASF in North America. In addition, he serves as BASF Corporation’s Chief Compliance Officer and chairs the Company's compliance oversight committee.
Mr. Stryker was born in Bloomington, Indiana, and holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and a law degree from Indiana University.
A senior communications leader with over 20 years’ international experience, across sectors, in agency and corporate roles, across three continents. Excels in driving transformation in complex, fast moving environments, building and leading large teams and managing significant budgets.
Over the past four years, Kate has built and led integrated marketing and communications at Mubadala in Abu Dhabi, one of the emerging markets’ most admired and active investment companies. Working at the C-suite level, she helped grow the business rapidly from entrepreneurial origins to a diverse, sustainable $45bn multinational, with leadership in global branding, executive and organizational communications, online platforms, sports sponsorship, corporate social responsibility and community relations. She helped guide the company’s adoption of transparent financial reporting, its market-entry strategy into China, Brazil, and other key markets in Asia and Africa, and the positioning of long-term partnerships and joint ventures with GE, Carlyle Group, Airbus, Cleveland Clinic, Imperial College, and AMD among others.
She brought to Mubadala more than twenty years of consultancy communications experience at Edelman
and Burson-Marsteller where she directed major client relationships with Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Pfizer
and Accenture. Managing large and extended teams, she helped clients build, manage and protect
corporate brands and reputations. She provided senior level strategic counsel through organizational
change and high-profile crises and issues challenges. With deep experience in health care, she has also
worked across a spectrum of industries including energy, aerospace and consumer goods.
|Thomas A. Wright, Ph.D.
Thomas A. Wright (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is the Felix E. Larkin Distinguished Professor in Management at Fordham University. He is also founder and CEO of TKW Consulting Corporation specializing in finding innovative, positive solutions to employee stress management, health, well-being and character development. His work has been published in such outlets as the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Psychometrika, Academy of Management Executive, Leadership Quarterly, Organizational Dynamics, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Management and the Journal of Management Inquiry.
In recognition of his career accomplishments, Wright has been awarded Fellow status in the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, the Western Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife (Kay), family and friends, hiking in the mountains, walking on a quiet beach, prayerful meditation, and competitively lifting weights with other gym fanatics.
|Kathryn S. Wylde
President & CEO
Partnership for New York City
Kathryn Wylde is President & CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for New York City, the city’s leading business organization. She joined the Partnership in 1982, serving as President & CEO of both the New York City Investment Fund and the Housing Partnership Development Corporation. Under her leadership, the Partnership played a major role in the revitalization of the city and its neighborhoods and has contributed to the city’s emergence as a premiere global center of commerce, culture and innovation. An internationally known expert in housing, economic development and urban policy, Wylde is the Deputy Chair of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and serves on a number of boards and advisory groups, including the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Board, NYC Economic Development Corporation, NYC & Company, NYC Leadership Academy, the Research Alliance for NYC Public Schools, the Manhattan Institute, the Lutheran Medical Center, the Special Commission on Judicial Compensation and the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the First Judicial District.