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William (Bill) D. Green
Chairman & CEO, Accenture
William D. Green is the chairman & CEO of Accenture. In addition to chairing the board of directors, he is responsible for managing the company, formulating and executing long-term strategies, and for all interactions with clients, employees, investors and other stakeholders. Mr. Green is Accenture's primary decision maker and policy maker, setting the tone for the company's values, ethics and culture. He has served on Accenture's board of directors since its inception in 2001. Mr. Green represents Accenture in a number of external venues. He is a member of Business Roundtable and chairman of its Education, Innovation and Workforce Initiative. He is also a member of the G100 and the International Advisory Panel of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. Mr. Green has been a featured speaker at international business and technology conferences.
President Emeritus, Communications Workers of America
Bahr is president emeritus of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and serves on the Labor Advisory Board for the American Income Life Insurance Company. In 2005, Bahr retired as President of CWA after 51 years with the union and is recognized as a leading voice of the labor movement, both in the United States and internationally. Under Bahr’s leadership, CWA expanded its original mission of representing workers in telecommunications to become the leading voice for workers in communications, information technology and other fields, creating a highly effective and vital union for the information age. Under his leadership, CWA has pioneered innovative programs, especially in the area of worker education, and new techniques for helping workers win a union voice. As a vice president of the AFL-CIO, he chaired the federation’s Workers Education Committee.
Senior International Partner, WilmerHale
Barshefsky is WilmerHale's Senior International Partner. She joined the firm after serving as the US Trade Representative—the chief trade negotiator and principal trade policymaker for the United States—from 1997 to 2001. As the USTR and a member of the President's Cabinet, she was responsible for the negotiation of hundreds of complex market access, regulatory and investment agreements with virtually every major country in the world. She is best known internationally as the architect and chief negotiator of China's historic WTO Agreement, as well as global agreements in financial services, telecommunications, intellectual property rights, high-technology products and cyberspace. Barshefsky is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Board of the America-China Society, a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Trilateral Commission. She has also been elected to the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dr. Gordon Berlin
Berlin became President of MDRC on September 1, 2004. Prior to becoming President, he served as MDRC's Chief Operating Officer, overseeing MDRC's activities in the Work, Community, and Economic Security policy area and in the Education, Children, and Families policy area. Before joining MDRC in 1990, Berlin was Executive Deputy Administrator for Management, Budget and Policy at the New York City Human Resources Administration. Throughout his career, Berlin has developed and managed programs to address problems associated with welfare dependency, homelessness, teenage pregnancy, early childhood development, poverty, health, unemployment and other issues of concern to low-income families and communities. He founded and, for seven years, served as the Executive Director of the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, a Canadian nonprofit formed at the request of the Canadian government to test innovative employment-focused programs. Berlin has authored and coauthored numerous publications on employment and social welfare issues.
President & Co-CEO, Motorola, Inc.
Brown is President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Motorola, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Motorola's Broadband Mobility Solutions business. Among his many accomplishments at Motorola, Mr. Brown led the $3.9 billion acquisition of Symbol Technologies, returned the automotive business to profitability and subsequently led the divestiture of that business. He has headed four different businesses at Motorola including the government and public safety business, where earnings substantially increased under his leadership. Mr. Brown has more than 25 years of high-tech experience. Prior to joining Motorola, he was Chairman and CEO of Micromuse Inc., a network management software company. Before that, he was President of Ameritech Custom Business Services and Ameritech New Media Inc. Mr. Brown was appointed by the White House to serve on President Bush's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) in May 2004.
Dr. Peter Cappelli
Professor of Management, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and Director of Wharton's Center for Human Resources. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has been a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, a German Marshall Fund Fellow, and a faculty member at MIT, the University of Illinois, and the University of California at Berkeley. In addition, he has been a staff member on the Secretary of Labor's Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency, a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee investigating changes in occupational structure and the changing educational system in the U.S., and Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education's National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce (EQW). Cappelli has received numerous awards for his research, writing, and teaching. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book "The New Deal at Work: Managing the Market-Driven Workforce." Cappelli was named one of the 25 most influential people in the field of human capital by Vault.com. In 2003, he was named Senior Advisor to the Kingdom of Bahrain, with responsibility for recommendations concerning that country's labor market and employment systems, and in 2004 he was named Editor of the Academy of Management Executive.
President & CEO, United Technologies Corporation
Chenevert was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of United Technologies in 2008. Prior to that, he served as President of the Pratt & Whitney division of United Technologies from April 1999 through March 2006. Chenevert had been Executive Vice President of the company overseeing Aftermarket Services, Operations and Purchasing since 1997. From 1993 to 1996, Chenevert was Vice President, Operations for Pratt & Whitney Canada. Chenevert received the 1997 Harrington Medal from the Quebec Quality Movement for his improvement initiatives at P&WC. Before joining Pratt & Whitney in 1993, Chenevert spent 14 years at General Motors. He served as production general manager of General Motors' St. Therese operation. Chenevert is a founding director of, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Friends of HEC Montreal. He serves on the Director's Advisory Board for the Yale Cancer Center and is a Co-Chair for the Yale-New Haven Cancer Hospital Capital Campaign Committee.
President & CEO, Convergys Corporation
Dougherty provides direction and leadership to Convergys, a global leader in relationship management, and is responsible for the achievement of their strategyand mission, annual goals, and yearly revenue and profitability targets. He is a champion of talent management throughout Convergys to ensure the development of future leadership. He also is a driver of employee and organizational transformation initiatives to ensure a productive workforce and the delivery of a superior service experience to Convergys clients. All lines of business and business unit presidents report directly to Dave, as do the chief financial officer, the general counsel and corporate secretary, and the senior vice president of human resources. Prior to his current appointment, Dave held numerous executive positions within the company, including President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Convergys' Information Management (IM) line of business, Chief Development Officer, and President of Convergys' Customer Management (CM) line of business.
President, University of Missouri
Forsee was appointed president of the four-campus University of Missouri on December 20, 2007, with his presidency commencing on Feb. 18, 2008. Mr. Forsee received a three-year appointment from the Board of Curators to lead Missouri’s premier public higher education institution. Prior to his work with the University of Missouri, Forsee served as Chairman and CEO of Sprint Nextel. During his tenure, he established a corporate culture that integrated social responsibility with innovation and performance. In 2006, Sprint Nextel was named the leading telecom innovator by Fortune. Throughout his life, he has been very involved in the broadest range of community and philanthropic activities. As a University of Missouri-Rolla student, he was on the staff of the school paper and served as president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. In Charleston, Mo., he was a Scoutmaster and chairman of the Chamber of Commerce. He has since led several major campaigns for the United Way, the March of Dimes and many other charitable and community organizations.
President Emeritus, AFL-CIO Department for Professional Employees
Golodner was the founding CEO and President of the AFL-CIO Department for Professional Employees, a coalition of unions that represents more than four million professional, technical and administrative support workers. He was a prominent participant in the establishment of the National Foundation for the Arts and Humanities and public broadcasting and the development of major reforms in domestic and international copyright law that address the issues raised by evolving digital technologies. His public service includes a Presidential appointment to the National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council and participation as a U. S. delegate in diplomatic meetings of the World Intellectual Property Organization. A member of the Board of the National Policy Association, Golodner was co-chair of its Committee on National Digital Economic Opportunity, which focused on policies that would foster workforce preparedness for the digital age.
Founder, Working Today
Horowitz founded Working Today in 1995 to represent the needs and concerns of the growing independent workforce. Working Today built Freelancers Union to pioneer a new form of unionism, and the organization now has 70,000 members nationwide. A lifelong resident of Brooklyn, NY, Horowitz comes from a long line of labor advocates, including her father, who was a labor lawyer, and her grandfather, who was Vice President of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union. In recognition of her efforts to create a self-sustaining organization of flexible workers, Horowitz was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1999. In 1996, the Stern Family Fund named her a Public Interest Pioneer, and she was also an echoing green fellow for four years. Recently she was named as one of Esquire Magazine’s Fifty Best & Brightest.
Janice Bryant Howroyd
Founder & CEO, ACT-1 Group
Howroyd is the Founder and CEO of the ACT-1 Group, a California based corporation with global reach. The Group provides staffing, human resources and management solutions to Fortune 500 companies. Howroyd relied on word of mouth to develop business relationships and uses the attention her success brings to encourage Black youngsters to focus on education. She currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Minority Business Round Table (MBRT), a non-profit organization of CEOs representing the leading minority owned businesses in America.
International Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Hudson is the International Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union. Recently honored by Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations for his extraordinary leadership, Hudson has had a wide-ranging impact on the fight to improve the lives of working families and their communities. Since June 2004, Hudson has served as Executive Vice President of SEIU. He leads the work of the union’s Long Term Care Division, which represents nearly 500,000 nursing home and home care workers nationwide. Through new strategies, alliances and campaigns, SEIU long term care workers are building a powerful voice in the workplace and the political arena for both themselves and for seniors and the disabled communities they serve. Additionally, Hudson is long-time champion of environmental justice – serving on the advisory board of the Apollo Alliance, a labor-based organization that advocates for high-quality job creation in a clean energy economy.
President, Macomb Community College
Jacobs has been the President of Macomb Community College since July 2008. He previously served as the Associate Director for Community College Operations at the Community College Research Center (CCRC), and the Director of the Center for Workforce Development and Policy at Macomb Community College. Dr. Jacobs is a national expert on workforce development and community colleges. He specializes in occupational change and technology, suburban economic development, occupational education, retraining displaced workers and conducting needs assessments for occupational programs. He is the Vice President for Partnerships and Collaborations for the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE), a national postsecondary organization of occupational education and workforce development specialists. He served on the Advisory Board of the congressionally mandated National Assessment of Vocational Education (NAVE).
President & CEO, Arlington, Texas Chamber of Commerce
Wes Jurey was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce October 1, 2001. Within the first six months of his tenure, the Chamber established the Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development in partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), the City of Arlington, and the Tarrant County Workforce Investment Board. Built on the UTA campus, the facility houses virtually every major education and workforce development stakeholder in Tarrant County, and was selected as one of four national demonstration sites by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Labor in the second round of the Workforce Innovations Networks Initiative (WINS) in 2002. He also serves as Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the Institute for a Competitive Workforce; chair of Workforce Development for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, and serves on the U.S. Chamber’s Education, Employment and Training Committee, and the National Chamber Foundation Board of Directors.
President, Inspiration at Work
Levit is a nationally recognized business and workplace author and speaker. A syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a blogger for the Huffington Post, Ms. Levit has authored several books, including the bestselling They Don't Teach Corporate in College, How'd You Score That Gig?, and Success for Hire. She makes frequent national media appearances and has been featured in thousands of outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, and National Public Radio. Known as one of the premiere spokespeople in the professional development space, Ms. Levit regularly presents to audiences at organizations such as Campbell's Soup, Microsoft, and Whirlpool about leveraging the talent of the Millennial generation.
Dr. Robert Litan
Vice President, Research and Policy, Kauffman Foundation; Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Litan is Vice President of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation, a $2 billion foundation that promotes entrepreneurship. He has been affiliated with The Brookings Institution for nearly 20 years, first as a Senior Fellow and since 1996 as director of Economic Studies and holder of Cabot Family Chair in Economics. At Brookings, he led a team of economists monitoring the global economy and seeking answers to economic policy issues in the United States and around the world. Litan has had a distinguished career in public service. He served on the staff of the Council of Economic Advisers (1977-79), as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department (1993-95), and Associate Director of the Office and Management and Budget (1995-96). He also has been a consultant to the Treasury Department on financial policy issues.
John R. McKernan, Jr.
Former Governor of Maine and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Education Management Corporation
McKernan joined the Education Management Corporation in 1999 and is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has overseen the strategic expansion of the company and also oversaw the Law, Education, Human Resources and Strategic Development Departments. Prior to joining EDMC, he was President and CEO of McKernan Enterprises, Inc., a consulting and investment firm, from 1995-1999. He served Maine for two terms in the United States Congress and then as Governor for two four-year terms from 1987 to 1995. While in office, Governor McKernan won national recognition for leadership and innovation in education and human resources, serving as Chair of the Education Commission of the States in 1992 and the National Education Goals Panel in 1994. In 1992 he was named the Outstanding Governor by the American Society for Training and Development and in 1994 he authored Making the Grade, a book on youth apprenticeship.
Dr. Gail Mellow
President, LaGuardia Community College
Mellow is President of LaGuardia Community College in NYC, one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the United States. LaGuardia is a two-year public college, serving over 50,000 students from 160 countries. During her eight year tenure, the college has won numerous awards and achievements. Mellow spearheads local economic development with LaGuardia’s Small Business Development Center and NY Designs, a business incubator for design professionals. In addition to her work at LaGuardia Community College, she is the co-author of three books and more than thirty articles. Her third book, “Minding the Dream: The American Community College”, was published in 2008.
President and CEO, National Council of La Raza
Janet Murguía has become a key figure among the next generation of leaders in the Latino community. Since January 1, 2005, she has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Murguía began her career in Washington, DC as legislative counsel to former Kansas Congressman Jim Slattery, serving for seven years. She then worked at the White House from 1994 to 2000, ultimately serving as deputy assistant to President Clinton, providing strategic and legislative advice to the president on key issues. She served as deputy director of legislative affairs, managing the legislative staff and acting as a senior White House liaison to Congress.
Newmark is an Internet entrepreneur best known for founding San Francisco-based Web site Craigslist, a non-commercial centralized network for communities featuring classified advertisements with discussion boards. Craigslist has emerged as one of the top 10 Internet companies in the world in terms of page views, attracting 10+billion page views per month and 35 million visitors from more than 550 cities and 55 countries per month. Craig Newmark is Chairman of Craigslist and works full time as a customer service representative. He has 25 years experience as a web-oriented software engineer and worked for IBM for 18 years, as well as for Charles Schwab & Co., Sun Microsystems and various consulting firms.
Chairman & CEO, Harman International Industries, Inc.
Mr. Dinesh Paliwal has been a Director of Harman International Industries, Incorporated since August 2007 and has served as Chairman of the Board since July 1, 2008. He has also served as Chief Executive Officer since July 2007 and served as President and Vice Chairman from July 2007 through June 2008. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Paliwal served as a member of the Group Executive Committee of ABB Ltd from January 2001 until June 2007, a provider of industrial automation, power transmission systems and services. Mr. Paliwal also served as President of Global Markets and Technology of ABB Ltd from January 2006 until June 2007 and simultaneously, he served as Chairman and CEO of ABB North America from January 2004 until June 2007. He was President and CEO of ABB Automation from October 2002 to December 2005. Paliwal, a member of Business Roundtable, is also a Director of Embarq Corporation, a provider of telecommunication services.
Dr. Judith Rodin
President, Rockefeller Foundation
The first woman president of the University of Pennsylvania (1994-2004), Rodin was named president of the Rockefeller Foundation in 2005. Under her guidance, the Rockefeller Foundation began a $70 million effort called Campaign for American Workers, a program that seeks to gain economic security for the country’s poorest and most vulnerable workers. Most recently, Rodin headed a study with the Rockefeller Foundation and Time Magazine which found that half of 18-29 year olds are pessimistic about America’s economic stability. Rodin wrote in an article for the Huffington Post in July 2008 that 90 percent of Generation Y believes that the social contract between employers and workers is broken. She has also authored over 200 academic articles and eleven books.
President, Dean College
Rooney was appointed as the President of Dean College in 1995. Prior to accepting the presidency, Dr. Rooney served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Babson College (1985-1995) and Vice President for Student Services (1981-1985) at Reed College. Dr. Rooney’s academic career began at Indiana University where she held various administrative and teaching positions. During her academic career, Dr. Rooney has published several articles on higher education. She has been the recipient most recently (2008) of the national “Presidents” Award, given by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and of the Indiana University School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award, NASPA, Region I, Continuous Service Award, and Indiana University, Elizabeth A. Greenleaf Distinguished Alumnus Award; and has served as the President of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) from 1992-1993. While at Dean College, she has more than doubled the College’s enrollment and seen endowment grow by 400%.
Peter Smith Ph.D.
Vice President, Kaplan Higher Education
Smith is the Senior Vice President of Academic Strategies and Development for Kaplan Higher Education. He is responsible for the development of mid-term strategies and program development to move Kaplan Higher Education, a $1 billion business, to higher profitability and academic quality. Dr. Smith is the former Assistant Director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and served as the founding President of California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB). Smith also served as the first President of the statewide Community College of Vermont from 1970-. Later, he went on to serve as the Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development for George Washington University. In 1989, he was elected as a representative from Vermont to the U.S. House of Representatives. He served as Vermont’s Lieutenant Governor from 1982-1986. Dr. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed “The Quiet Crisis: How Higher Education Is Failing America”.
Former Governor of West Virginia and President, Alliance for Excellent Education
Wise became president of the Alliance for Excellent Education in 2005. Under his leadership, the Alliance has continued to build its reputation as a respected authority on high school policy and to advocate for reform in America’s secondary education system. He has advised the U.S. Department of Education and frequently testifies before the U.S. Congress. As governor of West Virginia from 2001 to 2005, West Virginia saw a significant increase in the number of students completing high school and entering college. From 1983 to 2001, Governor Wise served in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 2nd District of West Virginia. During his tenure, he worked aggressively to preserve federal financial aid for students to attend college.