Jefferson Innovation Summit :: 2011

Past Delegates

Jigar Shah

The Carbon War Room

A renowned visionary, Jigar Shah is committed to renewable energy and sustainable solutions that enable prosperity beyond the carbon economy. As CEO of the Carbon War Room, Jigar is dedicated to identifying business-as-usual practices and replacing them with low-carbon solutions. Prior to the Carbon War Room, Jigar founded SunEdison in 2003. Under his leadership, SunEdison revolutionized the solar industry by introducing a business model to sell solar as a service. The transformation to solar power service agreements is responsible for turning solar services into a multi-billion dollar industry. Jigar is also an expert on energy project finance, changing energy policy, working with entrenched stakeholders, and convincing individuals to embrace energy technology. He works closely with entrepreneurs, policymakers, and investors around the world to develop, incubate, and implement sustainable solutions.

Jigar holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an MBA from the University of Maryland. Jigar sits on the boards of SB NOW and Greenpeace USA.

William Hawkins

Former Chairman & CEO

Mr. Hawkins recently retired as the President, Chief Executive Officer, Director, and a Member of Executive Committee at Medtronic Inc. He joined the firm in January 2002 as a Senior Vice President and President of the Vascular Division. Previously, Mr. Hawkins was the President and Chief Executive Officer at Novoste Corporation from April 1999 to 2001 and President from June 1998 to 2002. He has also held executive positions at American Home Products Corporation, Sherwood Davis, Carolina Medical Electronics, Ivac Corporation and at Johnson and Johnson’s Ethicon Endo-Surgery division. Mr. Hawkins holds Director positions at Deluxe Corp. and Pharmanetics, Inc and is a Member of the Advisory Board at Arboretum Ventures and Radius Ventures, LLC. He is on the Board of Trustees of the University Of Virginia Darden School Of Business, and serves on the Board of Visitors for the Duke University School of Engineering.

Lyons Brown

Altamar Brands
Founder & CEO

Brown launched the Corona Del Mar-based company in 2005 for the purpose of “developing luxury spirits brands that change perception.” Altamar’s portfolio consists of Right Gin, Tequila Ocho, and Kubler Absinthe. Prior to starting Altamar, Lyons spent fifteen years in his family business at Brown-Forman where he was Marketing Director for Europe and Director of Sales for the United States before retiring to pursue entrepreneurship. He is a Trustee of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, a Trustee of the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, a Trustee of The Betty Ford Foundation and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He teaches cases at Virginia and Tulane annually. His previous Board service includes Lenox China in Lawrenceville, NJ, National City Bank and the J. B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY and St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Scott Case

Startup America Partnership

Timothy "Scott" Case is a technologist, entrepreneur and inventor and was founding CTO of Priceline, the "Name Your Own Price" company that was one of only a handful of startups in U.S. history to reach a billion dollars in annual sales in less than 24 months. As Chief Technology Officer, he was responsible for building the technology that enabled Priceline’s hyper-growth.

Most recently, Scott was named CEO and board member of the Startup America Partnership, where he’ll invest his energy to drive American entrepreneurship to create jobs and sustain our nation's global leadership.

Prior to joining the Startup America Partnership, Scott served as CEO of Malaria No More, where he worked to inspire individuals and institutions
in the private sector to end deaths caused by malaria. Previously, Scott helped build a portfolio of intellectual property at the Walker Digital Invention Laboratory, and is a named inventor on dozens of U.S. patents including the underlying portfolio for Priceline. Scott also co-founded Precision Training Software, a software company that developed the world's first PC-based simulated flight instructor and photo-realistic flight simulator.

Scott serves as the Chairman of Network for Good, a national nonprofit that has distributed more than $475 million to 60,000 nonprofits and provides online fundraising and communications services to over 5,000 nonprofit organizations. He is also on the Advisory Board of By Kids for Kids, Tickets-for-Charity and ThreeJars.

Craig Wynett

Procter & Gamble
VP and Chief Learning Officer

Mr. Wynett’s career at P&G spans more than 23 years. He joined P&G in 1988 in the U.S. health care sector and advanced through increasing levels of responsibility to become the Director of Health Care New Products. In 1994, CEO John Pepper appointed Craig as the founding director of the newly established Corporate New Ventures organization (CNV). In 1998, he rose to General Manager. Under his leadership, CNV produced many of P&G’s most successful new products including Swiffer®, ThermaCare®, and Press & Seal®. In his bestselling book The Game Changer, P&G CEO A.G. Lafley describes Craig as “… one of the most provocative, out-of-the-box thinkers about innovation I have ever met.”

In addition to applying his creative talents to the packaged goods industry, Craig was the inspiration for, and co-author
with Dr. Mehmet Oz of the YOU series of health books. Their first book, YOU: The Owner’s Manual, debuted in May 2005 and became a #1 New York Times bestseller and, behind Harry Potter, was the second best-selling book published in 2005. Seven YOU books followed, all #1 New York Times bestsellers, making the collection the best selling series of health books of all time.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Craig earned a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School. He and his wife of more than 28 years, Denise, have two sons Ryan and Jim.

Harry Rein

Foundation Medical Partners
General Partner

Mr. Rein is General Partner of Foundation Medical Partners. He served for 15 years as the founder and managing general partner of Canaan Partners. In addition to his role as the managing general partner at Canaan Partners, Mr. Rein was responsible for Canaan’s Life Sciences Investment Practice. Prior to Canaan Partners, for four years he was president and CEO of GE Venture Capital Corporation. Mr. Rein has extensive experience with small and mid-sized companies, including the supervision of all investments made by GE Venture Capital during his tenure as President. Currently, Mr. Rein serves on the Board of Directors of Anadigics (NASDAQ: ANAD), Histogenics Corporation, IlluminOss Medical, and Marinus Pharmaceuticals. Previously, Mr. Rein was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and was a recipient of the 2002 NVCA Outstanding Service Award. Mr. Rein also serves as a trustee of Cleveland Clinic, and is a member of the Clinic’s Research and Education, and Finance and Budget Committees. Mr. Rein is Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Innovation Advisory Board. He also serves as a trustee of the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation, where he is a member of the executive committee and chairman of the investment committee. Mr. Rein attended Emory University and Oglethorpe College (1968) and holds an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia (1973).

Oliver Kuttner

Founder & CEO
(Automotive “X Prize” Winner)

Oliver’s broad experience includes award-winning building design, sports car racing prototype construction, fathering the ALMS Ford GTR and, most recently, winning the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, a $10 million award for building a car that could achieve 100 MPG in real world driving. Oliver is also a commercial real estate developer who was pivotal in revitalizing Charlottesville, Virginia’s downtown. Today, his enlightened and environmentally responsible methods are helping revitalize Lynchburg, Virginia. Practicing what he preaches, Oliver placed Edison2’s offices and assembly facility in a formerly abandoned 360,000 square foot textile factory that now houses over 24 businesses and numerous residences.

Sonja Hoel Perkins

Menlo Ventures
Managing Partner

Sonja joined Menlo Ventures in 1994. Prior to Menlo Ventures, she was in business development for Symantec Corporation and was an investment analyst for TA Associates. At Menlo Ventures, Sonja focuses primarily on Internet, communications and software investments. Her recent investments and board seats include: 3VR,Crowdcast, Flurry, Jobfox, MOG, nCircle, Q1 Labs and Socialcast. Her prior investments and board seats include: Acme Packet (APKT); AssureNet Pathways, acquired by Symantec (SYMC); Eloquent (ELOQ); F5 Networks (FFIV);MailFrontier, acquired by SonicWALL (SNWL); Optical Solutions, acquired by Calix (CALX); PassMark Security, acquired by RSA Security (formerly RSAS and now a subsidiary of EMC Corporation); Priority Call, acquired by LHS Group; Recourse Technologies, acquired by Symantec (SYMC); Solidcore, acquired by McAfee (MFE) and Vermeer Technologies, acquired by Microsoft (MFST). Sonja serves as a director of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC), the Foundation Board of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

Douglas Lebda
Chairman & CEO

Douglas Lebda founded LendingTree in 1996. In 2003, LendingTree was acquired by IAC, a $6.3 billion interactive conglomerate that encompasses, Ticketmaster, HSN,, Citysearch, Evite and about 60 other brands. Lebda was named IAC's President and COO in 2005, overseeing all of the company's businesses and 20,000 employees. In 2008, Lebda became chairman and CEO of, the parent company of LendingTree and He currently also sits on the Board of Directors of Eastman Kodak.

John Fetterman

Braddock, Pennsylvania

In July, 2001 John Fetterman started, and still directs, a program serving the dislocated youth from Braddock and the surrounding communities to earn their GED, secure employment, and receive intensive intervention and case management. These same disenfranchised youth were responsible for electing Fetterman into office by the thinnest of margins—one vote—over a two-term incumbent and another lifetime resident in May 2005. As mayor of Allegheny County’s poorest community, Fetterman has sought to revitalize Braddock through the arts, youth employment, urban agriculture, community policing, and adaptive reuse of abandoned buildings and homes. These efforts have been chronicled nationally by The New York Times, CNN, Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” Fox News, and CNBC.

Cheryl Heller

Heller Communication Design
Founder & CEO

Cheryl is the founder of Heller Communication Design and Board Chair of PopTech, a laboratory for disruptive innovation focused on technology and social change. She is a pioneering communication designer and business strategist, and has twice been nominated for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Communication Design.

She has been successfully practicing social innovation and sustainability for many years, with major corporations like Seventh Generation, L’Oreal, Hachette Filipacci and Sappi, non-profits such as WWF, Audubon, IDE (International Development Enterprises) The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education and the Girl Scouts of America. She created the Ideas that Matter program for Sappi in 1999, which has since given over $10 million to designers working for the public good. She also advised Paul Polak and the Cooper
Hewitt National Design Museum on the exhibit, “Design for the Other 90%”.

Cheryl has been a core faculty member for the PopTech Social Innovation and Science Fellows, mentoring the most exciting social entrepreneurs in the world as they create and scale new models for solving issues around poverty, water, health care, energy and conservation, often through the use of technology. She has also served as core faculty for the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.

Her work in many facets of design as well as advertising, branding, marketing and writing have given her experience and perspective on every aspect of social innovation from inspiration, creation, incubation and implementation within the corporate world, non-profits and foundations.

Albert Wenger

Union Square Ventures

Albert combines over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience with an in-depth technology background. As an entrepreneur, he has founded or co-founded five companies, including a management consulting firm (in Germany), a hosted data analytics company, a technology subsidiary for Telebanc (now E*Tradebank), an early stage investment firm, and most recently (with his wife), DailyLit, a service for reading books by email or RSS. Albert also served as the president of through the company's sale to Yahoo. His technology background goes back to winning the German national computer science competition at age 18. Albert graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in economics and computer science and holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT. He has managed technology projects for organizations as diverse as Tacoda (startup) and Telebanc (leading Internet bank).

Trip Davis

Co-Founder & former CEO
Darden School Foundation

As an entrepreneur and executive in travel technology and data services over the past 16 years, Trip is a visionary and driving force in the travel industry. He built two successful technology services firms, TRX and Green Room Productions, which have been enablers of online travel and fundamental changes in travel marketing and distribution. As CEO and a Board member for nine years at TRX, Trip led the company from start-up to revenue of $110 million in five years and raised over $100 million from strategic investors in November 2001 and an IPO in September 2005. He was named Chairman of the Board in December 2008. Earlier in his career, Trip also co-founded Green Room Productions, a San Francisco-based Internet travel technology company, which he sold to iXL in February 1998. In 2002 and 2007, Business Travel News recognized Trip as one of the Top 25 most influential executives in the travel industry.

Roger Werner

and OLN Networks

Former CEO

Roger L. Werner, Jr. has served as a director of Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc. and as its President since October 17, 2006. He has served as its CEO since February 2007. From 1995 to until 2001, he served as the President and CEO of Speedvision and Outdoor Life Network. From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Werner served as President and CEO of Daniels Programming Ventures, LLC, where he managed Daniels’ interest with Prime Ticket (now Fox Sports West), and Prime Sports Network Group, a joint venture with Liberty Media, along with a number of other sports media properties. From 1982 to 1988 he was the Chief Operating Officer of ESPN, and from 1989 to 1990 he was its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to working at ESPN, he served as a management consultant for McKinsey and Company from 1979 to 1982. He serves as Chairman of WATV, a private sports programming and production company.

Saras Sarasvathy

Darden School of Business
Associate Professor

A leading scholar on the cognitive basis for high-performance entrepreneurship, her scholarly work has won several awards, including the 2001 William H. Newman Award from the Academy of Management and the 2009 Gerald E. Hills Best Paper Award from the American Marketing Association. Her book Effectuation: Elements of Entrepreneurial Expertise was nominated for the 2009 Terry Book Award by the Academy of Management. Sarasvathy serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Business Venturing and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and is advisor to entrepreneurship education programs in Europe and Asia. She teaches in doctoral programs not only at Darden, but also in Denmark, India, Croatia and South Africa. In 2007, Sarasvathy was named one of the top 18 entrepreneurship professors by Fortune Small Business magazine.

Natalie Jeremijenko

xDesign Environmental
Health Clinic


Named one of the most influential women in technology 2011 and one of the inaugural top young innovators by MIT Technology Review Natalie Jeremijenko directs the Environmental Health Clinic, and is an Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department, NYU and affiliated with the Computer Science Dept and Environmental Studies program. Previously she was on the Visual Arts faculty at UCSD, and Faculty of Engineering at Yale University. Recently a visiting professor at Royal College of Art in London, and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Public Understanding of Science at Michigan State University. Her work was in the Whitney Biennial 2006,1997; the Cooper Hewit Design Triennial 2006-7; in 2010 solo exhibition at the Neuberger Museum, Connected Environments, surveying recent work; and X, 2010 at the UTS. Current exhibitions: Alter Nature: Z33; EXPOSED at TATE Modern; Certified Copy, Verbeke Foundation; (Re)designing Nature, Kuenstlerhaus, Mortality, ACCA.

Ntiedo Etuk

Co-Founder & CEO

Nt founded DimensionU on the premise that the education system needed to become truly “customer-oriented,” where the real customer in education is the student. It was his belief that prior to DimensionU most emphasis was placed on creating tools to help teachers teach or creating tools to help schools, districts or governments figure out whether teachers were teaching, but very little was being done to ensure that the tools we were putting in front of students were communicating with them in the way they needed to see or hear (social networks, video games, SMS text, etc.) to truly engage this new, digitally active generation. In 2010 Nt was selected by Technology & Learning as one of the 30 Future Leaders of Education Technology. He was also honored as one of six “Top Entrepreneurs” by Crain’s New York. In addition, Nt is a member of the 2010 Henry Crown Fellows class at the Aspen Institute and a member of The Aspen Institute’s Nigeria Leadership Initiative program. He has been identified as one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s Masters of Technology, was a finalist for that magazine’s Business Innovator of the Year Award in 2007 and has been featured in numerous publications including Forbes, BusinessWeek, and The New York Times.

Frank Genovese

The Rothbury Corporation

Frank is the current President of The Rothbury Corporation, a Richmond, VA area investment company. Since 1980, Frank has been the Chairman, President, Chief Operating Officer, majority owner, and co-owner of nine corporations (four of which were turnaround successes) ranging in size from start-ups to a $200 million multi-national corporation with more than 2,000 employees.

Through The Rothbury Corporation, Frank has served as Chairman and co-owner of Power Distribution, Inc., Agri-Tech, Inc., Everyday Wireless, LLC, and Progressive Engineering, Inc. Frank also served as the President and co-owner of Sampson Coatings, Inc., AMF Union Machinery, Inc., and AMF Bowling, Inc., a worldwide manufacturer and marketer of automated bowling equipment and supplies, which was later
sold for $1.2 billion. He is a current board member of Alloy Polymers and previously held board positions at CAM Fabrication Holdings, Cherokee Sanford Brick Company, and Colonial Mechanical Corporation.

Frank currently serves as an advisory board member of the Heart of Virginia Council Boy Scouts of America and previously served as a Trustee of the Darden School Foundation at the University of Virginia and Chairman of the Darden School Foundation’s Building and Finance Committee; Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Virginia Capital Foundation, and board member of the de Tocqueville Society. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Darden School of Business, teaching “Acquisition of Closely Held Enterprises.”

Joseph Parrish

Deputy Chief Technologist

Joseph Parrish is the Deputy Chief Technologist in NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT). His career has focused on advanced technology development for challenging missions in the aerospace and defense sector. He comes to OCT from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, where was responsible for technology assessment and mission architecture planning for future robotic missions to Mars. Before joining JPL, Mr. Parrish was President of Payload Systems, Inc. and Vice President of Research & Development at Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. — two small businesses in Cambridge, MA providing technology development and implementation services to academia, government, and industry. Prior to his time in industry, Mr. Parrish was employed by NASA, where he served as the Robotic Systems Architect for the International Space Station program, led the development of a spacecraft servicing telerobot named Ranger, and served as the Program Executive for several solar system exploration missions to Mars and beyond. Mr. Parrish holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees inAeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Peter Kiernan

Kiernan Ventures

Peter Kiernan is a leader in investment banking, philanthropy, media and new ventures. On Wall Street, he completed tens of billions of dollars in transactions, developing close relationships with major companies, CEO's and wealthy individuals, while a senior partner at Goldman Sachs. During his career at Goldman Sachs, Pete had many firsts. Pete was Founder and Co-Head of the Communications Media and Entertainment group, a group he helped build to $600 million in annual revenues; he also co-led the new Investment Management Services Group which handles individuals worth $200 million or more, raising billions of dollars from some of the wealthiest families in the world; additionally he founded, chaired and built the Innovation, New Product and Marketing Committees.

Peter has been involved in numerous start-ups. At 29, he was the youngest newspaper Publisher in America, having started MIS Week, a Capital Cities Newspaper. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board or Executive Committee of Legends and Heroes, Inc., TechHealth Inc. and THINKologies Inc. His investment company is Kiernan Ventures "Seed Capital For Higher Ground". He currently serves as Chairman of four corporate boards and three charitable boards.

Brian Trelstad

Acumen Fund
Chief Investment Officer

Brian Trelstad is the Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, a $40m social investment fund investing in innovative social enterprises in South Asia and East Africa delivering critical health, water, housing and energy services to the base of the pyramid. He also drives Acumen’s work measuring social and financial return and is a founding executive committee member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE). Prior to Acumen Fund, Brian was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in their New Jersey office. He has co-founded and advised several early-stage technology companies and social enterprises and was the lead environmental staffer for President Clinton’s Corporation for National Service. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and the University of California’s College of Environmental Design.

Robin Fray Carey

Social Media Today

Robin Carey is the co-founder and CEO of Social Media Today, LLC. A veteran of the big-book print media world that included Fortune, Newsweek and BusinessWeek, Carey introduced Social Media Today in 2007 as an online B2B community model, connecting leading influencers across a variety of business conversations. As one of the first online B2B marketing models, Social Media Today pioneered innovative online strategies to drive customer recruitment, cultivation, engagement and management. As traditional media went digital, and internet went social, Carey realized the huge potential for social media platforms to facilitate direct communication among customers, their employees, and experts from the Ivy Towers, the Street and the Hill. Now, Carey and her team have proven that the editorially independent, online community is the cornerstone of B2B social media, and a gateway for FORTUNE 500 clients who are pursuing social business. These communities have attracted over 100,000 registered members and over half a million monthly visits. Carey also serves the non-profit world, offering expertise and leadership as the co-chair of the Women's Refugee Commission, member of the International Rescue Committee Board of Overseers, and Business Advisor to the Society for New Communications Research.

Charles Provini

Natcore Technology
Founder & CEO

Mr. Provini was the President of Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management and a Director of Ladenburg Thalmann, Inc., one of the oldest members of the New York Stock Exchange, and has served as President of Laidlaw Asset Management as well as Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Howe & Rusling, Laidlaw's Portfolio Management Advisory Group. Prior to this, he served as President of Rodman & Renshaw's Advisory Services and President of LaSalle Street Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Provini has been a leadership instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, Chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy's Honor Board and is a former Marine Corp. officer. He is a frequent speaker at financial seminars and has appeared on “The Today Show” and “Good Morning America.”

Austin Ligon

Co-Founder and former CEO

Ligon is co-founder and retired CEO of CarMax, the nation’s largest retailer of used cars. In 1991, Ligon and Rick Sharp, then Circuit City CEO, developed the CarMax idea together and then launched the first CarMax store 1993. Ligon became president in 1995, and led the company through a decade and a half of rapid growth, including its IPO in 1997. He became CEO upon the spin-off of CarMax from Circuit City in 2002. At over $85 million in sales per store, CarMax used car superstores are among the highest volume retail stores in the U.S. Ligon retired in 2006, and is now a private angel investor. He has been a board member of the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University for the last seven years, as well as serving the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Renovation Foundation. He is also a board member of the Yale School of Management Advisory Board, the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, St. John’s College (Annapolis and Santa Fe) Board of Governors, the Virginia Commonwealth University Business School Foundation and the University of Virginia Investment Management Company (UVIMCO).

Joel Salatin

Polyface, Inc
Farmer and Author

Joel Salatin is a self-described environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer, or as the New York Times calls him, "the high priest of the pasture." Profiled in the film Food, Inc and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Salatin's innovative farming system—where the animals live according to their "ness," the earth is used for symbiosis, and happiness and health is key—has gained attention from around the country. He is the author of a number of books including Holy Cows and Hog Heaven, Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal, You Can Farm, Pastured Poultry Profit$, and Family Friendly Farming. Salatin’s own farm Polyface, Inc is located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Albe Zakes

Terracycle, Inc
Global VP

Albe Zakes is the Global VP at TerraCycle, Inc., the world’s leading ‘upcycling’ company, which converts difficult to recycle waste materials into eco-friendly, affordable products available at major retailers worldwide. With over 20 million people collecting waste in 14 countries for TerraCycle projects, the company has diverted billions of pieces of waste that are either upcycled or recycled into over 200 various products available at major retailers ranging from Walmart to Whole Foods Market. In addition TerraCycle has donated over 3 million dollars to schools and non-profits as an incentive for them to recycle. The number will double in the next year. The company seeks to eliminate the idea of waste by creating collection and solution systems for anything that today ends up in our trash.

Zakes started at TerraCycle as an unpaid intern in the PR department and in the last five years, he has worked his way
to become the Global head of TerraCycle’s PR and Marketing. He helped TerraCycle battle Scotts Miracle-Gro, by running the “Sued by Scotts” Campaign in 2007, which received national media attention from the New York Times, Businessweek, the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and many more.

Under Zakes’s management the PR department has secured over 7,000 unique media placements since 2007 and over $150 million in advertising value for TerraCycle’s partners and products. Due to Zakes’s efforts, CEO Tom Szaky has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, 20/20, CNN and many more.

Today, TerraCycle conducts 100% of their PR and Marketing in-house, and does no paid advertising whatsoever despite expansion in 14 countries on 4 continents.

Mark Crowell

University of Virginia
Executive Director for Innovation Partnerships & Commercialization

During the past 22 years, the technology transfer programs Mark has directed - UNC, NC State, and Duke - have helped to launch more than 135 start-up companies and numerous products and services. In North Carolina, Mark served on the Boards of key economic development and entrepreneurial support agencies, including the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, and the Orange County Economic Development Commission.

Throughout his career, Mark has led many public-private collaborations,including most recently a major initiative
to work with Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., to launch an 85,000 square foot business accelerator - the Carolina Innovation Center - on UNC's new research campus, Carolina North. Another highlight includes co-founding a US $10 million seed fund at NC State University (in partnership with the NC Technology Development Authority). Mark also had extensive involvement in planning and managing the widely acclaimed Centennial Campus, a 1200+ acre research campus at NC State University.

Edward Hess

Darden School of Business
Professor and Batten

Hess has spent more than 30 years in the business world. He began his career at Atlantic Richfield Corporation and was a senior executive at Warburg Paribas Becker, Boettcher & Company, the Robert M. Bass Group and Arthur Andersen. He is the author of nine books, over 60 practitioner articles, and over 60 Darden cases, etc. dealing with growth systems, managing growth and growth strategies. His book Smart Growth was named a Top 25 2010 business book for business owners by Inc. Magazine and was awarded the Wachovia Award for Research Excellence. Hess's work has appeared in Fortune magazine, JiJi Press, Washington Post, the Financial Times, Investor's Business Daily, CFO Review, Moneymagazine and in more than 200 other media publications as well as on CNBC,, Fox Business News,, Big Think,,, WSJ Radio, Bloomberg Radio, Dow Jones, MSNBC Radio, Huffington, Business and Chief Learning

Bill Davidow

Mohr Davidow Ventures
Partner Emeritus

Bill Davidow has been a high-technology industry executive and a venture investor for more than 30 years. He continues to act as an active advisor to Mohr Davidow Ventures, a venture capital firm. Davidow is the author of Marketing High Technology and a co-author of Total Customer Service and The Virtual Corporation.

While at Intel, Bill served as senior vice president of marketing and sales, vice president of the microcomputer division and vice president of the microcomputer systems division. Prior to Intel Corp., Bill worked in various managerial positions at Hewlett Packard and General Electric. Bill’s community
involvement extends to serving on the boards of California Institute of Technology and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. He also sits on the Foundation Board of the University of California, San Francisco, and on the Board of the California Nature Conservancy.

Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from both Dartmouth College and the California Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

John Rogers, Jr.

Local Motors
CEO & Co-Founder

John “Jay” Rogers is President, CEO and Co-Founder of Local Motors, a next-generation car company that is changing the way cars are designed, built, and owned. Local Motors is the first automotive co-creation community, and the first company to produce an open source vehicle, the Rally Fighter. In 2011 Local Motors facilitated the co-creation of a military vehicle for DARPA called the XC2V “Flypmode”.

Jay grew up a lover of cars and a student of the industry; his grandfather owned the legendary Indian Motorcycle Company. Jay’s family passion inspired an ambitious plan: Exciting, efficient, open source vehicles, built locally and sustainably with customer participation.
Rogers went from Princeton University to the US Marine Corp, and then to Harvard Business School. He has been crafting Local Motors since his time in the Marine Corp.

Local Motors’ story has been shared on PBS, Fox, CNBC, and Speed Channel and in Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Wired, Top Gear, AutoWeek, Inc., and others. Jay has spoken at BIF, PopTech, TedX Phoenix, Picnic in Amsterdam, Do Conference in Wales, among more.

Daniel Pink

Drive & A Whole New Mind

Pink is the author of four provocative books about the changing world of work — including the New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind andDrive, which together have been translated into 32 languages. His articles on business and technology appear in many publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Wired, where he is a contributing editor. He also writes a monthly business column for the U.K. newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph. Dan has provided analysis of business trends on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR, and other networks in the U.S. and abroad. And he lectures to corporations, associations, and universities around the world on economic transformation and the new workplace.

A free agent himself, Dan held his last real job in the White House, where he served from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore. He also worked as an aide to U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich and in other positions in politics and government.

Mary Beth Stanek

General Motors
Director of Federal Environment
and Energy Regulatory Affairs

Dr. Mary Beth Stanek leads new business development for R&D and infrastructure planning for advanced technical applications. In addition, Mary Beth works with several agencies and trade organizations on advancing environment and energy initiatives.

Mary Beth previously directed the fuel cell vehicle demonstration program and continues to lead business development for the Chevrolet Volt and fuel cell infrastructure initiatives related to GM’s electrically driven vehicles. In addition, Mary Beth continues to lead many bio-based fuel policy and commercial efforts.

In addition Mary Beth’s position at General Motors, she is also a frequent contributor to MCB University Press. Her articles
can be found in Management Decision, European Business Review, Journal of Workplace learning and Management Research News.

Mary Beth was a 2002 recipient of the Wall Street Journal Achievement award and was previously a Renewable Fuels Commissioner for the State of Michigan. Mary Beth is on the Institute for Physical Research and Technology Board at Iowa State.

Dr. Stanek holds a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Sarasota. Her concentration areas are international business, alliances and partnerships.

Richard Satava

US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Senior Science Advisor

Richard Satava, MD, FACS, is Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center, and Senior Science Advisor at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command in Ft. Detrick, MD.

Prior positions include Professor of Surgery at Yale University and a military appointment as Professor of Surgery (USUHS) in the Army Medical Corps assigned to General Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Program Manager of Advanced Biomedical Technology at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),

He has served on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Committee on Health, Food and Safety. He is currently a member of the Emerging Technologies and Resident Education, and Informatics committees of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), is past president of the Society of American

Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), past president of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), and is on the Board of Governors of the National Board of
Medical Examiners (NBME) as well as on a number of surgical societies. He is on the editorial board of numerous surgical and scientific journals, and active in numerous surgical and engineering societies.

He has been continuously active in surgical education and surgical research, with more than 200 publications and book chapters in diverse areas of advanced surgical technology, including Surgery in the Space Environment, Video and 3-D imaging, Telepresence Surgery, Virtual Reality Surgical Simulation, and Objective Assessment of Surgical Competence and Training.

During his 23 years of military surgery he has been an active flight surgeon, an Army astronaut candidate, MASH surgeon for the Grenada Invasion, and a hospital commander during Desert Storm, all the while continuing clinical surgical practice. While striving to practice the complete discipline of surgery, he is aggressively pursuing the leading edge of advanced technologies to formulate the architecture for the next generation of Medicine.

John Abele

Boston Scientific

John Abele is a pioneer and leader in the field of less-invasive medicine. For more than five decades John has devoted himself to innovation in healthcare, business and solving social problems.

John is retired Founding Chairman of Boston Scientific Corporation. He holds numerous patents and has published and lectured extensively on the technology of various medical devices and on the technical, social, economic, and political trends and issues affecting healthcare. His major interests are science literacy for children, education, and the process by which new technology is invented, developed, and introduced to society. From 2002 to 2010, he served as Chairman of the FIRST Foundation, which works with high school kids to make being science-literate cool and fun, and continues to serve as Vice-Chairman. Other interests include the development of the Kingbridge Centre and Institute, a conferencing institution whose mission is to research, develop, and teach improved methods for interactive conferencing: problem solving, conflict
resolution, strategic planning, new methods for learning and generally help groups to become “collectively intelligent.”

He is a Fellow in both the Society of Interventional Radiology and the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering, and received honorary Doctors of Science from Northeastern University and Wentworth Institute of Technology, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from his alma mater, Amherst College. Other awards include Gold Medal Awards from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Interventional Radiology, the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe, the 2007 Pioneer in Endoscopy Award from the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the Distinguished Career Award in 2006 from the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy, the 2003 BMES Distinguished Lecture Award presented by the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Thomas Skalak

University of Virginia
VP for Research

Thomas C. Skalak is Vice President for Research and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. He served as Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UVa from 2001-2008. He received the B.E.S. in Bioengineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 1979 and the Ph.D. in Bioengineering from U.C.S.D. in 1984. Dr. Skalak is past-President of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), which represents over 50,000 professionals, and a past-President of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). In AIMBE, he has served on the Finance and Development Committee and chaired the Fellows Selection Committee. As Vice President for Research at UVa, Tom is responsible for the integration and enhancement of scholarship, research, and commercialization activities across UVa’s eleven schools, multiple research centers, and external partners. He is leading university-wide strategic programs, including multidisciplinary groups in environmental sustainability, innovation, and systems bioscience. He led the launch of the university-wide OpenGrounds initiative, designed to create places and programs that inspire creative innovation at the intersection of technology, science, the arts, and humanities; the Science & Art Project, bringing 300 faculty and community members together for cross-boundary collaborations; the UVa Venture Summit, which brings over $10 billion in active venture capital to UVa each year to discuss windows on the future of emerging fields; and the UVa Bay Game, an interactive computer simulation game that predicts behaviors of the nation’s largest estuary and watershed in relation to the human communities, agricultural and fisheries practices, and land development policies that surround it. The university’s goal is to integrate the unique resources of a comprehensive research and learning organization to explore, discover, and invent, bringing diverse talents and approaches to bear on major societal problems and producing innovation that drives the creative economy. Dr. Skalak is a recognized expert in complex system modeling, biomechanics, and blood vessel growth, and is a distinguished educator, having designed, implemented, and taught in a top-rated undergraduate bioengineering program emphasizing hands-on experiential learning in laboratories, design teams, and corporate internships. Novel technical approaches include multicellular computer simulations that can predict complex system pattern formation in living systems. He has given more than 100 invited talks on innovation and bioengineering throughout the world to industrial partners, academic groups, and government agencies including the U.S. Congressional Task Force on Competitiveness, and has delivered short courses on blood properties for R&D groups at corporate clients such as Abbott Laboratories. He has been a consultant to major device and pharmaceutical firms, as well as several start-up ventures, including Abbott Laboratories, Medtronic, and Target Therapeutics. Tom currently directs the UVa-Coulter Foundation Translational Research Partnership and a co-managed fund with Johnson & Johnson that link faculty and students in engineering, bioscience, and business with the aim of delivering new products to clinical use and commercialization. He is Program Director of the world’s largest bioengineering network, BMEplanet, with support of the NSF Partnerships for Innovation program and the Kauffman Foundation, connecting bioengineers in 45 countries spanning 6 continents. He has served as reviewer for NIH, NSF, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Science Foundation Ireland, IIE Whitaker International Fellows Program, and more than 30 scientific journals.

James Cheng

Commonwealth of Virginia
Secretary of Commerce and Trade

As Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Jim Cheng manages the jobs and opportunity agenda for Virginia. In this role, Secretary Cheng oversees thirteen state agencies focused on promoting the growth of Virginia’s vibrant business community and attracting new investment into Virginia’s economy. Secretary Cheng has over 20 years of experience in information technology and government contracting, and is active in angel investment and early stage entrepreneurial ventures of various types. He was most recently the President of Totus Lighting Solutions, a startup efficient-energy firm, and mentored several emerging companies.

From 1994-2005, Secretary Cheng was founder and CEO of CHM, a government contracting company specializing in Information Technology, which he grew from a staff of 5 people to 550 and $90M in revenue at the time of sale in 2005. In 1999, his company was named Virginia Business Magazine's fastest growing private company in Virginia and #12 fastest growing private US company in Inc Magazine's "Inc 500".
In 2001, he was named SE Virginia's KPMG Entrepreneur of the year. From 1981-1994 at ECI, a government IT contracting firm, Secretary Cheng held various management and technical positions, rising to the position of Sr. Vice President of Marketing. Secretary Cheng is active in the community and has served on the boards of non-profits, state-level and community organizations.

He was a board member of the Virginia Small Business Finance Authority from 1999-2007, and is currently a Trustee of the Darden School Foundation at UVA, and a member of the ODU Education Foundation Board. Secretary Cheng holds a BS Degree in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, a MBA from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business (UVA) and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Gary Shapiro

Consumer Electronics Association
President and CEO

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the U.S. trade association representing over 2,000 consumer electronics companies and owning and producing the continent’s largest annual tradeshow, the International CES®.

Shapiro led the industry in its successful transition to HDTV. He co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station and served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center. He is a charter inductee to the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, and received its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV. He focused on the need for and led the effort to obtain the 2009 cut-off date of analog broadcasting.

As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition, Shapiro led the manufacturers’ battle to preserve the legality of recording technology and consumer fair use rights.

Shapiro has held many exhibition industry leadership posts, and received the exhibition industry’s highest honor, the Pinnacle Award.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Washington Economic Club. He sits on the State Department's Advisory Committee
on International Communications and Information Policy. He has served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Commission on Information Technology and on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University. Shapiro also has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a “mastermind” for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection.

Shapiro leads a staff of 150 employees and thousands of industry volunteers and has testified before Congress on technology and business issues more than 20 times. Washington Life magazine has named him one of the 100 most influential people in Washington. Also, CEA has won many awards as a family friendly employer and one of the best places in Virginia to work.

Shapiro authored the 2011 bestselling book The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream (Beaufort).

Prior to joining the association, Shapiro was an associate at the law firm of Squire Sanders. He also has worked on Capitol Hill, as an assistant to a member of Congress. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in economics and psychology from Binghamton University. He is married to Dr. Susan Malinowski, a retina surgeon.

Aneesh Chopra

The White House
Chief Technology Officer

Aneesh Chopra is the United States Chief Technology Officer and in this role serves as an Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Technology within the Office of Science & Technology Policy. He works to advance the President’s technology agenda by fostering new ideas and encouraging government-wide coordination to help the country meet its goals from job creation, to reducing health care costs, to protecting the homeland. He was sworn in on May 22nd, 2009. Prior to his appointment, he served as Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia from January 2006 until April 2009. He previously served as Managing Director with the Advisory Board Company, a publicly-traded healthcare think tank. Chopra was named to Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue in 2008. Aneesh Chopra received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and his M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Mary Himinkool

Head of Global
Entrepreneurship Outreach

Mary Himinkool is Google's Head of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach. She joined Google in 2004 as part of the legal team working on the company's IPO and then moved to New Business Development where she spent 6 years focused on a range of early stage product incubation efforts and partnerships. She led dozens of strategic technology partnerships across products including Gmail, Google Docs, Search, News, Chrome, Public Data, Social & Enterprise. Mary spent 4 of those years in Google's NYC office jumpstarting the team's East Coast efforts and also incubated product partnerships for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa out of Zurich. She is an active leader in entrepreneur and developer outreach efforts both in the US and internationally, spanning initiatives in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. She has led exploratory trips and efforts in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza and the West Bank. Mary earned her BA and MA from Stanford University and sits on the Stanford Alumni Association Board of Directors.

William McDonough

McDonough Advisors

William McDonough is an internationally renowned designer and one of the primary proponents and shapers of what he and his partners call “The Next Industrial Revolution.” McDonough and German chemist Dr. Michael Braungart co-authored Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002, North Point Press), which is one of most influential and widely read books of the American sustainability movement and has been translated into 10 languages.

Time magazine recognized him in 1999 as a “Hero for the Planet,” stating that, “his utopianism is grounded in a unified philosophy that-in demonstrable and practical ways-is changing the design of the world.” Time again recognized McDonough and Michael Braungart as “Heroes of the Environment” in October 2007. In 1996, McDonough received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development and in 2003 he received the U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. In 2004, he received the National Design Award for exemplary achievement in the field of environmental design. In October 2007, McDonough was elected an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

McDonough is founding partner in William McDonough + Partners, an architecture and community design firm with offices in Charlottesville, Virginia; San Francisco; and Amsterdam. The firm has designed landmark projects in the U.S. and beyond, such as the 901 Cherry office building for Gap Inc. (now home to Google’s YouTube) and NASA Sustainability Base (now under construction).

He is founding principal of MBDC, a product and systems design consulting firm that assists prominent companies to
innovate new products and services using Cradle to Cradle® design principles.

McDonough is a venture partner at VantagePoint Capital Partners in San Bruno, California, which is one of the world’s leading clean technology investment firms with a prestigious team of industry luminaries.

In 2010, McDonough and Braungart announced the founding of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, a nonprofit, public/private partnership with California, to which they donated the U.S. license to the Cradle to Cradle® Certification program. The Institute is a step on the path toward the State of California’s stated intention to build a Cradle to Cradle economy.

McDonough is Consulting Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He became Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. Board of Councilors of the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development in 2010; he served as U.S. Chair since 2001. He is on the Advisory Board for the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. From 1994-1999, McDonough was the Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture and Dean at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

McDonough’s leadership in sustainable development is widely recognized. He speaks and writes extensively on his design philosophy and practice. He was commissioned in 1991 to write The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability as guidelines for Hannover’s EXPO 2000 and in 1993 gave the Centennial Sermon at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

Jacob Colker

The Extraordinaries
Co-founder & CEO

Social entrepreneur Jacob Colker is Co-Founder and CEO of The Extraordinaries, a new community action and engagement platform that is working to jump-start the innovative concept of micro-volunteering. Described as volunteering ‘anytime and anywhere’, micro-volunteering helps people get involved with their spare time from a mobile phone or personal computer. During a free moment, people can share their skills and professional expertise with an NGO from around the world.

Time Magazine praised Colker’s project saying, "The Extraordinaries offers ways to devote even just a few minutes of free time to something worthwhile," and National Public Radio declared that The Extraordinaries "has captured the imagination of the philanthropic world."

The Extraordinaries are recipients of a 2010 Rolex Young Laureates Award for Enterprise, a 2009 Echoing Green
Fellowship, a 2009 United Nations World Youth Summit Award, and a 2009 Ashoka Changemaker's Award.

Colker is a recognized leader in political activism and issue advocacy, and a leading voice in the use of technology for community engagement. He has managed political campaigns in California, Illinois, and Maryland, and he was one of the first field directors in America to leverage Facebook® to win a statewide election for public office. Colker has also managed issue advocacy campaigns for The International Campaign for Tibet, The 1Sky Campaign, and other non-governmental organizations, both in the U.S. and around the world.

Colker holds a B.A. in Media Management from Columbia College Chicago, and is working part time on his M.A. in Communications from the Johns Hopkins University.

Pam Iorio

Tampa, Florida
Former Mayor

Pam Iorio, former two-term Mayor of Tampa, Florida successfully led the 54th largest city in the United States leaving office with a remarkable 87 percent approval rating.

Now Pam offers her many talents helping organizations build strong and effective leaders. As a keynote speaker, workshop and meeting facilitator, Iorio’s fresh, straightforward approach to leadership not only inspires and motivates, but provides immediate actionable methods and ideas that will help professionals at all levels lead with integrity and achieve optimal results.

Iorio has held top executive leadership positions where she transformed bureaucracy, advanced unpopular change, and successfully navigated through tough financial times. As mayor, the crime rate in Tampa declined 61.5 percent and financial reserves tripled even during a recession. First elected to public office at age 26, Iorio was the youngest person ever to win a seat on the Board of County Commissioners for Hillsborough County, Florida. At age 27 she was selected as Chairman of the Board. In 1992 she was elected for the first of three terms as the county’s Supervisor of Elections.

In 1999 she served as the president of the State Association of Supervisors of Elections, where she served as
spokesperson for the organization during the highly – publicized 2000 presidential election in Florida. In 2003 Iorio was elected as mayor of the City of Tampa and re-elected in 2007 with a margin of 79 percent.

Throughout Iorio’s career she has served as a director and chairperson on numerous government, economic development, and transportation, education, and community sector boards.

Iorio graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. with a BS degree in Political Science. She holds a Master’s degree in history from the University of South Florida. She has published articles on civil rights and political history and is regularly sourced on national media stories concerning government, leadership and economic issues.

She has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, as well as on national broadcast venues including CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Today Show.

Her first book, Straightforward, Ways to Live and Lead, is scheduled for release in November 2011.

Mark Little

General Electric
Senior VP and Director
of Global Research

Mark M. Little was named Senior Vice President and Director of GE Global Research in October 2005, becoming the ninth director in the organization’s 105 year history. Mark is responsible for leading one of the world's largest and most diversified industrial research and technology organizations.

At Global Research, some 2,500 people from virtually every major scientific and engineering discipline focus on the company's long-range technology needs. The organization has research facilities in the United States, India, China and Germany, working in collaboration with GE businesses around the world.

Prior to becoming Research Director, Little was Vice President of GE Energy’s power generation segment headquartered in Schenectady, New York. GE Energy is a world leading supplier of power generation equipment including gas, steam, wind and hydro turbine-generators, turnkey power plant services, gasification technologies and IGCC (integrated gasification combined cycle).
Mark joined GE in 1978, starting out in the Company’s Turbine Business. After holding several management positions in engineering, he was named Product General Manager for generators in 1989. In 1991, he became General Manager – Business Development for GE Energy, responsible for strategic planning and joint venture development. In 1992, he was appointed Product General Manager for gas turbines and in 1994 was named Vice President, Power Generation Engineering. In 1997, Mark became Vice President GE Power Generation, responsible for the turbine, generator, and power plants business. In 2004, the hydro and wind turbine businesses were added to his portfolio.

Mark holds BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from Tufts and Northeastern universities, respectively, and in 1982 earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2009, Mark was made a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Leslie Greene Bowman

Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Leslie Greene Bowman is President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., which owns and operates Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. From 1999-2008, she served as director and CEO of the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate. Ms. Bowman earned a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University of Ohio, before completing her Master of Arts degree in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Museum program. Most of her career was spent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she rose to become head curator of decorative arts as well as assistant director of exhibition programs. During her seventeen-year tenure in Los Angeles she curated several exhibitions, lectured internationally, and published two catalogues in addition to numerous articles. Her book, American Arts & Crafts: Virtue in Design, won the Charles Montgomery award of the Decorative Arts Society of the Society of Architectural Historians, and was accompanied by an exhibition of the same title. Withco-author and co-curator Morrison H. Heckscher of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she also produced American Rococo, 1750-1775: Elegance in Ornament, along with an accompanying loan exhibition that redefined the so-called Chippendale style in the United States. While in Los Angeles, Ms. Bowman held an adjunct professorship in the School of Fine Arts at U.S.C., where she taught a graduate course in American decorative arts. She was also a frequent guest lecturer in the art and design programs at U.C.L.A. From 1997 until her 1999 appointment at Winterthur, she was executive director of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. From 1993- 2010 she served by presidential appointment on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. She also serves on the Board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is married to Cortland P. Neuhoff and is the mother of fourteen-year- old Haley Neuhoff. In her spare time she is an avid equestrian.

Frank Batten, Jr.

Landmark Media Enterprises
CEO & Chairman

Frank Batten Jr., 53, is chairman and chief executive officer of Landmark Media Enterprises LLC, which is based in Norfolk, Virginia.

Landmark is a diversified media company that owns Dominion Enterprises, television stations in Nashville and Las Vegas, and daily newspapers in Norfolk and Roanoke, Virginia, in Greensboro, North Carolina, and in several smaller cities around the country. Landmark also owns a number of other Internet and technology businesses, including Continental Broadband and Digital Envoy.

Landmark Media Enterprises was spun off from Landmark Communications, Inc. in September 2008 as part of the sale of The Weather Channel. From 1995 to 1997, Batten was executive vice-president of Landmark, with responsibility for corporate development and new ventures. From 1991 to 1995,
Batten was president and publisher of The Virginian-Pilot, the daily newspaper in Norfolk. During 1990 and 1991, he served as marketing director and then as vice president and associate publisher of the newspaper. From 1986 to 1989, he was general manager and then publisher of The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Before that, he was a reporter for The Associated Press in London, England for 18 months.

Batten is a 1976 graduate of Norfolk Academy. He received a bachelor's degree in history in 1980 from Dartmouth College. He received an M.B.A. in 1984 from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. Batten is a member of the board of visitors of Old Dominion University, and he serves on the boards of the Access College Foundation, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Norfolk Christian Schools.

Shirley Ann Jackson

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., is President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, New York and Hartford, CT. She has held senior leadership positions in government, industry, research, and academe. A theoretical physicist, she was chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1995-1999). She serves on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, appointed by President Obama in 2009, and is a member of the International Security Advisory Board to the United States Department of State.

Her research and policy focus includes energy security and the national capacity for innovation, including addressing the “Quiet Crisis” of looming gaps in the science, technology, and engineering workforce and reduced support for basic research.

President of Rensselaer since 1999, Dr. Jackson has led an extraordinary transformation of the institute with an ambitious strategic effort known as The Rensselaer Plan. Under her leadership, new faculty members have been hired, research awards have doubled and scholarships have increased. There have been innovations in curriculum, expansion of undergraduate research, and new award winning student life initiatives. Nearly $1 billion has been invested in The Rensselaer Plan, including more than $715 million in new construction, renovations, new equipment, technology and
infrastructure. In 2004, President Jackson launched a $1 billion Renaissance at Rensselaer capital campaign. The campaign closed in 2009, having surpassed $1.4 billion in gifts and gift commitments.

Dr. Jackson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She is a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution, and a member of the Board of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Brookings Institution. She is past President (2004) and Chairman of the Board (2005) of the AAAS. She is a vice-chair of the Council on Competitiveness and co-chaired its Energy Security, Innovation and Sustainability initiative. She is a member of the Board of Directors of global companies including IBM and FedEx.

Calling her a “national treasure,” the National Science Board selected her as its 2007 Vannevar Bush Award recipient for “a lifetime of achievements in scientific research, education, and senior statesman-like contributions to public policy.” Dr. Jackson holds a S.B. in physics and a Ph.D. in theoretical elementary particle physics, both from M.I.T.

Gene Lockhart

Berenson & Company
Senior Advisor

H. Eugene Lockhart joined Berenson & Company in 2011 as a Senior Advisor with more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry as an investor and senior executive. Gene has a general leadership role at Berenson where he works closely with senior professionals to further develop Berenson’s advisory and principal activities, with a particular focus on financial services.

Throughout his extensive career, Gene has held a number of leadership positions with high-profile financial institutions including President and CEO of MasterCard International; President of the Global Retail Bank at Bank of America; and CEO of Midland Bank PLC. He has also served as President of AT&T’s Consumer Services.

Gene remains a Venture Partner at Oak Investment Partners and an Operating Partner and Chairman of Financial
Institutions with Diamond Castle Holdings. He has served on the boards of directors for a number of public and private companies, including RJR / Nabisco, MasterCard, First Republic Bank, RadioShack Corp and Huron Consulting Group, among others.

Gene has also been involved in a number of philanthropic causes as board member of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Chairman), The Royal Academy of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, University of Virginia Board of Managers (Chairman) and University of Virginia Darden School Foundation (Chairman).

Gene has an M.B.A. and B.S., both from the University of Virginia.

John Elstrott

Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship
Executive Director

Dr. John Elstrott is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Executive Director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business in New Orleans, LA. He holds bachelor and master’s degrees in economics from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge and a doctorate in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Elstrott teaches courses in entrepreneurship and has research interests in the areas of entrepreneurship, family business, strategic planning, regional economic development, technology commercialization, and the environment. He has won numerous teaching awards including the National Freedoms Foundation Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, the Edwin Appel Prize for bringing
Entrepreneurial Vitality to Academe, the James T. Murphy award for Teaching Excellence.

He is also a consultant to family businesses and to profit and not-for-profit corporations and serves as the Director of the Tulane Family Business Center.

Prior to joining Tulane University, Dr. Elstrott was Chief Financial Officer for Celestial Seasonings, Inc. He is an active entrepreneur in the venture capital, wetlands mitigation banking, music, pharmaceutical, financial services, natural food, and authentic herbal remedy industries. Dr. Elstrott serves on numerous boards and is currently the chair of Whole Foods Market, Inc.

Robert Litan

Kauffman Foundation
VP for Research and Policy
Brookings Institution
Senior Fellow

Robert E. Litan is the Vice President for Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, the nation’s leading foundation devoted to advancing entrepreneurship, and a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. He has served in several government positions: Associate Director of OMB; Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice; and Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. During his career, Dr. Litan has consulted with a wide range of governmental and private sector organizations and firm. He has authored or co-authored more than 25 books, edited another 16, and authored or co-authored over 200 articles in journals, magazines and newspapers on government policies affecting financial institutions, the telecommunications and health care industries, general regulatory and legal issues, international trade, and the economy in general. His most recent book is Good Capitalism: Bad Capitalism, co-authored with William Baumol and Carl Schramm (Yale University Press, 2007). He is currently completing a sequel to this with Carl Schramm.

Allison Cryor DiNardo

King Street Wireless

Allison Cryor DiNardo manages four wireless spectrum companies specializing in deploying spectrum for wireless and broadband transmissions. Her largest company, King Street Wireless, is currently launching high-speed 4G LTE wireless service in parts of Wisconsin, Iowa, Maine, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma in a joint venture with US Cellular. Founded in Alexandria, Virginia in 2008, King Street Wireless is one of the nation’s top ten spectrum license holders.

DiNardo also owns and manages Carroll PCS, Inc., (founded in 2004), Barat Wireless, Inc., (founded in 2006) and Aquinas Wireless, Inc. (founded in 2008). DiNardo currently manages wireless spectrum in 26 states.

Prior to entering the wireless field in 1999, DiNardo served as managing director of the University of Virginia’s $163 million athletics capital campaign as part of the Virginia Student Aid Foundation team (now called the Virginia Athletics Foundation).

From 1989-1993, she served on President George H.W. Bush’s White House staff as Deputy Associate Director of Presidential Personnel, focusing on cabinet-level political appointments at the Departments of Commerce and Transportation as well as positions in the Small Business
Administration, the General Services Administration and most regulatory agencies. Prior to her work at The White House, DiNardo worked in marketing for American Express in New York.

Recently, DiNardo was recognized by Greater DC Cares as a “rising star in philanthropy and leading the charge for social change in the DC region.” In 2006, she was honored by the Washington Business Journal as A Woman Who Means Business. Earlier, she received the Barat Medal from the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland, for making “a significant difference to the community and helping to shape the destiny of the school.”

DiNardo earned her MBA degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business and her B.A. in English from the University of Virginia. While at the University of Virginia, she served as Managing Editor of The Declaration, the school’s weekly newspaper, and was inducted into the Raven Society.

DiNardo serves as a member of the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors; Chair of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership; Immediate Past Chair of ACT for Alexandria, a community foundation; and board member of the Virginia College Building Authority.

John Glynn

Glynn Ventures
Founder and General Partner

John Glynn is the founder and General Partner of Glynn Capital Management and Glynn Ventures, a venture capital fund, in Menlo Park, California. He has been active in the venture business on a national basis since 1970. His firm has committed capital exceeding $400 million from endowments and many prominent individual investors and families who are founders, CEOs, or directors of well-known technology companies or who have been active venture investors themselves.

Glynn Ventures and Glynn Capital Management focus on significant new market opportunities in which substantial businesses can be built over time, and try to invest ahead of major waves of change. Industry focus would include hardware, software, telecommunications, consumer internet, networking, and medical devices. Over the years, Mr. Glynn has been an active venture backer of Agile Software, Alteon, Alza, COR Therapeutics, Cypress Semiconductor, Electronic Arts, Intel, Intergraph, Intuit, The Learning Company, Mentor Graphics, Molecular Devices, Neurex Corporation, Silicon Graphics, Storage Technology Corporation, Sun Microsystems, and 3Com Corporation. In recent years, he has been an investor in LinkedIn, Facebook, Fusion-io and Responsys, and is actively involved in many other technology
companies. Mr. Glynn also serves as an advisor to New Enterprise Associates, a Baltimore-based venture firm with over $6 billion under management.

Mr. Glynn grew up in Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, a law degree from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University. He practiced law for four years in San Francisco before entering Stanford. From 1990 through 1998, he taught a course in “Starting New Ventures” at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and since 1999 has offered a course at Stanford entitled “Venture Capital and the Entrepreneurial World.” He has offered both courses as a visiting lecturer at the Darden School at the University of Virginia where he is the Thomas C. MacAvoy Professor of Business Administration. For the past seven years he has also taught a class in entrepreneurship at Cambridge University’s Graduate School of Business. Mr. Glynn is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame, and is a Trustee of the University of Virginia School of Law. Mr. Glynn is married, has three daughters and a son, and lives in Atherton, California. He enjoys golf, photography, and fly fishing.

Laurie Spengler

ShoreBank International
President and CEO

Laurie J. Spengler is President and CEO of ShoreBank International Ltd. (SBI), a company dedicated to expanding access to capital, information and services for small and growing businesses, entrepreneurs and households, to create an inclusive global financial system.

Ms Spengler’s professional experience and interests are focused on supply and demand-side solutions to extend "access to capital" to individuals, small businesses and low income households through the delivery of financial resources, business solutions and professional support designed to achieve sustainable economic development. Ms. Spengler has over 20 years of experience as a strategy and transaction services professional, with significant experience in capital
raising, M&A, and private equity transactions. Over the past decade, she has developed a particular focus on access to capital for double and triple-bottom line organizations.

Prior to joining SBI, Ms. Spengler was the founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group. Previously, she worked as an attorney with the New York, Brussels and Prague offices of White & Case. Ms. Spengler has a JD from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, and has served on a number of community service boards of directors, including the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic and the Fulbright Board in the Czech Republic. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Daniel Mudd

Fortress Investment Group
Director and CEO

Daniel H. Mudd has been Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Investment Group LLC since his appointment in August 2009 and he has been a member of the Board of Directors since February 2007.

Prior to joining Fortress in August 2009, Mr. Mudd served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Fannie Mae, the nation’s largest financer of home mortgages. Mr. Mudd was also a member of the Fannie Mae Board of Directors. Prior to serving as Chief Executive Officer of Fannie Mae, Mr. Mudd served as the Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Fannie Mae. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Mudd was responsible for originations, marketing, operations, systems, local outreach and administration. Prior to joining Fannie Mae in February 2000, Mr. Mudd served as President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Capital, Japan. During his career at GE Capital, Mr. Mudd served in Business Development,
International Financing and European Fleet Services. He served as President of GE Capital Asia-Pacific from 1996 to 1999. Prior to his tenure at GE Capital, Mr. Mudd held positions in management consulting and financial services with Xerox Corporation, Ayers Whitmore and Company, and the World Bank.

Mr. Mudd serves on the board of Hampton University and previously served on the board of Sidwell Friends School and on the Board of Managers of the University of Virginia Alumni Association.

Mr. Mudd holds a B.A. in American History from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.

Premal Shah

Co-founder and President

Premal first began dreaming of “internet microfinance” while working at PayPal, the online payments company. In late 2004, Premal took a 3 month leave from PayPal to develop and test the internet microfinance concept in India. When he returned to Silicon Valley, he met other like-minded dreamers and quit his job at PayPal to help bring the Kiva concept to life and eventually to scale. Kiva today raises over $1 million each week for the working poor in +50 countries and was named a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine in 2009. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Premal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and selected to FORTUNE magazine's "Top 40 under 40" list in 2009. Premal began his career as a management consultant and graduated from Stanford University.

Robert Bruner

Darden School of Business

Robert F. Bruner is the Dean of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He was named to the position in 2005. He is also the Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration at Darden.

Bruner’s areas of teaching, research, and writing include corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, investing in emerging markets, and financial crises, among other business topics. Bruner is regularly quoted in the business press, often discussing business education and topics found in his books. His latest book, The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm, with Sean D. Carr, was published in 2007.
Deals from Hell focuses on failure in mergers and acquisitions. It was published in 2005. He also wrote Applied Mergers and Acquisitions, which was published in 2004.

A member of the Darden faculty since 1982, Bruner served as the executive director of the Batten Institute, an endowed foundation within the Darden School that focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and corporate growth, from 2000 to 2004. He has been a visiting professor at various business schools including Columbia, INSEAD, and IESE. Formerly, he was a loan officer and investment analyst for First Chicago Corporation. He holds the B.A. degree from Yale University and the M.B.A. and D.B.A. degrees from Harvard University.

Don King

Deutsche Asset Management
Vice Chairman

Don King spent his career in the investment real estate business, first as a developer and owner. In 1979 he joined real estate investment management business, RREEF, serving as an advisor to large pension funds and retirement systems. He was the first Managing Partner of RREEF, a position he held from 1988 to 2002. In 2002 after RREEF was purchased by Deutsche Bank, he became Global Head of Real Estate of Deutsche Asset Management. In 2005 he was elected Vice Chairman of Deutsche Asset Management. Mr. King graduated from the University of Virginia's McIntire School in 1962 and from the Harvard Business School in 1970. He currently teaches a real estate course at the McIntire School. He also served on active duty as a junior officer in the United States Navy. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and is a member of the boards of the U.S. Marine Corps Scholarship Fund and the Chicago City Day School.

Mark Galant

GAIN Capital/
Founder and Former CEO

Mark Galant is a recognized industry leader in the foreign exchange market, enjoying an entrepreneurial Wall Street career spanning more than 30 years. Because of his contributions to the growth and success of the foreign exchange industry, he was inducted in 2009 into the inaugural Profit & Loss Hall of Fame.

Galant was the founder and has continued as a Board member at GAIN Capital Group/, an industry leading online trading firm. He served as Chief Executive Officer at GAIN from its beginning in 1999 until 2007. Galant continued as Chairman until December 2010 when the firm went public on the New York Stock Exchange.
Prior to forming GAIN Capital, he served as President of FNX Limited and was Global Head of Foreign Exchange Options at Credit Suisse from 1991 to 1994.

His latest venture, Tydall Trading, where Galant is the founder and Chief Executive Officer, is a high-frequency algorithmic trading firm routinely trading $10 billion per-day in volume.

Graduating with a B.S. in Finance from the University of Virginia, he earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. In 2008, he founded the Galant Center for Entrepreneurship with the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Robert Hugin

Celgene Corporation
Chairman & CEO

Mr. Hugin serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Celgene Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative therapies for unmet medical needs in cancer and immune-inflammatory disease. He joined Celgene in June 1999 and has been a Director of Celgene since December 2001. Mr. Hugin also serves as a Director of The Medicines Company, Atlantic Health System, Inc. and of Family Promise, a national non-profit network assisting homeless families. He serves as Treasurer of The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Darden Foundation, University of Virginia as well as a founding Board member of Choose NJ. Prior to joining Celgene, Mr. Hugin was a Managing Director with J.P. Morgan & Co. Inc. Mr. Hugin received an AB degree from Princeton University in 1976 and an MBA from the University of Virginia in 1985 and served as a United States Marine Corps infantry officer during the intervening period. Bob and his wife Kathy live in Summit, New Jersey with their three children.

John Casteen

University of Virginia
Professor and President Emeritus

John Casteen is University Professor and President Emeritus of the University of Virginia.

A specialist in Old English literature and culture, and in public policy, he has taught at the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Virginia. Before becoming UVa's president in 1990, he served as Virginia's Secretary of Education and as president of the University of Connecticut. He became UVa's President Emeritus last year, following 20 years of service.

Mr. Casteen's work has linked education and research to government and the private sector. He has served extensively in corporate, governmental, and educational posts. In January 2011, President Obama named him a Trustee of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington.
Since the late 1980s, Mr. Casteen has worked to promote international collaboration among universities, most notably by participating in forming and ultimately chairing both the international universities consortium known as U21 and the Windsor Group, a global collaborative of university, corporate, and government leaders whose projects have included infrastructure development in sub-Saharan Africa and sustainable supplies of potable water for urban areas in developing nations.

Mr. Casteen was awarded the Mishima Prize for short fiction in 1987 and the Gold Medal of the US National Institute of Social Sciences in 1998. He was elected a Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009. His honorary degrees include doctorates from the University of Athens and (this year) Edinburgh University.

Aaron Chatterji

Fuqua School of Business
Associate Professor

Aaron "Ronnie" Chatterji, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. From 2010-2011, he served as a Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) where he worked on a wide range of policies relating to innovation, entrepreneurship, infrastructure and economic growth.

Chatterji has testified as an expert witness at the House Committee on Small Business and the U.S. Department of State. His work has been cited by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and he was recently profiled in Fortune. He has authored opinion pieces in national publications and appeared on television and radio.
Professor Chatterji has been an advisor for Duke's Program for Entrepreneurs, a board member for Durham Community in Schools, and a Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Professor Chatterji received an inaugural Junior Faculty Fellowship from the Kauffman Foundation to recognize his work as a leading scholar in entrepreneurship. He also received the Rising Star award from the Aspen Institute for his work on business and public policy.

He holds a Ph.D. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.

Mary Tripsas

Harvard Business School
Associate Professor

Professor Tripsas is an expert on the management of innovation and entrepreneurship. Her research and teaching explore the transformation of industries by radically new technology, and she is currently engaged in studies of digital publishing, digital imaging, and air taxis. Her work has been published in a number of leading journals including the Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, and Organization Science. Her awards include the MIT Sloan Zannetos prize for the best doctoral thesis and the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Thought Leader Award. Before Harvard, Professor Tripsas served on the faculty of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to academia, she was a strategy consultant in the Cambridge and Milan offices of the Monitor Group and worked for IBM both as a software developer and as a member of the sales force. She also served on the board of directors of Lexar Media (NASDAQ: LEXR) from 2003-2006, when the company was acquired by Micron. She earned her PhD from the MIT Sloan School of Management, her MBA from the Harvard Business School, and her BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana.

Linda Goldstein

Original Artists
President & CEO

Linda Goldstein was a young jazz singer when she began booking tours for Joe Henderson, Benny Carter, Bill Evans, and other musicians she revered. By 1979, when she met Bobby McFerrin, she knew the unwritten rules of the business. As Bobby’s manager and producer she broke every one, improvising a career that defied expectations, pigeonholes, and boundaries. Building on record sales of over twenty million, ten Grammy awards for McFerrin and one for Goldstein as producer, the number one hit song "Don't Worry Be Happy," a demanding itinerary of international concert tours, and unprecedented collaborations, they continue to invent vehicles for McFerrin’s boundless creativity. Goldstein has produced and edited all of McFerrin’s twelve albums, and developed the initial concept for his latest releaseVOCAbuLarieS, a new breed of choral music, the logical synthesis of Bobby’s global influences. Goldstein has guided the careers of many other extraordinary artists, including Laurie Anderson, Cyndi Lauper, David Byrne, The Residents, Dianne Reeves, Phoebe Snow, Jaron Lanier, Raffi, Bela Fleck, Dave Frishberg, Carla Bley, Eric Whitacre, and the musical satirists Polygraph Lounge. She has served on the boards of Chorus America, The Omega Institute, and the Social Venture Network, and as media director for Physicians for Social Responsibility. She is the founder and CEO of the non-profit organization EverybodyArts, and of the management and production company Original Artists.

“I’m just like any other crazy artist,” says Linda Goldstein. “Except my art is business.”