2011 Advanced Leadership Fellows
Issa Baluch founded Swift Freight International and later Air Cargo Trader in the United Arab Emirates. He was President of International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA) He has authored two books, Transport Logistics: Past, Present and Predictions and Transport Logistics: The Wheel of Commerce.
Anna Burger was Secretary-Treasurer of the Services Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation's largest and fastest growing union, and the first chair of America's newest labor federation, Change to Win. Burger serves on President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
Gilberto Dimenstein is an award-winning Brazilian journalist, political reporter and columnist for Folha de São Paulo. His reporting has covered politically charged issues including the murder of children by death squads and the sexual exploitation of girls. He has founded two non-profits: Brazilian News Agency for the Rights of Children (ANDI) and City School Apprentice Association (ACEA).
Harvey Freishtat served as Chairman and CEO of McDermott, Will & Emery, a multinational law firm of 1000 attorneys. During his tenure, he founded and headed both its Boston office and its New England health law practice. He serves on the boards of directors of the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Tufts University School of Medicine.
Somak Ghosh is a co-founder and Group President, Corporate Finance and Development Banking at YES Bank, Ltd., one of the fastest growing banks in India. He pioneered a profitable banking model serving farmers, rural artisans, and the financially disenfranchised. His previous employers include Rabo Bank, Reliance Industries, ICICI and Ispat Europe.
Deborah Jackson is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, overseeing local preparedness and response to local, national and international disasters. Her career has focused on health and human services for disadvantaged and low-income communities. She was a British-American Project Fellow, a 2009 Barr Foundation Fellow and Co-Chair for the Boston Commission on Health Care Disparities.
Carlos Jáuregui was named Secretary of Public Security for the State of Nuevo León in 2009 and is a civic leader and entrepreneur in Monterrey, Mexico. He has worked in the food industry in the USA, Mexico, and Puerto Rico and for companies such as Cervecería Cuauhtemoc, Quesos Caperucita, Clemente Jacques, and Campbell Soup Co.
Gwen Adams Norton was most recently Senior Vice President at Wachovia Bank. She also served as Commissioner of Finance for the Government of the Virgin Islands, where she was born and raised. She is currently a Trustee at Spelman College and serves on the Board of Directors of The Visiting Nurse Service of New York.
John Peirce was co-owner and marketing vice president of Indiana Stamp, a manufacturing company with distribution in 35 countries. Previously, he was a human resources executive with GE and managing editor of a regional newspaper. He serves on the Fort Wayne, Indiana school board and has been nationally recognized for his work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
General Pollock was the Commander of the US Army Medical Command and the Acting Surgeon General (the first woman, non-physician to have this role in any of the military services) and the 22nd Chief of the Army Nurse Corps. Gale is also a Fellow in The American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).
James Rosenstein was Global Director, External Affairs at Bentley Motors; Vice President, External Affairs at Toyota Motor Europe; and Chief Public Affairs Officer at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He has lived and worked in the U.S., Europe (France, England, Belgium) and Brazil.
Tom Santel was President and CEO of Anheuser-Busch International, Inc. and Vice President of Corporate Planning for its parent company, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Additionally he was a member of Anheuser-Busch's Strategy Committee and served on the Board of Directors of Grupo Modelo, Mexico's largest brewer.
Bob Saudek is a founder of the Georgia law firm Morris, Manning and Martin, ranked as one of the 200 largest firms in the United States. He served as its Managing Partner for sixteen years. Bob is now a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Innocence Project.
Terry Straub was most recently the Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Governmental Relations of U.S. Steel. Prior to joining U.S. Steel, he served at the White House as Special Assistant for congressional affairs under President Carter and has been involved in various state and national political campaigns. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Foundation.
John Taysom founded the Reuters Venture Capital Fund (RVC), also known as The Greenhouse Fund, in Palo Alto and later led the management buyout of RVC. He is a Governor of Hurstpierpoint College, Sussex and co-founder of the Putney Summer Music Festival.
David Weinstein was most recently Chief of Administration at Fidelity Investments, where he also led its national government relations efforts. Previously, he practiced corporate, securities and tax law. David serves on the Board of Trustees and is now Chairman of Boston College Law School.
Mike Zak is a General Partner at Charles River Ventures. Earlier in his career he worked at Motorola, McKinsey, and later co-founded Concord Communications. He served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a Trustee of Cornell University, a Vice Chairman at Emerson Hospital, and a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations.
Al Zollar is founder and managing partner of AWZTech LLC, a business advisory firm. He was formerly IBM General Manager, Tivoli Software, a global leader in the delivery of integrated service management software. He has held senior executive positions in several of IBM’s software businesses, including database, development tools, networking, collaboration, service management and security. He is on the board of The Chubb Corporation.
2011 Advanced Leadership Senior Fellows
After a career in marketing at Beatrice Foods and as a Managing Director of Banque Paribas and Rothschild, Laurent was Chairman and CEO of Fauchon, a leading Paris-based luxury food company, which he grew in product and global reach, operating 650 stores and restaurants in 34 countries. Laurent holds a BA from ESCP-Europe, an MA from Columbia University, and an MBA from the Wharton School.
Laurent is developing Bon’App, empowering communities to healthier lifestyles through better food choices.
J. Veronica Biggins
Veronica Biggins served as Assistant to the President of the United States, William J. Clinton, and Director of Presidential Personnel with responsibility for selecting and hiring political appointees. Most recently she was a Partner at Hodge Partners., an executive and Board search firm. Veronica served as Vice Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, and is the recipient of the Call to Service Award from President George W. Bush.
Veronica is building a network of community-based, after-school study halls to establish safe, engaging learning environments.
Mike Critelli is recently retired as Chairman of Pitney Bowes after a 30-year career in which he distinguished himself as an industry leader, an inventor, and a transformative company leader. He also is an advocate and thought leader for employer-based health programs, transportation and environmental sustainability solutions, and diversity initiatives.
Mike is seeking to maximize health promotion potential through employer-based health programs.
Charles Denham, M.D.
Chuck Denham is founder and chairman of TMIT a medical non-profit organization and national research test bed comprised of 3100 hospitals. He has taught at several medical and business schools and his research as resulted in product and process innovations in surgery, oncology, imaging, pharmaceuticals and ophthalmology. He co-chairs multiple national programs at the National Quality Forum that establish standards for all US hospitals and chairs the Leapfrog Group Safe Practices Pay-For-Performance Program for Fortune 500 organizations.
Chuck uses media to accelerate performance solutions that save lives, save money, and build value in health communities.
Raymond Jetson has held the title of Pastor of the 1,500 member Star Hill Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for fifteen years. Raymond has served as the Assistant Secretary for the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities and the Deputy Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. From 2006 through 2009, he was CEO for the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps, which worked with local, state and national efforts to respond to the needs of citizens impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Raymond also spent 15 years as a member of the Louisiana State Legislature.
Ray is developing a process to mobilize urban congregations to catalyze change in their communities.
Doug Rauch is the former President of Trader Joe's Company - the food retailer. During his 14 years in that role, Doug managed its growth from a small, nine-store chain to a nationally acclaimed, retail success story with more than 325 stores in 27 states. He developed its buying philosophy, unique private label food program, and the company's leadership program while also leading its focus on the customer experience. In 1996, he moved to Boston to bring Trader Joe's to the East Coast.
Realizing the paradoxical issues of domestic hunger and obesity, Doug seeks to help solve them through a redistribution of supermarket food waste with his creation of Feed America Now (FAN) retail stores.
Rodney Slater was U.S. Secretary of Transportation as well as the Administrator of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration during the Presidency of William J. Clinton. Previously he had served as Director of Government Relations of Arkansas State University. He was also Special Assistant for Economic and Community Programs and Executive Assistant for Community and Minority Affairs to Arkansas Governor William J. Clinton. He was Assistant Attorney General, Litigation Division of the Arkansas State Attorney General's Office.
Rodney is working to advocate solutions that will release the Delta Region from the grip of poverty, racial tensions and economic stagnation.
Frederick Southwick, M.D.
Dr. Fred Southwick has been Chief of Infectious Diseases at the University of Florida for 19 years. He is an active NIH-funded, biomedical investigator for 30 years, studying how bacteria interact with the human host.
Fred is currently building a personal toolkit for patients, administrators, and caregivers to improve health care. The work will be detailed in his forthcoming book, Who Was Caring For Mary?
Junko Yoda has over 20 years experience in investment banking and bank management. She is Managing Director for Shellingford Ltd., a private investment company. She served as an Asia Regional Treasurer and Managing Director of Deutsche Bank covering 14 countries in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to that, she spent 13 years with Goldman Sachs in Treasury, fixed Income trading and sales where she became the first female Vice President in the region and a sales manager in Japan.
Junko is working to prevent new victims of sex trafficking in Asia and to support women and children survivors of the trade.
2011 Advanced Leadership Research Fellow
Jim Champy is Chairman Emeritus of Dell Services Consulting, a position he assumed after heading Perot Systems. He is the author of numerous books, including the global best-seller Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution. Champy is a member of the MIT Corporation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Analog Devices, Inc.