Eric Gural, Chairman
Executive Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank
Eric Gural is the Executive Managing Director of Newmark Knight Frank—the fifth largest real estate company in the world. He joined Newmark in 1991, first working in commercial real estate, and today supervises the leasing and management of approximately 8 million square feet of property. Mr. Gural is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association.
Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, News Corp
Ruth Altchek is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at News Corp. She was formerly Editorial Director of Wall Street Journal Weekend, Senior Editor at Martha Stewart Living, and Editorial Projects Director at Domino Magazine. Ms. Altchek holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.
SVP, Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property, Thomson Reuters
Carolyn Blankenship is SVP, Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property for Thomson Reuters. She joined Reuters in 2001 and before that held a variety of IP-related positions as both in-house and outside counsel, including stints at Skadden, Arps and Priceline.com. Ms. Blankenship leads the Global Corporate Legal IP Practice Group for Thomson Reuters, creating an IP practice that allows Thomson Reuters to leverage the innovations created throughout the company. She also created and oversees the company’s open source software policy. In addition, Ms. Blankenship oversees all patent litigation, trademark and domain names efforts and supports the IP aspects of the company’s M&A activity. She is also a frequent lecturer at the Practicing Law Institute on various aspects of patent law and open source software and has written many articles on these subjects. As an undergraduate, Ms. Blankenship attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two years and went on to earn a B.A. in Biology from Harvard College. She has a J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law and clerked for the Hon. Noel Fidel of the Arizona State Court of Appeals
Firm Engagement Leader, Point 72 Asset Management
Mogolodi Bond is the Firm Engagement Leader at Point 72 Asset Management. He joined Point 72 Asset Management in 2014 and previously held strategic communications roles at SAC Capital, Burson-Marsteller, Silver Point Capital, and Credit Suisse. Mr. Bond earned a B.A. from Connecticut College and enjoys poetry, music, art, and soccer.
Michael J. Critelli
President and CEO, Dossia Service Corporation
Michael J. Critelli, who retired from Pitney Bowes, a global mailstream and e-commerce solutions provider in 2008, has been an industry leader in mailing industry reform and innovation in diversity and inclusion programs, leadership development, transportation and environmental sustainability strategies, education and literacy philanthropy, and workplace-driven health programs. He has been a feature film producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and investor in multiple high-tech businesses since his retirement.
Holly Delany Cole
Program Director, Flexible Leadership Awards Program (a project of the Tides Foundation)
Holly Delany Cole is Program Director of the Flexible Leadership Awards Program (a project of the Tides Foundation) which is an organizational and leadership development initiative located within the Haas Jr. Fund and serving its grantees. Throughout her career, Ms. Delany Cole has held a variety of positions in human service settings as a direct service provider, consultant, administrator, and foundation program officer. Until June 2014, she was co-director of Community Resource Exchange (CRE), having been part of CRE’s senior team for 18 years. During her time there, Ms. Delany Cole was a staff consultant, director of consulting and deputy director for programs. Immediately before CRE, she was a freelance consultant for human services and grant-making organizations in Chicago and NYC, and helped to formalize the National Funding Collaborative for Violence Prevention. Her work included program evaluation, program development, coalition-building and proposal writing. Ms. Delany Cole served as a program officer at the New York Community Trust from 1983 through 1989, managing grant programs in youth services, human justice, employment, and aging. She sits on the Board of PowerMyLearning and is a member of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, CA where she now resides. Ms. Delany Cole has a bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University and a master’s degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She is the co-author of Working with Teen Parents – a Survey of Promising Approaches with Phyllis Smith Nickel (1985).
Dan Dolgin, Co-Founder & Former Board Chairman of PowerMyLearning
Private Investor, Formerly head of McDermott, Will & Emery’s New York office
Formerly head of the New York office of the law firm McDermott, Will & Emery, Dan Dolgin is now engaged in private investing activity, primarily with development-stage businesses, as an outside general counsel and financial advisor. Mr. Dolgin graduated from Columbia College and Columbia Law School.
Vice President, Programs, The Surdna Foundation
Advisor for Strategy and the Director of the Program on Biomedical Research Infrastructure, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
Betsy Fader is the Vice President of Programs at The Surdna Foundation. Ms. Fader is also the Advisor for Strategy and the Director of the Program on Biomedical Research Infrastructure at The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Prior to these roles, she was the Chief Program Officer at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. At DDCF, Ms. Fader oversaw strategic planning, communications, and directed grants programs focused on the prevention of child abuse and US-Islamic understanding. Previously, Ms. Fader worked for six years as the Executive Director of Student Pugwash, the junior arm of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, with a master’s degree in Education and Social Policy from Harvard, she served for several years as a Trustee of Vanderbilt and as a Board member of Echoing Green, the Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science, and numerous other nonprofit organizations.
Managing Director, Global Investment Research Department (retired), Goldman Sachs
Gregory Gould was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs Group in the Global Investment Research Department before retiring in 2006. As the senior technology analyst covering the IT Services industry, companies under his coverage included Accenture, Automatic Data Processing, Electronic Data Systems, First Data Corp., and Paychex, among others. Mr. Gould is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Entrepreneur in Residence, City Light Capital
Greg Gunn is an Entrepreneur in Residence at City Light Capital where he focuses on early stage investments in educational software and services companies. He serves as an Expert-In-Residence at Harvard University’s Innovation Lab and coaches entrepreneurial students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Mr. Gunn co-founded Wireless Generation, Inc. in 2000 and served as its President and Chief Scientist. During college, Mr. Gunn taught for four summers in the University of Chicago’s Summer Math Program, where he helped develop innovative math experiences for grades 7-12. He currently is a Trustee of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and of the Center for Excellence in Education. He was named one of Fast Company magazine’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” in 2012. Mr. Gunn has extensive experience teaching mathematics, physics and computer science to all ages from grades 4 through postgraduate. He received an M.B.A. and Master’s in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT. Mr. Gunn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Chicago. He also attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Chief Digital Officer, Weber Shandwick
Chris Perry is Chief Digital Officer for Weber Shandwick. In his role, Chris guides digital transformation of the firm worldwide as well as accountability for the firm’s digital service offerings, including Mediaco, Weber Shandwick’s global studios and content marketing unit. His experience includes communications change management, brand and account strategy, content marketing and social media programs for a host of clients, including GM, Verizon Wireless, HP, PepsiCo, Novartis, and Standup2Cancer. He is a contributor to major media outlets including Fortune and Forbes as well as events that include Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, SXSW, World 50 and Advertising Week.
Richard Plepler, (honorary)
Chief Executive Officer, HBO
Richard Plepler is Chief Executive Officer of HBO. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College, Mr. Plepler served as an aide to Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, founded and headed a communications consulting and production firm, RLP Inc., and produced several TV documentaries for Public Television. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Senior Vice President Business and Legal Affairs, Chief Legal Officer at Complex (dba Complex Media, Inc.)
Rhonda Powell is Senior Vice President Business and Legal Affairs, Chief Legal Officer at Complex (dba Complex Media, Inc.). Prior roles include Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Scripps Network Interactive and Senior Counsel at Reuters. Ms. Powell earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Harvard University and a J.D. from University of Michigan Law School.
Co-Founder, New York On Tech
Jessica Santana, a former PowerMyLearning alumna, is the Co-Founder of New York On Tech (NYOT), a nonprofit focused on preparing the next generation of technology thought leaders from NYC. Prior to NYOT, Ms. Santana worked as a technology consultant for global brands such as Accenture and Deloitte. She has been named a Pahara Institute Next-Gen Leader, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Entrepreneur in Residence at General Assembly, Camelback Ventures Social Innovation Fellow, Forbes 30 Under 30, among others. Ms. Santana is also one of the inaugural technology anchors on Univision. Ms. Santana earned an M.S., Information Management and Technology and B.S. in Accounting CPA from Syracuse University.
Managing Partner, New Profit Inc.
Shruti Sehra is a Managing Partner at New Profit, co-leading the Reimagine Learning Fund and Early Learning Fund – collaboratives of social entrepreneurs, funders, and other key thought leaders aligning actions to fundamentally reimagine the future of teaching and learning in America. She also sits on the boards of ANet and New Teacher Center. Prior to graduate school, Ms. Sehra managed a campaign for California State Assembly, worked to startup a nonprofit organization, and held a series of manufacturing quality management positions. Ms. Sehra holds an SB from MIT, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.
Elisabeth Stock, (non-voting member)
CEO and Co-Founder, PowerMyLearning
Elisabeth Stock’s biography is available to read here.
Carol Godfrey, Chair
VP Marketing & Product Development, Southwire
Vice President of Information Systems, Merchandise Supply Chain, and Procurement/Energy Management, RaceTrac
Executive Vice President Of Operations, DoubleNet Pay
Business Development Manager, Kroll Ontrack
CIO, Rollins, Inc.
Software Digital Sales Executive, IBM
Co-founder and CEO, Cumberland Group
ATP Board Member
Director of IT & PMO, Gas South
Vice President – Enterprise, FullStory
Chief Digital Officer & Senior Vice President – Analytics & Technology, AMB Sports & Entertainment
VP, Turner Broadcasting
Business Analyst, Cisco Systems, Inc.
VP of IT, UniPro Foodservice
CIO, Yancey Bros. Co.
Fabiola Charles Stokes
Community Impact Manager, Google Fiber
CIO, Aaron’s Inc.
Co-Founder & CMO, Terminus
VP of Infrastructure & Operations, American Cancer Society, Inc.
Chief Information Officer at Fulton County Government
Educational Technology Consultant
Quantitative Analyst, Capital Group Companies
Chief Operating Officer, InviteManager
Product Designer, Pivotal Labs
Associate, Greenberg Gross LLP
Wendy La Duke
Founder, Tahoe Strategies
Monica Verma, Chair
Executive Vice President, PIMCO
Michelle R. Ferguson
Former Senior Vice President, Global Workplace Strategies and Services, McGraw Hill Financial
Senior Associate, The Carlyle Group
T. Annie Knickman
Harvard Doctor of Education Leadership Fellow and Director of Advisory Services, Social Finance
Partner, Goldman Sachs
CIO of Enterprise Infrastructure, Morgan Stanley
Chief Operating Officer, Capalino+Company