Born in Bombay, India, Jacqueline Cambata grew up in five countries. Among the international traditions to which she was exposed, the visual storytelling of 16th century Indian Mughal art made a deep and lingering impression. She established Jacqueline Cambata Designs LLC to develop a line of porcelain tableware inspired by the sumptuous style of the Mughal Empire, which at its height stretched from Bangladesh to Kashmir.
In 2008, JACQUELINE CAMBATA DESIGNS launched two collections, Shangri-La and Elephant Shantih, manufactured in Limoges, France, where craftsmen have been making porcelain for kings and queens for centuries. Known for its translucent delicacy, Limoges porcelain epitomizes elegance at the table.
Having grown up in countries where many families lacked the basic necessities of life, Ms. Cambata passionately believes that business can help eliminate global poverty. Microfinance — small uncollateralized loans to village women — is a proven, low-cost way to raise the standard of living in poor regions of the world. A portion of profits from the sale of JACQUELINE CAMBATA DESIGNS porcelain therefore goes to microfinance and its quest for human dignity. Ms. Cambata's commitment to social responsibility includes serving on the boards of several international organizations and non-governmental organizations, in addition to supporting life-affirming causes. As a businesswoman, designer and citizen of the world, Ms. Cambata combines her interests to promote the interconnectedness of humanity.
Lyell Clarke is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Clarke (25 years)
As the third generation Clarke, Lyell's involvement with the Company started long before his official start date in the summer of 1984 as a seasonal employee. Lyell worked at Clarke on a seasonal basis through his high school and college years.
After graduating from Iowa State with his PhD in Entomology, Lyell went into sales as the Products and Equipment Control Consultant for Michigan and Wisconsin. He spent five years in this position before transitioning into Service Sales for Lake and McHenry Counties in Illinois. In 1996, after his father's health began to decline, Lyell was appointed as President of Clarke Mosquito Control.
Today, Lyell operates the business using four protocols adopted by other successful CEOs of major corporations. First, define your customers, second, assess what business you are in and what business you are not in, third, balance the yields of the day with the necessary investments of the future, and last, shape the values and the standards of the organization. This type of strategic thinking has resulted in Clarke's rapid growth from a single service center in Illinois in 1996, to the global products and service provider it is today.
The Company earned the 2006 Loyola Family Business of the Year award. To Lyell, the award recognized the accomplishments of his father, John Clarke, II and symbolized what is possible when you have a strong family unit and a solid extended family of employees.
In October 2008 Clarke held an All Employee meeting. This meeting signaled the beginning of significant change and set the direction for the next generation of Clarke.
Lyell and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 28 years and have four children, Katy, Johnny, Robert, and Joe. Lyell's hobbies include downhill skiing, upland bird hunting and visiting the family farm. Days at the farm include playing with their dogs, Labrador Retrievers - Tank, Wilson, and Sandy. The farm is 90 minutes away from Lyell's home in the suburbs of Chicago. The family practices conservation on the property and have spent countless hours restoring native prairie grasses and establishing wetlands.
A day at the farm is not complete without with one last stop to say goodnight to the "Grandpa Tree", a Bradford Pear the family planted at the entrance of the farm in memory of Lyell's father. After time spent at the farm, Lyell is refreshed and ready to cultivate the innovation, unity, community, and sustainability of the new Clarke.
David L. Cooperrider is the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Professor Cooperrider is past Chair of the National Academy of Management's OD Division and has lectured and taught at Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, Katholieke University in Belgium, MIT, University of Michigan, Cambridge and others. David is founder and Chair of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value. The center's core proposition is that sustainability is the business opportunity of the 21st century, indeed that every social and global issue of our day is an opportunity to ignite industry leading eco-innovation, social entrepreneurship, and new sources of value.
David has served as advisor to a wide variety of organizations including the Boeing Corporation, Fairmount Minerals, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, McKinsey, Parker, Sherwin Williams, Wal-Mart as well as American Red Cross, American Hospital Association, Cleveland Clinic, and World Vision. Most of the projects are inspired by the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) methodology for which Professor Cooperrider is best known. His founding theoretical work in this area is creating a positive revolution in the leadership of change; it is helping institutions all over the world discover the power of the strength-based approaches to multi-stakeholder innovation and sustainable design. Admiral Clark, the CNO of the Navy, for example brought AI into the Navy for a multiyear project on "Bold and Enlightened Naval Leadership." In June 2004 Cooperrider was asked by the United Nations to design and facilitate a historic, unprecedented Summit on global corporate citizenship, a meeting between Kofi Annan and 500 business leaders to "unite the strengths of markets with the authority of universal ideals to make globalization work for everyone." Cooperrider's work is especially unique because of its ability to enable positive change, innovation, and sustainable design in systems of large and complex scale. At the 2007 international conference on AI hundreds of organizations such as Hewlett-Packard, IDEO, Yahoo!, and US Cellular shared the breakthrough results they are experiencing as a result of becoming "strengths-based organizations".
David's often serves as meeting speaker and leader of large group, interactive conference events. His dynamic ideas on appreciative inquiry and sustainable design have been published in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization and Environment, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Management Inquiry, The OD Practitioner, and in research series such as Advances in Strategic Management. More popularly, Professor Cooperrider's work has been covered by The New York Times; Forbes; NPR; Science, Fast Company, Fortune, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Biz Ed and others. He has been recipient of Best Paper of the Year Awards at the Academy of Management and was named top researcher of the year 2005 at Case Western Reserve University. Among his highest honors, David was invited to design a series of dialogues among 25 of the world's top religious leaders, started by His Holiness the Dalai Lama who said, "If only the world's religious leaders could just know each other, the world will be a better place." Using AI, the group held meetings in Jerusalem and at the Carter Center with President Jimmy Carter. David was recognized in 2000 as among "the top ten visionaries" in the field by Training Magazine and in 2004 received ASTD's highest award for "distinguished contribution to the field" of organizational learning. David received the 2004 Porter Award for best writing from the OD Network, and was named this year's 2007 Faculty Pioneer for his impact in the field of sustainability by the Aspen Institute.
David has published 15 books and authored over 50 articles. Cooperrider's volumes include Handbook of Transformative Cooperation (with Sandy Piderit and Ron Fry) a series of books on Appreciative Inquiry; The Organization Dimensions of Global Change (with Jane Dutton); Organizational Courage and Executive Wisdom (with Suresh Srivastva). David is editor of the research series Advances in Appreciative Inquiry (with Michel Avital) published by Elsevier Science, which is currently going to press with its third volume. David's wife Nancy is an artist. His son Daniel is graduate student at University of Chicago studying the world's religions; Hannah is an art student at Miami University of Ohio and Matt is a biology and anthropology student at University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Key websites: http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/; http://weatherhead.case.edu/centers/fowler/projects/world-inquiry; David.Cooperrider@Case.Edu.
The Case Western Reserve University board of trustees appointed Charles D. Fowler to the board of trustees on October 20, 2007. Fowler is CEO of Chardon, Ohio-based Fairmount Minerals, Ltd.
A 1990 graduate of the Weatherhead School of Management's Executive Master of Business Administration degree program, Fowler became the university's 38th current trustee.
"We are delighted to bring another alum and an important visionary corporate leader to our board," said Case Western Reserve University board chair Frank Linsalata.
"Chuck is keenly aware of how higher education and the regional economy can be powerful partners in the global marketplace and the essential role that Case Western Reserve has and will continue to play in that future" said Barbara R. Snyder, president of Case Western Reserve.
A native of Danville, Illinois, Fowler has held leadership positions in the mineral production industry for four decades. He is past president of both Wedron Silica Company and Martin Marietta Corporation's Industrial Sand Division. He has served on the boards of the Alzheimer's Association, Bellflower Center and Geauga Park Foundation, and currently serves on the boards of the Geauga YMCA and the Das Deutsch Center.
Fowler joined Fairmount Minerals, Ltd. in 1986. The third-largest producer of industrial sand in the United States, Fairmount Minerals has won numerous regional and national awards for its environmentally friendly policies, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center 2006 Corporate Stewardship Award and the Ford Motor Co. 2005 World Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility.
In 2007, Fairmount Minerals, which has supported the Weatherhead School of Management for more than 20 years, endowed the Fairmount Minerals Chair in Social Entrepreneurship at the school. The inaugural appointment of the chair was made to David Cooperrider, director of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit and a founding expert of Appreciative Inquiry.
Ron Fry is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University and Chairman of the Department of Organizational Behavior, consistently ranked one of the best in the world by the Financial Times. He has been honored with the University Award for Outstanding Teacher in the Professional Schools and the Weatherhead School's Lifetime Service Award. He received his MS and PhD from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after completing a BS in Engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Ron is widely published in the areas of Organizational Development, Appreciative Inquiry, Team Building, Change Management, Executive Development and the role and functioning of the CEO. He is a co-creator of the Appreciative Inquiry approach and Continues to both apply and study the applications of AI in the field. His most recent books are Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity (Taos Publishing), with Frank Barrett, and Appreciative Team Building with Diana Whitney, Jay Cherney and Amanda Trsten-Bloom (iUniverse). He also recently co-edited Appreciative Inquiry and Organizational Transformation: Reports from the field (Quorum) and the Handbook of Transformative Cooperation (Stanford University Press).
With Professor David Cooperrider, Ron is co-editor of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship the CASE and conducts the Weatherhead International Certificate Program in Appreciative Inquiry for the Betterment of Business and Society in Brazil, Belgium, India, Australia, Indonesia and the USA. He is Editor and Chief of the Fowler Center for sustainable Value's World Inquiry Project. He leads and studies large scale, multi-stakeholder change processes in a variety of systems including World Vision, ArcelorMittal, Roadway Express, Akzonobel, Sustainable Cleveland 2019, Belgian Learning Network for Talent Development, and the US Navy.
Michele Hunt, of DreamMakers, is internationally known for her work as a change catalyst and "thinking partner" to leaders of organizations and communities on leadership development, organizational transformation, and organizational effectiveness. She works with leaders and their teams to help transform their organizations to higher levels of participation, teamwork and performance. Her work is rooted in the principles of shared vision, values, alignment and continuous learning.
Michele launched her firm in 1995. Her customers have included leadership teams of IBM, Motorola, Swiss Reinsurance Company, Popular, Inc. EVERTEC, Banco Popular of North America, Bright China Management Institute, Banco Do Brazil, BHP of Australia, The US Veterans Administration, Food and Drug Administration, National Park Service, The leadership team of the Chicago Public Schools, Junior Achievement of New York City, World Vision International, The Episcopal Divinity School at Harvard, and the Aruba Quality Foundation - Community Vision Project.
Michele is also a keynote speaker at conferences around the world for businesses, not for profit organizations and communities. Her presentations are founded on her belief that people have the capacity to create far better futures than we have dared to dream. She comes to these beliefs through her personal and professional experiences and through her research on others who have dreamed big and turned their dreams into reality. She published these stories in her book, DreamMakers: Putting Vision & Values to Work. Her public speaking topics include:
In 1992 Ms. Hunt served on President Bill Clinton's Transition Team. In 1993 she was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the Executive Director of the Federal Quality Institute. The institute's mission was to help seed the reinvention of government agencies as a part President Clintons initiative The National Performance Review: Creating a Government That Works Better and Cost Less, lead by Vice President Al Gore. She brought progressive thought leaders and organizations to work alongside the Cabinet Deputy Secretaries in a public-private partnership on this initiative including: Peter Drucker, John Gardner, Max De Pree, Frances Hesselbein, Peter Senge, GE, Ford, and Herman Miller.
Prior to this appointment, Michele spent 13 years with Herman Miller, Inc., a Fortune 500 global office furniture company. She served on the executive leadership team as Senior Vice President for People, reporting to Max De Pree, CEO and Chairman. In this capacity she led the company's organizational transformation. She was responsible for global Leadership Development, "Human Resources", Quality Management, Corporate Communications, and Change Management. The company's organizational transformation resulted in Herman Miller becoming: Fortune Magazine's Most Admired Company and America's Top 10 "Best Companies in America to Work For. The company also was recognized as the Best Company for Women, and The Best Company for Working Mothers. Herman Miller also received the prestigious Bertelsmann Award as The Best Managed Companies in the World, and numerous environmental awards. During her 13 years with the company, Michele also served as Director of Corporate Relations including: government, media, shareholder and community relations.
Michele began her career with the Michigan Department of Corrections as one of the first two female probation officers to supervise adult male felons on probation in Detroit, Michigan. She served as Executive Director of Michigan's only halfway House for female felons, and later became Michigan's first female Deputy Warden, leading programs for rehabilitation in a male prison.
Michele Is the author of DreamMakers: Putting Vision & Values To Work. She is also the conceptual director of the documentary DreamMakers, a film that features compelling stories of people who made their hopes and dreams come true, against tremendous obstacles. She also contributed chapters to The Fifth Discipline, By Peter Senge; Leading People, by Robert Rosen and The Diversity Action Book, by Janet Crenshaw Smith.
Michele is an adjunct professor in the Executive Education Program at Georgetown University.
She has served on the boards of directors of Hewitt Associates, ServiceMaster Company and the board of trustees of Union Institute and University. She currently serves on the boards of directors of the Center for Digital Inclusion and the Detroit Windsor Dance Academy.
She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in sociology from Eastern Michigan University and the University of Detroit, respectively.
Chris is managing partner and co-founder of Sustainable Value Partners. He provides advisory services to senior leaders in some of the world's largest companies to transform societal opportunities and risks into sources of competitive advantage. He is an Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, where he is the Faculty Research Director at the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value.
For nearly ten years, he was an executive at Lafarge, a world leader in building materials, holding positions as head of strategy, general manager of a manufacturing subsidiary, and vice president of business development. Prior to that he spent five years with Deloitte, where he consulted on strategy to global industry leaders.
Educated at Swarthmore College, Columbia University, and the University of Paris, Chris earned a Ph.D. in Economics and Management Science. He is the author of several books including The Sustainable Company: How to Create Lasting Value through Social and Environmental Performance, (2003/2005) Island Press; Sustainable Value: How Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good, (2008) Greenleaf Publishing and Stanford University Press; and Embedded Sustainability: the Next Big Competitive Advantage (2011) Greenleaf Publishing and Stanford University Press.
Jane Nelson is Director of Harvard Kennedy School's Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a senior associate of Cambridge University's Program for Sustainability Leadership. In 2009 she was one of the five track leaders for the Clinton Global Initiative, leading the track on Developing Human Capital. She was a Director at the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum for sixteen years, where she now serves as a senior advisor. In 2001, she worked with the UN Global Compact in the office of the UN Secretary-General preparing a report for the General Assembly on cooperation between the UN and the private sector. Prior to that Nelson worked for the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Africa, for FUNDES in Latin America and as a Vice President at Citibank working in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She has co-authored four books and over 60 publications on the role of business in society and five of the World Economic Forum's Global Corporate Citizenship reports. Nelson serves on the boards of the World Environment Center, FSG and the ImagineNations Group and on advisory councils for the Initiative for Global Development, UNDPs Growing Inclusive Markets initiative, IFCs Performance Standards Review, GE's Corporate Citizenship group, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, and Instituto Ethos in Brazil. She earned a BSc. degree from the University of Natal in South Africa and an MA from Oxford University, and is a former Rhodes Scholar and recipient of the Keystone Center's 2005 Leadership in Education Award.
Marcella Kanfer Rolnick is Vice Chair of GOJO Industries, market leader in professional skincare and inventor of PURELL Instant Hand Sanitizer. Marcella focuses on diversification of her family's enterprise through new ventures and strategic planning to meet the long-term vision. She champions the GOJO commitment to social, environmental and economic sustainability, a commitment that is driven by the GOJO purpose: saving lives and making life better through well-being solutions. Throughout her career, Marcella has performed numerous other roles within the company, including establishing the e-business practice and launching new markets. She also was a management consultant in New York City, vice president of business development for a multi-media nonprofit in Boston, and an associate at a boutique investment firm in San Francisco.
Marcella is passionate about facilitating organizational effectiveness and innovation, especially within the Jewish nonprofit community. She drove the reconstitution of the national Jewish social entrepreneurship fellowship program, Joshua Venture Group, and co-founded the Lippman Kanfer Institute for Innovation in Jewish Learning and Engagement at JESNA. She is President and Chair of the Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation, and is a director of American Jewish World Service, the Jewish Community Board of Akron and The Lippman School. She recently spearheaded a community-wide Appreciative Inquiry process called "Imagine Jewish Akron" to envision and plan for a positive future for the local Jewish community.
In 2008, Crain's Cleveland Business named Marcella one of "Forty under Forty" [who make a difference]; Cleveland Jewish News named her one of 20 "On the Rise" Cleveland area professionals; and she received the "Woman of the Year" Award for Innovation by the Women's History Project of the Akron Area. In 2006, Marcella was named by Jewish Women International as one of 10 "Women to Watch."
Marcella earned her MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and her BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University. Marcella currently resides in Akron with her husband and three young sons.
Dr. Roger B. Saillant, Executive Director, Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, Weatherhead School of Management. Dr. Saillant has over 35 years of experience in energy technologies, including fuel cells, which led to senior executive posts where he grew and ran allied businesses up to $5.5 billion in size.
He was named the first Executive Director of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value in November 2009.
Dr. Saillant served 30 years at the Ford Motor Company and Visteon Corporation, were he began as a research scientist working on one-dimensional conductivity and eventually fuels and lubricants. There he advanced to the following succession of posts: Vice President and General Manager of the Energy Transformation Division; Vice President and General Manager of the Plastics Division; and General Manufacturing Manager of the Electronics and Fuel Handling Division.
In these executive positions he was responsible for global profit and losses, acquisitions, and services and sales operations. The divisions ranged in size from $3.5 billion to $5.5 billion in sales and employed up to 12,000 people in 19 countries.
This was followed by seven years at Plug Power, a publicly traded fuel cell company, where he served as CEO. At Plug Power he led five rounds of fund-raising from public investors to raise more than $500 million in capital. He was responsible for three acquisitions and government grants of about $10 million annually. Dr. Saillant was recognized as a leader in fuel cells, being accorded the inaugural lifetime achievement award by the United States Fuel Cell Council for his work at the state, national, and global levels.
After Plug Power he was most recently an adjunct professor at Marlboro College where he taught climate change. Dr. Saillant obtained his AB degree from Bowdoin College, his PhD in chemistry from Indiana University, had post-doctoral experience at UCLA in organo-metallic chemistry, and received an honorary doctor of science degree from SUNY Cobleskill. He has co-authored or authored some 25 papers in refereed journals. He has recently co-authored an environmental thriller, Vapor Trails, which is based on the fictionalized activities of several oil company executives.
Peter Senge is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also Founding Chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants committed "to increase our capacity to collectively realize our highest aspirations and productively resolve our differences" through the mutual development of people and institutions. The Journal of Business Strategy named him a "Strategist of the Century," one of twenty-four men and women who have "had the greatest impact on the way we conduct business today" (September/October 1999). His special interest is on decentralizing the role of leadership in organizations so as to enhance the capacity of all people to work productively toward common goals. Senge's work places human values at the cornerstone of the workplace, proposing that vision, purpose, reflectiveness, and systems thinking are essential for organizations to realize their potentials.
Senge is the author of several books, including the widely acclaimed, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (1990). This book, which provides the knowledge for organizations to transform rigid hierarchies into more fluid and responsive systems, is widely credited with creating a revolution in the business world. Since its publication, more than a million copies have been sold, and in 1997, Harvard Business Review identified it as one of the seminal management books of the past 75 years. His most recent book, Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future (SoL 2004), co-authored with C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers, documents the authors' development of a new theory about change and learning. Their journey of discovery articulates a new way of seeing the world and of understanding our part in creating it—as it is and as it might be.
Senge has lectured extensively throughout the world, translating the abstract ideas of systems theory into tools to create economic and organizational change. He has worked with leaders in business, education, health care and government. He lives with his wife and children in eastern Massachusetts.
Nadya Zhexembayeva, Ph.D., is the Coca-Cola Chair of Sustainable Development at IEDC- Bled School of Management, Slovenia, where she teaches courses in leadership, organizational behavior, design thinking, and sustainability.
Currently, Nadya's research, teaching, and consulting centers around leadership, organizational design, change management, whole-system approaches to managing multi-stakeholder issues, and sustainability as business strategy. She authored a number of articles and book chapters, and serves as a regular columnist in business periodicals, such as GreenBiz.com. Nadya also belongs to the Positive Organizational Scholarship movement, most noticeably with her work on Appreciative Inquiry, a world-renown change management and strategic planning methodology that fosters multi-stakeholder strategy design.
In 2007, Dr. Zhexembayeva joined US-based Sustainable Value Partners, one of the oldest sustainability consultancies in the world. In 2008, Nadya was elected Vice-President of the United Nations Global Compact Slovenia, an association of businesses dedicated to sustainable value creation and corporate citizenship, where she consults companies in Central and Eastern Europe on a range of sustainability and stakeholder issues. She also serves as Vice-President of Challenge:Future, a global student think tank and innovation competition.
Under Nadya's leadership, in 2009 IEDC-Bled School of Management was named as one of the 100 Top Business Schools in the World, according to the world renown Aspen Institute's ranking of how well schools are preparing their students for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business.
Nadya earned her Doctorate Degree in Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, USA, where she also served as an Associate Director at the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, now Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, until 2008. She received Bachelor of Arts in Management and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hartwick College, USA. She started her career in the insurance industry, and then led Association of Young Leaders in Kazakhstan.
Nadya's most recent book is Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage, co-authored with Chris Laszlo and to be published by Standford University Press and Greenleaf Publishing.