AIM2Flourish Team

AIM2Flourish Leadership

David L. Cooperrider, PhD

David L. Cooperrider, PhD

Fairmount Santrol - David L. Cooperrider Professor in Appreciative Inquiry
Professor of Organizational Behavior
Faculty Director, Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
Weatherhead School of Management
Roberta Baskin

Roberta Baskin

AIM2Flourish Executive Director
Weatherhead School of Management
Chris Laszlo, PhD

Chris Laszlo, PhD

Faculty Director for Research and Outreach, Fowler Center
Char and Chuck Fowler Professor of Business as an Agent of World Benefit
Weatherhead School of Management
Ronald E. Fry, PhD

Ronald E. Fry, PhD

Professor, Organizational Behavior
Weatherhead School of Management
Lindsey Godwin

Lindsey N. Godwin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Management, College of Business at Champlain College
Coordinator for the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry
Nadya Zhexembayeva

Nadya Zhexembayeva, PhD

Coca-Cola Chair of Sustainable Development at IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia

AIM2Flourish Core Team

Whitney Kear

Whitney Kear

Community Engagement

Whitney Kear supports Community Engagement for AIM2Flourish. With a focus on sharing a positive message to strengthen our roles as global citizens, she has worked as a producer and project coordinator specializing in project management, event production, and media management. Kear has served in the capacity of Event Producer and Project Coordinator for The Mingei Legacy Resource Foundation, Associate Producer for the documentary film, Guatemaya: The Unification of Wisdom, and Project Manager for the Panchem Lama Tashi Lhunpo Project created in response to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's request among numerous other dedications of her time. Her natural ability to connect with a diverse audience makes her an efficient liaison and inspiring ambassador.

Claire Sommer

Claire Sommer

Communications Director
Fellow, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Claire joined the AIM2Flourish team while attending the October 2014 Third Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit conference as a business reporter for Sustainable Brands. She founded her business writing consultancy Kayak Media in 1999 to help Fortune 500 companies tell their stories and in recent years focused on helping sustainable businesses grow. Claire attended David Cooperrider's Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry course in December 2014, is a Certified Rutgers Environmental Steward, a NOLs (National Outdoor Leadership School) alumna, and a fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She lives and four-season gardens in West Orange, NJ with her husband Geoff.

Elizabeth Somsel

Elizabeth Somsel, MBA (May 2017)

Fowler Center Fellow

Eliza is an MBA candidate at Weatherhead. She graduated from The College of Wooster with a BA in Communication Studies and minor in Environmental Studies. In Fall 2013, she studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark where she studied a European perspective of sustainable development, focusing on the roles of government, society, and business in shaping a sustainable future. She continued to explore the relationship between sustainability and business in her senior thesis. Eliza developed an experimental study examining consumer perceptions of environmental advertisements and differences in reactions towards various message strategies, specifically the "sins of greenwashing." The highlight of her summer internship experiences was working at Spectrum Health, a West Michigan based health system, where she researched and implemented sustainability initiatives, including a rehabilitation garden, a green cleaning guide and a hospital farm stand. In her spare time, Eliza enjoys acting, running and traveling.

Isabel Rimanoczy, EdD

Global Academic Ambassador
Convenor, LEAP sustainability network
Convenor, PRME Working Group for the Sustainability Mindset

Isabel Rimanoczy, EdD, has made it her life purpose to promote change accelerators. Aware of the complex challenges our planet (and us in it) are facing, she works alongside those who can make an impact on a greater scale. She developed the sustainability mindset, a concept she researched by studying business leaders who championed corporate initiatives with a positive impact on the environment and the community. She is the Coordinator of the UN PRME Working Group on Sustainability Mindset to bring together international business school professors promoting the sustainability mindset. She is the author of BIG BANG BEING: Developing the Sustainability Mindset, Stop Teaching: Principles and Practices for Responsible Management Education, and over 140 articles and book chapters.

She is a partner with LIM LLC and co-founder of the charitable organization Minervas: Women Changing the World. Isabel earned her doctorate at Columbia University, has her MBA from Universidad de Palermo, and a BA in Psychology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires.

AIM2Flourish Professor Ambassadors

Nurete Brenner

Nurete Brenner, PhD, MBA

AIM2Flourish Business for Peace Ambassador, United States

As an AIM2Flourish Business for Peace Ambassador, Nurete helps AIM2Flourish Professors guide their students to discover and write stories that help achieve UN Global Goal 16 for Peace and Justice.

Nurete Brenner has a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), an MBA, an MA in English Literature from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a BA in English and Middle East history from Bar Ilan University in Israel. Her research interests include inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogue, management education for Millennials and the intersection of business and peace.

Dr. Brenner has taught courses in Organizational Behavior, Leadership and International Business at CWRU and at the Herzliyya Interdisciplinary Center in Israel and has facilitated Arab-Jewish dialogue groups at the Center for Educational Technology in Tel Aviv. She currently heads up the new socially conscious MBA program at Ursuline College in Cleveland.

George Dionne

George Dionne

AIM2Flourish Professor Ambassador, Mexico

George is a professor at IESDE School of Management and was one of AIM2Flourish's Pioneer Professors. He was in attendance at the October 2014 Third Global Forum mini-design summit when AIM2Flourish came to life. George supports our Spanish-speaking professors globally and professors in Mexico, translates Professor Resources, and also runs our monthly Professor Workshop calls. He has a Master of Arts in Education from University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a BA from Maryknoll.

George grew up in grew up in Acton, MA and since 1970 has lived and worked in Puebla, Mexico. Once he discovered and began to use the Appreciative Inquiry approach, it became an integral part of his work as an organization development consultant. For George, AIM2Flourish is an opportunity to showcase businesses contributing to the challenges the world faces as expressed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Mary Grace Neville

Mary Grace Neville, PhD, MBA

AIM2Flourish Business for Peace Ambassador, Morocco

As an AIM2Flourish Business for Peace Ambassador, Mary Grace helps AIM2Flourish Professors guide their students to discover and write stories that help achieve UN Global Goal 16 for Peace and Justice. Mary Grace studies and teaches business behaviors and relationships that create world benefit. She explores business success as measured by the creation of well-being, environmental care, and organizations' long-term financial stability.

She holds a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, an MBA from Wharton School of Business and a BS degree from Northwestern University. After serving as a Fulbright Fellow at Ashesi University College in Ghana, Africa, Mary Grace's current faculty position is at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco.

Thought Leaders

Chuck Fowler

Chuck Fowler

Chairman, Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees

We are grateful for Chuck Fowler's generous support.

Harry Halloran

Harry Halloran

Halloran Philanthropies

We are grateful for the generous support of Halloran Philanthropies.

Jacqui Cambata

Jacqui Cambata

Advisory Board Member, Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
Jonas Haertle

Jonas Haertle

Head, PRME Secretariat
United Nations Global Compact