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

Megan Buchter

Megan Buchter

Story Publication Coordinator

Megan (Schulstad) Buchter joined AIM2Flourish in October 2016 as the Story Publication Coordinator. In this role she supports all AIM2Flourish Professors and Story Stewards. Megan received her MBA in 2015 from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics with minors in Art History and French from Case Western Reserve University. While pursuing her MBA, Megan was one of the inaugural Fowler Fellows and had the privilege of supporting and attending the Third Global Forum and co-authoring the teaching case “Food Donation Connection: Profitably Scaling Food Waste Reduction” published by Ivey Publishing, Ivey Business School. Megan’s passion for sustainability and Business as an Agent of World Benefit began in undergrad while working on her thesis about microfinance institutions in Bangladesh and has evolved to include an interest in businesses supporting the well-being of everyone in their communities.

Megan lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband Jason, her step daughter Aven, her young daughter Kira and their dog Olaf. She loves yoga, being outside, taking her girls to the park, and spending as much time as possible at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.

Julie Engerran

Julie Engerran

Flourish Prizes Committee Chair

Julie has nearly 25 years of leadership experience in business, higher education and non-profit settings. She founded the corporate responsibility function at Deloitte and was at the front lines in helping initiatives like the United Nations Global Compact to advance from an idea to a movement and moving the dialogue on corporate citizenship from sideline seminars at the World Economic Forum to center stage at Davos. Julie was also part of a team working with David Cooperrider to develop the Appreciative Inquiry-based 2004 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit.

More recently, Julie has been consulting independently across sectors with a focus on the role of mindfulness, resilience, and purpose in personal and organizational transformation. She has a particular passion for the impact of management education on responsible business practice—which, naturally, led her to AIM2Flourish!

Julie holds a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas Christian University. She is a Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Social Change at Prescott College and serves on the boards of Teaching Matters and the Rye Nature Center.

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

Dr. Isabel Rimanoczy is the Convener of LEAP!, the United Nations Working Group on the Sustainability Mindset. She has made her life purpose to develop change accelerators and does this by writing, public speaking, corporate leader legacy retreats, workshops, and teaching. Author of over 140 articles, book chapters and paper, she recently published Stop Teaching: Principles and Practices for Responsible Management Education (Business Expert Press, 2016) . Other books include Big Bang Being: Developing the Sustainability Mindset (Greenleaf Publishing, 2013), Circles of Dialogue (2011) and Action Reflection Learning: Solving Real Business Problems by Connecting Learning with Earning (Davies-Black Publishing, 2008).

Isabel grew up in Argentina, where she earned her BA and MA in Psychology at the University of Buenos Aires, an MBA at the University of Palermo, and then her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the Founder and Director of MINERVAS, Women Changing the World, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that supports women making a difference. She lives in Florida, USA.

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