The AIM2Flourish Story Stewards are a passionate, committed group of people globally who are helping to raise awareness about Business as an Agent of World Benefit. They provide an essential review of all stories before publication, to ensure that the stories meet AIM2Flourish’s publishing criteria. We are so grateful for this volunteer community, who among them include a former member of The New York Times Editorial Board, Emmy-winning journalists, a First Amendment attorney, business executives, and a 21-year senior producer for the PBS News Hour.
AIM2Flourish Story Stewards volunteer 1-2 hours a week to review stories online. To learn more or to join the Story Stewards team, please contact Megan Buchter at Megan@AIM2Flourish.com.
Ellen is a senior human resources consultant with 30 years of experience in HR strategy, talent management, executive communications, and business analytics. She received her MS in Positive Organization Development and Change from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, where she first became intrigued by AIM2Flourish.
Maura is a journalist and editor with 33 years of experience working for four newspapers, including the editorial page of The New York Times.
Beau Daane, MA, MBA, is the Director of Sustainable Development at Fairmount Santrol. He graduated cum laude from Duke University in 2002 with a dual degree in French and International Relations. In 2004, Daane earned his master's in history from Cleveland State, and then became a Coro Fellow at the Cleveland Foundation. Daane was the Director of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University from 2011 to 2013. Daane completed his MBA at Weatherhead in 2012 and his certification in Appreciative Inquiry in 2013. A graduate of University School, Daane enjoys gardening, CrossFit, mentoring students, is active in his church where he serves on the Vestry board, and served for ten years on the Western Reserve Land Conservancy board.
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. George is an AIM2Flourish Professor Ambassador who supports our Spanish-speaking professors globally and professors in Mexico, translates Professor Resources, and also runs our monthly Professor Workshop calls.
Andrea is an award-winning video producer/writer and former on-air reporter with more than 25 years’ experience in broadcasting. She also creates projects for non-profits and has worked as a media coach and consultant. Andrea's work has aired nationally on ABC News 20/20 and World News Tonight, in addition to PBS, NBC, CBS, CNBC, OWN, and Investigation Discovery.
Kathleen graduated from Weatherhead School of Management with a Masters in Organization Development and Analysis. She learned Appreciative Inquiry directly from Dr. David Cooperrider while working in Engineering at General Motors. In her new business she continues to focus on growth and thriving for both the individual and the organization. She’s integrated eastern and western approaches to personal and organizational growth and development.
Katherine Gullett is Senior Director for the Fowler Center. In this role, she supports the Fowler Center staff, faculty, advisory board and student researchers. She joined the Fowler Center in 2014 and has been a part of the CWRU community since 2009. A born and raised Clevelander, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and French at Baldwin-Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University) and an MBA with a concentration in sustainability from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Stephanie Hagen is an MBA candidate at Weatherhead with an interest in problem-solving on a global scale. She has a BA in International Relations and a minor in Spanish from Wheaton College. During an internship with the U.S. Department of State in Skopje, Macedonia, she worked with the Embassy's Political Office to explore the promise and limits of government solutions. She followed this interest to Washington, D.C., where she spent 3 years as a technical editor for a government contractor.
Andrew Himes has been a business leader, social justice activist, writer, editor, filmmaker, and Internet pioneer. He was founding editor of Apple technology journal MacTech, founding editor of the Microsoft Developer Network, and led the first web team at Microsoft. He produced the documentary "Voices in Wartime," authored "The Sword of the Lord" (a history of the connection between fundamentalism and trauma), and was founding director of Charter for Compassion International. He has been coordinator of the Business Alliance for the Future, and is now working on a book to tell the story of compassion as the essential structural principle for sustainable global economy.
Pernille Hippe Brun
Pernille Hippe Brun is a Danish business consultant and entrepreneur, working with organizational and leadership development. Pernille has a passion for new ways of leading and organizing through Strengths Based Leadership and Mindfulness. She is the author of three books on these subjects. Her latest book, Strengths Based Leadership Handbook, is co-authored with Professor David Cooperrider from the Weatherhead School of Management.
Michael J.R. Hoffman
Michael is a full professor of Taxation in the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University. He has included sustainability considerations in his personal life for several years. He feels that with the existential challenges faced by society, "expanding awareness of sustainability concepts is no longer just an intellectual exercise." He hopes that participating in AIM2Flourish will help bring attention to positive and inspirational contributions to sustainability being undertaken by business worldwide.
Chris Jankus is a Human Resource Consultant with Paychex, Inc. since 1990. She is also adjunct faculty at Cleveland State University teaching human resource courses in CSU's Professional Development Center. Chris holds an M.S. in Positive Organization Development & Change from Case Western Reserve University as well as various professional certifications. Check out her LinkedIn profile.
After studying journalism and art at the University of Oregon, Laura served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a remote mountain village in the beautiful Kingdom of Lesotho, Africa teaching health and English. After returning to the US in 2014 and before starting business school, she worked in media and communications in New York City and Minneapolis, planning press conferences and penning op-eds for science, health and education clients. She currently attends the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Katelyn is passionate about storytelling as a medium to engage people on complex issues. She is personally interested in the intersection of water, energy and urban systems. She currently lives and travels often from her home in San Francisco.
Karen is a full professor of Accounting at Nova Southeastern University. She serves as the H. Wayne Huizenga College's UN PRME contact and faculty advisor to the "Green Sharks—Students for Sustainability" organization there. Karen has developed and taught our Special Topics—Sustainability Accounting course, and is a Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Level 2 candidate for the FSA credential.
Olumuyiwa (Muyiwa) Oni is an MBA candidate at Weatherhead with interests in Sustainability, Design & Innovation, and Positive Organization Development. Originally from Greenbelt, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC, Muyiwa earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and afterwards worked in research & design first at MIT's CSAIL and later with multi-national bio-instrumentation companies.
Kevin Payne is an MBA candidate at Weatherhead. A proud Cleveland native, Kevin received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining Weatherhead, Kevin designed energy efficient lighting at General Electric, including work on the first generation of Energy Star LED light bulbs. While at GE, Kevin experienced how innovative design can drastically reduce global energy consumption. Assignments in China and Canada strengthened his appreciation for cultural diversity and highlighted the need for global collaboration to solve environmental and social challenges.
Patricia has been a magazine writer and editor as well as an award winning consumer investigative television producer. She has also done documentary work, is involved in philanthropic giving circles and does pet therapy, visiting assisted living and Alzheimer units with Ozzy, her Shihpoo.
AIM2Flourish Global Academic Ambassador
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).
Alec Simon is an MBA candidate at Weatherhead. Born and raised in Cleveland, Alec graduated from the Ohio State University with a BS in Business Administration with specializations in Logistics and Operations Management. Prior to coming to Weatherhead, he spent three years in Richmond, Virginia working as a business analyst for Capital One. Alec is passionate about the responsibility and capability of businesses to add value to society.
Peg Simpson worked 17 years for the Associated Press in Texas and Washington, D.C. covering economics and politics for the Hearst Newspapers. She served as Washington Bureau Chief for Ms. magazine and reported on Eastern Europe's transition from communism to a Democratic market economy, as a freelancer during the 1990s. She has taught at Indiana University, George Washington University, and at the American Studies Center at Warsaw University. She currently is a founding member and former president of the Dupont Circle Village—and secretary of the board of the national Village to Village Network board. In her spare time, Peg is a freelance writer.
Florence is a corporate and First Amendment lawyer.
Elizabeth Somsel 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.
Ashley Stanley is the Department Assistant for the Fowler Center. She is new to CWRU and is enjoying getting to know the community and University Circle. Ashley earned her undergraduate degree in Film at Vassar College. Prior to joining the Fowler Center she worked for the David C. Jansheski Trust in Avon Lake cataloguing the work of printmaker David Jansheski and organizing exhibitions. Before that, she lived and worked in Big Bend National Park, which is located in the beautiful and remote desert area of West Texas. While Ashley misses the warm winters of West Texas, she is very glad to be back in her birth state of Ohio and located within easy driving distance of her family. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys reading, traveling, and trying new restaurants.
Jim brings to AIM2Flourish a diverse and successful 40 year career in broadcast journalism and corporate communications. Following stints as a local news producer in Chicago and Washington DC, Jim spent 21 years as Senior Producer for Politics for the PBS NewsHour where he received honors and awards for his writing and producing. More recently, Jim served as Senior Director of Communications for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) developing corporate strategies and messaging.
Kit Turen believes in the power of stories to inspire and impact individuals, organizations, companies, communities, and government. Sharing stories has been an integral part of her life, be it as an Emmy Award winning journalist, workshop designer/facilitator, special event and program producer, performer of her original stories and a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant. As an AIM2Flourish Story Steward, she is delighted to support AIM2Flourish in recognizing and spreading the word about businesses and best businesses practices that are benefiting the world. Kit draws upon contemplative practices to help her keep a sense of balance while living in Washington, DC.
Argerie creates value with communities that are up to big things. Her work is to bring about flourishing enterprises through the connectedness of community members to each other, to each one's own life calling and to impossible-to-ignore shared visions. Argerie is the Fellow in Organization Development at GOJO and leads several OD communities of practice focusing on sustainability, innovation and organizational thriving.
Marina is a sustainability professional with over 12 years of experience in the field. Throughout her career, she has focused her efforts and developed a passion for engaging people at different levels and areas of organizations in meaningful conversations about their role in making their organizations more sustainable. Her aspiration is to help both organizations and individuals to develop the capabilities needed to actively contribute to more sustainable and resilient social/environmental systems, as a prerequisite for thriving and fulfilling their own goals. She was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina but has lived in Miami, FL since 2011.
AIM2Flourish Story Steward Alumni
Stephanie is an experienced, eagle-eyed editor, who understands and fosters the relationship between writer and editor. She can explain the different uses of hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes… although it's not a very popular topic of conversation at parties.
Rose is a writer, editor, calligrapher (RoseFolsom.com), collector of cool license plates and founder of VirtueConnection.com. She is also Executive Secretariat for the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Valerie strengthens democracy through journalism training, coaching, and executive consultation. Among her accomplishments, she is the founding director of the broadcast journalist program at The Poynter Institute.