Patrick Doherty is the founding co-director of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University. Previously he was at the New America Foundation, where he teamed up with retired Marine Col. Mark "Puck" Mykleby to launch the Grand Strategy Project. Doherty is the author of "A New U.S. Grand Strategy," a white paper briefed to the White House and the Pentagon that outlines a plan to ensure American prosperity and security by leading the global transition to sustainability. In support of that goal, Doherty is co-authoring a book on the strategy to be published by Palgrave-Macmillan in early 2016. He has been quoted or published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN.com, and ForeignPolicy.com. He has appeared on CNN, ABC, BBC, NPR, Bloomberg, and the Nightly Business Report, among others. Previously, Doherty was director of communications at the Center for National Policy and a senior editor at TomPaine.com. Before returning to Washington, he spent 12 years in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and the Caucuses working at the intersection of conflict and development.
Mark Mykleby is the founding co-director of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University. Mykleby was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1987. He was designated a naval aviator in April 1990 and as a qualified F/A-18 pilot in December 1990. From January 1991 to May 2006, he served in five fleet fighter squadrons, executing numerous land-based and ship-borne deployments to the European, Pacific and Southwest Asian theaters in support of Operations Provide Promise, Deny Flight, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. In June 2007, Mykleby was assigned to the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) where he developed strategy for Special Operations Forces. From July 2009 until April 2011, he served as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In that capacity, he co-authored with Navy Captain Wayne Porter “A National Strategic Narrative,” a concept and vision for a 21st century grand strategy for the nation. Mykleby retired from the Marine Corps in July 2011. From July 2011 until September 2014, he served as a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, working alongside Patrick Doherty to develop the framework for a new U.S. grand strategy.
David is the Fairmount Santrol | David L. Cooperrider Professor of Appreciative Inquiry at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University where he is faculty director of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. David is best known for his pioneering theory on Appreciative Inquiry and has served as advisor to senior executives in business and societal leadership roles, including projects with five Presidents such as William Jefferson Clinton, and Nobel Laureates such a His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan and President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica. David has published over 20 books and authored over 50 articles and served as editor of both the Journal of Corporate Citizenship with Ron Fry and the current research series for Advances for Appreciative Inquiry, with Michel Avital. In 2010 David was awarded the Peter F. Drucker Distinguished Fellow by the Drucker School of Management—a designation recognizing his contribution to management thought. His books include Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change (with Diana Whitney); The Organization Dimensions of Global Change (with Jane Dutton); Organizational Courage and Executive Wisdom (with Suresh Srivastva) and the 4-volume research series Advances in Appreciative Inquiry. David has served as an advisor to leaders at companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Apple, National Grid, Wal-Mart, Verizon, the United Nations and the US Navy. For more information, visit www.DavidCooperrider.com or email David.Cooperrider@case.edu.
For more than 25 years, Joel Makower has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. As a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur on corporate sustainability practices, he has helped a wide range of companies align environmental goals with business strategy. Joel is chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, Inc., creator of GreenBiz.com research and events on sustainable business and clean technology. He hosts GreenBiz.com’s annual GreenBiz Forums as well as the VERGE conferences produced around the world by his company, and is author of the annual “State of Green Business” report.
A former nationally syndicated columnist, Joel is author of more than a dozen books, including Strategies for the Green Economy (2008), and a forthcoming book from Macmillan on a grand strategy for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a strategic national imperative, written with SIL co-directors Doherty and Mykleby. The Associated Press has called Joel "The guru of green business practices." In 2012, he was awarded the Hutchens Medal by the American Society for Quality, which cited “his ability to tell compelling stories that both inform and inspire business leaders toward profitable action.” In 2014 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Institute of Sustainability Professionals.
Joel regularly keynotes corporate events, business associations, and regional business and economic development events, and is frequently quoted in major news media, including Fortune, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Time, and public radio’s “Marketplace.” Makower advises several green business and cleantech startups and sits on the board of the nonprofits Climate Counts and United Roots.
Jib Ellison is the founder and CEO of Blu Skye and is a senior advisor to the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University. Ellison founded Blu Skye in 2003 around the idea that the greatest untapped source of competitive business advantage in the 21st century would be found through the deep adoption of sustainability principles into core business strategy. Blu Skye specializes in complex, multi-stakeholder action projects which has included the creation of sustainability functions for Fortune 50 companies, corporate/NGO collaborations, supply chain reengineering and whole industry actions to become sustainable.
Today he leads a small team of strategy consultants who work with Fortune 500 companies to transform markets—and to create new ones. His clients include sector leaders in the retail, technology, agribusiness, CPG, energy, oil and gas, hospitality and waste industries.
Ellison’s work was featured in the book, Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Walmart’s Green Revolution. He serves on the Advisory Board of Conservacion Patagonica, a Chilean NGO working to establish a network of national parks in Patagonia, and the Corporate Eco Forum, an invitation-only membership organization for corporate leaders. Prior to his work in consulting, Ellison founded Project RAFT (Russians and Americans For Teamwork) that organized citizen exchange programs between the US and Soviet Union. A class V river runner, Ellison has organized and run first descents expeditions on 4 continents.
Michael Kleeman is a strategist whose particular skill is in large scale systems thinking often including the bridging of technology and business related issues and assisting firms in radical transformation. For over 30 years he has been involved in the communications, clean-tech and sustainability fields in engineering, planning, management and advisory roles as well as being a teacher and researcher. He has also worked with a number of start-up firms and been an executive manager in both consulting and industry. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of California. While his primary industry focus has been in communications and computing he has also worked on energy and sustainability issues, and served as an advisor to the Natural Capital Project on Ecosystem Services at Stanford University and on the US Board of the International Business Leaders Forum. Formerly a Vice President at The Boston Consulting Group, Director at Arthur D. Little, and founding executive at Sprint, Mr. Kleeman has been involved with numerous firms in North America, Europe and Africa as advisor and executive. Most recently he co-founded of FibreCo, a nationwide carrier in South Africa and serves on the Board of Directors of SEACOM, whose subsidiary, Pamoja, is developing a Pan-African Cloud service. He was also the founding CTO of Global Telesystems Group and headed strategy for WilTel. As a volunteer he serves as the National Chair in the office of the President/Humanitarian Services for the American Red Cross and on the Board of the Marine Mammal Center in the San Francisco area. He also serves on the Boards of the Institute for the Future (IFTF) and SEACOM, and is advising the South African Government on their 2020 policy.
Rick Miller is a senior advisor to the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University. Miller is also a senior business executive with over 30 years of experience including President and CEO roles in Fortune 10, Fortune 30, nonprofit, and startup companies including AT&T, Opus 360, and Lucent Technologies, where he was recruited to turnaround poor performance. In each case, his team tripled growth rates, establishing his reputation as a go-to Chief. For the past 7 years as CEO at BEING CHIEF LLC, Miller has been in demand as a confidential advisor to Chiefs in many industries focusing on sustainable growth. Miller is extensively connected within the global business and leadership communities and is also in demand as a speaker. His unconventional approach to business has been highlighted in Harvard Business Review, Selling Power, USA Today, Small Business Opportunities, Thomson Reuters, Yahoo, and MSN Business. Miller’s next book, titled “Be Chief—It’s A Choice, Not A Title,” is due in 2016. Miller has earned a BS degree from Bentley University and a MBA from Columbia University. For more information, visit http://beingchief.com/rick-miller/.
Lawrence Wilkerson is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. His last positions in government were chief of staff to Colin Powell at the U.S. Department of State (2002-2005) and Associate Director and member of that department’s Policy Planning staff under Ambassador Richard Haass (2001-2002). Wilkerson served 31 years in the Army as both enlisted man and officer from 1966 to 1997. His final assignments were as Special Assistant to then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell (1989-1993) and, later, as Deputy Director and Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College (1993-1997). For more information, visit https://www.wm.edu/as/government/faculty/directory/wilkerson_l.php.
Director of Advancement and Partnerships
Nicole Brownell is the Director of Advancement and Partnerships for the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University. Nicole was a key leader of the development team responsible for raising $125 million to complete a successful $350 million capital campaign at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Prior to that, she worked for 14 years as an Economic Development Specialist for the State of Illinois at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. She worked with key business leaders, elected officials and Federal, state and local entities to help retain and expand companies, in conjunction with attraction efforts, to promote economic competitiveness throughout Illinois. During her time with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, she helped spearhead a brownfield redevelopment initiative and also worked in the Recycling Market Development Division to assist companies who used recycled content in their manufacturing process. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and studied Italian language and literature in Rome, Italy through Loyola University of Chicago.
Economic Strategy Task Force Project Manager
Molly McGuigan brings more than 15 years of experience in designing and facilitating organization development with corporations, small businesses, non-profits, and school districts. Molly has extensive experience designing and facilitating multi-stakeholder system design summits using a process called Appreciative Inquiry. She has collaborated on client projects for years with the pioneers of this approach, including Dr. David Cooperrider. Together they have partnered on client engagements with organizations such as, Clarke, Sherwin-Williams, Fairmount Minerals, Alcoa, AkzoNobel, Agnovos, Roadway Express, and Scottish Enterprise. Molly is a published author on Appreciative Inquiry including a chapter in Dr. Cooperrider’s 2014 edition of Advances in Appreciative Inquiry. In addition to her work with Appreciative Inquiry, Molly’s work encompasses consulting and facilitation in strategic planning, collaborative innovation, strategic visioning, and team development. She also serves as an Executive Coach with a focus on helping leaders champion and sustain organizational change. Molly holds a MBA from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and an undergraduate degree in English from John Carroll University.
Morgan is a PhD Student of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, studying sustainability and residential social inclusion. Before joining the Strategic Innovation Lab team, Morgan worked as a research associate for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition and as a contributing writer for Seedstock, a sustainable agriculture news source. Morgan received a BS in Business Management with concentrations in Marketing and Sustainability from Case Western Reserve University.
Dylan is an MBA student at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, focusing on strategy and sustainability. He is excited about the opportunities that the business community has to shape a new sustainable world. Before joining the Strategic Innovation Lab team Dylan spent time at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and volunteering on organic farms across southeast Asia. Dylan received a bachelor’s of science in biology from Denison University and has a master’s in Environment and Sustainability from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. There he used a scenario planning process to help Yukon Territory wildlife managers develop goals for managing wildlife during rapid social and ecological change.