Dr. Bhattacharya received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in 1984. Before joining Boston University, he was on the faculty at the Goizueta Business School, Emory University. Prior to his Ph.D., he worked for three years as a Product Manager in Reckitt Benkiser plc.
His expertise is in the area of marketing strategy innovation aimed at increasing customer retention. He believes that in today’s environment, companies need to go “beyond the 4P’s” and use “intangible assets” such as corporate and brand identity, membership and brand communities, and corporate social responsibility to strengthen customer relationships. He has served on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Marketing and Corporate Reputation Review and has also served as Editor of special issues of California Management Review, Journal of Business Research and Journal of Public Policy and Marketing He has published several articles in journals such as the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, and many other journals. C.B won the William Novelli best paper award at the Social Marketing Conference in 1997 and the 2001 Broderick Prize for Research Excellence at Boston University. He was a finalist for the 2007 Faculty Pioneer Awards given by the Aspen Institute.
On the teaching front, C.B. received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995, the highest teaching award at Emory University. He is also part of the select group of faculty that has made it twice on Business Week's Outstanding Faculty list. He has secured in excess of $500,000 in competitive research grants and conducted research for many organizations such as AT&T, Eli Lilly, General Mills, Green Mountain Coffee, High Museum of Art, Hitachi Corporation, Procter & Gamble Company, Prudential Bank and Timberland. C.B. is often interviewed and quoted in publications such as Business Week, Newsweek, The New York Times and The Economist and on TV stations such as CBS, FOX and PBS. He also frequently delivers keynote talks at company and industry conventions.
John Becker-Blease is an assistant professor of finance who studies gender equality in business. His research examines women’s experience at both large public firms and small private entrepreneurial ventures. In particular, Becker-Blease examines the extent to which successful businesswomen face discrimination.
One line of his research examines turnover among women executives at 1,500 major U.S. firms. Although there are many similarities between successful men and women executives, he finds that women executives are more likely to leave their positions both voluntarily and involuntarily compared to men. This pattern is more pronounced the higher is the proportion of male directors at the firm.
Becker-Blease is also interested in women’s access to early-stage funding for entrepreneurial ventures through venture capital markets. He notes that although women entrepreneurs are currently launching businesses at a higher rate than are men, there are relatively few who start high-tech ventures. His research investigates whether the scarcity of women in this area is due to structural barriers or choice.
This research is not just of academic interest. There are important legal and public policy implications of inequitable treatment of women in business. Professor Becker-Blease’s research has garnered both local and national attention, appearing in U.S. News & World Report and BusinessWeek among other online and print publications.
The young vibrant Indian social activist who has been at the helm of Gap Inc.’s ‘Social Responsibility’ agenda for over a decade now is heading Gap Inc.’s team developing its Stakeholder Engagement Strategy. She is one of the oldest members of a 80+ member Social Responsibility team that has been instrumental in transforming Gap Inc.’s image from being the poster child of the Anti sweat shop movement to have been rated by as one of the leading Brand in Social Responsibility & Stakeholder engagement. Lakshmi’s efforts at a Global Level (with International NGO’s, Unions, ILO, World Bank-IFC etc.) has resulted in formulation of a number of highly successful partnerships including with the Global Union Federation for the Apparel Industry on Freedom of Association/ Collective Bargaining issues in the Gap Inc. Supply Chain.
She has been involved in a number of successful negotiations in Supplier factories for Gap Inc. as well as for other Brands as a Board member of the Ethical Trading Initiative in the UK. She has driven Brand Collaboration on common issues in the Supply chain resulting in the setting up of various Brands/ Retailers Working groups in a number of countries including India.
Serving on the Ethical Trading Initiative’s (UK) Board of Directors since 2004, she is one of Gap Inc.’s key representatives at various multi stakeholder groupings in Asia & Europe and chairs the Purchasing Practices Working Group at ETI which looks at the impact of Brands & Retailers own Sourcing practices and its impact on workers in the Supply Chain.
She is currently the point person in India for Gap Inc. to help develop a sustainable strategy in conjunction with other stakeholder groups including the Government, UN organizations, other Brands / Retailers , NGO’s & Trade unions to address the complex issue of ‘Child Labor’ and Human Trafficking in the Garment Supply Chain.
Her initiatives between 2003-2006 were recognized with her being elevated to the position of a Director, leading a global team. During 2000-2003 as the External Relations Officer (India), Lakshmi helped set up and monitored the India chapter of ‘The Global Alliance for Workers and Communities’ – a joint initiative between Gap Inc., Nike, IYF (International Youth Foundation based in Baltimore), the World Bank and some American Universities where Gap Inc. committed a funding of 5 million USD. Her job responsibilities included project planning, identifying local resources in India, interfacing with local NGO’s in the field of health, micro finance and life skills. She helped set up the initial Needs Assessment study and worked with local groups on the research design, design of research instruments, content analysis, report writing, strategy formulation etc.
Lakshmi was hired as one of the first Vendor Compliance Officers for Gap Inc. globally in 1997 and prior to that she spent over 7 years with several NGOs and social welfare organizations in India working on issues of migrant workers, slum dwellers and street children.
Lakshmi has addressed various internationals fora worldwide as Gap Inc.’s spokesperson and is widely quoted in leading international media.
Dan Bross, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, has over twenty-five years of experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. With a background in public policy, government and public affairs and corporate reputation management, Dan has led government affairs and policy teams at both the federal and state levels for two Fortune 100 companies. His corporate experience includes strategic planning; policy development and advocacy; grassroots program development and management; strategic relationship identification and engagement; and investor relations.
Since joining Microsoft in 1998, Dan has held positions of increasing responsibility and scope, including Director of State Government Affairs, Director of Business Affairs and Policy Communications, Director of Strategic Community Engagement, and Director of Corporate Citizenship. In 2003 he was appointed to the newly created position of Director of Corporate Citizenship and played a key role in managing a cross-company strategic planning process to develop Microsoft’s Corporate Citizenship Initiative. The initiative, one of the company’s key global business strategies, is designed to ensure that Microsoft provides products, advances policies and delivers programs that create opportunity, improve quality of life and contribute to sustainable economic and social development.
Today Dan and his team are responsible for citizenship strategic planning and program development; field readiness and training; marketing and communications; business integration; and stakeholder engagement. Closely related to his citizenship responsibilities, Dan also manages Microsoft’s strategic relationship with the World Economic Forum.
In addition to his corporate experience, Dan has significant management and program development experience in the nonprofit sector. During his tenure as Executive Director AIDS Council, the nation’s leading AIDS advocacy organization, he chaired a broad national coalition of health and human service organizations and non-governmental organizations and served as an advisor to President Clinton’s Domestic Policy Advisor on the structuring and staffing of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.
He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dan currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Catawba College; the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Global Corporate Citizenship Initiative; and the Board of Advisors of the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College.
Don is Executive Vice President of SustainCommWorld LLC, and Senior Research Fellow with nonprofit Institute for Sustainable Communication (ISC) where he is director of The Sustainable Advertising Partnership and other programs addressing marketing, advertising, corporate responsibility, sustainability, and enterprise communication. Don is also an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Program Affiliate Scholar and an adjunct professor of Advertising, Design and Graphic Arts at New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York, Sustainability Editor of Graphic Arts Monthly Magazine, and Consulting Editor of Aktuel Grafisk Information Magazine in Sweden.
Don is a sought after speaker at international business conferences and has presented lectures on sustainable communication at Georgia Tech, The City University of New York, Clemson University, California Polytechnic University, and MIT. He has also been extensively quoted on issues related to sustainability, advertising, media and green marketing in The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, AdAge Magazine and on NPR radio’s “Morning Edition.”
A graduate of St. Lawrence University, he is a member of the board of advisors of the AIGA Center for Sustainable Design, a member of the Institute for Supply Management and a 2007 recipient of the P3 Foundation “Luminaire Award” recognizing outstanding achievement and personal dedication by graphic communication industry innovators committed to educating themselves and others.
Bhaskar Chakravorti is a Partner of McKinsey & Company and is also on the faculty of the Harvard Business School, where he teaches and does research on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is a leader of McKinsey’s Innovation practice and has served on the Firm's Knowledge Services Committee. Bhaskar has helped senior management of the leading global companies in multiple industries (technology, health and consumer care and renewable energy) formulate and act on strategies for long-term impact in key areas: innovation, growth and new business-building.
Bhaskar’s book, “The Slow Pace of Fast Change: Bringing Innovations to Market in a Connected World", Harvard Business School Press; 2003 (selected as Best Business Book of the year by multiple publications and an Amazon.com best-seller on Innovation), has been influential in multiple client and policy recommendations. Bhaskar’s articles appear in the leading peer-reviewed academic journals (with over 25 scientific publications, e.g. Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Mathematical Economics, International Journal of Game Theory, Games & Economic Behavior, International Economic Review, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, among several others), multiple books, and widely-read publications, e.g. Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Wall Street Journal Europe, and Financial Times and two websites he has authored.
His ideas feature in interviews in multiple media, e.g. BusinessWeek, The Economist, Fortune, BBC, Fast Company, Economic Times, CBS MarketWatch, NECN-TV etc. as well as a documentary film on the spread of innovation through the open source movement. He has been invited as keynote speaker to audiences in business, academia, policy, multi-lateral bodies and futurist think-tanks, research, and the venture capital and investor community.
Examples of Bhaskar’s work with clients include:
• New business building and entrepreneurship: Launching and scaling up first successful software business within global hardware and high-tech leader; developing a major financial services company within global high-tech player; developing a portfolio of new ventures into adjacent services for leading telecom company; prioritizing and executing on growth into adjacencies through M&A for one of the world’s best known consumer brands; launching and sustaining multi-billion dollar blockbuster breakthrough new product franchises for a major pharmaceutical and a major medical devices company; helping build a first-for-the-industry innovative business for a major biotechnology player; building a platform for a breakthrough new technology for a high tech player’s entry into life sciences, etc.
• Developing innovation opportunities from mega-trends: Creating options for growth in emerging markets for a major biotechnology company; helping bring modern telecommunications to Africa; resolving critical gaps in the US public safety and Homeland security communications; exploring the future of network and quantum computing; developing strategies for establishing major businesses in renewable energies – e.g. biofuels, solar -- for high tech player; developing a solar strategy for a major chemicals and materials company, etc.
• Organizing key partnerships and business model innovations: Supporting a partnership strategy for a high tech player and media company; advising on strategic negotiations between high tech players involved in a key supplier-customer contract; evaluating an innovative consortium for a media company, etc.
Bhaskar’s appointments prior to McKinsey include: Partner and Thought Leader at another global strategy firm, Monitor Group; game theorist at Bellcore, the R&D labs for the Bell telephone companies; assistant professor of economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; officer of TAS, the executive cadre for the Tata Group, India’s pre-eminent conglomerate.
Bhaskar has a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from the University of Rochester, where he was a University Fellow, a Masters from the Delhi School of Economics, where he was awarded the Shri Ram Fellowship and earned a B.A. in economics with Honors from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University in India. He lives with his wife, Gita, two children, Tarit and Sahana, and two cats in Brookline, MA.
The Yale Center for Customer Insights is the premier academic research center for the study of marketplace innovations by forging alliances with major corporations for an multidisciplinary perspective. Ravi also has an affiliated appointment as Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Yale University. His research awards include the William F. O’Dell Award (presented to the best Journal of Marketing Research article that has made the most significant, long-term contribution to marketing theory, methodology, and/or practice) and the AMA Doctoral Dissertation Award (Honorable mention). His other research papers have also been a Finalist for the Paul Green Award, and Finalist for the O’Dell award. He has worked on sponsored research with Hewlett Packard, IBM, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, PepsiCo and other leading companies.
He has written more than 40 articles and serves on the editorial boards of leading marketing journals, such as Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research (Area Editor), and Marketing Science (Area Editor) and other journals. He has led marketing seminars for senior executives in Asia, Europe, North and South America.
Mike leads the company's overall Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, including providing strategic direction and reporting publicly on the company's social responsibility initiatives and programs; managing the company's allocation of 5% pre-tax earnings into socially responsible projects; and generating increased understanding of and recognition for the company's SR activities, both internally and externally.
Michael was a 2005 Fellow in the Sustainability Institute’s Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program and serves on the Steering Committee for the Society for Organizational Learning’s Sustainability Consortium.
Prior to joining Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Mike was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York, NY, making and managing opportunistic investments in distressed financial assets from 2000 to 2004.
Mike earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, and Master in Business Administration degrees at Georgetown University and his B.A. in history, magna cum laude from Boston College.
Mary C. Gentile, Ph.D., is an independent consultant based in Arlington, MA. Previously Gentile was a faculty member, researcher, and administrator at the Harvard Business School.
As an independent consultant (1995-present), Gentile works with corporate, non-profit and academic institutions on curriculum development, executive coaching, issue definition and strategy related to leadership development, social impact management, ethics, business education and diversity. Clients have included: Harvard Business School, Columbia University Business School, Pfizer Corporation, Dana Corporation, The United Nations Global Compact Learning Forum, University of Texas-Austin Business School, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, the Ford Foundation, the Aspen Institute, UCLA Anderson School of Business Executive Education, Duke University Fuqua School of Management, Notre Dame Business School, Washington State University Business School, International Women's Forum, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Bentley College School of Business, Graduate School of Management at Simmons College, Arthur Andersen, Harvard Divinity School, among others.
With The Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program (Aspen BSP), Gentile has been a key consultant from the organization’s inception, focusing on strategy and mission definition; research and networking; curriculum development; program design; writing of position papers and articles; and general executive coaching. The mission of this organization is to increase the supply of business leaders with the will and skill to manage complex issues at the intersection of business needs and wider societal concerns. Gentile’s experience, knowledge and network in graduate business schools have been key to her work with this Ford Foundation-funded institute. Some of the specific projects she has worked on include: Corporate Governance & Accountability; Teaching Innovation Project; Business Leaders Dialogue; Balanced Leadership Executive Education program; Caseplace.org; Shipley Business Leadership Case Competition; Beyond Grey Pinstripes, etc.
She is the Research Director of an innovative new curriculum, Giving Voice to Values, co-sponsored by Aspen BSP and Yale School of Management. This pioneering approach to values-driven leadership has been featured in the Financial Times and is being piloted in business schools around the world.
While at Harvard Business School (1985-95), Gentile developed the School's first and very highly rated course on managing diversity. She served as Vice Chair of the School's Diversity Task Force and was a member of the core design and planning committees for Harvard's MBA Leadership and Learning, a comprehensive review and revisioning of the MBA program. She offered numerous faculty development workshops and presentations to faculty assemblies on issues related to diversity, pedagogy, and business ethics. She ran the case development program, responsible of hiring, training, and managing a staff of 60 plus research associates.
Also while at Harvard Business School, Gentile was one of the principal architects of the innovative educational program, Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, which served to integrate Business Ethics into the Harvard graduate management curriculum. From the inception of this program, Gentile was centrally involved with its planning, faculty and curriculum development, research, teaching, and institutional development. The effort eventually produced a three week module required of over 900 incoming Harvard MBA students annually; a series of elective courses; an innovative program of faculty and curriculum development; and a series of extra-curricular offerings. Gentile coauthored a book detailing the history, philosophy and implementation of this ethics initiative, Can Ethics Be Taught? Perspectives, Challenges, and Approaches at Harvard Business School (co-authored with Thomas R. Piper and Sharon Parks, Harvard Business School Press, 1993, translated into Japanese and Hungarian).
Her other publications include Differences That Work: Organizational Excellence through Diversity (Harvard Business School Press, 1994; paper 1996; reissued by Waveland Press 2000); Managing Diversity: Making Differences Work (Harvard Business School Publishing, 1995); Managerial Excellence Through Diversity: Text and Cases (Richard D. Irwin, Inc., 1995; reissued by Waveland Press, 1998), as well as numerous articles, cases, and book reviews in publications such as Academy of Management Learning and Education, Harvard Business Review, Risk Management, CFO, The Journal of Human Values, New Academy Review, BizEd, Strategy&Business (forthcoming), etc.
Gentile also served as the Content Expert for the award-winning multi-media interactive CD-ROM, Managing Across Differences (Harvard Business School Publishing New Media Group, 1996). This corporate training tool has been adopted by numerous major corporations as a core component in their professional development initiatives.
Gentile holds a bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Gregory T. Gundlach is Coggin Distinguished Professor of Marketing in the Department of Marketing & Logistic Department at the University of North Florida and Senior Research Fellow at the American Antitrust Institute in Washington D.C. Before coming to the University of North Florida, Professor Gundlach was the John Berry, Sr. Professor of Business at the University of Notre Dame where he was a faculty member since 1987. Professor Gundlach's research interests focus on marketing and business relationships and practices with particular emphasis on how such associations are managed, their performance, and the nature of business and public policy implications that may result. He has coauthored two books on marketing’s interplay with society and his research has appeared in numerous academic publications in marketing and related fields of public policy.
Beth Ginsberg Holzman is Manager of CSR Strategy and Reporting at The Timberland Company. She is responsible for managing CSR strategy through internal and external stakeholder engagement, producing the company’s quarterly and bi-annual CSR reports, and integrating CSR throughout the business.
Prior to working at Timberland, Ms. Holzman was Manager of Corporate Accountability Programs at Ceres, where she helped shape companies’ sustainability strategies and convened various multi-stakeholder groups within that process. Ms. Holzman has primarily worked with companies in the apparel/ footwear and consumer products sectors including Dell, Nike, Gap, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Clif Bar (among others). She also managed the Facility Reporting Project, where she has advised facilities across the U.S. on reporting, community engagement, and materiality analysis.
Ms. Holzman previously worked for the Environmental Careers Organization and ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Tufts University.
Thomas A. Kochan is Co-Director of both the Institute for Work and Employment Research and the MIT Workplace Center. He has done research on a variety of topics related to industrial relations and human resource management in the public and private sector. His recent books include: Restoring the American Dream: A Working Families’ Agenda for America, September 2005 and Management: Inventing and Delivering It’s Future, 2003. His 1986 book The Transformation of American Industrial Relations received the annual award from the Academy of Management for the best scholarly book on management. Prof. Kochan is a Past President of the International Industrial Relations Association and The Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA). In 2001, he was listed in Who’s Who in America and in 2000 he was listed in Blackwell’s Dictionary of Management Scholars. He was named the Centennial Visiting Professor from The London School of Economics in 1995. From 1993 to 1995 he served as a member of the Clinton Administration's Commission on the Future of Worker/Management Relations.
Daniel Korschun's primary research interests are corporate social responsibility, corporate brand management, and stakeholder engagement. His research appears in the MIT-Sloan Management Review, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, and the Journal of Business Ethics (forthcoming).
Daniel’s managerial experience is in marketing strategy and market research, mainly with Sony Electronics and Hill, Holliday. He currently teaches Marketing Strategy and Business-to-Business Marketing.
He holds a D.B.A. from Boston University, an M.B.A. from SDA Bocconi, and a B.A. in psychology from Brandeis University.
Mike Lawrence, an Emmy-award winning journalist with more than a quarter-century of experience in print and broadcast news, serves as Cone's executive vice president for Corporate Responsibility and Crisis Prevention and Management.
Lawrence offers clients a wealth of experience in issues management, where the ultimate goal is to protect and enhance brand reputation among key stakeholders. Lawrence’s areas of experience include: food safety, product recalls, product contamination, unionization/strikes, staff cutbacks, employee HR risks, environmental issues, retail customer service issues, consumer/investigative media reports and more.
In the area of Corporate Responsibility, Lawrence leads a Cone practice that specializes in CR strategy, communications, reporting, and stakeholder engagement. Lawrence led the Cone team on a multi-year initiative for Starbucks to enhance and communicate the company’s commitment to sustainable coffee farming and its relationships with coffee farmers around the world. Other active CR clients include Nestle Waters North America and Timberland.
Lawrence has won five Emmy Awards, including two for overseas reporting. He has also received awards from the Associated Press, UPI, and the Radio-Television News Directors Association. He is past president and current board member of the New England local of the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA).
James Post has also served as faculty director of the Doctoral Program, director of the Public & Nonprofit Management Program, and chairman of the Management Policy department. He holds degrees in law (Juris Doctor) and management (M.B.A., Ph.D.) and teaches strategic management, government relations, and managing nonprofit organizations.
Professor Post has taught in executive education programs in the US and abroad. In 1994-95, he served as Research Director of Business and Society Studies at The Conference Board (New York) and was named a Senior Research Fellow at the Board, a professional research organization that is known for its studies of economic and management trends.
Dr. Post is the author of more than 100 publications on business, public policy issues, and public affairs management. He is author, co-author, or editor of 20 books, including Managing Environmental Issues: A Casebook (1992) with Rogene Buchholz and Alfred Marcus, and the classic Private Management and Public Policy (with Lee Preston). The Academy of Management commended the book for “its lasting contribution to the study of business and society.” Dr. Post is the editor of Research in Corporate Social Performance and Policy, an international research series published by Elsevier, and co-author of a leading text, Business & Society: Corporate Strategy, Public Policy, Ethics with Anne T. Lawrence and James Weber. The Chinese-language edition of Business and Society was recently published by McGraw-Hill.
Professor Post's recent work has focused on corporate governance and ethics. He has been a commentator on television (CNN, CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg) and is often quoted in print media, including the International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and many others. His research on how companies manage large networks of stakeholder relationships has been published by Stanford University Press: James E. Post, Lee E. Preston, and Sybille Sachs, Redefining the Corporation: Stakeholder Management and Organizational Wealth
Dr. Post has consulted with many public and nonprofit agencies, including the Rockefeller Foundation, World Health Organization, U.S. Agency for International Development, National Wildlife Federation, President’s Commission on Sustainable Development, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has also worked with companies in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific and spoken at numerous business conferences. In the United States, he has testified as an expert before committees of the United States Senate and House of Representatives and other regulatory and legislative bodies. Internationally, he has consulted with United Nations agencies on global business practices. From 1984-1991, he was a member of the Nestle Audit Commission, an independent body established to monitor that company’s compliance with the World Health Organization international code of conduct.
In recent years, Dr. Post has lectured at universities in Switzerland, Poland, Australia, and Japan on topics of business and public affairs. He is currently working with the Center for Corporate Citizenship, the Public Affairs Council (USA), and the Australasian Centre for Corporate Public Affairs to analyze best practices in global corporate citizenship.
Noel is the Principal of Simply Good Business which specializes in strategic advice to corporations, government and not-for-profit organizations on responding to the challenges and opportunities presented by the ever increasing sustainability issues confronting corporations and society more generally.
Noel’s professional career has spanned both the public and private sectors, having served at senior executive levels within the Federal Public Service (including Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, The Office of National Assessments, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics), prior to joining Westpac in 1986.
Until the end of 2007, Noel led Westpac’s corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives, resulting in Westpac being consistently recognized globally for its leadership in good governance and sustainable business practices.
Noel’s personal achievements were recognized when he was included in Ethical Corporations 2007 Best of the Best – the top 15 ethical leaders globally who have made the biggest difference. He was chosen to become an ambassador for Al Gore’s Climate Project global initiative in 2006.
Noel gained his Ph.D. and MSc from the University of Michigan, having earlier received a BEc from the Australian National University and a BSc (1st Class Hons) from the University of New England.
Noel is a member of the Global Governing Board of the CAUX Round Table and a Board Member of Philanthropy Australia. He is also a Trustee or board member of several charitable organizations and advises a range of not-for-profit organizations.
The networks are designed to bring together leading business school faculty and corporate executives to develop new course materials around pressing environmental and social issues. Each network focuses on integrating social impact management into core business school curriculum such as marketing, finance, and strategy rather than within standalone courses such as ethics or corporate social responsibility.
Prior to Aspen, Sangeeta was a project director for a strategy consulting firm in London, England.
She is a graduate of the Erb Institute, a joint MBA/MS program of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources & Environment. She also has her Bachelors of Science in environmental engineering from Northwestern University.
Judy Samuelson is a leading public policy advocate with a background in business, public-private partnerships, and philanthropy. Since the mid-1980s, her work has focused on the role and impact of business in society.
In 1998, Judy created the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program (Aspen BSP), which employs research and dialogue among business leaders to build a sustainable global society. Aspen BSP targets innovators and works with business managers at all levels, from MBA students to Fortune 500 CEOs. Among its signature programs are Beyond Grey Pinstripes (a global data base and report card on MBA business education), CasePlace.org (teaching resources for business educators), and the Corporate Values Strategy Group (a forum for business leaders to promote change in policy and business practice in pursuit of long-term value creation). Judy recently helped spearhead the creation of the Aspen Principles, a set of guidelines for long-term value creation for companies and institutional investors.
Judy’s work has been published in the Harvard Business Review, strategy+business and the Journal of Management Learning and Education, among others. The work of Aspen BSP is regularly featured in The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, the Financial Times, BizEd, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
From 1989 to 1996, Judy led the Ford Foundation’s office of Program Related-Investments and created the Corporate Involvement Initiative, a comprehensive effort to encourage private-nonprofit partnerships and facilitate business opportunities with social benefit. Prior to joining Ford, Judy managed a sales and lending team at Bankers Trust Company. From 1974-1980 she worked in Sacramento as a lobbyist and legislative aid on California state health and education issues and in the Governor’s office of Planning and Research.
Judy holds a B.A. from UCLA and Masters Degree from the Yale School of Management. She sits on the Board of ACCION-New York and is Chair Emeritus of Net Impact, a network of business students.
Sankar Sen received his PhD from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Baruch, he held faculty positions at Temple University and Boston University. His research focuses on consumer decision making, corporate social responsibility and social marketing. His research has appeared in the MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Economic Theory, and others.
Don Seville is a facilitator and systems modeler with the Sustainability Institute, which provides systems-based research and consulting on challenges of environmental, social, and economic sustainability. For the past 10 years, Don has worked in a number of public policy and corporate strategy arenas, including sustainable agriculture, diabetes and obesity, energy utility strategy, and forestry. His approach uses the analytical power of systems thinking to help organizations understand the drivers of persistent problems and to shape strategic options.
Don is the co-director for the Sustainable Food Laboratory, a multi-stakeholder project with the mission of innovating ways to increase the sustainability of the mainstream food system. He is leading the Sustainable Livelihoods Initiative, which is developing partnerships between companies and NGOs to pilot innovations that improve the competitiveness and sustainability of small-scale farming systems. Within the food lab Don is also managing the “New Business Models for Sustainable Trading Relationships” project, a 4 year project with NGO and corporate partners to improve market access and livelihoods of small scale producers in Africa in crops including cocoa, dried beans, bananas, and fresh vegetables.
Don received his M.S. in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994 and has worked extensively with the Society for Organizational Learning. In 1997, he helped found the Sustainability Institute and Cobb Hill Co-housing, a farm based “eco-village” in Hartland, Vermont where he currently lives with his wife and son and is learning to raise sheep.
Dr. Sisodia was previously Trustee Professor of Marketing and the Founding Director of the Center for Marketing Technology. Until 1998, he was Director of Executive Programs and Associate Professor of Marketing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. His responsibilities there included directing the Executive MBA program, the Masters program in Technology Management and short executive programs. From 1985 to 1988, he was Assistant Professor of Marketing at Boston University. An electrical engineer from BITS, Pilani (India), Dr. Sisodia has an MBA in Marketing from the Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Bombay, and a Ph. D. in Marketing & Business Policy from Columbia University, where he was the Booz Allen Hamilton Fellow.
Dr. Sisodia's research, teaching and consulting expertise spans the areas of marketing frameworks, marketing ethics, relationship marketing, measuring and improving marketing productivity, strategic uses of information technology, the marketing of services and marketing strategy. Dr. Sisodia was nominated three times for the George Mason University Teaching Award, and was twice a finalist. In 2003, he was cited as one of “50 Leading Marketing Thinkers” and named to the “Guru Gallery” by the UK-based Chartered Institute of Marketing (the largest marketing association in the world). In 2007, he was honored with the Award for Excellence in Scholarship by Bentley College.
Dr. Sisodia’s book Rule of Three: How Competition Shapes Markets (with Jagdish N. Sheth, Emory University) was published by the Free Press division of Simon & Schuster in 2002, and has been translated into German, Italian, Polish, Japanese and Chinese. It was the subject of a seven part television series by CNBC Asia, and was a finalist for the 2004 Best Marketing Book Award from the American Marketing Association. His book Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit From Passion and Purpose (with David Wolfe and Jagdish N. Sheth, Wharton School Publishing, 2007) has been translated into six languages and was named one of the best business books of 2007 by several organizations, including Amazon.com. Other recent books include Tectonic Shift: The Geoeconomic Realignment of Globalizing Markets (with Jagdish N. Sheth, Sage Publications, 2006) and Does Marketing Need Reform? (co-edited with Jagdish N. Sheth, M.E. Sharpe, 2006). Forthcoming books include The 4As of Marketing (with Jagdish N. Sheth, American Marketing Association) and Marketing Management (with Jagdish N. Sheth, John Wiley & Sons).
Dr. Sisodia has also published nearly one hundred articles in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Journal of Business Strategy, Journal of Business Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Handbook of Business Strategy, Marketing Letters, Marketing Management, Marketing Research, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Consumer Marketing, European Business Forum, Ivey Business Journal, Routledge Encyclopedia of Marketing, Information & Management, Telecommunications Policy, International Journal of Technology Management, Design Management Journal, Journal of Global Business and Journal of Professional Services Marketing. He has authored book chapters on “Consumer Behavior in the Future,” “The Future of Marketing Education,” “The Impact of Information Technology on Relationship Marketing” and “The Future of Marketing.” He has also written over two dozen cases, primarily on strategic and marketing issues in the telecommunications industry, as well as authored a number of telecommunications industry and company analyses. His research reports titled The Consolidation of the Information Industry (with Jagdish N. Sheth) and The Future of Wireless Communications (also with Jagdish N. Sheth) have been published by the International Engineering Consortium.
Dr. Sisodia is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Finance and Industry. He writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The Economic Times, Upside and numerous other publications, radio shows and television networks such as CNN, CBC and Fox. His research has been cited in over sixty professional books and numerous academic articles. He has been interviewed on the American Public Radio national business program Marketplace, and appeared regularly with Steve Pearlstein of the Washington Post on the programs Public Interest and One Union Station on National Public Radio, discussing current business issues. He is on the editorial board of several journals, and was previously the Associate Editor of the Journal of Asia Pacific Business. He has served as reviewer for Journal of Marketing, Journal of Retailing and other leading marketing journals.
Dr. Sisodia was cofounder and Chairman of adAlive, Inc. (a VC-financed company in Waltham, MA) from March 2000 to June 2002. He has consulted with organizations and companies in the information technology, telecommunications, electric utility, real estate, healthcare and financial services industries. He has taught in numerous executive programs in the United States, Canada, Chile, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, India and England. Consulting and executive education clients have included AT&T, BJ’s Wholesale, Nokia, Boston Private Bank, Ericsson, Siemens, Sprint, MCI, BellSouth, Bell Atlantic, Volvo, Butcher’s, Northern Telecom, American Management Systems, Bellcore, IBM, Price Waterhouse, Perot Systems, Ernst & Young, FreeAgent.com, Telecom Italia, Southern California Edison, SuperComm, United Nations, World Bank, Internal Revenue Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Postal Service, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Srinivasan’s research focuses on strategic marketing problems, in particular long-term marketing productivity, to which she applies her expertise in time-series analysis and econometrics. She has built her research insights in industries ranging from automobiles to pharmaceuticals and consumer goods. Her current research focuses on marketing’s impact on financial performance and firm valuation, marketing metrics, and decomposing demand effects of radical innovations, and managing brand equity. Her research won the 2001 EMAC best paper award and her papers have been published in the Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Management Science, Journal of Marketing, Harvard Business Review, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Advertising Research and Journal of Economics and Management Strategy
In 2005, the University of California named her a University Scholar. Srinivasan serves on editorial boards for Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, and International Journal of Research in Marketing. She has served on doctoral committees in marketing at UCLA (with Professor Dominique Hanssens) and in economics and statistics at UCR. Since 2005, she has been involved in organizing the Annual Marketing Dynamics Conference. Srinivasan is the Vice-Chair in the American Marketing Association’s Marketing Research Special Interest Group (MRSIG). She has consulting experience in market-response modeling on customer and marketing databases with a wide-spectrum of companies. She obtained her M.S. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas, where she worked with Dr. Frank M. Bass and was awarded the M/A/R/C Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student in 1998. Srinivasan also worked with WIPRO Information Technology in sales and product management and has been a visiting research scholar at UCLA and HEC, Paris.
Glen L. Urban is a leading educator, a prize-winning researcher specializing in marketing and new product development, an entrepreneur, an author, a sculptor, and a sailor. He has been a member of the MIT Sloan School of Management faculty since 1966, was Deputy Dean at the school from 1987 to 1991, and Dean from 1993 to 1998.
Urban's research focus is on management science models that improve the productivity of new product development. In a methodology he devised called Information Acceleration, he uses computer technology to simulate future sales of products such as cars, computer systems, telecommunications, and drugs. The precision of the technique can save manufacturers of durable and high-tech industrial products millions of dollars in development costs. One Information Acceleration field experiment sponsored by General Motors' Electric Vehicle Division contributed significantly to GM's decision to modify its plans for investment in plant and equipment to launch the new automobile.
Information Acceleration emerged from Urban's earlier ground-breaking work in premarket forecasting for frequently-purchased consumer (nondurable) goods called Assessor. Since the Assessor concept, it has been used to forecast the success and profitability of more than 3,000 new consumer products around the world.
Dr. Urban's recent research is to develop a trust-based marketing system on the Internet. An extension of the Information Acceleration research, the system uses General Motors trucks for a prototype Web site called Trucktown, and integrates the use of attribute screening, expert advice, collaborative filtering and community interaction. It supports consumer decision making and supplies manufacturers with new product opportunity definitions. Current research explores the role of growing consumer power on trust based relationships and how companies should respond. He calls this the "trust imperative".
Trained initially in engineering and business--earning a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1963 and an M.B.A. in 1964, both from the University of Wisconsin-- Urban went on to earn a Ph.D. in marketing at Northwestern University in 1966. He is co-author of six books, including Digital Marketing Strategy (2003), Design and Marketing of New Products (second edition, 1993), Advanced Marketing Strategy (1991), and Management Science in Marketing (1969). He has also published over thirty articles on pre market forecasting of new products, test marketing, product line planning, leading-edge users in new product development, and Trust Based Strategies. His papers have won several prestigious awards, including two O'Dells -- in 1983 and 1986 -- for the best papers published in marketing research. In 1996 he received the American Marketing Association Paul D. Converse Award for outstanding contributions to the development of the science of marketing, and the Journal of Marketing award for best paper. 1999 he was winner of the American Marketing Association and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Charles Coolidge Parlin Award for recognition of a body of work in marketing research.
With two other researchers, Urban founded Management Decision Systems, Inc., a marketing consulting firm that merged with Information Resources, Inc. In 1985, he also co-founded Management Science for Health and its spin-off John Snow, Inc., both consulting firms specializing in international health care and family planning that have grown to several hundred employees worldwide. In 1990, he co-founded Marketing Technology Interface, Inc., a company that uses multimedia computing to support strategic new product design, which merged in 1993 with Mercer Management, a consulting firm. In 1996 he co-founded InSite Marketing Technology, a consulting firm providing virtual shopping advisors on the Internet. InSite Marketing Technology was sold to Silknet (and subsequently Kana Communications) in October 1999. Urban is now founder and chairman of Experion Systems Inc. which supplies comprehensive data, logic and interfaces for Trust Based Marketing in the financial services field.
Allen L. White is Vice President and Senior Fellow, Tellus Institute, Boston, and directs the institute’s corporate redesign program. Dr. White co-founded the Global Reporting Initiative in 1997 and served as Chief Executive through 2002. In 2004, he co-founded Corporation 2020, an initiative focused on designing future corporations to sustain social purpose. He advises multilaterals, foundations, corporations, and NGOs on corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy, policy and practice. He has held faculty and research positions at the University of Connecticut, Clark University, Tufts University and Battelle Laboratories, is a former Fulbright Scholar in Peru and served the Peace Corps in Nicaragua.
Dr. White has served on advisory boards and committees of the International Corporate Governance Network, ISO, Civic Capital and Instituto Ethos (Brazil). He is Chair of GAN-Net, a non-profit dedicated building capacity and the movement in support of global, multistakeholder organizations. Dr. White is a member of the Steering Committee of the Institute for Responsible Investment, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and, since 2004, has served as Senior Advisor to Business for Social Responsibility. He has published and spoken widely on corporate responsibility, corporate governance and business-society relations.
Russell S. Winer is the Executive Director of the Marketing Science Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the William Joyce Professor and Chair of the Department of Marketing at the Stern School of Business, New York University. He received a B.A. in Economics from Union College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He has been on the faculties of Columbia and Vanderbilt universities and the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Winer has been a visiting faculty member at M.I.T., Stanford University, Cranfield School of Management (U.K.), the Helsinki School of Economics, the University of Tokyo, École Nationale des Ponts et Chausées, and Henley Management College (U.K.). He has written three books, Marketing Management, Analysis for Marketing Planning and Product Management, and a research monograph, Pricing He has authored over 60 papers in marketing on a variety of topics including consumer choice, marketing research methodology, marketing planning, advertising, and pricing. Professor Winer has served two terms as the editor of the Journal of Marketing Research, he is the past co-editor of Journal of Interactive Marketing, he is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Research in Marketing, he is the co-editor of the Review of Marketing Science, and he is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Marketing Research, and Marketing Science He has participated in executive education programs around the world and is currently an advisor to a number of start-up companies and non-profit institutions.