We are incredibly fortunate to have the regular input and advice from a stellar group of advisors across the country, listed below in alphabetical order:
Bob is author of four books: Halftime, Gameplan, Stuck in Halftime and Finishing Well. Bob Buford launched Leadership Network, a private operating foundation created in 1984 for the original purpose of identifying, networking and resourcing senior ministers and staff of large congregations (1,000+ in attendance) in the United States. He is also the Founding Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. In January 1998, Buford launched Halftime, the organization, to help high-powered marketplace leaders to convert their faith into action and effective results.
In a career spanning over 30 years with some of the industry’s most innovative brands (IBM, Xerox, Apple, Sony, Palm), Chahil has been widely acknowledged as a marketing pioneer and a catalyst for commercializing market defining technologies.
At HP, Chahil was instrumental in turning around the PC division with the award winning and hugely successful, “Computer is Personal Again” campaign. As Chief Marketing Officer at Palm, he was responsible for taking Palm Inc. public, building its’ brand cachet and driving the new category of mobile computing. Prior to Palm, Chahil held roles on Apple’s Executive Management Committee, Worldwide Marketing & Corporate Communications, New Media, Apple Europe & Pacific, and
In addition to his roles at IBM and Xerox Parc, where he was responsible for commercializing multilingual computing and marketing to large enterprise customers, he served as the Digital Convergence Advisor to the Senior Management of Sony Corporation and helped bring to market the sub-notebook category of VAIO computers. He also served as a Lifestyle and Merchandizing Advisor to BMW HQ.
Chahil earned a master’s degree from the American (Thunderbird) Graduate School of International Management in Arizona and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Punjab University in Chandigarh, India.
Dr. Chris Pitt
Chris is an accomplished “C” level leader in the humanitarian sector with significant global business leadership experience. He is currently the President and CEO of Viva Global LLC and The Emerging Markets Access Group Inc., companies developing private public sector partnerships in the emerging world. Until January 2013 he was Senior Vice President, World Vision International one of the largest global relief, advocacy and development organizations where he served for 13 years. With a background in international consulting specializing in micro enterprise development (MED) and enterprise generation programs, Chris has led relief and development work in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America. Chris has extensive skills and experience in organizational effectiveness & change, innovation, collaboration & enterprise engagement, corporate strategy, ethics and governance. He successfully led World Vision’s partnership-wide re-engineering and change process, the largest change project ever undertaken by an INGO. Chris holds a PhD in business strategy and ethics from Cambridge University. He is passionate about developing social venture impact models that drive sustainable partnership based solutions to the challenges of economic, social and political disenfranchisement. He holds several board level appointments for businesses’ and not for profits in the US, UK and Europe.
Roy L. Rogers worked for Sylvania Electronic Defense Laboratory. Subsequently he served as Director of the Advanced Technical Division at Quantum Science Corporation. Afterwards he worked at the First San Francisco Financial Corporation before joining the venture capital firm, Hambrecht & Quist. There he served in several high-level roles including Director of Institutional Services, Director of Research, Senior Vice President, and Managing Partner. Mr. Rogers would also go on to become General Partner of his own venture firm, Rogers & Whitney I and II. Roy and his wife Ruth have been very active on the Board of Governors for Opportunity International (www.opportunity.org) for 15 years as well as the Fuller Foundation. Roy is a graduate of OSU and the Technical University of Delft ( Fulbright scholar), then received a MSEE from Stanford.
Guru Sing is a third generation yogi — master teacher of Kundalini and Humanology; a recording artist, published author and minister with a doctorate in divinity; chairman of an international board of ministers working with religious leaders of every faith. Teaching throughout the world he is a founding director of Miri Piri Academy, an international school in India, graduating global citizens and leaders. On the boards of fast growth companies in education and technology to connect his over-arching mission: reaching humanity locally to produce wellbeing globally.
Dr. Douglas Solomon
Doug is the Chief Technology Officer at IDEO, working with clients to leverage technologies that create both business and social value. With more than 25 years of leadership experience in the IT industry, Doug has a particular interest in and knack for collaborative technologies that enable greater community engagement and participation.
Prior to joining IDEO, he was vice president of investments at Omidyar Network, where he helped pioneer a new approach to socially responsible investing. He was also senior vice president of corporate development and chief strategy officer at both Apple and Palm, and he held leadership positions at Interval Research and several technology start-ups. Doug began his career by applying marketing and other business concepts to public health programs in Asia, where he learned the importance of cultural awareness and community involvement in achieving meaningful social change.
Doug is a volunteer chaplain at Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Northern California, serves on the Board of Industry Advisors of the Consumer Electronics Association, and is an adviser to GAVI, the global initiative to vaccinate all the world’s children. He has three children and a fabulous wife, who all continually teach him how to be a mensch. He earned a master’s degree from the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. in communication research from Stanford University.
As Advisor on All Things Fun, Meaningful & Rewarding, Julie believes that making a positive impact in the world is fundamental to authentic personal and community happiness. She applies her 14 years of experience in corporate philanthropy with those eager to create change and solve social challenges locally and globally. She works with emerging companies to design innovative integrated philanthropy programs where their product, services and people can provide resources that make positive change. She also works with innovative young entrepreneurs.
For two decades, Julie has been the catalyst for enabling the lightbulb to go on in young and old learners alike. She has as knack for helping others reach their own “aha” moment whether its finding a love for volunteering, mastering a new technology program, creating a new business idea, integrating technology into the classroom or finding a path to their dream job.
Julie’s path to corporate philanthropy started as a founding member of the Salesforce.com Foundation in 2000 after a serendipitous meeting with Founder and CEO, Marc Benioff. As part of the Salesforce Foundation 1/1/1 model of integrated philanthropy, she launched the award winning employee volunteer program, designed the grant program, managed the marketing, produced emotional videos, launched the Foundation in Singapore and Asia, and developed and led the signature youth entrepreneur program, BizAcademy.
After her 12 year tenure as VP of All Things Fun, Meaningful & Rewarding at the Salesforce.com Foundation, Julie was hired as the Executive Director of the Workday Foundation helping launch their employee Giving & Doing programs.
Julie is happiest when not just developing and running programs, but finding a way to connect people and watch everybody win: employees, the business, organizations, and the community.
Julie was named Apple Distinguished Educator in 1998. She earned a BA from Emory University and an M.ED from Georgia State.
Kimberly Dasher Tripp
Kimberly Dasher Tripp is an advisor to high-impact organizations in her role as Principal of KDT Consulting. She was most recently a Principal on the Portfolio Team of the Skoll Foundation, where her work focused on developing funding opportunities to drive large-scale change, managing relationships with social entrepreneurs and the networks that surround and support them, and providing strategic and leadership advice to scaling organizations. She partnered with twenty-six of Skoll’s grantees over her five-year tenure and has advised on issues of scaling, governance, leadership and talent, strategic planning, development strategy and impact measurement. Kimberly’s previous experience included nonprofit, international work and for-profit marketing. Kimberly holds a MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, where she serves on the alumni board of the Center for Responsible Business, and graduated with a BA in politics from Princeton University.
Nico is currently Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP. In this role, she has been tasked with driving social investments and global partnerships, leading a cross-functional team to deploy technology solutions to entrepreneurs in emerging markets, and developing/ facilitating multi-stakeholder engagements with strategic NGO partners.
Prior to her five years with SAP, Nico was Advisory Services Manager at BSR (Business of Social Responsibility) where she managed global engagements with many Fortune 500 companies. Previous to this, Nico held senior management roles at Intertek, Forrester Research and Entriq. Nico has been involved with non-profits and philanthropy for many years, initially getting her exposure through her work with Amnesty International.
Nico is a graduate of Amsterdam University, and Haagse Hogeschool/TH Rijswijk.
Dr. Diana Wells
Dr. Diana Wells, President of Ashoka, joined the organization in the 1980s after graduating from Brown University with a degree in South Asian Studies. As an undergraduate, her year-long study abroad in Varanasi, India led her to see the need for local solutions to solve global problems. This insight brought her to Ashoka and inspired her to create one of Ashoka’s core programs, Fellowship Support Services, (now Fellowship) which not only supplied Ashoka’s social entrepreneurs with a wide array of information, resources and services, but at the same time connected them to one another and their ideas in a globally expansive context.
Taking a leave to pursue a Ph.D. in anthropology, she was named both a Fulbright and Woodrow Wilson scholar. Her ethnographic research focusing on understanding how social change happens as a local articulation of a global social movement resulted in her dissertation: ‘Between the Difference: The Emergence of a Cross Ethnic Women’s Movement in Trinidad and Tobago.’
Having her PhD in hand, Diana returned to Ashoka to provide leadership for the worldwide process of sourcing and selecting leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows. In addition she was given strategic and operational responsibility for Ashoka’s geographic expansion and the significant increase of Fellow elections; to its current total of 2,000. She has contributed to the field of social entrepreneurship by implementing a widely respected tool for “Measuring Effectiveness”, which is one of the first standard tools to measure the impact of social entrepreneurship.
She is on the Advisory Board for Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and on the Board of GuideStar International. Her Ph.D. is from New York University (2000), and her undergraduate degree from Brown University (1988). She has taught at Georgetown University on Anthropology and Development and has both authored and edited numerous journal and book publications including two compilations on social movements in the United States.
Most recently, Diana was celebrated as one of 10 winners of the first annual Women to Watch award, by Running Start, a Washington, DC based organization that empowers young women to be political leaders. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband Paul, her son Toby and her mother Elaine.