The Board of Directors of the Center for Higher Ambition brings together leaders with decades of distinguished corporate, academic, and non-profit experience.
Michael Beer is the Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School and co-founder and Chairman of TruePoint. Beer is a fellow of the Academy of Management, the National Academy of Human Resources and the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is the author and co-author of numerous articles and books including Higher Ambition: How Great Leaders Create Social and Economic Value.
Douglas Conant is the former CEO and President of Campbell Soup Company and the former President of Nabisco Foods Company. He currently serves as founder of ConantLeadership. He is Founder and Chairman of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute at Northwestern University and Chairman of CECP (Formally known as the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy). He serves on the board of directors for Avon Products and AmerisourceBergen, Inc. He is the co-author of Touchpoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments.
Previous to his role at the Center, Russ was founder and partner at TruePoint, a mission-driven consulting company. He is also a former member of the faculty of the Harvard Business School. For nearly three decades Russ has partnered with senior leaders to achieve breakthroughs in large-scale organizational change and innovation, strategy implementation, and the design of complex organizations. He is the author and co-author of numerous articles and books including Higher Ambition: How Great Leaders Create Social and Economic Value.
Nathaniel Foote is Managing Director of TruePoint and a former partner at McKinsey & Co. For more than 25 years Nathaniel has focused on the linkage between strategy and organization in creating high-performing enterprises — how adaptive, iterative approaches to strategy, organization design, and knowledge management help complex businesses perform amidst rapid change. He is the author and co-author of numerous articles and books including Higher Ambition: How Great Leaders Create Social and Economic Value.
Richard Gochnauer is the former CEO, President, and COO of United Stationers, Inc. Previously he had served as President and COO for Golden State Foods Corporation. He serves on the board of directors for United Stationers, AmerisourceBergen Corporation, UGI Corporation, and Golden State Foods. Gochnauer also serves as trustee of Rush University Medical Center and as a member of advisory board of Current Capital LLC.
Edward J. Ludwig is former Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE:BDX), a global medical technology company headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Mr. Ludwig joined BD in 1979. He served as CFO from 1995 to 1999. Named President in May 1999 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2000, Mr. Ludwig was elected Chairman in February 2002. He served as Chief Executive Officer through September 2011 and Chairman through June 2012.
Margaret Covell is an Executive Fellow at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership where her work centers on long term economic and social value creation within the Private Equity / Private Investing arena. Working both in the Private Equity space and in management consulting, Ms. Covell has spent over twenty five years helping for-profit companies and not-for-profit organizations to develop winning business strategies and to build the underlying capabilities required to deliver the strategies.
Jerry Hurwitz retired as BD (Becton Dickinson) EVP and CHRO as of October 1, 2016. During his three year tenure, he created and implemented a transformational HR operating model that achieved a significant increase in HR service and strategic performance with and a large reduction in overall HR spend, rebuilt the Company’s leadership development function that now includes the new Center for BD Leadership, created a change management and organization effectiveness function that included a renewed leveraging of organizational fitness profiling and revitalized the Company’s approach to diversity and inclusion. Jerry brings a strong passion to coaching and mentoring his peers and business partners to overcome obstacles, develop themselves as leaders, support their team’s effectiveness and achieve business outcomes. He and his wife have recently relocated to Wilmington, NC.
David Langstaff is an Executive Fellow at the Center for Higher Ambition. His work centers on corporate purpose and short-term versus long-term value creation. Mr. Langstaff is a business and community leader with extensive experience as Chief Executive Officer and Director of advanced technology and professional services companies. He is a seminar moderator on values-based leadership with The Aspen Institute, and is a senior moderator of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He also chairs the Advisory Board of the Aspen Institute Business and Society policy program and is on the boards of several non-profit organizations in the arts, education and environment.
Over the course of his career, Eric Larson has founded several private investment firms that specialize in the application of science to the human condition. He is currently Chairman, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Linden LLC, a healthcare and life science private equity firm, and the founder of its predecessor, Linden Life Science LLC, a private investment firm focused on the global food and water sectors. In addition, he was the founder and lead investor of Safe Foods International Holdings, a food safety and product innovation company, which is now a unit of LabCorp.
Dr. Douglas A. Wilson is an Executive Fellow at the Center and the CEO of Next Solutions, Inc. He is a leader in facilitating the development of purpose driven companies. Wilson has worked with a variety of industries and has focused particularly on the alignment between purpose, strategy, and execution. He has a Ph.D. in counseling and practiced at the beginning of his career as a clinical psychologist. Read more.
Randi is the Chief Operating Officer at CHL. Randi has lead responsibility for ensuring effective execution of all CHL’s programs as well as internal operations and building infrastructure to support growth. Randi actively contributes to the development and execution of the overall CHL strategy and operating plan and oversees the administrative and financial functions. Prior to joining CHL Randi had worked as a strategy consultant in public education and for-profit sectors. Most recently she was a Manager at Education Resource Strategies, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping urban school systems organize people, time, and money to create great schools at scale.
Sarah Gordon is the Events and Communications Coordinator at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership. A recent graduate from Tufts University with a BA in International Relations, she is thrilled to be joining the CHL team. Through her leadership in several organizations at Tufts, Sarah developed a passion for planning and organizing events, and is excited to help execute the amazing events that CHL hosts each year.
Dr. Kate Isaacs is the Director of Research and Practice Development at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership. She has spent the last fifteen years helping companies and multi-stakeholder collaboratives create social and economic value through trust-based relationships. Dr. Isaacs holds a PhD in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an M.S. degree in Technology and Policy from the MIT Engineering Systems Division. In addition to her work at the Center, she is currently affiliated with the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation.
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Steve Nelson is the Director for Member Development and Relations at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership. Previously he served as VP of Strategic Initiatives for Opportunity International, a non-profit organization which invests tiny sums of capital in microenterprises located in the developing world, making a lasting difference for hardworking entrepreneurs previously living in poverty. He was responsible for corporate partnerships and other resource development strategies.