The Board of Directors of the Center for Higher Ambition brings together leaders with decades of distinguished corporate, academic, and non-profit experience.

Board Of Directors
Michael Beer

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…

Douglas Conant

Founder of ConantLeadership

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 AmerisourceBergen, Inc and is the former Chair of Avon Products.  He is the co-author of Touchpoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments.

Russell Eisenstat

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…

Nathaniel Foote

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…

Ken Freeman

Dean, Boston University Questrom School of Business

Kenneth W. Freeman is the Allen Questrom Professor and Dean of Boston University Questrom School of Business. As Dean, he has engaged in transforming the curricula to include higher ambition topics such as ethics and global citizenship, health and life sciences, digital technology, sustainability and social enterprise. Ken began his career at Corning, where he led several businesses and ultimately served as Chairman and CEO of Quest Diagnostics, a Corning spinoff. During Ken’s tenure Quest had the third highest five-year shareholder returns among the Fortune 500 (1999-2003) and market capitalization increased from $350 million at the time of the spin-off to more than $9 billion. In 2013 Harvard Business Review named Ken one of the 100 best performing CEOs in the world.

Richard Gochnauer

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…

Ed Ludwig

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…

Fellows
Benjamin Burditt

Benjamin Burditt is an Executive Fellow at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership where his work centers on long term economic and social value creation within the Private Equity / Private Investing arena. Working in the investment banking, venture capital, private equity, and management consulting arenas Mr. Burditt has spent over thirty years helping for-profit companies and not-for-profit organizations fund and develop winning business strategies to build long term value. Mr. Burditt has served on the boards of over 15 public and private companies over his career. He resides in Princeton, NJ with his wife and four boys where he also serves as a Community Fellow at Princeton University.

Margaret Covell

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

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.

Kate Isaacs

Dr. Kate Isaacs is an Executive Fellow at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership and a Research Fellow at the MIT Sloan Leadership Center. She has spent the past 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.

David Langstaff

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…

Eric Larson

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 Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Tilia Holdings, LLC, a private investment firm focused on technical services for the global food economy. He has been the founder and senior investment professional for several previous specialized firms – food safety/product innovation: Safe Foods International Holdings (2010); healthcare: Linden LLC (2001), and corporate carve-outs: First Chicago Equity Capital (1991). Mr. Larson began his investment career with First Chicago Venture Capital (now Madison Dearborn Partners) in 1986.

Kathy MacDonald
Doug Wilson

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…

Staff
Russell Eisenstat

Executive Director

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.

Randi Feinberg

Chief Operating Officer

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.

Marianne Gibson

Director of Member Engagement

Marianne is Director of Member Engagement at CHL. Marianne works closely with leadership to develop and execute a full array of growth strategies, cultivate new members, and identify and engage higher ambition leaders throughout the country. Marianne has an extensive background in non-profit, most recently as Executive Director at the American Lung Association, Northeast. Prior to entering the world of non-profit, Marianne spent more than 14 years at Hoyts Cinemas Corporation managing the chain’s marketing and concessions programs. 

Emma Anthony

Events and Communications Coordinator

Emma Anthony is the Events and Communications Coordinator at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership. A graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in English, she is thrilled to be joining the CHL team. Through her leadership in foundations and organizations like the Peace Development Fund and Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts, Emma has developed a passion for planning and executing programs that inspire change. Emma looks forward to implementing events at CHL that foster large-scale organizational shifts and innovation.