Global Advisory Circle

These leaders guide Sansori with the kind of creativity and innovation they have so successfully modeled in their own work. They help us keep things fresh, and give us the process-based guidance necessary to create a new paradigm for higher education.

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    Ayelet Baron

    Futurist, Simplifying Work

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    Romanus Berg

    CIO, Ashoka

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    Geri Mannion

    Carnegie Corporation, Program Director

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  • Ayelet BaronFuturist, Simplifying Work

    Ayelet Baron is a futurist, thought leader who focuses on questions of: Why are we using 20th century practices in a 21st century work world? Why is rocket science easy in comparison to creating people-centric organizations? Are you a leader who lets it happen, makes it happen or wonder what happened? Who and what will disrupt your business? Do you know how to create new markets? Her clients include large for profit organizations, start-ups and non-profit organizations. Prior to Simplifying Work, Ayelet was the Chief Strategist at Cisco Canada and helped position Canada as the second largest revenue generating country for Cisco at $1.9B.

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  • Romanus BergCIO, Ashoka

    Romanus Berg serves as a member of Ashoka’s Leadership Group in the role of CIO. He had previously served on Oceana’s leadership team, which established and rapidly grew a small start-up into the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Romanus began his career developing the online communications practice that supported the successful $1.9B privatization of the U.S. Uranium Enrichment Corporation (USEC.) In addition to shifting the focus of uranium enrichment from military to civilian use in both the U.S. and Russia, it was the largest successful government initial public stock offering in U.S. history. Romanus currently serves on NetHope’s board, which works to share social solutions across citizen, government and private sectors. He is also on the Sansori Global Advisory Circle.

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  • Geri MannionCarnegie Corporation, Program Director

    As director of Carnegie Corporation’s U.S. Democracy Program, Geri Mannion brings a wealth of experience about the role of philanthropy in challenging, improving and deepening the civic dialogue, with a special focus on immigrant civic integration. Active in professional organizations that work to advance and strengthen the philanthropic and nonprofit world, Geri is a former co-chair of the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, an affinity group of funders that encourages foundations to fund voter registration, voting rights, civic education and campaign finance reform. She remains an active leader in this organization and just completed a second term as co-chair. She also serves on the boards of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, and the Center for Development and Population Activities. In 2009, Geri, together with her colleague Taryn Higashi, received the Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking, one of philanthropy’s highest honors, for founding the Four Freedoms Fund, a funder collaborative. In 2010, she was named as one of the nonprofit sector’s top fifty leaders by the Non-Profit Times. Geri holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in political science, both from Fordham University.

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    Jonathon Power

    Only One Girl Foundation, Founder

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    Cassandra Rosenthal-Sanford

    Blackacre Entertainment, CEO

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    Peter Senge

    MIT, Senior Lecturer

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  • Jonathon PowerOnly One Girl Foundation, Founder

    Jonathon is the Director of Squash for the Power Squash Academy as well as the National Squash Academy. Having won every major squash tournament around the world with an aggressive flair all his own, Jonathon retired in 2006 as the number one ranked player in the Professional Squash Assocation and is widely considered one of the best players of all time.

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  • Cassandra Rosenthal-SanfordBlackacre Entertainment, CEO

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  • Peter SengeMIT, Senior Lecturer

    Peter Senge is the founding chairperson of SoL (Society for Organizational Learning) and a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of The Fifth Discipline: the Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. He has lectured extensively throughout the world, translating the abstract ideas of systems theory into tools for better understanding of economic and organizational change. He has worked with leaders in business, education, healthcare and government. The Journal of Business Strategy (September/October 1999) named Peter as one of the 24 people who had the greatest influence on business strategy over the last 100 years. The Financial Times (2000) named him as one of the world’s “top management gurus.” Business Week (October 2001) rated Peter as one of The Top (ten) Management Gurus. Peter received a B.S. in engineering from Stanford University, an M.S. in social systems modeling, and a Ph.D. in management from MIT

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    Michael Strong

    CEO, FLOW

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    Bryan Welch

    CEO, B The Change Media

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    Arthur Zajonc

    Mind & Life Institute, President

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  • Michael StrongCEO, FLOW

    Michael Strong loves learning, thinking, and exploring the world of ideas. He is also passionate about developing and promoting entrepreneurial solutions to global problems. A pioneer in education and independent learning, he is the founder of innovative Socratic, Montessori, and Paideia schools and programs across the country. He is also the co-founder and CEO of FLOW, where he and Whole Foods CEO John Mackey are working to promote entrepreneurial solutions to global problems. He has written dozens of articles for popular media, specialty magazines, and academic journals and has given many talks around the world (See here, here, and here for his TEDx talks).  He’s also written two books, The Habit of Thought:  From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice and (as lead author) Be the Solution:  How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems.

     

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  • Bryan WelchCEO, B The Change Media

    On any given day, it is not unlikely to find Bryan Welch spending his early morning hours tending to his cattle on his farm near Lawrence, KS, his lunchtime polishing an essay for Utne Reader at his Topeka office and his evening at a Hollywood cocktail reception for the launch of a green media initiative.

    When he’s not farming, Welch runs Ogden Publications, Inc., a diversified media, consulting and affinity marketing company. Ogden’s eight magazines focus on topics of self-sufficiency, sustainability, rural lifestyles and farm collectibles, including Mother Earth News and Utne Reader.

    Before starting Ogden Publications in 1996, Welch spent 19 years as a newspaper reporter, photographer, editor and publisher in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Connecticut. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard University, where he studied media policy and media management at the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School.

    Welch currently serves as a member of the boards of directors for the MPA – Association of Magazine Media and the Social Ventures Network. He is a past chairman of the Independent Magazine Advisory Group within the MPA, and he currently blogs at Beautiful and Abundant.

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  • Arthur ZajoncMind & Life Institute, President

    Arthur Zajonc is Andrew Mellon professor of physics and interdisciplinary studies at Amherst College, where he has taught since 1978. His research has included studies in electron-atom physics, parity violation in atoms, quantum optics, the experimental foundations of quantum physics, and the relationship between science, the humanities and the contemplative traditions. He has written extensively on Goethe’s science work. Arthur has worked closely with the Dalai Lama for the past two decades and led many public conversations on the Mind and Life, including the Scientific Explorations of Compassion and Altruism conference at Stanford in October 2010. He currently directs the Academic Program of the Center for Contemplative Mind which supports appropriate inclusion of contemplative practice in higher education. Out of this work and his long-standing meditative practice, he has authored Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love (2009).