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Beth A. Brooke is Global Vice Chair of Ernst & Young and one of the most powerful women in the world, according to
Forbes magazine. Beth is also a member of the firm's Global Practice Management Group and a member of its Americas Executive Board. She spearheaded the creation of the Ernst & Young Corporate Social Responsibility Group, and is also a devoted advocate for the advancement of women, most recently serving as a Public Delegate to the 2009 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She is actively engaged in numerous civic and business organizations, including the Committee of 200, the Committee for Economic Development, and the National Women’s Leadership Hall of Fame Advisory Council, and she serves as Chair of the Board for The White House Project.
Peter Guber is Chairman and CEO of Mandalay
Entertainment Group, a multi-media venture spanning motion
pictures, television, sports entertainment, and new media. Mr. Guber is
a weekly entertainment and media commentator for Fox News and
has also recently appeared on CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC. Films Mr. Guber personally produced or executive produced, including
Rain Man, Batman, The Color Purple, Midnight Express, and
Flashdance, have earned more than $3 billion in worldwide
revenue and more than 50 Academy Award nominations. He has been
seen every Sunday morning for the past six years on American
Movie Classics cable network as co-host of the critically
acclaimed national TV show, Shootout.
Ellen J. Kullman is president and CEO of DuPont, a company founded in 1802 and noted for "putting science to work" in developing innovative products and services. Prior to these appointments, she served as executive vice president and a member of the company's office of the chief executive and was responsible for a broad range of the company's sectors, including Electronic & Communication Technologies, Safety & Protection, Pharmaceuticals, Risk Management, and Safety & Sustainability. She worked for General Electric in various business development and marketing positions prior to joining DuPont in 1988. Ms. Kullman is on the Board of Trustees at Tufts University, and she also serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Safety Council.
Fiona MacLeod is President of BP Convenience Retail, USA
& Latin America. Since joining BP in 1988, she has led
operational, strategic, and marketing elements of Retail,
chaired BP's Global Marketing forum, and served as Chief of
Staff for BP Refining & Marketing worldwide before being
appointed to her current role in 2006. An expert in business
transformation, she has led significant change programs around
the world, including most recently the total business model and
brand transformation of BP's Convenience Retail business in the
United States. Ms. MacLeod is also a member of BP's Group
Diversity Council and champions the Chicago Women's Network.
Steven Pearlstein is a columnist for
The Washington Post and host of the online forum, On
Leadership. Pearlstein's columns on business and the
economy appear twice a week. In 2008 Mr. Pearlstein received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his insightful columns [at
The Washington Post] that explore the nation's complex economic ills with masterful clarity.
In the 1980s, Mr. Pearlstein founded and edited the Boston
Observer, a monthly political magazine, and he was also a
senior editor at Inc. In addition to his years as a print journalist, he has worked as a television news reporter at Boston's public television station and, during the late 1970s, he served as administrative assistant to U.S. Senator John A. Durkin and U.S. Representative Michael J. Harrington.
Frank P. Russomanno is president and CEO of Imation, the
world's leading provider of removable data storage products that
help customers create, protect, and retrieve digital
information. Prior to his current position, he was chief
operating officer and acting CEO of Imation and has also held
several other executive positions within the company. He began
his career with 3M Company in 1973 as a sales coordinator and
eventually became a European Business Unit Director. Mr.
Russomanno achieved the rank of captain in the U.S. Army and
currently serves as chairman of the board for the Content
Delivery & Storage Association.
Harbir Singh is vice dean for Global Initiatives at the
Wharton School. In this new role at the School, Dr. Singh
champions Wharton's global activities including research,
education, and knowledge dissemination. Dr. Singh has been a
member of the Wharton faculty for nearly 25 years and has served
the Wharton community as a researcher and chairperson of the
management department. He is the Mack Professor of Management
and co-director of the Mack Center for Technological Innovation.
His research focuses on strategic alliances, corporate
acquisitions, and corporate restructuring.
Richard Norton Smith is an
historian, author, and Scholar-in-Residence of History and
Public Policy at George Mason University. He is a nationally
recognized expert on the American presidency and the former
head of six presidential libraries. Mr. Smith has published
numerous books including Thomas E. Dewey and His Times (a
Pulitzer Prize finalist) and biographies of George Washington
and Herbert Hoover, and he is currently at work on a biography
of Nelson Rockefeller. He appears regularly on C-Span and "The
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" as part of the show's roundtable of