Global Good Fund Executive Mentors (EM) are established business or non-profit leaders with proven success starting, running or scaling major businesses/organizations. The EM carries out a 10-month relationship with a Global Good Fund Fellow, leveraging their experience and expertise to guide and advise a Fellow in implementing his/her personal Leadership Development Plan (LDP). The Fellow-Mentor partnership is a mutually beneficial way to turn success into significance, a unique combination of cross-generational power that yields exponential impact.BECOME A MENTOR
Ted LeonsisFounder, Chairman, CEO and majority owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment - Executive Mentor
Ted is a distinguished sports team owner, venture capitalist, filmmaker, author, and philanthropist. Presently, he is the founder, Chairman, CEO and majority owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment. The company owns and operates the Washington Capitals (NHL), Washington Wizards (NBA), Washington Mystics (WNBA), and Verizon Center located in downtown Washington, DC. Ted enjoyed a 14-year career at America Online (AOL) where he served as President of AOL’s Service Company, AOL Studios, and AOL Web Properties.
SARA POTLER LAHAYNEMove This World - Fellow
Sara is the Founder & CEO of Move This World, an organization that harnesses the power of creativity to reduce fear, build trust and inspire change in communities. Move This World builds capacity for individuals to address the emotional well-being of themselves and others in order to foster safe and supported learning environments.
SAMI INKINENCo-Founder, Truia - Executive Mentor
Sami Inkinen is a Finland born entrepreneur who co-found Trulia, an online real estate marketplace. He currently invests, mentors, and advises at startup accelerators Rock Health, Blueprint Health, 500 Startups and The Founder Institute. Mr. Inkinen holds an MBA from Stanford University and Masters in Science from the Physics department of Helsinki University of Technology. He is a 6-time Hawaii Ironman triathlon competitor and 2011 triathlon world champion in his age group.
Gene GurkoffCharity Miles - Fellow
Gene Gurkoff is the the creator of the app Charity Miles, which makes it easy to sponsor athletes who run, walk, or bike for charity. When these activities are logged and shared through social media, corporate sponsors make donations to charities based on the distance trekked. The concept was developed based on his own efforts to run marathons for Parkinson’s research in honor of his grandfather. Mr. Gurkoff is the winner of the 2013 SXSW Dewey Wilburne Interactive Award. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
LARRY WARRENPresident & CEO, Trinity Health Corporation - Executive Mentor
Larry Warren was interim President and CEO of Trinity Health Corporation. With more than 30 years of hospital and human resource management experience, he has previously served as CEO at Howard University Hospital and the University of Michigan Hospital. Mr. Warren earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in education administration from Eastern Michigan University.
MADHURA BHATHealth for America - Fellow
Madhura Bhat is a co-founder of Health for America. This non-profit organization creates community-based, innovative health solutions. Health for America promotes fresh thinking for health solutions to the young leaders it works with. Born and raised in Zambia, Madhura migrated to the United States at age 16 to attend college. Madhura has worked with Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, and the United Nations, maximizing the impact of their health investments.
DICK SCHMIDTExecutive Mentor
Mr. Dick Schmitt is a Management Consultant and Executive Coach for both private clients as well as students at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. He previously was a partner with A. T. Kearney and served as Managing Director, Europe for A. T. Kearney Executive Search based in Brussels. Mr. Schmidt holds a BA in economics from Xavier University and an MBA from the Tuck School. He is an avid reader, travel enthusiast, skier, and tennis player. Mr. Schmidt is a native of Detroit and now resides in McLean, VA.
BRUKTY TIGABUWhiz Kids Workshop - Fellow
Brukty Tigabu is a co-founder of Whiz Kids Workshop, a children’s education production company in Ethiopia. From her personal experience, Brukty knew children had very few opportunities to learn about basic hygiene and thus fall prey to preventable diseases. Whiz Kid’s Workshop was created to be a simple but effective way to educate children on health issues and other life skills. She is a 2012 Rolex Award for Enterprise laureate, and 2011 Tech Awards laureate, and a speaker at TEDx events.
PETE SMITHCEO, AI Tayyar Energy - Executive Mentor
Dr. Granville (Pete) Smith is the CEO of Al Tayyar Energy, a role he has held since 1999. Pete has led and developed renewable energy projects for over three decades in more than 30 developing countries. His career spans all stages of the renewable energy sector and value chain.
MARIANA ASTRID GONZALEZ PACHECOIllumexico - Fellow
Mariana Astrid Gonzalez Pacheco is the Co-Founder and Director of Institutional Development for ILUMEXICO Co. in 2008, Mariana co-founded her first company, Tecsus. Tecsus was a sustainable technology company focused on experience design. She previously worked in the Oil Exploration and Production Department at the Ministry of Energy. In 2012, she won the UVM Social Entrepreneur award. She is also cofounder of SVE, a student organization in the Engineering Faculty, which encourages entrepreneurship.
Knox SingletonCEO, Inova Health System - Executive Mentor
Knox Singleton is CEO of Inova Health System, one of the nation’s most integrated and most wired healthcare delivery systems and one of the largest in the metropolitan Washington region. He was named Citizen of the Year by The Washington Post in 1990 and was inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame in November 2009. Mr. Singleton serves as President of the Community Coalition for Haiti and is a Ruling Elder at Vienna Presbyterian Church. Mr. Singleton has four children and lives in McLean, Virginia.
Annie RyuGlobal Village Fruits - Fellow
Annie Ryu created Global Village Fruits after seeing first hand jackfruit going to waste in India. Her organization handles the logistics needed to supply jackfruit from small farms to global markets. Profits are then reinvested or loaned back to the farmers to create sustainable businesses. Ms. Ryu was an honorary fellow at the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT and Glamour Magazine named her one of the Top Ten College Women. She graduated from Harvard University in 2013.
CLIFF KAYSERVice Preseident & Partner, Polarity Partnerships LLC - Executive Mentor
Cliff has over 20 years of experience in organizational development, executive coaching, and leadership training and development. He is a Vice President and Partner of Polarity Partnerships LLC, where he serves as the Dean of the 2-year Mastery and Coaching Programs in Polarity Thinking. Cliff is also the founder and President of Xperience LLC, an organizational development consulting firm.
ERIC GOLDSTEINOne World Education - Fellow
Eric Goldstein is the Executive Director and Founder of One World Education (OWEd). The nonprofit organization leads middle and high school Common Core literacy programs and publishes student essays about cultural and global issues, promoting peer-to-peer learning and building the skills necessary for college and career writing. Eric has been an educator in public, charter and independent schools, and earned a United States Department of the Interior Partners in Education Award while teaching in a charter school in Southeast Washington DC in 2006.
FRED SINGERCEO, Echo360 - Executive Mentor
Fred is an Internet pioneer and entrepreneur whose career and philanthropic activities have spanned a broad range of interests from education, media, arts, science and veteran affairs. Fred is the CEO of Echo360, an innovative education and technology firm. Before Echo360, Fred was a Senior Advisor to Masayoshi Son, President and CEO of SoftBank, and Chairman of Sprint’s Board of Directors. He was also active as a venture partner at SoftBank Capital in the US.
VICTOR GUTIERREZFútbol Más - Fellow
Victor is the Founder of Futbol Mas, which aims to increase the resilience and development of children in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chile, Haiti and Ecuador. Victor was born in Santiago, Chile. Victor has been involved in social activities from a young age, both as a participant and as an organizer. Deeply passionate about community development, Victor decided to study psychology at the Catholic University of Chile where he was involved with several community programs.
LEIGH ANN SCHULTZManaging Director, MorganFranklin Consulting - Executive Mentor
Leigh Ann Schultz served as Managing Director at MorganFranklin Consulting. She is a dynamic market leader with more than 20 years of Big Four accounting, industry, consulting, and regulatory experience. With a proven track record leading complex regulatory and strategic growth initiatives, her experience spans initial public offerings (IPO), regulatory compliance, forensic accounting, corporate investigations, litigation support, and business transformation.
LIZIANE SILVAINK - Fellow
Liziane Silva is Co-Founder and CEO of INK – which inspires, trains and connects people and organizations to transform their realities through entrepreneurial action. Ink’s focus is to inspire and support change in NGOs and social businesses, providing professional training, consulting services and ideas to expand impact and relevance. Established in 2012, INK has reached approximately two thousand people and has trained over 500 people in Brazil
DONNA HARTLEYExecutive Mentor
With an MBA and PhD, Donna has a 20-year history in corporate environments, serving as a business unit head or advisor on strategic planning. In her career, Donna has held executive positions at both The Dannon Company and Yoplait. She has extensive familiarity in designing and implementing expansion plans as well as change management strategies for business units of international corporate leaders.
AUTUMN ADEIGBOThe Autumn Adeigbo Collection - Fellow
Autumn Adeigbo is the designer behind the Autumn Adeigbo Collection. The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, she developed her love for fashion watching her mother sew her clothes. After receiving a degree in Economics from Spelman College, Autumn studied fashion design at Parsons, the New School of Design, and went on to work for designers Betsey Johnson and Anna Sui, as well as assist stylists Andrea Lieberman, Leslie Fremar, and Rebecca Weinberg for a total of seven years before developing her own collection that enhances sustainable income for underserved women in Africa.
HOPE TAITZManaging Partner, ELY Advisors - Executive Mentor
Hope Schefler Taitz is the Managing Partner of ELY Advisors where she analyzes and invests in early and late stage companies in the consumer and retail sectors. Previously, Hope was the founder and Managing Partner of Catalyst Partners, a money management firm focused on special situations in both debt and equity in the retail, consumer and specialty finance sectors. She also sits on the board of many corporations.
REESE FERNANDEZ-RUIZRags2Riches - Fellow
Reese Fernandez-Ruiz is a co-founder of Rags2Riches, an eco-ethical handbags and home accessories brand that retails products made by local artisans in the poorest communities of the Philippines. This concept was first developed from an assignment in a business innovation class while attending Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. In 2010 Reese was awarded the Rolex Award for Enterprise, and is currently at Santa Clara University for the Global Social Benefit Incubator.
Lydia ThomasNoblis, Past President & CEO - Executive Mentor
Dr. Lydia Thomas is the former President & CEO of Noblis, a nonprofit science, technology and strategy organization. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Posse Foundation, as well as a Trustee of the Inova Health System. The Financial Times named her Director of the Year for 2013. Dr. Thomas was named one of The Most Important Blacks in Technology in 2005 and 2006.
SASHA FISHERSpark MicroGrants - Fellow
Sasha Fisher is the founder Spark MicroGrants, which provides small loans and grants to community-led projects in East Africa. Initial funding for Spark MicroGrants came from Yahoo’s charitable funding division and now Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, USAID, Google, and others have joined this cause. Since July 2010 Spark has partnered with over 30 communities in Rwanda and Uganda. Sasha graduated from the University of Vermont in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and Human Security.
MARY MARSHALLCEO, Marshall Advisors - Executive Mentor
Mary Marshall is the CEO of Marshall Advisors, an executive advisory agency that works with CEOs and their executive teams to help achieve their goals more quickly and efficiently. She started her career running a family-owned business and has helped many small companies expand, grow, and be successful ever since. Ms. Marshall has extensive experience as a coach and consultant to numerous executives throughout her career.
REID SAARISEqual Opportunity Schools - Fellow
Reid Saaris founded Equal Opportunity Schools with the mission to find “missing” students – qualified students not enrolled in the most rigorous courses – and ensure that they received the coursework needed to prepare them for college. Prior to this work, Mr. Saaris taught and headed the AP and IB programs at a high school in South Carolina. Mr. Saaris received Stanford’s 2010 Social Innovation Fellowship and is currently an Echoing Green Fellow and a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur.
CYNTHIA EGANExecutive Vice President, T.Rowe Price - Executive Mentor
Cynthia Egan is a former Executive Vice President of T.Rowe Price Investments. She has extensive experience in building and leading financial businesses through beginning stages, dramatic growth, and strategic repositioning. Ms. Egan has held senior operating positions with both Fidelity Investments and T. Rowe Price. Throughout her career, she has also been an NPO chief executive, industry leader, and spokesperson. Ms. Egan is a director of Envestnet and serves on several volunteer boards.
CHRISTI ADAMSSAVE - Fellow
Christi Adams founded Stop Abuse, Victim Empowerment (SAVE) with her parents and sister following her own experience with domestic abuse. SAVE is an advocacy and outreach-based nonprofit organization founded in December 2011 to stop the cycle of domestic abuse and support survivors of domestic abuse. Through its outreach programs SAVE aims to educate adolescents, teens, and young adults in an effort to prevent future generation of abuse and build momentum for social change.
TRACY FITZSIMMONSPresident, Shenandoah University - Executive Mentor
Tracy Fitzsimmons is the 16th President of Shenandoah University. She is the institution’s first female president since its founding in 1875 and one of the youngest university presidents in the Commonwealth of Virginia. With regional expertise in Latin America, Tracy has taught courses on development and disaster relief, world politics, global democratization, women, and Latin American politics. Her published research on democratization, civil society, and gender in new civilian police forces has taken her across the world.
Jay KloppenbergAfrican School for Excellence - Fellow
Jay Kloppenberg is the founder and CEO of the African School for Excellence, which provides high-quality secondary schools to impoverished areas of South Africa at a fraction of the normal cost. Jay has taught English in the United States and Senegal, and has an MBA from the INSEAD Business School in France. Before founding the African School for Excellence, Jay worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co. in New Jersey and South Africa and as a venture capitalist at Mecene Investment in Johannesburg.
Tama Duffy DayDirector of Health and Wellness, Gensler - Executive Mentor
Tama is the Director of Health and Wellness at Gensler, the leading global design and architecture firm. With more than 30 years of experience, Tama is a strategic leader who believes that research-driven design can transform environments into spaces that improve productivity, efficiency, innovation, and re-shape cultures. Tama was appointed to Interior Design’s Health Care and Wellness Advisory Council, a group of leading industry experts who advise their peers on innovation, standards, challenges, and trends in the healthcare industry.
MARINA MANSILLA HERMANNFundación TierraVida - Fellow
Marina Mansilla Hermann is a social entrepreneur in the field of environmental sustainability, with 20 years of experience inspiring, supporting and mobilizing youth to address the challenges of sustainable development and promoting youth participation in sustainability policy and decision making at the international and national level. Marina is the President and Founder of Fundación TierraVida, an Argentinean-based NGO working to educate, mobilize and promote citizen participation to achieve sustainable development in Latin America.
Wood ParkerFormer CEO, TASC - Executive Mentor
Wood Parker is the former CEO of TASC, a spin-off from Northrop Grumman. He also served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years where he commanded a Navy destroyer during the first Persian Gulf War. Mr. Parker participated in the White House Fellows Program and has remained active with the program. He has written extensively about change management, leadership, and transformation initiatives to achieve improved business results.
MELISSA KUSHNERGoods for Good - Fellow
Goods for Good, founded by Melissa Kushner, works to aid orphans in Malawi. The organization originally distributed basic goods to orphans but has shifted its efforts to promote sustainable improvements. Now they partner directly with community centers to provide the resources needed to establish successful small businesses. The improved financial capacity of these communities allows them to independently care for orphans. Ms. Kushner is a recipient of New York University's Distinguished Young Alumna award.