The success of GGF’s programs relies on a diverse community of coaches, mentors, donors, and others who are
committed to providing business and leadership expertise to accelerate the pace of equitable social impact. As part of
the GGF community, volunteers have the opportunity to deliver expertise to the innovators we serve — and to
network with peers with shared values.
GGC’s Young Executive Council is a “junior board” of dedicated professionals who are committed to social entrepreneurship and being a part of the GGF community, both socially and philanthropically.
Each program participant is paired with a GGF mentor, who all are established business or non-profit leaders with a proven record of starting, running, and or scaling major businesses/organizations. Mentors carry out a 10-month relationship with the social entrepreneur they are paired with, leveraging their experience and expertise to guide their mentee in implementing their personal Leadership Development Plan. The partnership is a mutually beneficial way to turn success into significance, a unique combination of cross-generational power that yields exponential impact.
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. Larry earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in education administration from Eastern Michigan University.
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. Dick 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.
Knox Singleton is CEO of Inova Health System, one of the nation’s most integrated and wired healthcare delivery systems nationally 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. Knox 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.
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, D.C.. 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.
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.
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 two-year Mastery and Coaching Programs in Polarity Thinking. Cliff is also the founder and President of Xperience LLC, an organizational development consulting firm.
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.
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, he 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.
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.
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.
Dr. Donna Hartley has a 20-year history in corporate environments, serving as a business unit head or advisor on strategic planning. She has held executive positions at both The Dannon Company and Yoplait, and has extensive familiarity in designing and implementing expansion plans as well as change management strategies for business units of international corporate leaders.
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.
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 since helped many small companies expand, grow, and reach their goals. Mary has extensive experience as a coach and consultant to numerous executives throughout her career.
Wood Parker is the former CEO of TASC, a spin-off from Northrop Grumman. He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, where he commanded a Navy destroyer during the first Persian Gulf War. Wood 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.
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. Cynthia 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. Cynthia is a director of Envestnet and serves on several volunteer boards.
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.
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. Sami holds an MBA from Stanford University and Masters in Science from the Physics department of Helsinki University of Technology. He is a six-time Hawaii Ironman triathlon competitor and 2011 triathlon world champion in his age group.
Each program participant is paired with a professional Executive Coach, who helps to interpret and internalize their 360 Mirror Leadership Development Assessment results and use that feedback as a key component of building a Leadership Development Plan.
Ronni Hendel-Giller is a certified coach with the NeuroLeadership Group and also a Barrett Values Center Consultant. She is a graduate of Hebrew University in Jerusalem and holds a Masters Degree in Instructional and Performance Technology from Boise State University.
Kevin Lamb is the Senior Advisor for Organizational Effectiveness at Catholic Relief Services (CRS). He is an experienced planner, facilitator, project manager, and executive coach. Kevin is passionate about helping individuals, teams, and entire organizations adapt and thrive by focusing on both performance and organizational health. He also played a lead role in planning and establishing Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley campus at the NASA Research Park in Mountain View, California.
Cliff Kayser works in organizational development, executive coaching, and leadership training. He is VP and Partner of Polarity Partnerships LLC, where he serves as the Dean of the 2-year Mastery and Coaching Programs in Polarity Thinking. He holds an MA in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management from American University and a BA in History and Business from Lenoir-Rhyne University. He also is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Executive Leadership Coaching Program.
Lizann Peyton is an experienced nonprofit consultant, specializing in strategic planning, leadership development, stakeholder engagement, and building the governance and staff capacity of small- and medium-size organizations to ensure their sustainability. Lizann holds a Masters in Organization and Management from Antioch New England Graduate School and has consulted to the sector since 1997. She is a nationally certified Core Capacity Assessment facilitator.
Constance Aguayo is the managing principal consultant at Aguayo Group, which specializes in professional coaching for leadership in business and life. She is extensively experienced in organization and culture change, leadership, and executive coaching. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology and quality management were conferred by Spelman College and Loyola University New Orleans, respectively.
Shawn Boockoff has expertise in organizational leadership, professional coaching, and Agile Leadership and Coaching. He holds a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership. Shawn is a Somatic Coach (SISC), an executive and team coach (ICF ACC), and a Certified Scrum Master (Scrum Alliance).
Russ Watts guides leaders to reach their potential by leveraging mindfulness, the ability to assess situations and behaviors objectively, plus compassion, humor, and authentic support. In his training as an executive coach, he discovered the body as a powerful ally for learning and growth. Russ holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership and is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Executive Leadership Coach training. He holds an ACC level of certification from the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Brenda Harrington is the founder of Adaptive Leadership Strategies, LLC. She works with organizations to improve performance by helping leaders and key individual contributors work with greater agility and expand leadership capacity. Brenda completed Leadership Coach training at Georgetown University, and is certified by the International Coach Federation. She is also certified by the Thunderbird School of Global Management to facilitate the Global Mindset Inventory.
Lauren Edelstein is a coach, trainer, and facilitator with expertise in conflict management and negotiation. Lauren teaches upper-level undergraduate courses in conflict management and negotiation at the University of Maryland and is also on the faculty of the Washington Hospital Center’s Center for Ethics. Lauren received an MA from Georgetown University in Conflict Resolution and completed mediation certification through the Northern Virginia Mediation Service.
John Eisenschmidt is a leader, technical consultant (certified PMP®, CSM, CSP, and ICP-ACC), and entrepreneur. For nearly 20 years, he has coached individuals and teams towards greater agility within corporations, nonprofits, higher education, and the federal government. As a Leadership Development Coach, John believes that “leader” is more than a designation or title, and that leaders take responsibility for their own development. He is a Strozzi Institute certified Somatic Coach (SISC), an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC), and a certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator. John is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Business.
Peter Wolff is a management consultant and facilitator on the topics of leadership, team collaboration, and organizational design. He provides experiential learning for teams to increase emotional and social intelligence, and engage in co-creating high-performance culture. A native of San Francisco, Wolff earned his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and worked as an innovation manager at Mercedes-Benz Research in Palo Alto.
Maryl C. Levine has expertise in executive coaching for CEOs and social entrepreneurs in the U.S. and in developing countries, including management and organizational development experience. Maryl is an Executive Coach from the Behavioral Coaching Institute.
R Mahesh Iyer is a graduate from Delhi University and is a Rank Chartered Accountant with 40 years’ experience in CXO positions in various functional capacities. He has worked for both Indian and global multi-national corporations. Currently, he is a corporate trainer, coach and motivational speaker who blends industry experience and methodologies to deliver high-impact value management to cross-functional teams and businesses.
Margaret Cary is an executive coach for leaders and their teams. She is an ICF Professional Certified Coach and graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching program, working with leaders in private industry, medical centers, professional associations, and the pharmaceutical industry. She co-founded and co-directs A Whole New Doctor, a program that adds value to medical education through experiential learning and coaching.
Nelson Carcamo is a leadership development coach with senior leadership experience, and the founder of NC Consulting eNTERPRISES, Inc., a Coaching and consulting firm dedicated to empower leaders true potential and purpose. Nelson holds two MBA’s in Global Management and International Business and a Leadership Professional Certificate from Harvard University. He is a Certified Human Behavioral – DISC Consultant from Personality Insights Institute and serves in the John Maxwell organization as Executive Director.
Brenda Lawrence is a coach, facilitator and consultant. She is a certified partner with the John Maxwell Team. Additionally, she is certified through the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute. She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from California Southern University and Chief Information Officer Certification from National Defense University.
Julie Winkle Giulioni is the co-founder and principal of DesignArounds. She is an author and speaker on performance improvement, leadership, sales, and customer service. Julie is the co-author of the bestseller, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want.
Anna Maria Larsen is the founder of Lumenis Partners, an executive coaching and retained executive search practice based in Virginia. Anna Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. as well as a certificate in Organizational Leadership and Not-For-Profit Management from Harvard University. She is a certified Leadership Coach from Georgetown University and is credentialed by the International Coaching Federation.
Rashmi Ripley specializes in leadership coaching with startups and subject matter experts. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and holds the following certifications: Hogan Personality Assessment Certification, Leadership Circle Profile 360 Certification, and Leadership System Certification.
Kathleen Ross is a senior human resources and organizational leader and advisor. Her expertise spans across multiple industries including start-ups, IPOs, private equity funds, and organization intervention and redesign. She is Adjunct Faculty at George Washington University.
Yemi Adeeko is a Certified John Maxwell Trainer, Speaker, Coach, and Empowerment Mentor. She finds her passion in helping others in their personal growth and on their journey to realize their full potential. She is a registered Veterinary Surgeon and obtained a Master’s degree in Toxicology. She holds an Extended Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.
Tiffany Green is a thought leader who brings organization development expertise specifically in team engagements, organization design, talent management, and leadership development. She has served as the lead and project manager for whole-scale change initiatives across multiple organizations. She is a Certified Executive Coach, MBTI certified, and also has Project Management certification.
Personal, team, and organizational learning has been Marietta’s focus since she graduated from Leyden University (the Netherlands). Form and shape varied from teaching at the university to consulting for Dutch central government, building a corporate academy, to coaching educational leaders. She ultimately transitioned from a cognitive model of learning to embodied learning, both as a student and teacher of yoga and as a somatic coach. her vision is to share the wealth of embodied learning through EmbodiedWorks.
Jim Sims is an executive leadership coach whose first career spanned over three decades in the legal profession, during which he trained, mentored, and coached countless people with diverse backgrounds. Jim served on his firm’s professional development, professional evaluation, associates, and intra-office relations committees, participated heavily in the firm’s recruiting process at many levels, and captained a number of community service volunteer teams. Jim has also worked in numerous volunteer capacities for the American Bar Association, provided pro bono legal service to dozens of clients, and served on several nonprofit boards, including the American Hospice Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Association for Imago Relationship Therapists, and most recently the Metro Washington, DC Charter Chapter of the International Coach Federation.
In addition to extensive experience with accomplished visionary leaders worldwide, Jeff brings passion and insight to the next generation of business leaders through professional and leadership development instruction, and coaching with students at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. In 2002, he founded an executive coaching and consulting practice focused on purpose-based leadership development, support, training, and facilitation for leaders and their teams. Since then, he has worked with hundreds of socially-minded professionals, business thought-leaders, and mission-based organizations.
Laura brings proven expertise in executive coaching, team effectiveness, and strategy implementation to her coaching clients. With more than 20 years of experience, she honed her business acumen while operating as a consultant and manager across a breadth of industries including financial services, pharmaceuticals, professional services, private equity, media, and consumer goods. Laura has coached senior and high-potential leaders in a variety of business settings, including start-ups, multi-divisional corporations and global non-profits. Direct and empathetic, Laura combines practical business perspective with an appreciation for the challenges leaders face as they develop new ways of working and thinking.
Christiane has coached executives and facilitated strategy development for international NGOs, development agencies, community groups, and governments. She has built capacity among staff and consultants to organizations and facilitated long-term change management and culture change processes in Africa, the U.S., and Asia. She has repeatedly designed and managed high-impact learning programs for consultants and leaders and convened stakeholders around major social issues. Christiane has a deep knowledge of and supports others in their personal development and transformation.
The Women’s Giving Circle believes in evening the playing field for the world’s brightest leaders to help their ideas become the reality we strive for: a more equitable, just society. As a collective of women supporting women, the giving circle achieves this by pledging time, expertise, and donations. These resources are pooled together to sponsor GGF’s female program participants.