Breakthrough Thinkers and Opinion Leaders
William D. Albright, Jr. is Quality of Work Life and Benefits Director for The MITRE Corporation. His responsibilities include the oversight and direction of programs and policies designed to enhance and maintain the quality of work life for employees.
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John Barrett III is mayor of North Adams, Mass. From overseeing the city’s transformation from a single industry-based economy to a multi-business model, to acting as the driving force behind artistic space development, Mayor Barrett has made an indelible mark on the economy, education and the city’s cultural and recreational life.
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Susie Bonvouloir is currently the US Vice President of Human Resources (HR) for CGI, a business and IT consulting and outsourcing firm with 5,200 employees in the US, over 1,700 in India, and over 25,500 world-wide.
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Evan G. Burfield is founder and CEO of Synteractive, Inc., a Tysons Corner-based technology consulting firm which developed the proprietary Intelligent Orchestration™ framework to maximize the return on an organization’s knowledge assets.
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Dr. Jack D. Dale joined Fairfax County Public Schools, the nation's 12th largest school system, as Superintendent in July 2004. From 1996 to June 2004, he served as superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools, Maryland, where he was named Maryland's superintendent of the year.
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David DeLong, MIT AgeLab research fellow and and adjunct professor at Babson College. DeLong is the author of Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce. His firm, David DeLong & Associates, helps companies solve performance and staffing problems caused by an aging workforce and skills shortages.
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Anne Fisher is a senior writer for FORTUNE magazine, where she covers workplace and management topics. Fisher also writes the popular weekly career-advice column "Ask Annie" at CNNMoney.com and is the author of two books, If My Career's on the Fast Track, Where Do I Get a Road Map? and Wall Street Women.
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Richard Florida, Ph.D., author of the 2002 best-seller, The Rise of the Creative Class and the 2005 must-read follow-up, The Flight of the Creative Class.
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Thomas Friedman, three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times and author of the runaway best-seller, The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century.
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M. Gagnon is the director of Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm’s "Cool Cities" initiative, which has become a movement and a nationally acclaimed collaborative model for economic engagement and community revitalization, resulting in a new way to think about urban policy.
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Rodney Hunt is owner and founder of RS Information Systems, Inc. (RSIS),
a mission-oriented business focused on information technology, systems engineering,
information assurance, telecommunications, and scientific services and solutions.
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Robert E. Kahn, Ph.D., is chairman, CEO and president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), which he founded in 1986 as a not-for-profit organization to provide leadership and funding for research and development of the National Information Infrastructure.
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Rob Keeling is the Vice President of Diversity at Capital One, where he is responsible for leading the company’s diversity strategy and initiatives on behalf of over 32,000 associates across the company’s many lines of business.
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Deidre A. Lee, is Director of Management and Chief Acquisition Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She has direct oversight and management of four of FEMA’s lines of business: the Offices of Human Resources, Information Technology, Chief Procurement Officer and Facilities Management and Services.
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Robert L. Lynch is the president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, the national organization dedicated to making the arts more accessible to every American. Under his leadership the services and membership of Americans for the Arts has grown by 4,000% over the last 20 years.
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H. Edward (Ted) Muendel is a co-founder and International Chairman Emeritus of Stanton Chase International and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Smith Business School, Entrepreneurial Center, at the University of Maryland.
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Michael Murray is Vice President and General Manager of AOL’s New Ventures and Innovation Team.
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Robert J. O’Neill, Jr., is executive director of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), a membership organization dedicated to creating excellence in local government through professional management. ICMA's worldwide membership includes nearly 8,000 chief appointed administrators, assistant administrators, and other individuals.
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Stephen Oronte is Senior Director for Net-centric Solutions at Command Information, where he is overseeing the U.S.’s first IPv6 training center and early IPv6 deployments.
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Vice Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., is Chief of Staff of the U.S. Coast Guard and Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C. Vice Admiral Papp oversees general management functions of the Coast Guard. Vice Admiral Papp’s previous assignment was Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District with responsibility for all Coast Guard missions on the Great Lakes.
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Tom Patterson is the CEO and president of Command Information. Tom founded Command Information in 2005, and it is now the largest and fastest growing IPv6 solutions company in America, with more than $50 million dollars of revenue and over 350 employees.
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Frank Sesno has been chronicling world events as a journalist for more than 25 years. He is a professor of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and is a special correspondent for CNN, where he makes documentaries and works on special projects for the network.
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Sarah M. St. Clair is the Director, People Services, for Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. Sarah and her team of business partners oversee all facets of HR delivery date of hire through the employee lifecycle.
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Kevin Stickles is HR Manager, Virginia and Maryland, for Wegmans Food Markets, where he is responsible for 2,100 employees in three Virginia and Maryland stores.
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Alvin Toffler, writer and former associate editor of Fortune magazine, literally invented the role of the futurist with the publication of his seminal work, Future Shock. His new book is called Revolutionary Wealth.
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Joe Watson is CEO of Reston, VA-based Without Excuses and StrategicHire. Without Excuses delivers professional development programs and StrategicHire specializes in the placement of diverse middle- and senior-level management personnel. Watson is the author of Without Excuses: Unleash the Power of Diversity to Build Your Business.
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Stephen B. Wehrenberg, Ph.D., is the Chief of Human Resource Strategy and Capability Development, United States Coast Guard, and Director of Future Force, an ambitious ten year effort to overhaul human resource systems and processes to support line managers and the workforce in the pursuit of Coast Guard missions.
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Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D., serves as president of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She is the first African American and the first woman to serve in this capacity.
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