As a mentalist,he evokes mystery and inspires his audiences to be open to question their ideas and beliefs. His work has earned the admiration of world leaders, celebrities, and Fortune 500 CEOs, as well as the national and international media. As a cultural change agent, he is the Founder of the Open Future Institute. In addition to his work with Open Future Institute, he directs his creative and philanthropic energy as a board member and facilitator for organizations and projects that encourage an active questioning and development of our shared values, beliefs, and worldviews. He is a graduate of Amherst College and received a masters degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. He lives in New York City with his wife, Francesca, and regularly convenes a cross-section of the city’s brightest minds in “Evolutionary Salons” to explore questions of human purpose and potential. http://www.openfutureinstitute.org; http://experimentalist.com.
Most recently, she was Senior Program Manager for Liberty Global International in Amsterdam where she supervised large-scale international projects and teams. Previously, she held various program management positions at UPC Broadband Global Communications and Chello Internet Services also in Amsterdam, and US Robotics in CA. Her lifelong passion for social and humanitarian causes has also led her to contribute her skills to several nonprofit and NGO initiatives: from strategic consulting for tsunami post reconstructions in Sri Lanka; to program management for social entrepreneurs organizations such as Ashoka in USA, Kids Rights in the Netherland, and its affiliate partners in India and South Africa; to partnerships and relationships management for Emerging Cooking Solutions, a Stockholm-based company introducing cheaper, sustainable fuel and stoves in Africa.
He was named one of the “25 Most Influential Leaders” in the meeting and event industry by Meeting News magazine and holds other honors in the industry. He is also a consultant to the Office of Protocol of the US State Department where he advises on event and collaboration strategy for both State Department and White House events. Previously, he was Vice President of corporate communications at both PRIMEDIA and Macmillan Inc. He resides in New York City and is active in several nonprofit and professional organizations, including board positions with NYC & Company, the WNET Education Committee, and the Dean’s Advisory Council of the American University School of Communications. http://www.bizbash.com
Commission on Energy Policy. Prior to launching GivingWorks in 2002, he was a senior partner and practice leader at Strategic Decisions Group, advising corporate leaders on issues of leadership, business innovation, strategic marketing, business alliances, and capacity building. He founded several NGOs including the Overseas Development Network and has served on the Boards of Pact Inc., HSHR, and the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. He currently serves on the Boards of Decision Education Foundation, Giving Circles Network, and the Center for Community Engagement at Amherst College. He received his BA magna cum laude from Amherst College and his MA and MBA from Stanford University. http://givingworks.com
What has sparked her dedication to transformational giving and learning is her commitment to engaged donor leadership, enlightened by community-based wisdom and research, and spiritually-based practices for healing and global evolution. She is a member of Women Moving Millions, Advisors in Philanthropy, Threshold Foundation, The National Network of Consultants to Grant-makers, Edge Global Funders Alliance, and The Tipping Point Network. Her nonprofit work to Unleash Generosity through global donor and activist networks is done through a project so named, fiscally sponsored by the Triskeles Foundation. She is also a philanthropic advisor there, and through her own consulting business, Wholehearted Generosity. Gary is the author of Inspired Philanthropy: Creating a Giving Plan and Leaving a Legacy. http://www.inspiredlegacies.com
His specialty is designing and facilitating large-scale dialogues that engage up to several thousand people in a simultaneous interaction about key policy issues. Some of the dialogues he has facilitated include the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site, the recovery of New Orleans post-Katrina, health care reform in California, neuroscience research and policy in Europe, and the creation of a US movement to support adults with autism. He has also focused on supporting the development of a One Health approach to the detection and treatment of major infectious disease outbreaks, conducting conferences and workshops in the US, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. http://www.makingchangereal.com