Board of advisors
Rita Cleary is a social entrepreneur whose background encompasses over twenty years of experience in organizational and community development. She is founder of The Learning Circle, a company of thought leaders in management sciences representing innovative methodologies in organizational learning, sustainability and appreciative inquiry. Rita is also founder of the Visions Of A Better World Foundation, which she created in 1994 as a result of a global dialogue held at the United Nations. Previously, Rita served as a member of the Governing Council of the MIT Organizational Learning Center as well as a founding design member in the creation of the Society for Organizational Learning (SOL).
David L. Cooperrider is the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University where he is faculty director of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value. David is best known for his pioneering theory on Appreciative Inquiry and has served as advisor to senior executives in business and societal leadership roles, including projects with five Presidents such as William Jefferson Clinton, and Nobel Laureates such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica. David has published 15 books and authored over 50 articles and serves as editor of both the “Journal of Corporate Citizenship” with Ron Fry and the research series for “Advances for Appreciative Inquiry,” with Michel Avital. In 2010 David was awarded the Peter F. Drucker Distinguished Fellow by the Drucker School of Management — a designation recognizing his contribution to management thought. His books include “Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change” (with Diana Whitney); “The Organization Dimensions of Global Change” (with Jane Dutton); “Organizational Courage and Executive Wisdom” (with Suresh Srivastva); and the research series “Advances in Apprecitive Inquiry” (with Michel Avital.)
Jacqueline Cambata, born in Bombay, India, grew up in Asia and Europe and attended university in the United States. She has worked in the chemical industry for 17 years and founded Phoenix Chemical Limited in 1987, which she subsequently sold. Jacqueline founded Jacqueline Cambata Designs, LLC, which manufactures high end porcelain tableware manufactured in Europe. Profits generated support micro-finance and the creation of women entrepreneurs moving from poverty to dignity. She is president of a family business, StarPort, which provides maintenance support to a wide range of aircrafts, including Bombardier, Cessna, Falcon, Gulfstream, Hawker Beechcraft and more. StarPort is located in Sanford, Florida, at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport (KSFB). The company presently has a worldwide client base and employs a professionally trained and awe-inspiring team of employees. Jacqueline is featured in the book “Merchants of Vision: People Bringing New Purpose and Values to Business” by James Liebig. Ms. Cambata is on the Advisory Board of The Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at Case Western Reserve University. She is also a member of The Academy of Systemic Change founded by Peter Senge.
Positively obsessed with how to create better lives, better businesses and better communities, Nigerian born-New York raised, writer, speaker and strategist Ozioma founded BurnBright International, a transformation consultancy that specializes in helping individual and corporate clients produce excellent results through coaching, training and supporting the development of skills and strategies that inspire, ignite and optimize brilliance.
Ozioma’s personal and professional journey has led her to teach at world renowned academic institutions, develop brand strategies for Fortune 500 brands, lead a strategic division of a Madison Ave agency, speak at the United Nations, publish work internationally, and partner with local politicians to create visionary grass roots community strategies based on creating lasting change.
Ozioma is the creator of World Dream Day, a participatory day of activation that empowers individuals, organizations and communities to identify their dreams, goals and aspirations and use them to create positive change in the world.
Michele is a Transformation Catalyst and Strategic Advisor on leadership, organization and community development, and strategic communications. She helps leaders engage their employees and stakeholders to transform their cultures into vision-led, values-based, high-performance organizations. Michele is also a keynote speaker at meetings and conferences on The Power of Shared Vision & Values, DreamMakers, and Flourishing Communities. She has been a social entrepreneur for over 20 years.
In 1992 Michele was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on his Transition Team. In 1993 she was appointed by the President to serve as the Director of the Federal Quality Institute, the resource center for the a bi-partisan initiative, Reinventing Government: Creating a Government that Works Better & Cost Less, led by Vice President Gore. She served her country in this capacity during President Clinton’s first term of office.
Michele previously served on the executive leadership team of Herman Miller, Inc., a Fortune 500 global office furniture company. She was the Corporate Vice President For People responsible for “human resources”, quality management, learning and development, corporate communications, change management and government, community and shareholder relations. In this capacity she also facilitated Herman Miller’s whole company transformation processes, called Renewal.
She began her career with the Michigan Department of Corrections as one of the first of two female probation officers to supervise adult male felons on probation in Detroit, Michigan. She then served as the Executive Director of the Michigan Halfway House for Women and later became Michigan’s first female deputy warden, leading programs for rehabilitation in a male prison, at the Michigan Dunes Correctional Facility.
Michele is the author of “DreamMakers Putting Vision and Values to Work,” foreword by Max De Pree, former CEO of Herman Miller; “DreamMakers Agents of Transformation, Brazil, and DreamMakers Innovating for the Greater Good.” She is also a collaborator on the documentary, “DreamMakers.” Michele is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
Her board affiliations include: The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University; Champlain College Stiller School of Business, David Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry; the Center for Digital Inclusion, Rio de Janeiro and the Detroit Windsor Dance Academy.
Swanee Hunt is President of Hunt Alternatives, which for more than three decades has advanced innovative and systemic approaches to social change at local, national, and global levels. The foundation is focused on bolstering women’s leadership in conflict regions, combating the demand for purchased sex, achieving political parity for US women in highest-level positions, supporting leaders of social movements, increasing philanthropy, and strengthening youth arts organizations. Dr. Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy and founder of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. From 1993 to 1997, she served as President Clinton’s ambassador to Austria, hosting negotiations and international symposia focused on stabilizing the neighboring Balkan states. A widely published researcher, columnist, and commentator, Hunt has authored articles for The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy Magazine, Global Post, and The Boston Globe, as well as three books: the award-winning “This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace”; her memoir, “Half-Life of a Zealot”; and “Worlds Apart: Bosnian Lessons for Global Security.” She is currently writing “Rwandan Women Rising.” She was married for 25 years to international conductor Charles Ansbacher. Her world includes their three children, and a menagerie of cat, parrot, horses, bison, and grandchildren.
Gayatri Naraine has been at the core of ivoh since its inception. She was among the main organizers of the first ivoh Conversation in New York City in 1999. Since then, she has facilitated conversations in Africa, Malaysia and various locations in the United States. Gayatri is a spiritual educator, writer and speaker. Since 1980 she has been the Brahma Kumaris’ (BK) representative to the United Nations in New York City. There, her role is to identify UN policies that have practical relevance for individuals’ lives; to explore and develop values-based and spiritual dimensions within these; and to create programs and publications to expand awareness through the BK’s network in 120 countries. Gayatri was pivotal in the development of the Living Values Education program, working closely with UNICEF and UNESCO in its implementation. She has also contributed to the International Labor Organization’s Agenda on Decent Work in their consultation with NGOs. Gayatri Naraine has spent the last ten years exploring the transformational depth of silent reflection and the impact it has on actions for world benefit.
Bill Mitchell is a veteran reporter and editor who has worked mostly online for more than 20 years. For several months in 2013, he served as acting executive director of ivoh. These days he splits his time between Boston and Detroit, where he co-founded a news and marketing initiative called Detroit143.org. Previously, Bill led the team that created Poynter Online, a leading resource for journalists worldwide, and later taught entrepreneurial journalism at Poynter. He took a buyout in 2012 and currently serves as a Poynter affiliate faculty. Before joining Poynter, Bill helped create Universal Uclick, the digital arm of University Press Syndicate. As director of electronic publishing at the San Jose Mercury News from 1992 to 1995, he led the team that built Mercury Center, one of the world’s first electronic newspapers. Previously, Bill was a reporter, editor, Washington correspondent and European correspondent for the Detroit Free Press & Knight Ridder. He was also a bureau chief for TIME and has served twice as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes. He lives at the Beacon Hill Friends House in Boston and blogs about his experiences there with his wife, Carol, at www.ayearinaroom.com. You can follow Bill’s Tweets at @bmitch.
Christina Carvalho Pinto is internationally recognized for her work in the expansion of human consciousness through media. After being the first woman in Latin America to lead a huge multinational group – Young & Rubicam Group – she founded Full Jazz Communications, embracing the positioning of Creative Consciousness. In partnership with the evolutionary economist Hazel Henderson, Christina leads the multimedia platform Mercado Ético (Ethical Markets) in Brazil. She’s president of Conteúdos com Conteúdo (Content with Content), a company that specializes in creating and producing innovative and transformative contents for all media. Christina, who is also cofounder of SHIFT – Transformative Agents, was twice elected “The Most Influent Woman in Brazil in the Marketing and Communications Sector” by Forbes magazine subscribers.
Avideh Shashaani, founder and president of the Washington, D.C. nonprofit Fund for the Future of our Children, works through the fund to develop multicultural programs that encourage young people to be agents of peace in local and global environments. She brings to this undertaking her vast experience and leadership in empowering uprooted women, promoting the rights of children and women with disabilities, and achieving social justice and tolerance. She has served on the boards of organizations such as Refugee Women in Development and MOSAICA: The Center for Nonprofit Development and Pluralism, and was the first Co-Director of the United Nations’ International Institute for Rehabilitation in Developing Countries. She was appointed by the UN Secretary General to the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on the “Socio-Economic Implications of Investments in Rehabilitation of the Disabled.” She promotes intercultural and interfaith understanding through lectures, workshops and publications. She also does this through her books, “Promised Paradise,” “Remember Me,” and “Tell Me Where To Be Born,” and her translations into English of Persian mystical texts. She received her Ph.D. in Sufi Studies. Her literary endeavors have also extended to a five-year term as Vice President of the Literary Friends of the D.C. Public Library.
Dave Stiller is the president of Heritage Aviation, which provides fixed base operations and aircraft maintenance at the Burlington International Airport. Dave also works as an Investor Relations Manager for Sunrise Management Services, directing investments in private businesses and donations to nonprofit organizations located in the New England area.
Dave received a BA in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009 and an MFA in Emergent Media from Champlain College in 2012. He is an advocate and practitioner of Appreciative Inquiry, Holacracy, and David Allen’s Getting Things Done method. He lives with his fiancé in Burlington, Vermont.
Erin Shaw Street is Lifestyle Editor at Big Communications, a full-service creative agency in Birmingham, Alabama, where she manages content initiatives for a wide range of clients. She is a travel writer, essayist, and editor, previously serving as Deputy Editor at Southern Living. There she managed Travel and Culture, as well as Integrated Content, developing digital strategy for the brand. Street previously served Director of Community Affairs at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, managing public relations, fundraising, and volunteer services. She began her career as a newspaper reporter, working at The Birmingham Post-Herald and Sar
Bob Steele’s 45-year professional career spans professional journalism and ethics, academia and the military. He spent nearly 20 years guiding the journalism ethics program at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, working with journalists across the country and around the world. He consulted for dozens of news organizations and he helped guide the process of evaluating and rewriting the NPR News Code of Ethics. He has been frequently interviewed by news organizations including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News, and CNN. From 2008-2014 Bob was a distinguished professor in journalism ethics at his undergraduate alma mater, DePauw University, teaching first-year seminars on values and storytelling, as well as Honor Scholar seminars and journalism ethics classes. At DePauw he also served as director of the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics. Right out of college he enlisted in the Army and served as a Signal Corps Officer in Vietnam in 1971-72. He then spent nearly a decade as a television reporter and newsroom manager in Maine and Iowa.
Steele graduated from DePauw in 1969 with a degree in economics, and he received his M.S. degree in television-radio from Syracuse University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa writing his dissertation on journalism ethics. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Journalism from DePauw in 2007 and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Emerson College in 2006. In 2010, the Society of Professional Journalists honored him as a Fellow of the Society, the highest honor SPJ bestows upon a journalist for extraordinary contributions to the profession. In 1972, he received a Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievement while serving as an Army Signal Corps Office in Vietnam.