Prof. Matthew Brown
University of Michigan Ross School of Business
Being an educator means paying attention to what interests others. That is why I practice action learning. It stretches everything: other's interests, my perspective, and makes complex problem-solving fun. I spent years in adventure education. AE taught me real living is not only about striving for self-gain or merely solving problems. AE taught me how to give of myself freely in serving others especially those young climbers (everyone is some sort of climber) who may need "my special" help to proceed or just get down safe in order to climb another day. I aim always ready to serve, to strive and not to yield...still my credo from Outward Bound.
Surprising to many who know me, I did earn a Ph. D. at the University of Michigan. It was a wonderful ordeal. I remain a committed educator because I adopted a deeper passion for continuous forms of learning, I am not aiming to reach any perceived end goal or an imagined summit...I thrive on learning and sharing new ideas and bravely facing change. I am working at being a better leader (and courageous follower)...and a role model for my family. It is a private quest that I work at diligently and daily make more public. I live an amazingly rich life guided by a simple generative idea...give it away.
There is still much to do...much to give away. And I am in a hurry these days...We (my family and I) finished building the house we dreamed up years ago...Now, I have to help my only daughter navigate to college life soon...My life revolves around my two special and loving women: my wife and my only daughter, Josie. So, I must give them all the time they demand...work smart as a collaborator, volunteer and a learner. What have I learned?...that my humility, good humor, and compassion are my best guides and my true sources of strength.
Prof. Steven Rogers
Harvard Business School
Prof. Steven Rogers teaches General Management and Entrepreneurial Finance at the Harvard Business School. In the executive programmes he teaches - 'Launching New Ventures' and 'Owners, Presidents and Managers (OPM)' and also teaches the Field Immersion Experience for Leadership Development (FIELD course in the MBA programme, where students create their own entrepreneurial ventures). A 1985 graduate of the school, Professor Rogers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College. Prior to teaching at Harvard Business School, he taught for 17 years at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, in the MBA, PhD and Executive programmes in the U.S., Toronto, Germany, and Hong Kong. He received the Outstanding Professor Award for the Executive Program 26 times and the MBA Lawrence Levengood Outstanding Professor of the Year award twice. He was the first professor in the school’s history to receive the latter award more than once.
Before joining the Kellogg Faculty, he owned and operated two manufacturing firms and one retail operation. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Professor Rogers worked at Bain and Company Consulting firm, Cummins Engine Company and UNC Ventures, a venture capital firm.
In 2013, he became the Faculty Director for the Inner City Initiative for Competition (ICIC) programme, that has the objective of teaching business owners in urban cities how to grow their companies. Professor Rogers was selected to give a speech on the topic of Entrepreneurship at the United Nations in 2013 as part of the TEDxUNPlaza Program. In 2011, he joined Chicago Mayor Emmanuel’s Supplier Diversity Task Force. In 2009, Ebony Magazine named him one of the top 150 influential people in America. In 2006, he was selected as one of the “100 Men Impacting Supplier Diversity.” In 2005, he received the ‘Bert King Award for Service’ from the African American Student Union at Harvard Business School. In 2000, he received the ‘Bicentennial Medal for Distinguished Achievement’ by an alum from Williams College. In 1998, he was selected as Entrepreneur of The Year (supporter category) by Ernst & Young. In 1997 BusinessWeek named him one of the 14 “New Stars of Finance.” In 1996, BusinessWeek named him one of the top 12 entrepreneurship professors at graduate business schools in the U.S.
Professor Rogers currently serves on the Advisory Board of Private Equity Firm OCA Ventures. He also serves on the Board of Directors of SC Johnson Wax, W.S. Darley & Company and Oakmark Mutual Funds. He is a former member of the Board of Directors at SuperValu (NYSE) and JP Morgan Chase’s Capital Investment Committee. His non-profit work includes board membership for the A Better Chance Program and Urban Prep High School. He is a former Trustee of Williams College and a member of the Harvard Business School Visiting Committee.
He has often been quoted in many publications, including Black Enterprise, Crain’s Business Journal, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Fortune, Monarch and BusinessWeek, NPR, the Tom Joyner Show and Life-Changing Quotes from the World’s Best Business Schools, a 2013 Japanese publication. In 2002 Professor Rogers published his first book, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Finance and Business. The second edition was published in 2008. The 3rd edition will be published in 2014. Professor Rogers has also published five case studies. He has been a guest speaker at the New York University – Stern School of Business, University of Chicago – Booth School of Business, Harvard Kennedy School, University of Illinois and the Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines.He has completed five Triathlons.
Prof. Baba Prasad
The Wharton School
Dr. Prasad through his many years of research at the Wharton School and elsewhere, has drawn on a combination of theories from psychology, operations management, information systems, and cultural anthropology to develop a groundbreaking framework for leadership. He has been using this framework to help companies create and sustain a dynamic culture of leadership and innovation that suffuses the organization rather than being restricted to silos. His clients range from Fortune 20 companies like IBM and Fortune 200 firms like L’Oreal to smaller organizations like Dr. Reddy’s Labs.
Prasad earned a second Master's in Computer Science from Kansas State University, and worked for two years as a technology management consultant in Shearson Lehman and JP Morgan on Wall Street. He received his Ph.D. from the Wharton School in 1997, where he continues to be a Sloan Fellow at the Wharton Financial Institutions Center.
After his Ph.D., Prasad taught in the business schools at Purdue University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Students in his MBA course at Purdue University noted him as insightful and inspiring and he was rated MBA faculty of distinction.
Baba Prasad (Prasad) is the President and CEO of a consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, NC, that fundamentally transforms the ways in which organizations envision and manage leadership development and innovation
Prasad's work has been cited in various papers and trade journals from Australia to the US. His research formed the basis for a chapter in Nicholas Carr's book, Does IT Matter? (Harvard Business School Press, 2004). Prasad’s work has also been featured in publications like US Banker (cover page article, August 1997) and presented to prestigious audiences that have included luminaries like Alan Greenspan, Chairman of the Federal Bank of the USA. Knowledge@Wharton, the online business research journal of the Wharton School has also featured Prasad’s work.
Prof. Anthony Bendell
Former Rolls-Royce funded Professor (University of Leicester),
Alumnus, London School of Economics
Respected academic, experienced consultant and trainer, and internationally recognized expert on Business Management, Change Management, Governance & Enterprise Risk Management, Organizational Excellence, Strategy, Leadership, Quality Assurance, Quality Management and Lean Operations, Prof. Bendell also has an interest in public sector development and reform.
He is a well-known invited keynote speaker at Conferences and Events worldwide and was formerly the Rolls-Royce funded Professor of Quality & Reliability Management, at the University of Leicester UK. Previously he also held the post of East Midlands Electricity Professor of Quality. Prof. Bendell has had both an outstanding academic career and an extensive professional consultancy and training role at the highest level within both private sector organizations and the public sector. He has worked as an associate consultant of Coopers & Lybrand, and subsequently trained management consultants for Deloitte. He is a leading figure in the UK and international quality and productivity improvement and excellence and public sector transformation movements. He has published extensively and is principle author of the best selling Financial Times book on Benchmarking, which is available in 6 languages, as well as the FT book on Implementing Quality in the Public Sector. His new book on `Developing Anti-Fragile Organizations; Governance, Opportunity and Risk in Turbulent Times’ was published by Gower in July 2014. This examines the shortcomings of conventional risk analysis, the impact of `black swans`, and the strategic, cultural, process and people requirements for the development of systems and organisations that get stronger from being stressed.
Prof. Bendell has always been at the forefront of business and public sector innovation and practice. He was a major contributor to the UK National Quality Campaign, and the Managing in the 90`s programmes. He chairs the MS6 Technical Committee of BSI, which has responsibility for process efficiency, effectiveness and improvement. He did most of the development work on the creation of the ISO13053 international Six Sigma standard and is working on a new auditable ISO Lean Management and Six Sigma standard. He also chairs the Royal Statistical Society Quality Improvement Section. He was lead consultant to DTI on the Quality Assurance requirements for Business Links, has trained Senior Civil servants for the Cabinet Office, and lectures to postgraduate business students on Enterprise Risk Management. He has Board member experience in the private and voluntary sectors, and has advised and mentored senior managers and Board members, to the highest level.
Prof. Bendell is an alumnus of London School of Economics and Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
Dr. Ram Nidumolu
Ph.D. – UCLA & CEO – InnovaStrat Inc.,
Ram Nidumolu has more than 20 years of experience in strategy and execution consulting and research with enterprises. He has consulted extensively with leading enterprises such as Harley-Davidson, FedEx, Alcoa, Puma, Clorox, Intuit, and others. He specializes in developing a corporate vision and business strategy for sustainable business and in identifying business opportunities for sustainable innovations.
Ram’s thought leadership has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, the Stanford Social Innovation Review and at leading industry consortia such as the Corporate Eco Forum, Business for Environment, and the Natural Capital Coalition. His Sept 2009 Harvard Business Review cover article, “Why Sustainability is Now the Key Driver of Innovation,” (co-authored with the late CK Prahalad) accelerated the field of sustainable innovation and won the Emerald 2013 Citation of Excellence Award honoring the 50 most outstanding articles published by the top 300 management journals in the world.
Ram is also the lead author of “The Collaboration Imperative,” featured in the April 2014 issue of the Harvard Business Review, which describes models and next practices for enabling transformative business collaboration.
Ram is also the author of Two Birds in a Tree: Timeless Indian Wisdom for Business Leaders (Berrett-Koehler 2013). This pioneering book introduces being-centered leadership, which applies ancient wisdom to modern business practices in order to enable sustainable business. It has received glowing reviews from CEOs of leading companies such as Unilever, Patagonia and others.
He was previously the founder and CEO of a software services company that provided CRM solutions to the high tech industry. He was also on the business school faculty at Santa Clara University and the University of Arizona for almost a decade. He received his Ph.D. in Management at the Anderson Business School at UCLA.
Prof. Malcolm Allit
Adjunct Professor & Independent Consultant
Ashridge Business School
For the past 20 years, Malcolm has combined business teaching, consultancy and coaching with hands-on leadership and management experience. His special interest is in exploring the ways in which value is created by organisations – a theme which spans entrepreneurship, strategy, leadership, finance and organization development.
He is currently half way through writing a book on ‘what senior managers need to know about finance and value creation’ – this is based on his knowledge of working in this field for two decades and the levels of fear and lack of understanding about finance amongst managers and leaders who were brought up in other disciplines.
Malcolm has been a faculty member of Ashridge Business School, which specializes in executive development and is consistently ranked among the best in the world (Financial Times & Business Week). Malcolm’s recent assignments include developing the strategy and corporate finance expertise of the senior management team at UK Asset Recovery (formerly Bradford and Bingley and Northern Rock banks), designing and leading an intensive finance programme for non-financial specialists in the pharmaceutical industry and a variety of management development programmes in the Middle East and Europe. Companies that have gained from Malcolm’s expertise include top names such as Nokia, Emirates Airways & Novartis.
In the early nineties, he served as Managing Director of a major division of Wimpey Plc and subsequently a division of the newly floated Babcock International Group. Malcolm led both companies through periods of market uncertainty and major organizational change.
In 1999 Malcolm co-founded his own company, Ibis Bindery System s Limited. Raising venture capital and then winning some prestigious contracts, over the next five years Ibis became the international market leader in its field. After several years of active leadership Malcolm became non-executive Chairman and advisor to the Board. Between 2006 and 2010 Malcolm was co-owner and Director of organization development specialists Consultancy Works Limited based in Sheffield and London.
Malcolm is an alumnus of Oxford and London Business School. He takes a keen interest in community and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Dr. Christopher Caires
PhD from Stanford University
Dr. Christopher Caires earned his PhD from Stanford University and his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He has also taught students at both these prestigious institutions. For his teaching & research, Dr. Caires has won several awards including the Centennial Teaching Award from Stanford and the Merck & Co. Index Award for Academic and Research Excellence. Dr. Caires is actively involved in industry innovation and has several publications & patents to his credit.
He currently manages innovation at the formulation technologies group at BASF where he has lead several successful innovation initiatives. Prior to BASF, he was at Johnson & Johnson where he lead the development of some of the most successful consumer products in the history of the Neutrogena brand. He has worked on innovation projects with many companies, including venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, 23andMe, Clorox, P&G, and Verenium.
New York University
Marcus Collins is a culturally curious thinker with an academic insight into the cognitive drivers that impact consumer behavior. He is the incoming SVP/Executive Director of Social Engagement at Doner. In his prior role, he led the Social Engagement practice across the NYC-based agency, Translation, leveraging the psychological motivators that drive what we do, say, and share in an effort to create contagious marketing programs that extend across both the online and offline world of “social.” His strategies and creative contributions have led to the success of Budweiser’s “Made In America” music festival, the launch of Bud Light Platinum, the launch of the Brooklyn Nets (Hello Brooklyn!), and State Farm’s “Cliff Paul” campaign – to name a few.
Prior to joining Translation, Marcus ran the Microsoft, GORE-TEX®, and Colgate Palmolive accounts for Big Fuel Communications – a pure play social media agency. It was here that he launched Shaun White’s “Jeans” for GORE- TEX, ace the 2010 Olympics and Softsoap’s “Pump the Pump” campaign to promote clean hand safety for children.
Marcus has always found himself at the convergence of media and culture, and this is where he is most comfortable. From his time spent at Apple (iTunes Partner Marketing), leading iTunes + Nike sport music initiatives and college marketing efforts, to running digital strategy for Beyoncé (Music World Entertainment) and co-founding Muse Recordings, he combines consumer behavior with people-driven experiences that put the consumer front and center.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Marcus is an extremely passionate educator and an AACSB certified clinical instructor. He teaches Innovations in Marketing and Social Engagement as an adjunct professor at New York University’s department of Media, Culture, and Communications in the Steinhardt School. Most recently, he joined the Luxembourg School of Business’ Executive Education efforts as a professor of marketing. He is among the roster of instructors at Hyper Island, leading social engagement sessions for executive leaders and digital practitioners, and frequently teaches at General Assembly (NYC) and Miami Ad School (Brooklyn, NY). He has taught at several institutions including his Alma Mater - the University of Michigan, Columbia and Boston University among others. Marcus is also a frequent contributor and methodology designer for the Dallas-based Marcus Graham Project.
He is a proud Detroit native, a devoted husband, and loving father.