About the Speakers
Dr. Nina Aversano
An experienced administrator, executive, and teacher, Dr. Nina Aversano has received numerous accolades throughout her career. Dr. Aversano received her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, her M.B.A from Pace University and her B.A. from St. Johns University. Her teaching excellence in the classroom was recently recognized with the 2014 Region 1 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Teaching Excellence Award. Her devotion to both her profession and community was awarded with the President’s Spirit of Service Award from St. John’s University. Additionally, Dr. Aversano was named a 2011 Collegium Faculty Fellow at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. While serving at AT&T as vice president of global operations, Dr. Aversano received the prestigious AT&T Catherine B. Clearly Award for exemplary professional and civic service. She also received the Women Achievers Award from the YWCA City of New York for her leadership and role model behavior in business.
As Managing Partner of ONE HUNDRED and CEO of Changing Our World, Brian is responsible for the overall management, success and growth of all aspects of the firm, including Nonprofit Services, Corporate, Research & Analysis and Digital. He also oversees the strategic positioning of Changing Our World and works with our parent company, Omnicom, to establish and cultivate strategic partnerships with sister agencies and other nonprofit service providers. Brian ensures that Changing Our World lives up to its mission and its namesake—sparking change and creating meaningful global impacts through the power of the philanthropy. Nonprofit organizations have unique needs, and few executives understand these needs as well as Brian. He has a long track record of helping nonprofits align internally, increase capacity and install innovative fundraising programs. Over the years he has helped transform mission critical organizations across all sectors, including relief and development, healthcare, human services, education and faith-based. Brian is also active beyond the walls of Changing Our World and speaks widely about current trends in philanthropy. In addition, he mentors students from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. He holds a B.S. from St. John’s University and an M.B.A. in Marketing Management from St. John’s Tobin School of Business.
Ryan Cummins is co-founder and co-CEO of Omaze, a cause marketplace that raises money and awareness for charity by offering the chance to win once-in a-lifetime experiences. In two years, Omaze has disrupted traditional fundraising models and raised millions through campaigns ranging from the chance to appear in “Star Wars: Episode VII” to riding in a tank and crushing a car with Arnold Schwarzenegger and walking the red carpet with George Clooney. Prior to Omaze, Cummins was executive producer of content for “Decade of Difference,” the Clinton Foundation’s globally televised concert event. Earlier, he created the Untitled Thinkers Project, a series of filmed conversations with Nobel, Pulitzer and Fields Medal winners and Internet pioneers. Cummins started in cause content as the first director on “Live Earth,” the largest concert ever, with 150 artists in seven cities performing on the same day. He holds a B.A. in economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Dr. Charles L. Flynn
Dr. Charles L. Flynn, Jr. is the President of the College of Mount Saint Vincent. He was appointed to the position in 2000. Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Flynn received a B.A. from Hamilton College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. An historian, Dr. Flynn is the author of White Land, Black Labor: Caste and Class in the Late Nineteenth Century Georgia. He is co-editor of an award-winning volume entitled Race, Class, and Politics in Southern History, and the author of numerous articles. Dr. Flynn has served many community and professional organizations. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of the State of New York (CICU) and a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).
Deirdre Gaughan is senior advisor to Michael Hoffman, Chairman of Changing Our World, Inc. (NYSE: OMC). Deirdre began working with Mike Hoffman following a career at The Ursuline School, where Mike serves on the Board of Trustees and worked with Deirdre in her position as Assistant Principal for Academics and Curriculum. Her current role presents Deirdre with an opportunity to work directly with philanthropic and humanitarian causes and initiatives.
Her career as a teacher and an administrator has provided Deirdre with experience in program management; editorial oversight; scheduling and recruitment; as well as global education leadership. She has a master’s degree in literature from The University of San Diego and has taught students for over 20 years, in grades ranging from primary school to college. Deirdre also has experience in mediation and has received training from The Association for Conflict Resolution. Deirdre is an adjunct professor and the Associate Director for Graduate Program Development at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and is collaborating with Mike Hoffman on the development of an academic and corporate curricula defining the concept of soulfulness in business and marketing. She also serves as Chief Operating Officer for Soulful Impact, LLC. Additionally, Deirdre serves on the Advisory Board for the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN).
Ted Grant is the Founder and Managing Partner of Sagamore Global Advisors which provides strategic and execution support to senior leaders in the private and nonprofit sectors responsible for driving innovation and transformational change. Ted is also Senior Advisor with Hecht Harrison’s International Center for Executive Options (ICEO) where he serves as a trusted advisor and thought partner to CEOs and other C-Suite leaders in career transition. Throughout Ted’s career, he has served as a critical business partner to CEOs and other senior executives across the private and non-for profit sectors, advising them in improving the management and future potential of attractive business opportunities. In addition to his ICEO Advisory work, Ted manages a portfolio of engagements with large corporate and not-for-profit institutions focused on improving senior executive effectiveness, organizational performance, \ innovation, and transformational change. His work includes global companies in the financial services and technology sectors as well as international non profits in the social, finance and global development arenas. He has served as Special Assistant/Chief of Staff to the President of The Rockefeller Foundation and as a Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO and Chairman of J. P. Morgan Chase.
Ted is currently on the Board of Directors of the New York City Fire Museum; the Advisory Council of The Resolution Project, a leading organization focused on advancing college age social entrepreneurs; and the US Leaders Council for Cordaid, an international NGO organization based in The Netherlands. He has served on the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s Advisory Council and Capital Campaign Steering Committee (SASB); as an Advisor for the Partnership for New York City; and as an Ambassador for Carnegie Hall. He holds a M.S. from Stevens Institute of Technology and a B.A. from Drew University.
Alan Guarino is Vice Chairman in our CEO and Board Services practice for Korn Ferry, based in the Firm’s New York office. Mr. Guarino brings a unique perspective to Korn Ferry as a former chief executive officer and experienced consultant, working with corporate boards and executive teams to drive business and talent management strategies. Currently, Alan leads major consulting initiatives across industries, with deep expertise in global financial markets, where he is responsible for ensuring that the firm’s largest client relationships have access to the full range of the Korn Ferry’s human capital solutions. In that context, he launched our Execution Accelerator initiative; helping business leaders better execute their strategies. He also leads senior executive search and C-suite succession assignments for large Fortune 500 companies, as well as cutting edge Fintech companies within capital markets. Mr. Guarino has also served as founding chairman of the board of Boy’s Town of New York, president of West Point Society of New York, finance chairman of Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries, and as an advisory board member to MuSigma, One-Page, and FoundationSource, Inc. As a public company board member, he currently chairs the Compensation Committee of The Chefs Warehouse (NASDAQ: CHEF). He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and earned his master’s degree in business administration from Embry Riddle University while on active duty in the United States Army.
Stacey Hightower is the Chief Operating Officer of Group E, for the DAS Group of Companies. As COO he is charged with ensuring operational excellence while fostering collaboration between the companies within the Group E portfolio and among DAS and Omnicom. Stacey is responsible for creating strategic and operational opportunities that provide meaningful solutions for clients, while driving growth and value. Previously, Stacey spent fifteen years as a change management consultant, implementing performance improvement and operational reengineering initiatives. He is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (while there he provided micro-credit to women’s groups in Kenya). Stacey also is a Partner for ONE HUNDRED. He earned his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and his M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. He also proudly sits on the Board of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School.
Mike Hoffman is the Chairman of Changing Our World, Inc., a company he co-founded more than a decade ago. Changing Our World was the first philanthropic services firm to provide fundraising, management, and corporate social engagement strategy to nonprofits and corporations alike and the first fundraising consultancy to become part of the Omnicom Group. As an expert in philanthropy, Mike has provided strategic guidance to the world’s leading nonprofit organizations, philanthropies, and corporations in organizational development, fundraising, branding, and corporate social engagement. Among his clients are: Ascension Global Mission; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Porticus; The Case Foundation; Cordaid; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; and Synergos. Corporate clients have included Morgan Stanley, Bally, and Harry Winston.
Prior to founding Changing Our World, Mike was Executive Vice President of External Affairs for the Franciscan Health Partnership, Inc., an international Catholic healthcare system with assets over $1.1 billion, and the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Foundation, Inc., a multimillion-dollar international healthcare foundation. Mike has served as a trustee of the College of Mount Saint Vincent, the Catholic University of America, and Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. He is currently on the board of The Ursuline School, THE END FUND, and Chairman of the Board of Advisors for Seeds of Africa in Ethiopia. Mike serves as the Chairman of The Scalabrini International Migration Network’s Global Campaign on Migration and Human Trafficking. Mike is the President and CEO of The Hoffman Brothers Foundation. Mike serves as Chairperson of the Advisory Board for Soulful Impact, LLC. He is also an adjunct professor in the Graduate Business Department at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Mike is a past President of the West Point Society of New York, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is a graduate of West Point and has Masters Degrees in Human Relations from Webster University and Aviation Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Mary Beth Martin
Mary Beth Martin, Esq. is a Senior Managing Director at Changing Our World. She has more than twenty-five years’ experience in the fundraising field, focusing primarily on the establishment of fundraising programs, planned giving, major gifts and capital campaigns. Since joining Changing Our World, Mary Beth has provided fundraising advice to a variety of nonprofits ranging from The State University of New York and The College of Mount Saint Vincent to The New York Academy of Medicine, Plan International USA and Cordaid. She is co-editor and a major contributor to Mapping the New World of American Philanthropy, published by Wiley and Sons in March 2007. Mary Beth has addressed both national and regional organizations as well as numerous nonprofit boards and development professionals on the philanthropic landscape, major and planned gifts, and campaign management. Mary Beth served for seven years as an adjunct professor of Business Law in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and taught introductory law courses for the American Institute of Banking. Prior to her fundraising career, she worked as a Trust and Estate Administrator at State Street Bank and Trust Company and the Bank of Boston. She received a B.A. degree from Boston College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. degree from Boston College Law School.
Founder of Reboot the Future, Kim Strauss Polman was born in the U.S., and though starting her professional life in Arts Management, has been an environmentalist for many decades. Kim is a citizen of the world, and has lived in a number of countries. She enjoys playing cello in various ensembles, and organizing concerts. Kim also oversees a charity dedicated to literacy for the blind and the visually impaired in Africa. She has raised three sons with her husband. Living the Golden Rule has long been a daily habit for Kim. She recently co-started an organization, Reboot the Future, to spread awareness of the Golden Rule globally, and she published a book, Imaginal Cells: Visions of Transformations, about the applicability of the Golden Rule to all issues.
Dr. Susan Raymond
Susan Raymond, Ph.D. is Executive Vice President at Changing Our World and is responsible for designing and conducting research for both nonprofits and foundations, as well as developing business plans and program evaluations for new and existing institutions. Dr. Raymond is also Partner at ONE HUNDRED. Prior to joining Changing Our World in 1999, Susan held positions with the New York Academy of Sciences, The World Bank, the Center for Public Resources, and the US Agency for International Development.Susan is a widely recognized leader in the field—a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Global Prosperity in Washington, D.C., a Faculty Lecturer at Columbia University, and a member of the Advisory Boards of The Global Index of Philanthropic Freedom and America’s Unofficial Ambassadors. In 2012 the Director of the National Science Foundation appointed her to the Board of the Civilian Research and Development Foundation. In 2014 she was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to an organizing committee for a national survey of research and development in the nonprofit sector. Among her many prestigious awards is the John and Patty Noel Humanitarian Award—a recognition of her work in global health and development (September, 2014). She has published four books and many professional articles on the changing, global philanthropic landscape. Her most recent book, Recession, Recovery and Renewal: Long-term Nonprofit Strategies for Rapid Economic Change, was released by Wiley in 2013. Susan earned her BA Phi Beta Kappa from Macalester College and her MA and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in a joint program with the School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Dr. Mitchell Sakofs
Dr. Sakofs received his Ph.D from University of Colorado at Boulder, his M.S. Ed. From Northern Illinois University and his B.S. Ed. from SUNY Cortland. Mitch came to the Mount in the summer of 2015 after severing as the Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs at Wheelock College and Dean of Central Connecticut’s School of Education and Professional Studies. “Three things attracted me to The Mount,” Mitch shared: “its mission to serve as expressed in graduate programs and actions, the passion of faculty for their disciplines, and the beautiful campus.” With a background in experiential education, wilderness leadership training, and nature interpretation, Mitch welcomes students to the CMSV’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies and enthusiastically supports their personal and academic success.
Atti’s career has spanned across industries and continents, but it has always adhered to one central tenet: great things can spring from rough conditions if they’re given the right nourishment. Born in Adama, Ethiopia, Atti has traveled the world, developing the educational foundation for the next generation of African leaders. As the founder and Executive Director of Seeds of Africa, she works to create holistic education and community development centers within urban communities in Africa. Prior to founding Seeds of Africa, Atti won Miss Ethiopia in 2005 and went on to represent her country in the Miss Universe pageant held in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition, she worked as a fashion model in South Africa and the US. Atti graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Development. She serves on the alumni board for her alma mater and is a member of Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows.