SCOTT J. ALLEN is assistant professor at John Carroll University and a Presidential Fellow at Case Western Reserve. He has spent his career developing award-winning programs designed for emerging leaders. He formed the Center for Leader Development, an organization that provides resources, tools, and services to colleges and universities, non-profits, and businesses to build leadership capacity in their students, members, or employees. In addition, he is a contributing author to The Encyclopedia of Leadership and half a dozen leadership journals and books.
ALEXANDER W. ASTIN is the Allan M. Cartter Professor of Higher Education, emeritus, at the University of California at Los Angeles. A recent study in the Journal of Higher Education identified him as the most-frequently-cited author in the higher education field.
HELEN S. ASTIN is Distinguished Professor emerita of Higher Education and senior scholar in the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles.
HOWARD E. BOOK is an organizational consultant and psychiatrist. He is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
STEPHEN D. BROOKFIELD is Distinguished University Professor at the University of St. Thomas, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dan Gediman is executive director of This I Believe, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that engages people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. These short statements of belief have been featured on public radio since 2005. Gediman is the coeditor of the New York Times bestseller This I Believe, as well as This I Believe II, This I Believe: On Love, and This I Believe: On Fatherhood.
BILL GEORGE, former CEO of Medtronic, is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School (HBS), where he teaches leadership in executive education programs. He was professor of management practice from 2004 to 2014. He is the author of four bestselling books: Authentic Leadership, True North, Finding Your True North, 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, and coauthor of True North Groups with Doug Baker. He serves on the boards of Goldman Sachs, Mayo Clinic, and World Economic Forum, and has served on the board of ExxonMobil, Novartis, and Target.
Beth High is a Leadership Challenge Certified Master, a facilitator and leadership development trainer, and founder and president of HighRoad Consulting. She is the co-developer with Gary M. Morgan of The Student Leadership Challenge educator training programs.
Jeremy S. Hyman is founder and chief architect of Professors' Guide projects. He has taught at the University of Arkansas, University of California Los Angeles, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton University
Josh Linkner (Detroit, MI)is a Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, which is actively rebuilding Detroit through technology and entrepreneurship. Josh is the Founder and former CEO/Chairman of ePrize, the largest interactive promotion agency in the world, providing digital marketing services for 74 of the top 100 brands. Prior to ePrize, Josh was founder and CEO of three other successful technology companies. he has been honored as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the Detroit News Michiganian of the Year, and a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipinet. Josh is also Adjunct Professor of Applied Creativity at the University of Michigan. He is a Berklee-trained professional jazz guitarist performing regularly in jazz clubs throughout the United States.His first book, Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, was a NYT best seller and was named one of the top 10 business books of 2011 by Amazon.com. joshlinkner.com
Gary M. Morgan has taught student leadership at numerous universities including Georgetown University, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Boston College, and University of Central Florida. He has served as a dean, director, and faculty member and directed programs with student programming boards, student governments, residence life, volunteer services, and many other areas.
John A. Mueller is a professor in the department of Student Affairs in Higher Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
ALYSE NELSON is President and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, the preeminent NGO that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe. A co-founder of Vital Voices, Nelson has worked for the organization for 14 years. She has worked with women leaders to develop training programs and international forums in over 120 countries and has interviewed more than 200 international leaders. Nelson is the author of Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World
Steven M. Nolt, PhD is associate professor of history at Goshen College. He has written on the history of the Amish and their culture. In the wake of the Nickel Mines tragedy, Nolt fielded inquiries from dozens of reporters, including those of USA Today, MSNBC, CBC World News, Newsweek.com, Education Week, British Independent Television, and O Estado de S. Paulo (Brazil).
Terry Pearce Business Week magazine called Terry Pearce the "eminence gris" of executive coaches. He is the founder and president of Leadership Communication, a coaching and consulting company with clients that include CEOs, senior public officials, and elected leaders. For many years, he taught leadership communication courses at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business and the London Business School, and is a frequent keynote speaker in the United States and abroad. Pearce is coauthor (with David Pottruck) of the best-selling Clicks and Mortar: Passion-Driven Growth in an Internet-Driven World.
Raechele L. Pope is an associate professor in the Higher Education program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Buffalo.
Barry Posner, PhDfew is Dean of the Leavey School of Business and Professor of Leadership at Santa Clara University, where he has received numerous teaching and innovation awards. Barry Posner and coauthor Jim Kouzes are among the foremost leadership educators in the world. They have been listed as among the top 50 leadership educators in the nation, and The International Management Council honored them as the nation's top leadership development experts.
Amy L. Reynolds is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology at the University at Buffalo. She is also author of the Jossey-Bass book, Helping College Students: Developing Essential Skills for Student Affairs Practice.
Marcy Levy Shankman is a professional consultant and founder of MLS Consulting, through which she facilitates leadership development with institutions of higher education, fraternities and sororities, and non-profit organizations. She is also a part-time instructor in undergraduate leadership courses at Case Western Reserve University. Marcy has a PhD in Higher Education Administration, and a Master's degree in College Student Personnel, and has been publishing on emotional intelligence and leadership and conducting workshops and presentations.
Steven J. Stein
is a clinical psychologist and founder and CEO of Multi-Health Systems Inc. He is coauthor, with Howard Book, of The EQ Edge.
Matt Tenney is an international keynote speaker, trainer, and consultant. He works with companies, associations, universities, and non-profits to develop highly effective leaders who achieve lasting success by focusing on serving and inspiring greatness in the people around them. Matt is also a serial social entrepreneur who has co-founded and led two non-profit organizations and is currently developing his next project, the Serve to Be Great program, which will provide teens servant leadership, life skills, and social entrepreneurship training through classroom instruction and community service. The vision of the Serve to Be Great program is to develop an entire generation of extraordinary leaders who will make significant, positive impacts on our world.
Kelsey Timmerman is a full time speaker and writer, and has spoken at over 70 colleges and high schools in the past two years, about his first book, Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour of the Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes. He has written for The Christian Science Monitor, and has been interviewed by media outlets around the world, including U.S. News & World Report, LA Weekly, News Talk Radio (Ireland), The Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia), and the World Vision Report.
Nina Vasan has been named as one of the country's most promising young scholars and leaders by USA Today, CosmoGirl!, Time, Inc./Teen People, and by numerous corporate foundations. She is one of Glamour magazine's Top Ten College Women and received Prudential's Spirit of the Community Award for "America's top ten youth volunteers." She has been featured in eight books and documentaries, the CBS Early Show, and PBS's News Hour with Jim Lehrer. Currently a student at Harvard Medical School, she regularly speaks and consults on social responsibility as a lifestyle.
David L. Weaver-Zercher PhD is associate professor of American religious history at Messiah College. He is the author or editor of numerous books on the Amish. In the aftermath of the Nickel Mines shooting, Weaver-Zercher was contacted by more than forty media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, MSNBC, BBC Radio, and NPR.
Erica Woolway is the chief academic officer for the Taxonomy of Effective Teaching Practices at Uncommon Schools.
Katie Yezzi is the founding principal of Troy Prep Elementary School in New York