Balkcom has been a longtime adviser to management and boards. He retired in 2000 after 25 years as a management consultant and since then has served as a corporate director and advisory board member for a number of public and private enterprises. He served on the Bulletin’s Governing Board from 2012 - 2013 and from 2016 - present; previous leadership roles have included president of St. John’s College and chairman of a NYSE company. He has also served as a member of the advisory board of the Federation of American Scientists since 2014 and board observer and investor in Microbiome Therapeutics since 2012. As chair of the Governing Board, Balkcom is a member of the Science and Security Board, ex officio.
Bronson is the president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, where she oversees the publishing programs, management of the Doomsday Clock, and a growing set of activities around nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change, and disruptive technologies. Before joining the Bulletin, she served for eight years at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in a number of capacities including: vice president of studies, vice president of programs and studies, and senior fellow, global energy. She also taught “Global Energy” as an adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management.
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Brown completed his fourth term as Governor of the State of California in 2019. He began his career in public service in 1969 as a trustee for the LA Community College District and became California Secretary of State in 1970 and Governor of California in 1974 and 1978. After his governorship, Brown lectured and traveled widely, practiced law, served as chairman of the state Democratic Party, and ran for president. Brown was elected Mayor of Oakland in 1998 and California Attorney General in 2006; he was elected to a third gubernatorial term in 2010 and a fourth term in 2014. During this time, Brown helped eliminate the state's multi-billion budget deficit, spearheaded successful campaigns to provide new funding for California's schools, and established a robust Rainy Day Fund to prepare for the next economic downturn. His administration established nation-leading targets to protect the environment and fight climate change. Brown attended the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a JD at Yale Law School.
Ceko is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Senior Associate Dean of Business Operations at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy. Prior to Harris, Ceko was the COO for the Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC). He also worked for the United Nations in Mozambique on the Delivering as One initiative under former Secretary General Kofi Annan and as a senior strategy consultant in Accenture’s public sector practice in Washington, DC. Prior to business school, Misho worked as an engineer for St. Jude Medical. In addition, he served as a mayoral fellow in the office of Mayor Richard M. Daley and was a fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, and a BS in bioengineering from the University of Illinois.
Cohen is a leading media management consultant with extensive executive and operations experience in multi-platform media companies. He was publisher of The New Republic magazine in Washington DC, executive vice president of Primedia Consumer Magazines in New York, and President of PlanetOut Publishing in Los Angeles. He is president of Four Corners Media, a full-service media management outsourcing company specializing in consumer marketing, production, finance, and brand development. Cohen specializes in developing profitable business strategies for existing digital and print businesses, launching and repositioning media brands, integration of print and digital media, and improving subscription, membership, and retail sales for websites, magazines, newspapers, newsletters and other properties. He received his BA in Psychology from Yale University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Conn is a curator of art, ideas, people, experiences. She is currently the Executive Director of Creative Santa Fe, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using collaboration and the power of the arts to reframe critical issues and drive positive change. She serves on the Advisory Boards of The Black Mountain Institute, the National Parks Arts Foundation, and the N Square Innovators Network. In 2018 she co-chaired Mayor Alan Webber’s task force to catalyze job creation. She previously chaired Mayor Javier Gonzales’ housing and community development transition team and was honored by Albuquerque Business First as one of 40 Under Forty awardees statewide. Conn held the position of Visual Arts Director and Curator of the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe before founding gallery and art advisory firm LAUNCHPROJECTS in 2008. Prior to that she was the Director of EVO Gallery. Cyndi holds a master's degree in Curatorial Studies and Arts Administration from Skidmore College in conjunction with the Tang Museum, a BA in Latin American studies from Tulane University and studied at the Universidad Ibero Americana in Mexico City.
An internist and the CEO of Erie Family Health Center, Francis is assistant clinical professor of internal medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), a national organization dedicated to the prevention of violence and nuclear war, and continues to serve on its Board of Directors.
Hirsch is a partner at Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group. Hirsch has been an Executive Committee member of Reed Smith and former Managing Partner of Reed Smith Chicago’s legacy firm, Sachnoff and Weaver. His practice encompasses all aspects of business law. Hirsch has served as a director of various companies and as an advisor for family offices. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Chicago Bar Foundation and a Co-Chair of Lawyer Lend-A-Hand to Youth.
Hirsch is Chair of the Board and Trustee of the Benton Foundation. He is Chair and President of The Selfhelp Foundation and recipient of the Selfhelp Special Service Award. Hirsch is also a member of the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Foundation and Chair of the Investment Committee, as well as a member of the Finance Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He received a BS in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1970 (CPA certificate) and went on to complete his JD at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in 1973. Hirsch and fellow board member Lowell Sachnoff were honored at the 2019 Annual Dinner and Meeting.
Kuhlman is managing partner of Axiom Consulting Partners, a consulting firm that helps clients identify pathways to profitable growth and align their organizations for long-term success. For over 30 years, he has worked with people-intensive/asset-light businesses including accounting and law firms to establish and realize transformative strategies. Previously, Kuhlman was managing partner of Sibson Consulting, a leading HR consultancy and global head of Human Resources for Russell Reynolds Associates, a premier executive recruiting firm.
LoPrete is a partner in Reed Smith’s Private Client Services group, based in Chicago. His practice includes complex estate, gift, and tax planning for high net worth individuals and families. In addition, he organizes charitable entities and advises clients on tax compliance, governance, and fiduciary obligations, and assists clients with charitable gift planning through a variety of techniques. LoPrete serves on Reed Smith’s Pro Bono Committee and on the Recruiting Committee for the firm’s Chicago office.
LoPrete is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council; a member of the Education Committee at Steppenwolf Theatre; and a Heritage Society Ambassador of the Chicago Botanic Garden. He also serves as trustee of a private family foundation based in Michigan. He received a BA from DePauw University and a JD from University of Michigan Law School.
Ramsey is the former Vice President of Corporate Environmental Programs at General Electric, where he managed GE’s environmental strategy. He was previously the head of environmental practice at Sidley Austin in DC and was the first Chief of Environmental Enforcement Section at the US Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. Ramsey has served as a Visiting Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environment, the Chair of the Board of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, and as a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Texas School of Law.
Revelle is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern. He is he past president of the International Society for Intelligence Research; former president of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences as well as the Association for Research in Personality and the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association. He has served on the board of the Federation of American Scientists. Revelle’s research in personality integrates findings from biological, cognitive, and social psychology with a specialization in psychometrics. In addition to his academic interests, he is the chairman of the board of Calcomco, an information company that published the San Diego Daily Transcript (on the web at sddt.com) and the Columbus Business Journal. He served on the board of directors and is the former chairman of Ocean Design, Inc., a company that specializes in electrical and fiber connectors in harsh (e.g., subsea) environments.
Woodson has worked in and for higher education for nearly 20 years as consultant, strategist, entrepreneur, new product designer, and general manager. She was an executive at one of the earliest online learning ventures, UNext.com. Most recently she launched and served as the Executive Director of Integrated Education Solutions (IES), Adtalem Global Education’s external facing division. Before its sale in 2018, IES provided online learning expertise and services to a broad portfolio of colleges and universities. Prior to that she headed Adtalem’s corporate strategy organization. Woodson has a background in management consulting.