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Aspen Institute Names Emerging Leaders As 2010 Henry Crown Fellows

Submitted by: Aspen Institute

Categories: Ratings & Awards, Green Jobs & Career News

Posted: Mar 25, 2010 – 02:06 PM EST

 

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Mar. 25 /CSRwire/ - The Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship Program today announced its 2010 Class of Henry Crown Fellows.

The Henry Crown Fellowship is designed to engage the next generation of leaders in the challenge of community-spirited leadership. It brings together entrepreneurial young executives and professionals under age 45 who have already achieved conspicuous success in their chosen fields and are at a point of inflection in their lives and careers. The two-year program comprises a structured series of four seminars and each Fellow will undertake an individual leadership project.

The Henry Crown Fellows for 2010 are:

Fabricio Altamirano, 44, Chief Executive Officer, Altamirano Publishing, San Salvador, El Salvador.
Jeffrey Aronin, 42, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Paragon Pharmaceuticals, Deerfield, IL.
Joseph Daniels, 37, President and CEO, National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, New York, NY.
Anne Dwane, 39, President and CEO, Zinch, San Francisco, CA.
Ntiedo Etuk, 34, Co-Founder and CEO, Tabula Digita, Inc., Long Island City, NY.
Daniel Frank, 38, President, Wheels Services, Wheels, Inc., Winnetka, IL.
Stephen Gillett, 34, Chief Information Officer and General Manager of Digital Ventures, Starbucks Coffee Company, Seattle, WA.
Love Goel, 38, Chairman and CEO, GVG Capital Group, Minnetonka, MN.
Sheila Gulati, 33, General Manager, Application Platform and Developer Marketing Group, Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA.
Reid Hoffman, 42, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn and Partner, Greylock Partners, Mountain View, CA.
Ben Lilienthal, 36, General Manager, Citrix Online-Audio, LLC, Hoboken, NJ.
Meaghan Lloyd, 35, Chief of Staff and Project Designer, Gehry Partners, LLP, Los Angeles, CA.
Trish Lukasik, 40, Region Vice President, Frito-Lay, Inc., Winter Park, FL.
Melissa Mowbray-d'Arbela, 43, Co-Founder and CEO, Filligent Ltd., Hong Kong.
Seth Seaberg, 40, Founder and CEO, TREXA, Los Angeles, CA.
Tanya Shaw, 38, Founder, President and CEO, Unique Solutions Design Ltd., Nova Scotia, Canada.
Brian Trelstad, 40, Chief Investment Officer, Acumen Fund, New York, NY.
Tim Westergren, 44, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Pandora, San Francisco, CA.
Andrea Wong, 43, Former President and CEO, Lifetime Networks, Los Angeles, CA.
Portia Yarborough, 39, DuPont Performance Polymers Business Integration Leader, DuPont Company, Wilmington, DE.
Marci Zaroff, 42, Founder and CEO, FASE, Boca Raton, FL.

"We are delighted with this year's class of Henry Crown Fellows," said Peter Reiling, Executive Director of the program. "For society, they represent a potent force of talent, ready to focus their energies on some of the greatest challenges of our times. For them, they are embarking on a personal journey—a journey 'from success to significance'—that will change their lives forever. I know. I'm a Henry Crown Fellow too."

The Henry Crown Fellowship Program was established in 1997 to honor the life and career of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown (1896-1990) and was initially funded by the Henry and Gladys Crown Charitable Trust Fund. The Fellowship is the flagship program within the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN), now comprising over 1000 Fellows from 43 countries, all of whom are committed to applying their entrepreneurial talents to address the foremost challenges of their organizations, communities, and countries.

The Aspen Institute is an international non-profit organization founded in 1950. Its mission is to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.

2010 Class of Henry Crown Fellows Brief Bios:

Fabricio Altamirano, Chief Executive Officer, Altamirano Publishing, San Salvador, El Salvador. Fabricio is the CEO of Altamirano Publishing, which includes the daily newspapers El Diario de Hoy and MAS (which he founded in 1994 and which rose to become third in the market), and the website elsalvador.com (which he founded in 1998). In his 19 years as CEO, Fabricio has been responsible for their commercial and administrative strategy and execution, as well the editorial and content policy. In 2004, he founded the commercial printing company, Albacrome—one of the two largest commercial printing plants in Central America and the Caribbean focusing on printing school books, catalogues and magazines. Fabricio has twice served as President of the local chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. He was co-founder and is current President of The Monica Herrera School of Communications, an accredited university in El Salvador with over 300 undergraduate students working towards Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Communication and Design. Fabricio serves on the executive board of the Inter-American Press Association, an 800 member, 50 year-old organization that monitors and fights for freedom of the press in the region. He has chaired the Internet Committee and currently chairs the Journalistic Excellence Committee. Fabricio received his B.A. in Finance from Syracuse University in 1988. He is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Jeffrey Aronin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Paragon Pharmaceuticals, Deerfield, IL. Paragon Pharmaceuticals is an innovative global development and biopharmaceutical investment firm that establishes, fosters, and manages life science companies. From 2000-2009, Jeff was President and Chief Executive Officer of Ovation Pharmaceuticals, Inc.—a biopharmaceutical company he founded in 2000. Under his leadership, Ovation Pharmaceuticals was named 2006 Scrip Pharmaceutical "Company of the Year" for companies with revenues up to $5 billion. In March 2009, Ovation Pharmaceuticals was acquired by Lundbeck, Inc., and Jeff served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company for the following year. Prior to founding Ovation Pharmaceuticals, Jeff led MedCare HealthCare, a publicly-held healthcare company where he served as Chairman and CEO. Jeff serves on several business and civic boards including Discover Financial Services, the University of Chicago Medical Center, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and the Young Presidents Organization. He received his B.S. from Northern Illinois University and earned his M.B.A. from DePaul University. Jeff is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Joseph Daniels, President and CEO, National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, New York, NY. As head of the organization dedicated to building a memorial and museum to honor the victims of September 11, 2001, Joe directs all planning, construction, and development. He has led the foundation to many accomplishments, including a twenty-five city national tour and an initial capital fundraising goal of $350 million. After joining the 9/11 Memorial in 2005 as General Counsel, Joe served as Acting President and CEO for several months before being named President and CEO in October 2006. Prior to his work with the 9/11 Memorial, he was Chief of External Initiatives at the Robin Hood Foundation, leading the expansion and roll-out of the second phase of their Library Initiative, a $45 million public-private partnership that put state-of-the-art libraries into under-performing New York City elementary schools. Prior to that, Joe was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. and an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he represented private equity funds in their acquisition financing transactions. Since 2002, Joe has served on the Board of the Hope Program as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. The Hope Program offers job training, food, and emergency grants to New York's needy. Joe holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a B.A. in History from Washington University. He is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Anne Dwane, President and CEO, Zinch, San Francisco, CA. As CEO of Zinch, Anne applies technology to improve access to education and career opportunities. Zinch connects students with opportunities by enabling them to build online profiles showcasing themselves as more than test scores to be matched with colleges, scholarships and graduate programs. In 1999, Anne co-founded Military.com to connect service members and veterans to their benefits, including GI Bill, tuition assistance and career networking. Military.com grew to serve over 10 million members and was acquired by Monster Worldwide in 2004. At Monster, Anne led several businesses while holding the position of General Manager, Affinity Networks. She was previously in business development at Paul Allen's Interval Research Corporation in Silicon Valley. Prior to that, she managed consumer research projects at Nabisco then transitioned to brand management for Nabisco's Planters Peanuts line and Nabisco Direct. Anne holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and International Management from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. She is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Ntiedo Etuk, Co-Founder and CEO, Tabula Digita, Inc., Long Island City, NY. Ntiedo is co-founder and CEO of Tabula Digita—a company that is building a global network of students interacting and learning with 3-D multi-player educational videogames designed to teach math, literacy, science and history. Prior to Tabula, Ntiedo worked with Citigroup's Payment Innovation Team, a research and development group tasked with creating consumer payment innovations that yielded $100 million in profits. He was subsequently recruited to be Special Assistant to the Citigroup President's Chief of Staff. Ntiedo has also worked with Bank One and as a summer intern with McKinsey & Company. He has served on various non-profit boards and speaks directly to K-12 students in schools around the country. In 2006 he was hailed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of their "Masters of Technology". Ntiedo holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School where he was a Board of Overseers Fellow, Chair of the Entrepreneurship and Ethics organizations, recipient of The Heffernan Award for Outstanding Service, and recipient of the Eugene M. Lang Fund commitment for outstanding business ideas. Ntiedo is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Daniel Frank, President, Wheels Services, Wheels, Inc., Winnetka, IL. Dan Frank has filled numerous roles at Wheels since first joining the family business in 1986, including positions in IT, marketing, strategic planning and finance. Wheels, Inc. is one of the top fleet management companies in North America with 290,000 vehicles under management and 600 employees. Dan is President of Wheels' service businesses, which generate in excess of $700 million in revenue. Prior to joining Wheels, his experience included information systems consulting for Accenture, environmental consulting for the U.S. Department of the Interior, contributing as part of the early management team of Onsale, Inc. (acquired by Amazon.com), and founding and serving as V.P. of Marketing for BigTray, Inc., a national distributor of restaurant equipment and supplies. Dan is on the Board of Directors of the American Automobile Leasing Association (AALA) and currently serves as Vice President of Federal Affairs. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. Dan is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Stephen Gillett, Chief Information Officer and General Manager of Digital Ventures, Starbucks Coffee Company, Seattle, WA. Stephen is a technology and business leader currently serving as Chief Information Officer and General Manager of Digital Ventures at Starbucks Coffee Company. In this role, he serves on the senior executive team reporting directly to the CEO and Chairman, and is responsible for all digital, e-commerce and new ventures for Starbucks globally. In 2009, Starbucks was named the #1 brand on Facebook and on Twitter and the #1 company overall using digital and social media on the web. Stephen previously held an executive position at Corbis where he was responsible for application development and global infrastructure for their key platforms. Prior to that, Stephen held senior technology leadership positions with Yahoo!, CNET Networks and Sun Microsystems. As of January 2009, he was considered among the youngest of the C-level executives in the Fortune 500. In 2009, the Boys and Girls Club of Seattle (King County) named Stephen to their Board of Directors and he was also honored as a "40 under 40" leader of the Seattle and Puget Sound region the same year. Stephen received a B.S. from the University of Oregon and an M.B.A. from San Francisco University. He is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Love Goel, Chairman and CEO, GVG Capital Group, Minnetonka, MN. Love serves as Chairman and CEO of GVG Capital Group, a private equity firm focused on building leaders in the multi-channel retail and consumer sector. By his twenties, Love had served as COO at Federated (Macy's, Bloomingdales) and Fingerhut, America's largest and most profitable department store and catalog/internet retailers. At Federated, he led a $3 billion, 20 company portfolio including corporate private equity investments, direct operations of Fingerhut and Macy's, and two $1billion+ internet businesses he built from scratch. He advised over 50 of the top 100 retailers including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Supervalu, Sears, Nordstrom, and J. Crew. Love serves on several corporate and non-profit boards—most notably as Chairman of Whitney Auto Group and on the Advisory Board of The Fashion School at Kent State University. He also coaches management teams and business school students around the world on leadership, governance and innovation, and is frequently a commentator for the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and CNN. In 2009, he was named to Minnesota's top "40 under 40" by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal for his business and community leadership. As a Regents' Scholar at the University of Minnesota, Love received Bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Finance. He is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Sheila Gulati, General Manager, Application Platform and Developer Marketing Group, Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA. Sheila Gulati is responsible for all aspects of marketing for Microsoft's application platform and developer technologies. She was previously General Manager of Developer and Platform Evangelism in the U.S. and held that same post at Microsoft India, focused on developing a strong software and services ecosystem for the region. Prior to that, she was at the Microsoft Corporate headquarters in Redmond where she served as Worldwide Business Manager for the Server and Tools business. Sheila started at Microsoft over ten years ago as part of the Corporate Development team that managed Microsoft's strategic equity portfolio. Before joining Microsoft, she worked in Silicon Valley at Robertson Stephens as an investment banker for software companies. Sheila was also a web developer at an early age for her family's software company. She is founder of Pratham Seattle, a local chapter of an India-based NGO driving basic literacy programs. Pratham's Read India campaign aims to educate 60 million children by systematically improving the educational system. Sheila holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. She is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn and Partner, Greylock Partners, Mountain View, CA. Reid Hoffman is Executive Chairman and a co-founder of LinkedIn—the world's largest online business network with over 63 million members. Reid was LinkedIn's founding CEO for the first four years before moving to a role as Chairman in 2007 and President of the products division from 2007-2009. While continuing as Executive Chairman of LinkedIn, he joined Greylock Partners as a partner in 2009. Prior to Greylock, Reid invested in many companies including Facebook, Six Apart, Flickr, and Digg. Reid is also a director of a variety of Silicon Valley businesses and non-profits including Mozilla, Mobshop, Kiva and Zynga. Prior to LinkedIn, Reid was Executive Vice President of PayPal. He joined the PayPal Board of Directors at the company's founding. Reid graduated from Stanford University (where he won a Marshall Scholarship and a Dinkelspiel Award) with a Bachelor's degree with distinction in Symbolic Systems and he has a Master's degree in Philosophy from Oxford University. He is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Ben Lilienthal, General Manager, Citrix Online-Audio, LLC, Hoboken, NJ. Ben joined Citrix Online in 2008 when they acquired his technology company, Vapps, Inc., and currently leads the company's audio strategy and execution. In 2003, he co-founded Vapps, (an audio conferencing technology company) and served as its CEO and Chairman—leading the company to realize a 600% return on investment after just six years. Prior to that, he founded Nascent Technologies where he identified an early opportunity for Web-enabled email. Nascent licensed its products to service providers like France Telecom, Belgacom, Hong Kong Telecom and Singapore Telecom, before being sold to CMGI in 1999 and then to Sendmail in 2001. Prior to that, he was an associate at Decision Insights, Inc. in Reston, VA. Ben earned an M.B.A. from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in 2004 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, magna cum laude, from Amherst College in 1995. He is a frequent guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at NYU-Poly and with the Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) program, both in New York City. Ben is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Meaghan Lloyd, Chief of Staff and Project Designer, Gehry Partners, LLP, Los Angeles, CA. Immediately after graduating from Yale, Meaghan joined award-winning architect Frank Gehry in his company, Gehry Partners, LLP, to serve as his Chief of Staff. She works directly with him in the day-to-day operations: designing key projects, interfacing with clients, coordinating staff and public relations, as well as serving as a designer on dedicated projects, including the full-service Sergiev Posad hotel in Russia; the 2,265 seat Walt Disney Concert Hall and Maggies Center Dundee, a 2,500 square foot cancer patient care center intended to provide a calming environment in which newly diagnosed, recently relapsed, and terminally ill cancer patients and their family members can seek support and information. Meaghan has also participated with various projects sponsored by (RED), an organization founded to raise money and awareness for the Global Fund. Meaghan received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies in 1997 from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a Master's in Architecture from Yale University in 2000. She is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Trish Lukasik, Region Vice President, Frito-Lay, Inc., Winter Park, FL. As Region Vice President at Frito-Lay, Trish Lukasik is responsible for the total operational and profit and loss management for the Florida region, representing $750M in annual sales and over $200M in annualized profit. She oversees a team of over 1,600 people from Human Resources, Sales, Operations and Finance. Prior to this she was PepsiCo's Vice President/General Manager for the PepsiCo-Costco team. With $1B in revenue she managed 10 distinct lines of business including Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Quaker Foods and Pepsi. She has also served as the Director of Finance for the PepsiCo-Walmart team and as Senior Group Manager for Frito-Lay. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Trish worked as the Financial Services Manager for the Coca-Cola Company. She began her career with Procter & Gamble, rotating through several assignments during her tenure there. Trish attended Goizueta Business School at Emory University and graduated from Miami University School of Business Administration with dual degrees in Finance and Economics. She is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Melissa Mowbray-d'Arbela, Co-Founder and CEO, Filligent Ltd., Hong Kong. Melissa is co-founder and CEO of Filligent Limited, a global biotech business that addresses health gaps in developing nations. She provides the company's vision, while also focusing on strategic, policy and regulatory matters. Prior to founding Filligent, Melissa worked as a corporate lawyer at Skadden Arps in the U.S. and Asia, as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers in Asia, and as a private equity investor at GE Equity (Asia). She also co-founded Maven International, an ethical investment fund. In 2007, she co-founded PathFinders Limited, a Hong Kong-based organization that helps undocumented migrant women and their children find safe and legal homes. Melissa also serves as a hands-on board member of Mother's Choice Limited, a community organization helping pregnant women and babies in Asia Pacific. In response to the unmet needs in Haiti following the earthquake in January 2010, Melissa conducted interviews of quake survivors, government officials, local corporations, and other disaster relief teams at their headquarters outside Haiti and helped to develop Project BackBone—which utilizes small but highly‐effective NGOs and corporations as "backbone organizations" to amplify the scale of assistance and improve coordination. Melissa completed a Juris Doctorate from New York University, School of Law. She is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Seth Seaberg, Founder and CEO, TREXA, Los Angeles, CA. Seth has been focused on advanced vehicle technology since 2002. He is the CEO of TREXA, manufacturer of TREXA®—the world's first open-source advanced electric drive vehicle platform. By providing the platform and after-sale support, TREXA enables low-volume manufacturers and independent car builders to compete in the emerging global market for zero-emissions vehicles. Prior to founding TREXA, Seth was CEO of Clean-Tech, LLC, where he identified and commercialized technologies in the low and zero emission transportation sector. In 2002, Clean-Tech developed advanced natural gas conversion technology for full-size SUVs and launched EVO, the world's first alternative fuel limousine service, in Los Angeles, CA. In 2005, Clean-Tech unveiled EDrive™, the first publicly-demonstrated lithium plug-in hybrid retrofit system for the Toyota Prius. Seth was personally honored for his work at EDrive by President Bill Clinton at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Summit in 2007, and received the Environmental Hero Award from Congresswoman Lois Capps in Santa Barbara in 2008. Seth received his B.A. from Northwestern University in 1993, funded in part by proceeds from his first business, an ice cream shop, which he founded at the age of 12 in the Maine seaside town where he grew up. He is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Tanya Shaw, Founder, President and CEO, Unique Solutions Design Ltd., Nova Scotia, Canada. Tanya opened her first company, XZel Designs, out of her home in 1991. Along with a group of engineers she developed the proprietary CAD software that formed the basis for Unique Patterns Design Ltd. (UPD)—which she established in 1994, and which has become the largest custom pattern maker in the world providing custom drafted patterns to women of all shapes and sizes. Tanya later envisioned a device that would capture the measurements of a woman's body quickly and accurately to make truly custom patterns. Thus, the idea for the original bodyskanner™ was born as well as her current company, Unique Solutions Design Ltd. Tanya has received many honors including: 2006 Outstanding Young Canadian of the Year from Junior Chamber International; 2004 CATA Alliance Sarah Kirke Award for Top Canadian Woman in Hi-Tech; 2000 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Atlantic/Emerging Category. She has served on a number of non-profit boards including the Entrepreneurs' Forum and CEED (Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development). Tanya attended Dalhousie University's Costume Studies Design Program, graduating in 1991. She also attended Saint Mary's University, studying Commerce. Tanya is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Brian Trelstad, Chief Investment Officer, Acumen Fund, New York, NY. Brian is Chief Investment Officer at Acumen Fund, a $40m social venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. In this role, he runs their global portfolio team, coordinating the investment process and post-investment management support in India, Pakistan, East Africa and South Africa. Previously Brian co-founded GetActive—a constituent relationship management software serving vendors in the non-profit sector with clients that included PBS and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He was also the co-founder of the Center for Environmental Citizenship, a national non-profit dedicated to training student environmental leaders, and was the lead environmental staffer for President Clinton's AmeriCorps program. He is also a co-founder of IRIS (Impact Reporting and Investment Standards), an initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation. Brian has worked as a case writer at Stanford University's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and advised a number of early-stage technology companies. He spent four years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and has been a guest speaker at the 2009 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship and NYU's Stern School of Business. Brian holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. in City Planning from University of California Berkeley, and a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University. He is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Tim Westergren, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Pandora, San Francisco, CA. Tim Westergren founded Pandora in January 2000 and now serves as its Chief Strategy Officer. Inspired by years as a performing musician and film composer, Tim recruited a team of fifty musician-analysts to create the Music Genome Project. Listening to music, one song at a time, and scoring each recording according to nearly 400 distinct musical attributes, these trained musicologists built the musical foundation for Pandora, a streaming radio service that allows users to easily create personalized radio stations based on their favorite artists or songs. Pandora is now attracting 85,000 new listeners per day and houses over 750,000 songs. Tim is an award-winning composer, an accomplished musician and a record producer with 20 years of experience in the music industry. In addition to guiding Pandora's overall strategy and vision, Tim now spends most of his time as Pandora's chief evangelist—traveling the country to meet with listeners to collect feedback, research local music, and spread the word of the Music Genome Project. A lifelong musician, Tim received his B.A. from Stanford University where, along with a Political Science degree, he studied music theory and computer acoustics and recording technology. He is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Andrea Wong, Former President and CEO, Lifetime Networks, Los Angeles, CA. From 2007 to 2010, Andrea Wong was President and CEO of Lifetime Networks, where she oversaw all day-to-day operations of television's top two women's networks—Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network—as well as Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime Digital. While there, she was responsible for hit programs and movies such as Drop Dead Diva, Project Runway, Army Wives, Prayers for Bobby and Coco Chanel. Prior to joining Lifetime, Andrea was Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Specials and Late-Night at ABC, where she oversaw programs including: Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Academy Awards®, The American Music Awards® and The CMA Awards®. Before entering the entertainment industry, Andrea worked in the investment banking group at The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse First Boston) and in strategic planning with PepsiCo. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Portia Yarborough, DuPont Performance Polymers Business Integration Leader, DuPont Company, Wilmington, DE. In Portia's current role as Business Integration Leader, she has melded several businesses into the recently formed DuPont Performance Polymers unit, and in doing so will enable over 5,000 employees to more effectively address customer needs. She previously served as Global Business Director, having profit and loss responsibility for the Chloroelastomers business within DuPont Performance Elastomers. Portia joined DuPont in 1998 and has held various roles within this science and technology based company including assignments as an area supervisor, applications research scientist, and research chemist. She holds several patents and received her certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt for quality management. Portia currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Learning Link of Delaware, a non-profit education-focused organization that develops broad-based initiatives to provide stability to school reform efforts through family and community engagement. She graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from Wake Forest University and earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from Cornell University. She is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Marci Zaroff, Founder and CEO, FASE, Boca Raton, FL. Marci Zaroff is set to launch a new sustainable fashion brand called FASE (Fashion-Art-Soul-Earth) with an experiential e-commerce platform, lifestyle stores and retailer partnerships in mid 2010. From 1996-2009, she was founder, President and CEO of Under the Canopy, a leader in organic and sustainable fashions. Prior to that, she founded a health and environmental educational center and certification program, spa, national magazine and organic cafe in New York City, known today as "The Institute for Integrative Nutrition". She also pioneered the market for ECOfashion®, a term she coined and trademarked in 1996 to define the fusion of style and sustainability. Marci speaks worldwide on sustainable textiles and green business, and was a key driver in defining U.S. and global standards for organic fiber certification. She is on the Board of Directors of the Organic Exchange, and is also co-founder and Chairman of South Florida Green Drinks, a social and business networking forum for green-minded individuals in South Florida. Marci was selected as New York Moves' "Top 25 Power Women", received the Natural Product Industry's "Socially Responsible Business Award" and was a finalist for both Fashion Group International's "Rising Star Award" and ELLE Magazine's "Mercury Style Award". She has a Finance and Marketing degree from the Haas Business School of the University of California, Berkeley. Marci is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

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