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Business for Impact Advisory Group

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Bill Novelli
Founder, Business for Impact

 

 

Bill Novelli is Founder of Business for Impact and Distinguished Professor of the Practice at Georgetown McDonough School of Business.  He teaches Ethical Leadership and Managing the Enterprise, and developed and taught courses in Corporate Social Responsibility and Nonprofit Leadership and Management. Previously, Bill was CEO of AARP; founder/president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; EVP of CARE; and founder/president of Porter Novelli. Bill serves on the boards of the American Cancer Society; Coalition to Transform Advanced Care; Bipartisan Policy Center’s Action Network; Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; Capital Caring Health and Strategic Partnerships. Bill co-chairs the Care Culture and Inclusion Action Collaborative of the National Academy of Medicine, and serves on multiple NAM committees. He is co-chair of the advisory board of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health. Bill’s latest book is Good Business: The Talk, Fight, Win Way to Change the World (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021).

Eileen Howard Boone
SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy
CVS Health, President of CVS Health & Aetna Foundations

 

Eileen Howard Boone is senior vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy and chief sustainability officer for CVS Health. She also serves as the president of the CVS Health and Aetna Foundations, and is an officer of the CVS Health Employee Relief Fund and CVS Health Charity Classic. Howard Boone is responsible for formulating the strategic positioning of the company’s corporate social responsibility platform, Transform Health 2030. Howard Boone was instrumental in leading stakeholder engagement around the company’s decision to stop the sale of tobacco in 2014, and CVS Health helps people lead tobacco-free lives by investing millions of dollars to support smoking cessation and tobacco awareness programs and organizations helping those with tobacco-related illnesses. Howard Boone serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Crossroads and NACDS Foundation. 

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Bernard Boudreaux
Former Director, New Strategies,
Georgetown Business for Impact; CSR lead at Target Corporation

Bernard Boudreaux is the former co-director of New Strategies at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. In that role, Boudreaux focused on direct engagement with corporate partners, as well as the nonprofit leaders who attend the New Strategies program. He is founder and principal of Be Beneficent Consulting, a boutique consulting firm that assists individuals, nonprofits, and businesses in addressing social issues within their local communities through action that achieves measurable results. Prior to joining Georgetown McDonough, Boudreaux was with Target Corporation for over 30 years, where he held various leadership positions in corporate responsibility and in merchandising/buying. He oversaw community involvement and volunteerism for local Target stores and distribution centers coast to coast, as well as led various initiatives focused on stakeholder engagement, diversity and inclusion, reputation management, and executive level board placement.

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Sean Cady
Vice President, Global Sustainability, Responsibility and Trade at VF Corporation

 

 

Sean Cady is Vice President, Global Sustainability, Responsibility and Trade at VF Corporation, a global leader in lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories. VF is the owner of brands including The North Face, Vans, and Timberland.

Prior to joining VF in 2010, Cady was the Director of Environment, Health and Safety at Levi Strauss & Co. He serves on the boards of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, where he is the Immediate Past Chair, and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. His perspectives have been shared in numerous publications including Fast Company, Yahoo Finance, Environment + Energy Leader, Women’s Wear Daily, and Triple Pundit, and at recent events such as the Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference, the Redress Design Awards and the Sustainable Denver Summit. Cady holds an M.B.A. in International Business from Saint Mary’s College of California and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University at Buffalo. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California. 

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Betsy Comerford
Recently Retired Managing Director, JPMorgan Securities

Betsy Comerford recently retired from her role as managing director at JPMorgan Securities. She worked for 40+ years in the residential and commercial mortgage markets. During her career, she was responsible for the firm’s top investment clients and partnered with trading and banking executives to originate and structure all securitized products including all ESG-related products. She has held multiple senior management roles. Prior to JPM, Betsy served as managing director at DLJ Securities and Bank of America Securities. Betsy currently serves on the board of Providence House, an organization providing transitional housing for single mothers in need, predominantly coming out of Rikers Island prison. She was a board member of the Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) and Poly Prep CDS Board of Trustees. Betsy graduated from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and served on the University’s Board of Regents.

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Joe Daly
Senior Partner, Gallup

 

Joe Daly is a senior partner and member of the Management Committee at Gallup. Joe works with global governments, academic institutions, nonprofits and corporations worldwide to help them solve the world’s most pressing problems using data from Gallup’s World Poll. Joe also provides advisory services on entrepreneurship to governments and businesses worldwide, supporting them with research and data on the drivers of employment, job creation and business startups at the global, national, regional and local levels. Before joining Gallup, Joe was a consultant at Accenture. His areas of expertise included change management, process improvement, project management and strategy. Joe received his master’s in business administration degree with a focus on international business from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

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Catalina (Cata) Garcia
Global Director of Corporate Affairs, Board Director AB InBev Foundation

Catalina (Cata) Garcia is the global director of corporate affairs at Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) and board director of the AB InBev Foundation. Cata currently leads the AB InBev Global Corporate Affairs team, with most of her work centered on expanding and improving AB InBev’s reputation and sustainability (ESG) strategy. In addition, she manages AB InBev’s partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), aimed at improving road safety globally, and directs the company’s global responsible drinking strategy. She is the co-author of How Business Can Drive Inclusive Growth and Development, published by Harvard Kennedy School. She was a U.S. Top Women in PR winner in 2017. She has been a member of several global boards, such as IBM Women’s Diversity Network Group, Women for Colombia Foundation, Inversor Impact Investing Fund, and The Colombian Center for Social Responsibility (CCRE). 

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Jay Jacobs
Director, Citi; recently retired President, PIMCO; Senior Global Fellow, Georgetown 

 

Jay Jacobs is a distinguished global fellow at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. Jacobs retired as president and managing director of PIMCO, a global investment firm that manages more than $1.7 trillion in assets, in September 2017. He was promoted to managing director in 2006 and was elected by his fellow partners as the firm’s president in January 2014. Over his 19 years at the firm, he held multiple senior management roles including serving as head of the firm’s Munich office and as a senior member of the European management team. He currently serves on the boards of Citigroup, Inc., Washington University in St. Louis, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Georgetown McDonough.

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John D. Kemp
Esq., President & CEO, Lakeshore Foundation

 

John D. Kemp is president & CEO of Lakeshore Foundation, an internationally recognized organization providing opportunities for individuals with physical disability and chronic health conditions to lead healthy, active, independent lives. Mr. Kemp, a person with a disability, co-founded the American Association of People with Disabilities and has held a variety of CEO and senior executive positions with national and international nonprofits. He was honored with the Henry B. Betts Award, widely regarded as America’s highest honor for disability leadership and service. He is also the recipient of the Dole Leadership Prize, joining a prestigious group of international recipients including Nelson Mandela and two former U.S. Presidents. In addition, Mr. Kemp chairs Delta Air Lines’ Advisory Board on Disability.  

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Eric Kessler
Founder, Arabella Advisors

 

Eric Kessler is the founder and senior managing director of Arabella Advisors. Named one of Inside Philanthropy’s 100 Most Powerful Players in Philanthropy, Eric co-founded the Chef Action Network and created the Chefs Boot Camp for Policy of Change, both programs of the James Beard Foundation, and he co-founded the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Eric serves on the governing boards of the James Beard Foundation and the National Democratic Institute, and the advisory board of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition.  Previously, Eric served as a White House appointee where he helped manage conservation issues during the Clinton administration. Later, Eric spent six years with the National Democratic Institute, which sent him to the former Soviet Union, Southeast Asia, and throughout the Middle East to train civic and political leaders on strategies to encourage democratic change. 

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Matt McKenna
Executive in Residence, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

 

 

Matt McKenna is an executive-in-residence overseeing the Rural Opportunity Initiative of Business for Impact, and also directs the Impact Scholars and Anacostia Impact Investing programs. Matt served as senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Tom Vilsack. In this role, McKenna worked to leverage federal resources with public and private partners to foster job creation, business development, and economic growth in rural America. Prior to joining the USDA in 2013, McKenna served as president and chief executive officer of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings volunteers together to build and sustain vibrant communities. Also, McKenna served as senior vice president of finance, senior vice president and treasurer and senior vice president of tax at PepsiCo. McKenna is an active director of Foot Locker, Inc. and was chairman of the Board of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps.

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Marc H. Morial
President and CEO, National Urban League

 

 

Marc H. Morial has served as president of the National Urban League since 2003, and he has been the primary catalyst for an era of change. His skilled leadership has expanded the League’s work around an Empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between whites and blacks as well as rich and poor Americans. The former mayor of New Orleans, Morial was elected in 1994 and served two terms leading the city into a 1990’s renaissance of international prominence. During his tenure, New Orleans won the All-American City Award in 1996 for the first time in 50 years, as well as the prestigious City Livability Award. He serves as an Executive Committee member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. He is a graduate of Georgetown Law School.

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Dawn Sweeney
Executive in Residence, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

Dawn Sweeney is an executive-in-residence at Georgetown’s Business for Impact. She recently retired as the president & CEO of the largest trade group for the U.S. restaurant industry, the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Sweeney was named the first female president and CEO of the NRA in 2007. Before joining the NRA, Sweeney was the president and CEO of AARP Services, where she was responsible for the launch of AARP Financial. Before taking the helm at AARP Services, Sweeney was AARP’s group executive officer for membership, where she launched the association’s Hispanic membership development initiatives and oversaw AARP The Magazine, which is read by more than 20 million people. Prior to that, she held positions at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the International Dairy Foods Association.

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Kerry Sullivan
Recently Retired President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Environmental Social & Governance Executive

 

Kerry Herlihy Sullivan is the former President of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, where she led a team responsible for philanthropic strategy in support of the company’s commitment to responsible, sustainable growth through a focus on environmental, social and governance issues. Sullivan managed relationships with nonprofit partners that address issues fundamental to economic mobility and social progress in low- and moderate-income communities, including basic needs, workforce development and education through job training and up-skilling, and affordable housing and community revitalization that create pathways for social progress and resiliency. She lead the company’s signature philanthropic programs, Neighborhood Builders®, Neighborhood Champions and Student Leaders®, which recognize the community leadership and service of nonprofit organizations and students in 92 markets across the U.S., with more than $265 million invested since 2004.  

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Nga Tran
Partner & Co-Founder, S2S+ Advisors LLC

 

 

Nga Tran has more than 30 years of experience in asset management, financial services and investment banking. She is a partner and co-founder of S2S+ Advisors LLC, a private investment firm focused on high growth, early-stage technology companies. In 2005, Ms. Tran co-founded CIFC, an investment manager specializing in corporate and structured credit strategies.  In seven years, she helped the firm raise new funds, close multiple acquisitions, and expand its assets under management to $12 billion. Prior to CIFC, Ms. Tran was a Vice President at J.P. Morgan Chase, advising global private equity firms on leveraged buyout financings, recapitalizations, equity offerings and private placements. Since 2018, Ms. Tran has served on the Fulbright University Vietnam’s Board of Trustees. She also served on the Board of Trustees at the New York-based Rippowam Cisqua School between 2014 and 2018.  In 2015 she co-founded The Lifelong Water Project, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to clean water solutions in Southeast Asia. 

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Hemal K. Vaidya
Partner & Director, BCG

 

Hemal K. Vaidya is partner and director at the Boston Consulting Group, serving as a strategy and financial advisor to the public sector and multinational corporations. With over 25 years of experience ranging from The White House, Deloitte, and Georgetown University, Hemal focuses on the partnership among public, private, and non-profit sectors to address complex business challenges and public policy issues. He has a sustained track record of growing businesses in various sectors & industries in the US, India, and multilateral organizations. Hemal advises CXO-level clients across federal, state & municipal governments in the US and India, in Higher Education, and Non-Profit Organizations. Previously, Hemal led Deloitte’s Global Corporate Social Responsibility program to expand education and digital access to 50 million women and girls by 2030. He serves as an adjunct professor, leader in residence, and executive coach at Georgetown University Schools of Foreign Service and Business.

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