Meet the Faculty

Meet Dr Johnnetta Betsch Cole

Chairman of the Board for the National Council of Negro Women

Dean of  Herndon Directors Institute Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole is a widely recognized education leader considered one of the most respected visionaries in academia on… Meet Member
Meet Roosevelt Giles

Executive Chairman of the Board

Roosevelt Giles is Executive Chairman of the Board, Atlanta Life Financial Group. He also serves as Chairman of the Herndon Foundation. His extensive work in… Meet Member
Meet Ayo Alaran

Chief Operating Officer, DelNovak, LLC

Ayo is Chief Operating Officer at DelNovak LLC. DelNovak is a government contractor, with expertise in Cyber Security and Technology Transformation. At DeNovak, Ayo is… Meet Member
Meet Stephen P. Alicanti

Partner, DLA Piper

Stephen Alicanti focuses his practice on the representation of issuers and underwriters in a broad range of domestic and international capital markets transactions. These transactions… Meet Member
Meet Alan I. Annex

Shareholder, GreenbergTraurig

Alan I. Annex is Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Corporate Practice. He leads multidisciplinary deal teams in a wide variety of large-cap and middle-market domestic… Meet Member
Meet Craig Apatov

Founder & Managing Partner, Ascension Growth & Innovation Strategies

Craig Apatov is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of experience at several of the world’s leading companies. He founded and currently serves as… Meet Member
Meet Ariel Fromer Babcock

CFA, Managing Director, Head of Research at FCLTGlobal

FCLTGlobal is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization whose goal is to rebalance capital markets towards effective long-term capital allocation for sustainable growth. We work in partnership with over 50 member institutions, who are highly respected global… Meet Member
Meet Theodore I. Blum

Shareholder, GreenbergTraurig

Ted Blum serves as Managing Shareholder of the Atlanta office and Chair of the Atlanta Corporate Practice. He leads and advises a team with the… Meet Member
Meet Christopher Bradley

Managing Dir, Mistral Equity Partners / CFO, Haymaker Acquisition Corp. III

Chris has been a Managing Director at Mistral Equity Partners since 2008. He has over 20 years of experience identifying acquisition candidates, conducting due diligence… Meet Member
Meet Sidney Burke

Partner / Co-Chair, NY Corp Group, DLA Piper

Sid Burke co-chairs the firm’s New York corporate group and has a varied corporate and securities practice focused on mergers, acquisitions, and other complex business… Meet Member
Meet Mary K. Bush

Chairman of Bush International, LLC.

Mary Bush is Chairman of Bush International, LLC, a firm that advises corporations and governments on strengthening banking and financial systems as a strategic initiative… Meet Member
Meet Carolyn H. Byrd

Chairman & CEO, GlobalTech Financial

Ms. Byrd had a successful career with The Coca-Cola Company which began in 1977. During her tenure at The Coca-Cola Company, she was promoted to… Meet Member
Meet Kaitlin A. Carreno

Associate (Atlanta), Eversheds Sutherland

Background Kaitlin Carreno advises clients on their complex business and commercial litigation matters, with an emphasis on antitrust and professional liability. Kaitlin has substantial experience… Meet Member
Meet Joe Chapman

Managing Director, Aon

Joe focuses on developing relationships with large corporations (Public, Private & Multinational), private equity, Long Term Care, construction (as it relates to general contractors and… Meet Member
Meet Susan Chapman-Hodges

Global C-Level Business & Digital Transformation Exec

Ms. Chapman-Hughes is an independent director of the J.M. Smucker Company (SJM) where she serves on the compensation committee. She is also an independent director… Meet Member
Meet Cheryl Cofield

CEO, Culture of Civility International, LLC and Story Masters International, LLC

Cheryl Cofield is a corporate leadership trainer, diversity and inclusion strategist, race dialogue facilitator, executive culture coach, and Certified Dare to LeadTM  Facilitator.  She mixes… Meet Member
Meet Joan Conley

Sr. Advisor on Corp. Governance and ESG Programs, Nasdaq

Joan C. Conley is currently a Senior Advisor on Corporate Governance and ESG Programs at Nasdaq, a role she assumed in January 2021, and a… Meet Member
Meet Dr. Curtis J. Crawford

Founder, President, and CEO of XCEO, Inc.

Enlighted Corporate Governance® “Because principled leadership requires action beyond obligation to earn share owner value.” Dr. Crawford is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of… Meet Member
Meet Sean Denham

National SPAC Leader / Global Svcs Industry Leader / Office Managing Partner (Philadelphia), Grant Thornton

Sean Denham is the National Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) Leader, as well as, the Global and US Services Industry Leader. Locally, Sean is the… Meet Member
Meet Francisco D’souza

CEO and co-founder of Cognizant Technology Solutions

Frank D’Souza is CEO and co-founder of Cognizant Technology Solutions and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. The company was formed as a… Meet Member
Meet Graham Dyer

CPA (Texas, Illinois), Grant Thornton

Graham is a Partner in the Accounting Principles Group within the National Professional Standards Group of Grant Thornton, LLP. Graham serves as a subject matter expert… Meet Member
Meet Timothy Fletcher

Managing Dir / Financial Services Group, Aon

Tim leads the Western Region within Aon’s Financial Services Group (FSG). FSG is Aon’s dedicated practice group that specializes in the analysis, negotiation and placement… Meet Member
Meet Jim D. Flowers, Ph.D.

Dir of Special Projects, Chief Data Officer, Enterprise Risk Mgr; Clayton State University

The Director of Special Projects provides leadership and service to advance the University in accordance with the University’s strategic plan. The director advises university leadership… Meet Member
Meet Leonard Fluxman

Exec Chairman and CEO, OneSpaWorld Holdings Ltd (“OSW”)

Mr. Fluxman served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Steiner Leisure (OSW predecessor) from January 2001 through March 2019 and as a director from… Meet Member
Meet Jun Frank

Regional Mgr., Compensation & Governance Advisory; ISS Corporate Solutions

Jun Frank is a Managing Director at ISS Corporate Solutions’ advisory group. He advises clients based on the West Coast and Asia on corporate governance,… Meet Member
Meet Curtis Franklin, Jr.

Senior Analyst, Omdia

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Analyst at Omdia, focusing on enterprise security management. Previously, he was senior editor of Dark Reading, editor of Light Reading’s Security… Meet Member
Meet Shirley Franklin

Former Mayor, City of Atlanta GA

Shirley Clarke Franklin served as 58th Mayor of the City of Atlanta, the City known as the Cradle of Civil Rights and the leading urban… Meet Member
Meet Dr. George C. Fraser

Chairman and CEO of FraserNet

George Fraser is Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc., a company he founded 32 years ago to lead a global networking and economic development movement… Meet Member
Meet Yusuf George

Engine No. 1

Yusuf George is responsible for managing Engine No. 1’s active ownership and proxy voting strategies for the firm’s fund portfolio companies. Prior to joining Engine No…. Meet Member
Meet Peter Georgescu

Chairman Emeritus of Young & Rubicam Inc.

Peter Georgescu is Chairman Emeritus of Young & Rubicam Inc., one of the most successful public relations, marketing, and advertising firms on a global scale…. Meet Member
Meet Sidney E. Harris

Trustee, Virtus Mutual Funds Family

Sidney E. Harris is a private investor and an independent trustee of the Virtus Mutual Funds Family. Additionally, he serves on the board of several… Meet Member
Meet Stephani Hildebrandt

Partner and Member of Eversheds Sutherland's Capital Markets and Investments Practice Group

Stephani offers her clients a thorough understanding of corporate transactions as a Partner and member of Eversheds Sutherland’s Capital Markets and Investments Practice Group. She… Meet Member
Meet Doug Holladay

Founder and Director of PathNorth

Doug Holladay is the Heinz Christian Prechter Executive in Residence at Georgetown University School of Business.  He is an active private equity investor and serves… Meet Member
Meet Frank F. Islam
Frank F. Islam is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, civic leader and thought leader. Frank has a special commitment to civic, educational and artistic causes.  In all… Meet Member
Meet Burhan Jaffer

Co-Sponsor and CFO, Compass Digital Acquisition Corp

Burhan Jaffer is currently Co-Sponsor and Chief Financial Officer of a Special Purpose Acquisition Company called Compass Digital Acquisition Corp (CDAQ) that is focused on… Meet Member
Meet Ben King

Managing Director, Corporate Strategy and Engagement for JUST Capital

Ben is the Managing Director of Corporate Strategy and Engagement.  He is responsible for our corporate engagement efforts and how best to support our corporate… Meet Member
Meet Marija Kramer

Head of ISS Corp. Solutions (ICS)

Marija Kramer is Head of ISS Corporate Solutions Inc. (ICS), a separately managed subsidiary of Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) that helps companies design and… Meet Member
Meet Stephen B. Lazarus

CFO and COO, OneSpaWorld Holdings Ltd. (OSW)

Stephen is Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of OSW since March 2019.  He served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of… Meet Member
Meet Byron E. Loflin

The Global Head of Board Engagement at NASDAQ

Byron Loflin is the Global Head of Board Engagement at NASDAQ where he leads the governance team in driving strategic, collaborative, and technology-based initiatives to… Meet Member
Meet Dr. Walter Massey

Former Board Chairman, Bank of America

Dr. Walter E. Massey’s career has bridged the two cultures of the sciences and the arts, the private and public sectors, and academia and industry…. Meet Member
Meet Walter (Wally) McLallen

Managing Member, Meritage Capital Advisors

Wally is a finance professional with over 30 years of leveraged finance, private equity, restructuring and operations experience. Mr. McLallen has been the Managing Member… Meet Member
Meet Carol Melton

CEO of Adeft Ventures

Carol Melton is CEO and founder of Adeft Ventures, a Washington, D.C.-based advising and investing firm with expertise in early-stage companies and other U.S. and… Meet Member
Meet Roger Meltzer

Chairman Emeritus / Partner, DLA Piper

Roger has practiced corporate and securities law for more than 40 years. Among his clients are corporations, investment banking firms, commercial banks, and private equity… Meet Member
Meet Deanna M. Mulligan

Chief Executive Officer of The Guardian Life Insurance Company

Deanna Mulligan is Chief Executive Officer of The Guardian Life Insurance Company and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. She was named Chief… Meet Member
Meet Patrick Niemann

Partner, Ernst & Young’s Center for Board Matters

Pat is a partner with Ernst & Young’s Center for Board Matters, where he leads the firm’s Audit Committee Forum across the Americas, supporting corporate… Meet Member
Meet William Ortner

Sr. Managing Director, Guggenheim Securities

Bill joined Guggenheim Securities in 2013 to establish the Strategic Equity Solutions platform. As head of the group Bill markets, structures and executes transactions for… Meet Member
Meet Rich Osler

Guggenheim Securities

Rich joined Guggenheim Securities in June 2009 to help establish and build out the Firm’s Investment Banking platform. Prior to joining Guggenheim Securities, Rich was… Meet Member
Meet Emmanuelle Palikuca

Group Mgr., Sustainability Advisory Team; ISS Corporate Solutions

As a Group Manager and Senior Sustainability Advisor on the ISS Corporate Solutions (ICS) team, Emmanuelle leads a team of specialized advisors that work with… Meet Member
Meet Chan Pedris

Regional Mgr., Compensation & Governance Advisory; ISS Corporate Solutions

Chan joined the ISS Corporate Solutions advisory group in 2010. He is Co-Head of the Canadian advisory team and also leads a team of U.S…. Meet Member
Meet Lee A. Peifer

Partner (Atlanta), Eversheds Sutherland

Background Lee Peifer represents companies, individuals, schools, and governmental entities in commercial and education litigation. He advises clients on a variety of matters—including contractual disputes,… Meet Member
Meet Rachel Perry, CPCU

Resident Managing Director, Aon (Atlanta office)

Rachel provides strategic direction and growth of Aon’s Atlanta office, talent recruitment and development, and ensures that Aon delivers on service commitments to our clients…. Meet Member
Meet Stephen W. Powell

President, Corvest Capital Partners

Stephen Powell is a highly regarding Executive with an accomplished track record in corporate finance and governance.  His career focus includes private capital investment, investment… Meet Member
Meet Benjamin E. Reed

Associate (Atlanta), Eversheds Sutherland

Background Ben Reed advises clients in all aspects of complex commercial litigation in both state and federal court, representing clients nationwide in a variety of… Meet Member
Meet Steven S. Reinemund

Legendary former leader of PepsiCo

Steve Reinemund is the legendary former leader of PepsiCo and currently sits as a member of the board at Goldman Sachs Acquisition Holdings. Reinemund served… Meet Member
Meet Teresa M. Ressel

Independent Corporate Governance Consultant

Teresa M. Ressel has 25+ years of business experience covering finance, industrials/defense & technology complementing her government service. She has served on various public company… Meet Member
Meet Jason Rogers

Audit Partner, Grant Thornton (Atlanta office)

Jason has over twenty-five years of experience in financial accounting and advisory services. Some of his specific service capabilities include providing audit services to public… Meet Member
Meet Dr. Carolyn Rouse

Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Princeton

Carolyn Rouse, chair of the Department of Anthropology, joined Princeton’s faculty in 2000. Her work explores the use of evidence to make particular claims about… Meet Member
Meet Eklavya Saraf

Global Head of SPAC Listings and Managing Dir of Listing Svcs, Nasdaq

Eklavya advises companies on the process and benefits of listing on Nasdaq. Eklavya coaches early-stage companies to leverage Nasdaq’s resources and optimize financing opportunities and… Meet Member
Meet Alan D. Schwartz

Executive Chairman of Guggenheim Securities

Alan Schwartz is a name that is nationally recognized in the corporate finance arena. He is Executive Chairman of Guggenheim Securities. Early in his career,… Meet Member
Meet Charles S. Shamieh

Executive Chairman of Gen Re

Charlie Shamieh has more than 35 years of insurance industry experience, having held senior insurance and reinsurance executive positions across three continents. Charlie lives in… Meet Member
Meet Timothy Shriver

Global Disability Advocate

As Chairman of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors, Tim Shriver leads over 5 million Special Olympics athletes in more than 190 countries while… Meet Member
Meet Jeffrey E. (Jeff) Stiefler

Independent Director and Chair of the OneSpaWorld Nominating and Governance Committee

Jeff is an independent director and Chair of the OneSpaWorld Nominating and Governance Committee.  Mr. Stiefler has spent his career leading a wide range of… Meet Member
Meet Dr. Rob Straw

CEO, CEIBS Europe

Before CEIBS, Robert was Head of Talent Management, Leadership and Organizational Development Europe at Oerlikon AG. Prior to joining Oerlikon, he was Director of Education… Meet Member
Meet Betsy Tilkemeier

Founder and Managing Partner of North Line Partners

Betsy has expertise in consumer with a particular focus serving clients who go to market through multiple/alternative distribution channels including eCommerce and direct selling. Her… Meet Member
Meet Al Vivian

CEO of BASIC Diversity.com

Al Vivian is CEO of BASIC Diversity.com.  BASIC is the nation’s longest serving diversity and inclusion firm, founded in 1974 by Al’s father, the late… Meet Member
Meet Craig E. Weatherup

Founding Chairman of The Pepsi Bottling Group

Craig Weatherup is founding Chairman of The Pepsi Bottling Group. In that role he is considered a pioneer thought leader in both governance and market… Meet Member
Meet William C. Weldon

Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson

Bill Weldon is the former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson. Weldon joined Johnson & Johnson in 1971. He… Meet Member
Meet Barry Lawson Williams

Managing General Partner

Barry L. Williams is the retired Managing General Partner of the investment and consulting firm, Williams Pacific Ventures (WPV), which focuses on corporate startups, acquisitions,… Meet Member
Meet Reginald Williams

Visiting Professor, Public Policy at Morgan State University

Reginald Williams is a widely recognized thought leader and subject matter expert on “supplier diversity”… a term he coined in 1985. For more than 3… Meet Member
Meet Robert J. Woody

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Elgin Energy LLC.,

Bob Woody served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Elgin Energy, a privately held energy company that included subsidiary MHA Petroleum Consultants, one of… Meet Member