Betsy Bernard, Chair
Betsy Bernard is an accomplished CEO, experienced public company Board Director and popular speaker. As President of AT&T, she led more than 50,000 employees in a $27 billion business that served the needs of four million global business customers. For three consecutive years, Bernard appeared on Magazine’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business”.
Betsy Bernard is an accomplished CEO, experienced public company Board Director and popular speaker. As President of AT&T, she led more than 50,000 employees in a $27 billion business that served the needs of four million global business customers. For three consecutive years, Bernard appeared on Fortune Magazine’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business”.
Bernard’s significant board experience spans more than a decade and includes United Technologies, Serco Group plc, & URS. As Chair of the public company Telular, she helped deliver a five year total shareholder return of 350% by accelerating the recurring revenue before completing the sale of the firm to Avista Capital in June 2013. Bernard currently chairs the Nominating and Governance Committees at Principal Financial Group (PFG) and is a member of their compensation committee. She chairs the Nominating committee of Zimmer Holdings (ZMH) and serves on their compensation committee. She is the Lead director of Single Touch (SITO). She also serves on the Advisory Boards of GroTech Ventures, Innovate Partners, and The Silverfern Group.
Bernard received a BA from St. Lawrence University, an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, an MS degree in management from Stanford University’s Sloan Fellowship Program, and a Doctor of Laws (Honorary) from Pepperdine University.
Ellwood (Woody) Kerkeslager
Woody helps businesses, governments, universities and communities to understand the impact of information technology on their short-term and long-term futures and to plan and implement positive futures.
Woody is CEO of Information Futures, LLC. He formerly served as Chief Executive of AT&T’s nationwide data business with over 15,000 employees and $4 billion of revenue to lead a turnaround of a struggling business. In a wide range of functions at Bell Labs and at AT&T, Woody developed extensive experience in personnel management and team building. He also served as Financial Officer of $12 billion computer and communications operations, and has twenty years experience in developing and negotiating public policy issues at the state, national and international level.
Woody often speaks on topics related to “technology and society” (e.g. the effective use of technology in education and employment), appearing in recent years at MIT Sloan, Penn State, Carnegie Mellon and Brookings Institution. He has provided testimony before U.S. Congress committees on subjects including the future of computer and communications technology, privacy and security, and the applications of IT in health care. Through Woody’s work with the RoseNet project in Madison and Coders4Africa as well as other organizations, he is directly involved in the development of community networks to serve all citizens.
Woody received an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MSEE from NYU, and BSEE from Penn State, a BS from Elizabethtown College and Executive Education Certificates from Stanford University and INSEAD (The European School of Business). Around Drew, Woody is best known for his service as mayor of Madison, NJ. He served as Chair of the CRCC Advisory Board for five years.
Yasin is a Vice President of Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley, where he focuses on executive financial services and serves on the firm’s client advocate committee. He was recently crowned the winner of Morgan Stanley’s annual global public speaking competition for 2013.
Yasin has been involved with the Center since graduating from Drew, and he stays active in the alumni association, serving as his class agent. Yasin works with the American Heart Association and chairs the annual Red Ball held in New York City. He is also a sponsoring associate of the Foreign Policy Association.
Josh is a Masters student at Drew University, studying Peace and Conflict Resolution. He has spent extensive time in Israel, studying Arabic and Hebrew and doing research for his thesis on “peacebuilding through business.” Josh interned with several non-profit organizations over the last few years related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has lectured on the topic. He works in venture capital at an investment bank in New York and serves on several other advisory boards.
Barer recieved his BA from Rutgers University in 2011.
Moniza is the founder and publisher of the online magazine, Elan: The Voices we love. The Stories we live. She is also president of Wahid Media Ventures, an international media consulting company. Moniza has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Drew University and a graduate degree in Islamic Studies from Columbia University.
Phil, DMH is the Director of the Medical Humanities Program in the Caspersen School of Drew University. He received his Doctorate of Medical Humanities in 2004, his Master of Letters degree in 1995 and has taught in the program since 2004. Dr. Scibilia spent over 35 years in the healthcare industry, including senior executive positions in medical information, education, and publishing. He has been a Partner in Strategic Healthcom, a health policy and pharmacoeconomic consulting group. He was President and CEO of Macmillan Publishing’s Healthcare Group and served as President of Simon & Schuster/Appleton and Lange and also had international operating responsibility for the Healthcare Group of Reed/Elsevier.
Phil also served as Chairman of the Hospital Satellite Network, a national healthcare broadcasting network. Working with the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, Dr. Scibilia produced several national and international television broadcasts, including: Substance Abuse in the Workplace, Alzheimer’s Disease and Transplants: Who Lives Who Dies. He spent a year in the U.S.S.R during Perestroika, working with the Soviet Ministry of Health. Dr. Scibilia negotiated the first Soviet-USA healthcare Joint Venture, Soyuz-Medinvest, and arranged the first joint USA/USSR Conference on Genome Mapping.
Emilio G. Egea
Emilio G. Egea is President of E.G.E. Associates, LLC, an organization development consulting firm specializing in the areas of leadership development, building effective teams, and managing diversity and inclusion initiatives. Founded in 2013, the company serves clients in several sectors. Egea is a nationally recognized expert and leader in the field of diversity and inclusion with over twenty years of experience. An experienced lecturer, he has spoken at colleges and is a frequent speaker at professional association conferences. He has been featured in the New York Times, Advertising Age, Hispanic Business, DiversityInc, HR Executive as well as domestic and global network news.
He was formerly a Corporate Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer for Prudential Financial where he was responsible for government compliance, employee opinion surveys, data, work-life initiates as well as the diversity and inclusion function. Prior to that position, he was at AT&T where his career covered assignments in sales, marketing, field operations, information systems, labor relations and human resources.
Egea earned his BAs in Business and Economics as well as Spanish from Moravian College and Executive Education Certificates from Wharton, Cornell and the University of Michigan. He has served on a U.S. Senate Task Force on Education and Employment, as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC), on the Editorial Board of the Diversity Factor and is a member of the Diversity Collegium. External recognition includes Diversity Best Practices – Diversity Officer Leadership Award, Hispanic Business – 100 Corporate Influentials, Black Enterprise – Top Executives in Diversity and the National Eagle Leadership Award for his contributions to the profession and community.
Michael J. Weir
Mike is a recognized business advisor and leads the WeirGroup LLC, which focuses on helping senior business leaders leverage the strategic application of innovative technologies to solve business transformation challenges and accelerate growth. He has worked with companies across multiple industries including Healthcare, Financial Services, Manufacturing and Software Development. His more than 25 years in business has included leadership roles with several Fortune 500 companies including Control Data Corporation, AT&T, Allied Signal and Cisco Systems. Mike has held senior leadership positions in consulting, strategy, sales, operations, and business development during his extensive career. Currently Mike is engaged with IRBM S.p.A a drug discovery and research firm in the biotech space focused on neurodegenerative diseases. IRBM is headquartered just outside of Rome, Italy. He serves in the role of SVP US Strategy and Business Development. Mike recently served as Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Thrupoint Inc., (now CafeX Communications) the leader in Unified Communications integration platforms and breakthrough technologies such as WebRTC. While at Cisco, Mike led the US Service Provider consulting practice in the Internet Business Solutions Group as the Managing Director. He and his team were instrumental in the launch of Cisco’s HealthPresence platform while working with the mobile telecommunications and healthcare industries to increase access to affordable healthcare and dramatically improve service delivery and patient outcomes. He is a past member of the Technology Advisory Council for the New York City Board of Education and Board representative to the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering for Cisco Systems. Mike has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Saint Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey and as a member of the Education Commission for the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey. Mike holds a B.A. in Journalism and Politics with Distinction from the University of Massachusetts and a M.Ed. in Management from Cambridge College and participated in the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School