Adam Galinsky is one of the world’s foremost scholars in the fields of management and social psychology. He was recently selected as one of the World’s 50 Best B-School Professors. He is currently the Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Business and Chair of the Management Division at the Columbia Business School at Columbia University. He has published more than 190 scientific papers about a diverse range of topics: leadership, power, negotiations, decision-making, diversity, and ethics. Frequently cited in the media, his research and insights have appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Public Radio, and Wall Street Journal, among others. In 2006 he was the sole expert witness in a defamation trial, in which the plaintiff that he represented was awarded $37 million in damages. He is the Associate Producer on two award-winning documentaries, Horns and Halos (2003) and Battle for Brooklyn (2011), both of which were short-listed (final 15) for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards. His forthcoming book Friend and Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both will be published by Random House in September 2015. (http://www.amazon.com/Friend-Foe-Cooperate-Compete-Succeed/dp/0307720217)
Van Black is an Organizational Behavior, Change Management and leadership coach who worked for GE, Citibank and Development Dimensions International before going out on his own as an independent consultant in 2003. In 2010 Van added a 5 year pro bono venture to his portfolio called Staying Connected: Together Serving Others, bringing his William and Mary classmates, other alumni and undergraduate students together in both service initiatives and career networking initiatives.
Michael Klinglesmith has been a Clowns Without Borders supporter for more than 15 years. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, NY. He continued with graduate work in electrical and computer engineering earning both a M.S. and Ph.D from the University of California at San Diego. Finally he rounded out his education with a MBA from Babson College. Michael has several entrepreneurial experiences under his belt and is currently employed as an engineer in Hillsboro Oregon. When Michael is not working he can be found juggling at Reed College.
Maria Kluge has devoted her career to applying her training an interests in mindfulness, yoga and therapeutic massage to promote health and well being in a variety of settings. As a teacher and teacher of teachers she has facilitated workshops across the USA as well as in Germany in schools, retreat centers, and prisons. Maria has been instrumental in developing programs that incorporate playfulness, yoga, mindfulness and compassion into everyday professional lives. In addition to founding the Dogwood Institute in Charlottesville, VA in 1993, she has also been instrumental in establishing the Mindfulness Center at the University of Virginia. Ms. Kluge has brought funding and international recognition to the UVA School of Nursing and its exciting resiliency and compassionate care initiatives. Maria currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Center of Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School as well as the Board of Hiromi T’ai Chi Center of Charlottesville, VA.
Rob Scarr got a job as a costume character in 1975 at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA after graduating from college at William and Mary. However, he got diverted from his career in entertainment later that year when he attended medical school at the University of North Carolina. He has worked as a physician for 33 years and continues in his role as a primary care Internist at The Everett Clinic, outside of Seattle, WA. Rob hopes to support this important work of bringing human connection to people in crisis.
Adam Tepper is an Analyst with Soros Fund Management, where he specializes in agriculture and energy investing. Prior to joining Soros, he was an associate with Arlon Group, a food and agriculture investment company. He became involved in Clowns Without Borders through his work at Windsor Mountain International, where he spent his childhood summers and worked on staff for three seasons. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. Tepper currently lives in the East Village of New York City, where he spends free time playing jazz piano and bluegrass guitar.
Alain Villeneuve is a Chicago-based lawyer specializing in intellectual property rights while representing clients also in corporate, immigration and patent matters. Mr. Villeneuve has extensive experience representing clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Prior to his work in law, he worked in France for a decade as a nuclear engineer studying and implementing nuclear transport systems. He believes in the work of CWB recognizing that children living in zones of crisis will remember the moments of color, of happiness, of play and of joyfulness as they grow. They will remember the aid they received from doctors, social workers and aid workers, but it is these moments of creativity the clowns bring that will remain in their hearts for much longer. He is honored to support this noble cause.