THOUGHT LEADERSHIP TEAM
Over the past 25+ years, Deborah has been helping organizations drive growth through strategic consumer branding, product development, and organizational development. She has led highly successful consumer marketing initiatives in highly complex organizations in consumer packaged goods, higher education and agency settings. Most recently, at Columbia College Chicago, Deb built a centralized marketing team of over 30 marketing communications, design, web development, and public relations professionals. In this role, she developed and implemented the college’s first brand strategy, creating a brand architecture, visual and messaging strategy that highlighted Columbia’s unique position as an arts and media college for students who see the world through a creative lens.
After getting an MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Deb started her career at Helene Curtis (now part of Unilever), leading and developing innovative products for large and successful brands, including Axe, Dove, Degree, and Suave. Since transitioning to the higher education sector, she has developed and implemented unique and compelling brand stories for large public and private universities, healthcare universities, law schools, and independent K-12 schools. She is a sought-after speaker and regular contributor to Inside Higher Ed’s Call to Action blog.
Mark Haas, CMC, FIMC
Mr. Mark Haas helps executives transform organizations to build capacity and perform better. With an emphasis on progressive social causes and science, technology and R&D-focused organizations, he leads groups through change in settings ranging from World War IV military strategy and response, nuclear terrorism, and nonprofit member services to board performance.
Some of his recent projects include revitalizing a human service nonprofit, advising a biotech startup, developing strategy for an environmental advocacy group, reorganizing several National Institutes of Health biomedical research centers, and merging two professional associations.
Mr. Haas has served as the national Board Chair and CEO and is currently a member of the Ethics Chair of the Institute of Management Consultants USA, the standards body for management consultants in the US, as well as a committee chair and chapter president of several engineering societies.
He has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants USA, a Certified Management Consultant, expert witness, invited speaker, lead Baldrige quality examiner, adviser to national technical and professional bodies, and has been a featured professional in “Who’s Who Among Emerging Leaders” and “Who’s Who in America.”
Mr. Haas holds an MCRP (Master of City and Regional Planning) from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Teaching Fellow, and a BA in Biology from Colgate University.
Mr. David Henschel is an expert in change management and communications. He has served in leadership roles at a top-tier management consulting firm and a Fortune 500 company, and has led change management efforts for several complex, large-scale transformations — many of them technology-driven — where employees and stakeholders were dispersed nationally and globally. His approach accounts for the business, cultural and human impacts of change, and is focused on measurable value. He is adept at enabling his clients to deliver the right messages at the right time to the right audience, using the right medium. His expertise also includes project management, strategic planning, group facilitation, proposal and business development, and event management.
He holds an MS from Georgetown University and a BA from UC Berkeley. He is certified in Change Management by Prosci and Georgetown University and holds certifications in project management (PMP®) and Focus Group Moderation. He is fluent in Spanish and has worked internationally. David is an active board member and past President of his community’s Little League.
Kristin Cooper Carter
For over 25 years, Kristin Cooper Carter has helped institutions identify grant funding opportunities from federal, state, and private funding sources. She also provides grant analysis, writing, post-award grant management and reporting in a diverse array of specialty areas that include health and human services, education, public safety, criminal justice, community services, business development and operations, sustainability, community and economic development, program development, program evaluation and nonprofit development and operations. Since 2009, Carter and her team have secured over $230 million in grant funding for their clients.
Carter earned an MA in Program Administration and Evaluation and a BA in Organizational Communication from CSU Chico. She has a professional background in education, renewable energy, and program evaluation and holds multiple professional certifications, including Professional Contracts Manager, Project Management Professional (PMP©), Business Analysis, Sustainable Development Practitioner, Green Building and Sustainable Design, Sustainability Performance Metrics, and a Train-the-Trainer Special Certification in Environmental Justice.
Lauren Bloom, JD, LLM
Lauren Bloom is a governance expert, consultant, attorney and award-winning author who brings a practical, compassionate and humorous approach to the serious business of board governance and professional integrity.
Ms. Bloom is an internationally-recognized expert on professional ethics and governance. She began her legal career at the U.S. Justice Department, soon moving into private practice and specializing in standard-setting, enforcement and governance for nonprofit institutions. She has served as General Counsel of the American Academy of Actuaries, where she taught professionals how to incorporate high ethical standards and principles of good governance into their work. There, Ms. Bloom played a pivotal role in developing and enforcing the U.S. actuarial profession’s code of conduct and standards of qualification and practice, including having supported the International Actuarial Association in developing the first international standards of practice for actuaries. In a prior position, she served as litigation counsel to a national accreditation body.
Lauren has advised several boards of directors as an expert on legal compliance and good governance, as well as served as board member and a governance expert on multiple boards, including the Institute of Management Consultants USA and the IMC USA Foundation.
Lauren has appeared as a keynote speaker and on panels across North America and in Europe, and continues to publish and speak nationwide. She is also a contributing columnist for TheStreet.com.
Ms. Bloom holds a BA in English from Yale College and a JD from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, where she was valedictorian of her graduating class and subsequently taught as an adjunct professor. She also holds an advanced degree in Labor Law with distinction from Georgetown Law Center. She lives in Maryland near Washington, D.C. For fun, she serves on the Board of a local community theatre troupe and appears regularly in films and professional and community theatre productions around the greater Washington, D.C. area.
Chris Soderquist has 20+ years’ experience as a strategy and leadership consultant / educator, with a diverse set of clients from the private and public sectors. He is a Visiting Executive Lecturer at the Darden School of Business (University of Virginia), an instructor in Marlboro College’s graduate school, a designer and instructor of the Boeing Engineering Leadership Program, and co-designer of the Legislative Health Certificate Program at the Georgia Health Policy Center. He is a contributing author to The Change Handbook (Berrett-Koehler, 1999) and delivers system dynamics webinars for isee systems, where he is a consulting partner. His video, Finding Leverage, won the Communicator Award of Excellence for Cause Marketing.
Chris’s most recent focus areas include adaptive learning and leadership; collective impact processes; community / regional well-being (including economic, public health, energy and environmental policy); NGO strategic planning; and local, community-based sustainability efforts. Additionally, his research interests include linking dynamic modeling with social network analysis, as well as dashboard/scorecard development, implementation, and monitoring. Some of Chris’s clients include: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The World Bank, UNDP, World Economic Forum, the State of California, the State of Georgia, The Boeing Company, Hewlett-Packard, Nissan, and Northwestern Mutual.