Mimi Marziani serves as counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program where her work focuses on money in politics, voting rights and legislative dysfunction. In this role, Ms. Marziani litigates election law cases in federal courts across the country, including before the U.S. Supreme Court. She also plays an active role in the Brennan Center’s policy advocacy efforts on these issues, and leads the Center’s filibuster reform efforts.
Ms. Marziani frequently writes on democracy issues, and has contributed opinion editorials to U.S. News and World Report, The National Law Journal, Politico, The New York Law Journal, among others. In September 2010, Ms. Marziani was invited to testify on the constitutionality of filibuster reform before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.
Mimi also serves an NYU adjunct professor at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, teaching undergraduate students about how constitutional law influences public policy debates.
Neil Ducoff – Founder of Strategies; Author, “No-Compromise Leadership: A Higher Standard of Leadership Thinking & Behavior“
Ducoff is the CEO of Strategies, a training and coaching company for small to medium size businesses that he founded in 1993. During the last 38 years, Neil Ducoff has coached over 3,500 businesses, including giants like Aveda, Gillette, Proctor & Gamble, and L’Oreal, on how to achieve the highest levels of success and profitability, while creating a positive, rewarding workplace.
Nicholas D. Kristof co-authored the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. Find out more about the book and how to get involved here .
Kristof has been a columnist for The New York Times since 2001. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week in the Times. Mr. Kristof grew up on a sheep and cherry farm near Yamhill, Oregon. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and then studied law at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, graduating with first class honors. He later studied Arabic in Cairo and Chinese in Taipei. While working in France after high school, he caught the travel bug and began backpacking around Africa and Asia during his student years, writing articles to cover his expenses. Mr. Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 140 countries, plus all 50 states, every Chinese province and every main Japanese island. (from the New York Times)
Paul Craig Roberts
Paul Craig Roberts is an economist and nationally syndicated columnist. You can read many of his articles here. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term. He was also Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal and he’s the author of many books. Most recently, he is the co-author of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice.
Paul W. Hazen is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA), the leading national cooperative membership association in the United States. The NCBA represents over 20,000 cooperatives businesses and 120 million people with over 25 years experience in cooperatives. Hazen leads NCBA’s robust public policy legislative initiatives promoting cooperatives as a better business model for economic and social progress
Hazen was named CEO in 1998 with more than 25 years with the Association. Widely known for his knowledge of the co-op sector, Hazen speaks often at national and international forums on the role of cooperatives in community and economic development. In 2001, he was named CEO Communicator of the Year by the Cooperative Communicators Association.
As CEO, Hazen has led several important NCBA initiatives, including the creation of .coop, a new top-level Internet domain exclusively for cooperatives. Also under Hazen’s direction, NCBA’s international cooperative development program has grown to more than $20 million in annual funding, with 30 projects in 18 countries.
Hazen serves as a Board Member of the Consumer Federation of America, the International Cooperative Alliance, and the Overseas Cooperative Development Council. Before joining NCBA, Hazen was Executive Director of Rural Housing, Inc., a state-wide developer of cooperative housing in Wisconsin.
Paul R. Lawrence is Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School and he’s the author of twenty-five books and numerous articles across the entire field of social sciences. His most recent is Driven to Lead: Good, Bad, and Misguided Leadership.
Peter is a Sarasota, Fl. Attorney who is the President of the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund Pete works on dairy issues for the Weston A. Price Foundation, particularly, the right of farmers to distribute raw milk and raw milk products direct to consumers. He has represented or assisted in the representation of dairy farmers facing possible state enforcement action in Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. He has helped farmers get started in the business of distributing raw milk and raw milk products in many other states. He has written articles for Wise Traditions Magazine on the interstate ban on raw milk products for human consumption and on the legality of selling raw milk interstate for animal consumption. He compiled the state raw milk laws and state raw milk summaries posted at www.realmilk.com. He is currently working with others to challenge the federal ban on the interstate shipment of raw milk for human consumption.
Prudence is the founder and director of the Calliope Center for Reflection and Renewal in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Her interest in conflict originally came about when she worked as a teacher trainer facilitating school-community collaboration. She practices intuitive mediation and facilitation and works with communities, organizations, and individuals in transition.
Roger Connors is a principal and founder of Partners In Leadership, Inc. Over the last twenty years, Partners In Leadership has become a widely respected international leadership and management consulting firm that has implemented consulting and training services in a myriad of organizations ranging in size from small “start-ups” to Fortune 500 companies.
Roger has assisted scores of management teams in successfully Accelerating The Cultural Transition(R) in their organizations to a Culture Of Accountability. He has significant experience in helping management teams facilitate large scale Cultural Transition. In addition, he has worked with numerous management groups to assist them in building teams and in building greater accountability at all levels in the organization.
Roger holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University
He is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual And Organizational Accountability. He is also co-author of Journey To The Emerald City: Achieve A Competitive Edge By Creating A Culture Of Accountability. In 2009, Roger co-wrote, How did that Happen: Holding People Accountable for Results the Positive, Principled Way.
Seth Godin was called “the Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age” by Business Week. He is a popular public speaker, writes the #1 ranked marketing blog, and has authored ten bestselling books. His most recent is Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us. Seth founded Yoyodyne, the industry’s leading interactive direct marketing company.
Sharon Astyk, Author
Sharon Astyk is a writer, teacher and subsistence farmer, and the author of two books on Peak Oil and Climate Change — Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front and A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil , the latter co-authored with Aaron Newton. Sharon used to run a small, Jewish themed CSA, but is now concentrating on subsistence agriculture, growing food to share and teaching others to grow food.
Sharon Castillo – Principal, SB Services Inc.
Sharon Castillo is the founder and principal of SB Services, Inc. Early on in her career Ms. Castillo spent 10 years with a Fortune 500 corporation, entering the world of consulting in the early 80′s. With tenure in several boutique consulting firms, Ms. Castillo founded SB Services, Inc. Ms. Castillo has published numerous articles in industry and trade publications, and has served on both local and national Boards for various non-profit organizations.
Shawn Boyer founded SnagAJob.com in 1999, and since then, he has taken the company from being a start-up to the nation’s largest part-time and hourly job-posting site. In 2008, Shawn was named the nation’s Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. That same year, he also saw one of his most ambitious goals for the company come true when SnagAJob.com was named a Best Small & Medium Company to Work for in America by the Great Places to Work Institute.
Prior to starting SnagAJob, this big thinker and passionate leader was actually a transactional attorney for Brown & Wood LLP (now Sidley Austin, LLP) and Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP. He holds a Master of Law in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, a Juris Doctor from Washington & Lee University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary.
Aside from mowing lawns in middle school, Shawn’s first hourly job was in a retail store in his sophomore year in high school. “From day one, that job taught me that the customer is absolutely the organization’s lifeblood, that they drive the business, and that you need to bend over backwards to wow them.” That same philosophy is embraced throughout SnagAJob.com today.
Shelley Stern – Midwest Community Affairs Director, Microsoft
Shelley Stern is community affairs director for the Midwest District, responsible for building community awareness through Microsoft’s Citizenship programs, including grants and software allocations and investing in programs that assist in providing technology education for the disadvantaged. She manages all non profit board relationships, diversity outreach and employee engagement programs for Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and is responsible for Microsoft’s thought leadership programs on Innovation.
Slava is CEO and co-founder of Indiegogo, the world’s largest global funding platform. Indiegogo.com provides anyone with an idea — from entrepreneurial new business to creative projects to socially conscious causes – the online tools they need to raise money. Since Indiegogo launched in 2008, millions of dollars have been distributed to more than 55,000 campaigns around the world.
Prior to co-founding Indiegogo, Slava was a strategy consultant responsible for leading growth initiatives on behalf of clients such as MasterCard, Goldman Sachs, and FedEx. Slava is also the founder of “Music Against Myeloma,” an annual charity event that raises funds and awareness for cancer research.
Steve is the Chief Global HR and Content Integration Officer for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Steve is a former HR Vice President at Lucent Technologies where his work took him around the world, including a 3 ½ year assignment as head of Lucent’s HR operations for the Asia Pacific region. SHRM represents more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries and serves the needs of HR professionals and the interests of the HR profession.
Steven Pressman, Professor of Economics and Finance, Monmouth University
Steven Pressman also serves as co-editor of the Review of Political Economy, as Associate Editor and Book Review Editor of the Eastern Economic Journal, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Basic Income Studies. He has published around 120 articles in refereed journals and as book chapters, and has authored or edited 13 books, including “Women in the Age of Economic Transformation”, “Economics and Its Discontents”, “A New Guide to Post Keynesian Economics”, “Alternative Theories of the State”, “50 Major Economists”, and “Leading Contemporary Economists”. His main areas of research are poverty and income distribution, and government tax and spending policies.
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