2014 Participant Biographies
Associate Professor of Management
Anisfield School of Business, Ramapo College of New Jersey A researcher of organizational governance, sector theory, social purpose organizations, and neo-institutionalism in organizations, Dr. Abzug is co-author of Nonprofit Trusteeship in Different Contexts. Dr. Abzug’s research has appeared in publications including The Academy of Management Journal, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (where she is on the editorial board), Nonprofit Management & Leadership, New York Law School Law Review, Organization Science, and Voluntas.
Before joining the faculty of the Anisfield School of Business, Dr. Abzug was the Chair, Nonprofit Management Program, and Associate Professor at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy. In past years, Dr. Abzug was the Associate Director of Yale University’s Program on Nonprofit Organizations and a faculty member at New York University’s Stern School of Business, Yale and Wesleyan Universities. She has been a management and market research consultant providing consulting services in nonprofit and board development in the United States and Poland. Dr. Abzug was on the Board of the Association for Researchers in Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and was a founding leadership council member of Governance Matters.
Dr. Abzug holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College, and a M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University. Her research interests focus on social purpose organizations (including nonprofits) and organizational governance.
Eric Adler ’86
Co-founder and Managing Director of the SEED Foundation, Inc.
Eric Adler is Co-founder and Managing Director of the SEED Foundation, Inc., which develops and operates college preparatory boarding schools for inner city and highly at-risk children. SEED’s first school, the SEED School of Washington, DC has been operating for fifteen years, and serves 335 students in grades 6-12 on a four-building campus East of the Anacostia River. SEED students are chosen by lottery without regard to academic talents, and most of them come from economically disadvantaged single-parent and no-parent homes, yet more than 90% of SEED’s graduates have gone on to highly selective four year colleges. The SEED School of Maryland, opened 2008, serves 400 students in grades 6-12 on a $60 million, 52 acre campus in Baltimore. The SEED School of Miami is opening in 2014 and additional SEED schools are under study and development in other states. As SEED has grown, Eric has been personally involved in every facet of SEED, including designing the educational program, hiring & managing key staff, raising almost $100 million in private donations, doing PR/communications, developing boards, lobbying U.S. & state governments for $60 million of annual operating funding, establishing $55 million of tax free bond financing, and building out the schools’ campuses. From one employee in 1997, SEED has grown to more than 300 employees today, with an annual operating budget of about $35 million. SEED has been featured in media outlets such as 60 Minutes, Time, Newsweek, Nightline, Good Morning America, and the film “Waiting For Superman” by Oscar winning director Davis Guggenheim.
A graduate of Sidwell Friends School and Swarthmore College, Eric taught high school physics for eight years, earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, was a management consultant, and ran a financial advisory firm where he counseled high-worth clients on investment and philanthropic issues, before co-founding SEED. In addition to the board of directors of the SEED Foundation, and the board of trustees of each SEED School, Eric has served on the boards of Swarthmore College, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust. For his work at SEED Eric has received an Echoing Green fellowship, Manhattan Institute’s Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award, Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Award (multiple years), and Harvard’s Innovations in American Government Award. He received Oprah’s Use Your Life Award on the show aired May 24, 2002 and was named a 2002 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine. Eric is half of a Quaker Matchbox couple, married to Suzanne Myers Adler ’97, an endocrinologist on the clinical faculty of George Washington University. They live in Bethesda, MD and have two children who attend Quaker school and seem destined for the Swarthmore College Classes of ’23 and ’25.
Jenny Hourihan Bailin’80
CEO and President, ORBIS International
Jenny Hourihan Bailin joined ORBIS International as the CEO and President in September 2012. ORBIS International is a nonprofit organization that works in developing countries to save sight. ORBIS International prevents and treats blindness through hands-on training, public health education, improved access to quality eye care, advocacy and partnerships with local health care organizations. Prior to joining ORBIS International, Hourihan served as Chief Financial Officer of Pro Mujer International, an international development organization offering microfinance, health services and training to over 300,000 clients in Latin America. She also brings intensive management experience to ORBIS International having served as an investment banker with advisory and transaction experience in both US and international equity and debt capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructurings across a variety of industries as well as private and public sector clients. Hourihan was Managing Director and Sector Head—Paper and Forest Products Group for Bank of America, and held similar positions at Merrill Lynch and the Salomon Smith Barney unit of Citigroup, where she led global teams in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
Her experience includes serving on the boards of Volunteers America - Greater New York, Swarthmore College, Heights and Hills, RockTenn Company, and Prospect Park Audubon Center Advisory Board. She holds an Honors B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College, where she was a Thomas B. McCabe Scholar, and a Harry S. Truman Congressional Scholar.
Quinn Bauriedel ’94
Founder and Co-artistic director, Pig Iron Theatre Company
Quinn Bauriedel is a Founder and Co-artistic director of the two-time OBIE Award-winning Pig Iron Theatre Company. For the last 19 years, he has toured across Europe, South America, Asia and the United States, performing in the company's original and highly physical performance works. He has taught movement and theatre at Princeton University and Swarthmore College, and he has taught Leadership Presence to Wharton MBA students and Creating and Leading High Performance Teams in the Wharton Executive Education Program.
Quinn is the recipient of a Pew Fellowship, a Fox Foundation Actor Fellowship, an Independence Foundation Fellowship and was a Henry Luce Scholar in Bali, Indonesia in 2000 and 2001, where he studied Asian physical performance traditions including mask and dance work. In 2010, he was one of 50 Americans to receive a USA Knight Fellowship. Quinn is the Director of the Pig Iron School. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Ecole International de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
Managing Partner, Clark+Elbing LLP
Kristina Bieker-Brady is a managing partner at Clark+Elbing, a law firm specializing in scientific work. Kristina's practice includes advising clients on matters relating to patent prosecution, including portfolio management; patentability, noninfringement and invalidity opinions; licensing and joint development agreements; patent enforcement; and investment due diligence for both private financings and IPO's. Her expertise encompasses small molecule, synthetic polymer, protein, nucleic acid (including RNAi, antisense, and micro RNA), and antibody technologies, as well as their application in fields such as neurobiology, immunology, cancer, apoptosis, microbiology (including vaccines and therapeutics), biodefense, tissue regeneration and transplantation, pleuripotent cell isolation and differentiation, drug delivery, drug discovery, and nanoscience. Kristina also has extensive experience with intellectual property issues in the medical device field, particularly in the areas of diagnostic and interventional cardiology, pulmonology, neurology, and oncology.
Kristina holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College, a M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University, and a J.D. from Boston College. During her academic career, Dr. Bieker-Brady conducted cell biology, genetics, and neurobiology research using molecular biology and biochemistry techniques. Select first-author research and review articles have been published in Cell, EMBO Journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Genomics, and Trends in Genetics.
Mark Bode ’80
CEO of The Utopia Group, LLC
Mark is the CEO, Founder and Managing Member of The Utopia Group LLC, based in Cincinnati, OH.
The Utopia Group provides financial and strategic advisory services to growth companies. Currently they are a holding company for the manufacturing and distribution of the Joey Spray Guard, a safety medical device. In his role, he negotiates distributorships, manages production and sales, supervises intellectual property development and maintenance, and raises funds for license fees and ongoing operations.
Previously, Mark was Partner and Chief Financial Officer at Lyric Capital, where he managed and advised multiple portfolio companies while responsible for accounting and financial reporting for this venture capital firm. His past work experiences have focused on specialized high growth technology and financial companies.
Mark graduated from Swarthmore in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science. He received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Erin Todd Bronchetti
Assistant Professor of Economics, Swarthmore College
Erin is an applied microeconomist, whose research specializes in public finance, labor economics, health economics, and more recently, behavioral economics. Erin has conducted community-based field experimental research with colleagues at Swarthmore, using insights from behavioral economics to address policy goals like increasing savings and improving public health.
She is the recipient of several grants, including a recent award (received together with Swarthmore co-authors Ellen Magenheim and David Huffman) from the Donaghue Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program initiative, "Applying Behavioral Economics to Perplexing Challenges in Health and Health Care." This grant supported a large-scale experiment on 6 college campuses, which studied interventions to increase flu vaccination rates among college students. These research findings were recently featured on Philadelphia Public Radio.
Erin earned her B.A. from Miami University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University.
Evan Buxbaum ’06
Evan grew up in New York, and has been making movies since he could pick up a Hi8 camera. His short films have screened at festivals across the country from Aspen, to HBO Latino, to the Nantucket International Film Festival, and have featured notable actors such as Peter Boyle, Jerry Stiller, Rachael Harris, Stephen Lang and Tate Donovan.
His previous accolades include The Audience Choice Award at DC Shorts, Finalist at the USA Film Festival, Certificate of Merit at the Williamsburg International Film Festival, the Silver Medal at the Park City Film Music Festival, and inclusion in both the SAG Short Film Screening Series and the Asbury Shorts' Best of The Last 30 Years traveling screenings. His first feature film, SUN BELT EXPRESS, was selected for participation in the Cine Qua Non Film Lab in Michoacan, Mexico and in the last year has been featured by Film Independent, indieWIRE, Zoomtilt, LATINAish, Filmwax and at the IFP Script to Screen Pitch workshop, among others.
At Swarthmore College, he majored in Political Science with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. He currently lives in Brooklyn.
Alan Gershenfeld ’84
Alan Gershenfeld has spent the last twenty years at the intersection of entertainment, technology and social entrepreneurship. He is the President and Co-Founder of E-Line Media, a publisher of digital entertainment that engages, educates and empowers – with a core focus on computer/video games. E-Line works with leading foundations, academics, non-profits and government agencies to harness the power of games for learning and social impact.
Prior to E-Line, Alan was CEO and Co-Founder of netomat, a leader in mobile-web community solutions. As CEO, Alan helped to transform a network-based art project into a pioneering software company, raising funding from venture capitalists, strategic investors, foundations, and securing clients and partnerships with leading technology and content providers such as Electronic Arts, Warner Brothers, Motorola and Miramax. Previously, Alan spent six years at Activision, a global leader in entertainment software, as a member of the executive management team that rebuilt Activision from bankruptcy into a profitable industry leader with more than a billion dollars in revenue. At Activision, Alan served as Senior Vice President of Activision Studios where he supervised all product development at the company's Los Angeles studios.
Before Activision, Alan spent nearly ten years in the film industry where he worked in development, production and post-production roles on numerous feature films and documentaries. As a writer, Alan was a film critic for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, co-author of Game Plan, a book about the computer and video game business published by St. Martin's Press and has published articles on video games for learning and social impact in numerous publications including Scientific American, Education Week, Huffington Post, Slate and Knowledge Quest. Alan has also led game design workshops throughout the works for students, teachers, parents and policy makers, including at the invitation of the White House for the 100 Presidential Math and Science Teachers Award Winners.
Alan is currently a Founding Industry Fellow at the Center for Games and Impact at ASU and serves on the Board of Directors of FilmAid International, a nonprofit that uses film and video to empower refugees throughout the world. Alan also serves on the Advisory Boards of PBS Kids New Media, Creative Capital, iCivics and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center For Educational Media and Research (Sesame Workshop). He is also on the Advisory Board and former Chairman of the Board of Games for Change.
>David McElhinny ’75 P’17
President and owner of SIGCO, Inc.
Dave is the President and owner of SIGCO, Inc., New England’s largest glass and architectural metal fabricator. SIGCO has been named one of the top twenty glass fabricators in North America. Dave has been selected several times by U.S. Glass Magazine as one of the most influential people in the glass industry. SIGCO, Inc has also been repeatedly selected as one of the glass industries most influential companies.
Prior to purchasing SIGCO in 1998, Dave held several accounting and finance positions with Honeywell and was the Chief Financial Officer of Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen Company, a small privately owned manufacturing conglomerate. Dave began his career as a commercial banker in Washington D.C. Dave presently serves on several small corporate and community service boards. Dave is an avid guitar player and enjoys skiing and hiking in Idaho. Dave and his wife, April, reside in Raymond, Maine with their two children Taylor, a student at Chapman University and Cody, a member of the Swarthmore Class of ’17.
Dave graduated from Swarthmore in 1975 with a B.A. in Psychology. He received his M.B.A. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Greg Raifman P’15
President, Rubicon Project
As President of Rubicon Project, Greg Raifman P’15 manages the day-to-day operations of the company. He recently served as the Executive Chairman of video ad exchange and real time bidding company LiveRail, Inc. Prior to LiveRail, he was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Dragon Media Online and also founded and served as the Chairman, CEO and President of Mediaplex, Inc. Under his watch, Mediaplex developed from inception to a publicly traded global advertising technology company before merging with ValueClick in October 2001. Mediaplex developed many of the initial ad serving technologies for the advertising space that are still used today, including adXML and mobile java objects [MOJO]. Greg is also Founder, Chairman & CEO for Momentum Sports Group, LLC, which owns and operates the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, a top ranked professional cycling team.
Greg began his career as an attorney, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate financings. He has also been an investor, advisor, and board member to many emerging stage and growth companies. Greg has appeared on CNN, CNBC, FNN and ABC News, was featured in a cover story in Fortune Magazine, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and has presented before numerous leading Wall Street investment institutions. Greg received a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and an A.B. from the University of Michigan.
Shalom Saar ’74
Senior Lecturer at MIT and Owner, Center for Leadership Development
Dr. Shalom Saada Saar believes that everyone has the capacity to lead, and he has dedicated his career to helping leaders identify and cultivate their unique leadership talents. Believing deeply that you can’t lead others until you know how to lead yourself, Dr. Saar developed the highly acclaimed program, Know Thyself, that has ignited a passion for leadership in people around the globe.
Whether working one-on-one with a leading CEO, or challenging his students in seminars at MIT, Shalom brings his unique experiences and perspectives to everything he does. CEOs rely on his counsel because Shalom understands the challenges business leaders face. He also knows that leadership is the only sustainable competitive advantage—he challenges CEOs and their senior teams to think and act differently in order to create fundamental change that will create exceptional value for the firm’s clients.
Throughout his career as head of a naval academy, academic administrator, vp for executive development and consultant to governmental agencies and corporations, Shalom has dedicated himself to provide coaching and counseling to individuals and teams around the world. At MIT, and previously at Harvard, he challenged emerging leaders to thoroughly understand who they are as leaders so that they can think and act in fundamentally different ways to solve the complex challenges they face.
Shalom has brought his unique perspective on leadership to audiences around the globe. Participants consistently remark that they are inspired by his insights and common sense approach to leading oneself and leading others. He has captured the essence of his teaching in his recently published book with co-author Michael J. Hargrove, Leading with Conviction: Mastering the Nine Critical Pillars of Integrated Leadership.
Shalom is currently teaching leadership and management at MIT and serving as a Professor of Management Practice at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing.
In addition to teaching at MIT and Harvard, Shalom taught at the State University of New York, University of Vienna, Luiss University in Rome, Southern Methodist University, and Loyola College.
Anil Sahai P’15
President and CEO, FunThings
Anil Sahai P’15 brings over 20 years of experience in the I.T. industry managing engineering and business organizations at Fortune 500 companies like Amdahl/Fujitsu, Compaq, Intel and Apple. In 1999, he founded Ezyte Inc., and following the acquisition of Ezyte in 2004, worked at Procera Networks, a public company, as its Executive Vice-President and CTO. He also started AndesITUSA in US as the CTO of AndesIT SA - an IT services consulting company in Chile in 2007, co-founded NeoZyte an asset management company in solar industry in 2010, and FunThings a Mobile App company in 2013 offering location based marketing services, where currently he serves as president and CEO.
Anil has a Ph.D. in computer science from University of California, M.S. in computer science from University of Pittsburgh, M.S. in mathematics from Ohio University, and a B.A. in mathematics from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, India. He also holds a Masters from Sloan School of Management at MIT with specialization in international corporate strategies and new product development.
Joe Turner ’73
Pharmaceutical Industry Consultant
Joe Turner is a financial expert with a background in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry with 35 years of experience. Joe is an independent director of emerging firms, primarily in the biotech industry. He has served on the boards of ten biotech firms and as Chief Financial Officer of three development stage biotech companies. While CFO of Myogen, Inc., Joe led two private and three public rounds of financing and served as a key player in the negotiation of the $2.5 billion sale of the company to Gilead Sciences in 2006.
Joe holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College, a M.A. from University of Colorado, Boulder, and a M.B.A. from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.