CC16 Practicum

Elevating humanity through business

Dev Patnaik


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Dev Patnaik is the CEO of Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation firm. Jump helps companies create new businesses and reinvent existing ones. Jump works with some of the world’s most admired companies, including GE, Nike, Target and Virgin.

Jump has helped companies to define profitable growth platforms in highly ambiguous spaces, and build the systems, processes and metrics to make these platforms a reality. In recent years, Jump has become particularly well-known for its pioneering culture. Jump was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best places to work in America.

Dev is a frequent speaker at business forums and his articles have appeared in numerous publications, including BusinessWeek, Forbes, and Fast Company. He is also the author of the book Wired to Care: how companies prosper when they create widespread empathy. It was named one of the best books of the year by both Fast Company and Business Week. Noted author Malcolm Gladwell called Wired to Care “just what we need for the lean years ahead.”

His forthcoming book, Unleash, is a playbook for leaders trying to grow their businesses in times of extreme change.

When he’s not working at Jump, Dev is an adjunct professor at Stanford University, where he teaches a course called Needfinding. In the class, students draw upon methods from anthropology, design and business strategy to discover insights about ordinary people and create new products and services.

Raphael Bemporad


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BIO:

Raphael is a champion for a new approach to branding that puts values behind every marketing initiative.  An expert in brand strategy, innovation strategy, cause marketing and public affairs, Raphael has led programs that are international in scope and diverse in terms of issues and industries.  He has directed recent initiatives for clients such as adidas, Eileen Fisher, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal USA, MillerCoors, Samsung and Target.  Prior to BBMG, he served as marketing director for Do Something.  Raphael also has an extensive background in political communications and public affairs, having served a state governor, senator and U.S. congressman.

David Emerald Womeldorff


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BIO:

David Emerald Womeldorff is co-founder of the Bainbridge Leadership Center (Bainbridge Island, WA). Writing as David Emerald, he is author of The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic), a teaching story about self-leadership – which also has everything to do with organizational leadership! David is currently writing his next book 3 Vital Questions: Applying TED* to Work and Life. His principals and frameworks are based on his 30 years of internal and external study, observation and application of his lessons on collaboration with a wide range of individuals and organizations.
He currently serves as an Executive Coach and on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business (Executive Education) flagship Executive Integral Leadership Program and has served as a Faculty Facilitator in non-degree, custom programs.  His TED*™ framework is included in the curriculum of the University of Notre Dame’s “Management and Leadership Certificate” e-learning program.
He is also a senior consultant with The Leadership Circle ™ and the Full Circle Group. In addition, he has been a coach in Mesa Research Group’s Global Leadership Program, a consortium of multi-national corporations with participants from every major continent.
As former Consulting Director of Bank One Corporation’s Learning and Leadership Development, a corporate team of education and organization development professionals, he knows what it takes lead in complex, changing organizations.

Rob Waldron


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Rob Waldron joined Curriculum Associates in 2008, bringing leadership
experience from both for-profit and nonprofit education worlds. He runs the
company with a long-term focus, upholding the founding mission to improve
classrooms everywhere. Under his leadership, revenues have quintupled, making
Curriculum Associates the nation’s fastest-growing K–12 education
publishing company. Curriculum Associates now employs more than 700 staff and
has earned “Top Place to Work” status from both the Boston Business
Journal and The Boston Globe.

Prior to joining, Rob served as CEO of Jumpstart, a national nonprofit
preparing preschoolers from low-income backgrounds for success, and as CEO of
the K12 tutoring division of Kaplan Education. Rob also served as an
operating executive at private equity firm Berkshire Partners.

Winner of the EdTech Digest CEO of the Year and named a 2016 EY Entrepreneur
of the Year in New England, Rob’s mission-driven passion has earned him
recognition as a Fast Company Top 25 Social Entrepreneur and World Economic
Forum Young Global Leader. An Aspen Institute/Pahara Fellow, Rob served as a
Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School and is on the board of Van Pool, a
transportation provider for students with special needs. Rob received his
B.A. from Northwestern and M.B.A. from Harvard.

Susan Steinbrecher


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Susan Steinbrecher is a business consultant and coauthor of Heart-Centered Leadership: Lead Well, Live Well. She is the CEO of Steinbrecher And Associates in Hurst, Texas, and serves as an executive coach, licensed mediator, professional speaker and leadership advisor. She is also the author of the Amazon bestseller, KENSHO: A Modern Awakening.
Susan is an Inc.com columnist, Entrepreneur.com contributor and Huffington Post blogger. Her work has been featured on MSNBC’s Your Business, The New York Times, Fortune Small Business, BusinessInsider.com, CNBC.com and CNNMoney.com.

Jason Scott


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BIO:

As a Parent, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and CEO, Jason Scott’s PURPOSE is to teach the world to build efficiently and cost effectively. To enable his clients to build the best products for their customers, create meaningful jobs that his employees love, and run a company for his shareholders’ that does more for the world than generate profits and dividends.
In 2000, at the age of 27, he founded 120VC. Jason has been responsible for the success of several hundred million in portfolio for 120VC clients. Developed the 120VC practice standards, and trained hundreds of Project Portfolio Management practitioners. Jason is the author of the “The Irreverent Guide to Project Management” and is a frequent guest lecturer at the USC Marshall School of Business and a highly sought public speaker.
In 2013, Jason launched the 120VC Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit focused on training transitioning armed forces members and under-employed Project Portfolio Management Practitioners in Project Management best practices. The Foundation volunteers train program participants, develop relationships with local business, and schedule interviews for Foundation Program graduates at no cost to the hiring organizations or the program participants.
Jason is grateful to the 120VC Foundation volunteers, his entire team, his clients and his shareholders, because they allow him to realize his PURPOSE every day

Brian Robertson


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Brian Robertson is an experienced entrepreneur, CEO, and organizational pioneer. He is most well-known for his work developing Holacracy, a comprehensive “operating system” for governing and running purpose-driven, responsive companies. Its dynamic approach integrates the collective wisdom of people throughout the company, without the tyranny of consensus – it allows anything, sensed by anyone, anywhere in the organization, to get rapidly and reliably processed into organizational evolution. The result is dramatically increased agility, transparency, innovation, and accountability – a conscious organization operating with presence, in flow. Mr. Robertson also serves as the drafter and steward of the Holacracy Constitution, which captures the system’s unique “rules of the game” in concrete form.
Mr. Robertson’s initial work that led to Holacracy took place within a software development company he founded and led for seven years. The firm won numerous awards for both fast business growth and innovative people practices, and its novel organizational approach gleaned media attention. The Holacracy system developed there has continued to evolve and spread in the years since under the stewardship of HolacracyOne, an organization Mr. Robertson co-founded to further catalyze its development and use it in the world. Mr. Robertson currently supports HolacracyOne by joyfully filling a broad variety roles within the company – you can see which ones here.

Dr. Srikumar Rao


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Dr. Srikumar Rao has helped thousands of executives and entrepreneurs all over the world discover deep meaning. His methods have enabled them to achieve quantum leaps in effectiveness. Graduates of his workshops have become more creative and more inspiring leaders. Above all they have developed an inner serenity, born of the knowledge that they will be able to appropriately handle whatever comes their way be it a small wave or a tsunami. They become resilient and bounce back nonchalantly from reverses that would floor most peers.
He received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. He has a degree in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Robbin Phillips


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BIO:

Robbin Phillips gets out of bed each morning inspired by a single focus: to make a positive, meaningful change in the world.
As one of the founders and the Courageous President of Brains on Fire, Robbin has recruited a highly talented team of kindred spirits committed to the belief that marketing has the power to truly touch lives. Having begun her career as a graphic designer, Robbin remains involved in the creative development of client identities, while tapping into her keen business sense to facilitate strategy.
Inspired by the power of purpose, passion and people, Robbin and her team rally daily to deliver innovative, impactful solutions that elevate and celebrate a diverse range of clients including Love146, Foundations Recovery Network, Anytime Fitness, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, BMW, DeVry University, GreenDot Public Schools, Fiskars Brands, Perception Kayaks, Ryobi Tools, Colonial Williamsburg, the National Center for Families Learning and Best Buy.
During Robbin’s tenure, Brains on Fire has received numerous national awards including a GOLD EFFIE and the Word of Mouth Marketing Association’s WOMMY Award. She is co-author of the books Brains on Fire: Igniting Powerful, Sustainable, World of Mouth Movements and The Passion Conversation: Understanding, Sparking and Sustaining Word of Mouth Marketing. As a highly sought-after presenter, Robbin frequently hits the road to speak at conferences and private events around the country. She has shared insights on word of mouth marketing with groups big and small, including the Word of Mouth Marketing Association and the Association of National Advertisers.

Jenn Perell


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Jenn is an agent for positive change in this world. She is a born leader who loves leading leaders. Jenn has had the pleasure of traveling around the world educating, being educated, producing spectacular events and making an all around positive impact on the people and places she comes into contact with. Jenn loves to help people find balance and “well doing” in their lives.

Jenn is owner and event director at Live Weal, a consulting firm supporting purposeful people and events. Her time studying Psychology, Holistic Health Education, Intuition Medicine and years of experience as a whole health life coach creates clarity for bridging the gap between conscious living, successful business practices, and seamless event execution. She is a dynamic vinyasa yoga teacher and coach who has been involved with numerous events, trainings, and fundraising efforts throughout the world including Africa Yoga Project, Being Human, Conscious Capitalism, MindBodyGreen, Soulshine, Wanderlust, Yoga Aid, Yoga Reaches Out, and more.
Jenn’s purpose in this life is to bring people together to have fun and to grow. How cool is that?
She started teaching in 2007 and has been immersed in the world of yoga and self-development since. She is a 500 hour Baptiste Certified Yoga Teacher who has had the opportunity to assist and teach all over the world in awesome spots like Arizona, Africa, Bali, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Mexico, New Zealand, Texas, Utah, Washington, and more.
In addition to her 500RYT, she is certified with OnBoardSUP and the World Stand Up Paddle Association. She teaches and trains teachers internationally with SUP Yoga On Liquid. It is one of her greatest passions to share her love of yoga [and Yoga on Liquid] with others. Jenn thrives on opportunities to invite people to step courageously toward their edge and brings this kind of moxie to her teaching in FUN classes full of spirit and power.
In her dynamic vinyasa style class, Jenn encourages students to explore their edges, work easy, uncover strength, and revitalize Spirit. As a teacher, Jenn creates an enjoyable environment for students by building community and bringing something new to every class. With fresh energy, she yokes postures together in a potent and balanced sequence. Jenn strives to help everyone move deeper into their bodies to discover their true potential.