Girl Rising is guided by a group of committed advisors who generously lend both their time and expertise to the project.
Former CIO, CapitalOne and NASDAQ Stock Market
Gregor Bailar is an independent investor, executive advisor, industry speaker, and international philanthropist, devoting his time to developing new ideas to create a more responsible, tolerant, and sustainable future. Gregor left Capital One in late 2007 where as CIO he led an industry-recognized technology team that was pivotal to Capital One’s diversification and innovation strategies. The company transformed itself from a credit card supplier to one of the top 10 diversified banks in the United States – re-inventing nearly all of its processes and systems along the way. An active environmentalist, Gregor was the founding executive sponsor of Capital One’s Environmental Council and is a director for the National Wildlife Federation. His writings and speeches have been featured in publications and events all over the world sponsored by CIO Magazine, CIO Insight, CIO Summit, Business Week, The Economist, Forbes, The New York Times, the NACD and several other innovation and business forums.
Senior Associate, the Population Council
Judith Bruce is a senior associate and policy analyst with the Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth program. Since joining the Council in 1977, she has coordinated a program of policy-oriented research on issues related to women’s and adolescent girls’ social and economic development. Recently she served as co-chair of the Expert Group Meeting on the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl-child. Her areas of expertise include women’s roles and status, with a focus on intrafamily dynamics, investments in children, and adolescence, especially vulnerable adolescent girls. She has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1977, and in 1993 received the Association for Women in Development’s bi-annual award for outstanding contributions to the field. A graduate of Harvard University, Bruce has written and lectured extensively on population policy, the quality of reproductive health services, adolescent girls’ status in the developing world, family and partnership dynamics, and women’s access to and control of resources inside and outside the household.
Dr. Isobel Coleman
Senior Fellow and Director of Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
Dr. Coleman’s areas of expertise include economic and political development in the Middle East, regional gender issues, girls’ education, educational reform, and microfinance. Most recently, Dr. Coleman published, Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East.. A Marshall Scholar, she holds a DPhil from Oxford University and a BA in Public Policy and East Asian Studies from Princeton University.
Executive Director of Talent and Development for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
Kimi’s experience includes work as a producer and as a story developer for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, ABC’s Good Morning America & 20/20. She has conceived and produced hundreds of stories around the world and currently serves as the Executive Director of Talent and Development for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH
President and CEO, CARE USA
As President and CEO of CARE, Dr. Gayle works to drive resources to underserved women around the world in the fight against global poverty. Before joining CARE in 2006, Dr. Gayle was Director of HIV, TB & Reproductive Health within the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Director of the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She also served in the US Public Health Service for 20 years, retiring as a Rear Admiral, and has been a consultant to WHO, UNAIDS, UNICEF and the World Bank. Dr. Gayle holds a BA from Barnard College, an MD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPH from Johns Hopkins.
Former Media Arts Consultant; Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
Terry Hong is a writer and arts consultant. She created and maintains BookDragon (http://bookdragon.si.edu/), an extensive book review blog for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, where she was most recently media arts consultant; she also served as the project director for the 2003 Smithsonian Korean American Centennial Commemoration. Terry taught for two years in Duke University’s Leadership in the Arts, a performance and public policy program based in New York City. She writes frequently about books, theater, and film; publication credits include Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Library Journal, Bookslut.com, American Theatre magazine, Dallas Morning News, The Bloomsbury Review, AsianWeek, aMagazine: Inside Asian America, among others. Terry co-authored two books, Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture from Astro Boy to Zen Buddhism and What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature. She holds degrees from Dartmouth College and Yale University.
President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation
Educator and activist, Jill Iscol, Ed.D, is President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established in 1989 to support domestic and international efforts to strengthen democracy and reduce the social, economic, and educational inequalities that threaten it. For the past two decades Jill has supported and participated in numerous organizations and has developed an expertise in identifying visionary leaders and programs at early stages of their development. She fosters their advancement by providing seed capital and guidance enabling them to become stable, sustainable and successful organizations, impacting lives around the globe.
As a Democratic Party activist, Jill served as Co-Chair for Hillary Rodham Clinton for Senate’s New York Finance Committee and as National Vice-Chair of Hillary Rodham Clinton for President’s 2008 Finance Committee.
Jill’s first book, Hearts on Fire: Twelve Stories of Today’s Visionaries Igniting Idealism into Action, was released in November 2011.
Thad Kahlow is the CEO of BusinessOnline and is responsible for the entrepreneurial leadership of all operations. His visionary leadership-style has helped propel the company into the online marketing spotlight; making the Agency one of the nation’s leading online marketing companies. He focuses on the alignment of business goals and user needs so our client’s can make business decisions guided by information that matters. Thad’s “roll-up-the-sleeves and get it done” attitude coupled with a commitment to client relationships allows him to effectively direct the agency to support large engagements with sophisticated, global clients.
Thad is considered an authority on online marketing. He has presented at numerous industry and executive conferences including the DMA, HTMA, AMT and Online Marketing Summit, is published in leading trade and business publications like iMedia, ERA and B2B Magazine, and was one of the original founding members of the SEMPO institute.
Vice President, Wasserman Media Group
A brand strategist with 20 years of experience, Thayer Lavielle brings a unique mix of television production, public relations expertise and brand building to her current position as a Vice President with Wasserman Media Group, a sports and entertainment agency that manages over 1,200 athletes, consults with Fortune 500 brands, negotiates global media deals and is world-renowned in experiential activation. As a senior strategist with the company, Lavielle manages key accounts and projects in the consulting division, a position she has held since 2011.
Prior to Wasserman Media Group, Lavielle worked at JR Motorsports as the Vice President of Marketing and Brand Development, taking her corporate marketing experience with one of the world’s leading fragrance and cosmetic companies and directing it to one of America’s most popular athletes, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Lavielle is a 1993 graduate of Colgate University and resides in Cary, NC.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Deputy Director of Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
“Gayle is the deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Women and Foreign Policy program. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Lemmon covered public policy and emerging markets for the global investment firm PIMCO, after working for nearly a decade as a journalist with the ABC News Political Unit and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
Gayle has reported on entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict regions for the Financial Times, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Daily Beast, and Christian Science Monitor, along with Ms. Magazine, Bloomberg, Politico and The Huffington Post. Gayle earned a BA in journalism summa cum laude from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she received the 2006 Dean’s Award for her work on women’s entrepreneurship. A former Fulbright scholar and Robert Bosch Foundation fellow, she serves on the board of the International Center for Research on Women.”
Cynthia B. Lloyd
Consulting Senior Associate for Poverty, Gender and Youth Program, Population Council
Dr. Lloyd’s areas of expertise include transitions to adulthood, children schooling, gender and population issues, and household and family demography in developing countries. She has worked extensively in Ghana, Egypt, Kenya, Pakistan and other developing countries. Her recent research has concentrated on school quality and the relationship between school quality, school attendance and transitions to adulthood in developing countries. Dr. Lloyd has published seminal research on adolescent girls including New Lessons: The Power of Educating Adolescent Girls, Girls Count: A Global Investment and Action Agenda, and Girls’ Schooling in Developing Countries: Highlights from Population Council Research. She holds MA and PhD degrees in Economics from Columbia University.
Senior Vice President/Director of Global Marketing, Fenton
Susan McPherson is a serial connector, passionate cause marketer, writer and corporate responsibility expert. As Senior vice president/director of global marketing at Fenton, she focuses on creating visibility for the firm and running its corporate social responsibility practice. She’s a regular writer and contributor for the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Triple Pundit, and has 20+ years experience in marketing, public relations, sustainability communications. She speaks at a variety of industry-leading conferences including Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy, Sustainable Brands, and Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Prior to joining Fenton, McPherson was vice president, CSR services at PR Newswire.
Currently, McPherson invests in and advises technology start-ups including Theli.st and The Daily Muse. She serves on the boards Bpeace, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting women in regions of conflict and post-conflict start businesses; and Earth 2 Hub, a London-based innovative media platform for science and technology. She is also a member of Echoing Green’s Vanguard Council and Social Media Week’s New York Advisory Council. Additionally, she serves as an adviser to several non-profits, including Girls Who Code, Plant A Fish, She’s The First, The Adventure Project and The OpEd Project. Recently, McPherson was selected as a Vital Voices global corporate ambassador.
Kim Anstatt Morton
Board of Directors, Room to Read
Kim worked almost a decade on Wall Street as an Equity Research Analyst at UBS and Hambrecht and Quist in NYC. She later joined Montgomery Securities in San Francisco where she covered emerging growth and big cap biotech companies. Kim is passionate about literacy, education and the arts. She enthusiastically serves on the board of directors of Room to Read, a global non-profit dedicated to literacy and gender equality in education. She is a member of San Francisco’s Edgewood Arts Advisory Board, has trained as a docent for Middle School kids with SFMOMA, and is active on their Artist’s Circle Donor Development Committee. Kim has worked with the Department of Health and Human Services in SF with abused and neglected children and has tutored a special literacy program for 6-8th graders struggling with reading at Francisco Middle School in San Francisco. Kim received her BA from Dartmouth College, and Fine Art and Graduate Painting Degrees at San Francisco Art Institute. Kim travels extensively in the developing world and lives in San Francisco with her husband Ian and son Baker.
Program Officer, Quality Education in Developing Countries | The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Lynn Murphy is a Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She works in the Global Development and Population program on an initiative to improve the quality education in the developing world. Prior to joining The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Lynn served as a consultant and education advisor for several international organizations, including Save the Children, UNESCO, Commonwealth Education Fund, and WestEd.
Lynn holds a Ph.D. in International and Comparative Education and an M.A. in International Education Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. Her research focuses on the role and contribution of nongovernmental organizations in “Education For All”. She has published on the emergence-and consequences- of transnational advocacy efforts in international development and education. Lynn has lived and worked in the education sector in several Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa countries and has taught at the primary, secondary, and university level. She currently serves on the board of the Global Partnership for Education as the private sector/private foundation representative.
Holly Peterson is a journalist and New York Times best-selling author. She was formerly an Editor at Newsweek and Talk Magazine as well as a Producer for ABC News. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and The Daily Beast. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Board Member of the Children’s Storefront of Harlem.
May A. Rihani
Senior Vice President and Director of Development Global Learning Group, Center for Gender Equity, Academy for Educational Development
At AED, Ms. Rihani is responsible for ensuring gender equity in the academy’s educational projects as well as in other social development programs. She is the co-chair of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI). Ms. Rihani is a leading voice on the relationship between girls’ education and health nutrition, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and economic productivity.
Gene B. Sperling (ON LEAVE)
Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy
Mr. Sperling, the founder of the Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations, is one of the most widely recognized experts in the field of girls’ education and co-author of What Works in Girls’ Education. He previously served as National Economic Adviser to President Clinton from 1996-2000 and represented the Clinton Administration at the 2000 UN World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal. Mr. Sperling also serves as US Chair of the Global Campaign for Education. He graduated from Yale Law School and holds a BA from the University of Minnesota.
Shelly M. Esque
Director of Corporate Affairs Group, President of Intel Foundation and Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs of Intel Corporation.
Shelly M. Esque serves as Director of Corporate Affairs Group, President of Intel Foundation and Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs of Intel Corporation. At Intel Corporation, Ms. Esque oversees a staff that manages corporate social responsibility, education, media relations, government and community affairs programs.
Ms. Esque joined Intel in 1996 as manager of Public Affairs for the Arizona site and assumed responsibility for Public Affairs in the United States since 2002 and in 2004 her role was expanded to include oversight of the worldwide Public Affairs organization as well as Intel’s corporate social responsibility functions. In 2006, she assumed broader responsibilities including the management of Intel’s various education programs around the world. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs in 1982.
Managing Director, Wolfensohn & Company; Former New York State Superintendent of Banks
From 2003 to 2007, Diana Taylor was Superintendent of Banks for New York State, and was responsible for overseeing regulation for more than 3,500 financial institutions, including New York state chartered banking institutions and over 80% of the foreign banks that do business in the Unites States. Formerly, she was the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Finance and Housing, Vice president of KeySpan Energy and Chief Financial Officer of the Long Island Power Authority. She began her career with Smith Barney, Lehman Brothers and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. She earned her A.B. at Dartmouth College, and her MBA and MPH at Columbia University.
Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development and Director of the Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institute
Rebecca Winthrop is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education. She is the former head of education for the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian aid NGO. Her research focuses on education in the developing world, with special attention to fragile states and contexts of armed conflict, forced migration, and violent extremism.
Counsel, Jones Day Partners
Nancy is an attorney at the international law firm of Jones Day. Her practice focuses on intellectual property with an emphasis on trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, copyright and licensing, and on intellectual property aspects of commercial transactions. She represents a wide variety of clients, including startups and established domestic and multinational companies. Nancy also counsels pro bono clients and is excited to have the opportunity to work with Girl Rising. Prior to becoming an attorney, Nancy worked with international nonprofit organizations in a refugee camp in the Philippines. Her work there sparked a life long interest in international development and education. She currently lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and three children.