Jeanne DiFrancesco is the Chief Executive Officer of ProOrbis, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in the development and application of advanced management concepts. She currently acts as an executive advisor to a wide range of enterprises in power generation and alternative energy, autonomous operations, electronic materials, aerospace, and commercialization of Lower Earth Orbis (LEO), banking and financial services, global business services, life-sciences, and national defense. Ms. DiFrancesco is one of the world’s leading experts in the economic valuation of intangibles including assets such as human capital, brands, technology, intellectual property as well as mission valuation for both government and non-profit sectors. With over 30 years of executive and strategic level experience, Ms. DiFrancesco has architected projects from technology start-ups to some of the world’s largest and most complex organizations. She is the author of the Reference Model for the International Space Station National Laboratory.
She authored the ProOrbis® Method, a breakthrough integrated framework of strategic and economic techniques that is used as a fully integrated paradigm for maximizing ROI in organizations and an interoperable data standard for multi-party business platforms. For more information visit www.ProOrbis.com.
Jeanne is the founder of the American Millennium Society and serves as the Executive Director and Board Member. She is a highly sought-after speaker and has served as a subject matter expert for various groups, including Harvard University, the National Space Society (NSS), The Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT, part of the ABA), The Conference Board, the Institute of Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM), the Wall Street Summit, the Brookings Institution, Drexel University, and as a long-time guest lecturer at the Wharton School.
Prior to starting ProOrbis in 1998, Ms. DiFrancesco served as a Principal Consultant at Price Waterhouse and as an executive at DuPont. She holds an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Kurt Landgraf is former President of Washington College with a decades-long career as a senior executive with DuPont and a 13-year tenure as President and CEO of Educational Testing Service (ETS), the world’s largest private educational testing and measurement organization and a leader in educational research. During his tenure at ETS, Landgraf led the financial turnaround of the organization from near-bankruptcy to create a $1.6 billion global, technology-based concern.
His positions at DuPont included chief operating officer, chief financial officer, chairman of DuPont Europe Middle East and Africa, chairman and chief executive officer of the DuPont Pharmaceutical Company, and president and chief executive officer at the DuPont Merck Company.
Landgraf also served as vice chairman of New Jersey’s Higher Education Commission, the state’s governing board for colleges and universities, and president of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Landgraf earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Wagner College, a small liberal arts college on Staten Island, and then launched his business career in the pharmaceuticals industry. He went on to earn three master’s degrees: an M.A. in economics from Pennsylvania State University, an M.Ed. in educational administration from Rutgers University, and an M.S. in sociology from Western Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, has received four honorary doctorates, and has taught college-level economics, sociology, and labor relations at a range of institutions.
Landgraf serves on the boards of Corning Incorporated, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, Educational Testing Service, and Kent School. He has previously chaired the National Pharmaceutical Council, United Way of Delaware, Delaware Care Plan, and Delaware Public Policy Institute.
Mary Davis brings extensive experience in effective organizational structure, business alignment and performance management, senior leadership coaching, and strategic directional change. Ms. Davis is a senior managing director of Brock Capital Group LLC and founded the Davis Consulting Group LLC in 1996. She retired as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mount Holyoke College in 2015.
Ms. Davis previously served as managing vice president for PeopleTech, where she consulted to U.S. and global organizations implementing change processes resulting from restructuring, high growth opportunities or leadership transitions. Prior to the acquisition by Right, she served as the vice chair of Jannotta, Bray and Associates, head of the Jannotta Consulting Group, and managing director of their New York Metropolitan Area Operating Group. She began her career with CITICORP in the overseas equity investment Edge Act subsidiary.
Previous board positions include president of the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College, president of the Graham-Windham Services to Families and Children in New York; and member of the Winnetka Public Schools Board of Education. Ms. Davis has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in international economics from the Fletcher School of Law.
Matthew Bishop is a world-renowned speaker, moderator, convener and author of several influential books, an award-winning journalist and founder of two high-impact social innovations. An Oxford-educated economist, executive and advisor he brings deep expertise in social innovation, impact investing, purpose-driven business and philanthropy, as well as international media and technology.
Matthew was a writer and editor at The Economist for over 25 years, including a decade as the magazine's New York Bureau Chief, where he helped launch and host some of the magazine’s first podcasts and curated several conferences. He joined Rockefeller Foundation in 2018 to lead the Bellagio Center on Lake Como, Italy, focused on convening people around tackling some of the world's biggest challenges.
He has interviewed many well-known leaders, from Elon Musk, Bill and Melinda Gates, Muhammad Yunus, Richard Branson and Shakira to George Soros, Warren Buffett, Bill Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg, Bono and Angelina Jolie. He is interviewed frequently on NPR, BBC and PBS and other media outlets.
Jineea Butler (@flygirlladyjay) is a Hip Hop Analyst, Motivational Speaker, Innovator, Nationally Syndicated Columnist and the newly appointed Editor and Chief of The New American Newspaper for Black Press USA, as well as a Division 1 NCAA Collegiate Hall of Fame Basketball Player. She currently serves as the President and Founder of the Hip Hop Union and is a technical assistance intermediary for schools, programs, small businesses and corporations who want to effectively motivate and engage Hip Hop Citizens. Jineea joined Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. and Rainbow PUSH Coalition as a consultant in 2008 to bridge the gap between young adults and the Civil Rights movement. Under Reverend Jackson's leadership, Jineea resurrected Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I AM A MAN Campaign through the logical continuation of I AM A CITIZEN in 2009.
Cindy retired from the DuPont Company in 2011 as the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. In this role she was responsible for corporate brand management, sales and marketing strategies, and competency development for the Business Units.
Prior to that, she was President of the Fluorproducts Division, and responsible for P&L of a $2+Billion global Business Unit. She also served as a Business Director, Sales Director, and Assistant Plant Manager. She currently serves on the Board of the American Millennium Society.
Cindy has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Auburn University, and currently resides outside of Atlanta, GA.
Joan Demitriades currently serves as an Ambassador for One Mind where she acted as Chief Strategy Officer until her retirement last year. One Mind brings together the best minds in neuroscience around a collective goal to more accurately diagnose, treat, and even cure brain disease and injury. Her previous career with Johnson and Johnson included serving as VP of Strategy and Decision Support for J&J Pharmaceutical R&D. She currently serves on the Board of the American Millennium Society and holds and undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and MBA from La Salle University.
Mr. Priest has extensive experience leading and managing urban development and education organizations. As a chairman, project manager, engineer, teacher, and Harvard Business School alumnus, Mr. Priest brings a diverse array of experiences to the Board.