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Tim Shriver is the Chairman of Special Olympics, Inc. In that capacity, he serves over 4 million Special Olympics athletes and their families in more than 170 countries. He has helped transform Special Olympics into a movement that focuses on acceptance, inclusion and respect for individuals with intellectual disabilities in all corners of the globe.
In his 19 years at the helm of Special Olympics, Dr. Shriver has launched the organization’s most ambitious growth agenda to date. He has worked with the leaders of China to launch a thriving program in their country and supported their efforts to bring the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games to Shanghai. He has also worked with world leaders and dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Bertie Ahern, Rafiq Hariri, Thabo Mbeki, Julius Nyerere, Hosni Mubarak, Shimon Peres, Adrian Nastase, Adnan Terzic and Alejandro Toledo to bring issues related to intellectual disabilities to the forefront. He has begun programs in developing or war-torn countries such as Afghanistan, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Iraq.
Dr. Shriver has also created exciting new initiatives that enhance the quality of life for millions of people with intellectual disabilities through programs in athletic leadership, cross-cultural research, health initiatives, education development and family support. For example, Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® was designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their overall health and fitness, while Special Olympics Unified Sports® brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to help equalize the ability level and promote inclusion through team practice and competition.
As part of his work with Special Olympics, Dr. Shriver has been successful harnessing the power of Hollywood to push the movement forward. He has pursued initiatives in music, film and television to highlight the abilities and issues of those with intellectual disabilities, while helping to raise funds and awareness for the movement. In addition, he worked to get more legislative attention and government support for issues of concern to the Special Olympics community, testifying in front of Congress every year since 2001.
Before joining Special Olympics, Dr. Shriver served in various roles including educator, counselor, author and speaker in order to bring issues to the forefront such as substance abuse, violence, dropout rates and teen pregnancy. He worked with the New Haven Public Schools’ Social Development Project, now considered the leading school-based prevention effort in the United States.
Dr. Shriver applied his educational interests to film, co-producing DreamWorks Studios’ 1997 release, “Amistad”, and Disney Studios’ 2000 release, “The Loretta Claiborne Story”. He is Executive Producer of the Farrely brothers’ film “The Ringer” and Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “Front of the Class”. Dr. Shriver also has produced or co-produced shows for the ABC, TNT and NBC networks, plus made broadcast appearances on “The Today Show”, CNN, MTV, “Meet The Press”, and Nickelodeon’s “World of Difference”.
Dr. Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Master's degree in Religion and Religious Education from Catholic University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Connecticut. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including honorary degrees from Loyola University, New England College Albertus Magnus College, University of Connecticut and Villanova University, the Surgeon General’s Medallion, 2007 Lions Humanitarian Award, the Medal of the City of Athens, Greece, the Order de Manuel Amador Guerrera of the Republic of Panama, and the 1995 Connecticut Citizen of the Year. He has authored articles in many leading publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Huffington Post. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller, “Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most”.
In addition to serving as a board member for Leeds Equity, Dr. Shriver is co-Founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and serves on their Board, is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Disability & Health Journal, is a non-Executive Director of WPP Group, plc, serves on the Board of The Future Project, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Co-Founder and Senior Advisor
Rob Bernstein is a co-founder of Leeds Equity Partners and has over 27 years of experience investing in private equity transactions in the Knowledge Industries. Prior to co-founding Leeds Equity, Rob spent 6 years with Lazard Freres & Co., holding various positions within the Mergers & Acquisitions Group in both New York and Chicago. Rob graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics.
Alec Ross is one of America’s leading experts on innovation. He recently served for four years as Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a role Clinton created for him to maximize the potential of technology and innovation in service of America’s foreign policy goals.
Prior to his service in the Obama Administration, he served as convener for technology and media policy for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and co-founded an NGO that grew from three people in a basement into a global organization serving millions of low-income people, with programs on four continents. Mr. Ross started his career as a school teacher through Teach for America in inner-city Baltimore.
Among recent recognitions, Foreign Policy Magazine named Mr. Ross to its list of the Top 100 Global Leaders, The Huffington Post named Mr. Ross as one of 10 Game Changers in Politics, bringing transformational change to government, and the U.S. Department of State awarded Mr. Ross its Distinguished Honor Award.
Mr. Ross is currently writing a book about the future of globalization. He is a Senior Fellow at the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs. He also serves as an advisor to investors, corporations and government leaders to help them understand the implication of factors emerging at the intersection of geopolitics, markets and increasingly disruptive network technologies.
Dov is the Founder and Chairman of LRN, a technology and education company that provides ethics and compliance software to corporations across the globe. His 25+ year career has focused on why HOW matters and HOW companies and their people can operate in both principled and profitable ways and was the inspiration to author HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything, a New York Times best seller that offers a philosophical framework for individual and organizational behavior in a world that is increasingly interconnected and interdependent. Today, the HOW philosophy is being used to impact how businesses operate, cities are run, soldiers are trained, school systems prepare their students and staff, and professional sports franchises use values for competitive advantage. The HOW philosophy was recognized as one of the nine rules for companies to embrace in Thomas L. Friedman’s seminal book, “The World is Flat,” and Dov’s ideas have also been featured prominently in Friedman’s best-selling “Hot, Flat and Crowded,” “That Used to Be Us,” and “Thank You for Being Late.”
Dov’s proposals before the U.S. Sentencing Commission, arguing that companies must move from a check-the-box, compliance-only approach to focus on fostering ethical cultures and behaviors, were adopted and are the very standards by which companies, cultures, and programs are judged. Dov writes frequently about leadership for the New York Times and Fortune. Most recently, Fortune invited Dov to share his views on the moral imperatives of modern leadership at the Vatican. In a follow up article on the topic in Fortune’s Change the World issue, Dov was called the “corporate whisper” because of his “ability to take the challenges that CEOs and other leaders face in their day-to-day roles and place them in a broader context of decision-making—one that brings into greater focus the real effects on coworkers, community, and the enterprise itself.” Dov has also been named a “Game Changer” by Time Magazine and “One of the Top Thought Leaders of the Past Decade” by The Economic Times.
Dov is frequently invited to speak at leading industry events, to senior corporate managers and boards of directors, and to governments. Recent presentations include The World Economic Forum, The Time-Fortune Global CEO Forum, The World Business Forum, The National Press Club and The Aspen Ideas Festival. He has also been the keynote speaker at the University of California Los Angeles’s annual commencement.
Dov earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in moral philosophy from UCLA, graduate degrees in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University, and a law degree from Harvard. He has received an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union College. Dov was honored as the 2014 Corporate Organizational Excellence in Organizational Development Award winner for demonstrating a 10+ year commitment to organizational development and effectiveness. Fortune called Dov the “hottest advisor on the corporate virtue circuit,” and The Economic Times named him a “Top 60 Global Thinkers of the Last Decade.” Dov is a member of the board of the 92nd Street Y and Planet World. He is also a member of the Embankment Project for Inclusive Capitalism Advisory Council.