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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.
Gaston Caperton is the former president of The College Board and a former two-term Governor of West Virginia.
A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Governor Caperton attended the University of North Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in business. After college, he returned home to join the family business. Under his leadership, the McDonough-Caperton Insurance Group became the 10th-largest privately owned insurance brokerage firm in the United States.
After a successful business career in finance and insurance, he was elected Governor in 1988 and quickly revolutionized West Virginia’s education system. During the eight years of his administration, average teacher salary rose from 49th in the nation to 31st, he launched one of the country’s earliest and most comprehensive basic skills computer initiatives, and he invested more than $800 million into building, modernizing and improving school facilities throughout the state. Governor Caperton’s focus on investing in the future paid off, adding 86,900 jobs between 1989 and 1997, lowering the unemployment rate to its lowest level in 17 years and increasing total investment by new and expanded businesses by more than $3.9 billion. After leaving office in 1997, Governor Caperton spent two years teaching at Harvard and Columbia Universities before becoming the eighth president of the College Board in 1999. As president, he helped transform the century-old institution into a mission-driven, student-first operation promoting college success and opportunity for all Americans. During his 13 years of leadership, the College Board touched the lives of students in nearly 27,000 high schools and colleges, promoted the importance of writing by adding a writing section to the SAT and doubled the number of students succeeding in Advanced Placement.
Governor Caperton’s leadership also renewed the organization’s focus on education in a globalized marketplace. He initiated a new series of AP world language and culture courses and embarked on an historic education exchange program with the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in China. Known as the Chinese Language and Culture Initiative, the program is supporting the growth of Chinese-language education in U.S. schools and building a solid foundation for the AP Chinese Language and Culture course. The initiative also sends Chinese teachers to U.S. schools for one to three years and sends delegations of U.S. educators to China to learn about its education system and culture. He retired from the College Board in 2012.
In more than 20 years in government and education, Governor Caperton has received ten honorary doctoral degrees and been presented with numerous awards, including the 2007 James Bryant Conant Award for his significant contributions to the quality of education in the United States and the 1996 Computerworld Smithsonian Award for his tireless efforts to introduce technology into the classroom. Most recently, he was honored as the 2012 Policy Maker of the Year by the National Association of School Boards of Education.
Tim Fitzpatrick is Chief Executive Officer of TLB Advisors LLC, a financial consulting firm and Chairman and CEO of Tuition Options, a data analytics and servicing company in the post-secondary education sector.
Mr. Fitzpatrick was CEO of SLM Corporation (NYSE: SLM), commonly known as Sallie Mae, the nation's leading provider of saving- and paying-for-college programs from May 2005 to May 2007. Sallie Mae manages $142 billion in education loans and serves nearly 10 million student and parent customers. Mr. Fitzpatrick was President and COO of Sallie Mae from 2000 to May 2005. Previously, he served as President and CEO of Equity One, Inc. from 1989 to 1998, Vice Chairman of Consumer Credit Co. from 1988 to 1989, President and COO of Manufacturers Hanover Consumer Services (MHCS) from 1983 to1988, and CFO of MHCS from 1978 to 1983.
Mr. Fitzpatrick also serves as a board member of EDvantage LLC, Campus Management (a Leeds IV portfolio company) and Cegment Inc. Mr. Fitzpatrick graduated from LaSalle University with a B.A. degree in Science and an M.B.A. He also completed the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.
Thomas “Mack” McLarty, III is Chairman of McLarty Associates, which he co-founded in 1998 following a distinguished record of business leadership and public service, including various roles advising three US Presidents: Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. He is also Chairman of the McLarty Companies, a fourth-generation family transportation business.
As President Clinton’s White House Chief of Staff, Mr. McLarty helped enact the historic 1993 deficit reduction package, the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Family and Medical Leave law, and the landmark welfare reform legislation that enabled more than 6.8 million people to move from welfare to work. He also organized the successful 1994 Summit of the Americas in Miami, which ultimately led to his appointment as Special Envoy for the Americas in 1997.
As Counselor to the President Clinton, Mr. McLarty advised on a broad range of international and domestic issues. He traveled to the Persian Gulf on the president’s behalf to build financial support for the Bosnian peace process, led the US delegation to the inauguration of South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, and signed the peace accords that brought peace to Guatemala for the first time in three decades. Mr. McLarty planned US participation in the 1998 Summit of the Americas in Santiago, and participated in several G-7 and APEC Summits.
Prior to his government service, Mr. McLarty was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arkla, a Fortune 500 natural gas company. During his tenure Arkla grew into the nation’s largest natural gas distributor, with customers in eleven states and significant exploration and pipeline operations. He was appointed by President Bush to the National Petroleum Council and the Council on Environmental Quality, and he was a member of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Board from 1989 through 1992.
Mr. McLarty is a frequent public speaker, and has published numerous articles on US trade and foreign policy. He has served on the boards of many corporate and non-profit institutions including as a Director of Union Pacific and the Acxiom Corporation, and on the boards of the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund, the Council of the Americas, the InterAmerican Dialogue, Ford’s Theatre, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency. In addition, he serves as a Senior International Fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. McLarty is the recipient of the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal; the highest civilian honors of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela; and the Center for the Study of the Presidency Distinguished Service Award. Mr. McLarty is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Barry Munitz is currently Chancellor Emeritus at the California State University system. He formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust, Chancellor of the California State University system, Vice Chairman at Maxxam, Inc., the first Chancellor of the University of Houston and vice president of academic affairs at the University of Illinois system.
Dr. Munitz is also head of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Advisory Committee, President of the Cotsen Foundations for the Art of Teaching and for Academic Research, a governor of the three Broad Family Foundations, a member of the INTO University Partnerships Board of Advisors (a Leeds V portfolio company), and corporate director at Navient and Rocky Mountain Resources.
He was founding chair of California’s P-16 Council, a group of education, business and community leaders charged with developing strategies to improve education from preschool through college, led the boards of Sierra Nevada College and the American Council of Education, served as Vice Chair of the Congressional Cost Commission, chaired the California Education Roundtable, and was a Trustee of Princeton University, the Seattle Art Museum and the Courtauld Institute.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Munitz received a Bachelor’s degree in Classics and Comparative Literature from Brooklyn College before going on to earn a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary degrees from the California State University, Claremont Graduate University, Notre Dame, Pepperdine University, Rollins College, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Southern California and Whittier College.
Hon. Richard Riley
Richard “Dick” Riley is a Senior Partner with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, a South Carolina-based law firm with offices throughout South and North Carolina, as well as in Atlanta, Boston, Nashville, New York City and Washington, D.C.
Secretary Riley was U.S. Secretary of Education from 1993 to 2001, the entire duration of the Clinton Presidency. He was selected for his successful efforts, while Governor, to improve education in South Carolina. As the nation's chief education officer, Secretary Riley helped launch historic initiatives to raise academic standards, improve instruction for the poor and disadvantaged, help more people go to college and prepare for the world of work, improve teaching, give schools and libraries deep discounts for Internet access and telecommunications services and improve the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. He also created the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education, which grew during his service to include more than 6,000 businesses, governments, associations and other entities interested in improving education.
Secretary Riley was elected Governor of South Carolina in 1978. During his first term, the state constitution was amended to allow a second term. Secretary Riley was re-elected in 1982 and served until 1987. Secretary Riley began his political career as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, serving from 1963 through 1966. He then was elected to the State Senate, serving for ten years beginning in 1967.
Secretary Riley chairs the Advisory Council of the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership, a multi-faceted, nonpartisan institute at Furman University, on which board he also serves. He is a board member of certain South Carolina and national education entities and also co-chairs the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF).
Secretary Riley has been named Distinguished Professor at Furman University and the University of South Carolina and Distinguished Senior Fellow at National Association of Foreign Student Advisers: Association of International Educators. He graduated cum laude from Furman University in 1954, served as an officer on a U.S. Navy minesweeper in 1954-55, and earned a J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1959.
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.