Dana H. Born: Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard and retired brigadier general Dana Born is a retired brigadier general with 30 years of service in the U.S. Air Force and a lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University. From 2004-2013, she served two terms as the President-appointed Dean of the Faculty for the U.S. Air Force Academy, where she was also a professor and head of the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department. Born also served as Assistant Director for Recruiting Research and Analysis in the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy, aide to the Secretary of the Air Force and Deputy Chief of the Personnel Issues Team in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. She commanded the 11th Mission Support Squadron at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., was an Exchange Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force, and served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A 1983 graduate with distinction of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Born holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology.
Rob DuBois: Founder & CEO, SEAL of Peace Rob DuBois is a speaker and security consultant with extensive military experience. He retired as a Navy SEAL after 20 years of service, and has worked in more than 30 countries. DuBois is the author of Powerful Peace: A Navy SEAL’s Lessons on Peace from a Lifetime at War and is the founder and CEO of SEAL of Peace Consulting. He conducts “Red Team” security assessments and delivers talks on full-spectrum security, conflict management, and team-building.
Kathy Eldon: Founder & Chairman, Creative Visions Foundation Kathy Eldon founded Creative Visions Foundation, a global organization that supports creative activists who use their talents to change the world around them. CVF was inspired by the life of Kathy’s son, Dan Eldon – artist, adventurer, and activist – killed in 1993 while on assignment for Reuters News Agency in Somalia. Since 2004, CVF has acted as an incubator, academy, and agency for more than 200 projects and productions by artists, filmmakers, playwrights, and leaders of social movements, impacting over 100 million people.
Silouan Green: : Marine Corps veteran & creator of The Ladder UPP Silouan Green is a Marine Corps veteran, writer, motivational speaker and creator of The Ladder UPP, a life skills program that helps people respond to adversity and trauma in their lives and communities. He speaks to veterans and other groups on leadership, dealing with PTSD, depression, suicide, and overcoming adversity, and he is a lecturer for the Public Agency Training Council, the world’s largest training program for first responders. Green has taught The Ladder UPP and spoken to a variety of organizations and groups around the country, including Walter Reed Medical Center, Fort Bragg, IUPU Fort Wayne, University of California – Riverside, Fort Campbell, Camp LeJeune, The American Red Cross, Marine Corps League, Indiana Department of Mental Health, Purdue’s Military Family Research Institute, Mental Health America, National Association of Mental Illness, Veterans Administration, National Guard, police and sheriff’s departments, and many mental health professionals and centers across the country. With A Child’s Guide to War project founder Susan Hackley, Green co-led the first project’s first public “Conversation about War”, held in Kokomo, Indiana, June 2016.
Chip Hauss: Government Liaison, Alliance for Peacebuilding Chip Hauss serves as the Government Liaison for the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing sustainable peace and security worldwide. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University and the author of several books, including the widely-read and acclaimed textbook Comparative Politics.
Martha White Jackson: Educator, mother of active-duty Army Ranger Martha Jackson has had a long career in teaching English to international students beginning as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. She has taught at Northeastern University, Boston University, and Showa Women’s University. She was a Teaching Fellow under Professor Robert Coles at Harvard University. She has served on many educational boards, including The Brookline Educational Foundation, Facing History and Ourselves New England Board, and Beacon Academy. Martha is a member of Blue Star Mothers, a non-political, non-profit organization of mothers of active-duty service men and women and veterans, which provides support to deployed military and assistance to veterans organizations across the nation. Her son is an active-duty Army Ranger and Captain who has served two deployments to Afghanistan.
Kristina Kaufmann: Executive Director, Code of Support Kristy Kaufmann is the Executive Director of the Code of Support Foundation – a national nonprofit organization that provides critical one-on-one assistance to service members, veterans and families in crisis. Kaufmann has served as an advocate for military and veteran families for over 14 years, 11 of those as an Army wife herself. Her 2009 Washington Post op-ed, “Army Families Under Fire,” was the first in an ongoing series of publications and media appearances in which she highlighted the challenges facing military families, and provided actionable recommendations to help civilian and military leadership integrate families and community support more effectively into mental health treatment and suicide prevention efforts.
Alain Lempereur: Director of the Coexistence & Conflict Program, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University Alain Lempereur is Alan B. Slifka Professor of Coexistence and Conflict; Program Director, MA in Coexistence and Conflict at Brandeis University. A mediator, author, professor and negotiation expert, Lempereur has extensive experience in conducting research and consulting internationally for a variety of organizations. He has worked on the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, has published several books and runs the coexistence and conflict program at the Heller School, a graduate school at Brandeis University, where he also teaches courses.
Diane Levin: Professor of Education, Wheelock College Diane Levin, Ph.D., is Professor of Education at Wheelock College and an international expert on early childhood education. Her professional expertise and interests focus on issues related to promoting children’s play, the impact of media and media violence, violence prevention, and peacebuilding with children in communities affected by war and conflict. For over 25 years, Levin has worked with early childhood professionals, parents and policy makers. She has published nine books, including From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The Power of Early Childhood Initiatives and Teaching Young Children in Violent Times. She co-wrote The ‘So Far’ Guide for Helping Children and Youth Cope with the Deployment of a Parent in the Military Reserves.
Colin Maiorano: CEO, StrategyWorx Colin Maiorano serves as the CEO of StrategyWorx, a consulting firm that helps organizations with strategic planning and leadership development. Maiorano has been a consultant to organizations around the world and is the author of Credible, Confident & Clear: A Guide to a Well Organized, Persuasive Presentation.
Jack McLean: Author of Loon: A Marine Story Jack McLean is the author of Loon: A Marine Story (Random House, 2009), a best-selling coming of age memoir about his service in the Marine Corps from 1966 to 1968. McLean served as an infantry corporal in Vietnam in 1967-1968, where he fought in and later vividly described the Battle for Landing Zone Loon, a horrific three-day battle that cost forty young lives. He subsequently became the first Vietnam veteran admitted to Harvard University, entering in the fall of 1968, days after his return from combat.In the years since, he has had a successful career as a marketing executive, most recently as the Founding Managing Partner of the Greater Washington Initiative.
Robert Mnookin: Chair, Program on Negotiation and the Samuel Williston Professor of Law, Harvard Law School Robert Mnookin is the Samuel Williston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Chair of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and Director of the Harvard Negotiation Research Project. A world-renowned scholar in the field of negotiation and conflict resolution, he is the author of several books, including Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight. He has also served as a consultant to governments, international agencies, and corporate clients throughout the world, and he has resolved a large number of complex disputes.
Michael Ostrolenk: CEO, Transpartisan Center Michael D. Ostrolenk, a social entrepreneur, is an expert in the field of transpartisan public policy. He has successfully convened policy initiatives in the areas of transparency, privacy, defense, foreign policy and national security. He co-founded and serves as National Director of the Liberty Coalition, a transpartisan coalition of groups working to protect civil liberties, privacy and transparency, and he is the Program Director and Master Coach for SEALFIT‘s Unbeatable Mind Academy, a leadership and personal development training program created by Navy SEALs. He also co-founded the American Conservative Defense Alliance, which promotes a traditionally conservative foreign and defense policy
William Ury: Author, Mediator & Senior Fellow, Harvard Negotiation Project William Ury is one of the world’s leading experts on negotiation and mediation. He is the co-founder of Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and co-author of Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In, an eight million copy bestseller translated into more than 30 languages. He has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in conflicts ranging from corporate mergers to wildcat strikes in a Kentucky coal mine to ethnic wars in the Middle East. He has served as a crisis management consultant to the White House and, more recently, as a third party helping to end a civil war in Aceh, Indonesia, and helping to prevent one in Venezuela. His most recent project is the Abraham Path Initiative, which seeks to connect the human family step by step by creating a permanent route of cross-cultural tourism in the Middle East.