Lynda M. Applegate is the Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, teaching courses in entrepreneurial management and technology and innovation, and serving as co-head of the school's Entrepreneurial Management unit. Lynda currently chairs HBS' Owner-Managed Executive Programs, which includes the Owner-President comprehensive and key executive programs and the Building New Ventures and Building Ventures in Latin America programs. Lynda has held other leadership positions at HBS, including heading Field Based Learning and serving as cohort chair of the MBA program. Between 1995 and 2003, she served as co-chair of the Harvard Policy Group on Networked Government Services and she also served on the Harvard University Technology Advisory Council. Prior to joining the HBS faculty, Lynda was on the faculty of the University of Michigan, University of Washington and University of Arizona. In addition to her academic positions, Lynda worked at Ford Motor Company in the 1960s and held management positions in the health care industry during the 1970s.
Tom Gardner is co-founder and CEO of The Motley Fool, an international multimedia network offering financial solutions to millions of individuals worldwide seeking to make better financial decisions and improve their overall quality of life. Tom and his brother, David, have co-authored several best-selling books, including The Motley Fool Investment Guide, You Have More Than You Think, and The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens. Together, they also oversee The Motley Fool's nationally syndicated newspaper column, which appears weekly in more than 250 papers, pen their monthly investing newsletter David and Tom Gardner's Motley Fool Stock Advisor, and host The Motley Fool Radio Show, which airs nationally on more than 100 NPR member stations. Tom appears frequently in the media and has been a featured speaker across the nation.
Steve Kerr is a Senior Advisor at Goldman Sachs. As the former Chief Learning Officer (CLO), Steve's work has helped foster the firm's values; namely, putting clients' interests first and creating a culture that emphasizes integrity, excellence, innovation, and teamwork. He helps the executives he trains develop leadership skills and professional expertise in an environment that encourages mobility. A pioneer in his field, Steve was one of the first corporate educators to hold the CLO title, which he assumed during his tenure at General Electric (GE). He spent more than seven years at GE as CLO and vice president of leadership development, where he reported to Jack Welch and was responsible for GE's renowned leadership education center at Crotonville.
Previously, Dr. Kerr served on the faculties of Ohio State University, the University of Southern California, and the University of Michigan. He was dean of the faculty of the USC business school from 1985 to 1989.
Dr. Kerr is a past-president of the Academy of Management, the world's largest association of academicians in management. He is an acknowledged author, editor, and speaker, and he has contributed to many academic and popular publications on management and organizational behavior. His well-known publications are The Boundaryless Organization (Jossey-Bass, 1995; co-author); Ultimate Rewards (Harvard Business School Press, 1997; editor); and a FORTUNE article titled "Risky Business: The New Pay Game" (July 22, 1996). Dr. Kerr earned a Ph.D. in management and organizational psychology from the City University of New York.
Richard E. Salomon
Mr. Salomon is Managing Partner of East End Advisors, and the former chairman of Mecox Ventures, a private investment company. He was president and managing director of the investment advisory firm, Spears, Benzak, Salomon & Farrell from 1982 until 2000. Mr. Salomon serves as senior advisor to David Rockefeller, and also advises other high net-worth families. In addition, he is chairman of the advisory board of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management Group. He is a director of Boston Properties. He is a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He serves as the vice chairman of the board of trustees of Rockefeller University, and is chairman of its nominating and governance committee. Mr. Salomon serves on the investment committees of the Museum of Modern Art and the Sloan Foundation.
Robert B. Wallace, an Emmy-award winning producer with ABC News who has more than 30 years experience in the print and television media industries, serves as ESPN's vice president, content development. Wallace joined the company in December 2005. Over the course of his broad career, Mr. Wallace worked at ABC News as a senior producer and senior story editor for Diane Sawyer at Prime Time Live from 1993-97. He received an Emmy in 1997 for "Outstanding Informational or Cultural Programming". In 1986, Wallace served as editor of Rolling Stone, a position he held until 1993. During that time, Rolling Stone won National Magazine Awards for Reporting in 1986, Photography in 1988 and Design in 1989.
Elise Lelon brings unique personal and professional experience to consulting, because she has not only worked in the fields of both psychology and business, but has served in a variety of senior management roles in both fields, as well. As a result, she is more than versed in psychological and business theories. She has spent the last two decades practicing them. She has walked the walk, so to speak. And, that makes a big difference in her work with both corporate and private clients. The You Business™, with its proprietary paradigm for life management, represents Elise's way of merging these intersecting pathways of business management and human development into one comprehensive system for sustained success.
Prior to founding The You Business™, Elise Lelon served as a Managing Director at Bernstein Investment Research and Management in New York City. She began her Wall Street career as a sell-side equity research salesperson at Sanford C. Bernstein, servicing large institutional clients in the U.K. and continental Europe. Previously, she worked in a variety of capacities at General Electric and NBC, where she was trained as a Black Belt in Six Sigma. Before she entered the business world, Elise worked at Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals at the Joint Program in Pediatric Psychopharmacology, where she conducted both clinical and research work with patients suffering from severe psychopathology. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Brown University, her Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard, and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Elise has traveled extensively to Africa, Bhutan and India. She co-authored a chapter for Cambridge University Press entitled, Maximizing the value of leadership development: Key Questions (and some answers). Today, Elise serves on the Board of Trustees for Town Hall and volunteers at The Bowery Mission Women's Center, where she recently helped raise $1M as co-chair for the annual Gala.