Last week, we attended the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Annual Accreditation Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Part of the agenda at the conference was the “Influential Leaders Recognition” in which AACSB shared some of the success stories of business school faculty and graduates from around the world.
We want to offer our congratulations to those named “2016 AACSB Influential Leaders,” and share some of the stories of these inspirational individuals. It’s an honor to have as clients the universities listed below. These institutions are doing great things everyday, and we’re proud to be a part of the higher education community which has such a profound impact on educating the leaders of both the corporate world and global society.
Mark Crea, University of St. Thomas
Executive Director and CEO, Feed My Starving Children
A passionate humanitarian, Mark Crea is the executive director of the non-profit Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) and has been involved in the organization for the past 12 years. In 2015, FMSC assembled 272 million food packs for starving people in 70 countries and was able to feed more than 745,000 kids for an entire year. The University of St. Thomas’ (UST) strategic plan, which places an educational priority on instilling a culture of service within the student body, is also aligned with the mission of FMSC. For the past two years, UST has organized the event “Tommies Together FMSC MobilePack,” where volunteers pack over 100,000 meals for those in need. This event is a mainstay for UST–a real example of using service learning to “integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”
Douglas Foshee, Rice University
Principal, Sallyport Investments LLC
A supporter and advocate for veterans’ affairs, Douglas Foshee is the founder of the non-profit NextOp. Foshee’s mission for NextOp is to provide job placement assistance, mentorship and support to US veterans–all at no cost. Alongside his efforts to connect veterans with meaningful work, Foshee also provides and advocates for scholarship investments for veterans to obtain an MBA at Rice University. Foshee has worked side-by-side with the Jones School of Business to develop a program to serve recipients and offer support to veterans as they transition to civilian life.
Sarah Freed, Appalachian State University
Global Social Responsibility Consultant
Now an entrepreneurial social responsibility leader, Sarah Freed launched the Global Opportunities Conference at Appalachian State University in 2008. The conference’s objective is to inspire students, faculty and the community to use their knowledge and skills in the business of building a better world. Freed also began her local chapter of AIESEC, a student-run organization that fosters leadership potential in the youth community through experiential learning, volunteering and internships. Freed has been recognized many times over at the national level for her contributions.
Huw Kingston, University of Bradford
Director of Wild Horizons
Huw Kingston began the outdoors sports business, Wild Horizons, in 1992. While he remains its director, his passion for environmental and humanitarian change is where he devotes the majority of his time. Kingston has embarked on several journeys to raise funds and awareness for social change. In 2009, one of his campaigns, “Bundy on Tap,” successfully eliminated the use of plastic water bottles in the town of Bundanoon, Australia. For his efforts, Time Magazine named Kingston one of their Top 25 Worldwide Responsibility Pioneers.
Jonathan Mildenhall, Manchester Metropolitan University
Chief Marketing Officer at AirBNB
A proponent of diversity, Jonathan Mildenhall has been pushing the advancement and inclusion of those from minority backgrounds in the advertising and marketing sector. Mildenhall is one of the most influential mixed-race, LGBT figures in the U.K., and has been named such by The Independent. Mildenhall is also part of the community-driven “super brand,” AirBNB. Behind AirBNB, Mildenhall is advocating for a brand that lets anyone experience the “real life” of a country, city or neighborhood.
Pete Petit, Georgia State University
Chairman and CEO, MiMedx Group, Inc.
When tragedy struck, Peter Petit’s career took a new path into healthcare. With the loss of his infant son, Petit developed the first home physiological monitor for at-risk infants. Petit then went on to found Healthdyne, who provides healthcare information systems, services and disease management. In 2009, Petit joined MiMedx to develop products and therapies for various sectors of healthcare. Petit is also committed to philanthropy and community. He funded the Parker H. Petit Science Center at Georgia State and endowed the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences.
H.E. Caitlin Wilson, Queensland University of Technology
Deputy Head of Mission to the United Nations, New York; Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Australia
A senior public servant, Caitlin Wilson has devoted 23 years of her life to foreign policy, international development and strategic defense work. Wilson has helped to establish peace and rule of law in both Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. She has also been a constant supporter of gender equality in Australia and its surrounding territories. Wilson’s work has had a meaningful impact on foreign relations as well as community and social change.
Ruth Riley, University of Notre Dame
General Manager, San Antonio Stars
A basketball star, to say the least, Ruth Riley has taken the skills she gained from her pro basketball career and built upon them to better serve causes that are near and dear to her. Over the past decade, Riley has been the spokesperson for NothingButNets (a campaign to eradicate malaria), the co-founder of Inspire Transformation (a campaign against the AIDS pandemic in Africa) and the spokesperson for No Kid Hungry and Share Our Strength (two campaigns aimed at eliminating childhood hunger).
Jesse Tyson, The Ohio State University
CEO and President, National Black MBA Association Inc. (NBMBAA)
A recognized trailblazer, Jesse Tyson spent 35 years of his life contributing his technological innovation, keen business strategy and bold foresight to Exxon Mobil’s Inter-America in Belgium. Tyson is now CEO of the National Black MBA Association and works to create strategic partnerships that will create intellectual and economic wealth in the black community. For the more than 45 years that Tyson has dedicated to non-profit and civic organization, his dedication to Ohio State has remained constant–he regularly engages with the school’s students to share his experiences.