Voices of Authority

43 entrepreneurs who are changing the world

Voices of Authority

Fast Company and Monitor Group relied on 12 highly-regard, independent experts to help shape the 2007 Social Capitalist Awards.

Selection Committee: Based on the results of analysis by the Monitor Group, these experts chose the 43 winners of the 2007 Social Capitalist Awards.

Beth Battle Anderson: Lecturer and managing director at Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship. Previously, she served as a research associate and acting administrative director at Stanford Business School's Center for Social Innovation and as a Summer Associate at McKinsey & Company. With Professor Greg Dees, she has co-authored papers and chapters on blurring sector boundaries, for-profit social enterprise, scaling social innovations, developing earned income strategies, and the process of social entrepreneurship. She has also supervised, researched, written or edited several cases on social entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Additionally, at Stanford she helped develop and served as a teaching assistant for a Public Policy course, "Business Skills for the Social Sector." She received her MBA from Stanford after working for five years in the nonprofit sector and graduating with a BA in Classics from Williams College.

David Gergen: Commentator, editor, teacher, public servant, best-selling author and adviser to presidents – for 30 years, David Gergen has been an active participant in American national life. He served as director of communications for President Reagan and held positions in the administrations of Presidents Nixon and Ford. In 1993, he put his country before politics when he agreed to first serve as counselor to President Clinton on both foreign policy and domestic affairs, then as special international adviser to the president and to Secretary of State Warren Christopher. Gergen currently serves as editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report. He is a professor of public service and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also regularly serves as an analyst on various news shows, and he is a frequent lecturer at venues around the world. He served as a moderator of World @ Large, the 13-part PBS discussion series, for the past two seasons.

Thomas A. McLaughlin: Not-for-profit practice senior manager, Grant Thornton. McLaughlin has more than 25 years of experience as a not-for-profit professional, trade association executive, and management consultant. He is nationally recognized as an expert in not-for-profit mergers and alliances, financial management, and strategic planning. Before joining Grant Thornton, McLaughlin served as an executive with two major Massachusetts social service agencies and as associate executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers. He is currently on the faculty at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., and Boston University in Boston, where he teaches graduate students. He is a member of Grant Thornton's national not-for-profit leadership team. A frequent speaker at industry events nationwide, he has been quoted in numerous industry and national publications. He is also a monthly columnist for The NonProfit Times.

Bill Shore: Founder and executive director, Share Our Strength, the nation's leading organization working to end childhood hunger in the United States. Shore is also the chairman of Community Wealth Ventures, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Share Our Strength, that provides consulting services. Shore founded Share Our Strength in 1984 in response to the Ethiopian famine and subsequently renewed concern about hunger in the United States. Since its founding, Share Our Strength has raised more than $200 million to support more than 1,000 anti-hunger, anti-poverty groups worldwide. Today, its priority is to end childhood hunger in America ensuring that the nearly 14 million American children facing hunger have access to the nutritious food they need to learn, grow and thrive. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Shore earned his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Before starting Share Our Strength, he served on the senatorial and presidential campaign staffs of U.S. Senator Gary Hart (D-Colo.), and as chief of staff for U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey (D-Neb.) In October 2005, US News & World Report selected Shore as one of America's Best Leaders.

Methodology Board: These experts, working with a Monitor Group assessment, made recommendations on the top partnerships between Social Capitalists Award winners and for-profit businesses. Based in part on those recommendations, Fast Company editors selected the partnerships actually featured in the magazine.

John Elkington: Co-founder and chief entrepreneur, SustainAbility, a think tank and consultancy on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. BusinessWeek described Elkington in 2004 as “a dean of the corporate-responsibility movement for three decades.” He’s active in a broad spectrum of research and with client work for companies (Nike, Shell, Unilever, Volkswagen), government agencies and civil society organizations. He is the author or co-author of 16 books and some 40 published reports and thousands of articles. Elkington also chairs or serves as member of councils and committees: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Environment Foundation, Export Credits Guarantee Department, Microsoft EMEA, Royal Society of Arts, and Zouk Ventures. He is also a member of the WWF UK Council of Ambassadors.

Bradley Googins: Executive Director, Center for Corporate Citizenship, and a professor in the Department of Organizational Studies at the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management at Boston College. The Center is a leading voice in corporate citizenship, through its research, executive education, and national and international convenings. It maintains an active partnership with over 400 businesses who are members of the Center. In 1990, Googins founded and for six years directed The Center for Work & Family at Boston University. He has been principal investigator on numerous research projects, including Corporate Involvement in Community and Economic Development for The Ford Foundation, Work Redesign and Work Family Research Network for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Families and Neighborhoods Cluster Evaluation for the Kellogg Foundation. He is the author of several books and monographs including: The Company of Choice, Strategic Responses 1999: Corporate Involvement in Family and Community Issues; Balancing Job and Homelife Study: Changes Over Time in a Corporation; Work-Family Stress – Private Lives, Public Responses.

Jeff Hamaoui: Founder of Origo Social Enterprise Partners, an internationally known firm and thought leader in the social enterprise field. As a connector of both concepts and people, Hamaoui has been instrumental in advancing partnerships in the global social enterprise arena, including his involvement with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. As an attractor of capital and other resources, he has been responsible for the disbursement of millions of dollars into sustainable livelihoods projects. His thinking was shaped by stints in both the private and public areas, including early experiences as a teacher setting up a school for children with learning disabilities. In 1994 Hamaoui worked with industrialist Stephen Schmidheiny to help set up AVINA foundation in Mallorca, Spain, to invest in sustainable development projects. Founding Origo Social Enterprise Partners in 1999 combined those experiences across sectors into an integrated perspective on sustainable business. He has advised a variety of civil society organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund, the World Economic Forum, the Global Exchange for Social Development (GEXSI), Charity Bank and a number of bilateral and multilateral donor agencies.

Jane Nelson: Senior Fellow and director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and director, Business Leadership and Strategy at the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum. Prior to joining the IBLF in 1993, Jane was a vice president at Citibank and head of marketing for the bank’s Worldwide Securities Services business in Asia Pacific. She has been a lecturer in agricultural economics at the University of Natal in South Africa, and worked in a consultancy capacity for the Business Council for Sustainable Development; the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Latin America; and the United Nations Environment Programme. Jane is co-author with Ira Jackson of Profits with Principles (2004). She is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and currently sits on the councils of advisory boards of SustainAbility, Ltd., the ImagineNations Group, the 21st Century Trust, and the UK Environment Foundation.

Nominating Board: These experts scoured the nation to unearth high-impact social-entrepreneur organizations qualified to participated in the Social Capitalist Awards assessment.

Jim Austin: The Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration (emeritus) at the Harvard Business School. Previously he held the John G. McLean Professorship and the Richard Chapman Professorship. He has been a member of the Harvard University faculty since 1972. He was the Co-Founder and Chair of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative.

Gordon Bloom: Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, is director and founder of Harvard's Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (SE Lab), and a principal of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at the Kennedy School of Government. He is an author of the edited volume Social Entrepreneurship: New Models of Sustainable Social Change (Oxford Univesity Press, forthcoming 2006).

Carol Cone: Nationally recognized for her work in the cause branding and strategic philanthropy arenas. As the Chairman of Cone, Inc., she has embraced a steadfast commitment to building substantive and sustainable partnerships between companies and social issues for more than 25 years. Cone has pioneered vibrant new alliances for private/public partnerships to create signature programs for a host of Fortune 500 companies, including the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, ConAgra Foods’ Feeding Children Better Program, PNC Grow Up Great Program, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women program, Reebok’s Human Rights Awards, Rockport’s Fitness Walking Program, Gillette Women’s Cancer Connection and Polaroid’s Project KidCare, among others.

Trabian Shorters: A visionary with expertise in innovative solutions for the citizen sector. He brings a wealth of experience as a social entrepreneur to his work as co-director of Ashoka’s US program. He was an inaugural YES Ambassador for the Points of Light Foundation in 1991, co-authored the AmeriCorps National Service Program proposal in 1992, raised funds and managed regional directors of Public Allies in 1993, and joined the National Urban Coalition as Director of its Leadership Development Institute in 1994. Over the next five years, Trabian earned a reputation as a "leader maker" for his work developing the Cultural Change Model (CCM), directing the Executive Leadership Program, establishing the Independent Sector’s Emerging Leaders Program, founding The Common Sense Group, and co-founding the National African American Males Collaboration.