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Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council are a team with backgrounds in a diverse array of industries: academia; technology; entrepreneurialism; innovation; and government. They offer their experience and advice to ensure the success of Biz-LX™.

R. Edward Freeman

FreemanPhotoR. Edward Freeman is the Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration at The Darden School, Academic Director of the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, and co-Director of Darden's Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, one of the world's leading academic centers for the study of ethics. Freeman is also Professor of Religious Studies and a Faculty Advisor to the University's Institute for Practical Ethics and Adjunct Professor of Stakeholder Management at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Prior to coming to The Darden School Mr. Freeman taught at the University of Minnesota and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Freeman’s book, Managing for Stakeholders: Survival, Reputation and Success, was published in 2007 by Yale University Press. He is also writing Stakeholder Theory: The State of the Art. He is the author or editor of over twenty volumes in the areas of stakeholder management, business strategy and business ethics as well as more than eighty articles in a wide variety of publications. Freeman is perhaps best known for his award-winning book: Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach, published in 1984, in which he suggested that businesses build their strategy around their relationships with key stakeholders.

Freeman has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Washington University and a B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy from Duke University. He has received a number of awards for teaching excellence from The Wharton School, the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, and The Darden School. In 1993 he was chosen for the Outstanding Faculty Award by the Darden student body, in 2001 he was honored by the World Resources Institute and the Aspen Institute with a Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2005 he received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Virginia State Council on Higher Education. In 1991, 1998, 2002, 2004, and 2007, he was selected by the graduating class of the Darden School to be a Faculty Marshall. In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid for his work on stakeholder theory and business ethics. Mr. Freeman is a lifelong student of philosophy, martial arts, and the blues.

Katherine Gronberg

Katherine Gronberg began her career working on the New Hampshire primary campaign of then-Governor George W. Bush in 1999, under the leadership of Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH). She went on to co-manage the NH Bush effort in the general election. After serving on the Bush campaign, Katherine moved to Washington, D.C. to work for Senator Gregg, then the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies. As a Professional Staff member on Appropriations, she was responsible for the annual appropriations for the Department of State, the Department of Commerce, portions of the Department of Justice, U.S. trade agencies, and several independent agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Small Business Administration. In January of 2005, Katherine was named Staff Director of the CJS Subcommittee. As Staff Director, under the leadership of Subcommittee Chairman Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) and Full Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS), Katherine managed all aspects of the $52 billion fiscal year 2006 spending bill for several of the aforementioned agencies and, in addition, NASA and the National Science Foundation.

After six years of service in the U.S. Senate, in January of 2006, Katherine accepted the position of Vice President with Morhard & Associates. At Morhard & Associates, she has represented and advised clients from a number of different sectors, including defense, aviation, homeland security, building materials, and information security and management, on all aspects of their relationships with the federal government. She serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of The International Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue, known informally as The Hollings Center. Katherine also serves on the Safety and Security Advisory Board for the Institute for Public Research at The Center for Naval Analysis.

Katherine graduated from Yale University in 1997 with a bachelor of arts in Political Science. In 1998, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research in Italy in comparative politics. In May of 2009, Katherine completed her master's degree in business administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.


Don Kendrick

Don Kendrick has been involved with Information Technology for over 25 years. Currently Don is traveling the globe as a Strategy and Innovation Consultant helping organizations and governments understand how to leverage emerging technologies in a cost effective and secure manner..

Don's government experience was with the Commonwealth of Virginia in various IT roles for 20 years, most recently as the Senior Manager of Security Operations for the Virginia Information Technology agency governing the IT Security aspects of the Commonwealth’s 2 billion dollar 10 year contract with Northrop Grumman. Prior to that role Don was the Chief IT Security Architect for the Commonwealth, responsible for the development of such award-winning citizen-to-government ecommerce sites as Virginia DMV.

In addition to several Information Technology designations and awards, Don holds an A.S. summa cum laude in Information Systems, a B.S. cum laude in Business Administration with a minor in Economics and a MBA from Darden School of Business, University of Virginia (2009).


Mindy Hull

MHullMindy M. Hull is the Founder and Managing Director of Mercury Global Partners, a business development, marketing and PR consultancy firm focused on the entrepreneur and venture eco-systems within the United States and Europe.

Mindy brings significant executive-level B2B and B2C marketing and business development management experience to her role at Mercury Global Partners, coupled with expertise in corporate communications/PR, product development, distribution and operations. For more than 15 years, she has refined an expertise in developing and executing innovative B2B and B2C marketing and business development strategies that consistently generate revenue while promoting goodwill and understanding between companies and their publics.

Mindy possesses a deep, transcontinental business network along with strong media relations within the United States and Europe, and has cultivated substantial knowledge and relationships, in particular within the tech, mobile, education and media sectors.

She has won frequent media coverage for clients in some of the most influential news outlets in the world including TechCrunch, The New York Times, CNN/Money, Wall Street Journal, The Times on Sunday (UK), BusinessWeek, VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb, Mashable, GigaOm, and Business Insider.

Prior to founding Mercury Global Partners, Mindy served as VP, Business Development for Red Herring, a media and events company appealing to entrepreneurs and VCs. Prior to Red Herring, she held the role of VP, Marketing and Business Development for Inman News, a leading independent real estate media and technology company focused on online news, events, online communities and research.

Mindy spent six years at the Financial Times (a Pearson PLC company) where she led the education channel as Director of Education – Americas region, and was responsible for the successful new product development and launch of the FT’s electronic edition. Prior to heading the FT’s education channel, she also directed the FT’s daily operations, logistics, printing, production and distribution for the Western United States and Canada. In 2005, Mindy was selected as 1 of 150 management leaders from within Pearson’s 37K+ global employees, and was invited to participate and present at Pearson’s annual Leadership Forum.

Mindy began her career with the E.W. Scripps Co as Circulation Sales and Marketing Director for the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colorado. She also spent time as an Advertising Account Executive, and as Circulation Marketing Manager at Scripps’ flagship, Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado.

Mindy attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied Business Administration and Marketing. She travels frequently between Silicon Valley and Amsterdam, and may be found spending her spare time with family and friends, either enjoying the great outdoors or honing her culinary skills.




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