Betsy Fleming is a highly trained coach, an experienced consultant and a transformative leader with experience leading business and arts organizations, nonprofits and educational institutions.
In her leadership and consultant roles, she has helped organizations develop breakthrough strategies and restructured organizations for sustainability and growth. With extensive public speaking, teaching and writing experience in the areas of leadership, advancing women, creativity, art, and design, Betsy is passionate about cultivating creativity, collaboration and diversity of thought.
In addition to her coaching role, Betsy is a moderator for The Aspen Institute and serves on two corporate boards as well numerous nonprofit and education entities.
Previously, Betsy served as the president of Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., and the executive director of the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, S.C.
Betsy has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art and her doctorate from Yale University.
Lara O’Connor Hodgson, president and CEO of NOW, serves as an entrepreneur in residence at Harvard Business School and is an internationally recognized speaker, leading seminars on creativity, innovation and access to capital.
Prior to NOW, Lara co-founded Nourish (the manufacturing company), and Insomnia, LLC, a firm specializing in investment, development, and management of complex and innovative world-changing projects. Her background also includes five years with Dewberry Capital Corporation, an Atlanta-based commercial real estate development and investment firm, where she served as the company’s chief marketing officer and chief operating officer.
Her product experience includes Dunk, a performance footwear and apparel manufacturing/retail company built on the concept of mass customization and founded with Shaquille O’Neal and Mike Piazza, where she served as executive vice president.
Today, she serves as a trustee of the Georgia Tech Foundation in addition to other boards. Ernst & Young recognized Lara as a 2018 Finalist for the Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year.
Lara received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Thomas O’Neill is the executive vice president of Würth Line Craft North America, where he is responsible for the activities of six operating companies and three separate divisions.
Previously, Thomas served as managing director and vice president of sales with Würth Baer Supply. Thomas has more than 25 years of sales management experience and is currently serving as past president of NBMDA, a trade association representing the leading wholesale distributors of specialty building materials for interiors.
Thomas received his Bachelor of Science in management from St. Joseph College in Indiana.
John Switzer is a senior financial executive with successful experience leading a diverse professional services business. Industry experience includes consumer markets, retail, industrial markets, mining and financial services.
His strong finance and audit background meet the requirements of a financial expert for SEC audit committee purposes. John has demonstrated leadership ability in driving business strategy, including business development and marketing, personnel development and human resources, information technology, and the accomplishment of goals through motivation and direction of others.
Previously, John served as a managing partner for KPMG. He holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Kentucky.
Ben Williams is the CEO and managing partner of Spencer Stuart. Previously, Ben led the firm’s North American business, and prior to that served as the leader of Spencer Stuart's North American Financial Services Practice. In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Ben regularly advises clients on a variety of board and executive leadership recruiting, succession and culture related matters.
Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Ben spent 25 years in the financial services industry, most recently serving as president of the investment Banking and Capital Markets Broker-Dealer of Wachovia, the nation’s fourth largest banking institution at the time.
As head of Wachovia’s Global Markets and Investment Banking division, Ben led the company's fixed income and equity sales, trading, and research activities, as well as investment banking, capital markets, corporate banking and commercial real estate.
Ben was responsible for a $200 billion balance sheet, more than 5,000 employees worldwide, and was directly involved in the recruiting, hiring and on-boarding of many of the company's senior leaders. Ben also served as a member of Wachovia's corporate operating committee, asset liability committee, corporate diversity committee and as a management representative to the risk committee of Wachovia's board of directors.
Ben has a bachelor’s from Davidson College and a master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Grace Weisiger is an experienced strategic marketing and operations professional with a demonstrated history of working in fast-paced environments. Prior to pursuing her MBA, Grace was senior manager, field marketing operations for Bumble, where she supported a fast-growing brand by executing strategic marketing strategies. She is passionate about building community through meaningful marketing initiatives, growing teams and driving results.
Grace received her bachelor’s from The University of Georgia where she studied business administration, risk management and international business.