Nancy Adler, at large

Dr. Adler is the S. Bronfman Chair in Management at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is a researcher and consultant on global leadership and cross-cultural management to private corporations and government organizations on projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and the Middle East.

She has taught in the People’s Republic of China, at University of Hong Kong, INSEAD in France, Oxford University in England, and Bocconi University in Italy and has authored more than 125 articles, produced films, and published 10 books including From Boston to Beijing: Managing with a Worldview, International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior, Women in Management Worldwide, and Competitive Frontiers: Women Managers in a Global Economy.

Dr. Adler has received awards globally including the Prix du Quebec, Doctor Honoris Causa from Slovenia’s IEDC Bled School of Management, the Center for Creative Leadership’s Walter F. Ulmer Jr. Applied Research Award, the World Federation of People Management Associations’ Georges Petitpas Award, and McGill University’s first Distinguished Teaching Award in Management.

Dr. Adler is also a visual artist whose works are held in private collections worldwide.


Don Burris, at large

Don Burris is the senior founding partner of Burris & Schoenberg, LLP. His 36 years of international business litigation span US state and federal courts, the US Supreme Court, and international tribunals involving cases in venture capital, publishing, international trade, technology, shipping, manufacturing, entertainment, and apparel trade. He served as Special Counsel to the United States Senate Watergate Committee, has held faculty positions at Georgetown Law Center, Loyola University, and is currently director of Jinpan International Limited.

For the past several years, Don has successfully pursued art works and other assets stolen by the Nazi authorities before and during World War II, including the historic case of Altmann v. Republic of Austria 541 U.S. 677 (2004) in which the Austrian Government returned a number of priceless historic paintings by Gustav Klimt to its rightful owners. Don has lectured about these experiences at a number of venues, including the Vanderbilt Law School, Pepperdine Law School, Texas Tech Law School, and the John Marshall School of Law, and authored an article for the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law entitled “Reflections on Litigating Holocaust Stolen Art Cases.”

Don lives in Santa Monica, CA with his wife Patti. He has two grown children.


Fred Mandell, CEO and Chairman

Fred Mandell PhD is the CEO and Founder of The Global Institute for the Arts and Leadership. As a former executive for Fortune 500 companies, Fred built top performing sales and marketing organizations, ran a multi-billion dollar investment company and helped implement global strategy. He teaches The Leader as Artist at MIT Sloan, and his work catalyzing leadership, change and creativity has been featured in the Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The Conference Board, Money Magazine, WGBH TV, Journal of Financial Planning, publications of the Center for Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship, and the Public Television Series “Boomers; Redefining Life After 50.” Fred's keynote Leonardo da Vinci’s Secret: What the Great Masters of Art Can Teach Us Business Folks about Innovation has been distributed to 25,000+ members of the Financial Planning Association. His other keynotes include: Leadership and the Bottom Line, Can an Organization Have a Soul?, Leadership Is Like Beauty: You Can’t Define It But You Know It When You See It

As an artist Fred's sculptures, paintings, and drawings have been exhibited in one-person shows at the Ford Center Gallery, MN; Imagine Fine Art Gallery, RI; Martins Gallery, South Africa, and are among private and corporate collections. A bronze self portrait has been commissioned for the international conference on “The Self/Le Soi” co-sponsored by the University of Chicago and the Sorbonne. He has also authored a novel The Mourning Road (Micah Publications, 1978), numerous published short stories and poems, and most recently Can Art Save Us?

Fred holds a Ph.D. in history from the U Chicago, an Ed.M. in psychology from BU. He has three grown children and lives in Needham, MA with his wife Karen, a writer and teacher.


Howard Margules, at large

Howard is a retired financial services (Lincoln Financial Group) executive with an extensive background in developing and managing businesses in both the United States and China. As a results-oriented manager with a wide range of global connections, he has broad- based experience including business development, marketing, sales, strategic planning, customer service, and alliance management. Howard has successfully built organizations and effective teams as well as serving as an individual producer. He currently merges these skill sets with an interest in photography to support an array of non- profit organizations including High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and Pet Partners. He gains great satisfaction in working one- on- one with disadvantaged individuals. Howard earned his BA from American University.



Mario F. Sanabria, at large

Mr. Sanabria established the national office and served as Executive Director of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (1993-1995). Prior to that, he was Partner at Sable Group, Inc. and held a 26-year career at IBM Corporation, where his last assignment was Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

On projects in Europe, Asia, South America, The Caribbean and South Africa, Mr. Sanabria has served as the Director of Education & Training for The American Institute for Managing Diversity, Chairman of the Urban League of Southwestern Connecticut, Co-Chair of the Connecticut State Advisory Committee to the US Civil Rights Commission, was founding member of the 100 Black Men of Stamford, Connecticut, Inc. , and is currently a board member of the Atlanta Diversity Managers Advisory Group.

Mr. Sanabria hails from NYC, serves as President & CEO of MMH & Associates, and holds an MBA from Pace University. He resides in Atlanta, GA, and has two daughters: Lorraine, Hampton University ('93) and Nicole, Arizona State ('94).


Aithan Shapira, Chief Innovation Officer

Aithan Shapira is an internationally recognized artist whose PhD research[ dissected creative skillsets from lead artists and art and design colleges across three continents collected over 14 years, included living and working with an Aboriginal Australian community over 3 years on a research grant to study innovation in cultures of survival. He employs this research as creative and strategic consultant to Fortune 500 companies; in diverse entrepreneurial, corporate, and engineering innovation teams; and to the education sphere; and is leading the revolution in how people apply creativity. 

At MIT Sloan, Aithan is pioneering workshops, courses, and developing emergent research where art and business meet in leadership development, talent retention, progressive prototyping, organizational and cultural structure, and behavior-shifting. He has been invited to give a TEDx Talk, launch MIT’s Hacking Arts, participate at Summit Series, and HATCH. Aithan also lectures at the Museum School of Fine Arts, Berklee College of Music's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, and has worked with arts leaders such as poet-laureate Robert Pinsky and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra at Harvard University to design programs intersecting the arts. He is also Co-Founder of limeSHIFT, a startup out of MIT at the juncture of business, art, and social enterprise.

Aithan's paintings, drawing and concrete works tackle the subject of migration and other layers of contradiction and are exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art, Museo de Art Popular, Oaxaca, Miami Projects, and in permanent collections including, Royal College of Art, Alfond Contemporary Art Collection, Laurie Tisch Illumination Fund, and Fidelity.

Aithan lives in Boston with his wife Debra, a social entrepreneur, and their daughter, Lila.


Barry Svigals, at large

Barry Svigals, FAIA is the Managing Partner and Director of Design at Svigals + Partners, an architecture, art and master planning firm he founded in 1983. A collaborative thought leader who thinks beyond architectural constraints, Svigals has focused his career on integrating strategic planning and “design thinking” methodologies to deliver creative solutions for a broad spectrum of innovative clients from universities and schools such as the Yale School of Medicine to institutional clients like PepsiCo, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale at Science Park. He's led significant architectural landmark projects including 55 Park Street, New Haven, CT., a 150,000 sf state-of-the-art, LEED Gold clinical lab and research building uniting an incongruent urban landscape through successful public and private partnerships; master planning for the University of Connecticut in a $920 million building initiative establishing more than 20 new projects, and a Lower Campus Study at Boston College resulting in a new student center, underground classrooms, and renovation and additions to the Carroll School of Management.

A graduate of Yale College, he attended the Boston Architectural Center (now the Boston Architectural College) under the deanship of Archangelo Cassieri, architect and sculptor. Svigals then received his Masters of Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture, and subsequently attended the Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux Arts, Paris in the sculpture atelier of Maurice Calka. Formerly on the faculty of the Yale School of Architecture, Svigals has been invited to lecture at numerous academic institutions including Harvard Business School, Stanford University, Boston College and the United Pedagogique d’Architecture in Charenton, France. In 2007, he was elected to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects for his contribution to the advancement of the profession, specifically the reawakening of sculpture in architecture.