Erika Burnett, Executive Director of Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga: In 2018, Erika Burnett, alongside business partner Nicole Kemp, launched the Women of Color Collaborative, demonstrating a strong commitment to advocating, empowering and securing the resources for women and girls to work, play and build together. Before starting her consultancy, Burnett served the community in a variety of leadership roles at the Center for Nonprofit Management (Nashville), Communities in Schools of Tennessee, Leadership for Educational Equity and Hands On Nashville. Burnett is a graduate of New Leaders Council and of Nashville Emerging Leaders, as well as a long-time member of the National Council of Negro Women.
Justine MK Schmidt, Chief Content Officer of UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina: Schmidt has twenty-five years of experience working in the broadcast industry where she most recently served as a Content Development and Acquisitions Consultant for Showtime (ViacomCBS)/Smithsonian Networks. She is an award winning filmmaker in media, communications and conservation who has led programming, content sourcing, development and production projects internationally; clients include the Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic, Discovery Communications, CNN and The Ocean Foundation. She served as a key member of various linear and digital global network launches including M Media, Alhurra TV, Ecology TV and the Ocean Channel.
Patrick Sims, Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost of University of North Carolina School of the Arts: Sims spent over fifteen years working as an administrator and faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he most recently served as the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity. Sims also worked as Vice Provost for Diversity and Interim Vice Provost, and founded the Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness (TCSA). Before joining the faculty at UW Madison, Sims was a company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a faculty associate in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. There he served as a founding member and Artistic Director of the Human Experience Theatre (HET).
Rachel Seff Koenig, Director of Human Resources of The Houston Ballet: Koenig is a strategic executive bringing the Houston Ballet over twenty years of experience in human resources, recruitment, and marketing, most recently serving as Vice President of Human Resources at Steward & Stevenson LLC. She also previously served as the Manager of Leadership Recruitment & Selection for the Houston Independent School District. She holds an M.S. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration & Educational Leadership from the University of Houston.
Frederick J. Ferrer, CEO of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley: Ferrer has three decades of leadership in mobilizing stakeholders and staff toward change through groundbreaking nonprofit and public policy initiatives, programs and systems reforms. Most recently, he worked as President and Principal Consultant at Manzanita Solutions. Prior to this, he served as CEO of the Health Trust for nine years. Ferrer is Vice Chair of the Santa Clara University College of Arts and Science Leadership Advisory Board. Additionally, he serves as a Dean’s Executive Professor of Public Health at Santa Clara University and adjunct instructor in Child Development and Education at De Anza College.
Clark Halvorson, President & CEO of United Way of Anchorage: Halvorson brings to UWA thirty years of experience working to overcome social, health and environmental challenges at the nonprofit, local, state, tribal and national levels. He has worked for the Washington State Department of Health for the last ten years, most recently serving as Assistant Secretary of Emergency Response and Preparedness leading the state’s public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He holds a B.A. in Geology with an emphasis in Hydrology and a minor in Environmental Studies from Pacific Lutheran University.
Kelly Tweeddale, Executive Director of San Francisco Ballet: Tweeddale has a 30-year career leading arts organizations throughout North America, in the process building audience engagement, driving sustained revenue growth, and creating environments that foster innovation. She previously held executive positions at Seattle Opera and is stepping down as President of the Vancouver Symphony and VSO School of Music. San Francisco Ballet was founded in 1933 as the first professional ballet company in the United States, and is one of the world’s leading classical ballet organizations.
Susan Frutcher, Deputy Director, Museum Operations & COO of The Royal Ontario Museum: Fruchter was instrumental in a growth and progress of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History over the last two decades as she evolved from an Associate Director of Operations when she joined, to serving as the Museum’s Deputy Director. Fruchter also served at Nature Serve, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Aeronautics Space Administration. She has a double B.A. in Political Science and Russian from Tufts University and an M.A. in International Affairs from the Columbia University.