2014-2015 Breakfast at Blake Speakers
Dr. Anne Stavney (Parent of '26)
Head of School
Thursday, June 18, 2015
7:30 - 8:30 am
3205 Excelsior Blvd., Minneapolis
Join us as Dr. Anne Stavney speaks about several significant conversations shaping independent school education today, share how Blake is part of these conversations and discuss where Blake is headed over the next five years. Her discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
John Wright '79 is a Senior Managing Director and Partner of Whitney Partners. Wright is a financial services generalist with a focus on investors and capital markets. Wright is one of the most highly recognized executive search consultants serving the financial services sector. He has an exceptional track record of building businesses and has made many transformational placements across all segments of financial services including hedge funds, asset managers, insurance firms, sovereign wealth funds, wealth managers, banks and brokers. Wright was previously the founder of two financial services search firms, Executive Access, an Asia-Pacific regional practice, and Global Sage, the first search firm from Asia to become truly global. Both firms were sold to Asian interests.
Wright and the firms he founded have consistently been ranked No. 1 in the industry internationally by AsiaMoney, The Economist and The Times of London. He was Editor of The Wall Street Journal in Asia. Wright has served on various boards of higher and secondary education institutions as well as hedge funds and private corporations. He holds a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College. Wright speaks German, Chinese, Hindi (Nepali) and Japanese. He recently moved to New York after living in Hong Kong for 30 years.
Please join as we hear John's presentation, "Is Asia really the future? Myth and Reality."
Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also serves Philadelphia's homeless youth as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania. The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience. His goal is to translate the best of what is known from research and practice into practical approaches parents, professionals and communities can use to prepare children and teens to thrive.
In Dr. Ginsburg's adolescent medicine practice, he cares for a wide variety of medical conditions, while simultaneously addressing adolescent behavioral issues. He practices social adolescent medicine -- medicine with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stressors affect both physical and emotional health. At Covenant House Pennsylvania the clinic addresses client's risk by first acknowledging that most worrisome behaviors stem from an individuals reaction to stress. Then, it guides each young person to build upon existing strengths to address problem behaviors.
His research over the last two decades has focused on facilitating youth to develop their own solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them. He co- developed the Teen-Centered Method, a mixed qualitative/quantitative methodology that enables youth to generate, prioritize, and explain their own ideas. Dr. Ginsburg has more than 120 publications, including 30 original research articles, clinical practice articles, five books, a multimedia textbook for professionals, and internet-based and video/DVD productions for clinicians, parents and teens.
Dr. Ginsburg has received over 30 awards recognizing his research, clinical skills, or advocacy efforts. These include The Young Investigator Award and a visiting professorship from The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, The Lindback Award for distinguished teaching from The University of Pennsylvania, and The Humanism in Medicine Award given to the Penn faculty member who "demonstrates the highest standards of compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients." He has been named one of Philadelphia magazine's "Top Docs" nine times.
The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience. He is currently The Associate Medical Editor of The American Academy of Pediatrics' Parenting Web Page Healthychildren.org, a trusted web source for parents seeking guidance on effective parenting and healthy child and adolescent development. To advocate for parents' critical role in raising resilient children and teens, he has appeared on CNN, NPR, The Today Show, The CBS morning show and ABC, NBC, and CBS Nightly News programs.
Dr. Ginsburg lectures widely to national and international parent and professional audiences. His most recent books are, "Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings," published by The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and "Letting Go with Love and Confidence: Raising Responsible, Resilient, Self-Sufficient Teens," published by Avery, Penguin Press. The AAP has published a textbook/film project "Reaching Teens: Strength-Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development " that offers up to 65 continuing education credits for youth serving professionals.
He is honored both to be working alongside Boys and Girls Clubs of America as their external resilience expert and with The National Congress of American Indians in its efforts to build resilience in our Indigenous youth.
He has been humbled to work on behalf of those who serve our nation with The Military Child Education Coalition to prepare military parents, health professionals, counselors, and teachers to incorporate stress reduction and resilience building strategies for the nation's nearly 2 million military-affiliated children.
Michele Tafoya is the sideline reporter for NBC's "Sunday Night Football." Tafoya joined NBC Sports Group in 2011, and in her first year with NBC, Tafoya was awarded the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Reporter. She also served as a sideline reporter during NBC's broadcast of Super Bowl XLVI – at the time, the most-watched program in U.S. television history – and worked as a sportsdesk reporter for NBC during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the most-watched event in U.S. television history. Tafoya won her second Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Reporter for the 2013 season of "Sunday Night Football."
In 2013, she hosted Golf Channel's premiere series Big Break NFL, which debuted October 8, 2013. Previously, she handled rhythmic gymnastics and softball play-by-play at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and hosted late night for CBS' coverage of the 1998 Nagano Games.
Prior to joining NBC Sports Group, Tafoya spent more than a decade at ABC/ESPN where she saw her profile rise steadily since 2000 through a variety of on-air roles, most notably as a reporter for "Monday Night Football" and ESPN's NFL studio programs.
After serving as the sideline reporter for ABC's "Monday Night Football" for two seasons (2004-05), Tafoya joined ESPN's "Monday Night Football" in 2006. On Mondays throughout the NFL season, Tafoya provided regular updates on the participating MNF teams during multiple ESPN programs, including "SportsCenter" and "Monday Night Countdown," in addition to reporting during the games.
On Christmas Day 2006, Tafoya combined her high-profile NFL and NBA responsibilities to complete a rare double, covering the Lakers-Heat broadcast in the afternoon on ABC, as well as the Jets-Dolphins MNF game that same evening on ESPN. A year later, she completed a similar feat, working the MNF season-finale in San Diego on Christmas Eve, followed by the NBA's Suns-Lakers Christmas Day game in Los Angeles on ABC. In the fall of 2008, Tafoya stepped down from her role as an NBA reporter to spend more time with her family.
A versatile talent, Tafoya has worked as the play-by-play announcer and as a studio host for men's and women's NCAA basketball and WNBA coverage, as well as a sideline reporting for college football and basketball. She has been a substitute host on Pardon the Interruption and a panelist on Sports Reporters.
Prior to ABC/ESPN, Tafoya worked for CBS Sports from 1994-2000 as a game reporter and studio host for NFL, college football and college basketball telecasts. In addition to hosting CBS' late night Winter Olympics programs in 1998, she also hosted CBS' NCAA Tournament selection show, 1998 Goodwill Games and U.S. Open coverage. She was also a WNBA commentator on Lifetime from 1997-99.
Earlier in her career, Tafoya worked as a host and Minnesota Vikings sideline reporter for KFAN-AM in Minneapolis (1994-98). During that time, she also served as a Minnesota Timberwolves host and sideline reporter for the Midwest Sports Channel and play-by-play commentator for Big Ten women's basketball and volleyball. From 1995-1998, she was a sports anchor and reporter at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. Prior to her roles in Minnesota, she worked for WAQS-AM in Charlotte (1993), where she was the first female analyst to call UNC-Charlotte men's basketball games.
A native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Tafoya graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in mass communications and earned her master's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.
In 2014, Tafoya won the Gracie Award for Outstanding On-Air Talent in a Sports Program for her work on "Sunday Night Football." The American Sportscasters Association voted Tafoya among the top female sportscasters (No. 4) in 2009, while the Davie-Brown Index ranked her among the most likeable TV sports personalities in 2006, including "Biggest Trend-Setter." The American Women in Radio and Television honored Tafoya twice with a Gracie Award: in 2014 for "Outstanding On-Air Talent in a Sports Program" for her work as a sideline reporter on "Sunday Night Football" and in 1997 for "Outstanding Achievement by an Individual On-Air TV Personality" for her WNBA work with Lifetime.
Join us for Michele's presentation, "My Life on the Sidelines: What worked, what didn't work, and why I work so hard."
JoAnne Pastel is the mother of two Blake students and a passionate community supporter. As the founder and president of Aspire Marketing Group, which promotes businesses and non-profits in non-traditional ways, she believes in, "Helping those shine who really need to shine." She is an award-winning author, philanthropist and advocate for children's health.
In 2005, along with her friend, Kakie Fitzsimmons, JoAnne founded "Farmer's Hat Productions®" with the motto "Growing Kids Through Diverse Learning Experiences®." The company's unique line of award-winning Bur Bur and Friends® books, products and educational toys (inspired by her own son) empower children to develop healthy habits and good self-esteem, and embrace cultural and physical diversity—all while having fun!
In 2008, JoAnne's 4-month-old daughter was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic tumor disorder. Since then, JoAnne has been active in the fight against NF by creating awareness and adding a character to the Bur Bur and Friends series that has NF. This has led to many opportunities to share her story, educate others and help create awareness about the health challenges that some children face. It has also ultimately led her to make the transition from writing children's books to focusing more on "cause marketing" and working with various non-profit organizations.
JoAnne has served on the New York-based national Board of Directors for the Children's Tumor Foundation and has served as the local Chair of the Minneapolis Neurofibromatosis (NF) Walk for three years, bringing in record-breaking numbers in attendance and funds raised. She currently serves as a Member of the Board of Governors for the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minn. She works with the University of Minnesota's NF "Clinic Without Walls" and has managed projects for organizations such as Hammer Residences and StopCAIDnow, Inc. She has also served as honorary co-chair for Winefest No. 18, for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
JoAnne is committed to her work and truly hopes to make a difference. She currently resides in Orono, Minn., with her husband Bill Dunlap, children William and Jacqueline, and dogs Rosie and Coco.
Join us for JoAnne's presentation, "Taking risks and learning to follow your passion at any age. Discover how JoAnne's dream to launch a book business came to life."
Poppy Harlow '01
CNN Correspondent and News Anchor
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Blake Campus (Hopkins), Bovey Chapel
Poppy Harlow is a New York based correspondent for CNN reporting on breaking news, features and investigative stories. Previously, she was the anchor for CNNMoney.com, serving as the primary host for the site's video network, as well as a business correspondent on CNN, CNN International and HLN, covering business and economic news and how it impacts policy and people around the globe. She interviews prominent business leaders, policymakers, small business owners and consumers on a wide range of topics.
Harlow covers major international business events including the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, South by Southwest, The North American International Auto Show and Fortune's Brainstorm conferences. She has interviewed the heads of the world's largest banks, Warren Buffett, Jay-Z, and countless other luminaries.
Harlow's reporting has won numerous industry awards, including the Gracie Award for Best online investigative feature on financial fraud, and SABEW's Best in Business award for online video. She is a regular speaker at industry events and donates her time to developing emerging high school and collegiate journalists.
Prior to her position at CNNMoney.com, Harlow served as an anchor, reporter and producer for the Forbes.com Video Network and was an anchor and reporter for NY1 News Local Edition.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Harlow graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Columbia University.
Join us for Harlow's presentation, "The Changing Face of Business." She will discuss how companies have learned they must stand for more than just their products and competitive pricing. Millennials demand more and social media holds them accountable every second. Poppy will also speak about her path from Blake to CNN.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Gene Yeates has been a resident of Orford, NH since 2000. He worked for nearly 50 years in the fields of intelligence and national security, including 30 years with the National Security Agency. Some key NSA assignments were: Chief, Office of Legislative Affairs; Director of Policy; and Associate Deputy Director of Operations. He had external NSA assignments at the Naval Communications Station in Adak, Alaska (as a naval officer); the European Command Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany; the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon; and the Director of Central Intelligence's staff in Washington, DC. In 1992 he was appointed by President George H. W. Bush as Executive Director of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in the White House; asked to stay on by President Clinton, he continued in that position until 1995. He was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal by the Director of Central Intelligence in 1995. In the private sector, Gene held positions with Cargill, Inc. (1957-58); United Technologies Corporation (1985-90); and with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) from which he retired after 13 years in 2006 as a Senior Vice President. He is a graduate of The Blake School, Harvard College, George Washington University, and the National War College.
Join us for Gene's presentation, "The Snowden Revelations with Comments from a Former NSA Officer."
Dave Goldberg '85 and Rob Goldberg '89
CEO of SurveyMonkey (Dave), Founder and CEO of Fresno Inc. (Rob) and Outstanding Alumni of the Year
Friday, September 19, 2014
Blake Campus (Hopkins), Bovey Chapel
Dave Goldberg (top left) is the CEO of SurveyMonkey. He founded LAUNCH Media Inc. in 1994, leading the company through its acquisition in 2001 by Yahoo!, where he then served as vice president and general manager of Yahoo! Music. In 2006, Dave was named one of Billboard Magazine's top power players in digital music. From 2007-09, Dave evaluated investment opportunities and advised portfolio companies as entrepreneur-in-residence with Benchmark Capital. He currently serves on the board at Dashbox, Graham Holdings Company (formerly The Washington Post Co.) and the nonprofit New Schools Venture Fund. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in history and government.
Rob Goldberg (bottom left) is founder and CEO of Fresno Inc., a digital content studio. Previously, he served as GM of Topps Digital Services, a business unit created when he sold his company GMG Entertainment to the Topps Company in 2011. Rob also served as CEO of the entertainment marketing firm Gold Marketing Group. He spent seven years as an executive at LAUNCH Media before it was sold to Yahoo! At age 22, Rob became founder and CEO of the llizwe Trading Company, a footwear and apparel company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Rob has a degree in English/creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.