Professor | Arizona State University Carey School of Business
Donald Goldman is a Professor of Practice in the W.P. Carey School of Business. He has been teaching in the Master of Taxation program since 2001. He has taught courses in tax research, property transactions, taxation of corporations, taxation of partnerships and S corporations and US taxation of international transactions.
Prior to joining the School of Accountancy, Don was a partner with Deloitte. He provided tax consulting to closely held businesses, their owners and public companies for 27 years.
Don has served on the board the Pakis Family Foundation, the Greater Southwest Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and the national board of the Arthritis Foundation. He is a judge for the Pakis Social Entrepreneurship Challenge at ASU and the Boost prize for corporate philanthropy.
Editor | Frontdoors Media
Karen Werner is the editor of Frontdoors media. A writer, editor and media consultant with experience in a number of different platforms, she frequently serves as an adjunct professor of editing and magazine writing at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.
Werner is the founder and principal of KWink media, a consulting firm that helps create publications and manage social communications for a number of prominent for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and BHHS Legacy Foundation. She previously served as executive editor of Arizona Foothills and Custom Homes magazines and has produced publications for the Musical Instrument Museum, the Arizona Office of Tourism, Phoenix-area NPR affiliates KJZZ and KBAQ, and the City of Glendale.
Before moving to Phoenix, Werner earned a master's degree in journalism at NYU, interned at The New Yorker, worked at Parents Magazine, co-wrote a full-length interactive play, and won a silver medal in an international film festival for a documentary about cabbies.
President and Chief Executive Officer | Mile High United Way
Christine Benero is President and Chief Executive Officer of Mile High United Way, the first United Way in the country. For nearly 130 years, Mile High United Way has worked to advance the common good and believes all children, individuals and families should have the opportunity for success. Last year, Mile High United Way proudly invested over $30 million in the Denver metro area.
Christine is the former Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter, in Denver, Colorado. Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Christine was the Director of the Office of Public Liaison for the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, DC. She served in two Presidential administrations working for both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Christine has served as Vice President of the National Civic League, and as a Community Affairs Corporate Program Officer for Target Stores in Minneapolis, MN.
Christine serves on the Boards of HealthONE, National Domestic Violence Hotline, Community Wealth Partners, Denver Public Schools Foundation and EPIC. In 2015, Christine was asked to serve as co-chair on the Denver Public Schools Community Planning Advisory Committee by Superintendent Tom Boasberg. She was appointed by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to the Denver Education Compact Board and currently sits on the National Professional Council for United Way Worldwide. Christine was named the 9News Leader of the Year in 2007 and in 2009 received the Community Leader Award by Goodwill Industries and was named by both the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post as one of “Nine to Watch in 2009.” In 2010 she was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts of Colorado and in 2011 received the “Las Madrinas” award from Centro San Juan Diego. In 2012, Christine was honored nationally by Girl Scouts of America as one of “One Hundred Distinguished Alumni” in honor of Girl Scouts 100th birthday. In 2013, she was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Denver by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and presented with the Urban League’s “McKinley Harris Distinguished Warrior” award and in 2014 she was a finalist for CEO of the Year by ColoradoBiz magazine. In 2016 Christine was named one of the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business and, most recently, she was awarded the 2017 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal for Public and Community Service by Governor John Hickenlooper. The Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal is one of the highest honors bestowed upon citizens and organizations of Colorado for their meritorious contributions to the strength and vitality of the state.
Christine is a past President of the Association of Junior Leagues International, a past chairman of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Coalition for America’s Children and the Kiwanis International’s Young Children: Priority One Advisory Board. She was a delegate both to the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future in 1997 and to the NGO Forum at the UN Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.
Christine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Boston University, a Masters in Education from Harvard University, Graduate School of Education and was selected as a 2007 Gates Fellow for the Senior Executive Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
President and CEO | Community First Foundation
Marla J. Williams joined Community First Foundation in November 2010 as president and CEO. Community First Foundation has been helping generous donors and innovative nonprofits come together to improve the quality of life and create positive change in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond since 1975. Under Williams’ leadership, the foundation has grown from $50 million to over $400 million and a signature program, Colorado Gives Day, has grown from $8 million raised in 24 hours to over $38 million. Williams led the foundation through a strategic planning process that identified mental health and wellness as a funding priority and quickly established the foundation as a trusted and innovative funding partner. During her tenure, the foundation also purchased its new home in Olde Town Arvada and remodeled it to allow the foundation to offer free, high quality meeting space to the nonprofit community.
Prior to joining Community First Foundation, Williams was a partner with the law firm of Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, where she represented nonprofit clients in all aspects of their business. She also served as president and CEO of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado and continues to serve as an Honorary Trustee. Her accomplishments at The Women’s Foundation include undertaking the first-ever study of women and technology in Colorado and joining with the University of Denver to build the Merle Catherine Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women.
Williams earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her A.B. from Indiana University. She is the past president of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and received its highest honor, the Mary Lathrop Award. She has also received the Girl Scout’s Woman of Distinction award, the Woman of the Year award from Business & Professional Women of Colorado, and the 25 Most Powerful Women award from the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She is especially proud that the work of Community First Foundation has earned many awards, including Outstanding Foundation in 2013.
Williams has served on many boards, including SCL Health, a multi-state hospital system. She is former chair of the board of the Colorado Association of Funders, and is currently board member of the Chambers Family Fund, and board member and audit committee member of Sturm Financial Group, the holding company of ANB Bank.
President and Chief Executive Office | Mankato Area Foundation
Nancy Zallek is the President and CEO for the Mankato Area Foundation. Nancy is the fifth generation of her family to grow up in Mankato and previously was a vice president for Brett’s Department Store. She has served as the Executive Director for both the United Way of St. Peter and the Mankato Ballet Company. Nancy has also volunteered with the Mankato Clinic Foundation, Gustavus Adolphus College, Twin Rivers Council for the Arts, E2020, the St. Peter School district and First Presbyterian Church.
President and CEO | Pillsbury United Communities
Adair Mosley currently serves as the president and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities, where he stewards five neighborhood centers, eight social enterprises, and the authorization of twenty-one charter schools. He is a proactive and visionary leader with vast experience in strategy, economic development, and innovation. Mr. Mosley leads strategic and divergent thinking in the pursuit of innovative solutions to address multi-dimensional social issues. Mr. Mosley’s most recent work is leading a $7 million dollar capital campaign for the development of a grocery store and wellness center, North Market, in North Minneapolis that revolutionizes the intersection of economic development, food and health care access. Prior to this, Mr. Mosley served as Pillsbury United Communities’ Chief Innovation Officer and Chief of Staff. Mr. Mosley has been a fervent advocate for children and families as a Guardian ad Litem for Hennepin County, and advancing equity as a Commissioner for Civil Rights with the City of Minneapolis.
He attended the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan's Executive Leadership Institute. In 2014, Mr. Mosley was an American Express Leadership Fellow, and he recently completed a certificate in human centered design at Stanford’s prestigious Institute of Design aka d.school. Mr. Mosley sits on the CEO Council for the Alliance of Strong Families and Communities, the Itasca Project, the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Community Advisory Board, and Hennepin County’s Community Health Impact Improvement Executive Council.
Mr. Mosley was also named one of Grist’s 50 Fixers – “individuals cooking up the boldest, most ambitious solutions to humanity’s biggest challenges.”
In 2017, Mr. Mosley was awarded the respected Local Legend Award from the General Mills Foundation for the embodiment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision and legacy.
Bill Sands is a recognized leader in the community banking and non-profit communities. He returned to the Twin Cities following four years in the US Navy and completing his MBA from the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania. For more than four decades, he led Western Bank, first as President/CEO and then as Chairman. He has been involved in supporting affordable housing as President of the Family Housing Fund for over twenty-five years, supported small business and community development, and access to affordable health care. He currently serves on the Board of the Neighborhood Development Center (NDC), Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and the American Composers Forum. Sands previously served on the Board of Regions Hospital Foundation, Western Insurance Agency, Ujamma Place, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Guthrie Theatre.
President | Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC
Brian Ritter is the President of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC; a unified business development organization serving Bismarck-Mandan and the surrounding area. In his role, he is responsible for leading the Chamber EDC’s efforts that include leadership development, business advocacy and economic development on behalf of the organization’s more than 1,200 members. He previously served as President of the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association (BMDA) and the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce; the two organizations which merged to form the Chamber EDC in January 2019.
A two-time graduate of the University of Mary with a bachelor's degree in business communications and a master's in business administration, Brian has also graduated from the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute as well as the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Program. Personally, Brian and his wife Kim are both lifelong residents of Bismarck-Mandan where they currently reside with their daughters Claire and Eve.
Shelley Larson has served on the board of directors for Starion’s parent company, Starion Bancorporation, since 2012. She was a pharmaceutical representative for many years before becoming a community activist. Shelley is very involved in raising awareness of homelessness, food insecurity and other issues. She studied at Moorhead State University and North Dakota State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications.
President & Chief Executive Officer | United Way of Cass-Clay
Kristi Huber has served in the role of President & CEO of United Way of Cass-Clay since May of 2016. During her tenure, United Way has developed valuable collaborations focused on meeting workforce needs including connecting individuals with supportive skills training and creating awareness and action around the importance of quality, affordable childcare as a dual-generational strategy.
She came to United Way with a wide range of both for profit and non-profit management experience. Kristi has lived in the Fargo-Moorhead community since 2002 and is deeply committed to working with business and nonprofit leaders and connecting people to create the biggest measurable impact for the community. She is a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota and earned her MBA from University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota.
Prior to her role as President & CEO, Kristi served as the Resource Development Director for United Way and also as a volunteer for the campaign. She is passionate about the Fargo-Moorhead community, volunteering and connecting people in ways that will enhance their quality of life and help them reach their dreams.
David Eccles Faculty Fellow | David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah
Brian Cadman earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Oregon. Before joining the faculty at the University of Utah, Professor Cadman was on the faculty at the Kellogg School of Management and The Wharton School. Professor Cadman's research focuses on the use and implications of accounting information on compensation design as well as the role of external monitors and other governance mechanisms. His research on compensation consultants and CEO pay has been cited by the SEC in a recent ruling.
His current research projects include studies on the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the role of venture capitalists in firms going public, and more recently, pension plans, severance agreements and the market for CEO talent. Dr. Cadman teaches managerial accounting at the masters level, where his expertise on performance measurement and decision making brings great value to the classroom.
Nonprofit Consultant | Pathway Associates
Consulting from BoardSource© and Effective Facilitator from Leadership Strategies. He served on the Board of the Utah Nonprofits Association, as treasurer of Utah Philanthropy Day, and has sat on numerous grant review panels for the State of Utah and United Way.
Chief Executive Officer | The Children’s Center
As CEO, Rebecca combines her personal passion for changing lives and building strong community with more than 25 years of local and national nonprofit leadership. She drives the organization’s vision, mission, and strategy. She inspires and leads her team of more than 100 dedicated employees to provide life-changing mental and behavioral health services to nearly 2,000 children and their families each year. The organization is unique—one of a handful providing similar services throughout the U.S.
Rebecca is recognized for her business acumen and innovative style, receiving the distinction from Utah Business as one of Utah’s Rising Stars—Forty Under 40, and 30 Women to Watch. Building a strong organizational culture is key to her success in creating high-performing teams and breaking through the status quo. As a member of Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors, she currently chairs the annual Women & Business Conference. Prior to joining The Children’s Center, Rebecca worked for United Way Worldwide (UWW), the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. As Senior Director, Major Donor Relations, Rebecca led strategies to capitalize on one of the fastest growing areas in philanthropy—giving by high net worth individuals. Her work includes launching a strategic partnership with Peter Buffett, youngest son of investor Warren Buffett, United for the Future. Strengthening capacity among local United Ways to integrate major individual giving and community impact to achieve community goals was a primary focus. Her vision to re-ignite best practice strategies became a reality by providing scalable major gifts training and consultation with key U.S. markets emphasizing donor engagement and growth, including Million Dollar Roundtable.
Rebecca’s passion for United Way’s mission inspired local donors and colleagues throughout the network. Previously, Rebecca served as Executive Vice President and COO of United Way of Salt Lake, where she contributed leadership and vision, shaping the organization’s business model transformation. Rebecca innovated business practices that strengthened the brand and increased investments. Her approach to resource development led to the organization’s strongest financial performance, securing multiple $1 million+ investments and bringing its historic major gifts campaign to a record-breaking $24 million.