Davis Weinstock is Chairman Emeritus of Mercury Clark & Weinstock. In this role he counsels leaders of governments and complex multinational organizations with respect to strategies relating to relationships and reputations. Mr. Weinstock’s client relationships have included Presidents of France, Mexico and the United States; Kings of Morocco and Jordan; South Africa, Japan, Colombia, Germany and United Arab Emirates. He has also represented Harvard Graduate School of Business, Yale University, New York Stock Exchange, Les Bourses, Securities & Exchange Commission, and Federal Trade Commission. The roster of private clients encompasses engagements with the Chief Executive Officers of many largest multinationals, particularly those based in the U.S. and France, a sampling being Microsoft, Renault-Nissan, Kering, Groupe Artemis, Ford Motor, Walt Disney, Gillette, Eli Lilly, Conde’ Nast, Goldman Sachs, Volkswagen Group, Four Seasons, JPMorganChase, Harley-Davidson, Ralph Lauren and CBS.
Mr. Weinstock and his firm have advised and negotiated on nearly two hundred transactions regarding major mergers and acquisitions. Additional work as a writer /producer has included numerous series and programs for three national networks and the BBC, three plays presented in New York, two feature films, and articles in national publications. In volunteer activities, Mr. Weinstock serves on the boards of Nation Institute, W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, PEN America Center, and Protect Our Defenders. He also has chaired and served on the boards of Hopkins School, Bank Street College, CORO, Children’s Defense Fund, and New Visions For Public Schools. Davis Weinstock was educated at Harvard College and London School of Economics. He is married to the writer Elizabeth Hawes. They have three children, and live in New York City and Martha’s Vineyard.
Irma Tyler-Wood currently resides as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors at Beyond Conflict, and is a Principal and founding member of Ki ThoughtBridge, a consulting firm that specializes in leadership development, negotiation, change management and conflict resolution. Prior to founding Ki ThoughtBridge, Ms. Tyler-Wood practiced corporate law in Washington, D.C. and became a partner in Conflict Management, Inc., the firm started by her former law Professor, Roger Fisher.
While studying at Harvard Law School, Ms. Tyler-Wood worked as a negotiation Teaching Fellow with Roger Fisher and served as the Assistant Director of the Conflict Clinic at the Harvard Negotiation Project.
At Ki ThoughtBridge, Ms. Tyler-Wood consults nationally and internationally with corporate, government, and other public sector clients by enhancing their negotiation and conflict resolution skills and by facilitating/mediating the resolution of complex, high-stakes disputes. Her work with organizational leaders involves building their adaptive leadership capacity and skills to implement major change initiatives, resolve complex multi-party disputes, build strong teams and create, enhance, and/or repair strategic business relationships.
In a decade of experience in this field, some of the organizations with which Ms. Tyler-Wood has worked include the American Medical Association, Harvard Graduate School of Education, IBM, VMware, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, AT&T, Con Edison, The New York City Transit Authority, The National Arthritis Foundation, Smith College, and the Montgomery County Schools.
Tim Phillips is the founder and CEO of Beyond Conflict, a non-profit organization that works with civic, non-profit and community leaders to address conflict and promote social change in the United States and abroad.
Since 1992, Beyond Conflict has created powerful and innovative frameworks to open pathways for progress in peace talks, transitions to democracy, and national reconciliation in the aftermath of division and violence in over 75 countries. Tim led efforts to catalyze the peace and reconciliation processes in several nations, including Northern Ireland, El Salvador, and South Africa. He has also advised the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, and the Council of Europe.
In recent years, Tim has led Beyond Conflict’s efforts to explore the fields of brain and behavioral science in depth. The organization has become widely acknowledged as the champion in catalyzing the field of Neuroscience and Social Conflict, by promoting this research, developing policy recommendations for national leaders, and convening six global conferences for key scientists, policymakers, practitioners, journalists and funders. This work is done in Beyond Conflict’s Innovation Lab for Neuroscience and Social Conflict, a research and development unit within the organization. Beyond Conflict has also been working with scientists and community leaders to apply lessons from brain and behavioral sciences to address a range of challenges, such as: racial justice and inclusion, conflict resolution and reconciliation, and other efforts to promote positive social change.
In the private sector, Tim was a founder of Energia Global International Ltd. (EGI), which was a leader in the development and operation of privately owned renewable energy facilities in Central and South America in the early 1990s. Tim also helped launch and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Club of Madrid, which was founded in 2001 and works with more than 80 former heads of state and government to promote the consolidation of democracy around the world.
Early in his career, Mr. Phillips worked internationally in support of human rights and the environment. In the late 1980s, he organized a series of independent fact-finding missions to Central America for U.S. policymakers, news editors and congressional staff to introduce them to the key players across the political spectrum in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, and to support the work of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, who later won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring peace to Central America. In 1989, Mr. Phillips developed and organized a seminar at Harvard University for leading journalists that introduced them to the concept of global warming, one of the first initiatives to bring this urgent issue to the attention of the national media.
Tim serves on the board of directors, trustees and overseers of numerous international organizations and cultural and educational institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Rose Art Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and the Foundation for a Civil Society. He also serves as a strategic consultant to a number of early-stage nongovernmental organizations on issues of democratization, civil society, conflict resolution and technologies to bridge the digital divide in the developing world.
Tim is a frequent speaker in national and international forums, including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Salzburg Seminar, the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of State, and he has lectured at a number of universities, including Harvard, Columbia and Brandeis. He has published on transitional justice, conflict resolution and national reconciliation, and his work with Beyond Conflict (formerly the Project on Justice in Times of Transition) was featured in the PBS documentary The Visionaries. He has also been a guest commentator on National Public Radio, Radio RTE Ireland and the BBC World Service. Mr. Phillips was educated at Suffolk University and the London School of Economics.
George C. Biddle is the former executive vice president of the International Rescue Committee, where he provided executive oversight to the IRC’s U.S. programs, international programs and advocacy departments, which combined operate in 42 countries worldwide and in 23 cities across the U.S. He served as acting president from May to July 2002. Prior to joining the IRC in 2000, Mr. Biddle was the vice president of the International Crisis Group, an organization that works through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. He was also president of the Institute for Central American Studies, an organization he founded in 1989 to assist post-Cold War Central America in its transition from violent conflict to peace and democracy. He serves on several non -profit boards, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an A.B. degree from Harvard and an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins.
Jack Connors, Jr. is a founding partner of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Inc., a full-service marketing communications company. Under his leadership, Hill Holliday evolved from a one-room shop, founded in 1968, to one of the top 20 advertising firms in the United States. Early in his career, he became interested and active in the philanthropic life of the city of Boston, serving on boards and leading civic campaigns. In fact, throughout Greater Boston, Mr. Connors is known for these efforts as well as for his business acumen. Boston Magazine named him one of the most powerful people in Boston, and he’s been a major force behind initiatives such as The Campaign for Catholic Schools, The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, and Camp Harbor View.
As an articulate advocate for Boston’s world-class hospitals, Jack served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Partners HealthCare System for 16 years and became Chairman Emeritus in July 2012. He has served on the Boston College Board of Trustees for over 30 years and was Chair of that board for two terms. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Partners In Health, the HomeBase Program, Beyond Conflict, the Board of Fellows at Harvard Medical School, and Board of Dean’s Advisors for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Jack is also the Chair of the Camp Harbor View Foundation, which was launched to build a summer camp on Long Island in Boston Harbor, after the late Mayor Thomas Menino asked for help in identifying a solution for the problem of unattended children and teens experiencing boredom and violence during the summer months.
Rona Kiley was a founder of Teach First, the U.K.’s adaptation of Teach for America, and she is currently a Trustee Emeritus. Rona has been involved with education reform initiatives in the U.K. as well as in the U.S. She was Chief Executive of the Academy Sponsors Trust, a private charitable trust with the mission of supporting the sponsors of Academies and promoting the national Academy program (a U.K. adaptation of the charter school initiative in the U.S. developed by the Blair government). She was also a founder of Future Leaders, the U.K. adaptation of New Leaders for New Schools, which trains exceptional people for leadership in challenging urban secondary schools. Rona, who moved to the U.K. in January 2001, worked previously for not-for-profit organizations in the U.S. such as the Thomas Edison Preservation Foundation (Executive Director), the Nature Conservancy (Director of the NYC office), the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (Director of Development), and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (Director of Educational programs). In 2008 Rona moved back to the U.S. and settled in Cambridge, MA. Currently, she is also a board member of Massachusetts Stand for Children, Foundation for Civil Society, Beyond Conflict, Akanksha Fund US (supports charter-type schools in Mumbai and Pune), Teach for India, and The Boston Book Festival.
Fred Lawrence is a Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School, and was President of Brandeis University from 2010-2015. While at Brandeis, he launched the Catalyst Fund for Financial Aid, with $43 million in cash and pledges raised. Lawrence’s signature achievement at Brandeis was to secure the Rose Art Museum, hire a new director, and rebuild its Board of Overseers. He graduated from Williams College Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and received his J.D from Yale University Law School, where he was editor of the Yale Law Journal in 1980. He began his legal career in 1980 as clerk to Judge Amalya Lyle Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Later, Lawrence served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he became chief of the Civil Rights Unit.
In 1988, he joined the faculty of the Boston University School of Law where he taught courses on civil rights enforcement, criminal law, and civil procedure. He also served as the school’s associate dean for academic affairs from 1996 to 1999. Lawrence received BU’s Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, the university’s highest teaching honor, in 1996. From 2005 through 2010, Lawrence was Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. He has been a senior visiting research fellow with the University College London Faculty of Law and has studied bias crimes law in the U.K. through a Ford Foundation grant. He was a trustee of Williams College and serves on the board of directors of the Anti-Defamation League and the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), and the board of trustees of WGBH.
Sarah Lukas presently serves as a health care partner at the firm of Edelstein & Company, LLP. Sarah has specialized for the past 15 years in providing tax, consulting and practice management services to health care clients. Her clients include a wide range of physician groups of various specialties and sizes. She also provides consulting services to hospitals and medical billing companies. She has extensive experience in medical billing and collection issues as well as the start-up of new physician practices. She is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and Bentley College and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Physicians and Healthcare Committee Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).
Carl D. Marci is a physician, neuroscientist, author and public speaker on topics of social and consumer neuroscience. He is the Chief Neuroscientist for Nielsen Consumer Research. Previously, he was the co-founder, chairman, and Chief Science Officer of Innerscope Research. Marci is also the Chairperson of the Board of Advisors and a member of the Executive Committee for the Endowment for the Advancement of Psychotherapy in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Formerly, he was the Director of Social Neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital, and has been a visiting Lecturer at the MIT Media Lab. He also has published articles in peer-reviewed science journals, and has given lectures nationally and internationally. Marci is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow.
Marci’s early work focused on physiologic concordance or synchrony between patients and doctors as an indicator of empathy. Marci co-founded Innerscope Research in 2006. From 2008 to 2013, Marci served as CEO, building a global provider of consumer based neuroscience offering expertise in the use of biometrics, eye tracking, facial coding, fMRI and other technologies for measuring non-conscious processes related to media and marketing. Marci has created patented and novel research approaches and algorithms for capturing neurophysiological responses in multiple domains. His work with Innerscope on researching the emotions of Super Bowl advertising have been features nationally on Good Morning America, CNN, and MSNBC.
Sharon McNally is the President of Camp Harbor View Foundation, which is responsible for meeting the financial and management needs of Camp Harbor View, a summer day-camp and year-round support system for at-risk children in Boston. She is also the Chief of Staff of the Connors Family Office, and in that role supports the philanthropic, political and business activities of Jack Connors, Jr., founder and former CEO of Hill Holliday and Chairman Emeritus of Partners Healthcare.
She has extensive experience with project management, fundraising, grant-making and political fundraising. She also has extensive volunteer experience in leadership positions on non-profit boards. Sharon is a past president and member of the Board of Directors of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, the Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare and Vice-Chair of its board; a member of the Connors Center for Women’s Health Leadership Council at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; a member of the Board of Directors of the Camp Harbor View Foundation; a member of the Board of Directors at Beyond Conflict; a member of the Board of Advisors for Forward Majority; and a member of the Board of Overseers at the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and at Summer Search.