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DR. KAREN OTAZO HOFMEISTER
BRENDA W. MCDUFFIE
JANE SULLIVAN ROBERTS
STEPHEN E. WHITE
CONRAD C. LAUTENBACHER, PH.D.
Founder and Chief Executive
Citizens for Affordable Energy, Washington, D.C.
Former President Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas
John HofmeisterJohn Hofmeister, upon retirement from Shell Oil Company in 2008, founded and heads the not-for-profit (501(c)(3)), nation-wide membership association, Citizens for Affordable Energy. This Washington, D.C.-registered, public policy education firm promotes sound U.S. energy security solutions for the nation, including a range of affordable energy supplies, efficiency improvements, essential infrastructure, sustainable environmental policies and public education on energy issues.
Hofmeister was named President of Houston-based Shell Oil Company in March 2005, heading the U.S. Country Leadership Team, which included the leaders of all Shell businesses operating in the United States. He became President after serving as Group Human Resource Director of the Shell Group, based in The Hague, The Netherlands.
As Shell President, Hofmeister launched an extensive outreach program, unprecedented in the energy industry, to discuss critical global energy challenges. The program included an 18 month, 50-city tour across the country during which Hofmeister led 250 other Shell leaders to meet with more than 15,000 business, community and civic leaders, policymakers, and academics to discuss what must be done to ensure affordable, available energy for the future.
A business leader who has participated in the inner workings of multiple industries for over 35 years, Hofmeister also has held key leadership positions in General Electric, Nortel and AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International).
Hofmeister serves as the Chairman of the National Urban League and is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee, and the Sodexo Business Advisory Board. He also serves on the boards of the Foreign Policy Association, Strategic Partners, LLC, the Gas Technology Institute and the Center for Houston's Future. Hofmeister is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He also is a past Chairman and serves as a Director of the Greater Houston Partnership.
Hofmeister earned Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Political Science from Kansas State University.
John Hofmeister is also the author of "Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an energy insider."
DR. KAREN OTAZO HOFMEISTER
After a twenty-year career with energy companies ARCO Oil and Gas and Ashland Oil, where she focused on organization and talent development, including coaching and development programs that impacted the senior leadership of the companies, and multi-cultural training for expatriate staff, as well as skills training for local staff in China and Indonesia, for the last seventeen years Dr. Karen Otazo Hofmeister has been a no-holds-barred, dynamic thinking partner and executive coach for executives in the US, Asia, China, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Europe, Singapore and Japan. She translated her experiences with C-level executives in Booz Allen Hamilton, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Colgate-Palmolive, Credit Suisse First Boston, The Economist Group, FMC, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Marks & Spencer, Motorola, PepsiCo, Time International, and Vodafone into two successful business books: The Truth About Managing Your Career and The Truth About Being a Leader, Pearson/Prentice Hall – Business Books.
Karen has a doctorate in Human Resources Development and two degrees in Linguistics. Languages and their effect on the way we think first attracted her to multi-cultural work and have been a mainstay of her unique talents for impacting individuals working in different cultures. As a consequence, she has both lived and worked in Europe in London, The Hague, and Paris, in Asia in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and New Delhi. Her consulting work has covered many more countries. She speaks English, Spanish, French, Indonesian, and Chinese.
Dr. Otazo Hofmeister is currently committed to taking an active role in non-profit, NGO, organizations. Her local focus is on empowering immigrant women in Texas to start their own businesses. For Houston-based, 100 year-old, Neighborhood Centers, Karen is working on an online publication in Spanish as well as their capital campaign. She is on the boards of Vital Voices Global Partnership and Best Partners and the advisory board of the Tahirih Justice Center. As a member of WCD, Women Corporate Directors, she attended their "Boot Camp." She is a fellow of SOL, Society for Organizational Learning, at MIT.
Karen has been honored to work with Vital Voices Global Partnership: In 2007 she worked with dynamic Russian women leaders, presented at the Americas Summit in Miami and went to Panama with a delegation to discuss leadership for women and the establishment of a Vital Voices Chapter.
Karen and her husband, Shell Oil President John Hofmeister, have established a not-for-profit, nation-wide membership association, Citizens for Affordable Energy. This new public policy advocacy firm exists to promote sound U.S. energy security solutions for the nation, including a wide range of affordable energy supply sources, essential infrastructure, sustainable environmental policy, and public education on energy issues. Karen serves on the organization's Board of Directors.
BRENDA W. MCDUFFIE
Over the past 10 years, Brenda W. McDuffie has been serving as President and CEO of the Buffalo Urban League, Inc. In her position with the Urban League, she is able to commit her energy and talent to making real positive difference in the lives of people in the Buffalo Niagara community.
Before joining the Buffalo Urban League, Mrs. McDuffie was the Executive Director for the Buffalo and Erie County Private Industry Council, Inc. (PIC).
She received her undergraduate degree from the State University College at Buffalo, and earned a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Development from the State University of New York at Buffalo's School of Management. Mrs. McDuffie started her career as a paralegal aide for Neighborhood Legal Services.
She currently serves on several Boards including: National Urban League, Independent Health Association, Great Lakes Health and the Buffalo Erie County Workforce Investment Board. Mrs. McDuffie has received numerous awards and recognition including: the Buffalo News Citizen of the Year, NAACP Community Service, 1994 Business First Forty Under 40, United Way Volunteer of the Year, Leadership Buffalo Values Award, the YWCA Community Service Award; and she has been inducted into the WNY Women's Hall of Fame.
She gives all honors to God for giving her such a rich and fulfilling life with her family and our community.
Jane is a Managing Director in the Washington, D.C. office of Major, Lindsey & Africa. She focuses on the representation of individual law firm partners and groups. She also conducts searches for senior in-house positions.
Prior to joining MLA, Jane was the Professional Development Partner and the Executive Partner for Talent Development at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Washington, D.C. Before assuming this role Jane was a partner in Pillsbury's Global Technology Group focusing on IT sourcing, satellite systems and telecommunications. She also developed expertise in software licensing, development and maintenance contracts, and professional services agreements. Before joining the Global Technology Group, Jane practiced litigation at Shaw Pittman in a wide variety of matters before various courts and decision-making bodies. She has litigated before Australian courts with then Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks, a leading law firm in Australia. Jane clerked for the Honorable James M. Sprouse, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Jane holds a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, a M.Sc. from Brown University, a Dip. Ed. from Melbourne University, and an A.B. in mathematics, magna cum laude, from the College of the Holy Cross.
Jane is a member of the Board of Trustees of the College of the Holy Cross and the Board of Governors of the John Carroll Society. In addition she is a member of the Advisory Boards of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and The Washington Home.
Walter Ulrich is president and CEO of the Houston Technology Center. The Houston Technology Center (HTC) is the largest non-profit technology business incubator/accelerator in Texas and the center for technology entrepreneurship on the Gulf Coast. The HTC provides in-depth management guidance, business planning assistance, introductions to capital providers, entrepreneurial education and a wide array of services to emerging technology client companies.
Appointed by Governor Rick Perry, Walter Ulrich recently completed a two year term as one of 17 founding members of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund Committee that was responsible for awarding $200 million to foster the commercialization of innovative emerging technology within the State of Texas. He now serves as Chairman of the Gulf Coast Center for Innovation and Commercialization. He also serves on the governor's IT Industry Cluster task force.
Prior to joining the Houston Technology Center, he chaired their Strategic Planning Committee and served on its Advisory Board. He is a founder of the Emerging Business Council, the first chair of the Emerging Business Summits, an active member of the Houston Angel Network, a perennial judge of the Rice Business Plan Competition and is active in several community organizations.
Walter Ulrich is a proven business leader adept at building value and driving growth. He has been president and CEO of several mid-sized technology-based companies where he has driven growth and profitability, was previously an executive and practice leader at Arthur D. Little, and prior to that a partner with Coopers & Lybrand. He joined Coopers & Lybrand when they acquired a successful technology business that Walter had found and grown into a nationally recognized leader in its field. Early in his career, he developed the first commercially successful email service as an executive with Cupertino, CA networking pioneer Tymshare.
An information industry pioneer, he was a founder of the E-business forum (formerly the EMA). He helped draft the U. S. Communications Privacy Act of 1986. He has a bachelor of science and a masters degree from and recently retired from the Board of Trustees for Stevens Institute of Technology. He proudly served two years active duty with the US Marine Corps. He jogs and his personal interests include snorkeling and eco-tourism. He is married, has one daughter and lives in Pearland, TX.
President and CEO of Internet Corporation
President and CEO of U.S. Patent International
Harvey Lunenfeld currently serves as President and CEO of Internet Corporation and President and CEO of U.S. Patent International. Mr. Lunenfeld started his professional career at Wheeler Laboratories. He is a forerunner in environmental protection, the development of environmental laws and regulations, and a pioneer in internet and network technology, communications, antenna theory, highly sophisticated electronic systems, remote sensing, satellite and space technology, ground water mapping, developed early search engine technology and one of the first internet e-commerce systems.
Mr. Lunenfeld has directed major cases for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has developed portions of major federal legislation. He is considered a national energy and environment expert and has negotiated with industry, including the oil and utility industries, managed large staffs in the U.S. Government, and awarded the prestigious Bronze Medal by the U.S. Protection Agency. During his tenure at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Lunenfeld was considered for several senior level positions such as U.S. Government Deputy Assistant Secretary, Assistant Deputy Undersecretary and United Nations positions.
Mr. Lunenfeld directed technology forecasting, and conceived, formulated, selected, and simultaneously managed more than 30 ongoing highly advanced future technologies and next generation programs having an annual budget of $30 million. He managed the preparation of more than 1,000 technical reports by more than 1,000 employees within 10 months for Eaton Corporation.
Mr. Lunenfeld holds Master of Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Civil (Environmental) Engineering degrees, both from New York University, and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from CCNY, an M.B.A. at Adelphi U., Fine Arts at The New School, and Patent Law and Practice at the Practising Law Institute. Mr. Lunenfeld is registered and admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in patent cases, is a licensed professional engineer, has published a number of papers, holds a number of patents, prosecuted many patents, contributed to the development of national laws, regulations, and guidelines, and has received numerous awards and letters of commendation.
STEPHEN E. WHITE
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of geography
Stephen E. White is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of geography at Kansas State University. Previously, he served as head of the department of geography for 12 years and as associate dean for more than four years. He has authored or co-authored more than 75 articles and book chapters and made more than 125 professional presentations on topics related to migration, population change and economic development in Appalachia as well as demographic and groundwater issues in the American High Plains.
In 1991, White received the Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award for Excellence in Geography from the National Council for Geographic Education. He also received the Conoco Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award at K-State in 1988, and the William L. Stamey teaching award in 1989. In 2001, he received the John Fraser Hart Award for Research Excellence from the Contemporary Agriculture and Rural Land Use Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy's National Institutes for Global Environmental Change as well as many other sponsors.
He is a member of the National Council for Geographic Education, and the Association of American Geographers, where he serves as the delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies.
White received his bachelor's degree in 1969, master's degree in 1972, and doctorate in 1974 from the University of Kentucky. He joined K-State in 1975 as an assistant professor of geography. White and his wife, Susan, have two sons Eric and Ben. Both received their master's degrees in geography at Kansas State University.
CONRAD C. LAUTENBACHER, PH.D.
Retired Navy Vice Admiral
Vice President of Polar Programs (ATD)
President of Antarctic Research Support (ARS)
Retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., recently joined CSC serving as the Vice President of Polar Programs for the Applied Technology Division (ATD), and concurrently as the President of Antarctic Research Support (ARS), a joint venture of CSC and EG&G division of URS. Lautenbacher is currently engaged in expanding CSC expertise to support national research and presence in the polar areas of the globe. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in applied mathematics.
As Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for seven years, he directed an extensive review and reorganization of the NOAA corporate structure to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century.
He was president and CEO of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE), now known as the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Before joining CORE, Lautenbacher formed his own management consultant business, CEREBRUM, Inc. and worked principally for defense industries. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lautenbacher is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and has won accolades for his performance in a broad range of operational, command and staff positions both ashore and afloat. Command experience includes tours as Commanding Officer of USS HEWITT (DD-966), and as Commander Naval Station Norfolk. He deployed to Saudi Arabia with additional duties as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Riyadh, during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
He pioneered the use of information technology to mount large-scale operations using sea-based command and control while Commander US Third Fleet. During his final tour of duty, he served as deputy chief of Naval Operations (Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments) in charge of Navy programs and budget. A recognized expert in operations research, financial management, and fluid dynamics, Lautenbacher served as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution and has been a sought-after guest lecturer in a variety of academic settings.