Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Advisory Board

Executive Consulting International

William Leahey MD,  Neurological Medicine

Dr. Bill Leahy ‘66, President of PP55, has pursued a medicine-focused career path. Bill trained at both Northwestern University and Johns Hopkins Medical Institution. He also served in Medical Corps during the Vietnam War and held positions in NIH in neuro-chemistry. He has authored over 30 scientific and clinical articles and book chapters in neurology. For 30 years he has been President of Neurological Medicine PA in Maryland and practices both pediatric and adult neurology. He remains on staff of Johns Hopkins with rank of associate professor. Dr. Leahey remains connected to his alma mater Princeton University and has served on CNAT, for ten years as head of Maryland ASC, and continues to serve as coordinator of the Princeton in Washington Program. He founded and continues to develop the High School Home Health Program, an educational program (pro bono) that prepares non-college bound students for certification as home health aides and CNA’s. He is author of the text book for the course, Providing Home Care, which is now in its 3rd edition and used in over 400 programs throughout the country. His newest book, Caregiving at Home, has been written for baby-boomers caring for parents or loved-ones. He and his wife, Chris, have two adult children: Eleanor, teaching in the NYC public school system; and William, who is a student at the University of Michigan Law School. 


Peter Muller, Sales Operations, Google

Peter Muller has worked on the Global Advertiser Operations team for Google and within this capacity has provided one on one support for small and medium sized businesses. He also has been part of a sales team to assist advertisers with account management. More recently, Mr. Muller has moved to a role as a Sales Operations Analyst for Google, and analyzes and develops global strategies to support and grow the customer base of small and medium businesses at scale. Mr. Muller is a graduate of Princeton University.

Michael Berger MA, Organizational Development Consultant

Michael Berger is an organizational consultant and an executive coach who  recently took on an extended assignment to design, lead, and manage a leadership development and executive coaching function within the New Zealand government’s Department of Conservation.Mr. Berger is a young veteran of organizations and an expert in human dynamics, generational matters, as well as systems and change. His background is a blend of specialized training and success with small & Fortune 100 companies in North America. He holds a Masters degree in Organization Development and an advanced certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. Other areas of expertise and training are Adult Development, personality & communication styles, emotional intelligence, organizational values, and Leadership issues in Gen X/Gen Y. He is currently doing work in Leadership Development and Generational issues in organizations in New Zealand.


Sari Miller MBA, Entrepreneur and Global Investor

Sari Miller is a founding investor and partner in many entrepreneurial and social ventures including LeapFrog Investments, the world's first Microinsurance Fund which raised $137 million. She has represented global clients in transactions all over the United States and Europe. She was a Partner, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of a company sold to AIG, Inc. Concurrently, as a founder, Ms. Miller served on the Board of Directors, and was Chair of the Executive and Investment Committees of a publicly held insurance company with assets exceeding $1 billion. She directed a $60+ million capital campaign and its subsequent sale.

Ms. Miller received a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Avi D.Eden JD, Business Consultant, IT Specialist                      

Avi D. Eden is an independent business consultant, specializing in international strategic transactions including mergers and acquisitions. For over 30 years, until his retirement in 2003, Mr. Eden served in various positions including Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President at Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE:VSH). He was responsible for all M & A activity including the closing of at least 15 major acquisitions and divestitures; numerous public and private financings; and IR presentations to shareholders. During that period, Vishay grew from a small, niche resistor manufacturer into one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductor and passive electronic components. 

Currently Mr. Eden serves on the Board of Directors of Belfuse, Inc. (BELFB) and the selection committee of the Mid-Atlantic Angel Group (MAG). Mr. Eden is of counsel to the law firm on Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellot. Mr. Eden received his JD from the Harvard Law School in 1972.


Maria T. Nagorski, Executive Director Fair Chance, Social Change Advocate

Maria Nagorski is the Executive Director of Fair Chance, a capacity building organization devoted to improving the lives of children and youth in high poverty communities in Washington, DC.  She brings 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, organization development, and advocacy and a strong reputation as a leader and spokesperson on youth, community development and social justice to this role.

Ms. Nagorski also worked as an independent consultant with a variety of international and domestic nonprofit organizations, foundations and donor agencies. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning and organization development, leadership and management training, partnership and board development, and management of international and multicultural teams and projects. Some of her long term clients include AmeriCorps, Peace Corps; UN World Food Program, Polish Local Government Institute and the Children and Youth Foundation of Poland. She has published articles and conducted program evaluation studies for the Goldman Sachs and MacArthur Foundations. She served as a Legislative Assistant to two Members of Congress and is a long term District of Columbia resident.


Heather Katz MA, Oxford University Said Business School

Heather Katz resides in the United Kingdom and is an accredited international executive coach and facilitator. Ms. Katz brings to her work a unique blend of business experience in marketing support, sales, training and product management from her extensive work with IBM in South Africa. In addition, she is trained and practiced as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker during her years residing in Washington DC and New York.

Heather Katz was selected for the prestigious position of an Associate Fellow of the Oxford University Saïd Business School. She works in their Executive Education division as a tutor, coach and facilitator on their Advanced Management and Leadership Programmes.

Ms Katz is a member of Leader Shape which delivers programmes to develop Emotionally Intelligent Leaders for the 21st Century. She has also worked as Programme Director for Common Purpose, a non-profit international leadership development organisation, which works to bring together leaders from the private, voluntary and public sectors in their region.

She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Sociology from Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, and Psychology from University of South Africa: Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the Catholic University of America, Washington DC. She is also an accredited coach with the UK Coaching Academy.


Abigail K. Wenner MA, PCC Consultant and Executive Coach

Abigail K. Wenner is an international business consultant and certified executive coach. She is president and CEO of Executive Consulting International (ECI).  ECI provides cutting edge strategies, including those based on the latest advances in brain science research, to organizations seeking to develop extraordinary leaders. Ms. Wenner interacts with the organizations' executives to help them establish innovative corporate initiatives to keep pace with the whirlwind of technological, economic and environmental changes affecting the world today. Ms. Wenner works with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), senior executives, emerging leaders, governing boards and teams and assists them to develop leadership styles that become legacies to emulate.

Her distinctive approach, which combines neuroscience to enhance memory and thinking with domestic and international business strategies, equips her clients with a unique perspective. In addition, Ms. Wenner helps develop her client’s capacity to be a creative pro-active decision maker. These skills are critical to respond to the changing global economy and essential to outperform competitors and succeed in the 21st century.                                          

Abigail K. Wenner is an accomplished speaker and writer. She has published articles and spoken at numerous conferences and meetings both domestically and abroad, on subjects relating to excelling as a leader in a global economy by incorporating the latest findings in brain science research to achieve breakthrough results.