Executive Advisory Board

The Center for Social Leadership’s Executive Advisory Board (EAB) is an all-volunteer group of skilled professionals who help shape CSL’s strategic direction and implement its programming, fundraising, and operational activities. The EAB meets frequently to discuss CSL’s quarterly and long-term activity plans. EAB members are successful leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and bring a wealth of skills and experiences that CSL leverages to produce high-impact programs for nonprofit senior leaders and youth. CSL’s Executive Advisory Board members are:

Patty Chen (Chairperson) is Vice President of Customer Management and Technology Integration at Freddie Mac. In this position, she is responsible for creating and executing comprehensive strategic plans to assist Freddie Mac’s customers in achieving greater operational efficiency.  She is currently leading Freddie Mac’s effort to ensure Mortgage Servicers comply with President Obama’s Making Home Affordable initiative. Patty is a senior executive experienced in creating and championing comprehensive customer programs and operational support systems. She has been noted for building strong organizations that deliver excellent customer service with strong internal operational efficiencies. She has spoken at numerous conferences both internationally and in the US on leadership and industry topics. Prior to joining Freddie Mac, Chen consulted on a variety of Department of Defense projects ranging from more effective transportation methods to Navy personnel systems for Advanced Technology in Reston, VA. She holds a B.S from Rutgers University and an MBA from George Washington University.

James R. Bailey is the Stacy and Jonathan Hochberg Professor of Leadership Development and Director of the World Executive MBA at the George Washington University School of Business, and a Fellow in the Centre for Management Development, London Business School.  He has been the recipient of many teaching distinctions, including three Outstanding Educator Awards.  In 2006, he was named one of the world’s top ten executive educators by the International Council for Executive Leadership Development.  He has published over 50 academic papers and case studies, and is the author of five books, including the award-winning Handbook of Organizational and Managerial Wisdom.  He has designed and delivered hundreds of executive programs for firms like Nestle, UBS, Morgan Stanley, as well as several major law firms and US Congressmen.  Dr. Bailey is a frequent keynote speaker who has appeared on broadcast programs for the BBC, NPR, and Fox News Channel, and whose work has been cited in such outlets as the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Forbes.  He is a frequent contributor to The Hill, Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, and Harvard Business Review.  He has served as a dean, department chair, and program director during his 20 year academic career.

Jennifer Collins is a purpose-driven leader who has created a platform for success across a wide range of focus areas including finance, hospitality, education, humanitarianism and wellness. Jen has spent most of her career working on the principal side of hotel ownership.  Most recently she led the asset management team at LaSalle Hotel Properties in the Washington DC area.  She has also held senior leadership positions at Westbrook Partners and Tishman Hotel & Realty in New York City.  A dedicated education advocate, Jen is a graduate of Cornell University where she was a member of the Division 1 Women’s Varsity Basketball team.  Jen serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Paul’s School for Girls in Baltimore, MD and has embraced the role of teacher by becoming a certified yoga and mindfulness instructor and co-founding a community wellness program to serve the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington DC.  Jen is currently building youth empowerment initiatives in East Africa focused on increasing educational opportunities for orphans and street children in rural communities through holistic community development, and serves as a Board Member of The Business of Play, an early childhood development program in Uganda.  She is a 2017 Women’s Executive Leadership Program Fellow through The Impact Center and has done work with Ashoka Youth Venture and the Aspen Institute.

Sandra Crowe, MA, PCC, the author of Since Strangling Isn’t an Option…. (Perigee,’99), and I Didn’t Sign Up for This!: 7 Strategies for Dealing With Difficulty in Difficult Times (Two Harbors Press, 2012), is a professional speaker, trainer, coach, and facilitator.  Her focus is to impart communications skills to create awareness of ineffective behaviors and to move people and teams forward in their mission. Past clients include: The Executive Office of the President, Social Security Administration, FBI, Dept. of Agriculture, Marriott, Sony Corp., Southland Corp, Citicorp, The Discovery Channel, Sears, The Census Bureau, National Association of Female Executives, Union Labor Life Insurance, NASA and Depts. of Army &Navy, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Past Media Includes: NPR, CBS Morning News, To Tell the Truth, ABC7, WBAL-Baltimore, WUSA9, The Washington Post, The New York Times, LA Times, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s World, Men’s Health, Dr. Toni Grant, WHUR, and To Tell the Truth. Sandra has a passion for international culture having lived in West Africa and spent time in Mexico, Central and South America and having driven from her home in Washington, DC to El Salvador.

Kathy Deboe is a native Washingtonian, retired from a 33-year career at the International Monetary Fund. Her last position was Director of Civic and Community Relations, issuing grants to nonprofits both locally and in developing countries as well as serving as team captain for volunteers at Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April, Miriam’s Kitchen and the Capital Area Food Bank. Kathy remains a civic grants reviewer for the International Monetary Fund and the  Catalogue for Philanthropy. She also reviewed proposals for the World Bank, the Wilmer Shields Rich Awards and Serve DC. She worked for six years with the Mayor’s Office of Partnerships and Grant Services, where she helped facilitate the design and delivery of capacity-building classes for small, emerging, nonprofit organizations and managed the grants information resource center. Currently she is working with two foundations and five nonprofits as a Board Member or Consultant to review proposals and design and implement programs and fundraising. Kathy earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from American University and a Master’s of Public Administration degree from George Washington University. She is also a graduate of DC Neighborhood College and Leadership Greater Washington. She has  been a member of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers since 2000.

Edna Diez is a Leader in Business Transformation in Human Capital solutions, with over 18 years of domestic and international management and consulting experience, leading large-scale programs in HR Transformation, HR Shared Services, Technology Solutions and Organizational and Culture Change. She joined the Inter-American Development Bank in 2010 as Chief of the Leadership and Employee Development Division, designing and delivering talent management solutions for the Bank. Since 2013, she is leading the change management effort in a Bank-wide transformation program  which impacts over 4,000 users in 29 locations in Latin-American and the Caribbean. Before joining the IDB, Edna was the HR Service Center Manager at the World Bank in Washington DC. Previously, she was a management consultant for IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she provided Business and HR transformation advice to global clients in the private and public sector, having worked in Europe, Asia, Latin-America and the United States. She is an economist from the University of Houston, TX and holds an MBA from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

Lisa Dubois is an Associate Broker with the following credentials: RE/MAX Hall of Fame recognition; Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation — a certification awarded to less than 5% of realtors nationwide; and Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR). Lisa has lived in the DC metro area for close to two decades and is a locally recognized market expert. Lisa’s attention to detail and negotiating skills have contributed to her stellar success. She is a licensed realtor in Virginia and Washington DC, and has earned the following honors: NVAR Lifetime Top Producer, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award and #5 RE/MAX agent in Virginia for 2011.

Rob Hill is New Programs Manager, Customer Experience at Total Wine & More headquarters in Potomac, MD. He is a Certified Cicerone® beer expert and the senior subject matter expert for the Company’s off-premise beer retail profit center (excluding buying). Rob is author of “Total Guide to Beer”, the Company’s first-ever consumer/enthusiast book about the world of beer, with an initial 200-page printing of 350,000 copies published in June 2012, now available complimentary in all Company store locations and in digital format in iTunes’ iBooks. He is the creator of all customer and internally-facing beer education/classes, and manages, leads, or contributes to all beer-related content produced for the Company’s social media presence, Website, blog, video, and other publications. Rob is a retired Commander, U.S. Navy Supply Corps (active and Reserve). He holds a B.S. from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and an MBA from Boston University.





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    The retreat surpassed my expectations! I want more training from Tony, and I’ll even drive for hours to it!

    — Andra Christensen, Board Member, The Discovery Center

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    Tony's use of examples and stories always help clarify/illustrate his points – and keep the discussion interesting. What I find most important, is that Tony includes stories from his personal experiences and feelings. To me, that adds a level of authenticity and vulnerability that I see as a commitment to teaching and generosity that is unique.

    — J. Kevin Jones, Jr., Deputy Director, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

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    I love Tony’s passion for his topic! I also am very inspired by how he merges many cultural philosophies….I like how he makes leadership a ‘concrete’ idea…I wish the retreat had been longer.

    — Michelle Chun-Tuck, The Fresno Regional Foundation’s Nonprofit Advancement Center

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    The conference affected my philosophy of leadership. It taught me not to be a dictator, but to have vision and be a listener.

    — Linah Nkhonjela, Executive Director, Girls Brigade of Zambia

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    I think Tony’s approach was good because we had the chance to discuss the different characteristics of a leader….He made us realize that we all have characteristics of leaders in us.

    — Patty Santucci, Outreach Worker, Youth Developer, The Latin American Youth Center

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    I see myself continuing as an NGO leader because of my skills that I now have after this conference. Tony’s 15 Principles will help me in leading my organization to achieve its vision, mission and goals…This conference was really helpful and it should be organized again for other NGO Directors.

    — Brian Kayongo, Director, Adolescent Reproductive Health Advocates, Zambia

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    This conference has dramatically broadened and encouraged my plans for my nonprofit enterprise... Thank you. A life-changing experience.

    — Art Shields, Lifesavers World Inc.

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    Tony was the perfect facilitator as he had walked the path I am on…I need more time for myself, I need to find balance and hone skills for my staff. I can learn a lot from Tony’s calmness and integrity.

    — Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, Executive Director, YouthBuild

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    Thank you Tony for helping me find my passion! Forty years of not knowing and to finally have an “ah ha” moment!

    — Pam Smartt, Connections for Life

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    This was a 100% well-prepared, well-carried out, and well-received conference. I felt like the speakers knew exactly what our group's struggles were in maintaining and growing a nonprofit.

    — Sara Ortega, Mira Scholars Foundation, San Francisco, CA

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    Tony has a way of being that is authentic and welcoming. His passion and commitment was evident. The approach was powerfully and passionately delivered…The retreat absolutely exceeded my expectations. PASSION and TRUTH are contagious! Tony is an example of a confident, compassionate, gentle person who has made a difference in this world. He is very special and a treasure.

    — Sharon Gallagher, Board Member, American Red Cross

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    I have worked with 5 national organizations and have had the opportunity to participate in several leadership development programs, all valuable, but none of which compared to the quality and depth of ECPNL...The quality of the presenters was second to none...I highly recommend this Program for nonprofit leaders at any stage of their career.

    — Joe Elmore, CAWA Director,
 Strategic Development National Outreach – MS Gulf, Coast
Hurricane Katrina Recovery

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    I believe that many of us learned a lot more than we anticipated we would. Tony’s workshops fueled conversations that continued through dinners, evening walks on the beach, and late night groups who gathered around wine and intense conversation....Tony helped us regain our focus and renew our passion and vision!

    — Janna Genovese, Executive Director, Womenspace Unlimited

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    CSL's nonprofit leadership training helped me fully appreciate my inner voice. It has allowed my philosophy of leadership to bloom!

    — Holly M. Gartmayer-DeYoung, Healthcare Executive on Sabbatical, Addison, ME

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    Tony Silard and the Center for Social Leadership are indeed transforming the way nonprofit leaders lead.

    — Clark Byron, D.Min., Coalition for Independence (CFI)

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    The workshop has really helped me to identify my blind spots. After this conference I will have an inclusive decision-making style. I will avoid the ‘I know it all’ attitude.

    — Emmanuel Malubila, Executive Director, Zambia Ex-Prisoners Rehabilitation and Counseling

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    Tony’s sessions were practical, relevant, thought-provoking and clear. I would have enjoyed more time with him.

    — Shaheen Mistri, Executive Director, Akanksha, Bombay, India

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