Chairman of the Board, Archbridge Institute
Ingrid Gregg has been active in research, scholarly and philanthropic organizations for over 25 years. She served as president and a trustee of Earhart Foundation for 11 years, which completed a successful sunset process in 2015. From 2015-2016 she was president of The Philadelphia Society, also serving terms as one of its trustees. She is a member of the boards of the Foundation for Economic Education, Ethics and Economics Education (E3NE), the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation and the Philanthropic Enterprise. Dr. Gregg has multidisciplinary interests in the humanities and public policy. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in history from the University of Edinburgh (U.K.), a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (U.K.)
President and CEO, Archbridge Institute
Mr. Schwarz was until recently the director of Strategic Initiatives at Atlas Network. During his six years at Atlas he managed key projects including the Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Reform program, the prestigious Templeton Freedom Award, the Latin American program, and the Sound Money Project. He has an extensive network of collaborators which include public policy institutions, academics, and current and former policymakers all around the world. He has also participated as an instructor in various Atlas Network training programs such as the Think Tank MBA and the Think Tank Leadership Training. His focus was on outcome measurement and think-tank best practices.
His research interests are economic mobility, economic development and monetary policy. He holds an MA in economics from George Mason University and a BA in economics from the Catholic University of Bolivia. He has lived in five countries throughout his life including Uruguay, Israel, Ecuador, Bolivia, and the United States.
Chief Executive Officer, Signal Power and Light, Inc.
Mort Taylor is the Chief Executive Officer of Signal, Power and Light based in Alabama. He is a practicing attorney with long experience in the energy industry. His personal background includes managing a fourth generation private land and energy holdings, which have supplied coal for industry for over 80 years. He founded Signal, Power and Light out of a belief that, given the opportunity, innovative technologies could be applied such that people could have greater access to energy throughout the world. Mort is native to the state of Alabama, where he attended Birmingham – Southern college, receiving his B.A degree in history and his law degree from the University of Alabama.
CEO and Founder, Tiossan
Magatte Wade is passionate about entrepreneurship and creating high-end retail brands based on diverse African traditions that change the perception of Africa. She was born in Senegal, educated in France, and launched her entrepreneurial career in San Francisco. She is fluent in, and conducts business in, Wolof, French, and English. Magatte is the founder and CEO of Tiossan, a high-end skin care products line based on indigenous Senegalese recipes and ingredients. Tiossan products are distributed via www.tiossan.com, as well as through selected boutiques and Nordstrom. Tiossan commits at least ten percent of profits to the creation of entrepreneurial schools in Senegal designed to develop the next generation of Senegalese genius. Previously, Magatte founded Adina World Beverages, with African-inspired drinks sold throughout the United States at retailers including Whole Foods and Wegmans. Prior to her departure from Adina, she assembled an executive team featuring a co-Founder of Odwalla, CEO of SoBe, and ex-co-Chairman of PepsiCo.
Magatte writes for The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Barron’s. She is a frequent speaker at business conferences and college campuses, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth, MIT, Wharton, Babson, etc. She was named a Young Global Leader by the Davos Global Economic Forum as well as one of the “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa” by Forbes in 2011. In 2014 she was featured on the cover of Forbes Afrique for being the person in Francophone Africa having the greatest positive impact on the future. In 2014 she received the award for the “leading Woman in Wellness” from the Global SPA and Wellness Summit, the premiere international organization that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively impact and shape the future of the global spa and wellness industries. She serves on the board of ASNAPP and the SEED Academy (Sports for Education and Economic Development), a private school in Senegal that prepares young people academically and athletically so that they can win NCAA basketball scholarships in the U.S. She also serve on the Advisory Board of the Whole Planet Foundation, the private foundation of Whole Foods Market.
Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, Catholic University of America
Andreas Widmer is the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Catholic University of Americas’ Busch School of Business & Economics. His experience spans the fields of high-tech, international business strategy consulting and economic development. A frequent speaker around the world on issues related to entrepreneurship, business leadership, productivity, business ethics, and the challenges of executive management, Widmer appears frequently in the media.
Andreas is a Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Acton Institute and an advisor to the Zermatt Summit, an annual business leadership event in Switzerland that strives to humanize globalization. He currently serves on the advisory boards of Catholics Come Home, a Catholic TV evangelization campaign, and the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at Notre Dame University alongside several other non-profit organizations.
Prior to his work in these areas, Andreas co-founded the SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization focused on enterprise solutions to poverty. He has held numerous executive roles over the last 25 years, helping to build up and lead various successful companies. Andreas’s publications include In the River They Swim, Free Markets and the Culture of Common Good, and Faithful Measure, as well as The Pope & The CEO: Pope John Paul II’s Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, a book exploring leadership lessons that Widmer learned serving as a Swiss Guard protecting Pope Saint John Paul II and refined during his career as a successful business executive.
Andreas is a graduate of Merrimack College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in International Business, and from St. John’s Seminary where he earned a Master of Arts as well as two business degrees (sales management and general business management) from Switzerland.