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The Wright Graduate University (WGU) for the Realization of Human Potential, Inc., is a division of the Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential, a 501(c)3 nonprofit registered corporation in the state of Illinois. WGU operates and grants degrees and certificates in the state of Wisconsin under the authority of the Education Approval Board of the state of Wisconsin.

 

 


Tom Terry

Chairman
tom.terry@terrygroup.com
terrygroup.com

Thomas S. Terry is Founder and CEO of The Terry Group, which advises executive teams on strategy, governance, and leadership. Tom is a fully credentialed actuary and an active leader in the actuarial profession in the U.S. and abroad. He currently serves as president of the American Academy of Actuaries and is a frequent speaker on social and financial security systems. Tom has been instrumental in the formation of the Foundation’s graduate studies program.

   

Dr. Stan Smith

Treasurer
Stan@SmithEconomics.com
SmithEconomicsGroup.com

Dr. Stan V. Smith is a nationally renowned economist and financial consultant trained at the University of Chicago. He offers economic analysis in simple terms that any trier-of-fact can understand. As an expert consultant to plaintiff and defense attorneys representing clients in Federal and State courts, he provides testimony and litigation support services in evaluating damages.

Stan has developed state-of-the-art econometric analysis models to analyze economic and financial issues and has consulted for firms such as Sidley Austin, Kirkland & Ellis, Jenner & Block, Schiff Hardin and Wildman Harrold in Chicago, as well as thousands of other prominent firms nationwide.

   

John Davidoff

Board Member
john@davidoffcommunications.com
Davidoffcommunications.com

John Davidoff is founder and CEO of Davidoff Communications, a national strategic planning and marketing communications consultancy. Founded in 2005, Davidoff Communications leads businesses, associations and nonprofits with its proprietary Mission-Driven™ branded methodology to increase mission impact, drive revenue, and build meaningful relationships with members, donors, partners, sponsors and other stakeholders. Davidoff Communications provides strategic planning, thought leadership, marketing communications, conference management, donor marketing and alternative revenue development services.

Bringing over thirty years of local, national and global experience to the table, Davidoff Communications has served clients including BlueCross BlueShield, State Farm Insurance, Anheuser-Busch, ComEd, P&G, American Cancer Society, Ocean Conservancy, Smithsonian, Monterey Bay Acquarium and many more.

Previously, John served as Vice President for Event Marketing and Sponsorship for DDB, Senior Vice President for Marketing for General Growth Properties, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing for Omnicom’s Radiate Group and CEO of Entertainment Marketing, Inc.  John is a regular contributor to The Non Profit Times and is a public speaker, profiling leaders and characteristics of Mission-Driven organizations.

John is a founding board member of the Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential. He has served as a student-leader at Wright since 2005, and is a currently a senior leader and coach. He also sits on the boards of the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Sunday Evening Club and Ithaca College Alumni Association.

John lives in Evanston with his wife Jacki Davidoff. They have two sons, Josh and Jasper.

   

Rich Lyons

Board Member
rlyons@lyonscg.com
lyonscg.com

Rich is the founder of Lyons Consulting Group (LCG). He is responsible for leading the company’s strategy and vision as well as working closely with customers. He brings over ten years of experience in IT consulting, and over sixteen years of experience in business development. He spends the majority of his days with LCG’s customers.

Prior to founding LCG, Rich served as Vice President of Sales for divine, Inc. in Chicago, responsible for the largest and most profitable professional services region in the firm, generating over $40 million annually. He served in that same role as part of marchFIRST and Whittman-Hart. He joined Whittman-Hart in January of 1995.

Rich graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BSEE from the University of Michigan and holds a M.B.A. from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Rich serves as a senior consultant, adjunct faculty, and executive coach with The Wright Business Institute where he teaches courses on leadership and teamwork, sales, and communication. As a coach, Rich is excellent at holding big vision for his clients, helping them to identify blocks, and finding innovative solutions to help them develop and grow to their next level of success, achievement and contribution.

Perhaps most importantly, Rich is happily married and the proud father of two daughters, Morgan and Hannah. He is also an avid golfer.

   

Arthur Silver

Board Member
aosilver@aol.com

Art Silver has been a leader in manufacturing for almost sixty years. A highly successful entrepreneur, Art sold his most recent company, Clad-Rex, an innovative manufacturer of vinyl clad metal and pre-painted steel aluminum materials, in 2012 where he still acts as a consultant. Previous to his Clad-Rex partnership, Art successfully founded and led three different companies all of which he built and sold.

Art has now been involved with Wright for over twenty-five years. He is a co-founder of the men’s leadership program and has been a student-leader since 1991. He is a warm and influential member of our community, and he is known for supporting our students to see greater things for themselves. He has contributed a great deal to the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential and one of the buildings at our Elkhorn campus in Wisconsin, the Art Silver Center, is named after him. Currently, he coaches and leads groups Wright’s signature program, the Year of Transformation.

   

Karen Wilson Smithbauer

Board Member
kwilson103@comcast.net
kcwf.org

Karen Wilson Smithbauer is an educator, businesswoman, and philanthropist from Grosse Ile, Michigan. Following ten years of teaching early childhood and elementary education, she joined Central distributors of Beer, Inc., one of the largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributorships in the U.S., and served in diverse positions ranging from office manager to trucking operations owner, to CEO and Chairman of the Board until her retirement in 2007.

She has since established the Karen Colina Wilson Foundation, focusing on women’s and children’s health, welfare, safety, well-being, and development; endowed a chair for brain cancer at the Cleveland Clinic; and received the Woman of the Year Award from the American Association of University Women. In addition to being on the board, Karen is a Co-Chair of the Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential Capital Campaign Committee.

   

Dave Stamm

Board Member
 
Having started his first business in fourth grade programming Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes), working for Apple Computer as a college freshman, and then founding a computer networking services company employing college classmates while an undergrad at UW-Whitewater, Dave Stamm has always been passionate about implementing technology and serving people. Dave is currently the CEO of two technology companies: Stamm Technologies and Stamm Media.
 
Stamm Technologies is a leading provider of outsourced IT services to businesses and non-profits in Metro Milwaukee and Chicagoland.  Stamm Technologies delivers “Whatever I.T. Takes!” to their clients, including: Harley-Davidson, Manpower, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Lubar & Co., BizTimes, Heiser Automotive Group, First Stage Children’s Theater, and many others.
 
Stamm Media combines rich interactive media creation, audiovisual equipment rental, and a full suite of technical services to strengthen brands and create immersive experiences. Stamm Media clients include MTV, Nickelodeon, GE Healthcare, TD Ameritrade, CVS Caremark, Turner Networks, Fox Networks, Children’s Hospital of WI, Miller Brewing, Harley-Davidson, and more.
 
Stamm Technologies/Stamm Media is a Milwaukee Future 50 (2009, 2014), Milwaukee Fastest Growing Firms (2014) and Best Workplaces (2010) award winner.  Dave is a prior 40-Under-40 Winner (2007) and UW-Whitewater’s Outstanding Recent Alumni Award (2010) recipient.
 
Dave served on board of Volunteers of America of Wisconsin for 10 years serving in various capacities including Secretary and Treasurer until the organization was merged into another non-profit.  Volunteers of America of Wisconsin is dedicated to enriching the lives of elderly and disabled adults by providing affordable, quality housing and residential care, while touching the spirit of those served.
 
Dave is currently serving on the Board of Milwaukee Film.
   

Scott G. Stephen

Board Member
scott.stephen@guaranteedrate.com
GuaranteedRate.com

Scott G. Stephen is president of Guaranteed Rate’s Online Division, Guaranteed Rate Insurance and Ravenswood Title, overseeing performance and productivity of these business units. Scott also manages and executes strategic operations for GuaranteedRate.com, including the launch of new, industry-disrupting applications and lead generation opportunities.

Scott previously served as the COO of Playboy Enterprises. Prior to Playboy, he was COO of Yesmail, one of the pioneering digital marketing companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from Northwestern University (Kellogg). Scott is known for his intensity, candor and no-nonsense approach. He is an avid student of leadership and the maximization of human potential. In his free time, Scott enjoys boxing, hanging out with his kids and debating anything in sports.

   

Dr. Judith Wright

Chief Academic Officer, Board Member
 
Dr. Judith Wright is the Chief Academic Officer, Professor of Transformational Coaching and co-founder of at Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential. She is also president and co-founder of the Wright Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping individuals bring out their best personally and professionally. She is the author of multiple books including Transformed: The Science of Spectacular Living, There Must Be More Than This, The One Decision, The Soft Addiction Solution, and The Heart of the Fight.
 
A pioneer in the field of human development, Dr. Wright first rose to national prominence by developing innovative education and early childhood development programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and demonstration programs for college students with disabilities. These experiences fueled her passion for developing human potential as she then applied the profound insights she discovered to the general population, spurring people from all walks of life to significant success in personal transformation and leadership development.
 
A media favorite, sought-after speaker, respected leader, bestselling author, coach, educator, and corporate consultant, Judith’s work has been covered in over 1,000 media appearances, including ABC’s 20/20, Oprah, Good Morning America, the Today show, radio and television shows around the country, and magazines and newspapers around the world.
 
Dr. Judith Wright is the founder of the Society of Femininity in Action, providing revolutionary leadership training for women. She is also one of the country’s foremost experts on transformational leadership, having founded the Transformational Leadership Symposium, with convenes experts from around the nation to recognize cutting edge transformational leaders including Nobel laureate and congressional medal of honor winner, Dr. Muhammad Yunus.
 
 

 

Dr. Robert Wright

Chief Executive Officer, Board Member
 
Considered by many to be one of the leading thinkers in human develop¬ment, Dr. Bob Wright is CEO and co-founder of the Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping people bring out their best and energize their lives. He is also co-founder and Professor of Transformational Leadership at the Wright Graduate University. An internationally recognized visionary, educator, program developer, author, speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, and executive coach, Dr. Wright was recognized as a top executive coach by Crain’s Chicago Business. He has coached CEOs across the country from leading name public companies to entrepreneurial startups.
 
Dr. Wright’s revolutionary Integrative Model of Human Growth and Development provides a much needed practical application of theory into everyday life, helping hundreds of thousands of individuals to understand themselves, strategize, and take action to reach their potential. Called “the most powerful comprehensive model of its kind,” this model forms the core curriculum at the Wright Foundation. His revolutionary personal and professional training and development method¬ology leads not only to significant professional success, but also to fulfillment in all life areas.
 
Dr. Wright has demonstrated success in a wide variety of areas. He is an outstanding radio and television personality, delivering what author Andrew Harvey calls his “hard light.” He co-authored the award-winning book, Transformed! The Science of Spectacular Living. His books on purpose in business and people skills have been translated into multiple languages and sold over 200,000 copies around the world. His newest book, The Heart of the Fight, was just released in February 2016. His nationally acclaimed employee assistance and managed mental health firm, Human Effectiveness, Inc., was rated top in the nation by Mercer Meidinger Medical Audit as well as Arthur Andersen.
 
Dr. Wright founded the Men’s Guild, a powerful men’s organization for a new model of manhood and established Be Heard, an organization to promote environmentally conscious political action. Dr. Wright is also sought-after in the area of transformational leadership having founded the Transformational Leadership Symposium, convening experts from around the nation to recognize cutting edge transformational leaders including Brad Anderson, former CEO of Best Buy, as well as the 2011 award recipient, Dr. Muhammad Yunus.
 
Dr. Wright has completed a BA in Sociology, a MA in Communications, MSW in Clinical Social Work, and a Doctorate in Education, Leadership, and Change.
 

 





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