2017 Roundtable Bios

Angela Aristidou, Assistant Professor, Warwick Business School

I am an Assistant Professor of Organization Studies at Warwick Business School since April 2017 and a junior scholar in the 2017 CASBS Institute at Stanford University. I research, teach and write about leading and working in service organizations, with a focus on professional services.

I received a PhD in Management studies from the University of Cambridge (July 2015) and I hold a masters from Harvard University. I worked at the University of Oxford as an independent postdoctoral researcher and the sole Chief Investigator of the ‘Service Integration’ research study. My research has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, a BT Fellowship, a grant by the Onassis Foundation and grants from the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR CLAHRC).

I have worked with and consulted to a number of organizations across three continents. These include NASA, the U.S.A. Veteran Health Administration Leadership group, Canada’s Peak Leadership group, British Telecom Global Professional Services, IBM, Novartis, Cambridge University Health Partners, NIHR CLAHRC Oxford, Danaos Shipping Co. and the DHC.

I am an expert in designing and delivering customized simulation-based leadership modules. Over the last 7 years, I have delivered leadership training to approximately 400 participants and her executive teaching is rated over 4.4 out of 5.

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Julie J. Christensen, Associate Director of the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), at the University of Iowa

Julie J. Christensen, MSW, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), at the University of Iowa. Prior to joining CDD in May 2016, Dr. Christensen served as the Director of Employment Programs at Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Christensen’s background encompasses work in schools, not-for-profits, government and higher education. For the past 14 years, her career has centered around improving quality of life outcomes for at-risk youth, including youth with intellectual and development disabilities, through promoting employment and access to leisure and recreation opportunities in inclusive settings. She has considerable experience developing, administering, and evaluating federal, state and local grant-funded projects with an emphasis on cross-systems collaboration and systems change. She currently maintains a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Her research is in the areas of employment, quality of life, and leisure and recreation participation of adolescents and young adults with IDD.

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Barbara Deane-Williams, Superintendent of Schools, Rochester City Schools 

Barbara Deane-Williams joined the Rochester City School District on August 8, 2016, becoming the first woman to serve as permanent Superintendent. To drive innovation and improvement, she immediately engaged the District’s leadership team in five 100-Day Listening and Learning projects. Project teams are in the process of engaging constituents, researching best practices and bringing forth recommendations to improve key functional areas. The Superintendent has laid out areas of focus to guide all District plans—prioritizing educational equity; building relational capacity; nurturing innovation; creating coherence across systems and programs that serve children; and ensuring accountability for action.

Barbara Deane-Williams has served as a school administrator for 30 years. Before coming to Rochester, she served most recently as the Senior Deputy Superintendent of Boston Public Schools (BPS). In Boston she was responsible for the redesign of the central office to serve schools, labor relations, safety, school operations and the Build BPS Master Facilities Plan. From 2011-2015, she was Superintendent of the Greece Central School District, New York State’s ninth largest school district, where she established an expectation for equitable access to high quality schools and programs for all students to ensure college and career ready high school graduates. She and her team earned statewide recognition for the development of career ladders and a bold new brand of teacher and principal leadership focused on transforming schools to meet the needs of 21st century learners.

A former deputy superintendent for student learning and accountability, she has also served as an assistant superintendent for instruction, director of special education and student learning, and as a building level leader. Deane-Williams began her career as a guidance counselor in the Amesbury (MA) Public Schools. She holds a B.A. from Hobart and William Smith College, a M.Ed. from the University of New Hampshire, a C.A.S. from the State University of New York at Brockport, and completed advanced coursework in teaching and leadership at Syracuse University.

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Patrick Flood, Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Dublin City University

Patrick C. Flood is Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Dublin City University and Co-Director of the Leadership and Talent Institute https://www.dcu.ie/leadership-talent/index.shtml. He is the recipient of the President’s Award for Research (2011) and the President’s award for Teaching (2017). He is an expert on organizational behaviour, leadership and change management. His research work focuses on the impact of leadership and management practice on organisational performance especially in professional service firms, high technology firms and hospitals. He consults on top management team functioning and leadership development. He is a frequent conference speaker and media commentator. His advisory work is concerned with improving the effectiveness of organisations and senior management teams.

Patrick received his PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE) where he was a British Council Scholar. He has held faculty and visiting appointments at a number of business schools including London Business School, University of Limerick, University of Maryland, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Canterbury, NZ and the Australian Graduate School of Management. Patrick is a Former Fulbright, EU HUMCAP and British Council FCO Scholar. He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He holds two teaching and research excellence awards and has been listed in HR Magazine International Thinkers.

His articles appear in Human Relations, Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations, Journal of Organizational and Occupational Psychology and the Strategic Management journal. His books include Change lessons from the CEO (Jossey Bass, 2013) (http://www.managers.org.uk/bookclub-book-prize-march-2014); Persuasive Leadership: Lessons from the Arts (Jossey Bass, 2010), Leadership in Ireland (Blackhall, 2010); Strategy Implementation (Blackwell, 2000), Effective Top Management Teams (Blackhall, 2000) and Managing Without Traditional Methods (Addison Wesley, 1996).

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Hans Hartung, Quality Improvement Fellow, NHS Ayrshire and Arran

A Consultant Respiratory and General Physician at NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Dr Hans Hartung is the local lead of the Managed Clinical Network in Respiratory Medicine and a member of the National Respiratory Advisory Group, Scotland. He is a passionate advocate for improving patient–clinician relationships.

Hans studied and earned his medical degree in Germany and moved to the UK in 1990. He obtained his membership at the Royal College of Physicians in 1993 and completed specialist training in Respiratory and General Medicine in Edinburgh (NHS Lothian University Hospitals).

Hans was inspired by Quality Improvement Fellows he met in his role as local clinical lead for the Health Foundation’s Co-creating Health programme and decided it was the perfect path to follow to step up the scale of his improvement work.

‘Clinicians everywhere are involved in small-scale projects, we’re all trying to improve care within our smaller teams,’ says Hans. ‘I reached a point where I wanted to go further and have a greater impact. I wanted to see through changes on a larger scale but felt I didn’t have enough skills or the knowledge to make what I know work in a bigger system.’

Improving person-centred care – During his year at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Hans focused on ways to improve person-centred care. He wanted to understand how, in practice, person-centred care can be systematically embedded in a healthcare system, starting small then moving onto a much larger, national scale.

‘Most of us clinicians are striving to deliver person-centred care. But from a patient perspective a healthcare journey can be impersonal and confusing.’ he explained.

Hans hoped that his year in Boston will enable him to learn from organisations that have already implemented person-centred care. He wanted to translate what they know into meaningful lessons for him and UK healthcare.

On his return he wanted to build on the acquired knowledge and become a clinical champion of person-centred care and contribute to change at a local and national level.

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Larke Johns, Managing Partner, Anders Risling AB

Lärke Johnlarkes, MPsy and Managing Partner at Anders Risling AB, has a considerable record of change facilitation and inclusive designs for complex systems. Lärke has served directly under the Swedish Government as Director of the Swedish Agency for Strategic HR Development and most recently as Head of the National Committee for Shore Line Protection and Management – the latter aiming to improve collaboration and co-creation amongst competing interests and a wide range of local, regional and national authorities. As an OD-consultant at Anders Risling AB, Lärke supports top management and their organizations in designing and implementing trust-based business strategies and collaborative systems by means of Relational Coordination.
Lärke has been on a number of juries for public sector innovation competitions. She is also the co-author of the book Välfärdsinnovation (Studentlitteratur 2015) which offers professionals in the welfare sector an introduction to innovation theory, tools and designs.

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Kim Lucas, Civic Research Director, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston

Kim’sKim Lucas life has centered around questions, and she brings this expertise to her work as MONUM’s Director of Civic Research. Part researcher, part practitioner, and part muppet, Kim has consistently kept one foot in the ivory tower and one foot on the ground, pairing research with practice to seek real solutions to social policy and planning problems. Questioning who we think of as ‘expert’ and how stakeholders identify ‘value’ are two common threads that pervade her work. Kim holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from UCLA, an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and Child Development from Tufts University, and puppies anytime she can. She is presently a PhD candidate in Social Policy and Sociology at Brandeis University; her dissertation is an economic sociological exploration of the ‘value’ of the early childhood workforce.

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Erik Nicholson, National Vice President, United Farm Workers

Erik Nicholson is currently the National Vice President of the United Farm Workers (UFW) where he directs the development of programs aimed to improve the lives of farmworkers in ways other than collective bargaining. He also oversees the Union’s international operations. He joined the UFW in 2002 after working with PCUN, a farmworker union in Oregon, for twelve years. He was first elected to the Union’s Executive Board in 2008. During his more than 25 year career in the Farmworker Movement, he has worked with coffee pickers in Nicaragua, rice farmers in Thailand and Mexican workers employed on farms across the US.

Vice President Nicholson is Chair of the Board and one of the founding members of the Equitable Food Initiative (EFI), a multi-stakeholder certification and training program focused on farm labor, food safety and environmental stewardship issues <www. equitablefood.org>. He serves on the EFI board with representatives from Costco, Bon Appetit and Andrew and Williamson, a large fruit and vegetable grower with operations in California and Mexico. He is also the Chair of the Board of CIERTO, a recently formed non-profit organization dedicated to the identification, training and dispatch of agricultural workers in a clean and transparent manner. Additionally, Nicholson has served on the board of Fair Trade USA since 2012.

In his role as a member of the United Farm Workers’ National Executive Board, he advises the organization on foreign guest worker issues, international affairs and pesticides. Nicholson has worked extensively on pesticide issues as they affect farmworkers and their families, child labor, housing, consumer outreach and education and legislative issues.  He has served as one of two national farmworker representatives to the Environmental Protection Agency’s national pesticide advisory committee, the Pesticide Program Dialog Committee. He has served as a member of the Board of the Washington State ADRS Agricultural Employment Mediation Program.

Nicholson has a B.A. from Duke University, and has been a featured presenter at a number of national and international conferences concerned with immigration and guest workers. He is based in Tacoma, WA.

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Adepeju O. Solarin, Student, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School

Adepeju SPeju Solarinolarin‘s research focuses on the role of respect—an under-researched concept—in international mediation. This focus uncovers a necessity to differentiate respect from trust due to case study findings that respect precedes trust during peace process negotiations. Empirical support for this perspective includes two case studies (Oslo Accords 1993 and Liberia Agreement 2003), as well as mediator-interviews with Nigerian Presidents Abubakar and Obasanjo. She plans to discuss how and why mediation practices might benefit from an initial focus on respectful behavior when convening conflict antagonists.

Adepeju completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, focusing on Management and New Media Studies, and Restorative Justice and International Human Rights. She is currently a dual researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in the Research School on Retaliation, Mediation, and Punishment (REMEP), and the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute as part of an interdisciplinary project on international mediation.

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Iben Sandal Stjerne, PostDoc, Copenhagen Business School

Iben Stjerne is a Postdoctoral researcher within the Human Capital Analytics Group at Department of Strategic Management and Globalization at Copenhagen Business School. Iben holds a Ph.D. in Organization studies and a master of science within Human Resource Management.

Her primary research focus lies in the intersection between Human Resource Management, projects and informal ways of organizing work. More specifically having looked into the setting of the Danish film industry, her research sets to explore how work and employment is organized informally across firms, departments and projects. Her more recent research delves into the processes of building, sustaining and maintaining relational coordination across firms in supply chain relationships.

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Rahul Rastogi, Chief Operations Officer, Northwest Permanente (physician group for Kaiser Permanente)

Since joining Kaiser Permanente in 2004 as an emergency room physician, Dr. Rastogi has held a number of important leadership roles, each progressing in scope, complexity and accountability. He has created innovative programs that are the first of their kind in the northwest region, including Primary Care at Home, and Mobile Health Partners (a partnership with Metro West Ambulance), which dramatically increase convenience for patients by providing primary care services in their homes.

Dr. Rastogi graduated from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at William Beaumont Hospital. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Rastogi completed an advanced executive leadership program at Harvard University.

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Olivia Raynor, Director of the Tarjan Center, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Semel Institute, UCLA

Olivia Raynor, Ph.D., is the Director of the Tarjan Center, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Semel Institute, UCLA. Her career spans over 35 years of experience in management, analysis, evaluation, training and public policy at the individual and system levels that support individuals with disabilities participation in inclusive postsecondary education, integrated competitive employment, the arts, and civic engagement . Dr. Raynor is the Principal Investigator and Director of CECY, California’s Project of National Significance Partnerships in Employment Systems Change project. She also established and provides leadership to the CA Higher Education Consortium for People with IDD. Under contract with the CA Community College Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Raynor is the developmental disability consultant to the community college system. Dr. Raynor chaired the UCLA Committee that lead to the establishment in 2006 of Pathway at UCLA Extension, a ground breaking 2-year postsecondary program for students with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Raynor is the Immediate Past President and serves on the Board of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). She is a Governor appointed member of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Raynor holds degrees from Boston University and USC in Occupational Therapy and a doctorate from UCLA in Educational Psychology.

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Julius Jong Yang, Associate Program Director for the BIDMC Internal Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Julius Yang is a hospitalist in the Division of General Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Yang completed his undergraduate education at Williams College, then went on to earn a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, at the conclusion of which he was awarded the Kathy Swan Ginsburg Award for humanism in medicine. After serving as a chief resident at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Yang completed a Fellowship in Medical Education at the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research.

As a Rabkin Fellow at the Shapiro Institute, Dr. Yang investigated methods for integrating the medical resident’s clinical experience across the inpatient and outpatient settings, with a goal to educationally reinforce patient-centered care that spans the continuum of care throughout the course of a patient’s experience with disease. These methods included fostering more active housestaff involvement in discharge planning and follow-up visits, review of patients’ post-discharge courses during formal teaching rounds, and closer coordination of care between physicians, nursing staff, and case management.

In his current role as a hospitalist, Dr. Yang actively teaches and mentors residents, interns, and medical students while providing clinical care to patients hospitalized at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He serves as Associate Program Director for the BIDMC Internal Medicine Residency Program, overseeing inpatient aspects of the residency training program. He also serves as chairman of the Resuscitation Committee at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, charged with monitoring and maintaining the quality of critical event responses at the medical center; in this role he has initiated a multidisciplinary program in medical simulation focused on teamwork principles applied to crisis event management. He is currently participating in a Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship sponsored by American Hospital Association and Health Resource Educational Trust, with a focus on promoting safe “handoff” practices between care providers throughout a patient’s hospital course.

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