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Top Thought Leaders in Trust:
2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

The full list of 2017 honorees and other organizational trust resources can be accessed in the

Winter 2017 Issue of TRUST! Magazine

  • Patricia Aburdene (2015) - A world-renown speaker, author and advocate of corporate transformation. Having won global recognition as co-author of the Megatrends books, Patricia now inspires audiences with a concrete blueprint of how values and consciousness will transform business.

  • Hank Boerner (2015) - Chairman of the Governance & Accountability Institute. While Hank's expertise is in ESG factors and issues, his approach is to educate leaders on the three pillars of Aristotle's method.

  • Roger Bolton (2016) - Chairman and President of the Arthur W. Page Society, and the Page Thought Leadership Committee, Roger co-authored the Page Society's report on Public Trust in Business.

  • Elaine Cohen (2017) - Joint CEO of Beyond Business Ltd a CSR consulting and reporting firm, aiding in the development of responsible businesses.

  • Randy Conley (2016) - Global Trust Practice Leader at The Ken Blanchard Companies. Randy consults with clients to help them develop more trustworthy leaders and business practices.

  • Stephen M.R. Covey (2015) - A sought-after keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance. He is the author/co-author of several books including The SPEED of Trust and Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World.

  • Richard Edelman (2017) - President and CEO of Edelman the world's largest public relations firm. Richard is perhaps best known for the Edelman Trust Barometer.

  • Jed Emerson (2015) - An internationally recognized thought leader in sustainability and sustainable finance, impact investing, social entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy.

  • Leslie Gaines-Ross (2015) - Weber Shandwick's chief reputation strategist and the architect of award-winning research into CEO and corporate reputation, CEO transitions, corporate rankings, online reputation, executive visibility, thought leadership, and reputation sustainability and recovery.

  • Robert Galford (2015) - A managing partner of the Center for Leading Organizations, Rob has taught executive programs for more than 20 years, including 12 years at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, 5 years for the National Association of Corporate Directors and on customized programs worldwide.

  • Mary Gentile (2015) - Creator and Director of the "Giving Voice to Values" curriculum and Senior Research Scholar at Babson College; expert on ethical decision making; and author of Giving Voice to Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right.

  • Bill George (2015) - Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School. He is the former Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronics and author of four best-selling books.

  • Charles H. Green (2015) - Leads Trusted Advisor Associates. Charles is a speaker and executive educator on trust-based relationships and trust-based selling in complex businesses. The author of Trust-based Selling and co-author of The Trusted Advisor and The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook.

  • Nadine Hack (2016) - CEO of beCause Global Consulting, she has advised Fortune 500 companies, heads of state and other global leaders or organizations on clarifying and achieving their goals.

  • Deb Krizmanich (2017) - Founder of Powernoodle a company that helps people collaborate in a way that fundamentally drives business results via trust and integrity.

  • Jim Kouzes (2015) - The Dean's Executive Professor of Leadership, Santa Clara University, and an award-winning speaker, cited by the Wall Street Journal as one of the ten best executive educators in the U.S. He is the co-author of over thirty books and workbooks, including the bestselling The Leadership Challenge.

  • Linda Locke (2015) - A Senior Vice President at Standing Partnership, Linda consults with organizations on how to improve their reputations and what they can do to mitigate risk.

  • Edward Marshall (2015) - A trusted partner who works with senior leadership to transform their cultures and organizations to achieve significant results through trust and collaboration. Edward has been President of The Marshall Group, Inc. for over 25 years. He is the author of Building Trust at the Speed of Change.

  • Roy Reid (2017) - A leading authority on trust, public relations and marketing, Roy is the Executive Director of Communications for Adventist Health System's Florida Division.

  • Carol Sanford (2016) - A consultant to both Fortune 500 and new-economy businesses for more than 30 years. Carol believes that business can and will play a major role in creating a better world.

  • Howard Schultz (2016) - CEO of Starbucks. In this video Howard describes the future of corporations and their trust imperative.

  • Jeffrey Seglin (2015) - Lecturer of public policy and director of the communications program at Harvard Kennedy School, writes "The Right Thing," a weekly column on general ethics that has been syndicated by Tribune Media Services since September 2010.

  • Frank Sonnenberg (2015) - An award-winning author of five books and over 300 articles.

  • Davia Temin (2017) - The Founder of Temin & Company, Davia is a marketing, media and reputation strategist, crisis manager and coach who frequently writes about the role of trust in business.

  • Jeffrey Thomson (2017) - President and CEO of the IMA, he is considered an expert on risk management, and a global thought leader in the emerging area of GRC - governance, risk and compliance.

  • Linda Fisher Thornton (2017) - A leadership development consultant, Linda's focus is on building high-trust work places where employees can do their best work.

  • Robert Vanourek (2017) - The Founder of Triple Crown Leadership, Bob is co-author, with his son Gregg, of the award-winning Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical and Enduring Organizations.

  • Curtis Verschoor (2016) - Following a successful financial career as the corporate controller, Curtis is a founding member of the Institute of Management Accountant's Committee on Ethics.

  • Robert Whipple (2015) - The CEO of Leadergrow Incorporated, , an organization devoted to the development of leaders. Author of three books including his latest Trust in Transition: Navigating Organizational Change.