Guest Contributors

Throughout the program year The Palladium Forum will draw on the insight, perspective, and expertise of other industry leaders and scholars. Typically these are individuals with particular insight, perspective, or expertise related to the strategic lens or topic being discussed. Sometimes they are individuals who have a specific story, example, or paradigm to share that models or grounds a key concept in practice.

Some of the leaders and experts The Palladium Forum will draw from include members of its Advisory Council, members of previous cohorts, scholars, and emeritus-level executives.

Dr. Sharon Daloz Parks

Sharon Daloz Parks has been described as “a keen observer, a probing listener, a rich and subtle theorist, and a resourceful teacher.” She received her doctorate from Harvard Divinity School, where she studied human development and the formation of meaning and faith across the lifespan. She subsequently held faculty and senior research positions at Harvard in the schools of Divinity, Business, and the Kennedy School of Government. During her time there, the Lilly Endowment invited Parks to observe, describe, assess, and interpret the work of Ronald Heifetz and his colleagues at the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. Her study, published by Harvard Business Press under the title “Leadership Can Be Taught”, describes an approach to re-casting the art and practice of leadership that responds to the conditions of our dramatically complex and changing world and also addresses the challenges of how such an approach may be learned.

After moving to the Pacific Northwest, she was associate director and faculty at the Whidbey Institute where she led “Leadership for the New Commons,” and she also taught at Seattle University in the Executive Leadership Program at the Albers School of Business and Economics where she was honored as Distinguished Faculty.

Her other publications include the co-authored “Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World” and “Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Emerging Adults in Their Quest for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith.”

Sharon speaks and consults nationally across sectors, addressing leadership and ethics—particularly in relationship to Business, Higher Education, and Religion. She lives in Hanover, NH, with her husband Laurent (Larry) Parks Daloz.

Joe Clark

Joe Clark has built a long history of incorporating meaningful purpose and financial results in high-growth healthcare companies, including Surgical Care Affiliates, HealthMark Partners, Response Oncology, and Humana. Joe graduated from Dartmouth with a a degree in economics. Most recently he has been the CEO of Regent Surgical in Nashville, Tennessee where he helped turn around the business for Towerbrook Capital. Joe currently serves on the boards of Ascension Ventures, an investment firm comprising 13 of the largest health systems in the U.S.; Strive Healthcare, a comprehensive kidney care company that partners with leading managed care organizations and health systems; and Women’s Care Enterprises, which is one of the largest OB/GYN practices in the U.S. He has been a very active thought partner in the design of Palladium Forum since its earliest days.


Wayne Brezinka

Wayne Brezinka (American, b. 1968) is an award-winning artist based in Nashville, Tennessee since 1993. A native of Minnesota, he pursued formal art training and honed his skills in the graphic design field, creating iconic packaging for some of Nashville’s most successful recording artists.

Wayne’s signature style of portraiture incorporates detailed mixed media and assemblage techniques applied to discarded and repurposed materials. His process includes research into the stories of his subject’s life and work, and acquisition of rare, personal ephemera to incorporate into the portrait. The result is a portrait that reflects not only the visage of the subject, but also provides a bread crumb trail the viewer can trace to engage with the complexity of the individual behind the image.

As a contributing artist to numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, POLITICO Europe, Wayne’s work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts 55 & 63, American Illustration 41, Print Magazine and 3×3. Wayne’s portrait of President Abraham Lincoln was featured on exhibition at the historic Ford’s Theatre and Museum in Washington, D.C. on a 5 year loan ending in 2017. His portrait of Bob Dylan was on a five-month exhibition at the Tennessee State Museum in late 2015. Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States and country music icon George Strait are among the collectors of Wayne’s work.

Dr. David Wright, MD

Dr. Wright is a tenured Professor and the Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. He also serves as the Vice Chair for Innovation and Discovery and leads the Emergency Neurosciences Laboratory (ENL).

He is a board-certified emergency medicine physician practicing at Emory affiliated hospitals and Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlantas premier Level 1 Trauma Center. He is actively involved in both the preclinical and clinical assessments of traumatic brain injury, stroke and other acute neurological conditions. He was the PI of the ProTECT III multicenter clinical trial of progesterone for acute traumatic brain injury and currently serves as the southeastern Hub PI of the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials network and Co-PI of the Georgia StrokeNet network. He has had continuous NIH/Federal funding for over 15 years.

He is an adjunct faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and works closely with an elite team of engineers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he participates in numerous concussion research and technology development endeavors. He is the Co-inventor of the DETECT technology, a rapidly deployable, easily administered, comprehensive system for the assessment of concussion and other neurological disorders. He is also adjunct Faculty in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the Rollin’s School of Public Health.

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